As much as I love my alarmingly large collection of shampoos and serums, I like my snooze button even more. So when a beauty product promises a grand payoff with little-to-no effort, I put it at the top of my "must try" list. Enter Living Proof’s buzzy hair product, the Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector ($29). The overnight treatment promises to provide up to a week of shiny, vibrant, more manageable hair, and—the best part—claims to work while you’re sleeping. In other words: it might just bring me one step closer towards my Sleeping Beauty aspirations (sleep forever, wake up looking amazing and kissable—#goals).
The consistency of the product feels like a light lotion, and you’re instructed to apply it to either dry or damp strands before bed; I decided to try it on dry hair first. Be warned: the scent is strong, but smells like a mix of fresh laundry and a tropical drink, so it's not a negative odor. In fact, it’s nice drifting off to sleep, inhaling the pleasant, slightly fruity scent—even my boyfriend commented on how nice my hair smelled.
Living Proof co-owner, Jennifer Aniston, promised there wouldn’t be any residue on my pillow afterwards, and sure enough, the product absorbed instantly and my pillowcase wasn’t the slightest bit greasy the next morning. My hair did, however, feel slightly weighed down. It looked shinier, perhaps, but with a leftover, sticky residue. Maybe I had used too much? I tend to be overzealous with beauty products I’m excited about, so I decided to give it another go a few days later. This time, I used it on damp strands before bed. The next morning, when I woke up, I finally saw what all the fuss was about. My (far-less-weighed-down) hair was much softer, shinier, and healthier-looking overall. Even better, my formerly straw-like strands had a shine and movement I hadn’t seen since before I had gotten my hair professionally colored.
As a brunette with lightened ends, the struggle is real when it comes to finding hydrating, smoothing, silkening products that 1.) don’t require a lot of effort and 2.) don’t weigh my hair down. Living Proof’s patented healthy hair molecule, OFPMA (short for octafluoropentyl methacrylate), was the tall, cool drink of water my parched strands so sorely needed. I love the ease of use, and I’ve found that the product works equally well on freshly showered strands, as a makeshift leave-in conditioner. (I would recommend using it on damp or wet strands, since my dry hair experience didn't end as well.) After using it for a few weeks, I’m not sure sure if my hair has completely transformed—it still veers on the dry side—but it’s definitely looking healthier than it has in a long, long time. So good, in fact, that I’ve officially added this product to my nightly beauty routine—and coming from someone who can barely muster the energy to brush her hair before bed, that’s saying a lot.
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