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HAIR: Products for Curly Hair

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Maintaining curly hair can be a challenge. Curly hair tends to be more fragile than straight hair, so harsh styling products can leave hair looking and feeling over dry and damaged. Here are some great tips from Redken for keeping curls under control:

- Wash your hair with cold water to avoid frizz
- Part and comb your hair in the shower while the conditioner is still in to prevent breakage. Use a wide-toothed comb.
- To prevent frizz, do not rub your hair with the towel but gently dry out the access water.
- Use a diffuser on your hairdryer. Only dry your hair until slightly damp to prevent frizz and brittleness. Then apply cool air to hair to seal the cuticle.

Bring your dry, brittle ringlets back to life by nourishing them with products and treatments specifically formulated to enhance curly hair. Here are some you may wish to try:

Pantene Pro-V Hydrating Curls
Make waves with hair that twists, twirls and curls around and around.

Hydrating Curls ConditionerHydrating Curls Shampoo

The Hydrating Curls Shampoo helps to invigorate curls as it helps remove build-up and residue, while the Hydrating Curls Conditioner protects and defines curls. Both of these products are gentle enough to use every day, even on permed or colour-treated hair.

Kérastase Paris Nutritive Oléo-Curl
Curl-defining treatments that create soft, supple and luminous curls with their ultra-light oil technology.


Kérastase Bain Oléo-Curl gently cleanses the hair fiber and leaves curls shiny, supple and nourished.

Kérastase Masque Oléo-Curl provides weightless conditioning, disciplines and detangles, and leaves curls shiny from roots to ends.

Aveda Be Curly


Be Curly Shampoo and Conditioner gently cleanse and boost shine while enhancing curls and combating frizz. They feature a refreshing aroma made with certified organic lime, lemon, bergamot and orange.

Frédéric Fekkai Luscious Curls
Specifically formulated to prep, enhance and define curly or wavy hair with light moisturization to fight fizz without weighing locks down.

The Luscious Curls Shampoo gently cleanses with humectants to moisturize hair, imparting memory, spring and bounce. Features honey and ginseng extract to restore moisture, leaving hair soft and conditioned.

Luscious Curls Conditioner contains a rejuvenating blend of honey nectar and ginseng smooth and control frizz, leaving the hair vibrant and nourished.

Redken Ringlet 07 Curl Perfector


This curl refining cream-gel activates and rejuvenates curls and waves with weightless control. Through the Exclusive Bonding System, a new anti-frizz technology, and conditioning and moisturizing agents, Ringlet 07 delivers lasting definition, humidity resistance, ultimate frizz control and conditioning properties.

Profound Beauty STYLIST Curl Glaze


This unique glaze seals curl while allowing movement and controlling frizz. Curls are glazed to appear highly defined, intensely shiny with smooth compact contour. .

Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel


The Totally Twisted curl scrunching gel creates waves and spirals that are smooth, lush and defined, and keeps frizz at bay.

HAIR: Home Colouring

Thursday, February 28th, 2008


Today is all about hair colouring, the history, why we do it and what you can use at home.

I colour my hair to brighten up my complexion and to cover those unsightly grey hairs. Some people may wish to copy a celeb’s locks, some may wish to see if blondes do have all the fun; the reasons for changing their hair’s colour are varied. Why do you colour your hair?

The earliest known hair dyes were made of ingredients such as henna, indigo, sage and chamomile, and could only darken the hair.

It is said that from as early as 500 AD, people were wishing to lighten their hair and tried many solutions. Ingredients such black sulphur, alum, and honey, or saffron and onion skin, were painted onto the hair and left on in the sun.

Around 1860, hydrogen peroxide first came into use as a hair bleaching agent. Sometimes combined with ammonia and soap flakes, hydrogen peroxide was commonly used to lighten hair through the 1930s. The process was quite harsh on hair, and it was not uncommon for hair to break off during the bleaching procedure.

Two of today’s most well-known hair colouring products got their start in the early twentieth century. In 1907, French chemist Eugene Schueller developed the first safe commercial hair colourant, a synthetic formulation based on the chemical Paraphenylenediamine (Paraphenylenediamine or PPD, and its chemical derivatives are key dye components for hair colourants, most widely used to create dark shades such as brown and black) . Schueller originally called his product Aureole, but it was later renamed L’Oreal.

In 1932, New York chemist Lawrence Gelb developed a hair color product that penetrated the hair shaft, and started a company called Clairol. In 1950, he introduced the first one-step hair colouring product, Miss Clairol Hair Color Bath.

Things have changed quite a bit since the 1950′s and there are now hundreds of different hair colouring products on the market. We have an amazing choice of colours we can pick from, and several different hair colouring treatments that can provide us with permanent colour or something fun just for an evening or two.

Temporary Colour
Comes in the form of mousses, shampoos or even hair mascaras. Some are in bright hues and are fun for parties; most are designed to brighten natural hair colours. They wash out after a few shampoos.

Semi-Permanent Colour
These products coat hair with colour that washes out after 6-12 shampoos. Unlike most temporary colour, semi-permanent dyes bond to the hair. However, the pigment molecules in temporary hair colour are too large to penetrate the hair shaft, so that hair is still “coated” with colour rather than fundamentally changed. Since the dye sits at the surface of the hair, this type of hair color is generally used to achieve brighter, more vibrant shades that may be difficult to achieve with permanent hair colour. Semi-permanent products do not contain ammonia or peroxide so they are not able to lighten hair.

Demi-Permanent Colour
This option will last twice as long as semi-permanent colour and is perfect if you wish to enhance your current hair tone or blend away that grey. Like semi-permanent dyes, this type of colour contains no ammonia and thus cannot lighten hair, only add colour to it.

Permanent Colour
The longest-lasting of hair dyes, permanent colour cannot be washed out. It contains both ammonia and peroxide, which raise the cuticle of the hair in order to allow the tint to penetrate to the cortex and lighten the hair by breaking up the melanin that gives hair its natural colour, fundamentally changing the shade of the hair.

This process lifts the colour in individual strands of hair to heighten the level of lightness in your hair. Your kit will include either a cap and hook, which is better for short hair, or a special application brush that lets you “paint” on the highlights, perfect for long hair. Highlights are permanent and use peroxide, bleach and/or ammonia to lift the hair pigment from the cortex.

This process consists of taking strands of hair and darkening them at least 2 shades darker than the rest of your hair. Lowlights are often the best option for individuals who wish to blend away gray hair in a natural looking way. The application is the same as highlighting, using a cap and hook or an application brush.

Herbal Essences Color Me Vibrant


An at-home colouring kit with results that last up to 8 weeks. The Color-Amplifying Conditioner helps to preserve and enrich the colour.
Available in 27 shades

Clairol Perfect 10


This colouring kit works in only 10 minutes providing high speed, high gloss permanent colour. and helps to repair damaged hair -it even leaves your hair soft and smelling delightfully fragrant. Six weekly treatments of the ColorSeal Intensive Conditioning Crème keep your hair glossy and your colour from fading.
Available in 15 shades

Superior Preference Dream Blonde Color & Care System


Launching in April 2008, Dream Blonde delivers a new spectrum of brass-free shades that are clean, clear and bright. With the help of the Pre-Color Moisture Infuser, Blonde Supreme Shampoo and Conditioner, and the Continuous Shine Crème, even the most delicate blonde hair is safe with this colourant.
Available in 10 shades

The Mixer


A salon-quality root touch-up that will cover those nasty roots with permanent colour without being messy or needing to pre-mix – just point, push, apply and leave on for thirty minutes, shampoo and condition. It even blends in perfectly with any brand of hair colour, so no worries if you’re concerned about a conflict with another product.
Available in 6 shades

Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Since it is Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share with you a fun hair collection. Herbal Essences have created three new products that will allow you to fall in love with your hair.

Long Term Relationship is for those gals with long locks. Having long hair can be quite the love/hate relationship – can’t it? I have NEVER been able to grow my hair longer than chin length – after that it looks terrible and drives me nuts! This trio has been developed to allow women to make the ultimate commitment to their hair, by helping them grow it as long as they want. Could this possibly mean the end of split ends and breakage?

Infused with a velvety blend of red raspberry and satin extracts, and formulated with high levels of hydrators, the collection will leave hair soft and manageable, in addition to providing protection from split ends and damage.

