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Repair Damaged Hair

Written: Friday, September 30th, 2016 @ 2:34 am

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Hair care can be frustrating, especially if you are styling and drying your hair on a daily basis. Add color treatments, chemical treatments, straighteners, heat curlers and blow dryers into the mix and we are looking at a bona fide fry job. Keep in mind that just like everything else, your hair needs some TLC from time to time to allow proper recovery from the everyday damage we inflict and encounter. Regardless of your hair type, there are things you need to consider in maintain beautiful, healthy hair.

Cleanse the Hair

You do not want to bake product buildup, oil, dirt and debris into your hair. Clarifying your hair is important for the straightening process so ensure to use moisturizing shampoo to start the process off right. CVS Keratin Straightening Shampoo & Conditioner is ideal for priming the hair before your apply a heat straightener to it. This shampoo & conditioner is available on for $5.99 each and provides keratin protein to help replenish, smooth and straighten hair in the shower. Other shampoo/conditioners are great too if they moisturize or cleanse the hair while removing dirt an oil.

Blow Dry Damp, Not Wet Hair

Make sure you allow your hair to dry before you apply heat to it. Blow drying wet hair is equivalent to frying the hair – which is what we are trying to avoid. Make a conscious effort to plan your hair washing accordingly to allow drying time prior to styling/heat drying. Often times, a night wash allows the hair to dry overnight and reduces time in the morning for styling.

Use a Heat Protectant

Silicones can be used in moderation. They reduce the potential of damage from the direct heat of the plates, and help reduce the amount of moisture in the air from penetrating your strands and reversing the straightening effects. Apply the heat protectant while your hair is still damp and before you blow dry to seal in the moisture.

Lower the Temperature

Rather than cranking up the temperature to get the job done quickly, lower the temperature and hold the hair longer in position to reduce damage. Try to style smaller sections of hair at a time so you can keep the temperature under 375 degrees. There are also alternatives to heat curling, such as rollers (ask Grandma about these!) which can be applied to hair at night and removed in the morning for beautiful curls!

Find Heat Alternative Styling Methods

As noted above, overnight rollers work great if you would like curls in the am. They come in various sizes to achieve the look you want so getting a few sets of different sizes would be a good plan. There are also bobby pin methods, twisting and securing mini hair buns, and various tricks to style hair overnight without the use of heat. Not to mention, they can be done on damp hair so you may even get to skip the blow dryer all together!

Use Proper Color Treating Shampoos and Conditioners

Not only did you pay top dollar for your color treatment but you also want to maintain the vibrance of your new color for as long as possible. Using regular shampoos can actually fade your hair much quicker and waste your money.Renewal Sulfate –Free Color Protect Moisturizing Shampoo can be applied to treated hair for a mere $4.99 at This shampoo is great because it cleanses and moisturizes while using an anti-fade technology to prolong the life of your color.

Simple Coconut Oil Moisturizing Mask

This is the most simple hair mask you can make for yourself. It only has one ingredient – coconut oil! I actually learned about this treatment from a girl had dyed her hair one too many times and was looking for a way to get some moisture back.


Approx. quarter of a cup coconut oil – warmed (it needs to be in its liquid state.)


Simply apply it to your hair (wet or dry, it doesn’t really matter) and leave it in for at least an hour. You’ll want to be in the bathtub for this, or well-covered with a towel. If you’re going to continue going about your chores or even keep this treatment on overnight, make sure you take the necessary precautions, like a shower cap. Coconut oil will stain clothing and linens.

When you’re finished with your treatment, wash the coconut oil out of your hair and carry on usual. You can repeat this once per week or more depending on the severity of your damaged hair.

You’ll want to wash your face pretty well after this treatment as well since oil seems to seep everywhere. I use Equate Beauty Mild Liquid Facial Soap for $7.96 on (or in-store) as part of my everyday face cleansing routine. Love it! Affordable, effective and gentle on my skin.

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Healthy Hygienic Habits: Toddlers + Kids

Written: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 @ 3:06 am

This can be a tricky topic to teach kids since they do not understand the concept of cleanliness, germs, and illness at a young age. As children get older they begin to realize the importance of being ‘clean’ as other children may respond or comment on poor habits they have adopted. Setting a good example for your kids right from the beginning is crucial for incorporating healthy hygienic habits throughout adolescence and adulthood. I believe in starting kids right from the beginning in participating and maintaining positive, healthy routines. The good thing to note is that kids show an innate interest in mimicking habits and rituals which are repeated again and again, day in and day out.

Brushing Hair

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As far as I am concerned, this one is super easy. Since my son was 6 months old he would reach for the hairbrush every day after his bath. We also made sure to set a consistent routine which included this from day one. That is the most important part – a consistent routine – which taught him that we always brush our hair after a bath or throughout the day if necessary. If you child reaches for the hairbrush, let them handle it and show them how to use it. Take their hand and guide it to their hair and brush for them. Then leave them with it while you continue getting them ready for the day/bed. If you repeat this every day, eventually your child will take the brush from you and brush their own hair without prompting every time. Carry this on throughout their young lives and you’ll be amazed at how they continue to do this into adolescence…for the most part!

