Review: L’Oreal Root Rescue Hair Color

June 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Hair | Leave a comment
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L’Oreal Root Rescue in Dark Brown

My gray hair is coming in fast and furious — funny how that happens! Which means the time in-between salon color is shorter and shorter. And you can only do so much with Roux ‘Tween Time (which never leaves my side)! I have not colored my hair at home in two decades, so I nervously tried L’Oreal Root Rescue ($7.99) at the suggestion of my hairdresser. It’s gentle, semi-permanent color that gives about an extra month before needing a professional touch-up.

Mix the color and activator in a pre-cut holder

How to Apply

Style your hair. Apply Root Rescue to the part and temples. Be conservative with the product because there is just enough to do these sections. Wait 10-15 minutes and rinse.

L’Oreal Root Rescue Before (l), After (r)

Results

I like L’Oreal Root Rescue and recommend it, though there are some drawbacks. What’s Good? The Dark Brown color blended seamlessly. My biggest fear was color matching so I breathed a big sigh of relief. It was also very easy to apply. What Could Be Better? More product quantity to cover a few more sections would be great. My hair doesn’t part exactly the same way everyday, so I end up with random grays. It has now been a few weeks since I used Root Rescue and I’m ready for a salon appointment, so the 4 weeks was perfect timing.

3 Must-Have Products From Hair to Feet

April 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Posted in Body Care, Hair | 2 Comments
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I’ve discovered three amazing products that I can’t live without! If you have calloused heels, desire super straight hair or want to keep it that way, keep reading…

BIO-SANA Pedicure File

BIO-SANA Pedicure File

I read about the BIO-SANA Pedicure File on another beauty blog Product Girl and tried it with a huge dose of skepticism. After all, I’m that girl who insists the pedicurist use a razor to scrape the calloused skin off my feet. Surprisingly, the BIO-SANA smoothed just as well! It is double-sided — both are gritty, however, one is slightly finer for smoothing. It is also antibacterial, which is comforting. BTW, I had a professional pedicure a couple of weeks ago and it was the first time EVER there weren’t layers of dead skin to scrape off. I purchased the BIO-SANA at Nordstrom ($18).

BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron

BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium

After a few years of heavy use, my Chi flat iron wasn’t getting as hot. My hair stylist uses and recommends BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron. I tried it and loved it from the first use! My hair straightens quicker, gets straighter and has more shine. The plates are wider (5 inches), so it covers more hair in one pass. A word of caution: the exterior heats up, unlike the Chi, so I’ve burned my forehead and fingers more than once. I use the 1″ Ultra Thin (model is BABNT3072T). My salon, Salon Divas in Seattle sells it, or search Amazon, there are lots of sellers (prices range from $89-$189).

Blow Pro The Perfect Shower Cap

Blow The Perfect Shower Cap

Once your hair is beautifully straight, water and moisture are your enemy! Blow Pro The Perfect Shower Cap protects and preserves your style during a shower. The inside is terry cloth which is not only comfortable, but seals out steam. For many years I used inexpensive plastic caps from Sally Beauty Supply, which still work great. But the Blow Pro seals my hairline better and it’s over sized so I can tie my hair up and it easily still fits. The only downside is it takes a long time to dry between uses. I purchased at Ulta ($18).

A Solution for Dry Hair with an Oily Scalp

September 18, 2011 at 10:33 am | Posted in Hair | Leave a comment
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Hair One and Enjoy (new packaging)

I have extremely dry hair, yet my scalp is oily. If I wash with a shampoo for oily hair my tresses become straw-like. So, I’ve always used shampoo for dry hair, even though it meant my scalp never felt really clean and quickly became greasy and itchy.

Watching Chaz Dean present his Wen line on QVC recently, he suggested using Cucumber Aloe Shampoo ($28 for 16 oz) on the scalp for its astringent properties, and a more conditioning shampoo on the strands. An aha moment!

I’ve used Wen and like it, but wanted immediate gratification without waiting for product shipping. Sally Beauty Supply sells a dupe line Hair One (about half the price at $11.99 for 12 oz), so I tried it. I lather up with the Cucumber Aloe all around the scalp: crown, back and nape. Without rinsing, I apply Enjoy Hydrating or Luxury Shampoo to the hair.

Amazing! My scalp feels so clean, yet my hair is still conditioned. It does add a second step but is totally worth it.

Comparing the two lines, I think Wen products perform better than Hair One, but not dramatically different if you’re on a budget and/or want to try it right away.

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