May 28th, 2012
Going the traditional route for pastel tips – a.k.a. one of the summer’s hottest hair trends – will cost a ton of time, money and your hair’s health. Thankfully, there’s a plan B.
Meet our favourite little critter, Color Bug by Kevin Murphy ($20), a petite pod that’s packed with highly pigmented powder. Available in purple, orange and pink, simply rub it on your strands (which have been prepped with pomade for maximum hold and intensity) for instant, temporary colour. Welcome to the wonderful world of (temporary) colour, commitment-phobes! –Christine Laroche
At Salon Pause Coiffure, 4701 St-Denis St., 514-564-5996, www.kevinmurphy.com.au
March 6th, 2012
It’s been a long winter, and our hair is severely dried out. Time to call in the pros.
When we sat in Charles’ chair at Ogilvy’s O Coiffure & Spa for a trim, the disapproving look on his face said it all: Between the blow-drying, flat ironing and dry nature of the season, our mane was looking less-than-magnificent.
His go-to solution for our hair woes was a made-to-measure Kérastase Fusio-Dose treatment ($26). He played chemist and whipped up a potion customized specially for our strands, applied the gorgeous-smelling concoction to our tresses and proceeded to cut as usual, revealing sleek, shiny and healthy hair – a far cry from the hot mess that walked in!
We have our daily doses covered, but our monthly dose? Kérastase’s Fusio-Dose, natch. —Christine Laroche
O Coiffure & Spa, 1307 Ste-Catherine W., 4th floor, Montreal 514-287-8996, www.ocoiffurespa.com/
February 21st, 2012
Craving the bouffant styles spotted on New York’s FW12 runways but cursed with flat tresses? Fear not! We’re sprinkling our way to fabulous new heights.
When Matrix’s new Design Pulse Mega Dust ($14.95) landed on our desk, we assumed it was just another dry shampoo. But as soon as we sprinkled some of this ultra-fine powder onto our (admittedly limp) locks, it was clear that we were dealing with something completely different.
The ultra-fine powder gave our hair incredibly grippy texture that made it easy to shape into a sky-high Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera or Derek Lam inspired bouffant ‘do worthy of a modern Marie Antoinette.
Forget “mega” —we’re re-naming this marvel “magic!” —Christine Laroche
O Lab Coiffeurs, 3428 St-Denis St., Montreal, 514-288-6522, www.olabcoiffeurs.com
August 29th, 2011
After the sun, chlorine and salt water has had its way with our hair, we’re lighting candles and invoking the gods and goddesses of good hair for a mane miracle.
Seems Matrix heard our prayers with the introduction of their new Total Results line of product. At just $15 each, the products are targeted to treat a specific tress distress, like the Moisture Cure 2-Phase Treatment featuring Glycerin and Apricot oil to add lustre to lifeless locks and the incredibly lightweight Super Defrizzer Gel with Jojoba oil and Wheat protein to define curls with no added crunch. And for days when we flat-iron we use the Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil with Shea Butter and Olive Oil to treat our split ends and add sheen.
Now, for a rousing Hair-llelujah! —Jennifer Nachshen
Available September 1 in salons. Go to www.matrixcanada.ca for locations.
August 18th, 2011
We’ve been hearing about Argan Oil a lot these days. From nourishing skin to flavouring couscous, there seems to be nothing it can’t do.
Add taming tresses to the list. We tried Conair’s Argan Oil-Infused Professional Heat Straightener ($49.99) with extra long nano tourmaline ceramic plates infused with Argan Oil, which gets activated as the iron heats up to professional level of 200 degrees C.
We don’t usually have much patience for flat ironing our curly locks, but this one worked quickly and left our hair smooth, straight and full of shine.
Add our name to the Argan Oil bandwagon!
Purchase locations listed at www.conaircanada.ca
February 23rd, 2009
Between electric heating and wooly hats, our once-healthy hair has turned drier than the North African desert.
We read that olive oil does wonders on dry hair, but we feel it’s better suited to baby spinach. Instead, we’re turning to a lovely little remedy created by Montreal fashion-buyer Carmen Tal.
Mild-smelling and light in texture, Moroccanoil is made using emollient extracts from the desert-dwelling Argan tree. The bottle ($39/100ml) promised to restore and renew so we put a couple of teaspoons to the test before our last blow-out. Result? Soft, shiny locks and a renewed outlook on winter.
We’re now ready for our very own Casablanca moment: Play it again, Sam!
At Salon U, 4839 Sherbrooke St. W., Westmount, 514-989-1881, www.salonubeaute.com
October 20th, 2008
We knew we’d found a kindred spirit when we heard Kate Hudson say she has “in-between hair” (neither straight nor curly).
So, we’ve been waiting in anticipation for WildAid, her new line of hair care products with celebrity stylist David Babaii. Sweet-smelling and chemical-free, 10 per cent of profits go to saving endangered animals.
We haven’t had much luck with eco-friendly shampoos, but the Hydrating Conditioner left our locks as silky as a lion’s mane. We also adore the Hair Polish with nettle, ginger and cucumber, and the non-aerosol Bohemian Beach Spray.
In-between girls unite!
Available at www.theshoppingchannel.com from $14.95.
February 4th, 2008
Bed head is an understatement when it comes to the state of your hair in the morning.
But thanks to John Frieda’s new Frizz-Ease Overnight Repair Crème Serum ($14.99), eight hours of rest is all is takes to get luscious, silky locks. Infused with damage-mending technology and a divine lavender and chamomile scent, this midnight-mender will repair brittle hair while you’re cuddling up to your pillow.
Available at CAJH Maîtres Coiffeurs, 3181 St-Jacques St. W., #201, Montreal, 514-932-6303, www.cajh.ca
October 22nd, 2007
OK, at first we were attracted by the cool packaging and nifty name, but after trying their products, we’re besotted by Bumble and bumble.
The New York City-based hair care company likes to play hard to get. And because it is so very choosy about where it will sell its products, we’ve had to go stateside to find our favorite Seaweed shampoo.
But now the entire line, from Surf Spray to Crème de Coco conditioner, can be found at Hed Salon.
While the staff at Hed don’t like to choose favorites, all of them rave about Prep. Spray it on before you style to detangle and nourish. We loved it because it didn’t leave a sticky residue and banished our flyaways.
Life (and hair) is Bee-utiful.
Hed Salon, 200-4267 St. Laurent, Montréal, 514-845-0007, www.hedsalon.com