White Sands hair care revitalizes and smoothes

White Sands Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner, Porosity The Fix, The Cure 24/7 Serum

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It’s always interesting to me is to learn about the companies that I’m using and going to share with you. I’m not talking about the big department store brands that we are all familiar with but I am interested in the independent companies that have a story behind them.

White Sands Haircare

White Sands Hair Products were created by the Salas family with a small amount of money and one product. Once they were able to introduce their product at the Orlando Premiere Beauty Show, sell everything they brought, they began their journey from there. Their American dream had begun and now fine salons throughout the country know their story.

Lisa already reviewed the three White Sands products she received and now it’s time for me to take you back to the beginning of your shower time with White Sands Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner (as well as two others).

White Sands Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Revitalizing Conditioner

There are 3 different shampoo and conditioner lines created by White Sands and I was thrilled to receive Orchid Bliss. These two products are wonderful for hair like mine: color treated and needing frizz control. Orchid Bliss shampoo and conditioner use the anti-aging characteristics and mineral richness of the orchid flower. As someone who is averse to fragrance in products I was a little leery of what this would bring. All I can say is that it’s wonderful. The fragrance is minimal and actually one I only notice in the shower. After I dry my hair I don’t notice it all. What I do notice though is a shiny head of hair that is moisturized and soft, one that isn’t looking or feeling dried out, one that isn’t as affected by humidity.

Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner are sulfate free so I feel they’re safer for my hair. One ingredient I look for in haircare is Sodium and unfortunately the shampoo does contain Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulforate and other varieties of sodium. That hasn’t been a deal killer for me now but once I get another keratin treatment I’ll have to put the Revitalizing Shampoo to the side for a few months. Luckily for me the other products I’m using, including Revitalizing Conditioner will continue to be used once the treatment is done. The conditioner is best if you leave it in for about a minute but that’s not an unusual direction.

White Sands the Cure 24/7 serum and Porosity the fix

I’m never done when my shampooing and conditioning are finished. Next is towel drying with my Aquis hair towel and a treatment product or two to work through my hair and make it easier to style.

White Sands the CURE 24/7 serum

White Sands the Cure 24/7 serum

White Sands compares The Cure 24/7 to a blur cream. I think that’s a great way to think about this product. The serum is a leave in reconstructive treatment with visible results. It is known for repairing damaged hair fibers, making your hair stronger and healthier, and restoring hair that’s been abused. As someone who uses 2 – 3 heat tools a day I need this. I’d been torturing my hair and needed this to make my hair look smoother and less flyaway. It’s done just that. While I don’t notice that I have split ends that’s one of the positives that White Sands talks about with The Cure. I spray this on and then comb through my hair prior to blow drying.

White Sands Porosity The Fix

White Sands Porosity The Fix is an old friend of mine. My hairdresser is a huge fan of White Sands and Porosity The Fix is a product she uses on me whenever I’m in for color and cut. Just like The Cure 24/7 was compared to a blur product, The Fix has been compared to makeup for hair. This is especially great for people who color treat their hair since it temporarily fills in the “blemishes” found in each strand. Porosity The Fix is wonderful prior to any heat use, especially a flat iron. My hairdresser uses this as my shine product when she’s done with my hair. I use it that way too but also prior to using my flat iron. I can use this daily without worrying about build up.

All in all I’m thrilled to have White Sands in my repertoire. The fear of fragrance was wrong wrong wrong. What little fragrance I notice is irrelevant but my great looking hair is very relevant. Something you and your hair will notice and love too.  —  Marcia

 

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The magic of Argan oil: Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

Argan oil…it seems like it is a magic elixir that cures all ills. I’ve recently tried a few products from the Simon & Tom line in which every product features the magical Argan oil. There are a few products in particular that I think are standouts, including the Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum ($34.99). As soon as it gets colder outside I start having two issues – dry, brittle hair and dry skin, especially on my elbows and knees. Simon & Tom has Argan oil products that help with any sort of dryness issues from hair to skin.                       PR sample

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

My hair is extremely fine and often hair oils are too heavy for me. While hair oils keep my hair from getting crunchy, they also steal all of my volume. The Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum is a beautiful glass bottle full of great hair days. I love the pump that is included – usually this type of oil doesn’t have a pump dispenser so I end up wasting a bunch pouring too much into my hand. That said, I have to be careful to only do half a pump – more than that is too much product for my type of hair. Yes, those of us with fine hair walk a fine line with hair products!

