Hair Care

By Kathryn Holl

If you and your significant other are spending more and more time together you’ll soon realize that he prefers not to wash his hair with your Big Sexy Volume shampoo and you’d rather not have to search for something that resembles conditioner and resort to washing your face with Zest. It may seem like a difficult task but if you make the effort to implement an undifferentiated hair product portfolio, you and your honey could say goodbye to future bad hair days.

Clarify:

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You are usually safe if you buy the “normal hair” formula and stick to buying a shampoo with a coconut or mild cologne scent. There are many shampoos out there that work well on all types of hair. A great unisex shampoo is Suave Professionals Humectant Shampoo. It rids hair of dirt and oil, rinses clean and moisturizes. For $2.29, it’s incredible how soft this shampoo makes your hair. Another option is Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Shampoo™. Awapuhi is a plant introduced to India by Polynesians. Clear juice in the mature flower head cleanses and softens hair. This rich shampoo works on all hair types and adds shine and body. It’s even good for your skin! Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Shampoo™ is available in salons or can be found on www.fragrancenet.com.

Fortify:

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Sure you might not get your guy to use a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment but chances are you can get him to spritz some essential oil on his scalp. Since you already know the importance of fortifying hair with additional vitamins and minerals set a good example and keep some Karite Intense Nutrition Oil by Rene Furterer in stock. It’s rich in shea oil and vitamin E so it nourishes and protects the scalp, relieving dry, itchy conditions. It restores suppleness and silky softness to dry hair, works as an anti-frizz agent and offers relief of flaky scalp during the cold winter months. This is an excellent pre-shampoo treatment that hydrates and brings luster and shine back to hair. Available at www.sephora.com.

Stylize:

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Because no matter what length your hair is you should never brush it wet. Invest in a Mason Pearson Detangling Comb and you’ll both be on the road to safe detangling in no time. Handmade in Switzerland, the comb is 8 inches long and 1 ¾ inches wide. No rough edges here, this brush will stand the test of time and gets you ready for styling. Start at the top of the scalp and comb hair through making sure not to pull or tear any knots. If you experience consistent trouble with tangles, think about using a leave-in-conditioner.

And while we’re on the subject of styling, don’t forget your needs for eyebrow trimming. Whether you’re plucking in-between waxes, evading the dreaded “unibrow,” or taming them down Tweezerman tweezers and brow scissors can keep his and her brows looking well kept. RAMY Beauty Therapy and Tweezerman have joined forces to help you nab tiny hairs easily and quickly. The nice feature about these tweezers is their slanted but rounded tip. The precise, rounded tip allows you to grab every single hair without hurting the skin. For best results pull hairs out in the direction they grow. The RAMY Brow Scissors are smaller than your average grooming scissors for more control and curved to follow the natural curves of your brow. Both can be found at www.ramy.com, Jeffery New York or in select beauty boutiques nationwide.

Volumize:

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Even if few guys out there are looking for va va voom when it comes to their hair, they might be looking for something to hold their style. Rusk Being Shocked Adhesive allows guys to bend hair in every which way or keep it in one spot all day long. While guys might want to use it for hold, girls can use it for added texture or to achieve a sleeker look. This product adds shine and definition to hair while keeping it pliable and flexible. Great hold or great for adding lift and texture, this product should be a main-stay in each of your medicine cabinets. Available in salons and most drugstores, you can grab this product on www.beautyofasite.com.

Originally published February 2007
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