Sneak Peek: Garnier Color Styler


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Have you ever wanted to play with a bold hair color, but didn’t want to bleach your hair first or commit to maintaining it? Garnier is hoping to change that by making the decision easier for you later this summer with their latest innovation, Color Styler.

Color Styler utilizes a unique, patented “color coat” technology in the formula, in which polymers and clay envelop bold color pigments in a water-based formula that coats the hair strand. This is totally different than hair color, or even hair chalk—and it washes out in 2-3 shampoos, depending on the condition of your hair (and presumably the shampoo you use).   [Read more...]

What’s New: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Mousse Absolue Automatic Reusable Hair Color


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I’ve been working in the beauty industry in some capacity since 2001, and about four of those years were spent working behind the chair as a hairstylist and colorist. Never, ever in those 13 years, did I think I’d see something like this on the at-home hair color market—L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Mousse Absolue Automatic Reusable Hair Color.

Automatic? Reusable? Huh?

Yep. 10 years in the making, L’Oréal Paris married advanced Japanese technology, and decades of hair color science to create this DIY color experience that’s unlike anything else you can find at the drugstore.  [Read more...]

Taking the Taboo Out of Women’s Hair Loss


hair lossWhen I was a teenager, I was sick for an entire summer with an illness. By the time I was well enough to go to school, I had lost a LOT of hair. It took a long time for things to go back to normal, and I remember being so embarrassed by some of the small patches I had on my scalp.

It turns out that feeling insecure because of your hair (or lack thereof it) happens more than we think.

In a recent study, 91% of the 1,000 women surveyed indicated that their hair was part of their identity. When asked to rank the stress caused by aspects of their physical appearance—more women attributed a higher level of stress to hair loss than cellulite, weight gain, or the appearance of their skin. That’s really telling!

Pantene Expert Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women

Since about 45% of women will end up with hair loss in their lifetime, and 60% of women agree that women losing their hair will never be socially acceptable—what can we do about it?

Pantene has an answer for us! The new Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women with 2% Minoxidil is FDA-approved, and clinically proven to help regrow hair for those experiencing hereditary hair loss. When applied to the scalp twice a day as recommended, Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women invigorates shrunken hair follicles, which increases their size and helps to regrow thicker hair over time. Depending on the degree of hair loss, women should see moderate hair regrowth after 4 months of continued use.

Most hair regrowth treatments out there are expensive, and they have a terrible medicinal scent to them. With this, we don’t have to be embarrassed—because it’s unscented and affordable. We finally have something that’s just for us, taking the taboo out of women’s hair loss. With Pantene’s Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women, those suffering from heredity hair loss can see results, while maintaining their normal styling routine, making it easier than ever to grow the hair you were meant to have.

Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women with 2% Minoxidil can be found at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. Learn more at pantene.com.

Miraculous Multi-Taskers: It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Sprays


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A few years ago, I was getting a haircut at a super swanky Beverly Hills salon. You know the kind, the one where a haircut costs more than your monthly car payment? (Shhh! I was treating myself, and it was a GREAT haircut.) Anyway, this salon had their own exclusive line of products, so imagine my surprise when my stylist quickly grabbed a cobalt bottle out of his drawer, sprayed it generously on my hair, then discreetly tucked the bottle back in his station as fast as he possibly could.

You know my curiosity was totally piqued and I asked him what it was. He confided in me that it was none other than It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In, and that it’s the best leave-in product he’s ever used in all of his years of experience. (And then he begged me not to say anything to anyone inside.) He loves it so much, that he’s willing to be caught using it at his elite salon! I knew I had to have it after that, and purchased a bottle the very next day. I’ve sincerely loved it ever since.

What I didn’t know, is that there’s an It’s a 10 leave-in for every need/hair type. While I think all of them are great after trying them—here’s the product break down so that you can find the one that’s best for you. It really is a simple beauty solution with five unique formulas!

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Original

The products are called It’s a 10, because they have the ability to do 10 things, and that they do! With panthenol, sunflower seed extract, green tea extract, silk amino acids, and Vitamin C this is a real hair treat. I use this on wet hair before combing and before my styling products. Surprisingly—I don’t find that it weighs my hair down at all. Plus, it’s smells great!

This has the ability to:

  • repair dry, damaged hair
  • add shine
  • smooth & control frizz
  • protect hair color
  • detangle
  • prevent split ends
  • help stop breakage
  • create silkiness
  • enhance natural body
  • flat iron spray & thermal protector

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In For Blondes

As a former hairstylist myself, I can tell you that blonde hair strands lack some of the integrity that darker hair tones do, they’re much more sensitized—especially if you’re blonde with a little help from your colorist. As a blonde, you need a little extra help to protect your strands, and this is a great choice. Within its 10 benefits, I especially love that this acts as a UV protectant, seals the cuticle to protect porosity, reduces fading, and helps tone a little bit of the brassiness you might get—because it has a little bit of a pale purple tint which can neutralize brassy tones. Not totally blonde? That’s okay, because if you have any highlights, this will still be a good choice for protecting your delicate, lightened hair.

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin

Just like color-treated hair, hair that’s been chemically straightened needs special love, too! This will help maintain those pricey keratin treatments, bring out hair luster, and helps fill in some of that missing protein. As a great multi-tasker, you can use this on wet hair before styling, or a little bit on dry hair as a styling creme. It contains silk amino acids, hydrolyzed keratin, sunflower seed extract, and panthenol to help provide nutrition to your chemically straightened hair.

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Lite

Very fine hair also needs nourishment, and if you’re concerned that any of the above may be too heavy on your hair—you should look into Miracle Leave-In Lite. It provides all of the benefits; enhances body, weightlessly detangles, adds silkiness, adds shine, blocks humidity, protects color, prevents split ends, eliminates frizz, acts as a thermal protector, and offers environmental protection. It does all of this pretty weightlessly, which is amazing, given its light texture.

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It’s a 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk Leave-In

One of the newest additions to the line, Silk Express combines the powerful benefits of the original leave-in spray with all of the nurturing benefits of silk. With hydrolyzed silk, panthenol, and coumarin, this is the ultimate treat for sensitized hair, or for those with healthy hair that want to keep it that way! Get extra shine, smoothness, eliminate dryness, and score additional conditioning benefits without any of the build up or weight.

Which It’s a 10 Leave-In Spray sounds perfect for you?

It’s a 10 Haircare products provide exceptional results designed to deliver a combination of 10 benefits – all in one bottle. Now, through our exclusive professional salon formulas, you can enjoy shine, moisture balance and healthy movement with just one product. We call it “strength in simplicity” and it will undoubtedly change the way you think about hair care.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by It’s a 10 via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of It’s a 10.

 

Short Hair Don’t Care! How to Rock a Pixie Cut


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It seems like everyone is doing it—they’re making the chop to a pixie, and it couldn’t be hotter. Graceful beauty Halle Berry has rocked her pixie for ages, and I’ve always admired her for it. She’s always been so confident and kept it looking current. But now there’s a new crop of Hollywood starlets making the cut with this hot trend. Just recently, we have Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, and even Beyonce committing to the style (even if it was for a minute). And what a committment it is!

In the 90′s, I had a pixie, and it was actually a very high-maintenance cut. Sure, it’s easy to style in the morning with the right products, but go a little overdo for your cut and you can look like Shaggy from Scooby Do! One thing I did to keep it looking great (besides regular trims) was use products that gave it a lot of shine; from my shampoo and conditioner, to my finishing products. I’ve always thought the healthier and glossier a pixie looks, the better. It seems that celeb stylist Charles Baker Strahan is completely on the same page.

CHARLES STRAHANCharles says:

  • The pixie cut works really well for a variety of hair types and strengthens and brings out any woman’s beautiful facial features—but you always want to make sure you have shiny hair to compliment these features.
  • What’s great about a short style is that the shape is already built into the cut, so shine is key to highlighting the health of the hair and showing off the shape of the cut. [Read more...]

