Monday, September 15, 2014

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco | Product Review


Price: Under $10

Purchased at: Any national retailer or online

Promises: A unique, precious blend of Moroccan argan oil which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softens while strengthening and creating soft, seductive, silky perfection. 


Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Parfum, Argania Spinoza (Argan) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Leaf) Extract, Panthenol, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Red 40, Yellow 5

My Thoughts: I haven't met an OGX, formerly Organix, product that I haven't liked. The Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner is no exception. It gives my hair the perfect hint of moisture during a co-wash and has a pretty good amount of slip. It contains a few of my fave ingredients: coconut oil, glycerin, behentrimonium chloride, and argan oil. Plus the scent is fabulous and the consistency is rich. My hair easily absorbs the conditioner, so a little goes a long way. I've used this one as a deep conditioner as well in the past with decent results. It's no Jessicurl Deep Treatment or Matrix Hydrasource so it remains in the co-wash conditioner bin. Did I mention that the price is very right, honey? Under $10---you can't beat that!

How does this conditioner work as a co-wash for you?


Besitos!
KLP

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle| Product Review



Price: $3-4

Availability: Pretty much everywhere


Promises:  Deeply intense conditioning, accented with Australian aloe, penetrates dry or damaged hair. Radiant hair in one use. Sure, it's really deep and super intense. But moist 3 minute miracle, accented with natural Australian aloe and jojoba oil, has a playful side too. Like that time it ran backwards around the office in a kangaroo outfit. Add some roo to your do.

Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Dimethicone, Ecklonia Radiata Extract, Australian Sea Kelp, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glutamic Acid, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, EDTA , Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone


My Thoughts: 
The tropical "coconutty" scent of this conditioner is pretty gosh darn amazeballs. Calgon take me away amazeballs. The girl behind me in Spin class smelled it in my hair and distinctively knew what conditioner it was amazeballs. The consistency is the thickest amongst the other conditioners in the battle but my hair absorbs it really well and it rinses cleanly leaving me with easily detangled, smooth, un-clumped (think fluffy instead of curly) roots and re-moisturized hair. I think that the packaging is very unique; the product is dispensed from the bottom of the tube when you squeeze it. None of that struggling to flip the bottle upside down mess here! I love this because it makes application really easy in the shower. Although it's marketed as a deep conditioner, for my hair, it's just doesn't have enough "umph" to be a true deep conditioner but as a co-wash? Ohhh yeah! The biggest downside is how tiny the bottle is! I only get 3-4 uses per bottle but at $3, it's hard to complain! The ingredients are a little sketchy at first glance and you might find yourself needed to clarify a little more often. 

Have you used this one before? Does your hair like it as a deep conditioner or a co-wash?

Besitos!
KLP



Win this amazing co-washing conditioner plus 3 more in this month's giveaway!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wash Day



Soooo, I thought that I could out run a storm. No seriously. Running is my preferred method of exercise, but it's the rainy season in my new part of the world and EVERY SINGLE TIME that I get outside to run---it rains. Because I'm a loser/glutton for punishment/crazy girl---I refuse to stop running. I'm gonna sweat anyway right?! And of course that means that I keep getting drenched. LOL. I'll never learn. Anywhos, I co-washed a few times since my last wash day with Good Hair Conditioner and it totally bought my hair back. I really like this conditioner because it's a 3-in-1: deep conditioner, co-washing conditioner, and leave-in conditioner. Jackpot!



This week's #washdayexperience theme is tried and true. Y'all know what that means---Nexxus, Matrix, Jessicurl, and bantu knots for me! Here's how my wash day went:




  1. Pre-shampoo- I lightly detangled and slathered my hair in extra virgin coconut oil.
  2. Shampoo- Next, I hopped into the shower for 5 minutes to rinse the oil completely. I combined about 1/2 oz of Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo with 4 oz of water in a narrow tip applicator bottle and applied to my roots only. I let the runoff cleanse my ends. 
  3. Protein Treatment- with Nexxus Emergencee; the world's easiest to apply protein treatment. I let it air dry for an hour or so while I did chores.
  4. Extreme Deep Condition- Next, I stood under the spray of my shower for about 5 minutes to rinse the Emergencee completely. I deep conditioned with Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner on the length of my hair. Then I massaged my stands with extra virgin coconut oil, covered with a plastic cap and left it in overnight. 
  5. Leave ins- I used Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner to moisturize, extra virgin coconut oil to seal, then bantu knotted my hair in about 10 sections. 

The Results:
I noticed a little breakage last week and I realized that I hadn't done a hard protein treatment in weeks. Nexxus Emergencee (here's how I use it) always leaves my hair feeling strong and conditioning with Matrix Hydrasource gives me back my softness. Strong+Soft= Balanced hair!



Jessicurl Too Shea always always always ALWAYS makes detangling a breeze---even at 60+ weeks post relaxer. When I let down my bantu knots (Here's how I get these amazing curls)---OMGosh---the fluffy softness. This is EXACTLY how I felt! Ha-ha!


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How was your #washdayexperience?
Besitos!
KLP


The Wash Day Experience Linkup RULES

  1. Healthy Hair is the theme. Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted.
  2. Share it! Your blog post must link back to this site so others see. We even made this nifty button below which links back to The Wash Day Experience page! Just copy and drop the code into your blog post.
  3. Encourage the wash day experience contributor that linked up directly before you with an inspiring  comment. We are each here to support each other and build a community of determined women and hair-friends. Don’t worry, the chica ​who links up after you will do the same; comment love for everyone! 








