It’s time to make some realistic New Year’s resolutions, so how about starting with your most important accessory? (That would be your HAIR of course!) This year, instead of fighting with and resenting your hair, embrace your natural strands. Whether thick or thin, wavy or straight, you can make the most of your locks with the right tools and a little bit of love. So go ahead, eat another piece of chocolate and grab another French fry, but make sure to clarity, fortify, amplify and stylize the right way in 2006!
Clarify: LOGICS (For Matrix) Clarifying Shampoo
There are many shampoos out there that promise to diminish the dull luster product build-up creates. It’s important to include a clarifying shampoo into your cleansing routine to wash away impurities and leave hair clean and ready for styling.
LOGICS Clarifying Shampoo deeply cleanses without stripping color – good news to all us gals who visit our colorist on a regular basis. It builds volume on fine or oily hair and claims to neutralize mineral deposits. Those with any hair type – normal, oily, dry, fine or thick – can use this shampoo. Leaving no residue behind, LOGICS Clarifying Shampoo allows you to simply clean and clarify. Use a generous amount of the product and begin massaging shampoo into hair at the base of the neck, gradually working up a generous lather.
The folks at LOGICS suggest that those who have hard water (calcium in your tap water), install a water filter in the shower to prevent hair color fading (you may remember we talked about this tip when we covered Jonathan Product back in December’s Gifts to Get story). LOGICS Clarifying Shampoo has a retail price of approximately $12.00 and is available at fine salons in Manhattan and nationwide, various drugstores locations, and beauty supply stores.
Fortify: Ecru Silk Nourishing Cream
Ask any professional stylist or colorist and they’ll tell you the number-one mistake people make when it comes to hair care is lack of conditioning. As you know, continuous styling and coloring takes a heavy toll on hair. What about a product that not only nourishes hair, in addition to conditioning, but also aids in styling as well? Say hello to ECRU Silk Nourishing Cream.
This styling and conditioning treatment is a cream that includes ingredients of jojoba and coconut oils, vitamin E and silk protein, Jojoba and coconut oil, Pro Vitamin B5 and Gardenia Flower – all of which provide conditioning and healing benefits to hair and scalp. It also adds luster and elasticity to hair while improving its texture, so hair feels soft and silky without being weighed down. For thick curly hair, blend a quarter-sized amount of Silk Nourishing Cream and run through damp or dry hair (I would recommend damp hair), comb and style as usual. Gals with fine hair will want to use very little of the cream – no more than a dime-sized amount. Apply to damp hair, comb and style as usual. Those of you with fine hair may want to follow with a volumizing spray to add extra body to avoid hair appearing weighed down. ECRU Silk Nourishing Cream is absorbed into the hair shaft to promote shine without residue and also helps cut back on stubborn tangles.
ECRU New York products are designed to work individually or together, are eco-friendly and not tested on animals. ECRU Silk Nourishing Cream has a retail price of approximately $21 and is available on websites such as www.ecrunewyork.com and www.solutionsforthesenses.com.
Amplify: Oscar Blandi No Gravity Volumizing Spray
He’s styled the famous tresses of Hollywood knockouts such as Selma Hayek, Uma Thurman and Gwyneth Paltrow. From the salon of Oscar Blandi, one of the most sought-after hairdressers in Hollywood and New York City, comes No Gravity volumizing spray.
While this spray won’t necessarily help your hair reach new heights, it will add ample volume and flexibility to limp locks. It creates a generous amount of shine and does a great job controlling pesky fly-aways. Perfect for everyday use, Oscar Blandi No Gravity also provides a liberal amount of hold without making hair sticky or greasy. Apply directly to damp roots and style as usual. Use less for thinner hair as too much product will cause hair to look greasy. If you are looking for insane cat-walk-like body, this product is not for you. However, if you seek shine, flexibility and a moderate pick-me-up, give this a go. Oscar Blandi No Gravity volumizing spray has a retail price of $18.00 and is available at Barneys, Sephora, and the Oscar Blandi Salon (212.593.7930).
Stylize: Olivia Garden Brushes
Sexy waves and soft silky hair never go out of style. Why not make a resolution to cool down your curling iron and give your straightener a break from time to time in 2006? Instead, turn to a styling tool that is easy to use and creates salon-like results.
Olivia Garden makes innovative, high-quality hair styling products that use state-of-the-art technology. The tool to try is the Ceramic + Ion Turbo Vent Boar Brush, which features the Ceramic + Ion technology that Olivia Garden introduced with its thermal brush collection, but now it’s available with the extra benefit of boar bristles.
The Ceramic + Ion Turbo Vent Boar Brush can be used on any hair type. The advanced Ion technology is found in many hairdryers that leaves hair shiny without frizz or fly-aways. The Turbo Vent airflow system features large vents and a hollow, ceramic-coated barrel to allow proper airflow and remarkable drying speed. This brush can be used on either damp or dry hair and will not create unwanted static. The results prove this product stands out against any ordinary brush you’d purchase in a drugstore.
