Hair Care


Thicker Hair the Cruelty Free Way (a lot of Living Proof)

As some of you may know, my hair has been thinning. It took me awhile to realize it, but it is most definitely falling out to some extent. I do have a potential answer at this point – my iron storage level is low so I need to take an iron supplement – but it’s not making my hair any thicker any faster. 😄 Given that, I’ve been doing everything I can to help my hair at least look and feel thicker with styling products. I thought I would share just what those are today! The bulk of them are from Living Proof, which is not intentional. Their products just work! I feel like there is a huge lack of information surrounding Living Proof’s cruelty free status and I’m not entirely sure why. I have emailed them a number of times and they have satisfied my questions, which keeps me believing that they are cruelty free. With that said, let’s get into how I’ve been keeping my thinning hair looking and feeling like a fuller version of the reality! 😜

A New GREAT Dry Shampoo? ~ Not Your Mother’s Plump For Joy

Anyone who avoids washing their hair on a daily basis will know the occasional (or frequent!) need for dry shampoo. If you’re like me, you’ve tried a wide variety of these magic powder cans, but never really found “the one.” Thus the hunt continues. 🙂 That brings us to the subject of today’s post which is the new Not Your Mother’s Plump For Joy Body Building Dry Shampoo. I recently spotted this aerosol dry shampoo, along with a few others from Not Your Mother’s, on Ulta’s website and decided I must give it a go! Having tried it a few times, I have already formed my opinion about it and thought I would share my findings. So without further ado, let’s get into it! ?

Saving My Scalp – Derma E’s Scalp Relief Shampoo


Ah dandruff. Those pesky white flakes that no one wants. Lucky me, I seem blessed with the hair snow! 😀 Granted it’s not terrible and since my roots are (often) blonde, it can be sort of disguised just by the nature of the lack of color contrast. But still, I find myself dealing with an itchy scalp and enough noticeable dandruff that I feel a need for a dandruff shampoo. Unfortunately, since I color treat my hair (why is called treat when it’s more like abuse?) and I insist on cruelty free shampoos and conditioners, it’s been difficult to find anything that meets my cruelty free color-treated standards. Of course when I do, I often find products to be only somewhat effective. Enter the Derma E Scalp Relief Shampoo! I think I have found my scalp’s savior! 🙂

Say Goodbye to Split Ends! – Pureology Strength Cure Split End Salve Treatment (REVIEW)


As I’ve mentioned many times before, I have highly processed color-treated hair. How funny that “treated” is in there as there NO treats in the bleaching process! LOL! 🙂 Like many of us – color-treated or not – I struggle with split ends. I think it’s just a fact of life. Perhaps that’s fine and dandy if you have your hair cut every month, but for those of us long haired gals that wait months between trims or are aiming to grow it even longer, split ends are a familiar issue. Though I don’t have the cure…frequent cuts aside!…I have found perhaps the best thing to help treat and prevent those frazzled looking split ends! What might the miracle cure be? So glad you asked – it’s the Pureology Strength Cure Split End Salve Treatment!

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – Gimmick or Game Changer?

I swear this product sounds like the biggest gimmick that has no hope of doing anything at all, but I found it on sale in a set around Christmas time and decided, “why not?” Well I am so incredibly glad I did because the Living Proof Prime Style Extender is definitely one of my absolute must-have hair products!

So what is this weird new concoction? The Prime Style Extender is basically just what is says. It’s intended to be a hair “primer” of sorts that helps extend whatever way you choose to style your hair. See where the gimmicky bit starts? JHaving fine hair that is weighed down by everything, that is the first hurdle. This thick, but lightweight gel-cream hybrid passes with flying colors! I can load this on my strands and the result is never a stringy, flat messy mop on my head. In fact, it may even give the tiniest bit of volume. Not sure on that, but it might. My typical use is probably a bit more than 2 quarters worth, but I can use more or less without difference in appearance; the main different is in the hold of the style – the more the better.

Something it absolutely does do is prolong the time I can go between washings! My hair tends to get greasy quickly – two days is kind of the max I can go – but with Prime, I can literally go for 4-5 days without washing my hair or using dry shampoo and not looking too terribly bad. The 4thor 5th day can be a bit questionable without a touch of dry shampoo, but it’s not obvious that my hair hasn’t been washed. I’m not quite sure how it does it, but Prime somehow repels oils without drying out my already fried locks! Absolutely incredible in my book!
Not only does it prevent a bad case of the greasies, but I feel like my hair looks a bit more polished no matter what I do to my hair. I can’t quite pinpoint why it looks better, but it does. And if you really want to test Prime’s magic, heat style your hair…prepare to be amazed! J
I prefer to keep my hair styled somewhere between a curl and a wave, but it’s a chore I kind of dread. Anything that can prolong the time between curling iron liaisons is spectacular in my book, not to mention better for the condition of my hair. Well you guessed it Prime does just that! As with pretty much anything, curls will drop a bit after styling, but once in their final resting position, the curls will stay looking pretty much the same until slept on. Even after a night of tossing and turning the curl/waves are still there! Granted they have relaxed a bit more each day and brushing will speed up the de-curling process, but I can genuinely go the same 4 to 5 days with at least a bit of wave to my hair – no touchups required!
Left to Right: Day 1 – Hair Freshly Curled (un-brushed),
Day 2 – Finger Combed, No Touchups (Post-Workout),
Day 3 – Hair Lightly Brushed & No Touchups
Skeptic no more! Living Proof’s Prime Style Extender is absolutely a must have in my hair care arsenal. For the grease prevention alone it is worth its weight in gold. Throw in the overall improved appearance and the style retention and it is definitely a winner.
Living Proof’s Prime Style Extender retails for $20 for a 5oz inverted squeeze tube and is currently exclusive to Sephora and There is also a convenient 2oz Travel Size for $12 and an economy size with a pump (so tempting!) of 24oz for $59 on Sephora’s site.

For Living’s Proof Animal Testing Policy, see my last post here.

Un-Styled 2nd Day Hair!!!

Living Proof Animal Testing Policy

I feel like Living Proof is a brand that I never see mentioned in cruelty free circles. I have contacted them twice over the years about their animal testing policy and have no reason to believe that they are not cruelty free. Since there seems to be so little information about their testing policies (and their products are stinking fantastic!), I figure it’s well past time I share my findings with you!
Here are the questions I asked back on 21 May 2014 (to the best of my knowledge, nothing has changed) and the answers I received from Living Proof:
         1) Do you, or any of your suppliers, conduct animal testing on either the raw ingredients or your finished products?
        ANSWER: Living Proof does not test its finished products on animals. We do not ask our raw material suppliers to do so either.
         2) Are your products currently sold in countries like China where animal testing is required by law? If not, do you have any plans of entering these markets while current laws regarding animal testing are in place?
         ANSWER: Living Proof is not selling products in China.
         3) Are any, or all, of your products Vegan (contain NO animal ingredients or by-products)? 
         ANSWER:Living Proof products are not vegan.
         4) Are you owned by a parent company? If so, who is your parent company and do they engage in animal testing?
         ANSWER: Living Proof is not owned by a parent company.

Given these answers, I consider Living Proof to be a cruelty free company! JDancing for joy over here. JI absolutely love pretty much every product I have tried from Living Proof and plan to share another review of one of their products with you on Friday (see that post here). Until then, I hope this has been helpful and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Check out the Living Proof website for more info about the company and their products.

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