Category: Hair Reviews

Smooth Sexy Hair

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The latest trend in hair product collections seems to either have the word rescue or repair in it. And while those do what they’re supposed to, I’m still occasionally left with a ton of frizz to deal with. Luckily Sexy Hair sent over part of their Smooth Sexy Hair collection. The smoothing shampoo and conditioner are both gluten, paraben, sulfate and salt free and loaded with coconut oil to help fight frizz.
And they absolutely work. But the star for me is the Frizz Eliminator. It’s a really runny serum styling product and once you figure out how much you need to use (quite a bit for me), your frizz literally disappears. It doesn’t get crunchy when it dries and leaves your hair extremely soft. Unlike other frizz products it doesn’t add any weight to your hair to load it down, which is actually a problem for me, I wish it added just a little bit.
If you want frizz free hair, this is definitely the collection for you.

How To Make Your Blow Out Last Longer

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When I visited Blo Dry Bar, I fell in love with my blow out, but it was bittersweet. You have probably had the same experience. You get a great blow out, but it doesn’t last. So instead of fretting, I asked the pros at Blo Dry Bar how to make my blow dry last longer. Since every woman suffers the same issue, I decided to share their tips with you.

How to make your blow dry last longer:

Step 1 – A great way to make your ‘do last longer is to use dry shampoo in the morning. It not only absorbs natural oils and volumizes your hair when it is weighed down with oil and product, it also smells yummy! Celebs like Kelly Ripa and Jennifer Garner use dry shampoo to maintain their blo outs, and stylists use this style secret when coifing models for the runway. Spray at root around the head, lifting hair to get in close to the roots. Work through with brush and blast with the heat of a blow dryer. Style as usual.

Step 2 – At night, twist your hair on top of your head and clip or flip your head upside down and secure in a hairnet (remember to spray and bobby pin securely!) to keep your style bouncy. Rest your head on a satin pillowcase to prevent snags. Sleep.

Step 3 – If all else fails, there is always the perfect pony!

Other tips include:

• To prevent weighed down locks, start with uber-clean hair. Use a purifying shampoo and only a dab of conditioner on the ends of your hair. Make sure you choose your products according to your hair type. For finer hair, use product sparingly, for thicker hair be more generous.

• The key to a smooth mane is to make sure your hair is blown out completely dry and finished with a blast of cold air. Any moisture left in your hair will cause instant frizz. P.S. Always use shower cap when in the shower or bath!

• A little backcombing around your crown goes a long way when it comes to extending your blo out. An extra tease will ensure that your blo out stays red carpet-ready for days.

• Once styled, set your coif with a mist of Aerogel (our fave!) and don’t touch for 10 minutes. The longer your style sets, the longer it will last.

Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Repair Rescue

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I’m pretty sure I’ve tried seven or eight repairing hair collections in the past few months. Some are ok, some are definitely not. But I haven’t been noticing a huge difference in my hair. Until I started using Schwarzkopf’s BC Bonacure Repair Rescue line. I don’t have a huge amount of damage to my hair but this line fixes everything that’s wrong with it.

I don’t really notice anything special while I’m actually washing my hair and I don’t notice a difference at all between the Repair Rescue Conditioner and the Repair Rescue Treatment but when I’m styling my hair I notice it’s a lot stronger, less tangled and much easier to manage. This line is for damaged hair but it doesn’t put any claims to being moisturizing or volumizing which left me with no expectations whatsoever.

The star of the line for me is the Beauty Balm. Usually I have to mix a bunch of styling products to detangle, get rid of frizz and generally get it managable. Especially when the humidity makes it crazy in the summer. I use the Beauty Balm on it’s own and it covers all the bases and gives me way more volume than I’ve ever gotten from another product, including ones that claim to give your hair added volume, but never actually do.

This is one hair line I’ll definitely be replacing when I run out.

Blo Dry Bar & Beautiful Blowouts


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Like me, there a good chance that you have seen blow dry bars popping up in your town and thought why? I didn’t know why I would need a place to go just for a blow dry that wasn’t my hair dresser. To solve this mystery, I got in touch with the leaders of this hair trend, Blo Dry Bar.

Blo was the first blow dry bar in North America and the leaders with over 40 locations in North America and Asia. Sharmina Rajabali a Franchise Partner with Blo says that “We have become experts at session styling because that’s all we do! Blo is the perfect place to go in between trips to the hairdresser to maintain salon-quality locks. It is a quick, affordable and convenient luxury. After all, perfect hair equals perfect confidence.”

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So I booked my appointment and headed to the Blo Dry Bar at Bayview Village in Toronto. It was early and I had a barbecue later that afternoon, so I was excited to see what they could do for my uncontrolled waves. When I went in, I was rushed into a seat quickly and asked what I wanted. I was nervous and I felt a little uncomfortable. I just said straight please, because I wasn’t sure how this worked. I was secretly envying the loose waves and braid from one of the girls working, but I didn’t know if I could ask for that.

I had my hair washed and then when I went back to the chair, I picked up the menu of Blo’s styling options. Blo doesn’t just offer regular blow outs, but an option of styles from classic to waves to straight and even braids, ponytails and buns. I asked if I could change my mind and pick loose waves for something fun.

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Cristina went to work. I have had many stylists blow dry my hair over the years, but none were as fast as the crew at Blo. It wasn’t just Cristina, but everyone there was a pro at blow drying. Even though they were all focused and working fast, it didn’t feel rushed or formal. Everyone working was having a good time laughing and singing along to the radio. While at times, I felt a little but left out of the joke. Overall it made me feel more relaxed that I could sit and enjoy their company.

All the while, my hair was turning from crazy to gorgeous. My waves were looking beautiful. As each wave dropped, the smile on my face got wider and wider. When it was all done, xxx stepped back to admire her work and ask me what I thought. I was thrilled! But then she asked me how I felt about her adding a braid to my hair to keep my bangs out of my face, exactly like the girl’s hair that I admired on the way in.

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When it was done, it was perfect. I walked out of Blo Dry Bar feeling amazing. I honestly don’t know if my hair has ever looked better.

I can definitely see how this could be addicting. They say there are some clients who come in every other day to keep their blow out looking amazing. I don’t know if I am that addicted yet, but maybe one day.

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.