Pro hair care with Design Essentials – and a giveaway, too!

Who doesn’t love a trip to Sally Beauty Supply? It feels like such an ‘insider’ place – where the pros go to get the best products at fantastic prices. One of our favorite brands found at Sally Beauty Supply is Design Essentials, a professional hair care line with a focus on natural hair care that fits each person’s unique needs. Today we have Lisa and Marcia’s impressions, along with a giveaway your hair is telling you to enter!!                                            samples

Design Essential Almond and Avocado Hair Care

LISA TAKE ON THE ALMOND & AVOCADO FOR ALL CURL TYPES:

ALMOND & AVOCADO MOISTURIZING AND DETANGLING SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER (each $11.99, right now on sale buy 2 get 1 free)

My color treated, fine hair can’t take sulfates anymore. They are just too drying and leave my ends straggly and crying for moisture. This is a great shampoo and conditioner duo that does everything my hair could want:

  • Removes oil and dirt buildup without stripping the hair
  • Saves up to 30 minutes of detangling time
  • Cleanses hair while restoring moisture
  • Improves hair manageability
  • Great for all hair types

Design Essentials Almond and Avocado ShampooDesign Essentials Almond and Avocado Conditioner
The Design Essentials Natural Almond and Avocado Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are super hydrating thanks to the almond, avocado and botanicals. They work wonders on my fine, easily tangled hair, and will work on coarse, thick, curly hair as well. These products are very gentle and are safe for every day use, even if hair is color-treated. I love the soft, sweet scent and actually wish it stuck around longer…but my hair smells fresh and clean after I use them and it has lots of bounce and volume even without styling products.

Design Essentials Almond and Avocado Leave in Conditioner

DESIGN ESSENTIALS NATURAL ALMOND AND AVOCADO DETANGLING LEAVE IN CONDITIONER ($12.99, right now buy 2 get 1 free)

I love this leave in conditioner even more than the shampoo and regular conditioner. It does what any self-respecting leave in conditioner should do:

  • Eases detangling process for improved manageability
  • Avocado delivers intense moisture and hydration
  • Provides a luminous shine
Design Essentials Almond and Avocado Leave In Conditioner

Design Essentials Almond and Avocado Leave In Conditioner

It’s rather thick, almost like a regular conditioner that you rinse out. But don’t wash out this lovely hydrating dish – leave it in and comb it through for the softest, silkiest hair possible. Those of you with unruly curls will be thrilled at how it beats frizz and gives curls great definition. The Leave In Conditioner doesn’t weigh down my fine hair, but it gives amazing moisture and leaves my hair looking and feeling so healthy and shiny.  This is a real winner!

MARCIA’S TAKE ON THE DESIGN ESSENTIALS NATURAL ALMOND & AVOCADO MOISTURIZING & DETANGLING COLLECTION

DESIGN ESSENTIALS NATURAL ALMOND & AVOCADO MOISTURIZING & DETANGLING COLLECTION

DESIGN ESSENTIALS NATURAL ALMOND & AVOCADO MOISTURIZING & DETANGLING COLLECTION

I’m using the same products as Lisa but there’s a big difference. I have straight hair with a little bit of natural wave to it – just enough to make my hair look like I don’t know what to do with it. I like it straight and normally use products that serve that purpose. But I’m loving this Design Essentials line. I knew I’d like the fragrance of it, but I was sure that the products were all wrong for my hair.

Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Shampoo and Condtioner

Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Shampoo and Conditioner

So why do I like this so much? Well it smells amazing. I can’t say I smell either almond or avocado but whatever makes up the fragrance makes me happy. Number two reason is that I love how clean and soft my hair is using these products. Number three reason and the most important is that my hair looks fabulous when I use it. It has more body than I’ve seen before on my head. This is a revelation to me.

Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-In Conditioner

Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-In Conditioner

The Detangling Leave-In Conditioner is thinner than most I use so I have to use a lot more than I’d normally choose to. As long as I comb through my towel dried hair with a wide tooth comb though it works perfectly. My Wet Brush isn’t the right tool for my hair and this leave-in. If I could change anything about this trio of products it would be that the leave-in were just a little thicker and that the words SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER stood out a little more so I could be assured of picking up the right one first. That’s just quibbling though since the way my hair looks and feels is so great that I’ll never complain.

Design Essentials contain no Parabens, no Paraffin, no Petrolatum, and no Mineral Oil. What it does contain is the reason we like this so much: Almond, Avocado, Shea Butter and Coconut Milk to nourish and replenish hair moisture. Be sure you take a trip to Sally Beauty in person or online to satisfy your hair needs.

