I am terrible at styling my hair. I am not sure if my lack of abilities comes from lack of trying, lack of patience, or just lack of skill. Regardless, I try and compensate for my inability to style by making sure my hair always looks (and feels) healthy, soft, and shiny. If I cant make it cute, I can at least make it look like it’s happy I suppose! Because I am always trying to keep my hair as healthy as possible, that means making sure I am using shampoo and conditioner that have high quality ingredients, and will benefit my hair while cleansing.
I recently picked up two items from the haircare brand Davines. I have never tried anything from this brand before, but they have been highly praised in the beauty community, receiving numerous awards and accolades, as well as being stylist favorites. The shampoo is the Davines OI Shampoo, and then the Davines OI Conditioner. I have been using both products consistently for about two months now, so continue reading to see my thoughts on each product.
The Davines OI Shampoo is for all hair types (I have very fine hair for reference), and claims to be the perfect daily shampoo maintain soft, shiny, and voluminous hair. This shampoo is paraben and sulfate free, so if you have color treated hair or just don’t like excess chemicals in your beauty products, then that is a bonus. While it is on the expensive side, $29 for 9.46 oz, a little goes a very long way. Normally with shampoo I feel like I go though a bottle very quickly since I am a frequent washer, but I have been using this product for a few months now consistently and am still not done with the bottle. I have found that a small amount of this product will completely cleanse my hair which can get very greasy (it is normally quite oily, but now that I am pregnant it really gets greasy if I let it go for more than two days). It also manages to cleanse without completely stripping my hair. While there are some days that I like a very thorough shampoo to remove any buildup, for a daily shampoo, I prefer a more mild cleanser. This shampoo has also delivered on its claims to deliver shiny and voluminous hair. Normally in winter my hair will get a bit dry towards the ends, but since using this product, I have not noticed near as many split ends as usual. I will have to wait and see how this shampoo performs in the summer, since with the heat and humidity my hair becomes extremely oily. While I have been enjoying the gentle cleansing power of this for winter, I am slightly skeptical that it will manage to work as well in the summer months. But overall, I have loved this shampoo, and will continue to use it and repurchase it.
The Davines OI Conditioner is also formulated for all hair types, and claims to leave hair soft, shiny and voluminous. It is slightly more expensive, running $36 for 8.8oz. The conditioner is formulated with antioxidant-rich Roucou oil to protect hair from heat damage and apricot butter to hydrate and soothe. As with the shampoo, I have found that very little product goes a long way. This conditioner is quite thick and heavy, so if you have fine hair you will want to concentrate this product on the ends of your hair, and leave it off your scalp. I have fine hair, and usually start at my ears and work my way down to the ends with conditioner- any directly on my roots will really weigh my hair down and leave it turning oily very quickly! Once I learned the magic amount to use, I have greatly enjoyed this conditioner in conjunction with the OI shampoo. I credit this conditioner to really helping keep split ends at bay this winter, especially since I have gone without a trim for months now! As with the shampoo, I am curious to see how these products will perform on my hair in the coming hot and humid summer months. While they have been perfect for my hair in the dry winter, I will have to see how they perform in the summer when my hair is at is oily/greasy worst.
For now though, these two products will remain in my haircare arsenal, and have become fast favorites of mine. I highly recommend both the shampoo and the conditioner to those of you with fine to normal hair. While they are pricey, they last for a very long time and truly deliver on their claims.