The biggest compliment a beauty product can receive — especially from a product-obsessed gal like myself — is to have every last drop, swipe, dab, etc. used. So with that in mind, here are the four products I just finished off:
Kiss My Face 4-in-1 Lavender & Shea Moisture Shave, $7.95
I’ve written about other nice natural shaving creams in the past, but this one blew those out of the water. It offers up a substantial lather and has a fantastically subtle, but lovely lavender scent. Need another bottle stat!
Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo & Conditioner, $18-19
Truth be told, I have one or two more shampoos left in the bottle, but the conditioner is totally gone. I hate having a mismatched set, but I can’t ever seem to use enough shampoo. They should just make those bottles smaller. Or give us more conditioner. Yeah, more conditioner! Anyway, this wash and conditioner smell divine — they have a warm nutty, yet subtly perfume-y scent — and make my dry, straw-like hair feel so much softer. Continue reading
A black head band, whether elastic, satin or leather can be the perfect finishing touch to a simple hairstyle that needs a little somethn’ somethin’. Case in point, Amy Adams’ gorgeous shiny chignon. The elastic band takes it from ordinary to striking — and gives it a touch of fun. It’s adorable to pop on to a ponytail or updo, but it’s just as gorgeous with loose locks or in a braid.
The ultra-shiny side braid from Valentino’s Fall 2013 fashion show is another amazing go-to style. When hairstylist Guido, Redken creative consultant, wove the simple plaits adorned with a leather band, he was aiming for a luxe style that’s wearable. To get the look yourself, blow-dry hair smooth using a blow-dry lotion like Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-dry Lotion, $18, then create a center part and comb hair to one side. Tuck that side behind your ear and braid (not too tightly), then smooth on a few drops of shine serum like Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, $40. Finally, add a leather headband to recreate the runway look, then mist on a finishing spray like Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray, $16.
If you’re like me and your hairbands slip off the back of your head, try one with a silicone strip on the back, like Scünci No Slip Grip Head Wraps, $4.
The Product: Redken Curvaceous Curl Dive, $19
Why: 60 percent of us have curly hair. I’m one of them. My hair is long and wavy. That’s why I was psyched to give the Redken Curvaceous Curl Dive a try. It’s a deep conditioning treatment designed specifically for, duh, curly hair.
What does it offer your curls that other deep conditioners might not? Good question. It contains sugar crystals, which attract moisture to help reactivate the shape of waves and curls. Moringa oil, which deeply hydrates strands to keeps curls full of bounce. Along with the hydrating ingredients you’ll find Keralink, a snazzy trademarked protein that strengthens hair, and amino acids, which protect the surface of hair to keep it shiny and healthy-looking.
Does it work? Continue reading
Question: I’ve noticed that my hair color fades around my hairline faster than the rest of my hair. Why does that happen? — Kymberly
Answer: “If your hair is turning an orange hue as it fades around your hairline, blame your face wash,” says Summer Parham, Redken artist at Cutler Salon in New York. “The worst offenders are anti-aging or anti-acne cleansers, since they usually have a high concentration of acid that strips the color down,” Parham explains. Protecting your hair is actually really simple and you don’t need to switch cleansers or anything crazy like that — just create a buffer between your hairline and the suds by wearing a terry cloth headband, I like the American Apparel Unisex Flex Terry Headband, $6. It comes in tons of cute colors and will catch the cleanser before it has a chance to get to your locks. “If instead of turning orange, your color fades or starts to look hollow (not the dense saturation you see immediately after your dye), you probably need to switch to a more full-coverage color,” says Parham. If you dye at home, switch from a demi- or semi-permanent haircolor to permanent. Try Clairol Perfect 10 By Nice ‘N Easy, $13. If you go to a salon, ask your colorist to add some grey oxidizing drops to the formula, like G.O.D Grey Oxidizing Drops, $10, to lock in color and prevent fading, suggests Parham. Luckily, either way you don’t have to sacrifice your hair color for a favorite face wash.
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