Do your hair a big favor and enter our giveaway for a set of the Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner and Shampoo and Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Leave-In Conditioner!  This is a US only giveaway that ends 10/18/16 at 11:59 pm EST.  As always, if the Rafflecopter goes wonky and won’t let you leave a comment just email us at [email protected] Put Design Essentials as the title and write your comment in the email – we will count it as an entry for you no problem.  Enter today for a great hair day!

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L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection

L'Oréal Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection

L’Oréal Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection

Thanks to Socialstars who is supporting us in our L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection series.

It’s always great to find haircare that will give your hair new life and body which is exactly what the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection is all about. Over the next weeks we’ll be introducing you to more about these products on Beauty Info Zone as well as on our other social media accounts.

What makes this collection stand out is that it’s readily available, priced for all budgets, and it works. It’s a combination of cleansing and hydrating. So many shampoos strip your hair of essential oils to keep it from looking shiny and moisturized but the Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo transforms your hair from dry to lustrous.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo

Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, COCO-BETAINE, LAURETH-5 CARBOXYLIC ACID, COCAMIDE MIPA, SODIUM CHLORIDE, ISOSTEARYL, NEOPENTANOATE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, AMODIMETHICONE, SODIUM BENZOATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-55 PROPYLENE GLYCOL OLEATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SALICYLIC ACID, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, ARGININE

After shampooing you’ll want to turn to the Extraordinary Oil Conditioner to keep away flyaway hair and frizz. This will smooth your hair while adding visible life to it.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Conditioner

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Conditioner

With all of the Extraordinary Oil collection there is a fragrance that isn’t overwhelming. It’s a fresh sort of clean scent that isn’t too strong. During the day you might notice it when you turn your head but that’s about it.

Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, AMODIMETHICONE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, COCOS NUCIFERA OIL / COCONUT OIL, BENZOIC ACID, TRIDECETH-6, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, ARGININE, GLUTAMIC ACID, SERINE, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, BENZYL SALICYLATE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, GLYCINE SOJA OIL / SOYBEAN OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL / SUNFLOWER SEED OIL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA EXTRACT / MATRICARIA FLOWER EXTRACT, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5, PHYLLANTHUS EMBLICA FRUIT EXTRACT, CI 15985 / YELLOW 6, CI 14700 / RED 4, TOCOPHEROL.

The star of the three products in the line is Extraordinary Oil Transforming Oil-in-Cream.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Transforming Oil-in-Cream

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Transforming Oil-in-Cream

If you look at the ingredient list you’ll see all the amazing oils that will keep your hair from being lifeless. This line is especially recommended for people who have dry hair or color-treat their hair. This brings back the luster you are missing.

Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, COCOS NUCIFERA OIL / COCONUT OIL, CETYL ESTERS, CETYL ALCOHOL, AMODIMETHICONE, BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, BHT, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, TRIDECETH-6, ARGININE, GLUTAMIC ACID, CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE, CITRIC ACID, STEARYL ALCOHOL, SERINE, MYRISTYL ALCOHOL, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, GLYCINE SOJA OIL / SOYBEAN OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL / SUNFLOWER SEED OIL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, CARAMEL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, CI 15985 / YELLOW 6, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5, COUMARIN, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA EXTRACT / MATRICARIA FLOWER EXTRACT, LIMONENE, PHYLLANTHUS EMBLICA FRUIT EXTRACT, TOCOPHEROL.

Towel dry your hair and add the Transforming Oil-in Cream. It will make your hair so much easier to comb through and it won’t leave an oily mess.

You’ll be updated more about this L’Oreal Paris collection as we see how it works over the long haul. Until then, if you see this at Target or other stores you seriously should consider picking it up.

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Our Kenra Professional Hair Care experiences

One of the great things about being blog partners is that Lisa and I (Marcia) can share experiences and products. We are always gabbing back and forth over what we’ve used and what we love. We also insist that each other use products that we’ve fallen in love with.  That’s the case with KENRA PROFESSIONAL HAIR PRODUCTS. Lisa fell in love with the products she reviewed and insisted that I would love them too. Kenra happily shared more items with us which we appreciate.

MARCIA’S PRODUCTS

 

Kenra Daily Provision and Kenra Platinim Smoothing Creme

Kenra Daily Provision and Kenra Platinim Smoothing Creme

I was looking for styling products including something to protect my hair before flat ironing. I’ve had trouble finding something that wasn’t too wet since I didn’t want to fry my hair. I wanted something gentle without a heavy fragrance but that was powerful enough to hold up to a hot hair styling tool. KENRA DAILY PROVISION to the rescue. This leave-in conditioner was exactly what I was hoping it would be.

