Prep Your Hair For Fab Holiday Looks!

Is your hair ready for the holidays!  Smoothing and hydrating hair products go a long way to perfect a beautiful holiday look!

Below is everything from shampoo & conditioner, to hair oils and hairspray to keep hair hold it’s style through festive fun:

Abba Moisture Holiday Duo
Abba Moisture Holiday Duo

ABBA Moisture Holiday Duo ($35 USD, on sale for $26 USD) — This set includes:

ABBA Moisture Shampoo — Use the earth’s purity to gently cleanse, hydrate and strengthen hair. ABBA’s Moisture Shampoo hydrates and strengthens hair while adding softness and eliminating static frizz.

ABBA Moisture Conditioner — Saturates dry, stressed hair and scalp with some of nature’s most soothing and hydrating botanicals while our ProQuinoa Complex™ helps rebuild hair from the root up.

Key Botanicals: Olive Butter, Peppermint Oil, ProQuinoa Complex™

What I think:  This set is very minty!  Together, these products really soften hair and make it so shiny! I love that these are made with natural ingredients and will keep using to strengthen hair.

Purchase at http://www.pureabba.com

MOP Mixed Greens Leave-In Conditioner
MOP Mixed Greens Leave-In Conditioner

MOP Mixed Greens Leave-In Conditioner ($22 USD) — Vitamins A & E protect and strengthen while adding moisture and shine to all types of hair. This is the same great Leave-in Conditioner that you’ve known and loved but with the Mixed Greens name.

What I think — I love this light conditioner.  Apply it on wet hair and dry.  Hair is soft and so manageable when I use it.  It doesn’t leave my hair greasy.

Purchase at http://www.mopproducts.com

Nexxus Oil Infinite Hair Oil for Frizzy Hair
Nexxus Oil Infinite Hair Oil for Frizzy Hair

Nexxus Oil Infinite Hair Oil for Frizzy Hair ($19.99 USD) — deeply nourishes hair for Award Winning Smoothness. Infused with six oils including Babassu and Marula oil for hair. Salon-quality, leave in hair oil nourishes hair deeply.Helps repair hair’s lipid layer, improves resilience and reduces frizz. Leaves hair feeling soft and manageable with natural movement. Smooths thick, frizzy hair for easier brushing and styling.

What I think: This is a really nice hair oil.  A little goes a long way!  I can either add a little to wet hair or a touch to dry hair to smooth flyaways.  Very nice!

Available at http://www.nexxus.com

Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist
Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist

Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist ($12.99 USD) –weightlessly cleanses hair, giving refreshing volume and fluidity. Enriched with Pearl Extract. Salon-quality dry shampoo for volume cleanses hair between washes. Refreshes hair without water to extend the life of your style. Lightweight formula recharges hair to retain natural movement. Refreshing fragrance includes Jasmine and Water Lily.

What I think: Dry shampoo can be heavy and add a white powder to hair.  But this once is very light.  It gives hair bounce and smells amazing!

Available at http://www.nexxus.com

TRESemme Keratin Smooth Flexible Hair Spray
TRESemme Keratin Smooth Flexible Hair Spray

TRESemme Keratin Smooth Flexible Hair Spray ($6.29 USD) — Hold your style and maintain your frizz-free look with TRESemmĂ© Keratin Smooth Frizz-Free Hold hair spray, creating a protective barrier finish to lock out frizz and humidity.

What I think: I love hairspray that does double duty.  This one smooths and holds.  It wonderful in the cold air because it keeps hair soft and not frizzy.  It lasts a long time, too.

Learn more at http://www.tresemme.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.

 

 

 

Cricket’s Pro 50 Silkomb
Cricket’s Pro 50 Silkomb

Cricket’s Pro 50 Silkomb ($6.99 USD) — Silicone injected Silkomb™ employ state of the art technology and quality molding techniques to produce finely polished, seamless teeth. With the revolutionary addition of silicone, they deliver amazing smoothness, allowing Silkomb™ to glide effortlessly through the hair.

What I think: This is such a cool comb! It works so well to smooth my hair and it definitely gets rid of the frizzies!

