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How to Get Soft, Shiny, Healthy Hair

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Don't think I'm alone when I say that good hair will help make you feel more put together and confident. It's the old 'if you look good, you feel good' equation. The quest to having well-behaved hair is not an easy one, though. 

Nearly everyone has suffered from a bit of damaged hair in their day. It's not fair, but it happens to the best of us. You may have gone a little overboard with hot tools, or chemical treatments, but worry not we have ingredients for damaged strands that'll help breathe life back into your mane.  

When it comes to undoing damage, antioxidants and plant-powered superfood oils and extracts can make a world of difference. 

Our haircare products are formulated with nourishing natural ingredients to keep your hair looking healthy and shiny. 

What's in our Matcha Mint Shampoo:

Matcha: Who doesn't love matcha? We use this super ingredient which contains potent antioxidants to repair skin damage caused by environmental stressors and aging. Antioxidants are especially beneficial for the scalp since it encourages shine. This green tea also contains a special vitamin called panthenol that can improve hair strength which is great for damaged or color treated hair. 

Chia: This seed contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and zinc which helps promote new hair cells. It can also help with inflammation and regulate oil levels so your hair doesn't look too dry or greasy. 

    Hemp: A therapeutic oil that contains proteins, omega fatty acids and helps stimulate hair growth. Most importantly, it's great for improving blood circulation to the scalp which can improve hair growth if you are experiencing thinning hair or hair loss. 


    What's in our Hair Smoothie:

    Broccoli: Contains sulforaphane and phytonutrients which have powerful detoxing properties. It also contains erucic acid, a lightweight oil that is easily absorbed, quickly providing moisture to your hair. 

    Parsley: Acts as an excellent conditioner from hair, prevents sun damage and improves the production of collagen to give you thick, lustrous hair. 

      Rosemary: Helps fight bacteria, and stimulate the scalp. It's a great herb to add into your haircare regimen since it can help with dry scalp or dandruff. (Try our DIY hair rinse recipe with rosemary and apple cider vinegar here.)

        Sage: Provides nutrients to the hair follicle and improves circulation and hair growth 

          Thyme: Has antiseptic qualities and is great for skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. It can be especially helpful if you have dandruff. 

          Graydon Interview Thea

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          Graydon: I've been running around and it's so hot today. I'm having some blueberry juice and kombucha to cool down. It's hard to believe that it's still hot out in October! I'm so grateful for that. I love this hot and humid weather. And I also just picked up my vegetable basket here from Clear Water Farms. Look at these beautiful peppers! So speaking of vegetables...why don't you tell us more about you and what you do! 

          Thea: [laughs] For sure, so my name is Thea and I have been vegan for 3 years and I started an Instagram account called Plated Plants. I've been a vegan for about a year people kept asking me what I ate, so I just decided to start an Instagram to show people what I ate. I actually work in television, a completely different field but I've always had a passion for health and wellness. I just decided to have a career path in a different direction and have food as more of a hobby and something I love to do on the side. Creating Plated Plants has just been such a nice outlet for me. When I became vegan I was so passionate about it. I started off sharing healthy recipes but now it's grown and I also share tips on where to eat, which restaurants are great for vegans, what to avoid. And now three years later I've never looked back! 

          Graydon: That's great to know because we do plant powered skincare here so there's some nice synergy! So aside from your obvious compassion for animals which is huge for me too, can you share a little bit about your own health and wellness journey? It's easy to make the transition once you have the right mindset but it's still a big commitment. 

          Thea: I grew up loving meat and dairy. I couldn't live without animal products and didn't eat a meal without meat. In Grade 11 I started wanting to diet but I never had a good relationship with food, and it's hard when you're growing up when you want to lose weight. 

          Graydon: Yes it's so important to be mindful about food and what you put into your body. 

          Thea: I just never had that good relationship with food. Fast forward a couple of years, and I still hadn't gotten to a comfortable spot. I always went to bed with a bit of a stomach ache; always felt uncomfortable and bloated. It's actually a funny story, a year after graduation, I was working for a media company and helping out a YouTuber and helping her shape her content strategy. That's when I started really getting into YouTube and discovering health bloggers. So many of them were vegan. I dove into these videos at work and home and got addicted. They were all these beautiful, athletic, gorgeous girls who were eating so much food. I didn't have any vegan friends so I didn't really know about this world. Then I started watching these documentaries. The first one I watched was Cowspiracy and the next day I went cold turkey and became vegan. These girls just looked like they had such a good relationship with food and after watching these documentaries it all just suddenly made sense. I feel like I'm in such a healthier mindset than before. 

          Graydon: I think part of what you're getting at is being fully nourished and not depriving yourself. It's not about just counting your portion sizes. You can never have too many healthy vegetables and healthy fats. I'm not too much of a sugar or grain person but I'm a little bit older than you and I feel healthier now compared to my thirties. I have a birthday coming up and I feel so grateful to be well and having a good relationship with my body, and certainly as I've aged, my skin and complexion has changed but in a way it's gotten better. I had an eating disorder before and osteoporosis, but I've actually gained bone density in the past few years. I just feel so grateful to be a year older, be on this journey and a leader in the green beauty industry. My focus is skincare but I'm also all about food and it's the food that has been the inspiration for the skincare line. 

          Thea: Yes, it's taken me a long time to realize that what I put on my skin has a big effect on how I feel on the inside. I'm trying to use more natural beauty products now since it affects my health. 

          Graydon: Well we can definitely help you out with that! So do you have any tips for people who are struggling to make better choices for their life and how to get started in getting into veganism? 

          Thea: If everyone cut out three meals with meat per week and replaced them with plant based alternatives it would make a big difference. If someone comes to my page and decides to make a vegan pasta instead of eating chicken, that helps. Animal protein is not a necessity. A big myth is that people believe that vegans are protein deficient but it's possible to get protein from other plant based sources. If someone is looking to transition to a vegan lifestyle, I like to help and show them plant-based meals they can incorporate into their diet. It's hard to cut out meat. 

          Graydon: My son isn't vegan but his diet is largely plant based. He eats more black bean dip  than anybody but he's still a nineteen year old boy, so if he still needs to add a bit of chicken to your salad then by all means go for it, but be conscious about where you get it from. I think factory farming is so revolting but there are people in my life who are not ready to transition, so what I try to do with family members is educate them about good places to buy animal protein. 

          Thea: A lot of people just don't want to hear about it so I don't push because I don't want to be a naggy vegan. When someone asks me why I don't eat something, I'll reply with, do you really want to know because I don't want to waste my time if they aren't really interested and rather not know the truth. 

          Graydon: We just passed Thanksgiving which is a plentiful meal, so I made a lot of rich dishes like a mushroom ragu, lots of root vegetables, and it was the ultimate compliment when my father said what I made was really good! 

          Thea: [laughs] For sure! 

          Graydon: So what message do you want to leave with our readers. 

          Thea: I would say just educate yourself about the environment and animal cruelty. Some people don't have a clue so it's important to keep learning and the less you will be inclined to keep purchasing that product. And once you learn, don't stop learning. Sometimes you might question why I'm vegan but then I'll rewatch a documentary or see or read something new that reignites my passion. It will influence you to make better decisions and what you buy. 

          Graydon: And maybe volunteer at an animal shelter! 

          Thea: Yes, that's also a great option.

          Graydon: It's funny because you can't exactly put a dog on a vegan diet.

          Thea: They say it's possible for cats though! 

           

          To watch the full interview check out our IGTV channel on Instagram. You can check out Thea's vegan recipes over on her Instagram page plated.plants

           

          How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?

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          How often do you wash your hair? Everyday? Every other? Once a week?

          We all want to make sure our hair is nice and clean (especially if you have an event coming up or about to grab a drink with a special friend) but in case you didn't know, over-washing also can lead to dry, brittle hair or an irritated scalp.

          Don't forget: your scalp is skin and it needs to be treated appropriately. 

          Rather than over-washing so your hair feels squeaky clean (which it shouldn’t, your hair should always have some natural oil in it - if you want a nice sheen that is :) you may want to think about creating a hair regime that keeps your hair looking and feeling its best.

          The frequency with which you wash your hair really depends on the season and the texture of your hair but identifying your ‘hair type’ goes a long way to picking the right products for your locks.

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          Beauty Food From a Blender... Graydon’s Brightening Mask + Smoothie

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          If your skin needs some serious brightening up and you don’t know what to do, worry not! Here’s a super simple recipe that you can also drink (yes, it also doubles as a smoothie). This fruit and yogurt based fresh enzyme face mask will do the trick.

