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PRODUCT LOVE | Moroccan Oil Volumizing Mousse

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I got this mousse about a month ago to review. I became familiar with this line about two years ago and I honestly haven’t been in love with it. I’ve used it on clients in the past who have curly, coarse hair and need the bouts of extra moisture that this line gives and it has worked miracles for them. But unfortunately, I’ve had a hard time finding products in the line that work well for those of us ladies with finer, thinner hair types. Everything seems too heavy and leaves my hair looking too greasy.. in a humid or a dry climate. Ugh! But when I saw that this mousse was made for fine to medium hair types, I thought I’d give it a fair, unbiased try! And I’m definitely glad that I did!

The Good

  • This mousse definitely didn’t leave my hair greasy looking, which was my biggest fear. It gave my hair shine and bounce without weighing it down at all. Which is simply perfection for someone with thin hair!
  • I did get the volume and hold that this product advertises.
  • My ends even seemed to soak up the goodness. They were soft to the touch and looked refreshed and full of moisture.

The Bad

  • Unfortunately, my blowout didn’t last as long as I would have wanted. It fell flat after a couple hours and I was bummed because usually when I blowout my hair, it means I don’t have to even think about it for the next three days. So losing the hold and style after one day was not so great for me.
  • The next morning, before washing and blowdrying again, I also noticed that my hair had succumbed to the typical greasy look and feel that I typically get from Moroccan Oil products. Usually, I don’t begin to see that until about day two or three of not washing.
  • The price point is a high end one, meaning this mousse goes for anywhere from $25-30 depending on where you get it from. Being that I know this price point of products very well, I know that this mousse competes with other lines such as Kevin Murphy and Oribe. And given that I’ve played and worked with such lines and have seen massively better results, I would probably stick to the faves when paying that much.

Overall, I wasn’t hugely impressed with this product line on myself. For the price point and the fact that even using a small amount, my hairstyle fell out quicker than usual, I probably won’t be purchasing this product. However, it’s not all bad! I gave this product another shot by using it on a client who has a hair type closer to medium thickness and density and it worked really well on her. My blowdry time was quite short and her finished look was shiny, smooth, and sleek. However, after blowdrying some curl in and not getting great hold, I went through with my curling iron to finish the look with a bit more va-va-voom and it wouldn’t hold at all. Our finished look was beautiful and sophisticated, but wouldn’t hold a curl for anything.

I would say that this product is perfect for the ideal Moroccan Oil client: someone with curlier, coarser hair who typically wears their hair more straight and smooth. But for me, I think I’m done trying to love this product line. I think I’ll stick to more of what I know works and keep recommending this to the ladies who I know need the specific look!

Alright, now it’s your turn! Have you tried Moroccan Oil? What is your take on the line?

ASK THE STYLIST | budget friendly shampoos

ASK THE STYLIST - shampoo on a budgetQ: Kate, I read your article about shampoo and conditioner on HelloGiggles a while ago, and looked it up again because it is really time I invested in some good shampoo. I have long hair, and use cheap shampoo, so it is always dry and tangly and really difficult to deal with. Anyways, I am a broke college student and budget is definitely an issue, so I am wondering if you have a suggestion for an affordable shampoo that is still good quality? And by affordable I’m hoping for not much more than $15 a bottle (that isn’t tiny.) Hopefully that’s not wishful thinking. Anyways, do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks so much and I loved your article!

A: I get this question so often that I’ve finally decided to put it into an Ask The Stylist segment, even though it’s a fairly specific question. I know that my all time favorite lines (Kevin Murphy, Oribe, Eufora) are fairly expensive. And I do wholeheartedly believe that they are worth every single penny. BUT I also know that there are quite a few ladies who desire beautiful, healthy hair and need to achieve this with a budget friendly shampoo. You are definitely not alone!

The most important thing you’ve told me is that you recognize the cheaper shampoos are making your hair feel so dry and tangled. You already know that by stepping up your shampoo game, you are going to replace all of those harsh detergents and sulfates with more natural and useful ingredients. And that will give you the shine, smoothness and general health that it sounds like you desire. What we truly have to figure out for you is the best shampoo in this price point for your hair type.

When I think of this price point, I automatically think of AG. You’ve mentioned you’d like to be around $15 per bottle and this line will put you there for an 8oz. bottle. I know that seems like a smaller bottle, but now that you are switching to salon professional, you’ll notice you only have to use about half the amount of shampoo as you were using before because of the high concentration. And I’m also choosing this line because you can find it at Ulta or other beauty stores that will put it on sale often.

But of course, the most important aspect of it all is how well they can cleanse and condition your hair. We want to make sure they truly take your hair from good to great! The first thing I would advise you to do is figure out what your true hair type is. Is it coarse and medium thick? Or is it fine and thin? Is it curly? You won’t be able to find the right shampoo for you until you know what you are working with, so figure that out first. And if you can’t figure it out on your own, then speak with a hairdresser and she can help you. Believe it or not, using a shampoo that’s not the right fit for your hair type (no matter the cost) won’t give you the results you’re looking for.

AG has a huge range of different shampoos for various hair types. They have an amazing shampoo called Volume Thikk which is perfect for fine and thin hair types. There is also a great sulfate-free shampoo for color treated hair called Colour Savour. This one is a good option because it will seal your color in and is made to be used by most hair types. For thick or more coarse hair, I really like the Moisture & Shine shampoo. It gets the job done while infusing extra moisture into dry, dull strands. For curly hair, AG’s Recoil not only smells incredible, but is also formulated to handle problems that only an active texture has. And for those ladies who have had a bit of over-processing from color or other chemical treatments, the Tech Two Shampoo can restructure and build your hair back up to its most healthy state.

So, what I would recommend is first to figure out your true hair type. And then head to AG’s website, type in your zip code and find a salon near you that carries this brand. When you head in to pick your shampoo up, you can ask to speak with a hairdresser who can look at your hair and clarify your hair type to make sure you get the perfect shampoo for you. Or, if you’d really like to see a variation of brands in this price point, head to your local Ulta, Beauty Brands or beauty store that carries salon professional shampoo.

I hope this helps you in your journey to great hair! And if you have any more questions at all, feel free to send them my way!

Ask The Stylist :: The No Poo Fad!

Q: I’ve been using a silicone-free conditioner to just co-wash for the last 6 months or so, and it worked well at first. I’ve started to get more oily lately and added in a sulfate-free shampoo, but I’m thinking about switching to baking soda and a/c vinegar. Does this give my hair everything it needs? If not, do you have other natural options?

A: To fully understand how to take care of your hair, you first have to understand your hair. Naturally, your hair and scalp produce what they need to cleanse and condition properly. Each hair strand begins in your scalp in what we call the “hair follicle”. This is the true “root” of your hair strand, as it is where growth begins and it is completely below the surface of your scalp. Near the base of your hair follicle is the “sebaceous gland”, or the oil gland. The oil gland secretes lubricating oil to cleanse and condition the scalp and hair and give it the moisture it needs. In theory, it should be all we need and we should be able to rinse with water and something acidic when the oil builds up and have clean, moisturized, healthy hair and scalp.

For centuries, women have been using this formula in the name of beauty, hygiene, and social status. Egyptians used to wash their hair with water and citric juices, then paint mud all over their heads to try to tame frizz and make their hair look shinier. French women used to make their own combination of clay and water to rinse oils out of their hair. Even women in America during the early 19th century would rarely wash their hair, knowing how harsh and drying alkaline soaps could be on their long hair. Instead, they would wash their hair brushes every day before doing their “100 strokes” before bedtime. The point of which was to distribute the oils at their scalp to the ends of their hair, which needed the moisture. This would allow them to go about one to three weeks in between washing.

Then came the first shampoo. At first, a miracle. And then, grossly misused and misunderstood. Ever since the first shampoo was introduced in the 1920s and then the first cream rinse shortly thereafter, we have been misusing the product. In the five years I’ve been dressing hair, it has become a daily conversation to teach my clients (and sister and boyfriend and friends) how to wash their hair properly. Our grandmother’s went a bit crazy when they finally had a viable option for washing their hair and now, we are still misusing it.

