Say WHAT?!?! Water in P2 Xtreme?! But WHY?

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The Chic Geek by Nikki B. ~ Product Education Director

Why does P2 Xtreme contain a little bit of the finest water known as Triple Distilled Water?  This formula needs that little bit of water to stay in solution and penetrate the hair most effectively.  This is also why the hair must be damp for this totally unique product to penetrate effectively. 

And FYI…the hair-effective ingredients in P2 Xtreme account for about 98% of the formula so the formula is extremely concentrated!  And one last note…Triple Distilled Water is the finest and most expensive water, containing no icons, no chemicals, no minerals.  This makes the formula more precise with great results!

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How does Rocket Leaf Help the Scalp?

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The Chic Geek by Nikki B. ~ Product Education Director

Rocket Leaf, also known as Arugula, helps balance the Ph level of the scalp thus helping reduce oil secretions on oily scalps.  It works along with the rest of the proprietary Philip Pelusi Rocket Ivy Blend of Rocket Leaf, Ivy, Whortleberry and Watercress in the P2 DeTox Shampoo Treatment to help keep the scalp cleaner longer.

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What is Damaged Hair?

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The Chic Geek by Nikki B. ~ Product Education Director

Most folks think damaged hair is truly visible breakage, split ends, or a dull, dry, rough cuticle layer with faded color. 

True, but ANY hair that is Color Treated, Chemically Treated, Heat Styled, Sun, Chlorine or Well Water Exposed and Hair longer than 1” has a compromised cuticle layer leaving the cortex and its protein, strength and color molecules in jeopardy for further damage unless protected with the right products….Philip Pelusi products! 

P2 Xtreme Daily HaiRx, P2 RepairHair, P2 Deep, Tela Probiotic Hair Mask, Tela Healer, Tela Color Lock+ and many more!

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Gluten Free Proteins Just as Strong?

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Do Philip’s Gluten Free proteins, such as the Corn, Soy and Wheat in the P2 Xtreme and many other P2 products, work the same as non-gluten free proteins?  Yes!  They have the same incredible strengthening effects but with the gluten removed. 

And all of Philip’s proteins go through the same Micro Emulsion Technology process to make them penetrate into the smallest, deepest damaged sites in the hair.  This means stronger, shinier, better performing hair and longer lasting color!  Great news!!

Xtreme Fact! No Heat Penetration!

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P2 by Philip Pelusi Xtreme Liquid Repair Spray does not need heat to penetrate the hair.  Why? 

Because this product’s strengthening plant protein microemulsion molecules are made super small through Micro Emulsion Technology so they slip right into the hair fiber. 

100% penetration in 3 minutes max!  But heat helps quicken and deepen this process!

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Chic Geek “Less is Not always More, especially with Haircare Ingredients”

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by Nikki B. ~ Product Education Director

The well-known phrase “less is more” is said to mean that “having just the essential things is better than having way too much of superfluous things and that this allows you to focus on what matters”.  Well, this might be true when it comes to reflecting on what is most important in life but absolutely not true when it comes to building a hair care formula.  Let’s explain.

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Today, many haircare and skincare companies tout the idea that fewer ingredients somehow means a product formula is simpler and therefore more natural.  They allude to the idea that products containing longer ingredient lists are somehow bad and full of chemicals or bad ingredients.  That might be true of other product manufacturers but NOT true of products created by Philip Pelusi.

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Less ingredients means simply that there are less ingredients in their formulas.  And anything containing less ingredients is simply less expensive to make, period.  Again, this is NOT how Philip makes his products.  One prime example of how more is more at Philip Pelusi is the Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Proprietary Blend of 35 USDA Certified Organic Ingredients.

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Wow, who else has a base blend of 35 ingredients?!?!  Philip’s Tela 35 USDA Certified Organic Ingredient Blend is indeed a rare breed.  Philip’s precision-made blend of 35 USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Certified Organic antioxidants, anti-irritants, weightless moisturizers, strengthening proteins, super fruits, sun protection, and anti-color fade ingredients deliver optimum health and unprecedented anti-aging, healthy hair benefits.  And is threaded throughout the entire Tela product line.

