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Frizz To Fabulous: Learn, Fight and Prevent Summer Frizz

on July 15, 2015

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Sun, salt, sea, heat, chlorine… all the ingredients of a perfect summer happen to also be the ingredients for brittle, frizzy hair! Keep your hair smooth and shining and fight the summer frizz with Briogeo’s all natural solutions. What Causes Frizz? The sun’s harmful UV rays and drying effects of chlorine and salt breaks down and dries out your hair, damaging your strands from their inner structure out. This breakage raises and separates the hair cuticles, creating that messy unkempt look we all know as frizz. The Ultimate Frizz Fighter Let’s smooth things over. We’ve streamlined the frizz-fighting process naturally with Briogeo Rosarco Milk Spray. Packing a rich punch of argan oil, coconut oil, and rosehip oil, this leave-in conditioning spray combines the power of essential fatty acids and vitamins to protect and nourish your hair. Tuck Rosarco Milk Spray into your beach bag to protect your mermaid hair while you’re out having fun in the sun. Curly Girl Solutions Blessed with naturally curly swirly locks? Tame your mane with Briogeo Curl Charisma Leave-In Creme. This ultra-hydrating creme is just what the doctor ordered for brittle, dry curls in need of hydration and restoration. Rice amino acid penetrates the hair shaft to provide moisture and strength while smoothing out the cuticle to prevent frizz and unruliness. Tomato fruit ferment is a fruit derived extract that encourages curl formation for full, healthy hair. Summer-stressed tresses? Be gone with Briogeo. See you in the sun, Briogeo babes!

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Loco for Coco: Hair Benefits of Coconut Oil

on July 08, 2015

IMG_0024 As much as we love summer, we hate what it does to our hair. Days at the beach and swimming in the pool cause breakage and dryness, while humidity brings on the frizz and flyaways. Thankfully, you don’t need to sacrifice fun in the sun for luscious locks! Enter coconut oil, a miracle nut oil rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and fatty acids. These essential nutrients nourish our hair, penetrating deep into the hair shaft to seal in moisture while protecting from breakage, environmental impurities, and excess heat. Those mermaid hair goals we have? Coconut oil enhances our tresses by making them softer, shinier, and longer by stimulating hair growth deep into the follicles. If you’re looking to save your strands this summer, get loco for coco! Two Briogeo coconut oil hair products we love are Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray and Briogeo Rosarco Oil. Just spritz or rub directly onto damp or dry hair for a one-two-punch: natural ingredients begin working immediately to repair frizz, split ends, and sun-sizzled locks while also protecting your hair from future damage. Say goodbye to frizz and say hello to healthy, beautiful summer hair. Now get out there and glow, Briogeo babe. See you at the beach!

4 Must Haves for the Fourth: What to Pack for the Red, White and Blue Weekend

on July 02, 2015

IMG_6367 The Fourth of July has arrived! Well...almost. With the holiday weekend days away, we thought we’d share a few essentials to get you through the festivities and look great while doing it. Our survival guide is here to help you take on the long weekend filled with everything red, white and blue!   Spill-Proof Travel Kit. Whether you’re traveling near or far, ditch the need to worry about bottles leaking in transit. Briogeo’s TSA compliant travel kit comes with sealed, individual-use shampoo and conditioning packets. Choose from three texture-specific kits-- Wash & Curl, Wash & Repair, and Wash & Volumize-- and lather up! Sun protection. You know how important this is, Briogeo Babes. Nothing will ruin your weekend more than a brutal sunburn, and an itchy scalp is just as bad! Your hair and face are both at risk for some major UV damage. Do yourself a favor and lather up with sunscreen throughout the day to keep yourself moisturized and safe from damaging UV rays-- one of our favorite organic sunscreens, Coola Plumeria, smells delicious and is just right for the job!-- and a spritz of UV-protective Briogeo Rosarco Milk Spray will keep your strands happy. Top it off with a festive hat and sunnies, and you’re ready to celebrate. A Dash of Red, White, & Blue Dressing up is all a part of the fun! Adding some red, white, and blue into your weekend wardrobe is a must. Try a swipe of red lipstick, a navy sun hat, and white nails to show off your patriotic holiday spirit. Don’t Despair, Repair! Hair Mask During a long weekend of celebration hair tends to become dry and in need of some TLC. Our deep conditioning mask will give your hair that needed love by adding back moisture and essential vitamins for silky, soft hair. Wishing you Briogeo Babes a holiday weekend filled with endless fun!

