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Beat the Heat – Summer Hair Care

Anybody who knows me knows that I love to switch up my hair! I have tried every hair look – short, long, red, dark, pixie and now most recently fabulous blonde highlights. I couldn’t have made these transitions without the help of my amazing stylist Sue Brown. I have been a client of Sue’s for over 12 years and she is a stylist at Fringe Hair & Skin Group here in Niagara.

 

I sat down with Sue this past week to pick her brain for her best summer hair care tips and she even threw in some product recommendations for us!

Go Natural

Let your hair air dry as often as you can. Use a bit of beach spray to achieve the very popular undone beach look! Put down the heat stylers – blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons and opt for working with your hair’s natural texture instead. Sue recommends Joico’s Beach Shake Texturizing Finisher. It creates touchable looks with an amazing tropical fragrance!

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Marco Polo

If you love to swim in the summer months you HAVE to make sure you stay moisturized. Throw on a deep conditioner and give your hair a quick braid. It will help to block the chlorine from saturating your hair while moisturizing at the same time! How easy! Sue loves K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock Shine and Repair Treatment.

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Protect Those Locks

If you ABSOLUTELY have to use heat tools over the summer always make sure to use a good quality heat protectant on your hair first. Sue recommends Joico Ironclad Thermal Protectant Spray. It puts a barrier between your hair and the heat tool and protects your hair from burning. This product also zaps frizz and static for a full 72 hours!

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Don’t Skip the Snip

Summers are so hectic for everyone with holidays, and bbq’s but Sue insists on keeping up with your regular haircuts. Sun and chlorine can do big time damage over the summer months and it is important to continue your trims – so don’t flake on those appointments! Worried you will lose your coveted length with all those trims? Your hair actually grows on average 10% faster during the summer!

Quality Products Do Matter

Finally, for year-round gorgeous hair Sue always suggests using high quality products. Contrary to what some may think, higher end products are a bit more expensive for a reason! If you are going to spend $100-$300 on hair treatments make sure you spend the little bit more on good products that will help you maintain your favourite look!

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Sue Brown Stylist – Fringe Hair & Skin Group
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A Girl’s Best Friend

No everyone, this post is not about diamonds (plenty of time for that in the coming weeks). This post is about my fur-baby and best friend Coach. He is an 8 year old pug that came into my life when he was 6 months old. We have been through everything together (relationships, illness, death, moving) and I really couldn’t imagine life without him.

Growing up I never had a dog (only cats and a very short experience with one hamster) so I really had no idea how much work it really took to have a dog. But Coach and I found our way together, and managed to adapt and love eachother’s quirks and shortcomings.

Here is a list of Coach’s favourite things:
— Food
— Smelly toys (the stinkier the better)
— Playing ball in the backyard
— Water with ice cubes
— Ice cream
— Kissing

Oddly enough I enjoy all the same things Coach does – well minus the stinky toys – oh and playing ball.

Coach and I also support an amazing organization together called Pugalug Pug Rescue. The organization works to rehabilitate and re-home pugs that have been surrendered by their owners. The organization is Canadian based and works tirelessly to bridge the gap between each dog’s past life and its future forever home. 333 pugs have been rescued since October 2005 but the need for financial aid continues every day. Please visit their website to find ways you can help out!

Pugs & Kisses
Catie & Coach

 

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Product Review: bare. cleaning products

There is nothing I enjoy more than supporting amazing local business ladies in Niagara. I met Rachel of Miss’es Clean about a year ago when I became her “personal shopper” at The Post Office. She is an amazing lady and we have so much fun spending her money ha ha ha.

Anyways, she has developed a new line of all natural cleaning products called bare. When I say developed – I mean literally developed. This girl is mixing each product herself at home! She knows EXACTLY what goes into each and every bottle.

We held her product launch this past week week at the store and I decided to give a couple of her products a try. I bought the Multi-Purpose Cleaner (made of water, castile soap, coconut oil, and certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils: lemon, lime, wild orange, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, clementine, and vanilla absolute) and the Window & Glass Cleaner (water, distilled vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils: peppermint). Both products smell fresh and work flawlessly. The packaging is carefully thought out and purposeful.

If you’d like to try the full range of bare. products for yourself you can visit Rachel’s website www.missesclean.ca or come down to visit me at The Post Office in Thorold.