White Sands hair care revitalizes and smoothes

White Sands Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner, Porosity The Fix, The Cure 24/7 Serum

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It’s always interesting to me is to learn about the companies that I’m using and going to share with you. I’m not talking about the big department store brands that we are all familiar with but I am interested in the independent companies that have a story behind them.

White Sands Haircare

White Sands Hair Products were created by the Salas family with a small amount of money and one product. Once they were able to introduce their product at the Orlando Premiere Beauty Show, sell everything they brought, they began their journey from there. Their American dream had begun and now fine salons throughout the country know their story.

Lisa already reviewed the three White Sands products she received and now it’s time for me to take you back to the beginning of your shower time with White Sands Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner (as well as two others).

White Sands Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Revitalizing Conditioner

There are 3 different shampoo and conditioner lines created by White Sands and I was thrilled to receive Orchid Bliss. These two products are wonderful for hair like mine: color treated and needing frizz control. Orchid Bliss shampoo and conditioner use the anti-aging characteristics and mineral richness of the orchid flower. As someone who is averse to fragrance in products I was a little leery of what this would bring. All I can say is that it’s wonderful. The fragrance is minimal and actually one I only notice in the shower. After I dry my hair I don’t notice it all. What I do notice though is a shiny head of hair that is moisturized and soft, one that isn’t looking or feeling dried out, one that isn’t as affected by humidity.

Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner are sulfate free so I feel they’re safer for my hair. One ingredient I look for in haircare is Sodium and unfortunately the shampoo does contain Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulforate and other varieties of sodium. That hasn’t been a deal killer for me now but once I get another keratin treatment I’ll have to put the Revitalizing Shampoo to the side for a few months. Luckily for me the other products I’m using, including Revitalizing Conditioner will continue to be used once the treatment is done. The conditioner is best if you leave it in for about a minute but that’s not an unusual direction.

White Sands the Cure 24/7 serum and Porosity the fix

I’m never done when my shampooing and conditioning are finished. Next is towel drying with my Aquis hair towel and a treatment product or two to work through my hair and make it easier to style.

White Sands the CURE 24/7 serum

White Sands the Cure 24/7 serum

White Sands compares The Cure 24/7 to a blur cream. I think that’s a great way to think about this product. The serum is a leave in reconstructive treatment with visible results. It is known for repairing damaged hair fibers, making your hair stronger and healthier, and restoring hair that’s been abused. As someone who uses 2 – 3 heat tools a day I need this. I’d been torturing my hair and needed this to make my hair look smoother and less flyaway. It’s done just that. While I don’t notice that I have split ends that’s one of the positives that White Sands talks about with The Cure. I spray this on and then comb through my hair prior to blow drying.

White Sands Porosity The Fix

White Sands Porosity The Fix is an old friend of mine. My hairdresser is a huge fan of White Sands and Porosity The Fix is a product she uses on me whenever I’m in for color and cut. Just like The Cure 24/7 was compared to a blur product, The Fix has been compared to makeup for hair. This is especially great for people who color treat their hair since it temporarily fills in the “blemishes” found in each strand. Porosity The Fix is wonderful prior to any heat use, especially a flat iron. My hairdresser uses this as my shine product when she’s done with my hair. I use it that way too but also prior to using my flat iron. I can use this daily without worrying about build up.

All in all I’m thrilled to have White Sands in my repertoire. The fear of fragrance was wrong wrong wrong. What little fragrance I notice is irrelevant but my great looking hair is very relevant. Something you and your hair will notice and love too.  —  Marcia

 

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Total hair rescue with White Sands Hair Care!

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I’ve trusted my hair to White Sands for a long time now…they won me over with their Orchids Oil and I’ve been happy with everything I’ve tried ever since. My recent hair discoveries are three products from this line that will keep pretty much anyone from having a tragic hair day.

White Sands ER Fusion

ER Fusion ($26) is a hair treatment that seals the hair shaft, ensuring vibrant color, superb shine, and frizz-free hair. This deep treatment is applied to freshly washed hair. Here’s a great tip that my stylist gave me – be sure to get as much water as possible out of hair as possible before putting on any treatment. Water dilutes the effects of the treatment so while you want your hair damp, let that towel soak up as much extra water as possible first! After putting on this treatment, it’s most effective to sit under a dryer for 20 minutes to really let it penetrate. Then rinse and condition as usual. The ER Fusion treatment lasts about 3o days, and it really takes hair to its highest potential.

