Nature’s Rescue

It was time for a change. A BIG change. You know what this means, time to throw caution to the wind and welcome a new shampoo into your home. It’s rarely fun and never easy, but I heard lots of good things about Redken’s new “Nature’s Rescue” line of detoxing shampoos and conditioners.

First impressions: Nice packaging. Definitely conveys the soothing nature of the products. Nice scent, too. Smells like expensive sea scrub.

I bought the Refreshing Detox Shampoo, Refining Sea Polish, and Cooling Deep Conditioner to try. I didn’t buy the Radiant Sea Spray because my hair is already nothing BUT texture. Grrr. Anyway, they were a perfect choice because they’re all sulfate and paraben-free, something you need to keep in mind when you are always getting Brazilian blowouts. (Tip: At ULTA, Redken products are buy 2 get 1 free for a limited time, and for the Nature’s Rescue products, are available in stores only!)

Now for each of the products:

Shampoo- It doesn’t lather, which kind of bothered me, but I guess in the grand scheme of things, is no big deal. Just be careful not to use more than you mean to. The shampoo is working, it just isn’t getting all foamy like you’re probably used to.

Refining Sea Polish – Hmm, a pumice scrub for your hair?? Gosh, 2012 is amazing, isn’t it? The instructions for this product were to rub into hair in small sections from root to tip. It is meant to remove impurities and refine the hair’s surface, leaving hair smooth and shiny. After washing out, my hair felt squeaky clean!

Cooling Deep Conditioner – I can see myself getting down with this on a hot summer day. Why? Because it literally cools your scalp. For someone who suffers from self-diagnosed quarter-life crisis pre-menopausal hot flashes, this is nothin’ but good news.

The post review: After washing my hair with all three, my hair felt clean. Well, I hope so, right? The part that sealed the deal for me was that after my hair air dried and I flat ironed that beast, my hair didn’t feel greasy like it does after using the recommended Brazilian blowout shampoo and products. And my hair smelled amazing for the whole day (and still does now!)

Dear Redken, I like! 🙂

Get On The Shelf!

Have you ever wondered how hot new products make their way into the mainstream? Do they have more lucky stars? A fairy godmother? A few magic beans?

Actually, it’s quite simple. Every now and then, mega-companies like Walmart sponsor contests for worthy products to get on the shelf! And it’s not just beauty products either, this is also for home appliances, electronics, toys, and gadgets of all sorts.

Starting today, you can vote for a variety of new products, including the one you think should get the chance to be sold at Walmart stores nationwide AND on Walmart.com!

Check them out at getontheshelf.com and cast your vote (lots of times) for your favorite product. What is getting my vote, you ask?

Easy. Purrrfect Bangs (the bang trimming kit). Click that (<—) link to vote!

Good luck, everyone!

Mermaid Hair!

Yes, you read that right. Think less Ariel and more one of her slutty sisters, though. Who wouldn’t want to rock long, flowy, diva-of-the-sea locks?

Probably just bitches with no souls.

So there’s a new kit hitting salons and stores next month from hair guru Kevin Murphy that gives you the all in one treatment. It includes: texture spray, wave clips, pin clips, & a texture net so you too can achieve those perfect “photoshoot at the beach” waves. And gurl, I NEEDZ it, because I usually end up emerging from the ocean looking more like this:

aka, Ursula's understudy

Than this:

Screw having part of your world, I want part of your hair!!!

Honestly Ariel, between hoarding whozits and whatszits galore & doing back alley deals with ocean monsters, I don’t know where you find the time to keep your hair so fab. Bitch.

Pssst! I love you!

I used to bitch about dry shampoo. The can ran out too fast, it was too expensive, it left my hair feeling all weird…I could go on! That was until I spotted this retro lookin’ sonofagun on the shelf.

Not pictured: 70s stache

Psssssst is absolutely brilliant. I actually got more out of this than I did others I’ve tried (SORRY OSCAR!!!). That’s right, Pssssssters, you’ve knocked my Oscar Blandi to the back of my hair product cabinet. Not only is this a great dry shampoo, but it’s a very effective root booster as well! I was feeling pretty oily this weekend so I sprayed it all around my head on the roots. I flipped my hair over, looked up, and guess who looked like she partook in a discreet roll in the hay? THIS GIRL!

Oops, sorry. My subconscious added this picture in for some reason.

It also has a strangely comforting smell. Like your friend’s mom or a kickass teacher’s classroom. Weird, I know, but you’ll kind of just have to believe me. Also available: instant dry shampoo for wavy and curly hair. It’s a great refresher after those half-assed gym sessions and it promises to not weigh down your curl!

