Friday, January 18, 2019

REVIEW: Tigi Beg Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Scent - 1 (bad)
Oil Absorption - 3 (average)
Longevity - 4 (very good)
Volumizing - 5 (excellent)

Oh Bee Hive! Is a fun and volumizing dry shampoo that creates a matte finish on oily roots. the packaging is super cut and fun, which is on brand for Bed Head. BUT I hate the cap on it. I hate it when products have these micro tiny caps that you loose easily. It absorbs the oils super well, but it leaves your hair looks white really quickly. A little goes a decent way, I wouldn't say it goes a long way, but it does well. It gives a ton of volume though, so if you like big hair, this may be a choice you want to consider.

The biggest issue I have with it is the smell. It has a sickly sweet, but still baby-powder-esque scent that is so gross. It literally made me feel sick. And it's SO strong. For this reason alone I will not use this moving forward.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

REVIEW: Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle

Packaging: 4 (very good)
Scent: 4 (very good)
Hydration: 3 (average)
Heat Protecting Power: 3 (average)
Longevity: 4 (very good)

I was little disappointed with this product. After trying a loving the Beauty Protector Protect & Oil (I bought 2 bottles) I was expecting a lot from this product. While it smells like vanilla, but is not overpowering at all and is very pleasant, it also leaves my hair looking greasy. The Protect & Oil protects your hair from the heat of a blow dryer, straightener or curling iron, where I feel this one really only protects from the blow dryer and the sun. But like I said, it made my hair looks greasy, which is a big no-no in my book. The packaging was a little tacky to me, especially compare to the sleek black and gold of their other product, and a little did not go a long way. It't not something I would buy again.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

What hair shampoo and condition is best for repairing damaged hair?

Damaged hair can be a real problem, and people don't always treat it right. It's a difficult balance, it truly is. So I am going to go over what I consider damaged hair, what you can use at home to help it, and what NOT to use or do. Hopefully this can help some of you! You can click on the product names throughout the article to learn more about them and purchase them.

Why is my hair damaged?

Hair becoming damaged is normal. The truth is everything damages our hair. Hair ties, bobby pins and clips can cause breakage from tension and pulling. UVA/UVB rays from the sun can cause our hair's cuticle layer to open, which causes our color to fade as well major loss of hydration. But the two main culprits of damage are chemical services (perms, relaxers and coloring) as well as heat styling. Both of these things cause your cuticle layer to open, and can eve cause your cuticle layer to break and chip in a way that is irreparable.

In order to heal your hair you have to repair that cuticle layer. There are some at home products you can use and in this post we are going to talk specifically about shampoo and conditioner, as well as repair masks and leave in conditioners because I think they all go together. But first...

What Not To Do

Some common mistakes that I see people make include using hot oil treatment, over treating and using to much protein in your hair. Big mistakes. There are some treatments in the salon that can be made more effective by adding heat to slightly open the cuticle so the treatment can penetrate better, but these are not oil treatment. When you heat up oil what does it do? It literally cooks things. We don't want to literally fry your hair. And there are some wonderful treatments out there, many of which I will recommend, but you don't want to use to use them to often. I get the idea, that your hair feels frizzy and that this treatment should help it, but to much can actually cause more damage. If it says 2-3 times a week, only use it 2-3 times a week MAX, not 5, not 7. Especially with protein and keratin products. There is a balance in all things. Switch up your products. Use a good keratin treatment or protein shampoo every other wash, and a ultra gentle hydrating one every other time. Trust me on this one, you will get better results.

Last but not least we need to take off the kid gloves. Don't decide you're going to use Pantene's Restore shampoo and get results when I am recommending high end options. There truly are some decent products on drug store shelves, and I am trying to review them more frequently on my blog. But when it comes to repairing damage you have to commit to the best products if you want results. If you can't afford it, you'd be better off using sulfate free and wax free options that are anti-frizz or smoothing. But cheap repair products (even from the best of walmart brands) are simply not effective, and can often do more harm than good.

Shampoo and Conditioner

To me the holy grail shampoo and conditioner for bond repair and maintenance is the Olaplex No4 and No5 (pictured on the left). These will cost you a pretty penny, but they are worth it. Another option is the Joico KPak Shampoo and Conditioner, or the Bumble and Bumble mending shampoo and conditioner. All of these option will help to repair your hair, but like I said it's important not to solely use a keratin or protein based option.
I like to supplement with a good moisturizing option. You need to be sure that whatever hydration shampoo you use only has the highest quality ingredients. It must be free of silicone, wax and sulfates. Some good choice are the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil shampoo and conditioner, or Redken's Frizz Dismiss Sulfate-Free shampoo and conditioner but make sure it's not the new frizz dismiss in the orange bottle. It needs to be the sulfate free option in the gold bottle (pictured on the right). I also love the new Biolage RAW Nourish. I also love the Living Proof No Frizz line, which is the one I personally use at home right now.

 Masks and Leave Ins

 Same as with the shampoos and conditioners you must remember not to over do it on the treatments and leave ins. Use a mask every other shampoo, and every other mask should be keratin or protein, while every other in a simple hydration mask. So your shower routine would go No Mask, Repair Mask, No Mask, Hydration Mask, and then repeat itself. My favorite protein masks and treatments are the Joico KPak as well as the Kerestase Resistance Masque Therapiste Hair Mask (pictured on the left) Olaplex No3. For hydrating masks there are tons of great choices honestly. Some of my tried and true favorites are the Joico Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm, the Redken Frizz Dismiss Mask, the It's a 10 Miracle Hair Mask.

For leave in treatments you should do the same, use leave in treatment every single day, and only use a repairing one every 2-3 days. For your standard hydration I like UniqOne all in one leave in hair treatment for those with thick to normal hair. For finer hair I love the Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk or for a more matte option the Wella EIMI Perfect Me Leave In Beauty Balm. For something to repair I like the Strong Sexy Hair Coreflex (pictured on the right) and the Redken Extreme Leave In.

But really the very first step to healthier hair is a haircut. You need to get your haircut every 6-8 weeks, there are no ifs, ands or buts about it. You can read the post linked below to get a better idea of why it's so necessary.

Does Cutting Your Hair Actually Help It Grow?

Friday, January 11, 2019

REVIEW: Wella EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 2 (average)
Finish - 5 (excellent)
Oil Absorption - 5 (excellent)
Texture - 5 (excellent)

I really do love this dry shampoo. It has super sleek packing that looks modern, high end and clean. One thing I love about this dry shampoo is that is truly invisible in every sense of the word. My hair doesn't look dry when I put it in. It feels soft and cushioned and I can run my fingers through it. It deosn't dry it out and make it feel stiff. It is totally invisible. You could spray a ridiculous amount in one area and your hair won't turn white. It's perfect for those with dark hair. A little goes a long way and it works great. The only downside to me is the scent. I hate it. It smells kind of chemically and it's pretty strong. BUT it does go away, which is the upside there.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

REVIEW: Unique 1

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Scent - 5 (excellent)
Hydration - 5 (excellent)
Heat Protection - 5 (excellent)
Repairing - 5 (excellent)

This is truly one of my die-hard favorite products and has been for years. I can't believe I haven't reviewed it before. The packaging is functional. While it's not elegant it's not ugly either. It's very simple. I love the fragrances this product is available in! The one pictures is the original scent which smells like fresh towel from the dryer. They also offer a coconut fragrance, lotus (which has a water scent that is mildly floral), and Green Tea (which is very earthy).

This works, plain and simple. It hydrates, protects, repairs and smooths the hair. It prevent split ends and will make your hair feel like a million bucks. It also protects your hair from UVA/UVB rays. The only real draw back is that it isn't weightless. It is light enough that this is only an issue for those with super fine hair, but for me it's not a problem. If your hair is normal to coarse in texture this is the product for you. It's super well rounded and seriously everyone could use it.

Monday, December 31, 2018

New Years

I have been posting less this last week because I have been focused on my family and my health (the flu came to visit us for the holidays), but I wanted to share something super cool with you guys this new years. After we finished opening gifts and eating breakfast together Christmas morning, my mother in law brought out a kit she had purchased to hand stamp jewelry.

The company she purchased from was called My Intent, and no they didn't sponsor this post or anything, this was the first time I had heard about them too. The kit included a small hammer, a wheel for stamping the jewelry, and every letter of the alphabet on stamping pillars. She had also purchased several bracelets and necklaces with rings that were attached with different kinds of chains and cords to create jewelry, all of them were blank. My mother in law challenged each of us to think of a word we wanted to define our next year. A word to build our 2019 around. After we chose our word we picked out our colors and jewelry style and then we stamped that word ourselves into the metal ring.

It sounds kind of cliche, I'll admit that. I thought it was cute, but I do like goal setting and creating visions and intentions for my time. So I was happy to play along. I have been wanting this next year to look like something else for a long time. I have taken a lot of smaller classes and pre-courses and seminars about how to build my business, how to get motivated, how to be a better hairstylist or blogger or wife or friend. I have never taken the leap though, I have never truly taken the plunge. I tend to do things half way. I will take the free pre-course, but no pay for the full experience. I will do the challenged that are convenient for me, but not the ones outside of my comfort zone. I can't seem to commit, so I don't reap the rewards of my efforts because I don't put the efforts in. This year will be different.

As I hand stamped that word into yhe necklace myself, one letter by one, I felt something. I felt the power and energy of that word fill me. There was something about stamping my intention into that wheel of metal that made it feel more real. More mine.

The word I chose this Christmas to define and drive my 2019 is thrive. I want to thrive. What is thriving anyways? I am a relatively happy person. Even when things in my life aren't as I'd hoped (financial struggles, family drama, etc.) I am usually pretty good at counting my blessings and being grateful for what I have. I am happy in the day to day. I have a sign on my mantel that says "love the motions" which to me means when you say you are "going through the motions" you need to learn to love those motions, love the day to day. Love your existence. And I think I do. I am not perfect, but I do stay positive fairly well.

But thriving isn't merely loving your existence. It is more than that. Thriving isn't making it by, and learning to be at peace when a payment is made late. Thriving is about taking control of your destiny and going where you want to. It's about having freedom of time, freedom of finances and freedom of anxiety. I am going to thrive by the end of 2019, but it won't happen by chance. I can't get there by sitting back in my comfort zone doing all the things I have been doing for ages.

So what does this look like for me?

It looks like making real promises to myself that I commit to and follow through with. When I say I am going to update my site weekly, I will.

It looks like going to bed on time so my body is healthier and my mind is more alert.

It looks like drinking those annoying smoothies in the morning that I don't actually hate, and they make me feel so good, but they take so long to make and I'd rather sleep in an extra five minutes than making them.

It means saying no to that impulse buy I want SO BAD because it's a killer sale and I know I'll use that hairspray in the future, and saving that money to invest in real educational opportunities that will help me grow. I've taken all the free classes. I need to invest in me.

It means committing my time to my blog and to my social media so that when I am sick or struggling mentally, I am ahead of my game ad don't have to worry about not posting, because it's automatically done.

It means committing to, working on and investing in me, for me.

I recently read the book "Girl, Wash Your Face" by Rachel Hollis (an incredible read if you didn't already know) and in it she said that we are the first people we break a promise to. But if you can't trust yourself, then who can you trust? I recently have had some personal growth that I honestly never thought I would have. It has given me the courage to believe that I CAN make promises to myself and keep them. I can fight for my goals. And I'm going to.

So this year I am going to tackle my business in a big way, and I hope that you are all along for the ride. I am going to be upping my game in the salon with new education and by adding services to my menu and expanding my talents. I am going to up my business by not neglecting social media and dedicating time every week to it. I am going to up my income by really believing in Rarity Nails, a product I love and now sell, and truly give it a fighting chance. I am so excited to be a part of all of these goals and I hope you are all making your own too!

So what does thrive mean to you? And how are you going to thrive in 2019?

Sunday, December 30, 2018

REVIEW: Derma E Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm

Packaging - 3 (average)
Scent - 2 (not very good)
Hydrating - 3 (average)
Texture - 4 (very good)
Longevity - 2 (not very good)

I didn't enjoy this product at all. It had a strong citrus and acidic smell. It didn't provide me with any more hydration than a Walmart lotion (I have actually tried Walmart lotions I have liked better) and I felt I had to reapply it constantly. It is also pretty pricey considering it's effectiveness. The only good thing was that it had a smooth, thick and buttery texture that I liked. I'd skip this one.