Air Drying Your Hair—The Lazy Vegan Girl’s Guide to Styling Your Hair — January 31, 2018

Air Drying Your Hair—The Lazy Vegan Girl’s Guide to Styling Your Hair

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It is important to take care of your hair while it is wet, mainly because this is when your hair is most likely to fall out…and none of us wants our hair to fall out, (even though there are many days when I feel like pulling my own hair out because of stress)…

 

Heat can be your be your hair’s best friend or worst enemy.

Heat can create bouncing curls, waves, and tendrils from an unruly mane or flat, lifeless locks in no time at all…

Heat can also cause serious damage and split ends, make your hair rough and dull and more susceptible to damage and cause your hair to lose moisture faster than it can be reabsorbed from the air, leaving it brittle.

 

And the heat of the hair dryer can be the greatest enemy to the health of your hair.

 

So let your hair air dry naturally if possible, at least partially.

 

Air-drying your hair, instead of blow-drying and heat-styling it, will save you both time spent doing your hair and this risk of damaging your hair.

Here are a few simple secrets to air-drying hair and having it actually look like one great big frizzy mess.


1. Air drying your hair doesn’t mean you should skip product…All hair types should follow up towel drying with a detangling leave-in conditioner,  a protectant spray or cream or a blow-dry serum…combing it  through with a large-tooth comb.

Product will help set the hair, add volume, and reduce frizz and unruliness.

If your hair is on the finer side and lacks a true natural texture, also spritz a sea salt spray at the roots continuing through to the ends to help give the hair more volume. Then leave hair alone until it dries.

 

2.  Apply argan oil to damp hair from the mid-lengths to the tips. This will seal the cuticles, tone down frizz, keep your hair smelling clean and fresh, and enhance natural waves. Two quality ARGAN oils worth checking into are…Josie MaraNatha ARGAN OIL…and Zweena Pure Organic Argan Oil.

 

3. Never brush wet hair…Brushing your hair while wet can stretch the strands, causing damage and splits while it is at its most delicate.
4.  Sleeping on a satin pillowcase will also keep hair from frizzing because satin is gentler on  hair cuticles…Although sleeping on wet hair might initially seem like a good idea,  the combination of cotton pillowcases and tossing and turning as you sleep can cause breakage, frizz and tangles. Avoid it at all costs.

5.  Don’t touch your hair as it dries. …The more you touch, play with, and otherwise mess with your hair, the frizzier it will get.


6.  Never use a hair tie to pull your hair back into a ponytail or bun as it’s drying. This will not only break your hair, but will also result in strange kinks and texture

 

7.  Apply a spritz of dry shampoo to your roots once your hair is dry for extra lift and texture.

 

Now What?! — January 30, 2018

Now What?!

IMG_4860Once you have finished taking your shower, it is crucial that you take the time to “pamper” your skin and hair. the better and healthier both your skin and your hair will be.

Since a post-shower routine is so important in maintaining the health of your hair and skin, let’s talk about the things that you should take the time to do right after your shower…

 

 1.  Hair…It is important to take care of your hair while it is wet because this is when your hair is most likely to fall out.

The heat of the hair dryer can be a great enemy to the health of your hair. So let your hair air dry naturally if possible, at least partially…(more on this later)…

Comb a nourishing leave-in conditioner or detangler gently through your hair, using a wide-toothed comb…(never a brush)…

 

2.  Moisturizers…Warm water may be relaxing, but hot water and steam also leave your skin super dry after showering. For this reason, it is important to always apply a good moisturizer once you get out of the shower.

 

3.  Serums and Oils….Hot showers leave the pores of your skin open, so this is the best time to apply of these skincare products and solutions to allow them to be more completely absorbed.

Wrap Up Your Really, Really Relaxing Shower with a Really, Really Regal Bathrobe — January 26, 2018

Wrap Up Your Really, Really Relaxing Shower with a Really, Really Regal Bathrobe

IMG_4702-0Another important “me-time” luxury that you will want to have close at hand once you step out of the shower is a bathrobe that you could definitely live in…or do actually wish that you could live in…

So why not reward yourself with a bathrobe that will feel like a true indulgence and smart investment every single time you put it on.

Here are a few luxury bathrobes worth checking out..

