- Wen by Chaz Dean | Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner – 2 oz
- Alterna | CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Shampoo – 1.35 oz
- Alterna | CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Conditioner – 1.35 oz
- Living Proof | Prime Style Extender – 2 oz
- Phyto | Huile Soyeuse Lightweight Hydrating Oil – 1 oz
- Living Proof | Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment – 2 oz
- Drybar | Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant – 1.7 oz
- Bumble and Bumble | Thickening Hairspray – 2 oz
- Living Proof | Flex Shaping Hairspray – 3 oz
- Drybar | Triple Sec 3-in-1 – 1.67 oz
- Bumble and Bumble | Prêt-à-Powder – 0.5 oz
First up, I’ve been stalking the Bumble and Bumble line of products for years. My stylist Kazue uses them every time I go in for a cut and my hair would have that perfect “I woke up like this” look for days (of course until I have to reluctantly wash it down the drain). I decided to start off small and picked up the Does It All Styling Spray which is a heat protecting, light holding, brushable setting mist for all your daily needs. It sounded great for those days I’m not into layering a ton of product and just want something quick, easy, done. Next came the Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray I picked up at IMATS after being generously misted by the sales lady at the booth. Not only did it smell delicious (and I assume this would be exactly what JLO smells like on the regular as the range was created by her stylist), I loved how it gave my curled hair great definition without feeling gritty or sticky. In the bag it went. Lastly, in a new experimental hair routine, I’ve been testing the Pureology Precious Oil* as a hair conditioning treatment in lieu of conditioner on days where I am just not in the mood to smother myself in thick heavy products. It’s formulated to be super versatile as a pre-treatment, hair mask booster or a styling aid. More experimentation is still in progress but I’m sure loving that my hair smells amazing every day.
So for all you hair masters out there, what is your favourite high end hair product or what hair item makes you feel extra sassy? I want to know!
I’ve just spent too much time doing my makeup (usually because I get fidgety with my eyeshadow) but my hair is still clipped up in a bun and absolutely not on par with my glam lashes and glowing cheeks. I glance over at my phone and there’s just about 10 minutes before I have to leave.
Usually this would make me out in a cold sweat in panic and likely just throw my hair up in a ponytail and hope no one notices. But these days, I have my going out hair routine down to 10 minutes and I’m telling you I can probably do this in my sleep. If you’ve been wondering about the hairstyle I wear most often in my videos and photographs in the past year, here is how it’s done!
- L’OREAL | Elnett Satin Hairspray
- JONATHAN | Dirt Texturizing Paste | reviewed
- JONATHAN | Silky Dirt Shine & Define Cream
My aversion to having styling products in my hair should be no secret to you by now. While I keep trying to work them into my routine (and buying loads of them through out the years), most of them don’t pass the test to truly stay in my everyday routine. These three items however, have been favourites for quite some time!
I spent mine doing some DIY beauty maintenance on my hair, the kind that involves some serious gloves and leaving the window open on a wintery day. Now I do love having coloured hair and have been around much of the (natural) hair rainbow but I’m just not keen on the lengthy colouring process…even after 10 years doing my own hair out of a box I’m still looking for the easiest way to get the job done.
Above is a recent photo of my hair. The top has grown a little “rooty” with my natural colour showing through but the length of my hair is coloured a medium brown shade with some soft highlights and low lights. No extra work here, this is actually a single process hair colour. Let’s talk about it.
Product: Nice & Easy Hair Colour
My Colour: 6A Natural Light Ash Brown*
Entire Colour Range: 40 shades (via Clairols website)
Type: Permanent Haircolour
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I repurchase: Probably not (but only because I’m in love with another Clairol product)
Clairol’s Nice&Easy hair colour is made for easy, simple and natural results. Though I previously had the professionals do my hair with this exact product (scroll down for that adventure), I wanted to wait until it was time for me to touch up my hair in order to see its true potential.
The box came with the usual products; hair pigment in the form of a liquid, a developer liquid, gloves, instructions and as a new addition to the Nice&Easy range, the conditioning CC cream for post colour and upkeep. The formula mixed into a gel consistency that started out almost semi-translucent that turned into a darker shade of brown in about 10minutes. Don’t worry, the changing shade of the dye doesn’t do affect the results, your mixture is good to go as soon as it’s shaken up properly.
Time Chart: 15-20min on roots, 5 minutes worked through shaft of hair.
The photo above isn’t my immediate “after” result as the weather has been too awful to get anything decent but my colour came out exactly the same and very consistent. The colour tone was beautiful and the overall results were good. The colour lasted very well post colouring with minimal fade.
Natural blend? Yes!
Nice & Easy? Not quite.
Personally, I still prefer the Clairol Perfect10 hair colour. The dye was a creamier and easier to control, the scent was less harsh (all permanent hair dyes will smell but this one was masked better) and it was quicker and easier to apply for even results. Plus it got the job done quicker. On caveat, the colour doesn’t last as long as the Nice&Easy but I don’t mind.
Now onwards to story time….
Well, the story behind it was that I had been kindly invited to attend a Clairol #shiftashade beauty event. The extra cherry on top? I was going to meet celebrity hair stylist Luis Pacheco, who’s going to help me pick out a colour… since I didn’t manage to get snap with Luis, here’s a fun one from his Instagram.