Reverse Shampooing

Hello my darlings! Have you missed me? There have been some pretty major changes in my life recently, the biggest being that I’ve moved home to the Yukon to be closer to my family. I’ll be starting a new job next month, as well as moving into a new apartment. Can’t wait to start decorating! You can look forward to more of the same old content in future posts with a slightly different, northern perspective.

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Every day for the last month or so I’ve had a great hair day. It’s not because of a new product or treatment. It’s because of a simple, and free change I’ve made. Curious? All I’ve done is change the order in which I wash my hair. I now condition and then shampoo. Easy peasy!  You would not believe the difference it makes! The idea is that by conditioning first there is no heavy residue left in your hair and you’re left with a lot more body. I’ve found my locks to be smoother as well.

Have you tried reverse shampooing?

New Series!

Hi everyone! Welcome to the first post in a new series!

Empties

I have a shoebox full of empty products that I’ve finished up over the last few months.

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What I’m going to do is give you the answers to 5 questions about each product:

1. What does the product claim to do?

2. Is the product effective?

3. Is the product good value for its price?

4. Did I enjoy using the product?

5. Would I repurchase the product?

Excited?

Product #1: AG fast food leave on condition

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1. AG says that fast food will “nourish, detangle and help prevent split ends while adding weightless condition to dry, lifeless hair.”

2. I do think this leave in conditioner is effective. It really helped to give my curls definition without weighing my hair down. It also left my hair feeling really soft.

3. I can’t remember what I paid for this but it wasn’t super expensive. It is definitely good value though, because it does exactly what it’s supposed to and lasted at least a year. A dime sized amount was enough for all of my hair.

4. I definitely enjoyed this stuff. The scent is divine; it smells like candy. The formula is light and non-greasy.

5. I would repurchase fast food. I’m not going to right now because I’m using a L’Oreal spray on leave in conditioner at the moment, but when that’s used up I will keep an eye out for the AG one.

So there you have it! I’d really appreciate hearing your thoughts on this post. Did I give enough information? Are there more questions you’d like answered? Share!!

Hairor

Products

Sometimes people ask me how I get my curls looking defined. After giving them the stink eye because I assume they’re taking the piss, I relent and mumble something about conditioner. That’s not the whole story.

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This is me – first thing in the morning. Eek! Don’t look or you might turn to stone! Also, please ignore the ratty polish… I may have had a bottle glass of vino the night before. 

The thing about difficult hair (and I do have difficult hair – I don’t care what anyone says) is that I have no idea how to deal with it. I never have. When I get up in the morning I look like Medusa. I’m not lying even a little bit. I usually tie it back stat, but sometimes I leave it to give my roomie a laugh. They should issue an instruction booklet to curly haired children. Really.

People sometimes give me a hard time about showering every day, but a. I like to be clean (next to Godliness you know), and b. I don’t want to frighten small children always. I don’t know what to do with my hair if I don’t get it wet. I don’t flat iron it very often because it exhausts me, I don’t curl it because, well, why would I? I can’t leave it looking like a ball of frizz that I pulled out of the drain, so what am I supposed to do? The only thing I can fathom doing is getting it wet and then thoroughly dousing it with every frizz taming product I can get my hands on. I always let my hair air dry because, in spite of what every hairdresser ever has told me, diffusers make my hair frizzy. Also, I do not want to spend more than one minute doing my hair. I want to get dressed because clothes are fun, doing my hair is torture.

Sometimes I see girls who have really thick curly hair and it’s all over the place and it looks awesome. My hair is fine, this means that you only have to look at it to make the curls come apart and turn into frizz. The horror.

Anyway, what’s my point? I don’t really have one, but here are some products that help, just help mind you, nothing more.

L'Oreal Evercreme

First thing’s first my pets: condition, condition, condition, and then condition some more. In addition to the conditioner I use in the shower, I follow up with a leave-in conditioner while my hair is still wet. Right now I’m using this one from L’Oreal and loving it. It smells like caramel, yum. Since cutting my hair short again I haven’t needed it as much, but it’s a great product to dig out on those extra humid days.

