~ Wouldn’t it be great if you can get the energy you need naturally without having to drink so much of that morning coffee or down an energy drink? ~

Wouldn’t it be great if you can get the energy you need naturally without having to drink so much of that morning coffee or down an energy drink?

And would be great if you could get a soap that not only delivered that energy naturally, but included other natural ingredients good for your skin and helping you with whatever needs you have in your daily shower?

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DirtyBird Energy soaps can do just that! Whether you want ENERGY, need to RELAX after a long hard day, REPLENISH your skin with key moisturizers,  or need to RECOVER from a hard workout, a long hike or day at the beach playing volleyball or with your kids…DirtyBird has you covered!

DirtyBird Energy is dedicated to creating products to help productivity for active, busy lifestyles.  Whether it is getting up and out of the house, at school, at the office, during a workout, or raising children, they want to help everyone be at their best and most productive!

Each DirtyBird Energy Bar is infused with ingredients to help achieve this goal.

The ENERGY Soap bars are infused with caffeine and peppermint oil to energize the body and mind.  Scientific studies show caffeine absorbs through pores and hair follicles, which will energize the body even before your first cup of coffee in the morning.  Caffeine has also been used for years in spas on the skin as an anti-oxidant to reduce the look of aging and cellulite.

Not a fan of the caffeine…don’t worry…they also have the all-natural RELAX Soap as well…

The RELAX Soap bars are infused with lavender, chamomile, rosemary, and ylang ylang essential oils.  Each of these oils absorbs to relax the body and mind as well as soothe the skin.  An evening shower with Relax helps to promote a restful sleep allowing you to wake up refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

The  RECOVER Soap is specially formulated bar helps to take on some of the recovery for you, gently exfoliating away dirt, grime and dry skin to allow optimal absorption of its ingredients. Infused with Arnica, Eucalyptus and Rosemary extracts, this trifecta of body treatments aims to encourage faster healing of bumps, bruises and inflammation so that you can rest up and ready yourself for your next day at school, big game or whatever life has to throw at you (or vice versa). This one does contain caffeine as well.

The NEW REPLENISH Bar is a great way to moisturize your skin with 30% natural moisturizers made with natural cocoa and shea butters and creams, (and NO petroleum!). That is more moisturizer per bar than any of the leading moisturizing bars out there! And just like the rest of the DirtyBird Energy soaps, REPLENISH is made with all-natural ingredients.

The REPLENISH bar is designed to drench your skin in softness and with no fragrance, no caffeine and no scrubbing beads, it is perfect for a daily facial soap…but we think it’s great for your whole body!

And the soap isn’t the only thing that’s special! DirtyBird Energy soap comes packaged in their patented reusable container, that snaps shut and allows you to take your soap anywhere; the gym, camping, vacation, anywhere…or use it to keep other goodies in.

And DirtyBird Energy is proudly made in the U.S.A….another plus!

DirtyBird Energy Soaps are available in singles, a 2-pack variety, 6 packs or in a customizable monthly membership, delivered right to your door ever month!

For more information, please visit: https://dirtybirdenergy.com/

 

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~ Refresh your shower routine with Softsoap Pure Zen and Softsoap Hydra Bliss ~

Looking for a stress-free way to kick off Spring Cleaning? Start with your shower! Refresh your shower routine with Softsoap Pure Zen and Softsoap Hydra Bliss. While Hydra Bliss’s new hydrating formula helps retain your skin’s natural moisture, the soothing aromas of Pure Zen with envelope your senses as you lather your skin for a gentle clean.
These new collections will transform any shower into a spa like experience, leaving you ready to tackle even the most daunting to-do list.