Kenra Daily Provision

Kenra Daily Provision

This $15 spray is double duty and when I can get everything I need in one handy item, I’m thrilled. I can spray this on my wet from the shower hair and it becomes the leave in that I need when I’m using my blow dryer. Or I can use it whenever I want before I style with any heated tool. It’s very lightweight but it does the job perfectly. It’s never too heavy, it’s never sticky, it protects against UV, color, and adds the thermal protection I’ve been seeking.

I love that it helps with humidity and frizz too. I don’t use dry shampoo very often so this is the type of refresher that I prefer. There’s a light fragrance that I notice at first only.

Super ingredient list:

  • Amodimethicone A water soluable silicone that imparts shine, manageability and anti-static properties.
  • Daily Provision Complex (Chamomile, Horse Chestnut, Sage. Nettle, Lemon Balm, Coltsfoot Leaf, Rosemary, Birch, and Horsetail) A complex that provides scalp soothing benefits, adds shine and moisture to hair and provides an uplifting aroma.
  • Cetrimonium Chloride A conditioning agent that detangles the hair and improves wet combing.
  • Hydrolyzed Silk Protein A protein that provides strength to hair.
  • Benzophenone-4 Sunscreen for UV protection from drying and color fade.
Kenra Platinum Smoothing Creme

Kenra Platinum Smoothing Creme

KENRA PLATINUM SMOOTHING CREME is the other product I’ve been using. It’s replaced my old favorites and it did that instantaneously. I can’t believe how smooth this makes my hair feel and how it helps with blow drying. It doesn’t take much to rub through my shoulder length hair. I’m able to comb through my hair quickly and easily once applied.

Kenra Platinum Smoothing Creme 3 short pumps

Kenra Platinum Smoothing Creme 3 short pumps

The Smoothing Creme is part of the Platinum line which is a salon sold line. It is available at drugstore.com but I had trouble finding anyplace else that sells it online. I recommend tracking it down if you love silky soft hair that stays clean for days. Using this your hair is protected from UV rays as well as the heat or your blow dryer and other heated tools. I use this after washing my hair and save Daily Provisions for the days I just style.

Super ingredients:

    • Dimethicone Silicone, hair conditioner.
    • Panthenol and Sodium PCA Provides moisture and restores shine.
    • Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride UV filter that helps to prevent damage and to preserve color. Also provides thermal protection from blow drying and curling irons

LISA’S PRODUCTS

Kenra Hair Care

Kenra Hair Care

A while back I fell in love with my Kenra Platinum Thickening Glaze as well as the Thickening Glaze and I couldn’t stop raving about them to Marcia. I had very high expectations for the next three products I tried from Kenra and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed.

Kenra Hair Care

1.  Color Maintenance Shampoo for Color Treated Hair  ($23)  I love this shampoo because it cleans my hair and keeps my color looking fresh and bright. It does everything a great shampoo should do, including:

  • Gently cleanses and replenishes moisture without stripping hair color
  • Improves manageability and readily detangles
  • Helps to strengthen chemically challenged hair
  • Adds vibrance and shine
  • Great for all hair types
  • Helps extend the life of color/color safe
Ingredients like coconut oil-derived cleansers and botanical extracts protect hair color and this shampoo is a terrific match with the coordinating conditioner.

2.  Color Maintenance Conditioner for Color Treated Hair ($31) This is a bit of an oddball product. The texture really threw me off at first – it’s a little watery and very gritty. I have found that it’s helpful to shake the bottle before using and I have to say it has become one of my most favorite hair care products. It accomplishes a lot:

  • Gently cleanses and replenishes moisture without stripping hair color
  • Improves manageability and readily detangles
  • Helps to strengthen chemically challenged hair
  • Adds vibrance and shine
  • Great for all hair types
  • Helps extend the life of color/color safe
I think the grittiness is from the silk proteins that repair hair and calm any frizziness. Also, the emollients are perfect for smoothing and detangling color treated hair.  

3.  Platinum Blow-Dry Spray ($22)  This smells fabulous….really clean and fresh. I normally don’t particularly like fragranced hair products, but this is one to buy just because it smells so perfect. Other pluses?  It helps my hair dry faster and is a great detangler. Here are all the benefits:

  • Dramatically decreases blow-dry time by 50%
  • Provides intense heat protection from damage and breakage
  • Lightweight formulation detangles, smoothes, and softens
  • Eliminates frizz and resists humidity
  • Provides long-lasting, healthy looking results
All together, my Kenra Professional Hair Care trio makes for a wonderful hair day every time I use them.  Marcia and I don’t just want to enlighten each other – we want our readers to join in on the secrets to the best products, and Kenra Professional Hair Care products are definitely ones to add to your must-try list!