The problem with shampoo is that it strips our hair of the natural oils that our sebaceous gland secretes. We need those oils. As I explained, they moisturize and rehydrate and can take care of our hair properly if we can find the perfect balance. Most people think they have to wash their hair everyday… I know I used to. And when you do, you take what little oil your glands have been able to produce since the previous day and wash them out, replacing them with what your shampoo is made of and allowing your sebaceous gland to begin working overtime to produce the oils it can seem to keep. And then you likely go in with your conditioner close to the scalp and add even more heavy oil. Spend enough time doing this, and you will quickly notice your hair looking and feeling greasy. And wondering why you are washing your hair so often and getting nowhere. So you wash more and it gets even worse.

After hearing these complaints and doing my own research, I’ve come to what I feel is the best solution. I use it, my boyfriend uses it, my clients use it, and I think you should, too. I wash my hair about every three to four days. In this day, we have so many environmental factors to consider and most of us use products in our hair, so about once a week is pretty necessary. I have some clients with coarse, thick hair who can go longer, but you will just have to see how your hair takes to the new routine. On day one, I use a sulfate-free, paraben-free shampoo that boasts the use of lavender and grapefruit peel oil to balance and regenerate.  I also use the conditioner that is ph balanced to work perfectly with it, but I only use it on the last four inches of my hair. Anyone that has longer hair would use it in the bit of hair that would go into a ponytail. I can usually go two more days with my hair unwashed. If I go one more day beyond that, I use a little bit of dry shampoo or a powder to soak up any unwanted grease, however, there usually isn’t much. My hair is pretty shiny, soft, and healthy. When I first began this routine, it took my hair about two months to adjust. But once I stopped washing out the natural oils I needed and replacing them with harsh shampoo, my hair kicked into gear and became healthy and hydrated again. This is why when you when first began the current routine you are on, it worked really well at first. Because you were giving your hair a break from shampoo and your hair was loving it! :)

I understand the concept behind the “no-poo” fad because as I’ve said, shampoos can be harsh. But they are only harsh when misused. My best advice to you would be to use the modern day conveniences we have. We are blessed to have a shampoo option and beyond that, options that are organic, sulfate and paraben-free, not tested on animals, and free and clear of chemicals. For some great options, I suggest Neuma, Pureology, Kevin Murphy, or Oribe. I would suggest using these as infrequently as you can get away with to start and then training your hair to go even longer between washing if possible. I would also use the conditioner that is ph balanced to work with your given shampoo every time you wash, but only through the ends. Beyond that, you can brush your hair and scalp regularly to distribute the oil, use a silk pillow to prevent damage and drying while you sleep, and use a soft, micro fiber towel to dry your hair off after washing. And of course, a dry shampoo in between for those days when it’s more humid or your scalp seems to be extra oily.  Do this for two months and you will be astonished at how your hair looks, feels, and quite frankly, smells.

I hope this information helps and thank you so much for submitting your question!


Industry Insiders :: The Truth About Diversion

I remember the first time I was walking through a grocery store and saw my beloved salon professional shampoos sitting right there on display… next to Pantene and Tresemme. I was shocked! I had always been taught that these products were only sold in trusted salons. And that there was a huge difference between them and the products they were now sitting next to. The prices were even higher than they would be in a salon, so I thought for sure no one would buy them.

And here we are, four years later and I’m starting to see even more brands pop up in Target, King Sooper, and WalMart. So what’s the deal?

It’s called product diversion and it happens when products that are made for, marketed to, and sold exclusively to salon distributors end up in the wrong hands. An article on CNN describes diversion as when “a retailer orders steeply discounted promotional products, fails to sell them all, and then sells off the surplus to a third party without the manufacturer’s consent.”  Though we do know of one large distributor (Quality King Distributors) that has even been to court to uphold their right to sell diverted goods, it is still unclear how other brands not sold by Quality King are being diverted. But what is clear.. is the need to stop it and make sure that the products you buy are absolutely safe, guaranteed, and economically priced. All of which diverted products are not.

The first thing that struck me when I saw Redken and Paul Mitchell on the department store shelves was the price. I couldn’t believe how expensive they were! Being that I was selling Redken to my clients at the time, I could tell right away that these shampoos were marked up. At the salon I was working at, a liter of Redken Color Extend shampoo would go for about $20, depending on the promotion at the time. And we’d often run specials that would bring the price of the same shampoo down to about $15. At Target, the same bottle was being sold for $22.99. Those who are cashing in by selling in grocery stores are hoping that you, the consumer, will be so swayed by the convenience that you won’t notice how much you’re being ripped off.

You’ve also probably noticed a little saying on the back of every professional product that says, “only guaranteed when sold in professional salon”. This means exactly what it says… that a product cannot be guaranteed or returned to a manufacturer if sold anywhere other than the salon. Part of the beauty of buying from a trusted salon means you can have the ease of mind knowing your product has come from the manufacturer and if something is wrong, it can be returned back to them at any time. Granted, you can bring a bottle of hair product back to a grocery store and receive an exchange, but it will be an exchange of the same, possibly contaminated or expired product you’ve just returned. Since it’s still unclear who is diverting these products (or the distributors we do know about aren’t being monitored) and we don’t know what they are doing to them, oftentimes it’s a guessing game knowing what’s  inside of a bottle. Not only is the product not guaranteed to come from the manufacturer, but it can be contaminated, expired, or even just watered down. In an investigative article from Consumer Affairs, Vikki Bresnahan, director of product distribution control for Paul Mitchell, says these products ”can be dangerous if we have a recall. We don’t contact Target because they’re not an authorized dealer.” She points out that oftentimes products bought at grocery stores have their batch codes removed, so even if Target was alerted of a recall, consumers wouldn’t be able to tell if their particular can is a part of the recall.

And of course, one of the best reasons to buy from your salon is to get proper consultation in choosing a product. Between keratin-infused, sulfate-free, moisturizing, and shine-enhanced… how do you even start to choose what you need? As I talked about in our Ask The Stylist segment this week, each different hair type has very different needs and sometimes, you need a hairstylist to do a proper consultation and determine exactly what your hair needs.

Thankfully, the beauty industry is fighting back. Redken has launched an aggressive anti-diversion campaign, hiring a former FBI agent to oversee the program and begin tracking the movement of products using specialized coding. Paul Mitchell, which is very accessible, has taken big strides to stop diversion of their products. Bresnahan says they look into every situation they find suspect and in one case, they even found some diverted products to “contain high levels of bacteria”. “In that case, we worked with customs and Food and Drug Administration officials,” she said.

And the more high end brands are doing their part, too. Moroccan Oil only sends their products to trusted and proven distributors and requires a contract to anyone buying from them ensuring they will be sold at their given price point and to their specific market. To carry Oribe, a salon must actually go straight through the company to apply and then be put in touch with a local distributor to buy products. Or you can just go straight through the Oribe website and they will ship directly to you.

And the next step is you. Until the courts deem this practice illegal, you have to protect yourself and be informed. For your health, your peace of mind, and your bank account’s sake, I encourage you to buy products directly from your salon. And if you don’t have a regular stylist, you can still buy professional products from stores like Ulta and Beauty Brands or online directly through the manufacturer. I’d also encourage you to look into the facts for yourself and spread the word. I’ve posted some links below for you to check out and I’d love to hear what you think!






Product Knowledge :: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Last week, I posted about Oribe’s Gentle Shampoo and Conditioner, which I loved! This week, I’m continuing on with the Oribe line with the Dry Texturizing Spray. The first time I heard of this product was when boyfriend’s brother mentioned he used it on his $50 haircut. I threw it out the metaphorical window immediately because I knew how expensive it would be and I can be a bit cheap. Also, I’ve been obsessed with Bedhead’s Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo for years and I didn’t need a substitute. But as you know, I received a gratis bag from the Blanche MacDonald Fashion Show full of goodies from their sponsors, including Oribe. So one day after washing, when I would usually use my first dose of Dirty Secret for volume, I used DTS instead.

