Change Up Your Hair Care With Organix, Nexxus, Yes To, Lee Stafford and Redken

Occasionally changing up your hair care can leave to healthier hair.

Organix 3 Piece Starter Kits

Recently, Organix has introduced their 3 Piece Starter Kits.  Available in Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil and Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy collections, the kits are a great back-to-school gift and a perfect fit for any gym locker or shower caddy.  Organix guarantees sulfate-free strand solutions, while resulting in strong, silky, soft hair that will be the envy of all your peers.

I tried the Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil 3 Piece Starter Kit ($9.99 USD) — Indulge the senses with a nourishing formula that is free of sulfates, phosphates and parabens.  Safe for color-treated hair, the Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner will restore moisture to dry hair and stimulate the scalp to create a cleansing and rejuvenating experience.  For a radiant shine that will stay with you all day long, the ultra-light Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil will fight frizz, and moisturize brittle hair.

What I think: I have tried these products before and love them.  Used together, hair is softer and so much smoother.  At good tip is to use just a little of the oil on damp hair, then a little more on dry hair if needed to control the frizzies.  A little goes a long way! The Organix®3 Piece Starter Kits are available for $9.99 each at ULTA and Target.

Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Collection

Just because the warm weather is ending we have to pack our their favorite hairstyles with their shorts and sandals. Loose, tousled waves are a favorite effortless look that works perfectly with fall fashion trends like patterned pants and simple sweaters.

Step One:

Preventing frizz starts in the shower. The Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Shampoo ($9.99) and Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Conditioner ($14.99) work together to prime damaged areas and evenly coat hair for effective hydration and a sleek style.

Step Two:

Now that hair is set up for frizz-free success, work the Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Styling Crème ($11.99) through damp hair. Twist hair into a low bun and secure loosely. Try sleeping on the damp bun for a low maintenance morning

Step Three:

In the morning undo the bun and run fingers through your hair to create loose, natural waves. If hair is still damp, finish drying it with a blow dryer. Set the style and help lock moisture out with Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Hair Spray ($11.99). The natural hold spray instantly controls flyaways and static, reducing frizz by up to 87% all day long.

What I think:  That is a fun look.  This is also a great collection to use with your normal styling process.  I have been using it and I do have less frizz than usual!  You can purchase this at mass market beauty retailers like ulta.com and drugstore.com.  Visit www.nexxus.com to learn more.

Yes To Blueberries Healthy Hair Regimen

Introducing the NEW Yes To Blueberries Healthy Hair Repair Shampoo and Conditioner ($15.99 USD). This is the perfect gentle, natural solution for users of heat styling and chemical processing treatments, which can be damaging to hair. Formulated with Blueberries to protect hair with anti-oxidant superpower, Clover Flower with its healing properties to mend damaged locks and Sunflower which is packed with fatty acids to restore shine and protect against breakage. Clinically proven to make hair look healthier in 7 days!

  • 98% natural
  • Free of Parabens, Petroleum and SLS, naturally!
  • No Animal Testing

What I think — This is a very gentle cleansing and conditioning set.  I think it is perfect for colored treated hair as harsh ingredients can strip the hair — these natural products are awesome!  My hair is shining and very healthy!  Available at www.yestocarrots.com.

Lee Stafford Messed Up Wax Spray

Lee Stafford Messed Up Wax Spray ($8.99 USD) — Lee Stafford has always been a little afraid of wax products, they conjure up nightmares of sticky, gunky, heavy hair. Well with Messed Up Spray Wax he thinks he’s banished those nightmares into a distant memory. Lee Stafford loves the hold and texture you get with a great wax like Messed Up…

What I think:  I gave this to my teenage daughter who has short, layered hair this product to test.  She loves that she can get cool, messy looks with it and that her hair still moves after using it.  Purchase at www.ulta.com

Redken Curvaceous Collection

All curls are not created equal so give them the customized care they crave! Curvaceous is a complete collection of hair care and styling products specially formulated to bring out the best in every curl. Redken’s exclusive Curl Memory Complex and the Interlock Protein Network (IPN) strengthen, moisturize and reactivate shape for increased manageability, frizz control and amazing shine. Curls and waves never looked so good!

