Biolage R.A.W. Hair care line

Real. Authentic. Wholesome.

As you may have read in my “about” section, I am a hairstylist. I have been in the industry for about six and a half years. I worked my way from a junior stylist to senior stylist, to manager and now I work in a location where I work independently (similar to booth renter situation.) Recently, I was contacted by Biolage by Matrix, and they have sent me some products to try and share with you!

Biolage’s new R.A.W. line contains “raw” ingredients. According to the Matrix website, Biolage Raw, is a 70-100% natural-origin haircare line. The R.A.W. line is silicone, sulfate, paraben and artificial colorant- free. I think these words are music to a hair stylist’s ears!

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This line is eco-friendly! The products themselves are 100% biodegradable and it will cause 0% harm to the environment. The products are derived from nature and the packaging of R.A.W. products are made of post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR). These bottles can be reused! Some examples of the raw/natural ingredients in these are Honey, Coconut Oil, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Yucca, Shea Butter, Olives, Ginger Root, and many others.

 

What Biolage sent me:

  • Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Uplift Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Heat Styling Primer
  • Re-hydrate Clay Mask
  • Re-Bodify Clay Mask
  • Curl Defining Styling Butter
  • Color Care Acidic Milk Rinse (professional use only)
  • and some other goodies… thank you BIOLAGE franz!

Elements of these products that I was looking for was-

  1. “A Unique Sensorial Experience”
  2.  “True Professional Results” including- overall health and feel of my hair. How does my color appear after washing and conditioning?
  3. What can I really do with these bottles afterward!?

Typically, I wash and condition my hair about every 4 days on average. Please tell me that you knew it was best to wash your hair less? I cringe when someone tells me they wash every day!

First, I’m trying the Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner. Then prepping my hair with the Heat Styling Primer.

 

Wow. Serious suds.

The first thing I noticed when I started to wash, was how little of shampoo I could use. Just about the size of a quarter. The shampoo spreads and suds up well, so this product will last long! Often, when I hear someone tell me that they do not use a professional shampoo & conditioner because they’re too expensive, my first thought is, “you’re using too much & washing too often.” I have shoulder length hair, medium density, and my last set of shampoo & conditioner just ran out 4/27/18. I purchased the set in December!

 

After using these products for a few weeks, I have honestly noticed my hair looking & feeling healthier. My color is shining, and I am just loving these products! I love that they are healthy for me & my hair, and the environment!

 

I tried to be cute, and make a heart…

Let’s do this right

When washing, start with a quarter size amount of product. Instead of starting at the top of your head, spread the shampoo onto both hands. Start one hand in the back, and one on top so it is applied evenly, and focus on scrubbing your scalp and roots, not mid-shaft and ends unless you are using a heavy product. As your suds wash down your hair when rinsing it should grab and wash away any remaining product.

Then, try the opposite for conditioner. Focus the product in midshaft to ends. Before reaching for more product, try using a plastic wide tooth comb in the shower, to work the conditioner through more.

 

Hair mask time!

I next sampled the Re-Hydrate Clay Mask. This mask did help to hydrate my hair. After washing & conditioning, I applied the mask evenly to my hair, using a wide tooth plastic comb to distribute the product. Avoid root area. I left the mask in for about 5 minutes and rinsed This helped to condition and re-hydrate my strands. My hair is thin, so I would only do a hair treatment about every 4 washes which is typically the span of 2 weeks. For thicker and compromised hair, you can use this treatment for often!

How I am re-using the bottles

I love the shape of the shampoo & conditioner bottles. I have not finished using my product yet, but here are some of my ideas to reuse these bottles!

  • use as a holder for small doggie treats for visits to the dog park
  • use as a holder for small doggie treats in my car
  • use as a holder for small craft items (pins, paper clips, pens, buttons, etc.)

any ideas for me?

 

 

I cannot wait to continue using Biolage R.A.W hair products. They have sent me so many others to try!! But, for not I HAD to share my results with you all because these products are amazing!

Order online, or for a discount, stop in and see me at the salon!

