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The saying, “get your beauty sleep” is no joke, says Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston. The industry veteran of over 30 years, shares that some of the best beauty tricks can be done while you’re sleeping. Sure, getting the suggested 8 hours of sleep can help with unwanted dark circles and baggy eyelids, but your coif can also benefit from overnight styling and tips.

Mario has shared with us his favorite advice that he gives to clients who are looking for an easy way to get ahead of their morning routine, while also catching a few zzz’s!

1) Go to bed with DRY hair!
Water in your hair cuticle makes it more susceptible to splits and breakage as you toss and turn during the night. Wet hair equals fragile hair! If you shower before bed and don’t have time to dry it, use a cotton t-shirt (which is less abrasive than a towel), wrap hair and keep it tucked in a turban-like creation until morning.

2) Repair hair and apply a leave-in treatment
Utilizing a leave-in conditioning treatment before bed, either a salon-professional product or natural coconut oil, allows the moisture to seep into hair for a longer, uninterrupted time, which in turn, leaves your hair super hydrated and smooth the next day! For an added moisturizing benefit, wrap conditioned hair in a shower cap or silk scarf before hitting the hay. This will also help to save your pillowcases/sheets from getting damaged by the hair treatment. brady bunch brushing hair mario russo salon tips certified fabulous

Brush it out before bed

Using a brush with natural bristles (or my favorite, the Mason Pearson brush), brush hair out before bed. Yes, Marsha Brady-style! Using your brush, start at the roots and move down to the ends of your hair. This will help to transfer the natural oils from your scalp throughout your hair shaft, giving hair an added dose of hydration. Additionally, if you’ve used a lot of products on your locks during the day, this will help to break them up on your scalp as well as on your strands, so that build up won’t occur.

4) Keep it straight by wrapping it!
If you just spent money on a salon blow-dry or time in the bathroom straightening your curly locks, don’t let bedtime ruin your sleek style! Use the wrapping technique with bobby pins to keep hair smooth and straight. Starting at the top of your head, use a brush to begin arranging hair around the head and pinning it down. Essentially, you are wrapping hair in a circle pattern around the head to keep it in its straight condition.

soft top knot scrunchie certifed fabulous mario russo salon5) Top Knot It
Bring out your scrunchies and top knot your freshly washed and dried hair. As you blow-dry hair before bed, use a volumizing product on the root and once it’s almost dry, apply a texturizing spray throughout. Loosely pull dried hair upward and into a soft topknot. The height will give you an extra boost of volume as you sleep as well as ensure that your locks will maintain tangle-free for your early wake-up call.

6) Lights off, humidifier on
Whether you are cranking up your house’s heat in the winter or you live in a dry climate, adding extra moisture to the air using a humidifier can help to keep both your skin and locks hydrated. Moisturized hair sees less frizz and breakage and more shine. Turn the lights off and the humidifier on!

7) Switch to a silk pillowcase
In order to extend the life of your hairstyle or blow-dry as well as keep damage and breakage at bay, opt for a silk or Egyptian cotton pillowcase. Flannel or cotton sheets cause more friction on hair and over time, will create damage.

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Mario Russo, Owner & Lead Stylist at Salon Mario Russo

Growing up in the small town of Formia, Italy, Mario had dreams of coming to America and making a life for himself. As a teenager, Mario’s family immigrated to the United States, where his passion for learning was nurtured by the endless possibilities of a new beginning. Fueled by a long-standing interest in engineering, his quest for knowledge took him to Northeastern University in Boston where Mario soon realized that his true career path was in the engineering of better hair. Flash forward 30 years; today, Mario Russo is a fixture within Boston’s style scene, owning and operating two eponymous salons in the city as well as his own bath and body product line.

As an industry leader, Mario is always looking to stay ahead of the trends, frequently traveling to Paris, London and New York City, to bring Bostonians the latest styling innovations. His appreciation for hair and belief in high-touch customer service enable Mario to offer the salons’ clientele a personal, sophisticated take on beauty that’s unmatched in Boston.

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  • LOCCITANE immortelle bonne mere armomachologie relaxing shower gel revitalizing scrub lemon shower
    L'OCCITANE Aromachologie Relaxing Bath & Shower Gel - Aromachologie body care collection combines essential oils with natural scents for moments of well-being.Made with essential oils, this soothing shower gel provides a true feeling of well-being. It transforms into a fine and delicate foam, which gently cleanses the skin without drying. Its soothing aromatic scent is 100% natural.

    *** A completely relaxing shower experience that makes my night shower a soothing haven from the day. The aroma immediately puts me at ease and it's like I am at a spa in my very own home :)

    L'OCCITANE Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub - Aromachologie body care collection combines essential oils with natural scents for moments of well-being.This reinvigorating body scrub contains sugar crystals to slough away dead skin cells and reveal radiant skin. Its 100% natural scent offers proven energizing effectiveness.

    *** A vibrant scented scrub that is my go-to for morning showers! It always has me leaving the shower in a good mood! 

    L'OCCITANE Bonne Mere Lemon Shower Gel - Enriched with lemon essential oil, this shower gel gently cleanses the body and perfumes it with a zesty and sunny fragrance, transporting you to an early morning stroll through the market of Menton, Provence. 

    *** I love lemon scented ANYTHING! This shower gel uplifts my mood and leaves me smelling like a sweet who doesn't like that?! A luxurious addition to my lemon addiction!

    L'OCCITANE Immortelle Precious Cream - L'OCCITANE has improved the best-selling Immortelle Precious Cream formulation into a triple-action anti-ager. The luxurious Immortelle Precious moisturizer helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles and maintain skin’s quality and smoothness, while Ruscus and Holly extracts have also been added to help even skin tone and relieve puffiness.

    *** One of the very best facial creams I have tried yet! I already had the eye cream and was beyond excited to try the face cream since the eye cream was SO amazing! Remarkable results in just the first time! I am definitely loyal to L'OCCITANE and have never tried a product that was spectacular! <3 

  • revolver all natural deodorant certified fabulous deathe by lavender veganNORTH COAST Organics: Death By Lavender - Death will kill [odor] for you. She relishes snuffing odor out. She bares her true face for it puts odor on notice. Death is a cocky, elite assassin that will never miss her target. She is unlike any other deodorant you will meet. Although a ruthless killer [of odor], she has a soul. She utilizes only the finest, organic, all natural ingredients as her weapons.

