Pro hair care with Design Essentials – and a giveaway, too!

Who doesn’t love a trip to Sally Beauty Supply? It feels like such an ‘insider’ place – where the pros go to get the best products at fantastic prices. One of our favorite brands found at Sally Beauty Supply is Design Essentials, a professional hair care line with a focus on natural hair care that fits each person’s unique needs. Today we have Lisa and Marcia’s impressions, along with a giveaway your hair is telling you to enter!!                                            samples

Design Essential Almond and Avocado Hair Care

LISA TAKE ON THE ALMOND & AVOCADO FOR ALL CURL TYPES:

ALMOND & AVOCADO MOISTURIZING AND DETANGLING SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER (each $11.99, right now on sale buy 2 get 1 free)

My color treated, fine hair can’t take sulfates anymore. They are just too drying and leave my ends straggly and crying for moisture. This is a great shampoo and conditioner duo that does everything my hair could want:

  • Removes oil and dirt buildup without stripping the hair
  • Saves up to 30 minutes of detangling time
  • Cleanses hair while restoring moisture
  • Improves hair manageability
  • Great for all hair types

Design Essentials Almond and Avocado ShampooDesign Essentials Almond and Avocado Conditioner
The Design Essentials Natural Almond and Avocado Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are super hydrating thanks to the almond, avocado and botanicals. They work wonders on my fine, easily tangled hair, and will work on coarse, thick, curly hair as well. These products are very gentle and are safe for every day use, even if hair is color-treated. I love the soft, sweet scent and actually wish it stuck around longer…but my hair smells fresh and clean after I use them and it has lots of bounce and volume even without styling products.

Design Essentials Almond and Avocado Leave in Conditioner

DESIGN ESSENTIALS NATURAL ALMOND AND AVOCADO DETANGLING LEAVE IN CONDITIONER ($12.99, right now buy 2 get 1 free)

I love this leave in conditioner even more than the shampoo and regular conditioner. It does what any self-respecting leave in conditioner should do:

  • Eases detangling process for improved manageability
  • Avocado delivers intense moisture and hydration
  • Provides a luminous shine
Design Essentials Almond and Avocado Leave In Conditioner

Design Essentials Almond and Avocado Leave In Conditioner

It’s rather thick, almost like a regular conditioner that you rinse out. But don’t wash out this lovely hydrating dish – leave it in and comb it through for the softest, silkiest hair possible. Those of you with unruly curls will be thrilled at how it beats frizz and gives curls great definition. The Leave In Conditioner doesn’t weigh down my fine hair, but it gives amazing moisture and leaves my hair looking and feeling so healthy and shiny.  This is a real winner!

MARCIA’S TAKE ON THE DESIGN ESSENTIALS NATURAL ALMOND & AVOCADO MOISTURIZING & DETANGLING COLLECTION

DESIGN ESSENTIALS NATURAL ALMOND & AVOCADO MOISTURIZING & DETANGLING COLLECTION

DESIGN ESSENTIALS NATURAL ALMOND & AVOCADO MOISTURIZING & DETANGLING COLLECTION

I’m using the same products as Lisa but there’s a big difference. I have straight hair with a little bit of natural wave to it – just enough to make my hair look like I don’t know what to do with it. I like it straight and normally use products that serve that purpose. But I’m loving this Design Essentials line. I knew I’d like the fragrance of it, but I was sure that the products were all wrong for my hair.

Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Shampoo and Condtioner

Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Shampoo and Conditioner

So why do I like this so much? Well it smells amazing. I can’t say I smell either almond or avocado but whatever makes up the fragrance makes me happy. Number two reason is that I love how clean and soft my hair is using these products. Number three reason and the most important is that my hair looks fabulous when I use it. It has more body than I’ve seen before on my head. This is a revelation to me.

Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-In Conditioner

Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-In Conditioner

The Detangling Leave-In Conditioner is thinner than most I use so I have to use a lot more than I’d normally choose to. As long as I comb through my towel dried hair with a wide tooth comb though it works perfectly. My Wet Brush isn’t the right tool for my hair and this leave-in. If I could change anything about this trio of products it would be that the leave-in were just a little thicker and that the words SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER stood out a little more so I could be assured of picking up the right one first. That’s just quibbling though since the way my hair looks and feels is so great that I’ll never complain.

Design Essentials contain no Parabens, no Paraffin, no Petrolatum, and no Mineral Oil. What it does contain is the reason we like this so much: Almond, Avocado, Shea Butter and Coconut Milk to nourish and replenish hair moisture. Be sure you take a trip to Sally Beauty in person or online to satisfy your hair needs.

Do your hair a big favor and enter our giveaway for a set of the Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner and Shampoo and Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Leave-In Conditioner!  This is a US only giveaway that ends 10/18/16 at 11:59 pm EST.  As always, if the Rafflecopter goes wonky and won’t let you leave a comment just email us at [email protected] Put Design Essentials as the title and write your comment in the email – we will count it as an entry for you no problem.  Enter today for a great hair day!

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Soft, swingy, sweet smelling hair with Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and Conditioners

I am not usually a big fan of products with noticeable fragrance…I like my purposefully chosen perfume to be itself without having to compete with other scents that probably aren’t compatible. But I am in love with the Mirabelle Plum hair products from Carol’s Daughter and the plum scent is one of the main reasons.

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and Conditioner

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Not that these products aren’t fabulous for my hair in general. The Mirabelle Plum Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner ($22) come together in a ‘Health Duo’. The shampoo is for fine, dry hair, and even though it doesn’t have those drying sulfates it still gives a nice foam. It leaves my hair full, soft, and moisturized. The conditioner really hydrates but it doesn’t weigh down my fine hair. And the plum scent is FANTASTIC. Plus it really sticks around…it’s one of those where all day long people comment on how nice my hair smells. It makes for a great moment when I get a quick whiff, too. The ingredients include Mirabelle Plums, biotin, grapeseed oil, aloe leaf juice, and sweet almond oil. The result is awesome, especially for dry ends and fine hair.

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask

When my hair is feeling especially dry, I use the shampoo and the Mirabelle Plum Biotin Hair Mask ($14). This is an even thicker version of the conditioner and it does some serious repair to dry ends. I end up using this once a week for some extra hydration.

Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum Leave-in Biotin Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Leave-in Biotin Conditioner

The Mirabelle Plum Leave-in Biotin Conditioner ($11) is probably my favorite of all the Mirabelle Plum hair products. It’s a spray in that’s applied to damp hair before blow drying and styling, and it is fabulous. No silicones weigh down hair, but it strengthens, detangles, and really gives my hair tons of body. The plum scent, again, is to die for. Love it!

If you haven’t tried Carol’s Daughter hair products, I definitely recommend these, especially for fine, dry, or thin hair.  Be sure to pick some up, and believe me you are going to love the yummy plum scent.  – Lisa

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Guard your hair color with Marco Pelusi

I am really excited to tell you about my latest hair care obsession:  Marco Pelusi. Marco is a true expert regarding hair color and I am beyond impressed with the products he sent to test. I am just astounded at how vibrant and shiny my hair is even at the end of my ‘grace period’ between hair color appointments. Plain and simple, this stuff is the bomb.

Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi Color Guard products

Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi Color Health Shampoo

I have used every single ounce of my Marco® Color Health Shampoo with Collagen Color Guard™, ($27.25 for 8 oz). Even with lots of products waiting to be tested, I just kept reaching for this over and over because I loved what it did for my hair. It has a refreshingly minty scent that leaves hair smelling clean. It is gentle enough to use every day and it leaves my colored hair looking fresh and vibrant. Some other great points:

  • rich in rosemary essential oils to stimulate cell growth, soothe the scalp and offer anti-aging properties
  • clove essential oils offer therapeutic and medicinal benefits including an antiseptic and astringent; also help enhance and elevate mood

The Marco® Color Hydrate Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard™ ($27.25 for 8 oz) is a perfect partner for the shampoo.

Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi Color Hydrate Conditioner

This conditioner leaves my hair wonderfully soft and full. It smells lightly of lavender and together with the shampoo it is just amazing for keeping hair color true and fresh.The main ingredients include apricot essential oil for shine and aloe vera for hydration.

For styling I absolutely love the Marco® Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard™  ($35.25 for 8 oz).

Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner

I still have some of this, only because it doesn’t take much to do the trick even with my long hair. It’s magic with the other Marco Pelusi products, but it also plays well with other brands. It is just a great leave-in conditioner that gets rid of frizz and leaves my fine hair fabulously smooth without weighing it down. Plus, it protects hair color from fading and gives hair terrific volume. It also has lots of the antioxidant vitamin E to protect hair from any nasty stuff in the environment. My hair is fine with a slight wave, but it’s also meant for very coarse and/or curly hair.

Marco Pelusi products are sold online at the Marco Pelusi e-store. This is a terrific line that is definitely worth checking out especially if you have color treated hair.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish

I am forever on the hunt for hair products that put moisture back into my hair without weighing down my fine hair strands. I read about Miss Jessie’s products on other blogs and thought the line would not be good for me since I don’t have super curly hair – but I was wrong!

Miss Jessie Leave-In Condish

Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish

Miss Jessie's Leave-In Condish

Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish

Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish ($11) was sent to us to try, and I am so glad I was able to check it out. This is a very light-weight leave in conditioner that gives me the moisture my hair needs without making it flat and greasy. It leaves my hair soft, smooth, and bouncy. Oh, and another benefit? No frizz!

The superbly moisturizing and volumizing ingredients include soybean and aloe. If you have dry, curly hair you will love this – and if you have straight hair that needs moisture, you will love it too. It’s a fabulous option for making dry, frizzy hair a thing of the past.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol , Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Alcohol Denat., Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Glycine Soya (Soybean) Seed Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Citric Acid

Rescue dry winter hair with Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence

Does your hair get dry, frizzy, and full of static in the winter months?

I hate it when this happens!!!

I hate it when this happens!!!

Philip Kingsley to the rescue!!

I am sure you have heard and used the phrase ‘bad hair day’ – Philip Kingsley is the person who coined the phrase. He has been called the ‘Hair Doctor’ and the ‘Hair Guru’ and he is known for effectively using science to eliminate ‘bad hair days’. Philip’s retail line was created in 1997 and his products represent some of the best hair care available today.

He sent the BIZ his Daily Damage Defence ($35) to review and just in time…my hair does NOT like this dry indoor heat!

Philip

Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence

Philip

Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence

This leave in conditioner gets amazing reviews online and for good reason – it absolutely ROCKS. I will use it year-round, but it is truly perfect for curing the static and dry frizz that happens this time of year.

Daily Damage Defence is a spray-on, leave-in conditioner that adds elasticity to hair. This means less tangles, less frizz, and less split ends. It leaves hair wonderfully shiny and soft. My hair is very fine and this never weighs it down. It just smooths it out, giving me great hair for three days.

Philip

spray top

I use this on wet hair, just spraying it throughout then combing before drying and styling. There isn’t any need to use it sparingly, it’s quite forgiving and even when I get over zealous my hair looks fantastic. If I forget to use it, I will spray some in my hands and smooth it through dry hair to get rid of frizz and static.

This is a really great leave in conditioner, one of the best I have ever tried. I can’t wait to try other products from this line…Philip Kingsley is always welcome to rescue me from bad hair days!  – Lisa

Baby it's cold outside...but my  hair isn't frizzy or full of static!

Baby it’s cold outside…but my hair isn’t frizzy or full of static!

