Ok. I admit it. I have notoriously bad hair. I’m not sure why, but I can never seem to find the time for it. I meticulously plan my outfit; my accessories are never a whim; I don’t leave the house without at least a dash of mascara and some lipgloss. But hair? I’m not ashamed of a wet ponytail (well, I kind of am), I can’t quite make it to the salon for six-week color upkeep, and I can’t remember my last trim. I know that none of this is good, but at least now I have HerCut.
HerCut lauds itself as “the first-ever hair care collection tailored to your haircut, not your hair type.” Available exclusively at Sephora, Hercut is made to give you that first-day-haircut-look everyday. Using the premise that there are really only five essential hair styles—The Bob, The Pixie, The Shag, The Blunt Cut and Long Layers—the developers created products (or Catalysts, as they call them, since the product reacts with the heat of your hairdryer) to work with your hair on a molecular level to control motion and separation, ensuring that your hair conforms to your cut. Pretty genius, eh? But does it work?
My neglected hair was quite a test for this product, and I certainly wouldn’t have blamed HerCut if my hair remained its unfortunate, fine, limp, stringy-with-fried-ends self. But, much to my surprise, HerCut’s Catalyst for Long Layers really and truly made a HUGE difference (yes, I did have to whip out the dusty ol’ hairdryer). The layers seemed to hold onto each other, falling in waves and hiding split ends. My hair also suddenly had some lift and shine. How did they do that?
The science of the Long Layers Catalyst revolves around its Spring Polymer Technology. This patent-pending technology creates flexible connections between layers via coil-shaped molecules. The result? Bouncy layers with lots of movement.
The technology behind the haircare for the other four basic cuts (also patent-pending) is just as simple, and I’ll bet the results are just as profound.
The Blunt Catalyst uses a Compress-Ion Polymer Technology to wind an invisible matrix around each hair fiber, compressing it and forming a bridge to the next hair fiber, ensuring movement that is always in unison.
A Shag has lots of layers and is meant to look random and multi-dimensional. So, the Shag Catalyst uses Ionicon Polymer Technology, which creates separation and weight dispersion through negatively charged macromolecules. These negative charges repel each other, creating a controlled separation.
The Pixie cut is a little more versatile than some of the other cuts in that this always-short style can be worn sleek or tousled. The Pixie Catalyst uses something called D3 Polymer Technology that creates a strong, flexible mesh that loosely connects hair while still allowing you to shape and contour.
The look of our old friend, The Bob, is angular and moves forward with geometric precision (just like it does on the icons it mentions on the box, shown in the photo above). The Bob Catalyst, therefore, uses a Tumbling Polymer Technology to anchor the ends of the cut and pull it forward, showing off the glory of this cut’s clean, precise lines.
I love modern technology!
HerCut also offers a line of sulfate and paraben-free shampoos and conditioners to work in concert with their Catalyst products. Unlike the Catalysts, each of these is made for your hair type (not cut).
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