This hair prod­uct is our beauty di­rec­tor’s Holy Grail

Meet your new se­cret weapon for dull hair, per­fect for the busy hol­i­day sea­son

StarMetro Toronto - - THE KIT - Kather­ine Lalancette

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 it com­pletely weight­less and works like a charm re­viv­ing post-shower shine and body.

That’s be­cause the dual-phase for­mula (you’ve got to shake it be­fore spray­ing) re- lies 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.

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