A Healthy Conscience Says Hello To Naturally Based Products

A growing number of consumers are interested in naturally based, vegan and/or plant-based alternatives. It’s a thriving sector—one that some experts think could change the beauty industry for good.
This seismic change in what people want is part of the larger shift in consumer awareness about health and wellness. Thanks to a growing number of beauty blogs and social media accounts dedicated to the benefits of wellness, consumers have access to more information than ever before about what helps them.

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The Cruelty-Free Movement Has Taken Over
One tremendous movement is for corporations to be cruelty free. Public opinion and consumer power have had monumental influence on influencing corporate behavior and legislative initiatives toward saying no to animal testing. Over the last 25 years, the public demand for cruelty free products has grown so much that innovative non-animal testing strategies which yield efficient and accurate safety data have proliferated. Changes in the law haven’t been far behind.
Organizations like Cruelty Free International and The Leaping Bunny Program, the gold-standard in cruelty free certification for personal care and household products companies and signifies no animal testing at any stage of product development. It’s the only globally recognized guarantee that a brand has made a genuine commitment to ending animal testing for its products. Certified companies must meet its rigorous criteria. To be Leaping Bunny certified is a big win for those of us who care.

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Saying Yes to Naturally Based Products
Naturally based products are becoming the rage among today’s health conscious shoppers. As more and more people become aware of how naturally based products can positively affect their lives, they are making the switch and opting for healthier options.

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MONAT Global is at the top echelon of hair care companies that are cruelty free, manufacture naturally based products and say yes to acceptable products. Leaping Bunny certified, MONAT has made a commitment to providing animal-friendly options.
And when it comes to naturally based, just look at some of the many botanical oils that MONAT’s flagship product, REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive contains. Abyssinian oil was the first ingredient selected for its remarkable rejuvenating properties. Next, a blend of unique ingredients, including antioxidants, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids was developed. This unique product also contains Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Lime Oil, Citrus Bergamot Fruit Oil, Coconut Oil and Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract. Sounds yummy, bringing new levels of nourishment and anti-aging benefits to your hair and skin.
Or look at MONAT’s Smoothing Shampoo, formulated to gently cleanse and nourish while smoothing and softening the hair cuticle to reduce frizz. Smoothing Shampoo takes charge to reduce dry static flyaways, de-frizz, and resist humidity for a smoother, sleeker, silkier look. And these are just two of their line of products.
What you will not find in MONAT products are listed below in our “no’s”
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Cyclic Silicones
  • BHT
  • DEA/MEA
  • Phthalates
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Petrolatum
  • Mineral Oil
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Triclosan
  • Plastic Microbeads
  • Formaldehyde Releasers
  • Harmful Colors
  • Harmful Fragrances
What you will find in MONAT’s products are naturally based ingredients and botanicals extracts that benefit the hair and scalp. These ingredients gently cleanse, moisturize, hydrate and improve the hair’s overall condition to leave it silky, shiny, healthy and beautiful.
For more about MONAT, visit https://monatglobal.com/all-our-products/. You’ll be glad you did!

You Need Your Zzzzz’s More Than You Know!

We all know that sleep makes you feel better (hug that comforter!) but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. Not enough sleep on a regular basis can raise your risk for some chronic health problems.
Sleep affects how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. While you’re sleeping, your brain is laying the foundation for the next day. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information.
During sleep, you strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake (this process is called consolidation). If you’re trying to learn something new, whether it’s a new language, how to play the piano or how to perfect your tennis swing, sleep helps enhance your learning and problem-solving skills. Sleep also helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative.
While the right amount of sleep helps you, lack of sleep seriously works against you. Studies reinforce that sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. If you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change.


“A lack of sleep can contribute to depression,” says Dr. Jean Raymonde Jean, MD, director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. “A good night’s sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety. You get more emotional stability with good sleep.”


The first signs you may be aware of when getting less than 6 hours of sleep is you feel tired, forgetful, irritable, and just not on the top of your game. Yet, to everyone around you, it might just seem like you’re doing poorly at work, have mood swings or are depressed.
Sleep also is crucial to your physical health. Sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Not getting enough sleep also affects how you look, besides tired. When you’re sleep deprived, you have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which increases your appetite. That’s another reason to get to bed earlier!

