4 At-home Hair Color Brands to Watch Out For!
Dying your hair can bring you a new lease of life – whether it’s feel fresher, or to just try something new for a change. There are, however, hundreds of hair color brands out there, so finding a new one to try out that will work for you can be like finding a needle in a haystack! Luckily for you, I’ve researched five of the best lesser-known hair color brands on the market – be sure to look out for them when you’re next coloring your hair.
Iroiro was born out of a teenage girl’s desire to want to change her look by dying her hair a bright, vibrant, exciting color – and her father’s apprehension. After speaking to his friend about his dilemma, they checked the labels of all the different brands’ semi-permanent hair dye and found that they all contained synthetic ingredients and dangerous chemicals. They wanted to do better – and they did. Iroiro prides itself on making semi-permanent hair color that contains only natural ingredients, including coconut oil, cranberry, and yuzu. Moreover, the company uses eco-friendly packaging that has enabled it to reduce an impressive 70% of its carbon footprint – plus, products are only ever tested on the founders’ friends and family, not animals. One of the best-selling products is the Iroiro Premium Natural Semi-Permanent Hair Color 70 Pink, which allows you to achieve a bright, vibrant pink color without exposing your hair to any harsh, damaging ingredients.
In 2014, when Kristen Leanne struggled to find a good hair color brand with bright, vivid, semi-permanent shades, she and her partner Ryan Morgan decided to solve the problem themselves. After dedicating two years to research, they founded Arctic Fox Hair Color and released a line of intense colors formulated using only natural ingredients. All of their products are, therefore, completely free of harsh, synthetic chemicals, as well as cruelty-free and vegan. One of Arctic Fox’s bestsellers is ‘Bleach, Please’ – a plant-based hair-lightening product released in 2019 that is packed full of nourishing, replenishing natural ingredients to avoid damage as much as possible.
ARCTIC FOXBleach, Please Complete Lightening Kit
According to Gail Federici, CEO of Color Wow, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” And out of her necessity to tame her frizzy hair, as well as find a kind, conditioning product to use on colored hair, came Color Wow. The company aims to “tame frizz, to brighten blonde and, now, to solve the myriad unaddressed problems of color-treated hair” using products that are all vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free, and contain no parabens, sulfates, or alcohol. One of the best-selling products is the Color Control Toning & Styling Foam – the lightly tinted, leave-in foam helps neutralize brassy tones, and is available in blue for brunette hair and purple for blonde hair.
In 2007, a group of hair care professionals discovered a new way of achieving healthy, shiny, smooth hair by combining cutting-edge technology with already-proven science to bind keratin to each strand of hair. The result was a new brand called Keratin Complex® – and the first marketed product was the Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment, which, as well as being the winner of the Favorite Smoothing Treatment by Behind the Chair Stylist Choice Award for eight years in a row, is still one of the company’s bestsellers. Since then, Keratin Complex® has launched Color Therapy, a full collection of keratin-enhanced professional hair color. The company incorporates the signature keratin technology into the coloring process, helping to make the hair smoother and stronger as it undergoes a color transformation.
KERATIN COMPLEXSmoothing Therapy Keratin Color Care Conditioner
Hair color brand Madison Reed has a simple core message that speaks to many people: “To provide the best, most luxurious hair color, made with ingredients you can feel good about.” Not only does the company offer hair color that’s completely free of harsh chemicals and parabens but packed full of nourishing ingredients such as keratin, ginseng, and argan oil, it also provides customers with access to professional, licensed hair colorists to help find the perfect shade. Madison Reed’s best-selling product is the Color Reviving Gloss, which can be used to refresh faded color, reduce brassiness, and add shine. It can be used in two ways: either applied to the mid-length and ends of the hair immediately after coloring the roots and allowing both to process together, or used all over the hair to bring faded color back to life.
MADISONREEDColor Reviving Gloss
Start Branching Out!
So, now you know some of the best – but perhaps lesser-known – hair color brands out there, you can start branching out and trying some of them yourself! All five mentioned here have great core messages and strive to use all-natural ingredients in formulas that are completely free of harsh ingredients, as well as cruelty-free. That means they should be suitable for everyone, but you should always check the ingredients list just to be sure. And if you love your new products, don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family so they can benefit too!
Curology vs The Ordinary! Which is better?!
Curology - Curology formula This is the first photo! Did wonders for my skin it was the best it had ever been since I started getting acne in middle school. Curology literally saved my skin, it was clear and great! (Over a year later) The second photo:/ I decided to stop using curology around 2 months ago and start using ordinary products. I decided to do this because I wanted to see if the ordinary could do the same thing as curology and maybe make my skin even better. This wasn’t because curology was bad or anything It was just something I wanted to test. I was pretty confident in my skin so I didn’t think it would be bad. I saw on social media how great it was so I figured why not? ... After slowly introducing ordinary products into my skincare routine to ( i used both ordinary and curology products together) I could see that my skin was breaking out more when I introduced the ordinary products. I didn’t think much of it cause I knew that my skin was just purging from the new products. After about 2 months of using both curology and ordinary products I decided to just try ordinary products because my skin was breaking out a lot and I felt that the ordinary would help it. (I think should’ve stuck with curology but this was just my curiosity about the product). ... (Now) I am on week 6 of using all ordinary products and this is what my skin looks like (photo 2) and I’m not happy with the results:/The first couple weeks I knew I would be purging, my skin was at its worst a couple weeks ago (week 3). But I figured that by now or next week my skin would be clear( the only reason I felt that my skin would be pretty much clear by now or next week was because while using curology all my acne was gonna by week 7). So I’m still trying to figure out if I wanna continue to use the ordinary products for a couple more weeks before I give up because it’s not giving me the results I want. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I don’t really know how to rate this because obviously it hasn’t worked for my skin very well but I’m not sure if it’s because my skin needs more time to adjust (it has been 6 weeks so...). I think that this product works great for some people but for me definitely not. Right from the start of using it, it broke me out and then once I only used this line of products it made my skin terrible. I also used The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Which didn’t do much in the 6weeks I used it. I did feel like it helped my acne a little. Overall I really did wish this line of products would help my acne and make my skin clear like curology but that wasn’t the case. This product line is definitely not for my skin. I’ll write out my skin care routine comparisons in my next post!