Purchase at http://www.cricketco.com

 

 

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New Products to Prepare Hair for Fall

Haircare

Kanebo Sensai Collection Sensai Volumizing Shampoo
Kanebo Sensai Collection Sensai Volumizing Shampoo
Sensai by Kanebo is known for bringing the most innovative Japanese technology to skincare. However, the luxury specialists also offer superb-quality hair care as well.

Sensai Moisturizing Shampoo ($30): A nourishing formula featuring ginseng extract which grants moisture to dry hair for a smooth, rich finish. Recommended for hair that lacks volume, this fortifying formula features soybean extract to nourish and volumize each strand for a thick, luxurious finish.

  • Soybean extract nourishes and fortifies each strand, building volume and achieving a thick, luxurious finish.
  • Rich foam provides a smooth and satisfying treatment experience.
  • Elegant, fresh floral fragrance.

What I think — This luxury shampoo smells fantastic and works great on my summer-dried hair.

Sensai products may be purchased at http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/ and http://www.neimanmarcus.com/.

From The Lab Hair Mask No. 718
From The Lab Hair Mask No. 718

While summer is becoming a distant memory, the damage that the sun and chlorine caused to your beautiful locks remains a harsh reality.  This fall, feed your hair with an exclusive Hair Mask from the innovative beauty company, From the Lab.  From the Lab’s Hair Mask No. 718 contains stem cells from the rare Uttwiler Spatlauber apple, never before used in the USA and known for its longevity and ability to prevent hair’s signs of aging. The Hair Mask No. 718 also contains a unique blend of Argan, Avocado, Jojoba, and Brazil Nut Oil. These ingredients have all stood on their own, but combining them together creates something special for your hair – a moisture and softness that surpasses any other hair treatment! You’d only feed your body the best nutrients possible, so why not do the same for your hair?

What I think:  I love this mask!  Apply it to dry hair 10-30 minutes before washing your hair.  Leaves it so soft.  Also, From the Lab is a subscription service.  For $19.95 a month, they work with the best cosmetic labs in the world to create the most advanced and high-end skin care, hair care and color cosmetic products. Up to 18-months before these products hit retail, members receive full-sized samples of one, two or three products the first week of every month, and can continue buying the products they love through the online store.

Availability: www.fromthelab.com

Nexxus

With the summer weather (and summer hours!) officially a thing of the past, we understand how hard waking up in the mornings can be. Nexxus is here to remind you that running late doesn’t mean that there isn’t time to create wow-worthy hair!

Option 1: Refresh Yesterday’s Look

Technique: Get some mileage out of yesterday’s masterpiece with the Nexxus Youth Renewal™ Rejuvenating Dry Shampoo ($17.99). First spray onto the roots, then rub into scalp and gently brush out. This lightweight formula absorbs excess oil without leaving behind that pesky residue.

Option 2: Banish Bed Head

Technique: Tossing and turning against a pillow can make hair look frizzy and frazzled. Try applying a dime-sized amount of the Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Smoothing Shine Serum ($11.99) to the ends of hair to add shine and smooth fly-aways.

What I think:  The dry shampoo is so good.  I cleaned the house all morning with my hair in a ponytail and I am about to go to the movies, so I used the shampoo to refresh my hair and it looks and smells great!  And hair oil is always a great product to have to help frizzy hair look shiny again.

Available at mass market retailers near you.  Learn more at www.nexxus.com

New York Streets Volume Foam
New York Streets Volume Foam

New York Streets Volume Foam ($21 USD) — 1 or 2 pumps is all you need. Apply to wet hair before blow drying for maximum volume and shine on even the finest hair. Work through curly hair for beautiful, bouncy curls without frizz.

What I think:  This volume foam adds a great amount of volume to hair without leaving a sticky residue.  Smells great, too!

www.newyork-streets.com

Hairdo 23" Wavy Extension
Hairdo 23″ Wavy Extension

To achieve long locks, a pixie cut or a bob without ever making a commitment, try one of the following hair additions from HairUWear. Each style is made with a heat-styleable fiber that can be flat-ironed or curled at 350 degrees:

Hairdo by HairUWear 23 inch Wavy Extensions ($99: QVC.com): This multi-level one-piece clip-in extension creates east, fashionable style without the hassle of several individual wefts of hair. Short hair transforms into luxurious below the shoulder hair and long hair becomes thick and full.

