HAIR // Julia's Beauty Essentials
Welcome to part 2 of my beauty blog post series - this post will cover the products I use on my hair. If you missed the first post I wrote last week about face skin care you can read it here.
My absolute favourite indulgence is going and getting a blow wave, it's all part of my scheduled "me time"... that helps me justify the cost! A fresh blow wave makes me feel like a million dollars, I would choose one over a pair of new shoes any day!
I have been dying my hair for years and years and have been every shade possible. Black, brown, orange, red, white, yellow (oops) and blonde. If you regularly dye your hair you will know that trims and treatments help keep the health of your hair in good shape. Diet also plays a big part as ultimately what you eat becomes part of you. If you would like to learn more about the connection of diet and hair I would recommend the purchase of Dr Libby's book "Beauty From The Inside Out".
Just like face skin care I am moving towards using natural based hair care and have found there to be a lot of brands available at reasonable prices. My absolute favourite hair care brand is Original & Mineral. I have blogged about their blonde shampoo and conditioner here and when in Auckland get my hair dyed with their products at Stephen Marr. (If you are in Auckland book in with Donielle at the Takapuna salon, she is incredible!). Their products contain over 90% natural ingredients and they have taken out most of the nasty chemicals that we should not be using on our skin - Parabens, Triclosan, Sodium Chloride and Propylene, just to name a few. Their products are not tested on animals and are Made In Australia. At the supermarket more natural based brands are popping up, Eco Store is one of them and at $10.95 a bottle of shampoo only a few dollars more than chemical based brands such as Herbal Essences.
* These blog posts are not sponsored. All of the products featured are because I use and love them, so my comments are completely genuine and come from the heart.
Top left clockwise: Original & Mineral “Know Knott" conditioning detangler | Coconut Oil Shop "Ancient Wisdom" Coconut Oil | Original & Mineral "Detox Deep Cleansing Shampoo" | Sans Ceuticals "Activator 7" Hair, Face & Body Oil | Herbology "Organic Hair Nourisher" treatment | Original & Mineral "Hydrate & Conquer" Conditioner |
Original & Mineral “Detox Deep Cleansing Shampoo" // 350 ml / $39.00 NZD - If you love giving your scalp and hair a deep clean, have it free of any dirt and build up oil then this shampoo is just what you need. I love the smell of peppermint oil and cucumber, and the ingredients also include grapefruit extract. I would recommend using this product every time you wash, however if you are on a budget then alternate every second wash. Made in Australia and not tested on animals. You can buy here if you are in New Zealand and here if you are in Australia.
Original & Mineral " Hydrate & Conquer" // 350 ml / $39.00 NZD - This is my favourite conditioner and it won me over purely based on the smell. I have been using this conditioner for 18 months now and nothing else comes close to being as perfect. I used to not be overly fussed with salon hair products and thought that supermarket brands did just as good a job - nope, I was wrong. Hydrate & Conquer is King! As the formula is so rich and nourishing you only need a tiny bit, apply to your ends, leave on for a few minutes and you will smell divine. A 350 ml bottle lasts me a few months (I have long hair) so it is well worth the price. Again, Made in Australia and not tested on animals. You can buy here if you are in New Zealand and here if you are in Australia.
Herbology " Organic Hair Nourisher" // 50 ml / $35.00 NZD (approx) - Herbology is a small, carefully selected range of products made from high quality organic oils and blends that help you care for your body, from head to toe. The founder of the brand is an Aromatherapist who lives in New Zealand where the products are made. Considering the products are all organic and NZ made I find the pricing to be very reasonable. The Organic Hair Nourisher is a beautiful hair and scalp treatment made with Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Avocado oil with Rosemary and Lavender essential oils. The best way to use this product is to massage into your scalp and roots of the hair, comb through and leave in for an hour or so before you wash it or over night and wash out in the morning. Best done weekly/fortnightly or if you have very dry hair, an itchy scalp or dandruff I would suggest applying twice weekly. You can buy here.
Coconut Oil Shop "Ancient Wisdom" Coconut Oil // 160 ml / $14.70 NZD- You can eat coconut oil and it also doubles as a beauty product which is great as you can purchase coconut oil at an affordable price. For years I have used coconut oil as a hair masque and find it to be very effective in keeping my hair nourished and soft. Before you go to bed apply coconut oil to the ends of your hair, tie your hair up in a top knot or plait, place a towel on your pillow and sleep with the oil in your hair. The next morning wash it out and as it is an oil I find it best to double shampoo your hair to ensure the oil is all washed away or when your hair dries it will look greasy. I like to do this masque every few weeks and in Summer once a week. You can purchase coconut oil here.
Sans Ceuticals "Activator 7" // 250 ml- Sans Ceuticals products are Made In New Zealand, most of the products are vegan friendly, all products are made entirely of natural ingredients, with the exception of retinal palmitate. The Activator 7 Oil can be used on your face too however I just use it in my hair as a serum. The product is highly concentrated so only a very small amount needs to be used. Pre & after blow drying or after using a straightener or curling tongs run the oil through your hair ends. It leaves your silky smooth and shiny! Some of the ingredients include Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Baobab Oil (high in Omega 3,6 & 9). In you are in NZ you can buy here and for international stockists click here.
Original & Mineral "Know Knott" Conditioning Detangler // 250 ml / $39.00 NZD - If you have thick or long hair you will understand why a detangler can be your best friend. Know Knott saves me from ripping my hair out when I am combing it, which in turn helps reduce split ends. Cold-pressed organic Argan and Macadamia oils will leave your hair conditioned and make it easier to get any knots out. Spray though wet hair from roots to ends and your comb will glide through with ease. Free of any harsh chemicals, not tested on animals and Made In Australia. If you are in NZ you can buy here and in Australian you can buy here.
I am still on the search for a natural based dry shampoo and curling products. What are some of your favourite hair care brands? Share below!