You’ll love the Tara Smith hair care line and you’ll love this giveaway

Tara Smith haircare line

Tara Smith haircare products are not only beautiful but they are wonderful to use. We were sent products to use ourselves and tell you about them plus one of you will be able to win the shampoo, conditioner and hair styling product of your choice. Let’s learn more, shall we?

Tara Smith is a celebrity hair stylist. She’s responsible for some of the beautiful looks you see on stars like Marisa Tomei, Rosario Dawson and (sigh) Gerard Butler. But she’s more than that. She’s a woman who made a commitment to make products that are free from toxins and harsh chemicals, ones that feed your hair. She wants your hair to be de-stressed so that it’s beautifully healthy. Tara Smith Hair is a vegan, cruelty free, gluten free line.

Her products consist of 4 cleansing and conditioning lines and 4 different styling products

-          Cleansing and Conditioning products: Feed the Root Shampoo & Conditioner, Gorgeously Gentle Shampoo & Conditioner, Shine On Shampoo & Conditioner, and Working Curls Shampoo & Conditioner

Tara Smith shampoos

Tara Smith shampoos

-          Styling products: Base Coat Serum, Shining Moment Glosser, Rock On Hard Gel, Brilliant Thickening Cream

Tara Smith styling products

Tara Smith styling products

“All of my haircare products are fully vegan and not tested on animals. Every product is free from animal-derived ingredients, parabens, SLES, glycols, phthalates, PEGS, artificial coloring, and synthetic fragrances.” – Tara

MARCIA’S SIDE:

It’s my job to describe all the products in the Tara Smith line. I’ll be brief but I’d love to be long. These products contain amazing ingredients and what I’ve used has produced beautiful, shiny hair.

FEED THE ROOT Shampoo and Conditioner ($16 each): If your hair is weighed down because of products Feed The Root shampoo and conditioner are the ones you’d want. They don’t strip hair, instead they cleanse enough to get rid of impurities yet leave your hair shiny and healthy.

Tara Smith Feed The Root

Tara Smith Feed The Root

GORGEOUSLY GENTLE shampoo and conditioner ($16 each): This set of products are the ones most of you will love. It’s a wonderful everyday line that calms your your scalp. Lisa will give you more information on this line.

Tara Smith Gorgeously Gentle

Tara Smith Gorgeously Gentle

SHINE ON shampoo and conditioner ($16 each) is the line I’ve been using and totally loving. I color treat my hair and I was able to go an extra week this time because my hair was as vibrant as ever. It’s the perfect line for anyone who does any process on their head because it helps strengthen your hair as well as protect it and create blinding shine.

Tara Smith Shine On

Tara Smith Shine On

WORKING CURLS shampoo and conditioner ($16 each): Tara Smith didn’t forget all the beauties with glorious curls or even the ones who just want glorious curls. This set of shampoo and conditioner combats frizz while strengthening, conditioning and protecting them. Anyone with waves or curls is going to love these two.

Tara Smith Working Curls

Tara Smith Working Curls

Tara Smith Styling products

Tara Smith Styling products

SHINING MOMENT GLOSSER SPRAY ($18) is for already styled hair. I’m not really a spray type person but this one I like – a lot. This is the top coat to finish your hair. The spray is very light, unlike an aerosol spray. It helps with shine and control. It’s not stiff at all so I can still comb through my hair with my fingers.

ROCK ON HARD GEL ($18) works to control your style without stiffness. It’s loaded with minerals to keep your hair smooth and protected.

BASE COAT SERUM ($26) is a product I’ve been using as my styling product when I wash my hair. They call this the “foundation primer” for your hair. I put a few small pumps in my hand, rub my hands together and fingercomb it through my hair prior to blow drying. It’s all I need to keep away frizz and to make my hair so easy to manage. Plus it helps with the shine. A true winner for me.

BRILLIANT THICKENING CREAM ($24) is Tara Smith’s most popular styling product. It’s a volumizer that is perfect for those of you who heat style. Not only will your hair be super shiny but it will be strengthened and bouncy.

