The Mane Choice and National Love Your Hair Day are made for each other

The Mane Choice Split End Treatment Serum and Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment

Turn on the smell app to read this review – do it now. Take a deep breath because you are going to be enchanted by the delicious fragrance of The Mane Event hair care products. For me to tell you that means they must be out of this world since I’m such a fragrance phobe. But these products are so wonderful to smell that they make me want to use them even more. I smell a light sweet citrus that envelops me in delight.

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I was introduced to two products from The Mane Choice this summer and have been enjoying them ever since. When I received Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment and noticed it’s subtitled “green tea & carrot” I was sure I was going to have to pass these on to Lisa but once I smelled it, it went right into my shower.

The Mane Choice Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment

The ladies who’ve created The Mane Choice all have curly hair while I have straight hair but this line is meant for everyone. This Mask Treatment is meant to be used once to twice a month to give your hair deep penetration to bring your hair back to its optimal shape.

You need time to use this properly since directions tell you to wash & rinse, then apply a generous amount and leave it in. For the most effective use put a plastic cap over it and let it mellow for up to an hour. If you are in a hurry though use it with heat for 15 minutes before rinsing it out.

The Mane Choice Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask

*Promotes growth & retention
*Hydrates & moisturize
*Minimize damage & breakage
*Repairs and restores damage
*Strengthens, fights shedding, & breakage
*Adds moisture & hydration
*Improves manageability & elasticity
*Great for natural, relaxed, permed, and colored treated hair

The Mane Choice Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment

It’s enriched with biotin, green tea, and carrot oil to immediately begin repairing and restoring dry and damaged strands and to make hair naturally healthy and shiny. I find that the best amount of time for me to keep this on is between 20 and 30 minutes. My hair isn’t that damaged even though I use heat on it. If I leave the mask on for too long my hair gets too soft. So far I’ve been using it every 3 weeks, I like to use it prior to getting my hair color treated so that it’s in excellent condition to deal with that. And don’t forget the yummy smell.

The Mane Choice Split End Treatment Serum and Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment

The product I use more often is The Mane Choice Split End Treatment Serum since this can be used daily. This is called the antidote to split ends. As someone whose hobby used to be picking apart my split ends I know a lot about them. Heat tools are the enemy but I can’t let my hair air dry so I need them. This Ancient Egyptian Split End Treatment Serum is making sure that my ends are hydrated and nourished. It can be applied to wet or dry hair so it’s great to rub some on my ends before using my heated brush on no shampoo days. I’ve used it on my whole head too and it works well but it’s meant to be concentrated at the ends of your hair.

The Mane Choice Split End Treatment Serum

Talk about wonderful ingredients and you’ve got this serum! It’s filled with some of the most rare and robust natural oils such as Kalahari Oil, Oleaster Oil, Mongongo Oil, and Baobab Oil to strengthen, repair and add remarkable shine. It’s also loaded with fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9. It makes me feel like I should be adding this to a smoothie.

The Mane Choice Split End Treatment Serum

I have a National Love Your Hair Day any time I use these two products. They work in conjunction with other hair products I’m using,don’t weigh my hair down, and they smell scrumptious.  —  Marcia


Introducing T’zikal hair care products with a great giveaway

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T’ZIKAL BEAUTY is a new company to Beauty Info Zone. They sent us some great products for hair and skin and have offered a giveaway to one of our US readers. You know we love giveaways and we don’t think there are enough beauty ones on the internet, so we let our curiosity for new products take hold.

Today we’re talking about T’ZIKAL hair products. We have 4 different ones to tell you about (3 of which will be in the giveaway). First though we need to learn about T’ZIKAL.

T'Zikal Hair CareT’zikal developed their products using their main ingredient, Ojon oil, from Hondurus. After learning about ancient beauty rituals from Central America they found that what they most admired was their beautiful hair. They used natural, simple and high quality ingredients to develop their hair care. What attracted us to them is that they don’t do animal testing, are free of parabens, artificial colors, fragrances and days.

