curly girl 101

curly hair can be a blessing and a curse. while those with straight locks seem to be envious of us curly girls, they may not understand how difficult it can be to tame hair that often has a mind of it’s own. to avoid using heavy hair products that break me out, i have come up with some curly hacks and personal favorite tricks to keep my hair bouncy and happy!  bonus: they work well without the use of any potentially cloggy products 🙂
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  1. silk pillow cases are a curly girl’s best friend, your curls will remain intact and the silk will keep your frizz at a minimum. just remember to change your pillow cases once or twice a week to remain acne-safe.
  2. i never use brushes! they damage and break fragile curls. instead i use my figures to comb through my wet hair in the shower. you will notice your curls will like this much better than a harsh brush. if your hair is knotty, work from the tip of the hair to detangle with your fingers, which will create the least damage to your hair.
  3. to revamp and reshape curls after a long day, try using a spray bottle of water with some lavender essential oil. it really helps to calm frizz and re-boost my hair. lavender is great for curls because it works on your hair the same way it does on your mind, calming down fly aways and frizzys!  wet curls down, flip your head over and scrunch! your hair will come back to life in no time.
  4. after i shower i use a micro fiber towel to scrunch my hair, removing excess liquids and helping to shape my curls. just flip your hair over in the shower and make sure you are scrunching from the tip of the hair to the root.
  5. to achieve lose beachy waves shower before bed,  part your wet hair, and create several medium size braids. simply go to bed,  wake up in the morning, carefully un-do braids and and enjoy beautiful flowing waves.
  6. for extra volume try using old school pin curl clips in your roots as your curls dry. divide your hair into 6 sections, lifting from the root as you insert the pin curls. this will create more volume and you can remove them when hair is semi dry or completely dry.
  7. diffusing is life! i diffuse my hair every time i wash it because i want maximum curl and volume. i insert my diffuser into the root of my hair working in sections around my head and drying each section one at a time. moving the hair dryer around constantly is what creates frizz. i like to cock my head to one side as i’m drying instead of flipping my head upside down.
  8. drink plenty of water and be good to yourself, i notice that when i am dehydrated or occasionally hungover, my hair is as well, looking tired and depleted! your hair and skin both see the effects of over working yourself and malnourishment will wreak havoc on your locks!

acne-safe dandruff shampoo – found!

we’ve had success with a client using this mineralfusion dandruff shampoo – the flaking has dissipated and his forehead remains clear.  would be worth a try – it’s available at whole foods and rainbow, and does not have any overpowering fragrance!

double check the shampoo bottle’s label to make sure it matches this list:

active ingredient:
2% salicylic acid (to control dandruff)

inactive ingredients:
aqua, aloe barbadensis (leaf juice/jus de feuilles), sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate, coco-betaine, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, decyl glucoside, glycerin, panthenol, malachite (extract/extrait), smithsonite (extract/extrait), rhodochrosite (extract/extrait), hematite (extract/extrait), dimethicone, undecylenic acid, mica, titanium dioxide, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree leaf oil/l’huile de feuilles), guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, origanum vulgare (oregano leaf extract/extrait de feuilles), citric acid, maris limus, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, natural fragrance. *certified organic

happy hair, clear skin

i have had a ton of clients asking about acne safe hair styling products lately so decided to write a quick post about what we’ve found so far. i found a couple of promising brands via an article written by teen vogue on acne safe hair products. you can check out the article here.

the tricky thing about hair products is that even when they contain safe ingredients, they are more likely to be cloggy because of their intended use. these products are designed to stay in your hair through sweat, humidity, working, twerking, etcetera. while it’s great that a product can withstand all of this it can also be making it travel from your hair on to your face and body, causing breakouts.

whether you are using an sS approved product or experimenting with something that looks safe, here are a few helpful tips to prevent hair induced breakouts.

  1. make sure to change your pillowcases! use one side of the pillow, flip it the next day to use a clean side, then switch your case and repeat.
  2. cleanse + tone into your hairline and behind your ears! these are often neglected parts of the face that only get washed when we shampoo. use your facial cleanser and toner to prevent buildup and make sure you are rinsing shampoo, conditioner, and facial cleanser thoroughly from these areas.
  3. never touch your face after touching your hair! when i’m getting ready for the day i do my hair, then wash my hands using acne safe soap and THEN do my makeup etcetera. be mindful of this throughout the day as well.
  4. having your hair tied back off of your face and using no product is your best bet. this list should be used as a reference for what products to use if you must for a hot date or a wedding. on the day to day we prefer that you aren’t using styling products at all. (or at least until you are completely clear, then can introduce a hair product (or other variable, one at a time for at least a month) to isolate any new breakouts to it).
  5. manufacturers often times will change ingredient lists without announcing it so make sure to check the ingredients each time you refill. tip: a change in formulation is often accompanied by packaging changes!
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tried and tested acne safe shampoo & conditioner: these products have gone through our testing products and received the sS stamp of approval!
 
– shikai shower gel – double duty shower gel + shampoo available at sS
– earth science unscented shampoo available at sS
– AG fast food shampoo available at sS
– AG ultramoist conditioner available at sS
– AG colour savour conditioner available at sS
– skinSALVATION conditioner available at sS
shikai body wash - doubles as acne-safe shampoo!
 
promising shampoo & conditioner: the ingredient listings LOOK safe but by no means have been tested by sS to ensure their safety. we don’t recommend that you use these products during the initial clearing process. after you are clear you can introduce them as a single variable in your regimen and see if you break out.
 
– various nature’s gate shampoos and conditioners, read labels to make sure the one you are after doesn’t contain any cloggy ingredients. fragrance and tocopherol are the number one questionable offenders in these shampoos.
– selsun blue shampoo – great alternative to cloggy head + shoulders but may still be cloggy for some.
promising hair spray: the ingredient listings LOOK safe but by no means have been tested by sS to ensure their safety. we don’t recommend that you use these products during the initial clearing process. after you are clear you can introduce them as a single variable in your regimen and see if you break out.
*make sure you wash any leave in product from your hair before going to bed! even products that look safe can break you out if transferred to your pillowcase and then your face, night after night.
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promising gels, waxes and pomades: the ingredient listings LOOK safe but by no means have been tested by sS to ensure their safety. we don’t recommend that you use these products during the initial clearing process. after you are clear you can introduce them as a single variable in your regimen and see if you break out.

*make sure you wash any leave in product from your hair before going to bed! even products that look safe can break you out if transferred to your pillowcase and then your face, night after night.
 
– giovanni wicked texture pomade this product has been used by several sS’ers and is safe!
promising leave it tx: the ingredient listings LOOK safe but by no means have been tested by sS to ensure their safety. we don’t recommend that you use these products during the initial clearing process. after you are clear you can introduce them as a single variable in your regimen and see if you break out.
*make sure you wash any leave in product from your hair before going to bed! even products that look safe can break you out if transferred to your pillowcase and then your face, night after night.
 

promising products for color treated hair: 

the ingredient listings LOOK safe but by no means have been tested by sS to ensure their safety. we don’t recommend that you use these products during the initial clearing process. after you are clear you can introduce them as a single variable in your regimen and see if you break out.
promising products for curly hair:
the ingredient listings LOOK safe but by no means have been tested by sS to ensure their safety. we don’t recommend that you use these products during the initial clearing process. after you are clear you can introduce them as a single variable in your regimen and see if you break out.
this list is ever growing. we will update it as products are tested to let all of you out there know if things gained the sS stamp of approval or if they may cause breakouts. we value your input and experiences. please let us know if you have tried any of these products in the past or if you introduce them into your life. if you come in for a treatment, mention what you’re using in your hair and we can identify if you are having breakouts around your hairline as a result.
may happy hair and clear skin be with you all!
xoxo,
liesse and team sS

dry shampoo!

hey sS’ers.  i took this photo at a beauty store ages ago but haven’t had the time to post or write about it.  a client came in 2 days ago asking about dry shampoos so here you go!

L-R: it's a 10 miracle dry shampoo & conditioner in one; AG hair cosmetics fastFWD>>; pureology fresh approach; paul mitchell dry wash; redone pillow proof blow dry; sebastian dry clean only; and KMS hair play.

L-R: it’s a 10 miracle dry shampoo & conditioner in one; AG hair cosmetics fastFWD>>; pureology fresh approach; paul mitchell dry wash; redken pillow proof blow dry; sebastian dry clean only; and KMS hair play.

most dry shampoos have ‘isopropyl myristate’ which is incredibly cloggy; or argan oil.  these bottles have neither – but they all do contain some kind of fragrance.  and if you’ve read our previous post on it, you already know that ‘fragrance’ is an umbrella term for over 4000 ingredients, many of which are cloggy!

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND that we have not tested these, so we don’t know if they are actually safe or not – but with our expert opinion after reading through the ingredient listings, look like a safe place to start.

so, we encourage you to test these out and let us know what you think – it’s easiest to tell if something is cloggy if you are testing it on skin that is already clear, so you can easily identify the one variable in your regime that is breaking you out.  AND, we suggest using the product for at least 1-2 months to be sure (again, with no other variables in play).

PS – the sebastian dry clean only, in the matte black can, had the least ingredients in it’s formula, which is the most promising.  less stuff to potentially clog you up!

good luck!!!!