Free for All Wed: I’m your beauty product guinea pig, er, consultant, today

1 Feb

Morning Y’all – I’m your beauty consultant today. Oh, do I wear many hats – personal trainer, author, editor . . . wheee!

When I had boy-short hair, I never really worried about uber-conditioning it or paying much attention to what kinds of product I used, and in fact, I didn’t brush my hair for at least ten years—it was just so short, so why bother? I didn’t color it, either. Then when life became crazy, I went months without a hair cut and suddenly I’m growing out my hair. Not only that, suddenly a friend puts some highlights in it. Suddenly, I became a bit “high-maintenance” . .  . lawd!

So, I’m trying out “Product” and thought I’d share some of them with you from time-to-time (I’ll later talk about ‘face and body’ stuff, too–sorry guys if this bores the crap out of you! *Teeheehee*). I am not advertising these, and not receiving anything back from them. This is just me wading my toes into the “I have hair and it is begging for my attention” waters, and the “I am a 54 year old woman so what works for me now versus when I was younger?”

I was in my local Waynesville CVS and picked up a few things there to try, though you may be able to find these products at Amazon or somewhere else:

Christophe Beverly Hills Leave-in Hair Conditioner: Wash your hair, and towel dry, then spritz this conditioner in, and do not rinse out.

What I love about it: it was easy to pull the comb through my wet (or damp) hair, and when I blew it dry it did feel really soft without being greasy or weighted down. As well, my hair had a shine to it. And, what I really liked was the clean fresh scent. That scent lasted all day, and through the night, and this morning it is still there—not over-powering, but light. GMR buried his face in my hair and said, “Mmmmmm . . . that does smell good.” *teehehee* And it has a sun protectant!

What I don’t like: Nothing really! It’s around $10, which isn’t expensive by Salon standards, and, sometimes you do get what you pay for. And really, the product should last a while if you don’t go wild with it. I didn’t think the price out of reach or out of line because I’m worth it. And I’ve spent more on Salon products that have me going “I spent that for this teeny amount?”

This one is a keeper.

I’ll also be curious to try out the other products in this line!

Here’s the gist of the product:

3-in-1 conditions, detangles & heat protects. Cristophe Professional hair care products feature high-performance ingredients: UV protectors that protect against sun damage and color fading. Creatine to provide strength and improve elasticity. Vitamin C for shine and vibrancy. Paraben free, state-of-the-art formulations. Beautiful hair for a more beautiful you. Cristophe Professional Leave-In Conditioning Spray conditions, detangles and provides thermal protection. Special nourishing ingredients help guard against damage from heat styling and UV exposure. This salon formula is like a daily vitamin for your hair, making it soft and strong! Cristophe Salon developed & approved. Not tested on animals. Color safe. Paraben free. Cruelty free. Not animal tested. Product Attributes: softness, moisture, frizz control, sun protectant


Agadir Argan Oil: I’ve been hearing all this hype about Argan Oil, so I wanted to try it. I saw Agadir Argan Oil in CVS, so I bought a bottle. Went home, put a tiny, I mean tiny, drop into the palm of my hand, rubbed my hands together, and pulled my hands through the bottom half of my hair, then through the rest of my hair.

What I love about it: I noticed immediately that the fly-aways were tamed. And, there came a shine to my hair that I miss from when my hair was dark and would shine “mirror-like” when it was at its best condition. Finding a shine on high-lighted hair isn’t as easy, but this did bring forth a nice healthy shine. The scent is unusual—I haven’t decided if I really like it or if I will tire of it. I also have yet to try putting it on my wet hair and blow-drying it as is also suggested. It gave my hair a sort of “piecey” look that I liked. I’ve always had oily hair, but as I grow older, and color treat it, it is more dry–still, I best be careful with not to use too much.

