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Stylist Choice Awards Slide

Hair Stylists Choose Best Hair Products

It’s finally here, the Best Hair Products Winners of Hair Stylist Choice Awards! If you’re a follower of my blog you know every year I love to update all of you on what thousands of hairdressers have voted for as their favorite products they have worked with over the year.

The tally just came in from on this annual event which coincides with one of the biggest professional beauty shows in the country. This year it was held in Chicago, Illinois.

If your current hair products are not performing as well as they used to, this list from the professionals should be of interest to you. Hair stylists are the only ones who have first-hand results daily with every hair type possible and from a large base of professional brands.

I know there are plenty of good hair products out there that didn’t make this years list, but this list has lots of credibility behind it. If you would like to see a larger list of to choose from, see their ‘Top 5 Finalists’ in each category for more options.

  • Shampoo Redken Color Extend Shampoo
  • Conditioner : PureOlogy HydrateCondition
  • Shampoo/Conditioner :Sebastian Volupt Volume Boosting Conditioner
  • Prestige Shampoo/Conditioner :Pureology Hydrate Condition
  • Deep or Restorative Conditioner : Joico K-PAK Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor
  • Prestige Styling Product : Moroccanoil Oil Treatment
  • Straightening Product (non-chemical) : Matrix Sleek.look Blow-Down Extreme Creme
  • Styling Product : TIGI Bed Head Manipulator
  • Color Protecting Product : PureOlogy Hydrate
  • Men’s Product Line : American Crew
  • Fine or Thinning Haircare Product : Nioxin Scalp Therapy
  • Multicultural Company : Mizani
  • Professional Make-up Line : TIGI Bed Head Make-Up
  • Volumizing Product : TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Spray
  • Product You Can’t Live Without : Moroccanoil Oil Treatment
  • Hair dryer : Farouk Systems CHI Turbo
  • Flat Iron : Farouk Systems CHI Ceramic
  • Overall Professional Products Co. (best products, education, support, etc.): TIGI
  • Hairspray : TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Thickening Gel Creme


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Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo Hazardous to Health?

Johnson Baby Shampoo

Action Case Against Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo gets Go Ahead!

Millions of us have used these Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo with no visible harm for years. But still it’s good we have consumer organizations like “Campaign for Safe Cosmetics,” working on our behalf.
“Johnson Baby Shampoo Unsafe? Whats Next Mom and Apple Pie?”
A class action suit filed last year alleging that Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo and other baby shampoos are unfit for sale, has just been given the go-ahead by a federal judge in Newark, New Jersey.

U.S. District Court Judge Dennis Cavanaugh, based his decision on the discovery of a single chemical, methylene chloride, which the Food and Drug Administration banned for use in cosmetics in 1989. The use of this substance in cosmetic products is prohibited because of its animal carcinogenicity and likely hazard to human health. The other two potential cancer-causing chemicals listed in the lawsuit are formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane and are byproducts.

According to the Associated Press, Johnson & Johnson says that trace levels of the two chemicals are not listed as ingredients because they are contaminants; byproducts of the processes used to create the shampoo. As of May of 2009, the company indicated they had no plans to remove the two chemicals from their products. reports, “According to the suits, the FDA banned the use of methylene chloride because it threatens an elevated risk of cancer. If the substance occurs as a byproduct of other chemical reactions within a product, it can be removed by a process called “vacuum stripping,” but the defendants chose not to do so, the suits say.”

Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo as well as Wal-Mart Tearless Baby Wash were named as containing the harmful contaminants.

The lawsuits came about following a report, “No More Toxic Tub,” in March 2009 from the group, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. They say, “Despite marketing claims like “gentle” and “pure”, dozens of top-selling children’s bath products are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.

I spoke with Stacy Malkan, communications director for Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition of consumer health and environmental groups, she said, “What we want is for product manufacturers to be required to be transparent about what is in their products. Right now they are not responsible to list contaminants that may be in preservatives or fragrances. We would like to have laws changed to make them responsible for a complete list of ingredients on their products.”

The lawsuit, brought on by two women from St. Louis, does not allege that anyone has been harmed from these baby shampoos. They suit says that the presence of these chemicals were found and not disclosed by the companies.

