Hello! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I had a busy work schedule over the holidays but got away to Florida to see my mom this past weekend and it was glorious. Everyone was apologizing for how cold it was (50s and 60s) and I was like “this is glorious!”. Hahaha!! Tulsa has been literally freezing. I have a ton of health and beauty tips from mom to share – I am making the potassium broth she introduced to me right now. Sounds weird but it is delicious – just google it.
One little treasure mom shared her thoughts on with me was the PHYTO PHYTOJOBA Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask. I can’t find this anywhere but Amazon so it might be discontinued, so if it sounds appealing, snap it up while you can. Mom’s hair is dry so she is always looking for something to infuse moisture and this does it big time. The mask is aromatic and contains jojoba oil. The formula melts into hair for nourishing hydration while angelica root and orange essential oil add shine. Right before a walk one morning, mom slathered some on and let it “marinate” while we sweat a little bit. Perfect way to use it in my book.
Available at Amazon.
Ah, the sweet joy of finding a fabulous beauty buy at budget prices. Because I wash my hair every other day, I rely on dry shampoo more than a couple times a week. Since this summer, Dry Shampoo by Batiste Original has been my go-to.
The spray works well even on my dark brown hair (but there is a dark formula – I just haven’t found the need to try it). The formula provides a giant dose of clean freshness while adding body and texture. It targets oil and grease without looking dull or lifeless. I also like using this in the evening (even on clean hair) for body and volume. The original scent is classic and fresh, but I also like tropical for a fun change.
Available on Amazon.
I am all about making hair easy during the work week. I rely on evening showers, an occasional bun and hair towels that preserve unbroken locks. Here are some of my most recent favorite hair products:
invisibobble: I have to be honest, these intimidated me at first and I thought they spelled disaster for tangles. But this hair ring doesn’t pull at hair at all! And it doesn’t leave dents if you plan on wearing hair down later. I love using a color similar to my own for a finished and minimal look.
AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban: I have used these hair towels for years – I think this is my fifth towel. And they just keep getting better. First, hair is suseptible to damage when it is wet. So it is important to treat it delicately. The AQUIS towels are woven with ultra-fine fibers. The lightweight towel drys hair quickly without heat. I like to wear for an hour or so after my evening shower then give hair a quick five minute blow dry.
evo: Last but not least, a new to me hair care brand. These sleek containers have some of the best smelling products. I have been using their happy campers leave-in moisturizer for long days in the sun when I need hydration and UV protection at the pool. shebang-a-bang drug spray wax, sounds heavy but is a dream in adding texture to my hair when wearing it in aforementioned bun. I also love it for adding shape without being sticky to a full-on blow out.
I was facing a double duty beauty hazard: broken strands and destroyed nails. I had resorted to buns for most of the winter. And gel manicures too. Both of those habits leaves me with broken, weak hair and thin, damaged nails. I knew I needed a supplement and a break from beauty treatments to get back into fighting shape.
HUM Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair is designed for a strong, healthy mane. The ingredients are a combination of nutrients including biotin, zinc, PABA, folic acid and fo-ti (a root used in Chinese medicine). Biotin and folic acid help with hair, nails and skin. PABA helps maintain hair color (yay!). And Zinc promotes hair growth (double yay! – went too short last time).
Fo-ti, this Traditional Chinese Medicine has a history of promoting hair growth by strengthening organs of elimination – think the liver. And increasing circulation which makes sense in helping with blood flow and healthy hair follicles.
These little guys were actually a nice treat after dinner. They have a strong fruity taste. And the texture was more substantial than a regular gummy but still pleasant. I have a hard time swallowing supplements so I love to see all these gummy options! Not to mention my nails are completely healed after a bottle of Hair Sweet Hair and a break from gel manicures. My hair appears to be growing faster and my baby hairs around my face have started growing out to substantial real hair!
The formula is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, GMP certified, and sustainably sourced with no artificial colors or preservatives.
Available at Sephora.
My fellow blogger, Victoria, always has great finds. I hate to admit how many times I have blindly and impulsively hit BUY on many of them. But I do willingly admit I always love what she recommends. While Victoria mentioned the LUMA, she hadn’t pulled the trigger but you better bet I did. And I love my new tool that is making my mornings a breeze.
The design feels a little bit more sleek than it appears above and is surprisingly lightweight. It gets hot just like a straight iron, but with exposed ceramic (so take care around kids). I have been sleeping on wet hair and taming the wavy and frizzy bits in the AM. I love the increased volume at roots but with the same sleek strands as a blowout. And it takes only about three minutes. Now, granted I am not a perfectionist but I think their claim of 10 times faster than an iron could be close. Being able to brush under my hair and covering a lot of ground with one pass really speeds things up.
Available at Amazon.
I’ve been a long-time fan of Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Complete Correction Crème so I was eager to try some of Alterna’s other products from the Caviar line. The brand sent over some of the staples and another favorite quickly emerged: Alterna Haircare Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray.
I have been focusing on protecting my hair from heat lately. I don’t use hot tools, but I have learned that even a hair drying can inflict damage. This vitamin spray protects strands up to 450°F. What I love even more is the restored hydration, vibrancy and elasticity. Marine botanicals deliver moisture and smell delish. My hair is left smooth and with a healthy shine. And smells great too.
Free of Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Synthetic Color, Paraffins, Gluten, DEA/TEA, Phthalates, Mineral Oil & Petrolatum. Available at Sephora.