Every day is a good hair day with Monat

Do you have hair goals? What do you want your hair to look like? What does it look like now and how can it be improved? I definitely have hair goals. I like soft, shiny, straight hair on me. I want swing. I want my hair to look healthy. And I want it to behave. If I’m not asking enough already I’ll also say that I want it to look good for several days so that I don’t have to wash it more than 2 – 3 times a week.

When I was sent some Monat haircare I thought it might be like other lines I’ve used but I’ve found it to be head and shoulders above anything I’ve tried. My hair is important to me. I’ve had past traumas which have caused me to lose the thickness that I had when I was young (and didn’t appreciate enough). Now my hair has enough thickness to it that I will not complain any more but I still only want to use the best products around.

Monat Blow Out Cream, Revive Shampoo and Smoothing Deep Conditioner

The way to buy Monat is through a representative. Lisa and I worked with Lisa Eisensmith who is an independent consultant. She was more than helpful and accommodating. The first thing I did was fill out her questionnaire so that she could assess what she felt was best for my hair type and hair goals. Then she made her suggestions. Being the expert I went with those and I can’t be happier. I told her I wanted no frizz, that I wanted shine, and that I wore my hair straight. She recommended Monat Blow Out Cream, Revive Shampoo and Smoothing Deep Conditioner.

Monat Revive Shampoo and Smoothing Deep Conditioner

Revive Shampoo is in the Volume line of products. The last time I used a volume shampoo all I wanted to do was come home from work and wash my hair again. It made my hair out of control. But Revive is the opposite of that. It gives me just enough body to volumize for that swingy hair I crave. It made me rethink every shampoo I’ve ever used. Not only does it gently cleanse my hair but it keeps it looking nicer for up to 4 days.

Monat Revive Shampoo

Monat gives a few hints about shampooing which are good to know. First make sure your hair is thoroughly wet first, this is something I do anyway but it’s a great reminder to us all. The shampoo is highly concentrated and you don’t need as much as you think. Second they recommend washing your hair twice. The first wash removes any product in your hair and any environmental damage. Since I don’t use much in the way of after products I haven’t always done this but it does give me longer lasting hair when I take the time to wash twice.

Smoothing Deep Conditioner isn’t the matching conditioner. Instead this is for “the ultimate hair control freak” which actually means all of us. This conditioner works on all hair types. It is meant to nourish hair, control frizz and add shine. Lisa E picked well since this meets my hair goals without weighing down my hair at all.

Monat Smoothing Deep Conditioner

It is recommended to leave the conditioner on your hair for five minutes after shampooing. I follow that rule and do all my other showering chores. By the time I’m done with my razor and shower gel it’s at least 5 minutes and I rinse until all is removed. My hair is instantly smooth in the shower.

Monat Blow Dry Cream and sample of Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive

I use an Aquis hair towel once out of the shower and brush my teeth/take my vitamins. Then it’s on to Monat Blow Out Cream. I smooth about a quarter’s worth of the cream through my hair and I’m able to wet brush it to a smoothness so that I can blow dry. It truly gives me slip so that I can dry however I want. Usually I just go a bit wild and allow my hair to dry every which way and then use my John Frieda Hot Air Brush to give myself the look I want. It makes blow drying a dream. I don’t dread it anymore since I never have a single tangle and it takes so little time.

Monat Rejuveniqe Oil

I usually stop there but I’ve been using a sample of Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive on the ends of my hair and it is freaking me out. I plan on buying this since it’s a miracle product that is good not just for hair but also for your face, neck, hands and feet. Two drops of Rejuveniqe on the ends of my hair smooth my ends so that they never look bad. I have not gone near my flat iron since I started using it.

Lisa has written a review about her experience with Monat (and posted a picture with her gorgeous hair). We have totally different hair and different hair goals but we are both excited about Monat and are thrilled to have these products in our lives.  What are your hair goals? Monat can most likely make those dreams come true.  —  Marcia

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Getting gorgeous with Monat Hair Care!

