HAIR CARE | Effective (and not-so-effective) products to treat dry and flaky scalp, featuring Omorovicza, La Biosthetique, Ativo, Briogeo, and Lador


I’ve been suffering from dry and flaky scalp for as long as I can remember. Way back in high school, I used Head and Shoulders but it was way too drying for me, which just made my dry scalp worse. I’ve been experimenting with different products to treat dry scalp and I’ve found a few products that work. I’m not an expert on scalp care, by any means, but as far as I understand it, my scalp is dry, which causes flakiness, similar to dry hair. It’s hard to treat dry scalp because products that can really help nourish the scalp can potentially make the rest of your hair greasy.

Omorovicza Revitalizing Scalp Mask

I received this as a PR sample from the brand, which I am so grateful about because I’ve been really itching to try this after hearing a lot of promising things. I was not disappointed. The Omorovicza Revitalizing Scalp Mask is pretty close to amazing. I’ve only used this a handful of times but it has been pretty good to me each time. Not only does it do a great job at deep cleansing and removing all of the flakes from my scalp, it leaves my scalp flake free for several days. Normally in order for this to happen, I have to apply some sort of scalp leave-in treatment, but I wanted to test the mask out on its own so I left it untouched after washing. I’m so thankful that I’ve been lucky enough to try this because it really is worth the splurge. The bottle is HUGE too. You get 200mL of product which should last you a really long time. I was not holding back at all when I use this, and even then I’ve barely made a dent in it.

You can purchase this product at Nordstrom in Canada.

La Biosthetique Anti-Pelliculaire Shampoo and Lotion

La Biosthetique is a salon-exclusive hair and body care product. I purchased this at my local salon when I went in for a scalp treatment and hair cut. The Anti-Pelliculaire line is the line for treatment dry scalp and dandruff. You’re supposed to use the shampoo first, rinse, then followed with the lotion on towel-dried hair. There is no conditioner. I really love this line because it smells amazing and the shampoo is actually fantastic at de-flaking my scalp. I didn’t find that the shampoo alone does anything to help improve my scalp conditions over time, but coupled with the lotion it does work at keeping my flakes at bay.

The lotion itself also works really well with other mild shampoos and conditioners, such as the Ativo one. I wouldn’t use it with normal shampoos since normal shampoos tend to be over-drying on the scalp anyways, then the lotion becomes almost ineffective.

You can purchase La Biosthetique at select salons across Canada.

Ativo Dandruff and Dry Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner

I initially purchased this over a year ago, and since then I’ve gone through at least 2 sets of the shampoo and conditioner. Ativo is made and based in the Greater Vancouver Area, and the products are all natural with no synthetic preservatives. It primarily uses natural extracts and essential oils to help treat skin conditions. I really like both the shampoo and conditioner and over time, this set has been the one that is consistently delivering results.

I don’t use this all the time, as I like to rotate through my scalp treatment products. Each time I come back to this, I feel like it’s making a difference. The shampoo is nicely foaming and cleansing without being drying, and the conditioner is nourishing without being heavy. The conditioner also includes scalp revitalizing ingredients so I massage a little bit right into my scalp, and it never feels too rich. The two together are great at maintaining my scalp health and keeping flakes at bay. My only issue with this is that it doesn’t always work 100% of the time. If my scalp is extra flakey, then it doesn’t really work to remove or prevent flakes.

You can purchase Ativo directly on their website.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo and Charcoal Scalp Treatment

I purchased the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo because I head some Youtubers really rave about this. While it does feel nice and deep-cleansing when I’m using it, it is very drying on my scalp and not suitable for regular use. I would reach for this if I am having a very congested scalp day and I need something to scrub and squeeze every last bit of congestion out of my hair and skin follicles.

The Charcoal Scalp Treatment is also great for days when I am feeling extra congested as it helps to keep my scalp feeling clean and refreshed. While I don’t contest that these are great at helping scalp health, they just aren’t great for those with dry scalp because the charcoal can be extra drying. If you have oily scalp, these might be useful for you.

You can purchase Briogeo at Sephora.

Lador Scalp Scaling Spa

My bestest friend Angela of discovered this on a Korean skincare blog, and made a group order for us off eBay. Of all of the scalp products featured, this one is the most inexpensive at approximately $3 per tube. It comes in a small 15g tube that allows for 2-3 uses, depending on how heavy you apply it. I really like this because it does a great job at clearing my scalp of flakes, and also giving me that refreshed scalp feel.