    *** Not only does it have a cool name but it works! LOVE the scent and how it's organic so no harmful ingredients going on to protect me from BO :)

    NORTH COAST Organics: Revolver - Revolver is unlike any other deodorant you will ever use. Revolver shoots down odor wherever it lurks and will never miss its target. Unholster Revolver today and send odor to an early grave. Although a ruthless killer [of odor], Revolver has a soul. He is made from only the finest, organic, all natural ingredients.

    *** Yep, another awesome name to the collection of their deodorants that rock out the organics claim! Go get you some ;)

    NORTH COAST Organics: naked - naked is formulated to be gentle on your skin and harsh on odor. naked uses the minimal amount of the finest, natural ingredients to ensure that you do not stink and your underarms are not harmed.

    ingredients(Vegan): coconut oil*, carnauba wax*, arrowroot powder* & baking soda 
  • Redken Diamond hair care certified fabulous
    The REDKEN Diamond Oil hair care line contains Redken’s Shine Strong Complex, featuring a nourishing blend of natural apricot, camelina and coriander oils to strengthen hair from the inside out. The formulas revive hair and restore vibrancy for impeccable shine.

    REDKEN: Diamond Oil High Shine Shampoo
     (available in November) - Hair oil Shampoo for dry, damaged hair is a rich foaming cleanser that strengthens hair to prevent breakage while boosting smoothness & shine. Its formula is enriched with coriander oil, camelina oil and apricot oils. Hair is 3X stronger with 2X more shine. No more dry or damaged hair!

    *** I LOVE the feel, scent and lathering this shampoo gives me and I end up with clean soft hair that is ready for me to condition :)

    REDKEN: Diamond Oil High Shine Conditioner (available in November) - Hair oil Conditioner for dry & damaged hair by Redken contains essential oils like: coriander oil, camelina oil and apricot oils that moisturize, protect & detangle hair while reducing hair breakage.

    *** Seriously loving the gel conditioner, it absorbs into all of my hair strands perfectly and leaves my hair flawlessly soft and shiny! Improves the look of my color by enhancing the shine...gorgeous.

    REDKEN: Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist (available in November) - Featherlight oil enriched treatment that improves dull hair with intense shine power!

    *** Definitely the ultimate finish to perfect hair...the cherry on top of the sundae being in liquid form as this leave-in, high shine conditioning treatment locks in all the greatness the shampoo & conditioner created in the shower. Vibrant, glossed hair that feels clean and refreshed...awakened!  My new favorite hair care collection! xo 
  • Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium blow dryer black certified fabulous
    BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Blow Dryer

    Equipped with a high performance 2000-watt Italian motor, the Portofino 6600 is enhanced with Nano Titanium™ technology to distribute heat evenly for optimal results. The negative ions generated by the dryer will remove any static electricity in the hair and close the cuticle for smooth, shiny results.

    * Nano Titanium™ technology
    * 2000-watt Italian AC motor
    * Ionic
    * 6 heat/speed settings
    * Removable stainless-steel rear filter
    * Limited 4-year warranty
    * * Bonus: 3 concentrator nozzles and diffuser

    *** If your going to use a hair dyer it might as well be a good one, right?! This BaByliss dryer distributes heat evenly which cuts back on time needed to dry your hair which saves you from hair damage. Plus it delivers superior shine...and let's face it, it's all about the shine! 

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Some people may have picked up on the fact that I love a good hair product. I recently had the pleasure of trying so Agadir products. If you are not familiar with this company I can give you some background.  The company started with two brothers Paul and Archie Bogosia in the early 60’s. They gained expertise as hairdressers and salon owners with multiple salons across New York city and a diverse clientele. The brothers realized that the hair care products they were using and offering to their clients did not meet their performance expectations . So they developed their own high performance product line.  Agadir products have been talked about in, Juicy magazine, Hot magazine and a bunch other places everyone has great things to say about it so I decided I should defiantly try it and see what everyone is talking about.  A big plus about this brand for me is that they are a alcohol and cruelty free products. I am a big animal lover so cruelty free is very important to me. 

Agadir Argan Oil collectio

I was really excited I got to try a wide range of their products. I will start off telling you about the Agadir Argan Oil Volumizing Shampoo. The shampoos is designed to give body and fullness to hair by infusing, essential ingredients with argan oil and panthenol. Enriched with antioxidants and vitamin E. The Agadir Argan Oil Daily Volumizing Conditioner system gives you body and fullness to hair and is also safe for color treated hair. I  enjoyed how both of these were scented. They use a Agadir aromatic complex that smells amazing.  Other benefits you might notice while using these products is that it will help with tangles and adds shine. The shampoo and conditioner made my hair feel soft and gave a lot of body to my curls. I usually don't use volumizing shampoo because I have a lot of hair. But I really liked the look and feel this gave my hair. 

Agadir Volumizing shampoo  condtioner

Recently they came out with the Agadir Argan Oil Styling Curl Crème that is formulated with antioxidant and anti-frizz agents. The argan oil base is what helps to block humidity and gives your hair long lasting crunch free curl protection. And I don’t know about you but I don’t like my Agadir styling sprayscurls crunchy. The crème will help moisturize, define curl patters and rejuvenate curls and waves.  Another crème they offer that is the Agadir Hair Shield 450 Intense Crème Treatment which actually works with the heat from the styling tool and activates the Shock Protein to help protect your hair from damage and it also targets damaged hair to repair, protect, and hydrate.  I love how amazing my hair feels after straightening it using this crème it feels salon soft even though I am way over due for a trim. This is a product I am happy to have on hand with winter coming I tend to blow dry my hair a lot more, and the protection is much needed.  Another way to give your hair that nice professional done look is the Agadir Spritz- Styling Finishing Spray. I love finishing sprays. This will help keep your hair in place and smooth away frizz and give you hours of shinny hair. If you are looking for more of a firm  and to add a little something else Agadir Argan Oil Volumizing Styling Mousse  this works to give your hair great volume body and hold while also controlling annoying frizz.  

