Get your freak on this New Years! Try Haircredible Freak Show.

Haircredible Freak Show HairsprayOk, so I just gave you one of my fabulous hair secrets, the Mitch Stone Essentials Luxury Repair & Style. My other secret is Haircredible Freak Show Hairspray ($20). Haircredible is a luxury hair care line specifically for fine, natural hair, which means none of their products will weigh you down. The product line is amazing for women of color, as well as for anyone else with fine hair.

Finding a great hairspray that gives the right amount of hold without weighing down fine hair is truly a challenge. I want soft, touchable hold that keeps my curls all day, but doesn’t make my fine hair stiff, sticky, or flat. Freak Show is absolutely everything I want in a hairspray and then some!!                                                                         sample

Haircredible Freak Show Hairspray

Freak Show gives me volume without any heaviness at all. I can also reapply the next day without any buildup or stickiness. What truly makes this hairspray unique is the spray nozzle. It can be adjusted to three different levels for three amount of hold – light, medium, or heavy.

Haircredible Freak Show Hairspray

On days that I go with straight hair, I chose the low or medium setting for soft, touchable volume. When I go full on curly, I use the high setting for soft but strong hold that works all day long. Freak Show is humidity resistant and is as amazing for volume as it is for hold.  Haircredible Freak Show Hairspray

Haircredible Freak Show Hairspray really is incredible. Get your freak on and keep it on all day long with this fantastic hairspray. You can find the Haircredible line online at haircredible.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

New year, new hair with Mitch Stone Essentials Luxury Repair and Style

Mitch Stone Luxury Repair and Style Cream

You know what I asked for this Christmas? Beautiful floaty hair. You know what kind of hair I mean…the kind that has tons of soft, touchable body that seems to just float about your head. Not in a static nightmare sort of way though.cv-hair-and-beauty

I got my buttery soft floaty hair just in time for New Years! One of my secrets is Mitch Stone Essentials Luxury Repair & Style ($24).                                                                                                                                      sample

Just check out everything it does:

  • Repairs damaged hair

  • Ultra Hydrating

  • Instant Smooth

  • Adds Texture to Ends and Layers

  • Eliminates Frizz

  • Protects

  • Restores

  • Adds Shine

  • Reduces Blow Drying Time

  • Moisturizes

Mitch Stone Luxury Repair and Style CreamMitch Stone Luxury Repair and Style Cream

This super lightweight leave in styling treatment gives great results! My fine hair is easily weighed down, but I can’t seem to overdo it with this creamy goodness. I have long hair, about mid-back length, and 2 or 3 squirts gives it amazing body, shine, and that floaty effect that is exactly what I want.Mitch Stone Luxury Repair and Style Cream

I am beyond impressed with Mitch Stone Essentials Luxury Repair & Style and definitely recommend you pick this up right away! You can find it online at www.mitchstonehair.com. I want to try all the products in this line, because if they are half as good as the Luxury Repair & Style they will be worth their weight in gold.  – Lisa

* sent for editorial consideration

Running late? You can still get great hair with ColorProof!

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This morning I woke up late. I don’t mean 10 minutes late. I don’t mean one too many taps on the snooze button late. I mean an entire 45 minutes LATE. You know how it goes – getting sleepy kids up and ready, then stepping in who knows what…something that one of the pets threw up (you hope it’s vomit because any alternative you can conjure up is waaay worse), forgetting your phone and having to run back inside, all while knowing there is a meeting starting without you and YOUR BOSS IS THERE WONDERING WHERE YOU ARE. I am almost breaking into a rash just thinking about it.                                                                                                                            samples