Summer Sips and Hair Tips with Green Tea

on June 19, 2015

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Looking to change up your coffee routine this summer? Switch your sip to iced green tea! Loaded with antioxidants and other good-for-you compounds, Camellia Sinensis (aka green tea extract) serves as a powerful free-radical fighter for your body and your hair. This magic ingredient is said to boost metabolism, give you a burst of energy, and keep you healthy. With summer quickly approaching iced green tea is the perfect beverage...healthy, refreshing, and delicious. We’ve whipped up a quick and simple recipe to share:
  1. Boil water.
  2. Pour water over loose leaf green tea or green tea bags.
  3. Steep for 5 minutes.
  4. After steeping, remove tea bags and immediately pour tea into a pitcher filled with ice.
  5. If you prefer, add a bit of lemon or mint to your tea to add an extra boost of flavor.
  6. Voilá! The essential summer treat.
The benefits of green tea don’t just stop at your body. Reap the benefits of its powerhouse properties in our Be Gentle, Be Kind™ Green Tea Shampoo. This cleansing shampoo utilizes all the goodness of green tea extract to protect hair from those nasty free radicals out in the summertime air: pollution, smoke, and UV rays. It is also said to thicken thinning hair, encouraging growth and overall hair health. So, basically, what does green tea not do? Whether you are sipping on a glass of iced tea or lathering shampoo into your mermaid hair, rely on the power of green tea to heal, protect, and beautify your luscious locks. Get glowing, Briogeo babe!

3 Ways to Sassy, Summer Hair with Antioxidants

on June 12, 2015

beach Remember when Mom used to preach about slathering on sunscreen at the beach? We have all heard our fair share of warnings about the damaging effects of UV rays on our skin and our eyes. But what about our hair? That’s right, UV rays give us more than just a bad sunburn and wrinkles. Mr. Sun’s shine can fry our tresses during a process called oxidization, where free radicals break down the lipids and proteins in our hair cuticles. Think about an apple slice turning brown after a few hours, a sure sign of free radicals at work. A similar process happens to our hair in the sun, causing fading color and contributing to split ends and dry, frazzled strands. Not exactly the qualities of mermaid hair, am I right? Thankfully we are not alone in our fight to maintain perfect hair game, thanks to antioxidants. Antioxidants combat the damaging effects of UV rays by fortifying our strands, ensuring color stability, shine, healthy growth, and overall strength. So how can you incorporate a daily dose of antioxidants into your hair care routine? Wash Green and black tea are antioxidants rich in polyphenols, powerful botanical antioxidants that naturally protect against free radicals. Briogeo’s Be Gentle Be Kind Shampoo contains green tea and Vitamins B5 and E, all of which aid in strengthening your hair to withstand UV ray breakage while cleansing your hair during each wash. Condition Vitamin C isn’t just for preventing the sniffles! This super vitamin is an essential antioxidant to fight sun-damaged strands. Natural sources rich in Vitamin C include rose hips, guava, kiwi, and other citrus fruits. Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray contains rose hip oils, argan oils, and coconut oils to enhance hair softness while acting as a UV-protective agent. Simply spritz on your hair after washing for luscious, sunblocked locks all day. Repair If the damage is already done, never fear. Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! hair mask delivers an optimal blend of transformative nutrients to restore stressed strands. With 95% all-natural ingredients, your hair will be back to its shiny, healthy, lustrous state in a snap. Next time you hit the beach this summer, don’t forget to protect more than just your skin! Give your locks some love with healthy dose of antioxidants. And maybe a chic, wide-brim hat while you’re at it. Shine on, Briogeo babe!

Citrus Oils 101: Lemon, Orange, and Grapefruit Peel

on June 06, 2015

BGBK_Citrus We love our citrus oils for more than just their fresh, invigorating scents and aromatherapy benefits. From lemon and lime to orange and grapefruit, each plays a special role in Briogeo products to keep your hair healthy, happy, and shiny. Citrus oils are the perfect match for giving tired locks a little extra oomph. Read on to learn how each helps quench your hair, leaving it refreshed and energized with the help of natural vitamins and minerals. Let’s get zesty, Briogeo Babes! Lemon Oil: With its low pH balance and high citric acid content, lemons have long been used for their natural cleansing and purifying properties. Not only does the scent smell fresh and clean, but rubbing a few drops onto damp hair can give grease-prone hair a light, healthy shine! Orange Oil: Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, orange oil aids in cellular regeneration. Say what?! We’re talking stimulating hair growth, eliminating split ends, and relieving dandruff...naturally! Grapefruit Peel Oil: Not only is grapefruit oil an excellent antioxidant known for its health and wellness benefits, this pink fruit is also on our list of citrus oils that prove to be great in the beauty department as well! A small amount ran through damp hair can serve as chemical strip, helping to remove leftover products like gels and hairsprays that have built up over time. It will leave your tresses feeling lighter, healthier, and a lot more manageable. Let these citrus oils invigorate your hair care routine this summer. Orange ‘ya glad you can SHOP our citrus favorites? Enjoy!

