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When I was little I wanted hair like Miss Piggy, the pioneer of Victoria Secret hair, and undoubtedly their inspiration and muse.  On occasion, over the years, I have managed said Pigginess, with the right stylist (not me), and moments of low humidity.  These days, however, the goal posts have been shifted and now I want to be a mermaid.

It’s getting there.  Right now it sits just above my boobs, but I want it to sit below them.  Provided gravity stops being a bitch and my boobs stay where they are, then my hair should win that race by Christmas…otherwise we might have a Rapunzel situation on our hands.  My amazing hair dresser, Tonia, from Just Gorgeous, is doing a fabulous job of keeping my hair in excellent condition, by only applying colour to the roots and leaving the ends alone – the opposite of my balayage days, which was all about ends abuse – I will go into my hair colour experience in another post, as those of you who know my hair, are aware it has a long and vibrant history.  My most recent change was having Tonia take it from the darkest ‘home box colour’ brown, to a creamy golden blonde, all the while growing it long and healthy.  It took 18 months of her expertise and my patience, as well as changing my product choices, and it was all worth it.

I have a lot of porous hair with a natural soft curl that frizzes like a bastard with the slightest bit of moisture in the air.  One lovely boy at school used to call me Fuzz Queen, and I once, unknowingly, caught a potato in it during a food fight, and didn’t even notice due to it’s thickness.  There’s a lot of hair.

So as it has been growing, I’ve needed to up the ante with my products and just forget about normal conditioner all together, and choose a mask instead.  Before embarking on my kind beauty journey, I was just picking up any old mask at the supermarket, but now I am more aware of those not testing on animals, and there aren’t too many of them at the grocers.  Fear not, as you don’t need to go too far or spend a fortune to get some good ones.  I have used some beautiful natural and organic hair treatments which I’ll be sure to review at a later date, but right now I’m treating my hair to some good old, quick fix silicone.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my skin does not deal well with silicone, but my hair loves it, the same way as my scalp loves sulphates.  Not ideal, but let’s face it, I’m bleaching my hair every 6 weeks, so a few more synthetics won’t hurt.

The first cruelty free hair mask I tried was De Lorenzo‘s Equilibrium.  I have been using their awesome Novacolor shampoos for years, which prompted me to try more from the brand.  Plus the packaging is so gorgeous, I just couldn’t resist.  It’s whipped cream texture smells fresh and sweet, and you don’t need too much to get a good coating on your hair.  I apply it just like an ordinary conditioner after shampooing, avoiding my roots as they tend to get greasy quite quickly.  These days I only get to wash my hair twice a week, three times if I’m lucky, so I leave it on while I do my (other) hair removal and give it some time to sink in.  The intense treatment is very much welcomed by my thirsty locks and makes combing a breeze by eliminating tangles and knots.  My hair is then left to dry naturally, and results in soft nourished waves, that I dare say are way less frizzy…thanks silicone.

I don’t have time to wash, towel dry, apply mask, wait 10 minutes, rinse, dry again, so using hair masks in this way is the only option I have.  I’m sure if I was to do it properly I’d have even better results, but hey, some days I don’t even brush my hair, so I think I’m doing pretty well.

I have been wanting to try David Babaii products for quite some time now, ever since his range for Wildaid.  Well, I missed the boat on that one, but it made me think that he must be an animal lover and all round good guy, so I’m trying his stuff now.  Of course it is cruelty free and like De Lorenzo, it is beautifully packaged and looks great in my bathroom.  Both brands use botanical active ingredients but also slip in a little slip, in the form of silicone.  It coats the hair shaft making it smooth and shiny, giving that instant gratification of silky, frizz free hair, which of course, I love.  The Intense Repair Potion is similar to Equilibrium, in that it offers deep hydration and nourishment for damaged tresses, and can be used as a mask, or in my case, a replacement conditioner.  I use it in exactly the same way, and get the same lovely results.  Anything that lets me run a comb through my wet hair, without getting stuck, is a winner in my books.  The bonus with this one is the tube packaging, which is more practical if you are using it in the shower or traveling.

Right, oils.  My hair loves them.  As long as I stay away from the roots, I’m fine.  The ends just drink that goodness up like duty free champagne on a Friday night (that’s what we do in my house anyway).  I am yet to jump on the pure coconut oil train, which I’m sure I’ll love, I already know that, but before then, I have some other products to try.  The Miracle Elixir Nourishing Spray from David Babaii is one of them.  It’s an oil spray which is much lighter than a pouring oil, so I dare say it’s a good option for finer hair.  It serves as both a treatment and a styling product, with the added benefit of heat protection.  I apply it to my hair whether it’s wet or dry, I don’t care, I just get it on there as much as I can.  For my hair, it’s not quite strong enough to be considered a treatment, and I have to laugh at the recommended 1 to 2 pumps…um, more like 10 to 20, but I love love love it as a shine spray and super frizz killer, and the smell is divine.  I will definitely repurchase this one when I’m done with it.

So that’s part one of my journey towards becoming a mermaid.  Once I get there I’m not sure what I’ll do.  Knowing me I’ll get the shits with all the hair clogging the drains and the vacuum cleaner, that I’ll end up chopping it all off.  That’s usually how it ends for me, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted.  Right now though I’m enjoying the project, which is surprisingly low maintenance.  Who knows, I may have already reached my goal, perhaps I just need new bras?

Kind Beauty Points : Both brands featured are cruelty free, eco friendly and contain no animal ingredients.

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