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The Truth About Curls

If you’ve been reading this blog for a hot minute or you’ve seen a picture of me, you probably know that I have chemically straightened hair. It grows out of my head curly, but I’ve been straightening it for 25+ years – to the point where I’m embarrassed to admit that I can’t even remember what the natural texture of my hair is anymore.

So it might seem ironic that I’m posting about Paul Mitchell’s new line of products for curls. But it actually makes a lot of sense. Waves and curls require serious moisture (frizz is not fab), but in a lightweight formulation – as not to weight the hair down. My fine, relaxed (aka damaged) hair demands the same – so I’ve been incorporating two of the more universal products into my routine.

The Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo is ultra-moisturizing and sulfate-free. Whenever possible, I prefer to use sulfate-free shampoos because they don’t strip. However, many sulfate-free shampoos just don’t lather up the way the way that traditional shampoos do – and it’s a bummer for a bubble-lover like me. The great thing about the Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo is that it gives a rich lather, so it’s the best of both worlds. (more…)

Paul Mitchell Introduces The Truth About Curls Collection

As a beauty blogger, one of the questions I get asked most is to recommend products for curly hair. But I don’t have curls (well, not anymore…my hair is relaxed, and has been for 25+ years), so I’ve been reluctant to endorse products that I don’t myself use. That is, until now…

Paul Mitchell recently introduced a new hair care range for girls with curls. If your ringlets are going rogue, your waves are wilted or your tendrils have got it twisted (and not in a good way), The Truth About Curls collection is the detangling, frizz-fighting, defining, hydrating and smoothing answer to your prayers.

Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo: Rich lather gently cleanses curls without roughing up the cuticle. “Prepares curls for a frizz-free finish.” Ultra-moisturizing and sulfate-free.

Full Circle Leave-In Treatment: Lightweight conditioning treatment won’t weigh hair down. Do-it-all formula hydrates, detangles and tames frizz. Replenishes thirsty locks and helps protect against damage.

Twirl Around Crunch-Free Curl Definer: Dual-formula swirls together hydrating cream and smoothing gel. Defines, separates and tames unruly curls and waves without frizz or crunchiness. Helps curls retain their shape and bounce all day long.

Ultimate Wave Beachy Texture Cream Gel: Secret weapon for creating sexy, tousled beach waves. Forms, separates and adds loads of texture. Humidity-resistant for perfectly imperfect frizz-free styles.

Even if you don’t have curly hair, you can benefit from the shampoo and leave-in conditioner. I’ve personally used the products on my dry, chemically-straightened hair and found them to be gentle and very hydrating. And at $6-40 (depending on bottle size), the price point is nice too.

To learn more about The Truth About Curls collection, “like” Paul Mitchell’s Facebook page.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Paul Mitchell, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

L’Oreal Paris EverCreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System

Because my hair is overprocessed, dry and damaged, I only wash it about once a week. Which means that when I “do” it, I better do it right – or else my hair will look jacked for the next seven days. Forget a bad hair day; it’s more like a bad hair week for me.

So when I receive hair product samples to review, I’m usually nervous – especially if they’re not from a brand I normally use (e.g., Moroccanoil, Ojon, Phyto, Fekkai, Leonor Greyl). I’m also a hair product snob and I don’t typically shop at mass market retailers for those items. So when a box showed up on my doorstep, filled with the new L’Oreal Paris EverCreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System, I almost dismissed the products altogether and gave them to my friend, Alyssa, to review. (more…)

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Collection

I have a confession to make. I have been using the same brand of hair products since I was in the 6th grade and (name of then-cute boy redacted) told me that my hair smelled nice. Herbal Essences was always readily available, affordable, good to my hair, and it does smell good!

Now 25, I figured that it was time to take a little better care of my hair. Enter the Organix line of products, which is available at drug stores. I picked up the shampoo, conditioner, and the light oil from the Moroccan Argan Oil collection. My hair is thick, coarse, and gets frizzy when not tamed properly – so I knew to stick to a moisturizing line of products. (more…)

2012 Oscar Hair Predictions From The Pros

Hollywood’s “Night of Nights” is right around the corner, and while we don’t know who will take home the oh-so-coveted Oscar Awards, we do know that all you beauty junkies out there will be mentally casting your vote for Oscar superlatives – who has the best dress, the best accessories and of course… who has the best hair?

Michelle Williams wears color that compliments her skin tone.

We spoke with the pros at Wella Professionals, the hair brand who has a very impressive roster of red carpet hair under their belt already from this season, including Madonna, Michelle Williams, Claire Danes, Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, Emily Blunt and Shailene Woodley, to get the inside scoop on what hair looks will heat up the red carpet this Sunday.

Graceful Sheen

“We will see a peak in fluid textures and warm tones that suggest effortless elegance and healthy, shiny hair that shows a lot of movement and bounce,” states Wella Professionals Color Ambassador Aura Friedman. “Expensive and Luxurious are words you could use to explain this look – maximize this effect by asking your colorist to use Wella Professionals Haircolor to give you a soft shade with warm undertones that will best complement your skin tone.”

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Aura recommends her A-list clientele use Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner, which is designed to seal in color while leaving locks irresistibly smooth to the touch.

“Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier is a red-carpet favorite,” adds Celebrity Stylist Andy LeCompte, “that smoothes the hair surface so it can better prepare the hair for styling.” Andy also uses Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight Shine Spray on his clientele to create the most sheen and expensive looking finish to any end look. (more…)

Winner of the Lauren Merkin for John Frieda Flyaway Tamer Clutch Giveaway

Sorry for being so late announcing the winner, y’all. I just started a new jobby job and I’ve been hella busy. Anyway, the lucky lady who will receive the Lauren Merkin for John Frieda Flyaway Tamer Clutch (valued at $275) is….Tahnee!

Congrats, Tahnee. I hope it was worth the wait.

Thanks to everyone who entered. Be sure to check back soon for the next giveaway. And special thanks to Lauren Merkin and John Frieda for sponsoring this contest.

Until next time…

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