I like foam in my gingerbread lattes and foam in my cleansing conditioners! I’m addicted to both.
WHAT’S A FOAM CLEANSING CONDITIONER?
Did you know that foam cleansing conditioners were a thing? Like O.G. cleansing conditioners, they gently wash and condition your hair (yes, at the same time), but unlike the traditional cleansing conditioners (co-washes), which have a lotion-like consistency, the foaming varieties are lighter, airier, and don’t weigh down your hair, resulting in a big boost in volume.
I had no idea they even existed until I started using R+Co Analog (it’s AMAZEBALLS), which, incidentally, I used to the very last drop.
I love it, but like a good beauty junkie, I wanted to see what else is out there, which is how Drybar Double Standard Cleansing Conditioning Foam ended up in my basket on my last Sephora trip.
It’s $28 for a 6.6-oz. bottle, and it’s just as good, IMO, if not a little better, than Analog in some ways.
Either way, I’m all about that #foamlife now. There’s no way I’ll ever go back to ye olde timey cleansing conditioners!
WHO’S IT FOR?
You name it — thick hair, fine, curly, color-treated manes.
The gal at Sephora who talked me into it told me that women who exercise a lot love it because it gently, but oh, so thoroughly, removes sweat and oil from your scalp, and it does it without stripping every micro-ounce of moisture or color from your head.
It’s a good fit for people who like to wash their hair daily but don’t want the drying effects that come with daily shampooing, or, peeps who want to avoid the buildup they get from traditional co-washes or heavy conditioners.
HOW TO USE IT
After wetting your hair, apply the cozy, caramel latte-smelling foam to your roots.
Massage it in like you would a regular shampoo to break up the oils, dirt and grime.
(Note: Don’t expect big bubbles as you do this, in case you were wondering.)
When you feel your roots are sufficiently de-gunked, work the remaining amount down to your ends (you might need an additional dollop if your hair goes past your shoulders like mine), then rinse it out.
And that’s it! No need for additional conditioner, although Drybar does recommend using a regular shampoo/conditioner combo after using Double Standard two to four times, presumably to prevent product buildup.
LOTTA LIFT AND CURL
My wavy, color-treated hair is on the drier side, and the first time I used Double Standard, I awoke the next morning with more waves than usual and lots of lift at the roots.
Like it does when I use R+Co Analog, my hair feels legit clean and hydrated afterwards. No dry ends! My scalp doesn’t flake or otherwise go nuts either, and my manufactured dark chocolate hair color stays on my strands, instead of washing down the drain.
THE FINAL WORD
I love it. Double Standard does all the great stuff Analog does, but I think Double Standard’s conditioner, which is just as hydrating, feels a tad lighter than Analog, which is why I end up with so much volume and curl.
I still love Analog to pieces, but Double Standard is up there, too. I don’t think you can go wrong with either, but I’d recommend Double Standard if your hair is very fine, and your priority is loads o’ lift.
Another big plus: it’s easy to find, because it’s carried at Sephora and Ulta.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,