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Monday, May 15, 2017

Are You In On the Latest Hair Trend?

Texture is king these days and since I get the heebie-jeebies from those sea salt sprays, I am always on the lookout for other that will give my hair some. Here are 3 that are tops in my house right now.

KÉRASTASE V.I.P Volume In Powder ($37/6.8oz, $20.50/2.5oz @ – this one can be used like a dry shampoo and I use this along my part to give the hair on either side of it a little lift. And this one is perfect to use on second-day hair.

ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray ($46/8.5oz, $22/2.2oz @, – Yes, this one is a tad expensive but it has a huge cult following so it must be something, right? I like using this on dry hair to give my hair some grip so it’s not so smooth. And I love that this one doesn’t make my hair tangle, which texturizers can sometimes do.

IGK ‘Sold Out’ Curl Priming Basecoat ($27/5oz @, – this is a good one for conditioning and defrizzing wavy and curly hair. Since my hair has a slight wave, I like to use products that can help show it off once-in-a-while and this one helps me do that. Use on wet hair before styling or dry to re-activate the style. And I love that this one has what they call the IGK New York scent, a blend of black pepper, blackberries, violet, geranium on a base of leather accord. So this could also be your hair perfume!

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

What I’m Loving Right Now, the Hair Edition

1. OLIVIA GARDEN FingerBrush Vented Hair Brush ($13.96/small, $14.76/medium, $15.56/large @ – I’ve never really turned to a hair brush to give me a great scalp massage but this one really does! The curved shape helps it hug the scalp and it has ionic bristles to help hair dry fast when used with a blow dryer.

2. OSCAR BLANDI Polish Blow-Out Crème ($25/4.2oz @ – Never does a blow-dry session go by where I don’t use a defrizz product. And this one from OB is doing it for me right now. The Jasmine Calming Complex it help repel humidity keep frizz and flyaways far away.

3. SHU UEMURA Detail Master Directional Fixing Spray ($38/6.3oz @ – I’ve been practicing my 40’s vintage hair waves lately and this spray really helps hold it the style in place without being crunchy.

4. KERASTASE Laque Dentelle Micro Mist Fixing Hairspray ($20.50/2oz, $36/8oz @ – a product that can be used with heat tools seems to be a rare find these days but I’m really loving this one as it helps my hair curls last longer than without and no product crunch when using it.  

5. ECRU NEW YORK Acacia Protein Hair Masque ($25/8oz – with all that we put our hair through these days, a quality hair mask is simply essential. This one contains Acacia Collagen, sunflower seed oil, Shea Butter and Marine Extracts to repair strands.

6. DEVA CURL My Deva Towel ($12 @ – are you still using a regular ol’ towel on your hair when you get out of the shower? Terry cloth towels promote frizz and are poor at drying the hair and this can be used on any type of hair. 

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

5 Favorite … Hair Helpers

KERASTASE Forme Fatale Voluptuous Blow-Dry Gel ($35/4.2oz, $182.1oz @ – for some reason I’ve been into having quite big hair these days and since I’m not that great at teasing my hair (it just doesn’t last!), I’ve been relying on this blow-dry gel to get me there and it has the bonus of UV and heat protection.

2. SCHWARZKOPF Igora Expert Mousse ($13.95/3.2oz @ - give your current color a kick with this one. This colour mousse lasts up to 8 washes and is super easy to use – just apply to towel-dried hair, leave on about 20 minutes and jump back in the shower and rinse. My color is 5-88 (light brown red extra) and it gives my hair just the right amount of boost without the commitment. Choose from different 13 shades!

3. SALLY HERSHBERGER 3-in-1 Volumizing Spray ($12.99/8.5oz @ – Since I want to keep my red hair red for longer than a few weeks, I rely on dry shampoos a lot. And this new one is infused with caffeine so I guess you could say it really gets my hair moving! Ok, not that funny but this does give strands some volume and texture to get you through the day.

