Happy Tuesday friends! We are officially on Summer break and excited about it! While most of Hawaii is starting to slowly reopen again, the family and I are still heeding precautions and social distancing as much as possible. But, there have been a lot of changes in our immediate circle and I’m gonna share them with you today. A few weeks ago I posted an image on Instagram with “new hair”. I stated that I would update as to the reason for it and this is that long-awaited post. I have decided that I’m going to be transitioning to grey hair and let my natural hair grow out. Today, I share that with all of you.
Grey or Bust?
If you’ve been a long time follower of my Blog or YouTube channel, you may have noticed that my gray roots (or even the lengths of my hair) show often. Sometimes I cover them up, sometimes I let them go – but after months of thinking this over, I’ve decided I would give gray a try. Let me start by saying that having darker hair and trying to go grey is not easy. Did you know that you need to lighten your hair to go grey? Well, I certainly didn’t know that before I jumped to the thought that I could go all grey first and let the natural stuff grow out.
Watch the video where I explain it all
I filmed a video for my YouTube channel explaining the process which you can watch here, or embedded below.
Fall and winter of 2019 up until March, I had bright red hair, which you can see from the images below. I love red hair and anyone who has been following me a while knows that it’s my go-to Fall/Winter color and has been for years. But red doesn’t easily leave my hair or wash out as simply as it does for others. I can keep the red in my hair for over 6 months without it fading or washing out, even with semi-permanent dyes.
I removed the red from my hair (or at least I thought I did, more about that in my video), and thought I was left with my brunette hair after removing the color. Well, turns out that the red did not remove from my roots and I was left with a pinkish/red hue to my hair. I digress and made it work.
With change came damage
I used a number of different products to achieve the lighter-toned bleached hair. Quick Blue and Ion Sensitive Scalp developer in 40 volume seemed to do the trick and get it pretty light, but I did have to do this three times. Of course, you can see how much it damaged my hair in the process.
Of course, after trying to lighten my hair dramatically (probably about 8-9 shades), I had a lot of damage. Even if I used Olaplex (thankfully I had #1 and #2), I still had damage and dry areas. But, I’m also thankful my hair didn’t just fall out. I did go in and cut off about 11 inches of hair to revive not only my curl but hopefully breathe life back into my hair after basically killing it.
Some of the products I used to achieve my current hair color
Some of the products used to achieve my current hair shade include:
Ion Color Brilliance Sensitive Skin 40vol developer
Ion Color Brilliance Bright White Cream Lightener
Quick Blue Hair Bleach
Wella T14 and T18 Toner
Ion Violet Gray Semi Permanent Hair Color
Ion Titanium Permanent Hair Color
Clairol Silver Lights Shampoo & Conditioner
ColorLux Silver Color Changing Shampoo
Color Oops (to remove the red)
After wearing my hair long for about 2 days (maybe 3), I struggled to work with it. The dead ends and lengths of my hair were so damaged that it tangled consistently over those few days and I just couldn’t get my curls revived to a healthy look. I loved the color, but struggled with the damage. After trying to make it work a few days, I decided I needed to cut it. I took off a total of 11 inches from the length of my hair and then went in and did a light dusting of the ends. (see below)
Since cutting my hair, I have been wearing it down much more often and satin scrunchies have been the only hair tie to pull it all back. While you can still see some brownish-red near the roots of my head, I’m really liking the color so far. As you can see in my video – there are areas that really took on the gray (near my neck and ends of hair), but I’m liking it this light.
Wearing my hair down more!
I have been embracing wearing it down as much as possible because I don’t have to worry too much about demarcation right now. I took the photo below, today so that you could see how my hair looks after a few weeks.
Overall, I’m excited for this journey. I know that it won’t be an easy one, especially since I was called out on having gray hair before in the past. But, I’m going to embrace this change and transition to the best of my ability. It may not be easy, but such is life. I’ll be updating along the way and sharing my progress here as well as on my YouTube channel. If you’re a fellow grey hair/silver sister, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments or feel free to reach out via email.
