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Hair Happiness Comes in a Bottle & it Shimmers!

A while ago, I shared on my Instagram the brand new Kevin Murphy product I got… which I was so excited about.

Since taking this sparkling baby home, who is named SHIMMER.SHINE, every day I have used this product on my hair once it has been washed. Generally I use my SHIMMER.SHINE after some basic blow drying or the occasional time I do style my hair but over the festive period, like normal I washed my hair, brushed it out and then sprayed a bit of the Shimmer Shine on to my hair and left it to dry naturally.

SHIMMER SHINELet me tell you since using this, I feel somewhat obsessed with the beautiful gold spray on my dressing table because my hair feels 100% better in every aspect- it has never felt healthier. My hair feels repaired, looks more shiny, feels healthy and feels stronger.  I did learn every quickly that you need a minimal amount of sprays to your hair, especially around the scalp area as it can make your hair look oily if you go over the top. I normally spritz a light spray over my scalp and 3 sprays to the rest of my hair, which I separate to 2 parts around the sides and one on the back. If I apply it to wet hair which I am going to leave to dry naturally I brush my hair through, however when applied to styled hair I just work my fingers through my hair and leave it to sparkle.

Directions for use are simple, you need to twirl the bottle and awake the sparkle which lies at the bottom. No shaking is required, only twirling. Then go on and spritz as required. Hair and body. Make that sparkling personality shine right through.

The SHIMMER.SHINE contains lots of antioxidants to protect your hair from environmental factors especially excessive sunshine and harsh salt water and its moisturising properties help restore a natural balance to your hair and it is ALSO a lovely spritzer over your entire body to get a hint of a sparkle on your skin while I believe it can almost double as a day-time perfume. If you do not adorn your body in it, the smell lasts on your hair and everyone askes why your hair smells so good…. just saying.

The product is safe to use pre or post styling and leaves a hint of added shine. Side note, my hair stylist said this is apparently what J. Lo uses on her bottom to make it have that “shine” in photo shoots. Take it or leave it. That may or may not have been the deciding factor for me in actually getting a bottle of my own. Anyway, YOLO and absolutely zero purchase regret here.

I think SHIMMER.SHINE retails for around R350 at my salon- contact your nearest hair salon that stocks the wonderful Kevin Murphy to be sure.

I seriously love this product and I think everyone else will too.

xo flea143

 

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Rocking Moroccanoil

I recently wrote a small introductory guide to Argan Oil and its uses and benefits for the hair, scalp and body. Since then I have had the pleasure of trying to use the salon renowned brand Moroccanoil. I knew of the brand before but I didn’t know them well. Having had seen Moroccanoil products sitting in salon windows and walking by and not taking much notice because, like I have said before, everyone claims that their Moroccan oil products are better than the next. So, when the products landed up on my beauty desk – I had to do some research to find out what sets this brand apart?

To begin with, Moroccanoil is a salon exclusive product  being that you can only buy this product from a professional hair salon. This ensures that the right products for your hair needs will be readily available with the correct advice from a hair professional’s guidance. Secondly, the Moroccanoil product was one of the first products to infuse the hair care market with Argan Oil as a main ingredient and a lot of later products were based upon the success and results of the Moroccanoil. The formulas contain powerful antioxidants, nutrients and are praised by celebrities, stylists and consumers alike for the plain purpose that these products produce unrivalled results.

“I live my brand every day. Moroccanoil is a reflection of what I want from a beauty company as a consumer. Authenticity, effectiveness and ease of use.” – Carmen Tal, Co-founder

Noteworthy product that has spiked a lot of interest in my life has to be this one...  "Moroccanoil® has developed a professional regulating treatment to control the scalp and revive hair. Oily Scalp Treatment is a concentrated formula of antioxidant-rich argan oil and essential ginger oil. It helps to correct imbalances and soothe inflammation of the hair follicle, which manages oil production. Roots are lifted and hair takes on more body and life. Used pre-shampoo, it soothes the scalp and keeps it from getting too oily or dry."

Noteworthy product that has spiked a lot of interest in my life has to be this one…
“Moroccanoil® has developed a professional regulating treatment to control the scalp and revive hair. Oily Scalp Treatment is a concentrated formula of antioxidant-rich argan oil and essential ginger oil. It helps to correct imbalances and soothe inflammation of the hair follicle, which manages oil production. Roots are lifted and hair takes on more body and life. Used pre-shampoo, it soothes the scalp and keeps it from getting too oily or dry.”

I am going to be putting this product on my Dear Santa list though because it sounds like its the one I need in my life right now.

I am excited to start using my MoroccanOil products but I have a backlog of other products to finish first. I will be sure to share my experience of the products once they work some wonders on my hair.

