Time for You to Try Plant-Based Hair Care
Many of us have now moved to a vegan diet, or at least embraced more plant-based foodstuffs, whether for health, ethical or environmental reasons.
So it’s no surprise that there’s also been an explosion of new plant-based and vegan hair products onto the market recently, and to help you find out more, I’ve looked into 4 of the most interesting new brands:
- Navy Hair Care
- Gemma Haircare
- Better Not Younger
emerge is a new hair care line which debuted in January 2020, created specifically with young Gen Z women of color in mind – a “clean beauty brand for next generation naturalistas.”
As a curly girl myself, I’m always interested to investigate new products that claim to work with, not against, my kinks and curls!
However, I quickly discovered that the brand is owned by Unilever and is retailed exclusively through Target in the US. If that doesn’t sit with your values, it might not be the brand for you.
Although the products claim to be clean with no nasties and are powered by plant-based ingredients, it’s hard to tell whether the range is 100% vegan or not. So be sure to scrutinize the ingredients carefully
One of the 6 products in the range is It's Knot Happening Sulfate Free Shampoo.
Made with almond milk and fair-trade shea butter, its aim is to give you hydrated, frizz-free, defined curls. All emerge products currently retail at under $10.
Navy Hair Care
Navy Hair Care Products are manufactured in the US, not tested on animals, and are sulfate, mineral oil and paraben free.
Some of their product range is vegan-friendly, but check the product descriptions carefully, as only those that specifically state that they are vegan can be guaranteed not to contain any animal derivatives.
One of the vegan products in the Navy Hair Care range is the nautically named Search and Rescue shampoo.
It combines Pro-Vitamin B5 with Panthenol for shine, heat protection, and to prevent breakage before it starts, and also includes added Vitamins A, C and E and Rosemary.
Navy Hair Care’s products don’t come cheap, so if you’re on a budget you might do better to look elsewhere. And if you’re looking for a product that is definitely vegan, do check the packaging first!
NAVY HAIR CARESearch and Rescue Shampoo
Gemma Haircare is a start up from early 2019 and takes a prescriptive approach to haircare.
They make the bold claim that with Gemma, you'll have good hair days 365 days a year! But how does it work?
On their website, you’re encouraged to answer a quiz about questions such as your most concerning hair problems and how often you wash your hair.
You’re then given a customized range of products to suit your hair type and the option to subscribe to regular deliveries. Gemma products are free of parabens, dyes, and sulfates, and are not tested on animals, although you’ll need to check the ingredients lists carefully as they do not make direct claims about their products being 100% vegan.
I was matched with Shampoo Formula 6, which contains Glycerin, along with Coconut, Avocado and Camellia Japonica Seed Oils, which aims to hydrate, moisturize and protect hair from drying out – real concerns for a curly girl like me.
It’s not the cheapest option out there, and you may find yourself tied into a subscription, so make sure you know what you’re signing up for.
Better Not Younger
Better Not Younger is a haircare brand founded by Sonsoles Gonzales, a hair industry veteran in her 50s, specially aimed at women over 40 to tackle issues caused by aging hair.
All their products are paraben-free, sulfate-free and cruelty-free. Like Gemma Hair Care, Better Not Younger take a prescriptive approach and ask you to complete a quiz about subjects such as whether you color your hair or are affected by frizz or fly-aways.
So I took the quiz…. Here comes the confession… yes, I admit it, I am over 40 (it’s our little secret)!
One of my recommended products was the Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque, containing Vitamin E, Natural Mango, Macadamia, Avocado, Cupuaçu, and Murumuru butters for brittle, dull, unmanageable hair.
Is the whole range vegan? Nearly…all their products are vegan except for the Power Within Skin & Scalp Collagen Gummies which contain marine collagen.
Better Not YoungerHair Redemption Butter Masque
Give Plant-Based Hair Care a Try!
There’s a whole host of new hair products on the market to try right now for all budgets, but be careful when you’re selecting products, as sometimes only selected ranges are 100% vegan and free of animal products. Enjoy with a clean conscience and an almond milk latte!
