Let me tell you a little story. It’s a story of a girl’s hair….. (imagine soft harpy type music that takes you to a fairytale wonderland)
This fair skinned, blue-eyed girl was born with black hair. It then turned the most awful carrot orange red when she was one, and then a lovely blonde by the time she was 3.
This girl lived with blond hair until she was 28. And then she decided, I don’t want to have blond hair anymore! I want to be brunette! So she decided to dye it.
She went from this (natural color):
But that wasn’t dark enough and did not satisfy the fair skinned, blue eyed girl. So she decided to dye it even darker to this:
She took a trip to Cancun and pranced around with her new dark brown hair:
So the girl lived as a brunette for a few months and was happy.
But then she decided she wanted to be blond again. She went to her hair stylist and said “I want to be blond again!”
And the hair stylist said “Ok, well we are going to have to bleach you back.”
“BLEACH?!?” the girl exclaimed, “But bleach will fry my hair!”
“I know,” the hair stylist responded, “so we will do it slowly over several months.”
And the girl was sad.
So this is my story (if you didn’t guess it already – the girl is me) of going from blond to brunette to back to blond. SUPER exciting story, I know.
I’ve done two rounds of highlights, with probably two more to go. My hair currently:
I’m loving the look of the blonde and brown (which has faded to a reddish brown) together, but am NOT loving the way my hair feels after the highlights. I have fine/thin hair, it doesn’t like bleach. It frizzes and gets mad and breaks off to punish me for messing with it.
The good news is I have an arsenal of hair products to save my hair and keep it happy. There are 3 products I really attribute to keeping my hair healthy during the “going blond” process:
- Surface Hair Care Trinity Protein Cream
- Giovanni Magnetic Power Treatment Conditioner
- Aromatherapy Associates Enrich Hair Oil
These, along with my Prive VERT shampoo and conditioner, have really saved my hair.
Soooo, the first review will be the Surface Hair Care Trinity Protein Cream!
I had never heard of Surface Hair Care before they contacted me, but I’m so glad they did because this is one seriously awesome product.
While it is called a “cream”, it’s actually a spray lotion. The spray creates a nicely dispersed product, without big clumps or a thin stream. I really hate sprayers that are laser beams of liquid shooting at your hair. No thank you! This spray works well to apply a little over a larger area.
The smell was the first thing I noticed. It really is a nice fragrance, a little floral but not overly so. It’s almost like a nice perfume. I was worried that I did smell fragrance as fragrance can include phthalates but all of Surface Hair Care is phthalate-free!
Not only are they phthalate free, but also 100% organic, eco-friendly, gluten-free, sulfate-free, petrolatum/mineral oil-free, DEA/TEA-free, PVP-free, vegan and and use sustainably harvested ingredients. Wow.
But back to my experience… The first time I tried this, I used it as a leave-in conditioner to help style my hair. I didn’t feel like blow drying it straight, so let it air dry curly (yes, I do have naturally curly hair that I straighten….and color…now you see why I need an arsenal of product!). I spritzed this all over, ran a comb though to help even out, scrunched, and went on my way. I was very happy to see that this helped define my curls and kept frizzies away.
I then decided to actually read up on the product (I always seem to do that AFTER I try things, it’s more exciting that way), and was surprised when I read “Trinity Protein Cream repairs, calms and straightens hair of all textures. To use this 100% Vegan cream for thermal press, simply mist onto hair and comb through, then press with a flat iron.” Straightens?? Hmm….it didn’t straighten my air-dried hair, although I’m still not sure any of those “straightening” creams actually do.
So I decided to use it as a leave-in before straightening my hair and I also really like it for that. It makes my hair soft and shiny with less frizz. I have used it quite a few times now (pretty much every time I straighten), and I love that if I get a little spritz-happy with one-too-many pumps, it doesn’t make my hair greasy. Some leave-in products can do that, especially on my already fine hair. I haven’t experienced any greasiness with this though, even the next day!
Now for the ingredients! (pardon typos, had to type myself! Note to Surface: please include full ingredient list of products on your website!)
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Quaternium-80, Hydrolyzed Amaranth Protein, Babassu Seed Oil, Aloe Leaf Juice, Flax seed oil, Ceramide 3, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Sorbic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Nettle extract, Propylene Glycol, Matricaria Extract, Tourmaline, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol, Fragrance.
The ingredients are great: natural oils from babassu and flax seed, vitamins, ceramides, panthenol – good stuff for hair! It does have phenoxyethanol, which is a preservative. Not my favorite preservative but it’s not a deal breaker. It also has propylene glycol which I know for some people is a turnoff, but also not a deal breaker for me. Behentrimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane and Quaternium-80 sound scary, but they are just conditioning ingredients and are pretty benign (all under 3 on the Skin Deep EWG database).
Overall, I have found a winner. It’s green, easy to use (spritz spritz and I’m on my way!), keeps my hair looking shiny and frizz-free, and I really love the scent.
Next on the review list: Giovanni Magnetic Power Treatment Conditioner!
Disclosure: This was provided to me by Surface Hair Care to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.