Baby Love here! I don’t know much of anything about raising little girls. I have two boys, and when I get together with girlfriends who have daughters, the differences are more than obvious. It dawned on me a few months ago, that I totally get out of having to try to brush, style, and keep up with hair other than my own. Sure, the boys have to get haircuts, but other than that, I don’t have to wrestle with pigtails, ponytails, elastics, barrettes, hairspray and detangler. From the horror stories I’ve heard, I think I’m sort of lucking out. I myself was once the victim of a bad hairstyling accident. One night when my parents were out and Megan was babysitting me and my friend Gwenn, I managed to get a tiny round brush twirled into my hair. I could not get it out, started to panic and went into hysterics. Megan threw me outside and locked the door, which in turn set me off even more. Somehow one of the neighbors got the brush out, but it scarred me from ever using a tiny round brush again. It wasn’t until the other day that I overheard William in the bathroom talking to Mike about using some of his hair gel. Before Mike had the chance to super glue my child’s hair, I ran to the counter and pulled out Circle of Friend’s Lice Defense Hair Gel.
We’re huge fans of Circle of Friend’s line of bath, body, shampoos and conditioners. We’re especially crazy about their Lice Defense line of products. Products that naturally repel nasty lice bugs are the absolute best! Not only do I still use the shampoo and conditioner religiously (back to school is the most common time to transmit lice), but now I’ve also started to use this styling gel for my fancy little guy. Lice do not like hair that is coated in product, especially when the product has tea tree oil in it. It’s easiest for lice to attach to squeaky clean hair, so whether its Circle of Friend’s Styling Gel or Leave in Conditioner from their lice defense line, I plan on keeping it coated to the max.
This gel is perfect for little ones, boy or girl and even fantastic for big guys and girls. One of my closest friend’s husbands uses this daily, and says that it’s the best gel he’s ever used. It doesn’t get flaky or super stiff, and it leaves hair looking natural, but under control. The hair still feels like hair, and not like metal. I swear my husband could poke and eye out with his spikes. It’s perfect for anyone wanting to put something safe in their hair or their kids. It smells very light, just like a hint of lavender. It goes into the hair smoothly and washes out without a fuss. A little goes a super long way, and aside from providing excellent hold, it also protects your child and home from being invaded from those nasty little buggers.
There are very few products that I will continue to buy over and over again. BUT the second I run out of anything from their Lice Defense Line, I order some more. Prevention is the key to pretty much everything, and anything that prevents me from being a crazy hair scanning, sheet cleaning, vacuuming freak is worth every penny to me. It is so true prevention is the key! How do you prevent your child from getting lice? I can't think of any easier way. All orders over $20 receive free shipping, the deals are impossible to beat!
Sweetassgal here having a very surreal 24 hours...the kind of experience that shakes you to the core and makes you re-evaluate your priorities. My Sweetassguy is on a hunting trip up in my hometown of Weed and I miss him terribly. But I decided to take the week to catch up on the little things at work and projects around the house. Happily settled in to my office expecting another hour or so of work after most everyone else had already left I was approached by my boss asking if everything was okay at my house. I was a little confused and he asked me if I knew that my neighborhood was being evacuated because of a fire! Knowing my husband is safe up North and my daughter was safe at school my first thought was "Oh my God...my DOGS"! I lit out of there like my own ass was on fire and got home as quickly as I could not knowing what to expect or even if I COULD get home. All I could think of as I crawled down I-80 was please god, please god, please keep my babies safe. I wasn't thinking about my house, or my beautiful new yard, or all of the possessions in my home. All I could think of was my wonderful Harley and my sweet little Roxy.
I got home and found that there was an evacuation in the neighborhood but it was quite a few blocks away and were houses that backed up to very dry fields. My dogs and my home were safe. I kissed them and hugged them and fed them a special treat for dinner just for surviving a non-existent threat. As I sat on my couch with Harley in my lap and Roxy curled up next to me it really got me thinking about what is important and how things like dining room furniture and garden gazebos don't really mean all that much in the grand scheme of things. Feeling pretty good about life I happily settled in to catch up on Project Runway and eat some pasta. The "feel good" portion of the night was not long lived. I received a call from my husband informing me that my Aunt had been hospitalized with life threatening infections in Montana while driving across country. He further told me that my already ailing Grandma back in North Carolina is also hospitalized with Pneumonia. Top on the fact that my Grandpa is currently dealing with dialysis and I think it's safe to say my poor mom is officially stressed out. Prayers and/or positive thoughts are not only needed...they are required. It's times like this that really, really make you consider the only things that matter. Family and friends, life and death. It doesn't get much more basic than that.
