Propylene glycol, stearalkonium, phenoxyethanol… can you pronounce the names of the ingredients in your hair care products? I know I can’t. I didn’t even know how to pronounce jojoba oil (it’s “ho-ho-bah” oil, by the way). Let’s all learn something new today, eh?
Simmondsia chinenis seed oil, better known as jojoba oil, is one of the most popular natural moisturizers. It’s derived from the jojoba plant found in the deserts of Arizona (represent!), California, and Mexico. Jojoba seed extract contains alpha, delta, and gamma tocopherols (forms of Vitamin E), which offer amazing hydration for hair, skin and nails.
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I used to regularly dye, flat iron, blowdry and otherwise abuse my hair, and even though I’m reformed, my current ends still remember the traumas of days gone past. I’m always looking for a product I can pamper it with as sort of an apology. Hairstylists often recommend Moroccanoil Hair Treatment for dry, overprocessed hair, and as you might guess, they know their stuff.
Why all the hype? The secret is argan oil, which was a well-kept secret of the Middle East until the founder of Moroccanoil got an amazing oil treatment in Israel.
The coolest part of using argan oil is the impact you get to have on the lives of the women who harvest it. Yes, I said women.
Much of the argan oil produced today is made by a number of women’s cooperatives. Employment in the cooperatives provides women with an income, which many have used to fund education for themselves or their children. It has also provided them with a degree of autonomy in a traditionally male-dominated society and has helped many become more aware of their rights.
This makes argan oil officially the coolest and most socially aware beauty breakthrough we’ve had in a long time. What better cause than making the lives of women around the globe better?
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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I’ll admit, I have a negative association with “Dead Sea” themed beauty. Back in high school, I was bamboozled by a pushy salesman at a kiosk in my mall into $150 of Dead Sea skincare products. Did they work? Sure, but I didn’t want to spend $150 to make that happen. The “hard sell” doesn’t turn me on.
Still, as you know, I’m very into natural haircare products. I was impressed with the ingredients list on the Adovia Dead Sea Salt Conditioner, and the product is unique in that it not only features natural goodness but also mineral goodness. Say what? Minerals are big in makeup, but I’ve never heard of them in haircare. Can this really work?
The answer is, oh yessirree bob. Dead Sea salt, it turns out, contains over 21 skin and hair rebuilding minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium. And this conditioner is made with 100% pure, genuine Dead Sea salt. It’s also got aloe and other hair happiness.
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I don’t know about you, but during the summer my hair gets drier than an Arrested Development punchline about a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. (Get it? No? Never mind.) Once a week, nearly everyone should use a deep conditioner. This protects hair from the drying effects of everyday styling while adding softness and shine. And if you live in the desert like I do, deep conditioning is even more of a must.
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Though I try to avoid heat styling, I do adore my CHI flat iron, and my friends have been raving to me about Farouk’s hit companion goodie CHI Silk Infusion since I can remember. In fact, this product’s been such a sensation, I’m rather embarrassed to just now be jumping on the bandwagon. Late to the game is better than never showing up at all, right?
Silk Infusion is the perfect name for this leave-in. I only use a tiny amount, but my color-fried locks feel amazingly soft. With my thick hair, I often have problems with leave-ins being too gunky and weighty – but not this baby! Silk Infusion glides in without adding a hint of buildup.
Chi Silk Infusion can go on dry hair, but I also like to style by applying it while my hair’s still wet and blow-drying it in.
The verdict: 10/10! Believe the hype.
CHI Silk Infusion sells for $8.95 in the 2oz. size at Amazon.