Holy Grail hair products: ColorProof Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque and HardCore Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray

holy-grailWe test many, many products at Beauty Info Zone…over 700 a year, in fact…so when we say something has ‘holy grail’ status, you know it’s pretty incredible. I love testing hair products because unlike skin care which takes some time, hair products give immediate gratification. I know right away if I have a fabulous ‘hair do’ or a tragic ‘hair don’t’.

If you want a fabulous hair do every time, without exception, I recommend ColorProof CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque and HardCoreTM Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray .

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ColorProof Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque and Epic Hold Hairspray

The CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque gives me, yes, crazy smooth hair. The Epic Hold Hairspray is truly epic, holding any style I choose without making my hair crunchy and stiff. These two hair products are just the best!

ColorProof Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque

ColorProof Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque

CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque

I have long, color-treated hair that tends to be frizzy. I have to work hair to keep my ends looking and feeling healthy. With the length and all the heat styling I subject my hair to, I need to give it special attention or else it becomes a rebel without a cause.

  • At-home treatment eliminates frizz and restores hairs’ integrity from the inside out while infusing unsurpassed smoothness
  • Instantly more youthful hair in just one use
  • Returns hair to its shiniest, healthiest condition ever
  • Detangles and leaves hair smooth as silk
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection

Once a week I treat my hair to this awesome conditioning treatment. A great tip is to towel dry hair after shampooing, right before applying the masque. The more moisture in your hair, the harder a conditioning treatment has to work to really absorb into the hair shaft. I have a towel that I bring right into the shower so it actually doesn’t take more time than a normal shower. ColorProof says that after one use, hair looks 10 years younger…and I don’t think that is an exaggeration!

ColorProof Epic Hold Hairspray

HardCoreTM Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray

  • Next generation, ultra-light polymers boost volume, amplify and strengthen while providing extraordinary long-lasting supreme hold.
  • Micro-silicone technology illuminates hair with brilliant shine and never weighs hair down
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection
  • Your go-to spray for updo’s, editorial work and must-hold styles

HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray has a very slight and tolerable scent that quickly dissipates. I have never found a hairspray with this amount of control that didn’t have a scent, and luckily this one is very easy on the nose. It simply holds my style better than anything else I’ve tried, without stiffness or crunchiness. Absolute holy grail.

You can find ColorProof Hair Care products at salons worldwide, just use the Where to Buy link at the website.  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration

Stock up your shower with drugstore finds from Aveeno

AveenoOne of the coolest things about blogging is discovering awesome finds at terrific prices. I have a few favorite drugstore lines and AVEENO® is one of them.

I am sad for all the years I didn’t know about this great brand, but Marcia and I have been AVEENO® brand ambassadors for years now and we are very proud of this. Over the years I have found many must-have products from this sensitive skin-friendly brand, and today I want to tell you about three staples to stock up on for a super shower.

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Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner, Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner, Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

The AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® hair products have an ingredient called ACTIVE NATURALS® SEAWEED EXTRACT.  It’s full of vitamins, proteins, and minerals that clean hair without leaving it dried out, conditioning and balancing it to perfection. The AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® SHAMPOO (10.5 fl.oz., $6.49) is a great shampoo that indeed leaves hair super clean but still soft and shiny. It is sulfate free, so while it doesn’t have a ton of foam it still does a wonderful job even on color treated hair.

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner

The sister conditioner, AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® CONDITIONER (10.5 fl.oz., $6.49) is a conditioner for those who don’t need tons of moisture weighing down hair. It’s especially good for oily or fine hair, since it’s light but still hydrates and gives hair shine. If you have very dry ends or lots of frizz, you will probably want something heavier. Otherwise, this is a terrific every day, workhorse conditioner.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

 A shower isn’t complete with shampoo and conditioner – you also need a perfect body wash. I love AVEENO® body washes because they have ACTIVE NATURALS® COLLOIDAL OATMEAL, which is fantastic for all kinds of skin, even the most sensitive. Colloidal oatmeal protects and soothes skin and it has tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. I think the body wash to get – especially for guest bathrooms to accommodate any skin care needs – is the AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH (12 fl.oz., $6.99). No kidding, this is a stand out drugstore product. It has a very light fragrance and the ingredients include the colloidal oatmeal plus a blend of natural oils and emollients that clean skin beautifully while also soothing and refreshing. All skin types will love this soap free, dye free and hypoallergenic body wash. It rinses clean and is truly one of the best body washes I have ever tried.
I recently visited a friend who is beyond wealthy and while she has all sorts of products from very expensive lines, every shower in her house had nothing but AVEENO® products — for very good reason!  Next time you are at the drugstore, stock up on AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® SHAMPOOCONDITIONER, and DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH. They are perfect for your guests and perfect for you, too.  – Lisa
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L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection

L'Oréal Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection

L’Oréal Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection

Thanks to Socialstars who is supporting us in our L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection series.