Monat Hair Care

I have always believed that great skin and great hair make for a great day. It is worth the time to look for the products that truly work for your body and your hair – YOU ARE WORTH IT!! Feeling good about yourself is empowering, and ultimately that’s what led me into blogging. The great hair I am experiencing while testing Monat Hair Care products reminds me of this – I was blessed with nice hair to begin with, but excellent products make a difference and turn my good hair into great hair which truly ups my confidence.

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I have been using my Monat products for about 2 months now. I have been testing the Renew Shampoo ($35/$30), Smoothing Deep Conditioner ($47/$40), and The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo ($34/$29).

Monat Renew Shampoo

The Renew Shampoo is a very gentle shampoo that doesn’t have any salt or sulfates. It still gently foams, but it doesn’t strip color and it’s gentle enough to use on extensions. It really works on the scalp and actually promotes hair growth. Renew Shampoo makes hair stronger, thicker, and more hydrated, which means more shine and bounce. An interesting note – Monat directs you to wash twice. I always thought that this direction was included on shampoo bottles in order to encourage sales because you used more product, but with Renew Shampoo you don’t need much to begin with. The first shampoo removes any environmental buildup and the second shampoo lets your hair get the full benefits of the product. I am amazed at the difference in terms of how much hair I lose – I can tell just by how much less hair is in the shower drain!

Monat Smoothing Deep Conditioner

Monat Smoothing Deep Conditioner

I follow my shampoo with the Smoothing Deep Conditioner. The Smoothing Deep Conditioner is a very thick condition that is excellent for amping up the shine and toning down the frizz. I find it works best if I get as much moisture out of my hair as possible after shampooing before applying the conditioner. Even though this conditioner is super thick, it doesn’t weigh down my fine hair at all. My hair is lovely – soft, floaty, without any split ends or static, even in the winter dry indoor heat. It also helps protect hair from sun damage. I can’t believe the body and how well my hair holds a curl.

Monat The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo

Monat The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo

Another product I really recommend is The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo. This is one of the best dry shampoos I’ve ever used and wow, I have tried so many I can’t even begin to count! I live on dry shampoo. I work out five days a week and while I shower every day (I know, give me a medal, right?) no way am I going to take the time to wash my super long hair and style it every day. So I am best buddies with dry shampoo. But dry shampoo can be too wet, or too white, or too fragrant. The Champ is accurately named though – it’s a winner. The perfect absorbing ingredient is agrana rice starch, which banishes anything oily or greasy without being too wet or too white. I get a solid five days of great hair with my Monat hair care trio – it’s incredible!

Posing with my daughter and my Monat hair

So far, so GREAT with Monat for me. I am looking forward to the next month because I know it will only be getting better. There are also some very interesting styling products that I would love to try.  Head on over to the Monat website to take a look – there are incredible before and after photos from customers, along with the full product line. What looks interesting to you?  – Lisa

Getting the hair we want with Keune and you get a giveaway!

Straight hair?  Curly?  Fine? Thinning? Color treated? Damaged?  Doesn’t matter what your hair care woes may be, or hey – maybe you are one of the abnormal one with normal hair! Regardless, Keune Hair Care has the products that your hair needs.  Lisa and Marcia have lots in common, but their hair is very different. Today, they are reviewing different products from this line and Keune is offering a giveaway for each of their favorite items!

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Lisa loves the Absolute Volume line:

Keune says, the Absolute Volume line has wheat proteins and liquid keratin to increase the diameter of each strand, creating volume and incredible shine. I say, woohoo! Awesome hair care for people like me who have fine hair – we want volume, we want shine, and we don’t want products that weigh our hair down!!

The Absolute Volume Shampoo and Conditioner are a fabulous duo for big, beautiful hair. I have fine hair, so I always want more body and volume. The shampoo and conditioner have Provitamin B5, which gives hair lots of volume without weighing it down.