Available in four sizes, the brushes have a suggested retail price of $16.45 (2″ size); $19.45 (2 ½”); $20.45 (3 ¼” size); and $24.25 for the Mega. It’s available at Ulta, Trade Secret, and other fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide. But perhaps the best part of this affordable salon-quality brush is its manufacturer’s lifetime warranty.
Originally published January 2006
Clarify: Clean Up Your Act
Feeling weighed-down or perhaps a bit dull lately? Maybe it’s time you changed your cleansing regimen. Gel, mouse, wax and especially hairspray can cause major build-up and leave a residue on hair follicles that can make hair appear lifeless. This month the spotlight is on Pantene™ Pro-V™ Purity Clarifying Shampoo.
Formulated with a new Amino Pro-V Complex, this shampoo cleans hair to remove build-up from daily styling. It’s clear, lightweight formula works wonders for us gals who love to pump our hair with products. For use on all hair types, this shampoo truly restores shine and cleanses just as well as it promises. The best part? It’s inexpensive luxury! Suggested retail price for Pantene™ Pro-V™ Purity Clarifying Shampoo is $3.99 for a 13.5 oz bottle.
Fortify: Wanted: Hair Repair
We’re all up for trying new things – so how about some DNA in your products? You heard correctly, the folks at the Pierre Michel Salon recently introduced RepHair, the first and only hair product line that focuses on restoring your hair’s damaged DNA.
This line of hair care products promises to prevent future damage caused by everyday external factors, chemical processes, sun, stress and aging. RepHair contains AC-11, an anti-aging DNA agent derived from a natural botanical called Uncaria tomentosa. It promises to restore, repair and revitalize hair; add volume and stimulate healthy hair growth; stop thinning and breakage and help prevent hair loss and thinning – all within 30-40 days of continued use. At BN we’re willing to try anything so we said ok to DNA and gave RepHair’s Deep Conditioning Masque a try.
Ask any professional and they will tell you that regular use of a deep conditioning mask is essential for healthy hair. After shampooing, the mask is applied to wet hair from roots to ends and should be massaged gently; rinse thoroughly after 10-15 minutes. After completing the conditioning process hair is left extremely soft and manageable. Fine-haired women may want to stray from the DNA, but those of you who seek deep repair from severely damaged strands should give it a whirl. This product is perfect for thick, coarse hair. Those looking to fortify can purchase RepHair’s Deep Conditioning Masque for $39.00 along with other advanced cellular products at the Pierre Michel Salon, 131 East 57th St.
Amplify: Hold It Right There
With all the styling you’ll be doing during the holidays, you want to make sure your ‘do stays put. L’Oreal textureline fixmove is a great answer for all types of holiday hair.
It’s a weightless gel that provides medium, natural hold without making hair oily. This product gives you the hold of a gel and the softness and shine of a wax without feeling unnatural or sticky. It’s the product’s anionic polymer that creates an invisible lasting hold while Guar gum allows fixmove to give you flake-free control without stiffness. Use this product to keep soft, sexy waves in place or to hold your bun back all night long. And since it is the holidays, feel free to be in the giving mood and share this with your beau – fixmove is for guys and gals alike! L’Oreal textureline fixmove has a suggested retail price of $12.50 for 3.40 fl. oz. and is available in salons.
Stylize: Holiday Hair
With holiday festivities just around the corner, chances are you’ll be spending a bit more time and attention to styling your hair. Flowing waves and extra body are perfect accessories to dress-up any ensemble. If you’re not very savvy with a curling iron, you may want to give hot rollers a try. Conair just introduced the new Ion Shine Instant Heat hot rollers.
These are perfect for the gal on the go. Rollers heat up in just two minutes thanks to the double ionic port system. The instant heat technology not only allows rollers to heat up fast, but also helps them hold heat longer. Don’t worry about damage – the velvet surface is designed to treat hair while creating smooth, shinny curls. With 20 rollers you’ll have enough for your whole head. They also come with Smart Clips™ – lightweight clips that hold rollers in place without leaving a crimp mark. Those of you with fine or super-straight hair should definitely give these a try – they are excellent for adding body and are perfect for creating a formal up-do. For tighter curls use less hair in each roller; for looser curls feel free to put more hair in each roller. The combination of eight jumbo, six large and six medium-sized rollers allows for endless curl possibilities! The Conair Ion Shine Instant Heat hot rollers have a suggested retail price of $29.99 and are available at WalMart.
Originally published December 2005
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 www.ellinlavar.com.
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 www.farouk.com.
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 www.redken.com.
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 www.beautymaxusa.com
Originally published November 2005