What I think:  I have slightly wavy hair, but by just using the shampoo, conditioner, the Full Swirl Serum and the Wind Up Spray, my hair had beautiful waves!  I usually straighten my hair because it is usually in between wavy and straight, so this system has given me a new way to style my hair.  Available at salons near you and learn more at www.redken.com.

Enjoy trying something new!

Give The Gift Of Beautiful Hair This Holiday Season

Probably one of the nicest gifts that you can give to someone is the gift of great hair.  Try one of these fab kits or hair care collections and they will thank you for their shiny, bouncy hair!

Philip B. The Calming Collection ($50.00 USD) — Treat your loved one to an ultra relaxing indulgence with this delightful duo that delivers a soothing deep clean from head to toe. The Lavender Hair & Body Shampoo preserves hair color while the Light-Weight Deep Conditioning Crème Rinse does impeccable tangle control. This gift comes in the signature Philip B. black gift box tied with a red satin ribbon.  Purchase at  www.philipb.com.

PureOlogy HolidayHydrate Holiday Gift Set ($51.00 USD) — Gift this beautiful box featuring Pureology’s bestselling Hydrate system complete with a stylish headband to complete any holiday hairstyle. The gift includes:

Hydrate     Shampoo (10.1 oz. retail)
Hydrate     HairCondition (8.5 oz. retail)
ColourStylist     StrengtheningControl Zero Dulling Hairspray (11 oz. retail)

Visit www.Pureology.com for a Pureology salon in your area

Matrix Biolage and Total Results Gift Sets ($20.00 USD) — Play it up, tone it down, go au natural or va-va voom. No matter your style, one of these limited-edition holiday gift sets will be sure to please. With 10 varieties, ranging from Biolage staples like Smootherapie, to the new Total Results offerings, it’s easy to create your favorite holiday look. As an added bonus, all Total Results gift sets come with travel-sized versions (an $18 value) – perfect for that much-needed holiday vacation.  Available in fine salons only – for a salon locator please log onto www.matrix.com.

Research has shown that dry hair is a very common problem. In fact, 31% of women in the U.S. admit to having dry to very dry hair. With Redken’s new IPN technology and Keratin Enrich Complex, the All Soft regimen specifically targets these hair types and provides intense softness and deep conditioning with incredible suppleness and improved manageability. In fact, after just one application of All Soft Shampoo, Conditioner and Argan-6 Oil, hair is instantly softer with 15x more conditioning.

All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner gently cleanse the hair and provide fast detangling for intense softness, manageability and shine.

All Soft Heavy Cream softening rinse-out mask is a rich moisturizing cream that intensely softens the driest of hair, and leaves it feeling extremely soft, conditioned, and very touchable, with radiant shine.

All Soft Supple Touch softening cream-spray is a leave-in treatment that delivers the benefits of a cream in a lightweight spray; drastically improving manageability with lasting conditioning and amazing shine.

All Soft Argan-6 Oil is a multitasking oil treatment comprised of fair trade argan oil that intensely nourishes and protects all types of hair and especially dry, brittle hair.  It can be used in a multitude of ways to moisturize, protect, smooth, illuminate, soften or recondition and is enriched with omega-6 to provide concentrated softness, deep conditioning and lasting suppleness.

Visit www.redken.com to learn more.  Enjoy!

Shop For The Cure — Beauty Products That Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Looking to give to Breast Cancer Awareness and look pretty while you do it?  Invest in beauty products that are helping fight for the cure for breast cancer, like the ones featured here:

For the month of October 2011, Beautyblender, the ultimate make up sponge applicator, will donate 10% of all product sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. With the purchase of a Beautyblender product, not only will you be doing something great for others, but yourself as well! Try the Beautyblender Travel Kit, which retails for $23.95 and is available at http://www.beautyblender.net/.

