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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.

Black-Operated Brands You Can Support Today

Put Your Money Where the Movement Is: Black-Operated Brands You Can Support Today

In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others, people across the United States have started speaking out against police brutality in Black communities. The past few weeks have seen protests in every state in America and in at least 40 countries around the world, countless petitions to get justice for Black Americans who have been killed by the police, and crowdsourced lists of organizations to donate to. As the initial wave of protests subsides, many people have been wondering how they can continue to fight against racial disparities in this country.

Black-Operated Brands You Can Support Today

In addition to keeping this necessary conversation going even as the media cycle focuses less on the protests, a great way to help ensure that Black communities receive the reparations they deserve is to support Black-owned and Black-operated businesses. Whether you physically go to businesses in your community or you support businesses across the country by shopping online, you can fight inequality in the long-term by putting your money where your mouth is and giving Black businesses your hard-earned cash. There are 30.2 million small businesses in the U.S. and all it takes is a simple Google search to discover which of these are owned and run by Black entrepreneurs. To get you started, here is just a small list of some of our favorite Black-owned and Black-operated brands.

Castamira Swimwear

Castamira Swimwear - Black-Operated Brands You Can Support Today

Chantel Davis, a Jamaican-born model, founded this luxury swimwear brand in 2017 and hasn’t stopped her entrepreneurial efforts since. Davis wants Castamira to be a swimwear company for all women, regardless of their size, shape, or skin color. Before she founded the brand, Davis went to university and then signed with Wilhelmina Miami to work as a model for three years.

After seeing the same thin body type over and over again in the modeling industry, Davis was inspired to launch a swimwear brand that aimed to make all women feel comfortable, sexy, and confident in their own skin. Davis designs Castamira swimsuits so that they highlight the small of the back, support the bust, embrace curves, and elongate legs. Every inch of these swimsuits is catered to the female form so that any woman can have fun in the sun while feeling undeniably beautiful.

The Doux

The Doux Haircare

The Doux is a professional approach to curly hair that delivers real results without all of the hype. Maya Smith, a licensed cosmetologist, developed The Doux in a textured hair salon with extensive research and development and thousands of transitioned clients. Smith developed The Doux to treat any style of hair, whether it has natural curl definition or it’s been thermally straightened. With Smith’s innovative product, she’s squashed the battle between straight and curly and proved that any kind of natural is beautiful.

Black Girl Sunscreen

Shontay Lundy's Black Girl Sunscreen

Shontay Lundy created Black Girl Sunscreen in 2016 to help Black people protect their skin against harmful UV rays. Lundy formulated this sunscreen specifically for darker skin tones so that it doesn’t leave a white residue or cast after you apply it. Whether you love laying out on the beach or you’re among the 162 million people who make up the U.S. civilian labor force and spend your working hours out in the sun, you can use this sunscreen to protect your skin. It is also reef-friendly, as it is made with an all-natural formula free of harmful parabens and fragrances.

JustFab

Black-Operated Brands You Can Support Today

JustFab is a fashion-subscription e-commerce site that provides members with a personal shopping experience and is part of TechStyle Fashion Group’s portfolio of brands, which also includes Savage X Fenty, Fabletics, and ShoeDazzle. Daria Burke helps ensure JustFab’s success as their Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). In this position, Burke oversees all marketing functions and pilots JustFab’s global brand awareness and positioning.

Prior to joining JustFab in 2019, Burke led various fashion and retail advertising partnerships at Facebook and Instagram; was a founding team member of Rent the Runway, and served as Head of Beauty Strategy, Innovation, and Experience at CVS. Although Burke is early in her career at JustFab, she is sure to give the fashion brand a boost with her extensive expertise. Bet you didn’t know, JustFab was a Black-operated brand.

Mielle Haircare

Mielle Haircare

With a focus on health from the inside out, Mielle products have shaken up the hair care market since the company’s 2014 launch. Monique Rodriguez is the company’s founder and CEO and used her nine years of experience as a registered nurse to create a line of natural beauty products for all hair types. At an affordable price, you won’t need to pawn precious stones to get the cash you need to purchase Mielle products. You can easily find these natural products at major stores like Walmart or purchase them online to support Rodriguez and her business directly.

Glam Body

Danika Berry's Glam Body

Danika Berry created Glam Body in 2017 with the goal of making skin look and feel better with natural ingredients. Glam Body’s coffee scrubs are vegan and cruelty-free, containing jojoba oil, coconut oil, and coffee. This combination of ingredients helps fight stretch marks, cellulite, hyperpigmentation, eczema, dull skin, and aging effects.