ColorProof DrySpell and PowderFix So unfortunately, since my alarm clock is about 20 years old, this hectic morning thing happens more often than I want to admit. I have actually developed a routine for this just in case. I have an ’emergency’ outfit in the event I have no time to root around in my closet. I have a makeup bag filled with what I need to either A) apply a reasonable look in about three minutes and/or B) take it to work so I can put my makeup on there. I always have a supply of awesome body wipes in case there is truly no time to shower, and I am never, ever, ever without dry shampoo.
ColorProof Epic Hold HairsprayA line that never lets me down is ColorProof.  They carry my most favorite hairspray of all time, the HardCore Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray (I buy them five cans at a time from Amazon).  Two other products that I always have on hand, especially for those ‘running so late I’m out of breath’ days, are The ColorProof DrySpell Color Protect Dry Shampoo and PowderFix Texturing Powder.
ColorProof DrySpellI try to get four days out of a good shampoo.  However, because I am also committed to breaking a sweat every day (hopefully from working out and not from running late), I need a dry shampoo and I need a styling product that puts some texture and volume back into my hair.
ColorProof DrySpellColorProof DrySpell Color Protect Dry Shampoo is a godsend. The superfine powder shampoo is a mixture of cornstarch, rice and clay that absorbs oil and gives hair a light clean scent. The mist is so fine it doesn’t ever build up and look chalky or flaky. An added bonus: it provides color and heat protection. Here’s how I use it: I quickly section my hair into about six sections, then spray the dry shampoo a good 5 inches away from my scalp. Any closer doesn’t give me as great of a result. After spraying, I put all my hair up in a big clip and run around doing whatever else needs to be done. Finally, I unclip my now completely dry hair and quickly run my fingers through, fluffing it up and fully distributing the dry shampoo.
ColorProof PowderFixColorProof PowderFixAfter that, I will add in some of the PowderFix Texturing Powder on my crown, part and bangs. This extremely fine and wonderfully silky powder gives my hair tremendous lift, volume, and texture. It feels almost wet in my hands. I just pour a bit into my palm, rub it together, then flip my hair over and apply along my part and crown. I like this method better than sprinkling it on, although you may prefer that application technique. The powder goes matte and sinks right in, giving my hair the most wonderful boost of body and texture. It’s fantastic.
I usually get my ColorProof products from Amazon, but you can find this extraordinary line at many salons throughout the country. When you put together your emergency beauty kit, be sure to include these items for an awesome hair day no matter how stressful it started that morning.  – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration then purchased and repurchased time and time again by me…because that’s how often I am running late.

Jet Set away with ColorProof

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Jet Set travel by ColorProof

Jet Set travel by ColorProof

We’re here to introduce you to these TSA Mini Miracles sets of ColorProof’s top selling products. We were thrilled to receive these for review knowing what a great brand ColorProof is. These are essential for keeping your color stay true during your travels just as ColorProof keeps your color true in your everyday life. As always, ColorProof products are 100% vegan, gluten-free and sulfate and salt-free. If you want the ultimate overperformer for you life, these are perfect for you.

Marcia’s hair needs taming

My choice of the Jet Set travel kits is CRAZY SMOOTH. I was very excited to have a chance to try out ColorProof since Lisa has always raved about the line and I love Lisa’s hair. The CrazySmooth® System  seemed perfect for me and it turned out to be just that.

ColorProof Crazy Smooth

ColorProof Crazy Smooth

The JetSet travel kit ($19.99) is the perfect way to try out ColorProof. With 3 products in the set I got the chance to test the CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Shampoo, CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Condition, and  PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth (2 oz each).

CrazySmooth® is 100% vegan and perfect for my keratin treated hair. There are no sulfates, salts or gluten in these three 100% vegan formula products. When you both color treat your hair and have a treatment in it you need to be careful which products you use so that the money you’ve spent isn’t washed down the drain.

ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner use a proprietary blend of exclusive oils including Camellia Oil from Japan and Abyssinian Oil from Africa, along with seaweed and shea butter. They have a slight fragrance but not one that’s noticeable after using. The reason I like these includes how they not only make my hair smooth but also incredibly shiny. I love seeing less frizz and so much shine.

ColorProof PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth

ColorProof PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth

The follow up product is their PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth which I’ve used with ColorProof products and with other lines. I smooth a quarter size blob through my shoulder length hair and wet brush it. My hair isn’t snarled and it’s easy to brush through. The beauty is in the aftermath when my hair is dry and has some volume. Even though I have a keratin treatment I don’t want flat hair. I want volume without frizz and that’s what I get. This too has the same ingredients as the shampoo and conditioner so I’m getting heat and color protection. My only (mini) complaint about this is the bottle which I can’t squeeze. It’s made of very sturdy, recyclable plastic and is resistant to my strength so I have to open it, turn it upside down, and bounce some out. Right now it’s not a problem though I do worry about it when I am close to the end. If that’s the only complaint then I can surely live with this.

ColorProof Crazy Smooth

Lisa’s hair needs moisture

My choice of the Jet Set travel kits is SUPER RICH. It’s a little embarrassing to admit how excited I was to try this travel kit…the ColorProof HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray is my favorite hairspray of all time, so I just knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with the SuperRich® set.

SuperRich® JetSet travel kit
The SuperRich® JetSet travel kit ($19.99) has three products that will satisfy really thirsty hair:  SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo 2 oz., SuperRich® Moisture Condition 2 oz., and DeepQuench®  Moisture Masque 1.38  oz.

My hair is fine, although I have a ton of it. It’s also long, about mid-back, and while I typically let it air dry I also often heat style it into curls or else super straight. You know what that means – ends that are dry as a desert.

SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo and ConditionerThe SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo is very gentle and goes easy on my color treated hair. The lather is thick and velvety, and here’s a fun fact – it’s also terrific as a body wash. How perfect is that when you are traveling and space is at a premium? It leaves hair soft, shiny, and full of body, even without a conditioner (yup I am a little crazy, I tried it that way too).  It’s 100% vegan, gluten-free and sulfate and salt free, so you know it keeps hair color looking the best possible.

The SuperRich® Moisture Conditioner is great – it really treats my ends and gives me lots of shine. When I use these two together I get ‘floaty’ hair – it feels amazing and has tons of bounce and body.

Sometimes, though, I need CRAZY moisture – like after a few days of swimming in a pool or the ocean. That’s when I pull out the big guns.

DeepQuench® Moisture MasqueDeepQuench® Moisture MasqueDeepQuench®  Moisture Masque is everything super thirsty hair needs, even if your hair is extremely fine. It injects tons of moisture into hair without coating it and weighing it down. I put this on the bottom half of my hair after shampooing and leave it on as long as possible, two minutes at least. Wow does it do a fantastic job! Soft, swingy, shiny, healthy hair that really holds a curl. Once again, ColorProof impresses the heck out of me.  I’ve got my travel set – now I need all three products in full size.

ColorProof Super Rich

ColorProof Super Rich

Whether you are a JetSetter or a stay at home person, these sets are great ways to try out the ColorProof professional line. ColorProof products are sold mostly at salons though you can find them at Sleek Hair, and in Beauty Brands stores. Use the salon locator to find ColorProof locally.

*sent for editorial consideration

Truth Vitality helps our aging heads and maybe yours with a giveaway

truth in aging logoThe website Truth in Aging carries an amazing amount of products that will help us as we go through the aging process. You can count on them for over 20 brands and one of their newest is Truth Vitality which is a line of products especially designed for women with fine hair or women with thinning hair, those who’d simply like more voluminous hair on their head or eyebrows. We were sent a few products to see if it helped our aging heads.

LISA’S PRODUCTS:

What does your shower drain look like? It is a messy tangle of hair?? I shudder when I see mine…I can’t believe I am losing that much hair every time I shampoo and condition. Truth Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner promised me less shedding, so I was more than happy to give them a whirl.

Truth Vitality True Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

Truth Vitality True Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

It’s funny, for hair products that promise volume the formulas are certainly on the thin side…but they do deliver every promise.

Their nourishing formulas are infused with a unique copper peptide complex to encourage hair growth, as well as powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and extracts to rebuild struggling strands from the inside out.

The True Volume Shampoo’s formula is loaded with beneficial ingredients to fight thinning hair, increase volume and strength, and stimulate new hair growth, including copper peptides, caffeine, ferulic acid, vitamin A, and beta carotene.

Our conditioner offers a unique combination of emu oil and copper peptides to stimulate the hair follicles, increasing their size and encouraging hair growth. There’s also caffeine, beta-sitosterol, Aspen bark extract, and macadamia nut oil to add strength, volume, and shine.

Truth Vitality True Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

I do see less hair in my drain so I know I am shedding less as I use the True Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. My hair feels very soft, floaty, and full. It’s shiny too! Volume hair products often leave my hair feeling coated, but these don’t – my fine hair loves them.

These two hair products retail for $64, but right now I see them on the Truth in Aging website as a duo for $54.40.

If you have fine or thinning hair, you will love this sulfate/silicone/paraben-free duo. If you want to address hair loss, I think this is an excellent option.

MARCIA’S PRODUCT:

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

BROW EMPOWER from Truth Vitality was created for people just like me. I never had to worry about my brows and gave them little thought. I’d pluck to keep strays away but they were full and I basically ignored them. Along came age and illness and my eyebrows are no longer what they were.

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Brow Empower ($39) is a lightweight gel that you can apply day or night. It’s a light brown serum that will dry down so that you can apply eyebrow makeup over it. This stimulates healthy growth using a blend of copper peptides, vitamin B5, and emu oil. Copper peptides increase the size of hair follicles and stimulate new hair growth while the vitamin B5 and emu oil gently condition and smooth the hair strands.

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

The applicator of Brow Empower is a new technology and can break easily so you need to use some TLC with it. I admit that I dropped mine and it doesn’t work properly but I’m still using the product. I use a cotton swab to get the product and apply it to my brows that way. I’ll often then use the applicator to smooth it onto my brows.

