Brand Review: My R+Co Picks
Let’s take a moment to talk about something different today: HAIR
One of the most common questions I get from friends and co-workers is, “how do you style your hair?” Truthfully, I always feel a little bit silly telling them what I’ve done because I don’t ever think I’m doing it correctly. But now that it’s short (again), styling is kind of a must. Otherwise, it can look really flat and lackluster. Disclaimer: I am by no means a hair expert. It has been a whole lot of trial and error.
My ultimate hair goals are really effortless loose waves. It’s the “I woke up like this and went to the beach” look, perfected by celebrity hair god, Anh Co Tran. For a look that reads ‘I barely tried’, it definitely takes some thought and effort. One of the most helpful steps is a great cut. Just enough layer to look piece-y. But not too many to look too chaotic and shaggy. A couple months ago, I went on a little bit of an R+Co spree (thanks, Birchbox points!). I had heard a lot of great things about the range, so I decided to pick up a few things.
Some basic info: R+Co is a newer line by Howard McLaren, who used to serve as creative director of some of the most influential hair brands (Toni & Guy, Bumble & Bumble). Basically, he knows hair. All R+Co products are formulated without parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, or petrolatum. They are all vegetarian, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and color-safe.
Can we please talk about the packaging? All of the products make me swoon. This is totally my aesthetic: clean, simple, edgy, no-frills. According to website, "R+Co is about an experience. The packaging and fragrances were designed to enhance that experience and evoke a feeling, place, style or attitude. You’ll know just by looking at a bottle or tube what a product is meant to do”. Couldn’t agree more - this is probably some of the most effective packaging I have seen in a really long time. I don’t know what I’m going to do once I run out of product. It’s too pretty to throw away...
ONE Prep Spray: This priming spray has earned a permanent place in my medicine cabinet. Can be used wet/dry. It claims to protect your hair from the heat, nourishes and repairs your hair, and supposedly helps other products adhere more evenly. As far as heat-protectants go, it just does not get any better. Even if I don't use any heat-styling tools on my hair, I almost always spray this in because it just makes my hair so soft and moisturized (without ever feeling oily). And it smells amazing. I have noticed a significant decrease in damage due to heat-styling. And I'm like 99.99% sure it's because of this spray. It's so easy to use too. I guarantee you, there's nothing you can do to mess up application. If you're a hair product beginner, I highly recommend starting out with a product like this!
CHIFFON Styling Mousse: I have pretty fine hair, so giving my hair structure has always been an issue for me (especially right at the crown). Chiffon is an aptly named, light-weight (not sticky!!!) styling mousse. A stylist used this on me last summer, and I couldn't believe how tousled and voluminous my hair looked. I think it's meant for curly hair, but let's be real - there are no 'rules'. I apply it to towel-dried/damp hair and let air dry on lazy days for a light and effortless look.
MANNEQUIN Styling Paste: This is definitely not an every-day product for me. Generally, I don't love the sticky residue left on my hair by pastes and waxes. However, after the initial application, I have to say that the residue is pretty minimal. I love working this through the ends of my hair. I just warm it up in my palms, then scrunch. It's especially great on day 3 (or....4) hair that's been pumped full of dry shampoo. Love using this stuff on nights out when I'm trying to achieve extra messy and textured hair a la Alexa Chung.
OUTER SPACE Flexible Hairspray: Okay. Don't hate me. But I reallllllyy don't like hairspray. I have always associated it with crunchy and sticky recital hair as a kid. However. Hairpsray has come a long way - particularly this one. I don't need to use it all the time, but when i need my hair to hold its styling for more than a few hours, I reach for 'Outer Space'. It provides a hold that still manages to keep its movement. Natural, touchable, and manageable. Best part? You can build it up without it getting crusty or hard.
ANALOG Cleansing Foam Conditioner: I jumped on the 'don't wash' bandwagon about a year ago. My hair was getting so dry and brittle, and I had heard from everyone that I needed to shampoo less. (Note: I do shower - I just don't get my hair wet). I probably use shampoo & conditioner about once a week. In between, I freshen up my hair with dry shampoo and cleansing conditioner. Cleansing conditioners are a 2-in-1 product. 'Analog' cleans my hair without stripping it off all of its oils. But is also doesn't make my hair feel heavy. I don't know how R+Co did it, but they achieved the perfect balance for me. And I think it may just have replaced my Wen cleansing conditioner that I've used for so long.
Have you tried any R+Co products? What are your 'ride or die' hair products? Would you be interested in hearing about my other haircare favorites? Let me know below.