Holiday Gift Guide for Lustrous Locks

A good friend of mine once said, “It’s all about two things: skin and hair.” I took it to heart and put all of my efforts into having great skin and great hair – and I think she is a genius. Great hair in particular just makes EVERYTHING better. Here are my picks for awesome holidays gifts for creating lustrous locks!

Mastey Paris Hair Care

1.  Mastey Color Protecting Shampoo, Restorative Mask, and Oil Treatment: I can’t get over this fabulous 100% vegan and completely eco-friendly salon line. I never even knew about it until about 6 months ago and I have not only finished everything I’ve tried, I’ve actually stood there in the shower with an empty bottle trying to wish more product into it.

Mastey Paris Hair CareBig favorites of mine include the Color Protecting Shampoo (SAVE! $34), which does a great job of washing my oddball hair – oily roots, dry ends, tons of hair but it’s very fine, color treated, mid-back length…yeah, not many people have all the weird issues I have, so when I find something that works it usually works for everyone else. This creamy shampoo has great ingredients like argan oil and olive oil, and is so gentle you can also use it as a face and body cleanser. The Restorative Mask (SAVE! $22) is an incredible deep conditioning treatment that soothes dry, damaged ends with Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, and Grape Seed Extract. The Oil Treatment (SAVE! $25) is hair treatment perfection in a bottle.  Not too heavy for fine hair, but still nourishing and conditioning.

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil

2.  Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil (SAVE! $30)  This is a VERY interesting hair product – a perfect stocking stuffer for the hair aficionado who has everything but wants even more. You put this on dry hair before washing. It sinks into every single strand of hair, plumping it up for the most possible volume. It makes hair super strong and shiny, and it is also a scalp ‘detox’, getting rid of any built up product and oil. My ends can get very dry and frizzy because I do a lot of heat styling, and this treatment never fails to bring me back to bouncy, shiny hair. Another bonus – it can be used on keratin treated hair!

White Sands Leave In Spray Conditioner

3.  White Sands Leave In Spray Conditioner (SAVE! $15)  I love a good leave-in conditioner and this one from White Sands is superb. It has something called ‘selective conditioning’, which reminds me of my ‘selective listening’ skills (say work and I tune out…say chocolate and you have my full attention!). The Leave In Spray Conditioner hones in on frazzled areas to repair and smooth, giving already healthy areas a lighter treatment.

KISS Instawave Hair Curler

KISS Instawave hair curls

KISS Instawave hair curls

4.  KISS Instawave (SPLURGE! $60)  This is cool. I am totally uncoordinated when it comes to hair styling and it took me about 10 seconds to get the hang of this. The curler does the work for you, wrapping hair around the diamond-ceramic ionic hair curler. My hair is LONG, so usually these types of devices do not work for me, but this works on any length and gives me a loose, wavy curl that lasts all day.

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret curls

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret curls

5.  Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret (SPLURGE! $100)  You want curls that last for three days? The Conair Infiniti Pro delivers. This fantastic tool has a learning curve – it took me several times to figure out how to use it correctly for my particular hairstyle – but it has become my go-to for my best curled hair look that lasts several days. Curls are created via the tourmaline ceramic barrel inside the curling machine. You need to section hair, putting each piece in at a time. The machine pulls hair in, curling it tightly and closely to the heated barrel. A beeper tells you when hair is finished, and the Infiniti Pro Curl Secret releases the hair – and it’s fabulously curled. You can decide how tight you want your curl. For me, my hair is so long that I can only do about 3/4 of the length…but oh my, the curls this gives!! Long, wavy, flowy curls that look amazing finger brushed the first day. The second and third day I use a brush and the curl is still there holding strong. Because I have so much hair, the curling is time intensive – about 20 minutes, compared to the 10 minutes with the KISS Instawave – but the results are always worth it. This is a fantastic gift for anyone who wants tons of curls – loose, medium, or tight – that just won’t go limp.  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration; affiliate links

Nourish hair with Korres Almond and Linseed Hair Mask

Korres Hair Mask

I can’t believe I am writing this, but sometimes I actually long for the days when my hair was so oily I had to wash it every single day. The constant washing/styling was a pain, but boy, my hair sure was naturally silky soft and shiny back then.

