Beautiful hair with Darshana Natural Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

Darshana Natural Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

Hair care is one of those beauty items that gives immediate results. Wash and condition your hair with something new and you know right away if it’s the beginning of a love affair or just a one night stand that you’d rather forget. I’m happy there was no ‘walk of shame’ with the Darshana Natural Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner…these are some hair products that make for a long-lasting relationship!                                               samples

Darshana Natural Moisturizing Shampoo

The Darshana Natural Moisturizing Shampoo ($24) has a lot of reasons to love it:

  • No sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrance or animal testing
  • Improves moisture and shine
  • Repairs, strengthens, protects with 18 amino acids
  • Color safe
  • Natural Indian Ayurvedic botanicals promote healthy hair
  • Honey, organic aloe, provitamin B5 for long lasting moisture
  • PH balanced to gently cleanse hair (4.8 – 5.8)
  • For all hair and scalp types
  • Fresh citrus scent

The shampoo is very gentle but does a great job of cleansing hair, even if you use lots of styling products or have oily hair. The Indian Ayurvedic botanicals are beautiful ingredients that smooth and condition every strand. If you color your hair like I do, you will love how this shampoo keeps color bright while the amino acids protect hair from environmental damage.

The Natural Moisturizing Shampoo is PH balanced and contains no sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrance, phosphates, phthalates, or animal testing. A perfect pair for the shampoo is the Natural Moisturizing Conditioner.

Darshana Natural Moisturizing ConditionerDarshana Natural Moisturizing Conditioner

Lots to love with the Natural Moisturizing Conditioner ($24) too!

  • No sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrance or animal testing
  • Softens, detangles, defrizzes
  • Improves moisture and shine
  • Color safe
  • Repairs, strengthens, protects with 18 amino acids
  • Natural Indian Ayurvedic botanicals promote healthy hair
  • Honey, shea butter, sweet almond oil for moisture and shine
  • PH balanced to moisturize and smooth (3 – 4)
  • Fresh citrus scent
  • For all hair and scalp types

This new hair conditioner from Darshana is a wonderful, lightweight conditioner that hydrates without weighing down hair. It leaves hair super soft, full of body, and free of frizz. If your hair tends to get tangled, you will love how this keeps hair smooth and tangle-free because it closes and seals the hair cuticle. Just like the shampoo, this conditioner is PH balanced and has no sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrance, phosphates, phthalates, or animal testing.

As Darshana says, the Natural Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are natural alternatives for long-term hair care. I am extremely happy with them and they have a permanent place in my shower. You can purchase Darshana products online at darshanabeauty.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration, opinions all mine!

Introducing T’zikal hair care products with a great giveaway

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T’ZIKAL BEAUTY is a new company to Beauty Info Zone. They sent us some great products for hair and skin and have offered a giveaway to one of our US readers. You know we love giveaways and we don’t think there are enough beauty ones on the internet, so we let our curiosity for new products take hold.

Today we’re talking about T’ZIKAL hair products. We have 4 different ones to tell you about (3 of which will be in the giveaway). First though we need to learn about T’ZIKAL.

T'Zikal Hair CareT’zikal developed their products using their main ingredient, Ojon oil, from Hondurus. After learning about ancient beauty rituals from Central America they found that what they most admired was their beautiful hair. They used natural, simple and high quality ingredients to develop their hair care. What attracted us to them is that they don’t do animal testing, are free of parabens, artificial colors, fragrances and days.

The name T’zikal (pronounced Tee-Zee-Cal) means sanctified or blessed in the Mayan language. Their remarkable main ingredient, Ojon Oil, comes from the Palm Nut Tree which produces up to 8,000 nuts per tree, yet once refined those 8,000 nuts create just 3 cups of pure oil. Just a small amount of Ojon Oil seals the hair cuticle for optimal radiance and extraordinary shine.

WHAT’S MARCIA USING ON HER HAIR?

T'zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner

T’zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner

Both Lisa and I are using Deep Hydrating Shampoo ($32 for 10 oz, $10 for 2.5 oz) and Deep Moisturizing Conditioner ($34 for 10 oz, $12 for 2.5 oz). (At the time of this writing they have a BOGO going on to buy one shampoo and get another free.) These are made for dry or damaged hair. While I don’t have damaged hair I do consider it dry which is a big change from my younger days. I used to wash my hair daily but now I do it every 2 – 3 days. I love that the shampoo and moisturizing conditioner hydrate my hair.