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality added a unique touch to this product. There is a small pin like tool that helps you keep the applicator top free from product. If it starts to clog up just wipe the metallic tip and orifice with a soft cloth or tissues and insert the pin. It clears it easily. I wish other products had thought to include something like this.

applicator for Brow Empower

applicator for Brow Empower

Something I found very interesting is that Truth in Aging has a community of testers so this and the other products in the Truth Vitality line have been tested and reviewed by them. I’ve started to see some brow growth and am finding new hairs. It’s so easy to use that I’ll continue this and hope that I can eventually see a fuller brow.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Truth in Aging has kindly offered to send two winners products. You must be a US subscriber of Beauty Info Zone to enter. One subscriber will win the Truth Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner while another subscriber will win Truth Vitality Brow Empower. Your hardest job is to decide which of these would be best for your needs. The giveaway is open through 8/1/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments get cranky and close please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with the subject Truth in Aging and make your comment there. Please remember that we verify all entries so keep it on the straight and narrow.

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*products provided for review, prizes will be sent by Truth in Aging

Aquis Essentials Lisse Luxe hair turban and towel – you’re going to love these

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When AQUIS Towels came calling the Beauty Info Zone ladies came running. This is the premier brand of hair towels and we were excited to be able to use their newest towels. There are so many types of towels from AQUIS including body towels that this is only the tip of the iceberg. Today we are all about their hair towels.

 

  • Choose the best for your hair

    AQUIS comes in formats to suit different hairstyles and lifestyles. There are basically three choices.
    Length: Long towels are for long hair, otherwise choose regular.
    Fabric: Lisse Luxe is best for delicate hair and curls, Waffle Luxe is best for thick hair and lots of it.
    Format: Turbans are super convenient and stay on better. Plus there is no temptation to rub your hair (old habits die hard).
    Our towels are also light and easy to tie, usually dry hair slightly faster.

No one asks for frizz but everyone should ask for AQUIS!

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

Lisa and her Lisse Luxe Hair Turban:  I use a hair turban every single time I shampoo. My hair is long, but a regular towel is just TOO MUCH to wrap my hair in…it falls off my head within minutes. Hair turbans keep my wet hair safely in place and good ones do double duty by also reducing my dry time.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair TurbanAQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

I love, love, love the AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban ($30). First, it comes in a super cute plastic pouch that is perfect for travel. I am so addicted to hair turbans that I can’t go without on vacation! It has a button and fastening loop to keep the turban in place and hair out of my face. I even use this when I am doing a facial mask or applying my makeup.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban made with Aquitex

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban made with Aquitex

The best part, though, is how well it absorbs water. The turban is made with Aquitex, which is soft and comfy and incredibly absorbent. This saves my hair from heat styling time, resulting in wonderful side effects like better hair health, less frizz, and less split ends. I love my AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban so much that I only have one complaint – I need more because my daughters keep stealing it!!

Hey....give me back my AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban!!

Hey….give me back my AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban!!

Marcia and her Lisse Luxe Towel:

Aquis Towel Lisse Luxe in Chevron

Aquis Towel Lisse Luxe in Chevron

I introduced my Aquis Lisse Luxe Towel on my Frizz Busters post the other day. I too use mine every time I wash my shoulder length hair. I fold it turban style and it wicks out the wet. I save so much time drying my hair because of the efficiency of this Aquis Towel.

The one I have is the full size Lisse Luxe towel which comes in several colors. Mine is a chevron weave and if that doesn’t suit you just pick from Desert Rose, Ivory White, or Cloudberry. The Chevron is perfect for my gray and white bathroom!

Aquis Lisse Luxe Towel in Chevron

Aquis Lisse Luxe Towel in Chevron

This particular towel is 19 X 42 in (50 X 107 CM) which gives it plenty of room to wrap my hair and stay wrapped. I leave it on for 5-10 minutes while I’m brushing teeth, taking vitamins, prepping my skin with moisturizer. When I remove it my hair isn’t wet wet anymore, it’s damp but not damaged. Rubbing a towel on your head is not good for your hair so it’s important that the water gets wicked away without pressure.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe on a double bed

AQUIS Lisse Luxe on a double bed

I’ve owned Aquis towels for years and years. As soon as I first learned about the brand I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond to purchase one. My previous one has gone on many vacations with me so it’s seen a lot of good times but when I look at the new one I know it’s time to put my previous one away.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe vs my original AQUIS

AQUIS Lisse Luxe vs my original AQUIS

The size and feel of the Lisse Luxe is superb. I know this is going to sound silly but I have a phobia about hair clinging to towels and items (this is coming from the mother of a shedding dog). Lisse Luxe doesn’t hold onto those hairs so I don’t have to get the shivers picking them off. A small thing but important to me.

