The past two years have been major hair struggles. I love my hair, honestly – no shame, my hair is beautiful and healthy! I have fine hair that is really thick that when styled stays for days. My curls seriously last forever (probably due to the dry Colorado air) but anyway I can make it look really good. About two years ago, my hair well it just turned gross. For the TL:DR version skip to the bottom where I rave about Monat and how it has brought my hair back to life!
A Little History
My junior year of college I discovered dry shampoo, I had been working with baby powder for a while but a bestie introduced me to Oscar Blandi Pronto Powder Dry Shampoo and I was addicted. I could go days without washing my hair and even a few days before needing the dry shampoo. I seriously only washed my hair 2x a week it was G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S!
This lasted until about two years ago and out of nowhere, my hair became constantly oily. I tried switching up products and nothing worked. I could shower at night, wake up go to work and have greasy hair by the end of the day!
Trial & Error
While the greasy hair was annoying what was more annoying was the giant containers of Herbel Essence I had. Their Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner had been my go-to for like 10 years and I still had a lot left in the bottle! I hate paying for new products when I already had some. Enough was enough, I decided to try Living Proof. I had seen this shampoo everywhere and after reading great reviews, I pulled the trigger on what I thought would be my cure.
A few months later I confessed on my facebook page that Living Proof was not helping and I needed to try something else. A number of girls mentioned Monat, which I had never heard of. I added Monat and a few others to my list of “shampoos to try after you finish your current one”.
During my shopping spree at the Sephora VIB sale, I came across DryBar On the Rox Clarifying Shampoo. Hmmm, a charcoal clarifying shampoo, that promised to deep clean my hair, removing build-up from cheap shampoos, dead skin, etc?! The reviews were glowing – I had to have it!
So I pulled the trigger on a new shampoo and conditioner after swearing not to buy any until my current expensive Living Proof was out. But this was different! I would only use it weekly then use my Living Proof on the other washes!
Well, that stuff really cleans your hair! Honestly, it leaves my hair a little too dry but it is super squeaky clean. After my first wash, my hair wasn’t greasy for two days YAY! I switched back to that Living Proof and the next day my hair was again a greasy mop. WTF. I couldn’t use the DryBar shampoo daily and the Living Proof was giving me gross hair! I resolved to try another shampoo when I was done with Living Proof (seriously cheap over here haha).
Skip forward to mid-December and I receive an email from a Monat rep. Honestly, I barely read the email before I replied saying “YES HELP ME!!!”! Within a week a package from Monat arrived with the Monat Revive Shampoo and Conditioner. The package also came with a note and follow-up email with explicit instructions on how to wash my hair, stressing the importance of rinsing and repeating.
So I did my Dry Bar Clarifying wash, waited a day then tried out Monat. Day 1 fab, Day 2 fab! Day 3 (end of day) time for a shower! Y’all I was ecstatic my hair was back to normal!!! I am now on a routine of using my clarifying shampoo at least once a week if not every other week and Monat for the other washes.
Day One Hair
I showered in the morning before work and took this before going to bed. I touch my hair a lot during the day, it’s up and down all day long so I was stoked to see it still looking super clean before going to bed.
Day Two Hair
This is taken after work on Day 2 so 48 hours after showering. Look how light and fluffy my hair is still. Making it two full days with out needing to shower or use dry shampoo had become my new life goal and with Monat I achieved it.
I need a bit of dry shampoo in the front where I touch my hair the most but otherwise, I was still looking fresh! When I was taking this series I worked out during lunch on day 3 so I needed a shower afterwork.
I have found that the second shampoo and rinse is so important! Sometimes you’re just in a rush and do it once but really your hair doesn’t get as clean or as voluminous without it.
I am officially hooked on Monat and I couldn’t be happier. My hair is shiny, soft and feels so healthy. Also, I recieved the volumizing spray and am loving that too!
If you are interested in trying out Monat and I highly recommend it! Head to www.hairshar.mymonat.com to shop & learn more. Feel free to reach out to Sharon with any hair questions as well! She has been so helpful in this process for me.