T'zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner

T’zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner

What I’m finding with T’zikal is that my hair is feeling cleaner than ever after my second day so that I’m going into day three with a fresher head of hair. My hair is a little fuller and shiny. I must address the fragrance of these two products. In the introduction it’s mentioned that there’s no artificial fragrance, which is true. But the products do have a fragrance albeit a natural one. When I first smell this and when I’m in the shower I notice an herbal woodsy fragrance but surprisingly after I style my hair with a leave in conditioner, it’s gone. The first time I used these products I wondered if I’d be able to use them again – that answer is definitely yes. Once I saw how much I liked the shine and effect on my hair, I was sold.

T'zikal Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist

T’zikal Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist

T’zikal Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist ($32 for 2 oz) is where I differ from Lisa. I’m using this unusual dry oil spray on day 2 or 3 to bring my hair extra shine and pizzazz. You don’t spray it directly on your hair because you don’t need that much. Instead I spray it on my palms, rub them together and smooth it through my hair. Actually the directions say to use this on damp hair but I already get an amazing shine from T’zikal so I cheat! If you have areas that are particularly dry and/or damaged then use extra of the Dry Oil Mist there. You don’t need very much of this at all. A little goes a long way.

WHAT’S LISA USING ON HER HAIR?
T'Zikal Hair Care

Like Marcia, I am using the Deep Hydrating Shampoo and Deep Moisturizing Conditioner. My hair is quite different from hers – she may not brag about it, but Marcia has amazing hair that is pretty close to perfect. Mine always needs a lot of work. It’s long, about mid-back length, and I have tons of it. It’s quite fine, so while it needs moisture it also doesn’t need any extra weight. Also, since it’s color treated, I need hair products that protect my color and keep it vibrant.

T'Zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo

T'Zikal Deep Moisture Conditioning Cream

I have a bit of wave in my hair but nothing too impressive, so I use tons of heat styling. My hair is also so dry that I can get away with four or even five days between washes with the right products. Considering the level of abuse my hair takes, I need super effective hair care that really takes good care of me. No question, the T’Zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo and Deep Moisture Conditioning Cream do the job! They leave my hair clean, moisturized, shiny, and full of body.

T'Zikal Curl Defining Serum

T'Zikal Curl Defining Serum

T’Zikal Curl Defining Serum

The Curl Defining Serum ($38) is a light leave-in conditioner that features Ojon oil. It’s applied to damp hair and soothes super dry ends, enhances shine, and makes short work of frizz and flyaway hair, which can be problematic especially with curly hair. To create curls, I typically use hot rollers, a curling iron, or my secret weapon – the Conair Infinity Pro Curl Secret, which makes simply fabulous spiral curls that last for days.

Conair Infinity Pro Curl Secret

 

A lot of styling creams say they can be used on wet or dry hair, but my hair is so fine it typically doesn’t respond well when I try to put product on after it’s dry. However, the T’Zikal Curl Defining Serum is an exception. My hair loves this to smooth out second or third day hair and it gives more life and bounce to my (totally not natural!) curls.

T'Zikal Hair Care curls

T’Zikal Hair Care curls

If your hair is on the dry side, these T’zikal hair products are for you! They bring life to dull hair and are sure to be the source of many excellent hair days in the future.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: One lucky US subscriber will be winning three T’zikal products – Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner, and Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist. To enter this giveaway it is mandatory to subscribe by email to Beauty Info Zone and comment. All the other entries are optional to give you more chances of winning. The giveaway goes through 9/19/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. WordPress sometimes acts up at the end of a giveaway and closes the comment section. If that happens please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com, label it Hair Giveaway, and comment, press I commented and continue on. That’s it. Your hair will love how it looks if you purchase or win these products.

