It’s giveaway time again! Win gorgeous hair with Salon Grafix

Salon Grafix GiveawayIt’s not just the weekend, it’s a holiday weekend, so here at the BIZ we think it’s time for another giveaway! How about two great products that will give you a perfect hair day? Sounds good to us!

Salon Grafix Dry Spray Shampoo

Salon Grafix Dry Spray Shampoo

Salon Grafix is a great, affordable line that can be found in lots of stores including Ulta. They sent me the two giveaway products to test – Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo ($6.99) and Salon Grafix Freezing Hair Spray ($6.99). I am a dry shampoo addict…I only wash my hair every four days, but I always need a little help in between. Just around my hairline and at my part mostly because I work out as often as I can and that means wet, limp hair. This dry shampoo freshens my hair right up, giving it body, texture, and a lovely boost. It soaks up any dirt and oil, and it doesn’t leave any sort of white residue afterward.

Salon Grafix Freezing Hair SprayI also use hairspray every day…if I don’t, I lose my curls and my hair just goes flat (well, unless you count frizz). There is everyday hairspray and there is heavy duty hairspray and the Salon Grafix Freezing Hair Spray is definitely heavy duty hairspray that doesn’t have a heavy scent – in fact, it’s fragrance-free. It’s full of antioxidants that are great for hair and it really does have mega hold! If you have a dramatic hair style, or you just want to make darn sure you are going to keep those curls, this is the spray for you.

Enter to win this giveaway and two subscribers can win 1 Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo and 2 Salon Grafix Freezing Hair Spray. This giveaway is US only and ends 11:59 p.m. EST June 12. Good luck and good hair!!  – Lisa

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Evolving my hair care with ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth and All Around Flexible Hairspray

ColorProof Hair Care

When I look in the mirror before I leave each morning and I see good hair, I just know it means I am going to have a good day. If I’ve got some reliable products, I can go days without having to wash and dry my hair which saves valuable time for sleeping and…well…more sleeping. So I usually turn to ColorProof for a little magic to turn my bed head into good hair/good days. My two recent favorites that ColorProof sent me to test (and that will no question be repurchases for me) are ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth ($30.00) and ColorProof’s AllAround Flexible Hold Hairspray ($26.00).

ColorProof Hair Care

ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth makes my hair wonderfully soft, silky, and shiny. I have very fine hair and this never weighs it down. My hair is pretty long so I always need help with my ends, which tend to get crunchy by after a few days, and this little bottle of goodness never fails to do the trick. It keeps my color vibrant, keeps my strands smooth, and keeps my curls in place.

ColorProof Hair Care

I use a little hairspray every day and I am absolutely loving ColorProof’s AllAround Flexible Hold Hairspray. My other favorite hairspray is one of theirs – the Epic Hold Hairspray. I think I have five back up cans in my cupboard. I use that one when I need all day hold for megacurls. The AllAround Flexible Spray is the one I reach for when I have beachy waves that I want to keep all day long. It keeps my volume so my hair doesn’t fall flat, but my hair is still soft and I can run my hands or a comb through it. The spray doesn’t smell all perfumey, and it doesn’t build up so if I need a refresher the next day it’s never a problem. I love this hairspray and plan to buy several cans to join my other back ups. Then maybe that OCD voice in my head will give me a break. Oh who am I kidding…but I’m still buying those cans!

You can find ColorProof in salons nationwide, as well as online and at Amazon and Overstock.com. I love this line and recommend them for their hairsprays in particular. I really hope you will check them out – you won’t regret it!  – Lisa

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White Sands Infinity Firm Hold Finishing Spray

White Sands Infinity Hair Spray

Who else loves Elnett Hairspray? That stuff is the bomb, but I can never seem to find it. I need an alternative and White Sands Infinity Firm Hold Finishing Spray ($22) is one that lots of stylists recommend. Just a few of the sets where you can find clouds of White Sands Infinity Firm Hold Finishing Spray include Pretty Little Liars, The Young & The Restless, Jane The Virgin, and Dancing with the Stars. White Sands sent us a sample to test and I couldn’t wait to start spraying.

