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.

WHAT’S MARCIA USING ON HER HAIR?

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.

WHAT’S LISA USING ON HER HAIR?
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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*products sent for consideration, shampoo and conditioner prize will be sent by the company while dry mist will be sent by Beauty Info Zone

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

Jet Set away with ColorProof

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Jet Set travel by ColorProof

Jet Set travel by ColorProof

We’re here to introduce you to these TSA Mini Miracles sets of ColorProof’s top selling products. We were thrilled to receive these for review knowing what a great brand ColorProof is. These are essential for keeping your color stay true during your travels just as ColorProof keeps your color true in your everyday life. As always, ColorProof products are 100% vegan, gluten-free and sulfate and salt-free. If you want the ultimate overperformer for you life, these are perfect for you.

Marcia’s hair needs taming

My choice of the Jet Set travel kits is CRAZY SMOOTH. I was very excited to have a chance to try out ColorProof since Lisa has always raved about the line and I love Lisa’s hair. The CrazySmooth® System  seemed perfect for me and it turned out to be just that.

ColorProof Crazy Smooth

ColorProof Crazy Smooth

The JetSet travel kit ($19.99) is the perfect way to try out ColorProof. With 3 products in the set I got the chance to test the CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Shampoo, CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Condition, and  PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth (2 oz each).

CrazySmooth® is 100% vegan and perfect for my keratin treated hair. There are no sulfates, salts or gluten in these three 100% vegan formula products. When you both color treat your hair and have a treatment in it you need to be careful which products you use so that the money you’ve spent isn’t washed down the drain.

ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner use a proprietary blend of exclusive oils including Camellia Oil from Japan and Abyssinian Oil from Africa, along with seaweed and shea butter. They have a slight fragrance but not one that’s noticeable after using. The reason I like these includes how they not only make my hair smooth but also incredibly shiny. I love seeing less frizz and so much shine.

ColorProof PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth

ColorProof PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth

The follow up product is their PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth which I’ve used with ColorProof products and with other lines. I smooth a quarter size blob through my shoulder length hair and wet brush it. My hair isn’t snarled and it’s easy to brush through. The beauty is in the aftermath when my hair is dry and has some volume. Even though I have a keratin treatment I don’t want flat hair. I want volume without frizz and that’s what I get. This too has the same ingredients as the shampoo and conditioner so I’m getting heat and color protection. My only (mini) complaint about this is the bottle which I can’t squeeze. It’s made of very sturdy, recyclable plastic and is resistant to my strength so I have to open it, turn it upside down, and bounce some out. Right now it’s not a problem though I do worry about it when I am close to the end. If that’s the only complaint then I can surely live with this.

ColorProof Crazy Smooth

Lisa’s hair needs moisture

My choice of the Jet Set travel kits is SUPER RICH. It’s a little embarrassing to admit how excited I was to try this travel kit…the ColorProof HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray is my favorite hairspray of all time, so I just knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with the SuperRich® set.

SuperRich® JetSet travel kit
The SuperRich® JetSet travel kit ($19.99) has three products that will satisfy really thirsty hair:  SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo 2 oz., SuperRich® Moisture Condition 2 oz., and DeepQuench®  Moisture Masque 1.38  oz.

My hair is fine, although I have a ton of it. It’s also long, about mid-back, and while I typically let it air dry I also often heat style it into curls or else super straight. You know what that means – ends that are dry as a desert.

SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo and ConditionerThe SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo is very gentle and goes easy on my color treated hair. The lather is thick and velvety, and here’s a fun fact – it’s also terrific as a body wash. How perfect is that when you are traveling and space is at a premium? It leaves hair soft, shiny, and full of body, even without a conditioner (yup I am a little crazy, I tried it that way too).  It’s 100% vegan, gluten-free and sulfate and salt free, so you know it keeps hair color looking the best possible.

The SuperRich® Moisture Conditioner is great – it really treats my ends and gives me lots of shine. When I use these two together I get ‘floaty’ hair – it feels amazing and has tons of bounce and body.

Sometimes, though, I need CRAZY moisture – like after a few days of swimming in a pool or the ocean. That’s when I pull out the big guns.

DeepQuench® Moisture MasqueDeepQuench® Moisture MasqueDeepQuench®  Moisture Masque is everything super thirsty hair needs, even if your hair is extremely fine. It injects tons of moisture into hair without coating it and weighing it down. I put this on the bottom half of my hair after shampooing and leave it on as long as possible, two minutes at least. Wow does it do a fantastic job! Soft, swingy, shiny, healthy hair that really holds a curl. Once again, ColorProof impresses the heck out of me.  I’ve got my travel set – now I need all three products in full size.

