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Weddings are a time to celebrate a happy couple joining together in the adventure of life as a partnership. It is a time friends and family come together to witness this special day for the two people, making a promise to be faithful and committed to one another and their journey for the rest of their days together. We live in a world where weddings are becoming a big production and it can be quite exciting to attend one! When we are lucky enough to be invited to take part in this special day, we all want to look and feel our best, whether or not we are the ones in the spotlight (especially when we know how much money is being spent on a photographer to document every moment of the day!). As a woman many of us have constant struggles with the problem of bad hair days, and who wants something as silly as a bad hair day to ruin your fun during this momentous event? The Certified Fabulous team has put a few products to the test that will treat, tame, and style all types of hair to help us each look our very best no matter the occasion. Hopefully with the products assistance, you will be feeling and looking fabulous during any event that you attend. Warning: We cannot be held responsible if your luscious locks lure in any other single wedding attendees - you may wind up prepping for your own wedding by next summer.

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There are several key factors go into having a good hair day. For the upcoming weeks, be sure to be drinking plenty of water, eat nutritious foods, and keep up on trims. If it's a week before and you haven't been putting much effort into your diet, water intake, and you're weeks late for your trim, start thinking about trying a treatment oil for your hair. SHOW Pure Treatment Oil is a very lightweight oil that works wonders on curly untamed hair. This oil comes in a beautiful glass bottle with a dropper applicator which allows you to apply as much product as needed. With key ingredients like Argan oil which is used to strengthen and repair hair, as well as Jojoba Oil which is often used to help regrow hair and soothe the scalp, Coffee Seed Oil which is believed to improve elasticity. The oil can be applied to freshly cleaned, damp hair prior to styling, or be applied to dry hair and then wrapped in a warm towel for 10 minutes and then washed out for a full treatment. The fragrance of the oil is wonderfully light and leaves your hair smelling amazing and feeling luxuriously soft. The SHOW Beauty Pure Treatment oil can be found at Sephora.

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Another important step to having a good hair day is having the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair. Renpure BB Créme 10 Benefits Shampoo and Conditioning Duo are great products to get your hair feeling clean and nourished. Made without sulfates, gluten, parabens, or dyes, this shampoo and conditioner is safe to use on all hair types and colored treated hair. Both products are formulated to protect, strengthen, repair and moisturize hair. An added bonus, it provides added protection when styling hair with heated tools. You can find Renpure Orginals products at Target. 

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To all my curly haired friends!  If you are looking for some new products to tame your curly frizzy hair during these hot summer months I have found a few to help! If you haven’t tried Yves Rocher products yet I highly recommend it.  Yves Rocher explores the most powerful active ingredients of botanicals to offer high-quality, custom solutions for every skin and hair type.  Another great thing about this company is they respect the environment, control and reduce their impact on the environment from the plant to your skin. If I can I like to buy from companies who are environmentally friendly, I was really excited to try their curly hair product line.

Yves Rocher Curl Shampoo and conditionerTo start with the basics if you have curly locks like mine try the YVES ROCHER Bouncy Curls Shampoo and Bouncy Curls ConditionerThe ingredient Baobab leaf extract is known for keeping curls beautifully defined. The shampoo and conditioner will give your hair resistance to humidity and frizz as well as keep the softness to your curls but also keep them defined. The smell of these two products is amazing and the feel of my hair after was great.

YVES ROCHER Curls sculpting sprayYVES ROCHER Curls Sculpting Spray for Curly hair which is great.  It will help define your curls without leaving them stiff. The sculpting spray also has the Baobab leaf extract to help define the curls. This is a great sculpting spray to keep your curls looking amazing all day. What I enjoyed most about this spray is that I could still run my fingers through my hair without my fingers getting caught yet my curls stayed strong.

 I love my curly hair but sometimes the frizz is a pain in the you know.  YVES ROCHER Smoothing Milky Serum 48 H Anti-Frizz is a amazing way to get rid of frizz without leaving your hair feeling greasy.  It left my hair looking smooth and soft.  The Gombo bean is attributed to the effectiveness of this smoothing serum. I love the smell and the smooth look of my hair after using this product! If you are having a frizzy day and need a quick solution this is a great fix.
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I have done plenty of damage to my hair over the years from blow drying, to flat ironing to dying. Yves Rocher has some products you can use to repair all the torture we have put our hair through to make it feel soft and amazing like after I new hair cut.  YVES ROCHER Hair Repair Oil is enriched with restorative Babassu Oil and Macadamia Oil to nourish the scalp and strengthen the hair. You simply apply to your hair about 10 min prior to washing and then rinse out. I love it because it is so easy to use. Being working mom of a 1 year old I down have time to do lengthy treatments. I was really happy with how easy and effective this was to use. There is also a  YVES ROCHER Nutri- Repair Mask. This is enriched with nourishing Jojoba oil and reparative Organic Shea Butter that nourishes the hair fiber and repairs its surface to sooth it.  This strengthens the hair and will help regain suppleness, vitality and will be incredibly soft to the touch. This is paraben free, silicone free, and colorant free. I love both of these treatments and if your looking for a easy to use mask or oil I recommend trying these. They made my hair feel rejuvenated and smooth in a short amount of time.

