Heat and humidity? No problem with AG Hair Smoothing Balm

AG Hair is a line that has never disappointed me, so when they sent a sample of their brand new Smoothing Balm I was really excited. My hair tends to get frizzy with tons of flyaways, especially in the heat and humidity.

The Smoothing Balm ($22) is a lightweight balm applied to dry hair for shine and frizz control.

AG Smoothing Balm

AG Smoothing Balm

inside the jar

inside the jar

Because the Smoothing Balm has a water-based formula, it can be re-applied as necessary throughout the day without any nasty build up. The balm has three essential oils sourced from Africa:  organic argan, Marula, and Mongongo oils. These oils give exactly the right amount of smoothness and shine that hair needs. A very small amount calms and smooths frizz and instantly eradicates flyaways. It makes hair wonderfully soft and manageable.

my smoothed out 'do

my smoothed out ‘do

The new Smoothing Balm just became available today, July 1st! If you are looking for something to smooth away frizz and add major shine, this is definitely the answer. And I adore AG Hair’s motto:  Use. Love. Repeat.

A portion of every bottle sold goes to AG’s Women Leading Change Foundation educating underprivileged girls in Africa.  - Lisa

* sent for editorial consideration

Adding vibrant and radiant color that lasts with AG Hair’s new BB Cream and Deflect

Are there days that you look in the mirror and love the way your hair looks? Whenever I have days like that I want to stop time. Lately with the newest products from AG Hair I’ve been having a lot of those days. AG Hair’s new BB Cream Total Benefit Hair Primer and Deflect Fast Dry Heat Protection Spray were launched in salons on March 1st and I am thrilled to have been using them from the company for the last several weeks.

AG Hair - BB Cream and Deflect

AG Hair – BB Cream and Deflect

AG Hair is a favorite of both Lisa and I. These two new products are part of the Colour Care line that helps keep hair vibrant and radiant.  What attracts us to pictures of stars in magazines is their shiny hair and with these two products we can all strive for that too. I’m the person that started going gray very young. I’ve been coloring my hair to cover roots since I was in my late twenties and my poor sister started even earlier. I know that if I let my roots grow out I’d have white hair by now but that’s not going to happen if I have anything to say about it. That’s why I am always looking for products that keep my color lasting longer like these two from AG Hair. AG Hair’s Colour Care line uses a special CARE Complex (Colour and Radiance Enhancing) that contains herbal extracts like sunflower seed extract, marigold, lavender, red clover, pine and carnation to combat color destroying free radicals.

AG Hair BB Cream, Total Benefit Hair Primer

AG Hair BB Cream, Total Benefit Hair Primer

Let’s start with the BB Cream, Total Benefit Hair Primer. Who knew that we’d need a hair primer? I just wrote an article for Top Ten Tuesday about facial primers and eyeshadow primers and easily could have included this BB Cream in that article if I wanted to discuss about hair primers. Wash and condition your hair as always, then prime it with BB Cream. According to the company this unique formula fills the hair cuticle and primes your hair for layering on styling products. It creates a smooth base while containing antioxidants like acai, goji berry, and pomegranate. It adds fabulous moisture. My hair is looking fuller and bouncier.

AG Hair BB Cream, enough for my shoulder length hair

AG Hair BB Cream, enough for my shoulder length hair

Look at all the benefits of AG Hair BB Cream:

1. fills uneven hair cuticle
2. thickens hair
3. moisturizes and smoothes frizz
4. adds silkiness
5. protects against colour fading with AG’s CARE Complex
6. protects against UV rays
7. protects against damage from heat styling tools
8. anti-aging – reduces brittleness
9. humidity-resistant
10. primes hair to maintain styles longer between shampoos

AG Hair Deflect, Fast-Dry Heat Protection

AG Hair Deflect, Fast-Dry Heat Protection

The other new product is Deflect, Fast Dry Heat Protection Spray which is infused with Abyssinian oil to detangle. It’s to be applied prior to heat styling your hair to shield it while at the same time protecting your color. Heat tools like our blow dryers, flattening irons, curling irons as well as the sun do a lot of damage to our color. Deflect helps combat the free radicals and shields hair from UV rays. When you are paying big bucks for hair color – not even counting the time it takes – you want to do all that you can to make the color last as long as possible.

Here’s how this wonderful product works: “When hair is wet, round, dense droplets of water sit on the surface of the hair shaft and require prolonged heat to evaporate. In Deflect, micro emulsified Abyssinian oil encourages the water droplets to collapse and lie flat, increasing the surface area of water available to heat. The result is water that evaporates rapidly and hair that dries significantly faster.”