It’s always great to find haircare that will give your hair new life and body which is exactly what the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection is all about. Over the next weeks we’ll be introducing you to more about these products on Beauty Info Zone as well as on our other social media accounts.

What makes this collection stand out is that it’s readily available, priced for all budgets, and it works. It’s a combination of cleansing and hydrating. So many shampoos strip your hair of essential oils to keep it from looking shiny and moisturized but the Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo transforms your hair from dry to lustrous.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo

Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, COCO-BETAINE, LAURETH-5 CARBOXYLIC ACID, COCAMIDE MIPA, SODIUM CHLORIDE, ISOSTEARYL, NEOPENTANOATE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, AMODIMETHICONE, SODIUM BENZOATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-55 PROPYLENE GLYCOL OLEATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SALICYLIC ACID, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, ARGININE

After shampooing you’ll want to turn to the Extraordinary Oil Conditioner to keep away flyaway hair and frizz. This will smooth your hair while adding visible life to it.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Conditioner

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Conditioner

With all of the Extraordinary Oil collection there is a fragrance that isn’t overwhelming. It’s a fresh sort of clean scent that isn’t too strong. During the day you might notice it when you turn your head but that’s about it.

Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, AMODIMETHICONE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, COCOS NUCIFERA OIL / COCONUT OIL, BENZOIC ACID, TRIDECETH-6, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, ARGININE, GLUTAMIC ACID, SERINE, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, BENZYL SALICYLATE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, GLYCINE SOJA OIL / SOYBEAN OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL / SUNFLOWER SEED OIL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA EXTRACT / MATRICARIA FLOWER EXTRACT, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5, PHYLLANTHUS EMBLICA FRUIT EXTRACT, CI 15985 / YELLOW 6, CI 14700 / RED 4, TOCOPHEROL.

The star of the three products in the line is Extraordinary Oil Transforming Oil-in-Cream.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Transforming Oil-in-Cream

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Transforming Oil-in-Cream

If you look at the ingredient list you’ll see all the amazing oils that will keep your hair from being lifeless. This line is especially recommended for people who have dry hair or color-treat their hair. This brings back the luster you are missing.

Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, COCOS NUCIFERA OIL / COCONUT OIL, CETYL ESTERS, CETYL ALCOHOL, AMODIMETHICONE, BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, BHT, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, TRIDECETH-6, ARGININE, GLUTAMIC ACID, CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE, CITRIC ACID, STEARYL ALCOHOL, SERINE, MYRISTYL ALCOHOL, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, GLYCINE SOJA OIL / SOYBEAN OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL / SUNFLOWER SEED OIL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, CARAMEL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, CI 15985 / YELLOW 6, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5, COUMARIN, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA EXTRACT / MATRICARIA FLOWER EXTRACT, LIMONENE, PHYLLANTHUS EMBLICA FRUIT EXTRACT, TOCOPHEROL.

Towel dry your hair and add the Transforming Oil-in Cream. It will make your hair so much easier to comb through and it won’t leave an oily mess.

You’ll be updated more about this L’Oreal Paris collection as we see how it works over the long haul. Until then, if you see this at Target or other stores you seriously should consider picking it up.

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Juiced up hair: Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Isn’t this the cutest hair care set??  Just looking at the Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio ($19) makes me happy, both because it is so darn colorful and because I know I will taking it with me as I ‘jet set’ to my spring vacation in a few days.                                                                                                         PR sample

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

This gorgeous trio of TSA-friendly hair care is available exclusively at Ulta. It’s best for fine, oily, and/or color-treated hair, all of which describe the genetic scramble I am blessed with. The ingredients are interesting – kale? Super fruits? They sound healthy and they definitely do good things for my hair.

The Super Kale Juiced Up Shampoo doesn’t have any sulfates, which means it doesn’t strip hair color and it also doesn’t foam up much. It leaves hair clean, soft, and full. It does have a pretty strong mint fragrance, so if you are scent-adverse this may not be for you. The Super Kale Juiced Up Conditioner has the same mint scent and it protects hair from stress and pollutants while leaving it nicely hydrated. My hair really loves the Hairvana Leave-On Detangling Conditioner, which is a great conditioning balm. Mmmm, love the vanilla scent and this really smooths the hair cuticle without weighing down super fine hair.

