Hair Detox with Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo

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Over the past week I’ve been detoxing. It’s not what you think! I’ve been detoxing my hair! It was so easy Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo.

Now that fall is here, I want to make sure my hair is healthy and prepared for the season. This weekend I am traveling back to Minneapolis to see family, friends and check out Envision Anniversary Fashion Show. I need my hair to look and feel good, just one less thing for me to worry about! The great thing about Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo is that it’s a product you can use as a weekly hair shampoo treatment and is safe for color-treated hair. I simply added this shampoo in as a part of my weekly hair care routine, and was very surprised by the difference. Funny thing is, I’ve always noticed this product in the store, but never tried it, until now.

I feel like I’ve been detoxing a lot, or trying to, lately. From my 3 day cleanse, to cleaning out my closet and getting rid of things and stuff that doesn’t make me happy, to updating my beauty routine, my move to Milwaukee is starting to feel more and more like a fresh start!

The cleanse kick is here to stay. I’ve been eating healthier (a lot of vegetables), working out more (free gym membership is probably one of the best perks I get at work), staying positive and happy (surrounding myself with positive people), using new beauty products (like the Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo) and reorganizing my wardrobe (more solid, neutral colors that are timeless).

If you are a hair obsessed 20 or 30 something, you will appreciate Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo. It helps remove all residue caused by other shampoos, conditioners and styling products. Thanks to its mild formula this shampoo is suitable for all hair types, and minimizes chances of causing irritation. My hair ends up feeling so soft and looks shiny every time I use this product!

I have a new once a week rule in my house:

Once a week I clean out and organize my closet, my beauty products and my apartment.

Once a week I wash my makeup brushes, my towels, my sheets.

Once a week I use the anti-residue shampoo by Neutrogena.

My Anti-Residue Moment: Is staying organized and tidy in all areas of my life.

And finally, don’t miss out the Giveaway! All you need to do is share a photo on Instagram or Twitter about a moment that triggered your need for a hair detox (i.e an up do hairstyle with lots of hairspray, beach vacation, exercising, or getting messy with the kids), and tag me (@BeingZhenya) in your post! I will pick a winner at random by September 29! You can also notify me of your entries by commenting on this Insta photo. US entrants only please!

For more information visit Neutrogena campaign page and Neutrogena social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram!

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Happy New School Year to all the Gophers and everyone who started college classes today! Major FOMO over here, so major I can’t even, but the fact that I don’t have any more homework to do definitely helps 😉

Today I partnered up with Folica to share a few of my favorite college hairstyles and hair care tips.  There are two essential tools that I think ever girl needs in college: a straightener and a curling iron. I don’t know what I would’ve done without the two! Thanks to Folica I got to try two new styling tools: Solia Superhot Professional Titanium Flat Iron and 1″ Salon Curling Iron/Wand by Hot Tools.

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Other than wearing my hair down and the go-to bun, today I am going to share a few looks that have been a favorite for a while.




1. Tucked away. And not behind the ear 😛

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2. Trucker hat. Because sometimes you have to put a hat on it!

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3. Side cornrows. These are also a golden opportunity for creating glitter roots! Stay tuned for more on that soon!  Back to school hair styles with

4. High pony or half pony. The 90’s are back not only in fashion, but in beauty as well! My mom used to call this high pony a palm tree. So there you have it – a palm tree with you wherever you go, even though the summer is almost over!  Back to school hair styles with

When it comes to hair care, I follow two simple rules: choose what’s best for your hair and switch between brands often. That’s why I went with Grow Gorgeous Density Shampoo and Conditioner as well as Grow Gorgeous Density Shampoo and Conditioner set. When you have fine, color treated hair like mine, these two product lines make the most sense.

I hope you find what’s good for your hair, style it like never before, and have an amazing school year!

PS. Folica is a great resource not just for purchasing tools and hair care products, but hair inspirations, glam guide and latest news from the beauty world!

PPS. I also have a fun announcement! Next Monday Rachel of Rachel’s Lookbook, Jewel of Style Optimist and yours truly are starting a hot new trendy link up for all you style, fashion and beauty bloggers out there! Stay tuned for more info! Psssst – there will be a giveaway too!