Deflect, Fast-Dry Heat Protection Spray

Deflect, Fast-Dry Heat Protection Spray

I’m always changing up my routine with AG Hair BB Cream and Deflect. I use one every time I do my hair and sometimes I use both. Today for example I put a quarter size amount of BB Cream in the palm of my hand, rubbed my two hands together and spread it through my hair. I L.O.V.E. how my hair looks today. Other days I do the same with the BB Cream but then before blow drying I’ll spray on Deflect since it helps dry my hair a little faster as well as protects it from the heat. Other days I just use Deflect. Since I only have time to wash my hair 3 times a week I’ll sometimes use my straightening iron. Deflect is my new protection against that strong heat.

There’s so much for me to love about these two products as well as the rest of the AG Hair line. It’s been at least 8 months since I had a keratin treatment but I still only use products that would be safe for it so as not to leach out the remainder. That means sulfate free, no parabens, no salt (sodium chloride) – all aspects of AG Hair and especially their Colour Care line. In addition the products are cruelty free. That’s not all, AG Hair also donates a portion of every bottle sold towards building schools for girls in Africa through their Women Leading Change Foundation. So you can have beautiful hair that makes you feel like a million bucks and helps others out.

The beauty salon where I get my hair color treated carries AG Hair and I’ve talked to my hairdresser about the line. She is one of the owners and this is a company she trusts for her clientele. AG Hair BB Cream is $26 and Deflect is $24. They are both products you should inquire about at your salon. They are that good.

What we'll all look like with AG Hair BB Cream and Deflect

What we’ll all look like with AG Hair BB Cream and Deflect

AG Hair is a Canadian company that has only been selling in the US for about 2 years. In that time they’ve made a wonderful impression on both of us at Beauty Info Zone. I believe in every product I’ve tried from them and hope you’ll get a chance to find these at your salon too. — Marcia

AG Hair BB Cream

AG Hair BB Cream

AG Hair Deflect

AG Hair Deflect

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Second day hair with first day volume: AG Hair High & Dry

AG Hair has some of the coolest hair products around. I love their Texture Spray (read my review HERE), and Frizzproof (reviewed HERE) is a hair product I use every single day. However, the latest product they sent to the BIZ had me scratching my head at first…why do I want second day hair when I just washed and styled it?? Then I figured it out – it’s all about keeping that first day fullness while adding in awesome texture.

AG high and dry

High & Dry ($24), the newest styling product from AG Hair that just became available this month, was inspired by the Rocker Chic movement. High & Dry is meant to give hair lots of volume along with a matte, textured finish that is very rock and roll. Think Debbie Harry – effortless looking hair that has a bit of an edge. This is the look that ruled the Spring 2014 runways.

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AG High & Dry

AG

AG High & Dry gives matte volume and a texturized finish

High & Dry is different from a dry shampoo because it doesn’t leave any residue behind. It’s not stiff like hairspray either – hair feels and looks both moveable and touchable. The best way to apply is to spray the product onto dry hair in layers, kind of scrunching hair up a bit after you spray each layer.  It doesn’t build up or flake even when touching up with more product throughout the day. I like to use it in the evening before going out to dinner or out with friends; it quickly takes my smooth daytime look and transforms it into more of a party-ready style.

Other great reasons to use High & Dry? It has:

  • herbal extracts to soothe the scalp and add antioxidants that improve hair health
  • copolymers that create a dry texturizing grip
  • PABA free sunscreen to protect hair from UV rays
  • and it is ozone safe
My High and Dry hair

My high and dry hair

I have long, layered hair that is fine, but there is a lot of it. High & Dry works great with my hair type and style. If you wonder whether or not it will work for your hair type, just wander over to an Ulta Store and try it out.

While I am not going to be wearing five-inch heels with painted on jeans and a leather jacket any time soon, High & Dry is a wonderfully unique product that has a permanent place on my hair product shelf.  - Lisa

*pr sample

AG Hair has a pink purpose with the special edition Fast Food conditioner

aghair think pinkAG Hair is a brand I’ve counted on for quality products that work for me no matter what. I switch off haircare products every few weeks because, well, because I can. I think my hair appreciates a change every once in a while. When I received AG Hair Moisture & Shine’s Fast Food the first thing I noticed was the bubbly pink packaging. It’s happy packaging that I enjoy seeing on my bathroom counter.

