Fine or thinning hair? VoluMedic Hair Thickening System

VoluMedicFor those of us with fine and/or thinning hair, it can be quite a challenge to find a solution that is botanically based and not full of chemicals. Recently I have been testing VoluMedic, an all-natural system for fine/thinning hair that works for both men and women.

VoluMedic

The reason we experience hair loss is because our hair growth cycle is out of balance. That imbalance results in less hair during the anagen or growth stage, and a bigger number of telegen or degenerating hairs. The VoluMedic System not only slows this process down, it can even reverse it – again, for both men and women!  Some highlights:

  • Cleanses and stimulates the flow of nutrients to the scalp
  • Removes DHT build-up
  • Increases percentage of hair follicles in the anagen (growth) phase of the hair cycle
  • Thickens and adds body to thin, fine, limp hair
  • Eliminates the use of aggressive, sulfate cleansers, protecting the scalp and hair color
  • It’s a simple, flexible system
  • Uses no paraben preservatives
  • Contains no dyes or synthetic fragrances
  • Is formulated gluten-free

The most innovative active ingredient in VoluMedic products is Pisum Sativum, a sustainable phytonutrient. Swiss studies showed significantly increased Anagen and decreased Telogen follicles on a mixed panel of men & women who used our system. 85% of users showed a 78% average increase in the Anagen / Telogen follicle growth ratio after 90 days use.

Whether you suffer from thinning hair or hair loss due to heredity, medical conditions, or simply from aging, VoluMedic can work for you – and it’s an easy, 3-step system.

VoluMedic Shampoo

The first step is to shampoo with the VoluMedic Shampoo. This shampoo smells minty and fresh, and leaves hair feeling clean but not stripped since it doesn’t contain any sulfates. It does, however, get rid of sebum and build up, which clogs hair follicles.

  • Cleans and builds body without sulfate stripping of vital nutrients or hair color
  • Helps eliminates sebum and styling build-up at the follicle
  • Invigorates the scalp
  • Compatible with keratin straightening systems.

As a result, it gives hair a lot more oomph and volume.

VoluMedic Conditioner

The second step is to condition with the VoluMedic Thickening Conditioner. This also has a fresh, minty scent.  It strengthens hair and adds even more body.

  • Thickens each hair shaft for added body
  • Smooths and protects the surface of the hair
  • Adds life to fine or thinning hair
  • Stimulates the scalp

After rinsing and towel drying hair, there’s just one more step toward a thicker, fuller ‘do.

VoluMedic Scalp Stimulator

While the shampoo and conditioner keep hair healthy and prep the scalp, the Scalp Stimulator does the bulk of the work. For some reason I was expecting this to be a foam, but it’s actually a liquid spray that is applied directly onto your scalp. Just massage in with your fingers, then enjoy the tingling sensation for about a minute before styling. That sensation means it’s working, dissolving excess sebum and promoting a healthy scalp. VoluMedic says this sensation can last for up to 3o minutes, but it only lasts for a few minutes on me and isn’t unpleasant at all.

The Scalp Stimulator gives some immediate gratification, making hair full and thick right away.

  • Helps increase the flow of nutrients for healthy hair
  • Promotes the Anagen, productive phase of the hair cycle
  • Helps clear clogged hair follicles
  • Safe and effective, stimulating formula
  • Hair color safe
  • Contains no paraben preservatives, artificial dyes or fragrances

Basically, the VoluMedic Scalp Stimulator makes your hair thick and full through creating an awesome anagen follicle stage and getting rid of excess sebum that inhibits hair growth. Like the Shampoo and Conditioner, the VoluMedic Scalp Stimulator has no sulfates, parabens, artificial fragrance or dyes. All VoluMedic formulas are also safe for color-treated hair.

If you – or your significant other – has fine or thinning hair, give VoluMedic a try! You can find this line at Sally Beauty stores and through their website.  The 30 day Starter Kit is only $23, so why not give it a shot?  – Lisa

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Stock up your shower with drugstore finds from Aveeno

AveenoOne of the coolest things about blogging is discovering awesome finds at terrific prices. I have a few favorite drugstore lines and AVEENO® is one of them.