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum

The Argan oil in the Moroccan Treatment Hair Serum gets rid of frizz while it gives hair major shine. It also doesn’t build up over time, which makes hair dull. The oil smells wonderful, with a sweet, nutty fragrance. Soft, shiny, frizz-free hair that smells fabulous…you can’t really ask for more than that. Simon & Tom is the line to check out for Argan oil-based products. They make my hair look great, and just wait until I tell you about their Elbow Treatment Cream that is the answer for dry, rough skin.  – Lisa

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Get rid of frizz with TextureTame – and a giveaway!

FRIZZ.
Everything else can be going great – foundation goes on smooth, lipstick shade is right, mascara looks fabulous…
Then it gets a little humid out and...FRIZZ.
Before TextureTame

Lots of frizz before TextureTame!

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Because my hair is color treated, most at-home frizz treatments aren’t even an option for me. However, TextureTame from DermStore is not only a great treatment that anyone can use, it could also be yours if you are one of the five lucky Beauty Info Zone winners in our giveaway for a three-month TextureTame System ($195)!!

TextureTame is a permanent, frizz-eliminating at-home treatment. This is a three-step system. The first time you use it, you do all three steps. After that, step 2 is done weekly and step three is done daily for continual results. You get at least three months of frizz-free hair with this system.
The only place you can find the TextureTame system is at DermStore, one of my personal favorites for skin care, hair care, and makeup.  What really impresses me about the TextureTame system is while it eliminates frizz, it doesn’t make hair flat. Hair still has lots of volume, body, and shine.  TextureTame seals each strand of hair so frizz isn’t even an option. If you have naturally curly or wavy hair you will love this, because you keep your curls while losing the roughness.

There are three steps – actually four if you have chemically treated or colored hair like I do. Plan on a good two hours or so for the initial treatment. After that, keeping up the results is pretty easy.

I did a pre-treatment with step 2, which is a deep conditioning treatment that protects hair color. Then, I went to step one, eliminate.

TextureTame Eliminate

Step One: TextureTame Eliminate

Eliminate is a thick paste that you apply once every three months for the major corrective sealing of the hair shaft. It seals each strand while keeping your natural wave or curls intact. Apply it to clean, dry hair and comb through to distribute, leaving it on for about a half hour. Rinse and shampoo, then towel-dry hair.

TextureTame Moisture Lock

Step Two:  TextureTame Moisture Lock

Moisture Lock is the second step. This is a thick conditioning treatment that is applied to damp, towel-dry hair. Then  put a plastic shower cap on and let it set for 15 minutes, rinse, shampoo, and then hair is ready for step three. In addition to the initial treatment, step two needs to be done once a week for the best results.

TextureTame Finish

Step Three:  TextureTame Finish

The final step is Finish, which is applied daily to keep the frizz-free results. This is a lightweight leave in serum that adds tons of shine and strength to hair. It further seals the hair cuticle and it also protects hair from heat styling and from UV exposure. I put this on damp hair before blow drying and I also apply it to dry hair on my non-shampooing days for more shine and a silky texture.

TextureTame

TextureTame Frizz Eliminating System

After TextureTame

After TextureTame – just blown dry, no other heat styling.

Pictured above is my hair after a treatment – just blown dry, no other heat styling at all! Even more impressive, my results have lasted. If you have problems with frizz, you have got to give TextureTame a try.

Our friends at DermStore are sponsoring a giveaway for five TextureTame packages!  The only required entry is signing up for the DermStore newsletter – all other items in the Rafflecopter are options to give you more chances to win.. This giveaway is US only and open through February 24th, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Five lucky readers win their own TextureTame Frizz Eliminating System.  If comments close early please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it TextureTame, click enter and continue. Good luck on the giveaway and I’m wishing you lots of frizz-free days!  – Lisa
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Clearly better hair with Isabella’s Clearly

We take the topic of hair very, very seriously at Beauty Info Zone. Great looking hair can completely change the trajectory of your day, so it’s worth testing all sorts of products to find ones that consistently create silky, manageable, lustrous locks. We were totally up to the challenge when Isabella’s Clearly offered us two hair products to test.

