Heat and humidity? No problem with AG Hair Smoothing Balm

AG Hair is a line that has never disappointed me, so when they sent a sample of their brand new Smoothing Balm I was really excited. My hair tends to get frizzy with tons of flyaways, especially in the heat and humidity.

The Smoothing Balm ($22) is a lightweight balm applied to dry hair for shine and frizz control.

AG Smoothing Balm

AG Smoothing Balm

inside the jar

inside the jar

Because the Smoothing Balm has a water-based formula, it can be re-applied as necessary throughout the day without any nasty build up. The balm has three essential oils sourced from Africa:  organic argan, Marula, and Mongongo oils. These oils give exactly the right amount of smoothness and shine that hair needs. A very small amount calms and smooths frizz and instantly eradicates flyaways. It makes hair wonderfully soft and manageable.

my smoothed out 'do

my smoothed out ‘do

The new Smoothing Balm just became available today, July 1st! If you are looking for something to smooth away frizz and add major shine, this is definitely the answer. And I adore AG Hair’s motto:  Use. Love. Repeat.

A portion of every bottle sold goes to AG’s Women Leading Change Foundation educating underprivileged girls in Africa.  - Lisa

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Side by Side: Coolway Hair

Coolway

Coolway is a haircare company dedicated to helping you have smooth hair on a daily basis but without damaging your hair. They do this with some unique products including a new Low Heat Flat Iron Smoothing System that detects the moisture level in your hair and keeps the temperature at a level that will protect it. “By replacing high heat tools with innovative low heat technology, the °Coolway System has won six beauty awards, including the prestigious Allure Breakthrough Product of the Year Award.” (from Coolway)

We were sent some of their styling products and we’re having a ball with them. All have been mentioned on the blog before since we’ve been enjoying them ever since we received them. Today we want to go into a little more detail on products so you can see why we enjoy them.

Coolway Knotty Girl Brush

Coolway Knotty Girl Brush

We’ve both use and love the Knotty Girl brush ($9.95). This is a great brush for everyone in your family but it’s especially great for those of us that want to gently brush wet hair. It absolutely does not tug. It would be perfect to put in a beach bag to tame your tresses when you get out of the water. It does wonders on hair fresh from the shower since it doesn’t pull your hair out, it just loosens it as you brush.

We’ve got two other Coolway products so let’s learn about those.

Marcia and True Smooth Spray

Coolway True Smooth Spray

Coolway True Smooth Spray

The goal of True Smooth Spray ($34.95) is to help you end up with smooth hair that does not need a flat iron. We are hard enough on our hair with blowdryers and endless products. Coolway created this spray to protect and condition your hair so that you can eliminate a flat iron.

It’s so easy to use, you shake it and then spray it very liberally on your hair. Just using this spray and a blow dryer will work towards any texture hair straight. I’ve done that several times but my preferred way is to take a very small amount of a hair balm or serum and apply that on my hair, then shake and spray True Smooth Spray over it. It has a long lasting fragrance that isn’t overpowering. I can’t place my finger on it but I love it which is quite unusual for me. I have been able to blow dry my hair more quickly and be done because it’s totally styled using this. The spray is quite lightweight and doesn’t contain ingredients that weigh it down. My hair feels smooth without flyaways when I use it either alone in with another product.

This is meant to be used with a hair dryer because it contains True Smooth’s AminoLock MAB molecule (patent-pending molecule which holds your hairstyle safely from inside the cuticle as you blow dry) which is heat activated. You can also use it with a flat iron on dry hair as a heat protectant but it’s best to use with one that is under 300 degrees (most other brand flat irons start at 350 degrees).

Coolway

Coolway

the spray pump

the spray pump

Follow up with Glow Finishing Oil for something special.

Lisa and Glow Finishing Oil:

°Coolway’s Glow™ ($29.95), the companion product to the True Smooth Spray, is the second half of the dynamic duo. However, it also plays well by itself and with other products.

 

Coolway GlowFinishingOil

Coolway’s Glow™ is a finishing oil that doesn’t have any sulfates, synthetic parabens, or alcohol. While it’s great for all hair types, I think it is especially terrific for color-treated or damaged hair, and if you get treatments like Brazillian Blow Outs this is just perfect. It leaves hair shiny and vibrant.