The name T’zikal (pronounced Tee-Zee-Cal) means sanctified or blessed in the Mayan language. Their remarkable main ingredient, Ojon Oil, comes from the Palm Nut Tree which produces up to 8,000 nuts per tree, yet once refined those 8,000 nuts create just 3 cups of pure oil. Just a small amount of Ojon Oil seals the hair cuticle for optimal radiance and extraordinary shine.


T'zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner

T’zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner

Both Lisa and I are using Deep Hydrating Shampoo ($32 for 10 oz, $10 for 2.5 oz) and Deep Moisturizing Conditioner ($34 for 10 oz, $12 for 2.5 oz). (At the time of this writing they have a BOGO going on to buy one shampoo and get another free.) These are made for dry or damaged hair. While I don’t have damaged hair I do consider it dry which is a big change from my younger days. I used to wash my hair daily but now I do it every 2 – 3 days. I love that the shampoo and moisturizing conditioner hydrate my hair.

T'zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner

T’zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner

What I’m finding with T’zikal is that my hair is feeling cleaner than ever after my second day so that I’m going into day three with a fresher head of hair. My hair is a little fuller and shiny. I must address the fragrance of these two products. In the introduction it’s mentioned that there’s no artificial fragrance, which is true. But the products do have a fragrance albeit a natural one. When I first smell this and when I’m in the shower I notice an herbal woodsy fragrance but surprisingly after I style my hair with a leave in conditioner, it’s gone. The first time I used these products I wondered if I’d be able to use them again – that answer is definitely yes. Once I saw how much I liked the shine and effect on my hair, I was sold.

T'zikal Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist

T’zikal Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist

T’zikal Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist ($32 for 2 oz) is where I differ from Lisa. I’m using this unusual dry oil spray on day 2 or 3 to bring my hair extra shine and pizzazz. You don’t spray it directly on your hair because you don’t need that much. Instead I spray it on my palms, rub them together and smooth it through my hair. Actually the directions say to use this on damp hair but I already get an amazing shine from T’zikal so I cheat! If you have areas that are particularly dry and/or damaged then use extra of the Dry Oil Mist there. You don’t need very much of this at all. A little goes a long way.

T'Zikal Hair Care

Like Marcia, I am using the Deep Hydrating Shampoo and Deep Moisturizing Conditioner. My hair is quite different from hers – she may not brag about it, but Marcia has amazing hair that is pretty close to perfect. Mine always needs a lot of work. It’s long, about mid-back length, and I have tons of it. It’s quite fine, so while it needs moisture it also doesn’t need any extra weight. Also, since it’s color treated, I need hair products that protect my color and keep it vibrant.

T'Zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo

T'Zikal Deep Moisture Conditioning Cream

I have a bit of wave in my hair but nothing too impressive, so I use tons of heat styling. My hair is also so dry that I can get away with four or even five days between washes with the right products. Considering the level of abuse my hair takes, I need super effective hair care that really takes good care of me. No question, the T’Zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo and Deep Moisture Conditioning Cream do the job! They leave my hair clean, moisturized, shiny, and full of body.

T'Zikal Curl Defining Serum

T'Zikal Curl Defining Serum

T’Zikal Curl Defining Serum

The Curl Defining Serum ($38) is a light leave-in conditioner that features Ojon oil. It’s applied to damp hair and soothes super dry ends, enhances shine, and makes short work of frizz and flyaway hair, which can be problematic especially with curly hair. To create curls, I typically use hot rollers, a curling iron, or my secret weapon – the Conair Infinity Pro Curl Secret, which makes simply fabulous spiral curls that last for days.

Conair Infinity Pro Curl Secret


A lot of styling creams say they can be used on wet or dry hair, but my hair is so fine it typically doesn’t respond well when I try to put product on after it’s dry. However, the T’Zikal Curl Defining Serum is an exception. My hair loves this to smooth out second or third day hair and it gives more life and bounce to my (totally not natural!) curls.

