Pretty P.O.V.: My Best Hair Products of 2013 Monday 30 December, 2013

After tons of testing and loads of product, here are my top of the top best hair products of 2013.

How does one sort through the copious amounts of beauty items out there, and decide on what she feels is the best of the best? She watches her skin. She looks at her nails. She listens to her hair. She tries desperately to reason with her eye makeup (until she reconnected with a top 2012 find, Make Up For Ever Eye Prime, and then all was well in the world). In effect, she tests and tries various potions and lotions, but it’s the ones that find themselves taking up real estate on her nightstand or in her makeup bag that prove they are tops.

I stole away time to write about a decent chunk of what I love for beauty in 2013, but it was such a busy year that I didn’t really get to cover all of what floated my beauty boat. So, here’s a recap of the best hair finds I came across—some having been featured on Fear No Beauty, some not, but all much beloved and worth their weight in suds, shine and shellack. (PS: More “top beauty of 2013” round ups to come!)


Alterna Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo in Mango Coconut

Let it be known: I’m not a big fan of dry shampoo. Some people swear by it; I tend to pass on it. Mainly, I don’t love the powder-fresh scent that many have, so that’s why this formula took me one step closer to changing my mind. It’s sweet yet fresh—a blend of blood orange, mango, orchid and musk. I’m not a 100% convert to the dry shampoo movement just yet, but this one is definitely the one I’ll be grabbing when my three-day-old hair needs a quick freshening.


Matrix Biolage Advanced KeratinDose Shampoo for Overprocessed hair

This year saw an uptick in shampoo and conditioner systems that tout the addition of keratin. Do they work? The idea is that they really only work when you use the system (shampoo plus conditioner plus whatever leave-in spray or potion the brand desires). And though I did use this system, the one component that really delivered for me is Biolage Advanced KeratinDose Shampoo. All I can say is my hair instantly felt smoother and silkier, and looked shinier after using it. I love the concentrated formula; a little goes a long way. And that Biolage scent! I adore it—and so do the people that get a nose-full when standing on the subway.


Oribe Grandiose Plumping Mousse

Another shocking entry for me: mousse. Again, not really my jam, but this is so very different. It grants big, beautiful hair with very little commitment on your end. Just run it through hair and style to your heart’s content. I apply it while my hair is wet, and then blow-dry my strands into something much more massive. It’s quite addicting! Also, the striped bottle is aces in my book.


Kérastase Paris Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate

It’s been well-documented that I have major—not minor—scalp issues. And though I still suffer, this serum has helped me greatly. Before you balk at the idea of it being a serum, I should say that it’s very watery (the viscosity is very low); there’s no thickness to it whatsoever. Just use the dropper to deposit the serum straight on your scalp, then message in. After showering and while my hair is still wet, I separate my hair out in a five to six sections, and then run the dropper over the various parts I’ve created. There’s no need to wash it out; it disappears and leaves behind nothing—no residue, no sticky feeling, nada. My hair always feels cleaner after I use it, seems more responsive and tends to have a healthier luster to it. And my scalp…well, it’s getting there. That’s a battle I’ll be waging for awhile, I fear.


Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volume Maker

Listen: Make something easy to use, and I’m all ears. So this brilliant brush found a place in my beauty kit quickly due in part to it’s smart packaging. But aside from it’s foolproof click-and-dispense delivery, the brush’s contents, a super lightweight hair plumper, really does build body in zero time. It also lends grip and grit only where needed due to it’s easy applicator. You just pump the brush and it emits a little Volume Maker into the brush head. Then, swirl the brush where you want to add body. Unlike other body builders of this type, this goes on pretty darn translucent and is undetectable. Pure genius in a brush…sold!

There are many more hair items that I found to be the bomb, but these were the best of the bunch. I’d love to know what your best hair products 0f 2013 are—what sprays and serums gave your strands exactly what they needed? Share your best hair finds in the comments!

Karie L. Frost Signature


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