Category: Hair Reviews

TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Collection

Tresemme Beauty-Full Collection
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.

Hif Cleansing Conditioner

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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 Whole Blends Hair Care

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.
Garnier Whole Blends Argan Oil + Cranberry
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!

February Makeup Most Wanted

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

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 MascaraClarins 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

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

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!

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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!

StriVectin Hair Max Volume Collection

StriVectin Hair Max Volume Collection
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.
StriVectin Hair Max Volume Shampoo + Conditioner
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.
StriVectin Max Volume Root Lifting Spray
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.
StriVectin Max Volume Bodifying Radiance Serum
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.

Herbal Essences Naked Collection

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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!

Live Clean Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner

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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.

Sebastian Winter Hair Essentials

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

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
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
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.

Holiday Most Wanted: Hair Care Gift Sets

Winter is hard on our hair but luckily with the holidays coming up, there are a ton of great hair care sets to get us looking great. These are our picks.
Orofluido Overnight Ritual Pack
Orofluido Overnight Beauty Ritual Pack
This pack contains Orofluido’s Shampoo, Original Elixir and a Hair Turban so you can treat your dried out hair while you sleep. Perfect for those of us who are too lazy to use a hair mask but need to do something with out dried out hair. Or you can consider it multi-tasking, hair treatment + sleep.
Drybar Texas Tease Travel Kit
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If you’re going to be on the road a lot during the holiday season, this is a great kit to throw in your purse or carry-on. You get the Lil’ Lemon Drop brush, a mini Texas Tea volumizing hair spray and a mini Triple Sec 3-In-1 which acts as a dry shampoo, texturizer and gives you volume. Who says you have to have flat hair while you travel?
Kérastase Elixir Holiday Set
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If you want a little luxury with your hair care, Kérastase’s Elixir line is a great place to start. The Elixir Holiday set includes Bain Elixir Ultime (shampoo), Masque Elixir Ultime (hair mask) and Elixir Crème Fine (oil cream) and you’ll end up with super soft, strengthened, shiny hair.
ColorProof Evolved Color Care Glam Squad
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If frizz is your issue, ColorProof’s Glam Squad comes with CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz shampoo and conditioner plus Wicked Good Weightless Shine Spray. Everything you need for smooth, shiny holiday hair.
SARAHPOTEMPA Beachwaver S1
SARAHPOTEMPA Beachwaver S1
If you’ve ever wanted Victoria’s Secret model beachy waves, this Beachwaver is what they use. All you have to do is push a button and you can customize your waves however you want. Plus if you pick this up at Ulta between Black Friday and Christmas you get a free gift that includes a SARAHPOTEMPA Chevron Bag, Selfie Guide and 2 Darby Clips.

Nioxin 30 Day Challenge + Giveaway

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A lot of us have hair that’s thinning or getting finer as we get older. Luckily Nioxin has been rebuilding hair for almost 30 years and has a number of systems for different needs to help us all get thicker looking, healthier hair. Whether you want to try and grow back hair that seems to be disappearing or just wanted thicker looking hair, Nioxin is a great place to start.

We’re taking the 30 Day Challenge to try and get some fullness back in our hair and we’re giving 5 lucky readers the chance to take on the challenge as well. All we ask is that you take some before and after photos and let us know how it went. So if you’re ready for brand new hair just in time for the new year, this is the challenge for you.
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