What I think:  I have this extension in dark brown.  It matches my hair exactly.  And it gives length and curl.  Very nice quality!

Purchase at www.qvc.com

Enjoy!

Healthy Summer Hair Is Possible!

It’s been getting warm and humid in Kansas City already.  Sigh.  I have decided to try to keep my hair treated and moisturized.

I have been switching between the following products (sent to me for my honest review) for the last few weeks.

Nexxus® Youth Renewal™ Rejuvenating Elixir
Nexxus® Youth Renewal™ Rejuvenating Elixir

Nexxus® Youth Renewal™ Rejuvenating Elixir ($17.99 USD) — This lightweight leave-in treatment helps rebuild hair’s strength whilemaking hair look more youthful, vibrant and radiant in just seven days*. The packaging allows for precise application through a dropper that distributes the product.

Nexxus® Youth Renewal™ Plump and Lift Blow Dry Spray
Nexxus® Youth Renewal™ Plump and Lift Blow Dry Spray

Nexxus® Youth Renewal™ Plump & Lift Blow Dry Spray ($17.99 USD) — Youth Renewal™ Plump & Lift Blow Dry Spray, infused with VITA-8 Complex™, builds thicker-looking hair by providing weightless volume that lasts all day.

I like to use both of these Nexxus products on damp hair together.  I start with the spray and comb it through my hair, then I add 4 drops of the elixir and smooth it through my hair.  I don’t blow dry my hair, but it air dries to be very soft and shiny!

You can purchase these products at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.  Visit www.nexxus.com to learn more.

Ecru Acacia Protein Oil
Ecru Acacia Protein Oil

Ecru Acacia Protein Oil ($30 USD) — This multi-tasking elixir provides superb conditioning and moisturization for the hair. In addition, it protects against heat damage during styling, reduces drying time, eliminates frizz, and helps to mend split ends for hair that’s incredibly smooth with brilliant shine. It contains:

Acacia Collagen™: A patented plant-based anti-aging collagen that moisturizes hair and improves the hair’s ability to retain that moisture.

Argan Oils: To soften and smooth the hair, giving it that silky feel.

Hydrolyzed Keratin: To condition the hair, improving elasticity, manageability, shine and body of the hair.

My favorite way to use this oil is to rub a pump or two between my hands and smooth it on my hair.  I start with my ends then move up to my roots.  It is not greasy at all in my hair, it just makes it so soft and shiny!

Learn more and purchase at www.ecrunewyork.com.

Agadir Argan Oil Moisture Masque 8oz
Agadir Argan Oil Moisture Masque 8oz

Agadir Argan Oil Moisture Masque (8oz $29, 19.99 on sale) Contains Keratin Protein and provides a sulfate-free anti color fade treatment for long-lasting hair color.  This moisturizing product provides deep repair to smooth, strengthen, protect for hair that shines. Repairs badly damaged hair from the effect of hot tools and chemical services in just a few treatments. Enriched with antioxidants, vitamin E and keratin protein to nourish and mend split ends and frizzies back to life with elasticity, easy combing and luxurious shine.

Agadir Argan Oil Moisture Masque Benefits: Contains 100% pure and certified Argan oil Restores, revitalizes, repairs and prevents future damage Keratin protein enriched Contains anti oxidants & vitamin E. Instantly moisturizes, adding elasticity & shine Treats in 3 to 5 minutes Agadir signature, aromatherapy fragrance Leaves hair with radiant shine Sulfate free

Directions: After cleansing with Agadir Argan Shampoo, massage Agadir Argan Oil Moisture Masque into wet hair. Leave in 1-2 minutes. Rinse. For excessively dry or damaged hair, leave in 3-5 minutes. Use in place of daily conditioner 1-2 times per week or as often as needed.

I used this as my conditioner with my regular shampoo.  I left it in for a few minutes and after my hair dried, it was so soft — and wavy!  I have semi-wavy hair and this made me look like I had braided my hair wet, then un-braided it dry.  So cute!

Available at www.cleopatraschoice.com.

Enjoy!

Change Up Your Hair Care With Organix, Nexxus, Yes To, Lee Stafford and Redken

Occasionally changing up your hair care can leave to healthier hair.

