There are very few products that I refuse to spend a pretty penny on, opting for drugstore finds that are just as good (if not better) than their luxury counterparts — namely, mascara and false lashes … and thanks to Monday Haircare, I can now add shampoo and conditioner to that same short list.
MONDAY Haircare is a luxury brand with a drugstore price point that’s taking the beauty space by storm. Dreamed up by New Zealand-born entrepreneur, Jaimee Lupton, the Monday formulas are impossibly dreamy, are made with clean ingredients, are housed in 100% recyclable (and totally adorable) pink bottles sans any sticky plastic labels, and most importantly — the deeply nourishing formulas actually work.
If you find that you’re in need of a new wash routine that truly spoils your strands (be them straight, wavy, curly, or coily), the brand can be spotted in your local Target, Ulta, CVS, and more, and is currently made available in four ranges catered to your unique hair goals: Volume, Smooth, Moisture, and Gentle. Cruelty-free, vegan, and made without parabens or SLS, each product shares the same signature scent that can be described as both refreshingly clean and deeply intoxicating — and my double-shampoo and condition regime has quickly become something I truly look forward to at the end of a long day.
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Monday Haircare Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
- $7.99 each
- No SLS
- Contains coconut oil, ginger root extract, and provitamin B5
My Hair Type
As someone who has hair on the thinner side (albeit, a lot of it), I am always lusting over formulas that can provide that extra voluminous oomph so many prefer. Teasing at the roots can cause unwanted damage to delicate strands, and a salon-worthy blowout is not always accessible on the regular — so I’ll take any slight edge I can to add a bit more body to my hair within my daily routine.
The Monday Haircare Volume Range
Enter Monday’s Volume range — a matching shampoo and conditioner that does just that, all while looking impossibly chic in my shower. Packed with loads of hair-healthy ingredients, this collection in particular features ginger root and pro-vitamin B5, as well as vitamin E (which is a thread through every product created by the brand thus far).
My First Impression
Decadent and stunningly rich, the shampoo formula quickly suds into a smooth, calming lather that feels softly soothing on my scalp. While my locks most definitely feel clean after one wash with this particular shampoo, I always double-wash as it assures my day three (or sometimes day four) hair is squeaky clean and feeling fresh. Perhaps my favorite thing about the formula — other than the fact that it does exactly what it promises — is the sweet aroma that calms and caresses my senses. A modern, sun-kissed floral that doesn’t smell powdery or overpowering, the stunningly elegant gardenia note takes centerstage, and is met with a particular brightness and creaminess that is all things calming, invigorating, and indulgent.
With the same dreamy scent, the conditioner is just as rich and luxurious, all while feeling lightweight for that added bounce once hair is dry. It instantly latches onto my ends, feeling impossibly silky-smooth within my fingers, and washes away without stripping my strands of the formula’s goodness. Once my hair is ready to dry, I definitely do notice a more moisturized appearance, and paired with my favorite blow dry brush, my hair feels light as air and lifted with a bit more volume.
The Results & My Final Verdict
All that to say, the only thing I wish MONDAY had was more products to explore — like a hair oil, deep conditioning mask, or perhaps an alcohol-free hair perfume to round out my routine (with the same clean floral aroma, of course) … though I’m sure as they are slowly but surely approaching cult-fave status, there will be more launches on the horizon. Until then, I’m keeping this duo in my current routine.
Product Name: Monday Haircare Volume Shampoo
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamide MEA, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Decyl Glucoside, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium PCA, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Tetradecene, Bht, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Sulfate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Sodium Sulfite, Hexadecene, Butylene Glycol, Linalool, Parfum (Fragrance).
Size: Available in 354ml (12 fl oz) and 796ml (27 fl oz)
Best For: Fine Hair
Product Name: Monday Haircare Volume Conditioner
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Isododecane, Sodium Pca, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance).
