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Dry Shampoo

With the summer here, and running from work to the beach or a party with barely time in between to get home and shower. Or when you are trying to preserve a coloring, perm or straightening.. Dry shampoo is a good way to keep your hair clean without over shampooing. (a real shampooing every other to ever 2 days is better for your hair.)

*all links are to amazon for your ordering convenience (unless otherwise noted) as well so you can see other versions.

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Years ago I came across Batiste Dry shampoo which was a spray. I can’t remember where i purchased it or how I found out about it but its great for after the beach, work day, workout and so on. I even keep it in my overnight bag for when I stay over someone’s house. (I have long hair, I don’t want to clog up their drain.)

Oh yeah and now, there’s a variety of scents to choose from. I’ll have to see if I can find the tropical one.

Here’s the regular size 6.73 oz can  &

a pack of 3 travel (purse) size 

 

 

 

 

While once the one type (out of the UK) was good, you can’t keep others fingers out of the cookie jar. Other companies jumped on the bandwagon with not just sprays but Mists, foams, powders and sheets.

All four of those types are used for different hair types.

 

Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo 4.9 OzNORMAL Hair

Mist  – Lightweight mists disperse protective ingredients like antioxidants for instance.

Herbal Essences White Strawberry & Sweet Mint Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam - 1.5 oz. Travel SizeDry Hair

FOAM- formulas cleanse, sans dust which can be drying and moisturizes with conditioning ingredients

This one for my tastes is expensive, even if I did have dry hair I likely wouldn’t use it.

Travel Size    & Regular size 

 

 

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Oily Hair

Sheets- great for travel, gym bag (just as the others are well maybe not the powder)  and mess free. The sheets eliminate tell tall grease at the roots throughout the day without having to pile on product!

Nunzio Saviano Dry Shampoo Blotting Sheets  $22 for 50 sheets

 

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Powder – nonaerosol powders typically have larger particles and therefore thicken better than mists.

Briogeo Scalp revival charcol + biotin dry shampoo

OMG I complained about that other price.. this is a 1. something ounce and its $24!!!

but then again oh wait you save a couple on Amazon.

 

 

I bought a Dry shampoo powder and it was a nice coconut scent. I by LUSH $8.95

I jsut don’t recall if its one of their vegan products as most are. You can call and ask 1 888 733 5874 (as well as to place and order)

 

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In case it is not..  There’s Drop Dead Gorgeous Shampoo for brunettes and blondes.

 

Spread it evenly  through your hair with a Scalpmaster Shampoo Brush.

I’ve been using these brushes for everything for years, and my cat loves them too! She brushes herself with my old one. Shampooing, conditioning and dry shampoo. Even getting an even amount of product (hairspray or gel depending on the style.)

 

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Hair Died? or Hair Dyed?

If you have yet to dye your hair for the first time, (highlight or full on)? Save the money to have it done at the salon the first time. If you can’t afford a full dye job, go for highlights, they’re fun. This is how I started. I had my hair highlighted red.

When?

To start, I highly suggest doing any hair dying in the months you spend the least amount of time in the sun. Likely October or November  – February or march. The reason for this is if you get it done in the summer and do not properly care for it,  you will lose the color fast.

Care & Maintenance

Sitting in the sun bleaches your hair, so if you are gardening, tanning or playing outdoor sports or workouts  you need a hat or scarf. Otherwise if you can’t be bothered by the hat or scarf, (or like my father have a hard time finding hats that fit your head) use a high grade sublock with UVA/UVB protection not only on your body but brush or finger it through your tresses.

You MUST change Shampoo & conditioner to color safe/defying. Buy the same Brand etc. they are made to work together. I came across 3 Good House keeping tested, and you will find them in the link on how to make your color last.

Preparation

First off Do not wash your hair a day or 2 before dying (doesn’t matter if its in the salon or in a box at home. Your scalp/hair’s natural oils will protect your hair from the chemicals of the bleach and dye.

Highlight or Dying

When I first had my hair colored I got it highlighted. They put the highlighting cap on my head, it fits tight.

They pull the hair out with what looks like a crochet needle then bleach.

Man did I look funny when my hair was bleached. Now i know somewhat what I would look like as a blonde so I don’t think I’d even get highlights of that. Light browns, red or bright colors (I do want to try purple and green! but not enough of money to get it professionally done, plus I would need bleaching for those colors for sure.

