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!!

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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?

My little bottle of miracle oil

Ok y’all, I am a curly haired lass. That means that I hate my hair, and I always have. I have never wanted anything more than I want long, swishy, straight hair. Alas, it is not meant to be. I’ve recently (within the last two or three years) started coming to terms with the fact that I’m never going to wake up and have straight hair. That means that I have started trying to work with my hair rather than attempting to beat it into straight submission. For the first time in my life I have a really fantastic (read “expensive”) hair cut, and it makes a huge difference. The other thing that makes a difference is product. I’ve tried all kinds, high end, as well as drug store buys. Some of my favourites include Potion 9 by Sebastian, an AG leave-in conditioner, and Morrocan Oil.

The first time I used Morrocan Oil I was floored. My hair had movement; those of you with curls know what I’m talking about. Each curl was defined, shiny, and bouncy. It was a happy day. The thing about Morrocan Oil is the price point. It’s spendy my friends. Moving to Vancouver meant taking a HUGE pay cut (if I think about it too much I start to feel a bit sick), and since chopping my locks I’ve actually found Morrocan Oil to be a touch too heavy. I’ve tried a couple of drugstore alternatives with no luck, but I eventually stumbled upon the Ojon damage reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum. I think a full size bottle is around $30 but I got mine for “free” in exchange for 100 Sephora rewards points.

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Unfortunately the first time I used it I managed to dump half the bottle all over the bathroom counter (sob); however, a little of this stuff goes a loooong way so it’ll last a good long while. What we have here folks is a holy grail product. This stuff is amaze-balls. I use two drops and it’s more than enough for my entire mop. I rub it betwixt my palms, smooth it into wet hair, shake, and go! Fantastic! Each curl is defined, holds its shape, and is nice and shiny. I luuuurve this stuff.

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Do you guys have any suggestions for a good alternative to Morrocan Oil? Have you tried this oil?

The Chopping Block

Curly hair is dry to begin with, add to that winter weather, an ombre dye job, and infrequent haircuts and we’ve got a disaster my friends. A couple of weeks ago my hair was in truly terrible shape. Frizzy, staticky, and crunchy feeling. It was not pretty. I decided to try out a hair mask. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and I was desperate for help. Off I went to Sephora (is there any other place???) in search of a remedy and I decided on the Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment.

I had it out of the packaging and spread all over my locks within 10 minutes of being home. One thing I really love about this product is the way it changes from a solid to a silky oil when you rub it betwixt your palms. The scent is interesting, it reminds me of nutmeg. I can definitely see some people hating the smell, but I didn’t mind it. The instructions said to leave the product on for 20 minutes and then wash it out. Friends, I am a renegade: I left the treatment on over night. The results? Silky soft, managable hair free of static and full of body… for one day. The second day after the treatment my hair reverted to it’s initial state and I ended up getting it all chopped off.

My room-mate, who has medium length, wavvy, fine hair had much better luck than I. Her hair ended up super soft and lovely after the treatment. Perhaps mine was just too far-gone.

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Have you had any luck with hair masks?

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Confession: I haven’t washed my hair since Sunday because I’m too lazy busy. It was fine yesterday, but I think perhaps I was asking too much of my mop when I chose to forgoe washing yet again this morning. By lunchtime my curls were looking far too er… defined for my liking. I decided to pop out to London Drugs on my break and pick up some dry shampoo. I was waylaid by Sephora on the way there, but when I grabbed a bottle of Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo and saw the $50 (gasp) price tag I was quickly on my way again.

I decided on Batiste Dry Shampoo because I’ve used it before, and I was in a terrible hurry. They’ve come out with a few new fragrances since I last purchased a bottle. I decided on Tropical because I’m a sucker for anything coconut.

Back at the office I popped into the loo and gave my hair a thorough dousing. The verdict? Great product! With a limited amount of fuss you can have your lackluster hair looking refreshed and volumized in a matter of moments, not to mention smelling absolutely delish. The price was around $10 which may be a tad steep but it’s a large bottle and I’m guessing it’ll last a long time.

I know that since I didn’t take a before photo (some things cannot be unseen friends) there’s not much point to the selfie, but this is my blog and if I want to post a gratuitous duck-face photo of myself I can!

Have you tried any dry shampoos?