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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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Singer/songwriter Lorde is almost as well-known for her head-turning tresses as she is for her mega-hit singles. Channel her modern rock goddess look with voluminous curls that are ready for the world’s stage.

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I am the proud mom of a wonderful 6 year old. She is smart and beautiful and I love her to bits. The only problem, she is going to be the pretty popular girl (I was not) once she gets to high school. She is in the first grade and already has a “boyfriend,” has been invited to no less than 15 birthday parties this school year so far, and is a self-described “popular girl.”  With all of this popularity comes the constant attention to detail when it comes to hair/clothes. Fortunately for me, she attends a private school, so its khakis and white polos every day. Because of this fashion conformity, Amelia makes a statement with her ultra-long hair. She loves her long hair and cries when I force her to get a half inch trim. Despite this, she is a typical 6 year old when it comes to the regular brushing needed to maintain this long hair. Thank goodness for Bain de Terre Coconut Papaya Ultra-Hydrating Hair Collection, which has saved her the torture of brushing out the snarls.

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Last weekend, after spending two days with her father, Amelia returned home to me a hot mess (see  picture below).  I was certain I was going to have to traumatize her by having her long locks chopped. Her hair reminded me of the homeless lady who wanders around town, who we always referred to “Beaver Tail lady,” as her hair was so dread-locked it resembled a beaver tail. I decided to attempt to rectify the situation myself before taking drastic-haircutting-measures. First, I washed her hair with Bain de Terre coconut papaya Ultra Hydrating Shampoo. This lovely shampoo contains wonderful essential oils that helped to hydrate her overly dry (caused by swimming in a heavily chlorinated hotel swimming pool all weekend) and obviously damaged hair. I loved the richness of this shampoo, and because it is paraben free I feel confident using this product on my child's hair.  The nourishing Coconut Oil, plus argan and monoi oil made shampooing an effective first step at remedying the horrible situation which was my child’s hair.

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Next, I slathered her hair with Bain de Terre coconut papaya Ultra Hydrating Conditioner. This conditioner is fortified with the same coconut, argan and monoi oils as the shampoo. This conditioner is indicated for those with overly dry and damaged hair. This conditioner is also paraben free, and helped to loosen the matted knots present in my little ones hair. I began to relax, gaining a sense of hope that after completing all three steps in this hair care collection, that I might be able to get a comb through the matted mess.

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Is your hair feeling limp and lifeless? Or is it some untamed wild beast? Either way we have a couple options for you!

Thicker Fuller hair shampoo and weightless conditioner hair care set certified fabulous

If you have fine, limp, or thin hair then check out Thicker Fuller Hair’s Cell-U-Plex Revitalizing Shampoo and Weightless Conditioner. This product lists off natural ingredients and takes a non-medicated approach to help solve your hair woes! It smells good, it’s lightweight, lathers well, and doesn't weigh your hair down. In fact, after the first use I noticed a huge difference, and for the price you just can’t go wrong… unless you already have untamed wild hair like me. This product does exactly what it claims. My hair was thicker, fuller, and full of volume… I mean this fluffy cloud of wonderment had a mind of its own. I will make note that I let my hair air dry and it tends to frizz. So when I did go to style it in the morning with a flat iron and smoothed it out, it really looked great! I had volume where I needed it; it was soft to the touch and actually held its shape throughout the day.

I’m a big fan of checking out ingredients. Thicker Fuller Hair lists ingredients such as caffeine to help perk up your roots with calming and moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera. However, in further reading I found two ingredients that were hydrolyzed wheat starch and hydrolyzed wheat protein. Huh? So I’m lead to believe that the only caffeine perking me up is my half a pot of coffee first thing in the morning! I think we can all agree that the winning ingredient in this product is the wheat starch and wheat protein. If you can starch your shirts you can starch your hair… so be a little weary on the lather, rinse, repeat cycle!

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Galvin & Galvin Dubble Trubble 2 in 1 Shampoo & Body Wash equals bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!!!! The Strawberry Scent is Amazing! My children both have very sensitive skin and are able to use this to wash with or bath with out it overly drying their skin!  

In the excitement of getting new soap for the bath, my children decided to work together :) For those of you with children we all know what this can lead to...

We have detachable jets for the bath, they rest over the edge of the tub and turn a normal bath into a Jetted Tub, which we all happen to love... 

