Defend your hair from the polar vortex with Mark Hill Salon Professional

If you want to tackle the hazards of winter hair, Mark Hill is your go-to guy.

Mark Hill

Mark Hill

The UK hair stylist Mark Hill won both ‘British Hairdresser of the Year’ and ‘International Hairdresser of the Year’ not just once – but twice each! He is known as the ‘Master of Sexy, Wearable Hair.’ Lucky for us, he also has a fantastic and affordable  hair care line, Mark Hill Salon Professional that takes care of dry, static-filled winter hair.

For super dry hair, I recommend the MiracOilicious products. They leave my hair incredibly soft and moistened, but not flat and limp.

Mark HIll MiracOilicious

Mark Hill MiracOilicious

Mark Hill MiracOilicious 2 Minute Treatment

Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Treatment

The Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment ($11.99) is a hair mask that I use once a week to save my ends from indoor heat and outdoor frigid air. I like to put this on the entire length of my hair, although if you have oily roots you might want to just concentrate on lower half. It makes my hair so happy – I am extremely impressed with the way it repairs dry ends and leaves my hair wonderfully shiny.

Mark Hill MiracOilicious Moroccan Argan Oil

Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil

The Mark Hill MiracOILicious Argan Oil ($11.99) is terrific on damp hair. It moisturizes, repairs, and even speeds up dry time. I love, love, love this oil and it’s a great price for an argan oil.

Now, if frizz is your main enemy, I would advise you try the Defrizz-ilicious products.

Mark Hill Defrizzilicious

Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious

The Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Oh So Smooth De-Frizz Conditioner ($9.99) is a big tube of conditioning goodness for hair. The secret ingredient is something called Sea Silk. I am not sure what that is, but it definitely leaves my hair silky soft and free of frizz.

Some real hair magic - Mark Hill Magic Drops

Some real hair magic – Mark Hill Magic Drops

I think the Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Treatment ($11.99) has a perfect name because this leave-in treatment is magical for dry hair. I have great results on my hair, but the ultimate test was on my youngest daughter’s hair. She wears a knit hat and you know how baby fine hair goes like this once the hat is off:

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Well, when I smooth some Magic Drops into her damp hair, she can wear her knit hat knowing she won’t become the fly-away queen.

The magic ingredients include Micro Wheat Proteins & Keravis, which create some sort of alchemy that make this leave-in treatment pretty miraculous.

My Mark Hill hair - look ma, no frizz!

My Mark Hill hair – look ma, no frizz!

My  hair is very fine, so moisturizing products that tackle frizz often leave it so weighed down I can’t get a curl. Mark Hill Salon Professional products give me soft, conditioned, volumized hair with no static or frizz, even in the middle of a polar vortex. This is a TERRIFIC hair care line and I highly recommend it!

You can find Mark Hill Salon Professional internationally at Boots stores and in the US at Walgreens and Ulta.  – Lisa

*samples for editorial consideration…opinion and hair all my own!

Win a Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment for soft, strong hair

Soft, shiny, silky hair…who doesn’t want that? This just might be the blog post your hair has been waiting for because Pro Naturals is giving away two Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatments, each a $60 value.

pro-naturals-oil_5The Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment strengthens hair and gives it tons of body. It really softens up hair and is especially wonderful after any sort of clarifying treatment.

Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment

Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment

Hair Repair Treatment dropper

Hair Repair Treatment dropper

Just apply the Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment to damp hair before styling. It will leave your hair healthy and vibrant with softness and volume.

You can find Pro Naturals online HERE, and be sure to check them out on Facebook at Enter our giveaway to win a Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment for yourself!

Pro Naturals Argan Oil Argania spinosa kernel oil (Pure Argan Oil), Hydro Cordium: Vegetable based amino protein (strengthener), Purely Natural Plant Control-oil: Supplies hair nutrients and provides a protection layer, Multiple Tartaric Acid Complexes: Facilitate cell rejuvenation.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: US only, 2 winners of 1 bottle each, ends on 8/19. (Lately the comment section has closed before the giveaway is ended. If that happens to you, please comment on our Facebook Page mentioning the name of the giveaway you are entering.)

