Get Gorgeous Hair This Fall!

It can be difficult to keep hair soft and shiny during the colder months.  It is important to use the right products to manage dry hair and keep it looking great!

I was sent the following products to review with my honest opinion.  Try one or two to help your hair this fall:

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Chai Restorative Shampoo
Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Chai Restorative Shampoo
Shampoo Pumpkin Chai Restorative ($15 USD 8 oz) — A Good Earth Beauty Exclusive! A moisturizing, restorative shampoo scented like pumpkin with a hint of spice. Warm, cozy and delightful. A perfect marriage of fresh pumpkin with creamy, milky chai.
What I think:  This smells delicious!  My daughters and I are really enjoying the scent of this and the matching conditioner.  Not only does it smell amazing (and the hair keeps the scent all day), it leaves my hair clean and soft!

Available at www.goodearthbeauty.com.

AGEbeautiful Anti-Aging Demi Permanent Liqui-Creme Haircolor Clear
AGEbeautiful Anti-Aging Demi Permanent Liqui-Creme Haircolor Clear

Zotos AGEbeautiful Anti-Aging Demi Permanent Liqui-Creme Haircolor Clear ($5.99 USD) –a colorless demi-permanent shine glaze that adds a brilliant glossiness, amplifies smoothness, and improves hair’s manageability.

What I think: This is a great product to add shine back into the hair! It’s easy to use and leaves hair soft and shiny without changing the color.

Available at www.sallybeauty.com

Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Hair Serum
Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Hair Serum

Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Hair Serum ($49.95 on sale for $25 USD, 3.4 fl oz) — Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Hair Serum with Grapeseed Oil and Essential Oils is a leave-in hair serum which naturally infuses you hair with Omega-6, antioxidants, and Vitamin E.  Your hair instantly absorbs the serum resulting in incredible shine, softness, bounce, and UV protection.  This amazing serum instantly eliminates frizz!  That is amazing.

What I think: This is a great everyday serum.  I put it in my hair washing while it is still damp and it helps keep away the frizzies and leaves my hair soft and shiny.  It is a light, non-greasy oil.  And it has a fresh, herbal scent.

Learn more at www.maijanbeauty.com

ricket Amped Up Tease Brush Fushia
Cricket Amped Up Tease Brush Fushia

Cricket  Amped Up Tease Brush Fushia ($4.29, $2.69 on sale now) — A Cricket Amped Up Tease Brush works great to increase volume on all hair types. Great for updo styling and increasing volume on all hair types.

Boar. Nylon mixed multi-level bristles enable you to create various degrees of volume and style easily. A unique bristle pattern and texture minimizes damage, breakage, frizz and split ends. Hair is left smooth and shiny.

An ergonomic handle provides maximum comfort as well as being heat and chemical resistant. Specially designed sectioning tip allows for separation and texture variation.

What I think:  I don’t usually tease my hair, but I really like this brush.  It teases well, or you can use it as a detangler.  Very affordable!

Available at http://www.sallybeauty.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-SA-Site/default/Search-Show?q=Amped+up

Mixed Chicks Spring Bands
Mixed Chicks Spring Bands

Mixed Chicks Spring Bands ($3 USD) — Mixed Chicks introduces their very own tangle-free spring bands that are perfect for all types of hair; never pulling out any strands and leaving hair kink/tangle-free. No more worrying about damaging your locks with extra tight constraints. Go from updos to loose, flowy locks without dents or lumps using these new spring bands! Whether you have straight, natural, or super curly tresses, the hair ties will slip out effortlessly without damaging or breaking your hair. Easy to put in or take out, these spring bands are great for gym workouts, quick errands or evening outings. Color coordinate your favorite look with any one of the spring bands and be a trendsetter with this stylish new hair product.

What I think:  These work very well in all types of hair.  I have wavy hair, but I know that they will work well in curly hair, too.  They are available in Clear Light Yellow, Clear Light Pink, Clear Aqua Blue, Clear Amber, and Clear Black.

Available on www.mixedchicks.net.

Enjoy!

Reviews of CEW Finalists By Fresh, M.A.C. and Neutrogena plus an Ojon Giveaway!

