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It was a long, hot summer, and my hair endured quite a bit of damage from hours spent in the sun, and a lot of swimming. (I am not complaining, however. I love summertime!)
The best way to restore and revitalize dry, damaged hair begins with a trim to remove the dead, split ends. Next, you will need a deeply nourishing and hydrating hair mask. I use Clean Enhanced Organics Repair Intensive Restructuring Treatment.
Repair Intensive Restructuring Treatment addresses hair damaged by environmental stress, heat styling or chemical treatments. Its purpose is to not only repair hair, but restructure strands in order to provide a healthy, fully bodied look.
Formulated with organic Aloe, Chamomile, Lavender and Lemon Balm extracts, this restructuring treatment fulfills its promise of healthier hair without the use of harsh chemicals. Clean Enhanced Organics prides itself on providing the highest possible level of product performance without sacrificing the importance of natural ingredients.
I use this amazing deep conditioner one to two times weekly. After shampooing, I towel-dry my hair, and then I work the treatment evenly throughout my hair from roots to ends. I like to gather my hair up with a pony-tail holder, and put on a shower cap. (Which is optional.) I leave the product in my hair for 2-5 minutes while I shave my legs, and then I rinse it out.
After using this hair perfecting treatment, I always catch myself running my fingers through my hair, because it is so incredibly soft and silky. I am rewarded with lustrous, shiny hair that if full of life and body. Any dry ends I may have had look perfectly healthy. I absolutely love Clean Enhanced Organics Repair Intensive Restructuring Treatment!
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Summer is the best time to try out braids, waves and other fun styles. However, the sun and the sand can be a burden to the hair. These John Frieda Hair Care products are necessary to protecting and styling your hair.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Full Hydration Detangling Mist ($9, Ulta.com)
Sand and salty water after a day at the beach can leave behind quite a few hair knots and tangles. After washing your hair, spray the Luxurious Volume Detangling Mist liberally throughout damp hair to help untangle any knots. Strengthened with Pro Vitamin B5 and honey, this spray’s nourishing formula tames tangled hair, prevents breakage and leaves fine strands feeling soft and visibly healthy.
John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray ($9.99, Target.com)
Tousled, beachy waves are a summer must-have. To help create this windswept waves look use the Beach Blonde Sea Salt Spray. The sea salt infused formula has a summery scent and can be used on towel-dried or dry hair.
NEW LINE FROM THE GRANDPA SOAP COMPANY PROMISES UNIQUELY NATURAL HAIRCARE
Originators of Pine Tar soaps start a new haircare tradition, with cruelty-free, naturally-formulated shampoos and conditioners
I am always on the lookout for natural hair care products, and so I was happy to get the chance to review The Grandpa Soap Company products. (I honestly thought that the products might geared more toward men or perhaps the elderly because of the name, but boy, was I wrong!)
The Grandpa Soap Company, one of the oldest continuously operating soap-makers in America, is introducing a new line of naturally-made hair care products. Formulated from proven, functional ingredients, Grandpa’s shampoos and conditioners round out a product line that is able to solve any skin and hair problem, the natural way.
The new haircare collection includes Pine Tar scalp-therapy shampoo and conditioner, which teams pine tar with the natural properties of tea tree oil to combat dry, itchy scalp.
Three additional shampoo and conditioner duos are being introduced to provide specific benefits: smoothing and nourishing Buttermilk for dry and damaged color-treated hair, purifying and rejuvenating Rosemary and Rose Clay to restore healthy hair shine, and clarifying and calming organic Witch Hazel to remove environmental build-up and oil residue.
All of The Grandpa Soap Company’s products are free of the harsh chemicals commonly found in bath products, including sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, petroleum, and artificial fragrances and colors. They are gentle enough for daily use and safe for color-treated hair.
The company’s commitments to cruelty-free and environmentally sustainable practices are backed by third-party certifications, including Leaping Bunny and the National Celiac Association, for certified Gluten-Free. The packaging for Grandpa’s haircare products, including the 8-ounce tube and cap, are fully-recyclable and all components are made in the same facility, to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
“As a mom, I understand how difficult it can be to keep a home free of unnecessarily toxic cleansers.” says Katherine Jarnigo, co-CEO of The Grandpa Soap Company. “We are excited to reveal our new line of shampoos and conditioners to families who are seeking responsibly-made and naturally-formulated personal care products.”
My thoughts: I was sent a generous assortment of samples from The Grandpa's Soap Company. I received several smaller sizes and several full-sized products. I am in Grandpa Soap Company heaven!
