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The System Professional EnergyCode Mapping Experience

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I am someone who really tries to elevate my natural beauty as best as possible. Starting with my skin years ago, I threw away all my foundation, and now I’m attempting the same with my hair. I have very long, thick hair and I go once every six months to get my hair trimmed. That’s a long time in-between cuts so I try to keep my hair as healthy as possible.

There has never been one perfect haircare line for all hair types. Mine has never been colored, is oily at the top and dry on the ends, very heavy and naturally very straight. I like shine, I like smooth movement and I like lift at the roots. This is probably different from your haircare needs. So why do we all buy the same product?

System Professional invited me to experience their scientific analysis which is a consultation to find a customized combination of products that are determined by your EnergyCode. The goal for System Professional is always the same: to restore the lipid balance and keratin in your hair to its best, healthiest, natural state. The products each of us needs to achieve that is going to be different. This realization was their breakthrough moment and why they developed, over many years, this approach to personalized haircare.

During the consultation, the specialist examines your hair from look and feel, down to the microscopic level using a special app and microscopic camera developed to examine your scalp, root and hair structure. They also ask a series of questions from how you treat your hair, to lifestyle and styling tools you use. This information all goes into their app and reveals the products and treatments you need to achieve your healthiest hair yet. My EnergyCode prescribed a hydrating shampoo, repairing conditioner and a reconstructive elixer.

Next they walk you through your transformation. The experience is wonderful and like nothing I’ve ever had before, from the amazing brush they use to massage your scalp and comb your hair while shampooing, to even performing some of the treatment outside the sink. My conditioner and elixer were applied and massaged into my hair at a chair sitting up, then later rinsed out.

One of my favorite elements of this bespoke approach to haircare is that you end up with your own signature scent. Each product has a similar floriental base note and complimentary top notes, resulting in a customized fragrance for your specific system.

After the treatment, the stylist did the most simple, low heat blowout using just a flat brush, which I was sure would make my hair look like a broom stick, but it didn’t! I absolutely LOVED the result. No styling products; no crazy tangled high heat round brush blow out; just beautiful, natural hair with great volume and movement. Exactly as I wished for. 

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Above, a small sampling of the products that are available for any system.

Below, samples of scents used to mix throughout the line, from florals to citrus notes and spices, that all make-up your own unique scent. 

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Below, while at the Lanserhof Tegernsee spa, I got to chat with sisters Poppy and Chloe Delevingne who are ambassadors for this new approach to haircare by System Professional. We all shared our unique EnergyCode and product diagnosis. What I really found amazing was that Poppy has been bleaching her hair blonde for years and her hair looked thick, voluminous and healthy! She said it was a disaster, brittle and broken, until she started using her System Professional. 

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Below, my consultation begins! First an interview on my haircare routine, then we look at the health of my hair from scalp, root to ends. The app then outputs my unique EnergyCode so my stylist can begin my treatment.

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Below, the experience with the stylist was unlike any other I’ve ever had. I LOVED the water hairbrush she used to massage my scalp and brush my hair during the shampooing. The next two steps were done sitting up in the stylist chair before a final rinse. 

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Above, the three System Professional products that suit my haircare needs. 

Below, the fastest, simplest blowout with the most natural, beautiful results! Meaning, I can easily recreate this at home and know with each in-salon treatment I’m restoring my hair. 

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You can now go in for your own consultation and receive your unique EnergyCode at luxury salons nationwide, which I highly encourage you to try! It was such a great experience learning about my hair and seeing the immediate results!

Here’s to happier, healthier, hair.  

For more information on System Professional salons please visit SystemProfessional.com

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A Hair Revolution by System Professional

I have been waiting for System Professional to launch in the U.S. since I was jetted off to an exclusive German health spa to experience the unique personalized world of their EnergyCode Mapping analysis for your hair.

I have never in my life had such a bespoke haircare treatment designed for my specific hair needs. By combining years of scientific research and new technology, they have created virtually limitless possibilities to suit each person’s desired results. No longer will we all be using the exact same shampoo and styling tools, we will have our own unique code tailored to our personal needs!

See the process of EnergyCode Mapping and my incredible hair transformation so you too know what to expect in your own journey. From the analyzation of your hair on a microscopic level, to defining your EnergyCode and how it restores your hair to its most natural beautiful state in our video Kevin shot while I enjoyed the full beauty treatment!

