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/
January 4th, 2012
Between the teasing (essential for the perfect topknot), curling (someone has to bring the glam to the family photos), crimping (a.k.a. the perfect hair style to match a tacky Christmas sweater) and colouring (what greys?), the holidays have wreaked havoc on our hair.
Inspired by Kate Middleton’s love of luxe hair care brand Kérastase, we decided to treat our tresses to Ciment Thermique ($41 at salons), a leave-in treatment that is activated by the worst damage offender: heat.
After a few uses, our strands were smoother and silkier. Had we not spent Grandma’s gift money on Boxing Day sales, we’d probably splurge on the whole range, including the heavy-duty in-salon treatment.
If it’s good enough for the Duchess, it’s good enough for us! —Christine Laroche
$41 at La Coupe, 1115 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, 514-288-6131, www.lacoupe.ca
November 21st, 2011
We love the way our hair looks when we pile it into a undone updo and brush it back into a sleek chignon, but when it comes time to remove the 97 bobby pins needed (especially after a cocktail or two), we wonder why we went to all that trouble.
We’re absolutely amazed by Goody’s Spin Pins from their Simple Styles line of hair accessories. By twisting just two of these corkscrew bobby pins into the base of our bun, we trussed up a topknot that survived even our wildest Mojito-fueled hairography.
Finally! An easy to undo updo. —Jennifer Nachshen
At Jean Coutu, www.jeancoutu.com
October 31st, 2011
Until recently our hair came in two settings: Salon straightened or upside-down diffuser curly. Trying to flip and twist a curling iron for hours on end resulted in little other than a return trip to the shower and an acute case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
We finally mastered our unruly locks with the Versa Style by Rowenta Beauty. With a curved body and heated edges to prevent demarcation lines, the Versa Style heats quickly up to 400 degrees F to smooth and curl your strands into submission. We watched the instructional Youtube video and learned (while grooving to the soft-porn soundtrack) that a quick flick of the wrist and twist of the tress was all that was needed to make waves.
Now we have a cute case of Awesome Hair. —Jennifer Nachshen
Purchase locations listed online.
April 1st, 2009
An unexpected trend has sprouted from the Juno stage, and it’s the hottest hairstyle to sweep Montreal since “The Rachel.”
Inspired by Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, we hear women have been stampeding into La Coup requesting the same sleek, straightened, chin-length bob as Kroeger.
Looks like it’s cut, comb and rock ‘n’ roll.
April Fool’s Day from Vitamin Daily Montreal.
February 9th, 2009
Raking a brush through our dry hair has us looking like we’re doing our best impression of a mad scientist.
Luckily our electric coif has been dialed-down a few notches since we started using Guenzani hair styling tools. Made from corn starch, these Italian-made, biodegradable combs ($5) glide through our locks, soothe our scalp and keep each piece in place with glorious anti-static ease.
What’s not to love about a smooth operator?
At Tau, 4238 Saint-Denis, 514-843-4420.