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Shampoo ingredients: Water, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Lauryl, Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Polysorbate 20, Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Citric Acid, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot Oil), Apium Graveolens (Celery Seed Oil), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood), Lavandula Hydrida Grosso (Lavandin Grosso) Herb Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Citrus Sinesis (Orange), Citrus Aurantium (Petigrain Oil) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang), Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Extract, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Phytate, Elaeis Oleifera Kernel Oil

Conditioner ingredients: Water, Behentrimonium Chloride, Elaeis Oleifera Kernel Oil, Stearyl, Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Sucrose Polystearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cetyl Alcohol,  Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot Oil), Apium Graveolens (Celery Seed Oil), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood), Lavandula Hydrida Grosso (Lavandin Grosso) Herb Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Citrus Sinesis (Orange), Citrus Aurantium (Petigrain Oil) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Ribes Grossularia Fruit Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf, Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Isoamyl Laurate, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Lactic Acid

Jet Set away with ColorProof

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Jet Set travel by ColorProof

Jet Set travel by ColorProof

We’re here to introduce you to these TSA Mini Miracles sets of ColorProof’s top selling products. We were thrilled to receive these for review knowing what a great brand ColorProof is. These are essential for keeping your color stay true during your travels just as ColorProof keeps your color true in your everyday life. As always, ColorProof products are 100% vegan, gluten-free and sulfate and salt-free. If you want the ultimate overperformer for you life, these are perfect for you.

Marcia’s hair needs taming

My choice of the Jet Set travel kits is CRAZY SMOOTH. I was very excited to have a chance to try out ColorProof since Lisa has always raved about the line and I love Lisa’s hair. The CrazySmooth® System  seemed perfect for me and it turned out to be just that.

ColorProof Crazy Smooth

ColorProof Crazy Smooth

The JetSet travel kit ($19.99) is the perfect way to try out ColorProof. With 3 products in the set I got the chance to test the CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Shampoo, CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Condition, and  PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth (2 oz each).

CrazySmooth® is 100% vegan and perfect for my keratin treated hair. There are no sulfates, salts or gluten in these three 100% vegan formula products. When you both color treat your hair and have a treatment in it you need to be careful which products you use so that the money you’ve spent isn’t washed down the drain.

ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner use a proprietary blend of exclusive oils including Camellia Oil from Japan and Abyssinian Oil from Africa, along with seaweed and shea butter. They have a slight fragrance but not one that’s noticeable after using. The reason I like these includes how they not only make my hair smooth but also incredibly shiny. I love seeing less frizz and so much shine.

ColorProof PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth

ColorProof PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth

The follow up product is their PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth which I’ve used with ColorProof products and with other lines. I smooth a quarter size blob through my shoulder length hair and wet brush it. My hair isn’t snarled and it’s easy to brush through. The beauty is in the aftermath when my hair is dry and has some volume. Even though I have a keratin treatment I don’t want flat hair. I want volume without frizz and that’s what I get. This too has the same ingredients as the shampoo and conditioner so I’m getting heat and color protection. My only (mini) complaint about this is the bottle which I can’t squeeze. It’s made of very sturdy, recyclable plastic and is resistant to my strength so I have to open it, turn it upside down, and bounce some out. Right now it’s not a problem though I do worry about it when I am close to the end. If that’s the only complaint then I can surely live with this.

ColorProof Crazy Smooth

Lisa’s hair needs moisture

My choice of the Jet Set travel kits is SUPER RICH. It’s a little embarrassing to admit how excited I was to try this travel kit…the ColorProof HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray is my favorite hairspray of all time, so I just knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with the SuperRich® set.

SuperRich® JetSet travel kit
The SuperRich® JetSet travel kit ($19.99) has three products that will satisfy really thirsty hair:  SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo 2 oz., SuperRich® Moisture Condition 2 oz., and DeepQuench®  Moisture Masque 1.38  oz.

My hair is fine, although I have a ton of it. It’s also long, about mid-back, and while I typically let it air dry I also often heat style it into curls or else super straight. You know what that means – ends that are dry as a desert.

SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo and ConditionerThe SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo is very gentle and goes easy on my color treated hair. The lather is thick and velvety, and here’s a fun fact – it’s also terrific as a body wash. How perfect is that when you are traveling and space is at a premium? It leaves hair soft, shiny, and full of body, even without a conditioner (yup I am a little crazy, I tried it that way too).  It’s 100% vegan, gluten-free and sulfate and salt free, so you know it keeps hair color looking the best possible.