Capturing small indulgences in a bottle, TOCCA’s Laundry Delicate Washes leave fine fabrics gently fragranced with intoxicating aromas reminiscent of timeless moments. Easy to use for hand-washing or in the washing machine on the delicate cycle, TOCCA’s gentle wash is deal for lingerie, hosiery, intimate apparel, silks, cashmeres and bed linens. TOCCA’s signature scents are now TSA-friendly, available in a portable and reusable bag, making it the ultimate travel companion. Each TOCCA Laundry Delicate (8 oz.) retails for $15.00 and TOCCA Laundry Travel Set (four 2 oz. bottles) retails for $22. All are available online at www.tocca.com. For the month of October 2011, TOCCA will be donating 15% of net proceeds from the sale of its Laundry Delicate line to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

If you purchase e.l.f. Cosmetics Glossy Gloss in Watermelon and Glitter Gloss in Twinkle Pink during the month of October, 100% of the sales goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.The high shine, pigmented Glossy Gloss delivers a beautiful sheen and a rich tint of color to your pout. The intense, show-stopping Glitter Gloss is infused with light-reflecting micropearls.  This non-sticky gloss illuminates lips with sheer brilliance and lots of color. Visit www.elfcosmetics.com to purchase one for $3.00 or both for $6.00.

Stila Positive and Pretty Palette ($14.00)  Get empowered in pink with this limited-edition palette featuring four award-winning Eye Shadows, a Cheek Color and a Highlighter. A mirror is included for on-the-go application and a detailed face chart offers how-to tips and tricks. A total of 10% of proceeds will go to a variety of BCA charities, one of which is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Available at www.stilacosmetics.

Redken Shape Up Your Style ($17.50).  Redken is proud to announce it’s helping support the fight against breast cancer with a limited edition promotion which includes a Redken rough paste 12 working material and a mini version of Redken quick dry 18 instant finishing spray, available now in salons. In conjunction with this limited edition promotion, Redken will make a flat $20,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in support of their mission to find the cures for breast cancer.  Visit www.redken.com for more information.

Pureology PureVolume Collection ($39.00)  joins the fight against breast cancer with a limited edition promotion which includes PureologyPureVolume Shampoo, HairCondition and BlowDryAmplifier. It is currently available in participating salons nationwide!I n conjunction with this limited edition promotion, Pureology will make a $20,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in support of their mission to end breast cancer forever.  Learn more at www.pureology.com.  Enjoy!

Nourishing and Protective Products for Summer Hair

It’s funny that although I don’t really style my hair in the summer, I use a lot of hair products to get the “natural” look.  But, the products that I use are as good for my hair as they make it look good. Here are a few that I have been using regularly and recommend to help hair stay healthy in the heat.

Nick Chavez Plump ‘N Thick Leave-In Thickening Creme Conditioner ($22.00 USD) — an exceptional leave-in conditioner for all hair types that maximizes your hair’s body and volume creating richer, thicker, fatter hair. May be applied to dry, wet or damp hair. Special thickening agents have been added to super hydrate and expand the cuticle.

What I think: This is perfect for two reasons; if you want extra conditioning in the summer for dry and frizzy hair, plus if you need to plump up your limp hair, this is the perfect product.  I usually air dry my hair in the summer so I mostly use this on wet hair after a shower. It helps my hair dry softer and thicker.  Visit www.nickchavezbeverlyhills.com to learn more and purchase.

Crack Leave In Hair Cream ($19.99 USD) — Crack is a leave-in hair cream made with Acai Extract and Silk Protein to moisturize and protect hair from dryness.   This is a unique multi-tasking leave in treatment AND styling aid in one, that instantly and effectively transforms, keratin-depleted, stressed, frizzy, curly hair to a sleek, smooth, healthy, shiny dimension.  Sophisticated micro proteins and power peptides instantly infuse deep into the hair cuticle and encase the hair follicle with a keratinous bond, to promote healing, block the effects of humidity and eliminate up to 95% frizz and curl, leaving hair smooth, shiny and luxurious. This can be purchased on www.folica.com and several professional beauty supply stores near you.

What I think:  LOVE the Crack!  I have been using this almost every day since I have received it. I put just a little in my damp hair and run it through to the ends.  It makes my hair shiny, less frizzy and strengthens it.  This product also protects from the sun and chlorine which is perfect for the summer, and the rest of the year.  Try it, you’ll be addicted, too!

