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My Favourite Ottawa Hair Salon Has a New Look

5 Aug

Last week, my mom texted me to say that she thought that something strange was going on at The Hair Loft, our favourite salon in Ottawa. (You can read about it here.) I was curious and I did a little snooping around and found out that they were moving.  Then I started to see pictures on social media, little teases of what’s to come and the curiosity built. So here’s the scoop,

 

Press Release:

Popular Centretown Salon Gets A Face-Lift

Ottawa, Ontario. July 31st– The Loft Urban Salon has opened its doors at the new 429 MacLaren location. The new Salon is an amalgamation of all the stylists and estheticians from the Elgin St. Loft and Le Spa. The Loft, now the largest Salon in Ottawa, is a gorgeous Heritage home in the heart of Centretown with a fully renovated, modern interior complete with three floors of hair and spa services.

The union of The Loft Elgin and Le Spa into a brand new state of the art salon has already benefitted the loyal clientele of both salons. The new location, while still in the downtown core is more accessible and makes parking less of a hassle. The new Loft Salon will be populated by all the familiar faces clients have grown to love and rely on for all their beauty needs.

10525648_10154481932510164_8113009001180502486_n“We are very excited to have merged the two locations; it will bring the expertise of both salons together and having all of The Loft family under one roof gives the Salon such a great energy. I am proud to say that this is the biggest urban salon in the Nation’s Capital” says owner and creative director Bruno Racine.

The beautifully designed salon is spacious and grand while still maintaining the cozy feeling clients are accustomed to. The salon spans 6000 square feet and houses the only integrated academy salon in Ottawa. The first two floors of The Loft are primarily focused on hair, with a sleek manicure bar and make up station in the colour room of the second floor, while the third floor functions as quiet spa for nails, facials and massage. The basement of the salon is reserved for The Loft Academy, where student stylists learn the tricks of the trade and take clients at a discounted rate.

For more information, or to book an appointment, you can find us online at www.hairloft.ca, on Facebook or by phone at (613) 232-0202.

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Glowing Skin with Jouviance – A Review

23 May

Last year, at a London Drugs event, I was given a sample of Jouviance’s “3 in 1Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream” to try. With a move across country many things got misplaced, that product included. Well, luckily I found it about a month ago and have been using it ever since.
A little bit about Jouviance:

According to their website, their products are actually manufactured in Canada and are developed by a Canadian dermatologist. Their products contain no parabens, sulfates, dyes, DMAE, TEA, artificial fragrances, mineral oils and are not tested on animals. Their products are also hypoallergenic and won’t clog pores.

Photo courtesy of http://jouviance.com/

Photo courtesy of http://jouviance.com/

Results:

My skin is glowing, I kid you not, I actually had a friend recently comment on it, saying that my skin looks “amazing.” It certainly adds that youthfulness back to your skin. As for reducing wrinkles, I certainly see a small improvement, it’s not like getting Botox, but it does soften the fine lines. That being said, as mentioned, I’ve only been using it for a month. But I can’t stress the “glow” enough, it’s pretty awesome. The other thing I like about the product is that it goes a long way, I only need a small amount to do my entire face and it also has next to no smell, which is great for people like me who are super sensitive to certain smells. For my super dry skin, the “Combination to oily” version is not enough moisturizer for me, I top it up with a light moisturizer that contains SPF, but they do have a version for normal to dry skin, as well as a whole host of other products, for a whole range of skin concerns.
So if you’re starting to notice some fine lines, the earlier you get to them the better and this is certainly a product I would recommend. You can find more info about them on their website http://jouviance.com/ and their products are available at London Drugs, online and at other select retailers.

A Lipo Laser Review – What to Really Expect.