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One of my favorite hair care brands!!!

Zotos hair products are fabulous!!!

Now Damaged Hair Can Do a 180◦ Turnaround

Zotos Professional 180PRO Intense Reconstruct Discovery Kit features ground breaking technology formulated with ultra-reparative Pro-Peptide Complex™ radically repairs while gently cleansing and conditioning severely damaged and over processed hair.

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Palmer's Shea Formula Curl Shampoo and Conditioner

Palmers Shea Curl shampooShea Butter is one of the most amazing natural ingredients for hair care, skincare and bodycare. I remember the first time I was offered pure Shea Butter, which is goopy green and kind of nasty. I was on the Island of St. John in the Caribbean, 8+ months pregnant. I was literally so pregnant that the day I flew back from this vacation was the last day I was allowed to fly! I was given a jar, a plain, unmarked jar form a local native woman as I was browsing my way through an open market. The native people on the island LOVED pregnant women, I was treated like royalty the entire vacation. She gave me this jar, and promises me that if I “painted” my ever growing number of stretch marks with it, they would disappear. She was right, the raw Shea butter was the most nourishing and healing product I have ever used. Of course, here in the US you can’t readily buy stinky, green, unprocessed Shea butter, but the next best things are products which incorporate this wonderful material.

Palmers Shea curl conditionerPalmer's Shea Formula Curl Shampoo and Conditioner contain raw, natural Shea Butter which is sustainably sourced in Africa. Shea Butter moisturizes hair deeply and repairs damaged hair. Palmers Shea Formula Curl Shampoo and Conditioner also contains Vitamin E, which helps to protect hair from damage and is also super nourishing, as well as Grape Seed Oil which is a really great natural oil used to reduce breakage and strengthen the hair. Sulfate-free, and full of natural ingredients, this hair duo is really amazing.

I love the bottle and pump packaging; it makes it really easy to use this product in the shower. My kids can dispense their own shampoo and conditioner without making a mess and using too much, always a big plus for moms who have to clean the tub!! Specially formulated for curly hair, I am in love with the thickness of both the shampoo and conditioner. My hair felt wonderful after using, and I found that because these products are so nourishing, I’m can use them more often. Many times products claiming to be for curly hair are so drying; I can only wash my hair 1-2 times per week (which means wearing a pony tail 2-3 days a week). Palmers Shea Formula Curl Shampoo and Conditioner do not dry out my hair, and leave it soft and silky. This duo also smells AMAZING!! Added bonus!


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Sixty years of hair care and it’s only getting better! In 1955, hairdresser to the stars Alberto and a talented chemist changed the world of hair care forever with the introduction of Alberto VO5. The name VO5 comes from the 5 Vitamin Oils that are included in every product and are essential for healthy, beautiful hair. Vitamin E, C, H, B5 and B3 make up the foundation of this popular brand and they still incorporate the basics today along with many other benefits that have been found to help hair along the way. I can really stand behind a company that keeps its basic elements for hair health while also researching and creating innovating new products with new and exciting added ingredients. 

I remember them best for their hot oil hair treatments that my mom used all the time when I was a kid. I had the pleasure of experiencing their VO5 Salon Series professional shampoos, conditioners, hair styling and treatments! The powerful, frizz fighting formula fortifies and moisturizes hair for salon beautiful results from roots to ends. Of course I had to indulge myself in their Hot Oil Therapy Moisturizing Treatments as well :)

VO5 Salon Series Smooth + Sleek Shampoo & Conditioner

A unique smoothing complex helps frizzy, unruly hair become miraculously manageable and flawlessly smooth. Especially with the 11 added oils in this collection that make sure hair is FLAWLESS!Alberto VO5 Salon Series shampoo and conditioner sleek and smooth hair

  • Soy Protein penetrates hair easily
  • Broccoli Seed Extract for shine and gloss on the hair
  • Papaya is rich in proteins and vitamins
  • Red Algae Extract is a natural hair conditioner
  • Honey is a natural hair moisturizer
  • Quinoa is packed with amino acids
  • Aloe Vera Juice had excellent moisturizing properties
  • Wheat Protein penetrates hair easily
  • Marigold is highly cleansing and nourishing
  • Kiwi is highly cleansing
  • Sweet Almond is highly moisturizing


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Its no secret I have dry, course, naturally curly hair.  Instead of complaining about the frizz, I am constantly on the hunt for great products I can use to mask my dry, course hair, and turn my curls into soft masses of beautiful ringlets.  I have found a few products which work, but tend to still have to rely on a curling iron to touch up the last of the frizzies.  Now I have a dynamic trio in the form of Matrix Biolage Smooth Proof Leave-In Cream, Herbal Essence Hydralicious Shampoo and Herbal Essence Hydralicious Shampoo Conditioner.

Herbal Essences Hydra DamageCNSH


Herbal Essence Hydralicious Shampoo and Conditioner is the coolest looking product EVER!  I love purple, so I was immediately attracted to the cool bright purple swirl of these two products.  Super rich with Shea Butter, this shampoo and conditioner duo is perfect for combating the dryness which causes my hair to look dull, course and frizzy.  This shampoo and conditioner is super moisturizing, and of course, like all of the Herbal Essence products smells AMAZING!! My hair was left soft and manageable.

