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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Going extreme with Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo, Conditioner, and Elasticizer Extreme

In my continual quest for super soft floaty hair, I have turned to Philip Kingsley.  Philip Kingsley takes dull, dry, damaged hair and turns it into lush, swingy hair that could be the star of a commercial. The difference is definitely extreme!

We were sent the Elasticizer Extreme ($45), Moisture Extreme Shampoo ($28), and Moisture Extreme Conditioner ($32).

Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Elasticizer

Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Elasticizer

inside Elasticizer Extreme

inside Elasticizer Extreme

The Elasticizer Extreme is actually used first, prior to shampooing and conditioning. The instructions say to apply to wet hair before shampooing and leave it on for at least two minutes. This gives great results! I sometimes use it as regular conditioner after shampooing, and it is a wonderful deeper treatment without much extra time. I use it on dry hair with even better results. I smooth on a thick coat of it then put my hair up and leave it for as long as possible. It starts out like very thick conditioner, but then it becomes almost waxy. I rinse it out then shampoo and condition and the result is truly amazing hair.

Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner

Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner

And I just can’t rave enough about the Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner. This great combo gives thirsty hair exactly what it needs. The shampoo cleans thoroughly but gently. Key ingredients include Sodium Cocoa Butter Amphaocetate that cleans while moisturing and conditioning; Guar Hydroxly Propyl Trimonium Chloride to make hair easy to comb either wet or dry; and Oligoquat M to smooth the hair cuticle. The conditioner is fabulously moisturizing, with Almond Oil for shine; Wheat Germ Oil and Avocado Oil for nutrients and minerals; and Babassu Oil to eliminate static and deeply conditioner hair.

Together these two products give unbelievable hair. Throw in the Elasticizer Extreme and the results are extremely unbelievable.

My Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme hair

My Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme hair

If you have dry, over processed, heat-styled hair then definitely let Philip Kingsley come to your rescue!  - Lisa

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Stronger hair with Klorane Quinine Shampoo

If you want stronger hair with less ‘fall out’ in the shower, check out Klorane’s Quinine Shampoo with Vitamin B ($19.50). Before Klorane sent this shampoo to test, I had no idea what quinine even was. Quinine is extracted from the bark of a tree found in Ecuador and it primarily does three things: strengthens keratin, makes hair feel thicker, and stimulates hair growth.

Klorane Quinine Shampoo

Klorane Quinine Shampoo with Vitamin B

Quinquina

Quinquina

Klorane Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamins

Klorane Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamins

My hair is fine and, while I have oily roots, my ends tend to be dry. It’s not easy finding a shampoo that not only addresses my particular hair issues, but also makes it stronger in general. I have been very impressed with this Klorane shampoo. While I typically have a lot of ‘fall out’ in the shower, I definitely notice less and less of that as I use this shampoo regularly. And a bottle is huge – at only $19.50 for 13.4 oz, it’s a good buy and it seems to last forever.

The Quinine Shampoo with Vitamin B is a shampoo that everyone in your house will like. It has an outdoorsy, pine scent that doesn’t last and it’s just a great shampoo that helps keep hair healthy. You can find Klorane in stores (not really chain drugstores, more like local pharmacies) and online at www.drugstore.com . The website is terrific for finding the best products for your particular hair needs, as well as identifying where you can find the brand locally.  - Lisa

My Klorane Quinine Shampoo hair

My Klorane Quinine Shampoo hair

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Leonor Greyl’s Four Step Hair Loss Treatment Regimen

Men aren’t the only ones who can suffer from hair loss. I know that as I get older I seem to have less and less hair – not in patches like the top of my hubby’s head (which he insists is just a cowlick…sure, honey, it’s a cowlick. You just keep telling yourself that.) Instead, my hair seems to just get thinner all over. Leonor Greyl sent us four products from their cruelty-free and eco-friendly regimen for hair loss and I tested them for several months with great results.

Leonor Greyl Hair Loss Treatment Collection

Leonor Greyl Hair Loss Treatment Collection

There are four steps (and five products) to Leonor Greyl’s hair loss treatment regimen:  purify, cleanse, treat, and maintain.   Following these four steps will not only help you fight against further hair loss, they will also increase the amount of hair you have. And here is some really good news:  right now, you can get all five products for $189, whereas separately you would pay $237.

The hair loss treatment regimen minimizes hair loss through plant extracts, oils, and nutrients. The regimen also has the added benefit of leaving hair wonderfully soft and shiny. All the products are safe to use with colored hair and are free of SLS, parabens, and silicone. The products energize your scalp and make hair super strong.

