Natural oils are a great addition to your hair care regimen and are essential for softer, stronger, luxurious shiny hair. There are so many awesome natural oils out there such as avocado oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil…and the list goes on.
What is a “natural oil” or what makes an oil “natural”? Natural oils are derived from plants and trees, and can be used in their pure form. Lots of natural oils are also unrefined. Manufacturers will use several different methods to extract natural oils from plants and trees, and an oil will be either refined or unrefined based on how the oil is extracted. Oils that are unrefined are left in their virgin state, a lot more robust, and much richer in their nutrient content. Many natural oils are edible and can be used for cooking, skin care and hair care. So, what are my favorite natural oils?
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
‘Tis the season…for Christmas parties, New Year’s celebrations and inaugural events! This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year – family, friends, holiday cheer, food, and my Daddy’s spiked egg nog! It’s also that time of the year when you’ll find me digging in the back of my closet for that perfect dress for the upcoming holiday celebrations. Check out my style files for the upcoming holiday events that I’ll be attending. My motto when it comes to fashion: “CLASSY, SASSY, BUT NEVER TRASHY!”
OREGON!? REALLY THOUGH!? Those were my exact thoughts when I found out I’d be traveling to Condon, Oregon (Where the hell is that?!) for a few of days for work. I’m an auditor, so my occupation entails a considerable amount of traveling. I’ve traveled to some pretty cool places in and outside of the States, as well as some not so cool places. Oregon most definitely wasn’t on my list of “Must Visit” locations, but, I must say, it’s a beautiful and scenic state that harbors its own uniqueness.
So, I had to cut my relax, recoup, revamp Sunday short to travel to one of the most rural towns in the state of Oregon where there are no stop lights in sight, the closest Target or Wal-Mart is 80+ miles away, and the highlight of the town is the local residents’ excitement about the demolishing of an old barn-like structure in the center of town.
After driving hours to several different rural towns my team made a quick stop to grab some lunch before heading back to the DMV. We stumbled upon a very cozy tourist center and restaurant alongside a breathtaking waterfall. Although it was raining and gloomy, it didn’t take away from the beautiful falls. After lunch we ventured out to Multnomah Falls. This place is BEAUTIFUL and very picturesque! Although I wasn’t able to make the 7 mile hike to the top of the falls due to the weather, I was able to make it up to a bridge and capture some amazing photos that I just had to share. 🙂
For all of my salmon lovers out there, here’s an amazing salmon croquettes recipe. They’re sooooo damn good! There’s really no other way to describe them. I make these at least once a week. Yep, they’re that good. I’m not a fan of using canned or processed foods a lot, so I made a point to use fresh salmon, homemade breadcrumbs, fresh veggies and herbs. This makes a big difference in the taste as well as the nutritional value. I don’t play when it comes to my health and my figure! 🙂
Let’s talk hair products! If you haven’t heard of or used Shea Moisture products you are missing out. Shea Moisture is one of my favorite product lines. Not only are their products loaded with all natural ingredients, they are also reasonably priced. I tried the Thickening Shampoo (12 0z.), Volumizing Conditioner (12 oz.), Thickening Moisture Mist (8 oz.) and the Anti-Breakage Masque (12 oz.) from Shea Moisture’s Organic Yucca and Baobob line. I purchased all products from Target for $9.99 per bottle.
Shea Moisture’s Organic Yucca & Baobob Line for Fine, Thin Hair
- Baobab oil-Contains vitamins A,C,D,E and F to fortify and strengthen hair
- Yucca-Thickens hair and helps to prevent hair loss
- Biotin-A powerful B vitamin that strengthens the hair follicle
- No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, animal testing, PABA, synthetic color, DEA, or animal ingredients