CEW – a nonprofit professional organization with more than 4,500 executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance and related industries– has recently presented its annual Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards, the only beauty award voted on by industry experts. The Awards celebrate the most innovative products of the year, and its list of 140 finalists include some of the most popular and effective products around.  You can learn more at www.cew.org.

I have received a few products from CEW for review and one cool hair product from Ojon to giveaway (see below).  The products are:

Fresh Seaberry Restorative Body Cream

Seaberry Restorative Body Cream ($28.50 USD) is an ultra-hydrating and nourishing treatment designed to calm and relieve irritation. The moisturizing formula is fortified with omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 and seaberry oil, a powerful antioxidant that helps to restore, protect, and soften the skin. Its creamy rich texture offers a luxurious skin-soothing experience. The ingredients in this lotion are:

– Seaberry oil, also known as seabuckthorn oil, is a powerful antioxidant rich in omegas 7 & 9 that helps to restore, protect, and soften the skin.
– Cranberry seed oil is packed with omegas 3, 6 & 9 and vitamin E to help maintain the skin’s elasticity and smoothness.
– Sal seed butter, rich in omegas 6 & 9, apricot kernel seed oil, and jojoba seed oil help to hydrate and nourish.
– Sea lavender helps to soothe and calm dry skin.

What I think: This lotion is amazing!  You only need one small squirt for both hands and arms.  It is cooling and so silky on.  This is perfect for after shaving or spending time in the sun (with sunscreen on, of course)!  It has a pretty strong herbal scent, but it’s not unpleasant.

www.fresh.com and www.sephora.com

M.A.C. False Lashes

M.A.C. False Lashes ($19 USD) Fashionably false in look, but honestly real, this mascara’s key benefits of volume and curl are matched by a dramatic end look. The unique edge: the ultra-thickening formula in combo with the plush-’em-up action of its unique double-lush brush.

What I think: I have never tried a M.A.C. mascara and was excited to try this one.  I have mixed feelings about this mascara.  It does add length, but does not thicken unless you use a lot of coats, then it ends up clumping.  It also runs very easily, and since I have allergies, it starts running shortly after I apply it. So yay on length and boo on volume and wearability.

You can learn more and purchase at M.A.C. stores and www.maccosmetics.com.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion SPF 15

Neutrogena® Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion with SPF 15 ($15.99 USD) is a gentle daily moisturizer formulated for even the most sensitive skin. It’s clinically proven to instantly soothe and calm skin, visibly reducing redness and irritation. This uniquely developed formula with Chamomile and Feverfew makes skin less sensitive after just one week by strengthening skin’s moisture barrier. Skin is left smoother, more supple, and healthier looking with daily use. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen protects the skin against the sun’s damaging rays.  With an allergy tested fragrance uniquely developed for sensitive skin, skin is left feeling calmer, softer and smoother.

What I think:  My skin becomes more sensitive the older I get.  So I was happy to try this gentle daily moisturizer.  It is not greasy and really soothes my red cheeks everyday  I also love the SPF 15 that is in the product.  I have been applying moisturizer and SPF separately and this is much more convenient and way less heavy feeling.

You may purchase at a mass market retailer near you.

Ojon Color Sustain™ Gloss Finishing Hair Spray

Now For the Giveaway!!!

I am giving away a Ojon Color Sustain Gloss Finishing Hair Spray ($23.50 USD) Formulated with UVA/UVB sunscreens. This weightless finishing spray for color-treated hair not only keeps styles under control, it actually promotes hair’s natural shine and radiance. And it never leaves a heavy, sticky, color-dulling residue. Pure Ojon™ oil, nature’s hair-repairing golden elixir instantly preps hair to work with Tahitian Monoi so it can enhance softness and sheen. Hair looks rich, lustrous and vibrant. It’s the perfect summer or vacation hairspray for color-treated hair.

If you would like to win this, please leave a comment on my blog.  I will randomly choose a winner on Monday, June 4, 2012.

Good luck!  And please, only residents of the United States and Canada.

Enjoy!

TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Curl Collection

TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Curl Collection

Are your curls frying in the sun or wilting in the humidity?  Try products that are made especially for curly hair like the new TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Curl Collection.

