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New Favorite Hair Items

Great Hair on Belle Belle Beauty

I am all about making hair easy during the work week. I rely on evening showers, an occasional bun and hair towels that preserve unbroken locks. Here are some of my most recent favorite hair products:

invisibobble: I have to be honest, these intimidated me at first and I thought they spelled disaster for tangles. But this hair ring doesn’t pull at hair at all! And it doesn’t leave dents if you plan on wearing hair down later. I love using a color similar to my own for a finished and minimal look.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban: I have used these hair towels for years – I think this is my fifth towel. And they just keep getting better. First, hair is suseptible to damage when it is wet. So it is important to treat it delicately. The AQUIS towels are woven with ultra-fine fibers. The lightweight towel drys hair quickly without heat. I like to wear for an hour or so after my evening shower then give hair a quick five minute blow dry.  

evo: Last but not least, a new to me hair care brand. These sleek containers have some of the best smelling products. I have been using their happy campers leave-in moisturizer for long days in the sun when I need hydration and UV protection at the pool. shebang-a-bang drug spray wax, sounds heavy but is a dream in adding texture to my hair when wearing it in aforementioned bun. I also love it for adding shape without being sticky to a full-on blow out. 

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HUM Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair

Hum Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair on Belle Belle Beauty

I was facing a double duty beauty hazard: broken strands and destroyed nails. I had resorted to buns for most of the winter. And gel manicures too. Both of those habits leaves me with broken, weak hair and thin, damaged nails. I knew I needed a supplement and a break from beauty treatments to get back into fighting shape.

HUM Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair is designed for a strong, healthy mane. The ingredients are a combination of nutrients including biotin, zinc, PABA, folic acid and fo-ti (a root used in Chinese medicine). Biotin and folic acid help with hair, nails and skin. PABA helps maintain hair color (yay!). And Zinc promotes hair growth (double yay! – went too short last time).

Fo-ti, this Traditional Chinese Medicine has a history of promoting hair growth by strengthening organs of elimination – think the liver. And increasing circulation which makes sense in helping with blood flow and healthy hair follicles.

These little guys were actually a nice treat after dinner. They have a strong fruity taste. And the texture was more substantial than a regular gummy but still pleasant. I have a hard time swallowing supplements so I love to see all these gummy options! Not to mention my nails are completely healed after a bottle of Hair Sweet Hair and a break from gel manicures. My hair appears to be growing faster and my baby hairs around my face have started growing out to substantial real hair!

The formula is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, GMP certified, and sustainably sourced with no artificial colors or preservatives.

Available at Sephora.

LUMA Hair Straightening 3D Ceramic Brush

LUMA Hair Straightening 3D Ceramic Brush on Belle Belle Beauty

My fellow blogger, Victoria, always has great finds. I hate to admit how many times I have blindly and impulsively hit BUY on many of them.  But I do willingly admit I always love what she recommends. While Victoria mentioned the LUMA, she hadn’t pulled the trigger but you better bet I did. And I love my new tool that is making my mornings a breeze.

The design feels a little bit more sleek than it appears above and is surprisingly lightweight. It gets hot just like a straight iron, but with exposed ceramic (so take care around kids). I have been sleeping on wet hair and taming the wavy and frizzy bits in the AM. I love the increased volume at roots but with the same sleek strands as a blowout. And it takes only about three minutes. Now, granted I am not a perfectionist but I think their claim of 10 times faster than an iron could be close. Being able to brush under my hair and covering a lot of ground with one pass really speeds things up.

Available at Amazon.

Alterna Haircare Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray

Alterna Haircare Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray on Belle Belle Beauty

I’ve been a long-time fan of Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Complete Correction Crème so I was eager to try some of Alterna’s other products from the Caviar line. The brand sent over some of the staples and another favorite quickly emerged:  Alterna Haircare Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray

I have been focusing on protecting my hair from heat lately. I don’t use hot tools, but I have learned that even a hair drying can inflict damage. This vitamin spray protects strands up to 450°F. What I love even more is the restored hydration, vibrancy and elasticity. Marine botanicals deliver moisture and smell delish. My hair is left smooth and with a healthy shine. And smells great too.

Free of Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Synthetic Color, Paraffins, Gluten, DEA/TEA, Phthalates, Mineral Oil & Petrolatum. Available at Sephora.

 

Wet Hair Care

Wet Hair Care on Belle Belle Beauty

Wednesdays are usually reserved for a little life check in and some links around here. But given my birthday celebrations and little blog break last week, I wanted to keep up with sharing some of my favorite products. If you’re like me, I love letting my hair air dry in the summer, so these wet hair care tips are on the forefront of my mind.

First up, skip your regular brush while hair is wet. Pick up a specialty brush like Conair Hook Up Detangling Brush. The soft, flexible bristles help distribute conditioner and knock out tangles. The hook-shaped handle makes it easy for shower storage. And I actually love the way it massages my scalp.

Another wet hair tool that has been in my bathroom for years is the hair towel. I am currently loving the AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel. For any hair type, this towel helps dry hair while maintaining strong, unbroken strands. I love throwing up my hair and doing the rest of my PM bed prep. And I get enough moisture out of my hair so that I am not sopping wet when I hit the sheets.

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R+Co

R+Co on Belle Belle Beauty

I must be on a hair kick especially on the heels of this post. There is something about the feeling of freshly washed and blown out hair that is putting a little spring in my step. Besides these tools, I am also reaching for a new-to-me hair care line, R+Co.

First a little about the line: the brand is a collective of professional artists. Each product is designed to reflect more than one viewpoint. The result is professional products that work to achieve a wide range of looks. While I am dying to try the whole line, I have only played with Gemstone Color Shampoo & Conditioner and Chiffon Styling Mousse.

I recently started having my hair professionally colored. A couple reasons: first, I was going grey. Second, I found someone I finally trust. And third, I wanted a more polished and professional look. But I am still using “training wheels” aka demi-permanent color. And this stuff only lasts 6-8 weeks. So I really treat my hair with kid gloves and that starts with color-safe shampoo and conditioner.

R+Co. Gemstone smells like the tropics. The shampoo has a great lather. And it works no matter what (faux) color your hair is. Just like the shampoo, the conditioner contains yummy ingredients like Hibiscus Extract (softens and protects), Pea Extract (preserves color), Rice Extract (smooths) and Golden Root Extract (protects).

Last but not least… I struggle with volume and hold. Mousse has become my friend. And the Chiffon Styling Mousse is lightweight, provides shine and somehow gives my fine strands some hold. I just apply to the roots of wet hair and style away.

Need an excuse to upgrade your hair care game? Don’t forget about Neiman Marcus Spring 2015 Beauty Week through this weekend. Shop the post here:

Samples generously provided by Neiman Marcus as part of the Beauty Ambassador Program. I consult for Neiman Marcus which is affiliated with the Neiman Marcus Group, but as always, opinions are my own.