Friday Finds: Hair Edition + Amika Giveaway

July 7, 2017

Friday Finds

Update: congrats to Trish M. for winning this giveaway.

Gosh just like last time, I seem to always be posting these Friday Finds real late. But since it doesn’t really make sense to post a “Friday Finds” blog on Saturday, I better hurry up and finish writing this blog. In honor of my recently cut hair, I thought I would share some of the products I use to keep my tress presentable.

Growing up, I used to grumble about my hair a lot. It’s on the coarser side and tends to always be frizzy and unruly. I think I spent most of middle and high school having my hair in a pony tail since I wasn’t quite sure how to tame it. But thankfully I’ve since learned how to manage it, I can now find the silver lining in my adolescent grievances. For example, having coarse hair may not necessarily be a bad thing, because it means that it holds style better and can even last days on end. Of course, that is, provided I have the right products and tools to style it in the first place.

And of course, in the usual fashion of all Friday Finds blog posts, there will be a giveaway at the end of this silky haired rainbow. So here we goooooo…

Before we move on to my fave list, the rubes at FTC requires me to let you know that there may be affiliate links below. Also the items below are gifted to me unless stated otherwise stated.

1. Redken Clean Maniac Micellar Clean-Touch Shampoo
This is a product that I’ve discovered only recently (I don’t think it’s been out for that long). Before I learned of this shampoo, when I think of Micellar, I think of eye make up remover. So at first I was a bit confused as to why the same ingredients would be in a shampoo. But when you think about it more, it starts to make sense. When you remove eye make up, you want to wipe off all the dirt (read: old make up) and oil. But at the same time, since the skin around your eyes are very sensitive, you don’t want the remover product to be too harsh. So the same concept stands here with washing your hair. You want all the dirt and oil off your hair, but without drying out your hair. Micellar technology does this by employing two different types of cleansing agents, called micelles, that love oil and water. The oil-loving micelles grabs the dirt when you shampoo your hair, which then gets washed away when your rinse since it’s connected to the water-loving micelles.

2. Redken Clean Maniac Micellar Clean-Touch Conditioner
So after you’ve gotten rid of just the bad stuff using the Micellar shampoo, of course you’ll want to follow up a good conditioner. The clean-touch conditioner is light so it moisturizes your hair without weighing it down.

3. KocoStar Hair Therapy
I treat my hair pretty well for the most part. I try not to overdo it with the tools or expose my hair to too much heat. Usually this means planning ahead by showering at night and air-drying my hair, so all I need to do is curl it in the morning. But sometimes I have those busy week when things just don’t work out my way. I can’t muster the energy to wash my hair before I go to bed. Then even worse, I have a workout class in the morning (which means getting ready in the locker room) and ooops I forgot to pack the curling iron heat protectant in my gym bag. I can literally smell my hair frying and breaking. So every once in awhile, I do deep conditioning. I love “single serving” products that KocoStar Hair Therapy that makes the application easier to do.

4. Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
You guys, especially those of you with coarse or color treated hair, really need to check this product out because it is LYFE. This product means business when it comes to protecting your hair, not to mention that it smells AH-MAZING. They call it a spray, but really I would not recommend spraying it directly on to your hair. A little goes a long way, even for someone with thick coarse hair like myself. So usually I would spray it on my palm and use my hand to distribute the product on to my hair, concentrating on the tips. TRUST, you’re going to love this.

5. Bed Head Wave Artist Tourmaline Ceramic Deep Waver
A lot of people have asked me in the past how I my deep waves (like how I have it on this blog post). Well it’s a secret no longer: I use the Be Head Wave Artist to get those rockin’ 90s-style waves. It’s actually really easy to use once you get the hang of it, but a word of caution: you really need to pack on the heat protectant when using this or you can risk damaging your hair.

6. Bare Republic Eco Active Dry Shampoo
I was introduced to the Bare Republic fairly recently by the ladies of Out of Office NY. Before then I had never even think of protecting your hair with SPF. The concept kind of blew my mind, mostly because I can’t believe I’m not doing this already. I mean we put SPF on pretty much every exposed part of our skin, so why not our hair. If you think of it the hair and scalp skin would be the one most exposed to the sun, unless you wear a hat all the time. So it’s kind of nuts that we put SPF everywhere else but there. Well, not anymore! The only thing that I don’t love about this is that I really wish its a spray rather than a pump.

7. Amika Travel Goodies
It’s important to have a good hair arsenal at home and on the go, and Amika has my pick for go-to travel product. I love the way they smell (if you can’t tell by now, I’m a sucker for good smelling stuff) and the packaging is über cute too boot. And since I love you guys so much, I’ll be giving away a set of Amika travel product, complete with a cute carrying case. In the travel you’ll find: dry shampoo (the spray kind just in case you’re not a fan of the powder kind), dry conditioner, nourishing mask, and leave-in cream.

Now time for the giveaway!

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Not so little fine prints:

  • No purchase necessary. A purchase does not improve your chance of winning. Void where prohibited.
  • Entrant must be 18 years old as of sweepstakes start date and a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia as of start date.
  • Sweepstakes begins Friday, July 7, 2017, at 12:00 a.m. EST, and closes on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 12:00 a.m. EST.
  • Each entrant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Winners will be selected by random drawing. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within fourteen (14) days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner, an alternate entrant will be selected in his or her place from all entries received.

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  • Reply Rosie Areola (Heather) July 8, 2017 at 12:49 am

    The Dry Conditioner.

  • Reply Danielle Sauers July 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I love Amika! I’m excited to try the Nourishing Mask.