LISA’S SIDE:

Have you ever seen such cool packaging for a hair care line?? I love having my shower lined with these beautiful creatures! The product inside lives up to the glorious outside. I use FEED THE ROOT SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER once a week as a clarifying treatment, and the GORGEOUSLY GENTLE SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER on the other days for lots of moisture (thanks to the aloe vera) and tons of shine. I also get an amazing amount of volume and bounce with the BRILLIANT THICKENING CREAM, which I apply to damp hair before styling.

Not only did I get to test these fab hair products, I also was able to do an email interview with the gorgeous Tara Smith herself!

The incredibly beautiful Tara Smith

The incredibly beautiful Tara Smith

Me: What role do botanicals play in creating healthy hair?

TS: For healthy hair, you always want to make sure you are nourishing locks with healthy ingredients. Some of my favorite botanicals such as Tea Tree Oil, Bamboo Extract, Rosemary Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, and Sweet Almond Protein work to replenish, deeply cleanse, soothe, and hydrate hair for amazing shine and strength.

Me: What are some of the biggest environmental stresses on hair, and besides great products, how can we best protect hair from these stresses?

TS: Some major environmental stresses on hair include heat, dry cold air, and especially humidity in the summer! Humidity will cause hair strands swell up and make frizz up in minutes. To keep hair smooth and shielded from extreme moisture in the air, try my Base Coat Serum! This high-performance little bottle packs a botanical punch to give you nourished and frizz-free locks – with lab studies showing it can control frizz in 80% humidity for up to 24 hours after use! The serum was also proven to increase shine by 65%!

Me: You work with a lot of celebrities…has any one in particular influenced style ideas or any of your products?

TS: Working with actors and actresses since I was 21 allowed me to gain a ton valuable experience and have my ultimate aha moment! With my film star clients demanding only natural products in their hair, I realized there wasn’t a natural, high-performance line that did the job. It was then that I decided to develop my own line with high performance botanical technology that made all types of hair look as good as it feels and feel as good as it looks! When it comes to style, I created Rosario Dawson’s lob after she needed fresh new look which became a big hit soon after!

Big thanks to Tara Smith for her insightful answers and her amazing products. Now that you know about Tara Smith Hair get on it and enter our giveaway.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is open to US subscribers only. You get to pick the set of shampoo and conditioner that best suits your hair along with the styling product of your choice. That’s a pretty amazing deal since you get exactly want your head needs. The giveaway runs through August 31st. If comments close early you can email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and then continue. Put on your thinking caps and decide which of these sound perfect for you!!
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Great vegan hair products for summer with Mastey Paris

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When I think of hair products, I guess I always assume they will be full of ingredients I can’t pronounce. The Mastey Paris line has definitely changed my mind in this regard – their line is 100% vegan and completely eco-friendly. Plus, the products really deliver! I am very excited about the latest products they sent for me to test and can’t wait to tell you about them.

Mastey Paris

In the summer I am as low maintenance as I can get when it comes to my hair. I refuse to blow it dry (well, except for my bangs) and nothing heated like a curling iron or fla iron ever comes near it. I need products that make my hair look great without any effort at all, and the Mastey Paris Healthy Beautiful Hair Care System has three styling products that do the job.

Mastey Color Protecting Volumizing Foam

Mastey Color Protecting Volumizing Foam

Mastey Paris Volumizing Foam

Mastey Paris Volumizing Foam

The Mastey Color Protecting Volumizing Foam with Argan Oil and Olive Oil ($20) is my first styling step after washing, conditioning and towel drying my  hair. It gives my long hair much needed lift at the roots and makes my natural wave a little more curly. It leaves my hair smooth, shiny, and frizz-free  It doesn’t build up on my hair and it has a light scent that smells clean.

