Trying out a duo of Christophe Robin Hair masks

This weekend as I began to feel a little bit better, I decided to encourage myself towards feeling better with a little bit of pampering. I find that after I’ve felt unwell I simply need just a little bit of a pick me up and a fresh start. So the sheets went through the wash as did the blankets and then the blankets were hung out in the sun between rain storms so they would be a little extra fresh. All clothing (and indeed anything made of cloth) went through the washing machine, was dried folded and put away. All trash containers were emptied and I even opened the windows for a bit before the heat and humidity over came the freshness of the air.

Then there was the hair and skincare treatments.

For the hair I leaned into Christophe Robin. While there are several products I will purchase repeatedly from the brand (the sea salt scalp scrub top among them)I happened to have two small travel sized jars of products that I hadn’t tried. These were the Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts and the Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil. The Cleansing Volumizing paste can be used in place of shampoo and the Regenerating Mask can be used in place of conditioner so I thought it a fabulous chance to use them on them together. And actually I used them as a pair on Friday night and then I used the cleansing paste on it’s own on Sunday night because i wanted to double check to see what product was doing what.

the Cleansing Volumizing paste It produces buckets of fabulous lather

First to the Cleansing Volumizing Paste. It is in the white container and has the dark gray green color to the product. It is an intensely rose scented paste, but the rose does fade away fairly quickly. It is also more of a natural rose scent rather than the artificial rose scent that sticks with you and doesn’t want to let you go.

It is gritty so it does help cleanse the scalp as well, although it is a much finer grit than in the sea salt scrub. For me it was almost too fine. I have hair that is a bit thicker and it tended to stay towards the upper layers of my hair rather than going all the way through. It is however not really a scalp scrub, so that is fine, but it did take a little longer to rinse out as well. that part I minded more. The paste lathered beautifully and while i did have to take a little extra time rinsing out the finer particles, in the end my hair was beautifully clean and it did have added volume and thickness.

While I did like this, I think I would like it more if my hair were a little thinner. I enjoyed the feel of it in my hair, but I tend to get a similar feel of volume from the regular Sea Scalp Scrub and I feel that one is more targeted towards my hair and it’s needs. Plus, while the Sea Salt Scrub can stand on it’s own, with maybe a drop of leave in conditioner following it, the Cleansing Volumizing paste does need a moisturizing mask. I think it is the cleansing aspect. It doesn’t strip the hair but it is a deep down cleanse that preps the hair for a hydrating mask. For me it worked best when paired with a mask rather than without.

the regenerating mask

The mask I tried it with was the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask. It is the black jar with the whitish paste inside. It too has a heavy scent when opened but like the cleansing paste the scent disappears very quickly. It applies like a thick conditioner and I made certain to not only work it into my roots but to concentrate on the ends as I generally find this helps me with the split ends when using a regenerating mask. I really enjoyed it actually. It rinsed out clean and left my hair shining and manageable with no tangles. It isn’t the softest my hair has been. I did find that I had fewer fly aways and my hair looked and felt healthier, but it didn’t have the silk soft feel that some other hair masks can give. That simply isn’t it’s strength. As a repairing mask, it did make my hair feel rejuvenated, which is what i was looking for when i used it.

Of the two products, I will put the Christophe Robin Regenerating mask on my list to purchase in a full size. I would love to see how this product performed over time. I think repeated use would do really well with my hair. For me I would pass on the Cleansing Volumizing Paste. It worked well, it is just not targeted for my hair type and I think there are other products from the brand that simply work better with my hair. If your hair is a little on the thinner side, this might be something for you to look into. It is a product i would recommend to the family members I have who have the finer, thinner hair that I don’t have rather than use myself. And to be honest, I would purchase this for them as a Christmas gift while keeping the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask for myself.

FoxyBae vs. FoxyBae: To leave in Daily or to weekly hair mask, that is the question

I am a big fan of both the weekly hair mask and the leave in conditioner. These two Hair products from FoxyBae are both ones I have used off and on for a while now and I thought it interesting to talk about them both (as individual hair masks) and as part of a hair care regimen.

I don’t know if it is because this summer has been so brutal but I have also noticed that a lot of my hair care needs have shifted a bit as well, so I am sure that will come up. Before we go any further, I should point out that my hair is long and relatively thick. It is color treated and leans towards oily rather than dry and brittle.

the replenighing hair mask packet

While I will use heated tools in the fall winter and spring, the thought of using even a hair drier in the summer is not one I want to contemplate so the summer time I tend to tie it up out of the way to forget if I am doing to be outside or let it dry naturally and do very little with it if I am going to be inside. I like to think of it as my hair’s summer vacation. I also tend to lean into repairing treatments to undo any damage I might have done in the cooler months.

