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I have been having the worst hair issues that I’ve had in years.

With the change of the season, I feel like they’ve only gotten worse.

Even with some of the lovely hair products I’ve tried, I only find temporary relief and once I run out of the products, my hair goes back to the same miserable condition.

Breakage, split ends, unmanageable hair, tangled hair, dryness, dullness, frizziness, a ridiculous amount of fall out,  lack of body and volume, and just a general crappy crap mess when it comes to my hair.

Originally, I tried this mask because I was looking for a natural way to brighten up my hair for Spring without actually coloring it given that I have given my hair a fair amount of abuse in the past few years where hair dye is concerned and also that I was too afraid to really experiment without risking more damage and drama in the hair department so going the natural route has always been the safest bet for me.

I discovered this incredible recipe on YouTube via Andrea’s Choice – see her video here – but I actually altered it slightly to fit what I had on hand and I think I’ve gotten better results because of it!

Here’s What You Need: 

  • Equal Parts Organic Coconut Oil & Honey/ Manuka Honey – I used Manuka honey, but any honey will work. I say equal parts because I used about 2 tablespoons of each, but if you have shorter hair you could use 1:1 tablespoons or if you have longer or thicker hair than me, you might need about 3-4 tablespoons of each so just use your judgment. 
  • A small bowl
  • A spoon
  • A spare Grocery Bag to put on your head.
  • A Towel for keeping the mixture off your clothes.
  • Gloves (Optional)

Application:

STEP 1:  Mix Equal Parts Honey & Coconut Oil with a spoon in a bowl until thoroughly blended.

STEP 2: Wrap A Towl around your shoulders and secure with a hair band to prevent any of the mixture from transferring to your clothes.

STEP 3: Apply the mixture with or without gloves, as desired. Where you apply the mixture depends on what effects you want out of this treatment. If you want natural highlights, focus on the top layer of hair and the crown of your head in order to emulate the way the sun naturally hits and highlights hair. If you want an all over treatment, apply the mixture from roots to ends, mainly massaging into the scalp and saturating the ends.

STEP 4: After applying the mixture to your hair, wrap your hair in the grocery bag and leave in, as desired, for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Your hair will get really stiff and feel pretty unpleasant, but that’s normal.

STEP 5: Rinse hair in the shower, first with water only and then shampoo and condition as usual.

The Result? 

My hair has literally never felt better!

It’s super soft, manageable, bouncy, voluminous, shiny, frizz free, and it has some nice, natural looking red highlights in it! I’ve done this treatment 2 different times and had equally awesome results both times. I will continue doing this treatment every week or so for a bit as I’d really like to see how light I can get my hair to go. Also, I find that this treatment has done wonders for the condition of my hair. The difference is night and day and one thing I notice that I really love is that before, when I would wash my hair normally, I generally found that my hair was seriously imbalanced. It would get oily and flat in about a day’s time, but still feel really knotted, dry, and generally look unattractive. Now, after this treatment, I notice my hair looks amazing even though I’m going on 3 days without shampooing or anything and, for me, that is AWESOME! Lastly, another thing I noticed is that I’m experiencing bouncy waves and curls that I really haven’t had since I was 8 or something so that is AMAZING!

I hope you all can try this treatment if you want natural, damage free highlights for Spring & Summer or, especially, if you have any of the hair worries that I’ve been experiencing because I definitely think you will notice a huge difference!

What’s Your Favorite DIY Hair or Beauty Treatment?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna 

Image Source: WATER COLOR HYDRATING HAIR MASQUE – TheBeautyDepartment.com

Have you guys seen this new product from Urban Outfitters?

I saw a post on this on TheBeautyDepartment and it’s such a brilliant and fun way to do a hair treatment, especially with your girl friends!

It’s basically a water based color tint infused into a hydrating hair treatment masque. So, you treat your hair with it and then when you rinse it out, it leaves a soft tint in your hair that lasts a few washes – fun right?!

