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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A few weeks back I ranted about the need to focus on scalp health now that winter is approaching. Promptly after writing that article, I picked up a bottle of Hawaiian Silky's Vinegar Scalp Rinse.  I love the stuff.  To make it even better, I add a little peppermint and tea tree oil for the cooling sensation and to stimulate hair growth.

I thought I had my scalp regimen down packed but, last night I stumbled on a product that I absolutely have to incorporate on wash day.
Our friends at dpHUE have come up with a scalp scrub that seems to embody all the ways of healthy hair.  First, they start off with a base of pink sea salt.  Most body scrubs are sugar based but Himalayan pink salt might be a better choice for several reasons.  Not only does this unprocessed salt contain a slew of trace minerals that are essential for the body, it might also be beneficial to the actual hair strands.

A while back I wrote about how adding a pinch of salt to my conditioner made my hair so soft, manageable and moisturized that I could hardly believe it.  This is a little-known secret that can be a life savior for dry hair.  If any salt remains on my hair following the scrub, I wouldn't be freaked out because it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.

Pink salt based scalp scrub sounds amazing enough but dpHUE took things to the next level by adding ACV and a slew of other hair loving ingredients like aloe vera, avocado oil, a coconut-derived cleansing agent, and more.  So this scrub exfoliates, nourishes and it's pH balanced.  What more do you want?

Of course, I want to get my hands on it as quickly as possible but I already have most of the main ingredients on deck.  Next on my agenda is to create a quick DIY version to try at home.  If I love the results, I may want to scoop up the "commercial version" to see if I notice any difference.  I'm sure many of you have similar ingredients at home as well so why not give this a try on wash day.



We're entering into a new season.  Whenever fall rolls around, I always think about the status of my hair journey.  First of all, we're only left with 3 months before the year ends. So now is the time to get laser focused so we finish the year off strong. Secondly, hair growth rate slows so we need to do whatever necessary to promote length retention. 

The first action I've taken to combat winter hair woes is to restock on my favorite hydrating conditioner of all time.  Now that I have a brand new tub of Kanechom Shea Butter in my possession, I'm thinking about ways to balance its ultra moisturizing properties by pairing it with strengtheners. 

 I sent the mental energy into the atmosphere and the solution was soon revealed.
There's this 3 ingredient hair mask that kept showing up on my Pinterest feed.  Everyone was practically begging me to give this all natural hair mask a try.  If I simply mixed a combination of an egg, some mayo or coconut oil, and honey, all would be right with the world. 


Obviously, by taking a look at the ingredients, you can see that this is a protein strengthening treatment.  Eggs do a decent job of depositing protein on the hair strand providing a barrier of protection.  This is probably why you'll notice a tangible benefit following the treatment. 

Coconut oil has been shown to help your hair retain protein so adding it to the mix could help the newly deposited protein to "stick." 
Adding honey helps to balance out the mask by incorporating a moisture promoting ingredient.  This would, hopefully, help you avoid the unintended result of "protein hair" that feels stiff and unmanageable.
I'm going to experiment with this mask. But since my hair isn't really that damaged at the moment, I may tweak it a little.  I'll start by spreading out the frequency of how often I do this.  If your hair isn't breaking/shedding excessively, there's no need to make this a weekly thing.  Once a month or every 6 weeks might be more reasonable.

  Secondly, we need to include a little diversity in the types of protein we use in our regimen.  Egg-derived protein stays mainly on top of the strand due to its particle size. That's not a bad thing because protein on the exterior of the strand does serve its purpose.  But we should also remember to include hydrolyzed protein into our deep conditioning routines.  Hydrolyzed protein delivers small enough particles so that the interior of our strands is benefited.  The best approach is to experiment with incorporating both types of proteins and see how your hair responds.

