Great vegan hair products for summer with Mastey Paris

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When I think of hair products, I guess I always assume they will be full of ingredients I can’t pronounce. The Mastey Paris line has definitely changed my mind in this regard – their line is 100% vegan and completely eco-friendly. Plus, the products really deliver! I am very excited about the latest products they sent for me to test and can’t wait to tell you about them.

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In the summer I am as low maintenance as I can get when it comes to my hair. I refuse to blow it dry (well, except for my bangs) and nothing heated like a curling iron or fla iron ever comes near it. I need products that make my hair look great without any effort at all, and the Mastey Paris Healthy Beautiful Hair Care System has three styling products that do the job.

Mastey Color Protecting Volumizing Foam

Mastey Color Protecting Volumizing Foam

Mastey Paris Volumizing Foam

Mastey Paris Volumizing Foam

The Mastey Color Protecting Volumizing Foam with Argan Oil and Olive Oil ($20) is my first styling step after washing, conditioning and towel drying my  hair. It gives my long hair much needed lift at the roots and makes my natural wave a little more curly. It leaves my hair smooth, shiny, and frizz-free  It doesn’t build up on my hair and it has a light scent that smells clean.

Mastey Paris Styling Gel

Mastey Paris Styling Gel

After I apply the Volumizing Foam, I put a little of the Mastey Color Protecting Styling Gel with Argan Oil and Olive Oil ($18) onto my bangs. I can’t believe how terrific this is for lift and style! Plus, it makes a huge difference in keeping my bangs looking clean and full for DAYS. Seriously, I have never been able to go so many days between shampoos. This is a light styling gel but it definitely delivers a huge impact.

Mastey Paris Beach Spray

Mastey Paris Beach Spray

I blow dry my bangs, then finish with spritzing the rest of my damp hair with Mastey Color Protecting Beach Spray with Argan and Olive Oil ($20). I live and die by these kinds of sprays in the summer. They help me get those coveted beachy waves that I want all summer long. The problem is that many of them build up on my hair, or are too drying because of the salt. The Mastey Beach Spray is AWESOME. I can’t tell you how much I love this stuff. It smells so fresh and it works magic on my wimpy waves, taking them to a whole new level. Volume, texture, definition…I get it all.

My first experience with Mastey Paris has been a great one, and I want to always have these products in my arsenal! You can find them online at www.colorprotecting.com/styling. They get a big seal of approval from me!!  – Lisa

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Sexy beach hair without going to the beach! Muk Haircare Summer 2015 Hair Collection

Ok…so who refuses to blow dry, flat-iron, or curl hair in the summer?

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Yeah, me too. In the cooler months, I will spend 40 minutes trying to get my hair to look like this:

Big hair, don't care...

Big hair, don’t care…

But in the summer? Forget it. I have no desire to spend any time using hot air to dry my  hair, let alone spend any quality time with a curling iron. I go total low maintenance, blow drying my bangs and that’s it. My hair is pretty long – about mid-back. It’s fine and it has just enough wave to be annoying and unattractive without any product.

I find the very best product for sexy, beachy summer hair is sea salt…in fact, I have been known to jump into the ocean in spite of my irrational fear of sharks and stingrays just to get gorgeous salt water hair. Thankfully, the Australian hair care line Muk makes beach hair possible without the theme from JAWS.

MUK summer hair

Muk is Australia’s #1 salon brand and they sent me three styling products from their Summer 2015 Collection that turn my no-maintenance summer hair-don’t into an actual hair-do.

MUK Haircare

These three products give me soft, piecey waves that I can leave unbrushed – or I can brush them out for a smoother look.

Hot Muk Thermal Protection ($23.50) protects my hair from environmental stress like the sun. It also eliminates frizz and keeps hair looking smooth on hot, humid days. The UV protectors guard against color fade and sun damage. Just before drying my bangs, I spritz this citrus-scented protector on towel-dried hair. Go ahead and go crazy with it…you can’t overdo this wonderful stuff.

Next, I apply Hot Muk Smoothing Serum ($23.50). This beautiful serum makes my hair smooth and shiny, plus it gives hair even more protection from color fade and sun damage. It has the same sweet, clean scent as the Hot Muk Thermal Protection. In between shampoos, I put this on dry hair to touch up and add even more smoothing and moisture.

