Showing posts with label Hair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hair. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Few Great Hair Products Worth Mentioning!

This post is a bit random, but I thought I'd share with you some products I've been using and enjoying lately that I haven't talked about before.

I have naturally thick, naturally curly (but not coarse) hair that is prone to dryness and breakage. Since I heat style my hair regularly, I like to use deep conditioners weekly to keep my hair moisturized and looking healthy. Each time I run out of conditioner, I always purchase a different one. I can't really say that any of them have been drastically different from one another. One deep conditioner I'm almost finished with is Kera Minerals by Silk Elements Smoothing Deep Conditioner - this conditioner strengthens the hair by restoring the lost keratin in damaged hair that causes breakage, dullness and frizz. It also combines silk protein that aids in making the hair feel soft and silky and rosehip oil to moisturize. After use, your hair should feel much softer with less frizz and lots of shine.

I've been using this conditioner at least once a week for a month or so and it really does all that it says. My hair feels really soft and silky, but not so light that it won't hold a curl. I notice less breakage when brushing my hair, which is one of my main concerns and frizz is definitely reduced. It smells really good too which is always a plus.

The other conditioner I've been using is Silk Elements MegaSilk Intense Conditioning Mayonnaise. It contains loads of moisturizing ingredients such as olive oil, lanolin oil, keratin, collagen, silk proteins, plant extracts and cholesterol. I think it's a great treatment if your hair is very dry and damaged or after chemically processing your hair.

Although this product is no doubt conditioning, it's more of a treatment for your hair rather a deep conditioner. After rinsing the product from my hair, it didn't feel silky at all like it would with a conditioner. It felt much more like I used a protein treatment. My hair felt slightly coarse, yet smooth at the same time. I was definitely able to tell the difference in texture; when I lightly tugged my hair, it felt a lot stronger. After my hair dried, it felt soft enough (not silky) where using an additional conditioner wouldn't have been necessary.

The only downside is that I felt my hair was slightly weighed down - similar to the feeling I'd get from using too much finishing balm/wax on my hair. Not greasy, just a bit heavier, so I needed to use a little extra hairspray to hold my style. On the plus side, it retained moisture well until my next washing, which is great for my hair type. It was also very manageable.

I avoid products that weigh my hair down, but I think the positives of this treatment outweigh the negatives. The next time I use it, I might just leave it in my hair for a long time with a cap and then shampoo.

As far as Leave-in Conditioners go, It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In + Keratin is one of my all-time favorites.   As with most conditioners, it really increases my hair manageability and helps keep my hair from drying out. It's a little expensive though, and I go through a bottle very quickly, so I've been recently looking for a cheaper alternative. I came across Miracle 7 Leave-In Mist and have been using it a few times a week after I get out of the shower for added protection for my hair. It detangles, adds shine, stops hair breakage and prevents split ends. It also helps control frizz and makes my hair (especially my ends which tend to be dry) feel silkier. Is it an exact dupe for It's a 10? No, not really. They're similar, but I think It's a 10 does a better job strengthening my hair. Miracle 7 seems to do a better job conditioning my hair and making it look and feel silkier. I also love the fact that it doesn't weigh down my hair or leave a coating on my hair like some leave-ins tend to do. I highly recommend this leave-in, especially if you have unruly, frizzy, dry or damaged hair.

Onto heat protection! I've tried many heat protectors, and although I love TRESemme Heat Tamer because it doesn't make my hair feel greasy or weigh it down, I sometimes want something that will make my ends feel silkier (usually on my dirty hair days when my ends feel dry). On those days, I've been applying Silk Elements Megasilk Olive Heat Protection Spray to my ends and curl my hair as usual. It protects my hair from the heat and makes my hair feel ultra silky, lightweight, tangle-free and provides shine. It's great for my straight hair days. You only need they tiniest bit and you want to keep it away from your roots to avoid any greasiness.

Lastly, a fab product I stumbled upon is the Ion Color Brilliance Pre-Color Treatment. It's basically a treatment that you apply to your hair before dying or lightening your hair to even out the porosity of your hair so that when you chemically process your hair, you'll achieve even color results. My hair always comes out lighter on top and darker at the bottom so I gave this product a try and it made my hair color super even when dying. I'll never dye my hair without applying this first!

All products mentioned can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply.

What hair products have you been loving?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My November Favorites!

November Beauty Favorites

I know I rarely ever do monthly favorites, but I had to do a favorites list this month since there are several products I've been loving lately and have been getting most of my attention! The list can pretty much go on forever, but I'll try to keep it short!

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation - I've had a few samples of this and loved it, but have only finally purchased a tube this month. It's probably one of my favorite cream foundation as it's full coverage, yet it looks like skin. It's comfortable to wear and the color Bamboo Beige is perfect for me when I am in the MAC NC30 color range. My only gripe is that it's not budge-proof and starts to get a little shiny and fade around my mouth around 5-6 hours in wearing it. Despite that, I really do love this foundation.

MAC Bombshell Lipstick - This has been the only lipstick I've been wearing all month. It's such a pretty rosy pink with a hint of frost. It can look a little bright sometimes, so when I want something more subdued, I like mixing it with a lighter shade, such as MAC Creme D' Nude.

