Anti aging hair products?

    Beauty marketing trends come and go, and right now we’re living in the age of all things contouring, color-correcting, and—when it comes to hair care—anti-aging. 

Lately there’s been a huge focus on shampoos, conditioners, and styling treatments that supposedly treat and reverse the signs of aging. And that concept sounds pretty damn awesome: Who wants to think of their hair as old? No one, that’s who. But brace yourself: Much like the Easter Bunny and a non-creepy guy on Tinder, anti-aging hair products don’t actually exist. (Insert womp-womp sound effect here.)
Sure, there are scores of “anti-aging” hair products on the shelves of every Sephora and Ulta. And while those shampoos and conditioners might indeed be really awesome shampoos and conditioners, they’re probably not doing anything that other really awesome shampoos and conditioners don’t do.
But first let’s take a step back and clarify what, exactly, happens to hair as it ages. We’re so conditioned to thinking about anti-aging as it relates to skin, but hair is a whole different story. “There are really only two things that change as you get older,” says cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller, who has covered this topic on his blog, thebeautybrains.com. The first is that it can become thinner: “Follicles that produce the hair atrophy over time, so they start to get weaker and produce thinner hair&mash;or sometimes they stop producing hair at all,” says Schueller. “Thinning hair” can mean that either the strands themselves are not as thick, or the number of hairs on your head is decreasing—or some combination of both.
The other way hair ages, of course, is by turning gray. “As you get older, the cells that produce the pigment that gives your hair color stop working as well, which means your hair turns gray,” says Schuller. Seems simple enough. But here’s the thing: Though medicines for thinning hair exist (such as minoxidil, the active ingredient in Rogaine, and Propecia, a prescription treatment), no treatment exists that will prevent hair from going gray. So everything else we turn to—hair color, volumizing styling products that temporarily make hair appear fuller—is merely a cosmetic fix, not really a treatment.
Which brings us to the real point: “Most of the language used in ‘anti-aging’ hair care is really just marketing-speak,” says Schueller. Some “anti-aging” styling products make hair appear fuller by coating each strand and propping it up a bit more, but they’re not doing anything to reverse hair’s aging process. “There’s nothing different about an ‘anti-aging’ volumizer compared to a regular volumizer,” says Scheuller. The same goes for shampoo and conditioner: Yes, some of the formulas labeled “anti-aging” might be especially hydrating and therefore capable of making hair look shinier or be less prone to breakage. But those formulas don’t contain any ingredients you wouldn’t also be able to find in non-anti-aging versions.
But before you start assuming that every hair company is out to dupe us all, it’s important to note that many of the products marketed as “anti-agers” for hair are just really good versions of that formula. “Many of the products are trying to create a well-rounded treatment to address the other issues that come along with aging hair that are more cosmetic,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson. “Shampoos and conditioners aren’t going to have any true drug claims, but they can use conditioning agents to soften the hair and make it more manageable.” So products marketed under the anti-aging umbrella can, in fact, be really freakin’ great—just not necessarily in the way the marketing pros behind them would have us think.

Keeping coloured curls healthy

  

For all curly clients receiving a color service, keeping color fresh and vibrant is a top priority . This is doubly important – and doubly difficult – for textured clients with hair that is typically more prone to color fading due to damage caused by chemicals and heat styling.

SheaMoisture addresses this concern with its new salon-exclusive SheaMoisture Professional Color Care collection. The brand’s proprietary natural BaoTein Precious Oils Complex replenishes moisture and aids recovery of strength and elasticity. It preserves color by smoothing down hair cuticles and preventing washout, which helps keep color vibrant for longer. Natural plant-based sun filters also help prevent fading.

“My textured clients are subjected to more heat styling and chemical services than finer, straighter haired clients,” says Celebrity Stylist David Lopez. “This generally makes their hair more porous and more prone to color fading than other hair types. The SheaMoisture Pro Color Care Collection has the perfect balance of color protecting and moisturizing ingredients to help balance both needs.” 

For more information, visit sheamoisture.com.  

 

SHOULD YOU BE FREAKED OUT ABOUT LIP BALM BECAUSE OF THE EOS LAWSUIT?

A new class action lawsuit claims that the popular dome-shaped lip balms cause rashes and severe skin irritation. But should you throw all yours away?
 
