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    10 Questions with a Hairstylist

    So if any of you are like me, you have a million questions about your hair: how to style it, what products to use, what cuts look good and of course how do I keep it healthy!?

    You can google all you want but everyone’s hair is so different, and lets just be honest… sometimes google isn’t the answer!

    I’ve asked my hair stylist (and all around cool chick) Courtenay some of the some of the most frequently asked questions and she’s here to tell you all the answers!

    1. What’s the best product to pump up the volume for straight/fine hair?

    A volumizing shampoo and conditioner are key! I also love a root booster spray such as Guts by Redken, or if you really want to get fancy, a backcombing powder really does the trick!

    2. How do I tame my frizz?!?

    This can be tricky! It’s a little bit different for everybody depending on hair type and texture, but a smoothing shampoo/ conditioner is a good place to start. Still battling frizz? try a smoothing oil such as Redken Frizz Dismiss before blow drying, and even on dry hair to tame any stubborn fly always.

    3. What hair trends are coming for fall/winter this year?

    Warmer tones are always a popular trend for fall and winter. This could mean a complete change from blonde to brunette, or toning down your existing balayage to something warmer such as caramel, or golden blonde. Copper and red tones are my personal favourite because they can really switch up your look without having to be a permanent change. Longer hair cuts are usually a trend in fall and winter as well, but making sure to get regular trims to keep your hair from matting in the back due to scarves, wind, and harsh conditions is a must!

    4. How do I know if blonde would suit me?

    It’s all about maintenance! I do a lot of blondes, and the one thing I always tell people who are wanting to make the change to lighter hair is that it is a lot more maintenance, a lot more money, and a lot more hair care. Certain shampoos and conditioners are needed, better products to keep the hair healthy, and more appointments to keep up with the roots if your hair isn’t light already.

    5. Is box dye really that bad?

    I can answer this question in one word.. YES! But I’ll elaborate a bit.. There are lots of Metallic Dyes, and Waxes in box dye that can damage your hair, clog pores on your scalp, and cause minor hair loss. Not to mention when getting your hair professionally coloured, that formula is custom made for you. Tailored to your hair colour, type, and texture. When colouring from a box, it’s one size fits all, and that can lead to a disaster which can be costly to fix, and even harder on your hair.

    6. Can I get my hair blonde?

    The answer is always yes! It is definitely a process, and will not happen in one session. It’s good to have realistic expectations when it comes to each appointment and I always under promise, and over deliver when it comes to blonde. It’s different for everyone, but if you’re willing to take the necessary precautions and listen to my advice, you can absolutely get to your end goal without sacrificing the health of your hair.

    7. How often should you actually wash your hair?

    I wash my hair once a week! I’ve trained my hair to stay dirty over the course of many many years and now i can go 7-10 days without washing! I know though that this is an unrealistic expectation for most people, and that some people just don’t like the thought of not washing it almost every day. My recommendation for most everybody is, if you can go 2-3 days without washing, you’re doing your hair (and scalp) some good ! Any longer then that? even better ! Just make sure when you do wash, you’re using a good shampoo, and lather, rinse, and repeating.

    8. How often should I be getting my hair cut?

    8-10 weeks is recommended ! This keeps your hair from splitting, maintains your style, and prevents further damage by nipping any problems in the bud.

    9 . I can’t really afford fancy salon quality shampoo, what’s my next best option?

    There are lots of options for shampoo and conditioner from a salon that don’t have to break the bank! Many salons and salon chains offer BOGO deals on certain brands at certain times of the year. Redken products tend to be on the less expensive side without having to sacrifice quality. Their shampoos are about $12-$15 each, and will last you twice if not 3 times as long as anything from the drugstore.

    10. Is there any way to actually grow your hair faster?

    No there are no ways to make your hair come out of your scalp at a faster rate. Everyone always asks, does cutting your hair make your hair grow faster? The answer is no. It keeps your ends healthy, preventing splitting and travelling up the hair shaft. Once those ends are cut off, your hair stays long and strong and you will notice more length because it’s not breaking off as quickly. Will vitamins make my hair grow faster? Your body naturally produces all the Biotin and Vitamins that are needed to maintain healthy skin and hair. As long as you’re taking care of your hair with good product, regular trims and maintaining a healthy (ish) lifestyle your hair will take care of itself!

