Posts Tagged ‘Hair’

Friday, December 5, 2014

Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy — Like You Just Stepped Out of a Salon (Seriously…)

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No, Rita Hazan is not paying me to write this nor does her publicist have naked pictures of me from my college days. (Maybe from my twenties… Kidding!!) You know I’m a lifelong beauty addict, which means I’ve heard (and fallen for) every promise of magical elixirs that turn dull, frizzy hair into shiny, bouncy, kitten-soft tresses. But, I call ‘em like I see ‘em – Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy literally transformed my hair after one use.

I received the Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy from her lovely publicist (who to reiterate does not have naked pictures of me) and I made it a priority to test it on my coughed-up hairball hair. Seriously, the dry heat blaring from the vents combined with the very rainy season here in the Bay Area made my hair into a dry, brittle, frizzy mess. I even seemed to be getting tangles that resembled dreadlocks underneath. I stand by my coughed-up hairball description.

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The treatment is a fast, two-step conditioning process. I mention “fast” because I’ve owned so many hair masks that I never end up using because the process was too much of a time suck. I remember one hair mask said I was supposed to shrink wrap my head and hold a hairdryer on it for 10 minutes. You would think I would have discovered that tidbit before I plunked down $30. I was young and stupid once too.

After I applied and rinsed both treatments, I honestly felt the difference in the texture of my hair right away. I applied my regular styling products and let my hair air-dry for about an hour, and then diffused it. I flipped my head up to reveal, you guessed it, hair that looked like I just stepped out of a salon. Just imagine me flipping my head up in slow motion, curls bouncing everywhere.

From Rita Hazan:

A revolutionary formula that instantly transforms strands into lustrous, healthy, shiny hair with vibrant color. The innovative and lightweight treatment fixes the hair from the inside out immediately for instant gratification. Four oils deeply condition & hydrate while rice proteins strengthen and fortify.

Treat It ( Step 1 ) treats and opens the hair cuticle for optimal penetration of conditioners, proteins, and UV protectors. 

 Seal It ( Step  2 ) -seals and locks in reparative nutrients and conditioners for deep and lasting hydration, while color is preserved with a protective shield.

Rita Hazan Weekly Treatment retails for $42 and is available at Ulta, Ulta.com, and RitaHazan.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Drugstore Cowgirl: Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Pixie Play Craft Cream

As you can imagine, I get tons and tons of beauty products (we’re talking several boxes a week). I spend several hours going through the products — testing, touching, trying on — classifying the products into categories (like / don’t like, want to wear right away / can wait). In one of my treasure trove boxes, I came across Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Pixie Play Craft Cream ($4.29). I cast it aside for a few days, making the mistake of thinking since the product had “Pixie” in the title it wouldn’t work for my long curly hair.

Au contraire.

I decided to test the Craft Cream on a day I wasn’t planning on leaving the house (Lesson #1: Always dress rehearsal new beauty products!). After I had applied leave-in conditioner, I opened the jar of product to find a surprisingly non-sticky cream. I took a quarter-size scoop and finger-combed it through my hair. I flipped my head and scrunched my hair with a paper towel and let it air dry. While my hair was air-drying I twisted random curls around my fingers into corkscrews. After waiting eons for my thick hair to dry, I looked in the mirror to find soft, sculpted, curls. The curls I had corkscrewed were smooth and flexible.

I also tried this product by diffusing my hair instead of letting it air dry.  I still got soft, touchable curls but my hair seemed much thicker and more voluminous. I think this is one of those magic hair potions that will basically work on almost any hair type. This is how Garnier describes the product:

Add texture and create piecey or out-of-bed looks for all De-Constructed style.  Get touchable control and a subtle, satin finish that is non-tacky, not stiff or too coated.  Extra Strong Hold.

Even though Garnier describes the cream as “extra strong hold,” it didn’t make my hair stiff or crunchy.  I honestly this this product would work on almost any hair type… Except of course if you have super thick, coarse locks. Then, it may be a little too  much volume and thickness to handle.

 

 

Disclosure: I was gifted these products with no editorial obligation.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Celebrity Beauty Blind Item: Which Starlet Showed Up to the Red Carpet with Bad Mall Hair?

This celebrity, famous for her cat-shaped eyes, past marriage to royalty, and contract with an international cosmetics powerhouse showed up to premiere of her new comedy that stars two of the biggest comedians in the business in a stunning dress, sultry smoked eyes and really bad ombre mall hair.  I’m sorry but if you can get the ombre look in a box at your local drug store, the look is officially over, at the least for celebrities.  Aside from the awful color, her hair looked dull and lifeless, as though she had been using hotel shampoo conditioner and nothing else for the past month. And she had this strange part down the middle which seemed to accentuate the thinness of her hair and made the style ever more offensive. Her hairstylist needs to be shot or at least demoted to reality TV starlets.

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