Size: Available in 354ml (12 fl oz) and 796ml (27 fl oz)
Best For: Fine Hair
11 E-Girl Hairstyle Trends That Basically Scream Y2K
From regencycore to the coquette aesthetic and the “clean girl” look, TikTok has introduced the world to so many style movements it feels impossible to keep track. Currently, there’s another noteworthy trend on the rise: the e-girl aesthetic (short for electronic girl), a term you might recognize from Doja Cat’s e-girl makeup tutorial.
If you’re unfamiliar, the e-girl look is essentially a mismatch of trends pulled from pastel goth, anime, and indie sleaze styles — the result of which is rather reminiscent of Tumblr circa the late 2000s and early 2010s. And one of its most standout features is the e-girl hairstyle: think two-toned hair colors, pastel shags, and heavily accessorized Y2K-inspired hairstyles, all juxtaposed with ultra soft glam.
“The e-girl look is very cutesy,” says Lauren Milici, digital trends expert and entertainment writer at GamesRadar+ and Total Film. She describes the standard e-girl makeup as having blush on the nose, white eyeliner to make the eyes look bigger, and overlining the upper lip for a “pouty” appearance. As for why it’s so popular? It’s super versatile. “People are able to adapt it to their vibe, whether it’s gothy or bright,” she says. And contemporary TikTok can’t get enough of it: #egirl and #egirls have amassed a combined 19.3 billion views on the platform.
Feeling inspired? Read on for 11 trending hairstyles that’ll help unleash your inner e-girl.
Since the e-girl aesthetic is all about everything “cute,” it’s only logical that one of the most popular hairstyles would pull its inspiration from ultimate cute girl icon Baby Spice with ’90s-era pigtails.
For another way to rock just a pop of color, try a bright, face-framing money piece — think Bella Hadid’s copper-hued highlights. A little bit of color can go a long way.
Nicknamed “grunge buns,” this half-updo is easy to style, works with all hair types, and has been spotted on practically every e-girl imaginable.
The wolf cut, which is essentially a mullet and shag combo, is both edgy and chic — and it’s a look e-girl queen Billie Eilish has recently sported… so it’s a prime example of the aesthetic.
E-girls also love statement braids. You can clip in extensions for extra length or simply braid your natural hair and tie colorful tinsel or string (or any accessory) throughout for a bold Y2K aesthetic.
Sleek buns are forever chic, but for a more Y2K-style e-girl look, go with baby buns, a miniature version that’s customizable — wear them as a single bun or cover your head in them for ultimate cutesy vibes.
If you’re looking for some fringe, you could get some ultra-chic curtain bangs (another look sported by Billie Eilish). The face-framing chop is still edgy, but not too dramatic, and looks good no matter the hair color or texture.
Shags reign supreme in the land of e-girls, and so too do two-toned hair colors. Reminiscent of Cruella DeVille’s iconic ‘do, the look leans more into the “goth” side of pastel goth — and it’s just as legendary as the character who made it famous. (Wait, so was Cruella an e-girl?)
Bubble braids, and their close cousin the bubble pony (as seen on Euphoria) are shockingly easy to style: All you need are a handful of rubber bands. Plus, they can be accessorized according to your mood, so while the style is simple, it’s still show-stopping (and Gigi Hadid and Olivia Rodrigo-approved).
You can never go wrong with late ‘90s, early 2000s-era butterfly clips. The bedazzled look is a whimsical way to add some color to your hairdo.
Miranda Kerr’s Nighttime Skin Care Routine Includes Affirmations
Though she truly needs no introduction, Miranda Kerr is perhaps most notably recognized as the founder of the certifiably organic, sustainable-centric, and completely vegan and cruelty-free brand KORA Organics. Powered by active ingredients native to her homeland (like the antioxidant-rich superfood, noni, which is a common thread throughout the entire range), KORA’s mission is to approach product creation with love for the body and mind, as well as Mother Earth.