Nowadays…not so much. I still have nice hair but it needs HELP. My ends get so dry and they are prone to splitting, especially when I use heat styling tools. My hair is fine so super heavy treatments can weigh it down. I need a moisturizing treatment that tackles split ends and gives my fine hair some volume and I was hoping to find what I need in the KORRES Almond & Linseed Hair Mask  ($22.50) I was sent.

Korres Almond and Linseed Hair Mask

Korres Almond and Linseed Hair Mask

The Almond and Linseed Hair Mask is a silicone-free conditioning mask that specifically addresses split ends. Ingredients include organic extracts from the Greek island of Crete that serve as antioxidants, along with almond and linseed to treat and prevent split ends. It also has Vitamin B3 and provitamin B5 for more textural support.

  • Repairing mask for dry and damaged hair
  • Helps nourish hair with moisture
  • Helps hair retain its moisture
  • Helps increase hair’s resistance against breakage and split ends with continued use
  • Helps control frizzy hair
  • Unique mix of extracts from the island of Crete contains aloe, dittany, mountain tea and marjoram
  • Contains almond and linseed extracts, shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil, murumuru seed butter, hydrolyzed wheat protein, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B5
  • Contains no silicone, parabens, propylene glycol, mineral oil, petrolatum or ethanolamines
Korres Almond and Linseed Hair Mask

Korres Almond and Linseed Hair Mask

I really like this mask. It’s different from any other that I’ve tried. It has a light slightly sweet almond scent that dissipates quickly and while the mask is thick it rinses away cleanly. I find that the Almond and Linseed Hair Mask really takes care of split ends. Because it is silicone-free, it doesn’t leave hair slippery soft. It actually gives it some texture and increases volume, which is rather unusual for a conditioning treatment.

If you have dry, damaged hair with split ends, I recommend giving the Korres Almond and Linseed Hair Mask a whirl. While it doesn’t create silky hair, it does give major hydration and really great texture and volume. You can find it online at Sephora and HSN.  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

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.

*sent for editorial consideration

CHI Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque review and giveaway

CHI Rejuvenation Masque

CHI Rejuvenation Masque

I always thought of the brand CHI as a hair tool company. I remember drooling over their flat irons when I worked at ULTA and debating which one to buy when they had an employee discount day. That CHI flat iron lasted a long time and is still floating around the family. Now I’ve learned that CHI has a lot of haircare items and one line that looks interesting to me is their CHI ARGAN OIL line.

CHI Argan Oil products

CHI Argan Oil products

I was sent the Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque to test out and happily they sent an extra for me to share with one of you. While the Argan Oil line is one with 4 parts to it, I was most interested in this hair masque to see how it could help my locks.

CHI Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque

CHI Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque

This is a thick masque and I personally don’t need a lot when I use it. My hair is thin and shoulder length so one mounding quarter size is enough for me. I find it adds on maybe 1-2 minutes in the shower at most. After I wash my hair I’ll use the Chi Rejuvenating Masque as my conditioner. I leave it on about 3 minutes though you can leave it on longer and do shower things like shaving or exfoliating. Once I wash it out my hair is super soft. I don’t find that I need anything on my hair to comb it since it falls smoothly into place. Two drops of a hair oil protects my hair from blow drying and hot tools. CHI has one in this line, Argan Oil Plus Moringa Oil that adds to the efficacy of the masque and adds an SPF factor along with antioxidants.

CHI Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque

CHI Argan Oil Rejuvenating Masque

What the masque does is give hair nourishment and repairs it with the essential vitamins and antioxidants they use in the formula. It helps smooth frizz while restoring shine and the appearance of your hair’s appearance. This has a fragrance to it and I do notice it on the day I first use it. But it fades away. I’ll use Chi’s Rejuvenating Masque about every 10-14 days though it’s recommended for use once a week. I don’t find I need a mask more than every other week though.

This is sold wherever CHI products are available, a lot of salons carry the line, Ulta, and Loxabeauty.com.