Thanks, Psssssst. Love you like a love song!

Psssssst Instant Dry Shampoo | 5.3 oz  can |Available at retailers nationwide & online | $6.99

Products We’re Excited For!

I saw this product, Living Proof Straight, in a magazine and I’ve been curious about it ever since. The product, a weightless, anti-build up spray, claims to straighten hair, and keep it straight for days at a time. That’s it. But that’s a BIG claim to make, and quite frankly, I’ve been disappointed by these “sleek” products promising me straight hair and Henry Cavill in a handbasket, but I’m an addict. That’s right, a straight hair addict. I would spend anything and go anywhere for my next straightening fix! I feel pathetic, like an Orange County housewife who just realized she’s 32.

LPS, you're my only hope.

Living Proof Straight spray is kind of pricey ($29 for 5.5 oz, $17 for for 1.8 oz), but if it really does what it says, it could possibly take the place of the potentially harmful and ridiculously expensive Brazilian Blowout. All I can say is that I’ll definitely be putting this on my wish list this year! And it’s excluded from all coupons at ULTA, so it MUST be good, right? Anyone try this product yet?

inn-OVATION or scam-OVATION?

I’ve been curious about Ovation Cell Therapy for a long time. I hear tons of commercials claiming that this magical hair product has made hair longer, shinier, healthier, and in time, made of actual spun gold*. I can hear all you frizzy girls OVulating just thinking about having those long, luscious horse hair locks.

Honestly! If you can't make me look like this, don't even bother!

But does it REALLY work? It sounds like these Ovation products, whose parent company also makes the infamous horse shampoo for humans, is playing into the frizzy girl’s emotions. Let’s be real, use your horse sense. We frizzies will buy just about anything that will claim to make our hair straight and shiny. And if it says it will make your hair grow faster than the speed of light too?! <insert horse-related saying here!>

I’m not saying that Ovation Cell Therapy is for the horses birds. I’m just saying that it sounds too good to be true. However, I still would try this product for neighs and giggles. If someone sends it to me. For free. Pretty please?

Also: will whinny for dental help.

*Kidding. It’d be more valuable if it turned your hair into limited edition Twilight posters.

L’OrĂ©al Elnett Satin Hairspray

This product has been around for years and is especially popular in Europe, but only after watching Bravo and seeing L’OrĂ©al Elnett hairspray being sprayed onto Rachel Zoe’s luscious locks (the only luscious thing on her body) did it cross my mind that I should probably try this product.

That, and I only trust products that have their own vehicles.

It seems to be at its cheapest at Target, but it’s honestly still a hard sell at $11-14 bucks a can. There are trial sized versions of the can available, but they’re not much of a better deal, and I would rather go big or go home.

Preferably, "big."

Here are my thoughts on this luxurious spray after several uses:

The Good-

  • The spray holds a style well, even after brushing
  • Leaves no build up or flakes
  • Beautiful vintage glamorous can
The Bad-
  • Expensive
  • Despite claims, it does leave some stiffness on hair
The Ugly-
  • Smells like AquaNet
All in all, while I don’t think it’s a total waste of makeup, there are definitely cheaper alternatives to this iconic hairspray. My short list of picks: Garnier Fructis & Kenra.
L’OrĂ©al Elnett Hairspray | $11-14 Target, CVS Pharmacy, Select beauty retailers | http://www.lorealparisusa.com

Products we’re excited for!

Every now and then, a new product is announced that makes our hearts go pitter-patter. This month, our pick at ATWOM is Keratin Earth’s natural straightening solution.

My hair follicles are possibly ovulating at the thought.

Keratin Earth’s system comes with a 4-product system: the shampoo, the straightening therapy, the nourishing masque, and lastly, the protein conditioner. The products, when used correctly and depending on your hair type, should significantly straighten your hair for at least 30 days to as long as 3 months. To me, this sounds great. No more checking daily deal sites for a cheap Brazilian blowout, no possible formaldehyde poisoning, & best of all, you could even give yourself a world-class straightening from the comfort of your pajamas. How awesome is that? I’m no hairstylist, but this product looks easy enough to use.

KE (yes, we call each other by our initials now) looks like it provides the same straightening effects you can get from the Japanese straightening system and the Brazilian blowout, without the uberflat straightness and the possible formaldehyde fumes, respectively. KE works under essentially neutral conditions using a combination of mild ingredients and protecting, restructuring, and conditioning components.

The system is $99.95 through October, apparently, and it looks like its only for a 30-day supply. Seems a little steep for a month’s worth of straightening, but if it works and lasts longer than that, this could be a product that I soon become obsessed with. Can’t wait to try it! See for yourself here.

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