Matrix Biolage smoothproof leave in cream

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LA Looks model search giveaway prize pack certified fabulous hair care win



 1 (One) Lucky Winners will Recieve the L.A. Looks Hair Styling Prize Pack that includes:

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    my fav style is an elegant french bun, which always unravels on me with my superlong hair, wud luv some these great products to he
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In these last days of summer it's time to fit in all the beach, pool and lake time that we can! We need quick and effective shower products to help us waste less time in the shower and take more advantage of nature's water park! Gillette Venus Snap razor travel mini eos ultra moisturizing shave cream lotion certified fabulous

1) Shave with cream it only takes a few pumps! eos: Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream - Creamy, rich rich, non-foaming texture that is packed with natural conditioning oils, shea butter and antioxidant vitamins E and C to be able to shave wet or dry. It feels like a lotion but it's for shaving!  I was able to breeze through my shave routine with my injuries or razor burn bumps....happy :) 

2) A travel razor can come in handy when you noticed you missed a spot! Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace - a mini on-the-go razor that comes in a portable compact for easy travel in a purse or suitcase! Made with 5 blades to get virtually every hair and it fits any cartridge, so buy what you like and replace with your favorite Gillette Venus style. If you notice you missed a spot, it's easy to take out the razor and take care of it.

I absolutely LOVE this razor, probably better than regular sized razors! I was comfortable holding it and it gave me a close shave. You can't ask for more in a razor :)

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Summertime is the best and worst time for people, such as me, who have naturally curly hair.  The humidity helps by making my super curly (the best of times), but also contributes to excessive amounts of frizz (the worst of times).  The only remedy for the worst of times is the right hair care products.  Thankfully KMS California has an entire line of wonderful products for curly-haired gals like me!

KMS shampoo and conditioner

KMS California Curl Up Shampoo and Conditioner are a top pick for curly-girl hair care.  The shampoo provides curl support and elasticity while hydrating the hair.  I found that this shampoo did a wonderful job cleansing my hair, and left no buildup after multiple uses.  It was not drying whatsoever, and smells amazing.   The conditioner also smells amazing, is thick and rich and super hydrating.  After using this dynamic duo in the shower, my curls were soft, bouncy and tangle free.  Just how I like them :)

KMS tame frizz

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  • GOLDFADEN MD Sun Visor environ spf 25 sun care coola sport unscented spf 30 jane iredale powder me spf sunscreen certified fabulous summer sun block ultra violet rays

    GOLDFADEN MD: Sun Visor - fast absorbing, oil-free, PABA-free and fragrance-free SPF 30 sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. This unique product offers dual-action protection by delivering high-level UV filters to help prevent sun damage, fine lines, and dark spots. Skin renewing organic red tea works to rejuvenate skin and provide antioxidant benefits. This advanced, revolutionary, ultralight translucent oil-free, fragrance-free and even smear-free formula is a must for all skin types. 

    Environ: Sunscreen SPF 25  - is formulated with micronized titanium dioxide and antioxidants to assist in protecting the skin against harsh UV rays and improve the appearance of fine lines. To achieve maximum benefits, apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and continue once every 2 hours to help minimize short-term skin damage effects. for additional information.

    COOLA® Suncare: sport spf 30 Unscented sunscreen spray - clear, natural, and unscented continuous spray. Offering Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection, this Farm to Face® sourced spray will also nourish, repair and hydrate skin with 70%+  certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts; and Red Raspberry Seed Oil, a natural sunscreen and anti-inflammatory rich in Omega-3 and 6. 

    jane iredale: Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen - Can be used on the body, face and scalp for a UVB/UVA SPF 30 protection. Translucent, nourishing and soothing!

    *** Never, NEVER forget sunscreen! Powder, spray, lotion...which ever you want at any SPF level (15+ is ideal though)...just wear it!  Your future self will thank you :) These are a few of my faves!
  • KC TimelessColor 13
    Keratin Complex: Color Therapy TIMELESS COLOR Shampoo & Conditioner

    What it is: Keep hair as vibrant as the day it was colored with the new Timeless Color at-home collection from Keratin Complex. What it does: The Fade-Defy Shampoo & Conditioner harness the power of keratin to reinforce the hair's natural protective barrier and protect agains color loss. What else you need to know: Key ingredients such as PolyQ, seal in color's vibrancy while UV absorbers help to prevent sun damage that can cuase color-treated strands to become dull or brassy. 

    *** Sun, chlorine and environmental toxins can take a toll on hair, espeically color treated hair! This FABULOUS conditioner protects and perfects leaving hair bright and glossy like the first time you colored it :)
  • keratin complex glowtion potion styling oil hair care certified fabulous summer essentialsKeratin Complex: Style Therapy Glowtion Potion Styling Oil

    A softening solution for dry, damaged and color-treated hair that creates softness and shine, even in coarse hair textures. Helps to reduce rough split ends and breakage while shine-enhancing silicones smooth the cuticle and add weightless moisture and gloss. 

    *** Tames my flyaways and hydrates my hair leaving it shiny and not oily! LOVE!
  • hairfinity healthy hair supplements growth beauty certified fabulous

    A nutritional supplement that contains a unique natural blend of vitamins, nutrients and our exclusive Capilsana™ Complex, it promotes healthy hair growth and nourishes your hair from the inside out.
    The ingredients promote a healthy scalp, increased hair elasticity, increased hair strength, and more. Bonus: 30-Day Money Back Guarantee: If you aren't amazed by your hair, simply request a refund. 

    *** I've tried a wide variety of healthy hair supplements to grow my hair out quick...and I have got to say this is one of the better ones out there! Easy to incorporate into your daily routine and encourages water intake, which is also crucial to hair health. Nothing to lose with a money back guarantee! 
  • AcneFree Energizing Wipes 3-in-1 iced orange mint certified fabulous
    AcneFree Energizing Acne 3-in-1 Wipes

    Containing 0.5% Salicylic Acid, a dermatologist-recommended acne medication that helps to exfoliate skin, these wipes are formulated with orange and mint extracts, this three-in-one product cleanses skin, treats acne and energizes senses on-the-go! 

    *** These water-less wipes were a perfect way to take off all of my makeup and gunk from the day! Unlike ordinary cleansing wipes, these had a bit of foam to them that wiped away all my daily residue without a trace! Love bringing on trips or using after a workout to freshen up and boost my energy level. 
  • OM Carrot rose serum certified fabulous
    OM Carrot Rose Serum

    Carrot Rose Face Oil is a heavenly antioxidant-rich formula that makes the skin undeniably soft, silky, and smooth. Carrot Seeds have vitamin A and beta-carotene to nourish and rejuvenate skin. Rose essential oils bring out skin clarity. Rosehip Seed diminishes age spot, scars, and sun spots. 

