Espinache (Spin)Styler: Flaxseed Hair Jelly with a Side of Spinach

Espinache Spin Styler Flaxseed Gelly

I’ve never been one to put a lot of gel on my curls. My hair is fine and build-up occurs easily. Since the point of gel is to coat your hair to hold it in place and prevent frizz, gel is one of those products that makes my hair feel heavy, sticky and limp. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule, and I have found what I consider the best so far: Espinache (Spin)Styler Flaxseed Gelly. (Yes, that’s a ‘g’ in gelly. It’s intentional.)

Espinache is a 100% vegan, small-batch line of skin and body products handmade in New Jersey. True to its name, their products are loaded with the leafy green super food.  It seems odd at first – spinach in your hair? But it makes perfect sense. Spinach is loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K and more – good things for your body, inside and out.

The (Spin)Styler is a flaxseed-based jelly that, in addition to spinach, contains aloe vera juice, olive oil, and coconut oil. I’d heard great things about homemade flaxseed jellies, but since having my son, making anything other than baby food from scratch is out of the question.

Let me tell you – I LOVE this stuff! On freshly washed hair, I layer it over my Shea Moisture leave-in, and diffuse as usual. The first thing I noticed was how defined and shiny my curls were; the second thing was how light my hair was; and the third was the clean smell that lasts forever! Ever since I tried it a couple of weeks ago, I have been putting this in my hair almost every single day. In the heat and humidity of New Orleans, the (Spin)Styler has worked wonders.

Consistency of Espinache Spin Styler Flaxseed GellyIt’s also great for second and third day hair. I just spritz my hair with water, and smooth some jelly over the crown to tame the frizz. It’s got tons of slip, so finger coiling is a breeze. It does create a cast on the hair, but once I fluff it out, my hair is so soft and full. I’ve gotten a ton of compliments recently on my hair, and I’m sure that how it is styled has a lot to do with it!

I’m smitten with this hair and skin line, where almost every product does double duty (and the packaging is beautiful). I’ve tried the (Spin)Mist Hydrating Dry Oil for hair, beard and skin. While it wasn’t quite moisturizing enough on my hair, it’s wonderful on my skin. It’s got such a clean smell that a little spritz on my pulse points doubles as a perfume.  Next, I’m eager to try the (Spin)Therapy Moisturizer for hair and skin.

I definitely recommend eating your spinach, and putting it in your hair, too!

Review of Function of Beauty Shampoo & Conditioner

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Hi good people! I have another hair product that I wanted to share with you guys. I’ve been using this for the last few months, so I’ve been able to see how my hair reacts to it over time.

It’s Function of Beauty‘s personalized hair care line that’s uniquely formulated according to your specific hair type and goals. In other words  – shampoo and conditioner made for your very own head of hair. Finally!

Let’s start with the ordering process, which was actually fun and got me to really think about my hair care goals. I filled out a survey that included my hair profile, goals and preferred fragrance. Here were my choices:

PROFILE: curly + fine + dry

GOALS: hydrate + anti-frizz + curl definition + shine + replenish hair (I had lost some hair during my pregnancy)

FRAGRANCE: white tea jasmine

A week or two later, I received in the mail this gorgeous package, with a shampoo and conditioner called Function of Thaïs. I was halfway sold!

Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner

The products came with a card that recapped my order, listed all ingredients, and offered a personalized hair regimen. They told me exactly how to use the products.

Function of Beauty ingredients

So here are my thoughts:

THE PROS:

My formula smelled divine. It was indeed white tea jasmine, but with clean notes of tea tree and and mint oils. The shampoo was hydrating and did not strip my hair – so important! The conditioner, while a bit on the thin side, had lots of slip and was easy to comb through. When I was done shampooing and conditioning, my hair felt clean and moisturized, exactly what I look for to prep my hair for styling.

THE CONS

I use these products to this day (haven’t run out yet!), but with continued use, I did notice a slight build-up. It could be the dimethiconol in the conditioner, which is not water soluble. No biggie – this can happen with most conditioners, but I did have to use a cleansing shampoo more often than normal.

The other con, which I mentioned above, was the consistency of the conditioner. I like a thick, rich conditioner with lots of slip, and this was on the thin side. As a result, I had to use lots of it!

The beautiful thing about this company is that I can tell them exactly what I didn’t like, so that they can improve my formula for the next order. Overall, I recommend giving them a try. At the reasonable price of $26/set, you may never have to shop for the perfect shampoo and conditioner again!

Have any of you tried Function of Beauty with perfect results? Please share!

 

Deciding on Hair Growth Again

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Bad selfie taken pre-baby.

My thoughts on hair are like a game of ping pong. I do one thing, then want the opposite. I go for a long time with my natural hair color, then dye it blonde. Friends, I am at a crossroads again.

I cut my hair back in December after having my son. My hair was too long, thick and unmanageable, especially with an infant. I barely had time to shower and eat, let alone care for waist-length hair. So in a flash – I cut it off. And I’ve loved it. Washing, conditioning and detangling is a breeze, air drying and diffusing are quick, and most importantly – it’s healthy!