 The makers of EOS lip balm, those fruity little pods beloved by the likes of (or at least shilled by) Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus, are in legal trouble. Plaintiff Rachael Cronin has filed a class action lawsuit against the brand, as first reported by TMZ. She claims that after using a “Summer Fruit” flavored balm purchased at the end of December, she experienced dryness, cracking and bleeding on and around her lips, which later progressed to blistering and a severe rash, prompting her to seek medical care. 
Cronin posted some graphic pictures of the reaction to EOS’s Facebook page, and other customers followed suit. A quick search reveals that over the years, users have occasionally reported problems with excessive chapping and rashes on Amazon and Makeup Alley reviews. According to the lawsuit, “EOS is, and has been, on notice of the serious adverse side-effects caused by the use of its product. Consumer complaints have flooded the EOS Facebook page and their email. Consumers, including the Plaintiff in this action have written to EOS to share their complaints and adverse health problems arising from the use of the product.”

We firmly believe this lawsuit is without merit. Our products are made with the highest quality ingredients and meet or exceed all safety and quality standards set out by our industry and validated by rigorous testing conducted by an independent lab. The health and well-being of our customers is our top priority and millions of satisfied customers use our products every day, many of whom take the time to share their experiences with us.

 
 So, if like zillions of other people (myself included) you’re a fan of EOS lip balm, should you be freaked out about using the product? Probably not. Dr. David Bank, a dermatologist based in Mt. Kisco, New York notes, “Looking at the ingredients listed on the package, there is not anything obvious that would cause dermatitis. Normally ingredients like Shea butter, vitamin E and jojoba oil are ingredients that work well to moisturize without causing irritation — however, it is important to note that everyone’s skin type is different. Some people may be more sensitive to these ingredients.” 

Some of the EOS varieties list “natural flavor” as an ingredient, and fragrances are well-known culprits for causing allergic reactions. Fragrance (or in this case, flavoring) in products are considered proprietary and can contain dozens of different ingredients, any of which can be allergenic. However, companies aren’t required to disclose the exact ingredients in fragrances. A cosmetic chemist told Allure that citrus oil could be one such culprit. So, while it’s rare, it’s definitely possible that EOS lip balms could cause a reaction. To be fair, that’s true of pretty much all beauty products. 
It should also be noted that EOS bills its balms as “99% natural, paraben-free, and gluten-free,” which should be a good reminder that the word “natural” is meaningless when it’s used on consumer products, if indeed these allegations that EOS products are causing reactions prove to have merit. There’s no official definition for “natural” in this context, so anyone can slap the word on a label, and it does not mean that something described as such can’t cause a reaction or is safe. So-called natural ingredients are still chemicals and can still cause allergic reactions. If you notice a weird rash after using EOS (or any other beauty product for that matter), Dr. Bank recommends seeing a dermatologist post haste. And obviously don’t use the product anymore until you can rule out what’s causing the reaction.
In the meantime, good old Aquaphor is still unbeatable, if not as cutely packaged as EOS.

Birch box launches new makeup line to wear while you work out

 Just when you thought makeup + the gym was a no go, Birchbox came and flipped the script on the exercising with a bit of coverage.



Yes ladies, the monthly beauty subscription box has created their second beauty brand, but this time around it’s the ultimate must-have makeup line made for those who prefer to wear makeup while exercising. Titled Arrow, the line is designed to keep up with active lifestyles. According to the beauty brand’s website, Arrow features “lightweight, long-wearing, and refreshing makeup and skincare products — each created to enhance (not hide!) your natural beauty.”

 

Items that are now available from the collection include a cooling cheek tint ($9), aluminium-free deodorant ($9), color enhancing lip balm that adjusts according to your skin’s pH ($14), Arrow make up bag ($12), and a limited-edition start kit including all the aforementioned ($36).
Birchbox already has it’s eyes set on adding more products like mascara, tinted serum, cleansing cloths, and brow gel to the collection. Basically, from now on you don’t have to comprise beauty for an hour-long session of cardio.
Vixens, what are your thoughts? Would you try out Arrow or are you a “no makeup at the gym” stickler?

Celebrities Binge-Watched Making A Murderer Just Like We Did

The best Netflix shows are always the ones that come in under the radar. A few years after Orange Is the New Black became an unexpected streaming smash, Making a Murderer has brought us a Serial-like focus on a Wisconsin murder case with enough twists and turns that ten episodes felt inadequate.

Source: Celebrities Binge-Watched Making A Murderer Just Like We Did