ColorProof Super Rich

ColorProof Super Rich

Whether you are a JetSetter or a stay at home person, these sets are great ways to try out the ColorProof professional line. ColorProof products are sold mostly at salons though you can find them at Sleek Hair, and in Beauty Brands stores. Use the salon locator to find ColorProof locally.

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Pai-Shau haircare – salon style hair at home

Pai-shau haircare product line

Pai-Shau haircare product line

Today is Top Ten Tuesday but I’m only sharing 5 products with you. I hope you’ll forgive me but Pai-Shau is such an outstanding line with unique ingredients that no other line wanted to share in the glory of it.

After being the CEO of Moraccanoil for over 10 years Mr. Pai-Shau Zohar Paz was on a trip to Vietnam and became fascinated with an ancient bathing ritual involving tea and decided to bring it back to North America. Pai-Shau haircare was later born using a Signature Exotic Tea Complex with advanced weightless technology. The Pai-Shau line has only been in existence for less than 1 year and salons across the continent are carrying and using this beneficial line made in Canada.

Pai-shau haircare product line

Pai-Shau haircare product line

There are 5 products in the line meant to enrich, hydrate, and give nutrition to your hair. Pai-Shau infuses moisture with their exclusive tea antioxidants, vitamins B, C, and E, rice amino acids and oat proteins.

PAI-SHAU HYDRATING RITUAL REPLENISHING HAIR CLEANSER:

Pai-shau Replenishing Hair Cleanser and Replenishing Cream Conditioner

Pai-Shau Replenishing Hair Cleanser and Replenishing Cream Conditioner

This shampoo is one of the most bubbly I’ve ever used. I barely need any product to wash my hair yet it provides oodles of suds that don’t strip my hair. It’s highly concentrate and is sulfate free so it protects my color treated hair. ($26)

PAI-SHAU HYDRATING RITUAL REPLENISHING CREAM CONDITIONER is to be used in conjunction with their hair cleanser. The combination gives me a finish that is easy to comb through without weighing my hair down at all. At first it feels so lightweight that I was worried my hair would be tangly but that wasn’t the case. Just leave it on for a minute before rinsing; you won’t believe how nice your hair feels after. ($28)

PAI-SHAU HYDRATING RITUAL SUPREME REVITALIZING MASK

Pai-shau Revitalizing Mask

Pai-Shau Revitalizing Mask

Pai-shau Revitalizing Mask

Pai-Shau Revitalizing Mask

This mask is so rich that I need just the smallest amount for my shoulder length hair. It’s a 5 minute mask so after washing my hair with the cleanser I apply this next, leaving it on while I’m doing other shower jobs. This mask has many jobs: anti-static, nourishing, hydrating, volume, and shine. It’s well worth the $30 cost (MSRP $43) since it will last you for so long. Like all of the haircare it contains the Signature Exotic Tea Complex. What makes this so unique is that in spite of it being a mask that you’d expect to flatten hair, it adds volume. It’s so effective that I only use it once every other week. My hair doesn’t need it more than that. I love that it comes with its own spatula to remove the product from the jar.

PAI-SHAU DESIGN RITUAL STYLE SOUFFLE

Pai-shau Style Souffle

Pai-Shau Style Souffle

I probably sound like a broken record by now but all the products from Pai-Shau have the uncommon characteristics of being lightweight, nourishing, and reparative. The Style Souffle is no exception to that. This is a light hairspray that you can use it on wet or dry hair. Use it on wet hair by working it through. Later use it on dry hair as a spray to help hold your hair in place. This is especially good for women who style their hair into a real style. Your hair will be soft and supple but you’ll have control and manageability.

PAI-SHAU ENHANCE RITUAL BIPHASIC INFUSION is the star of the show. This is the first product developed in the line and is unlike anything I’ve ever tried before.

Pai-Shau Biphasic Infusion

Pai-Shau Biphasic Infusion

Just like a bi-phase eye makeup remover, you have to shake this to activate the ingredients. The contents need to be blended and once they are it’s like releasing a genie from the bottle to work her special skills on your hair. This redefines the word “weightless”. At first when you put it on your hand to distribute it through your tresses, it feels a little sticky. But that feeling is gone before you know it and your hair doesn’t even feel like you’ve added anything to it. But the magic has begun and your hair will be shinier, more manageable, vital, smooth, and resistant to frizz and breakage. This is the best product in the line and the reason I keep using it.