Eco Chic Living: Briogeo Sustainability

on April 22, 2015

Eco Chic Living: Briogeo SustainabilityHere at Briogeo we don’t just believe in natural products but we also believe in sustaining the earth in which they come from. Living an eco chic lifestyle isn’t always easy, there are so many factors to consider aside from what you’re putting on your skin and in your body. To us, being eco chic means protecting the environment, too. Here are some of the steps we take to lessen our impact on the environment.   Recycled Products We keep the recycling chain going by making use of discarded plastic and transforming it as part of our new bottles. All of our bottles contain at least 25% post consumer recycled (PCR) plastic.   Non-Toxic Products Non-toxic and all natural products aren’t just good for your body, they’re good for the earth, too. Using soaps, conditioners, and shampoos with harsh chemicals can have a serious impact on the environment. Especially when you think about how often you use them, and then think about the amount of people using those same products. That’s a lot of chemicals going down our drains.   Cruelty Free Protecting the earth means protecting animals, too. We never tests our on animals and our Be Gentle, Be Kind Green Tea Shampoo, Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-Wash, Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Conditioner, and Rosarco Oil are all vegan products. This Earth Day, we’re asking you to “take the lead” and think about some new things you can do to live a more eco chic life. Share with us what you already do and some things you are going to start doing!

How To Start Living Life Toxin Free

on April 20, 2015

How To Start Living Life Toxin Free Making the switch to living life toxin free can be daunting. There’s a great deal of opinions and resources to take into account, but it really comes down to making informed decisions that fit in with your personal lifestyle. We’re breaking down some resources and first steps to take to make the change and become more informed. Understand ingredients. Reading labels can be confusing, luckily there are plenty of resources to help you make informed decisions about the products you purchase. The Environmental Working Group’s online cosmetics database [http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/] is a great resource for consumers to understand what is in their products as well as how toxic those ingredients are. They rank the toxicity of individual products, as well as specific ingredients. Additionally, Think Dirty [http://www.thinkdirtyapp.com] is a great mobile app where you can scan barcodes of products while you’re in a store to check toxicity. If a product ranks high, they suggest non-toxic alternatives. Both resources create profiles for products and rank the toxicity in easy to understand terms. Some of the major ingredients to watch out for include: parabens — Synthetic preservatives meant to inhibit bacteria growth and extend the shelf life of products. Studies indicate a potential link between paraben ingestion and certain types of cancers. sulfates — Harsh, synthetic surfactants used to dissolve dirt and oil. They can cause a number of issues like skin irritation, follicle inflammation, and can cause hair to become dry and dull. silicones — Lightweight, synthetic, petroleum–derived polymers that coat the hair cuticle to lock out frizz and enhance shine. Can cause excessive build up and “clogging” of the hair cuticle that prevents hair from absorbing nutrient-rich ingredients. phthalates — Colorless, odorless, oily liquids commonly used as plasticizers, which are synthetic ingredients used to soften plastics that would otherwise crack and be breakable. Some consumer advocacy, environmental, and medical experts in the US suggest that phthalates may be linked to hormone activity disruption, allergies, and possible risk increases of breast and liver cancer. synthetic fragrances — Synthetic agents used to cosmetically tint and enhance product scent. Companies are not required by law to disclose the makeup of the fragrances they use, which means fragrance can be made up of any number of toxic synthetics. Synthetic fragrances have been linked to allergens, contact dermatitis, endocrine disruptors, and carcinogens. They can be especially problematic for those with sensitive skin and eyes. Swap out products as they run out. Switching all of your products at once is expensive, so we recommend replacing products as they run out. Start with your shower and skincare routine. It’s well known that our skin absorbs 60% of what we put on it, so it’s a good idea to start with those products you rely on every day and have the most contact with your skin. That’s most likely things like body wash, shampoo/conditioner, face wash, and lotions. Then move on to your makeup, again starting with the products you use daily. It’s also important to consider your household cleaning products. There are plenty of all natural alternatives on the market, and you can even DIY [http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8403/72-uses-for-simple-household-products-to-save-money-avoid-toxins.html] many! Limit your carbon footprint. There are small changes you can make in your everyday life that will limit your carbon footprint. Using reusable coffee mugs and water bottles as well as glass food storage containers will cut down on waste. Supporting restaurants with locally sourced food and finding local coops for groceries also have a great impact. Locally sourced food cuts down on transportation admissions, and smaller, local organic farms typically have stronger principles for how they maintain their crops and livestock. While making change to a non-toxic life can be overwhelming, take it one step at a time. Most importantly, do your research. Utilizing resources to make informed decisions is the biggest part of living an eco chic lifestyle. What are some eco chic rules you incorporate in your life?

