Squeaky clean products that will change your beauty routine for good.
OK, We all know New Years resolutions are lame. Clichés of weight-loss, keeping our rooms clean, and hitting the gym slowly diminish as the month drip past January. Instead of condemning my changes to failure by calling them resolutions, I have been taking careful steps the past 5 months toward a cleaner lifestyle. One of the biggest lifestyle changes for me was adopting a vegan diet, and remaining conscious of the things I am putting in my body everyday. Then it occurred to me that this clean lifestyle could apply to more than what goes in my body, but also the products I use outside of my body as well. My car is a mess, my laundry is never done, I would never call myself a clean freak in terms of living habits, but with cosmetics and hair products, that is where my clean freak flourishes. Allow me to share some of my favorite products and why they could change your clean routine for good!
Redken Clean Maniac Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner
Redken is vegan and cruelty free company, which makes all of their products a win in my book. But in terms of all around clean, the name speaks for itself. Their Micellar line is where it’s at. These products in particular have a simple recipe that is silicon and paraben free and its gentle for all hair types.
Micellar water is basically the Oxyclean of cleansers. It lifts and cleans dirt and fatty acids on a microscopic level, but its light enough that it doesn’t lift color molecules making it a safe bet for color treated hair. Micellar water is also really great at maintaining a healthy pH balance for the scalp. Often times, what seems to be dandruff will just be dry scalp caused by toxic product buildup restricting the scalp from breathing. The cuticle health of your hair will also benefit from Micellar technology because of the deep cleansing of product buildup (think hair gel, spray, styling aids, etc.). Often times, products like these are not water soluble, so the micellar water helps to cleanse thoroughly and remove the dinginess from product buildup, leaving your strands soft, and shiny!
*Myth Busters: almost all products are marketed as paraben free, but parabens are what make solvents lather. So if your shampoo lathers, it isn’t paraben free. Unfortunately, you can’t have the best of both worlds.
Deva Curl Build Up Buster
Not only does this product use the Micellar technology we have been raving about, but Deva Curl is also a very clean and ethical brand itself! They are a privately owned and operated company and have NEVER had animal testing and they are both paraben and sulfate free. This product is a blessing for curly hair especially because of the product buildup that can occur from taming/controlling curls.
Any Marrakesh product is clean freak’s dream. This brand is family owned and operated and they give a portion of their proceeds to non-profits every quarter. These are the cleanest products we have in the store, they are cruelty free, paraben and sulfate free.
If we are talking cosmetics, Jane Iredale is the way to go. As a cruelty-free company, most products are a minimal of 97% mineral based. They are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Naturally sourced, and they never use any falsified pigmentation. Their manufacturer is in-house and the likelihood of having an allergic reaction to their products is below 1%.