Retro Hair Care Must-Haves That Are Still Awesome

Retro Hair Care Must-Haves That Are Still Awesome

I love many brads of hair care . My main criteria is do they get the job done, as well as appeal to my sense of smell and touch. How new and cutting edge they might be is of little concern. As long as they work. And there are some old favourites I’ve used for years and years.


If you have dry, damaged and/or colour treated hair, you need Joico K-PAK Reconstructor. It’s the original protein treatment for your hair, and does the trick like nothing else on fragile hair – the banana scent takes me back to the eighties. And perms, because who knew I had wavy hair? Not me.  I also have and love the K-PAK Liquid Reconstructor as a leave-in treatment. It’s per. The key to K-PAK success, however, is using it right. Firstly, do not over use. Once a week or even once every two weeks is enough. It builds protein in the hair, not moisture, so your hair might be structurally better, but can get dry if you are using it too often. Secondly, always follow your K-PAK Reconstructor treatment with a deep moisturizing conditioner or conditioning mask. If used correctly, the end result is silky manageable hair. I always have Joico K-PAK Reconstructor in my shower.

Light Blue Shade Shampoo dry hair review

If you have blonde hair, either dark or light, natural or chemical, you NEED a violet shampoo. Violet shampoos work to counteract the brassy, orange or yellow tones that blonde hair can take on. Even green – tap water has enough chlorine in it to slightly tint very light hair. Using a violet or purple shampoo adds a lovely soft “ashy” tint to your hair, keeping it looking fresh and rich. It is perfect for naturally grey hair as well, which tends to get yellow. There are many different kinds of purple hair products on the market, with different intensities of violet, and each one will differ in how much tone it deposits on your hair. Over the years I’ve used many, from drugstore to salon quality, and have always ended up back at the classic Clairol Shimmer Lights. Shimmer Lights Shampoo is ok, but the colour deposit really only works well if you use the conditioner as well. I found that using both of these products left my hair dry and weirdly straw-like. I saw Light Blue Shade for Dry Hair shampoo at the drugstore a couple months ago and must say I love it. It adds the perfect touch of violet, but more importantly, it treats my hair gently. It rinses out cleanly, leaving my hair silky vs a tangled mess. I use it a few times a month as well, in place of my regular shampoo, and follow with my favourite conditioner. As a blonde, I can’t imagine not having my violet shampoo.

And of course, you all know that I still like to use Pond’s Cold Cream and Dove Soap.What are your favourite retro beauty tips? Share!

I want to dry my hair like this, please.

I want to dry my hair like this, please.

Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil: Contains Actual Argan Oil

Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil: Contains Actual Argan Oil

I have a real problem with hair/skin treatments that call themselves “oils” when they are really 90%+ silicone. Bulletin: these are 90% of treatment oils on the market, for hair especially. If you like silicones, and find they work for you, well, this is good news for you. Silicones coat the hair with a smooth glassy finish and give the appearance of smooth silky hair. However, I have found, over time, silicones only mask the problem. Unless you regularly use the clarifying shampoos, silicones will also prevent hair conditioners and masks from helping your hair. In the end, silicone abuse ended up making my hair look like flat, dry straw. So- it has it’s place, if used properly, and if you use the silicones that are water soluble.

I love Kiehl’s, and I love their Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which is a superbly effective cocktail of actual oils that soothe and comfort skin, while adding radiance and moisture. I’d had a sample of Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Dry Oil at one point, and recall using it on my legs and quite liking it. (Note: Kiehl’s is one of the most generous companies when it comes to offering samples. If you try it, you are more likely to buy it. They get it.). I was wondering about the ingredient list the other day as I pondered their dry oil, and mused about it on Twitter. Their social media manager is clearly on the ball, as they replied right away that there were no silicones in the Superbly Restorative Dry Oil. Ding-ding-ding! I ran out and bought it later that day.

I take my shiny hair seriously as you can see. Jeesh.