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Pro Naturals Hair Repair System

Pro NaturalsI don’t know about you, but my hair loves argan oil. Argan oil makes my color-treated hair super soft and shiny. Pro Naturals sent their argan oil-based Pro Naturals Hair Repair System to test, which is a 4 step repairing system for hair that needs some help. What is unusual is it’s used once a week for at least 6 weeks to give dry and damaged hair new life.

The Pro Naturals System...oops, they misspelled Authenticity!

The Pro Naturals System…oops, they misspelled ‘Authenticity’!

The four products included in the set cleanse the hair and scalp, removing any built up styling products. Plus the recovery system conditions thanks to the 100% Pure Moroccan Oil, which also strengthens hair and gives it tons of body. The Moroccan Oil softens up the hair after it is clarified with the cleansing products.

This system is meant to be used in conjunction with your normal hair routine. The products include:

  • Pro Naturals Hair Shampoo
  • Pro Naturals Hair Conditioner
  • Pro Naturals Hair Mask
  • Pro Naturals Argan Hair Oil
Hair Repair Mask

Hair Repair Mask

inside the jar...

inside the jar…

The mask is wonderfully hydrating. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes for a deep treatment that definitely leaves hair silky and frizz-free.

Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment

Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment

Hair Repair Treatment dropper

Hair Repair Treatment dropper

The Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment is applied to damp hair before styling. After clarifying hair and removing build up, the mask and hair oil bring hair back to where it should be – healthy and vibrant with softness and volume.

You can purchase the Pro Naturals Hair Repair System HERE for $149.95, which seems expensive but you get four products that are only used once a week – so it lasts a long time. You can find them via social media at:

If your hair loves argan oil as much as mine does, this is definitely a set worth checking out!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Pro Naturals Hair Repair System Ingredients:

Pro Naturals Hair Shampoo: Aqua, Cocamidopropyl betaine ­ an organic compound derived from coconut oil, Polyquaternium 10 ­ Antistatic Agent, Hair Fixative, Citric Acid, Argania spinosa kernel oil (Argan Oil).

Pro Naturals Hair Conditioner: Hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) ­ thickening agent, Cyclopentasiloxane ­ silicone fluid, Dimethicone – moisturizer to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations.

Pro Naturals Hair Mask: Hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) ­ thickening agent, Argania spinosa kernel oil (Argan Oil), Aqua.

Pro Naturals Argan Oil Argania spinosa kernel oil (Pure Argan Oil), Hydro Cordium: Vegetable based amino protein (strengthener), Purely Natural Plant Control-oil: Supplies hair nutrients and provides a protection layer, Multiple Tartaric Acid Complexes: Facilitate cell rejuvenation.

Argan Oil 7 5-in1 Moisture Healing Shampoo by NelsonJ

NelsonJ is the hair care line created by celebrity colorist and Beverly Hills Salon owner Nelson Chan. He felt he could make great products featuring some effective hair care ingredients like Citrus, Peppermint, and Argan Oil. These ingredients safely clean hair without damaging the cuticle or removing hair color and moisture. Nelson is also known for eco-friendly products, natural and non-toxic hair coloring, formaldehyde-free Brazilian straightening treatments and fantastic haircuts.

Marcia previously reviewed the fascinating 7 in 1 Non-Foaming Shampoo, and I reviewed the Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask. Recently, NelsonJ sent us their Argan Oil 7 5-in-1 Moisture Healing Shampoo ($16) to test.

NelsonJ Shampoo

NelsonJ Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Shampoo

This is the newest shampoo in the line of Argan 7 products, and the first ever argan oil-based shampoo. We have all heard of argan oil conditioners, but an argan oil shampoo? That is something new! It is available in three scents:  coconut, rosemary, and pomegranate.

I tested the coconut scented version. The scent is lovely. It’s a slightly fruity coconut that is subtle and very pleasant.


NelsonJ Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Shampoo


I wish you could smell this…coconut goodness!

The 5-in-1 Moisture Healing Shampoo is meant for damaged hair. If you get your hair colored, chemically processed, or if you use heat styling then this shampoo is for you. It cleanses beautifully without stripping the hair, and in fact saturates each strand with the highly moisturizing argan oil. Argan oil also has tons of anti-oxidants that keep hair healthy, plus the shampoo has keratin and proteins to further baby your hair. Another key ingredient is coconut oil and it has no parabens, sulfates, artificial fragrances or colors. It’s also safe for Keratin or Brazilian treated hair.