Though I have short hair, I did of course try the products and I liked them very much. What I love as much as the contents of the bottles are the bottles themselves – you have to go to your local drug store and read the back of one of these containers. Herbal Essences do a really good job at making the write-ups on their products delightfully witty – one cute quip is I’ll Give you a Rapunzel Complex.

Here is the Long Term Relationship lineup:

Provides two times more protection against damage

Moisturizes every inch of the hair to leave it sensually soft

Leave-in Split end Protector for Long Hair
Detangles and helps strengthen long hair against split ends and damage

Reader Review: Herbal Essences 2 in 1

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Herbal Essences have this month launched 2 in 1s to its volume, colour and straight hair care collections.

Colour Me Happy: Made with a gentle formula to help provide colour protection against damage, dryness and dullness.
Body Envy: Infused with body-building formulas for luscious volume and movement.
Dangerously Straight: Which helps achieve straight smooth, radiant locks, even in high humidity conditions.

I am always sharing with you what I think about products. I thought it was about time that I find out what YOU thought about a product. I recently asked if there were any readers that would like to test a new shampoo – but did not tell them what the brand or the name of the product. Three readers were shipped the new Herbal Essences 2 in 1, in their hair type, to test and provide us with their honest opinions.

They were asked to use the following scale: Poor, Satisfactory, Good, Very Good, or Excellent. Here is what the readers thought:

Hoan from Vancouver tested the new 2 in 1 Colour Me Happy
Look of packaging: Good
Smell of the product: Good
Feel of product: Good
How clean was hair after washing: Good
How conditioned did hair feel after washing: Satisfactory
Price of $2.99: Excellent
Overall thoughts on Herbal Essences:
A great affordable 2 in 1 hair cleanser. For when I’m late and don’t have time to use a separate conditioner thats wastes another 3-5 minutes, I just rub a hair serum over which takes 10 seconds and gives silky hair which the Herbal Essences can not deliver on its own. I did wish the smell was a bit stronger. It is a lovely scent that someone mentioned I smelled like the beach – only when close enough to notice it.
Would you buy it? Yes

Andrea from Vancouver tested the new 2 in 1 Body Envy
Look of packaging: Very good
Smell of the product: Excellent
Feel of product: Very good
How clean was hair after washing: Very good
How conditioned did hair feel after washing: Good
Price of $2.99: Excellent
Overall thoughts on Herbal Essences:
I’ve tried Herbal Essences in the past (the original shampoo and conditioner), and I found that their products made my hair quite greasy. Using their shampoo, I would have to wash my hair daily. I have fine, long hair, so I can’t use anything that makes my hair frequently oily. I was a little apprehensive when I first opened my package to see an Herbal Essences shampoo sitting inside; I didn’t want to go through with washing my hair every single day again and having the feeling that my hair is perpetually oily. However, one sniff of the shampoo lured me into trying it that very night. The scent is a light, melon-y scent that is quite fresh. It’s the perfect shampoo scent for summer. The effect of the shampoo pleasantly surprised me because it didn’t leave my hair feeling greasy at all; it left my hair with a nice, clean finish, and my hair was soft and smelled delicious. On certain days, I can go for more moisture, but overall, this shampoo is fantastic.
Would you buy it? Absolutely

Anna from Edmonton tested the new 2 in 1 Dangerously Straight
Look of packaging: Excellent
Smell of the product: Excellent
Feel of product: Excellent
How clean was hair after washing: Good
How conditioned did hair feel after washing: Satisfactory
Price of $2.99: Very good
Overall thoughts on Herbal Essences:
I’ve used Herbal Essences before, and I love their products. They have great smelling products that are well set to the right consumer. I have their product for volumizing and color treated hair. I find them to be just as good as salon products. I get great volume with their volumizing shampoo and conditioner. And I get super soft hair with the color treated shampoo and conditioner.
Would you buy it? I wouldn’t buy the 2 in 1 shampoo by Herbal Essences. It just doesn’t cut it for my hair type. But I definitely would continue buying their other products.

Well there you have it. Thanks to Hoan, Andrea and Anna for trying the Herbal Essences 2 in 1s. Have you tried them? What do you think?

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