A little about me! My name is Sarah, I work with animals at my local animal shelter, I received my B.A. in Studio Art, and I love to paint and practice yoga. At the moment, I’m enrolled in a Yoga Teacher Training course to deepen my practice with yoga and share my love for yoga to others. I slowly started implementing a healthy lifestyle as of 5 years ago. Last year is when I started to become conscientious about my hair regimen.
I always loved my long hair, but in 2014 I decided I wanted to change it up and I got it cut with layers and really didn’t like it. My hair was only a bit past my shoulders after being cut. Since then, I have been growing it out. I never had a hair routine; I would just wash my hair and that is it – no oils, masks, or scalp treatments. Before my natural hair journey, I would use any shampoo or conditioner I wasn’t picky. I had no clue how important it was to check the ingredients! My hair was often frizzy, dry, and dull but just thought that this was my hair type. I would use silicone serums to tame the frizz because I honestly had no idea there were alternatives without them.
I started my natural hair journey for about 5 years ago. I started by using natural shampoos and conditioners free from silicones and sulfates. I finally was able to get my hair to grow past my chest but it seemed like it wouldn’t grow past that. I longed for waist length or even butt length hair. Although, at this point, I was using natural shampoos and conditioners my hair still seemed to be dry and frizzy with thinning ends. I just figured this was my hair type.
Last year is when I decided to find some sort of healthy hair routine to tame my frizz and grow my hair long and healthy. I reached out to Mariana from Instagram after hearing positive feedback from @naturallyantonia and @organicallyanna about how Mariana created a custom hair schedule based on their hair needs. Mariana’s schedule works in three phases hydration (water-based), nutrition (oiling), and reconstruction (strengthening). I decided to give it a try and I was seriously amazed by how much my hair improved. Through this custom hair schedule, she introduced me to The Innate Life and I used the Scalp Treatment, Herbal Hair Mask, and the Rose Hair Elixir. Since incorporating her method, using all-natural products including The Innate Life Scalp Treatment, Herbal Hair Mask, and Rose Hair Elixir, I have been amazed how much my hair has grown and how soft and silky it has become.
I’m passionate about living a healthy holistic lifestyle internally and externally. I love anything self-care related whether it’s yoga, haircare, face care, or embracing my creative side by painting by the beach. I love sharing my journey in each of my passions with others. It’s very fulfilling to me practice to self-care on all fronts.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEXTURE OF YOUR HAIR?
I have fine, straight, low porosity hair. I’m pretty sure I’m considered 1a-1b type hair. It’s often dry if I’m not consistent with keeping it hydrated or moisturized. When my hair is balanced it is soft and silky but when it’s dry it can be frizzy, gets tangled easily, and can be unmanageable.
HOW DID YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR BEFORE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS?
Before I was introduced to The Innate Life products, I would just use natural shampoos and conditioners without doing any sort of scalp or deep conditioning treatments on a normal basis. I had more bad hair days than good ones. It was mainly due to my hair craving nourishing oils and needing replenishment of hydration. I just thought my hair was normally frizzy dry and dull.
WHAT MADE YOU SEEK OUT THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS? HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE COMPANY?
WHAT SETS THE INNATE LIFE APART FROM OTHER COMPANIES IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY?
What I love about The Innate Life products and what I feel sets them apart from other companies is the fact that they use Ayurvedic herbs and infusions throughout all of their products. They also use natural, organic, plant-based, and non-toxic ingredients while also being cruelty-free. This is truly important to me when picking out products to use for myself. I love how I can trust their products and see amazing results through them. I immediately was attracted to this brand because of how they incorporate strengthening Ayurvedic herbs that are known to help boost hair growth and be medicinal for the scalp.
WHAT IS YOUR HAIRCARE ROUTINE NOW?
I do 1-2 treatments weekly but I try to make them light and water-based since I like to focus on hydration. I oil my hair about 2 times a month and apply a strengthening treatment once a month.
On my wash days that I’m using The Innate Life Scalp Treatment
, I like to apply it on wet hair since I have low porosity. This allows me to get a little bit of hydration locked in after I apply the Scalp Treatment
. I also apply the Herbal Hair Mask
to the length and ends of my hair while I have the Scalp Treatment
on. I wrap my hair up in a shower cap and leave on for 1-2 hours. When it’s time to rinse it out, I shampoo twice to remove the oil. After, I will condition, rinse, and wrap my hair up in a microfiber towel to dry. When my hair is at least 80% dry, I spray my water-based leave-in and apply just a few drops of the Rose Hair Elixir
to the ends. I detangle and let my hair air dry. I do this whole routine 2-3 times a month.
On the wash days that I don’t do this treatment, I will first shampoo and then do a hair rinse that consists of 2 tablespoons each of aloe vera juice, ACV, and honey with about 3 cups of warm shower water; I then pour the mixture all scalp and hair. I leave this in while I am showering and rinse it off at the end. After rinsing, I apply a small amount of my deep conditioner and then regular conditioner to seal the cuticles. I always finish my wash days with my after-shower routine, leave-in, and the Rose Hair Elixir
For my strengthening treatment that I like to do once a month, I mix up a paste of a few of my favorite Ayurvedic powders such as Ashwagandha, Amla, Aloe, Bahrami, Honey, and sometimes my deep conditioner or just water. I apply this all over my wet hair and leave on for about an hour before rinsing out and following up with my usual shower routine.
HOW DID YOU SEE YOUR HAIR CHANGE AFTER USING THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS?
I have noticed a huge improvement with my scalp. My scalp used to itch and become irritated easily and my hair seemed to be thinning a little on my hairline from constant wear and tear before using the Scalp Treatment
. When I started using the treatment on the regular along with the Herbal Hair Mask
, I noticed amazing benefits. First off, my scalp stopped being irritated; I didn’t have to wash my hair as often (I could go up to 3-4 days before washing). I started seeing more baby hairs around my edges where it was thinning initially. When I looked at the top of my hair, I always see little new hair sprouts growing!
I do love the Rose Hair Elixir
too. I always use the Rose Hair Elixir
after I use my Leave-in spray and it locks in the moisture and leaves my hair without frizz! Since I have been using their products, I can definitely say I have noticed my hair growing every month and retaining that length along with my scalp feeling refreshed and nourished!
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT AND WHY?
The Scalp Treatment
is by far my favorite product because it is so very important to maintain a healthy scalp especially if you want to grow out your hair. Scalp health in my opinion is the most important part of any successful hair routine. There are so many other products I still want to try from The Innate Life.
WHO WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THESE PRODUCTS TO?
I would recommend these products to anyone that is looking to have a healthy scalp, frizz-free locks and that is wanting to grow out their hair. To be honest, their hair products work for any hair type whether you have straight fine hair like me or beautifully textured and/or thicker hair.
HOW DOES THE INNATE LIFE FIT INTO A LIFESTYLE COMMITTED TO HEALTH + WELLNESS?
I love how The Innate Life believes in the power of pure natural ingredients in all their products, along with being eco-conscious to the earth. It is very important to me to only support brands that I trust will put their customer's health first, but also create products that are non-toxic and cruelty-free. Thank you for committing to health and wellness by only using healthy and natural ingredients, along with a beautiful variety of Ayurvedic herbs that have been proven for centuries to help maintain a healthy scalp and promote hair growth.
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