Sunday, July 21, 2013

My Locks But Better: Davines Hair Care

Though it may not seem like it, I take my hair care very seriously. Years ago I made the decision to embrace my natural locks meaning that rather than straightening, curling or using too many products I let my hair do it's natural, beach wavy thing on a day to day basis. None of this comes from a need to "purify" or "green" my routine, indeed I'm not particularly bothered by ingredients such as sulphates, but rather a desire to simplify and appreciate the crazy thick locks I was born with. As I wash my hair once a week, the one luxury I do allow myself is good hair care. For a time I used the Aveda regime, and I've also used and loved Phyto and Klorane products. While browsing the internet some time ago I stumbled across Davines, a hair care brand based in Italy that I'd never heard of before. I almost immediately fell in love with the brand's philosophy, packaging and product line. 

As I have thick, normal hair (not oily nor dry) with a somewhat sensitive scalp I chose to begin with the Well-Being range and purchased both the Well-Being shampoo and conditioner. I have very few qualifications for a good shampoo, that is to say I'm not too picky. If my hair is relatively frizz-less, my scalp isn't irritated and I can maintain my normal seven day wash and condition cycle then my boxes are all ticked. The Davines Well-Being range has both met and exceeded my expectations. Formulated with echinacea phytoceuticals rich in vitamin C for anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, this shampoo and conditioner duo ultimately aim to soften the hair and invigorate the scalp. I love how my hair feels after using this: smooth to the touch, healthy and above all else it smells heavenly. Soft and powdery, with a hint of citrus and bergamot. Can we also discuss how adorable the packaging is? I'm an immense bird lover and naturally I'm now contemplating the other two items in the Well-Being range.

Another product I stumbled upon that received rave reviews was the Davines Momo Moisturizing Anti-Aging Daily Cream. Though I'm not 100% certain what exactly an anti-aging product does for one's hair, this cream was designed with various extracts (lupin extract, UV filters, vitamin E, walnut extract) aimed at moisturizing, nourishing and restoring softness and shine to frizzy (or dehydrated) hair. To begin with, this cream smells amazing. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is sort of a childhood toy quality (think baby doll or as I read somewhere My Little Pony) that makes it nostalgic. For those of you who eschew fragrance in your hair and skin care products never fear, the noticeable perfume dissipates after a few minutes. Aside from its scent Momo Moisturizing Anti-Aging Daily Cream works wonders on my frizzy hair. Even in the most humid conditions it keeps frizz at bay and maximizes the individual tendrils of my wavy hair giving it a more piecey, effortless "just been to the beach" look all while moisturizing. For my thick hair, I'd rather use this than a beach spray any day as the salt in such products often wreaks havoc on my tresses.

After several uses I'm thrilled with the way my hair looks. I'd been using Head and Shoulders for a period of time while making up my mind about what kind of hair care I wanted to try next. The difference in my hair between Head and Shoulders and Davines is very noticeable. (As I should certainly hope it would be given the disparity in price!) Smooth but wavy and textured, healthy feeling and moisturized I'm enamored with the Davines products I've tried thus far from their aesthetic to their ability to show my hair at its best. If lip gloss and lipstick can give the "my lips but better" effect, Davines unquestionably gives me "my locks but better" hair.

Have you tried any Davines products? Do you recommend any other items from the Davines range? I'm enamored and eager to explore the brand further!