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 Folica.com 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.

STYLE
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.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas - Feature


Give the Gift of Beauty

Looking for some early bird gift ideas for the holidays? Check out these beauty buys for your someone special!

Philip B. The Full Sexy Hair Collection Holiday Set-13.4 oz
The top-selling volume boosters for your hair! Peppermint and Avocado Clarifying and Volumizing Shampoo lifts fine, weakened hair at the root and deep-cleans your scalp. Katira Universal Revitalizing Hair Masque plumps and thickens dry, limp strands for shine and bounce. 
$60


Ouidad Curl Essentials Travel Kit
The Ouidad Curl Essentials Travel Kit lets you cleanse, condition, fight frizz and revive curls anywhere you go! This kit contains 2 oz sizes of Clear & Gentle Essential Daily Shampoo, Balancing Rinse Essential Daily Conditioner, Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing & Refreshing Spray and Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel
. $25

Burt's Bees Natural Manicure Gift Set
Give the gift of natural products. Contains acai berry lip balm, honeysuckle tinted lip balm, lemon butter cuticle creme 6 ounce and naturally nourishing milk and honey body lotion 2.5 ounce. $14.99

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Curlfiends - Options for CurlyGirls (and Guys too)

A New BFF for Your Curly Q's



For curlies who love their hair, there's CurlFriends. This comprehensive hair care collection includes shampoos, conditioners, serum, and styling products to help define curls and banish frizz for smooth, healthy locks.


A shampoo to use daily, Curlfriends Cleanse Shampoo cleanses, detangles and moisturizes your curly hair. Luxurious shampoo formula feeds and revitalizes dry and damaged curly hair. Sage conditions, eliminates frizz, detangles and moisturizes while Aloe and Vitamin E stimulate growth and promote shine. Rosemary helps prevent dandruff and hair loss-- simply the best!

Curlfriends Nourish Rinse Out Conditioner is ideal to use daily to hydrate thirsty curls and tame frizz. It restores health and shine to hair while also eliminating frizz. Sea Mud conditions and repairs curls while seaweed nourishes curls with for much healthier hair. It balances moisture, eliminates frizz, and protects against split ends so curls are defined and shiny.
 


Made especially for thick, kinky, coarse, dry or processed hair, Curlfriends Replenish Leave-In Conditioner restores moisture to the driest of hair to create supple, silky curls. Use daily if your curly hair is thick, kinky, coarse, dry or processed. Smoothes the surface of the hair and produces a soft feel. Replenishes moisture and detangles hair, eliminate frizz without adding body during humid conditions. Deep penetrating cream rebuilds and provides conditioning for damaged curly hair while Sage stimulates growth.

For extremely damaged or over-processed hair, apply a liberal amount of Replenish Leave-In Conditioner 20 minutes before shampooing. Shampoo and towel dry. Reapply to damp hair for an additional ten minutes, then rinse. Finally, apply a small amount of cream to dry or damp hair and leave in. Simply the best!

Curlfriends Seduce Pomade caresses hair and defines curls so they last all day. It leaves hair soft, shiny and full of body. Use to create texture needed for curly hair updos and "up" hairstyles Lightweight and never leaves hair feeling crunchy.

Curlfriends Rejuvenate Texturizing Mist enhances curls, restores bounce and adds volume. Rosemary helps to prevent dandruff and hair loss. This mist rejuvenates limp curls fights frizz and controls static.

Use Curlfriends Control Gel daily to calm curls and keep out unwanted moisture when the air is humid. Keeps out unwanted moisture that causes out of control hair and frizz. Wheat Protein for enhanced curl retention in any weather while Rosemary prevents dandruff and hair loss.

About
OK, so what exactly are these revolutionary salon products and how do they make curly hair soft, shiny and sexy? Simple...CurlFriends is a comprehensive scientific system of high quality, natural salon hair care products that provide extra special conditioning specifically designed for any degree of curly, dry or unmanageable hair for men, women or children. You should see results in minutes. That's why Curlfriends is known by salon professionals as "The Frizz Beater".

If you don't happen to have curly hair, you are still in luck. Although CurlFriends is a comprehensive system of hair care products specifically designed for the special conditioning needs of curly hair, it is also wonderful for dry, damaged or generally unmanageable hair.

Curly & Frizzy Hair Tips 

  • Never wrap your hair in a towel like a turban. This bends the hair shaft and causes hair breakage. Instead, place the towel on your head like a veil and gently squeeze out excess moisture.
  • Comb conditioner through your hair while you’re still in the shower. Then rinse. This makes sure the product is distributed evenly and makes combing your wet hair a breeze. 
  • Control Gel works just as well in dry climates like Colorado and Arizona. 
  • For added shine, add extra drops of Tame Smoothing Serum when hair is dry. Use Rejuvenate Texturizing Mist on days when you do not shampoo your hair to revive your curls and give them a fresh, bouncy look. 
  • Before applying a styling or finishing product to your hair, really rub the product into your hands as if you were applying hand cream. This will help you to control the product and distribute evenly. 
  • Shine Hair Gloss can be used to detangle and condition hair. Apply 4-6 drops to hands and massage into damp hair for 1 minute. Comb through using a wide-toothed comb. 
  • Try not to shampoo every day. The natural oils in your scalp are beneficial to the health of your hair. 
  • Not all stylists know how to cut curly hair. Before getting your curls cut, call the salon to find out if they have a curly hair specialist. 
  • Save even more time by creating your own curl potion. Mix a dime-sized amount of Replenish Leave-In Conditioner, dime-sized amount of Control Gel and 4 drops of Tame Smoothing Serum in the palm of your hand. Rub together and apply to wet hair. Comb through and go.
Click here for more information or to try CURLFRIENDS for yourself.

