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What To Look For in A Good Dry Shampoo? + Tips for Good Application

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Honestly, I can’t live a week without dry shampoo.  Washing my hair is just too much effort after a long day at school and work, so dry shampoo it is.  But before I tried, all the dry shampoos at the drug store, I had no idea what I was looking for.  I didn’t know what was good and what wasn’t?  So, here’s a how-to guide for anybody new to dry shampoo.

What makes a good dry shampoo?

A good dry shampoo should:

  • Absorb oil
  • Add texture (without being crunchy)
  • Leave no white-cast
  • Smell good
  • Has a good nozzle
  • Bonus: add volume

A good dry shampoo should not:

  • take five minutes to rub in
  • leave a white-cast
  • have a sticky residue
  • smell weird
  • make the hair look dull/ lifeless
  • weigh down your hair
  • sprays a very firm stream at your hair and leaves you with an awkward white dot that takes 20 minutes to rub in…(trust me, I’ve been there)

One of my favorite drugstore dry shampoo is from HASK!  They have a variety of dry shampoos for a variety of hair textures.  Personally, I’ve been loving the Charcoal dry shampoo from HASK.  It has a fresh citrus scent that is (currently making me miss summer) great for day two hair when my hair smells like the stir-fry dinner I made last night.  Plus, it has long-lasting oil absorption without al the gross sulfates and parabens found in many dry shampoos on the market.  With HASK, my hair smells good, feels good, and looks good.  No more dry, dead, or zombie-looking hair here!

Tips for Best Dry Shampoo Application

  • Don’t spray too close, even with a good nozzle you can get a concentrated amount of dry shampoo if you spray the bottle right by your head.  Always use the bottle as a measuring tool and spray the dry shampoo on to your hair a bottle length away.  (I actually learned this from YouTube! LOL all the things you can learn…)
  • Don’t just spray and go, take a few seconds to rub the product in, so that the product can absorb the oil and actually freshen up your hair.
  • Spray a light coating over mid-shaft to strands for the perfect, tousled look

**Disclaimer: I received the products free for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.**

The Bleaching Process: Going from Virgin Asian Hair to Ash Blonde

Soooo, a few months ago I decided to knock an item off my bucket list.  I wanted to be blonde.  But going from virgin Asian hair to blonde is not an easy process and not a process that should be done overnight.  Both of which I did.

I am by NO means a hair professional but this is my story about going blonde.  The best and SAFEST way to dye your hair is through a professional.  That is my disclaimer.  Now, onto the fun part.

The Research

Before starting the bleaching process, I googled (as many people do) how to bleach my hair at home.  I don’t recommend doing this but I’m a college student on a budget and could not afford to do this in a salon.

After buying a bleaching powder and volume developer on Amazon, I waited (not so patiently) for the package to arrive.  Those seven to fourteen business days felt like five million years.  I just wanted to be blonde.

Surprisingly, there isn’t much on the internet about Asians going blonde.  There are a ton of pictures but no “How To” guide other than Wengie and a few other beauty blogger posts.

Wengie’s post about dyeing Asian Hair is super helpful.  I would definitely check it out.  Click HERE to read her post.

The Bleaching Process

Going from Asian hair to blonde, you will encounter roughly three bleaching phases: the red, the orange, and the yellow.

For my hair, I used the Loreal true blue bleaching powder and a 40 volume developer.  Because I was impatient, my bleaching process was all done in one sitting.  (CUE the dramatic gasp of EVERY hair stylist in world).  Essentially, I went from dark virgin Asian Hair to yellow colored hair in one night.  I know, I know that it’s terrible for my hair and I just damaged my hair to oblivion. Trust me, I felt the damage too.  My hair felt like straw that’s been laid out in the sun to dry.

There is absolutely NO way I can recommend that you do this. By the second round of bleaching, my scalp felt itchy and a slight burning sensation. When my friend and I finally applied the box dye to my head after two rounds of bleaching, it stung quite badly.

Plus, there are horror stories about people’s hair falling out after harsh bleaching so be careful and you’ve been warned.  When bleaching your hair, patience is definitely a virtue (that I wish I had).

After the first round of bleaching

Second round

*If I was to bleach my hair again, I would definitely go for a 20-30 volume developer because my hair felt like straw after bleaching with the 40 volume.

The Dyeing Process

I just used a box dye, the Clairol Light Ash Blonde.  The color turned out pretty well. After the bleaching process was finally over, I was so excited.  I already washed my hair like five times already LOL.

How to Maintain Blonde Hair

The bleaching process takes away color.  But since my asian hair is so dark, there is a definite warm tone to it.  Without the proper shampoo, my hair will be brassy and orange very quickly (which is definitely not a look I”m going for).

Whenever you dye your hair, you want to maintain it for as long as possible and that means less hair washing which means dry shampoo is your best friend.

But if you wash your hair only once or twice a week, then you’ll have a lot of product build up from all the styling cremes, dry shampoo, and leave in conditioners you put in your hair.

The Products: Shampoo and Conditioner

the bleaching process

I’ve been using Finesse shampoo and conditioner once a week to clean up product build-up. It’s amazing. It gets rid of the powdery white specks on your hair after too many days of dry shampoo and it gets rid of that sticky feeling in your hair when you have used too much texturizing spray.

My hair feels truly clean after messaging the shampoo in to my scalp.  Plus, it smells fabulous.  I’ve never been a huge fan of Kendall Jenner but she chose a seriously great shampoo.  Finesse is also super affordable, you can find it at your local Walgreens. (Collect up your points there and save a TON of money on drugstore products!)

