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How To Beat A Bad Hair Day

You know those days when your hair just has a mind of its own? For me, this usually happens when I workout in the morning and don’t have time to wash my hair before leaving the house. Those days are usually rushed and for some reason my hair is crazier looking than usual. After 25 years, I have finally found a solution that works every time – and now I am happy to share it with you! This up-do looks elaborate and put together, but in reality, it takes less than five minutes to create and only a few tools that you probably already have on hand.Bad Hair DayHow To Fix Bad Hair

Step 1 – Grab a section of hair just above the top of your ears.
Step 2 – French braid your hair from the parted section down. Focus on moving the braid to one side of your head by taking smaller pieces from the side your braid will end up on and larger pieces from the opposite.
Step 3 – Continue to plait you hair once you have incorporated all the pieces for the french braid. Keep pulling the braid towards the front of your body. Once completed, secure with a clear elastic and then use your fingers to loosen the bottom.
Step 4 – Coil the braid around itself, moving up and towards the back of your head. Secure with bobby pins as necessary. I will usually use three or four to keep the braided bun in place. In the picture above you can see me mid way through the coiling process, make sure you continue to wrap the braid around and hide the end underneath your braided bun.
Step 5 – Tame any fly-aways with your favourite hair spray, I use L’Oreal Elnett.

Now you’re ready to face the day – just don’t forget to brush your teeth!

xo Lauren


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Aveda Madder Root Colour Conditioner Product Review

Becoming a redhead was one of the best choices I’ve made. I get to standout from the crowd, while still sporting a natural hair colour. The number of compliments I receive in regards to my red hue is incredible! I love everything about my hair colour, except one small annoyance – red hair dye fades faster than you can imagine. Within days of a salon visit, my colour rids itself of almost all vibrancy which leaves me longing for another appointment to give it a boost. Sure regular touch ups are necessary when maintaining a colour that isn’t natural, however, monthly visits are just not an option for me – or my credit card. So I turned to the only option I could find – a colour depositing conditioner.

Fading that occurs between salon visits. First picture is pre-salon, second is after a fresh colour.

Fading that occurs between salon visits. First picture is pre-salon, second is after a fresh colour.

After a bit of research I settled upon the Aveda Madder Root Colour Conditioner. A shampoo to complement is available too, however, I prefer to use a thickening product instead. At first glance, this conditioner looks terrifying. It is bright red – which is exactly what I wanted, but it looked like it would make a huge mess of my shower. On the bright side, it smells amazing, a subtle mint aroma.madder rootThe first time I used the colour depositing conditioner I assumed it wouldn’t make much of an impact. I started with a large palm full and ran it through the top of my scalp, slowing moving towards the ends of my hair. I left it in for about five minutes to really allow it to work. After a thorough rinse, I was able to wash out all of the product. When my hair eventually dried,  you could see the places I had focuses on. I had streaks of bright red popping through my brassy orange. It didn’t look bad, but it wasn’t really what i was going for.

The second application was much better, I used slightly less product and started from the ends of my hair and worked upwards, combing through my locks with a wide tooth comb during the application. I felt like I had applied the conditioner much more evenly than my first attempt. After a good rinse I eagerly awaited the drying process to see the results.

I have noticed with repeated use I have a much more vibrant red colour than ever before. I do still see a few spots that I have missed, however, they don’t look odd or out of place – more like natural highlights. I think the more I use the conditioner the more even the results will be. For me, the colour depositing formula keeps my hue fresh enough to save me at least one salon visit. The conditioner itself leaves my hair smelling great and looking healthy. I just have to remind myself that a little goes a long way.

If you’re a brunette, the madder root colour conditioner would likely give you a nice auburn shine. if you’re  blonde – STAY AWAY – your hair will turn pink. For my fellow redheads – if bright is the colour your aiming for, I highly recommend the Aveda Madder Root Colour Conditioner. I plan to try it on dry hair soon, saturating each strand thoroughly and leaving it on for a while (as though I was dying my hair) to see if it will deposit even more colour. I’ll keep you posted on how that turns out!

If you’re considering going red (or any other unnatural colour) here are a few lessons I’ve learned that I’m happy to share. First, don’t wash your hair within forty-eight hours of a salon visit. You want the colour to really set in your hair before getting it wet. Secondly, use cooler water in the shower. For me, the cooler the temperature, the less fading I experience. Yes it is terrible to take cold showers, so I tend to wash and condition my hair in the cooler water and then turn up the heat for the rest of the cleansing. Finally, don’t over wash your hair. The more shampoo and conditioner you use, the faster the colour will disappear. If you can get away with bi-weekly hair washes, you’re set. I typically will wash my hair three times a week because I frequent the gym a lot. Don’t be confused – this doesn’t mean you only have to shower a few times a week, I am just saying skip the hair washing every day. Not only will you notice less fading, you’ll also experience healthier and shiner locks.