Mastey Paris Styling Gel

Mastey Paris Styling Gel

After I apply the Volumizing Foam, I put a little of the Mastey Color Protecting Styling Gel with Argan Oil and Olive Oil ($18) onto my bangs. I can’t believe how terrific this is for lift and style! Plus, it makes a huge difference in keeping my bangs looking clean and full for DAYS. Seriously, I have never been able to go so many days between shampoos. This is a light styling gel but it definitely delivers a huge impact.

Mastey Paris Beach Spray

Mastey Paris Beach Spray

I blow dry my bangs, then finish with spritzing the rest of my damp hair with Mastey Color Protecting Beach Spray with Argan and Olive Oil ($20). I live and die by these kinds of sprays in the summer. They help me get those coveted beachy waves that I want all summer long. The problem is that many of them build up on my hair, or are too drying because of the salt. The Mastey Beach Spray is AWESOME. I can’t tell you how much I love this stuff. It smells so fresh and it works magic on my wimpy waves, taking them to a whole new level. Volume, texture, definition…I get it all.

My first experience with Mastey Paris has been a great one, and I want to always have these products in my arsenal! You can find them online at www.colorprotecting.com/styling. They get a big seal of approval from me!!  – Lisa

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Mastey hair

Sexy beach hair without going to the beach! Muk Haircare Summer 2015 Hair Collection

Ok…so who refuses to blow dry, flat-iron, or curl hair in the summer?

Raised hands

Yeah, me too. In the cooler months, I will spend 40 minutes trying to get my hair to look like this:

Big hair, don't care...

Big hair, don’t care…

But in the summer? Forget it. I have no desire to spend any time using hot air to dry my  hair, let alone spend any quality time with a curling iron. I go total low maintenance, blow drying my bangs and that’s it. My hair is pretty long – about mid-back. It’s fine and it has just enough wave to be annoying and unattractive without any product.

I find the very best product for sexy, beachy summer hair is sea salt…in fact, I have been known to jump into the ocean in spite of my irrational fear of sharks and stingrays just to get gorgeous salt water hair. Thankfully, the Australian hair care line Muk makes beach hair possible without the theme from JAWS.

MUK summer hair

Muk is Australia’s #1 salon brand and they sent me three styling products from their Summer 2015 Collection that turn my no-maintenance summer hair-don’t into an actual hair-do.

MUK Haircare

These three products give me soft, piecey waves that I can leave unbrushed – or I can brush them out for a smoother look.

Hot Muk Thermal Protection ($23.50) protects my hair from environmental stress like the sun. It also eliminates frizz and keeps hair looking smooth on hot, humid days. The UV protectors guard against color fade and sun damage. Just before drying my bangs, I spritz this citrus-scented protector on towel-dried hair. Go ahead and go crazy with it…you can’t overdo this wonderful stuff.

Next, I apply Hot Muk Smoothing Serum ($23.50). This beautiful serum makes my hair smooth and shiny, plus it gives hair even more protection from color fade and sun damage. It has the same sweet, clean scent as the Hot Muk Thermal Protection. In between shampoos, I put this on dry hair to touch up and add even more smoothing and moisture.

The ultimate summer secret weapon:  Beach MUK Sea Salt Spray

The ultimate summer secret weapon: Beach MUK Sea Salt Spray

The final step and my secret weapon? Beach Muk Sea Salt Spray ($23.50). This is, without a doubt, sexy beachy hair in a bottle.  The natural sea salts create fantastic texture. I spray this on my damp hair, then I spray more on my hair throughout the day after it dries. I can do this for three or four days with awesome results and no product build up. It is insanely good stuff.

Muk summer hair!

Muk summer hair!

If you want beachy waves without even stepping into hot sand, check out Muk Haircare. It’s an Australian brand but it is available in the US.  – Lisa

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Makeup Wars with Keune Hair Care products – Keratin Smoothing Line

KEUNE Care Line Keratin Smoothing

KEUNE Care Line Keratin Smoothing

The ladies of Makeup Wars are a varied bunch in our taste and especially with our hair. We all have different styles, lengths, textures and desires when it comes to how we like our hair. KEUNE hair care has provided each of us with a haircare line that suits our taste. What you’ll see in our posts this time are the products that Keune carries so that you can find the ones that suit your needs and your life style.

