Hating My Hair Less

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A few weeks ago I talked about my hair crisis. Read the post, but if you are short on time, here’s a recap. A total stranger told me I had bad hair at a beauty convention of all places. I felt bad about myself. But then I realized I wasn’t trying hard enough to have good hair, so I’m going balls to the wall to do it now.

So, I know what you are thinking…really how hard is it to just use some extra conditioner? Girl, this is way more than just some extra conditioner. I surpassed needing extra conditioner around the time I exited my mother’s womb. Getting good hair is practically a lifestyle choice at this point. I’m putting in effort much in the same way someone studies for the Bar Exam or opens up an Etsy Shop. That being said, if you make clip in or halo extensions and want to collab, please get in touch (AmandaLauren212@gmail.com). I think a temporary fix might just be in order for my next post.

So, the whole “lifestyle change” about this involves hours of my life I’ll never get back and days of leaving in two different kinds of hair oil. This is a big commitment. If I didn’t work at home, I would have been fired from my job already because sometimes it looks like I haven’t washed my hair for a year. If it weren’t for topknots being trendy, I’d be screwed.

I’ve been using Black Castor Oil several days a week on my scalp and roots as well as my brows and lashes because why not. Before I started this hair journey (ugh), I learned castor oil is a natural fix to grow your hair because it balances out your scalp’s pH and is an antifungal as well as an antimicrobial. I don't think I have fungus or microbe issues with my scalp, but I'm attacking this from all angles. Castor oil also moisturizes your hair like crazy, sealing in the cuticle. I’ve heard of people who have hair growth of anywhere from ½ an inch to three inches in a month. While I haven’t taken a ruler to my roots just yet, my fingers are very much crossed. These things take time and patience, but let’s be honest here, for the most part, I have neither. 

I’ve also been using Kiehl’s Magic Elixir on my roots and ends. It’s a blend of rosemary leaf and avocado oils. The texture of this product is much thinner than castor oil, so I can leave the house without looking like a giant grease ball. My hair feels as if it is getting a little thicker, so I’m hoping this product lives up to its name. Also, I will probably buy anything that is called magic.

Because my hair is super oily several days a week, I’ve had to be very particular about shampoo. I’ve needed something that washes the oil out, but is still gentle, which is why I’m all about Alterna Caviar Repair Instant Recovery Shampoo. Doesn't the name really say it all? This product is also sulfate and paraben free, so it doesn’t fade my color, but it still lathers as if it is entirely filled with chemicals even though it’s not. 

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I’ve also been going conditioner crazy, alternating between three different ones, which are Alterna Caviar Repair Instant Recovery Conditioner, Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Mask, and L’Ange Silk Venom Keratin Treatment Mask (use coupon code AMANDA for 30% off). Three different conditioners sounds excessive, but it's not because my hair always looks better when I switch things up. These also have different purposes. The L’Ange mask builds keratin, so you can’t use it more than twice a week. I use the Alterna Mask to restore moisture, which it does in spades and the Alterna Conditioner is great for when I’m too busy to commit to a mask or when I am air drying my hair.

Speaking of air drying, I’m trying to do that more often because more heat = more damage. There are three great products I’ve found for airdrying. The first is Alterna Bamboo Beach Breeze Dry Balm. I have naturally wavy hair and love a good beach wave look.  This balm is also a great multitasker because it protects your hair against UV rays, salt water, and chlorine. I know it’s fall, but I live in California and it was 96 degrees yesterday, so clearly, the whole seasons thing isn’t a part of my pumpkin spiced life.

Once my hair dries, I refresh my waves with Alterna Bamboo Beach Ocean Waves Tousled Texture Spray. This product does all the same things as a sea salt spray, sans the damaging effects of salt. I also use it post curling wand to define my beach waves instead of hairspray.

If I’m letting my hair air dry, but plan to flatiron before the next wash, I use Garnier Fructis Smooth Air Dry Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream . It’s scented like fruity heaven.

In addition to using lots of new products and changing up my hair routine, I’ve literally been eating vitamins like candy. I’m hoping chowing down Alive Prenatal Gummies and Nature Made Hair/Skin/Nails Adult Gummies will do the trick. While I’m not pregnant, taking prenatals is rumored, but not scientifically proven to stimulate hair growth. But I don’t care. At this point, I’ll try anything. 

Balance Blends: A Line Of Supplements Created By An Actual Person

This post is sponsored by Balance Blends.

Let’s talk about vitamins and supplements for a minute. Does anyone else feel completely confused buying them? I feel like you never really know what you are buying. Where did it come from? Is the product safe? Who chose the ingredients? Is this worth the price? Most importantly, does the product actually do what the label says it will? Or am I just overthinking about this? In all fairness, let’s say all of the above.

That’s exactly why I’m obsessed with Balance Blends, which is a line of supplements containing a blend (hence the name), of vitamins and herbs personally formulated by Colette Widrin, L.Ac., MTOM*. Colette is a holistic practitioner in Beverly Hills and Malibu, who has been making bespoke supplements for the rich and unbalanced for years (and maybe even Real Housewives, but obviously she can’t tell).

The ingredients in Balance Blends are hand chosen by Colette herself, as opposed to a nameless cog in a large corporate wheel. These formulas are affective in treating a variety of health issues. We will get to what those are in just a minute.

All of the herbs have been sourced from wholesalers who are compliant with the Food and Drug Administration’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) as well as the Natural Product Association (NPA), using third-party quality control. Everything is triple-tested for safety and authentic. The capsules are 100% natural, and free of GMO starch, gluten and chemicals. On a side note, who would think those things are okay to put in a nutritional supplement anyway?

If you have a medical condition, are pregnant or taking any prescriptions, be smart and consult your physician before integrating supplements into your routine. But, you’re smart, so you probably knew that already.

Let’s take a look at the blends.

Just Breathe

I feel like if there were one Balance Blends product that everyone needs, it’s this. Just Breathe (which is a good idea, always breathe), releases stress, moves Qi and helps you relax. I like to take this before bed to wake up feeling peaceful and ready to start the day.

Quiet Please

If Just Breathe isn’t enough to just knock you out, Quiet Please could be exactly what you need. This formula stops your mind from racing (doesn’t that always happen when you can’t fall asleep? So annoying, right?), promotes deep sleep and nourishes the blood.

Acne Be Gone

When you are breaking out, all you need to do is go to the mirror and say, “Acne be gone” to yourself five times. Just kidding! If your breakouts can’t be controlled with topical creams, it’s probably time to nourish your skin from outside in. Acne Be Gone clears and prevents acne-causing toxins from ruining your skin and probably your day, possibly your life.

Cramp Whisperer

Speaking of breakouts, let’s talk about another awful side affect of PMS, cramps. Cramps cramp up your body and usually at least one week of your life. Cramp Whisperer whispers to your cramps to go away (and perhaps bother that annoying co-worker instead, she totally deserves cramps), nourishes your blood and reduces spasms to restore balance in your body, life, etc. 

Force Field

If you feel illness coming on, you probably pop a Vitamin C or Echinacea, but we all know that doesn’t really cut it. That’s why you need Force Field. Think of this blend as a personal trainer for your immune system, strengthening your body’s natural defenses, lifting Qi and restoring balance.

For more info or to purchase, please visit Balance Blends and use Code Amanda30 for 30% off through June 10, 2017.

* Licensed acupuncturist, Master, of Traditional Oriental Medicine, if you were wondering. And I know you were.