Friday, July 30, 2010

Hair Care Friday: Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (review)

One of the things I tend to do after a birthday is start asking myself what still works and what doesn't. Without proper warning, I engage friends in deep conversations (usually about me…and usually when they're in places like doctors' waiting rooms or supermarket check out lines). I also start cleaning out drawers and closets.

Today I tried on a blouse to see if I still like it. I don't.

I know that a blog about makeup and skincare should generally stick to discussing…um… makeup and skincare; but every now and then something else pops into my head right before it’s time to discuss products. (But just so you won’t worry; I still have plans to tell you how fabulous today’s hair care items are.)

The reason I’m rambling about a blouse right now, though, is because buying it was kind of a turning point. It was the first thing I’d bought in a long time that made me feel pretty (and a little bit sexy). Before then, I had spent a long time hiding out from the world; and when I tried on that blouse (and actually bought it); it seemed like I was telling myself to step out of my comfort zone. When I finally wore it to work (and got compliments); it felt like something was beginning to change. It seemed like a huge step at the time. Since then, my life has opened up more than I ever dreamed possible; and it feels like the coming year will bring even more miracles.

Seeing that piece of clothing in my closet used to give me a happy jolt. But lately it’s just been sitting there and I’ve barely noticed it. And it no longer fits (literally or figuratively). That makes me a little sad; but I know that it’s time to appreciate it, then let it go and make room. I have a lot of decisions coming up about relationships, singing, writing, and things I want to deepen or change. I hope that a year from now I look back on another twelve months of amazing transformations (both in my closet and in my heart).

Did you think I forgot this was a beauty blog? Ha - I most certainly did not!

One of the more noticeable transformations in the works is my hair. Right now, letting my hair grow long again feels a little bit like re-igniting a spark. More importantly, it feels like a tangible commitment (as well as a surrender) to growth, openness and change. It also reminds me that however new-agey, touchy-feely and abstract I get, there are still practical matters to think about. Which leads me to a pair of extremely practical (and wonderful) products from Moroccanoil.

Moisture Repair Shampoo

Blurb: Cleanses while infusing hair with argan oil, keratin, fatty acids, proteins and other nutrients. Creamy lather helps repair chemically treated hair. Leaves hair soft, shiny and full of body. Improves hair’s overall health. Safe for color treated hair. Paraben, sulfate and phosphate free.

Moisture Repair Conditioner

Blurb: Gently detangles and reconstructs hair while infusing it with argan oil, keratin, fatty acids and protein. Helps restore moisture. Repairs damaged and chemically treated hair. Conditions hair back to its natural health. Safe for color treated hair. Paraben, sulfate and phosphate free.

There are a lot of reasons to love this shampoo and conditioner. For starters, the lovely fragrance and rich texture make washing my hair feel like a luxurious, pampering experience. I love that both contain argan oil, protect my color, and have a list of ingredients that support long-term resilience.

What I love most, though, is how soft, shiny and conditioned my hair feels. Even in the July humidity; my hair is pretty and manageable – and the frizz is calmed. The shampoo cleans well, and adds nourishing oils back without any heaviness. The conditioner instantly detangles and makes my hair shiny and soft. It even works well as a leave-in. I get both silkiness and bounce!

Take a browse on the website and look at some of the products and recommendations. There’s also special promotions page, a page of events, and the locate a salon feature.

Have a great weekend, everyone!
(ftc disclosure: sample/product received from manufacturer or representative)

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