The Importance of Quality Hair Tools and Products

I'm quite low-maintenance when it comes to my hair--Head & Shoulders is my shampoo of choice, I skip heavy conditioner most days, I let my hair air-dry (I don't own a hair dryer), and besides tying my hair up or clipping it back, I only style it with my curling iron, usually when I don't feel like washing it (and that's every other day at most). 

Something no one warns you about moving to another country or traveling abroad for an extended period of time is how much it wreaks havoc on your hair. I was catching up with one of my best girlfriends, who's been abroad for maybe half a year now, and we commiserated over how much hair we'd been losing. My hair is thick and I have a lot of it, like all my hair stylists ask if it's hard to keep my head up 'a lot,' so shedding a wig's worth of it each day is nothing new. But I've been shedding three wigs' worth. And while stress is definitely a factor, it's also an adjustment period (to the water, diet, environment, and lifestyle) that will just take time.

I'm realizing the importance of using quality hair tools and products, however, and wanted to share those that make a difference in the condition of my hair. 

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Even with semi-regular heat-styling, the T3 Twirl (also here, here, and here) leaves my curls feeling soft and looking shiny while staying in place all day (and even overnight). I tried curling my hair with my old flat iron the other day, which is what I used to use, but it didn't even hold a candle (and actually left my hair feeling and looking quite brittle).

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I'm sticking to basic shampoos and the occasional conditioner, but I've reintroduced oils to the mix. The Moroccanoil Treatment is still my holy grail (I've mentioned it here and here), though recently I've been using Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse, a lighter, drier oil with a floral scent.

Kristin Ess's Style Reviving Dry Shampoo is the best I've found on the market for thick, oily-prone hair. (I did test Living proof's Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo once and it seemed promising.) I spray the smallest amount to my roots while they're still 'fresh,' and it keeps them that way without feeling like I've put product in my hair. 

Any tools or products I need to try? (Recommendations for a shampoo, conditioner, and/or hair dryer are especially appreciated!)

 

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