The SuperRich® Moisture Conditioner is great – it really treats my ends and gives me lots of shine. When I use these two together I get ‘floaty’ hair – it feels amazing and has tons of bounce and body.

Sometimes, though, I need CRAZY moisture – like after a few days of swimming in a pool or the ocean. That’s when I pull out the big guns.

DeepQuench® Moisture MasqueDeepQuench® Moisture MasqueDeepQuench®  Moisture Masque is everything super thirsty hair needs, even if your hair is extremely fine. It injects tons of moisture into hair without coating it and weighing it down. I put this on the bottom half of my hair after shampooing and leave it on as long as possible, two minutes at least. Wow does it do a fantastic job! Soft, swingy, shiny, healthy hair that really holds a curl. Once again, ColorProof impresses the heck out of me.  I’ve got my travel set – now I need all three products in full size.

ColorProof Super Rich

ColorProof Super Rich

Whether you are a JetSetter or a stay at home person, these sets are great ways to try out the ColorProof professional line. ColorProof products are sold mostly at salons though you can find them at Sleek Hair, and in Beauty Brands stores. Use the salon locator to find ColorProof locally.

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Truth Vitality helps our aging heads and maybe yours with a giveaway

truth in aging logoThe website Truth in Aging carries an amazing amount of products that will help us as we go through the aging process. You can count on them for over 20 brands and one of their newest is Truth Vitality which is a line of products especially designed for women with fine hair or women with thinning hair, those who’d simply like more voluminous hair on their head or eyebrows. We were sent a few products to see if it helped our aging heads.

LISA’S PRODUCTS:

What does your shower drain look like? It is a messy tangle of hair?? I shudder when I see mine…I can’t believe I am losing that much hair every time I shampoo and condition. Truth Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner promised me less shedding, so I was more than happy to give them a whirl.

Truth Vitality True Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

Truth Vitality True Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

It’s funny, for hair products that promise volume the formulas are certainly on the thin side…but they do deliver every promise.

Their nourishing formulas are infused with a unique copper peptide complex to encourage hair growth, as well as powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and extracts to rebuild struggling strands from the inside out.

The True Volume Shampoo’s formula is loaded with beneficial ingredients to fight thinning hair, increase volume and strength, and stimulate new hair growth, including copper peptides, caffeine, ferulic acid, vitamin A, and beta carotene.

Our conditioner offers a unique combination of emu oil and copper peptides to stimulate the hair follicles, increasing their size and encouraging hair growth. There’s also caffeine, beta-sitosterol, Aspen bark extract, and macadamia nut oil to add strength, volume, and shine.

Truth Vitality True Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

I do see less hair in my drain so I know I am shedding less as I use the True Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. My hair feels very soft, floaty, and full. It’s shiny too! Volume hair products often leave my hair feeling coated, but these don’t – my fine hair loves them.

These two hair products retail for $64, but right now I see them on the Truth in Aging website as a duo for $54.40.

If you have fine or thinning hair, you will love this sulfate/silicone/paraben-free duo. If you want to address hair loss, I think this is an excellent option.

MARCIA’S PRODUCT:

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

BROW EMPOWER from Truth Vitality was created for people just like me. I never had to worry about my brows and gave them little thought. I’d pluck to keep strays away but they were full and I basically ignored them. Along came age and illness and my eyebrows are no longer what they were.

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Brow Empower ($39) is a lightweight gel that you can apply day or night. It’s a light brown serum that will dry down so that you can apply eyebrow makeup over it. This stimulates healthy growth using a blend of copper peptides, vitamin B5, and emu oil. Copper peptides increase the size of hair follicles and stimulate new hair growth while the vitamin B5 and emu oil gently condition and smooth the hair strands.

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

The applicator of Brow Empower is a new technology and can break easily so you need to use some TLC with it. I admit that I dropped mine and it doesn’t work properly but I’m still using the product. I use a cotton swab to get the product and apply it to my brows that way. I’ll often then use the applicator to smooth it onto my brows.