If you are looking for an American made product that is paraben free and will bring your tresses to life, then here’s the answer!  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

This is a US only giveaway ending May 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Whichever options you choose after completing the two required ones need to be done since we will check. If comments close early the solution is to email me your comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it CHI MASK giveaway. That will count as your comment and you can continue. Good luck and good hair!! — Marcia

 

*prize and masque sent for consideration

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Bisamino PEG/PPG 41/3 Aminoethyl PG Propyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate S, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ceteareth-20, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan), Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Silk, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol, Glycolic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Polyquaterium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium PCA, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methlypropronial

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Eliminate bad hair days with Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil

Frau mit zerzausten HaarenThere’s a reason that people often use the expression Bad Hair Day. It can mean that you are literally having a day with hair so bad that you feel drab. Or it can just describe how your day is going. VO5 wants to remedy that situation so they’ve created products to help you avoid that drab feeling. Hopefully your mood will follow.

Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil

Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil

Alberto VO5’s newest product (sent for review consideration) is their Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil. This is a triple threat and good for the whole family. First threat: use this on your body. Just spray it on after a shower or any time you are feeling dry. It absorbs quickly so it won’t be long until you can be on your way. Second threat: Use this on your wet head by spraying it onto your hair and just comb it through. Then go about styling without the need for any other product. Third threat: use it on dry hair to add shine. When I do this I spray it into the palms of my hands and then rub my hands through my hair. It helps eliminates flyaway hair, static and adds a lovely shine at the same time.

“The Shine, Glow and Go Beauty Oil is a light, natural oil blend for both hair and body. Infused with VO5’s signature 5 essential vitamins, this ultra-hydrating, fast-absorbing oil helps replenish dry hair and skin to feel soft, silky and look more radiant. Free of mineral oils, paraben and dyes.”

Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil

Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil

One of the great things about Shine, Glow and Go Beauty Oil is that it’s only $4.99 but one of the not so great things is that it’s so new that it’s hard to find. So far it’s not online, though it will be. But you can go to VO5’s store locator in order to find the best and closest retailer.

We aren’t done though because VO5 makes other great oils for your hair and these ARE easy to find. VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works and VO5 Hot Oil Therapy are both items you need to consider.

VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works

VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works

Alberto VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works ($5.99-$6.99) is a one minute hot oil treatment that works with the heat of your shower to help you obtain and maintain healthier hair in just one minute. It’s great for those of us you have damaged hair, over processed hair or dry hair. The box has enough for 4 treatments (or more depending on the length of your hair).

VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works

VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works

Before you shampoo but after you’ve wet your hair, pour out about 1/4 of the bottle into your hand. Massage it into your scalp and leave it on up to a minute. Don’t leave it on longer though since the beauty of it is that it works well in just a short time. Then rinse, shampoo and rinse again thoroughly. The first time you use it I’d advise not to use a conditioner. I think you’ll find your hair conditioned enough from this to be able to forego conditioner. If it’s not then you know to add it the next time, but I’ve never needed to condition after use. You can use this more than once a week but honestly, once a week really should be enough.

ingredients for Hot Oil

ingredients for Hot Oil

Another way to go is to use Alberto VO5’s Hot Oil Therapy *($4.49) which is an intense moisturizing treatment. This and the Hot Oil Shower Works have a few differences but I think the result is the same. With Hot Oil Therapy there are two treatments in capsules.

VO5 Hot Oil Therapy

VO5 Hot Oil Therapy

The capsule needs to be preheated though not for long. It’s easy to do since you just place the unopened capsule into a glass of very warm water. You can do that while brushing your teeth. Then use it in the same exact way: apply before shampoo, leave it on no more than a minute, rinse, shampoo and rinse! So easy. vo5 therapy back

My personal preference is for the Hot Oil Shower Works because I really don’t need a full capsule since my hair isn’t that long or thick. I find the Shower Works is the fastest and most economical for me personally.

