Archive for the ‘Hair Care’ Category

How to Combat Thinning Hair

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The world seems to be obsessed with the question on how to get thin quick. How can I get thinner arms, a thinner waist or thinner legs? But the one thing we don’t want is thinner hair.

As we mature, hormones in our scalp begin to produce higher levels of DHT, the primary toxin that clogs hair follicles and causes hair to grow back weak and thin. This puts us on a different quest on how to get thick – quick.

To combat the root of the problem, ingredients like Red Clover Extract, Nettle Root and Saw Palmetto help detoxify the scalp and block the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. These ingredients, along with a mix of other nutrients, were combined to create Red Clover Growth Complex, which is found exclusively in the Alterna Caviar Clinical system.

The collection is recommended by our hair loss and thinning expert Dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman. “These products are extremely effective as the system is clinically proven to promote fuller, thicker, denser-looking hair,” says Dr. Jaliman.

She is internationally recognized for her research and work in clinical and cosmetic dermatology, and authored the chapter Skin and hair in the book “Women’s Health for Life.”  If you are trying to decide if the system is right for you, she says, “All products in the Caviar Clinical System are specially formulated for people suffering from hair loss or thinning, and leave no build-up or residue on the scalp or hair if used as directed.”

How to get thick-quick:

Cleanse: Help reduce the levels of DHT, sebum and other residue from your scalp by cleansing with Alterna’s Caviar Clinical Daily Detoxifying Shampoo. It doesn’t have harmful chemicals like sulfates & parabens that further damage hair and irritate the scalp. What it does have is Red Clover Growth Complex, to help unclog hair follicles and promote instantly thicker hair.

Stimulate: Energize the scalp by using a leave in treatment like the Daily Root & Scalp Stimulator. It’s enriched with Vitamin B6 an ingredient known to help promote healthy blood flow to the scalp. Spray directly to the roots and massage in for a soothing mini scalp exercise to help improve hair’s strength and density from the inside out.

Reinforce: Boost the effectiveness of cleansing and stimulating with the Weekly Intensive Boosting Treatment. Apply directly to the scalp to deliver a turbo-dose of concentrated soy proteins and keratin to help reinforce hair’s natural structure.

All three of these strand-saving formulas are available in the Alterna Caviar Clinical Starter Kit. It’s so effective that 8 out of 10 people said their hair felt thicker and fuller, and would recommend this system to a friend with thinning hair or hair loss.

Now you can say bye-bye to thin, waify strands and embrace your restored thick and full bodied hair.


How to Get Smooth, Frizz-Free Hair

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Want shiny, smooth, frizz-free hair?  You can get it with Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist. This weightless mist is not only great for strengthening your hair with nutrients; its organic ingredients reverse damage and extend the life of a blow-out. Brilliant!

Its wonderful, light fragrance makes it easy to spray in liberally and it can be used on damp hair as a leave-in treatment or on dry hair to boost shine.  This product is made for fine-to normal hair so if you have medium to thick hair you’ll want to use Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment. Both formulas offer color hold protection and humidity resistance.

After reading some pretty amazing reviews, I decided that I had to try it for myself. Boy, I am I glad I did! I saw a noticeable improvement with my very first use.  You’ll love having “Hair Confidence” in any situation with this little winner. Best of all, for a limited time, you can purchase the Alterna BAMBOO Smoothing Shampoo and receive a deluxe sample of the Dry Oil Mist for FREE.  Cha-ching!


Get Summer Ready Hair

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Summer is officially here, and with the warm weather brings an opportunity to pay extra special attention to our hair. The sun and chlorine damages our hair, fades our color, and we do little to protect our hair the way that we protect our bodies from the damaging sun. The new Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist is your solution for gorgeous summer hair.

The Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist protects your hair from harmful elements during the warm months, by providing a veil of protection and shine. It contains UV protection to protect the scalp and help the hair stay vibrant. The Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist also contains peppermint oil and sea kelp to help condition and shield the hair, providing shine and vibrancy. The Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist is an easy to apply aerosol spray that you can use with any other styling products, and can reapply throughout the day as needed.

To control frizz and add more shine, we like the Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream. This creates a barrier on the hair to protect it against humidity, salt water, and chlorine. To further protect your hair color from fading we recommend the Frederic Fekkai Advanced Salon Technician Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. It contains an anti-fade color complex and natural UV protection for long lasting color and shine.

