Shea Butter: A Moisturizing Powerhouse

loccitane,shea butter,shampoo,conditioner,reviewWhen I wore my hair naturally in two-strand twists or in a twist-out style, I relied on shea butter to moisturize and strengthen my hair. But I always thought shea butter was too heavy for relaxed or finer hair types.

Fortunately, I was wrong. There are many products on the market that use the moisturizing powerhouse shea butter to condition, moisturize, and strengthen all hair types. Two products that caught my attention recently are L’Occitane’s Shea Butter For Dry Hair Shampoo and Shea Butter For Dry Hair Conditioner.

L’Occitane’s Shea Butter For Dry Hair Shampoo is a light sudsing shampoo with a subtle, calming scent. I was impressed with how soft and smooth my hair felt after using the shampoo – even before conditioning. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, though, I suffer with itchy scalp. So, while the shampoo cleaned my hair well without stripping it, it did not calm my itchy scalp, even after shampooing twice. Since that first trial, I’ve used Shea Butter For Dry Hair Shampoo after shampooing with Tea Tree Shampoo as a way to begin softening my hair before using conditioner. I like this shampoo combination a lot.

I then follow with L’Occitane’s Shea Butter For Dry Hair Conditioner. Shea Butter For Dry Hair Conditioner is a lightweight conditioner that packs a punch. I left the conditioner on for five minutes and then rinsed with lukewarm water. The conditioner rinses well and does not leave a heavy coat on my hair. I was pleasantly surprised at this conditioner’s ability to soften, smooth, and de-frizz my hair.

Give your hair a chance to soak up natural moisture. Try L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Dry Hair Shampoo and Conditioner.

By.
Nicole L.B. Furlonge

Redken Real Control is Definitely Worth It!

Redken Real Control Hair Care LineA few weeks ago I attended the launch of the new Redken Real Control haircare line.  I was honored to discuss the Redken Real Control products with super stylist Kaz Amor!   His salon, Warren Tricomi LA, styles the hair of Lauren Conrad, Katherine McPhee, Brandy, Kerry Washington, Molly Sims, Dania Ramirez, and Lydia Hearst to name a few!  He is an incredible person to just sit and chat hair with!    

Kaz explained that the new Redken line, Real Control, is specifically designed for sensitized and distressed hair.  What does that mean?  If your hair is course, thick, dry, and chemically treated this is your line.  This line also works well for Latinos and multi cultural hair. Upon seeing the new line I was definitely skeptical.  Would it really put moisture back in the hair and keep the hair soft and manageable? 

We decided to put it to the StyleBell test.  We tested the Real Control Intense Renewal moisturizing mask for dense, dry, and sensitized hair.  The result was incredible!  Our tester has multicultural super curly, coarse, ringlet hair that is very dry and dense.  No combs or brushes going through this hair!  Our tester followed the directions perfectly.  After shampooing she applied it to her hair and left it on for 15 minutes.  She then rinsed it out and dried as normal.  The results were amazing and immediatley noticeable.  Her hair looked healthier, shinier, and frizz free!  The coarse ringlets were more manageable!  This is a product must have if you have dense, dry, and sensitized hair.     

The Redken Real Control haircare line includes the Shampoo, Conditioner, Thermal Resist Spray, Crema Care, and Intense Renewal mask and are currently available at the Warren Tricomi salon in LA and will be available soon all over in June of 2008! 

Dove Go Fresh Shampoos and Conditioners

dove shampoos“No Girl Should Need a Guy to Get that Fresh all over Tingly Feeling”  I love it! As the new slated slogan for the Dove Go Fresh Campaign, Dove again provides encouragement and self empowerment messaging to beautiful young women.  I love Dove and their commitment to Real Beauty which began with the Real Beauty Campaign a number of years ago.  I have to add that I have used Dove soap as my body bar since I was a year old.  I have tried other body washes for a day or so but I always return to my tried and true Dove soap. 

