The dynamic duo for rescuing summer hair

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!

The dynamic duo for summer!

The dynamic duo for summer!

When used together, two products we were sent to test are a total dynamic duo: Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo ($18) and OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner ($6.99).

Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo

Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo

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.

OGX Nourishing Coconut Water Conditioner

OGX Nourishing Coconut Water Conditioner

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

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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

Pro Naturals Hair Repair System

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hair Repair Mask

inside the jar...

inside the jar…

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

Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment

Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment

Hair Repair Treatment dropper

Hair Repair Treatment dropper

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

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

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

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Pro Naturals Hair Repair System Ingredients:

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

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

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

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

NATU Hair Care: my holy grail of hair products?

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.

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NATU Hair Care…are the bottles pretty?

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 Sulfates
No Silicones
No Parabens
No Resins
No Phthalates
No Petrolatum
No Ethoxylates
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

NATU Liberating Shampoo

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

NATU Reawakening Conditioner

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

NATU Reviving Mist

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 HairManaging Mist for Normal HairSilkening 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.

My Natu hair...holy smokes, what a difference!

My Natu hair…holy smokes, what a difference!

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

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Are you a curly girl? Then check out Miss Jessie’s

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.

Miss Jessie's Super Slip Shampoo and Creme de la Creme Conditioner

Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Shampoo and Creme de la Creme Conditioner

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).

Miss Jessie's Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo

Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo

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.

Miss Jessie's Creme de la Creme Conditioner

Miss Jessie’s Creme de la Creme Conditioner

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

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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 Haircare has happily surprised us and will surprise you with a giveaway

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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!!

Marcia’s review on Keratin Repair Shampoo and Conditioner:

Roux Keratin Repair shampoo and conditioner

Roux Keratin Repair shampoo and conditioner

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.

Roux Anti-Aging Keratin Repair Shampoo

Roux Anti-Aging Keratin Repair Shampoo

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.roux keratin back

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.

Roux Color Protect Shampoo

Roux Color Protect Shampoo

Roux Color Protect Conditioner

Roux Color Protect Conditioner

Roux Anti-Aging Serum

Roux Anti-Aging Serum

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.

My Roux hair!

My Roux 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.

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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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