Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray – Strong Hold and Soft Shine

I know this is kind of strange now that my hair’s gone androgynous but I’ve never ever bought hairspray to particularly use on myself…until now because I have thick, wavy hair.  Now that it’s been cut short there’s a lot of lift at the roots which is great for girls with long hair but not for someone with a pixie-do.  I’m not for the Peter Pan spunky, windswept look on myself, I like my “do” looking very French and Mia Farrow-ish, sleek and set in place.  When I saw this bottle of Dove Style + Care Hairspray on a shelf flanking hundreds of others at S&R I didn’t particularly understand why I was drawn to it by instinct, but I was, and I’m ever so glad I followed the beauty lioness in me.  One deadly swipe and it went down…into my grocery cart.

“Strengthens your hairstyle by providing strong hold while enhancing your hair’s natural luminosity.  Its fast drying formula fights frizz and fly-aways while adding body and volume.  Enjoy extra hold without all the stiffness, for shiny hair with natural movement all day long.”

I agree with  everything…except for the “movement” on my part LOL.  Now, let me explain because of my short hair.  Prior to this I was using and still sometimes use Bench Fix’s Rock & Rule matte hair wax…which is great by the way, for Php35.  In fact I’m on my second pot of that stuff which took me about 1 month to consume. However with that wax product it does take a lot of art directing with the fingers for several minutes, which I don’t mind on days where I’m not rushing, and that isn’t often.  This Dove hairspray costs approximately 10x more than that Bench Fix wax at about Php295-300+, but it literally is more in a different form and smells pretty with a summer berry fragrance I don’t mind at all.  This product cuts my primping time by about half.  With this, I basically step out of the shower, towel dry my hair, brush it down to the shape I want in under 5 minutes.  When the hair is between damp and dry I then use 5-8 spritzes of this all over about 6 inches from my hair, concentrating a bit more over my stubborn cowlick that lifts up from the roots on the left side of my head and on the hair by my ears, then I brush through again before it sets.  What I like about this is it holds the style that I make with the brush very well throughout the day and it isn’t a “crunchy” sort of hairspray that turns your hair into twigs.  You do get just a little of the expected hairspray “stick” stiffness at after it has just set (it has to generate hold somehow), but after an hour or two,  when you press in a little with your hands, pat down and smooth it with your fingers you can gently press the stiffness away and it becomes SOFT and very touchable, but your hair doesn’t lose the shape you sealed in.  It’s no Elnett mind you but it’s bloody amazing in the way it works for my pixie-do, otherwise my hair would be standing fluffy and I’d probably look like a schoolboy.  This also adds healthy radiance to the hair, so just note that it isn’t a super matte sort of hairspraybut in fairness it doesn’t make your hair look slick in a greasy way.  Here’s a photo of me with the lovely, unsinkable Sophie Uy, owner/founder of Charm makeup brushes and the blogger behind

My best friend’s mother actually asked me how I got my hair to be “fixed” that way.  She wasn’t just talking about the hair cut, she liked the soft-gloss texture and I like that she noticed because this helps lift my hair from being just a dull short cut with no definition to something more sophisticated.  You can see where I concentrated the product on the sides of my head because it’s a bit more shiny but overall my hair doesn’t look like it’s being held captive like evil knievel’s helmet or the like and it looks soft.  The second photo after shows me with my godson, Eli, taken at the baptism the other day.  It kind of doesn’t make sense that I’m showing you these photos, I don’t speak for girls with long hair, but the only thing I can confirm for you Rapunzels out there is it gives a really nice soft texture if you spray from a distance, the nearer of course the more concentrated the spritz, the stiffer it will be.  I can also test this on Mom when she arrives from her trip abroad and get some feedback from her.  I don’t have the exact price with me right now, but it’s about Php295-Php350 at S&R if I’m not mistaken.  This is a Dove U.S. product so I’m not 100% certain if some local groceries stock this, but if they do you’d probably have to check the imported personal care aisle.