Once your hair is dyed (even if they don’t style it) DO NOT WASH IT when you go home. Water and most (even color safe) shampoos are enemy. I’ve covered this in the ” How to make your color last” post linked below. I looked up a few links to help you out:

11 Things to Know Before Dyeing Your Own HairSee the source image

Expert Tips on Hair Coloring

15 Things You Must Know Before Coloring Your Hair

 

Just please Do not use the noted shampoos the 3 links  mention. The posts are at least a year old or more,  so the shampoos are not the newest tested, and may strip the color.   I’ve covered shampoos and colored hair enemies  in MAKE YOUR COLOR LAST post. This includes 3 color defying shampoos and conditioners tested by Good Housekeeping in 2018.

 

 

Make your color last

I recently came across an issue of Good Housekeeping which I was surprised to find a few beauty tips in.

This one was how to make your hair color last whether its DIY or from the salon. Save your haircolor, cash and keep it nice and shiny longer.

The tips from their lab…

Get out of the water!!

Wait what?  Water is the main culprit, with or without shampoo the dye molecules leach out add that to any chlorine, salt, and minerals in the water which cause the outter layer of the hair known as the cuticle to lift. This accelerates the loss of pigment.

There’s a few things you can do these are both from GH or my own experience/use.

For one, GH mentions a showerhead that filters out damaging elements.

When you go swimming, use a bathing cap or put a coat or 2 of LEAVE-IN conditioner through your hair.

I can up them on that. I not only use sunblock on my body, when I was dying my hair, I used to put sunblock through my hair as well. (back to that later)

Also remember whenever you first get your hair dyed, DO NOT wash it I think they say 24 hours, I wait 48-72 hours. (basically, I wait until my hair looks greasy. (which if you pull it back into a braid, no one can tell )

Also I have known about dry shampoo for years. I love it and in the summer when I carry it, I also carry a travel size shine spray (or a little hair oil or the olive oil brand hair lotion into my hair for some shine)

Hair Oils….  Argan Oil, Jojoba, Coconut,

Ors Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion 8.5 Ounce (251ml) (3 Pack)Here’s the direct link to it on Amazon

 

Both the magazine and I agree

Gloss is the Boss

Collor enhancing Gloss can boost shine and a sheer tint to revive your shade between appointments. You can get one at the salon, or buy one in store close to your shade and apply it every couple of weeks.  John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss  is available for $12 in drugstores.

Shun the Sun

The sun works like a bleach. You’ve seen beach bums and surfers with dark hair have blonde looking hair on top? For a long time I did not I thought they dyed it to be like that, or that it only happened in California, maybe Hawaii and other places of that sort.  Then it happened to me and not when my hair was dyed, it was my own natural color, and I’ve got dark brown hair.

I used to work outside 5 days a week sometimes 6 up to 10 hours a day. I had been laid off in August or September of 2010, I forget how many months after I dropped by to say Hi and see how everyone was doing. One of the girls looked at me and said man your hair got dark.  So I would say that proves it, though I don’t think I have photos to show it. My Dark brown went to a light to medium brown.

So it’s not only dyed hair that breaks down but the melanin that gives natural hair its pigment. Now remember I mentioned using sunblock in my hair (I think they make one specific for the hair by Biolage but it has been awhile since I heard about it so I’m not 100% sure on the brand.I did look to see if I could find something to suggest to try (original Scalp screen with UVA/UVB protection) but as I said Instead of using something seperate I just use whatever lotion or spray sunblock I already bought for my body. It saves me money, and works fine.

The magazine does suggest though that if you will be exposed to the sun for long periods use a hat or a scarf.

Shampoo Smarter

There’s no such thing as ‘total color safe shampoo’ (being water being the first enemy of hair color) and not only does the Good Housekeeping lab say so, I could have told you so from experience.  I was dying my hair for a few years. I think I tried (for the time) every type of color safe shampoo/conditioner. It would still look like the red sea in the tub when I’d wash my hair.  Sulfate-Free shampoos are thought to slow down color loss, GH test found that don’t always perform better than those with sulfates. Extend the life of your color with a proven formula labeld for color treated hair.

l also saved my color by washing every couple days Durinig the summer wash every other day to every 2 days in the winter every 3-4 days.

Good Housekeeping tested shampoos and 3 stood out.  They “evaluated label blinded products pairs at all price points on testers with color treated hair and on dyed and bleached hair swatches.

  • Fade resistance over time
  • conditioning ability
  • shine enhancement
  • cleaning, ease of use and  scent
  • look and feel of hair after use

they note that their research shows that the products all performed best when they were paired with their conditioner counterparts of the same brand and collection which are formulated to work together.