Pai-Shau has some wonderful attributes like being free of gluten, parabens, sulfates, phosphates, and no added sodium chloride (the killer of a keratin treatment). It’s also cruelty free, vegan friendly, and residue free. The only problem I have with the line is the fragrance since it’s on the strong side. It took me a while to get used to the scent but I’ve read how others are mesmerized by it. I notice the fragrance for a few hours after I wash my hair but by mid-afternoon I’ve forgotten about it. Plus I like the results so much that I’m willing to ignore my nose.

If you are like I am you love trying new brands of haircare to see the difference it can make in the way your hair looks. Pai-Shau is the next brand to put on your list to try. I think you’ll be surprised like I was.  — Marcia

I hope you’ll join the other Top Ten ladies – maybe they won’t cheat!!



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Available at fine salons as well as http://www.pai-shau.com/  

 

 

 

Click N Curl is ready to style your hair

Click N Curl

Click N Curl

Click N Curl is the newest item in my quest for better looking hair. This is different from anything I’ve seen so it’s been interesting to use. Click n Curl comes with a handle and 6 rollers that click onto the handle. What Click n Curl is all about is saving you time while styling your wet hair. Instead of using a typical round brush just use Click n Curl as your brush BUT you leave the curler in your hair while you finish your routine. Take them out and your style is there, ready and waiting for you.

Click n Curl opened

Click n Curl opened

The most popular set is the Medium Full Set which comes with

  • Brush Size: Medium; ~2 inches in diameter; best for hair at least 5.5 inches in length
  • Set Includes: 6 brush barrels and one universal handle

All you need to add it a wet head, a blowdryer and a smile.

Information from Click n Curl:

What makes Click n Curl unique? Click n Curl comes with a detachable handle that turns brush heads into rollers, allowing each section of hair to cool and set while you continue styling. Heat is what alters the molecular bonds in your hair and permits a temporary change in shape (straight to curled), but it is the cooling of the hair that allows the new shape (the curl) to be retained. After drying a section of hair with your blow dryer, simply detach the Click n Curl brush barrel and allow your hair to cool while you attach the handle to the next brush barrel and move on to the next section of hair.

Click n Curl handle and a roller

Click n Curl handle and a roller

Click n Curl put together

Click n Curl put together

All of the items in the Click n Curl are very lightweight. There’s a reason for everything that they do. First they recommend using a blow dryer because of the way heat changes your hair. The rollers have a ceramic coating which not only is easier on your hair but it helps minimize frizz. The tops of the rollers are flat so they can stand on end making it faster for you to attach the handle.

Click n Curl how to

Click n Curl how to

When I was photographing I was concerned that the handle wouldn’t click on and off easily but that was dispelled with my first use. It’s extremely easy to remove the handle and add a new roller. I like leaving rollers in for at least 10 minutes to give my hair some volume that will last. With only 6 rollers though that can be a struggle. What I’ve been doing is drying my hair with the Click n Curl and leaving the back damp. I’ll put on my skincare and makeup, take out two of the rollers and finish up the back of my head with those two.

Click n Curl

Click n Curl

The Click n Curl is one of the easiest hair stylers I’ve used and it’s fast to use. They are no clips, the vented brush heads stay in place pretty good though not perfectly. Ideally I’d have this Medium set as well as a Small set. Well Click n Curl thought of that by having a Build Your Own Kit ($70). You’d pick the size you wanted in a full set and then do a smaller add on set with 4 additional brush rollers of your choice. The Small set is recommended for hair that’s at least 4″ long, the Medium set for hair that’s 5.5″ long, and the Large set for hair that’s 7 inches long. It’s not recommended for very long hair though so if you are lucky enough to have hair 15″ or longer this isn’t going to work for you. All of the Full Size Sets are priced at $49.99. An Add On set is $30.99 (but it’s less expensive to buy the Build Your Own Kit). You can even buy individual roller brushes for $8. They’ve thought of everything.

Click n Curl components

Click n Curl components

If you are always looking for a new way to style your eye especially in a fast easy way, consider the Click n Curl since it just might make your mornings a little less hectic. — Marcia

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You’ll love the Tara Smith hair care line and you’ll love this giveaway

Tara Smith haircare line

Tara Smith haircare products are not only beautiful but they are wonderful to use. We were sent products to use ourselves and tell you about them plus one of you will be able to win the shampoo, conditioner and hair styling product of your choice. Let’s learn more, shall we?