They wanted to see the distance these bubbles would go, so the jets went on and the bubbles went in... and then some more.... and then some more... until an empty tube hit the floor...

When I came to check on my children (following the laughter) to see how bath time was going. I opened the door to a sea of bubbles covering the entire room. They were a bit difficult to see over all the bubbles, the little one had to stand... their laughter was contagious...

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The Man Cave Company has an amazing line of products under their belt. Every item is specifically designed for the modern man concerned with his grooming and his environment. The two products I have tried out, the moisturizer and the shampoo, have two very awesome things in common: caffeine and shea butter. Individually these ingredients are great, but combined they make magic happen every morning.

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This shampoo is perfectly aromatic with a balance of cleansing and moisturizing agents. While using the shampoo I noticed a slight tingle to my scalp, presumably from the caffeine soaking in. This sensation added to the fresh scent of the lather to wake up my senses and get me ready for the day. This wasn't the only unexpected virtue of the Man Cave shampoo, because after rinsing I found that my hair was soft and smooth.  No conditioner was needed. The 12 essential oils and shea butter infused my hair with the healthy oils that other shampoos tend to strip out. The one step clean and added caffeine boost makes this shampoo awesome for sluggish mornings.

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Most moisturizers are pretty much the same. They all tote a long list of oils and butters, meant to enrich and nourish the skin. In this respect the Man Cave company has stuck to the main stream. Where they stand apart is the balance of these elements and the addition of caffeine to the mix.  Unlike their shampoo, I didn't feel a tingle while applying the lotion to my skin, but I did notice a slight invigoration (whether it was all in my head of from the caffeine in the moisturizer… I’m not sure… but it was there and I liked it!) The results of a morning application was a perfectly moisture rich face that stayed that way throughout the day - which is no easy feat in Maine during the cold winter months. This moisturizer held up against bitter winds and freezing temperatures without being defeated.

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I ran out of my usual salon (think $$$) shampoo and conditioner. Lately, in an attempt to save some cash I made the mistake of purchasing a mass market shampoo and conditioner. I’m not naming names, but let me just say, after 4 days my scalp was so itchy and thick with buildup, it was awful. I literally had the worst dandruff ever, and normally I have never had an issue. Thankfully, I have the Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. office across the hall, so when I stumbled in with my itchy head, Jessica suggested Conceived By Nature: Nourishing Lavender Shampoo, Conditioner.  Saved my life (or at least my itchy, flaky scalp), at a price that is more than reasonable ($9.99 retail) for a product that is amazing!!

Conceived by Nature combines the finest essential oils, herbs, micro-enriched proteins, and other natural ingredients to fortify and nourish hair, leaving it soft, strong and shiny. I love that no synthetic fragrances are used in the Conceived by Nature products. Essential oils provide an amazing aroma that tickles the senses in a hot steamy shower. The Lavender oil in the shampoo and conditioner is combined with other essential oils, herbs and vitamins. Blue-Green Algae, Marigold, Horsetail, Mandarin Orange, Honeysuckle, and Parsley are just a few of the amazing natural and mostly organic ingredients which gently cleanse while encouraging healthier hair growth to replenish, restore and keep hair soft, strong and shiny.

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Lavender oil calms nerves while enhancing circulation to the scalp and hair follicles, combined with grape fruit extract it works as an antioxidant to protect and nourish for a healthier scalp. Within two days, all of the buildup from my previous nasty shampoo was GONE!! My scalp felt clean and my hair was left feeling soft and wonderful. 

Conceived by Nature Balancing Lavender Conditioner was equally wonderful. Lavender oil combined with essential oils, such as olive, sweet almond, and coconut, blended with shea butter help to nourish the hair and scalp by locking in moisture to smooth and soften, while adding body and shine. This uniquely balanced formula not only provides incredible performance, it left me feeling uplifted and conditioned. My hair felt healthier, and I truly had a natural, multi-sensory experience during my shower. The soothing lavender oil is blended with a unique combination of micro-enriched proteins and vitamins which helped to enrich my hair’s texture and condition, restoring its health, elasticity and vitality, making it easier to control and style.

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The path of self-discovery is stressful, exhilarating and everything in between. I love that the Not Your Mother's brand is youthful, fun and helps young women find their personal style. From their witty product names to their wide array of professional grade hair products and tools, NYM is the perfect brand for fashion forward girls who love trying out new styles and making a statement.

