Calling all brunettes: John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Lightening Collection is your new friend

It’s summer and there’s actually sun coming out to play. It seems like it took forever to get here but I’ve made the best of it with summer shiny hair thanks to John Frieda. They say that blondes have all the fun but if you are a brunette you too can have summer fun with the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Lightening Collection.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo

There are three pieces to this collection but I’ve mostly been using the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brightening Shampoo and Conditioner to bring out shine and highlights on my brown hair. I get my hair colored about every 3 to 4 weeks but with John Frieda I’ve been stretching it out longer and getting in about 5 weeks. I love saving time and money! I’m not someone who enjoys sitting for 2 hours in a salon while getting color done. I like instant gratification – or at least quick gratification.

I’ve been washing my hair with the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Shampoo. I love how much brighter and more alive my hair looks after using this. The shampoo is a light golden caramel color that deposits color that’s lighter than my current shade. It doesn’t change the color as much as it brightens it. I usually leave the shampoo in for about 2 minutes before rinsing. This leaves my hair so shiny and it’s not drying at all.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo

On to the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Conditioner which is thicker and luxurious looking. That I leave on for several minutes even though directions don’t necessarily tell me to do so. But I love the softness that it provides while nourishing my hair. My hair also feels fuller after using this giving me some nice volume.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Conditioner

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Conditioner

The sum total of these two products is a more golden shade with extra brightness but no brassiness. I wash my hair 3 times per week and the more often I use these John Frieda products in between color appointments the more golden my hair looks. If you want even more lightening then wash every day. Your hairdresser won’t like this but you certainly will.

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John Frieda Visibly Brighter after

These two products are formulated with honey and marigold flower extract which gives them a light fragrance. I notice the fragrance when I’m first blow drying but afterwards my hair just smells like freshly washed hair.

You don’t need color treated hair to try these as they work perfectly on all brunettes even those of us who need a “little” help keeping the gray at bay. At $9.99 MSRP each you’ll have months of shiny hair that makes you think that you too are a blonde having fun. —  Marcia

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Conditioner: WATER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BEHENAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, CETYL ESTERS, FRAGRANCE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, LACTIC ACID, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, SILICONE QUATERNIUM-22, MICA, PPG-3 MYRISTYL ETHER, CARAMEL, DISODIUM EDTA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, GLYCINE, MALIC ACID, GLYCERIN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, YELLOW 5, TIN OXIDE, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, HONEY EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT.

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Evolving my hair care with ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth and All Around Flexible Hairspray

ColorProof Hair Care

When I look in the mirror before I leave each morning and I see good hair, I just know it means I am going to have a good day. If I’ve got some reliable products, I can go days without having to wash and dry my hair which saves valuable time for sleeping and…well…more sleeping. So I usually turn to ColorProof for a little magic to turn my bed head into good hair/good days. My two recent favorites that ColorProof sent me to test (and that will no question be repurchases for me) are ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth ($30.00) and ColorProof’s AllAround Flexible Hold Hairspray ($26.00).

ColorProof Hair Care

ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth makes my hair wonderfully soft, silky, and shiny. I have very fine hair and this never weighs it down. My hair is pretty long so I always need help with my ends, which tend to get crunchy by after a few days, and this little bottle of goodness never fails to do the trick. It keeps my color vibrant, keeps my strands smooth, and keeps my curls in place.

ColorProof Hair Care

I use a little hairspray every day and I am absolutely loving ColorProof’s AllAround Flexible Hold Hairspray. My other favorite hairspray is one of theirs – the Epic Hold Hairspray. I think I have five back up cans in my cupboard. I use that one when I need all day hold for megacurls. The AllAround Flexible Spray is the one I reach for when I have beachy waves that I want to keep all day long. It keeps my volume so my hair doesn’t fall flat, but my hair is still soft and I can run my hands or a comb through it. The spray doesn’t smell all perfumey, and it doesn’t build up so if I need a refresher the next day it’s never a problem. I love this hairspray and plan to buy several cans to join my other back ups. Then maybe that OCD voice in my head will give me a break. Oh who am I kidding…but I’m still buying those cans!