Of everything here, minus the Omorovicza, the Lador also gives me the most consistent results. It’s not too drying and works pretty much every time I use it, whereas the other products might not perform as well if my scalp is extra flakey that day.

My top picks are the Omorovicza Revitalizing Scalp Mask and the Lador Scalp Scaling Spa. The Ativo Dandruff and Dry Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner is good but only if your flakey scalp issue is more moderate. La Biosthetique Anti-Pelliculaire Shampoo and Lotion is expensive if your issue is recurring, and Briogeo Scalp Revival Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo and Charcoal Scalp Treatment is not great for those with dry scalp.

The Omorovicza was sent to me as a press sample for review purposes, everything else was purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

HAIRCARE | Natural yet effective haircare products featuring LaCoupe Naturals Moroccan Rose and Coconut Milk

LaCoupe Naturals Moroccan Rose and Coconut Milk

It’s no secret that the beauty trend for the last few years has been on natural beauty. In addition to using skincare and makeup that are natural and organic, haircare has been a big area where consumers are pushing for sulfate-free, silicone-free, and paraben-free products. Today I want to share with you the LaCoupe Naturals range, which feature four different collections that target four specific concerns.

The LaCoupe Naturals Moroccan Rose Volume Loving was created using a blend of aloe leaf juice, coconut water, Moroccan rose, as well as biotin and collagen to help thicken and volumize the hair. It comes in a shampoo, conditioner, and volumizing mousse. The formula is sulfate-free, silicone-free, paraben-free, DEA free, petroleum-free and propylene glycol-free. Over the summer, this was my favourite of the two ranges I was able to try out.

First things first – this range smells AMAZING. You know how I love to incorporate roses in every step of my beauty care routine, and this is the first ever rose-based haircare line that I’ve ever tried, and I’m obsessed. It doesn’t smell overly strong, and the scent doesn’t linger, so I get to enjoy it just when I want to. I love having volumnous hair, especially when the weather is nice.

LaCoupe Naturals Coconut Milk Moisture Quenching is perfect for the fall and winter months. It’s rich and hydrating but not heavy, which is great for when the weather gets cooler. It contains aloe leaf juice and coconut water, as well as a blend of oils to help nourish dry hair. My hair can get a bit dry and static-ky when the indoor heat gets turned on, so this range helps to prevent frizz and keeps my hair smooth. I love the coconut milk scent as well; it’s very warm and earthy.

In addition to how well these work, the best part is also that the prices are super reasonable. The shampoo and conditioners come in 500mL large format bottles with a nice pump, and are priced at just $9.99. The Volume Loving Mousse that’s part of the Moroccan Rose line comes in 200mL for also just $9.99. As they are drugstore brands, you can also find them on sale.

If you are looking for an affordable yet natural alternative to drugstore haircare, you should look into LaCoupe Naturals.


Moroccan Rose Shampoo & Conditioner

LaCoupe Naturals Moroccan Rose and Coconut Milk ingredients

Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner

LaCoupe Naturals Moroccan Rose and Coconut Milk ingredients

Product provided for review consideration by PR; all opinions are my own.

HAIRCARE | Kerastase launches at Sephora

Kerastase Specifique and Discipline review

I rarely do these types of “announcement” posts because I’d rather focus my time on reviews, but I honestly think this is such big news that I want to share it with you. As of September, Kerastase has launched at Sephora Canada, both in store and online. Kerastase has become one of my favourite haircare brands.

I started using Kerastase in 2013 and it has been a constant in my shower ever since. The brand truly knows hair, and has developed so many different ranges to customize that perfect haircare for your specific needs. I use several lines from the brand depending on the state of my hair and how I want it to look and feel. The two that I’ve been using constantly in the spring / summer are the Specifique for dry/sensitive scalp, and Discipline to smooth unruly hair.

Specifique is amazing for my hair because I have dry scalp and a lot of shampoos tend to dry it out. I find SLS-free shampoos to be overly gentle on my hair, especially because I only wash it every 5 or so days, so it doesn’t necessary do a good job at cleaning. The Specifique dry scalp shampoo is gentle but still great at cleaning. I was recently on a trip to Europe where I brought along another shampoo / conditioner with me and it was just terrible – it didn’t rinse out properly and my hair felt greasy and dry at the same time. I came home and immediately used Specifique on my hair and it immediately helped. In place of conditioner, I use the Specifique dry scalp hair mask, which is a gel texture hair mask that is super lightweight but very hydrating. It keeps my hair smooth and feeling comfortable all week-ish long until my next wash.