I am sad for all the years I didn’t know about this great brand, but Marcia and I have been AVEENO® brand ambassadors for years now and we are very proud of this. Over the years I have found many must-have products from this sensitive skin-friendly brand, and today I want to tell you about three staples to stock up on for a super shower.

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Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner, Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner, Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

The AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® hair products have an ingredient called ACTIVE NATURALS® SEAWEED EXTRACT.  It’s full of vitamins, proteins, and minerals that clean hair without leaving it dried out, conditioning and balancing it to perfection. The AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® SHAMPOO (10.5 fl.oz., $6.49) is a great shampoo that indeed leaves hair super clean but still soft and shiny. It is sulfate free, so while it doesn’t have a ton of foam it still does a wonderful job even on color treated hair.

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner

The sister conditioner, AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® CONDITIONER (10.5 fl.oz., $6.49) is a conditioner for those who don’t need tons of moisture weighing down hair. It’s especially good for oily or fine hair, since it’s light but still hydrates and gives hair shine. If you have very dry ends or lots of frizz, you will probably want something heavier. Otherwise, this is a terrific every day, workhorse conditioner.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

 A shower isn’t complete with shampoo and conditioner – you also need a perfect body wash. I love AVEENO® body washes because they have ACTIVE NATURALS® COLLOIDAL OATMEAL, which is fantastic for all kinds of skin, even the most sensitive. Colloidal oatmeal protects and soothes skin and it has tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. I think the body wash to get – especially for guest bathrooms to accommodate any skin care needs – is the AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH (12 fl.oz., $6.99). No kidding, this is a stand out drugstore product. It has a very light fragrance and the ingredients include the colloidal oatmeal plus a blend of natural oils and emollients that clean skin beautifully while also soothing and refreshing. All skin types will love this soap free, dye free and hypoallergenic body wash. It rinses clean and is truly one of the best body washes I have ever tried.
I recently visited a friend who is beyond wealthy and while she has all sorts of products from very expensive lines, every shower in her house had nothing but AVEENO® products — for very good reason!  Next time you are at the drugstore, stock up on AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® SHAMPOOCONDITIONER, and DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH. They are perfect for your guests and perfect for you, too.  – Lisa
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Let your individual style shine through with Wella EIMI #beautybrands

Wella EIMIIt’s been forever since I’ve tried the Wella brand but I certainly remember it was a big favorite back in the day.  Recently Beauty Brands sent me several products to test from the new Wella EIMI hair care collection. The EIMI collection is all about helping you express your individuality through your hair, with styling products that range from smoothing serums to maximum hold hairsprays.

Wella Root Shoot

Wella Root Shoot Precise Root Mousse

The coolest product of the four I tested is the Wella EIMI Root Shoot Precise Root Mousse ($19).

Lifts roots
– Gives hair natural-looking body
– Offers low to medium hold
– Has precise spray applicator
– Easy to use

This is a volumizing mousse that truly gives hair lots of body and lift. The ‘precision applicator’ nozzle is small so you can point it directly at your roots when hair is damp. Then, just smooth it in, and blow dry – or even air dry – for a nice body boost. It even works on long hair without layers. Great stuff.

Wella Dry Me Dry Shampoo

Wella Dry Me Dry Shampoo

I love dry shampoo so I was very excited to test the Wella EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo ($19).

Refreshes hair
– Absorbs oil
– Adds volume
– Provides a matte texture
– Offers Hold Level 1
– Contains tapioca starch

What I like about this dry shampoo is it not only absorbs oil so I don’t have to shampoo as often, it doesn’t leave hair stiff with too much texture. Plus it’s a nice big bottle so it doesn’t run out quickly.

