Taking out the trash IX – Empties

As I mention at the end of the video, that was supposed to be my September Empties.

Yeah, I know.

 

Taking out the trash IX - Empties
Taking out the trash IX – Empties

 

In my defense, I do have a ton of video ideas and barely any time to film and edit them, so I guess I will leave the „monthly“ empties schedule and sneak them in as a Sunday bonus video whenever I find the time.

What better way to spend a Sunday then talking about trash, am I right?

 

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ahuhu Amino Intensive Repair Shampoo – Comfort scents

Way before my love affair with scented candles began, I loved the beeswax kind you could buy around Christmas.

The warm color they had, the beautiful light and of course the smell of honey once you burned them, everything made me feel cozy and relaxed.

Now that scented candles have taken over, I rarely buy one of them anymore, but I stumbled upon the scent in another product recently, way unexpected.

 

ahuhu Amino Intensive Repair Shampoo
ahuhu Amino Intensive Repair Shampoo

 

Ahuhu organic hair cares Amino Intensive Repair Shampoo, promising to deep repair damaged hair, has a beautiful golden color and smells like honey, which means I am in for relaxing showers.

But that shouldn’t be the only benefit from a shampoo, so let´s see if it does anything else.

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Taking out the trash IV – April 2016 Empties

Again I have been collecting my empty skincare containers and the few bits of makeup that are actually not going to be used anymore and threw all in for a video.

Taking out the trash
Taking out the trash

 

Go get yourself a cup of tea, as it is a long one, but you will be rewarded with mini-reviews and a whole lot of dirty packaging.

 

Now if that doesn’t tempt you…

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Long, healthy hair – Discover what you really need

If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have noticed that I am pinning a lot of tips for so-called „natural hair“. Yes, that is right, tips most likely catered to afro-american locks.

A quick glance at my profile picture in the sidebar will reveal what you already knew: That is by no means my hair.

Fine, ash blonde and damaged from years of bleach, why on earth would I care what works for a hair type completely opposite to mine?

Long, healthy hair - but how?
Long, healthy hair – but how?

 

I will tell you: I haven’t found anyone around the blogosphere that knows more about the treatment of hair damage then these people, going from processed, straightened and bleached to all healthy and natural.

Curious to see what I have learned?

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Taking out the trash III

Time to throw away my empties once again this year. And because I don’t believe in waiting for New Years Eve to start something new, I figured that would be the perfect opportunity to film my first ever YouTube video!

 

So if you want to see me „ahm“ and „äh“, struggle for words and get sad about Body Butter, click play or watch it here on YouTube.

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In for a surprise – Garnier Fructis 3 minute hair mask for curly hair

Sometimes you really think you are getting it right, just to find out a little later that you were totally wrong.

The thing is: I don’t speak Spanish.
I learned Latin at school, I speak French and usually I get around quite well whenever I try to order tapas, but I recently learned that I am in for surprises if I rely too much on that.

Garnier Fructis Hidra Rizos 3 Minute Hair Mask

Whenever we are in France, we do a little shop-over in Spain. It is just about one hours drive from where we stay, and handbags, cheese and alcohol are way cheaper there than they are at home.
Now I don’t care about handbags and alcohol, but I do like to browse the stores there for a beauty bargain.

That was when I spotted the Garnier Fructis 3 minute hair mask in „Hidra Rizos“.
In my mind, hydra had to come from hydration and rizos would most likely be the hair, so I scanned the ingredient list and purchased.
Back home I found out what all my Spanish speaking beauties out there already know.
I had bought a hair mask for curly hair. Read more


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Gentlemen prefer Blondes – LUSH Hairmask Marilyn

Now before all my (beautiful) dark or red haired readers feel set back, rest assured that I merely quote a movie title.
A movie starring Marilyn Monroe, famous for being blonde. Of course she was many more things than that, and probably one of the most tragic and misunderstood women ever, but being the blonde bombshell will forever be linked to her.

And while I am far from being a bombshell (not that I want to), I am a natural blonde. As most of us do, I darkened over the years, turning from light to ashy, and in my attempt to keep the sun kissed look damaged my hair beyond reason with vast amounts of bleach.