    *** Truly one of the best oil serums I have used! My complexion was brighter, even toned and moisture balanced! I love applying this at night as an overnight repair from the daily environment aggressors that create chaos on my skin. 
  • Chapstixk Hydration Lock Day Night mosture renew certified fabulous new
    The first NEW ChapStick dual-ended Hydration Lock is called Moisturize & Renew and offers an advanced anti-aging formula with different ingredients on either end of the stick each designed to provide targeted benefits including long-lasting moisturization.

    The other new dual-ended Hydration Lock is called Day & Night which offers 24-hour lip care by having a formula on either end of the stick each designed to protect lips through the day and revitalize through the night. The day formula contains SPF and makes a great product for using on the beach or during vacation while the night formula is perfect for restoring lips while you sleep.

    Launching in this month!

  • Softsoap Rainforest escape body wash certified fabulousSoftsoap® brand Rainforest Escape Body Wash 

    Brace yourself for the magic of summer with our limited edition Rainforest Escape body wash. This moistrure infused formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, while the invigorating scent of Coconut Water & Lime take you to a relaxing place in the jungles of Brazil!

    *** Incredible scent! Tropical heaven in your shower! 
  • woolite everyday detergent maintains fabric shape and elasticity certified fabulousWoolite Everyday Detergent 

    Gives all your clothes the right balance of cleaning and caring. It doesn't contain harsh ingredients, so it won't cause stretching, shrinking or fading. 

    *** Taking care of your clothes is important, especially when you spend good money on key pieces! Woolite gives you that extra care with a complete clean that smells heavenly! 

  • Soft and Dri deodorant certified fabulous summer essentials
    Soft & Dri Aerosol Antiperspirant Deodorant

    Provides excellent 24-hour wetness and odor protection that is soft on your skin and dries quickly, leaving you feeling refreshed, protected and comfortable. Easy to use and non-staining! 

    *** I love using aerosol cans in the Summer, they never leave a cakey deoderant clump and it's perfect when wearing tank tops or any sleeve-less tops. As part of my night routine I make sure I spay my underarms before bed! Got to keep it fresh :)
  • mary Kay Journey of dreams perfume certified fabulousMARY KAY: Beauty That Counts® Journey of Dreams™ Eau de Toilette

    Crisp floral scent expresses a spirit of caring. With top notes of Sparkling Clementine, Freesia Flowers and Floating Lotus. Middle notes of Black Currant Bud, Blooming Turkish Rose and Australian Sandalwood. Bottom notes of White Amber, Skin Musk and Bed of Velvety Orange Petals.

    From May 16, 2014, through Aug. 15, 2014, $2.50 will be donated by Mary Kay Inc. from each sale of the limited-edition† Beauty That Counts® Journey of Dreams™ Eau de Toilette. As part of this effort, Mary Kay is proud to support The Mary Kay Foundation grant program for women’s shelters. Watercolor butterflies decorate the packaging, symbolizing the many lives you’re helping to transform with each purchase. 

    *** A Beautiful Summer scent and a great cause, it's a win/win! 
  • flight of fancy anna sui certified fabulous perfume summer essentials beauty
    Anna Sui: Flight of Fancy Fragrance

    "The Enchantment of Discovery" - A dream unlocks many doors to the soul, expanding the senses to irresistible possibilities. There are so many things to try and explore, so many ways to see into one's soul, so many ways to change. The dream is the surrounding, in which our senses awake.

    Anna Sui's fragrance invites a girl-woman to take her open her eyes...and to emerge from a dream with self-assurance, beauty, and certainty.

    Spread your wings and reach for the stars...Experience the enchantment of discovery!

    An explosion of luminous Java lemon, litchi, and yuzu notes, followed by the soft notes of Star Magnolia, rose blossom, and waves of Purple Rain Freesia. The bottom notes end the composition with amber crystals, light wood, and skin musk, bringing peace and tranquility. 

    *** One of my favorite, go-to perfumes! I feel like it is fitting for every occasion as it provokes a light-hearted, inspiring and happy feeling when I wear it. I LOVE the box design, gorgeous, I had to keep it! The bottle is elegantly made and fits on my perfume dresser without a big, over the top cap but it still stands out among the sea of fragrances I have displayed :)
  • boots no7 lip crayon lip stain certified fabulous
    No7 Stay Perfect Lip Stain - Long-lasting lip stain in an easy-to-apply pen format for great definition. Sweep on for a light tint, or build for more intense color.5 colors to choose from: Ballet, Posy, Ruby, Seduce & Sultry.

    No7 High Shine Lip Crayon - Glide-on, sheer and glossy color for a lightweight, moisturized feel in an easy-to-apply crayon format. 5 colors to choose from: Berry, Daydreamer, Delicate Pink, Statement & Tickle.

    *** I loved the colors on all of them! My favorite part is that the lip stains have a color budddy in the lip crayons so I could layer! Apply the lip stain for the base color and then the crayon on top for a semi-matte lip. If the crayon fades, the stain color is still on! LOVE!
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    Ciate: Chocolate Nail Polish Removers

    Tantalise your senses and indulge yourself in the newly formulated Collection of Chocolate Scented Nail Polish Removers from Ciaté. The range infuses delicious scents of white, dark, mint and orange chocolate into each delectable formula, adding a unique, mouth–watering aroma to each one. These removers not only help to gently remove polish but also nourish nails and leave you with an utterly irresistible chocolaty fragrance. Presented in an elegant glass bottle, the new and improved Ciaté Chocolate Nail Polish Removers are acetone free and suitable for acrylic nail extensions. The non-drying formula also has added Vitamin E and B5 to condition and care for nails whilst satisfying your sweet tooth with its sugary, cocoa scent. 

    *** Delicious and amazing! No need to use harsh smelling, chemical nail polish removers when you can use CHOCOLATE! Works flawlessly, smells delicious and preps nails perfectly for a fresh coat of polish. LOVE!!!
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    Zumba Apparel Spring/Summer 2014

    Shown Above: One More Dance Tee - Sew Black + Cardigan - Sew Black Capri Legging - Have a Nice Grey  =

    Stylish, cool and comfortable! I never get tired of my ZUMBA wear! This compelation makes for a great travel / flying outfit! Of course also ideal at the gym :) Get working!

