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Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home

Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home

We don’t know about you but since the pandemic hit, we’ve been experimenting with our hair. Sometimes out of boredom, but mostly because being stuck at home means we can safely hide any hair mishaps we may experience. Thankfully there are lots of wonderful hair care products to get us back to healthy hair, no matter how much we experiment.

Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home

If you are in need of some hair rescue, look no further than these incredible haircare products from Neutrogena, Healium Hair, Soapbox Soaps, Ecoslay, Mother Dirt, TO112 (to-one-one-two), VitaClean, ATTITUDE Living, and Kinkistry. No matter your hair issue, these hair products can get you back to healthy hair. Get to know them all below.

1. Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Haircare Collection

Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Haircare Collection

There’s a song from the old movie/play, South Pacific, called “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”.  In 2021, we’re going to be washing 2020 out of our hair with the Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Haircare Collection. Thankfully you don’t have to wait until 2021 to begin this cleansing process. The four healthy hair cleansers are currently available at Walmart and www.walmart.com, with a national launch next year. The four daily shampoos and conditioners, available for $11.99 each, are clinically proven to cleanse and moisturize your scalp without stripping your hair strands.

These haircare formulas are infused with powerful skincare ingredients, like gentle micellar water and hydrating hyaluronic acid. They treat your roots, hair, and scalp with the same love you show your skin, every single day. The collection includes Hydroboost with hyaluronic acid, Clarify & Shine with pink grapefruit, Gentle & Soft with micellar water, and Soothe & Calm with tea tree oil.

2. aihr Dry Shampoo from Healium Hair

aihr Dry Shampoo from Healium Hair

Look no further for your new favorite hair (and time) saver. Use Healium Hair’s aiHr Dry Shampoo in the traditional way, to soak up or absorb extra oils on the scalp. Extend the life of your style without washing…again. Almost colorless, aiHr Dry Shampoo will add body and texture and give an irresistible sexy tousled look to your tresses. Healium Hair does not use any parabens or sulfates and each product has up to 25 botanical ingredients. Their healthy hair care products are made in the US and are formulated with natural sunscreen to protect your hair from harmful UV rays. All of the products and ingredients are cruelty-free and certified by PETA.

3. Soapbox Soaps Haircare

Soapbox Soaps Haircare

Loving our hair is a wonderful thing. Now imagine if loving your hair also made the world a better place. It can, thanks to the amazing hair care products from Soapbox Soaps. You can help get soap bar donations to those who need it, as you say goodbye to build-up, dry scalp, and frizzy hair and hello to healthy hair. That’s right, with every Soapbox Soap purchase, like the above Tea Tree Hair Mask, Argan Oil Smoothing Serum, or even a Shampoo Bar, one bar of soap is donated to someone in need locally or globally. Soapbox Soaps has been doing this since 2010 and they go one step further by allowing you to find out the specific project that benefited from your purchase through their Hope Codes program. We’ll definitely be sharing more from this inspiring brand.

4. Ecoslay Haircare

Ecoslay Travel Haircare Set

Dry, brittle hair is a no-no. Give your hair the love it needs to stay hydrated and healthy this fall and winter! Made from natural ingredients, Ecoslay’s hair care products are just what you need to give your hair and your senses the boost and nutrients it needs to maintain its natural beauty. Pick from their Orange Marmalade Curl Definer to help get those lasting waves; Matcha Boost to strengthen brittle, dehydrated hair; and Banana Cream to deep condition and add hydration during the dry, cold months. If you’re looking for a leave-in conditioner, try their newly released Rice Pudding Leave-In Conditioner and Moisturizer, to help keep your locks moisturized. The best part, all their hair concoctions (which have really fun names) smell incredibly yummy.

