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Dessange, Dessange, Dessange…..Je t’aime (and I do not speak French)

*This post contains products sent for review.  Opinions are mine all mine-just want to tell you this was sent to  me UP FRONT*

I’m always on the lookout for a great shampoo/conditioner and on new brands.  I have to be even more careful since wearing my extensions.  I can’t use just any old something ‘off the shelf’ due to ingredients that could potentially shorten the life of my extensions.

L’Oreal Paris Canada invited me to a fabulous event to reveal their newest acquisition-Dessange.  Dessange hails from Paris and has a rich history in the hair ‘world’.  The event was nothing short of magnificent.

Let’s take a closer look at Dessange:

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There are 4 different types within the Dessange brand-photos of respective models clockwise from top left

solar blonde

1. Solar Blonde-for natural blondes is a lightening haircare system that clarifies and lightens natural blonde hair while restoring lustre and volume.

oleo miracle

2. Oleo Miracle  offers intense nourishment and is infused with 3 natural oils: Argan ol, Camelia Oil, and Pracaxi Oil, leaving hair smooth and ultra manageable.  A high concentration of Behhenic Acid helps this collection deeply penetrate into the hair for healthier hair.

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3. California Blonde-color treated blondes is inspired by the blonde bombshell look made famous by Brigitte Bardot (and created by Jacques Dessange).  This system provides moisture to the hair while highlighting the radiance.

color restore

4. Color Restore helps protect colour treated hair.  Formulated with AHA, Vitamin E, and UV filters, this collection restores hair fibers for a smooth, shiny look and helps protect vibrancy.

My thoughts:

I’ve been using the ‘California Blonde’ collection on my hair for just over 2 weeks now (but not the purple toning shampoo).    I like it-a lot.  It’s got a beautiful floral scent.  The conditioner is the right amount of moisture, hydration and the elixir is perfect for my ends.  I appreciate that Dessange separated his blondes…..natural blondes have different needs than ‘bottle’ blondes!  There really and truly is something for everyone in the line and when you use these products, you will have salon results.  It’s not your typical drugstore shampoo & conditioner (not that there is anything wrong with that).

This collection will be available (in Canada) exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. All products are between $12.99-$14.99 CAD.

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Squeaky clean scalp-Liveclean apple cider vinegar shampoo

*I was sent these products for review-my thoughts are my own! Please be wary when reading blogger reviews-it is NOT a requirement to disclose whether one has received a product for review or not in Canada, but it IS good manners and ethics 🙂 *

I’ve changed my shampoo and conditioner routine considerably over the years.  One of those changes includes using a clarifying shampoo 1-2 times a week.  This has become ESPECIALLY important recently due to my hair extensions.  They way that I wash my hair has changed and cleansing my scalp is essential!  The fact that it contains natural ingredients bumps it up a notch over other clarifying shampoos!

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Because this is a Live Clean product, it’s completely vegan with no animal products used in the formulations.  Live Clean products are safe for the environment too!!!

Live Clean Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Shampoo

350mL, suggested retail $6.95 CAD

-Reduces dulling residue

-For all hair types

-Contains Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

-Pure vegan

-Paraben, Phthalate and Phosphate free

-SLS/Sulfate and petroleum free

-DEA free

Available at Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, Walmart and Uniprix

Find Live Clean :  www.live-clean.com

I recommend this product -it thoroughly cleanses and removes build-up without drying the hair. I have integrated it into my hair routine.   The price point is perfect too-and I even use it to clean my makeup brushes (thanks to a suggestion from a Make Up Artist friend of mine, Naomi).

Forever young-hair edition! Live Clean Age Resist haircare!

*I received this product for review*

I won’t deny that I am ALL about anti-aging products, especially after the recent passing of my 40th year on this wonderful planet of ours.  I’ve tried one other anti-aging haircare system (from Pantene, called Age Defy) and was impressed by everything except the price.

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Live Clean Age Resist consists of 4 products that address the issues of aging hair.

The Claims:

§  Age Resist Shampoo is gentle – it won’t strip colour treated hair

§  Age Resist Conditioner contains a new natural silicone alternative

§  Age Resist Multi 10 in 1 Treatment – it’s magic! One pump is all you need and apply it on towel-dried, still damp hair. Can be used daily!

§  Age Resist Miracle Nutrition Oil – this is the big gun – it’s the perfect once a week treatment and very beneficial right now when cold temperatures, dry air and hair tools have taken all the moisture from your hair

My Thoughts:

I’ve been using this consistently for about 3 weeks now. I like to use shampoo, conditioners and styling products/treatments for that long BECAUSE I feel like it takes that long to see any type of result.  I like this shampoo & conditioner. It’s got a pleasant, light fragrance (smells like plants/forest to me).  It lathers nicely, rinses out clean, and doesn’t leave my scalp itchy.

My stand out product is the 10 in 1,which I use every time I wash my hair (4 times a week for me).  It reminds me VERY much of Pantene’s BB cream for hair, which I also like very much!

The Miracle Oil is good-I use that once a week, usually on Friday night. I don’t tend to wash my hair at all on the weekends unless I am going out.  The ‘down time’ for my hair gives this product time to penetrate and nourish the root of my hair.

Did this product stop my hair from aging?  That is yet to be seen but I did like the way my hair felt after using the system.  It’s friendly to the environment AND the wallet with products ranging from $8.99-$11.99.

Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser #influenster #voxbox

I was selected by Influenster to sample their mystery voxbox….3 products with a L’Oreal label and no idea what brand they were actually from.

I tried to guess what the brand was and enjoyed using the products….a shampoo, conditioner, and serum for split ends….but I wasn’t able to guess the brand until a follow up box of FULL SIZE products was sent several weeks later!

