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The Certified Fabulous Team has been trying some of the best all natural healthy hair care lines and absolutely love Surface! We are lucky enough to offer a giveaway to our readers of their Trinity Dry Shampoo. If you are not familiar with Surface they are a high performance, salon exclusive hair care brand that respects personal health and the earth. Surface is a culture committed to growth, personal health, respect of earth and self and to giving back.

Three lucky Certified Fabulous readers will win one Surface Trinity Dry shampoo.

This innovative dry shampoo formula is truly unique. Trinity Dry Shampoo features an invisible, organic mineral infusion of volcanic ash and over 50 other naturally occurring minerals that create a crystalline structure. Combined with ocean water and lemon extract, the mineral rich ash cleanses and refreshes the scalp while absorbing free radicals and protecting color. You won't believe the results you get from a spray you can barely see! From maximizing the life of a beautiful blow-out to lifting the roots of fine, thin hair, or keeping hair extension in prime shape, Trinity Dry Shampoo is the new, can't-live-without secret weapon for salon gorgeous hair anytime, anywhere.

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We have talked a lot recently about protecting your skin from the sun and heat but what about protecting your hair? Whether you are spending the day in the sun or using a heated tool to style your hair, protecting it should be on your mind. We all want to have our hair look amazing but in order to do that you need to keep it healthy. Not only can the sun and heat affect the color of your hair but it can make your hair brittle and cause split ends. The Certified Fabulous team members put a list together of a few products to help your hair beat the heat this summer and as a bonus leave your hair looking gorgeous! 

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When thinking of protection from the sun one of my go to brands is Sun Bum. This brand was created to provide high quality sun care products formulated for people who live and love in the sun. One of the Certified Fabulous Teams favorite UV protecting spray is Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray.  This help texturize and add volume to your hair but it also is UV protecting. This is a lightweight formula that will give your hair just the right amount of volume with a matte finish hold and will instantly block out the humidity that causes frizz. This spray is easy to use, just spray on towel dried or damp hair, and comb evenly through here. Next style with your fingers for the perfect look.  The sea spray is enriched with ingredients like Hawaiian Black Lava Sea Salt, Sea Kelp and Seaweed. It will make your hair look effortlessly gorgeous. This sea spray is paraben free silicone free, alcohol free, cruelty free and made in the USA. If you are looking to get the perfect beach wave without having to hop into the cold ocean this is also a great product to use to give you the beautiful looking beach waves. You can find the Sun Bum Sea Spray for $14.99 at trustthebum.com.

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Redken is a brand that usually comes up when we are talking about wonderful hair care products for women, but we can't forget they also have an amazing men's line. This men's line is full of perfect products to get your man or Father for Father's Day, so that he can be left feeling pampered and handsome. There are many men out there we know are not willing to buy professional hair care products for redkentwoinonethemselves, but even the manliest of men deserve to be spoiled for all that they do. Right now Redken is running a promotion that if you purchase 1 Clean Brew Shampoo and any 2 Redken for Men styling products, you get a free Redken for Men Travel Case and a travel size bottle of Redken for Men Grip Tight Holding Gel.

 

Here are some Redken products the Certified Fabulous team had a chance to review that we believe will make a wonderful Father's day gift. Redken for Men Clean Spice 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner is formulated to strengthen hair, and achieve a smooth and polished look. This is perfect for the man with a fast paced lifestyle. Certified Fabulous Team member Jessie had her husband try this 2-in-1 and he loved it. He works in a machine shop where everything from his feet to head gets covered in oil and this left his hair feeling superbly clean and smelling fresh.

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The Certified Fabulous team recently tried the AVIVA hair collection and loved it. If you are not familiar with AVIVA they believe that healthy hair is a crucial part of overall personal wellness. Their mission is to create hair happiness.

 AVIVA Shampoo and conditioner

 

Aviva’s exclusive Hydracreme and Keratin Renewal products are packed with 11 botanical extracts keeping your hair healthy, shiny, and frizz free. Aviva’s Hydracreme line is the first step to healthy hair more beautiful locks, building strength, improving texture, increasing body shine and controlling frizz.

AVIVA Hydracreme Shampoo (8.5oz -$19.95)will cleanser your hair while boosting strength and restoring shine. Packed with 11 botanical extracts, the formula is designed to eliminate buildup without stripping your hair of the moisture it needs.

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 Few things are more annoying that hair full of static when you are trying to look your best during the dry winter months! Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to prevent winter hair static, as well as quick fixes when this sticky problem pops up unexpectedly. Try these easy tricks to make hair static part of your hair’s history!