LUSH Marilyn Hair Mask

But without sun or bleach, blonde locks can loose all color, looking dull and tired, and while I am perfectly fine with not being a bombshell, I am not happy with the way my hair color looks now that I have shunned the bleach for almost two years.

There must be a gentler way, I figured, and tried the LUSH Marilyn hair mask.

What LUSH claims:
A pre-wash treatment to help keep hair shiny, bright and conditioned. This moisturizing hair mask contains an army of brighteners including lemon, chamomile and saffron infusions, plus essential oils to gently lighten fair hair over time, as if it has been kissed by the sun
Marilyn can also help blondes maintain their hue that has potential to become brassy over time.
We´ve used lemon to add shine and used linseed mucilage, a gel made from boiling the seeds, to soften and moisturize. Olive oil helps to strengthen the hair shaft, so you are less prone to breakage.


Facts:
One pot contains 230 ml, is available in LUSH stores or online and retails for 13,50 €.
It is a pre-wash treatment, which can be confusing at first. Other than your regular hair mask it is applied to dry hair and left on for around 20 minutes (or longer) before you hop into the shower and shampoo as usual.
Strictly for research reasons I have left it on as long as over night and am happy to report it worked just fine. After ten minutes the mask turns hard on your hair and stays that way until rinced off.

It smells a little like lemons and is off white in color

The consistency is quite runny, so be prepared to make a mess in your bathroom during application.
After using it my hair feels soft and silky, and it seems a little lighter to me at my roots.

Favorable ingredients:
– Linseed Mucilage: Moisturizing
– Chamomile Infusion: Brightening
– Saffron Infusion: adds warmth/ a golden tone
– Lemon Juice: Brightening, adds shine (can be a little drying on its own)
– Olive Oil: Nourishing
– Lemon Oil: Adds shine
– Lecithin: Moisturizing, adds as surfactant

Unfavorable Ingredients:
– Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Drying
– Parabens

Does it live up to its claims?
Yes.
It lightens my hair just a little, making it look a less tired and more like I have been on summer vacation. My hair feels soft and has some shine to it.
As far as brassiness goes I cant tell, as I never had any issues with that.

Will I rebuy?
Yes, already have.
I am a little put off by the SLS, as I try to avoid it in hair care because I really don’t need anything more drying for my hair, but by the feel of it the oils seem to counteract it quite well.
If they would leave it out though, this mask could be holy grail for me.

Who do I recommend it to?

Blondes, be they all natural or man-made, that look for a little pick me up for their hair color. This will in no shape or form take the place of bleach, but sometimes a little more shine can make all the difference.

Have you seen any films with Marilyn Monroe?
And have you always been true to your original hair color?


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Fairy Tales for the grown up – Sachajuan Leave-in Conditioner

Have you been reading Fairy Tales as a child?
The „real“ ones by „Gebrüder Grimm“ or „Hans-Christian Andersson“, not the watered down Disney versions?

I have, and I loved them.
Granted, they are full of violence, questionable behavior and scary creatures, but somehow they paint a picture about how life truly is.
And that you shouldn’t believe every word you read.

Doesn’t hurt to remind myself that the same goes for product claims.

My hair has been highlighted way to much during the last 16 years of my life.
Being a natural blonde, I tried to keep the sun-kissed, beachy look achieved through summer holidays spend at french beaches all year round, in the end using as much as three different shades of blond (read bleach) for a natural looking effect.

Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner

The color was on point, but my hairs condition wasn’t.
From my ears down, it was dry, frizzy and impossible to style, and when the post-pregnancy hair-loss kicked in, I turned to the World Wide Web for help.

Cult Beauty, known and trusted deliverer of skincare greatness, recommended the Sachajuan Leave in Conditioner with the following words:
„A genius oil-free leave-in conditioner that turns straw into gold.“
Rumpelstiltskin anyone?

What Sachajuan claims:
A genius oil-free leave in conditioner that turns straw into gold. This incredibly light conditioner uses the „best in class“ grouping of marine algae & mineral extracts to moisturize, soften and strengthen your hair throughout the day. Designed for thinner hair types (…) Bottle lasts at least 4 months.

Distributing a fine mist



Facts:
One bottle contains 250 ml and retails at Cult Beauty for around 30 €.
It comes in a spray bottle delivering a fine mist and has a sweet, powdery smell that lingers in your hair for the rest of the day.

