In the early days of this blog, one of my guilty pleasures what trying out little-known beauty and hair care brands.  I stumbled on some fine gems simply by stepping outside of my comfort zone.  It's been a while since I found a brand that inspired me to try something new.

Somehow, I stumbled on a brand that I had never heard of in my life. Then I learned that they incorporated a unique ingredient not commonly found in other hair conditioners.  Combine that with the countless positive reviews and I was sold.
The product description is what really sold me.  According to the manufacturer, this conditioner is formulated to treat highly processed, dry or brittle hair.  But what really caught my attention was the hero ingredient--tomato extract.  At first I wondered why tomato extract would even be a desirable ingredient in a hair conditioner.

After a small amount of deliberation, I took the plunge thanks to a special deal I found online.  A few days later, my small container of Davine's Nou Nou conditioner arrived. Luckily for me, it arrived on wash day, and I just ran out of my beloved Kanechom conditioner.  My first observation was how small the packaging was compared to my other faves.

I've been known to empty an entire 16 oz bottle of conditioner in a single strand ceremony session.  Staring at an 8 oz container kinda scared me a little bit.  But then I remembered that thicker conditioners can actually last longer than watery formulas. Nou Nou conditioner is ultra thick and nourishing, similar to a hair mask.

Much to my surprise, I was able to saturate my entire head and still have a little over half a container remaining.  After rinsing, my hair felt strong, nourished, and well conditioned.  I'm looking forward to using it again this week. But let's talk about why they would ever think to use tomato extract in this formula.

I questioned whether this was a marketing ploy or if there was any viable reason to use tomato in a hair product.  The first piece of information I wanted to know was the nutritional content of tomatoes. Specifically, if there was anything that could promote healthier hair.  Much to my surprise, I learned that the tomato is actually very hair-healthy.

Tomatoes contain ingredients such as biotin, vitamins A, C & E, folate along with nutritious minerals like copper, and phytosterols which have wonderful anti-aging benefits.  Every year, my mom grows a bunch of tomatoes.  I wasn't a huge fan so I'd often turn down her many advances for me to bring home a handful of them every time I visited.  But now that I know how much nutrition they contain, I'm going all in.

On one website I found online, someone divulged that they used fresh tomato puree directly on the hair.  Check it out:

"For hair loss, shine and thickness and growth, I was told to puree fresh tomatoes and apply to clean hair, preferably leave it on overnight and wash off in the morning. It is really messy and I have noticed the first time lots of shine and less breakage, however it being so messy I have not stuck to the regimen which should be twice a week.The person that told me about this had a problem with her hair thinning and acne, she swears by it and has beautiful hair and skin. Also was told drink it for overall good health, processing it through a juicer by itself or with other vegetables, I will do so, as soon as get the juicer and write back.


Let's also remember that tomatoes contain lycopene which was one of the supplements taken daily to help women with thinning hair to experience regrowth.  Bottom line, tomatoes have so much potential when it comes to nourishing our hair from within.  I'm sure most of us have a few slices here and there on salads but we could do so much better.  I dunno about you, but I'm going to incorporate more organic tomatoes in my diet from now on.  And maybe I'll juice one or two of them and add to my conditioner just to see it adds any value.  Apparently, people are also using tomatoes for healthy skin too.

The possibilities are endless.



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I already have several flat irons in my arsenal. But yesterday I made the last minute decision to purchase yet another one.  This new flat iron will come into my life because it's quite different from everything else I own.
For one, this is new iron is 2 inches in width.  I'm hoping this cuts my flat ironing time in half.  The biggest draw that made me click the purchase button is that this iron has infrared technology.  I'm a huge fan of infrared in haircare.  Years ago, I picked up the Jose Eber infrared iron. Basically, it uses infrared technology to boost the effectiveness of your favorite conditioning products.  The conditioning tool works great. But, to be honest, I really don't use it enough.

Spring is fast approaching. Soon, I'll be dealing with excessive humidity and frizz.  I'm looking for something to help seal my cuticle layer.  An infrared flat iron may be just the thing I need.  I sincerely hope that the combination of ceramic plates, infrared light, and the right heat protectant can seal my strands without causing too much damage.

I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that a flat iron with infrared capabilities will give my hair that slight edge.

While researching, I also learned about the existence of infrared hair dryers.  Many of them are referred to as hair processors (used during a coloring treatment).  I'm not fully certain if they actually have the ability to completely dry the hair or if they simply enhance the coloring process by allowing the color to penetrate deeper.  Even if it doesn't fully dry the hair. It seems like a viable option for a "deeper" deep conditioning session.  Infrared uses an inside-out approach which allows the hair to heat evenly.   Basically, it breaks apart the water molecules on the surface of the hair for fast absorption into the strand.  The end result is softer, more manageable hair.