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality added a unique touch to this product. There is a small pin like tool that helps you keep the applicator top free from product. If it starts to clog up just wipe the metallic tip and orifice with a soft cloth or tissues and insert the pin. It clears it easily. I wish other products had thought to include something like this.

applicator for Brow Empower

applicator for Brow Empower

Something I found very interesting is that Truth in Aging has a community of testers so this and the other products in the Truth Vitality line have been tested and reviewed by them. I’ve started to see some brow growth and am finding new hairs. It’s so easy to use that I’ll continue this and hope that I can eventually see a fuller brow.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Truth in Aging has kindly offered to send two winners products. You must be a US subscriber of Beauty Info Zone to enter. One subscriber will win the Truth Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner while another subscriber will win Truth Vitality Brow Empower. Your hardest job is to decide which of these would be best for your needs. The giveaway is open through 8/1/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments get cranky and close please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with the subject Truth in Aging and make your comment there. Please remember that we verify all entries so keep it on the straight and narrow.

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Fine or thinning hair? VoluMedic Hair Thickening System

VoluMedicFor those of us with fine and/or thinning hair, it can be quite a challenge to find a solution that is botanically based and not full of chemicals. Recently I have been testing VoluMedic, an all-natural system for fine/thinning hair that works for both men and women.

VoluMedic

The reason we experience hair loss is because our hair growth cycle is out of balance. That imbalance results in less hair during the anagen or growth stage, and a bigger number of telegen or degenerating hairs. The VoluMedic System not only slows this process down, it can even reverse it – again, for both men and women!  Some highlights:

  • Cleanses and stimulates the flow of nutrients to the scalp
  • Removes DHT build-up
  • Increases percentage of hair follicles in the anagen (growth) phase of the hair cycle
  • Thickens and adds body to thin, fine, limp hair
  • Eliminates the use of aggressive, sulfate cleansers, protecting the scalp and hair color
  • It’s a simple, flexible system
  • Uses no paraben preservatives
  • Contains no dyes or synthetic fragrances
  • Is formulated gluten-free

The most innovative active ingredient in VoluMedic products is Pisum Sativum, a sustainable phytonutrient. Swiss studies showed significantly increased Anagen and decreased Telogen follicles on a mixed panel of men & women who used our system. 85% of users showed a 78% average increase in the Anagen / Telogen follicle growth ratio after 90 days use.

Whether you suffer from thinning hair or hair loss due to heredity, medical conditions, or simply from aging, VoluMedic can work for you – and it’s an easy, 3-step system.

VoluMedic Shampoo

The first step is to shampoo with the VoluMedic Shampoo. This shampoo smells minty and fresh, and leaves hair feeling clean but not stripped since it doesn’t contain any sulfates. It does, however, get rid of sebum and build up, which clogs hair follicles.

  • Cleans and builds body without sulfate stripping of vital nutrients or hair color
  • Helps eliminates sebum and styling build-up at the follicle
  • Invigorates the scalp
  • Compatible with keratin straightening systems.

As a result, it gives hair a lot more oomph and volume.

VoluMedic Conditioner

The second step is to condition with the VoluMedic Thickening Conditioner. This also has a fresh, minty scent.  It strengthens hair and adds even more body.

  • Thickens each hair shaft for added body
  • Smooths and protects the surface of the hair
  • Adds life to fine or thinning hair
  • Stimulates the scalp

After rinsing and towel drying hair, there’s just one more step toward a thicker, fuller ‘do.

VoluMedic Scalp Stimulator

While the shampoo and conditioner keep hair healthy and prep the scalp, the Scalp Stimulator does the bulk of the work. For some reason I was expecting this to be a foam, but it’s actually a liquid spray that is applied directly onto your scalp. Just massage in with your fingers, then enjoy the tingling sensation for about a minute before styling. That sensation means it’s working, dissolving excess sebum and promoting a healthy scalp. VoluMedic says this sensation can last for up to 3o minutes, but it only lasts for a few minutes on me and isn’t unpleasant at all.

The Scalp Stimulator gives some immediate gratification, making hair full and thick right away.

