My hair is big, thick and sometimes seriously unmanageable. I have spent years dreaming of thin, straight hair. As I grow older I have learned to embrace all of my hair. That means finding products that work with my hair instead of fighting against it. Here are a few products that have been helping through this season.
Pantene Airspray – Because I don’t wear hairspray very often, I am quite picky about what I use. I have been using the same hairspray for years. Since getting the new Pantene Airspray, I have been finding myself reaching for hairspray more often than ever before. I used to only use hairspray when I straightened by hair. This hairspray is light enough to use even on my curls. Pantene’s spray doesn’t weight down my waves. It also leaves my hair feeling just as bouncy as it should! I guess I have been just using the wrong hairspray all along.
Sebastian Resintek Liquefied Sap – Flyaway hairs be gone with help of this innovative new product from Sebastian hair care. This gooey gel is a wax that you can apply to dry hair to help mold it and shape it into place. I used the sap to help stick down my annoying short hairs that just won’t stay put. The best part about this product is that everyone is going to use it in a different way. It’s flexible and can be used to define and hold your hair as you need. Do yourself a favour and just try it out!
Nexxus Oil Infinite Collection – No one ever has an excuse to have dry hair again now that this Nexxus hair collection exists. With babassu oil, which is a type of vegetable oil from the babassu plant, this shampoo and conditioner packs so much moisture into every wash. After using this line, it was impossible to deny that my hair was shinier than ever. If you still need extra nourishment, there is an oil to help tame frizz and smooth flyaways. My hair isn’t overly dry even at its worst, so this collection was slightly overkill for me. That doesn’t mean I’m not taking advantage of all of this shine while I have it!
ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque – I swapped out my regular conditioner for a few weeks to try this masque. With my wavy, thick hair that could have been dangerous. This masque is supposed to defrizz, moisturize and repair. I applied this lemony cream to my hair after shampooing and left it for a few minutes. It left my hair feeling great. I don’t think it made my hair feel any better than my normal conditioner though. Since we are currently in the sweet spot between winter dry frizz and summer humidity frizz, I don’t think I gave it the right chance to really perform. I will be saving this cream for a bit later.
We get a ton of packages, but usually we know what to expect. So when we received a hair care line with zero information last month, we didn’t know what we were dealing with. The package contained travel size bottles of shampoo, conditioner and a leave in treatment with instructions and mentioned that they were for frizzy and dry hair.
At first sniff, I was convinced this line was Garnier Fructis and mentioned to a few people that I would put money on it. Add in the fact that the colouring of the info card was white and green and that even furthered my suspicions. I used the products off and on for a few weeks and was pretty happy with the results. The shampoo was great and I really liked the leave-in treatment but there were days when I wished the conditioner was a little thicker.
And then this box arrived. Suspicions confirmed. By the time we got this box, I almost stopped caring what the brand was and just kept using them. But it was going to be nice to know what they were if I wanted to replace the empty bottles.
Inside the new box were full size versions of the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner. I wish we had received the leave-in treatment as well or at least have mention of it so I knew exactly what it was, but I’m sure I can figure it out. Of all the Garnier lines, I haven’t tried this one but I’ve been a fan of the brand for years and I’ll definitely make use of these.
Even though this was supposed to be a mystery brand, it was almost comforting to be able to guess what it was almost immediately. I know Garnier has a whole new line of hair products out now but it’s nice to know what Garnier Fructis isn’t going anywhere and that they’ll always have something for my dry, frizzy hair.
Here’s the thing; my hair is a complete pain to deal with. Nothing about it makes sense. It’s fine, flat, dry, wavy, extremely frizzy and generally does what it wants. Which results in me throwing it in a ponytail or bun roughly 99% of the time. I always want more volume but at the same time, my hair desperately needs something to weigh down the frizz, which is a total contradiction.
Enter TRESemmé’s new Beauty-Full Volume collection. It starts with conditioner (which I’ve tried before and didn’t like), followed by shampoo and ending with a couple styling products. The premise is that you won’t weigh your hair down by conditioning last and you’ll have super volumized, bouncy hair. Before we go any further, keep in mind that I hate to write bad reviews and try to find the positive in any product.
From the very first time I used this system, I didn’t like it. Stephanie and I have clearly been having bad luck with hair products lately (followed by good luck, I promise!) but this system was everything my hair didn’t need. The conditioner/shampoo system did a decent enough job of keeping my hair from drying out, but it could’ve been better. My biggest problem was that Beauty-Full lives up to it’s bouncy volume promise a little too much.
My hair literally had zero weight to hold it down, which meant my frizz was the most out of control it’s ever been. It was like having a permanent puffball around my head and there was nothing I could do to fix it. When I’m testing a hair line, I like to only use what I’m given and use nothing but that for at least two weeks. With this collection however, I literally had to force myself to use any of the products and ended after a week and a half. I just couldn’t make myself use them anymore and considering how huge the bottles are, I feel like they’re going to waste.
I don’t know how this line will work for others, but I imagine the only people who will have any success with it are people with stick straight, super fine hair with zero frizz. They can have the rest of mine.