Wella Sugar Lift Sugar Spray

Wella Sugar Lift Sugar Spray

I have tried many, many salt sprays, but a sugar spray? Something totally new to me. Wella EIMI Sugar Lift Sugar Spray For Voluminous Texture ($19) is a light spray that –

Has high holding power
– Boosts body and volume for lifted locks
– Texturizes hair
– Leaves hair shiny
– Made with sugar that doesn’t weigh hair down

I think it works best on wavy or curly hair for more body and texture.  It doesn’t give that dry, sort of crunchy texture that salt sprays do. It’s more of a shiny, softer texture that doesn’t weigh down fine hair. It can be used on damp or dry hair, although for me I get the best results on damp hair that I then scrunch for soft, pretty waves.

Wella Perfect Me Lightweight BB Lotion

Wella Perfect Me Lightweight BB Lotion

Ok, so a BB lotion for hair? Wella EIMI Perfect Me Lightweight BB Lotion ($19) is a hair serum that –

Infuses dry hair with moisture
– Repairs damaged strands
– smooths strands
– Tames flyaways
– Boosts shine
– Protects hair from heat styling

Similar to a BB cream for skin, this BB lotion seems to do a little bit of everything. It moisturizes hair, smooths frizziness, and protects it from heat styling.  It doesn’t give any hold but it does pamper hair!

The Wella from back in the day has definitely changed and is now a real player in the hair styling arena. Head on over to Beauty Brands to take a look at the EIMI line, as well as tons of other makeup, skin care, and bath and body lines.  – Lisa

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Nourish hair with Korres Almond and Linseed Hair Mask

Korres Hair Mask

I can’t believe I am writing this, but sometimes I actually long for the days when my hair was so oily I had to wash it every single day. The constant washing/styling was a pain, but boy, my hair sure was naturally silky soft and shiny back then.

Nowadays…not so much. I still have nice hair but it needs HELP. My ends get so dry and they are prone to splitting, especially when I use heat styling tools. My hair is fine so super heavy treatments can weigh it down. I need a moisturizing treatment that tackles split ends and gives my fine hair some volume and I was hoping to find what I need in the KORRES Almond & Linseed Hair Mask  ($22.50) I was sent.

Korres Almond and Linseed Hair Mask

Korres Almond and Linseed Hair Mask

The Almond and Linseed Hair Mask is a silicone-free conditioning mask that specifically addresses split ends. Ingredients include organic extracts from the Greek island of Crete that serve as antioxidants, along with almond and linseed to treat and prevent split ends. It also has Vitamin B3 and provitamin B5 for more textural support.

  • Repairing mask for dry and damaged hair
  • Helps nourish hair with moisture
  • Helps hair retain its moisture
  • Helps increase hair’s resistance against breakage and split ends with continued use
  • Helps control frizzy hair
  • Unique mix of extracts from the island of Crete contains aloe, dittany, mountain tea and marjoram
  • Contains almond and linseed extracts, shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil, murumuru seed butter, hydrolyzed wheat protein, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B5
  • Contains no silicone, parabens, propylene glycol, mineral oil, petrolatum or ethanolamines
Korres Almond and Linseed Hair Mask

Korres Almond and Linseed Hair Mask

I really like this mask. It’s different from any other that I’ve tried. It has a light slightly sweet almond scent that dissipates quickly and while the mask is thick it rinses away cleanly. I find that the Almond and Linseed Hair Mask really takes care of split ends. Because it is silicone-free, it doesn’t leave hair slippery soft. It actually gives it some texture and increases volume, which is rather unusual for a conditioning treatment.

If you have dry, damaged hair with split ends, I recommend giving the Korres Almond and Linseed Hair Mask a whirl. While it doesn’t create silky hair, it does give major hydration and really great texture and volume. You can find it online at Sephora and HSN.  – Lisa

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Giveaway alert! Teez W/Eeze Aqua Brush and Folding Back Combing Comb

Is flat hair dragging you down? Are tangles tying you into knots? Do hair puns drive you right over the edge??? Today’s giveaway from Teez w/Eez can cure all of these ills!