I tend to use hair masks once a week throughout the year, while leave in conditioners will vary in use. So let’s start with the Hair Mask. This particular one is FoxyBae’s Replenishing Hair Mask. They come individually packaged, like drink mix, and I am always vaguely surprised it is a cream and not a powder. While I like that it is pre measured and has pretty much the exact amount I need for my hair for each use, I don’t really care for the waste of the individual packets and find them hard to open with wet hands. I have struggled trying to use them in the shower before. Sometimes I can get them to tear and other times they will tear but it won’t be in the right place. I find it easier to cut them open before I get in the shower, then set the open tube off to the side out of the spray to use post shampoo.

According to the website…

We’ve scoured the world to find the most nourishing ingredients and put them into this delicious mask to give you the hair transformation of your dreams. You’re about to go from damn :/ to HOT DAMN 😉 in no time. Our intense nourishing blend of ingredients is crazy rich in vitamins and natural extracts to help glow up your hair game.  Argan oil moisturizes, hydrates both hair and scalp to prevent dryness and dandruff. Coconut Extract adds lustrous shine and restores elasticity. Horse Chestnut Extract antioxidants protect against daily moisture loss from heat and sun damage. Panthenol B5 Vitamin helps with detangling and manageability. Shea butter leaves hair silky, soft, full-bodied with improved texture. Biotin helps strengthen and prevent hair loss while promoting growth. Nettle Leaf Extract prevents split ends and breakage. This mask smoothes & controls frizz,

while different masks these are the two full sized bottle sizes. I prefer the daily mask in the squeeze tube version

I really do enjoy the mask, even if I am not a huge fan of the individual packaging and because I really do feel it helps with sun damage especially, it is one I reach for in the summertime. It is one of those masks that does exactly what it says it does. When I use this mask I don’t need a detangler. My hair is soft and shiny and easy to manage. It knocks back frizz (I will generally see a reduction in frizz for about 48 hours after use). Because it does what it says I have bought and used it a number of times. I have to say that while I do complain about the packaging, I do take advantage of it for traveling. Usually a packet or two will find it’s way into my travel kit.

While I do lean into it’s use during the Summertime, It is a mask I can use year round with no ill effects regardless of weather. This is not the case with the FoxyBae 12-in-1 Magic Daily Leave In Hair Mask.

According to it’s Product listing…

The curse of bad hair days is finally over! Our Magic 12-in-1 Blend is formulated from the most nourishing, moisturizing, nutritious ingredients on the planet! Our 12 luxurious butters, oils, and proteins were crafted into this daily all-purpose, no rinse mask to be your magic potion against frizz, split ends and dull hair. Stop waiting on Fairy Godmothers and go from tragic to magic with a little FoxyBae wizardry. 1. Monoi oil adds shine and luster. 2. Shea Butter hydrates and nourishes. 3. Hydrolyzed Oryza Sativa Protein enhances volume. 4. Argan Oil smoothes and controls frizz. 5. Hydrolyzed Baobab Extract repairs dry, damaged hair, and helps stops breakage. 6. Macadamia Oil softens and creates silkiness. 7. Coconut Oil detangles and prevents split ends. 8. Amla Oil for fuller hair with natural body. 9. Tsubaki Oil helps preserve and protect hair color. 10. Pitanga Oil for a healthy scalp. 11. Biotin helps fortify and strengthen hair. 12. Kukui Oil thermal heat protector to prevent heat and UV damage.

hair just washed, left to dry and combed out, both mask and leave in have the same results just different time spans

You may notice that many of the key ingredients are the same as the hair mask. There are also additional ones, primarily oils. And I think that is part of the key as to why it is more weather dependent for my hair. I would like to point out that with this Daily hair mask I pick up the tube and not the large spray. i do have the large spray in the Flaminglow Leave in Cream Conditioner, but for some reason I just don’t like the spray version of this mask. haven’t quite figured out why. The tube has six ounces of product rather than the 8 oz the spray bottle holds. I love the spray Flaminglow leave in conditioner but for some reason not the 12-in 1 magic Daily Leave in mask.

But we will leave the Flaminglow for another time. (it is fabulous though).

detail of ends

This Daily leave in mask is fantastic during the winter. If I am not trying out any other products then I will use a pea sized amount on my hands, rub them together and comb through my hair. while it does make my hair manageable and soft, I also find it helps extend the life of my hair dye While if can’t help the roots it is fantastic for helping to hold off fading. However once the summer humidity rises, this hair mask can feel a little heavy and slightly sticky if applied to dry hair. It still feels fantastic and works well with no issues if it is applied to wet hair right after a shower, but once we reach about 60-65% humidity I have to treat it as a leave in conditioner and only use it right after I’ve washed my hair. where I live we generally hit the 60% mark around the second week of June and don’t dip below that until September.

