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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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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!

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!

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.

Festival Season Survival Guide

on April 10, 2015

Festival Season Survival GuideFlowers are blooming and temperatures warming up — whether you're headed to Coachella, Lolapalooza, Wanderlust, or Bonnaroo, you know it's just about that time of year...festival season! While a long weekend full of live music, dancing, laughing, and soaking up the sunshine is good for the soul, it can certainly take a lot out of you. We've come up with 5 tips to help your flower-crowned heads make it through festival weekend like a pro. Consider this your festival season survival guide! 1. Stay hydrated! Desert temps, dancing till you drop, and alcohol (if that's your thing) are a recipe for dehydration. Be sure to bring a refillable bottle and drink lots of water! 2. Wear sunscreen. While sunscreen is an everyday essential, it’s especially important for protecting yourself from desert rays. We’re all about non-toxic products, but many sunscreens contain chemical filters that are endocrine disruptors and disrupt the natural hormone system. Learn more about safe sunscreen options from the EWG’s sunscreen guide. 3. Shade that beautiful face and hair, and pack hats! We all know the importance of protecting our skin from sun damage, but protecting your hair is important, too. UV damage can dry out hair, cause split ends and frizz, and fade color. From sporty ball caps to hipster fedoras and feminine floppy hats, there's a style for everyone; protect your scalp and those luscious locks. 4. Bring healthy snacks. Stash them in a fanny pack or side satchel. Chia seeds and protein bars are great options to keep you full and nourished without weighing you down. 5. Do damage control. Make it through festival season in one piece? Now it's time to hydrate that dry, damaged hair! Feed those parched, sun drenched locks with our deepest conditioning mask, Don't Despair, Repair! Your hair will thank you for the optimal blend of transformative hair nutrients (b-vitamin complex, rosehip & avocado oils, and silk) that restore and replenish damaged hair to a shiny, healthy state.

Feed Your Hair: Foods That Promote Healthy Hair

on April 05, 2015

foods that promote healthy hair Healthy eating and a balanced diet not only affect how we feel on the inside, but can also impact how we look on the outside. Certain nutrients and vitamins are great for supporting healthy hair growth and can easily be found in foods without added supplements. We compiled a quick guide of nutrients and foods that promote healthy hair.   Omega 3 Fatty Acids Fatty acids are the “good fats” that are needed for a well balanced diet. Your body does not naturally produce Omega 3 fatty acids, which is why it’s crucial to eat foods rich in this nutrient. An Omega 3 deficiency can lead to dry, tangled hair, dandruff, and hair loss. Found In: fish (tuna, salmon, oysters, halibut), flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts   Biotinfoods that promote healthy hair Biotin is a B-complex vitamin that is an essential nutrient to support cell growth and is well known to promote strong, healthy hair. While it is disputed that high dose biotin supplements actually increase hair growth, normal amounts of the vitamin in your diet are important as a deficiency can lead to hair loss. Found In: almonds, egg yolks, soybeans, fish, avocado, raspberries, cauliflower, cheddar cheese   Zincfood to feed your hair Zinc is a mineral that your body requires in order to grow hair. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair loss, dry scalp, as well as dull hair. Found In: oysters, legumes, protein (beef and chicken), mushrooms, seaweed, whole grains, bamboo shoots   vitamin c Vitamin C Vitamin C is high in antioxidants which reduces the damage from free radicals. Lack of vitamin C can result in dry, thin hair and split ends. Found In: broccoli, brussels sprouts, potatoes, spinach, citrus fruits   Vitamin Esunflower seeds Similarly to vitamin C, vitamin E is high in antioxidants and reduces damage from free radicals. Vitamin E also helps to increase blood circulation, which contributes to faster and healthier hair growth. Found In: vegetable oils, almonds, sunflower seeds, leafy greens This is just an overview of some foods and nutrients that promote healthy, strong hair. Following a healthy, well balanced diet will nourish your entire body from the inside out.

