Top Ten Tuesday is getting hairy this week

It’s hair time with the Top Ten Tuesday bloggers and this one is so easy for me since there are 4 brands that are dominating my head lately. Three of the brands I’ve written about and one is new and that’s the one that will get the most attention today.
1. KEUNE SMOOTHING CARE LINE is a line that one dozen beauty bloggers wrote about. This company has special products for every type of hair. I chose to review the Smoothing Care Line since I like straight hair that’s shiny and frizz free and Keune does exactly that for me. I love all 4 products from the line but my very favorite is the KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING TREATMENT. This is the best mask I’ve used in a long time. My hair is so manageable after using this that people just want to pet my head!

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

2.  TARA SMITH HAIRCARE –  SHINE ON was very recently reviewed and I have a giveaway going on from now until August 31, 2015 so you could win products from Tara Smith. While I’m using Shine On Shampoo and Conditioner plus Base Coat Serum, every one of the 4 lines they make is amazing. Shine On makes my hair very shiny and keeps my color treated hair from fading.

Tara Smith Shine On

Tara Smith Shine On

3.  ECRU NEW YORK ACACIA has been a favorite since last summer and it remains one to this day. This line contains silk protein that helps with the strength of my hair. After a disastrous summer of 2014 my hair started molting and it took a long time to get it back. ECRU New York Acacia was the line I preferred during this time because it was so gentle. My favorite product from this line is their Acacia Protein BB Cream which I reach for quite often.

ECRU Acacia Protein BB Cream

ECRU Acacia Protein BB Cream

4.  Last but not least is the newest addition to my life – HAIR LA VIE. There are two products that I use from Hair La Vie and what makes these so special to me is the difference they are making in the growth of my hair. I’m using the Hair La Vie Revitalizing Blend of supplements as well as the Moroccan Repair Serum. Nothing grows hair quickly but I’ve noticed a big difference already after just 30 days with these products.

HAIR LA VIE MOROCCAN REPAIR SERUM is a hydration treatment. It’s to be used on damp hair that’s lightly towel dried. I need the tiniest amount of this serum since it’s so powerful that it will make my hair limp if I use too much. My theory is to always start with a little and add more if you need it since you can’t undo things. This serum is packed with argan oil along with 7 essential oils and vitamins. “Formulated specifically for those with weak, damaged, brittle hair and split ends, due to coloring, chemical processing, heat styling and harsh climates.” I’m very happy with the way my hair looks after applying this.

Hair La Vie Moroccan Oil Serum with argan oil

Hair La Vie Moroccan Oil Serum with argan oil

Hair La Vie Moroccan Oil Serum with argan oil

Hair La Vie Moroccan Oil Serum with argan oil

HAIR LA VIE REVITALIZING BLEND is a supplement that I take twice a day. It’s just called Hair La Vie since it was the first product that was created by the company. It’s an all-natural vitamin that helps with hair growth as well as hair repair. It stimulates hair’s growth and I’m finding that my hair looks healthy again.

Hair La Vie Revitalizing Blend of vitamins

Hair La Vie Revitalizing Blend of vitamins

Hair La Vie Revitalizing Blend of vitamins

Hair La Vie Revitalizing Blend of vitamins

Now I can’t tell you what to take supplement/vitamin wise but I know that I’ll continue with this. As you age so does your hair and I want youthful looking hair. This contains 5000 mcg of biotin in the two tablets and I’m sure that’s what is making my hair full again. I’ve stopped taking a multi-vitamin since this has everything I need. There’s no taste and they are easy to swallow. I’m thrilled that I was introduced to these. I’ve even got a little more energy which is a good side effect.

Hair La Vie vitamin stats

Hair La Vie vitamin stats

I’m sure reading what the other Top Ten bloggers have to share will be interesting. We always seem to take different tacks to these articles. Have you used any of the products I’m loving? — Marcia


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Feeding my hair with the Hair Food Moisture Collection

photo from jangohealthandfitness.co.uk

photo from jangohealthandfitness.co.uk

I used to be a terrible food snob. I shopped at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s only, thinking that my local grocery store was full of nothing but processed foods and chemicals that would ultimately kill me. I felt the same way about my hair products. If it didn’t come from the salon, it must not be any good. My intentions were good…I wanted to make sure I was living in the most healthy way possible. But my reasoning was definitely flawed. There are tons of healthy foods at my local grocery store for a third of the price I was paying at the other markets. There are also great hair care products to be found there that are super healthy for hair – not to mention my wallet.

