GREEN + GLAM has created what they call a Hair Repair Mask/Replenishing Serum but it’s not a mask like your mind imagines when you think mask. Instead it’s an oil that protects your hair from the environment and the stresses we put our hair through with all the heat products that we use.
We were each sent a bottle to test and now we’re ready to entice you with our findings.
I call Green + Glam a hair oil serum and never thought of it as a ‘mask’ until I looked it up to find where you could buy it. To me a mask is a thick cream that I apply in the shower and leave on to soften my hair. Green + Glam ($24.99) can be used as a mask though and as a styling product. If you use it as a mask then apply it to your damp hair and put on a shower cap. 20 minutes is the recommended time of use. Then wash your hair as you normally would. It’s up to you whether you need to use conditioner after shampooing, I find my hair is so soft after using this as a mask that I can skip conditioning.
I’ve also used Green + Glam Hair Repair Mask aka Replenishing Serum as a styling product but I have to be very very careful about how much I use. The best way for me to use it is just a drop warmed up in my hands and smoothed through. It protects my hair from my blow dryer and my heated tools and leaves it smooth and shiny.
Marcia is so right…I need to be careful how much of this I use because it is very powerful stuff!
The first time I used it, I put in the typical amount of serum that I use on wet hair. I have long hair, about mid-back length, so I usually need four pumps of serum. Well, don’t need four pumps of this stuff! Four pumps left me with wet looking hair even after it was blown dry. I used some dry shampoo and quickly recovered, but I learned my lesson. Less is more with Green + Glam Replenishing Serum, and one pump leaves my hair super soft, hydrated, and full of bounce. The serum has a great combination of acai berry oil, ginger extract, organic neroli oil and other fruit oils that give me hair like silk.
Green + Glam Replenishing Serum is a wonderful hair treatment that makes for a great hair day. Just be sure to use the right amount for a ‘hair do’ instead of a ‘hair don’t’!
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Over the last almost 3 months I haven’t been able to control a lot in my life. But happily I have been able to control what I’ve used on my hair. There are two different lines that I used exclusively for the last few months and I’m here to not only share ECRU New York with you but to offer a giveaway for my favorite product in the line.
In the summer ECRU New York sent some of their Acacia line of products. The shampoo and conditioner went right into my shower while the BB Protein Cream went on my vanity.
ECRU New York was created to “Treat and Perform”. Silk proteins are used in every product within the collection because they strengthen and improve the integrity of the hair.
What are Silk Proteins? According to ECRU they are the highest grade protein ingredients created from the hydrolysis of silk fibers. The inner part of silk is removed by this hydrolysis. It’s been used in high grade skincare for years but research found that these silk proteins formed a protective film that sealed the hair. The result is a hair cuticle with increased elasticity, beautiful shine and protection from damage.
The products I’ve been using are from the Acacia Protein Collection. They consist of a shampoo, conditioner, BB Cream, masque and oil. Today I bring you the shampoo, conditioner and BB cream.
ECRU New York Acacia Protein Shampoo and Conditioner are both safe for color treated hair, hair that has had processes done to it (like a keratin straightening), and are paraban free. The shampoo contains Acacia Collagen™, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Wheat Protein, Panthenol, and Sunflower Extract. It is extremely moisturizing and leaves my hair soft and shiny. It washes out easily even when I am just standing on one foot at my kitchen sink. The conditioner contains similar but enhanced ingredients, Acacia Collagen™, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Wheat Protein, and Safflower Seed Oil, and leaves my hair feeling protected. One claim is that it helps mend split ends, I don’t agree or disagree with that statement since I haven’t seen proof of that in my own life. These two products keep my hair so well moisturized that I don’t notice split ends occuring.
The other product is one I mentioned in an Ipsy review since I received a travel size one in my last Ipsy bag. I was thrilled and started using it right away since I wasn’t able to go upstairs to get my full size one. This is the Acacia Protein BB Cream which is my favorite of these three products. This is a styling cream that is both lightweight and easy to use. I don’t notice fragrance in any of these products when I use them but if there is fragrance then it’s just light and refreshing. The Protein BB Cream contains Acacia Collagen™, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Jojoba Oil and Monoi Oil. These excellent ingredients are what makes this BB Cream so special. I like to use this on my towel dried hair prior to blow drying. I can comb through my hair with ease and this is helping protect it from the heat of my appliances.