Along with being a hands-on CEO and skin care mogul, she also happens to be one of the most sought after international supermodels, a wife, a boy mom of three, an author, a passionate wellness warrior, a home design aficionado, a crystal-loving yogi … and that’s only scratching the surface, as it’s her character, grace, and kindness that truly stood out the most during our chat.
With an exciting KORA Organics launch on the horizon, I had the opportunity to speak with Kerr about the newness, affirmations, and more — just as she was waking up (and fighting jet lag) in sunny Australia, and my afternoon sky began to turn shades of deep blue all the way across the world in New York.
Harnessing the power of the ocean by way of active algae, the KORA Organics Active Algae Lightweight Moisturizer brings something fresh to the brand’s range. After incorporating it into my own routine for the past few weeks, I would describe it as a bouncy, hydrating, and light-as-air formula that brings some much-needed calm into my daily routine. Giving my complexion a juicy glow, while working to heal and smooth any blemishes or texture I may be struggling with, the moisturizer’s formula is completely fragrance-free — though the natural aromatherapy quality is softly floral with traces of the crystal-clear ocean, fresh alpine rose, sweet basil, and earthy geranium.
Aside from the powerful formula (that has personally created my most radiant, glowing complexion to date), Kerr goes on to explain the added benefits of incorporating this moisturizer into your routine: “Every single KORA Organics product has its own positive word on the back of the bottle, as well as its own crystal infusion process in addition to the rose quartz crystal that every single product is filtered through. With the Active Algae Lightweight Moisturizer, it is energized with aquamarine crystals, which really helps calm and soothe your spirit — so it’s nourishing your mind, your body, and your skin. The affirmation on the back of this product is peace, and is part of that ritual for creating that calming and soothing experience — along with the aquamarine stone, and the actual physical affects of the formula.”
During my college years, when I was in such a state of discovering who I was (and who I wanted to be), I stumbled upon Miranda’s book entitled Treasure Yourself. As an avid journaler, I had always written positive quotes and poems for myself, but Kerr introduced me to the power of using your voice and speaking affirming words into the universe as an act of self-love and care.
In honor of my younger self who needed her words at that time, I asked Kerr about some of her favorite affirmations that bring her peace. “For me, words are so powerful, and I have quite a big toolbox of affirmations,” she tells me. One that she repeats frequently: I am a being of light that is capable of infinite possibilities.
“Even forgiveness affirmations can create a lot of peace in your life — we are all human, and we might think something that is not a high vibration towards ourselves or others, and having that little ritual and peace-making is so important,” Kerr says. “I’ll do forgiveness prayers while I’m brushing my teeth, or putting on my skincare to cleanse my skin and my spirit at the same time. I’ll say something like: I forgive myself, and I forgive anyone that has upset me intentionally or unintentionally.”
Expressing the importance of finding some time to pamper herself and be still each and every day, Kerr shares just how much she prioritizes routine — in more areas in her life than one.
“I’m pretty strict about my children’s routine. My grandmother had four children and many many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and she taught me from a young age that routine is the most important thing for them, so that really stuck with me. You can find consistency and moments for yourself around that routine, so when my children go to bed after reading three books together, I often dim the lights, put the lamps on, and light a non-toxic candle. If my husband is finishing work or perhaps at the gym, I’ll then take a bath maybe once a week, or do my skin care routine — and thats when I really lean into those products that are very soothing, and I feel as if they are giving back to me.”
After agreeing that we both love those nights when we get to turn in for bed early, she shares the exact skin care routine she has created for peace and pampering once the moon replaces the sun’s light.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Miranda’s Nighttime Skin Care Routine
Dua Lipa Wears Ugly ’90s Trends So Well
Dua Lipa is a head-turner, to be sure, marching to the beat of her own drum style wise. Be it on stage or off, she loves to take a questionable trend from decades past and turn it into a hyper-chic look worth copying. Ahead, all the times Dua turned the “ugly” so freaking cute.