Product Review

Aussie Moisture Treatment, Deeeeep 3 Minute Miracle ($3.49)

WHAT IT IS:
A deep conditioner for hair

WHAT IT DOES:
Hydrates and smooths dry, damaged hair

FULL INGREDIENT LIST:
Water/eau, stearyl alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, cetyl alcohol, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, dimethicone, ecklonia radiata extract (Australian sea kelp), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, glutamic acid, fragrance/parfum, benzyl alcohol, EDTA, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone

HOW IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS:
The thick white cream has a strong fruity-floral scent.

I’d heard some good things about this product, even though Aussie regular conditioners had never really worked well for my hair. I was at Target the other day and noticed that it’s less than $4, so I figured I might as well try it. It’s supposed to help your dry damaged hair and ends. Now, I’m used to more expensive deep treatments, but I’ve also been disappointed  in some of them as well.

Anyway, I knew this Aussie product would smell wonderful, and I was right. I followed the directions of the bottle, and put the product onto my damp hair. At first, in the shower the product felt like it was working great! I was so happy it was living up to its hype. I waited the three minutes, rinsed it, and noticed that the moment it rinsed out of my hair it stopped feeling so nice. My hair felt like I had just used a regular, not “deeeeep” conditioner on my hair, and it didn’t even feel like a good regular conditioner.

I towel dried my hair, and it was dry. I had to add my Moroccanoil to save it, but it still feels more dry today than it did yesterday when I’d used Joico KPak as my conditioner (and I don’t even like that stuff, just trying to finish the bottle!) I was disappointed to say the least. It did not work for me. It added no extra moisture, did not even detangle my hair, and only felt soft when I applied it in the shower. This is more of a regular daily conditioner than a repair conditioner, and will most likely work wonders on people who already have healthier hair than mine.

Once again I’m disappointed with a product surrounded with tons of hype.

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Dry Shampoo Review!

I have had the pleasure of buying and trying dry shampoos that just worked, didn’t work, or kinda worked for my hair. Dry Shampoo is crazy popular right now, and it’s understandable because now a girl can do the recommended two washes a week and not look oily. No excuses now ladies! Now, I haven’t tried all the dry shampoos on the market because my wallet simply won’t allow that to happen, and because I’ve found a few that wow me I decided to keep those ones handy. Here are the dry shampoos I’ve tried and my reviews in no particular order:

Tresemme Freshstart Dry Shampoo (Around $6)

The only reason I’m starting with this is because it was my first ever experience with a dry shampoo, and after I’d finished I was sure that dry shampoo was not for me. It says to: “Pump, rub hands together, smooth through tresses, and blot with a towel to add bounce back to curls that have gone flat or limp.” Now… let me just explain that Tresemme decided it was a good idea to make a “dry” shampoo that makes your hair wet. Not sure who decided that was the right approach, but surely someone. I put it on my roots after exhausting myself from shaking the can, and it got my roots wet. I then had to restyle my hair, which if I’d wanted to wet and restyle my hair I wouldn’t have grabbed a dry shampoo in the first place. It also leaves a very powdery residue and coats your hair with a sticky substance that I promise won’t go away until you actually do wash your hair, making it feel dirtier than before. The only thing this dry shampoo has for it is the smell, but only because Tresemme is known for its perfumy scents.

Pros: Good smell, inexpensive
Cons: Wets your hair, have to restyle, very powdery residue, coats your hair, have to reapply (if you can even stand to)

Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo (Around $3.49)

The only reason I tried this product in the first place was because I saw some great reviews on it, and it was less than four dollars so I didn’t see the harm in it. This stuff has a very strong scent, that you’ll be able to smell when the wind blows your hair throughout the day. I personally love the smell of it, but I know that others are more sensitive. Personally, I was so surprised when I liked this dry shampoo. It sprays on and it doesn’t leave a noticeable white residue. When or if there is a small amount of residue, it is simple to get it to go away, all you need to do is rub it in. I have darker hair so this was a godsend. It really works too, it gets rid of your oil well, the only issue is the need to reapply it maybe once later in the day because it does not seem to keep your hair fresh all day. Overall, I give this dry shampoo a (surprising for Suave products) thumbs up.