Enhance natural curls and waves to bring out the very best in your hair. The exclusive Catwalk® Aquacomplex features a fusion of Cucumber Water, Kelp, Algae, Seaweed and Sea Fennel to sooth and moisturize curls and deliver extraordinary hydration while creating perfectly formed curls with movement, separation and shine. Each of the collection’s seven products features a crisp, cool, marine-inspired scent that will leave you feeling refreshed, energized and revitalized. The collection is complete with a Defining Shampoo, Hydrating Conditioner, Leave-In Conditioner, Lightweight and Strong Mousses, Curls Rock Curl Amplifier and a Defining Serum.

What I think:  It’s fantastic that TIGI Catwalk has made a line especially for curly hair.  My hair is more wavy than curly, but I really enjoyed the moisturizing elements of the shampoo and conditioner and the fact that it guarded my hair from the Kansas City humidity.  I didn’t try the styling products, but I’m sure they would provide additional conditioning and protection for curls.

Price: $14.95 – 19.95, available in fine salons nationwide; visit www.tigihaircare.com for more information.

Nourishing and Protective Products for Summer Hair

It’s funny that although I don’t really style my hair in the summer, I use a lot of hair products to get the “natural” look.  But, the products that I use are as good for my hair as they make it look good. Here are a few that I have been using regularly and recommend to help hair stay healthy in the heat.

Nick Chavez Plump ‘N Thick Leave-In Thickening Creme Conditioner ($22.00 USD) — an exceptional leave-in conditioner for all hair types that maximizes your hair’s body and volume creating richer, thicker, fatter hair. May be applied to dry, wet or damp hair. Special thickening agents have been added to super hydrate and expand the cuticle.

What I think: This is perfect for two reasons; if you want extra conditioning in the summer for dry and frizzy hair, plus if you need to plump up your limp hair, this is the perfect product.  I usually air dry my hair in the summer so I mostly use this on wet hair after a shower. It helps my hair dry softer and thicker.  Visit www.nickchavezbeverlyhills.com to learn more and purchase.

Crack Leave In Hair Cream ($19.99 USD) — Crack is a leave-in hair cream made with Acai Extract and Silk Protein to moisturize and protect hair from dryness.   This is a unique multi-tasking leave in treatment AND styling aid in one, that instantly and effectively transforms, keratin-depleted, stressed, frizzy, curly hair to a sleek, smooth, healthy, shiny dimension.  Sophisticated micro proteins and power peptides instantly infuse deep into the hair cuticle and encase the hair follicle with a keratinous bond, to promote healing, block the effects of humidity and eliminate up to 95% frizz and curl, leaving hair smooth, shiny and luxurious. This can be purchased on www.folica.com and several professional beauty supply stores near you.

What I think:  LOVE the Crack!  I have been using this almost every day since I have received it. I put just a little in my damp hair and run it through to the ends.  It makes my hair shiny, less frizzy and strengthens it.  This product also protects from the sun and chlorine which is perfect for the summer, and the rest of the year.  Try it, you’ll be addicted, too!

Redken Extreme CAT Protein Reconstructing Treatment for Distressed Hair (14.95 USD) — is an extreme treatment dedicated  to strengthening and healing distressed hair. Part of the Redken Extreme Collection (for hair that is up to 4 times stronger!) this restorative spray contains patented Taurine Technology and Cationic Proteins to help reconstruct damaged hair while preventing future damage or weighing the hair down. Silky, spray formula increases manageability, comb-ability, body and shine. Redken’s  exclusive Interbond Conditioning System delivers unique Proteins, Ceramide and Lipids that provide internal strength to the hair’s structure, reinforcement of the cuticles, and a protective resurfacing to every strand. Hair becomes healthy looking and shiny again. Dry, damaged hair is no longer a CATastrophe with Redken Extreme CAT Reconstructing Treatment.

What I think:  I love this whole Redken Extreme line, but this is the product that I have been using the most.  I love that I can use this on wet or dry hair; I especially love that it is perfect as a detangler for my daughters crazy hair wet or dry.  My 7-year-old loves to run outside in the morning with knots in her hair so I grab her and spray this in her hair and the knots come right out!  I like it for myself as well as it is a great wet hair or dry finishing spray.  NICE!

