3 Things: Trying out stylist fave hair products

Current haircolour for winter 2017
Ever since I had my hair coloured professionally for the first time last spring, I’ve been attempting to make a more dedicated effort towards keeping my tresses in shape. Yet from learning how to smooth the frizzies to battling my round brush, it’s a whole lot harder than I thought. In celebration of this weekend’s Canadian #Contessa2018 Awards held on November 12th in Toronto, which honours those who keep our colour shinning and our hair coiffed, I was challenged to step up my own hair routine using some stylists approved products! Here’s my thoughts on 3 products from the week.
For anyone who’s ever gone lighter, you’ll know that the biggest looming fear is brassiness so my attention immediately gravitated towards the Oligo Blacklight Blue Shampoo* which contains argan oil, amino acids and is also sulfate free. From the first use, I was impressed with the intensity of the purple lather as most of my previous products foamed up white despite appearing coloured in the bottle. I prefer starting off with a clarifying shampoo for the scalp then using this as a second step cleanser and colour refresher but was easy to work with and definitely a step up from your average drugstore option. For conditioning, I reached for one of my favourite brands and their newest blonde enhancing range, the Joico Blonde Life Brightening Masque* which applies as a lightweight cream and gives a great smoothing effect for fine to medium textured hair. I’ve always been pleased with the texture of Joico’s products and this one is no exception and while many people prefer a complete purple set, I do think simply using one colour depositing product in your routine is enough for regular maintenance. To perk up second day hair, I’ve also started incorporating the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo* in my morning prep and have been loving the aerosol free pump system! With a quick squeeze of the bottle, a light puff of herbal scented powder dispenses through a nozzle hole in the cap. This smart thinking solves the dichotomy of choosing between messy sprays or messy pour out powders and is both travel friendly and eco friendly. While I wouldn’t categorize this as a texturing or heavily oil absorbing product, it does make a great post wash refresher for normal to dry hair and would be an excellent office drawer staple which is exactly where I plan to keep mine. 
Happy hair day,

3 Things | Combat winter frizz

Sweater hair. It’s the nicer way to describe the annoying frizz that accompanies the season. My long hair is, more frequently than not, flat on top from hats and a complete mess on the bottom thanks to the dry air and the daily routine of pulling on my fuzzy knitwear. Currently on rotation are these three products I’ve been using in an attempt to win the frizz fight.
Post shampoo, I’ve been using a dollop of the Pantene 3 Minute Miracle* as a step up treatment from my usual conditioner. It’s deceiving light in texture and spreads easily but it also does a great job at smoothing the ends of my hair. Compared to other Pantene conditioners, it seems to rinse cleaner but still leave my damp hair sleek and silky. And while I don’t think my hair is super damaged per say, I like how this has been working as my regular winter conditioner. Unlike richer masks which can weigh down finer hair if used too frequently, this one still leaves me with movement and bounce so its a good match for those with oilier hair who need just a little something extra.

For those with coarser or harder to manage hair, the Kerastase Chronologiste Oil* might be your better winter option. Beyond the fact that it smells so sophisticated, this oil has more of a serum like consistency and is both a treatment, protectant and styling product. At the salon, my stylist mixed this with a smoothing cream then round brushed my hair to bouncy perfection but it’s a little rich for me on the regular so I do use it more selectively. However, used on my mother’s permed hair, this lets her air dry with soft definition and less frizz so she’s a fan.

Of course I can’t end without mentioning this cult classic, the Frizz Ease Secret Weapon*. I’ve put off trying this for years because I always thought it would be a heavy cream but if you find the golden ratio (use less, add more) then it just might grow into your daily standby. As a finishing product, I like this to smooth down my fresh curls after fluffing my hair upside down for root volume or as a perfecting product when pulling my hair into a ponytail. With a light texture but no hold, it’s easy to get too product happy but I find a dime sized amount is just right for taming sweater hair and second day frizz.

Chat soon,
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SEPHORA | Ultimate Hair Essentials Kit is… everything.

Sephora Ultimate Hair Essentials

…and quite literally it is. 
If there’s one thing I absolutely adore from the beauty heaven that is Sephora, it has to be their incredibly valued and awesomely curated favourites boxed sets. I’ve had a few of these over the years from seasonally themed to product themed and it’s a great way to try a hyped up item before committing to the full sized bottle. Importantly, products in here are usually travel sized versus true sample sizes so they allow me to get a real feel of how an item would fit into my beauty routine. (Doesn’t it drive you mad when you get single use samples that really tells you nothing?)
Sephora Ultimate Hair Essentials 2
Filled with 11 of their most coveted hair products, it has everything from treatment shampoos to smoothing oils and styling sprays. Seriously, how does one resist such a perfect box.
  • 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
Sephora Ultimate Hair Essentials 3
Still a bit of a hair novice, I actually do not have any doubles nor have even sampled any of these products but I’m sure this box will go a long way in building up my hair arsenal. In particular, the LIVING PROOF Perfect Hair Extender has been high on my Sephora wishlist for months now and this set actually preps with an entire 60ml to test. Now, if this Ultimate Hair Essentials Kit was in your hot little hands, which 3 products would you pop open first?
 Stay Beautiful.

