Friday, May 31, 2013

Make Your Own Hair Whips!

Hair Whips For Silky Hair

Hello again hairoholics!

Today I have a recipe for you, it is the ultimate hair treat and most of the ingredients are already in your pantry/kitchen cabinets. I recently discovered that coconut oil turns into a whipped cream texture when whipped , using this knowledge I created the ultimate hair treat. Additional olive oil and castor oil nourish hair and promote growth. Food colouring is also a great way to give your hair whip a neat colour, this is optional though. The great part about this recipe is that it can be customized according to your scent/colour preferences.

 So get out your electric mixer/whisk and let's get whipping!

What you will need:

Olive oil
Coconut oil
Castor oil
Food colouring (optional)
Essential oils (your favourite scents)
Empty hair mask container or plain jar
Honey (because it is a natural preservative)
Electric Mixer/Whisk (I prefer the electric whip because it works on high speed)
Mixing bowl

Making the hair whip:

Start off by adding 1/2 a cup of coconut oil as your base, proceed adding 2tbsp of olive and castor oil. Mix all oils thoroughly in the bowl. Add 5-10 drops each of the essential oils of your choice (my favourite are lavender and eucalyptus), mix all the ingredients. Now take the whisk or electric whisk and start whipping! Quickly whip for 2-3 minutes, then add a tbsp. of honey and a few drops of food colouring and whisk again for 3-4 minutes. Pour the mask into a clean jar or empty hair mask container, the consistency should be fluffy and light.

How to use the hair whip:

The hair whip can be used in many ways according to your preference. It can be massaged into the scalp and spread across the hair, left in for 15 minutes and washed out. Or you can apply the whip and leave it on overnight for a deeeep treatment.

Give it as a gift:

I love making hair whips and treatments for friends/family. It may seem like a simple gift, but the results are miraculous. My sister, who has bleached and stressed hair, is currently using one of the hair whips that I made. It is very simple to make a hair whip treatment as a gift, just decorate the jar and customize the colour and scent of the whip.

Post a comment if you tried the recipe, I would love to hear about your results!

-xoxo Lexie

UPDATE! ---> A Natural Salon Brand Shampoo?

Update! ---> A Natural Salon Brand Shampoo?

Hello fellow hairoholics,

I wanted to publish an update on my previous post on the Nexxus Organic Shampoo/Conditioner combo. I did not end up purchasing them because of my travel to the U.S, and while there I purchased the Carol's Daughter Monoi Shampoo and Conditioner from ULTA instead because of the"hair strengthening" claims. These two are awesome and I am currently loving these two. They are a bit pricey, but they are worth it. My hair was soo soft and shiny after using them, my brush glided through my hair and made detangling a piece of cake. I would definitely recommend them.

Note: I have not yet tried their Monoi mask or serum/oil, maybe I will later on after I do some thorough research. Thanks for reading this post. Stay tuned for more hair product recommendations, updates and recipes :)

- xoxo Lexie

Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Sulfate-Free Shampoo/Conditioner
 $25.00 each (prices may vary).

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Natural Salon Brand Shampoo?

Can A Salon Brand Shampoo & Conditioner Be Organic?

This is the most commonly asked question that I've been getting as of recently. The answer is yes partially. Organic can mean many things, having organically derived surfactants or containing organic essential oils, which most "organic" salon brands have. Organic has one distinctive meaning however. Organic means that it is 100% free of any chemicals or preservatives, this is where these salon brands are faulty. I will possibly be trying out a new shampoo and conditioner combo by Nexxus which is called "Botanoil Shampoo" & "Botanphuse Conditioner" and I will test out the results. These two are a little bit on the price-ier side, but I saw a sale on these in my local Shoppers Drug Mart so I will hopefully get a deal on these two.

I will keep you posted on the results!

-xoxo Alexis

Botanoil Nourishing Botanical Shampoo by Nexxus (ranging from $12.99-$15.99)

Botanphuse Nourishing Botanical Conditioner by Nexxus (ranging from $12.99-$15.99)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

I'm Back! Here is my 2013 haircare routine :)

Sorry I've Been Gone For So Long!

My intention was to take a break, well as it seems I've taken a rather long break. Well anyways I am back and I want to share my hair routine with all of you. It is a pretty simple routine, I am downsizing a bit on hair care products just so my scalp and hair aren't overloaded and my wallet isn't empty! :)

*Note* princes aren't listed because I live in Canada and most of these are Canadian products. Availability and prices vary depending in which country you live in.

Starting with shampoo and conditioner...

I think I have mentioned this pair before in another post, as you can see I am in love with them! They make my hair amazingly soft, shiny and thick looking. If you are willing to pay 2 dollars more than your usual shampoo on an all organic shampoo that delivers results, choose this one!

 Live Clean Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner



Now I can share the ultimate hair treat...

I cannot get enough of Live Clean. Their exotic line is amazing! I have tried the Bali Oil mask but I found it a bit too heavy, this Argan Oil one is much better in terms of lightweight and very moisturizing. The mask is a staple in my hair care routine and I use it 2-3 times weekly.
Live Clean Argan Oil Conditioning Mask

Now, my favourite oil...

After all the argan oil talk you would probably guess that I use argan oil on my hair, well no. I love argan oil but recently I have found a new favourite! In a small health food store in Toronto I bought some organic Sea Buckthorn oil (500 mL) which was on sale for $10.00. I cannot show you specifically what the bottle looks like because it made by a very small company and they aren't featured on the internet :(
 Instead I will show you the oil's appearance and tell you a little about it's benefits.
Sea Buckthorn oil is sometimes called the king of all oils. It is full of fatty acids and antioxidants that help heal rough and blemished skin or dry hair . The oil may be expensive just like argan oil, I buy it at Russian wholefood markets so I get a better discount on this stuff. Try looking in small healthcare stores for a bargain or invest in this liquid gold. The results are almost instant. Beware of staining though, the oil is very thick and orange in color!
To use: Just rub a few drops into your hands and apply onto hair.

My favourite therapeutic styling brush...

The brush I currently use is by Goody. It is copper infused so it fights dandruff and scalp bacteria. Although I don't have dandruff, this is an overall great brush for the scalp. It detangles hair easily and reduces hair fall by a lot!
Goody Styling Therapy Copper Infused Hair Brush

Lastly, my secret weapon...

The BB Crème innovation sparked a revolution in skin care, but hear this...
now hair care is going BB crazy! Pantene launched a new BB 10-in-one hair crème that has all sorts of benefits and is said to be a hair multitasking styling aid. Pantene isn't my favourite brand and I would not recommend their chemical laden shampoos and conditioners but this product is definitely my new favourite styling aid. The consistency is that of a thick creamy gel, but don't let this fool you. It will not weight your hair down! It literally melts into your hair while you're styling it. You're left with smooth, shiny, frizz free hair. Props to Pantene on this one!
Pantene Ultimate 10 BB Crème

Thanks for watching my lovelies!

Happy hair days :) - Alexis