I've had short hair most of my life, but the past few years I have been growing my hair out and one thing has become very clear - long hair is a commitment. And long hair that has been color treated for years is a project, which is why I was so excited when the team at Formulate reached out to have me try their new custom shampoo and conditioner. Even better yet - we have teamed up to give one lucky reader their own custom set for FREE!
Getting hair care customized for your hair sounds complicated but the process was very simple as a consumer - I took a brief survey about my hair's current condition and what my hair goals were - you can pick up to five. I have a pretty oily scalp so that was my top priority but color protection, heat protection,. frizz and volume are also my concerns. I was then able to select my scent and strength - I like a strong scent in my shampoo that leaves a light linger and selected the green apple - I've been getting compliments on how good I smell ever since I switched to formulate.
Because it takes time for the hair to adjust the team at Formulate recommends giving it at least five washes to determine if the set works for you. While I knew right away that the shampoo was perfect for me I found the conditioner leaving a residue in my hair no matter how long I rinsed - however with this feedback Formulate quickly sent me a new conditioner which was a much better fit. At first I was using 4 pumps of shampoo but needing 6 pumps of conditioner because my ends were so dry but after two weeks of consistent use I noticed that not only were my ends looking better but I could use the same amount of conditioner as shampoo and not have my ends be a tangled mess. The best part of formulate has been finding a conditioner that provides the moisture my ends need without leaving my scalp greasy or weighed down. In the past my scalp has always very "dirty" by the end of the day from the oil but now my scalp feels just as clean when I go to bed as when I got out of the shower.
Overall I have been really impressed with how custom hair care has improved my hair. I've tried drug store shampoos and salon shampoos and this is the best balance I have found to date. I've been able to wear my hair down more often and find it less frustrating. Be sure to enter the giveaway if you'd like to give Formulate a try for yourself - you won't be disappointed!