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

The smaller sizes of these hair products make them absolutely travel-friendly, and the packaging has me dreaming of ocean breezes and colorful drinks already. Again, the Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio is only at Ulta and unless you don’t like fragranced hair care this is a terrific set for great vacation hair.  – Lisa

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Color Care by StriVectin HAIR – Ageless Beauty

Leave it to StriVectin to not only come out with a new terrific haircare line but to add in a product I’ve never used before even after having color treated hair for dozens of years. I received the opportunity to try out StriVectinHAIR Color Care Starter Trio and was eager to have the experience. Now that I’m using it, I’m thrilled.

StriVectin HAIR Color Care Starter Trio

StriVectin HAIR Color Care Starter Trio

This travel size set is the perfect way to know if StriVectin HAIR is for you. There’s a 2 fl oz bottle of Color Care Shampoo, a 2 fl oz bottle of Color Care Conditioner, and the product that makes this even more special – a 1 oz tube of Color Care Vibrancy Booster. The Color Care Trio has lasted me for several weeks and I’m not finished with the 3 products.

StriVectin Color Care Trio

StriVectin Color Care Trio

I haven’t enjoyed washing my hair this much in months. I love how my hair looks and feels after using this. Why do you want this? I’m sure it’s for the same reasons I do. If you color treat your hair you want to use products that are very gentle yet effective. Products that help you retain color and keep it from fading. What makes StriVectin different is that it’s formulated with “NIA-114™ and Chromalast Protein Complex™ to offer UV protection, lock in color, and reduce damage due to coloring treatments. ”

While the shampoo and conditioner are excellent and I feel like they do their job perfectly, it’s the Color Care Instant Vibrancy Booster that has made me excited about StrivectinHAIR. As a matter of fact it’s sitting in my Beauty Brands cart waiting for me to order it.

StriVection HAIR Color Care Instant Vibrancy Booster

StriVection HAIR Color Care Instant Vibrancy Booster

Color Care Instant Vibrancy Booster has a texture that’s between a serum and a conditioner, it’s slightly thicker than a hair serum would be while at the same time it’s thin enough to massage it into your hair easily. Wash, condition, and then vibrancy boost. The way to use the booster is to massage it onto your scalp and then work your way down. Leave it in for 2-3 minutes. It’s recommended to use this 2 to 3 times a week which works great for my personal timing. The Instant Vibrancy Booster targets signs of damage but it also helps strengthen your hair for improved conditioning and luster. When I use it I feel that my hair is shinier than ever.

The products have a luscious smell. I had to stick my nose into the bottles to figure out what it was since it’s not overwhelming. I notice a melon fragrance to them. I can smell it on my hair when I move my head and it makes me smile. Some scented products keep me up at night but these soothe me.

StriVectin HAIR

StriVectin HAIR

StriVectin explain all the benefits on their box to show why these contribute to ageless hair. You hair will be strong, radiant, full, hydrated, nourished, smooth, soft, bodified, vibrant, and manageable. I’m going to have to agree with all 10 points. I love running my fingers through my StriVection HAIR head!

StriVectin HAIR Color Care products

StriVectin HAIR Color Care products

This set is one of 3 that StriVectin has and they also have a full line of their products. If you need extra volume try the Max Volume Starter Trio, the secret product in that collection is the Max Volume Bodifying Radiance Serum. If you feel you need to restore and revitalize damaged hair then the Ultimate Restore Starter Trio is the answer to your needs. That too has a special product, the Ultimate Restore Deep Repair Mask. Each trio is $30 or $32 while individual products cost between $10 and $45. Almost every product can be bought in the travel size too if there’s just one you want to test out. That alone is unique.

Beauty Brands carries the StriVectin Hair line along with other online retailers. StriVectin has come so far from their beginning and the direction they are going in with their hair line is making me so happy. Color Care products are just what the (hair) doctor ordered for me.  — Marcia

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Soft, swingy, sweet smelling hair with Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and Conditioners

I am not usually a big fan of products with noticeable fragrance…I like my purposefully chosen perfume to be itself without having to compete with other scents that probably aren’t compatible. But I am in love with the Mirabelle Plum hair products from Carol’s Daughter and the plum scent is one of the main reasons.

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and Conditioner

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Not that these products aren’t fabulous for my hair in general. The Mirabelle Plum Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner ($22) come together in a ‘Health Duo’. The shampoo is for fine, dry hair, and even though it doesn’t have those drying sulfates it still gives a nice foam. It leaves my hair full, soft, and moisturized. The conditioner really hydrates but it doesn’t weigh down my fine hair. And the plum scent is FANTASTIC. Plus it really sticks around…it’s one of those where all day long people comment on how nice my hair smells. It makes for a great moment when I get a quick whiff, too. The ingredients include Mirabelle Plums, biotin, grapeseed oil, aloe leaf juice, and sweet almond oil. The result is awesome, especially for dry ends and fine hair.