So let’s talk numbers.  The ‘5 in 1’ means that this shampoo does these five things:

1.  gently cleanses hair and scalp

2.  detangles

3.  color protects

4.  enhances shine

5.  moisturizes

So does it really do all five things? I find it really is a great shampoo that leaves my hair silky soft and bouncy. It’s moisturized and very shiny. I think it follows through beautifully in all five areas and I especially love it paired with the NelsonJ Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask.

This is available at the NelsonJ website as well as at his salon. My hair certainly loves it and I’ll bet yours will too!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Sodium Arganate (derived from Argan Oil), Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate (derived from Coconut Oil), Decyl Glucoside (derived from Coconut Oil and Sugar), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (derived from Coconut Oil), PEG-150 Distearate (Derived from Coconut Oil), Glycol Stearate (derived from Coconut Oil), Phenoxyethanol (derived from alcohol), Benzyl Alcohol (derived from flowers), Potassium Sorbate (derived from Sorbic Acid), Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance.

Looking for a perfect hair day? Try Cristophe!

Rainy days have been getting me down…well, more like they have been getting my hair down. Nothing kills my volume and curl like heavy, damp days. To combat the weather, I turn to my Cristophe volumizing products.

Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic and Argan Oil Treatment

Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic and Argan Oil Treatment

Cristophe is a high-end salon in Beverly Hills, but lucky for us it is also a wonderful drugstore line that is easy on the pocketbook. Not only are Cristophe products affordable, they are also effective – always a great combination. My ‘witches brew’ for damp days includes Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic ($10.99). Argan Oil Treatment ($10.99), and Shaping Hair Spray ($10.99).

Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic

My long, fine hair absolutely loves Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic. This is a spray-on volumizer that is applied to roots while hair is damp. It does a fantastic job of creating full, thick volume without weighing my hair down. The formula includes something called ‘Vital Energy Complex’. VEC has several nutrient-rich ingredients including Solar Vitis, Glycogen, Adenosine Tri Phosphate, and Phospholipids.  Together, these ingredients are like a skin care treatment for the scalp. It’s really great stuff.

I follow the Volumizing Spray Tonic with a nickel-size amount of the Argan Oil Treatment.

Cristophe Argan Oil Treatment

The Argan Oil Treatment is a beautiful oil that makes my hair super smooth and wonderfully shiny. My hair absorbs it quickly, and my damp hair immediately feels smoother and not at all heavy or greasy. Argan Oil is a terrific antioxidant that makes hair stronger and provides protection from heat styling and the environment.

Cristophe Argan Oil Treatment

Cristophe Argan Oil Treatment

Just like the Volumizing Spray Tonic, the Argan Oil Treatment has the VEC blend of awesome ingredients. Once I dry and style my hair, I spray on some Shaping Spray to help my hair’s volume and curls last all day long.

Cristophe Shaping Spray

Cristophe Shaping Spray

The Shaping Hair Spray gives a flexible hold for natural looking hair that isn’t stiff or sticky. It keeps my fine hair from drooping even on damp and rainy days. I need to note that it does have a discernible sweet fragrance that definitely lingers, but for those who don’t mind fragrance this is a terrific hair spray option.

I am also happy to report that all of Cristophe’s products are color safe, paraben free, and cruelty free. The next time you are at the drugstore, pick up some Cristophe and wilted hair will be a thing of the past.  – Lisa

My Cristophe volumized hair

My Cristophe volumized hair

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Soften and nourish skin (and plant a tree!) with emerginC Coconut Argan Body Oil

Two of my favorite skin care ingredients are coconut oil and argan oil, so I was geeked when emerginC sent their scientific organics coconut-argan body oil ($54) to test. When I realized it was housed in a spray bottle, I was a bit confused…but once I tried it, my confusion turned into absolute delight. Now, a bottle of this is always on my nightstand.

emerginC Coconut-Argan Body Oil

emerginC Coconut-Argan Body Oil

The emerginC line is known for products that include cutting edge medical and cosmeceutical-grade ingredients from all over the world. Their scientific organics products feature results-oriented items that are 100% natural, paraben-free and synthetic fragrance-free. What I really love is that for every single retail-size scientific organics product sold, emerginC plants a tree. That is just cool.

