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.

Ingredients:

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.

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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

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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 www.hairbycarver.com) 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 (https://instagram.com/hairbycarver/) 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 www.hairbycarver.com . 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
604.790.9371
hairbycarver@gmail.com
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

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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

Review: Kerastase Reflection Bain Chrome Riche shampoo, Masque Chroma Captive, and Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner

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If you’re into luxury haircare, Kerastase and Shu Uemura Art of Hair are both great professional haircare products that use quality ingredients to help maintain the status of your hair. Since my hair dye job a few months ago, I’ve constantly been on the outlook for new and good colour-maintenance hair products. Today, I have some products from the Kerastase and Shu Uemura Art of Hair colour-protection lines to share with you.

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chrome Riche shampoo

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chrome Riche shampoo review

Formulated for very sensitized and damaged coloured hair, the Kerastase Reflection Bain Chrome Riche (C$39) shampoo is a gentle shampoo designed to softly cleanse the hair. It also helps to increase shine, maintain the vibrant colour, and prevent against colour fading (which is a big problem with faux-redheads). It has a refreshing powdery floral scent that is quite pleasant, and helps me to relax after a day at work. It also lathers very richly, creating thick, creamy foam that removes any grime from the hair, but is still soft on the hair follicles. I really like how gentle this shampoo is, it leaves my hair feeling cleansed by never stripped. It feels great on the scalp too, especially because my scalp is on the drier side. I haven’t noticed it helping too much with preventing colour fade, but I didn’t have too high of expectations on that because I know red dye fades out extremely fast. The price is high but Kerastase is a luxury haircare brand so if you normally buy drugstore brands, you probably won’t consider this. If you like to invest in your hair products and generally like Kerastase products, do give this one a try!

Repurchase? Maybe

Ingredients:

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chrome Riche shampoo ingredients

Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner

Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner review

The Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner (US$58 for 250mL) contains Musk Rose Oil and Goji Berry extract to help provide lightweight conditioning with enhanced shine while preserving the hair colour. The texture is a lightweight milky cream that spreads easily throughout the hair. I end up having to use a lot of this conditioner whenever I am washing my hair because I feel like it just absorbs into my hair immediately and I’m not able to spread it into my hair evenly.

I’m quite disappointed in this conditioner because it is very gentle and doesn’t address the damaging aspect of the hair colouring process. While my hair looks shiny, it feels extremely dry and also looks quite damaged as well. I’ve been using this in conjunction with the Kerastase Reflection Masque as I find that this conditioner alone isn’t enough to keep my hair looking healthy, especially after a dye job.

Repurchase? No

Ingredients:

Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner ingredients

Kerastase Reflection Masque Chroma Captive

Kerastase Reflection Masque Chroma Captive review

This hair masque is designed to increase shine intensity in coloured hair. The Kerastase Reflection Masque Chroma Captive (C$59) is the more lightweight version of the Masque Chroma Riche, which has more reparative functions to it. I really enjoy using this masque as the final step to my hair cleansing regime because not only does it help to increase shine, it also helps to smooth out my hair, leaving it looking healthier. It’s never heavy feeling and it doesn’t leave any residue in my hair, which is great because I love my hair to wash out clean but at the same time still have the smoothing benefits. I feel like even if you don’t have colour-treated hair, you can still use and benefit from this masque because it really does help to smooth out your hair, and would be especially helpful for those with more unruly hair types. Even though it is quite expensive, you don’t need very much of it each time, and I like that it really works. Because of that, I can see myself repurchasing.

Repurchase? Yes

Ingredients:

Kerastase Reflection Masque Chroma Captive ingredients

Review: John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Shampoo, Conditioner, and Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner review

If you’ve been following me on my Instagram lately, you’ll notice that I recently dyed my hair red. Because of that, I’ve been looking into colour-protecting shampoo and conditioners to maintain and upkeep the vibrant red hair. Because red dye molecules are the biggest out of all the dye molecules, they also strip away faster from the hair follicle, leaving hair looking dull and coppery after just a few washes. I’ve been fortunate enough to be saved at this moment by John Frieda, who has designed shampoo, conditioner, and a colour refreshing gloss specifically for us faux red heads.

John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Shampoo

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner

The Radiant Red shampoo, designed specifically for redheads, is gentle and great for regular use. It lathers up really well and a little bit goes a long way. I feel like it’s quite gentle on my hair, leaving it feeling clean but never dry or stripped. This is great because you want to avoid the extra clean feel when you have colour-treated hair due to it actually stripping the colour out of your follicle. One thing to note is that it’s not sulfate-free, which can be a concern if you are avoiding sulfates.