So if there had been a fire, and I had lost my home...what basic things would I need to just get by. One thing I have been trying out lately, and I really, really like is Marc Anthony's Strictly Curls Curl Booster. I recently cut my hair to chin length and added lots of highlights so I was looking for a one stop hair product that could keep my curls defined and under control without being crunchy or stiff or make me look like a wet head all day. I found this at my local Ulta and thought I'd give it a shot.
It works great in two different ways. First off you can spritz it throughout your hair just after showering and work it through. If you gently blow-dry you'll be left with soft and bouncy curls that need little styling or setting. If you let it air dry you will find the curls to be a little more stiff but once dry just work your fingers through the curls, place them where you want them and give a little spritz with some hairspray then you are pretty much good to go all day. I even drove home with my windows down the other day any though my hair looked a little wild, it didn't get all frizzy and huge!
Second best way it works is the "day after" shampooing. Having curly hair I can't wash it every day or it will dry out but my curls don't always look as good the next day so they need a little help. A good spritzing of the Marc Anthony Curl Booster all around and a little light scrunching and my curls come back to life! Second day curls usually require a headband or a few carefully placed bobby pins but with the curl booster and a few quick curls of the iron in front and I'm second day gorgeous again in no time! I LOVE this because I'm just not one of those people who have the patience to spend eons doing my hair. I'll take a lot more time on my makeup or picking out the perfect shoe but I don't like doing my hair so this is an incredible fix for me!
According to the website this is "For those who want maximum definition and more refined curls. Strictly Curls™ Curl Booster is just that. This curly hair solution boosts your curls into highly defined, shiny, bouncy curls with gentle to medium hold. Perfect for hair that needs a bit of extra boost to achieve maximum curl. Its lightweight, alcohol-free formula enriched with Hydrolyzed Silk and Vitamin E, binds to the curl strands for added form, helping to create spiraling curls. Formulated to repel humidity, it leaves your curls in control and frizz-free from morning to night, without stickiness or flaking."
There is a Pro Styling Tip Video on getting maximum curl with this Curl Booster. I'm a little suspect that those curls were achieved with ONLY a blow-dryer (and no curling iron or curlers to speak of) but I will admit my curls look pretty darn good with just this product alone. But I will back up the stylists advice to work your conditioner through your hair with a WIDE tooth comb before rinsing out. If I do this, lightly towel dry my hair trying not to disturb the natural curl pattern, spritz in the curl booster and place my curls where I want them to be, then I find I get the biggest and cleanest looking curls i can. Marc Anthony's curl line includes shampoo and conditioner, curl defining lotion, creams and foam, leave in conditioner and extra hold spray gel. All of which are paraben free and are not tested on animals. They even have a product (which I have not tried and can't comment on) called Second Day Revitalizer that I can't wait to try. It's supposed to handle my "day after" hair problems so we'll have to see!
So all in all I'd have to say good hair is not a worry for me right now...the health of my family is. That being said I'd like to remind everyone to kiss your children, call your mother and never miss an opportunity to sit and visit with your grandparents just listening to their stories and their wisdom. Hugs are free...spread them around. Turn off the TV and walk your dogs. Take an Aunt out to lunch for no reason. There will never be a moment wasted when it's spent with those you love. Love to all of you in Meg's Land as well. GLAM ON!
If you had one product you could take with you. What would it be?
Meg hair! They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. This is only one reason why I am insane. I know I shouldn't color my own hair. There's no reason for it. I tend to only want to color it myself right before important meetings or TV. Normal right? I think it's called "Self-Destructive!"
Anyhow after THREE TRIES MYSELF! Bad Meg! Bad! I took my green haired self and threw in the towel! I called Blondie's Hair Salon. in New York City. That was where I was and I didn't have access to my normal LA Hair Guru Marco Pelusi. Blondie's came highly recommended.
After a frantic phone call, Blondie's Master Colorist Laura Braunstein calmed down and I made my way up Broadway. Why did my blond hair go green? What had I done wrong? Why is light hair hard to darken?
