Summertime Hair Survival!

Summer sun and humidity really dries out my hair.  So I need to infuse my hair with moisture to make it look good in the heat!

The products below do just that, plus help me style it so it looks its best.

Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter

Nourish that summer-dried hair with Klorane Shampoo With Mango Butter ($18 USD, 13.4 oz) Klorane Laboratories have selected mango butter for its high content in fatty acids endowed with nourishing properties.  The nourishing shampoo with mango butter from Klorane nourishes and restructures the hair shaft, closes up hair cuticles and fills in the cracks of the surface hydrolipidic film to protect it from dehydration.  A nourishing care for reinforced anti hair dryness action.   Hypoallergenic*.

I also have tried Klorane Conditioner With Mango Butter ($14 USD, 5.1 oz) — Mango butter has a high content in fatty acids which nourish the hair shaft and fill in the cracks of the surface hydrolipic film.  A specific nourishing agent has also been included in the formula to smooth down hair scales and coat the hair to facilitate untangling.  For manageable, easier-to-untangle hair in complete gentleness.  Nourished and smooth, you will once again flaunt all their shine and softness. Hypoallergenic.*

What I think:  First of all, this smells fantastic, like fresh mangoes.  Using both products result in moisturized hair that is super soft to the touch.  This system is great for every day if you have extremely dry hair — or once or twice a week for occasional deep moisturization.  Learn more at

White Sands Orchid Bliss Shampoo and Conditioner

White Sands is proud to announce the addition of Orchid Bliss Shampoo & Conditioner (9.5oz Shampoo, $19.50 & 9.5oz Conditioner, $20.50) to their current line of superior salon hair cleansing products. Encompassing a one of a kind concept, Orchid Bliss utilizes the anti-aging characteristics and mineral richness of the orchid flower to support color retention with a sulfate-free formula while providing strand revitalization and cuticle nutrition all in one.

Orchids, known for their moisturizing properties, fight free radicals, increase hair immunity and reduce the appearance of strand imperfections. Enhanced by the duo’s fresh citrus scent, the orchid extract contained in Orchid Bliss Shampoo & Conditioner in addition to natural ingredients like sunflower seed extract, grape seed oil, carrot seed, olive extract, apricot kernel & more restore back the moisture, shine, elasticity and softness to hair that has been damaged from chemical treatments, thermal stress and daily UV exposure. This orchid complex will instantly fill in the cracks and imperfections in each strand giving a high shine, making hair simply brilliant with UV protection in addition to effortlessly working in conjunction with other styling products to improve texture, repel moisture, while enhancing vibrant color.

What I think:  This lovely system is natural and gentle and can be used daily to restore hair from colorings and styling tools — and the harsh summer elements! It has a beautiful floral scent. Learn more at

Aveda Pure Abundance Collection

New aveda pure abundance style-prep infuses hair with all-day weightless volume that feels naturally yours.  Thickens strands with a 97% naturally-derived botanical blend, and boosts volume with a natural corn-derived polymer.  Give fine, limp strands the hold they need for body that lasts all day.

Build body and volume with aveda’s pure abundance system.  While naturally-derived thickeners help your hair reach its full potential, aromas of jasmine, certified organic peppermint, palmarosa and ylang ylang play to the senses.

Start with pure abundance volumizing shampoo ($16 USD) and volumizing clay conditioner ($16 USD).  Prep hair for weightless volumizing with style-prep ($24 USD).  Finish with hair potion™ ($24 USD) and volumizing hair spray™ ($17 USD) for texture and firm hold.

What  I think: I love this whole collection.  Used together, I have seen a noticeable increase in the volume of my hair. I use the style-prep by spraying on damp hair and also when my hair is dry and needs a bit of restyling.  The hair potion is also a cool product in that it is a moist powder that you rub in your hand to liquify it, then run it through your hair to immediately increase the volume.   Purchase at

Cricket Ultra Smooth Oil Combs

To tame frizzies, invest in double-duty Cricket Ultra Smooth Comb. Infused with a blend of Argan & Olive Oils and Keratin protein, this comb reduces frizz and makes hair soft and smooth sans styling sprays or serums.

