Fight Frizz & Soothe Dry, Misbehaving Hair

Fight Frizz & Soothe Dry, Misbehaving Hair

I love summer, but there is no question it’s harder on my hair than any other season. I drive a convertible so my carefully toned highlights are subjected to the sun for hours a day, as well as the dirt and grime of the city. If I swim in a pool – chorine. If I swim in an ocean – salt. There is always something. So it’s more important than ever to care for the hair we spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a lot of money on. So, what to do? Do as I say.

Veronica Lake - reigning Queen of Silky Hair

Veronica Lake – reigning Queen of Silky Hair

Clean that hair:

I am sure to use moisturizing shampoos at all times. My favourites, from high to low:

Kerastase Cristalliste ($37 CAN, 250ml) – fancy schmancy salon brand, moisturizes and uses a bit of silicone for slip and shine. It smells clean and leaves my hair smooth as silk. LOVE!

ICON India Oil Shampoo ($21 CAN, 250ml) – probably my all time favourite hydrating line and brand. Nothing has made my hair softer. Also, has a lovely rich scent. Don’t buy without sniffing – I love it, but it might not be for everyone.

Dermorganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo ($17 CAN, 350ml) – I don’t love this because it is organic. I love it because it pampers my hair, makes it shiny, soft and smell amazing. One of the best “green” hair products I’ve used.

Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo ( $6-7 CAN, 355ml) I love working for Dove, because I have a true love for Dove products. This shampoo smells yummy and clean, rinses out beautifully with no tangles, and leaves my hair silky. It does contain some silicones, but they seem to be water soluble, as I don’t get any build up with Dove Daily Moisture. Best value hair products out there!

Now you have to deep condition that hair!  I love:

Kerastaste Cristalliste Masque Cristal ($58 CAN, 200ml) – I can’t imagine not having this.  I’d never used until recently but it makes my hair so soft and well behaved. Expensive, but if your hair is thick, coarse and processed, it’s totally worth it. Works beautifully with the Cristalliste Shampoo and Serum.

Klorane Mask With Mango Butter ($24, 150ml) – The Klorane Mask with Mango Butter sinks right in and left my hair tangle free , with super soft locks that were easy to comb. Love. Ithink this is hard to find in Canada now, easy to find in the US in drugstores.

Dermorganic Masque Hair Repair ( $17 CAN, 350ml) – I really love the Dermorganic line of hair care. This masque is as wonderful as the shampoo, and dry hair drinks it up like crazy. Smells great and is effective at helping improve dry brittle hair. Also good for those with sensitivities.

Dove Nourishing Oil Daily Treatment Conditioner ( $7-8 CAN, 236ml) – It says “Daily” but don’t be fooled, this Dove Treatment is heavy duty and wraps your hair in silky goodness. Excellent for very dry hair, and smells pretty. Gets rid of pouf.

Be gentle when you wrap that hair up in a towel. No rubbing!

Be gentle when you wrap that hair up in a towel. No rubbing!

After showering, wrap you hair in a towel, very gently. The less friction and rubbing you subject your hair to, the better. Every time we rub it, even brush it vigorously, we are roughing up the cuticle of the hair, making it voluminous, stretches it and makes it porous. So the hair sucks up any moisture in the air and “poufs” out. So. Comb gently, and if your hair is long and/or thick, you should use the Goody Quik Style Comb.

Now it’s time to apply your leave-in treatments. These are my favourite frizz fighters:

Aroma M Camellia Hair Oil  ($65 USD, 40ml) – The ultimate treat for your hair! Maria of Aroma M uses the finest oils, including the oil favoured by Geishas, to offer the finest healing and conditioning out there. This is NOT a serum aka silicone treatment, meaning the shine and softness you get when you use this is your actual hair. Apply when damp, then rejoice. If I apply on dry hair, within an hour, my hair has literally absorbed every drop. Will never be without.