T'Zikal Hair Care curls

T’Zikal Hair Care curls

If your hair is on the dry side, these T’zikal hair products are for you! They bring life to dull hair and are sure to be the source of many excellent hair days in the future.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: One lucky US subscriber will be winning three T’zikal products – Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner, and Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist. To enter this giveaway it is mandatory to subscribe by email to Beauty Info Zone and comment. All the other entries are optional to give you more chances of winning. The giveaway goes through 9/19/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. WordPress sometimes acts up at the end of a giveaway and closes the comment section. If that happens please email us at [email protected], label it Hair Giveaway, and comment, press I commented and continue on. That’s it. Your hair will love how it looks if you purchase or win these products.

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Shampoo ingredients: Water, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Lauryl, Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Polysorbate 20, Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Citric Acid, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot Oil), Apium Graveolens (Celery Seed Oil), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood), Lavandula Hydrida Grosso (Lavandin Grosso) Herb Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Citrus Sinesis (Orange), Citrus Aurantium (Petigrain Oil) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang), Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Extract, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Phytate, Elaeis Oleifera Kernel Oil

Conditioner ingredients: Water, Behentrimonium Chloride, Elaeis Oleifera Kernel Oil, Stearyl, Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Sucrose Polystearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cetyl Alcohol,  Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot Oil), Apium Graveolens (Celery Seed Oil), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood), Lavandula Hydrida Grosso (Lavandin Grosso) Herb Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Citrus Sinesis (Orange), Citrus Aurantium (Petigrain Oil) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Ribes Grossularia Fruit Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf, Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Isoamyl Laurate, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Lactic Acid

Sexy beach hair without going to the beach! Muk Haircare Summer 2015 Hair Collection

Ok…so who refuses to blow dry, flat-iron, or curl hair in the summer?

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Yeah, me too. In the cooler months, I will spend 40 minutes trying to get my hair to look like this:

Big hair, don't care...

Big hair, don’t care…

But in the summer? Forget it. I have no desire to spend any time using hot air to dry my  hair, let alone spend any quality time with a curling iron. I go total low maintenance, blow drying my bangs and that’s it. My hair is pretty long – about mid-back. It’s fine and it has just enough wave to be annoying and unattractive without any product.

I find the very best product for sexy, beachy summer hair is sea salt…in fact, I have been known to jump into the ocean in spite of my irrational fear of sharks and stingrays just to get gorgeous salt water hair. Thankfully, the Australian hair care line Muk makes beach hair possible without the theme from JAWS.

MUK summer hair

Muk is Australia’s #1 salon brand and they sent me three styling products from their Summer 2015 Collection that turn my no-maintenance summer hair-don’t into an actual hair-do.

MUK Haircare

These three products give me soft, piecey waves that I can leave unbrushed – or I can brush them out for a smoother look.

Hot Muk Thermal Protection ($23.50) protects my hair from environmental stress like the sun. It also eliminates frizz and keeps hair looking smooth on hot, humid days. The UV protectors guard against color fade and sun damage. Just before drying my bangs, I spritz this citrus-scented protector on towel-dried hair. Go ahead and go crazy with it…you can’t overdo this wonderful stuff.

Next, I apply Hot Muk Smoothing Serum ($23.50). This beautiful serum makes my hair smooth and shiny, plus it gives hair even more protection from color fade and sun damage. It has the same sweet, clean scent as the Hot Muk Thermal Protection. In between shampoos, I put this on dry hair to touch up and add even more smoothing and moisture.

The ultimate summer secret weapon:  Beach MUK Sea Salt Spray

The ultimate summer secret weapon: Beach MUK Sea Salt Spray

The final step and my secret weapon? Beach Muk Sea Salt Spray ($23.50). This is, without a doubt, sexy beachy hair in a bottle.  The natural sea salts create fantastic texture. I spray this on my damp hair, then I spray more on my hair throughout the day after it dries. I can do this for three or four days with awesome results and no product build up. It is insanely good stuff.

Muk summer hair!