The Absolute Volume Thermal Protector Spray is exactly what you need if you use heat styling tools to get lots of volume into your hair. It protects your hair from heat damage, whether it’s from your blow dryer, hot curlers, curling iron, or flat iron. Just spray it on to protect hair from splitting and protect color from fading, as well as lending a helping hand in terms of holding power for those curls – or not – depending on your preference!

For tons of volume, the Volume Mousse ($26) is where it’s at. This is some fantastic styling mousse. It goes right into the hair shaft to strengthen and work from the inside out. This mousse leaves my hair super full, shiny, and soft. Love it! It also protects hair from heat, so feel free to go crazy with that curling iron.

My one choice that actually isn’t in the Volumizing line is the Satin Oil Milk ($30 but on sale right now). Wow, I love this stuff!  It’s amazing for fine hair because it doesn’t weigh it down. Smooth some on and it absorbs right into hair, making is unbelievably shiny and soft. It is downright amazing, so amazing that it’s my choice of product for today’s giveaway!

My Keune hair – lots of volume and shine, not weighed down at all!!

Marcia loves the CARE line from KEUNE

Keune Care Vital Satin Oil, Oil Milk and Care Vital Nutrition Thermal Cream

I actually have been using 3 items from the CARE line but I left one at my beauty salon when I got my hair color treated the last time. It’s waiting for me there though for my third treatment. That product is the Keune Care Vital Nutrition Protein Spray ($31) which is used for dry, damaged hair. It’s applied on the scalp before during and after coloring or texturizing treatments. Since I color every 3 – 4 weeks I’ve been adding it either at home or bringing it to the salon for application prior to my color treatment. What I like about it is that it protects hair from environmental damage and UV rays. The longer my color stays vibrant, the happier I am. When I use this Protein Spray my color is looking good from start to finish, if only it didn’t gray in so gray!

Keune Care Vital Nutrition Protein Spray

There are two products that I’ve been using every time I wash my hair. Vital Nutrition Thermal Cream ($30) and Satin Oil, Oil Milk ($30). I had chosen the Thermal Cream as my product for the giveaway so I’m thrilled that Lisa chose the Oil Milk since that combination is perfect for me.

Keune Care Vital Nutrition Thermal Cream

Keune Nutrition Thermal Cream is what I use out of the shower to wet brush through my hair. Thermal Cream is a lightweight cream on the verge of being liquidy. It’s not thick so it spreads through my hair evenly. There is a light fragrance to it that doesn’t linger too long when I use this on its own. The thermal cream is great for hair that is brittle and damaged from heat styling. Since I have to blow my hair dry I’m guilty of needing this protective shield. It helps to restore and revitalize hair as well as protect it from dehydation. “This is a revitalizing cream that protects brittle, damaged hair against heat tools. Use it before thermal styling with flatirons, curling irons, and hairdryers.”

Keune Care Satin Oil, Oil Milk

Keune Care Satin Oil is an oil milk so it doesn’t have the same feel as an oil. It’s a spray on with a light formula that absorbs into my hair instantly. There are 3 different oils used to create this wonderful product and none of them create grease or weight. I’ve used this Satin Oil with the Thermal Cream and also on its own on second day hair. I find that spraying some on my hands and applying it to my hair before I style dry hair is great because it doesn’t add any greasy feeling. It dries quickly so that I can use my hot brush to revive my hair. This has more of a fragrance than the Thermal Cream and it does last longer but usually by the time I’m ready to leave home it’s not noticeable. The fragrance of these is pleasant, probably more like a floral perfume than anything else.

KEUNE is a salon line. We were very happy to see it’s carried at the JC Penney salons but if you want to meet the line in person visit their website to see where you can find a salon near you. We found over a dozen very close to our homes.