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While your body is renewing itself, take this time to revitalize your skin and hair. Put on a few drops of REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive to your facial skin and décolleté before your nighttime cream and get an extra boost of hydration for improved texture and tone. You’ll get extra nighttime benefit and wake up with silky and more youthful looking hair and skin!
The bottom line is that without proper sleep, your brain can’t regenerate properly. So make sure you get your zzzzz’s. And you might as well turn your important sleep time into important beauty time too!
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Why Is Sleep Important? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/node/4605

Playing In Nature Really Does Keep Kids Happier

Kids are tuned to their smart phone screens, their iPads, their videogames. It seems like a long gone era when kids raced around outside for the afternoon, being called into dinner by a Mom yelling their names throughout the neighboring lawns. But this transformation from playing outside actually has negative health effects. A small but growing group of of healthcare professionals are trying to treat illnesses like depression and attention deficit disorder by prescribing more time in nature.
Significant research demonstrates that we spend too little time in the natural world and it has had grave effects on our mental and physical health. Study after study suggests that spending time outside reduces stress for children and adults.

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Other studies have found that spending time in nature increases one’s attention span. And in an era when millions of children are being prescribed drugs for ADHD, it is worth noting that there might be ways to help them with fewer side effects. Like turning off the television and telling them to go play outside.
Craig Chalquist, the chair of the East-West Psychology Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies, surprisingly says, “If you hold moist soil for 20 minutes, the soil bacteria begins elevating your mood.

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But, on the other hand, all that running around in soil and, on really happy days, in mud too can turn kids’ hair in a veritable spider’s web of tangles. How to suds their hair up while keeping them happy? Try MONAT’s Junior lineJunior Gentle Shampoo, Junior Gentle Conditioner and Junior Gentle Detangler. These products are mild and made especially to clean, condition and detangle kids’ fine hair, which is frailer than adults. The is tear-, sulfate-, and paraben-free, having been rigorously tested by dermatologists and ophthalmologists. The line also does not contain any unfriendly chemicals, making it perfect for those little toddlers in the tub.

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So let your kids run around and play outside. It’s not only good for them but when they come back in, they’ll have fun in the tub with Lovely Locks Lion, Really Shiny Raccoon and Magic Mane Mammoth!

Cohen, D. Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature https://childmind.org/article/why-kids-need-to-spend-time-in-nature/
Novotney, A. Getting back to the great outdoors. March 2008. American Psychological Association. http://www.apa.org/monitor/2008/03/outdoors.aspx
Rodriguez, T., MA, LPC. The Mental Health Benefits of Nature Exposure. Psychiatry Advisor. https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/mood-disorders/nature-cognitive-anxiety-depression-mood/article/448018/

Exercise And Self Esteem Go Hand-In-Hand

Want to feel better and have more confidence? The guarantee to unlocking a happier life starts with exercise. It really does work. Substantial research shows that when you exercise, your brain starts to release all the “good” hormones—serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine. Together, the hormones will help you feel more relaxed, happier, and in less pain. Doctors regularly recommend exercise for those fighting depression and anxiety.
Interestingly, lifting weights has been found to lower anxiety. Aerobics classes can improve mental positivity. Tai chi can increase a person’s feeling of self-worth. All in all, exercise really has amazing benefits.

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These positive hormones also boost your confidence because when you feel good about yourself, you automatically get more confidence. When you exercise and eat well, you will start seeing changes in your body. You lose weight, tone up, and fit into your clothes. And when you look great, you feel better.
While you know exercise will help you, it can be hard to get started and stay motivated. Here are some tips to make it part of your daily routine, so much so that you actually feel unbalanced if you miss more than a few days of regular exercise.
Exercise for the right reasons. Focus on what you want to gain, e.g., good health, better mood, healthy weight, more energy or improved self-esteem. Do it because it’s good for you and not for anyone else.
Find an activity that’s right for you. If you hate gyms, don’t force yourself to go to one. Choose something that works for you. There are so many options. Swimming, rowing, cycling, yoga, tennis, dancing, even walking the dog. If you love what you do, you’ll do it!

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Join a class. Belonging to a group of people all geared to the same goal is very motivational and helps with commitment. Plus, you get to meet new people!
Make exercise part of your everyday life. Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, walk to work, or get off the bus or train a stop early. Your exercise doesn’t have to be structured movement.
Exercise isn’t all or nothing. Any exercise is better than none. It doesn’t have to be intense to be beneficial. If you have activity limitations, do what you’re able to do.