Aquis Lisse Luxe Chevon packaging

Aquis Lisse Luxe Chevon packaging

Whether you are a fan of the Turban or the Hair Towel, you are in for a treat. At $30 each they may seem expensive at first but you’ll get so many years of use from these that they’ll practically paying you to use them. The Aquis website has free shipping at $30 which is a bonus. Aquis Hair Turban is also newly available at Sephora.com to make your shopping even easier.

*provided for editorial consideration but used with total love, affliate link used

Frizz Busters

Frizz Busters

Frizz Busters

Frizz happens.

Frizz isn’t pretty.

Frizz doesn’t make me happy.

 Frizz needs to be busted.

Even the women in the new Ghostbusters movie appear to have frizz. Not a pretty sight. So what do we do? We find products that help us tame the frizz and that’s what today is all about.

AQUIS TOWELS

Aquis Towel Lisse Luxe in Chevron

Aquis Towel Lisse Luxe in Chevron

 

Aquis Towels have been around for at least 20 years but they’ve changed over time. I remember buying my first one and being amazed at the difference using this towel on my hair. When drying your hair, using friction causes frizz. With an Aquis towel or turban you allow the water to wick out of your hair leaving it easier to to style without frizz. My newest one was sent by Aquis and I am in love with it. Sunday, July 10th I’ll be showing more pictures and telling you more about this towel but I can assure you that you need one of their towels in your life.

BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT ACAI SMOOTHING SERUM and THERMAL STRAIGHTENING BALM

Brazilian Blowout Thermal Straightening Balm and Smoothing Serum

Brazilian Blowout Thermal Straightening Balm and Smoothing Serum

After towel drying my hair I turn to serum, balms and other products to be able to even get a wet brush or wide tooth comb through my hair. I’ve used the Brazilian Blowout Acai line on and off for years. I get a keratin treatment about every 8 months so my hair is basically straight and fends for itself most of the time with frizz. But if I forget to use product I’m lucky to make it through one day let alone several. The Thermal Straightening Balm is used when I blow dry my hair since it locks out moisture. The Smoothing Serum is a multi-tasker. Not only is it great for blow drying and flat ironing but it’s recommended for use when you go swimming. Wet your hair and smooth some of the serum in to protect your hair from chlorine and salt. You don’t need to have a keratin treatment to use these great products, they are great for everyone.

LIVING PROOF FRIZZ NOURISHING STYLING CREAM and STRAIGHT

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream and Straight

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream and Straight

Unless I’m testing a new line I like to switch up the products I use so I’m always going back to Living Proof. Everything I’ve tried from them has been excellent. My go-to line is the No Frizz one. Their Nourishing Styling Cream is just the thing to stop frizz. As they say “weightlessly blocks humidity, smoothes and conditions, no heavy silicones or oils”. If you believe in frizz busting this is one of my favorites. After buying it the first time I quickly bought a second during a holiday special. Straight Style|Lab is a spray that I use when I wash my hair. I apply the Nourishing Styling Cream otherwise I can’t comb through my hair. Then I spray this on in sections to seal. This can be used on wet or dry hair but it’s best used before you heat style.

DERMORGANIC LEAVE-IN TREATMENT AND FAST DRY SHAPING SPRAY

DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment and Fast Dry Shaping Spray

DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment and Fast Dry Shaping Spray

I’m a huge fan of DermOrganic products. The first time I used them they were sent to me but I’ve since purchased several of the products. The Leave-In Treatment is a repurchase for me. This is a wonderful leave-in that is so amazingly light that you’d almost never know it was in your hair. But you do know because it does such a great job adding softness, shine, thermal protection, and controlling frizz. It’s made with Argan Oil of Morocco. While it’s not advertised as a frizz buster, it definitely works that way for me.

Fast Dry Shaping Spray is a great lightweight spray even though the name says Plus Hold. I hate helmet hair and I only use a spray on days that are very important style wise (like my niece’s upcoming outdoor wedding). I included this since it does a good job of allowing me to brush through my hair yet controlling it and keeping frizz from taking over. It’s vegan and there is no: animal testing, artificial preservatives, sulfates, gluten, sodium or chloride, salt, parabens, MEA, DEA or dyes. Plus it has a pleasant fragrance unlike so many sprays I’ve tried.

Living Proof, Brazilian Blowout Acai, DermOrganic all on my Aquis Lisse Luxe towel

Living Proof, Brazilian Blowout Acai, DermOrganic all on my Aquis Lisse Luxe towel

These are the products on my vanity, what do you use your war against frizz?  —  Marcia


*aquis sent for consideration, rest are purchases, affiliate links