Meg hair! I know, the end of the world is coming and all that but if I'm going out I'm going out with a bang. I hope to come screeching up to the pearly gates, cocktail in hand wearing a fabulous pair of heels. I'm pretty sure God's not going to expect anything less from me. Let's hope it's God and not "Hello? Sheesh, is it hot in here or is it me?"
You all know I am a constant in my colorist's chair but I have found a new item that is helping me stretch those visits out. Seriously, if you don't believe me you can google it and read all of the buzz all over the web. My colored blonde hair has been glossy and shiny and vibrant. Would you believe at $9.00 a bottle, from the drugstore AND NATURAL for you greenies out there! Tadah!! Introducing Giovanni's Colorflage in Beautifully Blonde!
My color has not been fading like it usually does. Also, I have no idea if it has something to do with the actual shampoo and conditioner being a bright, vibrant yellow but it tames away any brass. The conditioner is super moisturizing and I like that it looks like two shiny gold bars in my shower. the fact that I got two of them for under $20 wasn't hard to take either.
I know you all love freebies and so I am sharing the Giovanni Hair and Body Care page on Facebook for you to like! We have some reviews coming up on their new D Tox line so keep your eyes peeled for that!
I am really impressed with Giovanni and think you will be too! Be sure to "LIKE" their page for chances to win! Some Giovanni went out in our last makeup points mailing package so some of you will have some Giovanni shortly! I'm sold! Anyone else already know about this secret gem? I know you're all social networking! How easy is it to hit "like" to win. A company insider let me know they're going to be actively appreciating their "Liker's"
Stacy B here! Is there anyone in the country not experiencing crazy weather right now? I've been hearing of devastating tornadoes, droughts, rivers overflowing and tons of rain. I'm in the middle of the fourth day of a possible 10 day stretch of rain and solid-as-a-rock humidity. yuck.
Show of hands: Whose hair looks flawless in 90% humidity? Anybody? Nobody? I thought so. Humidity is hair's nemesis. Some of us can work the humidity to our advantage with some heavy duty products, but not many of us. I happen to be able to get away with a little back-hand upside humidity's head, but it usually whacks me back after a few days. Humidity and I are frenemies at this point. I need a little humidity for some curl, but if I want straight hair, the air needs to be dry as a bone. Too much humidity, and instead of fun, bouncy curls, I have stringy waves. Pretty.
My hair is naturally wavy. And thick. And I have A LOT of it. So much that if I decide to color my hair, they usually need to double the amount of dye and even then sometimes the bottom pieces miss out on the color.
The good thing about that is that I can straighten my hair with a blow dryer and flat iron, or I can use some curl spray and a diffuser and it's pretty curly. So some people tell me I'm lucky that I have both options. But the other side of the story is that no matter what style I choose, I have to style it. I can't just shower and go. My hair doesn't 'air-dry'. I'm not kidding when I tell you if I let it air dry, the front half would be wavy, the middle would be lumpy and the bottom would be wet. ALL DAY. Once, I showered on a Saturday morning, went to the beach with my hair in a clip, took it out for some sunbathing, put it back in the clip at night and woke up the next morning and the underneath hair was still damp. 24 hours later. No joke.
Needless to say, I need something that really works when I want some curls. A few months ago, Meg generously sent me a package of Profound Beauty Tropical Curl and it's AMAZING. But expensive. I'm rationing this stuff like a Survivor contestant. It's like my fancy underwear...special occasions only! :) In the meantime I needed something that would work, for under $10. Because with enough hair for three people, I have to use a lot of products and it runs out fast.
I have been using John Freida's Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfecting Spray. I really like it and have been using it for years. If I want tighter curls that stay in place all day, I use it with some curl gel and a diffuser. If I want beach-y waves that aren't frizzy or sticky I use it alone with a diffuser. Sometimes I use it without any diffusing help on really hot beach days when I don't mind if my hair stays wet all day. It's cooler anyway! Then the top and middle layers settle into nice soft waves and the bottom is like my own natural air conditioner. :)
I really like it because it's not sticky, you can use it at the end of the day before a big date to reactivate your curls, it can be used alone as a softer product, or layered for a more planned look. It washes out clean and isn't that expensive if you use it a lot, like I do. It does have a bit of an alcohol smell, but it's not overwhelming. My husband tells me it makes my hair smell nice. How sweet! (disclaimer: he really likes beer so maybe the alcohol scent is appealing?)
