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Fekkai is Fabulous. A review of their Brilliant Glossing Line

22 Jun

Hair products are a lot trickier than one might think. It seems simple enough, you buy a shampoo and maybe a conditioner and then lather, rinse, repeat, condition. Most, however, know that it’s far from simple. Finding a hair products that works for you can be a nightmare and cost a future with all the products you buy and then hate. Lately, I’ve been struggling to find something I love but London Drugs sent me a sample of Fekkai’s Brilliant Glossing shampoo, conditioner and cream and I must say, I was super impressed.

A little background for those who have never read my blog. My hair is blonde. Is it natural? NOT EVEN CLOSE! My hair gets bleached out every 6 weeks or so, and to top it off, I flat iron it almost every day, so I think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s rather damaged. I need a product that controls frizz, moisturizes and adds shine back to my poor tortured hair. The Fekkai Brilliant Glossing line does just that. After using the three products my hair is soft. My hair is smooth. My hair is easier to style. I am a happy camper.

 
The product smells strongly, but it’s a nice smell and isn’t overwhelming after the fact. The Glossing Cream is awesome either before or after you flat iron, it smoothes away fizzies, adds sticky free texture and tons of shine. They warn that a little goes a long way, which is code for “can get greasy” but I find my hair is never greasy, just soft and smooth.

 
The thing I love most about the product is that it gives great memory to my hair, meaning that I don’t have to wash it every day, it’s easy to style without wetting, day two. So basically, I’m super happy with this product. And if you read about some of the other hair products I’ve tried, that is certainly not always the case. Fekkai products can be purchased at London Drugs and other retailers, you can also find it online here.

 
If you have dry, damaged or dull hair, I would put this on the list of “to try.” That being said, if you have oily, flat, limp or very fine hair this would certainly not be the product for you. Fekkai has a whole pile of interesting products and now I’m super curious, so I’ll certainly be checking out more of them and their website offers mini kits, which I love because you can try things out without it costing a fortune.

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)

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

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