5. Mother Dirt Biome Friendly Shampoo

Mother Dirt Biome Friendly Shampoo

It’s been a while since we’ve celebrated this beauty brand. We previously wrote about Mother Dirt in our “Your Skin Needs Bacteria: Rethinking Clean with Mother Dirt Products” article. Preservative-free, fragranced-free, clinically-tested, and dermatologist-reviewed, Mother Dirt’s shampoo, $15.00, supports natural, healthy-looking hair. Users across all hair types notice their hair looks shinier, fuller, healthier, and feels softer and stronger. 62% of users are able to wash their hair less often, especially when paired with the AO+ Mist. Get this healthy hair must-have now on www.amazon.com.

6. Collagen Hair Mask from TO112 (to-one-one-two)

TO112 Collagen Hair Products

The TO112 Collagen Hair Mask, $65.00, is specially formulated with collagen to help restore damaged hair and give it the boost of strength, elasticity, and softness it needs. Whether the damage comes from a love of excessive color processing, heat styling, or simply the environment you live in; this mask nourishes to help hair feel new again.  A consciously selected blend of oils, proteins, and ginseng root extract to infuse your hair with moisture, prevent breakage and promote shine, all without leaving behind any oily residue.

7. VitaClean Aromatherapy Shower Head

 

VitaClean Aromatherapy Shower Head

VitaClean is disrupting the beauty industry with its Vitamin C Aromatherapy Filtered Showerhead. The VitaClean Aromatherapy Shower Head, $69.99, is the go-to beauty secret for top celebrity hairstylists for its Vitamin C properties that brighten skin and hair.  Easy to install, these showerheads remove shower water impurities and toxins to restore skin and hair to their natural luster. They’re the perfect solution to hard water; acting as a quick, easy, and effective way to neutralize chlorine, limescale, and bacteria build-up from your shower.

8. ATTITUDE Living

ATTITUDE Living EWG-Verified Haircare

Attitude cares for your health and the environment. Now you can now stock up and refill your favorite shampoo at home with their new Bulk to Go containers. Carrying more than four times the quantity of products and using 81% less plastic than their original packaging, their Attitude Super leaves™ Shampoo – Nourishing & Strengthening formula combines the goodness of olive leaves with grapeseed oil, widely used for their healing and moisturizing properties. Ideal for dry and damaged hair, their natural shampoo is packed with healthy fats and antioxidants to restore and strengthen your hair. EWG Verified, hypoallergenic, and dermatologically-tested, their shampoo includes moringa seed extract, known for its anti-pollution properties. Their products range from $9.95-$29.95 and are available at www.attitudeliving.com.

9. Kinkistry Hair Extensions

Kinkistry Hair Extensions

If you’re looking to give their hair a much-needed break from all those experiments while homebound; we’ve got an easy solution for you. Learn to love and protect your every curl, kink, and coil with Kinkistry, the ultimate all-natural hair solution designed for women of color. From clip-ins and wigs to wefted hair and drawstring ponytails, their 100% Virgin human hair extensions are made to blend in seamlessly with your hair’s texture so you can achieve the style you want while indulging your inner naturalist. Shop for your favorite style at shop.kinkistry.com.

 

Get The Look: Cardi B's Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico

Get The Look: Cardi B’s Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the VMA’s, it’s that pastel hair is alive and thriving. Pink pastel hair remains a favorite, as evidenced by Cardi B’s Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico. We’re currently rocking pink locs ourselves. The pink hearted hairstyle, featured below,  was achieved using an assortment of Joico color and care products.

Get The Look: Cardi B's Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico

courtesy of tokyostylez’s Instagram

As you can imagine, the Tokyo Stylez for Joico Cardi B hairstyle has gone viral. The Sailor Moon-meets-Alice-in-Wonderland-Red-Queen (if she wore pink) hairdo has been blowing up on social media. We’re sure to see recreations hitting our social media channels soon. If you want to recreate the look yourself, see below for the complete “get-the-look” product breakdown using Joico color and care products below.

