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  • I’m Currently Obsessed With GUD by Burt’s Bees Red Ruby Groovy Collection

    For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you are well aware of my obsession with finding the ultimate grapefruit scent. I love the fresh yet sweetness that comes with a beautifully designed grapefruit fragrance. Currently, my latest obsession is the Gud by Burt’s Bees Red Ruby Groovy Collection. First off, the fragrance is to die for! It’s the perfect blend of vivacious ruby red grapefruit combined with the herbaceous aroma of wild thyme.

    The collection includes:

    • Red Ruby Groovy Natural Nourishing Shampoo
    • Red Ruby Groovy Natural Softening Conditioner
    • Red Ruby Groovy Natural Body Wash
    • Red Ruby Groovy Natural Body Body Lotion

    The Body Wash and Body Lotion are my go-to body products every morning. They help wake me up with their effervescent scent and delicious soft.

    You can purchase Gud by Burt’s Bees Red Ruby Groovy Collection at GudHappens.com

     

    March 6, 2013 • Bath & Body, Fragrance, Hair, I'm Currently Obessed With..., Skincare • Views: 993

  • Curly Girl 101 – Sulfate-Free Shampoos

    Healthy curly hair has a lot to do with the products that you use on a daily basis. One of the most important and regularly used products in a curly girl’s arsenal is her shampoo. As we all know, shampooing your hair helps rid the hair and scalp of dirt, debris, oil and product build-up. The issue with most mainstream shampoos is that they are made for those with straight hair. Straight haired individuals need to wash their hair more frequently because their hair tends to get oily very fast due to the fact that their hair shaft is straight and the oil travels down from the scalp to the hair follicle with no interruption. When manufacturers formulate their shampoo products, they tend to put more detergents and other oil-stripping mechanisms into the formula which in turn helps eradicate the oil build-up from the scalp leaving hair clean, refreshed and healthy.

    Curly haired individuals have the opposite issue. Our hair tends to be dry as the curl pattern inhibits the natural oils from making its way down the hair shaft as quickly as our straight haired counterparts. When we use shampoos that are made for straight-haired individuals, our hair is stripped of the much-needed oils leaving our hair damaged, broken and extremely dry. That is why it is important to look for sulfate-free shampoos which are hair cleansers without the common detergents and other oil-stripping agents found in common shampoo products.

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    November 20, 2012 • Hair • Views: 972

  • The Benefits of Co-Washing – Curly Hair 101

    Co-washing may be a new term for many of you but it’s not a new technique. Co-washing is short for conditioner washing which means instead of washing your hair with shampoo and following it up with conditioner, you skip the shampoo step altogether and just wash your hair with conditioner. As a curly girl with multi-textured tresses, I have been utilizing this technique for years now and the results have been astounding!

    One of the reasons I love co-washing is because it allows me to keep my curls clean and hydrated without having to wash my hair with shampoo on a daily basis. The problem with curly girls shampooing their hair every day is that you are stripping your hair of its natural oils which can lead to damage, breakage and extreme dryness.

    As someone who works out on a daily basis, co-washing is the answer to ridding hair of sweat, dirt and product build-up. After a grueling workout, the idea of going to bed with a head full of sweaty, dirty hair is not an option. Usually what I do is rinse my hair and apply a light coating of conditioner. I let the conditioner soak into the hair while I finish showering. After a good five minutes or so, I wash out the conditioner,  gently detangle my curls with a wide tooth comb and let my hair air dry before heading to sleep.

    If you have never tried co-washing, trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Not only is my hair healthy and shiny, it’s super strong and growing like weeds. I only shampoo my hair once a week and I typically use sulfate-free shampoos when I do wash. Curly hair is fragile, chronically dry hair which means you need to consistently maintain your moisture and hydration levels while limiting the amount of product build-up, sweat and dirt that accumulates in your hair.

    Another great benefit of co-washing is the moisturization of your scalp. As we all know, a healthy scalp is the foundation of beautiful hair. A dry, irritated scalp will lead to damaged hair follicles and breakage. As you nourish your hair with conditioner, you are also softening and hydrating your scalp.

    Co-washing is my healthy hair care secret and now it can be yours too!

    October 11, 2012 • Hair • Views: 1667

  • I’m Currently Obsessed With…Philosophy Vanilla Coconut Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

    Philosophy, Vanilla Coconut Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath, $25, www.philosophy.com

    Something about the combination of coconut and vanilla makes me think of a sandy white beach, a sexy bikini, sun tan lotion and sipping a delectable tropical drink with an umbrella. Philosophy is one of my absolute favorite bath and body lines and with their newest yummy addition – the vanilla coconut triple threat, I’m confident that I will be lathering up with this super luscious bath and body treat for the remainder of the summer. Made without the use of harsh parabens, toxins and other synthetic chemicals, this miosture inducing shower gel, shampoo and bubble bath has everything you need for a quick 5 minute pampering session or an hour long spa-like moment. What I love most about Philosophy products has to be their gorgeous scents. The fragrances are absolutely divine. I love feeling like I’m lathering my body in a cloud of sweetness and that’s what the Vanilla Coconut Shower Gel, Shampoo and Bubble Bath is all about!

    July 31, 2012 • Bath & Body, I'm Currently Obessed With... • Views: 600

  • How to Grow Your Curly Hair

    Okay, so you’re trying to grow your curly hair out so that it doesn’t look like a mushroom cloud on your head. You’re tired of wearing it pulled back into a bun and you’re ready to rock your curls out and proud like a true curly girl should. Problem is, how do you grow your curly hair long enough to where you feel comfortable wearing it down! Answer is one that will certainly surprise some of you but this little tidbit has worked wonders for me so I felt the need to share my wisdom.

    Step 1: No shampoo

    I said it and I mean it. Kiss your shampoo goodbye. Now don’t freak out because I know you want to. Shampooing your hair every other day or even every week is not really necessary. Traditional shampoo only dries out your hair and scalp which causes hair to break which means your hair will never grow the length you desire. Your scalp produces natural oils that are truly beneficial in helping keep your curls hydrated and healthy. The less you interfere with those natural oils, the better off your hair will be. Now, when I say skip the shampoo, I don’t mean that you should never cleanse your hair. As someone who works out four times a week, I wouldn’t be able to function without cleansing my hair of dirt and sweat. The answer to this issue is mild rinses or conditioning rinses. After a long workout and just a long day, rinse your hair with lukewarm water and add conditioner or skip the conditioning step if you just want to cleanse the hair and are planning on using styling products. You will be amazed at how fast your hair will grow once you stop shampooing it on a regular basis. I only shampoo my hair every other week now and its been truly amazing!

    Step # 2. No Trimming

    Every hair stylist on the planet swears by trimming split ends every four to six weeks. Sounds good on the surface but the problem is you are also cutting off your length every time you get a trim which means you never reap the results of long curls. I get my hair trimmed twice a year at most. Maintain your hair by using good products and having it done professionally whenever you plan on adding heat or styling it and you will see the difference. Long hair will be yours! I promise!

    April 19, 2012 • Hair • Views: 441