French Deal

French Deal Mens Fashion

Steeven Kodjia started in a competition-winning dance crew at the O’Tentick dance company, a Parisian-based dance studio. While he performed at concerts and in music videos, he developed a strong interest in men’s fashion. After frequent trips to New York City to search for streetwear styles he couldn’t find elsewhere, he decided to start his own fashion label, French Deal.

French Deal is based on Parisian hip-hop looks and VOLUME 4, Steeven’s latest collection, aims to shine a positive light on Africa. With this collection, Steeven wants to challenge stereotypical beliefs to prove that Africa has an amazing fashion scene with a rich history and culture.

Glow by Daye

Glow by Daye Hair Tools

Glow by Daye is a brand that sells high-quality hair maintenance tools and products to help you meet your hair goals. Ranay Orton, a self-proclaimed lazy natural, wanted simple solutions to care for her hair and didn’t find them on the market. So, she created her own. Whether your hair goals are focused on length, moisture retention, or prolonging hairstyles, Orton’s products are designed to help you.

Rucker Roots

Rucker Roots Haircare

Sisters Ellen Rucker Sellers and Ione Rucker-Jamison launched Rucker Roots, a line of healthy products to help all hair types. Their products are derived from vegetable roots, such as ginger root, carrot root, and turnip root. You can shop the Rucker Roots collection for individual shampoos and conditioners or for multi-step systems to boost your hair’s health.

Whether you want to treat yourself to a piece of luxury fashion or you’re looking for affordable products to use in your daily life, you can support Black businesses. Use these companies as a starting point and remember to share your favorite brands with your friends and family. By creating a network of financial support for Black-operated businesses and recognizing the achievements of Black entrepreneurs, we can help Black communities thrive.

Revlon Grey Hair Cover Up

The Root of It All: Revlon Root Erase Permanent Root Touch-Up

Do you know that annoying time in-between your hair coloring visits when your grey roots are visible? Well, there’s a new Revlon product on the market to help you make that in-between time a distant memory. The best part, you achieve your color without the mess and the expense of that color touch-up salon visit. You can literally get to the root of it all with the new Revlon Root Erase Permanent Root Touch-Up.

Revlon Root Erase Permanent Root Touch-Up

Here are a few key features and benefits of the Revlon’s Permanent Root Erase. They include:

Simple and easy to use with no prep required and no mess to clean up – just pump, mix and apply; a professional, quality reusable brush that’s included for easy application of the touch-up; powerful enough to cover 100% gray roots in as few as 5 minutes; and a permanent formula that seamlessly matches leading hair color shades. Available in 13 shades, you’ll love how easy it is to make those gray strands disappear. Plus, you get three uses out of one box of Revlon’s Permanent Root Erase (you get 3 pairs of gloves in the kit), so when those pesky gray hairs return, you’ll be ready.

Revlon Root Erase Permanent Root Touch-Up

The Revlon Root Erase Permanent Root Touch-Up come in these available shades:

  1. Black
  2. Dark Brown
  3. Burgundy
  4. Dark Auburn/Reddish Brown
  5. Medium Brown
  6. Medium Ash Brown
  7. Medium Golden Brown
  8. Medium Auburn/Reddish Brown
  9. Light Brown
  10. Light Golden Brown
  11. Dark Blonde
  12. Medium Blonde
  13. Light Blonde

How easy is it to use? Just pump the can, mix the formula in the cap (yes, the cap doubles as a mixing bowl), and apply to your gray roots. Could your gray hairs use a little permanent erasing? Then the Revlon Permanent Root Erase is exactly what you need. We love that it features a minimal odor, saves you from spending all that time at the salon, and blends wonderfully with your natural hair color. friends an family will think you made a trip to the salon.

The Revlon Root Erase Permanent Root Touch-Up retails for $12.99 per kit and is available at Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, Walmart, CVS, and www.amazon.com.

Naturalicious Hello Gorgeous 3-Step Hair Care System

Crowned In Curls: Naturalicious Hello Gorgeous 3-Step Hair Care System

Ladies, how would you describe your curly hair? Do you have tight curls and coils or do you have medium to loose curls and waves? Fact is, not all curls are not created equal; actually, not all hair is created equal. Even twins can have different textures, curl patterns, etc. So how do you, the curly-haired, keep your curly locks at their best? With the Naturalicious Hello Gorgeous 3-Step Hair Care System of course! Depending on your curl type, there is a Naturalicious Hello Gorgeous Hair Care System that’s best for your curly hair.