Their ‘Power Preserver’

 Treseme Keratin smooth color Shampoo and conditioner   85/100 score

Infused with argan and marula oils this duo gets Top marks for leaving hair feeling clean, boosting shine and hydration as well for its fresh scent. They feel creamy like a salon product leaves hair soft and shiny.

The hair swatches showed the least color change after a  20 wash cycle=simulating 5 washes per week over 4 weeks and 10 hours of UV exposure)  supposed to be

$5 each in drugstores

 

The Sulfate-free Star

OGX Fade Defying + Orchard oil shampoo and conditioner    78/100

Best for those who are sensitive to Sulfates, the cleansing ingredients that irritate sensitive skin.

Rated best for rinsing out well, highlights were more vibrant and  the color lasted longer and softening hair.

Came in CLOSE behind the winner for fade prevention and second for conditioning effects

$8 each in ULTA or buy both in 13 oz bottles for $21.99 in the above link.

 

Most Moisturizing

Hair food Color Protect Shampoo and conditioner  77/100

The hair food set has the richest conditioning and hydration. as well as color saving benefits.

Easiest to dispense and least irritating (the shampoo is sulfate free) After five weeks, one of the testers hairdressers commented on it. Dying hair can leave ones hair feeling very dry (especially when bleached first) one of the testers said she “loved how moisturized it felt after one use”

Came out on top in the lab’s wet combing test using the Instron device which engages conditioning (you should NOT wet comb your hair!! It pulls hair out and leaves split ends)  sadly it did not score as well as the others in color retention.

$10 each @ Target  or both on Amazon for $19.68

 

You might also want to use ‘It’s a 10’ haircare I was not sure if I wanted to include this in this post or the next post for dying hair.

However  for coloring or a perm this is a great product even for natural non chemicaly treated hair.

Its a Miracle leave-in product with 10 benefits in each bottle!

  1. repairs
  2. adds shine
  3. tames frizz
  4. protects color
  5. detangles
  6. prevents split ends
  7. Curbs breakage
  8. softens
  9. boosts body
  10. protects hair from heat.

I’m not sure if its still useable or expired but if you purchase on the site use WH15 at checkout to save 15%.

You can also find it on amazon

 

12 Brilliant Dryer Sheet Hacks You’ve Never Heard Before

Back in the 90’s or early 2000s I think it was, I figured out a way to keep my winter hats, and hoods from static not to mention my hair from looking like I’ve seen a ghost or stuck my finger in an electric socket. Use a dryer sheet!!

I leave dryer sheets in all my hats and hoods as well as sweatshirts, fleece and those sort of type of fabrics that are shocking!

I drag a dryer sheet over my hair, as well try to go over whichever brush I am using, especially if it’s those close bristle brushes like the photo below. (I also use some Olive Oil hair lotion or some form of oil like argan oil to keep the hair tamed)

So with that give the sprays, cleaners, and devises a rest, dryer sheets are extremely useful…

Source: 12 Brilliant Dryer Sheet Hacks You’ve Never Heard Before

Establish an Effective Skin Care routine

Healthy habits and a comprehensive skin care routine will help you see the skin you’ve always wanted.

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So I came across this on Pinterest  and there are a few things I think I’m going to have to change for my version when I write it up. (Which I may do in my 2018 BUJO. Some I will use others I don’t really need to follow liek the make-up brushes, I don’t use make up often let alone aside from some chapstick or gloss I don’t use it in the summer (rarely, I will put a smudge of eyeshadow)

Exfoliate I would say is best every other day and if you have sensitive skin 2x a week. Although if you are a tanning buff like me (i do use 100SPF but I tan fast as well!) I would exfoliate everyday (or night before) especially your legs BEFORE you shave with a pumice stone or preferably a Loofa  (and no its not the shower Poofs…  They make them for your face too!)

go in the sun and use some baby oil while you still have water dripping on you. You nor a boyfriend or Husband will be able to keep yourself from ‘petting’ your silky legs. And it won’t burn you that way you still get the tanning effect from the baby oil but you will have your sun block over it so you won’t get burned.

weekly Exercise? Thought that was supposed to mostly be a daily thing!!?!?! Though I really hear every other day

I’ve read once a month is fine for cleaning your make up brushes, but then I guess that depends on all the different colors etc you use.

