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Health Warning: Brazilian Blowouts

9 Nov

Good morning! Since it’s been all over the news, I thought I should update my fabulous Green Tex readers on the new hair phenom Brazilian Blowouts. The process helps to straighten, relax and de-frizz hair, and the results last up to 4 months. Some women swear by it, saying its the best thing to ever happen to their hair and they can now skip blowdrying and flat ironing their hair. It sounds like such an amazing process that I’ve definitely looked into it as well! But it’s been in the news lately because Environmental Health groups and Toxicology groups in Oregon and California tested the product, after stylists and patients complained of burning eyes, headaches, nose bleeds and trouble breathing.

The brand claims that it is free of formaldehyde but when the testing was done, the 4 different testing methods showed formaldehyde levels in the product between 4.85-10.6%. Formaldehyde can cause lung damage and increase you chances of cancer. Some salons are taking precautionary measures of wearing industrial use gas masks and having ventilators in the salon to reduce the air borne formaldehyde. But the main thing to be worried of is the formaldehyde in the product that is being put on your hair and being absorbed through your skin.

Green Tex is not discouraging anyone from getting the treatment done– instead we encourage you beauty mavens out there to use the internet to your advantage and do some research! Formaldehyde is a known carcinogenic and the reports in the news are to make consumers aware of the potential dangers.

Would you still try the Brazilian Blowout if you had the means to? Or is sticking with the blowdrying/straightening routine a better option than compromising your health?

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Pamper yourself with… Hair Masks!

3 Oct

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. If you’re using this gorgeous day to catch up on things, do homework, or if you’re just enjoying the day watching football, then consider doing some double duty by putting in a no-hassle hair mask!

don't let this happen to you!

Hair is stripped of its nutrients because of the various different processes we put our poor hair through: harsh shampoo, color, highlights, curling, straightening, blow drying, etc. Every once in a while our hair needs some serious help to restore and moisturize it! Weekly hair masks are one of the simplest ways to do this—simply throw one on to clean and moist hair. Avoid your roots, as they tend to get greasy and make sure your ends are heavily coated, as this is usually the most damaged area. Once the mask is on, your can wrap your hair/head with plastic saran wrap to keep natural body heat in, or you can use a shower cap. Don’t have access to either? Then simply put your conditioner coated hair in a bun and blow-dry it on low heat for a few minutes. Below are some great hair mask picks: all are cruelty-free and will make a mah-jor difference in your locks!

Bumble & Bumble Deeep $25

B&B Deeep $12

Burt’s Bees Hair Repair Shea & Grapefruit Deep Conditioner $8

Can be easily found at Walgreens!

Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Masque $25. Formulated without parabens and silicone, this mask is filled with sunflower conditioning oils including Vitamin E, B3, B5, and B6.

Splurge worthy & great for colored hair

You can find this one at Target! From L’Oreal’s new natural brand EverPure, this is the Moisture Restorative Masque for $8. I personally love this one—it works wonders and has a soothing smell!

mmm rosemary & mint!

Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment. This is one of Aveda’s bestsellers—it’s a weekly treatment filled with quinoa protein along with castor, jojoba and meadowfoam seed oils to smooth hair’s surface. $26

ready to repair some serious damage

This new brand has made quite the splash in the hair care industry. This rich and creamy mask leaves hair soft and shiny!  MoroccanOil Intense Hydrating Mask, $31

so much buzz around this product! I've also spotted it at HEB

Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment, $21, can be found at Sephora. Formulated without water or silicones which dilutes the formula and causes buildup. Also made without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and petrochemicals. This special edition also donates $5 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

serious repair and it's for a good cause!

Don’t have time to go buy one? Simply whip one up in your kitchen with these natural recipes.

Recipes:

Rich Conditioning Yogurt Mask: Mix 1c. plain yogurt, 4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of honey and 2 vitamin E capsules until you have a smooth consistent thickness. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and then rinse

Egg Mask: Mix 1 egg with a tablespoon of water. Work through hair and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

Avocado Mask: Mix 1 avocado, 1 tablespoon honey, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Leave on for 20 minutes, followed by a rinse and shampoo.

Olive Oil Mask: 2 Tablespoons olive oil with 1 egg. Leave on 15-30 minutes and then rinse. (Egg can also be replaced by 1 tablespoon of honey)