I Love Living Proof Haircare!

Well the virdict is in for the Living Proof haircare I bought last week. I love it. I had no idea that it would make the biggest difference in my hair (which is still falling out unfortunately.) It was looking brittle and was beyond static-y to the point where I was putting it back all the time because it was so annoying. But not anymore. It looks like I just had it cut and highlighted because it’s so behaved and healthy looking.

If you have gripes about your hair, it might just be that your products aren’t doing their jobs. Check out Living Proof and prepare to ba amazed.

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Living Proof: Jennifer Aniston’s Haircare Line

I had a credit at Sephora and had just ran out of my Bumble & Bumble Prep spray- perfect time to check out Living Proof, the hair line co-owned by Jennifer Aniston that has everyone buzzing. Coming into my 8th month of pregnancy my hair is (like last time) falling out in clumps. It’s too depressing to even dwell on since last time it fell out consistently like this for 6 months straight so severely that I still haven’t yet regained that hair volume back. My hair texture has also changed  and is doing this weird thing where it’s curly from the roots down about 4 inches or so where it stops and my typical slightly wavy hair begins down to the ends. Again, trying not to dwell…

Since my hair has changed so much, what I’ve always used on it needs to change too. My newly fine hair has more static than the thick, corse mane I always had and I need to layer in more products to achieve that bulk and keep a few days worth of curls in it which is getting more difficult to do. After some research on the line, I bought their Weightless Styling Spray $36 which will replace the  Prep spray I’ve used for years. It’s free of silicone, oils, parabens, sulfates and other nasties, using instead  their own star ingredient PolyfluoroEster which blocks humidity, repels dirt, and makes hair stronger over time. I’m hoping it will detangle and give my hair some softness- another thing it’s lacking nowadays. I’ll layer Restore Targeted Repair Cream $28 over the spray to get a leave-in conditioning sort of feel throughout my strands. The little tube was a sample of the new Prime Style Extender which sets the hair up for a style and helps to keep it in place longer, kinda like how a face primer works for securing foundation.

I’m hoping a little goes a long way because it’s pricy stuff but if my hair resembles anything about Aniston’s it’s all worth it! Really though I’m just hoping for less static, more volume, and added softness. I’ll follow up in a few weeks when I’ll be able to see exactly how well it’s working.

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I’m a Johnson & Johnson Baby CARES Council Member

When Johnson’s Baby reached out asking if I’d be interested in becoming a Baby CARES Council member, I”ll admit that I had mixed feelings. Over the years, I’ve read some things about J&J that have caused me to be cautious about using the brand on my daughter. Over the past year though, my feelings have started to change about Johnson’s because of their transparency and also commitment to reformulate most of their line to include the safest ingredients possible for their products (including Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Clean & Clear.) It’s a huge move and one that impressed the Environmental Working Group’s president who said “We’ve never really seen a major personal care product company take the kind of move that they’re taking with this.” This, coupled with their huge commitment to giving back through various charitable organizations like Save the Children where Johnson’s Baby recently funded them with $150,000 to support the healthy development of moms and babies as well as donating thousands of Johnson’s ‘Care Kits’ filled with Johnson’s basics that are handed out to families during natural disasters and other times of need.

As a member of their CARES Council, I’ll have access to their product line to review as I see fit (products are provided, but as usual I give honest feedback on those I like best.) I can also talk directly with their chemists who formulate the products- something I’m really excited about and will take advantage of here very soon and report back on what I’ve learned. In the meantime, I received a few things from Johnson’s to check out, and here are my thoughts on the ones that I’ve been using most.

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I didn’t even realize Johnson’s had a natural line. I’ve been using their Natural Baby Shampoo on my daughter and myself for weeks now. It’s 98% naturally sourced and uses vegetable, coconut, and sunflower oils to gently clean the hair. I also like using a mild shampoo daily to keep my color fresh- especially in Colorado where the sun and hard water chase my blonde away sooner than I’d like. There hasn’t been any burning or stinging to my daughter’s eyes and the subtle scent is a welcome change to the usual overly-perfumed kid’s products out there. For years I’ve used baby shampoo to remove eye makeup and this one works wonders for that too. Just dampen a flat cotton round with water and add just a small drop of this shampoo and massage it on the eyes to remove stubborn mascara and liner that cleansers can miss. Since it’s a no-tear formula it won’t burn or sting the eyes the way so many facial cleansers can. A gentle shampoo like this has so many great uses.

