Best Natural Products for Frizzy Hair

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Adventures in frizzy hair continue! What I’ve figured out and learned over this journey in hair care is that frizzy hair can be a God-given texture but what makes it worse is using synthetic products, heat styling, hair coloring, and rubbing wet hair with a towel instead of using a soft tee-shirt.

I’ve used many, MANY products over the years to combat frizz from specially formulated shampoos (which contain silicones, bad bad!) to using styling serums (more silicones) to deep conditioning and few things really work.

In the last year I have determined that using ultra-gentle shampoo and conditioner like Josh Rosebrook’s products, Just Natural Hair Care and Desert Essence really help. No sulfates, no silicones. As little chemicals as possible.

Here are my favorite products for fighting frizz:

Rosemary Oil- thickens hair, slows thinning hair, helps with dandruff and itchy scalp, increases circulation. I apply it to the scalp and give my hair a good massage. The scent is so uplifting!

Just Natural Vinegar Nutritive Rinse will rinse residue from hair and scalp. Removes styling product build-up so hair can flourish without being weighed down, also  balances pH. Use it once a week!

This Vinegar Nutritive Rinse Cleanser gently and  naturally cleanses your scalp and hair. It will leave  your hair beautiful while removing all residues, dirt,  debris and other build up that might be clogging  or choking off your hair follicles.

Shea Moisture Smooth & Repair is easy to find at Target or online, its not expensive and it smells amazing.  I use a tiny amount to smooth frizz when I am done blow drying my hair and it keeps flyaways down, removes static and decreases frizz. Great blend of oils and it smells incredible.

MILK is probably my  number one pick for smoothing frizzy hair. This stuff is miraculous and I use it sparingly so I don’t run out too quickly. Its like a magic potion that transforms my fine, frizzy hair into something smooth and pretty.

Milk is infused with a rich blend of 16 essential oils that imparts a fresh, herbal scent that is beloved by men and women.

Carefully handcrafted in California using the finest organic ingredients from sustainable from around the world.  MILK protects hair and scalp, while promoting growth and restoration.

Not only does it smell fantastic but its the only product that no matter how much I use, it keeps my hair voluminous and healthy looking.

Badger Sea-Buckthorn Hair Oil  is a nightly treatment for dry locks. This product drenches your hair in nutrients. You can use this every night or just as a treatment for an hour. I like to put it on the ends of my hair which tend to be very dry.

If you’re hair is dry and frizzy, you want to soften it up without silicones or harsh ingredients which might work temporarily but won’t cure your condition long-term.  I’ve dabbled with enough products over the years to recognize coating hair in silicone does not help the cause, it makes it worse.

Seabuckthorn and Pomegranate promote hair strength and elasticity, and Apricot is a potent emollient, imparting moisture and shine. Rosehip possesses regenerative properties, helping hair to return to its healthiest state.

Isabella’s Clearly LONG is a product that’s relatively new  to me but I’ve been using it and loving it. A blend of oils that condition the hair and encourage growth, it restores the health of dry hair and promotes healing and growth. This is an oil that I leave on overnight and the next day my hair always feels softer and appears healthier.

A proprietary blend of Almond oil with essential oils including: Peppermint, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Peppermint, Lemon, Sage, and Rosemary, Cypress, Geranium.

If you are suffering from dry, frizzy hair or hair that’s in poor condition, I would highly recommend using only natural, organic products and skipping anything with sulfates, silicones, or any chemicals you cannot pronounce. Clean, pure ingredients will feed your hair and scalp and promote healthy locks.

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That  being said, I had a sample of Leave-In Repair Serum from Rene Furterer and decided to give it a whirl. I used a small amount and wow, I had great results! My hair was softer and zero frizz. I used less than a penny sized amount and only applied to the lower portion of my hair.

This is an example of an extraordinary product that would be sheer perfection with a few tweaks to the ingredients.  I did a quick search of the ingredients via Skin Deep and this product ranks as a 5, meaning moderate hazard.

As with everything, research ingredients and make the best decisions that suit YOU!

 

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Grand Opening

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Laurel’s jars of magic.

 

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I’m not shy about telling people how much I love Laurel Whole Plant Organics.  I’ve been a  huge fan of her organic formulas for a long time, so when she opened up her new place in Sausalito, I was thrilled to go!