I have been using and loving all of the products in the month since I received them, but my very favorite hair care shampoo and conditioner is as follows:
Buttermilk Shampoo and Conditioner
My hair is highlighted and tends to be extremely dry. It takes a special nourishing and moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to keep my parched hair hydrated. The first thing I noticed when I used the Buttermilk shampoo, was that it smelled so amazing! And then the lather is so luxuriously rich. It felt exhilarating to wash my hair. As I was rinsing, I could actually hear my hair 'squeaking' which to me means that this shampoo was doing its job in cleansing my hair. It was leaving zero residue behind!
After rinsing out the shampoo, I actually lightly towel dried my hair before I applied the Buttermilk conditioner so that it would have a better chance of penetrating my damaged hair shaft. The first thing I noticed about this conditioner (besides the delicious fragrance) was how thick, rich and creamy it is. I worked it throughout my hair, and placed a shower cap on my head to keep on while I shaved my legs. This process allows the conditioner time to get the chance to repair the damage in my hair and to fully hydrate it. After rinsing it, and allowing my hair to air dry, I just cannot stop running my fingers through my hair because it is truly soft as silk.
Witch Hazel Shampoo and Conditioner
A calming and clarifying blend of Witch Hazel, Lavender Flower & Coconut Oil gently removes environmental buildup and oil residue from scalp to leave hair shiny and smooth.
I use a lot of different products in my hair, which causes a layer of build-up over time. It is very important to remove that build-up every other shampoo with a clarifying shampoo like Grandpa's Soap Company's Witch Hazel formula. I use this shampoo and conditioner duo every other time I wash my hair. It gently breaks down all of the dulling layers of old product from each strand of my hair, deeply cleaning it without disturbing my hair's natural oils. I feel such an incredible difference after using these products.
The lather is luxuriously foamy, and the conditioner leaves my hair so soft. The Witch Hazel shampoo and conditioner are two of my very favorite beauty essentials.
When my hair looks healthy, I feel great!
Grandpa’s haircare products have suggested retail prices between $8.49 and $9.99, and are available nationally in supermarkets and independent, natural grocery chains.
Get Ready for Date Night with John Frieda Hair Care
Whether you’re going out on a date or out with the girls, the John Frieda Luxurious Volume line is here to help you get a voluminous look that will stay through the night.
Start in the shower with John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore Shampoo and Conditioner.
This innovative duo restores volume and vitality to limp, lifeless hair. Formulated with proprietary volumizing technology, it fortifies hair, taking it from fine to full by transforming hair from the inside out.
Available for $12.49 at Ulta
Next, use the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion for a salon-quality style.
This root-boosting blow-dry lotion is expertly designed to amplify volume at the roots and crown, while thickening fine strands. With a root-lifting formula and triple polymer system, this featherweight lotion helps create long-lasting natural volume.
Available for $9.99 at food, drug and mass retailers
For the finale, spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray.
Keep your touchably full style, all night long. The ultra-fine mist is formulated to give the highest level of hold with brushability, allowing you to get fullness and volume.
Available for $9.99 at food, drug and mass retailers
New Year, New You with John Frieda Hair Care
This 2018, revamp your hair color, tame your frizz and add some volume with John Frieda Hair Care’s launches.
John Frieda Hair Care Luxurious Volume Core Restore Shampoo and Conditioner ($12.49 each, Ulta)
Transform your hair from the inside out with this innovative duo that restores volume and vitality to limp, lifeless locks.
Luxurious Volume Core Restore Shampoo contains a proprietary strengthening technology and volume creation polymer technology for a cleanse that builds instead of strips, taking hair from fine to full. The Luxurious Volume Core Restore Conditioner uses innovative clear technology that’s free of heavy ingredients that often weigh fine hair down. The clear formula conditioner provides dual-action by providing weightless detangling and conditioning that fine hair needs while adding the right amount of strength to create volume.
John Frieda Hair Care Radiant Red Red Boosting Shampoo and Conditioner ($6.99 each, Food, Drug and Mass Retailers)
A new colour-boosting shampoo and conditioner that brings out the best in your red, whether it’s natural or from the bottle.
The non-colour depositing shampoo gently protects, preserves and enhances red tones while cleansing, while the conditioner replenishes red shades and seals in moisture. With every use, they leave you red rich and radiant.
John Frieda Hair Care Frizz Ease Collection ($6.99 each, Food, Drug and Mass Retailers)
Check out the new statement making look for John Frieda Hair Care’s classic Frizz Ease collection.
Theiconic purple that has accented the products for years will now be the primary focus, making this collection of frizz-fighters bolder and brighter than ever.
Winter Beauty Must-Haves
As temperatures drop, moisturizing products are must-haves. Below, you'll find essentials from John Frieda Hair Care, Erborian, MegRhythm and Kneipp to help you fight winter’s biggest beauty troubles.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo and Conditioner
($5.99 each, Food, Drug and Mass Retailers Nationwide)
Cold, dry air also dries out your hair. Quench your hair’s thirst and give it a daily dose of intense hydration with this duo that provides humidity resistance, breakage reduction and improved conditioning. This shampoo and conditioner will help keep your hair continuously soft, silky and smooth through the winter months.
Erborian Ginseng Shot Mask ($7.50, Sephora.com)
A refreshing and restorative sheet mask that hydrates, moisturizes and softens the skin with skin-saving ingredient, Ginseng. The mask enhances the complexion’s radiance and immediately helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, leaving the skin firmer, luminous and more youthful – it’s your answer to preventing skin dullness this season.
MegRhythm Eye Mask ($10.99 for a pack of 7, amazon.com)
MegRhythm self-heating eye mask is the perfect way to relax the eyes and hydrate surrounding skin. Its advanced self-heating technology heightens relaxation and relieves hard working eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat.
Kneipp Almond Blossom Body Oil – “Soft Skin” ( $22, Kneipp.com)
When your skin is in need of hydration, this body oil is a must to add to your post-shower routine. Made with nourishing ingredients, your skin will be left feeling soft and supple, with no greasy residue. With its high-quality almond oil, it is also great for those with sensitive skin.
Essential Oils Diffusers
Keep your Family Healthy this winter with Essential Oils. The perfect gift idea for health conscious families is an essential oils diffuser. But how do you know which one is the best? It's so hard to choose one because there are so many different types available.
Click here to discover the top 5 Essential Oils Diffusers of 2017.
JOHN FRIEDA HAIR CARE HELPS YOU FIGHT THE HUMIDITY
We’re in the heat and humidity of the summer. This August, try these John Frieda Hair Care Frizz Ease must-haves below to fight the frizz and make your statement with hair that’s uniquely yours.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner
Fighting frizz starts right out of the shower! This leave-in conditioning spray that instantly adds shine and detangles hair. The formula contains a blend of vitamins A, E, C and green extract, and helps safeguard hair from heat styling and sun exposure- common culprits when it comes to frizzy hair.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength Six Effects Serum
Instantly transform your frizz to ultra-sleek, purely polished, super-shiny hair with this cult-classic serum. It will not only block your frizz and repel against the humidity, but will also leave your hair extremely supple, easy to manage and healthy-looking. Another advantage, it has sunscreen in it!
John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray
Create an instant barrier that helps seal out humidity and combat frizz with this hairspray. No matter what style you’re going for, this firm-holding product holds even the hardest-to-handle styles, all day long. It has a fast-drying, shine-boosting formula.
*You can find these products at Food, Drug and Mass Retailers Nationwide
Today is national hydration day, which means it’s time to hydrate yourself from head to toe. While hydration may start on the inside, it’s important to hydrate externally too – and now you can with these essentials!
Burt's Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil ($19.99)
This powerful blend of some of nature’s most powerful oils and extracts work to moisturize all-day, nourish and rebalance the skin, and help fight the signs of premature aging. The fast-absorbing, lightweight formula cares for skin with moisture-rich Jojoba Oil, high in essential fatty acids, as well as antioxidant-rich Evening Primrose Oil, known for its hydrating properties.
Available in national grocery, drug and mass retailers, and via www.burtsbees.com
KMS MOISTREPAIR Shampoo ($21.50) and MOISTREPAIR Conditioner ($23.50)
This hydrating combo replenishes moisture, repairs damage, reduces breakage and helps restore hair’s natural protective coating. When paired together these products work to detangle, improve elasticity and manageability of hair with lactic acid and conditioning cetrimonium chloride.
Available in KMS Salons nationwide
Senteurs d’Orient Almond Bath Soap ($21.00)
Handcrafted and inspired by the calming scents of the Middle East and South Asia. The pure almond ‘rough cut’ bath bar is infused with grains of crushed raw Oats and Wheat that exfoliates, while Shea Butter, Glycerin and Olive Oil deeply moisturize.