With all of these great products your hair will look its best for the warm months ahead!


T3 Source Shower Filters

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T3 is a well-known and trusted brand in the industry for producing high quality styling tools which improve the condition of your hair, and help you to look your best. T3 uses tourmaline which is a gemstone that naturally produces negative ions to smooth and condition the hair follicle. This same technology is used in T3’s new line of beauty showerheads. The new beauty showerheads are the first shower filters that are clinically proven to improve the health of your hair while adding body and shine.  They have a patented filtration technology that removes up to 95% of chlorine and other impurities in the water to condition and protect your hair and skin. This filtration is ideal for color-treated hair and extensions.

The T3 filters come in three different convenient options: The hand-held which attaches to the shower for mobility and ease, the source showerhead, and the inline which can attach to any existing shower head; as one-size-fits-all design for easy use. Anyone who washes their hair will benefit from using the source showerhead or hand-held source showerhead because chlorine and frequent washing will strip and damage your hair. The beauty shower actually transforms the chlorine by combining copper, zinc, and calcium into a larger element that the hair can’t absorb.  The results have been amazing at reducing frizz by 64%, an increase in body by 47%, and a 28% increase in shine.

Aside from being a cutting edge hair tool, the rainfall of the shower is soothing and relaxing to the body and great for your skin.  The T3 source shower filter showerhead has 8 different spray settings for a customized shower. It is recommended to change the filter about every 3-6 months for optimal results depending on which shower you decide to go with.  The indicator light will indicate when you need to change the filter and are easily replaced. All three beauty showers come with a 2 year warranty and repair options for customers.

Take a look at this great info-graphic for more info:


Tame Your Hair During the Windy Season

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We are entering that time again! Time to converge from Winter to Spring with the uncontrollable traits the weather brings. This season brings cloudy days and wind. It’s difficult during this time to manage your tresses and keep it sleek. Luckily, we have ways to cheat around the road blocks!

Fight unruly and frizzy hair with the proper combat tools. If your hair is thick or coarse you can look to a sleek cream to nourish the hair, enhance shine and tame fly away’s. If your hair is fine you can look at different mists to protect strands and helps fight frizz with a weightless formula. Most of these types of products are applied at the end of your hair routine and take less than one minute. The products you can find will range from mists, lotions and even heavier creams that work to assist with your most current hair styles. Just to name a few raved-about products that relate: Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist, Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Frizz-Correcting Styling Lotion and Alterna BAMBOO Shine Silk-Sleek Brilliance Cream. All you have to do now is decide which hair woes you’d like to banish!


Hot Ingredient: Lavender

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Lavender is widely used in the cosmetic industry in a variety of bath products, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical creams. The essential oil of lavender is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Throughout history Lavender has been used to soothe insect bites, burns, and headaches. Lavender is also widely believed to help relax the body and mind and used as a sleep aide. In skincare products lavender oil can be used on all skin types to help treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or acne. Lavender is also used in shampoos to help prevent and treat dandruff. A few of our favorite products that contain lavender are:

L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo: L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo smoothes and softens capillary fibers, leaving your hair looking and feeling supple, shiny and silky. A natural complex of 5 essential oils, including Angelica, Lavender, Geranium, Ylang-ylang and Patchouli, plus wheat proteins, work together in synergy to help repair, strengthen, regenerate and soften dry and damaged hair.

Ole Henriksen Lavender Body Oil: As an essential oil, Lavender is simply unsurpassed and is truly a miracle worker. Often referred to as ‘burns first aid’, Lavender’s anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties are amazing. Combine this with its soothing and calming impact on the skin and intoxicating scent and you have a fabulous, multi-purpose body oil, that is simple enough to use every day. Perfect for use all over the body, after showering, before your body moisturizer and for body massage.

Pevonia Soothing Propolis Concentrate: This richly repairing micro-emulsified serum contains a high concentration Propolis from the Jura Mountains of France. Combined with Lavender, Propolis Concentrate calms, heals, and truly enriches your skin. Anti-bacterial and decongesting, this vaso-constricting formulation alleviates micro-circulation problems and strengthens your fragile skin.

EmerginC Lavender Toner: A gentle toner for all skin types, but especially suited for sensitive skin.


