Are your locks not looking so luscious lately? Shiny, happy hair may be easier than you thought. Simply, scour the contents of your fridge and viola your strands are back in the game! All you need is apple juice, apple cider vinegar and pear juice for an easy at home remedy.
Apples not only keep the doctor away, but also revive tired, dull, over processed tresses. Apples contain key vitamins and are loaded with potassium to help strengthen your hair. Studies have also shown that apple polyphenols stimulate hair growth.
Pear juice is added to the mix, which contains a low pH balance. A low pH is crucial because it changes the hair’s electric charge, allowing the cuticle to lie flat. When the hair lies flat, light is reflected imparting a shinier appearance.
Last, but certainly not least is Apple cider vinegar. Vinegar is highly acidic, quickly removing excess oil from the scalp and waxy buildup. The hair is left squeaky clean, glossy and manageable.
Ingredients: 1 cup of apple juice, 1 cup of pear juice, and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
Directions: Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature and mix well before application. Apply treatment to freshly washed hair and leave on for three minutes. Rinse and condition hair as usual. Use as needed, when your locks require some extra good lovin’.
Since we usually always talk about what products are great for customer’s concerns at SkinStore.com, I wanted to talk about or actually rave about my personal favorite products. These products are tried and true!
First off I wanted to start with hair. I feel that other than your skin, your hair is what shapes your face and also defines your personal style. It is most definitely a part of me I wish to take care of and maintain. A few years ago I had stumbled upon the Alterna brand and fell in love. I’ve now been using their shampoo & conditioner for about 2.5 years. It doesn’t strip the color out of my hair or the shine and also doesn’t weigh it down. Aside from those amazing benefits their products avoid harsh chemicals, artificial colorants, chemical preservatives, synthetic fragrance and chemical sunscreens wherever possible. I highly suggest trying Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo if you haven’t already. You can thank me later!
Next up is a newer addition to my skin care regimen by Peter Tomas Roth. It’s the Camu Camu Power Cx30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum. I adore the consistency of the product because it’s a very lightweight liquid serum. It absorbs into the skin very quickly and doesn’t leave any residue behind. I noticed results within the first week of using this product, which is almost never the case. It contains Vitamins C, A, D, & E which is a powerful combination of the exact ingredients my skin craves. I would most definitely recommend this product to others, it’s amazing!
Lastly is a natural product line that is on the rise in popularity, ARCONA. If you like a product that you can immediately see results, then you should take a look at ARCONA Peptide Eye Serum. It feels refreshing and has a very thin consistency. Upon the first application you can feel it firm and tighten the area around the eye. It leaves you with a smooth, toned and hydrated eye area. It’s good for prevention and the first signs of aging.
I urge you to try one of my tried and true favorites. It may be just what you’ve been looking for!
For over 100 years Mason Pearson has been making a line of premium hair brushes that retail for a premium price. These “super” brushes claim to be life changing, for your hair life that is. So what could possibly be so remarkable about a hair brush? Their claim to fame is their Boar bristles. These bristles are the best way to distribute your hair’s natural oils from scalp to tip making your hair glossy and shiny. The overall health of your hair is said to improve, making your hair grow not only faster, but longer. As an added bonus, the patented cushion of the brush conforms to your scalp giving your head a much needed exfoliation and massage. Sounds good to me! I know my next beauty splurge is going to be this ultimate grooming tool.
I know there are plenty of busy bodies in this world like me, and if you haven’t heard of one of the best on-the-go secrets, I’d like to fill you in. Dry shampoo!! I think we are all guilty of running late sometimes, being a little lazy, or just being active at the gym and not being able to wash our hair afterwards. The Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo should be our new best friend. A few quick sprays to the roots of your hair will allow the gentle starches to absorb excess oils and product build up. Not only is it great when there is no time to shower, but it works as a volumizer and pick me up for your hair. The fresh lemon verbena fragrance will give your hair that clean scent you’ll love!
Enriched with natural amino acids to work with your own hair protein in synergy, this elegant formula is the white knight your damaged stands have been waiting for.
Apply at night, and feel the silkiness absorbs quickly and easily with no sticky residue. No worries about damaging pillow cases or bed sheets as this treatment doesn’t leave any traces behind. Look forward to awaking to soft, luscious locks and styling without effort.
