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My Haircare Routine

I’m Currently Digging These 3 Haircare Products

April 26, 2013

Hello my loves! So I’ve got a closet that overfloweth with beauty products and I know that I’m really behind on writing my reviews on them.

And since I’ve got a lot on my plate this weekend and with an upcoming road trip next week to Amsterdaaaam!!! (oh yeah!!) I’m going to have to keep this one as short as possible! (I can hear some of you cheering to that…)

But I really do wish I could give each one an in-depth review because they’re all so wonderful!

So today, we are going to have a quick look at…

My Haircare Routine

1) Aroma Zone’s Base Lavante
2) Beliflore’s Restructurizing Hair Mask
3) Phyto’s Secret de Nuit

Aroma Zone Base Lavante


The literal translation of Base Lavante is Basic Washing. This is a ph neutral, stripped down cleansing formula.

You can use this to wash your hair, your face and your body. This formula is so basic that you could use it as a base to create your own shampoo or bodywash formulas.

I alternate between this base lavante and my regular shampoo. Because this is such a basic and gentle cleanser, using this as a substitute for regular shampoo helps reduce product build-up in my hair.

There’s nothing in here to moisturize, strengthen or repair hair. It just gently and effectively cleanses. Which is sometimes all I want out of a shampoo.

I discovered the Aroma Zone Base Lavante through the recommendation of a french haircare blogger Edelweiss Haircare.

It’s composed from organically sourced plant ingredients. I bought a 250ml bottle for 4.5€. And you can buy up to 2.5 liters (that’s A LOT) of this stuff for less than 30€. Not too bad, I’d say.

Beliflor Restructurizing Hair Mask


This is an incredibly moisturizing hair mask for dry, brittle hair.

It’s made with bamboo extract and ceramide, though it lists a lot of other ingredients before you even get to the bamboo part. I wish I had time to delve into each ingredient. But…

For now, I’ll just say that this mask smells wonderful and does a great job of moisturizing and keeping my hair soft and shiny.

I use this mask twice a week. The only annoying part is that you have to leave it in for at least 10 minutes. So in between the shampoo and the final rinse, I find myself sitting around wearing a shower cap and waiting for the mask to set in while my dry skin becomes uncomfortably dry.

I bought this mask from my hairdresser, who used it on my hair the last time I went to get my hair cut. He sold it to me very persuasively at 17€ for the jar. And then later of course, I found it in a natural foods store for 12€.

*Slaps forehead* Never buy products from your hairdresser!

Phyto Secret de Nuit


This is the star haircare product in my cabinet.

Phyto’s “Secret of the Night” received Votre Beauté magazine’s 2013 Gold Medal Award (alongside the Kiehl’s Magic Elixir which I still use and love)!

This is a leave-in treatment that works to hydrate and regenerate your hair at night while you sleep.

I’m not sure why sleep is a prerequisite for this to work… hmm, methinks that’s just another marketing ploy. But nevertheless!

I do prefer to use this at night and wake up in the morning with really soft and well-bodied locks. 

Actually will someone please explain to me what people are talking about when they say hair has a lot of “body” ? Because in this context, when I say that this product gives my hair a lot of “body,” I mean that it helps define and shape the natural waves of my hair. But I could be wrong, maybe that’s not what people mean when they say hair has a lot of “body.”

Anyway, I use this product twice a week. You can find it in many french pharmacies. Although Phyto isn’t an organic brand, their products have a high content of plant-derived ingredients.

Also, I need to mention that this is a really pricey product! One 75ml bottle costs me 27€. So you have to be efficient at using this. The best way to apply this is to use a wide-toothed plastic comb to distribute the cream throughout your hair.


So these are some of the hair care products that I’ve currently been helping myself to.

I’m curious to know from my readers if you’ve found a basic cleansing formula that’s the equivalent of the Base Lavante. I think this one deserves to be a staple in my haircare routine.

As for the Beliflore mask and the Phyto treatment, they both work very well at moisturizing my hair and keeping it soft. And I love them for it.

But I’m going to be on the lookout for alternatives. Hopefully ones that are a little easier on my budget.

What about you? What are your haircare staples and magical hair treatments?

Oh, Hair!

Oh, Hair!

February 5, 2013

One of my new year resolutions is to take better care of my hair.

Actually, my hair is already quite healthy. It’s really thick and strong. I don’t have problems with split ends. I haven’t colored my hair in years. And ever since my hair dryer MELTED under the heater last year, I’ve stopped using heating tools.

I only have two concerns when it comes to my hair.

First, my hair is very very dry. Second, sometimes my scalp gets really oily, flaky and itchy.

Yeah, I know… gross.

So I have done a couple of things to address these two problems.

1) I’ve gotten a Khiel’s hair rescue package in the mail. 


2) And I’ve added this book to my collection of beauty literature.


The three Khiel’s product that you see are the Scalp Purifying Pyrithione Zinc Dandruff Shampoo, the Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment and the Magic Elixir which is a rosemary leaf and avocado oil treatment to help moisturize the scalp and hair. I’ve already tried all three and they’ve worked wonderfully. I’ll be doing a review of them quite soon, so there’s that to look forward to.

