Two Haircare Acquisitions


After failing to book a hair appointment for over eleven months without any real cause other than sheer laziness, I buckled down and got a good few inches taken off and loads of layers put it on Friday morning. I’m a fan, already despite not being good with change – but it shouldn’t be a shock considering that looser wimpier curls like mine always look more bouncy and voluminous while layered. Anyway, I also used the salon as an opportunity to pick up two products and I thought that I would share my purchases and some preliminary thoughts.

DSC_0068DSC_0070Pureology Curl Complete Moisture Melt Masque ($50 CDN)

After using the Precious Oil Softening Masque for almost a year and loving it, I recently ran out and given my love for the brand, it should not be a surprise that I went to pick up another deep treatment from the brand when I got my hair cut. There is no getting around the fact that this deep conditioner is pricy but in my experience, Pureology offerings seem to be worth the investment, concentrated and effective. I was interested in the new curl range from Pureololgy as soon as I heard that it launched but as soon as I heard that lots of the products not only included silicones, but also boasted about their detangling and shine-enhancing properties in their claims, I was more than a little bit wary, however, upon discovering that the silicone was amodimethicone and hearing my hair stylist praise the product, I decided I would give it a go. I’ve used this twice in the place of a regular conditioner – I tend to use deep treatments in this way consistently – and I’ve been very pleased with the results. It has a hydrating oil-infused but lightweight texture that is quite gel-like and what struck me was how effective it was at detangling my mass of hair and how conditioned yet bouncy it left my hair. It might just do what it promises, conditioning while enhancing curl and not weighing down the hair in the slightest. Two other noteworthy properties were the impressive novel pump packaging and the slightly different floral scent that was still luscious.

DevaCurl Set It Free Moisture Lock ($26 CDN)

I hadn’t intended on picking up a second product with my hair cut but upon discussing my hair once again in relation to products to my stylist, she voiced her opinion that this misting spray would solve a multitude of my hair issues — add texture, especially to clean hair, add moisture to the hair and refresh the curls after being slept on. I mean I’ve heard loads of people with similar hair concerns rave about the spray before but this was the final push that made me bite the bullet. I  appreciated that this was one of the few sprays of its kind formulated without silicones and have been enjoy using this spray both on wet hair as a leave-in and to refresh it, but I can definitely assert that it should be applied into the hands first and then scrunched into the hair especially on dry hair — the beeswax that helps to add texture to the hair in the product can feel quite sticky otherwise. I have to say that while I’m not altogether put off by the jolly-ranchers-esque scent that the spray has, I do not particularly enjoy it and it’s potent.

Have you picked up any hair products recently?
Maggie, x.

An Affordable Curly-Hair Styling Duo


If you have hair like mine — fickle, naturally difficult, tangly and long with a variety of curl patterns and limited coherence — a styling cocktail is a difficult feat to discover in itself and it’s even more difficult to find one that doesn’t beat the bank so when I discovered this duo of products that leaves my wavy curls looking their best without breaking the bank due to ridiculous hair porosity. Err, I don’t know if it’s like this for any of you with a similar texture but I have hair that soaks up product like a sponge and I require loads of it to get the intended result so I can get frustrated with pricy products fast.

What are the two products in question, one might ask? Well, they are the OGX Kukui Oil Frizz-Defying Curl Cream ($8-11 CDN)and the Dove Style + Care Nourishing Curls Mousse ($6-8 CDN) and together in my warm-weather hair, create texture and bounce in my hair in a nourishing and controlled manner and I scrunch a moderate amount of the light cream and a much more generous amount of the whipped mousse through my mass of soaking-wet hair when exiting the shower and I later haphazardly diffused it with my ancient hair-dryer and these are the results.

Curl creams are a difficult thing for my hair as they don’t seem to work throughout the cooler months of the year and can seem to not really do anything productive but in pictures where I like my hair, there is always some sort of curl cream going on and this one is a nicer one that I’ve tried, especially at this price point. Rather than being heavy and greasy, this cream has a hydrating but lightweight texture that helps to define curls whilst keeping the hair hydrated and less of a tangly mess. Paired with the Dove mousse as the holding product in the duo, I’m left with texturized, bouncy wavy curls that don’t just hang there. This mousse offering won’t be for everyone, I’m afraid, as it has that creamy texture that does contain some silicones; I’m not usually a fan of silicones but in this product, they seem to keep the hair soft and nourished whilst providing hold and some lift at the roots, rather than leaving the hair a little bit parched. The results aren’t perfect but my hair has been the best I’ve seen it in a while with these products so I can’t complain even slightly.

Do any of you share in my hair woes?

Maggie, x.