The Raw Deal

Ok let’s take a little wellness Wednesday time and discuss the “importance” of CLEAN ̶e̶a̶t̶i̶n̶g̶, ahem, CLEAN ‘producting’. By that we mean clean, naturally based products that have ingredients you can actually understand (read/pronounce). From a wellness standpoint, clean eating is included in everything related to diet and fitness these days, and we wonder if the same thing truly translates in the world of hair care, or if it really matters at all…

By ‘matters at all’ we mean if you are using a product that claims to be plant based or naturally based, does that honestly really matter or does it perform any better (or worse) than a product that was formulated using synthetic ingredients by technicality.

Case study starts here – we came across Biolage’s R.A.W. (Real. Authentic. Wholesome.) line recently and have some interesting things to say about it…read more…

First things first – when we took a look at Biolage’s R.A.W. line, we wondered if the products were also edible?! The bottles of shampoo and conditioner have a slight resemblance to fresh made juice bottles that you’d find at your local health food or grocery store. Even the consistency/opaquness of the product appears to look like it is food, not ‘soap’ so to speak.

Just look at the photo of their ‘Nourish’ shampoo and conditioner – does it not look like some sort of delicious honey goodness?

Now on to the products we tried. The Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner is forumulated with coconut milk & meadowfoam and is Biolage R.A.W.’s ‘most caring, natural-origin formula’ yet. It helps protect color-treated hair, leaving it soft and shiny with lasting color vibrancy. The formula is decent and if you like the smell of coconut then you’ll be in to all of these products in general. It definitely leaves a shine to your hair (your first day hair) and is lightweight but still delivers enough conditioning effects.

We also tried the Re-Hab Clay Mask because hey who doesn’t love a little more boost in their conditioning treatments? Again the mask looks like something edible – imagine cool whip and buttercream vanilla frosting came together to create something decadent for your hair to binge on. On bleached or damaged hair this mask will work wonders. If you already have healthy hair, it may give it a boost or slight improvement. Either way, the mask conditions but also washes/rinses out properly, not sticking around and weighing your hair down.

Finally we tried the Heat Styling Primer before blow drying and styling – the product offers heat protection for up to 450 degrees F. Generally speaking for prep products there is rarely a wow factor, these are like add-ons to your more specific performance products like a volumizing or texturizing spray. However, if you’re going to use any, ANY product on your hair prior to heat, you MUST use a heat protectant. That, we mean, is hair care 101, right? We liked the consistency of the formula, a little goes a long way. It didn’t leave our hair feeling greasy or weighed down and it is a no-brainer to use anytime you’re picking up a blow dryer on wet hair.

So HAIR’S the RAW deal here folks – while we appreciate brands moving towards a more natural approach in their formulations, we still have a stick up our ass about whether or not the products are going to PERFORM. Biolage’s RAW line is a meld of naturally based formulas with thought behind them too in regards to not just being a bottle of coconut oil and calling it a day. If you’re looking for an option that adheres to both performance and natural ingredients, this is a line to try for sure.


Get To Know: Big Kizzy

Hey stylists. Ugh. In a world of instagram snapchat story MANIA, saturated with all things beauty, fashion, health, fitness, travel, luxury lifestyle influencer goulash 9er, everyone is preaching their point of difference BS on you and seriously, does it feel like your feed has become just an ongoing commercial of accounts you’ve liked? “Look at me, I’m enjoying this product and it’s perfect for this scenario and try it out and use my discount code and you’ll live happily ever after. Happy Monday!”


*Don’t get us wrong here – this post is totally a ‘plug’ on a brand, HOWEVER, we at Mane Interest focus on bringing awareness to brands that offer SOLUTIONS to ‘problems’ in the industry.*

Say hello to Big Kizzy Hair. Born from a hair dresser’s constant need to source too many brand lines to provide what should be basic at-home care for clients, Big Kizzy covers all the bases, as in, the products are safe for color, keratin, AND, gasp, extensions. All at the same time. Try and do a search of other hair care products/items that do this and…… crickets.

As their website states “BIG KIZZY was designed for the client who loves more hair AND navigates multiple types of services for various reasons.” Hmmm, so basically Big KIZZY was designed for 90+% of the clients that sit in your chair, right? We’re pretty sure the brand’s products can be applicable for just about anyone, but hey, we’ll leave the percentage at 90% just to be conservative.

Anyways, if you’re looking to recommend or try a product line that is geared more towards the all-in-one solutions rather than the one-off solutions, you have to check out Big Kizzy.

One product that we think is especially a god-send for stylists and clients alike is the Big Kizzy Late Nights Dry Shampoo. Why? Well simply because it’s actually SAFE for, yes, color, keratin, and, gasp again, extensions. No really, it is. And at this stage in the dry shampoo game, let’s just accept that most brands do this: give you texture and absorb oil. And that’s what they should do, right? Big Kizzy is no ‘different’ in that regard and why should it be. The difference is their dry shampoo isn’t going to F up your client’s weave or keratin treatment, and frankly, it’s better for that extensions or keratin treatment or color client to be able to go as many days as possible (and hygienically acceptable) because it makes their service last longer. FINALLY. Solutions. For everyone.

If you’re interested in carrying their line or trying out the product for yourself – learn more at the Big Kizzy website. And if you have tried the products, let us know what you think in the comments below. #hairtalk