I shampooed with my new fave ICON India Oil shampoo and conditioner, and after I combed out my hair, I applied a bit of Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Dry Oil to the ends of my hair, before applying my styling products. It has a slightly herbal scent, perhaps a mixture of lavender with woodsy notes (patchouli?) but it really is soft, and does not linger in the hair (or on skin) at all. My hair has seen a lot of sun this summer and is a bit parched so I was hoping it would help. After styling my hair I can honestly say it feels softer and silkier than it has all summer. Less pouffy and dry, yet still bouncy and shiny. So shiny! I would advise using a tiny bit at at time as it would be easy to apply to much which would likely make ones hair look, well, oily. The photo above is the second day after shampooing and I was trying to get the daylight coming in my skylight to hit my hair so you could see how shiny it is. If you could touch my hair, I guarantee it is as soft as it is shiny. Colour me thrilled, despite my serious expression…

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Bonus: I also used some Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Dry Oil on my skin after the shower, and I loved the way it felt and how it made my skin feel. Again, another product that is perfect to use on bare legs when wearing shorts or skirts, to add a lovely healthy shine and banish dry, scaly or ashy skin. Win!

Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Dry Oil with Argan is available online or at their stores for around $42 for a 125ml bottle. 

I.C.O.N. India Line For Heavenly Hair

I.C.O.N. India Line For Heavenly Hair

I love I.C.O.N. hair products- MESH Styling Cream (also known as the best curl cream ever) and CURE Conditioning Spray are permanent parts of my hair care routine and I can’t imagine not having them. Not only do they work perfectly, but they smell like heaven. I.C.O.N. is known for the beautiful scents they use in their hair care line, and it just enhances the incredible effectiveness of each product. I have been asked what perfume I am using when I wear MESH in my hair, of course usually only when someone is *that* close to my hair….

ICON India Oil Shampoo, Conditioner & a touch of serum does this.

I was keen to try their ICON India line after seeing it at my salon. After my stylist used the India shampoo and conditioner on my hair, I floated away on the gorgeous scent of ambery goodness and  silkiness left behind by the active ingredient, Moringa Oil. I knew they had to come home with me. They are the same gorgeous top quality products I have come to expect from ICON, and you can feel it the minute you pour it into your hands. ICON India Shampoo is thick and rich, with a pearly look to it, and even on my massive mop of hair, I only need to use the tiniest amount. The lather is medium, not crazy, and it rinses out beautifully, and my hair feels soft and smooth, not oily or matted. As Goldilocks would say, “just right”. And the sultry amber scent wafts in the steam of the shower. It is exotic and wonderful, sort of a woodsy amber, and would work wonderfully on a man as well. Not a “girly” scent, and frankly, it smells expensive.

The ICON India Conditioner is just as wonderful. It has a thick almost paste like consistency, yet melts into my hair beautifully. Again, an unbelievably small amount is all it takes. I apply it from mid point of my hair (around the ears) to the ends, massage it in as much as possible, then use a wide tooth comb to distribute it evenly. I like to do this right after shampooing, and that right after I get in the shower. Tip: this way I am able to leave the conditioner on for as long as possible while I go through the rest of the shower routine. So it’s like a mini deep conditioning treatment everytime I use it. It rinses out beautifully and my hair feels soft and bouncy. Tip: I often like to use a nickel sized amount of conditioner as a leave-in product, especially if my hair has been punished by sun, sea or pool water. I apply to the ends of my hair after I take my hair out of the towel, and scrunch it in, then comb through. This is helpful for dry or coarse hair, but would likely be too heavy for finer that hasn’t been abused by highlights.

I am seriously in love with the ICON India line! Stay tuned for my review of the India Oil serum (yes- I am using a serum….) and their India Healing Spray (just got it today!) which is a protein rich repairing leave in treatment. How exciting!

No frizz on a hot summer morning. Seriously, this is right out of bed.NO COMB.

I.C.O.N. India line and their other products are available online and from authorized salons.