Redken Extreme CAT Protein Reconstructing Treatment for Distressed Hair (14.95 USD) — is an extreme treatment dedicated  to strengthening and healing distressed hair. Part of the Redken Extreme Collection (for hair that is up to 4 times stronger!) this restorative spray contains patented Taurine Technology and Cationic Proteins to help reconstruct damaged hair while preventing future damage or weighing the hair down. Silky, spray formula increases manageability, comb-ability, body and shine. Redken’s  exclusive Interbond Conditioning System delivers unique Proteins, Ceramide and Lipids that provide internal strength to the hair’s structure, reinforcement of the cuticles, and a protective resurfacing to every strand. Hair becomes healthy looking and shiny again. Dry, damaged hair is no longer a CATastrophe with Redken Extreme CAT Reconstructing Treatment.

What I think:  I love this whole Redken Extreme line, but this is the product that I have been using the most.  I love that I can use this on wet or dry hair; I especially love that it is perfect as a detangler for my daughters crazy hair wet or dry.  My 7-year-old loves to run outside in the morning with knots in her hair so I grab her and spray this in her hair and the knots come right out!  I like it for myself as well as it is a great wet hair or dry finishing spray.  NICE!

Get Healthy Hair Naturally with Redken Nature’s Rescue

Redken Nature's Rescue

With a growing demand for natural products, and 55% of consumers using natural products in addition to their other hair care products, Redken introduces NEW Nature’s Rescue, a collection of paraben-free, sulfate-free and silicone-free hair care essentials.  Inspired by the ocean and enriched with plant and marine extracts, Nature’s Rescue thoroughly cleanses to remove impurities and buildup while helping nourish and refine the hair. 
 
“In my salons, some clients are looking for more natural hair care products,” states Rodney Cutler, Redken Brand Ambassador and owner of Cutler/Redken Salons.  “Nature’s Rescue is ideal for these clients as it’s formulated for all hair types, safe for color-treated hair, and can be used daily, weekly or on alternate days with a favorite Redken hair care regimen for a complete, healthy-looking hair solution.”
 
“Redken has always used its advanced technology to target specific hair needs with simple solutions,” states Jenny Corless, Director of Global Marketing for Redken.  “With Nature’s Rescue, we are using our technological expertise to answer a market need for more natural hair care products.  Nature’s Rescue features the nutrient-rich Sea-Algae Hydracomplex with sea algae, soy protein and aloe vera to protect and moisturize the hair.  The star products include the Refining Sea Polish, which gently exfoliates with pumice to remove impurities and refine hair’s surface leaving it smooth and shiny.   The Radiant Sea Spray is a lightweight and multifunctional spray that adds texture while time-touch fragrance capsules release bursts of oceanic scent when hair is touched.”
 
Nature’s Rescue includes four products formulated with water-fresh fragrances, cooling sensations and ocean-inspired textures that provide the perfect balance of moisture:
·         Step 1: Detox with Nature’s Rescue Refreshing Detox Shampoo
·         Step 2: Refine with Nature’s Rescue Refining Sea Polish
·         Step 3: Replenish with Nature’s Rescue Cooling Deep Conditioner
·         Step 4: Uplift with Nature’s Rescue Radiant Sea Spray

I love the clean feeling that these products leave in my hair. The shampoo and deep conditioner impart a coolness to my hair and scalp in the shower. I love the Sea Polish, it seems to really scrub my hair and scalp clean. The Sea Spray is a neat idea, my hair is scented all day, especially when touched. 
 
To locate a Redken salon to purchase, please log on to Redken.com. Enjoy!

Redken Time Reset Collection

Redken Time Reset Collection

 I think that anti-aging hair care is a brilliant idea. Although we can color the grays, we can’t cover the fact that our hair is getting dryer, more fragile and thinner.  

Redken’s Time Reset Collection claims to help the following effects on hair from chronological & hormonal aging:     

 The combined impact of chronological & hormonal aging can leave hair with six visible effects that lead hair to become porous, lifeless, and extremely difficult to manage:
1.       Change in Texture
2.       Diminished Density
3.       Increased Dryness
4.       Surface Dullness
5.       Fragility / Breakage
6.       Gray Hair
  

“Most of us are well-versed on the impact of age on the skin, and less attention is spent on the effects of aging on the hair,” states David Cannell, Redken Research and Development Expert.  “Redken research has identified two main categories of aging hair: chronological aging caused by mechanical, environmental and chemical distress – the combined effects of these external factors can leave hair dry, sensitized and/or porous.  The second category is hormonal aging which occurs as a result of the physiological changes that women experience as they grow older.  This ultimately results in slowed scalp activity and the decline in melanin, the hair’s natural source of protection and defense against age-accelerating aggressors.”
 
