Category Archives: Paul Mitchell

Curl Power! Unleash Your Curls with Paul Mitchell

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Have you shared your curl confession yet? Do it now! On November 15th, Paul Mitchell is lighting up New York and Los Angeles to tell the truth about curls and show them off in all their glory. To join in, upload a picture of your own Curl Confessions on the Truth About Curls Facebook app or use Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #curlconfession. Check out the projections in person (locations to be announced on their Facebook page) and scan the QR code, you could win products from the Truth About Curls line!

Beachy Waves in the Fall with Paul Mitchell's Ultimate Wave

We may be in the beginning of fall but in our neck of the woods, it still feels like summer and we’re rocking beachy waves thanks to Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Wave. It’s a cream-gel that helps smooth hair while conditioning it and giving it texture, keeping it touchably soft and frizz free. Curious about this wonder cream-gel? Find it at a salon near you.

That, ladies, is how we like our curls. How about you? How do you like to rock your curls? Share your curl confession with Paul Mitchell on Facebook!

Paul Mitchell's Truth About Curls

Every gal with straight hair wishes they had curly hair but we don’t really know the truth about curls. Paul Mitchell does and they are introducing a new line of products to help detangle, fight frizz, define and smooth unruly curls. They want you to confide in them and tell them the truth about your curls. Give them your #curlconfession and join in the conversation on Facebook.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Paul Mitchell.

Perfecting the Blow Dry

 

After nearly three years of growth, my hair is finally really long. It thrills me to no end, but it doesn’t come without its own set of challenges. Primarily, the blow dry.  If I had the luxury of getting a blowout 3-4 times a week, I’d do it in a second. It takes so much more work to get my hair ready to be dried, and then of course, the actual drying. It’s a total chore. But there is an art to it, so I wanted to share some of the tools, tricks and products I attribute to helping me conquer this necessary evil.  

It starts in the shower. I alternate hair cleansers, but right now, I am really into Peter Lamas Rice Protein Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner. It’s a 100% vegan and I feel like this protects and nourishes my hair. It’s 2012 — there’s no reason to use sulfates and stripping agents in your shampoo. None. This shampoo/conditioner duo is fortified with carrot seed, chamomile, enriched with aloe and avocado and contains Panthenol (a.k.a. vitamin B-5) to help strengthen hair. Oh, and the rice proteins work to plump up the hair shaft and create a thicker look.

I use a few different brushes/combs during the blow dry. The wide-toothed comb to detangle wet hair as a first step, for example. But this Spornette #955 from the brand’s Italian collection, is my go-to for creating volume at the roots. I’m obsessed with using it, and it makes me feel like a pro. I use it when my hair is more than halfway dry and past the tangle stage and use it to dry sections of my hair, from the crown on down. It gives serious lift at the roots!

If I’m looking to shave some time off my dry, I use Blow Ready Set Blow Express Blow Dry Lotion. Without using alcohol (a “drying agent”), this cream is made from a protein blend that minimizes stress on hair and boosts heat conductivity. I work this throughout my strands and comb it out with a wide-toothed comb. Beyond just speeding up the dry process, it also locks out humidity during the day.

I might be addicted to the lovely scent of Paul Mitchell’s Ginger Awapuhi Hydromist Blowout Spray. It also happens to work quite well. Natural awapuhi and honey extract help eliminate frizz and lightweight conditioners protect hair from damage. It also gives my hair some grit (without a gritty feel).

Lavender with a Little Mint

Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are the newest products in Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree line. I’ve used Tea Tree products for years and loved it when I discovered this one did not give me that tingly feeling. Some people may like that but it’s not for me. It also has a nice scent to it that is very calming, especially with all the steam in the shower.

Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner The shampoo is appropriately thick for a moisturizing shampoo and it forms a nice lather but its how it rinsed that surprised me a little. My hair didn’t feel very moisturized afterwards, it felt almost stripped which concerned me a little bit given that I’ve recently colored my hair. Even though the shampoo is color safe, it’s not one I will be using on it’s own unless I’m looking for that type of clean. However, what the shampoo lacked the conditioner made up for. It has the same appropriate thickness and detangled my hair immediately. It rinsed out really well without leaving my hair feeling heavy or still saturated with product. This conditioner leaves my hair feeling very soft and manageable. These products did not leave my hair heavily scented either, which I like in this particular shampoo/conditioner combination. I’d like my current favorite perfume to get a chance to “shine” instead of what I used in my hair.

One last thing worth noting is that every purchase of a Paul Mitchell Tea Tree product generates proceeds for America Forests. This a non-profit that ensures trees are planted to offset all carbon emissions from the line’s manufacture and distribution. Not a bad reason to give this a try.