Maple Holistics Argan Oil Shampoo. DISCLAIMER! I received a bottle of this shampoo for free, but with no obligation to give a good review. I can assure you I strive to be fair and balanced when I review anything, regardless of how I got it.
Sheet masks. Who doesn’t love a good sheet mask? They’re extra great for when you’re traveling solo and want to schedule a brief relaxation period. I believe these originated in Korea, and many would argue that the Koreans have perfected the genre. Thing is, a LOT of Korean brands sell in China. One that doesn’t? Creme Shop! I recently found this brand in CVS, tried their egg white sheet mask, and loved it. I need to try more!
Foundation with SPF. I’ve been playing around with some drugstore SPF foundation options, because I find them extremely useful when touring Walt Disney World (or any outdoor activity, for that matter). No one wants their vacation ruined by a painfully sunburnt face!
|It is a truth universally acknowledged that if Ruffian becomes aware of
anything ever she will assume it’s for her.
|Here I am pretending Oswald threw it to me.
I detected little to no smell, and it didn’t really cause any tingling or similar when used.
Now, with that out of the way, I am in no way affiliated with any of the below:
Differin. The only physical change I have noticed so far in my 30s is a fresh new fight with acne. Rock on. After going through the usual frenzy of trying and rejecting anti-acne products, I tried the flavor of the month: Differin. And, as the ads promise, it pretty much worked. But the claim that you may see improvement in 2 weeks? HA. It took three months to get through the purge period, with my skin throwing up flare after flare. If you suffer from moderate adult acne and no regular solution has worked, you should still try it – but be prepared.
My parks makeup philosophy. I’ve kinda already covered it here, but I personally find I’m much more likely to enjoy looking at my park photos if I’m wearing makeup. Vanity, thy name is me, but there it is. I’m constantly curating a park makeup strategy that’s cheap and long-wearing, with the added stipulation that everything should be cruelty-free. We can debate the merits of medical testing on animals some other time, but I don’t see any argument for why a bunny should suffer so that I might enjoy the privilege of changing the colors on my face.
Quest Bars. These are not the holy grail many claim from a taste perspective. But from a ratio of calories to protein perspective, they’re pretty great. I detect a hint of fake sugar in every flavor, but not as bad as some protein bars I’ve tried. The S’mores flavor is probably my favorite.
Several years ago I read a supposed statistic that something like 50% of women don’t work out because they don’t want to mess up their hair. Now, I don’t know if that’s a ridiculous fabrication or an equally ridiculous truth, but I CAN tell you that I recently had a Workout + Hair Epiphany.
It happened when my roommate joined the legion of people, both Real Life- and Media-Based, that insist that you shouldn’t wash your hair more than, max, three times a week. It strips your hair of necessary oils and what have you and you’ll have a much healthier mane – nay, a shampoo-commercial worthy mane – if you leave it alone most of the time.
I think this sounds lovely and natural and holistic and it DOES NOT WORK FOR ME.
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Seriously. I don’t know if it’s because my hair is long or because’s it’s fine or because I have an unusually oily scalp or what, but if I don’t wash my hair on a given day there’s an odds-on chance that in little more than 24 hours it will look a MESS. Stringy and greasy and just gross. Gross, okay? And that makes ME feel gross. I will trade shampoo-damaged hair in return for not feeling gross if that’s all right with everyone.
This remains my stance on hair care, but for some reason it has always bothered me, that my hair doesn’t react with joy and luster to the natural act of not shampooing. And then I figured it out.
IT’S ALL THE SWEAT.
Sweat. Sweat in my hair from one to three hours of ballet classes on Monday & Wednesday & sometimes Saturday morning and right now also Sunday rehearsals because we have a show coming up. Sweat from my runs, of generally 10 – 11 miles, on Sunday and Tuesday and Thursday and sometimes Friday if I had to skip or cut one of the other runs short and need more mileage. That’s six out of seven days of sweat soaking right into my past-the-shoulder-blades-long hair. No wonder it needs cleaning more often.
And so, as an athlete – YEAH I SAID IT I’M AN ATHLETE NOW – I must hold my hair to a different standard. I recognize that I put it through rigors the average scalp does not experience. If I feel I need to shampoo just about every day, then I will go ahead and do that, with a weekly deep conditioning treatment as a compromise. The end.
All that having been said… how do you cope with post-exercise-gross hair? Have you found a dry shampoo that actually works? Do you shampoo daily too? I may have a pro-shampoo manifesto, but I’m definitely open to other ideas!
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