White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Hold

Liquid Texture Medium Hold ($19.60) also comes in Firm Hold and it’s a staple for professionals who work in the entertainment industry. If you use any hot tools like flat irons or curling irons, you want this product. You can actually use a hot iron on wet hair if it’s been sprayed with Liquid Texture Medium! That means super shiny hair without any damage. Spray this on before blow drying and you won’t believe how it smooths out hair, keeping the brush from catching. The short story? If you use any sort of hot tools, you need Liquid Texture.

White Sands UnderCover Styling Spray

UnderCover Styling Spray ($21) really seems to do everything. Got curls? It makes them better. Got super straight hair and don’t want any frizz? Here is your answer. Want to keep your braid or your bun in place all day? Look no further. This styling spray has thermal guards to protect your hair from hot tools and it gives hair tons of shine while keeping it frizz free. It doesn’t flake and it works great as a texturizing spray. I don’t think there is anything this workhorse can’t do!

Styling with White Sands Hair Care products

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the products and the innovation at the White Sands line.  If you are on an eternal quest for great hair, make a stop at White Sands.  You won’t be sorry…and your hair will be thrilled.  – Lisa

My hair obsession continues with Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to save time, I can “see” it on your face that you’re right there with me. That’s why we need tools that are made just for that purpose. The nice folks at Revlon wanted to help me along when they sent their One Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer.

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

Revlon makes two different One Step hair dryers and I’ve tried them both. For my shoulder length semi-straight hair this one is the winner. Not only do I get my hair dry with just this brush but I style it at the same time.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

I’ve been having a hair dilemma of late. I want straight hair but I don’t want to straighten it with chemicals. I’ve done that in the past and probably will again but now isn’t the time. With this Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer I am getting straight hair but it’s not super straight. I’m getting just enough volume and lots of swing.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

Because I’m able to work quickly I’m noticing less damage too. The bristles are nylon pin and tufted bristles. Since they have this wavy pattern there’s volume added without pulling. The barrel has a 2″ diameter so it’s best for longer hair. I think it would be amazing on very long hair since you’d get it flat at first and then be able to add gorgeous waves.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer (courtesy of Amazon.com)

With Ionic Technology and a ceramic coating you get the protection your hair needs from the heat. There are 3 heat settings and I’ve been using it on the second one. I don’t notice it ever gets cool but setting 1 is great for refreshing my hair on days I don’t wash.

What can beat a tool that can be used wet or dry, that saves time, that helps with shine and volume? That’s why you need to consider the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer.  —  Marcia

available at Amazon and Ulta

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Goldwell Kerasilk brings shine and control even to the hair we hate

Goldwell Haircare is the creator of many fine products including color, styling, shampoo/conditioner, dry shampoo, and the list goes on. It’s one of the highest regarded names in hair care available today. We were given the opportunity to try out the Kerasilk line which we were thrilled about. Lisa already knew and loved Goldwell but it’s a new line for Marcia. Kerasilk has unique ingredients like engineered Keratin and lightweight silk that contribute to the integrity of the products.

KERASILK

Kerasilk is the new, revolutionary luxury hair care line that delivers long-lasting hair transformations providing beauty, strength and protection. The secret: the KT3 combination of engineered Keratin, lightweight silk and high-performing KeraShape Technology with Glyoxilic Acid.

MARCIA’S 2 PRODUCTS

Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct and Control

Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct and Control

Little did I know that when I met Lisa for our monthly meetup that she would be drooling when I handed over her Goldwell Kerasilk product to use and review. I think if we’d been close to my house she would have driven over to take mine away from me. Even though I’ve heard of Goldwell and wanted to try the line, it just never happened for me. But now I have to hide my two goodies from my pal!

GOLDWELL KERASILK RECONSTRUCT RESTORATIVE BALM is the daily balm from them and it’s doing wonders for my hair. I like to get my hair professionally straightened but it’s been over a year since I’ve had the time or money to do so. Therefore a product known for its innovative use of keratin is something I appreciate.

