Archive | August 2009

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Creme Serum Overnight Repair

Since I am still growing my hair long, I am obsessed with deep conditioners and hair care products. Walgreens recently had John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Creme Serum Overnight Repair Formula on sale, so I figured, why not check it out?

The product claim:

* Visibly repairs breakage and split ends while deeply nourishing to replenish essential moisture, making hair softer and healthier

* With Damage Mending Technology, FRIZZ-EASE® Crème Serum Overnight Repair Formula envelops each hair strand to stimulate deep transformational mending overnight.

*Contains a blend of silicones, conditioning agents and a humectant, plus an infusion of chamomile extract
*Lightweight formula absorbs quickly into hair without leaving any residue on your pillow*After just one use, hair texture is dramatically improved with a silky-soft feel

The product instructions are to rub a quarter-sized amount of this product between your hands and distribute through your hair, concentrating on dry ends. I used a little bit more since my hair is past shoulder-length.

I was dubious that the product wouldn’t rub off onto the pillowcase, but it actually did not. The creme smells good but left my hair looking a bit greasy, so I definitely would leave this treatment to sleeping hours only!

The next morning, the ends of my hair felt smoother. I wouldn’t herald it a miracle product like some reviewers on drugstore.com, but I did notice how soft and smooth my hair was. However, for an average of $8.99, the bottle is very small, especially if you have long hair and need to use more product (and chances are, even if your hair is not very long, you will need more than the recommended quarter-size amount to see any results).

I give this product 2 out of 5 stars. It smells nice and temporarily smoothed my hair, but I prefer the deep conditioners I use in the shower as far as conditioning goes. This product seems to work more like a smoothing cream than a conditioner, and you can find a great smoothing cream at half the price of this product (like Suave Professionals Sleek Smoothing Cream, which costs about $2 to $3).

This product just doesn’t hold up to its deep conditioning and repairing promises. I’ll finish the bottle I already have but won’t purchase it again.

This is one of those love-it-or-hate-it products, though. Anyone else try it? Other opinions or results?

Avon Planet Spa Mediterranean Olive Oil Conditioning Hair Mask

My quest for the perfect hair conditioner continues! Since Avon rudely discontinued their Planet Spa African Shea Butter hair mask, I decided to give their Meditteranean Olive Oil Conditioning Hair Mask a try.

The product claim: “Pro-vitamin formula provides ultra-conditioning for a healthy-looking shine.” Out of 57 reviews of this conditioner on Avon’s website, 54 would recommend it to a friend.

I’ve tried this a couple times and wasn’t terribly impressed at first. Partly that is due to the grudge I still hold against Avon for discontinuing the African Shea Butter conditioner, which smelled heavenly and made my hair remarkably soft. I also have a tendency to just wear my hair in a ponytail since I’m trying to protect it from blowdrying so much, but today after using this conditioner I wore my hair down and actually saw the results of the conditioner.

My hair was easy to comb after I rinsed this out, and I pulled back the sides of my hair while it was still damp but left the rest down. After it dried by itself, I combed it to smooth it out, and I noticed right away that my hair is shinier than usual. I didn’t use any product in my hair, so it has to be from using this conditioner.

My hair is fine, and I was worried that the olive oil would weigh my hair down or make it feel greasy. This conditioner rinsed out cleanly and made my hair soft without weighing it down or leaving a residue.

Still, as far as a deep conditioner goes, this one is fine but not amazing. My favorite is still Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Fortifying Deep Conditioner 3 Minute Masque. (By the way, what is with these ridiculously long product names?)

I give Avon’s Mediterranean Olive Oil conditioner 3 stars out of 5. It definitely makes my hair shinier, has a pleasant smell, and is a great deal at $4.50 a bottle. I really don’t know if I will buy it again, though, once mine is empty. I strongly prefer the African Shea Butter conditioner that Avon felt the need to stop selling (damn you, Avon!). The Olive Oil conditioner simply feels more like an everyday light conditioner, not a deep, replenishing conditioner.

Yes to Carrots C Me Blush Lip Tints

Definitely one of those “I should have known better” purchases. I thought the name of Yes to Carrots C Me Blush Lip Tintswas an unappealing and downright stupid name, but Sunset Pink promised to be such an alluring color. I gave in and gave it a whirl.

Its second strike (after a definitely yucky name) was the overwhelming, dentist-y mint flavor that permeates everything I ate or drank while wearing this lip tint. I felt like I was slathering mouth wash on my lips. Blech.

The Yes to Carrots website boasts that these lip tints “enhance your natural look with these sheer, alluring shades that work with every skin tone. The all-natural formulas made with 95% certified organic ingredients soothe, condition and moisturize for soft, kissable lips.”

Kissable for someone with a Lysterine addiction, maybe. I noticed that while wearing this lip tint, my lips actually felt drier, and I ended up with mildly chapped lips by the end of the day. I gave the product the benefit of the doubt and tried it again, with the same results: an aversion to the mint flavor and dry, flaking lips! Sure, very kissable.

If you really want to, you can try this product yourself for about $4. Personally, I give it zero stars out of 5. I couldn’t find one thing I like about it.

And c’mon…carrots?

Hair Color While Pregnant

All the baby talk on my other blog led me to researching personal care tips and beauty concerns of pregnant women. One question I had is, is it safe to color your hair while you are pregnant?

According to an article on Parents.com, “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t done any conclusive studies on the effects of hair color chemicals on a developing fetus, but it’s better to play it safe.”

The article, Pregnancy and Hair Coloring Safety, offers these tips for pregnant women:

* Wait out the first trimester.

*Avoid processes that involve scalp contact.

* Try temporary hair color, like a hair mascara wand or pencil.

* Opt for highlights (they don’t touch your scalp).

Read the full article and more safety tips here.

If you are expecting and still want a color change, try the natural home color techniques offered in Dying for a Change: Hair Color and Your Pregnancy on pregnancy.org.

And if you are more into perming or straightening your hair vs. color, remember that the same concept applies: whatever is absorbed through your scalp will circulate through your body. Also, many hairdressers say that hair will react differently to chemicals during pregnancy, according to women’shealthtopics.com. Your best bet? Avoid perming or straightening (and coloring) while pregnant.

A Blog Makeover!

If you checked out my blog at all this past weekend, then you probably noticed a constantly-changing title heading. I decided the standard-issue Blogger title was booooring, so I started experimenting with more creative headings. Lipstick backgrounds, fancy fonts, glitter, you name it! I had a hard time finding something that fit, but when I saw this puppy covered in kisses, I knew he deserved a shot at heading my blog, even if for just a little while.

I can’t claim credit for the pooch, though: see him here on Zazzle.com, called White Puppy Dog Love, where you can purchase his face on greeting cards.