17 Mar

3 Essential Oils You Should Add to Your Hair Care Regimen

Narrowing down the best essential oils for healthy hair and growth

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Essential oils are good for more than just naturally scenting your hair products. There are so many essential oils available with the ability to infuse new life into your hair. Or at the very least, get rid of fungus :-)

Not the essential oil expert, more of an enthusiast and still learning, I have discovered 3 essential oils that I am glad I introduced into my hair care regimen:

Tea Tree Oil, Rosemary Oil and Eucalyptus Oil

Each of these oils are anti-fungal which can help to extend the life of hair products that you may whip up on your own. Other than their anti-fungal properties, these oils are real do-gooders for your hair:

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is an age old essential oil used for many conditions but it’s most famous for use as an antifungal agent. However, tea tree oil is also great for itchy scalp. It calms inflammation. A healthy head of hair can only be achieved if you have a healthy scalp. That’s most important. Once your scalp is healthy, your hair can be healthy.  Tea tree oil benefits your hair and your scalp. It has the ability to clarify the hair, effectively removing build up. You can apply a few drops to your sulfate free shampoo or you can massage a few drops into your scalp and allow the residual amount to flow down the hair strands.  Some people are unable to use essential oils undiluted on their skin because they can be quite potent. Therefore, it’s best to dilute them with carrier oils. I prefer to use Jojoba Oil as a carrier oil when using in my hair because it’s the closest natural oil to the sebum that comes from your scalp.

Rosemary

Rosemary oil doesn’t have the most pleasant scent but in it’s defense it’s a great essential oil for stimulating hair growth and preventing premature hair fall. When you dilute rosemary oil with a carrier oil (Jojoba!) you can massage the oil mix into your scalp a few times a week, focusing on thinning areas or areas that you may want to thicken up.

Eucalyptus

This may be my favorite oil of the three. It’s so stimulating and makes my scalp feel awake – not only awake but clean. It alleviates itchy scalp and adds strength to the hair follicles so your hair grows in healthy and strong.  To stimulate growth in my scalp, I add a few drops of this precious oil along with double the drops of peppermint oil (for extra oomph) to a base of Jojoba oil. If you do the Inversion method, this oil combo will knock your socks off with growth stimulation. It’s also amazing when you warm it up :-)

What’s your favorite Essential Oil to use in your hair care regimen?

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11 Mar

What’s Trending: 2014 Straight Hairstyles

Straight hair styles spotted around town (aka what the celebs are rocking).

2014 trending straight hairstylesSince Im being a good citizen of the blogosphere, I didn’t want to copy images from around the web. Hence, this isn’t the highest quality set of photos. Since I wasn’t at any of the red carpet events, I needed to recapture these photos from the magazines I purchased :-) So, while they aren’t necessarily original, I did take them with my own camera :-) Now, on to business…

I will always love my curly hair. I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful than a head full of ringlets or coils. Every now and then (I’m talking like every few years) though I get the urge to straighten my hair. The biggest motivator isn’t because I just want straight, sleek hair. It’s mainly because I want to see my true length.

Most of the hairstyles you see trending happen because some celebrity has worn it and the paparazzi has plastered their look all over the place. This gets attention. OK. It’s not always the paparazzi. It’s also the fashion designers, celebrity hairstylists and other high profile individuals responsible.

As evidenced in the photo above, I think it’s safe to say from the hairstyles seen “around town” (uh America?), the straight hairstyles (aside from Jada’s absolutely straight style), still incorporate a little bit of curl:

  • Straight with a Side Swept Bangs and Curled Ends
  • Straight with a Side Part
  • Straight with a Middle Part
  • Layered Bob with Side Swept Fringe

Straight hair can be versatile, especially when long. These trending hairstyles are cute and quite easy to do.

Do you prefer straight styles or curly? Drop a comment!

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10 Mar

Reviewing Eden’s Heart Hair Products + Best Bantu Knot Out Ever!

Eden's Heart Products

Reviewing 3 products from the Eden’s Heart hair care line.

Eden's Heart Products

Cassandre Beccai (well known on Youtube) reached out to me a few weeks ago to review a few products from her hair care line, Eden’s Heart. I recorded a first impressions video when I received the products:

Oatmilk and Honey Daily Conditioner

★★★★★

INGREDIENTS: Oatmilk (Water (and) Aveena Sativa), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Silk Amino Acid, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Honey, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (paraben-free preservative)

This was the first product that I had the opportunity to try. My hair was in twists when I received the products so I decided to start using the Oatmilk and Honey Daily Conditioner to keep my twists nice and moisturized. The first thing that caught my attention was the smell. This product is clearly rich in oats and the smell is intoxicating.

Since first receiving it, I’ve used the Oatmilk and Honey Daily Conditioner as a leave in after washing my hair. To say that I was pleased is an understatement. This product is now a staple. I plan to rotate it as a leave in conditioner with Kinky Curly Knot Today.

Damage Control Intense Moisture Masque

★★★★

INGREDIENTS: Aloe Vera Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Shorea (Sal) Stenoptera Seed Butter, Orbyginia Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Honey, Vegetable Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (and) Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (and) Helianthus Annuus Extract (and) Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (and) Chondrus Crispus (Carageenan) Extract (and) Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Polyquaternium 44, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

The Damage Control Intense Moisture Masque left my hair feeling balanced (protein and moisture). It virtually melts when applied to your hair. It’s not as thick as I expected it to be based on reading the description. While I was pleased with the results, I don’t think I’ll buy this product because I get the same results using my current protein treatment which offers more product for less money. In order for me to make a product a staple I have to more than like it. I must love it to where nothing else can compare to it. I have several products already in my stash that are quite comparable to this Damage Control Intense Moisture Masque.

Sweet Vanilla Butter: 7 Oils and Butter Hairdress

★★★★★

INGREDIENTS: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Emblica Officinalis (Amla) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond)Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Fragrance, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Move over Jane Carter Nourish ‘n Shine, Eden’s Heart Sweet Vanilla Butter 7 Oils and Butter Hairdress is big competition!

In my first impressions video, I shared how I was really feeling the smell. The consistency is light and buttery but it does liquify under high temps. It easily re-solidifies at room temperature. I put it in the refrigerator a few times before using so I didn’t know what to expect from this product.

Now I’m not sure which product I love more – the Oatmilk and Honey Daily Conditioner or this Sweet Vanilla Butter. In the following video I used the Sweet Vanilla Butter to set my bantu knots for a fabulous bantu knot out. It’s the best bantu knot out I’ve been able to achieve to date and as you can tell from my constantly oohing and aahing, the smell and the consistency have me intoxicated! :

Final Thoughts

To be honest, I was already stalking Eden’s Heart products. I wanted to buy them so I was thrilled to receive these at no cost. I’ll definitely be purchasing the Oatmilk and Honey Daily Conditioner and the Sweet Vanilla Butter Hairdress.

Disclaimer: While I did receive these products at no cost for review, I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.

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