I was so excited to try this hair care product because it sounded so different. This hif Cleansing Conditioner is supposed to both clean and soften in one step. This was meant to be a next step in hair cleaning.
The product treats hair like fabric using different cleansers and conditioners to get the right finish on your hair. Each type in the line has different numbers for cleansing, conditioning and activation time, so you know the formula that you are getting. I tried the hydration support bottle for moisturizing. Since I have been suffering with extremely dry scalp, this hydrating cream seemed perfect.
I hate to write bad reviews about any products, but I have never had an experience quite like this one with my hair. The hif cleansing conditioner is extremely thick. I actually had a hard time working it all the way through my hair. Even when I added a little water, it didn’t lather up and spread. I didn’t think much of it. I spread it though my hair and left it for the recommended 3 minutes.
When I tried to rinse it out of my hair though, it didn’t easily rinse out easily leaving my hair silky clean. My hair still felt dirty. I wondered if it would dry better.
It didn’t! When my hair was dry it felt grimy, greasy and so dirty. It felt dirtier than my hair has ever felt. It was just one big clump. Honestly there are no words to describe how my hair felt.
Luckily I had a hair appointment the next day. It took three washes for her to get all remnants of the product out of my hair and return my hair to its previous smoothness.
Like I said before, I hate writing bad reviews, but I couldn’t let this one go. I wanted to like this product so much, but I can’t risk using it again.
Garnier shampoo and conditioner has been such a reliable standard for so long that I was surprised to hear they were doing something new. If it ain’t broke, right? I used to be a very loyal Garnier hair care user. For a while in college, it was the only line I would use. It was the only thing that could handle my thick, frizzy, wavy hair.
The new line is a more natural collection using ingredients that you are familiar with. The collections are paraben free, which is nice, but they aren’t ALL natural. They have natural extracts. The idea behind this line actually makes me a little sad. I wish that Garnier wasn’t playing on the more organic and natural trends in beauty. Since this line isn’t all natural, I kind of feel like I am being duped. Regardless, I wanted to give them a fair shot, since I have love for Garnier in my heart.
I tried the Colour Care line which includes argan oil and cranberry. I was actually really impressed with its performance. The line has a nice consistency and smell. It’s subtle and creamy. My scalp has been so dry this winter and nothing seems to fix it. I was shocked that after a few used to this line and my scalp wasn’t itchy any more. I was so busy thinking about the colour care aspect and whether it stopped frizz, that I almost didn’t even notice how moisturized my hair felt. I have tried a million products. Who would ever believe this Garnier line would be the one to solve all of my issues?
Now that I’m hooked, I am excited to try more from the Whole Blends line!
Another month is gone, and even with one extra day February still seemed extra short this year. Regardless, I still found the time to discover a few hot new products that I am in love with!
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer – I have almost said good bye to foundation these last few weeks thanks to this new concealer. This concealer is made specifically for erasing those dark circles under the eyes. It’s perfect for that, but it also works at concealing any other annoying spots on your face with perfect precision. I find it incredibly hard to find a concealer that I love and can depend on. This one is simple and effective in all the right ways.
Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara – I have tried a lot of bad mascaras lately. I thought about writing a post about all of the bad ones, but instead I’m going to celebrate the one great one! This new mascara has been my new favourite. Imagine long, thick, curled lashes every single day. It’s max colour and volume that is perfect for day or night!
Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes – Who needs regular face wash when you have these towels on hand? These Pond’s wipes are everything you want in a regular face wash, without having to worry about water and rinsing. They give a great clean that leaves my face feeling refreshed. They are also surprisingly moisturizing. I shouldn’t be too surprised though… it’s Pond’s after all. I love their baby powder soft scent too for a before bed clean.
Dove Quench Absolute Hair Care – This line doesn’t technically hit shelves until next month, but I need to tell you now so that you can rush to stores in March!!! I have tried Dove hair products before, but they didn’t leave a lasting memory. This new line though shocked me. In the shower, this Dove shampoo and conditioner didn’t seem like anything special, it was only after it dried that I was impressed. Time after time, this Dove hair line left my hair soft and moisturized. My curls were bouncy, and that never happens! Frizz was a distant memory. I see a future of soft beautiful hair, hopefully not just for me, but you too!
Vichy Normaderm 3 In 1 Cleanser + Scrub + Mask – I already loved the Normaderm line. It’s my favourite of all of Vichy’s skin care products. Imagine my glee when Vichy added to the collection with a product that isn’t just a cleanser. It isn’t just a scrub. It isn’t just a mask either. It’s gentle enough to be able to be used regularly. You can also leave it on your face as a pore cleansing mask. When budgets are tight, this is the kind of smart products that one needs!
In the past year, StriVectin has made it into my top five skin care brands and is one of the few I use on a regular basis. When they announced they were coming out with three hair care lines (more coming later), I was hoping they would have the same results as the skin care products. All three collections have the NIA-114 technology that StriVectin uses in their skin lines, so we were already off to a good start. The first collection I tried was the Max Volume made for people with fine or flat hair. I have both but mine is also curly and frizzy (which doesn’t make sense but it’s true). All the collections have shampoo and conditioner plus two extra products; Max Volume’s line has a root lifting spray and a serum.
