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I hate washing my hair. It just takes too much time! Washing it, rinsing, and then adding conditioner or a hair treatment and waiting for it to process is time consuming! And then I either go to bed with wet hair and freeze all night long, or I have to painstakingly blow dry it.
I try to go as many days as I can between washings. But then, my hair definitely shows it. It gets to looking dirty, dull and kind of gross.
Thankfully, I have discovered Unwash hair care. Unwash allows you to refresh your hair in between washings using products that bring out the beauty in unwashed hair.
Unwash makes it so you'll never have a bad hair day again!
Traditional shampoo was originally developed to care for and cleanse hair that was heavily styled and plagued by build-up. This practice has become outdated and is too harsh for today’s carefree, fuss-free hairstyles.
Women are going longer between shampoos for fear of losing color and damaging hair. As the attitudes and need for conventional haircare has changed – so have the products
Welcome Unwash®, a new movement in haircare. Unwash challenges conventional wisdom and the harsh cycle of traditional shampoo, condition, repeat.
My favorite products from the Unwash hair care line are below.
Volumizing Dry Cleanser Foam- Pack a one-two punch with this dry cleanser, formulated specifically to give fine hair extra volume. Inspired by our classic dry cleanser, this version is made specifically for extra-fine hair that is prone to going limp. If you struggle to get any volume in your hair, search no more.
I love this product! It has been such a lifesaver for me in-between hair washes. It completely refreshes my hair, absorbs oil, adds shine and pretty waves and smells amazing! It actually makes my hair feel fresh and clean-all without water! I love taking this product on camping trips when I don't have access to a shower.
Balancing Scalp Serum- A luxurious experience to help address scalp woes. Boost your scalp's health and overall condition to help with hair growth, volume, and shine. This ultra lightweight treatment is perfect for those with sensitive scalps and sensitive skin. Our re-balancing serum is unlike any other product in our line, and is made specifically for the scalp's microbiome with prebiotics and probiotics.
I love this lightweight formula. It adds volume to my roots while nourishing my dry scalp. It even helps soothe my psoriasis that I have on the back of my scalp. It smells wonderful too.
Color Intensifying Gloss Treatment- Adds a gloss to your hair with nourishing ingredients, leaving your hair looking bright, shiny and touchable. It also protects and extends your hair color.
I absolutely LOVE this product! I apply it ( about once per week) to my unwashed, dry hair. I massage it throughout my hair and comb it through. I keep it in my hair for up to an hour, (even though it works faster than that.) After rinsing, I apply conditioner, and rinse that out. My hair looks beautiful and shiny after it dries. It feels as soft as silk, and it smells amazing!
For more information, visit: https://unwash.com/
It’s officially prom season and Tony Odisho has a cute and easy updo tutorial for it. This elegant hairstyle can work well with just about any prom dress, plus it’s insanely easy to create. All you need is: Dry Shampoo, Flexible Hairspray, Strong Hairspray, and an Infrared Curling Iron. Here’s how!
On dry hair, apply Ostia Collection Dry Shampoo. This will help add some texture. Plus the formula is talc-free, so it leaves zero residue! Apply Flexible Hairspray. This acts as a heat protectant and it offers a buildable hold that’s perfect for updos.
Using the Ostia Collection Infrared Curling Iron, create soft curls for added texture and volume in the updo.Tease hair at the crown of the head to create even more volume. Lightly brush out hair afterwards.
Pin into a bouffant, leaving plenty of face-framing pieces in front.
Take a piece of hair from the right side and twist it slightly, then pull it across the head, beneath the bouffant. Pin into place.
Repeat the previous step, this time going from left to right.
This style can be worn to prom as is or with the following steps you can create an updo!
To turn this into an updo, repeat the last step listed, going piece by piece.
Finish pinning everything into place, then spray with Ostia Collection Strong Hairspray to hold the style while you dance the night away.
And that’s it! It’s an easy yet elegant updo, perfect for prom! (And even a wedding!)
