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.