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Hydra Bliss Hydrating Body Wash

  • Cucumber Water & Mint
  • Coconut Water & Blueberry

 

Pure Zen Relaxing Body Wash

  • Jasmine & Watermint
  • Rosewater & Lotus Flower

~ National Vitamin C Day with Image Skincare and Korres ~

In celebration of National Vitamin C Day on April 4th, there is no better time than now to incorporate this essential supplement into your skincare regimen. IMAGE Skincare and KORRES both have bestsellers packed with Vitamin C to honor the day and your skin.
IMAGE Skincare: The VITAL C™ product line contains high levels of natural botanicals and Vitamin C for ultimate nutrition, hydration and protection. Ideal for dry skin or skin damaged by harsh environmental factors, the VITAL C™ collection contains a luxurious blend of antioxidants that stop free-radical damage and repair damaged cells. Clients with sensitive skin, rosacea or eczema will be left with skin that’s soothed, renewed, firmed and glowing. The entire VITAL C™ collection is available for purchase online at IMAGESkincare.com.
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  • VITAL C™ hydrating facial cleanser ($29): Gently removes impurities, while nourishing the skin with essential antioxidants and vitamins. The cleanser also infuses high levels of antioxidant Vitamin C into the skin to help brighten as it cleanses.
  • VITAL C™ hydrating eye recovery gel ($44): Cooling gel used to soothe the delicate eye area and improve signs of aging featuring the collagen recovery complex, helping to firm skin, improve elasticity and diminish dark circles and puffiness.
  • VITAL C™ hydrating facial oil ($50): Ultra-light oil used to rejuvenate and revive radiance in dull and fatigued skin, while also offering powerful moisture retention effects to keep the skin soft.
  • VITAL C™ hydrating anti-aging serum ($64): Best-selling serum used to soften the appearance of wrinkles, support collagen and protect skin against oxidative damage.
KORRES: The Wild Rose collection feature Vitamin C as a key ingredient in creating a brighter and more radiant complexion. This collection focuses on the power of wild rose oil, a natural source of Vitamin C, delivering a boost of nutrients to even, tone and revitalize skin. Made with natural ingredients and free from parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes and GMOs, this collection restores your skin’s luminosity for a perfectly radiant look. The Wild Rose collection is available for purchase online at Sephora.com.
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  • Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturising & Brightening Cream ($39): Best-seller deep hydrating cream inclusive of imperata-cylindrica extract to repair skin through the regulation of moisture equilibrium. The cream helps to reduce fine lines and discoloration resulting in a brighter complexion.
  • Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturiser ($45): Weightless moisturizer providing hydration, brightening and priming effects as well as the elimination of excess shine and decongestion of pores. Skin preparation product for makeup application and all day wear.
  • Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($48): More than just a mask and more than just a night cream. Overnight facial-in-a-jar delivering brighter skin by the morning. With each use, the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots continue to improve.
  • Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil ($54): Award winning brightening oil boosted with super C providing antioxidant action in addition to repairing fine lines and wrinkles, while also improving the skin’s overall tone and texture.

~ great new essentials from Sun Bum, Streekers, DDF Skincare and Smashbox ~

With the spring season right around the corner, I thought you’d be interested in hearing about these great new essentials from Sun Bum, Streekers, DDF Skincare and Smashbox

eah, we like to look good, but we really don’t like spending too much time worrying about it. So we made Texturizing Sonny’s Original Surf Paste, which gives our mops a soft, matte finish for a casual look & feel we like. Do less, live more

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Or try a different look every day with Streekerstemporary hair color
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A revolution in temporary hair color, Streekers instantly delivers bold, candy-colored highlights without any fuss or muss. Unlike mascaras or gel-based colors that only coat the surface, Streekers actually bonds to the hair and won’t flake off when brushed. Streekers is true temporary color that washes out when you want it out.
Don’t skimp on your skincare just because you are traveling! Try DDF Skincare’s Youthful Tranquility kit to keep your skin ready for whatever happens next
Ideal for Sensitive Skin Types, these gentle yet effective formulas are perfect for those who experience rashes, irritation or any type of redness from using anti-aging skincare products. This set includes our Nourishing Eye Cream, Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew and Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel.
Take time to relax after all of the craziness with Smashbox Cosmetics Primer Water
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Set and refresh your makeup and your mood in seconds with our new limited edition Photo Finish Primer Water: a 3-in-1 face essential, this hydrating primer preps, sets and refreshes, awakening skin and leaving it glowing and radiant for hours, while unleashing a balancing blend of soothing scents to relax the mind. Each face mist was co-created with YouTuber and makeup artist Nicol Concilio and is infused with electrolytes to improve makeup application, skin’s hydration and natural radiance. Available in three different limited-edition revitalizing scents formulated to boost your makeup and enhance your aura.