Revlon Bordeaux Lipgloss - Bordeaux has been my favorite pick for an easy berry lip this Fall. I love how pigmented and moisturizing it is, and that I don't have to bother with a lip liner. Definitely recommend if you're looking for a very wearable berry.

MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow - Bamboo is a fairly popular shade by MAC, but it's never one that I thought I needed. Well, I was wrong and this light beige-peach with a matte finish has found it's way into my MAC Everyday Palette, and has been a color I tend to reach for just about every day. Fabulous for warm skin tones, it's a great blending color and pairs well with copper, golds and browns. It leans slightly orange, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for cool skin.

MAC Mulch Eyeshadow - Mulch is another great shade by MAC that I surprisingly didn't own. Although it's pretty much a standard dark bronzy-brown with reddish undertones, it compliments my skin really well and I find myself using often.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Original Tangle Teezer Review!

The Original Tangle Teezer

I stumbled across the Tangle Teezer ($12.99) in Sally's recently while I was on my venture to find some new hair brushes. I remembered seeing the little handle-less hair brush featured on many British blogs a while back and with it's promises of leaving the hair tangle-free, I was sold.

Some of the product claims are that the Tangle Teezer works to detangle the hair quickly, painlessly and better than any other hair brush. The Tangle Teezer glides through wet, vulnerable and colour treated hair with no pulling, tugging or yanking. 

  • Use in the shower on wet hair to distribute the conditioner evenly throughout the hair. (many of us apply a big glob of conditioner to the ends of our hair, and it doesn't get evenly distributed unless it's combed through) 
  • Use after you've exited the shower to rid the hair of any tangles and knots.
  • Use after you've applied any leave-in treatments, serums and heat protectors to evenly distribute the product through your hair. 
  • Works on all hair types. 
  • Works on wet, dry and synthetic hair.

I have naturally thick, fairly fine/brittle, curly hair. I don't use combs on my hair (even wide tooth combs) because they always get stuck in my hair. I know I've said it before, but I've broke many combs in my day, and my Mom went through truckloads of Johnson's No More Tangles as a kid. Brushing my hair when I get out the shower is usually a struggle, and if I wait to comb my hair after it has already started to dry... forget about it. At 50% dry, my hair is completely frizzy, tangled and pissed off. 

I'll keep this review short, because how much can you possibly say about a hair brush. Well, what I can say is that it works! 

I use it after every shower and there is absolutely no struggle getting through my hair. It's nothing short of a miracle. I don't know how it does it, but it does it. It detangles my hair better than any of my other brushes, and I even find that my hair dries slightly quicker when I brush my hair a few times while it's drying. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Glam Beauty Board Box Fall 2012!

I'm super excited to be a part of the Glam Beauty Board this fall, and have a wonderful opportunity to try some really amazing products that I can't wait to share with all of you. Some of which I was already familiar with, and some of which are completely new to me. I've been loyally testing out these products all month, and amidst all of the great products, I happily discovered some favorites!

I will be going more in depth about these products in future reviews, but in this post I've included brief summaries of each product (swatches at the end).

Lately I've been enjoying this bright pink gem in a little holographic box called Benefit Bella Bamba ($28). It's a vivid warm, watermelon pink with with fine golden shimmer. It looks a lot like the cult-favorite Nars Orgasm Blush, but it's pinker (less peach) in tone. It's a lovely shade that I can see both cool and skin tones enjoying all year round. The consistency is silky smooth and it's very pigmented. Included with the blush is a soft, flat brush that actually works really well. It's a bit fluffier than my brush from Benefit Hoola and applies the product evenly.

Don't you love 2-in-1 products? The Lorac Tantalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo ($32) is a warm matte bronzer and champagne-pink highligher all in one convenient compact. I've been on the lookout for my perfect matte bronzer that isn't too cool toned (they have a tendency to look dirty/ashy on my skin) or too orange (have enough of those). The bronzer in here is a perfect golden bronze and is easily my current top pick for a matte bronzer. It works great as a contour, as well as all over the face for added warmth. The illuminator is sheer (no shimmer-bombs here) and incredibly soft. I like applying it across the highest points of my cheeks for added dimension and glow. It reminds me a bit of MAC Hush Cream Colour Base in powder form.

For a quick statement lip, try Mark Make it Rich Lip Color Crayon in the shade Peony ($11). It's a vivid, shimmery fuchsia - and because precision is a cinch with this crayon, lip liner isn't necessary! It's long-lasting on my lips, and even after most of it is gone, it leaves a pretty pink stain behind.

Friday, July 13, 2012

GHD Gold Professional 1" Styler Review!

GHD Gold Flat Iron Review

GHD Gold Professional 1" Styler

The GHD Gold Professional 1" Styler ($225) is GHD's sleekest styler ever, with a cooler, lighter body, smoother plates, and an bonus protective plate guard for storage and travel. Rounded barrel and contoured plates means you can not only straighten hair with this professional styler, but create curls, waves, and flips. Sleep mode provides added safety and universal voltage means no converter while traveling, makes the GHD your go-to styling iron.

Throughout the years, I've owned countless flat irons and have never really been 100% satisfied with any of them. For reference, this flat iron is my first GHD flat iron - I've never owned any comparable brands (Chi, T3, Solano, etc).