Clairol Hair Food Moisture Collection

Clairol Hair Food Moisture Collection

I was recently sent the new Hair Food Moisture Collection. This former hair care snob was intrigued by the inspiration for this collection…power foods that feed hair’s hunger for nourishment. The package even included these beautiful teas in Strawberry Ginger Black Tea and Apricot Honey Black Tea, both inspired by the Hair Food Collections.

Hair Food Tea

The Moisture Collection includes the Hair Food Moisture Shampoo ($9.99), the Hair Food Moisture Conditioner ($9.99), and the Hair Food Moisture Mask ($11.99). They all have a very slight scent of honey and apricots, which are the power ingredients. The scent is light and very pleasant. I actually wish it stuck around but it dissipates pretty quickly.

Hair Food Moisture Collection

The Moisture Shampoo gives lots of lather and is gentle, even on my color-treated hair. The Moisture Conditioner is indeed moisturizing and the three hydrators lock in moisture and keep my hair soft and swingy.

The Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask is great as a once a week treatment. This isn’t a mask you need to pile on…a little goes a long way. Be sure to rinse well because it’s so moisturizing it can leave hair feeling a little sticky when it’s wet. After hair dries it is unbelievably smooth, shiny, and soft.

Overall, this is a very impressive trio of hair goodness. I love what it does for my hair, and the price is definitely right. The Hair Food Moisture Collection will for sure be a repurchase for me. You can find these products at Target, along with the other Hair Food Collections including Root Cleansing and Volume.  – 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?

Raised hands

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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Say goodbye to gray with our Everpro Gray Away giveaway!

*post and giveaway sponsored by the awesome folks at Everpro Beauty Gray Away

Everpro Gray Away

Everpro Gray Away

I am beyond excited about today’s giveaway!  I first reviewed Gray Away a year ago, and I have purchased and repurchased this product over and over since then.  I used to use Bumble and Bumble Brown Hair Powder, which is pretty expensive and not perfect.  It puts too much color on the scalp, creating a slightly strange ‘wig’ effect since it camouflages my part as well as my roots.  Plus, the color rubs off on fingers and my pillowcase.

Then, one fine day Everpro Beauty Gray Away Temporary Root Color ($9.99) came into my life.  This is much easier to locate – my local CVS carries it – and much friendlier to my pocketbook.

A few fun facts about Gray Away:

-Instant gray hair coverage in 10 seconds
-Temporary root concealer that extends the life of your color
-Natural emollients that adhere to hair and washes out with shampoo
-Self-adjusting color technology that blends with hair color
-No mixing, no mess – just spray and go!
-Keeps hair feeling soft and natural
-Unique applicator for targeted coverage
-Free of harsh chemicals and dyes

The Light Brown shade matches these hair colors

The Light Brown shade matches these hair colors

The Dark Brown matches these hair colors

The Dark Brown matches these hair colors

It comes in two shades, Light Brown and Dark Brown. I use the Light Brown, which is great for light to medium brown hair. If you aren’t sure which shade is right for you, go for the lighter shade rather than the darker one.

cool applicator

cool applicator

It has a thin spray wand which makes for excellent control and less color on areas you don’t want covered, like your natural part. The spray itself is mineral-derived pigment which means it is safe for everyone to use, even pregnant women. Plus it dries very quickly. It will come off if you rub or scratch your head, but not nearly as noticeably as with the Bumble and Bumble.

Application couldn’t be quicker or easier.  Just shake the can, then spray on dry roots. It takes seconds for all that gray to disappear! The color is natural looking, temporary, and easily washed out with your next shampoo.

before...

before…

...after!

…after!

I don’t even think I can count how many people I have converted to this fantastic way to cover up those tell-tale roots.  One bottle provides up to 40 applications, so this is a fantastic and affordable way to stretch out the time between visits to the salon.  You can find Everpro Beauty Gray Away at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, and Bed Bath and Beyond.

Take a moment to enter our fantastic giveaway today for the Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer in the color of your choice!  Three lucky people will win, and it could be you.

This giveaway is open to US only through May 31st at 11:59 p.m.

