Friday Faves: My Natural Hair Care Routine

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My Natural Hair via @poorandpretty

Have you noticed me wearing my hair natural a lot more lately? Not straightened, not pulled back, just down and wavy. I’ve gotten so many compliments from friends that I thought I’d let you in on my secret. Oh, and FYI – this is not a sponsored post.

These are the three products that have made my awesome hair possible:

Hair Care Faves via @poorandpretty

1. SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo, $10 at Target.

2. SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner, $12 at Target.

3. Poor & Pretty Apothecary Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray, $14.

Seriously, that’s it. No balms or texturizing gels. Just these three natural and awesome hair goodies.

Renaissance Twist Hair Style via @poorandpretty

I have unruly thick, wavy hair that refuses to behave, especially in humidity (thanks East Coast!). So I have had a lifelong battle trying to find the perfect mix of hair products that will tame my mad mop. I’ve tried all kinds of natural shampoos & conditioners — bar shampoos, no-poo’s, castille soap based shampoos, you name it. I’ve even tried making my own. My hair would be too dry, too oily, or I’d have to put it up or straighten it for it to look good. Then I found SheaMoisture.

SheaMoisture’s Curl & Shine shampoo and conditioner are amazing. It has seriously changed my life. My hair is healthier than it’s ever been and I can actually wear it down! Packed with Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Neem Seed Oil, Hibiscus Extract and more, SheaMoisture’s Curl & Shine shampoo and conditioner hydrate, shine, and boost my natural waves, without stripping my scalp’s natural oils with harsh surfactants. They don’t leave my hair oily either. I wash + condition every other day, then spritz on my Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray to give it a little extra mermaid wave texture, and I’m good to go. If it starts to feel oily on my non-wash days, I’ll use my homemade dry shampoo.

Wild Crazy Free Hair via @poorandpretty

I’ve totally embraced my wild, wavy, natural hair now. If your hair is anything like mine, hopefully I’ve helped solve your hair problems too! xo

P.S. I’ll say it again: This is not a sponsored post. I am not being paid by SheaMoisture or anyone else to write about their products. This post does, however, contain affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. But you know I only recommend stuff that I love! You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.


How to Make & Use Dry Shampoo

How to Make and Use Dry Shampoo via @poorandpretty ft

How to Make and Use Dry Shampoo via @poorandpretty

At the Bridgeport Arts Fest last weekend, I had a really great conversation with a shopper about natural haircare, and the pains of having super thick, unruly hair. “I want to wash my hair every other day, because I know that’s healthier for it, but it can get pretty oily on non-washing days.” Ah yes, I used to have this problem too! Then, I started making my own dry shampoo. I shared this recipe with her, and now I’ll share it with you! It’s very easy and I bet you have these ingredients in your kitchen already:

Dry Shampoo Recipe for Dark Hair:

  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • ½ tbs cinnamon
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)

Dry Shampoo Recipe for  Light Hair:

  • 4 tbs cornstarch
  • ½ tbs cinnamon
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)

Not sure how exactly to use it? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered there too:

How to Make and Use Natural Dry Shampoo via @poorandpretty


Friday Faves 8.26.11

1. Yes to Carrots Nourishing Shampoo — the last time I dyed my hair, I really did a number to it because I stripped color and then added red over it. My hair was very angry at me, which is why I’m letting my roots grow out. I’ve been using paraben-, SLS-, and petroleum-free Yes to Carrots Nourishing Shampoo and loving it for hydrating my hair and keeping the frizz at a minimum.

2.Dress Green Pure Hydration Facial Cream — my quest for the perfect, affordable facial cream seemed like an endless one. Because my face alternates between really dry and oily, I’ve had a hard time finding something that hydrates, but doesn’t make my skin oily. Solution: Dress Green’s Pure Hydration Facial Cream. Besides hydrating without being oily, the Pure Hydration Facial Cream is vegan, made with nutrient-rich Avocado Oil, Cocoa Butter, Rose Hip Oil, and other natural ingredients, plus it’s free of parabens and petroleum. I think I’m in love.

3. Earth Science Aloe Vera Complexion Toner & Freshener — While my homemade green tea toner is great for freshening up my face, it doesn’t remove makeup very well, and it’s hard to tell how well it removes dirt from my skin {because it appears yellow on a cotton ball}. Earth Science’s alcohol-free and non-drying Aloe Vera Complexion Toner & Freshener visibly removes makeup and dirt, plus the Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, and Sea Kelp ingredients moisturize the skin.


Friday Faves 2.19.10

I can’t believe we haven’t done one of these this month! In our defense, it has been an incredibly busy month for us. I’ve got midterms coming up, and Mish has been taking classes and working overtime. Phew! Anyway, here are a few of my latest faves!

1. The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. Everyone seems to go a little ga-ga when they hear the word tvm“vagina,” especially when followed by the word “monologues.” What? Vaginas can speak?! Yes! World renowned feminist-activist Eve Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues in 1996 to give women {and their vaginas} a voice. They were written after Ensler interviewed 200 women about their views on sex, relationships, and violence against women. The monologues are both hilarious and empowering, and others will make you cry. Both men and women should see it, it’s simply amazing. I’ve seen it twice with Suzi {once at Trinity College and once in New Orleans} It made it to my list because I’m seeing it tonight at UConn! Whoo!! If you’re interested in attending, it’s at 6pm at the Student Union Theater, $12 for students and $15 for non-students. All proceeds go to the V-Day Movement, which works to end violence against women all over the world. 200px-Weezer-Raditude

2. “Raditude” by Weezer. The name says it all, this album is rad. I love Weezer, they can do no wrong. This latest album features “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To,” which is a long name for a song, but it’s a really good one. Okay, I admit to belting it out in my car. Get your hands on this!

swirl3. Swirl. Swirl is a website put together by the authors of Daily Candy, a culture blog that features “a handpicked selection of all that’s fun, fashionable, food related, and culturally stimulating in the city you’re fixated on (and all over the Web).” Swirl offers insider deals on hot fashions and designer labels. Although the prices are still sometimes a little out of my budget, you can’t beat 80% off designer clothing! You do have to sign up for it, and they have to approve your account {which can take a few days}, but it’s definitely worth if you’re a fashonista with a small wallet.

trichomania4. LUSH Trichomania Solid Shampoo. Okay, so it looks like a chunk of Parmesan cheese, but I promise it’s shampoo! I am constantly on the hunt for new shampoo. Every one I’ve used {and I’ve used many, many different brands} has either left me with residue or dried out my hair. Then, I found LUSH {cue angelic sound}. LUSH Trichomania Solid Shampoo does neither. It’s a bar shampoo, which I had never tried before and was skeptical of, but as the Monkees once famously said, now I’m a believer. LUSH’s solid shampoos contain no preservatives, no packaging, and last at least twice as long as your regular liquid shampoo. I like Trichomania because it makes my hair super soft, helps controls frizziness, and it’s safe to use on dyed hair. Not to mention it has a delicious long-lasting, but not overpowering, coconut smell. Just try not to eat it! :)

What are you fav’ing right now?