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Back in June, I had a couple too many drinks with a friend before heading to my hair appointment. And I left that appointment with some heavy bangs across my forehead, starting the era of my life I like to call the Bangs Period, kinda like Picasso’s Blue Period in that it’s just been so …

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It’s a bit late to be posting this but I figured, why not? I’ve barely written anything this year. Recently, about three weeks ago, I figured out how to get beachy hair. I’ve always tried to get beach hair – usually through sprays (like the Bumble & Bumble Sea Salt Spray) and diffusers. I’ve also …

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My hair doesn’t look great but it feels great! I should really consider dying the orange out.

Since approximately September, I’ve been bleeding money outta all my orifices (you’re welcome for the visual). So when I ran outta my usual shampoo and conditioner last month, I wasn’t as tempted to drop major cash on a salon brand. Enter: Ren Cleansing Conditioner by Renpure which randomly caught my eye during a routine grocery shopping trip. I wasn’t sure how similar it was to Wen Cleansing Conditioner which I’ve heard touted online as a saviour for unruly hair. (Ok, it was just one xoJane article, but it still intrigued me.) This must be similar right? I mean, Wen and Ren are only 1-letter off from each other. That must mean something!

So I bought it, even though I was having doubts at the register about it leaving my hair greasy and tangled and more fried looking than it started. Luckily, my fears were unfounded and I’ve actually stumbled upon a great drugstore product.

Prior to using Ren, my hair was fried from over processing (hair dye, more dye and then Japanese straightening), super dry (from consistent flat ironing and blowdrying) and coarse (thanks for my mom for those genes). Since using the product, my hair feels softer and less tangled than before. Like it’s touchable even!


  • It really works! The results are immediate upon your first cleanse and improve thereafter.
  • I also noticed a big improvement in my hair after deep conditioning with my regular deep conditioner after using this stuff regularly. My hair is shiny like Pantene immediately afterwards.
  • Less than $10 a bottle. You won’t feel like an idiot for spending a whole wad of cash if this doesn’t end up working for you.
  • Readily available – Save-On-Foods and London Drugs both have it on their shelves. I assume so does anywhere you can buy shampoo/conditioner and coffee and toilet paper at the same time.


  • The smell – I can’t stand the mint smell which is too strong for me. Apparently it doesn’t bother anyone else around me though. (PS: I got the Sweet Pomegranate scent but maybe the Rosemary Mint may fare better?)
  • You have to massage this into your head for a full two minutes before letting it sit there for another few minutes. Who has this kind of time? Who has this kind of arm strength? (Once my arms start getting sore, I start counting the seconds faster.)
  • At twelve pumps per application, it’s a lot of product being used each time. Although I suppose it’s a lot cheaper than using twelve pumps of Wen?

Yes, that’s twelve pumps! What I’ve discovered is best for me is six pumps to cleanse the top, front and sides of my scalp. Another two pumps for underneath. Then it’s scrub/massage for two minutes. And finally, four more pumps for the hair shaft down to the ends.

Admittedly, thanks to all the work that goes into this, I’m not a big fan of washing my hair. But the results are so nice when I’m done.

So I went to Muse Hair Salon & Spa this past Saturday to get my hair straightened. My stylist was a nice lady named Kazue who assessed my hair to be puffy with a tighter wave at the back of my head with straighter strands at the front. She said that the L’Oreal X-Tenso would take down to the puffiness but my wave would still be there. I told her my goal was to have straight hair but to do whatever she thought best because I know my hair’s also damaged so whatever she thought was best I’d do. Kazue said that with my hair’s ombre type highlights, she could Japanese straighten my hair except for those parts so they don’t end up fried. Sounds good. So without further ado, here is my hair…

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Psst! I’m getting my hair straightened today. These are the before pictures.

This is my hair all natural. Just wash and air dried. I didn’t apply any product. In terms of styling I only ran a brush through it this morning.

My hair is naturally wavy and gets dry easily. I’m always on the lookout for the next great hair product to make this bird’s nest a little more manageable. I’ve been flat ironing my hair a lot this past year except this summer when I’ve been putting it up instead. Anything to make it less ugly.

Anyway I’m going to Muse Hair Salon in Vancouver to either get Japanese Straightening or L’Oreal Xtenso. Depends on my consultation. I’ve done the Japanese thing before and I loved it. But my hair is more damaged now so we will see if its recommended or not.

Stay tuned for the after pictures.




I finally cut my hair - it's only been eight months! I desperately needed to get my long grown-out bangs to be blended in with the rest of my hair. I also got my hair thinned a bit to make less of a massive frizz ball. Once again I went to see Simona at HairKraft on East 8th and Quebec. She used a mousse in my hair which has piqued my interest. I may go buy myself a can tomorrow.