Guest Post: Kenra Platinum Straightening Gelee

My friend/co-worker Melissa is definitely not your typical beauty girl, which is exactly why I wanted her to write a beauty product review on my blog.  I’m obsessed with her new super shiny, glossy locks…check out her thoughts below.  And side note, apparently this post is her face’s internet debut!

If you knew me in real life, you might be surprised to read this–a known Star Wars geek (wow, is that the first time anyone has said Star Wars on this blog???), {editor’s note: YES} book-worm, stranger to fashion and beauty n00b, I have no right reviewing a hair product such as the Kenra Platinum Straightening Gelee…but no matter how much I may pretend I don’t care about how I look, I so do. #confessions

While I usually try to politely dismiss Jamie’s beauty advice, which she generously shares with me over the cubicle wall, I find her knowledge is often valuable when it comes to my skincare and hair care. That’s why when she popped over the invisible threshold to my professional sanctuary with a large silver tube touting “align & shine!” I gratefully took the bottle and excitedly rushed home to find out what the hell a hair gelee is.

Curious? it’s awesome.

The directions are simple: apply evenly throughout damp hair and blow-dry straight in sections using a round brush. So nothing astray from my usual upkeep. What was drastically different, however, were the results. Not only was I met with a handful of compliments at my hair’s glassy shine, but my tresses managed to maintain their glossy finish through a foggy weekend in San Francisco–Best thing yet…NO FRIZZ!

If you have super-curly hair, like me, you are probably used to using multiple products to keep your frizz at bay–and you also know that a humid day can be the stuff of nightmares. I’ve resorted to hoods and hats, hairspray, or paste to keep the moisture-induced volume from transforming into medusa-esque serpentine strands—DON’T LOOK! After using this product, I didn’t require any of that. My hair glistened and stayed put. – Melissa Pardo


Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that, sadly, I had my extensions taken out on Saturday (more to come on this). The loss of my gorgeous (store-bought) hair actually put a huge damper on my day, oddly enough, and when I came home and took a look at what I was left with, I immediately went over to my “beauty closet” and started fumbling around for hair-reviving products, serums, volumizing sprays, basically anything that I thought might possibly make me feel like I hadn’t just had 90% of my hair removed. When I saw Redken’s new Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist, I figured “hey, shiny hair might make me feel better”…and I was right.

I’ve always given shine mists the old side-eye since often times they can make your hair greasy or weigh hair down but Redken’s version gave my hair a pleasant sheen but there was no stickiness or weight added. It’s great after using a flat iron, for a gleaming, polished finish and it contains ingridents known to boost shine, condition and nourish hair like Camelina Oil and Vitamin B5.