  • Reply Kim Pincombe-Cole July 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Oohhh! I really want to try their Perk Up Dry Shampoo!!!

  • Reply Ashley Perez July 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    The dry shampoo is what I am most excited about. (:

  • Reply Meghan Buchman July 8, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    The dry shampoo…I”ve heard so many good things about it!

  • Reply Dagmar July 8, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    the leave in cream!

  • Reply Susan Smith July 8, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I’m most excited to try the Leave In Cream

  • Reply Tari Lawson July 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I am most interested to try the silken up dry conditioner.

  • Reply Jeanne Coulombe July 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I am most interested to try the dry conditoner never heard of this before

  • Reply Rachel Jenkins July 10, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I am most excited to try the silk up dry conditioner :) I absolutely love trying new products and haven’t tried this brand yet. Have heard so many good things!

  • Reply Michelle Castagne July 10, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I’d like to try the perk up dry shampoo.

  • Reply Dana Matthews July 11, 2017 at 3:45 am

    I’m most excited to try the Silken Up Dry Conditioner. Sounds amazing. Your hair is beautiful!

  • Reply Cynthia Schmied July 11, 2017 at 7:53 am

    The Leave-in cream appeals to me.

  • Reply Holly Thomas July 11, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I am most excited to try the perk up dry shampoo. It is hard to find a good dry shampoo!

  • Reply Angela P July 11, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Dry shampoo I have try it before and love it anything amok is awesome but that dry shampoo has saved me a few times

  • Reply Suzanne Greene July 11, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I would really love to try the dry shampoo.

  • Reply Hayley Schermerhorn July 11, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I would love to try the dry shampoo!

  • Reply lisa July 11, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I’m always looking for a good conditioner and shampoo. So far I’ve only found one shampoo that lets me wet comb through. It’s called it’s a 10. I love it, but it’s a bit pricey for daily use.

  • Reply shannon fowler July 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Im really excited about the dry shampoo. Ive always wanted to try one.

  • Reply angela July 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm


  • Reply BusyWorkingMama July 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I’d LOVE to try the wave artist curler! It looks so cool!

  • Reply Colleen Boudreau July 11, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I’m most excited to try the leave-in cream.

  • Reply grace bertou July 11, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I’m excited to try the dry shampoo and dry conditioner. I love the signature Amika scent. I’m also interested in trying their toning shampoo conditioner

  • Reply Tara L July 11, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I’m excited to try the mask. I love mask they usually make my hair feel nice and silky and I just love the aftermath.

  • Reply Kathy Pierce July 12, 2017 at 1:12 am

    I would like to try the hair mask.

  • Reply Patti Newton July 12, 2017 at 5:33 am

    The leave in cream looks great. Have heard this is a great line of products

  • Reply Cassandra D. July 12, 2017 at 6:05 am

    The Bed Head Wave Artist Tourmaline Ceramic Deep Waver.

  • Reply Dori July 13, 2017 at 12:49 am

    I am so excited to try the dry shampoo!

  • Reply Nicole Ackerman July 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I’m excited to try the Nourishing Mask!

  • Reply Anita Jude July 13, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    the dry shampoo would be amazing

  • Reply Vidya P July 14, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I am excited to try the nourishing mask! I so want great hair this summer!

  • Reply Chanda Neak July 15, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I’m excited for the Nourishing Mask.

  • Reply bn100 July 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Dry shampoo

  • Reply Elizabeth W July 15, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Dry Shampoo for sure!

  • Reply Leela July 16, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I’d love to try the dry conditioner first.

  • Reply Meegan July 17, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I have never heard of dry conditioner! I would love to win so I could try that!

  • Reply Tabitha July 17, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I’m intrigued by the dry conditioner!

  • Reply Melissa Storms July 17, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I love would try their dry shampoo. I use dry shampoo a lot and this looks like a nice one.

  • Reply Justine July 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Dry conditioner!

  • Reply Paol Trenny July 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    pinterest – emscout9

  • Reply Susan Byrne July 18, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I want to try the leave in cream!!

  • Reply Lyndsey R. July 19, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I’m most excited about the nourishing cream. Thanks for the chance.

  • Reply Holly Storm-Burge July 19, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I’d love to try out their dry shampoo!

  • Reply Carmela Jones July 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I would like to try the leave in cream.

  • Reply wen budro July 19, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I am most excited to try the dry shampoo. I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time.

  • Reply sarah s July 19, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I’m most excited for the Perk Up Dry Shampoo.

  • Reply Michelle Coles July 19, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I am really excited to try the Perk Up Dry Shampoo!

  • Reply Rita M July 20, 2017 at 12:56 am

    I am most excited to try the Amika Nourishing Mask.

  • Reply Shane A July 20, 2017 at 6:35 am

    The Perk Up Dry Shampoo. Dry shampoo is a gift from the creator.

  • Reply Dawn Webb July 20, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I am so excited to try the Dry Conditioner. How innovative is that!!!

  • Reply Ed July 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Nourishing Mask would be my item of choice!

  • Reply Lisa July 21, 2017 at 12:59 am

    I want to try the Leave In Cream

  • Reply Rust July 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Most excited to try the Perk Up dry shampoo.

  • Reply SHIRLEY Younger July 21, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    The Be Head Wave Artist

  • Reply Elicia P July 21, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    The dry shampoo. I think I am a addict of dry shampoo!

  • Reply Sand July 21, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    I’m excited to try the leave in cream!

  • Reply fran July 21, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    nourishing mask – haven’t used one in a long time

  • Reply Laurie Nykaza July 21, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Leave In Cream sounds wonderful love to try it.

  • Reply July 22, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Ⅾadɗy wins!? The twіns declared.

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