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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Two beautiful hair care bargains: Marc Anthony Moisture Gloss and Pro Finish Ultimate Hold Hair Spray

Lately I have been into ‘updos’, braiding my hair, putting it in a bun, or at the very least curling it. For Christmas, my mom got me The Perfecter (I’m sure you have seen the infomercial!) and that has made curling my hair extremely easy. While it’s probably best for people with short hair, for my long layered hair it gives me a smooth, softly curled look in about 3 minutes. To assist in my hair styling adventures I experiment a lot with different hair care products and some of my favorites were sent by Marc Anthony. Marc Anthony is a very reasonably priced hair care line that you can find online here or at drugstore.com, and it is also easily found at stores like Ulta and Walgreens.

Moisture Gloss

Marc Anthony Moisture Gloss Daily Drops

Moisture Gloss

Moisture Gloss Daily Drops

The product that really first defined the Marc Anthony line is the Moisture Gloss Daily Drops ($7.99). Oh my, talk about getting yourself some shiny hair!! This has micro-refined silicones that actually penetrate the hair shaft instead of just sitting on top of it. It only takes a few drops for my mid-back length hair so the price is right and a bottle lasts a very long time.

Moisture Gloss

What Moisture Gloss Daily Drops can do for you!

I massage a few drops into my damp, towel-dried hair and I have no static and no tangles. I end up with super smooth, super shiny, and completely frizz-free hair. I also use a few drops on my dry second day hair to freshen it up without weighing it down.  Moisture Gloss Daily Drops is an excellent product that is also a fantastic bargain.

Pro Finish Hairspray

Pro Finish Hairspray

Another big favorite of mine is the Marc Anthony Pro Finish Ultimate Hold Hair Spray ($7.99). I like hair spray that holds my curl, but doesn’t leave my hair stiff or crunchy. This is a fabulous hair spray that truly does the job. It keeps my curls, yet my hair is still touchable and soft. Whether I use a little or a lot, Pro Finish Ultimate Hold Hair Spray never gives me flaky hair.  t does have a bit of a scent, but it’s pleasant and it quickly dissipates.

Marc Anthony has some really terrific hair products at bargain prices. Pick these up the next time you see them at the store, you won’t be sorry.  - Lisa

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My Marc Anthony hair, courtesy of the Moisture Gloss and Pro Finish Hairspray

My Marc Anthony hair, courtesy of the Moisture Gloss and Pro Finish Hairspray

Get it for your guy: The Men’s Glossybox

Shampoo, shave, and style – that’s what the latest Glossybox for Men promises and for $40 it delivers everything your man needs to groom himself right up.

The Men's Glossybox

The Men’s Glossybox

There are two full size hair items, one full size skin care item, one full size shave item, and two sample size items.  The full size items together are worth $78, so this is definitely a bargain box of manly products.

Redken Clean Brew

Redken Clean Brew

Redken For Men Clean Brew Shampoo (retails for $12.50):  you know those commercials where there is a screaming hot guy out in the woods, doing something really manly like chopping down a tree or riding a wild horse?  The scent of this shampoo is exactly like what I imagine that screaming hot guy smells like.  It’s woodsy and clean and fabulously macho.  My husband LOVES this, it really is a terrific shampoo for guys who like working on cars or building houses because it has anti-grit technology that will clean even the most tenacious engine oil out of hair.  And if your guy has naturally oily hair, it’s shampoo perfection.

Redken Firm Grasp

Redken Firm Grasp

Redken for Men Firm Grasp texurizing hair clay (retails for $19):  this gets a big thumbs up from the hubby.  It’s a texturizing hair clay that smells woodsy, but it’s not an overpowering scent. It is terrific for shorter hair, leaving a matte finish that looks mod yet rugged.

Nuxe Men's Eye Cream

Nuxe Men Multi-Purpose Eye Cream

Nuxe Men Multi-Purpose Eye Cream (retails for $28): it is a small bottle, but it is the full size product. The eye cream is in an airless pump, it’s really terrific packaging. The eye cream is a thin cream that smells vaguely of pine.  It is designed to soothe puffiness, decrease dark circles, and decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It sure leaves my skin super soft and hydrated. I got my husband to use it for a few days, and he liked it…but I’m betting it’s not something he will use all the time.  Eye cream is a little too much maintenance for him. So guess what? I’m stealing it for myself.

Zirh Prepare Shave Oil

Zirh Prepare Shave Oil

Zirh Pre-Shave Oil (retails for $18.50):  this is an oil that your guy smooths on before the shaving cream. It gives the shaving area more lubrication so shaving is easy and razor burn issues are things of the past. It’s a small bottle, but one drop is all my husband needs for shaving his beard, so this will last a very long time. Again, my husband liked it and said it worked great…but I am betting this is one more step he won’t do regularly, although he will reach for it when his razor is at the end of its lifetime. In the meantime, I am using it for shaving my legs.

Bulgari Man Extreme

Bulgari Man Extreme

BVLGARI Man Extreme Cologne (this is a deluxe 0.17 fl.oz. sample, a full size 3.4 oz. retails for $79):  what a nice, big sample of this deliciously manly cologne! I find a lot of men’s colognes are way too strong, but this one is subtle and masculine at the same time. Notes include pink grapefruit, Calabrian bergamot, balsa wood, and Haitian vetiver.

There is also a small tube of Sisley Moisturizer that is meant for application after shaving. It’s definitely something to throw in the travel bag for soothing irritated skin.

All in all, it’s a great box. The full size items are terrific and money-wise you get a lot of bang for your buck. Anything my hubby wouldn’t use was of interest to me, so nothing is going to be wasted! I think this is a wonderful gift for the guy in your life. I give a big thumbs up to this Men’s Glossybox.  - Lisa

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Second day hair with first day volume: AG Hair High & Dry

AG Hair has some of the coolest hair products around. I love their Texture Spray (read my review HERE), and Frizzproof (reviewed HERE) is a hair product I use every single day. However, the latest product they sent to the BIZ had me scratching my head at first…why do I want second day hair when I just washed and styled it?? Then I figured it out – it’s all about keeping that first day fullness while adding in awesome texture.

AG high and dry

High & Dry ($24), the newest styling product from AG Hair that just became available this month, was inspired by the Rocker Chic movement. High & Dry is meant to give hair lots of volume along with a matte, textured finish that is very rock and roll. Think Debbie Harry – effortless looking hair that has a bit of an edge. This is the look that ruled the Spring 2014 runways.

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AG High & Dry

AG

AG High & Dry gives matte volume and a texturized finish

High & Dry is different from a dry shampoo because it doesn’t leave any residue behind. It’s not stiff like hairspray either – hair feels and looks both moveable and touchable. The best way to apply is to spray the product onto dry hair in layers, kind of scrunching hair up a bit after you spray each layer.  It doesn’t build up or flake even when touching up with more product throughout the day. I like to use it in the evening before going out to dinner or out with friends; it quickly takes my smooth daytime look and transforms it into more of a party-ready style.

Other great reasons to use High & Dry? It has:

  • herbal extracts to soothe the scalp and add antioxidants that improve hair health
  • copolymers that create a dry texturizing grip
  • PABA free sunscreen to protect hair from UV rays
  • and it is ozone safe
My High and Dry hair

My high and dry hair

I have long, layered hair that is fine, but there is a lot of it. High & Dry works great with my hair type and style. If you wonder whether or not it will work for your hair type, just wander over to an Ulta Store and try it out.

While I am not going to be wearing five-inch heels with painted on jeans and a leather jacket any time soon, High & Dry is a wonderfully unique product that has a permanent place on my hair product shelf.  - Lisa

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