Aveda also offers colour depositing/enhancing products for blondes, brunette and black hues.


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Hair Envy: Seeing Red

Since becoming a red head about a month ago I have developed a serious case of red hair envy. I was nervous to make a drastic change from boring brunette to vibrant red so I ended up settling with a less intense look. Now that my roots are starting to show the subtlety is being tossed out the window. I’m going red, Jane Aldridge [my blogging idol] red.

Here is my inspiration for this week’s salon visit.

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I can’t wait!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s “Ask A Beauty Blogger” feature – the question is one that I had pondered for years and have finally figured out how to tackle! Don’t forget to submit a question so I can answer it next week!

xo Lauren


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Product Review: Bumble and bumble Thickening Serum

Let me preface this post by saying that I really wanted to love this product.

I am always on the quest to find ways to get bigger hair since my locks are fine, flat, and sparse. I have tried many products promising to add volume and thickness to your limp strands, but in the end I’m always left disappointed.

I had read many positive reviews about Bumble and bumble Thickening Serum – I mean common on, it has REALLY written right on the product, it must work. At over $30 for a 1.7oz bottle, I was expecting big [literally] things.

Suggested use is one to two times daily depending on how thin your hair is to begin with.

I decided that I would only use the serum once a day, to be honest, I wanted to make it last. Maybe this wasn’t the best call since I do have very fine hair. The serum itself is extremely liquid – I find it hard to get it from your hands to your hair without losing all of the product. I tried to take a picture of the serum in my hand but I could barely keep it in my palm.

The serum is yellow. Not the nicest colour… Can you even see it?

Despite the texture [or lack of] of the serum, I managed to massage two to three pumps into my scalp almost daily for 4 months. I’ll let you be the judge of the results. I must also mention that my scalp feels more dry and itchy than ever since using the thickening serum regularly. So here it is – the big reveal!

This could also be an exercise is photography and lighting. Pardon the after shot – it was an early morning!

Honestly, I don’t see much of a difference. The only noticeable change between the two photos is the front of my hair – which I had styled in the before photo so it wouldn’t stick up. The after photo is what my hair looks like when it air dries.

I really wanted to love this product – but the lack of change in my hair over 4 months makes it impossible. I’m sorry Bumble and bumble – I wish I had better news – I don’t recommend the thickening serum at all. Over a 4 months period I noticed no difference at all in the look or texture of my locks – and to top it off I now have a dry and itchy scalp.

My advice for those of you who share the same flat hair troubles that I do. Learn to love sleek hair styles – you’ll be a lot happier with your mane.


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Anything But Falling Flat

Like many other ladies, I am on a life-long quest to add volume to my too tame tresses. I have tried more than a handful of products to solve my hair issues, but most just [no pun intended] fall flat. Last week I decided I wanted to try Living Proof’s Full Thickening Cream. As I was walking around Sephora looking for a sample [I have learned not to buy every product that claims to turn your hair into a Victoria’s Secret Model’s do] a helpful sales associate educated me on the effectiveness of “intelligent cells”. Apparently Living Proof has developed their entire line of Full products using intelligent cells which work together to create the best results. She explained this concept to me by saying that intelligent cells are used in the war to shoot bullets out of trap doors without human capital… Say what? If you’re scratching your head trying to figure this analogy out, you are in the same position as I was. From my limited experience, I believe intelligent cells are able to bond together and work with other cells more efficiently, I might be totally wrong though. Anyways, after my biology lesson, she gave me two sample of the Full Shampoo, two samples of the Full Condition, and a sample of the Full Thickening Cream.

The Full Thickening Cream was okay, it didn’t seem to make much of a difference on my hair, plus the sample only lasted me one use, so I immediate filled its place with Full Thickening Mousse [which I bought –travel sized – on my vacation]. I wanted to love this mousse with every fiber of my being, I am not sure why, however, the first two applications were disastrous. I used about a loonie sized amount – which grew to the size of a golf ball in my hand, and after blow drying my hair it looked like it had a bit more volume than usual. I was ecstatic! Within an hour it was a completely different story. My hair looked wet, unwashed, and flat. Not cool. I tried again, using slightly less product and still the results were disappointing.

This morning I decided to give the mousse one last try. After shampooing and conditioning with the Full products, I dispensed no more than a dime sized amount onto my hair. The results… Incredible! It is almost 3:00 and I got out of the shower at 7:45 this morning. My hair is shiny, clean looking, straight, and best of all, I have volume like I have never seen before [this isn’t saying much for me, but it is a major improvement]. Despite my uninspiring first few attempts with Living Proof’s Full Thickening Mousse, I am absolutely sold on this product. Not only does it work wonders on my fine, flat, straight hair; a little goes a VERY long way! I highly recommend this mousse, just remember to use about half the amount you would usually use – if not less! As for the intelligent cells, I am not convinced they are making any difference. I will have to try using the Full Thickening Mousse without the shampoo and condition and get back to you.