Dr. Whitney’s Picks
Aquis Prime Hair System
Beauty from the inside out – it’s a concept I talk about all the time when it comes to skin. As I tell my patients, if you want healthy, radiant skin over the long term, you have to get to the root cause of common skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema and even premature aging. If we address the inflammation that starts inside our gut through dietary choices and effective supplements, we can actually start to reverse and HEAL these skin conditions from the inside out. I have researched these theories for over ten years, seen incredible results in my practice, and even authored a best-selling book on the subject – that’s how much I believe in this inside-out approach.
So, when the AQUIS team reached out to tell me about a brand new, breakthrough hair system that would strengthen hair from the inside out – from core to cuticle – by addressing the root cause of hair damage, I was very intrigued! Their philosophy resonated with me and sounded spot on. I have been a fan of the AQUIS hair towels for years and years. This new hair system – one that protects your hair from damage before you even wash it – was innovative and disruptive, so it caught my attention!
Of course, as a scientist, physician, and media expert, I first had to review the science behind the products. Spoiler alert – it was excellent. The concept here is called “water fatigue.” Think about your nails when you emerge from a bath or from a pool – they are soft and weak. The same concept applies to your hair (which is made of keratin, just like your nails). When water is absorbed into your hair, the inside core of your hair strand swells, pushing open the cuticle (protective layer), which leaves your hair susceptible to more damage. This damage results in frizz, tangles, breakage, and dullness. Most of us don’t think of water as an enemy to our hair’s health, but if you look at your water soaked hair under a microscope and test it for breakage and damage as compared to dry hair, you would see things very differently!
Fast forward to my experience as an (honored) early tester of these products before they hit the market. This four piece system begins with the AQUIS Prime Water Defense Prewash (Step 1). Made with coconut oil (which helps to lessen your hair’s water intake by up to 44%), strengthening amino acids like cysteine and keratin, and avocado oil (to hydrate and protect), this prewash is an impressive and effective innovation. You spray it on your hair a few minutes before you get into the bath or shower and you don’t need to wash it out. Think of it as a primer. Now, I know this is a behavioral change because most of us are not accustomed to pre-treating our hair before we take a shower or bath, but it’s well worth the shift in my opinion! (Quick cautionary note – it can make your floor slippery, so I stand on a towel when I spray.)
Next, you wash your hair using the AQUIS Prime Rebalancing Hair Wash (Step 2). It’s paraben free and sulfate free, so it doesn’t contain the harsh detergents that strip hair of its natural, healthy oils. This product is really gentle on your hair and scalp, helps to maintain the healthy pH of your hair, and it smells amazing.
Of course, you dry using the AQUIS PRIME Rapid Dry Turban (Step 3), which is what I have done for years to protect my hair. My daughter also uses these turbans because they dry your hair so quickly (50% faster – taking my very thick hair from wet to damp incredibly quickly), they protect your wet hair from frizz, breakage and damage, and they are so lightweight and comfortable to wear. I always keep one of these towels or turbans in my gym bag, pack one when I travel, and keep a bunch at our beach house because my whole family uses them (including my sister and her girls).
Finally, you spray on the AQUIS PRIME Restorative Leave-In Conditioner (Step 4). Made with avocado oil, aloe extract, strengthening amino acids and even a UV light absorbing agent to protect your hair from UV damage, this lightweight mist is hydrating and nourishing without any hint of grease. I love that you no longer need traditional conditioners which trap in water and only increase the risk of damage and breakage. You can then style as usual.
You guys ask me ALL THE TIME about my favorite hair products. Well, this hair system blew me away! Not only did my hair look silky, smooth, and full after one use, but I loved the fact that I was protecting my hair from the inside out, the same way I protect my skin from the inside out. The time saving quality as a busy working mom is also a huge bonus! I loved the products so much that I decided to partner with the brand to help spread the love!