Guard your hair color with Marco Pelusi

I am really excited to tell you about my latest hair care obsession:  Marco Pelusi. Marco is a true expert regarding hair color and I am beyond impressed with the products he sent to test. I am just astounded at how vibrant and shiny my hair is even at the end of my ‘grace period’ between hair color appointments. Plain and simple, this stuff is the bomb.

Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi Color Guard products

Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi Color Health Shampoo

I have used every single ounce of my Marco® Color Health Shampoo with Collagen Color Guard™, ($27.25 for 8 oz). Even with lots of products waiting to be tested, I just kept reaching for this over and over because I loved what it did for my hair. It has a refreshingly minty scent that leaves hair smelling clean. It is gentle enough to use every day and it leaves my colored hair looking fresh and vibrant. Some other great points:

  • rich in rosemary essential oils to stimulate cell growth, soothe the scalp and offer anti-aging properties
  • clove essential oils offer therapeutic and medicinal benefits including an antiseptic and astringent; also help enhance and elevate mood

The Marco® Color Hydrate Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard™ ($27.25 for 8 oz) is a perfect partner for the shampoo.

Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi Color Hydrate Conditioner

This conditioner leaves my hair wonderfully soft and full. It smells lightly of lavender and together with the shampoo it is just amazing for keeping hair color true and fresh.The main ingredients include apricot essential oil for shine and aloe vera for hydration.

For styling I absolutely love the Marco® Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard™  ($35.25 for 8 oz).

Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner

I still have some of this, only because it doesn’t take much to do the trick even with my long hair. It’s magic with the other Marco Pelusi products, but it also plays well with other brands. It is just a great leave-in conditioner that gets rid of frizz and leaves my fine hair fabulously smooth without weighing it down. Plus, it protects hair color from fading and gives hair terrific volume. It also has lots of the antioxidant vitamin E to protect hair from any nasty stuff in the environment. My hair is fine with a slight wave, but it’s also meant for very coarse and/or curly hair.

Marco Pelusi products are sold online at the Marco Pelusi e-store. This is a terrific line that is definitely worth checking out especially if you have color treated hair.  - Lisa

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Going extreme with Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo, Conditioner, and Elasticizer Extreme

In my continual quest for super soft floaty hair, I have turned to Philip Kingsley.  Philip Kingsley takes dull, dry, damaged hair and turns it into lush, swingy hair that could be the star of a commercial. The difference is definitely extreme!

We were sent the Elasticizer Extreme ($45), Moisture Extreme Shampoo ($28), and Moisture Extreme Conditioner ($32).

Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Elasticizer

Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Elasticizer

inside Elasticizer Extreme

inside Elasticizer Extreme

The Elasticizer Extreme is actually used first, prior to shampooing and conditioning. The instructions say to apply to wet hair before shampooing and leave it on for at least two minutes. This gives great results! I sometimes use it as regular conditioner after shampooing, and it is a wonderful deeper treatment without much extra time. I use it on dry hair with even better results. I smooth on a thick coat of it then put my hair up and leave it for as long as possible. It starts out like very thick conditioner, but then it becomes almost waxy. I rinse it out then shampoo and condition and the result is truly amazing hair.

Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner

Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner

And I just can’t rave enough about the Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner. This great combo gives thirsty hair exactly what it needs. The shampoo cleans thoroughly but gently. Key ingredients include Sodium Cocoa Butter Amphaocetate that cleans while moisturing and conditioning; Guar Hydroxly Propyl Trimonium Chloride to make hair easy to comb either wet or dry; and Oligoquat M to smooth the hair cuticle. The conditioner is fabulously moisturizing, with Almond Oil for shine; Wheat Germ Oil and Avocado Oil for nutrients and minerals; and Babassu Oil to eliminate static and deeply conditioner hair.

Together these two products give unbelievable hair. Throw in the Elasticizer Extreme and the results are extremely unbelievable.

My Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme hair

My Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme hair

If you have dry, over processed, heat-styled hair then definitely let Philip Kingsley come to your rescue!  - Lisa

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WOW is right…Color Wow Hair Products

I was watching The Simpsons the other day and Marge was pretty upset at Homer for spilling family secrets…including the fact that she colored her hair using blue dye #56. In fact, Homer says, “She’s been gray as a mule since she was seventeen.”

Who knew she colored her hair??

Who knew she colored her hair??

Guess what Marge? Me too! But I don’t care if people know I color my hair. What bothers me is when it fades even before I need my roots done. So I was happy to test Color Wow’s Color Security hair products, especially since Marcia reviewed and loved their Root Cover Up.

Color WOW Shampoo

Color Wow Color Security Shampoo

The Color Wow Color Security Shampoo ($22) is sulfate-free, which helps prevent color from fading. Even though it doesn’t have sulfates, it still has a nice, thick lather. The amino-heavy ingredients keep hair strong, shiny, and moisturized. Plus, it has LCD technology to prevent the hair cuticle from swelling. This is really the key to keeping hair color vibrant.

Color WOW Conditioner

Color Wow Color Security Conditioner

The Color Security Conditioner ($23) works great with the shampoo since it has conditioning agents that don’t dull hair color. Instead, it has Sealicon color shield complex, which actually creates a smoothing shield around each individual hair strand, making your ‘do’ wonderfully shiny. It doesn’t weigh my fine hair down at all, instead creating lots of body and volume.

