Working in the beauty industry I get privy to many samples, intros, backgrounds and knowledge classes about MANY top of the line beauty products and see first hand how the work, feel in our hair, on our skin, and what it does overall to the look of said hair and skin. I have come across a few products that I would like to share with my readers, products that I do personally use and have invested in, because that IS what we are doing… investing in our hair, skin, etc., it’s hard to pay $20+ for a skincare product or hair care product and find that we are not only disappointed but pissed at ourselves for even spending said cash… because if you’re like me, you live within a budget and that $20 you invested was a LOT of money for you. In the end… our hair along with our face is what we show off to the rest of the world… and we want the best “foot” forward, we want to always look and appear our best and even though things can be expensive… I know if something works… we can justify paying a bit more for something that will do our looks justice, rather then leave us with a bad taste in our mouths for paying for said product only to find our friend that spent half or less even is getting similar results!
I am here to say that these products are indeed more expensive, however, I can also tell you after having a lot of time spent using said products they are not only worth the money invested, they will last a very long time, if you use them as they instruct. Most expensive shampoos, and hair care products go further because they are more concentrated, a little bit goes a very long ways!
The two products I am sharing are called:
UNITE and USE ME hair care products. There are products in both lines that in a pinch they are organic enough and gentle enough to even be used on the face and skin and actually work pretty good! They do not promote themselves as such, but, I have spoken with the owner of Use Me and several reps for UNITE and you can safely use both for the skin.
Use Me: http://www.usemeproducts.com/
I have had the pleasure of personally meeting Alanna York, owner of the Use Me product line, a really smart business woman with a great personality and product!
A very “Earth Friendly” organic line of hair products. From shampoo & conditioner to hair styling products they have you covered.
Philosophy of the Use Me line:
Refill, Reuse, Repeat is the concept behind Use Me! Products, an organic, sulfate-free, paraben-free, eco-friendly hair care brand. It is as straightforward as the name on the bottle; what you see is what you get.
Every product in the Use Me line is made with natural ingredients that give you unbeatable, realistic results. The fear of leaving the salon and not being able to reconstruct your stylist’s creation is all in the past, as Use Me clearly states how to use each product at home.
This unique line of products is made more Earth Friendly when you realize that when you purchase said product, you then bring back your bottles you purchased that housed the shampoos and conditioners and you will pay less and refill said bottles at the refill station at your local salon that you purchased the Use Me line from.
They are vegan, gluten-free, which makes them a great option if you have troubles finding a line that suites said needs!
This company is a boutique, high end product, however, the product does work and is a company that is very high on the organic, without branding themselves as “organic” – they choose to be a hair care product first.
This line has a very famous “7 Second” hair conditioner, spray on product. The first of it’s kind, that initially created the “craze” for the leave in spray conditioner that we’ve all (I can assume) have purchased and used from different lines… this particular product from Unite, is unique in the fact that it holds a very high UV protection for your hair, and not only for your hair, but, your skin. This particular product as well as many other products within this line can be, in a pinch used on your skin… and will protect very well from the harsh UV rays. From personal experience, burning your scalp can be one of the most painful experiences known. The Spray in 7 Second conditioner, the “Beach Day” spray, and the natural Argon oil are 3 of the many products that are exceptionally great for the hair as well as the skin!
I have very fine, yet, thick hair, which creates somewhat a delima at moments when I am trying to get my hair to cooperate and look it’s best. The Unite line has some great products I have found that really do what they claim to do and my hair is not only still looking it’s best, but, it’s not weighed down or appearing to look product laden.
If you are curious about any of the above products, the links I provided should assist you with finding a local salon/spa in your particular area that can assist you further with product details and knowledge.
If you are from another country Unite is in several countries and growing all the time, they are shopping both Eastern Europe and the Middle East. So don’t give up and assume you can’t get these products! 🙂
If you are someone that is Vegan or dealing with any kind of Gluten issues, such as Celiac Disease (for example) both of these products are safe and friendly to your needs.
If you’re within the Vancouver/PDX metro area, you can find the Use Me products at “On the Fringe Hair Studio” https://www.facebook.com/OnTheFringeHair
Side note: both the Unite and Use Me products were given out in the gift bags at the 2013 Golden Globes… if that’s your thing. 🙂