Laura is here to help! Every natural color of hair has what is called a natural remaining pigment, or NRP. Light blondes have a natural remaining pigment that is yellow, which starts to turn to orange as the blonde gets closer to the brown spectrum. This is why so many blondes have a difficult time fighting brassiness. Medium brown hair has a NRP that is orange, which gets progressively more red as the brown gets darker. Very dark brown hair and black hair have a NRP that is red. What does that mean? In order to create color, the natural remaining pigment must be put into the hair first in order to form the right foundation if it doesn't already exist.
In Meg's case, she had previously lightened her hair so much that almost no NRP remained. So when she put a level 6, or light brown, neutral all over her strands, the balance was off. If you think about the color wheel, what creates neutral tones and depth are two opposite tones. The breakdown? Red & green, orange & blue, yellow & purple. Hair color, both professional and box, takes this into account. Therefore since a natural brunette has orange tones as her NRP, hair color of that depth generally has a blue base in order to work with that orange to create depth and neutrality. Meg unfortunately only had a little bit of yellow NRP in her hair when she started. What happens when you mix a little bit of yellow with blue? Vomit color.
What did we do to fix it? We started by lifting some of the box color out of Meg's hair to begin eliminating the green. This was done via an old school process called a french fluff. It's basically enlightener (aka good old fashioned bleach) mixed with developer (what actually causes hair to lighten) mixed with shampoo. After knocking some of the green out and lifting the color up a bit, we put a copper gloss on her hair. This process created the necessary NRP in the hair to then be able to make it light brown with color. We then did just that with almost the same formula that she originally used from the box color. Only this time, with the presence of the orange NRP, it worked. It of course was slightly more complicated than words can describe, but most importantly, Meg's hair is okay! So ladies! Be careful whenever you try to color yourself! Who else has had a home dye disaster and managed to go green?
Meg hair! Shearing a tale that is all too familiar (can't get enough of those corny hair puns.) Anyhow, I received a call that was pretty last minute that I had been requested to go to an audition in New York City (you're aware I live in Los Angeles-right?) I don't do auditions. I've done go-sees in another life, I've never had to go to a place where I have been judged on my appearance and on how I present myself. Oh wait, I guess I have! I think that's called "life" and we all have. I digress, I was just looking at this "audition" as a meeting and figured I would be fine.
I had no time to get my professional color done by my own sheer genius Marco Pelusi. I did have greys popping out and my roots were not at their best. I did what any right minded woman in my situation with no time would do! I headed to CVS and grabbed a box of ash blond color. I set out to remedy my hair issues myself!
As you can see from the video above, I was able to pull together a somewhat respectable look for my "meeting". The hair itself was nice and shiny and definitely a bunch fuller. It wasn't until after I watched this video that I saw it. My face is starting to match my hair! I am not looking like a professional going to a meeting! I am looking like a suffering blonderexic and I need treatment!
The girlfriend that I am staying with is a serious journalist that takes serious phone calls and my primping could be a serious distraction! Thank gosh she has (LOVE THIS! Never even knew this was an option!) A Centrix Q Zone Quiet Dryer. I was a stealth dryer with this baby! I sprayed my finished work with Oscar Blandi's finish spray. I loved that I was able to comb and style little mishaps that I fund without this spray getting flakey-but it still holds? How the heck does it do that? Great stuff.
I have just gotten back from CVS. I'm going to have to give this hair color in a box a try again. My "meeting?" It went well, I'm going back tomorrow. This time I'm going back "light brown." This blonderexic is in serious recovery and looking to put on some hair weight! What about you? Have you ever been (either self diagnosed-or was an intervention needed?) a blonderexic?
Meg hair! I know a ton of you are absolutely dying to hear about my writing process so here's the secret...There isn't one. I just sit down and start typing. There's no notes and no preparation (at this point you're thinking-no kidding O'Brien, we didn't think the drivel that you put out actually requires a lot of analysis.)
I was coming back from dinner and my date said to me...
Date: Do you have to write an article tonight? Do you have notes and stuff. What are you going to write it on? Meg: It's Wednesday, Hump Day Hair Day. I'm going to write it on the Kerastase in your shower (yeah, it's in his shower-he's more then a casual date if I'm leaving Kerastase there but that's a whole other post.) Date: Oh, the Kerastase it makes my hair so soft and it smells so good and is so much better then the Trader Joes stuff I have been using. It really makes my hair look and feel so much fuller!