I've been using this flat iron for the past month now, so if you'd like to know what I think of this iron, please keep reading!

GHD Gold Flat Iron Review

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My Ombre Hair Experiment + How I Achieved It!

I've been wanting a change with my hair for a while now, and after procrastinating for months, I decided to finally "ombre" or "dip-dye" my hair. 

The ombre hair trend has been really big these past couple of years among celebrities, bloggers, and well - what seems like everyone. It's in fact so popular, that there are countless tutorials on blogs, Youtube, etc on how to achieve the look yourself with a couple simple tools.

What does ombre mean? Ombre (a french word) specifically means "shadow" or "shade". If you own a lot of French cosmetics, you may have spotted the word here and there - such as Chanel Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow or the lovely Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadows. When referring to clothing, hair, etc, it simply implies a "gradient", a graduation of a color from light to dark, or vice-versa.

So it makes sense to name this hair trend "Ombre hair", as it's a gradient of hair color. 

Here's are a few examples- 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Haionic Super Lightweight Blow Dryer Review!

Haionic Super Lightweight Hair Dryer

Truth: I have never owned a blow-dryer that costs over $30.

Why? Well, I always figured that blow-driers simply don’t mix well with the texture of my hair, so I never felt like I had to invest in a good one. I also didn’t want to use additional heat on my hair. Considering I use heat on my hair on a regular basis (curling iron and flat iron), I try to limit the amount of heat on my hair as much as I can. So, I resort to washing my hair at night, letting it air dry and styling it the following morning. It works fine for me, but on days where I didn’t have time to wash my hair at night, I have to suffer the consequences of having to spend hours on my hair in the morning – between the blow-dryer and flat iron.

*To clarify: There is nothing wrong with not shoveling out the big bucks for pricey styling tools. Expensive doesn’t always equal better. With that said, by no means am I putting down the less expensive brands or trying to encourage you to invest in a product you may not need. We all have different hair needs, so what may work perfectly for you may not work for me, and vise versa. None of the blow-driers I’ve used worked well for me (granted I haven’t tried them all), but they may work wonderfully for others!

Let me tell you a little bit about my hair. It’s long (below the chest), thick, curly (not tight curls, though –more along the lines of wavy) and fine. I shed more than a golden retriever and God help me if I ever let my hair air dry and then go in public.

Since we’re getting all comfy here, let me tell you another truth. The reason I avoid hair salons at all costs is because I cannot stand how long it takes them to blow dry my hair. Honest to God, I feel so bad every time I’ve gone to a salon (the small handful of times in the past 10 years) and the hair stylist can barely hold her arms up anymore with her round brush, tugging through my thick-ass-hair. My Mom went through the same torture doing my hair in the mornings when I was growing up, and when the blow drier was involved, the result was usually a frizzy mess. I use to go through Johnson’s detangler like nobody’s business, and a comb? Sure, buddy. Once those went in, they didn’t come back out. But hey, I’m not complaining. I love my difficult hair!

The Blow Dryer that Changed my Outlook on At-Home Blowouts

I recently got my hands on a Hai HAIonic Super Lightweight Dryer from I’ve been using it about 2-3 times per week and quickly came to my first realization that hey, they don't all dry out and burn my hair!

The HAIonic Super Lightweight Dryer comes with a bunch of different features, and is said to actually improve the condition of your hair. It uses negative ion technology, which helps seal moisture in your hair, protecting it from heat damage and making it feel soft and shiny. The body is lightweight with a motor that’s less noisy than it’s competitors, and it’s easy to clean with a flip-open vent.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

10 Beauty Products I'm Loving Right Now!

1)      L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Clear Self-Tanning Gel – As some of you may have noticed, I dropped my religious routine of fake baking (self-tanning) last October, but I felt like it was time for a little bit of color again. So, I recently purchased this and have been using it on my face, décolleté and arms, and I’ve really been enjoying it! Sure, it’s no St. Tropez, but for something quick and easy, it works well. And, it doesn’t stink, or break out my skin – yay!
2)      Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter – Can we say yum!? Blood Orange is one of my favorite scents, and if you are keen on orange, this body butter is a must-have. It’s fruity, it’s sweet, it’s spicy – it’s everything you could ask for.
3)      Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil– I’ve had this for a while now, and am beginning to realize (when I don’t use it) how awesome it really is. When I use this, my hair feels softer and everyone around me seems to notice how good my hair smells – that alone will make me want to keep using it!
4)      It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in plus Keratin– I dyed my hair last week (one shade lighter, you can barely tell in photos) so I wanted a good leave-in treatment to keep my hair hydrated. I knew about this stuff for ages, but never purchased it because of the hefty price tag ($20/4oz). With the health of my hair in m best interest, I decided to take the plunge, and I’m punching myself in the arm for not buying it sooner. Best Leave-in I’ve tried, hands down. It leaves my hair so much more manageable and my hair looks and feels so much healthier.
5)      Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum– One of my past favorites. I just got a hold of a new bottle and the sparks in my heart started flying once again. Applied under a moisturizer (or alone) this serum keeps my skin hydrated better than anything else. I never have a bad skin day when I’m using my Reviva Labs.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Earth Science Deep Conditioning Masque Review!

