I'm an unapologetic product junkie. I beat the snot out of my dyed hair on a daily basis with hairdryers and flattening irons, and am always searching for a product that will magically give me shiny, healthy-looking locks and not leave me with a mop of fried straw on my head.
A couple of weeks ago, I was having a bit of a hair-related meltdown and decided that an emergency trip to the store for new shampoo and conditioner was in order. Actually, Mr. Snarky encouraged this outing despite the fact that he is acutely aware that the ratio of my products to his in the shower is approximately 15:1, so my desperation must have been pretty apparent. And frightening.
At times like these, I enter into a "money is no object" state that I neither approve of nor can realistically afford. Regardless, I found myself at the drugstore cash register approximately thirty minutes later, willing the cashier to go faster before Mr. Snarky appeared.
In my defense, the expensive stuff - Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco - is something I'd been coveting since before I went to Forks last year. When I was buying travel-size things I came thisclose to buying the mini-size set (shampoo, conditioner, and a couple of styling products), but it was ridiculously overpriced and I was saving my money for overpriced drinks in Seattle.
But this time? NEEDED IT. I'd heard good things, plus it smelled divine. Which is a huge plus for me. I hate the way almost everything smells - perfume-y things drive me nuts. I spend a serious amount of time sniffing bottles before plunking down my money, even though this makes me look like more of a crazy lady than usual. But one whiff of this made my knees weak. I was done for, cost be damned.
Making my way to the cash register, I came across a possible back-up - something new and thankfully less extravagant that I'd wanted to try, and in my flawed (but enabling) logic I convinced myself that buying more stuff would actually offset the price of the Bumble and Bumble splurge.
Turns out that my rationalizing paid off, since ultimately the cheaper stuff worked better (and I'm not the only one who thought so).
Even better? The shampoo came with a sample packet of this -
The Bumble and Bumble shampoo is pretty great, but the conditioner is a disappointment, and for the price, someone should show up at my house every day and give me a scalp massage while it works. Overall, the combination didn't leave my hair feeling substantially less straw-y. Especially since I can buy the Organix shampoo, conditioner, the styling oil, and the mask for the cost of ONE bottle of the Bumble and Bumble (did I mention it was obscenely expensive and I was desperate when I bought it?) AND it left my texturally- challenged hair feeling super smooth and silky, without weighing it down.
So what are your fave splurges and secret so-cheap-but-it-works haircare weapons? Spill it in the comments! There's always room for one more bottle on the shelf...