To prevent my hair from getting brassy, I wash my hair with blue shampoo about four times a month.  JOICO’s purple shampoo is seriously amazing.  It leaves my hair feeling soft and my hair is NOT orange or brassy.  WIN!

The Products (AKA giving life back to my hair)

After bleaching my hair twice in one night, you can probably imagine how dry and damaged it is.  Yeah, figure that in and multiply by ten.

I use Argan oil and the John Frieda Detangling leave in conditioner. I apply Argan oil to my mid-shaft and ends after washing my hair.  After my hair has air dried for a bit, I spray an insane amount of the John Frieda leave-in conditioner all over my head.

These two combined leave my hair much softer and less tangled.  My hair is seriously a tangled mess after bleaching and dyeing it. There is a tangle or a knot in my hair, the second after I finish brushing it.

That’s it.  It was fun being blonde for a month but my hair grows fast and my roots took over.  I’m now a light ash brown.  But if you have any questions or an experience you want to share, please comment down below!

**Disclaimer: I recived the Finesse Shampoo and Conditioner FREE for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own!**

Dry Hair is No Longer A Problem!

Hask Superfruit Healthy Hair Shampoo fights dry hair


After a summer of pool days, beach vacations, and long days in the sun, dry hair is inevitable. And with sweater weather in full force, my hair is getting staticky. It sticks to my face, stands up at the ends, and looks dull at the roots and mid shaft. I tried so many things to get rid of dull hair, dry hair, and brittle hair.  But nothing worked.  I spent hours on google and Pinterest looking at various homemade hair masks.

Over the passed three months, I’ve used Argan oil, coconut oil, and treatment masks. But nothing can combat my dry hair.  Instead these oils just leave my dry scalp and dry hair, greasy at the ends with a less than impressive shine. But when I tried Superfruit’s healthy hair shampoo and conditioner, I saw instant results. After washing with the healthy hair duo, I let my hair air dry and it was noticeable softer and had a healthy shine to it. Plus, the shampoo smells amazing. The scent reminds me of cranberries which makes it perfect for this time of year!

I would definitely recommend this product to any one with dry  hair or dull toned hair. If you have oily hair then this product will definitely give your hair a healthy shine. however with oily hair be careful of day 2 hair, your hair can get greasy at the roots with this healthy hair duo. To prevent that, just spray some dry shampoo in to your hair the night before and in the morning. Your hair will maintain its style and it’ll look and smell clean. Plus, the hair brush has various sized bristles so it’ll detangle your hair without pulling it.

What really makes this shampoo and conditioner fabulous are the ingredients. It’s made from Acai berries which give it a great cranberry scent. Plus the duo has mangosteen oil to give moisture and shine to your hair. The shampoo and conditioner contains no sulfates or Parabens.

Whats your favorite shampoo?

**Disclaimer: I received the shampoo and conditioner free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

Beauty Product Review: Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

Alright, let’s start with the smell.  I love the smell of this Dry Shampoo.  It smells like fresh limes.  And the spray bottle is amazing.  It just feels so good on my head.  (I know that sounds weird)  But, originally I had the dry shampoo from Pantene and the product just didn’t spray like this one.

The product from this Clean Freak dry shampoo comes out in a nice powerful spray without leaving any white residue on my head.  When I sprayed the Pantene one, the product seems to comes out like a laser and leave lines of white residue in my hair (Trust me it wasn’t a good look).  With the Pantene dry shampoo, I had to really rub it in to get rid of the white residue.  But the Clean Freak Dry shampoo leaves no white residue, takes away the oil, and doesn’t have to be really rubbed in.  A little light rub here and there, and my hair looks great!

With the summer coming, my hair definitely needs a refreshing.  This stuff is becoming part of my summer makeup and hair essentials!  Be on the lookout for my summer essentials post!

I always get this dry shampoo whenever Ulta has there buy one get one 50% off sale!  What’s your favorite dry shampoo?  I really want to try the Oribe one, but I can’t bring myself to pay that much for a dry shampoo?  Anyway have a great Saturday, guys!

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Beauty Product Review: Pura d’or Hair & Body Care + Discount

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I used regular shampoo since I was a toddler.  And I never thought that shampoo can be bad for my hair.  I was always taught that shampoo made your hair clean.  But now I have realized that shampoo also strips your hair of its natural oils and damages it.

 Before I tried Pura d’or Hair & Body Care I thought pretty much all shampoo was the same.  But I was wrong.  This shampoo was different.  The Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo made my hair feel clean, yet nourished and not striped.  My hair felt silky when I was washing my hair and for the first time, my hair didn’t seem brittle, dry, or frizzy after washing my hair.  

And when I applied the Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner, Lavender Vanilla, I could run my fingers through my hair with ease.  The conditioner is thick and creamy and really sticks to the hair.  Plus, the lavender vanilla scent is amazing!  I need this scent in a candle or perfume stat!

After I rinsed and dried my hair, I could feel the difference.  My hair didn’t feel dry, it felt hydrated and soft.  And I didn’t even put on the Argan oil yet!

When I rubbed a few drops of Pure and Organic Argan Oil in to my hair, it instantly stopped the inevitable frizz that occurs when I slip on an infinity scarf or put on a sweater.  

The Pura d’or Hair & Body Care is paraben, cruelty, and sulfate free.  So, nothing harmful is going in to your hair!  This shampoo and conditioner really changed the way I thought about shampoo.

If you want to try this product out for yourself, don’t wait!  
For the month of February you can get 10% off your entire order. 
Just Enter “Valentines2015” 
You will also get a free 1oz bottle of Argan oil with your purchase!
**I received this product free for review**
**Sponsored by Pura d’or Hair & Body Care**