It was Garnier…and I have to say I certainly enjoyed using these products.  Since I’ve had my hair short, I haven’t felt the need to mask it,  but if I decide to give myself a Saturday night treat, this will be it.  All of the products smell great and work well.  I especially like the shampoo.  It lathers quickly and rinses clean.

Thank you Influenster for selecting me to participate! I enjoyed the products!

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John Frieda Luxurious Volume!

I love me a voluminous salon blowout and I know I’m in the minority when I say ‘Give me TEXAS hair!’  Volume is the name of my game-and I am a big hair type of gal!

But what about when my wallet puts the kibosh on my salon appointments? And when the daily grind just doesn’t coincide with my big hair dreams?  What then?  

At a beautiful studio in downtown Toronto, myself and some other ladies learned all about the new collection!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume offers a collection of salon-developed products with new and innovative formulas specifically designed to add grip to fine, flat hair without any product feel.  The reformulation transforms limp, fine hair into styles with natural-looking volume that’s still touchably soft.

Okay so ‘natural-looking’ volume is not nearly enough for me…but it may satisfy my 9-5 volume cravings!

Here are the products in the collection:

 

John Frieda Luxurious Volume-Touchably Full Shampoo ($10.49 CAD)

-formulated for fine, flat hair (*ahem*, ME)

-gently cleanses and detangles fine hair as it applies volume boosters, then rinses clean without stripping hair

-surfactants removed residue that can weigh hair down, making hair appear fuller

-volume boosting technology that is heat-activated to enhance hair’s natural volume

Thoughts: This is a fantastic shampoo!  It smells great, and does exactly what it says it will! 

 

John Frieda Luxurious Volume-touchable Full Conditioner ($10.49 CAD)

-lightweight conditioning formula , enhanced detangling properties, then rinses clean

-heat-activated technology is activated to enhance fullness and boost volume

-formulated to enhance body and shine

Thoughts: This is a light feeling conditioner that works so well.  I have minimal tangles after using and my hair feels clean and light!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume-Fine to Full Blow Out Spray ($14.99 CAD)

-contains a patented Kao polymer technology that spreads thoughout the hair when activated by heat of blowdryer

-featuring a pump spray

-lightweight formula creates lift at the roots and natural-looking fullness

Thoughts:  I had originally thought that this would be my *favorite* product from the line. I do like the spray but I find that another product in the line gives me a LOT more lift!  The spray IS light and doesn’t weigh the hair down.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume-Root Booster Blow-Dry Lotion ($10.49 CAD)

-enables optimal product delivery to the roots through the targeted spray nozzle

-ultra-lightweight lotion lifts fine hair at the roots for extra crown volume that’s touchably soft

-alcohol free and non sticky!

-contains Panthenol to help protect and strengthen hair while styling

Thoughts: I’m scared to death of root boosting sprays because I’m an ‘over-user’ that is, too generous with the product.  This product does work (and believe me, use a LITTLE not a lot) but I found that the next product I mention was my absolute favorite!  I prefer all-over products but do understand that concentrated products that work in one area will help achieve more volume!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume-Volume Building Mousse ($10.49 CAD)

-rich, ultra lightweight mousse creates thickness by wrapping strands and boosting volume from root to tip for lush, soft hair

-thickening technology with a unique polymer blend increases hair diameter and lifts at the roots for weightless, non-sticky, all-day volume

-contains Panthenol which helps strengthen hair, enabling hair to lift at the roots for increased volume

Thoughts: This mousse is my super star product out of this lineIt is incredibly light and gives me a lot of volume.  I absolutely love using it. It doesn’t weigh my hair down and I can apply it all over.  For me, this WORKS!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume-All Day Hold Hairspray ($10.49 CAD)

-lightweight, ultra-fine spray offers extra hold and body while helping hair look natural and stay uplifted all day

-water free formula contains a high-hold polymer to lock in style fast for fullness and volume that lasts all day

-formulated with silicone to combat over-drying and provide humidity resistance that prevents styles from falling flat

Thoughts:  Honestly, I don’t like ‘touchable’ hairsprays.  That being said, it does offer a decent hold.  Unfortunately, Canadian winters are not the best time to test this out.  I tried this in the middle of a snowstorm and forgive the pun, it fell flat .  I’m going to give it another chance when the weather is more stable.  If you do appreciate a touchable hairspray, then go for it!

The incredibly happy and very voluminous hair model!

So there you have it-a wallet friendly alternative to salon blow dries!  I do recommend that you at the very least check out the products.  I truly enjoy using the system as a “whole” meaning I got my best results when I used the shampoo, conditioner and one of the styling products.  Also, for optimal volume, make sure you have great tools!  John Frieda has hair dryers, and brushes as well!

John Frieda Luxurious volume is available at most drugstores and is there RIGHT NOW!  Make your hair happy and try some touchable volume!

 

*Stay tuned for another post with tips and tricks from Alain Larivee, John Frieda’s style ambassador!*

 

 

 

 

Pantene puts some bounce in my hair with Aqualight!

I attempt to take more than great care of my hair.  Especially because I am a FIRM believer  that ‘Blondes have more fun’  So when I was invited by Janine of BeautyGeeks to join Pantene at Shagg Salon for a blow-out event I jumped at the chance!

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L’Oréal Paris Canada Christmas Cocktails at c5

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again…..L’Oréal Paris Canada certainly knows how to have a good time!

I attended the L’Oréal Paris Canada (thank you Cowan & Company) cocktail party and had a blast!

My dress was standard cocktail-black and sparkly.  I decided to take it up a notch with my hair.

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