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I’ve been a faithful Darshana Hair Oil user for two years. I love the oil for a pre shampoo scalp massage, or overnight treatment. I was thrilled when I received Darshana’s latest products, the Natural Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner! The shampoo and conditioner have the same delicious fresh squeezed orange scent, and super moisturizing and nourishing Ayurvedic ingredients.
The shampoo is free from sulfates, parabens, silicones, and artificial fragrance. I was surprised to discover my hair wasn’t feeling stripped or tangled after using the shampoo alone. It’s a very gentle shampoo, and it doesn’t affect my hair color either. Major plus!
The Darshana Natural Moisturizing Conditioner repairs, strengthens, and protects delicate hair with 18 amino acids. It defrizzes and detangles with honey, sweet almond oil, and shea butter. My dry hair loves it in combination with the shampoo and using the oil after my shower. If you have hair that’s color treated, or on the dry and frizzy side I think this trio is a great combination as we are heading into the cooler months.
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I’m NOT one of those people who have “wash and wear” hair. I also hate to blow dry my hair in the summer. Enter my hair’s new BFF, the InStyler Max. This hair tool is unlike anything I’ve used on my hair before. It has a rotating round iron, ionic bristles, and a floating ceramic heated plate. Because it rotates both ways, you can use the InStyler Max for straightening hair and adding volume, or to add curls to hair.
Personally, I use the InStyler for straightening my wavy, frizzy hair when I air dry it. Even on my thick hair, it’s quick when I do it in sections. I’m able to get more volume at the root than with a traditional flat iron. You can find the InStyler MAX at ULTA for $90.
I’m excited to be teaming up with Sally Beauty today to share my Summer Beauty Secrets!
Sally Beauty is my go-to for at home hair color and highlights. My summer hair color routine is a little different from the rest of the year, and I want to share with you how I keep my blonde from getting brassy and fading.
For a base shade, you want to choose a shade that is ash or neutral toned so you don’t get reddish tones. Steer clear of golden shades, which will be warmer and turn brassy quickly in the sun. I like the AGE Beautiful Liqui-Creme haircolor formula. I’m currently using the shade 8N for a base color, and I do balayage with the Wella Color Charm Powder Lightener bleach.
The first step in preventing brassiness is to tone your hair. You can use a toning shampoo, or use a demi permanent neutral light blonde shade to tone your blonde highlights. Now that you have a fabulous color, you need to protect it from the sun and pool. I’m always outside in the sun, and in the pool with my kids, but by using specific products I can prevent my hair from turning brassy or green toned from the chlorine.
I have been alternating between the Ion Swimmer’s line and the Summer line which protects color treated hair from the sun. The Ion Swimmer’s Leave-In Conditioner spray is great to use before going in the pool or in the sun, as well as after you wash your hair.
While we are on the topic of shopping at Sally Beauty, I can’t go in there without stopping to look at the nail polish. It’s such eye candy, and I can’t resist bright summer shades! I’m someone who loves to polish their nails, and in cooler weather I change my polish almost every night. In summer, I need a polish that is more long wearing, so I do a Gelish manicure every 5-7 days. It holds up so well to even the hardest wear and tear.
My newest favorite shade is Tag, You’re It from the Gelish MINI Summer 2016 Street Beat Collection. It’s a gorgeous fuchsia pink with blue micro shimmer. Shades like this scream summer to me! Don’t forget to pick up the Beauty Secrets Acetone from Sally Beauty. It’s by far my favorite polish remover formula.
I’d love to hear what your favorites from Sally Beauty are. Let me know in the comments!
Nexxus New York Salon Care products are the answer to getting that freshly blown out, smooth, yet bouncy perfect hair day look – at home! I take pride in taking care of my health and well-being, but I also want my outer beauty to shine. For me personally, when I look good, I feel my most confident. I like to make an effort to look pulled together on even my most rushed and hectic days. In the Summer especially, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the dirty hair Mom ponytail everyday. I have found that by using the correct products after washing my hair, I can get a day or two longer out of my hairstyle.
For the past few weeks I’ve been testing the Nexxus New York Salon Care line. I have details of the eight products I tried, and which ones have become holy grail beauty staples.
Nexxus New York Salon Care products contain premium salon quality ingredients to leave hair fluid, enriched, beautiful, and looking like you just left the salon.
Nexxus New York Salon Care Therappe Rebalancing Shampoo – this silicone free formula rebuilds broken bonds and replenishes nutrients. Contains caviar complex, which is rich in protein and nutrients. Coconut oil in the formula adds softness. The best thing? It smells like banana coconut. It’s like a tropical vacation in your shower!
Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Restoring Conditioner – Smooths and protects hair while detangling. Contains caviar complex and coconut oil. I find I need less of this conditioner than others in my shower. Works very well to detangle thick, heavy hair.
Nexxus New York Salon Care Restoring Masque – Deep Conditioner intensely moisturizes hair and targets dry areas. The masque is especially great after I dye my hair, or a day in the sun and pool.
Humectress Luxe Lightweight Conditioning Mist – This fine mist imparts brilliant shine and improves manageability. Conditioning polymers give hair a light hold without residue. This is a must have in humid weather. A few sprays cuts down on areas of my hair that tend to be frizzy and stubborn.
Humectress Encapsulate Serum – This lightweight conditioning oil is encapsulated in pearls and suspended in water rich rebuilding serum. Contains caviar complex and coconut oil to repair, restore, and add softness. I really like using this serum before blow drying and either using my flat iron or curling wand. It doesn’t add any weight to my hair, but it protects from heat styling. The serum can be used on wet or dry hair.
Mousse + Volumizing Foam – This mousse has been a long time favorite of mine. The Nexxus New York Salon Care mousse is by far the best for thick hair. It doesn’t leave a crunchy or sticky feel, but adds a ton of volume. It contains keratin proteins to protect your style from humidity.
Maxximum Finishing Mist – This strong hold finishing mist is no joke. It will hold a curl in the softest of hair. It works great in humidity. If straight hair is your thing, it does a great job of holding a smooth style as well.
Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist – I have a new favorite dry shampoo. This smells better than any of my others, and I’ve tried a “few.” Not only is the smell fabulous for freshening hair, it doesn’t leave a chalky white film.
My Nexxus New York Salon Care hair selfie is below. I did a super fast hair style on day two hair. First I worked two pumps of the Humectress Encapsulate Serum through my straight hair. I applied the dry shampoo to refresh my hair, added some waves with my curling wand, and sprayed the finished look with the Maxximum Finishing Mist. The look took less than 10 minutes, and held all day!
My top picks from the Nexxus New York Salon Care products I tried are the shampoo and conditioner, conditioning mist, mousse, and dry shampoo. To be honest, I loved the entire line and wouldn’t hesitate to repurchase any of the items once I’m out. have you tried anything from this brand? Let me know your thoughts!
Now that it’s beginning to feel like Summer outside, I wanted to share with you my favorite ways to protect my hair color from the sun. We all know how important spf is for our skin, but you might not have thought about protecting your hair. I’m outside with my kids a lot during the Summer, and my dyed blonde hair tends to get brassy. I plan on using my favorite Leonor Greyl products that have a natural spf to keep my blonde locks bright but not brassy this Summer. I’ve shared Leonor Greyl with you before (HERE), and it remains in heavy rotation. The products with natural sun, chlorine, and salt protection are the Huile de Leonor Greyl, Huile Secret de Beauté, Baume Bois de Rose, Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice, Lait Luminescence, Eclat Naturel, and Serum de Soie Sublimateur.
The Pre Shampoo Oil Treatment can be used on dry hair before a day at the beach or before going for a swim in the pool. The treatment’s oils offer natural UVA/UVB protection for hair. The Organic Beauty Oil leaves hair and skin silky and shiny with added UVA/UVB protection. The Leave In Detangling Protective Spray smooths and detangles while enhancing shine and luminosity. It also offers natural UV protection.
The Volumizing Styling Mousse adds crunch free volume to the thickest of hair, and provides protection against environmental stressors. The Modelling and Sculpting Balm shapes hair into any style leaving a matte finish. It adds volume and texture without heaviness, and protects from sun. The Nourishing and Protective Styling Cream reconditions dry hair and protects from sun and heat styling. The Nourishing and Protective Styling Serum contains silk protein and vegetal oils to detangle, smooth, condition and nourish without adding weight. The serum also protects against heat styling and sun.
This weekend, all Leonor Greyl sun protection products are 15% off, and you will receive a free hair towel with orders over $75 when you use the code “SUMMER”. Let me know if you have any questions and I’d love to hear if you pick something up during the sale!
I recently put the Kenra Platinum hair care line through the ultimate test. I bleached my hair three weeks ago, and used only the Kenra Platinum products for a week. I bleached my hair, then washed with the Kenra Platinum Revive Shampoo, and did a deep conditioning mask with the Platinum Revive Treatment and Oil. The next day I colored my hair and did another deep conditioning mask with the Revive Oil. Once I had rinsed the mask out, I used the Kenra Platinum Revive Complex to smooth my hair and combat damage.