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Two winners, US only. Winners will each received Keune Care Satin Oil and Keune Care Nutrition Thermal Cream for a fantastic hair combination. This is open through 1/22/18 at 11:59 pm EST. You must be an email subscriber and comment, all other entries are optional to gain you better chances to win. Good luck!

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Your great hair day awaits with Ms. Pompadour!

In the sea of hair products out there, every line needs to stand out. Ms. Pompadour does on several counts. First, it has a fabulous name – I mean, who doesn’t want their hair care to be named Ms. Pompadour?? Besides that, Ms. Pompadour is known for having products with salon grade ingredients that leave hair silky soft and looking fantastic every single day. They ship super fast and have a 30 day money back guarantee. And, if you refer friends, you can earn free products and discounts.

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Ms. Pompadour comes from the same guys who created Mister Pompadour, Zack Henry and Matt Davis. Women loved the men’s line and demanded a line specifically for them, so Zack and Matt got busy and created Ms. Pompadour. I tested four different items:  The Strengthening Showering Experience Shampoo and Conditioner, the Leave-In Conditioner, and the Dry Shampoo. Did Ms. Pompadour leave me with a great hair day every day? Read on to find out!

Ms. Pompadour Strengthening Shower Experience:  Shampoo and Conditioner

Ms. Pompadour Shampoo and Conditioner

The Strengthening Shower Experience Shampoo and Conditioner Set ($32) is perfect for my fine hair. My hair is long, about mid-back, and it tends to tangle and break. It definitely needs strengthening as well as moisturizing. The Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner do this without weighing my fine strands down, which is tough to find. They also correct the pH level, so my hair is left extremely shiny and very smooth.  I love the results and am happy to say this duo gives me a great hair day every time and will definitely be a repurchase.

Ms. Pompadour Leave-In Conditioner

The Leave-In Conditioner ($21) is more serious stuff for hair that needs extra attention. It has tons of Pro Vitamin B5 to smooth broken strands, repair damaged cuticles, and prevent hair from breaking in the future. It does a very nice job of getting rid of frizz, although I did find it left my fine hair a little more weighted down than usual. So, I use this when I want to go with a straight style and it’s perfect. I like to alternate this with the regular Strengthening Conditioner.

Ms. Pompadour Dry Shampoo

Ms. Pompadour Dry Shampoo

I think I was most excited to try the Dry Shampoo ($19.50) because nothing makes my life easier than an awesome dry shampoo. I am always running late and dry shampoo saves my butt more times than I care to count. The Ms. Pompadour Dry Shampoo is an interesting one…it’s probably the wettest dry shampoo I have ever used. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It just means that it is imperative you use this correctly to get the best results – and if you do so, the results are fabulous. I found that I need to hold the can a good 10 inches away from my scalp. I spray it on my part and around my hair-line, then section off areas and spray my scalp. Then I clip up my hair and let it dry while I run around like a crazy woman trying to get ready. After 5 minutes, my hair is perfect – clean, smells fresh, tons of volume, looks amazing. And yes, it’s another great hair day!

Overall, I am very impressed with Ms. Pompadour.  Great products that give me great hair at great prices. You can find this line at mspompadour.com.  – Lisa

Great hair AND a giveaway? Color me happy with ColorProof!

ColorProof Hair Care

What is better than a great hair day? Winning a giveaway for products that give you a great hair day! ColorProof has tons of fabulous products that keep locks looking luscious, and today you can win one that will definitely make your day.

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ColorProof SuperRich Shampoo and Conditioner

ColorProof SuperRich Shampoo and Conditioner

I wash my hair every third day and recently my shampoo and conditioner du jour is the ColorProof SuperRich Shampoo ($34) and Conditioner ($34). My hair is pretty long, about mid-back, so the ends get very dry. This shampoo/conditioner duo is extremely hydrating yet doesn’t weigh down my fine strands. They also leave my hair wonderfully soft, floaty and shiny. And in a pinch you can use the shampoo as a body wash – and boy do I love a product that multi-tasks!! I’ve also noticed that it keeps my color-treated hair vibrant and true. It’s great stuff.

