I don’t know why but the ends of my hair have been dry and “crispy” since the end of the summer. I’ve had two hair cuts since then, and it makes a difference initially but the dryness returns. I try to wash my hair only every 4 days, but I guess blow drying it and using a flat iron plus the color take its toll.
During the sale events this December at Ulta and Sephora, I decided to give Living Proof haircare products a try. I’ve seen the ads, heard the raves, and I’ve always been intrigued by the company’s origins at MIT. The Living Proof haircare line is different from other brands in that it contains OFPMA, a molecule that creates a thin shield around every strand of hair, making it stronger and protecting it. This doesn’t happen with one use but occurs over time.
The Living Proof product line is extensive, with different lines for different issues. Of course, my color-treated hair has a couple of issues: dryness and frizz being the two most critical. Fortunately, Living Proof is sulfate-free and safe for color-treated hair so I didn’t need to worry about that.
At Ulta, I chose two products from the Restore line:
- Conditioner: “strand healing, tangle removing, softness restoring”
- Instant Repair: “complex breakage repair, instantly mends & transforms”
Instant Repair is a thick white gel cream that you apply a dime-sized amount particularly to the ends where it’s needed most.
There was a promotion at Ulta that if you buy two Living Proof products, you were given a deluxe sample of Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector. Nice. A great way to get to try out one of the treatment products.
A couple of weeks later, I decided that I should have bought the shampoo too so I could try out the complete process. (I adore Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Green Tea Shampoo, and I have a difficult time using anything else!). So with my Sephora discount, I bought a deluxe travel size of the Perfect Hair Day Shampoo that says “hair feels cleaner longer”.
Results? Living Proof Restore and Perfect Hair Day products definitely made my hair incredibly soft. So far, I have only used the Night Cap once, and it helped make my hair feel softer and smoother. However, without using Night Cap, the other three products give me a very good result. My hair is very soft, shiny and manageable. Once I dry and flat iron my hair, it’s very straight with no frizz and only a few fly-aways. Hooray!!
By day 4, however, I am more ready to wash my hair than I was when using Briogeo shampoo and my old standby conditioner, Infusium for Color-Treated Hair. I’ll monitor that and see if it persists. I guess I shouldn’t complain if my hair needs washing by day 4. 😥
Although my ends are very soft and not dry and crispy, when I run my fingers through the ends, they still are a bit tangled – not right after washing but after I’ve dried and ironed it and thereafter. Do any of you experience this? I’m wondering if trying a product with silicone would make a difference? I think I’m too obsessed with it. 🙄
I have only used Living Proof about 3 times. My assessment so far is that I need to continue using Living Proof and give the OFPMA molecule more time to do its thing! I will use the Night Cap Overnight Perfector again and perhaps put more of it on my ends. And I’ll stick with the shampoo-conditioner-instant repair for a longer period. For one thing, the softness of my hair is incredible! After the PHD Shampoo is used up, I’ll try a deluxe sample of the Restore Shampoo to compare the results with the PHD regular shampoo. I know this sounds like an equivocal review, but I do like and recommend the products I’ve tried from Living Proof. In fact, one of these days when I’m in Boston, I think I’ll make a pilgrimage to their “studio” in Cambridge and see what they recommend for me!
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo is $10 for 2 oz., $24 for 8 oz. and if you’re committed to it, you can buy 24 oz. for $59. Night Cap is $24 for 4 oz. Restore Conditioner is 2 oz. for $12, 8 oz. for $28 and 24 oz. for $59. Restore Instant Repair is 1.7 oz. for $17 and 4 oz. for $29. It is widely available: Living Proof website, Sephora and Ulta to name a few retailers.
Have you tried Living Proof yet? What do you think?
Perfect hair Day (PhD) Night Cap Overnight Perfector: Water/Eau/Aqua, Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (OFPMA), Ethylhexyl Stearate, Propylene Glycol Dibenzoate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Isohexadecane, Quaternium-91, Isoamyl Laurate, Polyquaternium-4, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Hydrogenated Castor Oil/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Isododecane, C13-15 Alkane, C10-40 Isoalkylamidopropylethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Linoleamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Cetearamidoethyl Diethonium Hydrolyzed Rice Protein,E58, Fragrance/Parfum, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Protein, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Phytic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin,. Sodium PCA,PCA Ethyl Cocoyl Arginate, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Dipropylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol
Perfect hair Day (PhD) Shampoo: Water/Eau/Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Decyl Glucoside, Glycol Distearate, Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (OFPMA), PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, IPDI/PEG-15 Soyamine Copolymer Dimer Dilinoleate, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate (Thickening Agent), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Dihydroxypropyl PEG-5 Linoleammonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-47, Laureth-4, Laureth-23, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glyceride, Fragrance/Parfum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Magnesium Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride
Restore Conditioner: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (OFPMA), Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Ceteareth-25, Quaternium-87, Hydrogenated Castor Oil/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Magnesium Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride
Restore Instant Protection: Alcohol Denat., Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Water/Eau/Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (OFPMA), Polyglyceryl‐10 Pentaoleate, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Linoleamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, PPG‐5‐Ceteth‐20, Panthenol, Fragrance/Parfum, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene