Posts Tagged ‘hair health’

The Benefits of Ampoules

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Ampoules are underused skincare treatments in the industry. A lot of us have used them during a facial, but then forget about the lasting effects they can bring by using them at home. They can target our concerns, provide hydration, promote collagen, and help to restore our skin. Ampoules are stable, hygienic, and sealed until you are ready to use them.

Ampoules, or sometimes called fluids, can be beneficial for all skin types and concerns. They give our skin the necessary boost that it needs after traveling, post skin care procedure,  during dry winters, or after a long hot summer. The Babor skin care line carries fluids that help to boost collagen, calm and hydrate your skin, or provide your skin with essential vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy. You can choose from their collagen booster, distressing fluid, or the multi active vitamin fluid.

Ampoules are also great for whitening teeth! Try GoSmile products and their whitening system ampoules. You can see a noticeable difference in the brightness of your teeth in a short amount of time with no trays or strips needed.

Ampoules are also used for hair to help restore, protect and keep healthy. If you hair needs a little attention and repair, try a hydrating oil treatment by Phyto to smooth out split ends and provide damage control.

The next time your beauty regimen needs a boost, reach for an ampoule to get you the results you are looking for!

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Flat Irons & Their Differences

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With so many different choices of flat irons out there it can be hard to know which one to choose. Next time you go on the search for a sleek new iron pay attention to these key words:

Titanium: Offers extremely smooth surfaces to prevent any pulling or snagging. The durable metal helps to provide proper heat distribution for fast styling from root to tip without the creases.

Ceramic: These plates are fused with a crystal coating that produces a negative charge, which creates an easy glide. Ceramic plates help to seal the cuticle for a sleek, smooth look.

Tourmaline: This material is great for reducing frizz. Similar to ceramic, the negatively charges ions help to seal the hair cuticle, helping to lock in natural moisture.

*Nano: It’s not a material, but rather tiny nano elements processed on the metal plates. Nano particles help to provide a bonus of antibacterial protection!

Hope this has helped to ‘straighten’ things out!

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Reviving Damaged Hair

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Brittle…crunchy…dry…damaged hair.

Sound like I’m describing the condition of your hair? Well, let’s fix that! Dry hair is a common concern for many people, but thankfully it’s totally treatable.

First you’re going to need a good shampoo and conditioner. I recommend the Alterna Hemp with Organics Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. This is my go-to duo for over processed damaged hair. These products are the perfect combination of protein and moisture to strengthen the hair and protect it from any future damage.

Next you’re going to change your mind set of washing your hair everyday or even every other day. I’m talking washing your hair at the most 2 times per week. That’s right, you heard me- a max of twice a week, but don’t panic- this is where dry shampoo comes into play. A dry shampoo is going to become your new best friend. My personal favorite is Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. Those with thinner textured hair and are looking for volume will want to go with Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray. Use your dry shampoo when needed to absorb any excess oil and product build up. It will also provide your damaged locks with the proper nourishment it’s dying for.

Also you will want to find a good mask for your hair, which you’ll need to use once a week. There are a lot of good ones out there so this won’t be hard; so far my favorite has been the Alterna TEN Hair Masque.

Try to avoid any hair coloring or chemical processing for 4-8 weeks to fully let your locks rest and restore to their natural beauty.

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5 Ways to Wake Up BEAUTIFUL

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Rise and shine beauties! Here are a few simple tricks to make you look your best at dawn.

1. Fake a faux glow- Add a few drops of self tanner into your night cream and wake up with a healthy glowing complexion. No harmful sunrays or tanning beds required.

2. Contour facial features- Dr. Perricone, one of the nation’s leading skin gurus suggests cutting carbs from dinner to avoid puffy features in the morning. He recommends a meal rich in lean protein and vegetables like salmon and asparagus. “When our diet’s high in glycemic carbohydrates, our features take on a soft, doughy appearance,” says dermatologist Nicholas Perricone.

3. Shiny, happy hair- Apply a moisturizing hair mask to parched locks before bed and rinse out in the morning. Your hair will thank you! We love Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue.

4. The early bird catches the worm- Get a jump start to your nightly routine. If you wash your face a couple of hours before bedtime you’re kicking the habit of being “too tired” to wash your face before bed. A skin sin that I am guilty of clogs pores with toxins, makeup and dirt all night long. Instead of taking advantage of prime skin regenerating time you’re self sabotaging your skin!

5. Frizz be gone- Simply swap out your flannel or cotton pillowcase with a satin one. Hair will be silky smooth with little effort. Less friction equals fewer frizzies.

Take these tips to bed and wake of gorgeous!

Sources: DailyPerricone

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Ode to Big Hair

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Personally when it comes to hair I stand firm by the statement “Bigger is better.” Thick, voluptuous hair can show youthfulness and vitality, and in Snookies case… a lot of personality! Teasing your hair to the high heavens day in and day out can be very damaging. Setting up a system of products that help to thicken up the hair follicle and provide protection will ensure natural volume.

Frederic Fekkai ADVANCED Full Blown Volume Shampoo and Conditioner amplifiy each strand from root to tip with is Hair Plumping Complex for visible all day volume.