Diving into luxury hair products – Oribe, Bumble Bumble, Pureology

oribe bumble purology haircare A
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. I am pretty low maintenance when it comes to my hair. Yet lately my attention has frequently been diverted to the haircare side of Sephora. Now all this hair on my head usually ends up in one of two situations; a lopsided ponytail or a 10 minute messy curl (this one is much more likeable). But on the days when my hair falls just right and swishes nicely as I walk, I feel extra sassy. So in attempt to keep the sass, I’ve been indulging a little in the luxury side of haircare.

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!


The Spring Haircut

Spring time is the season for many new beginnings and after a long winter hibernation, it was time for a hair update as well. For the past few years, I’ve usually stuck to a 2-3 times a year haircut routine; once in the spring/summer, once in winter/holidays and sometime a spur of the moment salon visit sometime in between.
This time, I decided to try my luck in the chic downtown residential area, a place called Sakura Salon (Vancouver) which is small space run by 4 lovely Japanese ladies. With only 4 chairs and 2 washing stations the atmosphere was none the less airy and inviting. Walking into my morning appointment the salon was already filled with customers; an elderly lady getting her hair set for the week, a middle aged woman getting a perm and another understated stylish woman getting a precise geometric bob.
Length: Before – After
Without my usual arsenal of photos and ideas, I sat in the chair with my bubbly short haired stylist Chieri who suggest cleaning up my (now straggly) grown out layers, loosing a few inches at the bottom and creating a more natural looking healthy and full style.
“Go for it” I said.
She sectioned my hair swiftly and with a confident snip, cut into my long hair. After a dry cut with regular and texturizing shears, I had a quick washing session, a much needed shoulder/neck massage and a bouncy yet natural blowout. No tools, no fuss. Just some Moroccan oil to prep, a round brush and some shine spray.
555 Bute Street, Vancouver
Stylist: Chieri
Woman’s Cut (wash & style): $42CAD (tax incld.)
The final result was a casual style that’s more polished than before but still preserving the thickness of my hair while while giving me some photo shoot worthy bounce. From the longest length, I’ve probably lost no more than 4 inches. Now I’m not sure if this is some magic Japanese stylist skill (as my other Japanese stylist did this too) but I adore the way that she was able to create this slightly wavy/soft curl in my hair with single small boar bristled brush (no ceramic, no curling irons). I’d say, money well spent. Highly recommend this place for a quick and efficient haircut if you’re not looking for the bells and whistles of a fancy shop front. Besides, take your savings and treat yourself to one of the (way too) many hipster coffee houses down the street.

Tutorial: Easy Messy Glam Hairstyle + Video

It’s a familiar scene.

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!

Elnett Satin Hairspray is probably my most used setting product in the last few years because the fine mist is just incomparable for a drugstore item and it brushes out quick and easy for those casual hair days. It never clumps my hair together and you can use it for building texture or keeping your curls in place without weighing them down. But to really give my hair that slightly messy effect I love, the JONATHAN Dirt products are just as good as they say. Not only do they smell like a delicious vanilla dessert but they are both non-sticky while still providing a bit of worn in effect instead of princess curls.
Thanks to discovering this routine (and mostly my beloved InStyler), I never have an excuse for a bad hair day on my way out to an event or out for brunch with my friends. For me this is truly quick multi-purpose hair that I wear for almost anything. It looks a little done up but never too perfect and all under 10 minutes. Even if you don’t have long hair, I’ve worn this style when my hair was just below shoulder length and it still looks great!

Do you have a quick fix hair routine? I’d love hear your hair secrets!


Review: Clairol Nice&Easy Haircolour & The time I flew to TO for my hair

What did you all get up to on a Sunday morning?

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.

This fall I’ve been sporting a new hair colour which has gotten so much love from everyone that even I was surprised! There was someone asking about my hair almost every other week!

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.

Brand: Clairol
Product: Nice & Easy Hair Colour
My Colour: 6A Natural Light Ash Brown*
Entire Colour Range: 40 shades (via Clairols website)
Type: Permanent Haircolour
Price: $9-10CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I repurchase: Probably not (but only because I’m in love with another Clairol product)
Website: www.clairol.com

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.

