Hair Diaries: The One!

Just Natural SkincareI tried no poo and it was a failure, for me. I tried a raw made from plant botanicals brand in an effort to get the strong shiny hair I seek. While the raw products are excellent products, that my family continues to use and I continue to recommend and support, it wasn’t right for my hair. So I moved on and lo and behold, just like in a relationship, the next one to come along in the hair diaries natural hair care saga was The One!

The one turned out to be from Just Natural Hair and Skincare. Just Natural products are sulfate, paraben, alcohol, chemical, and gluten free. Made from non GMO, vegan, natural and organic ingredients that are not tested on animals. Just Natural uses the “purest plant oils, butters, botanical extracts and essentials from the best that nature has to offer.”  Their products are effective and natural, just what I was looking for. Plus the bottles of shampoo and conditioner I purchased 21 weeks ago and have used ever since still haven’t run out!

Having color treated hair I went with the Color Care Natural Shampoo and the Color Care Natural Conditioner. The shampoo is sulfate-free, salt-free, paraben-free and silicone-free to protect and preserve your hair color longer while gently cleansing the hair with oils, that also result in shiny non-greasy hair. The conditioner helps to give softness to the hair with seed oils and butters but also nourishes the hair so it is stronger and manageable without build-up. The claims are all true. My hair is shiny and healthy while the color in my hair sticks around. Which isn’t an easy task as I have tough color to maintain with my purple streak and the red tones for the rest of my hair. My stylist, who often has pink hair herself, was amazed at how vibrant the color in my hair stays between colorings once I started using this product. The added bonus of only washing my hair 3 times a week now is an excellent time saver too.

I tried the Natural Shine Polish too that uses lots of natural oils such as Meadowfoam, Olive, Daikon, Jojoba, and Fennel Seed oils to tame frizz, repair damage, restore moisture, and add shine. A little shine polish goes a long way. And I mean a little teeny bit. Otherwise I find my hair is weighed down and looks a little greasy. But a little bit is magic on those days between washes when I need a little extra something.

I also grabbed the Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, because why not? I love this stuff! It cleanses my skin gently without leaving it dry. Plus it has a gentle fresh and clean scent from the Orange Blossom, Tangerine and Bergamot oils.

Just Natural also has chemical free products for kids hair and kids body washes. There are products for people with every hair type imaginable – dry, extremely dry, oily, itchy, thin, color treated, relaxed, pre-relaxed, hair loss, mens hair. etc.  They also carry skin products such as butters, creams, lotions, anti-aging potions, and so much more. The product line is massive but everything I’ve tried so far has been beyond great. I look forward to ordering something new each time I place an order because I want to try it all.

Hair diaries success at last!

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Hair Diaries: On To The Next One

Princess AnnaI gave no poo a good shot. I tried cleansing my hair with a combination of baking soda and vinegar rinses. For several reasons no poo doesn’t always work for everyone. It might be the water in your house, that you are doing no poo too often, or you haven’t given it enough time. But after 4 weeks of greasy nasty hair I gave up. So it’s on to the next one.

The Morrocco Method products I had reserved for later, from my first go at no poo, were pulled out of the bathroom cabinet to an upgraded space in the shower.

Morrocco Method products are raw, vegan, gluten and soy free, and made from pure plant botanicals. They offer natural shampoos, conditioners, styling products, henna to color your hair, and more. Their products can even be used for your pets because they do not contain any chemicals, plus they are never tested on animals.

What did I try? I grabbed the 5 Shampoo Sample Pack, Trial Travel Set of 6 Conditioners, and the Blood of the Dragon Styling Gel because it has a cool name. After trying out the shampoo trial pack and the conditioners, I purchased a full size bottle of Sea Essence Shampoo and Pearl Essence Cream Rinse to really give it a good trial as the sample shampoos are only good for one and a half shampoos with long hair.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the smell of the shampoos and conditioners, it’s very earthy and natural smelling. There are understandably no lovely fragrances added, keeping true to their pure plant botanicals and no chemicals line. The color of the shampoos is a muddy brown and they get the job done of cleaning my scalp. In fact my scalp never felt so clean and invigorated in my whole life. But my hair was just off. It wasn’t soft, manageable, and healthy looking after 4 weeks of use which is what I’m looking for in addition to using natural products. It isn’t the Morrocco Method products though, the products are excellent but not for my hair type (frizzy, colored, tends towards dry and breakage at times, naturally curly/wavy, and long).

