Maybe it’s all that annoying static cling that seems to be everywhere, or perhaps it’s just bad hat hair, or a myriad of other reasons — but Winter seems to magnify every split end, every bit of frizz, and hair that looks parched. Today, I’m reviewing three products that can help reform that bad hair day and make your hair look smooth, shiny, hydrated, healthy and simply smashing. Two are from Nexxus, one, from Kiehls.
If you’ve got split ends, they’re going to show even more when the air is dry and static-y. Nexxus ProMend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo $9.99 13.5 oz. has coconut oil, keratin, and jasmine flower extracts that help cleanse hair, remove build-up from dirt, oil and styling products, and prime all those little, damaged, split ends for repair (followed by Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Daily Conditioner, and ProMend Split End Binding Targeted Leave-in Treatment Creme). A shampoo can only do so much, and this one feels luxurious and silky, even before you’ve treated your hair with additional conditioners. It’s a nice, gentle shampoo.
I didn’t try the Daily Conditioner, but I did try the last step —Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Targeted Leave-In Conditioner $9.99 4.8 oz. bottle. The bottle suggests that if I use a nickel-sized dollop of this creamy treatment, my hair will feel like it had fresh-cut ends again. The product was light and pleasant. I styled my hair with the usual blow dryer and brushes. My hair looked clean, shiny, healthy and although it wasn’t 100% frizz free, it looked pretty good. Then I used a flat iron (because I almost always do), and stared critically, in the mirror. My hair look smooth, down to it’s somewhat ratty ends that no longer looked, well…ratty! Yay! The products are inexpensive and easy to use. I have no doubt that the step I left out (the conditioner) would have made short work of any additional fly-aways. The entire trio costs less than a modest dinner with a glass of wine, and will keep your hair looking “fly” (not fly-away), for weeks!
Get more information at www.nexxus.com
On the more luxe shampoo end of the spectrum, Superbly Smoothing Argan Shampoo by Kiehls $18.00 8.4 fl. oz. is made with fairly-traded argan oil, that specifically targets coarse and unruly hair. This super-pampering shampoo is formulated with Taurate (listed as Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate in the ingredient list), one of the most gentle surfactants available. And it is sulfate, silicone and paraben-free, so even if your hair has had an anti-frizz or straightening treatment, it’ll be safe to use. Argan Oil, extracted from the nut of the argan tree in Morocco, contains high levels of essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid (omega-6). These fatty acids protect and repair and have moisturising and anti-oxidant properties for both skin and hair. Adding to the mix for long lasting shine and a frizz-free finish are sesame oil, cocoa seed butter, and safflower oil.
To my nose, the creamy shampoo smelled a bit like licorice. I didn’t get the accompanying conditioner, but it basically has the same ingredients as the shampoo. Even with just the shampoo to review, my hair felt shiny, smooth, less frizzy, and yet, totally non greasy. That is amazing! If your hair is coarse, dry, unmanageable, or it just needs an infusion of hydration and TLC, this shampoo can work wonders –and you’ll see the results right away. If your hair isn’t very dry or frizzy, you might just use this shampoo once a week as your “special treat.” If your hair needs constant TLC, get the conditioner (and there’s a Smoothing Hair Pak, too) and use it as often as you need it.
Visit your favorite Kiels boutique, select department stores, or http://www.kiehls.com/
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