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This magnificent blend not only amps up the fabulous results to the hair and scalp but also makes the formulas much more expensive to make.  But Philip has always held a standard of a 100% commitment to quality.  His formulas need to perform perfectly for his Stylists and Guests to get just the right results in the hair.  Drumroll please!  Here are those 35 ingredients…

USDA Certified Organic Wolfberry

Tela Proprietary Blend of 35 USDA Certified Organic Ingredients: Organic Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca), Organic Burdock (Arctium Lappa) Root, Organic Bilberry (Vaccinum Myrtillis), Organic Bupleurum (Bupleurum Falcatum), Organic Carrot (Daucus Carota), Organic Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum  Muriflorum), Organic Chinese Orchid (Dendrobium Nobile), Organic Chinese Giant Knotweed (Polygonum Cuspidatum), Organic Dandelion (Taraxcum Monogolicum), Organic Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis), Organic Fig (Ficus Carica), Organic Fo–ti (Polygonum Multiflorum), Organic Forsythia (Forsythia Suspensa), Organic Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo Biloba), Organic Grape (Vitis Vinifera), Organic Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis), Organic Horsetail (Equisetum Arvene), Organic Kiwi (Actinidia Chinensis), Organic Ku Shen (Sophora Flavenscens), Organic Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Uralensis), Organic Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum), Organic Milk Vetch (Astragalus Membranaceus), Organic Mongolia Oak (Quercus Mongolica), Organic Oolong Tea (Camellia Sinensis), Organic Pine Bark (Pinus Tabulaeformis), Organic Plum (Prunus Domestica), Organic Pomegranate (Punica Granatum), Organic Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma Lucidum), Organic Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea), Organic Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum Officianalis), Organic Tangerine (Citrus Reticulate), Organic Tomato (Lycopersicon Esculentum), Organic Water Celery (Oenanthe Javanica), Organic White Tea (Camellia Sinensis), Organic Wolfberry (Lycium Barbum)

Chic Geek “Mystery Solved! Philip’s P2 Soft Wax ~ The Science & History of this Styling Marvel! Part II”

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by Nikki B. ~ Product Education Director

In Part I we dove into the key ingredients in P2 Soft Wax.  Now here is how the whole process comes together, combining these incredible ingredients while altering the physical properties of the hair during styling!

P2 Soft Wax is a heat activated product.  It is applied to freshly shampooed and conditioned hair along with one other additional “modifying” product, which I will explain later.  The product is worked in from the ends, the most fragile part of the hair, up to the roots.  Then systematically working from the nap to the front hairline the hair is blown dry smooth, section by section, with a blow-dryer and brush with the airflow of the dryer always flowing downward. 

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What happens here is the heat from the dryer melts the P2 Soft Wax down the hair shaft and with the help of the brush and the airflow’s downward direction, the cuticle is blown into a smooth formation, laying tight and sealed against the cortex of the hair.  This translates into a smooth texture which feels silky and looks shiny.  Meanwhile the Hyaluronic Acid moisture is deposited helping to ward off damage during styling and leaving the hair buoyant and full of life!

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Once that section is completely dry, not semidry, but fully dry, the cool shot on the dryer should be switched on and again with the brush and a downward airflow, the cuticle is sealed shut.  The stylist or client should continue in this same manner throughout the hair until completed. 

So, you can see, this process would not work without P2 Soft Wax, but the proper styling technique is also critical for success!  Therefore, a proper styling lesson is essential if the guest will be duplicating their look at home.  Stylist + product + proper technique = beautiful hair!  With the proper products and a killer blowout technique, a flat iron is barely required if at all!

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Now, let’s explain the “modifying” product!  P2 Soft Wax is for blow-drying smooth fine, medium or coarse hair of any density.  P2 Soft Wax was never designed to be used alone unless it is as a demi-matte finish pomade on short, cropped cuts to groom and control thick textures. 

So, to perfect your product mix to match the guest’s texture add one of the following products in the palm of your hand along with only a pea size to dime size of P2 Soft Wax, as it is extremely concentrated.  Try P2 Fixative mixed with P2 Soft Wax on fine hair, mix with P2 Potion on medium texture and P2 Polish for coarse bulky textures!  Or come up with your own winning combination!

Chic Geek “Mystery Solved! Part I ~ Philip’s P2 Soft Wax ~ The Science & History of this Styling Marvel!”

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by Nikki B. ~ Product Education Director

One of the many reasons Philip Pelusi started creating hair products was his dissatisfaction with the choices of products on the marketplace.  As a curly hair individual himself and stylist of all textures, he didn’t feel the products on the market met the texture needs of his coarse, curly or wavy clientele.  He wanted to create smooth lustrous locks for clients desiring a smooth blowout look.  So, he invented P2 by Philip Pelusi Soft Wax many moons ago.

