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7 posts tagged "Shampoo"

A Dog Shampoo You’ll Want to Use on Yourself



“The cobbler’s children always go barefoot,” was the expression Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz (the founders of namesake skincare line and apothecary Malin + Goetz) used to describe the previous gap in their line and the product they designed to fill it: dog shampoo. Inspired by their rescued pug, Mr. Greenberg (shown here), as well as their other beloved canine children, Junior and Bob (all of which have their silhouettes featured on the bottle), the pair developed a sulfate-free, neroli-scented wash devoid of synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes. And similar to the brand’s products for pet owners, this particular soap laced with hydrating amino acids is unisex and perfect for pampered pooches with sensitive skin. It appears that dirty dogs everywhere are having their day, but what about cats and rabbits? We can only hope the duo expands their offerings to cover all of our fashionable four-legged friends.


To see Mr. Greenberg get his first bath in two (yes, two!) years and witness the euphoric results, watch the video, below.

Drugstore Discovery: Shampoo That Solves Your Color and Volume Woes at Once


john-frieda-volume-shampoo I color my hair for many reasons—not the least of which is the insanely good volume I get following a session of highlights. In fact, I have been known to sit patiently with my head covered in heaps of foils for hours just to reap the thickening benefits. I won’t get into the science behind how chemical dyes provide this boost, but suffice to say, the aftereffect of coloring is awesome. Still, this helium-like state only lasts for so long, until your normal texture (and roots) eventually return. Taking note of this reality, the pros at John Frieda decided to bottle a solution, in the form of their new Luxurious Volume Touchably Full for Colour-Treated Hair Shampoo. Made with lightweight plumping compounds and tone-preserving agents, the formula lifts at the roots and prevents fading in equal parts. Having lathered up with it for weeks, I’m now completely obsessed. The shift in volume is incredible—my hair is lush, almost like a wind machine is blowing up my strands. The density lasts all day, too, so much so that when I do a ponytail, I only need to wrap my elastic band around twice, as opposed to three times (a true test of hair’s thickness). The foamy lather also managed to restore my burned-out highlights to their original, sun-flecked glory so that now I can go longer in between salon appointments. But even better: A bottle will set you back less than $6.

Liquid Gold


Breck Shampoo

Confession: I don’t pack shampoo or conditioner when going on vacation (the thought of possible spillage just doesn’t seem worth it)—I simply use what I find in the hotel shower. And in the case of this weekend, when I traveled to the far-from-glamorous panhandle of Maryland in the name of love (i.e., a wedding), I discovered a vintage gem. There in the bathroom, in a soap dispenser normally found in public restrooms, was the stuff of beauty legends: Breck Shampoo. The glossy-haired Breck Girls (the gorgeous models—including Cheryl Tiegs, Brooke Shields, and Farrah Fawcett—featured in the many ads that ran in mags like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar) are so essential to American history that the campaigns can be found in the Smithsonian’s advertising history records. Dial acquired the brand in the nineties, and later sold it to Dollar Tree in 2006, but I’ve only ever heard tales of Breck—not actually seen or lathered up with the famous formula. There might not have been an accompanying conditioner, but I’m happy to report that the bubbly, fresh-scented shampoo did the job and is still alive and well in the backwoods of the Chesapeake Bay state.

Summer Strand SOS


L'Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Hair Collection
With the end of August drawing near (three weeks until New York fashion week, which is kind of like back to school for; personally I’m headed back to Howard University for senior year), my curls are fried from one too many weekends on the beach. Enter L’Occitane‘s Aromachologie Repairing Hair Collection, which includes a shampoo, conditioner, oil, and mask that boast a blend of five oils (geranium, lavender, ylang-ylang, sweet orange, and angelica) and plant-based amino acids. While I’ve always believed oils to be greasy and heavy (even on my coarse hair), these products seeped in and washed out without leaving behind any residue. The shampoo is free of flattening silicones and smells delightfully earthy (but surprisingly fresh), while the conditioner is infused with softening sweet almond oil. But my new must-have for hitting the rewind button on sun-drenched strands is the Repairing Mask, which contains creamy shea butter and is light enough to use daily. To seal the deal, I added a few drops of the Repairing Oil on just my ends to control frizz and flyaways.

Photo: Courtesy of L’Occitane

Summer Heat-Wave Essential: Kérastase Bain Vital


BAIN-VITAL-DETOURE_resizeIt was 100-plus degrees in New York yesterday afternoon. That’s hot. Your hair and scalp often bear the brunt of summer’s intense conditions, when the sun’s burning rays are beating down on you. Just in time to heal a scorched scalp comes Kérastase’s Bain Vital, the Paris haircare brand’s first hypoallergenic shampoo that’s formulated with anti-inflammatory peppermint, a soothing ingredient from willow extract, and nongreasy glycerin to hydrate and protect your scalp from redness and irritation. Part of the Dermo-Calm collection previously only available in Europe, the shampoo can be used daily and is especially handy as a post-swim tonic to remove drying chlorine or dulling saltwater residue. We plan to rinse, lather, and repeat until the mercury is on our side again.