You can find ColorProof in salons nationwide, as well as online and at Amazon and Overstock.com. I love this line and recommend them for their hairsprays in particular. I really hope you will check them out – you won’t regret it!  – Lisa

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CUVÉE, the champagne of haircare

CUVÉE is an invitation to a world of modern luxury. Where the champagne is forever flowing and your hair is forever flawless.

CUVÉE Protective Treatment

CUVÉE Protective Treatment

I’ve been introduced to the champagne of haircare with CUVÉE. I was sent 3 packets of this luxury line along with a full size of their Styling Treatment so that I could experience the glamour of the line. This is not your mother’s haircare and it certainly isn’t my mother’s but it’s uniqueness makes it worth trying. I did find this to be a very fragrant line. It’s a combination of champagne and fig and is scented this way to develop a seductive experience.

CUVÉE Shampoo, Styling Balm and Conditioner packets

CUVÉE Shampoo, Styling Balm and Conditioner packets

Each product contains our proprietary Cuvée Complex™ that utilizes small, best-of-the-batch ingredients for products that create real results. Champagne, White Truffle, Platinum along with other Botanicals are carefully blended to repair and strengthen for lush, shiny hair.

CUVÉE Shampoo

CUVÉE Shampoo

CUVÉE SHAMPOO ($35) is for all hair types. This lathers up beautifully, I almost felt like I was in a shampoo commercial. It left my hair very soft and easy to manage.  Even though I only got 4 washes from it my color stayed true. It also doesn’t leave a residue behind so that meant no flakes on my scalp.

CUVÉE Conditioner

CUVÉE Conditioner

CUVÉE Conditioner ($38) is the perfect product to use after using their shampoo. It doesn’t take a lot to condition yet it left my hair very manageable. I felt like it was hydrating yet it washed out easily. All CUVÉE products are Sulfate Free, Paraben Free,  Phthalate Free, and Cruelty Free.

CUVÉE Styling Balm

CUVÉE Styling Balm

CUVÉE Styling Balm ($45) is the product I had trouble with the first time I used it. I always need a balm or serum to smooth out my hair or I can’t even get my brush through it. I didn’t realize how little I needed of this balm and overdid it my first time. My hair felt heavy and weighed down. Even though the cost of this Styling Balm is higher than the shampoo and conditioner, it takes just a small amount to work so you’ll get many more uses from it. This is especially nice for hair that needs taming especially with frizz weather here. You can use this on both wet or dry hair but it’s too thick for me on dry hair. It’s a very lush feeling balm but a little goes a long way.

CUVÉE Protective Treatment

CUVÉE Protective Treatment

CUVÉE Protective Treatment ($45) is a spray serum that you can easily use on wet or dry hair. I used it on second/third day hair prior to using a heating tool. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t weigh my hair down at all. This treatment has UV Protection & Antioxidant properties to protect your hair from the sun and elements. CUVÉE Protective Treatment is the product that I definitely noticed the champagne feel. I felt enveloped in it. While the ingredients don’t mention champagne the CUVÉE Complex contains it.

Combining only top-of-the-line ingredients, the CUVEE COMPLEX™ was born. It is a carefully crafted blend of: Champagne Extracts for soft, shiny hair that provides antioxidant properties to guard against damage from pollution. White Truffle Extracts add moisture. Platinum Extracts detoxifies the hair and scalp. Plant proteins nourish and protect from UV Rays. Resveratrol slows down the process of hair loss. Ceramides help repair hair fibers resulting in stronger, thicker, more resilient hair.

If you are ready for luxury in your life then you are probably ready for CUVÉE in your life too. — Marcia

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éprouvage proves hair can look its best in any season

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There’s only one thing that I can think of that makes éprouvage a difficult brand to use – I don’t know how to pronounce its name! Other than that I like everything about it. As a woman with hopefully straight hair I’m looking for a haircare line that is smoothing, helps with color treated hair, fights the frizz, and is working to prevent breakage. éprouvage Smoothing Shampoo and Smoothing Conditioner has fulfilled those promises.