‘grooming eyebrows’ should be bi weekly not monthly especially if this ‘grooming’ means waxing or tweezing. Don’t forget if you get your eyebrows professionally waxed, that you can go a month without having to go back if you maintain it. After a week or even a few days check to see if any hairs have emerged and tweeze those buggers out! This way you stay polished looking and don’t have to pay whatever it is every other week. (or even cheaper, DIY! My Wax cost me no more than $10 and it takes a lot less time than even if you have an appointment you sometimes have to wait… then go through it… it takes me no longer than 5 minutes to do my own.

 

You should condition your hair weekly and month should be a deep condition or hot oil treatment (especially if you have split ends) If you use product in your hair, blow dry it even in summer, or or is just naturally dry and strawlike… you will want to use conditioner every other wash, and once a week use a deep moisturizing conditioner. (and may I suggest a leave-in conditioner.)  also if you have naturally dry hair.. instead of every day (which is what is drying it out… try every other to day or more… say you last washed your hair on Sunday.. wash it on Tuesday night or wait til Wednesday. This way the natural oils can seep into the hair to smooth the follicle as well as you won’t get split ends much. And if During the summer use a little conditioner and sunblock mixed to smooth on the ends of your hair and your scalp. (this way your head won’t get burned nor your hair fried!

 

 

20 Great Habits For Stronger, Shinier And Healthier Hair

This post was inspired by 20 Great Habits For Stronger, Shinier And Healthier Hair

Now we all have our own beauty routines but sometimes we just need to break thins up and try something new, or use it every so often. Sometimes your body can get used to something and it doesn’t work anymore.

I wash my hair (depending on time of year) anywhere between every 2 days, during the winter or if I don’t plan to go out I only wash it once a week!  (basically when it looks a bit greasy that’s when to wash it, otherwise you dry out your hair, the shampoo strips the natural oils from your scalp that help in healthy hair, not to mention get split ends faster.

I also take Biotin it helps with healthy skin, growing hair and nails.

I use this  Olive Oil ‘lotion’ for hair to keep my long mane tame especially for the ends so they don’t split. it keeps frizz away for me as well in the winter static.

One or twice a week I condition it, but during the summer I do so a little more.

Once a month use a hot oil treatment (or a conditioner you leave in for awhile) During the winter this should be done once a week.

Also in the summer I suggest using some sunscreen specially made for your scalp

also even if you are trying to grow your hair out… see a stylist every 3-6 months to trim those dead ends off.

Plus your hair always looks super shiny and healthy when you leave

*Item links are to amazon and are my recommendations. I’ve used many for years

Michel Mercier Hair Brush

I saw this brush on tv, and being as my hair is the longest it’s been since I was a child (when I sit down, if I’m not careful I sit on it and my head snaps back!)

Michel Mercier ultimate-detangling-brush-productI thought maybe if I used the brush it would work better than the ones I already have. Mind you I recently did receive a brush around the holidays from Influenster to review. That was a finishing brush after you’ve already detangled etc. These are for right away, but never brush your hair right away when it’s wet. The shaft is weak and more breakage happens.

The instructions are reverse what we were taught as children though I see the logic!

Use starting from the tip (bottom) of the hair and work 13way to the scalp. This is sort of hard to wrap your hair and especially your hand around as I caught myself brushing from scalp to tip. But it does get the tangles out and doing as instructed it doesn’t hurt (however for those big tangles… hold on above the knot) So with this, there is no need for detangling spray! I no longer brush with any brush from scalp to bottom.

I am trying to figure out the difference between the 3 brushes, when I stood before the display the bristles all looked the same, as well the same amount of them. I didn’t see any difference in the thickness or length for the bristles. Though from this picture it could just be the color, but the blue looks like they may be closer together but I’m not sure.

My  one (?) complaint is possibly only due to the winter weather and it being plastic, MAJOR static. You might want to have a dryer sheet, water and/or some sort of hair spray at hand. (It might be a good idea when not using the brush to keep a dryer sheet on it, poke the bristles if possible through the sheet) The static may also depend on your hair (is it dry or oily etc) as well as the atmosphere (air) in the home.

Another one or 2 improvements that could be made…. I would like a longer (maybe even wood)  handle and maybe another 2 inches long with grips.

 

Also be warned if your cat likes to be brushed, she may show up when you are brushing your hair! Mine certainly does so I end up having to brush mine, a few times then her.

 

For your convenience I’ve included links to Amazon for each  Below!

For Thick Hair Michel Mercier Detangling Brush for Thick Hair

For Fine hair Michel Mercier Detangling Brush (Fine Hair)

For NOrmal Hair Michel Mercier Sparkle Detangling Brush Green – For Normal Hair