I typically find that these products both have a similar effect on my hair. The main difference is that the Replenishing hair mask only has a lasting time of about 48 hours where as the Leave in conditioner, because it is applied daily, it has continuous effect. The hair mask can be used all year long with no ill effects, while the Daily Hair mask is only a daily mask September through May and then turns into a post shower leave in conditioner on the days I wash my hair. Both o really well protecting against the fading of hair dye by the sun, both leave my hair soft and manageable, smooth and sleek without feeling greasy (humidity attack aside). They detangle beautifully and all said, both the Replenishing Hair Mask and the Daily leave in Hair mask are very good products. It you live in an area where humidity is not a factor, I would highly recommend both. If you live in a humid clime I would just watch the levels and adjust accordingly. Both are well worth keeping around.


A one two punch for fabulously healthy hair

I love hair masks. It is one of the things that lets me try out a wider variety of hair products with greater confidence. If a shampoo is too drying, I have a mask I can rotate in. If products leave too much behind, well I have a mask for that too.

But sometimes masks need a little helping hand. One of the masks I have received recently in three separate subscription boxes, all three in different sizes, is the Paradoxx repair Game Changing Conditioning Hair mask. The mask smells herbal-ly, primarily of Rosemary and is the sort of mask that is meant to take the place of a conditioner for an extra conditioning boost.

I tried out the smallest tube first since I figured if I didn’t like it, I could always pass on the two still sealed containers on to someone who could use them. (My largest is the silver can and it is 75 mL while 200mL is the full size version if you are looking for reference).

According to Paradoxx this mask…”Transforms dull, damaged or dry hair into astonishingly healthy looking hair. | Works as a finishing cream to smooth frizz + add shine. | Suitable for all hair types.”

shiny and soft

The first time I tried the Paradoxx Mask out I used it with my regular shampoo and had it replace my conditioner. Whether it is because it is the summer or because my hair leans towards oily, I was not a fan of this first use. However I figured that as I had already opened the mask I might as well continue trying it. While it was a bit too moisturizing for me to use with just a shampoo, I decided to try out a scalp scrub.

I went looking in my hair mask sample sets and came back with the Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub from NatureLab. For a while I was getting these scalp scrubs in bunches of subscriptions, but this is my last one.

comb straight through with a fine toothed comb and no issues

Personally, I really like them but while they really dive deep to get in to clean the scalp of all hair product accumulation, but they tend to leave my hair clean enough that if I don’t use a heavy conditioner or a detangler then my hair will tangle badly after use. It actually isn’t a problem as I have both good conditioners and detanglers in the house, it is just something to keep in mind. I also tend to only use this Clarifying scalp mask at most once a month. I wouldn’t mind using it more, but I haven’t found the right conditioner to pair with it. this mask replaces shampoo in the realm of hair masks.

So I thought, why not pair the NatureLab with the Paradoxx mask? Shampoo and conditioning masks unite!

It was a wonder twins activate moment.

ends looking healthy

My scalp needed a good clean. I was using the Christophe Robin sea salt scrub because it pairs with everything and leaves my hair fabulous (It is also $53 to NatureLabs $17 scalp scrub). I ran out and have been waiting for a sale to stock back up. Thinking I could get the scrub in and really try out the mask I took them both to the shower. It was the best pairing.

Nature Lab really got down and deep into my scalp and cleaned everything out leaving my hair almost squeaky clean. Then Paradoxx brought in the deep conditioning. In addition, I found that the sample size of the Tokyo Lab Scalp scrub had about three uses in the jar, while the small tube of Paradoxx had three uses left in it. So rather than waiting a month to use up the two small samples, I used them for my weekly hair mask (I do a hair mask pretty much every Saturday). Usually I space out my scalp scrubs but I found that pairing it with the deep conditioning mask meant that I could use it once a week with no damage. And in fact not only was there no damage, but my hair felt healthier and more manageable with no tangles. The longer I used the paired masks the better my hair looked and performed.

The Nature Lab Clarifying mask cleansed my hair and scalp taking out the pollen and styling products (mostly anti frizz at the moment) and the Paradoxx Mask left my hair feeling like warm silk. On their own, both of these products are ones I like but add caveats to when I use. Together they are an unstoppable duo. Not only will I not be passing along the other two Paradoxx masks i have in my collection, but I have already ordered a full size of the NatureLab Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp scrub. For only $17 I am happy to keep it on hand. Sometimes all you need to do is find the right partner to make a good product fabulous.

Trying out the Invisidry Shampoo

In the summer time dry shampoo is a necessity for me. In the days before i had bangs I could tie my hair up and be generally okay, but once i added the bangs dry shampoo quickly became my friend.

In this department my best friend is the Klorane Nettle infused for dark hair. It is designed for oily hair and it works well with dark hair. while it will have a smidge of white, if you hold it too close to your head, it easily brushes out. For me that is one of the important factors. i don’t minds if a dry shampoo initially puts a little white into my hair, but it has to come out easily. I have tried a few where it would have saved time to just jump in the shower and do a full hair wash, condition and dry rather than try to get all of the white cast out.

This dry shampoo is Invisidry Shampoo from the brand Maria Nila. I have never heard of the brand and this travel size came in a subscription box. it is described as…

A light powder spray that quickly freshens up the hair and the scalp in between washes. Does not leave any trace in the hair, making it perfect to use on both blonde and darker hair. The Invisidry Shampoo has a fruity scent of passionfruit and apple.

Invisidry Shampoo Product Page
the oily mess

The travel sized bottle, which I have is 3.4 oz and retails for $22. The full size (8.5 oz) retails for $32.55. For comparison the Klorane Nettle infused is $20 for 3.2 oz. And since I test all dry shampoos against Klorane it is a fair comparison. I have been using this Invisidry for the past three weeks and for the most part the white cast it sprays is minimal. My hair does look a little on the gray side right after spraying, but the cast does brush out fairly easily.

sprayed with the invisidry, the white cast is gray and minimal

It does a good job taking out the oil and making my hair look less greasy. The trick is always how dry shampoo works with my bangs. If I am combing my bangs straight down without doing anything else the Invisidry is fine. Unfortunately my bangs are in need of a trim at the moment so they are a little long which means they don’t lie entirely flat. They sort of part a little bit. (I really do need to get them trimmed actually).This was a little bit of an issue with the Invisidry. If I combed my bangs straight down all was well. Anything else and the ends tended to feather weirdly (as though the hair was too dry to lie flat and needed to fly up) unless I put a little bit of leave in conditioner on my hands, rubbed them together and applied to the bangs.

combed out

And when i used it on the rest of my hair I also had a lot more fly aways than usual so smoothing a little leave in conditioner over the top of my hair was necessary too. Just use a very light touch. I occasionally during this test switched out the leave in conditioner with a little hair oil. Both need to be used sparingly. The two products I used were the Percy & Reed Wonder Balm and Moroccanoil’s Light Hair oil. I used about half a pea sized amount of each when I used them and rubbed my hands together to spread it in a thin layer on my hands before touching my hair and it worked well. I tend to skip the leave in conditioner and hair oils in the summer because the humidity here almost always makes may hair look greasy but i took both of these two out of winter storage. they are both light products and I recommend both of them highly, just use sparingly if you live in a humid environment.

With them my hair didn’t become too dry from the dry shampoo, but I think this formula might be a little drying. It did work well and with the oil and leave in conditioner (not at the same time but alternating – mainly because I only had a little of each left from this past winter’s use, both now need to be replaced) there weren’t any over drying issues.

For me the part i had the most issue with when using this Invisidry shampoo was the scent. The description claims that it is passion fruit and apple but it kind of reminds me of the cherry scented numbing agent my dentist uses just before he goes in with the Novocain. I had a hard time getting used to the scent. It is a good dry shampoo and even with the need for a hair oil backer I would probably use this again. Because of the scent i would probably not seek it out. If they had an unscented one i would be tempted by that one. So in the end it is a good dry shampoo, just watch out for over drying and be aware of the scent and it is a good product. Do I like it better than the Klorane nettle? No, but I wouldn’t mind using it again.

Using the Kenra Platinum Intense Fortifying Hair Masque

I love hair masks and I tend to use them once a week. Specifically Saturdays. It is my sort of weekend treat. Some masks recommend more than once a week treatment and The Kenra Platinum Intense Fortifying Masque is one that recommends two to three times a week. I have actually been using this mask on and off for a while. It has been an interesting hair mask to try out. First, let’s look at what the product page has to say about it.

Increase hair’s elasticity and suppleness with Kenra Professional Platinum Restorative Reconstructor. Deeply penetrate even the most damaged strands with this Keratin Amino Acid-enriched formula that strengthens the hair strand from within, targeting the cuticle at its core. By restoring broken hair bonds from within the strand, the Kenra Professional Platinum Restorative Reconstructor fortifies hair, improving elasticity, durability, smoothness and shine.

Over all not very outrageous claims for a hair mask to claim. I will say during the use of this hair mask, my hair has not had broken ends, it has had great shine and body and I have over all been very pleased with it. The scent is light and vaguely salon like. It also fades very quickly and is hardly noticeable. It is in general a really good hair mask.

However the interesting thing I have noticed is how it reacts with the shampoo I am using. In general when I use a hair mask of this sort, I let the mask replace my conditioner for that hair wash. I have used several different shampoo and conditioners since opening this hair mask, and to be honest, with most I felt the increased shine and body as I would expect but nothing else was very different. Then I used it with the Suave Smoothing shampoo. I posted the review of that last week and you can get the full review here if you’d like to read it.

In short (or what matters for this review) is that with the shampoo and conditioner set, the Suave worked well but didn’t last all that long, the effects fading before I next washed my hair. When I replaced my conditioner with the Kenra hair Mask, I hade the same effects of the smoothing shampoo, plus the effects of the hair mask and they lasted all the way until my next hair wash. This mask had the effect of extending the benefits of the shampoo it was paired with. Once I noticed this I tried it with a couple of other products I’d tried previously and while it is more noticible with the Suave, the effect was still there with the others.

