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KÉRASTASE // DENSIFIQUE

I know it must feel like the only hair products we review are from Kérastase, but they are just so damn good at what they do, and their Densifique collection is no exception.

I’m pretty sure if you asked any girl in the world what they wished was different about their hair, almost everyone would say that they wished they had more of it.

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OILY ROOTS + DRY ENDS // THE LONG-HAIRED GIRL’S BATTLE

Angela, my sister, has long, gorgeous, curly hair that unfortunately gets oily the second day. She is, after all, a teenager, so of course it’s hormones that are to blame for this.
To make her hair even more difficult to deal with, her ends are very dry, which can be the case for a lot of long maned girls like her. How can you possibly treat both of these things?
I passed along Klorane’s Oil Control Shampoo with Nettle along with their Desert Date Mask for a deep conditioning treatment to try and help with her haircare woes.
Angela was actually super impressed. After her second time using the shampoo, her hair was a lot less greasy on the second day–she didn’t even need to use dry shampoo! This was a first. For those who have a drier hair type, but greasy roots, Angela suggested that you apply the Oil Control shampoo to the roots and a more hydrating shampoo to the lengths.
To really hydrate her dry ends, I recommended that she leave on the mask as long as possible. She left the conditioner on for four hours before rincing and her hair was softer than ever before. A match made in heaven!
Remember: Hit up a Klorane counter near you for a hair care consultation and free samples! With the purchase of two products, you will receive a travel-sized dry shampoo.

Toronto Eaton Centre: April 22-26 & May 7-10
Yorkdale: May 1-4

KLORANE POP-UP COUNTER // TORONTO

As you know, I adore Klorane’s cult favourite dry shampoo (this post is definitely a throwback) for soaking up any oil and add volume to my hair on it’s second or third day. When I was sent a bunch of their hair care products, I was expecting the same great results, and I wasn’t disappointed.

I have to say–I’m normally a bit of snob when it comes to hair care products (I’m normally one for salon brands), but these products really work and are great value for your money. Plus! You can rack up dem Optimum points while you’re at it.

Lucky for all of you, Klorane will be running pop-up counter at select Shoppers Drug Marts near you during the months of April and May. Visit them to receive a consultation and free samples and coupons–and if you buy 2 products, you’ll receive a travel-size dry shampoo!

Visit them at:

Fairview Mall: April 16, 17, 19
Toronto Eaton Centre: April 22-26 & May 7-10
Yorkdale: May 1-4

Below are a select few of my favourites, but definitely look into the rest of their ranges for what suits your hair best!


Volume and Texture
The flax line, made to give fine hair volume, really does what it says. The shampoo is really light and perfectly cleans the hair to create fluffy, natural volume. If you want to go a bit further, the weightless Leave-In Spray With Flax Fiber will definitely give you that extra oomph, no blow-drying required and no sticky residue.

Shine
Letting my hair dry naturally is great and all for it’s overall health, but curly hair just isn’t as sleek and shiny as straight hair. I was excited and a bit nervous to try out the Shine-Boosting Water (I thought it might make my hair greasy and weigh it down) but it wasn’t heavy at all and gave my hair a natural glisten to it. The Conditioning Balm is really very light, so I wouldn’t recommend this for dry hair, but does add extra lustre.

Oily Prone
My 14-year old sister Angela has hair that tends to get greasy quickly (teenage hormones) and this shampoo is helping to regulate the oil production. It’s ultra-gentle so it won’t strip the hair (and make you produce more oil).

Dry Hair
Along with having oily roots, Angela has long, curly hair with dry ends. The mask with desert date is perfect for repairing any damage and making the rough hair soft and silky. The leave-in cream is perfect for sealing in moisture on dry ends. I wouldn’t recommend this line for fine hair, but it definitely great for coarse, thick hair.

HOW I GOT MY HAIR TO GROW

I learned the art of the air dry and started hoarding vitamins. Plus I’m using an excellent serum.