 Earth Science Deep Conditioning Masque

I'm no hair expert, but I love trying new hair products in hopes of being able to better manage my mane. I have very thick, fine, curly, dry hair. Oddly, I have a mixture of two different types of curls throughout my hair - some are wavy and then underneath my hair, they're a bit tighter. So basically, tangles galore.

I've tried several leave in conditioners in my days, but I have never really been impressed with any of them. I suppose I've held my expectations a little too high, and most of the time expect the leave-in to act as a little genie and transform my fried hair into hair that's fit enough for a Pantene commercial.

After trying so many, I settled on using Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner on a daily basis. It's cheap, and it keeps my hair soft and more manageable.

For the past couple of months, I've been using Earth Science Deep Conditioning Masque and I really like it!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Luscious deep-conditioning masque repairs dry, damaged, colored or over processed hair. Penetrates and coats the hair shaft in natural silk protein to strengthen and nourish inside and out. Leaves hair soft, tangle free and smooth; not sticky or weighed down. no animal testing, always paraben free.

The directions are to squeeze out any excess water from your hair after shampooing, and generously apply the conditioner to your hair, letting it penetrate you hair for five minutes. Then rinse, and style as usual.

For the best results, you really have to follow the directions. I often take quick showers, and leave it in for about a minute in dripping wet hair and it just doesn't work the same.

Make sure to squeeze out excess water from your hair and then apply a good amount of product in your hair, working it through your ends. **To evenly distribute the conditioner through your hair, it's a good idea to have a wide tooth comb on hand and brush through your hair and work the conditioner through all of your hair. Often times with conditioner, you'll end up holding all of your hair together in a pony tail and distributing the conditioner to the outside of your hair, missing most of the hair that's in-between.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Revlon ColorSilk Hair Color in Dark Brown + A Few New Hair Products for Shiny Hair.

I know, probably doesn't look like much of a change, but my hair lately has been looking dull and lifeless. I figured it was time for a dye and picked up one that I've been using off and on for years - Revlon ColorSilk Hair Color in #30 Dark Brown.

The instructions are to leave it in your hair for 25 minutes, and I always make sure to leave it in for the exact time, and not a minute over, or I'll end up with almost black hair.

Revlon ColorSilk Hair Color is actually the least expensive hair dye you can find at the drugstore. It's only around $3 a box, and delivers just as well - if not better than the higher priced boxed dyes.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Guest Post: Winter Hair Care And Styling Tips!


The cold winter weather can do some major damage to your hair and chances are that without realizing it you are creating even more damage without realizing it. Then the winter moves on and your hair continues getting worse and so a vicious cycle begins. His doesn't have to be the case however. You can beat the winter blues and have beautiful healthy hair all year round. Here are some tips on how to go about it.

Turn Down The Heat
Heat is your worst enemy when it’s cold out because it instantly dries out your locks and strips them of moisture. Although it’s okay to use a blow dryer or flat iron once or maybe twice a week, refrain from using it more often. When you do use appliances try to keep them a few inches away from your hair so that the heat is not directly applied to it. You can also get some added protection by using a product such as Redken’s Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow Dry Lotion which works to keep your locks safe during the drying process.

Moisturize Your Mane
Use a nourishing conditioner to make your strands silky soft and shiny every time you wash them. Then give it a real boost by giving yourself a deep conditioning treatment once a week. However all of this work will be meaningless if you don’t take vitamins A, B complex and E that will nourish, hydrate and moisturize your locks from the inside out.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Misikko HANA Professional 1.5" Flat Iron Review!

  • Advanced Tourmaline Ceramic Plates for Accelerated Ion Generation and Maximum Frizz-Free, Conditioning Shine
  • Floating 1.5” Plates Auto-Adjust To Glide Over Any Hair Texture
  • Wider plates are perfect for longer, thicker or hard to style hair types
  • Curved Plate Edges For Versatile Styling - Curl, Flip or Straighten!
  • Adjustable Temperature Dial - 5 Settings from 140-450° F for All Hair Types
  • Flash Heats in Seconds with Instant Compensation for Heat Loss
  • Ergonomic Handle Design with No-Slip Grip
  • Smooth Grooves Keep Hair Strands Separate and Snag-Free
  • Tangle-Free Salon Quality Cord Swivels 360°; Convenient Hanging Loop
  • Energy Efficient at 38 Watts
  • Independent On/Off Switch
  • Includes Luxe Heat Proof Storage Pouch, Heat Proof Silicone Mat, & Special Edition Tin Case
  • Two Year Warranty
(View additional information and customer reviews by clicking here)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

My new hair color + a couple photos of Rocky :)

I ended up dying my hair last night with the hair dye I posted about yesterday. It was the Clairol Nice n' Easy Colorblend Foam in the shade #4 Dark Brown. Prior to dying my hair, my hair color was an ashy, medium brown with a bunch of golden brown-auburn tones towards the bottom. This dye changed my color to a very dark, rich brown. I really like it, and I'm hoping it's not going to fade considerably once I wash my hair. 


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review: NuMe Couture Flat Iron!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Couture is a 1 1/3 inch iron with tourmaline-infused plates and variable temperature control which will help tame the unruliest and thickest hair. Simply smooth away unmanageable frizz from those troublesome tresses and add shine to any style – sleek straight, big and bouncy waves or perfect curls. Best for thick or curly hair.

