Review: Maui Moisture Haircare

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For some people, there is an immediate prejudice against drugstore hair care products. Much like with makeup, some consider affordable drugstore brands to be lesser somehow than what can be bought specially at a much higher price. The questions supposedly always comes down to quality and effectiveness. It’s a seemingly simple formula: the more expensive the product, the better it has to work, right?

I can already hear many of you protesting because, of course, that isn’t true. As someone who has tried higher-end, pricier hair care versus more affordable brands, the real difference always comes down to personal preferences and finding products that work for your particular issue.

If you’re me, that issue is having very fine, very straight, limp, damaged hair.

This isn’t to say my hair can be low maintenance: it takes two hours to air dry, doesn’t get very frizzy, and, in fact, doesn’t really do anything except sit limply on my head like a wet pillowcase. And over the course of my life thus far, I’ve tried tons of different products all promising various miraculous things for my lifeless locks. I’ve tried volumizing shampoos and conditioners, mousses, volumizing sprays, texturizing sprays, and, on one memorable occasion, hot rollers. Nothing has ever worked as miraculously as promised. Results were usually lacklustre at best, and most of those sprays and mousses just left my hair flat and crunchy.

But I keep trying things, and through these trials and tribulations, I’ve found a couple of holy grail products (Verb’s volumizing spray and IGK’s dry shampoo for example) and some exciting new finds, like the Thicken & Restore collection from Maui Moisture.

When I had the opportunity to try something from Maui Moisture, I went in with medium expectations based on past experiences. The range promises shiny, healthy hair with volume — a highly sought-after, ideal combination for someone with hair like mine. It’s a lot to claim, but any hair care brand out there does its best to boast in order to stand out on the shelves. But here’s the thing: after using the Thicken & Restore + Bamboo Fibres Shampoo, Conditioner and Blow Out Mist, I can say this: these guys also didn’t give me immediate, mind-blowing results, but they did work well enough for me.

To start, some of the primary ingredients in both products are aloe juice and coconut water, an interesting combination that gives the products a pretty heady and intense smell, which I actually love but could put off others. While there are unnatural ingredients also in the products, I was keen to try a hair care product that did contain natural ingredients high up on its content list.

So, the ingredients were looking good, the price point was right (about $10.99 a pop) but then I had to test it out. For a few weeks I’ve been using the shampoo and conditioner and then, when I have blow-dry days (about half the time), the spray.

And no, I didn’t have a miracle moment with suddenly amazing hair. It had to take about a week of use, but I did see a bit of life come into my own boring hair. After about two weeks of use, I felt like my hair had movement, when its default state has been that wet pillowcase thing we talked about earlier. That was kind of a big deal for me, to have a product actually work a little bit instead of not working at all.

My true positive result came at about the two week mark, when I was satisfied with my hair that day enough not to curl it with a hot tool, my go-to to give my hair any kind of shape and bounce. That isn’t to say I didn’t style my hair with hot tools the next day, but it felt good to skip it once. And another weird effect is that my day-two hair now rocks.

The Maui Moisture products did not make my hair magically thicker, but they did make it have a little bounce while moisturizing it really well. Since I do style it with hot tools frequently and have dyed it many times in the past, my poor hair is seriously damaged and always crying out for help. It was really nice to find more products that balance moisture without being heavy on fine hair. You kind of get the best of both worlds with these.

So, yes, I’m sold on the Maui Moisture Thicken & Restore + Bamboo Fibres stuff. It worked really well for me, the chronic flat-hair-er of Canada, and I would recommend trying it to anyone else with similar hair issues. Especially for that price point, as it did work more effectively on my head than some other salon products I’ve tried did. Not that I’ll name brands or anything. Just know they didn’t work out. Shhhhh.

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TONI AND GUY FEATURING BED HEAD HAIR PRODUCTS

Let’s take a moment to finally say goodbye to winter, and hello to some beautiful spring weather! During the winter months you may notice changes not only in your skin, but also within your hair. It may be a lot more coarse and dry than usual. But you shouldn’t have to wait until summer rolls around to bring back a healthy, glowing mane. The pros at Toni and Guy Salon have the utmost perfect solution, to bring life back into your hair using a variety of Bed Head products. By the time the sun is really out blasting its rays, your hair will be shiny, strong and most importantly, healthy. And dont worry fellas, weve got you covered too.

Bed Head Ego Boost Leave-in Conditioner

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Leave-in conditioners are very beneficial once you are done washing your hair. They aid in moisturizing, taming frizz and fly-aways, prevents breakage and split ends, and detangles. The Bed Head Ego Boost Split End Mender Leave-in Conditioner can be applied on both wet or dry hair, to seal, smooth and protect your entire head. It smells divine and makes the detangling process so much easier, leaving your hair feeling extra soft.