Ingredients:

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner ingredients

John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Conditioner

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner review

The Radiant Red conditioner is one of the coolest conditioners I’ve used because it’s actually tinted red. I’ve heard via several sources that with faux redheads, you want to buy a tinted red conditioner because it helps to deposit some tint back to the hair. It’s been approximately 6 weeks since I’ve gotten my hair coloured and each time I wash my hair, there’s still dye that washes out, so I love that this conditioner will help to replenish some of that colour back. It’s also ultra gentle, but moisturizing enough so that my hair stays soft and smooth after each wash.

Ingredients:

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner ingredients

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds review

This is my favourite product of the bunch and something I recommend EVERYONE with coloured hair have in their shower (they have a version for nearly every hair colour family). The Colour Refreshing Gloss is essentially a tinted gel that you apply to your hair after shampooing and conditioning to help refresh your colour. I’ve noticed that my hair has definitely turned a bit coppery and dull after a few washes and the Colour Refreshing Gloss has helped tremendously to bring warmth back to my hair. After a few uses of this, I’ve actually had a few coworkers ask me if I had gotten my hair re-done at the salon since the last time I saw this, which I think is pretty amazing for an at-home hair product that costs less than $10.

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds review
John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds review

Ingredients:

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds ingredients

I’m really impressed with John Frieda’s line for coloured hair. As maintaining coloured hair is one of the hardest parts (and can be the most expensive part) of dying your hair, I’m happy to report that John Frieda has not only made it super easy and convenient, but also inexpensive. John Frieda also has a line for blonds and a line for brunettes, if you are part of one of those hair colour families, so check it out at your local London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and anywhere else that sells John Frieda.

John Frieda radiant red review

Review: OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, Healing Oil, and Surge Treatment

Today I’m reviewing the OGX Quenced Sea Mineral Moisture line. This hydrating haircare line from OGX was designed for dry skin in mind, formulated with deep sea minerals and sea kelp, as well as green algae. Just as a background on my hair, it is coloured blonde and I also have extensions; due to its dry and brittle nature, I tend to wash it once a week only.

The line claims: “Quench dry, damaged hair with this nutrient rich blend of hydrating sea minerals along with healing green algae to wrap split ends in repairing moisture, while supercharged sea kelp transforms dry, brittle hair into soft supple perfection. Unique blend of sulfate-free surfactants for stress-free hair. Leaves hair refreshed with swish-like movement and super soft shine.”

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner review

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo

Price: 9.99$ CAD

For such an inexpensive product, the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo does a very good job of delivering on its promise. I have been using this product exclusively in my hair-care routine for about a month and a half, and I can definitely see myself repurchasing it in the future.

It is worth noting that the entire Sea Mineral Moisture line has a very unique scent – there are definitely undertones of sea-salt and perhaps even algae. I almost hesitate to define the scent because it very pleasantly reminds me of the ocean breeze, but when I try to put it into words, it sounds far stranger and less pleasant than it actually is. In fact, I have found the scent of the Sea Mineral Moisture line to be refreshing and a nice change from the typical floral profiles of many other haircare products.

As for the performance of the shampoo itself, well, it’s nothing revolutionary. However, I have tried many salon brands that were easily quadruple the cost, with far less satisfactory results. While my hair wasn’t immediately transformed into a Victoria’s Secret model’s hair, I found the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo to be fairly gentle on my brittle, damaged hair and an excellent value to boot.

Ingredients:

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo ingredients

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner

Price: 9.99$ CAD

The conditioner has a smell that is almost identical to the shampoo, and it is relatively rich and creamy in texture. While I have tried other products that have done a better job of completely saturating my damaged, colored hair, the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner is so reasonably priced that it is an excellent alternative for its cost.

Since I perpetually wear hair-extensions and my own hair is heavily colored, I try to wash my hair as infrequently as possible, so generally I always opt for a deep-conditioning masque instead of a regular conditioner. However, if you have not trained your scalp to go up to a week without shampoo, I think this would be a good product for you. It’s definitely nourishing, but not so nourishing that it will leave you hair oily. Overall, I found that I could have personally used more moisture than this product offered so I will probably not repurchase it again.

That being said, I feel like my hair needs are so unique that my ambivalence towards the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner has more to do with me than it does with the performance of the product.

Ingredients:

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner ingredients

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment and Healing Oil review

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment

Price: 9.99$ CAD

I have saved my favorite product for last! I absolutely love the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment as it is basically a deeper, creamier, and more nourishing version of the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner. It is perfect for my extremely dry hair. I use this all-over my hair, making sure to saturate my ends and extensions, as they both miss out on getting the natural oils from my scalp and usually require some extra attention.

However, if your hair is in better condition than mine and tends to get oily quicker, a perfect balance could be reached by using the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner at your scalp, and using the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment to saturate the ends of your hair. Then, I suggest putting your hair up in a shower cap and taking a long, relaxing bath. Trust me, after rinsing your hair will feel and smell amazing!

I will definitely repurchase the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment again.