Pros: Easy to apply, smells great, little residue, very very inexpensive
Cons: Have to reapply at least once throughout the day

Batiste (Around $7-$10)

Batiste dry shampoo, which I found at Sally Beauty Supply, comes in three scents: Original, Blush and Tropical. I have only tried and used the Blush, and I am fond of the smell. It has a spray applicator, so it’s convenient and easy to use. It does work, it absorbs the oil well, and I still use this whenever my Suave runs out. My only issue is the residue it leaves behind, because if I’m not extremely careful it turns my hair white. The powder residue is terrible, and it takes a few minutes to rub in before it disappears and then you can still see it if god forbid someone tries to take a camera photo with a flash in it. Not cool to look back at a photo and see dry shampoo residue… so that’s why it is not a complete thumbs up from me. People with lighter hair will not notice this, and therefore, this would be the perfect dry shampoo for them. I’ve heard rumors of a colored dry shampoo by Batiste, but I would be skeptical.

Pros: Mid-range price, easy to use, smells nice, works well, don’t need to reapply
Cons: Ridiculous powdery residue

Rockaholic Dirt Little Secret Dry Shampoo ($17)

I picked this baby up from a salon (no returns hmmph) and it was even recommended to me. First off, the powdery residue is worse than Batiste, second, the spray applicator likes to spray in a direct line not spread evenly so it gives your head powdery spots, and third, it makes your hair feel dry and untouchable. It feels as if it coats your hair and its dryer than ever, I just can’t stand the feeling. If you want to run your hands through your bangs, you won’t be able to after this. I think it takes drying the oil on your head a little too far. I have nothing nice to say about this, it wasn’t even cheap.

Pros: Cute packaging/name
Cons: powdery residue, spray applicator, makes hair dry

Victorias Secret So Sexy Clean & Go Dry Shampoo ($16)

I recently a review on this, you can find it HERE.

Pros: Smells wonderful, cute packaging
Cons: white powdery residue, coats hair makes it dry, have white dandruff flakes of this powder floating off throughout the day

LUSH “No Drought” Dry Shampoo ($12.95)

Where do I start? As you can see from the photo it is not a spray or an actual applicator, it’s just a regular top. You have to shake this corn starch onto your hair and rub it in. Now that’s great for people with lighter hair, but not people with dark hair because it takes a long time to rub it, and it then leaves the hair feeling dry. Also, throughout the day you’ll need to apply this because your hair gets oily again, although it’s impossible (I mean it) to use this on-the-go. I don’t know who designed this bottle, but they weren’t thinking straight. It would make my hair appear cleaner, but since my hair felt clumpy and greasy I felt the need to shower just to wash this out. It is recommended to brush this product out, which for me just spread the color through my hair, leaving my hair grey after 10 minutes of continually brushing. Sorry LUSH, this is not one of your best.

Pros: Smells great! Just like any other LUSH product
Cons: Application process, grey residue, need to reapply, makes your hair dry and clumpy

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo ($21)

This dry shampoo has some great reviews, but I don’t see what all the hype is about. It’s not inexpensive for something that has a terrible applicator head, and pours white powder on your head. You may as well just take a baby powder bottle and start shaking that over your head, it would be very similar. It leaves a terrible white powder, and my blonde friend even had a hard time getting rid of it. It leaves your hair dry, and your hair gets oil not very long after. Not only that but it makes your hair feel dirtier if that’s possible. This product simply does not work, and should not claim to.

Pros: Cute package (makes it look good quality)
Cons: Expensive, bad application, white residue, need to reapply, makes hair dirty

So, that’s all for now. I want to try new Dry Shampoos and will, I’m sure of it. I am sure we have all had issues with dry shampoos, and mostly it seems as though they simply can’t make one that leaves no residue. (Or maybe I just haven’t been lucky enough to find it yet…which continues my search).

MoroccanOil Product Review

I am incredibly impressed by a product, and I felt the need to share this with the world. After my post yesterday where I was negative, I thought I’d share a positive. So, I’m sure most of you have heard the buzz going around for some time now about the Moroccanoil brand of products. I was skeptical about them because I’ve tried One n’ Only Argan Oil (Sally Beauty Supply carries it) and I was not impressed, the oil worked okay and the shampoo/conditioner made my hair dry. So, since Moroccanoil also has an infusion of argan oil I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, and did a large amount of research before even heading out to Trade Secret Salon and looking at the product line. Trade Secret unfortunately was out of the Conditioner, so I opted out of buying the Shampoo/Conditioner set and just bought the straight oil. I bought the smaller bottle (.085 ounce) and it was $16 after tax.

