A few months ago, I was sent this new product from the lovely folks at R+Co, a collective of top editorial stylists, salon owners, and educators. It is headed by three of the industry's top talent; Howard McLaren, Garren, and Thom Priano. I often work with celebrities, so new products are always popping up on my doorstep. More often than not, the products sent are just garbage...some company trying to land a few bucks in a multibillion dollar industry, with some gimmicky new ingredient or claim. R+Co however, is not one of those brands. Input from stylists in many aspects of the business are always considered when they begin developing products. The price point is reasonable but can be considered a "luxury" brand. Their packaging is genius (with some tongue in cheek naming) and fun to display in your bathroom. R+Co has a broad range of products for ALL hair textures, types, and styles. Yes, all. Check out my review for BADLANDS Dry Shampoo Paste below.
I test all products on myself and I am not endorsed by R+Co.
So, this morning I woke up with rather fun bed head and I wanted to keep that going through out the day. My hair texture is a odd combination of wavy, salt and pepper, fine texture and temperamental. I like a little disheveled look with volume. So to say the least I fuss with my hair a lot so when it looks good I like to keep the style. Details of the product on the packaging claim it is one part dry shampoo and one part styling paste. I can be used on dry or towel dried hair and blown out. I've tried it both ways and I like them either way. Granted, for the everyday client, it may be used best on dry or blown out hair.
Fragrance: Citrus, Rosemary, Fig, is what I got when I first opened the lid. Quite pleasant and unisex. Dissipates over time.
Texture: Matte, and with a über fine grit in a lightweight non-greasy paste.
Performance: Applied Dry-- The overall feel when applied to the hair is powdery with a medium hold. Its not like anything I have tried before, because it allows movement in my hair and isn't sticky. I can run my fingers through my hair all day and it maintains its shape and style. However, nothing more than quarter sized amount rubbed between your palms/fingers. Too much and it risks a bit of product buildup and as a result a few (not many) flakes can show. Granted that happens to all products. With spray dry shampoos you often get a white powdery look to your hair. This product does NOT have that issue at all. Applied wet-- The product can get a slippery feel with water or even a little dampness. Almost like a dense volcanic mud. Its quite nice as a product for a blow out, but it is best for roots. You may want a lightweight styling product for the mid shaft and ends as it will be easier to work with for inexperienced hands.
Look: Using this product will leave your hair soft, and semi matte. I do not recommend spraying a shine spray or adding a serum after applying this throughout your hair. It will defeat the purpose of the dry shampoo qualities it has. It does allow for your natural hair shine to come through, so it doesn't look dry and crispy.
Overall this is a "Must Have" for your medicine cabinet amongst your styling products. It is truly a fantastic addition to your styling aides. It also is perfect for travel!