I’ve had straight hair my entire life though it’s never been that glass like straight that you see in advertisements. After an illness my hair suddenly went from straight to crazy. I lost a huge volume of hair and is it regrew it came in kinky and then settled into some funny waves that went every which way. That’s when I got serious and started having Keratin treatments. I have them about every 9 months because I want to retain my youth (obviously) and have straight, easy to care for locks.

KEUNE CARE LINE KERATIN SMOOTHING is the line I chose as it’s listed under “Smooth and Manageable” which describes what I am looking for to a tee. There are 4 products in the line and are all highly recommended if you want smooth hair and could use the benefits of keratin added to the products you use.

I have to start with how much I love the packaging of the Keratin Smoothing line. Fuchsia and charcoal look stunning together and perfect in my gray, white and black bathroom!

Keune Care Line Keratin Smoothing Shampoo

Keune Care Line Keratin Smoothing Shampoo

KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SHAMPOO is a very mild shampoo that cleanses without any stripping. It’s great for both color-treated hair and for chemical treated hair. There’s no fragrance to most of the line. Here’s some information from Keune about the shampoo: “The Quat Complex protects against Hair Fiber Breakage and ensures smooth wet combing. Keratin repairs and protects the hair structure. Provitamin B5 penetrates deeply into the hair shaft and regulates the moisture balance and gives shine.”

Keune Keratin Smoothing Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING CONDITIONER is a perfect day to day conditioner. It’s creamy and leaves my hair easy to comb and protects from breakage. It contains shea butter for extra conditioning and shine.

Keune Keratin Smoothing Serum

Keune Keratin Smoothing Serum

The KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SERUM is where we start getting really serious! The serum is what smooths my hair and keeps it from getting frizzy. This is an amazing serum that contains active keratin and argan oil. I love this serum. I need 3 small pumps for my shoulder length hair. I rub it through then brush with my wet brush and I’m ready to go. I usually don’t have to do anything else after I messily blow dry. It keeps my hair straight throughout that process. It also protects from the heat of my dryer or my flat iron. On second day hair I’ll use one pump smooshed in my palms and run it through my hair before using a flat iron.

Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Serum

Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Serum

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

I have to really rave about the KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING TREATMENT. This makes my hair behave like nothing else. I end up with the softest and straightest hair on the days I use this. I use this just once a week though I know I could use it more often. With this treatment it’s best to apply it after shampooing and then bundle your hair up in a towel for 5 minutes. You can do that in the shower if you want while you are shaving and washing up. I typically use it without the towel though and just step out of the water stream to let it condition and repair my hair. This has what they call “Zipper Technology”. The Treatment is great to rebuild, repair and protect any damage you have with your hair. It’s wonderful if you plan to flat iron after blowdrying since it’s so protective.

Keune Keratin Smoothing hair

Keune Keratin Smoothing hair

Keune Keratin Smoothing (I need my bangs cut)

Keune Keratin Smoothing (I need my bangs cut)

Keune is a salon sold line that’s easy to locate with their salon finder. I just put in my state and it showed 2 salons close to my home and 4 others that are within reasonable distance. I just hope they carry my choice of Keratin Smoothing.

I’m thrilled that Keune chose to work with our group of Makeup War bloggers since it introduced me to a haircare line that I wouldn’t have known about but now love. Have you tried anything from Keune? — Marcia


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It’s hip to be square! Fromm 1907 Square Thermal Brushes

1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brushes

1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brushes

When it comes to brushes, I thought there were two shapes: flat and round. Flat brushes, like paddle brushes, give me straight, smooth hair. Round brushes give me a soft wave. So I was confused when Fromm Brushes sent their new 1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brushes to test…what in the world does a square brush do?? Plenty, it turns out.

