Hi there! My name is Alix and I was born and raised in Southern California. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted healthy long hair. One of my best friends growing up in high school had the most beautiful, thick, healthy long hair that I was so envious of. The worst part is that she did nothing special to it at all. She used drugstore shampoo and nothing else. She was blessed by the hair gods with gorgeous locks that I was insanely jealous of! I assumed that it was my genes and that no matter what I did to my hair, I would never be able to achieve the level of hair that my friend had. After years of giving up, I discovered The Innate Life products and am determined to get the hair of my dreams! As for who I am as a person, I am a kind, passionate person who loves to live a simple life.
My interests obviously include hair care! But, when I am not washing my hair or doing my scalp treatments, you'll find me teaching Pilates – both group classes and private sessions. I always make time to get my own practice in too. I love reading, writing, and listening to music. I enjoy going on walks out in nature when I can, but I don't make the time for it as much as I should. Every weekend I will bake something, usually cookies or scones. This is also my first year where I'm attempting to grow my own food, so we'll see how that goes! I'm hoping I can add it to my lists of hobbies.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEXTURE OF YOUR HAIR?
The texture of my hair is fine and soft, and therefore difficult to style. Unless I'm doing a braid, my hair never holds a curl. The ends of my hair are damaged due to past bleaching. They are dry, brittle, and have lots of split ends. I am patiently waiting for it to grow out, so that I can finally get rid of the damage completely. My hair journey has been a labor of love, and despite the ends being damaged, I really love the natural hair growing in thanks to The Innate Life products!
HOW DID YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR BEFORE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS?
My hair care prior to The Innate Life products was non-existent. What I thought was ‘taking care’ of my hair back then makes current me cringe. I used drugstore products, never did any type of scalp treatments, and never used hair masks. Forget about oils back then too. I avoided those thinking they would make my hair greasy.
WHAT MADE YOU SEEK OUT THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS? HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE COMPANY?
I heard about The Innate Life products through the hair community on Instagram. Seeing multiple people promoting the products, all stating how wonderful everything was, easily persuaded me to want to try it too. Most of the people reviewing the products had the level of hair that I wanted, so it was an obvious pull for me to try The Innate Life.
WHAT SETS THE INNATE LIFE APART FROM OTHER COMPANIES IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY?
What sets The Innate Life apart from other companies would be their devotion to ensuring that their products have the highest quality ingredients. I never once doubted a product they release due to their extensive research and care that goes into every bottle or brush.
WHAT IS YOUR HAIRCARE ROUTINE NOW?
My hair care routine I like to keep simple due to my hair being fine and soft. It can easily get weighed down, so less is more for me.
Before I shower, I always start with a scalp massage using either my finger tips or a scalp massage tool. This helps open up my hair follicles before I apply the Scalp Treatment. It's also really relaxing too, which is a bonus! After my massage it's time to apply the Rosemary Scalp Treatment which I've been using regularly for about 2 months now. I apply small drops at a time directly onto my scalp for a little goes a long way for someone with my hair type. The smell alone is warm and inviting, and the tingling sensation from the oil feels like a cool skin treatment. I feel like I'm treating myself to something special whenever I use this product. After the treatment is applied, I use the Herbal Hair Mask on my ends. It took me a few tries to like this product, but I recently picked it back up and I'm in love! This mask smells so good, and a little goes a long way. I section my hair off down the middle in two pieces, where I apply three pumps of the mask on each section. Once the mask is applied I put my hair up in a claw clip, and let everything sit for at least two hours if I have the time.