Also, the Haircare & Hairstyles book by Nicky Pope has sections dedicated to understanding your hair type, common hair and scalp problems and styling tips and tools techniques. The book is full of helpful information which I’m quite excited to share with you in upcoming posts.

And finally, to help give you a better perspective on why my hair needs rescue…

Here are some photos of me + my hair = don’t be scared!

Oh, Hair!

Oh, hair

Oh Hair!

The plan is… as I get better at hair care, my hair photos will get less scary.


What about you? What are your hair concerns?

Your Unruly And Rebellious Hair Is Dead

October 30, 2012

Funny story. I was in a pharmacy making a skin care purchase when the lady at the counter gave me a bunch of beauty samples. I left cheerfully, feeling like I’d won a little lottery. That is until I noticed that one of the samples she had specifically picked out for me was meant for “unruly and rebellious hair.”

I balked. Unruly and rebellious hair?? Was she talking about me?

Yes, yes she was. She had sized up my hair and said something about how my hair is “bouclés” and “secs.” Words that registered with me only afterwards. I grudgingly acknowledged the fact that perhaps I’ve been a bit too obsessed with skin care lately. And that, as a result, my hair has been looking a little sad.

This is how I was first introduced to René Furterer Paris, a French hair care brand that believes hair can only be repaired and revitalized from the roots of a healthy scalp.

Why is focusing on treating hair from the roots important? For the simple fact that your hair is already dead. I’m not trying to get all Halloween-y on you, but it’s true. Hair is dead. It is made up of dead cells filled with fibrous protein called keratin. Which means, hair can no longer receive or respond to nutrients to renew and repair itself. Hair can only receive nutrients and form new cells from the roots.

René Furterer’s products are suited for a specific scalp type and hair type, so the first step in their treatment involves knowing your scalp type and your hair type. Obviously. Wait, what? Scalp type?

I’ve never had to think about my scalp type before. I know I have dry hair that tends to get frizzy. I tend to wash my hair frequently because of how oily and bothersome my scalp gets within two days. But while washing my hair frequently provided relief for my scalp, it was also at the same time stripping my hair of natural oils. Making my dry hair even dryer!

My Aha! moment came when I discovered René Furterer’s Curbicia Lightness Regulating Shampoo, a product designed for the combination of oily scalp and dry hair. It is the best shampoo that I have ever used. And I am being so serious about this. It balanced and soothed my oily scalp, and left my hair feeling so light and soft. My hair never looked and felt so good.

Unfortunately, when I’d finished my sample and went back to buy the full-sized product, I ended up coming back with the totally wrong product!

Why oh why would the people at René Furterer think it’s a good idea to give two of their products the exact same name and the exact same packaging? I have no idea. But that’s what they did.

And that’s how I ended up taking home the Curbicia Purifying Clay Shampoo. A less than optimal outcome. But I have been using it anyway. So here is an overview as well as my thoughts on the Curbicia Purifying Clay Shampoo…

How it Works: Intensely regulates sebum excess production. Purifies the scalp. Restores balance and deep-cleanses oily scalps.

How to Use it: Apply to a damp scalp, focusing on the roots. Leave on for 2 to 5 minutes. Add water and work into a lather. Rinse thoroughly. Use only once to twice a week.

The ingredients: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Hectorite, Limonene, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, BHT, Camphor, Chromium Oxide Greens, Disodium Edta, Eugenol, Linalool, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Salicylic Acid, Orange Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Clove Flower Oil, Rosemary Oil, Thyme Flower Oil.

The results: When it comes to removing oil, this shampoo is no joke. Unfortunately, it does too good of a job. So when I use it, I find that my hair is very dry and lackluster during that same day. However, by the next day, my hair has produced enough oil and recovered its shine and moisture.

I only use this shampoo once a week. Any more than that and my hair would just be too dry and dull all the time. While it’s great that I only have to shampoo my hair once a week before my scalp starts getting really oily and itchy again, I know in my heart that this product is not the one for me. I could see how it would work fabulously for people who have really oily scalp though (as in, after every time you wash, your hair is greasy again by the end of the day).

What I like about it 

  • Easy to apply with the pointed tip applicator.
  • The cooling, soothing effect (this is probably coming from the camphor).
  • I can go for a week without having to shampoo my hair.


  • It leaves my hair very dry the first time that I use it.
  • Neither natural nor organic.
  • It’s not actually the shampoo that I really wanted.

So for future reference, look closer when you are picking between the Curbicia Purifying Clay Shampoo and the Curbicia Lightness Regulating Shampoo. I will give you a hint: the word Curbicia will be in BIG, blocky capital letters while everything else will be in squint-sized hieroglyphics. No, not really. But seriously, give it a good look before you buy it!

As for René Furterer’s Myrrhea Anti-Frizz No Rinse Silkening Fluid, the other sample that drew my attention to the unruly and rebellious nature of my hair, I have not yet used it enough to form a solid opinion about it. But I will get back to you once I do.

Where to find René Furterer hair care products: French Pharmacies, the René Furterer Website.

How much: 10.9€ (Curbicia Purifying Clay Shampoo)