Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo-So Fresh and So Clean-Clean

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I have champagne taste on a beer budget, and right now my budget is definitely on the beer side.  Ever since losing my job at the beginning of October, I have had to shift the types of beauty products I buy, because I have to budget better.  I have been in need of purchasing a clarifying shampoo for a while, and my first choice is usually Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo.  There’s no way I am spending so much on shampoo right now, so I had to find an alternative.

I was in Wamart yesterday, and came across Neutrogena Shampoo Anti-Residue Formula for just under $5.  I decided, what the heck, why not try it?  Neutrogena is a great brand and usually has high quality products.

This is what it looks like on the store shelf, in case you are interested in picking it up.

This is what it looks like on the store shelf, in case you are interested in picking it up.

I used the shampoo last night, and blow dried and styled my hair, and it felt soft, smooth, and CLEAN!  The directions say to use this once a week, and I will be making Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo a part of my weekly routine.  I absolutely recommend this shampoo if you are looking for a less expensive alternative to a higher-end clarifying shampoo.

Do you spare no expense when it comes to beauty?  Any shampoo dupes you recommend?

Let’s Talk About Hair!-History, Science, and I’m Getting a Haircut Today

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I was two years old in this pic. Tell me my hair hasn’t always been there for me. 🙂

My hair has always been a huge part of my identity.  In primary school, I was always “Andrea With the Long Hair.”

The first thing I did when I turned 18, and could make my own decisions about my hair?  I chopped it.  Now every 5 or so years I get this major impulse to chop and start anew.  I go from waist-length hair to shoulder length hair, and usually with no regrets.

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I hate when people say, “You’ll regret it!”  but I also hate when people say, “It’s just hair!”  It’s not just hair.  I have a family member very close to me who has Alopecia, and makes the decision to wear wigs.  Whenever I am ready to do my chop, I know it is hard for her to see me cut my hair with such reckless abandon.

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Fall 2013

When did people start identifying themselves by their hair?  Women are pressured to keep our hair long, make sure our roots are died, and don’t forget we need to style it to perfection daily.  Even Ancient Egyptian women were using hair dye, wigs, and hair extensions to keep up appearances.

I met a woman at a party recently with a haircut similar to this but even shorter, and she was the most confident and self assured woman in the room.

I met a woman at a party recently with a haircut similar to this, but even shorter, and she was the most confident and self assured woman in the room.

We humans lost our fur 2.5-3 million years ago, so you would think by now, we could do whatever we wanted with the hair we have left, without any societal pressures.

The scientific reason long hair is attractive to both males and females, is that it is a sign of health, longevity, and reproductive health.  Those who have short, thin, or balding hair, are seen to be less virile and healthy.

Looks healthy to me!

Looks healthy to me!

For men, short hair is seen as a conformity to society, while long hair is seen as a sign of antiestablishmentarianism.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, short hair on women is usually seen as someone who goes against the grain, and long hair is a sign that she has conformed to society ideals.

On a side note: Contrary to popular belief, America's Founding Father did not wear a wig.

On a side note: Contrary to popular belief, America’s Founding Father did not wear a wig.

As progressive as we in the developed world think we are, we still fall under these ideals and pressures when it comes to hair and appearance.

Cut your hair!  Don’t cut your hair!  The decision shouldn’t matter to anyone else but you.  Your style, makeup, and hair decisions should be based on what makes YOU feel your best and most confident.

This topic is on my mind today, because I do have a hair appointment after work, and I am in a time in my life where I need something new and fresh, and hair is always a good place to start.  I have been thinking of doing the chop, but also thinking of the pressure from family, friends, and society to keep my hair long and growing.

What will I do?  I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

What are your thoughts on hair?

Does Your Hair Hold Static in The Colder Months?

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My hair is thick, curly and frizzy naturally, and I keep it flat ironed almost exclusively.  While my slick straight hair works mostly year round where I live, the slightly colder months leave me looking like I rubbed a balloon through my hair.

There is a whole scientific explanation as to why your hair gets static in cold weather, but the simple explanation is that the lack of moisture in your hair contributes to static.  If you want to know more, GOOGLE IT!

Over time, I have used different beauty hacks to try to tame the static, and they usually do not work.

This little girl is totally going to get hair static.  At least she will smell good.

This little girl is totally going to get hair static. At least she will smell good.

I’ve tried the dyer sheet trick.  While it left my hair smelling lovely, it did nothing to tame my strands.  I’ve recently read that instead of rubbing the dryer sheet directly on your hair, you can rub it on your pillowcase before sleeping, or rub against the bristles of your brush…  I’m skeptical.

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I’ve tried spraying the ends of my hair with Moroccan Oil before leaving home, and while it does wonderful things to my hair while blow drying, it still doesn’t stop the static!

