Well, I’ve found a new love. It’s comes in a bottle and my hair will never be without!
My entire life I’ve had to deal with naturally -oily hair. It’s been a pain, but then again, maybe it’s better than dealing with dry, brittle locks. Nontheless, it’s been an ongoing struggle to find a product that really does what it says it’s going to do — i.e., “bring balance to oily hair and keep it looking fresher, longer.”
Two weeks ago, I stopped in The Body Shop to take a look at their make-up. Since being moved to pursue a compassionate, mindful lifestyle, I’ve realized the next step is to transition away from personal use products that are tested on animals. A longer post is coming with all these details, but long-story short, The Body Shop has really grabbed my attention for their bold stand against animal testing. They even offer customer’s the chance to sign a Cruelty-Free Pledge; how awesome is that!?
As I was pursuing the aisles, I stopped to look at their shampoos and conditioners. Little did I know, my life was about to change! (Okay, a little dramatic, I know.)
I scooped up a travel-sized version of The Body Shop’s Rain Forest Balance Hair Kit, because I wasn’t quite ready to commit to the full-size bottles just yet. According to the label, the “Balance” line is meant to:
Reduce excess oil for hair that looks clean and fresh all day using a balancing shampoo and conditioner without silicones, sulphates, parabens or colorants.
Within two washes, I was sold. The difference is immediate, as the shampoo didn’t necessarily build into a full-on lather, and the conditioner didn’t immediately make my hair feel silky smooth. Instead, they both felt a little “plain,” which can be a huge difference for many of us who are used to hair care that’s full of products that only mask the underlying issues.
The Rain Forest Balance system feels quite the opposite of what we’re used to, but in a really good way! By using these products, as the label says, you know you aren’t adding “extras” that will only hurt hair in the long run. The pure ingredients naturally balance hair, and keep it that way. I can now go three full days without having to wash my hair, if I choose to do so. I’ve been trying to cut down on the over-washing, -drying, and -styling anyways, so this product definitely helps in that area. (Quick tip: I use a little baby powder directly at the roots to get to the three-day limit)
So, my new find was quite the success. I can’t wait to go back and try out some other products I was curious about. I’ll also be updating you on my progress to go cruelty-free in my make-up as well, with The Body Shop being my first stop!
Do you have any products you recommend for hair and body that are cruelty-free? I’d love to hear of some great make-up lines as well!