Discipline (review here) is great is you love that smooth, sleek hair look. I don’t have super frizzy hair but I do love very sleek hair, so that is what I use. It is also great for combatting static on very dry fall / winter days. It was one of the first lines I discovered from Kerastase, and also the range that made me fall in love with the line.

Lastly, I’ve also been using the Aura Botanica (review here) but only in the winter. This is an all natural haircare range from the brand that is ultra nourishing. During the spring / summer months, I find the whole range a bit too nourishing for me, but I love to use the dry oil whenever my hair needs a boost.

Yes this brand is extremely pricey, but if you know me, I love my luxury anything. Also since I only wash my hair every 5 days (or longer if I can get away with it), each bottle lasts me a very long time. If you think about it, your hair is one of those things that doesn’t regenerate (if you wear it long). Skin, if you get acne or dry spots, it will regenerate over a few weeks / months and potentially go back to normal. But your hair, once damaged, will stay damaged unless you cut it off. Just my two cents!

You can find all of these products now at Sephora now!

Product mentioned in this post were provided by PR over time; all opinions are my own.

Reveal healthier hair with Kerastase Aura Botanica

Kerastase Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire, Soin Fondamental, Essence d'Éclat, Oil Concentré Essentiel review

Kerastase haircare products are a staple in my shower. I’ve gone through several bottles of the Discipline range because I love how silky and smooth it makes my hair feel. Kerastase now has a range of hair products that contains on average 98% ingredients from natural origins. Designed for all hair types, Aura Botanica promises to deliver two days of durable nutrition, three days of anti-frizz control, and four times the shine compared to other hair products. The products are free from sulphates, silicones, and parabens, so those who are more conscious about these ingredients can also use them. The Aura Botanica range contains four products – shampoo, conditioner, concentrated oil, and oil mist.

I have relatively normal to dry hair. My hair used to be super damaged from colouring, but I’ve stopped colouring for the last two years and I’m just letting my hair grow out now. In winter climates such as now, my hair gets extremely frizzy and full of static, so I need a lot of oil-based products to help keep my hair from getting too crazy.

The Bain Micellaire (C$45 for 250mL) shampoo contains 96% ingredients from natural origins, and is a gentle shampoo that is perfect for those damaged or sensitive scalps. In place of sulphates, it contains surfactants derived from coconut and sugar to still get a nice lather. This reminds me a little bit of the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo in that it is very gentle and provides a gentle cleanse. If you have very greasy hair, or if your hair is gunked full of styling products, this will not give you that deep clean that you will want. If my hair is particularly gross, I might use a light clarifying shampoo first (such as Lush Rehab) and then followed by this for some nourishment. As with other Kerastase shampoos, a little bit goes a long way so I don’t need a lot in order to get a nice gentle cleanse. I’ve been really loving this shampoo this winter because my hair has been particularly frizzy. The oils in it help to keep my hair smooth and nourished.

The Soin Fondamental (C$50 for 200mL) is the accompanying conditioner in the collection. It contains 97% natural ingredients, including certified organic coconut and argan oils. It is thicker than a normal conditioner, but lighter than a mask, which makes it perfect for this time of year. I LOVE THE WAY IT SMELLS and feels on my hair. have pretty dry scalp so I actually apply it closer to my scalp than other conditioners, and it helps to nourish my scalp as well, without being too heavy. It does feel like it weighs hair down a bit, but this range isn’t meant to be volumizing so I wasn’t surprised by that. I actually prefer the sleek, heavier look it gives my hair.

The Essence d’Éclat (C$57 for 100mL) is a multitasking, heat-protectant, bi-phase mist. It contains coconut, argan, jojoba and avocado oil in the oil phase, and the water phase contains Damascus Rose floral water. The ingredients mix together to help give you gentle hydration and deep nourishment to each strand of hair. I’ve been using this quite a bit when I blow dry because it helps significantly to keep the static at bay. Especially with the heat on in the winter, this is very helpful to keep my hair smooth with no flyaways. As with everything else in the range, it smells amazing. I can also easily use this to touch up when I’m feeling like my hair is feeling drier than normal.

The Oil Concentré Essentiel (C$60 for 50mL) is my favourite product in this collection. It’s a concentrated oil that contains 99% natural ingredients. It’s a true multi-tasker in that you can use this alone or blended in your existing hair products to boost its nourishing properties. If my hair feels particularly parched, I use one pump with the Soin Fondamental. After blow drying, I also use half a pump of this spread through the very ends of my hair. You can also use this as a pre-shampoo scalp mask (although I recommend using a clarifying shampoo to wash it off since it will be hard to wash off with the Bain Micellaire).

