Beauty Review: Living Proof – Perfect Hair Day “PHD” Styling Treatment

Never before in my life have I used a hair product only one time and thought “Holy Grail.”  I actually made myself use Living Proof’s new styling treatment, Perfect Hair Day or “PHD” for short, two more times before I wrote this post.  I was that excited about it.

MY NEW LOVE:

Fast Friends.

Fast Friends.

OUR STORY:

I have used & loved Living Proof products before.  The styling product that works best for me was the “Full” styling cream.  Love it.  But I did always wish it smoothed out my hair a bit more.

HOW WE MET:

I came home one day last week and low-and-behold Ulta had sent me their monthly flyer in the mail.  They had a half-page ad on “PHD” listing that it was their new 5-in-1 styler.   You can find PHD at Ulta, Sephora, LivingProof.com, and I’ve seen it at local beauty supply stores.  This product is going to be big…  Like, Moroccan Oil, big.  I went to Ulta in West Hollywood and they were sold out so I called the Burbank Ulta (Yes, I’m that crazy) and they had one left.  I had them put it on hold for me and drove up that afternoon (can you say too much freeeeee time?).  I had just washed my hair that morning though, and only wash my hair a few times a week.  See my “How to Grow Out Your Hair” post for details on that.  So I had to wait a few days to try PHD.  A few long, painful days where I thought about breaking my own rules and just washing my hair two days in a row like some sort of beauty outlaw!

Promises, promises.

Promises, promises.

FIRST IMPRESSION:

After washing my hair and towel drying it, I put a pea size drop of Perfect Hair Day and only PHD on my hair.  They recommend to blow your hair dry for best results.  I normally only blow dry the roots, air dry my hair, then heat style from there, but since Living Proof is the Pro, I did what I was told.  I blew it about 70% dry then let it air dry the rest of the way.

Holy Smokes.  My hair was so smooth and still had so much body.  I couldn’t stop touching my hair.  It was so silky.  My hair is colored and heat styled and normally pretty dry so this was a Big Deal.  I ran my hands threw it so much, I ended up having to wash it the next day…I’M AN OUTLAW!

Blown out 70% dry then air dried.

Blown out 70% dry then air dried.

OUR SECOND DATE:

I did the same as above and got the same silky hair with volume.  Incredible.

Same deal.

Same deal.

THIRD DATE:

Put in the Perfect Hair Day, then I blew my hair out, then flat ironed it to make it stick straight.  I sprayed heat protectant on the ends before flat ironing, then re-read the PHD info and it said it offers both UV and heat protection.  Whoops.  I don’t mind doubling up on heat protection though, especially when I’m blow drying all the way, then heat styling.  So damaging!  I usually blow dry my roots then let the rest air dry if I know I’m going to heat style (flat iron, curling iron, etc) my hair.  My hair way so silky, and so big from blow drying it all the way.  It felt super soft and moisturized.  Usually after I flat iron it has the texture of straw.  My hair after using PHD felt like the hair equivalent of the amazing sheets they put on top of the pillow top beds at fancy hotels.  This stuff is LUXE, baby.

Is this real life?

Is this real life or I am dreaming about all that volume and smoothness??

PHD

THE ONLY DOWNSIDE:

This packaging is slightly harder to get the product out than the other Living Proof products I have tried.  You have to shake all the product to the top to get it out or you’ll be squeezing the bottle forever.

THE VERDICT:

True love.  This product does what it says.  It is incredible.  It is one of the best hair products I have ever used.  And for $26, it is a steal because you truly won’t need to buy separate volumizing, smoothing, and repairing creams.  Also, you are putting way less product in your hair by just using one cream.  As Martha Stewart would say, “It’s a good thing.”

Ended up going with a ponytail.  Love you, Living Proof.

Ended up going with a ponytail. Love you, Living Proof.

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**UPDATE**  Perfect Hair Day has continued to blow my mind.  I wanted to share more photos, because it is the first time ever that I have been able to blow dry my hair and get results I’m happy with.

The first two photos are what my hair has looked like before when I’d blow dry, not using Perfect Hair Day.

Blow dry before using Living Proof PHD

Blow dry before using Living Proof PHD

Screen shot 2013-10-20 at 10.45.02 PMAnd AFTER:

I used Aveeno Volumizing foam mousse at the roots, a small dab of Living Proof Prime (if I want my style to last 3 to 4 days without having to touch it up), Perfect Hair Day from roots to ends, and finished with a small drop of argan oil for shine and polish.  I blew my hair dry with a round brush and twirled the hair away from my face as I was blowdrying it.  I included a photo of that in case it doesn’t make sense.

Blew hair dry while twirling it away from my face.

Blew hair dry while twirling it away from my face.

Right after I finished.  Still some frizziness at the back and crown of my head, but the ends and around the face are very smooth.  Also, outfit choice #1 for the evening :)

Right after I finished. Still some frizziness at the back and crown of my head, but the ends and around the face are very smooth. Also, outfit choice #1 for the evening 🙂

Right after blow drying.  No heat tools yet (flat iron or curling iron.)

Right after blow drying. No heat tools yet (flat iron or curling iron.)

