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  • vanessa
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    Tonight I am watching videos on how to cut your own hair, because this crap is making me crazy. I have thick curly hair and it grows really fast and I just haven’t trusted my stylist not to be swimming in germs. I have accepted that the results will probably be sub-optimal, but desperate times. At least it’s just a basic long cut, so that should be better than me trying to make a bob or something.

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  • IssieCol
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    I've been on a search for an effective aluminum-free deodorant for years. I think I started trying out different ones maybe as far back as 5 years ago? And man, there are a LOT of them that don't work at all. They wear off or they smell weird. I need something that can last through a workout (I am not someone who perspires, I full on SWEAT when I workout). Over the past few years, I've probably tried like 7 or 8 brands. So for the past couple of years, I've been using the Thai crystal stone deodorant and it WORKS, y'all. It's odorless, leaves no streaks on your clothes, and lasts all day. Plus, the stone itself lasts over a year and in comparison to some of the other natural deodorants like Agent Nateur, it's cheap. I've only had to buy 2 ever since I started. I use the stone, not the spray so I can't speak to how well that version works, but over time, using the stone has like basically eliminated my BO. Over the past year, I've noticed that when I don't use anything, my pits don't get stinky unless I'm working out and even then, it's not super noticeable. Anyway, this shiz is legit and I rec it.

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  • vanessa
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    It really does work! My heels can no longer cut through skin. It's freaky though, and you want to do it earlier in the year than I did, because I am wearing sandals and skin is flaking off and probably going all over the place. Luckily I don't care.

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  • ophy
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    I am sure Ophy will tell me it's super bad for me, but I don't care because soft feet.

    I don't love the ingredient list! And it's always a concern when they tell people not to use it if they are nursing or preggers! I mean, if the stuff in there is harmful enough to babies that it requires a warning, then it's probs harmful in general.



    But! It's not a product that you are going to use every day over a long period of time, so I guess your exposure is kinda limited?


    I really wanna know if this works, so I say GO FOR IT.










    (actual footage of vanessa at home.)

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  • LaaLaa
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    I bought it for the Mr. last year, but he still hasn't tried it. Now we have to wait until winter so he doesn't have to worry about his feet peeling in the middle of a pool party.

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  • vanessa
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    Have we discussed Baby Feet yet? Because a coworker talked me into trying it and it's almost-miraculous. The first time I did it about 3 months ago, I only had so-so results, but this time, I soak my feet every evening, and the skin is coming off in big sheets. It hasn't gotten completely through all of the hard scratchy skin on the back of my heel, but it's almost there. Another treatment in a few months, and all of that will be gone.

    I am sure Ophy will tell me it's super bad for me, but I don't care because soft feet.

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  • emmaleigh
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    Oh! Totally trying the silicone brush and the Bamboo Fiber Full cream. Those are totally within my 'nothing to lose' wheelhouse. Thank you!

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  • IssieCol
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    Is, I get the shampoo and conditioner at fave4.com. I don't think any stores offer it, at least not anywhere near me, but I haven't tried all that hard to find it tbh. I have super straight hair so I use the light conditioner to keep it bouncy and not look mega weighed down by the thickening shampoo. I learned that trick on YouTube lol.

    If oils make you greasy, em, you might wanna try the Bamboo Fiber Full cream from OGX. It's lighter than oil and way cheaper than MoroccanOil so if it doesn't work, you're only out like five bucks.

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  • LaaLaa
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    I got a great, cheap silicone brush just so I wouldn't have to replace brushes. /lazyass

    Taking pills before bed! Doing it.

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  • emmaleigh
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    Oh, so glad you found something you really love, em. I'd never heard of the brand, but there are some great ingredients in there. Do you love your Clarisonic? I've been on the fence about getting one for a long time.
    Tbh, I don't think the Clarisonic is worth the price as I'm not convinced it's some kind of miracle product. If it were like $50, I'd say do it because what can it hurt but it's a legit investment (I got mine as a bday gift) especially since you have to purchase a new brush head every three months and that's like $40 on its own. It does make my skin feel clean but I had a lot of trial and error w/ my suuuuuper sensitive skin and now I use the delicate brush for even less time than the factory-set suggested time.

