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Full and detailed reviews on ethical hair care products.

Sukin | Protein Hair Treatment

As I was walking around a random pharmacy store in Port Douglas, Australia, I came across an aisle full of natural skincare products. I got really excited when I saw Sukin products on the shelves because this was one of many brands that I was looking for! I didn’t need to buy anything in particular because I had all my skincare covered. So in the end, I walked away with a hair product. In an effort to restore my damaged ends, I’ve been using it as a weekly hair mask. After showering, I gently pat my hair dry. I scoop out a dollop of the deep conditioner and start applying it to the bottom half of my hair. I clip my hair up and allow it to deeply moisturize my hair for 15-20 minutes. The yummy smells of tangerine peel oil, mandarin orange peel oil, lavender oil, and vanilla extract are soft and quite soothing. It’s thick consistency is easy to work with as it glides throughout my hair. As I start washing it out, …

Aesop | Nurturing Shampoo + Conditioner

Oddly enough, one of my must-see places while I was visiting Australia was an Aesop store. What am I saying? That’s not odd when you are a beauty blogger, right? I didn’t want to go to just any store; I was on a mission to see the first flagship store in St. Kilda, the bayside community of Melbourne.  I didn’t really have a shopping list prepared but new I was going to buy haircare products at the very least. After a talk with the store clerk, I walked away with 4 products and $100 poorer. A unique feature to each store is that they are designed by architects and/or designers. Each Aesop store is designed differently by incorporating a sustainable-designed concept to each location. In St. Kilda, what was once a walkway to underground car park is now the first designer Aesop store! After some consideration, I walked out with the Nurturing shampoo + conditioner for my damaged locks. It seemed like the right choice for San Diego’s hard tap water and my dry scalp. The packaging …

Quarterly Co. | #NDL09 featuring Rahua, Lulu Organics, and Olivia Garden

Towards the end of last year, Quarterly sent an email stating that they were going to raise their subscription prices from $25 to $50. When I saw that, I talked to my friend who introduced me to Quarterly and asked if she was going to keep on with it. Their past couple boxes (here and here) had been a little underwhelming. So doubling the rate left us both very reluctant with continuing the subscription and, in fact, my friend decided to not pay for the next quarter; however, I did. I wanted to give Quarterly and No More Dirty Looks one more chance and if I didn’t like their first package for the new year then I would simply unsubscribe. Lucky for them I was extremely happy with this quarter’s picks. The first box for 2014 is all about hair. It came complete with staples like shampoos, conditioners, and a luxurious bamboo paddle brush. Had they added a hair oil this box would have been perfect. Regardless, I was still extremely happy with what they …

Yarok | Feed Your Ends

Making the switch to cleaner hair products has been a bit of a humdrum experience for me. I like my hair care routine to be simple – shampoo, condition, and heat protect when necessary. I’m so used to those chemical laden conditioners sticking to my hairs and making them so silky smooth. The dry, straw feeling of the ends of my hair was starting to get to me. So I decided to invest in a leave-in conditioner.  Although I had a rather disastrous experience with another Yarok product, I didn’t allow that to shy me away from others in the line. After seeing a rather huge following for this spray conditioner I decided to jump on the bandwagon. $19.95 (4 oz) I really like the fact that this bottle comes in 3 sizes at 2, 4, and 8 ounces. So you can purchase the smallest size for trialing but it’s not exactly cheap at $13.20. The bottle is made of up of recyclable plastic with the most eco-friendly waterproof paper on the market. What caught my …

100% Pure | Honey + Virgin Coconut Restorative Conditioner

Restorative conditioner deeply moisturizes, repairs, softens and detangles dry, damaged hair. Gentle enough for color treated and all hair types. My hair, even though I love it, does give me the biggest grief sometimes. It’s long, it’s thick, and it has varying textures all over. A hair conditioner is not an option in my shower routine. I’ve been on the longest mission to find a conditioner that I can stick with. I thought I found the one but, after a second bottle, I’ve decided that this one isn’t quite my Holy Grail item but it’ up there. $18 per tube (8 oz) In the beginning I really liked this conditioner. I was particularly impressed with the smell – a heavenly coconut scent. I’m not a huge fan of coconut but the smell is not overbearing and quite pleasant. The consistency is notably creamy and thick. It spreads easily all over my hair and I can tell where I apply it because of the buttery after feel. When I initially rinse it out my hair feels incredibly soft and …

100% Pure | Burdock + Neem Healthy Scalp Shampoo

Treats your scalp – will purify, unclog pores, stimulate circulation and help alleviate dryness, itching and flaking. Treats your hair – hydrating formula makes hair healthy, nourished and vibrant. Gentle enough for color treated and all hair types. All natural formula does not contain synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives, sulfates, detergents or any other harsh ingredients that can strip or dehydrate. Hallelujah, my prayers have been answered! If you recall, my disastrous experience with Yarok’s shampoo left my scalp quite scarred. I was in dire need of something quick and healing for my dry scalp, itchiness, and dandruff. I was at my wits end with the shampoo but didn’t know what natural shampoo to use next. As I was repurchasing a conditioner from 100% Pure I decided to check out their shampoos as well. Their Burdock & Neem shampoo caught my immediate attention when I saw healthy scalp included in the title.  I added it into my cart and patiently waited for the package to arrive. $18 per bottle (8 fl oz) The day …

Yarok | Feed Your Volume

Discovering new and different eco-conscious brands is always fun for me. I try to do as much research and review-reading as possible before making a purchase. So when I found out about Yarok, created by beauty editor/hairstylist Mordechai Alvow, I put this shampoo on my must-have list. Meaning “green” in hebrew, this shampoo meets all vegan requirements. The whole entire line is free of alcohol/sulfates/parabens and cruelty free. The packaging is made of recyclable plastic with the the most environmentally-friendly waterproof paper on the market (80%0 non-GMO corn). I’ve read nothing but positive reviews about Yarok and was so eager to try it. An all-natural shampoo that promises to fortify and volumize your hair? Who wouldn’t want that?! $30 per bottle (8.5 fl oz) In the beginning, I thought this shampoo worked really nicely. It definitely gave me a squeeky clean feel without stripping my hair. I could go more than two days without shampooing and not look like a greaseball. I absolutely love the amount of lather that it produces. For a natural shampoo, this is …

John Masters Organics | Zinc + Sage 2-in-1 Shampoo Conditioner

The natural scalp regulators zinc and sage help alleviate itching and flaking caused by over-drying products and cold weather. Wheat amino acids and 12 certified-organic extracts and oils leave hair shiny, manageable, stronger, and fuller. Have you ever wondered what shampooing your hair with vanilla caramel would be like? I’m sure that thought doesn’t cross your mind very often but that’s what you’ll feel like with this 2-in-1 shampoo conditioner. I hardly ever buy a 2-in-1 but, out of all the JMO products they had at my local Whole Foods, this one smelled divine. The smell? Yes, it carries a deep caramel fragrance due to the bourbon vanilla fruit oil . It contains NO parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, GMOs, DEAs, MEAs, TEAs, artificial color and fragrance. And one of the best features? ITS MADE IN THE U.S.A! 71% certified organic ingredients. Combines scalp-regulating zinc and the clarifying effects of sage leaves with a wheat protein conditioner to moisturize dry hair and scalp. Great for color-treated hair. The consistency is thick and lathers very nicely. Having thick, …