Women always ask how I keep my hair so silky, long and
healthy but the answer isn’t simple, it requires continuous effort and effective
products. If I had to narrow it down I recommend: limiting heat styling and
damaging chemicals like hair dye, eat healthy, take multi-vitamins, cut back on
sulfates and increase moisture. I also sleep on a satin pillowcase, use natural
oils, trim split ends, do weekly scalp massages, use GummiBand coils instead of
regular hair ties to prevent breakage, nourish my ends with luxurious serums,
limit shampooing to prevent brittleness and deep condition 2-3 times per month
for at least 1-2 hours.
Nothing resurrects and replenishes dull, parched strands like
a good hair mask and Shu Uemura has developed a wonderful collection of
treatments for normal to thick hair.
The Color Luster Brilliant Glaze Mask ($66.00) preserves the
vibrancy of color treated hair and functions like a protective varnish to prevent fading without sulfates. I’ve never dyed my hair but
the formula also strengthens, restructures, softens and boosts shine to help counteract the
damaging effects of over-processing. If you have thick hair, the
treatment can be used as regular in-shower conditioner for more
My hair sucks up moisture like a sponge so I don’t
have to worry about limpness. If you have thin hair or fine strands these formulas
might be too heavy.
The method I use to get the most from my hair mask is
1. Shampoo, rinse and use a light conditioner with lots
of slip to detangle. The Tangle Teezer Aqua Brush
works like a charm.
2. After rinsing, part your hair into manageable sections and
apply the mask. Saturate the ends thoroughly and comb through evenly to
distribute the product.
3. Tie or pin your hair up at the top of your head and cover
with a plastic (disposable) shower cap.
4. Wrap your head with a hair towel/turbie twist for 1-2
hours to trap in the heat and enhance absorption. To speed up this process use
the heat from your blow dryer to warm the plastic cap for 15-20 mins and
5. Air dry or use the cool setting on your blow dryer and
style as usual.
*Note: Adjust the treatment time based on your hair type
or follow the directions on the jar.
Silk Bloom with Argan Oil ($66.00) is formulated for damaged
hair. It deeply restores and fortifies to prevent split-ends, frizz and
breakage. This thick, creamy treatment is great for people who use heat
appliances like blow dryers, curling rods and flat irons because the
conditioner rejuvenates rough, brittle strands by enveloping each one in rich, nutritive
moisture for a radiant finish. I notice immediate improvement in texture - my hair feels
incredibly soft, smooth and polished with a glossy sheen that lasts until my next
wash day. It also makes a wonderful detangler and smells fantastic!
The colorful coils you see around the jars are GummiBands – they protect my hair from breakage and hold my ponytail snugly without
denting or crinkling. There are a variety of trendy shades to choose from and
the gummi material does not absorb oil, sweat or water. The cords are easy to
remove without yanking out strands of hair and a box of 4 retails for $7.99 at
Shusu Sleek ($66.00) is paraben and silicone free for coarse
frizzy hair. Inspired by Japanese silk, this luxurious formula works wonders on curls and thick waves by
deeply nourishing, moisturizing and maintaining the natural shape of your
spirals. It creates movement, bounce and body without poof and the power of
Black Cumin Oil drenches hair in vitamins to help slow hair loss, soften and alleviate
scalp irritation. Like the other masks in this collection, the rich formula is great
for repairing damage, protecting against environmental elements and strengthening
to prevent breakage but the scent is a bit spicy.
The results I achieved with these treatments were much
better than anything I’ve experienced at high-end salons and my hair looks
healthy and lustrous. Shu Uemura is available at Hudson's Bay, Sephora and online at shuuemura.ca
Since we’re talking about hair care, I should also mention my
collection of Tangle Teezer Compact Stylers because I recently got 2 new designs –
the red lips with stripes and the adorable Hello Kitty ($21.00 - $25.00
each). I love these brushes because they fit in my purse and come with a cap
that protects the bristles from getting warped. The long spindly teeth are
perfect for detangling all hair types including long, thick tresses and I also
use it to distribute conditioner and masks through my wet curls to enhance treatment results and make my ringlets more spring-y. They also comb
through pesky knots with minimal hair loss and stimulate blood flow to the
scalp. Tangle Teezer is available at The Bay, Sephora and online at