Those that know me or have followed The Chronicles for awhile know that I am obsessed with Davines All-In-One Milk. Recently, I tried a new leave-in treatment and I have to say that my hair has never felt softer or smoother.
Current obsession: Restore Perfecting Spray from Living Proof.
Keep reading to see the breakdown of the product that actually makes me want to wash my hair.
While most beauty brands sprout from professionals in the industry, Living Proof has a different story. Robert Langer, an MIT graduate and professor, founded it to be a solution-oriented response to frizz. Huh? Langer has a long history of biotechnology, working on tissue engineering and drug delivery systems in the body. He has won many awards and started many companies that look at the different ways in which we can study and adapt biology to improve lifestyles. His notable work has improved the way chemotherapy is delivered to patients with brain cancer and insulin is processed in those with Type I diabetes.
“Juliya, this is a beauty blog.”
In 2005, Langer started Living Proof after inventing a molecule called polyfluoroester. This became an ingredient in every Living Proof product, starting with the first product - NoFrizz. This molecule bonds tightly to the hair to block water from being absorbed so that humidity wouldn’t cause the hair to frizz. This is also a lightweight alternative to the silicones and sulfates that are traditionally used, as these additives weigh hair down and are not ideal for all textures of hair. The result is a product line that delivers on the goal of smooth and tame hair for all thicknesses and textures - even super curly hair!
Langer partnered with Mitch DeRosa, hairstylist and salon owner, as well as some venture capital partners to launch the brand. In 2012, Jennifer Aniston bought ownership in Living Proof and in 2016, the company was acquired by Unilever. One of the benefits of being owned by Unilever is that the brand has seen an expansion in their distribution, going from salons and QVC to Sephora and other mainstream beauty retailers. While many may be put off by the large corporate acquisition, the products have maintained their incredible formulations and deliver high results - just as Langer intended.
Now let’s talk about the:
Water = Water
PEG/PPG-8/3 Laurate = Hair Conditioner
Dicetyldimonium Chloride = Anti-static Agent
Butylene Glycol = Fragrance (may be sensitizing to skin)
Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (OFPMA) = Proprietary Molecule for Smoothness
Polyquaternium-37 = Anti-static Agent/Barrier Forming Protector
Polyquaternium-7 = Anti-static Agent/Barrier Forming Protector
Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride = Anti-static Agent/Barrier Forming Protector
PPG-26-Buteth-26 = Fragrance/Hair Conditioning Agent
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil = Fragrance (Castor Oil has also been used in DIY beauty to strengthen hair - including lashes and brows).
Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract = Antioxidant
Hydrolyzed Corn Starch = Humectant (maintains moisture)
Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract = Conditioning Agent
Amaranthus Hypochondriacus Leaf Extract = Antioxidant
Zea Mays (Corn) Starch = Absorbent Material/Thickens Formula (alternative to talc)
Glycerin = Humectant
PPG-1 Trideceth-6 = Emulsifying Agent (thickens formula)
Propylene Glycol = Fragrance/Humectant (can be irritating if it gets in eyes)
Propanediol = Viscosity Reducing Agent (helps the product move through the spray straw without clogging)
Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate = Emollient (moisturizes and protects)
Alaria Esculenta Extract = Brown Algae Oil (contains amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals)
Phenoxyethanol = Preservative
Ethylhexylglycerin = Preservative (alternative to parabens)
Fragrance = Fragrance
Hexyl Cinnamal = Fragrance (smells like jasmine, may be sensitizing to skin)
Limonene = Fragrance (may be sensitizing to skin)
Linalool = Fragrance (may be sensitizing to skin)
Citronellol = Fragrance (may be sensitizing to skin)
Butylphenyl Methylpropional = Fragrance (can trigger allergies - considered toxic in Canada)
When an ingredient that is used as a fragrance is labeled on its own (aka not lumped under “fragrance”) it’s because it can be irritating to some or trigger allergies.
HOW TO USE
Towel or air dry your hair until it’s wet but not saturated. Shake the bottle of Restore and spray liberally from roots of ends of hair. If you have sensitive skin, avoid spraying on your roots as it might irritate your scalp. You can spray a good amount because the lack of silicones and parabens will lead to your natural texture not being weighed down.
You can then brush through your hair with a wide tooth comb. For those with straight or slightly wavy hair can use a Wet Brush to brush through. The Restore spray will help gently detangle your hair while minimizing breakage. I don’t recommend brushing through wet hair without the right tools - it causes breakage.
You can then air dry your hair or style as usual. The product will protect your tresses from hot tools for up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This product is also very gentle to use on color-treated and chemically processed hair. It will moisturize the hair shaft without stripping any color or texture.
This product comes in two sizes. $29 for the full size (8 oz/ 236 mL) or $16 for the travel size (1.7 oz/ 50 mL). The smell is delightful and the product works. My hair is both dyed and exposed to heat tools almost every day. I notice when I forget to use this product because my hair looks dry and gross. For an added bit of luxe, I will layer this spray over my Davines milk.
This formula isn’t the “cleanest” out there but it is much more gentle and lightweight than many of the other leave-in conditioners on the market.
It’s easy enough to use and it might just change your hair life. The other results I’ve noticed since using Restore Perfecting Spray is that my hair held it’s style longer. What? My hair is thick and stick straight. Usually it takes a lot of texture spray and hairspray to keep waves and curls in for the whole day. With this product I’ll blow dry my locks, throw them through a flatiron, and I don’t need to do anything else. The style stays.
What I would recommend is buying the travel size and trying it out. A word of warning - everyone I’ve recommended this product to (different hair textures and thicknesses) have loved it and the results they’ve gotten from using it.