éprouvage smoothing shampoo and conditioner

éprouvage smoothing shampoo and conditioner

press sample

éprouvage is an anti-aging haircare line with different categories of hair products. You can buy their Fortifying line, their Gentle Volume line, their Reparative line, and more at Ulta. Products are reasonably priced at about $15 and $16 for 8.45 fl oz of shampoo and conditioner.

Newly released is the Smoothing line which is right up my alley. éprouvage uses “Progressive Plant Cells” in their formulas.

Healthy hair and scalp start at the cellular level. The powerful actives in our products work at the scalp to create the ideal environment to produce stronger, healthier hair. Highly concentrated antioxidant molecules neutralize free radicals and reduce the harmful effects of oxidative stress involved in aging. A proprietary peptide blend helps create thicker, fuller-looking hair.

éprouvage Smoothing Shampoo is subtitled For Moisturizing & Taming. It’s a color safe formula that is free of sulfates, parabens, and gluten. It’s a gentle cream that lathers lightly. The shampoo itself almost looks luminous.

éprouvage Smoothing Shampoo

éprouvage Smoothing Shampoo

One thing that attracted me to éprouvage Smoothing products is that are good for the scalp. This winter often left me with a flaky scalp that was extremely annoying. When I’m using the éprouvage Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, I massage them into my scalp. I’ve seen results from that since I’m not noticing flakes. My scalp is benefiting as much as my hair.

éprouvage Smoothing Conditioner is the companion piece that is especially good for nourishing hydration.

Benefits

  • Restores hydration and nourishes dry, unruly hair.
  • Gently detangles without weighing hair down.
  • Replenishes moisture and improves manageability.
éprouvage Smoothing Conditioner

éprouvage Smoothing Conditioner

These have a light floral fragrance which I find soothing. It’s not a strong fragrance and I don’t notice it after my hair is dry. They make my hair more manageable and keep it straighter longer.

éprouvage Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

éprouvage Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

With April showers your hair isn’t always giving you a good hair day but you can help it along with these smoothing products from éprouvage.  — Marcia

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Don’t wash your hair – Unwash it!

Unwash Hair CareLather, rinse, repeat…then condition. That’s what we were taught…in fact, it was the ONLY way to get clean, soft hair. Then came cleansing conditioners, which left hair clean and soft but were far more time-consuming than regular shampoo and conditioner. Now there is Unwash – a co-cleansing system that cleans hair without stripping color, natural oils, and moisture.                                                                                                                       samples

Some of the benefits of Unwashing include:

  • a simple system that saves money since you don’t need any extra styling products
  • Cationic Cleansers act like magnets to remove daily dirt without disrupting the cuticle
  • no sulfates
  • reduces dry time
  • safe for every type of hair

The Unwash Try Me Kit ($25) includes the Anti-Residue Cleanse which is a ‘reset button for the tresses’; the Hydrating Mask  a moisture-locking conditioner; and the Bio-Cleansing Conditioner which does all the work of a shampoo and a conditioner without stripping hair’s natural integrity.

Anti-Residue CleanseThe first time I tested it, I used the Anti-Residue Cleanse specifically because I felt I needed a deep cleaning. I had put off getting my hair colored so I had lots of spray on hair color on my roots along with several days worth of hairspray. The instructions say to massage a ‘generous amount’ into your scalp then work through the ends of hair. I have an absolute ton of hair – it’s mid-back length – so I usually need even more than usual. However, the Try Me Kit has smaller bottles (2.5 fl. oz – regular size is 20 fl. oz) so I have to admit I probably didn’t use enough product to begin with since I was trying to conserve. One wash didn’t get my hair totally clean so I actually did the dreaded ‘rinse and repeat’ – but again, I have so much hair and it was pretty dirty. Once I rinsed the second time, my hair and scalp felt very clean and while it didn’t feel as uncomfortably squeaky as it does with a typical clarifying shampoo I could tell I needed a conditioner.