          What makes this recipe so great is that all the ingredients are readily available at your local grocery store so you don’t have to worry about ordering anything overly exotic or expensive.

          It’s what I personally have for breakfast (pre-workout) at least 3 days a week – not just because it tastes good but because it fills my tummy up with enzymes that help my digestion. It also contains ‘good’ bacteria from the yogurt which helps balance your skin’s microbiome and healthy fat that keeps me satisfied until I feel the need to put some solid food in my belly after my post-shower workout.

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          How To Transition Your Skin From Winter To Warmer

           

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           Brought to you by Graydon's Skin Therapist, Seanna Cohen

          If you've ever noticed a sudden change in your skin –sensitivities, breakouts, and uneven tone—it could be the seasonal change. It's that period when the weather changes from hot to cold, or cold to hot and often leaves skin in a state of flux, reeling to catch up. As we enter warmer weather, help your skin out by making a few adjustments to your skincare routine early on to counteract these changes. Here are some tips on how to transition your skincare routine from winter to warmer.

          Exfoliate regularly

          Over the winter months skin loses moisture and becomes dry and rough. If the skin is dehydrated, which often happens during winter, dead skin cells can become trapped in tight pores. These 'plugs' of debris can eventually lead to breakouts, especially as temperatures rise and the skin produces more sweat and oil. To combat clogged pores, exfoliate 2 –3 times per week to slough off dead skin cells and help keep your skin clear. It's also a great way to stimulate cellular regeneration and get your skin glowing for spring!

          An exfoliator like the Superfood Mask + Scrub uses 15 types of superfoods with a range of skin benefits to reveal glowing skin. Each capsule contains ingredients like papaya, shiitake mushroom and licorice root (for a list of the full ingredients see here) that gently remove make up and grime. Sloughing off dead skin cells also allows your skincare products like your moisturizer or serum to penetrate more deeply afterwards, delivering hydration to your skin more effectively.

          Layer your products

          Much like clothing, layering your products gives you flexibility to ‘lighten up’ or ‘load up’ on what your skin needs during periods of fluctuating weather. In the dead of winter, dry skin needs all the bells and whistles: a hydrating toner, water-soluble serum, moisturizer, oil or face balm. In the spring when there’s more warm moisture in the air, you can pick and choose the combination of products to suit your needs.

          Try pairing a hydrating toner like our Face Food Mineral Mist with an oil serum like Superfood Serum or a light moisturizer (Super Sensitive Skin Stuff is one of my favourites). 

          You can also lighten up heavier moisturizers like the Berry Rich Cream with a few sprays of the Face Food and blend that into the skin.

          Make sunscreen part of your daily routine

          Much of ultraviolet radiation occurs incidentally, such as when you’re in your car, walking to work, or sitting by a window. UVA rays (aka ‘Ultraviolet Aging Rays’) can still penetrate windows and shade. For this reason, sunscreen should be worn year-round. Since the warmer weather draws us out to enjoy the sunshine, we should be especially diligent and wear an SPF every day during the spring and summer. Once you find the perfect sunscreen that sits well with your makeup and feels great on your skin, you'll be sure to wear it every day!

          Amp up the antioxidants

          Before you go patio hopping and sun bathing, add an extra line of defense against the sun using antioxidants. This is a term that gets thrown around, but antioxidants are actually one of the best ways to arm your skin against ultraviolet damage. One of the most common antioxidants to use is vitamin C and can be applied topically via a concentrated serum. Some plant and fruit oils are also rich in antioxidants and work to counteract damage causing wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation. Slather on The Superfood Serum, made with antioxidant-rich blueberry, raspberry, and cranberry seed oils before heading out into the sun, or afterwards, to help heal inflammation and counteract sun damage.

          There you have it. Keep these transitional skincare tips in mind as the weather warms up. Make a few changes to your skincare routine and you'll be sure to help your skin adjust to any changes the warmer seasons throw at it.

          Seanna Cohen is a certified skin care therapist and the founder of Elodie Beauty, an online resource to learn beauty tips and answer all of your skincare questions. Seanna empowers others to establish a more natural beauty routine through personal skincare coaching sessions, blog, and workshops. Follow Seanna's journey and get inspired to live a clean, green, beautiful life @elodiebeauty and elodiebeauty.com

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