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Soft, swingy, sweet smelling hair with Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and Conditioners

I am not usually a big fan of products with noticeable fragrance…I like my purposefully chosen perfume to be itself without having to compete with other scents that probably aren’t compatible. But I am in love with the Mirabelle Plum hair products from Carol’s Daughter and the plum scent is one of the main reasons.

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and Conditioner

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Not that these products aren’t fabulous for my hair in general. The Mirabelle Plum Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner ($22) come together in a ‘Health Duo’. The shampoo is for fine, dry hair, and even though it doesn’t have those drying sulfates it still gives a nice foam. It leaves my hair full, soft, and moisturized. The conditioner really hydrates but it doesn’t weigh down my fine hair. And the plum scent is FANTASTIC. Plus it really sticks around…it’s one of those where all day long people comment on how nice my hair smells. It makes for a great moment when I get a quick whiff, too. The ingredients include Mirabelle Plums, biotin, grapeseed oil, aloe leaf juice, and sweet almond oil. The result is awesome, especially for dry ends and fine hair.

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

When my hair is feeling especially dry, I use the shampoo and the Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask ($14). This is an even thicker version of the conditioner and it does some serious repair to dry ends. I end up using this once a week for some extra hydration.

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Leave-in Biotin Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Leave-in Biotin Conditioner

The Mirabelle Plum Leave-in Biotin Conditioner ($11) is probably my favorite of all the Mirabelle Plum hair products. It’s a spray in that’s applied to damp hair before blow drying and styling, and it is fabulous. No silicones weigh down hair, but it strengthens, detangles, and really gives my hair tons of body. The plum scent, again, is to die for. Love it!

If you haven’t tried Carol’s Daughter hair products, I definitely recommend these, especially for fine, dry, or thin hair.  Be sure to pick some up, and believe me you are going to love the yummy plum scent.  – Lisa

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Guard your hair color with Marco Pelusi

I am really excited to tell you about my latest hair care obsession:  Marco Pelusi. Marco is a true expert regarding hair color and I am beyond impressed with the products he sent to test. I am just astounded at how vibrant and shiny my hair is even at the end of my ‘grace period’ between hair color appointments. Plain and simple, this stuff is the bomb.

Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi Color Guard products

Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi Color Health Shampoo

I have used every single ounce of my Marco® Color Health Shampoo with Collagen Color Guard™, ($27.25 for 8 oz). Even with lots of products waiting to be tested, I just kept reaching for this over and over because I loved what it did for my hair. It has a refreshingly minty scent that leaves hair smelling clean. It is gentle enough to use every day and it leaves my colored hair looking fresh and vibrant. Some other great points:

  • rich in rosemary essential oils to stimulate cell growth, soothe the scalp and offer anti-aging properties
  • clove essential oils offer therapeutic and medicinal benefits including an antiseptic and astringent; also help enhance and elevate mood

The Marco® Color Hydrate Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard™ ($27.25 for 8 oz) is a perfect partner for the shampoo.

Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi Color Hydrate Conditioner

This conditioner leaves my hair wonderfully soft and full. It smells lightly of lavender and together with the shampoo it is just amazing for keeping hair color true and fresh.The main ingredients include apricot essential oil for shine and aloe vera for hydration.

For styling I absolutely love the Marco® Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard™  ($35.25 for 8 oz).

Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner

I still have some of this, only because it doesn’t take much to do the trick even with my long hair. It’s magic with the other Marco Pelusi products, but it also plays well with other brands. It is just a great leave-in conditioner that gets rid of frizz and leaves my fine hair fabulously smooth without weighing it down. Plus, it protects hair color from fading and gives hair terrific volume. It also has lots of the antioxidant vitamin E to protect hair from any nasty stuff in the environment. My hair is fine with a slight wave, but it’s also meant for very coarse and/or curly hair.

Marco Pelusi products are sold online at the Marco Pelusi e-store. This is a terrific line that is definitely worth checking out especially if you have color treated hair.  – Lisa

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Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish

I am forever on the hunt for hair products that put moisture back into my hair without weighing down my fine hair strands. I read about Miss Jessie’s products on other blogs and thought the line would not be good for me since I don’t have super curly hair – but I was wrong!

Miss Jessie Leave-In Condish

Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish

Miss Jessie's Leave-In Condish

Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish

Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish ($11) was sent to us to try, and I am so glad I was able to check it out. This is a very light-weight leave in conditioner that gives me the moisture my hair needs without making it flat and greasy. It leaves my hair soft, smooth, and bouncy. Oh, and another benefit? No frizz!

The superbly moisturizing and volumizing ingredients include soybean and aloe. If you have dry, curly hair you will love this – and if you have straight hair that needs moisture, you will love it too. It’s a fabulous option for making dry, frizzy hair a thing of the past.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol , Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Alcohol Denat., Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Glycine Soya (Soybean) Seed Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Citric Acid