Skip Nav

Jonathan Van Ness's Favorite Hair Products

I Tried a Jonathan Van Ness-Inspired Hair Routine, and Hunny, I Can't Believe

As POPSUGAR editors, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. POPSUGAR has affiliate and advertising partnerships so we get revenue from sharing this content and from your purchase.

Last year, I went from brunette to blond, and it was cute, but then I got a big case of CBB (aka "can't be bothered") when it came to my hair. Blond just didn't look as healthy on me as brown, and — shock, horror — you actually have to work at it. Currently, my hair is flat and lifeless, and I may have slept on it wet on more than one occasion. It is well looked after, though, through weekly masking, blow-drying only once every few months, and oil treatments.

Needing a little inspiration for my hair reboot, I came across some tips in Cosmopolitan from the one and only grooming queen — Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness — and decided to spend a week giving my hair the love it deserves. Spoiler alert: the end result looked cute AF. Here's how I did it:

The first plan of action was to ditch any products that contained sulfates or parabens. If you're a keen Queer Eye viewer, you'll know these are bad news, according to Van Ness. (My boyfriend actually told me he opted for sulfate-free shampoo after watching the show too, so he really is starting a movement.) My new regimen involved washing with Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo ($68), conditioning with Ouai Repair Conditioner ($35), treating with Ouai Hair Oil ($50), and finishing with Bumble and Bumble Prep It ($32). Van Ness talked up most of these treatments on the show, so I was confident it would work. I also slept on a silk pillowcase per his advice, even though I've already been doing that for months now. I find that it really does help minimize frizz. Finally, I didn't wash my hair every other day, as normal; I only washed it twice that week, on Van Ness's orders.

My hair is now living its textured (that's a bit of a push), smooth, conditioned, healthy truth. I learned, like Van Ness says, that my hair doesn't need to be washed as much as I was washing it. Even after a sweaty yoga session, I needed to shower, but my hair wasn't bad at all. Actually, having it a little on the greasier side made it easier to style.

After a week of living that Queer Eye life, I'll continue to use a conditioning shampoo and all the Ouai products (the smell alone is worth it), and I won't wash it so frequently. Oh, and maybe one day I'll learn how to use a round brush on myself.

Jonathan Van Ness, hunny, thanks for making the world — and my hair — a happier place.

Fab 5 Netflix GIF by Queer Eye - Find & Share on GIPHY

Via Giphy.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Tori Crowther
Jonathan Van Ness's Favorite Hair Products
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo
Buy Now
Jonathan Van Ness's Favorite Hair Products
Ouai Repair Conditioner
Buy Now
Jonathan Van Ness's Favorite Hair Products
Ouai Hair Oil
Buy Now
Jonathan Van Ness's Favorite Hair Products
Bumble and Bumble Prep It
Buy Now
From Our Partners
Rodan and Fields Recharge Detox Mask Review
Kim Kardashian SKIMS Stretch Satin Collection — Photos
The Best Sheet Masks at Sephora
You Can Get You Valentine's Day Cards on Etsy
Everlane The Perform Legging Review
Unplugged Cordless Rose Gold Curling Iron Review
Best Overnight Masks at Sephora 2020
Watch a Makeup Artist Transform Into Timothée Chalamet
Best Workout Clothes February 2020
Celebrities With Multiple Ear Piercings
Kim Kardashian's Beige Halter Style Bikini in Cabo
The Handkerchief Scarf Bikini Is a Swimwear Trend For 2020
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds