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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 This practice has become outdated and is too harsh for today’s carefree, fuss-free hairstyles.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
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
I love discovering hair care lines that make my hair look and feel beautiful and healthy! I recently had the opportunity to review the new Miracle Elixir Collection by JOYCE GIRAUD.
Joyce Giraud - the former Miss Puerto Rico and star of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills—and her "Miracle Elixir" Collection of hair care products. Miracle Elixir launched last year on the EVINE home shopping channel and has since proven its sustainability with a strong and loyal customer base. Joyce Giraud created this line to provide women with the same plethora of miracle oils that she grew up using in Puerto Rico and sourced from around the world so they can look and feel their very best. The foundation of all Miracle Elixir products are the four oils of Buruti, Moringa, Argan and Maracuyá.
Each product in Joyce Giraud’s Miracle Elixir Collection contains 100% pure organic oils from Buriti, Maracuyá, Argan and Moringa. The line is free of sodium chloride, phosphate, paraben, sulfate and gluten, cruelty-free and made in the USA.
Pure4 Ultra-Nourishing Gold Hair Serum - Give your hair the gift of gold! This serum helps seal split ends, provides softness to your hair and helps prevent frizz. Suitable for all hair types who want a nourishing hair serum with Joyce's 4 oils; $29.50.
I love this amazing serum! I use it in my hair after I wash, condition and towel dry it. It makes my hair look radiant, beautiful and shiny. My ends look healthy, as if they have been freshly cut.
Miracle Pure 4 Oil Blend - Suitable for all parts of the body, this oil comprised of Maracuyá, Buriti, Moringa and Argan, boasts some of the world's best oils for your face and body. These organic oils will nourish and provide softness to your skin; $29 for 1 fl. oz.
Dry Oil Shine Mist - Looking for extra shine in your hair? Joyce's shine mist will add shine and protection from blow drying. It helps minimize frizz, smooths coarse hair, is infused with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and helps seal and protect hair color; $29.
2-Minute Miracle Hair Mask - Quench your thirsty tresses in 2 minutes! Joyce's mask is packed with nutrients to deeply hydrate and revitalize your hair. This rich blend of oils helps nourish and recover the appearance of your hair's shine and manageability. In as little as 2 minutes, this mask revitalizes your strands. It's formulated for all hair types with the most luxurious oils and zero harsh chemicals. This color safe formula keeps your strands looking vibrant, silky, soft, shiny and nourished; $29.
Miracle Elixir Moisture & Shine Shampoo - This tropical-scented shampoo is formulated to hydrate your scalp and hair. It gently cleanses, protects color and transforms your strands for everyday use. It also replenishes moisture and restores strength, leaving your hair healthy and shiny; $24.
This shampoo is my absolute favorite! It lathers up luxuriously and makes my hair feel squeaky clean! I love the coconut fragrance, too. My hair always smells so fresh afterwards.
Miracle Elixir Nourishing Conditioner - This conditioner restores moisture, detangles knots and provides shine for all hair types. It hydrates, revitalizes, nourishes dry, and protects hair from frizz; $24.
This conditioner is the best! After shampooing, I apply it from roots to ends, and I leave it in while I shave my legs. After rinsing, my hair is so soft and looks beautiful and healthy. It smells like coconut, too!
Leave-in Miracle- Joyce's leave-in miracle treatment leaves your hair silky and shiny while protecting it from breakage and damage while still using Joyce's Pure4 oils. It helps replenish moisture, softens and smooths hair, helps with tangles and split ends and helps tame frizz; $33.
Ultimate Hair Strength Supplements - With an incredible re-order rate of 64% by the thousands of customers who have purchased Miracle Elixir’s Ultimate Hair Strength Supplements, the product’s feasibility speaks for itself. Priced at $120 for 90 days of supplements, these hair supplements have provided both women and men with healthier hair, nails and skin; $50 for 30 day supply.
ABOUT JOYCE GIRAUD:
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Joyce Giraud was brought up by a single mother, providing her from an early age with the appreciation and understanding of female empowerment and what it truly means to be a role model. At the young age of 16, Joyce was discovered at her job in a fast food restaurant by a photographer. Shortly thereafter, she starred in numerous campaigns, commercials and magazine covers. Realizing her passion for the spotlight was more than just a fleeting desire, Joyce decided to enter numerous competitions. After being crowned Miss Puerto Rico and placing as the second runner-up in the Miss Universe Pageant, Joyce went on to pursue a career in entertainment and has since worked on countless television shows, films and reality shows as both an actress and a producer. Throughout her travels, Joyce made it her passion to hunt for the best and most unique products pertaining to beauty. It was in these exotic destinations that Joyce discovered the amazing remedies of organic miracle oils.
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.
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.
Looking for the perfect hairstyle to break into spring? Super straight silky hair that shines is absolutely possible (at least before the rain starts pouring down)! With these best-selling straightening irons from Hot Tools, you can easily create a flawless look. When it comes to thermal tools, it's important to make the right decision so that your hair stays healthy through every press. These irons can reach high heats of 455°F, while their Micro-Shine® finish makes it much easier to create a perfectly polished look without damage.
NEW! HOT TOOLS 1 ¼" BLACK GOLD™ DIGITAL FLAT IRON (MSRP: $79.99) This is the best-in-class styling surface ever offered by Hot Tools® Professional. It emulates the even heat distribution capability of our 24k Gold styling surface for beautiful consistent results. Black Gold™ also combines Titanium’s durability and corrosion-resistance to styling products with our Micro-Shine® finish to minimize friction and reduce damage to your hair.
