Day 111: Alterna Caviar CC Cream

I thought I’d give Alterna another chance.  After the last time, I had to get persuaded to try Caviar CC Cream by Alterna.

Caviar CC Cream by Alterna

 

Key Features:

A miracle leave-in product that delivers 10 benefits in 1 easy step, leaving hair perfectly polished. Provides complete: moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, UV protection, manageability, strength, anti-breakage, heat protection and light hold. Can be used alone or as a foundation for the layering of other styling products.

Caviar CC Cream by Alterna

My hair after letting it air dry in (left) after styling (right)

I don’t know about a miracle leave-in product, but it didn’t seem to do any damage.  My hair tolerates a cream but for fine, thin hair, I would recommend either the Unite 7 Seconds or the It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In.  Both do the same but in a spray.

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Day 110: Unite Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner

Do you have coarse, unruly hair?  I’ve got your remedy right here.  The answer to unmanageable hair is nutrient rich, oil infused U Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner by Unite.

Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner by Unite

Shampoo Key Features:

Lavish your hair with our decadent blend of Crushed Pearl, Hawaiian White Honey and Pure Argan oil. This sulfate-free LUXURY SHAMPOO creates a rich lather that will replenish your nutrient-starved hair, invigorating all hair types with abundant health, resilient body and opulent shine.

• Weightless repair
• Remineralizes and moisturizes
• Replenishes nutrients
• Free of Sulfates and Parabens
• Pure Argan Oil
• Hawaiian White Honey
• Crushed Pearl Powder

Wet hair, apply, lather, rinse and repeat and necessary. Follow with U LUXURY Conditioner.

Conditioner Key Features:

Compliment the U LUXURY SHAMPOO and indulge yourself in Crushed Pearl, Hawaiian White Honey and Pure Argan Oil. Our rich and creamy U LUXURY CONDITIONER will lock in the nutrients your hair loses each day and will enrich all hair types with ultimate health, voluminous body and exquisite shine.

• Locks in nutrients
• Adds volumizing body
• Moisturizes and nourishes
• Use following U LUXURY SHAMPOO
• Free of Parabens
• Pure Argan Oil
• Hawaiian White Honey
• Crushed Pearl Powder

Following U LUXURY SHAMPOO, apply U LUXURY CONDITIONER from roots to ends. Leave in hair for 1 to 3 minutes as needed. Rinse thoroughly.

For my hair,  I’ve been using (and loving) U Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner every time I’ve washed my hair for the last two weeks.  I have been using it on my clients for months but finally ran out of my old stuff and couldn’t wait to get on this train.

A client of mine was started using the combo of the Shampoo, Conditioner then the U Luxury Argan Oil and her hair was noticeably softer when she came back for her next appointment.  She couldn’t believe it and neither could I, I knew it did good stuff to the hair but it was undeniable how much softer and healthier her hair looked and felt.  I look forward to seeing the same results in my own hair.

 

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Day 109: Oscar Blondi Pronto Colore Root Touch Up Pen

When it comes to highlights, it looks like ain’t nobody got time for that anymore.  So in a pinch, or if funds are low, luckily there’s Pronto Colore by Oscar Blondi.

Pronto Colore by Oscar Blondi

Key Features:

Pronto Colore Root Touch-Up and Highlighting Pen temporarily disguises roots, covers gray and enhances highlights with a professional, natural looking finish.

  • Temporarily covers gray, conceals roots and touches up highlights
  • Professional formula provides natural-looking color
  • Easy to apply, salon professional brush applicator
  • Portable packaging for on-the-go application
  • Stays put until shampooed out
Pronto Colore by Oscar Blondi

Unfortunately, the store we went to was out of the warm reddish brown tester.

To me, the blonde colors seem backwards, the one to the far left (Beige Blonde), was what we used because we wanted a more beige tone, but the one called Light Golden Blonde (to the right of it) seemed more beige in color.

Pronto Colore by Oscar Blondi

Lucky for us, Ulta was open on Easter Sunday, so my mother-in-law and I had some fun.

At first, when applied the Root Touch Up Pen, the product seemed sticky and clumpy, but I think it was just the mistreated tester.  Then, after a while, the product had a chance to settle and dry into her hair, her highlights looked really natural in the sunlight and you can see it looks streakier.

 

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Day 108: Uomo Matte Paste

I love a good pompadour and nothing sets it off quite like Matte Paste by Uomo.

Matte Paste by Uomo

 

Key Features:

Strong-hold matte effect paste providing the hair with texture and structure.  Ideal to create flexible designs.

Distribute evenly on dry hair and proceed with the styling.

Matte Paste by Uomo

His hair naturally wants to fall forward so what I like to do is use a gel for structure and a small round brush to direct the hair back.  After its dry, it looks wild and fluffy so I use the Matte Paste to give it definition and piecy-ness without the shine.  Too much shine from a pomade or wax will make his hair look thinner by showing more of the scalp.  Matte finishes are the way to go for men with thinning hair.

I like this paste because of the finish, it smells masculine and has great hold.  It can get dried out if not properly stored and will be hard to work with.  I just warm it up with my hands, get my palms evenly coated (about a pea size) and work it through lightly.  Make sure not to have clumps or some hair will get over-coated and will look sloppy.  Thoroughly distribute the Paste through the hair, even the sides and back.  Trust me on this one.  Even though you don’t see the back, everyone else does, so don’t leave it out.  It takes one extra second to run your hands over the sides and back so no excuses.

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Day 107: AG Stucco

For a quick fix, I like to use Stucco by AG.

Stucco by AG

Key Features:

Stucco’s non-greasy, moldable formula let’s you create a unique texturized matte finish to any style. Natural, oceanic sea clay enhances separation
while it conditions the hair, replenishing moisture and protein.