What I don’t love: the jury is out on the scent, but I believe if I don’t over-do it, it’ll be fine. I loved the scent, then later I wasn’t sure—hmm, so I don’t know yet. Also, if I am not careful, it can make my hair look greasy. It’s expensive at $17-19 for a tiny bottle, however, since I am using less than a dime-sized, more like a pea-sized or smaller amount, this bottled will last me forever.

I am curious enough to try the Agadir Argan shampoo and conditioner, and the other Christophe line. We’ll see.

Here’s the gist of the product:

Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment, previously known as Moroccan Gold is the hottest new product in professional haircare. Agadir Argan Oil has a 100% pure and natural formula made out of one of the rarest oils in the world, coming from Morocco. The products within the Agadir Argan Oil Line are great for your hair and will leave it feeling soft and silky with a brilliant shine. Agadir Argan Oil has a dry, non-greasy formula that absorbs instantly into your hair leaving your hair nourished, moisturized and strengthened. The Agadir Argan Oil products are great for split ends, preventing breakage, providing you with long lasting color and is extremely beneficial for dry itchy scalp. This highly nutritious oil contains Vitamin E, Omega-9, Omega-6, Linoleic Acid and unsaturated

Got2b dry shampoo: I was watching Dr. Oz  and the beauty specialist said we shouldn’t wash our hair every day, especially if color-treated. I’ve always washed my hair every day. But, I was willing to give dry shampoo a try. Since I was in CVS and picking up this and that to test out, I picked up Got2b dry shampoo—it had a Rock N Roll look to it, a sort of “young hip” thang going, but dang, I was once cool, you know? (Hey, I am still cool–once cool always cool, right? *haw*) Besides, it was the only dry shampoo I found.

What I liked about it: It made my hair fluffy and thicker. It was only around $5 of $6.

What I didn’t like: I didn’t like the scent at all—my hair smelled cheap, like those old hairsprays I used to use long ago when I used to use hairspray and that would just smell “not right.” Also, my hair/scalp didn’t feel clean and it bugged me all day to where I couldn’t wait to wash my hair. It also dried out my hair/scalp too much. And, to boot, it’s an aerosol and I don’t like aerosols—I had to hold my breath while spraying it.

Not for me and I’ll be returning this product. Will I try another dry shampoo? Maybe, I don’t know. I’ve washed my hair every day for as long as I remember, so . . . works for me to keep doing what I’m doing. But, if I found a dry shampoo product I liked, I may keep it for emergencies.

Here’s the gist of the product: got2b rockin’ it 4: long lasting style: skip a day, refresh, invisible  4EverStyleStay Encore Fresh Dry Shampoo.

I’ll be back another day with the verdict on the Agadir Shampoo/Conditioner. And I have some other things to share, later.

What about you? Any “Product” you’ve tried and loved, or not?


UPDATE & PS! – I forgot to mention I have baby fine hair that the highlighting has somewhat roughed up but not much, so the idea of an oil was daunting – however! – after my workout today, I washed and lightly conditioned my hair and while it was damp I ran a little bit of the Agadir Argan oil through my hair. Omg! It’s shiny and smooth and pretty. And I barely notice the scent, which is softer today. I’m sold . . . can’t wait to try the shampoo and conditioner!


18 Responses to “Free for All Wed: I’m your beauty product guinea pig, er, consultant, today”

  1. Jessica Nelson February 1, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    I have long hair and don’t use any products, but if I come across that top one, I’m going to try it out.

    • katmagendie February 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      It smells so fresh – at least I think so.

  2. NCMountainwoman February 1, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    I use a leave-on conditioner as well but it is by Rusk. I really like it and I’ll compare prices next time I’m looking. I’ll try yours if it is cheaper. If the Rusk is cheaper, I’ll stick with it because it really works for me.

    • katmagendie February 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      Yup, I say go with what works! I’m in new territory with longer hair, so it’s all New to me!

      I did put an update up there – I’m really happy with the Agadir stuff on my baby fine hair, as well . . . wheee!

