On the holiday season and Christmas miracles
You may have noticed it's been a little quiet around here, lovelies. I'm sorry for that. December, including the Christmas season, has been busy. Great, but busy. I made some headway on my graduate thesis. I wound down at work after months without any time off, and I did some teaching on the side. I also had a little mishap that involved a few drops of water and my six-year-old Macbook Air. (Did you know that you can't replace a Mac keyboard after five years? Apparently my machine is now "vintage.") Miraculously, the keyboard began working again after about an hour of malfunctioning. No explanation. It just dried off. A Christmas miracle? Maybe.
After my mishap, my hubby and I spent Christmas eating, drinking, and snuggling babies. Nieces and nephews are the best, am I right? Yesterday, we decided to head home—back to real life, a few more days off work, and a more reasonable diet.
The highway and our car had other plans. About an hour out of Kamloops, BC, where my in-laws live, my hubby and I hit an icy patch going a little too fast. With a spin, spin, smash smash, our car was (probably) totaled, but we were, miraculously, still able to move all our body parts. I can still hardly believe we didn't hit another vehicle given the traffic. A Christmas miracle? Most definitely.
The RCMP and a tow truck arrived almost instantaneously—they must have been patrolling that part of the Coquihalla highway (and for good reason). Within a few hours, what was left of our car was sitting in a tow lot, an insurance claim had been filed, and we were back at my in-laws' with our heads spinning only a little.
We'll probably never see our car again. It may cost us a lot. I'd really like to be at home snuggling my fur-babies right now and not several hours away in a house that isn't mine. My back is a little sore. But I keep reminding myself of a rather important detail: My husband and I are alive, and no worse for wear. I'm thankful. SO thankful. Drive carefully, my lovelies.
Given this back story, maybe referring to a hair care system as a "miracle" seems inappropriate. Maybe it's like a starter miracle. Or really sweet science. But whatever I decide to call it, my hair is really happy!
MONAT's Volume System
A couple of months ago, a friend referred me to a friend of hers who sells MONAT, a high-end hair care line that is meant to repair hair and stimulate growth. The before-and-after photos are impressive. Would I like to try MONAT and post a review in exchange for free product?
Yes, yes I would. My lifeless, flat, stick-straight hair needs all the help it can get, and then some.
I received the MONAT Volume System, which includes shampoo, conditioner, and root lifter, sometime in October, and I've been using them since. Immediately, I noticed my hair felt softer and smoother, but I wanted to use it a little longer so I could see the maximum benefit. (See the unattractive smears on the bottles that I forgot to wipe off before taking the above photo? Consider them proof that I really have been using the products regularly. You're welcome.)
A couple of months in, I still prefer the look of my hair after a blow dry and a few minutes with a flat iron. The products are not a replacement for volume styling. However, my hair is noticeably more voluminous without help. For the first time in years, I'm okay with wearing my hair down without styling it first. That's a big deal, my friends. What's more, when I do style my hair, it holds volume and style for longer.
I'm not big on the science behind beauty products (though if you are, you can read about it here). I just care whether they do what they say they will do. So far, MONAT does what it says, and I'll definitely be replacing the products—out of my own pocket—when they run out. Are they cheap? At $129 CAD for all three products (you can buy them separately, but it's not quite as good a deal), that's a hard no. But I think it's worth it.
I regret to say that I don't have before-and-after photos for you. (I know. LAME.) I cut and toned my hair around the same time that I began using MONAT, so I didn't think comparison photos would be accurate or helpful. So you'll have to take my word for it: The stuff works. I am a convert.
The downside of MONAT is that you need to go through someone who sells it rather than buying it in store. I recommend you check out the Elizabeth Suitor's website, or visit her on Facebook or Instagram accounts (she hooked me up with product). She features photos, information, and more. Plus, if you visit, you'll be supporting a lady boss, which is something I can always get behind!
Have you heard of MONAT? What do you think? Would you consider giving it a try? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: These products were provided for my consideration. As always, opinions are my own.