Category: Hair Reviews

The Secret To My Gorgeous Hair: Head & Shoulders

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I am not trying to be conceited, but I have really gorgeous hair. It’s thick. It’s voluminous. It’s naturally wavy, but can easily be curly or straight with little effort. It holds style and colour well. It doesn’t get greasy or frizzy easily. My only complaint is that there is a lot of it, but when my friends all start losing their hair I will probably appreciate that too.

Hair dressers often compliment my hair when I sit in their chair. Until now, I haven’t revealed the secret to how I keep my hair looking so beautiful. The secret to my hair is Head & Shoulders.

Some people probably won’t believe me. People have told me that Head & Shoulder’s strips your hair or clogs your hair follicles or any other number of issues, while I sit and quietly smile to myself.

With this job, I tend to use a lot of different shampoos and conditioners. I need to try out the latest products for reviews or my own curiosity. I’m always on the lookout for the next big thing. Not all of these new miracle products are gentle on my lovely hair. I have had products that dried out my hair, bad dye jobs that needed to be repaired, split ends, greasy products and more. All of these treatments and masks and serums mean that sometimes my hair needs a little help. That is when I turn to Head & Shoulders. Using Head & Shoulders seems to clean up all of the junk I put my hair through. It restores each strand to the right shine. It halts split ends in their tracks.

I love to mix it up depending on how my hair is feeling at the time. In the summer, I use the Refresh Shampoo to give a cooling feeling on my hot scalp. The Smooth & Silky Shampoo to get rid of frizz. Now I have the Damage Rescue collection for dullness and damage.

Some people spend hundreds of dollars on salon products, but I’m telling you that it’s not always necessary. Head & Shoulders is the secret to my hair. What’s yours?

Dippity Do Girls With Curls Review

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When we first saw the press release for Dippity Do’s Girls With Curls collection, both of us were like wait a minute Dippity Do is still around? Apparently our favourite 90’s hair care line is still rocking! We couldn’t wait to be reunited with our old friend who used to be a staple in our hair care routine.

The Girls With Curls line took me right back to my pre-teens from the second I saw the bottles. The big oversized pink bottles made my inner 12 year old squeal with delight. The sweet candy smell and bright pink hue of the product made her jump up and down. The adult in me was concerned though. Just because it makes me want to put on The Spice Girls doesn’t mean it’s going to be good for my hair.

I swapped out my favourite shampoo and conditioner for these giant pink bottles. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Using no harmful chemicals, Dippity Do’s Girls With Curls collection cleaned my hair gently. It isn’t harsh on my hair at all. I might have liked it to do a little more deep cleaning, but that is more personal preference than fault of the product.

A few hours later, when my hair was dry my curls were gorgeous. Even I envied my own hair. I had lots of big volume and bounce in my hair. People were complimenting me on my wow factor hair. I was in love with Dippity Do all over again. My hair didn’t feel as clean as it could, but it looked gorgeous.

The gel in the collection is another story. While some people might want to keep their curls with this gel, I am not one of them. I understand that it will make my hair hold the curl longer, but it also made my hair stiff and sticky. To keep all of my curls intact, I would have also had a helmet of hard crusty gel. If I was going out for a night or special event, I might employ the help of this gel, but on a day to day, I won’t. Every girl was hair they can run their fingers through. Dippity Do’s Girls With Curls got me halfway there. It’s not my new favourite, but it gave me one day of gorgeous curls that I will remember for a long time.

Biolage Agave Nectar Control Gel Review

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I don’t generally use gel, I have pretty fine, wavy, frizzy hair and whenever I think of gel, I think of high school and crunchy curls. Luckily Biolage’s Agave Nectar Control gel doesn’t bring back the crunch. Since it’s a medium hold, it helps control my frizz while taming my waves pretty well. And it doesn’t weigh down my hair. The hold lasts a pretty decent amount of time and you really don’t need a lot to get results. I used a dime sized amount in the morning, went out all day and came back with hair at night that was almost what I started with in the morning.

I love that I can use gel again without worrying about stickiness or crunchy hair and that I don’t need to use a lot to get results.

Herbal Essences Naked Collection Review

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I haven’t had the greatest track record with natural hair care lines. In the past these hair care products that are supposed to be more gentle on my hair have left me with unmanageable locks that feel dirty, look dry and greasy and make my scalp itchy. I trusted the Herbal Essences brand enough though to try their new Naked hair care collection.