To achieve the color, Tokyo Stylez started with platinum cool level 10 human hair wig and used the following Joico color formulas to achieve the pretty pastel pink hue:

Get The Look: Cardi B's Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico

Prep Treatment: Defy Damage ProSeries 1: Bond-Protecting Color Optimizer

Formula 1: (Base Color): Color Intensity ¾ Blush + ¼ Rose

Formula 2: (Hearts Medium Pink) Color Intensity Blush + Rose Gold

Formula 3: (Hearts Lightest Pink) Color Intensity Blush

Post Treatment: Defy Damage ProSeries 2: Bond-Strengthening Color Treatment

To care for the stress of processing the colors, Tokyo Stylez used the following Joico Care Products:

Get The Look: Cardi B's Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico

Defy Damage Protective Shampoo – a rich shampoo that gently cleanses away impurities while helping boost hair’s natural defense against all types of daily damage.

Defy Damage Protective Masque – an intensive damage prevention masque to help replenish strength and moisture balance for soft, silky, shiny, healthy-looking hair in minutes.

Defy Damage Protective Shield – an essential daily leave-in that provides powerful all-day protection against thermal styling, pollution, and UV damage.

Dream Blowout – one-and-done blow-drying solution that provides heat protection up to 450 degrees, reduces breakage by over 75%, shields hair from thermal damage, protects your ‘do against humidity, and fights frizz.

K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock Glossing Oil – an African Manketti and Argan oil-infused “glow-getter”  that helps strengthen strands, boost color vibrancy, tame frizz, and gloss over dullness – without weighing fine hair down, or leaving thick strands feeling under-nourished.

Flip Turn Finishing Spray – a volumizing finishing spray to inject styles with head-turning, bodacious volume that lasts from morning meeting to nightcap.

Humidity Blocker – a light hold aerosol spray that delivers protection from volume-deflating humidity.

Have you tried to recreate this unique Tokyo Stylez for Joico hairstyle? She promises to share the complete tips and tricks on how she created the hairstyle soon, so stay tuned. We’re sure you’ve already shared your comments on Cardi B’s Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico; we want to hear your thoughts on the products used. Is Joico in your haircare arsenal? What are your favorite Joico products?

Dark & Lovely Presents Unruly's Short Film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt

Dark & Lovely Presents Unruly’s Short Film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt

It’s always been said that beauty is pain and when it comes to Black women and our hair, that’s usually the case. We’ve all heard stories about burned scalps from the chemicals in hair straighteners but until Unruly and Dark & Lovely collaborated, no one really talked about the dangers of protective hairstyles. Thanks to Unruly’s short film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt, we now know that no matter what, pain should not be a part of our hair styling culture.

Dark & Lovely Presents Unruly's Short Film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt

You might be thinking, of course, it shouldn’t be, what a silly thing to say. We challenge you to think back to the last time you went to the hairdresser; if you experienced pain or discomfort, did you let your stylist know? Or did you do like we all do and just grin and bear it? While all Black women may not have experienced being hit with a comb as children to keep still while getting their done, many of us have. As we grew older, we learned to just bear the pain until it was over. This is true for all hairstyles, especially protective styles like braids. It’s topics like this that the Dark & Lovely and Unruly short film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt touches upon.

Dark & Lovely Presents Unruly's Short Film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt

The film features hair experts – Natural Hair Pioneer and Anu Essentials CEO, Anu Prestonia; Dermatologist and Author of 90 Days to Beautiful Hair, Dr. Crystal Aguh; Celebrity Stylist, Trichologist, and Creator of the Goddess Loc, Dr. Kari Williams; and Dark & Lovely Lead Stylist and Three-Time Emmy Nominee, Derick Monroe. It also features Black women with different hair types who share their hair journies and tribulations. You may find yourself nodding in similar experiences with their stories.

Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt challenges the hairstyling practices and beliefs in our community that has led to hair loss in over a third of Black women. It rejects the idea that beauty is pain; especially when it comes to hairstyles that are supposed to give our hair a “rest”; hairstyles that so more damage than good. You can watch the highly informative 26 mins short film below:

How is Dark & Lovely involved with Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt? Aside from the expert advice of  Derick Monroe, they have launched a range of hair products called the Protective Styles Collection. This range of hair products was designed to help relieve, refresh, and recover our hair underneath it all. Dark & Lovely saw that over 80% of women were wearing these styles but didn’t have the products they needed to tame tension, cleanse their hair, quickly refresh and effortlessly detangle.

