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So pretty. With China Glaze Golden Enchantment on top.

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  Taken while waiting for my friend to get ready/changed to g out for dinner. I looked so cute I had to take a picture. As you can see, I've been tying my bangs back as I wait for them to grow out. I also find that without bangs, I'm much more keen to let my hair air-dry which can only be a good thing. I've got on: -Jessica Simpson Waleo pumps in Ruby (less than $30 on clearance last month!) -Black pants from Plenty -Francoise top from Aritzia in charcoal -YSL lipstick in Red Muse

I’ve got thick, coarse and slightly wavy hair. It tends to be dull, dry and frizzy. And it has a tendency of feeling like hay if I neglect it. And so I’ve spent a lot of time and money trying to wrangle my hair into submission. I’ve paid for a lot of expensive products and procedures, always chasing that elusive Pantene Pro V hair that I used to see in commercials. (These days, my ideal hair would be Amanda Seyfried’s. So thick, glossy and perfectly curled.)

So through trail & error, I’ve only found like a handful of stuff that actually works to make my hair feel good and the rest of it is really just garbage. Seriously.

(Note: I know, I know. Why listen to hair product recommendations from a girl with dry hair rather than someone with luxuriously shiny hair? Because I find a lot of people with great hair have it naturally and don’t need to do a lot to make it look awesome. My hair is naturally ugly but I can make it look pretty with the right stuff. So if your hair is naturally ugly like mine, read on.)

l-r, Moroccan Oil, Masquintense, Born Again, Elixir Ultime

l-r: Moroccan Oil, Masquintense, Born Again, Elixir Ultime

1) Moroccan Oil
By now, most people have already discovered Moroccan Oil. There’s a reason why this is so popular – it works and works well. After a shower, I apply two pumps of the stuff to my ends and work the oil up the shaft of my hair and do a couple of swipes on my bangs. I find it leaves my hair feeling softer. But unlike hair serums I’ve used before (eg: Frizz-Ease by John Frieda, Ojon’s Conditioning Shine Serum), this one doesn’t feel heavy or greasy in my hair. It’s totally absorbed into the hair shaft and you can’t tell there’s product there. It just feels and looks like nice hair.

2) Kevin Murphy Born Again Masque
My hairstylist, Simona, introduced me to this hair mask when my hair started feeling dry & damaged from all the heat styling and colouring I’d been subjected it to. Previously I’ve run the gamut when it comes to deep conditioners, from drugstore kinds like L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Replenishing Mask (does nothing but leave a film on the hair) to salon quality brands like Bumble and bumble’s Creme de Coco Masque (at least this one left a yummy coconut smell to my hair) and . Most do a decent job at making my hair feel soft again but the results only last until the next time I shampooed my hair. I find with Born Again, the results last.

3) Kerastase Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel
Wow, that’s a mouthful! I’ve only used this hair oil twice but already I can feel a major difference. My hair is naturally slightly wavy. When left to air dry, it doesn’t dry straight. It dries either frizzy and pouffy if it’s damaged and beautifully beachy wavy if it’s in good condition. The two times I’ve used this Elixir Ultime, I’ve found my hair, for the first time in a couple of years, has a crazy pretty wave to it. It’s also very soft (my ends feel like I’ve just had a fresh trim) and super shiny. It’s like I’ve got someone else’s hair on my head at the moment – this is how much of a difference it makes!

4) Kerastase Masquintense for Thick Hair
Finally, my secret weapon. I discovered this hair mask about a week after I got engaged. Just before my husband proposed to me, I had cut off all my hair in a fit of rage over a clogged up toilet. It went from a nice medium length to a super short bob. Like most brides, I wanted long hair for my wedding day so I decided that I wasn’t going to cut my hair until after the wedding,… a year and a half away. I walked into Suki’s on Granville St and asked the receptionist to recommend for me the best deep conditioner they sold. And into my life came Masquintense. For the 18 months leading up to my wedding, my hair didn’t have any split ends and never felt coarse or damaged even though I didn’t trim it at all. As a matter of fact, this mask didn’t just keep my hair from being ugly, it actually made my hair pretty. This stuff is a godsend, it’s so good.  If only it wasn’t so expensive which is why I don’t buy it all the time. But for the times when I want to grow out my hair in a hurry (read: no trims, etc), this is what I turn to every time.

I just got waxed, like not even a half an hour ago. I was so excited about my experience that I needed to write about it right away.