NEW! HOT TOOLS 1" BLACK GOLD™ XL FLAT IRON (MSRP: $79.99) This is the best-in-class styling surface ever offered by Hot Tools®Professional. It emulates the even heat distribution capability of our 24k Gold styling surface for beautiful consistent results. Black Gold™ also combines titanium’s durability and corrosion-resistance to styling products with our Micro-Shine® finish to minimize friction and reduce damage to your hair.
I love the look of my hair when I straighten it. My husband loves it too, but I tend to stay away from doing that because it doesn't take much to damage my fine hair. After learning about these new Hot Tools flat irons, I am thinking about trying the sleek, straight, shiny sexy look again!
Here's how I look with straightened hair. What do you think?
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner—have you planned your date night hairstyle yet? If not, this simple, yet gorgeous blowout is a perfect candidate! With just a few tools, like our copper round brush and 3-in-1 Mist, you can achieve this elegant hairstyle. Need an even sweeter incentive? All of our Copper Round Brushes are 25% off for the entire month of February! So check out our easy tutorial and don’t forget to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day!
Step 1 – Spray Heat Protector on Wet Hair
This step is vital whenever you’re heat styling your hair. Skip it, and you’ll end up with dry, brittle hair that breaks off and thins. We recommend using our versatile 3-in-1 Mist since it serves as a heat protector, UV damage protector, and detangler.
Step 2 – Use a Serum on the Ends
Using a serum helps prevent frizz and static while adding shine. Our Ostia Collection Smoothing Serum does all of this while helping to hydrate your hair. Plus it’s light enough to use on fine hair without weighing it down or making it oily. It’s important to keep your hair hydrated so it doesn’t dry out during heat styling.
Step 3 – Apply Mousse from Roots to Mid-Shaft
In order to really get the boost and volume a blowout promises, mousse is key. It adds texture and volume before you even touch the blow dryer. For this tutorial, we used our Ostia Collection Volumizing Mousse because it’s light and fluffy without being sticky or difficult to manage.
Step 4 – Rough Dry Hair
Your hair should be 80% dry before you even pick up your round brush. The focus should be on styling it, not drying it from soaking wet. You’ll get much more effective results!
Step 5 – Section Hair & Use Boar Bristle Strip
Using clips, section off your hair into manageable pieces, depending on the hair’s thickness. Then start blow drying it piece by piece, using the Copper Round Brush’s boar bristle strip as tension to smooth out the hair.
Step 6 – Leave in the Brush Periodically
As you dry the hair, leave in the brush for about 15-30 seconds on each section while it cools. This will help your hair hold the shape better and longer.
Be sure to save the top section of hair for last. It comes into play in the next step.
Step 7 – Over-Direct the Top Section
Pull the top section toward your face and apply your round brush at the roots, moving it up from there and towards your face. Over-directing adds an extra pump of volume to the top of your head to give you the boost that blowouts are known for.
Step 8 – Enjoy Your Date!
This easy blowout gives you a look of effortless elegance, perfect for your Valentine’s Day date night! So take advantage of our Copper Round Brush sale and impress your significant other with your gorgeous hair on Valentine’s Day!
NEED FOR SPEED
Hotheads’ Speed Brush Collection Cuts Drying Time in Half
Tired of tossing your hair in a ponytail in an effort to get out of the house every morning? Your New Year's Resolution should be saving more time! Cut your blow-drying time in half with Hotheads, the premier hairbrush line developed by stylists with over 20 years of experience of addressing a variety of haircare needs, and their Speed Brush collection.
A favorite of salon professionals, the Speed Brush collection offers the perfect tools for fine, normal to thick and chemically treated hair. Their patented shape has 3 major benefits: focuses air flow to speed up drying time; helps prevent the hair from tangling; and organizes the sections of hair for easier blow-drying. One type of bristle gives you shine but 3 types offer triple the shine factor. The hair floats over the bristles helping prevent heat damage.
Using a 3D Bristle pattern (Black Boar for control and tension; White Boar for polish and shine; and flexible Nylon for penetration), Hotheads’ Speed Brush also uses Thermal Conductive Technology for faster heating and cooling. The mineral compound heats to a top temperature in as little as 18 seconds. This helps speed drying time by 50-60 percent but it’s the cooling that actually sets the hair – leaving you with a gorgeous mane in less time.
The Speed Brush collection helps create volume, curls or a smooth, sleek finish. Will not tangle in the hair due to the design of the barrel/head of the brush. You’ll also experience less damage and color fading – leaving hair with a professional-like finish.
Use the Small size for bangs, short bobs or to use for curling; Medium for shoulder length or longer; or Large for long or very thick hair.
Hotheads’ Speed Brushes have a suggested retail price of $24.29-$41.29 depending on the size of the brush and are ideal for all hair types.
Hotheads’ Hairbrushes are available at select retailers and salons nationwide or by visiting, HotheadsHairbrush.com.
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Hotheads is a division of Canadian-based True Cool Technology Enterprises, a technology driven brand, whose innovative haircare products are a combination of hybrid designs for speed, performance and superior hair quality. The complete collection includes the Paddle Plus Collection, the Enforcer, the Speed Brush Collection to date.