  • Snarky E-Cards That Are Real Tear-Out Cards For Every Situation flirty sex funny certified fabulous
    Ever wanted to find the right thing to say only to be left tongue-tied? Say sayonara to embarrassment and let these tear-out cards do the talking for you!

    Sorry I Had Sex on Your Bed: And Other Tear-Out Apologies for Your Awkward Screwups ($7.95) A hilarious collection of snarky mea culpa cards to be torn out and given to wronged friends, coworkers, and family members. Includes “I’m sorry I tagged that picture of you on Facebook” and “I’m sorry I tried to spice things up without asking first.” #yikes

    Seriously?! Delightfully Passive Aggressive Cards ($7.95) A riotous collection of cards designed to be left for roommates, frenemies, coworkers, strangers, and neighbors who’ve Gone. Too. Far. Examples: “Maybe tomorrow I could pet your elephants? --your downstairs neighbor” and “Touch my lunch again and I’ll cut you.”

    You're Cute: Cards to Break the Ice ($7.95) A witty collection of cards to capture the attention of someone new. Favorites include “This is me flirting with you...” and “It was either this or a Missed Connection.”

    Parking Tickets: For Those Who've Crossed the Line ($7.95) A humorous collection of snarky cards for drivers of badly parked cars. Try “I used to park like this. Then I turned 6.” or “Hope you’re better between the sheets than you are between the lines.”

    Yep, there’s a card for every situation ever!

    *** HILARIOUS! I could not stop handing these out to people. I even posted one on the office fridge, "Touch My Lunch and I'll Cut You". My friends loved getting them and I felt sneaking placing them all over! Tons of fun for yourself or a great gift to give to someone that needs help speaking up for themselves. 

  • skinny girl vodka lemon cucumber cherry tangerine certified fabulous cocktailsSkinnygirl Vodkas - Vodka with Natural Flavors

    Endless mixing possibilities. Discover six delightful flavors for delicious low-calorie cocktails. 

    Flavors: Meyer Lemon, White Cherry, Tangerine, Cucumber, Bare Naked (original)

    *** YUMMY! I tried the Lemon Vodka and it was smooth and delicious. Mixed great with raspberry lime seltzer water. Very easy to drink :)

    Please drink responsibily!

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Everyone know (or should know now) that olive oil does wonders for skin! It maintains the moisture barrier and keeps it hydrated and soft for a long time. Olive oil has been included in a large majority of skincare products and remains popular to this day. Branching out a bit more to take olive oil uses to another level, hair care has begun to embrace it. A trusted brand I turn to for many needs, Palmer's, has again stayed on trend with their offering of the Palmer's Olive Oil collection. Here are a few of my favorites:

Olive Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
- The No Lather Shampoo Alternative

Formulated without Sulfates, Detergents, Lather, Phthalates, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil or Harsh Chemicals

Palmers Olive Oil Formula Cleansing ConditionerThis unique, all-in-one cleansing cream replaces shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner and detangler. The gentle, no-lather cleanser contains anexclusive blend of natural Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vitamin E, Keratin Protein and natural herbal extracts to moisturize, soften and detangle hair for the gentlest daily cleansing possible. The salon-quality formula is a safe way to pamper dry, frizzy and over-worked hair and scalp.

Apply directly to the scalp in sections and add to a splash of water to emulsify product on scalp. Massage thoroughly into hair, comb through and leave on for the duration of your shower. Rinse thoroughly, while continuing to massage hair and scalp.

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Mark Hill; Twice British Hairdresser of the Year, Twice International Hairdresser of the year and Most Outstanding Hairdresser of a Generation, truly a man to be reckoned with. After receiving Mark Hill “Gorgeous”: Work It Girl! Shine, Protect and Control Spray and Hot Glam Extreme Heat Protection Spray in their tall funky bottles, I wanted to know a bit about the man. I love products from the UK, as the standards for ingredients are quite high. Once I found out that this man is practically a legend in the Hair Care realm, I was extremely anxious to test his products, and I was not disappointed in the least.

Mark Hill Hot glam heat protection sprayWe all know that excessive heat can and does damage hair. My naturally curly hair look s best when I wash it, scrunch with a little product and allow to air dry. That is, I find, the best way to prevent frizz. However, there are times when I need a more polished look, and I grab my flat iron and go to town. I know that it is essential to use a heat spray, though I find that some leave buildup, or don’t actually protect the hair (oh, my! Where is that smoke coming from??). Mark Hill’s Gorgeous! Hot Glam Extreme Heat Protection Spray does the trick. Safe to use with heated appliances up to 235 degrees, this is the perfect spray for the flat iron user. This spray can be used on wet or dry hair (I like to use before blowdrying as well), and is light and non-greasy. My hair felt soft, shiny and never weighed down!

Mark Hill Work it girl Shine protect and controlI love 2 for 1s, they always seem to make my life easier. Which is why Mark Hill Gorgeous! Work It Girl! Shine, Protect and Control Spray is such an amazing product. It functions as a 2 for in that it protects hair while styling with heat tools, but also provides great texture and hold like a hairspray. With amazing ingredients such as Bamboo/Fern Extract and Keravis, hair is left strengthened inside and out. Panthenol and silk protein add shine and moisture control, keeping frizzies at bay. After flat ironing, my hair felt soft and smooth, and had lots of shine! I love that I can also use this product as a hairspray, creating lift at my roots. It’s perfect for travel, when you don’t want to bring an arsenal of products with you. I also love how this product doesn’t leave buildup in my hair, and can be used every day, even though I only wash my hair 2-3 times per week, especially when I flat iron. I was able to brush the product easily out of my hair, and had no worries of flaking or build up!!!