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

Thursday, October 18, 2012

hbl Hair Care Solutions



hbl - An Innovative Brand for 

Health • Beauty • Life 

More than just another beauty product, hbl encompasses mind, body and senses to create a completely new experience of Health • Beauty • Life.

Without the use of harsh sulfates, parabens, DEA’s, TEA’s and a whole laundry list of potentially harmful ingredients commonly found in mass marketed hair care products, hbl is gentle on hair and skin yet offers uncompromised performance. The light, virtually allergen-free fragrance is set to strict European standards and features a crisp, clean scent that spans uniformly throughout the entire line. 

In addition to performing well and playing on the senses, hbl includes unique perception changing packaging that is not only visually stimulating, but also includes a series of holographic affirmations. Working at a subconscious level, these affirmations embed deep into the viewer’s mind, offering a meaningful sense of well being. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thinning Hair Feature - Nioxin

The Skinny on Hair Loss

According to the good folks at NIOXIN, thinning hair affects men and women of all ages. The cause is often genetic, and can also be triggered by certain life stages. Hair cells reproduce at a faster rate than any other in our bodies, so they are also sensitive to changes in our health or environment. Addressing thinning begins with understanding what causes and contributes to it, and the early warning signs to look out for.

KNOWN FACTORS AND REASONS

GENETICS
A common family predisposition involves natural, age-related hormonal changes that can trigger hair loss. This is caused by the conversion of testosterone into the toxin Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and can be inherited from either your mother or your father.

STRESS AND TRAUMA
Stress can produce increased levels of testosterone, which converts to DHT and interrupts the hair’s growth cycle. Stress also constricts blood supply through the capillaries, restricting oxygen and nutrient uptake and vitamins to the hair follicle.

NUTRITION AND DIET
What you eat can play a significant role in hair thinning. A high consumption of animal fats, rapid weight loss and liquid protein diets can result in a lack of amino acids, biotin, iron, protein and zinc — all of which are essential for healthy-looking hair.

HEALTH ISSUES
Several underlying health issues can cause hair thinning, including a malfunctioning of the hormone-producing thyroid gland and the natural hormonal changes women experience after pregnancy and during the menopause.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS
Air and water pollutants, chlorine, metals and minerals may be left on the scalp and hair as we wash with water every day, contributing to thinning. Pollutants such as pseudo-estrogens and toxins from within our bodies are also a factor.

MEDICATION
The hair follicle is incredibly sensitive to changes in the body. Any hormone therapy (including birth control) can contribute to hair thinning, as can steroids, specific chemotherapies, and medication for blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and acne.


HOW TO TELL IF THINNING HAIR MIGHT AFFECT YOU IN THE FUTURE
SCALP CONCERNS
Dryness and oiliness are both indications of an unhealthy scalp environment, which can inhibit healthy hair growth. Seborrhea is a condition in which an excessive amount of sebum is produced and builds up on the scalp (looking like an adult cradle cap), pointing to the hormonal imbalances associated with hair loss.

AREAS OF CONCERN
A receding hairline or thinning crown are indications of male pattern baldness, while noticeably wider part, thinning on the sides of the head or a smaller ponytail are signs of diffused thinning in women.

DAILY HAIR LOSS
It is normal to lose around 100 individual hair strands a day, but in order to maintain hair’s current volume it must be replaced at the same rate. If you notice more hair than usual in the shower or in your hairbrush after brushing, your hair will begin to look thinner.

EXCESSIVE BODY HAIR
In general, the more body hair a man has, the greater his risk of becoming bald. For example, if he has substantial chest, shoulder and back hair, he is 70% more likely to experience balding. For women, excessive body or facial hair can indicate the same hormonal imbalances that cause thinning. 


FIND A SOLUTION TO THIN-LOOKING HAIR THAT’S TAILORED TO YOU 

Thinning hair is a common problem, affecting 78% of men and women of all ages.* The NIOXIN Consultation Tool takes less than three minutes to complete and will help you assess your needs. Try it for yourself here: http://nioxin.com/en-US/consultation-tool-page.aspx.

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. None of the editorial staff at FOH have any affiliation to Nioxin.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Goldwell Dualsenses For Men - Hair Care


Goldwell Dualsenses For Men 
With its modern fragrance, formula and design, dualsenses FOR MEN by Goldwell offers everything that men want and everything men's hair needs.