Color WOW Pop and Lock

Color Wow Pop & Lock

check out the shimmers!

check out the shimmers!

Pop and Lock swatch

Pop & Lock swatch

I think my favorite product from Color Wow is the Pop & Lock Crystallite Shellac ($18). This super cool styling product seals in moisture, locks in color, and makes hair extremely shiny. See the shimmers? That’s mica, and it really makes a difference. Hair is stunningly shiny but still looks natural.  I love this, especially since I don’t have any other hair product like it.

If you have been gray as a mule since you were seventeen, or if you just color your hair for the fun of it, definitely try out Color Wow hair products to keep that color looking amazing.  - Lisa

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Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish

I am forever on the hunt for hair products that put moisture back into my hair without weighing down my fine hair strands. I read about Miss Jessie’s products on other blogs and thought the line would not be good for me since I don’t have super curly hair – but I was wrong!

Miss Jessie Leave-In Condish

Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish

Miss Jessie's Leave-In Condish

Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish

Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish ($11) was sent to us to try, and I am so glad I was able to check it out. This is a very light-weight leave in conditioner that gives me the moisture my hair needs without making it flat and greasy. It leaves my hair soft, smooth, and bouncy. Oh, and another benefit? No frizz!

The superbly moisturizing and volumizing ingredients include soybean and aloe. If you have dry, curly hair you will love this – and if you have straight hair that needs moisture, you will love it too. It’s a fabulous option for making dry, frizzy hair a thing of the past.  - Lisa

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Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol , Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Alcohol Denat., Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Glycine Soya (Soybean) Seed Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Citric Acid

Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask by Nelson j Beverly Hills

Super soft, floaty hair that smells of delicious coconut…that is what I was envisioning when Nelson j Beverly Hills sent the BIZ their newly launched deep conditioner, the Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask ($20).  Nelson j is the fascinating haircare line created by celebrity colorist Nelson Chan, who also has a famous hair salon in Los Angeles.  If you read Allure or InStyle you probably recognize the name because they regularly feature Nelson and his salon. Nelson is known for eco-friendly products, natural and non-toxic hair coloring, formaldehyde-free Brazilian straightening treatments and fantastic haircuts.

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Nelson j Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask

NelsonJ

Nelson j

Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask comes in three all natural scents:  coconut, pomegranate, and rosemary mint. I tried the coconut, and the scent is DIVINE. It’s a deep, rich coconut that lasts on my hair so I keep sneaking sniffs of it all day long.  The hair mask is a 100% argan-oil based, deep conditioning treatment that truly hydrates and moisturizes even the most dry and damaged hair.
I use it a few different ways, depending on how much time I have. If I can, I like to put this on towel dried hair then wrap it back up, leaving it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing. The results are amazing. If I don’t have time, I use it as a regular conditioner, putting it on in the shower after shampooing then rinsing after a minute or two. Just this gives me wonderfully soft, scented, beautiful hair that doesn’t need any styling products.
NelsonJ

the deliciously coconut scented hair mask

I haven’t tried this next technique yet, but I will for sure this summer: To protect hair from chlorine and salt water damage, apply the mask before swimming onto damp hair from root to ends, without rinsing. Works on all hair types, especially dry, damaged hair.

The main ingredients in this phenomenal hair mask include argan, citrus and peppermint oils. It has NO sulfates, parabens, or artificial fragrances. It’s really perfect for cool, dry weather because it is such marvelous hydration.

If you have dry, color-treated, or damaged hair, you will want to check this out. The Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask is an outrageously terrific hair mask that should be in your shower.  - Lisa

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Rescue dry winter hair with Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence

Does your hair get dry, frizzy, and full of static in the winter months?

I hate it when this happens!!!

I hate it when this happens!!!

Philip Kingsley to the rescue!!

I am sure you have heard and used the phrase ‘bad hair day’ - Philip Kingsley is the person who coined the phrase. He has been called the ‘Hair Doctor’ and the ‘Hair Guru’ and he is known for effectively using science to eliminate ‘bad hair days’. Philip’s retail line was created in 1997 and his products represent some of the best hair care available today.

He sent the BIZ his Daily Damage Defence ($35) to review and just in time…my hair does NOT like this dry indoor heat!

Philip

Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence

Philip

Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence

This leave in conditioner gets amazing reviews online and for good reason – it absolutely ROCKS. I will use it year-round, but it is truly perfect for curing the static and dry frizz that happens this time of year.

Daily Damage Defence is a spray-on, leave-in conditioner that adds elasticity to hair. This means less tangles, less frizz, and less split ends. It leaves hair wonderfully shiny and soft. My hair is very fine and this never weighs it down. It just smooths it out, giving me great hair for three days.

Philip

spray top

I use this on wet hair, just spraying it throughout then combing before drying and styling. There isn’t any need to use it sparingly, it’s quite forgiving and even when I get over zealous my hair looks fantastic. If I forget to use it, I will spray some in my hands and smooth it through dry hair to get rid of frizz and static.

This is a really great leave in conditioner, one of the best I have ever tried. I can’t wait to try other products from this line…Philip Kingsley is always welcome to rescue me from bad hair days!  - Lisa

Baby it's cold outside...but my  hair isn't frizzy or full of static!

Baby it’s cold outside…but my hair isn’t frizzy or full of static!

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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