1. Del Rossa Hooded Bathrobe

  • Colors Available…purple, black, chocolate brown, navy blue, steel gray, burgundy
  • Fabric…100% authentic Turkish cotton terry cloth
  • Price…$75

2.  L.L. Bean Terry Cloth Robe

  1. Colors Available…dark raspberry, dawn, pebble gray, white
  2. Fabric…Turkish terry cloth
  3. Price…$79

  
3.  Parachute Classic Bathrobe

  • Colors Available…white, stone
  • Fabric…100% long-staple Turkish cotton
  • Price…$99

  

    4.  Pottery Barn Faux Fur Bathrobe

    • Colors Available…Caramel Ombre
    • Fabric…100% plush polyester
    • Price…$129 (currently on sale for $103)

      

    5.  Restoration Hardware Sayon Silk Bathrobe

    • Colors Available…natural, gray, wine
    • Fabric…100% mulberry silk
    • Price…$165
    Towels — January 24, 2018

    Towels

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    Now that you’ve finished your shower, the first thing you will probably grab for will be a towel…

    But don’t just settle for any old towel.

     

     

    Instead take the t;ime to find the best towels, or the best towels for you personally…and be willing, if able, to actually spent money on towels instead of grabbing the cheapest ones that you can find.

     

    Towel shopping should not simply be a matter of how good the towel may feel on the display shelf or how much it might cost.

    In fact there are several factors to take into consideration when shopping for high-quality towels—absorbency, durability, softness, cost, size, and launderability…(not sure if that’s a real word or not).

     

     

     

    Absorbency…Towels made of .100% cotton, especially Egyptian or Pima cotton, are typically the most absorbent. Such towels, those made with Pima or Egyptian cotton, are usually the softest also.

     

     

     

     

    Structure…(Loops and Twists)…Every towel has loops. These loops help the towel feel soft and absorb water. You should not be able to see the base of the towel beneath these loops.

    The “twists” of the towel refers to how much the loop’s yarn is twisted. Towels with either a low or zero twist are more absorbent than towels with a denser twist.

     

     

    Touch…Touch can be deceiving. Don’t rely on how soft the towel feels at first glance, or in this case, first touch. Most manufacturers add a softened “finish” so that the towels feel nice and velvety in the store. But that finish washes off after the first few runs through the laundry…leaving you with a much rougher towel than you had thought you had bought.

     

     

     

     

    Weight…/Thicker, heavier towels are most likely to be absorbent than thinner, lighter towels., and truly high-quality towels will feel heavier than they look.

    Towel weight is measured in grams per square meter (GSM). Generally, the higher the weight, the denser the towel and the more absorbent and plush it will be. 300-400 GSM is considered lightweight, 400-600 GSM is medium weight, and 600-900 GSM is the heaviest.  Thicker towels with high GSM, or grams per square meter, feel more luxurious.

     1.  1888 Mills Made Here Bath Towel

    • Availability…Walmart
    • Colors Available…blue, brown, cream, grey, red, and tan
    • Fabric…100% USA grown cotton with pima rich loops
    • Price…$2

    2.  Abyss Super Line Bath Towel

    • Availability….Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s
    • Colors Available…30 available
    • Fabric…Egyptian cotton
    • Price…$74
    • Size…28″x54″

    3. AmazonBasics Fade-Resistant 3-Piece Towel Set

    • Availability….Amazon
    • Fabric…100% cotton
    • Price…$13
    • Set includes…2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 washcloths
    • Size…54″ x 30″…(26″x16″ for hand towel, 12″x12″ for washcloth)

    4.  Fina Ultra Absorbent Waffle Weave Microfiber Bath Towel

    • Availability….Amazon
    • Colors Available…white, linen, sage, and coffee
    • Fabric…Microfiber
    • Price…$15
    • Size..29″x55″

    5.  Pinzon Heavyweight Luxury 820-Gram Bath Towel

    • Availability….Amazon
    • Colors Available…blue, gray, sage, green, ivory, and white
    • Fabric…100% cotton
    • Price…$21
    • Size…30″x56″
    • Weight…nearly 2 pounds each

    6.  Superior 900 GSM Egyptian Cotton Bath Towel Set

    • Availability….Amazon, overstock.com, Walmart
    • Colors Available…18 colors available
    • Fabric..long-staple combed cotton
    • Price…$62 for set of six (2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 washcloths)
    • Sizes…30″x55″…(20″x30″ hand towel, 13″x13″ washcloth)

    7.  Utopia Luxury Bath Sheet Towel

    • Availability….Amazon, Sears, and BB&B
    • Colors Available…black, white, navy, champagne, plum, gray, brown, and sage
    • Fabric…100% ring spun cotton
    • Price…$16
    • Size…35″x70″

     

     

    How should I use my new towels? Drying off after your shower can be as important as the shower itself. Pat yourself dry. Rubbing your skin too vigorously with a towel can cause irritation, leave you itchy, and make dry skin get even worse. This will also leave some water on the skin, which can be sealed in with moisturizer.