     

    If you have any other questions please leave them in the comments and I will do my best to get back to you (with some advice for Courtenay).

    ALSO Courtenay is offering $10 off of a haircut if you mention me when you book! 

    You can contact her through email/phone: hairbycourtenay.e@outlook.com / 778.870.1494

    And be sure to check out her instagram to see wonderful hair + give her a follow!

     

    Until next time,

    J

    Skincare : My current routine + Progress

    Hello friends! I’ve been waiting a while to share my little skin journey with you, and I’m finally ready (and so is my skin) so here we go!

    I’ve always struggled with my skin, around age 16 I started having really bad breakouts around my cheeks and had to go on a prescription to clear it up. Since then I have always had hormonal breakouts, along with mysterious Idontknowwhatshappening breakouts, dry patches and occasionally allergic reactions.

    My main concerns have always been acne, uneven tone and dullness. I would usually find a product that worked for me (like really worked) but after a few months the magic faded and I was back to square one!

    I started to see Danika (Omega Skin and Laser Studio) in March of this year, and have continued to see her monthly and the results have been nothing short of amazing. My first appointment we did an enzyme facial – my skin looked incredible, but then unfortunately I had a  very bad reaction to a medication I was on for a throat infection (who would have thought). I felt so discouraged, this was probably the worst my skin has looked.

    *this is my skin during my reaction – my entire face was covered in little spots, and in addition to that my skin was so dry and flaky, even with makeup it still looked red and bumpy. (This photo is with makeup).

    Thankfully Danika is super knowledgeable and told me how to calm my skin and begin to repair it. Because this was a reaction I used hydrocortisone along with my regular skincare and it began to clear up within a week. Even though the reaction was clearing my skin was left feeling dull, rough and looking pretty uneven.

    *this is after it had cleared, as you can tell my skin still healing but it’s much better!

    Now after a few months and following my at home regime and of course with Danika’s help my skin is looking awesome! I have been getting derma planing done (which is a great way to exfoliate!), followed up with an enzyme facial and then LED therapy to help with bacteria that causes breakouts as well as helps stimulate collagen!

    * this is my skin currently (yes I am wearing makeup) – my breakouts have been minimal and usually around my period (thanks hormones!). But I feel like that is totally normal, and again my breakouts are smaller, and much easier to manage compared to before I started this skincare routine/began to visit Danika!

    My at home routine:

    1. Cleanse: Alumier MD sensi-calm cleanser
    2. Tone: Alumier MD Bright & Clear Solution
    3. Retinol: Alumier MD Resurfacing Serum 0.25%
    4. Moisturize: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

     

    If you’re looking for great skin tips definitely check out Danika’s site and blog, she has a ton of information and easy things to do to get your skin looking its best!!

    If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you asap!

    Until next time,

    J

     

    Weekend Wear With Montrose + George

    Seeing as spring likes to take its time here in BC, I love anything with layers for this time of year. Cozy + light is the way to go! If you’ve followed along here, or on my Instagram you know that I’m a lover of simple + casual outfits so obviously I fell in love with these pieces from Montrose + George as soon as I saw them!

    This outfit would be perfect for the weekend! I would wear it to go to the city or just hangout with my husband around the house! Its casual, and incredibly comfortable (seriously everything is so soft). It’s the perfect combination to transition into the warmer spring days – hopefully they come soon!

    I love the look of this long, open front cardigan, it’s buttery soft, lightweight but still incredibly cozy. It also has cuffed sleeves and front pockets which is always a win in my books! This would look great with almost anything under it, but for myself I couldn’t resist pairing it with a crisp white t-shirt.

    Then to add a little bit of extra flair I paired the cardigan and t-shirt with these distressed skinny jeans and leopard print slip on sneakers.  I love adding a pop of colour or a fun pattern to mix up an otherwise neutral outfit (and I’m a sucker for anything leopard).

     

    In addition to being perfect for day wear, this outfit would be super easy to transition to a date night outfit! Just swap the cardigan for a leather jacket and add some booties + a red lip!

    Do dress up, or dress down on the weekend? Let me know in the comments!

     

    Until Next Time,

    J

     

     

    *All of these pieces can be found at Montrose + George in Abbotsford BC!

    *Photo Credit: Lori Swaan