 

After I stepped out of the shower, I wrapped my hair in a towel, and later applied a tiny amount of the oil to my ends. It worked wonders! It made my hair so soft and manageable, and even now I can’t stop touching my hair. This is what it claims to do on its website:

“Moroccanoil Treatment’s really versatile, nourishing and residue-free formula can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. It blends perfectly with other products and even speeds up drying time. This treatment for hair completely transforms and repairs as its formula transports lost proteins for strength; fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins for shine; and antioxidants for protection. It absorbs instantly to fill gaps in hair created by heat, styling and environmental damage.”

It does these things, and makes your hair feel wonderful. I have not yet tried the MoroccanOil brand Repair Shampoo and Conditioner as I said before, but I’ve also heard mixed reviews about them, so I’m not sure. (After my Joico KPak disappointment I don’t know if I’m willing to risk it! Especially when the shampoo is $22 and the Conditioner is $24.) There are also another product I wouldn’t mind trying by the line and it’s called the “Glimmer Shine Spray”.

On its website it says: “Glimmer Shine is a finishing spray that attracts and reflects light to give hair a gorgeous gloss. Infused with argan oil, vitamins and antioxidants, it creates an invisible veil of luminous shine and protects hair against environmental elements such as sun, salt water and chlorine. Glimmer Shine can also be used to enhance color and highlights, adding the perfect touch to any style.”

 

I’ve actually heard better things about the spray than the Shampoo and Conditioner. (Apparently the shampoo claims to be sulfate, phosphate, and paraben free, but actually contains a surfactants, which is the same as a sulfate except it’s a different form and it dries your hair. The second ingredient is actually a sulfate, and the lather that it creates strips all the oil from your ends.) Many people do recommend it, but the ones that are not recommending it… they are usually the people I listen to.

On the Moroccanoil website it says: “Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner are for hair that has been weakened or damaged by color, chemical processing or heat styling. They restore hair by bathing it in a highly concentrated formula rich in antioxidant argan oil, reconstructive keratin and fatty acids. Both products restore elasticity, moisture and manageability. The formulas are free of sulfates, phosphates and parabens, so they’re safer for the environment and won’t dry, fade or strip color-treated hair.”

 

Anyway, I highly recommend the Moroccanoil Argan Oil. It is amazing and makes your hair soft and silky, but not oily. It’s expensive, but it’s worth it.

What is Argan Oil?

It is an oil that is produced from the kernels for a Moroccan Argan tree, which is known for its cosmetic, nutritive, and medicinal properties. The Argan tree is a relict species from the Tertiary age, and survives in the harsh conditions of southwestern Morocco. Argan oil remains one of the rarest oils in the world due to the small and very specific growing areas. It is made from the nuts of the Argan tree, and the oil is thought to have restorative and age-defying effects. Since it is high in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, it’s believed to help skin conditions such as:  dry skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema and even wrinkles. The oil is being promoted and sold worldwide and it supports women’s jobs in Morocco.

Now, Moroccanoil products are not purely argan oil, don’t start to think that, but they do contain a good dose of it. There is obviously a higher concentration in the actual oil than the Shampoo and Conditioner and therefore, the oil is may be most effective. I highly recommend it, and if you’ve tried it and have had the same results or different ones let me know!

Hair Products I Regret Buying

After some time of being a VIB at Sephora and rating products, along with becoming quite popular on the very credible Yahoo! Answers section of “Style and Beauty” I’ve decided to make a style and beauty blog! Hopefully many girls can find this a reliable source to answer beauty needs. I thought I’d start off with something negative, just because I am currently upset about a recent hair care purchase and feel the need to vent. As girls, we know how important the look and feel of our hair is, and there are many things we do badly to our hair such as curling and straightening, not to mention coloring. Currently, to give you an idea, I have a medium brown color, with some lighter caramel highlights on the bottom. It is also long, just past my boobs. Therefore, it is obvious that I need to keep my hair strong and healthy in order to avoid problems like split ends and dryness, along with keeping up with my overall hair growth. I have tried SO many products for my hair, and here are some of the products I recently regret buying in no particular order:

1. Joico KPak Reconstruction Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask

Now, this is my most recent disappointment. I heard so many rave reviews for these products, and I have to say I was excited and had high hopes for it. These claim to reconstruct and rebuild the structure of the hair with 19 essential amino acids and offers intense reconstruction from cortex to cuticle. It supposedly has a protein and moisture balance that will make the hair soft and manageable again while building strength. All of these things it claims, went unnoticed by my hair. I started with the shampoo, which left my hair feeling undernourished and dry, which is never a good start. I felt as if I had to use more than I normally would just to have my hair feel clean. Then, the regular reconstructing conditioner left my hair feeling dry and brittle, and definitely did not rebuild the structure of my hair. The conditioner is watery, not thick, and feels watery in my hair. The reconstructer was mostly favorable due to the smell (It smells like bananas and coconuts!), but when I used it on my dry hair as a mask, I saw no results. It felt as if I had not used a deep conditioner at all. I was disappointed on so many levels because of the amazing reviews, and feel as if I’ve wasted my money. After using these products I had to apply an enormous amount of leave-in conditioner because of just how dry it left it… it just did not work for me.

2. Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray

Bumble and Bumble tends to disappoint me time after time, and yet I choose to spend my money on it and expect it to work wonders. This bottle retails between $19-$24 and what you are apparently paying for is a spray that is full of herbs and vitamins for the hair and scalp and is a nutrient-rich detangler and styling primer. The reason I bought it is because it says it refreshes hair when it’s the second day of not washing, and your hair needs a little loving. This product is a disaster. I sprayed it onto my hair that needed a refresher, and I noticed that this spray is actually just water with some scent. It made my hair a giant, frizzy mess because it was as if I sprayed water directly onto my already styled hair. Now, I simply use it after the shower, because I do enjoy the smell, and I don’t want the bottle to go to waste. It does not make my scalp greasy, so I spray some on my scalp as it says to do and I rub some in. Apparently the vitamins in it are supposed to nourish your scalp, maybe it does, maybe it does not. I will NOT buy this water ever again.

3. Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum (really)

 

This little tiny bottle was recommended to me the first time I ever walked into an official Bumble and Bumble Salon. (Also found at beauty shops such as Sephora) and I bought the whole line of Thickening products (Shampoo, Conditioner and this serum). This serum retails at $27! And I was promised that this bottle would make my hair appear and actually make it thicker if I used this nightly. So I did. I gave it the whole bottle’s worth of time to work, and it did not. It did absolutely nothing at all. It is a water ‘serum’ that you need to fight with to actually get from your hand to your head without it dripping through your fingers. The bottle says to pump once or twice and put that onto your scalp… and by the time I had pumped a pump it had leaked through my fingers and to nowhere at all. This is water with coloring, and I will never again waste my money.

4. It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask

I was actually really obsessed with this product line for about a month last summer, but I’ve changed my opinion on them. When I first used this Miracle Hair Mask it really did feel like a miracle and it worked wonders, but after maybe the third or forth use, I hated it. It is actually incredibly watery, and not thick enough to do anything at all. It’s disappointing in the fact that it does so much once and then after that it slowly loses its appeal. There are so many better masks on the market, and this one just did not add up. Also, you need to use a TON of this stuff to even coat your hair, it’s a waste.

5. Victorias Secret Clean & Go Dry Shampoo

I was excited when I saw that Victorias Secret carried a Dry Shampoo because their Shampoo and Conditioners actually work well enough and smell WONDERFUL. So, I thought I’d give the Dry Shampoo a try. It was terrible. It made the hair around the roots feel dry and gross, and the white powder residue was ridiculous. If you tried to rub it in, the white powder would flake off my hair like dandruff.. not for me.

6. Nexxus Humectress Luxe Ultimate Moisture Leave-in Spray

Since I love the Nexxus ProMend Line, I decided that a Leave-in conditioner spray may also be amazing, but clearly I was wrong. This did nothing for my hair, and felt as if my hair was dryer than before. I was sad that Nexxus could make such a bad product, I had more faith in them. It makes your hair feel weighted down, so I promptly returned it.