This is a product I truly stand behind because I've been using it for years. I've probably been using twice as much as a normal head of hair, but oh well. It works!
What scent do you like in your shampoo or haircare products? I've been asked by a company so please help me out and let me know! What scented shampoo is your favorite? Do you like a subtle scent or to really smell it? Please let me know!
Hi guys! Kosborne here! I'm not a huge hairspray girl. It might have something to do with growing up back East. You either love it or you hate it. I've been in the latter camp. Yet I have always realized spray was a necessary evil...for other people. For me, I was content to allow my flyaways to happen and for bangs to fall into my face. Until the day my mom checked out a pic of me on Facebook and finally told me, "You have got to do something about your hair. You look homeless." It was those darned flyaways. And she was right, I looked a little like Ke$ha in the worst possible way. Long story short a friend turned me onto the Lacca from Oscar Blandi , which is sold by those lovely girls over at Lock & Mane. They recently reformulated the scent of the spray and it paid off. Instead of smelling all chemically and harsh, this spray smells like a jasmine floral bouquet.
It also doesn't behave like the hairsprays I had encountered as a teen. It isn't sticky. It holds without molding the hair to the head like a helmet and even after I applied it liberally I could still run my fingers through it. It was that light!
The other night I pulled my hair back into a high bun to go to a work event where it would be very uncool to show up looking "homeless" as my mother would say. My hair stayed in place for a solid 6 hours, the entire work event plus drinks afterwards with a very attractive gentleman.
I have to say I was duly impressed. What about you guys? Do you love hairspray? Hate it? What kind do you use?
Greetings all of you fabulous ladies! Jeanasina here! Are you ready to have some fun? Let's get started! Sometimes, something from the past can become something captivating in the present! I checked on Meg's website and noted that the product(s) I'm going to talk about today was reviewed here in April of 2006! Read it here! I thought we should talk about it all over again, 5 years later! Who's in? Who wasn't here in 2006?
Ok, how many of you on-line vixens just LOVE it when your hair is exceptionally silky and smooth! It's a great feeling right? You just want to continually run your fingers down strands of your hair because you love how nice it feels! Well...this week I have been constantly taking my hair in my fingers and twisting it! My husband actually said to me...” What's with the new habit of twisting and twirling your hair like a little kid all day long?” It's true...I can't stop doing that! I like the way my hair feels so much, that I can't stop touching it!
You're probably tsking and thinking "This woman is an obsessive compulsive!"... no, I'm not that, but my hair just feels SO fantastic!! Here's how that happened. Recently my dyed blonde hair has been feeling kinda BRITTLE! Brittle is not a word women associate with radiant, healthy hair! Am I right? So, I splurged and I decided to buy a product I used a loooong time ago. I remembered, that years ago, during one of the times that my hair got in really bad shape, I went to Ulta and discovered the Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging, Seasilk MOISTURE SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER!
Now let me tell you this, I also remembered that these two CAVIAR infused products were not CHEAP! At Ulta, they run about $34.00 EACH! Definitely out of my budget for shampoo and conditioner! But we are talking about MY hair! If my hair looks really GOOD, it makes me smile! Plus, I have observed that your hair speaks to the people who are looking at you! Sometimes just looking at your hair tells people without words if YOU are having a REALLY GOOD or a REALLY BAD DAY! Sometimes you just need to go all out for the care and nurturing of your hair! I look at it like this...my hair has been good to me for all these years so, it deserves some extra pampering now and then!
So, I had a plan in motion, I just had to find someplace that would sell this coveted Caviar duo for less! So I strapped on my plastic service revolver, and used my detective skills to snoop around the internet! My search tactics paid off! I found a GREAT place, SalonSavings.com who wanted to accommodate my price range! They had the products I needed for $18.00 each instead of $33.00-35.00!
I love this website! You have to check it out! I even got my product of all products (Moroccan Oil) for less here!
But we really should talk about my hair. The day Mister UPS-man rang my doorbell, I practically knocked him to the ground in my anticipation of getting my stuff! I tore open the box and put the ALTERNA shampoo in one hand and the ALTERNA conditioner in the other and we ran (the three of us) to the bathroom! I turned my shower on and soaked my hair down and then, with total anticipation, I put some of the CAVIAR shampoo in my hand and onto my hair! The crowd roared! It lathered like a dream, and the fragrance...just intoxicating to me! The entire line of ALTERNA products ALL smell like what heaven would smell like if you could smell it! My hair was in the land of bliss! Moisture was making it's way into my hair shafts!