Judge Cavanaugh ruled they have standing to sue over the presence of methylene chloride, because it has been legally prohibited, however they lack standing to bring claims for economic damages for use of the other two chemicals, as they are permitted by the FDA, according to

On April 29, 2009, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced the Safe Baby Products Act, which directs the Food and Drug Administration to investigate and regulate hazardous contaminants in personal care products marketed to or used by children. She introduced the bill in response to the “Toxic Tub” report.


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Hairstyle Names

Current hairstyle names and how to get them!

Hairstyle names come and go but . . . the terminology for cutting techniques is mostly universal and sticks around. Become knowledgeable with what the stylists hair cutting terminology refers to and you are more likely to get the look you want!

Kate Hudson with Beach Wave Hair

Beachy Waves – Hairstyle names like ‘beachy waves‘ describe this style pretty well. The look has loose waves that are a bit disheveled with a windblown effect. Notice the ends are either lightly curled or not curled at all.

  • Get the look: Use a volumizing mousse and blow-dry till 90% dry. Use curling iron, velcro rollers or a quick hot roller set leaving the ends out. Lightly rake curls through with fingers. Mist with a light finishing spray.
Attractive woman with Asymmetrical Choppy Layered Haircut

Asymmetrical Choppy Layered Haircut

Choppy Hairstyle

Choppy Hairstyles – Hairstyle names with ‘choppy’ in them refer most often to short, straight cuts with uneven layered ends. Hair stylists most often use a razor but may also use a thinning shear or texturizing shear to get the look. A ‘Choppy’ hairdo may also refer to uneven face-framing layers in longer styles.

  • Get the look:¬† In order to see the ‘choppy’ hair style effect, the hair needs to be straightened. Get volume with a root lifter. Use a straightening serum and blow-dry smooth. Finish with a flat-iron for your best choppy looking haircut.
Rianna in a short Piecey Hairstyle
Rihanna’s Piecey Hairstyle

Piecey Hairstyles – Hairstyle names with ‘piecey’ in them allude to short haircuts with defined ends.

  • Get the look: To get ‘piecey’ ends straighten the hair with a flat-iron. Use a wax or gel to separate ends into chunky, face framing pieces.
Beyonce in a Pompadour Hairstyle
Beyonce Pompadour Hairstyle

Pompadour Hairstyles – Hairstyle names with ‘pompadour’ in them refer to both men and women’s hairdos these days. A pompadour has exaggerated height at the top/front of the hair style (think Elvis and Rihanna) and can be styled a number of different ways. Bangs or long layered bangs are helpful to hold lift put in that area.

  • Get the look: Get this pompadour style by backcombing the top/front of hair, leaving out some bangs to smooth over. Mist with hairspray. Smooth over lightly and secure with clip into a half-updo with sides.
Carrie Underwood Long Layered Blonde Hair with side swept bangs
Side Swept Bangs – Carrie Underwood

Side Swept Bangs – Hairstyle names with ‘side swept bangs’ can point to a number of different lengths and cuts of hair. Now, however the most current look with side swept bangs being asked for in hair salons is what Carrie Underwood is wearing here. Smooth long hair with long face framing layers.

  • Get the look: Blow dry hair smooth, use a straightening serum if needed. Use a large barrel curling iron to lightly curl long layers towards face. Make a deep side part and smooth and slightly bend bangs with iron.
Kate Winslet with long retro hair style with waves
Retro Glam Hairstyles (Old Hollywood Glamour) Kate Winslet

Retro Glam Hairstyles – Kate Winslet wore this hairdo at the 2010 Academy Awards (as did a number of other stars.) Hair style names with ‘retro or old Hollywood glamour points to the obvious . . . the glamorous stars of the 30’s and 40’s. Kate channels Veronica Lake with this retro glam look.

  • Get the look: This hairdo is coiffed smooth and with no volume. Use a smoothing or straightening serum and blow-dry smooth and flat. Curl hair starting three or four inches from scalp into vertical or horizontal waves. Pull a shine serum through hair and make a deep side part for a glamorous effect.


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