Hair Care

By Stef Schwalb


With fall in full swing and the winds of seasonal change upon us, there’s no doubt you’re experiencing some setbacks in maintaining your mane. This month’s mix of products works on varying hair types to help every reader “weather” the elements outside and save your strands from some less than serious style. So sit back, relax and enjoy the read…

Clarify – Clean Up Your Act

Ellin Lavar is a world-renowned hairdresser who has worked her magic on celebrity heavyweights such as Whitney Houston, Donatella Versace, Iman, Julia Roberts, and Naomi Campbell, among others, on movie sets, on Oprah and in her salon. She’s also recently designed a complete line of natural hair care products called Textures. It focuses on working with all kinds of challenging hair types and takes care of the unique needs of curly thick, coarse, or brittle hair. The products are packed with several nutrient-rich ingredients from lush plant life found in the Brazilian rainforest, culminating in the LV-Complex. LV-5 consists of five renewable resources extracts from the Brazilian Amazon, including Brazil Nut Oil, Pequi Oil, Capuacu Seed Butter, Maracuja Passion Fruit Emollient, and Grape Seed Procyanidins and Tocopherols, which combined enhance the look, feel, and structure of strands that are commonly difficult to manage. The two products from the line we are featuring this month include the OptiMoist Shampoo and the SatinSoft conditioner. The shampoo is a gentle cleanser that offers instant hydration and shine to the hair while keeping the scalp healthy and safe. SatinSoft is an instant conditioner and fantastic finishing rinse that seals moisture into the hair cuticle so strands become soft to the touch. For more information call 1-877-44ELLIN or log on to

Fortify – Wanted: Hair Repair

Hair loss is hard to handle, especially during the windy days of autumn when there’s nowhere to turn to hide it. Wearing hats is always an option, but it isn’t the only one to consider. We’ve found a new treatment regimen from Farouk Systems that’s easy to follow and can give an extra boost to thinning, fine and even limp locks. CHI44 Ionic Power Plus is a combination of Advanced American Technology and CHI44, which when fused together make a revolutionary new response to an age-old issue. The blend includes natural in-organics, herbs such as the signature Stinging Nettle (to stimulate circulation) and the CHI ceramic, ionic and far infrared elements – which are Oxygen (O), Calcium (Ca), Aluminum (Al), Silicon (Si), and Chromium (Cr), among others. The result of this amalgamation of ingredients is fuller and thicker hair, and well-needed nourishment for the scalp. The treatment system is available in two formulas: Normal to Fine Limp Hair and Chemically Treated and Coarse Hair. Both contain a nutrient supplement, a priming/vitalizing shampoo, a stimulating conditioner, and the CHI44 Ionic Power Plus Client Brochure. For more information, call 1-800-237-9175 or log on to

Amplify – Hold It Right There

Looking to take your hair to new heights this season and have your strands stay in place? Take a tip from Redken and to get the job done with your choice of four new aerosol hairsprays – Workforce 09 flexible volumizing spray, Forceful 23 super strength finishing spray, Headplay 12 pliable working spray, and Headset 25 extra strength finishing spray. These fast-drying sprays differ in control levels, but are consistent in their ability to lock in and define any style you create. Ingredients include exclusive shine charged technology that smoothes strands and helps guard them against humidity for 24 hours, while keeping them touchable throughout an eight-hour hold. With these products, the body of your hair is enhanced and frizz is always kept under control. They are anti-static, do not flake and leave no residue. For more information call 1-800-REDKEN8 or log on to

Stylize – On the Straight and Narrow

If you want to get your strands in line for a stick-straight style with shine, check out the Beautymax Limited Edition FHI Ceramic Styling Iron. The FHI Limited Edition has six layers of 100 percent, one-inch ceramic plates combined with new, innovative technology that together provides maximum far-infrared heat. The result is immediate heat recovery, which means no loss of heat as you use the iron. It also boasts a rapid heat up time, and a temperature range of 140 to 450 degrees, which makes it easy to use on every hair type. Another bonus to this iron is its True Ionic Technology, which by infusing crushed Tourmaline into the ceramic plates, helps replace necessary negative ions to help return shine to your hair and shield its color. For more information, call 1-877-289-6297 or log on to

Originally published November 2005

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