Monday, June 13, 2016

StriVectin Ultimate Restore Hair Care Line

I am huge fan of StriVectin Skin Care products so when they came out with their hair care line in January 2016, I was super excited. As you all know based on my previous post, I have long thick dry damaged super curly hair due to coloring, bleaching and perming my hair through the years. So I am attempting to bring my hair back to good health.

Normally I switch up shampoos and conditioners every few weeks or when the one I am using runs out. I like to try out different brands to see which one gives me the best results or leaves my hair feeling less dry and hard which I dislike because it makes my hair less manageable and more tangled. So finding the perfect shampoo and conditioner is essential to me. I aim toward shampoos and conditioners that are supposed to restore damaged, dry, color treated hair. So a while back StriVectin PR reached out to me asking me if I would like to try out some of their hair products for review and I said yes.

So I received the Ultimate Restore collection which consists of the following products: Ultimate Restore Shampoo & Conditioner, Ultimate Restore Deep Repair Mask, and Ultimate Restore Densifying Foaming Treatment. StriVectin hair line offers a wide variety of hair care solutions which researchers have identified as the 10 signs of youthful hair. They used the power of skincare science to rejuvenate the scalp and revitalize hair from root to tip. StriVectin Hair products are all free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, phosphates and synthetic dyes so they are completely healthy for your hair.

Here is a little round up of each product and how I use them:

Ultimate Restore Shampoo: Obviously shampoo goes first, although I have to say I do switch it up sometimes and start with conditioner first. You’re wondering why? Well when my hair is super tangled, I first use conditioner since it softens my hair making it easy for me to untangle it then I wash with shampoo. This product produces a gentle lather, not too much lather which to me was a bit awkward at first since I am used to using shampoos with lots of lather but I got used to it. It is lightly scented and it is designed to cleanse and not strip your natural oils that’s why it doesn’t make too much lather. It definitely does a good job at leaving your scalp and hair nice and clean.

Ultimate Restore Conditioner: I normally start at my scalp applying conditioner and work my way down to the tips of my hair. I let it sit for about three minutes and then I untangle my hair. This conditioner has a nice scent and it makes my hair feel so soft making it easy to untangle. I loved how it left my hair feeling smooth and moisturized.

Ultimate Restore Deep Repair Mask: This mask I use after I rinse out my conditioner. I use it for additional moisture to my dry hair. Although the product says to use one to two times a week, I don’t really wash my hair every day because it’s so dry. I haven't used it twice a week, but I do use it every week when I do wash my hair. The product is to help restore weak damaged hair. I can tell you that while using this product my hair feels smooth and very easy to manage and I have seen a significant difference in my ends as well. 

Ultimate Restore Densifying Foaming Treatment is a leave-in product that reinforces the hair cuticle for increased strength and resilience. I sometimes use it on my scalp mainly to help prevent hair fall out and I also used it on my ends to give it an extra boost.

So after using these products for about two months here is what I have noticed: My hair feels a bit softer than normal which to me is a really good thing. It still feels a little dry a few days after washing my hair, but I use styling creams that help with that.  I do feel like the texture of my hair has improved significantly and I have less hair breakage and hair loss than before. I know we loose hair all the time but mine was really falling out and these products have controlled the fall out significantly. So yes, I have noticed that my hair has improved using these products and I will continue to use them for better results.  If you would like to give these a try you can find these products at StriVectin website, Sephora or Ulta.

What’s your favorite hair care line and why?

Leslie xoxo   

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

How I Keep My Curls Under Control With Curl Keeper Products

Hello beauties, I don’t normally write about hair products but going forward I want to include various different topics on my blog, of course beauty and fashion related. Today’s post is about me and my curly hair and products targeted for curly hair that I have been trying lately. Curly hair can be really manageable or a nightmare. I have thick dry, damaged, super curly hair. How did this happen? Well I have colored, bleached and permed my hair throughout my life time and that has really played a toll on my hair. I normally blow dry my hair because having it straight is the only way I can semi manage my hair, but it still gets super tangled just two seconds after untangling it. Also, in hot summer months my hair gets super frizzy because it’s so dry just by stepping outside buy buy straight hair. So for the summer 100% of the time my hair is up or braided in a side pony tail.

