Wavy Hair Problem Solvers of the Week

If you have wavy or curly hair, you probably have as many hairstyling products stashed under your sink and in your medicine cabinet as I do (read: too many to count). And you’ve probably tossed double that amount in the trash after a few tragic uses, too. Am I right? That’s why, when I find a product or cocktail of products that work wonders on my medium-thick, frizzy waves, I talk about them. So here I am, (sorta) talking…

After I finished up what was likely my tenth or twelfth bottle of this delicious creamy mousse from Sebastian, and once I polished off this family of wave enhancing miracle workers, I reached for two products I hadn’t previously tried. Continue reading

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Good to the Last Drop: 4 Beauty Products I Just Emptied

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 lavender & shea moisture shave


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

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

Hair Band-Aid

'Man of Steel' European Premiere held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals.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.

valentino-head-band-braid-fall-2103The 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.

Beauty Problem Solver of the Week: Redken Curvaceous Curl Dive, $19

Redken-Curvaceous-Curl-DiveThe 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