Naturalicious Hello Gorgeous 3-Step Hair Care System

Naturalicious has two Hello Gorgeous 3-Step Hair Care Systems, one for Tight Curls & Coils and the other for Medium to Loose Curls & Waves. Not only do these products smell incredible, but they are also multitasking masters that love your hair. The Naturalicious Hello Gorgeous Hair Care for Tight Curls & Coils (pictured above) is designed for more coily and kinky hair textures, which require deeper moisturizing and hydration while allowing the hair to move and not be stiff.

The Naturalicious Hello Gorgeous Hair Care for Medium to Loose Curls & Waves is less dense, which prevents the “weigh down” that often occurs for fine hair textured naturals when looking for a deeply moisturizing product. Get to know the products that are sure to make your curls happy, below:

Step 1: Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment

Naturalicious Hello Gorgeous 3-Step Hair Care System

This 2-in-1 replaces five products in your hair regimen: it’s a detoxifying cleanser, a smoothing conditioner, a detangler, a deep conditioner, and does the work of a leave-in-conditioner ALL AT ONCE! It’s created with mega-hydrating Rhassoul Clay straight from Morocco, removes excess toxins, impurities and buildup, which means shinier, healthier hair, and is available as follows:  2oz/$8.00, 8oz/$23.00, and 16oz/$36.00 when sold separately from Hello Gorgeous System.

Step 2: Moisture Infusion Styling Creme

Naturalicious Hello Gorgeous 3-Step Hair Care System

The Moisture Infusion Styling Creme replaces a moisturizer, a styling creme, and a heat protectant. It stops brittleness, breakage, split ends and shedding. Boasting coconut oil, sunflower oil, and vitamin E that condition your tresses, promote healthy hair growth, and encourage length retention. Get this incredible smelling styling creme as follows: 2oz/$8.00, 4oz/$20.00, and 8oz/$33.00 when sold separately from Hello Gorgeous System.

Step 3: Divine Shine Moisture Lock

Naturalicious Hello Gorgeous 3-Step Hair Care System

The Divine Shine Moisture Lock contains Spanish almond regrowth oil aids in growing, thickening, and strengthening hair, Safflower oil to fight frizz, and extra virgin olive oil to lock in moisture 3 times as long. We love the fact that it can be used both as regular moisturizing oil and hot oil. Get the 2oz/$8.00 and the 4oz/$18.00 when sold separately from Hello Gorgeous System.

The products from both these lines are made without Sulfates, Parabens, Gluten, Mineral Oil, Phthalates and are cruelty-free. You can get all three products in either Naturalicious Hello Gorgeous Hair Care System for $56.00 each. Get these products at www.ULTA.com, select Whole Foods, Sally Beauty Supply and www.naturalicious.net.

Summer Beauty Bag Essentials

Glow On Girl: Beauty Essentials To Keep You Glowing All Summer

Are your beauty products summer-proof? As you can tell from the sweltering summer heat, summer is in full effect, how are your beauty products holding up? Whether you’re staying home this summer or traveling on a wonderful getaway, we wanted to make sure you had all the best beach, pool and travel bag beauty essentials for wherever the summer takes you. Today we’re highlighting skincare, haircare, fragrance, and makeup to keep you glowing all summer long from Joico, Sol de Janeiro, Benefit Cosmetics, Prada Fragrances, and Carolina Herrera Fragrances.

Summer Beauty Bag Essentials

These wonderful products will keep you survive the sweltering summer temperatures with ease and keep your ready for whatever the summer throws at you. Get to know what will be your new favorite products below:

Joico Defy Damage Collection

Four at-home care products that will instantly give hair a softer, healthier feel to the touch and protect hair against harmful UV exposure for those long days at the beach. All four Joico products are available now at www.ulta.com.

Joico Defy Damage Haircare Collection

  • Defy Damage Protective Shampoo, $18.50 – a rich, luxurious lather, this gentle daily cleanser protects hair both in the salon and at home with damage-prevention ingredients; swiftly sloughing away dirt, impurities, and build-up without roughing up the hair cuticle or stripping vibrant color.
  • Defy Damage Protective Conditioner, $19.50 – Replenish moisture and build resilience every day with Defy Damage Conditioner without weighing hair down.
  • Defy Damage Protective Masque, $21.50 – a hair masque that goes deep to infuse hair with a brilliant, bond-strengthening defense.
  • Defy Damage Protective Shield, $20.99 – a true damage defense hero against the harsh effects of daily styling and exposure to UV and environmental pollution that helps prevent damage and guards against color fade for beautiful, vibrant, healthy-looking hair.