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Don’t worry about getting it right. You might be uncoordinated at the start or get tired quickly. Just do it, as the Nike saying goes!
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Fit it in when you can. Sometimes morning or lunch workouts are the best. Just be sure to have a quick clean-up plan. If your hair gets sweaty, bring along a dry shampoo in your tote, like THE CHAMP™ Conditioning Dry Shampoo. Even when you’re on the go, you’ll be able to knock out greasiness and your hair will shine!
So get up and start moving!

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Berg, M. How Does Exercise Affect Your Self-Esteem? https://healthyliving.azcentral.com/exercise-affect-selfesteem-16340.html
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AGATHANGELOU, F. How to Build Self-Esteem Through Exercise HEALTHY PLACE. 2015 https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/buildingselfesteem/2015/04/how-to-build-self-esteem-through-exercise/

Caring for Curly Hair

Curly hair is fun when it’s wild and slightly crazy…or take the sexy route when they’re in a slinky, spiral shape.

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But since curls can undoubtedly be hard to manage, here are a few tips.

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Use a wide-tooth comb, not a brush, to detangle
Curly hair is the most fragile type of hair there is, with each curl being a possible breaking point. A wide-tooth comb is the gentlest way to get through your curls and also doesn’t break up your curl pattern like a brush would.

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Comb your hair from the bottom up
If you start at the bottom of your hair, combing up lets you detangle each knot. The last thing you want to do is yank your way through your curly mane.
Get a regular trim to avoid split ends
For a bouncy, fresh head of curls, book an appointment with your hairstylist every six to eight weeks to trim off split ends and preventing splits from going further upward.

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Use a Cream for Curls
As any curly-haired girl will tell you, a styling cream is an essential part of their hair arsenal. Styling cream for curly hair will reduce frizz while bringing out natural curves. How to use? Immediately post-shower, simply rake a dollop of styling cream like Curl Cream through all your strands and then either gently blow dry with a diffuser to get a really full head of curls or air dry to get a tamer look. Curl Cream has the innovative WAVEMAX™ in it for longer-lasting, naturally defined curls. WAVEMAX is a 100% natural, new green cosmetic active that enhances and maintains the natural-look of curls. Containing a rich combination of polysaccharides extracted from Chia Seed and Linseed that shields the hair shaft, it forms and shapes defined curls, with the additional benefits of anti-frizz, protection from humidity and heat stress.
Here’s another a tip: If your curls are very coarse, apply product to wet hair. If your hair is fine, apply product to damp hair.

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Once your curls are dry, you can shake or fluff your ringlets to your heart’s content to get just the look you want.
Want more tips for curly hair? Watch MONAT’s Beauty Insider!

Packing Beauty Products So They Stay Packed On The Plane!

