*some products were received for review consideration as noted in original articles
Over the last almost 3 months I haven’t been able to control a lot in my life. But happily I have been able to control what I’ve used on my hair. There are two different lines that I used exclusively for the last few months and I’m here to not only share ECRU New York with you but to offer a giveaway for my favorite product in the line.
In the summer ECRU New York sent some of their Acacia line of products. The shampoo and conditioner went right into my shower while the BB Protein Cream went on my vanity.
ECRU New York was created to “Treat and Perform”. Silk proteins are used in every product within the collection because they strengthen and improve the integrity of the hair.
What are Silk Proteins? According to ECRU they are the highest grade protein ingredients created from the hydrolysis of silk fibers. The inner part of silk is removed by this hydrolysis. It’s been used in high grade skincare for years but research found that these silk proteins formed a protective film that sealed the hair. The result is a hair cuticle with increased elasticity, beautiful shine and protection from damage.
The products I’ve been using are from the Acacia Protein Collection. They consist of a shampoo, conditioner, BB Cream, masque and oil. Today I bring you the shampoo, conditioner and BB cream.
ECRU New York Acacia Protein Shampoo and Conditioner are both safe for color treated hair, hair that has had processes done to it (like a keratin straightening), and are paraban free. The shampoo contains Acacia Collagen™, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Wheat Protein, Panthenol, and Sunflower Extract. It is extremely moisturizing and leaves my hair soft and shiny. It washes out easily even when I am just standing on one foot at my kitchen sink. The conditioner contains similar but enhanced ingredients, Acacia Collagen™, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Wheat Protein, and Safflower Seed Oil, and leaves my hair feeling protected. One claim is that it helps mend split ends, I don’t agree or disagree with that statement since I haven’t seen proof of that in my own life. These two products keep my hair so well moisturized that I don’t notice split ends occuring.
The other product is one I mentioned in an Ipsy review since I received a travel size one in my last Ipsy bag. I was thrilled and started using it right away since I wasn’t able to go upstairs to get my full size one. This is the Acacia Protein BB Cream which is my favorite of these three products. This is a styling cream that is both lightweight and easy to use. I don’t notice fragrance in any of these products when I use them but if there is fragrance then it’s just light and refreshing. The Protein BB Cream contains Acacia Collagen™, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Jojoba Oil and Monoi Oil. These excellent ingredients are what makes this BB Cream so special. I like to use this on my towel dried hair prior to blow drying. I can comb through my hair with ease and this is helping protect it from the heat of my appliances.
We were sent an extra ECRU New York Protein BB Cream and are happy to have this as a giveaway for one of our readers. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do since I know we all care so much about the way our hair looks. The giveaway is open for US and Canada only through 11/15/14. — Marcia
*sent for editorial consideration. You can find ECRU New York on their website as well as on BeautyBar which has free shipping.
Summer is just brutal on hair. Strands get weighed down by salt, chlorine, and styling products. Color fades as hair gets dry and brittle from the sun and wind. Ever the ‘mad scientist’, I have come up with a go-to hair combo for soft, shiny, and super smelling summer hair!
Superfruit Renewal™ Clarifying Cream Shampoo is a beautifully creamy sulfate-free shampoo. As a clarifying shampoo, it gets rid of build up like chlorine, salt, and the gunky build-up from hair products. However, it is probably the most gentle clarifying shampoo I have ever used. It doesn’t leave my hair stiff and dry like others I have tried. Superfruit Renewal has all kinds of excellent, nourishing ingredients like açai, blueberry, cranberry, papaya, and pomegranate. Plus it has banana extract that helps to replenish hydration so hair is left clean and soft. It is a wonderful summer shampoo, especially if you spend a lot of time outside.
The OGX Nourishing Coconut Conditioner has the best coconut scent of any hair product I’ve tried. The best part is it stays, so all throughout the day I get whiffs of this creamy vanilla coconut scent that screams SUMMER! The days I use this conditioner I am continually transported to a beautiful sunny beach, relaxing in the sun as a muscle-bound cabana boy serves me pina coladas….sorry. This conditioner doesn’t weigh down my fine hair, but it still drenches it with moisture and leaves it soft and shiny. It is a wonderfully affordable conditioner that my hair just loves.
Together, these two are my summer dynamic duo that rescue my hair and leave me smelling like a total beach babe. It’s a good thing, since it is the only way I could be classified as one these days! – Lisa
* sent for editorial consideration
Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo Ingredients: Water (Aqua)/(Eau), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Maltooligosyl Glucoside/Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Lauroryl Sarcosinate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Glycol Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Glycolic Acid, Panthenol, Euterpe Oleracea (Açai) Fruit Extract, Musa Sapientum Fruit (Banana) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Propanediol, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium PCA, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Red 33 (CI 17200).