Nexxus New York Salon Care Collection Review

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Summer is finally here and I am so glad to be spending all my free time outside, but with the sunshine, the heat and the humidity comes the question of hair care. While some would say – why bother? I think it’s extremely important to take good care of your hair, especially in the summer months. Besides, if the products you are using leave you feeling like a celebrity, who can say no to that?

You know you are Russian when your hair products are infused with caviar! But I wouldn’t have it any other way! Therappe and Humectress line by Nexxus New York Salon Care is a replenishing hair care line with caviar complex! Nothing fishy here, not even the smell! The line includes a line of shampoo, conditioner, lightweight conditioning mist, masque and serum infused with caviar complex to help your hair retain moisture. It’s perfect for normal to dry hair. My hair has been on the drier side, especially since I started getting balayage, so this line is my new go-to. I look forward to washing my hair so much more now, and actually have to remind myself not to do that every day. The products are enriched with concentrated Elastin, Keratin and Wheat Proteins to increase hair’s strength and manageability. In addition, new Protein Care Actives penetrate the hair fiber to repair protein structure, making hair stronger from within.

I am absolutely in love with the masque and caviar serum. The masque has a butter like texture that you won’t want to wash out, I use it once or twice a week depending on my hair condition, so if I spent too much time at the beach, or outside, I know my hair will need that extra masque boost.

The serum is the very first serum Nexxus has ever created! How awesome is this? It features concentrated conditioning oil encapsulated in pearls and suspended in a water-based rebuilding serum rich in nutrients and protein. You can use this serum on damp or dry hair. The best part is you can use it as often as you want, no harm in that, only benefits.

Now as important as hair care is, you can’t forget about styling. I stick to one simple rule of summer hair style – make it as easy and effortless, as possible. And Nexxus has a line for that. I was able to test Finishing Mist, Dry Shampoo and Mousse by Nexxus New York Salon Care.

Finishing Mist with fluid-fix complex helps me lock my waves in place if I am using my curling iron, as well as provides a lasting hold with a brushable finish.
Mousse with Keratin Protein offers styling with natural movement and beautiful fluidity, perfect for my on-the-go lifestyle.

And finally, the dry shampoo with pearl extract is truly a godsend. Dry shampoo would be one thing I would take to a deserted island, it’s that big of a necessity. I especially like this one, because it offers a quick refresher, without using too much of the product!

Nexxus New York Salon Care has turned my summer hair care routine around, making my hair more manageable, touchable, and fluid!

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Easy Half Up Bun

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John Frieda Root Blur

There are three hairstyles that I wear to school these days. Straight, wavy and a half bun, or as I prefer to call it – the man bun. And since I often wear my hair half up half down, I’ve been looking for a product that would help me blend the color in a little bit more, so that the contrast between my bleached hair and darker roots wouldn’t appear so drastic. That’s why I was really excited to try out the new Root Blur™ Colour Blending Concealer by John Frieda in Platinum to Champagne For Light to Medium Blonde available at Target in the hair color aisle.

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I have never heard of root concealer before, but it seemed like a perfect temporary solution for the times when my balayage grows out, and I need to soften the color. The powder also made sense, because I figured it’ll have an effect similar to the dry shampoo, so on the second or third day between shampooing, it would help absorb that extra oil and make hair look fresher.

Back to my favorite hairstyle though. A half up bun is only half the fun when the hair is straight. That’s why I normally curl my hair before setting my foot out the door. I normally use a Remington curling wand, but add the finish with sea salt beach spray instead of hairspray. Once the hair is dry and styled I use the John Frieda Root Blur, and the applicator that came with it to quickly blur the roots away, and add more color to frame the face. It takes only a couple minutes, and lasts till the next shampooing.

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And finally, a special promotion to take advantage of: Buy 3 Products Get a $5 Target Gift Card! You can look for the product on a special endcap display until the 5th!

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Grow Longer Hair Faster


I have no problem experimenting with products and trying out new stuff. That’s why when Rozge came to me with an offer to try their GrowFast  shampoo and conditioner, I couldn’t say no. Summer was coming to an end, and I wanted to try out something that would help my hair grow faster in the fall/winter seasons.