If there is one thing I absolutely love when it comes to brands and products, it’s when a brand I have used for years bring something new to the table. BioSilk is a brand I’ve used for over 20 years, first being introduced to them in 1996. The original Silk Therapy was recommended to me when I was in high school and needed to tame and moisturize my crazy curly hair. Now, years later, I was given the opportunity to try out the BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil. And, today – I am sharing all of my thoughts on these products with all of you.
BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil: Just like the BioSilk Silk Therapy, the Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil is a Leave-In treatment that can be used for both hair and skin. BioSilk says that this light-weight leave-in treatment offers superior moisture replenishment while fortifying weak strands. It helps to control frizz and flyaways while preventing split ends for smooth results with incredible shine. For the skin, it can be used as a light moisturizing oil to relieve dry skin leaving it soft and smooth with a subtle glow.
After using this product for several weeks, I have absolutely been loving it as much as I love the original. If you have ever tried the BioSilk Silk Therapy products, you will know exactly how they feel. They have slip like regular oils but they leave your hair feeling moisturized without the heavy oily feel. The Silk Therapy with organic coconut oil soaks into the skin and leaves it soft and definitely moisturized. My hair just drinks it up and I love it.
Retail: $26.80 (5.64 oz)
Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil 3-in-1: I am not one to gravitate to a 3-in-1 (shampoo, conditioner and bodywash), but I think they are definitely something perfect for travel or for those that don’t want all the product clutter. This versatile and gentle cleanser not only removes the impurities from the body and hair, but it adds essential moisture to the hair and skin. This 3-in-1 conditions while providing balanced care for the hair and skin and I love that it also helps to maintain and preserve your hair color. Hair and skin is left soft, smooth and nourished.
A 3-in-1 is definitely a time saver and so far I’ve been enjoying this product. It leaves my hair feeling soft and my body too.
Retail: $10.40 (5.64 oz)
As I mentioned before, I love when a brand re-invents or does something different to their products and it works. Adding organic coconut oil definitely added great benefits to their original products and I’ve been absolutely loving them. Honestly, these products can be a bit costly, but I think they offer such a great range of solutions for all hair types and it’s worth checking it out soon.
Have you had the chance to try out this new Organic Coconut Oil line from BioSilk? If not, have you tried the original Silk Therapy line and if you have, what do you think?
You can purchase these products at: https://biosilk.com
Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be listed through out.
Happy Aloha Friday. I figured that I would stop in today and share with you some info on a product I’ve been using over the last month. I don’t use heat on my hair often, well – honestly, it’s a rare occasion. But, I have been showering late at night lately since my schedule has me out later in the day and to keep from going to bed with wet hair, I have been using a dryer to help a sistah out a bit. Today, I’m going to be sharing with you the Conair Infiniti Pro 584NP-6 Hair Dryer, so let’s get started, shall we?
The Infinity PRO by Conair comes with Conair’s lightest weight professional AC motor. Retailing for just $59.99, it is a 1875 Watt hair dryer that offers you 3 heat settings and 2 speed settings for the perfect control over styling your hair. Ceramic technology provides infrared heat to protect your hair from heat damage and a true cold shot button to provide you with a burst of cold when you need it. With concentrator and diffuser attachments and a removable filter so you have all the tools on hand for your favorite hair styles and to dry your hair.
The hair dryer is quite lightweight and has been comfortable for me to hold in my hands, even with my carpal tunnel syndrome. I also have very long hair and love that my hands, arms and wrists don’t feel like they just had a workout after using the dryer. With it’s Ionic Technology – you will get up to 75% less frizz (compared to hair dryers with natural ion generation) and I love that it dryers my hair quickly, without causing my hair to feel dry or brittle.
