Tip Of The Stick

How To Deal With Tangle-Prone Hair

Does your hair have uneven texture? Maybe it is straight on top and curly on the bottom? Do you get lots of tangles, even if you do your best to brush your hair often? Do your hair stay straight, soft and shiny for only one day after having used your beloved but unfortunately not so highly efficient hair iron?

Well, if it’s not your case, it is certainly mine. I have struggled with unruly hair for a very long time and, while I still dream of straight, soft and shiny strands, I have found a way to stop fighting against my texture. My secret? Sea Salt Hair Sprays!

Tigi Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray and Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Beach Waves.

Sea salt hair sprays give my natural texture a punch. With them, it’s actually ok to be unable to run my fingers through my hair. It is ok for my hair to be unruly and do its own thing. Because it’s on purpose. Suddenly, my natural texture is transformed into Blake Lively’s really cool mane!

There are different ways to use those sprays: for those with straight hair, the best thing is probably to use them after washing your hair, when it’s still wet. For me, though, I find that the best is to use it on the second day, after having strategically straightened my hair the day before. It enables me to deal with the curls that are coming back on my bottom strands.

The two sprays on the picture work very well. My personal favorite remains the Tigi Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray, mainly because it smells so very good! According to the brand, it is a mix of salt and tobacco. Ok, I know, sounds strange. I really don’t like the way cigarette smells, and this is very different, don’t worry. In addition, the bottle is very big, so it is going to last you a long time!

You can buy it from a variety of websites, such as beautybay, lookfantastic or feelunique.

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Star of the Stick:

This Shampoo Is Awesome!

 

I’ve been using the La Grande Boucle Lush Shampoo, also known as Curly Wurly, for weeks now and I wonder why I’m talking about it only now… because it is great!

This shampoo is specially formulated for curly or wavy hair which need so special love in order to banish frizz and dryness. I have wavy hair and, to be honest, I can’t say that this shampoo has dramatically improved my waves and helped to define them. I generally don’t trust shampoos to do that, that’s the job of styling products. However, I can say truthfully that this shampoo is great to wash hair really well (no sticky residue left on the scalp… Moroccan Oil Volume Shampoo, I am talking of you…), while being non-aggressive.

I use it every other shampoo when I want to deep wash my scalp. I always follow with a conditioner to nourish my hair better but also because of… the flakes:

 

Now, as you can see on the picture, Curly Wurly is made with coconut flakes. Which is sometimes problematic: if you don’t brush your hair after rinsing the shampoo off, some flakes will remain in your hair… It hasn’t been much of a problem for me because I always condition and detangle my hair with a brush or a comb in the shower, and so either the brush chases the flakes away, or the water rinses it away when I get rid of my conditioner. However, I have seen on the Lush website that it drove some girls crazy.

Another problem with this shampoo: its smell. I know very many people just love the smell of coconut and other sweet foods in hair or body products. Lush is well-known for their sweet smelling ranges. But I really really dislike this kind of smells, and so I so much with this shampoo could smell differently. My sticking to it despite the smell (which I’m sure some of you will just adore) is yet another proof that it works really well.

 

What about you? What’s your favorite shampoo? And do you have Lush products you love?

Product Battle

Dry Shampoo Fight!

There are a few (ok… a lot) beauty products I could not live without. Among them, dry shampoo is in good place. I don’t know how I’d do without it! Generally, I wash my hair once every two or three days. But, without it, I’d have to wash it every day.

I thought that I’d lose the oily scalp as I left my teenage years behind, but unfortunately it hasn’t happened yet. Since teenagehood, however, I have discovered this genius product which has changed my life ( just a slight exaggeration here…).

