Category: Hair Reviews

Pureology Strength Cure Collection

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There are so many hair products out right now that use the terms rescue, damage or repair and I’ve used a lot of them without noticing any kind of difference. So I was skeptical when Pureology’s Strength Cure collection showed up. I’ve never used Pureology before and I don’t have particularly damaged hair so I didn’t have any kind of expectations. I don’t colour my hair, don’t use a lot of heat on my hair, but my frizz is unmanageable in any kind of humidity. Pureology claimed my hair would be 97% stronger after one use of the system.

The first thing I noticed was how much thicker the shampoo is compared to others. It still couldn’t be mistaken for conditioner but the texture was definitely different from what I’d been using. By the time I was done with the shampoo and conditioner I noticed a huge difference on how strong my hair felt wet.

I used the Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths on it’s own as a styling product just to see how my hair reacted in general to the line. It was pretty easy to comb through, no knots or tangles and when it dried it wasn’t crunchy and my hair ended up in pretty nice waves. It didn’t however get rid of the frizz so I’ll probably mix it with something else next time.

The only thing I didn’t like about Pureology’s Strength Cure line was the scent. It’s a weird powdery banana/coconut scent, probably meant to be somewhat tropical, but it really doesn’t work for me. If my hair is going to keep feeling stronger, I can get over the scent. It’ll be interesting to see how strong my hair can get.

Win A Girls With Curls Survival Kit

The hot humidity of summer is approaching and our hair is already feeling the effects. Anyone will curls will feel the pain of summer frizz. Dippity-do’s Girls with Curls line is made with shea butter, coconut oil, aloe and vitamin E to calm your curls in the heat of summer. The best part is that this collection will give you beautiful curls without breaking the bank like some other salon collections.

We want to share the joy of soft beautiful curls all summer long by winning a Girls With Curls Survival Kit. Makeup Most Wanted is giving away the complete Dippity-do hair care collection featuring Curl Shampoo, Curl Conditioner, Curl Shaping Gelee, Leave-In Curl Defining Cream and Curl Deep Conditioning Treatment.

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To win, we want to see your most unruly hair! Head to Twitter and use the hashtag #DippitydoGirlswithCurls when you tweet a photo of your crazy hair to us @makeupwanted showing why you need this Dippity-Do hair care line!

This contest is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) until Friday, June 27, so make sure to show us your worst hair day!

Read our review of Dippity-Do’s Girls With Curls collection now.

My Experience With L’Oreal Paris Feria Wild Ombré

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I recently joined the lovely ladies of L’Oreal Paris at Del Monaco Salon to try out the Feria Wild Ombré at home hair dying kits. I had dreamed of ombré hair since it first got trendy, so to say I was excited was an understatement. I had seen the at home ombré hair dye kits in stores, but I had also seen the horror story pictures of ombré hair gone wrong, so I had steered clear until now. This time I had the skilled hands of celebrity hair stylist Eric Del Monaco and his team to get it right.

When I arrived at Del Monaco, I had a choice to make. Did I choose the subtle Ombré Touch, bold Wild Ombré or one of the coloured copper ombré? I was warned that the coloured ombré kits do not mix well with hair that has been previously coloured. After seeing the wild shades it produced on some other hair in the room, I asked for the Wild Ombré. I asked the team for a bold colouring that went very blonde on the tips.

Daniel started applying the ombré dye to my hair. He used the applicator from the Ombré Touch box to show me how it worked. It’s a little comb the sticks on the end of your finger. You apply the dye onto the applicator and brush it on. Daniel suggested being casual with it and pull at strands all over. You don’t want every piece to line up or else you will end up with one of those hair fail pictures. If you have thick hair like me, Daniel recommended dying your hair in layers.

While he was dying my hair I noticed a few things. First of all this is some potent hair dye. I’ve been dying my hair since hair school and this was the first time that the fumes stung my eyes. It wasn’t bad enough to make me want to stop, but it was strong. Second, if you have thick or curly hair, be careful of the touché comb. It’s supposed to stick on your finger, but Daniel kept losing it in my curly locks. He eventually went to the brush that is stronger and comes in the Wild Ombré box. Finally, I noticed that nothing was really happening on my hair. I know it’s hard to judge how your hair is dying while the dye is in, but my hair didn’t look any different.

After it was applied I had to wait for over 30 minutes to let it sit. I’m not sure if that is average time for ombré hair, but that is a long time compared to other box dyes. When it was finally washed out, I still didn’t see a change. My wet hair looked the exact same.

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Finally after a blow dry, I could see the ombré in my hair. I had a few blonde flecks, but overall I was underwhelmed. There was nothing wild about this ombré. It was so subtle that it was barely visible. My hair looked pretty. I had a gorgeous blow dry and it looks like I had some highlights from the sun. This wasn’t ombré though. The one side of my head had no new colouring at all.

I honestly don’t know what went wrong with my Wild Ombré. I don’t know if I didn’t apply enough hair dye, if the dye just wasn’t meant to dye my hair to a bold blonde or some other anomaly. I doubt that I would try the L’Oreal Paris Wild Ombré at home dye again. Not because it didn’t work, but mostly because I doubt that I could do it on my home. It is definitely a two person job, and no offense to my friends, but I don’t really trust them that much. That’s not to say you shouldn’t try it because if you are brave then you should, but go in with low expectations.

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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