I rinsed the shampoo out and then applied the yummy CAVIAR conditioner. I let it sit on my hair while I grabbed one of the ALTERNA bottles and used it like a microphone and sang out “There's a fire, starting in my heart” – I'm a huge Adele fan and the moment called for singing and dancing! Plus I was excited! I was on the way to better hair! You really shouldn't dance while you are in the shower though...it reeks of danger!
Anyway...from the very first re-uniting of my hair and the ALTERNA shampoo and conditioner, my hair started coming around again!
I think ALTERNA is amazing! Their product lines feel like what I am guessing the star's products feel like when THEY wash and condition their hair! It's a high end line but the results are worth it! My hair feels like it does when I come home from the salon! I feel like my hair is having a luxury spa treatment every time I use it!
I'm just giving you information which might help you out when the old hair is screaming "Damaged Goods" and all your other hair remedies are not cutting it. Did I mention it's sulfate free? There is no 'fish egg' texture involved either - so don't start backing away saying "Ewwwww Caviar in my hair!" Meanwhile, as soon as I stop typing, I'm going to pull my bangs out away from my head and run my fingers down from the root to the ends! PURE SILK! Then I'll probably go get my ALTERNA shampoo or conditioner and unscrew the lid and just inhale! It's going to be a big night around here!! Hold my calls!
The ALTERNA people say this about their decadant CAVIAR shampoo and conditioner products...”100% of women showed visible improvement in shine, texture, softness, and manageability after just one use!” You see why I had to talk about it again on Megs? You only need a little to create a good head of lather - the bottles will last!
Sephora customers have a lot of good things to say about the CAVIAR duo also! Have any of you used any of the Alterna products?
Alright people! How many of you out there have used OVER-THE-COUNTER-HAIR-COLOR before! I'm betting a HUGE amount of the Meg empire who read reviews here HAVE used or... 'gasp' ARE currently using OTCHC! How many times have you read on this website that it's a BAD idea to color your own hair! That's right! It's not ever recommended but...WE STILL DO IT! Sing with Jeanasina...”Ain't no mountain high enough...to keep me from coloring my own hair!”
I have been coloring my hair since I was out of high-school and ladies...I graduated from high-school in 1966! Read it and SHUDDER!~ I'm having the dry heaves just writing that fact!~ My point, however, is that I have put MY hair through the mill over the years! It's almost shocking! If I were to make a documentary of every insanity driven hair color story I ever experienced...well it make for one incredibly long and appalling you-tube video! I have been fortunate because apparently I have good hair genes! I have survived many hair apocalypses!
I think I have tried pretty much every brand of hair color out there that is in one way or another purchased over a counter! Keeping that in mind, you should be aware that I STILL am ALWAYS on the prowl for a new hair-color product because I constantly believe that there STILL has to be SOMETHING, yet to be discovered, that is going to be BETTER than any of the over-the-counter-hair-coloring-products I have used so far!
Which leads me to today's presentation! How many of you shop at Sally Beauty? I'm guessing that around the globe there are Sally Beauty stores in most of your areas! If you are familiar with Sally's you know that it's a FUN place to shop for hair products! Recently I felt the need to browse Sally's and see if there was something in the store that I could use to do my roots. My roots are constantly screaming “People can see us!” My regular favorite at Sally's is Clairol's Professional Coloring Cream which contains Soy Complex! I love that stuff but it fades too fast!
I looked at all the brands Sally's carries and that's when my Jeanasina scanner zoomed in on Age beautiful hair anti-aging permanent hair color! Now, instead of continuing to completely dazzle you with my personal opinions and always beautifully executed words, I'm going let YOU read some of the product information that sucked me into buying a tube of AGE beautiful hair color!
Here we go...“As we age, our hair experiences 5 signs of aging. It loses volume, manageability, color, moisture & shine. AGE beautiful anti-aging hair color is the first color with Melanin, Keratin Peptide & a patented conditioning technology with Silk Protein to replenish hair with the essential components that are lost with aging.”