The emerginC scientific organics coconut-argan body oil is a thin body oil made from 100% natural botanical extracts. This superb skin softener locks in moisture, calms irritated skin, and fights off those nasty free radicals.

full of lots of great skin softening ingredients

full of lots of great skin softening ingredients

love the spray top

love the spray top

I adore body oils and have many, but this is first one I have used that is in a spray bottle. I love it – I spray the oil on my feet at night, slip socks on, and overnight my feet transform from dry and cracked to smooth and soothed. I don’t even have to rub in the body oil, although I usually do since it is fantastic for cuticles. In fact, it is a fabulous moisturizer for any part of the body and the spray top feature makes it possible to moisturize hard to reach places like my upper back. It has a lovely light coconut scent that even those sensitive to scents will find agreeable. Unlike many natural organic oils this is super light and it absorbs very quickly.

The main ingredients include Sunflower Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, and Argan Oil. scientific organics coconut-argan body oil is just terrific for dry winter skin and it’s also perfect for wind or sun burned skin.

Definitely check out the scientific organics range at emerginC and remember with every product you buy you are also planting a tree!  – Lisa

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active ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Clove Leaf Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Orange Peel Oil

Arganesse Hair Treatment review and giveaway, $120 value!

The blogging world is abuzz with great things to say about Arganesse Hair Treatment and I am thrilled to be joining in all the raves! The BIZ was recently sent a bottle of Arganesse to try and it really is as good as everyone says.


What is really exciting is the great people at Arganesse have created a 10% off coupon code for BIZ readers…and they are sponsoring a giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $120 3.4 oz. bottle of Arganesse – keep reading to find out how to enter and for the coupon code.

Arganesse in it's pretty velvet bag

Arganesse in the pretty velvet bag

Gawjus bottle

Gawjus bottle


pour on some goodness

The packaging for this hair treatment is truly stunning. Enveloped in a beautiful green velvet drawstring pouch is a large glass bottle that is both striking and classic. The bottle sells for $120, which seems like a lot for an argan oil-based hair treatment oil – but  this bottle is HUGE and will probably last at least a year with daily use.

This lightweight oil has Argana Spinosa Kernel Oil, another name for argan oil, the main ingredient that makes hair amazingly silky and smooth without weighing it down.  There are only four other ingredients:

1.  Cyclopentasioxane – this is a liquid form of silicone that evaporates so it doesn’t leave your hair heavy or greasy.

2.  Dimethicone – This makes hair super smooth with its silicone-based polymer.

3.  Tocopheral Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate):  This is Vitamin E.

4.  Fragrance:  yes, this has a distinct fragrance.  I find it to be floral with some woody notes. It is extremely noticable when I pour some into my palms. I rub my palms together then distribute the oil evenly through damp hair and after about ten minutes the fragrance has almost completely dissipated. After an hour it’s completely gone for me.

I also use this oil on dry hair for high humidity days and it immediately smooths and eliminates flyaways and frizz. I find it keeps my color-treated hair looking vibrant and shiny,and my hair is extremely soft and full of body. Arganesse is not the least bit sticky and if you are a curly girl I think this will be a life saver for you.

smooth, shiny, still full of body Arganesse hair

smooth, shiny, still full of body Arganesse hair on a super humid day

I tweeted this photo on Saturday - on my way to a wedding with my Arganesse hair!

I tweeted this photo on Saturday – on my way to a wedding with my Arganesse hair!

Arganesse Hair Treatment will protect and strengthen your hair with all that vitamin E and those essential fatty acids. I just can’t tell you how fantastic my hair feels when I use this…which is every day now!

Get yourself some Arganesse Hair Treatment (AKA liquid gold) and use this code for 10% off the purchase price:  arganesse10

Their IG page is @arganesse, and you can find them on Facebook at While you are at it enter the Arganesse giveaway! It’s super easy, be sure to enter NOW!!

The Arganesse giveaway is open through Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. There are two required entries when we do a Rafflecopter and the rest are optional to give you extra chances to win. You can retweet daily too. All entries are verified before announcing the winner.   Good luck – and good hair!  – Lisa
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