ColorProof Whipped Bodifying Mousse and Epic Hold Hairspray

ColorProof Whipped Bodifying Mousse

If I plan to curl my hair, nothing beats the hold and volume of the Whipped Bodifying Mousse ($26). I can’t believe the beautiful fullness and body this thick creamy mousse gives my fine hair! It’s like a miracle. And my curls really last too. I spray them with hairspray in the morning once and that’s all I need – my curls still look great the next morning. I usually use a hot iron or hot rollers and the difference when I use a dollop of the Whipped Bodifying Mousse on my damp hair before drying then styling is significant. This stuff is totally worth it.

ColorProof Whipped Bodifying Mousse and Epic Hold Hairspray

My most favorite hairspray of all time is the ColorProof Epic Hold Hairspray so I have to give it yet another shout out – it’s just the best and I buy it in bulk. I go into palpitations if I don’t have at least two extras on hand. HardCoreTM Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray holds my curls but doesn’t make them stiff as a board. It’s also a go-to hairspray for color treated hair.

HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray has a very slight and tolerable scent that quickly dissipates. I have never found a hairspray with this amount of control that didn’t have a scent and luckily this one is very easy on the nose. It simply holds my style better than anything else I’ve tried, without stiffness or crunchiness. Absolute holy grail.

ColorProof Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray

ColorProof Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray

But another great hairspray to have is the Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray ($29). Wow is this stuff cool! If it’s humid or rainy, or super windy out, I spray this on either by itself or else before my regular hairspray to keep my curls locked in and to keep frizz locked out. The mist actually repels any moisture, enveloping hair and giving it complete and total protection. It keeps frizz away and keep hair perky and dry.

ColorProof never ever lets me – or my hairstyle! – down.  You should enter to win yourself some ColorProof today!! Entering is easy. The good folks at ColorProof are giving away the fantastic Whipped Bodifying Mousse.  The giveaway ends on 10/16/2017 and is US only. There are 2 winners and you could certainly be one! Enter now and good luck! – Lisa
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White Sands hair care revitalizes and smoothes

White Sands Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner, Porosity The Fix, The Cure 24/7 Serum

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It’s always interesting to me is to learn about the companies that I’m using and going to share with you. I’m not talking about the big department store brands that we are all familiar with but I am interested in the independent companies that have a story behind them.

White Sands Haircare

White Sands Hair Products were created by the Salas family with a small amount of money and one product. Once they were able to introduce their product at the Orlando Premiere Beauty Show, sell everything they brought, they began their journey from there. Their American dream had begun and now fine salons throughout the country know their story.

Lisa already reviewed the three White Sands products she received and now it’s time for me to take you back to the beginning of your shower time with White Sands Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner (as well as two others).

White Sands Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Revitalizing Conditioner

There are 3 different shampoo and conditioner lines created by White Sands and I was thrilled to receive Orchid Bliss. These two products are wonderful for hair like mine: color treated and needing frizz control. Orchid Bliss shampoo and conditioner use the anti-aging characteristics and mineral richness of the orchid flower. As someone who is averse to fragrance in products I was a little leery of what this would bring. All I can say is that it’s wonderful. The fragrance is minimal and actually one I only notice in the shower. After I dry my hair I don’t notice it all. What I do notice though is a shiny head of hair that is moisturized and soft, one that isn’t looking or feeling dried out, one that isn’t as affected by humidity.

Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner are sulfate free so I feel they’re safer for my hair. One ingredient I look for in haircare is Sodium and unfortunately the shampoo does contain Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulforate and other varieties of sodium. That hasn’t been a deal killer for me now but once I get another keratin treatment I’ll have to put the Revitalizing Shampoo to the side for a few months. Luckily for me the other products I’m using, including Revitalizing Conditioner will continue to be used once the treatment is done. The conditioner is best if you leave it in for about a minute but that’s not an unusual direction.

