Colorsmash : Temporary Hair Color

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Back in my teen years I really went to town with lightening my hair. It was what I thought looked great on me and I continued to do it into my mid-twenties until I did a flip flop and switched to a deep dark glossy brown. In all those years I’ve wanted to have a little fun and try a “fun” color but never had the guts to get it done. When I was in school I was either doing dance or cheer so it wasn’t allowed, and by the time I was a working adult, I was in an office and that wouldn’t fly either. So you can imagine how giddy I was when I saw Gouldylox post a photo sporting a hot pink ombre using Colorsmash Temporary Hair Color.

This was finally my moment to try something fun because at this point in my career it doesn’t matter what I do to my hair. In beauty blogging, you can do just about anything in the name of “research” and share it with your readers so they can either Yay or Nay a product for themselves.

Colorsmash is a spray on hair color so you don’t need to worry about ridiculously messy jars of color destroying your bathroom, and comes in three colors: pink, violet and indigo. The formula is iron-oxide free, and uses a nutrient rich dye to coat vibrant fun colors to strands of hair or a full head. Aloe vera extract, grapeseed, and avocado are just a few of the healthy hair ingredients found in each can. It also offers UV protection. Depending on the health of your hair it will last you anywhere from 1-3 days and washes out with regular shampoo easily.

What I did discover, and should have realized beforehand was that this IS a hairspray– so it does have hold. I thought it was just spray in color, but it has hold to it so you can use this in one of two ways. A finishing spray after you’ve styled your hair, or a spray in and brush out for a softer color application. You will get the spray on your hands when using it, but it easily washed off with soap and water and I draped my shoulders with my bath towel that I was going to throw in the wash next to protect my skin and shirt.

I have long medium-brown hair with some lightened ends from a balayage I had done a almost two years ago. I found that the blonder your hair is, the best the color will show.  It also lasted the longest on those parts of my hair (I suspect because they are the most porous, or damaged parts of my hair.

I attempted to do strands of multiple colors for a mermaid-ish look which took some time and my six month old was not having it anymore so my experimenting got cut short. I also did just blue strands in various parts of my hair because I liked that color the most after seeing pictures of the product used. And lastly, I tried using pink and purple on my ends for an ombre effect.

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After much experimenting, I found that pink and purple showed up best on my hair.  I did a few layers where I would spray in the color, let it dry, then brush it out and spray it again repeating the process. I found that spraying both the top and underneath produced the best color, and that I was not a pro at doing an ombre.

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I was able to sleep with the color in my hair and not destroy our bed sheets, and loved how the colors peeked out from underneath for just a little bit of fun. I love how I was able to experiment with something different but able to wash it out and go about my business as usual. I could see myself using this again when the mood strikes which could be just about anytime I do my hair! Being a work at home mom means a lot of messy buns and target trips, not so much dressing up and looking “ready” to go out until it’s the weekend when my husband is home.

colorsmash hair spray review by iliketotalkblogYou can find Colorsmash at their website so you can create your own vision of mermaid hair, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for inspiration and updates to their product line.

Healanah Peace: Aromatherapy for a Restful Sleep

healanah-peace review by iliketotalkblogiliketotalkalot iliketotalkblog reviewAromatherapy has been around for ages and is a safe way to use aromatic plant and essential oils to treat a variety of symptoms, ailments or improving one’s mood. It can be done topically (on the skin), diffused in the air, or inhaled depending on the type of treatment you are looking for. Beverly Hills based, Healanah specializes in making healing sprays that combine the power of aromatherapy and gem stones.

With eight different varieties to choose from, Healanah covers all bases by offering sprays that promote positivity, improve the body’s ability to self heal, relax the senses, stimulate creativity, and increase energy and love. Now that I think of it, I could seriously use a little bit of each of those in my life right now! As a new mama that works from home I need energy to keep going throughout the day, and ways to keep creativity flowing without caffeine, all while keeping my baby happy and relaxed for nap time.

Healanah was nice enough to send me one of their healing sprays and I chose PEACE since it seemed most fitting at the time. PEACE uses a combination of Clary sage and Lavender essentials oils to help clear the mind. We know Lavender is used in lots of baby products because of it’s ability to soothe and relax, but what I never knew was that clary sage is used as a mood booster, and has calming abilities.