The ultimate summer secret weapon:  Beach MUK Sea Salt Spray

The ultimate summer secret weapon: Beach MUK Sea Salt Spray

The final step and my secret weapon? Beach Muk Sea Salt Spray ($23.50). This is, without a doubt, sexy beachy hair in a bottle.  The natural sea salts create fantastic texture. I spray this on my damp hair, then I spray more on my hair throughout the day after it dries. I can do this for three or four days with awesome results and no product build up. It is insanely good stuff.

Muk summer hair!

Muk summer hair!

If you want beachy waves without even stepping into hot sand, check out Muk Haircare. It’s an Australian brand but it is available in the US.  – Lisa

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Firm but flexible hair with ColorProof styling products

Firm….but flexible. That approach works in many areas – parenting, teaching, architecture…and hair. Especially hair.

All that...and a mullet, too!

All that…and a mullet, too!

I definitely want my hair to be firm – I need volume and curls to stay in place! But I also want flexible. My days of shellacked, AquaNet hair are safely ensconced in the ’80’s. I am able to find my happy medium with two products that ColorProof sent us to test:  RuleBreaker Firm Flexible Wax and HardCore Epic Hold ColorProtect Hair Spray. The added bonus? They are both perfect for color treated hair.

ColorProof

ColorProof 3

  • Uniquely elastic fibers derived from liquid bamboo fused with a proprietary blend of 3 vegan waxes provide maximum pliability and supreme stretchable hold
  • Revolutionary, ultra-lightweight polymers infuse texture and definition with a touchable semi-matte finish
  • Perfect for sculpting, piecing and spot-styling
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection

I put a little on my bangs while my hair is damp, and after drying and styling I rub some on my palms then smooth through my hair.

Once I do that, I get busy with some HardCoreTM Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray.

ColorProof 2

  • 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 scent, but it is more than tolerable and it dissipates after a while. It’s rare to find a hairspray with this level of hold that doesn’t have a heavy-duty scent. It is one of the best hairsprays I have ever used and will be a constant repurchase for me.

Big hair, don't care with ColorProof!

Big hair, don’t care with ColorProof!

I highly recommend RuleBreaker Firm Flexible Wax and HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray for big hair that is just right for 2015. You can find ColorProof Hair Care products at salons worldwide, just use the Where to Buy link at the website.  – Lisa

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Get your PhD with Living Proof Perfect Hair Day

living_proof_ad_aniston-304I was so excited to try Living Proof products…I mean, who doesn’t want hair as beautiful as Jennifer Aniston’s? And while Jennifer has stylists and is a lottery winner of life in the looks department, products do make a difference.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day

Living Proof Perfect hair Day

My hair is definitely product dependent. Whether or not I have a good hair day is 100% dependent on which shampoo and conditioner I use. I have a lot of hair, but it’s very fine – so weighed down it’s flat and lifeless. However, without enough conditioner it’s frizzy and lackluster.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo

Living Proof Perfect hair Day Shampoo

Perfect hair Day Shampoo (8 oz. $24) promises an awful lot. It has something called the Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA) that does all of this:

  • delivers the five benefits for a perfect hair day—smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish
  • helps you wash your hair less often
  • improves hair health instantly and gets better over time

PhD Shampoo does not have sulfates, which can dry hair. It also doesn’t have oils or silicone, which can weigh down hair. The Healthy Hair Molecule is like a superhero for hair, surrounding the strands and repelling dirt while smoothing and strengthening hair. It has a light citrus fragrance that is very pleasant. I use this in conjunction with the Perfect hair Day Conditioner (8 oz. $24).

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Conditioner

Living Proof Perfect hair Day Conditioner

The Perfect hair Day Conditioner has the same Healthy Hair Molecule that smooths, conditions, volumizes, strengthens, and polishes hair. After using these products for five washings, the verdict is – LOVE!!!!

Living Proof really does give me a perfect hair day!

Living Proof really does give me a perfect hair day!

Every time I use my Living Proof PhD hair products I really do have a great hair day. My hair has tons of volume and shine with no frizz at all. I typically wash my hair every third day, but I can wash every fourth day with Living Proof.

I am so happy I got my PhD.  I will never ever be without this in my shower. You have to give Living Proof Perfect hair Day products a try!  – Lisa

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Meet your color match with AG Hair Dry Shampoo

So how did you meet your match…speed dating? Online website? Did you bump into him at the grocery store and then melt when he asked if he could squeeze your Charmin? amd-charmin-jpg

Prepare to meet your match – your color match, that is – with AG Hair Dry Shampoos. I found that three out of the four ‘flavours’ were matches for me, so the heck with monogamy. I am in love with the concept of a dry shampoo that actually matches my hair color, taking care of both excess oil and grey roots at the same time.