4. FROM THE LAB Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724 ($19.95/5oz @ – this one is 180 degrees from what you’re used to using on your hair in the shower. First, it doesn’t lather up, which might not be comfortable for some people but I’m telling you, the final results are worth it. It uses raspberry stem cell extract (to nourish the scalp), Andiroba Oil (for its omega-3 fatty acids), vitamin E, Castor Seed and Almond oils to do all the work – shampoo, condition and detangle. Yup, all in one!

5. REDKEN Move Ability 05 from the New Flex Collection ($19/1.7oz @ – I’ve often been tempted to cut off all my hair just so I can use all the pomades, waxes and sculpting gels out there but, sigh, I like it long. But with this Move Ability 05, I don’t have to! It’s a light cream-paste that I’ve been using to define the ends of my hair after blow drying. 

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Long Hair Needs Kerastase Cristalliste

I think my hair is the longest I’ve had it since I was a kid so along with long hair comes the responsibility of taking care of it. KERASTASE’s latest collection called Cristalliste is made for young women (I’m young at heart!) with long hair, prone to weighed down roots and of course dry ends. What makes these products specifically made for long hair is because they help preserve the hydro-lipidic layer, a layer of natural fatty acids located between the cuticle and sebum of the hair fiber, which will typically be damaged and make hair look like the above (heavy at the roots and fried ends).

Kerastase-Cristalliste--Hair-Products-2And they also contain a first – a first at using the New Liquid Light Complex, which is a blend of ingredients that mimics the natural reflective visual light has on the surface of the hair, so shiny, shiny, shiny!

The collection has cleansers, Luminous Perfecting Shampoo ($38/8.5oz), and conditioners, Luminous Perfecting Conditioner ($40/8.5oz) for fine or thick hair and both even come in travel sizes ($16/3oz) so you’ll never be without. And I really like the Lumiere Liquide Luminous Perfecting Essence, which is a serum, for my towel-dried hair. A nice finishing product. Get 'em @

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Hair Color Maintenance with Kerastase and Ojon

Kerastase-Chroma-Sensitive I just had my hair colored with a color system that uses no amonia to deliver the color. It’s called Inoa from L’Oreal Professional (review coming later this week). As far as color goes, I decided to go with the color of the season, copper. And I love it! It looks just like this color model Lydia Hurst has on the March 2011 cover of Elle Mexico. Gorg! Anyway, with a new head of hair color, comes the time to assess the latest shampoos, conditioners and hair styling products to keep it lush and vibrant.

KERASTASE Chroma Sensitive ($43/6.67oz @ – this one is one part cleansers and three parts conditioner. Even if you use a color-safe shampoo, this one doesn’t strip the color as much as even those. Use this one the first three shampoos after coloring and then alternate each time with your color-safe shamp.

For shampoo and conditioner, I’ve been all over OJON’s new Color Sustain Color Revealing Shampoo ($22/8.44oz) and Color Sustain Color Revealing Conditioner ($23/8.44oz) that will help maintain your new vibrant color from water-induced fading for up to 40 washes. Tah-dow! Water and any kind of cleansers will fade color fast so if you can cut down on how often you clean your strands and use something like this duo to gently clean them, you will save some money and time in the end.

And they also have a Color Protecting Cream ($24/4.2oz) and Gloss Finishing Hair Spray ($23.50/7.4oz) as part of the collection so if you’re really serious about your investment, invest a little further. All @


Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Kerastase Heat-Activated Hair Reconstructor

Kerastase-Tesistance-Heat-Activated-Reconstructor-Milk How hard are you on your hair? Just brushing itself can hassle strands so I’m glad I picked up KERASTASE Ciment Thermique Heat-Activated Reconstructor Milk for Weakened Hair ($36/4.8oz @ I mean, I color, flat iron, tease, blow dry and lately use a curling iron on my hair weekly. So you can imagine that my hair needs some sweet lovin’ sometimes and I didn’t really know how well this one would boost the overall look and feel of it. It’s heat-activated and contains the patented ingredient Vita-Ciment that goes to the core of the strand to repair and Vita-Topseal that replicates the protective layer of the hair fibre. Think of this as a hair mask that works while you use the heat of a blow dryer or styling iron! And they claim that it’s results lasts up to 5 shampoos. Big Recommendation.

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