BYE BYE STATIC👋
Frizz and fly-aways happen to the best of us. No matter how often we moisturize our hair during the winter, escaping static electricity seems impossible. To better understand how to tame your hair static, you need to know a little bit more about what causes it. So, What Causes Hair Static? Static electricity is created when two objects rub against each other. This swap causes a kind of electric charge to build up on your hair. If there is humidity in the air, the charge can usually just go away on its own.🙏🏼 There’s many ways one can get rid of fly-aways and hair static…You can use hair oils, leave-in conditioners, there’s even some anti-frizz, anti-static hair products you can use. However, I have found a way that works best for me. I got this idea from celebrity hair stylist, Jen Atkin (founder and owner of OUAI). She says that one of the best ways to get rid of fly-aways and hair static is by using a blush brush and hairspray. I have very thick, curly and frizzy hair naturally. My fly-aways and static appear on either side of my parting and they normally appear straight after I wash and straighten my hair. All I want is a sleek smooth look, but these fly-aways always get in the way.🙄 #Sorbet - Flexible and Shine Hairspray[products]#[FiveStars] I use the Flexible and Shine Hairspray from Sorbet. I love this product because it keeps everything in place but doesn’t harden your hair (that’s the worst). I spray this hairspray onto a plain old (no name brand) blush brush, and slowly stroke down the strands of hairs that are static. This really does work like a bomb. You do have to go over the strands a couple of times until all of them are sleek and smoothed down. There’s my little trick of the day. Try it out and let me know if this hack works for you! Paula x
AMONG US MAKEUP PRODUCT LIST
I’ve been asked multiple times by my awesome TikTok community to do a makeup look inspired by the popular video game, Among Us. I wanted to create an avant-garde version of their intro screen and promo posters, where the lil astronauts were all in space. Then I added all the colors mixed into a rectangular block on my face to match how the characters look. Being inspired by something popular doesn’t mean you have to give up on your aesthetic ❤️ If you want to see how I applied everything, check out my tiktok tutorial @cindychendesigns! GET THE LOOK: @makeuprevolution REVOLUTION - Book of Spells Love Spells Eyeshadow Palette* REVOLUTION - Book of Spells Curses and Hexes Eyeshadow Palette @bhcosmetics bh - Take Me Back to Brazil 35 Color Pressed Pigment Palette @neshailashes New Colored 25mm 3D lashes (Yellow)* @ccbeauty_us 12 Flash Color Cases (White) @officialsnazaroo Face Paint (Blue, Black, White) *gifted Edited with @lightroom and @photoshop
COLLAGEN— THE SECRET TO WRINKLE-FREE SKIN?!
I’ve always heard/been told that once you hit 25 you need to start incorporating collagen into your daily routine. Our bodies natural collagen production begins to decline and adding it or collage- boosting products can help to keep plump, wrinkle-free skin. I am under 25 but that doesn’t mean that I can't still benefit from collagen products. Collagen What is it: Collagen is a protein found in your body that provides it’s structure including the skin, hair and nails. Collagen decline: Many factors decline collagen production including: •age (typically after 25) •sugar/refined carbs •excess sun exposure •smoking How to boost collagen production: Fortunately there are many ways to boost collagen production. Including foods, supplements, and skin care. This can either be incorporated directly from the source (collagen) or by the collagen-boosting foods. Collagen foods: •bone broth •egg whites •fish •lean meat •spirulina Collagen-boosting foods: •vitamin C; such as citrus fruits, broccoli •zinc; such as certain cereals, breads •manganese; such as leafy green vegetables and teas •copper; such as nuts and shellfish Supplemnets: Supplements are an easy way to incorporate collagen into the body. They can be incorporated into foods or drinks making it practical for everyday use. Some forms of supplements include: •gelatin •collagen pills •collagen peptide/protein powders •marine collagen Skincare: If you are using a skincare product this claims to have pure collagen in it, it may not be as beneficial as you’d like it to be. That is because collagen in it’s pure form may be to hard to penetrate through the skin and will leave you with no benefits. When choosing skincare products for collagen, its best to chose products that claim to boost collagen production. These products will contain ingredients mentioned above such as vitamin-c and even retinols. A product that I use that boosts collagen production with the help of active marine plant extracts is: ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream — $128 Key Ingredients: •Padina Pavonica: A unique Mediterranean algae with proven outstanding anti-aging benefits (aids in the production of