The Infinity PRO by Conair is definitely powerful considering the weight of the dryer. My hair is long (as I mentioned previously), but below my waist, so drying my curly hair can be a pain in my behind. With this dryer I find that I am able to dry my hair quickly which is wonderful. Besides the Ionic Technology, the Infinity PRO also has Ceramic Technology to provide infrared heat to help protect your hair from heat damage. Since I have curls, I want to be able to dry my hair without the added frizz and without the damage, especially since my hair is so long. This dryer has definitely been a great addition to my hair game.
So – now that I gave you a bunch of the details on what it does to my hair and how it works, let’s talk about the gorgeous look of this hair dryer. The beautiful champagne color with rose gold accents makes a great addition to any beauty lovers vanity. I am loving how this looks and I was beyond impressed with the packaging overall. It’s also very durable considering how lightweight the dryer is. I have dropped this on my tile flooring at least 5 different times and it’s held up extremely well without breaking. Of course, I don’t suggest you doing that.
“Lightweight yet powerful, perfect for precision styling.”
While I’m not big on using heat on my hair often, when I do, I always want to make sure I’m using something that will not add any additional stress to my hair. Living in Hawaii in general already takes a toll on my hair because of the humidity and warmth, not to mention the fact that my hair is curly and long – all things that contribute to my hair being so finicky. A good styling tool is always a great thing to have in my beauty arsenal. Considering the cost of this dryer and how it easy it is to use and how it works, I definitely would recommend it to anyone. This dryer is definitely a spring and summer beauty hack – leaving you with dry and styled hair in shorter drying time. I definitely suggest anyone checking it out.
You can purchase this product and learn more about here.
So what about you? Can you see adding this hair dryer to your hair routine?
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased – as with anything you read about here on this site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
When it comes to wearing my curly hair down, I tend to go the easy route, easy peesy and as little work and effort as possible. Let’s face it, I have really long hair so my arms enjoy the freedom of allowing my hair to air dry if at all possible. The problem with air drying (especially during the Fall and Winter months) is that it can take literally ALL DAY LONG if my hair is left to dry naturally. I’m not about that life, seriously – who’s got time to wait around for your hair to dry. Since I don’t use heat on my hair most of the year – I try to keep it to a minimum during the colder months – but I also rely on products that work and that I can trust. The Dura CHI Hand Shot Hair Dryer has been my new best friend, or shall I say my Curly Hair’s new companion lately. It allows me to dry or style my hair easily without the fuss and today I’m going to share this interesting and fun product with you.
The Dura CHI Hand Shot Hair Dryer was launched this year (2016) in August. I have had this product in my possession now for a few months and have been giving it a good run for trial and error. This tool helps and aids in time constraints of hair styling by providing efficiency and comfort through its cutting-edge design, even allowing for hand-free use. Since there is no conventional dryer handle, the hand shot dryer allows for consistent control over the dryer to produce a multitude of styling techniques with ease.
The Dura CHI Hand Shot Dryer helps to cater to all hair types since the dryer also features a state of the art, touch sensitive control screen that offer numerous head and speed setting combinations to deliver optimal results.
Key Features of this unit include:
Hands-free drying stand enables the dryer to stand alone on a flat surface.
Handle free design for a more balanced and efficient drying angle that allows for the wrist to sit in a more comfortable place.
Touch-Sensitive Screen that regulates temperature and speed levels.
1875 Watts of power that allows for consistent heat from ceramic heat technology.
Non-slip, soft touch grip that provides optimal control and molded finger groves for added comfort and support.
Unit includes: The Hair Dryer, Blow Drying Attachment and Diffusing Attachment.
So – with a hefty price tag, you must be wondering what my thoughts are overall on the product. There’s the thing – I really like it. I have several diffusers and a blow dryer that literally just died on me and since my hair is soooo long, my arms and wrists get tired quickly with a traditional hair dryer or diffuser. I’m not saying that my arms didn’t get tired while using Dura CHI, let’s be real here… if you had to dry my hair (which is past my buttocks), your arms would be tired too. But as someone who suffers from Carpal Tunnel syndrome, I found that I was able to adjust how I hold the unit to accommodate for the achy pain in my wrist. You can’t do that easily with other dryers because holding anywhere other than the traditional handle will literally burn your hands.
