I'm in the Skincare business, not the Haircare business, BUT, when I find something that works on my own fine, wimpy hair, I shout it from the rooftops!* These are my new go-to products.
Even if you don't have wimpy hair, most of us over 50 would like more shine, less frizz, and more volume in certain areas.
I've recently found products that address all three of these hair issues. ArtNaturals Argan Oil Shampoo, REDAVID Orchid Oil Dual Therapy, and Unite Expanda Dust.
This shampoo has been around awhile but new to me. It's sulfate free and contains Argan Oil. I look for sulfate free shampoo because it helps color-treated hair not to fade. The Restorative Formula is a blend of botanical extracts, vitamins, and keratin, to reinvigorate, smooth, and super-shine hair.
Why I avoid all products with sulfates -
Sulfates are detergents to produce lather. Detergents/Sulfates strip the body or hair of natural oils and can leave hair feeling dry. They can increase the occurrence of acne (in face cleansers). For those of us with allergies, eczema, and sensitive skin, avoiding sulfates is a must.
I notice the first application of Argan shampoo produces no lather for me at all. It's probably due to the variety of products I use regularly on my hair (Unite, Orchid Oil, Hairspray). The second application produces a small amount of lather. I find I rarely have to use conditioner with the Argan shampoo. I love that it gives my hair shine and doesn't fade my hair color.
Dual Therapy is a two-part system for heavily processed or curly hair. I've never had a product make my hair so shiny. Typically, I color my hair every 5 weeks. By week 3-4 my hair looks dull and ready for color again. No More...My hair stays shiny every single day! It also takes the frizz away, without weighing my hair down.
It's to be used on towel dried hair. A little goes a long way. Two tiny pumps - it's a dual pump so you are getting two products at once, is plenty. Avoid the "If a little is good, a lot will be better," thinking. Seriously.
I dry my hair and notice the shine right away. It doesn't make my hair limp like so many treatments. It holds a curl better too.
It's pricey, but for me worth it. It retails for around $50. I believe it should last me at least 3 months, using it 3 times/week.
I call this miracle dust! My stylist (thanks Linda Clark!) first used it on my hair to inject some oomph to my fine locks.
What is it?
This is an ultra fine powder made of some unusual ingredients:
It is used on dry hair (it's not a dry shampoo) for instant volume–and it works! Magic, real magic I swear! Lightly (key word here) sprinkle into roots for mega volume and you can as an option sprinkle throughout for added texture–something we flatheads don’t normally have.
It's tricky to describe exactly how to use this product so watch for a video attachment I'm making and sharing here, and on Facebook, demonstrating exactly how to use.
Which products are your go-to hair products? Why?
* I am NOT compensated for these reviews. This blog is strictly my opinion on products I use.
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First of all--What is serum?
A serum is a skincare product you can apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin. Serums are particularly well suited to this task because they're made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. This makes them a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns, like wrinkles.
A serum can be used morning and/or night. Use your Retinol serums at night and your Vitamin C, Peptide, and Plant Stem Cell Serums during the day. Always layer a serum first and moisturizer second. That way, the moisturizer seals in all of the serum's nourishing properties.
How do I know I need a Serum?
Dr. Anjali Mahto, a dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, explains:
“The benefits of vitamin C have been known for some time, but are definitely coming more to the forefront lately. This may be because we’re much more aware of our environment and the way it’s affecting our skin – we’re a lot more aware of environmental pollutants such as radiation, sunlight, cancer-causing free radicals and smoke, which break down collagen, stressing the skin and accelerating the aging process. As vitamin C helps to counter that process and can be used to treat such a variety of issues, it’s become a bit of a hero ingredient.”
We just returned from a dream cruise to the Mediterranean where I prepared and sampled some of the best dishes I've ever eaten. We cruised the Oceania, Rivera for 10 days. The Culinary Institute on board the ship is where you'd find me if I wasn't out exploring the sites.
Chef Kelly taught us 5 different ways to prepare fish, from poaching to pan-searing. I now know how to make the perfect scallop!
Once you've tasted tuna salad this way...you'll never go back to canned tuna!