Features of each comb are:

  • A blend of argan and olive oils, plus keratin protein infused plastic
  • Glides through hair easily
  • Ergonomically designed
  • Helps add shine and smoothness
  • Reduces frizz
  • Will not leave residue on hands

What I think:  These combs are like magic.  I have been wearing my hair in a ponytail, braid or bun all summer, and if it get messy, I take it out and comb it with one of these combs and it is instantly smoother!  My hair is shinier and sans frizz!  Awesome!  Purchase at ($6.49/comb)

Crush by One 1″ Ceramic Flat Iron

Crush by One 1 in Ceramic Flat Iron ($80 USD 1″, $30 USD mini ) — The Crush Flat Irons (available in 1” or as a Mini) have floating beveled plates that provide ultimate control during styling.  Wide temperature ranges make them ideal for any hair type, while the dual voltage make them travel must-haves.

What I think: I really like the temperature range on this.  My hair is fairly thin and I don’t need it too hot, but my daughter has insanely thick hair that needs a lot of heat.  It is great that we can both use the same straightener.  It also helps with summer frizzies — just use a nice heat styling product with it to prevent damage.  Learn more at







Easy, On-The-Go Moisture, With Smith & Vandiver Aromatherapaes Moisture Balm

Traveling this summer and don’t want to take bottles or jars of lotion to keep skin soft?  Try a moisture balm.  They smooth and heal dry, rough skin, especially areas such as your cuticles, elbows, knees, and ankles.  They are also great for legs and other areas after shaving.

One I am currently is Smith & Vandiver’s Aromatherapaes Moisture Balm. It is available in 2 scents:

•    Soothing Moisture with Neroli & Lavender: Perfect for post-shaving, post-pool party, and a day spent beachside.

•    Refreshing Moisture with Sweet Orange & Vanilla: Fabulous for arid summer climates, dried-out skin from hanging out next to the AC too long, and post-shower.

Key Ingredients:
• Shea Butter
• Neroil
• Cocoa Butter
• Lavender
• Beeswax
• Sweet Orange Oil
• Sweet Almond Oil
• Vanilla

Love that it’s Natural!  All Aromatherapaes products are formulated to meet the Whole Foods Premium standard and are certified under  the Natural Products Association. With these standards, a product must not only meet a 95% level of certified
natural ingredients, the balance must be certified-safe synthetics that have no natural alternative. The NPA seal
helps consumers know they are getting a truly natural product.

Directions for Use:

Twist container from bottom to expose stick. Apply directly to dry skin areas.


Moisture Balm is available at grocery, chain drug, and mass-market retailers, specialty stores and natural stores
across the country and on-line at The suggested retail price is $5.99.  Enjoy!

Philosophy Hope In A Tinted Moisturizer

Philosophy Hope In A Tinted Moisturizer

This is the time of year that I start switching heavier foundations to a tinted moisturizer.  When the weather gets warmer, I want a lighter product on my face. It just feels and looks better!

I was happy to test Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer ($38.00 USD) from Philosophy. This product claims to combine advanced moisture, sheer color and SPF 20 to hydrate, revive and protect skin, leaving it fresh, hydrated and radiant.

Now Hope in a Jar, the award-winning, lightweight daily moisturizer, can color your world beautiful with this tinted moisturizer. Its sheer, glowing color helps smooth and enhance the complexion. Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection and a blend of antioxidants protect your skin against wrinkles and environmental attack. Its unique souffle texture absorbs quickly, yet leaves behind long-wearing coverage with a weightless texture that all skin types will love.

features & benefits

  • 4-in-1, multitasking formula combines sheer color + moisture + antioxidants + spf 20
  • lightweight texture glorifies all skin types
  • airless pump dispenses the perfect dose

What I think: This tinted moisturizer goes on smooth like Hope in a Jar, but provides almost full coverage like a foundation, but it does let the skin (including my freckles) shine through. I love the matte finish, which is important because a moisturizer can sometimes appear greasy on the skin right after application, but this doesn’t. The only minus for me is that the shade I have, light, is a little too warm for my skin tone. It’s not quite orangey, but it doesn’t match completely. I either need to tan or buy extra light the next time! But I really love that I get all of the goodness of Hope in a Jar with the added benefit of color.

To learn more and purchase this product visit