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Benefits of a paraben-free haircare

January 28th  •  Posted in Beauty

Benefits of a paraben-free haircare

Benefits of a paraben-free haircare

Check out Why You Should Get Into A Paraben-Free Haircare Routine

by Giada at Mode

Around this time two years ago I decided I wanted to cut parabens out of my haircare routine completely. And let me say one thing: that’s probably the best thing I could do for my hair apart from stopping using heat and bleach on it! I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect organic shampoo for so long, only to realize there are tuns of brands that make paraben-free shampoos that are as good if not even better than standard products (enter Lush shampoo bars but also something like Garnier paraben-free shampoos). But last but not at least, my hair now feels so thick and healthy, with its own natural shine fully enhanced and growing as fast as it never did before!

So here are a couple of benefits of a paraben-free haircare routine…

01 :: Results are long term – While chemicals will leave you with the feeling your hair is softer and healthier right now, in the long term they work against your hair and damage it. Natural products instead might not give you instant visible results, but the longer you use them the healthier your hair will feel and look!

02 :: Parabens are bad for the environment – Not only avoiding parabens is good for your hair health, but it’s fundamental for the environment. Parabens have been found in the bodies of marine mammals, probably coming from products we use that are washed into the sewage system and released into the environment.

03 :: Organic products are just as good – While the hunt for the perfect organic product for your hair type could be challenging in a first place, truth is natural hair products are as good if not better! There are actually lots of brands who cares about the ingredients list but also provide amazing product, 100 times better than ones full of parabens.

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{ Check out my ‘Why You Should Get Into A Paraben-Free Haircare Routine’ article for more }
Any of you avoiding parabens? I’d love to know about your favourite natural haircare brand! x

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DIY Sea Salt Hair Mist

June 8th  •  Posted in Beauty

DIY Sea Salt Hair Mist

If in other seasons I’m slightly OK with my flat hair (as much as one can’t be bothered by boring hair), comes summertime and all I’m after is voluminous, undone, wavy and texturized locks. I’ve tried countless beauty products to achieve it, but nothing really works magic on my hair, but there must be a reason why everyone is after the perfect sea salt mist – thinking back at summers I’ve spent by the sea, I kind of see an almost clear image of my hair being a tiny bit more adventurous and naturally wavy thanks to the seawater and light beach breeze.

When you live miles away from the sea, no way you’ll find either of those anywhere close, but you surely can rely on a impromptu DIY hair product, if you are not interested in spending way too much in one of those sea infused water sprays on sale. If one thing is for sure is that whenever I take a look at those expensive sea salt hair mists from fancy beauty brands, I can never justify the expense especially knowing for sure that that’s something I can do myself at home too!

I’ve put together a little DIY hair spray made out of only water and sea salt as a base, and to which I felt free to add whatever felt good on my hair that I already owned in my pantry. If your hair is on the dry side of things, you might want to consider adding a teaspoon (or so) of melted coconut oil, whereas if your locks are oily like mine, I can assure lemon juice works magic at making your clean hair last longer (just remember to store the spray in the fridge if you add lemon or other fruit juices – especially in summertime!). Use chamomile essential oil if your hair is light and you want to enhance your golden locks, infuse the mist with rosemary or basil leaves to promote hair growth or add tea tree oil if your hair is very dry or thyme essential oil to help with hair loss.

HOW TO

Measure out 200ml of clean water, add 2 or 3 tablespoons of flaky sea salt and pour both in a saucepan. Bring water to a boil, use a spoon to help salt dissolve into the water easily. Once all the salt is dissolved, remove from heat and leave it cool down completely. Add essential oils, juices or leaves and mix well while the water is still cooling down. Then pour the mist into a clean spray bottle (you might want to filter it with a strainer if you added juices or leaves) and spray on damp hair everytime you want!

Have you ever tried your hands at a DIY sea salt hair mist? Will you give this a try? x

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Easter Pastels

April 3rd  •  Posted in Lifestyle

Springtime is by far my favourite time of the year (did you guess it already?!) and Easter is my favourite holiday second only to Christmas and no doubts a huge part of the deal is due to the amount of beautiful flowers you can spot everywhere while walking along a street, the amazing view of trees covered in pink blossoms, the huge amount of bunny and Easter themed cards and objects you can spot in stores around this time of the year, all of which makes for the perfect excuse to wear, buy and cover myself in pastel coloured things, clothes, foods and nail varnishes! No real need to wonder if pastels really do bring you in a happy, relaxed, inspired, calm, content and joyful mood!

I’ve been buying a few too many pastel objects recently, but some are actually been dusted off from the previous years, and there hasn’t been a thing that made me in a happier mood than finding and falling back in love with pink hair bows, lipsticks and measuring cups and blue washi tape, paper straws and tea scented erasers! I couldn’t help but display them all in a cute flat lay and snapping away with the help of some Lindt Gold Bunnies (old Easter favourites of all time indeed – I can remember being a child and getting overly excited about my milk chocolate Gold Bunny at this time of the year every years!). Hope these shots can bring a bit of colour and happiness to your mornings (or evenings!) too!

Easter Pastels.
Easter Pastels.
Easter Pastels.
Easter Pastels.

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Gold Bunnies & all the chocolate ℅ Lindt
Paper Straws – Similar
Washi Tape – Tiger
Tea Scented Erasers – Kikkerland
Spot Triangle Bra – ASOS (Similar)
Pink Hair Bow – Similar
Lipstick – Pret-A-Porter by Paul and Joe
Measuring Cups – Tiger
Shampoo Bar – Lush
Ceramic Bowl – Similar
Lip Balm ℅ Sweet Cecily’s