Hey! My name is Jill, I’m 30 years old, recently married, proud dog mom, and New Jersey native. I’m a graphic designer with a passion for painting and all things art. I work for a beauty brand, so I’m always trying new beauty and skincare products! I started my natural hair journey at the end of 2016, but it’s been a huge learning process discovering the right types of products for my hair (and scalp!) as well as the proper styling techniques to achieve the end result. A popular beauty brand ruined a lot of my progress at the end of 2019, so it’s been a journey getting my hair back to its former glory. As a sufferer of scalp psoriasis, I’m always on the hunt for products that help hydrate my scalp without sacrificing the health of my hair.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEXTURE OF YOUR HAIR?
My hair is baby fine and low density. I was lucky enough to have curls that help hide how thin it is!
HOW DID YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR BEFORE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS?
Before The Innate Life products, I wasn’t focusing as much on ingredients. I followed the Curly Girl Method, but after using a certain brand that many others had issues with, I noticed my hair began to fry even though I thought I was doing everything right.
WHAT MADE YOU SEEK OUT THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS? HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE COMPANY?
I heard about The Innate Life through @curly_tanisha on Instagram. She also has fine, low density curls, and has been a huge resource for me. I try to find products that other curlies with similar hair types as mine use.
WHAT SETS THE INNATE LIFE APART FROM OTHER COMPANIES IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY?
The Innate Life truly is a clean ingredient company. There’s more of a focus on scalp health than anything, which I feel is often overlooked in the beauty industry. As someone with a sensitive scalp, ensuring I’m putting the proper ingredients on or near my scalp is extremely important.
WHAT IS YOUR HAIRCARE ROUTINE NOW?
My hair care routine is honestly the simplest it’s ever been – I don’t overthink it. I almost always use a scalp mask prior to shampooing, and the Problematic Scalp Treatment is my absolute favorite. You can feel it really start to work, and it helps soothe the itching that’s inevitable with psoriasis. I let that sit overnight, or for at least an hour before shampooing.
Then I shampoo, deep condition, and style with a gel or foam depending on the weather.
After diffusing and scrunching out the crunch, I always seal with the Rose Hair Elixir. A little goes a long way with my hair, so I rub a drop or two between my palms and gently separate my curl clumps and then smooth all over and scrunch into my ends. I also like to refresh my hair with a little bit of the Elixir to smooth out any frizz. I admit to occasionally blowing out my hair (because curly hair can be versatile too!) and always finish that with the Elixir as well. It helps seal my ends, tame any flyaways, and it smells AMAZING. When I was commuting for work, I would keep a mini bottle of the Rose Hair Elixir in my purse for touch-ups throughout the day.
HOW DID YOU SEE YOUR HAIR CHANGE AFTER USING THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS?
Healthy hair starts at the scalp, and that’s exactly what The Innate Life has done for me. The Scalp Treatment creates the perfect base for a successful washday, and the nontoxic ingredients in these products ensure the health of your hair. You don’t have to worry about any harmful ingredients being absorbed into your skin.
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT AND WHY?
This is a tough one for me as I’ve tried most of them and love them all! I’d have to say it’s a tie between the Problematic Scalp Treatment and the Rose Hair Elixir. The Scalp Treatment has just been so crucial in managing my psoriasis, but the Rose Hair Elixir has given my hair beautiful shine and style longevity. I also sometimes use it as a pre-poo treatment, or add a little to my deep conditioner, or even after washing before using styling products. It’s so versatile, there really is no wrong way to use it!
WHO WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THESE PRODUCTS TO?
There isn’t anyone I wouldn’t recommend these products to – they’re great for all hair types, and the Scalp Treatment is great for people who don’t even have hair. Anyone can benefit from clean, nontoxic products.
HOW DOES THE INNATE LIFE FIT INTO A LIFESTYLE COMMITTED TO HEALTH + WELLNESS?
Anyone who is committed to living a healthy lifestyle should consider the beauty products they use. Toxic ingredients can be absorbed into your skin without you even realizing it. Experiencing how fried my hair was with a popular hair brand, it makes you wonder what those ingredients do to your body. The Innate Life is a great brand to incorporate into a healthy lifestyle, as they value clean ingredients and it’s reflected in their products. Wellness is more than what you eat, but also what you topically use!
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