 

1. Spray a fine mist of your favorite medium hairspray (nothing too heavy that will leave your hair crunchy) onto a brush or comb and work evenly through the static heavy areas of your hair. Don’t have hairspray? Dab a little bit of water on the brush or comb instead. You can also spray a fine mist of medium spray directly over the troubled areas of your hair and carefully smooth through with your fingers.

 

2. Rub a small dab of leave-in conditioner or even lotion into your hands and smooth lightly over static heavy strands. If you are using hand or body lotion, make sure it is a very small amount and almost dry to the touch before running it over your hair to avoid making your tresses too heavy and oily.

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KMS California Artistic Director, Sonna Brado shows how to style waterfall braids in your hair while keeping the rest of your hair texturized and fun. This look will go great with any cocktail dress for a holiday party. 


First, prep hair with KMS California FREESHAPE 2-in-1 styling + finishing spray ($19.99) for heat protection.

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The saying, “get your beauty sleep” is no joke, says Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston. The industry veteran of over 30 years, shares that some of the best beauty tricks can be done while you’re sleeping. Sure, getting the suggested 8 hours of sleep can help with unwanted dark circles and baggy eyelids, but your coif can also benefit from overnight styling and tips.

Mario has shared with us his favorite advice that he gives to clients who are looking for an easy way to get ahead of their morning routine, while also catching a few zzz’s!

1) Go to bed with DRY hair!
Water in your hair cuticle makes it more susceptible to splits and breakage as you toss and turn during the night. Wet hair equals fragile hair! If you shower before bed and don’t have time to dry it, use a cotton t-shirt (which is less abrasive than a towel), wrap hair and keep it tucked in a turban-like creation until morning.

2) Repair hair and apply a leave-in treatment
Utilizing a leave-in conditioning treatment before bed, either a salon-professional product or natural coconut oil, allows the moisture to seep into hair for a longer, uninterrupted time, which in turn, leaves your hair super hydrated and smooth the next day! For an added moisturizing benefit, wrap conditioned hair in a shower cap or silk scarf before hitting the hay. This will also help to save your pillowcases/sheets from getting damaged by the hair treatment. brady bunch brushing hair mario russo salon tips certified fabulous


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Brush it out before bed

Using a brush with natural bristles (or my favorite, the Mason Pearson brush), brush hair out before bed. Yes, Marsha Brady-style! Using your brush, start at the roots and move down to the ends of your hair. This will help to transfer the natural oils from your scalp throughout your hair shaft, giving hair an added dose of hydration. Additionally, if you’ve used a lot of products on your locks during the day, this will help to break them up on your scalp as well as on your strands, so that build up won’t occur.

4) Keep it straight by wrapping it!
If you just spent money on a salon blow-dry or time in the bathroom straightening your curly locks, don’t let bedtime ruin your sleek style! Use the wrapping technique with bobby pins to keep hair smooth and straight. Starting at the top of your head, use a brush to begin arranging hair around the head and pinning it down. Essentially, you are wrapping hair in a circle pattern around the head to keep it in its straight condition.

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Bring out your scrunchies and top knot your freshly washed and dried hair. As you blow-dry hair before bed, use a volumizing product on the root and once it’s almost dry, apply a texturizing spray throughout. Loosely pull dried hair upward and into a soft topknot. The height will give you an extra boost of volume as you sleep as well as ensure that your locks will maintain tangle-free for your early wake-up call.

6) Lights off, humidifier on
Whether you are cranking up your house’s heat in the winter or you live in a dry climate, adding extra moisture to the air using a humidifier can help to keep both your skin and locks hydrated. Moisturized hair sees less frizz and breakage and more shine. Turn the lights off and the humidifier on!

7) Switch to a silk pillowcase
In order to extend the life of your hairstyle or blow-dry as well as keep damage and breakage at bay, opt for a silk or Egyptian cotton pillowcase. Flannel or cotton sheets cause more friction on hair and over time, will create damage.


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Mario Russo, Owner & Lead Stylist at Salon Mario Russo

Growing up in the small town of Formia, Italy, Mario had dreams of coming to America and making a life for himself. As a teenager, Mario’s family immigrated to the United States, where his passion for learning was nurtured by the endless possibilities of a new beginning. Fueled by a long-standing interest in engineering, his quest for knowledge took him to Northeastern University in Boston where Mario soon realized that his true career path was in the engineering of better hair. Flash forward 30 years; today, Mario Russo is a fixture within Boston’s style scene, owning and operating two eponymous salons in the city as well as his own bath and body product line.

