The case against dry shampoo

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For the past couple of years now I’ve been trying hard to get my hair in better shape meaning less washing, less heat styling and more dry shampoo. I love a good dry shampoo to sop up any oil, refresh my hair and give it body. A dry shampoo will do all of these things however, I just stumbled upon the news that dry shampoo may not be as life-changing as I initially thought. 

Say it ain’t so!

The sad truth for a dry shampoo lover like myself is that the ingredients in dry shampoo will actually smother the hair follicle.  Josh Rosebrook explained this me recently and I had to change my point of view.

A buildup of product can potentially coat the scalp and create an environment where the scalp/follicle cannot breathe which might result in hair not being able to grow.

Oftentimes, dry shampoo will sit on the scalp for days at a time, extending that blow-out, yes, but also depositing chemicals onto your head via pores.  Common chemicals in dry shampoo include butune, propane, rice starch which may contain pesticide residue, and fragrance- just to name a few ingredients, often there are more and of those  many are chemicals with a level of toxicity I’d rather avoid.

Not to mention that dry shampoo doesn’t really clean the hair, it only masks dirt, oil and toxins which really doesn’t do hair any favors.

In comparison, washing hair every day with a pure, super gentle shampoo and using an equally clean conditioner actually  helps hair thrive, stimulates the scalp, and leaves the follicle free to flourish.

I guess instead of using dry shampoo I will be wearing a hat! And when I do wash my hair (I do love a clean scalp and soft locks) I will use my Josh Rosebrook Deep Nourishing Shampoo and Deep Nourishing Conditioner -very pure and gentle. These products have been known to repair hair and help with growth which to me, is a win-win.

 

 

 

On my radar: Gorgeous Nail Polishes

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Nail polishes are the one beauty product that can’t really be made one hundred percent natural. I was curious about the ingredients a while back and did a little investigation which you can read here. 

The best we can do is to find 5-free and 3-free polishes. Keep reading to check out my latest favorites!

Gabriel Cosmetics offers really great nail polishes among other natural cosmetics. I like the Brooke Anderson collection for the holidays which includes dramatic deep shades as well as glittery colors which can be mixed and matched.

Gabriel’s polishes are high quality and are “5 Free”.
Free of: Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Camphor & Phthalate. I like how easily these go on the nails with great color and smooth consistency, they are also shiny!

NAILS, INC. is another brand that caught my eye! This brand has teamed with such big names as Victoria Beckham and Alexa Chung to create gorgeous colors. This brand offers high quality, fast drying polishes that leave you looking like you just had a manicure.

The Gel Effect formula is what I love. This collection is the at-home answer to salon gel nails without the need for a UV light to dry!  There’s also a collection called Nail Kale which contains Kale extract.

Check out more NAILS, INC here!

I am also impressed with the bright, vibrant colors and great texture of Sheswai!  From the cool harvested wood top to the collection of colors available,  I am loving this brand which is 3-free. You only need one coat of this fabulous color to get a deep, rich, bright result!

Sheswai offers a bunch of beautiful shades, check it out! My favorites are the bright colors, so opaque and bold.

 

 

Are You Going to Eat That? Green and Clean Products

 

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I am super excited to bring this brand to you- called Are You Going to Eat That?- these  green and clean products are a treat to the skin and  made with love! Read about the brand here.

I’ve been using these products for a few weeks now and have nothing but positive comments. I love the treat of slathering on the whipped shea butter or nut oil after a long day, the Cut Up spray helped me when a mysterious rash surfaced.

These products are also very affordable! Go ahead and treat yourself right now. Let’s take a closer look:

I’m totally into the Whipped Shea Butter- I love the buttery, thick texture and how velvet smooth skin feels after this is applied.  Pure ingredients and natural scents make this a treat. You choose which scent you’d like, each has benefits- for example:

Orange is noted for relieving stress, countering depressing, reducing inflammation, and increasing blood flow to the skin. Whipped Shea Butter with Peppermint can give relief to sore joint, aching feet, hands, and on top of that, it moisturizes your skin. 

 Ylang Ylang helps with relaxing after a long day. After a hot bath, massaging your body with this butter is calming and relaxing. It may also aid in reducing inflammed joints while Lavender helps relieve stress.