Of the four products, I’d most likely skip the Bain Micellaire, and I’d mostly likely repurchase the Oil Concentré Essentiel. You can even use the Oil Concentré Essentiel with your existing haircare routine to help give it a boost. It is pricey but a little bit goes a long way. My Kerastase shampoo and conditioner bundles usually last me around 6 months with regular use, so you do get good value with your purchase.

For the holiday season, Kerastase is offering a fantastic deal on Aura Botanica. You get the Bain Micellaire, Soin Fondamental and the Oil Concentré Essentiel for a great price of C$110 – essentially getting the Bain Micellaire for free! The burgundy and gold packaging on the bottles and accompanying gift box is also beautiful for the holidays.

You can purchase Kerastase products at, or at your local professional salon.

Products were provided for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review: L’Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream

L'Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream review

The L’Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream is a silicone-free leave-in conditioner that claims to repair hair as well as tame frizz. The product can be used on damp or dry hair, and a little bit of the product goes a rather long way.

After towel-drying, I apply about a quarter-sized amount onto my hair, concentrating mostly on the ends, and running whatever remains on my hands up closer to the scalp. It is worthwhile to note that I wear hair extensions (mine are sewn-in, via the weave method), and extensions are notorious for absorbing all sorts of moisture and product. If I were to use this product on only my natural hair, I would probably reduce the amount by half.

My hair is very fine and is prone to flyways and frizz, so I’ve found that this product does a good job of taming my hair and getting it nice and smooth before I heat style it. Additionally, it smells incredible! It has a very complex fruity-floral aroma, and I can definitely smell the Sweet Orange fragrance that is said to be one of the ingredients.

The drawbacks to this product are that it’s quite pricey. You could get a comparable product at a drugstore (I’m personally a fan of the John Frieda series) that would do an adequate job for half of the price.  Yes, the L’Occitane Control Styling Prep-Cream is good, and silicone-free, but it’s not amazing. At 34$ for 200ml I would expect better fly-away control and a significant improvement in hair texture over time.

Lastly, I am not a huge fan of the packaging. The tube comes with a twist-cap that cannot be removed, and when twisted slightly, dispenses the product through a small opening on the bottom of the cap itself. If you are like me and find yourself holding a million different tools/products when you style your hair, it’s hard to use this product with one hand. Also, unless you take the time to clean the cap every time after use, product residue is bound to make its way onto your countertop.

Overall, this is a very nice product that does its job well and smells incredible, but it is not a revolutionary breakthrough in hair care by any stretch. I would recommend it to someone looking to try a silicone-free leave-in product, however due to its price, it’s unlikely that I will repurchase it myself.

The L’Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream retails for $34 CAD for 200ml and can be purchased on the L’Occitane website or at L’Occitane boutiques.


L'Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream review

This review was written by Liza. The products in this post were provided by PR; all opinions belong to Liza.

Get your strongest hair yet with Hair Recipes

Hair Recipes Egg and Cognac bundle review

I colour treated my hair six times last year and ended up with damaged, frizzy hair, so this year my goal is to bring back some strength and shine to my hair. I was introduced to Hair Recipes earlier this year and I have to say – you need this! Hair Recipes is a haircare brand that harnesses the power of ingredients found right in your kitchen to help improve the texture of your hair. In the products, you’ll get the benefits of Egg, Beer, Wheat Germ, Lemon & Chamomile found in the Hair Recipes shampoos, combined with the Egg Yolk conditioner to create beautiful, strong hair.

I received a set of products for dry, dull, tired hair, and it was exactly what my hair needed. This bundle contains the Egg & Cognac Shampoo, the Egg Yolk Conditioner, and a bottle of Jojoba Oil for hair and scalp. The Egg & Cognac Shampoo is a thick shampoo that lathers very thickly, cleans extremely well, all without stripping. A little bit goes a long way, and even though I wash my hair once every 4-ish days now, I find that it still has enough power to wash off all the grime, grease, and my dry scalp flakes out of my hair. It never feels too harsh though, which is good because I don’t want a clarifying shampoo to damage my hair even more.

The Egg Yolk Conditioner is a thick, creamy conditioner that coats my hair really well and leaves it feeling ultra nourished. I am completely addicted to this product because it replenishes all the lost moisture from my hair, without weighing it down. My hair just ends up feeling stronger, like you know in those hair commercials where they swish the head around and the hair looks so sleek – that’s how I think my hair looks!

