I traveled to the windy roads of San Francisco and the beautiful sunny Los Angeles last week and came back with a few purchases that I'd like to share. Since there are 3 main categories to my haul, I decided to split them up into 3 posts to shorten these posts. I wouldn't want to write an entire essay and have you all ready it in one go :P That's is just mean , wouldn't you think?
November Haul ♥
Part 1: Hair care, my weekly hair care routine and this fabulous hair mask product that you will definitely fall in love with
Part 2: Skincare and Lip products. Including my current basic skin care and favorite lip products at the moment
Part 3: Random Haul from Los Angeles and a few of my vacation photos.
Caring for your hair is like caring for your skin
First off, I have crazy split ends. I've dyed my hair for at least 7 years and now I've just stopped two years ago. Dying your hair is terribly bad for your hair, especially if you have extensively long hair. Think about the amount of nutrients that need to travel from your roots all the way to the ends, now that is a long way to go!
Here are a few products that I love and will repurchase again. These products are great only if you have split ends and if you either curl or straighten your hair everyday then please keep reading!
|Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque $18 USD / Bumble and bumble classic hairspray $13 CDN / L'oreal Professional export absolut repair $19 CDN / Chi 44 Iron Guard Heat Spray $13 CDN|
#1 Favorite: Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque
I recently purchased this from Ulta down in Los Angeles for $33 USD. I believe the only place that sells them in Vancouver is at Zennkai Hair Salon and they sell this for $43 CDN before tax ( which in my opinion is quite pricey). This product works miraculously, turning my split ends into shiny, silky, smooth hair in 10 minutes. The direction states that you leave a generous amount of the product in your hair for 7-10 after being washed and after that rinse off and its miraculously smooth. It's as if the product taped or glued all my split ends back together! Give this a try and you will never regret purchasing this! The product also smells incredibly good as well!
Highly recommended for those with dry, damaged hair.
Curling and Straightening RoutineI'm guilty of either straightening or curling my hair every morning before I head out to work or out for the day. I just can't leave home with leaving it as is! With so much heat going on your hair, you really need to protect it. The product I recommend and that I have been using is CHI 44 Iron Guard heat protecting spray. Honestly, I really don't know if these 'heat protecting' sprays work because come on I still get split ends from straightening it everyday! I tend to think maybe its a placebo effect but none the less I do have a bit of hope in these products! The best place to purchase this item is from Zennkai Hair Salon, I recall purchasing this for $13 a bottle.
Every morning, I would spray a generous amount of CHI 44 into my hair and let it 'soak' in the spray. I find that when i straighten my hair with it just on, it starts to sizzle as if I'm steaming my hair, so I decided to let it sit for a bit before I straighten it. So far, it's worked pretty well but if you have other recommendations please let me know :)
Taking care of your hair on those off hair masking days.For days in between my Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque, I use the L'oreal Professional Absolute Repair Cream. To apply, you massage the cream into your hair and you leave it in, no rinse needed. The down side of this product is that it does feel a little bit heavy, so I would recommend leaving it in during the night so it gives your hair a bit of time to soak in all the product and the next morning it'll feel light again. The best place to purchase this is at Superstore or Walmart since they do offer a bit more of a discount than salons.
For those curling hair days.
On those days where you feel like you need a bit of an extra hold to your curls, I would recommend the bumble and bumble classic hair spray. It keeps the curls while keeping your hair lightweight. The last thing I want is crunchy hair! Imagine if someone accidentally brushed your hair and they feel a hard strand of hair... that's just the scene I would want to avoid! Sephora sells this product and so do other salons. I haven't been able to find a cheaper place to sell this product as it seems like bumble and bumble has it fixed without any flexibility for prices but if you do know a place that sells it for cheaper please let me know!
San Francisco love ♥
|Painted Ladies on Lombard Street|
|Lefty's store at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf. This store was made for me!|
More to come next week which includes my favorite skin care products and why I love them. Got questions or comments? Feel free to comment below with a link to your blog and I can reply that way or reply directly in the comment box below!