I have long been a fan of coconut oil both as a moisturizer and for shaving. I know it can be used for so many more things (we’ll go through some more later), but those are my preferences when reaching for coconut oil. I have always just used the good old standard coconut oil you can buy anywhere and thought nothing of it…to be fair it was the only game in town. After I discovered the wonders of coconut oil, an odd newcomer entered the block. A new brand that focused on the magic of coconut oil, but put it in beautiful packaging and, naturally, charged a good chunk more for the “same” stuff. I am of course referring to Kopari. They do have a wide array of products – all coconut oil based – but surely the Coconut Melt is no different than my old grocery store standby, right? The only ingredient is Organic Coconut Oil after all. Weeeell….
Continuing on with my Annual Favorites, today we’re getting a bit of a breath by covering a relatively short category – Cruelty Free Hair Care. In some ways, I’m not much for messing with my hair – I always let it air dry and style it later…if I feel like it. By the same token, I have a rather high maintenance hair color and try to do whatever I can to maintain not only the color, but the condition of my highly bleached and damaged locks. I also do try to make my hair look at least presentable, which does mean some styling, but I aim for something that will last until my next wash (the actual washing process occurred about every 3 days before on Accutane and usually once a week after starting the drug). My go-to style this year seems to have been straightened with a flat iron and let’s start there! 😆
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! 😜
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! ?
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! 🙂
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!