Oh my God, I've done it again. I've created a product monster. I swear he was a total man's man when I first met him and now he's raving over the "delicious smell" of Kerastase.
Back to the Kerastase, it's no secret that their products have a huge fan base so I was so excited to try the Bain Nutri-Thermique line. It is for "very dry and sensitive hair," I'm always coloring so I definitely fall into that category. It is formulated to protect against the harmful use of heat-stying tools and the sun. I have oily roots though so I was pleasantly surprised that this didn't leave my strands limp on top. It is part 1 of the system "cleanse." It has a definite summery citrus smell. If you're expecting guests at the beach house this Labor Day and want a crowd pleaser in your shower then look no further.
Part 2 would be Kerastase Fondant Nutri-Thermique (the accompanying conditioner.) Again, smells fabulous, it is very conditioning and a little goes a long way. It leaves your hair silky soft and very shiny. It doesn't weigh hair down and I am definitely a flat-iron, hair-dryer, hot rollers gal (not all 3 in one day but usually 2 and at least one hot culprit assaults my follicles daily.)
I have been very happy with this dynamic duo! Apparently Date has been very happy with them as well. The Trader Joe brand has been in the same place in the shower ever since Kerastase moved in. Now that I think about it both bottles are quite a bit lighter then I last lifted them. Also, when did his hair get so darn shiny? I know we have a lot of Kerastase fans out there! Have you tried these fabulous yellow and orange capped bottles (just makes you think of sun and the beach) yet? What Kerastase product do you love (and have to hide?)
I don't think it's just me, really I don't. This Goddess Granny gets SO overwhelmed with the seemingly endless shelves in the grocery, drugstore, beauty emporiums, even at the hair salon. There are just SO many hair products out there to choose from! How is a normal person to decide when there is a product that does everything to and for one's hair except actually style it for you every day! Seriously, I stand in front of the rows of plastic containers and get a glazed and confused look in my eyes just considering how I want my hair to smell. Do I need more body? Is this shampoo good enough? On and on so unless someone actually puts something in my hand and says, "Here, buy this!" I just tend to go with a few tried and true products that do the trick without getting too techie or fancy on me. As good as I might be with makeup application I stink at doing my hair so I rely on color, a decent cut and a smear of whatever's on the vanity to get me by...
However, I am in the beauty-loop and NEED to try and at least keep up with what everyone is going crazy about, right? I usually nail the best/latest lipgloss and if you ask me about foundation, I can pretty much name actual shades and brands off the top of my lil' red head. When I caught wind of something SO different and unique rocking the hair product world, I'm gently forced to pay attention and get my hands on some to try. If you haven't seen the lusciously-disheveled hair styles that scream Fall 2010-you will. Everyone will be wanting to try that ever so sexy original goddess half up/half down "pouf" look made famous by Brigitte Bardot...(no she wouldn't be caught dead on that TV Jersey Shore!)
Gently messed up and man-meltingly luscious, who among us doesn't love the look of our hair when it effortlessly falls exactly where it should with tons of body and volume? Of course you can bend and swoop it all forward, spray (with Elnett of course!) and then throw your hair back like a bad video-vixen near a wind machine with pretty good results. It's one more damn step when you're dying to get out the door: our friend Nick Chavez has absolutely aced this look with an innovative and easy to use product in one step! We have chatted in the past about Nick's smokin' hot looks and talents and his to die for celebrity client list. Let's not forget his absolutely amazing hair salon in the heart of Beverly Hills where he constantly sets and raises the bar when it comes to uber-cool and fabulous hair products. His "Instant Amazon" hair texture product is truly an original on any shelf! You give the little container a shake and dispense a very small amount of what seems to be a powder into your hand...wait for it...wait for it...it morphs into something liquid! It's non-sticky as you run it through dry hair while it adds TONS of lift and volume! Seriously it's just so much fun to see my hair go from flat to big hair Texas in about a minute! You can scrunch it a bit on the top and sides to give that bedroomy-look or just add some texture to the ends. Holds and lasts, so easy to use! I hate messy pastes and goops and this one contains natural kaolin clay and acacia gum but where it hides while it does such a beautiful job of styling is beyond me! I LOVE this product and it lasts forever because you really do only need a drop to look like you "do hair" for a living! Have you ever seen me try to tease my hair? Or try to wrap it on a velcro roller? Tangled chunks of hair end up getting cut off my head-not a pretty sight! I'm most grateful to have a product that gives me what I'm after in one little shake of the wrist!