Sol de Janeiro

Give your skin some SOL-shine and stock up on Sol de Janeiro’s body-loving products that will keep your skin glowing all summer long. There are so many products to love from this brand, we invite you to start your Brazilian love affair at www.soldejaneiro.com.

  • Sol de Janeiro’s body-loving products
  • Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $45.00 – cult-favorite all-over body cream that absorbs quickly to help visibly tighten the appearance of skin.
  • Samba Foot Fetish Cream, $27.00 – Includes Smoothing Board & Fast-Absorbing Non-Slip Foot Fetish Cream.
  • Brazilian Touch Hand Cream, $15.00 – fast-absorbing hand, nail & cuticle care that with Cupuacu butter and brazil nut. Winter skin? Never heard of it.
  • Brazilian Bod Buff, $25.00 – Smoothing scrub and mask for touch-me-now Brazilian babe skin.
  • Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel, $25.00 – an intoxicatingly scented shower cream-gel deeply cleanses and hydrates; leaving all skin types soft and silky.
  • Glowmotions Glow Oils, $35.00 – Skin-softening Glow Oils with Brazilian-style Shimmer for a year-round glow. You may remember our previous coverage on the amazing glow oils.
  • Brazilian Crush, $32.00 – body fragrance mist that smells like summer all year-round.

Benefit Cosmetics Feathered & Full Brows Kit, $34.00

Benefit Cosmetics
This kit bundles all of Benefit’s must-have products; it offers full-sized Precisely, My Brow Pencil, full-sized Gimme Brow+, a mini 24-Hour Brow Setter and 2 brow stencils, offering three shade options (1, 3 and 5). Get yours before it sells out at www.sephora.com.

Prada Candy Night Eau de Parfum, $94.00

Prada Candy Night Eau de Parfum

Embrace the latest from the Prada Candy family, Prada Candy Night. Its Neroli, Iris, Bitter Orange, Tonka bean, Vanilla, and Patchouli notes will leave you smelling sweet, sexy and summer-ready. Prada Candy Night is a declaration of liberated indulgence and nocturnal intrigue. Get the latest Prada Candy at www.macys.com.

Carolina Herrera GOOD GIRL Legere, $117.00

CArolina Herrera Good Girl Legere Eau de Parfum

The latest edition of the incredibly successful GOOD GIRL EDP; we’re completely in love with this new juice. You may remember reading our ode to this sultry Carolina Herrera Eau de parfum. It boasts the same stiletto design with a new, gradient glass bottle – it’s the ultimate summer fragrance must-have. Get yourself a bottle at www.macys.com.

Women Are Ditching the Dye in Favor of Going Gray With Grace

By the age of 35, two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of hair loss. But for many women, going gray has often been seen as the equivalent to balding. And though a lot of women will still reach for a box of dye or make regular appointments with a stylist to ensure their grays are well-covered, it’s becoming more popular for women to go au naturale and to embrace the gray in a self-love power move heard ’round the world.

Yes, dyed silver and gray tresses were a trend on Instagram not too long ago. But now, women are more inclined to give up the extra maintenance and let their locks go. Grombé, a relatively new Instagram account that celebrates women who are in the midst of their gray hair transition, has grown to amass 74,000 followers and counting. Celebrities are starting to embrace their grays as well, as Jessica Biel and Katie Holmes have recently walked the red carpet with streaks of natural silver showing. And while many women (and stylists) are still decidedly anti-gray, representation is growing — and that’s typically an important first step to widespread acceptance.

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But why do we even go gray in the first place? We tend to fear gray hair because we don’t want to get old, but gray hairs often start to appear on women in their 20s and 30s. Achromotrichia, the process of hair turning gray and then white, often starts around this time. Race and other genetic components are typically what determines when and how much of your hair starts to turn. Nutritional factors can play a role, as can stress — which may be why regular exercise is a good idea. Partaking in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times per week can also improve cardiovascular health, which is a win/win for many women. Gray hair does tend to be drier due to decreased oil production, which is another reason to follow a protein-rich diet, stay hydrated, use moisturizing products, and stay active.
Ultimately, the gray hair movement is still (ironically) in its infancy. But if the growing popularity of these communities is any indication, it’s about time women were able to opt out of society’s unrealistic and expensive expectations of conventional beauty and start embracing their natural allure.