Coolway Glow

Coolway Glow

The formula includes vitamin E and porphyra seaweed extract, both of which are great for putting moisture into hair. Surprisingly, it does not contain silicones, which I know will make a lot of people happy. The finishing oil leaves my hair looking smooth and healthy, with no frizz at all. It also detangles and softens. So far, this summer has been hot and humid, yet my hair is happy thanks to Coolway’s Glow. It is pricey, but you don’t need a lot of product so it lasts a long time.

Coolway’s website has a Frequently Asked Question section that helps you learn all you need to know about these great products. Be sure to visit.

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True Spray ingredients: Aqueous Infusion of Anthemis nobilis (Chamomile) flower, Urtica dioica (Nettle) leaf, Rosa damascena flower, Porphyra yezoensis (red algae), Corn Ferment Filtrate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silk Peptide, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Lactic Acid, Amino Lock MAB, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Quaternium-80, Polyquaternium-11, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Panthenol, Polysorbate 20, Gluconolactone, Glycerine, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Cannibis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Arginine, Potassium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.

Looking for a perfect hair day? Try Cristophe!

Rainy days have been getting me down…well, more like they have been getting my hair down. Nothing kills my volume and curl like heavy, damp days. To combat the weather, I turn to my Cristophe volumizing products.

Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic and Argan Oil Treatment

Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic and Argan Oil Treatment

Cristophe is a high-end salon in Beverly Hills, but lucky for us it is also a wonderful drugstore line that is easy on the pocketbook. Not only are Cristophe products affordable, they are also effective – always a great combination. My ‘witches brew’ for damp days includes Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic ($10.99). Argan Oil Treatment ($10.99), and Shaping Hair Spray ($10.99).

Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic

My long, fine hair absolutely loves Cristophe Volumizing Spray Tonic. This is a spray-on volumizer that is applied to roots while hair is damp. It does a fantastic job of creating full, thick volume without weighing my hair down. The formula includes something called ‘Vital Energy Complex’. VEC has several nutrient-rich ingredients including Solar Vitis, Glycogen, Adenosine Tri Phosphate, and Phospholipids.  Together, these ingredients are like a skin care treatment for the scalp. It’s really great stuff.

I follow the Volumizing Spray Tonic with a nickel-size amount of the Argan Oil Treatment.

Cristophe Argan Oil Treatment

The Argan Oil Treatment is a beautiful oil that makes my hair super smooth and wonderfully shiny. My hair absorbs it quickly, and my damp hair immediately feels smoother and not at all heavy or greasy. Argan Oil is a terrific antioxidant that makes hair stronger and provides protection from heat styling and the environment.

Cristophe Argan Oil Treatment

Cristophe Argan Oil Treatment

Just like the Volumizing Spray Tonic, the Argan Oil Treatment has the VEC blend of awesome ingredients. Once I dry and style my hair, I spray on some Shaping Spray to help my hair’s volume and curls last all day long.

Cristophe Shaping Spray

Cristophe Shaping Spray

The Shaping Hair Spray gives a flexible hold for natural looking hair that isn’t stiff or sticky. It keeps my fine hair from drooping even on damp and rainy days. I need to note that it does have a discernible sweet fragrance that definitely lingers, but for those who don’t mind fragrance this is a terrific hair spray option.

I am also happy to report that all of Cristophe’s products are color safe, paraben free, and cruelty free. The next time you are at the drugstore, pick up some Cristophe and wilted hair will be a thing of the past.  - Lisa

My Cristophe volumized hair

My Cristophe volumized 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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Soft and smooth hair with Organix Penetrating Oils

I know, I know, putting oil into freshly washed hair seems counter intuitive…but it’s a wonderful thing when you use Organix Penetrating Oils ($8).

Organix Penetrating Oils

Organix Penetrating Oils

Organix sent the BIZ two of the Penetrating Oils (previously called Dry Styling Oils); I tried both the Hydrating Macadamia Oil and the Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Oil.  In general, both make hair extremely soft and frizz-free.  The keratin in the oils strengthens hair and make it wonderfully shiny.  Either one works for any type of hair from super dry to super oily. organix awapuhi penetrating oil

Awapuhi Ginger Penetrating Oil

Awapuhi Ginger Penetrating Oil

The top photo is the new packaging – my samples are in the older packaging.  New face, same product!  The Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Oil smells wonderful.  This is the one to choose if you use a lot of heated styling tools on your hair.   Just apply about a nickel size of oil to towel dried hair then style as usual.

