I love the Aveda Flaxseed Aloe Hair Gel, but I don’t love the price. This DIY recipe for a flaxseed gel is easy, cheap, and the result is absolutely amazing. My hair isn’t crunchy-crunchy, but it’s soft, hydrated, and well-defined. Amazing…especially considering that I paid under $1 for my little bag of flaxseeds at the bulk store!
As a curly girl (who loosely follows the Curly Girl Method), I try to avoid shampoo with sulfates. This means that cleansing conditioner is my friend. Surprisingly, there are few of them at the drugstore; I don’t think there were any (to my knowledge) until Herbal Essences released their Naked line and revamped one of their colour care lines to include one.
The premise behind the Naked Cleansing Conditioner is that it has no parabens and no sulfates. It does have a little bit of silicone, but it’s far enough down on the ingredients list that I’m not worried about it.
I do my best to avoid sulfates in my hair. Curly hair is dry as it is, and sulfates just strip it even more.
Why, then, would I use a product with sodium alkyl sulfate as the second ingredient? Simple: to clarify.
Even no poo heads need the poo every so often, especially if you continue to use products with light silicones in them, like I do. You can end up with product buildup that, try as it might, cleansing conditioners and no-lather shampoos just can’t cut through.
I’ll go in with an apple cider vinegar rinse whenever I wash my hair, but I find that even that doesn’t get my hair squeaky clean. So once every 4-6 weeks, I use Lush’s I Love Juicy Shampoo.
Necessity combined with interest to create this DIY.
Curly hair is the driest, brittlest, and most fragile hair type. That’s because the shape of the curls doesn’t let natural oil from the scalp moisturize the whole strand. As a result, curlies have to up the hydration in their products to compensate. Deep conditioning is a great way to do that.
Also, I’ve been dabbling in the world of DIY beauty products. It’s fun and exciting to mix up your own creations, and then you know exactly what goes into them.
I thought I’d try a variation on the typical DIY hair mask recipe – you know, banana, avocado, egg, olive oil, mayo. I thought I’d try using my favourite deep conditioner as a base, and then adding some of those weird things to it.
Like most curlies, I have a multi-step process for cleansing my hair, and also for styling it.
This winter, a modified version of the “LOC method” has been working well for me. It’s an anagram that stands for Liquid, Oil, Cream. This method is good for sealing in moisture for curly hair which, as we know, is the driest and most fragile of all hair types. I modify the method by adding in a gel at the end because my curls just really like gel – it gives me hold, definition, and keeps the frizzies at bay.
I can tell this post is going to be a long one, so let’s get started!
A few weeks ago, curiosity got the best of me and I popped out to Urban Outfitters and grabbed the Tangle Teezer. They sell them at BossArts, the salon where I get my hair cut; combined with the buzz online, seeing it there piqued my interest. It’s unlike any brush I’ve seen before, so I thought I’d give it a try.
So this happened.
Well, it didn’t just happen. If only it were that easy! I spent most of yesterday (about 2 hours to blowdry, half an hour to flat iron) straightening my hair.
Today’s post is about a very unique hair tool that I got recently and was really impressed with. The Hot Sock diffuser is a product that I never would have tried had I not been in a pinch and read some quite good reviews on Folica. It looks gimmicky and too good to be true…but it isn’t.
It’s essentially a fire-proof mesh sock that you stick on the end of your blow dryer – regardless of the size of the nozzle – that acts like a conventional plastic diffuser. The advantage of the Hot Sock is that it’s light, fits on pretty much any blow dryer, and is very inexpensive.
Back in the fall, a variety of factors encouraged me to cease wearing my hair straight and go curly. It’s what my hair wants to do and I got tired of fighting it – but I only realized that after I went curly…
So I dedicated myself to figuring out what my hair wants and needs at this length and state…but that’s another story. This post focuses on another step I took: getting a haircut.
After a brief hiatus (during which I worked the retail pre-holiday rush — it was cray, but that’s another story), we’re now back to our regularly-scheduled programming. Over the next two weeks, posts will come about every other day, just because I don’t have access to my regular equipment and backdrops.
Anyhoo, you may recognize the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light* from my DIY Lavender Curl Refreshing Spray post. I got it as a 100 point perk because I’m a Sephora VIB. I have to say, this is one of the better perks I’ve gotten from this program.
Anyhow, everybody and their cat knows that argan oil is a bit of a hot ingredient when it comes to skin and hair care these days. You find it in skin and body products, hair products, lip balms, cuticle oils, and even makeup. Josie Maran has made herself synonymous with it, along with MoroccanOil. I love MoroccanOil for my hair, but I’m a bit hesitant to put such a fragrant oil on my skin (I have a thing about scents in skincare products — don’t judge). The argan light is supposed to be a lighter version of argan oil that is perfect for oilier or combination skin and for very thin or fine hair. I got it for my skin, and I’ve tried it on my hair and it’s lovely! What I love about argan oil — especially this light one — is that it sinks right in and doesn’t leave my skin greasy.
Now, the full size of this is in the $50 range, so I don’t know if I’d go out and buy it right away once this one is done. I might price out regular, non-Josie-Maran pure argan oil at the health food store, because I’ve a suspicion that when it comes to Josie’s, you’re paying for the name and prestige more than the product itself.
Although I have to say, overpriced or not, the little pipette/eyedropper is awesome and I’ll probably keep the bottle to refill with whatever argan oil I do buy. It makes me feel like a scientist.