Hair Oil

Next I add a couple drops of hair oil. I used Moroccan Oil for a long time, but I’ve found that, in addition to being super spendy, it’s actually a touch heavy for my fine locks. I love, love, LOVE this one from Ojon (available from Sephora) and would definitely buy it again. I grabbed the Marc Anthony Oil on a whim while at Shopper’s and I have to say I quite like it. It smells like sum sum summa-time! I find that both of these products work just as well as Moroccan Oil, if not better.

IMG_0499Lastly, I add a dime-sized amount of styling cream. I love Potion 9. I’ve used it for years, and I don’t imagine I’ll stop. It’s a cult product for a reason. I bought the Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Defining Creme a couple of years ago after scouring the entire city for Potion 9 and not having any luck. I don’t particularly like the Curl Creme actually. It’s really easy to use too much and end up with greasy looking locks; I also find it quite heavy for my hair and it creates a lot of build-up. I won’t buy it again.

Oribe

Sometimes at the end of the day my hair needs a bit of a boost, a refresher. I like volume. To achieve some texture I like to add a few sprays of dry shampoo, or of my latest obsession: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Holycrapthisstuffisamazing. It smells great, very grown-up but not in a floral way. It just gives hair some oomf. It does create a lot of build-up, but since I don’t use it everyday I don’t mind having to wash it out. Highly recommend giving this stuff a try!

So there you have it! Now you know all of my secrets!

What’s your hair routine (if it’s rolling out of bed and sticking your glossy, straight hair in a cute pony then we are friends-off I’m afraid)?

P.S. I know these photos are all out of focus/over-exposed/under-exposed but my camera and I are still getting to know one another.

Hair Resort

I haven’t talked about many hair products. I just think they’re not the most exciting thing to blog about. That said, I have kind of difficult hair and I do use a lot of different styling products. My goal is always to have shiny, soft, and well defined curls. Occasionally though, I want to achieve something a bit different.

In the summer, especially on beach days, I often reach for my Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Beach Texturiser.

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This is a really cool product. On the back of the bottle they explain it as “a messy beach look that defines long and fine hair. An oil free texturiser for a sexy surfer look that defies gravity.” My hair is not long but it is quite fine. This texturiser gives hair a bit of grittiness, for lack of a better word. I don’t really know how to describe it but you end up looking like you spent the day at the beach. You know how your hair looks so fantastic after a day of swimming and playing in the sand? That is the look this stuff gives you. Kind of messy, easy, and undone.

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It’s super easy to use as well. You just apply it to damp or dry hair, scrunch, and go. You only need about a dime sized amount so it will last a long time. Simple pimple!

The scent is wonderful, coconutty and a little bit fruity as well. All in all a great product. I think I paid about $20 for it about three years ago.

The only thing I don’t like about it is the bottle. It’s square and it’s kind of hard to  get the product out.
What are some of your favourite hair products?

10 Days of Favourites

I’ve been thinking about doing some sort of theme week or something like that for a while. I ended up deciding to do 10 Days of Favourites. 10 because I got tired of taking pictures after taking that many. Obviously I am methodical when it comes to blogging.

So, my pets, welcome to the first post of my 10 Days of Favourites (do you think I can blog 10 days in a row?)!

Day 1: Hair

I just downloaded a new photo app for my phone so prepare yourselves for some tackiness slickly edited pictures.

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I’ve been a devoted fan of Sebastian’s Potion 9 for some time now. This is a fantastic product for evil curly hair. It provides hold without crunchiness. You can wet it and rework the product throughout the day if your hair starts to frizz, which is the best thing about it. It smells divine. DIVINE. You know how when you visit your hairdresser they always have shampoo that smells amazing? Potion 9 smells like that. Light, fresh, yummy.

L’Oreal Evercreme Nourishing Leave-In Spray is new to my arsenal but I really like it. I ran out of my AG leave-in conditioner last week and didn’t want to break the  bank replacing it. One of my favourite bloggers, Essie Button (www.essiebutton.com), raves about this line and I’ve been keen to try it. I’m converted. For a drug store product this stuff is fantastic. It tames frizz, gives curls definition,  and isn’t too heavy. It smells like caramel. Yum.

What are some of your favourite hair products?