Nestled in the perfect spot between a marina on one side and lush, piney trees on the other, Laurel’s studio is an open, airy place where you can not only buy products but receive facials. Laurel also handcrafts her potions in this spot. If I lived in the area, I would be dropping by often for facials and to visit with Laurel. Just being in her place is inspiring!

Laurel hand-picked green, clean products to sell in her shop from the following brands: La Bella Figura, Lurk Beauty, Etta + Billie, R. L. Linden and Josh Rosebrook.  You cannot go wrong with any of these!

I chatted a little with Victoria from La Bella Figura and met Alana, the owner of Etta + Billie, a stunning brand that’s new to me.  The place was buzzing with activity from start to finish, everyone was so excited to share in the grand opening!

I am absolutely filled with happiness with Laurel, a beautiful and talented soul who literally radiates beauty! I met her years ago when her brand was called Sequoia and was so impressed back then.

Today she still maintains the highest standards and integrity but has tweaked everything to perfection. I wish Laurel and her team nothing but abundance, good fortune and success with this new place!

You can go here for more information!

Friday Book Reviews

 

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Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge- Years ago I read nothing but mysteries and thrillers and got so burnt out that I avoided this genre for year but now I find myself looking for edge-of-the-seat type books! I was hooked on the series The Fall and also The Killing on Netflix which got me interested again in gritty crime dramas.

I loved The Girl on The Train and The Kind Worth Killing so I was eager to pick this title up and give it a whirl.

Here’s the 411:

It’s a game more twisted than any Detective Inspector Helen Grace has ever seen. If she hadn’t spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn’t believe them.

Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this case—with its seemingly random victims—has her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense.

The story held my interest from beginning to end. I was intrigued to learn the identity of the killer and I kept turning pages, eager to see how the story concluded. Great read if you enjoy thrillers!

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Wishful Thinking by Kami Wicoff was the next book I read. I have a little bit of difficult time suspending reality and believing in magic which features heavily in this story of a busy mother who needs to be in two places at once. But I used my imagination and pretended this could really happen.

Thanks to a time travel app called Wishful Thinking, Jennifer can live life to the fullest, every second packed full of activities and work. She will never miss a meeting at work, she can always be super- mom to her children. But of course, nothing is every free in life and Jennifer ultimately has to pay the price. A cute story for any one who has ever muttered the phrase, “I wish I could be in two places at once!”

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I just started This Is Your Life Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison and am already hooked. This story , in my humble opinion, is almost reminiscent of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel, which is a good thing!

Here’s what you need to know:

With her husband Bernard two years in the grave, seventy-nine-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover through a series of revelations that she’s been living the past sixty years of her life under entirely false pretenses.

There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearance of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter midway through the cruise, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life. 

I’m not too far into the story and I look forward to picking it up and getting a little further into in later today. This one will be my weekend reading- or I have a feeling I might finish it all in one sitting!

 

 

Here’s a new natural way to get fresh, beautiful hair–with Brazilian nut!

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by Caroline Leavitt

Pamper your tresses with Topganic Professional Collection shampoo and conditioner enriched with Brazilian Nut Oil. Both of these  products smell intoxicatingly fresh and sweet, even after your hair is dry! And, of course, they are free of sodium chloride, parabens and other harmful ingredients.
Boosted with nourishing shea butter, and avocado oil, they keep hair shiny and clean, and even contain zinc, which can keep your hair from shedding. The Keratin in the products even gives your hair a protective coating.
Because I am a product junky, I couldn’t wait to try both these products. They felt light and silky on my hair, and they made my hair bounce and feel as healthy as it looks. They’re the perfect products for your crowning glory!

Wednesday Wellness: How to Age Gracefully After 40

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I am always looking for information regarding health and wellness, especially how to age gracefully and look bright and radiant when the wrinkles start to crop up. Its not always about looking young but looking healthy.

Dr. Jeannette Graf has a lot to say on this topic and she shared them with me. Take a look!

Strive for internal alkalinity: In order to age gracefully over 40 we must strive for a body that is internally alkaline. The body functions optimally with an internal pH of 7.4 – slightly alkaline. After 40, our internal natural buffering pH capacity decreases, and we become progressively acidic. This metabolic acidosis leads to enhanced skin aging as well as problems with internal organs due to acid build-up. In order to neutralize these acids we utilize our tissues’ mineral sources. When tissue sources are depleted, our bodies then take minerals from our bones, which leads to osteoporosis. While the outlook may look grim, a healthy lifestyle can help us attain optimal alkalinity.

