April 2013View Details
April 2013View Details
You guys, summer is getting close -- even though it feels like spring's just started. And what's more summery than the ubiquitous beachy waves we've been seeing repeatedly for years now? Problem is, most of these sprays leave my locks feeling like hay and looking like straw. But, yesterday Ouidad launched two new products that create serious texture without zapping health from your strands. The Wave Create Salt Spray , is awesome for really any kind of hair, from straight hair with a tiny bit of texture to naturally curly strands. It's formulated with sea water and sea salt to create volume and texture, as well as plant humectants to majorly moisturize without adding weight. But, you know, we've seen the wave sprays before. We love them, really, but Ouidad one-upped themselves with the launch of their Texture Taffy , which is ideal for straight hair that can seem to NEVER wave. (Of course, though, you can use it if your strands are wavy or curly, too.) This "stretchy styling cream," as the brand dubs it, has a ton of benefits that add texture without parching strands. Sea kelp seaweed extract has tons of vitamins and minerals that add shine, while algae extract moisturizes. Plus, milk thistle extract, an antioxidant, helps fight free radicals from doing damage. Gonna give the stuff a whirl? Scoop a nickel-sized blob and warm it, rubbing the product between your hands. Using your palms, cup the ends of your damp hair with the taffy, and keep cupping until you actually see waves. Then, let your hair dry naturally or use a diffuser to speed it up.
April 2013View Details
Hair Sunscreen It's not just your body that you need to protect from the elements; don't forget your hair! Prevent your highlights from fading and your hair from drying out with the Ouidad Sun & Sport Leave-In Conditioner ($21). It contains UV blockers and also helps protect your hair against chlorine, wind, and salt.
January 2013View Details
Glam checked in with Morgan Willhite, the Head stylist and Creative Director for Ouidad Salon in Santa Monica, as she starts navigates a day filled with meetings, clients, and her 3 year-old- son. Here Willhite shares her daily routine as well as her lunch advice
November 2012View Details
Busy New Yorkers might be hesitant to add yet another step to their shower routines, but this creamy wash-out treatment from the curl experts behind Ouidad actually simplifies getting ready. Finger-comb the fatty-acid-packed formula through wet hair and let it set for three minutes while you suds up, then rinse it out before shampooing as usual. Your locks will be so silken and hydrated, you won't waste precious time detangling snags or coaxing out coils with lots of product. Salon Series by Ouidad Omega 3 Replenishing Hair Treatment , $36, at ouidad.com
September 2012View Details
A few weeks ago, Ouidad hosted a breakfast at Sephora Times Square to celebrate the launch of their new line, the Salon Series. Pitched as a "collection of innovative home treatments for hair," the line was designed to boost hair and scalp health with naturally derived ingredients. Although Ouidad is renowned for its innovation with curly hair, this new line can be used on any hair type. After an extremely humid and grimy summer in the city, I welcomed a chance from Ouidad to try the three new Salon Series products: Omega-3 Replenishing Hair Treatment , Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment and Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum . Omega-3 Replenishing Hair Treatment, $36 for 6 fl. oz. Ouidad's claim: Omega fatty acids, flax seed oil, passion fruit seed oil, acai pulp and organic macroloba oil help restore the natural lipid barrier of hair and promote softness and shine. The pros: This treatment has a very balmy texture and smells amazing. I put it on from roots to ends (per instructions) in the shower and let it absorb for about five minutes. After rinsing, I lightly used shampoo (again, per instructions) and then conditioned. My hair felt very smooth after, and I even felt like the consistency of my hair felt stronger as I brushed. The cons: The hair dried a little flat after using the treatment. Since I have fine hair, I think it was simply due to the heaviness of the restorative ingredients. If you have fine hair like me, you may want to do this treatment on a weeknight and wash your hair again the next morning. Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment, $36 for 6 fl. oz. Ouidad's claim: Hair and scalp are cleared of residue with bay leaf oil, sugar cane, lemon and apple extracts for better nutrient delivery to hair roots. The pros: This treatment was my favorite of the three products—the exfoliant smells amazing and feels slightly tingly as you massage the product into your scalp. I have fine hair, so build up becomes an issue for me. I started using this treatment every few days, and my roots felt bouncy and free of any leftover products. I would definitely recommend using this treatment twice a week as a spa-like escape from lifeless hair. To really reap the benefits, apply Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum after using this treatment. The cons: The only con I can think of is the extra time spent using the treatment in the shower (about three minutes). I can't imagine anyone not wanting to take a break for this exfoliating scrub. Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum, $42 for 2 fl. oz. Ouidad's claim: Biotin and and vitamins strengthen the hair, energize follicles and strengthen—ideal for weak or over-processed hair. The pros: I applied the hair serum at night to let it absorb while I slept. The serum is very fluid when you first put it on, but by morning, it had completely dried. It's not greasy at all and is similar to the consistency of hand soap. After washing my hair the next day, my roots felt so soft and silky. Using this product was similar to a salon boost without the work. It was hard to believe this improvement happened while I was sleeping. I've used about half the bottle so far and see and feel results every time I use the product. Plus, this hair serum smells amazing! The cons: Because this product is a serum, it shouldn't be used if you're planning on not washing your hair the next day. The price is also a bit steeper than the other products in the line for a smaller amount. Have you tried any of Ouidad's Salon Series yet? Let me know what you thought! Disclaimer: I was given these three products for review purposes, but the opinions stated here are my own. Shop Ouidad: www.ouidad.com
September 2012View Details
Ouidad Launches New Products On Wednesday night I had the opportunity of attending the Ouidad x CurlBox #ReadyToHair Event held at their ultra chic hair salon on W. 57th Street. It was a private event, hosted by the lovely and fabulous CurlBox founder Myleik Teele, celebrating the launch of Ouidad's latest innovations, Mongongo Oil Hair Treatment and Curl Co-Wash. I received complimentary full sized bottles of each product at the end of the event that I will be trying out this weekend. In the meantime, I didn't want to hold out about these wonderful new products. Both products can be found at Ouidad.com, Ouidad flagship salons and certified salons and Ulta locations. Ouidad Curl Co-Wash Low Foam Cleansing Conditioner is a low-lathering, sulfate-free cleansing conditioner that leaves hair moisturized, soft and frizz-free while removing buildup. It has a combination of Black Cumin Seed Oil and Jamaican Black Oil to deeply condition strands, tame and smooth hair, all while reducing frizz. Rosemary and sage oils refresh and balance the scalp to make hair shiny. Naturally derived coconut cleanser removes buildup without drying hair. The Mongongo Oil Multi Use Hair Treatment is part of the Salon Series by Ouidad Collection, which features four advanced treatment products that treat the health of both hair and scalp at home. Why it is unique? + A super concentrated, multi-tasking oil infused with Mongongo Oil, known as “hair food” in Zambia for its high Vitamin E content, superb regenerating and antioxidant properties. Key Ingredients? + A high concentration of Linoleic acid, Omega-6 and Vitamin E deliver intense hydration. + With American Palm Seed Oil and Broccoli Seed Oil, the forumla restructures hair as it deeply repairs damage . What it does for hair? + Restructures damaged hair, delivers intense hydration and protects against UV and heat styling. + Smoothes frizz and restores natural luster and sheen. Have you tried Ouidad products before? Will you be trying the Curl Co-Wash or the Mondongo Oil?
August 2012View Details
Wouldn't it be great to get bouncy, perfectly defined, healthy curls without a trip to the salon? Well curlfriends, this is now possible with the Ouidad herself, the internationally recognized stylist and pioneer of curly hair, personally formulated each treatment. For superior efficacy and results, these new formulas contain the highest quality ingredients like macroloba and bay leaf oil. Sounds good, right? Here's what it's in the collection: Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair & Scalp Treatment ($36 for 6 fl oz): A complex of bay leaf oil and rich, this treatment's natural actives inspire healthier hair growth by clearing scalp and follicles of build-up, soothing and improving the condition of the scalp, and delivering nutrients to hair roots. Contains natural AHA complex of sugar cane, lemon and apple extracts for gentle enzymatic exfoliation of the scalp and fennel seed extract to increase microcirculation and oxygen flow to the hair root for deeper absorption of the nurturing bay leaf oil.It helps rid the hair and scalp of build-up and residue resulting in healthier hair growth and a fresh and hydrated scalp. Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum ($42 for 2 fl oz): A deep penetrating technology enhances the deposit of healthy hair growth actives, including biotin, down the follicle to facilitate the absorption of nutrients and speed repair to damaged hair. Contains biotin and a rich vitamin cocktail (B3, B5, B6, C and E) to strengthen hair while energizing follicles, and silk amino acids to moisturize for instantly softer, silkier hair. It helps weak, brittle, over processed hair that lacks volume become stronger, healthier, fuller, and improves hair growth. Do your curls need a little TLC, Style Blazers? Grab the collection at Sephora. StyleBlazers, will you use Ouidad's new collection on your curls? -Danielle Gray