February Favorites: Hair Heroes

Not going to lie: I’m happy it’s March. January and February were long days in my household with lots of germs, travel, and general stress. That being said, throughout it all, I’ve still been having fun with the beauty aspect of my life, and for this month’s favourites I’ve decided to focus on products I don’t discuss much over on IG: hair. I have a lot of hair. It’s not thick per say, but I have a ton of it and it’s curly curly curly! I’m not a big fan of my curls so when I wash it, I straighten it (then sometimes curl it again after because why not). I have highlighted blonde hair so I try to make sure I take good care of it: I only wash and heat style it once a week, and use good products and deep treatments to keep it healthy. Here’s what I’ve been loving:

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I’ve shared before over on IG my struggles with Psoriasis and I am one of the lucky people that gets these fun flare ups in my scalp. Not only does it itch, but I’ve noticed after time, I’ve lost my hair around the places where I often have the rashes. Enter Viviscal’s Grow Gorgeous range - a shampoo, conditioner, and densifying elixir that was generously gifted to me at a perfect time in my life when I was frustrated and annoyed at my thinning hairline and balding patches. I’ve been using all three products for three months solid and love them. The shampoo and conditioner are nourishing, softening, and smoothing to my course hair, and the densifying treatment is the first volumizing leave in that doesn’t dry out my hair. Like my skin, I don’t like the feeling of product in my hair, and this leave in is truly weightless. I layer it with an oil for extra protection when blow drying and I’m left with super soft, super bouncy hair. Last summer I chopped my hair off and since using the shampoo and conditioner, I’ve noticed increased growth and even some new growth in my psoriasis patches. In october, a ponytail wasn’t possible, and I’m wearing my hair in a topknot as I type this. This will be a repurchase for me, no questions asked.

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Ah blonde hair, I love you. I used to colour my hair dark, and it was so much work for me to keep it dark as my hair LOVES to lighten to red, which is not my personal favourite. Deeper than my love for blonde hair, is my love for cool blonde hair. Yellow tones bug me, so in between shampoo and conditioner, I use this Davines conditioner for a good 8-10 minutes to tone down the yellow and give me the cool, ashy tones I covet. Out of the tube, this is a terrifying purple but I’ve left this on for 20 minutes one time and my hair was great, not purple, silver, or dead. I’m on my second tub of this and it will always have a place in my shower.

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I mentioned earlier that I only blowdry my hair once a week, and that wasn’t a lie! Overwashing my hair makes it overly oily at the roots and dry at the ends, but once a week is great. Even though I don’t over heat treat my hair, when I do blow dry I love using Kerastase’s Ciment Thermique. I’ve used this for years and don’t really feel a need to switch: it’s hydrating, softening, protective, and lightweight - everything I need and nothing I don’t. In addition to Ciment Thermique, I love Initialiste ($61) a hair and scalp treatment that I apply to wet hair, before Ciment Thermique and blow drying. This tames a lot of my scalp problems and I firmly believe this really contributes to the overall health of my hair. I’ve gone through 5 or 6 bottles and will never be without!

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. I use this in between blow drying and straightening, and then almost every day to refresh and revive.. It leaves my hair shiny, soft, and silky to the touch without weighing it down. I went through a hair oil phase about a year ago and nothing has ever compared to BiPhasic for me, so much so that I’m on my third bottle. The scent makes me happy and the results make me happier. My only gripe is because it has to be shaken before being used, I can’t refill my travel size of it so have to keep rebuying it to travel, which isn’t the biggest deal but when I have a huge bottle at home it would be nice to refill!

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 I hummed and hawed about including this because yes, it’s pricey and no, no one “needs” a $500 blow dryer. This was a birthday gift from my thoughtful hubby over a year ago and man, I love it. I mentioned earlier that my hair is coarse and curly, and this knocks my drying time down to about 15 minutes from about 25. I use a round brush while drying and I like that the device is lightweight and easy to maneuver. This puppy is powerful, and if I don’t use the right attachments my hair goes everywhere, but with the nozzles I’m left with straight, shiny hair that’s not fried or frizzy. I no longer dread drying my hair and genuinely enjoy it, and the results.

There you have it, February favourites featuring my hair saviours. Up Next: my 2018 adventure into the world of chemical peels: I’m two down with one or two left to go and my results have been amazing. Can’t wait to share,

Laura