Personally I think that is an added bonus. I’m not always a fan of Kenra products but this Intense Fortifying Masque I have to say got top marks from me.


Smoothing with Suave

One thing I have always liked about myself is my hair. While I often fight with my bangs to get them to do what I want them to do, over all, I like my hair. And I don’t mind spending the money to take care of it. There are several high end products that I love.

There are also some very good drug store ones. While I often review some of the more expensive items, it isn’t always the most expensive that make my favorites list. One of my all time favorite hair care products for detangling and heat protection is Mane Club’s One Hit Wonder which at full price costs only $8.

For me Suave is an interesting brand where hair care is concerned. Some of their products, I simply don’t care for and others work better than some pricier brands. For a long time the Suave Rosemary and Mint shampoo and conditioner set was my go to post workout as it refreshed as well as cleaned. It is still a product I return to often.

In general though I find Suave does best when it sticks to the formulas that are designed to accomplish a few simple goals. Some of their ‘fancier’ shampoos tend to try for too much. However when I saw this Keratin Infusion Smoothing Shampoo and conditioner set from Suave, I decided to take a chance and try it out. (Each product alone costs $3.98 at my local Target)

(There is always that one bit of hair that I slept on wrong…)

I chose it for two reasons. The first is that we have entered the humid season where my hair goals are all about taming the humidity induced frizz and not about building volume. The humidity tends to build it’s own volume. (Or squash my hair flat no matter what I do depending on the humidity levels. My favorite is when the humidity squashes everything flat but then still has hairs rising up from my head as though I am standing too near an electrical current).

The second reason I chose it was because it’s claims were straightforward and limited: ‘Gently cleanses hair while restoring lost keratin, Controls frizz for up to 48 hours when used with Keratin Infusion Conditioner, and is Powered By QuenchLock Technology to reduce breakage.’ – Suave

I’m not sure what exactly quenchlock technology is, but I do know that no Suave Shampoo has ever caused me problems with breakage. I expect all shampoo to clean hair so mostly this shampoo and conditioner set was a frizz control agent.

So into the shower the shampoo and conditioner went. There is virtually no scent to the product, which I am fine with. The shampoo goes on easily, lathered well and rinsed clean without stripping the hair. The conditioner went on, with the same not really there scent, and rinsed clean. For the first test I let it air dry and the second I did use my hair dryer, but i did use a heat protectant spray (the above mentioned Mane Club).

I was very impressed with the way it smoothed my fly aways and smoothed my hair. I also had a lot of body so it wasn’t as if the shampoo and conditioner weighed anything down in an effort to smooth it. In addition, my hair felt silky soft.

In general I wash my hair every other day. I will, if I have been sweating, rinse my hair in between and if it looks a little greasy then I will use dry shampoo in between. Here’s the thing. With this Suave Keratin Infusion Smoothing Shampoo and conditioner set my hair remained smooth he next day, but it did look more greasy than normal. This is not terribly surprising as I’ve had this happen before with both suave and a lot of drug store brands.

They work well, but they don’t seem to work as well for as long as some of the pricier brands. Admittedly this isn’t true for all of them, I have had several expensive brands that are out performed by Suave. However with this, the smoothing may remain for the full 48 hours it promises, but to keep my hair looking fabulous for those full 48 hours, I needed to roll in the dry shampoo on the second day.

Which is not a heart break. I restocked my Klorane Dry Shampoo for the summer because this is it’s season of glory. And even though I was a little disappointed in how fast my hair became greasy on the second day, at this time of year i am willing to give them a bit of a pass because of the way they controlled the frizz. The frizz control lasted between the washes and that was the main point of this shampoo and conditioner set. It let me wash my hair on a Monday night, look fantastic Tuesday and then by noon on Wednesday I needed the dry shampoo. Which over all is pretty good. If you are looking for a good smoothing shampoo and conditioner set to help you beat the frizz this summer, I would highly recommend looking into the Suave Keratin Infused Smoothing Shampoo. You will still need a heat protectant for hot tools and dry shampoo for summer sweat touch ups, but it is a great frizz control formula for not a lot of money.

The Daily: May 26th, 2022

Today my darlings, I was sabotaged. The started off fabulously. I awoke after an actual good night’s sleep. I remembered that I needed to get up early and get my walk in first thing. I even checked the air quality stats and weather reports. Partly cloudy with rain later this afternoon.

Perfect. I double checked my sunscreen, put on my walking shoes and out the door I went.

The first half of my walk was fine. The clouds prevented the sun from a murderous attack but it was still warm enough that I had worked up quite the sweat. By the time I walked the length of the trail and was ready to turn around and come back, I was sweat coated and thinking longingly of the shower and fresh clothing. The sun may not have been as broiling behind the screen of clouds, but the humidity was high so the sweat was inevitable. It was like being in a sauna you couldn’t really escape.

