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Let’s Talk About My Dry Scalp

You guys. I am so ready for Spring. But for sort of a weird (and embarrassing) reason…

My disgustingly dry scalp!

Now, I have a pretty dry scalp year-round but I find that it’s a bit more manageable in the warmer seasons. Which was great in Miami! Warm year-round. But moving up to Alabama? This minor (major to me, but PERSPECTIVE lol) annoyance came back with a vengeance as soon as temperatures started to dip below 65.

I feel like I’ve tried lots of remedies to no avail. It seems ridiculous to spend a bunch of money on every possibility under the sun when I know the tides will turn come May. (But I did cut my own hair this winter because I didn’t want to hear another hairdresser tell me, “Your scalp is so dry!” Oh REALLY?! Wow, I hadn’t noticed.)

I promise this post isn’t just me complaining. Ok, it mostly is. But I’d love to know if this is something you’ve dealt with. Do you have any remedies? What works for you? Any hair care routines or products you swear by (dry scalp or not)? Below are some of the things I’ve tried or still use regularly because they keep things in check in warmer months, as well as things I’ve been recommended before that I still need to try.

Over the years, I’ve tried:

T/Sal and T/Gel

Avalon Organics Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner

Tea Tree Oil

Coconut Leave-In Conditioner

Biolage Shampoo

and these are on my list:

Argan Oil

Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Treatment

Shampoo Brush (like this one or this one)

JASON Normalizing Shampoo

Davines Purifying Shampoo

This book, which is up next in the Finding Delight book club (!!!) says dry scalp can be a symptom of hormone imbalance so I’ll be exploring that further. I’ll keep y’all updated…not that you NEED to remain abreast on the sordid detail of my dry scalp saga, but maybe you want to! 😉

P.S. My favorite hairbrush and that time I wore extensions.

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Take The Muddle Out Of Your Mornings

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If there’s one area in most of our lives that could do with some serious streamlining, it’s our mornings. There never seems to be enough time from when the alarm goes off to when we need to leave the house. How many of us spend our first waking hours in a state of panic about what to wear, trying to find a hairdryer, fish a clean top out of the laundry hamper and gather up our breakfast? There is a better way – a way to reclaim time, space and calm and restore a little order so that you don’t feel like you’re arriving at your desk having already done battle with the day. Try a few of these simple hacks to take the muddle out of your mornings:

Dry and Style Your Hair in One

How much time do we waste after we emerge from the shower, drying and styling our hair? Taking care of it can be really time-consuming, but ungroomed, greasy locks are a definite no-no if you want to look professional. Claw some time back by combining two steps into one – using a hair straightening brush. The right model will detangle, comb through, dry and straighten damp hair, cutting down on the time it takes you to get ready to go -find one here. It’s also great if you’re travelling or going to the gym before work, as it cuts down on the number of tools you need to carry around with you – simply plug it in, brush and go. On those days when you don’t have time to wash? Track down a dry shampoo that doesn’t leave any white residue, and learn a few quick hairstyles that disguise a bad hair day (just in case you encounter a hair-mergency!).

Combine Skincare and Makeup

We all want the glowing, flawless complexion of a Hollywood star. But if time is at a premium in the morning, a Korean 12 step skincare routine is well out of reach. That doesn’t mean you have to abandon all hope – or choose between makeup and  anti-ageing care. The new wave of smart all-in-one products is here to help. Find a foundation that also offers skin benefits too –  IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream contains a hit of color-correctors, a full coverage base, an anti-ageing hydrating serum PLUS an SPF50 sunscreen! Look for other cosmetics that multi-task to add on time savings, too – the bronzer you can use as an eyeshadow, the nude lipstick that doubles as a blush, or the eyebrow pencil that you can also use as an eyeliner.

Develop a Work Capsule Wardrobe

If you can never find a smart outfit in a hurry and are continually arriving at the office, only to find you’ve mismatched that top and skirt – a work capsule wardrobe could help to sort you out. It may sound shallow, but there is a proven relationship between what we choose to wear and the way we perform at work. Curate a selection of classic basics in a limited color palette that can all be combined, then no matter what you reach for in the mornings; you’ll look pulled together. A twelve piece capsule can create more than fourteen outfits, which is more than a two working week rotation, so you don’t have to dread laundry day. Reducing your clothing options is a really smart choice for getting you out the door faster, and you can always add a dash of fun with accessories!

Do you have any tips for taking the muddle out of mornings? I’d love to hear! xoxo

P.S. My thoughts on Tangle Teezers, Yu-Be Skincare, and CAPSULE WARDROBES!

Is the Tangle Teezer all it’s cracked up to be?

Tangle Teezer

Let me tell you a potentially gross secret. I’ve had the same hairbrush for years. I bought it after a return flight from a debate tournament in Wisconsin. I opened my checked luggage (Remember back when checking a bag was free?! Luxe.) to find a complete disaster, a friendly note from TSA saying they had searched my bag, and several broken items. Including my hairbrush. Annoyed, I rushed to Walmart to buy a replacement and the rest as they say is history!

BUT! For years, these little kidney bean shaped brushes have been EVERYWHERE. And so I finally decided, enough was enough. It was time give ol’ faithful a rest and try something new. And the results surprised me…

Tangle Teezer bristles

So, here’s another secret. I don’t brush my hair all that often. I wear it up or let it air dry naturally and call it a day. But I feel like I need to buck this trend and start taking better care of my mane.

Tangle Teezer promises speedy and gentle results thanks to their revolutionary teeth formation. And most importantly for yours truly, helps to minimize hair breakage caused by mistreatment when detangling.

Some big promises, eh? I took it out for a spin on wet hair. At first, it felt like nothing was happening. If a brush isn’t rippin’ through those tangles then I ain’t got time for it! But then I realized it had ACTUALLY GOTTEN OUT THE KNOTS. With one swipe. Without my noggin really feeling a thing. What IS this witchcraft?!?

On dry hair I experienced similar results. Quick and painless. Minimal hair left behind in the brush. (SCORE!) Shiny, no knots, and a great little scalp massage to boot. The only downside so far is a little bit of static when brushing dry hair. Other than that, call me AMAZED. I can’t believe I waited so long to jump on this bandwagon.

Does the Tangle Teezer work?

Do you have a hairbrush you swear by? Have you tried the Tangle Teezer? Are there any other beauty trends I’ve been sleepin’ on??? Leave me a wake up call below!

P.S. This isn’t a sponsored post. I just REALLY needed to get a new hairbrush and was so baffled by how well this one worked that I couldn’t keep it a secret. 🙂