Rene Furterer Volumea Volumizing Conditioning Spray No-Rinse increases hair volume by 11% leaving your hair light and airy with no extra weight.

Lastly, Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray for Volume and Hold (OC032) to seal the deal. This hairspray contains the unexpected ingredient sugar cane and honey for a natural hold and gorgeous shine.

What’s your favorite big hair look, tip, or trick?!

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Hair Resolutions to keep in 2011

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There are a gazillion hair products, hair tools, and hair styles that we lust after as magazine-toting, Extra-watching, celeb-envying consumers that we are.

But in 2011 we want you to put down that mag, step away from the TV and instead of envying Jennifer’s, Taylor’s, Sandra’s or whoever else’s hair type and style… envy your own!

Pamper your hair with a once weekly conditioning treatment. Melvita Capiforce Hair Mask is a great choice. Its rich, buttery texture “melts” into hair quickly delivering nourishment and hydration to thirsty strands.

Try heat-less hairstyles and embrace the natural texture of your hair. Heat from your blow-dryer, flat iron and curler damage your hair. Reduce use of heat to keep your hair at its optimum.

If you use heat tools then use a thermal protectant! Try ALTERNA BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist, a weightless, nutrient rich mist that combines strengthening, pure Organic Bamboo with smoothing, Organic Kendi Oil to eliminate frizz, protect hair from heat styling tools, enhance shine & protect color while boosting your hair’s health.

Get a regular trim every 6-8 weeks to keep your hair looking fresh. Split ends make your hair look frizzy and unhealthy. If you have bangs then get a bang trim every 4-6 weeks. The hair that frames your face (like bangs and side wispies) requires more attention because these are the essential pieces that pull your entire look together.

And as always, make sure to take your multi-vitamins and essential fatty acids to maintain hair health. Your body doesn’t produce some amino acids and EFA’s that are essential for hair (and skin) beauty, therefore you’ll need to get them from other sources like supplements and of course, a well-balanced diet.

We hope that you (and your hair) have a beautiful year! If you have hair care and hair style tips, please share with us in the comments below, on facebook or on twitter!

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Color Treated Hair Care

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Color treated hair can be difficult to maintain. Some shampoos may strip your color, fade the intensity and leave your hair dry and frizzy. Some conditioners may be too heavy and weigh down your hair while not giving it the essential protein it needs.

I highly recommend the Alterna Caviar Anti Aging Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Duo, I receive consistent positive feedback from every customer who has tried these two products! The Caviar Anti Aging Moisture Shampoo is a sulfate free cleanser that hydrates dry hair. The Caviar Anti Aging Moisture Conditioner provides daily nourishment for dry hair. Both can be used on fine, color treated, permed, and damaged hair to minimize the visible signs of aging and lock in color. Both are FIVE STAR customer rated products!

For very dry and damaged hair, colored hair, or hair in need of lots of TLC, I recommend Alterna TEN Hair Masque as a once a week indulgence! This masque is the perfect fusion of ten key elements from around the globe to transform any hair from ordinary to extraordinary. Another FIVE STAR customer rated product!

Fight the frizz and captivate with your color! Alterna Caviar Anti Aging products are a MUST HAVE!

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Exfoliating Your… Hair?!

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We’re sure that you endlessly hear about the importance of exfoliation. Your skin looks and feels better when it’s free of dead skin cells, residue and pore-clogging debris. We’re also sure that you know all about alpha hydroxyl acids and beta hydroxyl acids and enzymes and manual exfoliants, like scrubs. But… do you know about exfoliating your hair? Yes… hair! Dead skin cells, product residue, minerals from hard water and other pollutants build up in your hair, dull the shine, and make your hair brittle and more susceptible to breakage. No good!

Thank goodness that there are amazing products that you can use to ensure shiny, bouncy, healthy hair! So, here’s a simple and easy guide on keeping your scalp clear of baddies.

Begin with a clarifying scalp treatment. We’re obsessed with Rene Furterer Complexe 5 Regenerating Plant Extract. Its unique concentration of over 50% orange and lavender essential oils stimulates microcirculation and invigorates the scalp to enhance the growth of healthy, beautiful hair, while providing a deep cleanse. Use a clarifying scalp treatment once every one to two weeks to maintain a clear scalp.

Eliminate rubbish with a shampoo. Phyto Phytosylic is a twice-a-week shampoo for all types of hair that effectively eliminates flaking and treats dandruff problems. Its gentle formulation combines the benefits of essential oils with willow bark extract enriched with salicylic acid. Use Phytosylic on alternate days to Rene Furterer Complexe 5, or use this shampoo instead of the treatment if you’re a busy bee and can’t commit the time to Rene Furterer Complexe 5.

Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo is another great choice for a purifying shampoo. It gets rid of impurities, removes build-up and enhances shine!

Once your hair is purified and clear of all the bad stuff, deposit some good stuff! Your freshly exfoliated scalp will drink up hair-growth boosting treatments! Try Phyto Phytoaxil Fortifying Treatment; Phytoaxil is exclusively formulated with natural active principles and is proven to help hair growth!

What are some of your favorite hair and scalp-purifying treatments? Maybe a trusty home-made remedy? We’d love to know!

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Essential Oil Products

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This is a follow up to my article about essential oils. Here are some products SkinStore carries that you may find helpful that contain aromatic blends of essential oils and extracts to calm the mind, refresh the body and beautify the skin.

 

Hair

 

Phyto Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment: This product has a blend of 100% essential oils to stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth while controlling oil production. Essential oils include lemon peel oil, rosemary, sage, cajeput, and cypress.

 

Alterna Hemp with Organics Leave In Conditioner: It is very nourishing on the scalp and hair because it contains hemp seed, sunflower oil, avocado extract, and cucumber fruit extract.

 

Rene Furterer Complexe 5 Regenerating Plant Extract: You will want to keep this product in your shower and use once a week, trust me! It has a pleasant citrus smell that makes you feel like you are really treating yourself and your hair to something wonderful. Essential oils include orange, lavender, and thyme.

 

Body

 

Kerstin Florian Aromatherapy Harmony Body Oil: This is an old favorite of mine, and it works great for at home spa treatments. Mix a few drops with an unscented lotion, massage into skin and enjoy. Essential oils included in this product are lavender, geranium, mandarin, and grapefruit oil.

 

Melvita Plant Oils Hemp Oil: This is wonderful body oil and it can also be used on the face. You can use this product alone or with a moisturizer. It is extremely hydrating without any greasy sticky leftovers.

 

Archipelago Botanicals Grapefruit Body Lotion: This lotion has a nice fragrance without being overpowering. There are plenty of essential oils such as orange, grape seed and jojoba oil to hydrate and protect your skin.

 

Face

 

Sundari Essential Oil for Dry Skin: This is a great skin booster for someone with dry dull skin looking to add some hydration. A blend of almond, sesame, orange and rose oil make this an excellent product for repairing and brightening the skin.

 

Yonka Pamplemousse PG: Works great for those oily combination skin types. It also will help lighten and brighten your skin with Yonka’s custom blend of essential oils.

 

Decleor Aroma Night Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm: This balm is so luxurious. You will go to bed with the light aroma of ylang ylang, wake up and your skin will be hydrated, fresh, and fabulous.

 

Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer: This is a nice matte finish moisturizer that works best for oily to combination skin types. It instantly hydrates your skin with a blend of fruit extracts such as apple, grape, and aloe juice. Antioxidants of Vitamin A,C, B5, and E have also been included to protect the skin.

Bath products

 

Molton Brown Intoxicating Davana Blossom Foaming Bath Oil: Contains a blend of essential oils that are just what your skin needs to stay fresh and hydrated. Also makes a wonderful gift for someone would could use a little luxury.

 

Pevonia Nymphea Bath Salts with Essential Oils “Anti-Stress”: This is a very soothing combination of lavender and ylang ylang, which will leave you relaxed and distressed. Ahh.

 

Melvita Essentials Relaxing Bath and Shower Gel: This has a very energizing citrus aroma just perfect for perking up your early morning routine.

Nails

 

SpaRitual Fluent Gentle Conditioning Lacquer Remover: This gentle acetone free formulation is conditioning on your nails, while still removing chipped and unwanted polish.

Cosmetics

 

Jurlique Lavender Silk Finishing Powder: This light textured powder works perfect for anyone that wants to hide a little shine on their face, without covering up your best features.

 

DuWop Venom Gloss Berry Chill: This adds gloss and shine while hydrating and conditioning your lips because it contains jojoba and avocado oil. It also has a plumping effect, so pucker up!

 


Protect and Repair Your Hair with Alterna

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Trying to find products which produce hair excellence can be extremely exhausting! Through climate conditions, chemical services, and daily aggressors, hair can be left limp, dry, dull or even lifeless. However, beautiful, bouncy, soft and shiny hair can be achieved with the right line of products. Finding your dream products is possible if the proper research is applied in direction of your concerns.

 

To find balance between your hair and scalp, look towards products of the Alterna Life solutions line. The technologies used in these products nourish the areas that need special attention, while protecting hair color and vibrancy.

 

If your hair is in need of a daily health diet, try out the Alterna Hemp with Organics line. This line is packed full of proteins, minerals and vitamins. It is the perfect hair care supplement which provides certified organic botanicals to the core of you locks to prevent damage before it strikes.

 

For hair that is already damaged, Alterna has created a line of products infused with an age-control complex. This complex consists of 3 key ingredients including caviar extract (a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids), vitamin c, and cytokines (which stimulate microcirculation). This line is great if you are looking to slow down the aging process and improve the overall appearance of your hair.

 

If you are looking to really pamper your hair, there is an enzyme therapy inspired line called 10 The Science of Ten. This line is a luxurious product line driven by performance at its best!

 

Alterna has been featured in numerous magazines throughout the years, as well as been recognized for numerous awards. They are very active contributors in support of philanthropic endeavors. Their products are amazing and definitely deserve the recognition they strive for!

 

If you continue to search for your all star hair products, I would suggest you give Alterna a try. I am convinced and very satisfied with the results I am provided with in using their products and would definitely give them my two thumbs up. Thank you Alterna.

 



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