PRICE: $18.99

S-Factor True Lasting Colour

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Using a hair oil is quite similar to applying a moisturizer on your face after washing it. S-Factor True Lasting Colour is a dual styling and finishing oil, that helps to protect colour treated hair, and can still be used by anyone, with any texture. It adds a beautiful glossy shine that is ideal for dry, frizzy and damaged hair. A little pump definitely goes a long away, and an added bonus is, it doesn’t make your hair super greasy. You can apply it on wet or dry hair as well, and for beautiful results, apply it right before straightening or adding any heat. It will leave you with a polished, sleek look.

PRICE: $36.50

 

Bed Head Urban Anti-dotes Shampoo

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The Bed Head Urban Anti-dotes Shampoo is the pick me up that your hair needs. The thick consistency of the formula really gets deep into the scalp and defends against dryness. It instantly washes out any excess oil and dirt, and adds moisture back into the scalp. This product is also known as the reboot shampoo, because thats exactly what it does.

PRICE: $14.99

Bed Head Clean Up Daily Shampoo (for men)

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See fellas, I told you we’ve got you covered. Men grooming is becoming more and more popular nowadays, and I believe it starts the moment you step into the shower. Bed Head Clean Up Daily, is the ultimate shampoo for damaged hair. The main ingredients of palmetto, sunflower seed, lemongrass extracts and menthol, are infused to help promote healthy looking hair. You will see and feel a big difference within a few days of using this shampoo.

PRICE: $11.50

Bead Head Matte Separation (for men)

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Even though this product is geared towards men, it can also be used by women as well. I must say that I absolutely love this product and have been using it daily. The Bed Head Matte Separation is a soft workable wax that contains beeswax, cera carnauba and a blend of polymers to provide separation, hold and humidity resistance. It is perfect for cleaning up your edges, or placing down any pesky fly-aways. On the extra plus side, it doesn’t leave your hair feeling hard and dry like a regular gel would. It keeps a soft, durable hold for the entire day.

PRICE: $19.50

All Products can be found at: http://www.toniguy.com/products

Graydon’s Luxury Skin Care Gets Bundled

We all love receiving packages in the mail that you can actually use. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for a special someone or just want to treat yourself? Graydon has introduced product bundles, curating collections of their all natural skin care products for one-time purchase or subscription.

Graydon Skincare is a collection of nourishing face and body care products that are ultra-pure, plant-powered, therapeutic and infused with luxury and style.  Mindfully made using many Canadian grown ingredients, Graydon offers the modern consumer a gluten-free, organic, nutrient rich line that works to foster your skin health and create a natural glow. Products do not contain any fillers, petrochemicals, toxic chemicals. phthalates, artificial fragrances or dyes. Cathartic and pure, Graydon is your source for innovative skincare.

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Restore Bundle (Winter): A beautiful option to leave your skin feeling warm and cozy with gorgeously rich products. In colder dry weather, our Restore Bundle will help keep your skin soft, smooth and supple (especially when your skin is exposed to the elements wind, sun and lack of humidity) but if you’re prone to dryness this may be the perfect combo for you all year long! Includes: Berry Rich Cream, Hand + Foot Relief, All Over Soap + Shampoo, All Over Elixir.

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Rejuvenate Bundle (Spring): Includes products full of lush green ingredients to breathe new life back in to your skin and hair. Though perfect for any season, this bundle was created with the spring season in mind but you can certainly enjoy it any time of year. Includes: Green Cream, Aloe Milk Cleanser, Superfood Mask + Scrub, Hair Smoothie.

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Refresh Bundle (Summer): This bundle will leave your skin revitalized with products that are effective yet light as a summer’s breeze. Though curated with the sunny season in mind, we know you can enjoy this bundle any time of year to leave your skin completely refreshed. Includes: Super Sensitive Skin Stuff, Elements (Sun Complex), All Over Soap + Shampoo, Face Food Mineral Mist.

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Recharge Bundle (Fall): This bundle will revive your skin as the season’s change. With the fall season in mind, our bundle will protect you and your skin by enveloping it in moisture while protecting you from the elements and germs but we know you’ll enjoy this bundle all year long too. Includes: The Putty, Germs Away Mist, Aloe Milk Cleanser, Face Glow.

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4 Seasons Bundle: Want to have your skin feeling healthy and nourished all year long? We’ve come up with a gorgeous and green yearly bundle to answer that question! Inspired by the seasons, we created four bundles that will automatically be shipped to you just in time for the season change (and just in time to stock up on products again). Available by subscription only.

Available at graydonskincare.com shipping across Canada, throughout the U.S. and Internationally.