Get The Lead Out Of Your Hair Dye, Rules The FDA

Lead acetate can no longer be included in hair dye formulations, according to a ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new rule does not take effect until October 2019 but, significantly, it finishes the one remaining use of lead, a neurotoxin, in cosmetic products in the US.1

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“In the nearly 40 years since lead acetate was initially approved as a colour additive, our understanding of the hazards of lead exposure has evolved significantly,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb explained in an agency news release.
“We now know that the approved use of lead acetate in adult hair dyes no longer meets our safety standard,” he added. “Lead exposure can have serious adverse effects on human health, including for children, who may be particularly vulnerable. Moreover, there are alternative colour additives for hair colouring products that consumers can use that do not contain lead as an ingredient.” 2

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no safe level of lead exposure. However, lead has been a key colouring ingredient for hair and occupies a significant part on ingredient lists for hair dye products. While targeted for use as a hair dye, it can enter the body through the scalp and skin, to deleterious effect. Bismuth, a chemical element, has been formulated to be the candidate as a replacement for lead in hair products.3

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You can’t be too careful. In order to avoid hair dye products that may contain lead acetate, check the ingredients on the dye container label.

1 Lead in hair dyes must go: FDA October 30, 2018. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-10-hair-dyes-fda.html
2 FDA takes action to stop the use of lead acetate in hair dyes. Oct. 30, 2018. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm624589.htm
3 Kashikar, A. FDA Orders Companies To Remove Lead From Hair Products. Nov. 9, 2018. http://industrynewsinsights.com/3830/fda-orders-companies-to-remove-lead-from-hair-products/

Want Some New Hairstyles From A Celebrity Hairstylist? Read On!

MONAT has teamed up with Celebrity Hairstylist Alex Brown and she has created some really great hair styles just for MONAT followers. Scroll on down!

Are you pro-braids? Do you wish you knew how to do them differently? Check out this video for a super sleek ponytail with braids. You’ll be amazed at how gorgeous the style is. Click here to watch this great tutorial!

Need a smashing new do for that night out next week? Going to a major event and want something different for your hair? Watch now to learn how to create Glamourous Waves you always see on all the broadcast awards shows. You’ll really knock’em dead!

We all wear ponytails, right? But don’t you wish you could do something edgy with it at times? Try this Bubble Ponytail that is so in right now it’s smokin’! It’s easy to do and creates a totally different effect. Try it! You…and everyone else…will love it!
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Employee Edit: Who Loves What at MONAT!

Many times people ask us who work at MONAT what we like, especially because we have so many, many products to choose from. So we thought we’d show you exactly what some of our employees in this company use and why. Maybe you can take away some useful tips!

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Mary Ensor, Manager of Philanthropy and Gratitude Efforts
More than a Hand cream is one of the products I can’t live without! I keep one at home and in my purse so that it is always with me. I love the refreshing scent and how moisturizing it is.”

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Melissa Zoque, Global Assistant Project Manager
“I absolutely cannot live without the Super Moisture Masque! I mix and match my products—Smoothing Shampoo, Revitalize Conditioner and Restore Leave-In Conditioner—but I HAVE to use the Super Moisture Masque at least twice a week to soften my hair. I’ve also noticed it works as anti-frizz. I love it!”

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Luis Valencia, Social Media Support Representative
“I cannot live without the MONAT BLACK Shampoo + Conditioner and Restore Leave-In Conditioner. Why? Well they’re simply awesome. I love the 2-in-1 because it is strong enough to clean my hair and gentle enough for everyday use. The Restore Leave-In Conditioner is part of my daily routine because it makes my hair looking and smelling great all day!”

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Marisol Diamond, Project Manager/Creative Dept.
“I really like REJUVABEADS™ because I can use it on my hair before I blow dry it and it makes my ends look nice rather than frayed and split. I also like it because I can use a little bit to tame my flyaways. And, I use it on one of my kid’s hair when I do a pony tail on her. I am conditioning her hair while it is also helping me tame her curls to pull them back.”

You CAN Make Thin Hair Look Thicker! Here’s how.

If you’ve been suffering through a lifetime of limp waves and lifeless, stick-to-my-forehead bangs, take heart. It is possible to transform your flat strands and add bombshell volume to your fine hair with a few tips and styling techniques. Read on!
Dry Your Hair the Right Way
“Rough” dry your hair before styling. Too much brushing can make your hair appear more limp. Dry your hair at least 90 percent with your hands before pulling out your round brush.

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Be Careful with Product Placement
Watch where you put your product. You should never apply product to your roots unless it’s a root-volume spray like Reshape Root Lifter. When you apply product, start at the ends since they absorb more.