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AG Hair has a pink purpose with the special edition Fast Food conditioner

aghair think pinkAG Hair is a brand I’ve counted on for quality products that work for me no matter what. I switch off haircare products every few weeks because, well, because I can. I think my hair appreciates a change every once in a while. When I received AG Hair Moisture & Shine’s Fast Food the first thing I noticed was the bubbly pink packaging. It’s happy packaging that I enjoy seeing on my bathroom counter.

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

But happy packaging or not, what matters is what works. Fast Food Leave On Conditioner in Think Pink is a limited edition product that will be available in US and Canadian beauty salons that are smart enough to carry the AG brand. Every bottle sold will contribute to breast cancer research and education through the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Rethink Breast Cancer. In addition there’s a portion of every product that AG Hair sells that goes directly to AG’s Women Leading Change Foundation to help underprivileged girls in Africa.

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

I’m really enjoying using this leave in conditioner. It has a very lightweight feel to it and it smells like candy. My method is to wash my hair as usual but not apply any conditioner in the shower. I use my Aquis towel to get out a lot of the moisture. Then I squeeze out less than a quarter’s worth of conditioner for use. Since my hair is just below shoulder length I start at the bottom of my hair and work my way up. The directions said to concentrate at the ends which need the most conditioning. I comb my hair, blow dry and I’m set.

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

My hair is so soft and easy to manage with Fast Food Leave On Conditioner and that’s exactly the way I want it to be. This is staying in my permanent haircare rotation. I always need a conditioner and it’s great to use a leave in conditioner at least once a week.

AG Hair FAST FOOD

AG Hair FAST FOOD

This is the third year that AG Hair has brought back this pink purpose Fast Food for breast cancer awareness and I hope it continues for many more years. If you can’t find this adorable pink bubble packaging hopefully you can find it in its year round white packaging. — Marcia

*sent for review purposes

WHAT’S IN IT:
• Aloe barbadensis extract – derived from the aloe vera plant; has therapeutic, moisturizing and healing properties
• Abyssinian Oil – a lightweight oil that protects, conditions and adds moisture back into the hair follicle
• Hydroxypropyltrimonium honey – naturally derived moisturizer that penetrates hair for long-term moisturizing benefits; also helps to repair split ends and attracts 50x its own weight in moisture. (And is also impossible to pronounce)
• Silk and keratin protein – adds moisture, strength, elasticity and shine
• Cetrimonium chloride – fights static
• Allantoin – a skin and scalp protectant
• Benzophenone-4 – PABA-free sunscreen that protects hair from UV rays

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

AG Hair FAST FOOD leave on conditioner

AG Hair introduces Keratin Repair to show your locks some love

ag keratinIt’s always exciting to be one of the first to try out a new line of products. I’ve reviewed several products from AG Hair so when they asked if I wanted to try out their new Keratin Repair line of hair products I jumped at the chance. I had recently gotten a keratin treatment on my hair so I was excited to try out a new line that contained the proper ingredients to safely use on my hair. But this line is not just for people with a keratin treatment. It was actually created to protect everyone’s hair especially if you have color treated, chemically treated, distressed or damaged hair. All of their products are sulfate and salt-free (sodium chloride) so they protect and repair.

ag keratin allThere are 5 products in AG Hair’s Keratin Repair category: Refuel Sulfate-Free Strengthening Shampoo; Restore Daily Strengthening Conditioner; Reconstruct Intense Anti-Breakage Mask; Repair Serum Keratin Anti-Breakage Sealant and Revamp Keratin Volumizing Spray. This 5 product regimen is designed to fortify, repair and reverse the signs of damage. It will leave your hair stronger and healthier. I’ve been using these products for the last month and want to share my opinions.