Shea Nut Oil with Ylang Ylang, The Shea oil contains vitamins A, E, and essential fatty acid triglycerides, its thick in consistency but I love how nourishing and hydrating this product is on my skin. I use it when I get out of a hot shower and it melts right into the skin leaving  behind the delicate scent of ylang ylang.

bonus! Shea Nut Oil helps to heal damaged skin, wounds, and rashes. Choose your scent or if you are  bothered by scent, there’s an unscented option.

I had a rash from something ( I dont know what) what was completely frustrating me. I started using the Cut Up spray hoping it would soothe my skin and give me some relief- it did! Not only does it work on razor burn, but works other skin irritations! Here’s the official 411:

“Cut Up is an effective alternative to alcohol-based products that barbers and others use following haircuts or shaving body parts. This product cleans the shaved area, adds healing properties without the burning sensation from alcohol. No dyes, no ambiguous terms like “fragrance.” Ingredients: Reverse-Osomosis water, Witch Hazel, Essential oil.”

I encourage you to check out this brand and stock up on some products. The moisturizing butters and oils are what you need this time of year and everything is so pure and lovely.

 

 

Weekend Reading Check-In

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What have you been reading this week? I have been doing a lot of non-fiction reading and also read China Dolls by Lisa See.

I just started on The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs which I’ve seen on several ‘top books of 2014′ lists and it’s very good so far.  I love a biography and I am anxious to get back to reading later today!

In one sitting I  read Diane Chamberlain’s short story called The Broken String.

Here are the detailsAs seventeen-year-old Riley MacPherson rushes to the side of her brother who has been gravely injured in Iraq, she recalls their growing up years when he was her protector and best friend. Why did that relationship fall apart? She longs for a second chance to connect with her brother, not realizing that family secrets may prevent them from ever having that closeness again.

I am such a big fan of Diane’s and really enjoy her novels so the fact this was so short made me wish it was a full length book! I look forward to whatever she writes next.

Here’s what is on my To Read list:

 

If You’re Not The One  by Jemma Forte (comes out in 2015)

Jennifer Wright is pretty sure her husband doesn’t love her anymore. She and Max used to be the perfect couple, but the pressures of work and kids have pulled them in opposite directions. Now , Jen is full of “what if” questions about whether her bland, suburban existence is all she was ever destined for.

When a terrible accident sends Jen into a coma, she is able to see what her life could have been if she had run off to Australia with the handsome, dangerous man she met on vacation, or if she had stayed with her workaholic college boyfriend. Would she ever have loved another child as much as she loves her daughters? Could she have become rich? More than anything, Jen wants to do the right thing for her family. But what she discovers may leave her with even more questions about the choices she made, and no easy answers about what to do next.

I’m so excited to read this- I’m intrigued by the plot and who doesn’t wonder what might have been if other chances were taken?

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah (comes out January 2015)

I love books about World War II so this is another novel I can’t wait to sink my teeth into! I recently finished up a book that took place during World War II so I wanted a little break before I began another.

Here’s the synopsis:

Vianne and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Vianne and Isabelle’s father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it’s not only the sisters’ relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

Antioxidant Mask from Laurel Whole Plant Organics

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I have loved everything from Laurel Whole Plant Organics I’ve tried so it was no shock to me when I tried her mask and marveled at my clear, radiant skin.  

I just tried the Antioxidant Mask which is made so beautifully and thoughtfully with special love given to the botanicals which make this super mask a real stand out. Did I say ‘just tried’? Because I received this recently and have already used it two or three times!

Laurel puts so much into her products and this is a perfect example: each ingredient is chosen for specific properties. Check it out:

“Mineral rich Rhassoul clayimproves skin’s firmness and clarity. Nettle, Acai, Noni, and Lemon Balmhave an abundance of nutrients, trace minerals, and antioxidants that can truly give anyone’s skin a healthy, beaming glow. The luxurious scent of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Jasmine and Sandalwood have a profound ability to rejuvenate and restore the skin.”

The mask is a dry powder, you simply mix it with a small amount of water and apply to the face, use a brush for the best way to get every inch evenly.  Wait about fifteen minutes then wash off. Laurel recommends adding a drop of serum to the mask so its not as drying on the skin, brilliant idea! Plus thats an extra boost of nourishment.

For my often tired skin, this mask really perked it up. Its easy to become addicted to using this often as the results are incredible. Ready for clear, smooth, glowing skin? Try it!

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