When it comes to my hair, I’m a creature of habit (that’s my nice way of saying I’m boring). I shampoo, condition, quickly blow dry, and off I go. A few months back, I started adding in a few spritzes of Number 4™’s Super Comb Prep & Protect before styling it—and I absolutely loved how smooth it made my hair. If one product could do that, I wondered, what could the whole line do? So I bade farewell to my old routine, and turned my haircare over to Number 4™ products for one (amazing-smelling) week. Here’s what happened, day by day:
I didn’t stray too far from my usual wash-and-dry—but this time, I did it right. First up, some serious moisture for my still-dry-from-the-summer hair, with the Hydrating Shampoo and Reconstructing Masque. The recommended one pump of the shampoo didn’t look like it would be enough, especially since it didn’t suds much—but it left my hair feeling thoroughly clean. I liberally spritzed my hair with Prep & Protect, then worked in two pumps of Blow Dry Lotion and actually blew out my hair with a round brush (not my fingers, for once). It took five minutes less than usual, and added some smoothness and control to my thick-tending-towards-poofy hair.
I’d normally enjoy a blowout like yesterday’s for two days (or, okay, three) but more new products beckoned. I worked a few drops of the Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil from the middle of my hair down to the ends, fashioned a quick fishtail braid, then spritzed on Non-Aerosol Hairspray to keep everything in place. The result was a sleek, shiny braid that didn’t have that matte, motionless look of hairsprayed strands. Another upside: The spray had just enough hold to leave me with beachy waves when I took out my braid that evening. (Note to self for next summer.)
I went for the straight-and-styled look, washing again with the Hydrating Shampoo and the Reconstructing Masque (which, though I only used a nickel-sized dollop of it, instantly made my hair noticeably softer and less prone to tangles). I worked in a small amount of the Support Solution to nourish my hair before subjecting it to hot tools, then roughly blow dried it. I spritzed on tons of the Thermal Styling Spray, then lightly flatironed it. I finished with a small braid, set with the hairspray. Despite the number of products, each one was so lightweight I couldn’t feel them at all when I was finished styling. What’s more, my hair was surprisingly humidity-proof (as I learned once I stepped outside).
Yesterday’s humidity turned into a drizzle, so I put my hair in a ballerina bun in a preemptive effort to prevent major hair poofiness. I set the style with several generous spritzes of Mighty Hair Spray. The supercharged spray didn’t feel crunchy, and it kept my updo firmly in place all through the day, even through an after-work wardrobe change to meet some friends for dinner.
Day 5 + 6
I gave my hair a deep clean with the Clarifying Shampoo and Reconstructing Masque. Post-shower, I spritzed on Prep & Protect then worked the Styling Foam into my roots to give my hair extra lift. (By now, I’d learned Number 4’s potent formulas can be used sparingly.) I blew dry my hair, prepped with Thermal Styling Spray, added loose waves with a curling iron, and set the look with Non-Aerosol Hairspray. The finished style had lots of body and bounce (if I do say so myself).
On day six, my curls were still going strong. Given how rarely I curl my hair, I wasn’t about to mess with that. I smoothed on a drop of Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil for a bit of extra brightness and headed to work.
To top off my week, I went back to my trusty blow dry. After pampering my hair with Number 4 treatments for seven days, my hair felt remarkably silky. I've learned to use a bit less of each product than I think I'll need, like working in a single pump of Blow Dry Lotion to get smoothness and hold without weighing down my hair. I’ll definitely be adding these potent products (and, who knows, maybe even a few more adventurous styles) to my regular repertoire.