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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The shampoo is medium thick and gets a good lather. It didn’t dry out my hair and leave it with that squeaky feeling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
My hair has never felt cleaner and I would like to thank L’Occitane for that. I had no expectation for the Aromachologie Revitalizing Fresh Shampoo and Detangling Spray when I got it. I had never used L’Occitane’s hair care products before.
The first thing you are going to notice about the Revitalizing Fresh Shampoo is that it has a very strong smell. It’s packed full of essential oils (thyme, cedar, lavender, mint and grapefruit) to give you hair a deep clean. That makes for quite a smell in the bottle. I actually warned the other people in my house about it, because I didn’t want them to get a shock if they used it.
The smell is worth it though, because my hair has never felt so clean. It has a light foaming that doesn’t get really bubbly when you lather it in, just enough to let you know that it is worked. As I rinsed the L’Occitane shampoo out of my hair, I could actually hear that my hair was squeaky clean.
There is no Conditioner in this hair care collection, so I wasn’t sure what my next step should be. My hair felt clean and soft, but I’ve never not used a conditioner on my thick, curly, unmanageable hair. I used my regular everyday conditioner, but I was instantly sad that I was covering up my freshly clean hair.
Post-shower and mornings after, I used the Detangling Spray on my hair. It has the same strong scent. I sprayed it all over my morning hair. My hair was definitely easier to brush after a quick spray. If you have thick hair like me ensure that you spray on top and underneath your hair to allow your brush to glide through easily. It works well enough, but I probably wouldn’t go out and buy it again like I will the shampoo.
If you need a seriously deep clean L’Occitane is going to get all of that residue out. Be warned though, delicate hair might not be able to stand up to this hardcore shampoo and the smell is really really strong. If you are tough and want something deep clean, this is hands down the best detoxifying shampoo that I’ve ever used.
I’ve been dying to try Kérastase for years but didn’t get around to it. Luckily, their most recent line, Discipline, is perfect for my dry, frizzy hair. The Discipline line promises to eliminate frizz for up to three days. I’m usually lucky if I can get mine to go away for three hours. Challenge accepted.
I started off using the Bain Fluidealiste (shampoo) and Fondant Fluidealiste (conditioner) and while they both smelled great and did a decent job, I didn’t really notice a huge difference. Enter the Maskeratine (hair mask) and Fluidissime (no rinse lotion/styling product). The combination of these two completely changed my hair.
The Maskeratine is exactly what you’d except from Kérastase’s cult followed hair masks. It’s super thick and leaves your hair feeling amazing. My hair felt stronger before I was even out of the shower. Usually I use several styling products to get rid of frizz, try to infuse some volume and generally just try to get my hair to look good. Fluidissime did all that in one easy spray step. It completely got rid of every single piece of frizz, defined my waves and gave my hair bounce. Did I mention my hair wasn’t crunchy or sticky, even when I used it on dry hair to refresh? It’s also supposed to cut down on blow drying time but I don’t blow dry my hair so I can’t say if it actually does.
Kérastase is definitely not a cheap line and you can only find it in salons but I will definitely be buying another Fluidissime when I run out. I only wish the bottles were bigger so they lasted a little longer.
We also recently got some great hair tips from Kérastase’s Artistic Director Stacey Staley, you can read that here.
I used to have a small plastic brush that helped to detangle and flatten my hair making it more manageable. I loved that brush. It was small and handy. I would bring it with me everywhere. That is how on one sad day, I dropped it out of my purse and into a public toilet. It was devastating. I clearly couldn’t use this brush again. Even though the water was clean I would always know that that brush had been in the toilet.
The next day the Tangle Teezer arrived on my doorstep. It literally couldn’t be more perfect timing.
I loved Tangle Teezer almost right away. I liked the great little size of this brush. It fit comfortably in my hand to hold with a good grip, so maybe this one wouldn’t end up in the toilet. It also comes with a cover, so that I can throw it in my brush and not worry about it getting gross.
Using the brush is interesting because the plastic bristles are so tough. I have very thick hair, so running this brush through my locks was almost a relief. It got right down to my scalp to make my hair and scalp feel loose. It scratched my head. If I had thin hair, I don’t know how it would feel. I think it would be too fierce for someone with a sensitive scalp or thin hair.
Tangle Teezer brush got right in there to smooth and untangle my hair. It’s true that it didn’t really tug at my hair or hurt when it pulled. It slipped through my thick wavy hair easily leaving it a little smooth.
The Tangle Teezer is great for mornings or quick fixes. It’s perfect for people who don’t want to fuss.