Goldwell Kerasilk NEW Reconstruct Restorative Balm

Goldwell Kerasilk NEW Reconstruct Restorative Balm

Since I use heat on my hair daily I welcome this new version of Reconstruct as it helps with the severe frizzies as well as protects my hair from that heat. It has a fragrance that doesn’t last long (although I’ll notice it later if my hair gets damp) and it helps me wet brush through my hair after applying it. Not only that but it has color protection to it also. It’s not a very thick balm but I don’t need much more than a flat quarter size to get my shoulder length hair ready for drying. It can be used on dry hair but I haven’t tried it that way. My hair stays smooth and managed throughout the day.

Goldwell Kerasilk NEW Reconstruct Restorative Balm

Goldwell Kerasilk NEW Reconstruct Restorative Bal

Goldwell Kerasilk NEW Reconstruct Restorative Balm

Goldwell Kerasilk NEW Reconstruct Restorative Balm

GOLDWELL KERASILK CONTROL INTENSIVE SMOOTHING MASK is my heavy-duty babe. This is for the hair I hate – frizzy, out of control, and just plain fugly. But after a weekly dose of this mask my hair is back to smoothness again.

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask

I appreciate this smoothing mask more than I can say. My hair becomes shiny and easy to style with it. I can feel it protecting my hair from heat. I notice less fragrance from Control than I do with Reconstruct, surely because I wash it out.

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask with its spatula

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask with its spatula

Directions say to apply this to wet or towel dried hair, leave it in for 5-10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. I do it all in one step in the shower so on the days I’m going to use Control I wash my hair first, apply this mask and then keep my head out of the water. I leave it in for at least 5 minutes (more if my shower doesn’t decide to run out of warm water), then rinse. I personally don’t use the balm on the same day but use another one so that my nose won’t get overwhelmed.

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask

See that cool super size spatula? It comes nestled in the top of the jar lid so that your fingers don’t contaminate the product – or in my case, get the mask under my fingernails. You can see too that it’s thick but not too thick. You know you are getting more enrichment from this intensive mask than you would from a conditioner.

My results are great with both products. Great enough that I’m not inviting Lisa over to my new house unless I hide these away.

LISA’S 1 PRODUCT

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Oh yeah…when I saw this, I looked at Marcia and said, “I have literally spent THOUSANDS of dollars on Goldwell Kerasilk products!! They are amazing!!!” Then I demanded that she hand over every new product we get from here on out. We shall see if she honors my demands!

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Repower Volume Foam Conditioner is definitely different from any hair product I have ever tried before. I thought it was a hair mousse…then I thought it was leave-in conditioner. But it’s neither. It’s a foam conditioner that is applied to wet hair after shampooing. You leave it in for two minutes, then rinse.

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

This is what I consider a specialty hair product. It’s not going to work for everyone. It works for me, because I have fine hair that tends to be limp. It needs some volume and a little ‘oomph’. If you have fine hair, you will love this – it gives hair texture, body, and resilience without weighing it down. What it doesn’t do is make hair soft and shiny, so if that’s what you want, check out the products Marcia reviewed (and is giving to me because SHE PROMISED ME!!!)

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Foam Conditioner

I definitely had fun using the Repower Volume Foam Conditioner.  I mean, just look at that foam….it looks like shaving cream, whipped cream, and hair mousse all got together and had a baby! I sooo wanted to give myself a Santa mustache and beard just for fun before I used it properly. And since there were no witnesses, I’m not admitting to anything.

Ultimately, I had lots of volume and texture without having to use any other styling products. Goldwell Kerasilk is a tremendous line with hair products that address every hair need that exists, so be sure to take a look and see what they have to offer that will turn the hair you hate into the hair you love.

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Evolving my hair care with ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth and All Around Flexible Hairspray

ColorProof Hair Care

When I look in the mirror before I leave each morning and I see good hair, I just know it means I am going to have a good day. If I’ve got some reliable products, I can go days without having to wash and dry my hair which saves valuable time for sleeping and…well…more sleeping. So I usually turn to ColorProof for a little magic to turn my bed head into good hair/good days. My two recent favorites that ColorProof sent me to test (and that will no question be repurchases for me) are ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth ($30.00) and ColorProof’s AllAround Flexible Hold Hairspray ($26.00).