Organix Macadamia Penetrating Oil

Organix Macadamia Penetrating Oil

Macadamia Penetrating Oil

Macadamia Penetrating Oil

The Hydrating Macadamia Penetrating Oil is the one to choose if you have very dry ends or overly processed hair.  It really puts moisture back in without weighing down fine hair.  It is also terrific on dry hair.  Just a few drops  smooths my hair like crazy.

I am completely sold on the Penetrating Oils.  My hair is very, very happy when I use them!

My hair after using the penetrating oil

My hair after using the penetrating oil

And speaking of dry oils…be sure to also check out the Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Body Oil ($6).  I use dry body oil every morning after I shower, and this is one of my favorites.

Moroccan Dry Body Oil

Moroccan Dry Body Oil

Moroccan Dry Body Oil

Moroccan Dry Body Oil

This huge bottle is extremely inexpensive, and it’s a wonderful way to hydrate skin without feeling greasy.  Smoothing this on after a shower is heavenly, and the price is definitely right!!

You can find Organix products pretty much everywhere.  Easy to find, inexpensive, and effective – what’s not to love?  - Lisa

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WOW is right…Color Wow Hair Products

I was watching The Simpsons the other day and Marge was pretty upset at Homer for spilling family secrets…including the fact that she colored her hair using blue dye #56. In fact, Homer says, “She’s been gray as a mule since she was seventeen.”

Who knew she colored her hair??

Who knew she colored her hair??

Guess what Marge? Me too! But I don’t care if people know I color my hair. What bothers me is when it fades even before I need my roots done. So I was happy to test Color Wow’s Color Security hair products, especially since Marcia reviewed and loved their Root Cover Up.

Color WOW Shampoo

Color Wow Color Security Shampoo

The Color Wow Color Security Shampoo ($22) is sulfate-free, which helps prevent color from fading. Even though it doesn’t have sulfates, it still has a nice, thick lather. The amino-heavy ingredients keep hair strong, shiny, and moisturized. Plus, it has LCD technology to prevent the hair cuticle from swelling. This is really the key to keeping hair color vibrant.

Color WOW Conditioner

Color Wow Color Security Conditioner

The Color Security Conditioner ($23) works great with the shampoo since it has conditioning agents that don’t dull hair color. Instead, it has Sealicon color shield complex, which actually creates a smoothing shield around each individual hair strand, making your ‘do’ wonderfully shiny. It doesn’t weigh my fine hair down at all, instead creating lots of body and volume.

Color WOW Pop and Lock

Color Wow Pop & Lock

check out the shimmers!

check out the shimmers!

Pop and Lock swatch

Pop & Lock swatch

I think my favorite product from Color Wow is the Pop & Lock Crystallite Shellac ($18). This super cool styling product seals in moisture, locks in color, and makes hair extremely shiny. See the shimmers? That’s mica, and it really makes a difference. Hair is stunningly shiny but still looks natural.  I love this, especially since I don’t have any other hair product like it.

If you have been gray as a mule since you were seventeen, or if you just color your hair for the fun of it, definitely try out Color Wow hair products to keep that color looking amazing.  - Lisa

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Adding vibrant and radiant color that lasts with AG Hair’s new BB Cream and Deflect

Are there days that you look in the mirror and love the way your hair looks? Whenever I have days like that I want to stop time. Lately with the newest products from AG Hair I’ve been having a lot of those days. AG Hair’s new BB Cream Total Benefit Hair Primer and Deflect Fast Dry Heat Protection Spray were launched in salons on March 1st and I am thrilled to have been using them from the company for the last several weeks.

AG Hair - BB Cream and Deflect

AG Hair – BB Cream and Deflect

AG Hair is a favorite of both Lisa and I. These two new products are part of the Colour Care line that helps keep hair vibrant and radiant.  What attracts us to pictures of stars in magazines is their shiny hair and with these two products we can all strive for that too. I’m the person that started going gray very young. I’ve been coloring my hair to cover roots since I was in my late twenties and my poor sister started even earlier. I know that if I let my roots grow out I’d have white hair by now but that’s not going to happen if I have anything to say about it. That’s why I am always looking for products that keep my color lasting longer like these two from AG Hair. AG Hair’s Colour Care line uses a special CARE Complex (Colour and Radiance Enhancing) that contains herbal extracts like sunflower seed extract, marigold, lavender, red clover, pine and carnation to combat color destroying free radicals.

