I am not a hair person.
Not even a little. I had the same mid-length, slightly layered hair cut with blonde highlights for years. My hair is fine and on the dry side. I never quite knew what to do with it other than straighten or blow it out. Up-dos? Braids? Forget about it! I had to turn 30ish before I finally figured out how to work a curling iron thanks to my fabulously talented and ever so patient hair stylist.
At last, I got so fed up with my hair boredom a few months ago that I decided to give the messy sombré lob (or, for all the other non-hair people: a subtle ombré long bob) a try. And that, of course, meant two things going forward:
1) I would need to add some new skills to my bag of (hair) tricks
2) I would need to find some new styling products that would work for my new ‘do.
Not an easy feat given that my locks were my last “dirty product frontier.” I thought I might never be able to let go of the brands I had been loyal to for years. Until I found these amazing new styling products; not only are they safe(r) alternatives to my old stand-bys but they actually work, too!
Yarok – meaning green in Hebrew – was founded by renowned Israeli hair stylist, Mordechai Alvow. It is Yarok’s mission to make the greatest positive impact on hair and scalp health with the least negative impact on the natural environment. Each Yarok formula is a powerful blend of organic and all-natural botanicals that are consciously sourced and responsibly harvested. Each of their products meet 100% of all vegan requirements and are free of alcohol, parabens, sulfates and cruelty to animals.
This nutritious, leave-in conditioner protects your hair from blow drying and heat styling. It is a light-weight spray that works well for fine, dry, color treated hair without weighing it down. It also offers lasting moisture without any greasy feel. After washing and conditioning, I lightly mist this all over my damp hair focusing on the ends before detangling with a paddle brush. A little goes a long way! It makes my strands manageable and keeps frizz under control. Vitamins, minerals and essential oils nourish while adding shine and hydration. The light citrus and herb smell is an added bonus. Lovely product!
I have to admit that I did not love this mousse right away and that’s probably because I had no idea how to properly use it. If you are looking for a typical drugstore mousse that, when sprayed on your hand, magically grows to the size of a tennis ball…well, this product is nothing like that. It is way more liquid than a traditional mousse and you only need a tiny bit for it to work. I use about a quarter size amount which I first rub between my hands then rake through my hair focusing on the roots. When wet, it feels a little sticky at first but after blow drying, it makes my strands smooth and soft. It transforms thin and lifeless into voluminous and healthy hair.
This curling iron was highly recommended by my hair stylist and seems to be a favorite amongst many who work in the beauty industry. I love it because it heats up fast and has variable heat settings (up to 430° F) for all hair types. It also has a non-slip handle for easy maneuvering and even heat distribution for long-lasting and smooth curls and waves.
I use medium heat (about 350° F) and once the iron is hot, I part my hair into three horizontal sections. Starting at the neck, I hold the iron upside down and wrap a 1-inch strand around the barrel (not using the clamp) and away from my face. I hold each curl for about 10 seconds before I unwrap it and then lightly pull on the bottom of it. This ensures a more imperfect and wavy rather than tightly curled look. I repeat this for all three sections. When done, I wait a few minutes until my hair has completely cooled off to let everything set. Lastly, I finger-comb through my hair and flip it over a couple of times to break up the curls and give them the desired tousled look.
Admittedly, this is not an all natural product. I tried a few all natural options such as pomades and simple sea salt sprays but none of them were quite what I was looking for. Dry texturizing sprays are the secret! And out of all of the ones I have used in the past, this one is by far the cleanest. It is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and mineral oil, and is 100% vegan. I love that this spray gives my waves a little extra hold and definition without weighing them down or adding crunchy stiffness. I hold the bottle about 6-8 inches from my head spraying lightly at the roots between layers for extra oomph and long lasting flexible hold.
I have mentioned my love affair with this product before. I have had the travel size for months now and using it religiously every other day, I have yet to run out. It is a must-have for second day hair! This dry shampoo soaks up oil and odor without leaving a white residue. On day two after washing, I simply put a little Healthy Locks in my palms, rub ’em together, and carefully work my fingers through my hair starting at the roots. Done! Refreshed bedhead tresses in 15 seconds tops.
And, if you missed my picture on Instagram yesterday (BTW, why are we not friends?), here is the final result.
Now, if someone could just teach me how to take a proper selfie that would be fab. I certainly kinda suck at it unless it’s normal to get 43 crazy-looking shots for a handful of decent ones. Oh well, maybe by the time I turn 40 I will have this one figured out, too!
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