But I finished half the walk and turned around in high spirits. A few steps into the return trip, the wind picked up and my spirits faltered. The wind kicked up and I could literally see great yellow clouds of pollen being blown out of the trees. Much of it fell on the pathway. It was very much like the trees decided to throw confetti on my one woman parade. Because of the sweat, it stuck. By the time I got home I looked like I was rolled in yellow dust. Seriously if you have ever added too much turmeric to flour when preparing a flour dredge for chicken, that is sort of what I looked like. Minus the flour.

I stripped in the laundry room and post shower I vacuumed the floor of the laundry room. So today became more about eliminating the pollen coat then about adding makeup. So I thought that in the wake of runny eyes and a beet red dripping nose, I would talk to you about the products I did use today.

First up, we have the Advil Sinus Congestion and Pain tablets. At the moment these are my go to sinus tabs. They knock out all of my symptoms without making me feel drowsy. It still makes me feel like there is a cheese cloth between me and the rest of the world, but it is just a slight mental haze that I can still work through.

The Soda Stream is there to rehydrate after sweating buckets and to wash out any pollen that I might have taken in. I can’t do anything about my nose and lungs, but it makes me feel good to wash my throat clear with carbonated bubbles.

For my hair, which locked in the pollen in every strand, I went with the Christope Robin Cleansing Purifying scalp scrub with Sea salt in place of my shampoo. The salt gets deep down through the hair and scrubs the scalp clean without being too harsh and the foam this product produces is thick and luxurious. I actually used the last of this scalp scrub in today’s shower. It is hands down one of my favorite scalp scrubs and today it was amazing. This jar is now empty but I will be reordering it probably later this afternoon. I usually pick it up on either the Skinstore site They have memorial day sales going on so this is one product I will be adding to my sales purchases.

Since I replaced my shampoo with scalp scrub, I went ahead and replaced my conditioner with the Kendra Platinum Intense fortifying hair masque. I’ve been using this a couple of times a week for the past week and this far it has been a really good hair mask. I don’t always like Kendra products, but this one is definitely a winner. It leaves my hair feeling soft and easy to manage. Of the Kendra products it is my favorite and the one I will reach for repeatedly. I think it is also currently on sale with Lovely Skin’s Memorial Day sales if you are looking to add a hair mask to your collection.

I also used my Honey Pot, because it is standard for my bathing and at this point i reach for it automatically in every shower. Ladies, if you haven’t tried this, you are missing out. It is a fantastic product to add you your line up. I picked it out just to try and see how it performed and have since repurchased this every time i get low on product. It is plant based feminine care and perfectly ph balanced to keep you fresh and clean. I can not recommend this highly enough for any woman. It is not about fixing a problem it is about self care. I am not an affiliate in any way, just a big fan.

While the packaging for the Daily Concerns Daily Body scrubber is in the above photo, I did take a picture of it before I took it to use in the shower. It has a nice sponge inside which hold a lot of the product so you can actually use less as the product comes out as you use it and the exterior is nicely exfoliating on the body. It isn’t that harsh an exfoliation, but you still might want to switch to a mesh body scrubber for your delicate bits. It may not be too harsh for the skin, but it is a bit too exfoliating for certain areas. This was my first use of it and I think I will get a lot of use out of it, it just won’t be replacing my regular mesh scrubbie.

And with this sort of exfoliating scrubber I really like to use a moisturizing body wash. Todays was the Olay Fresh Outlast Orchid and Black Currant Body Wash. Generally if I am not testing out a body wash, this is my standard. It provides a nice level of moisture which is always good for my skin, without becoming slimy as some moisturizing body washes can get. It was especially important to use a moisturizing body wash after the exfoliation of the body scrubber.

And of course post shower I vacuumed the floor of the laundry rom and porch where I entered the house, turned on the air purifier to high to clear out the remaining particles and then scrubbed off the yellow ring of pollen left in the bathtub after I washed it from my body. So needless to say, today did not go as planned. However I now have a very clean bathroom, and I am clean myself. In addition, may hair feels quite amazingly clean all the way down to the scalp. Even if it does mean hat I realized my hair color has faded and more grays are poking through than I realized.

That just means it is time to reach for the root touch up and to pick out another hair dye color to try. I rather like the darker color so I think I will be sticking in the darker range. I had fun with the reds, but I think the darker color might actually suit me better. Something to contemplate while I reach for the root touch up and get back to work. Settling back into my desk I notice the computer is now flashing a Pollen High notice at me in bright red. You know, just in case I missed it. Sigh. I hope your day runs a bit more smoothly than mine. Ah, the joys of spring.

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Function of Beauty for Wavy Hair

Some of you are looking at the above bottles and thinking, those don’t look quite like the pictures on the Function of Beauty website. And you’d be right. For those of you who have never heard of the brand before, Function of Beauty is a fully customizable hair care brand. You go onto their website, take a quiz about your hair and your hair’s needs. You then get to choose your hair goals, scent and color and they make up a personalized batch of shampoo and conditioner for you. I believe they also have body care elements as well. I have seen a lot of people who are over the moon with the products and they have been on my list to try out for a while.

