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Tested on Film Stars, Not on Animals: Tara Smith Haircare

Hi lovelies,

After spending hours on the beach in the sun, dipping in and out the pool, and flat-ironing my hair for nights out in the summer heat, one thing that’s always on my mind is how to keep my hairstyle looking fresh and healthy during the hot summer months and always being on-the-go.

Luckily for me, U.K. celebrity hairstylist, Tara Smith, is launching her award-winning haircare line here in the U.S this summer. Her clients have included some of my favorite actors from Demi Moore, Rosario Dawson, Marisa Tomei, to Gerald Butler.

The exclusive 12-product line is infused with Performance Botanical Technology and what makes her line truly different from the rest, other than leaving your hair healthy, strong, and glowing, but all of her products are toxin-free, gluten-free, and 100% vegan. If you want nourished hair from root to tip, then check out the full line here.

Tara’s personal mantra is, “Be kind, be beautiful, be healthy,” and it shines through in all of her products that are environmentally friendly and non-harmful to your hair and is safe enough for everyday use. Speaking of shine, my favorite product from her high-performance collection is the Shining Moment Glosser, which leaves my hair leaves my hair with a natural glisten and soft to the touch. What I also love about the collection is that the line is complete with styling products for every hair style and shampoos and conditioners for all hair types.

Tara is a free-spirit and her caring nature is shown through the beautiful packaging of her 12-product line that features a signature bird and her new collection is made in the USA. For an insider look into the celebrity stylist imaginative and creative mind, check out my interview with Tara below:

Interview with celebrity hairstylist, Tara Smith:

Candy Washington: What are your style secrets for achieving the perfect summer beach hair?
Tara Smith: Beachy waves are always in during the summer and are such an easy, fresh and natural look.

To achieve, 1. Shampoo and condition (I like TARA SMITH GORGEOUSLY GENTLE) to prep and properly hydrate hair. Use a wide tooth comb to get out any tangles. 2. Apply an anti-frizz serum – the miraculous TARA SMITH BASE COAT SERUM is perfect for this, to set the stage for the look. 3. Finger curl the hair, starting from the front and going completely all around your hair. 4. Let hair air dry. 5. Finish any pieces that still look like they need more bend with the light touch of a curling iron.

CW: How can we play summer trends in beauty with our hairstyles?
TS:So many of my celebrity clients ask this same question, for their down time and personal lives. My favorite trends include loose knots or slicking back the hair in true rock n roll fashion, with my TARA SMITH ROCK ON HARD GEL. One thing that everyone can do is accessorize – like you do with jewelry, accessorize your hair, from flowered headbands to jeweled head pieces, the sky is the limit to achieve a cool laid back summer look or a super-sexy sparkly look.

CW:  Any advice for aspiring hairstylists?
TS: My advice is to follow your dream and matter to your clients, by caring about how their hair looks AND how it feels. I created TARA SMITH HAIRCARE to both perform AND be good for your hair – because looking good and feeling good shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.

Tara Smith Haircare 12-product line:

  • Base Coat Serum - the key product that will instantly change the look and feel of your hair. Powerfully moisturizing, this primer hydrates and smoothes while creating an anti-frizz barrier that lasts between shampoos. Lab and consumer studies show the Base Coat Serum is proven to increase shine by 65% and 100% of women agree their hair had more shine! The product even controlled frizz in 80% humidity for up to 24 hours after use.

  • Shining Moment Glosser - a shine-enhancing finishing spray that diffuses light and fights free radicals to show off your hair’s dimension and color.

  • Rock On Hard Gel - a powerful styling gel for perfect control without the stiffness and flaking of a typical hair gel.

  • Brilliant Thickening Cream - a super lightweight leave in cream that provides instant lift and definition. Lab tested and proven to increase volume by 85% after first application!

  • Root Shampoo & Conditioner - work together to fortify hair at the root to promote volume, shine and strength. Ingredients include Tea Tree Oil and Bamboo Extract.

  • Gorgeously Gentle Shampoo & Conditioner - an everyday Shampoo & Conditioner that gently cleanses and relieves scalp irritation, while locking in moisture and adding strength and luster to dull hair. Ingredients include Chamomile and Aloe Vera.

  • Shine On Shampoo & Conditioner - nourishes and repairs dry, damaged and color-treated tresses, restoring shine and sparkle. Great for hair that needs TLC from constant blowouts or flat ironing. Enriched with Olive Squalene.

  • Working Curls Shampoo & Conditioner - hydrates, enhances softness, tames texture, defines and adds shine to curly hair. Great for Afro/natural hair, as well. Hydrates with Rosemary Extract.

PS: I'll be giving away 3 Tara Smith Haircare products via Instagram, stay tuned for details!

FTC: Sponsored by Coyne PR. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my viewers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.

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