Those sentences lured me in! My roots are a dreary shade of ickda' gray mixed with some dull white. I live the life of a blonde bombshell in my mind – my roots are telling a different story! So... I do my own roots – APPROX EVERY 4 WEEKS! You can hear me shouting “Be gone satan!” as I use a hair coloring paint brush to paint new color over my roots!
Hold on everybody! I should back track and tell you that when you buy hair coloring products at Sally's...it's an entirely different ballgame than when you go to the drugstore and purchase everything you need in one handy kit! If you purchase color at Sally's you have to get rubber gloves, a mixing bowl & brush or a squeeze applicator plastic bottle; hair color and developer! So...you have to really be a bit invested when you buy hair color products at Sally's! But...if you like Sally's then the cost kind of evens out after you acquire some of the things you will use over and over again! You are playing in the bigger leagues when you start using hair color from Sally's! Professional hair stylists AND the guy on the street BOTH shop at Sally's for hair color products! Professional hair stylists DON'T shop at the drugstore for their hair color!
To continue...you mix equal parts hair color and developer and stir.. I paint my roots with with the mixture using a hair color brush after parting it in a billion 4th inch partings. I set the timer for approx 45 minutes and then rinse it out and THEN … blow it out, and THEN see if I am doing confident blonde gyrations or screaming seething expletives!!”
What I like...the AGE beautiful color REALLY covers the gray~! Wow! It also lasts longer in it's coverage of the gray! What I didn't like...the color was DARKER than what I expected. I purchased 10G which is 'very light golden blonde' and I expected it to be a lot lighter! The 10G I purchase in my other brand at Sally's comes out a lot lighter!
Now you DO know that you should 'Always perform a preliminary patch test prior to using hair colors.' right? Here's a diabolical frowny-face secret...I have NEVER performed a preliminary patch test – EVER! How wrong am I? How can I offer any decent hair coloring advice if I don't take the hair coloring advice of experts in hair coloring instruction pamphlets? This is a full-blown travesty! Also..if you are used to using brand-name boxed coloring kits from the drugstore, purchasing hair color from Sally's might be a bit intimidating to you.
Who else loves Sally Beauty Supply? What do you get there? Anyone else love Age Beautiful Hair care?
Now just to be clear...I am NOT advocating for any of you to color your own hair! If you can afford it – I recommend letting the professionals handle your hair color needs!
My experience has been good so far and I've used it twice..but like I said, I wish the color was a little lighter. I personally don't pull it all the way through my hair because my hair is WORN out! If I pulled it through every 4 weeks...I'd have old stuffed animal hair by now! I love the color of Gwyneth Paltrow's hair (that's what I am going for) and this color is more like warm golden sand at the beach. It's a rich color! If this was show and tell, is there a box (any brand) of hair color somewhere in your house that you could hold up right now for the class to see? Have any of you, besides me, tried AGE beautiful hair color or other products in the line?
Meg hair! Sweetassgal wrote a humdinger of a glowing review on Neil George Salon's Indian Gooseberry Treatment Oil where she says "is a flat out killer product! I have lots of experience with different types of hair oils, treatments and serums and I know what works for curly hair as well as straight. I've oddly enough been on both sides of that coin so I can comfortably work with either hair type and can attest to the attributes and hurdles of both. This is a product that has them both covered brilliantly!"
I need to chime in here and say that I have thin, stick straight hair that is oily at the roots and suffers from dryness due to color treating. I use Neil George Indian Gooseberry Treatment Oil everyday when I get out of the shower. I use a dime sized amount and just run it through my ends. I works like you're giving a protein shake to your hair. My ends blow-dry smooth and even though I like to smooth things out with a flat-iron, no one is the wiser to any heat damage. The good thing about only having half a damaged head (forget about the brain damage-not counting it for this post.) Is this bottle is in my daily grab, it has been for weeks and I haven't made much of a dent in it!
I have distributed this golden gooseberry to many Meg Heads and from the initial opening where they go crazy "Oh, my gosh, wow! Does this smell absolutely amazing!" From the calls I get a few days later "I love that gooseberry oil, my hair looks so good!" This product is fast becoming a "holy grail" hair item. I'm not alone in my findings. All over the web woman are buzzing about this!
Sure they're are woman buzzing but what woman are actually frequenting the Neil George Salon? Oh wait, I've heard of them. Just your run of the mill Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kristen Durnst. Word on the street is that Courtney Cox runs in before all her red carpet events! Yawn. Those D-Listers!
