Novex Bamboo Review

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Ever since beginning to get keratin treatments I’ve noticed that I play closer attention to the ingredients in my hair care products.  Keratin treatments are pretty expensive so I do not want to use a product that can remove the keratin too early.  So I try to avoid salts in my hair care products, but it’s really hard to do.  That’s why when the opportunity came up to try the Novex Bamboo collection that’s completely salt free I jumped at the chance.  Novex has a variety of different formulations but the Bamboo collection is specifically made to stimulate hair growth and provide strength.  Novex Bamboo has super concentrated actives from Bamboo and is enriched with a mixture of amino acids, minerals and Vitamins A, B and C. Novex Bamboo is ideal for broken/weak hair that needs an extra dose of strength and growth. The shampoo and conditioning treatments are specifically developed to naturally strengthen the hair and stimulate the roots for growth.

Now on to the Novex Bamboo Review:

novex bamboo leave-in I tried the shampoo, conditioner, leave-in treatment as well as the deep conditioner.  So far I’m really happy with the results, I’ve been using the products for about a month now both by myself and I’ve been bringing them along to the doobie spot.  Either way, I’ve been pleased with the results.  The shampoo is completely salt free, like I said before and that’s a huge plus for me.  It does not strip away my keratin, it gently cleanses and does not make my hair tangle like crazy.  The instant conditioner is good and provides enough slip to get some finger detangling done without loosing a bunch of hair.

novex bamboo review

But my favorite product out of the bunch is the daily conditioner. I use it every other day to keep my hair moisturized and feeling soft, especially around the edges and the nape area.  It has a crisp clean scent that’s not at all overpowering.  A little goes a long way and my hair seems to soak it right up, it’s a great daily moisturizer.

Overnight Hydration Boosters

Lazy girl beauty products are the best!  I love the idea of slapping on a product at night and then reaping the benefits in the morning.  The concept is so simple, yet genius.  Even though we’ve had a few days of warm weather, my skin is still suffering from the harshest winter ever!  The dry patches on my skin are just down right annoying, but these overnight moisture boosting masks pack a serious one-two punch.

avon anew

Up first, Avon ANEW Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask.  This is more of a lightweight gel and it has some round little shea butter beads that really absorb right into your skin as soon as you put it on.  My favorite thing about this gel is that it feels really light on your skin but still delivers great results.  In the morning, my dry patches were not flaky like they typically are.  I love that the Avon ANEW Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask is fragrance free, suitable for sensitive skin, and oil-free.  My uber sensitive skin did really well with this, no irritation, itchy, or hives.  Since switching to the Retin-A 0.1% instead of the 0.04% my skin has been peeling a little bit and this overnight hydration mask really really helps and makes my skin feel supple and soft.  Find it here.

olay overnight mask

Another amazing overnight shot of moisture can be found in Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask.  This is another gel formula, which I love using because it isn’t as heavy as creams and butters once it’s applied to the skin.  Plus, I feel like gels are less likely to clog pores, but this is just my own feeling – no scientific evidence to back it up.  But this mask glides on easily, sinks right in and products moisture.  This mask is also great for my sensitive skin, I did not experience any irritation from it at all.  I’ve been used a little bit of this during the day time and it moisturized well without making my face look shiny or greasy.  A little bit goes a long way with this product.  Can be found at your local drugstore.

orico dream dewThe Orico Dream Dew is different because it’s a lotion as opposed to a mask in a tub. It’s an overnight natural treatment that works its magic during the most relaxing hours of your day, the Dream Dew Night Perfecting Cream contains a clinically-proven Hexapeptide bioactive that helps increase collagen production while boosting oxygen levels to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic Aciddeeply hydrates for dewy, luminous skin by morning.  This feels very light and airy, almost light enough to use during the day if you really wanted to.  Find it here.

These three overnight hydration boosters are perfect for dry skin or skin that needs an occasional hydration boost.

Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk Review

bee mine moisturizer

My daughter’s hair is thirsty!  I cannot find a product that will thoroughly keep her hair moisturized so I am on a mission to try to find something that works great for us.  I keep hearing amazing things about the Bee Mine products, so I headed over to the website and ordered the sampler pack of their best selling products.  So far we have tried a few but the biggest star in the group to date is Deja’s Hair Milk.  We are loving the Deja’s Hair Milk so much we have been using it nightly to add moisture back into her hair.  It smells wonderful, is very gentle and her hair loves it.

dejas hair milk bee mine moisturizer

Deja’s Hair Milk Review:  So first off I love that the first ingredient is water, distilled water to be exact.  For the full ingredient list see the end of this post.  My favorite thing about this hair milk is that it sinks right into the hair and leaves it feeling moisturized but not greasy.  It does not sit on top of the hair, instead it seems to sink right in.  I usually put a little bit on her curls before bedtime when we are rocking in the rocking chair.  It’s our quiet time, we read a few stories and eventually her head finds my shoulder and I rub her hair.  It’s soothing to her and it’s easy for me to apply it at this time.  Then in the morning, her hair does not feel dried out – this is a huge plus because other product we have tried just don’t give her hair that long lasting feeling of being moisturized.  Compared to the Bee Mine Bee Lovely Daily Conditioner, Deja’s Hair Milk is a lot better for her hair.  Deja’s Hair Milk is a little bit thicker and keeps her hair moisturized better than the Bee Lovely Daily Conditioner.  Her hair is very curly and very soft and it shrinks like nobodies business.  Dryness is the biggest challenge and Deja’s Hair Milk really moisturizes well.

Deja’s Hair Milk Ingredients: Distilled water, Coconut milk, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Butyrosperumum Parkir (Shea Butter), Emulsifying wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Ricinus communis (Organic Castor Oil), Grapefruit & Peppermint Essential Oils, Vitamin E, Panthenol (Vitamin B Complex), Optiphen (Paraben free and Formaldehyde free preservative), Fragrance.

Find it at Bee Mine

See how this product fits into our Toddler Hair Care Regimen.

Deep Conditioning Heat Cap

thermal cap

I’ve tried a variety of different ways to incorporate heat into my deep conditioning treatment sessions.  I feel like adding heat is one of the easiest ways to get more from your deep conditioner.  I’ve found a new tool to help me add heat and keep moving, because all my mommies out there know there is not time to be sitting around the house in one spot with a toddler running around.  The Hot Head Thermal Hair Care Cap is the perfect solution for those who want to add heat to their deep conditioning sessions but want the flexibility of not being plugged in.

I’ve used a cap that’s similar but this cap is far superior.  The other cap has gel pockets that can explode if heated too long, this cap uses renewable flax seeds instead of gel.  It comes in super cute designs, mine is the Purple Haze.  I love that the inside is a terry cloth material that will soak up any leaks around the edges of your plastic cap.  It’s fits my head perfectly, it’s not too tight and not too loose. There are flax seeds all the way around the cap so my hair gets heated evenly and not spots are left out.

I’m loving this cap, seriously you need to head over to Etsy and order one, STAT! 

My Hair Over the Years

Recently I was able to access a bunch of old photos from Fotki.  Back when I first started blogging in 2007, Fotki was a site I used to store my hair photos and share with other women on hair care missions.  It brought me back to the beginning of it all.  I was pretty much learning how to take better care of my hair, looking back I can see a definite change in the health of my hair.

length check start

One of my very first length shots, with a T-Shirt I had to track how much progress I was making.  To make a shirt like that just take an old T-Shirt and measure off 1 inch increments and use a ruler to mark them with a sharpie.  Or you can buy a pre-made shirt, but it’s really unnecessary.  After a while I stopped using the shirt, the goal for me has always been health over length.

comparison pic

I especially like this comparison shot because it shows that sometimes you should take a second and see what’s really going on with your hair.  The picture on the right shows a thin patch of ends, if I had acted hastily I would have cut my hair to even it out and correct the issue.  Instead, I waited and babied the ends of my hair and in just a month or so the ends had filled in.  My hair does not grow evenly, so the thin patch was just an area of slow growth.

sock bun Here is one of the very first protective styles I rocked, a sock bun!  I remember following a tutorial to make my own.  Now you can purchase a foam donut to use, but back then that wasn’t available.

Did/do you take pictures of your hair to document the changes?  Sometimes photos are the best way because without them you wouldn’t notice small changes.