Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner, Nourishing Mousse, and Replenishing Treatment Mist

How do we know it’s fall? Pumpkin is everywhere!!!! But not all pumpkin products are equal. Some pumpkin products deserve major celebration…like Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner and styling products. The Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin scent is a limited edition that comes out just for the fall and winter season. I love love love the way it smells!

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Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin

The scent of Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin doesn’t actually smell much like pumpkin to me, but it does smell like fall! I smell honey, cloves, and nutmeg. The fragrance is not too strong, but just enough to smell like cooler weather, falling leaves, and bonfires after football games. It’s lovely and a wonderful way to change up your WEN routine for the season.

Are you new to WEN? If so, I really recommend that you give this system a try. It’s been around for 16 years now. It was definitely a ground breaking concept when it first came out – not washing your hair but conditioning it clean. I remember that back in the day what finally sold me and convinced me to try the product was that Chaz Dean, creator of Wen, decided to use transparency as a marketing tool. He is very up front in his infomercial that most hair companies use all kinds of other products they don’t disclose to get the models looking fabulous, and in his infomercial, the only thing they used was the Cleansing Conditioner.

Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner

My hair is oily at the roots, dry at the ends, and color-treated. If I wash too often, my color fades very quickly. Not enough moisture and my hair gets very frizzy. If my hair isn’t cleansed well enough, it looks greasy and flat. So many issues…and for some reason I thought that the WEN product didn’t clean, it just conditioned. I was wrong. When used correctly, it does clean – hence the name  ‘Cleansing Conditioner’.

The WEN cleansing method is quite different from the way I usually cleanse my hair. The major difference is that you are instructed to use a LOT of product – 30 (yes, I said 30) pumps for shoulder length, medium textured hair like mine. Before application I really, REALLY soak my hair with water and then apply equal amounts of WEN to the crown, nape, and either side of my hair. After application the product must be worked in well – by massaging the scalp, raking and combing it through the hair, and twisting sections and just smooshing it in. I then leave it on while performing the other parts of my shower ritual (shaving, exfoliating, etc.) before rinsing it out. WEN advises to rinse VERY well- a friend and WEN user suggested I rinse about as long as I usually do with any shampoo- and then do it again. After rinsing, I apply another pump or 2 as leave-in conditioner.

Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Nourishing Mousse

This was my first time trying the WEN® Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Nourishing Mousse. It adds lots of volume and body to hair, as well as a good amount of shine.  Plus it doesn’t make my hair sticky or clumpy, which a lot of mousse products tend to do since my hair is really fine. Just apply this to wet hair before blow drying for beautiful body and shiny locks.

Wen Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Replenishing Treatment Mist

The WEN Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin Replenishing Treatment Mist has a wonderful, vanilla/honey/nutmeg smell. I use this in the AM on days I don’t wash my hair to ‘re-invigorate’ my locks prior to styling. It makes my hair feel moist but not greasy, and the smell is very uplifting as well. The bottle suggests using it on face and body too, but I save it for my hair.

You can purchase WEN products at Chaz Dean’s salon in Hollywood, California, on his website (www.chazdean.com) and through QVC.com.  Get yourself some Fall Vanilla White Pumpkin  while you still can!!- Lisa

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

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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Spring hair trends at Meijer! L’Oreal, Pantene, and John Frieda drugstore finds

Meijer spring hair

*This is a sponsored post, all opinions my own*

Spring is so close I can almost smell it!!  I can’t wait for soft warm breezes blowing my hair, smelling the lilacs and the jasmine…oh I just can’t wait.  Both Marcia and I have been thinking a lot about replenishing and refreshing our stashes for the change of the seasons, and Meijer is the place to do it.  I am super lucky because I have a Meijer just about two miles from my house.  I prefer going there because I can get my groceries plus any other sundries all in one place.

Meijer recently sent some samples of some of their hair care they have featured for spring.  I have a few favorites that are worth considering on your next shopping trip.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Hair Products

If you have teenagers in the houes, you need the L’Oreal Clay Extraordinary Clay hair products.  The clay does a great job of absorbing excess oil and dirt, rinsing clean so hair is soft and smells great.  What is unique is these products also treat dry ends at the same time.  The Extraordinary Clay Clay Mask is a pre-shampoo treatment for roots that works extra deep, giving very oily hair a fantastic lift.  And the Dry Shampoo is incredible for turning dirty, oily hair into fresh looking and fresh smelling locks.

Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner

We have a lot of guests at my house, so I keep my guest bathroom well stocked.  I always have bottles of Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner in my shower because everyone loves this stuff.  You can’t go wrong with good, basic hair care with a beautiful lather that detangles hair, leaving it soft and shiny.  Yup, everyone is happy.