If you want to pick up some of these cool tinted hair masks, they are at Urban Outfitters – here.

Anyway, I’m super psyched about this new product – What do you guys think?

♥ Tianna

Happy Thursday!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day!

I’m so excited to share this incredible hair care line with you today! It was sent to me for review from their salon in London, UK, and I’ve been loving it since it arrived really.

It is the Gielly Green Luxury Natural Hair Care and they’ve sent me their Repair Shampoo and Repair Mask for review. I’ve been using both for a few weeks regularly now and I’m super excited because this line is just amazing!

Repair Shampoo and Complementary Mask image

Repair Shampoo + Complementary Mask

First off, the shampoo and repair mask both smell incredible! 

Not only do they both have this amazing cocoa vanilla type scent to them, which I love, but they also work really well to cleanse and condition the hair without stripping it of valuable natural oils. Instead, their formulas include a variety of natural plant oils and butters to repair damage, strengthen and restore elasticity, and add hydration and shine. The Repair Shampoo that I received really lathers quite nicely and cleanses the hair well without feeling drying at all.  My only complaint is that it doesn’t detangle much, but the repair mask definitely does the rest of the work really well anyway so that’s just nit-picking at this point.

Repair Mask image

Gielly Green Repair Mask

The Repair Mask is mud based, but also includes a variety of natural oils to refine and soften hair as well as  improve shine, elasticity and, of course, repair damage done. I really like the creaminess of this conditioner. It looks like custard in the jar and smells like dessert as well, but don’t eat it! It conditions, softens and detangles locks really nicely and it’s much much easier to comb through once I’m done showering.

Over these past few weeks, this set from Gielly Green has made my hair much more manageable, softer, shinier (though not oilier, thankfully), added volume, and a lot less dead looking. The winter and too much hair coloring really did a number on my hair and this has made my hair look much more healthy and full of life. I also love that the products are all naturally formulated, sulfate free and include beneficial plant oils and butters for optimal hydration and repair through the use of natural ingredients. I definitely plan on purchasing this set once I run out of the samples that Gielly Green sent me and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has damaged or frequently tangled hair, especially if it’s long, because this does the trick!

You can learn more about the Repair Shampoo & purchase it – here.

You can learn more about the Repair Mask & purchase it – here.

What Hair Care Products Are You Loving Lately?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

 

I’ve recently been trying out this deep conditioning hair mask from Acure Organics as my hair has felt seriously damaged these days and I’ve been needing conditioners almost every time I shower given how tangled it becomes. This conditioning hair mask smells really pleasantly of minty freshness without being overpowering. The scent seems more like a subtle afterthought than anything so it can be used with other products without scents clashing much.

To apply this, you simply take a small amount (depending on hair length; mine is long and I use about 1-2 quarter sizes) and massage it into your hair, concentrating on the ends. Then, relax and let it do it’s thing for 5 minutes, comb through and rinse. The formula includes argan oil and CoQ10 for their nourishing properties as well as argan stem cells which are said to penetrate the follicle while locking in color and hydration.

I really enjoy the scent of this conditioner and it does add a fair amount of shine and volume to my hair. The only thing is that my hair was still pretty tangled after using this, though less so than before, and I actually find the name a bit confusing ( …Root Repair) because it sounds like you’re meant to use it on the roots of hair even though it’s meant to be used on your ends. Other than that, I really enjoyed using this hair mask. It works fairly well and it doesn’t leave a residue or film behind on the hair which I like a lot. I just wished it had been a bit more detangling than it was, but if you’re more concerned with volume and shine, this is a really natural and effective hair mask option for those needs.

You can check this conditioning hair mask out – here.

Have You Tried Any of Acure Organics’ products?

What’s Your Favorite?

Let Me Know in the Comments!