OGX Nourishing Coconut Conditioner Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Cocos Nucifera Water (Coconut), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Glycol Distearate, Glycol Stearate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
WOW, this is a real find!! I don’t throw the term ‘holy grail’ out very often, but NATU Hair Care has earned that status in my book. I test many, many hair lines and have discovered some wonderful products. But I am not exaggerating when I say this line blew me away.
When NATU sent us the products, I thought – wow, cool packaging! It’s unique and attractive. But I never thought I was going to be discovering some of my favorite hair products ever.
NATU is known for being a truly natural hair care line. Here is a list of everything that is NOT included in NATU products:
All The Un-Natural Ingredients That Didn’t Go Into The Creation Of NATU:
No Artificial Colors
No Artificial Fragrances
No Animal Products
Sulfates (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate) aren’t great in hair products because they dry out hair and can cause breakage. Synthetic parabens (Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben) can be a problem because they cause allergic reactions for some. NATU uses none of those ingredients, and in fact only uses natural-born proteins, lipids, amino acids, nutrients and vitamins that clean, condition, and repair hair beautifully.
They only have one shampoo and one conditioner, stating that different types for various kinds of hair aren’t necessary. Here is what I can tell you: my long, fine, color-treated hair LOVES these products!
NATU Liberating Shampoo ($15) is a gentle cleanser that gets rid of product buildup without stripping or drying hair. It gives crazy lift and volume after just one use.
NATU Reawakening Conditioner ($15) is a beautiful, lightweight conditioner that is wonderfully moisturizing without weighing down hair. It leaves my hair extremely soft and shiny.
NATU has several different mists. The mists are leave-in conditioners that are applied to damp hair before any styling products. There are four different types: Volumizing Mist for Fine Hair, Managing Mist for Normal Hair, Silkening Mist for Thick, Coarse Hair, and Reviving Mist for Dry, Damaged Hair. I tested the Reviving Mist ($15), which adds moisture and strength to processed or dry hair.
I have pretty good hair, but I am astounded at what NATU does for me. My hair becomes full, soft, and floaty. It has incredible body and holds curl all day long. Plus is gives me great second AND third day hair.
The picture above was taken after using the Liberating Shampoo, Reawakening Conditioner, and Reviving Mist. I blew my hair dry and put it in hot rollers for ten minutes. That’s all!
NATU is sold at Target and at salons. You can find a store closest to you at their website, www.natuhaircare.com. Cute packaging, good prices, easy availability, and results like this?? NATU has joined my list of Holy Grail products. I know that if you try it, it will join yours too. – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration
If you are a curly girl, Miss Jessie’s just may be a miracle hair care line for you. I have several super curly friends who swear by this line, so even though I am not uber-curly I was more than happy to test some products Miss Jessie’s sent us. Keep in mind that my hair is quite fine, although I have a lot of it. I have natural wave to my hair – not enough to be called ‘curly’, basically just enough to be sort of annoying. So I need to either air dry it with salt spray product for pronounced waves, or else blow dry and curl with rollers or a curling iron for curls.
Claiming to be ‘the best darn’ anything is going out on a limb, and Miss Jessie’s does so on every bottle of product. I tested the Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo ($11) and the Creme de la Creme Conditioner ($11).
Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo is billed as “The Best Darn Detangling Shampoo. Period.” Many who have very dry and coarse hair sometimes can’t even use shampoo because it just wrecks their hair. But even those with incredibly difficult hair swear by this shampoo. It is a wonderful detangler that leaves hair extremely smooth and soft. It has a green apple scent that is fresh and enjoyable. The shampoo is very thick and sort of…well…goopy – triple slip is no exaggeration. However, it lathers up nicely and rinses out clean. It works best for those with wavy, curly, tight curly, or kinky hair.
The Creme de la Creme Conditioner leaves my hair very, very soft. Surprisingly, it is actually more on thin side, almost the consistency of a shampoo. I think those with very curly hair could easily use this as a leave-in conditioner to help keep curls soft and moisturized. It doesn’t weigh down my fine hair, which was surprising, and when I air dry I have no frizz at all.In fact, after using the combo of Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo and Creme de la Creme Conditioner I have full volume that lasts all day.When I use heat styling for curls, my curl definitely stays longer. My guess is that this would be a really terrific conditioner for those with super curly and/or wiry hair.
