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Keep Calm and Get your Hair Done #DamageEraser

Lean in real close. I’m about to confess something that I’ve never told you all here before.

I am a secret product junkie.

You know the person that always takes all the mini bottles of product samples from the hotel? I am that person. It all started in my late teens, the quest to find the best beauty products – eye shadow, face powder, concealer, facial lotion, etc. I spent hours on cosmetic review sites, reading other users product reviews of what worked and what didn’t. Quite frankly I am amazed I did not start a beauty blog. Oh wait. Right. I had kids. That pretty much dissipated all time and effort I had to offer my morning beauty routine.

But when it came to my hair, that was like an entirely different planet.

I was a hair product snob. It had to be some giant litre bottle of designer, insanely expensive brand of something or the other. You can ask my friend Jacenta. Hell you can ask my husband. I would hit up all the beauty outlets in search of the be all end all shampoo and conditioner and straightening balm to help me flat iron my hair to that 1990’s Gwyneth Paltrow glory.

I also have this inside joke that I often say and that is “I’ll have short hair when I’m dead”. If you look at my blog photo, you will see my hair is very long. I also cut my own hair but that’s a whole other why you should watch You Tube beauty tutorials post.

But as I’ve gotten older and had my kids, my hair has changed drastically in both colour and texture. I’ve always had thin, straight hair but let me give you an example of what my hair was like when I was younger.

This is my younger daughter who is 3 years old. That is her natural, gorgeous perfect highlighted without highlights hair.

Little C's hair - northstory.ca

That moves like you’d expect hair commercial hair to move.

The blonde is my husbands side.

My daughter on the swings in the summer - northstory.ca

That was the hair of my childhood until one day I decided to try out lemon juice and water at age 13 on a trip to Florida and it was never the same since. I won’t even get into what happened to it after pregnancy.

As for my current hair? Eh.

Most days it’s in a ponytail. By 7 pm it feels like sandpaper mixed with oil.  I know that’s so enticing.

So when Garnier asked a group of bloggers if they wanted to try out their new Fructis Damage Eraser, I was like sign me up. I mean I still remember the first time I was introduced to Fructis. I was living with my roommates and one of them came home and was like “Have you guys smelled this new shampoo?” in that famous neon green bottle.

I am pretty sure the rest was history and it was quickly indoctrinated into our bathroom. The scent still reminds me of the years my husband and I had started dating.

As for the Frutis Damage Eraser…here’s another secret. I knew I would like it before I even tried it. Because I love Garnier. Aside from using the original Fructis, I spent years colouring my hair with their Nutrisse Medium Natural Brown #50.

Now while both the shampoo and conditioner in the Damage Eraser line are great, but I will admit I am more smitten by the conditioner. Mainly because as a woman with long and straight, volume challenged hair, it’s hard to find a conditioner that doesn’t cause your hair to weigh down and still make it feel like you should be walking around like a hair commercial with your hair blowing in the wind.

At least that’s how my imagination tells me my hair looks like on a good hair day.

And the first thing I noticed after I blow dried was how light it felt. Ridiculously light. In fact I ran my hand through my hair so many times since I started using it (sans ponytail of course) that I am pretty sure the people thought I was auditioning for a commercial or was the crazy lady in line buying her groceries. It really felt rejuvenated.

And light. Did I mention light? Light is important.

Garnier Damage Eraser Review - northstory.ca

You know what else I did? I tried it out on my kids.

I have two daughters and both have long hair so we go through a lot of hair care products in this house. And they loved it. Of course to them it’s all about “Ooh this smells nice.” But they spent a lot of time outdoors in the summer and my oldest has been using conditioner for at least 2 years now. It worked great on their hair.

PS – Seriously never change your scent. We love your products and they way they smell.

We tried to take the best selfie we could after using it. I swear they are mine despite the blonder hair discrepancy.

Me and my girls - northstory.ca

If you want to try some for yourself and take advantage of their trial offer and go to visit Garnier to discover it for yourself.

Fructis Damage Eraser reconstructs hair’s strength by 90% and is specifically formulated for dry and damaged hair. Perhaps flat iron addicts. No idea who that could be…(my husband James has been trying to wean me off of this for years!)

And you know that the heat of summer and pool weather is coming, so get prepared, protect your hair and get it done!

This post was brought to you by Garnier L’Oreal Canada via SheBlogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Garnier L’Oreal Canada

 

10 Comments

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    Lynne from design the life you want to live
    May 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

    That’s it. I’m buying it today. Expect light fluffy hair tomorrow 🙂 xx

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    Danielle
    May 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    The older I get the weirder my hair gets. I’ll definitely be giving this a try!

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    Inspire Me Heather
    May 27, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Ok, I’m soo going to try it too. My hair is ALWAYS bad, thanks Alex!!

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    May 27, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I like you more every day… My own personal luxury salon is similar to yours – Paul cuts my hair.

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    Kristen S
    May 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I think when you hit 30, you wake up the next day with brittle, dry, damaged hair (or maybe it was that I partied a little too hard on my last day of my 20’s). Either way, I’m “old” and now officially have damaged, brittle, frizzy hair. It really needs some help.

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    Kristi
    May 28, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I have always used Garnier Nutrisse hair coloring. I love it!!

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    Emma
    May 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Damn you and your product enabling… I got so caught up looking at all your lovely hair that I didn’t notice my kids “cleaning” the floor with water + dirt my son brought home from school in his pockets. Trying the shampoo, though.

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      Alex
      May 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Your kids would get along with mine then. Don’t be fooled by the hair, I’ve nicknamed my youngest Linus from the Charlie Brown comics.

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    Chris
    June 29, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I will have to give it a try! I too cut my own hair… I just can’t trust anyone else, did my own balayage highlights yesterday too! Why not! You all have beautiful hair!

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