13 May

To give you a little background, I actually have quite a bit of experience with Lipo Laser, I have worked in two separate clinics that use them and have taken the Lipo Laser certification, not once, but twice. I’ve also had quite a bit done on myself, always one of the perks of working in a place that offers this service. One for you, one for me.
When I was first introduced to the machine it had two paddles and treatments took about forty minutes as they worked section by section in ten minute intervals. The machine now has twice as many paddles, meaning treatments take half the time, but don’t expect that to mean that it will now be half the price.
There is zero pain and zero downtime, the most you will feel is a bit of warmth, and probably really, really relaxed, it’s actually a great way to just zone out after a hard day. Usually you will be measured before and after each treatment, or at least before your first and after your last treatment. Your measurements will be recorded and if you follow all the recommended steps, you can actually expect to lose inches.
So what does it do? According to their website “The YOLO Curve [a Canadian Lipo Laser] is a 100% Non-invasive, laser-based, inch loss and body contouring system. Rather than a painful incision, The YOLO Curve uses laser energy to safely (and painlessly) penetrate the skin and target specific adipose (or fat) cells. It is through this targeted process that The YOLO Curve is able to in fact stimulate the cell itself into releasing water, free fatty acids, and glycerol. Having released these primary constituents, water, free fatty acids, and glycerol (often referred to as Triglycerides), the fat cells reduce their overall size significantly, resulting in inch loss for patients!”
Remember a few paragraphs ago when I said “if you follow all the steps?” This is key. If ever you are at a Lipo Laser place that tells you the only thing you need is the machine and you will “melt away inches” then it’s probably BS. Most of the people I have worked with at these clinics are super honest and want you to get the best results possible and so will go through what you need to do on your end. Often the technicians have experience in nutrition or fitness and can be a great source of information.

So as for those steps, firstly, it’s not recommended that you come in after eating a big meal, and you really should wait for about two hours after your treatment before eating again. Also, in the clinic they will usually have a vibrating platform and an infrared sauna. The vibrating platform is great for circulations and the sauna will help detox you. Don’t skip these steps. You also really need to get some cardio in after your treatment; once the fat is released it needs to be burned off or it will simply just redeposit.
So what can you expect? Well, you can expect to tighten up, it’s great for areas you are struggling with. Take me for example, no matter what size I am I always have love handles, and after about three treatments I notice them tightening up. It’s also great for helping to achieve that “thigh gap.” I saw great success with people that are eating healthy, getting exercise but just need something to keep them motivated and get the results to come along faster.
Who’s it not for? Well they will ask health questions that would preclude a tiny percentage from using it, but essentially if you’re going to eat poorly and not exercise at all then don’t expect this to work.
Also, the cost can be high and most people need AT LEAST six to nine treatments, so look out for deals, it’s the best way to go. Bottom line, if I could get a good deal on it, it’s actually something I would pay to have done.

Disclaimer: I may have worked for places that offer this service in the past, but do not at this time, this is purely my personal thoughts on this treatment.

Top gift ideas from London Drugs for Mother’s Day – May 11

6 May

MAY 6, 2014, RICHMOND, B.C. – She has been there since day one and supported you every step of the way. She is the glue that holds the family together and the shoulder you use to always lean your head upon. Although there are times when her efforts and hard work are never applauded, she never gives a single complaint. She would do anything for you to ensure your happiness. This year, show mom how much you care and appreciate her with one of these top gift ideas from London Drugs.

 

 

image003Bring instant fun and excitement to the special occasion with the Fuji Instax Mini 8. What is mom’s favourite colour? Chose from black, blue, pink, white and yellow this mother’s day. With auto flash and auto focus, take bold and vibrant photos in even the lowest of lighting. Relive Mother’s Day instantly with the quick printable photos. This year, capture the Mother’s Day moments with Fuji Instax. London Drugs is also offering a Mother’s Day special on batteries. Fire up the Fuji Instax with your choice of Fuji Instax Mini Film Twin Pack or the Fuji Instax Mini Rainbow Film. Visit the London Drugs website for more colour options.

 

 

image006Mom may not be cooking this Mother’s Day but the Kribbitt Tablet Support Stand will be an efficient stand for her tablet in the future. The Kribbitt is a support device that fits all tablet sizes, enables multiple viewing angles, which may reduce mom’s eye and muscle strain. Mom can keep her tablet secured as the device grips the tablet and remains balanced on uneven surfaces. The Kribbitt Tablet Support allows mom to easily demonstrate video, or take pictures with one or both hands free to capture those priceless Mother’s Day moments. Accessorize with the choice of black, green, pink, blue or silver. Visit the “Kribbitt” section on the London Drugs website for more colour options.

