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Curly Hair: Scalp Detox

When you have curly hair, the amount of products you have to put in to maintain those beautiful strands can be daunting. That is also why always laugh when people tell me “oh, I wish I had your hair” because I can’t help but think “sure, until you see my Ulta bill…there’s a reason why I am a platinum member…”

But I digress.

The product build-up can be really damaging to the hair, but most importantly, the scalp. And if we do not take care of our scalp, then the hair that is trying to grow in will be compromised AND we can develop skin issues like dandruff. I have noticed that a lot of times, curly girls (and guys) forget that the hair strand is only PART of the hair and underneath those waves, ringlets, or coils is skin.

So every week, I have to do something to help my scalp revive. Some times what I do is a little more intense while other times, I can get away with a lighter regimen. Below are some of the products that I use to help my scalp, control any potential dandruff, prevent itchiness, and control sunburn because yes, sunburn on the scalp is possible and yes, it hurts like heck.

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When I need an intense DEEP cleansing of the scalp, I use one product that I also use for my face.
Amazonian Clay Mask
This mask is made with natural calcium bentonite clay and is meant to pull impurities out of the skin. This mask comes in the powder clay form and is meant to be mixed at home with either water (which I use for my scalp) or apple cider vinegar (which I use for my face). You have to mix this in a non-metal bowl and with non-metal spatula or spoon as the metal will corrupt the chemical compound. I personally use a glass bowl and a silicone spatula, but you can use anything you prefer so long as it is not metal. I then part my hair and apply it directly to the scalp, especially in any area that may be particularly sensitive, red, or flakey. I try not to get too much of this in the length of my hair as it is drying. After 15-30 minutes, and the mask is dry, it turns a whitish color and that is my indication it is time to rinse it out. I hop back in the shower, rinse it all out with warm water, and then usually apply a moisturizing mask to the length of my hair, but it is not always necessary.
I buy mine from Amazon typically which retails for approximately $12.90 for a 1 pound tub; Whole Foods also carries this AND sometimes offers it at a cheaper price. 1 tub of 1 pound will last you a very long time – mine has been about a year and I still have about 1/3 left.

The second product I use for scalp health, almost on a weekly basis when I don’t use any other products, is my Rawkyn scalp scrub which I did mention in a previous post. This scrub has apple cider vinegar and sugar to help lift any impurities off the scalp. It also has grape seed oil so it doesn’t dry out the hair or the scalp but does invigorate while literally lifting build-up and massaging the scalp.
This retails for $20.99 and can be bought online at the Rawkyn website.

Another product that I use daily is my RighteousRoots RX oil, coupled with my scalp massager. You may be thinking ‘but you are literally putting MORE stuff on your scalp, not removing it’. That is true BUT the RighteousRoots oil is more than just oil – this product is full of natural ingredients and essential oils that permeate the scalp to invigorate the pores, calm the skin, and much more. This oil is not comedogenic meaning it does not cause blackheads or block the pores – even my sensitive skin loves this thing! Plus I only have to use 3-4 drops to care for my whole scalp! I did write about this oil in a previous post but I still use this every day. Plus I am using the same scalp massager with the oil to stimulate the scalp and help growth.
The RighteousRoots oil retails for $15.95 for 1 bottle or $29.00 for 2. The product will last you a VERY long time and can be used to help pre-poo as well for an easier wash day. The scalp massager is from Amazon and retails for $10.99. It does require AAA batteries.

The fourth product that I use is a clarifying shampoo coupled with a shampoo brush IN the shower. While clarifying is important to do regularly, finding one that is also non-drying is difficult. So when I tried the BounceCurl Enzyme Gentle Clarifying Shampoo, I knew I had to share all about it! This pumpkin and pomegranate based product is gentle enough to not dry out or damage your hair while still cleansing the scalp of build-up. It has a nozzle tip so you can literally apply this DIRECTLY to the scalp and get in all those hard to reach spots, especially if you have any productive styles. It smells delicious and does lather but without parabens, sulfates, and silicones (it is Curly Girl (CG) method approved). And to get just a little more out of this product, I tend to couple it with my shampoo brush.
At the risk of sounding extra a shampoo brush is something that I have used for a while now and even made my straight-haired mom and curly-haired husband into! This brush does not vibrate but does help massage the scalp without irritating or scratching the skin. I know we often want to dig our nails into our scalp when we wash but you are actually irritating and cutting your scalp when you do that. So this brush does the work for you while helping build-up a lather! It is not mandatory but if you like that stimulation, it even comes in a vibrating option so it really helps go below the scalp to help stimulate the hair follicles.
The shampoo from Bounce Curl retails for $19.99 and can also be purchased through sets with other amazing Bounce Curl products. The scalp massager can be purchased on Amazon for $6.99 (for the non-vibrating option) or $11.92 (for the vibrating one [batteries required]).

I am constantly trying new products across various price ranges to find products that can fit any budget and still be helpful while being safe!

So inquiring minds want to know… Are there any products that you use to help detox your scalp? Promote growth? Eliminate dandruff or build-up?

Freshen the Air Naturally

The air quality in California is no joke. Though it is one of the most strict states as far as emissions goes, especially living in the Central Valley, the air can be super saturated with pollutants. This is then coupled with lingering scents in the car from last night’s takeout or Fido’s accident or that afternoon you worked out a little too hard at the gym… So what do we typically do? We buy scents, sprays, and other noxtious chemicals to try and mask the odors and make the car ride more enjoyable – especially when you’re spending 5+ hours a week riding around.

So as a part of my health journey, I wanted to find a better way to make my car smell better, give me a little pick me up, and do my part to stop circling harmful chemicals around. I took a page from what I have started to do at home – switch out my chemical aerosols for natural water diffusers and essential oils, and decided that there had to be something equivalent for the car. I also wanted to find something that would help absorb the lingering scents between diffusing (because a girl needs to switch it up sometimes) and any stagnant smells from the Costco chicken I bought on my way home or the gym bag I forgot was in the backseat.

Turning to my trusty friend and my wallet’s archnemesis, Amazon, I found an inexpensive water-based diffuser for $12.99 (you can click here to purchase one yourself). It came with an extra cotton wick and very easy instructions. You need to use distilled or filtered water and whatever essential oil of your choice, but it should be water soluble. This is why I am so glad that I have been getting back into my DoTerra oils (thank you, Carrie) because I know they are quality and water soluable – they are not just scents but rather real oils made from real ingredients.
Once filled, you plug it in your … wait, I am about to age myself here, cigarette lighter, lightly tap the “power” button and enjoy the ride! Plus, this is using water as a way to diffuse the oil so it adds some extra humidity which is GREAT for someone who is living in an area with percentages topping at 18 in the summer.

So for the rest of the time, I thought about what I was using for my fridge to help keep my ingredients longer and suck up some of the smells of the salmon or ham. While the one I have in my fridge is a little different (I’ll post about that soon – promise!), I found these charcoal-based air purifier bags. Just one of these in my car can absorb and neutralize the differnet scents, leaving it fresh and ready for my essential oils. The Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag that contains 200mg of natural bamboo charcoal that can be reset through direct sunlight and reused several times -up to two years. After the first hour of having this inside the car, the car already smelled like it had recently been vacuumed! And this was only $9.95 with prime shipping. The baggie itself has no scent and is small enough to fit in the door sill or between the seats. 

I have used both of these in my husband’s older car and will be using it in mine. I am so happy to have these without having to purchase plugins or trees that last for a day or two at best.

So inquiring minds want to know… Do you have any healthy alternatives that you use in your car or home to help freshen up the environment? Do you use essential oils? What’s your favorite scent?

Healthy Lifestyle – Traveling Tips & Tricks

It is that time of the year that we are all loading up our cars, packing our suitcases, boarding planes (or trains)… No matter what your mode of transportation, summer is the time of year that traveling amps up! And as someone that has traveled a lot for work (and personal), there have been a few tips and tricks that I have learned along the way to help keep me healthy! Plus most of these can be purchased ahead of time for those holiday trips that are just around the corner!