So after my last waxing at Brava Salon, I decided to try a different place that’s also nearby. Trinity Salon & Spa had some good reviews on Yelp which was a good sign. When I called to book my appointment, I couldn’t get one for a week and a half which is also a good sign.

So today after work, I braved my way to the salon. It didn’t start off well as the parking meter ate my twoonie and I couldn’t pay by phone. What’s a girl to do? So I scrambled to gather all my Safeway shopping cart quarters from the change tray to put in 1 hour’s worth of time. All this time, it’s pissing rain so I’m thinking, “this place better be worth it.”

Luckily, it was.

I was a bit early for my appointment, so I was offered a massage chair to sit down in. Wow, so nice! I’ve always loved these chairs ever since I used to visit my friend place and his mom had one. While I was waiting, my aesthetician offered me water which was a simple but nice touch.

After my appointment started, I was lead to a private room. In there on the table, there was a chocolate and a card with my name on it. Wow, it’s just like at a fancy hotel! I was already pretty impressed. And before having me strip down to my bare ass, the aesthetician had me brief her on my experiences with Brazilian waxing as well as any skin concerns I may have had.

Finally, the experience started. She lifted my towel to see what she was working with – the amount of hair I had, the ingrown hairs, etc. I felt the need to immediately apologize about the patchiness as well as the ingrown hairs. However, she didn’t even flinch and didn’t seem at all worried about the tiny hairs. The wax I found a good temperature, not noticeably hot at all so I didn’t feel like I was getting burnt. Just hot enough, like I remembered it was supposed to be like. I also noticed that there was a lot less pain this time around. I didn’t know where to attribute it to my aesthetician’s skill, the idea that I maybe I got used to it, or that my hair was finer and therefore easier to rip off my skin. Either way, there was so so SO much less pain, it was like a totally different treatment from the one I had in January.

The girl who was waxing me was pretty nice too. She was very personable and a lot less judgemental than the European lady in the last place. She didn’t flinch about the ingrown hairs, didn’t berate me for having shaved in the past.

Approximately a half hour later, I was done. I was surprised and slightly scared. How could I be done already? The last time, the lady took over an hour. Did this girl leave me with a bunch of hair leftover like the last lady? So once she left the room, I proceeded to do a quick inspection. Very clean! Barely any hairs leftover save for a couple of random short ones that I could easily attack at home with tweezers later. She even got those really really short hairs I was sure were too short for waxing and really into my nooks and crannies. Wow! Again, I was impressed.

While paying for the service as well as a bottle of post-waxing serum, she loaded me up with some skincare samples which is always a bonus. Who doesn’t like free stuff? Afterwards, in my car, my aesthetician ran up to me waving the bill. Hmmm, did something go wrong with the POS machine? Nope, she thought I had over-tipped and wanted to make sure I didn’t think that the waxing itself cost $98 but that the price also included the serum. I told her I knew how much the waxing was and I meant to give her that amount for the tip. Wow, who does that?

So needless to say, I was very impressed with Trinity Salon & Spa and would highly recommend this place to anyone! Seriously, less pain, no judgement, thorough job and speedier time? What more could I ask for?

Trinity Salon & Spa
604-298-8135
4138 Dawson St, Burnaby BC

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My short hair from 18 months ago

Have you seen these scans of the latest InStyle photoshoot with Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis? It’s a beautiful photoshoot with some of my favourite actresses in some gorgeous dresses. What’s not to love?

And goddamn if Michelle Williams doesn’t look absolutely beautiful. I love love love her short hair. Everytime I see her short hair, I’m tempted to cut it again. I love the way short hair looks on her. I love the styling of it especially in this photoshoot. If only I could style mine the same way. But, alas I am not Michelle Williams and I shouldn’t cut my hair short because…

… I have a lot of hair so I end up looking like I’m wearing a helmet most of the time when it’s short. It’s a lot to manage to make it look decent.

… I’m too lazy to both blow drying, flat ironing and applying 5 different products to get it styled correctly. I prefer to be a wash & go type of girl whenever possible.

… As much as I like to think myself as the trendy, edgy, go-for-anything kinda girl, let’s face it. My look veers towards more girly & glam which isn’t the impression this haircut inspires.

… Once I get bored (which I inevitably will), it takes an incredibly long time to grow out. And it’s not going to be an easy thing to go out either like a bob. There will be awkward stages.

So in conclusion, do not get Michelle William’s haircut again. Don’t do it. DON’T! I mean it! (Anybody want a peanut?)