Do It Big: Enhance Your Hair’s Volume

on April 03, 2015

Enhance Your Hair's VolumeLet’s face it, not all of us are gifted with naturally voluminous hair. For some of us, our hair may start out thick during childhood and teenage years and then become progressively thinner as we reach our 20s and 30s. Thin, flat hair can be caused by various factors including stress, genetics, over–styling/damage, and even diet. It’s not possible to increase your hair’s thickness overnight; however, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks that will help you enhance your hair’s volume the next time you style your hair. Start at the root. Clean roots are the foundation for voluminous, thicker looking hair. While cleansing, focus on your scalp and roots first, and then move your way toward the ends of the hair. Sebum, oil that is produced from the hair follicle, tends to build up at the root of the hair. Buildup of this oil over time can weigh down your roots and give the appearance of limp hair, which is why it’s essential to shampoo your scalp thoroughly. In addition, some sources indicate that this buildup of sebum may also contribute to slower hair growth over time. A healthy scalp is essential for normal follicle growth and we recommend using a gentle, sulfate free shampoo. Sulfates are harsh surfactants used in various cleaning products (even garage floor cleaners!) to cut through dirt and oil. The corrosive nature of sulfates strips the hair of natural oils that are important in keeping the scalp hydrated and normalized. According to naturalnews.com, lather produced by sulfates “roughs up the cuticle of the hair, making it appear dull, dry, and damaged . . . . It has even been linked to follicular damage and can potentially contribute to hair loss.” A sulfate free shampoo will not only give your roots a clean foundation, but it will also help prevent against follicle damage and dry scalp. how to co-wash, conditioning, hair tipsIncorporate volumizing products. A good volumizing conditioner and finishing spray can also help enhance your hair’s volume. Some volumizing conditioners create the appearance of fullness with ingredients that coat the hair, thereby increasing the diameter of each strand which results in more volume. Ingredients like collagen (a protein) increase the density and flexibility of the hair to give the hair fullness and movement. When conditioning hair, focus on the ends and then work your way up to the scalp. Be careful not to over-condition your roots, as doing so may result in a weighed down appearance. Volumizing sprays are also a great solution for adding lift and body to the hair. Volumizing sprays are typically focused on the roots where thickening support is most needed. Blow dry to volumize.blow dry hair Certain styling techniques can enhance the volume of your hair. When blow drying, focus on the roots first. Flip your head upside down and blow dry the roots until they are almost dry. Then flip your hair back over and finish drying the rest of your hair with a round brush in an upward motion. If you have thin, fine hair finish it off with a lightweight volumizing spray or dry shampoo instead of hairspray. The dry shampoo will give your hair extra texture and fullness while reducing oiliness as the day goes on. It also gives the hair more grip, cutting down on static and that “too-soft” feeling. Keep a travel size dry shampoo in your purse for touch ups throughout the day. Prepare your hair for bed. You can prime your hair at night to save time washing and styling in the morning. After you wash and blowdry your hair at night, pull it into a loose bun (or two, Princess Leia style) to sleep on — use an old school scrunchy (preferably silk or satin) to avoid creases or breakage. The overnight bun will give your hair some natural wave and volume when you take it out the next day. To give some additional body in the morning, you may also try experimenting with texturizing sprays like this DIY from The Beaty Department (skip the oil and leave-in conditioner if your hair is extra fine and thin). Or, you may choose to apply dry shampoo to your roots and blow dry your hair upside down to create some extra fullness. Get a fresh cut.hair cut Regular haircuts keep hair healthy, fresh and thicker-looking, too. Split ends make hair look wispy and thus, thinner. Regular cuts also give the hair a more uniform shape which will even out your ends for a fuller appearance.   No matter how much volume your hair lacks, there are several techniques and ways to enhance your volume, whether it’s changing up products or styling a different way. What are some other techniques you use to liven up your hair? Do share!

Beauty Multi-Tasking: Things To Do While You Deep Condition

on March 29, 2015

DontDespairRepairMask We often remember to protect and pamper our skin from the elements, but your hair health is just as important. Many factors can contribute to dry, damaged hair — exposure to the cold, icy rain and snow, heat tools, chemicals, and even indoor heat can dry out hair and cause breakage. Despite these sometimes inevitable factors, you can still take meaningful steps to repair and restore your hair. We recommend using a deep conditioning mask to restore hydration levels and repair damage. Deep conditioners are a concentrated form of conditioner with a higher potency than a standard conditioner. Typically left in for longer amounts of time, deep conditioners penetrate the layers of the hair follicle to effectively restore moisture, increase elasticity, and strengthen hair. While a deep conditioning mask is an effective solution for repairing hair, the time involved with doing so can sometimes be daunting. Many deep conditioning masks require at least 20 minutes of application for the most effective treatment. Your beauty routine shouldn’t need to be a burden on your personal schedule so we’ve put together a list of creative ways to fit your deep conditioning regimen into your daily activities. Tidy up. 20 minutes is the perfect amount of time to spruce up your space. Dust your living room, wipe down your bathroom or kitchen, or organize your vanity. You can even take this time to clean expired products out of your medicine cabinet. Give yourself a manicure. Choose a color to spruce up an outfit for later in the week or try out a trendy nail art design. Try a hair and face mask duo. While you’re hydrating your hair, hydrate your face too with a facial mask. Leave both on then rinse off together. Clean out your emails. Emails can quickly pile up during the week. Set aside this time to give your inbox a spring cleaning. Keeping yourself organized can calm your mind, which is a great way to pamper yourself! Food prep. Prepare some healthy snacks or your lunch for work the next day. Some of our favorites are chopped carrots and celery, fruit smoothies, fresh juice, homemade trail mix, or this mason jar salad. Pour a glass of wine, and relax! Give yourself a break and catch up on the magazine pile sitting on your coffee table. Don’t let the time commitment of deep conditioning keep you from giving your hair the attention it deserves. Have any ideas that we missed? We’d love to hear about your routine.

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