With the launch of the new Dove Go Fresh campaign I had to get my hands on this fun new line of Dove Shampoos and Conditioners.  With dramatic scents including Grapefruit & Lemongrass, Cucumber & Greentea, and Waterlily & Fresh Mint, I knew they would smell fabulous.  I decided to test out the Grapefruit and Lemongrass Shampoo and Conditioner just because.  I used the shampoo and conditioner for over a week and I am happy to report that my hair feels, looks, and smells fabulous.  It has volume, body, and shine.  You can’t go wrong with the nice prices as well.  So if you are looking for a solid, nicely priced hair care line check out Dove Go Fresh Shampoos and Conditioners!

4 Steps to Keeping Your Hair Healthy

Damaged Hair CuticleDoes your hair looks like it went through a small forest fire? Follow these simple steps to retain and regain lustrous shine and body in your lifeless locks.  


Get Your Haircut

Although last on our list, receiving a good haircut or trim is especially important in maintaining the overall health of our hair.  Ideally you should be receiving a trim every 6 – 8 weeks.  A routine haircut will rid your hair of both split ends and dryness which contribute to the lackluster look of your hair.  Getting a haircut regularly will reduce dryness and frizziness and will allow your hair to radiate health

Don’t Over-Shampoo
Did you know that over shampooing your hair can strip your scalp of vital oils which it needs to stay healthy?  Simple answer; do not over-shampoo!  The solution is to shampoo your hair every other day.  This will allow the oils in your hair to penetrate the scalp and increase the health of your hair.  Of course you can rinse your hair daily but limit the shampooing.

Deep Condition

A monthly deep conditioning treatment with either your regular conditioner, deep conditioning treatment, or any oil you have at home is a great way to increase the health of your hair.  Set aside a few hours each month and lather the conditioner/oil on your hair and scalp.  Allow the conditioner/oil to sit in your hair for anywhere between 5 minutes and an hour then shampoo as normal. You will immediately notice the difference! 

Let Your Hair Rest

As we all move on to professional grade hair appliances with more power and more heat it is important for everyone to let their hair rest.  Taking a week off from the normal drying, curling, and ironing and allowing your hair to naturally dry is an important step in helping to keep your hair super shiny and healthy.

A Winning Shampoo and Conditioning Sidekick

Abba True Shine ConditionerI am usually not a big fan of the matchy-matchy, but I do believe in using a shampoo and conditioner duo dedicated to your particular hair texture and type from time to time. Whether your hair is straight or curly, black, brown or blonde, color-treated or thinning, or a combination of these, there is a specific set out there tailored for your individual hair concerns and needs.

Using a shampoo and its conditioning cousin together on a regular basis actually increases the benefits of each, and really gives your hair that one, two punch it needs. Over time my hair gets ‘used to’ certain products so I tend to switch back and forth between brands every few weeks, but I always keep the following (from the straight hair section) in my shower rotation. There is a reason for the matching names, they work together – what a concept right? Check out these product lines, they definitely do not disappoint:

Silky, smooth and straight: Pureology Super Straight, Abba True Shine (pictured above), L’anza Strait-Line, Frederic Fekkai Glossing.

Davines Love Curl Enhancing ConditionerCurls, twirls and waves: Davines LOVE Curl Enhancing (pictured left), Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious, Abba True Curls.

My hair has “natural” highlights (shhh!): CHI Ionic Color Protector, Pureology,

Thinning, flat or fine: Murad Professional Treatment, Biolage Bodifying Volumatherapie, Nioxin.

So many of us have a combination of hair concerns and styling needs and the good news is there are plenty of choices out there. Thanks to focused formulations and innovative ingredients we can each find our own dynamic duo. See? Sometimes matchy-matchy is a good thing.

-StraightBelle

Not Enough Lather?

Biolage Bodifying ShampooBiolage Volumatherapie Tip: If your shampoo is not lathering, your hair is not wet enough. Add water, not more shampoo!

-StraightBelle