Muk summer hair!

If you want beachy waves without even stepping into hot sand, check out Muk Haircare. It’s an Australian brand but it is available in the US.  – Lisa

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Makeup Wars with Keune Hair Care products – Keratin Smoothing Line

KEUNE Care Line Keratin Smoothing

KEUNE Care Line Keratin Smoothing

The ladies of Makeup Wars are a varied bunch in our taste and especially with our hair. We all have different styles, lengths, textures and desires when it comes to how we like our hair. KEUNE hair care has provided each of us with a haircare line that suits our taste. What you’ll see in our posts this time are the products that Keune carries so that you can find the ones that suit your needs and your life style.

I’ve had straight hair my entire life though it’s never been that glass like straight that you see in advertisements. After an illness my hair suddenly went from straight to crazy. I lost a huge volume of hair and is it regrew it came in kinky and then settled into some funny waves that went every which way. That’s when I got serious and started having Keratin treatments. I have them about every 9 months because I want to retain my youth (obviously) and have straight, easy to care for locks.

KEUNE CARE LINE KERATIN SMOOTHING is the line I chose as it’s listed under “Smooth and Manageable” which describes what I am looking for to a tee. There are 4 products in the line and are all highly recommended if you want smooth hair and could use the benefits of keratin added to the products you use.

I have to start with how much I love the packaging of the Keratin Smoothing line. Fuchsia and charcoal look stunning together and perfect in my gray, white and black bathroom!

Keune Care Line Keratin Smoothing Shampoo

Keune Care Line Keratin Smoothing Shampoo

KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SHAMPOO is a very mild shampoo that cleanses without any stripping. It’s great for both color-treated hair and for chemical treated hair. There’s no fragrance to most of the line. Here’s some information from Keune about the shampoo: “The Quat Complex protects against Hair Fiber Breakage and ensures smooth wet combing. Keratin repairs and protects the hair structure. Provitamin B5 penetrates deeply into the hair shaft and regulates the moisture balance and gives shine.”

Keune Keratin Smoothing Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING CONDITIONER is a perfect day to day conditioner. It’s creamy and leaves my hair easy to comb and protects from breakage. It contains shea butter for extra conditioning and shine.

Keune Keratin Smoothing Serum

Keune Keratin Smoothing Serum

The KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SERUM is where we start getting really serious! The serum is what smooths my hair and keeps it from getting frizzy. This is an amazing serum that contains active keratin and argan oil. I love this serum. I need 3 small pumps for my shoulder length hair. I rub it through then brush with my wet brush and I’m ready to go. I usually don’t have to do anything else after I messily blow dry. It keeps my hair straight throughout that process. It also protects from the heat of my dryer or my flat iron. On second day hair I’ll use one pump smooshed in my palms and run it through my hair before using a flat iron.

Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Serum

Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Serum

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

I have to really rave about the KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING TREATMENT. This makes my hair behave like nothing else. I end up with the softest and straightest hair on the days I use this. I use this just once a week though I know I could use it more often. With this treatment it’s best to apply it after shampooing and then bundle your hair up in a towel for 5 minutes. You can do that in the shower if you want while you are shaving and washing up. I typically use it without the towel though and just step out of the water stream to let it condition and repair my hair. This has what they call “Zipper Technology”. The Treatment is great to rebuild, repair and protect any damage you have with your hair. It’s wonderful if you plan to flat iron after blowdrying since it’s so protective.

Keune Keratin Smoothing hair

Keune Keratin Smoothing hair

Keune Keratin Smoothing (I need my bangs cut)

Keune Keratin Smoothing (I need my bangs cut)

Keune is a salon sold line that’s easy to locate with their salon finder. I just put in my state and it showed 2 salons close to my home and 4 others that are within reasonable distance. I just hope they carry my choice of Keratin Smoothing.

I’m thrilled that Keune chose to work with our group of Makeup War bloggers since it introduced me to a haircare line that I wouldn’t have known about but now love. Have you tried anything from Keune? — Marcia

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