Friday, October 2, 2015

KMS California Haircare Favorites for Styling and Conditioning

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I have been obsessed with high quality haircare products for as long as I can remember, and many many of my favorites have been salon brands that have been used on me by my hairstylists throughout the years. In fact, one of my favorite indulgences has always been buying the products used on me at the salon. One such line that has been a part of the landscape of my haircare experience for as long as I can remember is KMS California. They have consistently made superior quality haircare products since their inception, and their products just keep getting better and better.
1) KMS California Hair Stay Medium Hold Hairspray ($19.00 for 10.1 oz. from KMS CaliforniaUlta and select salons): If you are looking for a highly effective hairspray with medium flexible hold, then this one is well worth your consideration. I generally don't use hairspray, but when I want a little extra hold this is the one that I reach for. I don't like for my hair to look stiff from hairspray, and it never does with KMS California Hair Stay Medium Hold Hairspray.

According to KMS California,

Working spray provides flexible, brushable hold, style memory and heat protection from blow dryer heat. Humidity resistance. Use as a working spray for up-styling. Use in finished looks for medium hold. Pomegranate pepper (known for supporting hold and protecting against environmental damage).

Directions: Spray 10-12" (25-30 cm) from dry hair. Layer for extra hold and support.

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Dimethyl Ether, Water / Aqua / Eau, Octylacrylamide / Acrylates /Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Punica Granatum Extract, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Seed Extract, Lactic Acid, Aminomethyl Propanol, PPG-12 Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Inositol, Glycine, Fructose, Sorbitol, Urea, Benzoic Acid, Fragrance / Parfum.
2) KMS California Hair Stay Anti-Humidity Seal ($19.50 for 4.1 oz. from  KMS CaliforniaUlta and select salons): This is the perfect product for naturally curly hair that is prone to frizz, fly-aways and that has both in abundance when it's humid. Additionally, it also does a really impressive job keeping my hair shiny and chaos-free!

According to KMS California,

Finally, keep your hair free from fly-aways and humidity with KMS California Hair Stay Anti-Humidity Seal. With 24-hour humidity-blocking formula, heat protection, and frizz protection your weekend won’t get ruined, leaving you worry free with a shiny, weightless finish!

Use in styled hair for all over protection against humidity and the environment. Hydrophbic Silicones (create moisture barrier). Pomegranate pepper (known for supporting hold and protecting against environmental damage).

Directions: Shake Well. Spray 10-12" (25-30 cm) from dry hair to seal in finished style.

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Pentane, Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Trisiloxane, Dimethicone, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Seed Extract, Lactic Acid, Punica Granatum Extract, Malic Acid.
3) KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry ($21.00 for 6.8 oz. from KMS CaliforniaUlta and select salons): One of the chief reasons that I usually don't bother with blow drying my hair is that it just takes too much time, and I generally have very little free time in the mornings to fuss with this extra step. However, KMS came up with a brilliant solution by creating Free Shape Quick Blow Dry– because this visionary product speeds drying time by 50%!

According to KMS California,

Save a couple steps in your routine each morning with KMS California Free Shape quick blow dry. Speeding up drying time up to 50% and providing heat protection, it will reduces friction while conditioning lightly. So even if you sleep past your alarm you will able to get ready before the bell rings!

Use for an accelerated drying time and to reduce total time spent on styling. If using another product, spray Free Shape Quick Blow Dry on hair as last step before blow drying.

Rhodiola Watermint (known for thermal stress protection, cooling and refreshing). Upper phase - silicone for instant conditioning. Lower phase - caring ingredients in a special solvent mixture (speeds up the blow drying process).

Directions: Shake well and spray onto towel-dried hair as a last step before blow drying. Style as usual.

Ingredients: Water / Aqua / Eau, Trisiloxane, Alcohol Denat., Methylal, Panthenol, Glycerin, Benzophenone-4, Lactic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Mentha Aquatica Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Malic Acid, Ceteartrimonium Chloride, Di-C12-15 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Isopropyl Alcohol, PEG/PPG-14/4 Dimethicone, Ammonium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-11, PCA, Tartaric Acid, Pyruvic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance / Parfum, Limonene, Red 33 / C.I. 17200, Blue 1 / C.I. 42090.
4) KMS California Curl Up Perfecting Lotion ($17.80 for 3.4 oz. from KMS CaliforniaAmazon and select salons): This is just my type of styling product because it not only reduces frizz, but it activates and enhances natural curls while simultaneously moisturizing hair. My hair is left soft, smooth, hydrated, and with perfectly defined ringlets. 

According to KMS California,

Enhances natural curls and reduces frizz. Concentrated formula defines + moisturizes + softens + smoothes for perfect curls. Can reactivate curls throughout the day.