I urge you to check out Mark Hill’s extensive line of hair care products. He offers something for everyone. If I ever get a chance to visit London, I might even pop into one of his extremely lush salons for a look. I also have to mention that Mark Hill Loves his mom, and mentions her when he talks about all of his amazing accomplishments. Love it!!


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I'm always looking for new hair care products. My hair is usually dry, rather frizzy, wavy, colored, and is usually hard to tame. This means I'm constantly on the look out for products that will address my many hair issues while repairing damage instead of causing it. 

For the month of April, Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. has come across a good amount of natural products that are great additions to your skincare and hair care routines. With all that we put our hair through - straightening, curling, coloring, up-dos, numerous products for the look we want, etc. - we all know this can start to hurt our hair. But this next line has all the products you need so that you don't have to sacrifice style for healthy hair. That is the Eufora Beautifying Elixirs Vibrant Color Complex line.

The products in this line all contain Eufora's Vibrant Color Complex to protect against color fading. This color complex will also help protect against UVA & UVA rays, heat styling & environmental damage among others. This line also uses 100% Active Formulas - meaning all the ingredients have a purpose, there are no fillers for fluff ingredients. The products for the Beautifying Elixirs line do not contain: artificial aromas, colorants, sulfates, sodium chloride, parabens, phthalates, gluten, mineral oil, petrolatum, propylene glycol, or formaldehyde.

Here's a quick description of a few products that I tried & how they work for healthy, vibrantly colored hair!

Eufora Moisture Intense Shampoo & Conditioner

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It's pretty normal for people to test out different shampoos and conditioners. It's a nice way to mix it up and keep things exciting for that nice head of hair you have. Speaking as a woman that used to rock the pixie cut and now having long hair, one thing is absolutely certain: having long hair is HARD. The maintenance! The blow drying! The curling and flat ironing! It takes an irrational amount of time but I've realized that the healthier I keep my hair the easier it gets and that starts in the shower. 


I would like to start by saying that Aussie 3 minute miracle conditioner come in an amazing bottle that I wish all my shampoos came in, the design they have makes it incredibly easy to get conditioner in the shower. And I know what you're thinking, popping the cap on your conditioner is not that big of a deal and you're right it's not, but there is something about the Aussie bottles that are just super convenient. In short, I'm obsessed and love the bottle. Bonus is that the product inside is just as rave worthy. 


I tried the Aussie: 3 minute miracle conditioners for color, shine, and strengthening your strands. All condition extremely well and seem to get the job done. I don't have super damaged hair so I can't say for sure if a certain one had a resounding effect on my mane (I will come to that conclusion at the end of the bottles) but in terms of conditioning effectiveness it got the job done an left my hair feeling quite healthy. 

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Since Earth Day is next week (April 22nd) we dedicated this week to Natural and Organic beauty (in case you haven't noticed). From the time we started to learn more about how our actions have negative affects on our planet people have been figuring out how to less our carbon footprint (defined as "the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person). 

"Natural" and "organic" are words that have been around for a long time, but caught on at first as a trendy thing and now I think it is evolving into a choice that people are making from being more informed. The use of the words, although a bit over used, basically lets us know that when we see the term "natural" it means ingredients are derived, in whole or in part, from natural sources with no synthetic compounds. "Organic" meaning ingredients are supposed to contain only plant-sourced ingredients that are cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals, irradiation, or pesticides. 

Label meanings when looking for natural or organics: 

  • 100% Organic: Must contain 100 percent organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt). This is the only label that guarantees a completely organic product. These products can carry the USDA Organic Seal.
  • Organic or Certified Organic: At least 95 percent of content is organic by weight (excluding water and salt). These products can carry the USDA Organic Seal.
  • Made with Organic Ingredients: At least 70 percent of content is organic. Front panel can say "Made with Organic" and list up to three specific ingredients. These products cannot carry the USDA Organic Seal.
  • Less Than 70% Organic: Can list only organic ingredients on ingredient panel, but not on front panel. These products cannot carry the USDA Organic Seal.

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Guilty as charged. Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Mario Russo in Boston, has shared with us some of the most common hair crimes that women commit on a daily basis…and how to fix them!

1. Stop blow-drying your hair upside down! You’ve probably noticed that your hairstylist never asks you to flip your hair over at the salon. That’s because doing so will quickly over-dry your hair by pulling out the moisture and nutrients. Instead, blow-dry your hair in sections with a round brush. No head banging or Cousin It resemblance is necessary!
2. Don’t leave in your hair products overnight. Just like you should take off your make-up before bed, you should also brush out the majority of product from your locks before you hit the hay. This will create build-up on your hair and make it harder to restyle the next day. To further avoid build-up, use a clarifying shampoo, such as Bumble and Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo, once a week!
3. Don’t use the same brush over and over! Make sure you clean out your brush or purchase a new one every four months. Brushes are a prime breeding ground for germs and extra residue. A simple home remedy is placing your brush in a mug full of vinegar. This will break up the oils. Then just rinse and scrub it with a sponge. Voila…good as new!
4. Brushing hair down from the roots is the ultimate “no no.” Instead, separate your hair into four sections. Grab the section in the middle and hold your hair while you use baby strokes to detangle your mane. This will prevent breakage. If your hair is super knotty, try a leave in conditioner like Kerastase Reflection Chroma Riche Luminous Softening Essence.
5. We’re all guilty of the nervous “picking your split ends” habit, but it’s actually making your split ends worse! If you are not using proper hair sheers to trim split ends, you can really damage your hair. I suggest a quick trim at the salon every 6 weeks…and in the meantime, investing in a stress ball or a moisturizing crème like Oribe’s Supershine Moisturizing Cream to keep split ends at bay.
6. Remember to switch up your shampoo with the seasons. When the temperatures change, your products should, too. In the summer, when you’re very active and out in the sun, opt for a clarifying shampoo to rid locks of oil and chlorine build-up. In the winter, choose products that add extra moisture to your locks to help with frizz and dryness from the cold. My go-to summer shampoo for clients is MoroccanOil Clarifying Shampoo.
7. Hot tools aren’t the only things that can fry your hair. The sun can, too! Prolonged exposure to UV rays can weaken the hair cuticles making them harder to manage. The solution? Simply wear a fashionable yet practical hat when you’re on the beach OR be proactive and protect locks with a product like Bumble & Bumble’s Color Minded UV Protective Polish.
8. Say goodbye to your elastic hair tie! Elastic hair ties cause damage and split ends. Try a cloth one to keep your hair beautiful and healthy. Emi Jay bands are a great option because they will color coordinate with your outfits while doubling as arm candy alongside your stack of bangles.
9. Take it easy on the hairspray! While everyone loves layering on the hairspray to hold your style in place; don’t use it too often. Hairspray makes your hair brittle and more prone to breakage. Additionally, if you suffer from a dry or itchy scalp, hairspray could be part of the problem, as the alcohol it contains can be very drying to the skin.
10. Its fine to rock the tight pony tail or bun every once in a while, but don’t over-do it. Over time, wearing a tight ponytail or bun will lead to hair loss and major hair breakage. The tightness of the style restricts the blood flow to the hair follicles and puts pressure on the hair cuticle, which can lead to problems. Let your hair down! If the ponytail is an attempt to manage unruly hair, try out Oribe’s Shampoo for Moisture and Control. In addition, after wearing a tight style, always take a few minutes to massage your scalp to promote nourishment.