As an industry leader, Mario is always looking to stay ahead of the trends, frequently traveling to Paris, London and New York City, to bring Bostonians the latest styling innovations. His appreciation for hair and belief in high-touch customer service enable Mario to offer the salons’ clientele a personal, sophisticated take on beauty that’s unmatched in Boston.

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Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. expert Jessica is featured on ehow.com to share with you hair care tips! In today's video see the hair products Kim Kardashian uses to keep her hair perfect.
 
 

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There is no denying that the fishtail braid had a great run; from the side to messy to in the ponytail, but Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, believes it’s time for a new tail to have their chance in the spotlight. Cue the Lobster Tail. This messy and textured twist is easy to create and doesn’t even requiring braiding skills…just twisting! Depending on the occasion, the Lobster Tail can be as deconstructed or as neat as you like.

The Lobster Tail


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 1. Start with day-old hair to achieve the messy and textured look of this braid. Use a texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray on the roots to eliminate any natural oils that can flatten hair.Step one lobster tail

2. Gather hair to one side, while leaving a few front pieces of hair out on the opposite. Curl these pieces with a 1-inch barrel to add more shape around the face.

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Women everywhere love the treat of getting a "blo out". Especially, when you walk out of one of our Blo Blow Dry Bar locations looking fabulous, hair bouncing with every step. So how do you make that feeling and look last? Here are my 10 tips and tricks for a multi-day "blo out".

1. Have your stylist start with a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for your specific hair type. My motto has always been that a great hair day starts with a clean canvas. If your hair is oily, you do not need a hydrating shampoo plus only condition the ends.


silk pillow case blo-out certified fabulous hair tips hairstyle david babii2. When you go to bed at night, consider a silky pillow case. They allow the hair to move freely while sleeping so you can prevent flattening the volume you love.


3. For those sleek straight blo outs, take a scrunchie. Gently pull hair back into a low ponytail, twisting it loosely around to keep hair in place. For longer lengths, try wrapping coated bands mid- center and at the ends of the pony. Also, a great flat iron is a must to rid your blo out of any imperfections, humidity or daily side effects from the elements.


4. When you wake up in the morning, you can freshen your scalp several ways. For my natural beauties, create a small mixture of water and lemon juice. Then, take a cotton ball moistening it slightly, making sure to squeeze any left-over juice out. Next, gently start by cleansing the hairline followed by parting small sections and cleaning the scalp area only. This will absorb and clean away any access oils while giving your hair a fresh scent. For my busy working gals, a dry shampoo is quick and easy to use.

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  • Step by step photos 2 certified fabulous hairstyles
  • "Anyone remember the topsy tail? I know I know, it may sound a little retro, but this double wrap topsy tail tutorial takes an old school ponytail and quickly morphs it into a super trendy look that is guaranteed to turn some heads," explains Latest-Hairstyles.com contributorJennie Kay. "This pony style works just as well for the office as it does for a day at the pool. Let’s get started, shall we?"

    What You Need:

    - Hairbrush
    - Comb
    - 2 Clear Hair Elastics
    - A Few Bobby Pins
    - Your Favorite Soft Hold Hairspray
    - A Smoothing Pomade (optional)



    Step 1: Using a brush, smooth hair into a ponytail at the mid to bottom of your neck and secure with a small rubber elastic.

    Step 2: Take a small section of hair from the ponytail (about 1/2-inch thick) and pull it aside.

    Step 3: Wrap that section of hair around the ponytail to camouflage the elastic and secure with a bobby pin. Spritz the hair in the ponytail with an aerosol hairspray (or smoothing pomade) and comb through to smooth the ponytail.

    Step 4: Using an additional small elastic, secure it midway down the shaft of the ponytail.

    Step 5: Spread apart the section within the elastics into two. Flip the bottom of the tail up and through the opening.

    Step 6: Repeat step 4 again.

    Step 7: Repeat step 5 again. Spritz the entire style with an aerosol hairspray to smooth flyaways or frizz.


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White Sands Liquid Texture Extreme Styling Spray Firm Hold

This product is a definite – “don’t leave home without it!”


white sands liquid texture spray certified fabulous hair care styleI recently had my hair style totally changed - out with the old and in with the new. The new cut along with White Sands Liquid Texture Extreme Styling Spray Firm Hold has made my morning hair routine so quick and easy.

I blow dry my hair, spritz the roots with the White Sands Liquid Texture Extreme Styling Spray Firm Hold, scrunch all over, then run a comb through everything. The results are amazing! My hair (which is very fine) has super volume, is soft, and has a healthy shine. When I’m in the mood - I get out the curling iron and put in a few curls, just for fun!