I absolutely love the fact that this dryer has a hands-free drying stand which helps with the drying process of my hair as well. I can literally sit the dryer up on a flat surface and just let it dry on it’s own without using it. It dries my hair quickly, consistently all around and I LOVE how it feels in my hands when I’m diffusing my hair. It may not seem traditional to many – but having long hair and being able to grab the length of the blow dryer to diffuse the lengths of my hair, is much easier with this unit.
The unit itself is heavy – so if you are accustomed to a light weight blow dryer, you may not like this particular one. I find that it is not heavy for me because it allows me to control how I use the product fairly easily. It offers balance when diffusing the lengths of my hair and again – holding this while catching my entire hair hasn’t been a struggle. If you are a hair dresser and do blow outs, the ease of use of this unit may be something you’d like – because blow drying someone else’s hair for me was really comfortable and easy to control.
With a touch sensitive control dial and LED lights display to help provide you with an easily adjustable temperature and speed levels with a single touch – the Dura CHI offers you great ease of use. You can adjust the temperature settings using the right control panel and change the temperature range from Cool to Hot. There is also a screen locking feature. Lock the screen during use to prevent accidental temperature or speed changes by pressing the Lock button on the unit.
The price of this unit is a bit on the high side, but you are paying for a brand name that offers quality products, while getting all the cool features that this dryer provides – soft touch grip handle for non-slip control, ceramic heater 1875 watts of power and a touch sensitive screen. With my curly hair – I am very particular with the tools I use on my hair – mainly because it has taken me years to get my hair to the state it is and it’s a work in process consistently. So, I really wanted a product that offers awesome technology, ease of use and that would still work for my hair. the Dura CHI has offered all of those things and I’ve been enjoying it.
I’ve used my fair share of hair tools on my hair over the years and I have to say – I’m totally crushin on this one. Yes, again – it’s costly, but after years of throwing my hair around like it was some unused toy – I realized that I really needed to invest in some good things to keep it looking great. If are looking for a little help in blow drying or styling your hair and find the traditional blow dryers a little uncomfortable to hold as I did, you may really like this one from CHI – I do!
You can purchase this unit at: https://www.loxabeauty.com/chi-dura-chi-handshot-dryer or http://www.farouk.com/
What about you, do you think this hand shot dryer is worth checking out? Have you tried anything like this before and if so, what are your thoughts?
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
With all the kiddos heading back to school for the 2016-2017 school year, Target has you covered. The “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” product collection includes leading natural, organic and sustainable brands for you to choose from. At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone. Are you a Target shopper? If so, read on and check out some of these brands that you can add to your list the next time you’re out shopping.
Target is one of my favorite stores to shop at and I’m excited to share a few fun brands for you to check out as a part of the “Made to Matter Handpicked by Target” collection. These brands and products offer an assortment of great products and today I’m going to share them with all of you.
Pacifica is a brand that I know and love and I’m very thankful to be a Pacifica Beauty Ambassador. The Made to Matter product from Pacifica is the DreamBIG Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara ($15.99) which I wrote a review on previously (you can find that here). This mascara provides instant amplification with natural plant fibers that build and build plus fortify your lashes with an innovative peptide serum. It also includes a magic wand that changes up your mascara game with a twist. Fake it till you make it with this awesome mascara.
Shea Moisture Made to Matter Products – Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo and Conditioner ($10.99 each). I’m a huge fan of the Shea Moisture products but have not tried this particular line from the brand until now. These nourishing recipes are made with natural and certified organic ingredients and are designed to hydrate and soften dry, brittle hair. Key Ingredients include: Peace Rose Oil Complex (Alpine, Damask and Must Rose Oils) to help soften and silken dry hair. Date Pam Extract to provide protective moisture barrier with sensitivity pathway blockers and Camellia Leaf Extract contains antioxidant properties, soothing minor skin and scalp irritation. I have been LOVING these hair products and plan to have a full review up on the blog in the coming weeks.