Root Touch Up Process

Time Chart: 15-20min on roots, 5 minutes worked through shaft of hair.

I started applying my colour first around the perimeter of my hair line as well as to my parting as these are the areas were colour needs to be as prestine as possible. Then, splitting my hair into length wise sections, I applied colour to the rest of my roots leaving the shaft and ends bare. Since I was merely doing a little root touch up, one box of dye was plenty and I even had a little to work through the ends for a 5 minute refresh. However if are completely changing your hair colour, you will need 2 boxes for hair my length.

Note: Chemical hair colour can cause allergic reactions in some people so please take caution and remember to perform the allergy test in order to minimize any surprise allergic reactions.
The results came out very shiny and with the CC cream applied as conditioner, my hair was also silky. However I did notice that with both times using this product, my hair would tangle quite easily so it would be imperative to use some serum or detangling product in order to keep it manageable for the next few weeks. If I were to be very critical (as I suppose I should be after so many years of colouring my hair), one part near my crown came out a little patchy (the colour didn’t take evenly) and there is a bit of “hallowing” around the root (where the area close to my scalp came out lighter than the rest of the colour).

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….

Recall the wild weekend I had in Toronto back in November that I posted on social media? 30 hours. Round trip. Toronto to Vancouver.

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.

His salon Hair on the Avenue is located in a trendy vintage part of downtown Toronto and is decorated with an eclectic mix of neo-french decor which I simply adore!

Luis chatted to me about my skin one and colouring (I’m apparently cool on the inside but warm on the outside) then chose 6A in the Nice&Easy range to refresh my haircolour for fall. One of the stylists sectioned me up, applied the colour to my roots and then worked some more through the rest of my hair just as I did back at home.
A quick mirror snap before a stylist came to help blow out my hair and put a wave in with a curling wand. He made it look too easy! Back there caught in the mirror is one of the lead makeup artists who came to help do our makeup for the before and after photos. Loved hearing all their stories, especially his of doing makeup on Anna Wintour.
Before: Left | After: Right
Now here’s the results from the salon courtesy of the event photographer and my “after” makeup/hair by the professionals. They used the exact Clairol Nice&Easy hair colour in 6A at the salon. Still seems to be a bit of hallowing around the crown but the colour did come out very natural and shiny. 
Do you use boxed hair colour at home? And does the professional touch make a huge difference?
Let me know in the comments section below!

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Review: "DIRT" Hair Texturizing Paste | Jonathan Product


Oh wait, but I do! I love the look of slightly messy undone hair…so much that in fact, I rarely every brush my hair in an attempt to keep as much natural body and messiness as I can. Growing out my hair out longer, it’s often necessary to cut layers in order to keep it from feeling heavy but how’s a girl supposed to achieve that fluffy volume with less hair to start with?

Enter DIRT.

Brand: Jonathan Product
Product: Dirt Texturizing Paste
Size: 100g
Details: No parabens, phthalate or gluten. With UV filters.
Price: $26USD (often on sale on iHerb)
Availability: Jonathan (online), iHerb (online), select salons, Target, QVC, ULTA
Would I repurchase: Yes!
Website: www.jonathanproduct.com

This hair styling paste by Jonathan has been on my radar for almost a decade and that’s some long time lusting right there. I still remember the articles written all over InStyle magazine and seeing it my favourite beauty segments on TV (who remembers Linda Lopez hosting a beauty show?). Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I saw this as new item listed on iHerb and it went straight into my basket without question.
DIRT is marketed as a texturizing paste that will put a little grit and ommph back into your freshly washed hair for that messy undone look and also to give more grip to updo styles. Surprisingly, it’s actually made with very nature conscious ingredients in mind such as sweet almond, aloe and white tea in addition to being paraben, phthalate and gluten free for those who have those needs.
The packaging seemed to have changed little since its launch and is packaged in a shallow plastic tub with a screw top lid. The product itself has a slightly sweet, slightly vanilla almond scent and is littered with a fine shimmer throughout to give hair more shine. And although labeled as a paste, it has a much firmer, drier consistency and feels like a wax-paste blend instead of the usual creamy sticky concoction associated with the word.
These days, whether I’m wearing my hair in a casual loose wave with the help of my InStyler or just letting it air dry (to preserve maximum natural texture), I’ll add just a smudge of DIRT to my style to really take it from boring to perfectly tousled. I love how lightweight this is which even allows me to use it on my fringe without weighing my hair down or making it feel greasy. Even better, if you have layered haircut like I do, a bit of DIRT rubbed well between the fingertips and spread through the underside and upwards will give you some major volume as well.