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I am not a “germ-a-phobe” BUT there are a lot of very nasty surfaces that you come in contact with constantly when traveling. And some of these surfaces are the last place you would think would be ridden with germs, but in fact are worse than toilet seats in a public rest area! For example, the serving tray on the plane is seldom cleaned and I have seen people use it for everything from a food tray to a changing table for their baby to a foot rest… Or if you’re in a hotel, that remote is worse than the bottom of your shoes! So the one thing I ALWAYS pack with me and keep readily available are these wipes that I repeat purchase. I wipe down these surfaces to make sure I don’t pick up any unnecessary germs!

When you’re on a plane, especially a night flight, there is nothing better than getting in a few Zzz’s. But admit it -those U-shaped pillows are basically pointless because you are already crammed in a seat that is not meant for the average human being, you sure won’t be able to lean your head back comfortably! That is why I splurged on this Trtl Pillow that allows me to sleep in a more realistic position for me while keeping my head from whacking the person next to me. There is an updated model coming that allows you to even customize your neck length for an even more comfortable position.

Trying to sleep with that amazing pillow but the lights in the plane bothering you? I bought this pack of eye masks to help block out the light without compressing my eyes or nose. They fold up easily and can be packed away when not in use. They are not tight and can be adjusted as they secure with Velcro. I even use these at home on some nights!

If you’re flying, even if it is a short flight, the air in the plane is brutal for your skin, hair, nails, but most importantly, your eyes! Many people overlook the eyes when flying but the cabin pressure that is drying out your skin is also drying out your eyes. I use these preservative free eye drops every time I fly so my eyes are refreshed, not blood shot! Also, if you wear contact lenses, opt for glasses on your flight – the dryness can damage your contacts just as much as your eyes!

I have made it a rule to NEVER drink and fly -and that includes carbonated beverages as well as adult drinks. When you’re flying, the air pressure changes the molecular compound of these carbonated drinks so they expand MORE and will cause gas and discomfort for the consumer. And alcohol is a dehydrator on land so up in the air it is amplified! So instead I pack my water bottle and fill it up when I get passed TSA. Sometimes I can even get Starbucks, or a like company, to fill it up if the airport does not have a bottle machine. Because this is plastic and clear, I never have a hard time with TSA and it doesn’t break…even when I try to cram my bag under the seat in front of me!

Dry eyes, covered. Hydration, covered. Now what about your skin??? There are a few items I use to keep my skin hydrated and clean on long trips, including road trips! Starting with hands (and arms, elbows…), this is the cream I always have in my purse! It is travel-appropriate (3oz) so it does not cause any problems with TSA. This moisturizer also is pH balanced so it does not OVER moisturize (when your hands feel greasy) and can be layered if needed.

For my face, I know some people use sheet masks (especially international flights), but I cannot get passed the Halloween look and my skin is very sensitive so I do not want to do anything to over aggravate it, which many sheet masks do. So instead I use a combo serum and cream that I will apply after wiping down my face (I use these wipes to make sure I have a clean face). Both sink into my skin nicely and is easy to apply. It isn’t overly oily nor does it have much of a scent, so you aren’t bothering your neighbor!

Like to fly by the window with the shade up? While this is deemed the best seat to prevent contracting airborne germs, most of the time people forget that just because you are behind a window, that does not mean you are immune to those sun rays! Think about the fact that you are essentially in a sardine can, up about 30,000 feet in the air, above the white clouds (think about how snow reflects sun and you can easily sunburn in winter)… You need to wear sunscreen – especially on your face!! I use this mineral sunscreen after applying my moisturizer and it is so lightweight that it doesn’t aggravate my skin! It also is compact and doesn’t dust everywhere so again, no disruptions to your neighbor!

Your hair is also wiped of its moisture when flying, so of course I have a remedy for that! While I use these hair ties that prevent creasing or damaging my curl pattern, they work very well in keeping my hair up (in a pineapple) and away from the frizz-causing headrest. I also apply a few drops of this Moroccan Oil to tame the flyaways and add moisture. It is easy to apply and is light-weight. While it does have a light scent, it dissipates quickly as well so your neighbor shouldn’t be too bothered.

Do you have any tried and true tips or products you use when traveling? Share them with me below! Have you ever tried any of the items above or used any of those tips?? Comment below!!