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Philip created his first version of P2 Soft Wax in the 1970’s, light years ahead of its time.  He has updated this formula several times over the decades to meet his up-to-the-minute technology credo.  Also, around this same time in the 70’s, hair-drying equipment was moving away from the old-school hooded dryer to a new and wonderous way to dry your hair, the blow-dryer!  So, Philip wanted to marry these two concepts, a guest using this newly invented blow-dryer along with a brush to style their hair with a revolutionary hair product to create the smooth texture while providing superior heat protection.

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So, enter the sleek science of P2 Soft Wax!  Why science, you ask?  Because P2 Soft Wax uses revolutionary ingredients along with the science of altering the physical properties of the hair to create soft, silky hair fabric.  But how?  Two of the key ingredients in this creamy conditioning balm are Hyaluronic Acid and Emulsifying Wax USP and wow do these two ingredients create a powerful combo for smooth hydrated hair.

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Hyaluronic Acid is a powerhouse skincare humectant with Philip being the first in the hair industry to use this in haircare products.  It is deposited into the hair fiber replenishing moisture lost through chemicals, color, heat styling and longer, and by default, older hair.  This added moisture makes hair look and feel lustrous and perform better as well as provides heat protection.  Next, he added Emulsifying Wax USP, a shampoo soluble, no buildup heat protector and cuticle smoother.  USP meaning it is a top-shelf pharmaceutical grade level ingredient, the absolute best in its class. 

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Stay tuned!  Next, in Part II, we’ll look at how the whole P2 Soft Wax process comes together, how these incredible ingredients work hand in hand with altering the physical properties of the hair during styling!

Chic Geek “May The Force Be With You ~ Tela Life Force That Is!” ~ Part IV of IV

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by Nikki B. ~ Product Education Director

A recent Statista survey showed, “More than 50% of consumers prefer natural or organic skincare products.  Approximately 70% between the ages of 18 – 29 and 60% between the ages of 30 – 59 prefer natural or organic skincare products.”

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In addition to being Vegan, Color Safe, Free from Gluten, Propylene Glycol, Parabens, Formaldehyde and Sulfates, Tela Life Force also contains these additional revolutionary ingredients.  Philip’s Patent Pending Hydro Charged Pelusi Ceramide Complex.  This plant derived cosmeceutical breakthrough helps strengthen, seal in color and hydrate.  Certified Organic Quinoa.  This grain is a complete protein containing all 8 essential amino acids to help strengthen hair and create shine.

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Philip’s proprietary Certified Organic Regenerating Blend comprised of Burdock, Red Sage, Horsetail and Reishi Mushroom strengthens while serving as antioxidants to help prevent color fadage.  Certified Organic Peppermint and Aloe sooth and calm the scalp.  And these no water formulas are based instead in a super charged color protecting blend of White, Green and Oolong Tea.

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To learn about each individual product in The Tela Life Force Collection, be sure to watch these videos…The Tela Life Force Virtual Product Class and The Tela Root to End Recovery Hair and Scalp Treatment Video to learn the step-by-step process of this exclusive in-salon service!  Click here to view: Tela Virtual Product Classes (  “May the force be with you”, Tela Life Force that is!

Chic Geek “May The Force Be With You ~ Tela Life Force That Is!” ~ Part III of IV

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One expert says, “Several clinical trials have suggested that probiotics in skin care may have the potential to transform the skin at the dermal and sub-dermal level.  It has been found that supplementation of probiotics reduced cellular damage and promoted cellular renewal.  Probiotics have also been found to be slowing the process of aging…preventing collagen damage and by involving in skin hydration process.”  Pramanik R., Euro Cosmetics

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Tela Life Force is comprised of the Power Shampoo, Power Conditioner, The Fountain of Hair Vitality Serum, Probiotic Scalp Scrub and Probiotic Hair Mask.  And one of the collection’s headlining ingredients is Philip’s proprietary Tela Hair Immunity Complex™.  This blend is designed to help give the scalp the healthiest environment possible from a cosmeceutical product.

The Tela Hair Immunity Complex™ is a combination of Pre and Probiotic Enzymes derived from the Fermented Kelp Extract in the complex.  Probiotics are derived from fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt, and our Fermented Kelp Extract.  Prebiotics act as a rich fertilizer to enrich work of probiotics.  Those are found only in plants, mostly vegetables.

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Philip’s Fermented Kelp Extract helps strengthen and hydrate leaving hair shiny, full of body, increased elasticity.  Seaweed is also main source of antioxidants that help fight oxidation, inflammation of the scalp, help protects color and strength from free radical pollutants.  And last Kelp is abundant in minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and proteins!  But there’s more!  Tune in tomorrow for Part IV, the final chapter in our Tela Life Force series!