White Sands Infinity Hair Spray

Hairspray is a personal thing and I certainly have particular preferences. I have long, fine hair that needs help. Without hairspray it goes flat and won’t hold a curl for more than a few hours. I also only wash my hair every third day (or even fourth or fifth!) so I need something that doesn’t build up and leave my hair sticky, tacky, or impossible to comb through. Plus, I just prefer aerosol…pump hairsprays are inevitably too wet for my fine hair and weigh it down.

White Sands Infinity Firm Hold Finishing Spray is a lightweight spray that dries super fast and doesn’t weigh down my hair. It gives volume and hold, but not ‘frozen in place’ hold…my hair stays soft and touchable. It does what I need it to do – holds curl, provides some texture, and doesn’t build up or flake with repeated applications. Something different from most hairsprays – it actually works wonderfully with heat styling. In fact, the more hair is heated, the shinier it becomes!

White Sands Infinity Hair Spray

I can’t quite call this a miracle product because I have had other hairsprays hold my curls a little longer, but White Sands Infinity Firm Hold Finishing Spray is pretty impressive. It also doesn’t have a nasty hairspray scent, which is a bonus. I definitely understand why this is a staple on set for many television shows.

You can find White Sands Infinity Firm Hold Finishing Spray (as well as other White Sands hair products) online at whitesandsproducts.com.  – Lisa

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Giveaway alert! Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Shampoo, Conditioner and Hairspray

Did you have an amazing Memorial Day weekend?? I know I did…and between chlorine in my hair and forgetting to wear a hat, I realized quickly that dry, damaged summer hair is not far away.

Marc-Anthony-logoAn awesome drugstore choice for dry summer hair is Marc Anthony. I first tried this line 5 years ago and I’ve been a big fan ever since. They recently sent me their Marc Anthony’s Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter hair products to test, and I am definitely impressed…and you can win these products for yourself!

Marc Anthony Hydrating Sulfate Free Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner

Marc Anthony Hydrating Sulfate Free Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner

The Marc Anthony Hydrating Sulfate Free Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Shampoo ($7.99) is a wonderful every day shampoo that cleanses but doesn’t strip hair. It’s one of the more moisturizing shampoos I have tried, with coconut oil, biotin, and shea butter to strengthen hair and repair split ends. This will work on any hair texture, color-treated hair, and sensitive scalps. The only caveat would be that it has fragrance, albeit a lovely deep coconut one!

The Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Conditioner ($7.99) is the perfect partner, giving hair even more moisture and leaving it super soft and shiny. My hair is fine, and often I can’t do highly moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. My hair just loves these two though and I find that I have almost no problem with frizz when I use them.

Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Volume Hairspray

Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Volume Hairspray

I also tested the Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Volume Hairspray ($8.99). This is an aerosol spray hairspray that gives a light, flexible hold. It does indeed increase hair volume and while I have long layers, it kept my hair nice and fluffy all day. I tend to be a bit overzealous when spraying on hairspray because my hair is so fine it doesn’t want to hold any curl. I found that this hairspray does the trick, although don’t overdo or it can become stiff. This hairspray has an awesome coconut scent that I wished lasted even longer.

Intense moisture is the whole concept behind the Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter line, making these hair products truly perfect for summer hair. You can find them at retail locations nationwide including CVS, Duane Reade, Harmon, Face Values, Rite Aid, Ulta and Walgreens, as well as online at www.marcanthony.com.

My Marc Anthony hair!

My Marc Anthony hair!

For even more awesome hair news, Marc Anthony is hosting a giveaway for all three products!  Not one, but TWO lucky Beauty Info Zone readers will win this set for some great summer hair. This giveaway ends 6/19/16 at 11:59 PM EST and is US only. The two requirements to move on in the Rafflecopter: Subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s email and leave a comment. After that, do as many of the additional entries as you want. If the comment section decides not to cooperate, just email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it MARC. Comment in the email and continue on. Good luck and good hair!  – Lisa

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Holy Grail hair products: ColorProof Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque and HardCore Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray

holy-grailWe test many, many products at Beauty Info Zone…over 700 a year, in fact…so when we say something has ‘holy grail’ status, you know it’s pretty incredible. I love testing hair products because unlike skin care which takes some time, hair products give immediate gratification. I know right away if I have a fabulous ‘hair do’ or a tragic ‘hair don’t’.

If you want a fabulous hair do every time, without exception, I recommend ColorProof CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque and HardCoreTM Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray .

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ColorProof Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque and Epic Hold Hairspray

The CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque gives me, yes, crazy smooth hair. The Epic Hold Hairspray is truly epic, holding any style I choose without making my hair crunchy and stiff. These two hair products are just the best!

ColorProof Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque

ColorProof Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque

CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque

I have long, color-treated hair that tends to be frizzy. I have to work hair to keep my ends looking and feeling healthy. With the length and all the heat styling I subject my hair to, I need to give it special attention or else it becomes a rebel without a cause.

  • At-home treatment eliminates frizz and restores hairs’ integrity from the inside out while infusing unsurpassed smoothness
  • Instantly more youthful hair in just one use
  • Returns hair to its shiniest, healthiest condition ever
  • Detangles and leaves hair smooth as silk
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection

Once a week I treat my hair to this awesome conditioning treatment. A great tip is to towel dry hair after shampooing, right before applying the masque. The more moisture in your hair, the harder a conditioning treatment has to work to really absorb into the hair shaft. I have a towel that I bring right into the shower so it actually doesn’t take more time than a normal shower. ColorProof says that after one use, hair looks 10 years younger…and I don’t think that is an exaggeration!

ColorProof Epic Hold Hairspray

HardCoreTM Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray

  • Next generation, ultra-light polymers boost volume, amplify and strengthen while providing extraordinary long-lasting supreme hold.
  • Micro-silicone technology illuminates hair with brilliant shine and never weighs hair down
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection
  • Your go-to spray for updo’s, editorial work and must-hold styles

HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray has a very slight and tolerable scent that quickly dissipates. I have never found a hairspray with this amount of control that didn’t have a scent, and luckily this one is very easy on the nose. It simply holds my style better than anything else I’ve tried, without stiffness or crunchiness. Absolute holy grail.

You can find ColorProof Hair Care products at salons worldwide, just use the Where to Buy link at the website.  – Lisa

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Free flowing waves with Philip B. and John Frieda

All my life I have been chasing the perfect wave. Not like Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in Point Break…although that is my favorite guilty pleasure movie of all time…more like Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex in the City.

Not searching for this kind of wave...

Not searching for this kind of wave…

Searching for this kind of wave!

Searching for this kind of wave!

We were recently sent two products to test that together make free-flowing waves for the ultimate summer hairstyle. Move over Keanu and Patrick…John Frieda and Philip B are the dynamic duo making my awesome waves.

Philip B Self Adjusting Hairspray

Philip B Self Adjusting Hairspray

I start with the Philip B Self Adjusting Hairspray ($22). A little sprayed onto damp roots gives a nice lift and helps hold those waves all day.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Conical by Conair

John Frieda Frizz Ease Conical by Conair

After drying hair with a paddle brush, it’s time for the John Frieda® 1 ½ Inch Frizz Ease® Conical by Conair ($39.99). I have no experience using a curling iron without a clamp, and had my doubts as I am not exactly known for my awesome hand/eye coordination. The benefit of clamplessness (is that a word??) is no danger of awkward, unnatural bends in the hair.

John Frieda Curling Iron glove

My biggest fear was burning myself, but included with the Conical Curling Iron is a very smart three-fingered glove.

John Frieda Conical Curling IronJohn Frieda Curling Iron controls

This wand has a 1 ½ inch clamp-free conical barrel with a titanium ceramic coating. The coating prevents frizz and keeps hair looking smooth. It heats up very quickly, reaching 400ºF in only 30 seconds. I wrap sections around the wand, holding them in place with my gloved fingers. It definitely makes for natural looking waves, while a curling iron with a clamp gives me a tighter curl.