More about Tony Odisho:
TonyOdisho, President and Founder of Tony Odisho, began his career in Rome, Italy, where he studied cosmetology at the prestigious Marelena Academy. Young and ambitious, Odisho immigrated to the United States determined to bring the best beauty practices from Europe. He was promptly hired by L’Oreal Professionnel to work as an educator and color expert. Tony then opened his acclaimed salon and spa, Exsalonce, in Roscoe Village, Chicago.. Tony’s reputation as a master extensionist and businessman landed him an executive position for a major hair extensions brand. In 2009, Tony saw the need for his own line of high end hair extensions. He created Tony Odisho , offering the best quality extensions and everything needed to apply and care for them. Tony Odisho, Beauty for Life. Tony Odisho is still a master stylist and a member of the prestigious Intercoiffure America-Canada
Springtime is a time for new beginnings, and a renewal of life. Renew your hair and give it the gift of life with Quinoaplex!
Did you know that the new mother of all grains, Quinoa, if hydrolyzed, does wonders for the hair? It penetrates through the cuticles and supplements the protein loss that happens through coloring, bleaching, sun, sea and age. Quinoa's natural protein content is far more than any other grain.
The quinoa protein composition is almost identical to the protein composition of the hair. So when the proteins come in contact, they immediately bond together, making the hair stronger and rebuilding it naturally to prevent breakage and split ends. It also protects against hair loss and thinning for both men and women.
Introducing Quinoaplex by ONC, made of the new miracle grain “quinoa”, that transforms hair when hydrolyzed and molecules are then small enough to get through the cuticles of the hair to penetrate into the hair shaft. Quinoaplex is beneficial because hair is made of 85% Protein which also is called Keratin. Washing hair, color/bleach and/or its exposure to sun, causes loss of protein, thinning of hair (men & women), hair loss and hair breakage.
Quinoaplex by ONC provides:- lasting shine- manageability without the need of any gels or hairspray.
- shorter time of hair drying
- decreases hair loss, thinning and breakage
- increases the lasting of hair color
- soothing irritated scalp
- it allows the hair to be colored and bleached with much less damage more often as the protein that the hair loses, is given back with the hydrolyzed quinoa protein.
Other great benefits of quinoa hair protein are:
- It promotes growth
- Helps the pigmentation of your hair color
- Its minerals are natural hair strengtheners
- Protect your hair from environmental damaging agents like air pollution.
As I have discussed in previous posts, my hair has been the consistency of hay. After a long winter of cold temperatures, in addition to my recent highlights, my hair was extremely damaged. I was at wit's end trying everything that claimed to 'repair damaged hair.' While those products did provide some relief, I wanted a solution that did not involve cutting off all of my hair.
Thankfully I was given the opportunity to review Quinoaplex by ONC. That evening, I put it to use! First, I shampooed my hair, rinsed and towel-dried it as I normally do. Next, I sprayed Quinoaplex evenly all over my hair and then massage it into my hair until it lathered. I was amazed at how much rich foamy lather there was. I piled my hair on top of my head and left the formula on my hair for 15 minutes. (I took that time to shave my legs really thoroughly.)
After the time was up, I rinsed, towel dried again, and applied my normal conditioner. After my hair was dry, I could not stop running my fingers through it, because it was so soft and silky. My hair looked like virgin hair once again, with zero split ends. It looks so healthy and shiny!
I just read that if you don’t have time, you can just leave it on and not bother with the rinsing and conditioner. I might try that next time to see how my hair feels.
You can also add a cap full ( 0.25 fl. oz.) into any chemical box color right before coloring at home. Take it to your salon and ask or insist the colorist put in a cap full ( 0.25 fl. oz.) into your chemical color or bleach solution. It does not interfere with ratios, developer or formula time. You can see its effects after one application. (But never use immediately after hair coloring. Wait 3-4 days.)I plan to do this the next time I get my hair done.
To learn more about Quinoaplex , or to place an order go to: https://quinoaplex.com/
FROM JOHN FRIEDA HAIR CARE
2019 is bringing you newness from John Frieda Hair Care that you’ll WANT to try.
My hair has been bleached, and is very dry lately, and my highlights were looking a little dull. I was searching for products that would bring back the health and vibrancy to my hair. Thankfully, I discovered these miracle products from one of my favorite hair care brands, John Frieda!
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lemon Miracle Masque ($9.49, CVS or Amazon.com)
Hair rehab for blondes looking to achieve their brightest, lightest and healthiest-looking hair. It’s specially formulated to target the ongoing issues blondes face with dry, brittle strands and dull, darkening color. This mask is ideal for natural or color-treated blondes that are feeling especially dehydrated post color treatment.