My usual hair routine before trying Hair Recipes has been shampoo, conditioner, and apply some kind of hair serum or oil, but with the Egg & Cognac Shampoo + Egg Yolk Conditioner combo, my hair has been so shiny, and healthy, even without the use of any hair serums or oils. The jojoba oil I received in my package is great for dry hair and replenishing dry scalp as well. I haven’t use this on my scalp, just because I don’t want my hair to turn into a greasy mess, and a little goes a very long way on the ends of my hair. Even then, I rarely use this because the shampoo and conditioner alone are enough.

Just so you don’t think I’m full of raves for haircare products – right before I received this bundle from Hair Recipes, I was using another salon professional haircare brand I received and I absolutely despised it. It was designed for coloured and damaged hair, but it was so lightweight that I felt like I didn’t apply any conditioner, and the shampoo was also such a lightweight that it didn’t clean my hair properly… I only used that set of products maybe 3-4 time before switching to Hair Recipes and I won’t be looking back at all.

You can purchase Hair Recipes products online.

Hair Recipes Egg and Cognac bundle review

Welcoming Drybar hair care products to Canada


Drybar, the leading blowout destination in the U.S., is expanding its product line to Canada this month! Today I’m previewing several Drybar products that will be available this fall, including The Royal Treatment: The Ultimate Nourishing Kit, Triple Sec 3-in-1, Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray, The Sheriff Firm Hold Hairspray, and the Double Pint Large Round Ceramic Brush.

The services at Drybar read like a cocktail menu: the Cosmo (lots of loose curls), the Straight Up (straight with a little body), the Southern Comfort (big hair, lots of volume), the Mai Tai (messy and beachy), the Manhattan (sleek and smooth) the Dirty Martini (tousled and textured) and for the little ladies, the Shirley Temple. Drybar products are designed to achieve similar results at home. They include “The Sauce,” which are the shampoos and styling products, and “The Hard Stuff,” which are the styling tools, brushes, and more.

First things first, I LOVE that the products all are in these pastel colours with yellow accents. If you know me, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of bright yellow accessories; the colour is just super cheerful and seeing it makes me very happy. Now moving onto the products…


The Royal Treatment: The Ultimate Nourishing Kit, which contains:

  • 1.7 oz Sake Bomb Shampoo, a nourishing shampoo for dry or medium-to-coarse hair.
  • 1.7 oz Sake Bomb Conditioner, the complementary conditioner to Sake Bomb Shampoo, also for nourishing dry hair.
  • 1.7 oz Mudslide Nourishing Hair Mask, a nourishing leave-in hair mask to help treat dry and chemically-damaged hair.
  • 1.7 oz Hot Toddy UV & Heat Protectant, a lightweight heat and UV protectant lotion for use before your blowout which helps seal split ends and prevent dryness and damage from heat styling.
  • 1.7 oz 100 Proof Treatment Oil, a treatment oil for all hair types to give amazing shine and help rejuvenate dry, damaged hair.


Sake Bomb Shampoo and Conditioner are great set for helping repair tired, dull, and dry hair. I use Hot Toddy and 100 Proof together after washing my hair and it leaves my hair feeling uber soft and silky, more hydrated, but not heavy or weighed down – a tiny bit of both go a long way! Mudslide Nourishing Hair Mask is a lightweight cream mask that’s supposed to provide intense hydration, but I didn’t feel like it did anything more for my hair compared to my usual conditioner. My favourite product of this set is 100 Proof as it’s super nourishing, smells amazing, and helps keep my hair looking healthy and smooth.


Triple Sec 3-in-1, a three-in-one volumizer, texturizer, and dry shampoo. This smells AH-MAZING. It has a warm, decadent dessert type scent that’s sweet yet not overwhelming, and it’s great for in between washes when you want your hair to look and smell fresher. I normally use this around day 5 of my once-a-week hair washes so my hair is generally super flat, and I’ve noticed a bit of volumizing. I’d definitely repurchase this, because it works great and I simply love the smell. The best part is that it’s not a dry powder, rather a liquid that dries down, so you don’t get that weird powdery look if you happen to not brush it out properly.


Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray, a lightweight spray enriched with natural sea salts to add texture and volume.


The Sheriff Firm Hold Hairspray is a firm hold hairspray. Even as a firm hold hairspray, it doesn’t leave my hair feeling crunchy or hard. It just keeps my style in all day, especially post-curling iron. The best thing about this product is that despite it being an aerosol hairspray, it doesn’t have that usual hairspray alcohol scent to it at all! It smells vanilla-y and very decadent.


Double Pint Large Round Ceramic Brush, a large, round ceramic brush that creates loose curls in medium to long hair, and add volume for shorter and medium length styles. This is my first large round brush, and also my first ceramic brush. The Double Pint Large Round Brush is seriously so amazing for creating airy, waves in my hair, helping to cut down on blow dry time as well.


My favourite of the Drybar products is definitely the Royal Treatment set. It’s such a good value for you to try out different Dry Bar products at a great price, without the commitment of full size bottles. I’m a huge fan of 100 Proof and Hot Toddy when used together, I can see myself purchasing full sizes of both – used together, they just leave my hair feeling so healthy.

With locations in California, New York City, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts & Washington DC with more locations coming soon, Drybar products will now be available across Canada at 53 Sephora locations including Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver. Drybar will also be setting up shop at Nordstrom Vancouver, offering blowout services on an appointment and walk-in basis. Book your appointment here!

Experience: Hair cut & dye with Carver at Artel Salon

Hair By Carver Vancouver salon review

Hello! Today I want to talk to you guys about hair. The reason I do a lot of hair product/gadget reviews here at Maddy Loves is because I lost the genetic hair lottery, big time. Not only do I have fine, flat, difficult-to-style hair, it is also naturally a mousy grey color and it refuses to grow much past my shoulders without breaking off at the ends. I typically wear sewn-in human hair extensions (which is a painful and lengthy process) and I am notoriously mistrusting of hair stylists due to a plethora of bad experiences in the past. My relationship with my hair ranges from full-blown resentment on bad days, to mild annoyance on good days, thus I am always on the look-out for the next best thing that could help me feel beautiful.

I wear my extensions pretty much all-year round, with the exception of the short week-long windows of time where I need to get the wefts re-installed. So when Carver (of offered me a service in exchange for a review of his work, I was both pressed for time and hesitant due to bad salon experiences in the past. However, after snooping through his Instagram portfolio ( my fears were alleviated when I realized Carver was incredibly skilled, and not only that, but he was fantastically accommodating with fitting me in for a service before I had to get my extensions re-installed.

Now, to be fair, my morning with Carver started with me running late. I was on my morning bus, texting Carver about running behind, and his response was to brew me a cup of fresh-ground coffee to greet me with upon my tardy arrival!  Immediately, I knew I was in good hands.

Hair By Carver Vancouver salon review

Carver is currently operating out of the Artel Salon located at 3588 Fraser St, in Vancouver, BC. Artel is a brand-new salon that features a spacious, modern look with a somewhat rustic feel. Carver’s chair was conveniently located right next to a sunny window, giving me the best look at exactly what my hair looked like in natural daylight.

Hair By Carver Vancouver salon review

Lately, my hair has been looking a little drab, and a little too yellow-toned for my liking. Despite rigorous use of purple-shampoo I have trouble keeping the golden tones at bay. I was looking for a subtle change to a cooler toned blonde, in addition to breaking up my root line with some softer lowlights. As a full-time student, I do not have the time or the energy to invest in my hair during the fall semester, so I needed something that could help transition me into the fall and not require constant upkeep.

Carver listened to all of my concerns and assured me that beautiful, voluminous hair was not just a far-off dream.  I felt like he truly understood my hair concerns and suggested a course of action that we were both happy with. The whole service (lowlights, highlights, balayage, toning, head-massage and styling) took us a little under three hours, and I was constantly entertained with pleasant conversation and fresh coffee the entire time. During my appointment I learned that Carver’s specialty is his color work, and his biggest strengths are balayage and ombrés, as well as some of the best head-massages around! Additionally, you can make a booking with Carver through his website, which is a great relief for those of us who don’t particularly enjoy making phone calls (such as myself…). Also, it might interest some of you to know that Carver isn’t shy about sharing the secrets of his trade, and he has recently launched a youtube channel where he helps the hair-challenged amongst us with styling tutorials!

Now, I can sing Carver praises until I am blue in the face, and I can tell you at great length all about how much confidence and joy I derive from my new, fresh color and style, but I believe it would be best to simply show you some photos and let Carver’s work speak for itself. So, let’s take a look at my before and afters:

Hair By Carver Vancouver salon review
Hair By Carver Vancouver salon review

As you can tell, my hair is pretty flat and pretty drab, with evident copper undertones.

Hair By Carver Vancouver salon review

Hair By Carver Vancouver salon review

Hair By Carver Vancouver salon review

Hello volume!! Also, notice the cooler toned blonde and the much softer transition between my roots and ends. I felt like a million bucks!