Please join the Moroccan Oil conversation online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

xo flea143

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Let’s Talk About Argan Oil

Oils are a buzz word in the beauty world recently. The most popular oil for the past 12 months, and it seems like its not going away anytime in the future has to be Argan Oil. Everyone claims that their Argan Oil is the best but how much do you actually know about Argan Oil or are we just falling prey to clever marketing tricks?  Here are some facts on the so called liquid gold.

What is Argan Oil?

Otherwise known as Moroccan oil is a product of the Moroccan Argan tree. It is extracted from the kernels of the Argan tree to be used as a moisturiser, conditioner and softener for skin and hair. It is frequently referred to by beauty experts as liquid gold for the simple and effective qualities that are beneficial to an overall healthy state of the skin, hair, scalp and nails.

What is Argan Oil Used For?

Often it is used as a hair treatment. It is extremely beneficial for hair and scalp and is commonly used as a leave-in conditioner however it can be present in shampoos and conditioners.

Argan Oil In Shampoos

Often a key ingredient as its ability to restore softness, strength and shine to hair particularly for anyone who suffers from dry, brittle or damaged hair.

Noteworthy product collection of Argan Oil Shampoos and Conditioners and treatments from INOAR Professional

Noteworthy product collection of Argan Oil Shampoos and Conditioners and treatments from INOAR Professional

Argan Oil as Leave-In Conditioner

Pure argan oil can be used as it is an amazingly effective, chemical free leave-in conditioner which can prolong and intensify the benefits of the Argan oil on the hair. It makes an ideal conditioning agent since it makes hair soft, sleek with added shine.

Noteworthy product to try, Faithful to Nature's Pure Argan Oil

Noteworthy product to try, Faithful to Nature’s Pure Argan Oil

Argan Oil as a Styling Agent

When styling hair in a hurry Argan oil can be a saving grace. It gives hair an immediate gloss to it and is a great way to tame frizzy hair into submission.

Noteworthy styling treatment serum from Kevin Murphy containing Argan Oil, the Young Again Imortelle Argan Oil.

Noteworthy styling treatment serum from Kevin Murphy containing Argan Oil, the Young Again Imortelle Argan Oil.

Argan Oil as a Hair Mask

Although the key with argan oil is that a little goes a long way, an overnight treatment is a great way to maximize the effects of argan oil on hair. Using a larger quantity of argan oil as a hair mask means that as many of nutrients as possible will be absorbed. This is a great treatment to use the night before a special event when you want your hair to be extra smooth, sleek and voluminous.

What does Argan Oil Contain?

Large quantities of Vitamin E for healthy hair growth which contain antioxidants, which help boost cells and encourage them to produce healthy hair. Argan oil is non-irritating to the skin and actually reverses much of the damage done by artifical chemicals and treatments on hair. It is often used in its pure form for healthy, soft and shiny hair.

How long does Argan Oil Take To Work?

Immediate benefits can also be seen in people who use Argan oil for their hair. It is an excellent agent for taming frizz and promoting shine and gloss as well as softer more manageable hair. Long term it can soften broken and damaged hair.

Argan Oil can be used either on its own in its pure form or as ingredient in a hair care product. On its own it is expensive as the oil is a rare ingredient. Within other hair care products it is also more costly than items that do not contain argan oil but it is incredibly effective for damaged hair, although even the healthiest of hair can always benefit from a little extra nutrients and magic that Argan oil has to offer.

XO flea143

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Easihair Pro

I was luckily enough to be invited to the pink media launch of easihair pro hair extensions at the beginning of the month.

Before the event, my knowledge stretched as far as: Hair extensions –

  1. are either clip-ins, bonded or taped to your natural hair.
  2. are expensive.
  3. are incredibly high maintenance.
  4. take ages to be applied.
  5. are not very good at staying in and random pieces end up falling onto the ground at inconvenient times.
  6. start to look a bit washed and worn out after a few weeks of wear.
  7. damage your hair when being removed.
  8. are not very easy to remove.
  9. apparently make you wish that you never bothered with having them put in, in the first place.

So, as you can see from above, I had VERY little experience and knowledge when it comes to hair extensions, until I met Garron Reynolds the managing director of Fascination Wigs, FRIKA Hair Pty Ltd and the newly ‘launched’ to the SA market, easihair pro South Africa. Amongst the hair business, he certainly has some know-how.

easihair pro logo

easihair pro has already taken the overseas market by storm, as Garron put it, not all tape-in extensions are made equal. A lot of tape-in extensions which are already on the market have a bad reputation both with the hairstylist and consumer because although they apply well, they have a tendency to “slip” from the root of the hair. If I have to speak to any of my stylist friends they all despise hair extensions because of the above mentioned reasons and possibly why one of the reasons I have never ventured to extension avenue (apart from 2 blue clip-in extensions I had when I was 17 for about 2 days that I completely despised).

