About Monimay Sun Shadz & Hair Shadz
Monimay Founder, Monica May Sanders, is an expert hair colorist with over 15 years of experience and recipient of many professional accolades. She has been recognized in Vogue, Seventeen, and Cut & Style Magazine. She was selected Best of Phoenix colorist by the New Times Magazine.
In 1999, Monica lost her Mother to malignant Melanoma. The original source of the Cancer started on her scalp. Monica researched the issue and discovered how common this disease is. Researchers have proven the scalp hair is not necessarily protecting ones scalp from harmful sun radiation . The sun damages unprotected scalps severely. Since people want to avoid putting greasy sun block in their hair, many people develop cancerous moles on their scalps from lack of proper sun protection.
Monica enhanced her Hair Shadz® and Sun Shadz® products to include protection for the scalp against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Hair Shadz® and Sun Shadz®, with its patented powder formula, and the easy application brush it provides protection on the scalp with every use. Every man (golfer, hunter, hiker, etc.), woman and child will benefit from using Hair Shadz® and Sun Shadz®.
For this review, I was sent the translucent Sun Shadz. Sun Shadz is an all natural micronized mineral powder that helps protect the scalp from most of the sun's harmful UVB and UVA rays that has not been tested on animals and is approved by the Melanoma International Foundation.
Rice Powder - absorbs oil from the scalp
Zinc Oxide - active sunscreen ingredient
Titanium Dioxide - another SPF ingredient derived from earth rock been used as a natural sun blocker
Silica* - a non-caking agent used to
Orange Peel Oil - neutralizes scalp odor and keeps hair smelling fresh
The colored Hair Shadz contains one or more of the following : Black Iron Oxide, Tan Iron Oxide, Brown Iron Oxide, Russet Iron Oxide, and/or Mica which are all naturally derived from earth minerals or metals.
* Note - there is quite a bit of varying information about use of silica in the products that we use. According to the EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic database, the silica when "finely ground down and may be associated with respiratory toxicity" if inhaled. However, silica is used in many mineral cosmetics "presents little, if any risk" to it's user. The EWG's Skin Deep website rates this ingredient between 0-2, which is considered "low" on their toxicity scale. When using products that contain silica, I apply it in small circular motions (for mineral makeup) or in the case of this review in slow brushing motions as to not inhale a "cloud" of dust to be on the safe side.
Sun Shadz is easy to use. Shake well, then turn the silver flow indicator to your desired flow level (I = minimum flow, II = medium, or III = maximum flow) by lining up the numeral with the arrow as pictured above.
For the first application, "prime" your brush by setting the flow indicator to Level III and tapping the applicator (brush down) lightly again the palm of your hand or on a clean smooth surface (I used a plate) until the powder begins to dispense. Remove the cap and apply powder generously to the hair roots in a brushing motion from roots to scalp. Turn off silver flow indicator (match up the arrow with the "o"), slide the center brush protective plastic sleeve over the brush to protect the bristles when the cap is closed, place the cap on the sliding plastic sleeve, and apply pressure to close the cap over the brush.
What I Love About This Product
Sun Shadz can be applied all over the body, and no longer do I have to deal with greasy sunblock that will clog my pores. Additionally, many commercial sunscreens contain the chemicals retinyl palmitate and/or oxybenzone (linked to hormone disruption and potentially to cell damage that may lead to skin cancer), which can be easily absorbed through the skin. I can also wear it over my make up that does not offer SPF protection.
This product is also the PERFECT dry shampoo! I have tried quite a few different brands, but each one always left behind white flecks on my hair, which gave the appearance of dandruff...not a pretty sight! Since the Sun Shadz is translucent, it does not leave any residue on my hair. If I used a little too much, my roots looked a little pale, but that was easily fixed by running my brush through my hair.
The Hair Shadz, which I cannot wait to try, offers the same SPF protection, but also gives thinning hair a thicker appearance and adds a quick touch up to roots for dyed hair and is available in 10 different shades. I do not color my hair, but as you can tell, my hair has thinned at the top. I am quite self conscious about that section of my hair...so I hope to try the colored Hair Shadz soon!
To Purchase : Monimay Sun Shadz & Hair Shadz can be purchased locally at select salons or Whole Foods stores. You can also purchase from the Monimay website for $29.95. Each applicator lasts up to six months. Refills are also available for the same price, and can last up to one year.
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Also, I am not a medical professional, and I am not claiming.... The opinions listed above are 100% my own.