There is no denying that we are in the middle of a big 90’s resurgence.
Muted makeup is back, slip dresses are everywhere, and if I’m not mistaken, I saw plenty of platform sneakers stomping down the fashion week runways. The overwhelming nostalgia prompted me to play in some of my favorite hair products from back in the day.
Spoiler: it didn’t go so well.
My expectations were reasonable--after all, these are not curly hair products. I had no idea how terribly my hair would react to sulfates and how what once was a nourishing conditioner of mine doesn’t do much of anything for my hair anymore.
I started by washing my hair with Alberto V05 Normal Balancing Shampoo and conditioning with Suave Essentials Tropical Coconut Conditioner. The V05 was so harsh on my hair, I literally panicked and almost abandoned my experiment altogether. I am so used to sulfate-free formulas, my poor hair felt dry and stripped after only a few drops. The Suave conditioner had my back though. I had to use a lot to add moisture but it only cost a dollar so, NBD. Suave, if you’re reading this can we get a remixed version without the cones, because this stuff is still pretty good!
Needless to say, my hair was frizzy and curl-less.
Thanks to the V05 it was most definitely clean but not at all bouncy, hydrated, or healthy. For my leave-in conditioner I used the Luster’s Pink Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion.
In yet another epic fail, I bought the 'light' version so I was pretty sure it would do nothing for me and my hair which is most definitely on the thick side. I was pleasantly surprised that it actually did a great job of softening my hair.
At this point my hair was squeaky clean and soft but pretty curl-less. Would I be able to make a puff happen? I started with Johnson Products Ultra Sheen (aka “grease) and finished with Ampro Pro Styl on my baby hairs. After all, It’s a 90’s ‘do.
All in all, it was a fun experiment.
It was nice to have a throwback moment but uhh… by the looks of things, I have a long night of deep conditioning ahead of me.
Watch the full experiment here: