Tea Tree Oil the Itchy Away

Seasonal changes make me itch. Especially the change from Autumn to winter. As the crisp air chills outside, and the heated air dries out inside, my skin dries, too. I get itchy eczema patches on my arms and legs. My scalp tightens and begins to itch. My hair gets extra dry. I used to run for the dandruff shampoo. But those shampoos only solved my problem in the short term. They stripped essential oils from my scalp, and created a cycle of flaking and itching that was uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing. Plus, because I have sensitive skin, the dandruff shampoo that would get on my skin when I’d wash and rinse my hair in the shower made my skin raw, bumpy, and irritable.

Three years ago, I learned about the antibacterial, antifungal cleansing power of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that comes from the Melaleuca altemfolia, a plant native to Australia. Australian aboriginals used the oil to heal cuts and burns, much like we use aloe vera. You can find tea tree oil in Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo. I love this product! This shampoo does what it promises: it cleanses my scalp, leaves it feeling refreshed, and makes my hair feel soft as well. When I shampoo, I let the lather sit on my hair for a few minutes to give the suds extra time to cleanse my scalp and dissolve flakes. Not only does Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo contain tea tree oil, but it also has wonderfully moisturizing oils and soothing botanicals like henna, aloe vera, and awapuhi. And, unlike most products I’ve used, it doesn’t irritate my skin.

Looking for tea tree without the parabens? Then check out Jason’s Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Shampoo and Conditioner. In my trials, I found that, like Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo, Jason’s Scalp Normalizing Shampoo also cleans my scalp well and softens my hair. Plus it contains no lauryl or laureth sulfates that can irritate your skin. Both product lines are safe for relaxed, color treated, and otherwise processed hair.

By Nicole Furlonge

Paul Mitchell $10 – $15 Haircuts!

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Cut Hair, Not Trees

Run don’t walk to the Paul Mitchell School nearest you for a haircut starting at just $10!  As part of their ongoing commitment to incorporate green practices into everyday activities, Paul Mitchell Schools will cut hair for a cause during upcoming Earth Week.   What are the details you ask?  Visit any Paul Mitchell school from April 20-24, 2009 to receive a $10-15 haircut and the schools will donate the hair clippings to Matter of Trust – an organization that creates absorbent hair mats to soak up oil at spills across the country.

At Paul Mitchell Schools, staff members belong to a learning community in which they can explore their talents, showcase their creativity, and make a difference by helping our planet while pursuing their passion.  This initiative is one of many that Paul Mitchell has taken to help maintain a healthy planet.  As a carbon-neutral brand, Paul Mitchell Tea Tree works with American Forests—an international non-profit organization that grows a healthier environment one tree at a time. Tea Tree funds the planting of enough trees to offset all carbon emissions from the brand’s manufacture and distribution, as well as help fund American Forests Global ReLeaf program, preserving our natural resources at home and abroad.

Go to  www.paulmitchelltheschool.com to find a Paul Mitchell school location near you!

Paul Mitchell CEO Exec Produces FUEL

fuelJohn Paul DeJoria assumes the role of executive producer of FUEL, the 2008 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary directed by environmentalist Josh Tickell which investigates the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy.  FUEL is an insightful portrait of America’s addiction to oil and an uplifting testament to the immediacy of new energy solutions.  DeJoria appears in the film alongside Julia Roberts, Richard Branson, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and other celebs and politicos passionate about the cause. DeJoria is filmed filling the Patron train with biodiesel fuel, and discussing how corporations have a responsibility to help change the world.  He also explains how biodiesel can help in this initiative while simultaneously saving money.

A firm commitment to caring for the earth influences every aspect of John Paul Mitchell Systems’ policymaking and strategy.  DeJoria has been a longtime supporter of alternative energy, from utilizing solar power for the harvesting of Awapuhi at the Paul Mitchell farm in Hawaii to supporting the development of solar-powered vehicles via the Stanford Solar Car Project.  “Alternative fuels are one of the most efficient answers to our nation and the world’s energy needs,” says DeJoria.  “The FUEL film is a great example of just exactly how alternative energy makes sense.

Check out FUEL debuts in Los Angeles on February 13th and in New York on March 13th; FUEL will be playing at limited theatres nationwide; for a complete list of theatres, visit www.thefuelfilm.com.