If you love a piecey look or just want to add pouf without looking like a comic book character (can "Pouferella" be far behind?) this IS the stuff of your hair dreams! I haven't found anything else like it on the shelves and am deeply in love with my "Instant Amazon!" It's also raved about the curly-haired among us and I can't imagine being so blessed as to have curls and volume like this stuff gives! I do know that Nick sometimes markets his products on QVC but you can also get your hands on it here!
The reviews speak for the product as well and I'm thrilled to have discovered something so different because who wants vanilla hair or hair-products EVERY day? Gotta' get down and dirty and go for the Chunky Monkey sometimes, right? This product delivers and everyone I've shared it with has screamed for more because it does something special, fun and fabulous for everyone regardless of their hair type or length!
Do you stick to the same styling-stuff or are your shelves (like mine...) packed with SO many hair products that you get dizzy looking at all the colors and brands? Do you also love your hair when it looks like it's had a nice roll in the hay? Try this: it's really cool!
BabyLove here! I’m constantly surprised by how quickly my two boys have become so aggressive. William is 4, and Calum is 2, and I’m ready to move out. All day long, they yell at one another, push, pull, steal toys, bite, kick, punch, and scream at the top of their lungs. The only solution that I’ve come up with is that I MUST get them out of the house within a hour of them waking up. My location of choice-the beach.
Both boys are sturdy enough to stay standing in the water. They can swim a little, and it allows me a chance to sit on my towel, close enough to the water just in case one goes under. The screams are replaced with laughter, and they play sort of nicely together. It’s so pleasant to watch them enjoy themselves without all of the injuries usually sustained at home. Their pediatrician told me, “boys are like dogs, you have to run them,” and he’s right. When we get home, they’re both too tired to try and annoy one another. Everyone wins.
I’m not a fantastic swimmer, and I’m not incredibly thrilled about getting into the water with fish and seaweed. My least favorite part of going to the beach is picking through my hair and finding a random dead bug. The never ending battle is trying to rinse the sand out of my kid’s hair. But, since we go to the beach first thing in the morning, come home for lunch and nap, and then go back to the beach after dinner, it’s becoming a daily battle.
Here at Megsmakeup.com, we were all thrilled when Circle of Friends came into our lives. Megan has posted some lovely videos with the owner Eleanor, highlighting some of their fantastic bath products, but most of you might remember them from their very popular lice preventative shampoo and conditioner. Remember to pick up some for the upcoming school year, it’s the best! They carry the smartest products, and they work fabulously. So, I was so excited when I received a package from Circle of Friends, full of their swim care line! Their pre-swim condition, and swim shampoo have saved all the heads in my house this Summer.
Emma’s Pre Swim Conditioner comes in an eight ounce spray bottle, and smells just like coconuts. “It coats and seals the hair follicle, shields hair shaft, and hydrates hair with non-greasy "oil-free" conditioning.” It prevents the hair from turning green from the chlorine in swimming pools and from drying out from the sun and saltwater. It works amazing. My boys have pretty short hair, so I’ve hijacked this from them. It’s way more gentle than anything you’ll find on the shelves of your overpriced salon. For reviewers with daughters, I’m sure this has been an absolute life saver. My hair is shoulder length, and I spray this all over my head before I leave. My hair color hasn’t faded, and my hair hasn’t felt like straw after those long days of sitting in the sun and playing in the water. After washing this out of my hair, I could probably not bother washing it since it protects it so well.
The boys and my husband have used Splish Splash Shampoo almost everyday since we started hitting the beach. It’s super thick, and you have to work in a little bit of water, but you know from the consistency of it that clears those bugs and sand right out. At the end of their shower, you can see the piles of sand at the bottom of the tub. It's SLS free, and full of vitamins to moisturize hair that has taken a beating from the sun, sand, and water. Their hair is left super soft, and literally all of the debris is removed.
We’ll be taking special interest in Circle of Friends over the next few weeks. I swear, you have to look at their website. You’ll find products you didn’t even know existed. All orders over $20 receive free shipping, the deals are impossible to beat!
If you have ever struggled with your childs hair during swim time you need this! Who else is obsessed with Circle of Friends?
