Finally. I did it! My current hair care stash is as minimal as it can be. The thing is, over the past few weeks I’ve been trying to implement minimalism into my everyday life. I’ve been watching videos, reading blogs and optimizing my own things step by step, drawer by drawer. I’m not a hoarder by any means, the amount of clothes I own would probably look ridiculously small to some people and I have received a few comments that my flat looks too empty (though, this was said by someone who has their home filled with lots of stuff, so I guess it’s debatable). But I know that I could do better with my beauty stash. We, bloggers, have a curious nature and most of the time it’s hard to resist a new beauty product that you want to try so much. Anyway, here’s my hair care routine at the moment:
SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
Lavera Color & Shine Shampoo 200ml / $8.50 – £5.95 and Conditioner 150 ml / $8.50 – £5.95
Lavera hair care range is probably my most repurchased organic beauty range ever. Its Apple Milk shampoo, which I remember with sweet nostalgia, was a hit back in the day, until Lavera discontinued it. However, most of other products stayed as good as they were before, and the reason why I vouch for them is because they tick all the boxes: they have lovely scents (this mango range smells like candies), they are affordable (at least in Europe, I know it can be pretty costly in the US or Canada), and they are effective (clean and healthy hair – check).
Shampoo: Water (Aqua), Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Betaine, Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract*, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Straw Extract*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Germ Extract*, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Hydrolysed Corn Protein, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Hydrolysed Soy Protein, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Phytate, Mannitol, Alcohol*, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Linalool**, Citral**, Citronellol**. * Ingredients from Certified Organic Agriculture. ** Natural Essential Oils. *** Fair Trade. Vegan. NaTrue Certified.
Conditioner: Water (Aqua), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Alcohol*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Isoamyl Laurate, Lauryl Laurate, Sodium PCA, Lauryl Glucoside, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract*, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Straw Extract*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Germ Extract*, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract*, Beta-Carotene, PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Dexydroxanthan Gum, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Arginine, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Linalool**, Citral**, Citronellol**. Vegan. NaTrue Certified.
St. Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask (2-pack)* 2 pc / $10
St. Tropica organic coconut hot oil masks were my first hot oil masks that I’ve tried, and they did not disappoint. I have shoulder-length hair and 1 satchel lasted me two treatments. It takes only 20 seconds to warm up in a microwave, but because I don’t use one, I placed the satchel in a hot (not boiling) pot of water and left it for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Then, I have applied the mask on my hair, avoiding the roots, and left it for 1 hour. Make sure you give your hair a good rinse after, because the oil is pretty intense and might leave your hair greasy. I was really impressed by how soft, shiny and defrizzed my hair felt. I’m sure you can also use this mask as a regular hair mask without warming it up and it still would be effective. Along with organic coconut oil, the mask contain other organic ingredients such as biotin, amla, hibiscus, and green tea. I know that the best benefits can be reached by using hair masks regularly, but with this one you will see the effect even from the first use.
Ingredients: organic virgin coconut oil, organic biotin, organic horsetail, organic amla, organic hibiscus, organic green tea, organic coconut butter, organic coconut fruit extract. USDA Certified.
Organic Coconut Oil
I always have coconut oil in my hair care stash. For me, it’s just the perfect middle: not too light, not too greasy. Maybe that’s the reason why I was so impressed with St. Tropica hot coconut oil masks. Coconut oil gives hydration and shine, and my hair simply looks lovely after using it. I know that the effect can be different for different people, but if you haven’t tried coconut oil for your hair, please consider to give it a try (good coconut oil has to be unrefined, extra virgin and, preferably, organic to ensure it will perform best).
Ingredients: unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil. Certified organic.
LEAVE-IN TREATMENTS / SERUMS
Tara Smith Base Coat Serum* 50ml/ $26
I have received this base coat serum with the latest Vegan Cuts february box. I am not too excited about the ingredient list, since it contains silicones that I’m trying to avoid in my beauty products. But it had lovely promises, so I decided to give it a go anyway. I apply it only on my ends, and I’m surprised that the serum totally lives up to its promises: it defrizzes my hair and even makes them straighter. I don’t encourage you to buy this serum if you want to avoid silicons or if you opt only for 100% natural hair care products, and I also think there are natural hair care products as effective as this one, but I can’t deny that this one works wonderfully, too. Also, it’s vegan.
Ingredients: Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Fragrance/Parfum, Linalool, Limonene. Vegan.
Logona Argan Oil Shine Fluid 75ml /approx $15 – £9.95
I don’t know if I somehow missed this hair fluid or if it’s a new product, but it sounded like this is something my hair would like very much. First of all, I’m sorry, Logona, I love you, but you need to update your packaging at least for the new releases. Other than that, I really like how the product performs. I had a discussion with another beauty blogger on Instagram about this serum and she said that even just a little drop of this serum feels too much and too greasy for her. My hair ends, however, seem to like intensive hair products, so I like the effect it gives, which is soft and glossy hair. As always, I’m crazy about the scents that Logona products always seem to have: gentle and sweet.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Alcohol denat.*, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerin, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Betaine, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Isoamyl Laurate, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Sap Extract, Inulin, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Arginine, PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, PCA Ethyl Cocoyl Arginate, Parfum (Fragrance)**, Limonene**, Linalool**, Coumarin**, Citral**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**. * from controlled organic cultivation. ** natural essential oils. Vegan. BDIH Certified. NaTrue Certified.
Have you tried any of these hair care products? What are your current favorites?