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Hair by Kerastase in Tulum

February 27, 2017

Kerastase Aura Botanica products used for impeccable hair in Mexico:

Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire
Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental
Aura Botanica Concentré Essentiel
Aura Botanica Essence D’Eclat

After a year of dealing with my long, unruly and overworked hair, it wasn’t until my trip to Tulum that I found the magic potion to all my hair problems. I was a bit hesitant about how my winter and bleach tainted hair was going to react to summer weather and loads of sunshine a few weeks ago during my trip to Brazil. So I decided to see if I could find a way to reach a level of reversal in my week back from Brazil where I found myself in the midst of a very, very cold and very, very windy New York Fashion Week. With Mexico just around the corner after that, I decided that my hair just needed a break from it all, and I think I found the perfect solution in the form of Kerastase’s brand new line of hair products called Aura Botanica. The line is made for those conscious about the ingredients found in the products they use on their bodies. The number of toxins and non-natural ingredients found in today’s beauty, hair and skincare world is astonishingly terrifying, and I applaud those brands working hard to take these realms into a more natural, toxin free state. The products in the Aura Botanica line are made of 96% natural origin ingredients, all responsible sourced and handpicked from Morocco. No silicones. No sulfates. No parabens. All things that hair definitely feels and looks much better without. The four products that I brought with me to Tulum and that I started using midway through NYFW was life changing, yet subtle (which I prefer because there is nothing worse than shocking one’s hair in any sort of way). I could feel the change in my hair, and it felt healthy even after long sweaty days riding bikes under the sun, dips in cenotes, after being covered by sea salt and sand. This was the first time ever in ages where my hair felt easily manageable and soft after so much exposure to the sun and sea water. And not even once did I touch my hair with a straightening or curling iron the whole time. I washed my hair day and night with the special shampoo and conditioner, the Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire and the Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental. The shampoo is super luxurious in the way it lathers and adds shine to my hair. The conditioner is the best detangler yet with its high concentration of of natural oils. Each night, after washing and air drying, I would apply the Aura Botanica Concentré Essentiel, a concentrated combination of all natural oils for nourishment and softness, to my ends. My split ends seemed to simply disappear. And each morning, before heading out for the day, I would use a wet brush through my hair and then use a few light sprays of the Aura Botanica Essence D’Eclat, a bi-phase mist of oils and rose water solution, all over to control frizz throughout the day. Every single product worked together to restore my hair’s health and look subtly and natural, and the smell was sweetly citrusy and fantastic. Good hair. Check. Up next on the blog . . . all the other good things we found in Tulum, Mexico! 

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From Workout to Night Out with Goody

October 5, 2016

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Jumping back into the work week with a special look at my fitness to post-workout hair routine. Featuring none other than Goody hair products, which I’ve been using since I was just a kid. As a former dance teamer, Goody Ouchless Elastics were my everyday go-to. And since I love to be active today, they still are a high priority in my lifestyle. Yup, I’m a Goody Girl. I love that today the brand has extended its repertoire of products to include more fitness-focused products like the Athletique Headwraps.

I just recently started including the headwrap into my workout routine, and no longer am I worrying about loose hair getting into my face while I’m at the gym or on a run. A major relief.

And since I am usually on a time crunch, fitting in workout sessions in-between meetings or dinner dates, I have had to get creative with how I get from the gym to drinks without looking like a hot mess. This is where Goody comes into play. How I prep my hair before a workout is quite simple. To keep my fly-aways from frizzing up, I brush my hair all through with the Goody Clean Radiance Cushion Brush.

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My hair looks super shiny because of the brush’s copper bristles and the shininess lasts all throughout my workout and far afterwards. My endless collection of Ouchless Elastics in an endless range of colors keeps my ponytail high on my head where I like it, and it never budges or pulls out my hair. I collect these like candy. The new glitter ones are my favorite. Here I am wearing the Athletique Reflective Headwrap in purple, secured with a few Colour Collection Bobby Pins. I love the bobby pins for side braids when I’m wanting to get fancy with my hairstyle. And now, there you are. . . my perfect ponytail for a run around the city.

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An easy hairstyle that I like to go to in the evenings after a workout is a sexy, low bun, with a few loose hairs in the front to frame my face. Keeping a bun in place all throughout the night can be a royal pain, but I just discovered Goody’s Simple Styles Spin Pin. What a lifesaver. I center part my hair in the front and pull the rest of it together at the nape of my neck as if I am going to make a ponytail. But instead of tying my hair together in the back, I just twist it tightly and then twirl it into a bun at the nape of my neck. Instead of elastics or bobby pins to keep it in place, I just screw on Spin Pin into the top of the bun, and another one into the bottom of the bun. I then pull some hairs loose around my face. Voila! A pretty ballerina-inspired look that will be in tip top shape even after a few glasses of wine. My other favorite accessory? A super statement making pair of earrings. No one will ever have to know that I just rushed from a sweaty workout at all! It’s kind of like magic, no?

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Check out the Goody website and find out what it takes to get your own #GoodyHairDay! It’s pretty much revolutionary when it comes to hair.

Thank you Goody for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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