Tara Smith is a celebrity hair stylist. She’s responsible for some of the beautiful looks you see on stars like Marisa Tomei, Rosario Dawson and (sigh) Gerard Butler. But she’s more than that. She’s a woman who made a commitment to make products that are free from toxins and harsh chemicals, ones that feed your hair. She wants your hair to be de-stressed so that it’s beautifully healthy. Tara Smith Hair is a vegan, cruelty free, gluten free line.

Her products consist of 4 cleansing and conditioning lines and 4 different styling products

–          Cleansing and Conditioning products: Feed the Root Shampoo & Conditioner, Gorgeously Gentle Shampoo & Conditioner, Shine On Shampoo & Conditioner, and Working Curls Shampoo & Conditioner

Tara Smith shampoos

Tara Smith shampoos

–          Styling products: Base Coat Serum, Shining Moment Glosser, Rock On Hard Gel, Brilliant Thickening Cream

Tara Smith styling products

Tara Smith styling products

“All of my haircare products are fully vegan and not tested on animals. Every product is free from animal-derived ingredients, parabens, SLES, glycols, phthalates, PEGS, artificial coloring, and synthetic fragrances.” – Tara

MARCIA’S SIDE:

It’s my job to describe all the products in the Tara Smith line. I’ll be brief but I’d love to be long. These products contain amazing ingredients and what I’ve used has produced beautiful, shiny hair.

FEED THE ROOT Shampoo and Conditioner ($16 each): If your hair is weighed down because of products Feed The Root shampoo and conditioner are the ones you’d want. They don’t strip hair, instead they cleanse enough to get rid of impurities yet leave your hair shiny and healthy.

Tara Smith Feed The Root

Tara Smith Feed The Root

GORGEOUSLY GENTLE shampoo and conditioner ($16 each): This set of products are the ones most of you will love. It’s a wonderful everyday line that calms your your scalp. Lisa will give you more information on this line.

Tara Smith Gorgeously Gentle

Tara Smith Gorgeously Gentle

SHINE ON shampoo and conditioner ($16 each) is the line I’ve been using and totally loving. I color treat my hair and I was able to go an extra week this time because my hair was as vibrant as ever. It’s the perfect line for anyone who does any process on their head because it helps strengthen your hair as well as protect it and create blinding shine.

Tara Smith Shine On

Tara Smith Shine On

WORKING CURLS shampoo and conditioner ($16 each): Tara Smith didn’t forget all the beauties with glorious curls or even the ones who just want glorious curls. This set of shampoo and conditioner combats frizz while strengthening, conditioning and protecting them. Anyone with waves or curls is going to love these two.

Tara Smith Working Curls

Tara Smith Working Curls

Tara Smith Styling products

Tara Smith Styling products

SHINING MOMENT GLOSSER SPRAY ($18) is for already styled hair. I’m not really a spray type person but this one I like – a lot. This is the top coat to finish your hair. The spray is very light, unlike an aerosol spray. It helps with shine and control. It’s not stiff at all so I can still comb through my hair with my fingers.

ROCK ON HARD GEL ($18) works to control your style without stiffness. It’s loaded with minerals to keep your hair smooth and protected.

BASE COAT SERUM ($26) is a product I’ve been using as my styling product when I wash my hair. They call this the “foundation primer” for your hair. I put a few small pumps in my hand, rub my hands together and fingercomb it through my hair prior to blow drying. It’s all I need to keep away frizz and to make my hair so easy to manage. Plus it helps with the shine. A true winner for me.

BRILLIANT THICKENING CREAM ($24) is Tara Smith’s most popular styling product. It’s a volumizer that is perfect for those of you who heat style. Not only will your hair be super shiny but it will be strengthened and bouncy.

LISA’S SIDE:

Have you ever seen such cool packaging for a hair care line?? I love having my shower lined with these beautiful creatures! The product inside lives up to the glorious outside. I use FEED THE ROOT SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER once a week as a clarifying treatment, and the GORGEOUSLY GENTLE SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER on the other days for lots of moisture (thanks to the aloe vera) and tons of shine. I also get an amazing amount of volume and bounce with the BRILLIANT THICKENING CREAM, which I apply to damp hair before styling.

Not only did I get to test these fab hair products, I also was able to do an email interview with the gorgeous Tara Smith herself!

