Hair


Hair care is a part of self-care and keeping the scalp and hair healthy plays an important role when it comes to how you feel about yourself. There are days when my scalp is itchy, irritated, and flaky, which makes me look out for products that will relieve me from the stress and the action of my hand going to my scalp every time I feel the itch. Phyto Paris Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment has been with me since few years and I have repurchased it a few times already. The only issue is the bottle is really cute but very small, like each bottle serves me four to five uses for my medium wavy hair. But it has worked really well for me, that is the biggest plus point. Anyways let me go to some details from the Phyto Paris and how it worked for me in detail.

Phyto Paris Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment

Phyto Paris Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment (CAD $53 – 25ml) is described as a potent blend of essential oils that balances the scalp and deters dandruff. It instantly purifies and stimulates the scalp with the natural extracts of rosemary, sage, cypress, eucalyptus, and lemon. It is defined to be an ideal scalp treatment to energize and fortify sensitive, weak and anemic hair. It is recommended for those suffering from an unbalanced scalp whether is dry, oily, itchy, or irritated.

Phyto Paris Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment

For itchy, irritated, flaky or dandruff, the reason can be anyone amongst environmental, seasonal, hormonal or other health problem but the outcomes are almost same when you experience it. For me, my scalp tends to get itchy and irritated during the time when the season changes and also when I am using some styling products and not using a deep cleanser for my scalp which I should do every other week or so. There can be multiple factors which I may be missing, like the stress of day to day life can have a different kind of impact on different people or I might have a deficiency of something, most of the times, my family physician recommends me Vitamin B12 or Vitamin D which I am consistently low on. Anyways, I will come to the main point, how this scalp treatment worked for me.

Phyto Paris Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment

I have used this scalp treatment as a pre-shampoo treatment and also as an overnight treatment. I do prefer to keep it overnight but works well in 20 minutes when I am in hurry. I section my hair, apply the oil through dropper nozzle and then massage my scalp. And that’s it. I feel my scalp is calm and soothed after the message with this scalp treatment. My hand does not go towards my scalp and does make me feel good about my scalp. Don’t forget to shampoo twice as I feel there is still oil in my hair after the first wash. After washing my hair, I feel the flakiness and itchiness are reduced after first used and with consistent use, I do feel the improvement. Moreover applying this and massaging it, inhaling the aroma of the essential oils does make a difference towards a healthier scalp. And healthier scalp means no itchiness, flakiness and a step towards good environment for hair growth.

This is a keeper for me, and I have repurchased it multiple times. Phyto Paris Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment is available at Phyto Canada, Sephora Canada, Beautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart.

 

Do you experience itchy, flaky or irritated scalp? What is your go-to product for itchy, flaky or irritated scalp?


Maison Francis Kurkdjian has created contemporary fragrances characterized by excellence, savoir-faire, and audacity. The House’s fragrance collection is conceived as a “fragrance wardrobe”. It is committed to uncompromising quality in the unique tradition of French fine perfumery, the House at the same time proposes a contemporary vision of the art of creating and wearing perfume.

 Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

From the fragrance wardrobe of Maison Francis Kurkdjian, three emblematic perfumes, À la rose, Amyris femme and Aqua Universalis are now available in the new line of scented products for hair and body. I was sent Amyris femme scented body oil and À la rose scented hair mist for testing and review purposes. The packaging of both the products is in beautiful Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris glass bottles. Both the body oil and hair mist have a fine spray pump to dispense the product.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris femme scented body oil

The scented body oil covers the skin with an exquisite, sensual veil. The texture of the body oil is light, non-greasy and absorbs into the skin rapidly leaving the skin satiny smooth and delicately scented. It blends three oils which are selected based on their natural properties which are Argan Oil, Sweet Amond Oil, and Apricot Kernel Oil. Argan Oil has revitalizing and antioxidant properties. Sweet Almond Oil has to soften and regenerating abilities. Apricot Kernal Oil contributes to radiance boosting.

 Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

Amyris femme scented body oil (USD $75/75ml) is described as Amyris femme reveals the deep fullness of iris from Florence in a burst of lemon and orange blossom from California, set ablaze by an amber-musk accord. The notes of this scented body oil are Lemon tree flower, Californian Orange, Jamaican Amyris, Florentine Iris, Haitian Vetiver and Musky Amber. The body oil comes out of the bottle through the pump in a very fine mist and is very easy to use. I like the scent of the body oil, I would say it is perfect for all seasons and the delicate scent lingers on the body for few hours before it dissipates. To get the more out of it, I would suggest to layer it with the same fragrance. I did not notice any residue or greasiness and the oil absorbs really fast into the skin. I have used it on full body and on the exposed parts of the body and works well either way. If I use it on my heat points of the body and then put the same fragrance over it, it just gives that amazing effect which lasts the whole day.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian À la rose scented hair mist

The À la rose scented hair mist (USD $65/75ml)  is light in texture and absolutely feminine mist that scents hair in a delicate and refined beauty ritual. It is alcohol-free and is very gentle to hair. The sillage is luminous and floral. À la rose scented hair mist is described as The radiance of Damascena and Centifolia roses delicately graces the hair like a veil of infinite femininity. A feeling of freshness that carries in its sillage bergamot from Calabria combined with violet and magnolia blossoms, subtly warmed by a whisper of cedar wood and musk.

 Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

The notes of this hair mist are Centifolia rose from Grasse, Damascena rose from Bulgaria, Bergamot from Calabria, Orange from California, Violet, Magnolia Blossom, Cedar Wood, and Musk. I have loved a good hair fragrance and when I do not find my favorite fragrance in the hair version, I find myself spraying the fragrance either on my neck near the hair or on my wrists and then touch my hair sparingly with the wrists to have the fragrance blend into the hair. I know it is not right as the fragrance does contain alcohol which is not very good if used daily on the hair. This hair-mist is alcohol-free and that means it will not dry out the hair and is gentle on it. The scent lingers in the hair all day and is not strong but very gentle and delicate.

I am in love with these two scented products and they have been my go-to in my everyday routine. I would totally recommend these if you are looking for a scented body oil or a scented hair mist. These are available online and in stores at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Net-A-Porter, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

What are your favorite scents of a hair mist or a body oil?


You must be thinking dehydrated body and dehydrated skin make sense but what is dehydrated hair and if there is something like ‘dehydrated hair’, and if you have dehydrated hair. I know I had the same concerns in my mind when I heard about this term. We come across different terms for hair like dry, oily, dull in our daily routine but I was curious to know what is dehydrated hair, Okay here I start. Christophe Robin hydrating range, which I am going to talk about in this post, is based on the concerns and needs of his clients, I do consider myself his client too (not a direct one yet but I still am and love all the products I have use from his brand, like they were created based on my hairs needs).

Christophe Robin Hydrating

If your hair is dull and losing its elasticity and bounce, If your hair is prone to static electricity, If your hair inflates at the slightest sign of humidity, These are all the signs of Dehydrated Hair. I do get “Yes” for all the three ‘If’s‘ I mentioned above and I had never had an idea that my hair could be dehydrated, I would have thought about them as a bad hair day or something I missed while styling them. But the real reason might be the wind, cold, weather, the sun, friction from rubbing against helmet or scarves. So we come to the conclusion that moisturizing hair is as important as moisturizing skin every day.

Christophe Robin Hydrating

Christophe Robin products are developed by combining natural ingredients to develop effective formulas and for this new Hydrating range, the main ingredient is Aloe Vera. This range is suitable for men and women. I remember my mom used to have an Aloe Vera plant grown in her garden and she would get a little pulp from it every day and apply it on her face and then to mine, it used to soothe the skin, hydrate and brighten it. Whenever I go to visit her, She still loves to do that and I can see her skin is so beautiful. And yes she eats it too sometimes which is far better than buying Aloe Vera juice from the stores. Okay, now putting my stories aside, let me talk about these products which have Aloe Vera and are for hair. I was sent these products as part of press package for testing and review purposes. The packaging of the products is in white sturdy bottles and dispenser and pump for both work very well.

Christophe Robin Hydrating

Aloe Vera plant has very thick leathery leaves which keep the vital resources inside the leave intact. Aloe Vera gel is a combination of water and over 75 active molecules, 20 minerals, 18 amino acids, 12 vitamins, and nutrients. Yes, I do understand all these as My mom is a Chemistry Professor and I was a good student, so this was an obvious choice for my mom and I trust her choice of products till now. That means, these products were destined to be loved by me, but wait, let me start with them again, I won’t divert the topic now.

Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo with Aloe Vera (CAD $43/250ml) is suitable for all types of hair and is gentle enough for frequent use. It is enriched with Aloe Vera, a rich blend of water, vitamins, and nutrients which provide soothing and hydration. I take a small amount of the shampoo and distribute it through wet hair, lather and then rinse thoroughly. The scent is so invigorating and fresh. Then I follow with the Hydrating Leave-in Mist with Aloe Vera. I spray it few times on the damp hair and either air dry or blow dry the hair.

Christophe Robin Hydrating

Christophe Robin Hydrating leave-in mist with Aloe Vera (CAD $48/150ml) is a leave-in mist suitable for all hair types. It provides hydration as well as helps detangling of the hair. It can be use don hair lengths as well as on the scalp. It is formulated with pure aloe vera gel and an active plant ingredient which soothes and restores the scalp’s comfort. It is very light in texture with the same invigorating and freshening scent as the hydrating shampoo.  It can be used as a mid day pick me up for a quick spritz and refresh the hair or if hair is feeling dry and dull. I do feel my hair pleasantly soft and shiny while my scalp is calm and healthier.

Both these products are must-try if you have any one of the three ‘If’s‘ I highlighted in bold letters in the first half of this post. Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo with Aloe Vera and Christophe Robin Hydrating leave-in mist with Aloe Vera are available at Sephora Canada.

 

What is your favorite hair care product for hair and for scalp?


I love hair products that work to improve the condition of my frizz prone, dull hair and make them look healthy and shiny. Moroccanoil Treatment is a staple product in my hair care products shelf since more than 5 years. I have repurchased this few times and it is always with me whether I am home or travelling or even if I do not plan to use it for some time, giving a break to this but it needs to be there, that is why you will see all the sizes of this product which I have purchased and repurchased.

