Last week, one of my favorite people in the world came to visit me. I’ve actually been trying to convince her to co-write this blog with me, because so many of the posts are things she’s told me about. (Help convince her!!)
She’s the loveliest human being, and curled my hair before we went out the other night. My hair is real flat. It doesn’t take to curls well, and I’d sort of lost hope in curling it. But Roxanna and her magical Remington Curling Wand made the impossible possible.
The curling wand’s design is pretty great. It doesn’t have that pesky little clip that most curling irons have that are notorious for pulling out strand after strand of your precious hair. I always hated those things.
The wand has a ceramic coating, which is great for us hair health conscious girls, and comes with a special glove that keeps you from burning yourself.
Somehow, this miracle product is only $21.24.
I love it.
The other day a friend of mine raved about the magical effect that Macadamia Oil has had on her hair. Naturally, I was interested.
It seems as though oils are the latest crazy for both hair and skin. Pretty contradictory to everything I was taught growing up, but I can vouch from personal experience that they really work. Obviously, you should be knowledgeable about any oil before using it on your skin or hair, because they’re not all good for the same thing, but if you’re properly informed, they can work wonders.
Macadamia Oil seems to be known for its healing and restorative properties. So you girls that have straightened and dyed your hair to the point of seemingly irreparable damage, this is something you should consider buying.
If you’re not in the habit of torturing your hair, this stuff can still be useful to you! It’s got natural UV protection, so it’ll help prevent damage and breakage from frequent outdoor activity. It also helps to keep hair tangle and frizz free, and to reduce dry time by 40%-50%.
This product isn’t as straight from the source as others I’ve told you about. You’re going to want to buy products that are made specifically for your hair, which means you won’t be able to buy it from your nearest Trader Joes (shucks!).
Though advertised for all hair types, I would make sure to use lighter products on fine or thin hair. For example, since my hair is extremely fine, the product I would be most drawn to is the Macadamia Healing Oil Spray. Because it’s released as an ultra fine mist, there’s much less of a chance of using too much. Plus you get the perk of instant absorption.
If your hair is extremely damaged, I’d suggest the Macadamia Oil Nourishing Leave-In Cream. Any leave in cream is going to be much more nourishing for your hair, which should be perfect for lifeless strands.
If you’ve got pretty normal-thick hair, you’ll probably be fine with some plain old Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment! This stuff says it’s for use on all hair types, but because it’s a bit thicker, I’d be a bit skeptical about using it on my baby fine locks. But that’s just me!
OH! And because I don’t think that I mentioned this before, Macadamia Oil is supposed to smell heavenly.
Ladies, meet Lush’s solid shampoos.
Now I know what you’re thinking, solid shampoo is for dirty hippies. But it’s not! Dirty hippies don’t wash their hair at all.
Seriously though, I know they’re a bit daunting, but if you give them a chance you’ll find that they’re actually pretty awesome. Since Lush has us covered, there are a bunch of different types, each with different scents and properties, because not all hair was created equally.
I used to be all about the Godiva one. In fact, the only reason I stopped using it is that I like to switch up my shampoos once in a while so as to avoid build-up. It leaves your hair super soft because it contains conditioning oils. Also, it smells nice.
Your best bet with these is to either read the descriptions of every single one online, or to ask a Lush associate in-store which would be best suited for your hair type. They’re knowledgeable folk and will surely be able to help you out.
After skimming through the different options, I’m dying to try Hard. This shampoo bar has a lot going for it.
1. It’s a pretty color. Always a winner in my book.
2. It’s made with coconut and hibiscus, so odds are it smells heavenly.
3. It works to fight evil tap water and restore moisture to your hair!! My hair is pretty fine. So fine in fact, that it often goes into static sling mode. I had no idea that this was a result of hard water (And can you believe I even have a shower filter?! CLEARLY, LA isn’t doing a great job of maintaining its water supply.), so I’m super stoked to give this stuff a whirl.