The shampoo and conditioner got my 10 year old daughters straight shoulder length and hormonally greasy hair to be clean, non-greasy, soft, and vibrant. While the Blood of the Dragon Styling Gel got the 7 year old daughters long, straight, ragamuffin if you don’t do something with it hair, to hold a braid well and be shiny. I continue to use the Diamond Crystal Mist Conditioner & Moisturizer and Sapphire Volumizer Mist spray-on conditioners to dry hair on non-shampoo days to add shine and detangle. I also really like the Euro Natural Oil to deep condition my hair overnight before a shampoo morning. Especially on the ends of my hair, that can get a little rough looking despite being trimmed every 8 weeks. Purple hair don't care

Overall I was pleased with and liked the products. I came away with some great spray-on conditioners for myself and products that work wonderfully for the girls hair. I’ve heard great things about their henna to color your hair if you want to use a natural method to dye your hair. I haven’t elected to go down that route, yet. In fact I added a purple highlight to my hair this past weekend in a it’s so not natural hair color brand, although the other hair color my stylist uses on my hair at least doesn’t contain ammonia.

It’s back to testing and trying another product in the search for the shiny healthy strong hair I seek.

And now for the disclaimer: The products above and linked to in this post are ones I’ve used or suggest. I did not receive any financial compensation or product for recommending any brand or product in this post. These are my personal recommendations or items I purchase for myself or my family. Nourish to Fuel did not receive any compensation for recommending products in this post. In other words, my opinion was not bought. It’s my own from personal experience. With that noted, Nourish to Fuel is now an affiliate for Morrocco Method, because I support their products. Purchasing through the link on the website will give Nourish to Fuel a small commission which supports the blog.

 

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Hair Diaries: No-Poo Failure?

Lion Mane

Hair detox failure? ‘No Poo’ (as in no shampoo) failure? Or not enough time to adjust?

I’m a Leo. I identify greatly with the male lions majestic mane of hair. It’s kind of his thing. He’s got great hair! That’s always been me too.

Until recently.

My hair and it’s health have always been a priority of mine. I try to achieve healthy hair by nourishing my body with healthy foods, which affect the health of my hair. I get regular trims so I never have split ends. I’ve never permed my hair. I rarely, maybe once a month, use heat to dry or style my hair. I’ve always had really healthy shiny soft hair.

My hair has gotten dry, frizzy, and was falling out in clumps. I started taking biotin and more Vitamin D. I stopped washing it every day, which actually did help and I recommend this. I changed products many times over. I bought new brushes. I had my hormones and thyroid tested, all were within normal limits. I went to a dermatologist who told me to just not shower. Seriously. In hindsight a woman who is losing her hair should never ever see a middle aged balding male dermatologist. They just don’t understand.

My hair got even worse after I ran a Tough Mudder race in October of 2013. The race went through the blackest muddiest mud I’ve ever encountered. We’re still finding traces of that mud around the house. So I chopped off several inches of hair, in a vain attempt to regain some of the former health of my hair. It didn’t help. My husband, being ever helpful, agreed that I could get the best wig money could buy if it came down to it.

Having had great success with eliminating chemicals from my deodorant, I decided to try the same with my hair. Taking my cues from the Skintervention Guide, numerous blog posts about hair detoxes, chemical free ‘no-poo’ methods, and research into Morrocco Method products I decided to give it a try to heal my hair. After one week though, I’m afraid I may not be able to make it through the detox period. My hair resembles that of a hormonal teenager who has not washed their hair in a month. It looks wet and greasy. Which means lots of up-dos and buns the past week.

There have been some positives though. My hair is easier to comb through and I’m hardly shedding any hair. My scalp feels amazing and non-itchy. I’ve been using Morrocco Method products, I purchased the sample conditioner and shampoo kits. I’ve even tried a vinegar rinse hoping it would make my hair less greasy. Yesterday, I caved. I washed my hair with my regular old shampoo and conditioner. I couldn’t stand the grease any more. I know my scalp is going through a detox wondering what I’m doing to it, so it’s producing more oil as it tries to adjust. I’m cognizant a hair detox takes longer than one week. But I have to leave the house to do this work thing and I just couldn’t stand it any longer.

Am I going to give up? No. What I will do, is move my old shampoo and conditioner out of the shower so I’m not tempted. I’m going to reserve the Morrocco Method products for later in favor of just using baking soda to shampoo, vinegar rinses, and coconut oil to condition as needed. I’m going to stock up on hair ties as well, as I will probably need them. And I’m going to give it some time. I’ll just pretend I have wet beachy waves of hair in the meantime.

And now for the disclaimer: The products above and linked to in this post are ones I’ve used or suggest. I did not receive any financial compensation or product for recommending any brand or product in this post. These are my personal recommendations or items I purchase for myself or my family. Nourish to Fuel does not receive any compensation for recommending products in this post. In other words, my opinion was not bought. It’s my own from personal experience.

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