So, ok. I don’t know if it was stress or hormonal changes or what, but last year, I started noticing my hair was getting thinner. Not the actual strands, but just the amount of hair that I had was definitely…less. Yes, I was blowdrying my hair, but only 2 or 3 times a week. I kept thinking, oh, it will grow back, it will be fine…but it didn’t and it wasn’t. So, I took matters into my own hands this December. I got rid of my layers and got a blunt cut (to make my hair appear thicker at the ends, instead of see-through layers). I picked up every supplement I could. I started taking Silica, Omega Fish Oils, Pre Natal vitamins (no, I’m not preggo/planning to get preggo), Vitamin D, Calcium, and Evening Primrose oil in addition to my usual Probiotics. My husband was pretty confused as to why I had bought a ton of stuff from Noah’s Natural Foods, but whatever. I wanted my hair back! Why was I taking these:

  • Silica-good for collagen stimulation, and hair and nail growth. Get the gel, not the tablets.
  • Biotin-good for hair growth
  • Omega oils-good for skin and hair
  • Pre Natal vitamins-good for hair, nails and it is a good source of iron. Taking iron supplements on their own can be pretty hard on your stomach, so this is a good way to work it in.
  • Vitamin D & Calcium- taken in tandem, good for bones
  • Evening Primrose Oil-I had heard that this could help control hormonal breakouts

And you know what? My hair is back. Not too 100% of where it was, but all those little hairs around my face are getting longer, hair at the front of my head and and the base of my neck is thicker than ever. Once the hairs match up with the full-length of my hair, it will be wonderful. Now–I have also tried to avoid heat styling as much as possible in my hair rehab experiment. I have embraced the air dry and have learned how to best deal with my natural hair texture, and I actually have learned to love it. No matter how hard you try to get your hair to grow, if you’re burning and frying it everyday, it will never be long and lustrous. If you do need to heat style, then be sure to use heat protective products (I really like Kerastase’s shampoo and (unfortunately) discontinued mousse). In addition to supplements, my other saviour has been Kerastase’s Initialiste serum. I don’t think it’s supposed to make your hair grow per se, but it makes it stronger, that’s for sure. I apply it after showering to the baby hairs around my face, and then make a few different parts along the top and sides of my scalp and massage in a few drops. If I apply it to my baby hairs, and then comb them back and allow them to air dry, the hairs stay back. This for me, is groundbreaking. They don’t get as curly and they are smoother and feel thicker. By strengthening the regrowth, it gives them a chance to grow instead of just breaking. Also: I recent read about how doing yoga inversions for 4 minutes a day can make your hair grow longer in a week. I started my experiment last night and will keep you updated.

BAKING SODA // NOT JUST FOR YOUR FRIDGE

EVEN THOUGH I ALWAYS SHAMPOO TWICE, I found lately that my scalp had this build up that just would not leave. No matter how long I scrubbed, or switched up my shampoos.

So, I tried using some apple cider vinegar (I used it once as a rinse, and it gave me really clean, shiny, healthy-looking hair), but the effects didn’t translate to my scalp.

I was a bit defeated. I didn’t want to add yet another shampoo to my already overwhelming shower collection, so I did some quick research on build up. Turns out, adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of baking soda to your shampoo makes for a squeaky clean noggin! I grabbed the soda from my baking supplies cabinet and headed to the shower.

I did a quick massage with my Kiehl’s Amino Acid, then dropped a few spoonfuls of the white powder onto the top of my head, massaged it in, and then scrubbed down my body for a few minutes to let the baking soda do it’s work. After it has slightly foamed up, rinse it out and continue with your conditioner. Clean scalps for all, without spending an extra penny!

KERASTASE NUTRITIVE

Kerastase NutritiveHair needs all the protection it can get when it’s constantly being blowdried, straightened, curled etc. Unfortunately for me, a lot of heat protective products weigh down my fine, dry hair, or don’t hydrate it at all, resulting in crispy ends (not cute). Heat protection should start in the shower, not right before you turn on the blowdryer. This way, you are protecting your hair from root to tip, not just from midway down, with a bit of oil or leave-in conditioner.

Kérastase’s heat protective line is not only extremely hydrating, but it also manages to give my hair volume, resulting in soft, healthy, fluffy hair.

The shampoo is creamy and heat activated, so it continues hydrating your poor follicles under the duress of your styling tools.

