All posts filed under: Hair

Susanne Kaufmann Hair Care

I’ve been unfaithful…. After promising myself last year to use mainly (and preferably only) organic hair and skincare, as I noticed firsthand what an amazing effect it had on my skin and hair, I slacked, big time. And I have the (terribly poor) results to show for it. Botchy skin and haystack hair is my current look *not so pretty in the morning…* Back to nature, literally! Time to draw up an action plan and get my butt into gear (lazy person here!!). I threw out all the lab made, semi industrial shampoo’s (ie I let my husband finish them… ) and binned all of the conditioners and masks with an ingredient list that has me going “no no”, instead of “go go”. What remained? Very very little, I must admit… I dove into my still to try-stash, and went looking for the Susanne Kaufmann duo I knew I still had to try. Susanne Kaufmann is a no nonsene, all natural brand that I tried and loved before (see here),  so when I rediscovered the Susanne …

Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry

All that glitters ain’t gold, but when it comes to my hair, I’d go for that shine every day! As a woman with long and thick hair, blow drying my tresses every two or three days is a necessity if I want to avoid a frizz fest (and even then!), but let’s be honest, it’s hard work!  Without the help of my trusty hair dryer, may hair may fall straight down, not a wave or curl in sight, but it also looks dull and frizz rules supreme! Not my best look! Haircare is probably the beauty bit where I am least faithful, I mix and match with whatever I have standing in my bathroom at that moment, and will happily use a shampoo of brand A with a conditioner or mask from brand B or C. This is turning out to not be the best way to treat my hair, as it has looked way better in the past. Time to step it up and get my tresses glowing again. In the meantime, I’ve been …

Happy New Year!

2015 has come and gone, 2016 has begun, and so has all the fun! (See what I did there!). Even though the 1st of January is already behind us, I still wanted to take a little moment  before getting back into the swing of things. Before anything else, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support this past year! Every single read, like and comment (both on- and offline!) meant more to me than you’ll ever realize, and I am extremely grateful for each and every one of them.  2015 was a bit of a rocky year, both personally and on the blog, but a new year offers a chance to start afresh. Time to write that new chapter! For that new chapter, I would love your input! What do you want to see more or less of on LeenLovesStyle? Less beauty? Or even more beauty? Increase the fashion dose? Or maybe inject a bit more lifestyle? Maybe a bit more structure? Let me know …

Miriam Quevedo Haircare

There’s a new kid on the haircare block, and she flew in straight from Spain. A while ago, I caught word about a hair scrub, and instantly, I was über curious. I  just can’t help myself, I had a good hair routine going, and still, my inner beauty discovery addict took over and I had to give it a go! Miriam Quevedo is a hair care brand setting it’s first steps into the European market after having conquered it’s native Spain, and as a brand, they’re all about luxurious haircare without all that’s bad for your hair, such as mineral oils, parabens, phtalates and surfactants (to make shampoo’s lather). Back to the Exfoliating Scalp Mask, cause this bottle triggered this whole new brand obsession! A scrub for your scalp, in the disguise of a mask. Sounds a lot like skincare! If you suffer from itchiness, dandruft, a greasy or overly dry scalp, chances are that this is a caused by a scalp that is out of balance. An overdose of styling products, nor matter how …

ZenZ Therapy Wax Hairspray gets a firm hold on your hair – Giveaway

Anyone else suffers from Autumn-hair stress (or any season humidity hair-stress for that matter?). We all know that age old problem, after having spent hours in the bathroom perfectly styling and coiffing each strand of hair, it all goes down the drain the moment you step outside. As much as I love Autumn, when it comes to my hair, woe is all I know. Frizz is my middle name, and come November, it just cannot be tamed anymore. Time to break out the big(er) guns! Now that summer is over, that perfectly styled beach look takes a lot more work than before, and if I”m putting in the effort, I want to flaunt it all day long! Enter the ZenZ Therapy Wax Spray Firm Hold. Danish, organic and combining aromatherapy with hair treatments,  this hairspray is the first one to ever compete with my beloved Ellnett hairspray. Many have tried, many have failed, but this spray wax is still in the running! After drying my hair, I apply this all over if I feel like going …