Is there ANYTHING worse than a flippin' Summer cold? Goddess Granny seriously needs to know because I'm been battling one for about two weeks and my energies, looks, and nerves are ravaged! Combine the congestion with the usual schedule of Summer obligations and ta-do's along with family birthdays and the engagement of my youngest stepdaughter and I will be the first to admit that a HUGE dose of R&R and pamper me pretty is in order! I look like Death eatin' a cracker as they say here in Texas: I hit up Ulta today and found a few new treats to take the edge off but have been dying to share something FABULOUS and FUN with y'all so here goes!
I have an amazing hair stylist who goes to lots of shows and industry events both in Dallas and NY and she recently came home all excited about a new hair-enhancing product called "Hair Tinsel!" Beyonce sported a head-full of the twinkling strands at the 2010 Grammy awards and the trend has REALLY taken off because it's easy, semi-permanent and affordable...Finally something we mere mortals can do to look like a star on a realistic budget! It's ALL the buzz at the top beauty-events right now with no sign of slowing down as we go into Halloween and Holiday season...My salon has trouble keeping several colors in stock but I'll share my source with you in a bit: you can actually try to do this at home, there are videos on line as well as DVD's that show you how. I prefer to simply ask my stylist to make me pretty! I'd be surprised if most didn't already have a set of colors on hand because this look is smokin' and most salons are cashing in on the fun! LOTS of pretty Texas girls are extra- shiny this Summer!
The product is known by several names but "Hair Tinsel" seems to be the one most recognizable: what they are consists of strands of uber-fine mylar based hair-strands in a wild and vast array of colors that are tied to a strand of your hair for a really amazing and FUN effect! You can get a radical highlighted look or just (like I do...) add a bit of sparkle and a pop of color here and there! They last quite a while-several weeks in some cases. They can be washed and styled with the exception of using HIGH heat on the tinsel: just lower the heat-setting when you do these areas or simple skip them. I can't begin to tell you how many times I have been complimented and/or stopped in the last week: my stylist put some "Sparkling Champagne" strands into my red hair in hopes of brightening me and my red, runny nose up a bit and I LOVE the results! Not trashy in the slightest, just a really cute and contemporary look for any occasion and totally can be worn by any age including the younger ones! Not much else you can do to add such an impact to your looks that isn't either permanent, complicated, or expensive that I have experienced!
SO many colors to choose from and my salon sells out of the pink-shades as fast as they get them in: a lovely 84 yr. old lady in jeans and a cropped Chanel jacket was cashing out of the salon with several baby-blue strands in her shiny silver hair and I adored her for having such fun with her style!
Literally every woman in the upscale salon I go to was getting some put in after mine were finished!
You can go for high-contrast and iridescent sparkle or a more subtle look with a gentle glow depending on the color and finish you choose...I like the sparkling ones and am already planning my colors for Fall and Holiday looks! Purples and golds will look fabulous a couple of months.You can put in just several here and there or go for a more dramatic look such as in the pic above depending on what your artistic-design is for your hair...they can be cut and styled to blend in with however you wear your hair!
Here's my source for reasonably priced "Hair Tinsel" in an incredible array of colors and finishes...super fast free shipping too! You can order sets or individual colors!
I don't know too many girls who wouldn't at least give this a try and I just ordered up some sparking pink strands for my granddaughter to have put in when she visits in a couple of weeks: it's a "safe" look that I can send with her back home to Smalltown, USA and she'll look like a rockstar! I will also rest assured that I won't be getting into too much trouble and much better than highlights and glitter liner like I've tried in the past, bad Mimi! I'd love to know if any of y'all are also jumping on the tinsel-train in your areas and what colors are you showing off? Do you also love it when you can change up your looks for just a little cash and really make a statement? Do you also love to take center stage and shine a bit brighter than the rest sometimes by being the first to wear a cool- trend?I love this one and will enjoy it while it's HOT!
Summer is in full swing here in the Sac Valley and all I can say is....God BLESS Sweetassgal's pool! I love my pool. I'm in it every day...even if it's just a quick dip. I'm a water baby and always will be. In fact, 50 years from now I'll probably be that funny little old lady at the public pool with her flower trimmed swimming cap, skirted swim dress and giant sunglasses kicking all the youngin's butt's in the lap swim lane. I'll be a cool old lady doing cannonballs and back flips in the backyard cement pond with my grandkids. And I'll NEVER tell them I can't swim with them because I just got my hair done!
