Amika – Polished Perfection Mini Straightening Brush | VIDEO Review

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Can the amika Polished Perfection Mini Straightening brush straighten towel dried, thick, coarse, dry, and textured hair as well as a flat iron? We will see…

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Silicone and Sulfate Free Hair Routine | Dry, Damaged, Over Processed

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I bleached the living bajeezus out of my hair exactly one year ago this month and I have been trying ever since to bring my hair back to life. My hair was fried and textured, extremely dry (so was my scalp), and frizzy with most of the damage from the mid-shaft to the ends. I’ve blown through a lot of hair products looking for ones that will hydrate and smooth my hair and make it look healthy and silky instead of resembling a Barbie whose hair has been styled 300 times by a 6 year old.

I know time and frequent trims have really helped heal my hair, but I have finally pieced together a hair routine that is really perfect for my hair. If you have overworked hair, some of these products might be good for you too! (Also, not only is my hair over processed, it is naturally thick and coarse so I can go really hard on heavy hair products without them weighing my hair down – some of these might be too heavy for fine or thin hair).

Olaplex No 3 – This is one of the few products that I actually believe heals and repairs the hair. This treatment repairs the bonds in the hair that are damaged by coloring/bleaching/heat styling/etc.

Brigeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo – I have a dry, flakey scalp and this shampoo (in conjunction with Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment) really does help keep my scalp happier longer. The grit in it definitely does not exfoliate at all, it might of you have finer hair, but it cleans with stripping and soothes my scalp.

I’m not really loyal to any one conditioner, I just try to use one that is silicone free and I’m currently using Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, but I also like Klorane Nourishing Conditioner with Mango Butter and Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment.

Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender – I put a small dollop of this in towel dried hair and let my hair air dry over night (sometimes I’ll wrap it in an Aquis Turban – a microfiber hair wrap that doesn’t snag or damage your hair ). In them morning, my hair is looking a bit greasy, but I then straighten my hair using that excess product as a heat protectant. After my hair is styled, the grease ball look is gone and it is clean and shiny.

Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream – I love this for a style refresh between washes because it adds smoothness and shine without weighing it down or making the hair look greasy. I used to always use oils to tame my hair every morning, but I love that this adds smoothness and shine without ever making it look greasy.

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Simple Beauty – Apple Cider Vingar

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Apple cider vinegar is fantastic for beauty both inside and out. ACV is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and balances your body and skins pH. Drinking ACV can support digestion while using it topically can balance your skin. Using diluted ACV as a hair rinse can break down product build up on the scalp and remove yeast/fungus that can cause dandruff. It can also balance the pH of your scalp and regulate oil production. Much like the skin, hair has an acid mantle that can be disrupted making the hair appear duller and frizzier and more likely to break and using and ACV rinse can balance the hair’s pH level. Diluted apple cider vinegar can also be used as a exfoliating toner, antibacterial treatment for acne, balance the production of sebum.

I have tried ACV on my skin as a daily toner- despite my better judgement – and it was just too harsh on my skin. I wouldn’t recommend it because the pH is all wrong, but I know a lot of people use it and love it. I do like to use ACV mixed into benonite clay as a quick mask.

I do love apple cider vinegar for my hair! My hair is a disaster – I have hard water, a crappy water softener, naturally coarse hair, and color treated, damaged and bleached hair. Recently, I had a Malibu Treatment at a salon to have the mineral deposits from our well water removed from my hair. I had great hair for three days… until I washed my hair at home and I was back to square one. After internet some research, I decided to to try an ACV rinse (I’ve heard about this for years, but hadn’t really delved into it). I’ve done four rinsed so far and I have noticed a big improvement in my dandruff and my hair is softer and needs less oils/leave-ins to feel like actually human hair. I wash my hair every 3-4 days and use a co-wash first, then ACV rinse, and finally conditioning mask. I’m honestly shocked it has made an improvement in my scalp and hair health! I will say, it’s not a complete miracle (at least not yet) and it does just temporarily relieve my dandruff and itchy scalp. I am hoping that overtime it can improve my scalp health to the point where I don’t experience the itchy, flaky skin at all.