After running through the back pieces with a 1.5 inch Hot Tools curling iron to get remaining frizz out.

After running through the back pieces with a 1.5 inch Hot Tools curling iron to get remaining frizz out.

Added two pieces of 15" length clip in extensions for volume.  Tried to give a very fierce look with laughable results.  A+ for effort, right?  Outfit #2.

Added two pieces of 15″ length clip in extensions for volume. Tried to give a very fierce look with laughable results. A+ for effort, right? Outfit #2.

Can you use Prime with PHD?

I’ve seen this question a lot.  I’ve used Living Proof’s Prime on it’s own, PHD on it’s own, and the two products combined now.  They are both fantastic on their own, but I really, really love using them together.  I just use a tiny amount of both, barely half a pea size, putting the prime on my hair first, then the PHD.  They are both so lightweight that it’s not too heavy a combo for my hair and this product combo can make my style last for 3 to 4 days without ANY touchups.  Pretty incredible.  I used to have to touch up my curls or re- flat iron my bangs every day!

I got a blow out using PHD:

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Now available at livingproof.com, Ulta, and Sephora.  I’ll keep you guys updated if I see it anywhere else.

LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY IS MY CRACK.

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17 Comments
  • hotchickitydog
    October 17, 2013

    LOVE this stuff … thanks for the kick in the butt to go get it.

    • mollykirker@yahoo.com
      October 17, 2013

      So glad to hear it! I am fully addicted to it also 🙂

  • Annet
    November 8, 2013

    A griend of mine is in New York right now! Would like her to bring it back to Holland for me.. Where can she buy this?

    • mollykirker@yahoo.com
      November 8, 2013

      Tell her to try Ulta! That’s where I found mine. Of if she’s in NY for at least a week she can order it right from http://www.livingproof.com and have it shipped to her hotel. But she can probably find it at an Ulta!

  • Tricia
    November 10, 2013

    I am goin to buy this tomorrow. I’ve tried so many things and nothing works. Dry, frizzy. Ugh, I hope that it works just as good for me! Thanks for the review!!

    • mollykirker@yahoo.com
      November 18, 2013

      Thank you, Tricia! What did you think? Have you tried it yet?

  • Sharon Houston
    November 10, 2013

    I just picked this up (plenty of bottles at the Weho Ulta, ladies) and Molly, you are correct. This stuff is a miracle. I look like the Cuban version of Cindy Crawford this morning (hair only) and I am in LURVE with this product! Thank you!!!!

    • mollykirker@yahoo.com
      November 18, 2013

      Sharon, I love it!! Post a pic on Instagram please!

  • Ada Wang
    November 18, 2013

    Just bought 2 bottles with the Sephora VIB sale! Can’t wait to try this out. I’m using Style Extender (to keep the greasies away), then a half/half of Nourishing Cream and Thickening Cream. I’d love to make my routine shorter with better results, especially w two kids around!

    • mollykirker@yahoo.com
      November 18, 2013

      That’s awesome. I love the VIB sale. I haven’t gone a day without using PHD since I bought it. It makes everything so much easier. Let me know what you think!!

  • Amanda
    December 16, 2013

    Thank you SO much for this recommendation! I having been lusting over this product ever since I read your review. I finally got to ulta today and bought some. I jumped in the shower as soon as I got home, not being able to wait a moment longer to use it. It’s everything you said it was and more! I’m a natural redhead and this brought out my hair color in a way I didn’t know was possible. My hair is fine yet corse and thick, very thick. My hair has always been so dry and this stuff made my hair softer than it’s ever been before. It also smoothed and made my usually crazy wavy hair much straighter and manageable! Again thank you! I feel like a new woman :)!!!!!!

    • mollykirker@yahoo.com
      January 1, 2014

      I’m so glad you like it too! It’s such a game changer, especially if you have thick hair. Also, I’m jealous you are a natural redhead, as mine requires a lot of upkeep these days 🙂

  • Jennifer
    March 2, 2014

    Love the review! And your hair!! I purchased at ULTA yesterday and am using it for the first time today. Can’t wait!!

    • mollykirker@yahoo.com
      March 7, 2014

      Thank you, that’s so nice of you!! Let me know what you think of PHD, I’m loving it.

  • Abigail
    April 7, 2014

    I just ran across this review ( looking for some photo test runs before I purchased this product ) – awesome blog btw! Have you ever tried using this product and only air drying your hair ? How did it turn out ?

  • Penny B.
    May 20, 2014

    I received a deluxe sample from Sephora (about 5 washes) of the shampoo, conditioner and 5 in 1 treatment. Like you I was in love after the first use but made myself stay quiet until I tried it again. After 3 washes I was ready to purchase the full size of all three products! Glad I’m not the only one! Since I have some full bottles of Moroccanoil shampoo and conditioner at home I’m forcing myself to wait for a sale on PHD before buying….but it’s hard!

    • mollykirker@yahoo.com
      May 20, 2014

      It’s such amazing stuff!! To be honest, I didn’t like the PHD shampoo or conditioner. I felt like they really dried out my hair. But the PHD cream is so fabulous I can not go a day without it. So maybe just get the cream and use it with your shampoo and conditioner that you already have? Win-win? 🙂

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