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Ombre is so 2014… Balayage Hair Color is In!

Balayage Hair Color

There are a lot of hair fads that come and go. Usually, it is clearly defined when one is in and when one is not. I must admit that I am soooo over Ombre hair color. I mean, if you had asked me what the majority of salon color was a year ago, I would have said Ombre color. Now, I am so over it. I love different variations of Ombre but think that it should be put to rest. This summer is about vibrant reds, blondes and soft browns…now of course, purple and green as well, but hey, that is an entirely different blog post.

So you may be asking yourself, “Philisha, so are you saying I can’t wear Ombre?” To that I say, ‘Yes, that is exactly what I am saying! lol…leave it in 2014.

Balayage hair color, even though it’s been around for years, is currently the new Ombre. Balayage is a French hair coloring technique. It’s a freehand technique where the hair color is applied by hand sweeping for a more natural effect. If you are not familiar with what that is, of course I will post pictures so that you are able to look at some various colors and see what you think of it. What is the main difference in your opinion and which do you prefer. Some say it is a style preference while others say that it is simply a manner in which you must choose style over preference.

No matter what you are deciding to do this summer make sure that you color is vibrant and that you rock it with confidence and ease.

If you are in the Atlanta area, consider visiting Preeminence Salon & Boutique for your balayage hair color experience.

Are you still into Ombre Hair Color or will you go the Balayage Hair Color Route?



Hair Care Tuesday: Simplicity Hair Oil New Simplicity Moisture Conditioner Review

Simplicity Hair Oil New Simplicity Moisture Conditioner

This Hair Care Tuesday, completes my review of the Simplicity Hair Oil products I purchased.  Last week, I reviewed the Simplicity Moisture Shampoo, and this week, it’s only right to talk about the New Simplicity Moisture Conditioner.

Simplicity Hair Oil Describes their New Simplicity Moisture Conditioner as

A blend of aloe vera, green tea leaf extract and grape seed oil deliver softer, shiner, hydrated hair. Easier to manage retain length due to reduced breakage and moisture levels remaining in the hair well beyond the conditioning phase.

The New Simplicity Moisture Conditioner is my favorite out of the line. It is everything! It makes my hair feel great! After using the conditioner sans heat, my hair is left soft, moisturized and manageable (no knots or tangles). The conditioner rinses clean, but there’s still enough slip left post rinse.  I also noticed that the conditioner works best as suggested on the packaging.

Simplicity Hair Oil suggests sealing in the conditioner with their Simplicity Hair Oil to help lock in the moisture.  It works well when using heat, too. I don’t have a heat cap, but I do have a hooded dryer that I sit under.  It definitely helps with making the New Simplicity Moisture Conditioner work better.

The texture of the Simplicity Hair Oil New Simplicity Moisture Conditioner is similar to other creamy conditioners I use, except it isn’t heavy.  To me, it’s more like a lotion.  Non-greasy and lightweight.  My hair, which is on the thinner side, isn’t weighed down afterwards.

Simplicity Hair Oil New Simplicity Moisture Conditioner

Now, let’s get to the scent. The Simplicity Hair Oil New Simplicity Moisture Conditioner has a light floral, not quite herbal scent. It’s nice.  If scents bother you, you’d be happy to hear that it doesn’t linger on the hair long post wash.

I tend to be heavy handed when using hair conditioners, especially if I’m co-washing (not using shampoo, but conditioner instead to cleanse).  Do you know how easy it is for me to run through conditioner?  I tend to always have more shampoo left over than conditioner, and with this conditioner running $24.75/ 8.5 oz, which can be costly. But, I love it.

Overall, I’m happy with the results I’ve experienced using the Simplicity Hair Oil New Simplicity Moisture Conditioner along with the other Simplicity Hair Oil Products I’ve been using.  I would recommend it to anyone looking to increase moisture in their hair with a product that uses a blend of natural ingredients.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of the Simplicity Hair Oil products, they’re available for purchase online only at

Simplicity Hair Oil New Simplicity Moisture Conditioner

Simplicity Moisture Conditioner Ingredients: Deinoized Water, Caprylic/Capric Treglyceride Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin Steralkonium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cetrimonium Bromide Cyclopentasiloxane, Citric Acid Ethylhexylglycerin, Essential Oil Fragrences.

Hair Care Tuesday: Simplicity Hair Oil Simplicity Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Simplicity Hair Oil Moisture Conditioner Super Pack

This Hair Care Tuesday we’re talking about the Simplicity Hair Oil brand’s Simplicity Shampoo and Conditioner.  Remember I reviewed the Female Oil Blend Simplicity Hair Oil? The results were awesome!  Well, since the oil came in a kit (Simplicity Hair Oil Moisture Conditioner Super Pack) that contained the Simplicity Shampoo and Conditioner, I thought it’s only right to review these items, too.

Keep reading to learn what I think of the Simplicity Hair Oil Simplicity Shampoo and Conditioner.

Simplicity Hair Oil describes the Simplicity Shampoo as follows:

Simplicity shampoo is formulated with the essential oil of peppermint and ginger root, comfrey root extract, amino acids and B vitamins. This “sulfate-free” fine foam gently lifts dirt, oil or residue from the hair strand while bringing strength to the hair follicle.

Simplicity hair oil simplicity shampoo

The Simplicity Hair Oil Simplicity Shampoo is a clear formula, free of dyes.  It isn’t thick, but, it isn’t watery, and only a little amount is needed to cleanse my hair.

For the last few years, since becoming natural, I’ve stayed away from shampoos that contained sulfates.  I was happy to see that the Simplicity Hair Oil Simplicity Shampoo is free of that ingredient, as it can be drying on the hair.  The Simplicity Hair Oil Simplicity Shampoo also contains stimulating ingredients like peppermint oil, amino acids and other proteins to help strengthen hair, and B vitamins to help stimulate hair growth, all of which I need to help me achieve my hair re-growth goals. Also, the first ingredient is water. Can we say, “Hydrating?”

The Simplicity Hair Oil Simplicity Shampoo is an amazing cleanser for both my hair and scalp. After using it, my hair and scalp felt cleansed but not dry.  My hair was soft, and didn’t feel stripped.  For those of you who love a shampoo that lathers well, then this one is for you.  I know that lather doesn’t mean cleaner hair, but I do like to see it.  I found that when applying the Simplicity Hair Oil to my scalp prior to shampooing helped with the softness of my hair post shampoo.  And after using the Simplicity Conditioner, which I will review next week, my hair has slip, is soft, and has some shine.

The Simplicity Hair Oil Simplicity Shampoo, although it contains peppermint oil, it isn’t at all noticeable fragrance wise.  I did experience a more herbal-like floral scent, which was rather light.  It wasn’t something I could say I loved or hated because it was barely there.


Overall, I’m happy with the results I’ve experienced using the Simplicity Hair Oil Simplicity Shampoo. The Simplicity Hair Oil combined with the Simplicity Shampoo and conditioner have helped improve my hair growth.  The patch of hair that was short, brittle and breaking off has grown.  Even though I have a full sewn in weave, I can feel the hair growth through the net to which the hair is sewn on to. The hair along my hairline has grown, too.

Although, costly, $20.75 for an 8.5 oz bottle, I think the Simplicity Hair Oil products are a good investment if you’re looking for a product, a natural product that works in improving hair growth and strength.  If you’re a DIYer like me, you can also try your hand at mixing your own hair growth oil, and then just pick up the Simplicity Shampoo and Conditioner.

All Simplicity Hair Oil products can be purchased on their website

Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoly, Isethianote, Disodium Laureth, Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Tocopherol. Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Fruit Extract, Articum Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Ginger Zingibar Officianale (Comfrey) Extract, Wheat Amino Acids, Mentha Piperta (Peppermint) Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Pathenol, Citric Acid and Fragrance.

Have you tried any Simplicity Hair Oil products? What are your thoughts?




Hair Care Tuesdays: Spring is in the air…IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BUN BABY!!!

Hair Bun
Source: Bing Images


You have seen them on Prada Runways to the most popular celebrities rocking this simplistic style like it was discovered yesterday. What am I talking about? None other than the fabulous bun. The one thing that I love about this style is that you can dress it up or you can dress it down.  No matter how you do it, it is timeliness, effortless and chic. Take it from day to night as you transition from work to play.  Add some hair candy and dress it up for a special occasion or for a day at the beach.

I must admit that this is one style that I will miss as my “go to” style this spring since I cut my hair. If you have mid to long length tresses this is absolutely a style that you can rock.

3 Tips to Rock a Bun for Spring:

  1. Use Frizz-free products and edge control to ensure that you have a slick and near polished look when trying this.
  2. Add some hair candy to the style: this could be something as simple as a flower, decorative hair pins, or a broach to dress it up and take you from day to evening wear. You can also put on a cute hairband and rock it out.  Just have fun with it and ensure that you make it look effortlessly chic in the evening.
  3. Add a braid around the perimeter of your head for a fabulous bohemian inspired look. You may also include a braid in the bun to add some extra details and texture to your style. Ensure that you have a small amount of hair spray to hold any flyway’s in place.

I’d love to hear how you rock your bun.  Post some pictures; I would love to see your styles.