Let’s learn a no heat style! ￼Start by gathering your hair to one side ￼Begin a rope braid in the front by twisting two pieces. Add hair to each section and twist again. Continue this pattern until you reach your ear. ￼Split the remaining hair into two. While holding the section pop index finger and thumb through. Grab through the other section and repeat! Secure with an elastic. Xo
Why pH of skincare products is important?
The pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base ten) of the concentration of free hydrogen ions in aqueous solution. The pH of skin surface ranges from 4.5 to 6 making it slightly acidic. The acidic nature of the whole skin surface was first claimed by Heuss in 1892; however, the first scientific study was carried out by Schade and Marchionini in 1928, who called it the acid mantle. The “acid mantle” protects the skin by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, regulating keratinization, desquamation and wound healing. Any disruption in the acid mantle disrupts the activity of enzymes involved in barrier function and anti-microbial protection. The skin pH and the buffering capacity of the skin surface are made up of the components of the stratum corneum as well as the secretions from sebaceous and sweat glands. Sweat is an important contributor towards skin acidity owing to its content of amino acid, lactic acid, and urea, which supplement skin NMF levels. The formation of stratum corneum barrier requires enzymes that are pH dependent. Two lipid-processing enzymes β-glucocerebrosidase and acidic sphingomyelinase require a pH of 5.6 and 4.5, respectively. An increased skin surface pH activates enzyme serine proteases, which causes degradation of corneodesmosomes and affects the skin barrier. pH also has a big impact on the skin microbiome. The bactericidal activity, because of dermicidin and nitrites in sweat, occurs optimally at pH 5.5. The resident bacterial flora changes as pH increases causing increase in population and activity of P. acnes and Staphylococcus aureus which are responsible for acne and eczema. All these result in contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, acne vulgaris and Candida albicans infections. Products with high pH cause swelling of skin follicles affecting the permeability of the skin making it dry, sensitive, and susceptible. Most of the skincare products are formulated within the pH range of normal healthy skin except the exfoliating products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), Vitamin C products and chemical peel which work at low pH. Facial oils, cleansing oils, balms are not pH dependent.
The Organic Skin Co.
Have you tried this brand yet. This brand is The Organic Skin. THE ORGANIC SKIN Co. - Cheeky Lips • This product is a blush and lip product. Versatile, multi-purpose blush Designed to provide a perfect natural flush and the pout to match. • Cheeky Lips comes in eight bangin’, long-lasting, highly pigmented colors. • Whether you’re looking for a soft pink blush for your cheeks and lips. • Organic castor seed oil and supercritical extracts of rosemary, pomegranate and calendula will help to replenish your cheeks and lips, keeping them smooth and healthy. 💭 I wasn't sure how to use this product when I first received it. The color is very pretty. The texture is soft and smooth. I used this on my lips. The color is very pigmented and long lasting. I tried this on my cheeks and wasn't a fan. It was too greasy for my liking. #The Organic Skin - Natural Lipstick[products]#[TwoStars] • This lipstick comes in 12 colors. With the added benefits of calendula and rosemary supercritical extracts, as well as nourishing organic oils and carnauba wax. Shades: Coral & Ruby Red 💭 I really wanted to like these lipsticks. The packaging is so pretty. The issue is the texture. These lipsticks are a little rough. I wasn't able to wear it by itself. You Definitely have to apply a gloss before using or it will break. Unfortunately it became to stressful to use. lol They wouldn't apply the right way. #The Organic Skin - TASK FORCE NINECALENDULA AND TURMERIC CREAM [products]#[FiveStars] • Infused with 9 active natural ingredients – aloe vera, jojoba seed oil, lemon peel oil, calendula, turmeric, rosemary, honeysuckle, vanilla, and seabuckthorn – this multi-tasking treatment cream has moisturizing, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. 💭 This is a nice everyday cream. The texture is nice and light. It leaves your skin smooth and moisturized. It's non-greasy and smells amazing. This cream is good for all skin types including sensitive skin. #The Organic Skin - The Eyes Have it[products]#[FourStars] • With 8 colors to choose from you can mix, match and blend our cream eye shadows. Highly pigmented, long-lasting, multi-hued, and full of supercritical extracts. How to use: Using your finger or an eye shadow brush, apply to your eyelids. Shades: Greenstone & Silhouette 💭 These are really nice eyeshadows especially if you like cream shadows. It's easy to apply and the texture is smooth. Once these shadows dry down, they stay in place. My issue was on of the shadows was hard. It kept rolling up as I was trying to get it out of the package. The shades are very pretty especially greenstone. It's very pigmented. I'm not sure if I would purchase any of these products. Your thoughts? (Gifted) #whoisnee #cheriecreator
Antioxidants in skincare
Free radicals are produced as a byproduct in the body as well as are result of various external sources including ultraviolet radiations, pollution, pesticides, smoking. They damage the body’s healthy cells. Antioxidants help neutralise these excess free radicals and prevent damages to DNA, protein, lipids. They are produced endogenously in our body but certain factors affect the amount of antioxidants required to scavenge these free radicals. To prevent our skin from oxidative stress damage, topical application of antioxidants have proven to be beneficial.
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