Hair Care

By Kathryn Holl

Pretty soon you’ll be on the jitney headed to the Hamptons, jetting to Jones Beach, or frolicking on Fire Island. Summer is just around the corner and BN has your back with the Fab Four to give your head a smooth start on summer.

Clarify:
Everyone could use a boost once in awhile – especially those with limp hair. Now you can add volume with a clean-rinsing shampoo and conditioner duo. KMS California addvolume is an invigorating combination of eucalyptus and cinnamon that truly adds volume and fullness to normal and limp locks. KMS, the California-based hair care company, is known for its Inside Out Perfecting System (IOPS). This nutrient delivery system allows the reconstructive and conditioning agents to deeply penetrate into the hair. The shampoo smells great and has a nice smooth, creamy texture that rinses out without leaving behind residue. The light-weight gel conditioner also detangles without weighing hair down. They’re a perfect combo for beautifully, bouncy hair. A 300 ml bottle of KMS California addvolume Shampoo retails for $14.95 and the 250 ml bottle of addvolume gel conditioner for $15.95. Both can be purchased in fine salons or at www.kmshaircare.com.

Fortify:
You’re tired of masks and drawn-out, deep-conditioning treatments. You don’t have the time for expensive fortifying salon treatments. But can you spare seven seconds for your strands? If the answer is yes, then you have to try 7SECONDS Condition from UNITE. This leave-in conditioner detangles hair while nourishing and fortifying from root to tip. It contains proteins and moisturizers that seal the cuticle to protect hair all day long. This is perfect for those who chemically straighten or process hair, and it doubles as a UV protector – an essential for great-looking, shielded summer ‘dos. When using for the first time, spray only a small amount on damp hair to determine how much product is right for your texture, and style as desired. Your wide-toothed comb and scalp will thank you. For more information on UNITE 7SECONDS Condition, price and purchase information, log on to www.uniteeurotherapy.com.

Amplify:
Get ready for some knockout body with a fantastic scent to boot! Boost Thickening Spray, the newest product from ThermaFuse, adds texture and thickness to fine, limp hair. Perfect for those who blow-dry or use hot rollers on a regular basis and are looking for a little extra body. ThermaFuse products are formulated to protect and repair heat-styled hair through the HeatSmart Complex. This process combines a silicone molecule with a wheat protein molecule that penetrates to smooth frazzled hair cuticles while adding shine. This product claims to work three times better at an elevated temperature (blow dryer, diffuser, etc.) and contains Ceramide-2 and Caramide-6 to help replace hair’s natural “glue” that is often destroyed by heat. The organic compounds are formed by linking fatty acid to lipids, and upon hydrolysis they multiply. To use, spray on damp, towel-dried hair and style as desired – preferably with heat. For more information on ThermaFuse Boost Thickening spray, please visit www.thermafuse.com. Please note this product is not readily available in salons as of yet, but can be price and purchase information is available on their website.

Stylize:
We all do it – whether it’s with the blow dryer, curling iron, straight iron or hot rollers, styling takes a mean toll on our tresses. But thanks to Nexxus Heat Protexx, you can help prevent the drying, damaging effects caused by styling appliances. This product ensures smooth, frizz-free style. The benefits are obvious instantly. Heat Protexx is made with a combination of lightweight protective ingredients and advanced Nexxusphere time-release technology. It’s alcohol-free (as all your products should be!) and acts as a barrier to absorb heat and prevent breakage caused by styling. To use, remove dip from the spray pump and mist on towel dried hair. Comb through and style as desired. An 8.5 oz. bottle of Nexus Heat Protexx retails for approximately $13.99 and can be found at fine salons or at www.walgreens.com.

Originally published June 2006
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