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My Summer Hair Essentials

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I Really Simplified My Beauty Routine

For two years: back to “natural” hair, without intensive chemical treatment (straightening etc… ). It seems that I’ve never had such beautiful hair (soft curls). No secret, I moderately take care of  them (- no need to smother them -) with the most “natural” products possible.

For two months, I’ve make my own oil bath and after / before shampoo (DIY). For my oil baths that I also apply to seal hydration (every 2-3 days depending on the needs of my super dry hair), the base is a mixture of organic coconut and olive oils (photo 1 above). To which I can add many other organic oils (avocado, argan, castor … depending on the specific needs of my hair). 

The two small bottles on the pictures (barely bigger than my index finger) lasted almost two months. I still have some olive oil. I’m not the kind frugal using my products. And sometimes I use one of these oils alone or mixed with a moisturizer on face and body! Super efficient and light convenient for traveling.

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To Go To The Sea

I apply a mixture of natural shea butter with my two organic coconut and olive oils: mixing well and refrigerate the product (picture 4 above). My curls have never been as flexible and well defined! I’ve even had compliments.

And the evening, I rinse or washed them with the excellent Aveda Be Curly Co-wash: superb texture and nice lemon smell. Then I don’t use any conditionner. Sometimes, I just tie my hair without adding any product. If I find them not soft enough, I apply a little bit of oil (I never use coconut oil alone, always associated with another oil). 

And if I want to discipline baby hair around the face (almost impossible mission!), I add the Aveda Brilliant water-based gel. My hair stand 1 to 2 hours and the natural goes back (lol)! Next up, I’d like to try natural henna. If you have some tips, please feel free to leave me a comment or sent me an email!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

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Styling: Roxy beach towel and Balinese sarong. 

My dry hair routine: four oils tested

Time to test some handpicked products over several months,

here is my dry hair routine: four oils tested. As most of you has already known, I love testing new oils to soften and nourish my really dry hair. Mostly 100% natural oils. Leaving mineral oils, additive… even if I sometimes use some, if I can avoid them, I avoid them. So I found two fantastic oils, which I became totally addicted : Regenerating Plant With Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil of Christophe Robin (picture 1) and Huile Solaire Merveilleuse Bio Evoa.

The first oil is a creation of the famous Parisian colorist, Christophe Robin. He selected “several 100% plant oils that complement one another, resulting in a deep and lasting rejuvenation.” An impressive list of Eco Cert certified ingredients: Prickly pear seed oil (antioxidant and moisturizing), rice bran oil (antioxidant and protective), sweet almond oil (nourishing and softening) and Inula flower (from the coast of Brittany) “which protects and revives the pigments in natural or colored hair.” Paraben, silicone, SLS, colorant free. With its super light texture (quite liquid) and delicious subtle fragrance, this oil is a must we take pleasure to apply and smell. I apply it every two days, strand by strand, no need to put a lot. The hair becomes really silky. As soon as I washed and rinsed my hair, I put a little oil throughout hair before untangle and tie in a bun to let it dry. The next day the result is stunning.

Indeed just as visible and palpable with Huile Solaire Merveilleuse Bio Evoa I discovered last summer during the Roxy Pro in Biarritz. Although this dry oil (quite thick) is “more rustic” than Christophe Robin’s oil. Its rich texture is not unpleasant and I like its vanilla scent.  This 100% organic oil is composed of organic safflower oil (moisturizes, nourishes), essential oil Pachouli (regenerative), Vanilla (fragrance), organic Apricot kernel oil (nourishing, moisturizing). Paraben-free and without PEG and nanoparticles, it respects the coral and the ocean. I use this oil for oil bath to repair or as a relaxing after shampoo once or twice a week. After the shampoo, I only rinse the hair that remains shiny and incredibly soft and supple for several days. I recommend you to test it this summer. My advice: I always apply any oils on slightly damp hair.

