Hi babes. A few months back, I read a feature in Nylon magazine about Alexis Krauss (of Sleigh Bells fame) and Jessica Assaf, and their awesome new blog, where they talk about beauty industry lies and truths, and how we can take our beauty power back into our own hands and demand safer and better products.
I was very excited to read about them, because they are talking about something that is very important important to me here at HTHG…..Big Beauty Reform, and the return of our ‘sense of beauty’ back into our hands, and out of the hands of those who seek to make a profit off our insecurities about our bodies while potentially poisoning us with nasty unregulated chemicals. (More on all this soon!)
Here are is a list of beauty standards from BeautyLiesTruth.
WE BELIEVE THAT WOMEN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE BEAUTY OVER HEALTH.
WE BELIEVE THAT U.S. PRODUCTS CAN BE FORMULATED EFFECTIVELY WITHOUT ANY OF THE 1,373 SUBSTANCES PROHIBITED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION.
WE BELIEVE THAT THE FDA SHOULD REEVALUATE THEIR LACK OF REGULATIONS & REQUIRE PREMARKET APPROVAL.
WE BELIEVE THAT COMPANIES SHOULD LIST EVERY SINGLE INGREDIENT ON THEIR PRODUCT LABELS & BE FULLY TRANSPARENT ABOUT THEIR SOURCES.
WE BELIEVE THAT THE BEST PRODUCTS CONTAIN SAFE & EFFECTIVE INGREDIENTS & ARE PACKAGED SUSTAINABLY.
WE BELIEVE THAT ALL WOMEN SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAFEST, HIGHEST-PERFORMING, & MOST AFFORDABLE PRODUCTS POSSIBLE.
WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF CONSUMERS TO MAKE THESE STANDARDS UNIVERSAL!
Need a little inspiration to go shampoo-free?
I reached out to the girls, and they asked me to write up a little story about why I decided to go Shampoo-Free, and here it is!
Hi everyone! For all of you PHree people, I wanted to update ShamPHree FAQ’s to dis-spell any myths and help you debunk so you can de-gunk (Your hair, that is!)
Feel free to post more Q’s in the comment section and I will try to answer them all. It is important to me that you all have the support you need to get you past that initial transition period and any ShamPHree hair road-blocks so you can be informed and empowered to troubleshoot your own hair into perfection.
Can I still use my favorite hair products?
Yes! absolutely. ShamPHree is not an exclusive club. It is not us against them. This is not highschool. You can love your ShamPHree routine and use your favorite hair products……One tip, though, try and avoid silicone in products because it does build up and gunkify the hair, which kind of defeats the purpose of ShamPHree. If you are addicted to Morrocan Oil, try Shiny Dancer instead;)
The beauty, though, of going ShamPHee is that most people find that their hair doesn’t need the products it once did!
If I fall off the wagon, will I have to go through that whole adjustment period again?
Nope. You might find that your hair doesn’t respond as it once did to Shampoo and Conditioner, though. I still Shampoo every couple months, just to remember why I gave it up in the first place:)
That initial hard adjustment period is all about breaking yourself and your hair of synthetic chemical ingredients and a life-long belief system. Once you get through it, you are free for life, even if you fall off the wagon.
Do I have to do it every day?
No. I suggest starting off by doing it as often as you normally would Shampoo. After a couple weeks, experiment with cutting down to one less ShamPHree a week. See how your hair likes that. Give it another couple weeks, then cut back one more time. Keep doing this until you reach a routine that suits you and your hair. And remember, you can tweak your mix ratios ( how much BS/ACV you use in your mixes. ) ShamPHree is all about learning, paying attention, experimenting, understanding, and then applying.
Why do my ends feel so dry?
Well, because you aren’t using a conditioner that artificially seals your ends with a waxy-like substance!
If you have dry ends, the Pre-Phree oil treatment is a godsend. Seriously. I use my Liquid Gold in my dry ends before every ShamPHree. If your hair feels generally dry, Shiny Dancer is a fantastic over-all moisturizer and protectent.
Will my hair grow faster?
This hasn’t been scientifically proven, but people tell me constantly that their hair is growing like gangbusters since going ShamPHree.
My hair feels greasy and tangly, does this mean it’s not working?