Mario Russo Bio PhotoMario Russo, Owner & Lead Stylist at Salon Mario Russo

Growing up in the small town of Formia, Italy, Mario had dreams of coming to America and making a life for himself. As a teenager, Mario’s family immigrated to the United States, where his passion for learning was nurtured by the endless possibilities of a new beginning. Fueled by a long-standing interest in engineering, his quest for knowledge took him to Northeastern University in Boston where Mario soon realized that his true career path was in the engineering of better hair. Flash forward 30 years; today, Mario Russo is a fixture within Boston’s style scene, owning and operating two eponymous salons in the city as well as his own bath and body product line.

As an industry leader, Mario is always looking to stay ahead of the trends, frequently traveling to Paris, London and New York City, to bring Bostonians the latest styling innovations. His appreciation for hair and belief in high-touch customer service enable Mario to offer the salons’ clientele a personal, sophisticated take on beauty that’s unmatched in Boston.

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If you took a chance when pixie haircuts or the "Miley Cyrus" trend started to be a big thing then you might be where I am right now, which is somewhere between a long pixie and a short bob. Sure it was easy when my hair was barely at half an inch...all I had to do was shampoo and go, but growing hair out at certain stages can get pretty tedious and annoying. Currently I'm at this awkward stage where I'm not sure if letting my sideburn hair down looks good or not, hah. Okay so I KNOW I want to grow out my hair and fast...I have been very excited to get to the long bob phase so I can look like Beyonce :) Although it seems like I will never have the VERY long hair I once had, I began my research in ways to make my hair grow faster, that's when I came across the JĀSÖN: Long and Strong Jojoba Pure Natural Shampoo and Conditioner!

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JĀSÖN (which means "healer" in Greek) started when a group of independent thinkers drew upon the pioneering spirit that was so much a part of their California heritage and set out on a road of rediscovery. Theirs was a path back to simple, wholesome ingredients proven safer and proven to work together in naturally effective ways. 

An important fact, if you want healthy hair, is that the products you use have to be chemical free. I have been trying to follow this rule and it seems to be the easiest in hair care for me, especially when I heard that JĀSÖN, one of my favorite brands, had a hair care collection that could grow my hair! 

The JĀSÖN: Long and Strong Jojoba Pure Natural Shampoo poured out easily because it was thinner than most other shampoos, but it really massaged into my hair well and once I rinsed it out it felt clean and ready for my conditioning step. The JĀSÖN: Long and Strong Jojoba Pure Natural Conditioner was an amazing thick and creaming substance that my hair soaked in like a sponge! It felt luxurious and smelled amazing! I left the conditioner in as I continued my shower routine and after I rinsed it out I felt a difference in my hair's moisture. I was able to comb through my hair with my fingers easily! 

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I am the proud mom of a wonderful 6 year old. She is smart and beautiful and I love her to bits. The only problem, she is going to be the pretty popular girl (I was not) once she gets to high school. She is in the first grade and already has a “boyfriend,” has been invited to no less than 15 birthday parties this school year so far, and is a self-described “popular girl.”  With all of this popularity comes the constant attention to detail when it comes to hair/clothes. Fortunately for me, she attends a private school, so its khakis and white polos every day. Because of this fashion conformity, Amelia makes a statement with her ultra-long hair. She loves her long hair and cries when I force her to get a half inch trim. Despite this, she is a typical 6 year old when it comes to the regular brushing needed to maintain this long hair. Thank goodness for Bain de Terre Coconut Papaya Ultra-Hydrating Hair Collection, which has saved her the torture of brushing out the snarls.

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Last weekend, after spending two days with her father, Amelia returned home to me a hot mess (see  picture below).  I was certain I was going to have to traumatize her by having her long locks chopped. Her hair reminded me of the homeless lady who wanders around town, who we always referred to “Beaver Tail lady,” as her hair was so dread-locked it resembled a beaver tail. I decided to attempt to rectify the situation myself before taking drastic-haircutting-measures. First, I washed her hair with Bain de Terre coconut papaya Ultra Hydrating Shampoo. This lovely shampoo contains wonderful essential oils that helped to hydrate her overly dry (caused by swimming in a heavily chlorinated hotel swimming pool all weekend) and obviously damaged hair. I loved the richness of this shampoo, and because it is paraben free I feel confident using this product on my child's hair.  The nourishing Coconut Oil, plus argan and monoi oil made shampooing an effective first step at remedying the horrible situation which was my child’s hair.

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Next, I slathered her hair with Bain de Terre coconut papaya Ultra Hydrating Conditioner. This conditioner is fortified with the same coconut, argan and monoi oils as the shampoo. This conditioner is indicated for those with overly dry and damaged hair. This conditioner is also paraben free, and helped to loosen the matted knots present in my little ones hair. I began to relax, gaining a sense of hope that after completing all three steps in this hair care collection, that I might be able to get a comb through the matted mess.

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