I spoke to Neil George just this morning. I know, very fancy I am! He wanted to give away A Neil George Gooseberry Oil Treatment! Once you try it you're going to feel ready for your close-up! Just tell us why you need it and the best story that makes us laugh the most wins!
Sweetassgal here sitting on pins and needles waiting for spring to arrive. I love winter...I always have. But for some reason I'm especially anxious to see winter gone and spring happily settled in to my home and my garden. I began spring cleaning this weekend throwing open windows for fresh air and am ready to prep my garden for baby seedlings of basil, sweet tomato and cool cucumber. I'm ready for a fresh start and a spring rebirth. That takes care of my home and my little patch of earth...now what about taking care of me?
I've decided to dedicate March to the rebirth of my face. I need it and I deserve it. For the first time in my life I'm starting to see signs of my age reflecting in my face and not just in an occasional laugh line here or there. Nothing hugely grotesque...I'm not exactly storing small change in there or anything. But the little signs are adding up to bigger one's and I'm going on the defensive. I have at my disposal something from Meg that I'm dutifully testing to battle my exposed capillaries on my cheeks which will take some time to review properly. I'm also getting back to my own advice of making sure I NEVER go to bed without washing my face and going back to weekly facials. I know now, more than ever, that as you get older you have to earn continued good skin...it isn't a given as it is when you are young. So I'm prepared to go back in to the trenches and start fighting the good fight once again. And I'm armed with an ingenious little weapon to help me in my quest for a youthful glow. My Tassi.
Have you ever sat before a mirror with a new beauty product and thought..."Why didn't I think of this?". I know you have because I've done it so many times I shudder to think what riches might have been mine if I had only taken needle and thread to fabric and created something as divine as the coveted Tassi. For those of you who know the Tassi needs no introduction. For those who haven't met with its acquaintance...let me introduce you.
Simply put, the Tassi is nothing more than a funny looking fluffy headband made of terry cloth and secured with elastic on two sides. Sounds pretty standard right? Well it's not. What's ingenious about it is the extra room given between the elastic, especially in the area for the back of your head, to softly cradle and support your hair. It's the answer to any woman's problem with long hair and a need to keep it from slipping down in to your sink when washing your face. It's a familiar scene, right? A headband is used to keep your bangs back and then a clip or ponytail is used to sweep back your hair. If your hair is long enough even that won't keep it back. Enter here the mysterious Hunchback of Notre Dame disappearing pony tail act. The pony tail is bunched up and tucked under the back of your shirt causing that odd looking hunch back bump but that is what is necessary to keep your hair from sliding forward as you wash your face and splash it with water. All of these woes and a full three step process is simplified and solved by the Tassi.
The Tassi is simple to use and is very comfortable. Hold the Tassi open in an O-like ring gripping on the right and the left with the label at the top of the O. Put your head through the center of the O down around your neck and pull your hair through the top. Pull the part of the Tassi that is under your chin up past your hair line and for comfort pull it just past your ears. Then reaching behind your head leave the bottom part of the Tassi cradling the nape of your neck. Use one hand to gather up your hair and the other hand to pull open top and drop your hair in. This is all you need to do to successfully capture all of your hair gently in the fabric without the crimp and crush of clips, headbands or hair ties.
Tassi can be used every time you wash your face and brush your teeth at the sink and wish to keep your hair dry and free of crushing hair clip crinkles. It's also perfect for giving yourself facials and skin treatments or simply holding your hair back while taking a relaxing bath. The thing I find most intriguing about the Tassi is the total ease and comfort in using it. I have been plagued by headaches lately and often times they are brought upon by tight fitting headbands or even a ponytail and it HURTS! The Tassi is secure enough to hold back my curls without crushing them but isn't so tight that it gives me a headache. A twenty minute facial is no problem with my Tassi on hand and I never get the hair "itchies" you sometimes get with something on your head for too long. In fact it becomes more of the relaxing ritual it should be and less of a literal pain in my neck.
At $14.99 a piece the Tassi is an affordable way to solve that unattractive and awkward hunchback ponytail problem for yourself and for any other girls in your life. Even the wee one's. Yes girls...they have Tassi's for tots too! The Tiny Tassi is child sized and comes in an adorable white and pink polka dotted pattern. But don't be outdone by your mini-me...your Tassi comes in a variety of colors and patterns too. From vibrant colors to zebra and cheetah prints there is one for every personality. Just do me a favor and DON'T pair your Tassi with a Snuggie...because I'm afraid my review is starting to veer into Snuggie territory and I've got to put a stop to that right freaking now!
