Transitioning to Green Beauty: Hair Care

Dancing for Donuts | Green Beauty: Haircare Edition

Hi friends! I’m going to be talking about something a little different on here that’s becoming increasingly more important to me: green beauty!

I honestly was never super into beauty (like makeup, skincare or hair care) until a couple years ago. And now? I’m kind of obsessed. But you know what’s crazy is that there are a lottttt of chemicals in the stuff we generally put on our bodies from everything to soap to deodorant to foundation and hairspray. Luckily, options that are paraben-free and sulfate-free are becoming more and more available, which is amazing!!

I want to share some of my favorite products with you guys because in my opinion, healthy living encompasses everything from what we put IN our bodies to what we put ON them. After all, what goes on our skin ultimately goes into it, anyway.

Green Beauty Favorites – Hair Care

Formulate Shampoo & Conditioner – So this is a new company that I actually had the pleasure of working closely with during the second half of 2018! Formulate makes customized hair care, and I don’t just mean you get to pick your scent and your major hair concern. This stuff is suuuper personalized and you do fill out a pretty in depth (but not too time consuming!) quiz when you start.

Dancing for Donuts | Green Beauty: Haircare Edition

They even ask things like your zip code, sensitivity level of your scalp, and what tools or products you use to style your hair. Their products are preservative, paraben, sulfate and cruelty free (YAS), and they have a super easy to use app where you can adjust any of your information/give feedback on your formulas. I also love that they send you a really detailed description of what’s in your products – it’s nice to have that transparency!

Dancing for Donuts | Green Beauty: Haircare Edition

Full disclosure, I did have to get my formula re-made three times because the first couple batches were making my hair knotty, but their customer service is SO speedy and they work with their chemists to make sure your formula takes into account all of your feedback. I highly recommend this company and I love what they stand for!

Aquis Leave In Conditioner (from the Prime Starter Kit) – You guys I have been obsessed with this stuff. I color my hair with bleach, so it gets super knotty sometimes and I love spraying this in when I get out of the shower!! The entire starter kit is fantastic, but this bottle and their hair wrap towel are the two things I use the absolute most.

Jason Organic Coconut Oil – Umm please never underestimate the power of an inexpensive, no-frills product! I swear by hair masks and I won’t spend money on anything else but this coconut oil. I’ll rub a bit between my hands and then smooth it into my hair (either on the ends or all over!). About once every two weeks I’ll do this and just put my hair up in braids or a bun, then shower it out after an hour or so. It’s fantastic!

Dancing for Donuts | Green Beauty: Haircare Edition

So there ya have it! I’ve been really loving exploring the green beauty options that are out there these days, so stay tuned for a skincare edition of this post, as well!

Let me know in the comments if there are any clean/green beauty products you’ve found that actually work!!

xo Jordan

June Favorites | Health + Wellness.

Hi from Cabo San Lucas, friends!!

If you don’t see me much in the next week it’s because I’m trying to unplug a bit, but I did want to share my monthly favorites with you so here they are!

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Q-Band Fitness Tracker – I’ve mentioned before how obsessed I am with walks these days (and podcasts while I’m on them!) and the folks over at Mobile Action were kind enough to send me their new Q-Band fitness tracker! I don’t have a Fitbit or anything to compare it to, but I love that it gives me a more accurate step count without needing to always have my phone on me (for the Health app!). It also holds a charge for basically ever, which is awesome!!

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I Heart Keenwah Quinoa Puffs in Sea Salt Truffle – Ok so in all honesty, and don’t hate me for this, I’m not really a chips person…like I like them and I will absolutely shovel in an entire bag in 10 minutes if it’s there, but I don’t actually buy them for myself. Or savory snacks in general, really. But! Sometimes you just need something salty, even if you have a raging sweet tooth, know what I mean? These quinoa puffs are so damn tasty and only 120 calories per serving – there are 3 servings total in a bag (they’re big!) so I tried to split my bag into snacks for 2 days, but it was probably more like 70/30 šŸ˜‰

Dancing for Donuts | June Favorites

Summer Peaches – Apologies for the less than stellar desk photo, but is anyone elseĀ obsessedĀ with peaches? I literally can’t think of anything better than a juicy peach, especially when it’s hot AF outside. The only issue is that they’re really only good during the summer season, so you have to really stock up and kind of OD on ’em. I splurged for farmer’s market peaches a few weeks ago and have been dreaming of them since we ran out!

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Santa Barbara Bar in Coconut Almond – You know me, forever a bar girl šŸ™‚ I brought this one to the beach because it didn’t have any coating or chocolate on it to melt (that’s theĀ worstĀ when it makes a mess and you don’t have any napkins to clean it up). It was the perfect mid-morning snack and had a hint of sweetness and coconut, but not too much. I also liked that it wasn’t super dry like Nature Valley or Clif bars!

Dancing for Donuts | June Favorites

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant in Lavender + Sage – So I was in the market for a natural deodorant for a looooong time because the thought of putting a bunch of chemicals right near my lymph nodes (and deodorant has been directly linked to breast cancer, ladies!).Ā I did a bunch of research and it seems like if you switch straight from regular to natural deodorant it won’t work to prevent an odor (which, let’s be honest, is something i seriously need), so I did about a week of detoxing where I didn’t wear anything at all. It must’ve worked because my Schmidt’s has been amazing so far. No smell or anything, not to mention that there are zero white marks on my clothes and even when I’m sweating, no sweat marks show up. Super important!

Alright y’all that’s it for now. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and Happy 4th of July!

xo Jordan