This hair product is our beauty director’s Holy Grail
Meet your new secret weapon for dull hair, perfect for the busy holiday season
Here’s a list of things I’d rather do than wash my hair: cook perfectly runny eggs, have morning sex, read a juicy profile, watch an episode of The Office .... See, 20 minutes of deafening blow-drying just feels like the most uncivilized way to start the day. (My cat seems to agree.)
That’s why a huge chunk of my beauty routine involves trying to avoid it. There’s the grease-soaking dry shampoo, the frizz-fighting silk pillowcase, the collection of snazzy scrunchies to distract from the filth .... Sometimes, when I need to look presentable but can’t stomach a full blowout, I’ll shampoo only the front part of my hair in the sink and pretend the back doesn’t exist. Oops.
But one dirty-hair woe I’ve struggled to solve is that dull, limp look my lengths take on from day two onward. The roots may appear convincingly clean, but the scraggly ends give it away. That’s where this bottle comes in. The leave-in conditioner is meant to be misted through damp hair pre-styling, but I go off-label and spritz it on my dry strands. It’s completely weightless and works like a charm reviving post-shower shine and body.
That’s because the dualphase formula (you’ve got to shake it before spraying) relies on featherlight acids rather than heavy oils. There’s lactic acid, an ingredient commonly used in skin care for its smoothing abilities; malic acid, which functions as a humectant;
and a little something called 18-MEA. It’s a fatty acid found on hair’s outer layer that protects it and keeps it manageable, but withers away as our manes suffer damage. This formula makes up for the loss by restoring hair’s surface.
And so, armed with my trusty spray, I treat my hair to a hearty dose of hydration before twisting it up in a topknot using one of my many aforementioned scrunchies. I let it do its thing while I nibble on poached eggs and luxuriate in my pyjamas. After a
quick swipe of mascara and a slick of rouge, I’m ready to unravel my bun and marvel at the bouncy bends it’s left behind, along with a relaxed smile that can only be achieved through a little morning indulgence. Let the day begin.
KMS Moist Repair Leave-in Conditioner, $24, chatters.ca. The dual-phase formula is completely weightless and works like a charm reviving post-shower shine and body.