Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hair Tracker Part 19: August 2016

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I thought I'd post an update of my hair! I measured today at 39.5"! Looks like my original goal of 40" by the end of 2016 is TOTALLY feasible, considering we still have 4 months left to go! :D

I'm starting to see classic length in my near future! And then...who knows?

Until next time!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Product Review: Selkie Herbal Hair Detangler

Hello, hello! Hope you're all having a great summer! I sure am. And yep, my hair's still growing along. I'll be posting a fun update soon showing my growth progress! 

Today, I've got a review for a product I picked up on a whim that's become a real staple in my haircare routine- it's Nightblooming's Selkie Herbal Hair Detangler.

-The Lowdown-

I have somewhat fine, tangle-prone hair that tends to do best with coney conditioners. This herbal, cone-free and mineral oil-free serum promises to deliver smooth, detangled hair. Does it deliver? Let's find out!!!

-The Ingredients- *

(From the Etsy page)

Distilled water, Marshmallow root, slippery elm & fenugreek seed herbal infusion, Aloe vera gel, Apple cider vinegar, Argan Oil, Borage Oil, Camelina Oil, Vitamin E Oil, and the essential oils of Catnip, Cedarwood, Lavender, Lime, Petitgrain, and Sage

-How to Use-

You can use this detangler a couple of different ways. You can use it on damp, wet, or dry hair, depending on your preference. Spray it and coat the hair lightly and then detangle with a comb or your fingers.

-My Thoughts-

This is a strong-smelling, but delicious leave-in. The scent is very noticeable - it is very sweet and almost candy-like with a hint of celery. I personally love the smell, but some people may not care for it!

Does it detangle? For me, sadly, not really, and not as well as even my regular old conditioner. I think my hair just does better with more conventional detanglers and tends to scoff at herbal and oil-based detangling products.

HOWEVER! That does not mean this is not a staple in my routine. Why? It makes an amazing hydrator.
The texture. Watery- slightly slippy.

When applied to damp, towel-dried hair, this stuff leaves my hair incredibly soft and shiny after drying. On dry hair, it doesn't do much for me, so I usually apply this after my shower, then enjoy having hydrated, soft hair for the rest of the day.

I'd like to think of this product as a hair toner, much like how I use hydrating toners for my skin. It's a fantastic leave-in, and will more than likely stay in my routine as long as Nightblooming is selling it. 

If you have hair that needs a bit more hydration, give this leave-in a try!

* I have recently read the product was reformulated because some people didn't like the smell, and that the amount of catnip was causing some people's cats to go absolutely nuts. I can definitely attest to that second fact, for sure! :P

Catnip is supposed to actually be pretty good for preventing the formation of split ends, so taking it out would have been obviously counterproductive, but I believe the concentrations were adjusted so the smell wasn't so powerful.

You can pick it up at Nightblooming's Etsy shop. She offers a sample bottle, full 8oz bottle, and a refill pouch. 

I hope you all have a great day! 


Monday, August 8, 2016

Hair Update- A picture of my banded ponytail

Hey everyone! Hope you're all having a great summer (Or winter, for all my southern hemisphere-dwelling friends!) I thought I'd give you guys a little look at how my hair's doing lately, since it's been a while. I've been super busy, but I always like to take some time every now and then and really appreciate how my hair has grown, grown, grown!

Today, I thought I'd post a picture of a hairstyle that I've really come to love- The Banded Ponytail!
It lets me show the full length of my hair off, just like a real ponytail, but keeps the hair restrained so it doesn't tangle or get in the way! Have a look!

To do this, I typically like to prepare my hair by CO-washing the night before, then following it up with a coney, smoothing conditioning treatment. This ensures I don't have much frizz, and my hair will lay flat and neat.

Then, I pull my hair into a ponytail, then tie off sections of my hair all the way down.

It's an easy, fun, and really great way to wear your hair! And for other longhairs out there, this is a safe and relatively painless way to show off the length!

Hope you all have a great day!