Kerastase Cristalliste Serum ($42 CAN, 30ml) – Yes, this is pretty much the Cadillac of hair serums, but worth every penny. If was only to purchase one Kerastase product for no frizz and soft hair, this serum would be it. One or two pumps of this miracle in a bottle ensures silky smooth flowing hair that looks almost like the computer generated hair in the Pantene ads  (you know the ones I mean).  Yes, it has silicone, but just enough to make your hair silky, and it washes out easily. This is a finishing product to be used after conditioning products.

ICON India Healing Spray ( $31 CAN, 250ml) – Simply the best leave in conditioner I have ever used. It is heavy, so if your hair is fine, you’d have to use very little. I would apply this after using Aroma M oil, and before using Kerastase Cristalliste Serum.

Live Clean Professional Damage Restoring Spray ($8, 150ml) – This is one the best leave-in treatments around, and the price is amazing. I love this whole line from Live Clean. The Damage Restoring Spray quenches your hair with moisturizing goodness, as well as smelling delicious. This product is also perfect for finer hair, or hair that is easily weighed down.

Dove Style + Care Frizz-Proof Cream-Serum ( $6-7 CAN, 98ml) – This is a neat hybrid of a styling cream to tame hair, along with some anti frizz properties. A little goes a long way, as there is some silicone in this, and your hair will be smooth as silk. Also easy to use a small amount on dry hair that needs a little calming or polish.

Be gentle when you style...

Be gentle when you style…

So now that you have done everything you can to calm that mane, style away! I like to use a blow dryer on the crown of my hair – bangs, and maybe six to seven pieces on the top – with a small round brush to encourage waves, and let them blend into my own natural waves. Or, blow dry the bangs, and use a curling rod on the crown.  I do not blow dry or straighten my hair in humid weather – there is no point. My hair will slowly but surely start to drink in the moisture in the air and POUF  it’s straight and frizzy from all the brushing during the blow dry. Better to leave it alone as much as possible and work WITH our natural hair texture. I like to wash my hair in the evening and let it dry overnight, so I can style it in the morning. Then, with some Batiste in hand, I can go four or five days between shampoos. Yeah, that’s right.

No frizz for this girl.

No frizz for this girl.

 

I now use the Bio Ionic Powerlight dryer (purchased from my stylist) as it really helps elminate frizz and speeds up drying time:

Bio_Ionic_PowerLight_Speed_Hair_Blow_Dryer_Water_Mark__98155.1363137893.1280.1280

Music Festival Beauty Tips – Look Gorgeous in The Sunshine & Heat

Music Festival Beauty Tips – Look Gorgeous in The Sunshine & Heat

Summertime means outdoor music and festivals season is upon us! Time to bust out your prettiest and breeziest summer looks and look lovely while keeping your cool. This can be tougher than it seems under the hot summer sun, while we sweat and melt in the humidity. But I have a few tips for staying boho-beautiful while enjoying the sights, sounds and flavours outdoors. This advice is for fair weather! I am a wimp and if it’s gross, cold and rainy, I’m staying home!

Sunscreen!

Before anything else, you need sunscreen. I don’t know about you, but now once summer comes, sunscreen becomes part of my routine. Some sunscreens can actually take the place of a primer. My favourite Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50  doesn’t perform as a primer, but I like to call it the ultimate BB Cream for summer! It has a light airy texture yet lasts hours and hours and I am amazed how long it helps my make up stays pretty and matte while improving the look of my skintone.Vichy has a new line of Bare Skin Feel SPF lotions in SPF 45 & 60 which are AMAZING! Light and gentle for even sensitive oily skins, you can use Vichy head to toe. I keep the Vichy SPF 60 Ultra Protection stick in my purse for touch ups on my lips and nose – in a pinch you can use it on your shoulders and chest as well.

Solange Knowles looking cool, comfy & elegant at Coachella

Solange Knowles looking cool, comfy & elegant at Coachella

 

Concealer/Primer:

I need a little help evening out all my skintone. Nothing beats Lancome Effacernes for under eye circles – conditions the skin and is waterproof. It has been the ONLY undereye concealer I have used for years. For spots or blemishes, I adore Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil. Easy to apply, dries matte and stays put.

Eyes:

My favourite waterproof and long lasting eye make up prodz (that don’t irritate my sensitive eyes) are Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara for long fluttery lashes that last, and Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes eyeliner pencil. I’m loving Matte Brown, as it makes my hazel eyes pop.