Surya Brasil Protects Your Hair Color

Surya Brasil Color Fixation

Want your hair color to last? The Surya Brasil Color Fixation Collection—comprising six miracle hair products—makes it easy to repair and hydrate battered, thirsty locks at home without spending your entire paycheck. Created with nutrient-and-antioxidant-rich ingredients from the Brazilian Amazon like Buriti Fruit Oil (nourishes and improves elasticity), Cupuaçu Seed Butter (moisturizes) and Essential Oils of Rose Flower, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang and Sandalwood, these 100% vegetarian and paraben/sulfate/artificial fragrance-free products will restore lifeless strands and protect against harmful UV rays. Infuse your hair with the rainforest’s finest ingredients to create a silky head of hair for fall!
 
For best results, use the Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner together daily and apply the treatment products weekly or on an as-needed basis. The products are:

Restorative Shampoo ($9.99 USD) — Perfect  for chemically treated hair. It reconstructs hair fibers and repairs damaged and split ends, while lengthening the vibrancy of color and protecting it from fading away. 

Restorative Conditioner ($9.99 USD) — Like the Restorative Shampoo, the Restorative Conditioner reconstructs hair fibers and repairs damaged and split ends, but it doesn’t stop there: this gentle conditioner also increases hair strength and shine, ensuring healthy, lustrous locks.

Leave-In Cream Conditioner ($7.99 USD) — Keep color vibrant and protect it from fading, while simultaneously hydrating and detangling stubborn strands.  This leave-in beauty also adds shine and strengthens hair while softening.

Restorative Serum ($7.99 USD) — Repair split ends and reconstruct broken hair fibers for an easily manicured mane with this little miracle.  It lays frizz to rest and, in the process, gives extra shine to your newly smooth hair.

Single Application Intensive Treatment ($3.99 USD) — This 5-minute treatment breathes life into washed out color by closing cuticles and restoring shine. Add a single drop to hair after washing or mix with your favorite conditioner.

Maximum Hair Treatment Mask ($8.99 USD) — Enriched with rice protein and 15 hair-centric herbs extracted from India and the Amazon Rainforest, this mask hydrates and renews.  Use once a week to help color last longer!

What I think: I really like the shampoo and conditioner, but it is very moisturizing and thus not good for oily hair. I also really love the serum. A little goes a long way and makes hair very shiny. The intensive treatment turns very dry hair soft. The only product I didn’t care for was the Leave-In conditioner. It didn’t make much of a difference in my hair. 

Find Surya Brasil products at Whole Foods nationwide or on www.SuryaBrasilProducts.com

Does Your Hair Need Help? Try It’s a 10!

It’s a 10 hair styling products operates on the belief that an excellent multipurpose product that delivers salon-quality results will change the appearance of hair.

This is just what our hair needs for this time of the year. The air is getting colder and dryer, but we need our hair to look better than ever for all of the holiday festivities. Try one of the following products to get your hair in shape.

Miracle Styling Serum — Bring out the best dimension, fullness and shine each and every time you style with It’s a 10 Miracle Styling Serum. Never before has such a small amount of product made such a noticeable difference on all types of styles. It defines curls with bounce and body. It makes straight styles sleek and flowing. And it protects hair from heat styling and environmental damage with several naturally derived ingredients:

Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil — a natural antioxidant  that protects and softens hair; Noni Fruit Oil — nourishes, moisturizes and repairs damage to the hair shaft while also improving elasticity; Castor Oil Copolymer — moisturizes scalp and hair, prevents and helps reduce damage, provides deep conditioning, reduces frizz and stimulates healthy hair growth; Natural Fragrance — created with hints of rose, geranium and citrus.

The It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product is an ideal solution for smoothing hair, eliminating frizz, restoring shine, and enhancing natural body. As well, it is an excellent nourishing treatment that can be used alone and/or as a restorative styling product that leaves hair soft and bouncy. Made with numerous natural ingredients our Miracle Leave-In Product works with all hair types to bring out natural luster and manageability while also making hair stronger and healthier with every use.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product is fortified with natural ingredients such as: Panthenol — a highly effective strengthener; Sunflower Seed Extract — natural sunscreen that guards against color fading and/or brassiness; Green Tea Leaf Extract: shields hair from environmental damage with powerful antioxidants; Silk Amino Acids — restores natural moisture balance while adding strength and shine; Citric Acid (Vitamin C) — a powerful antioxidant that defends hair’s natural strength and beauty.

Visit www.itsa10haircare.com to find a salon near you that carries these fab hair products.