However, this is not that.

Oh, it is the same brand, just a little different.

I ran out of shampoo and conditioner and went to Target. Usually I have a shampoo and conditioner waiting in the wings for when I finish my current bottle. It isn’t that i am stockpiling it, I just tend to not remember I am almost out until I go to dispense some product and find the bottle empty. It is easier to reach into the linen closet for the spare pair then to wail fruitless ly at the shower head and hope that a simple rinsing will keep me from looking like a grease ball until i can pick up a new set. so usually I have the back up waiting and then on my next store run I replace the back up.

It’s my system.

washed and air dried

Except that my system took a knock somewhere and I didn’t have a back up. I did have a small hotel shampoo (my babydoll takes them from every hotel he visits, puts them in a basket in the closet and then forgets them. I use them when I run out or the basket gets full.

which is a long way to say i went to target and was surprised to find the Function of Beauty products sitting on the shelf. They had three varieties: Strait, Wavy and curly hair. I went for the wavy option. It clearly isn’t as wide a range in the store as I suspect it would be if you went through the full customization on line, but i liked the three categories. The Shampoo has fermented rice water in it to help with elasticity and the conditioner has argan oil which helps with shine. The scent is fresh and lightly floral for both.

close up

Quite honestly I like being able to try the brand in the less expensive store format before going in for the fully customizable option. It lets me know if their formula works well for my hair. and you know? It did. My hair felt clean, bit not stripped and I had a great healthy shine to it. During the course of this shampoo and conditioner use, I didn’t need to use a detangler at all and my hair was full of body. (I still used a heat protectant spray, and yes I use the Mane Club’s One hit wonder which is technically both a heat protectant and a detangler, but when I let my hair dry naturally I didn’t use it so i could see if i did need it, which I didn’t.)

I was actually quite pleased with this shampoo and conditioner set. At Target each of the shampoos and conditioners are $9.99. When I went to look up the price on line i saw that there are now other Function of Beauty products available as well. They have hair boosters that can help with strengthening, fighting frizz or simply growing longer healthier hair. I love the fact that you can try these out in such an easy way before committing to a reorderable regime from the brand. I will certainly be repurchasing this set again, trying out the boosters and when I do get around to trying the individualized formula, I will feel more comfortable with the shampoo and the brand. And yes, I definitely want to try out the individualized one and see how it compares tot the version available at target. It will be interesting to see how the store formula varies. But that is a test for another day. As for this test, Function of Beauty functioned impressively.

Mother’s Day: Chi Mother’s Day Bundles

Let’s face it, hair is often abused in the name of style. It is dried, curled, flattened, twisted and tied up. It is used and abused and often needs just a little TLC. Often called the crowning gory it sometimes needs a little help to shine.

This Mother’s day Chi has you covered. They have bundles that will have your mother’s (or yours) tresses looking tip top for spring. And you can even get 25% off with the code CHIMOM. While they have several available here are my two favorites.

The first of these bundles is the Chi Infra-Thermal Care Kit bundled with the Original Digital Ceramic Hair Styling Iron in Ruby red. I actually picked up this Infra Thermal Care Kit during the black Friday sales. It includes the CHI Infra Treatment 6 fl. oz., CHI Silk Infusion 6 fl. oz., and the CHI Infra Shampoo 6 fl. oz.

The shampoo not only lathered nicely and cleans the hair without tripping but it removed a lot of build up other products left on my hair. The Infra Treatment was the most amazing conditioner and gave my hair body and shine. Then there is the silk infusion.

I routinely buy the silk infusion on it’s own. A little drop put on your hands and added to wert hair is fantastic. it made my hair feel like silk. There were no tangles, no snags and it just made my hair look and feel amazing. And when the central heating caused my hair to be a little dry over the winter I just put a tiny bit on my hands and ran my hands over the top of my hair and it smoothed down frizz and fly aways.

This set comes with the Original Digital Ceramic hair styling Iron in Ruby red. This is a really good flat iron. It was large enough for me to use with long hair. I could use it both to flatten and curl my hair and the digital read let me know that I wasn’t getting too hot and risking frying my hair. As I am not always the best gauge of that I really appreciated the digital numbers. they were easy to read and really helped keep me in check.

I actually lost this flat iron because it was packed in luggage that got lost. I was more upset about it than the clothes in the suitcase actually. I’ve been trying other tools lately and missing it more and more to be honest. I am debating between reordering it and ordering the Chi Spin and Curl in Rose Gold.

I have never used the Chi Spin and Curl but it just looks like it would be absolutely fantastic fun to try out. I just find it mesmerizing. If I do end up picking it up I will most certainly review it for you. And actually this might be the time.