Method Rebecca Atwood + Method Pumpkin Clove Gel Handwash ($3.49) is a design-driven, planet-friendly home and personal care product that was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood. The line includeds four custom painterly patterns and fragrances that span a variety of method products in this limited edition collection for fall – bringing sophisticated style to everyday products. The bottle is gorgeous with a chic design that is show stopping and the scent of the soap is awesome. Method met the clean label challenge for the Made to Matter program by sharing all product ingredients with Target’s Sustainability Index team so that they could verify the safety and sustainability.
Suja Pressed Probiotic Waters in Raspberry, Orange, Ginger Pineapple, Pineapple Lemon Cayenne & Ginger Lime ($2.99) are the perfect back to school drink. Suja has created the first enhanced water on teh market with no additives of any kind and no natural or artificial flavors. Suja’s Pressed Probiotic Waters are Organic, Non-GMO and Cold-Pressured. Suja’s waters are the first-ever enhanced water made with nothing but organic fruits, vegetables and vegan probiotics. 10 calories and one gram of sugar or less, the pressed probiotic waters offer a subtle sweetness and no additives of any kind. They also contain 2 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of vegan probiotics, these waters provide a clean dose of immune and digestive benefits.
Annie’s Snacks ($3.45/box) and Justin’s Peanut Butter + Banana Chip Snack Packs ($1.99) are delicious snacks that are perfect for back to school. These treats are conveniently packed to put into the lunchbox and are a nutritious snack for the whole family. They are tasty and fun and I love that they are perfect for on the go.
Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Masks ($2.99) are single use Ultra Hydrating paper masks that naturally hydrate and provide the skin with and extra dose of tropical scented moisture.
Tom’s of Maine just launched their first natural antiperspirant for Men – Naturally Dry North Woods. Selected for the “2016 Made to Matter-Handpicked by Target” Program. 48 Hour odor and wetness protection with no petrochemicals or artificial fragrances. It’s also non-irritating and with every purchase Tom’s of Main donates 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet. Tom’s Main Naturally Dry Deodorant ($4.49) is reasonably priced and smells nice. But I especially like that it will not cause irritation to my husband who has sensitive skin like me.
Tom’s of Maine Luminous White Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste ($4.99) is their newest, most advanced natural whitening toothpaste designed exclusively for Target. Luminous White offers effective whitening with only naturally derived ingredients that work to remove surface stains. Most importantly, it’s safe on enamel and selected for the 2016 “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target program because it contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or artificial sweeteners like saccharin. It’s also gluten free with no animal testing and clinically proven, dual silica whitening technology.
The Honest Company has been one my family has really grown to love. The Organic Healing Balm ($12.95) is a favorite mainly because it is very similar to those that I currently use from other brands. It’s an all purpose salve for dry, chafed or sensitive skin and a favorite in our household because I can easily carry it in my purse and take on the go for when I need it most. It’s all natural, soothing and hypoallergenic which make it all great for my sensitive skin and my family. Award winning, this balm is a must have, super versatile salve to help soothe my very dry and sensitive skin and so much more. With organic sunflower, olive and coconut oils along with shea butter to nourish and moisturize, my dry skin gets the relief it needs. It’s also made without petroleum, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances, dyes and most ingredients that cause common allergies.
The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray ($2.98) is also a favorite in our house. It smells so refreshing and bright with an orange citrus scent and moisturizes with aloe vera. Kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, this antiseptic + moisturizer offers antimicrobial protection made with plant-based ingredients. Soothing botanicals help to reduce drying, redness and chapping and there are no harsh chemicals. I love that it is in a convenient (easy to travel and use on the go) packaging and it’s a favorite to always have on hand.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Vinegar Gel Cleaner ($3.99) is something new to our family and I have not used it prior to this. Heritage-inspired specialty cleaners that are bleach-free but still work hard on grease, grime and soap-residue. Mrs. Meye’s Vinegar Gel Cleaner in Lemon Verbena smells nice and is naturally thickened vinegar with the Lemon Verbena fragrance to help clean stainless steel to a bright, brilliant shine without needed to rinse. Use to clean countertops, the refrigerator, handles, knobs and all those little do-it-yourself vinegar jobs but with more of a pleasant scent. I love it… I am someone who keeps a bottle of vinegar on hand just for cleaning the house and this product is awesome.