Isabella’s Clearly is sold on Etsy and on Amazon.  The line features hair, skin, and body treatments and we each chose a hair product based on our own particular follicle challenges.

Isabellas Clearly Tame

LISA uses CLEARLY TAME ($24.98, on sale right now at Amazon and Etsy for $22.98)

My hair issues?  Humidity takes away my curl and turns me into a total frizz-head. Extremely dry air does the same thing, along with the NOT awesome addition of static. I just can’t win! Plus, my hair is very fine, so many products for frizzy hair leave me with a sad, limp hair-don’t.

Isabellas Clearly Tame

CLEARLY TAME is a hair oil for taming down frizz and eliminating static. Ingredients include Almond and Castor oils with essential oils including Peppermint, Lavender, Sandalwood, Geranium, Basil and Rosemary. It sounds like it would be extremely fragranced but it’s isn’t, and any fragrance quickly dissipates. It also sounds like a heavy oil, but used correctly it doesn’t weigh my fine hair down one bit.

CLEARLY TAME can be used several different ways. Those with very dry and curly hair will want to apply it to towel dry hair before air drying or styling. It leaves hair soft and smooth with lots of shine. Those with an oily scalp can use it as a treatment just on the ends and it is fantastic for fixing split ends.

Isabellas Clearly Tame No Frizz Oil

Dry and color treated hair are perfect for TAME. I also use it on my daughter’s hair as a detangler. I am happy to report that even after humid, rainy spring days my hair has no frizz and still has all the curl! This is a great product and I know your hair will love it.

MARCIA uses CLEARLY LONG

Isabella's Clearly Long

Isabella’s Clearly Long

When given the opportunity to try out an Isabella’s Clearly product I instantly knew that CLEARLY LONG was the one for me.  My hair needs extra help these days and the benefits of Clearly Long are perfect for me. According to the site Clearly Long

  • Promotes hair growth
  • Rejuvenates dry damaged hair
  • Moisturizes and nourishes dry scalp bringing total hair balance
  • Does not weigh your hair down
  • 100% natural essential oil ingredients

This lightweight oil ($22.98 for 2 oz at Amazon and Etsy) helps by transforming hair inside and out. The way I use it is to start with a little (and I mean a little) bit. After washing and towel drying I pour a drop into my hands, rub them together and massage my scalp.  Another way to apply this is to section your hair and comb it through each section but I prefer to use less of the oil and concentrate on my scalp.

Isabella's Clearly Long

Isabella’s Clearly Long

The ingredients help with growth and also with having smoother, less frizzy hair. I know hair growth is a very slow process but I’m doing what I can to get a healthy head of hair again and Clearly Long is helping me on that journey.  It has a very light herbal fragrance that is gone by the time I finish blow drying my hair. I find my hair to be shiny and easy to manage after using Clearly Long.

I’m counting on Clearly Long to help with the follicles and roots of my hair because of their use of therapeutic grade natural ingredients” a proprietary blend of Almond oil with essential oils including Peppermint, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Peppermint, Lemon, Sage, and Rosemary, Cypress, Geranium.” Grow long please with Clearly Long and Isabella!!

We declare both products worthy of good hair days. Be sure to take a look at Isabella’s Clearly on Amazon and on Etsy.

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Side by Side: Coolway Hair

Coolway

Coolway is a haircare company dedicated to helping you have smooth hair on a daily basis but without damaging your hair. They do this with some unique products including a new Low Heat Flat Iron Smoothing System that detects the moisture level in your hair and keeps the temperature at a level that will protect it. “By replacing high heat tools with innovative low heat technology, the °Coolway System has won six beauty awards, including the prestigious Allure Breakthrough Product of the Year Award.” (from Coolway)

We were sent some of their styling products and we’re having a ball with them. All have been mentioned on the blog before since we’ve been enjoying them ever since we received them. Today we want to go into a little more detail on products so you can see why we enjoy them.

Coolway Knotty Girl Brush

Coolway Knotty Girl Brush

We’ve both use and love the Knotty Girl brush ($9.95). This is a great brush for everyone in your family but it’s especially great for those of us that want to gently brush wet hair. It absolutely does not tug. It would be perfect to put in a beach bag to tame your tresses when you get out of the water. It does wonders on hair fresh from the shower since it doesn’t pull your hair out, it just loosens it as you brush.