Always right around noon is nap time for my little one, and we both lay down on our cal king bed for a story, a snack, and a snooze. Nap time has to remain distraction free, so I use white noise to drown out any outside noise, but I also use my Healanah spray to help relax us I just spritz around the bedroom before we lay down so we pick up the scent from the bedding. I should add that I feel these are completely safe to use with a baby because I am not spraying anything directly on our skin and use the spray as a room and bedding spray instead.

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I happen to find the scent very relaxing and beautiful. We have a light breeze that comes in through our windows and the scent dissipates after a short time. Zoe also sleeps nicely for about 2-3 hours and mama sometimes falls asleep with her. I also enjoy their ENERGY and LOVE sprays that I have sampled in the past. Each spray retails for $25 each and can be purchased online or found in select stores in the Los Angeles area.

If you are someone who enjoys aromatherapy I highly suggest checking out Healanah on their website or social media pages for more information. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

To see my previous review of Healanah you can view it by clicking here.


Treat Postpartum Hair Loss with J.F. Lazartigue Stymulactine line

j.f lazartigue for hair loss iliketotalkblogiliketotalkalot iliketotalkblog reviewDid you know that August is Hair Loss Awareness Month? You’d be surprised to hear how often hair loss happens with women and not only men. And while it doesn’t directly affect our physical health, it can definitely take a toll on our emotional health. While there are a variety of reasons why women lose their hair, the one I want to talk about is postpartum hair loss, and how J.F Lazartigue’s Stymulactine line can help.

Postpartum hair loss happens when there are changes in your hormone levels, specifically Estrogen. During pregnancy, Estrogen levels are high, but once we have our little ones, they tend to drop off and that’s when we start seeing our hair at the bottom of the shower. Hair loss can go on until my baby reaches one years old, and by that time it should be back to it’s normal routine.

My daughter just turned six months and with that, I’ve noticed over the past three months that my hair was coming out at a noticeable rate. I had be warned that postpartum hair loss was a thing, but didn’t really worry about it until I started seeing my hairbrush and comb collecting enough to make someone else a full head of hair (or at least it felt like it). I already have very fine hair, and to be losing so much made me feel like my pony tails were getting tinier and tinier. Was I going to end up with a bald spot or that crazy baby hair that sticks up no matter what you do to it? All things I’ve seen in my mommy groups and was starting to imagine happen to myself.

It was right around month five that I was contacted by J.F Lazartigue to try their anti-hair loss line and see if it could help me. The J.F Lazartigue Stymulactine line consists of a few products that slows hair loss by fortifying the hair at the root and encouraging new regrowth of stronger hair. There is a shampoo, a spray, the scalp revitalizer, and revitalizing hair nutrients (vitamins).

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J.F. Lazartigue Stymulactine 21 Shampoo uses plant glycoproteins to improve tissue respiration while homotaurine stimulates regrowth–just what new mamas need in this first year. It’s formula also includes anti-inflammatories and antioxidants to promote healthy, lush hair. The shampoo has a light fragrance and rinses well.

Their Intensive Scalp Revitalizer fortifies and strengthens the hair at the root, helping anchor when you have left, while improving your chances of healthy, strong regrowth . Plant placenta nourishes the scalp with much needed amino acids and vitamins vital to sustaining heathy hair growth. I basically part my hair in several places and squeeze the ampules into the part and rub gently into the scalp and hair. It leaves my scalp a little “wet” so a ponytail is what I usually resort to during the day if I use it in the morning every couple of days.

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Lastly, the Revitalizing Hair Nutrients are supplements that help fill out any dietary deficiencies which we all know can happen when caring for a baby. Can we say skipped dinners and missed breakfasts? Depending on your level of hair loss, they recommend anywhere from 3-6 pills per day. I was advised to start with six pills a day, then 4, then 2 over a three month period of time.j.f lazartigue for hair loss iliketotalkblogJ.F. Lazartigue recommends using the products for three months to see the best results.  I’ve only just started using the products, but wanted to share this amazing line with my readers in case there are any mamas out there dealing with postpartum hair loss like myself. I’ve always been a fan of J.F Lazartigue products like their soy milk line and orchid shine products, but this is new for me. I plan to update you guys on my Instagram so I can share my results so be sure you’re following me over there!

You can find out more about J.F Lazartigue by visiting their website or following them on Facebook! Their website also tells you where you can find their products in retail locations.