Solid shampoo from Lush will cost you $10 or $11. Don’t be fooled; it lasts a long while, so it’s totally worth it.
Also, if you’re like me and are constantly itching to travel, it’s completely airplane friendly. Even if you’re not flying somewhere, it’s much easier to pack a tiny tin of solid shampoo than it is to pack a jumbo-sized bottle! And I know they have at least one type of solid conditioner as well, which is just lovely.
This post is for the fine of hair.
You thick haired folk might not know this, but when you have the finest hair in the world, you often run into problems with styling and general limpness.
Well fear not, fine-haired fancies, for I’ve been given a grand recommendation! That recommendation is Kevin Murphy’s Anti Gravity Spray, and I was able to snag a test run.
Let’s just say that this stuff is good. It’s real good. It gave my hair the body that has eluded it for so long, gently lifting at the roots without leaving any greasy residue.
Plus it’s non-aerosol (gooo environment!) and smells positively lovely.
Grand, I say!
It’ll cost you $24.19 on Amazon (including shipping). I haven’t quite figured out where else to purchase it, besides possibly fancy salons. It’s definitely going on my “when I get a job” list.
After about a year of my hair being too short to put up, it’s finally long enough to put up, hurrah!
Only problem is that these annoying little scraps are constantly hanging out. I suppose I just need to wait a couple more months for them to be long enough to stay up, but that is just SUCH a long time!
So instead of waiting (hey, proactivity > patience), I’ve come up with a solution! At least I hope it’s a solution; I haven’t exactly tested it out yet. Hair combs! You know, those old-school thingamajigs that died out eons ago? Well I think they’re pretty cool, and pretty pretty. I also think that shoving one underneath a ponytail in order to catch my stray locks would work like a charm.
I found some neat ones from various Etsy stores. You can find them below!
1. Patina Feather Hair Comb. This one might be my favorite. The feather is just to die for. I’m worried that it might not be flexible enough to morph to the shape of my head, but I figure if all else fails, I can use it on the side of my head as it’s intended.
2. Mauve Chrysanthemum Hair Comb. This comb has a girly, vintage look to it that I find very sweet. It could easily be used upside-down, which is perfect for my cause. It looks as though it has a bit of a curve to it, which is just marvelous.
3. Starfish Hair Comb. Ok, I’ll admit that this comb is a little bit silly, but one of my lifelong goals is to become a mermaid, so I think I’m ok with it. Obviously it’s not an accessory that could be used all the time, but I’m pretty sure I (or you!) could rock it occasionally. It’s definitely a fun way to spice up a plain outfit.
4. Coral Velvet Hair Comb. Last but not least, we have a simple little comb with a red velvet bow. It sort of reminds me of childhood Christmasses passed, but I still think I could be cute.
I’m a big fan of Organix shampoos and conditioners.
They’re sulfate free, organic, safe for color treated hair, and they smell so good that they’ve probably got the potential to make a person keel over with one whiff. They’re available at select drug stores, and only cost about $5-$8 a bottle (the price tends to vary depending on the store).
Yes, you can get cheaper products, but can’t you always? I for one would rather buy slightly more expensive hair products than put a bunch of harmful chemicals in my hair. And when I say slightly, I really do mean it this time.
I haven’t tried the Brazilian Keratin formula, but I’d be willing to bet a large sum of money that it works quite well! I’ll let you guys know how it works when I get my hands on it!
A couple months ago, my mom gave me these newfangled hair ties that she picked up at some salon. They look like little ribbons that have been tied together with a simple knot, and are supposed to be the best things you can use to wrangle and corral your luscious locks.
My hair was overgrown pixie length at that time, so I took a few and ignored them for a while. Now my hair is long enough to be put up (yay!). Well, some scraps might fall out of my attempted pony tails, but that’s irrelevant.
Point is, these things are major winners.
If you’re any of my friends (and chances are you are my friends since you’re reading this), you avoid getting your hair cut like the plague. Well you’re definitely going to want to look into these.
