Saturday, December 29, 2012

Nexxus Headress Thickening Leave-In Volumizer Conditioner

Salon-Healthy Hair at Home 

Nexxus Headress Thickening Leave-in Conditioner is blended with Panthenol, vegetable ceramides and keratin amino acids to add body and luster to any hair type. This essential formula enriches the hair shaft to strengthen strands and build body for incredible volume. 

As a hair dressing, the concentrated formula helps release tangles and increases comb-ability for style control. When used as a styling tool with thermal appliances, Nexxus Headress protects hair from heat and dryness while adding fullness and shine. Fortified with Nexxuspheres, advanced microsphere technology provides the gradual release of hair strengthening Ceramides, replenishing nutrients, antioxidants and UV protectors. A Nexxus exclusive, this breakthrough, time-release feature gives hair sustained health, radiance and wellness. 

I found Nexxus Headress Thickening Leave-in Conditioner at for $18.99 for a 13.5-OZ bottle.

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retail outlets. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Hair & Beauty Magazine Launch

Focus on Hair - The Magazine

Looking forward to the launch of our magazine...Have you signed up as a VIP yet?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Agadir Argan Oil Daily Moisturizing Duo

Daily Moisturizing by Agadir

Since the mid-1960s, Agadir has introduced several new and exciting hair care products to the beauty industry. Agadir hair products contain Argan oil, which comes from the nut of Argan trees that grow in Morocco. Agadir Argan oil is one of the most amazing oils for your hair. Agadir Argan oil is 100% pure, lightweight and non-greasy. Agadir hair products are instantly absorbed and leave behind a soft, silky feel.

Agadir Argan Oil Daily Moisturizing Shampoo is sulfate and paraben free and very gentle on color treated hair. This color preserving formula will keep your hair looking great, even after several shampoos. Hair will feel moisturized, smooth and conditioned with a great aroma that will awaken your senses!

Agadir Argan Oil Daily Moisturizing Conditioner is sulfate and paraben free with anti color fade for long, lasting hair color. It detangles, smoothes, shines and corrects dry, frizzy hair. Protects against heat and chemical damage. The featherweight formula with protective sunscreen helps repair and strengthen damaged hair.

For more information, please visit

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

LemonUp Shampoo & Conditioner

Lemony Fresh, Oil-Free Strands

Though the '70s may be gone forever, the memories and great hair live on with LemonUp Shampoo and Conditioner, with their tell-tale lemon caps, still made with the juice of one whole lemon. Formulated for today's hair, LemonUp shampoo puts the squeeze on oily hair like no other, leaving your tresses squeaky clean, lemony fresh, and full of shine. 

Find long-lost, but not forgotten, brands from the past, like LemonUp Shampoo, at The Vermont Country Store.

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

TEXTURE - Hairstyle Trends

Hello Wave - Textured Looks for Hair 
Curl, bend, wave, kink and coil….Soft texture for hair is big! It’s not your mother’s poodle-perm or overly stiff coils with exaggerated silhouettes. Texture today is more about delicate internal movement that accents current cuts and color. Natural texture is embraced while overly smooth, stuck-to-your-head styles are now a thing of the past. Body, volume and soft movement with an array of styling options is in. 

For your new textured hairstyle, look to the salon professionals at Fantastic Sams for guidance. And, let this collection of movement-friendly styles inspire your curl desire.

The Looks
1. For Alexandra’s naturally straight hair, stylist Linda Morrell of Fantastic Sams in Norco, California started a shoulder length blunt cut and added some graduated layers. FantasticStyle Nourishing Serum, Firm Hold Gel and Smoothing Gel were layered on before rough-drying with her fingers to remove the moisture. Next, Linda curled sections of dry hair with a large iron, alternating the curl direction. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Short Sexy Hair Feature

Coif Perfection with Short Sexy Hair
Looking for some short hair specific styling aides? Short Sexy Hair products are specially designed to help create unique, high-impact styles for endless styling possibilities....Ideal for those with short cuts and a flair for the dramatic! 

Short Sexy Hair Double Duty Daily Deep Cleansing Shampoo & Conditioner 
Pressed for time? This amazing sulfate free shampoo and conditioner in one washes and conditions hair in one easy step. It quickly removes product build up and pollutants from hair without stripping hair of color or natural oils. The result is clean, soft manageable hair.

Short Sexy Hair Blow It Up Volumizing Gel Foam
Blow It Up gel-to-foam styler is the perfect way to achieve textural volume and shine without adding weight. It provides roots support while giving hair amazing fullness and body. Also provides a light amount of texture and shine giving you that fresh from the salon look! 

Short Sexy Hair Piece Out Texturizing Pliable Wax Mousse 
Combines the styling technology of a wax and a mousse together in one product. Creates texture, separation, definition with incredible volume and shine.  Moisturizing and conditioning agent provides lubrication and slip to the hair. 

Short Sexy Hair Play Dirty Texturizing Hairspray 
Get fun, piecey, second day looks with Play Dirty Texturizing Hairspray! Spray a little on dry hair for soft, subtle texture, or get wild and spray all over for dramatic separation and definition. For best results, spray at the back of the head while tousling the hair forward. 

Short Sexy Hair Just Gelling Flexible Liquid Gel 
Just Gelling is the ideal alternative to a hard holding gel. Creates fun styles that require a light to medium hold that is never stiff or sticky. Ideal for providing all day frizz control and fabulous shine!  Penetrates the cuticle to help improve strength while adding shine. 

Short Sexy Hair Shatter Finishing Spray Separation & Hold Finishing Spray 
Shatter is the ideal product for achieving jagged texture and separation. It sprays on pliable so you can separate and detail, then dries like a hairspray to lock in the look. It is perfect for detailing and defining your finished look! Specially designed to enhance shattered, jagged and textured looks. 

Short Sexy Hair Rough & Ready Styling Gunk 
Get erratic, "roughed-up" texture with Rough & Ready Styling Gunk! Provides amazing texture and definition to give the appearance of fuller, thicker hair. Its pliability allows you to mold and shape the hair to any shape and has a super shine with medium hold. 

Short Sexy Hair Quick Change Shaping Balm 
Quick Change works great applied to damp hair to set your style before drying. It can also be applied to dry hair to texturize and reshape hair. Quick Change is water-soluble and can therefore be reactivated if your style needs touching up. 

Short Sexy Hair Control Maniac Styling Wax 
Short Sexy Hair Control Maniac Styling Wax is a wax styler that gives control to create any hairstyle you can imagine. Gives hair incredible hold with unlimited potential. If you can dream it, you can create it.

Short Sexy Hair Rocked Out Pliable Molding Clay
Short Sexy Hair Rocked Out Pliable Molding Clay is a styling clay used to create sculpt-able texture with a semi-matte finish. Works great for funky, rock star hairstyles and delivers a firm hold with strong grip.

Short Sexy Hair Frenzy Bulked-Up Texture Pomade
Create fun, messy, wild hairstyles with Frenzy Bulked Up Texture. Frenzy bonds to the hair, which thickens up the hair shaft to create fullness and separation at the same time. Excellent for use on hair that needs volume with texture. Delivers extra holding power to hold styles in place. 

Short Sexy Hair Slept In Texture Creme 
Made with moisturizing ingredients, which swell the cuticle giving hair fullness and enhancing your natural waves. 

Short Sexy Hair What A Body Ultra Bodifying Blow Dry Gel Great starter product for all hair types to give incredible shine and body before using any finishing products. What A Body is lighter and allows for soft touchable hair. It was designed for use with a blow dryer and/or to be utilized as a sculpting/styling aid.

Short Sexy Hair Hard Up Hard Holding Gel 
Whether you want slicked back styles or sky high spikes, get the look and lock it in place with Hard Up! Use on damp hair to sculpt a sleek, refined look with a lot of shine. Use on dry hair to create a messy, volumized look. Great for coarse, unruly hair. 

For more information about Short Sexy Hair products, please visit: . We also found the products available online at:

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Cricket Ultra Smooth Combs

Infused Combs Offer Luster-Filled Smoothing Benefits

You've heard of adding keratin and or treatment oils to your hair while styling...Now there's a unique delivery system that saves you time, effort and even cost. Cricket offers a line of Ultra Smooth combs that are infused with argan oil, olive oil and keratin protein. It's a new concept in hair care that helps deliver healthy benefits with each stroke while reducing frizz, adding shine and smoothness.

Argan oil helps hydrate and repair damaged hair while smoothing the hair cuticle for a conditioned, healthy look. Olive oil delivers luxurious shine while leaving hair soft, silky, and smooth and Keratin provides improved strength, shine, and manageability while reducing frizz. 

The Cricket Ultra Smooth combs improve strength, shine, and manageability of hair leaving strands soft, silky, and smooth. Ergonomically designed, each of the four types glide easily through hair
but do not leave residue on your hands

Ultra Smooth Combs come in four types.

Ultra Smooth Detangler Comb is 
designed for thick, long hair and is ideal for detangling wet or dry hair. 

Ultra Smooth Dressing Comb is best for everyday use — ideal for styling, cutting and daily grooming.

Ultra Smooth Pick Comb is designed for curly or thick medium to long hair. It lifts and adds volume without combing.

Ultra Smooth Conditioning Comb is designed for mid-length, long or thick hair. It separates hair easily without combing out body.

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

InfraShine Ceramic Spring Irons

The Right Tool for the Job

Glossy curls and waves are all the rage and the right tool makes all of the difference in the world when styling. Only genuine ceramic irons add luster-filled shine and smoothness for a perfectly polished style. If you are looking for a high-end ceramic iron to add controlled curl and wave, look no further than the industry pros at InfraShine.

InfraShine Ceramic Spring Irons - What Makes Them Great

InfraShine Spring Curling Irons use only real ceramic infused barrels that are powder coated and highly polished for the ultimate in smoothness. They also feature PTFC heaters, which were originally designed by the NASA space program. With this innovative technology these PTFC heating elements work like a brick oven and hold in moisture. Using less wattage and electrical current, the gentle infrared ray-radiant heat with the ceramic multi-layered PTFC heating elements creates negative ions that close the cuticle layer, smooth and defrizz even the coarsest hair adding controlled curls, waves or bends where desired along with unbelievable shine.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Minnie Mouse Vintage Nails by OPI

The Minnie Mouse Collection

She’s flirty. She’s stylish. She’s totally fa-"mouse." And now her irresistible charm is yours to enjoy! Just like her universally adored character, Minnie Mouse by OPI captures Minnie's carefree spirit and iconic style of Minnie with four playfully pretty shades of red and pink—the perfect complement to the season’s bold, colour-soaked patterns and ultra-feminine frocks that are brightening up runways around the world. 

The perfect gift for your nail-obsessed girly-girl, the Minnie Mouse Vintage Collection by OPI flaunts four fabulous shades:

Nothin’ Mousie ‘Bout It
Don't squeak it—SHOUT IT! This confetti light pink is tops!

I’m All Ears
Tell me how much you love this magenta shimmer.

If You Moust You Moust
You gotta pink what you gotta pink.

The Color Of Minnie
You had this little mouse at "red."

To find a retailer near you, visit

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Hairstyle Makeover Feature - Mini Trend

Edged Up Style

Apricot and platinum blocks of color take the lead to unlocking this short coif’s textured edge. Celeste Jenae of Celeste Jenae Innovations in Temecula, California started with a chocolate brown base for her model, Natasha, and then added the fun splashes of color in the front.

Next, Celeste cut a short, exaggerated and highly textured bob with a uniquely asymmetric feel. Stacked high up in the back, it has disconnected pieces on the sides and a bi-level bang. Cut to the shape of the brow, short, arched and very asymmetric baby bangs are seen underneath, while a heavy, swoopy bang sits over the top and boldly to one side. The short side opens up the one eye and accentuates that side of the face, while the swoopy bang offers a sultry appeal.

Credits: Celeste Jenae Innovations- Temecula, CA, 
Makeup: Jaime Queenin, Photo: Taggart Winterhalter for Purely Visual

Earthly Botanicals AloeMoist Moisturizing Mist, a leave-in conditioner, and Duality, a curl defining and smoothing cream, where applied onto towel-dry hair to seal the cuticle and add shine. Celeste rough-dried the hair using just her fingers to move strands around while blow-drying, and then she introduced a round brush to coax volume in the crown. The sides were flat ironed and then a dab of pomade was used to finger style the hair into place.

Credits: Celeste Jenae Innovations- Temecula, CA,
Makeup: Jaime Queenin, Photo: Taggart Winterhalter for Purely Visual 
For a bodified version, Celeste roughed up the hair using Earthly Botanicals Whisper working spray. She twisted and pinned back the baby bangs to open up Natasha’s face and offset the style.

