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Summertime. Love it. Hot humid weather, skirts and sundresses, going to the beach. My favorite. Only problem, my big frizzy mop of hair.  Humidity kills me; I always have a halo of frizz. I am more than willing to try any product which promises to help me with my frizzy mess. This month’s go to frizz fighter is Not Your Mother’s Lock Luster Oil Treatment, infused with Argan and Macadamia Oil.

Lock Luster Oil treatment promises to add some life and luster back to my dry, overworked frizzy hair. I am guilty of blowdrying and flat ironing my hair more than I should. This product creates a protective layer on my hair, my hot tools lock this moisture into my hair making it shiny and soft after heat styling. I loved loved loved this product for this! I applied as indicated to my wet hair from tips to roots (sparingly on my roots) before heat styling. Then after my style is complete, I used a small amount to smooth down the final stubborn frizzies.

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What makes the Lock Luster oil treatment so great? Macadamia oil reduces wrinkles and dryness. It is a natural moisturizer and emollient (emollients attract and trap moisture from the air). Macadamia oil is light and non-greasy so it is easily absorbed into the hair shaft and skin. Another gift of macadamia nut oil is that it contains proteins, and its vitamin E contributes skin-care benefits and long shelf life. The high count of mono-unsaturated fatty acids makes the oil mimic the sebum (naturally produced oil on scalp and skin which protects it from damage).

Together, macadamia oil and argan oil replenish the hair’s natural emollients with the high content of essential fatty acids found naturally in both of these exceptional oils. The combined benefits help to nourish and protect the hair from harmful UV rays while repairing hair follicles for improved elasticity and shine. Lock Luster Oil Treatment contains both of these oils, making this product so amazing.  I urge you to try Not Your Mother’s Lock Luster Oil Treatment!!

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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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Hi Everyone and welcome to 2013... Can you believe it!  So I guess the Mayans were wrong and we still have a few years left here on Earth huh?  Well what's a beauty rock star to do?  Hit the spa of course!  This week we've all been talking about salon treatments.. what works and what doesn't work.  Is it worth the money to go or can I just do the same at home.  For many things, yes you can, but sometimes someone else rubbing your tired, overworked puppies is well worth it!  In my years I have been lucky enough to experience the good, the bad and the down right nasty of spa life.  So I thought I would share a couple pointers I've learned.

1)  What experience are you looking to have at the spa?  Are you looking for just a quick waxing or are you looking for a relaxing, aromatherapy experience?  Set your expectations before you walk in the door.  Even if you're just going in for a quick wax, but still want a relaxing day, choose accordingly.


2)  Do your research on the spa.  Many people take the time to write up reviews on their experience on the spa and sometimes if you're lucky they'll write about the therapist they used.  It's amazing what you can find out about places with a little google search.

3) When choosing a treatment, do your research before your appointment. Each spa perform treatments differently.  I would recommend calling ahead and asking, what products they use, how they use them, are there any side effects you should be concerned about?  Once you're there and in the chair, feel free to ask questions to the therapist about the procedure.  This is your body remember!!  They are there for your enjoyment, not the other way around.  If something doesn't feel right or hurts, let them know.

4) Most spas will give you a walk through for first timers and show you around and introduce you to the facility.  If they don't, ask for one.  Remember you're a paying customer and if you don't feel comfortable or it's dirty, you can always walk out.  Follow your gut instinct and don't feel guilty.

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Greetings Grayce here!

Salon Treatments / Salons - are a Magical Place

I love being pampered...oh how I love going to salons/spa/foot sanctuaries etc. it seems something magical happens these are magical places they seem to transform you physically as well as emotionally. I start to relax and look forward to being treated like a princess (or in my case Queen for the Day) nothing to see here!! But I’ve earned this title.

botox cosmetic suergery salon treatmentTop 3 salon treatments are very subjective. I personally love Botox with a little Restylane. The Botox gives me a refreshed look. The Restylane can be used around lipstick line corners of your mouth & other moderate facial wrinkles. These procedures should be administered by a professional doctor or in a medi spa. My favorite location is Ideal Medical Spa, Dr Susan Baskin is a must see if you are in the Portland, Maine area.

Treatments such a mani/pedi, facials, body massages, foot massages are magical they are feel good treatments. (my favorite location for a foot massage is Soakology Teahouse & Foot Sanctuary Portland, Maine. The wonderful aroma of teas combined with essential oils is extraordinary you are relaxed the moment you walk in.

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Salon Treatments are not only fun, but sometimes it is just best to leave our beauty regiment to the professionals. Here are some instances where there may be great home products available, but I highly recommend going to a Salon.

