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Phyto Secret De Nuit

As I sit here with my wet head of hair waiting for it to dry, I am concerned.  Fortunately, I have a bottle of Phyto Secret De Nuit in my medicine cabinet.

Let Me Explain

I have been sick with this horrible bronchitis-cold hybrid for three weeks.  Three full weeks of coughing and wheezing, telling myself that it would just go away and that was normal.  It wasn’t normal.  I ended up at urgent care two days ago, finally, where they prescribed some lovely inhalers and an antibiotic.

Funnily enough, they also forgot about me while I was there.

This normally would have really frosted my cookies, but I was trying to finish “American Gods” for my book club and had brought it along.  So two hours at the doctor’s office waiting for a breathing treatment was not all for naught (see what I did there? ;)).

What being asthmatically challenged for three weeks has meant is that I can’t work out.  While this might be perfectly okay for some, I do not cope well with this.  And it’s not for purely aesthetic reasons.  Having struggled with depression for a lot of my life, a daily dose of exercise really helps with keeping me level.

Why don’t you walk, you ask?  That’s a perfectly reasonable question.  California is in the middle of a heat wave, and in the valley it feels like it’s 120 degrees.  Fortunately I have a solution: I have a pool.

 

Phyto Secret De Nuit Review

In a lot of the country, having a pool in your yard is a luxury.  In the San Fernando Valley, it’s less rare, and if you’re ever flying over the Los Angeles area, I’d suggest you look out the window and observe the landscape dotted with little turquoise puddles.

So I’ve been doing a lot of swimming.  I’ll either put on some music and take myself through a bitchin’ water aerobics routine (not just for senior citizens, I’ve discovered), or I’ll swim breaststroke laps back and forth.  The pool isn’t big, but as long as I’m moving I feel like I’m doing well.

The downside of all this swimming is that: a) I have to wash my hair every day; and b) I’m concerned that, as a result, my hair is getting damaged.

Fortunately, I found Phyto Secret De Nuit

Phyto Secret De Nuit Review - Beauty Chaos

This nighttime hair treatment is designed to work on your hair while you sleep, leaving it “supple and hydrated.”  Now, there’s conflicting instructions on how to use Phyto Secret De Nuit.  The bottle says to apply a small amount, the size of a hazelnut, through hair before bed.  In the morning, style as usual. The Ulta website says to use Phyto Secret De Nuit three times per week.

When I first got the Phyto Secret De Nuit, I was using it every night.  While my hair didn’t seem particularly over-moisturized, I did find that putting it in my hair and trying to “style as usual” in the morning was a challenge.  My hair felt greasy and, well, like I had put conditioner in it and slept.

However, when I began using the product as the Ulta website instructed, it worked really well.  I feel like my hair is getting the extra boost that it needs after being depleted by chlorine and washing too much, but I don’t think I’m overdoing it.

Cost and Where to Buy

I bought my Phyto Secret De Nuit while I was out shopping at Sephora for around $40.  However, when I was surfing around trying to find it, I discovered that Phyto Secret De Nuit is not listed on the Sephora website anymore.  Ulta has it listed for $19.97 (obviously where I should have gone to get it).  The next best price I could find was Walmart, which listed it for $21.99.

Phyto Secret De Nuit Review PinSumming Up

I think I’ll be doing away with my 1 to 10 rating system.  But I love this product, especially at a $20 price point.  For $40, it felt a little on the expensive side for my taste, especially when I was using it every night. All in all, Phyto Secret De Nuit is a great buy to help replenish and repair your hair.

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Redken Diamond Oil

As I sit here, I am on day 6 of a terrible cold.  My plan had been to start my Physique 57 Challenge last week and be a week into it by now.  But I got one workout into the challenge and caught a terrible cold.  Thwarted by germs, I attempted to stay in bed all weekend to get rid of this disaster.  I failed.

So I decided, in the meantime, to review some of my new buys.  First is Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine.  I was introduced to this product while reading an Elle magazine a year or so ago.  One writer decided to examine what “taking care of your hair” truly entails by consulting experts.

Apparently, a lot is required to simply care for your hair in the correct way, according to the article.  This was the same article that introduced me to Dr. Dennis Gross’ Anti-Aging Scalp Serum.  The experts (the names escape me now) recommend all kinds of elaborate treatments, as well as carefully brushing hair in the manner of Disney princesses (brushing with one hand very, very gently while holding the other hand flat on the other side of the brush).  They also adamantly recommend only using a brush with boar bristles and heat styling only when your life depends on it.

While this is all well and good, I learned early that my unruly hair tangles, and the way to get those tangles out is a good old-fashioned paddle brush.  I also know that I look like a drowned rat (or better yet, the survivor of the zombie apocalypse) when I don’t blow dry my hair, so air drying is usually not an option.  However, I have managed to wean myself down to only washing my hair every other day instead of every day, so at least I’m doing something right.

First Impressions

I found the Redken Diamond Oil at Frends Beauty Supply, during the same trip that I bought the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator.  Being a beauty junkie, it is absolutely impossible for me to enter a beauty supply store and only purchase one item.  So after I found the illuminator, I wandered the aisles and found the Redken Diamond Oil.  I remembered seeing a photo of it in the Elle article, so I decided to give it a go.

