November 12, 2015

My Postpartum Hair Routine


Let's chat about what happens to your hair after you have a baby. It starts innocently enough with a few strands falling out here and there, then it escalates to grabbing damn near entire handfuls in the shower as they wash down the drain along with your tears and dignity.

Dramatic? Maybe. True? In my case this time around, yes. I barely lost any hair after I had my first son a few years ago, then I chopped it all off into a pixie cut when he was around 8 months old. Short hair is WAY less obvious when its shedding. This time around, I'm attempting to grow out my hair (bad timing on my part) and I have discovered a few things that have really been helping. Read on for the products I've been obsessed with lately and how I've been using them. Before I tell you about the fun stuff, I've been taking the generic Target (Up & Up brand) hair skin and nails supplement for a couple weeks and I am super impressed with it. My nails are rock hard and I swear I have been losing MUCH less hair. This could totally be that my hormones are starting to level out, but for under $15 a bottle, I'm going to keep taking them in case they're the reason. As always, if you start taking any supplement with a high level of biotin, make sure you are drinking a ton of water to flush your system so the biotin doesn't end up working its way out of your system in the form of cystic acne. I drink about a gallon of water a day (at least) so this has never been an issue for me. 

Firstly, I have two different shampoo/conditioner regimins that I am using. I don't shampoo my hair every day. But when I do shampoo, I alternate (every other shampoo) between a super duper extra moisturizing argan oil based shampoo and conditioner that smells like HEAVEN (kind of like orange creamsicle) and the volumizing, thickening set below that I'll also tell you about. The first mentioned duo is HASK which is free of sulfates, parabens, phthlates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors. This stuff is so nourishing and doesn't weigh down my fine hair. You can find HASK at Ulta, Walgreens or online. Make sure you follow their Instagram, too. It's such a cute account with all sorts of girly eye candy! Fun fun.


The other shampoo and conditioner that I've been using (c/o iFabbo) is Keranique (pictured below). It is a scalp stimulating shampoo and a keratin smoothing conditioner. This stuff has been awesome for my scalp. I had some dry patches along my hairline and in my temple area and within two uses, it was totally gone. Both the shampoo and conditioner have kind of a tingly feeling that is really nice. I use this duo as my volumizing/clarifying/scalp energizing regimen. Keranique has a lift and repair treatment spray and a hair regrowth treatment (all products includes FDA approved regrowth treatment) in their line as well. I've been using this for almost 2 months and am getting near the end of my bottles and this is one of those products that I will most definitely be replenishing. I get a lot of products sent to me to use and review and honestly, most of them I use a few times and forget about. Keranique is most definitely not in that category. You can get 25% off any Keranique purchase when you shop online at www.keranique.com. Use promo code: THICKER25 at checkout. Offer expires 12/31/15.


The other little vials up there in that photo are HASK treatment oils which I have become OBSESSED with. I absolutely will not blow dry my hair without working one of these babies into my ends and midshaft first. If I have no where to go and know I'll just be bumming around the house with my babies (which let's be honest, is most of the time) then I shower, gently towel dry my hair, work one of these HASK oils through before I use my wide tooth comb to detangle, spritz in my favorite thickening tonic, then I toss it into a clip (less breakage than with an elastic) and I let it air dry. If I have to blow dry, I do the same steps, but after I work the oil through and detangle, I spray in my root lifter/volumizer and then blow dry in sections using a big round brush.


I don't use a ton of styling product in my hair, but one thing I use without fail when I want my hair to look fuller, thicker and more voluminous, is a hair powder. I fell in love with Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion years ago and it's still one of my absolute favorites. The other one I sometimes grab when I'm at beauty supply is Big Sexy Hair Powder Play which is really incredible. Hair powders (if you haven't worked with them) are sprinkled in at the root and then "tousled" with the fingers to get major volume and lift. I always work it through to my hair's midshaft as well to make it look like I have twice the amount of hair as I do. I do this step after I curl my hair (not before) as kind of a finishing step and a way to make my waves/curls look a little messier and "undone" which I prefer. 


My wand that I've been IN LOVE WITH is my 25mm NuMe Classic Wand (also pictured above). I have fine hair that holds a curl pretty well, but if you have stubborn hair that typically doesn't hold curl, you'll want to go with a Magic Wand which has a titanium barrel as opposed to a ceramic barrel. I have a ton of great coupon codes for you below so make sure you check them out. It literally takes me 5 minutes to curl my entire head, then I finger comb through all of my hair and then do my hair powder (read paragraph above this one) and I'm finished! If I want to save time in the morning, I make sure I shampoo and blow dry my hair before I go to bed, then in the morning I just spritz in a dry shampoo, and then continue on with my routine. 

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Alrighty, ladies and gents! That should be enough hair info to hold you over into the new year! Hope you enjoy and are able to snatch up a new hot tool for yourself (you deserve it) or a friend or family member for holiday gifts!

November 9, 2015

WELEDA Baby


I didn't make a baby registry for my second child. *Cue the sad violins* Don't worry, I've been saving for both boys' therapy funds that they will no doubt be dipping into having me as a mother. In my defense, I have an older son who is incredibly easy on his clothes, shoes and pretty much everything  and we already had, so we knew we'd be passing it right on down to baby numero dos.

There were, of course, items we knew we would be buying ourselves (obviously diapers, wipes, etc.) and more importantly, bath products! We are big fans of the Babyganics line which is what we still use on my toddler, so we loaded up with that stuff when the second (pictured) guy came along. He wanted me to tell you all that that is his real hair. No wigs were used in the drafting of this blog post.

Recently, I had the pleasure of trying out some new products from the Weleda line that I fell in love with, and when I told the sweet gal who sent them to me how much I loved them, she went and sent me just about the whole darn baby line! (EEEEEP!) I wanted to take a couple weeks to make sure I tried each and every product so that I could tell you guys which ones were the standouts.


Firstly, if you're not into natural scented products, this line probably isn't for you. I happen to come from an Aveda background, so I adore earthy, natural scents. This line smells so clean and healthy and free from all the synthetic garbage. I personally love the calendula (yellow packaging) scent, which is somewhat similar to a mild lavender and chamomile. We've been using the Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash for every bath and it is so creamy and gentle. It does lather up a bit, but it's more like an in-shower moisturizer. Fantastic for the colder, dryer months. The light purple and white packaging is the White Mallow line and it is SO DREAMY. It doesn't have a scent (fragrance free) so if you or your baby is sensitive skinned (most babies are) this would be a fantastic choice. I'll just tell you right now that I totally stole the White Mallow Face Cream for myself. I used it on my guy once and I loved it so much, I quickly put it in my bathroom along with all my other fancy skin care! In my defense, we received 2 other really lovely moisturizers that I could use on him....I GAVE HIM LIFE, HE CAN GIVE ME HIS WHITE MALLOW FACE CREAM!! He obviously kept the diaper rash cream all to himself which has been really nice for after baths.

When I opened the package, my (almost three year old) son zeroed in on the Calendula Toothpaste. It was like he had a laser focus and just nabbed it immediately. I went on to tell him he probably wouldn't like it as it wouldn't taste like his artificial strawberry kid's toothpaste, but he just haaaaad to see for himself. At first taste, he kind of looked at me like I told him Thomas the Train wasn't real, but then something shifted and he kept squeezing it out onto this toothbrush. Score! Hey, I'm all for kids brushing their teeth no matter what, but if he's using a better toothpaste without a bunch of extra chemicals, well then, count me way in! I don't think I have to tell you that I also had to try it out for myself, you know, for testing purposes (hehe) and it's so delicious! If you are a black licorice fan, this toothpaste will be your favorite thing ever. I happen to be a gigantic black licorice aficionado, so this was right up my alley. I was expecting it to taste like the other Calendula products smelled (does that make sense?) but luckily, it had kind of an anise and mint taste which was much more appropriate for a toothpaste than the lavender-esque fragrance from the other calendula products.

Lastly, I was really excited to see the two oils she sent me. There is one for baby and one for Mamacita. We've been using the Baby Tummy Oil after every bath and he absolutely loves it! There's the sweetest little insert in the box that tells you how to do baby massage which is SO great right before bed. He's gotten to the point where he sees the bottle and gets all wide-eyed and kicky footed and knows he's about to get a spa treatment! The larger bottle of oil is the Stretch Mark Massage Oil. Now, if I'm being 100% honest here, I have to tell you that I did not get stretch marks with either pregnancy. Please please, don't roll your eyes just yet, I'm as surprised as you are seeing as both of my boys weighed in at 9.8 pounds and 9.13 pounds (respectively) yes, the second baby was bigger....*sigh* BUT I am a huge advocate for skin elasticity and I really believe that part of the reason my stomach looked better than it did pre-pregnancy after my first son (other than a clean diet and lots of exercise) was that I used a belly oil and wore my Belly Bandit in the early months. So I'm using this oil in place of the Clarins that I used the first time around. I still love the Clarins and highly recommend it, but I will report back on whether or not this one had better, comparable or worse results. If you are pregnant or know a pregnant gal, get your hands on this oil. It smells so beautiful and it slips and slides around really nicely without any tugging of the skin.

What is your favorite baby care line? I'm always on the lookout for new ones to try! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed the "baby in the bath" photo that my son will be mortified about when he's in his teens! Muahahahaha! 


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