No. It either means that you are still transitioning or that you haven’t found your perfect balance of how much BS and ACV to mix, how often to brush, how to apply, how long to leave on, etc. Keep adjusting! Don’t give up!
What if I use shampoo because of traveling?
No Biggie! Just get back on the PHree when you get home. Or, you can get little 2 0z containers and fill them with BS and ACV, and get some small applicator bottles and bring em on the road.
It worked for my friend, but not for me. Maybe my hair isn’t the right type. Is that correct?
It is rare hair that doesn’t respond well to ShamPHree. The cool thing about it is that it is a method that can be completely tailored and personalized to your specific hair type. However, it does take time and patience and experimentation to make it work some times. But once you get it, it’s yours for life:)
Does it work for everybody, or just some people?
It can work for you, no matter who you are and what your hair is like. But only if you want it to……The ShamPHree method is not for everyone. It takes commitment and patience, and curiosity and a knack for alchemy and DIY.
My hair doesn’t seem to be getting clean enough. It is okay to use 3x or 4x the baking soda?
Yes! Find the amount that works for your hair. Make sure to apply the BS at your scalp only, when your hair is dry before you jump in the shower. And also try letting it sit in your hair for a little longer. 2-3 minutes is fine and it will leave you feeling cleaner. Also, be sure you are applying your ACV at your ends, not at your scalp:)
Will it work if I leave the B.S. and ACV in for only a minute?
It will work, but if you feel like you need a bit more cleansing, leave them on longer. Again, 2-3 minutes is perfectly fine.
Do I really have to brush my hair?
It is essential to help physically move and distribute oil from your scalp to your ends. If you are super curly or anti-brush, just make sure you give your scalp a nice massage before ShamPHree-ing to help loosen up those oils to be carried down into your ends where they are needed!
I didn’t have dandruff before. Now, after ShamPHree-ing, I’m starting to get some. What should I do?
Sometimes, the adjustment to ShamPHree causes the scalp to react at first by shedding a bit. This will pass quickly. Be sure you are using Aluminum-Free BS. If it keeps up, try using less BS.
I have a lot of fly-away hair now. Will that go away?
There are a million and one reasons for fly-aways. If you feel like you are getting more than usual, invest in a good boar bristle brush. You will use it your whole life. Also, you can try a smoothing hair balm like Liquid Gold Hair Butter.
Now that it’s summer, my hair feels extra dry. Should I change the formulas?
Yes! I change mine with every seasonal/weather change, based on how my hair reacts. I tend to use less BS and more ACV in the Summer and Winter dry months. I also load up on Liquid Gold in my ends before and after ShamPHree-ing in the dry months. And Shiny Dancer is a fantastic heat-protector and moisture restorer for hot summer beach days!
Day four or five scalp build up…is it time to ShamPHree again or are there any other secrets?
I’m really worried that I am going to smell like Vinegar all day with the ShamPHree method. Is there anything I can do?
The key is to apply the ACV to your ends, not at your scalp. It is when it gets into your pores that the smell sticks around even after your hair dries. If you just apply it to the ends, the smell will completely evaporate. IF you want your hair to dry and smell just lovely, try one of my scent blends added into your ACV!
Hello, HTHG here…Your ambassador to a re-imagined self-honoring beautiful hair care routine. I want to invite you into to the ShamPHree Shop and let me introduce you to a new system of hair care…...Ditch your shampoo and let your hair decide what it wants, with the support of HTHG’s line of Organic, small-batch hair remedies.
Shiny Dancer is your BFF for blow outs….It is a deep penetrating but lightweight treatment oil that protects and treats hair as you heat style, and leaves a sparkling shimmer of natural silicone-free shine.
Masterbraider is for massive thick hair texture. It is a genius wave spray, and great for adding grip for better braiding. Makes silky fine hair feel like destroyed Barbie hair, in all the right ways!
3rd Day Bangs Dry Powder….The perfect dry shampoo hair powder for in between your ShamPHree days….Soaks up oil and adds lift and texture while gently cleaning surface residue from the hair and scalp. Great for 3rd day bangs!
Flora and Freedom are ShamPHree signature scented hair oils. They can be smoothed into the hair, massaged into the scalp, or added into your ShamPHree mixtures. Flora is a lovely blend of rose, orange and sage, and Freedom is Amber, grapefruit, bergamont with hints of neroli and vanilla.