The added bonus - is that White Sands Liquid Texture Extreme Styling Spray Firm Hold works astonishingly well during the summer’s humid days. The team at White Sands should be proud to have such a delightful product in their hair care line.

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Ponytails are a staple whether your hair is shorter or really long, there is a look for everyone one.

Short, Low Ponytail

With so many people chopping their long locks into textured shoulder length or above, bobs this year, the short low ponytail is a fashion staple.

  • Start with 'lived-in' hair as this will give you better control of your hair. You can add some texture powder or dry shampoo to create volume and texture to your hair so it doesn't look so flat to your head.
  • Create a low side or center part and gather tight into the nape. The key here is to keep it really low to be effective.
  • Let some stray pieces fall gently around your face or keep it smooth and sleek.

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Zotos moisture repair S ad CHair products! So many choices when it comes to finding shampoo, conditioners, styling serums, smoothers and accessories. And we all know that they don’t all do exactly what they say they will do. So it can be difficult when searching for something new. I recently tried some amazing brands that I recommend giving a go if you are looking to change up your look and have healthier looking and feeling hair. Zotos Professional 180Pro line and these products are amazing. They give you the salon feel to your hair at home.

 

The 180PRO Moisture Repair Shampoo and 180PRO Moisture Repair Condition uses ground breaking technology to gently cleanse dry, damaged hair to leave it hydrated. They use ultra reparative pro-peptide complex to target hairs worst breaking points to actually improve hairs condition with each use. So basically it is going to help work to repair the damage that has been done. The smell of the shampoo and the conditioner is refreshing I love it! I could feel a difference in my right away and a great thing about these if you dye your hair they are color safe. So you do not have to worry about it fading your gorgeous color. 

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    Great post .These above mentioned products are used for daily purposes for any women .It is necessary to use recommended products
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Summer may be in full swing but things are only just heating up! While the sun may bring out your glowing tan, the humidity can turn hair from a tamed mane into a big mess. But don’t break a sweat; Herbal Essences Celebrity Stylist, Charles Baker Strahan is here to help you keep your cool with the season’s hottest updos.

Achieve three stylish ‘dos in five easy steps that will help you stay cool and frizz-free all summer long using his favorite Herbal Essences products.

Stay Sleek in the Sun with a High Pony


Keep long locks off your face and neck in the hot summer months with a chic, sleek ponytailhigh pony certified fabulous herbal essence


1) Create a nourished and hydrated base in the shower with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner. The Hawaiian coconut and orchid fragrance will leave you smelling fresh, while giving your hair the moisture it needs to fight frizz


2) Work 1-2 pumps of Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Split End Defense Cream through damp hair and smooth from root to top with a wide tooth comb

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    A top knot is always a good choice because it makes you feel fresh during hot weather and even though it can get messy, it seems a
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Summertime is the best and worst time for people, such as me, who have naturally curly hair.  The humidity helps by making my super curly (the best of times), but also contributes to excessive amounts of frizz (the worst of times).  The only remedy for the worst of times is the right hair care products.  Thankfully KMS California has an entire line of wonderful products for curly-haired gals like me!

KMS shampoo and conditioner

KMS California Curl Up Shampoo and Conditioner are a top pick for curly-girl hair care.  The shampoo provides curl support and elasticity while hydrating the hair.  I found that this shampoo did a wonderful job cleansing my hair, and left no buildup after multiple uses.  It was not drying whatsoever, and smells amazing.   The conditioner also smells amazing, is thick and rich and super hydrating.  After using this dynamic duo in the shower, my curls were soft, bouncy and tangle free.  Just how I like them :)

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Summer time hair styles, what do you look for? Bodacious waves? The effortlessly chic style? If that sounds about right, then Beyond the Zone has the styling products for you this summer. Whether you just came from the beach, or want to look like you just came from the beach, these next products with help you achieve the peicey, flowy, textured waves while taming the frizz and keeping your style fresh!

BTZ Beach Head surf shake

Start with the Beyond the Zone Beach Head Surf Shake - Sea Salt Texturizing Spray. Use this spray on damp or dry hair. On damp hair, spray evenly and scrunch for a tousled look. On dry hair, lightly mist and scrunch to seperate and texturize your style. Your waves will look natural and effortless with the light texture from the spray, enhance your beach hair, or re-create your beach hair style easily with this spray. 