The NuMe Couture Professional Styling Iron is all you will ever need in bringing salon results home. Advanced technology and smart features include a dynamic alignment system that ensures perfect contact between your hair and our 100% tourmaline ceramic plates. The ceramic ion technology generates gentle far infrared heat and by infusing plates with crushed tourmaline crystals, 600% more negative ions help create the perfect frizz free hair without any heat damage for quicker, superior results. It's a proven technology that leaves your locks bouncing with health.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tag: What's in my shower?

 Hey Everyone! 

I was asking for ideas of what to post about, and someone suggested doing a "What's in my Shower" post. I thought it would be a fun, quick and easy post, so here it is! Also, if you have any ideas for future posts, let me know in the comments!

CHI Ionic Color Protect Shampoo - I purchased this for a very discounted price at Marshalls. I always like trying out new Shampoos to find my "perfect one", but I still haven't seemed to come across one that I can't live without. I thought this shampoo was very average - nothing I'd probably re-purchase.
One n' Only Argan Oil Restorative Mask - I've used this mask for the past month, maybe more. I use it after I Shampoo my hair, typically 3 times a week, and I honestly don't really see any difference in my hair. It has so many raves, but it just didn't do anything for me. Another product I won't be re-purchasing. 
Beyond the Zone Protein Cocktail - I usually spray this in my hair after I get out of the shower as an added leave-in. I've had it for a few months now, and I think it's a decent product. I really like the scent, and it doesn't weigh my hair down or leave it looking greasy. I do think with continued use, it made my hair feel a little stronger. When I run out, I'll probably try a different product though, and maybe only re-purchase if I find a great deal on it.
Kiss my Face Moisture Shave - This is my favorite shaving cream to reduce razor burn. It does really work! (See my review here)
St Ives Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Wash - I really love this body wash - it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. I have pretty dry legs, so this helps keeps them hydrated better than any other shower gel/soap I've used.
Earth Therapeutics Tea Tree Oil Refreshing Foot Scrub - I purchased mine at Marshalls, but they sell the whole line at Ulta. It's a really great gritty exfoliating scrub. It's for the feet, but I actually use it on my body prior to using self tanner, or to get rid of hard to remove self tanner. It's my favorite exfoliate! Even though it's harsh, it doesn't dry out my skin.
Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea Body Spray - I don't really keep this in my shower, but I keep it on an outside shelf. Once I get out of the shower and dry myself, I spritz it all over my body. Yum!
Olay Pro X Cleansing System - I usually use this in the shower once I've cooked up a little steam. I'll use it with whatever cleanser I have on hand, or African Black Soap. (See my review here)
Mr Pumice Pumice Bar - The one pictured is a brand new one I have on hand because I didn't wanna show you guys the actual gross one I have in my shower. Once my feet are a little softened from the hot water. I'll scrub the heck out of my heels with this to rid my feet of any dead skin. Everyone should own a Mr. Pumice!
African Black Soap - I usually take a shower at night while all of my makeup is on, so I'll lather a little soap in my hands and wash my face with it - or use it with my Olay Pro X. (See my review here)
Massage Mitt - For extra exfoliation of my body. I like using these or exfoliation gloves as opposed to wash cloths or loofahs. It helps a lot with rough skin and in-grown hairs.
Venus Breeze Razor - I've always liked men's razors better than women's razors because they give a closer shave - but I ended up purchasing this Venus razor with an awesome P&G coupon I had, and I haven't looked back since!

Are there any products in your shower you think I should try??! I'd love some suggestions of your favorite Shampoos and Leave in Conditioner!

I now tag the following bloggers to do this post! 
(Of course you don't have to.. it's just for fun!)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Review: Clairol Nice & Easy Perfect 10 Permanent Hair Color in Medium Brown!

Clairol Nice & Easy Perfect 10 Permanent Hair Color
(#5 Medium Brown)
The kits contents.
Makeupalley rating of 3.3/5 based on 287 reviews, with a 56% re-purchase rate. (view here)

As you may already know, I dye my hair every month (sometimes I skip a month or two) with Clairol's Natural Instincts Brass Free Brunettes Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Medium Brown. Prior to that, I was using whatever was on sale and from the looks of the box, wouldn't turn my hair orange or black. It was usually a hit or miss - the majority of the time was a miss. I would use Dark Brown dyes, with the anxiety of possibly leaving it in too long or not leaving it in long enough. (I've ended up with jet black hair twice by leaving it in too long.) Other dyes would leave my hair color a brassy brown that would fade to a medium auburn after a couple of months. Medium brown is all I ask for!! Anyway, I loved that Clairol Natural Instincts Brass Free Brunettes didn't cause my hair to go too dark or have any terrible orange tones. Even though the color was spot on, it didn't do a good job covering my white hairs. My hair would be an awesome, rich medium brown and I'd have my platinum white hairs shining though my bangs like nobody's business. So, I thought I'd look elsewhere in the world of drugstore hair dye.

Clairol Perfect 10 sounded like what I needed - 10 minutes to develop, with 100% gray coverage. 

