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Living Proof

JEN AND CHRIS LIVING PROOFDammit.  I already love Living Proof Prime Style Extender, and now I’m hooked on Living Proof Full shampoo and conditioner.  Do you think I want to love anything associated with Jennifer fucking Aniston?  I assure you I do not, but I cannot deny the otherworldly effects of these products.  I prefer wash and wear hair for my daily situation.  My hair goes up into a messy spinpin bun and down again several times a day.  Living Proof improves the texture, volume, and style of my air-dried hair.  Living Proof Full shampoo + conditioner + style extender + air dry = hair looks almost as good as if I finished with heat.  If I actually take the time to blow my hair out with Living Proof the results are major; add hot rollers = bombshell major.  I started this paragraph with the word dammit because Living Proof is pricey, and now I’m addicted.  I console myself knowing with Living Proof I can go a day between washings and still maintain bouncy bedhead.  LP makes my haircut look more expensive.  If Living Proof had nuts, I’d be swinging from them.  LIVING PROOF FULL

Phytovolume Actif

I love big hair, yet I have trouble finding products that truly help me achieve lasting volume.  Recently, I discovered Phytovolume Actif which thickens up my limp locks better than anything else I’ve tried. Phytovolume’s mist delivery system distributes the perfect amount of product directly into the roots.  Apply the volumizing spray to wet hair before styling and marvel at your hair’s new found density, thickness, and lift.Not only does this product perform, the results are sustained.  If you like to go a day or two between washings, Phytovolume Actif provides essential oomph for the days in between suds.  Phyto costs more than Pantene, but the volume it achieves reflects the investment. 

Honoring Vidal Sassoon: master of precision


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Are we over ombré?

For the last few years, many ladies have been rocking the ombré hair as seen here on Lily Aldridge.  This low maintenance style actually looks better as it grows out with darker roots and lighter tips. Transitioning from solid root-to-tip color towards gradual dark-to-light makes a lot of sense for fall.  Summer’s highlights can appear a little harsh against fairer skin.  It never hurts to freshen and revise your presentation every season.Ombré mimics the hair’s natural darkening as the Sun retreats and most of us head indoors.  This look feels right for this time of year, no?When executed correctly, the color shift should be subtle and without clear lines of demarcation like Mz. Simpson.  It should not look like the tips of your hair were soaked in a bucket of bleach à la Teyana Taylor.  Some may argue that ombré is so over, but this inexpensive alternative to pricey and high maintenance highlights ain’t going anywhere.  This modern and easy color option flatters most folks.At the moment, Giuliana Rancic is the unabashed poster girl for this trend.  She’s been repping this look for a hot minute.  We agree her extensions are about six inches too long though, right?  Desperate much?Those who want to crank it up a notch, consider a gradient of red hues or working a strong bang into the mix.

Effective Hair Combo

Confession time.  Awhile back I tried EverPure and really, really, really liked it.  Typically, I’m loathe to recommend anything L’Oreal due to their well-known history of testing on animals.  However, L’Oreal claims not to test EverPure on animals or include any animal ingredients in the formula. If you are hardcore about the sulfate thing, EverPure claims to be sulfate-free.  However, it contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate and Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate which seems a little like skirting sulfate on semantics, but whatever; this stuff gives great suds.  After trying several expensive and budget varieties, with and without sulfate sudsing agents, EverPure shampoo tops them all.  Don’t mess with the conditioner though, it sux. After finding shampoo nirvana, a high-performing natural conditioner became priority number one.  Conditioner often justifies the expense, but you don’t have to drop major coin on a daily detangler.  Juice Organics Brightening Conditioner is absolutely delightful.  The natural conditioner actually has a recognizable ingredient list:

Grape Juice (Certified Organic), Orange (Organic) (Juice), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (Certified Organic), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Organic), Evening Primrose (Oenothera Biennis) (essential fatty acids), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) (seed), Borage (Borago Officinalis) (Organic) (seed), Sugar Cane (Saccharum Officinarum) Extract (organic), Rice Syrup (Organic), Glycerin, Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) Extract, Grapefruit Peel (organic), Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) Peel (Organic),..

Most importantly, it really works.  A reasonable dollop leaves hair weightless, soft, and detangled. 

EverPure Shampoo + Juice Organics Conditioner = happy hair.

Goldwell Kerasilk Instant Silk Fluid

We talked before about Redken Anti-Snap, but hair guru Emily changed the conversation with her Goldwell Kerasilk Instant Silk Fluid recommendation.  Think of Instant Silk as Anti-Snap with nutrition for the hair.  It smooths, creates shine, fights frizz, and acts as an all-around texture problem solver. Weightless, super-fast absorbing and non-greasy, Instant Silk is all you want in a smoothing serum, with the added benefit of UV filters and Vitamin E.  Goldwell Kerasilk Instant Silk Fluid falls in the middle of the pack in terms of price, but a little goes a long way, making it worth the investment.  In sum, Instant Silk provides convert-worthy results. 


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