Stucco by AG

It’s not a greasy pomade but not an overly matte paste, more like the perfect combination of the two.  It is a creamy consistency but doesn’t weigh down the hair.  Stucco creates definition and encourages natural texture on any length of hair.

 

 

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Day 106: Ladibugs Head Lice Treatment

Not the most glamorous topic, but anybody who has had to deal with head lice knows it’s no joke.  Lucky for those people there’s Ladibugs.

Ladibugs Head Lice Treatment

Key Features:

Ladibugs pesticide-free products prevent and treat lice without pesticides or toxic, harsh chemicals. High quality ingredients and essential oils naturally eliminate and prevent head lice infestations.

Developed with a chemist and a team of hair care professionals, Ladibugs products include both lice elimination and prevention solutions ranging from $9 to $22.

Ladibugs Head Lice Treatment

Now, I can’t say I have had the misfortune to actually try this product but I stand behind their natural approach.  The chemicals used in traditional are the same found in roach killers and weed prevention, and we are putting this on our children’s heads without a second thought.  Go here to find out more about the chemicals in Ladibugs versus traditional methods.

Besides the at-home treatment, Ladibugs offers an at home service for only $229 for those who don’t want anything to do with the little varmints.  This at-home service includes:

  • Certified, professional, experienced, knowledgeable technicians.
  • Head checks for your entire family.
  • Cleaning and prevention education.
  • 24/7 on call head lice expert.
  • Thorough comb out of all debris.
    No home combing required! No nits left behind!
  • Free follow-up appointment (must be done 7-10 days after treatment to receive guarantee).
  • 30 day guarantee.
  • Same cost regardless of hair length, thickness or severity of infestation.
    No hidden charges!
  • Reimbursed by Flexible Spend and Health Savings Accounts.
  • Guaranteed same day appointment.
  • By appointment only in order to assure confidentiality.
  • Nit combs never get used twice. Take the comb home with you.

As if you’re not itchy enough, to learn more about Lice themselves, go here.

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Day 105: Living Proof Prime

I’ve heard of make-up primer and paint primer, but this is the first I have heard of for hair primer.  Today, on a friend of mine, I tried Prime Style Extender by Living Proof.

Prime Style Extender by Living Proof

Key Features:

A first-of-its-kind hair primer that extends your style 2x longer. Formulated with our advanced priming system and powered by our patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA) to create an exquisitely thin, weightless shield which:

  • repels dirt and oil to keep hair cleaner, longer
  • creates an optimal base for all styles
  • so perfecting it can be used alone yet so weightless it can be layered under other styling products

For all hair types.  Sulfate-free, silicone-free and oil-free. Safe for color and chemically treated hair.

Prime Style Extender by Living Proof

No product in her hair (left) After round brushing with Prime (right). The lighting must have been a little off but I assure you, Prime did not darken the color of her hair.

I had no idea what Prime was going to do since I have never tried anything like it before.  I blow-dried it into her hair and used a round brush to put a bend the ends.  It seemed to hold the curl great and it smelled even better.  I’m still not exactly sure its purpose but it didn’t do any harm.

I will use this again layered with other products, it didn’t weigh it down any so I can’t imagine it would hurt to try.  I’ll keep you posted!

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That’s A Wrap

From a basic french to an elaborate embellishment, nail art is in full swing for 2014.  It can be as easy as getting a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen to as involved as Gwen Stefani’s Nail Art Kit.  My personal favorite lies right between the two alternatives and that is Nail Wrapping.  Now I know these aren’t a new concept but they are new to me and the design options are endless.

Nail Wrapping

You can’t get that kind of precision from a pen and did I mention these wraps last 2 weeks, yes, two.  The only polish I know that lasts that long is Shellac, which I don’t hate, I actually used it with my wrap, but with wrapping there are no toxic chemicals and no acetone removal.  Acetone is a removal option but warm olive oil works too.

Nail Wrapping

Nail Wrapping

Get a free sample pack in the mail by going here.  Canada go here.  I did and the application was so easy -

Nail Wrapping

I did the Shellac on the other nails by myself – so not perfect – but I love how the mint shade matches the floral wrap

Want to see how easy it is?  Watch the official application method here

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Day 104: U Smooth Cream

My hair was in pretty bad shape this morning so I was more than happy to give myself a blow out using Cream by U Smooth 

Cream by U Smooth

Key Features:

  • REDUCES BLOW-DRYING TIME
  • HYDRATING THERMAL PROTECTION WHILE ADDING SHINE, LIGHT TEXTURE, AND LIGHT HOLD
  • PROVIDES SIMPLIFIED STYLING EXPERIENCE

Cream by U Smooth

I like this cream, however, given a choice, I would opt for an Argan Oil to cut down blow-dry time while adding softness.

For softer textures and finer hair this might work better on that hair type versus an oil.

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Day 103: Joico Texture Boost

There’s something to be said for the ease of a spray on hair product.  Instead of digging around in a sticky tub, there is the ease of a fine mist from Texture Boost by Joico.

Texture Boost by Joico

Key Features:

Perfect choice for all hair types will enjoy the ability to create a textured shape – say, a curl, a wave, a tousled ‘do – with a hit of completely flexible, clean, and touchable hold.

Liberally spray this wonder wax on hair to create your style… then tinker, mold, and move it around as you please.

The inside secret: Our aerosol delivery system allows the power of a wax styler to be dispersed in the style of the finest of hairspray.

Texture Boost by Joico

I like the mist of the spray versus a pump that gets too much product on one particular area.  I sprayed up and down the length of her hair a few times for good measure and to be sure and see the definition from the wax.

Texture Boost smells amazing and very fresh.  It is very thick in consistency and will fog the air around your head so take a deep breath before you start spraying.

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