Just like any normal girl I have several things that I don’t like about my hair, or that I think are currently wrong with it, but that’s all I got, and I am working with it.

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I have been using GrowFast shampoo and conditioner for 3 weeks now, and that’s how long it usually takes to see the first results. I didn’t start seeing the results until last week, and of course they aren’t huge! I didn’t grow a full head of hair overnight, I will never be able to compete with Rapunzel, and I am okay with that.

There is a trick to the shampoo and conditioner process, and I am not talking about the ingredients now. And that’s a good tip for anyone who uses shampoo and conditioner on a regular basis. The Rosge shampoo needs to be massaged into your scalp for 3-5 minutes. When I first read the instructions, I thought – alright, I can do this. But my arms started hurting after about 2 minutes. It definitely takes time get used to. A little scalp massage never hurt anyone to be honest.

As far as the ingredients go, the products include:

– Apigenin, which fights the follicle aging process and prevents hair loss. It works by increasing circulation to the scalp and providing a seamless pathway for nutrients to nurture the hair follicles.

– Oleanolic Acid  –  naturally occurring triterpenoid found in plants, this component is nontoxic and protects cells against stress. Oleanolic Acid strengthens hair, making it less susceptible to hair loss.

– Biotin – A form of Vitamin B, Biotin is essential for cellular growth in the body. Studies have reported that biotin helps strengthen hair. Vitamin B is found in a variety of foods including nuts, fish, meat, eggs, and dairy. Known as the Vitamin B Complex, B vitamins promote a healthy body function and cell renewal.

– Shea Butter Fruit is an emollient that locks in moisture without leaving hair feeling oily. This natural extract conditions the scalp and shields against damage from heat tools and harmful environmental factors.

Shampoo Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium PCA, PEG-8 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Apigenin, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Oleanolic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PG-26- Buteth-26, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Fragrance (Parfum).

Conditioner Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Allantoin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Apigenin, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Calcium Pantothenate, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Maltodextrin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Minoxidil, Niacinamide, Oleanolic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PG-26-Buteth-26, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Pyridoxine HCl, Silica, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Starch Octenyl Succinate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trideceth-6, Fragrance (Parfum).

Here are my before and after in just 3 weeks. I hope you notice the difference, because I sure do!

To get 25% off your Rozge order – enter BEINGZHENYA at checkout! 



Have any tips on how to grow your hair out faster? Leave them in the comments below!

Beauty Brunch: Camille Albane Salon in Maple Grove

My last hair cut wasn’t the bomb. I had a really hard time with it. It looked good when my hair was curled, but when it was straight you could see it wasn’t blended enough and my top layer stuck over my bottom one a good 2 inches. And you know it’s not a good hair cut when you come to work and your co-teacher tells you that it looks weird. I do appreciate the honesty though.

So when an opportunity came up to visit the new Camille Albane Paris Salon in Maple Grove, I knew I couldn’t miss it.

Last Wednesday after a long and tiring day at work, I drove up 169 all the way to Maple Grove to this brand new salon. The calming white interior, Coldplay through the speakers and incredible staff helped me relax and forget about my troubles almost instantly.
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Black capes are non-existent at Camille Albane Paris. You wear a white robe instead, which creates the atmosphere of a spa, and not a salon.

Tammy, the manager, and my stylist for the night was attentive and addressed all my concerns, answered all questions and was so much fun to talk to. She even saved my pink extension I got at Glamorama 😉

In addition to the haircut I also got a balayage. It was a little different for me, because Tammy didn’t wrap my hair in Saran Wrap, like they usually do at Aveda. The formula that they use doesn’t dry out as fast, so that wasn’t necessary.

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Camille Albane Paris was founded in France, where they have the laboratories and create all of the products. The other salon in the United States is located in Boston.

Camille Albane is a breath of fresh air among the existing salons in the Twin Cities area. It’s new, different, and adds to the edge that we’ve been missing here in the Midwest.

