Older Girl Beauty


White Sands and the Failed Coloring

As we all know, I color my hair red. Well, last month, I was going down to be a bridesmaid in my BFF’s wedding. so, of course, I had to color my hair to make sure that it was fresh for the pics, for sure. Well, I don’t know what happened, but the regular color that I use made my hair a much brighter hue than what I was going for – I prefer a Dark Auburn, but this was definitely more of a Medium Auburn. I don’t know if the formula was different or if my hair just reacted differently this time, but it wasn’t going to work for me.

I grabbed my current shampoo and started going to town in washing it, hoping to wash out some of the pigment and dull the color down some, as my hair is wont to do after a few washings. (*Red is a bear to keep vibrant.) But, it continued to stay bright, even after 5 or so washings (Yes, I know I was torturing my hair and my head.). Turns out I was using my bottle of White Sands Orchid Bliss shampoo, which is a sulfate-free poo that is MADE to enhance and protect the color. Oh. So, yeah, that would explain why it wasn’t help tone down my color like I wanted it to that day.

As you can see, it is a clear poo with a creamy conditioner that smooths frizz while protecting hair color. It also smells really good, too. It’s available online and at salons in the US, for around $19.50.

Have you guys had a haircolor issue that needed to be fixed? What did you do, at home, to try to fix it yourself? Do you use sulfate-free products if you do color your hair?

*Disclaimer: These products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration.

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Suave soothes the dandruff itch

Do you guys remember when the only choice in dandruff shampoo was the blue, chalky stuff? The one that made your hair feel like straw afterwards, but you suffered thru because it was drying out, and clearing up, your flakes? Yeah. The Suave Scalp Solutions Nourishing Coconut and Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner are not like that. At all.

With all of these ridiculous 110+degree temps around here in Oklahoma, I was sweaty all the time with my hair in a ponytail, and my scalp was acting all wonky – itchy and dry, then greasy. So, I gave these a shot to see if it could balance it out. I was pleasantly surprised that not only did it help to regulate my temperamental head, but my hair was ridiculously soft and silky when I was out of the shower. I did not expect that. I had hoped that with the shea that it would be softer than the straw my hair used to get back in the day. It did that and more.

Now, since we all know I color my hair red and that is the first to fade, I don’t use this very often, but that’s only because I am paranoid – I was assured that this is safe for color-treated hair. And, since the sweet scent of coconut isn’t too cloying, & with a hint of something else that makes it more “fresh” than “beach party”, I have been able to get some of the rest of the fam to use it, too. That definitely makes this inexpensive set (around $3-4USD each) a bargain, since more folks can/will use it.

Fess up – have any of you used an anti-dandruff poo/cond lately?

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Tousling is such a funny word

Hey, do you guys remember when Herbal Essences was all porny? “A totally organic experience.” Really? Anyway, I am so glad they are over that. Nowadays, I don’t think you can buy the body wash any more, but they have definitely branched out in the hair care arena. They have product collections that range from helping color treated hair, hydrating hair, straight hair and curly hair, to name a few. Now, their newest collection aims to help the lovelies get pretty tousled hair in their “tousle me softly” collection.

This collection has 6 products:

  • shampoo for a tousled look
  • conditioner for a tousled look 
  • mousse for easy tousling
  • tousling spray gel
  • flexible hold hair  spray
  • finishing touch cream

    I was able to try all of them, and I really came out with a favorite – the finishing touch cream. All of the products have a really nice “wild violet and pomegranate” scent, so, slightly floral. Well, I say slightly – the shampoo and conditioner have a strong scent in the shower, but it wears off soon after (if you don’t use any of the other products. If you do, well, you are just layering on the scent and it will stick around much longer).

    As for usage, well, the shampoo isn’t made for color-treated hair, so I didn’t use it much. But when I did, it cleaned well, but I don’t know what it really did to provide for more “tousling”, as I really think that is more product and skill based. As for the spray gel & mousse – I think they have potential when it comes to the scrunch factor, but for me my hair became more crunchy than softly tousled. I would def chalk that up to operator error than a direct result of the product, since I really don’t know what I am doing with those two products. The hair spray was not heavy, and I was able to brush thru it without flakes, so, plus for that.

    The cream, tho. Man, this stuff worked so good on my hair. It isn’t a true “cream” consistency – it’s actually between a cream and a gel, to me. It comes in a tub, and I know some of you are all about the hygiene of the product, but I didn’t mind just swiping my finger in it for some product. I would put it on my towel-dried hair, and depending on what I was doing, I would either blow it dry or air dry when I went to bed. If I blew it dry, I would rub some more between my fingers and pull it thru the dry ends and it would stay smooth. If I let it air dry there wasn’t any need to do anything else to it, it would just dry with so much less frizziness than before. I can’t really explain how I fix my hair, because, frankly – I’m not very good at it, but these lovelies at ExpoTV can show you how they fixed their hair with the “tousle me softly” collection.

    You can pick this line up at any drugstore/WalMart/Target type store, and everything runs around $3, except for the finishing cream which runs about $6 (*but the tub is so big it’s gonna last you a while).


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