White Sands the Cure 24/7 serum and Porosity the fix

I’m never done when my shampooing and conditioning are finished. Next is towel drying with my Aquis hair towel and a treatment product or two to work through my hair and make it easier to style.

White Sands the CURE 24/7 serum

White Sands the Cure 24/7 serum

White Sands compares The Cure 24/7 to a blur cream. I think that’s a great way to think about this product. The serum is a leave in reconstructive treatment with visible results. It is known for repairing damaged hair fibers, making your hair stronger and healthier, and restoring hair that’s been abused. As someone who uses 2 – 3 heat tools a day I need this. I’d been torturing my hair and needed this to make my hair look smoother and less flyaway. It’s done just that. While I don’t notice that I have split ends that’s one of the positives that White Sands talks about with The Cure. I spray this on and then comb through my hair prior to blow drying.

White Sands Porosity The Fix

White Sands Porosity The Fix is an old friend of mine. My hairdresser is a huge fan of White Sands and Porosity The Fix is a product she uses on me whenever I’m in for color and cut. Just like The Cure 24/7 was compared to a blur product, The Fix has been compared to makeup for hair. This is especially great for people who color treat their hair since it temporarily fills in the “blemishes” found in each strand. Porosity The Fix is wonderful prior to any heat use, especially a flat iron. My hairdresser uses this as my shine product when she’s done with my hair. I use it that way too but also prior to using my flat iron. I can use this daily without worrying about build up.

All in all I’m thrilled to have White Sands in my repertoire. The fear of fragrance was wrong wrong wrong. What little fragrance I notice is irrelevant but my great looking hair is very relevant. Something you and your hair will notice and love too.  —  Marcia

 

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Total hair rescue with White Sands Hair Care!

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I’ve trusted my hair to White Sands for a long time now…they won me over with their Orchids Oil and I’ve been happy with everything I’ve tried ever since. My recent hair discoveries are three products from this line that will keep pretty much anyone from having a tragic hair day.

White Sands ER Fusion

ER Fusion ($26) is a hair treatment that seals the hair shaft, ensuring vibrant color, superb shine, and frizz-free hair. This deep treatment is applied to freshly washed hair. Here’s a great tip that my stylist gave me – be sure to get as much water as possible out of hair as possible before putting on any treatment. Water dilutes the effects of the treatment so while you want your hair damp, let that towel soak up as much extra water as possible first! After putting on this treatment, it’s most effective to sit under a dryer for 20 minutes to really let it penetrate. Then rinse and condition as usual. The ER Fusion treatment lasts about 3o days, and it really takes hair to its highest potential.

White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Hold

Liquid Texture Medium Hold ($19.60) also comes in Firm Hold and it’s a staple for professionals who work in the entertainment industry. If you use any hot tools like flat irons or curling irons, you want this product. You can actually use a hot iron on wet hair if it’s been sprayed with Liquid Texture Medium! That means super shiny hair without any damage. Spray this on before blow drying and you won’t believe how it smooths out hair, keeping the brush from catching. The short story? If you use any sort of hot tools, you need Liquid Texture.

White Sands UnderCover Styling Spray

UnderCover Styling Spray ($21) really seems to do everything. Got curls? It makes them better. Got super straight hair and don’t want any frizz? Here is your answer. Want to keep your braid or your bun in place all day? Look no further. This styling spray has thermal guards to protect your hair from hot tools and it gives hair tons of shine while keeping it frizz free. It doesn’t flake and it works great as a texturizing spray. I don’t think there is anything this workhorse can’t do!

Styling with White Sands Hair Care products

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the products and the innovation at the White Sands line.  If you are on an eternal quest for great hair, make a stop at White Sands.  You won’t be sorry…and your hair will be thrilled.  – Lisa