I use this hydrating mask twice per week. I use it after shampooing, and then after towel drying my hair, I apply it from roots to ends and leave it on for about ten minutes before I rinse. My hair feels refreshed from the lemon, perfectly hydrated and feeling silky soft. It also looks shiny and my highlights are brightened up. I love this mask!
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks ($3.49 at Walmart and select Grocery Outlets)
Four targeted hair masks that transform hair in a matter of minutes. Designed to treat hair suffering from frizz, fading, damage or dullness, each mask revives hair with a single in-shower application. Simply shampoo, squeeze out excess moisture and massage the Wonder Drops throughout wet hair.
Available in: Frizz Smoothing, Blonde Brightening, Damage Repairing and Vibrancy Enhancing
I have used the Blonde Brightening mask on my damaged hair when I was away at the beach. I used it the same way that I used the Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lemon Miracle Masque, and I was very impressed with how it improved my hair's condition. I found it very convenient to take it with me in my overnight bag to use on vacation. I love the way it refreshed my blonde highlights.
John Frieda Vibrancy Enhancing Conditioner ($8.99, Amazon)
An intensely hydrating conditioner that leaves your color vibrant and your hair feeling healthy. It maintains that salon-fresh color with a formula that leaves hair feeling soft, silky and luxurious with every use, transforming dull, lackluster hair into a vibrant, illuminated mane. Infused with nourishing Babassu Oil, the deeply moisturizing conditioner locks in rich, salon-quality color and protects it from fading.
Maple Holistics has done it again! I am a huge fan of their hair care products. I was recently introduced to their amazing Silk 18 Shampoo, and my hair has never been more beautiful. You see, my hair has been very dry this winter. On top of being dried out and brittle from the cold temperatures, I had my hair hi-lighted. That made my already damaged hair look and feel like hay. It wasn't pretty!
After I started using Maple Holistics Silk 18 Shampoo, I feel that my hair has been completely revitalized!
"Achieve stronger, smoother, more luscious hair with silk18 shampoo. Infused with a rejuvenating blend of 18 silk amino acids which help fortify hair follicles and strengthen strands to protect hair from dryness, breakage, damage, split ends, and hair fall. The nourishing formula gently cleanses dandruff, excess sebum, and impurities to leave your hair and scalp feeling fresh but not stripped. Enriched with argan and jojoba oil to add supreme softness and a luminous shine. Our shampoo is sulfate and paraben-free making it great for all hair types, color treated hair, and sensitive skin."
From the very first time that I tried Silk18, I was impressed with the luxuriously rich lather. It felt like the formula was deeply penetrating each strand. My hair was left squeaky clean without any gross residue that some shampoos leave behind. My hair felt beautifully clean, but not stripped of moisture.
My hair has taken on a new bounce, shine and softness that it has been lacking lately. The breakage is greatly reduced,and I can't really see any more split ends. My hair has been transformed from being dry and unmanageable, to a healthy and vibrant condition that I love!
For more information go to: https://www.mapleholistics.com
As a busy mom, sometimes there is no time left to do things for ourselves. Two things most moms would love more time for (besides sleep!) is for exercise and beauty treatments. I would go utterly crazy without ME time! I wish there were more products like Hair Warrior hair treatment! Hair Warrior Formula Treatment allows me to multi task!
Add peace of mind to your daily workouts with the Vegan-friendly Hair Warrior, a revolutionary hair care product that adds both hydration and protection during physical activity and fitness like yoga, pilates, cardio exercise, swimming, and more. Simply apply the product prior to activity as Hair Warrior works with your body heat to smooth, protect and condition each strand – preventing damage and strengthening your hair.
Hair Warrior's Ingredients include:Quinoa, Bamboo, Pro-Vitamin B5, Organic Argan Oil, Abyssinian Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Green Tea, Rosemary Extract, and Eucalyptus. Hair Warrior is free from parabens, glutens and formaldehyde.
I love Hair Warrior! I simply apply it to my dry hair before working out. My husband and I had some rare time alone at the beach this past weekend, and we took a walk around an abandoned military bunker. My hair was extremely dry and damaged, and so I decided to apply the product to my hair, and off we went. It was quite the hike, and I worked up a sweat!
After I got back to our cabin, I washed my hair as I normally do, and shampooed the product out. I also conditioned my hair as usual. After my hair dried, I combed through it, and it was beyond soft, silky and shiny. My damaged ends looked healthy, too. What a great feeling to be able to take care of my hair while I am taking care of my self!