Interested in trying this AMAZING product line?
First, find which products are best for you and your hair!

be good to momma earth and she will be good to you

 

Now, I need to know…

 

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WFM good™ Bar Soap

“Triple milled and long-lasting Good Soap™ is available exclusively at Whole Foods Market. It is made with Ethically Traded unrefined shea butter and virgin coconut oil and enhanced with aromatic plant extracts.”

You know my love for WFM. It’s hard to not find a new goodie on a trip to this amazing store. A couple weeks ago, my husband Terrance and I were out of our body-wash. We actually have always shared the same soap as well as shampoo and conditioner. I know this is rare for a  lot of couples! But, it does kind of make it easier when shopping.

I ran into my local WFM to grab some things to make for our dinner later that day and on my way out of the store, I saw a stand of “good” bar soaps. I will admit I’m normally not super keen on bar soaps. But, I quickly learned that it was because I didn’t find the write one! As much as I love Whole Foods as the next person, it’s expensive af! So, I was super shocked and more than willing to try these amazing handmade soaps when I saw they were 3 for $6! There was a handful of natural scents to choose from.

I went back this afternoon after class to find an awesome surprise! There was a sale, 10 for $10! Yes! I stocked up and grabbed some new scents!

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So far I have tried:

  • Coconut
  • Lavender (perfect for a relaxing bath! Ahh)
  • Cucumber (my favorite so far!)
  • Black Soap
  • Almond
  • Wild Strawberry
  • Black Raspberry

* There is a peppermint scent. Personally I have dry skin, so I chose not to try this kind, I also wonder how it will effect feminine health. But to each their own, some things work better for others.

These bar soaps lather so quickly and feel so fresh! I know I’m using something great on my skin!

I also grabbed this eco-friendly “Soap Lift.” With this, your bar soap doesn’t stick to the shower and keeps it shape. I believe this was only $4.99! This little thing actually works. I used to pass on purchasing bar soap because of the residue it leaves in the shower, and the soap that came off was a waste. This little guy has my bar soaps lasting about 3 weeks and often there are times when I shower 2x per day.

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My closest WFM is located at the Colonie Center Mall, in Colonie, NY.

View all of good™ soap scents and ingredients here.

Have you tried good™ bar soaps? Comment below!

Till next time, T♥

hello and welcome

a little bit of why

I am new to this entire world of blogging. I’d say years ago I never really understood why people took the time to blog. Now, I actually view at least one random blog per day, weather it’s a Pinterest recipe, or blog about organization, a DIY home improvement/ crafting blog, and many more.

I love blogs because they are written by real people. Yes, I know that a computer does not magically generate an article on the best place to receive a Brazilian wax within metropolitan NYC for Cosmopolitan Magazine, or the latest diet fads and recipes in Women’s Health. Blogs are real people like you and me, that don’t have a team of editors and contributors. Ordinary working people writing, or I should say blogging, about everyday activities and interests. This isn’t for work, it’s a hobby!

I think Pinterest is a great outlet to discover new blogs. What can’t you find on Pinterest? I’ve learned that there truly is an article about any and everything. I found Pinterest very handy when it came time to wedding plan. Not only did I find a lot of inspirational pictures, but I found a lot of blogs and websites written by real brides.

As I’ve mentioned, I love to cook. Sometimes it is hard to whip up a new recipe on a Wednesday night, and let’s face it… we all get sick of the same things at times. I go to my local Hannaford or WFM, and pull up Pinterest. When I find something I like, I just make my own version of it. I’m not one to follow directions 100% (well, recipes) and have to put my little spin on it. Should I mention, I almost never measure?

 

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I think the most exciting part of my blog is yet to come. My husband and I have slowly started the home-buying process. Although I think sharing the up’s and down’s of the home-buying process will make its way to my blog, I cannot wait to renovate a house, and make it OUR HOME (insert a million heart emojis) Owning my own home has been a dream of mine for a long time. Being a crafy, handy and frugal gal I honestly cannot wait to see what I come up with as far as design and decor!

 

Lastly, I’m excited to share with you the things I love, and new things I am trying! My blog, being one of them!

Till next time, T♥