Moroccanoil Treatment

Moroccanoil Treatment ( CAD $49 excl taxes for 100ml) is described as the product that pioneered oil-infused hair care  The original foundation for hairstyling, Moroccanoil Treatment can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, this completely transformative hair treatment detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine—leaving you with nourished, manageable and smooth hair with each use. This product created the worldwide buzz on argan oil in the last few years and won a number of beauty awards.

Moroccanoil Treatment

Moroccanoil Treatment is suitable for all hair types and is free of Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates. This product, a single, revolutionary product that pioneered a new category in the beauty industry has the brand grown into a full line of hair and body products.

I have this oil since years and love the results I get from it. This is one of my most trusted hair product. Whenever I have a meeting, or some important event and do not want to risk my hair look, I know I have to reach for this one. What I do is take two pumps of this hair oil and apply to my damp hair starting from mid lengths to the ends. When I do not feel any oil left on my hands, I just pat my fingers on the hair above the mid lengths. then I either air dry or blow dry my hair. If I am air-drying my hair after applying this oil, my hair takes less time to dry. And if blow-drying, this works as a heat protection as well as hydration for hair. The results on my hair are what I can expect from one of my favorite hair oil, silky, shiny and healthy hair.

Moroccanoil Treatment

I have used this oil as a pre-shampoo treatment and works well to maintain healthy scalp and hair. The texture of this oil is thick but it just does not feel oily on the hair, it does works as a treatment coating the hair with the formulation that is rich in argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins. I do not see any flyaways or dry dull hair when I use this oil. Being a product junkie, I do have a number of hair products and hair oils, I am planning to post a picture on my social handles to show you my collection and favorites some day, this product is always in the front row and the most-reached for.

Moroccanoil Treatment

The oil has a subtle mix of argan and flowery fragrance that lingers for some time and I like it. The packaging is in a dark glass bottle with a pump which dispenses the right amount of oil in each pressing. Overall, as this is one of my favorites in the hair category, my love for this is strong and have very bright chances it will continue. Moroccanoil Treatment is available to be purchased from the Moroccanoil Official website and Sephora.

Do you use an oil on your hair? What is your favorite hair product for styling?

 


I have a sensitive scalp and it behaves very differently in different seasons for which I have tried and tested from few of the best luxury brands out there in the last few years. I have few favorites which performed well as compared to the hype around them and few of them which didn’t work well for me. I was a fan of this brand since I bought and used the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil reviewed here. I bought Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt last year and I am a fan of this one too. I bought the small packaging (CAD $24 excl taxes for 2.7oz/75ml) to give it a try and then this full-size big packaging (CAD $67 excl taxes for 8.33oz) was the result of my love with the product.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt is described as a Purifying, Hydrating and soothing shampoo for sensitive scalps and oily roots. Sephora describes this as a purifying, moisturizing, and soothing scrub is the ideal detox treatment to remove product buildup and rebalance sensitive or oily scalps. It can also be used as a post-coloring treatment to relieve itchiness and remove chemical residues left on the scalp. Its original formula contains sea salt—a natural exfoliant—which eliminates impurities and supports natural blood circulation. The paste is enriched with a 100 percent plant-derived agent, which offers deep and long-lasting hydration to the scalp even after rinsing, leaving it soothed, rebalanced, and healthy. It is free of Paraben, Silicone, and colorants.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub

It is advised to be used once or twice a week and I have used this every week for two months. At first, this product seems very different and difficult to use but once you get started, it seems easy and worth when you see the results. The first things I liked about this product is the idea of scrub for the scalp, I do have a lot of buildup from the styling products or when I have dandruff, it is just a mess (i know it is not the right way to describe my own hair but that is true).

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub

I wet my hair, take a small amount, almost a teaspoon of this into the palm of my hand and massage it on my scalp gently. Then I add a very small amount of water and continue to massage gently, it lathers very nicely. Keep in mind the lather does feel different on the hands than the lather from other shampoos and soaps. Then I rinse thoroughly, yes it does take quite an effort to have this all out of hair. I apply a conditioning treatment to the length and ends of my hair.  I prefer to use Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil as they both work very well together. If not, any other conditioner works well with this.  After rinsing the conditioner thoroughly, yes I am done. Just want to mention here that the smell of this product is very fresh and lemony which I like. If used alone without any conditioner afterward, you will feel the hair a bit dry as it is a purifying shampoo.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub

I have really liked the concept of a scalp and hair scrub and the after-results. My itchy, irritated and sensitive scalp feels calm, my dandruff stays at bay with regular use, and my hair does feel soft and shiny. This has been my second repurchase of this product and I hope to keep sticking to this one for my problem scalp. Also, I notice it does give a nice volume to hair which is a big yes for me.

Christophe Robin

If you are interested in reading my review about Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil, I have linked it in the first paragraph of this post. They do work well together and even separately. It is available for purchase at various international online merchandisers like Net-a-Porter and also at Sephora.

Have you tried a scrub for scalp? What do you use when your scalp is itchy, irritated or have product buildup?



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