After I curl each section, I go back to the Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray. I have very fine hair, so non-aerosol hairspray almost never works for me. It’s just too heavy and instead of holding my curls, it typically kills them. I found that this hairspray works great as long as I remember to hold it a good 12 inches away  from my hair when I spray. This helps give it room to develop into a finer spray that won’t clump hair together or make it stiff. The ingredients include Vitamin B5 and amino acids for conditioning hair.  Each spray strengthens hold, so I use just one spray for a light hold and three for major hold. 
John Frieda Wavy Curls Curling Iron beachy waves
John Frieda Wavy Curls Curling Iron waves
Ok, so I’m no Carrie Bradshaw, but the waves still look pretty good! You can try finding your own perfect wave with the John Frieda® 1 ½ Inch Frizz Ease® Conical by Conair available on Amazon.com and Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray on PhilipB.com.  – Lisa
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Do you think size matters? Then check out Rock Your Hair

Rock Your Hair...it's not exactly subtle

Rock Your Hair

Michael O’Rourke’s Rock Your Hair line is not for the minimalist. If you like to go big or go home, if you feel the higher the hairstyle the closer you are to heaven and if you truly believe size matters…this is the line for you!

Rock

I love double entendres!

The BIZ was sent four products from the Rock Your Hair line. The first thing I noticed was the packaging. It is extremely cute in a deliberately over-the- top way, with pink and leopard and hearts and BLING.  It really is adorable.

check out the bling!

check out the bling!

This is also a great line for those who like their products scented. These have a pleasant, fruity scent that sticks around for a while.

Rock Your Hair Miracle

Rock Your Hair Miracle

The Miracle Leave-In Conditioner and Weightless Detangler ($20) is terrific. It gives hair moisture without too much weight and it’s a great detangler  It took a few times to figure out the perfect amount for my hair, and I loved the results once I did – lots of shine, lots of lift, and no frizz. In fact, it keeps tons of volume in my fine hair even in extremely humid weather.

Sorry fellas....

Sorry fellas….

Another great product for defying hair gravity is the Size Matters Big Volume Root Lift (13 oz. $20). This one was a big surprise for me. It’s an aerosol can, but what comes out morphs into a mousse. The mousse lifts the root area without weighing down the rest of your hair.

Rock Your Hair Size Matters

Rock Your Hair Size Matters

I spray this onto my wet roots before drying my hair for tons of volume and texture. It lifts roots as I blow them dry. My roots do feel slightly different from the rest of my hair, but they are not sticky. And that volume doesn’t fall flat throughout the day.

Rock Your Hair Bombshell

Rock Your Hair Bombshell

Then there’s the Bombshell Big Hair Powder (0.9 oz $17), aka “Backcomb in a Bottle”. This powder is a mixture of talc and micah that liquefies once it’s applied to the roots. It really lifts hair, making it look thicker, fuller, and full of body.

Bombshell

Bombshell

It looks like a powder but it feels oddly wet. Again, expect some experimentation to discover the right amount of product for your hair, but once you find the magical amount you will think this is powder-to-liquid gold. I think if you have extremely fine hair you may still need a little backcombing, but the Bombshell powder will definitely give it that extra ‘oomph’. To apply, just dust on dried roots and down about 1 1/2 inches of hair, gently tapping the bottle. Hair does feel different at the roots, but it doesn’t look any different.

Rock Your Hair Spray It Hard

Rock Your Hair Spray It Hard

And to finish off a super full, thick, bigger hairstyle, there’s Spray It Hard Big Volume Hairspray (10 oz $22). This puppy will give you STRONG hold. The spray is a fine mist, so it covers a lot of area easily and dries quickly. You end up with firm hold that doesn’t flake. Hairstylists love this for clients who need hold but hate the helmet head feeling of strong hairsprays.

Overall, I am happily surprised that the super cute exterior holds some excellent products that truly deliver.  – Lisa

“I’d luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.”  – Bette Davis

“I have always believed that hair is a very sure index of character.”  – Catherine Tynan

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