I enjoy my Tassi and will use it to take on my March facial challenge and beyond. For now it's 31 days of never going to bed without first washing my face and applying my facial spider vein treatment. 31 days of once a week face treatments. 31 days of turning back the hands of the clock...at least the seconds hand to be sure. We'll see. But I can be sure my trusty turquoise Tassi will help me through it. Sometimes it's the simplest ideas that make the most difference and the Tassi is proof of that. GLAM ON!!
Meg chimes in...I LOVE THIS! I USE IT EVERY NIGHT WHEN I'M NOT WITH A GUY ! LOVE THIS SO MUCH! How do you prep your night?
Meg here! I'm sure this will be hard for many of you to believe, but, I can be impulsive-shocker, right? I have the greatest hair colorist in the world Marco Pelusi and I know I should never dye my hair myself. Remember the video of the last time I tried that? Not pretty. Cost hundreds to fix. Did I learn my lesson? Of course not!
Under the harsh, fluorescent drugstore bulbs I caught a glimpse of my grey roots. They're really almost silver at this point and no, I don't want to leave them, so let's not even start that dead end conversation. I had a date later on in the evening, the worst thing I could do to this man was make it appear that I was actually age appropriate for him! This is L.A. there are few worst insults...
Like a raccoon drawn to a shiny object I was drawn to a hot pink box (you're welcome marketing exec's everywhere.) It also helped that all around the Clairol Color Blend Foam display were signs screaming "NEW!" ...
It was on. I threw caution to the wind and color "light blond" box in my basket. A foam? 100% grey coverage? A pink box? New? My God, I had to try it. So I did!
Here are my findings. At first I was a little confused how the pump contraction worked. I added the mix exactly like we do in standard hair dyes. The only difference is there is not a nozzle top. A pink dispenser is on top. This confused me. I added the mix. I shook it until it looked all foamy in the bottle and then I could not figure out how to dispense it. I never found a button on top. My technique was too squeeze the side of the bottle, not pump the dispenser itself. This maybe the correct technique because it worked great!
Here is what I loved! I loved the fact that it was not a drippy liquid. I can't tell you how many counter-tops, bathroom doors, towels and bathmats I have left with black/purple dye spots. Like you've never done that?
I'm happy to report that this easy to use, mess free formula that is cheap (I paid $10.99) worked gorgeously. I know my hard-to-color greys so I left it on my roots for 35 minutes. Then I went back and added the rest of the foam for an additional 15 minutes. My color is perfect, looks natural, not brassy or orange or god forbid-green again! The risk was worth the reward my friends! You know I speak the truth! I dogged all the other ones after what I refer to as "The Incident." I'm lucky I still have hair left to color after that day!
My roommate was especially impressed with my job. I was nervous it was just because I caught her after happy hour but no, the date said it looked good too. I haven't seen anyone else yet today but I am sure they will be stopping me in the street, asking me "How did you get that fabulous color?"
I give this an A. I would give it an A+ but I only have had it now for a day so I'm not sure how the color will hold up. I hope it's not quick to fade...
How about you? What's your go-to home color box? Would you try a foam?
Stacy B here! Oh Garnier...you're really making this tough for me. I WANT to like your products. Really! And I want to be able to write witty, fun, entertaining posts about how great your products are and how much I can't wait to use them every day. I want to encourage faithful Megheads to use them because they'll make you brighter, less frizzy, more awake, smoother, younger, more glamorous...
But I can't.
I'll be nice though. I'm a nice person and I don't want to go around bad mouthing a company that does have some pretty dedicated followers. It's bad internet karma. :) So I'll tell you why this next product didn't work for me and you can draw your own conclusions.
I have medium to light brown hair that gets lighter in the sun. It's always been like that, I was blond until I was about 6 or 7 years old and then it gradually got darker. June through August lightens it up and I usually highlight once in fall and once in early spring to even it out until the sun could work its magic again. Recently, I decided I needed a change. I went darker. My hair is now a really dark chocolate without the reddish undertones. And I love it! So, of course, I want to protect it from fading.
I've been trying Garnier's Color Shield Instant Color Sealer Lightweight Leave-in Conditioner.