Have any of you tried this mask yet? What's your final verdict?
With fall so close on the horizon, I'm frantically thinking ahead of all the ways I can prepare for a successful fall/winter season.  The biggest woe I face every year is a dry, itchy scalp.  But it goes beyond that.  The flakier my scalp is, the more my hair sheds.  The more shedding, the more tangles.  Tangles rob us of length and I'm not trying to deal with that this year.

When I think back to all the remedies that worked in the past, on the top of the list were scalp rinses. Shame on me for not paying much attention to my scalp this past summer.  But it's time to get serious again and I know just where to start.
To keep the scalp happy, we start with trying to create the right pH balance.  If you're experiencing more shedding, flaking, and dryness than you're comfortable with, chances are your scalp is in need of some TLC.  When I first started caring for my scalp, I reached for the obvious choice, apple cider vinegar.  ACV is highly acidic which helps it to quickly balance our scalp.

I'm ready to jump on the ACV bandwagon again. But this time I plan on spicing it up a bit.  For instance, Hawaiin Silky created a rinse that consists of ACV, aloe vera juice, and various natural extracts.  They even took it a step further to incorporate castor oil which is known for its hair growth stimulating properties.  According to the product description, and one reviewer with 4C hair, this vinegar rinse does an awesome job at detangling.  I'm definitely picking this up.

I also want to play around with creating my own DIY version.  I think I'd incorporate a few essential oils like peppermint (which has been proven to stimulate hair growth) and perhaps a couple of drops tea tree. Maybe I'll throw in a pinch of activated charcoal for deep cleansing.  I like the idea of diluting the ACV with aloe vera juice instead of water because aloe vera is still acidic (vs H20 which is neutral).  This'll help your mixture maintain its low pH.  I may even experiment with adding some green or bamboo tea to boost nutrients & stimulate the hair follicle.  Since our hair growth rate will be taking a nose dive over the next several months, we might as well do something to help keep the scalp stimulated.

The strategy this year is not to wait until things get bad to start taking action. The scalp detoxing process starts now.

With fall so close on the horizon, I'm frantically thinking ahead of all the ways I can prepare for a successful fall/winter season.  The biggest woe I face every year is a dry, itchy scalp.  But it goes beyond that.  The flakier my scalp is, the more my hair sheds.  The more shedding, the more tangles.  Tangles rob us of length and I'm not trying to deal with that this year.

When I think back to all the remedies that worked in the past, on the top of the list were scalp rinses. Shame on me for not paying much attention to my scalp this past summer.  But it's time to get serious again and I know just where to start.
To keep the scalp happy, we start with trying to create the right pH balance.  If you're experiencing more shedding, flaking, and dryness than you're comfortable with, chances are your scalp is in need of some TLC.  When I first started caring for my scalp, I reached for the obvious choice, apple cider vinegar.  ACV is highly acidic which helps it to quickly balance our scalp.

I'm ready to jump on the ACV bandwagon again. But this time I plan on spicing it up a bit.  For instance, Hawaiin Silky created a rinse that consists of ACV, aloe vera juice, and various natural extracts.  They even took it a step further to incorporate castor oil which is known for its hair growth stimulating properties.  According to the product description, and one reviewer with 4C hair, this vinegar rinse does an awesome job at detangling.  I'm definitely picking this up.

I also want to play around with creating my own DIY version.  I think I'd incorporate a few essential oils like peppermint (which has been proven to stimulate hair growth) and perhaps a couple of drops tea tree. Maybe I'll throw in a pinch of activated charcoal for deep cleansing.  I like the idea of diluting the ACV with aloe vera juice instead of water because aloe vera is still acidic (vs H20 which is neutral).  This'll help your mixture maintain its low pH.  I may even experiment with adding some green or bamboo tea to boost nutrients & stimulate the hair follicle.  Since our hair growth rate will be taking a nose dive over the next several months, we might as well do something to help keep the scalp stimulated.

The strategy this year is not to wait until things get bad to start taking action. The scalp detoxing process starts now.