When you take three of the world’s top hairstylists and put them together to create a forward thinking, innovative haircare line, you get the new R+Co line. R+Co has Howard McLaren, the Garren and Thom Priano at the helm and what you get is a fun, stylish line of hair products with attitude. Another interesting fact about this new line? The Oribe product line is part of the same parent company… need I say more? When Seattle’s Gene Juarez Salon invited me in to sit down with a senior stylist and try the line for myself with a blowout, I was excited and ready for some hair play.
The minute I read about this line and the brains behind it, I was intrigued. R+Co is a unique line and it keeps the health of your hair and scalp as its top priority with all of their products being treatment oriented. Every detail was thought of; from the stylish packaging, the different fragrances each product features to the ingredients at the very core of the line. All of their products were formulated without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and petrolatum. They are also vegan, gluten free, cruelty free and color safe.
R+Co is also an extensive line of hair care products with a total of 23 pieces that target any hair concern. The line of shampoos and conditioners alone address shine, protecting your color, smoothing hair, thickening hair and providing moisture. Then there are the styling sprays, my favorite of the bunch. It is all about creating the perfect foundation to make styling easier and R+Co has just what you need to do that.
I’ve tried all of the shampoos and conditioners, I loved the way they all made my hair feel but my favorite product by far is One, their prep spray. It acts as a heat protectant but more importantly, it evens out the texture of your hair. If you think of filling in holes in a wall with spackle, One aims to even the porosity of your hair the same way so everything works better together.
The fragrances throughout the line are also very intriguing, they were created by the same team responsible for the Oribe line’s irresistible fragrance. With R+Co, you have different fragrances for different products instead of one universal fragrance across the entire line. All of them are enticing. I remember sitting in the shampoo chair at the salon trying to figure out what I was smelling and I couldn’t put my finger on it.
Curiosity got the best of me and I had to get more information on these scents… Maybe R+Co will release them as perfume like Oribe did? I can hope…
Dark Waves – a warm romantic scent with cardamom, pineapple, tangerine, lavender, bamboo and blonde woods
Relative Paradise – a bright earthy composition with sicilian lemon, tangerine, eucalyptus, green tea, tree moss and crisp amber
Serious Gaze – a bright oriental composition with juniper berries, blood orange, rhubarb, leather accord, violet and dark woods
Rosy Eyed – a spirited unpredictable scent with bergamot, wild fig, cyclamen, lotus flower, cedarwood and tonka beans
Love Bite – a sophisticated and vibrant scent with orange, rhubarb, cardamom, juicy fig, guava, blonde woods and amber
Curiosity also led me to find out which product featured which scent:
Dallas Shampoo & Conditioner, Thickening Spray
Bel Air Shampoo & Conditioner
Tinsel Smoothing Oil
Gemstone Shampoo & Conditioner
Park Ave Blow Out Balm
Aircraft Pomade Mousse
Continental Glossing Wax
Conformist Hair Paste
One Prep Spray
Rockaway Salt Spray
Moon Shampoo & Conditioner
Jackpot Styling Crème
Mannequin Styling Paste
Atlantis Shampoo & Conditioner
Outer Space Flexible Hairspray
Death Valley Dry Shampoo
Chiffon Styling Mousse
It all smells so, so, so good. I wouldn’t mind wearing these scents on a daily basis. The packaging is also worth noting here, I love its aesthetic and fantastic imagery. Howard McLaren himself shot all of the images used on the packaging. The naming of each product is also very clever with a nod to its inspiration, to big hair Dallas for thickening or Rockaway for its sea salt spray for texture.
The most expensive items in the R+Co line top out at $29, you’ll find the styling products are among the most expensive with shampoo and conditioner around $24 each. Compared to Oribe, it is a much more affordable line with products that perform well (with the exception of the dry shampoo, that was just meh). I would suggest trying a travel size version before you commit to this line with an open wallet.