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Regenerescence Naturelle

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Regenerescence Naturelle

The first step is to PURIFY with the scalp treatment Regenerescence Naturelle ($60). It has essential and botanical oils that stimulate and clean the scalp, which helps hair grow. I put this on prior to showering, massaging it into my dry scalp then wrapping a towel around my head. I leave it on for at least 15 minutes, although sometimes I do leave it on overnight. The dropper makes it easy to apply and the results are terrific. It leaves my scalp feeling fabulous and I am very happy with my thicker hair.

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Shampooing Au Miel

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Shampooing Au Miel 

The second step is to CLEANSE, and the Shampooing Au Miel ($32) is the perfect product for the job. I use this all the time and it’s very gentle yet effective. It leaves hair with lots of volume, shine, and bounce. The light scent from the acacia honey and rose extracts is fresh and pleasant.

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Complexe Energisant

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Complexe Energisant

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The third step is to TREAT the hair. There are two products that are included in the Leonor Greyl Hair Loss Treatment Regimen for treatment: Complexe Energisant ($56) and Tonique Vivifiant ($43).

The Complexe Energisant is a leave-in treatment that tackles pretty much every issue that results in hair loss. The effective ingredients include mimosa tenuiflora and collagen, both of which stimulate hair growth. I use one vial a week since my hair loss is ‘moderate’, while those with more serious hair loss would use up to three vials per week. This is applied to a clean scalp after washing, just prior to drying and styling the hair.

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Tonique Vivifiant

Also part of the treatment step is Tonique Vivifiant, a leave-in treatment spray. This complements the other products and helps to fight hair loss, keeping hair strong and healthy. This treatment, which also has mimosa tenuiflora and collagen, is sprayed into towel-dried hair.

Included in the Hair Loss Treatment Regimen is one more product that I did not test, the Volumizing Styling Mousse, which completes the fourth step of MAINTAINING healthy hair. While I didn’t use that product, I can definitely say that the four products I did test were pretty fabulous.  If you have issues with thinning hair, I definitely recommend trying out the Leonor Greyl Hair Loss Treatment Regimen.  - Lisa

Leonor

After using the Leonor Greyl Hair Loss Treatment products for one month

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WOW is right…Color Wow Hair Products

I was watching The Simpsons the other day and Marge was pretty upset at Homer for spilling family secrets…including the fact that she colored her hair using blue dye #56. In fact, Homer says, “She’s been gray as a mule since she was seventeen.”

Who knew she colored her hair??

Who knew she colored her hair??

Guess what Marge? Me too! But I don’t care if people know I color my hair. What bothers me is when it fades even before I need my roots done. So I was happy to test Color Wow’s Color Security hair products, especially since Marcia reviewed and loved their Root Cover Up.

Color WOW Shampoo

Color Wow Color Security Shampoo

The Color Wow Color Security Shampoo ($22) is sulfate-free, which helps prevent color from fading. Even though it doesn’t have sulfates, it still has a nice, thick lather. The amino-heavy ingredients keep hair strong, shiny, and moisturized. Plus, it has LCD technology to prevent the hair cuticle from swelling. This is really the key to keeping hair color vibrant.

Color WOW Conditioner

Color Wow Color Security Conditioner

The Color Security Conditioner ($23) works great with the shampoo since it has conditioning agents that don’t dull hair color. Instead, it has Sealicon color shield complex, which actually creates a smoothing shield around each individual hair strand, making your ‘do’ wonderfully shiny. It doesn’t weigh my fine hair down at all, instead creating lots of body and volume.

Color WOW Pop and Lock

Color Wow Pop & Lock

check out the shimmers!

check out the shimmers!

Pop and Lock swatch

Pop & Lock swatch

I think my favorite product from Color Wow is the Pop & Lock Crystallite Shellac ($18). This super cool styling product seals in moisture, locks in color, and makes hair extremely shiny. See the shimmers? That’s mica, and it really makes a difference. Hair is stunningly shiny but still looks natural.  I love this, especially since I don’t have any other hair product like it.

If you have been gray as a mule since you were seventeen, or if you just color your hair for the fun of it, definitely try out Color Wow hair products to keep that color looking amazing.  - Lisa

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Get it for your guy: The Men’s Glossybox

Shampoo, shave, and style – that’s what the latest Glossybox for Men promises and for $40 it delivers everything your man needs to groom himself right up.

The Men's Glossybox

The Men’s Glossybox

There are two full size hair items, one full size skin care item, one full size shave item, and two sample size items.  The full size items together are worth $78, so this is definitely a bargain box of manly products.

Redken Clean Brew

Redken Clean Brew

Redken For Men Clean Brew Shampoo (retails for $12.50):  you know those commercials where there is a screaming hot guy out in the woods, doing something really manly like chopping down a tree or riding a wild horse?  The scent of this shampoo is exactly like what I imagine that screaming hot guy smells like.  It’s woodsy and clean and fabulously macho.  My husband LOVES this, it really is a terrific shampoo for guys who like working on cars or building houses because it has anti-grit technology that will clean even the most tenacious engine oil out of hair.  And if your guy has naturally oily hair, it’s shampoo perfection.

