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    I Tried Customized Shampoo And Conditioner And I'm Obsessed

    I am officially a hair goddess, and you can be one too! 💁

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    Fun fact: Becoming a real adult means taking care of yourself in ways you never thought or cared about before.

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    As I enter my late twenties, I’ve started sprinkling some wellness goals into my everyday life, like getting enough sleep instead of binge-watching TV all night, establishing a consistent skincare routine instead of only using lotion when I "feel like it," and even doing yoga.

    My newest endeavor was to up my haircare, because TBH my locks have been pretty neglected.

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    The old Alex just bought whichever haircare products were cheapest or smelled the best among the sea of bottles at the drug store, but the new Alex is going to put some thought behind what she's using.

    So when Function of Beauty asked me, a branded writer, to try their hair products as a part of my job at BuzzFeed, I decided it was the perfect way to start my new haircare journey!

    It turns out that Function of Beauty is a haircare line that creates personalized shampoos and conditioners for your unique hair needs.

    The Function of Beauty journey begins by taking a quiz about your hair and what goals you are trying to achieve.

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    I have literally never thought about my hair this much in my life! Like, IS my scalp oily? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    My hair goals are:

    - Deep condition (to stop tangles in their tracks)

    - Thermal protection (I love a good curl)

    - Lengthen (GROW, BABY!)

    - Hydrate (help my locks be less straw-like)

    - Strengthen (please don’t break, hairs).

    Next, the FUN STUFF! You get to pick your own fragrance (I went with peach because I trusted the masses) and your own beautiful colors.

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    I spent way too long playing with the perfect pastel combos and ended up going with pink because that’s my favorite color. But, spoiler alert: My next order will be that epic turquoise!

    Finally, the day arrived!! I received my package in the mail, and it felt like Christmas morn'! I also got their mini travel bottles, which are too dang adorable.

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    Let me tell you this: Nothing makes you feel more adult-y than having really pretty, uniform products in your shower. Usually I don’t want anyone entering the nightmare that is my bathroom, but I knew if someone saw those bottles with my freakin' name on them, they would think, “Wow, this girl has her life figured out.”

    There was even a pamphlet that described a regimen for my hair and reminded me of the specific goals of my formula.

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    All ingredients are included as well, so you know exactly what you are putting on your head.

    Plus, STICKERS!!! While these are meant for the bottles, I opted to put them on everything. Because you’re never too old for stickers!

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    Now, you are probably thinking, "Shut up about the stickers. HOW DID THE PRODUCT WORK??" To that, I say, "Rude. But also, it was great!"

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    After a few weeks of use, my hair felt softer, stronger, and was noticeably easier to brush when I got out of the shower (which led to less breakage). After my very first use, I even thought that I hadn’t washed out the conditioner because my hair was so silky! I literally could not stop myself from constantly running my fingers through my new velvety locks.

    One of the best parts about this product is that you can subscribe to have it delivered whenever you need (every month, every three months, or every six months) — so no more panicked trips to the store.

    Overall, I definitely think I upped my haircare game like a true adult. At first I wasn't sure how a simple switch in shampoo and conditioner could really do anything, but I'm super happy with my silky-smooth results! For my next order, I may try switching up the goals to see if I notice any difference. (I'm thinkin' the "shine" goal is next!)

    Want to try Function of Beauty for yourself? It’s easy! Take the quiz to get started.