Dark & Lovely Presents Unruly's Short Film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt

The products include Cleansing Water (a water to foam shampoo), Hair Refresher hairspray with Aloe, Tension Tamer scalp lotion, and Detangling Cream to melt away buildup.

Dark & Lovely Protective Styles Collection Dark & Lovely Protective Styles Collection

There’s so much to learn from this amazing short film. The most important being, speak up if you are feeling pain or discomfort when getting your hair done. It could literally save more than just your edges.

Dark & Lovely Rebranding Event

Dark & Lovely Rebrands With a Revitalizing Celebration

When it comes to black women and hair, rain can sometimes be our kryptonite. However, the torrential downpour could stop several black beauties from celebrating the rebranding of Dark & Lovely. For over 45 years, Dark & Lovely has proudly dedicated its legacy to catering to the hair care and styling needs of African American women. In celebration, the haircare brand is unveiling a fresh and new modern look. The new logo and brand aesthetic were all unveiled at the rebranding event hosted by Kela Walker.

Dark & Lovely Rebranding Event

The rebranding comes on the heels of Dark & Lovely’s 45th-anniversary celebration in 2017, honoring its launch as the first at-home relaxer and hair color formulated specifically for African American women. The pioneering brand has evolved and is addressing the role hair plays in that expression with the Dark & Lovely campaign, “Dark & Lovely & __________.”

Dark & Lovely Rebranding EventDark & Lovely Rebranding Event

The Dark & Lovely & _______ campaign celebrates those who authentically express who they are and encourages women to recognize their infinite, internal power, helping them to find their individual voice.

“The Dark & Lovely consumer is bold, she is dynamic and she is constantly changing,” states Kristen Blandon, Vice President of Marketing at SoftSheen-Carsen. “To continue to be the brand she chooses for her evolving hair needs, we must evolve too!”

Dark & Lovely Rebranding EventFade Resist Hair Color

The first updated hair care products are the signature Fade Resist hair color and relaxer product lines. Fade Resist, $5.00, is the #1 hair color for women of color. Its new Nourishing Care conditioner is infused with Vitamin E and Argan Oil to help protect your hair from dryness. Offering 18 shades, the largest shade palette for women of color, the no-drip application provides up to 100% gray coverage. It locks in brilliant shine for up to eight (8) weeks of vibrant, rich conditioning color.

The Dark & Lovely Triple Nourished Silkening Relaxer $7.00, delivers salon-worthy results, leaving your hair feeling nourished and silky smooth. The new Relaxer System helps deliver the conditioning care needed for healthier looking hair. The No-Lye formula helps preserve five signs of healthy hair – moisture, shine, strength, softness, and body. With this new product update, you are able to relax any way you want; whether you want to retouch, tex-tax or spit treat (edges, nape, etc.) for style versatility.

The rebranded Dark & Lovely products are available for purchase at Wal-Mart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and www.amazon.com.

20 Years of NaturallyCurly and a Spectacular Texture on the Runway Show

Now that NYFW the Shows is over, we can finally share the amazing shows and events we enjoyed. Funny enough, our first show had all to do with hair fashion than clothing (although we saw some pretty cool fashions). We always look forward to the start of fashion week. Not just for the incredible runway shows we anticipate attending but because NYFW debuts with the NaturallyCurly Texture on the Runway Show. The incredible hair show, presented by NaturallyCurly and Sally Beauty, is a celebration of the beauty of natural hair. This year’s runway show brands included Camille Rose Naturals, Cantu, Carol’s Daughter, Creme of Nature, Mielle Organics, SheaMoisture, and The Mane Choice.

Texture on the Runway 2018

This year’s Texture on the Runway show was also a celebration of NaturallyCurly’s 20th anniversary. Hosted by NaturallyCurly co-founder Michelle Breyer, and recording artist and breakout star of Love & Hip Hop Miami Amara La Negra, the seven top texture brands showcased their take on texture down the runway.