Hydrating MaskThe second half of the Unwash dynamic duo with the Anti-Residue Cleanse is the Hydrating Mask. This is a super hydrating conditioner that restores hair’s moisture balance and leaves it soft and beautiful. It definitely hydrated my hair, leaving it feeling silky and rinsing out without any tangles. The directions say to keep it on for about four minutes – I put it on after rinsing the Anti-Residue Cleanse then commenced showering, probably rinsing it out after about 3 minutes which was plenty of time. I found that after towel drying there truly is no need for more conditioner like any leave-in spray on products  Resist the temptation! I typically use a leave in just because my hair is so long that my ends can get weak and damaged, but Unwash doesn’t play well with – and doesn’t need – any extra products. When I used other conditioning styling products they left my hair feeling sort of gummy. Truly, even those with very dry hair will find the Anti-Residue Cleanse and Hydrating Mask all that is needed for clean, soft, moisturized hair.

Bio-Cleansing ConditionerThe signature product, Unwash’s Bio-Cleansing Conditioner, is a stand alone product. It doesn’t have any lather and it cleanses thanks to the cationic cleansers that act like magnets that remove daily dirt without disrupting the cuticle, as well as conditions with coconut oil, babassu oil, and organic argan oil. It leaves my hair feeling great – soft, clean, and frizz-free. I find that I have to take rinsing VERY seriously – not fully rinsing ruins the effect and hair can end up a bit flat. I also find that in order to get three or four days between washing I need to use dry shampoo on my roots, but that’s nothing unusual – I work out most days and get pretty sweaty, so dry shampoo is a daily must for me anyway.

Overall, I think that Unwash is a great concept and all three products in the Try Me Kit are well worth trying. You can find the Try Me Kit at Ulta.  Give it a shot – you may end up loving Unwashing your hair!  – Lisa

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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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Beautiful hair with Darshana Natural Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

Darshana Natural Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

Hair care is one of those beauty items that gives immediate results. Wash and condition your hair with something new and you know right away if it’s the beginning of a love affair or just a one night stand that you’d rather forget. I’m happy there was no ‘walk of shame’ with the Darshana Natural Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner…these are some hair products that make for a long-lasting relationship!                                               samples

Darshana Natural Moisturizing Shampoo

The Darshana Natural Moisturizing Shampoo ($24) has a lot of reasons to love it:

  • No sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrance or animal testing
  • Improves moisture and shine
  • Repairs, strengthens, protects with 18 amino acids
  • Color safe
  • Natural Indian Ayurvedic botanicals promote healthy hair
  • Honey, organic aloe, provitamin B5 for long lasting moisture
  • PH balanced to gently cleanse hair (4.8 – 5.8)
  • For all hair and scalp types
  • Fresh citrus scent

The shampoo is very gentle but does a great job of cleansing hair, even if you use lots of styling products or have oily hair. The Indian Ayurvedic botanicals are beautiful ingredients that smooth and condition every strand. If you color your hair like I do, you will love how this shampoo keeps color bright while the amino acids protect hair from environmental damage.

The Natural Moisturizing Shampoo is PH balanced and contains no sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrance, phosphates, phthalates, or animal testing. A perfect pair for the shampoo is the Natural Moisturizing Conditioner.

Darshana Natural Moisturizing ConditionerDarshana Natural Moisturizing Conditioner

Lots to love with the Natural Moisturizing Conditioner ($24) too!

  • No sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrance or animal testing
  • Softens, detangles, defrizzes
  • Improves moisture and shine
  • Color safe
  • Repairs, strengthens, protects with 18 amino acids
  • Natural Indian Ayurvedic botanicals promote healthy hair
  • Honey, shea butter, sweet almond oil for moisture and shine
  • PH balanced to moisturize and smooth (3 – 4)
  • Fresh citrus scent
  • For all hair and scalp types

This new hair conditioner from Darshana is a wonderful, lightweight conditioner that hydrates without weighing down hair. It leaves hair super soft, full of body, and free of frizz. If your hair tends to get tangled, you will love how this keeps hair smooth and tangle-free because it closes and seals the hair cuticle. Just like the shampoo, this conditioner is PH balanced and has no sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrance, phosphates, phthalates, or animal testing.

As Darshana says, the Natural Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are natural alternatives for long-term hair care. I am extremely happy with them and they have a permanent place in my shower. You can purchase Darshana products online at darshanabeauty.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration, opinions all mine!