Hair care

Hask Hair Care {Beautiful Friday}

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How serious are you about your hair? What about your hair care? 

For a couple years I took a break from coloring, and chemically treating my hair. I was on an all-natural streak, grew out my real color. Basically all I did to my hair was get it cut every 8 weeks.

But this year the goal is to think of/treat my hair more as an accessory, while still taking good care of it. No matter how short I cut it, or what new color I choose to dye it, I want it to look healthy, shiny and rich.

I’ve been using Hask products for a while. My favorite is the Henna ‘n’ Placenta conditioning treatment. But the new lines of products they’ve recently come out with are extremely appealing. I can see a lot of new favorites being added to my stash in the nearest future.

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I’ve been able to get my hands on Keratin and Argan Oil lines. Since I’ve already tried shampoo/conditioner with Argan oil (even though it was a different brand), I was more curious about testing the Keratin line first. Of course the results after only a couple washes aren’t that visible, but I really want to draw your attention to the oil treatments. Since hair oils are an essential part of my routine, I was extremely excited for these. And they didn’t disappoint. My hair was smooth, shiny and non-greasy!

Here is a little more info on the new lines from Hask:

Argan 
Also known as “liquid gold,” Argan Oil is a precious, time-honored beauty secret in its native Morocco. Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, Argan Oil from Morocco repairs, strengthens and moisturizes hair, all while taming frizz and adding shine. 

Keratin
Keratin revives, restores, calms and strengthens parched, frizzy locks—wiping out the effects of heat, humidity and over-styling and helping your hair look and feel its best. 

Do you use hair oils? What are some of your favorite kinds/brands/DIY recipes? Please share, I’d love to hear what works for you!

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Disclosure: The products shown and reviewed in this post have been provided by BrandBacker.com, the opinions are 100% my own.

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How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?

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My best friend Kat will tell you that you can wash your hair once every two weeks and get away with it! The girl lives off of dry shampoo. Other than being my best friend, she is also an editorial stylist and colorist in New York. She’s done numerous fashion week shows, photo shoots, and everything else you can think of! She is also the one who transformed my hair, and probably changed it’s fate forever.

The best advice she’s given me was washing my hair less. I’ve heard it before, and I always thought to myself – I could never do it. Well, I’ve only washed my hair twice in the past 14 days, so I can say I am doing it! I guess it was all about seeing it, and seeing is believing!

So let me show you the products that I use, and we’ll go from there!

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As you can see my tools and my products are anything but fancy, with an exception for maybe my Hana flat iron. And what is it that you see in the back there? That’s right – CORNSTARCH, it’s become my secret weapon (I have tried baby powder and flour, but I will definitely recommend cornstarch first, then baby powder, with flour being your last resort!)

Last week I took a picture of my hair every day. I washed my hair on Monday, and then again on Sunday (due to the St Jude Red Carpet for the Cure event, otherwise I would’ve waited another day!) And this is how it looked:

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After I took the last photo, I put in a deep conditioning DIY oil treatment, left it on for an hour, and then headed for the shower. I don’t use any store bought masks or treatments, coconut oil has been my go to for the past few years. I like mixing it with olive oil, which makes it easier to wash out. Plus I add a few drops of rosemary essential oil for the scent and it’s hair growth qualities.

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So what’s it like washing my hair only once a week?

  • It’s different.
  • I still shower on a regular basis!
  • It’s important to remember NOT to touch your hair or scratch your scalp.
  • I have finally found the use for cornstarch.
  • My hair is so much easier to manage and style than before.

And here are some things that I personally don’t really care about:

  • I don’t care about how much money I save on shampoo/conditioner. I am doing Project Use Up = No New Makeup/HairCare for a year – that should tell you something about me, right?
  • My hair doesn’t feel healthier. Come on – it’s been bleached and I curl or straighten it at least couple times a week.
  • I take an herbal supplement for my hair, which is rich in vitamin B, and while it’s nice, I don’t see any changes, other than it turns my pee bright yellow!

The main reason why I am doing this, is to break the habit of constantly washing my hair. Making it easier to style, and thinking about it more than an accessory. I like my hair short, I liked it long too, don’t get me wrong, but the new cut, the new look, it’s given me so much confidence! I was tired of long hair, and I found myself in a situation where it controlled me. So I took control of the situation!

So now, spill the beans – How often do you wash your hair?

Z

PS. Guess what? We made it to hump day! And tomorrow is Thrift Style Thursday! So don’t forget to tune in!

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New Season, New Shampoo, NaTu Haircare Review

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“Switch up your shampoo and conditioner with the season” – is the advice I keep hearing. And for once I have actually followed it. If you know me, you know that I like to buy in bulk, or a bottle so large, it will last me, for at least 8-9 months. That’s what happened to all these guys:

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MInd you, there is still product left in all these bottles!

So what made me switch? What did NaTu do? Well, the first thing they did was send me full size products and not samples, like I expected. And that alone made me realize that I can do a full on, complete, 360 review!

Here is what NaTu sent me:

Professional Colorist Shampoo, 250 ml/8.4 oz

Professional Colorist Conditioner 250 ml/8.4 oz

Volumizing Mist 90 ml/3 oz

And we all just learned how many ml per oz, didn’t we? ;)

What they also sent me was the Glossary of Ingredients and all I can say is that it’s the most informative little booklet I’ve seen in months! They really are giving us the facts here and not “faking” naturals like a lot of brands seem to do these days.

The very first time I washed my hair with the shampoo I immediately noticed that it didn’t lather up as well as my old shampoo that contains SLS. It reminded me of the Whole Foods brand shampoo that I used back when I lived in New York. But that was just the first use. I haven’t had any problems lathering it up since. The conditioner works great, and of course I am using it up faster than the shampoo, that’s my life.

The natural smell reminds me of Aveda, which Minnesota is known for. But it’s not as strong, though will stay on your hair all day, unless you use a different hair product. Since I air dry my hair most of the time, I do end up smelling like NaTu for the rest of the day, and so far, no one has complained :)

Now about the volumizing mist – I am in love! I have tried a lot of products and since I shout about my fine hair from the roof tops, let me give a shout out to this product – It is worth your buck! Have you seen my latest posts? Pay attention to my hair!

Here is my verdict – I love it, it is good for your hair and scalp. As for the wallet? The three products together are $54 so it’s up for you to decide. But I’ll be honest, I’ve tried so many products from Suave to Fekkai to Khiels, and this one definitely stands out. My final advice – if you are not sure about the shampoo/conditioner combo, at least try the volumizing mist!

Check out NaTu Website for more products, details, prices, etc.

Happy Shampooing!

Zhenya

Disclosure: The products have been provided to me at no cost by NaTu. The opinions and images are my own. 

{Bare Love Hair} Luxury Hair Fuel Review

Hair is every woman’s pride and joy! And today I’m going to share with you one of my newly discovered secrets. A product by Bare Love Hair – Luxury Hair Fuel.

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Luxury Hair Fuel is hair and scalp treatment that is supposed to help rid hair of dullness and dryness and if used on the scalp, it prevents flaking and dryness.
There are two different ways you can use this product:
- applying it to towel dry hair prior to styling,
- massaging it into the scalp prior to shampooing.
And all you need is one pump!
Since my hair has been rather dry this summer, due to spending a lot of time outside in the sun, I thought this was a perfect product for me to try!
Surprisingly, one pump is enough, and two is too much! Trust me, you don’t want to overdo it, even if you have long hair, you’ll end up with greasy locks and that never looks attractive.
The good:
- it’s an all-natural blend of skin-compatible oils,
- it moisturizers and adds shine,
- smells beautifully,
- helps control frizz and defines hair’s natural curl
- it’s made with a unique OlioLove Technology that is exclusive to the brand.
The bad:
- it’s pricey $28 for 1 oz,
- the pump spits at you when you are trying to get the product out and squirts all over the place, which leads to product waste,
- your hair will look greasy if you do two or more pumps.

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Stay tuned for more “hair” posts to come!

Xx,

Z

Disclosure: This was a complimentary product sent by Lotus Leaf Communications, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

New Hair, I do Care!

Saturday I had my first experience getting my hair done at the Aveda school. It’s located in North East Minneapolis, right behind St. Anthony Main. And they have not one, but TWO parking lots!

I kind of knew what I was getting myself into. Back when I lived in New York, the woman I worked for used to get her hair done at Aveda school, it was super cheap, but took forever.

It’s also been forever since my last hair cut in September:

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So 9 am there I was at the Aveda school. Here is how it all works:

You call a number and make an appointment.

On the day when you are supposed to go you show up there wait in line.

You will also sign a waiver saying you realize that your hair is going to be treated by students. 

If you’ve signed up for any sort of color services, they do a skin test behind your ear.

Then you simply sit there and wait for your name to be called.

I loved my long hair though, and definitely didn’t want to lose more than 1 inch! I was also getting highlights. Sam has been asking me to go blond for a long time now. And I finally gave in.

So when I came home looking like this:

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… he said I wasn’t his wife :)

So what are the pros and cons of getting your hair done by a student?

Pros:

1. The price: It’s cheap, I only paid $46 for the cut, a blowout and partial foils.

2. They are very attentive. I loved the lady who did my hair, she was an older woman from Vietnam, and told me stories from when she just moved to the States in the 80′s. Plus I got a back rub and a hand massage!

Cons:

1. It takes forever, there is some paperwork they need to fill out, and show the teachers. I was in the chair for 4 hours, during which about an hour was just sitting around, and my husband kept wondering why it was taking so long!

2. You never know who you are going to get. There are a lot of students, and it’s a cat in the bag for them and for you.

3. They are kind of pushy when it comes to Aveda products. I’ve used Aveda before and it’s really not all that natural as they make it sound. Just make sure to say no, when you need to!

In the end, I was happy with my cut and color. One of the teachers came and fixed my hair, because apparently it was longer on one side, but overall I had a pretty enjoyable experience and will definitely consider going back there!

Hope you all had a great weekend! It sure snowed here a lot!

Zhenya

Essential Oils, Essential in My Life

Today I wanted to talk a little about essential oils, and how to use them in your everyday life. When you say essential oils, a lot of people think – Aromatherapy. And yes, those oils are used first and foremost in this area of body care. But being the freak of nature that I am, I can’t last through a massage session. Ask my best friend, she will tell you all about my giggles and twitches!

 

How do I use essential oils in aromatherapy? I simply add them to the water that I pour into my humidifier, so it turns into an air refreshner as well! I use peppermint or tea tree oils to increase productivity (I work from home, and we all know how lazy one can sometimes get), lemon when I want to freshen up the air in the room, and lavender when I want to sleep well at night.

This is a very safe and easy way to use essential oils, and you only need a few drops of whatever oil you choose. So for the frugal person inside of all of us – Essential oils last a very long time, definitely worth the buck. I just wanted to brag that in Russia Essential Oils are a lot a lot cheaper than in the US, so if you get a chance, or if you know someone, ask them to bring you oils from there.

How do I use Essential Oils in body care? Those of you who know me, know about my frugal side, and the fact that I don’t like spending extra, unless I have to. In my personal opinion mouthwashes are a waste of money, unless you buy in bulk, which I don’t do. Now I have nothing against the American Mouthwashes (Crest and Act will always be my favorites), but in Russia mouthwash is extremely overpriced, and honestly – not worth it! So I created my own. I saved a bottle from one of the mouthwashes, you could also use a glass jar, or a plastic water bottle (but those bottles can’t be used for over 2 weeks, so be careful!), poured some water into it (can be tap if you have clean water, or filtered, water from the fridge is good!) and added 7 drops of tea tree oil and peppermint oil. The best mouthwash I’ve used in years, cheap too. A great option for those of you living in countries, where good brands aren’t available. I even got my mom hooked on it :) !

A lot of people say that Orange Essential Oil helps fight cellulite, but I haven’t tried it, so I don’t know. In my opinion the two things that fight cellulite the best are: Workouts and Healthy Food!

How do I use Essential oils in Hair care? I have recently come across some great articles on www.livestrong.com A great resource for everyone, who wants to make their life healthier and use natural products. I followed some of their advice on hair care. First one was about adding lavender oil to your shampoo or conditioner. You will need about 30 drops per bottle. I use a very big Nexxus bottle, I believe it’s 14 oz, and I have less than 1/4 left, so I used about 15 drops or so. Why lavender oil? It triggers hair growth. And I am trying to outgrow my hair for the wedding! Rosemary oil is also used for that exact same purpose. I will share a recipe that I use for my hair, a little modified from the one I read on www.livestrong.com. You will need one cup Apple Cider Vinegar, 30 drops of rosemary oil and cold water. I poured all the ingredients into a spray bottle (you can buy one or save one from a hair care treatment, or whatever you have that has a little sprayer on top) apple cider vinegar and rosemary oil first, and the rest of the bottle – filled with water. I use it every night on my roots. Spraying and rubbing in every night before bed! The mix works magically, love love love it! But the smell, oh the smell… Don’t worry it washes away just fine. Just remember – you have to do it religiously!

And finally Skin Care! I had a lot of skin problems. “My skin looks like @#$% !” was my usual expression. The problem is – I had both black heads and under skin acne or cysts. Those weren’t only ugly, but also extremely painful. The essential oils I used to treat my cysts in particular were – tea tree oil and rosemary oil. Rosemary worked better! Way better! I used Atlantic Cedar oil to treat blackheads. It worked alright, but I am not the fan of the smell!

Important Facts to Remember:

- It’s important to remember never to use pure oil directly on your skin (I wouldn’t break this rule, but I have used pure Rosemary oil on my face, and the result was outstanding. I wouldn’t use pure oils on my scalp or along the hairline.)

- Make sure you close the bottles tightly, keep them away from direct sunlight, and heat.

- Be careful when you buy essential oils, they need to come in glass jars, not plastic bottles!

- Always read the instructions!

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