 

If mom loves music then consider buying her an iTunes gift card from London Drugs. Help mom to jazz up her phone or tablet with the purchase of iTunes songs, podcasts, movies and more.Whether it is a movie for the drive to your Mother’s Day destination or a playlist of songs to set the Mother’s Day mood, mom and the whole family can enjoy this special Mother’s Day gift.More gift card options are available in store. Still not sure which card may be right? You can purchase a gift card from London Drugs in store or on the London Drugs gift card section on the website.

 

image007Celebrate mom with a gift that sparkles. Make mom feel special with a jewelry set from London Drugs. Visit the London Drugs jewelry section in store or online to see the wide variety of styles to choose from. While choosing jewelry for mom, also consider a place to store these gifts. Help mom keep organized with her jewelry this Mother’s Day by gifting her with a place to store her earrings, rings and necklaces. London Drugs is offering Mother’s Day specials on two jewelry cabinets this year. The Mirror with Jewelry Cabinet for $109.99 and the Mirror with Slide Out Jewelry cabinet for $119.99 are two great gifts for mom.

 

 

image008You may have seen this product on TV before and it really is just as quick and easy to use. Help mom get ready in a snap with the 30-second heat up feature in the Infiniti Pro Curl Secret. This curler also has a tourmaline ceramic-coated barrel and two PTC heaters. The two slide switches with temperature that ranges from high to low will help mom chose from a wide variety of hairstyles. This salon quality curling iron also has many safety features to make mom’s life easier. The sleep mode function and safety tangle feature will allow mom to never have to worry about her curling iron again.

 

image009Whether it’s a night on the town with the ladies or a Mother’s Day brunch with the family, help mom’s hair look her best with this quality tool. Gift mom with the help to get her hair salon quality with the CHI Air Ceramic Hair Dryer. The air ceramic hair dryer makes hair dry faster and healthier by sealing the hair cuticle for shiny smooth hair. Mom’s mornings can be made much easier with the quick interchangeable settings displayed on the hair dryer.

 

 

image010This Mother’s Day spend some special one-on-one time with mom and paint your nails together. Get mom pretty and prepared for her Mother’s Day date this year with the Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit. The salon quality manicure set contains everything you need for a professional salon gel manicure in the comfort of your own home. The Red Carpet Manicure set provides a manicure that will provide weeks of long wear and shine. It also provides time convenience for those days when mom is on the go. For mom’s looking for a simpler nail polish option check out the multitude of brands in the nail section on the London Drugs website.

 

 

image011This Mother’s Day treat mom to a spa day at home. The Emjoi Micro-Pedi gives an instant pedicure that is salon quality. This battery-operated foot buffer is perfect for pedicures and is a safe alternative to harsh, metal scrapers. Micro-Pedi’s spinning rollers quickly and easily buff away rough, callused skin revealing mom’s smooth and touchable feet. The Emjoi Micro-Pedi has a handle designed for easy grip and is portable and convenient. This easy to clean pedicure set will give mom the ability to have a spa day in the comfort of her own home any day of the year.

 

After you’ve chosen your gift, show mom how much you care this Mother’s Day with a personalized message. You can choose from a variety of greeting cards that fit mom’s personality best. London Drugs offers humorous cards, cards that sing, or even cards that may make you shed a tear. Whatever the mood be, let mom know how you feel and how appreciated she is this Mother’s Day with a card to show her your love. Pick up your card from the greeting card aisle.

 

Mother’s Day is only a few sleeps away, so visit your local London Drugs store for hundreds of great gift ideas for Mom, or visit www.londondrugs.com to shop online.

 

About London Drugs

Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 79 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store www.londondrugs.com. London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,500 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business. Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development.

 

Disclaimer: This post was written by the PR department at London Drugs.

Review – Moroccanoil Treatment

29 Apr

Moroccanoil has been out for a while, and I really didn’t want to like it. I know that sounds nuts, but it started showing up in EVERY salon, high end, low end, but always the same price and attempting to distinguish itself as premium by not allowing salons to include it in their own promotions. This frustrated me. If you’re high end, be high end, have standards of where you sell the product because not all salons are created equal. What I do like, is that every bottle is tagged and so they know exactly where that bottle comes from. This means, it’s easy to track diverted products and prevent fakes from showing up in non professional shops.  And now that you’ve heard my thoughts on their distribution methods, what about the product itself?