Directions: Emulsify 1-2 pumps + work through towel-dried hair. Add more as necessary. Diffuse or air dry. Scrunch curls to refresh throughout the day.
KMS California Curl Up Perfecting Lotion Ingredients
5) KMS California Curl Up Leave-In Conditioner ($18.50 for 4.2 oz from KMS California, Amazon and select salons): I often use a leave-in conditioner in lieu of other styling products because good ones tame my curls, fight frizz and detangle my hair after I wash it. KMS California Curl Up Leave-In Conditioner leaves my unruly tresses frizz-free, moisturized, manageable and with perfectly formed ringlets.
According to KMS California, 

Extra moisture for nourished curls. Lightweight formula nourishes curls for a soft, shiny finish with less frizz. 

Directions: Work through wet or towel-dried hair. Diffuse or air dry.
KMS California Curl Up Leave-In Conditioner Ingredients
6) KMS California Moist Repair Revival Creme ($17.00 for 4.2 oz. from KMS CaliforniaUlta and select salons): This is like a big sip of moisture for the hair, and it is very impressive the extent to which it restores moisture and manageability to hair, and it also effectively controls frizz.
According to KMS California,

Moisture and manageability. Restores moisture balance. Instantly improves manageability. Controls static flyways.

Panthenol (moisturizer). 18-MEA (smoother, healthier hair). Time-released spheres (provides moisture and repair). Aloe vanilla (known for moisturizing and conditioning).

Directions: Work through towel-dried hair. Style as usual.

Ingredients: Water / Aqua / Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trisiloxane, Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyquaternium-37, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, C14-28 Isoalkyl Acid, C14-28 Alkyl Acid, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract /Vanilla Planifolia, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids /Triticum Vulgare, Amodimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trideceth-12, Stearoxypropyl Dimethylamine, Polyglyceryl-3 Distearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Myristic Acid, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance / Parfum.

Overall Assessment: As a nearly lifelong fan of KMS haircare products, I have to say that I am exceedingly pleased with these products. I definitely want to try some of their shampoos and conditioners next!

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26 comments:

  1. Do you know how this hairspray compares to Aveda's Control Force? I, too, do not use hairspray often but my most effective is the Aveda. It is about $10 more than yours, though, so would love a comparable alternative. Thanks!

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    1. Unfortunately, I don't have Aveda Control Force to compare with KMS. You might try a tester at Ulta to compare them. The savings is certainly good! I'm super happy with it, and it's definitely my go-to on the occasions that I need a touch more hold.

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  2. I used to be obsessed with KMS! I remember their shampoos came in short squared bottles, not sure if they still do. I haven't tested the brand in so long, but that anti-humidity seal is calling my name!

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    1. Oh, you should take a look at their range of products now– they have so many wonderful products for every possible hair concern! I haven't used their shampoos and conditioners in a long time, and those are definitely on my list to try!

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  3. I like KMS! It's been a while since I last used it but this is making me re-visit.

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    1. Me too! I definitely highly recommend checking out some of their products– I am very impressed by what I have been using. I definitely want to try out some of their shampoos and conditioners that I haven't tried before!

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  4. I haven't tried anything from KMS, thanks for the reviews!

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    1. It's definitely worth taking a look at their products, they have so many great products! You are so welcome!

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  5. I've been using Moist Repair Revival Cream for years. I try new things, but I always come back to it. It's one of the very few hair products I use.

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    1. Hi Elysse! How are you, love?! I can certainly see why you have been using Moist Repair Revival Cream for years– I suspect that I will be using this product for many years to come! It's really fantastic!

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  6. I've used the KMS quick blow-dry spray and liked it, not just for blow-drying but also as a go-to drying and finishing hair spray.

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    1. I would never have thought to use it that way! Thank you for the tip, Renu– I will definitely try this because I only periodically blow dry my hair!

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  7. I have always heard great things about the KMS brand. The Moist Repair creme sounds perfect for static-y winter hair or frizzy summer hair.

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    1. KMS makes really fantastic products. Yes, it is perfection for that! I'm super happy with it!

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  8. The salon I go to recommends KMS often.

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    1. It's definitely a really great haircare line! I highly recommend it!

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  9. It takes me forever to finish hair products (mainly because I'm lazy and forget to use things) but I would definitely try some of these in the future.

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    1. I know what you mean– for me that is especially true when it comes to styling products! I definitely recommend trying some of the KMS offerings when you are looking to try something new. :-)

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  10. The Curling Up perfecting lotion looks awesome!

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    1. It is, and it's perfect for curly girls, like us! :-)

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  11. This sounds like a pretty awesome brand :)

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    1. It really is, Laura! You need to try some of their amazing products!

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  12. It's been years since I used anything from KMS... but I always enjoyed their product line.

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  13. Love products that speed up dry time!

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