No matter how excited you are to go away on a trip, packing can actually be stressful. Deciding what pants, skirts, dresses, shoes (flats, heels and sneakers?), jackets, tops, can be stressful enough, especially if you have to plan each day out. But in addition, there are all your toiletries…products you need every day, regardless of how short a time you are going away.
How do you pack your moisturizer, primer, body lotion, mascara, an array of lipsticks (of course!) and all the other sundries you need…in a way you can get to them easily AND to comply with TSA regulations for flight travel. If you’re not checking, it gets tricky to bring everything you need on board! You also want to pack carefully because we’ve all have had the disastrous mess of an exploded bottle of foundation leaking in our bag.
The TSA 3-1-1 Rule
For toiletries, the flight reminder is simple – the 3-1-1 rule. You can carry on a clear 1-quart resealable plastic bag filled with liquids and gels, each in a container of 3 ounces or less. Anything that doesn’t fit into that clear bag needs to be checked.
Cosmetic and Toiletry Packing Travel Tips
How can you prevent future travel disasters from make-up exploding or shattering and get to your beauty essentials toiletries easily? Here’s a guide!
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The essential clear quart bag
While you can get 1 quart resealable containers at the supermarket, you can also buy inexpensive ones online that give you a teeny bit more room, although still TSA compliant. They’re sturdier too. Try eBags Zipper Clear Quart Pouch.
Carry on essentials only!
That 1-quart bag that can come on the plane with you isn’t that big. So only bring on your essentials, concealer, mascara, moisturizer, lip balm, gloss, contact lens solution and the convenient travel size of REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive, perfect to put on your hair and face for a post-flight fresh-up. So you’ve got the most important things with you and heaven forbid, your bag gets lost, you’ve got your go to items with you in the worst case scenario.
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Refillable sillicone bottles and jars
While you can buy a world’s worth of miniature versions of toiletries at a local drugstore, like toothpaste and contact lens solution, it’s a lot easier to fill up small containers with your prized possessions, like foundation, make-up remover, and your favorite shampoo and conditioner like the wonderfully hydrating Renew Shampoo and Restore Leave-In Conditioner. The best part is that they’re leakproof so no dipping your hand in a gooey bag!
If you don’t have travel size versions of your favorite MONAT products, here’s how you can still take them with you on your next vacay. Try this set from eagle creek or this great collection from Flight 001. Don’t forget to write on them with a permanent marker so you know what is in which.
Caring for fragile bottles
You may have some small items that can be easily wrapped, like a glass bottle of foundation or a perfume bottle. Pack it inside a pair of socks. This will keep it protected.
Extra seal any bottles
While a tightly screwed cap should offer protection, sometimes, just sometimes, that’s not enough. For any bottle you’re just not sure about, duct tape the pop-top opening or lid and then wrap it in plastic cling wrap. You can’t get any more secure than this and it’ll pay off if you’re bringing a self-tanner. Trust us on this one.
Organize yourself
Keep like items together. Don’t pack your toothpaste next to your foundation or your mascara next to your shampoo. This will help when you’re dashing to get ready and get out the door for your next fun adventure.
Cuddle your sundries in the middle of your bag
Usually, cosmetics are the last thing we put in our bags. But be smart and put those resealed bags of containers in the middle of your suitcase, surrounded by tees and underwear to cushion them. This really helps to prevent any breakage. Just don’t wrap them in an irreplaceable silk blouse…just in case!
Keep these hacks in mind and you’re ready to fly with a clear mind!
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Spring Break Do A Number To Your Hair? Fix It Now!

So Spring Break is about to end. Whether you scooted down to a tropical state, jetted off to Mexico or flew across the globe to a truly exotic locale, you had a super time. But now your hair is likely the worse for wear. As you were dabbling in salt water or chlorine pools and getting sun all day long, your hair was taking the brunt. Now it’s frizzy, frazzled and dull, making you feel the same way. Why did it get this way?

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When your hair gets dry or damaged, the cuticle frays and becomes somewhat shredded, like the scales on a snake. Ewww. Who wants hair like that? Hair like this also does not lie flat, giving rise to frizz and flyaways.
What to do? Fix it, fast! Your hair needs to be restored with water and oil, two things that the sun and salt water took out of it.

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The first thing you can do is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Bring water back IN to your hair since it’s literally gasping for it. Start with a shampoo that both hydrates and moisturizes, like Renew Shampoo. A shampoo like this is salt-and-sulfate free and gentle enough for even the weakest strands that were damaged by a week of fun in the sun.

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Then try a leave-in conditioner so your hair benefits all day long from added moisture. With Restore Leave-In Conditioner, you get an extra punch of hydration while your scalp gets essential nutrients to help stamp out any remaining scalp burn from the sun. Restore Leave-In Conditioner is great because it can be used on wet or dry hair to tame errant frizzies and flyaways.

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But your hair needs more. Once a week, give it a good wallop of nourishment with a repairing and hydrating masque like Replenish Masque that is ideal for damaged or parched strands. Replenish Masque delivers essential moisture and vital nutrients to eliminate frizz and stop split ends. Your hair will come out silky and shiny.

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Don’t be aghast but adding some nourishing oil especially designed to rejuvenate your hair every few days will put the finishing touches on your formerly parched locks. Try REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive that has Abyssinian oils, combined with a blend of multiple unique molecular ingredients, to reduce oxidative stress and add volume and shine.
With a hydration and nourishing regimen like this, your hair’s brilliance factor will go way up and the vibrant, bouncy, shiny tresses you were used to before Spring Break will return. It’s all good!

Spring 2018 Runway Hair Is So Much Fun!