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I’m a sucker for the smell of cocoa butter so I knew I’d like their Baby Oil Gel with Shea and Cocoa Butter. My skin has been so dry lately from this heat that mid-day I’m already scaley. I also religiously keep moisture on my belly when I’m pregnant (5 1/2 months now!) so I’ve been using this gel post-shower before I even towel off to lock in moisture. I also give another generous amount to my belly alone once I’m dry under my BeBand so the moisture doesn’t rub away and get on my clothes. It has made a big difference in my skin’s softness and a little goes a long way.

JOHNSON'S® Baby Oil Gel with Shea and Cocoa Butter

I’ll have more reviews of the line in the coming weeks along with a Q&A I’ll prepare for their chemists. If you have a question you think I should ask them, tweet me @HookedOnBeauty.

At-Home Hair Using Radiance Colorgloss Semi-Permanent Hair Color

With the careful help of a stylist friend Carrie, I did my first DIY hair coloring. Well, it wasn’t really a coloring as much as a glossy brass-out since my blonde goes way gold sometimes within weeks of highlights. Initially I got something at Sally’s that was a no-go. Helped by some very young and very confident girl last week, I came home with a toner and a 20 volume which Carrie warned against using since it was way too strong and would’ve probably done something crazy that I didn’t understand because I don’t speak hair color. Second time was the charm.

I bought this Radiance Colorgloss Semi-Permanent Hair Color ($6) in 10 N, a neutral blonde that wouldn’t be too ashy or gold along with the developer that goes with it. It doesn’t lift, it just adds a glossy sort of ‘topcoat’ to the hair along with a hint of subtle color. I mixed equal parts of each and left it on for 20 minutes as indicated. At first I didn’t think it did anything, but then when I dried my hair I could see that my dark roots were less noticeable and looked more blended. It did cut the brass, but it deepened my base a little which Carrie said would lighten in a few washes (especially with the help of my purple shampoo.)

Since I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to this sort of thing, Colorgloss is a perfect treatment in between hair visits just to keep roots at a minimum and the brass at bay. I would try for a lighter shade next time, but the color wasn’t a deal breaker for me and I’d use it again if it’s the lightest option.

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Moroccanoil

Years ago I was sent Moroccanoil to review when the brand was new and just staring to catch fire. Since then, I’ve been a loyal customer buying the oil and conditioner whenever I run out. I’m not really picky about hair stuff (I just bought a $6 bottle of Clear Shampoo which is totally mediocre but I’ll still use the whole thing), but there’s something about these two things specifically that are so fantastic that they keep me running back for more.

Moroccanoil Treatment: This is the OG, the one that started it all. A sweet smelling oil that untangles my hair, keeps it soft, and tames static during the winter. A nickel amount is what I use on my long hair and a bottle lasts over a year so you do get your $43 worth.

Moroccan Oil

Moroccanoil

Their Hydrating Conditioner is the most perfect conditioner I’ve ever used- not too heavy, rinses clean, but keeps just the right amount of moisture behind. When I first ran out I just grabbed whatever I had lurking in a cabinet and was so surprised to find that my hair didn’t feel or look as great with just this one simple change. I liked the shampoo as well (and will probably grab it when I get the conditioner too) but it’s the magic of the conditioner that moves me to spend the $22.

Moroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner

Moroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner

Now, I totally realize that my love for the brand isn’t going to motivate everyone to spend $60 on two hair products so I should mention that I’ve heard great things (check out the rave reviews HERE at ulta.com) about Organix Moroccan Argan Oil. Find the whole line HERE (along with Ulta’s buy one get one 50% off sale) and let me know how it works if you give it a try.

Organix Moroccan Oil

Organix Moroccan Oil

Keeping it Real at the 2013 Oscars

Standing out tonight against all the weaves and wigs (there’s more fake hair on that red carpet than the real stuff, let’s face it) were 3 beauties at the 2013 Oscars. Charlize Theron, Robin Roberts, and Anne Hathaway all looked so beautiful and classic without the long locks getting in the way. To you and I this doesn’t seem particularly noteworthy or special, but in Hollywood where everyone is painted, polished, and primped to perfection- all abiding by the same beauty rules, this is truly an act of bravery. Maybe in some small way it sends a message that unconventional is beautiful too and we can start to see more images of women that don’t all look the same.

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And a shout out to Anniston for keeping it real rocking her signature hair style (which was by Chris McMillan who used Living Proof haircare btw.) Up-dos don’t work for me either, I always feel like I’m wearing a costume or something. Brides always tell me how they prefer their hair down but feel they should have it up for their weddings and this is the perfect example of how you don’t have to conform to a style you don’t like.  Stick to what makes you feel good, you’ll feel more comfortable and look happier (and better!) in your pictures.

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