Hair By Carver Vancouver salon review

So, if you are in the Vancouver area and are looking to reinvigorate your look with a new color or style, consider giving Carver a call. You can take a look at his portfolio, as well as find links to his Instagram and YouTube channel by visiting his website at . More information about service pricing, as well as his extremely easy online booking system can be found there as well!

Hair By Carver @ Artel Salon
3588 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC
Book here

This post was written by Liza

Phyto Reviews: Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment, Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray, and Phyto 7 Hydrating Day Cream with 7 plants

Phyto is one of those niche hair brands that not many people really know about but actually has a lot of really great hidden treasures that are just waiting to be discovered. Today I have 3 products from Phyto to share with you – the Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment, the Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray, and the Phyto 7 Hydrating Day Cream with 7 plants.

Of the three products, the Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment is the most interesting product that I’d recommend trying, especially if you have an imbalanced scalp.

Phyto Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment

Phyto Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment review

The Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment (C$50) is a blend of essential oils to treat imbalanced scalp. It contains essential oils of rosemary, sage, and cypress to tone the hair bulb and stimulate microcirculation; lemon oil to purity the scalp; and corn oil to soothes the scalp with a cooling sensation. It is a pre-shampoo, meaning you apply this and rub it into your scalp about 10-20 minutes before you shampoo.

I really enjoy using this scalp treatment because I find that it really does help to rejuvenate my scalp. I’m a long time sufferer of dry scalp, especially when I’m stressed or not getting enough sleep, and when I use this treatment on a semi-regular basis (sometimes once a month, sometimes once every 3 weeks or so, depending on how often I wash my hair), it really does help to alleviate dryness. The essential oils also help to create a cooling sensation on the scalp, which is very refreshing, especially if I’m feeling like my scalp is congested and needs a deep cleanse.

The downside to the blend of essential oils is that it is very hard to wash off. You’d likely need to use a clarifying shampoo, or at least a shampoo that suds up really well and rinses off very clean, otherwise you will end up with greasy roots and thus greasy hair. The other downside is that it is quite expensive, but being an essential oil blend, you really don’t need much to achieve good results. Despite these, I really like like this scalp treatment and will continue to use and repurchase it until I can find something better.

Ingredients: Corn Germ Oil, Fragrance, Citrus Lemon Peel Oil, Limonene, Melaleuca Leucadendron Cajaput Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Sage Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf/Nut/Stem Oil, Linalool, Citral, Isoeugenol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Coumarin, Citronellol.

Phyto Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment review

Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray

Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray review

The Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray (C$32) has been my best friend ever since I got my hair coloured. It’s one of the two hair products I’ve been using on a regular basis, after each hair wash, after towel drying and applying the Phyto 7 Hydrating Day Cream, and before I blow dry or use heat styling. It containing botanical keratin to repairs the hair’s inner structure; hyaluronic acid to hydrates the hair; Yun Zhi mushroom extract to seals the botanical keratin and provide thermal protection; and ceramides to seal the hair’s cuticle.

The texture of this thermal protectant spray is almost like a milk that’s spritzed on; it’s denser than most sprays I’ve used in the past, but I also find that this coats the hair strands to better protect the hair, rather than getting absorbed into the hair strands. I feel like this, coupled with the Phyto 7 Day Cream, has made my over-processed hair a lot more manageable and looking relatively healthier than it really is.

Ingredients: Viola Tricolor Extract, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Water, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-37, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Trametes Versicolor Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Atelocollagen, Chitosan, Sphingolipids, Cyclodextrin, Dextrin, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid.

Phyto 7 Hydrating Day Cream with 7 plants

Phyto 7 Hydrating Day Cream review

The Phyto 7 Hydrating Day Cream with 7 plants (C$32) is a daily hair cream that you can use on damp or dry hair for a touchup. The 7 plants contained in this day cream are mallow, soybean, burdock, rosemary, sage, calendula, and willow, all of which hydrate and protect the hair.

I use this after each hair wash, before using the Phytokeratine Thermal Protectant Spray, and before blow drying. You’re supposed to use only a peasize amount each time, but I found that it wasn’t enough for my super dry hair, so I usually use double the recommended amount. It absorbs almost instantaneously and leaves no residue on the strands of the hair. It is moderately hydrating, meaning my hair is left manageable and relatively smooth considering the dry state that it’s in, but it isn’t hydrating enough to keep my hair from static. I do have to reapply this each morning if I want the full hydrating and protecting benefits. While I like it, I can’t say I love it, and I’d recommend this more to people with normal to somewhat dry hair, but not for those who have really dry or processed hair.

