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.

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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)

Shawna at The Westboro Spa

10 Apr

The Westboro Spa is super cute, it’s in a character house and has three floors. The ground level is hair, the second is esthetics and the third is massage. I go for the massage. I see an RMT (registered massage therapist)  there named Shawna and she is FANTASTIC.

After filling out the standard RMT forms and questionnaire, she works on determining  if there are any areas that you need to have/want to have worked on. For me, it’s my shoulders, this may be TMI, but they pop and it’s pretty gross. Her pressure is perfect, she really works out the issue, but also makes sure the massage is enjoyable and relaxing. She asks questions about pressure and really makes sure the massage is working for you. She also tailors the whole experience to your needs, if you want to chat, she chats, if you want silence, she’s quiet, it’s perfect. to I always feel incredible after she’s done and …. NO MORE POPPING IN MY SHOULDERS. Ooh and a little bonus that I love is that she has this warming blanket/pad for your feet, perfect for winter or a rainy day. So, if you’re in Ottawa and looking for a massage then she is the lady to see.

I should add, in the interest of full disclosure, that Shawna is a good friend of mine, but that has not influenced my post in any way. She really is amazing.

A Blow-Dryer that most certainly blows, but in a good way

14 Aug

All right, I know you’ve heard me say this but when it comes to hair care I swear by professional products (sold only in salons), my current blow-dryer is a a Chi Pro Low EMF Ceramic ANION Infrared Professional Hair that retails for about $200.

One of the tools that Conair was generous enough to let us take home at the London Drugs beauty event was the Infiniti Pro AC Motor Hair Dryer. I was very excited to try this dryer out as it is designed to be light and dry your hair faster, reducing the exposure to heat and thus damage. My hair is very porous from years of bleaching, and it’s also quite thick, meaning it takes forever to dry.

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Photo courtesy of Fabulously Innovative Marketing

The Conair Infiniti Pro Ac Motor Dryer definitely dries my hair quickly, in fact, surprisingly quickly and I have actually noticed that my hair is less damaged since I have started using it. It handles well, and has various settings including 3 heat settings and 2 speeds. It also comes with both a concentrator and a diffuser, it also pack a whopping 1875 watts. My only complaint is that, although they say it’s quiet, this is not the dryer you want to use while your roommate is sleeping, but other than that I love it and have started using it as my day to day dryer.

The Conair Infiniti Pro AC Motor Dryer is available at London Drugs.

This blog post was also featured on Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

Review of Nexxus hair products at the London Drugs “Come Fly With Me” beauty event

13 Aug

For those of you that know my background, I have always strictly used professional hair care products. It’s fine, go ahead and call me a snob.  When I started in the industry, about 14 years ago, Nexxus was a professional product, but now it can be found in non-professional hair care places such as London Drugs. I was a little hesitant to try the product “Nexxus Humectress” a conditioner for intense hydration. I had used it previously when it was “professional” but did not know what to expect now that it is more readily available.

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Photo Courtesy of Fabulously Innovative Marketing

Courtesy of London Drugs and Nexxus I was able to take this product, along with its matching shampoo “Nexxus Therappe” with me on a 15 day road trip across Canada, and I was truly glad that I did. I have bleached and very damaged hair. These products were my saviour. Regardless of the type of water I was using the lather from the “Nexxus Therappe” was rich and moisturising and my hair was left soft and shiny.

Although I had my doubts, I am pleasantly surprised and would actually recommend it to people with dry hair. You can find a whole range of Nexxus products at London Drugs.

This post can also be found on Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver

A Celebration of Dignity – A Gala Fundraiser

25 Nov

On December 15th, The HiVE Vancouver will host “A Celebration of Dignity” – a gala fundraiser benefiting Beauty Night Society to celebrate and showcase the lives positively affected by this incredible cause and to celebrate the 12 year anniversary of this charitable organization. The evening will feature a runway show to showcase eco fashions, modeled by the women who have participated in the Beauty Night program and will be emceed by Canadian motivational speaker and comedian, Jessica Holmes.

Beauty Night’s mission is to build self-esteem and change lives for women and youth living in poverty through three streams of programming: wellness, makeovers and life skills. Founded in 2000 by Caroline MacGillivray, Beauty Night has given over 26,000 life makeovers to foster positive self-image and motivate inner self-renewal.

Tickets for this event are available to purchase from The HiVE Vancouver or Eventbright for $99. The event includes entertainment, a wine reception, a selection of hors d’oeuvres and desserts, door prizes and a raffle draw. Catering is being sponsored by PiDGiN Restaurant.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to help the Beauty Night Society fulfill its mission and expand its wellness programming.
Want to help but can’t make it out? The organizers are accepting all sorts of donations. Be it cash, a prize or a service, every little bit helps. And yes, 100% of the proceeds go directly to Beauty Night Society, so you really are making a big difference.

Need more information?

Aaron Cruikshank, ED Hive Vancouver

www.hivevancouver.com

@HIVEVancouver

p: 778-908-4560

And to check out Beauty Night Society:
www.beautynight.org

@beautynight

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