It's your standard box dye - it comes with the application tube that contains the color activator & the color creme, an instruction booklet with plastic gloves and a deep conditioner. It also has a snazzy comb applicator that you can screw on the tube. I like that you don't have to use the comb if you don't want to. You can just toss it and use the squeeze tip like a standard hair dye. I actually like the comb, but for precision root application, I think the traditional way works best - Run the product down your roots and blend with your fingertips or a fine tooth comb.

Since I don't have that many white hairs (yes, they are white. snow white. they aren't gray) just a small family of them in one area, I used the comb applicator and ran the dye through the top of my head and worked it with my fingers down the strands to blend the color in with my hair, then placed my hair in a bun.

I waited 10-12 minutes and washed and conditioned my hair. I then used my NuMe flat iron the following morning to curl my hair.

My hair color didn't change all that much from before, but it does appear a bit warmer. It appears to have a slight mahogany tone in the light. My hair looks shiny and healthy and doesn't feel dried out.

100% gray coverage? No. 96% to be exact, as I still can see about 4-5 hairs that aren't white anymore, but are a light golden. I was a little upset about that, because they are the most visible ones as they are at top of my bangs. Maybe they are what you call "stubborn grays" and need around 20 minutes. Oh well. I do like the outcome anyway, and I probably will purchase this dye again because of the ease of use.

After I dyed my hair using #5 Medium Brown.

**Before tossing the box, rip the top of the box off to remember the brand and shade in case you like the final outcome!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

First Impressions: NuMe Couture Tourmaline Flat Iron!

NuMe Couture Flat Iron - Black
NuMe Couture Flat Iron - Black
Product Description: The Couture is a 1 1/3 inch iron with tourmaline-infused plates and variable temperature control which will help tame the unruliest and thickest hair. Simply smooth away unmanageable frizz from those troublesome tresses and add shine to any style – sleek straight, big and bouncy waves or perfect curls. Best for thick or curly hair.

The NuMe Couture Professional Styling Iron is all you will ever need in bringing salon results home. Advanced technology and smart features include a dynamic alignment system that ensures perfect contact between your hair and our 100% tourmaline ceramic plates. The ceramic ion technology generates gentle far infrared heat and by infusing plates with crushed tourmaline crystals, 600% more negative ions help create the perfect frizz free hair without any heat damage for quicker, superior results. It's a proven technology that leaves your locks bouncing with health.

First Impressions: 
  • The iron itself is very lightweight and easy to handle.
  • The iron reaches 410 degrees Fahrenheit, and it heats up quickly.
  • Awesome swivel cord that doesn't tangle up - a big plus. Also, the cord isn't too short, so I don't have to be directly next to the power outlet while doing mine or someone elses hair.
  • Rounded plates, which makes it easy for curling hair. The smooth plastic makes it easy to rotate the iron though my hair to create a curl.
 I only received this iron in the mail yesterday and tested it out on a few strands of my hair today, so I can't any anything else yet on the performance of this iron. I'll be tossing my old iron, and using this iron full time, so I will have a detailed review very soon!

In the mean time, check out Cheryl's review for the NuMe Reverse Curling Wand!
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Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post was provided to me by NuMe for consideration. I am in no way affiliated with the brand mentioned. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Review: Paul Mitchell Express Style Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Spray

Paul Mitchell Express Style Hot Off The Press Thermal Protector

Product Information: 
-Protects fragile strands from damage caused by heat styling.
-Boosts hair’s strength, fights frizz and provides flexible hold.
-Adds great memory for effortless curls or smoothing with a hot iron. 

-Rice hull extract builds a weightless barrier between hair and heat styling tools.
-Wheat proteins deliver an extra dose of strength.

SELF Magazine Winner of 2010 for the "Best Heat Protectant".


I haven't tried many heat protectors over the years because I had great luck with the first one I ever purchased and I never felt the need to search for another heat protector. The heat protector I use is Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Heat Protector Straightening Spray, which you can find at your local beauty supply (I buy mine from Sally's) or your local drugstore. Really great product - shields your hair as well as makes it feel silky soft and adds great shine. The reason I tried this product was because my friend purchased a bunch of Paul Mitchell products and the salon gave her a travel size of this heat protectant for free. Kindly, she passed it over to me as she had no use for it. Since I just finished my bottle of Fantasia, I decided to give it a try.

My Review: I read the directions a couple times and it said "Spray onto dry hair before using a hot iron. Style as desired. Spray to finish if needed." So, I did just that. I gave my hair a quick spray and straightened my hair as I normally would. After I finished my hair - I didn't notice anything significant. It didn't really add any shine, make my hair silky and it didn't seem to "conceal" my split ends. My hair was though, very manageable with minimal frizz.

I used this product for a week or so, and I tossed it back in my bathroom drawer as it didn't "wow" me. I didn't feel like it was really helping protect my hair from heat damage.

Decided to try it again - this time, instead of doing a quick spray all over my hair, I decided to divide my hair into 4 sections and spray the ends of each section to prevent breakage from the heat. I then, used my hands to work it through my hair better. I noticed the product feels a little sticky - like hair spray. (How is an alcohol based product supposed to shield your hair from heat damage??) I continued on flat ironing my hair. By the end, my hands were left sticky - but my hair was looking very straight and very manageable. I didn't need to finish my hair off with any hairspray - this product gave my hair a lot of hold. Too much hold in fact. I tried brushing my hair and all of my ends were splitting. My hair was very far from being soft and silky.