And this Wednesday, August, 13 the salon has it’s official opening. I would love to see you there! So if you are planning on coming make sure to send your RSVP to Hope to see you there.
The salon is located at 7808 Main Street, Maple Grove, MN 55369 between Panera and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Phone # 763-316-6957

Arvazallia Hair Products Review

arvazallia-hair-care arvazallia-hydrating-oil-mask arvazallia-premium-argan-oil-hair-treatment I have been loving my new hair cut, and the balayage I got a couple months ago, but it’s summer now, and my hair needs an extra UMPF! So in my attempts to beef it up, I have been searching for new hair products, that would help it. That’s when I came across Arvazallia (or they came across me on Brand Backer). Today I am going to share my tips and reviews on these two products: Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment and Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask Before I even started using the products, the brand representative filled me in on how to use them. That was so helpful, since sometimes, there are many ways of using one product, but there is not enough room to list it on the packaging.

Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment

• Makes frizzy and difficult hair Soft, Silky, and Easier to Manage
• Awakens dull hair by giving it a Magnificent Shine
• Nourishes, Restores, and Strengthens over-processed, damaged, and brittle hair
• Residue-free oil Absorbs Quickly and Leaves Hair Feeling Light and Smelling Great
• Moisturizes dry scalp and Protects from harmful UV rays
• Heat Protectant that protects your hair from damage caused by hair irons
• Enhances color treatments to ensure an even application

This is a very versatile treatment that can be used many ways. We recommend to get the maximum results for your hair that you apply it to damp or towel-dried hair and then reapplying after styling. 

Step 1: Pump 2-4 pumps of oil into the palm of your hand and rub your hands together.

Step 2: Run your fingers through your hair working the oil throughout your hair beginning from the root and working outward towards the ends. If you have naturally oily scalp or longer hair, you can apply from mid-length downward and then work your way up towards the roots.

Step 3: Allow your hair to air dry or you can blow dry your hair and style as usual. Because of the detangling effects of the oil it helps to improve drying time. It also acts as a heat protectant and helps protect your hair from heat damage when blow drying or using hair irons.

Step 4: After you’ve finished drying and styling your hair, apply another 1-2 pumps of oil using the same process to control loose out of place hair and to further condition your hair and give it a beautiful and radiant shine.

My experience: This is a great smelling product in beautiful packaging. I also feel like I don’t have to use as much of it. It’s often hard to remember to use a small amount of product for me. I tend to overuse everything.

Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask

• Deeply Conditions, Hydrates, and Moisturizes Hair Giving it a Soft and Silky Texture
• Repairs, Restores, and Strengthens weak, damaged, and over-processed hair
• Revives Dull and Dry Hair Improving its Manageability and Elasticity and giving it a Beautiful Shine
• Nourishes Hair with the Highest Quality Cosmetic Grade Argan Oil Rich in Essential Vitamins and Nutrients 
• Protects and Shields Hair from Damage Caused by Heat Styling

How to apply: Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Mask should be used in place of your hair conditioner. Apply a generous amount of the mask to clean shampooed hair that is still damp or lightly towel-dried. Comb the treatment through your hair to allow it to be evenly distributed throughout your hair. Allow it to absorb into your hair for 5 to 7 minutes and then thoroughly rinse the mask from your hair. Next style your hair as usual.
How often to use: Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Mask should only be used 1-2 times per week.

Maximizing Your Results: For deeper conditioning, restoration, and to further improve manageability and shine following the mask treatment, apply 1-3 pumps of Arvazallia Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment to your hair after styling.

For Thick or Coarse Hair: For very thick or coarse hair you can add and mix in 2-4 Pumps of Arvazallia Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment to the Mask prior to applying it to further improve manageability, elasticity, and shine. My experience: I love using this mask in place of my conditioner. Once again, it helps me not to overuse products. I keep a plastic wide tooth comb (I got from Gift with Purchase at Estee Lauder) in my bathroom just for that. Overall these products are definitely benefiting my hair. And if I were to pick a favorite, I wouldn’t be able to do that, because both of them are now an essential part of my hair care routine.  The biggest downside for me though is that these products are made in China. I searched my stash high and low and only found one other product (out of hundreds) that is made there as well.

