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.”
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.
This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Philosophy for a giveaway – and we’re gifting six readers with a bath and body set inspired by the best baked goods.
For holiday gift-giving, you simply can’t go wrong with The Bake Shoppe’s decadent shower gels, richly moisturizing lotion, and seductively brilliant lip gloss. It makes a perfect present, but don’t forget to grab one for yourself while you’re at it!
The Bake Shoppe includes ($30): 4.0 oz Pink Frosted Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath; 4.0 oz Raspberry Mousse Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath; 0.5 oz Raspberry Mousse Flavored Lip Shine; and 2.0 oz Sweet Creamy Frosting Body Lotion.
To enter the giveaway, send an email to email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “The Bake Shoppe Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Thursday, November 26th. Six winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, November 27th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents.
For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s 2009 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!
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 carolsdaughter.com.
I Love Candy Corn High-foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $16
Calling all candy corn lovers! This oh-so-sweet candy corn scented Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath is sure to be a fall favorite for the whole family. The high-foaming formula provides an ultra-rich, moisturizing lather from head to toe to gently cleanse and condition skin and hair.
Trick or Treat High-foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath Duo, $20
Philosophy’s trick-or-treat set includes Pumpkin Spice Muffin and Caramel Apple scented Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Baths for a surprisingly spirited treat for your senses! Enjoy an ultra-rich lather with these high-foaming formulas created to gently cleanse and condition skin and hair.
Black Licorice Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $20
For all you black licorice fans, here is a bath and shower treat you don’t want to pass up! Philosophy infused the unmistakable scent of black licorice in a high foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath. Lather it up from your hair down to your toes or immerse yourself into a bath full of black licorice scented suds. Not only is this shower gel ideal for black licorice lovers, scientific research has shown that the scent of black licorice can increase arousal in men and women. Even those who aren’t crazy about black licorice might want to give this shower gel a try.
The Haunted House Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath Trio, $30
Philosophy’s haunted house is packed full of delicious treats! the haunted house includes 6 oz. bottles of black licorice, caramel apple and pumpkin spice muffin high foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Baths. Celebrate bath time with these delicious seasonal scents. These high foaming formulas gently cleanse skin to leave it feeling soft, and they smell positively scrumptious.
Caramel Apple High-foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $16
Dip into the delectable scent of caramel apple with Philosophy’s high foaming shampoo, shower Gel and Bubble Bath. the unique formula provides a rich, foaming lather and a delicious bubble bath experience. The caramel apple scent is the perfect fusion of a juicy apple and rich, creamy caramel. You won’t be able to resist bath time!
Caramel Apple Flavored Lip Shine, $12
A flavorful fall fusion. Philosophy blends a juicy apple and rich, creamy caramel in this high-gloss lip shine. Caramel apple lip shine goes on smooth to help soften and sweeten lips, while enhancing natural tint and providing a glossy finish.
Congrats to the winners of the Cashmere Mist giveaway: Regina Sanders and Raina Sutton! These very lucky ladies have each won a Donna Karan Cashmere Mist gift set that includes:
Cashmere Mist Luxe Eau de Parfum (1.7 oz): An unmistakably, modern interpretation of Cashmere Mist. Luminous and radiant, embracing the skin with heightened sensuality and warmth. Cashmere Mist Luxe Eau de Parfum features intensified notes of Amber, soft suede and mysterious Labdanum mingled with the coveted qualities of blended Jasmine Sambac, Jasmine Maroc, Orange Blossom Absolute and Blonde Woods to create a uniquely, enveloping character, like the original.
Cashmere Mist Shampoo: This ultra-luxurious shampoo that helps build amazing volume with immediate, visible results. Provides a smooth, high-gloss finish to hair making it resistant to static and fly-aways. The rich foam gently cleanses without over-stripping. Perfect for everyday use.
Cashmere Mist Conditioner: An ultra-luxurious conditioner that instantly volumizes, detangles and conditions hair leaving it as soft as cashmere. Revitalizes and revives. Can also be used as an intensive hair mask when left on hair for 15 minutes. Leaves hair sensually scented.
Cashmere Mist Deodorant/Antiperspirant: The ultimate cult product, try it to believe it. Gentle and effective, delicately scented with Cashmere Mist, this advanced formula controls wetness – keeping you feeling dry and smelling fresh all day. So gentle, it can be immediately used after shaving without irritation. Perfect for even sensitive skin.
Many thanks to Donna Karan for sponsoring this giveaway. I am a huge fan of this fragrance, and I am confident that Cashmere Mist will equally enchant Regina and Raina.
Stay tuned for the next Spoiled Pretty giveaway!