“Natural” products?

Warning: many products claim to be natural and have natural ingredients…but they’ll still contain the chemicals you are trying to avoid! Just because the product contains natural ingredients, does not eliminate the fact that it is also using chemical compounds as well. Usually, these chemical compounds are in a higher quantity than whatever natural ingredients are involved.

A product that claims to be Sulfate-Free…

That’s great! The product doesn’t have a sulfate! You’ve been attempting to avoid any, especially sodium laureth sulfate. Then you pick it up and look at the ingredients in the bottle and you notice that it still looks like a lot of chemicals are involved. The product has the ingredient Olefin Sulfonate which strangely seems similar to the word sulfate. Want to know why? Because it’s another form of a sulfate.

Olefin sulfonate is a surfactant. So are sulfates. This means that that it helps oil molecules dissolve in water, which has a drying effect on hair. In fact if you look online this is what you’ll find: “A sulfonate is a salt of a sulfonic acid.” That’s a coincidence because “a sulfate is a salt of sulfuric acid.” Hmm… basic chemistry tells me that they are both chemical compounds from salt and that they are both surfactant. Which means, that instead of having a sulfate it has another form in order to claim they are “sulfate free!”.

Also, products will claim that there Olefin Sulfonate is Coconut derived. This is because it is naturally derived from coconut oil, but it does not mean it’s not a chemical salt! It does NOT mean that it is natural or anything involved coconuts!

For example, Giovanni’s hair care line claims that it is: “Laurel, laureth sulfates, animal products and cruelty free.” Sounds great, but then when you look at the ingredients list you’ll see this:

Aqua (Purified Water) with Certified Organic Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Oil, Certified Organic Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) Oil, Certified Organic Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Officinalis) Oil, Certified Organic Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Oil, Certified Organic Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Oil, Certified Organic Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil, Birch Leaf (Butela Alba) Oil, Certified Organic Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilus Flower), Certified Organic Clary (Salvia Sclarea), Certified Organic Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), Certified Organic Coltsfoot Leaf (Tussilago Farfara), Certified Organic Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) Oil, Certified Organic Mallow (Malva Sylvestris), Certified Organic Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense) Oil, Certified Organic Soybean Protein (Glycine Soja), C12-14 Olefin Sulfonate (Coconut Derived), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Trace Minerals, Citric Acid (Corn), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt), Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Derived).

 

As we can see it contains a sulfonate and it nicely tells the buyer that it’s coconut derived. Of course it is, does not change the fact that it is a surfacant, and a sulfate. Thanks for trying to trick us, Giovanni.

Next, Trader Joe’s Nourish Shampoo was recommended to me, and yet they are playing the same trick on us as Giovanni’s shampoo is attempting to do: claiming to be sulfate free but including a sulfonate.

Trader Joes Ingredient List: Purified water, organic rosemary oil, organic valencia orange citrus, organic mango, organic lemongrass, organic ginko biloba, organic echinacea, organic willow bark, organic sea kelp, organic chamomile flower, organic textured soy protein, organic lavender, organic grapefruit, C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tocopherol (Vit E), Citric Acid, Methylparaben, propylparaben, sea salt, botanical fragrance

Yet why does it not shock me that companies are attempting to fool us?

Another issue I’ve come across is when looking for a Certified Organic Shampoo, I will find shampoos that claim to have certified organic ingredients. Which usually means to them that they have a few ingredients that are certified, and therefore the whole shampoo is certified and healthy for your hair… incorrect. So many people were recommending the Avalon Organics line of products to me. Then I checked out the bottle:

As one can see here, the third ingredient is a sulfate. Sorry Avalon Organics, it’s nice that you have a few certified organic ingredients, but even Tressemme claims there ingredients are natural and they too have sulfates in them.

Another product that does the same is: Yes to Carrots which claims to be paraben free and organic. Here is its ingredient list: Water (Aqua), Sodium Coceth Sulfate, Magnesium Chloride, Dead Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Juice, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Juice, Ipomoera Batatas (Sweet Potato) Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Honey(Mel) Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Algae Extracts (Rhodella, Dunaliella, Spirulina), Silt (Maris Limus), Niacinamide, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Peel Extract.

The second ingredient is a sulfate. I’m going to say no to carrots.

How can products do this?

It’s actually shocking statistic that 98% of natural products are actually making false or misleading claims. “After a study of nearly 4,000 consumer products discovered unverifiable information and blatant lies regarding their claim to be 100% natural, all natural, organic, or otherwise environmental friendly” (NaturalCosmeticNews). The truth is, manufacturers are looking for creative ways to market their products to “green” consumers. Unfortunately this is not regulated by government agenceies that usually regulate drugs, food and personal hair care products because, like the FDA, they do not define or regulate the use of the word “natural” on cosmetic products. This is primarily because there is not a true definition to what “natural” really means, which leads to the use of it on labels and advertising.

Most consumers think that when they see “natural” on a product, that the product’s ingredients come from nature, which is untrue. (Not to mention, not all things that are natural are safe). This does not mean that all products that claim to be natural are lying, but more likely than not the products include more than just natural ingredients. The USDA is in charge of deeming things “organic” but there are loopholes to get around this fact. It’s sad but true.