Camille Rose Naturals

Camille Rose at Texture on the Runway 2018

What better way to celebrate the launch of their Around the World collection than with a variety of multicultural models and hairstyles. Their hairstyles represented the beauty of the diverse regions of the Amazonian Rainforest, South Pacific and the Middle East. Camille rose Naturals was definitely oneof ourfavorite presentations.

Cantu

Cantu brought the vibrancy of New Orleans to the NaturallyCurly Texture on the Runway stage. Cantu’s presentation was to celebrate the textured hair movement and their dedicated and hardworking team.

Carol’s Daughter

For Carol’s Daughter, it was all about the bond between mother and child and one thing that connects a black woman and her daughter is hair. They recreated these special moments shared between, mother, and child by using models that are actually family, including Lisa Price and her daughter. We also got a chance to get to know the new Pracaxi Nectar Collection, a styling line made with natural Pracaxi Oil, the conditioning “miracle” nectar of Brazil.

Creme of Nature

Creme of Nature at Texture on the Runway 2018Creme of Nature at Texture on the Runway 2018

Creme of Nature highlighted how culture is redefining the future of universal style and texture…with a bold look at Afrofuturism. Their runway presentation celebrated the Afro-Punk Urban Queen” with cutting-edge hairstyles by celebrity hairstylist Pekela Riley. How fearless she is in her diverse expression of edgy street fashion, multicultural hairstyling and glow up beauty.  They also introduced their new Pure Honey collection. A range that targets dry, dehydrated hair to provide essential moisture, softness, and smoothness without weighing your hair down.

Mielle Organics

Mielle Organics at Texture on the Runway 2018Mielle Organics at Texture on the Runway 2018

Mielle Organics hit the runway with an edgy presentation that brought the brand to life. Hairstyles and looks were crafted and inspired by the woman warriors of Wakanda. The edgy hairstyles were styled using Mielle Organics’ Pomegranate and Honey collection. Honey is definitely a big haircare ingredient for natural hair and you can expect more brands to follow.

SheaMoisture

SheaMoisture at Texture on the Runway 2018

SheaMoisture showcased the beauty and versatility of textured hairstyles created with their award-winning legacy collection, Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Hair Care. The runway presentation featured stunning styles that demonstrate the many dimensions and beauty of textured hair.

The Mane Choice

The Mane Choice at Texture on the Runway

The Mane Choice celebrated the goddesses and their hair crowns. The colorful hairstyles celebrated all hair textures; and showed how the hair brand is continuing efforts in taking strides to empower and offer hair care solutions.


As previously stated, musician Amara La Negra (and her epic afro) performed for the natural hair beauties at the NaturallyCurly Presents Texture On The Runway show. 
Other sponsors included As I Am, ORS Curls Unleashed and Reshma Beauty, who’s US Launch event you may remember we attended. Their Multani Mitti-Fuller’s Earth Mask and bar soaps are amazing.

Photo Credit – Getty Images for NaturallyCurly

Good Hair Days: Latest launches From Colorproof and Macadamia Professional

It’s almost time for the changing of the season. We don’t know about you but we tend to change or rotate our hair and beauty products with the coming of the changing seasons. We take into account the change in weather, temperature, etc and how it affects our hair. So, of course, we’re doing our research on new hair products to protects our tresses while the season transitions from one weather pattern to the next. We are loving several of the hair care products from Colorproof and Macadamia Professional and we’re sure they will help us achieve some good hair days. Check out the following must haves like the ColorProof Pure Release Instant Detangle, ColorProof PowderFix Texturizing Powder Spray, ColorProof RadicallySmooth Anti-Frizz Serum, Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Leave-In Protein Treatment, and Macadamia Professional Thermal Protectant Spray.

Colorproof and Macadamia Professional hair care products

Whether you need help with detangling, moisturizing and hydrating your hair, or even just having to deal with the daily taming of your hair, the hair care products from Colorproof and Macadamia Professional have got you covered.