Favorable ingredients:
– Hydrolyzed Rhodophycea Extract: From an algae, protecting and smoothing

Unfavorable Ingredients:
– Silicones in various forms
– Parabens

Silicones and Parabens are controversial. I put them to the unfavorable list because some people are sensitive to parabens or try to avoid silicones all together.
And while I use both without hesitation, they are not beneficial for your hair´s structure. The silicones will just make it appear healthier.

Does it live up to its claims?
For the most part, no.
It is light weight and suitable for fine hair, but it has almost no nourishing potential, thus not turning „straw to gold“.
After using it, my hair feels soft and is easy to comb through for the first 24 hours, but after hat it is back to it´s frizzy normal. There is also no long-term benefit after using it for two months straight.
But I agree that the bottle will at least last for four months. After two months of exclusive use, I am only a third down.

Will I rebuy?
No.
In my opinion it is way to pricey for way to little „good“ ingredients.

Who do I recommend it to?
If you have very fine hair that is easily weight down and just in need of a little care, this one might be for you.
Everyone looking for more nourishment, look elsewhere.

As far as my hair goes, I went for the most final and fool-prove way of getting rid of the frizz:
I chopped it off at about shoulders length.

How has your hair been behaving lately?
Have you tried anything from Sachajuan before?


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If only I´d take my own advice – Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo

To practice what you preach must be the hardest thing to do.
At least for me.

On and on I go about the importance of ingredients, about ALWAYS reading the INCIs and knowing what is good for you, but what do I do?

I quickly browse the beauty isle of TKMaxx, spot a shampoo saying it contains no SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) and without even glancing at the ingredients throw it in my basket.

Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo

Risky business, I tell you!
The one to distract me from my resolutions? Organic Surges „Moisture Boost Shampoo“.

I try to stay clear from Sulfates in shampoos, partly because they reduce the longevity of coloring, but mostly because they are very stripping, withdrawing moisture from the strands and leaving them frizzy and prone to breakage.


What Organic Surge claims:
Moisture Boost Shampoo cleanses your hair and scalp without removing their natural protective oils. Grape vine extract and wheat protein combine to soften and smooth the hair while antioxidant olive leaf extract and natural moisturizers work to restore silkiness and manageability.
This gentle formula cares and protects to leave your hair feeling revitalized and healthy.
98% of the ingredients are from organic sources, not tested on animals.

Facts:
A bottle contains 250 ml and used to retail for around 17 € on Amazon. I can’t provide you with an actual link, as this specific shampoo is currently reformulated and no longer available.
The smell is a little herbal, a little sweet, but almost not noticeable, the product itself clear and quite runny.

Spot the drops…

Favorable ingredients:
– Aloe Leaf Extract: Moisturizing
– Glycerin: Moisturizing
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Extract: Strengthening, Smoothing, Moisturizing
– Olive Leaf extract: Moisturizing
– Citrus Limon Peel Extract: Brightening
– Vitis Vinifera Leaf Extract: Promotes Hair Growth
– Thymus Vulgaris Leaf Extract: Nourishing
– Foeniculum Vulgare Seed Extract: Protects from Hair Loss
– Piper Nigrum Fruit Oil: Preventing Hair Loss
– Citrus Sinensis Peel Oil: Improves Collagen production and thus hair´s strength

Unfavorable Ingredients:
– Silicones
– Limonene
– Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (listed second from above)

Now let me quickly fill you in on Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate.
Just like Sodium Laureate Sulfate, it is a tenside, creating the foam we all love in our shampoos. It isn’t as widely known as SLS, but it is even more stripping.

Does it live up to its claims?
Technically, yes.
It has a lot of great and nourishing ingredients, and it does not contain SLS.
But as it contains ALS, as bad as SLS, I feel beguiled.
I grabbed it assuming it was Sulphate free, which it, technically, didn’t claim.
My bad.
Read the ingredient list!

Will I rebuy?
No.
After using it my hair feels intensely cleansed, almost stripped (might be my imagination), and I am looking for a gentle, non drying formula.
I will use it after I did my monthly Coconut Oil Hair Mask, as this is a little harder to remove.

Who do I recommend it to?