My hair was smoother and softer than before I bleached and colored. I couldn’t believe how great it looked and felt. I used only the Kenra Platinum for the rest of the week, and I didn’t have the normal scalp irritation I usually get after I color. I used my hair dryer, flat iron, and curling wand without any breakage or frizziness.
The Platinum Revive system is formulated to repair gaps and tears on the hair shaft, and strengthen hair without adding unnecessary weight or heaviness. The products target only the damaged areas of hair, and rinses off healthy areas that don’t need repairing. The gentle sulfate free products will not strip your hair color. I’m in love with the scent of the products too. They have a slightly vanilla floral scent with a bit of evergreen. It reminds me a lot of a niche perfume I have that I adore.
Kenra Professional products enhance individual styles and dramatically improve the health and appearance of hair. As times change, stylists and their clients demand specific products to achieve diverse and fashion-driven hairstyles. Our product development team responds by consulting salon stylists in the research and development of innovative, performance-based shampoos, conditioners, styling products and finishing sprays uniquely formulated with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients.
There’s not a disappointing product in this repairing hair care line. I’ll continue to use the system, and it will be a definite repurchase. If I had to choose a must have, I’d go for the treatment, and the Revive Oil. The Oil is quite versatile, because it works when you add it to the conditioner as a moisture boost, as a pre shampoo treatment, or applying after you wash and before using heat on your hair. I also use it between washes to smooth out my hair.
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It’s time to give your hair a little TLC! I’ve been a huge fan of Living Proof hair care for a couple of years, and the recently released Timeless collection exclusively from ULTA Beauty confirms Living Proof’s spot in my shower forever. This 4 piece line targets the signs of aging hair, and is meant for use from age 30 and up. The line contains a fortifying complex made up of amino acids to strengthen, ceramide like lipids to smooth, and proteins to control moisture and repel dirt and oil.
The Timeless pre shampoo treatment acts like a retinoid for hair, uses a shampoo activated color seal technology and UV absorbers to keep color vibrant and fresh looking. The sulfate and silicone free shampoo and conditioner add body and movement, while giving dry, brittle hair a healthy texture. The final step is the Timeless Plumping Mousse, which protects hair from heat styling while adding volume and thickening. I love the entire line, but the Plumping Mousse is my favorite. It gives my hair volume without a crunchy feel. Overall, I find that my hair can go a day or two longer between washings with the Timeless system, and that means my color lasts longer.
Do you have any favorites from Living Proof? I’d love to hear your thoughts if you give the Timeless line a try!
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One of my New Year’s goals is to work smarter, not harder. Yes, that also applies to my beauty routine! I have a few tips to share today that will save you time. That’s probably something you could use more of, right? John Frieda is a brand I’ve used and loved for years. The Sheer Blonde® Go Blonder lightening shampoo and conditioner have been products I regularly use and enjoy. They gradually and gently lighten blonde hair, whether it’s natural, colored, or highlighted.
John Frieda recently came out with Sheer Blonde® Go Blonder In-Shower Lightening Treatment. When used with the shampoo and conditioner, hair is gently lightened up to two shades. Used alone, the In-Shower Treatment instantly softens dark roots, and boosts your blonde by one shade.
Did you just think “OMG I can go longer between coloring my hair!?” Yes! The In-Shower treatment is safe for natural or colored hair and also safe for low lights and highlights.
The entire line of Brilliant Brunette and Sheer Blonde are BOGO 50% off all this month at Walgreens when you use your Balance Rewards card. I seem to be in Walgreens several times a week picking up prescriptions and checking out what’s new in the beauty aisles, so it’s easy to stock up while I’m there. I love to save time and money at Walgreens using John Frieda so I can refresh my roots and go longer between coloring!
I have a few tips to prolong your sparkling blonde (or any other shade!) hair color. If you take a little time to prep your hair and do a blow out, your style will last for days before needing to be washed and styled again.
- After using the Sheer Blonde regimen, use the Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Styling Spray on wet hair.
- Blow dry as normal until hair is about 50% dry.
- Now section hair and begin with the bottom layers, working your way up to the top layer of hair, using the John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush.
- Once the section you are brushing is completely dry, turn it to cool air to lock in the style and smoothness.
I love this hair styling tool, because it allows me to blow dry, smooth, add volume and style all at once. This style will last for days, saving you time and money. I can get this style to last days by using dry shampoo to freshen up in the morning.
Do you have any John Frieda favorites? Let me know your best hair tips in the comments below!