I love the summer. But, salt, chlorine and sun can be hard on hair. And, since I color my hair, spending a lot of time outdoors can be downright brutal. Since I simply can’t stay inside, I use only products especially formulated to counteract the effects of sun, chlorine and salt, to heavily hydrate my dry tresses. And, one of the best hydrating hair care systems I’ve found is the Maximum Hydration Hair Care Bundle from Brilliance New York. This system contains everything I need for voluminous, shiny, healthy-looking hair… straight through until September!
What makes these products so special? The shampoo, conditioner, hair serum, and repairing hair mask all contain one incredible component: argan oil. This is a key ingredient needed to help keep hair feeling silky soft and bouncy.
Of course, argan oil is no secret. For centuries, the women of the Mediterranean have treated their hair with argan oil. This rich antioxidant is full of essential fatty acids and actually contains more than double the Vitamin E found in highly-touted olive oil! Argan oil protects hair from damage caused by harmful UV rays and extreme heat, leaving it healthy, revitalized and soft.
Step 1: Essential Hydration Shampoo with Argan Oil
Great hair care starts with great shampoo. And for colored hair – which is additionally summer-stressed – sudsing up with the right product is absolutely essential.
Why is coloring so bad for hair? According to the experts at WebMd, “Hair is fiber, much like wool,” says Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a staff dermatologist at the Permanente Medical Group in Vallejo, Calif. It’s bundled together tightly in the middle and protected on the outside by a cuticle. Highlights and semi-permanent dyes… change the inner structure of the hair, causing a lackluster look and dryness, especially if you frequently color to hide roots or gray hair.” So, choosing a shampoo that doesn’t do additional damage is key.
Unlike other shampoos that can weigh hair down leaving it shiny, but flat, Essential Hydration Shampoo offers the unique combination of va-va-volume and hydration.
The shampoo lathers well and hair feels clean and soft when dry. (Bonus! Not only does this shampoo make hair look great, it smells amazing – like a high end salon.)
Step 2: Essential Hydration Argan Oil Conditioner
For daily conditioning, nothing beats Essential Hydration Argan Oil Conditioner. Chock-full of argan oil, this conditioner is quickly absorbed by hair. In addition, it is loaded with Vitamin E and other fatty acids so important to reviving hair made dry, brittle and dull from too much fun in the sun. (This conditioner is suitable for all hair types, in addition to dry and/or colored hair.)
This conditioner also guards against heat damage of another sort… hot styling tools. Although they are an necessary part of hair styling, tools such as hair dryers, curling irons and flat irons can wreak havoc on locks. The hefty dose of argan oil in this conditioner provides extra insurance to keep hair shiny and healthy looking, so you don’t have to abandon your favorite styling tools.
One of my favorite features of this conditioner is that it does not lie heavily on hair, weighing it down under heavy product residue. Instead, I’ve found that my hair is soft, full and healthy-looking. And the conditioner itself is thick and rich, so you don’t need to use too much.
Step 3: Essential Hydration Hair Mask with Argan Oil
Once a week (or more often if you need it) a hair mask is guaranteed to improve the softness and manageability of hair. The Essential Hydration Hair Mask with Argan Oil deeply penetrates dry hair shafts, restoring their luster and shine.
If you haven’t tried a hair mask before, it’s basically like using conditioner, you simply leave it in longer. After shampooing, spread a generous amount (Use about a tablespoon sized dollop – more or less depending on hair length) over hair, root to tip. Wait 5-7 minutes and rinse. (Rinse thoroughly. If you don’t rinse well enough, hair could look flat, so don’t skimp on this step). Style as usual.
What makes this Essential Hydration Hair Mask with Argan Oil different from conditioner is the deep conditioning that it provides. This argan oil actually works its way inside the hair cuticle.
Step 4: Essential Hydration Argan Oil Hair Serum
The workhorse of this hair care system is really the Essential Hydration Argan Oil Hair Serum. This serum can be used on both wet and dry hair, and provides a sleek “finish.” Summer frizzies and flyaways disappear!
When using the serum, a tiny bit goes a long way, especially on dry hair. So, use sparingly, until you can gauge how much your hair needs for maximum effect.
I use it daily on dry hair. And, because the humidity has been so out of control this summer, I have begun packing it in my bag for midday and after work touch ups, as needed. The bottle is small (only 50 ml), so it fits in even my smallest summer bags.
This Hair Care System is… Brilliant
The elements in this hair care system can be purchased separately from Brilliance New York. But smart gals will purchase the bundle for maximum hydration… and results. Retail: $82.00
In addition to the Maximum Hydration Hair Care Bundle, Brilliance New York provides a full range of beauty products that all complement one another, from state-of-the-art hair styling tools, to age-defying skin care collections, to other nourishing hair care products. See the entire line at Brilliance New York.
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