Tag Archive | hair care

Beauty Army subscription-Review

This was a mistake, which I quickly cancelled.  The cost is $12 per month.  You do get to select what samples you get, but they are small and maybe one or two uses.  I was doing research on beauty box subscriptions, and Beauty Army seemed like a good value.

 

It did come right away, and I was immediately disappointed. I did get some L’Oreal eye cream and a tube of brightening serum.  I got several hair products. Barely worth $12 in my opinion.

Beauty Army Jan 2015

Um, that’s not hair conditioner honey

My husband has been having some dry hair issues lately, so he’s been trying some of my hair products.  Since I have a beauty supply store under my sink, he has quite an assortment to choose from.

jergensnaturalglowjpg-1326534be85dfe9f_medium 1-31-15When I was taking a shower today I noticed some Jergen’s Natural Glow self-tanner in the shower.  I’m like WTF!?!?!? Apparently hubby just saw the word moisturizer and thought it was ok to use. I got a good early morning chuckle out of that one.

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray-Review

This is some kick ass hairspray!  I’ve tried so many different hairsprays over the years. I paid $8.99 at Ulta.  I got a sample in one of my Ipsy.com packages. It’s lightweight, but has great hold.  I’ve tried alcohol free sprays, and they were awful. Very stiff and helmet head like.  This spray is not only not sticky, but adds a bit of shine to your hair. You can easily comb through your hair, and it doesn’t leave any residue.  It has Keratin along with Argan oil, and UV protection. It’s humidity resistant too!

My new favorite hairspray! Thanks Ipsy.com and Ulta!

 

http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5250301Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray 1-18-15

Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo-Review

Want to tone down brassiness in your hair? This is a great, inexpensive way to accomplish that.  I bought mine from Sally Beauty for $8.79 for sixteen ounces.  My hair is dark blonde with highlights, but pulls red because my mom was a redhead.  I also bought the matching Shimmer Lights conditioner at Sally’s for $11.79.  I don’t use the conditioner because it’s too drying. I mix half Shimmer Lights shampoo with my regular shampoo and leave it on for 3 minutes.  Not only does it do a great job of getting rid of the brassiness, but it refreshes my highlights. I deep condition my hair every time I shampoo. I have hard water at my house too, so that contributes to the brassiness.

 

I think the best thing I have noticed since using the Shimmer Lights shampoo; is that I have cut down on how often I have to color my hair. I have quite a bit of gray hair, and this is saving me a ton of money on visits to the salon.

 

http://www.sallybeauty.com/blonde-shampoo/CLAIRL3,default,pd.html#q=Clairol+Shimmer+Lights&start=1Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo 1-24-15

Quick hair styling tip

When styling your day after hair, instead of adding more styling product, simply mist your hair with water.  This will reactivate the product you already have on.  This only works if you are using heat on your hair. Otherwise you will just end up with a wet head.

Suave Professionals Volumizing Mousse-Review

This a great mousse if you have fine, curly hair.  I’ve been using it for several months and have seen a big difference in how full my hair looks.  I can wear my hair naturally curly, and it’s not frizzy at all.  Best part it’s only $2.88 at Wal-Mart.  I’ve tried so many mousses over the years, and this is by far the best.

Suave Professional Volumizing Mousse 1-17-15.jpg-1-17-15 Me

A retouched photo, only because the original was too dark. And I seemed to have lost an eyebrow in the process.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Suave-Professionals-Volumizing-Mousse-7-oz/16618906

Great Clips Review-Don’t let the price fool you!

I’ve been spending a small fortune on my hair the past eight years.  I was taking my son to my local Great Clips for haircuts; when I started going there for bang trims in between my overpriced haircuts and hair color.   I found a great stylist five years ago, but she effed up my hair eighteen months ago, so I went back to the overpriced salon. The thing that sucked was after spending so much money, my hair just looked ok, and I was wearing my hair up 95% of the time.

