Favorite Products (Children): The Honest Company Haircare



These are the only products I’ve used on my young daughter’s hair in almost a year – The Honest Company Shampoo, Conditioner, and leave-in Conditioning Detangler.

I admit I was and always am a bit skeptical about any celebrity endorsed product or brand.  It isn’t that they don’t have the potential to be stellar products, but I am just a bit jaded and suspicious of this materialistic, money-driven economy in which we live.

My introduction to The Honest Company, which actress Jessica Alba co-founded, was one day in a book store when I saw a copy of her book “The Honest Life”. I was surprised to see that she was a “non-toxic” mom who is very particular about what kinds of products and foods to which her children are exposed. I read the book, delighted by most of what I read, but still wondering if her company was just a bunch of greenwashing.  I really dislike greenwashing, because it feels like being told a lie.

So I hopped over the her brand’s website and checked out a few of the products.  Then I looked up some of those products on the EWG’s Skindeep Database to see just how non-toxic these products were.  And you know what?  The products on the database rate pretty darn well.  The shampoo is rated a very low 1, and the conditioner and detangler rate a respectable 2.

Once I was satisfied with the ingredients and the price, I placed an order.  I had low expectations.  Here again, I was happily blown away.  My daughter’s hair is very fine and curly.  It gets frizzy and tangled easily.  This trio of hair care products make her hair look gorgeous.  Seriously – her hair is bouncy, conditioned, and her blonde curls are springy and beautiful.

As far as the scent, it is naturally scented with orange and tangerine oils and vanilla fruit extract.  It smells exactly like a oranges and cream (or a creamsicle but in a very wholesome way). I absolutely love these products and make sure I always have them on hand. I have used them on my hair, but admittedly not in a while as I like trying different brands.

Bottom line, these products are fantastic.  The efficacy, scent, and price are all spot-on.  In fact, I’ve been pretty happy with all the products I’ve ever purchased from The Honest Company.

Have you ever tried these products?  What do you use for your children’s bath?


Embracing My Natural Hair



From the time I was about 16 until about two years ago (over a decade!) I tortured my hair. I went several times a year to have it chemically highlighted, I shampooed almost daily, and put it through the abuse of a blow dryer and flat iron almost daily as well. The result? Hair that was dry, flat, and weak.  It may have looked aesthetically “pretty”, but the reality was that my hair was not truly healthy.

About two years ago, I started honestly asking myself why I had spent so much money and so many years habitually changing the color of my hair. I had to look inside myself and finally admitted that it was my vanity. I believed it made me “prettier” and when I admitted this to myself, something shifted in me. I was tired of letting my thoughts make me feel like I needed to change my hair color to be pretty. At that time, I stopped changing the color of my hair for the first time since I was a girl. That was my first step to getting the healthy, natural hair of my childhood back.

As my roots grew to a point where they were at an awkward stage halfway down my head, I sometimes felt self-conscious, but I let those feelings come and go and let my natural color take over, bit by bit.  Eventually, my hair was a delicate ombre, and now my hair is completely natural.  It has taken almost two years.

My natural hair is very different from the hair I used to have.  My natural color is a dark blonde with natural highlights and lowlights.  The biggest difference?  The luminescence and sheen my hair has is something I have never had as an adult, and I love it.  Also, my hair is soft, healthy, and strong.

Thinking about ditching the chemical color and going back to your roots?  Try it and see how you like it!  Nothing is permanent, least of all hair.

These are things I have done to help get my hair healthy:

  1. Stop chemical coloring and highlighting, cold turkey
  2. Shampoo approximately 3x a week, only using all-natural sulfate-free shampoo.
  3. Switch to a wide tooth comb for wet hair and a natural bamboo hairbrush for dry hair
  4. Less heat styling and when using a dryer, first letting it air-dry as much as possible to reduce heat damage.  Turn down the heat on the flat iron and use as minimally as possible.
  5. Leave-in conditioners.  I love Yarok Feed Your Ends.
  6. Deep conditioning treatments – there are masks/deep conditioners, but for now I saturate the bottom half of my hair with a combo of organic coconut and avocado oils about 1-2x a month
  7. A trim at the salon when my ends are getting dry and split

I may color my hair again in the future – never say never – but if I do, it will be more gently and because I want to do it, not because I feel I need to color my hair.

What do you love about natural hair versus color-treated?  What are your favorite products for healthy hair?

My Current Haircare Routine

haircareMy hair is naturally dark ash blonde, not color-treated for about a year and a half now, fine textured, with oiler roots and drier ends.  If you have hair like this, you know how difficult it can be to have hair that is hydrated but not flat.  I have tried quite a few natural shampoos and conditioners, usually with lackluster results.  Admittedly, I have never tried any higher-end natural haircare, so I can’t comment on some brands, but for now I have found a combination of a few products that work fairly well for my hair type.  I’m always on the lookout for the absolute best products for my hair type.  There are definitely some brands I would love to try, but prices make me trigger shy, so hopefully I can snag some samples in the future.

One product not on this list that I’m searching for is a conditioning deep treatment to use about once a week.  Because these types of all-natural hair products aren’t usually wallet-friendly, again, I’m trying to get samples first and find one that works.  I’ve used coconut oil and avocado oil as a deep treatment and it works pretty well, but makes an oily mess in the bottom of the shower, so a less greasy alternative would be nice to find.

Acure Pure Mint + Echinacea Volumizing Shampoo – I’ve tried Acure’s shampoo and conditioner for normal hair as well, but I think this version has a slight advantage for my hair type.  It smells fresh, suds up wonderfully for an all-natural shampoo, and allows me to go 2-3 days between shampoos.  Also, it’s easy to find and affordable as far as all-natural haircare goes.

Acure Pure Mint + Echinacea Volumizing Conditioner – This works great with the shampoo.  It is moisturizing without being heavy – which is critical when you have fine hair.  I’ve tried other conditioners that left my hair too dry, and others that were too heavy and made my hair flat and limp.  This is, as Goldilocks would say, “just right.”

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner – I am in love with this product.  I’m not one to buy expensive products lightly, so that is a testament to how well this conditioner works (although I did buy a full-size with a coupon code so I got a great deal).  It is heavier than other leave-ins but not so heavy that my hair looks greasy.  Plus, it smells fresh and lemony.  It helps keep my ends from looking dry, which is going to be more important as well the weather gets colder. When my hair is still wet from showering, I spray this from the middle of my hair down to my ends, and comb through.  Sometimes, I even mist a little on my dry hair if it looks like it needs it.

DIY Dry Shampoo – Because I’m not yet willing to fork over money for dry shampoo, I’ve been making my own with great results.  I plan on posting my DIY “recipe” soon, but whatever your preference, you should try a natural dry shampoo, whether you buy it or make your own.  Using dry shampoo has been an epiphany for me.  I’ve been able to go from shampooing 6-7 days a week to just 2-3 times a week.  I dust a little dry shampoo on my roots and the hair around my face, brush through after a minute or two, and my hair is good to go. Fantastic!

What are your absolute favorite natural haircare products? If you use higher-end products, do you feel the results are worth the price?