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07-10-12 | Posted by


Becoming addicted to Brazilian Keratin Straightening (the best thing to happen to hair since the flat iron) a few years ago has truly put a crimp in my luxury haircare selection. Restricting myself to “sulfate-free” takes on new meaning when I spend $600 every 3 months to keep my formerly frizzy hair in great condition – and my stylist Ricardo threatens that if I use the wrong stuff, the tufts and split ends will come back even sooner.

L’OREAL PROFESSIONEL INOA COLOR CARE – Sulfate-free with Argan oil and green tea, this Protective Shampoo, Protective Conditioner and Protective Masque collection was specially formulated for colored hair to keep it looking healthy and strong. The fragrance is light and lovely, and the products are ultra nourishing with no harsh ingredients. I find that some sulfate-free shampoos don’t always get my hair clean enough, but this is a winner.

KERASTASE CRISTALLISTE LUMIERE LIQUIDE  – Luminous Perfecting Essence For Dry Lengths or Ends ($42) is a silky leave-in treatment that is amazing for split ends and breakage. Use it just before a blowout for salon quality hair. It is a super light serum that leaves hair glossy without weighing it down and making it feel slick. The pearly pink pump bottle is so feminine and pretty – and makes you want to use it every day.

LIVING PROOF RESTORE DISCOVERY KIT ($29) – Restore Shampoo, Conditioner, and Mask Treatment are formulated to rehydrate dry or damaged hair and prevent breakage, which during summer with ponytails, clips and sun exposure, is a must. The shampoo and conditioner are 2 ounce sizes, so convenient for travel. This 3 product kit also gives great value for the price – $35 value for $29. Also try the Living Proof No Frizz Weightless Styling Spray ($26-36) when humidity is not your friend.

OUIDAD Climate Control® Frizz & Flyaway Fighter Taming Shine Spray ($22) – Say Adios to flyaways and frizz with this easy and light spritzer from the Queen of Hair Taming, Ouidad. I love her Climate Control® Heat & Humidity Gel, which can be a Godsend for a weekend in South Beach or tropical vacays. This handy spray resists humidity and keeps hair looking smooth and under control.

OSCAR BLANDI Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray ($5-25) – I’m not really a dry shampoo kinda gal. I wash my hair pretty much every morning like clockwork. On those handful of days per year that I don’t shampoo, my hair gets pulled back into a tight coil held in place with a tortoise shell clip and I pray that I don’t see anyone I know. Enter Oscar Blandi whose dry shampoo is simply the best I have tried. For me it is not a substitute for a real cleansing (but I am certainly in the minority on that).  I love the choice of 3 sizes and I pick up the smallest 0.5 oz whenever I find it in stock. It’s great to throw in your purse and carry on a plane to freshen up before landing.

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