I'm not gonna lie, I want one.  Or, at the very least, I want to experience it.   I've got my eye on a handheld infrared dryer but I rarely blow dry so one of those infrared processing dryers would be ideal.   If I find out that they actually can dry the hair in a healthier way, I'll definitely have one before the year ends.


@twolala1
I already have several flat irons in my arsenal. But yesterday I made the last minute decision to purchase yet another one.  This new flat iron will come into my life because it's quite different from everything else I own.
For one, this is new iron is 2 inches in width.  I'm hoping this cuts my flat ironing time in half.  The biggest draw that made me click the purchase button is that this iron has infrared technology.  I'm a huge fan of infrared in haircare.  Years ago, I picked up the Jose Eber infrared iron. Basically, it uses infrared technology to boost the effectiveness of your favorite conditioning products.  The conditioning tool works great. But, to be honest, I really don't use it enough.

Spring is fast approaching. Soon, I'll be dealing with excessive humidity and frizz.  I'm looking for something to help seal my cuticle layer.  An infrared flat iron may be just the thing I need.  I sincerely hope that the combination of ceramic plates, infrared light, and the right heat protectant can seal my strands without causing too much damage.

I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that a flat iron with infrared capabilities will give my hair that slight edge.

While researching, I also learned about the existence of infrared hair dryers.  Many of them are referred to as hair processors (used during a coloring treatment).  I'm not fully certain if they actually have the ability to completely dry the hair or if they simply enhance the coloring process by allowing the color to penetrate deeper.  Even if it doesn't fully dry the hair. It seems like a viable option for a "deeper" deep conditioning session.  Infrared uses an inside-out approach which allows the hair to heat evenly.   Basically, it breaks apart the water molecules on the surface of the hair for fast absorption into the strand.  The end result is softer, more manageable hair.

I'm not gonna lie, I want one.  Or, at the very least, I want to experience it.   I've got my eye on a handheld infrared dryer but I rarely blow dry so one of those infrared processing dryers would be ideal.   If I find out that they actually can dry the hair in a healthier way, I'll definitely have one before the year ends.


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It's been a while since I stumbled on a hair product that I immediately needed.  But when I somehow found this ACV conditioning rinse by the brand dpHUE, I was intrigued.  You probably never heard of  them.  That's because they're an L.A. based salon/colorBAR.  Basically, they preform professional color services for the busy woman who doesn't have all day to spend in a salon.

That's great and all, but what really makes them interesting is that they also developed a line of hair products for their clients to use at home.  One of their products in particular, their apple cider vinegar hair rinse, really caught my attention.  Having never heard of this brand before, I immediately sought out customer reviews.


I decided to try this product on a whim and I LOVE it! I have been trying to find a product that I can use after my workouts, so I am not washing my hair twice a day with shampoo and conditioner. This product is amazing! Creates great shine and I can feel the stuff in my hair rinse right out instantly. I would definitely recommend this product!  
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Other than the DP Hue Oil, which is absolutely the single best, most versatile and stunningly fragrant beauty product I have ever used in my life, the Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse is next in line! It is fresh, invigorating, cleansing and leaves hair shiny and clean. Simple to use in the shower, you just know you have done something great for you scalp and hair. One of the best hair products on the planet!!!
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I seriously use this every other day. Living in NYC you get so much build-up from the subway stations and environmental factors that sometimes shampoo just doesn't cut it for me. This gently cleanses my hair without stripping my hair of the natural oils. I'll use it alone or with a little bit of conditioner after for extra softness and style as usual. 
Over and over again, women were proclaiming the wonders of how soft their hair felt after using dpHUE.   I also read several articles by beauty editors who shared the same sentiments as these die hard fans.  This product looks like the real deal.  That's because their ACV rinse has combined all the elements that our hair loves.  First, the apple cider vinegar which promotes proper hair & scalp pH.  Then they include conditioning ingredients and oils.  So basically, it's an ACV conditioner.


Today is probably wash day for some of you.  Why not experiment with your own DIY version of a conditioning rinse and create your own wow moment.  From the looks of it, dpHue ACV rinse is comprised of mainly water, ACV, conditioners and oils.  So if I were to try to recreate, I mix conditioner and a little oil together in a bowl and let sit.  Then I'd take my applicator bottle and combine water with ACV.  Maybe 50/50 for those of you with troubled scalp and 60% water,  40% ACV (or less) for normal scalp. Then I'd add, the conditioner and shake vigorously to mix. The amount of conditioner you add it is up to you.  No need to go overboard with the conditioner, you can always deep condition afterwards.

This conditioning rinse could work extremely well for those of you who find ACV to be a bit too drying.  Anyone who cowashes regularly should seriously consider grabbing dpHue or experiment with their own version.  Even though I'm really eager to try this at home version, I still think it makes sense to purchase dpHue to check out the consistency and make sure our at home version is decent remake.   I'll probably pick up a bottle soon. When when I do, maybe I'll write a DIY vs. original post.

Who's ready to try this?