 

Graceful aging starts with diet. In the pursuit of alkalinity, it is important to stay away from acid-producing foods such as sugar, carbonated soft drinks (especially colas) and refined, processed foods. You should also be moderate in your consumption of coffee and alcohol. A high-fiber diet rich in colorful and alkalinizing foods such as those found in the Mediterranean Diet can help restore alkalinity to the body and improve skin’s enzyme function. Also rich in Omega fatty acids, the Mediterranean Diet includes foods such as halibut, salmon, olive oil, flaxseeds, dark green leafy vegetables like kale, collard greens and winter squash. Alkalinizing grains include oats, wild rice and quinoa. Examples of alkalinizing fruits are apples, pears, blackberries, cantaloupe and grapes.

 

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Don’t forget H20: Drinking lots of fresh water with lemon also enhances our internal pH. So does taking the right supplements and drinking alkalinizing super green juices. Among the supplements I recommend are the following:

  • Vitamin D3 – levels should be checked, but I generally recommend 5,000 IUS per day
  • Mineral supplement
  • Flax Seed Oil in morning when absorption is optimal
  • Probiotics
  • 7-keto DHEA 25-50mg in morning to minimize cortisol levels and stabilize blood sugar (the keto form is the non-hormonal form!)

Give Skin TLC: Once you hit 40, you need to step up your skin care game. The natural aging process poses challenges. There is an inevitable decline in collagen and elastin production, which means our skin loses firmness and suppleness, as well as the volume that give our faces its youthful contours. As a result of lower estrogen levels, there’s a slowdown in the renewal of fresh, healthy skin cells. The natural exfoliation process is also more sluggish, resulting in enlarged pores and skin that’s rougher to the touch.

 

Protect the moisture barrier of the skin! The first and most important step in aging gracefully is to protect the moisture barrier of the skin. Covering every inch of our skin, the moisture barrier is composed of water and oils produced by the sebaceous glands-and forms what is known as the hydrolipidic film. When the moisture barrier is intact, it acts as our natural defense, keeping moisture and essential nutrients in, and bacteria and other potential irritants such as allergens out. Exposure to pollutants and UV rays trigger an inflammatory response that results in the breakdown of enzymes that cause collagen and elastin to degrade, leading to wrinkle formation. Another result is the formation of lipofuscin (pigment) that shows up as brown spots and discoloration.

 

Skin must maintain a pH at 5.4 in order for optimal barrier function that provides the highest level of protection.Unfortunately, as we age the skin thins, making it a less efficient barrier against moisture loss and environmental aggressors. This means that every product must be soothing and support the hydrolipidic film of the skin barrier. This includes cleansers. The myth that facial cleansing is only effective with a rinse-off cleanser has been dispelled as we see wipe off cleansing balms, cleansing creams, cleansing oils and micellar cleansers are effective cleansers for all skin types. This is important for over-forty skin, which is prone to dryness as peri-menopause and menopause occur.

 

Sleep:  Aging gracefully means a good night’s sleep. The study of skin circadian rhythms is well documented and the renewal of the skin’s ability to repair and renew itself occurs while sleeping.  This is why it’s best to use Retinol at night as it helps to regulate skin repair on a molecular level. Skimping on sleep throws your renewal cycle off balance and the disruption in your circadian rhythms also makes your daytime protective cycle less efficient.

 

Manage Stress: Stress is a major ager and raises cortisol levels, which affects blood sugar and skin aging. Cortisol is a stress hormone produced by the adrenal gland whenever the body is stressed, particularly with sleep deprivation. DHEA is also a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, which inhibits cortisol. As we age, however, our DHEA production and levels diminish, which results in higher cortisol levels.

 

Don’t smoke:  Cigarette smoking increases the rate of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the skin by over 60% and literally cuts the amount of oxygen, which gets to the skin to miniscule levels. In addition, studies have shown a direct correlation between cigarette smoke and increased levels of MMP-1, an enzyme that breaks down collagen. That means that cigarette smoke breaks down collagen fibers and causes wrinkles.

 

Dr. Graf is a widely known and respected dermatologist who has been featured in numerous publications. You can find out more by going to her site here! If you are lucky enough to live near her office, book an appointment!

By Hello Dollface