Blush/Bronzer:

If it’s really hot, you may want to avoid a blush, as you will likely have a lovely and natural flush! If you must, use a stain. My favourite is Hourglass Aura Cheek Stain, but I also love Benetint. Both leave a long lasting stain that won’t melt off in the heat like a powder or cream blush. And how about a little self tanner, applied the night before you head out? I love Vitatanz for the natural bronze, never orange, shade. Looks healthy and evens out skintone.

jessica alba coachella

Jessica Alba looks cool & comfortable…

Lips:

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge! I cannot rave enough about the unstoppability of this lippy! The handy packaging with indelible colour on one end and a gloss on the other is perfect for tossing into your bag. And your lips will look amazing all night. Tossing a moisturizing lip balm into bag is also a good idea – my old favourite Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm with Rose Wax is perfect.

Powder:

I keep a powder/brush all in one in my purse at all times. I love Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte and Charlotte Ronson Closer Finishing Powder. Both keep skin matte and smooth without depositing or building up colour.

goody double wear bands

My latest Goody Double Wear with gold beads – cute!

Ta-da! You are ready for a day at the show and you will look pretty and put together, but not overly made up. Perfect for summer fun. Be sure to use an effective and long lasting deodorant – Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant is amazing. Smells gorgeous and does not quit! It’s also soft on the skin and non-irritating. If you have long hair, consider some Goody Double Wear elastics around your wrist in case it’s hot – you can pull your hair back into a pony or braid easy-peasy. Be sure to wear a bunch because you know your friends will want one too. My daughter Biddy suggests tossing a few bandages into your bag, just in case you get a blister. I keep a small roller bottle of Auric Blends Egyptian Goddess perfume oil in my purse for a light touch of scent.

One more little tip – I keep packets of Emergen-C in my purse during the summer months. Pour one into a water bottle to restore electrolytes and stay hydrated, especially when we sweat.

Stevie Nicks, the boho queen...

Stevie Nicks, the boho queen…

What are your favourite long lasting, sweat-proof, rock-folk-jazz-country-proof prodz?

Early video of Stevie Nicks singing backstage as she gets her make up done…perfect.

Goody Quik Style – The Magic Comb

Goody Quik Style – The Magic Comb

A comb that removes up to 20% of the water from your hair? Come on. How could anything even do that? My hair holds onto water like crazy after shampooing. Rubbing one’s hair with towels is never good, it can damage the hair and will make it super frizzy. So I squeeze it out and twist it in a towel. In warmer weather I use a cotton t-shirt (amazing for reducing frizz) and my general rule is the less one “does” to their hair when it’s wet, the better. If I plan to blow dry my hair, I will use a wide tooth comb and brush to smooth it out before drying, and I usually comb or brush it before styling to distribute leave-in conditioner and hair oil. But – a comb that “removes water”? Bring it on – I will try anything in the name of beauty!

goody quik style comb

So it’s just a comb. A hard plastic comb (ie not bendy or flexible) with a handy hook on the edge for hanging in the shower. Goody says ” the ultra smooth water wicking blade and 2 rows of offset teeth work together to remove 20% of water as you detangle”. I always have a wide tooth comb in the shower for my conditioner – seriously, you aren’t applying it properly if you aren’t combing it throughout your hair. So the first time I used the Goody Quik Style Comb,  I apply my ICON India Healing Spray leave in treatment, combed it through with a normal comb, then did a thorough combing with the Goody Quik Style Comb. Then I left it as I moisturized my skin head to toe. I went back to style my hair and noticed immediately that the hair near my scalp was absolutely drier than usual. As a matter of fact that is the hair that takes the longest to dry usually. But my whole head felt lighter (hello- less water!) and my hair was almost fluffy. Since then I have used it every time, because I don’t have time to wait forever for my hair to dry, and, when I blow dry it, this makes the whole process that much faster. Seriously. It’s one of those products I feel like I will learn to depend upon.

