I finally got a filter for the shower

It looks like June is the month of fulfillment for me. In addition to getting my steam straightener, I’ve also been able to solve my hard water problems. In a previous post, I described the problems hard water was causing my hair and the various solutions available to me. One of these solutions was a shower filter and luckily for me, our shower head broke recently…with absolutely no help whatsoever from me. After much wrangling, I managed to convince the hubby that getting a filter head was the smart choice. He really cares about his skin and when I told him it would make his skin softer and less prone to drying out, he was sold!!

I had originally planned on getting a filter from The Sensitive Skincare Company which fits between the hose and shower head but since we needed to replace the whole shower head; and I didn’t want to cough up twice, I went looking again. I found this lovely all in one Spring Shower Filter Handle from Aquatiere which does exactly what I need.

“This Spring Shower Filter Handle is fitted in seconds and provides naturally healthy, chlorine free water for showering. The Spring Shower filter contains our own ceramic filter media CERAMET which controls bacteria, reduces scale and enhances pH balance for the healthiest most refreshing shower ever and softer skin and hair. Using our unique shower filters is like showering in natural spring water”

Check me out huh, I’m gonna be showering in natural spring water. I’m going to do a full months test before I report back but suffice to say, I’m very excited.

Lush Hair Doctor

I recently came across a product called Hair Doctor from Lush whilst on my never-ending quest for all things scalp related. It is touted as the solution for dry itchy scalps and looks absolutely yummy. I was all set to buy it till I took a closer look at the ingredients list and realised that I had pretty much all of them kicking around somewhere in my house. The ingredients list for Hair Doctor is as follows:

Water (Aqua), Irish Moss Powder (Chondrus crispus), Fullers Earth, Cetearyl Alcohol, Perfume, Irish Moss Decoction (Chondrus crispus), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Rosemary Absolute (Rosmarinus officinalis), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria chamomilla), Soya Lecithin, Glycerine, Yeast, Red Henna (Lawsonia inermis), Lanolin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG 100 Stearate, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool

According to the Lush blurb, the main active ingredients in Hair Doctor are:

“Fuller’s earth, which degreases your hair and scalp, stimulating peppermint and rosemary, and chamomile to soothe sore skin”

Fullers Earth is basically Bentonite Clay which contains a load of essential healing minerals and is very efficient at drawing oils and toxins from the skin/scalp. The Peppermint, Rosemary and Chamomile do exactly what they say on the tin. However, upon taking a closer look I reckon the Irish Moss, Henna extract and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil are probably pretty powerful scalp regulators also. The remaining ingredients mainly help with conditioning and making the hair feel good. The one thing I don’t have is Cetrimonium Bromide which is a cationic quaternary compound capable of being absorbed by the hair cortex and also works as an anti-septic. I’m going to substitute it with Cetrimonium Chloride which is also a cationic quaternary compound and will provide great slip but unfortunately doesn’t have quite the same conditioning kick as the Bromide.

I’m also gonna soup up my version by using an herbal decoction rather than plain water and adding Rhassoul clay which is similar to Bentonite but less clarifying. I’m also going to add Tea Tree Oil to boost the anti-septic properties and Vitamin E just because it’s so good. Lush markets Hair Doctor as a preservative free product and something which would need to be kept in the fridge and used fairly quickly. This is fine with me as I would only ever make up a single use batch so I’m happy to keep mine preservative free also. Lastly, my product will have a thinner and smoother consistency similar to cake batter rather than the paste like consistency of Hair Doctor.

With all these things taken into consideration, my final Ingredients list looks like this:

Herbal Decoction (mint, rosemary, henna, marshmallow, neem powder, nettle, white willow bark, burdock root, coltsfoot, horsetail, blue malva, hibiscus), Irish Moss Decoction, Rhassoul Clay, Bentonite Clay, Glycerin, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Vitamin E, Rosemary Oil, Tea Tree Oil

Tune in tomorrow to see how it turns out!

Denman Brushes

I have a friend who is also on a healthy hair journey, whom I shall call Lady C. Lady C has been blogging vicariously through me. I’ll not hear from her for ages and then suddenly she’ll be like T, have you tried whatchyamacallit or heard of thingymybob and I’ll either be like “yawn…I’ve got five of em” or “OMG, I need that right now!” Quite often our interactions result in me finding inspiration for the blog and true to form, Lady C has struck again. Yesterday I received an email from her which basically said “It’s all about Denman brushes, you need to get a Denman brush” and I lazily replied that I had three of them. It got me thinking though, I know about them, she knows about them, but do YOU know about them?

Denman brushes are the shizzle people. I don’t care if you’ve got brillo pad hair or freshly born baby hair, these brushes are amazing. I actually stumbled upon them by accident years ago before I even knew what a deep conditioning treatment was. All I knew was that the brush made wrapping my hair easier and I’ve been using it ever since. It wasn’t until I started skulking around the hair care forums that I discovered how adored and worshiped the brushes actually are. Texlaxed heads love them, relaxed heads love them, natural heads love them, even Caucasian heads love them. They truly are the closest thing to a universal brush you’ll find.

They come in various sizes, colours and serve many functions but easily the most recognisable and widely used is the D3 brush. It’s a medium sized styling brush with 7 rows of nylon pins that glide through hair like a hot knife through butter. Other than smoothing or wrapping hair, these brushes are also great for detangling natural hair. The trick is to saturate the hair in a detangling solution first then start at the ends working your way up the hair shaft section by section. I once used this method on a cousin of mine. She’s 13 and seems to permanently speak at a whiny high pitched frequency. This pitch gets substantially higher when it’s time to detangle her hair and she complains bitterly about it. When I used my Denman brush on her, home girl shut up!! That’s how good this brush is. You can find loads of reviews and tutorials on Youtube and LongHaircareForum extolling the virtues of this brush and if you haven’t got one already, I would strongly suggest you got get it!