“Everyone’s hair ages differently, some of us earlier than others,” explains Cannell.  “Below is a general timeline that captures the changes women commonly observe:
–          20s: Hair is at the peak of thickness and strength; Scalp produces ample sebum giving hair healthy shine
–          30s: Damage incurred during your 20’s becomes visible; Slight decline in sebum production can cause hair to lose its natural luster
–          40s: Diameter of hair shaft begins to shrink, resulting in thinner and more fragile strands; Decline in melanin levels can lead to emerging gray hairs
–          50s: Most women are 50% gray by the age of 50, caused by a steep decline in melanin; Follicles continue to shrink leaving hair finer and thinner around hairline and top of scalp
–          60s: Nearly 40% of women will experience some degree of hair loss by age 60, mostly around the crown, leaving hair thin-looking and lackluster.”

Although you can receive Redken Time Reset Collection treatment at the salon; the care is continued at home with advanced, age-fighting formulas that renew texture, enhance density, replenish moisture and shine, and help defend hair against free radicals for hair that looks and feels younger and more resilient from root to tip.  Time Reset at-home regimen includes Shampoo, Conditioner, Youth Revitalizer replenishing deep treatment and Corrective Defense protective softening lotion.  

I have tried the Conditioner, Youth Revitalizer and Corrective Defense. I particularly like the Youth Revitalizer because in just 5-15 minutes of leaving it in then rinsing it out, my hair became softer and noticeably less damaged.   

You can learn more about these products at www.redken.com and find a salon near you where you can purchase this fab age-defying hair care!

Protect Your Scalp with Redken Color Extend Sun Care

Redken Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12

I think that it is so smart that haircare companies are introducing SPF to their summer collections. It seems to be the next logical step in sun protection. We protect our skin everyday with sunscreen, why not our hair?!

Redken Introduced their Color Extend line in 2009 (see my review at https://fortyflirtyfabulous.wordpress.com/2009/05/17/redken-color-extend-sun-collection/). This year, they have added the new Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12 to the Color Extend Sun haircare regimen. This is a leave-in product that helps prevent burnt scalps while protecting hair. 

The Claim: The UVA and UVB filters in Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12 provide protection plus filters coat the hair to protect the integrity of the hair fiber and safeguard haircolor and highlights.  Redken’s exclusive Interbond Conditioning System and the advanced Hydra-Shield Complex deliver strengthening Ceramide and moisture-rich Mango Oil to dry strands to resurface the cuticle, repair damaged areas and replenish lost moisture. 

This product is particularly recommended for stylists and consumers with side/middle/fringe parts, thinning hair, receding hairlines, or light-colored hair, and are looking for a multi-tasking product to protect their hair and scalp from UV damage while helping to protect and replenish the hair,” states Rodney Cutler, Redken Brand Ambassador and owner of Cutler/Redken Salon.  “It is highly recommended to use the protective treatment at the beach or by the pool and for people who work outdoors and/or who play outdoor sports.”

What I think: I like the ease of this product — just spray on wet hair and you’re done. My scalp hasn’t burned yet this year, which is great, and I love that the spray is protection my color, which hasn’t faded. So I recommend this spray to protect the scalp and hair! 
 
Other products in Redken’s Color Extend Sun line include:
•                    Color Extend Sun After-Sun Shampoo:  Apply to wet hair, massage into a lather, and rinse.
•                    Color Extend Sun After-Sun Mask:  After shampooing, apply to damp hair. Leave on 5 to 15 minutes. Rinse.
•                    Color Extend Sparkling Shield:  Apply to damp or dry hair.  Leave-in.  Reapply throughout the day as needed.

Learn more about the Color Extend Line at www.redken.com. You can purchase these products at salon’s near you. Enjoy!