Fromm is a well-known brand that has been around forever in the professional beauty industry. Their latest line, 1907 by Fromm, brings those high quality salon tools to the average consumer. A trip to Ulta is all you need for innovative, professional grade hair tools.

1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brushes

1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brushes

Besides looking cool, the square thermal brushes have plenty of advantages. First, they have rippled nylon bristles that make for faster drying time. I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate this…three extra minutes in the morning can make all the difference. The thermal ceramic coated barrels protect hair and reduce static. The handles have a soft-touch grip that are very comfortable and easy to use.

1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brush handle

1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brush handle

And the square shape means three different kinds of styling in one. Use a flat side for smooth hair like a paddle brush gives. Use one square side for a loose wave-like a round brush gives. And wrap hair around two square sides for a tight curl. All together, one square brush makes for one perfect blow out.1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brush

There are three different sizes from which to choose:  small, medium, and large.

The 2” SMALL SQUARE THERMAL BRUSH ($15.00) is perfect for bangs and for shorter hair styles.  It’s also great for tight curls at the ends of longer hair styles.
The 2.5” MEDIUM SQUARE THERMAL BRUSH ($16.50) is the most versatile size, and works for pretty much all hair lengths.
The 2.75” LARGE SQUARE THERMAL BRUSH ($17.99) is really large…this is great for really long hair.  I love it, and it definitely makes my drying time faster.1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brush barrel
I thought that the square shape would give my hair weird angles, but it doesn’t. These brushes give my hair volume, bounce, and curl when I want it. They are so cool…they’re hip! 1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brushes debuted at Ulta in April, so they are easy to find – be sure to check them out!  – Lisa
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Free flowing waves with Philip B. and John Frieda

All my life I have been chasing the perfect wave. Not like Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in Point Break…although that is my favorite guilty pleasure movie of all time…more like Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex in the City.

Not searching for this kind of wave...

Not searching for this kind of wave…

Searching for this kind of wave!

Searching for this kind of wave!

We were recently sent two products to test that together make free-flowing waves for the ultimate summer hairstyle. Move over Keanu and Patrick…John Frieda and Philip B are the dynamic duo making my awesome waves.

Philip B Self Adjusting Hairspray

Philip B Self Adjusting Hairspray

I start with the Philip B Self Adjusting Hairspray ($22). A little sprayed onto damp roots gives a nice lift and helps hold those waves all day.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Conical by Conair

John Frieda Frizz Ease Conical by Conair

After drying hair with a paddle brush, it’s time for the John Frieda® 1 ½ Inch Frizz Ease® Conical by Conair ($39.99). I have no experience using a curling iron without a clamp, and had my doubts as I am not exactly known for my awesome hand/eye coordination. The benefit of clamplessness (is that a word??) is no danger of awkward, unnatural bends in the hair.

John Frieda Curling Iron glove

My biggest fear was burning myself, but included with the Conical Curling Iron is a very smart three-fingered glove.

John Frieda Conical Curling IronJohn Frieda Curling Iron controls

This wand has a 1 ½ inch clamp-free conical barrel with a titanium ceramic coating. The coating prevents frizz and keeps hair looking smooth. It heats up very quickly, reaching 400ºF in only 30 seconds. I wrap sections around the wand, holding them in place with my gloved fingers. It definitely makes for natural looking waves, while a curling iron with a clamp gives me a tighter curl.