What’s New: Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Collection


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Just when you thought Herbal Essences couldn’t create another deliciously-scented haircare collection, they’ve done it again. This time, it’s Moroccan My Shine Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner—both are infused one of beauty’s most-coveted ingredients, argan oil. Often dubbed “liquid gold” due to the multiple ways it can be used for hair and skin health, argan oil is very methodically extracted from the kernals of the argan tree from cooperatives in Morocco. [Read more...]

What’s New: L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Triple Resist Collection (Plus, Score a Free Sample!)


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You may not know this about me, but I’m a former hairstylist. While I’m pretty passionate about beauty and helping others look and feel their best, sometimes I forget to tend to my own locks the way I should! You know what they say about the cobbler’s children having the worst shoes…or the roof repairman whose roof leaks! So I was game to give a few of L’Oréal Paris‘ new Advanced Haircare Collection products a try—Triple Resist.

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The Triple Resist Collection includes three products:

  • Triple Resist Shampoo & Conditioner — The triple-action power of these formulas with concentrated Arginine help nourish hair from root to core to tip, to reinforce strands and help hair resist breakage. Both products smell fresh and fruity, and remind me more of salon shampoo and conditioner than ones from the drugstore. The shampoo produces a nice, rich lather, and the conditioner is super creamy and leaves my hair feeling hydrated. I’m able to comb through with no problem! [Read more...]

White Sands UnderCover Hair Styling Spray Review


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Skip the “crunch”!

As someone with fine hair, if I don’t use some sort of styling spray when I’m curling my hair—forget it! I stand no chance of even making it out the door before you can’t even tell my hair was curled in the first place. So, to stop the flop, I’m always armed with a lightweight spray. The problem is, a lot of them make my hair crunchy and stiff once the heat hits them. I usually have to pick my battle—deal with some crunch, or go without curls. I usually deal with a little crunch. Sound familiar?

Here’s a product from White Sands that promises to give that control I’m looking for, with light, brushable hold—their UnderCover Styling Spray. I’ve been using it for a while now, so let’s check it out a little closer!

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White Sands UnderCover Styling Spray

UnderCover Styling Spray is a multi-tasking thermal protectant that offers a very light level of hold that’s perfect for using with hot tools. It’s fortified with Pro-Vitamin B5, aloe vera, UV protectants, and hydrators for healthy results. It’s not just fit for heat styling—you can also use it for very light scrunching, and even to keep braids together while still looking natural. For those who are sensitive to fragrance, UnderCover has a light floral scent. [Read more...]

My Amazing Blow Dry Secret Review


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I am a former hairstylist that absolutely hates blow drying my hair! You’d think I would be a total pro at it by now, and if I take my time, I can give myself a pretty decent blow out. But I don’t necessarily like it—because it feels like it takes forever, and by the time I finish I’m totally sweating in my hot bathroom. Even worse, the hair on my neck is often drenched again. If someone launches a product that speeds up drying time, trust me—I’m all over it!

blow dryerMeet the latest innovation in hair styling technology—My Amazing Blow Dry Secret. This trio of products promises to cut blow dry time in half, while adding silky shine, and a nice bounce. It’s not hocus pocus, there really is a science behind this—the Virgin Coconut Oil Hydrosol (VCOH) Accelerating Dispersion Matrix. This matrix disperses water throughout the hair, to help it evaporate faster.

The secret:

  • Natural, fractionated, cold processed virgin coconut oil hydrosol, a special form of coconut oil with super-fine molecules, disperses quickly through the hair, taking the water with it and helping it evaporate much faster.
  • When the water evaporates, the ultra fine coconut oil clings to the hair, carrying the moisturizers, heat protectants, frizz fighters and shine enhancers, so they remain on the hair even after rinsing.  [Read more...]