Of course this does bring up a good hair question. How is my super dry hair fairing with all of this daily chlorine and sun exposure? Answer...not too darn bad but not super great either. I've had days where my hair literally feels like straw. You know the sound that tissue paper makes when you crinkle it? That's what combing through my hair sounded like. These are the days I pull out my precious bottles of Prive Shampoo and Conditioner that I hold in such high esteem. Yes...the very same expensive product I reviewed back in December and LOVED. It's spendy but it lasts forever and ever and it works! But since I like to try out new things for GCT then I put the Prive aside for times of extreme need and let something else step up to bat.
Up for consideration is Organix's Hydrating Tea Tree Mint Shampoo, Conditioner, Mist and Treatment. I adore Tea Tree and Mint is welcome ANYWHERE in my beauty products. I get such an incredible sense of cooling and invigoration from them both. When it's 103 degrees outside and I can't stand a hot, steamy shower then I tend to gravitate towards products that give me a cooling sense of relief. And since I can't exactly bathe in my pool, then I've got to replicate the effects in the shower. The absolutely BEST thing I can say about this set is that it is truly cleansing, invigorating and really kick starts your mornings! I swear I start singing "Walking on Sunshine" every time that minty scent hits my nose. Not being a morning person...this is really incredible and I don't get that from other hair products I've tried recently.
This is a very cleansing shampoo. I think the combination of Peppermint and Tea Tree are very clarifying. Considering the fact that I have dry hair it's a little overkill for me but I would highly recommend it for the oily follicle set. Next the conditioner. It's a respectable conditioner with the same refreshing scent that does hydrate and I believe brings a lot of shine to my hair. My tangles didn't come out as easy as they do with the Prive but once rinsed I loved the way my hair smells and I did find it to be easily managed. This is a highly affordable product line and for just about $5 I really can't complain.
Reading online many like to purchase the Hydrating Treatment and supplement their conditioner with it. This is an intriguing idea but I'm a little more captivated by the Hydrating Mist. I've seen it online but haven't found it in the store yet and I really want to dig this baby up. Being a curly haired girl (and again...dry and frizzy) I think a hydrating mist would be an incredible addition to a summer refresh regime. On those in-between days when your curls get dry and lack luster...I think a quick misting of conditioner would really bring some life back to my tresses. A light mist, a scrunch of my curls and I can walk out the door without having to start from scratch every day. At least that's my hope. If anyone knows where to pick up a bottle of this let me know and I'll see if my dream vision lives up to reality!
I've reviewed Organix before so I won't go into all of the technical stuff but I must say that for an affordable product line, so far all of their products seem to work well for the various needs. You've got to love an animal and eco-friendly line that doesn't hit the wallet too hard and offers such great variety. When I want extra moisture, then I'm back to my Coconut Milk Organix. If I need clarifying, I'll bust out the Tea Tree and Mint. I'm a sucker for scents and these really deliver in that department. In fact, they deliver well into the day. If you layer scents this might be a problem for you but for someone like me who only wears perfume at night or when I go out then it's perfect. I love getting a whiff of Peppermint in the afternoon. What a way to pick me up yet again! Thanks Organix...GLAM ON!
Have you ladies tried Organix? What's your go-to haircare?
We're a little wacky at Megsmakeup.com (I take full responsibility for setting the insanity precedence.) We love to have a good time and cocktail hour is pretty much a job necessity. I love when we find other companies with our work ethic!
The ladies at LockandMane.com have great hair products and a great time! I guess if you have great hair products you're pretty much guaranteed a good time, right? Intelligent Nutrients products are certified organic. They are so good for your hair and skin that you can eat them! Much like Megsmakeup.com, there's not a lot of eating going on at LockandMane.com, however there is lots of cocktailing.
Watch this video of our friend, Jo Piazza putting Intelligent Nutrients to the test. Kooky? Of course. What else would you expect from a site that we pal around with? Ladies are going crazy for this line, started by the founder of Aveda, this hairspray is quickly becoming a cult product.
You can find this line (and other top-notch brands) at Lockandmane.com. I loved the lines and the look of this site before, now that I know they test hair-spray in their champagne? Well I'll drink to that! Have you ingested any of your products? What do think about so many hair lines now going "green".