After I curl each section, I go back to the Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray. I have very fine hair, so non-aerosol hairspray almost never works for me. It’s just too heavy and instead of holding my curls, it typically kills them. I found that this hairspray works great as long as I remember to hold it a good 12 inches away  from my hair when I spray. This helps give it room to develop into a finer spray that won’t clump hair together or make it stiff. The ingredients include Vitamin B5 and amino acids for conditioning hair.  Each spray strengthens hold, so I use just one spray for a light hold and three for major hold. 
John Frieda Wavy Curls Curling Iron beachy waves
John Frieda Wavy Curls Curling Iron waves
Ok, so I’m no Carrie Bradshaw, but the waves still look pretty good! You can try finding your own perfect wave with the John Frieda® 1 ½ Inch Frizz Ease® Conical by Conair available on Amazon.com and Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray on PhilipB.com.  – Lisa
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Clearly better hair with Isabella’s Clearly

We take the topic of hair very, very seriously at Beauty Info Zone. Great looking hair can completely change the trajectory of your day, so it’s worth testing all sorts of products to find ones that consistently create silky, manageable, lustrous locks. We were totally up to the challenge when Isabella’s Clearly offered us two hair products to test.

Isabella’s Clearly is sold on Etsy and on Amazon.  The line features hair, skin, and body treatments and we each chose a hair product based on our own particular follicle challenges.

Isabellas Clearly Tame

LISA uses CLEARLY TAME ($24.98, on sale right now at Amazon and Etsy for $22.98)

My hair issues?  Humidity takes away my curl and turns me into a total frizz-head. Extremely dry air does the same thing, along with the NOT awesome addition of static. I just can’t win! Plus, my hair is very fine, so many products for frizzy hair leave me with a sad, limp hair-don’t.

Isabellas Clearly Tame

CLEARLY TAME is a hair oil for taming down frizz and eliminating static. Ingredients include Almond and Castor oils with essential oils including Peppermint, Lavender, Sandalwood, Geranium, Basil and Rosemary. It sounds like it would be extremely fragranced but it’s isn’t, and any fragrance quickly dissipates. It also sounds like a heavy oil, but used correctly it doesn’t weigh my fine hair down one bit.

CLEARLY TAME can be used several different ways. Those with very dry and curly hair will want to apply it to towel dry hair before air drying or styling. It leaves hair soft and smooth with lots of shine. Those with an oily scalp can use it as a treatment just on the ends and it is fantastic for fixing split ends.

Isabellas Clearly Tame No Frizz Oil

Dry and color treated hair are perfect for TAME. I also use it on my daughter’s hair as a detangler. I am happy to report that even after humid, rainy spring days my hair has no frizz and still has all the curl! This is a great product and I know your hair will love it.

MARCIA uses CLEARLY LONG

Isabella's Clearly Long

Isabella’s Clearly Long

When given the opportunity to try out an Isabella’s Clearly product I instantly knew that CLEARLY LONG was the one for me.  My hair needs extra help these days and the benefits of Clearly Long are perfect for me. According to the site Clearly Long

  • Promotes hair growth
  • Rejuvenates dry damaged hair
  • Moisturizes and nourishes dry scalp bringing total hair balance
  • Does not weigh your hair down
  • 100% natural essential oil ingredients

This lightweight oil ($22.98 for 2 oz at Amazon and Etsy) helps by transforming hair inside and out. The way I use it is to start with a little (and I mean a little) bit. After washing and towel drying I pour a drop into my hands, rub them together and massage my scalp.  Another way to apply this is to section your hair and comb it through each section but I prefer to use less of the oil and concentrate on my scalp.

Isabella's Clearly Long

Isabella’s Clearly Long

The ingredients help with growth and also with having smoother, less frizzy hair. I know hair growth is a very slow process but I’m doing what I can to get a healthy head of hair again and Clearly Long is helping me on that journey.  It has a very light herbal fragrance that is gone by the time I finish blow drying my hair. I find my hair to be shiny and easy to manage after using Clearly Long.

I’m counting on Clearly Long to help with the follicles and roots of my hair because of their use of therapeutic grade natural ingredients” a proprietary blend of Almond oil with essential oils including Peppermint, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Peppermint, Lemon, Sage, and Rosemary, Cypress, Geranium.” Grow long please with Clearly Long and Isabella!!

We declare both products worthy of good hair days. Be sure to take a look at Isabella’s Clearly on Amazon and on Etsy.

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