My husband and I exploring Battery Russell is Astoria, Oregon
Enter to win: Two winners will be selected to receive a 4oz bottle of Hair Warrior hair treatment. (ARV: $29.95 ea.)
How: It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below for your chance to win!
For more information go to: http://hairwarrior.co/
If you want to bring out the best in your hair, you must be careful when selecting the products that you use. Most hair care products that you buy off of the shelves at grocery or drug stores contain chemicals and other ingredients that actually destroy your hair. It is easy to just purchase a shampoo and/ or conditioner just because it smells amazing, or is on sale, but you get what you pay for!
Thankfully, Phillip Adam Inc. takes the hassle out of having to read labels. Phillip Adam sells products that are biodegradable, paraben free, gluten free, sulfate free, cruelty-free, vegan and safe for the entire family.
Their products are clean, healthy and free of any harsh chemicals. Phillip Adam has developed salon-quality hair care products that can be found in over 600 health food stores, including Whole Foods Markets and Your Good Health Stores etc.
I have always had problems with my hair being too dry and brittle. It always grows to a certain length and then breaks off and looks extremely frizzy. I have tried shampoos and conditioners before that have actually damaged my hair because of the unnatural chemicals in them.
I was given the chance to review Phillip Adam Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner. I was excited to try these products because apple cider vinegar is very good for the hair. It removes build up from styling products.
Phillip Adam shampoos are based on a refined Apple Cider Vinegar formula this shampoo will help you give your hair the natural care it deserves. Gentle and nourishing, the ACV Shampoos are suitable for fine to normal hair types including colored or virgin heads of hair. They add natural shine and help maintain a healthy pH balanced scalp. Family and pet friendly! Available in several different scents such as Green Apple, Verbena Sage, Orange Vanilla or Unscented as well as Peppermint found in our special Curly Hair Shampoo formula.
After the first wash, I noticed a difference in how my hair felt. It was actually squeaky clean, and so I knew that the build up residue was gone. Due to being free from product residue, my hair had incredible volume! You never realize how much your styling products weigh down your hair until you use a clarifying shampoo such as this one that really works, without stripping your hair of it's natural oils.
Formulated with all natural based ingredients, Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner will keep your hair healthy and well-nourished. Great for the whole family and everyday use, our conditioners gently condition and detangle, help with frizziness, maintain the pH balance and control static electricity to result in soft, shiny and healthy hair. They come in several different scents including Green Apple, Orange Vanilla, Verbena Sage, Unscented as well as the Minty scent found in our special Thirsty Hair Conditioner formula.
The conditioner makes my hair feel soft and silky. I love that. These products make my hair look and feel shiny, healthy and luxurious. I love how it brings my hair alive with radiance, shine and volume.
To learn more you can visit their website: https://phillipadam.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Ever notice how the first day your hair is colored it’s vibrant, shiny and has lots of depth? But just like your favorite jeans, cleansing washes color out. No need to have that happen to your hair as the Rahua Color Full™ Hair Care System is formulated with a proprietary plant derived color complex made with Amazonian oils and minerals that protects and preserves all shades of color-treated hair.
Simply said, after hair is colored it has a negative charge due to the chemical process of opening the cuticle to deposit color pigment, leaving hair rough and vulnerable to fading. With Rahua’s new Color Full™ color protection complex, the negative charge leftover from color processing becomes highly attracted to the positive charge of the super fine Amazonian Rahua Oil omega 9 molecules. This attraction helps push color pigmentation molecules deeper into the hair shaft for more color-staying power.
The other factor is that over time color treated hair becomes porous. Amazonian Clay contains natural color pigments that restore hair’s porosity, further locking in the hair color. (Amazonian Lilac Clay reduces brassiness.) Amazonian Morete (Buriti) encapsulates each strand with a color-fading barrier by restoring color pigments deep in the hair shaft for color preservation.
All shades of color treated hair benefit from our singularly glorious formula made with Symbiotic® (rainforest grown) oils and natural, plant derived and organic ingredients. Our products are free of parabens, sulfates and gluten and are vegan.
I was given the chance to review the Rahua Color Full Hair Care System. (Shown below.)
