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From Morocco to your mane

Hi gorgies ! I am happy to report I’ve got another fab product to share. As you may recall from a few months back I was having winter hair woes and got a Moroccan mask to jazz up my look. Well, I took it to the next level a few weeks ago and snagged myself some DermOrganics Argan oil. I have to say – IT IS GENIUS ON SO MANY LEVELS!

Argan oil is an oil extracted from a tree indigenous to Morocco. There are a number of products that feature this precious, exotic and highly nutritious oil.  I’ve heard from a few friends that they’ve tried Argan oil and that it did wonders so of course I had to get after it. I tried DermOrganics on the advice of my stylist and I was not disappointed. I’ve been using it for a little over two weeks low and totally digging the results. Heres the deal ~

– It makes your hair silky and shiny

– It protects your hair from the damages of sun, environment and the daily wear and tear of styling

– A little goes a very long way

– Despite the fact that its oily, it doesn’t make your hair greasy. It actually has some sort of drying property – and it cuts down your blow-dry time up to 30%. Hallelujah!

– It smells delightful

– It can be used for split ends AND can also be used on nail cuticles!

I can’t say enough for how much I love this. I have a friend who is also a huge fan of the Argan Oil product Josie Marin puts out – hers is meant to be more versatile that DermOrganic – for use on skin, nails, hair. Its pricier than DermOrganics – $48 compared to $28 (at the salon I go to) but from what I gather its great.

 

Either way you slice it, its gotta be a win. I am sure there are other great product s out there that will do the trick too. I bet Whole Foods or places like that may even carry a non-cosmetic version of this that could probably be used similarly. I hear its good to eat too – and tastes like peanut butter. I wouldn’t go eating the DermOrganic stuff- that’s definitely enhanced with other elements for hair – but you get the point!

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Compliments galore – thank you Oscar

I used my Oscar  Blandi dry shampoo spray this morning and ran a straightener through my hair before work and guess what? 9/10 people who I’ve interacted with commented on how great my hair looks! I also did a sideswept bang today instead of full frontal.  HEARTS!! I guess the battle of the bangs is leaning toward a win for growing out. I think I’m sticking with it. I am a hair chameleon after all, and I have had this look for a few months now.

Supermodel secrets

Remember a few weeks back, when I posted about Bumble & Bumble Hair Powder? (Click here to read it). Welp, I havent tried it yet – but stylist to the stars Oscar Blandi sells a similar product – Dry Shampoo – at Sephora.  It actually comes in a powder or a spray. They had a trial size spray just screaming out for me to try for a mere $11. I could not resist! And its all I would dreamed it could be! I gave it the ultimate test to be sure.

The day I bought it I had just gone for a run and straight to the mall in my running clothes (gross you may say but whatevs). Anyway, I was very very eager to try it and didn’t want to wait so I sprayed it all over my roots and on my bangs, tousled and brushed my hair and it was like a miracle had just taken place. My hair appeared freshly washed and full of body! I did end up washing my hair right after, for the record. But this does seem like it would be great if you are on a every-other day shampoo schedule to maintain the natural oils in your hair, which is recommended by most stylists but not practical for most people.

The thing that made me most excited is that it has a really volumizing effect and I have zero volume as I was bestowed very thick yet superfine hair.  I am going to try washing my hair earlier in the day on the weekends and using this to give it some va-voom before going out. Its killer. I also have big plans to use it on my hair before I curl it next time to give my roots body before curling so it doesn’t look weighed down at the crown and around my face.  I can see why Oscar Blandi is a fave of the supermodel and celebrity set.  He’s got all these sneaky little tricks up his sleeves! I feel so very honored that he’s decided to share them with us.

Try it at Sephora – trial size starts at $11 ~ / full size retails for $21 ~

Bangs follow up – then I need to talk about something other than hair!

Sheesh. I am realizing that all I’ve talked about the past few posts is hair and I don’t want to come off as a one trick pony. I did put a little teaser into my last post and I got a comment asking me to divulge my strategy for wearing moisturizer whilst having bangs and not letting them look greasy from rubbing against the lotion all day.

The first most important thing is to make sure you put your moisturizer on as soon as you get out of the shower – allowing for maximum time to absorb before you style da bangs.  I am alllllways in a rush so for me there is usually only a 10 minute drying time between shower and styling.

From there I give my bangs a good blow dry – I blow them up, then side to side, then use my flat brush to give them a little volume by slightly curling the brush under my bags while I blow dry. I finish with a dry hairspray (Paul Mitchell right now – my sister turned me onto it and it’s very light).