The Chi Spin and Curl in Rose Gold is bundled with the Biosilk Irresistible Trio for this second Mother’s Day bundle. The Trio kit includes: 1 BioSilk Silk Therapy Irresistible Original 5.64 fl. oz., 1 BioSilk Silk Therapy Irresistible Shampoo 7 fl. oz., and1 BioSilk Silk Therapy Irresistible Conditioner 7 fl. oz.

I have used the Biosilk Shampoo and conditioner and really enjoyed them. I have not tried the therapy but it is described as having a ‘Jasmine & Honey Scent is a weightless leave-in silk replenishing and reconstructing treatment that helps repair, smooth and protect all hair types.’

And really that sounds pretty good to me. While I haven’t tried the Biosilk treatment, I have used the other two items in the bundle and several other Biosilk products over the years and my hair has always loved them. It is a very good line of hair care products. This Jasmine and Honey scent is light but not overpowering. The honey actually balances the floral so neither is overpowering. The scent is strongest in the shower, but as your hair dries the scent fades to a very light barely there scent.

This mother’s day if you are looking for hair care themed bundles , these might be two that you want to look into. As for me, in addition to gift giving it might be time for me to decide if I want to replace my super fabulous Chi Flat iron or if I want to try out the Spin and Curl. Decisions decisions…

Trying out the Murumuru Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner from Natura

I’ll be honest, I’ve had this set of samples for a few months now. The Murumuru Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner set came in a subscription box (look Fantastic I believe, maybe Glossy Box). And I have been somewhat hesitant to try them. Not because of the product. I’ve tried several hair care products from Natura and I loved them all. But I did try a shampoo and conditioner set that looked nearly identical to this and I had issues with the bottle (loved the product though).

I’m sure this isn’t the case with the full sized, for scale reasons if nothing else, but the samples from Naturea are really quite a pain because of the containers. They look nice, I will give you that. The bottles are very sturdy plastic which doesn’t really like squeezing and the thin neck sort of traps the product. So I put off trying this sample. However, I decided it was finally time.

This shampoo and conditioner set had enough product for three uses and as I wash my hair every other day, that pretty much gave me a week’s worth of uses. When testing out a shampoo and conditioner, I like to skip other products so that I am just evaluating them. So for the past week I have avoided any detanglers and any leave in conditioners. Basically, these were my sole hair care products. Because I am avoiding other products I also avoided hot tools since I am not using a heat protector. The first night I used the shampoo and conditioner I let my hair dry naturally. The second time I used my hair dryer on a cool setting and the third time I went to bed with my hair still wet.

The Murumuru Shampoo and Conditioner performed the same with my hair regardless. My hair was clean but not stripped by the shampoo and well nourished but not weighed down by the conditioner. My hair had good body and shine throughout, but didn’t look overly greasy on the days between washes. In addition, there was almost no frizz in my hair, and considering the temperatures and humidity have both risen quite a lot recently, that was an amazing feat.

I was very impressed that I had no tangles. Whether I let my hair dry naturally or used the hair dryer, I was able to get a thin toothed comb through my hair without encountering any snarls or knots. I did recently have about four inches knocked off the length of my hair so a lot of the dry dead stuff was gone, but I still found it rather impressive. It was nice not to need a detangling spray.

this was going to bed with my hair wet and waking up with just a quick comb through first thing in the morning.

The scent of the shampoo and conditioner were both quite pleasant. In the shower there was a nice herbal but slightly spicy (in a nutmeg, allspice kind of spicy not a habanero sort of way) note to them. I couldn’t identify it but as it probably comes from the murumuru butter for which the shampoo and conditioner are named, I’m guessing that was it. It did come across with the herbal and spice notes which I really enjoyed in the shower so I might be looking for that scent in other things. The scent really only lasted in the shower though. It was gone by the time I turned off the water and reached for my towel.

Again, I also like that. While I don’t mind being surrounded by different scents in the shower, I do like leaving most of them there so that they don’t compete with my post bath products. also I think that if you have issues with a lot of scent, these are light enough not to cause you issues.

But what about those bottles that had me putting off trying out the Murumuru Shampoo and Conditioner?

Yeah, they were a pain.

There are no two ways about it, that is a bad design for a shampoo and even worse for a conditioner due to the thicker consistency of the product. I propped the samples up in my shower upside down to make it easier to use. The small caps almost went down the drain a couple of times, but i managed to rescue them. The fill size bottle has the same shape as the samples. Perhaps it works better in the full size than it does in the sample.

To be honest, I would be willing to give it a try in the full size. Even though it is designed for curly or wavy hair, I loved the way it took down my frizz and made my hair more manageable even without a detangling spray. Because of this and because I know I tend to be frizzy most of the summer, I would be willing to give this a full sized trial of the Murumuru Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner. And if the bottles make dispensing the product difficult, I can always either store them upside down or break out my travel shampoo and conditioner containers and transfer the product into new bottles. I think the product would actually be worth the trouble.