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

But happy packaging or not, what matters is what works. Fast Food Leave On Conditioner in Think Pink is a limited edition product that will be available in US and Canadian beauty salons that are smart enough to carry the AG brand. Every bottle sold will contribute to breast cancer research and education through the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Rethink Breast Cancer. In addition there’s a portion of every product that AG Hair sells that goes directly to AG’s Women Leading Change Foundation to help underprivileged girls in Africa.

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

I’m really enjoying using this leave in conditioner. It has a very lightweight feel to it and it smells like candy. My method is to wash my hair as usual but not apply any conditioner in the shower. I use my Aquis towel to get out a lot of the moisture. Then I squeeze out less than a quarter’s worth of conditioner for use. Since my hair is just below shoulder length I start at the bottom of my hair and work my way up. The directions said to concentrate at the ends which need the most conditioning. I comb my hair, blow dry and I’m set.

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

My hair is so soft and easy to manage with Fast Food Leave On Conditioner and that’s exactly the way I want it to be. This is staying in my permanent haircare rotation. I always need a conditioner and it’s great to use a leave in conditioner at least once a week.

AG Hair FAST FOOD

AG Hair FAST FOOD

This is the third year that AG Hair has brought back this pink purpose Fast Food for breast cancer awareness and I hope it continues for many more years. If you can’t find this adorable pink bubble packaging hopefully you can find it in its year round white packaging. — Marcia

*sent for review purposes

WHAT’S IN IT:
• Aloe barbadensis extract – derived from the aloe vera plant; has therapeutic, moisturizing and healing properties
• Abyssinian Oil – a lightweight oil that protects, conditions and adds moisture back into the hair follicle
• Hydroxypropyltrimonium honey – naturally derived moisturizer that penetrates hair for long-term moisturizing benefits; also helps to repair split ends and attracts 50x its own weight in moisture. (And is also impossible to pronounce)
• Silk and keratin protein – adds moisture, strength, elasticity and shine
• Cetrimonium chloride – fights static
• Allantoin – a skin and scalp protectant
• Benzophenone-4 – PABA-free sunscreen that protects hair from UV rays

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

AG Hair introduces Texture Spray for tousled texture

Some of my most favorite hair products ever are AG Hair products. Along with Marcia, I previously reviewed the Frizzproof Argan Anti-Humidity Spray which has become an absolute staple for me. Now I have the new Texture Spray ($24) to add to my list of must-haves for hair. This product just became available on August 1st and I am so glad AG Hair sent it to the BIZ to try!  And even better, a portion of every bottle sold is donated to AG’s Women Leading Change Foundation to help build schools for girls in Africa.

AG hair logo

I typically do one of three things with my hair:

1.  I blow out my bangs then let the rest air dry because I am late, spraying with beach spray to get waves.

2.  I blow out my hair with a large round brush then run out the door because I am late.

3.  I haphazardly blow out my hair (yes, because I am late) then use some sort of curling device (hot rollers, spiral wand, etc.) for big curls.

Whichever style I end up with I always want moveable, sort of tousled hair that doesn’t get all frizzy.

AG Hair Texture Spray

AG Hair Texture Spray

Texture Spray makes all of my hairstyles look pretty amazing. This is a lightweight spray that has sunflower seed extract and UV filters. It leaves hair soft and tousled-looking, and also leaves it shiny and frizz-free. Plus it gives hair total sun protection. This stuff is just the bomb.

AG hair texture spray close up

Texture Spray top

Texture Spray top

It applies like a hair spray, although it doesn’t make hair feel stiff or sticky. Hair becomes super soft and it has lots more volume.  Plus, it becomes really easy to work with and style. What blows me away is there is no build up with this spray – I use it in the morning, and freshen it up several times throughout the day without nasty side effects.  And second day hair gets the same effect.

My AG Hair Texture Spray hair

My AG Hair Texture Spray hair

Texture Spray will work on all types of hair with all different cuts. I have very long layers and it does miracles for my hair. I can only imagine the gorgeousness that you could achieve with shorter layers and shaggy cuts. If you are looking for something that will help you have a great hair day every day, then look no further – Texture Spray just may be the answer to your prayers.  - Lisa

*pr sample

AG Hair introduces Keratin Repair to show your locks some love

ag keratinIt’s always exciting to be one of the first to try out a new line of products. I’ve reviewed several products from AG Hair so when they asked if I wanted to try out their new Keratin Repair line of hair products I jumped at the chance. I had recently gotten a keratin treatment on my hair so I was excited to try out a new line that contained the proper ingredients to safely use on my hair. But this line is not just for people with a keratin treatment. It was actually created to protect everyone’s hair especially if you have color treated, chemically treated, distressed or damaged hair. All of their products are sulfate and salt-free (sodium chloride) so they protect and repair.