TIPS: Even though this is a non-oily product, start with just a touch of product rubbed very well between your palms or fingertips until you not longer see it in your hands before starting to apply to the hair. Add more as desired.


Do note that DIRT has very little stickiness which means it’s not going to hold a style well on it’s own so I do recommend setting your look with a bit of light hold hairspray after you’ve fluffed up your hair to the desired size and look. This has been such a great combination for my everyday style and just adds a little extra something to my hair and a the end of the day my hair doesn’t feel dried out or crunchy.


This is an absolute must have for those with finer hair (or even if you have finer hair but a lot of it) to get that messy carefree look without having to tease and spray your hair into a bird’s nest. I love how lightweight this is and I don’t have the feeling that gunky feeling at the end of the day. While it does have some fine shimmer to the product, DIRT by Jonathan looks satin-matte in the hair so it would work great as unisex product as well. Coupled with its nature conscious philosophy and this product is certainly staying in my hair routine for a long time to come. True winner.


INGREDIENTS: Water/Eau/Aqua , Lanolin Wax/Lanolin Cera , Cetearyl Alcohol , Alcohol Denat./SD Alcohol 40 B , Glycerin (Vegetable) , Tribehenin , Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Organic , Beeswax/Cera Alba , Tridecyl Stearate , Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate , Tridecyl Trimellitate , VP/VA Copolymer , Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract , Hydrolyzed Sweet Almond Protein , Hydrolyzed Soy Protein , Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Water , Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract , Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract , Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Leaf Extract
, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract , Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Extract , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , Cymbopogon Schoenathus (Lemongrass) Extract , Hedychium Coronarium (Hawaiian White Ginger) Root Extract , Propanediol , Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer , Tetrasodium EDTA , Benzophenone-3Amino , Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil , Mica (CI 77019) , Titanium Dioxide (CI 77491) , Citrus Medica Limonium (Lemon) Juice , Sodium Benzoate , Potassium Sorbate

Tutorial: Styling Grown Out Bangs/Fringe + Video

My love with bangs is a drawn out and complex relationship that spans more than a decade. While I’ve always loved the sweetness they brought to a hairstyle, they must be one of the most high maintenance parts of my beauty routine. If you’ve got straight full frontal bangs like I do from my most recent haircut (see it all go down here) or you’re in that miserable limbo of growing them out, here’s how I like to keep mine under control.

  • Skinfood | Ice Vita Facial Mist (any aerosol mineral water mist will do)
  • Metal lined velcro rollers | Conair makes a “Thermal Grip Roller” that’s similar
  • Jonathan Product | Dirt Styling Paste
  • L’Oreal | Elnette Satin Hairspray

With all this said and done, I’m sitting here thinking that my hair is in desperate need of a trim and a colour touch up. Looks like this is going to be a hair filled diy weekend…

Got bangs?
Share your wisdom in the comments!

Review: Herbal Essences | NAKED Hair Collection

There’s something about Herbal Essences that always bring about a sense of nostalgia. With its alluring scents, affordable pricing and abundant selection it was what all the cool girls used and I clearly recall my 12 year old self declaring to my mother that Herbal Essences is all that I am going to use. More than a decade later, I’m always pleased to find new products lining the shelves and this spring it’s all about letting loose and getting… naked?

Brand: Herbal Essences
Availability: Drugstores nationwide / P&G Online
Full range: Volume Series, Moisture Series, Shine Series
Website: www.herbalessences.ca

The Naked Collection is Herbal Essence’s move towards paraben and silicone conscious haircare products, two ingredients that’s been making a buzz on the beauty scene for the past few years. How much this really matters is anybody’s guess but I’m always in favour of brands being more aware and adjusting their products to try new things.

If you’re suddenly seeing an intimidating number of bottles hit the shelves lately, it’s because this Naked Collection is actually broken up into three sub categories; Naked Volume, Naked Moistured and Naked Shine.

Size: 300ml
Price: $5 CAD (approx.)
Often on sale 2/$5 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Would I (re)purchase: Shampoo – yes, Conditioner – no.

Lightweight and with an unisex mint and grapefruit infused scent, this volumizing duo is best left for oily hair. The shampoo produces an easy frothy lather that is very clarifying and would likely be too drying for normal or dry hair.  It’s rather reminiscent of the Giovanni Triple Treat Tea Treat Shampoo but even stronger. It’s currently my “in between” product for removing residue and product buildup throughout the week and I do see myself finishing up the bottle. On my currently colour treated hair, the conditioner is a bit weak and without the added silicone, will not give you that
satisfaction of running your fingers through perfectly silky hair.

