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I was recently invited to a Curlbox and Ouidad  event to launch Ouidad’s new Co-wash and a multi use hair treatment called Mongongo Oil. Never before had I been in the presence of such beautiful curls –everywhere I looked there was one beauty after another. I loved it!

Attendee at the event…Beautiful!
Another 6 footer in the house? Strike a pose!

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Ouidad is the self proclaimed “Curl Expert” and after using the Curls Co-wash, I can understand why. The co-wash foamed a bit more than I expected it to but my hair wasn’t left feeling stripped.  I am at the point now where, no matter what, my cleansing phase is  a single wash.  I wet my hair, pour product on my hands, rub my hands together and insert my finger through my hair and unto my scalp.  I massage the cleanser into my scalp and the roots of my hair — cleanser doesn’t touch my hair ends until I  have massaged and loosened all the impurities on my scalp and I am ready to rinse them away. I find that this method helps to prevent tangling and my hair doesn’t shrink as much. This is the method I used with Ouidad Curls Co-Wash. (How do you wash your curls?)

The co-wash is formulated with a “concentrated blend of conditioners & oils plus a dose of a gentle, naturally-derived coconut cleanser.” Since getting the press sample I have recommended it a to number of people as one of my favorite co-washes.

Mongongo Oil “is known as “hair food” in Zambia for its high vitamin E content and superb regenerating and antioxidant properties. With American Palm Seed Oil and Broccoli Seed Oil, the formula restructures hair as it deeply repairs damage to restore a healthy appearance to even the dullest locks:”  I used the oil and didn’t notice much of a difference in my hair. As my hair is right now I tend not to use many oils unless it is for a pre cleanse conditioner, otherwise known as a hot oil treatment, I’m finding that with less harsh cleansing products, deep conditioning, a leave in conditioner and a styling product (or three,) an oil is not really necessary and  can actually make my hair drier.  I think the Mongongo oil will work great for looser, softer curls – where the oils is applied to soaking wet hair, finger combed and diffused or left to air dry.  For someone that has dry, frizzy hair  like  mine  and that may requires two to there products to achieve a decent wash and go, Mongongo oil might not be necessary. Mongongo oil is light weight, so, it might be good  to add sheen to hair without weighing it down.

Ouidad 16 Ounce Co-wash retails for $30 and is available here. Monongo oil is available in two sizes, two ounces and 4 ounces, retail starts at $36 and is available here.

If you have tried or intend to try either Ouidad Curls Co-wash or Ouidad Mongongo oil, I would love to here your thoughts.

 

-1Hey you vampire lovers!

I admit, I too am heavily into the vampire craze. Well so is Ouidad. Their Moisture Lock is being used on set for the CW’s new hit drama, The Vampire Diaries. Actress Katerina Graham’s stylist incorporates Ouidad Moisture Lock to enhance Katerina’s natural waves. And Katerina isn’t the only Ouidad fan—stylist Randa Squillacote also uses it to hydrate guest star Jasmine Guy’s curls.

Want the full scoop on Ouidad Moisture Lock. Well here you go:

Moisture Lock ($22)

An advanced treatment designed to enhance hair strength, texture and overall appearance. Ouidad spent over two years formulating this innovative hybrid conditioner and pre-styler. Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner offers advanced, weightless moisture to enhance hair strength, seal in moisture, and restore healthy texture. Strengthening strands while sealing in moisture – Moisture Lock creates a protective barrier to add shine while protecting hair for overall health and vitality.

Ouidad is available at www.ouidad.com and at certified Ouidad Salons, select Sephora stores and Sephora.com.

Sephora’s got cool new exclusive goodies. For the fall…a little something for everyone which is just what I like! My new faves come from Ouidad, Illamsqua, temptu and Lauren Luke. Check them out!

