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Hair Confessional!

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Okay, so I totally have a confession.

I am really, really bad about taking care of my hair. Like, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve had it professionally cut in the last ten years. I started a pretty serious regimen of bleaching from root to end when I was a teenager. From the ages of sixteen to twenty (and sometimes beyond) my hair has been red, blue, purple, green and pink. I was totally that kid.

Once I stopped bleaching my hair, I realized I had a problem. That problem was largely my hair straightener, and I was addicted to it. I gave up blow drying my hair in my early twenties, as it took too much time in my morning routine and inevitably made me look like I had recently walked through a wind tunnel. Instead, I started going to bed with my hair wrapped in a towel. Bad idea. I would straighten it for ten minutes every morning before work. Even worse idea.

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By the time I was twenty five, I had recently gotten back into bleaching and dying my hair varying shades of purple. I hadn’t had a hair cut in three years – my last one had been a Betty Page esque cut that I had committed to after a particularly troubling blip in my dating career – and generally considered shampoo and conditioner to be the beginning and end of my routine.

To be honest, my hair looked like I hadn’t taken care of it in ten years. I had cowlicks I never had before because I never got it trimmed, it was falling out and broken, the ends frizzy. You know that “uh oh” feeling you get when you touch the ends of your hair, and your hair is… crispy, for lack of better word? Yeah, that was totally my hair from scalp to end.

I realized pretty soon after that I needed to step up my hair game. And now, a year later, even though I still haven’t had my hair cut in three years, I have a plan.

Back in the mid-00s, there was a Garnier Fructis commercial that featured a song from The Transplants. You’d know it if you heard it. That was the year my love affair with Garnier Fructis began.

When I was out shopping for a new product to try on my hair, I had two options. First, I could actually visit a hairdresser and take out a small business loan to purchase a line of “hopefully this will work” salon brand hair product – or! – I could visit my drug store. I chose the drug store. I’m also scared of hairdressers now as I feel like they will judge me and my poorly maintained head of hair.

I picked up the entire new Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser line to try out, and couldn’t be happier with the results. It took about three washes for me to begin seeing a change in the condition of my hair, which started with the ends. After using the Split End Bandage (before wrapping my hair in a towel for three hours – old habits die hard), I noticed that the ends of my hair went from being frizzy and rough to soft and smooth.

My shower routine has hardly changed. Now I use the Fortifying Shampoo and Repairing Conditioner instead of the shampoo and conditioner I was using before. When I’m feeling fancy, I’ll dig into my little tub of Repairing Mask, and leave it on for a few extra minutes before rinsing it out. It has hardly taken me any extra time to do these things, but the improvement my hair has seen has been incredible.

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It’s funny how different you feel about your hair when you actually start taking care of it, and I am just so stoked I got to try these new Garnier Fructis products out to prove that. I was a little skeptical when the bottle told me that the Damage Eraser line can improve your hair quality up to 90%, but after using these products for less than a week I am totally sold.

So you’re probably wondering how you can get in on this now, right? Well, today’s your lucky Monday! Garnier Fructis is currently is offering a trial offer on their Damage Eraser products. Click the link right here to find out more information.

I also totally want to see your hair transformations. Leave a comment below or tag a photo of your before and after hair with #DamageEraser. We can be hair repair buddies!

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.

Blunder Years

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Oh god, I can’t believe I’m doing this.

First of all you should know that there were photos I found from 2004 that I don’t even have the balls to post on here. They included posing with plastic dinosaurs, fake lip rings, and a lot of REALLY bad hair.

For the fake lip ring record: the ones in these photos are real.

When I was 16, I was obsessed with punk music. Yes, if any of you were there along with me you’ll probably remember the great debate of what was and was not punk music – it was a pretty heavy subject for us all at the time and many an Internet argument broke out over it.

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I used to spend a lot of time in my room listening to said records and taking pictures of myself. There was an emerging Internet culture at the time that was all about being different – Napoleon Dynamite, dinosaurs, plaid jackets, and LiveJournals were the shit. I’m talking about days that predate Myspace, and were more in line with Seth from The OC.

The above photo is a still from one of the many, many, many mini dv tapes I shot of my daily life. I have no idea why I did it, but I would tape anything from car trips to playing with my dog to sitting in the living room watching TV.

I think for a very short time in my life I wanted to be Jonathan Caouette.

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After the 2004 “I’m such a punk” phase came my scene kid phase.

Did everyone have a scene kid phase or was it just the weird kids like me? I was obsessed with Fall Out Boy and Audrey Kitching and wanted to decorate my room in Skelanimals and Gloomy Bear.

Okay I still kind of want to decorate my room with Gloomy Bear but that’s beside the point.

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Oh, you know. Just hanging out in the back seat of my family’s van taking pictures of myself with my SLR. Not a big deal.

I totally don’t regret the person I was then and I would never change the bands I listened to, the way I looked, or the things I did – mainly because I still listen to a lot of the same bands, I still look like the same person, and I’m sure remnants of my personality are leftovers from that time. But man, can it ever be cringeworthy to look back on yourself as a teenager.

Maybe one day I’ll drunk post a bunch of REALLY bad teenaged photos of myself, but that day is definitely not today.

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