I’ve already tried many brands, and today I’m giving you a review of the last three I’ve bought:

Algemarina Trocken Shampoo: This one is among the cheapest ones I’ve ever tried. It is supposed to be loaded with things that will make your hair healthy, such as vitamin E. I know one thing: it will not improve the quality of my hair, that’s for sure! I will never know if the products it contains will make my hair healthier, because I’m not repurchasing. While it did not leave too much of a white residue on my hair, it left some on my arm and in my ear! This had never happened to me before! It was really hard to spray without making a mess and, several times, the nozzle got stuck and little sprays of dried shampoo kept flying out.

Frottee Trocken Shampoo: This one is also very cheap, it is actually the same price as the Algemarina one. I have been using it for years and find that it does a really good job! Be careful not to spray too much, because it will definitely leave a white residue. So, it might not be the best option for very dark hair gals. However, it gets rid of oil very well and give hair some nice volume!

Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo: This is the most expensive dry shampoo I have ever bought. It is also the only colored one I have ever owned, and I am now a convert! Why don’t all of them match hair colors? Consequently, it was very easy to make it disappear into my hair, and to have it look very natural. However, I found that it didn’t get rid of oils as well as the Frottee one, it didn’t give as much volume, and I had to use a lot. So it was quite expensive all in all.

I have also tried the Dove dry shampoo and the Klorane one, but they haven’t convinced me: the Dove one I used one morning and when I reached for the bottle a few days later, I found that it was completely empty! And let me tell you it was a big bottle, bought in America! I can only think that it had a leak or something… The Klorane one I found so overrated! Everyone raves about it in magazine, but I am under the impression that these people must all be blond, because it leaves a lot of residue on darker hair. Plus, it is not cheap.

So, here’s the winner of today’s battle:

Hope this post can help you in your search for dry shampoo! One more tip: for those of you living in Switzerland, don’t make the mistake I’ve made for many years: buy your dry shampoo from Müller, and not from Manor, where the Frottee one is twice the price (and no exaggeration here!).

Do you have great tips to use this product?

Pampering Sunday:

Get Rid of Oily Scalp!

One product that I always have around the house and love so much is … baking soda! It works for so many beauty-related things! And here is one of my favorite tricks: you can use baking soda to deep wash your roots and get rid of excessive oils!

Baking Soda… the new bathroom hero!

To deep wash my hair with baking soda, here is what I do:

I mix some baking soda (about 1/2 a palm full) with my normal shampoo and wash my hair with it, paying a particular attention to my roots. I then leave the shampoo on for a little longer that I normally do, rinse it all off, repeat with pure shampoo if needed, and then I apply conditioner. Sometimes, I also use baking soda only and scrub it on my scalp, then leave it on for a while and follow with normal shampoo. It really helps to wash my oily scalp deeply without being harsh at all!

Happy Sunday Pampering!

Flying Diaries # 4

What I’ll Take With Me

I will soon leave for Minnesota, my second home. I am so so excited! If you’ve been reading this for a while, you will know that I started planning over a month ago. In fact, I started to think about the clothes I was going to wear, the makeup I’d put up before landing, … more than 4 weeks ago.

I know… control freak…

Well, I still have to wait a few days, but I have already taken a picture of all the things I’ll take with me on the plane, just to show you guys.

 

– a big bag that can easily fit everything. Mine is a Jean-Louis Scherrer.

Smartphone / IPhone, Ipad, Mp3 player, with earplugs of course. 

– the mandatory transparent bag containing liquids: mine contains blush, face cream samples, wipes, eye drops, mascara, lip balm, deodorant, …

– a little makeup pouch, for all the non-liquid necessities, such as a hand mirror, q-tips, blotting paper, …

– chewing-gum: I don’t want to take a toothpaste and a toothbrush and clean my teeth in front of strangers in a public bathroom.

– a warm scarf

– a snack: I chose dried fruit. Because of different time zones/jet lag, I will most likely not be given my meal at my normal eating time.

– a pen

– socks

– a small hair brush

– and of course my passport : I found this fun pink metallic cover in H&M.

 

What do you usually take with you on a plane?

Happy travelling!