Argan Oil, The Truth Behind the Hype

SB-00663-2TArgan oil. It’s the latest buzzword in the realm of gorgeous hair, but a lot of us are coveting it without even knowing what it is, or why exactly we want it.

In short, this is an oil for ages for everything from skincare to hair care. It’s loaded with omega-6, antioxidants and vitamin E, all which are super-hydrating. That’s the secret: These ingredients get to work by providing this moisture our damage hair craves, we then achieve a healthy natural shine as well as protective properties from the elements.

“Natural color and artificial color live in the cortex so argan oil will keep it moisturized and healthy.  Artificial hair color can shrink without the right amount of moisture.  If it is dehydrated it will slip out of your hair and cause fadage.   Argan oil creates amazing shine therefore it reflects sunlight making for a very natural SPF,” says John Flemel, owner of the Urban Lift Salon.

“I live in the Las Vegas desert and after a year of living here, my hair hated me,” says Liz in Las Vegas. “I have dark brown long straight hair down to the middle of my back. Split ends were getting to be an issue but I wanted to keep my hair long. I’ve been using the oil for about a month now and not only is my hair softer and less “crispy” and fragile, but I am noticing less breakage and fewer splits between haircuts. I was introduced to Moroccanoil by a salon in Vegas called D’Hair to be Different. Moroccan Oil is more than I wanted to spend so I researched the key ingredient. I think the Argan Oil brand can be bought for $7 compared to about $40 for Moroccanoil.”

At a time that we are all trying to save our pennies, a product that can do the same as the high-priced ones for money saved is something we’re all excited to hear about.
 
In my own trials, I attempted to use the oil by rubbing a dime-sized blot between my palms, turning my head upside down, and applying to towel dried hair, focusing on the dry ends. Some days I use a lot more than others depending on how dry my hair feels – you get a feel for how much to use.

I have fine, blonde curly hair and I have a hard time finding a product that controls frizz without weighing my hair down or making it all gross/crunchy. I mix just a few drops of argan oil in with my leave-in crème and it’s wonderful. It helps my curls hold better and less frizz.

 “Due to Argan oil’s rich fatty acid content, it is great for dry, brittle, under-nourished, damaged hair.  Any hair that needs repair (hair that is over-processed or color-treated).  It is also good for skin that is very dry and showing the signs of aging (not for oily or acne-prone facial skin types), says Ron Robinson, cosmetic chemist and founder of BeautyStat.com. Ron says the Argan oil has been used in European beauty products for a couple of years now, but here in the US, you can find it as star ingredient in Josie Maran’s Argan Oil line as well as the MoroccanOil line of hair repair shampoos and conditioners.

Written By Our Style Expert, Aly Walansky

Add Shine to Your Curly Locks!

devacurl mirrorcurlsThis is for all you curly girls out there.   DevaCurl launches MirrorCurls!  Curly girls will finally be able to add shine without drying their curls. MirrorCurls is a lightweight conditioning serum that enhances shine, eliminates frizz, and dissolves instantly in water.  This means no build-up! MirrorCurls can be used on wet hair prior to setting or as a finishing product on dehydrated dull hair. The long-lasting shine formula protects, hydrates, and conditions hair with a blend of sunflower oil, balm mint, lemongrass, chamomile, and rosemary.  It is also silicone-free, water-soluble, botanically infused, and 99% naturally derived!

Product Review: New HAI Elite HaiDraStik

haidrastikHAI Elite has just come out with a new wet to dry flat iron!  You all probably know HAI for its famous HAI Convertable Iron and the HAI Elite DigiStik.  Those irons are definitely staples in the industry.  Did you know that the Frederik Fekkai salon in Beverly Hills uses the HAI Irons?  HAI has decided to take it a step forward and introduce a new Damp to Dry flat iron/styler that can iron your hair and dry it at the same time!  Remember you should only use a Damp to Dry iron on 90% dry hair.  Otherwise it can damage your hair.

Description:   The HAI HaiDraStik is a 1.5 inch nano tourmaline iron with ceramic plates.  The iron has water channel strips so that the moisture from your hair can be quick evaporated from the thermal holes.  The iron goes up to 390 degrees F in just under 6 seconds and has a digital temperature gauge.  It comes with a 3 year warranty as well.
Feel:  The iron is a lightweight iron and is easy to use.  It is obviously heavier than a one inch iron but it won’t tire your arms.  The digital control is easy to use although it took reading the instructions manual to really figure it out.  There are 6 fixed temperatures on the temperature control which is a little different then what I am used to.  I usually can adjust the temperature to any temperature.  But I didn’t mind this.   
Usage:  I kept my hair a little damp after blow drying.  I turned it on to the lowest degree temperature and started to test out.  I then continued to adjust until I felt that I was getting the appropriate one pass straightening.  I felt that my hair straightened best at 360 – 390 degrees F.  You could use the lower temperature if you have fine hair or chemically treated hair.  It took me about 15 minutes to iron my entire head which is about average.   
Results:  The HAI HaiDraStik did really dry my hair while it straightened.  Remember my hair was about 90% dry so it doesn’t take much but it did do its job.  What I liked about it was that I didn’t hear any sizzling noises while I was straightening.  (Which yes I have heard with other non damp to dry irons)  The straightening results were great.  It straightened my hair within one pass – of course at the highest temperature.  The results were shiny, smooth, and silky.

