Monday, October 27, 2014

Tricks-and-Treats: Favorite Products for Easy, Healthy Hair

The only one that looks good around here with wild hair is our 2 year old. Otherwise, it's just plain scary. I don't know about you, but I want to look like I tried, but I don't really want to try.  That whole, I woke up like this look without the dear Lord you should see this hair when I wake up. So whether you have thick, coarse, curly, wavy, thin or super fine hair like me, all of these items are quality and produce results. Here are my favorite tricks and treats for healthy, shiny, manageable hair that can last for days.

Beauty Without Cruelty Rosemary Mint Tea Tree Shampoo 


A clean base is where it starts, but I always found that those deep cleansing shampoos were too harsh for me, leaving me with a dry or itchy scalp (plus we have mega hard water, no bueno). Alas, I found a fantastic cleanser leaving you squeaky clean without over drying (and without parabens, animal ingredients, synthetic fragrances or animal testing). Chock full of essential oils this Rosemary Mint Tea Tree shampoo stimulates, clarifies and refreshes with plant proteins and natural ingredients. You can use this every day, it's that gentle and it's a great gunk buster.

AG UltraMoist Conditioner


Mega moisture minus the weight. Restores moisture and shine for lively tangle free hair. Great for even super fine hair like mine. Just massage this into the bottom 1/4 - 1/2 of your hair and let the magic happen. Gluten free, oil free, paraben free with honey extracts and amino acids. I don't find this heavy or greasy at all yet locking in that hydration!

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave In Conditioner


I don't know how I ever lived without this. If you have fine hair you know the tangle struggle that occurs, and it's also perfect before heat styling, for an added amount of frizz control or to swipe on any flyways for a flawless style. Everyone could (and should) use this. About 5-7 spritzes of this all over my hair is enough to add gentle conditioning action that helps with any tangles, protects from heat damage and adds major lustre. And ohmygoodness the smell! I get asked all the time what "fragrance" I'm wearing and it's always the conditioner, a bright, punchy, lemon grassy, really clean scent. Natural, vegan, alcohol-paraben-sulfate-cruelty free.

Yarok Feed Your Roots Mousse Volume Enhancer


This brand is everything. Imagine weightless volume that isn't sticky, and then imagine it's eco-concious, natural, paraben-sulfate-alcohol-cruelty free. Here you go - and it works. I can hardly EVER use mousse or my roots look majorly greasy or just get weighed down. 1-2 pumps are perfect around the crown and give me a nice blowout for at least 3 days.

Balanced Guru Razzle Dazzle Hair Oil


Talk about a treat. As mentioned above we have major hard water that sometimes leaves me dull and itchy, but it's basically a fix all for any situation; too much product, dandruff, a great overall balancing oil treatment or to rub through your ends after styling. I like to add about 5 drops, one per finger, rub my other hand together and just massage my scalp before bed. It's a great circulation booster, helps with hair growth and absorbs for a really healthy scalp and hair. Any discomfort is immediately gone with the help of the incredible essentials in this oil: Jojoba, Geranium, Sweet Orange, Avocado, Sunflower. I simply shower upon waking and my hair is mega shiny and feels soooooo good. Completely natural. And bonus, you don't just have to use it on your hair: face, body, cuticles, etc.

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo


Make your style last with a little dry shampoo. Usually on the 2nd eve when I'm noticing a little more sheen than I'd like, I dust in this great smelling dry shampoo powder and distribute evenly. (Obv not on the same night I use the oil, that'd be counter productive). I do it before bed because it helps absorb any oil that might pop up over night as well and I don't have that, "hey, I just put dry shampoo in my hair, it's kinda white" look as I head out the door. Just a lovely, light smelling head of hair that has retained it's style and clean texture. Now, I'm not quite sure this is the most natural of products, but it's my favorite tried and true (even though I wish it were a spray). It is without talc, parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMO's and triclosan.


It's not really a "trick", more of a tip. I don't know why most paddle and bristle brushes are made this way, but for some reason there is less friction and tugging going in this direction. :)




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