Category: Hair Reviews

New Products To Keep In Your Shower This Spring

Spring is a time to update your bath products. Put away the winter products for these fresh spring picks:

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Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up Exfoliating Cleanser

I love using an exfoliating face wash every time I clean my face, but I know that it’s not really good for my skin. This exfoliator is gentle enough to be used as a daily cleanser, but still gives you a good scrub.

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Clear Active Damage Resist Shampoo & Conditioner

This affordable shampoo and conditioner doesn’t just fight dandruff, but also nourishes your skin so that you have stronger locks. While I was using it, I wasn’t overwhelmingly impressed. This was ok, but nothing crazy. It was only after I stopped using it that I noticed a difference. My hair wasn’t as soft and easy to manage as it once was.

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Lotus Aroma Bath & Body Wash

I love body wash that fills the bathroom with rich smells. I’m not even very particular in what the smells are. As long as it mixes with the steam to create a spa like feel, I am in. Lotus Aroma uses natural essential oils to create some of the strongest scented body wash I’ve had the pleasure of using. Be warned that these are very strong, but if you are into strong smells like me, then prepare for some pampering.

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John Masters Organics Body Scrubs

Freshen up and exfoliate the skin all over the rest of your body with these new organic scrubs. There are three scents ‘fresh’ (lemon and lime), ‘refreshing’ (lavender and palmarosa) and ‘sweet’ (raspberry and orange). The scents aren’t as sweet or powerful as you might expect, but that doesn’t make them any less effective. The mixture of sugars and natural oils and butters make these scrubs tough on skin, but also highly moisturizing. It’s great for washing away winter skin.
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Nivea In-Shower Body Milk

If you’re lazy with body lotion, Nivea’s In-Shower Body Milk makes things a lot easier. Just apply in the shower after you’re done with soap, rinse off and you’re done. You don’t really notice how hydrated your skin is until you’re dry and for something to work this well in such a short amount of time is amazing. It comes in three different types, but the Nourishing for very dry skin is my favourite.

Nexxus Therappe & Humectress

Winter really does a number on my hair. It feels drier, less shiny and definitely less soft. Since my hair is fine, a lot of repairing conditioners are too heavy for me but the Therappe & Humectress line seems to have found a happy medium.
Therappe Rebalancing Shampoo
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Therappe has a medium thickness for a shampoo and lathers really well. My hair feels clean when I’m done but doesn’t feel stripped. I definitely need conditioner after but I don’t feel like my hair is completely moistureless.
Humectress Restoring Conditioner
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Humectress is a lot lighter than a lot of conditioners I’ve used and even though my hair soaks it up, I don’t need a lot. I leave it in for a couple minutes and it leaves my hair completely manageable and easy to deal with.

Both Therappe and Humectress smell amazing and you really don’t need to use a lot of either one. I did notice a huge difference in my hair. It’s so much more manageable and the frizz level seems to be down quite a bit. But the biggest plus is that my hair is so shiny and looks really healthy. I barely want to put any styling product and to be honest, I need less than usual. I don’t know how my hair will react in the summer but Therappe and Humectress have really made my dry, winter hair look and feel amazing.

Gosh Cream Hair Colour

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Your favourite affordable makeup line is now making hair dye. We got the chance to dye our hair with the new Gosh Cream Hair Colour line. I used the Dark Brown shade to give me a slightly darker tint that would help bring out my green eyes.

The steps to dying your hair with Gosh’s hair dye are exactly the same as all of your other home hair dye kits. There is nothing different in terms of the application. My hair is a lot longer than the last time I dyed it so I was nervous whether it would cover it all, but it did. It isn’t runny either. The dye really sticks to your hair so it feels like it is getting in there.

The room where I was dying my hair doesn’t have any windows. I was really impressed by how little I smelled the Gosh hair dye. The smell didn’t get overpowering, even without a lot of ventilation.

When I was rinsing out the hair dye, I really didn’t like the way it made my hair feel. It felt gummy and sticky and stiff in my hair. I was worried it would never wash out right. It did eventually, but it took me a few days and shampoos to feel better.

Unlike other reviews that I read, this dye did give my hair great multi-dimensional colour. I was surprised to see the flicker of other colours in the rich dark brown. My hair looks gorgeous.

The absolute best part about this hair dye is the price. For just $9.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada it’s amazing value!

Nisim Fast Shampoo & Conditioner

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I have never had long hair until now. Growing up I always had short hair. In high school and college, I kept my hair in a bob. Only now have I wanted to know what it’s like to have hair long enough for a cute top bun or even a braid.

It’s pretty timely that this is the time when I get the Nisim F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner. F.A.S.T. stands for Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy. If you are anything like me, those big words mean nothing to you. When you learn more you find out that this collection is for people with longer hair. It contains the natural ingredients for healthy hair growth. It helps to strengthen your hair to help it grow longer and stronger faster. This means I can be at my long flowing hair goal even quicker.