Really most importantly spend your time doing your own research, because I’ve spent plenty of time doing mine. I almost purchased Giovanni until I noticed its false claims, and have turned to looking at brands that are 95 to 100% truly organic, or have proven all-natural ingredients.

Here is a small list of 95-100% certified by the USDA as organic: Dr. Bronner’s, Nature’s Gate, Terressentials, Trilliums Organics

Products that are made with “some” organic ingredients: KissMyFace, JohnMasterOrganics, WholeFoods Line “EO”

Products that are proven natural: Burt’s Bees, Aubrey Organics

Honestly, I say just research and try things out. I am going to try out Aubrey Organics line and get back to you with a review later this week or next week.

What is in Shampoo that’s so harmful to your hair?

We have all heard it time and time again, to skip the shampooing in order to keep natural oils on your head. We’ve heard sulfates are enemies, and sulfate-free shampoos are becoming more and more popular. But is skipping the suds really useful? What is in Shampoo that’s harmful to your hair and what should we try and avoid?

Why are sulfates in hair products so bad?

Start with what a sulfate is: they produce the lather in a variety of beauty products and they are detergents. (They are commonly found in shampoo, soaps and body washes).

A sulfate is what breaks up the grease and oil in one’s hair, and rinses it away. Sulfates have become so hated in shampoos because they remove natural oils, dirt and hair product residue, and can be harsh on skin, strip color and make your hair dry.

Sulfate-free products are better for people with sensitive skin. It is a common misconception that switching to a sulfate-free product will change your hair completely, but all shampoos strip the hair of natural oils, which leaves your hair drier than before. The reason many have adopted the no-shampoo method is because it adds moisture (especially to curly and long hair) and it keeps the hair overall healthier.

A common misconception is that sulfates are proven to cause cancer, but there is no direct correlation to cancer or any other health problems.

Some shampoo ingredients to avoid:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate:

They change the surface tension of water using negatively charged ions and it allows dirt and oil to stick to the cleanser before washing away. These are sulfates, which cause the shampoo to foam up. They are harsh on your hair and both sodium and ammonium lauryl sulfates cause skin and eye irritation. They are harsh chemicals, and can dry your hair too much which leads to damage and breakage.

Fragrance: (or “parfum”):

These are harsh chemicals in many shampooos that are made to resemble a natural smell. The term “fragrance” or “parfum” can indicate up to 4,000 different chemical ingredients. Acetone (nail polish remover) and Formaldehyde (a tissue preservative), ethanol, and alcohol are some of the chemical ingredients involved. All of these chemicals strip your hair of natural oils and cause damage to the hair folicle.

Propylene Glycol:

This allows the ingredients in the shampoo to penetrate into your hair shaft. It makes hair look and feel healthier at first, but after repeated and continuous use it can damage the strucutre of the hair folicle and hair overtime. (This same chemical is industrially used as anti-freeze in cars). The chemical is a petroleum by-product and cosmetic and industrial propylene glycol don’t differ all that much.

DEA – Diethanolamine, MEA and TEA

They help with the lathering effect and is used alongside other compounds such as Cocamide DEA or Lauramide DEA. It is a chemical that when combined forms nitrates and nitrosamines. When a DEA-based detergent is repeatedly applied, it can result in a major increase in liver or kidney failures.

Polyethelyne Glycol (PEG, polyethelyne, polyoxyethelyne)

It is a thickening agent that strips hair and skin of its natural moisture. It also contains 1,4 dioxane which causes liver and kidney damage according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. It can also irritate the eyes and nose of people inhaling it in the shower.

Butylated Hydroxytoluene:

It is used as a preservative, and keeps the shampoo from spoiling or losing its color, but it is a skin and eye irritant.

Stearalkonium Chloride:

Used as a conditioning agent, which started as a clothing fabric softener, causes toxic allergic reactions on people when exposed to your scalp.

Coal Tar:

This is used to treat scalp problems such as dandruff, and although the evidence is not proven, the Northwestern Health Sciences University warns that it increases your risks of cancer. (European Union has restricted its use in over-the-counter shampoo since 2004).

Sodium Chloride:

It is also known as table salt, and is used as a thickener in shampoos and conditioners that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. It is a contributing factor to eye irratation and also causes dry and itchy scalp. Salt may also cause hair loss.

Artificial Colors:

A shampoo may add colors by the use of syntethic coloring, and the Organic Consumers Association says you should avoid these colors at all costs. They may raise your risks of contracting various forms of cancer, and are noted on your shampoo’s ingredient list as D&C or FD&C and followed by both a color and a numer. (Ex.: FD&C Red No. 3).

Methylchloroisothiazolinone:

This is added to a shampoo to kill fungi and bacteria to help preserve the shelf life of the product. It may be toxic for your skin and immune system and the Environmental Working Group says it has been linked to organ system toxicity and may cause cancer. (Many countries like Japan and Canada have banned and restricted the use, but it’s widely used in the U.S.).