I am so glad that I made the change. Herbal Essences Naked Shampoo and Conditioner get my hair feeling squeaky clean. I have spent a lot on quality shampoos in the past, but nothing made my hair feel this clean before. I can feel the difference as I rinse my hair. My hair actually squeaks when you rub it. That’s a clean you can’t deny! As an added bonus, I love the fresh grapefruit scent in the shower!

Following up with that you have the Flexible Hold Spritzer to keep your style and volume without weighing your hair down. It gives a barely there hold, so your style will last for a bit. It’s best for natural hair styles. If you have any kind of demanding look, you are going to want to turn to real hairspray. For natural waves though this is perfect.

Finally you have the Dry Shampoo for the next few days. This was actually the only product in the line that I wasn’t crazy about. I found it was weak compared to other dry shampoos. It was very light, but I had to use a lot to make any impact. Regardless, I will keep it around for emergencies. If you are using dry shampoo every day though, I would skip it.

I have to admit I am a bit of an addict to going Naked nowadays and I don’t care who knows it. Herbal Essences Naked collection has made me a convert back to natural hair care proving it is possible.

Curl Keeper Review

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Sometimes you find the best products through word of mouth. I was talking to someone with perfect super curly hair at my hair salon and asked them what they used. The answer was Curl Keeper. I have never seen any kind of advertising for it so there’s a good chance I would’ve never found it but I’m so happy I did. It literally gets rid of all my frizz just by using a tiny amount. I didn’t think it would work because it was so watery but I tried it on my wet hair and it dried into perfect curls with no frizz. And unlike other companies who swear your hair won’t be crunchy (and it is), Curl Keeper is pretty much unnoticeable in your hair. The only downfall is the smell. It doesn’t really have much of one except your hair ends up smelling a little like chemicals. I usually just mix it with a great smelling hair oil and that fixes the problem. So next time you see someone with hair you want or makeup you want to try just ask them what they use. It could be your new best kept secret.

Coming Soon: Schwarzkopf BLONDME Iconic Blonde Collection

SKP_HIM_BlondMe_The_Iconic_Collection940x480 For those who are already blonde or those that are thinking about testing the waters Schwarzkopf are coming out with a new line of colour. The BLONDME Iconic Blonde collection comes in Prime Blonde, Blonde Make-over, Pastel Blonde and Blondré. Along with the new colour collection comes a relaunch for the BLONDME care range. With a Keratin shampoo, conditioner and mask, 2 colour enhancing shampoos (cool-ice, rich-caramel) and 2 spray conditioners (shine enhancing, colour correcting) there’s something here for every blonde. I’m in more of a strawberry blonde category so some of these products might not work for me but I really want wait to try them.

Hair Envy For Diane Kruger’s Moroccanoil Braids

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I have always wanted to put my hair in braids, but have never been able to master the art. I envy girls who casually walk around with cute fishtails braids like its nothing. Then I see Diane Kruger’s hair at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and practically die of envy.

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Diane Kruger is effortlessly gorgeous with amazing style and my teenage dream man Joshua Jaskson as her boyfriend. This braided hairstyle puts her on the top of my hot list. Luckily, I have a step by step from Moroccanoil’s stylist Kylee Heath, who did Diane Kruger’s hair. If you have talented hands, maybe you can stop by my house to do my hair by following her step-by-step:

“This style is very edgy and modern, so to set the foundation, I began by drawing a dead-straight part down the center of Diane’s damp hair. Then, I applied Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse and Moroccanoil Root Boost from root to mid-shaft and Moroccanoil Treatment Light to her ends.  These all worked together to add body, hold and shine to the hair.

‘Next, I blew the hair out using Moroccanoil’s 35mm Boar Bristle Round Brush, paying close attention to keeping the roots very smooth. Once the hair was fully dry, I sectioned off the bangs as well as a 1/2” strip from each ear, downwards, all the way to the nape of the neck. I secured this section with an elastic at the center back nape and wove it into a single braid.

‘Keeping the bangs sectioned off, I misted the main section of the hair with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray and brushed it smooth in a backward direction.

‘Beginning at the center of the head working outward, I wove the remaining hair into 15 small braids—not making them all the same size. Once all the hair was in braids, I wrapped two fine braids from left-to-right and then right- to-left to create a finely braided headband.

‘Leaving out one braid in the center, one-by-one I looped the remaining braids under and tucked them into the base of the braided section—pinning along the way. This created the illusion of a large “chignon”.

‘The last braid was wrapped horizontally across the top of the chignon to finish it off.

‘To finish the style, I left the bangs soft and swept them backwards toward the braids and secured. Mist the hair with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray to add shine and long-lasting hold.”

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