ag keratin allThere are 5 products in AG Hair’s Keratin Repair category: Refuel Sulfate-Free Strengthening Shampoo; Restore Daily Strengthening Conditioner; Reconstruct Intense Anti-Breakage Mask; Repair Serum Keratin Anti-Breakage Sealant and Revamp Keratin Volumizing Spray. This 5 product regimen is designed to fortify, repair and reverse the signs of damage. It will leave your hair stronger and healthier. I’ve been using these products for the last month and want to share my opinions.

my shower with Refuel and Restore

my shower with Refuel and Restore

REFUEL Sulfate-Free Strengthening Shampoo and RESTORE Daily Strengthening Conditioner: I wash my hair 3 – 4 times a week and I’ve been using REFUEL each time and RESTORE almost every time (I sometimes use the mask instead). What I’m finding is healthy shiny hair that stays clean and smooth longer. The weather has been like a roller coaster ride in my area. In the same day we’ll have drizzle, snow, winds and then sun. It’s so confusing. Yet I’m not finding that it has a big effect on my hair. Even getting caught out in the snow or rain I’m coming home to relatively straight hair. Thanks to the keratin treatment it’s not frizzy but thanks to these two products it’s also staying easy to style and easy on the eyes. I think I’ve used my flat iron 3 times in the last month and that’s usually in the morning when I notice a kink. Refuel Shampoo has a great lather while being sulfate and salt-free. It’s a gentle shampoo that doesn’t fade my color at all. Restore Conditioner is very silky and keeps my hair easy to comb after my shower. It contains keratin amino acids to restore the hair’s structure as well as shea butter to smooth and condition.

AG Hair Refuel Keratin Repair

AG Hair Refuel Keratin Repair

Refuel directions and information

Refuel directions and information

Restore conditioner

Restore conditioner

Restore information

Restore information

RECONSTRUCT Intense Anti-Breakage Mask: I’ve just used this twice and have a “date” with it coming up this weekend. This is very thick and on my shoulder length hair I find I don’t need to use a lot of it. The first time I used it was as an intense mask where I wet my hair, put this on, covered it with a shower cap, and let it stay on for 15 minutes. My hair was so soft it was unreal. About two weeks later I used it in the shower just as I would have the daily conditioner though I left it on a little longer. Again my hair was soft and easy to manage. This is especially good for hair that is quite dry or damaged from color processing. The ingredients contain keratin amino acids, Abyssinian oil, silk proteins and rich shea butter. If this doesn’t repair your hair nothing will. Since my hair isn’t damaged I find that once every other week is a good treatment. This 6 oz. jar will last me forever.

AG Hair Reconstruct

AG Hair Reconstruct

see how thick and rich Reconstruct is!

see how thick and rich Reconstruct is!

REPAIR Serum Keratin Anti-Breakage Sealant: I use this as my leave-in treatment after washing my hair. I put a little (between a nickel and quarter size) in my hands and run it through my hair and then comb my hair prior to drying. This leave-in formula continues to keep hair conditioned and smooth. AG Hair says the serum instantly mends split ends and works overtime to reduce breakage and increase elasticity. While nothing other than a trim is going to get rid of split ends, it does keep them conditioned so that you don’t look like you have split ends. Repair really makes my hair look and feel silky and glossy.

AG Hair Repair Serum

AG Hair Repair Serum

Refuel pump

Refuel pump

REVAMP Keratin Volumizing Spray: I’ve used this less than the other products mainly because I don’t find the need to spray often. It is humidity resistant though so I do reach for it occasionally, especially on 2nd day hair. Revamp has a low alcohol formula and provides a nice amount of support. I use just a little since I find it adds shine to my hair. I use a quick mist on myself but I tried it on my mom who can’t live without her hairspray and she liked the hold it gave her.

AG Hair Revamp

AG Hair Revamp

spray for Revamp Keratin Volumizing Spray

spray for Revamp Keratin Volumizing Spray

I give 5 R’s to this line of AG Hair products. You can Refuel, Restore, Reconstruct, Repair and Revamp your hair in a healthy way.  — Marcia

Interesting information from AG Hair:

There are numerous reasons why hair might break including mechanical (brushing, elastic bands), chemical (colouring, bleaching, hi-lighting, chlorine, salt) and environmental causes (UVA/UVB degradation). These processes harm the outer cuticle of the hair shaft leaving hair dry, brittle and prone to breakage.