    I went down to washing my hair like once a week when it was falling out because the shower seemed to exacerbate that and my scalp got crazy, crazy dry and flaky. I'm back up to every 2 or 3 days but I still have the dry scalp. My hair is so fine though that putting any kind of oil on it or in it makes it greasy like whoa. Meh.

    I do know people who SWEAR by the no 'poo thing though. My childhood BFF has done it for years and her hair is crazy wavy and full of body now where as it was stick straight when we were kids. (She does have a 20 month old though.)

    If you do want to take a pill every day, the trick is to take it at the same time every day and set an alarm. OR keep it on your nightstand and take it right before you get in bed so it becomes as routine as anything else you do every day. If it's recommended to take on an empty stomach, same thing but take it when you first wake up.

    <--- takes a bazillion pills daily

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  • isadora
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    My hair has been thinning like whoa! And I was like: I'm gonna stop poo'ing every day and see what happens. Because that is the actual laziest course of action so I took it.

    I would never be able to remember to take a pill. I can't even remember to take my Vitamin D with any regularity and that keeps me from spiraling into winter depression.

    Where do you get the thickening shampoo? Does biotin thicken the hair or just make it grow faster?

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  • LaaLaa
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    I have Biotin horse pills that I forget to take every day! Still use shampoo, but my scalp would get so angry if I washed it every day, so at least I'm reducing exposure to the chemicals? (Sidenote: The cheapass shampoo I grabbed from CVS on a whim has CRAZY bad reviews on Amazon, all not-verified purchases, talking about clumps of hair falling out or rashes...and all the other products from that brand have at least 4 stars on Amazon. Buh? I think it's WebMD-style paranoia at its most intense, tbh. A lot are: "Thank God I came here and read the reviews! Now that I think about it, I have been shedding more often!" One person claimed it got rid of 50% of her hair and ruined her hairline. All the verified purchases are like, "Um, it's normal shampoo." It's BIZARRE.)

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  • IssieCol
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    For you anti-poo peeps, why? There are so many sulfate and paraben free options now and those were the big bads of that industry. Is there other stuff in it we need to avoid to prevent teh cancer? I can't go through several months of trial and error with shampoo alternatives while my hair goes through a greasy rebellion. I lost my glorious unicorn hair after Dude 2 and legit went through a season of sadness about it for real. After A LOT of work and time, I'm finally close to my pregnancy hair again and don't wanna undo it all with another change in regimen. Since the beginning of last summer, I've been squeezing a bottle of biotin into my shampoo, taking biotin and prenatal vitamins, using a thickening shampoo, and finishing with Moroccan oil every day.

    I honestly don't know if any of the above is the magic potion because I started everything around the same time and was mega aggressive about it all. Plus, I didn't see results for a couple of months so who knows? Just in case y'all have hair thinning issues, I totally rec my method but it is not cheap. Wevs, man, you gotta commit to something in this life.

    I use the gel cap biotin pills from NatureMade, Fave4 thickening shampoo with the light conditioner, and the MoroccanOil brand because DK and Klossy can't both be wrong about its miraculous healing powers.

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  • isadora
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    I gave up shampoo (mostly) several months back. And at first it was weird--greasy, etc. and I just pulled it back and powered through. I read brushing a lot during the "oily" phase distributes the oil to the roots? IDEK, it's all madness. But then I washed it with Dr. Bronner's weird hippie shampoo (even tho it's not marketed as such) and it looked SPECTACULAR on that day. Like I put zero product in it at all and it looked fucking amazing and I was like: WUT IS THIS.

    But since then it's been really uneven. So I often just use warm water in the shower but if I feel like it's getting weird/oily/overly dry (it's been ALL OF THESE THINGS, including flaky like Ally Sheedy in B'fast Club), I wash it with either some random shampoo I have, the Liggett Shampoo Bar I got, or Dr. Bronners. But I only wash at the scalp (except for that time I randomly had a patch of oily hair near the bottom in the back? IDK what to make of that one).

    Anyway, the benefit is that my hair appears noticeably thicker! I was suffering from rather thinning hair and so that's what kicked this whole thing off. I used to wash every day and now I wash when it seems to "need" it? But I rarely use traditional shampoo now.

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  • LaaLaa
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    Whoa, you gave up shampoo? Did I miss a page?

    I'll tell y'all if the serum is real. I want magic for my smile area and the lines on my neck that are probs from looking down all the time, Nono-ing on my damn phone.

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