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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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Carlton Hair Has a Solution for Bad Hair Days

Dry Bar, when I stumbled across the concept, I thought it was something to do with an empty bar that someone had gone to town with the contents of the liquor, fortunately that is not the solution that Carlton Hair has for your bad hair days, their solution is simply a “Dry Bar” in the sense of blow-dries for sleek and straight or bouncy hair guaranteed to turn heads. No cuts, no colour, no unnecessary styling just washes and blow dries. The highly successful concept of a Dry Bar which has been a huge success overseas and is gaining popularity locally is in full swing. The dry bar concept started at Carlton Hair in Vancouver all the way back in 2007 and have gradually gained popularity internationally and have started taking shape on our shores with various establishments (not only Carlton Hair) offering these fast paced blow dries which pack a punch. Carlton Hair

Carlton Hair South Africa are the latest to offer the Dry Bar as a solution to the lady on-the-go who needs quicker styling in order to perfect and polish her look for any occasion. The introduction of the Dry Bars within the Carlton Hair group resemble a “salon within a salon”, by gaining foot traffic and bookings from Carlton Hair’s already outstanding exposure and result-driven reputation. The Dry Bars are launching the larger Carlton Hair initially being Hyde Park and Melrose Arch in Gauteng and Canal Walk and Cavendish in Cape Town. Given time, the Dry Bars will be available at various other Carlton Hair Salons.

The boasting factor of the Carlton Hair Dry Bar is that they use It Factor products which is a one-of-a-kind product made to save time on drying and styling all while providing superior conditioning and detangling ingredients. The It Factor products are safe to use on all hair types and free of alcohols, sulphates, sodium chloride and parabens. Essentially, It Factor is the ONLY styling products your hair will ever need, especially when your hair is in the hands of a trained Blow Dry Specialist. Blow-Dry-Bar-Menu

The menu of treatments available at the Dry Bar is limited as though not to complicate the treatment time and they all cost R150. On offer, there is Straight & Sleek; Straight with Body; Beachy Hair; Bouncy Curves and Red Carpet Waves.  Loyalty packages are available for buying more than 6 blow dries and you get a certain number free in return.

I am so interested in finally getting to try out a Dry Bar… I need to decide which upcoming event I am going to for my turn to finally get my locks tamed!

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Curling Hair for Dummies

Remember the series of books [insert subject matter here] for Dummies? Well, the solution to curling hair has been brought to us by BABYLISS. No more weird and wonky curls courtesy of your straightener or burning your hands on curling wands or curling irons or getting hair stuck in rollers. One machine will fix all of that.

This year I have had a new toy to play with when it comes to dressing up. I have been happily using, the Babyliss PRO Mira Curl Iron, which I was first shown by my wonderful hairdresser and he told me I had to get my paws on it before embarking on a holiday to the UK. Long story short, when I got to the UK they were completely sold out and I was sad… until I got given one as a gift a few months later.

What is the Mira Curl Iron, you ask?

It is the professional perfect curling machine.

Curl Secret

This is how it works…

When showing people my curly hair, which is completely out of hair-character for me, they all want to know how I achieve curls that actually stay in my dead straight hair. This is my secret and up until recently, I thought it would be an expensive one. I am not sure as I didn’t purchase it but I believe they sell in the region of R2,500.

Babyliss, released a home use version which is far more affordable at about half the price of the Mira Curl machine. This home-use machine is called the Babyliss Curl Secret, and encompasses the majority of what I believe to be the important features of the Mira Curl which is perfect for home use. The price for the Curl Secret is R1,499.00 and is available exclusively at selected Clicks stores.

What is the Curl Secret, you ask?

It is the personal perfect curling machines.

Curl Secret

This is how it works…

Both of these machines have been many years in production to make attaining the perfect curl achievable for even the most hair-style-skilled individuals. They both have a built in mechanism which eliminates hair becoming stuck within the chamber and it really works. I have been petrified many times when using my MiraCurl that my hair will be stuck in the machine forever, but just releasing the grip automatically drops all hair. It is like magic as that drop contains a perfect curl. Further to this they both have a built in additional safety feature of motion control which makes the machines switch off automatically and go into sleep mode, if they are accidently left on. No burnt counter tops or house fires like those when a hair straightener is left on by accident!

The difference between MiraCurl and the Curl Secret?

The MiraCurl, being the professional machine has a few added features that the Curl Secret does not. They are minimal, but in the grand scheme of doing lots of heads of hair they do count. For example there is an instant heat up of the MiraCurl, whereas the Curl Secret has a 30 second delay. The MiraCurl also has 4 timer settings and there is greater curl control where curls can fall in 3 directions, where the Curl Secret only has 3 timer settings and curls can only fall in one direction.

I foresee a great trend of the MiraCurl being the most sought-after hair tool this time for Christmas presents this year.

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