The next morning, I woke up and my hair looked horrific. All of my ends were going in every which way and several strands were wavy. There was no way to comb through it - I didn't even attempt it because I would of broken off all of my ends. Usually when I flat iron my hair, its the same exact way when I wake up with minor waves underneath.

Overall, I'm disappointed. I'll be sticking with what I know best. This product is most likely only going to be used as a finishing spray. I don't recommend this product for flat ironing - unless you wash your hair every day. I also don't recommend you to use a lot. This may be beneficial for you if you are curling your hair with a curling iron - as if will give you extra hold. This product would probably work better for fine hair - my hair is dry and thick, and this seemed to make it drier & brittle.

What is your favorite heat protector for you hair? Post it in my comments below!
As always, I appreciate all of your comments!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Everything you need to know about my hair (Unfinished Post)

 (I labeled this an Unfinished Post because I forgot to add a few things. I'll come back & update it later)

I get SO many requests regarding my hair.. such as how I style it, cut it, color it, etc. I don't post much about hair because I'm not a professional, nor am I very experienced - therefore, I'm not very comfortable with the topic of hair. This post isn't meant to be a tutorial - just some answers to very frequently asked questions. :)

Hair Type - My hair type is dry, thick and curly. My hair texture is not coarse, nor is it very thin. My natural curls are a mixture of loose waves and loose locks that start at my roots. I have a lot of natural volume.

I barely ever wear my hair in its natural state.. This is what it looks like air dried with a little hairspray. (This picture is from 2006 - I had jet black hair)
Hair Color - My natural hair color is medium to dark ash brown. In the summer, my natural hair color lightens to a chestnut and it can even lighten up to a very light brown with lots of golden auburn tones. I dye my hair monthly with a semi-permanent hair dye (Clairol Brass Free Brunettes - Med Brown). I don't really like my hair all one color.. so each time I dye my hair, I section off the area of hair that falls above my ears, twist it and clip it back. I then dye all of my hair.. leaving the clipped section alone. What this creates is medium/dark brown hair with a lighter brown (from my hair naturally lightening and from past highlights) peeking through the bottom.
My hair color looks reddish in these photos.. but it's just the lighting. Both photos of my hair were taken the same day. The first photo captures my overall hair color well and the 2nd collage of photos captures the lighter shades underneath my hair well. They are more visible when my hair is straight.

Hair Cut and Length - The total length of my hair is 16 inches and it falls right below my chest when straight, and mid-chest when curly. My hair has lots of layers that start right below my chin. The layers are mostly on the sides of my face. I barely have any layers in the back. My shortest layers (by my face) are 9-10 inches and I have 1" inch layers until it reaches 13 inches. Then, from 13 inches, it jumps to the total length of my hair, which is again 16 inches.

Cutting my hair - I honestly don't feel comfortable explaining how I cut my hair. Because I'm not a professional, I would rather you get advice from an actual professional that will give you the best advice. I rarely ever go to salons because I've never been satisfied with any.. so for that reason I manage on my own. Starting the New Year, I would like to go to a salon more routinely to maintain healthier hair. All I really do is trim my ends when they are looking dead and uneven. Because I heat style often and don't get frequent hair cuts, after time my hair can be uneven. When my ends start looking uneven or damaged, I basically just trim how ever much necessary to even it out. Then I'll pull my hair forward to match up both sides.

My bangs - I have had bangs all my life and never had to attempt to "create" them myself. In high school, I decided to grow them out and sweep them to the side. My bangs start and extend 2 inches from the center of my forehead. I prefer to part my bangs to the right side of my face. After having bangs so long, they naturally fall to the right. They are parted exactly above the arch is of my left eyebrow. From my bangs, they are cut on a downward angle. I have the measurements figured below. The shortest part of my bangs are around 5 to 6 inches. From there, my bangs are around 6 to 6.5 inches, then 7 to 7.5 inches and the longer strands that are there to frame my face are 9 inches (by my chin) to 11 inches (below my chin).

How I cut my bangs - Using a comb, I pull all of my hair forward from 1.5 to 2 inches back. I part my bangs where the arch of my brow is. Using a comb, I comb my bangs slowly down until I reach the area where the shortest part of my bangs will be. Using a scissor, I cut them on a slight vertical angle. To make them more choppy, I make several small snips straight on into the ends of my bangs. Sometimes I take my bangs in one strand and twist them and cut across.. this will make them a little choppy.

