Hair Extravaganza

I’ve recently had the chance to try out a lot of hair lines- here are a few stand outs and why you’ll love em too.


For the girl who has it all, try the new brainchild of Horst Rechelbacher, the Aveda founder who set out to develop Intelligent Nutrients, based on their philosophy that ‘everything we put in and on our bodies must be nutritious and safe.’ This is definitely the next frontier of personal care when the Hair Cleanser’s instructional uses include washing food and pets.

I found the Cleanser and Conditioner to be unlike anything I’ve ever used. Don’t expect piles of suds or a bubble gum sent, just perfectly cleansed hair that feels almost neutral, not overly soft and not dried out either. Just a fresh starting point to perfectly cleansed hair.


For the experimental girl on the go, there’s the unexpectedly additcting LUSH solid shampoos. Normal to dry hair should try Godiva, which lathers up using only a few swipes down the length of your hair. Tins are also sold for easy storage and travel. Even my thick, long locks were tamed and conditioned without one tangle.


Forget what you think know about haircare found at natural foods stores, Lamas will make you a believer with their Soy Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. The scent is intoxicating and my hair felt soft and bouncy. Summer hair getting a little weighed down? Check out their Sea Silk Styling Mousse which creates some serious volume.


For the drugstore girl, Loreal’s Vive Pro offerings provide UV filter and glossy locks.Nutri-Gloss Shampoo, Conditioner and Conditioning Treatment add tons of shine to the hair while letting you choose the product by hair length, texture and condition.

Color Vive also gives you options based on hair type, but adds a UV filter to keep your color from fading in the summer sun.

LUSH Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser and Exfoliator


I don’t know if I ever fully understood LUSH, it always struck me as one of those fly-by-night stores in the mall where you mix your own bath salts and personalize the scent. Even when I interviewed with them years ago (yeah- I didn’t get it) I don’t know if I really understood who they were. Don’t let the whimsical packaging and names detract you from a line that’s dead serious about quality. Angels on Bare Skin contains only 10 ingredients, all are super fresh and get the job done without any parabens or other synthetics to get in the way.

Due to the true freshness, the shelf life of the products is about 3 months, but the size and price reflect the need to purchase more frequently without product wasted. Don’t believe me? Check out their site where 730 people gave this product a near perfect rating. The consistency is unique, just add water to it making a paste that washes away impurities and leaves behind really lush skin.

LUSH Angels on Bare Skin