my shower with Refuel and Restore

my shower with Refuel and Restore

REFUEL Sulfate-Free Strengthening Shampoo and RESTORE Daily Strengthening Conditioner: I wash my hair 3 – 4 times a week and I’ve been using REFUEL each time and RESTORE almost every time (I sometimes use the mask instead). What I’m finding is healthy shiny hair that stays clean and smooth longer. The weather has been like a roller coaster ride in my area. In the same day we’ll have drizzle, snow, winds and then sun. It’s so confusing. Yet I’m not finding that it has a big effect on my hair. Even getting caught out in the snow or rain I’m coming home to relatively straight hair. Thanks to the keratin treatment it’s not frizzy but thanks to these two products it’s also staying easy to style and easy on the eyes. I think I’ve used my flat iron 3 times in the last month and that’s usually in the morning when I notice a kink. Refuel Shampoo has a great lather while being sulfate and salt-free. It’s a gentle shampoo that doesn’t fade my color at all. Restore Conditioner is very silky and keeps my hair easy to comb after my shower. It contains keratin amino acids to restore the hair’s structure as well as shea butter to smooth and condition.

AG Hair Refuel Keratin Repair

AG Hair Refuel Keratin Repair

Refuel directions and information

Refuel directions and information

Restore conditioner

Restore conditioner

Restore information

Restore information

RECONSTRUCT Intense Anti-Breakage Mask: I’ve just used this twice and have a “date” with it coming up this weekend. This is very thick and on my shoulder length hair I find I don’t need to use a lot of it. The first time I used it was as an intense mask where I wet my hair, put this on, covered it with a shower cap, and let it stay on for 15 minutes. My hair was so soft it was unreal. About two weeks later I used it in the shower just as I would have the daily conditioner though I left it on a little longer. Again my hair was soft and easy to manage. This is especially good for hair that is quite dry or damaged from color processing. The ingredients contain keratin amino acids, Abyssinian oil, silk proteins and rich shea butter. If this doesn’t repair your hair nothing will. Since my hair isn’t damaged I find that once every other week is a good treatment. This 6 oz. jar will last me forever.

AG Hair Reconstruct

AG Hair Reconstruct

see how thick and rich Reconstruct is!

see how thick and rich Reconstruct is!

REPAIR Serum Keratin Anti-Breakage Sealant: I use this as my leave-in treatment after washing my hair. I put a little (between a nickel and quarter size) in my hands and run it through my hair and then comb my hair prior to drying. This leave-in formula continues to keep hair conditioned and smooth. AG Hair says the serum instantly mends split ends and works overtime to reduce breakage and increase elasticity. While nothing other than a trim is going to get rid of split ends, it does keep them conditioned so that you don’t look like you have split ends. Repair really makes my hair look and feel silky and glossy.

AG Hair Repair Serum

AG Hair Repair Serum

Refuel pump

Refuel pump

REVAMP Keratin Volumizing Spray: I’ve used this less than the other products mainly because I don’t find the need to spray often. It is humidity resistant though so I do reach for it occasionally, especially on 2nd day hair. Revamp has a low alcohol formula and provides a nice amount of support. I use just a little since I find it adds shine to my hair. I use a quick mist on myself but I tried it on my mom who can’t live without her hairspray and she liked the hold it gave her.

AG Hair Revamp

AG Hair Revamp

spray for Revamp Keratin Volumizing Spray

spray for Revamp Keratin Volumizing Spray

I give 5 R’s to this line of AG Hair products. You can Refuel, Restore, Reconstruct, Repair and Revamp your hair in a healthy way.  — Marcia

Interesting information from AG Hair:

There are numerous reasons why hair might break including mechanical (brushing, elastic bands), chemical (colouring, bleaching, hi-lighting, chlorine, salt) and environmental causes (UVA/UVB degradation). These processes harm the outer cuticle of the hair shaft leaving hair dry, brittle and prone to breakage.

Since keratin is the primary building block of the hair cuticle, introducing keratin back into the hair is the only way to repair it. Keratin penetrates the hair cuticle and bonds to the brittle, broken scales helping to restore strength and moisture, and prevent further damage.

The Keratin Repair category is formulated specifically with an abundant amount of keratin to make your hair visibly stronger, shinier and healthier with each use, and can be used daily as a reparative and preventative treatment. It is not possible to overuse keratin.

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