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‘Cosmetics cop’ Paula Begoun picks the best hair care products of 2005

A book in my library that I would grab on my way out of my burning house is written by Paula Begoun who is the author of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me . She’s also the company founder of “Paula’s Choice” skin-care products. Write to her at 1030 SW 34th St., Suite A, Renton, WA 98055, or visit her Web site: She knows her stuff . . . she wrote this article for the Dallas Morning News:

New Year’s is a time for well-meaning resolutions for self-improvement, but it is also the time for a year in review. So as hundreds of new hair care products are about to be introduced, I want to revisit some of the more impressive products that were launched in 2005. All the products that make my list exemplify the amazing strides the field of cosmetics chemistry continues to make.

Among the top choices on my list are foundations, concealers and powders that are setting new standards of excellence. Also on my list Some hair care products are a cut above the restare state-of-the-art moisturizers (lotions, creams and serums) that allow skin to behave in a healthier manner, sunscreens with elegant and silky aesthetics that encourage daily compliance, and anti-blemish products that contain effective ingredients and have a genuine chance of working (rather than making matters worse). Finally, some hair care products are a cut above the rest – these are beauty breakthroughs everyone should know about.

This list is about great formulations and, in the case of makeup products, impressive performance. But, an item’s inclusion does not mean that I found even a fraction of these companies’ claims about their products true or how they marketed the products the least bit valid.


ALBERTO VO5 Max! Hold Fast-Drying Hair Spray Mega Hold and Quick Hold! Fast-Drying Hair Spray Extra Hold (each $3.99 for 8.5 ounces), Power! Control Styling Gel Mega Hold and Grip It! Styling Gel Extreme Hold (each $3.99 for 7 ounces), and Play It Again! Reworkable Putty ($3.99 for 4 ounces)

AVEDA Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo (left, $19 for 8.5 ounces)

FREDERIC FEKKAI Luscious Curls Conditioner ($23 for 8 ounces)

GARNIER Fructis Style Surf Hair Texture Paste Matte Effect (below, $3.99 for 5.1 ounces)

JACK BLACK Sleek Finish Hair Texture Cream ($16 for 4 ounces)

JOICO Silk Result Straight Smoother (right, $15.96 for 5.1 ounces)

L’OREAL Professional Paris Texture Fresh Style Feather Weight Cream ($13 for 4 ounces)

PANTENE Blonde Expressions Color Satin Polish Finishing Creme ($4.99 for 3.5 ounces), Brunette Expressions Velvet Look Sleeking Balm ($4.99 for 3.5 ounces), Ultimate Finish Perfecting Creme ($4.99 for 4 ounces), Thickening Spray ($4.29 for 6.8 ounces), Smooth & Shine Styling Milk ($5.49 for 5.1 ounces), and Classic Care Texture & Shine Defining Pomade ($3.99 for 1.7 ounces)

SEBASTIAN Shaper Shapeshift Hybrid Putty ($12.50 for 1.8 ounces)


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