Redken Firm Grasp

Redken Firm Grasp

Redken for Men Firm Grasp texurizing hair clay (retails for $19):  this gets a big thumbs up from the hubby.  It’s a texturizing hair clay that smells woodsy, but it’s not an overpowering scent. It is terrific for shorter hair, leaving a matte finish that looks mod yet rugged.

Nuxe Men's Eye Cream

Nuxe Men Multi-Purpose Eye Cream

Nuxe Men Multi-Purpose Eye Cream (retails for $28): it is a small bottle, but it is the full size product. The eye cream is in an airless pump, it’s really terrific packaging. The eye cream is a thin cream that smells vaguely of pine.  It is designed to soothe puffiness, decrease dark circles, and decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It sure leaves my skin super soft and hydrated. I got my husband to use it for a few days, and he liked it…but I’m betting it’s not something he will use all the time.  Eye cream is a little too much maintenance for him. So guess what? I’m stealing it for myself.

Zirh Prepare Shave Oil

Zirh Prepare Shave Oil

Zirh Pre-Shave Oil (retails for $18.50):  this is an oil that your guy smooths on before the shaving cream. It gives the shaving area more lubrication so shaving is easy and razor burn issues are things of the past. It’s a small bottle, but one drop is all my husband needs for shaving his beard, so this will last a very long time. Again, my husband liked it and said it worked great…but I am betting this is one more step he won’t do regularly, although he will reach for it when his razor is at the end of its lifetime. In the meantime, I am using it for shaving my legs.

Bulgari Man Extreme

Bulgari Man Extreme

BVLGARI Man Extreme Cologne (this is a deluxe 0.17 fl.oz. sample, a full size 3.4 oz. retails for $79):  what a nice, big sample of this deliciously manly cologne! I find a lot of men’s colognes are way too strong, but this one is subtle and masculine at the same time. Notes include pink grapefruit, Calabrian bergamot, balsa wood, and Haitian vetiver.

There is also a small tube of Sisley Moisturizer that is meant for application after shaving. It’s definitely something to throw in the travel bag for soothing irritated skin.

All in all, it’s a great box. The full size items are terrific and money-wise you get a lot of bang for your buck. Anything my hubby wouldn’t use was of interest to me, so nothing is going to be wasted! I think this is a wonderful gift for the guy in your life. I give a big thumbs up to this Men’s Glossybox.  - Lisa

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Healthy, happy hair with DermOrganic

It’s not often that we review the same products twice here at the BIZ, but some things bear repeating. Marcia has already raved about DermOrganic Argan-infused hair products, and I am here to remind everyone just how fantastic they are.

DermOrganic

DermOrganic Shampoo, Treatment and Masque

I was super jealous when I read Marcia’s rave for this line and couldn’t wait to try out the products they sent for myself. My hair is extremely happy and looks and feels so healthy with these products! It’s no wonder since all DermOrganic hair products are vegan, pH balanced 4.5 – 5.5, and there are lots of good NO’s – no animal testing, no artificial preservatives, no sulfate or gluten, no sodium chloride, salt, MEA, DEA or dyes.

DermOrganic

DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo

The DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo ($16 for 12 oz.) is a super gentle shampoo that really hydrates hair and makes it stronger. While this is sulfate-free, it still lathers up nicely and rinses out clean. I am fascinated at how this is made with facial cleansers, Essential Fatty Acids and Amino Acids.  I would never have thought skin cleansers would be so terrific for hair. I get my hair colored about every three weeks because it grows so fast and it loves the Argan Oil with Omega-6 and Linoleic Acid, Vitamin E, Panthenol, Rice Amino Acids, and anti-oxidant plant extracts that are also in this shampoo.

DermOrganic

DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque

Because my hair is long, my ends tend to get quite dry. The DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque ($16 for 8 fl. oz.) seals up those hair cuticles, making them smooth and strong and shiny. There is no silicone, propylene glycol or glycerin in this conditioner which means I can use it after every shampoo without worry that it will build up and weigh down my fine hair strands.

DermOrganic

DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment

My hair definitely loves the DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment ($25 for 4 fl. oz). This treatment has tons of Certified Argan Oil of Morocco that makes hair shiny and smooth. It also reduces the time it takes to blow dry my hair and protects it from the heat of the hair dryer and other styling tools. A little goes a long way, so don’t use too much of this. I use about a dime-size amount for my mid-back length hair, rubbing it between my hands then running it through my damp hair right before blow drying.

my DermOrganic hair

my DermOrganic hair

DermOrganic is a fabulous organic line that makes my hair happy and healthy.  Check it out so your hair can be happy and healthy too.  - Lisa

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