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

 

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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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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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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!