collagen) •Mimosa: An anti-inflammatory, toning and astringent. It has a pleasing, delicate aroma •Rose: A natural fragrance component with nurturing and calming properties -Ulta.com What is it: Hydrating, wrinkle cream that helps firm the skin. How I use: This cream is intended for day use but I find it way to thick to use during the day. I like to use this cream at night as a moisturizer to seal in all of my other creams and serums. I apply all over my face and neck. Results/Recommendations: Like previously stated, this cream is very thick. I’m prefer lightweight creams over thicker ones. This cream is not irritating and did not cause any side affects for my sensitive skin. However I did not see any dramatic differences for the amount of money the product cost. I feel as if other products work better but I do like that it aids in collagen production. I personally would not repurchase. If you are worried about wrinkles or are interested in living a healthier lifestyle, I would recommend for you to think about incorporating ways to boost your collagen production. This can either be through quitting bad habits such as smoking, making better food choices, or incorporating collagen supplements/skincare into your daily routine. Lastly, if you are a vegetarian, etc. it is good to know that there are plenty of plant-based options available. #CheriePartner
Create A Subtle Cat Eye Using Lash Extensions💕
This post is dedicated to those of you who don’t want or can’t use a lash strip! If you have a subtle eyeshadow look, a great way to enhance your natural eyeshape is to use individual lash extensions! It’ll give you that your lash but better look and create a charming “atmosphere” around the eye. You don’t have to be a lash artist to do it. All you need is some classic lash glue and individual lashes from a place like LASHIFY - AMPLIFY GOSSAMER LASHES For this eyelook, I created a Demi lash towards the outer corner. A Demi lash is essentially a lash that is about 1/3rd long of a normal strip lash. Starting for the end of the outer corner I used three individual lashes beginning with a 14mm size at the outermost corner. Next would be a 12mm and a finally a 10mm. You can see the difference it makes in the first photo vs the second. In the second photo, I just have mascara, whereas the first photo I have the 3 individual lashes! Tips: 1. Curl and put on your mascara BEFORE you put on the individual lashes. The mascara will provide a sturdy base for the individual lashes to attach to. 2. Use a tweezer to assist with your application and attach the lash to your lash line. DO NOT put it directly on the waterline because this will cause irritation. You do want to be close to it though! 3. I use the lash glue from house of lashes. It’s comfortable and not clumpy. Place the glue on the individual lash like you would normally would on a strip lash. You only need A LITTLE bit of glue. Placing too much will cause difficulty in sticking and it’ll get all over your lashes. Another glue you could use or try is the DUO - DUO Brush-on Adhesive Enjoy your flirty “natural” lashes 💕😄
Hair Growth Remedies You Need To Know
We all crave long luscious locks, right? I know I do. Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with Rapunzel-like hair. Hair growth depends on several factors, including diet, environment, and genetic history. However, some remedies can help keep strands healthy, ultimately allowing them to grow long and strong. I’m sharing my favorite hair growth hacks that I swear by. About My Hair: I personally have very dry, long, curly hair. I tend to get a lot of breakage because of heat styling and occasional chemical treatments (highlights). My biggest hair concern is keeping my hair and scalp healthy. My Go-To Hair Growth Products: Biotin: I take 1 biotin pill every day. While this may not be suitable for all (always ask your doctor first), I did get an OK from my doctor to take them. I do think they really make a difference. I’ve tried a bunch of biotin brands before, and these seem to work best for my hair. Plus, they're pretty inexpensive. You get a 3-month supply for under $20. These are made with coconut oil as well, which helps keep hair hydrated. Briogeo - Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager Scalp Massager: Healthy hair starts at the scalp! Once I learned that I’ve never looked back. I use my scalp massager by Briogeo around 2-4 times per week to give my scalp some much-needed love! Massaging the scalp helps improve blood and circulation. When you have increased blood flow, the hair follicles are getting more nutrition. This specific massager from Briogeo was just under $20. Every time I use this, my hair and head feel incredible after. Hair Growth Tips: #1. Don’t use too much heat. Take it from me. I have scorched my hair so many times. #2. Eat a lot of protein. #3. Don’t over brush wet hair. I only use a wide-tooth comb on my hair when it’s wet.
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