The bottle is a little smaller than I expected, but you need so little of the product for everyday use that I’m sure it will last for a long time.

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Experience

Aside from using the Redken Diamond Oil for everyday use, the Elle article recommended using it as a hair mask, in addition to a scalp mask that I’ll discuss in a different review.  The oil has a light consistency and a delicate scent.  The websites I’ve consulted herald this as an all purpose oil, for use pre-shampoo, mixed with a hair mask, pre-blowout, post-blowout, and even on hands and skin.

As a Hair Mask.  Because the oil is so light, I find myself applying a lot of it as a hair mask.  The site recommends leaving on for 5 to 15 minutes, but I leave the treatment on for at least an hour.  Although with some oils I feel like I need to shampoo more than once, a single shampoo feels sufficient.  Post-blowout, my hair is soft and smooth.

As a Pre-Blowout Styler.  Again, the oil is super light, so the first time I use it I end up using too much.  My hair turns out greasy and kind of flat.  Next time, I stick to only three to four drops as directed, and the Redken Diamond Oil works as promised.  My hair is shiny but not weighed down, and I’m confident the oil is protecting it.

I’ve not tried the other uses recommended by the website, save for kind of rubbing the oil into my hands after applying it to my hair.  As I enjoy a lighter lotion on my hands, I didn’t like the oily feeling on my hands and tend to wipe it off.  I haven’t felt the need to apply any styling oil post-blowout recently, as my hair is pretty oily to begin with and I want to prolong my blowout as long as I can.  What I may try, however, is mixing a little bit of the oil in with my regular conditioner.  I’ve tried this with other hair oils and loved the result, so I look forward to seeing how Redken fares against MoroccanOil and Enjoy.

Cost and Where to Buy

As I said earlier, I bought my Redken Diamond Oil at a beauty supply store, the likes of which are abundant in Los Angeles.  You can find it online at Target for $28 or Overstock for $30.99. As per usual, eBay lists it for a steeply discounted $9.88, but who knows what you’ll get :).

Summing Up

I’d give Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine a 7 out of 10.  It’s pretty well priced, more expensive than some oils I’ve seen but less expensive than others.  The oil works well, smells nice, and is a good value for what you pay.

Random Thoughts
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Big and mini!

Changing things up a bit here, I’m putting the weirdness at the end of the post instead of the beginning.  The kitten, Petunia, is flourishing.  She has befriended her twin, Mack, the only boy in our house, and they are just the cutest together.  I mean, could you just die?

Also, I booked my ticket today for my semi-annual trip to Ohio.  My grandmother is turning 100 years old this summer, y’all.  100.  She’s amazing and I can’t wait to see her and celebrate her incredible life.  I’ll post photos!

Want me to try a different hair oil?  Like my kitties?  Want to wish my grandmother happy birthday?  Comment below or message me here!

Dr. Dennis Gross Anti-Aging Scalp Serum

As most women of any age can understand, I am slightly obsessed with keeping my hair looking nice.  This has become even more true as I have left my 20s and entered my 30s, finding my first gray hairs and battling a general unruliness that I don’t remember having all my life.  Of course, this could just be perspective.  I remember thinking my hair was terrible when I was a teenager.

Looking at photos from that period of my life, I wish my hair looked as effortlessly good when I threw it up into a messy ponytail now as it did back then.

Fortunately, the hair care industry has a category solely designed to deal with aging hair. I have done a lot of reading recently regarding this niche, and how it is very important to care for not just your hair, but your scalp as well.

Enter Dr. Dennis Gross Root Resilience Anti-Aging Scalp Serum.  Wow, that is a mouthful.  This serum promises to “reinvigorate the scalp.” It is designed for anyone with aging hair, wanting fuller hair, and wanting more shine. Dr. Gross Anti-Aging Serum contains amino acids, peptides, and vitamins that are supposed to “nourish hair follicle and root” so the hair can resist breakage and counteract damage from heat styling.

Dr. Dennis Gross Anti-Aging Scalp Serum Pin

First Impressions

Although Dr. Dennis Gross’ website had nothing but glowing reviews for this product, Amazon’s customers were a bit more discerning.  Many complained about the scent of the serum, which didn’t bother me.

The instructions are to use three to five pumps on wet or dry scalp (ideally after using Root Resilience Shampoo and Conditioner, of course).  The serum is nice and light, and does give my hair a bit of a boost when I massage the serum into my scalp.  But this could also be from the scalp massage.

Experience

After using Dr. Dennis Gross Anti-Aging Scalp Serum for a few weeks, I’m not all that impressed.  Although it does give my hair a bit of a boost right after application, that lift fades quickly.  I have not seen a big difference in the condition of my hair. The serum is nice and light, so that’s a plus.  It doesn’t weigh down my already oily roots.

Cost and Where to Buy

The serum can be found on the Dr. Dennis Gross website, on LovelySkin.com for $54.   Overstock has it a little cheaper at $43.49 plus $4.95 shipping.  There are several bottles listed on eBay as well at much cheaper prices, usually under $20.

Summing Up

I’d give Dr. Dennis Gross Anti-Aging Scalp Serum a 6 out of 10.  The company is cruelty free and vegan, which is always a plus, but the product didn’t wow me.  I expected more based on what was promised.  At $54, I’d like to be impressed, and I wasn’t.

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