But… my styles are limited (no more braided side buns), I can’t put it in a top knot (my all time favorite), and I’m absolutely itching to color it. With summer ahead, I seem to want all these things at once.

Perhaps I’ll embark upon a hair growth journey. It’s been years since I’ve done this, so it’ll be interesting to see how quickly I can get it to grow. Any thoughts or tips for fast hair growth?

Don’t be surprised if you see me soon in a celebratory post with an itty-bitty ponytail. :-0

~Thais

 

 

Long Lost Love: A Shower Cap for Big Curly Hair

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Photos: VirtuosaBeauty.com

Hello friends. It’s hard to keep good things to myself when it comes to making my hair routine easier. So I’m excited to share that I’ve found the long lost love that I never knew I had – The Virtuosa Shower Cap, made just for big hair!

On days that I don’t wash my hair, I’ve traditionally had two methods of keeping it dry:

  1. The pineapple. When my hair is very long, I pineapple it when taking a shower. The only problem is that my pineapple is so tall it never quite fits under a regular shower cap. Hair gets wet; frizz creeps in.
  2. The clip/elastic/headband method. I use this when my hair is shorter. Clip for the front layers, elastic for the length of hair, and headband to keep it all together under the shower cap. Needless to say, that’s a lot of stretching and flattening of curls.

The Virtuosa Shower Cap has a nifty design that allows hair to fall naturally while being well-contained and completely dry. This video explains it better than I can:

It was just as easy to use as the video demonstrates. Plus, it’s made from a quality fabric that’s both attractive on the head (as much as a shower cap can be) and dries quickly.

If that weren’t enough, the story of the ladies who created the Virtuosa Cap is pretty inspiring, too. They are three MBAs from Harvard Business School who saw a need and, through dedicated research and product testing, created a product to fill it. You can read their story here.

The shower cap retails for $34 at VirtuosaBeauty.com. That’s a little pricey if you’re used to paying $2.99 for a 2-pack of plastic caps (like I am), but it’s an investment that will save you time and frustration, and preserve your curl pattern for days. Plus, this cap will definitely outlast the drug store 2-pack. I recommend it!

If you give it a try, let me know what you think in the comments below.

**UPDATE** Use the promo code CURLPOWER for 15% off the Virtuosa Shower Cap.

Review of NuMe Classic Curling Wand

Nu Me Classic Wand 25MM

Hair styling tools and products company NuMe was kind enough to send me one of their salon-grade curling wands to try. I have only recently gotten into the curling wand game – previously my heated hair tools consisted only of a blow dryer with brush attachment, diffuser, flat iron, and old-school curling iron. I rarely buy new hair tools because I hardly use heat on my hair. (My flat iron is nine years old and still works!) So when I do acquire a new tool, I consider it an investment.

The NuMe Classic Wand 25MM seems to be a fantastic addition to my collection. The packaging promises glossy curls delivered by a tourmaline-infused ceramic coated barrel. (If you are, like I was, wondering what tourmaline is, read here.) Additional features include:

  • Clipless design for crease-free curls
  • Negative ion technology
  • Heats up to 410 degrees Fahrenheit

The iron itself is a vibrant turquoise color with a diamond pattern engraved handle, making it easy to hold, particularly if you’ve just coated your strands with product. It came with a heat-resistant glove that provides FULL hand and wrist coverage. I’m happy to report that I did not suffer one burn.

I was actually in a pinch when I tried the wand for the first time. I had to take an impromptu headshot for work, and my hair was not photo-ready. I had just tried new products the night before, and hadn’t quite figured out the right proportion of leave-in to hair gel. I hadn’t pineappled the night before, just slept on a satin scarf, but my hair was still frizzier than usual. I had no time to rewash and diffuse, so I grabbed the NuMe wand.

I lightly coated my hair with a heat protectant serum, then took fairly large sections – maybe 1.5 inches – and curled away from my face from root to tip. Because I was pressed for time, I only did the hair that was visible – top and sides. The wand was easy to hold, and the hair slipped easily off the barrel. My hair didn’t even smoke – usually a sure sign that some sort of damage is taking place.

Here are the results:

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Results of NuMe Curling Wand to loosen natural curls and tame frizz

Not bad, eh? Frizz was virtually eliminated, curls were pretty much uniform, my hair was indeed glossy, and it only took 10 minutes! If you’re looking for a new curling wand, I’d definitely give this one a consideration. If you’re looking soon, NuMe is running some ridiculously good deals before the end of the year. Here they are:

1.)  $28 Any Curling Wand
11/2/15-12/31/15
Promo Code:  HAIRCARE28 – Click here to view
2.)  $26 Silhouette Flat Iron
11/2/15-12/31/15
Promo Code:  STOCKING26 – Click here to view
3.)  55% Off Sitewide (except nails & holiday collection) + Free Shipping
11/2/15-12/31/15
Promo Code:  SNOWMAN55 – Click here to view
4.)  Buy 2 Hair Chalk for $6 (excludes hair chalk pack)
10/27/15-12/31/15
Promo Code:  HAIRCHALK6 – Click here to view
5.) Now until 12/31/15, receive an additional 10% off their Holiday Collection.
Promo Code:  HOLIDAY10 – Click here to view
Order soon and let me know what you think!