AG Hair BB Cream, Total Benefit Hair Primer

AG Hair BB Cream, Total Benefit Hair Primer

Let’s start with the BB Cream, Total Benefit Hair Primer. Who knew that we’d need a hair primer? I just wrote an article for Top Ten Tuesday about facial primers and eyeshadow primers and easily could have included this BB Cream in that article if I wanted to discuss about hair primers. Wash and condition your hair as always, then prime it with BB Cream. According to the company this unique formula fills the hair cuticle and primes your hair for layering on styling products. It creates a smooth base while containing antioxidants like acai, goji berry, and pomegranate. It adds fabulous moisture. My hair is looking fuller and bouncier.

AG Hair BB Cream, enough for my shoulder length hair

AG Hair BB Cream, enough for my shoulder length hair

Look at all the benefits of AG Hair BB Cream:

1. fills uneven hair cuticle
2. thickens hair
3. moisturizes and smoothes frizz
4. adds silkiness
5. protects against colour fading with AG’s CARE Complex
6. protects against UV rays
7. protects against damage from heat styling tools
8. anti-aging – reduces brittleness
9. humidity-resistant
10. primes hair to maintain styles longer between shampoos

AG Hair Deflect, Fast-Dry Heat Protection

AG Hair Deflect, Fast-Dry Heat Protection

The other new product is Deflect, Fast Dry Heat Protection Spray which is infused with Abyssinian oil to detangle. It’s to be applied prior to heat styling your hair to shield it while at the same time protecting your color. Heat tools like our blow dryers, flattening irons, curling irons as well as the sun do a lot of damage to our color. Deflect helps combat the free radicals and shields hair from UV rays. When you are paying big bucks for hair color – not even counting the time it takes – you want to do all that you can to make the color last as long as possible.

Here’s how this wonderful product works: “When hair is wet, round, dense droplets of water sit on the surface of the hair shaft and require prolonged heat to evaporate. In Deflect, micro emulsified Abyssinian oil encourages the water droplets to collapse and lie flat, increasing the surface area of water available to heat. The result is water that evaporates rapidly and hair that dries significantly faster.”

Deflect, Fast-Dry Heat Protection Spray

Deflect, Fast-Dry Heat Protection Spray

I’m always changing up my routine with AG Hair BB Cream and Deflect. I use one every time I do my hair and sometimes I use both. Today for example I put a quarter size amount of BB Cream in the palm of my hand, rubbed my two hands together and spread it through my hair. I L.O.V.E. how my hair looks today. Other days I do the same with the BB Cream but then before blow drying I’ll spray on Deflect since it helps dry my hair a little faster as well as protects it from the heat. Other days I just use Deflect. Since I only have time to wash my hair 3 times a week I’ll sometimes use my straightening iron. Deflect is my new protection against that strong heat.

There’s so much for me to love about these two products as well as the rest of the AG Hair line. It’s been at least 8 months since I had a keratin treatment but I still only use products that would be safe for it so as not to leach out the remainder. That means sulfate free, no parabens, no salt (sodium chloride) – all aspects of AG Hair and especially their Colour Care line. In addition the products are cruelty free. That’s not all, AG Hair also donates a portion of every bottle sold towards building schools for girls in Africa through their Women Leading Change Foundation. So you can have beautiful hair that makes you feel like a million bucks and helps others out.

The beauty salon where I get my hair color treated carries AG Hair and I’ve talked to my hairdresser about the line. She is one of the owners and this is a company she trusts for her clientele. AG Hair BB Cream is $26 and Deflect is $24. They are both products you should inquire about at your salon. They are that good.

What we'll all look like with AG Hair BB Cream and Deflect

What we’ll all look like with AG Hair BB Cream and Deflect

AG Hair is a Canadian company that has only been selling in the US for about 2 years. In that time they’ve made a wonderful impression on both of us at Beauty Info Zone. I believe in every product I’ve tried from them and hope you’ll get a chance to find these at your salon too. — Marcia

AG Hair BB Cream

AG Hair BB Cream

AG Hair Deflect

AG Hair Deflect

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