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There are many things that wreak havoc on your hair; from the environment, hard water, chemically treating, and using styling tools etc. There are a few must have items by Frederic Fekkai that should be in every girls bathroom. The new PrX Repairitives line is designed to restore damaged hair using a dual action technology that works at the structural level of the hair to protect against keratin loss. The Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Shampoo removes impurities and build up while nourishing each strand. The Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Conditioner conditions the hair and restores smoothness. And last but not least, my personal favorite that has made my hair feel amazing is the Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Mask. This mask hydrates, strengthens the hair, leaves your hair feeling extremely smooth and gives it a beautiful shine!
Mom may know best, but we know what she wants for Mother’s Day! Make her feel loved with one of our top picks for Mom.
Every mom deserves the gift of great skin! Make her feel radiant this Mother’s Day with a Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System. A Clarisonic is the essential first step in your skin care regimen. Clarisonic goes beyond cleansing by using sonic technology to gently yet deeply cleanse pores without abrasion or harsh chemicals. Clarisonic removes six times more makeup than manual cleansing, cleansing so well that products absorb better—making skin more receptive to skin care ingredients (up to 61% of Vitamin C). With regular daily use the Clarisonic reduces dry skin patches, oily areas and blemishes and immediately leaves skin feeling and looking smoother.
If mom is looking to perfect her complexion Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel is the go-to at home chemical peel with spa like results. This peel is an extra-strength version of Dr. Dennis Gross’ patented #1-selling Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel on pre-soaked cotton towelettes. Higher concentrations of Alpha Beta Acids plus newly added anti-aging boosters, including Mandelic Acid and Willow Bark Extract, deliver a stronger peel without risk of irritation or recovery time. Results are noticeable after the first use. This is a SkinStore staff must have product!
The next best thing to a tropical vacation for mom just might be the Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub and the Candlenut Body Crème. The Invigorating Coffee Scrub is an aromatic escape with fresh Indonesian coffee beans that awakens the senses as it exfoliates and cleanses. Used in Indonesian treatments to stimulate circulation in the skin, coffee has been clinically proven to provide powerful antioxidant and tightening benefits when applied to the skin. The Candlenut Body Crème is a rich, luxurious body cream that provides the nourishing benefits of candlenut oil, used for centuries in Indonesia to moisturize dry, rough skin. The unique properties of candlenut oil allow for superior skin penetration with a soft, velvet finish. This crème and scrub combination is absolutely amazing!
Any mom would be happy with one of these great gifts or even your handmade macaroni necklace.
Argan oil is in high demand because of its unique benefits and limited supply. It has become increasingly popular recently but the Argan tree has been around for centuries. It is made from the edible part of the nut inside the shell of Argan fruit and is found mostly in Morraco. Argan oil has many uses and it’s no wonder that this rare oil is always in pursuit.
The many reported benefits of Argan oil include anti-inflammatory properties, lowering cholesterol, helping with digestion, sore joints, chickenpox, and of course is great for the skin and hair. It is also thought to reduce stretch marks post pregnancy while hydrating the skin. It also protects the body against ultraviolet radiation and is very anti-aging as it prevents the muscles and skin from degenerating. You can apply it alone to your face, body, and hair or with your favorite moisturizer. You can also add a few drops to your bath for added moisture or massage into nails to repair cuticles.
Argan oil is often referred to as “liquid gold” because it can transform dull, dry and frizzy hair into smooth strong tresses, by penetrating into the shaft or pore of the hair. To use on hair apply a few drops and massage into scalp then comb product through to the ends of the hair. It is recommend wrapping the hair in a towel overnight before washing it out. For soft frizz free locks you can apply a drop to styled hair. If you struggle with dandruff Argan oil can be beneficial for relieving an itchy, dry, and flaky scalp. Argan oil will also extend the life of your hair if color treated by keeping your hair conditioned and protected.
Argan oil is very rich in Vitamin E and Omega 6 so it works great for hydrating and protecting the skin. You can apply the oil directly on the skin and use alone. For really dry skin types it will boost the benefits of your moisturizer by combining the two. Because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, you can use Argan oil on acne prone skin to help with breakouts and irritation.
SkinStore.com has Argan oil made by the organic line Melvita. Melvita’s Argan oil contains 100% of the total ingredients from natural origins, so you can be confident the Argan oil is authentic and pure.