Runway hairstyles are always fun to look at, even though they may be too over the top for real life. They can be stunningly gorgeous or breathtakingly beautiful but always with a special twist that makes them stand out – they have to be runway spectacular to go with the couture clothes. Here are some we like!
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How much fun is this do? A “messy updo,” it’s very punk and very rockish…a definite throwback to the 80s. If you want to make it yours, you need the Loop Faux Leather Headband ($20) from etsy.com
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Runway hair is not always real. This look definitely calls for a wig! Flat iron it, give the bangs a chop chop and there you go…out for a wild night!
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Here’s a sleek do that’s actually really “do-able!” Make a super straight part down the center of your scalp, pull your hair back into a low ponytail and wrap a thin scarf around the tail halfway. Keep the tail silky, shiny and straight with Smoothing Shampoo and Smoothing Deep Conditioner …say bye bye to flyaways and frizz!
The Health and Beauty Benefits of Water

The Health and Beauty Benefits of Water

How many times have you heard that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day? It’s common knowledge but do we really know why we need to drink that much water? Listen up!
Your body is mostly water and comprises about 60 percent of your body weight. According to the Mayo Clinic, water:
  • Eliminates wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements
  • Keeps your temperature normal
  • Lubricates and cushions joints
  • Protects sensitive tissues1
But did you also know all the wonderful things water can do for your looks? Enough H2O does more than keep you hydrated. It helps your body flush out toxins more efficiently. The result? Fresher and more radiant-looking skin! Water helps your skin keep its natural elasticity and suppleness.

What do the experts say? According to Howard Murad, author of The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger, not drinking water makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration.

Dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian, of the New York City-based Schweiger Dermatology Group, has said, “I’ve found that water makes a big difference in skin health. Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent.”2
Now it’s easier to become more motivated to try and drink 62 ounces of water a day, right?
For those of you who don’t have the patience to track your water intake (or who don’t enjoy guzzling water around the clock), you literally can “eat” your water to supplement your intake. That’s because many fruits and vegetables are almost 100 percent water!
Below are some fruits and vegetables that taste wonderful and hydrate you. Incorporate these into your daily diet and you will meet your water quota, helping your body work better and making yourself look better!
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CUCUMBER
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CANTALOUPE
GRAPEFRUIT
SPINACH
TOMATO
WATERMELON

1 Healthy Lifestyle: Nutrition and healthy eating. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256?pg=2
2 Fetters, K. Does Drinking Water Really Give You Glowing Skin? Women’s Health Magazine. February 26, 2015. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/drinking-water-for-better-skin
3 Micco, N., M.S. 7 Refreshing Foods to Help You Stay Hydrated. Eating Well. http://www.eatingwell.com/article/17576/7-refreshing-foods-to-help-you-stay-hydrated/

Hottest Hair Colors for 2018

When it comes to hair, color is IN! 2018 brings brighter, bolder and spicier shades. It’s very 80’s but definitely back in style.
But importantly you have to go with what looks best with your skin coloring. If you’re pale skinned, the icy look is for you, like platinum, a perennial favorite. If you have warm undertones, go for a warm buttery blond or caramel auburn.
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Buttery Blonde
Here, our fav celeb Reese Witherspoon rocks a buttery blonde. Her hair looks multi-dimensional and inviting. Who wouldn’t want a color like this?
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Brunette to Caramel Balayage Is Taking Over the Browns
Balayage remains hot on the radar but now it’s with warmer shades. Jessica Biel’s balayage goes from very dark roots to warm caramel, spanning the spectrum of color and turning heads as she walks in the door.
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Platinum Is A Scene Stealer
Have you noticed how many celebs are going platinum blonde? It. Is. The. Rage. Whether it’s Cara Delevingne’s pure icey platinum or Zoë Kravitz’ slightly warm pixie platinum or Kate Bosworth’s sandy blonde platinum, this color is keeping hair colorists busy everywhere.
Ready for a change but not ready to go full force? Think about enhancing your current hair color with a shampoo made for what you have now. MONAT’s COLOUR ENHANCE products help you play safe by not depositing any real pigment but rather, upping the ante on what you’ve already got. They are formulated with botanical antioxidants and MONAT’s most exclusive plant-derived color enhancing ingredient blends for brilliant results that enrich colour and heighten shine. Whether you’re blonde, brunette or platinum, MONAT’s COLOUR ENHANCE line has a shampoo and conditioner duo just for you!
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