Babes, I am super excited to let you know that more hair care and styling products are in the works, Including a Gritty Hair Paste and a Brilliant Shine hair dressing pomade and more to-be-announced!
Sometimes, a real gem of a man shows up to work at the front desk of your Salon. And when that happens, and when he sticks around for years, and brings smiles to peoples faces, and thoughtfully runs shit, holds down the fort with calm and finesse, and your clients ask you constantly if he is single ( Sorry ladies, this silver sparkled fox is happily married to one lovely Audrey)……..let’s take a minute to appreciate the gem-ly men out there.
Derek was an enthusiastic supporter of ShamPHree from the beginning. He offered great advice and feedback through the process of developing the kit, and was one of the first humans to receive a kit.
Today, Derek tells us about his ShamPHree journey.
Interview with a PHree Man.
What do you call yourself? Personal branding statement? ( super-human, undercover brother, mr. fix it? Something corny? you can get creative or not:)
I don’t really have a name for myself outside of simply “Derek;” I’m always open to a nickname; but prefer that to happen organically and sort of wear many nicknames as badges of honor, bestowed upon me by various people in my life. There’s anything from “Markland,” my last name, to “D-Mark,” to “D” to “D-Tek” (commonly used at the front desk because of a simple typo of Derek to Detek). I’ve been called Darryl, Darren, Eric, Aaron, and a multitude of variations upon similar phonemes; but ultimately, I’ve never had a nickname stick that I’ve carried through life. If I had to brand myself or think of a term that best somes me up, I’d say I’m a functional workaholic.
When did you start your ShamPHree journey?
I started my ShamPHree journey about two or three months ago; but gained interest in it probably six or seven months ago; and simply didn’t take the initiative to pick up the various odds and ends needed until they were gathered in one box and offered as a complete ShamPHree kit.
What inspired your switch?
I think there’s a multitude of things that inspired my switch; I feel like there’s been a new awakening in communities across the country–either geographical communities, or the broader sense of collections of like-minded individuals as communities–that have focused on a back-to-basics approach to living more simply. Whether you look at foodies focusing on eating organic, local, vegetarian, vegan, or some combination of all three; or the rise of indie-game developers and the advent crowd-funding sites; or the general desire of people looking for more environmentally friendly products and business–you get the sense that people are paying attention more than they used to. I know I may simply be speaking for myself, but I feel like it’s really the case. What I’m also noticing is that these communities are beginning to overlap, and be aligning your thinking with one tribe or another, you will start to see just how much in common two disparate groups have.
For me, it started with food. I’m definitely not a snob when it comes to food; I’ll eat almost anything, but what I try to avoid is highly processed foods. The list of chemicals can be overwhelming. When eating pre-packaged foods I try my best to make sure it’s seven or less ingredients and I know what each of them are and can pronounce them. I cook a lot at home and like to make my food from scratch. I’ve really been getting in to homebrewing beer as well over the past couple of years. When I found out about ShamPHree, it really aligned with my ideas about food. If I’m trying to avoid needless chemicals in my body, I should try to avoid needless chemicals ON my body. I say needless, because I recognize that many chemicals are harmless or even helpful and necessary. I try to avoid nagging on chemicals negatively as a buzzword, so “needless” to me simply means chemicals added for a purpose outside of what is necessary; like sodium laurel sulphate in shampoo to add lather (even though your hair would still be clean without it). So as your start stripping away all of the needless chemicals, you eventually get down to the basics. When I read on the HTHG blog about the ShamPHree method, I was sold; but at the same time needed a little hand-holding to get me to make the plunge.
Did you have an adjustment period before you were sold on it? If so, how long and what was it like?
I could tell right away that ShamPHree was a good fit for me. I like the routine associated with mixing the ingredients. I like that there’s no “prescribed” way to do it; that it’s a little bit of jazz chemistry. It reminds me a lot of cooking; I typically look at a recipe or two, get an idea of what the goal is, and then make it my own without looking back. Reading the instructions in the ShamPHree kit got me started, and I got to experiment and make it my own. My hair took an immediate liking to it, my hair has never felt so clean, and my scalp has never felt so healthy. What changes have you seen in your hair/scalp that you like since going ShamPHree?