1. Hair styling- Do it yourself hair cut is just never the same

2. Make-up for an important event (like your wedding day) and or to help you create a new look or expand your current look

3. Waxing (well at least some areas, like the bikini)

4. Professional grade Chemical Peels (find a great aesthetician)!

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Hello everyone,

Linnea checking in again from the Windy City. Although the last couple of days have been in the 60's and 50's in Chicago (ahh!) it quickly dropped back down to the 3o's and it's starting to feel more like real December weather. The short spurt of warm wind was a nice change in pace, but I think it was the last of the better weather days that I will see for a long while. So with that being said, I am still dealing with my typical winter dry skin and dry hair/scalp. A dry scalp has been a problem for me for quite a while - I'm always trying out new shampoos in an attempt to find something that soothes and moisturizes both my scalp and my hair, especially during the winter months. The leave in conditioner that I have been using recently (check out the blog - Acure Leave In Conditioner) has been working great on my ends and the rest of my hair, but I still need moisture directly on my scalp. 

Well this week I didn't find a shampoo, but instead it's a hair and scalp treatment - Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Treatment. I'm sold on this product and plan to try the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner to get even more of this loveliness. I use this every other day on my hair after my normal shampoo. Unlike regular conditioner, I can massage this directly onto my scalp as well as the rest of my hair. This treatment moisturizes, soothes my scalp, leaves my hair really soft, and smells amazing! With tea tree oil, peppermint, and lavender the scent is both relaxing and refreshing. I haven't used any other shampoo/conditioner that feels and smells so fresh! Even though it's a thick conditioner consistency, when I massage it into my scalp and rinse it out well, my hair does not feel weighed down or greasy - but make sure to rinse it out well, otherwise it can feel a little thick. If you tend to use dandruff shampoo for a dry scalp, I recommend giving this a shot instead - it smells so much nicer and has very soothing ingredients such as soy proteins, vitamin E, and shea butter to repair and protect the hair as well as willow bark to soothe the skin. 

So with this Tea Tree Oil Hair and Scalp Treatment along with the Acure Leave In Conditioner, I think I have found my weapons to combat dry hair/scalp this winter! Have a great weekend!

Linnea

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Hey Fabulous Readers!

This week we get into winter hair remedies to protect your hair from the holiday hair-do stress. No, we are not the only ones that go through stress because of the holiday! We also put a toll on hair with styling, body with crazy diets and binge eating sugary treats...not to mention cramming into glamorous dresses and high heels (ugh). We pile on the makeup and strive to strip it all off clean leaving it dry and flaky. Pain is beauty though...right...well if that is true we must spend extra attention to healing the damage already done.

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Although there are many mistakes we wish we could take back, my hair troubles would of been much less complicated if I had just not permed my hair twice, bleached it, over exposed it to heat, dye it every month (to hide roots of course), and failed to get it trimmed when it desperately needed it. I love my hair so much...yet I treat it so badly. Well with the upcoming new year...as much as I hate to make new Year Resolutions, I will pledge to take better care of my hair!

To start with that resolution I looked high and low for a hair treatment that would turn my hair around and make me want to give up my bad hair habits! Not to say I haven't tried everything I could and even spending more than I should to revive it, but did I really know what was wrong with my hair and what it needed? Instead of buying the finest conditioners and hair oils I decided to do a little research (which you all know I love to do anyway). In my search I discovered a highly reviewed, damage reverse set worth a try. 

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Hey everyone,

This week is all about one of my favorite topics again. No, not presents, it is my hair. As some of you might frizzy blond baby hairknow by now I have nice long, blond and wavy hair. Unfortunately it is also very frizzy. So I was on the lookout for something to eliminate that. I have tried lots of products over the years and especially at this time a year, when the weather is cold and wet, my hair is frizzy and static.

My co-worker suggested I should use the Moroccanoil. And since I had only heard great things about it I went for it. And I have to say it is so simple and I love it.

How to use it?

Well just follow your usual routine when washing your hair and towel dry it. Then spray about 4-5 pumps throughout your hair and style as normal. The first thing you will notice is the fresh smell when you apply it. It also helps to comb through your hair amazingly. And I have to admit it does what it promises, my hair is a lot less frizzy than normal even though it gets put to a tough test with all the snow out there.

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1) Marrakesh: Leave-in treatments and detangler - Gives brilliant shine, detagles, control frizziness. Seals in hair color, strengthens hair, prevents split ends. Shields hair from sun and wind damage. 

 MarrakeschBuy this products HERE

Read product review HERE

 

 

 

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Leave It, Love It

Hello readers! For this week’s blog, I had the chance to try out a leave in conditioner. Whenever I hear someone talk about leave in conditioner I usually think of a hair mask—a thick creamy conditioner to leave in your hair for a few hours. But that’s not what most “leave in conditioners” are, as I found out while researching for this blog. Most leave in conditioners are light and meant to stay in your hair throughout the day. The one I tried is called Acure Leave in Conditioner with Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cells. I’ve recently been noticing that my hair needs some extra care in addition to regular conditioner (I could probably use a trim) especially on the ends– so this week’s topic has perfect timing!