Goldwell Dualsenses For Men Hair & Body Shampoo cleanses, revitalises and cares for hair, skin and scalp and increase hair resistance. The recharge system with Guarana Caffeine Complex works in combination with instant Microfluid Technology for quick and even distribution through hair. Suitable for all hair types. Starting at $9.55 USD.

Goldwell Dualsenses For Men Refreshing Mint Shampoo is an energising cleanser for all hair types. Specially formulated for men with Mint Extract this fresh shampoo deeply cleanses hair with a pleasant cooling effect. Dualsenses For Men Refreshing Mint Shampoo stimulates the scalp whilst revitalising the senses with a unique fragrance. 
Starting at $9.55 USD.

Goldwell Dualsense For Men Thickening Shampoo gently cleanses and actively strengthens the hair with special strenghteners and proteins. The Recharge System with Guarana Caffeine Complex works in combination with Instant Microfluid Techonology for quick and even distribution through hair. 
Starting at $9.55 USD.

Goldwell Dualsenses For Men Activating Scalp Tonic stimulates the scalp's circulation and fortifies the hair with a stimulating cooling affect. The Recharge System with Guarana Caffeine Complex works in combination with Instant Microfuild Technology for quick and even distribution through hair. 
Starting at $12.66 USD.

Goldwell Dualsenses For Men Power Gel provides strong hold and protects against moisture loss. The Recharge System with Guarana Caffeine Complex works in combination with Instant Microfluid Technology for quick and even distribution through hair. 
Starting at $11.25 USD.

Goldwell Dualsenses For Men Texture Cream Paste is a medium hold, matte finish styling paste, especially for men. Great for creating texture in shorter styles, this professional hair care product lets you create structured looks with a matte finish and a medium hold factor. Easy to use, it has extra pliability for increased working time. 
Starting at $10.60 USD. 

For more information on this line, please visit: http://www.goldwell-northamerica.com/site/products/hair-care/dualsenses/men/


About Goldwell

The Goldwell Haircare range began in Germany in 1948 with one lotion, which gave lasting hold and style to all hairstyles. The good news is that over 60 years later, Goldwell now produce over 70 different hair cleansing, conditioning, colouring, styling and treatment products for all hair types. Sold in hair salons around the world, Goldwell is a trusted professional hair care brand. 

Buy it: http://www.beautybay.com/

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken to be in this feature article.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Cleansing Triple Threat Feature & Giveaway

Bioken's Enfanti Line Offers Cleansing Solutions for Every Hair Type


With a perfected blend of botanicals and their delightful aroma, Bioken brings a luxurious and sensual quality to every hair care experience. The result is healthy, youthful, silky hair with incredible shine.

For the Enfanti line, Bioken does not use harsh chemical agents like sulfates that cause skin irritation or damage hair, skin or other cells. Instead, only luxurious and extra gentle cleansers are used. These natural cleansers are derived from coconut and palm oils and are delicate enough not to strip the hair and scalp of essential oils.

All Enfanti shampoos fall into the 4.5-5.5pH level, which is the same as human hair. This ideal pH balance provides gentle cleansing and optimum color retention.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray

Smooth, Soften & Nourish Your Precious Strands
An award-winning and in-demand product, Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray offers extreme moisture repair for dry, damaged, color-treated hair. Bring home the benefits of the #1 salon treatment to soften, condition, and smooth hair like an in-salon treatment.

Using Keratin, a key component of hair, Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray restores and revitalizes hair to a soft, shiny, supple, and sensational state. It tames frizz, static and fly-aways for smoother, nourished, and healthier-looking hair. Also a heat protectant, this light spray prevents hair from being weighed down.

To use, simply spray on damp hair and comb through for a daily dose of deep moisture, or; spray on dry hair for instant manageability and softness or to reactivate style when on the go.

About Sally Hershberger
Known for her trendsetting vision and extraordinary skill, Sally Hershberger is one of the most influential and sought-after hairstylists in the world. As the first female hairstylist whose talent and business acumen enabled her to reach celebrity status, Sally is a personal favorite of directors and celebrities alike and is equally in demand in the world of fashion. In addition to her work with top celebrities and photographers, Sally travels coast-to-coast to work with personal clients in her New York and Los Angeles Salons and in 2008 created her self-titled hair care line, Sally Hershberger.

Sally realized her goal of offering every woman across the country the tools to recreate the aesthetic of her coveted styles with the launch of her Sally Hershberger hair care collection. The ultimate in luxury hair care without the price tag to match, all products undergo testing by Sally herself at her eponymous New York City salon to ensure high-quality, high performance formulations at a price everyone can afford.

Sally maintains an active role at her three salons: Sally Hershberger Uptown located on New York’s Upper East Side, Sally Hershberger Downtown in New York’s Meatpacking District, and Sally Hershberger Los Angeles on Melrose Place.

For more information on this or any of Sally Hershberger's products, please visit: http://sallyhershberger.com


Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken to be in this feature article.