Real Stories: How Rosemary Volumizes Her Thin Hair
My name is Rosemary, I am 24 years old and I live in California in the United States. Although I was born in Kentucky, I have spent more than half my life in Southern California. I am someone who is low maintenance and pretty easygoing. Some of my favorite things in life are video games, haircare, and cats.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEXTURE OF YOUR HAIR?
The texture of my hair would be considered about thin to medium thickness. I would say closer to medium, but my hair strands are sensitive and can get damaged easily as my hair is on the drier side.
HOW DID YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR BEFORE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS?
I struggled a lot with hair care before. I used whatever shampoo and conditioner was cheap and smelt nice from the store – as well as an occasional dandruff shampoo since my scalp was very itchy and flaky – but it never really helped. I did occasionally try doing DIYs. I used to constantly straighten my hair so I would use a heat protectant (sometimes). I did eventually have a hair serum, but I could never tell if it helped and didn’t really like the consistency.
WHAT MADE YOU SEEK OUT THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS? HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE COMPANY?
I started looking up videos on how to take care of your scalp, as mine was very flaky and horribly itchy. I didn’t know it at the time, but I definitely had buildup as well. After some research over time, one of the videos that resonated with me were people like OrganicallyAnna. She talked about scalp treatments, like the Problematic Scalp Treatment from The Innate Life, that are made up of oils that could help ease itching, prevent flakiness, promote hair growth, and improve scalp health. I also heard about the Rose Hair Elixir that smelled amazing and, as a lover of rose smells, I knew I had to try these products. I am so glad I did.
WHAT SETS THE INNATE LIFE APART FROM OTHER COMPANIES IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY?
When I first learned about scalp and hair care, it was not as trendy as it is nowadays, so there were less options and you don’t know what to go with. The Innate Life was the one of the most recommended brands in the videos I was watching. It became the first brand I fell in love with that had great ingredients in all their products and a variety of products to cover all the bases of what you could need to take care of your hair. I consider it a great brand to start with for anyone who is getting into hair care. I appreciate that they are cruelty-free and organic. I also love the packaging, as a lot of it is sustainable packaging. I think it is brilliant that they made the glass bottles black so that the sun will not degrade the benefits of the oil inside, helping it to last.
WHAT IS YOUR HAIRCARE ROUTINE NOW?
I wash my hair 3 times a week. 2 of the 3 times, I will do my pre-wash treatments.
1-3 hours before I wash my hair, I will brush my hair out and use a scalp treatment, one of my favorites still being the Problematic Scalp Treatment. I will section my hair, apply the treatment throughout my scalp, then massage for a while, enjoying the physical exfoliation and feeling my itch be eased. I will then put a treatment on my ends to nourish my hair and help keep it soft, like the Herbal Hair Mask. If I am out of it, I will use an oil like almond or grapeseed oil. I will distribute throughout my ends and then braid my hair. After some time, I will take out my braid and hop in the shower.
I shampoo twice to make sure that I got the treatment out and apply conditioner (or sometimes a mask) that I leave in for a few minutes. Once I rinse out the conditioner/mask, I will hop out of the shower and put my hair in a cotton towel.
Once my hair is not sopping wet, I will spray the Neroli Hair Primer lightly on the top and under the sides of my hair, closer to my roots. It helps me feel like my hair will dry softer and lighter, as well as balance the pH level of it. I will then use a leave-in conditioner mixed with an oil, like the Rose Hair Elixir, on my ends and leave my hair to air dry. If I need to detangle my hair when wet, I will very gently use the Bamboo Charcoal Detangler brush. Before bed, I will also apply a drop or two of a leave-in oil, like the Rose Hair Elixir, and then put it in a braid.
HOW DID YOU SEE YOUR HAIR CHANGE AFTER USING THE INNATE LIFE PRODUCTS?
Over time, my scalp became less flakey and itchy, and much more manageable. The ends of my hair are less damaged; I used to have so many split ends that every time I brushed my hair, a ton of broken pieces would come off. My hair is much softer and always smells heavenly, thanks to the Rose Hair Elixir. My original goal was just to ease the constant issue with my scalp. Over time I decided I also wanted to grow my hair out, which these products definitely helped with.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE FOR YOU TO SEE RESULTS?
Over a few months (3-4) of sticking with the routine, my scalp was a lot more under control and the amount of flakes I have minimized to where I no longer had to worry about my flakes being visible. I could shake my hair without a bundle of flakes falling. The growth and softness of my hair was something that improved over time as my hair was very dead at the start of my journey. I did not do just one big chop, so it was a longer but rewarding journey.
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT AND WHY?
It is hard to choose just one favorite! If I had to choose one, it maybe would be the Rose Hair Elixir as the smell for me is addicting, and applying it to my hair is therapeutic for me. It is also satisfying because I know my hair will be soft and smooth in the morning. Next would be the Neroli Hair Primer, which I use after EVERY hair wash. It is the first thing I apply after every shower and I feel weird when I don’t use it. I always feel like I need it to help balance my hair, and keep it light and soft. Last would be the Problematic Scalp Treatment. It is the original product that helped keep my scalp issues under control and is the one I have gifted to other people the most (even used on my boyfriend) and they all loved it!
WHO WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THESE PRODUCTS TO?
Anyone looking for organic and cruelty-free scalp and hair care products. I had a friend who was dealing with irritation of the scalp due to dying her hair and I gave her the Scalp Treatment, which she said helped. I had a friend dealing with hair loss and so they also tried it, and over time they saw a decrease in hair fall. If you are looking for a way to get started on a hair care journey, buying one of the bundles is a good way to have a variety of products to try and introduce you to a routine.
HOW DOES THE INNATE LIFE FIT INTO A LIFESTYLE COMMITTED TO HEALTH + WELLNESS?
The Innate Life fits into a lifestyle committed to health and wellness by how getting these products and learning how to use them helps get you into a routine of taking care of your hair and scalp health. Having a routine like that can help with personal wellness as you get the satisfaction of pampering yourself with nice products. Having a routine in general is good for mental health as well. Knowing I am going to end the day with brushing my hair and applying a beautiful smelling oil that will help my hair gives me a nice, calming feeling.
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