     

     

    How do I take care of my brand new towels?

    Take time to actually read the tag on your new, luxurious towels tag before you simplty stick in your washing machine. Machine wash on the hottest temperature-setting recommended, with similar colors.

    Never use bleach, dryer sheets, or liquid fabric softener on your towels. This will  eventually weaken the fibers make the towels less absorbent.

    8 Best Cruelty-Free OTBC Facial Cleansers — January 19, 2018

    8 Best Cruelty-Free OTBC Facial Cleansers

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    For those of us without the time initiative to make our own vegan cleansers, there are several OTBC (over the beauty counter) options available, such as…

     

    1,  100% PURE: Matcha Green Tea Cleansing Foam

    • Best for…those with oily and sensitive skin
    • Ingredients…aloe, rosewater, coconut oil, and so forth…
    • Price…$35

     

    2. Alba Botanica ACNEdote Deep Pore Wash

    • Availability…Target, Sprouts
    • Best for…skin that is prone to breakouts and blackheads,
    • Ingredients…ground walnut shell, oil-free salicylic acid, aloe, chamomile
    • Price…$7

     

    3.  Christina Moss Organic Face Wash

    • Best for…very sensitive Akin
    • Ingredients…coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, aloe vera juice, shea butter, rosemary essential oil
    • Price…$23

     

    4.  Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash

    • Availability…Sprouts
    • Best for…combination skin
    • Ingredients…castile soap, coconut oil, tea tree oil,….
    • Price…$10

     

    5.  Naturopathica Aloe Cleaning Gel

    • Best for…perfect for all skin types
    • Ingredients…over 50% aloe vera, coconut oil, lavender flower, rose oil
    • Price…$36

     

    6.  Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash

    • Availability…Target, Sprouts, Ulta
    • Best for…all skin types
    • Ingredients…sea algae extract, coconut water, papaya extracts
    • Price…$10

     

    7.  SW Basics Cleanser

    • Availability…Target
    • Best for…people with sensitive, acne-prone, and problem skin
    • Ingredients…rosewater, tea tree oil, vegetable glycerin
    • Price…$20

     

    8. Thesis Daily Harmony Face Wash

    • Availability…Whole Foods
    • Best for…those who struggle with very oily skin
    • Ingredients…lavender…aloe vera…tea tree, geranium, petitgrain, peppermint, and eucalyptus extracts
    • Price…$20
    Vegan Face Wash Recipes — January 17, 2018

    Vegan Face Wash Recipes

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    Every woman, regardless of skin type should attempt to find the perfect facial cleanser—one that leaves her skin feeling clean and soft, combats the dirt and pollutants encountered during the day, does not cause skin irritation, gently cleanses skin without stripping it of beneficial oils, removes makeup, and prevents adult acne.

    Not only that, vegan women must also find a face wash that is 100% animal-friendly and cruelty-free.

    Fortunately there is a variety of options, including making your own cleanser or buying a cleanser from a known vegan  brand.

    One option in ensuring that the products that you use are cruelty-free and contains high-quality ingredients is to start creating such natural vegan skin care products yourself.

    Today let’s look at a few ingredients that can be used in vegan face wash washes, along with recipes for such vegan face washes.

    1.  Activated Charcoal

    • 1C coconut oil
    • 6 activated charcoal capsules
    • 2Tbsp baking soda
    • Essential oils (5 drops lavender, 6 drops rosemary)

    2.  Chamomile

    • 1/4C castile soap
    • 1/4C brewed chamomile tea
    • 3/4tsp olive oil
    • Essential oil (6 drops essential oil of choice)

    3.  Coconut Oil

    • 1Tbsp coconut oil
    • 1tsp honey
    • Essential oils (3 drops tea tree, 2 drops lavender)

    4.  Lemon

    • 1Tbsp yogurt
    • 1tsp lemon juice
    • Essential oil (lemon)

    5.  Sugar

    • 1C brown sugar
    • 1C melted coconut oil
    • Essential oils of choice

    6.  Tea Tree Oil

    • 1/4C castor oil
    • 1/2C grapeseed oil
    • 1/4C jojoba oil
    • 15 drops tea tree oil
    Vegan Shaving Creams — January 8, 2018

    Vegan Shaving Creams

     

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    There are a number of excellent shaving creams that will meet the needs of even the choosiest vegan…great alternatives to the typical commercial brands that almost always contain many animal byproducts.