Moroccanoil, is actually an entire line of products that are all based around Argan Oil and their signature product Morrocanoil Treatment. The only product I’ll speak of in this review is the treatment.

As I mentioned, I wanted to hate it. I hate fad hair products and they usually turn out to be a bust, anyone remember the Brazilian Blowout recall by health authorities? But the fact of the matter is that this product is good, actually it’s better than good, it’s great.

My hair is bleached and I flat iron it pretty much every day, so you might say that it’s a wee bit damaged. Also, and sorry to gross you out, but my scalp has always been super flaky from dry skin. I put Morrocanoil Treatment in on damp hair, just the tiniest little drop. I emulsify it between my hands and then put it on scalp and hair before blow-drying. Let me re-enforce that I use one drop, the treatment is an oil and I can see things getting really slippery, really fast, if you got carried away. Because my hair is bleached I always buy the light version of the treatment as the regular one I find a bit too heavy and it can leave my blonde hair slightly yellow.

What have I noticed? Well, believe it or not, after a few uses my hair dries faster. Yes, this sounds like total BS, but the treatment helps smooth the porosity of your hair and thus it absorbs less water and voila! Hair dries faster. Also, my hair is softer, smoother and my scalp….way less flaky! It’s, forgive the overused expression, my new “go-to” product. My only dislike is the smell, everyone else I know LOVES the smell, but I am super sensitive and it’s a bit much for me, but other than that it really is one of my favourite products.

I would definitely recommend the Morrocanoil Treatment, I can’t speak for the other products, but the treatment is a great product to have on hand.

The Hair Loft – Ottawa

14 Apr

Oh The Hair Loft, where to start?

Well, I guess I should start from the beginning when I used to work with many of their staff in various salons. Gradually stylists from all over the city started gravitating towards  The Hair Loft. Back then, they were a small salon and have now grown into a beautiful, fun, funky, modern salon.

I don’t live in Ottawa, I haven’t in about ten years, but that doesn’t stop me from getting my hair done there. I actually plan my visits to Ottawa around when I need to get my hair done, and it takes about 5 hours to get there. I think that on its own speaks volumes as to the awesomeness of this salon.

There are two main stylists that I see, Howard and Gina, for my bleach, toner and haircut. Both are incredibly talented and I always leave pleased. Gina is bubbly and fun and always in a good mood, she really makes your experience something special, not to mention that she knows hair and leaves you looking stunning. Howard is incredibly talented,educated and accurate, you know when he’s got you in his chair that you’re not leaving until it’s perfect.

Not only are the two stylists I see wonderful, but really the whole team is. People are always checking on you to make sure that you’re comfortable and to see if they can top up your drink.

The Hair Loft also has a hair school, it’s called The Loft Academy, where Suzanne is an educator. I have worked with her in the past and she really is something special, she also works at The Hair Loft as a stylist.

So yes, a lot of the staff are people that I know, have worked with and many I consider friends. But I DO pay for my hair, and our friendship doesn’t cloud my judgement when it comes to recommending them. Like I said, I travel 5 hours to come to this salon.

 

 

 

Got2B Hit and Miss – Review of Got2B Hair Products

11 Apr
Photo Credit:  Fabulously Innovative Marketing

Photo Credit: Fabulously Innovative Marketing

So here’s the deal. Schwarzkopf makes both a professional line of hair care products and one that is available in retail store. I was very familiar with their professional line but had never used the non-pro line got2B until I was given the opportunity to at the “Come Fly with Me” beauty event put on by London Drugs. I was given the got2B Oil-licious shampoo, conditioner as well as the got2B POWDER’ful volumizing styling powder.  The results were hit and miss.

Let’s start with the miss. I didn’t love the Triple Oil Shampoo and Conditioner as it isn’t hydrating enough for my extremely damaged hair, I also don’t love the smell.  But if you are a big fan of incense smell or don’t have extremely damaged hair then you may love it, it all comes down to personal preference and hair type.

Now the hit. I absolutely love POWDER’ful volumizing styling powder! Even though my hair is damaged it still can get oily from all the products I use and well, no one wants a greasy head. This powder is awesome for adding texture to your hair without the goop or grease. I highly recommend it and will definitely be buying it again when this bottle is done.

 All got2B products can be found at London Drugs.

(This post was originally featured on Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver)

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