Firm but flexible hair with ColorProof styling products

Firm….but flexible. That approach works in many areas – parenting, teaching, architecture…and hair. Especially hair.

All that...and a mullet, too!

All that…and a mullet, too!

I definitely want my hair to be firm – I need volume and curls to stay in place! But I also want flexible. My days of shellacked, AquaNet hair are safely ensconced in the ’80’s. I am able to find my happy medium with two products that ColorProof sent us to test:  RuleBreaker Firm Flexible Wax and HardCore Epic Hold ColorProtect Hair Spray. The added bonus? They are both perfect for color treated hair.

ColorProof

ColorProof 3

  • Uniquely elastic fibers derived from liquid bamboo fused with a proprietary blend of 3 vegan waxes provide maximum pliability and supreme stretchable hold
  • Revolutionary, ultra-lightweight polymers infuse texture and definition with a touchable semi-matte finish
  • Perfect for sculpting, piecing and spot-styling
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection

I put a little on my bangs while my hair is damp, and after drying and styling I rub some on my palms then smooth through my hair.

Once I do that, I get busy with some HardCoreTM Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray.

ColorProof 2

  • Next generation, ultra-light polymers boost volume, amplify and strengthen while providing extraordinary long-lasting supreme hold.
  • Micro-silicone technology illuminates hair with brilliant shine and never weighs hair down
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection
  • Your go-to spray for updo’s, editorial work and must-hold styles

HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray has a scent, but it is more than tolerable and it dissipates after a while. It’s rare to find a hairspray with this level of hold that doesn’t have a heavy-duty scent. It is one of the best hairsprays I have ever used and will be a constant repurchase for me.

Big hair, don't care with ColorProof!

Big hair, don’t care with ColorProof!

I highly recommend RuleBreaker Firm Flexible Wax and HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray for big hair that is just right for 2015. You can find ColorProof Hair Care products at salons worldwide, just use the Where to Buy link at the website.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Meet your color match with AG Hair Dry Shampoo

So how did you meet your match…speed dating? Online website? Did you bump into him at the grocery store and then melt when he asked if he could squeeze your Charmin? amd-charmin-jpg

Prepare to meet your match – your color match, that is – with AG Hair Dry Shampoos. I found that three out of the four ‘flavours’ were matches for me, so the heck with monogamy. I am in love with the concept of a dry shampoo that actually matches my hair color, taking care of both excess oil and grey roots at the same time.

AG Hair Dry Shampoo

I am a big fan of dry shampoo in general for several reasons. First, it gives me another day or two before having to wash my hair, soaking up oil and dirt and refreshing my hairstyle. It’s great on freshly washed hair, giving it some texture and lift. AG Hair Dry Shampoos also have ingredients that add moisture and shine to hair.  The ingredients include:

  • Rice and tapioca starch – natural oil absorbers.
  • Hydrolyzed silk protein – excellent moisture binding properties with low molecular weight, allowing penetration into the hair fiber, thereby strengthening and moisturizing the hair.
  • Green tea leaf extract – powerful antioxidants protect and strengthen the hair, making it healthier and more full.

There are four types, or as AG Hair calls them ‘flavours’, of Dry Shampoo. The Simply Dry Shampoo has no color, and it doesn’t leave a white cast on hair so it works for all hair types and shades. Just hold the bottle about 8 inches away from roots, spray on, let dry for a minute then fluff with fingers. Voila, fluffy clean hair with lots of body! This is a great dry shampoo for texturizing and refreshing. It has three friends that do all the same things PLUS cover up roots.

AG Hair Dry Shampoo left to right:  Blonde, Light Brown, Brunette

AG Hair Dry Shampoo left to right: Blonde, Light Brown, Brunette

The Blonde Dry Shampoo matches lighter hair shades. It not only covers greys, it also makes thinner hair look more full. This is not a match for my brown hair, but I know it will make a perfect couple for all of you blondes having so much fun out there!

The Light Brown Dry Shampoo is for those with light to medium brown hair. I have medium brown hair and it works perfectly for me. Here is a before and after comparison.

AG Hair Dry Shampoo before and after

Lucky me, the Brunette Dry Shampoo is a match as well! This works for dark brown to black hair and I really love this for covering up my weird cowlick that is like a part down the back of my head. The Brunette Dry Shampoo has less red in it than the Light Brown Dry Shampoo.

Regardless of which flavour you choose, I know it will be a successful pairing. AG Hair Dry Shampoo is an awesome product and I highly recommend it  You can find AG Hair products at Ulta and salons everywhere. Just use the Salon Locator on the AG Hair website.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Meet your color match!

Meet your color match!

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Defend your hair from the polar vortex with Mark Hill Salon Professional

If you want to tackle the hazards of winter hair, Mark Hill is your go-to guy.