AG Hair Dry Shampoo

I am a big fan of dry shampoo in general for several reasons. First, it gives me another day or two before having to wash my hair, soaking up oil and dirt and refreshing my hairstyle. It’s great on freshly washed hair, giving it some texture and lift. AG Hair Dry Shampoos also have ingredients that add moisture and shine to hair.  The ingredients include:

  • Rice and tapioca starch – natural oil absorbers.
  • Hydrolyzed silk protein – excellent moisture binding properties with low molecular weight, allowing penetration into the hair fiber, thereby strengthening and moisturizing the hair.
  • Green tea leaf extract – powerful antioxidants protect and strengthen the hair, making it healthier and more full.

There are four types, or as AG Hair calls them ‘flavours’, of Dry Shampoo. The Simply Dry Shampoo has no color, and it doesn’t leave a white cast on hair so it works for all hair types and shades. Just hold the bottle about 8 inches away from roots, spray on, let dry for a minute then fluff with fingers. Voila, fluffy clean hair with lots of body! This is a great dry shampoo for texturizing and refreshing. It has three friends that do all the same things PLUS cover up roots.

AG Hair Dry Shampoo left to right:  Blonde, Light Brown, Brunette

AG Hair Dry Shampoo left to right: Blonde, Light Brown, Brunette

The Blonde Dry Shampoo matches lighter hair shades. It not only covers greys, it also makes thinner hair look more full. This is not a match for my brown hair, but I know it will make a perfect couple for all of you blondes having so much fun out there!

The Light Brown Dry Shampoo is for those with light to medium brown hair. I have medium brown hair and it works perfectly for me. Here is a before and after comparison.

AG Hair Dry Shampoo before and after

Lucky me, the Brunette Dry Shampoo is a match as well! This works for dark brown to black hair and I really love this for covering up my weird cowlick that is like a part down the back of my head. The Brunette Dry Shampoo has less red in it than the Light Brown Dry Shampoo.

Regardless of which flavour you choose, I know it will be a successful pairing. AG Hair Dry Shampoo is an awesome product and I highly recommend it  You can find AG Hair products at Ulta and salons everywhere. Just use the Salon Locator on the AG Hair website.  – Lisa

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Meet your color match!

Meet your color match!

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My hair likes being glam with Grow Gorgeous

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioners and End Split Ends Serum

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioners and End Split Ends Serum

Gloss48 is known for finding independent niche brands that are the best ones available. They work with many different companies but only accept brands that they are proud to sell on their website. They kindly sent me GROW GORGEOUS products when I spoke with one of the owners and we discussed my loss of hair. I never in a million years would have known about this brand nor considered buying it without her help. Not only am I using these Grow Gorgeous products but I purchased another one from the site that I’ll review once I’ve had ample time to test it.

Grow Gorgeous Conditioning Cleanser and End Split Ends Leave In Serum

Grow Gorgeous Conditioning Cleanser and End Split Ends Leave In Serum

GROW GORGEOUS CONDITIONING CLEANSER and END SPLIT ENDS LEAVE IN SERUM are the two I’m going to rave about. The reason I said I wouldn’t have chosen these is that I had read so many pros and cons about conditioning cleansers and they never appealed to me. The most famous brand was one that many people either adored or hated. I couldn’t keep their products straight. They were available in so many fragrances and they each appeared to work differently.

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner in Colour Protect

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner in Colour Protect

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner in Colour Protect ($19) changed my thinking the first time I used it. I couldn’t imagine that one product would not only cleanse my hair but conditions it at the same time. It has 12 functions! There are different formulas like the one for Blonde hair that I gave to Lisa; I’m using Colour Protect. I really does protect my color. It’s lasting longer with less fading.

There are no detergents, sulfates or stripping agents in this Cleansing Conditioner. It’s an all-natural brand.

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner

1) Deep Cleanses  2) Deep Conditions  3) Hydrates hair  4) Adds shine  5) Adds luster  6) Reduces Frizz  7) Makes hair soft   8) Offers lasting smoothness  9) Makes styling easier  10) Adds protective shield   11)  Adds volume  12)  Active helps seal in synthetic color.

From Gloss 48: “Say goodbye to traditional shampoos that strip the natural oils that make your hair look healthy, thick and lustrous. This multi-tasking system combines foamless cleansing and deep conditioning in one step to rebalance the scalp and restore hair to flourish and realise its full visible potential. Gentle enough for daily use and suitable for all hair types. No need to use a separate shampoo and/or conditioner. See and feel incredible results after just one use and expect better and better results over time.”