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The Balayage Effect



Last Saturday I went to Juut Salon in uptown for my very first balayage appointment. I found the colorist on Instagram. See, being addicted to Social Media isn’t that bad after all! Besides, Charlie did an awesome job! The process took a pretty long time, I was there for 2.5 hours, which made me glad I booked it for 9.30 am! I had such a fun experience though! Balayage is not your original highlights (this article has some really great info!), and the effect is absolutely different. Highlights always make me stripey, when balayage is more of an all over color with a highlight effect. Plus I got my hair wrapped in saran wrap, which was definitely new and different, and super fun! 

Of course the main judge was at home, I hope you’ve guessed that it’s Sam 😉 He loved it! And when I told him I was going to go even blonder in April, well, that just made his day!

Enjoy the photos, and let me know if you’ve ever done a balayage, do you dye your hair? Any tips you want to share?

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New Hair, I do Care!

Saturday I had my first experience getting my hair done at the Aveda school. It’s located in North East Minneapolis, right behind St. Anthony Main. And they have not one, but TWO parking lots!

I kind of knew what I was getting myself into. Back when I lived in New York, the woman I worked for used to get her hair done at Aveda school, it was super cheap, but took forever.

It’s also been forever since my last hair cut in September:

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So 9 am there I was at the Aveda school. Here is how it all works:

You call a number and make an appointment.

On the day when you are supposed to go you show up there wait in line.

You will also sign a waiver saying you realize that your hair is going to be treated by students. 

If you’ve signed up for any sort of color services, they do a skin test behind your ear.

Then you simply sit there and wait for your name to be called.

I loved my long hair though, and definitely didn’t want to lose more than 1 inch! I was also getting highlights. Sam has been asking me to go blond for a long time now. And I finally gave in.

So when I came home looking like this:



… he said I wasn’t his wife 🙂

So what are the pros and cons of getting your hair done by a student?


1. The price: It’s cheap, I only paid $46 for the cut, a blowout and partial foils.

2. They are very attentive. I loved the lady who did my hair, she was an older woman from Vietnam, and told me stories from when she just moved to the States in the 80’s. Plus I got a back rub and a hand massage!


1. It takes forever, there is some paperwork they need to fill out, and show the teachers. I was in the chair for 4 hours, during which about an hour was just sitting around, and my husband kept wondering why it was taking so long!

2. You never know who you are going to get. There are a lot of students, and it’s a cat in the bag for them and for you.

3. They are kind of pushy when it comes to Aveda products. I’ve used Aveda before and it’s really not all that natural as they make it sound. Just make sure to say no, when you need to!

In the end, I was happy with my cut and color. One of the teachers came and fixed my hair, because apparently it was longer on one side, but overall I had a pretty enjoyable experience and will definitely consider going back there!

Hope you all had a great weekend! It sure snowed here a lot!


Small things in life

Hubs and I still don’t know if we are going to move to a new apartment. To be 100% honest, I am too lazy to move, pack, unpack, etc. I will go look at other apartments though…

I still haven’t planted the basil my manager brought me like a month ago! It’s been doing well though. Sometimes I want to find a tin, go get some dirt from the outside and just stick it in there. But then it’s not going to look pretty. So I am going to wait, get a nice plant pot for it, then go get some dirt from the outside, stick the basil in there and hope to make some pesto in the next month or so!


Another thing that I need to figure out is a new hairstylist. I’m sure you remember how excited I was to find Brooke, who did my hair at Sanctuary Salon Spa here in downtown – it was cheap and close to both work and home. Well, unfortunately I had to end this relationship, because the manager was extremely rude to me, accused me of not leaving a tip (which I did), and yes, that’s the end of story… So if you know a good hairstylist in Minneapolis, I am looking for one to do this to my hair:


I will admit, I’ve been kind of burnt out lately, finding excuses not to do my DIY projects, like sleep. I haven’t been working out either, though it is getting a lot nicer and cooler outside, so maybe I’ll start doing that. I know we all go through stages when we are too lazy to do anything. I honestly just want to sit on my couch, and watch hubs play video games :/ I always get more motivated though if I admit something publicly, or through social networks. So hopefully tomorrow I’ll be on that carpet doing sit ups and leg lifts! And working on a fun DIY later on! I even made Sam take me to Michael’s on Sunday just for that!

I hope you are all doing better than me, because being Zhenya isn’t that fun today!



PS. Have you self-actualized yet?