Since keratin is the primary building block of the hair cuticle, introducing keratin back into the hair is the only way to repair it. Keratin penetrates the hair cuticle and bonds to the brittle, broken scales helping to restore strength and moisture, and prevent further damage.

The Keratin Repair category is formulated specifically with an abundant amount of keratin to make your hair visibly stronger, shinier and healthier with each use, and can be used daily as a reparative and preventative treatment. It is not possible to overuse keratin.

To find AG Hair you can put your zip code in the box for Salons on their website.

AG Hair Frizzproof Argan Anti-Humidity Spray is going side by side with us

It’s always exciting for Beauty Info Zone to be able to introduce a brand new product to our readers and today we have an absolutely amazing one to share with you. We’ve previously reviewed Beach Bomb from AG Hair which was a big hit. Now AG Hair has added a brand new product for 2013 in their Smooth line and we’ve been previewing it for the last 6 weeks. We’ve fallen in love with it and want you to know all about it too. Introducing AG Hair Smooth Frizzproof Argan Anti-Humidity Spray.

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AG Frizzproof

Frizzproof does what it says it’s going to do. It keeps hair frizz free but it’s unlike anything you’ve called a spray before. This has extremely light hold since the purpose is to weather protect your hair without adding layers of unnecessary product. No matter the season, frizz attacks when it wants to. Rain, snow, humidity all conspire to beat our hair into submission. With AG Hair Smooth Frizzproof Argan Anti-Humidity Spray you won’t be worrying about the effects of weather.

AG frizz proof

Here’s what we learned about what’s in Frizzproof:

  • Copolymers – add light hold, high shine and humidity resistance, yet rinse out of hair easily without residue or build-up
  • CFC-free (ozone safe) – fast-drying, low-alcohol formulation doesn’t dry out hair
  • Argan oil – sustainably sourced fair-trade organic Moroccan argan oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E keeping hair

You can find AG Products at many salons and at Ulta. On their website you can also put in your zip code to find where their products are sold near you. This 8 oz/237 ml can is $24. Now read on to see Marcia and Lisa’s experiences with Frizzproof.

Works for Phyllis Diller, but not really for anyone else...

Works for Phyllis Diller, but not really for anyone else…

MARCIA’S SIDE:

Whenever you see beautiful hair on Beauty Info Zone it’s usually Lisa’s. While I like my hair it’s not that pretty lush hair that can be shown off. Instead I have to tame my hair and that’s usually with a keratin treatment. I’ve had a Brazilian Blowout procedure done on my hair several times because frizz is my enemy!! That’s why AG Hair Frizzproof is my companion lately.

Looks like a hairspray...but does it act like one??

Looks like a hairspray…but does it act like one??

When this first arrived for review I put off trying it because I’m really not a hairspray person. My experience with hair spray is “helmet head” that would make me cry when I was a teenager. My mother lives for her hairspray and the more the better. Thinking she was doing me a favor if there was a special occasion, she’d spray the crap out of my hair. I honestly would cry. So spray is rarely used on my head.

But Frizzproof is totally different. No nasty smell, no helmet head, but lots of shine and just the right amount of control. More important these little frizzy hairs aren’t on display. Even with a major hot flash it’s pretty well under control and that’s saying a lot. I love that it is argan infused and I love that it’s protecting my hair from my frizz enemy.

LISA’S SIDE:

You’ve already read the particulars, so here are some pics of my ‘experiment’.  Here is my hair before the start of a humid, rainy, nasty day:

Before

Before some typical Michigan weather…

What usually happens is my curls become fuzzy, frizzy strands that look pretty awful. Without a professional smoothing treatment, my hair isn’t even close to being smooth. It takes a lot of product, and that usually fails me on really wet humid days.

after

After, my hair looks a little tired…but no frizz!

And here it is after – I actually ended up having to run through the rain three times this particular day. I didn’t have an umbrella, which I totally told everyone was because of the blog…but really I just forgot it. There, now I won’t burn in hell for lying.

There was a total of 12 wet, humid, frizz-inducing hours between my before and after pics.  I have used it every day for the past 6 weeks with the same results every time.  AG Frizzproof works.  I love it!!

BOTH SIDES: We both highly recommend AG Hair Smooth Frizzproof Argan Anti-Humidity Spray. Rainy, humid days don’t frighten us anymore.

*sent for an honest review