Boost Shine for Your Hair This Winter

Has the cold weather setting in finally got you feeling a little lack luster in the hair department?  We wrote about How to Prevent Your Hair Color from Fading back in August but this is different.  We’re not talking about changing your color for the winter…we mean boosting SHINE.  There are so many products on the market today that promise to boost shine but here are some of our favorites.

Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist: This shine mist makes claims that it “polishes any hair type with sheer mirror-like shine” and we feel it does just that.  It’s not heavy or greasy, is produced by an eco-friendly brand and smells good, too.  This is a great addition to your morning routine after styling.  Just spritz a few pumps all over the head and voila! shine all day.

Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray: We have been big fans of Oribe hair products since the introduction of his Gold Pomade.  This shine spray boasts argan oil and lemongrass properties that not only enhance color and highlights but also helps to tame flyaways.  It doesn’t hurt that it won the Allure Best of Beauty, as well.  Oribe applies the shine spray to a brush first and then brushes through the hair.  He also says you can finish by spraying directly on the hair if you want ultimate luster.

Organix Weightless Hydrating Oil Mist: With our love of coconut oil for the face and body why not add it to our hair regime, right?  This is a great drug store brand that nourishes and hydrates the hair while adding shine simultaneously.  At roughly only $7 a bottle it’s a great addition that won’t break the bank.  Use sparingly, though as it can be a little heavy if applied all over hair that isn’t really dry.

Fekkai Glossing Cream: A favorite of Jen B’s for many years is Fekkai’s Glossing Cream.  You can apply it to damp hair before blow drying to combat frizziness or use a small pea size through the ends of hair after drying to tame hair and add shine.  This cream has a Shine-Release Complex that renews hair’s shine all throughout the day.  The olive oil spheres make this cream super silky and give the hair a really soft finish.

Salon Glossing Treatment: Finally, one of our favorite treatments for full blown shine that lasts for a few weeks is a salon glossing treatment such as Redken’s EQ Clear Gloss.  Their EQ line comes with glossing treatments in color or clear but we love the clear because it enhances the shine of your hair without compromising your natural hair color or salon highlights.  In fact, we like to get glossing treatments in between color appointments to extend the life of our color, add back shine and (obviously) get a full salon blowout in the process!

Have you tried any shine sprays or glossing treatments that you love?  We’d like to hear about (and try) them!  Please leave us your comments below or tell us on Facebook and Twitter.

Dry Skin Remedies: Face Oils

Hello lovelies!  For those of us that have lived the majority of our lives extremely oily or on that side of “normal” it is extremely difficult/aggravating/unnerving to navigate the unchartered waters of dry skin territory.  Recently, I have had a huge bout of extremely dry skin on my face and eyes and have tried many, many things to remedy the situation.  My dry skin has even come with more than mere tightness but flaking, itching and redness.  Alas, I have sought out advice from estheticians, friends, and the good ol’ internet for an answer.  Here is what I’ve found:

Face Treatment Oils

I have always been a fan of face oils since my days behind the Clarins counter in Nordstrom.  Back in those days I used to be the biggest fan of Clarins Lotus Oil for combo/oily skin but nowadays I’ve been dousing my skin with the Orchidee Blue oil for dehydrated skin.  This oil is 100% pure plant extracts and has no preservatives.  Lots of goodies like hazelnut oil, blue orchid, rosewood and patchouli make up this delicious smelling and non-greasy face treatment oil.  I use this at night as my moisturizer after cleansing and it’s amazing.

Recently, there has been a craze around Josie Maran’s Argan Oil so I finally broke down and bought some at Sephora last week to try during this awful streak of dry skin.  So far, it has been great.  I use it during the day under my regular moisturizer (or Coconut oil…more on this below) for added hydration and all the glorious benefits of argan oil.  Some of which are said to include: combating juvenile acne and flaky skin, moisturizing, medicinal uses for healing burns and aiding in healing rheumatism, etc.  All that aside, it’s light weight, absorbs quickly and really does seem to help with the flaking I’ve been experiencing.

As mentioned earlier, I have added Organic Coconut Oil to my skin care regimen this month by the advice of a fellow esthetician who specializes in organic and holistic treatments for the skin.  She has experience personally with extreme eczema and told me about her personal antidote to this awful skin irritation which is the original Listerine (yes, the antiseptic mouth wash) used as a toner on a cotton round, followed up by pure coconut oil to hydrate the skin.  I thought, why not?  I’ll give it a shot.  Can you believe it…this combo has worked the best out of anything else I’ve tried!  I bought the generic version of Listerine at the grocery store and right next to the Crisco picked up my Organic “Refined” Coconut Oil and went to town.  Within two days of doing that combo 2-3 times per day my skin was so much better.  The redness had subsided, the itching stopped completely and all of the flaking was gone except a little around my eyes.  So, I’ve tweaked the program to include the Josie Maran Argan Oil under the coconut oil and the flaking seems to be on it’s way out the door!

Jen House chimed in about the coconut oil, too after hearing that I was slathering it on my face these days.  She has been using it for years as a body moisturizer and in her hair and loves it.  She gets hers from Whole Foods and it’s a staple on her vanity and in her kitchen.

If you have any home remedy treatments that you love for dry skin we’d love to hear them (especially me)!  I’ve heard a lot of great things about oatmeal soaps and moisturizers and will dive in to more research for those in the coming weeks.  Right now I’m loving my new Fresh Soy Facial Cleanser.  Can’t wait to hear your comments and ideas on how to combat this dryness!