Products Used
Earthly Botanicals AloeMoist Moisturizing Mist - A weightless leave-on moisturizer for hair and skin. A botanical blend enriched with aloe vera, Aloe Moist Moisturizing Mist does it all from detangling hair to moisturizing. A sure cure for dry hair or chapped, sun burned skin. 

Earthly Botanicals Whisper –A working hair spray that adds shine, flexibility and light hold. This flake free formula offers UV Protectors and incredible shine factors. 
Simply spray it on and let Whisper do the work!
For "Beachy" curls, spray into damp hair and air dry or use a diffuser on low setting.

Earthly Botanicals Duality
- A water soluble, creamy styler for touchable, defined no frizz curls or a sleek and smooth look. Advanced polymers with Pomegranate extract for natural sun protection and special emollients deliver the performance you demand!

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retailers mentioned.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Schwarzkopf Bonacure Hairtherapy - Feature

Nourish Your Most Precious Commodity
Schwarzkopf Professional Bonacure Oil Miracle Finishing Treatment is an exciting new at-home hair saver. Unlike regular hair treatments, this little potion is in oil form and it even comes in an oil drop shaped bottle. Utilizing the richness of Argan Oil, which is big in hair right now, and a blend of essential oils, this finishing treatment helps to smooth out frizzies, and give hair nourishment and luster. This product is best suited for those with medium to thick strands or curly hair and is especially ideal for those who are suffering from dry ends or other forms of damage.

I found it at for $27.29 for the 3.4 OZ size.

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retail outlets. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fresh Blown Waves - Aquage Feature and How-to

Texture Perfection - Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray 

Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray is a volume-building styling spray infused with magnesium-rich Dead Sea salts. It adds thickness and helps create random texture. It also provides firm-hold and dramatically increases volume without stiffness while enhancing strand separation and definition. 

To use, simply apply liberally to evenly saturate freshly shampooed, towel-dried hair as a base for creating your style. Comb through for even distribution. Use a blow-dryer set on low air pressure and low heat or a blow-dryer fitted with a diffuser, set on high heat and high air flow depending on the desired results. Dry hair gently to achieve a natural, softly tousled texture with volume and definition but for a less voluminous look, allow hair to dry naturally. Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray may be reapplied to dry hair to refresh and redefine the texture. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

John Frieda Hot Air Brush

A New Way to Dry Hair
Transform your strands with the new Hot Air Brush from the hair experts at John Frieda. This premium hot air tool creates luscious styles with volume and shine. 

The John Frieda Hot Air Brush features advanced ionic power and gives volume and shine to your hair while it dries. The instant heat up makes drying fast and safe all while delivering high heat. The 500-watt tool creates luscious volume with a 1.5-inch titanium, ceramic-coated barrel. The tangle-free anti-static bristles work through hair eliminating the moisture out of each individual strand. 

The lightweight, ergonomic design makes the brush easy to use from any angle. Whether you have long hair or a short cut, this tool is well balanced for easy movement, and the contoured handle makes it comfortable to grip even for long periods of time.

Designed with advanced ionic technology, and generating up to 50% more ions, John Frieda Hot Air Brush allows you to achieve smooth, frizz-free hair that is shiny and more manageable.

I found it at for $39.99.

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retail outlets. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Oribe Gift Set for the Holidays

Holiday Beautiful Color Collection

Add life and shine to your hair with Oribe’s Holiday Beautiful Color Collection. Using the latest color-maintenance technology, this beautifully packaged gift set fortifies over-processed and chemically treated hair. Ideal for those who like to play with their color, it works to protect against the color depleting effects of environmental pollutants and the sun.

Formulated without parabens or sodium chloride the Holiday Beautiful Color Collection is color and keratin treatment safe. Intense cuticle-enriching conditioners, color-protecting UV filters and next-generation frizz-taming biopolymers supercharge this repairative, glossifying trio.

Oribe’s Holiday Beautiful Color Collection Includes: shampoo for Beautiful Color (250 ml / 8.5 fl. oz), 
Conditioner for Beautiful Color (200 ml / 6.8 fl. oz) and the limited Edition Travel Size Masque for Beautiful Color (50 ml / 1.7 fl. oz), which retails as a set for $88.00

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dandruff Solutions by Bioken

Nature’s Secret for Flake-Free Hair 

Suffering from dandruff or a dry, itchy scalp? Let Bioken Enfanti’s botanical formula help soothe and heal your scalp and leave healthy, flake-free hair. Simply start with Bioken Enfanti Scalpi to deep cleanse your hair and scalp and follow up with Antiruff Dandruff Toner on a daily basis. Strands will be left soft, shiny and fabulously flake-free. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday Hair Accessory Ideas

 Holiday Hair Accessories 

Winter formals, office holiday parties and New Years Eve bashes are approaching quickly! If you looking for some festive bling to dress up your holiday ‘do, check out these pretty additions to top off your perfect coif in absolute holiday style. 

Cara Accessories 'Skinny Pearl' Headband -Pearly beads decorate a dainty headband. $28 

Nina 'Caleigh' Swarovski Crystal Comb - Curled feathers crafted from glittering Swarovski crystals fashion a beautiful hair comb with flexible prongs. $175 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

ENJOY Luxury Shampoo & Conditioner Review & Giveaway

Lavish Luxury for Your Locks

Discover what papering your hair is all about. ENJOY Sulfate-Free Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner is only available in finer salons and is the absolute ultimate Indulgence. Like all ENJOY products, ENJOY Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner are free from sulfates and are uniquely pH balanced and stable for true hair color retention.

ENJOY Sulfate Free Luxury Shampoo gently cleanses, moisturizes and smooths while relieving stressed out hair and scalp. Soy protein smooths and hydrates the cuticle while silk protein seals and smooths the hair. Unique surfactants guarantee thick, luxurious foaming action. This rich cleansing formula can also be used as a luxurious skin wash. Although recommended for all hair types, it’s perfect to smooth and control heavy, coarse or curly hair.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Verb Products Feature

The Action Word of Hair Care
Verb Products is a line of affordable, professional hair products from the creators of Birds Barbershop, a popular unisex concept with five locations in Austin, Texas. The Verb Products line features six products each retailing for $12, including the color-safe, paraben and sulfate-free Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, Sculpting Clay, Forming Fiber, Styling Cream, and Finishing Polish.

This lightweight finishing cream controls flyaways and provides shine, definition, and a refined finish without leaving the hair weighed down. Sweet almond fruit, green tea, and bamboo extracts along with organic argan oil polish the hair while sealing frayed and frizzy ends.

This lightweight formula smoothes and refines hair while taming frizz and providing subtle hold. It offers protection from heat, leaving hair with a soft, satin finish. It is free of parabens, gluten, and is vegan friendly. Argan and jojoba oils smooth the hair while building body. Bamboo, Green Tea, and Sunflower extracts provide antioxidants, strengthen hair, prevent breakage and protect against heat styling.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hair Trend Feature - Fall 2012

Style Transition - Cool Color & Style

Are you looking for a new hairstyle? Something versatile but oh-so-stylish? Take a look at this alluring makeover by Helen Botsis of Anasa Hair Studio. She took Brenna’s everyday hairstyle from oh-so-basic to cool-y classic and then push it over the edge with a radically retro appeal.

Breanna’s shoulder length, boring brown strands sported some old blond highlights in front and a lack of style, volume or movement all over. In its place, Helen created a rich copper mahogany hue that is lighter on top and darker underneath for the ultimate in dimension. She cut a very classic, mid length layered bob and added a sultry side-swept bang.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

DENMAN Classic Styling Brushes

Brush Up on Style

The DENMAN Classic Styling Brushes are available in a variety of sizes to suit all hair lengths and types. The pure rubber base provides the right amount of tension in combination with the heat from the hair dryer. Resistant to heat and chemicals, these brushes are both hygienic and durable.

The close-set pin pattern and anti-static rubber cushion allows for maximum grip and control for smoothing and shaping. Smooth, round-ended pins penetrate the hair safely for gentle styling without damage.

Available in Five Sizes

  • Pocket  - Five rows of bristles, ideal for purse, pocket, or gym bag, for styling shorter hair types. 
  • Small  - 5 rows of bristles with an extended handle length (7.5"), for styling shorter hair types. 
  • Medium  - 7 rows of bristles, perfect for styling medium to long hair. 
  • Large  - 9 rows of bristles, perfect for styling long hair. 
  • Deluxe  - 9 rows of bristles with a heavyweight handle to help control the most unruly, long hair. 