Mark Hill

Mark Hill

The UK hair stylist Mark Hill won both ‘British Hairdresser of the Year’ and ‘International Hairdresser of the Year’ not just once – but twice each! He is known as the ‘Master of Sexy, Wearable Hair.’ Lucky for us, he also has a fantastic and affordable  hair care line, Mark Hill Salon Professional that takes care of dry, static-filled winter hair.

For super dry hair, I recommend the MiracOilicious products. They leave my hair incredibly soft and moistened, but not flat and limp.

Mark HIll MiracOilicious

Mark Hill MiracOilicious

Mark Hill MiracOilicious 2 Minute Treatment

Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Treatment

The Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment ($11.99) is a hair mask that I use once a week to save my ends from indoor heat and outdoor frigid air. I like to put this on the entire length of my hair, although if you have oily roots you might want to just concentrate on lower half. It makes my hair so happy – I am extremely impressed with the way it repairs dry ends and leaves my hair wonderfully shiny.

Mark Hill MiracOilicious Moroccan Argan Oil

Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil

The Mark Hill MiracOILicious Argan Oil ($11.99) is terrific on damp hair. It moisturizes, repairs, and even speeds up dry time. I love, love, love this oil and it’s a great price for an argan oil.

Now, if frizz is your main enemy, I would advise you try the Defrizz-ilicious products.

Mark Hill Defrizzilicious

Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious

The Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Oh So Smooth De-Frizz Conditioner ($9.99) is a big tube of conditioning goodness for hair. The secret ingredient is something called Sea Silk. I am not sure what that is, but it definitely leaves my hair silky soft and free of frizz.

Some real hair magic - Mark Hill Magic Drops

Some real hair magic – Mark Hill Magic Drops

I think the Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Treatment ($11.99) has a perfect name because this leave-in treatment is magical for dry hair. I have great results on my hair, but the ultimate test was on my youngest daughter’s hair. She wears a knit hat and you know how baby fine hair goes like this once the hat is off:

photo from rainashairdesign.com

photo from rainashairdesign.com

Well, when I smooth some Magic Drops into her damp hair, she can wear her knit hat knowing she won’t become the fly-away queen.

The magic ingredients include Micro Wheat Proteins & Keravis, which create some sort of alchemy that make this leave-in treatment pretty miraculous.

My Mark Hill hair - look ma, no frizz!

My Mark Hill hair – look ma, no frizz!

My  hair is very fine, so moisturizing products that tackle frizz often leave it so weighed down I can’t get a curl. Mark Hill Salon Professional products give me soft, conditioned, volumized hair with no static or frizz, even in the middle of a polar vortex. This is a TERRIFIC hair care line and I highly recommend it!

You can find Mark Hill Salon Professional internationally at Boots stores and in the US at Walgreens and Ulta.  – Lisa

*samples for editorial consideration…opinion and hair all my own!

Love the looks on Pretty Little Liars? Then check out White Sands Orchids Oil

White Sands Orchids Oil 2If anyone knows the best products, it’s the hair stylists and makeup artists on movie sets and television shows. The camera doesn’t lie, so any time I find out what the insider ‘favorites’ are I take notice. I recently learned that White Sands Hair Care Orchids Hair Oil ($25) is a favorite of head hairstylist for the show Pretty Little Liars Kim Ferry. She tweeted her love for this gem, saying, “I LOVE this oil! It works so well on the actors ends & smells delish! Thanks 4 sending it! It’s a new fav.”
White Sands Orchids Oil tweetSo I was pretty geeked when White Sands sent us a sample to try. This is hair oil that can be used on damp or dry hair. The oil has orchid flower extract, which seals the hair cuticle and split ends. The end result? Super shiny hair with no frizz. My hair absolutely loves this oil. I can’t decide which is the most impressive, using it with dry or with damp hair. I even tried it on my daughter because she has very fine hair that is prone to frizz. It gives her amazing hair every time.
White Sands Orchids Oil 2
 Oh and did I mention the bottle? Gorgeous. Really, it is so pretty I keep it out on the counter.  The oil’s orchid flower extract camouflages split ends, fills in imperfections in the hair’s cuticle and keeps hair from frizzing for mirror like shine.
White Sands Orchids Oil

White Sands Orchids Oil

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

White Sands Orchids Oil is a beautiful hair oil with a soft, pretty fragrance that makes hair smell clean. I love the results…this is an insider tip from the entertainment industry that should be on your ‘must try’ list.  – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration
My White Sands Orchids Oil hair...look ma, no frizz!

My White Sands Orchids Oil hair…look ma, no frizz!

Green + Glam Hair Serum – side by side

 

green + glam

 

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.

MARCIA SIDE:

Green + Glam

Green + Glam

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.

Me with shiny easy to control hair after Green + Glam

Me with shiny easy to control hair after Green + Glam

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.

LISA’S SIDE

Marcia is so right…I need to be careful how much of this I use because it is very powerful stuff!

Green and Glam Replenishing Hair Serum 2The 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.