Towards the end of our giveaways the comments sometimes close early. If that happens to you just email me your comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Gray Away comment. Then you can click “I commented” on the Rafflecopter and keep on going.  Good luck, and say goodbye to those grays!  – Lisa

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CHI Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque review and giveaway

CHI Rejuvenation Masque

CHI Rejuvenation Masque

I always thought of the brand CHI as a hair tool company. I remember drooling over their flat irons when I worked at ULTA and debating which one to buy when they had an employee discount day. That CHI flat iron lasted a long time and is still floating around the family. Now I’ve learned that CHI has a lot of haircare items and one line that looks interesting to me is their CHI ARGAN OIL line.

CHI Argan Oil products

CHI Argan Oil products

I was sent the Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque to test out and happily they sent an extra for me to share with one of you. While the Argan Oil line is one with 4 parts to it, I was most interested in this hair masque to see how it could help my locks.

CHI Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque

CHI Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque

This is a thick masque and I personally don’t need a lot when I use it. My hair is thin and shoulder length so one mounding quarter size is enough for me. I find it adds on maybe 1-2 minutes in the shower at most. After I wash my hair I’ll use the Chi Rejuvenating Masque as my conditioner. I leave it on about 3 minutes though you can leave it on longer and do shower things like shaving or exfoliating. Once I wash it out my hair is super soft. I don’t find that I need anything on my hair to comb it since it falls smoothly into place. Two drops of a hair oil protects my hair from blow drying and hot tools. CHI has one in this line, Argan Oil Plus Moringa Oil that adds to the efficacy of the masque and adds an SPF factor along with antioxidants.

CHI Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque

CHI Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque

What the masque does is give hair nourishment and repairs it with the essential vitamins and antioxidants they use in the formula. It helps smooth frizz while restoring shine and the appearance of your hair’s appearance. This has a fragrance to it and I do notice it on the day I first use it. But it fades away. I’ll use Chi’s Rejuvenating Masque about every 10-14 days though it’s recommended for use once a week. I don’t find I need a mask more than every other week though.

This is sold wherever CHI products are available, a lot of salons carry the line, Ulta, and Loxabeauty.com.

If you are looking for an American made product that is paraben free and will bring your tresses to life, then here’s the answer!  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

This is a US only giveaway ending May 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Whichever options you choose after completing the two required ones need to be done since we will check. If comments close early the solution is to email me your comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it CHI MASK giveaway. That will count as your comment and you can continue. Good luck and good hair!! — Marcia

 

*prize and masque sent for consideration

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Bisamino PEG/PPG 41/3 Aminoethyl PG Propyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate S, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ceteareth-20, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan), Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Silk, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol, Glycolic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Polyquaterium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium PCA, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methlypropronial

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Dry hair? Get Rich. RICH Silk Oil Serum and De-Frizz and Shine Mist

If you have extremely dry hair, I have the answer to your prayers!  You’ve got to try RICH Silk Oil Serum and RICH De-Frizz and Shine Mist. They are the perfect antidote to frizz and crunch.

RICH Hair Care is a luxurious, award-winning European line that I hadn’t even heard of before we were sent these products to try.

Rich DeFrizz and Shine Mist and Silk Oil Serum

Rich DeFrizz and Shine Mist and Silk Oil Serum

Rich Pure Luxury Silk Oil Serum

Rich Pure Luxury Silk Oil Serum

The Silk Oil Serum ($15.99) is a beautiful, lightweight oil that calms and hydrates hair. It works wonders on my colored hair, even when my ends are like the Sahara Desert. This is a great blend of organic jojoba oil, sweet almond oil and olive oil that hair simply loves. It doesn’t weigh down my hair and I even use it for my daughter’s super fine hair with great results. If you want smooth, this is the answer.

Rich Pure Luxury Argan De-Frizz and Shine Mist

Rich Pure Luxury Argan De-Frizz and Shine Mist

The Argan De-Frizz and Shine Mist ($19.99) has Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, along with coconut oil. It sprays out in a fine mist and it is fantastic for very dry hair. Those of you with curls will love it because it makes them super smooth and shiny.

My RICH hair!

My RICH hair!

RICH Hair Care has impressed me…I can’t wait to try their other products. If you have dry, frizzy, or naturally curly hair, I highly recommend the Silk Oil Serum and De-Frizz and Shine Mist for smooth, silky, frizz-free hair.  – 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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