Red Carpet Ready Hair

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It’s that glamorous time of year again, award show season! When our favorite celebrities strut their stuff down the red carpet, it’s fun for us to recreate some of the hottest looks. One hairstyle that stood out above the rest at the Golden Globes was Reese Witherspoon’s tousled waves. To recreate this look at home we’ve selected a few of our favorite products that will best achieve this style.

First apply Frederic Fekkai Coiff Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray throughout dry hair, then apply a small amount of Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream to the ends of the hair. Next, using a medium round brush and blow drier add extra volume to the roots.  Then wrap 1.5 inch sections of hair around a one inch curling iron using light tension to create loose waves. We suggest T3 Twirl 1 inch Curling Iron. Once you have completed the entire head take pieces of hair at the crown of the head and tease to create a sexy lift. Finish off the look with Frederic Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray and Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Sheer Glossing Shine Mist for shine. Taadah! Now you’re ready to show off your beautiful locks at home!


My Top 4 Winter Hair Care Solutions

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Just like our skin, the moisture levels in our hair can change with the season. Many of us experience drier skin and hair in the winter time. Dry hair is boring and dull! Why not give your hair some TLC with some of my all time favorites!

  1. Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair RESCUE – Repairs damaged hair while you sleep!
  2. Neil Geroge Intense Repair Mask – Maintains color and improves its strength and elasticity!
  3. Phyto Huile D Ales Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment – Stimulates the regeneration of Keratin!
  4. Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment – Repairs even the most damaged hair!

Well, there you have it! Those are my top 4 favorite hair care solutions for the cold winter months. Of course, these wonderful products aren’t just for winter. They are all designed to repair your hair year round!


Frederic Fekkai Protein Rx Reparative Conditioner

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Our hair needs special attention at times, especially in the cold and dry winter months. Most of us heat style and color treat our hair and the results are usually dry, brittle, or broken hair. Our hair goes through a lot, so it’s important to use the right products that will keep us looking fabulous. Luckily Frederic Fekkai has a reparative conditioner that will help to condition and hydrate your hair, so we can relax a little while this conditioner does all the work.

The Protein Rx Reparative Conditioner is ideal for those of us that blow dry, flat iron relax, or color treat our hair, which is most of us! This miracle in a bottle contains soy and milk proteins which will help to reinforce the hair and smooth out the cuticle. It also contains jojoba and sweet almond protein which will help to promote growth and strengthen the hair, providing more manageability.

The Protein Rx Reparative Conditioner works very quickly, so you don’t need to leave it in but you can if you would like to use it as a deep conditioning solution. Immediately your hair will feel softer and more hydrated. It also works really well for helping to reduce static because it’s extremely hydrating and conditioning to the hair. You can also try the Frederic Fekkai Protein Rx Anti Breakage Treatment Mask and use it with the conditioner for added benefits.

If you are looking for an everyday conditioner or a weekly solution for your stressed hair, the Protein Rx Reparative Conditioner could be your answer!


Oil Treatments for Hair

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For as long as I can recall oil treatments for healthy shiny hair have been popular. As a teen the old VO5 hot oil treatment was a favorite with my older sisters. Today we have many more options available to us, and I have a new appreciation for the benefits of topical oil treatments. With years of heat abuse from the blow dryer, to the flat iron, to color treatments hair can become brittle to a point where it is literally breaking off and preventing length.

There are many oil solutions available at SkinStore in our hair department. Leading the pack with 9 customer reviews and an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 possible stars is the Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist. This oil infuses hair with anti-oxidants and is nutrient rich to help eliminate frizz and protect hair from that damage done through heat styling, plus its color safe. Alterna also offers the Bamboo Smooth Pure Kendi Oil Pure Treatment which is in dropper form and it too banishes frizz, is humidity resistant and safe for color treated hair.

Rene Furterer Complexe 5 Regenerating Plant Extract is another solution that offers over 50% concentration of orange and lavender essential oils to stimulate microcirculation on the scalp, strengthens the hair, and cleans your scalp of unwanted debris.

The final featured product is the Phyto Huile D Ales Intense Hydrating Oil that is a 100% natural botanical solution that provides nourishment and hydration to dry and chemically treated hair.

We offer many more oil treatments for your hair though we have just featured a few. So come on by and check out our hair department if you are looking for any hair care item, chances are, we have it!

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