Sunday, 10 June 2012

My Beauty Staples Part 1: For the Hair

A sampling of my faves

I am a tough cookie when it comes to beauty products. I'm willing to spend the dough to get the good shit, but I seem to always be disappointed when the products only yield a marginally cleaned up version of myself.   Like, how much do you have to spend to look like an airbrushed, photoshopped supermodel?

Of all the thousands of dollars I've spent, and all of the half-used mystery tubes in my bathroom cabinet, I've narrowed it down to my absolute, can't live without, buy again and again, beauty essentials.

I'll start with the hair:

1.  Klorane Oil-Supressing Dry Shampoo

Klorane Oil-Supressing Dry Shampoo, Shopper's Drug Mart, $16

I consider this product to be slighly dangerous, as it kind of negates the need to shower. Nevermind about that B.O. thing... they have stuff for that too, like deoderant. Spray it on greasy hair and it absorbs all of the nasty stuff, leaving a fresh scent. It is a powdery formula, so maybe not the best for really dark hair, but for my light brown ombre color it's perfect. Just be sure to brush it out a couple minutes after you spray. I've tried the "clear" dry shampoos and they don't do anything to absorb the grease situation - go with the powder. Downside is that the bottle runs out pretty fast, after about 10-15 applications (don't worry it's not too expensive - around $16 - and goes on sale frequently at Shopper's Drug Mart for even less).

2.  Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner, hair salons, about $55/Litre

This stuff is a bit on the expensive side, but as hard as I've tried to find a more affordable option, I keep going back. I've been using Pureology for about 8 years now. My favorite thing is the amazing scents, the shampoo is a luxurious aromatherapy blend of Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Anise and Patchouli and the conditioner has a tingly peppermint kick. Furthermore, Purology is sulphate-free which means it won't fade your color. It leaves my hair so incomparably soft that I am positively addicted.

3.  Label M Sea Salt Spray

Label M Sea Salt Spray, hair salons, $21

I like for my hair to look a little grimy. Since I have fine, thin hair I need a bit of texture or it just looks limp. This is the first product I've found that adds texture without a greasy or waxy feel. It perfectly mattifies the hair and gives it that I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-but-not-really look that we all so covet.

That's it for now, people.  I'll be back very soon with my essentials for the face and for the body.

Thanks for reading!

What are your beauty staples?

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