Styling my bangs - I like using a 1 inch ceramic flat iron on low-medium heat (my iron goes up to 430, for my bangs I usually put it on 300). I like to use a lower heat setting because it makes my bangs more silky and lightweight. When using a high setting, my bangs may come out too frizzy, fried or too straight. The iron I use has rounded edges.. so it gives more of a blow dried with a round brush look rather than stick straight like a flat iron. I usually separate my bangs in two sections to flat iron. Like I've mentioned previously, from my hairline, my bangs extend about two inches back. So, I create two horizontal sections that are about an inch wide. I clip back the "back" section and start with the "underneath" section. Holding my bangs at 90 degree angle (straight forward) I bring the iron to my roots and slowly drag the iron upward and outward using a rounded motion. I don't clamp my hair too hard or it will curl. I'm using a light hand for this. Then, I do the same with the section I have clipped back. I make sure to start at my roots and bring the iron up over my head in a half circle motion. This creates fluffy bangs with lift at the roots. I don't use any products in my bangs because I want them to look thick and fluffy. Any product in my bangs makes them look oily and weighed down. If my bangs get in the way, my favorite hairspray that doesn't make my bangs look like plastic and that actually holds them in place is Beyond the Zone Flipped out Spray. I highly recommend this hairspray if you're looking for a good one. Check it out next time you go to Sally's! I always keep a small bottle in my purse. In the summer time when I'm driving with the window open, my bangs fly all over the place.. I would pull this spray out of my bag and with a quick spray they would stay in place without flattening them or altering the way I combed them.

Styling my hair - The styling tools I use are basically a 1 inch rounded flat iron, a 1 inch barrel curling iron and a 1.5 inch barrel curling iron. 
Using a 1" Curling Iron - I do this to my hair when I want very polished curls that are look more spiral rather than locks. I start out with clean, dry hair. Then, I apply a heat protector throughout my hair focusing on my ends. Starting underneath my hair, I clip back the rest of my hair. I'm using a high heat setting (400 degrees). Use a setting that's appropriate for your hair. My hair is thick and I need high heat for this. I take 1-1.5 inch strands and without using the curling iron clamp, I take the strand and wrap it around the barrel. I hold it for 10 seconds or so and let the hair go. If I want the curls to be extra defined, with each section I'll spray the strand with hair spray. For a very polished spiral, I will twist the strand and wrap it around the iron, then spray it when released. I continue going up through my hair until I have curled every strand. Then I take both hands and with my fingers apart, I drag my fingers through my hair to loosen up the curls. Then I use a finishing cream (Bedhead After Party) throughout my hair. Again, I fluff my hair with my fingers.. then flip my hair upside down and spray Beyond the Zone flipped out throughout my hair and bring my hair back up and run my fingers through my hair once again. The ending result is very polished curls with loads of volume.

The pink is supposed to illustrate how to wrap the strand of hair around the iron for different types of curls.

Curling with a 1 1/2" Curling Iron - I basically do the same thing as I do with the 1" inch iron.. and it makes very loose waves. For a tighter, larger curl.. I will use this iron like a regular curling iron. I again start underneath (using the clamp) I start at my roots and bringing the iron slightly up and away, I drag the iron down my hair to straighten out my roots. I stop halfway down the strand and I wrap the remaining hair around the barrel and hold for 15 seconds (you may need to hold it longer or it may fall flat). I continue doing this to all of my hair. Then, when I get to the top of my head, starting at the roots I clamp my hair and bring it straight up and outward in the opposite direction (for example, if I'm going a strand on the right side of my head.. I bring the iron outward toward the left side). This creates lift at the roots. Then halfway down the strand I let go and let it cool down. I do this with each strand on the top of my head. Then I go back and take 1 inch strands and wrap it around the barrel and hold it for a bit.. and release. I do this because I like the curls around my face to be slightly more defined than the rest of my hair and I want to make sure to cool down my roots to set the volume I created. Then, I finish my hair off with a finishing cream and hairspray. I am left with loose waves with lots of volume.

Curling with a 1" Flat Iron - Underneath my hair, I start at the roots and clamp the iron down and using both hands I hold on the iron on each side (for more control) and rotate the iron slowly and slightly upward. As I bring the iron down the strand, I am slowly rotating the iron in a circular motion. Don't clamp your hair too hard or you may end up with lots of bumps/impressions from the iron. Holding it too lightly may not curl the strand correctly. Also, the slower down the strand you do, the curlier the strand will come out. The faster you go, the less curly the strand will be. For underneath my hair, till about halfway up.. I like the strand to be more wavy than curly. So I go somewhat quick through this section of my hair. Then the top half of my head, I like the curls to be more defined and I go a little slower with each strand. The strands that fall on the sides of my face, I curl the strand opposite of my face. I came across a video that illustrates the technique I use perfectly. ( - She doesn't start till about 3:00 minutes.. you can fast forward to that part. Prior she is teasing her hair). If you already know how to curl your hair with a flat iron.. this would just be review for you. Like usual, I run my fingers through my hair to loosen up the curls and then I finish off with a finishing cream and hairspray. If I want a softer look, I'll comb through my hair with a paddle brush and then use the finishing cream and spray.

ashleyvictoria (not affiliated) on youtube has great hair tutorials.. if you go to her channel.. type "hair" in her uploads to see all of her hair videos. I also like foxylocksextensions (not affiliated) channel.

Hair Products - The only products I use are Bedhead After Party, Beyond the Zone Flipped out Spray and Fantasia Heat Protector. The current shampoo I use is Kiss my Face Big Body Shampoo, which I love.. It cleans my hair great.. leaving my hair feeling very lightweight and voluminous. I do not use conditioner. For extra shine, I like to use organic, unrefined coconut oil.

I hope this post answered some of your questions and if you have any others, post them in my comments and I'll my best in answering them!