Recently, I tested out the Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo and Conditioner, She’s a Tease Volumizing Hair Spray and Knotty to Nice Conditioning Detangler.

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After only a few weeks of using the Way to Grow Long & Strong shampoo and conditioner, I've noticed a visible difference in my hair's length and less breakage. The salon formula nourishes with essential vitamins, herbs and bioactive extracts for stronger hair and a silky texture.
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Knotty to Nice has been my savior. I have extremely thick hair that has a natural wave when I allow it to air dry. It saves me time to skip the blow dryer but as a result of not brushing it through properly, I get some serious knots. I'd go so far as to say the layer of hair closest to my neck gets matted. This conditioning formula infused with keratin protein strengthens hair as is detangles to fortify the strands and prevent breakage. The product can be used on wet or dry hair for pain-free brushing and smooth tresses.

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Fight humidity while keeping your style intact. NYM She's a Tease Volumizing Hair Spray is available in a cute, travel sized version that can easily be tossed in your bag for touch-ups on the go. Who would be without a hairspray?

Now that the brand has me hooked, I am dying to try their Clean Freak Dry Shampoo and Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray! I’m picking mine up at Ulta.com.

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Finding the right shampoo and conditioner set for your hair is tough. It's a process that takes time and lots of trial and error. Since everyone's hair is so unique and reacts to different treatments differently, it's difficult to pinpoint what to use on a group of hair-types. But I'm gonna try!

It Facor Shampoo and ConditionerIf you have thick, corse hair (and a lot of it!):

itFactor quick blowdry smoothing lotionit Factor Quick Blowdry Shampoo and Conditoner for Medium to Corse hair. This shampoo and conditioner help hair dry faster, with or without a hairdryer, which is great for busy gals with too much hair to deal with on a rushed morning! And it smells wonderfully! It's apple scent is light and girly. It made me want to add a nice bubblebath to my morning routine, but of course there's never time for that!

After using this set, I really did notice that my hair was lighter and had more bounce. I also used it Factor's Quickdry Smoothing Lotion to help with frizz and flyaways. The lotion isn't greasy at all and helped my waves become more defined. I was very happy with the three products combined and highly recommend them for girls with hair that never ends!

 

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    I've used ITfactor products and can attest that they do what they say, I particularly liked the lotion as far as "quick dry" goes.
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As Father’s day approaches, we want to make sure you have all the gift options you need to celebrate your fantastic Dad! First up today are some great men's personal care products!

Dove Men Care Micro Moisture Body and Face Wash Cleansing Gel
Dove Mens Care Certified Fabulous 6.11This cleansing gel by Dove has a clean energizing scent to start Dad's day off right! The Micro Moisture allows for a more moisturizing body wash experience to fight dry skin. Make dad feel clean, pampered, and energized with this affordable cleansing gel! You can find Dove Men Care Micro Moisture Body and Face Wash Cleansing Gel for just $5.49

Organix Invigorating Citrus Mint 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash
Organix Mens citrusThink dad’s interested in a bolder scent? Try Organix Invigorating Citrus Mint 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash. With citrus extracts, spearmint and peppermint this 3-in-1 product smells amazing! It is invigorating, energizing, moisturizing and ultimately fresh. As the product description says “stop using your girls stuff in the shower!” – and get Dad his own irresistible product! Organix Invigorating Citrus Mint 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash is a great middle of the road option at $7.99 

Philip B Nordic Wood Hair and Body Shampoo
Philip B Nordic Wood 6.11Take the boldness one step further – Philip B Nordic Wood Hair and Body Shampoo has a potent woodsy fragrance with Norwegian spruce, balsam fir, white pine, cedar wood, and camphor. Show dad he can pamper himself while still maintaining an earthy and tough air. This hair and body shampoo will be a refreshing, relaxing escape into the outdoors!
Splurge a little bit for Dad this father's day! Philip B Nordic Wood Hair and Body Shampoo - $36.00

Whether you want to save, spend, or substitute, you can find many scents and personal care product options to fit your Dad's style this Father's Day! Also check back later today for some intriguing cologne ideas for Dad!

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We can feel summer is getting closer and closer, and although we want to jump right into the warm weather, it’s always good to be prepared to make the most of it. So for this week I have a great lineup of products that will help you make the most of the glorious summer sun.