The incredibly beautiful Tara Smith

The incredibly beautiful Tara Smith

Me: What role do botanicals play in creating healthy hair?

TS: For healthy hair, you always want to make sure you are nourishing locks with healthy ingredients. Some of my favorite botanicals such as Tea Tree Oil, Bamboo Extract, Rosemary Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, and Sweet Almond Protein work to replenish, deeply cleanse, soothe, and hydrate hair for amazing shine and strength.

Me: What are some of the biggest environmental stresses on hair, and besides great products, how can we best protect hair from these stresses?

TS: Some major environmental stresses on hair include heat, dry cold air, and especially humidity in the summer! Humidity will cause hair strands swell up and make frizz up in minutes. To keep hair smooth and shielded from extreme moisture in the air, try my Base Coat Serum! This high-performance little bottle packs a botanical punch to give you nourished and frizz-free locks – with lab studies showing it can control frizz in 80% humidity for up to 24 hours after use! The serum was also proven to increase shine by 65%!

Me: You work with a lot of celebrities…has any one in particular influenced style ideas or any of your products?

TS: Working with actors and actresses since I was 21 allowed me to gain a ton valuable experience and have my ultimate aha moment! With my film star clients demanding only natural products in their hair, I realized there wasn’t a natural, high-performance line that did the job. It was then that I decided to develop my own line with high performance botanical technology that made all types of hair look as good as it feels and feel as good as it looks! When it comes to style, I created Rosario Dawson’s lob after she needed fresh new look which became a big hit soon after!

Big thanks to Tara Smith for her insightful answers and her amazing products. Now that you know about Tara Smith Hair get on it and enter our giveaway.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is open to US subscribers only. You get to pick the set of shampoo and conditioner that best suits your hair along with the styling product of your choice. That’s a pretty amazing deal since you get exactly want your head needs. The giveaway runs through August 31st. If comments close early you can email us at [email protected] with your comment and then continue. Put on your thinking caps and decide which of these sound perfect for you!!
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Great vegan hair products for summer with Mastey Paris

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When I think of hair products, I guess I always assume they will be full of ingredients I can’t pronounce. The Mastey Paris line has definitely changed my mind in this regard – their line is 100% vegan and completely eco-friendly. Plus, the products really deliver! I am very excited about the latest products they sent for me to test and can’t wait to tell you about them.

Mastey Paris

In the summer I am as low maintenance as I can get when it comes to my hair. I refuse to blow it dry (well, except for my bangs) and nothing heated like a curling iron or fla iron ever comes near it. I need products that make my hair look great without any effort at all, and the Mastey Paris Healthy Beautiful Hair Care System has three styling products that do the job.

Mastey Color Protecting Volumizing Foam

Mastey Color Protecting Volumizing Foam

Mastey Paris Volumizing Foam

Mastey Paris Volumizing Foam

The Mastey Color Protecting Volumizing Foam with Argan Oil and Olive Oil ($20) is my first styling step after washing, conditioning and towel drying my  hair. It gives my long hair much needed lift at the roots and makes my natural wave a little more curly. It leaves my hair smooth, shiny, and frizz-free  It doesn’t build up on my hair and it has a light scent that smells clean.

Mastey Paris Styling Gel

Mastey Paris Styling Gel

After I apply the Volumizing Foam, I put a little of the Mastey Color Protecting Styling Gel with Argan Oil and Olive Oil ($18) onto my bangs. I can’t believe how terrific this is for lift and style! Plus, it makes a huge difference in keeping my bangs looking clean and full for DAYS. Seriously, I have never been able to go so many days between shampoos. This is a light styling gel but it definitely delivers a huge impact.

Mastey Paris Beach Spray

Mastey Paris Beach Spray

I blow dry my bangs, then finish with spritzing the rest of my damp hair with Mastey Color Protecting Beach Spray with Argan and Olive Oil ($20). I live and die by these kinds of sprays in the summer. They help me get those coveted beachy waves that I want all summer long. The problem is that many of them build up on my hair, or are too drying because of the salt. The Mastey Beach Spray is AWESOME. I can’t tell you how much I love this stuff. It smells so fresh and it works magic on my wimpy waves, taking them to a whole new level. Volume, texture, definition…I get it all.

My first experience with Mastey Paris has been a great one, and I want to always have these products in my arsenal! You can find them online at www.colorprotecting.com/styling. They get a big seal of approval from me!!  – Lisa

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