Thursday, February 27, 2020

Nature's Gate Conditioner: A Review

I have gone through a lot of different hair products. It seems my hair is as picky as I am—who knew?

For this reason—because my hair and I are so fastidious—it can be hard to find suitable, affordable products.

I have been using Nature's Gate conditioner for a few years now and I really like it. It leaves my hair clean and smelling amazing. Most of all it doesn't weigh my hair down at all. Additionally, one 18 oz bottle lasts me quite a while.

I really like all the scents in the Nature's Gate collection although favorites are the floral scents, for instance: Awapuhi Ginger/Holy Basil, Jasmine/Kombucha, Lavender/Peony, Aloe Vera/Macadamia oil. I think the Jasmine and Awapuhi ones are my two all-time favorites.

Some of the ingredients are different with each scent.

Water (Eau), Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Benzyl Alcohol, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate/grenade) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower/tournesol) Seed Extract, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Sclerotium Gum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage/bourrache) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea/thé rouge) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape/raisin) Seed Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail/prêle des champs) Leaf Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow/guimauve) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage/sauge) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Viola Tricolor (Pansy/pensée) Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula/souci) Flower Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat/avoine) Kernel Extract, Stearalkonium Chloride, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)

Picture of the products below.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Alcohol Free Hairspray

This is a post on hair spray when I actually don't use hairspray. My main reason is that it can be bad for your hair because it is drying due to the alcohol content.

I also don't have much use for hairspray as I have learned to tame flyaways or just deal with them. Moreover, most of the time, hair spray will actually make my flyaways curl instead of taming them so it ends up doing more harm than good.

I have started using a little hairspray more recently now that I have learned to do fancier hairstyles and need help taming my crazy hairs—or if I want to just tame those annoying hairs that never stay down. In saying that, I want to share a nifty little trick as well as the brand of hairspray I use.

The brand I use is called Kettle Care Organics and I have the regular hold at the moment but I think when I order from them again I will get the extra hold—because I have stubborn hair it seems.

I have used this hair spray on a wash day (the day I wash my hair) and it did, of course, leave it a little crusty. Although, as soon as I brushed my hair at the end of the day the crustiness was gone and it didn't leave my hair feeling gross.

This hairspray doesn't have any alcohol and, therefore, it is non-drying. If you're like me and almost never use hairspray, the 2.0 oz bottle with actually last you a very long time.

Now, for that little trick for when you can't get your little hairs to remain in place and instead of using half a bottle of hair spray to glue it down, just get an old toothbrush, spray some hairspray onto it and then comb it through the places you need. Voila!

After brushing through with the hairspray laden toothbrush, you can then smooth with your hand and then comb through with the toothbrush again until your hair stays put. After combing through, you can spray the flyaways—which are now staying put—directly, if you prefer.

Here is a video of how to use the toothbrush trick.

Below is a photo of the product—the photo is not mine.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Grandpa Soaps Shampoo: A Review

For the sake of full disclosure, I admit I have tried a lot more shampoos than conditioners. My hair is like a pet and super picky about shampoos it seems—I think in part due to our hard water. Sometimes, it likes a new shampoo at first and reacts negatively after a time. Usually, it will make my hair feel like straw and all icky.

I have recently tried Grandpa Soaps Shampoo. It has been really nice for my hair so far, It smells really nice, and cleans my hair well without making it feel icky. I will probably be buying more of their shampoo in the future.

I have only tried the Rosemary scented one as I only needed one for general cleaning and not clarifying my hair. But, I have heard from a couple of the long-haired gals that they do like the clarifying shampoo.

I would like to try their Buttermilk shampoo and see how my hair likes that one as well.

Additionally, I want to try some shampoo bars to decrease my plastic usage.

The ingredients will vary with each scent.

Ingredients for the Rosemary Shampoo:
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Extract, Natural Fragrance (Parfum), Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid

Below is a photo of the product.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

NightBlooming: A Review

I have bought from NightBlooming on Etsy a couple of times and each time I have been very happy with my orders.

My first order was a scalp scrub, for my dandruff problem. Even though it didn't completely get rid of my dandruff, I was still impressed with the scrub. Scrubbing my scalp was amazing. A side benefit is the feeling that my head was much cleaner.

The con is that it seems to me that I had more hair loss although it's not a big deal. We shed hair every day although we may not notice it. The scrub gets rid of those hairs we were going to shed anyway.

My most recent order was a custom oil blend. I contacted the shop owner—Melissa—and explained my problem.

I have super low porosity hair and most oil just sits on top of my hair and gives it an oily appearance. I need something light.

Melissa was knowledgeable and understanding. She recommended the Selkie Herbal Detangler because it's light and should work for me. She also said that if it were too heavy, I could dilute it further with some water.

Another benefit,  it also works as a leave-in too!

Unfortunately, I have only used it once so far but I do plan to play with it some more.

Melissa also added that I could select a scent and she could custom blend some very light oils for my hair oil blend.

I selected a small—0.5 oz—bottle.

When it arrived,I tried out the oil and found it absolutely perfect for my hair! It's not too heavy so it doesn't look oily or greasy and it smells amazing.

The little bottle will last me a long time as I only use about 4 drops 1-2 times a week.

I will definitely be ordering more oil from NightBlooming once I run out.

I have attached a photo of my oil below.