Organix 3 Piece Starter Kits

Recently, Organix has introduced their 3 Piece Starter Kits.  Available in Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil and Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy collections, the kits are a great back-to-school gift and a perfect fit for any gym locker or shower caddy.  Organix guarantees sulfate-free strand solutions, while resulting in strong, silky, soft hair that will be the envy of all your peers.

I tried the Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil 3 Piece Starter Kit ($9.99 USD) — Indulge the senses with a nourishing formula that is free of sulfates, phosphates and parabens.  Safe for color-treated hair, the Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner will restore moisture to dry hair and stimulate the scalp to create a cleansing and rejuvenating experience.  For a radiant shine that will stay with you all day long, the ultra-light Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil will fight frizz, and moisturize brittle hair.

What I think: I have tried these products before and love them.  Used together, hair is softer and so much smoother.  At good tip is to use just a little of the oil on damp hair, then a little more on dry hair if needed to control the frizzies.  A little goes a long way! The Organix®3 Piece Starter Kits are available for $9.99 each at ULTA and Target.

Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Collection

Just because the warm weather is ending we have to pack our their favorite hairstyles with their shorts and sandals. Loose, tousled waves are a favorite effortless look that works perfectly with fall fashion trends like patterned pants and simple sweaters.

Step One:

Preventing frizz starts in the shower. The Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Shampoo ($9.99) and Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Conditioner ($14.99) work together to prime damaged areas and evenly coat hair for effective hydration and a sleek style.

Step Two:

Now that hair is set up for frizz-free success, work the Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Styling Crème ($11.99) through damp hair. Twist hair into a low bun and secure loosely. Try sleeping on the damp bun for a low maintenance morning

Step Three:

In the morning undo the bun and run fingers through your hair to create loose, natural waves. If hair is still damp, finish drying it with a blow dryer. Set the style and help lock moisture out with Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Hair Spray ($11.99). The natural hold spray instantly controls flyaways and static, reducing frizz by up to 87% all day long.

What I think:  That is a fun look.  This is also a great collection to use with your normal styling process.  I have been using it and I do have less frizz than usual!  You can purchase this at mass market beauty retailers like ulta.com and drugstore.com.  Visit www.nexxus.com to learn more.

Yes To Blueberries Healthy Hair Regimen

Introducing the NEW Yes To Blueberries Healthy Hair Repair Shampoo and Conditioner ($15.99 USD). This is the perfect gentle, natural solution for users of heat styling and chemical processing treatments, which can be damaging to hair. Formulated with Blueberries to protect hair with anti-oxidant superpower, Clover Flower with its healing properties to mend damaged locks and Sunflower which is packed with fatty acids to restore shine and protect against breakage. Clinically proven to make hair look healthier in 7 days!

  • 98% natural
  • Free of Parabens, Petroleum and SLS, naturally!
  • No Animal Testing

What I think — This is a very gentle cleansing and conditioning set.  I think it is perfect for colored treated hair as harsh ingredients can strip the hair — these natural products are awesome!  My hair is shining and very healthy!  Available at www.yestocarrots.com.

Lee Stafford Messed Up Wax Spray

Lee Stafford Messed Up Wax Spray ($8.99 USD) — Lee Stafford has always been a little afraid of wax products, they conjure up nightmares of sticky, gunky, heavy hair. Well with Messed Up Spray Wax he thinks he’s banished those nightmares into a distant memory. Lee Stafford loves the hold and texture you get with a great wax like Messed Up…

What I think:  I gave this to my teenage daughter who has short, layered hair this product to test.  She loves that she can get cool, messy looks with it and that her hair still moves after using it.  Purchase at www.ulta.com

Redken Curvaceous Collection

All curls are not created equal so give them the customized care they crave! Curvaceous is a complete collection of hair care and styling products specially formulated to bring out the best in every curl. Redken’s exclusive Curl Memory Complex and the Interlock Protein Network (IPN) strengthen, moisturize and reactivate shape for increased manageability, frizz control and amazing shine. Curls and waves never looked so good!

What I think:  I have slightly wavy hair, but by just using the shampoo, conditioner, the Full Swirl Serum and the Wind Up Spray, my hair had beautiful waves!  I usually straighten my hair because it is usually in between wavy and straight, so this system has given me a new way to style my hair.  Available at salons near you and learn more at www.redken.com.

Enjoy trying something new!