The Pros and Cons of All Natural Hair Dyes

on April 19, 2015

The Pros and Cons of All Natural Hair Dyes It’s no secret that coloring your hair is damaging, not to mention the toxic chemicals in most formulas — ammonia, formaldehyde, sodium laurel sulphates, and parabens. Because most all natual hair dyes don’t damage your hair to the extent that chemical dyes do, you can re-apply more often and keep your color fresh. We explored the different options to natural dye your hair. tomatoesDIY You can make your own semi-permanent hair dye using natural ingredients from your kitchen like tea, beets, rosemary, sage, tomato juice, coffee, and more! These types of dyes are good for enhancing or getting a similar variation to your natural color. Henna Henna is one of the most popular types of natural dye. It’s great for those who want to enhance their color or add a gloss of red, brown, or black hues. It forms a coating on the hair shaft instead of penetrating, which leaves your hair feeling thicker after use. The downside to henna, is that it can get quite messy. Protect your skin, and be sure to cover surfaces to avoid staining. The color will last about 4-6 weeks, but you can re-apply and build as much as you want. At Home Box Color There are a myriad of options for your typical at home box color. Regular at home dye uses chemicals like ammonia and peroxide. These chemicals can damage your hair and cause breakage. All natural dyes not only don’t include toxic chemicals, but most are also healthy for your hair. hair dyeIn the Salon It is possible to get salon quality color with natural and organic hair dye. A number of salons offer chemical free color. This is a good option if you are looking to drastically change your color and want salon results. Have you ever tried any of these or other types chemical free hair dyes? Did they work? Share your experience with us.

Styling Tips For Healthy Hair

on April 12, 2015

styling tips for healthy hair Healthy hair doesn’t stop at quality products. The styling tools we use can also make or break (excuse the pun) our hair health. We’re all product junkies, but when it comes to our tools we may overlook some habits that could be damaging out hair. There are some styling tips for healthy hair that you can implement in your routine to reduce damage. Drying Using a t-shirt instead of a towel to dry hair is a well known styling technique among curly girls; but even those with straight, wavy, or fine hair can benefit from t-shirt drying. Hair is at it’s most fragile when wet, so you want to handle with care. Towel fibers are thick, and pull apart your hair’s strands resulting in frizz. They also absorb moisture too quickly. T-shirts, on the other hand, have finer fibers and aren’t as abrasive as towels. They slowly soak up moisture, and won’t pull apart the strands of your hair; which allows them to dry in thicker strands rather than separate, stringy strands. This will give your hair a fuller look, and if you have waves or curls, they will stay together in thicker chunks, frizz free! styling tips for healthy hairBrushing Try not to brush your hair when it’s wet. Your hair is most vulnerable when wet because the hair fibers stretch and become weaker when they fill with water. If you have to detangle, use a wide tooth comb. Using the correct brush for your hair type is essential to healthy hair. Different brushes are ideal for different styles and textures. It’s also important to keep brushes clean; not just from stray hairs, but oil and dust can also build up on brushes which will transfer to your hair. You can wash most brushes by soaking them in warm soapy water with a dab of shampoo in it.   Stylingstyling tips for healthy hair We all know heat impacts hair, but let’s face it: we can’t live without it. If you can’t cut out heat styling tools altogether, be sure you’re using them in a way that minimizes damage. Different hair types will respond in different ways to temperature so when using a curling or straightening iron, so test out the heat on your hair. Start at the lowest heat setting, then work your way up until you can get the desired result. This way, you know you’re using the lowest possible setting for your hair. As we’ve mentioned, hair is especially vulnerable when wet, so be sure to use the proper heat setting on your hair dryer as well. High settings are better for thick, coarse hair while the lower settings are best for fine, thin, or fragile hair. A higher watt dryer will allow you to get stronger power and cut down your drying time without having to turn up the heat. Finish blow drying with the cool setting once your hair is about 80% dry. The cool setting will seal your hair cuticles and set the style.   No matter how much we abuse our hair, there are always steps we can take to prevent damage, or to repair. Using heat protecting products and repairing masks are a great way to give our hair some extra protection and love.

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