Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Collection

I love a hair product with Argan Oil in it. For centuries, Moroccan women have used this lightweight yet rich elixir to protect their hair (and skin) from UV damage while creating soft, silky perfection. It used to be that you had to purchase these Argan Oil–infused products at a salon or beauty boutique, and they would cost a pretty penny. Thankfully, Organix just launched the Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Collection (Argan Oil Shampoo, Conditioner, Renewing Treatment and Penetrating Oil) that performs just as well as its prestige counterparts, but costs around $9 per product and is available at drugstores.
Each formula is sulfate and paraben-free, and packaged in bottles made from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin. And all labels are printed utilizing environmentally-friendly inks and compostable label film made from annually renewable resource corn, not from petrochemicals. 

*Samples were provided by the brand for review.
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Put The Breaks On Hair Breakage

You know that line, “Break yourself, fool!” from Superbad? Well, my hair was taking that euphemism literally.

My hair has been delicate, dry, and damaged – thanks to 25 years of chemical relaxers and a recent dependence on hot tools. As a result of my hair abuse, my ends were breaking off left and right. Every time I brushed or styled my hair, it was a sorry sight – little, broken hairs all over my shirt, bathroom counter and floor. Every day, I was pulling a Jay-Z and brushing my shoulders off.

My hair was, basically, breaking off as quickly as it was growing – which explains why my hair hasn’t gotten longer in the past seven years. And let me tell you…it was like salt in the wounds when a well-meaning friend suggested I “grow my hair out.”

Obviously, if I stopped straightening, blow drying and using a flat iron on my hair, it would be in much better shape. But let’s get real – that’s not going to happen. Lucky for me, Pantene solved my catch 22 conundrum by developing a line of products that spoke to my issue. Seriously, the product description reads like it should have been prefaced with “Yo…listen up, Daneen.”

The Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense collection is designed to strengthen hair against damage and provide 90 percent less breakage in one month.

The Present: Hair that you notice everywhere – on your brush, clothes and bathroom sink. The Future: Resilient, strong, healthy hair that has less shedding due to breakage.
Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Shampoo, Breakage Defense thoroughly cleans hair with a rich, airy lather without weighing hair down. It has a unique conditioning formula that makes hair easier to comb, helping to prevent breakage. And it leaves hair strong against damage, hydrated and healthy-looking. Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Conditioner, Breakage Defense has a Pro-Vitamin formula that is specially designed for women of color to help strengthen and moisturize each hair strand – from root to tip. It also shields each hair strand from future damage.

I’ve been using this shampoo/conditioner combo for the past two months and have noticed a decrease in shedding. I’m hoping that if I keep this up – and lay off the ole flat iron a bit – mermaid hair might be in my future. I’ve always dreamed of mermaid hair…

Anyway, if you’re like me and you want to put the breaks on hair breakage, I recommend you give these products a try.*

*I believe Pantene is doing some re-formulation and discontinuing these products, so they are a little bit hard to find. Online shopping would be your best bet.

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Carol’s Daughter Best Tressed Hair Set: Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

This holiday beauty gift pick is for that follicularly challenged chick in your life. We all have that relative or friend whose hair is so dry, damaged or downright ratnesty that we’re compelled to help. So this holiday season, instead of hooking her up with a cute hat, buy her the Best Tressed Hair Set from Carol’s Daughter.

Like the right pair of shoes, a hairdo can make or break your outfit. Starting off with gently-cleansing Rosemary Mint Shampoo with Sea Moss for dry hair is a wise choice. Layer in moisture with Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner. Hair Milk, a light solution for brittle hair, adds luster with the help of lemongrass and ylang-ylang. The essential oils of sage and rosemary in Lisa’s Hair Elixir help combat dry hair and scalp while peppermint gives a refreshing tingle. Mimosa Hair Honey, an herbal-infused pomade, improves manageability and tames fly-aways so that the only thing catching anyone’s eye is your gorgeous hair!

I just tried Carol’s Daughter hair products tonight, for the first time. And let me tell you…they are just as awesome as everything you’ve heard. I’m extremely embarrassed to be so tardy for the Carol’s Daughter hair party; so I’m not just jumping on the bandwagon – I’m getting behind the wheel, y’all. After using the products in the Best Tressed Hair Set, my mane (which is usually the black hole of moisture and shine) is soft, shiny, wonderfully fragranced and feels so darn healthy that I’m in a state of shock.

What’s even more amazing is the fact that these products are all natural – free of the harsh chemicals that jacked up your hair in the first place. “I wanted lots of moisture and no synthetic preservatives,” says creator Lisa Price. “If I couldn’t pronounce the ingredient, it wasn’t going into the pot.”

The Best Tressed Hair Set is the gift that keeps giving. Your homegirl, and her haphazard hair, will thank you.

For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s 2009 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide!

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The Princess and The Frog Beauty Collection From Carol’s Daughter

Remember how I told you how stoked I am to see The Princess and the Frog? Well…the excitement continues because Disney and Carol’s Daughter have collaborated on “A Magical Beauty Collection.”

Give your little princess the royal treatment with The Beauty Within Shampoo, which gently cleans as it conditions. Ultra nourishing Aloe Leaf Juice will pamper each strand, leaving hair silky-soft and tangle-free.

For shiny, silky-soft hair befitting all princesses, Inner Shine Conditioner is worth its weight in gold. Shine boosting trio Sunflower Seed, Olive and Sweet Almond Oils leave hair feeling soft, while helping tame tangles for good.

At long last, tangle-free hair is only a spray away. Dream Big Hair Detangler is a moisturizing miracle worker that gently detangles hair without any tears as it smoothes and nourishes with Cranberry and Lemon Peel Extracts. No pulling, breaking or damaging, so strands stay supple, soft and shiny. Dreams really do come true.

Make a splash with bubbles that last with Sharing Means Caring Bubble Bath. All princesses would approve this bath treat that gently cleans and calms delicate skin with moisturizing Aloe Leaf Juice. It’s the perfect cleansing companion and best when shared with bath-time friends.

A Magical Beauty Collection is available, for a limited time, at

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