Read more and buy the HAI HaiDraStik for $159.99.

Pamper Your Mom with Pureology

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As you all know very well that Pureology is my favorite line of hair care I had to give a little Pureology love for Mother’s Day.  Help your mom take a break from her busy days and indulge with Pureology Serious Colour Care’s NEW EssentialRepair System.  The fragrance alone will help her relax.  If that is not enough the reparative daily care and treatments feature enhanced formulas, superior ingredients, and decadent textures for over processed, damaged, fragile and highly-sensitized colour-treated hair.  It is like a facial for your hair!
The Pureology EssentialRepair System has protein-rich soymilk and concentrated dose of pure biotin which help fortify and defend against hair damage, while organic botanicals of nurturing olive oil and chamomile restore softness and healthy shine. The best part zero sulfates.  Give your Mom a little Pureology love.

As you all very well know, Pureology is my favorite line of hair care.  So  I had to give a little Pureology love for Mother’s Day.  Help your mom take a break from her busy days and indulge with Pureology Serious Colour Care’s NEW EssentialRepair System.  The fragrance alone will help her relax.  If that is not enough the reparative daily care and treatments feature enhanced formulas, superior ingredients, and decadent textures for over processed, damaged, fragile and highly-sensitized colour-treated hair.  It is like a facial for your hair!

The Pureology EssentialRepair System has protein-rich soymilk and concentrated dose of pure biotin which help fortify and defend against hair damage, while organic botanicals of nurturing olive oil and chamomile restore softness and healthy shine. The best part zero sulfates.  Give your Mom a little Pureology love.

MoroccanOil Tutorial

I know a number of you out there are MoroccanOil fans!  This informational tutorial on MoroccanOil details the use of each of their incredibly rich products.  Not that you need more reasons as to why to use MoroccanOil.  Enjoy!

Get That Perfect Blond by Redken

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Great news!  Finally there is way for you non-natural blondes (and I know most of you are not natural) out there to keep your blond color longer.  I don’t know if I have ever mentioned my two favorite celebrity colorists Tracey Cunnigham and David Stanko.  I met up with them in New York to discuss hair color and how to maintain a beautiful blond.  

David mentioned that Redken has just launched a fantastic line of in-salon and at home products that help you keep your blond longer and actually keep it blond versus that pesky bluish blond or organgey blond!  The collection is by my fav hair care maker Redken and it is called the Blond Glam collection.

The Blond Glam collection is a collection of hair color, lighteners, and hair care products that give you a fab blond color that shimmers and helps you to maintain that color.  You get an amazing multi-tone blond color that looks beautiful and is extremely conditioned.  I know you will love it!  Go to your Redken salon or at www.redken.com to learn more.  It’s launching in the Spring of 2009.

Put Goody Aside Hear Comes A New Ponytail Holder

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Who out there wears their hair up in a ponytail and only has Goody to show for it?  I am definitely a member.  Check out these fancy ponytail holders that truly make a style splash by Di Manno Designs.  They include animal print holders and Swaraovski crystals embellished ponytail holders!  This definitely makes a fashion statement. I love it!

Keep Your Hair Out of Your Face

tassipersonWhy didn’t I think of this!  Some of you may not know but I am an obsessed entrepreneur that has dabbled here and there in creating products.  A few weeks ago I was sent a product called Tassi.  I didn’t really understand what this product was all about but it was related to hair so I said why not I’ll try it out.  Let’s just say I was blown away!

Have you ever tried to wash your face without soaking your hair?  Did you ever get a massage and at the end your hair was all flat from the headband that you used?  Did you ever try to put your makeup on but then instead got mascara on your hair?  I think you get the picture.

The Tassi is a new, patented product that solves the problem that all women have when they wash their face, put on tassi1makeup, have a facial, tan or get a massage.  How does it work you ask?  Simply use the headband towel like thing-a-ma-jig and simply put around your head just like a headband.  It is loose and comfortable.  The Tassi allows you to protect your hair from water, oil, makeup, or any type of product without messing up the style of your hair.  I can definitely see the Tassi in spas very soon.  It also comes in 14 fabulous colors with an economical price point of $14.95.  Check out their website at www.tassicompany.com.