When I was younger, I was obsessed with the story of Rumplestiltskin. One, because saying Rumplestiltskin out loud made me giggle, and two, because spinning straw into gold sounded like the best magical power ever (clearly, I was not yet mature enough to realize flying or becoming invisible is much more useful).
As an adult, my fascination with the story had waned—up until a few weeks ago, when I experienced my own Rumplestiltskin-esque moment. My hair, which has always veered into dry, straw-like territory, despite the fact that I never heat style or even do much to it at all, suddenly transformed into soft, spun silk before my eyes. This is not an exaggeration. Well, it’s a slight exaggeration, but one that is justly used. The magical transformation was the result of—no, not a strange little man (thankfully?)—but rather a product line I am now never letting out of my sight: Kevin Murphy’s repair regimen.
For those unschooled, Kevin Murphy is a botanical hair care line created by the eponymous Australian hair guru. The brand is founded on a philosophy that you should treat your hair with the same care that you treat your skin. Consisting of the REPAIR.ME Wash ($34), the REPAIR.ME Rinse ($37), and the RE.STORE Repairing Cleansing Treatment ($36), the line was created to—you guessed it—repair dry, damaged strands with nourishing superfood proteins that bind to the hair.
Pineapple fruit extract is rich in nutrients and antioxidants that lend its anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains vitamin C and enzymes that work to make hair softer, shinier, and thicker.
First things first—can we talk about these cute blue bottles? They’re ergonomically designed to fit right in the palm of your hand, and they brought my shower situation from drab and boring to totally Instagrammable. Now on to the smell: The first thing you’ll notice after squeezing out the product is the delectable scent. Ingredients like pineapple fruit extract and papaya make it smell like a tropical vacation in a bottle, but not in a cheesy way. There’s a touch of musk or something that elevates the fragrance. If I could bottle it into a perfume, I would. (To anyone from the Kevin Murphy team who may be reading this, I ask: perfume oil? Just putting it out there.)
The Wash and the Rinse should be used together anytime you would normally shampoo and condition. Then, once or twice a week, sub in the RE.STORE cleansing conditioning treatment in place of the Wash and the Rinse. I will say this: I tried this method, and it didn’t exactly work for me. When I subbed in the RE.STORE, my strands came out somewhat stringy and didn't feel quite clean. I gave it another chance, though, and decided to use the Wash first, then follow with the RE.STORE (in place of the Rinse). That's when the magic happened.
My hair—rough, textured, and prone to drying to a shape resembling a frizzy poof-ball—somehow air-dried into soft, touchable waves. I braided my hair and left it in for a few minutes while it was almost dry, so that might explain the waves, but the softness was all courtesy of the products. I had put nothing else in my hair post-shower, and my strands looked like I had just gotten a haircut.
I’m not the only one who thought so. Literally, later that morning, a co-worker asked me if I had gotten my hair colored or cut because it looked “so pretty.” Natch, I continued using the Wash and the Rinse, subbing in the RE.STORE once a week, and marveled at the newly cashmere-soft state of my hair.
The final thing that convinced me that I had indeed stumbled across a fairytale-worthy regimen occurred a few nights ago, when I arrived home from work and was greeted by my boyfriend at the door. “Your hair looks really nice,” he said immediately. Shocked and speechless, I simply stared at him. “It looks really, like, healthy or something.”
Annnnd mic drop.