Hair Care

By Kathryn Holl



Seems like everyone is jumping on the “green” bandwagon these days. If politics aren’t your bag but staying hip is, then at least you can chose eco-friendly hair care. Make a clean sweep with Alterna Hemp Seed Hydrate Shampoo. This clarifying shampoo combines help seed oil with an exclusive Bio-Active Enzymatic Complex (BAC) that helps hair absorb proteins, vitamins and minerals for improved keratin (the chief structural constituent of hair) formation. Date palm fruit melanin protects hair from visible light rays while fennel extract helps transform damaging peroxides into water and oxygen. Since it contains hemp seed oil, a good source of essential fatty and amino acids, Alterna’s Hemp Seed Hydrate Shampoo increases elasticity, volume, manageability and shine. Quite a lot going on for just a bottle of shampoo! Both shampoo and conditioner have UV protectants that guard against environmental color damage-great news for sun worshipers! And best of all, it rinses clean. Application is similar to any other shampoo regimen and can be used daily. A 10.1 oz. bottle of Alterna Hemp Seed Hydrate Shampoo costs approximately $19.00 Alterna products are available at salons or


If single strengthening action just isn’t cutting it, your hair may need TRIPLE the action. NIOXIN Intensive Therapy Deep Repair Hair Masque is a reconstructor that repairs excessively dry, brittle hair. Formulated with “Triple Strengthening Action,” it provides up to three times more strengthening performance to repair damage, renew elasticity and reduce chemical stress. To use, work a small amount, depending on hair type, evenly through hair after shampooing and leave on for 3-5 minutes. Make sure hair is free of product as it can weigh strands down if not properly rinsed. A 5.1 fl oz. of Deep Repair Hair Masque retails for approximately $13.50 and can be purchased at fine salons and spas nationwide. For more information or to locate the nearest NIOXIN salon, visit


We’re pretty sure you’ve perused the isles of the C.O. Bigelow in the West Village once or a couple thousand times. It’s pretty much any beauty product lover’s dream come true. Imagine our surprise and excitement when we learned the oldest apothecary-pharmacy in the U.S. has come out with a new hair care collection and a new pomade to boot! Pilot’s Pomade is silk-enriched and gives the perfect amount of hold, volume and style without added stiffness. Perfect if you want to add a little “bulk” to our hair and works great when separating strands. We especially loved the anecdote on the container that refers to how pilots used pomade during the early days of aviation after a long day of flying to nourish hair from the harsh elements. Do we believe it? Who cares- this stuff is scented with natural coconut oils and smells so yummy we’re ready to fly the friendly skies! Pilot’s Pomade retails for $12.00 and can be purchased at Bath & Body Works stores, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries and


What if you could enhance moisture and shine while straightening your hair? The new Hot Tools 1161 Tourmaline Flat Iron uses a Pro-Moisture System along with ceramic nano technologies to do more than just straighten. This flat iron is made of tourmaline, ceramic and titanium that all work together to control frizz and boost hair’s overall health. If you’re looking for straight strands, this does the trick. A benefit to this straightener is its one-inch plate size that allows you to flip and bend hair into fun styles. Because it is so compact, straightening takes a long time if you have very thick, long hair. If you have the time on your hands though, you will be amazed at how straight you can make your hair with this tool. It reaches temps up to 430 degrees F and is 170 watts for high-speed heat up. It’s super slim design and lightweight is perfect for travelers. It also comes with a great case for easy transport.

Originally published August 2006



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