Arbonne Hair & Scalp Revitalizer

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I’ve posted before about my battle with dandruff and itchy scalp. I’ve found that Organix Australian Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner almost completely eradicate my scalp issues (check out my post on that subject), but I’m always on the look out for products that will boost my scalp and hair health.

Which is why I tried Arbonne’s Intelligence Thermal Fusion Hair & Scalp Revitalizer (that’s a mouthful). It’s a gel/lotion that you apply to your scalp after your regular shampooing and conditioning and massage in. You leave it on for 5 minutes and then rinse. Every time I use it, I notice a warm tingling feeling. The package warns of skin sensitivity, but I didn’t have any problems (and I have very sensitive skin). After I use it, my scalp feels great.

Because my dandruff and itchiness are under control with regular shampooing and conditioning, I don’t use this very often. I usually use it when I’ve been using a different shampoo and conditioner or when I haven’t washed my hair in a couple days and instead relied on dry shampoo (in other words, when I will likely have signs of dryness and dandruff).

DISCLAIMER: All that being said, I always use it with the shampoo and conditioner that I know correct the dandruff problem, so it’s not 100% clear that the revitalizer is making any difference at all. And for $30 for 2.4 fl.oz. bottle, I’m not likely to buy it again because I can’t pinpoint exactly why I need it.

 

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L’Oreal EverStyle Volume Boosting Mousse

I posted before about L’Oreal’s “Ever” line. It’s the sulfate-free, cruelty-free (vegan) line of hair care products, including the EverStyle line of hair stylers. I’ve really liked every product I’ve tried in that line, and this mousse is no exception.

I have a lot of long, wavy hair that’s fine. It looks great as soon as I wash and style it, but soon it gets oily and weighed down. I have to wash my hair every day or else risk looking like I used WD40 instead of hairspray. So I don’t use much in terms of styling product because it tends to make my hair look limp. But I have been pleasantly surprised by this EverStyle Volume Boosting Mousse. In addition to being sulfate free and vegan, it’s also alcohol free.

I run it through my wet hair and then blow dry it upside down using a vent brush (for a straighter style). It gives me volume while keeping frizziness at bay. When I wear my hair wavy, I blow dry with the diffuser, and the mousse does a good job of keeping the curls. Also, it’s refreshing to use a styling product that doesn’t tangle my hair while I’m trying to dry it–that’s a big pet peeve of mine. Lastly, it has a light coconut fragrance–not sickeningly sweet pina colada coconut but fresh milky coconut. It’s a nice enough scent that I’m happy when it lingers for several hours after I use the mousse.

Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum

Organix makes hair products (and a couple body moisturizers) that are paraben free, sulfate free, gluten free, and cruelty free. Its products use natural ingredients like coconut, cocoa butter, acai berry, awapuhi ginger, and argan oil.

On my journey to replace all my favorite health and beauty aids with cruelty-free products, I have had the hardest time finding hair treatment and styling products that work just as well as my old stand-bys. I have been looking for a serum to replace my BioSilk Silk Therapy Serum, which I used every time I blow-dried my hair to tame fly-aways and reduce frizz. Nothing fit the bill until I came across this Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum. I use it on my wet hair before blow drying, and it absorbs easily and doesn’t make my hair oily (as long as I only use one pump). It makes my hair feel soft and bouncy, like how styling products with alcohol make your hair feel, but this stuff is actually really good for my hair. I’m very impressed with this products. And now I can’t wait to get my hands on Organix’s Coconut Leave in Nourishing Milk and Moroccan Argan Oil Blow Out Cream. I have high hopes that I’ll love these too!