The shampoo and conditioner bottles are exactly the same but the top of the shampoo bottle is the line’s turquoise (each collection has it’s own colour) and the conditioner is white, so it’s easy to tell which is which. The shampoo gets a really good, soft lather and my hair feels like it’s getting clean without being stripped. The conditioner is a good, medium thickness that doesn’t feel too heavy but definitely moisturizes. All the products from StriVectin hair are sulfate and paraben free.
When I’m testing a new hair collection, I try to stick to only using the products in the collection so I can see how they actually work. Considering there wasn’t anything for frizz or curl calming, I was a little worried to see how it would go but the products actually did a great job taming my hair. The Root Lifting Spray not only gave me added lift but also eliminated a good amount of my frizz.
The Bodifying Radiance Serum got rid of the rest of the frizz, while leaving my hair shiny and bouncy. I rarely blow dry my hair so I haven’t tested out the serum’s heat protecting capabilities but it definitely fulfills the volume requirement.
As a whole, Max Volume did exactly what the name suggests, my hair got serious volume. But it was also hydrated and I didn’t feel like I had a ton of product in my hair. I did occasionally have to use a couple extra products for my frizz and the conditioner bottle is a little hard to work with but I’m seriously impressed with my first experience with StriVectin Hair and I can’t wait to try the next line that’s waiting for me.
I’m going to try very hard during this whole review to not make a single pun, because I am serious about this Herbal Essences Naked Collection.
I have tried hundreds of new products over the years. The shelves in my bathroom have been filled with shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, gel, hair masks, mousse, oils and so much more. I tend to switch out the products in the front of the shelf regularly. It’s hard for any product to remain in the front of the shelf. How long a product stays in the front of the shelf is often how I measure the merit of a product.
The Herbal Essences Naked Collection has been on the front of my shelf for years. I just had to share my passion for this line with the world!
My favourite part of this hair care line is not the shampoo, which leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean. It is also not the conditioner, which replaces that moisturize without weighing down my hair. It’s the additional products in the line that I love. The Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo is light and airy. The Volumizing Souffle is a mousse that doesn’t leave my curly locks feeling hard and crunchy. The Flexible Hold Spritzer is a light spray gel that holds down flyaways, while my hair is still bouncy and light.
I love the Herbal Essences Naked collection because all of the products are light on my hair. At the end of the day, my hair always still feels natural. It feels like my hair.
It’s also a very affordable line! We all know that Herbal Essences products can be found in your local drugstore at a great price. It’s so rare that good products are also very affordable too!
What are you waiting for? I know I said no puns, but come on, it’s time to get naked!
Nothing warms you up in the winter like Apple Cider, so why not add it to your beauty routine too. If you’ve been following us for a while, you will know that we are huge fans of Live Clean. If I could recommend anything to beauty fans, it would be their hair care products.
Clarifying Shampoo is perfect this time of year. In the New Year everyone wants to detox their body, so why not detox your scalp as well. This Clarifying Shampoo helps to get rid of all of that residue leftover on your hair. It will leave your skin squeaky clean.
Make sure that you follow up with the conditioner though too. Clarifying shampoos in general strip your hair of all of the residue, so it’s important to put some of that moisture back into your hair. Live Clean’s Apple Cider condition is light, so it doesn’t add anything back into your hair that you don’t want.
With winter finally making an appearance in Toronto our hair has changed with the weather. It’s getting dried out, frizzier (who knew that was possible?) and harder to manage. Luckily we’ve rounded up some help with out Sebastian winter hair essentials.
Sebastian Drench Shampoo
Made for dry or frizzy hair, the Drench line adds moisture to hair while giving you body and keeping hair silky. The shampoo is pretty typical of a high end shampoo. It lathers really well and smells fantastic and doesn’t make my hair feel stripped at all. The first time I used it, I actually considered skipping conditioner but I figured that would probably be a bad idea.
Sebastian Drench Conditioner
This conditioner is a lot thicker than you’d expect. What comes out of the tube looks pretty normal for a conditioner but when you start spreading it through your hair, it’s actually more of a mask like consistency. Because it’s so thick, it’s hard to get out of the bottle. Luckily I need way less of it than I thought, so I don’t have to work quite as hard. This conditioner has definitely improved the moisture levels in my hair. I haven’t had any significantly bad hair days since I’ve started using it and I’ve noticed a lot less frizz.
Sebastian Potion 9
Made of nine botanical extracts, this cream is pretty much the only only styling product you’ll need. It does everything from adding moisture, to eliminating frizz to prepping your hair for blow drying. It also doesn’t get crunchy and when I let my hair air dry (almost always), it feels like there’s nothing in it.
My hair has benefited so much since I’ve started using the combination of Drench and Potion 9. I have less frizz, my hair is silky and holds a style way longer. The downside is my hair feels greasy a little faster, but that’s what dry shampoo is for. If your hair is completely dried out because of winter, you need to give these products a try.