How To Air Dry Your Hair And Not Look Homeless

Beauty, Motherhood

* All you need are 3 products, and fingers. Yep, fingers.

If I’m to be completely honest about my hair, I would say that my hair “style” is usually a result of laziness. Since I couldn’t care less if my hair is in a bun or perfectly blow dried I NEVER put time aside to dry it. Never! That is why I started air drying it this summer, and now I can’t stop.

From here on out, I will be trying to convince you to air dry your own hair, so if you already do so just skip this next part and go directly to my step by step recommendations; down below.

So if you don’t already air dry your hair from time to time, whats wrong with you? Air drying isn’t only for the lazy and incompetent, there are others who benefit. Say you’re running late, or it’s very humid and you don’t want to sweat right after your shower. What if you’re on vacation and you want to look “effortless”? Perhaps you are stranded on an island and all you brought was leave in conditioner?

There are many reasons why somebody would want to air dry their hair and believe me when I tell you that you can do so and not look homeless. With a few simple steps, and attention to which products you’re using you too can embrace the air drying trend!

Step 1: Deep Conditioning

If you condition your hair after your shampoo it will weigh it down, and the whole point here is to let it get a bit fluffy and take on a natural wave. I like to deep condition my hair before I shower. I rely on hair masks because they really get the job done. My favorite hair mask of all time is PHYTO Phytokératine Extrême Exceptional Mask. I’ve been using this mask for about 9 years. It is a deep conditioner that doesn’t leave your hair greasy. That’s all you need to know when air drying.

Step 2: Squeaky Clean Hair, remember NO conditioner

Use your favorite shampoo and make sure you rinse it out. Bonus points if you use a volumizing shampoo. Double bonus points if you use a shampoo that’s designed to give you beach waves. Such as LUSH Seanik. Seanik contains sea salt, which gives you hair tons of volume and shine. LUSH says it gives you “big beachy hair”, I have used this shampoo several times and I can attest to that.

Step 3: Leave-In-Spray 

Two words; Sea Salt! Its great on salads but also great for your hair. This is the air drying secret weapon. I discovered this while living in Wales, in a constantly rainy and humid climate. Sea Salt spray will change your life! I previously used a sea salt spray that was more of a hair spray, but I found it made my hair too stiff. This summer I discovered the magical powers of KMS Hairplay Sea Salt Spray and wow! It contains salt from the Dead Sea and has a matte finish. It won’t make your hair stiff, but it still provides great hold for those naturally occurring air dried waves. I spray it while my hair is wet, but you can also use it on dry hair.

Step 4: Chill & Enjoy

As in literally chill, don’t go outside into heat or humidity for about twenty min. Put on your make up and finish getting ready, keep the front part of your hair pinned back during this time (it helps reduce cowlicks). This is where the fingers come in. You want to fluff and tousle your hair a bit during the drying process. Unleash your inner Valley Girl, just for about an hour or so.

 

 

 

Do you air dry your hair? What products do you use to reduce frizz, or to enhance waves? Please feel free to share your own tips.

VEGAN BEAUTY PRODUCTS EVEN NON-VEGANS WILL LOVE

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If you’re looking to switch up your beauty routine and don’t want to break the bank, but also want to see results, I suggest you try out Vegan products. No, you don’t have to be a Vegan to enjoy Vegan beauty products. If you do happen to be a Vegan, then hey; I’ve got a great brand to introduce you to!

Recently I had the pleasure of testing some Sade Baron products, a line of beauty products that are 100% plant based, cruelty-free, and handmade in my hometown, Toronto. This is kind of a big deal, for several reasons.

First of all, this may not be obvious but when you see “Cruelty-Free” on a label that does not mean that product is also Vegan.  Also, if you’ve tried many Vegan bath products before you will know that the texture, scent, and effectiveness of the product isn’t always on par with non-vegan products.

Personally, I always opt for natural soaps, because of my array of skin irritations and sensitivities. I am not a Vegan or a Vegetarian, but I have chosen to shop for more natural beauty products as of late. Supporting a brand that never tests on animals is also important to me. Also, my daughter likes to copy my every move and wants to try out all of my beauty products. I would only feel comfortable putting something on her skin that I knew without a doubt wasn’t going to harm her or cause a skin irritation.