This combination is just a tad too drying for my hair condition and leaves me with a bit of frizz at the ends rather than lush volume (look towards the Body Envy range for that one). However if you’ve truly got a case of the oilies, then this will be worth a look.

Ingredients: Shampoo
Water , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Sodium Chloride , Fragrance , Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract , Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract , Verbena Officinalis Leaf Extract , Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil Field Mint , Menthol , Sodium Citrate , Sodium Xylenesulfonate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Sodium Benzoate , Citric Acid , Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose , Tetrasodium EDTA , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone

Ingredients: Conditioner
Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract , Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract , Verbena Officinalis Leaf Extract , Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Mentha Arvensis Leaf OilField Mint , Menthol , Fragrance , Bis Aminopropyl Dimethicone , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Benzyl Alcohol , Dicetyldimonium Chloride , Glutamic Acid , PEG 2M , Disodium EDTA , Citric Acid , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone

Size: 500ml
Price: $5 CAD (approx.)
Often on sale 2/$5 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Would I (re)purchase: Undecided.

Would someone enlighten me on the concept of cleansing conditioners? 
This whirlwind product gained huge popularity initially with WEN and has quickly spread through other haircare brands. In function, it is a light cleansing cream for your hair that is meant to perform both shampoo and conditioning duties and is touted to be gentle enough for daily use. 
For long hair like mine, it takes a full 4 pumps to fully cover me from roots to ends. I suggest wetting hair thoroughly before applying the product so the water can help spread it out evenly (sometimes I’ll even add a bit of water too). Do note that it does not produce a single bubble so for a first timer, it will certainly be a strange experience. Take care to massage this well on the scalp and through your hair before rinsing out fully. 
Used as an alternating product with the Naked Volume shampoo and conditioner (as recommended) I found this to be a doable product though I haven’t learned to love it. Perhaps this whole concept is a little over my head but I can say that this gave me smooth, shiny hair for the day. The next day however, I was right back to the normal shampoo.

Ingredients: Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract , Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil Field Mint, Menthol , Fragrance , Glutamic Acid , Dimethicone , Phenoxyethanol , Benzy
l Alcohol , Zinc Pyrithione , Citric Acid , Sodium Chloride , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone

Size: 5.1 fl oz
Price: $5 CAD (approx.)
Often on sale 2/$5 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Would I (re)purchase: No.

The Volume Souffle is that Naked range’s lightweight mousse. It has an airier consistency versus other mousse products and while it did not feel heavy or greasy, it also didn’t provide any noticeable ooomph to my hair. For those with oily hair or hair that has a hard time keeping an updo, I found this to provide some matte texture for better grip but if volume and shine is what you’re seeking then look elsewhere.

Note: This does contain parabens though no silicones.

Ingredients: Water, Isobutane, Propane, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Verbena Officinalis Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Mentha Arvensis Leaf OilField Mint, Menthol, Fragrance, Polyquaternium 11, PVP, VP/VA Copolymer, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol , Chitosan, Polyquaternium 16, Laureth 4, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Cetrimonium Chloride, Formic Acid

Size: 140grams
Price: $5 CAD (approx.)
Often on sale 2/$5 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Would I (re)purchase: Possibly yes.

An incredibly simple dry shampoo with minimal ingredients and a touch of refreshing mint, this product uses tapioca starch as its oil absorber. A good hard shake is required before spraying as I found the starch does tend to settle on the bottom (lesson learned). This particular dry shampoo has been a regular staple on my counter lately as it doesn’t make my scalp itch and I love using it to give my strands some more texture before pulling it into an updo. However it does feel like a heavier product and a good washing is required at the end of the day. Not my first pick for a volumizer but might be a good accompaniment for those who like to do a little teasing with their hair. Very comparable results to the Dove dry shampoo but with a lighter scent.

Ingredients: Isobutane , Alcohol Denat. , Propane , Tapioca Starch , Polymethylsilsesquioxane , Silica, Fragrance , Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Menthol , Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil


With such an extensive line of products, it’s easy to find one or two winners that suit your daily routine. The Naked Volume products in particular are well suited for oily hair though not fit for chemically treated or dry hair at all. If you’re looking for a more well rounded volumizing range from Herbal Essences, my stand by choice is still the Volume Envy collection which leaves hair light and fluffy. I would have liked to see shinier results but that might be the calling of the Volume Shine range instead. My top picks from this batch are the shampoo, dry shampoo and possibly cleansing conditioner.


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