It promises to seal in color for longer-lasting vibrancy while improving manageability and delivering lasting softness. Nope, nope and nope. To be fair, I have VERY thick, wavy hair so it takes a lot to make it 'manageable'. I usually use a frizz-fighting or smoothing shampoo, conditioner and smoothing cream, plus a round brush, a professional grade hair dryer and I occassionally use a flat iron. A simple leave-in conditioner isn't going to do much for me.
My hair color faded a little bit so I don't feel like it protected my color at all. It also didn't result in hair any softer than normal. Again, with thick, wavy hair, softness can be tough for me. After I finished drying my hair, it felt thick and heavy. Almost clumpy or sticky (thick-haired girls will know what I mean!) I didn't feel like my hair moved as well, I couldn't style it as well as I normally do, and by the end of the work day, I was dying for a hair elastic to just get it off my face and neck. It actually felt like it weighed more than usual.
I'm really picky about my hair stuff because I do have tough hair and when I find a routine that works, I have a very hard time switching. This did not compel me to make a change. If you have thin, fine, or easy-to-manage hair, you might have more success than I did. I wish it worked! I really wish I had better success with Garnier. They do all the right things, high-budget and quality commercials, a celebrity spokesperson, fun, bright packaging, tons of products, lots of promises...but sometimes all that marketing and PR hides the fact that the products might not work for everyone.
Luckily, you have your very own drugstore diva to guide you along! Anyone out there feel different than I do? I'd be especially curious to see if anyone with hair like mine actually liked this.
Meg here! It's probably a no brainer to hear that woman get excited when I tell them about Megsmakeup.com. There are few topics that get us as animated as when we start talking products. I was at a party and I met Megsjester's friend Mikaela Hoover.
Mikaela is an actress here in Hollywood and spends a lot of time in the makeup chair. She just finished a stint on the show "How I Met Your Mother" and knows so much about beauty products I was in awe. Usually when I tell woman that I write beauty they ask me what I like. This was not the case with Mikaela. It was refreshing actually, sometimes I get all product talked out! Mikaela: Oh my gosh! You know what product changed my life! I love it so much! You have to tell the Meg Heads about these Phyto Dietary supplements. I am obsessed with them! Meg: I've never tried them.
Mikaela went on and on about how amazing they were that I have written it down for a Sephora stop. She wanted to spread her love for them. I have to tell you. The girls got great hair, skin and nails so I feel comfortable being a witness that she speaks the truth!
Meg: Why don't you write why you love them and send it to me and I'll let everyone know?
Mikaela Hoover here! I discovered these miracle supplements two years ago. I have always longed for long luscious hair that would at least grow past my shoulders but my hair just didn't want to grow. I had tried everything. Lots of different hair supplements, vitamins, I even altered my diet. When nothing worked I resorted to hair extensions. They looked nice but they were very expensive! It also took me twice as long to dry and style my hair in the morning. Just when I thought I would be stuck with short, brittle dry hair for the rest of my life a lady at my salon suggested I try Phytophanere dietary supplements.
I was pretty desperate so I went to Sephora to buy pills that day. They were around $50.00 which is a lot, but like I said...I was desperate. After only two weeks I started noticing big changes. My nails grew the longest they had ever been and my skin looked so much healthier. I have always had extremely dry skin and the supplements seemed to not only hydrate my skin but they also added a little glow. After about a month, my hair had grown more in 2 months than it had in the last two years. I was completely sold. I have been taking the supplements ever since and I could not be happier with the results. I get complements on my hair and skin all the time.
When I talked to Meg about writing this blog a couple weeks ago I decided to stop taking the pills to see if there really was an extreme difference. I am telling you that in those few weeks I felt like I looked like a different person. My hair started getting dry and brittle and splitting at the ends. My skin looked super dehydrated. My eyelashes also seemed less full. It seems strange but my mood changed a little too, for the worst. I had less energy.
I started taking the Phyto pills again on Saturday and I am already noticing a change. If you have ever longed for long luscious Kardashian like hair, fuller lashes, strong long nails, and glowing skin get this product! Its been a miracle worker for me and it is more than worth the money. I just wished I had discovered them much sooner!
Thanks for the tip Mikaela! I'm ready to order a carton! Who else has tried these and had luck with them? They get great reviews all over the web! Buy it here!