Ingredients: Althaea Officinalis Extract (Mucilage Végétal), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Lecithin (Soja), Arctium Majus Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Roseary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Leaf Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Parabens (Butyl, Ethyl).

Have you tried any products from Phyto? Which ones would you recommend?

Review L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Souffle d’Or Shampoo, Conditioner and Seve Protectrice heat-protecting cream


In my ever-lasting quest to nourish my dry, fine, colored hair I have had the misfortune of trying out the L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Souffle d’Or Shampoo and Conditioner along with the Mythic Oil Seve Protectrice heat-protecting cream. L’Oréal Professionnel is a premium-generalist haircare brand by the L’Oréal family, with prices in the $20-30 range for products. It’s not as luxurious as Kerastase or Shu Uemura Art of Hair, but it is getting in the range of high-end hair products so my expectations were adjusted to go along with the higher price tag.

It is important to mention that I am very much a bargain-hunter, and not at all someone accustomed to breaking the bank for hair products, but this line (specifically the shampoo and conditioner) were both so disappointing that I felt like I would have had better luck with literally any drugstore equivalent.

L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Suffle d’Or Shampoo review

The L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Souffle d’Or Shampoo (C$22) promises to “[offer] beautiful shine and lightweight nourishment for all hair types”, and while I realize that this product probably isn’t designed to be the mega-thirst-quencher that my hair needs, it’s still advertised as being suitable for all hair types.

Pretty much the only positive aspect of this line is its scent. All of the products have a rich aroma reminiscent of spice – vanilla, cumin and perhaps even cinnamon. I am quite impressed by the subtle, unique undertones that don’t overwhelm the senses, all the while steering clear of the tired old floral smells of most shampoos and conditioners.

Unfortunately, this is where the positives end.  The shampoo formula has a mixture of fine shimmer suspended throughout the bottle, which in my opinion, cheapens the look of the product. While the bottle advertises that the “Golden Shimmering Sparkles” will leave your hair “sparkling with an airy touch”, the back (in fine print) reassures that the sparkles will rinse off with the rest of the product, therefore making them completely superfluous. I’m not entirely certain who the sparkles are meant to appeal to (young children come to mind), but for a professional line I find them to be overly gimmicky.

The worst part about the product is that it left my hair incredibly dry and tangled. My hair was essentially a solid, knotted mass by the time I rinsed off the lather. I had hoped that perhaps the conditioner was meant to remedy this, but as I soon discovered, my hopes were too optimistic.

L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Suffle d’Or conditioner review

The L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Souffle d’Or Conditioner (C$22) is a gel formula. Once again, I understand that a gel conditioner is not meant for sad, dry hair like mine, but I’ve used gel conditioners before with decent results. If you are wondering, there are indeed fine sparkles suspended in the conditioner as well, although there are decidedly fewer of them than in the shampoo.

When I applied the conditioner, using many, many liberal pumps I was faced with the horrifying reality that it was only further tangling my hair. I tried to coat my strands as much as possible, and left it on for the recommended 2-3 minutes before I realized that I needed to intervene with another product because I would later be unable to comb through my hair without major damage. So, I tried to get as much of the Mythic Oil Suffle d’Or Conditioner off as I could, and followed up with a thick, rich leave-in masque in an attempt to apologize to my hair for the horrors inflicted upon it.

Even after an additional ten minutes of deep-conditioning with a different product, my hair felt drier and more brittle until the next wash (where I opted to use a different shampoo and conditioner altogether).  Additionally, I would certainly advise against these two products if you wear permanent extensions of any kind. As hair extensions are typically drier than your natural hair, there is a good chance this duo would irrevocably wreck hundreds of dollars worth of extensions.

L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Seve Protectrice review

Lastly, an honorable mention goes out to the Mythic Oil Seve Protectrice (C$26) heat-protecting cream which, by contrast, a fairly good product. It smells pleasantly of cumin in a sultry, spicy kind of way, and I have found that when used entirely on its own without the Mythic Oil shampoo and conditioner, it did a good job of taming frizz and protecting my hair from heat-styling. I would likely repurchase this product in the future.

In summary, if my terrible experience was not jarring enough, I would not recommend the L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Suffle d’Or Shampoo and Conditioner to anyone. However, I would recommend the Mythic Oil Seve Protectrice to someone looking for an inexpensive heat-protecting product with a unique scent.

This review was written by Liza