I have tried to embrace my curly hair and in trying so I have tried a few hair care products to help manage my super frizzy curly hair. I have tried everything from mousses, gels, serums, conditioners and oils to manage my curly hair on those days where I let my hair rest from a blow dryer and some of those products worked out, some didn’t. Some of those products left my hair feeling sticky and gooey or hard and crunchy lol... and some did not control my frizziness or my hair tangling issues.

Last month while on Beauty Press event I met Jonathan Torch the creator of Curl Keeper whose passion for hair, shows in the way he talks about hair and his products. He started as a hair stylist who tried to give his clients the self-confidence they needed with cutting and styling their hair. After some time, he decided to develop a new cutting technique for curly hair which he called the Tunnel Cut. This cut is supposed to remove excess and unnecessary hair without destroying the curl formation. This hair cut became so popular that Jonathan decided to open his own salon, The Curly Hair Institute. In this salon, they are dedicated to educate each client on how to style and maintain their curls, how awesome is that. He also realized that not everyone needed a great cut but most curly haired clients just needed to learn how to manage their frizzy hair, like me! So Curl Keeper products were born. He created an effective solution that took ten years of researching and experimenting with high quality ingredients to create the best products that would control frizz regardless of the weather conditions.

I knew he was an expert when just by looking at my hair (which by the way was in a side braid) he immediately became amazed at the thickness of my hair and knew I had thick curly hair. He gave me some great tips and told me how to use the products I am talking about below. He gave me a few samples to try out and see how I like them. Please note I am not getting paid to write about Curl Keeper this is my 100% opinion and experience with the products I tried out.

Curl Keeper is a line of water-based products which completely eliminates frizz. You know I had to at least give these a try to see if I finally have found my go to curly hair products. They have a selected number of products available. From their Curly Hair Solutions Therapeutic Line, they have available: Treatment Shampoo, Silk Shampoo, Conditioner & Pure Silk Protein. From their Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Styling Collection, they have the following products available: Curl Keeper Original, Curl Keeper Gel, Curl Keeper Styling Cream, Curl Keeper Slip, Curl Keeper Leave in Conditioner, Curl Keeper Beach Mist, Curl Keeper ReMane Straight, Curl Keeper Tweek. Their most popular products are their Gel, Original, Beach Mist, Slip and Styling Cream (As seen below)

From the line, I have been using the following products (pictured below) from left to right Curl Keeper Beach Mist, Curl Keeper Styling Cream, Curl Keeper Gel & Curl Keeper Original. I don’t use them all at once if you were wondering. My favorite is Curl Keeper Original which is what I use on my wet hair after washing it. The rest I use as needed if I need a little extra help. Curl Keeper Original has been my go to for keeping my curly hair in check. It is very light weight so be careful applying it so you won’t spill it. As I mentioned before I use it right after I wash my hair and then I just let it air dry and the results are amazing.

I love that it smells amazing, it sort of has a fruity berry smell to it. I love that my hair feels very silky and smooth and it also helped with my hair tangling issues which I was truly surprised about. I do need to get a big bottle though because I have tons of hair and this little bottle is running out already. You can use this product alone or you can combine it with other Curl Keeper products. I sometimes combine it for better results with the Curl Keeper Gel these two combine give me the perfect curls look that lasts me for days. No crunchiness or residue just healthy looking curls which is what I needed.

My curls still do get a bit tangled after a few days. So what I do is I use Curl Keeper H20 water bottle fill it up with water and spray some on my hair and use the Curl Keeper Styling Cream to untangle the spots that are tangled and that works perfectly. The Curl Keeper beach mist is just something I use if I am in a hurry just to give my curls some extra definition and shine. So I am looking forward for hot summer days now with no frizzy curls. I will probably still blow dry my hair on occasions, but I intend to rock and embrace my curly hair more often now. If you have curly hair, I really recommend you try these out. You can find them at or you can also find them at selected Target locations.

Have you tried any of Curl Keeper products lately? What were your thoughts?

Leslie xoxo

* Disclaimer: Please note I am not getting paid to write about Curl Keeper this is my 100% opinion and experience with the products I tried out.*