    Even though almost none of these vegan shaving creams can be found in the ordinary pressurized cans, there are several premium vegan shaving gels that work every bit as well as conventional creams.

    When shopping for a vegan shaving cream, there are many factors to consider. These include ingredients, scent, texture, and volume.

    1.  Ingredients…Choosing natural and organic ingredients is always a good idea because these products have no harsh chemicals, pesticides, or synthetic ingredients that might be absorbed into your skin.

    2.  Scent…The scent that you choose is simply a matter of personal preference,  but if you are going to use a scented shaving cream, you’re typically better off choosing a lighter, less noticeable fragrance…a shaving cream that contains essential oils, not whatever the heck the word “fragrance” might mean on the package.

    3.  Texture…If you are truly committed to doing your part to create and maintain a safer, cleaner planet, you will want to avoid typical foamy shaving creams. The chemicals, hydrocarbons, and compressed gases that are released when creating that foam have been shown to be unhealthy for our environment.

    4.  Volume…The amount of shaving cream that  you want to purchase at one time and the size of the shaving cream containers depends on many factors—travel regulations, desire to sample a new product without having to buy a large container you are never going to use, how often you take showers and shave, how many people will be using the product, and any savings that can be enjoyed by purchasing in bulk.

    Now for a few of the vegan shaving creams available…

     

    1.  100% Pure Seaweed Vegan Shaving Cream  

    • Fragrances Available…Pink Grapefruit
    • Ingredients…all-natural ingredients such as citrus essential oil
    • Price…$21  
    • Product Review…

    2.  Avalon Organics Cream Shave

    • Availability…Kroger, Sprouts, Whole Foods
    • Fragrances Available…Aloe, Peppermint, Lavender
    • Ingredients…vegan and cruelty free product that contains mostly organic ingredients such as organic peppermint essential oil
    • Price…$8
    • Product Review…

    3. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Shaving Soap

    • Availability…Walgreen’s, Target
    • Fragrances Available…Lavender, Lemongrass Lime, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Unscented
    • Ingredients…Dr. Bronner’s well-known pure-castile liquid soap base, and organic shikakai, the seed pods of the Acadia plant
    • Price…$9
    • Product Review…

    4. Kiss My Face Moisture Shave

    • Availability…just about every store across the US
    • Fragrances Available…Peaceful Patchouli, Pomegranate Grapefruit, Cool Mint, Key Lime, Lavender Shea, Green Tea & Bamboo, and Fragrance Free
    • Ingredients…antiseptic goldenseal and peppermint, arnica, orange flower, sage, soapwaort, lemon grass, vitamins A & E, and emollients olive oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera
    • Price…$8
    • Product Review
    • Product Review…
    Homemade Shaving Cream — January 5, 2018

    Homemade Shaving Cream

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    Our goal now is to make or purchase a fragrance-free, relatively inexpensive shaving cream that goes on smooth, leaves your legs moisturized without clogging up your razor, and nourishes and protects sensitive skin while helping you get a good, close shave.

    This recipe seems to be the most popular recipe for homemade shaving cream floating on the internet these days, and one well worth trying as we make the switch to organic and natural products.

     

    Homemade Shaving Cream…makes about 4-6oz

    • 1/3C coconut oil
    • 1/3C shea butter
    • 2Tbsp oil—olive, jojoba, sweet almond, or grapeseed
    • 2Tbsp liquid castile soap

    Melt shea butter and coconut oil over the lowest heat setting on the stove. Stir occasionally until fully melted. Add oil. Stir until fully blended. Remove from heat. Transfer mixture to a medium-sized jar. Refrigerate overnight or until solid. Remove from fridge into mixing bowl. Whip using a hand mixer or stand mixer for about four minutes. Add castile soap. Whip until fully combined. Spoon shaving cream into a glass jar with a lid. Store in a cool, dry place.

     

    Now let’s talk about the specific ingredients and why they are good for your skin.

    1.  Coconut Oil…Coconut oil is a great moisturizer that contains lots of anti-aging benefits and protects the skin from free radicals.

    2.  Raw Shea Butter…Raw shea butter is extremely moisturizing and provides immediate softness and smoothness. It is also a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor promoting compounds.

    3.  Oil…There are several options available as far as the oil to use when making your shaving cream. These include…

    • Olive oil is great at preventing dry skin and contains moisturizing vitamin E.
    • Jojoba oil is great for combatting skin scarring, fatty tissues, and facial lines.
    • Sweet almond oil is great for dark circles.
    • Grapeseed oil is a great source of vitamin E and moisturizing fatty acids.

    4.  Liquid Castile Soap…Liquid castile soap is an all-natural chemical-free soap, and adding it to your shaving cream provides a bit of texture so that the shaving cream is more effective..

    5.  Essential Oils…There are also several options as to essential oils to add to your shaving cream. Popular essential oils to use include…

    • Lavender oil is a soothing oil that restores skin complexion, slows aging with its powerful antioxidants, and improves eczema and psoriasis.
    • Frankincense helps improve circulation, lowers symptoms of arthritis, and helps decrease muscle aches.
    • Tea tree oil is a good antiseptic if you should cut yourself.
    • Peppermint oil gives a cooling sensation.
    Razors — January 3, 2018

    Razors

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    All women…at least American women…want to have well-shaven, silky-smooth skin on their legs, armpits, and bikini area. And the best results almost always result from using the best razor for the job.

    Benefits of using a quality razor, as opposed to a cheaper razor, include saving you money in the long run, reducing the risk of skin irritation and razor burn, and giving you better results for your efforts.

    Electric razors, such as this Panasonic ES2207P Ladies Electric Shaver,  are another option for shaving. These razors reduce the risk of getting cuts, burns, and nicks. They are especially great for women with sensitive skin.

    Factors to consider when choosing the “perfect” razor include whether or not the razor comes into contact with your skin too much, if the razor creates a close enough shave, how much control you have over the razor so that you can avoid accidentally cutting yourself, and if there are conditioning and smoothing strips.

    These moistening and conditioning strips will moisten the area before the actual razor blades pass over the skin and help avoid any skin irritation that might result from shaving.

    There is much debate as to whether disposable or refillable razors are best. While disposable razors are a lot cheaper, they aren’t always a good value over refillable versions.

    Even though refillable razors are typically going to be more expensive than  disposable ones, they have a longer useful lifespan than disposable ones and cost less to replace. Refillable razors are also typically made with higher quality blades and handles.

    Personally I have found the best razors to buy are the Gillette Swirl HydroSilk, Gillette Venus Embrace, Schick Hydro Silk Trim Style Moisturizing Razor, and Gillette Fusion ProGlide.

    Loofah — January 2, 2018

    Loofah

    The loofah sponge is made from a loofah fruit.

    The loofah fruit is a type of cucumber commonly found in Vietnam, where it is used as an ingredient in soups and other dishes.

    The insides of this vegetable form what we know as the loofah sponge, a network of fibers that harden and become very durable when dried.

    The pink fruit is shaped like a breast, with an enlarged end portion that has a black lump in the breast similar to nipple.

    Loofah sponges come in several different shapes and sizes, and are designed for many different uses and skin type needs.

    The benefits of using a loofah include…

    • exfoliates the skin – The various natural fibers in a loofah exfoliate the dead skin cells from your skin
    • removes any dirt or pollutants that might be stuck in between the pores of your skin
    • improves blood circulation of the skin
    • helps the skin get rid of any harmful toxins and chemicals
    • helps keep the skin firm and smooth
    • removing all of the “gunk” from the skin surface
    • can help you save money on shower gels and soap because there is enough texture to make lather out of even a small amount of soap or shower gel.

    Many companies manufacturers produce and sell various types of loofah, but you want to find a high-quality and all-natural loofah.

    The small holes and portions of your loofah are places where bacteria can grow and thrive, even if you rinse and dry your loofah properly after use.

    Always rinse the loofah after each use to make sure there are no traces of dirt, soap, or anything else that may harbor bacteria. You may occasionally want to brush the surface of the loofah with a toothbrush.

    Rinse your loofah and allow it to dry completely after each use.

    Do not leave your loofah in the bathroom because the humidity will keep it from drying quickly. Instead place the loofah somewhere where it can dry right away.

    Sterilize your loofah at least once a week either in a pot of boiling water or in the washing machine with a load of towels.

    Replace the loofah after using it for about a month. After about a month, the fibers that form the texture of the loofah may begin to break down, making the loofah inefficient…and as the loofah begins to get ‘older’, any bacteria may slowly develop, making it a harbor of bacteria and other harmful microbes.