This line has tons of extremely satisfied and loyal customers who won’t use anything else. I think it should be on all curly girl’s list to at least try. And if you are an only sometimes curly girl like me, Miss Jessie’s is a great line to always have on hand. – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration
Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), AMMONIUM LAURYL SULFATE, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIPROPIONATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, POLYSORBATE 20, POLYQUATERNIUM – 7, GLYCOL STEARATE, FRAGRANCE, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, TETRASODIUM EDTA, ISOSTEARYL ETHYLIMIDAZOLINIUM ETHOSULPHATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID, PEG-55 PROPYLENE GLYCOL OLEATE
Creme de la Creme Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Lauryl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, C13-16 Isoparaffin, C12-14 Isoparaffin, C13-15 Alkane, Dimethiconol, Fragrance (Parfum), DMDM Hydantoin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth-20, Polyquaternium-11, Panthenol, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Disodium EDTA, Trideceth-12, Cyclomethicone, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Chlorella Pyrenoidosa Extract
Roux is not your grandmother’s haircare. Yes your grandmother used Roux because it was developed in 1932 by George Kremer Jr. Roux was the beauty product first of its kind, offering reliable, high quality and affordable hair color. Each decade new products were created and the brand is one you’ll find in just about any beauty salon you walk into. But what you’ll find in their newest products are new for 2014 and have the latest technology: “Roux introduces its Anti-Aging hair care line, giving women everywhere healthy, beautiful, instantly younger-looking hair.” There’s now something for everyone from grandma on down.
When these products arrived for review consideration both of us were more than a little surprised. Roux? Really? YES really. It took us back to our pasts but we were excited to see the future with Roux. We have been wonderfully impressed and want to each share some products in the line so that you can learn about it yourself. At the end we’ll even have a giveaway for you!!
When I saw the name Roux on the products it created a memory of my childhood. I would often go with my mom to the beauty salon and I’d be fascinated seeing all the bottles of Roux on their shelves. I’ve always been the type that read everything I could get my hands on and I’d ask to read what the bottles said. Yes, I was a little nerdy. I was fascinated that the Roux Fanci-Full Rinses that they put on my mom would make her hair look refreshed. Even now when I pick her up from the beauty salon she’ll tell me she had a rinse and I know it’s a Roux rinse since I see those by the sink.
In contrast I’m the woman who has her hair dyed and keratin straightened. When I saw that Keratin Repair Shampoo and Conditioner were part of the package, I called dibs on it. (I’m still somewhat nerdy.) To be honest I wondered how a Roux product would deal with my 21st century hair. The first thing I checked was to be sure it was not only sulfate free but also didn’t contain sodium chloride. SAFE. Then I wanted to know if it was okay for my color treated hair. SAFE. The one thing that really sold me on trying this is that it’s enriched with Keratin so I knew this was going to be good for me.
I’ve used the shampoo and conditioner now for 6 weeks. I started it just after getting a haircut and color. My hair didn’t fade and I was able to make it 4 weeks rather the usual 3 before going in for new color. Roux Keratin Repair has kept my hair shiny and manageable plus my color didn’t fade. Considering that they are experts in the field that totally makes sense.
Here’s what Roux says about Keratin Repair:
- Women Agree:
- 92% Rejuvenated Hair
- 88% Stronger Hair
- 96% More Moisture
- 88% More Brightness
- 73% More Volume
- 100% anti-oxidant protection
- Formulated without sulfates, parabens or sodium chloride
- Enriched with keratin, vitamins A and E, biotin, panthenol and UV filters
- Safe for daily use on color treated, permed or relaxed hair
It’s a pleasure to use these two on my hair. The shampoo lathers beautifully yet it doesn’t get my hair so squeaky clean that it strips the moisture out of it. It’s easy to take care of my hair with these Roux products and I love the price ($9.99 each at Sally’s) since it will save me a bundle on hair care.
Lisa’s review of Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner and Anti-Aging Serum:
I have very fond memories of the Roux line. My grandma used their Fanci-Full Rinse (just like Marcia’s mom!!) forever, and she always kept a bottle of it at our house for the times she came to visit. A line that has been around this long has to be good! I was so excited to try it and was lucky enough to get the Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner ($10.49 each) and the Anti-Aging Serum ($11.99) to test out. These products are brand new; they were just launched in February.
The Color Protect Shampoo moisturizes hair while protecting hair color at the same time. In fact, it helps hair retain 96% of color after 10 washes – that is pretty amazing. This shampoo is just perfect for color treated hair, particularly if it’s also fine or dry. The Color Protect Conditioner makes hair soft and healthy, and also keeps color vibrant and true. The finishing touch is the Anti-Aging Serum, a leave-in serum that provides 100% anti-oxidant protection for hair.
Roux had a consumer panel test the three products and when used together they reported that their hair was 92% rejuvenated, 88% stronger and 88% brighter with 96% more moisture after regular use. Those are stats that everyone can love. I love my hair when I use my Roux products, and I can vouch for the color protection – I was amazed at how true my color was even after a month.
All three of the Color Protect products are free of sulfates, parabens, and sodium chloride, so they are completely safe to use on hair that has been permed, colored, relaxed, or treated with keratin.
Giveaway information: We will have two winners total and you’ll be getting more than we’ve even reviewed here. Each winner will receive either Keratin Repair or Color Protect shampoo and conditioner. In addition to that the winners will receive Roux’s Leave In Treatment pack and Anti-Aging Serum. Your prize package will be worth over $40 and you will love it all!! This is for US only and ends 5/12/14. All entries will be verified. Enter through the Rafflecopter. Good luck and good hair.
*received for editorial consideration