When I'm ready to shower I remove the claw clip and wet my hair with warm water. Once my hair is completely saturated I like to go in first with conditioner. I like to apply conditioner to my ends first as a way to lock in the goodness of the Herbal Hair Mask. Doing this also makes my length less likely to tangle when washing the shampoo out. After I've applied conditioner, I then go in with my shampoo. I will always shampoo twice to ensure the Rosemary Scalp Treatment has completely washed away. Once a month, I will use The Innate Life Charcoal Scalp Detox after I shampoo. The detox is one of the most amazing products I've ever used on my scalp. The cooling sensation that it gives off is next level goodness! I apply it generously all along my scalp and let it sit for 10 minutes (sometimes longer because it feels SO good). While that's working its magic, I will apply a deep conditioner mask to my lengths. I'll use The Innate Life Wheat Straw Detangler brush in the shower to evenly distribute the hair mask along my ends. It gently runs through my hair removing any tangles or knots without causing too much hair fall. Using the Detangler brush regularly has caused me to lose less hair than I would using a normal brush. It's a beautiful brush with its unique shape and color. If I leave it out on the counter some of my friends ask about it, haha! After the mask has been applied and the 10 minutes have passed, I will wash everything out thoroughly. I worried about the black charcoal color not rinsing out completely, but I never noticed any build up afterwards.
Once I'm out of the shower, I will towel dry my hair with a microfiber turban very gently. I'll then generously apply all over my scalp and lengths The Innate Life Neroli Hair Primer. This product has become a new must-have for me. It subtly tames my frizz, and once my hair is dry I really notice a difference in texture and shine! I let the primer sit for a few minutes before applying a lightweight leave-in conditioner. Sometimes I will comb my hair and sometimes I let it air dry a little first before combing it. I use The Innate Life Wheat Straw Detangler brush again to comb my hair gently after the shower. Since my ends are damaged, I do my best to be as gentle as possible. The Detangler brush has really helped save my ends as much as possible. After my hair has been combed, I'll let it air dry for about 10 minutes before I apply two drops of The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir to seal in the moisture from all the products I used on my ends. Once my hair is completely dry, I will apply one more drop of the Elixir for shine! I repeat this process every time I shower every 4 to 5 days.
HOW DID YOU SEE YOUR HAIR CHANGE AFTER USING THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS?
After using The Innate Life products, I noticed a gradual change in my new hair growth. The hair closest to my scalp in particular felt and looked more bountiful. The hair feels and looks thicker! I see new baby hairs coming in regularly, and even some new white hairs too! The white hairs coming in do not feel coarse like some grey/white hairs feel. The hairs feel soft and fine just like the rest of the hair on my head. My ends are damaged from past bleaching, but after using The Innate Life products, they're in the best shape they could be in!
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE FOR YOU TO SEE RESULTS?
While using The Innate Life products I noticed a difference within one month. My hair was bleached, so I could really see the new growth coming in. I never measured my growth because I didn't want to become too obsessed over the growth process, and let it happen naturally. As new growth was coming in, the texture of my hair began to feel softer and stronger.
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT AND WHY?
My favorite Innate Life product is the Rose Hair Elixir because it brought my ends back to life! The damage that's been done to my ends cannot be fixed, but the Rose Hair Elixir brought back as much health and shine as it could. I love how it also protects my ends from further damage. The Rose Hair Elixir protects my ends, adds shine, tames frizz, and locks in moisture. There's nothing this bottle can't do!
WHO WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THESE PRODUCTS TO?
I would recommend this product to anyone who is serious about taking care of their hair. These products work 100 percent, but the user has to be consistent with them. If someone is able to stick to their routine of regularly applying scalp treatments, scalp massages, masks, oil treatments, etc. then they will benefit from these products and see results!
HOW DOES THE INNATE LIFE FIT INTO A LIFESTYLE COMMITTED TO HEALTH + WELLNESS?
The Innate Life fits into a lifestyle of health and wellness due to their natural ingredients found in nature used in all their products. Ingredients like rosemary oil and extract, castor seed oil, fenugreek seeds, rosehip fruit oil, avocado oil, slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, etc. The Innate Life is a company that is cruelty-free, vegan, non-toxic, paraben-free, and sulfate-free. The Innate Life cares about the environment which makes them committed to the health and wellness lifestyle.
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