Available at senteursdorient.com and www.net-a-porter.com
Goldwell Kerasilk Restorative Balm ($29.99)
Formulated with Keratin, lightweight silk and the protective skincare ingredient Hyaloveil™, this nourishing, healing balm improves hair elasticity while also protecting it from breakage, dryness and other common forms of damage. Apply to either towel-dried or dry hair, and leave in.
Available at salons nationwide
Lisse Luxe Hair Towel
Prepare For Your Hair Revelation
Towel, meet technology. Realize hair’s greatest health and beauty potential with AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel. Specially engineered to address the fact that hair is most vulnerable when wet, AQUIS is made to correctly bring hair from wet to damp, quickly, evenly and without heat, priming it for styling in one simple step. AQUIS’ unique AQUITEX technology consists of ultra-fine fibers that are smoother than silk, uniquely woven to create channels that quickly wick water away 5X faster than cotton towels without snagging cuticles or causing friction. AQUIS eliminates the use of blow dryers on wet hair, which compounds hair damage.
When used properly, the AQUIS Hair Towel creates zero friction, minimizing frizz and damage, while improving manageability and styling. Best of all, this multi-tasking beauty essential shortens and simplifies the average daily routine, cutting drying time by 50%.
Available in two sizes, the Lisse Luxe Hair Towel and Lisse Luxe Long Hair Towel (25% larger than the regular-sized version) is suitable for short-to-medium and long hair, respectively. Both options work hair miracles on curly, fine, delicate and/or thinning hair for effortless beauty from root to tip.
My hair has always been colored and heat styled, and was always looking horrible! My ends were always breaking and splitting, and my hair was always frizzy. Now, I never use a blow dryer. I usually always wash my hair at night before bed, so blow drying was what I thought was best for my hair. (Who wants to go to bed with wet hair and freeze all night long?) I absolutely love my AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel. In fact, I now own several, and I give them as gifts to all of the ladies in my life! (The AQUIS is seriously the best gift you can give to anyone with hair.)
After quitting the blow-dryer for about two months and only drying my hair with the AQUIS hair towel, my hair is so much healthier, without any breakage or split ends. And I get to go to bed with dry hair.
Directions for Use: After washing, gently squeeze excess water from hair with AQUIS. Do not rub. Flip hair forward, wrap and tuck the end of the towel at the nape of the neck. Leave AQUIS on until hair is damp to the touch.
$30 | LISSE LUXE HAIR TOWEL
$35 | LISSE LUXE LONG HAIR TOWEL
Available in White, Desert Rose, Cloudy Berry, Black and White Chevron at Sephora.com
AQUIS is an innovative hair care company that blends the best of science and technology to bring out the natural beauty of hair, offering beauty tools specifically engineered to correctly and effectively treat wet hair without damage. First to market, AQUIS’ Hair Towels and Turbans utilize an exclusive performance-drying weave-technology, AQUITEX, an innovative lightweight drying system made from ultra-fine fibers that are split into strands thinner than silk. These fibers are uniquely woven to create channels that quickly wick water away from hair without snagging cuticles or causing friction. The absorbed water is efficiently distributed across the towel, while continuing to dry hair at the point of contact. This helps minimize the swelling and stretching of hair, protecting its integrity. The result is stronger, healthier hair. AQUIS is committed to creating a simpler approach to hair care: uncomplicated products that protect the integrity of hair. AQUIS is available in a full variety of hair care towels and turbans, ensuring that everyone can achieve healthy, strong, shiny hair when treating it kindly.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
BEACH-WORTHY HAIR WITH JOHN FRIEDA HAIR CARE
No need to wait for the summer or your next island vacation to get that beach-worthy hair. With John Frieda Hair Care, you can get those waves and texture right now and at home. From straight hair to wavy hair, John Frieda Hair Care has the perfect products for you to get that sexy, tousled look before hitting the beach.
John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray ($9.99, Food, drug and mass retailers)
This iconic sea salt spray is great for those with straight to wavy hair who want a little added texture. Simply spritz to create a carefree, tousled look!
John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam ($9.99, Food, drug and mass retailers)
Think soft, touchable air-dry waves you can run your fingers through. If you have wavy or curly hair you know air-drying is a savvy way to keep hair healthy and smooth. However, nailing the perfect curly look when air-drying has never been easy. With this product, you will be able to achieve the natural, frizz-free waves and curls you desire.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo ($6.99, Food, Drug and Mass Retailers)
For those with straight and fine hair, this dry shampoo is the ultimate way to extend your favorite styles and give them a boost of body. You can achieve those full styles you never thought possible and give your hair touchable body that lasts. You can even use it on clean hair to give it texture.