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easihair pro was founded by Garron’s brother, Paul Reynolds who lives in the USA and the company still remains a family owned and operated business, with a no nonsense approach. This very approach has won over the hearts of salon owners along with the sheer quality, functionally and durability the extensions offer to both a salon, stylists and consumers alike.

Although I’m still pretty clueless about extensions, I learned the following about: easihair pro extensions –

  1. are tape-ins, with special technology to curb “slipping”.
  2. are pricy but affordable especially as they are reusable – so long as they are looked after correctly.
  3. are medium maintenance. I don’t believe they are the highest maintenance extensions available but if you don’t look after them, in turn, they will not look after you.
  4. are in investment, provided you look after them correctly.
  5. are quick and easy to have applied.
  6. are perfect for endurance of all kinds, exercise is nothing for these beauties .
  7. are quick, easy and effective to be removed.
  8. are perfect for commitment-phobes who can’t decide on long or short, high-lights or low-lights. Quick, simple and effective changes can make the difference to your hair.
  9. look natural. You really can’t tell the difference between your own hair and the extensions.
  10. are the easiest choice for the consumer and stylist when it comes to the demand for high quality hair extensions.

Easi Pro launch

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My amused face during… While Leandi was tickling my hair pink @easihairpro @ghdsouthafrica

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Oh moustache! @easihairpro @ghdsouthafrica #pinkoctober

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The entire event which was held at Scar in Kloof Street had a wonderful dash of pink, in honour of October being breast cancer awareness month. Featuring pink drinks to pink snacks and it finished off in style with the guests leaving with a dash of pink hair courtesy of easi-pro. For someone, like myself who has never coloured their hair, that was quite a moment and all the better that in order for me to get my 2 dashes of pink – I didn’t need to peroxide my hair first…  I have been sporting my pink hair with pride for the whole month and absolutely loving it! The stylist, Leandi from Scar, who applied my strand split it into two, so I have a pink strand on each side. Quite far underneath my hair so its not in your face but rather subtle and shows a pop of colour when my hair is loose.

birds of paradise limited edition ghd coral styler and bag

birds of paradise limited edition ghd coral styler and bag

We were showcased the absolutely breathtakingly beautiful ghd V coral styler which is a limited edition model of the bird of paradise collection. The colours are tropical, bright and happy. This beauty is on sale until 31 October and retails for R2,380. The reason why this beautiful straightener is so special is that all proceeds of this ghd are donated to CANSA. Morgan Taylor nails also treated us to a wonderful shade of Pink, called Let’s Go to the Hop.

Morgan Taylor : Lets Go To the Hop

Morgan Taylor : Lets Go To the Hop

I am still unsure whether I, personally will try the extensions realm but I do know for sure that if I decide to try them, my only option would be easihair pro.

x flea143

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Hair With a Shine

Schwarzkopf, a name unanimous with affordable effective hair solutions.

A while ago, I received the new Schwarzkopf Gliss Million Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner both of which have the most gorgeous brilliant turquoise packaging but it is what is on the inside that counts after all, right? Well, the inside is a hair care formula revolution in gloss and shine which has been designed to leave hair with a flawless gloss that can last up to 10 days after use. The hair is ‘coated’ or ‘laminated’ in a weightless gloss which makes the hair shine bright and reflect light for an added sparkle. The way that it makes the hair shine so bright is that the entire hair is ‘laminated’ in shine that is better than other hair shine products which only partly cover hair leaving a rough surface area that only results in a partial shine. The secret ingredient which assists in the ultimate hair shine is the Gloss Elixir found in in the Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Treatment mask.

Gloss Million Gloss Conditioner

Gloss Million Gloss Conditioner 200ml R52.95 400ml R66.95

Gliss Million Gloss Shampoo

Gliss Million Gloss Shampoo 250ml – R52.95 400ml – R49.95

Before embarking and using my Gliss Million Gloss shampoo and conditioner, I didn’t think my hair was dull however there has been a noticeable improvement in the shine visiable in my locks. I believe this an affordable solution for beached out hair this summer from all the salt and sunshine which makes hair appear dull and rough. Adding the Gloss Million to your hair care routine will combat this and give you ultra smooth, extra shiny tresses which would rival any haircare advert.

Additionally to the shampoo and conditioner, in the Gliss Million Gloss range there is also a 10-Day Shine Treatment for smooth, high gloss hair for the ultimate long-term dull hair solution.

Gliss Million Gloss 10 Days Shine Treatment 150ml R89.95

Gliss Million Gloss 10 Days Shine Treatment 150ml R89.95

To get your paws on some shine-in-a-bottle be sure to check out your nearest Clicks store.

x flea143

Disclaimer: The Shampoo and Conditioner were given to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the products in anyway.

 

 

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