COLORPROOF COLORCARE

ColorProof Pure Release Instant Detangle, $27.00

Instantly detangle, repair, nourish and reduce breakage like never before possible. This high performance, 100% vegan, leave-in spray keeps hair manageable and tangle-free while breakthrough technology extends the life of your color and protects hair from heat damage. It’s like wearing a sunhat for your hair! Releases tangles to prevent breakage Fortifies, repairs and restores softness and lubricity Significantly reduces drying time Minimizes static Advanced ColorLast System provides unsurpassed color and heat protection.

ColorProof PowderFix Texturizing Powder Spray, $25.00; www.colorproof.com

Designed exclusively for color-treated hair with a proprietary blend of revolutionary volumizing polymers and Pro-Vitamin B5 Panthenol to deliver optimum fullness and weightless body for unlimited styling potential. This superfine, silky powder is easily absorbed into the hair and scalp to provide all-day texture, volume and lift with maximum color and heat protection.

ColorProof RadicallySmooth Anti-Frizz Serum, $28.00

This next generation serum instantly smooths for long-lasting, frizz-free style with full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Feather-light, heat-activated formula effortlessly tames and defies while reducing drying time. Features our proprietary smoothing blend of Camellia and Abyssinian Oils along with soy lipids and seaweed to seal hairs’ cuticle and provide intense surface smoothing with long-lasting shine.

Make sure to keep an eye out for ColorProof’s just launched FreshStart Soft Dry Shampoo, $25.00. This quick, no-wash solution instantly extends your stylewith its ultra-sheer formula that absorbs oil, sweat, residue and odor.

MACADAMIA PROFESSIONAL

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Leave-In Protein Treatment, $22.00

Did you know if you are stressed out, your hair is most likely stressed out too. Replenish stressed-out, depleted hair strands with the essential vitamins and minerals found in this leave-in treatment. It protects hair against future breakage, delivers reinforcement to strengthen, replenish and protect your hair, leaving your hair soft and conditioned, never brittle or over-proteinized.

Macadamia Professional Thermal Protectant Spray, $19.95

This feather-light spray that guards your hair against the damaging effects of heat styling tools up to 450F. Not only does it smooths your hair by eradicating frizz and resists the effects of humidity, it also leaves your hair incredibly shiny.

What are your thoughts on the products from Colorproof and Macadamia Professional? Have you tried out their products? What are your favorite Colorproof and Macadamia Professional products? Let us know your thoughts.

Smooth as Silk: Keratin Lounge by Lasio Keratin Treatment

Having a full head of naturally curly, coily, and thick hair can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, your hair looks abundant and you can style it any way you please. On the other hand, or at least in our case, you end up with an extreme amount of frizz and flyaways and the cold harsh weather temperatures can strip every bit of moisture out of your hair. What’s a girl to do you may ask? The key is to find a solution that will not only leave your hair protected, and perfectly hydrated, but one that will also control your curls, and tame your frizz. That solution? A Keratin Lounge by Lasio Keratin treatment. Specifically the Mocha Silk Keratin Treatment, a water-based Keratin from the authority of all things Keratin, The Keratin Lounge by Lasio.

What makes this hair experience different from the rest? First of all, the staff at The Keratin Lounge by Lasio are beyond compare. Not just for their abundant talent of hair whispering, but their hospitality as well. As a customer, you are taken cared of from the moment you hit the entrance. So sit back with a glass or two of wine and enjoy the hair magic that is a Keratin Lounge by Lasio Keratin treatment. The particular keratin treatment we enjoyed is a spray-on keratin treatment (the only one on the market) is water-based as previously stated, needs zero processing time,  contains cacao oils and only 0.02% formaldehyde (well below OSHA’s formaldehyde acceptable levels), offers 90% curl reduction, and frizz reduction at 100%. Plus it lasts last up to 4 months. That’s approximately 120 days of freedom from frizz and curl control.