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Go Easy On Conditioner
Also, don’t over-condition your hair since heavy conditioners can weigh it down. Use a lightweight leave-in one like Restore Leave-In Conditioner only on your ends and every other time you shampoo.

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Cut and Style for Maximum Heft!
Then, when it comes to cutting and styling your hair, strategic haircuts and hairstyles will trick onlookers into believing you have more hair than you know what to do with! For example, long layers can add movement and volume. Shorter cuts also work great because then hair isn’t weighed down. Blunt collarbone-length cuts with just a few face framing layers are another good cut for thin hair. Bangs are also a possibility. It just takes a spritz of dry shampoo like THE CHAMP™ Conditioning Dry Shampoo to keep them from separating and looking too thin and wispy.
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Shoulder-Length Blunt Cut
You can have your hair shoulder-length by getting your hair cut in a blunt style. This will make your hair appear thicker. To maintain and amplify fullness, use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner like Revive Shampoo and Revitalize Conditioner.
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Deep Side Part
If you want your hair long, go with a deep side part. This pretty much “lumps” your hair together on one side, which gives off an illusion of volume.
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Shag with Bangs
This layered haircut works great for thin hair. The shaggy layers with blunt ends are easy to curl or air dry to get summer-perfect beachy waves. Use Tousled Texturizing Mist to really get your waves beachy! Add in some bangs and you’ve got even more shape and style!
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Choppy Pixie
You can always do the one cut that never goes out of style—the choppy pixie. Oh so short, it’s very sassy and makes thin hair look thick and full. Don’t forget to dip your fingers into some Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy and then pull at some pieces to make them go in a windswept style…or every which way!
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It’s Nearing The End Of Summer And Your Hair Is Already A Mess. What To Do?

It’s the beginning of August and already your hair is burnt out from summer fun. Too much hot sun, chlorine, salt water, humidity and air conditioning have dried your hair out and turned it into a giant frizz ball. You’ve been pulling hair treatment products off the shelf based on their pictures but none are really working. Honestly, you need some help.
Not to worry! We’ve got the help you need. First, you have to figure out exactly what is wrong with your hair. Then pick the right product to match it. Does your hair need moisture? Or does it need hydration? While there is a difference between the two, you need both!

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What’s the Difference Between Moisture and Hydration?
The scalp produces its own natural oil that protects your hair from damage and water loss. If you are prone to having dry hair, that’s a tell-tale sign that your hair isn’t getting enough natural oil to form a protective barrier, making it impossible to lock in water. As a result, hair looks and feels dry, coarse and brittle. Dry hair lacks oil and needs to be moisturized or “lubricated.”
Hydration, on the other hand, refers to the amount of water within the skin and hair. When hair becomes dehydrated, it becomes thirsty and looks parched, lifeless and dull. Dehydrated hair lacks water. So it needs to be treated with products that are formulated with ingredients that literally quench the hair’s thirst by increasing its water content.

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Your Guide to Hair Treatments
So here’s a guide, detailed by what shape your hair is in, to getting just the right treatment!

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Is your hair dull, lifeless, thirsty and/or parched?
The Heavenly Hydrating Masque is specially formulated for this type of hair, which needs intense hydration from roots to tips, inside and out, to look and feel its healthy best. The cool thing about the Heavenly Hydrating Masque is that it’s clinically proven to deliver intensive hydration that lasts 72 hours due to the innovative technologies used in its formulary – REJUVENIQE S™, PatcH20™, ceramides and a blend of active ingredients. REJUVENIQE S is MONAT’s newest exclusive, proprietary ingredient, clinically proven to deliver a real power boost of hydration by improving hyaluronic acid expression to hydrate the hair, as well as PatcH20 to maintain long-lasting hydration results throughout the day. It’s for all hair types, including oily.

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Is your hair slightly damaged and dry?
Then you want Replenish Masque. It’s formulated with REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive. This masque helps strengthen weak, damaged hair strands as well as conditioning the hair by delivering light hydration and moisturization to the hair and scalp. It helps minimize frizz and split ends.

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Is your hair simply slightly dry?
Go for the Super Moisture Masque which provides a light nourishing moisture treatment. It is formulated with REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive and an Amino Acid Complex that infuses hair with natural lubricating oils, minerals, and vitamins. This masque conditions with the proper moisture balance to combat dry, brittle strands.
So, with this guide, you’re on your way to restored, happy, healthy hair! Enjoy August looking beautiful!

IT Girl Hairstyles For The Summer!