I think we will be seeing more popularity as this wonderful gift of nature continues to intrigue us.
Shiny hair is sexy. Shiny hair signals youth and fertility, so instinctively men love a woman with luscious locks. Here are a few simple and easy steps that every woman can take to keep her hair shiny, and to keep those boys breaking their necks.
People with oily hair tend to over wash their hair. When the hair is stripped of its essential oils it goes into overdrive to produce more oils, so it’s a never ending battle to keep oily hair clean. Instead, wash only a few times a week if your hair is oily. The oils in your hair condition the roots and lengths of your hair, and will keep the hair shiny and supple. If the root area looks greasy, use a dry shampoo to keep it immaculate. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is a great choice.
If you have normal to dry hair and a dry scalp, it’s likely that your hair stays fresh for quite some time. Once weekly washings are appropriate to those that don’t produce much oil at the scalp and the oil that is produced will be beneficial and hydrating to the hair, so use a soft boar bristle brush to pull the oils from the roots through the lengths of the hair.
Don’t overuse heat tools. Stick straight hair is so 2005, so don’t flat iron your hair to its death. Instead, embrace the natural texture that you were born with. Air dry hair when possible, and if you need to use a blow-dryer, opt for a cool setting instead of high heat. My therapist (I mean stylist) has taught me some great hair care tricks over the years, but one of my favorites is a blow-drying tip. Part the hair and spritz with heat-protective spray, then blow dry only at the roots, let the ends of the hair air-dry… this always gives my hair a lot of natural movement but doesn’t leave the top of my head kinked. If you like your hair curly, then traditional curling rods are a better choice than a high-heat curling iron, so if you’re sporting ringlets let dry hair set in curlers for a few hours.
Lay off the chemical processing for a change. Highlights, lowlights, double processing, triple processing, you’ve done it all. Every chemical process does a bit of damage, and when color is constantly pulled out and deposited in, the hair strand becomes more and more damaged. Color only the hair that hasn’t been colored, we advise professional root touch ups every 6-8 weeks. And quit with the drama already… If you don’t have naturally light hair, the peroxide that you use will eat up your healthy dark tresses. And light haired girls that go uber-dark can end up with those grey-looking roots (nobody wants to look like they have a receding hair line). Many colorists say that the most flattering color you can have as an adult is the hair color that you had as a child. Was it sunny and blonde, but turned a little brassy and mousy as you got older? Pump up the volume on the developer and lighten up! Did you have gorgeous black hair as a baby but it looks a little worn and ashen? Deposit a rich hue to bring out the vibrancy!
One of the most important rules in hair care is to trim your hair regularly. Hair that has split ends (no matter how well cared for) can look dry and brittle. Regular trims keep the hair looking slick and smooth, not bushy and unruly.
Remember that hair care products play a huge role in the way your hair looks. Using quality shampoo and conditioner that are made for your specific hair type will be beneficial to the health of your hair. Yes, a shampoo and conditioner made for color-treated hair can improve and prolong your hair color. A shampoo and conditioner made for oily hair will help to balance the production of sebum in the scalp. A shampoo and conditioner made for normal to dry hair will condition the hair thoroughly to provide greater manageability.
Leave-in treatment products are very beneficial to the hair. Leave-in conditioners (in spray or cream form) help to condition the hair and seal the cuticle so it’s pliable and elastic, therefore less prone to break. Leave-in products such as shine enhancing sprays and serums seal the hair cuticle and impart shine, so hair not only feels healthier, it also looks better.
Deep conditioners are intense and really beneficial to thirsty hair. Because I have platinum hair that requires a lot of color developer to lift the ashy-ness out of my roots, and A LOT of toner to keep it neutral instead of brassy, my hair is always thirsty. In addition to using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner and leave-in products I love a once-weekly deep conditioner, and you will too once you try one. When you can’t afford to have it in-salon (or just have no time or desire to sit in a salon chair for two hours) use a hair masque at home instead! After washing and conditioning the hair, apply a generous amount of hair masque that’s appropriate to your hair type (I LOVE the Alterna TEN Hair Masque), put on a shower cap and use your blow-dryer to warm up the hair (make sure the cap isn’t the type that melts), this will allow for your hair cuticle to open up and absorb more of the active ingredients. Then rinse, dry and voila! Shiny, bouncy, smooth hair that’s manageable and silky.