The creation of makeup maven, beauty-blogger extraordinaire, and YouTube™ sensation Lauren Luke, By Lauren Luke consists of five distinct, full-face color palettes for eyes, cheeks, and lips, containing superior shades all handpicked by Lauren to ensure each offers a wide range of looks. Need more direction? The global-internet phenom posts exclusive video tutorials (her claim to fame), where she personally demos how to get dolled, Lauren Luke style, so you can make the most out of her makeup—and yourself.

Achieve flawless skin with this easy-to-use, mess-proof AIR pod ™ system that delivers precise, professional results. The foolproof system allows you to snap on and off the various Makeup AIR pods —including foundations, brushes, and more —so you can create luminous looks, without the fuss.

Known as “The Queen of Curl,” Ouidad (pronounced wee-dod) is known in the beauty and hair industry as the go-to girl for treating and styling curly hair. Her salon in New York, the first in the world to specialize in curly hair, is a haven for people who battle their ringlets every day. With offerings ranging from curl-specific haircare, to haircuts using her “Carving and Slicing” technique, Ouidad’s salon draws clients from all over to experience the ultimate curly-hair treatment. Those who can’t make it to her world-famous salon can indulge their locks in Ouidad’s extensive haircare line, which is backed by years of research and expertise and aims to beautify the waves you were born with. From kinky waves to frizzy ringlets, Ouidad has your perfect curly-hair solution.

Cult British brand Illamasqua takes the art of “making up” to new extremes. From flawless foundations to eye-catching eye colors and dazzling lip glosses, this glorious range of professional nighttime makeup offers long-lasting, highly pigmented products expertly formulated to help you reveal your individuality and unveil your alter ego. Go ahead. Go crazy. Go Illamasqua.

Twilight made waves and rocked Sunday’s 2009 MTV Movie Awards. Hollywood’s hottest bloodsucking set opted for cool curls from Kristen Stewart’s punk look to Ashley Greene’s polished do.  Ouidad, Queen of the Curl, tells how to recreate the vamp vixens’ style: 

For Kristen’s look try:

Ouidad Climate Control – A styling gel that uniquely protects curls from humidity by absorbing moisture from air to hydrate each strand and help prevent frizz.  Also, excellent for preventing damage from heat styling tools as the ingredients evaporate when the heat hits hair, saving strands from direct heat damage.

For Elizabeth’s look try:

Ouidad Botanical Boost – a lightweight, leave-in conditioner that gives immediate boost to hair’s health, increases flexibility and elasticity to help prevent breakage while instantly detangling strands. Spray throughout the night for an instant pick-me-up.

For Ashley’s look try:

Ouidad PlayCurl Volumizing Foam – a moisture-rich foam that builds body and exaggerates fullness with rich botanical emollients and vitamins leaving curls defined, soft and touchable.

Finish each style with:

Ouidad Styling Mist  a light setting and holding spray designed for long-lasting hold and shine without stiffness allowing movement, even on the most humid days. 

 

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    Twilight made waves and rocked Sunday’s 2009 MTV Movie Awards. Hollywood’s hottest bloodsucking set opted for cool curls from Kristen Stewart’s punk look to Ashley Greene’s polished do.  Ouidad, Queen of the Curl, tells how to recreate the vamp vixens’ style: 

    For Kristen’s look try:

    Ouidad Climate Control – A styling gel that uniquely protects curls from humidity by absorbing moisture from air to hydrate each strand and help prevent frizz.  Also, excellent for preventing damage from heat styling tools as the ingredients evaporate when the heat hits hair, saving strands from direct heat damage.

    For Elizabeth’s look try:

    Ouidad Botanical Boost – a lightweight, leave-in conditioner that gives immediate boost to hair’s health, increases flexibility and elasticity to help prevent breakage while instantly detangling strands. Spray throughout the night for an instant pick-me-up.

    For Ashley’s look try:

    Ouidad PlayCurl Volumizing Foam – a moisture-rich foam that builds body and exaggerates fullness with rich botanical emollients and vitamins leaving curls defined, soft and touchable.

    Finish each style with:

    Ouidad Styling Mist  a light setting and holding spray designed for long-lasting hold and shine without stiffness allowing movement, even on the most humid days. 

     

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