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To keep the frizz at bay, after using the Surf Shake, apply the Beach Head Seaside Smooth Anti-Frizz Cream. On damp hair, apply a small amount to the ends and then style. On dry hair, apply a small amount with fingertips to fight the frizz and tame flyaways. This anti-frizz cream is also great for a summer up-do. This cream is also great for a summer updo. If I pull my hair back, there are flyaways galore, so when I want a sleek updo for a summer night out, I use a small amount of this cream to smooth back flyaways and flatten out the frizz. I then finish the style with hairspray to keep the hold, and so far the combination of this cream and hairspray has worked wonders for my updos!

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1. Forget curlers and flat irons! Separate all of your hair into two-inch pieces. Then take a baby wipe (yes, a baby wipe!) and roll your hair tightly around it starting at the ends and rolling hair upwards until you’re three inches from the scalp. A baby wipe is perfect because it is sturdy and already damp so you don’t have to shower before creating luscious waves. When you finally reach the scalp, tie the ends of the baby wipe together. It should look like small knots covering your head. Continue and do this to all your hair. Sleep on it and then in the morning unravel all of the knots. Use your fingers or fine tooth comb to loosen the style. To finish, spray locks with a light hold hairspray.

2. Yes, it’s true that salt water really does help your hair achieve beach waves. Over the years, there have been many products on the market that help your locks create the “just left the beach look,” but my favorite is Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray because it leaves the most effortless finish! On damp hair, spray the sea salt solution sparingly on the entirety of your head. Next, take two-inch sections and “scrunch” each piece from the ends to the scalp. When you scrunch hair, use a t-shirt over/on your hands, as this will help you to avoid extra frizz/friction. To finish, simply let hair air dry, or to speed up the process and add extra volume, use a diffuser on the end of your blow-drier.

DIY ALERT! If you don’t want to splurge on a salon quality spray, there’s a simple DIY recipe that can still give you the look you’re aiming for at home. Take an 8 ounce spray bottle and fill it with water. Add a few tablespoons of sea salt to the mixture (the more you use, the more textured the waves). To finish the concoction, add a small drop of a moisturizing product like Moroccan Oil or your favorite conditioner. Give the bottle a good shake and spray on damp hair! Follow with the original steps of scrunching hair and letting it air dry and/or blow-drying it with a diffuser. 

3. The perfect beach wave starts with a great haircut. If your hair is not layered properly, the waves you want won’t always form correctly. The ideal cut for the best beach waves involves layers around the face with a light layers in the back. The angles add interest to your hair, while the light layers in your length will help you to avoid a box-y look when your hair is curled.

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1) Reduce Your Routine and Pick the Perfect Brush

You know the drill: wash, rinse, repeat. However, cleansing hair too often can strip away the natural oils that keep it healthy, thus making hair more brittle and prone to breaking. Nick suggests reducing the number of times you shampoo your hair to 3-4 times a week. In between shampoos, soak up oil with a light coat of dry shampoo on your roots and use a boar bristle brush (Nick recommends a boar hair brush like a Mason Pearson brush) to distribute hair oils from root to tip for extra natural shine and conditioning.

2) Swap out Silicone Shampoos

We’ve all heard the golden rule of getting a salon trim every six weeks to keep your hair healthy, but it isn’t always that easy! Silicone-based shampoos can make your hair ultra-shiny, but they can also prevent vital oils from accessing your strands. To boost your hairs natural conditioning abilities, Nick suggests opting for a silicone-free shampoo such as Kerastase’s Bain Crystal line. It purifies roots, rebalances hair fibers, and leaves ends smooth and polished (sans trim!).

no hair dryer sign3) Ditch Your Dryer

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Everyone know (or should know now) that olive oil does wonders for skin! It maintains the moisture barrier and keeps it hydrated and soft for a long time. Olive oil has been included in a large majority of skincare products and remains popular to this day. Branching out a bit more to take olive oil uses to another level, hair care has begun to embrace it. A trusted brand I turn to for many needs, Palmer's, has again stayed on trend with their offering of the Palmer's Olive Oil collection. Here are a few of my favorites:


Olive Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
- The No Lather Shampoo Alternative

Formulated without Sulfates, Detergents, Lather, Phthalates, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil or Harsh Chemicals

Palmers Olive Oil Formula Cleansing ConditionerThis unique, all-in-one cleansing cream replaces shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner and detangler. The gentle, no-lather cleanser contains anexclusive blend of natural Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vitamin E, Keratin Protein and natural herbal extracts to moisturize, soften and detangle hair for the gentlest daily cleansing possible. The salon-quality formula is a safe way to pamper dry, frizzy and over-worked hair and scalp.

Apply directly to the scalp in sections and add to a splash of water to emulsify product on scalp. Massage thoroughly into hair, comb through and leave on for the duration of your shower. Rinse thoroughly, while continuing to massage hair and scalp.

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