  • Helps increase the flow of nutrients for healthy hair
  • Promotes the Anagen, productive phase of the hair cycle
  • Helps clear clogged hair follicles
  • Safe and effective, stimulating formula
  • Hair color safe
  • Contains no paraben preservatives, artificial dyes or fragrances

Basically, the VoluMedic Scalp Stimulator makes your hair thick and full through creating an awesome anagen follicle stage and getting rid of excess sebum that inhibits hair growth. Like the Shampoo and Conditioner, the VoluMedic Scalp Stimulator has no sulfates, parabens, artificial fragrance or dyes. All VoluMedic formulas are also safe for color-treated hair.

If you – or your significant other – has fine or thinning hair, give VoluMedic a try! You can find this line at Sally Beauty stores and through their website.  The 30 day Starter Kit is only $23, so why not give it a shot?  – Lisa

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Giveaway alert! Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Shampoo, Conditioner and Hairspray

Did you have an amazing Memorial Day weekend?? I know I did…and between chlorine in my hair and forgetting to wear a hat, I realized quickly that dry, damaged summer hair is not far away.

Marc-Anthony-logoAn awesome drugstore choice for dry summer hair is Marc Anthony. I first tried this line 5 years ago and I’ve been a big fan ever since. They recently sent me their Marc Anthony’s Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter hair products to test, and I am definitely impressed…and you can win these products for yourself!

Marc Anthony Hydrating Sulfate Free Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner

Marc Anthony Hydrating Sulfate Free Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner

The Marc Anthony Hydrating Sulfate Free Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Shampoo ($7.99) is a wonderful every day shampoo that cleanses but doesn’t strip hair. It’s one of the more moisturizing shampoos I have tried, with coconut oil, biotin, and shea butter to strengthen hair and repair split ends. This will work on any hair texture, color-treated hair, and sensitive scalps. The only caveat would be that it has fragrance, albeit a lovely deep coconut one!

The Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Conditioner ($7.99) is the perfect partner, giving hair even more moisture and leaving it super soft and shiny. My hair is fine, and often I can’t do highly moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. My hair just loves these two though and I find that I have almost no problem with frizz when I use them.

Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Volume Hairspray

Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Volume Hairspray

I also tested the Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Volume Hairspray ($8.99). This is an aerosol spray hairspray that gives a light, flexible hold. It does indeed increase hair volume and while I have long layers, it kept my hair nice and fluffy all day. I tend to be a bit overzealous when spraying on hairspray because my hair is so fine it doesn’t want to hold any curl. I found that this hairspray does the trick, although don’t overdo or it can become stiff. This hairspray has an awesome coconut scent that I wished lasted even longer.

Intense moisture is the whole concept behind the Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter line, making these hair products truly perfect for summer hair. You can find them at retail locations nationwide including CVS, Duane Reade, Harmon, Face Values, Rite Aid, Ulta and Walgreens, as well as online at www.marcanthony.com.

My Marc Anthony hair!

My Marc Anthony hair!

For even more awesome hair news, Marc Anthony is hosting a giveaway for all three products!  Not one, but TWO lucky Beauty Info Zone readers will win this set for some great summer hair. This giveaway ends 6/19/16 at 11:59 PM EST and is US only. The two requirements to move on in the Rafflecopter: Subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s email and leave a comment. After that, do as many of the additional entries as you want. If the comment section decides not to cooperate, just email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it MARC. Comment in the email and continue on. Good luck and good hair!  – Lisa

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Makeup Wars is all about hair – Living Proof and Brazilian Blowout Acai are my choices

We are a confusing bunch around here. Last week for Top Ten Beauty we talked about hair and this week for Makeup Wars we are also talking about hair. I’m actually glad because I mixed them up and now I get to add more hair products that I use all the time.

Brazilian Blowout Acai and Living Proof NoFrizz

Brazilian Blowout Acai and Living Proof NoFrizz

First thing to know about me is that I get my hair professionally straightened. I recently had another Brazilian Blowout procedure done, at least my 6th one. At the present time I’m only using the Acai line made by Brazilian Blowout but that will change in about a month. Prior to that I was using Pai-Shau and Living Proof. There are two things that you need to make sure are absent from your hair products whenever you have it straightened: they must be sulfate-free and have no sodium chloride. The sodium pulls the straightening out of your hair so that it doesn’t last. I watch for that in all products I use but especially during the first 6 weeks after a treatment.

