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August 28 2014

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Drugstore Discovery Of The Week: Poetry In Motions

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I first learned about Motions when I made an appointment with one of Marie Robinson’s star stylists, Allison Woodruff, shortly after the celebrity colorist first opened the doors to her Flatiron salon in 2010. While tending to my blow-out, Woodruff dropped a beauty bomb: Rather than reach for a pricey salon-only styling aid to smooth away any lingering frizz and add an impressive luster to my hair, she picked up a can of the African-American haircare brand’s Hold & Shine Styling Spray and spritzed away. I naturally inquired about the product line, which Woodruff happily told me was a drugstore find that has been a part of her product arsenal for ages. After meeting Rihanna’s trusted stylist Ursula Stephen, who has preached the gospel of Motions for years (and ultimately joined team Motions as its celebrity stylist), I was sold. Its latest releases for natural hair textures are particularly of interest to me now that I’ve started brutalizing my thick brunette tresses with long days at the beach and frequent dips into the ocean (and any pool I’m fortunate enough to get invited to). After two straight days of sand and surf in Rockaway, I tested out the new Moisturizing Cleanser and Smoothing Conditioner, hoping that the shea butter, coconut, and avocado oil in both formulas would help diminish any lingering dryness left over from the holiday weekend. Much to my delight, they sure did—so much so that I really didn’t need to use my normal, heavy styling cream and managed to get by just with a little dollop of the line’s new Radiating Gloss. Do they work as well as the $34-to-$44-a-piece, all-natural shampoo and conditioner I painstakingly ration out on a regular basis? No. But with a $6-per-product price tag, Motions is a great second bet.

Photo: Courtesy of Motions

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