We were sent an extra ECRU New York Protein BB Cream and are happy to have this as a giveaway for one of our readers. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do since I know we all care so much about the way our hair looks. The giveaway is open for US and Canada only through 11/15/14. — Marcia
*sent for editorial consideration. You can find ECRU New York on their website as well as on BeautyBar which has free shipping.
I have very fine, flat hair. It takes great products to make it look good. Want proof? Here I am on a bad hair day – meaning this is what my hair ‘naturally’ looks like:
Finding great hair styling products for fine, flat hair is not an easy task. Products that work miracles on normal or thick hair leave fine hair limp and greasy looking. Or, products that do give fine hair volume make it dry and crunchy. The good news is help for fine hair is right at the drug store, and the price is fantastic. Dove sent me their Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo ($3.76) and Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam ($5.99) to test, and my hair was very, very happy.
The Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo does everything a good dry shampoo should do…it absorbs oil, makes dirty hair look clean, gives texture and volume. It also has a very, very strong fragrance. If your hair smells dirty, like cigarette smoke from the bar or car fumes from tailgating, the fragrance will cover that up in a jiffy. However, if you are sensitive to fragrance, this is definitely NOT the dry shampoo for you.
It has a very powerful aerosol spray that doesn’t leave any white residue behind. The trick is to spray it about 10 inches away from roots, then rub it in lightly and brush. It’s a great product for those with fine or flat hair because it gives lots of volume without the heaviness and stiffness that dry shampoos can leave behind. If it weren’t for the extremely strong fragrance, I would put this at the top of my dry shampoo list.
The Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam is a styling mousse specifically for fine, flat hair. While this is also fragranced, it has a very light fresh scent. Only those most sensitive to fragrance would be bothered by it.
Most hair foams weigh fine down and kill any attempts at volume. But the Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam is a wonder, leaving my hair soft, full, and shiny. After towel drying, I apply two to three pumps to my long hair (it’s about mid-back length) concentrating on the roots and then lightly finger-combing through the length of my hair. It detangles, conditions, and adds lots of volume that lasts throughout the day.
If you don’t mind the strong scent, Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo is a wonderful way to give fine hair volume and texture, not to mention getting extra mileage from your last shampoo. Dove Moisture Leave In Foam is a winner on all counts; anyone with fine hair should give it a try. At these prices, everyone can afford to take a hair care trip to the drug store. – Lisa
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Dove Dry Shampoo ingredients: Isobutane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butane, Fragrance (Parfum), Isopropyl Myristate, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane.
Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Dimethiconol, Glycol Distearate, Carbomer, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Gluconolactone, PEG-45M, Benzophenone-4, Adipic Acid, Trehalose, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, PPG-9, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide, (CI 77891).
Soft, shiny, silky hair…who doesn’t want that? This just might be the blog post your hair has been waiting for because Pro Naturals is giving away two Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatments, each a $60 value.
The Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment strengthens hair and gives it tons of body. It really softens up hair and is especially wonderful after any sort of clarifying treatment.
Just apply the Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment to damp hair before styling. It will leave your hair healthy and vibrant with softness and volume.
You can find Pro Naturals online HERE, and be sure to check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
Pro Naturals Argan Oil Argania spinosa kernel oil (Pure Argan Oil), Hydro Cordium: Vegetable based amino protein (strengthener), Purely Natural Plant Control-oil: Supplies hair nutrients and provides a protection layer, Multiple Tartaric Acid Complexes: Facilitate cell rejuvenation.
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: US only, 2 winners of 1 bottle each, ends on 8/19. (Lately the comment section has closed before the giveaway is ended. If that happens to you, please comment on our Facebook Page mentioning the name of the giveaway you are entering.)
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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.
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.
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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