I’ve long read of the carefree clean hair dreams that cleansing oil shampoos make come true. I’m a big fan of any oil for just about anything. Face oils, body oils, massage oils, cleansing oils, oil based body washes… you name it, and if it has oil, I am probably on board. Which is why I’ve wanted to try, what I understand to be the master of all cleansing oil shampoos, Shu Uemura Cleasing Oil Shampoo (and conditioner, obviously.)
This brings me to one of the first things we need to get caught up on. If you remember, a long long time ago – in a land far far away, I said Until Next Time because I was concentrating on my day time gig. And, I did. It went well… I still am, in fact. I left Marc Jacobs (pre cultural appropriation scandal) and started working for Giorgio Armani Cosmetics & Fragrances at L’Orèal. Dream. Come. True.
First Purchase – Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo. Love. (more…)
One of my favorite weekend activities is taking a bath. Every year around this time I start to get back into my yoga routine. The weather is a bit nicer and it becomes painfully obvious that bathing suit season is right around the corner. But, getting back into the swing of things is tough. And so, I like to take it slow and spend part of my Saturday afternoons rewarding myself for getting my ass to some sort of exercise with a long relaxing bath.
I was recently reading these bath rituals and I thought to myself, “I want to take a bath like that!” Baths have always made me feel a bit like British royalty in a way. Mostly, because that is what I imagine them doing with their free time. I think that is mainly based on some Downton Abby episodes and most likely not so true for the current monarchy.
One of my favorite pastimes is reading magazines. It always has been. Something about all the beautiful models in beautiful clothes page after page has always given me such inspiration. Magazines give me hair inspiration, makeup inspiration, fashion inspiration, and much more. I still buy the hard copies of magazines vs. reading them on the internet which I am sure seems prehistoric at this point, however there is something to turning the pages… But, not much. (more…)
For the last Hair Reinvention I thought about what I wanted to do for a long time: I stared at pictures of girls with silver locks, I spent an obscene amount of time agonizing over different shades of grey, and I went to the salon for multiple consultations.
This time was a lot different. I was over it. My roots had hit the almost 4 inch mark in the back and the idea of another 6 week touch up made me want to vomit. The time and commitment to my bleach blonde proved too annoying to justify the hot piece of ass I felt like with bleach blonde hair. I needed a break.
So without a single idea of what color I wanted, I called the salon and made an appointment. I didn’t have a picture, I had not spent any time thinking about this (what’s new? hello bangs!) and all I knew was this – I needed something close to my natural hair color that won’t need to be touched up in 6 weeks. (more…)
Have you heard of reverse shampooing? Until last month, I had not. I’ve learned since, this is no new process for curly hair girls… Alas, I have straight hair. Have I been washing my hair wrong this whole time? Determined to find out I tried reverse shampooing for a month. The theory is that when you wash your hair, you can never quite rinse all the conditioner out – leaving a residue that weighs hair down and makes it flat, not bouncy. Therefore, by using the conditioner first, you still reap all the conditioning benefits but when you shampoo second the layer of residue is removed by the shampoo and leaves you with cleaner hair that needs to be washed less often and has way more volume – recreating the effects of freshly blow-dried hair. (more…)