Max Green Alchemy Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil
Dry winter skin can really suck, especially when it’s coupled with irritation, redness, and flakiness, which is most of the time if not all. To keep my skin looking plump, hydrated and calm, I’ve taken to drawing up warm baths a few times a week and using this incredibly soothing bath oil by Max Green Alchemy – the Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil.

I’ve written a bit about Max Green Alchemy as I really love many, if not all, of their products. They are brilliant and made with organic, cruelty free, and wild crafted plant ingredients which seek to heal the skin from inside out and pretty much succeed in that effort, if you ask me. So, after reviewing this bath oil for about a month, it’s not really a surprise that I’d love this one too!

The scent of this bath oil is AMAZING and it really does soothe irritated and/or dry skin. The scent of it is exactly the same as their Skin Rescue Cream which I reviewed awhile back ( you can see that review – here ) and works just as well at calming skin inflammation as the cream, except without the added hydration you get from the cream. I get extremely dry skin come winter time and that dryness can easily turn into irritated, chapped skin which is not just horrible to look at, it can also be painful. This bath oil has helped me avoid that situation altogether and I am SO thankful!

Aside from being extremely effective at calming and hydrating skin, this bath oil is seriously relaxing. It smells incredible and the oil itself actually dissolves into the water rather than sitting on top of it like most oils do so it really envelops your skin in a cocoon of hydrating oil-infused bath water.

Lastly, one of my favorite things about this product ( and Max Green Alchemy products, in general ) is that fact that not only is this product effective, luxurious, and pleasant to use, but it also has an excellent ethical foundation to stand on. The ingredients are great, natural, cruelty free and the formulation leaves out typical nasties which can cause environmental or bodily harm so it’s really a product I can stand behind and I love that.

More Reasons to Love this Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil:

•” Pure organic botanic and essential oils calm, soothe and moisturize skin
• Supports the treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema
• Unique formula blends with bath water to infuse into skin
• Won’t leave nasty oil residue on the tub
• Steroid-free, paraben-free, petrochemical-free, GMO-free, lanolin-free, polysorbate-free, cruelty-free
• Enchanting non-medicinal aroma of organic chamomile and neroli
• Contains many certified organic ingredients
• 100% plant origin”

You can check out this amazing Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil – here.

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Today’s post is centering on my top hair care products of 2012 and this one is a serious no brainer!

I’ve had such issues this year with my hair being too dry, breakage, fall out, you name it, it’s been an issue for me. The only time I found I truly loved my hair’s look, feel and health was when I used this shampoo and conditioner from Max Green Alchemy (sadly, I’m out of it and too broke to replenish my stock just yet!). This shampoo and conditioner duo is AMAZING. Not only does it hydrate, detangle and bring lots of volume to my hair, it does so without the use of harmful, artificial ingredients!

I will definitely be replenishing my stock of this set ASAP ( you know, when I’m no longer broke) because it softens locks, encourages hair growth, hydrates really well and gives tons of body to my hair where other products have left it flat and lifeless.

I love that their formula is SO clean and green, steroid free, cruelty free, made with 100% plant ingredients AND it’s both sulfate and paraben FREE.

This is worth a look if you have frequent hair troubles like I did and the price is great for the value.

You can see my original review for this set – here.

What was your favorite hair care product(s) for 2012?

Let me know in the comments!

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It’s another day of Christmas giveaways here on Storybook Apothecary!

Today’s prize is a Max Green Alchemy Shampoo and Conditioner Set!

If you’ve been following me since the early days, you’ll remember I reviewed this set back then. If not, check out my original review on them here. I really love all Max Green Alchemy products, to be honest, and this is sincerely one of my favorites! Their products are organic, natural, and free of harmful ingredients. Instead, they feature a host of beneficial plant ingredients that will help give your hair what it needs to look it’s best. This set is fantastic for people with all hair types, whether it’s coarse, unmanageable and thick or fine, limp and flat. Either way, you’ll see a huge difference using this fantastically natural hair care set!