Teez w/Eez Giveaway

Two lucky winners will receive a hair product duo from Teez w/Eez including the Aqua Brush and the Folding Back Combing Comb.

The Aqua Brush

The Aqua Brush

Brushes specifically for wet hair are very popular and for good reason. It is so easy to damage wet hair with brushing or combing, but brushes made for wet hair are gentle enough to eliminate tangles without breaking fragile strands. I have tried many wet brushes, but my absolute favorite is the Teez w/Eez Aqua Brush.

My family literally fights over this brush! Many wet brushes are too wimpy for long hair and tough tangles, but this one is just firm enough to really tackle tough knots. It’s also terrific on dry hair. Most mornings when I reach for this I can’t find it…my poor brush is a kidnapping victim almost every day.

The Aqua Brush also works on extensions and wigs, and is perfect for thinning and very fragile hair. As Teez w/Eez says, ‘lose the knots, not the hair’! It also has an ‘anti-slip grip’ which prevents the dreaded involuntary brush toss. It’s also the best brush ever for kids…every mom should have one of these!

The Back Combing Comb

The Folding Back Combing Comb

Once I solve my tangled hair issues, I need help taking my hair from flat to fabulous. I have mid-back length hair with long layers, so getting some lift at the roots is always a chore for me. I first reviewed the Back Combing Comb two years ago and I have used my comb every single day since. This comb makes it so easy that even a klutz like me can back comb like a pro.

The new version has the same great features plus a bonus. The unique steel pin design means that hair won’t suddenly be full of static, plus a single stroke through is like four from a regular comb. That means fewer strokes for the same effect…and less damage to your hair. The large comb has a great handle that makes it extremely easy to use on yourself and the pick end is great for sectioning hair. The cool addition with the new version is a folding handle, which makes the comb compact and perfect for on the go. The ergonomic handle can still be used for sectioning hair, but then the comb can be folded up, protecting the teeth and minimizing space.

You can find the Aqua Brush and the Folding Back Combing Comb online at teezeweez.com and at beauty supply stores.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is open to US Subscribers only through Friday September 25, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close email me with your comment at [email protected]gmail.com and label it Teez w/Eez, then press that entry button and continue on. Between the Aqua Brush and the Folding Back Combing Comb, your hair is going to look better than ever!  Enter today to win…two people will get this great set, why not make yourself one of the lucky ones??  — Lisa

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Feeding my hair with the Hair Food Moisture Collection

photo from jangohealthandfitness.co.uk

photo from jangohealthandfitness.co.uk

I used to be a terrible food snob. I shopped at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s only, thinking that my local grocery store was full of nothing but processed foods and chemicals that would ultimately kill me. I felt the same way about my hair products. If it didn’t come from the salon, it must not be any good. My intentions were good…I wanted to make sure I was living in the most healthy way possible. But my reasoning was definitely flawed. There are tons of healthy foods at my local grocery store for a third of the price I was paying at the other markets. There are also great hair care products to be found there that are super healthy for hair – not to mention my wallet.

Clairol Hair Food Moisture Collection

Clairol Hair Food Moisture Collection

I was recently sent the new Hair Food Moisture Collection. This former hair care snob was intrigued by the inspiration for this collection…power foods that feed hair’s hunger for nourishment. The package even included these beautiful teas in Strawberry Ginger Black Tea and Apricot Honey Black Tea, both inspired by the Hair Food Collections.

Hair Food Tea

The Moisture Collection includes the Hair Food Moisture Shampoo ($9.99), the Hair Food Moisture Conditioner ($9.99), and the Hair Food Moisture Mask ($11.99). They all have a very slight scent of honey and apricots, which are the power ingredients. The scent is light and very pleasant. I actually wish it stuck around but it dissipates pretty quickly.

Hair Food Moisture Collection

The Moisture Shampoo gives lots of lather and is gentle, even on my color-treated hair. The Moisture Conditioner is indeed moisturizing and the three hydrators lock in moisture and keep my hair soft and swingy.

The Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask is great as a once a week treatment. This isn’t a mask you need to pile on…a little goes a long way. Be sure to rinse well because it’s so moisturizing it can leave hair feeling a little sticky when it’s wet. After hair dries it is unbelievably smooth, shiny, and soft.

Overall, this is a very impressive trio of hair goodness. I love what it does for my hair, and the price is definitely right. The Hair Food Moisture Collection will for sure be a repurchase for me. You can find these products at Target, along with the other Hair Food Collections including Root Cleansing and Volume.  – Lisa

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Giveaway alert! Get control of your hair with Mark Hill Salon Professional

IMG_2448There are so many things that we can’t control…rush hour traffic. The weather. Our children. So products that help control hair are such a relief!  UK hair stylist Mark Hill, also known as the ‘Master of Sexy, Wearable Hair.’  His terrific and affordable  hair care line, Mark Hill Salon Professional, is all about taking control and becoming the master of your hair.

Mark Hill sent a few products to test and one to give away to a very lucky BIZ reader!

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Mark Hill Work It Girl!

Mark Hill Work It Girl!

Get Gorgeous Work It Girl Spray ($10.99) is the hardest working hair spray in show business. It works on damp hair and dry hair. It works pre and post styling. It gives protection, adds shine, creates texture, and provides flexible hold. That is a ton of multi-tasking for one bottle of product!

Key Ingredients include:

Bamboo/Fern Extract – Gives structure and strength to the hair.
Panthenol – Long lasting moisture control, strengthens the hair structure.
Silk Protein – Adds a great shine and helps control moisture to keep the hair straighter for longer.
Keravis – Hair strengthening complex. Strengthens the hair inside and out, prevents the cuticles from thermal stress.

I typically use this spray in three different ways. First, I use it on my damp hair before drying for protection and texture. After drying, I spritz some on before using a curling iron or flat-iron for more protection. And after styling, another quick spritz gives shine and brushable hold to my curls.

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Mark Hill Bedazzled

Mark Hill Bedazzled

Defrizz-ilicious Bedazzled Anti-Humidity Shine Spray ($10.99) is your answer for hair control if you have frizzy or fly-away hair. It is especially good for making hair behave on extremely humid days. This is a light spray that actually seals the hair shaft, giving it a sort of invisible shiny raincoat.

Key Ingredients

Vitamin E – Anti-oxidant. Protects the hair against free radicals.
UV-filter – Protects the hair from UV damage.
Squalane – Nourishing oil from olives. Gives shine to the hair.

Use Bedazzled as the last step in your hair style routine. After drying and styling, spray on a light coat. You don’t need much – use a light touch and don’t hold the bottle too close as you want it to become a fine mist before reaching your hair. You will love the results!

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Mark Hill Magic Drops

Mark Hill Magic Drops

Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Treatment ($11.99) has a perfect name because this leave-in treatment is magical for dry hair. It hydrates and seals the hair shaft so static, frizz, and fly-aways are completely brought under control.

Key Ingredients

Panthenol – Gives long lasting moisture control and strengthens the hair structure.
Micro Wheat Proteins – Penetrates deep into the hair cortex. Protects, repairs and re structures the hair shaft.
Keravis – Hair strengthening complex. Strengthens the hair inside and out, prevents the cuticles from thermal stress.

The magic ingredients create some sort of alchemy that make this leave-in treatment pretty miraculous. My  hair is very fine, so moisturizing products that tackle frizz often leave it so weighed down I can’t get a curl. Mark Hill Salon Professional products give me soft, conditioned, volumized hair with no static or frizz, even in the middle of hot, humid days.

This is a TERRIFIC hair care line. You can find Mark Hill Salon Professional internationally at Boots stores and in the US at Walgreens and Ulta. Also, enter our giveaway!! You can win your own Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops for frizz-free, strong and healthy hair.

This giveaway is US only and is open through June 25th at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close before the end of the giveaway please email to [email protected] and label it Mark Hill. Good luck!!  – Lisa

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