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Organix-Moroccan-Argan-Oil-Collection.jpgWe hate to admit this, but our hair can use some work. Its natural texture is dry, coarse and frizzy—so we definitely can use all the help we can get! Luckily, the Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Collection is chock full of good-for-the-hair ingredients that instantly turn it from meh to FABULOUS.

Each of the four products in this collection is formulated with fair trade argan oil, a powerful antioxidant that’s rich in vitamins and instantly penetrates the hair shaft. It’s derived from the southwest region of Morocco and also protects against UV damage.

So what does this mean? Shine is restored, hair is strengthened, and elasticity is increased … and this happens INSTANTLY. Seriously, we saw a huge change after just one cycle through of the four products! Our hair was shiny, smooth, soft … and stayed that way for days in between washes! We are equally in love with all four products in the collection, which includes:

Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (free of sulfates, phosphates and parabens so it’s safe for color-treated hair)
Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment (a rich mask that makes hair soft and shiny in just 5 minutes)
Renewing Moroccan Argan Penetrating Oil (apply 3 pumps to towel-dried hair to fight frizz and add moisture)

Plus, the collection is packaged in eco-friendly bottles manufactured from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin. The labels are all printed with environmentally friendly inks and compostable label film. So you’re doing good for the environment, too!

The Organix Moroccan Argan Oil collection is available at ulta.com. Each product retails for $7.99.
Emi-Jay-Jewel-Hair-Ties.jpgWant something more fun to hold your ponytail in place than just the typical rubber band? Well, Emi-Jay Hair Ties are here to help.

Each Emi-Jay Hair Tie—and there are a lot to choose from—has been hand-dyed and knotted. They’re made from a stretchy material that, while wrapping around the hair multiple times, still don’t lose their stretch or get too stretched out! (A problem we tend to have with the rubber bands we buy by the hundreds at the drugstore.) They come in tons of different patterns and colors … really, every color under the sun!

And if you need more convincing? They’re pretty enough to wear as bracelets! What more could you ask for?

Emi-Jay Hair Ties start at $10.99 for a pack of 5 and are available at emi-jay.com.
If there’s one thing we’re certain of, it’s that Bryce Dallas Howard has gorgeous hair. The color, the texture, the length … we’re in love. And at the Cannes Film Festival last week, hairstylist Marcus Francis created two totally different but equally beautiful hairstyles for her as she promoted the movie Restless. Check out the two styles and Marcus’s tips for recreating the looks!

Bryce-Dallas-Howard-Restless-Premiere-Cannes.jpgA gorgeous braided updo
“Bryce can look very youthful and yet classic at different times,” Marcus said. “Because her blouse had such pretty lace detail, we opted for a modern and flirty twist to her look.” Marcus started with Bryce’s hair being unwashed for one day, as he said there’s more texture and the style stays secure longer. He sprayed Phyto Volume Actif Spray throughout dry hair and scrunched with his hand as he used a blowdryer. He then teased 4 1/2” sections and smoothed them with a Mason Pearson brush for height at the crown before creating loose French braids from the temples and finishing them in pigtails. After tying them with elastics, he took each one and wrapped them back and forth before securing with large hair pins. The finishing touch was a few face-framing strands that Marcus curled with a 1/2” curling iron. “Perfect for that do-it-yourself look!” he said of the finished updo.

Bryce-Dallas-Howard-Restless-Premiere-Cannes-2.jpgLoose, flowing waves
“With the intricate detail of Bryce’s dress, and how she still wanted a youthful feel to the hair, I took an organic approach to the style,” Marcus said of the wavy tresses Bryce wore to another premiere of Restless at the festival. “I wanted to really show off Bryce’s thick and gorgeous red hair by her wearing it down, like she was right out of a Shakespeare story!”

As with the braided updo above, Marcus began by spraying Phyto Volume Actif Spray on the roots, rough drying her hair with his hands. He then applied Phyto Pro Intense Volume Mousse to sections and blew them dry with a round brush before spritzing Fekkai Tousled Wave Spray throughout the hair six times “for added texture to last,” he said. Marcus then used a 1” curling iron and wrapped strands from roots to ends in a figure eight shape, using both the rod and the clamp, which created irregular-shaped “S waves” instead of curls. He finished by spraying L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray lightly throughout the hair and then shaking out large sections.
Fekkai-Silky-Straight-Ironless.jpgSilky, smooth, straight hair without a touch of frizz? It sounds impossible, we know. But if you introduce the amazingness that is Fekkai Silky Straight Ironless Shampoo and Conditioner into your hair regimen, we guarantee you’ll see the light.

Fekkai’s Anti-Frizz Straightening Complex works to smooth each and every strand and, as obvious from the name, eliminate frizz. We’ve tested this shampoo and conditioner in every conceivable weather pattern—hot and humid, cold and rainy, hot and rainy, cold and humid (need we go on?)—and we’re here to tell you it’s impossible to make your hair frizzy with these products by your side!

Not to mention we absolutely love the scent. It’s fresh, clean and sophisticated, but doesn’t follow us around all day with a cloying feeling. The shampoo and conditioner themselves are light and airy as well, so they don’t weigh hair down even though they’re keeping frizz at bay.

At the end of the day, we couldn’t be happier to have this duo in our life. Why have a frizzy mop if you don’t have to?

Fekkai Silky Straight Ironless Shampoo and Conditioner retail for $24 each at fekkai.com.
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A few weeks ago, I ran out of conditioner so I used a trick I came up for when you’re already in the shower and realize the conditioner bottle is empty: fill the bottle 1/3 full with water, close the cap and shake. You end up with a milky rinse with just enough conditioner in it to get the job done. Later in the week, having just started this column and needing to pick up a bottle of grocery store conditioner to last me until my next salon visit, I decided to try something new.

Enter Renpure Organics ‘i love my hair!’ Body and Shine Conditioner with green tea, chamomile and sunflower oil. Yes, I bought just the conditioner. And yes, I kind of liked it for the following reasons:

1. It has 100% organic ingredients
2. It was on sale because it was a “new item!”
3. It didn’t change my hair. Didn’t make it better, didn’t make it worse. I’m okay with this.

Read more about the products at renpure.com

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