Nothing warms you up in the winter like Apple Cider, so why not add it to your beauty routine too. If you’ve been following us for a while, you will know that we are huge fans of Live Clean. If I could recommend anything to beauty fans, it would be their hair care products.
Clarifying Shampoo is perfect this time of year. In the New Year everyone wants to detox their body, so why not detox your scalp as well. This Clarifying Shampoo helps to get rid of all of that residue leftover on your hair. It will leave your skin squeaky clean.
Make sure that you follow up with the conditioner though too. Clarifying shampoos in general strip your hair of all of the residue, so it’s important to put some of that moisture back into your hair. Live Clean’s Apple Cider condition is light, so it doesn’t add anything back into your hair that you don’t want.
With winter finally making an appearance in Toronto our hair has changed with the weather. It’s getting dried out, frizzier (who knew that was possible?) and harder to manage. Luckily we’ve rounded up some help with out Sebastian winter hair essentials.
Sebastian Drench Shampoo
Made for dry or frizzy hair, the Drench line adds moisture to hair while giving you body and keeping hair silky. The shampoo is pretty typical of a high end shampoo. It lathers really well and smells fantastic and doesn’t make my hair feel stripped at all. The first time I used it, I actually considered skipping conditioner but I figured that would probably be a bad idea.
Sebastian Drench Conditioner
This conditioner is a lot thicker than you’d expect. What comes out of the tube looks pretty normal for a conditioner but when you start spreading it through your hair, it’s actually more of a mask like consistency. Because it’s so thick, it’s hard to get out of the bottle. Luckily I need way less of it than I thought, so I don’t have to work quite as hard. This conditioner has definitely improved the moisture levels in my hair. I haven’t had any significantly bad hair days since I’ve started using it and I’ve noticed a lot less frizz.
Sebastian Potion 9
Made of nine botanical extracts, this cream is pretty much the only only styling product you’ll need. It does everything from adding moisture, to eliminating frizz to prepping your hair for blow drying. It also doesn’t get crunchy and when I let my hair air dry (almost always), it feels like there’s nothing in it.
My hair has benefited so much since I’ve started using the combination of Drench and Potion 9. I have less frizz, my hair is silky and holds a style way longer. The downside is my hair feels greasy a little faster, but that’s what dry shampoo is for. If your hair is completely dried out because of winter, you need to give these products a try.
Winter is hard on our hair but luckily with the holidays coming up, there are a ton of great hair care sets to get us looking great. These are our picks.
Orofluido Overnight Ritual Pack
This pack contains Orofluido’s Shampoo, Original Elixir and a Hair Turban so you can treat your dried out hair while you sleep. Perfect for those of us who are too lazy to use a hair mask but need to do something with out dried out hair. Or you can consider it multi-tasking, hair treatment + sleep.
Drybar Texas Tease Travel Kit
If you’re going to be on the road a lot during the holiday season, this is a great kit to throw in your purse or carry-on. You get the Lil’ Lemon Drop brush, a mini Texas Tea volumizing hair spray and a mini Triple Sec 3-In-1 which acts as a dry shampoo, texturizer and gives you volume. Who says you have to have flat hair while you travel?
Kérastase Elixir Holiday Set
If you want a little luxury with your hair care, Kérastase’s Elixir line is a great place to start. The Elixir Holiday set includes Bain Elixir Ultime (shampoo), Masque Elixir Ultime (hair mask) and Elixir Crème Fine (oil cream) and you’ll end up with super soft, strengthened, shiny hair.
ColorProof Evolved Color Care Glam Squad
If frizz is your issue, ColorProof’s Glam Squad comes with CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz shampoo and conditioner plus Wicked Good Weightless Shine Spray. Everything you need for smooth, shiny holiday hair.
SARAHPOTEMPA Beachwaver S1
If you’ve ever wanted Victoria’s Secret model beachy waves, this Beachwaver is what they use. All you have to do is push a button and you can customize your waves however you want. Plus if you pick this up at Ulta between Black Friday and Christmas you get a free gift that includes a SARAHPOTEMPA Chevron Bag, Selfie Guide and 2 Darby Clips.
Birchbox Canada has really been upping their game lately and we’re getting a little closer to what the American Birchbox subscribers get. Including the Birchbox exclusive brands like PARLOR by Jeff Chastain. The first PARLOR product I tried was the Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray that was in my June box and I’ve been hooked on the scent of the products ever since.
I’m the kind of person that appreciates when something smells good and will be more inclined to use it on a regular basis. PARLOR’s signature scent of ripe peach, cut grass and white woods might be the most addicting scent I’ve ever smelled in a hair product. Luckily, the products are just as great as they smell.
The Moisturizing Trio consists of the Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner and the Detangling Leave-In Conditioner. The shampoo lathers really well and gets my hair really clean without stripping it (I usually only lather once) and the conditioner isn’t too thick but makes my hair feel really moisturized. I’ve also noticed a lot less frizz since I’ve been using this trio.