Check out these trés cool hairstyles, perfect for the summer months. We love them all!
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Half up, Half down On Medium Hair
Half up, half down styles are so the rage right now. It gets a whole new look when done on medium length hair. Toss your head and let it flip!
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The Wet Look
The wet look is being seen everywhere. Don’t miss out wearing this oh so fab style! It’s summery and exotic at the same time!
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Accessorize with Bobby Pins
Using rhinestone studded bobby pins in a criss cross fashion is the perfect accessory. Add a cute little doggie on your shoulder and you’ve got the perfect look!
Stay up to date on the latest trends! Follow us @MONATofficial.

Trendy Braided Hairstyles To Try This Summer!

Braided hairstyles have been around since the dawn of time…and it’s clear they’re not going anywhere, like, ever. Braids are chic, sometimes simple, and a commitment-free way to change up your style — or even just look put together when you don’t have time to wash your hair.
Check out our round-up of our favourite plaited hairstyle, which can work from festival season to a glamourous dinner date. We’ve even got a braided look for short hair!
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Why have two braids running along the side when you can combine them as one giant basket braid in the back? Cheat by leaving a length of hair down the centre, then just braid the two side braids together for spectacular style that works day to night! To give your hair some volume as you plait, spray on THE CHAMP™ Conditioning Dry Shampoo.
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An angled waterfall braid is a super braid for any occasion. Make sure you bring a clear hair elastic on your finger to secure the braid on the go. Top it off with a light spray of Tousled Texturizing Mist to keep it casually in place.
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Want some extra flair? Go for a side braid with ribbon! Apply a quarter-size dollop of Moxie Magnifying Mousse to dry hair for a thicker braid, then gather it into a side pony. Add ribbons to the base and loosely braid together! Bye-bye basic braid!
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Make that Tim Horton’s run a bit more chic with this hip side style. Start right above your ear and create a Dutch braid. (All you have to do is thread the sections under instead of over, like you do on a French braid.) When you’ve reached the end of your hair, pin the braid behind your loose hair and finish with a spritz of Refinish Control Hairspray!
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Who doesn’t love a French braid, especially one with some extra flair? Braid your hair as normal, secure it with a hair band and then wrap it around into a bun, pinning it up with clear bobby pins. Add fullness and height as you braid with Reshape Root Lifter!
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Just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you can’t have a braid! Start your braid from a center part and stop right behind your ears. Tuck it in with a clear pin and make sure it stays by using some Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy as you make your braid.

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 Colours
  • 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/ca/all-our-products/. You’ll be glad you did!

Don’t Blow It! Use MONAT’s Blow Out Cream for the Perfect Look

Have you been making one too many beelines to the local blow-dry bar? It’s no secret that it can take a toll on your wallet, not to mention the hours of your life you’ll never get back.
But we get it, there’s nothing quite like that movie star moment when you step out of the door with a Cindy Crawford-esque coif.

5 Tips to Autumn Healthy Skin!

With fall upon us and temperatures getting colder, we’re into wearing sweaters and boots. But we also should have changed our skincare regimen to take on tolls of cold weather. We checked in with Dr. Amy Ross, MONAT Scientific Board Member, and came away with 5 tips to glowing skin!


Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

Start off with a full-body exfoliating session. Gently exfoliating the skin once a week helps remove dead skin cells and leaves your skin smooth and renewed, Dr. Ross explains. Oil-based scrubs are wonderful because they exfoliate and hydrate.


Use Creams and Oils vs. Lotions

As the air has become drier, your skin needs a thicker moisturizer, Dr. Ross says. Creams provide a stronger oily barrier, which means they both reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin and provide hydration to the inner layer of the skin at the same time. And one of the best hydrators to use for your skin is REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive. Made of Abyssinian oil and combined with a blend of 13 unique molecular ingredients, REJUVENIQE™ can be used prior to moisturizer for instant hydration, protection, and improved texture and tone.


Protect Against Still-intense UV Rays

Sun protection shouldn’t end just because the leaves have turned. More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with the sun, which emits cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) radiation all year-round. Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 25 or higher every day.


Protect Your Lips!

Start moisturizing now to prevent dry, cracked lips this winter, Dr. Ross advises. Gently exfoliate your lips and apply a moisturizing lip balm that’s petroleum free and contains sunscreen with an SPF 20 or more.


Don’t Forget Your Knees, Elbows, Hands and Feet!

Your knees, elbows, hands and feet always are in need of some TLC. Update your skincare routine and gently exfoliate these areas and follow with a rich, creamy skin moisturizer, Dr. Ross emphasizes. Adding a nightly cuticle cream can help your hands get a jump on colder winter weather.our needs.
 
Now you’re ready to face the brisker fall and winter temperatures with a glow in your skin!

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