Frizzy hair, do care. #NotSponsoredJustLove
For my entire life I’ve dreamed of having wash’n wear hair. Alas, the hair on this head has no time for gravity, humidity or fashion. Leaving it to it’s own devices is akin to admitting that you’re totally fine with looking like Albert Einstein … and I’m not.
Look, I’m not saying a good hair day has never happened. It’s been done. But it requires around $50, a hairdresser with superior grip strength and shit tonne of product to make it happen.
I’ve watched in envy as my pals apply heat to their hair only for it to fall sweetly in natural waves that move and shine.
Apply heat to my hair in an uncontrolled environment and I need to turn sideways to walk through doors.
My gorgeous hairdresser, Amber at Do or Dye Hair Miami knows my struggle, so when they were looking at incorporating a new smoothing system from Lakmé Studio called Aura into the salon they called on me to be a guinea pig.
I was never keen on chemical straightening because my hair is fragile enough without adding a whole bunch of harsh products to it, but Amber assured me this was not the same – it was smoothing, not straightening for a start and she had high hopes it would solve some of my *hair dramas.
* read: she was sick of hearing me whinging and hoped this would shut me up
Here’s what you need to know about Aura:
Stolen from their site because I’m lazy … “Aura is the first biotechnological, vegan hair treatment that straightens and softens the hair fiber and eliminates frizz.”
- Dermatologically tested
- Formaldehyde free
- Extraordinary treatment results: highly texturised, shiny, silky and soft hair
- More manageable hair, faster and easier drying
- The results last for 4 to 6 months
It was a three-step process. First a wash with a micellar shampoo followed by a treatment. Then Amber dried and straightened my hair after which she wet it WHICH GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING I KNOW. Who wets their hair after straightening it? Strangely, the Aura treatment requires you wet your painstakingly straightened hair so that you can apply the final hyaluronic mask.
The whole thing is pretty magic and it smells AH-MAY-ZING. No chemical-stink and no pain or discomfort.
Then BAM. Real magic. Amber grabbed that hairdryer and just finger-blasted my hair with no brushes and in literally two or three minutes my hair was the wash’n wear hair I had been dreaming of. If I wanted it smoother than that all I would need to do would be a quick once over with the straightener and da-dah … real person hair.
And here’s the thing, there’s no real aftercare instructions. You can wet it, wash it, whatever it as soon as you want to. Super easy.
My daughter, impressed with what she saw went in to be guinea pig #2 for the treatment. Her results were fabulous too.
When we got home, however, the results were pretty different for Ruby and I.
On Ruby’s hair the Lakmé Aura was an immediate hit. Her blow-dry time was drastically reduced and her hair was much smoother all over.
For me, following the first couple of washes the result was not as perfect. While my hair was admittedly much smoother, particularly around the back, it was still pretty wild around my face and definitely didn’t take as well as Ruby’s had.
I was happy to put it down to my stupid hair being a jerk, but Amber had the idea that two goes of the Aura might be what stubborn hair like mine would need, so we gave it another try.
And she was right …
I am now the proud owner of wash’n wear hair.
I can scrunch and get a frizz-free wave. I can wash it and leave it and not look like Einstein. I can blow dry my own hair, and if I want it super smooth I can straighten it … but I don’t really have to, because #smooth.
The price for Lakmé Studio Aura treatment at Do or Dye Miami ranges from $100 – $200 depending on the length of your hair. And you should know, if your hair is like mine it’s possible (but unusual) that it might require more than one go.
It’s been a couple of months since Ruby and I had it done and the results are definitely not wearing off.
I’ve yet to hit the ocean with it, but I’m heading to Cairns in a couple of weeks for a work trip where I’ll be dipping in the Barrier Reef. I’ll be reporting back on that adventure and I’ll let you know if I looked like a mermaid or a Lion who was incredibly lost once the salt does it’s thing.
Stay tuned …