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L’oreal Pureology Hair Care in HYDRATE – Vegan soothing Shampoo & Conditioner

I’ve used up what L’oreal gave me to pamper my hair last June as of a week ago.  Straightaway, even when I had just received the email regarding L’oreal Pureology Hair Care I was absolutely certain  that I was being given the chance to review a high quality product specially formulated for color treated hair.  My former salon boss and the woman who cuts mom’s hair, Tinette Puyat, was using the HYDRATE Pureology variant the last time I spent time with her.  I chose to only write about this once I’d fully consumed the hair care pair (carebear) so that I’d have a complete stream of insight on the product.

L’oreal Pureology HYDRATE
“Help dry, colour-treated hair retain its fresh-from-the-salon vibrancy with ZeroSulfate® shampoos containing the exclusive AntiFadeComplex®.  Our 100% vegan, ultra hydrating formulas offer extraordinary colour protection and superior hydration.”

Key Ingredients

  • Advanced Hydrating Micro-Emulsion Technology
  • Multi-Weight Proteins of Soy, Oat and Wheat
  • Conditioning Plant Extracts of Jojoba, Green Tea and Sage

First off, let’s flip back a few chapters earlier.  This was my hair before I cut it and before I began fully using the L’oreal Pureology Hair Care system.  I was very happy with my hair’s color, beautiful natural beach wave  texture, shine, and length but the problem was lots of people didn’t know I was battling progressive hairfall ever since I resigned from a 6.5 year toxic career with lots of OT.  All the hair you see in this photo in front looks thick doesn’t it?  But the catch there is that’s ALL there is…there are no more hair sections behind my head other than these two split sections along my shoulders which proved that I’d probably already lost 1/3 of my healthy hair population prior to chronic hairfall.  I switched shampoos and even began trying out Pureology the minute I got it, but shampoos weren’t the problem, I needed to do something more physical to give my hair a chance to repopulate and my scalp a long-needed break…so as many of you know, I went for the cut, and I have not looked back until today.

This is what it looks like when the cut has grown out a bit, then just last week in the next photo you see what it’s like when it was newly cut or when I’ve had my maintenance cut.  Since this second photo I’ve had my roots recolored and an ash intensifier was added to fight off red tones in the reflection.

Even though I have looked back, there are no regrets because in the end, hair will grow back when I need it to and it will be thickly there and as glorious as ever.  On the subject of the maintenance of hair color I’ll admit I had no idea this was going to happen, that I’d totally get into coloring my hair, but I’m glad my hair grows slow so I only recolor every 3 to 4 months.  With the use of hair color comes different hair care and that’s where Pureology first stepped in.

I like that it’s a highly botanical vegan line and the product itself, particularly the conditioner was very soothing on my scalp.  This isn’t going to be a flowery hair post with long technical terms I’m just basically going to reflect quickly in this paragraph that this shampoo and conditioner made my hair feel like it wasn’t colored.  The sections were soft and healthy and full of shine.  The only thing I’m not 100% sure about is how well it restrains color from fading.  I wasn’t too much of a nut in observing, but my hair faded to a light orangey color AS EXPECTED with any hair color treatment after a span of about 3 months I’d say.  The color fade became significantly noticeable only in the last month.  What I super like about the conditioner though is that you work it into your scalp and through the strands with your fingers.  Then leave it while you soap or scrub yourself and it begins cooling the scalp after 2 minutes, when it gets really super cool, that’s when I begin rinsing.  The smell is somewhat herbal but very soothing and spa-like, it was like an aromatherapy session every time I cleansed my hair with this system.  I’ve recolored my hair once again and have now begun testing a different color retaining shampoo brand fro the very start so we shall see maybe I can do a comparison o the subject of color retention.  The L’oreal Pureology hair care range is available at Tinette & Co. Salon in Fort and in leading salons that carry L’oreal products locally.  I’ll add pricing later I’m currently on my way to the doctor :).

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