Salicylic Acid:

It a common ingredient in anti-dandruff shampoos and it is a potentially dangerous with side effects including dizziness and difficulty breathing. There are more mild and more common side-effects which include a stinging feeling on your scalp and/or rashes.

Octinoxate:

These are generally added to shampoos to help protect your hair from ultraviolet rays and unfortunately they may accumulate on your skin over time, acting as an endocrine disrupter.

The listing on the back of the shampoo bottles may seem hard to navigate, but with the knowledge of what’s harmful for you can help making your choices easier. Certain shampoo ingredients are obviously more desirable than others. It should be obvious that parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, butyl/ethyl acetate are all shampoo and cosmetic ingredients one should avoid. These chemicals are absorbed not only into one’s hair, but into the bloodstream.

Here’s a small list of safe shampoo ingredients that give your hair a healthy clean shine without the chemical hazards.

USDA Certified Organic Ingredients:

The USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) certifies that food products meet rigid chemical-free standards before being deemed as organic. Many of these organic products become ingredients in natural shampoos, and these are recommended because your hair products should be as healthy as the food we eat because they are absorbed into the skin. They contain safe ingredients such as sunflower or an olive oil base, with natural colors, grapes or beet juice and natural essential oil fragrances.

Plant Extracts:

These are free from chemical processing agents, which cause allergic reactions or contain possible cancer related problems. Plant extracts include: gingko, aloe vera, sage, and grape seeds to encourage hair’s growth. The extracts of sage, rosemary, thyme and garlic are used as anti-dandruff treatments.

Cleansers:

Falls under two categories: detergents and soaps. Detergents are synethic and chemical-based products, and soaps are made from vegetable oils or animal fats. Organic shampoos feature soaps rather than detergents. Coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil and beef fat are all viable ingredients in organic shampoos.

Moisturizers:

Glycerin is a natural byproduct of soapmaking, and many manufactures just include in as a moisturizing ingredient. The same oils used to make the cleanser may be used to add moisture as well — olive oil, jojjoba oil, goat’s milk, honey and hemp seed oil.

It is important to feed your hair naturally because your overall hair and scalp health is at stake here. If you want to grow stronger and healthier hair it doesn’t matter how clean you keep it… if you’re using the wrong shampoo ingredients than it can be harmful. Stay educated.

Product Review

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($24)

What it is:
A saltwater-based styling spray.

What it does:
This styling spray adds volume and texture to the hair to create a sexy, wind-blown feel. Its salt-infused formula adds fullness, hold, and a cool, matte finish. Salt water is no secret to editorial stylists for adding volume and texture, and anyone who has been in the ocean knows of that salty, sexy, sun-dried, wind-styled feel (that seems such a shame to wash out). So while Bumble and bumble hasn’t exactly bottled the real thing, they’ve replicated and improved it, including seaweed and kelp extracts to enhance moisture.

What else you need to know:
Excellent for wavy types and landlocked surfers with winter blues, this spray adds body to fine hair and adds a nice texture for silver hair.

Full Ingredient List:
Ascophyllum Nudosum (Seaweed), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Magnesium Sulfate, Water Magnesium Sulfate, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Isoceteth-20, Citric Acid, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Fragrance (Parfum).

My Review:

I bought this product a while back, maybe last Summer, and I’ve had the same 4oz. bottle ever since. At first, I hated this stuff, I didn’t understand how to apply it without it making my hair a crunchy mess, but now I gave it another try and I like it. So, you’re supposed to spray it onto your hair (but in a small amount!) and then scrunch your hair together to allow it to take hold.

It contains Macrocystis Pyritera which is a kelp extract and it helps increase manageability, ascophyllum nudosum which is seaweed extract that enhances elasticity, softness, body and tames your flyaways. It also contains water magnesium sulfate that gives your hair that dry, gritty, sandy texture.

If you don’t use this product correctly then you end up looking crazy. Not a lie. It makes your hair gritty, so if you start spraying this widly around your hair and scrunching it, you’ll look like you have a dry afro. I focus on the middle of my hair, and spray one or two pumps before I scrunch it together. It does not make your hair hard, it’s not a gel. Your hair will have the appearance of leaving the beach, without the frizz, but it does have some of the feel to it. It’s nice when used correctly.

The bottle is tiny, it’s only a 4oz., and so it’s pretty self-explanatory that a little goes a long way. I used it last night after I showered, because my hair for some reason decided it didn’t want to wave nicely last night. I only really use it when my hair hasn’t waved to my liking, so that’s why it’s lasted so long. My hair today feels and looks adorably cute because of this product, which is why I decided to review it.

I have wavy hair already, but it does work for people with fine and straighter hair. To get it to work, just spray it where you feel necessary and make a bun at the nape of your neck for a few minutes. When you let it out, your hair will have waves… I promise. I’ve done a bad straightening job on my hair, and noticed it decided to start raining outside, so I even spray some of this on that one time and it worked wonders. It really does wave your hair.

Mostly, what I like about this product, is that while other Bb products make my hair frizzy, this actually does not. It is less of a water cocktail, and actually has some real ingredients in it.

Finally! A Bumble and Bumble product I like!

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.