Brush Care
The rubber pad and pins can be removed for easy cleaning.
Regularly remove loose hairs with a comb.
Wash occasionally in warm water.
Rinse and leave to dry away from direct heat and sunlight.
Apply liquid soap to handle runners for easy replacement of the pad.

For  more information on the DENMAN brush line, please visit:

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retail outlets.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Curling Iron with Versatility

GKhair 4-IN-ONE Curling Iron

Textured hair is a major trend these days, one that is not only growing but isn’t going to fade anytime soon. That means curling tools are a gal’s best friend, and something they reach for often.

Instead of being overwhelmed with varied-sized curling irons, pick up the 4-IN-ONE iron from GKhair. This multi-tasker must-have allows you to create an overabundance of different size and types of curls with one convenient tool. 

This handy iron features a sleek, ergonomic, non-slip grip designed for professional comfort and four ceramic Tourmaline interchangeable heads for absolute versatility. Far-Infrared technology creates negative ions to promote smoother, silkier hair and distributes heat evenly, preventing damage. The adjustable temperature control offers a digital display and heats to maximum temperature swiftly. The long swivel cord prevents tangling and the hooked end makes for easy hanging. To top it off, a heat resistant styling glove protects your hand while styling.

To learn more, go to

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Kid-Friendly Hair Care Feature

Hip Peas for Styl'n Kidlettes

Looking for natural hair products for your stylin' kiddo? Just say Hip Peas, please! Their products are not only completely safe for your child and the environment, but also work wonders on your tot’s locks. What's more, 10% of all profits go to child-focused charities. Simply brilliant!

Moms scrutinize every product their child uses. From the time they are born, parents scour the shelves and opt for products with the safest ingredients possible. When it comes to natural hair care, they are often frustrated by the limited choices for children, most of which can be terribly ineffective.

Many with little girls spend far too much time trying to keep her hair out of her eyes using barrettes to hold in place. After searching without success for a child-friendly product to help, Stephanie Mahaffey decided to create her own. With a bachelor’s in biomedical science, a master’s in health care administration, and her “street knowledge” as a conscious mom, she knew she had the scientific expertise, health-focused business training, and passion for the subject to pull it off.

She spent months researching ingredients, analyzing product formulations, and gathering a team of scientists. Finally, her first Hip Peas product was born – a very effective hair balm made with safe and natural ingredients. The great feedback for this product led to the development of others, and now Hip Peas has a full line.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Dry Shampoo Feature

Waterless Wonders - Dry Shampoos

The benefit of using a dry shampoo is two-fold - Shampooing less frequently can save hair from heat damage and color fade. And, using a dry shampoo offers the perfect "pick-me-up" for in-between regular washings. 
Keep it in your bag to refresh your hair before a night out after a long day at work.  Dry Shampoo can also add volume and texture, which makes clean hair easier to style. Also, freshly washed hair can be hard to manage when trying to create an up-do.

Some Popular Options
GKHair Dry Shampoo Aerosol gently cleanses the scalp, soaks up excess oils, tames frizz and fly-a-ways, while leaving a freshly washed look. With Juvexin, natural plant starch, natural grain starch, and fruit seed extract, it solves the dilemma of dirty hair and product build up in between washings. This blend refreshes, revives, and recharges hair and scalp and prevents build-up or flaking, with virtually no residue.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher recreates volume at the roots while refreshing style by absorbing oils for a fresh, full look. This dry spray shampoo can be used anytime, anywhere to revive volume when hair falls flat.

Voted Best 2011 Dry Shampoo by Redbook Magazine, got2b Fat-Tastic Dry Shampoo creates fuller hair with special collagen effect technology. This unique dry shampoo lets you refresh and pump up your style between washings, not only reviving your style but also helping make hair look full with boost 'n bounce.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Wet Brush - Tangle Tamer

LuxorPro -The "Wet" Brush 

Eliminate tangles quickly and painlessly with Luxor Professional's The Wet Brush.

The Wet Collection includes brushes and combs that are perfect for detangling wet hair. You can use them on wet, damp or dry hair and they make a great styling tool for anyone in the family. 