ColorProof Hair Care

ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth makes my hair wonderfully soft, silky, and shiny. I have very fine hair and this never weighs it down. My hair is pretty long so I always need help with my ends, which tend to get crunchy by after a few days, and this little bottle of goodness never fails to do the trick. It keeps my color vibrant, keeps my strands smooth, and keeps my curls in place.

ColorProof Hair Care

I use a little hairspray every day and I am absolutely loving ColorProof’s AllAround Flexible Hold Hairspray. My other favorite hairspray is one of theirs – the Epic Hold Hairspray. I think I have five back up cans in my cupboard. I use that one when I need all day hold for megacurls. The AllAround Flexible Spray is the one I reach for when I have beachy waves that I want to keep all day long. It keeps my volume so my hair doesn’t fall flat, but my hair is still soft and I can run my hands or a comb through it. The spray doesn’t smell all perfumey, and it doesn’t build up so if I need a refresher the next day it’s never a problem. I love this hairspray and plan to buy several cans to join my other back ups. Then maybe that OCD voice in my head will give me a break. Oh who am I kidding…but I’m still buying those cans!

You can find ColorProof in salons nationwide, as well as online and at Amazon and Overstock.com. I love this line and recommend them for their hairsprays in particular. I really hope you will check them out – you won’t regret it!  – Lisa

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CUVÉE, the champagne of haircare

CUVÉE is an invitation to a world of modern luxury. Where the champagne is forever flowing and your hair is forever flawless.

CUVÉE Protective Treatment

CUVÉE Protective Treatment

I’ve been introduced to the champagne of haircare with CUVÉE. I was sent 3 packets of this luxury line along with a full size of their Styling Treatment so that I could experience the glamour of the line. This is not your mother’s haircare and it certainly isn’t my mother’s but it’s uniqueness makes it worth trying. I did find this to be a very fragrant line. It’s a combination of champagne and fig and is scented this way to develop a seductive experience.

CUVÉE Shampoo, Styling Balm and Conditioner packets

CUVÉE Shampoo, Styling Balm and Conditioner packets

Each product contains our proprietary Cuvée Complex™ that utilizes small, best-of-the-batch ingredients for products that create real results. Champagne, White Truffle, Platinum along with other Botanicals are carefully blended to repair and strengthen for lush, shiny hair.

CUVÉE Shampoo

CUVÉE Shampoo

CUVÉE SHAMPOO ($35) is for all hair types. This lathers up beautifully, I almost felt like I was in a shampoo commercial. It left my hair very soft and easy to manage.  Even though I only got 4 washes from it my color stayed true. It also doesn’t leave a residue behind so that meant no flakes on my scalp.

CUVÉE Conditioner

CUVÉE Conditioner

CUVÉE Conditioner ($38) is the perfect product to use after using their shampoo. It doesn’t take a lot to condition yet it left my hair very manageable. I felt like it was hydrating yet it washed out easily. All CUVÉE products are Sulfate Free, Paraben Free,  Phthalate Free, and Cruelty Free.

CUVÉE Styling Balm

CUVÉE Styling Balm

CUVÉE Styling Balm ($45) is the product I had trouble with the first time I used it. I always need a balm or serum to smooth out my hair or I can’t even get my brush through it. I didn’t realize how little I needed of this balm and overdid it my first time. My hair felt heavy and weighed down. Even though the cost of this Styling Balm is higher than the shampoo and conditioner, it takes just a small amount to work so you’ll get many more uses from it. This is especially nice for hair that needs taming especially with frizz weather here. You can use this on both wet or dry hair but it’s too thick for me on dry hair. It’s a very lush feeling balm but a little goes a long way.

CUVÉE Protective Treatment

CUVÉE Protective Treatment

CUVÉE Protective Treatment ($45) is a spray serum that you can easily use on wet or dry hair. I used it on second/third day hair prior to using a heating tool. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t weigh my hair down at all. This treatment has UV Protection & Antioxidant properties to protect your hair from the sun and elements. CUVÉE Protective Treatment is the product that I definitely noticed the champagne feel. I felt enveloped in it. While the ingredients don’t mention champagne the CUVÉE Complex contains it.

