31 days to a prettier 2017 : have better hair days …

January 10, 2017By stephanie

We’ve focused so much on makeup in the past week, that we need to take a moment, step back and focus on the one thing that can ensure a great day, almost every day : your hair.

Day 10 : January 10

Get your haircut. 

Or at least make an appointment to do so. Soon. Maybe you are due for a whole new ‘do or perhaps you just need a trim and clean-up – whatever it is, get it done. 

A fresh new style, especially one that flatters your face, can bring forth a whole new confidence in your beauty game. It can also keep you out of a rut and keep your look current. Change is good. You can start off small with either adding in some layers or fringe or you can try a whole new cut all together like going short; a bob or pixie – take your pick.

If you’re not ready to make a big leap, then at least get in to see your stylist for a trim. Cut off the split ends and thinning length, trim your bangs, and freshen up your layers. Maintenance like this will ensure less bad hair days and less frustration with styling your hair overall.

And let’s not forget the other fun stuff … if it works with your time and budget you can consider fun stuff like a new colour, highlights, lowlights, babylights …etc. 

See your stylist … stat.

TIP : Dont’ ever go into your stylist and say … just do whatever. Images are always a good bet, even if you’re thinking of just some minor changes to your hair. IMages can hel to clearly communicate what you’re trying to achieve and better guide your stylist.

HOMEWORK : Make it a habit to see your stylist for regular trims and maintenance. Mark in your calendar when you’re about due and try not to stray to far from that date when booking in an appointment.

musings from morgan : hair things

September 4, 2014By DJMC

You may have seen on Instagram that I’ve recently lightened my hair and gone totally blonde on the ends for a blonde-to-brunette ombre to change things up. I’ve also been changing up my style, actually blow drying daily and styling into curls to give a bit of volume to my otherwise flat and thin hair. With all of these changes, protecting my colour and finding products to boost my volume while taming frizz have been a top priority, and I’ve found these ones in particular to be really helpful.

Nexxus Color Assure Primer

When Stephanie handed me the Nexxus Color Assure Hair Primer, I was really intrigued – I guess there’s a primer for just about everything now! It’s a pre-cleanse treatment that creates a shield  between your hair and water so you can still wash and scrub your scalp, but not worry about the colour going awry. I wanted to give myself a few weeks to try it out and see how I liked using it and if it performed, and can report that my hair is looking pretty vibrant these days and the brassiness has been kept at bay (it’s coming in a bit, but it’s nowhere near as bad as I’ve experienced in the past).

To use, you simply put 1-2 pumps of product in your palm and work it through your dry hair before jumping in the shower. It’s hard to describe how it feels on your hair, but you can definitely tell it’s creating that “shield.” You carry on with your shower as usual and voila! Colour is protected.

The biggest downside to this product is actually incorporating it into a routine. I keep everything I use for my shower ritual in the shower – I need it in front of me to remember to use it. Because you have to use this on dry hair, I had been keeping it on the counter in my bathroom and on several occasions (read: most occasions) I would forget about it until I was in the shower with the water running, and it was too late to use.

Overall, when used accordingly, it does what it’s meant to do and at $20 it’s a worthwhile investment for protecting your colour in between appointments. It’s available at Shoppers Drug Mart – check it out!

Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray

This product was made for people like me who have thin, flat hair that could use a good lift. On wet hair, it helps to lift the roots right up and on dry hair it adds that extra kick of moisture.

This took some getting used to – it’s easy to go one spray too far and end up with greasy roots. Once you’ve figured out the amount that works for you though, the product is a lightweight way to add some volume. At around $6.00 a bottle, it’s a totally affordalbe solution to your flat hair woes.

Disclosure: This product was sent to BlushPretty for editorial consideration.

musings from morgan : a hair transformation …

November 13, 2013By stephanie

2013 has been all about new beginnings for me. It’s brought me a new city, new apartment, new job and a new opportunity to share my thought on all things beauty, so it’s only fitting I share with you my latest new “thing” – my haircut!

In mid-August things were finally starting to settle down after an exceptionally busy 6 months. So, naturally, I was craving my next big change. It seemed fitting it would be my hair – this was a new phase of my life, and I needed my look to reflect that!

My first question when I started to consider doing the deed was “where does one begin looking for a brand new hairdresser in Toronto?” The task seemed monumental – I wanted to find someone who could transform me, understand what I wanted and make me feel gorgeous! After I started writing for BP, I asked Stephanie one day for a recommendation as she was so involved in Toronto’s hair & beauty industry. It was then she suggested LBHair. I trusted Stephanie’s referral (have you seen her hair? She knows what she’s talking about), so I looked up the salon online and promptly made an appointment.

Once I had that all squared off, I was faced with my second question: what to do with this mop? After much research and consultation with my sisters, it was October 1st (last Tuesday) and I was in Loribelle’s chair armed with a mish-mash of photos curated by yours truly (thanks, Pinterest!). I chatted with LB, showed her what I hesitantly wanted and gave Loribelle the go-ahead to start chopping (after snapping my “before” pic, of course).

And chop she did! My gut was right in the end and the style I went for turned out wonderfully. As you can see, I went for an undercut with a dark purple-ish/black colour (it actually looks a bit like Stephanie’s – imitation is the highest form of flattery, they say!) and I couldn’t be happier. It perfectly encapsulates the new “me” and has given me a fresh boost of confidence, which was long overdue.

As for Loribelle – THANK YOU! Ladies, men, boys and girls, if you are looking for a truly talented and kind hairdresser, she is your girl. Her reviews online speak for themselves, but allow me to add another – LB was able to understand why this was more than just a haircut for me, interpret my vision and give me more than I expected. Check out her website (and make an appointment stat!) here.

Now, what to change next? Hmm…

Morgan Cadenhead is a self-professed beauty junkie living & working in Toronto. By day, she’s a PR pro who loves all things writing & media, but by night she’s often catching up on her favourite fashion & beauty blogs or hitting up the gym. Her makeup obsession stems from the realization that makeup is a powerful and (most importantly) fun tool – it can make the difference in how you carry yourself, set the tone for a good day and above all, make anyone feel gorgeous! Follow her on Twitter @morgancadenhead or drop her a line at morgancadenhead@gmail.com.

the beauty board: splat hair chalk

May 23, 2013By stephanie 1 Comment

more reviews from our awesome guests:

“easy to use; bright vibrant colour!”

“the product is interesting and definitely has a place in the market. seems easy to use and i like that it is available at Shoppers Drug Mart!”

“so i am way too conservaticve to have pink or blue hair, but if I was 20 again,
i would definitely use this for a night out.
great colours and love the fact that it just washes out!”

“love the hair chalk – easy application!”