Once I actually used Green + Glam correctly!

Once I actually used Green + Glam correctly!

Green + Glam ingredients

Green + Glam ingredients

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’!

Sold at Organic Beauty Now.

*sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars with Voloom, Soniclear and Conair Infiniti Pro

This time around Makeup Wars is talking Beauty Tech Tools. I’ve decided to introduce 3 new ones that I’ve been lovingly using. I’ve repeated others so many times that it’s time to recommend some that you’d love to own or even give as gifts this upcoming holiday season. These were provided to me by the companies for review but they didn’t make me love them, that’s my own!

MICHAEL TODD TRUE ORGANICS SONICLEAR

Michael Todd True Organics Soniclear

Michael Todd True Organics Soniclear

What you get with Soniclear is a cleansing machine for face and body. It comes with two different size brushes unlike more expensive machines that are only for the face or even more expensive ones that do both. This covers it all while being deep cleaning and gentle to your skin.

Michael Todd Soniclear

Michael Todd Soniclear

Soniclear has 6 speeds so you can find the one that best suits your needs. When you use this with your cleansers you’ll find that the serums and moisturizers you use after absorb more efficiently into your skin.

Michael Todd Soniclear brush for face

Michael Todd Soniclear brush for face

What makes the brush on Soniclear so unique is that it has exclusive built-in LIFE antimicrobial product protection. One of the biggest complaints with Clarisonic is keeping the brush fresh. That’s not a problem now that Michael Todd True Organics has credited the Soniclear. The innovation of the brush keeps it bacteria and odor free. This is a true sonic machine, it doesn’t just spin or vibrate to cleanse, it uses true sonic technology.  You’ll want this on your holiday wishlist for sure.

INFINITI PRO by CONAIR 3Q BRUSHLESS MOTOR DRYER

INFINITI PRO by CONAIR 3Q BRUSHLESS MOTOR DRYER

INFINITI PRO by CONAIR 3Q BRUSHLESS MOTOR DRYER

At some time in your life I’m sure you’ve owned a Conair hair dryer. I know I’ve owned many. But nothing I’ve tried from Conair has come close to this Infiniti Pro 3Q dryer. It is the most technologically forward machine they’ve created.

INFINITI PRO by CONAIR INIFINIT PRO3Q BRUSHLESS MOTOR DRYER

INFINITI PRO by CONAIR INIFINIT PRO3Q BRUSHLESS MOTOR DRYER

3Q stands for Quick, Quiet, Quality and I am here to tell you that they got that right. The hair dryer dries my hair very quickly giving it less time to become frizzy. It dries equivalent to a 2000 Watt machine. It’s not noisy and it’s not heavy; all big assets. It has Titanium Ceramic Technology which uses infrared heat to gently blow dry your hair. The ionic technology helps reduce frizz and enhance shine.

Conair Infiniti Pro switches

Conair Infiniti Pro switches

I love the way the controls are situated since I don’t accidentally change them when using the dryer. It has 3 heat and 2 styling speeds as well as a cool shot to help set your hair. It comes with both a concentrator attachment and a diffuser attachment. My last dryer only had the concentrator so I had to try to find a diffuser that would fit it. Not always easy.

Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q attachments

Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q attachments

This retails for $139 but I’ve found it for both $119 and $99 (Walmart) which makes it a good price point for a special lady’s gift.

VOLOOM

Voloom

Voloom

The Voloom is the newest and most interesting hair styler on the market. If you have midlength or longer hair then this is the tool you want to banish the flatness and add oomph as you do.

Voloom wafflelike plates

Voloom wafflelike plates

It looks like a crimping iron but it’s not going to give you that old style hair unless you want it. Instead it’s for creating more volume in the underlayers of your hair. Pin up the top of your hair, then use the fast acting unit to create layers. You don’t leave it on very long, I count to 5 and release, then move down and repeat. On my current shoulder length hair I use it only 3 times but when my hair was longer I used it about 4 times per side. When you are done, unpin your top layers and let them cover the work you’ve done. What you end up with is volume and smoothness. It lasts for about 2 days for me. I can also use it on second day hair as a way to perk it up. With that I use a heat protectant, let it dry and then follow the same procedure above.

Voloom

Voloom

When you buy the Voloom HERE you’ll also get a heat protection case, a teasing brush and 3 clips that are perfect for holding up your hair. This is the gift for the girl who loves styling her hair yet seems to have it all. They don’t have the VOLOOM but they’ll love it once they do.

What are your favorite tech items for beauty? You can learn more with my fellow bloggers on today’s Makeup Wars. – Marcia

ECRU New York Acacia line review and giveaway

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.

ECRU New York Acacia Protein Shampoo

ECRU New York Acacia Protein Shampoo

ECRU New York Acacia Protein Conditioner

ECRU New York Acacia Protein Conditioner

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.

ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream

ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream

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.

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