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Review: Macadamia Healing Oil Spray

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What it is: Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Spray Treatment

What it Does:  Lightweight spray hydrates and deep conditions hair while adding shine and softness instantly

What it Costs:  $15 for 2 fluid ounces

Where to Get it:  Hair salons, Ulta stores, or online (websites like Drugstore.com)

Quick Verdict: Thumbs Up!

Recently I was forced to chop off a significant amount of my dry, brittle, over-processed bleach blonde hair. You really can’t even understand how difficult the “trial and error” process of a beauty blogger is… the constant changing of products is really difficult on your skin and hair!   Mine had become so dead that I couldn’t even style it without a serious struggle.  Since I cut off the dead lengths, my hair has improved significantly, but I’ve also been on the quest for a heather hair lifestyle.  That quest has led me to this spray from Macadamia Oils.

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Review + GIVEAWAY: Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme for Hair

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What it Is:  An all-in-one finishing product and treatment for all hair types

What it Costs:  $6-$9

Where to Get It:  Drugstores, Beauty Stores, Supermarkets

Similar To:  Redken Smooth Down Detangling Cream

Quick Verdict:  THUMBS UP

Want to win it?  Keep reading…

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dreamer-in-the-garden asked: Since you just posted about curling irons a quick question! When I use my curler I have a little trouble with my baby-hair/fly-aways, I get perfect culrs and a lot of fuzz XP I hidrate my hair a lot so its not that its dry or anything! Do you have a trick to prevent this?

Baby hairs are just a fact of life, unfortunately!  They are caused by new hair growing in, or they could be the leftovers of hair that was broken off.  Everyone has them, and yes… they are a huge pain!  

To help keep them less noticeable, use smoothing products before & after styling your hair, like an anti-frizz serum.  These help close the hair shaft and prevent humidity from expanding the hair, making it stick up!  You can try:

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Dove Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum - $5

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Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum - $6

Don’t use more than a dime-sized drop of these.. rub the serum between your hands and then lightly smooth your hands over your hair.

Another trick I like to do is to use hairspray… not all over my head, because I hate crunch, but just on an old toothbrush or a Q-tip, and use this tool to smooth down the baby hairs that stick up along my part.  This also works really well if you put up your hair in a pony tail and the baby hairs stick up along your hairline.

Hope that helps you and everyone else battling evil baby hairs!

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theophaniajewel asked: Hi, I just bought the NuMe Curling Wand, Flat iron and mini flat iron set off of Hautelook for $79. :D I'm so excited, but my question being what heat protectant, flat iron, curling stuff do you use when using your curling wand?

Hello!  Congratulations on your new baby!  haha you’ll love her!

Using heat protectants when styling your hair is probably the single most important and beneficial thing you could do for your locks, whether your hair is thin, thick, long, short, kinky, straight, and everything in between!  So I commend you for knowing the proper steps for caring for your hair ;)

My long-time favorite, ever since it came out, has been Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray.  It is lightweight and never gets greasy or heavy!

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But recently I’ve been using Pantene’s BB Creme for hair, which does lots of wonderful things besides heat protection, like adding shine and moisture and taming/preventing frizz!

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I think you’ll find that with a high quality tool like the NuMe one you’ve bought will work so well that you won’t need many more styling aids.  I can curl my hair with my NuMe wand (or any of my other tools) and the curls will last for two to three days with just a bit of hair spray!  My favorites at the moment:

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L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray - $7

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Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Flexible Hold Hairspray - $5

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Rock Your Hair Spray It Hard Big Volume Hairspray - $16

For straightening, you might want to add a finishing serum or leave in cream to keep your hair looking smooth and shiny.  For this I’ve been using the Pantene Ultimate 10 BB Creme recently as well, but I also like:

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Dove Style+Care Cream-Serum - $4

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Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment - $40

And also, now that you’ll be using a really high-heat tool, you’ll want to baby your hair to keep it healthy and strong.  Use deep conditioning treatments regularly and avoid prolonged sun exposure!

Hope this helps you!  :)  By the way, you can find these products at Ulta!

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mcoutuu asked: Hey ! I have a question on the color oops product you mentioned I'm your April hit and misses. I have naturally blonde hair that I have died more times then I can even remember. If I used this product, would it send me back to my natural color or back to the previous died color ?

Hello!