They don’t pull at your hair, and are soft and gentle. Your hairs don’t get pulled out by the bunch, and you get to walk around making people think that your hair is tied up by charming little ribbons.
Best of all, they don’t seem to stretch out like regular hair bands do. They stay firm, are easy on your hair, and look cute as a button. At $10.99 for a 5 pack, they’re a bit more expensive than your drug store varieties, but because they last much longer and keep your hair in better condition, they’re totally worth it.
I’m very happy with the ones I have and know that when my hair gets a bit longer I’ll be buying them in more colors.
Just thought I’d let you gals in on this fantastic hair secret!
For all of you lovely readers that are all over Argan Oil right now (I’m lookin’ at you, Rox), you need this One ‘N Only Argan Heat Ceramic Straightening Iron.
Heck, I’d buy it and my hair is already straight.
This device’s ceramic plates are infused with Moroccan argan oil, which is known for its regenerative properties. It goes up to 450 degrees and is said to eliminate frizz and heighten your hair’s shine factor.
Most of the reviews were great, with the exception of those saying that it got too hot or one woman who complained about it causing her hair to lose its natural curl.
What’s more, it’s not terribly expensive for a straightener at $54.95, especially compared to the Chi, which is way more expensive and really just alright. I’m considering getting one for touch-ups once my hair gets a bit longer.
Ok, you caught me, I really want one because it makes my hair warm and soft. So what.
First, an apology. I’ve been neglecting you all day, bloggypoo, and I’m sorry for it.
That said, it was for a pretty good reason. I played fancy actress on the top of a mountain all day. Well, it wasn’t exactly fancy. Actually, I ended up with a rat ball where my hair used to be.
To deal with the rat ball, I pulled my extra virgin coconut oil out of the fridge and used it to perform a deep conditioning treatment. I didn’t exactly follow instructions. From what I’ve read, you’re supposed to leave the coconut oil in your hair overnight in order for it to fully work its magic on your hair. I didn’t have the time or the patience for that, so I just mixed it with water and put the solvent in my hair. I let it sit for a few minutes before washing it out. Lo and behold, my rat ball was gone. In its place was the silkiest head of hair ever to grace the Earth with its presence.
This is the first time I’ve used my extra virgin coconut oil after having bought it a couple of months ago to cook with, and I must say that I’m completely satisfied with it. It completely revitalized my hair, and even removed the obnoxious static cling effect that it’s had all winter. It even made my hair feel thicker, which is a major achievement for mousey haired me.
It’d be absolutely amazing for those of you who dye your hair on a regular basis, because of its nourishing, revitalizing, and enriching properties.
I do have one word of warning, though. Make sure you wash your hair after using it, otherwise your tresses will feel incredibly oily.
I really do want to try cooking with it, too. It can be used as a sweet substitute for butter, as well as in many baked goods. I haven’t had the time or energy to switch up my cooking routine and incorporate coconut oil into my recipes, but I really want to. The only problem is that using large quantities of the stuff can get a bit expensive. But that’s a small price to pay for a very healthy alternative to your unhealthy butter and oils.
Warning: this post will change your life.
If it doesn’t, just know that the discovery changed mine. For those of you that are unaware, I’ve been trying to grow out a pixie haircut for quite some time now. I’ve finally reached bob length, but it’s taking forever. Now and then I’ll pop a Biotin supplement, but I haven’t noticed any real progress as a result of that.
Could Bio Niu be the magical hair growth elixer I’ver been searching for? Quite possibly.
Bio Niu is a supplement formulated and sold exclusively by Byu-Ti Salon in Los Angeles (which I stumbled upon in my Crave book). It’s said to grow your hair at “warp speed,” which I haven’t heard any other salon-based product boast.
I really can’t decide whether Bio Niu is overpriced or not- it’s $33 for 60 vitamins. Sounds expensive, but great vitamin supplements don’t come cheap. I know I can’t wait to give this product a try.