I don’t know if this shampoo and conditioner is making my hair grow faster or stronger. I feel like this is something that would take a long time to judge and I only have one bottle.

I can tell you that my scalp feels great. I had been suffering with a dry winter scalp. When I started using the Nisim F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner my scalp started feeling so much better. The herbal smell of the shampoo and conditioner helped me know that it was the more natural products in this line calming my skin.

I will have to let you know if my hair starts growing longer faster any time soon!

Pantene Full & Strong Review

It’s been years since I’ve used Pantene. The older formulations were way too heavy for my fine hair but I was intrigued by their new Full & Strong line. There are so many hair products that claim to add volume to your hair but so few actually do.
Pantene Full And Strong Shampoo
The shampoo is a medium thick shampoo that lathers really well and has a really great fruity scent. It didn’t leave my hair with that squeaky feeling and while it didn’t feel particularly moisturized on it’s own, it didn’t feel dried out either.
Pantene Full And Strong Conditioner
The conditioner was much lighter than I was expecting and because of that I wasn’t expecting much. Luckily I was wrong. My hair is extremely soft every time I use this combination and I get substantial volume.

Since I don’t wash my hair every day the biggest test is to see how long the volume will stay. With Pantene’s Full & Strong, I had decent volume for three days, much longer than most ‘volumizing’ shampoos. I also noticed a lot less breakage than usual, which is where the strong part comes in.

I might not have used Pantene for a long time but this line is definitely bringing me back into the fold.

TreSemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth

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If you have some extra time and want gorgeous hair, we have discovered the new TreSemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth collection. If you aren’t one of those people who blow dries and flat irons their hair all of time, this is going to be different.

The line comes with a 7 Day Keratin Smooth Shampoo, Conditioner and Heat Activated Treatment. Using the three step system is easy. It’s the heat activation is the struggle. Since I have a lot of hair, I usually only blow dry and flat iron my own hair on the same day for very special occasions. I actually had the TreSemme line for a while before I found the time to spend the extra hour on my hair.

The shampoo and conditioner are the high quality that you would expect from this salon worthy brand. They have that salon smell that you can’t quite put your finger on. My hair doesn’t feel super squeaky clean, but strong and moisturized.

After the shower, you have to apply the Heat Activated Treatment to your damp hair. Then comes the work for me. You have to blow dry you hair until dry and then flat iron your hair afterwards. Some people won’t think that is that much work, but when you are used to wash and go hair, this seems like so much effort.

I have to say though, my hair looked amazing afterwards. It looked so long and sleek. My hair did feel a little bit strange. It wasn’t totally silky smooth. It was a bit, stiff and plastic. It wasn’t too bad. It was mostly near my roots where my hair felt strange. That strange feeling only lasted about 12 hours or so . Once I slept in it and brushed it enough it softened up. I don’t know what it was that made my roots stiff, but it was worth it.

For days afterwards, it looked great and I kept getting compliments on it.

The one thing they left out was what I had to do to keep this look going. It says it lasts for up to 3 washes. I didn’t know what that meant. Obviously after washing my hair, it wouldn’t stay straight and smooth without blow drying it and flat ironing it. Did I need to continue using the shampoo and conditioner? Could I use the line without blow drying it or would it all feel stiff? After one wash, it went back to its normal state.

TreSemme’s 7 Day Keratin Smooth collection is probably perfect for people who blow dry their hair all of the time. But I will just keep it for special occasions.

L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidium Collection

We can’t really catch a break with our hair weather wise. In Toronto our hair goes humidity crazy in the summer and in the winter we get the dryness. Luckily L’Oreal Professionnel has a solution for us to save our hair in winter. The Absolut Repair Lipidium collection is filled with lipids, Phyto-Keratin and a bunch of other good stuff to make our hair stronger and softer.
L'Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidum Shampoo
The shampoo is medium thick and gets a good lather. It didn’t dry out my hair and leave it with that squeaky feeling.
L'Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidum Instant Restructuring Conditioner
The Absolut Repair Lipdium Instant Restructuring Conditioner is a lot lighter than I was expecting. Like, really light. But considering how skeptical I was of how well a conditioner this thin would work I was pleasantly surprised. If your hair isn’t too dry or damaged, this conditioner has you covered.
L'Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repauir Lipidum Masque
The star of the line for me though is the Instant Reconstructing Masque. Sometimes I’ll use it after the Restructuring Conditioner, sometimes after the shampoo and when my hair is really damaged I’ll use it by itself. I’ve never had winter hair as healthy as when I’ve used this masque. It also doesn’t seem like it’ll be too heavy in the summer.

If you need something to heal your dry, winter hair you might want to give this collection a try.

Live Clean Hair Care Review

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If you are anything like me, you probably haven’t ever considered the Live Clean line of hair care products. It’s nothing against the brand, but they aren’t a line that I think of when I consider high quality hair care. They’re an affordable, eco-friendly line. I had their hair care products lingering around for a while before I gave them a try.