We’ve got two other Coolway products so let’s learn about those.

Marcia and True Smooth Spray

Coolway True Smooth Spray

Coolway True Smooth Spray

The goal of True Smooth Spray ($34.95) is to help you end up with smooth hair that does not need a flat iron. We are hard enough on our hair with blowdryers and endless products. Coolway created this spray to protect and condition your hair so that you can eliminate a flat iron.

It’s so easy to use, you shake it and then spray it very liberally on your hair. Just using this spray and a blow dryer will work towards any texture hair straight. I’ve done that several times but my preferred way is to take a very small amount of a hair balm or serum and apply that on my hair, then shake and spray True Smooth Spray over it. It has a long lasting fragrance that isn’t overpowering. I can’t place my finger on it but I love it which is quite unusual for me. I have been able to blow dry my hair more quickly and be done because it’s totally styled using this. The spray is quite lightweight and doesn’t contain ingredients that weigh it down. My hair feels smooth without flyaways when I use it either alone in with another product.

This is meant to be used with a hair dryer because it contains True Smooth’s AminoLock MAB molecule (patent-pending molecule which holds your hairstyle safely from inside the cuticle as you blow dry) which is heat activated. You can also use it with a flat iron on dry hair as a heat protectant but it’s best to use with one that is under 300 degrees (most other brand flat irons start at 350 degrees).

Coolway

Coolway

the spray pump

the spray pump

Follow up with Glow Finishing Oil for something special.

Lisa and Glow Finishing Oil:

°Coolway’s Glow™ ($29.95), the companion product to the True Smooth Spray, is the second half of the dynamic duo. However, it also plays well by itself and with other products.

 

Coolway GlowFinishingOil

Coolway’s Glow™ is a finishing oil that doesn’t have any sulfates, synthetic parabens, or alcohol. While it’s great for all hair types, I think it is especially terrific for color-treated or damaged hair, and if you get treatments like Brazillian Blow Outs this is just perfect. It leaves hair shiny and vibrant.

Coolway Glow

Coolway Glow

The formula includes vitamin E and porphyra seaweed extract, both of which are great for putting moisture into hair. Surprisingly, it does not contain silicones, which I know will make a lot of people happy. The finishing oil leaves my hair looking smooth and healthy, with no frizz at all. It also detangles and softens. So far, this summer has been hot and humid, yet my hair is happy thanks to Coolway’s Glow. It is pricey, but you don’t need a lot of product so it lasts a long time.

Coolway’s website has a Frequently Asked Question section that helps you learn all you need to know about these great products. Be sure to visit.

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True Spray ingredients: Aqueous Infusion of Anthemis nobilis (Chamomile) flower, Urtica dioica (Nettle) leaf, Rosa damascena flower, Porphyra yezoensis (red algae), Corn Ferment Filtrate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silk Peptide, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Lactic Acid, Amino Lock MAB, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Quaternium-80, Polyquaternium-11, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Panthenol, Polysorbate 20, Gluconolactone, Glycerine, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Cannibis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Arginine, Potassium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.

Leonor Greyl’s Four Step Hair Loss Treatment Regimen

Men aren’t the only ones who can suffer from hair loss. I know that as I get older I seem to have less and less hair – not in patches like the top of my hubby’s head (which he insists is just a cowlick…sure, honey, it’s a cowlick. You just keep telling yourself that.) Instead, my hair seems to just get thinner all over. Leonor Greyl sent us four products from their cruelty-free and eco-friendly regimen for hair loss and I tested them for several months with great results.

Leonor Greyl Hair Loss Treatment Collection

Leonor Greyl Hair Loss Treatment Collection

There are four steps (and five products) to Leonor Greyl’s hair loss treatment regimen:  purify, cleanse, treat, and maintain.   Following these four steps will not only help you fight against further hair loss, they will also increase the amount of hair you have. And here is some really good news:  right now, you can get all five products for $189, whereas separately you would pay $237.

The hair loss treatment regimen minimizes hair loss through plant extracts, oils, and nutrients. The regimen also has the added benefit of leaving hair wonderfully soft and shiny. All the products are safe to use with colored hair and are free of SLS, parabens, and silicone. The products energize your scalp and make hair super strong.