Alberto VO5

Alberto VO5

Whichever you choose you really can’t go wrong. These are all reasonably priced, work in the shower, and leave you with soft, manageable hair. If you can find the Shine, Glow and Go Beauty Oil definitely grab that one up. It’s a treasure. — Marcia

*products sent for editorial consideration

VO5 Shine, Glow and Go Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (SUNFLOWER) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Mauritia Flexuosa (BURITY) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Lonicera Japonica (HONEYSUCKLE) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (HONEYSUCKLE) Extract, Macadamia Integrifolia (MACADAMIA) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (ARGAN) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (SHEA) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (COCONUT) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (GRAPESEED) Oil, Polysorbate 20, Biotin, TocopherylAcetate, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide.

Viviscal review and grateful giveaway

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the king’s horses and all the queen’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again

My personal version:

Blogger Marcia was in the hall

Blogger Marcia had a great fall

All the nurses and rehab men

Couldn’t put Marcia’s hair together again

You’ve read about my travails over and over since August. It affected my life in more ways than one. Not only was my leg broken at the knee but the trauma caused me to lose massive amounts of hair and eyelashes. Unfortunately this wasn’t the first time I lost hair but at least I know it could grow back with the right treatment.

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplement

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplement

Shortly before I was hospitalized I had bought Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplements and took it for a few weeks because I knew my body needed more Biotin and no one has a better reputation than Viviscal. In the hospital and rehab they weren’t giving me anything other than my regular prescriptions and a multi-vitamin. I didn’t consider asking for the Viviscal from home because that’s not where my mind was.

When Viviscal emailed me by chance to test this and their shampoo and conditioner, you know what the answer was.

Viviscal Extra Strength Supplements, Viviscal Gentle Shampoo, Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner

Viviscal Extra Strength Supplements, Viviscal Gentle Shampoo, Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner

Now that I’ve been using this combination for the last 4 months I can tell you that I’m one happier woman and one with healthier and fuller hair. I take the supplements morning and evening. I used the shampoo and conditioner for 6 weeks before stopping to test other products but I still use it at least once a week no matter what else I’m testing.

Viviscal supplement stats

Viviscal supplement stats

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplements come in a one month or three month supply. The prices on their website are $49.99 and $119.99. To be honest though I’ve bought mine from Amazon since it’s less expensive there. There’s a ton of information about the supplements so I’ll try to condense. Viviscal Extra Strength dietary supplements contain the exclusive marine complex AminoMar®, as well as Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C, Horsetail Extract and Iron, to nourish hair from within. Not only are you getting the Biotin that we’ve learned is great for hair but it’s supplemented with marine complex AminoMar®.

AminoMar

AminoMar

The Gentle Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner ($19.99 each) are free from SLS, SLES, Parabens, Artificial Colors, Artificial Fragrances and Mineral Oils. They are 96 – 99% derived from natural sources. The shampoo cleanses, conditions and exfoliates the dead skin cells on your head. The shampoo is on the thin side and is almost gel like and doesn’t lather which  doesn’t matter since it’s very effective.

Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner is very thick. I have to keep my bottle upside down to make it easier to squeeze out. It’s a light conditioner that never weighs my hair down. Not only is this moisturizing but my hair is soft after using. It also leaves my hair smooth and with a little more volume.

Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner

Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner

I no longer cry when I wash my hair. My shower wall and afterwards sink used to be filled with gobs and gobs of hair. That’s not the case now. Everyone has hair fallout, that’s shedding, just like a pet sheds. My hair feels more healthy, is staying ON my head and the cycle is broken. To continue this way I am continuing with Viviscal Supplements for as long as I can. The science is behind Viviscal and I really believe in it. There’s a different supplement for men though the haircare items are the same. Since they don’t have fragrance they work equally well for all. Viviscal has a Healthy Hair Club that you can join to get free shipping and automatic delivery as well as save money.

Now that you’ve read my long story it’s time to try it yourself. If you are a US Beauty Info Zone subscriber we have a giveaway for the 3 month supply of the Viviscal Supplements, a bottle of the Gentle Shampoo and the Moisturizing Conditioner. This is open through 2/26/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please write your comment on our Facebook page or email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and then continue on. I wish you luck with both the giveaway and with having renewed, healthy hair like I do now. — Marcia

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*products provided by Viviscal for review and giveaway, product also personally purchased

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!