Simple Beauty – Argan Oil

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


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Argan oil is is a rich oil high in anti-oxidants, linoleic acid, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is non-comedogenic and is suitable to use on the face, body, and hair. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties and linoleic acid content, it can reduce inflammation and redness caused by acne. It has a smaller molecule size, which means it will sink into the skin quickly. Vitamin E is very soothing and healing for the skin so argan can be great for eczema, razor burn, dry skin, and stretch marks. Argan oil can be used on the hair to smooth frizz, retain moisture, and soften.

I have used Josie Maran Argan Oil and few random organic, cold-pressed argon oils and i can honestly say I didn’t notice a different between the oils. I know Josie Maran makes an Argan Oil Light, but I have not tried that one. I really enjoy argan oil for my hair especially. It is a little heavier and oilier than other plain beauty oils that I own and my hair drinks up oil like nothing else so the heavier, the better for me! I do wait until after styling to use argan because if I put it on my dry hair before straightening it, the oil can’t take the heat and just smells horrendous and that smell lingers all day! Because it is a bit heavier oil, I also like using argan oil on dermatitis is get on my body. Even thought argan is appropriate for the face, it’s a little too heavy for me – I don’t like the nutty scent and it never really fully sinks into my skin.

Carol’s Daughter – Rhassoul Clay Softening Hair Mask – Review

In a Few Words
A rich hair mask for overworked hair.

“When your active lifestyle is hard on your hair, it can look and feel overworked: dull, brittle and lifeless. This velvety mask is made to replenish and infuse deep moisture, leaving your hair revitalized, touchably soft, recharged—and ready to take on the rest of you day.”

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In a Few Words
A rich hair mask for overworked hair.

“When your active lifestyle is hard on your hair, it can look and feel overworked: dull, brittle and lifeless. This velvety mask is made to replenish and infuse deep moisture, leaving your hair revitalized, touchably soft, recharged—and ready to take on the rest of you day.” Carol’s Daughter Rhassoul Clay Softening Hair Mask comes in a 12 oz tub and sells for about $15.00.

I have very dry, damaged hair… overworked is the perfect adjective for it! In the past 12 months my hair has gone from red to silver to brown so it has been put through the wringer and you can definitely tell. Even in it’s natural state, my hair is dry and coarse. I bought mask on Amazon and have used it about six times. I was intrigued my this product because I don’t see many hair products using clay an after some internet research on rhassoul clay (AKA red Moroccan clay) I decided it was worth a try! I use the mask once a week and will either leave it on for an hour or so under a plastic cap or I will add heat (a blow dryer) and leave it on for 15 minutes. I apply this mask form root to tip because both the rhassoul clay and salicylic acid are good for scalp health. The first time I used the mask I was absolutely blown away! It intensely smoothed and softened my hair, defined my natural waves, and reduced frizz. My hair felt great until the next time I washed it 6 days later. I really think anyone could use this mask. While it is thick, it is not heavy and does wash out completely so it won’t weigh down your hair. The mask smells like chai spices to me and, while I do like the smell, I think it’s noteworthy to mention that fragrance is in the first 10 ingredients.

The Carol’s Daughter Rhassoul Clay Hair Softening Mask is a fantastic deep conditioner for hair that needs extra TLC.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Moroccan Rhassoul Clay
Aloe Juice
Cactus Flower
Salicylic Acid

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Silicone
Parabens

Possible Irritants:
None that I would pick out.

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
Unknown – Carol’s Daughter website states they do not test on animals, but links to parent company L’oreal’s corporate statement that states they allow third parties to test when required – i.e. selling in China – sooo… you decide…

Complete Ingredients:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Isopropyl Palmitate, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sclerotium Gum, Moroccan Lava (Rhassoul) Clay, Caprylyl Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Limonene, Glycerin, Geraniol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Glucose, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid.