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5 Things: Haircare!
5 Things, Hair Care - Comments (2) - October 12th, 2013

I have a small stack of haircare products I need to write about, but I don’t really want to review them each separately. Instead, it’s time for a fresh 5 Things post, haircare edition! So you know what I’m dealing with, the roots get bleached every eight weeks, and the blue is applied every four weeks. Chemically processing my hair every four weeks = dry hair. However, I love the blue (and so does practically everyone else I meet) so keeping the damage under control is my main goal when selecting hair care.

1. Giovanni Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Hair Mask. That’s right, it’s not just Deep, it’s DEEP DEEP! I’ve been using this hair mask twice a week in place of conditioner, and it seems to really help my chemically-processed and really dry hair. I also think it’s been helping to keep my color fading, since the blue seems to fade less quickly since I’ve been using it.

2. Andalou Naturals Brilliant Shine Shampoo. It contains citrus oils and sunflower oil, and is supposed to help with shine. The scent is amazing (tangerine! orange!) and it also was friendly to my color-treated hair.

3. Andalou Naturals Moisture Rich Shampoo. After I finished the Brilliant Shine, I decided to try the Moisture Rich shampoo, since my hair is pretty dry. It has a nice orange and vanilla scent, and my hair quite likes it as well. Which brings me to…

4. Andalou Naturals Brilliant Shine Conditioner. I’ve found that this conditioner (replete with sunflower oil and citrus, just like the shampoo) in combination with the Moisture Rich Shampoo makes my hair quite happy.

5. Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo & Conditioner gets an honorable mention. I was using this these two products when I started coloring my hair blue, and they don’t suck. In fact, they’re pretty decent. I switched to the Andalou products because I was feeling cheap, and it’s my opinion that the Andalou products actually do a better job at reducing fading.

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Badger Argan Hair Oil Review
Hair Care, Reviews - Be the first to comment! - May 18th, 2013

I’m back to abusing my hair regularly. I get the color refreshed every three weeks so it stays (mostly) dark blue. This does make it a bit dry and unhappy. I decided to try something new, a hair oil, to see if it would help keep my hair healthy and more shiny. I bought Badger’s Argan Hair Oil, and have been giving it a go.

The Argan Hair Oil also contains baobab oil, jojoba oil, and an essential blend that includes bergamot, sandalwood, and orange essential oils. It smells GREAT!! The instructions indicate that you should apply the oil to damp hair. I personally don’t want oil on my head during the day, so I’m a rebel and apply it at night. I use about a pump and a half, and spread it through my hair, concentrating at the scalp and roots.

I have noticed that my hair seems less dry and crispy since I started using the oil before bed each night. It washes out cleanly the next morning, so my hair isn’t greasy during the day. My hair seems a lot happier than it has in the past when I’ve abused it this much, so I think this oil has been good for it.

The lovely orange-y scent also makes it a great body oil. I’ve been using it after my shower once in a while and I really like it all over my skin. I want to try some of Badger’s other body oils now. The Argan Hair Oil gets two thumbs up!

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Review: Everyday Shea Moisturizing Shampoo
Cheap Thrills, Earth Friendly, Hair Care, Reviews - Be the first to comment! - April 4th, 2013

Everyday Shea is line of shea butter products brought to you from the fine folks at Alaffia. It’s an affordable line of natural shea butter products, combining great value with great quality. I loved the lotion, so I decided it was time to give the Moisturizing Shampoo a whirl.

The shampoo comes in large 32 oz. bottles with pump tops, in Lavender, Vanilla Mint, and Unscented. I chose Vanilla Mint, because I liked that fragrance best. It’s still a light fragrance, not super-strong at all. The shampoo contains liquid shea butter soap, two surfactants, shea leaf extract, vanilla extract and spearmint essential oil. It’s a very simple formula. It doesn’t contain any SLS or SLES, if you ware avoiding those ingredients.

It’s quite low-lather. If you like (or feel you need) a lot of lather, you will not like this shampoo. I’m pretty accustomed to low lathering shampoos, so it doesn’t bother me. It’s pretty effective at cleaning, but not drying at all. It’s also not too moisturizing. After lightly bleaching my hair, I still only used conditioner once or twice a week with this shampoo, because I didn’t feel my hair needed it more often.

Now, I just (as in, two days ago) pretty thoroughly bleached my hair and colored it blue, and haven’t tried this shampoo on that yet. My hair is a lot drier now, having been more heavily bleached, so I will probably want to use more conditioner. I’ll update this review if that’s the case!

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this shampoo. It’s a good value, it was around $10 for the 32 oz. bottle, and it’s gentle and effective. Two thumbs up!

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Suave Rosemary Mint Shampoo Review
Cheap Thrills, Hair Care - Be the first to comment! - January 16th, 2013

In keeping with my money-saving efforts, and due to the fact that I liked the kids shampoo so much, I decided to pick up a bottle of Suave’s Rosemary Mint Shampoo. It’s a drugstore knockoff of Aveda’s Rosemary Mint Shampoo.

Suave’s Rosemary Mint Shampoo is part of their Professionals line, which are basically drugstore-priced knockoffs of salon brands. I say knockoffs, but it’s my opinion from comparing their ingredients lists that this Suave shampoo is at least as good a formula as the Aveda version. I have never purchased the Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo, but I have had it used on me at salons. The biggest thing I remember about it is the scent is quite powerful.

The Suave Rosemary Mint Shampoo is not as strongly fragranced as I recall from the Aveda version. It’s lightly minty and lightly rosemary-y, but the overall effect is more cleanly herbal smelling than specifically rosemary mint scented. I suspect the scent will be more of a crowd-pleaser, although I do like things to be just a bit more minty. But I really like peppermint in my shower. It has a lot of lather, rinses cleanly, and leaves my hair shiny but not dry. I only use conditioner once or twice a week, and mostly just because I like how my conditioner smells.