Good and bad. Let’s do the bad first and end on a positive note, shall we? :) As silly as a criticism as this is, the spray comes out so fast! With just one push of my finger, one whole side of my head was coated in spray. So, I had to wash my hair and start over the next day. Not a huge deal once you know how quickly the spray comes out, but a little frustrating when you’re not planning on washing your hair before work and you have to lose half an hour adding that on. Once I had used it properly though, I was able to spray the correct amount on and start my day with gorgeous, voluminous hair. But as the day wore on, my hair started feeling so greasy. And I was busy with clients all day, so I wasn’t even greasing it up running my fingers through it (which is usually the culprit when I notice more grease as the day wears on). By the time I got home, I almost felt like I had to wash my hair again. I definitely wouldn’t be able to go up to three days as I could with BedHead. So, it’s been two weeks and I’ve been using this as my only dry shampoo and I can’t say I’m too pleased with how heavy it is. For my thick sisters (thick hair, that is) it would be a dream, but for those of us lacking locks, it’s a bit too heavy.

But the good! Oh my goodness… volume! For those four hours when I wasn’t a greaseball, my hair was Victoria’s Secret glam! Seriously.. Va Va Voom! And it was incredibly moldable, so I was able to hold curls and updos in place very easily with a little DTS at the roots. With my fine hair, it can be quite difficult to find something that keeps my curls in place all night long, so that was a huge advantage. I think I will stick with my tried and true BedHead for a dry shampoo, but I will definitely add Oribe’s DTS to my repertoire to suggest to clients with thick hair. I would also recommend it to guys who use a daily product for some texture or for girls who want to pin their hair up with lots of volume and hold. And I will definitely make it a part of my wedding and session styling kit, as it will be the perfect product for a trip down the runway or aisle.

The Highlights::
Don’t forget it comes out quickly! Push the spray bottle down oh-so-lightly to get the perfect amount.. and make sure to hold it about six inches away from the head!
Works better on women with full, thick head of hair
Perfect for ANYONE who needs small spurts of big volume and hold

Photo from makeupandbeautyblog.com

Product Knowledge :: Oribe Gentle Shampoo and Conditioner

Oribe is one of the world’s leading luxury hair care brands. It strongly rivals one of my faves, Phytologie, in the game to become the most exclusive, yet sought after indulgence of choice by hair lovers everywhere. Oribe (pronounced Or-bay) has carved out its own category in hair care products by creating sulfate, paraben, and sodium chloride free shampoo, conditioners and products and selling them for anywhere between $26-39. At an arguably expensive rate by most anyone’s standards, Oribe products are worth the dollars they cost and this is evidenced by the praise they’ve received from some of Hollywood’s top hairdressers and entertainers. You’ve seen these hairsprays and shampoos on everyone from Justin Beiber to Katy Perry to Heidi Klum. Oribe is for those who want hair that shines like gold, feels like silk, and holds all night long. Simply stated from their own website, “These are the products of the hair-obsessed.”

However, I didn’t know any of this when I first tried Oribe. I received it as gratis from a fashion event I attended and was eager to try it, knowing how expensive and exclusive it was. I received the Gentle Shampoo and Conditioner and I. fell. in. love!! Seriously, I found a new favorite! My hair is thin and fine and is notoriously hard to find a shampoo for. Most of the volumizing shampoos dry it out and even light moisturizing shampoos weigh it down and make it greasy, but the Gentle Shampoo and Conditioner was perfect. I didn’t have to use much (since the sulfate-free quality of Oribe products means no soapy lather) and my hair literally felt like silk after air drying. I normally have to comb some blow dry cream through my hair after a shampoo to get that kind of softness, but with this shampoo, I didn’t have to put anything else in to get the hair I wanted! The true test was how it did after a day of not washing, since that’s usually when I notice the greasiness from too heavy shampoos. But I was super excited when my hair still looked fantastic day two! All I had to do was spray a little Oribe Dry Texture Spray (which I’ll review next week) in to get some volume and.. voila! Although the price point for this product is about $36 depending on where it’s bought from, I would tell anyone who has the hair type (more fine types) for it that it’s worth the money. Your hair will most definitely thank you! :)

The Highlights::
Using very little because of the high concentration (TIP: Take a tiny amount and add water to it, emulsify in hands and then work through hair)
The smell… so refreshing, yet not overpowering
Softness and Shine and absolutely no grease factor

**Every Tuesday, I will feature a new product in our “Test It Tuesday” segment. This is where I get to try everything out and relay back to you what’s worth it, what’s not, and where the best bargains are.