The Rahua Color Full Hair Care System consists of the following products:
Rahua Color Full Shampoo~ Unlike anything else on the market, this singular color-preserving shampoo is formulated from pure, plant-based ingredients. This exclusive color protection complex—appropriate for all shades of color-treated and highlighted hair—enhances and extends color while Rahua and morete oils from the Amazon rainforest nourish and strengthen each strand. Scented with the exotic fragrance of gardenia flowers, this formula keeps color at its peak and hair and scalp healthy and hydrated.
Rahua Color Full Conditioner~ The perfect complement to the Color Full™ Shampoo, our Color Full™ Conditioner is formulated from pure, plant-based ingredients. Infused with the lush scent of gardenia, this rich and creamy conditioner—suitable for all shades of color-treated or highlighted hair—uses an exclusive color protection complex to prevent fading and protect your color investment. Amazonian lilac clay reduces brassiness and Rahua, morete and flaxseed oils nourish and strengthen each strand, leaving hair soft, lustrous, and manageable.
Rahua Color Full Hair Mask~ This deep-penetrating hair mask uses pure, plant-based ingredients to fortify all shades of color-treated and highlighted hair and extend its vibrancy. Professional-strength and designed to work like an in-salon treatment, this mask uses our exclusive color protection complex to enhance and protect color while Rahua and morete oils from the Amazon rainforest nourish and strengthen each strand. Scented with the intoxicating fragrances of gardenia flowers, this treatment leaves color-treated hair soft, strong, radiant, and shiny.
I love the The Rahua Color Full Hair Care System! The products smell heavenly, like gardenia flowers. My color-treated hair is very dry, and the Rahua Color Full Hair Care System has brought my hair back to life, leaving it perfectly hydrated, looking shiny, healthy and beautiful. My hair color stays looking as vibrant as the first day I had it done at the salon!
For more information, please visit: https://rahua.com/us/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Mother’s Day right around the corner, we are all are searching for the perfect gift for Mom. What better way to make her feel appreciated and loved than by giving her a product that makes her look good on the outside, and feel good on the inside! YANTRA Beauty gives people the ability to “Feel good about looking good” by donating 10% of every purchase to one of their charity partners,which you choose at check out.
If Mom is looking for the perfect, lightweight serum, look no further than YANTRA’s “ Reign Supreme”Serum. This serum hydrates hair and tames frizz without weighing it down or making your hair greasy. For the moms with shorter hair, “The Bomb” balm is the perfect pomade to help texturize with light hold and hydrate your mom’s locks. Both of these products utilize oil from the Alexandrian Laurel, which has been used in the Polynesian Islands for generations as a restorative element for the skin. YANTRA beauty is the first company to formulate the oils for hair as well.
"Reign Supreme" Serum, $60
"The Bomb" Balm, $40
I am so excited whenever I discover another amazing hair care company that specializes in making my hair beautiful, and yes, SEXY. My hair is one of my main focuses of beauty. If my hair does not look good, then I will not even leave the house. That sounds so shallow, but it is so true!
PK by Pearson Knight is Pearson Knight is an independent, free-spirited hair stylist + style maker who has created beauty products that reflect his passion for high-fashion and fierce love for effortless, natural + raw beauty.
That sounds like just the kind of hair styling products that I seek! Products that make me look effortless and natural, so I knew that PK by Pearson Knight products would be right up my alley.
Beach Grit Volume and Texture Spray
Sexy, effortless, casual style that is always a good look on any day. Mist on damp or dry hair from root to tip for easy, undone texture and enhanced natural waves. Or, just hit the roots for extra volume.
I am in love with Beach Grit! First of all, it smells heavenly! I apply it to my hair when it is dry, and spray it all over, and then I start scrunching it. This adds delightful beachy, wavy texture and shine. I love it!
For effortless texture and hold, apply into palms, then work through damp or dry hair to define and shape as desired.
I always enjoy a texturizing product in my hair styling routine because I like to tame the baby hairs closest to my face. I also use the mud to 'flare out' and add volume to my bangs and my sides. (This is similar to how I styled my hair in the 80's.) This product gives my hair amazing, yet flexible hold without any flakiness.
I can count on PK products to ensure that I never have another 'bad hair day.' Another plus is that my hair is done in minutes, and I am always thrilled with the results!
For more information on PK by Pearson Knight, go to: https://www.pearsonknight.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.