This one? Well, if you have really, really, really greasy hair, it may work for you, as it thoroughly cleanses your hair. 
Everyone else? Stay clear.

If, however, the new formula is truly sulphate free, I am tempted to get it again. The blend of oils is great, there are a lot of things I like on my scalp.

Have you ever been misled by a products claims?
Or are you a pro in checking the ingredient lists?


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A nightmare come true

Have you ever had the nightmare of loosing all your teeth?
Probably.
If you look it up in a „Dream Dictionary“, you are told it means you will receive a lot of money soon.

Have you ever had the nightmare of loosing all your hair? Like running through it with your fingers and pulling out strand after strand?
No need to look it up in a dictionary this time, I can tell you exactly what that means.

No, I didn´t decide to cut a fringe…

It means you had a baby about three months ago.

Of course, I knew this was going to happen.
I even understood why it was going to happen.
But that didn’t stop me from freaking out.

During pregnancy, your whole body is focused on growth. The baby, your belly, your boobs, sadly even your butt.
Same applies to your hair.

Many women experience full, voluminous, shiny hair, just because your hair interrupts its usual life cycle of growing, hibernating and falling out. It just keeps growing.
Mind you, this is not true for every women out there. My hair was limp and greasy during pregnancy, but it shed a lot less than it usually did.
Hormones play of course a major role, and the prenatals you are told to take contain Biotin, known for promoting hair growth, too.

After you have given birth, you go through drastic hormonal changes. These not only affect your mood, but also your hair and skin.
Many women break out, and every women starts loosing her hair. No exception.
(I have some tips on reducing the damage at the end of this post, so keep on reading, even if it´s a long one.)

Usually, that starts at around three months after you have given birth, sooner if you don’t breastfeed. It lasts between three months and one year.

Of course, the fear of going bald is unnecessary.
What happens is that your hair suddenly returns to its usual life cycle, and every hair that forgot to fall out during the last months suddenly remembers.
And of course they do grow back.
In total, you are left with the same amount of hair you would have had if you hadn’t been pregnant.
The only difference is, a part of it is suddenly very, very short.

On me, it lasted a little longer than three months.
I would get up, brush my hair and remove a good handful of hair from my brush.
Then I would shower, wash my hair and remove a good handful of hair from the sink.
After letting it air dry, I would brush through it again and remove a good handful of hair from my brush.
I had to vacuum every day, because my hair was everywhere.
Those of you who own pets, double the amount of cat or dog hair you find on your pillow and it may come close.

Because all the hair needs time to grow back (depending on the individual between 1 to 3 cm per month), you at first look like you are balding. No volume, thin hair, a horrendous sight.
But when its starts to grow back, you always look unkempt. I literally look like I cut myself a very short fringe at the moment.
And those of you complementing me on the braids I am wearing:
This isn’t fashion! They are a necessity. The only way to keep my hair out of my face.

Is there a way to prevent it?
No.

Is there a way to shorten the duration?
No.
Duration differs between women, but usually the rough amount of hair lost is the same. I lost a lot over a short period, a friend of mine lost less, but kept shedding for a full year.

A bowl of hair goodness

So what can you do?
1. Don´t panic.
Easier said then done, but keep the explanation mentioned above in mind. It is just the hair you didn’t loose the months before, falling out at once.

2. It is NOT related to breastfeeding.
This is a common misconception. Yes, breastfeeding is using a lot of nutrients, but if you don’t breastfeed, you will loose the same amount of hair you would have lost without it.

3. Keep on taking your prenatals (and maybe add zinc).
They will not prevent hairloss, but strengthen the regrowing hair. Take them at least for as long as you breastfeed, maybe longer, depending on your diet.

4. Eat healthy.
Avocado, eggs, salmon, nuts. All great for your hair.

5. Look after your hair.
Less heat, less dye, less everything. Keep it healthy.

6. Scalp Massage.
Increasing the blood flow increases hair growth.

7. Use a shampoo containing caffeine.
Increases blood flow and promotes hair growth. And no, just drinking more coffee won’t do.

8. Try a new do.
You wanted to go shorter for quite some time now? Do it! The shorter your hair, the less time is needed until everything is back to normal.

Calling my fellow mommies out there: Did I miss something?
What are your tips in general to promote hair growth and luscious locks?


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