Combining only top-of-the-line ingredients, the CUVEE COMPLEX™ was born. It is a carefully crafted blend of: Champagne Extracts for soft, shiny hair that provides antioxidant properties to guard against damage from pollution. White Truffle Extracts add moisture. Platinum Extracts detoxifies the hair and scalp. Plant proteins nourish and protect from UV Rays. Resveratrol slows down the process of hair loss. Ceramides help repair hair fibers resulting in stronger, thicker, more resilient hair.

If you are ready for luxury in your life then you are probably ready for CUVÉE in your life too. — Marcia

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Spring hair trends at Meijer! L’Oreal, Pantene, and John Frieda drugstore finds

Meijer spring hair

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Spring is so close I can almost smell it!!  I can’t wait for soft warm breezes blowing my hair, smelling the lilacs and the jasmine…oh I just can’t wait.  Both Marcia and I have been thinking a lot about replenishing and refreshing our stashes for the change of the seasons, and Meijer is the place to do it.  I am super lucky because I have a Meijer just about two miles from my house.  I prefer going there because I can get my groceries plus any other sundries all in one place.

Meijer recently sent some samples of some of their hair care they have featured for spring.  I have a few favorites that are worth considering on your next shopping trip.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Hair Products

If you have teenagers in the houes, you need the L’Oreal Clay Extraordinary Clay hair products.  The clay does a great job of absorbing excess oil and dirt, rinsing clean so hair is soft and smells great.  What is unique is these products also treat dry ends at the same time.  The Extraordinary Clay Clay Mask is a pre-shampoo treatment for roots that works extra deep, giving very oily hair a fantastic lift.  And the Dry Shampoo is incredible for turning dirty, oily hair into fresh looking and fresh smelling locks.

Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner

We have a lot of guests at my house, so I keep my guest bathroom well stocked.  I always have bottles of Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner in my shower because everyone loves this stuff.  You can’t go wrong with good, basic hair care with a beautiful lather that detangles hair, leaving it soft and shiny.  Yup, everyone is happy.

L'Oreal Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and Conditioner

For those of you with dry and damaged color treated hair, the L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and Conditioner are your answer to those hair care woes.  My daughter recently got her hair tips dyed a bright red (and I instantly became the coolest mom to ever live), and this shampoo and conditioner has really helped keep the color super vibrant.  Just check this out:Red tipsred tips

They promise 60 days of color vibrancy, and my daughter is totally put the shampoo and conditioner to the test!

L'Oreal Ever Pure Hair Care

For super gentle care that colored hair loves, the L’Oreal Ever Pure Hair Care features products with no sulfates.  This is an especially good line for very dry, porous hair.  The Repair Remedy Balm rivals any deep moisturizing treatment I have ever tried, including some extremely expensive boutique brands.

L'Oreal Air Dry It hair styling products

I use a lot of heat styling tools all fall and winter, so I start taking a break from them and letting my hair air dry come spring.  In fact, in the summer I never let a curling iron or a blow dryer get close to my hair.  I think that’s how I’ve been able to keep my hair long and healthy for so many years.  I am impressed with the L’Oreal Air Dry It hair styling products that are excellent companions for those low maintenance hair days.  The Un-done Style Cream gives hair shape and body without buildup.  Add in a dollop of the Air Dry It Ruffled Body Mousse for extra curl and wave support, plus a spritz of the Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray to fight frizz, and you’ve got beautiful beachy locks with basically no effort.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray

As beautiful as they are, spring days can also be extremely humid, especially where I live in Michigan.  I can’t tell you how many days I spent forever either curling or straightening my hair, only to run from the house to my car and find it’s morphed into a head of frizz that looks like an old dandelion.  A favorite hairspray of mine is John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray, which not only hold my hair in place, it also locks out frizz for 24 hours.  All I need is 8, and it delivers!

The selection and variety of hair care products in Meijer is fantastic, and they have awesome prices for the spring season.  Be sure to stop by and stock up!  – Lisa

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