I also tested Rosazucena, Rosa Mosqueta Pure Oil from Panatagonia:

“Argentina, the 42nd parallel, the Pre-Cordillera of the Andes” … The traveler in me could not ask for more! Go around the world with my various tests of products (LOL). This rare oil obtained by cold-pressing, repairs the skin (acne marks, stretch marks, scars …). I always start from the principle that what is good for the skin, is good for the hair. And I tested this oil very focused on my mane. First point, as I have a lot of hair, I had to use it quite a lot each time. The pot containing only 20 ml, I could not do more than 2-3 oil baths. To stretch the texture, I had to wet my hair more than usual. The combination of oil and wet hair is not very successful at the moment: the stickiness of hair is  not very sexy. Against by the aftermath of the oil bath, the locks are superb, smooth and relaxed. Do not use this oil to style hair, but only as a treatment to nourish and sheathe the structure of the hair (which seems inflated, as boosted after the oil bath).What a pity that I could not make it last another month test!

On the other hand, I had a huge disappointment with Essence Absolue, Nourishing Protective Oil of Shu Emura, based on camellia oil. I can not read the oil’s ingredients on the package. Course I understood there was camellia oil, but what else? Never mind, I was quite excited to test the famous Shu Emura oil. We are all conditioned by the “supposed to be” great selection products of women’s magazines! No comment! Well I found this oil NOTHING especially: the smell (neither good nor bad, nor simply present) and the texture (yes it is an oil and that’s it!). After 2-3 uses (where I used a lot of product), my hair was even drier and more brittle than usual. In short, this is a VERY DISAPPOINTING oil and NOT AT ALL  FOR my very dry hair!

Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2013, tous droits réservés.

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Phytospecific: The Perfect Home Treatment



After a complete diagnostic at Univers Phyto, I’ve received my prescription of 4… in fact 5 products!

If you’ve already known how difficult it is taking care of fragile dry hair, you’ll agree to get a shiny beautiful hair : first we need to find great hair products! In a previous post, I wrote about my haute couture relaxer experience in the Univers Phyto (in Paris).

Since then, I’ve started my second month of daily PHYTOSPECIFIC hair treatment at home (picture above). And like in the eighties tacky ads that make us smile : jumping in a taxi, the cab driver made me compliments for my “beautiful” hair, I was totally amazed! 

Each morning, I apply a dollop of the Moisturizing Styling Ceam, with Quinoa oil (1). 

Its texture is both rich and light that quickly feeds my hair, leaving a shiny look and a nice discret scent. So far away from cheap hair treatments! What a great pleasure to have a shiny hair not greasy! To run my hands through my hair ungreasy and unsticky at touch.

Once a week, I boost my hair with the Revitalizing Oil, with Castor Oil (2). If you ‘ve already known the thick awfull texture of the Castor Oil, you will be very surprided by the fluidity of the Revitalizing Oil. In the week-end, I wrap my hair with oil in a hot towel wrung out and leave it all day long. 

Then I rinse and make the Deep Restructuring Shampoo, with Methiosil and Sea Lavander (3).

To be honest, it’s the only one product I’m not crazy about it. But it gently cleans. So quickly I apply and enjoy my favourite product, the Deep Restructuring Balm, with Methiosil and Sea Lavander! Amazing perfume, peach-coloured and creamy texture : a perfect balm to be applied generously. 

I keep it one hour and when I rinse, my hair is silky, with big lustrous curls and waves. Absolutely beautiful! I don’t apply anything else and let my hair dry naturally. I tie my hair not very tightly, avoiding to make a brushing or to use a straightening iron (I never use it at home)!

And the hidden fifth element is the Ultra-Repair Night Treatment, with Amino Acids Hairspheres,

to apply 2 or 3 times a week. Same texture as the  Moisturizing Styling Ceam that nourrishes hair at night. When I wake up, my hair is very sweet and easy to style. For me PHYTOSPECIFIC hair treatment is really efficient and I enjoy using it.

Pleasure makes the regularity of the everyday care. First you might think, it’s too much work. Wrong, it’s relly quiclky to apply products and quickly the gesture becomes a – good – habit, thanks to results you can see and touch. Smoother my hair breaks less, with a natural shine.

This is a refine treatment hair for curly, frizzy and straightened hair, with a clean packaging! Yes, most of the packaging for ethnic products are so cheap and ugly, you don’t want to bring them in your bathroom! Thanks PHYTOSPECIFIC to get interest in your consumer tastes!



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