Well honestly I’m not sure.  I can only state from experience that I dyed my hair bright red about 6 times (over 4 months), and then went back to blonde using this and it performed really well, except for it didn’t take me right back to the color I had before - it was a more yellowy shade that I wouldn’t really want to walk around in by itself.  If you’ve been dying your hair for years, it probably will make your hair the same yellowy shade, or it will take out your most recent color, but it won’t get you back to your natural shade unless you use it a couple of times, I would imagine.  It takes out your most recent dye job (but as I said, it took 6 applications of red out of my hair, so I think it does more than just the last coloring).  If you’re planning on dying your hair blonde, it will help you significantly.  If you’re just wanting to be natural, it probably won’t work that way!

Hope that helps haha!

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caitlynleemoney asked: What does a deep conditioner do to your hair? I have really thick, wavy hair, and I was hoping it'd smooth it a bit and add some shine. Do you have any recommendations?

Deep conditioner does exactly what it sounds like it does - it deeply conditions your hair.  It will help add moisture, which makes your hair healthy, and healthy hair is shiny, smooth, strong, and frizz free.

Deep conditioners are different from leave-in conditioners because they are meant to be treatments that you wash out after a certain amount of time.  They are similar to hair masks (pretty much the same, actually)  and you use them every so often to restore your hair.  I definitely suggest that EVERYONE use a deep conditioner every once in a while, whether it’s one you buy or a concoction you make yourself, especially if you use any kind of heat in your hair (blow dry, curling, straightening)

Ones I Like (from the drugstore):

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Queen Helene Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream

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L’Oreal EverSleek Smoothing Deep Conditioner

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Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

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Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask

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mysterycash asked: Hi! I've been looking through your hair tag for a while now and haven't really seen any recommendations for shampoos and conditioners for thick, curly, non-color treated hair. Any suggestions on what's best for me?

Hello :)

When it comes to thick hair with a lot of texture, the most important thing to look for in a product is moisture.  Curly hair tends to dry out and become damaged, so it’s important to use products that will restore moisture to your hair.  

Over any other shampoo, I will recommend Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy.  It is truly hydrating, and even using the shampoo by itself leaves your hair feeling soft and smooth!

I recommend using the conditioner as well, because as a pair they do great things for your hair.  They nourish your scalp and can help prevent/treat dandruff as well.

Other conditioners I suggest:

Burt’s Bees Very Volumizing Conditioner

Biolage Ultra Hydrating Balm

Garnier Fructis Fortifying Cream Conditioner

Hope this helps you!  :)





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sserravalle asked: What drugstore hairspray do you recommend to hold curls all night during a party for straight hair?

My favorite hairspray for anything is L’Oreal Elnett Satin.  It holds really well but never makes the hair feel stiff.  You will still have body and movement. The scent isn’t overpowering and one can will last you a very long time.

Before curling your hair I recommend applying a mousse.  These really hold your style and give you great body without getting crunchy.  My favorite is Tresemme Thermal Creations Volumizing Mousse… it is not only a mousse, but a heat protectant.





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Anonymous asked: Hi, i have hair with a lot of split ends. I dont know how i get them because i never use heat, so what else can cause them and what products do you recommend for split ends? p.s. i LOVE your blog! :)

Hello!  Thank you <3

Split ends can happen to anyone, and they’re not only caused by heat damage.  Hair can break from just washing or brushing your hair!  As your hair grows, broken hair will split apart, creating those unsightly ends.  And unfortunately the only real way to get rid of split ends is to have them cut.  Believe me!  Just a short, quick trim… you don’t have to go crazy.

Any products that say that they will heal split ends are simply not true… you can’t use a serum or shampoo to glue the hair back together.   However you can use similar products to help smooth split ends to make them not-so-noticeable.  Any leave-in conditioner will do the trick!

Herbal Essences Break’s Over - $4

Bed Head Ego Boost - $8

You can also help to prevent split ends from happening by making sure your hair is as healthy and strong as possible.  Use a deep conditioner regularly; avoid heat styling as much as possible; only shampoo every other day; take your vitamins, like Biotin and Fish Oil, which promote healthy hair growth.

Queen Helene Cholesterol Conditioning Cream - $4

Hope that helps!  :)





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amacancion asked: First off, I love your blog! So, I recently did a keratin treatment and am having trouble finding a sulfate-free shampoo/conditioner that I like. Any recommendations?

Thank you!  :)

I’ve tried so many sulfate-free shampoos, and I haven’t liked many of them.  A couple that passed my test were:

Burt’s Bees Color Keeper Shampoo - $9

Burt’s Bees Very Volumizing Conditioner - $9

L’Oreal Everpure Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner - $5 each





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Anonymous asked: Would you recommend a shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner, and a deep hair conditioner for fine dry hair?

For fine hair, it is important to enhance volume so that your hair keeps it’s shape.  Fine hair is also more prone to damage, which is why it’s easy for it to dry out.  

Shampoo/Conditioner:

Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy - $4 each

I strongly recommend this brand to people of all hair types!  It is a very nourishing shampoo and conditioner… even the shampoo used alone leaves my hair feeling quite soft.  Most importantly it nourishes your scalp, which is of course the root of all your hair issues.  The “Nutrium 10” complex it contains is made of great ingredients including Tea Tree Oil, which hydrates while clarifying the scalp and nixes dandruff.

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Leave-In Conditioner:

Dove Style+Care Cream-Serum - $4

Hair that is fine and dry (or just dry in general) tends to frizz or expand at the slightest humidity.  This is a very lightweight leave in conditioner (which is really all it is, cream-serum is awful fancy talk for it) that makes hair shiny and doesn’t weigh it down at all.  It smells really nicely and doesn’t make your hair greasy.

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Deep Conditioner:

Neutrogena Triple Moisture - $7

This is a great deep conditioner for dry hair… it is intensely hydrating, and smells lovely.  It doesn’t make your hair feel heavy or greasy after you use it, but leaves hair soft and smooth.  One of my favorites!





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pityplease:
My Top Ten Hair Oils:
Some  of you new naturals are still getting to know which oils do what and when, so I just wanted to make a quick list of my favorites!
Most Penetrative: Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is the only oil with the  ability to completely penetrate your hair shaft, which means it works best without water as a moisturizer and a protective oil. Many naturals use this oil as a pre-poo to prevent hygral fatigue. Coconut oil is amazing when it comes to preserving the natural proteins within your strands.
Most Protective: Grapeseed Oil
Are you a curly/kinky gal or guy who loves to straightening your hair? Grapeseed Oil is definitely for you! With it’s high smoke point of 450F, Grapeseed Oil can protect your strands from most blow-dryers, flat-irons, and hotcombs. A little goes a long way, so you can be sure this miracle oil will stick around for awhile.
Most Beneficial Essential: Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is a heaven’s blessing. Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and great for circulation! Many natural shampoos will contain a good amount of this little oil because of its extreme cleansing properties. If you get build up on the scalp, this oil will fix it in a jiff!
Most Bang For Your Buck: Canola Oil
I know what you’re going to say— cooking oil? Yes, hon COOKING OIL is good for your hair! If you’re up for the challenge, using canola oil as a hotoil treatment can drastically reduce frizz, breakage and tapering! Canola oil contains protein so it will help rebuild your strands bit by bit!
Most Stimulating: Peppermint Oil
If you like to “feel” your products at work, just add a little bit of Peppermint Essential Oil and you’re good to go. Peppermint has all the benefits of Tea Tree with the added cooling sensation you get with gum! Add to your shampoo or just rub a little on your scalp to increase circulation and growth.
Most Hair Growth: Jamaican Black Castor Oil / Castor Oil
Nuff’ said. Veterans and newbies alike SWEAR by this oil. I might be biased but I achieve a good .75-1 inch a month in length thanks to this oil. Not to mention it softens your strands without adding buildup to the scalp or your ends. Detangling has never been easier for me! 
Most Balancing: Jojoba Oil
Jojoba Oil mimics hair sebum in a way other oils are unable to do. For those that don’t know sebum is what gives our hair its coating, shin, luster and… well everything! If you’re a kinky or curly girl you may notice our hair isn’t quick to get oily as compared to our straight haired counterparts. This is because sebum often gets trapped above our hair’s various twists and turns. Depending on who you are your ends may be left dry and crunchy due to this lack of lubrication. If you’re wearing of oily residue try jojoba oil! It gives all the moisture benefits of the above oils whilst maintain a dry and natural feel. It’s got wonderful softening qualities too!
Most Pleasant Smelling: Vanilla Oil
This oil doesn’t do much in the way of skin and hair but it smells WONDERFUL. And what person doesn’t want to smell wonderful? Slip a little into your conditioner or styler and you’ve got a delicious hair treat that will last the whole day.
Most Exotic: Tamanu Oil
For almost twenty dollars for an ounce you’d think this oil cured cancer. Well, it doesn’t do that but check out its other beneficial and curative properties.
Most Widely Known: Extra Virgin Olive Oil
We’ve all probably used this oil to cook once. No surprise it’s also good for your hair. It’s got all the benefits of Canola Oil, all the protective qualities of Grapeseed Oil and some of the penetrative qualities of Coconut Oil. Olive Oil also increases the tensile strength of hair by three times. This oil will protect your hair from damage while giving thickness and shine. Above all it’s pretty cheap for a lot of it.
So that’s my list. Feel free to send me your own :)
Have fun and Good luck!

pityplease:

My Top Ten Hair Oils:

Some  of you new naturals are still getting to know which oils do what and when, so I just wanted to make a quick list of my favorites!