I told my daughter and hair twin, Biddy, that she should try it and that it would make her hair dry quicker. She was completely skeptical, which is understandable because I usually crow about a new beauty product every day. Well, she loves it too and can’t believe that it actually speeds up the drying process. If I blow dry my hair, I like to let it air dry as much as possible to a) save my arms b) not burn out my hairdryer and c) not fry my hair. With the Goody Quik Style Comb I can honestly say my hair drying time is cut in half. True story.

Goody products are available at some drugstores, Walmart and select retailers. The Goody Quik Style Comb is under $10.

Goody Double Wear Bands- Fun, Fashionable & Functional!

Goody Double Wear Bands- Fun, Fashionable & Functional!

I don’t know a person with long hair who has not, at one time or another, worn elastic bands on their wrists. I do it all the time. One of the things I love about the Goody blonde ponytail holders is that they are skin tone so they don’t look *that* bad when worn on my wrist.  More functional than pretty, but they are close by when I need them. Well imagine my delight to find Goody Double Wear Bands! Fine they are black, but with your choice of silver or gold accents there is something for everyone! I actually like to wear both but am quite keen on the gold. My daughter wears exclusively silver/white gold so the silver ones are quite chic on her.
How fun are these!
They actually look so cool one could forget how flipping functional they are! They look so cute but also do what Goody does best when you need them- hold up your hair! And for the women in this house, holding up all this hair is not for amateurs! I was thinking how familiar they looked…they were reminding me of something I’d seen in a magazine. Then I remembered. The Accessories & Beyond brand of elastics that retail for $70 for 15….vs $5 for 3 of the Goody Doublewear. People, may I remind you that we are talking about hair elastics. That, dear reader, is where Fashion meets Victim. Do. Not. Do.
Goody Double Wear bands are available wherever Goody is sold- Walmart, Target etc.
Goody Spirals into a Beautiful Bun

Goody Spirals into a Beautiful Bun

Hot on the heels of my Goody Modern Updo pin, Spin Pins (review coming soon) is the Goody Simple Styles Bun Spiral pin, pictured above next to the mini Spin Pins. Isn’t it neat? It is so new and hot that it hasn’t even made it onto the Goody website yet or I would link to it J Anyhow, those of you with longish to long hair probably do a pony tail or the messy bun in an elastic band trick when you want your hair up. Fine and functional, but not really pretty. I love the look of a bun but find the struggle with bobby pins a bit much, and even if I buy some, I rarely have enough on hand to make a nice bun. It just feels, well, formal, and requires more work than I am up for.
I feel like Black Swan kicked off a ballet style fashion kick that I love. Soft and feminine without any of the countless hours of practice or sore toes. I covet the cashmere outfits that Natalie Portman wore and love the elegant look of the ballet bun. It showcases the neck, making it look long and, well, swan-like- in a good way not a crazy way. The bun is a perfect look coming into warmer weather and a stylish and chic way to deal with a bad hair day.
slightly messy with a rogue section but I love it!
So the Simple Styles Bun Spiral pin is super cool and makes a pretty bun a no brainer. The way I used it is to start with a pony tail, high up on the back of my head. Using a wide tooth comb or fingers I back comb the pony to give it some texture then twist loosely into a bun shape. I squish the bun through the Bun Spiral (with the red tips facing down) and twist and turn the pin clockwise until it hits scalp. It doesn’t pull or pinch and holds even my thick heavy mop in place. I suppose if I was plié-ing and pas-de-deux-ing around it might wiggle loose but for my purposes it works perfectly!
I can hardly believe I made this bun in less than 2 minutes!
One of my favourite things about the Simple Styles line is that they are metal. My hair is thick and I have lost track of the number of plastic hair accessories that have just snapped into pieces while I try to secure them in place. Not an issue with a solid metal piece, this will last forever. There is nothing to snag or pull on your hair so it is gentle and comfortable. Verdict? Love.
see how cute? easy to toss in my purse

 

As with all the Goody Simple Styles tools, this comes in light or dark colours to best compliment your hair, and in Canada is available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart (where I got mine) for around $7. I saw them on sale for $2.99 at Shoppers last week though so it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for deals. Have you tried the Goody Simple Styles tools?