Now – the trick is, when you work all day and plan to go out but you think your bangs look kinda EH here’s a good tip. Take a flat brush, sprinkle it with baby powder and run it through your bangs. You will be amazed at how great they look! This works well for the crown too for extra body.  Sometimes this makes your hair a little staticky so I do still finish with a dry hair spray to get rid of any static clingers. I also hear that you can actually run a dryer sheet over your hair to get rid of static but I’ve yet to try this. It makes logical sense though. I will keep you posted if I do attempt to prove / disprove this myth.

There is also a Bumble and Bumble product that is supposed to be amazing.  I haven’t gotten it yet but it’s definitely on the list. Its Bumble and Bumble Hair powder.  They make it in a few different shades to match up with your color. This seems to be a genius idea to me.  It would help out in a pinch in the morning if you oversleep and don’t have time to wash your hair. It also claims to help with volumizing fine hair and aiding those with oily hair. Its also good if you overdo it on product and want to get your hair back to square one and not have it look greasy or too weighted down.

I’ve used several Bumble and Bumble products and been happy with them all so I am sure this one will not disappoint!  Given that I decided to continue on the path with bangs I do think this would be a good investment. My husband may leave me if I spend any more $$ this month on products or things that he would consider frivolous and I would consider a necessity.  Unfortunately this will have to wait until February when I can build the case to purchase a few new products…. WILL I MAKE IT THAT LONG? Happy marriage or gorgeous tresses? Ahh good wifey wins for today.

Hair update

About a month ago I posted on my hideous train wreck hair that was in desperate need of professional intervention. I saw my friend Grant for a cut a few weeks back and told him of my hair desperation. He hooked me up with a Moroccan hair mask (ooooh faaaaancy) which made my hair so “silky smooth” in the words of Scrappy Coco / Zohan.

In all serious, it did make quite a difference and I continued my quest for shinier, healthier winter hair by purchasing the deep conditioner Grant recommended to me.  The product I’ve been using is Soma Reconstruct Deep Conditioner. The website boasts that it “promotes shine and gloss to dry hair with immediate visible and
touchable improvement”.  I have been using it for several weeks now and I can tell you this is a true story! It’s also made from all organic ingredients which is why I theorize it works so well!

The moral of this post – if you are going to spend some scratch on a higher-end conditioner,  go with what your stylist recommends or with a conditioner that gets a lot of great ratings on your trusted beauty websites, even if it costs you a few extra bucks. I was spending $19 a bottle on Paul Mitchell and there is no comparison between that and my new conditioner.  The $5 extra bucks were well worth my investment. Now to tackle my next issue – my WHORE-rendous roots. I look like a $2 street-walker. Luckily I am seeing Grant on NYE so I look SMASHING in the insane amount of photos I am likely to snap!

(Photo courtesy of SOMA’s website)

Love for the locks

Today is December 3rd – and I am already seemingly suffering from the lackluster lock syndrome some of us experience in the Northeast when the weather turns.  My hair just is not doing it for me right now. I am way overdue for a cut, which I will remedy this weekend at my most favorite salon, James Joseph. However, the issues go beyond just a cut.

I am unfortunately not one of those gals that are blessed with perfectly shiny gorgeous hair. Its pin straight, really thick but fine. It just kind of lays there. Its annoying. When the winter months come all the static electricity fun takes its toll and I end up throwing my hair up in a  pony tail at work by day’s end. Well, I am determined this winter to overcome my lackluster lock syndrome.

I was inspired by an article on Style List last week –

Style List at AOL – Winter hair care tips

To recap the tips if you don’t feel like clicking over –

1.   When washing, rinse your hair with cold water. My hairdresser always does this. It’s cold in the morning now but I am going to suck it up and try it. Second part of this is to use your nozzle attachment on your blow dryer to focus the airflow down and not across all the hair, making it look frizzier

2.  Get a great cut – and my own personal tip, keep it up every 6-8 weeks!

3.  Use an ionic hair dryer, or skip the blow dry altogether to avoid further damage

4. If you can, reduce the frequency in which you shampoo; and/or try a sulfate free shampoo to reduce drying

5. Use a deep conditioner

6. Change your product mix (add in a moisturizing product with your regular product)

7.  Own a paddle brush

8.  Add highlights to combat dullness

9.  Use a gloss for your hair

I am already doing a handful of these steps – paddle brush, nozzle on blow dryer and ionic blow dryer, gloss on the weekends (too lazy for work) and not blowdrying even though my hair looks a hot mess sometimes. This is more of a shortage of time for be before I go to work but whatever lets say I am doing it for the sake of better hair.  I REALLY need to invest in a good deep conditioner. I am actually not sure what I am going to get but luckily I am going to see my boy Grant at James Joseph this weekend and I am sure he will guide me toward a fab product.  Of course I will share it once I figure out if it’s doing the trick!

If you are in the Boston area and want to check out James Joseph I highly recommend it – I personally like going to the Medford studio as its larger and more laid back than the Boston locations. Either way though you are going to get a fantastic cut & color, especially if you go to Grant!