There’s one thing that we secretly all hate doing – washing our hair every day. And the truth is, washing your hair every day isn’t the best for it either. Cleansing hair less often will actually help preserve the natural oils in the scalp and keep hair well moisturized. Luckily, with Revlon Hair Tools, you can create a routine that allows yourself to only wash hair twice a week! See below for an easy 4 day hair guide.

DAY 1: Revlon One Step Dryer and Volumizer is perfect for getting your hair ready for the week. It’ll give you a voluminous at-home blowout.

Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer (Target, $59.99): This revolutionary styling tool is designed to deliver gorgeous volume and brilliant shine in just ONE STEP. The unique oval brush design quickly creates frizz -free volume at the root and beautifully full-bodied curls the ends with a single pass, so you can have salon results at home. Boosted by IONIC TECHNOLOGY®, hair dries faster with less damage.

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DAY 2: Sleeping on your hair will ultimately create some knots and frizz. Use the Revlon One Step Straight & Shine XL Heated Brush to straighten out any kinky bends or fly-aways that were caused from rolling around in bed.

NEW! Revlon Salon One-Step Straight & Shine XL Heated Brush ($49.99, Target, Walmart, Ulta, Amazon): Featuring an XL styling surface of combination, snag-free ceramic-coated straightening plates and nylon bristles, the Revlon® Pro Collection Salon One-Step Straight & Shine™ XL Heated Brush allows you to brush your way to smooth, straight, shiny hair in just ONE easy step! The ceramic plates straighten hair with multi-dimensional heat, while the safer nylon bristles detangle hair for styling. Dual Voltage for Use Anywhere in the World.

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DAY 3: They say dirty hair is best for curling. Try Revlon’s Copper Smooth Flat Iron to create luscious curls in minutes! Just take each strand and bend the hair back while pulling the iron down. Simple!

NEW! Revlon® Salon Straight Copper Smooth Flat Iron ($59.99, Target, Walmart, Ulta, Amazon): features long plates. The XL advanced copper plates provide superior heat transfer and durability, for smooth styles and long-lasting results. Infused with 3x advanced ceramic plate technology, hair will not only be straight, but also silky, shiny, and with less-frizz.

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DAY 4: Day 4 hair is the perfect time to put it up in a bun or a braid to keep strands up and out of your face. Use Revlon’s Extra Thick Elastics for a strong hold or Revlon’s Soft Ponytail Holders for a little flair!

Revlon Extra Thick Elastics (MSRP: $3.49, Walmart.com) These essential hair elastics are great for full hair, will give you no pulling or damage, and will provide you with a maximum hold for all day comfort.

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REVLON ESSENTIALS SOFT PONYTAILERS 4 PC ($4.99, Revlonhairtools.com): Gentle and soft, the Revlon® Soft Ponytailers are great for pulling your hair back for any occasion adding a touch of color and fun. Gentle touch fabric. Gentle on hair. Less hair creasing 4 Pc.

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~ Not Your Momma’s Hair Mousse ~

20-Year Stylist and Natural Curl Guru with Tips on Mastering Mousse

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Styling mousse first came on the scene back in the 80’s when big hair was the thing. Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston were the ladies who set the hair trends back then. I’m sure if you see pictures of your mom from the 80’s, you will see the waterfall bangs and curls that were teased, fried and crunchy. It was a cool look then. It’s not cool now. Hair styles and the products we use have changed over the decades.

Maya Smith, International Master of Natural Curls and founder of The Doux®, a haircare line she created specifically for naturally curly hair, has seen the evolution of mousse from the very beginning to now. We caught up with Maya and scored some amazing tips and insights to help you know which ingredients to look for and how to best use mousse to maximize your modern style.

Q: First to get things clear, what is the purpose of mousse? How has it changed from when you first saw it back in the day? What is the main difference from the mousse we see today and those from the 80’s and 90’s? Were they intended for different kinds of styles, textures?