Starting with shampoo! Although we may like the golden vibes the sun can give to our hair, we also
05212012 John Frieda Sheer Blonde Certified Fabulouswant to make sure it doesn’t damage any color treatment we may already have. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner helps maintain the vibrant look of your color treated blonde while leaving hair feeling soft and nourished. The shampoo and conditioner create a rich lather that evenly and easily coats your hair, really creating the feel of salon treatment. This will be one of my go-to hair products to maintain my color treated blonde throughout the summer!

At $4.65 each on Amazon, John Frieda’s Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner is an awesome buy! But if you’re looking for a higher option, check out Aquage Color Protecting Shampoo at $14.99 on Amazon.

Next up, Pores No More Cleanser by Dr. Brandt. If you desire a squeaky clean complexion this is your cleanser! From the heat, the sand from the beach, and all 05212013 dr brandt pores no more cleanser Certified Fabulousour summer activities, our skin can feel a bit oily and well…gross. This cleanser refines enlarged pores, controls excess oil, while clearing blackheads and whiteheads. Basically, it will leave you will a clean, smooth complexion after all the summer dirt. The smooth and foaming lather really feels as though it’s clearing my skin of impurities. Helping clear blackheads and refining pores will also give me the confidence to wear less makeup during those particularly hot and busy days.

You can buy Pores No More for $35.00

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You care about your hair, right? You would do anything and try anything to keep it the way you want it...who wouldn't?!  

I LOVE my hair! I would do anything to keep it alive and make it healthy and gorgeous, so as you can imagine I have tried practically EVERYTHING on the market. No, I'm serious...everything!!!

Anyway, that being said, you know I am speaking from the bottom of my heart when I tell you that I have found the ultimate hair care line for me, that I have already sworn to be faithful to 'til death do us part! 

Zotos (www.zotos.com) has introduced me to the Biotera Long & Healthy hair care collection; Rich Lather ShampooDaily ConditionerDeep Moisturizing Conditioner & the Triple Action Leave-In Treatment. My hair has never felt so soft or been so manageable since before I started damaging it back in middle school! It was like my hair was revived and it instantly looked like it could compete with any celebrity on the red carpet! A true WOW factor result with this hair care, I was truly blown away and didn't expect as dramatic and flawless results as it delivered. No more using different brands for different solutions to my hair problems! This ONE hair care collection can do it all and then some!

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Always changing up your shampoo and conditioner? I have a new one for you to try, one you just might stick with - Zotos Diamond Shine Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner. It soothes and repairs damaged hair while creating two times more shine and strength. This shampoo and conditioner 03262013 Diamondshine Color Protect shampoocontains actual diamond micro particles and it is also sulfate free! It works to provide shine and strength, as well as protect your hair color 50% longer. I have color treated hair, so a good shampoo and conditioner that work to keep my (costly) color last longer, is always a good thing! My hair is also on the drier side, so it needs some help. But after using this shampoo & conditioner, my hair and my scalp felt thoroughly cleansed and hydrated. It also made my hair really soft and shiny, without using any other product.

 

 Think it might be for you? You can find Zotos Diamond Shine Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner for $9.99 each at sallybeauty.com

 

 

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Hair care is SO important to me because I have a lot of hair and it is long! I would do anything for the health and happiness of my hair...it's almost like a child that is physically attached to my head :)

When the brand Eufora was brought to my attention, I just had to give it a go! My hair is thick and usually dry / frizzy because I color treat it and it is exposed to all 4-seasons of the weather elements. I always look for moisturizing or repairing type of hair products. That being said, I tried the Eufora Beautifying Elixir: Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner

First of all, the packaging design is very user friendly! You simply twist the cap left or right to open and close, I really liked that feature. It pours a perfect amount of product and is the right size to fit in the grasp of a hand...not too big to get slippery and drop on your toes...oww! It also is minimizes the space needed in your shower area, especially if you don't have those fancy shelves or add-ons to hold product on. 

eufora beautifying elixir hair celebrityThe shampoo and conditioner had amazing scents and worked through my hair very easily. The next day, when my hair was dry, I noticed an immediate difference! My hair was very soft and managable! I was totally impressed!!! Since it worked so well, I just had to research more into these products to seee what exactly made the difference. 

Beneficial ingredients include: 

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