Rod Blagojevich’s Hair & Paul Mitchell?

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So what is up with the Elvis look-a-like Illinois State Governor Rod Blagojevich? Is he really channeling the spirits of our greatest musical legend, Elvis? Haha. Blagojevich’s beaufont hair do with side swept bangs can’t hold a candle to Elvis’s casual yet stylish do.

paul-mitchell-brushA hair insider has told me that Blagojevich’s hair is only primped with our one and only Paul Mitchell’s 413 Sculpting Brush. He can’t leave home without it and always needs it by his side. Odd yet interesting. I will not pass judgement until the courts conclude but Rod Blagojevich’s hair is definitely an interesting topic.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming Pomade

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming PomadeThe Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming Pomade was a complete life savor!  A few weeks ago I received a very “interesting” hairstyle; nice on paper but very difficult to style.  Sounds familiar?  Of course I got this “interesting” haircut right before a major formal event.  I was sitting in my bathroom with flat iron, hair dryer, and spray on hand.  I blew my hair completely dry.  Then I flat ironed it.  OMG!.  The hairstylist decided to cut bangs and major layers.  My hair looked like a bird’s nest with strands and bangs just doing their own thing. 

With hair in disarray, I started searching for something anything that could transform this mess into beautiful silky strands!  Ah ha!  I found it, the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming Pomade in the back of my hubbie’s cabinet.  It spoke to me.  Although a quote on quote men’s product could pomade work for me?  Definitely!

I opened the jar and smelled the fresh fragrance of tea tree oil.  Very refreshing.  I took a dollop size amount and rubbed between my hands.  Not too much just enough.  I started with the bangs and then went from the tops of my hair down.  It really worked.  I placed all of the whacked out strands in its place while giving my hair incredible shine!  Let’s just say I got tons of glowing comments about my hair that night.  Thanks Paul Mitchell!

Sexy Beach Curls in Under 10 Minutes

Celeb stylist Johnny Levine details a simple technique to achieve the “just walked off the beach” sexy curl.  Equip yourself with a Hot Tools 1 1/2 inch Spring Curling Iron and Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Styling Wax and you can recreate this look within minutes!    

Winter Hair Needs Special Care

You make time for brunch with friends and for date night, so why not get in the habit of scheduling time for a hair treatment? Hair is especially fragile when the weather is colder. Between the super hot showers and the harsh winter weather your hair is prone to static and damage constantly. Good thing there are plenty of deep conditioning, moisturizing, replenishing and restorative hair treatments you can use at home that are dedicated to keeping those locks in perfect health.

Whether you pick a deep conditioning mask, a fortifying hair restructuring serum, a leave-in hair strengthening cream or a thermal color protectant, there are wide array of options available that with minimal time and effort will produce fabulous, salon quality results without a big investment. Here are some top winter picks by hair type:

Davines DEDE Leave-In MistFine, Lifeless Hair: The #1 culprit of bad hair days everywhere is fine, limp hair that just lays there lifeless. If this isn’t bad enough, in the winter it sits under a hat getting flatter by the second. Try something like CHI Nourish Instense Fine Silk Masque or Davines DEDE Leave-in Mist (pictured) to liven up that disappointing ‘do.

Dry, Damaged Hair: Broken, damaged hair lacks moisture big time. This problem gets magnified in the winter time when your skin and hair lose the most moisture, and is especially bad if you hair is curly or textured. Try products like Kerastase Nutri Sculpt Leave-in Repair and Joico K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor to undo all that damage. Dry hair can turn brittle in the winter, especially the ends.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp TreatmentDry Scalp: This is a common winter problem that Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Treatment (pictured) washes away quickly with therapeutic tea tree oil and eucalyptus.

Color-Treated Hair: You want to keep your color looking vibrant and glossy, not dull and dried out. L’anza Color-Preserving Trauma Treatment will give your locks the moisture they need without washing out the color.

Normal: Yes, even normal hair needs a boost in winter weather. Try a leave-in lotion like CHI Silk Infusion to keep your strands silky smooth during those super cold months.

So save that money for ice skating and hot chocolate and do your nutritive treatments at home. These daily, weekly and bi-monthly treatments will keep your hair healthy and hydrated all winter long.

-CurlyBelle