Brazilian Blowout Acai products

Brazilian Blowout Acai products

Brazilian Blowout Acai products are specially formulated for a keratin treatment. They are the aftercare regimen developed to extend the life of your Brazilian Blowout Professional Smoothing Treatment. Even if you have another brand of treatment done, I’d still recommend these products since they do the job they are formulated to do: keep your hair straight, frizz free, smooth and silky looking.

Both the shampoo and conditioner are products I’d use 365 days a year. I find they keep my hair from drying out. My hair retains moisture because they contain smoothing proteins that fortify and seal the cuticle.

Brazilian Blowout Acai Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Condtioner

Brazilian Blowout Acai Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

Brazilian Blowout Acai Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Condtioner

Brazilian Blowout Acai Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

The conditioner provides UVA/UVB protection and is safe for color-treated hair. This is a mild everyday conditioner that glides through my hair.

All the Brazilian Blowout Acai products have a light citrus fragrance that doesn’t linger but I’d love it if it did since it’s so pleasant.

Brazilian Blowout Acai Deep Conditioning Masque

Brazilian Blowout Acai Deep Conditioning Masque

The Brazilian Blowout Acai Deep Conditioning Masque is to be used approximately once a week. My hair is shorter now than when I first started having my hair straightened so I find I only need this about every 10 days. My hairdresser swears by the Deep Conditioning Masque and uses it instead of the conditioner. She has beautiful thick hair that always looks lustrous and healthy. This masque not only smoothes and conditions, it promotes shine while also infusing moisture in your hair. The masque is what’s going to help with the longevity of a keratin treatment.

Acai Daily Smoothing Serum

Acai Daily Smoothing Serum

Brazilian Blowout has created several products to help style your hair. My favorite of these is the Acai Daily Smoothing Serum. I always have to put in a styling product before I brush through my wet hair and this one is great. It’s clear and not too thick, has that luscious citrus scent, and helps detangle my wet hair. This is what keeps my hair looking shiny and fights the humidity.

I’ve repurchased these products over and over. I use Amazon since I save a bundle over what my hair salon sells it for. My Deep Conditioning Masque is the newest of my replacement products so it has the new packaging.

Living Proof No Frizz

Living Proof No Frizz

Another brand that I’m crazy about is Living Proof. I use the FRIZZ line which is the No Frizz line. Sephora had several samples available of Living Proof so I took advantage of those to see what I thought of the line. Once I got the samples of No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner, I was sold. Living Proof is available at Ulta, Sephora and Amazon but I find that the prices on Amazon are much better so that’s where my replacements will come from. And I will replace these products since they’ve giving me living proof that they work well.

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo

Living Proof No Frizz information

Living Proof No Frizz information

Both Living Proof FRIZZ shampoo and conditioner sold me when I saw that they were color safe, sulfate-free, and contained no heavy silicones or oils. I can add an oil I like when styling but that’s my choice.The first new anti-frizz technology in over 30 years, it does what silicones can’t; eliminate frizz by blocking humidity-without weighing hair down.” This shampoo’s key ingredient is PolyfluoroEster which creates an invisible shield on the hair to lock in moisture-proof smoothness and repel dirt and oil, so you can go longer between washes to break the frizz and damage cycle.

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

I chose to buy Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream as the product to use after washing my hair. I always need something to comb through so I’ll be tangle free. While it’s more expensive than their Frizz Leave In Conditioner, it has more benefits.

No Frizz derives performance from Living Proof’s “miracle molecule,” PolyfluoroEster, to create a weightless shield on hair that blocks humidity absorption, smooths the cuticle, and repels dirt. The PolyfluoroEster shield is established over the first five uses of the No Frizz regimen, so it becomes stronger, the longer you use it—and can be maintained with consistent use of No Frizz products.

That’s the reason I chose the Nourishing Styling Cream. I need so little that it doesn’t matter that it’s a little more money. Plus it really works. In the winter when I knew I was coming towards the end of my treatment, this is what kept my hair from misbehaving.

In the future I’ll be exploring more from Living Proof. I actually have a travel set of A Perfect Day that I will break into in the future. Until then I plan to continue my FRIZZ routine.

What’s your haircare regimen? Do you use styling products? —  Marcia

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