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Regenerescence Naturelle

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Regenerescence Naturelle

The first step is to PURIFY with the scalp treatment Regenerescence Naturelle ($60). It has essential and botanical oils that stimulate and clean the scalp, which helps hair grow. I put this on prior to showering, massaging it into my dry scalp then wrapping a towel around my head. I leave it on for at least 15 minutes, although sometimes I do leave it on overnight. The dropper makes it easy to apply and the results are terrific. It leaves my scalp feeling fabulous and I am very happy with my thicker hair.

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Shampooing Au Miel

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Shampooing Au Miel 

The second step is to CLEANSE, and the Shampooing Au Miel ($32) is the perfect product for the job. I use this all the time and it’s very gentle yet effective. It leaves hair with lots of volume, shine, and bounce. The light scent from the acacia honey and rose extracts is fresh and pleasant.

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Complexe Energisant

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Complexe Energisant

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All the info

The third step is to TREAT the hair. There are two products that are included in the Leonor Greyl Hair Loss Treatment Regimen for treatment: Complexe Energisant ($56) and Tonique Vivifiant ($43).

The Complexe Energisant is a leave-in treatment that tackles pretty much every issue that results in hair loss. The effective ingredients include mimosa tenuiflora and collagen, both of which stimulate hair growth. I use one vial a week since my hair loss is ‘moderate’, while those with more serious hair loss would use up to three vials per week. This is applied to a clean scalp after washing, just prior to drying and styling the hair.

Leonor

Leonor Greyl Tonique Vivifiant

Also part of the treatment step is Tonique Vivifiant, a leave-in treatment spray. This complements the other products and helps to fight hair loss, keeping hair strong and healthy. This treatment, which also has mimosa tenuiflora and collagen, is sprayed into towel-dried hair.

Included in the Hair Loss Treatment Regimen is one more product that I did not test, the Volumizing Styling Mousse, which completes the fourth step of MAINTAINING healthy hair. While I didn’t use that product, I can definitely say that the four products I did test were pretty fabulous.  If you have issues with thinning hair, I definitely recommend trying out the Leonor Greyl Hair Loss Treatment Regimen.  – Lisa

Leonor

After using the Leonor Greyl Hair Loss Treatment products for one month

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Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask by Nelson j Beverly Hills

Super soft, floaty hair that smells of delicious coconut…that is what I was envisioning when Nelson j Beverly Hills sent the BIZ their newly launched deep conditioner, the Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask ($20).  Nelson j is the fascinating haircare line created by celebrity colorist Nelson Chan, who also has a famous hair salon in Los Angeles.  If you read Allure or InStyle you probably recognize the name because they regularly feature Nelson and his salon. Nelson is known for eco-friendly products, natural and non-toxic hair coloring, formaldehyde-free Brazilian straightening treatments and fantastic haircuts.

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Nelson j Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask

NelsonJ

Nelson j

Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask comes in three all natural scents:  coconut, pomegranate, and rosemary mint. I tried the coconut, and the scent is DIVINE. It’s a deep, rich coconut that lasts on my hair so I keep sneaking sniffs of it all day long.  The hair mask is a 100% argan-oil based, deep conditioning treatment that truly hydrates and moisturizes even the most dry and damaged hair.
I use it a few different ways, depending on how much time I have. If I can, I like to put this on towel dried hair then wrap it back up, leaving it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing. The results are amazing. If I don’t have time, I use it as a regular conditioner, putting it on in the shower after shampooing then rinsing after a minute or two. Just this gives me wonderfully soft, scented, beautiful hair that doesn’t need any styling products.
NelsonJ

the deliciously coconut scented hair mask

I haven’t tried this next technique yet, but I will for sure this summer: To protect hair from chlorine and salt water damage, apply the mask before swimming onto damp hair from root to ends, without rinsing. Works on all hair types, especially dry, damaged hair.

The main ingredients in this phenomenal hair mask include argan, citrus and peppermint oils. It has NO sulfates, parabens, or artificial fragrances. It’s really perfect for cool, dry weather because it is such marvelous hydration.

If you have dry, color-treated, or damaged hair, you will want to check this out. The Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask is an outrageously terrific hair mask that should be in your shower.  – Lisa

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