Another plus is that you don’t have to use gobs and gobs of it like some other brands. A palmful is more than enough for my shoulder length hair. I apply it, go on to my other cleansing in the shower, then after about 3-4 minutes rinse. My hair is ready to comb through without adding anything else if I don’t want to. And it’s soft as can be. It amazes me how good my hair looks for the next several days and how clean it feels.

Grow Gorgeous End Split Ends leave in serum

Grow Gorgeous End Split Ends leave in serum

Even though I don’t have to use a leave-in treatment, I choose to with Grow Gorgeous END SPLIT ENDS leave in serum ($24). This is a very thick serum that I need very little of. It contains oils from the Amazon like acai, palm and inca inchi. It also contains a myriad of fruit oils.

End Split Ends by Grow Gorgeous

End Split Ends by Grow Gorgeous

I start with a very small amount, gather my hair together and just apply to the ends. Then I run my hands through my hair to distribute the serum. This bottle is going to last me forever since I need so little. While I don’t have a lot of split ends, I do have hair that can be flyaway and this serum solves that problem. I’m not having a problem (knock on wood) with frizz or static hair.

Now that I’ve learned the benefits of using one product to both clean and condition, it’s going to seem like a chore when I use more traditional products. But for now I’m just enjoying the beauty of this magic. Have you tried Cleansing Conditioners? What do you think of them? — Marcia

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Defend your hair from the polar vortex with Mark Hill Salon Professional

If you want to tackle the hazards of winter hair, Mark Hill is your go-to guy.

Mark Hill

Mark Hill

The UK hair stylist Mark Hill won both ‘British Hairdresser of the Year’ and ‘International Hairdresser of the Year’ not just once – but twice each! He is known as the ‘Master of Sexy, Wearable Hair.’ Lucky for us, he also has a fantastic and affordable  hair care line, Mark Hill Salon Professional that takes care of dry, static-filled winter hair.

For super dry hair, I recommend the MiracOilicious products. They leave my hair incredibly soft and moistened, but not flat and limp.

Mark HIll MiracOilicious

Mark Hill MiracOilicious

Mark Hill MiracOilicious 2 Minute Treatment

Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Treatment

The Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment ($11.99) is a hair mask that I use once a week to save my ends from indoor heat and outdoor frigid air. I like to put this on the entire length of my hair, although if you have oily roots you might want to just concentrate on lower half. It makes my hair so happy – I am extremely impressed with the way it repairs dry ends and leaves my hair wonderfully shiny.

Mark Hill MiracOilicious Moroccan Argan Oil

Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil

The Mark Hill MiracOILicious Argan Oil ($11.99) is terrific on damp hair. It moisturizes, repairs, and even speeds up dry time. I love, love, love this oil and it’s a great price for an argan oil.

Now, if frizz is your main enemy, I would advise you try the Defrizz-ilicious products.

Mark Hill Defrizzilicious

Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious

The Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Oh So Smooth De-Frizz Conditioner ($9.99) is a big tube of conditioning goodness for hair. The secret ingredient is something called Sea Silk. I am not sure what that is, but it definitely leaves my hair silky soft and free of frizz.

Some real hair magic - Mark Hill Magic Drops

Some real hair magic – Mark Hill Magic Drops

I think the Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Treatment ($11.99) has a perfect name because this leave-in treatment is magical for dry hair. I have great results on my hair, but the ultimate test was on my youngest daughter’s hair. She wears a knit hat and you know how baby fine hair goes like this once the hat is off:

photo from rainashairdesign.com

photo from rainashairdesign.com

Well, when I smooth some Magic Drops into her damp hair, she can wear her knit hat knowing she won’t become the fly-away queen.

The magic ingredients include Micro Wheat Proteins & Keravis, which create some sort of alchemy that make this leave-in treatment pretty miraculous.

My Mark Hill hair - look ma, no frizz!

My Mark Hill hair – look ma, no frizz!

My  hair is very fine, so moisturizing products that tackle frizz often leave it so weighed down I can’t get a curl. Mark Hill Salon Professional products give me soft, conditioned, volumized hair with no static or frizz, even in the middle of a polar vortex. This is a TERRIFIC hair care line and I highly recommend it!

You can find Mark Hill Salon Professional internationally at Boots stores and in the US at Walgreens and Ulta.  – Lisa

*samples for editorial consideration…opinion and hair all my own!