I was sent a masque, not a conditioner, but I’m so glad I was. This uber-thick treatment is buttery and deeply conditions the hair, bringing any dry ends back to life. You’re left with silky, smooth and manageable hair. Plus, the wonderful thing about this masque being heat activated is that you can rinse your hair with warm water (rinsing my hair at the end of my shower with cold water to close the follicle and create shine always kills me).

Now, for this mousse. I am in love with it, but I am really, really scared that it has been discontinued. I’m hoping for everyone’s sake that it hasn’t because it creates such a smooth, voluminous blow dry, without weighing hair down. Seriously–your hair looks like it came from a shampoo commercial. Not only is it working to protect your hair, but it makes it look healthy, shiny, bouncy and amazing. It’s not sticky or heavy whatsoever, it really doesn’t feel like there is anything at all in your hair. If you can nab any remaining bottles of this on Amazon, go for it!

MATRIX // HEAT RESIST

I was a bit apprehensive about this line when it was first sent to me–I’ve never used Matrix products, and I wasn’t sure if all the “protective” products would weigh down my fine hair.

I have to say, I was totally wrong, and pretty impressed, actually.

The Heat Resist line from Matrix is meant for those who constantly abuse their hair with heat styling. I am definitely guilty of this. I blow dry my hair a few times a few and am always chasing my stubborn, curly baby hairs with my straightening iron (I know, I know). So when I saw these products, I really hoped that they would work.

The products all contain an ingredient that helps to coat the hair with a protective film. As I was washing my hair with the shampoo I was worried what this film would feel like, but it’s not bad at all. It’s definitely a different feeling than my normal Kiehl’s gives me, but it’s not bad or heavy by any means. Just different.

The conditioner is great as well–hydrating but doesn’t weigh hair down. After towel drying, I still applied some hair oil to my ends, and I let my hair air dry naturally for about 45 minutes. Then I apply a dime-sized amount of the gel to my hands, warm it up in my hands to liquify it a bit, then apply throughout the hair and blow dry as usual. The gel is not sticky or heavy. It helps to hold shape and create a smooth blowout.

I only use a straightening iron around my face, so I applied a small amount of the lotion to the hair and then ran the iron through. It might make a sizzling noise, but don’t worry, this is just the product. It doesn’t leave any residue whatsoever, and creates hold for the newly straightened pieces.

Overall, this line holds my blowout longer (3 days!), fights frizz and most importantly to me, doesn’t feel like I have any product in my hair. Winners all around, and at a great price.

BEAUTY WOES // AVEDA INVATI EXFOLIATING SHAMPOO FOR ITCHY, DRY SCALP

Well that summer bites the dust. And in comes the chilly weather– and while I can’t wait to bring back sweater weather, the cold weather takes quite a toll in the beauty department, something not really to look forward to. Dry lips and rosy cheeks aside, every time fall/winter rolls around, I get really itchy scalp. Now, a lot of things can cause this dilemma, however, I think the dryness just gives me more dandruff (the effectiveness of this product may differ if your itch is cause by psoriasis or a fungal disease, though I’d definitely give it a go). Anyone who has had itchy scalp knows how embarrassing it is, and well, I was putting my foot down. Actually, my mom was the brilliant one that thought of this one. Then, I knew I had to share my secret to the world of itchy scalp sufferer’s, or even just people with bad dandruff.

I guess this isn’t really a review of Aveda’s Invati Exfoliating Shampoo— although my mother swears by it for thinning hair. It’s really the weirdest texture ever– super runny and brown-coloured. It doesn’t really foam up like most shampoos either (Aveda shampoos don’t really foam up). Oh, and it smells kinda funny (they only use natural ingredients). All quirks aside, this stuff works because it’s an exfoliator (via salicylic acid, a common ingredient in acne products). Sounds weird, huh? Well, we use scrubs and acids to slough off the old skin on our faces, leaving us with smooth, new skin cells. And if dandruff is just flaking, old skin, wouldn’t exfoliating seem like the perfect option? It also aims to nourish dry scalps, further preventing dandruff and the itch. I use this once or twice a week, usually following with a normal shampoo after to get rid of any build up. So fear no longer, itchy scalpers, I have found the remedy.

Anna Raponi