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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration | Product Review



Price: $3-4

Availability: Pretty much everywhere

Promises:  
100% softer* in 1 wash. I won’t let dry hair drain your style. my moisture-rich formulas are fused with extracts of creamy coconut and orchid flower and leave your hair feeling soft, smooth and moisturized. so don’t discriminate against dry hair—my moisturizing shampoo, conditioner and 2 in 1 will leave your hair feeling lush with moisture.

Ingredients:
Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Bis Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Blue 1




My Thoughts:
I spend a lot of time at the beach and in the pool during the summer. And of course I take Hello Hydration conditioner with me! It's super moisturizing and even though it's marketed as a conditioner, my scalp feels clean after using it to co-wash. It does have good slip---but I'm a million weeks post---so of course I'd love just a smidge more detangling power. If you're picky about product scents, beware---this one is pretty potent if you love it or overpowering if you hate it. I happen to think the scent is pretty darn awesome.

How do you like this one for co-washing?

Besitos!
KLP


Win this amazing co-washing conditioner plus 3 more in this month's giveaway!

Monday, September 08, 2014

The Battle of the Co-Wash Giveaway


It's giveaway time!!! Here's your chance to win a set of amazing Co-Wash worthy conditioners from Herbal Essences, Tresemme, Aussie, and OGX. One lucky chica will win one full sized bottle each of:

Herbal Essence Hello Hydration
Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle
Tresemme Naturals Nourishing
OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner

Pero, lo siento, this giveaway is only open to my continental US friends. 

Enter daily!
Buena Suerte
KLP



Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Wash Day




It's been a cray cray week for me. I'm finally in my new home, we've got boxes everywhere, plus my oldest minion started kindergarten yesterday. I've been an emotional wreck! Anywhos, the theme this week on the #washdayexperience is Uncharted Territory. I gave a few products from Good Hair Salon a try. Here's how it went:


  1. Pre-Poo- I finger detangled using extra virgin coconut oil.
  2. Shampoo- with Good Hair In A Bottle Shampoo.
  3. Extreme deep condition- I deep conditioned with Good Hair In A Bottle Conditioner on the length of my hair. Then I massaged my stands with extra virgin coconut oil, covered with a plastic cap and sat under my hooded dryer for an hour and left it in overnight.
  4. Tea Rinse- using 2 chamomile tea bags steeped in 2 cups of water + 2 tbsp of glycerin.
  5. Smoothing Treatment- with a large dollop of Matrix Biolage Detangling Solution.
  6. Air Dried- I applied a bit of Good Hair in A Bottle Styling Foam to 80-85% wrapped in a cotton t-shirt.
  7. Leave ins- I used Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner to moisturize, my kitchenista Tangerine Vanilla Whipped Hair Butter to seal, and cool air tension blow dried my hair in about 10 sections.


The Results:
I'm not sure what to make of the Good Hair In A Bottle line. The shampoo was decent. It didn't completely strip my hair but it didn't give me much moisture either. The conditioner has AMAZING slip! Like, AMAZING! It also gives great curl definition---which is something that I didn't really want as I have several inches of non-curling texlaxed hair to contend with. If your hair is completely natural---you'll totally love that quality! I used the foam styling product more as a heat protectant than a holding product. I liked the way that it worked and I'll probably whip it out when I try flexi-rods again. I definitely want to give this line another go.




I pulled my hair into my 30 second Ol' Faithful updo (aka my "mom hair") and bantu knotted my bangs for a soft curl. One of the knots turned out kinda wonky, but I really didn't care. Ha-ha! You can check out the tutorial for this look here and here.

How was your #washdayexperience?
Besitos!
KLP

The Wash Day Experience Linkup RULES

  1. Healthy Hair is the theme. Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted.
  2. Share it! Your blog post must link back to this site so others see. We even made this nifty button below which links back to The Wash Day Experience page! Just copy and drop the code into your blog post.
  3. Encourage the wash day experience contributor that linked up directly before you with an inspiring  comment. We are each here to support each other and build a community of determined women and hair-friends. Don’t worry, the chica ​who links up after you will do the same; comment love for everyone! 




Friday, August 29, 2014

The Best Fit-spiration Pinterest Boards | #FitnessFriday

I'm kinda sorta addicted to Pinterest---especially for fitness inspiration. I love uncovering inspirational quotes, ways to shake up my workout routine, and literally laughing out loud at fitness funnies. Check out my best of the best in Pinterest Fit-spiration:


Brooklyn Active Mama
Nellie's sassy sense of humor translates from her fabulous fitness blog to her hilarious fitness funnies. If you need a fitness related giggle---she's your girl!



Les Astuces De Margaux
Margaux is an imaging French lifestyle/beauty blogger with a distinguishing eye for positivity radiant fitness affirmations.



Ok Dani!
Dani is genuinely dedicated to increasing her wellness---and yours too. She a mom of 2, wife of 1, and beach body fanatic. I adore the fitness motivation that flows from her on Pinterest.



It's your turn! Who do you follow on Pinterest for Fit-spiration?



Besitos!
KLP

PS: In other news, #FitnessFriday will be under construction for a few weeks. We've got some ridiculous awesomeness planned to share with you guys to spice it up a bit. So definitely stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, you can still link up with either my blog bestie Ebony from www.longing4length.com or myself on Fridays!