Top Ten Tuesday is getting hairy this week

It’s hair time with the Top Ten Tuesday bloggers and this one is so easy for me since there are 4 brands that are dominating my head lately. Three of the brands I’ve written about and one is new and that’s the one that will get the most attention today.
1. KEUNE SMOOTHING CARE LINE is a line that one dozen beauty bloggers wrote about. This company has special products for every type of hair. I chose to review the Smoothing Care Line since I like straight hair that’s shiny and frizz free and Keune does exactly that for me. I love all 4 products from the line but my very favorite is the KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING TREATMENT. This is the best mask I’ve used in a long time. My hair is so manageable after using this that people just want to pet my head!

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

2.  TARA SMITH HAIRCARE –  SHINE ON was very recently reviewed and I have a giveaway going on from now until August 31, 2015 so you could win products from Tara Smith. While I’m using Shine On Shampoo and Conditioner plus Base Coat Serum, every one of the 4 lines they make is amazing. Shine On makes my hair very shiny and keeps my color treated hair from fading.

Tara Smith Shine On

Tara Smith Shine On

3.  ECRU NEW YORK ACACIA has been a favorite since last summer and it remains one to this day. This line contains silk protein that helps with the strength of my hair. After a disastrous summer of 2014 my hair started molting and it took a long time to get it back. ECRU New York Acacia was the line I preferred during this time because it was so gentle. My favorite product from this line is their Acacia Protein BB Cream which I reach for quite often.

ECRU Acacia Protein BB Cream

ECRU Acacia Protein BB Cream

4.  Last but not least is the newest addition to my life – HAIR LA VIE. There are two products that I use from Hair La Vie and what makes these so special to me is the difference they are making in the growth of my hair. I’m using the Hair La Vie Revitalizing Blend of supplements as well as the Moroccan Repair Serum. Nothing grows hair quickly but I’ve noticed a big difference already after just 30 days with these products.

HAIR LA VIE MOROCCAN REPAIR SERUM is a hydration treatment. It’s to be used on damp hair that’s lightly towel dried. I need the tiniest amount of this serum since it’s so powerful that it will make my hair limp if I use too much. My theory is to always start with a little and add more if you need it since you can’t undo things. This serum is packed with argan oil along with 7 essential oils and vitamins. “Formulated specifically for those with weak, damaged, brittle hair and split ends, due to coloring, chemical processing, heat styling and harsh climates.” I’m very happy with the way my hair looks after applying this.

Hair La Vie Moroccan Oil Serum with argan oil

Hair La Vie Moroccan Oil Serum with argan oil

Hair La Vie Moroccan Oil Serum with argan oil

Hair La Vie Moroccan Oil Serum with argan oil

HAIR LA VIE REVITALIZING BLEND is a supplement that I take twice a day. It’s just called Hair La Vie since it was the first product that was created by the company. It’s an all-natural vitamin that helps with hair growth as well as hair repair. It stimulates hair’s growth and I’m finding that my hair looks healthy again.

Hair La Vie Revitalizing Blend of vitamins

Hair La Vie Revitalizing Blend of vitamins

Hair La Vie Revitalizing Blend of vitamins

Hair La Vie Revitalizing Blend of vitamins

Now I can’t tell you what to take supplement/vitamin wise but I know that I’ll continue with this. As you age so does your hair and I want youthful looking hair. This contains 5000 mcg of biotin in the two tablets and I’m sure that’s what is making my hair full again. I’ve stopped taking a multi-vitamin since this has everything I need. There’s no taste and they are easy to swallow. I’m thrilled that I was introduced to these. I’ve even got a little more energy which is a good side effect.

Hair La Vie vitamin stats

Hair La Vie vitamin stats

I’m sure reading what the other Top Ten bloggers have to share will be interesting. We always seem to take different tacks to these articles. Have you used any of the products I’m loving? — 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 beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and then continue. Put on your thinking caps and decide which of these sound perfect for you!!
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