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

When my hair is feeling especially dry, I use the shampoo and the Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask ($14). This is an even thicker version of the conditioner and it does some serious repair to dry ends. I end up using this once a week for some extra hydration.

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Leave-in Biotin Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Leave-in Biotin Conditioner

The Mirabelle Plum Leave-in Biotin Conditioner ($11) is probably my favorite of all the Mirabelle Plum hair products. It’s a spray in that’s applied to damp hair before blow drying and styling, and it is fabulous. No silicones weigh down hair, but it strengthens, detangles, and really gives my hair tons of body. The plum scent, again, is to die for. Love it!

If you haven’t tried Carol’s Daughter hair products, I definitely recommend these, especially for fine, dry, or thin hair.  Be sure to pick some up, and believe me you are going to love the yummy plum scent.  – Lisa

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Holiday Gift Guide for Lustrous Locks

A good friend of mine once said, “It’s all about two things: skin and hair.” I took it to heart and put all of my efforts into having great skin and great hair – and I think she is a genius. Great hair in particular just makes EVERYTHING better. Here are my picks for awesome holidays gifts for creating lustrous locks!

Mastey Paris Hair Care

1.  Mastey Color Protecting Shampoo, Restorative Mask, and Oil Treatment: I can’t get over this fabulous 100% vegan and completely eco-friendly salon line. I never even knew about it until about 6 months ago and I have not only finished everything I’ve tried, I’ve actually stood there in the shower with an empty bottle trying to wish more product into it.

Mastey Paris Hair CareBig favorites of mine include the Color Protecting Shampoo (SAVE! $34), which does a great job of washing my oddball hair – oily roots, dry ends, tons of hair but it’s very fine, color treated, mid-back length…yeah, not many people have all the weird issues I have, so when I find something that works it usually works for everyone else. This creamy shampoo has great ingredients like argan oil and olive oil, and is so gentle you can also use it as a face and body cleanser. The Restorative Mask (SAVE! $22) is an incredible deep conditioning treatment that soothes dry, damaged ends with Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, and Grape Seed Extract. The Oil Treatment (SAVE! $25) is hair treatment perfection in a bottle.  Not too heavy for fine hair, but still nourishing and conditioning.

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil

2.  Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil (SAVE! $30)  This is a VERY interesting hair product – a perfect stocking stuffer for the hair aficionado who has everything but wants even more. You put this on dry hair before washing. It sinks into every single strand of hair, plumping it up for the most possible volume. It makes hair super strong and shiny, and it is also a scalp ‘detox’, getting rid of any built up product and oil. My ends can get very dry and frizzy because I do a lot of heat styling, and this treatment never fails to bring me back to bouncy, shiny hair. Another bonus – it can be used on keratin treated hair!

White Sands Leave In Spray Conditioner

3.  White Sands Leave In Spray Conditioner (SAVE! $15)  I love a good leave-in conditioner and this one from White Sands is superb. It has something called ‘selective conditioning’, which reminds me of my ‘selective listening’ skills (say work and I tune out…say chocolate and you have my full attention!). The Leave In Spray Conditioner hones in on frazzled areas to repair and smooth, giving already healthy areas a lighter treatment.

KISS Instawave Hair Curler

KISS Instawave hair curls

KISS Instawave hair curls

4.  KISS Instawave (SPLURGE! $60)  This is cool. I am totally uncoordinated when it comes to hair styling and it took me about 10 seconds to get the hang of this. The curler does the work for you, wrapping hair around the diamond-ceramic ionic hair curler. My hair is LONG, so usually these types of devices do not work for me, but this works on any length and gives me a loose, wavy curl that lasts all day.

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret curls

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret curls

5.  Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret (SPLURGE! $100)  You want curls that last for three days? The Conair Infiniti Pro delivers. This fantastic tool has a learning curve – it took me several times to figure out how to use it correctly for my particular hairstyle – but it has become my go-to for my best curled hair look that lasts several days. Curls are created via the tourmaline ceramic barrel inside the curling machine. You need to section hair, putting each piece in at a time. The machine pulls hair in, curling it tightly and closely to the heated barrel. A beeper tells you when hair is finished, and the Infiniti Pro Curl Secret releases the hair – and it’s fabulously curled. You can decide how tight you want your curl. For me, my hair is so long that I can only do about 3/4 of the length…but oh my, the curls this gives!! Long, wavy, flowy curls that look amazing finger brushed the first day. The second and third day I use a brush and the curl is still there holding strong. Because I have so much hair, the curling is time intensive – about 20 minutes, compared to the 10 minutes with the KISS Instawave – but the results are always worth it. This is a fantastic gift for anyone who wants tons of curls – loose, medium, or tight – that just won’t go limp.  – Lisa

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