Special thanks to Max Green Alchemy for sponsoring today’s giveaway – it means a great deal to me to be able to work with such an all-around fantastic company.

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Sole Rescue Foot Balm

I’ve been testing out this Sole Rescue Foot Balm from Max Green Alchemy for a few weeks now. It was sent to me for review and, originally, I thought I wouldn’t care for it. Not that I thought I wouldn’t like it; anything by Max Green Alchemy is pretty much gold in my eyes and that’s been plastered across my blog posts since the beginning, but I simply thought, what am I supposed to do with a foot balm? 

I mean, I don’t really use them at all in everyday life, but now that I’ve had the chance to try this one, that may change! The amazing formula of Max Green Alchemy is simple, yet effective, and, of course, all natural.

This balm really does soften feet, especially rough heels, and it does so with an all natural, organic, and steroid free formula that the Skin Deep EWG Database even approves of!

Nearly all of their products have a 0-2 rating which, in EWG language, means that the risk of using their products is extremely low.

You can see the risk ratings for all of their products here or by visiting EWG.Org/SkinDeep and typing in the company’s name to see the risk of using their products.

I am seriously impressed by the Max Green Alchemy risk ratings, which are very low, and also by the effectiveness of their products. They are one of the few brands that truly have my total and utter stamp of approval in every area, from effectiveness to naturalness, and they’re absolutely worth a look!

Their products range from skincare to hair care, styling products, nail care and yes, foot care.

You can check out the awesome Sole Rescue Foot Balm – Here!

Check out their entire line of products – here.

Check out what’s new from Aveda!

I love Aveda! I have been a huge fan of their natural formulas for years and after recently visiting an Aveda Salon in my area, I discovered they also have a lot of eco friendliness in their products as well!

Aside from that, their products are really effective! I really love natural products, but I also want something that works and Aveda really does!

Their new Invati Trademarked System includes 3 products which all utilize various ayurvedic herbs, specifically turmeric, in order to exfoliate the scalp, encouraging hair growth and preventing clogged pores from thinning your hair or preventing your hair from reaching it’s full potential.

The Invati System Includes:

invati™ exfoliating shampoo

Exfoliating Shampoo; $24

invati™ thickening conditioner

Thickening Conditioner; $24

invati™ scalp revitalizer

Scalp Revitalizer; $60

I’m super excited about this collection!

See the entire collection – Here!

Some of my other favorites from Aveda include their Damage Remedy Line which treats damaged hair concerns and their Comforting Tea Blend which is sugar free, but seriously sweet and refreshing! The first time I tried it I was shocked! It tastes like it has sugar, but it doesn’t! Instead, it includes naturally sweet licorice root and other herbs for a seriously refreshing caffeine free drink. Plus, it’s 100% certified organic! Check it out here.

What do you guys think of Aveda’s new collection?

Have you tried any Aveda products before?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Twist Bands Revisited

It’s pretty ironic that BeautyHabit sent me these for review given that I previously posted about how useless they were. I originally received a Twistband head band in my May GG Birchbox and hated it. I thought, wow this looks so cheap, what a ploy for money, waste of cash, etc.  (See that post – here, for proof) And, as painful as it is for me to say this, I was wrong. Really wrong. 

Ugh, it’s so not easy to say that, but it’s true!

I think I initially missed the point of what makes these Twistbands so awesome and useful before, but now I think I’m starting to get it. You see, I’ve had a lot of issues lately with getting headaches and pulling my hair unintentionally from hairbands and pulling my hair out so I’ve been using these twistbands a lot because they are really gentle on your hair. They don’t pinch, snag or stress your hair out. The material is super gentle and doesn’t pull or snag my out at all.

I’m so surprised that I actually like these things now. I still don’t know how I feel about paying $10 for  6 of these ($1.40 each approx.), but if you have a sensitive scalp and traditional hair bands aren’t cutting it, this may just be worth it.

Check these out on Beauty Habit – here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Beauty Habit for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of how I obtain products.