A: When I started in the industry, the 90’s hair was in full effect. Naturally curly girls used mousse to create the Hillary Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) “wet” look. For volume a diffuser was used to get hair to stand up at the roots. The visual results were awesome, but if you tried to re-style your hair once it dried, you were in big trouble! While it was used on curly weaves, extensions, and wigs, mousse wasn’t even an option for girls with super-tight curls or kinky textures. These days, mousse is still used to achieve great definition and shine, but less emphasis is placed on how high your hair stands up, or how stiff the overall look is. It’s much more about softness and movement.

Q: What are some ingredients to look for? What’s good and what should be avoided?

A: Always be sure to look at the ingredients when shopping for products because this can make a big difference. Ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), Isopropyl, and Prolyene have been found to cause breakage and dry out your hair. The best way to achieve healthy hair is to have that balance between protein and moisture.

Q: What causes that crunch and what were some of the problems with the mousse options available that inspired you to create your own? Can mousse be combined with other products? What are the benefits of combining products and steps?

 

A: It’s common for mousse to be combined with gel or cream because most mousses on the market contain alcohol to make the hair dry faster. They are also polymer rich, which creates a sticky coating on the hair, much like a hairspray. This can leave hair feeling dry and stiff. We formulated our Mousse Def as an all-in-one solution for this problem. It creates the shine and definition of a mousse, yet leaves hair soft and touchable with no flaking.

Q: How does mousse compare to gels and balms? Are gels a thing of the past? Can a balm be used in place of a mousse?  

A: Mousse and gels are water-based products that contain polymers and holding agents that “stiffen” on the hair shaft in order to hold the hair in place. On the other hand, balms, pomades, and control pastes are what we call emulsions, are a mix of oils and water. The Doux’s Bonita Afro Balm is an emulsion developed for moisture and softness that also contains a small amount of polymer for a softer, more flexible hold.

Q: Finally, are Salon or Professional brands worth the money? Do they contain better ingredients?

A: Yes. Products that were formulated for salon use typically contain a higher quality of ingredients. They also contain less water and fillers, so you’re getting a more concentrated product with longer-standing results.

 

Q: What other advice can you offer to girls with natural curls who want to mix up their hair styles?

A: Try something new. Gone are the days when heavy pomades and gels were your only styling options. Girls who have natural curls deserve to enjoy lighter products that are easy to apply, and create bounce and movement. Maximizing your natural God given hair is what’s popular now.

About Maya Smith:

 

Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, according to NaturallyCurly, Maya is among the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya’s unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in select Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.

~ It’s a 10 ~ Haircare of identity and self expression ~

I’m excited to share It’s a 10 Haircare’s team of stylists has blessed us all with the ultimate hair guides! Hair is our form of identity and self-expression – And whether you have course, dry/damaged, fine, frizzy, normal/combination, oily, straight, curly or color treated hair, these guides are designed as a fast track to understanding, caring for and stylingyour unique locks. Each guide includes in-depth stylist-driven advice about the type of hair, how to care for it, along with some fab styling and product tips!

Guide to Coarse Hair: https://itsa10haircare.com/blogs/hair-guides/coarse-hair-guide

Guide to Dry and Damaged Hair: https://itsa10haircare.com/blogs/hair-guides/dry-hair-guide

Guide to Fine Hair: https://itsa10haircare.com/blogs/hair-guides/fine-hair-guide

Guide to Frizzy Hair: https://itsa10haircare.com/blogs/hair-guides/frizzy-hair-guide

Guide to Normal and Combination Hair: https://itsa10haircare.com/blogs/hair-guides/normal-combination-hair-guide

Guide to Oily Hair: https://itsa10haircare.com/blogs/hair-guides/oily-hair-guide

Guide to Straight Hair: https://itsa10haircare.com/blogs/hair-guides/straight-hair-guide

Guide to Curly Hair: https://itsa10haircare.com/blogs/hair-guides/wavy-and-curly-hair-guide

Guide to Color Treated Hair: https://itsa10haircare.com/blogs/hair-guides/color-treated-hair-guide

Guide to Men’s Hair: https://itsa10haircare.com/blogs/hair-guides/mens-hair-guide