Ingredients:

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment ingredients

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shimmering Weightless Healing Oil

Price: 9.99$ CAD

The Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shimmering Weightless Healing Oil was my least favourite item of the bunch, mainly because after many attempts I could still not get it to work without leaving my hair very greasy-looking. It’s a very strange product; it’s an oil that is similar to a hair serum, only it is lighter in consistency and is dispersed via mist. The instructions on the back advise you to use it before or after styling to give shine to dull, flat hair. I have found that the product definitely does what it promises, it adds shine; however, it also leaves your hair looking incredibly greasy in the process.

Fortunately, this product smells absolutely divine. It has the same kind of refreshing, ocean-breeze scent as the rest of the line, but it is somehow more aromatic. Due to my obsession with the scent I will keep trying to get it to work for me, however simply out of practicality, I will not repurchase it when it’s done.

Ingredients:

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Healing Oil ingredients

Review: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo, Cleansing Oil Conditioner & Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream

shu uemura art of hair cleansing oil shampoo and conditioner

If you are not one to splurge on your haircare, then I urge you to stop reading now. Shu Uemura is best known for their facial cleansing oils, and the Shu Uemura Art of Hair has its own line of oil-based products for the hair featuring ferments found in onsen (hot springs in Japan) that are known for their purifying properties. Today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the Shu Uemura Art of Oils line, specifically the Cleansing Oil Shampoo, Cleansing Oil Conditioner, and the Absolue Oil-in-Cream.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo

The Cleansing Oil Shampoo ($56 for 400mL) is a light fluid clear liquid that is lightly scented with camelia. Claimed to be paraben and silicone-free, it also includes onsen inspired ferment. It gently cleanses the hair while balancing the scalp. It also claims to provide radiance, leaving hair feeling light and airy.

This shampoo is super gentle on my scalp. I get dry and sensitive scalp often around this time of year, of when I’m feeling stressed out, but this helped to balance out the dryness and protect my scalp. My scalp never felt tight, and it cleaned it right so it didn’t feel heavy either. The best part was because my scalp was balanced, I could get away with washing my hair every 4 days instead of the usual every 2-3 (it sounds kinda gross but washing your hair less is actually better for the hair and scalp).

My biggest issue with this shampoo is that I felt like it didn’t lather as much as I would have liked it to. The soap suds are rather thin, and it doesn’t leave my hair feel as squeaky clean. Although I know my hair is clean, I prefer that there’s a squeaky clean type of feel after rinsing out my shampoo, and this just didn’t give that.

The price of $56 is pretty hefty, so I can’t exactly recommend it. I like it because I can get away with washing my hair less. If you are someone who has scalp issues and need more of a balanced shampoo that cleanses your hair and scalp but never strips, then this shampoo is worth looking into. Or, if you’re like me and want to transition into washing your hair less and/or is lazy, then this is also perfect for you. If you prefer a more clarifying shampoo, then you should overlook this.

Repurchase? Yes

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Conditioner

The Cleansing Oil Conditioner (C$56 for 250mL) is an ultra lightweight, fluid conditioner that you leave in the hair after shampooing, then rinse out. It claims to be formulated with onsen inspired ferment that leaves hair feeling soft and radiant, as well as light and airy. It is also lightly scented with camelia.

This conditioner is super light, more of a lotion texture than the cream conditioners I’ve used in the past. It coats hair well, and it absorbs very quickly. I like to leave it in my hair for a minutes while I wash my face and body so that the conditioning properties are maximized, and I found that by leaving it in my hair just a tad longer, it makes my hair feel 10 times smoother and more moisturized than if I had just rubbed it in then rinsed it out. My hair never feels heavy, and there is zero residue left behind after rinsing.

While I really like this conditioner because it is hydrating and doesn’t weigh down hair, priced at $56, it’s not enough of a miracle worker in order for me to recommend it. There are other conditioners out there that do a similar job at a fraction of the price.

Repurchase? No.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream

My favourite of the three products, the Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream (C$69 for 150mL) is a hair cream that melts into a thin oil once rubbed into the palms of my hands.

This cream is so lightweight and lightly scented with camelia oil; it absorbs right into the ends of my towel-dried hair. I use it every time after I wash and condition my hair with the Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Cleansing Oil Conditioner – only a pea-sized amount is required – and right before blowdrying. It helps to alleviate several of my hair issues in the winter, such as frizz, flyaways, dryness, and static, and it also protects against the blowdryer’s heat. My hair is never left feeling heavy or greasy, rather it feels silky and smooth. It has been a winter necessity, especially because of how static-y my hair feels due to the dry air.

Of the three products in the Shu Uemura Art of Oils line reviewed here, I would have to recommend this one. While it is very expensive, it truly does work. A tiny bit goes a long way, and if you’ve had issues with frizzyness or dryness, and dislike silicone-heavy hair products, this one will be good for you.

Repurchase? Probably.