For more information on System Professional salons please visit SystemProfessional.com

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Discovering the Power of Kérastase’s Aura Botanica in Morocco

Kerastase_Morocco__000 Traveling to Morocco is always a special treat. The coastal African country is rich in traditions of simple daily life with beautiful scents, inspiring riads, amazing tagines, the BEST mint tea and of course, exotic markets. But it’s also known for something else… something you can only find here deep in the dry forests of the Moroccan countryside: Argan Oil. It was this highly effective moisturizing oil that Kérastase sent us to discover for ourselves.

With my travel companions Samantha from California, Yoshiko from Japan, and Marie-Laure from France we landed together in Agadir and began our journey to the Argan forest along the rocky cliffside of the African coast. The farther we ventured from Agadir, the more mountainous and wild the landscape became until the goats were in the trees and acres and acres of Argan trees were all we could see.

We arrived to a co-op run by all women. It is here Kérastase has empowered these women to help them source and produce the highest quality Argan oil for the new Kérastase Aura Botanica haircare range. The process is anything but simple and is quite time consuming. First, women collect the fallen Argan nuts off the ground then leave them in piles to dry for months in the sun. The outer shell is then removed and hand sorted. The nuts move from each group of women to the next, generations mixed from young to old, and on joyous afternoons the women will chant traditional Moroccan songs while they work in harmony.

The next stage is the hardest, I would know because they made me try it! I ended up smashing my fingers more than cracking the hard shell of the Argan nut. With precision and centuries old technique, the women using a rock and a stone, smash the hard outer shell revealing a very delicate, white, almost almond-like nut in the core. Sorted again by hand, the best nuts make it to the pressing phase where the Argan oil that is so powerful for hair, skin and nails is extracted and filtered. This oil, from these photos below, are what make up the key natural ingredient of Kérastase’s Aura Botanica.

“The new Aura Botanica range is made for the woman who believes that responsibility is a must, performance a right and glowing, healthy hair is the essence of self-expression.” -Kérastase

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Buly 1803

A reivew of the luxurious french beauty brand Buly 1803.

Every time I have come to France there is always an excitement to go explore the pharmacies here. Unlike in the states where that basically means a medicine counter, here the pharmacy is where you can not only find any cure for what ails you, but a whole pandora’s box of new French beauty products we are not familiar with in the states or possibly do not even have back home.  But then I discovered something new in Paris… something truly magical:

Buly 1803.

Like a pharmacy fit for a French King, it is the fantasy of what Paris used to be. Feeding my complete obsession with natural beauty products this place became instantly beloved.

When your modern day shoes walk across the crest marked tiled floors of their petite atelier on Rue Bonaparte in the sixth arrondissement you are immediately filled with wonderment as you gracefully float back in time to an era of beauty products that were made from real ingredients. Walls of oak cabinets filled like an apothecary of everything you ever needed and some you didn’t even know existed. Marble candles, essential oils, the most beautiful watercolor painted ceramic bottles of water-based perfumes and soaps, all made in the tradition of nineteenth-century craftsmanship.

Originally named after its creator and famed perfumer, Jean-Vincent Bully, today’s rebirth brought back to life by Ramdane Touhami and his wife Victoire de Taillac-Touhami, named Buly 1803, was named after the year Jean-Vincent Bully first opened his shop in Paris“with a respect for the past and a curiosity for the present.”

Though they are most known for their perfumes past and present, I gravitated to the Huile Antique damask rose scented dry body oil. After stepping out of my shower or bath, this is the most wonderful body oil I have ever experienced. Instead of leaving you oily it absorbs into your skin making it soft and luminous with a subtle scent of roses. I am 100% hooked on this product.

My second discovery was not one I was anticipating. Over a glass counter there was a mirage of antique looking little jars of oils. I discussed with the shopgirl the characteristics of my facial skin and I told her that I had a mild rosacea that drove me insane, especially considering I typically try not to wear makeup and I want my skin to be as balanced as possible to feel confident naked. She suggested I try the Safflower Seed Oil and at only 26 euros I was happy to. I’ve been using it now before bed and in the morning for almost two weeks and the redness in my skin has never been so calm! It’s so simple and so much cheaper than the unnatural laser procedure my dermatologist suggested.

Perhaps the most charming characteristic of this very small shop is the old desk that rests demurely by the soft window light where sits a calligrapher to customize your purchase with your name or monogram. If you are looking for a truly unique experience and very Parisian gift for yourself or to bring back to someone, I highly recommend taking a step back in time here.

Images from this story were taken in my home in Provence. 

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