Finally one day, I pulled them out of the bag and decided to give them a shot. First, I applied the Live Clean Professional Age Resist Miracle Nutrition Oil. I applied the Live Clean pre-shampoo treatment to my hair about 5 minutes before my shower. This light oil felt like it was getting instantly absorbed into my hair. I was worried that I used too much, but I have thick hair so it can handle it.

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I hopped in the shower and rinsed it out. I then washed my hair like normal using the Age Resist Shampoo and Conditioner. These hair care products are supposed to nourish, strengthen and hydrate hair with natural ingredients like rosehip oil and berries. Honestly, I didn’t notice a difference from my normal shampoo and conditioner.

After the shower, I applied the Keratin Oil Leave-In Treatment and threw my hair up in a bun. I fell asleep with my wet hair still up in a bun a little while later. At some point during the night, I woke up and pulled the bun out of my hair because it was annoying me.

When I woke up I stumbled around getting dressed without looking in the mirror. I eventually dragged myself into the bathroom to deal with my mane. I looked in the mirror and my hair looked amazing. I didn’t even have to brush it. I ran my fingers through it a bit, but it was perfect.

My hair is big, wavy and has crazy volume. Usually all of the products in my arsenal can’t tame my hair. If I fall asleep with my hair still wet… forget about it. This had to be a fluke. But it wasn’t, it happened again and again. This wasn’t a fluke. Live Clean is the real deal! I don’t even know how to express my joy after using Live Clean. My hair has never looked so good all on its own.

Kiss InstaWave Review

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Ever since I first saw a curling device that sucked your hair in and did all the work I’ve wanted to try one. When Kiss offered to send us one for a review I was so excited, until my hair dresser mentioned she’d be terrified of burning her hair off. So with that in mind, we decided to try it together just in case.
Kiss Instawave instructions
The InstaWave directions make it sound so easy. Hold it vertical to the hair you want to curl, push a button, hold it and let it go. Done? Not quite. There’s a definite learning curve to using the InstaWave. First, this thing packs some serious heat and it gets there in seconds. Make sure you have somewhere safe you can put it down if you need to. Second, you have to make sure to put your hair in the slot on the iron. This wasn’t in the instructions and it took a couple minutes before we could figure it out properly.

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In the middle of curling

Then you have to decide what kind of curl you want. The InstaWave rotates in two directions and gives you completely different curls depending on what button you push. And finally, you need to know that doing the back of your hair is going to be almost impossible on your own. There’s no way that I can see where you can hold it vertical at the back of your head and push a button.

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Alyssa’s finished curls

Between the two of us we got some pretty decent curls. And we definitely learned a few tricks, the first being that whatever hair is even remotely the iron, it’ll suck in and you’re better off just letting it and separating the curls after. I also loved the curls a lot more when I started in the middle of my hair and just let it suck the bottom part up. It was more beachy wave that way and less Shirley Temple.

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Stephanie’s finished curls

Was the Kiss InstaWave as amazing as I was hoping? No. But I would definitely use it again to curl my hair. Once you get the hang of it, it seems to be easier than a regular curling iron.

For more information on Kiss InstaWave you can go to their website, www.KISSInstaWave.com.

New Winter Products For Great Hair

In case we’ve never met in person, you should know that I have some pretty crazy hair. It’s big, it’s wild and it takes a lot to manage. I have found a few new products that have been keeping these locks in check while the winter winds are trying their best to break.

OGX keratin oil

OGX Keratin Oil Collection – This four step collection includes a shampoo, conditioner, 3 minute miraculous recovery mask and instant repair weightless healing oil. I don’t know if it is always like this, but the shampoo and conditioner in my bottles is seriously thick. It’s almost chunky. Ignore the weird texture though, because these products have an argan oil base that makes your hair so shiny and manageable. If you want some added help, try the 3 minute miraculous recovery mask. Unlike some other hair masks, it’s really easy to use in the shower as a part of your regular routine. It doesn’t try to change your routine. The Keratin Oil is perfect for right when you get out of the shower as the final step towards strong manageable hair.

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L’Oreal Professionnel Wild Stylers Next Day Hair – Everyone’s hair looks better the second day, and now I don’t have to wait for my hair to get that look. This hair spray gives your hair that second day matte feel without getting greasy or sticky. You can spray this on your hair without restraint until you get the look you want. It doesn’t make your hair feel weird, just look great. I found it was perfect for getting beach waves on a cold fall day.

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Kerastase Fix Fabulous Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray – Kerastase has created a hair spray that is easier to use than the classic aerosol can with a simple pump. Instead of having that continuous spray, you can spray this hair spray directly onto where you need it. You can also spray it all around your head. It also eliminates frizz even on the worst of frizzy hair days.