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As you know, I’m always looking for different hair products to tame my natural curls. Winter can be especially hard on the tresses since the air is drier due to heat sources in our homes and work places. With curly hair, winter brings even more of the frizzes so hydrating and refreshing is a must have. Mizani, True Textures Curl Recharge provides an instant refreshing natural lift.

It’s a lightweight spray cream and gel in one that re-energizes natural loose curls and waves without any build-up. Mizani uses Curl Care Complex Technology with jojoba and apricot oils, Vitamin E and ceramides to help moisturize, soothe and reinforce curls. 

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Although some will say those with curly hair should let their hair air dry, I need to blow it dry since again, living on the east coast, its cold in the winter and my hair will freeze if I leave the house with it wet! I like that the Mizani Curl Recharge spray has moisturizing oils so that I can blow dry and get a frizz-free beautiful finish. It is also great as an in-between shampooing spray. Oh and it smells amazing. It’s a yummy tropical coconut scent that certainly makes you dream of summer breezes instead of arctic freezes!

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Beauty products have never been known for being earth friendly (I think we can all admit that the amount of Aqua Net used in the 80's caused its own hole in the Ozone) so it's refreshing to find some all natural products that really do help make you look your best!

First, lets talk about two amazing natural additions to bath time: Dorey Aromatherapy Message in a Bubble and Plum Hill Sugar Body Scrub. I don't take baths very often, but with wedding planning, work, preparing for graduate school, and life in general, I've been experiencing my fair share of stress lately, and what's a better all-natural cure for stress than a bath?

I filled my tub with hot water and sunk in for a relaxing mini getaway. The Dorey Aromatherapy Message in a Bubble04262013 Dorey Aromatherapy Bath Fizzie Certified Fabulous is a bath bomb that I simply dropped in the water and the ball burst with fizzy fury! In just seconds my entire bath was a spa retreat. The gentle massage of the fizz loosened up my tense muscles and the rich smell filled my bathroom. The ball lasted for several minutes and once completely dissolved, a small laminated message floated to the top of the water. My message was a quote on strength and fearlessness from Audre Lorde, a writer and civil rights activist. I put my inspirational quote aside and enjoyed my enriched bath. After I dried off, my skin felt soft and rejuvenated.

04262013 Plum Hill Body Sugar Cranberry OrangeMy next Earth friendly bath treat was Plum Hill Sugar Body Scrub. I have the Cranberry Orange scented scrub and it smells fantastic! The scrub also comes in Coconut Lime and Island Woods, all amazing scents! The natural oils mean that the scrub doesn't smell chemical or fake, plus the oils leave your skin baby soft! I used this in the shower and, unlike some scrubs that dissolve in your hand, this had a nice thick texture that lasted. The oils left my skin moisturized and the scrub harmlessly exfoliated.

Now let's go outside the bathtub/shower. I have dry frizzy hair that sometimes, with enough product, 04262013 Curl Up and Shine Creme Use Me Certified Fabulouscan have soft curls. But I hate piling chemicals on to my hair everyday, robbing it of it's natural beauty. Thankfully, the amazing people of Use Me have figured out a natural solution! Use Me's Curl Up & Shine Creme is a gentle cream that you apply to wet hair, working your way from ends to root. As I worked my way up, I scrunched the tips of my hair and gently separated my curls with my fingers. Then I just let my hair air dry and it looked great! Everyone noticed my hair looked less frizzy and my curls were allowed to spring, not weighed down with product.

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Spring has arrived! Hooray! I really enjoy the winter but long for warm, sunny days. With curly hair, 03302013 Biotera styling curl creme certified fabulousboth winter and spring pose challenges for taming the frizzes so I’m always looking for new products to try and help control flyaways. Biotera Curl Crème is a great styling cream that really defines my curl and fights the frizz.

Biotera Curl Crème contains bamboo, sunflower and rice extracts that quenches the moisture in the curls leaving them bouncy, soft and manageable. It is thick enough to control the frizz but light enough that it doesn’t weigh down my hair. It has a pleasant cinnamon scent as well that lingers throughout the day.

To use, simply apply generously to damp hair and then style as usual. It can be applied to dry hair as well to add even more definition and shine. At about $8 a bottle, it’s an affordable way to achieve the look you desire.

So tame those frizzes with Biotera Curl Crème but more importantly, take care of yourself.

Amy

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This week we are talking about winter hair remedies and as you know, I have natural curly hair and in the winter, although healthy, it tends to be drier due to the heat, either from the woodstove or the car, office, etc. So every few weeks, I treat it with a deep conditioner or a leave-in conditioner, hot oil treatment, etc.

I recently tried a unique 3 step process for curly hair from DevaCurl. The Deva 3-step system cleanses, hydrates and styles leaving my hair naturally gorgeous and frizz free.

The DevaCurl 3-step system is also 100% sulfate, paraben & silicone free which makes this color-treated, dehydrated, curly head very happy.

Step 1 No-Poo zero lather conditioning cleanser – That’s right, this ‘non shampoo’, is a thick, rich cleansing cream enriched with a blend of botanicals and super moisturizing ingredients.

Step 2 One condition ultra-creamy daily conditioner – Just like it describes, this ultra-creamy daily conditioner works through water soaked curls to provide maximum moisturization.

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