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What has worked for me in the past is using a shampoo and conditioner that are a little heavier like Davines Oi Collection.  Oi contains roucou oil (also known as annatto or achiote) which helps repair damaged hair, and also protect against UV rays.  This shampoo and conditioner weren’t great for me during the summer months, because my hair doesn’t need any extra oil during that time, but during the cooler months, this will work really well in making sure my straight styled strands stay in place. You can snag it here davines,com or a Davines friendly salon.

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Avoid synthetic fabrics.

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Avoid plastic combs and brushes.  Use natural bristle brushes, and wooden combs in the winter months.

Oh yeah, and if Family Guy ever taught us anything, DON’T SHUFFLE YOUR FEET ON THE CARPET! 🙂

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Do you deal with static hair in the Winter months?  Do you have any tried and true hair hacks?

Ugh! Coconut Oil For The Hair *Sigh*

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Today I was in the zone.  The house cleaning zone.  When I’m doing a deep clean of my house, I try to multitask, and part of my multitasking today was letting coconut oil sit in my hair and moisturize while I cleaned.

Badddddd idea.  

I get that coconut oil works great for some people, it did nothing for me.  As soon as I applied it to my hair I knew it was going to be a bad idea.  The smell of the coconut oil did not mesh well with my body chemistry and just smelled terrible.

Since I assaulted my hair with my homemade sea salt spray the other day, I thought that it would be a good idea to add some moisture back in.  

My hair before the coconut oil treatment.  This is having slept on it in a claw clip.

My hair before the coconut oil treatment. This is having slept on it in a claw clip.

 

Just applied the coconut oil, already regretting that decision.

Just applied the coconut oil, already regretting that decision.

After applying the coconut oil, I rolled my hair into a claw clip, added a little heat from the blow dryer, and snapped on a shower cap. After letting the coconut oil sit in my hair for a while, I took a long shower, washed my hair multiple times, and let it air dry.

After air drying for a while, I decided to style my hair as I normally do.  I have naturally thick and curly hair, and I normally flat iron it straight.  

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After flat ironing: Gross-ness

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I am super unhappy with the results.  My hair is still heavy and oily at the roots after washing it multiple times.  When I wash and style my hair normally, I usually add Argan Oil to the bottom half of my hair and then heat style and it works out nicely for me.  The coconut oil is just too heavy and did not make a difference in how my hair feels, so the trouble wasn’t worth it for me.  

After styling.  It is hard to tell in the picutre, but my hair is super oily at the roots and heavy,  Not flowy at all  I guarantee if I went outside in the heat, my hair would become an even oilier mess!

After styling. It is hard to tell in the picutre, but my hair is super oily at the roots and heavy, Not flowy at all I guarantee if I went outside in the heat, my hair would become an even oilier mess!

However, coconut oil treatment will work for someone who has really dry hair and scalp.  Since I tend to get oily at my roots two days after washing, I did not need the extra moisturizing.  I will stick to my normal routine.  

 

Have you used coconut oil on your hair or skin?  Is there a lighter homemade hair treatment you suggest?  Will you be washing your hair two days in a row like me?  

Happy Saturday night!

My DIYs Turn Into WTFs-Homemade Sea Salt Spray

In the Pinterest-ed world we live in now, everyone is going do-it-yourself crazy.  I’m lazy and not one to be vested in D.I.Y. projects but I figured I would take one for the team on this.  I have been wanting a sea salt spray for quite some time, but since I don’t typically wear my hair any way but straight, I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of cash on that type of hair product. 

As with any current D.I.Y. project, my search landed me on Pinterest.  I chose the easiest recipe I could find, and went for it.  

Sea Salt Spray for Beachy Waves:

  • 8 ounces warm water
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon leave-in conditioner
  • 1 tablespoon strong hold gel 

Instructions:  mix warm water and sea salt, until salt is dissolved.  Mix in conditioner and gel.  Pour into spray bottle. 

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This recipe was simple and easy.  I would have used a different conditioner though, because Lush R&B smells strongly of patchouli and that didn’t go mesh with the heavy fresh scent of the Garnier gel. 

The spray was a little sticky upon application, and left my bathroom floor sticky as well.  It did give me results, my hair was easily scrunchable and had a cute wavy look, but nothing I couldn’t have achieved with mousse, hairspray, or spray gel. 

This spray made my hair feel dry, and my scalp itched from the salt.

Beach Waves?

Beach Waves?

Is it worth it to make?  Yes.  If you have the items laying around the house and want to give yourself something to do?  Make it.  If you love the scent of your leave in conditioner and want to make a spray gel out of it?  Make it.  Otherwise, just buy some mousse or spray gel from the store for 3 bucks. 

Any other beauty D.I.Y. projects I should try?  Do you like D.I.Y. beauty?