Acure Leave in Conditioner is easy to use and takes just a minute to spray it on and comb it in. And manageable hairthat’s it! Leave it and let it work it’s magic! The description for the product says “Spray it in for all-day weightless moisture and protection that makes your hair manageable and moisturized.” This description is spot on with my experience of the product! It’s perfect for everyday use. I spray on a good amount and it’s light on my hair, doesn’t weigh it down or leave it feeling greasy at the end of the day. I focused on my ends (which need the most help) but I also sprayed closer to my roots to help tone down some frizz. It left my hair soft and tangle free! I rarely have time for more intense hair treatments so this product fit in great with my crazy schedule. I also love the smell – this lemongrass, ginger, rosemary combination leave a clean and refreshing scent! An added bonus—there’s no synthetic fragrance since Acre is natural, organic hair care—so I feel pretty good about using this product on my hair!

What are some of your preferred ways to condition your hair? With winter upon us, I will need all the conditioning tips I can get! Have a great week!

Linnea

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Today I am excited to talk about one of my favorite things...hair. I love my hair and since it is SO long, thick and dry/fizzy I have to work at taking good care of it. I bet I spend more on hair products than I do skin care products! My hair is pretty much spoiled because I have a tendency to splurge on the best and top rated products around...which can become costly. I can't help it, I always dream of having my hair soft, manageable and perfect like the celebrities do. Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Blake Lively and Courtney Cox are among the best with amazing hair.

kate hair

I started my research for my leave-in conditioner by searching for what the celebrities were using. I found a bunch of magazines online with lists of celebrities and what their favorite products they use were. Once I found a few good hair ones I checked them out on Amazon to see real customer ratings and the best out of the group was Terax: Life Drops - is a leave-in protein conditioner with silk and wheat proteins. This product is said to use Silk and Wheat Protein to strengthen and restore elasticity to dry, brittle hair. The formulation's slightly acidic pH acts to help seal the cuticle, retain moisture, prevent colour fade and heat-styling damage. Kate Beckinsale is just one of the A list celebrities that use this product and even will use the brand's other products on her 8-year-old daughter's hair. I just had to put this to the test. 

Terax Life Drops Leave In Protein Conditioner with Silk and Wheat Proteins Hair Conditioners And Treatments

 

After I got out of the shower and towel dried my hair, I shook the bottle of Terax Life Drops and put about a quarter size or a tad more into my palm. Its not oil so it is pretty liquidy coming out, watch for that. I then rubbed my palms together and then applied to the hair, all except the scalp area. Then I just brushed my hair as usual and let it air dry overnight. When I woke up my hair was unbelievably soft! I could believe how much of a difference one application made...which of course made me happy! I didn't have to load my hair with hairspry to tame down the frizz, so my hair felt natural and light, soft and clean. This product worked out so well for me that I am anxious to try out the other products they have to offer, like the shampoo and conditioner that also is very highly recommended. 

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Leave-in conditioner can be for all hair types.  There are a number of people like me whose fine hair leaves them leary of leave-in conditioners.  The last thing you want to do after you just washed your hair (once it feels nice and clean), is to spray something in it which could make it look greasy or weighed down....

Well let me reassure you there are a number of leave-in conditioners that are great for fine hair.  I have spoken with a number of hair dressers/ stylists and specialists and one of the most common aspect of leave-in conditioner. They all promote is that it can protect the hair from all the daily streeses and abuses we do to our hair like hair drying, flat ironing, curlers, basically exessive heat.   The other comment that is commonly made is that the product itself is great, it is all about the "How" you use it.

So what I have been taught is- Be careful not to use too much

1. Wash hair as usual (just shampoo, skip the conditioner)

2. Towel dry excess moisturer from hair

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Our skin is made from predominantly 3 things, Collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycans, with collagen playing the main role at almost 80%.

So as you can see right there, this is a very important word in the skin care industry.  There are a ton of treatments out there, moisturizers and all sorts of products which contain collagen.

In the most basic of terms collagen is the protein structure in our bodies (all of our organs, not just the skin which is of course our largest organ).  There is Elastin which is the flexible part, that allows the skin to stretch bounce (and thankfully bounce back), and last but not least is the glycosaminoglycans in the most basic language... are attached to the collagen and are a part of the connective tissue.  This is the part which allows water to bind with the skin.

So collagen treatments are beneficial because keeping the structure and integrity of your skin strong, will help it from sagging, looking wrinkly and withered. 

As we get older the collagen in our skin naturally weakens and depletes.  Sun damage, environmental stresses like pollution and smoke can accelerate the this degrading process.

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