Color coded for family use, women, men and children will love the results of these durable styling tools. Not only does The Wet Brush easily detangle hair but it also massages the scalp. This brush can be used on wet or dry hair and is perfect for all hair types. It features a soft, rubberized non-slip grip for a secure, comfortable hold and the flexible bristles detangle hair with ease. Guaranteed not to break, these brushes are extremely heat resistant, a plus when styling with blow dryers and thermal tools.

  • Ouch-less detangler and massager. 
  • Works great on wet and dry hair.
  • Perfect for men, women and kids. 
  • For thick, curly and straight hair. 
  • Soft flexible bristles detangles hair with ease. 
  • Soft,rubberized non-slip grip for a secure, comfortable hold. 

My Take: Great concept! The bristles are soft and super-flexible, which means you can brush your wet strands without causing breakage...Even with curly or wavy hair! As many of you know, detangling textured hair can be tough. This flexibility with the bristles allows you to easily glide the brush through your hair without hurting your scalp or ripping hair from your head. Ideal for the whole family, but if you have kids with longer hair, The Wet Brush is an absolute must-have! 

Where to buy:

Disclosure: ALthough I was given a sample product to try, no  compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands or retail outlets. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Crimping Iron Feature

Kink Makes a Comeback!
Crimping irons offer a fun way to create unique textured effects for a variety of hairstyles. Aside from the totally 80’s weekend retro party, crimp is back in style with a variety of sizes, tightnesses and applications. Look for fun updos, braids and pony’s using a crimp-textured base. Also consider a mixed texture in down and half-up looks or at the root of fine or thin hair to give lift where needed for fuller-looking styles. 

Crimping Iron Options 

Conair Straight n Waves 3-in-1 Specialty Styler $25.99
Create three different looks easily with one styler using Conair Straight n Waves 3-in-1 Styler. This styler features three easy to change plates, so you can straighten, crimp, or wave hair. One and a half inch flat plates straighten and provide shine while micro crimp plates provide texture and deep wave plates give hair body and natural looking waves.

Gold 'N Hot 2" Professional Gold-Tone Crimping Iron $30.00
Gold 'N Hot 2" Professional Gold-Tone Crimping Iron easily crimps large sections of hair with silky, shiny results. Crimps any type of hair with temperatures that go up to 430F. This iron features gold-tone 2-inch crimping plates and finger rests for two-handed styling. Get volume and a fun, funky style quickly and easily!

Conair Infiniti You Crimp or Straight Styling Iron $49.99
Create two styles using one tool with the flip of a switch with Conair Infiniti You Crimp or Straight Styling Iron. This iron transforms from straight plates for a smooth, sleek look to crimp plates for a fun, edgy look. Crimp your whole head or mix it up by crimping and straightening random sections. Tourmaline ceramic technology helps eliminate static and reduces frizz, so hair remains healthy and shiny. Ultra high heat and 30-second instant heat up ensures you can style any hair type quickly and easily. Everything you need for a variety of styles is available with this 2-in-1 styling tool!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Luxury Hair Care by GLOSS Moderne

GLOSS Moderne Luxury Hair Care Collection 

GLOSS Moderne – the ultimate style indulgence. Luxury hair-care with technically advanced formulas – completely sulfate-free, sodium chloride-free and paraben-free. Experience instant high-gloss style and runway-inspired hair, everyday.

GLOSS Moderne enlisted beauty industry's top experts to create a line of efficacious hair care products that combine the best science and nature have to offer. Infused with exotic extracts and essential oils, this Luxury Hair Care Collection nourishes hair leaving it both visibly soft and smooth to the touch. 

Infused with keratin, a natural protein found in hair, GLOSS Moderne's Luxury Hair Care Collection strengthens brittle strands, "breathing life" back into hair to help prevent split ends and breakage. It is also infused with panthenol, a pro-vitamin (Vitamin B5) that moisturizes and coats hair's rough surface making it smooth, shiny and soft. However, what goes into a product is just as important as what does not. GLOSS Moderne's Luxury Hair Care Collection is pleasantly free of harsh, unnecessary chemicals and completely sulfate-free, sodium chloride-free and paraben-free --all of which are said to be drying, allergenic and irritating to the skin. 

Give your coif a two-minute vacation and return with hair that's rested, relaxed and glowing. Prepare to have a love affair with your hair! 