Overall, I’m totally pleased with this shampoo. I’m not going to make a judgment on whether or not it’s a perfect replacement for the salon version, since they are such different formulas that it’s pretty much apples and oranges. Taken on its own merits, however, I definitely give Suave Rosemary Mint Shampoo two thumbs up!

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Suave Kids 3-in-1 Shampoo Review
Body Care, Cheap Thrills, Hair Care - Be the first to comment! - October 15th, 2012

I really have a thing for stuff that smells like Jolly Ranchers. I was cruising through Target, and was sniffing shampoo and hit upon this one to sniff. “This one” is Suave Kids 3-in-1 Shampoo, in Wacky Melon, and it smells just like watermelon Jolly Ranchers. I love it!

The 3-in-1 part of the product refers to the fact that it’s a shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in one. On my normal, no longer color-treated hair, it’s perfect. It leaves my hair clean, but soft, and I don’t need to use conditioner regularly. I use a deep conditioner once or twice a week and that’s enough.

It works great as a body wash too, with a lot of lather. It’s also not drying on my skin, although it’s not the most moisturizing body wash I’ve used. The scent doesn’t linger long, so if you don’t want to smell like candy all day, you won’t.

I don’t have any children, so I can’t comment on how it actually works for kids, lol. But if you are a grown-up who likes fun smells once in a while (I find it really cheerful), this Suave shampoo is a perfect cheap thrill. I give it two thumbs up! Now I want to try the apple version.

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Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner Review
Giveaways, Hair Care, Reviews - Comments (1) - September 4th, 2012

Thanks to BlogHer, I recently got to try out one of Dove’s conditioners, the Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner. Overall, it does what it sets out to do, so I give it a thumb’s up.

The Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner contains natural almond and mineral oils, as well as coconut oil, to moisturize and soften your hair. It’s good for dry hair prone to frizz. It does have a perfume-y scent to it, which I find pleasant, but it could be too strong if you’re sensitive to scent. (Give it a sniff before you buy it, is my advice!) I really like the bottle, it has an easy-to-use flip cap.

When I started using this conditioner, I still had a good three inches or so of bleached, damaged hair. The conditioner worked a treat on keeping it soft and smooth and well behaved. I think if your hair is dry or damaged, this formula is going to do a great job for your hair. It certainly worked well on my damaged hair.

I then went and got a hair cut, and all the bleached, damaged hair is basically gone. I am back to a head of healthy, untreated hair. The conditioner is really too heavy/rich for normal hair. It didn’t leave my hair greasy or anything like that, but it definitely was limp and a bit lanky. This definitely falls into the category of “good product, just not the correct product for my needs.” If you don’t need a rich conditioner, probably one of Dove’s other options would be better. I personally am interested in the Cool Moisture or Volume Boost conditioners.

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Suave Keratin Infusion Leave-In Conditioner Review
Cheap Thrills, Hair Care, Reviews - Comments (2) - August 12th, 2012

I really meant to review this a few months ago, and just plain forgot. My bad! The product is Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner, a nifty and inexpensive styling product that really helped with my totally trashed bleached hair.

When I was bleaching my hair regularly, it started to take on a texture not unlike dry straw. It was really hard to style, since it just wanted to tangle up (even as short as it was!) and I couldn’t easily draw a comb or my fingers through it, wet or dry. I started using this product, and discovered it really helped!

The leave-in conditioner is a less-is-more type deal. The directions call for using a dime-sized amount. Since my hair is so short, I usually used more like a pea-sized amount. It’s called a leave-in conditioner, but it really is more like a styling product to me. What I particularly like about it is that it isn’t as heavy or greasy-seeming as a lot of similar products that contain a lot of silicones. This has silicones, but the formula seems lighter. Since “Heat Defense” is in the name, it makes sense that you’d want to apply a little heat. I did get the best results applying it, and then using a blow dryer for a few minutes. The result is smoother hair, ready to have a little styling paste/clay/wax/whatever applied to muss it up, and voila! Styled hair.

Now that I’m basically one haircut away from having all the damaged hair gone from my head, I’m not really using this much anymore. But if/when I go back to coloring/bleaching my hair, I’ll definitely be using it again! Two thumbs up.

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Jason Restorative Biotin Shampoo Review
Earth Friendly, Hair Care, Reviews - Comments (3) - July 30th, 2012

I love good smelling shampoo. Because I wear my hair short, and now that I’m not bleaching the hell out of it regularly, I’m not too picky on what my shampoo DOES. I mostly just want it to smell good. Jason Restorative Biotin Shampoo definitely passes the smells good test! It also happens to be really good for my hair, so it’s basically a double win.

From the Jason website:

Natural biotin shampoo is formulated to gently cleanse hair and scalp and help alleviate dry, itchy scalp, repair damaged hair and split ends with “bio-active” natural biotin, vitamin B5, certified organic extracts or marigold, chamomile, and ginseng plus aloe vera, vitamins A, C, and E.

The formula doesn’t contain lauryl or laureth sulfates (which some folks are sensitive to) or parabens. It has a nice lather, but like most non-sulfate shampoos it isn’t super-lathery. It leaves my hair feeling clean, but not super-squeaky. I really like the formula!

The only thing I dislike is the lid to the bottle. I took a picture so you can see – it’s just kind of awkward to use.

Overall, I’m really pleased with this shampoo and will continue to use it! Two thumbs up!

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