Happy Family Organics Brand Happy Tot Super Smart Organic Pears, Peas & Mangos ($1.60) I have been seeing kiddos around our neighborhood and at football practice sipping on these pouches over the last couple of weeks and I was excited to be able to try one. Since a toddler’s brain doubles in size from birth to age 2, it’s essential to give them the proper support for a tot’s growth. These Super Smart pouches contain 20mg of DHA and 100mg of choline, both important nutrients to help support brain health in a growing toddler. But, while these are formulated mainly for toddlers, the boys tried them and really enjoy it. I know they have a variety of flavors for older kids too so we’ll be checking those out in the next week or so and stocking up.
Babyganics Moisturizing Lotion ($7.29 for 11oz bottle) is the only baby lotion designed specifically for baby’s developing skin, featuring NeoNourish Natural Seed Oil Blend and the 100% natural scent of chamomile verbena (also available fragrance free). It’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, dyes or synthetic fragrances and the boys enjoy it as well as I do. Non-allergenic, pediatrician & dermatologist tested and never tested on animals, this is a really nice brand that includes Shea butter, Aloe, Vitamin E, Olive and Avocado Oil and the Babyganics 100% natural NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend.
Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers ($3.99) has been a fun new treat for us. Clean Label, USDA Organic, Non-GMO, nothing artificial and low in sugar, high in nutrition with 1/2 serving of vegetables. Smart Crackers are baked in a zero waste die and no scrap dough and the boys love that there are puzzle games on the 1005 recycled paperboard. The crackers are made with real organic veggies and come in three yummy flavors: Cheddar Chia Veggie, Mapple Carrot Crisp and Sweet Potato Cinna-Graham. They are made with love in the USA in a peanut and tree nut-free bakery. My sons really enjoy them and I think they taste really good… YUM.
Nature’s Path Organic EnviroKidz Granola Bars ($4.99 / 6 bars) are made with gluten-free rolled oats, chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle. The first and only granola bar made totally organic, gluten free and peanut free so they’re the perfect allergy-friendly lunchbox snack. The boys love these and love the way they taste, plus – the cute monkey on the packaging is a total fun way to snack.
Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs ($12.99) include Seventh Generations trusted Free & Clear laundry formula that is now available in EPA safer Choice certified all-temperature laundry packs. These bio-based laundry packs use quadruple-enzyme power to remove stains and leave your clothes looking good as new. The product includes 45 toss-and-wash single-dose pods to make laundry day simple and mess-free. Their EPA Safer Choice certification means that every ingredient in their laundry packs have been reviewed by the EPA to ensure it meets their stringent human health & environmental criteria. What I enjoy the most about these laundry packs is that they are perfect for sensitive skin and my family is full with sensitive skin bodies. I think this will become a favorite our ours in the future and you may see a full review on this in the months to come.
As I mentioned before, “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” is a collection of products of leading natural, organic and sustainable brands. At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone. It is always a great thing to walk into my local Target store to see the “Made to Matter” logo and emblem on product displays because I know what they are about and am proud to support these brands. This year I was introduced to brands I have never tried before and some that I have loved over the years and my family and I have been enjoying them all.
It’s always great when a company offers such great quality but higher standards and I’m excited for my readers and friends to try some of these brands for themselves.
Make sure to shop all of these amazing #MadeToMatter favorites on Target/MadeToMatter website: http://www.target.com/c/made-to-matter or at your local Target Store.
Thank you Target and Pacifica Beauty for sending my family and I this awesome gift of goodies, we surely love them and look forward to trying more.
Disclaimer: The products discussed in this post were sent for review and feature consideration and as gifts. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.