  3. Carolyn V February 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    They make dry shampoo? Wow. That’s pretty cool, but I’m like you, I’ll just keep my washing everyday thing. ;)

  4. Barbara McLaughlin February 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    My hair dresser has me using Soma hair products: shampoo, moisturizing conditioner, spray leave-in conditioner, (Oxford comma) and Hot Body gel. They’re supposed to be ph balanced and good for dry hair like mine. I’m trying to improve the state of my hair. So far, I’m happy with the results.

    But I must tell you, I recently bought a bottle of old-fashioned Prell shampoo at my grocery store for $3.89. I was with my 86-year-old mom a few weeks ago, watching her make pizza for dinner. I asked her what kind of sauce she was going to use on her pizza, and she said “Prell.” Of course, she meant to say Prego.

    I hadn’t thought of Prell for years, so I had to go out and buy some. The fragrance brought me back to my childhood, when my mom pushed our heads into the kitchen sink to wash our hair. She always rinsed with cold water to close the pores.

    Well, my hair hasn’t smelled this good in years. It’s squeaky clean when I rinse, and my hair has incredible body. I don’t know how good the shampoo is for my hair, but I’ve decided I’m going to treat my hair to an occasional blast from the past, just for fun.

    • katmagendie February 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      laughing so hard at Oxford comma in there *HAW!* love it . . .

      Oh, I love a clean scented shampoo – I don’t think I ever tried Prell. But back, I think it was in the 70s or 80s, there was “Body on Tap” a ‘beer’ shampoo and I used to love how it smelled. When I was a teenager, I used Flex – loved how that smelled!

  5. karenselliott February 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    You are the cutest darn guinea pig I’ve ever known! Appreciate the sharing on products. Kat – For essential oils and what-not, you might want to connect with Shellie Enteen. She’s on the web, also a friend of mine on FB.

    • katmagendie February 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      Shellie Enteen – should I google? or I’ll look on FB :D thank you!

  6. DR Hanson February 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Thanks for your review of the Agadir Argain Oil! I too have been seeing this tread pop up all over the place (our salon even got a large shipment of testers). I think I’ll try it now that a guinea pig has been so bold to try it :o)

    • katmagendie February 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

      I love this stuff – and who knew it’d work on baby fine hair!

  7. Barbara Forte Abate February 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Well how perfect this is. I always see so many products that catch my fancy, but am probably more of chicken at this point than a guinea pig. (Oh the tragic stories I could tell of beauty products gone wrong …)

    I tried the dry shampoo back in the 70’s (PSSSSttttt…No, that’s no me making rude noises at you, that was the name of the product.) Didn’t like it then, and didn’t like any better when I tried it again a few months back. It just feels wrong and made my hair look like a cheap carpet. I am liking the sound of the Agadir Argain Oil, though. I have baby fine hair as well, but mine is curly-Q, if I let it go it’s own way :-O

    What a joy to have your head as our fearless tester!.

    And since you mentioned Body on Tap, do you remember Lemon Up!

    • katmagendie February 2, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      I don’t remember Lemon Up! Sounds lemony -mmmmm! :-D

      And I saw PSSSStttt! – I forgot about that – yes, I did see that and I remembered it from long ago — I didn’t want to try it though because it looked like a barber’s pole or a can of shaving cream *laughing*

  8. Linda Hoye February 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Not wash my hair every day? Ewe!

    • katmagendie February 2, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      Yeah, that’s about how it is with me, too — but I guess baby fine hair that’s always been oily and probably still is a bit that way still needs that shampooing daily!

  9. angie February 2, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Bring all that product to Fairhope!

    • katmagendie February 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      I am! I want y’all to try it! :-D

      I did a combo today — a little argan, a little christophe – a little blow dry with a round brush – dang! *kat feels pretttyyyyy or so pretttyyyyyyyy – oh so pretty and witty and shyyyyy*


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