 I have naturally curly fine hair.  I usually straighten my hair.  If I do wear my hair curly people assume I have a perm. Really?? Do people even perm their hair anymore? Any who, after having Teri cut my bangs for the last eighteen months I decided to let him cut my hair. What a pleasant surprise!  He did a great job.  I had a photo with me, and I got exactly what I wanted.  The price?  A mere $13.  My old salon was charging $42 and they didn’t even style my hair.  I guess I was overpaying for the head massage I got when they shampooed my hair.  I gave Teri $25 for my hair cut. He was shocked.  I’m guessing most people don’t tip like that at Great Clips.  I assumed because he was working at a lower end salon that I wouldn’t get a good cut. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Now I can use all the money I’m saving to buy more make-up. Oh hell, who am I kidding?? I’m going to buy more make up anyway.

Conair Heat Waves Hot Rollers Review- They’re back!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year!   When I say the Conair Heat Waves rollers are back, I mean hot rollers never went away, they just did for me. I myself have not used hot rollers for many years. I had no need; I just had a vast array of curling irons.  My hair is naturally curly, but I straighten it.  In this past year I’ve come down with the dreaded ‘menopause hair’. It sucks! Of course I’ve been in menopause for almost six years, so I guess I should consider myself lucky I didn’t get it sooner.  Menopause hair is gray, wiry, frizzy, and generally uncontrollable.  It especially blows for me because up until June of 2013, I had the most amazing hair I have ever had in my life. It was long, blonde, very healthy looking. You know your hair looks good when people you work with (that you know don’t like you) compliment you on your hair. Then in June of 2013, my hair was changed forever.  I had gotten some low lights for my blonde hair that ended up being too dark.  I went back to the salon to get it corrected, and my stylist left the bleach on my hair too long. My hair was damaged beyond repair.  I had been seeing this woman for 3 years, and I always tip very well. I was crushed.  My hair broke off and I had visibly thin spots on my scalp.  I spent nearly $400 buying hair pieces to cover up the damage.

We as women are usually obsessed with our hair.  A good hair day can make a big difference on your outlook for the day. I’m middle aged, so having awesome hair was really a treat for me.  My hair finally grew back, but it’s never been the same since.  Luckily for me I look okay with my hair up. But I’ve been wearing my hair up for the past eighteen months. You kind of look like an old lady when you wear your hair up all the time.  I take pride in my appearance, by wearing make-up and having a stylish wardrobe.

I never did tell my former stylist how much she ruined my hair.  I was afraid I might punch her if I went back. It’s ironic because she was always telling me what great condition my hair was in, and I could go for a long time between haircuts and highlight touch ups. My dermatologist told me I shouldn’t put any bleach on my hair for at least twelve months, use Moroccan oil and take biotin supplements.

I went to back to a salon I had frequented in the past, but stopped going to because they got too expensive.  I was told that there really wasn’t anything they could do.  The stylist told me to go on Pinterest to look for cute up dos. Are you flipping kidding me? Nothing I can do?  I had spent over $300 at this salon getting partial highlights and hair cuts on several occasions.  The stylist told me she felt sorry for me, but really could not do anything about my hair.

Conair Heat Waves Hot Rollers 1-3-15
Pre Jacked up Hair  Jan 2013

Before hair disaster

Well, I tried yet another salon.  This time the stylist was older and was very knowledgeable. She was familiar with my ‘menopause’ hair and suggested hot rollers. What an angel!  I always use a heat protecting product when I style my hair, but the Conair Heat Waves rollers are flocked, they also heat up in 85 seconds.  What a great alternative to using a curling iron. I’m getting the same results but not damaging my hair.

I bought my Conair Heat Waves at Ulta.com for $15.99, the regular price is $33.99, but they were on sale and I had a 20% off coupon. Here is a link to Ulta.

http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod540578&skuId=2050458&_requestid=189261