L'Oreal Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and Conditioner

For those of you with dry and damaged color treated hair, the L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and Conditioner are your answer to those hair care woes.  My daughter recently got her hair tips dyed a bright red (and I instantly became the coolest mom to ever live), and this shampoo and conditioner has really helped keep the color super vibrant.  Just check this out:Red tipsred tips

They promise 60 days of color vibrancy, and my daughter is totally put the shampoo and conditioner to the test!

L'Oreal Ever Pure Hair Care

For super gentle care that colored hair loves, the L’Oreal Ever Pure Hair Care features products with no sulfates.  This is an especially good line for very dry, porous hair.  The Repair Remedy Balm rivals any deep moisturizing treatment I have ever tried, including some extremely expensive boutique brands.

L'Oreal Air Dry It hair styling products

I use a lot of heat styling tools all fall and winter, so I start taking a break from them and letting my hair air dry come spring.  In fact, in the summer I never let a curling iron or a blow dryer get close to my hair.  I think that’s how I’ve been able to keep my hair long and healthy for so many years.  I am impressed with the L’Oreal Air Dry It hair styling products that are excellent companions for those low maintenance hair days.  The Un-done Style Cream gives hair shape and body without buildup.  Add in a dollop of the Air Dry It Ruffled Body Mousse for extra curl and wave support, plus a spritz of the Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray to fight frizz, and you’ve got beautiful beachy locks with basically no effort.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray

As beautiful as they are, spring days can also be extremely humid, especially where I live in Michigan.  I can’t tell you how many days I spent forever either curling or straightening my hair, only to run from the house to my car and find it’s morphed into a head of frizz that looks like an old dandelion.  A favorite hairspray of mine is John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray, which not only hold my hair in place, it also locks out frizz for 24 hours.  All I need is 8, and it delivers!

The selection and variety of hair care products in Meijer is fantastic, and they have awesome prices for the spring season.  Be sure to stop by and stock up!  – Lisa

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Running late? You can still get great hair with ColorProof!

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This morning I woke up late. I don’t mean 10 minutes late. I don’t mean one too many taps on the snooze button late. I mean an entire 45 minutes LATE. You know how it goes – getting sleepy kids up and ready, then stepping in who knows what…something that one of the pets threw up (you hope it’s vomit because any alternative you can conjure up is waaay worse), forgetting your phone and having to run back inside, all while knowing there is a meeting starting without you and YOUR BOSS IS THERE WONDERING WHERE YOU ARE. I am almost breaking into a rash just thinking about it.                                                                                                                            samples

ColorProof DrySpell and PowderFix So unfortunately, since my alarm clock is about 20 years old, this hectic morning thing happens more often than I want to admit. I have actually developed a routine for this just in case. I have an ’emergency’ outfit in the event I have no time to root around in my closet. I have a makeup bag filled with what I need to either A) apply a reasonable look in about three minutes and/or B) take it to work so I can put my makeup on there. I always have a supply of awesome body wipes in case there is truly no time to shower, and I am never, ever, ever without dry shampoo.
ColorProof Epic Hold HairsprayA line that never lets me down is ColorProof.  They carry my most favorite hairspray of all time, the HardCore Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray (I buy them five cans at a time from Amazon).  Two other products that I always have on hand, especially for those ‘running so late I’m out of breath’ days, are The ColorProof DrySpell Color Protect Dry Shampoo and PowderFix Texturing Powder.
ColorProof DrySpellI try to get four days out of a good shampoo.  However, because I am also committed to breaking a sweat every day (hopefully from working out and not from running late), I need a dry shampoo and I need a styling product that puts some texture and volume back into my hair.
ColorProof DrySpellColorProof DrySpell Color Protect Dry Shampoo is a godsend. The superfine powder shampoo is a mixture of cornstarch, rice and clay that absorbs oil and gives hair a light clean scent. The mist is so fine it doesn’t ever build up and look chalky or flaky. An added bonus: it provides color and heat protection. Here’s how I use it: I quickly section my hair into about six sections, then spray the dry shampoo a good 5 inches away from my scalp. Any closer doesn’t give me as great of a result. After spraying, I put all my hair up in a big clip and run around doing whatever else needs to be done. Finally, I unclip my now completely dry hair and quickly run my fingers through, fluffing it up and fully distributing the dry shampoo.
ColorProof PowderFixColorProof PowderFixAfter that, I will add in some of the PowderFix Texturing Powder on my crown, part and bangs. This extremely fine and wonderfully silky powder gives my hair tremendous lift, volume, and texture. It feels almost wet in my hands. I just pour a bit into my palm, rub it together, then flip my hair over and apply along my part and crown. I like this method better than sprinkling it on, although you may prefer that application technique. The powder goes matte and sinks right in, giving my hair the most wonderful boost of body and texture. It’s fantastic.
I usually get my ColorProof products from Amazon, but you can find this extraordinary line at many salons throughout the country. When you put together your emergency beauty kit, be sure to include these items for an awesome hair day no matter how stressful it started that morning.  – Lisa
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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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