Signature Coco de Soleil fragrance is a sensual, intoxicating fragrance reminiscent of the French Riviera. C'est Magnifique!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Aveda Scalp Remedy and Scalp Benefits

Scalp Balancing Act

The fine folks at Aveda know that healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, so they’ve developed specific products to help in this area. If your scalp is dry and itchy, dandruff prone or slick with oil, Aveda has a solution for you.

Aveda Scalp Remedy and Benefits cleanses, nourishes and balances all hair and scalp types to create a foundation for healthy hair.

If you are plagued by oily roots, try Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo to equalize the sebum production. This daily cleanser gets down to the root and removes excess sebum and buildup that cause the greasy feeling problem. Simply massage into wet hair and scalp daily, rinse and follow with Scalp Benefits Balancing Conditioner.

Scalp Benefits Balancing Conditioner is a daily formula that nourishes and balances all hair and scalp types. It works to hydrate the hair and soothe the scalp. Simply massage into hair from roots to ends and then rinse. For best results for those prone to flakes, use Aveda Scalp Remedy Dandruff Solution, a leave-in daily treatment-to reduce flaking and help prevent recurrence.

Scalp Remedy Dandruff Solution promotes a healthy scalp by relieving itching. It contains Lippia, which helps purify and clarify the scalp. Salicylic acid gently exfoliates while sugar beet extract helps condition and Rosemary, echinacea and sage soothe the scalp. After shampooing, spray on affected areas, but do not rinse out. Use as needed to help reduce flaking up to 41% in just one week of use, and continue as needed to help prevent recurrence.

Did You Know...

Certain habits contribute to a dry, itchy, flaky scalp:
  • not rinsing thoroughly 
  • using water temperature that's too hot 
  • lack of scalp massage
For more information on Aveda's Scalp Remedy and Scalp Benefits products, please click here

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no direct affiliation or obligation to Aveda. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Holiday Giveaway 2012!

Holiday BEST of BEAUTY Gift Package
Focus on Hair is proudly offering a Best of Beauty gift package in time for the holidays. Look for some of our favorite brands from reviews and features throughout the year available to one lucky US-based winner. The Holiday Best of Beauty prize package (a $500 retail value) includes: 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

CHI Silk Infusion - Review

Seriously Silky-Soft Hair With CHI Silk Infusion

If you have been cursed with thick, coarse hair like I have, I bet you fight with it daily. If so, I highly recommend trying CHI Silk Infusion. This rich leave-in treatment is actually quite amazing and has become one of my go-to products when I want smooth, silky hair. It helps strengthen strands, provides incredible softness, manageability and shine without any of that goop-y build-up. Thankfully it’s alcohol-free, so no drying effects either and it is enriched with pure silk, wheat and soy proteins, so it’s actually good for hair.

To use, simply apply a small amount into the palm of your hand and work evenly throughout your hair. Leave it in and proceed with styling. I tend to round brush for volume when I have the time or simply power dry and flat iron with a genuine ceramic iron for smoothness when I don’t, but either way CHI Silk Infusion leaves my hair soft, shiny, manageable and oh-so-very healthy-looking.

Buy it: I found the 2oz size at for $14, the 6 oz size for $24.50 and the 12oz size for $41.50.

Win it: I am including a .5oz trial size in with the Focus on Hair Holiday 2012 Giveaway, which will run throughout the month of November.

Disclosure: I purchased my own product for this review and for the sample that is being offered in the Holiday Giveaway. No compensation was offered or taken to be in this feature article. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Matrix's Vavoom Volume

Vavoom Volume for Fine, Limp Strands 

It’s the Year to Rock Out with Matrix Vavoom, the modern salon styling line for instant high glam styles. Create the latest “it” looks inspired by rock star style, fashion trends and red carpet glamour. With a variety of workable styles, flexibility, lasting hold and texturizing stylers, Vavoom is the first choice among salon professionals. Vavoom Designing and Finishing System lets you take control of your style. Shape it. Shine it. Define it.

Freezing Spray Extra-Firm locks in volume, texture and lift. This extra firm, fast-drying spray provides incredible shine.

Height of Glam Volumizing Foam offers maximum volume, lift and body. This lightweight foam provides brushable styles with lasting memory.

Hold My Body Forming Gel offers incredible styling versatility. It creates volume and a glossy finish. Add definition and contour with firm control.