If you ask a Vegan (which I happened to do) you will learn that it is difficult to find cruelty-free & vegan products, even in Toronto, that are affordable and also get the job done. Furthermore, there doesn’t seem to be many homegrown, Canadian or local brands to choose from. And who doesn’t like supporting local?

Sade Baron happens to make natural and beautiful soaps. All of their products are hand-made with 100% plant-based ingredients and scented with Essential Oils, always without the use of synthetic perfumes. All made in Toronto!

After testing several products I have been raving non-stop about their Coffee Soap. I mean, cmon, I couldn’t resist trying that out. It sounds delicious, it smells delicious, and it is the most gentle exfoliating soap I have ever tried. Take a look at some of these ingredients: Cocoa Butter,  Olive Oil,  Coffee Granules, Grapeseed Oil Vegetable Lard, Rolled Oat Powder.

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For more on Sade Baron check out their site here, where you can shop online. 

 

 

The Roundup: 2017 Beauty Trends

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If you spent the first month of 2017 wondering or stressing over what to expect in the beauty and skin care department than chill, I’ve got you.  Today I’m sharing 5 of 2017’s biggest beauty trends. These are the products you don’t want to be without. Some are pretty awesome, like charcoal skin cleansing. Some are strange, like egg yolk face cream. Others are unbelievable, like really, lip gloss is back?!? Yes really!

Check out the 5 mega trends below. P.S you can shop all the products I’ve listed via the links provided.

  1. Charcoal: Charcoal began gaining popularity in 2016 but in 2017 it will be everywhere! Since the beauty trend is to wear less makeup (or non at all) the next step is to have glowing, crazy cleansed skin. My favourites so far are from Dermalogica and boscia (stay tuned for a beauty tutorial of the boscia pore cleansing stick).

Boscia – Charcoal Deep-Pore Cleansing Stick Treatment

Sephora Charcoal Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes

Origins – Charcoal Infused Body Puff

Dermalogica-  Charcoal Rescue Masque

2. Gloss: Trust me, I’m just as shocked as you are about this one. I thought, and hoped, that lip gloss was dead and gone forever. But like all fashion and beauty trends, it came back. Now its not just on your lip though, its on your eye lids too!

Kevyn Aucoin – The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss

NARS – Larger Than Life Lip Gloss 

rms Beauty – Lip Shine 

Givenchy – Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm 

3. Masks – Face masks, hand and foot masks and even lip masks are all very popular right now. You can find a face mask just about anywhere from your local drug store to Sephora but my favourites are from The Face Shop.

The Face Shop – The Solution Wrinkle Care Face Mask

The Face Shop – Bebe Lip Mask

Philosophy – Renewed Hope In a Jar Face Mask

Bliss – Steep Clean Pore Purifying Mask 

4. Face Brushing: You may be thinking, “Alright Jen, I brush my teeth, I brush my hair, but I DO NOT brush my face.” Well you’re about to change that. Clarisonic has been around for several years, but now there are many other options, in different price ranges. Also this skin care trend is now being marketed towards men. If you want to get your man in on the magic of face brushing just check out Clinique’s Sonic Cleansing Brush, made especially for men.

Clarisonic – Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System 

Clinique for Men Sonic Cleansing Brush 

Sephora Collection Dynamic Duo Face Brush 

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Touch Silicone Brush

5. Korean Skin Care: Ahhh Korean skin care. Always quirky, and with “interesting” ingredient lists. Although I cant read half of the instructions or ingredients I love still them. This stuff really works, and the packaging and product names are always entertaining. Something that is no joke though is Ceramide. I’m currently going NUTS for Ceramide ever since my family Dr. introduced me to it for my daughters eczema. Ceramide prevents moisture from evaporating, therefore it strengthens you skins sensitive structure. This mask from Dr Jart+ is the first I’ve ever found to contain this miracle ingredient.

Too Cool For School – Egg Mellow Body Butter

Dr Jart+  – Ceramidin Skin-Friendly Sheet Mask 

Chosungah Dong Gong Minn Brown Maker

The Face Shop Magic Cover BB Cream 

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