Hi there! My name is Alissa and I am an artist and musician, born and raised in Seattle, WA. Like most PNW folks, I enjoy romping around in nature, cooking (and eating) delicious and healthy foods, and creating things – whatever it may be, I just love to make things! I am currently living in Japan studying the language with my husband for a year, and am loving getting to know the customs and culture.
I am an artist who enjoys painting large figure paintings. I am also involved in a couple bands playing the bass guitar, mandolin and the marimbas. However, I particularly enjoy the recharge I feel from making and recording music alone in my room on my laptop. I love Jesus and enjoy studying the Bible, apologetics, and other religions. I think it is safe to say that I have a passion for making healthy, delicious food and given the right circumstances, I would love to have a garden and learn to keep bees. I also love my fermented babies. I like to make homemade sourdough goodies, kombucha, natto, kefir, and various fermented veggies!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF + YOUR HAIR!
My hair is pretty fine and thin, mostly straight with random areas around the face where it likes to go its own direction, especially when it's humid.
HOW DID YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR BEFORE USING THE INNATE LIFE?
Before I was introduced to The Innate Life products, I didn't think that products mattered that much. I had not conducted any research on proper hair care and my routine showed that. I used shampoo that was at a low price point and went for the brands that ‘looked healthy’ just by assessing the look of their branding. I know now that these contained harmful chemicals that were doing a disservice to my scalp and hair. I would wash my hair every other day, from root to ends with shampoo, and use generic conditioner from mids to ends. I would use heat products a couple times a week without heat protectant so that my hair would look decent. I soon began to get bummed out by how dry and limp my hair was when I didn't use heat products. It was frizzy and dry at the ends, and the roots quickly became oily.
WHAT MADE YOU SEEK OUT THE INNATE LIFE? HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT OUR PRODUCTS?
As many people do, I turned to YouTube to be educated about the proper care for my hair. As I was conducting my YouTube research on fostering healthy hair, I stumbled on a couple YouTubers who used The Innate Life. Their hair was GORGEOUS and I was inspired to look into the company to use on my own hair.
WHAT SETS THE INNATE LIFE APART FROM OTHER COMPANIES IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY?
The Innate Life puts the emphasis of their products in the right places. The sheer amount of nutrient-rich ingredients in a single product continues to blow me away. They understand the power within nature and pack their products full of powerhouse ingredients. The Innate Life takes no shortcuts with their products, no hyper puffed-up empty advertising. I was also drawn to the way they produce their products. I highly respect that all their products are processed and made in-house and in small batches. This gives me a peace of mind that each and every product is made with intentionality and in a sustainable fashion. Considering their relatively low price point compared to ‘luxury brands’ out there, I am constantly amazed by the top-shelf quality of their products. Also, they smell AMAZING.
WHAT IS YOUR HAIRCARE ROUTINE NOW?
I now only need to wash my hair every 3 days.
The night before my wash day, I use a large wood bristle brush (I use a Tek brush) to massage the scalp and detangle the hair. I then use a small amount of The Innate Life Rosemary Scalp Treatment
and, with my fingertips, gently massage it into my roots and scalp. Next, I take a few drops of the Rose Hair Elixir
, smoothing it on from mids ends. I loosely twist the hair to the top of my head and use a claw to hold it in place and go to sleep, protecting my pillow with a towel.
In the morning, I shampoo my hair once from root to end, then once again, focusing on the roots. (I currently use another brand’s shampoo and conditioner bars). I use a small amount of conditioner on just the ends of my hair.
I then scrunch dry my hair with a microfiber towel, then lightly blow dry on low heat to start the drying process, then let it air dry the rest of the way. For the most part, I now use natural methods to curl my hair with overnight methods. I will still use a heat tool every now and then, but rarely. When I do, I now use heat protection on the ends.
HOW DID YOUR HAIR CHANGE AFTER USING THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS?
At first, I had to figure out the right balance of products for my hair. Because my hair is fairly thin, I found that I only need a small amount of product for it to be effective without being too oily. But once I experimented and found what worked for me, I sat back and let my hair grow. It didn't take long to notice that my hair growth speed had increased. My hair tends to grow very slowly, so I was in a bit of shock to see that it had grown a couple inches more than it used to in the span of 6 months. I was ecstatic! The new hair at the roots was sturdier and fuller than it had been before. As time continued, I noticed that during my hair shedding periods, I would not lose as much as I used to. Also, my hair oil production had found a balance, allowing me to go longer between washes. All the while, my hair smelled AMAZING. I love that I can feel confident that I am nurturing my body with deeply wholesome ingredients found in nature.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE FOR YOU TO SEE RESULTS?
After about 6 months of use, I had about 4 inches of new growth which is crazy for someone who has always had the slowest hair growth. It was at this point that I could feel the change of texture and thickness in my hair near my scalp. My mids and ends also finally felt silky, smooth and healthy. When I finally cut many inches of old growth off the ends, it was much clearer how much thicker and healthier my hair had become.
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT + WHY?
It is hard to choose! But I think the Rose Hair Elixir
is still my most used and favorite product. It is also the first product I used so it holds a special place in my heart. I use a couple drops on my mid to ends to tame and condition my driest areas. I use it as a heat protectant if I want to go out in the sun or before I lightly curl my hair with a heat tool. I use it as a perfume on my hair! It smells like sweet roses when I put this on my hair, and I sometimes dab a little behind my ear for extra scent. It also can be used on the scalp as a treatment before wash day. It is insanely versatile and feels luxurious on the hair!
WHO WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THESE PRODUCTS TO?
Everyone should try these products! Who doesn't want fabulous hair that is well nourished by whole ingredients from nature? It is especially great for those who want to see their hair growth increase and want to support nature and sustainability!
HOW DOES THE INNATE LIFE FIT INTO A LIFESTYLE COMMITTED TO HEALTH + WELLNESS?
The Innate Life encapsulates the meaning of health and wellness. The dozens of powerful ingredients in each and every product is a testament of their commitment to the wellbeing of the user. They have not cut corners for profit and have not falsely advertised their products and what they are capable of doing for one's hair. If anything, this brand genuinely deserves much more hype! Thank you, The Innate Life, for continuing to be amazing!Read more real stories here!