L’Oreal Professional Pro Fiber Recover To The Rescue

My hair is a mess! There, I said it. Two pregnancies, too many colour jobs and almost daily hairdryer blasts have left it in a dry, brittle, unmanageable state that have my mum comparing it to neon straw (thank you mum!!). Needless to say, I need to fix it or chop it, and since I don’t want to say goodbye to my lovely long bob, I’m going into full restore mode, head first! Joining me on this hair-restore mission is L’Oréal Professionnel, whose newest line, L’Oréal Professionel Pro Fiber is about to change this hair-saving game! With all the abuse, heat styling, swift brushing and environmental pollution we put our locks through, the hair fibres weaken and become prone to brittleness and breakage. Described as “a professional treatment to combat multi levels of damage, depending on hair types”, the Pro Fiber Line consists of three ranges, Pro Fiber Rectify for light and damaged hair, Pro Fiber Recover for medium damaged hair and Pro Fiber Reconstruct for thick, coloured and heavily damaged hair (that means mine!). If desired, you can start …

Thickening up my tresses with Aveda Thickening Lotion

We all know the feeling, when your hair looks the part, you can run the world, and it falls flat, well, so does your day. A hairdo, good or bad, is such an intrinsic part of how we feel that day, and hair not behaving like you want it to is truly disheartening. My hair always been badly behaved, I may have been spared of the cuse that is fine hair, but because it is so thick, and there is so much of it, it is also bloody heavy! My locks fall flat under their own weight, it starts out like the perfect soufflé, but implodes after an hour or so. A lot of swishing, but not in an elegant, whoosing, movie-star slo-mo kind of way. I must have tried every brand under the sun in my quest for a thickening or strengthening spray, and where one was too sticky, number two created a Beetlejuice-type of hairdo (more like a hairdon’t!) and the third one was a real dud! When the Aveda Thickening Lotion* made it’s …

Balmain Hair Care – Part 2

Luxury and LeenLovesStyle, they go together like peas in a pod. A few months ago I already spoke of wanting to try the Balmain Hair Care range, and guess what… The allure of Haute Couture Hair and K’s raving about this range proved to be too much, so I gave in. The Balmain Moisturing Line Gift Set made it’s way towards me not long after my previous article, and I’ve been testing it ever since. The Moisture Line Gift Set contain the Moisturizing Shampoo, The Moisturizing Conditioner and the Repair Mask. A triple moisturizing threat for my manes, but did it really give me that shiny effortless chique hair of the Parisian woman that I craved? The entire Moistuzizing line is built upon the strenghts of argan oil and silk protein , it aims to be deeply nourishing, revitalizing and softening for both natural and coloured hair. Additional UV filters, heat- and colour protectors are designed to keep our hair silky smooth, supple and shiny. But what did my full head of sun-bleached tresses think …

Leen Travels – An Even Lighter Body Care Menu

Yesterday you could read all about me being proud of myself for packing only the skincare essentials (major over-packer here!), but the rest of the toiletries proved to be even more difficult. Not wanting to lugg around a different set of toiletries for everyone, I chose multifunctional over fancy personal preferences, and went for the troupers that work for Mr B, the little ones and me. The Avène XeraCalm Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil  is the one all rounder that works for everyone in the LeenLovesStyle household. Soft and gentle enough for me and Little Miss C yet thorough enough to get a kid clean after a day outside. Hair is covered by good old Nivea, with a little touch of Aussie for me, I’m taking the 3 Minute Miracle Reconstruction Mask to fix that dried out pool / sun hair situation.  After showering, a lick of  the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ does wonders for all of us, from Little Miss C’s atopic skin to Mr B’s man’s legs. Also coming on this trip is the …