Most Penetrative: Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is the only oil with the  ability to completely penetrate your hair shaft, which means it works best without water as a moisturizer and a protective oil. Many naturals use this oil as a pre-poo to prevent hygral fatigue. Coconut oil is amazing when it comes to preserving the natural proteins within your strands.

Most Protective: Grapeseed Oil


Are you a curly/kinky gal or guy who loves to straightening your hair? Grapeseed Oil is definitely for you! With it’s high smoke point of 450F, Grapeseed Oil can protect your strands from most blow-dryers, flat-irons, and hotcombs. A little goes a long way, so you can be sure this miracle oil will stick around for awhile.

Most Beneficial Essential: Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil is a heaven’s blessing. Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and great for circulation! Many natural shampoos will contain a good amount of this little oil because of its extreme cleansing properties. If you get build up on the scalp, this oil will fix it in a jiff!

Most Bang For Your Buck: Canola Oil

I know what you’re going to say— cooking oil? Yes, hon COOKING OIL is good for your hair! If you’re up for the challenge, using canola oil as a hotoil treatment can drastically reduce frizz, breakage and tapering! Canola oil contains protein so it will help rebuild your strands bit by bit!

Most Stimulating: Peppermint Oil

If you like to “feel” your products at work, just add a little bit of Peppermint Essential Oil and you’re good to go. Peppermint has all the benefits of Tea Tree with the added cooling sensation you get with gum! Add to your shampoo or just rub a little on your scalp to increase circulation and growth.

Most Hair Growth: Jamaican Black Castor Oil / Castor Oil

Nuff’ said. Veterans and newbies alike SWEAR by this oil. I might be biased but I achieve a good .75-1 inch a month in length thanks to this oil. Not to mention it softens your strands without adding buildup to the scalp or your ends. Detangling has never been easier for me! 

Most Balancing: Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil mimics hair sebum in a way other oils are unable to do. For those that don’t know sebum is what gives our hair its coating, shin, luster and… well everything! If you’re a kinky or curly girl you may notice our hair isn’t quick to get oily as compared to our straight haired counterparts. This is because sebum often gets trapped above our hair’s various twists and turns. Depending on who you are your ends may be left dry and crunchy due to this lack of lubrication. If you’re wearing of oily residue try jojoba oil! It gives all the moisture benefits of the above oils whilst maintain a dry and natural feel. It’s got wonderful softening qualities too!

Most Pleasant Smelling: Vanilla Oil

This oil doesn’t do much in the way of skin and hair but it smells WONDERFUL. And what person doesn’t want to smell wonderful? Slip a little into your conditioner or styler and you’ve got a delicious hair treat that will last the whole day.

Most Exotic: Tamanu Oil

For almost twenty dollars for an ounce you’d think this oil cured cancer. Well, it doesn’t do that but check out its other beneficial and curative properties.

Most Widely Known: Extra Virgin Olive Oil


We’ve all probably used this oil to cook once. No surprise it’s also good for your hair. It’s got all the benefits of Canola Oil, all the protective qualities of Grapeseed Oil and some of the penetrative qualities of Coconut Oil. Olive Oil also increases the tensile strength of hair by three times. This oil will protect your hair from damage while giving thickness and shine. Above all it’s pretty cheap for a lot of it.

So that’s my list. Feel free to send me your own :)

Have fun and Good luck!

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In my hair right now!
L&#8217;Oreal EverStrong Sulfate-Free Deep Replenishing Masque

In my hair right now!

L’Oreal EverStrong Sulfate-Free Deep Replenishing Masque

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Tresemme Thermal Creations; Volumizing Mousse + Protectant &amp; Heat Tamer Leave-In Spray
ALWAYS protect your hair from heat damage, especially if you prefer your hair to be shiny, soft &amp; healthy.  Even blow drying causes heat damage!

Tresemme Thermal Creations; Volumizing Mousse + Protectant & Heat Tamer Leave-In Spray

ALWAYS protect your hair from heat damage, especially if you prefer your hair to be shiny, soft & healthy.  Even blow drying causes heat damage!