I’ve really noticed that my hair wants to curl and wave more than it used to. I like to think that my hair is actually waving, saying “hello, it’s good to be PHree!” I didn’t expect my scalp to change at all, but it hasn’t been itchy at all, and I’ve always had a slightly itchy scalp that was often exacerbated by certain products. ShamPHree has helped to clear up the dandruff I would get from time to time; which I’m sure went hand in hand with the itchiness. Have their been any surprises?
The biggest surprise for me really goes back to having a healthy feeling scalp with minimal dandruff; I just didn’t expect anything to fix it. It was never a bad enough problem to see a dermatoligist, but OTC solutions like Head & Shoulders had not worked for me in the past and I had resigned myself to just sort of shrugging it off as a fact of life that my head will itch from time to time and that I’ll have minor dandruff. It’s weird, because I’d stopped caring about it, but was super excited when I noticed the change.
Ladies? Are you listening? Tell your dudes, if they have any scalp issues…..Go ShamPHree!
What would you tell a friend who was on the fence about going Shamphree?
I’ve recommended it to a few people; my wife, sadly wasn’t a fan. Her hair tends to get dry really easily, and she felt that it made it worse; but I’ve also told coworkers about it and a few friends and they’ve given it a try. I think it definitely needs to be the right person to be able to nudge them into giving it a try; but to some people it’s just something that’s not even on their radar… yet. I’ve been proselytizing to anyone who will listen, and one of the most common questions I get is, “Why would you put THAT on your head?” In true Socratic fashion, I respond with a question, “Why would you put a litany of other chemicals on your head?” I think one of the great things about marketing something that can easily be acquired at the store is that it legitimizes the practice to people who would otherwise be skeptics or cynics.
Has your experience with going ShamPHree inspired any other positive changes in your self-care routine/ life in general?
I’m a pretty low-maintenance guy. But I’ve actually felt more motivated to style my hair over the last few months than I ever have in the past. I think it’s partly based on me being more aware of modern styles and trying to keep up with my haircuts, instead of falling into my regular routine of cutting it short and then growing it out for 6 months and then cutting short again. For the first time in years I’ve been experimenting with keeping my hair about the same length, and making minor tweaks to my cut until I find the right balance. That, combined with my hair’s renewed wavy texture, has sort of forced me into having to tame my hair a little more when styling it. I think by taking my hair’s cleaning and conditioning into my own hands and controlling the proportions of baking soda and ACV that it’s helped me to feel empowered over other aspects of my hair. It’s all been part and parcel to an enlightenment about my own hair that prior to this has seemed like a mystery that I couldn’t solve.
Anything you want to add about ShamPHree, hair, life in general?
I’m just really happy to see HTHG get ShamPHree off the ground. Without the kit; I probably would never have made the effort to collect the necessary things to do this on my own.
Thanks Derek. Keep on shinin like a diamond. #freeyourhair
Friends, I’m quite certain that Morrocon oil is the most used hair product in the country right now. Do I know this for an absolute fact? No. But I do talk to a very wide range of people about their hair, every day, all over the world. And Morrocon Oil is the product I hear about the most.
Why? because it makes your hair soft and silky and it smells good. It gives immediate results. Who doesn’t like instant gratification?
My problem with Morrocon oil is the tell tail stain of silicone it leaves on my hands after I blow out hair with it. And the gradual dulling that happens to people’s hair as the silicone slowly builds up and seals out natural moisture, making them more dependent on silicone. Yuk. I’m into sustainable hair…..but…..I use this product all the time in the salon because people request it and no one has made a good natural alternative.
Check this out. Fractionated coconut oil is an extremely light-weight oil. In the fractionation process, the largest molecules are removed leaving behind an extremely refined oil with a potent moisture content. The small molecules that make up the oil are very easy for your hair to absorb.
Fractionated coconut oil is the perfect hair oil for all hair types……Light enough for fine hair, moisturizing enough for coarse curls. It gives a power punch of moisture without an oily coating, it rinses clean. The hair is left soft and supple with the shiny reflection of health and vitality.
Hold me closer, Shiny Dancer.
I am so thrilled to introduce you to a new lovely hair solution. Shiny Dancer, silicone free shine drops…..for silky, shiny, healthy, soft hair. For any and all hair types. Pure, clean, and simple hair oil with a yummy warm and earthy vanilla vetiver scent in a 2 oz dropper bottle. Now available in the ShamPHree shop for $18.95. #freeyourhair