It has always been a struggle for me to keep my hair soft and healthy after being in the ocean so much. I have tried a tons of products, and at home mask. So I thought it would be great to do a post on my favorite hair care products and tips for other ocean loving, beach babes. I am in love with everything Wildfox owner & designer Kimberly Gordon creates. Whether it's her vision for amazing photos, her lovely artwork, her blog or her amazing clothing line. I am obsessed with her aesthetic . I have included these beautiful photos from her recent lookbook The Wildfox Lagoon shot by Mark Hunter because they are the perfect fit for a post on Mermaid Hair.
When my hair is curly from a day in the ocean I never brush it. The sea salt gives my hair volume and shape but can make it difficult to brush through which can lead to breaking. Never brush you hair with a regular brush when it is wet. You should use a wide tooth comb to get tangles out because you hair is very fragile when wet.
I first started using Davines after I had self dyed my hair lavender (well it turned out more pink), and then tried to go brown after, which didn't really work and left my hair very damaged, brittle and dry. I finally gave in and went to my friend Tracy to get back to my natural blonde (she's the best for blonde in Wilmington NC). Ofcourse Tracy transformed my grey/brown/purplelypink mess of a head back to an amazing natural bright blonde but during the process she requested that I cut my past shoulder length hair into a long bob. What? Ofcourse not! I can't do that I have wavy hair, and NO WAY will I look okay with short hair ( I had been scarred from when my mom took me to get the shortest boy hair cut with my ears cut out and all, the day before six grade ) I really havn't ever recovered. But Tracy worked her magic and I now had a fresh, healthy chic blonde lob! She requested I use this Davines shampoo and conditioner at home and I feel in love. My damaged hair took a u turn and felt more silky with every wash. Even after fall surfs and the harsh winter air this product always made my hair feel amazing. Around a year later my hair has grown back past my shoulders and feels still uber soft. I switch on and off using Davines because of the price but recently just purchased this 3 pack before my trip and couldn't be happier. I was more than psyched that shampoo and conditioner also came with their Absolute Beautifying Potion oil which gets rave reviews on every site. This oil is perfect for coating your hair before you head out into the surf or when you just get out of the shower ( a little goes a long way but never leaves you feeling greasy) You really can't put a price on good hair and good ingredients. This Mellow Natural Anti-Breakage Lustrous conditioner with apricot butter smells amazing and is a miracle product! I have always been one to use half of the bottle in one shower to feel like I am getting a good condition and with Davines a quarter sized amount really goes a long way! If you haven't tried this brand before I highly recommend it.
I received a sample of Beauty Protector's shampoo and conditioner in my monthly Birchbox last summer and was delightfully surprised at how well if worked. This brand is Paraben and sulfate free. Sulfates and harsh chemicals strip your hair of its natural oils which make hair frizzy and dull. They can also irritate your scalp. I have been using sulfate free products for a while now and have been on the search for a quality vegan hair care regimen for a couple of years. I have found a couple brands here and there that are okay but none that get everything right. Most vegan shampoo and conditioners make my hair feel clean and smell amazing but even after double deep conditioning my hair feels brittle and dry. This product team leaves my thin/wavy/frizzy hair clean/shiny/soft and smelling sooooooo amazing! Not only does my hair feel so soft but this product also adds volume and shape to my thin hair, which normally is unheard of after using a moisturizer that can get my ends feeling silky. After using every last drop in my sample, I researched and read tons of reviews about this best selling brand on Birchbox's website. Right before my trip I decided to take the plunge and spend a little extra on this amazing back of three hair care dream potions. I was very excited to try their protect and detangle leave in conditioner spray that was included in the package. Not only is this great smelling spray leave in conditioner, it is also a UV protector, color safe, and a heat protectant that adds shine and seals the cuticle. It was a wonderful surprise when $40 or so way taken off of my bill because I had racked up points for reviewing previous samples and getting a friend to join. Plus they email you tons of coupons! So I ended up getting the three package of Davines and the three pack of Beauty Protector for half price! If you haven't checked out Birchbox yet, what are you waiting for? Every month ten dollars is drafted out of your account and you are sent a wonderful surprise box of beauty goodies. I believe that this is a steal. I mean I would usually waste ten dollars on a so so lunch or a drink out at night and even though each month I know it's coming and I have paid for it, the beautiful Birchbox shows up in my mailbox and I feel like someone sent me a perfectly wrapped present. How sweet! Another positive to this monthly shipment is you get set up the box for what you are into. So I choose natural, vegan products, and tell them I have fine, wavy frizzy hair and I don't care about receiving a ton of perfume samples and boom! I get to try a large handful of large samples of new products and brands beauty gurus are raving about. The samples are great to take traveling or pop in your purse, I hate usually hate having full sized anything other than conditioner because I'm addicted. Oh yeah and I almost forgot the cute ladies from Birchbox email you videos to go along with the samples you get each month, showing you how to use them and giving you tons of make-up and hair tips! Click here to learn more about Birchbox.
I always try to each foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids and natural fats. What you eat truly affects you as a whole and eating a diet rich in greens filled with chlorophyl, fish, nuts, vegetables and fruits will keep your hair and skin feed with beautifying nutrients.
These are some of my favorite every day products. I love to use rose oil as a hair and face moisturizer. It just feels so fresh and lovely. I purchased Egyptian Magic at Whole Foods after reading tons of reviews and model testimonials on this miracle product. This all natural magic is antibacterial and fixes everything from burns, rashes, cuts, eczema, sunburn and more and a little goes a very long way. I use the coconut oil for everything from cooking to face moisturizer. I usually like to coat my hair in unrefined coconut oil before I shampoo if my hair feels extremely dry to load it with good fats and keep it from soaking up some of the harsh chemicals in our water that can dry your hair out. I also do a quick coating before I surf if it's feeling rather dry to keep it from getting to tangled. In the winter I love to use coconut oil as a face moisturizer or to add it in to a at home natural mask. This natural moisturizer leaves my face glowing and clean. I usually go make up free so this is great moisturizer to use when you are not layering on makeup. The coconut oil is great to cook with as well to help with your beautifying process. "Coconut oil is used extensively in tropical countries especially India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines etc., which have a good production of coconut oil. At one time, the oil was also popular in western countries like the United States and Canada, but there was a strong propaganda campaign in the 1970s spread by the corn oil and soy oil industry against coconut oil. Coconut oil was considered harmful for the human body due to its high saturated fat content until the last decade (2000s) when people began to question the claims of the propaganda. The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.Coconut oil is used extensively in tropical countries especially India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines etc., which have a good production of coconut oil. At one time, the oil was also popular in western countries like the United States and Canada, but there was a strong propaganda campaign in the 1970s spread by the corn oil and soy oil industry against coconut oil. Coconut oil was considered harmful for the human body due to its high saturated fat content until the last decade (2000s) when people began to question the claims of the propaganda. Next, let’s look into some more details of how coconut oil works in our body". - http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html
These are my beach bag musts! Healthy Sexy Hair's Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner was recommended to me from a surfer- girl friend with long wavy hair and it has been a heaven send. This product will get out any tangle the sea creates. I always cover my face in tons of sunscreen with helioplex. Below are some outfits any mermaid would daydream about. Wildfox's White Label Spring 2014 collection worn by pro surfer Hanalei Reponty. Let the swooning begin sea babies.
All photos from http://www.wildfoxcouture.com