The Detangling Leave-In Conditioner is one my staple hair products. I used my Birchbox points to get this before the trio was sent to us and I use it constantly. On damp hair, it makes it easier for me to style without worrying about breakage and I’ve been known to use it on dry hair to reduce frizz. Either way it leaves my hair feeling like there’s nothing in it and it smells fantastic. Someone should really suggest a PARLOR hair fragrance spray but this is great in a pinch.
The combination of all three products leaves my hair feeling a lot more hydrated and with the dryness of winter coming up, I’m going to be reaching for these a lot.
PARLOR by Jeff Chastain products are only available through Birchbox and if you’re a subscriber you know that you can use your points. If you haven’t signed up yet, this line might be the incentive you need.
It feels like my hair gets blonder on it’s own every summer and thanks to the balayage highlights I just got, my hair is pretty blonde. But every fall my hair gets a little dull and the brightness fades. Enter Drybar’s Blonde Ale collection. This purple shampoo and conditioner are supposed to keep your blonde bright and I got them just in time.
Blonde Ale Brightening Shampoo
This shampoo is PURPLE. I know purple is good for blondes but this is so bright I was wondering what colour my hair would be when I got out of the shower. I’ve never used a shampoo where literally a drop is enough to get a good lather going. My hair doesn’t feel stripped after I wash (probably thanks to the keratin) and the ‘Sensual Woods’ fragrance smells pretty fantastic.
Blonde Ale Brightening Conditioner
I usually expect conditioners to be pretty thick and this one really isn’t. But it gets my hair really moisturized which is so important to someone with any kind of colour in their hair. This purple wasn’t nearly quite as shocking and it has the same scent as the shampoo (Sensual Woods has notes of ginger, mint and sandalwood).
Blonde Ale Brightening Cream
Blonde Ale Brightening Cream isn’t purple! But it’s a pearly white that really makes my hair silky and soft. It gets rid of the worst of the frizz but on really humid days I have to mix it with other products.
Considering Drybar just focuses on blowouts and styling (they’re finally opening a Canadian location!), I’m really impressed at how great this collection is. Does it make my hair brighter? Ask me in October when we don’t have sun all day.
I adore the scent of citrus in the actual fruit but I always find it doesn’t quite smell the same when it’s in a fragrance, I always find they smell a little off and fake. L’Occitane’s new Citrus Verbena collection is the citrus scent I’ve been waiting for. It smells like lemons and grapefruits were mixed with verbena and just became the most delicious summer scent. There are ten products in the collection, everything from perfume, to hair products to deodorant, so you can literally soak in Citrus Verbena from head to toe. We received two products to try, the Fresh Body Milk and Fresh Shampoo.
Citrus Verbena Fresh Shampoo
The first time I used this shampoo was in the middle of a heatwave and it was just so refreshing and really made my head cool off. I don’t use a ton of shampoo to begin with, maybe an amount the size of a quarter but this one lathers so well I need even less. And while I didn’t have the matching conditioner, it left my hair feeling clean but almost hydrated enough that I was considering not using one at all. It also gave my hair a lot more shine than most products do.
Citrus Verbena Fresh Body Milk
I really can’t express how much I love the scent of the Citrus Verbena collection and it’s this body milk that originally sold me on it. The second I opened the bottle I knew I was going to be using this product a lot, regardless of how well it worked. Luckily it’s L’Occitane so the quality more than lived up to my expectations. The milk is extremely light and just melts into your skin without leaving you with that sticky feeling you can get from body milks and it really cools your skin down. My skin was hydrated and smelled amazing for hours after I applied it.
I knew from the first sniff that I was going to be buying other products from the collection. I already bought two of them and I have a feeling there’s going to be more in my future. I didn’t already have a favourite scent from L’Occitane but I definitely have one now.
*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.*
Almost every hair product makes promises but so few follow through, so when L’Oreal introduced the Fibralogy collection and promised thicker hair I was pretty skeptical. When I got an email from Influenster letting me know I was getting the Fibralogy VoxBox I was definitely willing to give it a shot. I have super fine hair and it’s really wavy, so anything that seems to make my hair a little thicker usually gives me crazy frizz. And if I can get rid of the frizz, I get flat hair.
The Fibralogy set starts off pretty normal. There’s a shampoo and conditioner and they’re both pretty great quality that I’ve come to expect from L’Oreal hair products. And they smell seriously delicious, like blue Freezie delicious. These are the two products you’re always supposed to use. They work well for shampoo and conditioner but I can’t tell you how they thicken because I haven’t used them without the Thickening Booster yet.
The Thickening Booster is really the part of the collection that makes you hair thicker. You apply it after shampoo and put the conditioner right over it and rinse them off together. You can use it once a week or for the intensive treatment, twice.
I’ve only been using the set for a little while and so far I’ve used all the products three times. And I’ve totally seen a difference in my hair. I can’t tell if my hair really looks thicker, though my waves are much more defined and less frizzy but my hair feels quite a bit thicker. It also feels stronger and a lot healthier, and I thought my hair was pretty healthy before.
I’m going to keep using Fibralogy because I like how it works on my hair and if my hair actually does get thicker with use, then I’ll consider it a bonus. If you have fine, thin hair you might want to give it a try.
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
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
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.
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.