We had the amazing pleasure of treating our natural hair (yes it’s still natural, we still have our curly and coily hair – it’s just more controlled) to the Mocha Silk Keratin treatment at the hands of the amazing Certified Keratin Specialist and hairstylist, Ariannis Pepin. Check out our before and after photos of our Keratin Lounge by Lasio keratin treatment:

Keratin Treatment Steps:

  • Clarify hair 2-3 times (3rd wash leave clarifying shampoo in hair for 5 minutes)
  • Blow dry hair completely dry
  • Part hair three ways and spray entire hair section by section
  • Blow dry hair with keratin treatment completely dry
  • Part hair again in 3 sections
  • Starting from the bottom of the hair, flat iron sections no bigger than a 1-inch at 450 degrees
  • You have the option to wash right away or next morning.
 The after of our Keratin Lounge by Lasio keratin treatment consists of indulging our hair in their Hypersilk by Lasio aftercare line. The cold and drying wintry weather has been especially stressful on our hair and this entire treatment has been revitalizing for my hair. The Lasio Hypersilk is infused with the same keratin that is in the Lasio’s Keratin treatments:
Products that have sodium chloride that can strip the keratin, the Hypersilk line is sodium chloride free and all the products contain keratin. The treatment is heat activated, so a little heat on your and it will be straighter just without any frizz. It is recommended that you wash hair 2 times a week with Hypersilk to prolong your keratin treatment. If you’re thinking of coloring your hair, always do it before any keratin treatment as the color process can also strip the keratin. If you must color after the treatment, wait 2 weeks for single processing and root touch up or bleaching.
Good to do the treatment every 4 months to really start seeing a difference in your hair.

Thanks to the Keratin Lounge by Lasio keratin treatment we had, not only has our hair been frizz-free and revitalized, it feels incredibly silky, looks super shiny and of course wonderfully manageable. So if winter has done a number on your hair and you need a hair savior, check out a Keratin Lounge by Lasio keratin treatment. We think it will be a solution you’re looking for.

The Oscars Hair: Lupita Nyong’o’s Amasunzu Hairstyle by Vernon François

All queens must wear crowns and that is exactly how we can describe Lupita Nyong’o’s stunning Academy Awards hairstyle. To coordinate with her gold and black Custom Atelier Versace, celebrity hairstylist and textured hair whisperer, Vernon François created an elegant and regal Amasunzu inspired hairstyle. These elaborate hairstyles are traditionally worn by Rwandan men and single women noted for their crescent shapes. An Amasunzu hairstyle designates a wearer’s social status and Lupita’s Oscars red carpet hairstyle clearly displays her regality.

“Lupita’s look was inspired by images of Amasunzu hairstyles, which are traditional to Rwandan culture. We wanted something clean and sculpted to accent her dress and show off the neckline.” – Vernon François

To recreate Lupita’s look, Vernon washed her hair with the Pure~Fro Shampoo and Pure~Fro Conditioner which contains keratin to help the hair retain moisture. Vernon then prepped Lupita’s hair with the Mist~Nourishing Water, and Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Locs Spray to soothe and protect strands before blow-drying with a round brush. Next, Vernon smoothed her ends using a flatiron, leaving roots authentic. Using only his hands, Vernon molded her hair to create the clean, contoured structure and setting with hairspray. To complete the look, Vernon weaved a gold thread through her hair using a classic stitch technique for a touch of glamour & shine.

We loved how this hairstyle celebrated the texture of Lupita’s hair, as well as celebrating the traditional yet ostentatious  Rwandan hairstyle. The Vernon François products used on Lupita are available now. Retail costs for the Vernon François hair products are as follows: Mist~Nourishing Water -$18.00, Pure~Fro Shampoo -$26.00, Pure~Fro Conditioner – $28.00, and the Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Locs Spray – $24.00. All of the hair products are available on www.Sephora.com, select Sephora retailers, and on www.VernonFrancois.com.

What are your thoughts on Lupita Nyong’o’s stunning Academy Awards hairstyle? Are you ready to rock an Amasunzu inspired hairstyle?