Brushing Teeth

Some kids are more sensitive to this than others. I guess we were lucky as my son loves brushing his teeth and gums. After every meal we get his toothbrush and tell him “it’s time to brush your teeth!” and make it a very positive event for him. We have a cool toothbrush which he enjoys looking at and using which makes a big difference for little ones. We generally use toddler toothpaste for 2 brushings a day and the additional brushing is only with water. He is now at the point of grabbing for the toothbrush and trying to brush it back and forth like Mummy and Daddy. Again, we leave him with it to experiment and try mimicking but stop him if he tries to turn it into a toy. We do not want to associate the toothbrush as a toy as it serves a very specific purpose. Redirect them on how to brush their teeth and again, show them how to do it. In time, they will handle this task independently and even remind you they need a brushing!

Washing Hands

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Since my son has been crawling, I’ve tried to make a point of wiping his hands clean with a wetted towel or bringing him to the sink to wash his hands before every meal. He didn’t get too icky in the house so intermittent washings we not necessary. However; setting an example to wash up before meals is an important skill to instill in children. As he gets older, he will touch more and more unsavoury things which we will want to make sure he washes off before placing hands in his mouth, etc. When you go to the sink, run water to ensure it is not too hot or cold. Add some soap to hands and rub his hands together. Singing a song during this makes it fun for him and he begins associating this task as a positive event. As he gets older, we will simply remind him to wash his hands and he will happily do so…in theory – ha! We do know ‘kids will be kids’ so some icky situations are bound to occur, but the consistency is there for him to fall back on. We use baby friendly soap, or if in a pickle, baby shampoo or my facial cleanser – Equate Mild Liquid Facial Soap ($7.96 on because they are gentler on his skin and tiny hands.

Bathing Daily

I would certainly hope that just about every parent bathes their child daily (saving a few events which may interfere with bath time). Bath time not only cleans your little one but it also provides a special time for parents and kids to play, bond, talk and have fun. Making this event as positive as possible will only bring many blessings to you and your kids. I know bath time can get crazy for some but there are great ways to wrangle those little wigglers into a bath and make it fun for both of you. Involving your children in lathering up the soap, washing their hair, naming body parts, even scrubbing between their toes is a great way to teach your child proper hygiene for their lifetime. Obviously there will be ups and downs in the bathtub time machine but this is the best time to set excellent habits while teaching anatomy….or perhaps the story of Noah’s Ark. We use amazing products like CVS Baby Shampoo found on for $2.49 which is non-irritating and gentle on skin. We also use CVS Baby Lotionavailable also on for $3.59.

Maintaining strong habitual routines for kids is one of the most important things you can do for them in forming healthy habits. There is little or no effort involved in performing these daily tasks and at the same time you are teaching them too. It would amaze you what your kids pick up on and with some TLC you’ll have them handling most of their personal care independently. This is great news for you mama! A few years with hard work, you’ll provide a lifetime of positive habits for your loved ones.

If you are experiencing issues with any of the above tasks regarding your little ones, speak to your Pediatrician who can further assist you in a professional capacity.

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Fall Beauty Overhaul!

Written: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 @ 3:15 pm

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Something about the changing leaves and beautiful color surrounding me, makes me think it’s time to overhaul my wardrobe and beauty routine. I’ve been in my summer beauty with light foundations and moisturizers but have experienced some cold bouts of fall weather which makes me realize, I need to overhaul my beauty regime! This doesn’t just include my usual products but I think I will also get a fall-friendly hair color which is more suitable than my highlighted blonde locks.

Autumn Locks

Splurging on a quarterly salon visit is not unreasonable for me. I enjoy looking and feeling fabulous during every season with a few minor beauty adjustments. Starting with my hair color. I think darker, romantic colors suite my skin tone best, so I’ve decided on “Cherry Cola” as my seasonal color choice.

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I personally love this combination and am very excited to see how it turns out! To maximize the length of time I can maintain the vibrant colors I will be using Renewal Sulfate-Free Color Protect Moisturizing Shampoo which is only $4.99 on It contains anti-fading technology and is made with cleansing & moisturizing natural botanical ingredients. It is also 100% vegan – very cool!

Fall Wardrobe

Generally, seasonal changes trigger a small shopping trip for me to update some core wardrobe pieces, as well as replacing some clothing staples which have succumbed to the test of time. This means investing in some beautiful chunky sweaters (must be versatile), neutral pants and some cute camisoles or layering tops to wear under all my heavier clothing. This can run anywhere from $50 – $200 depending on where, and how you shop. I am pretty frugal, so department stores are my go to places. Here is an awesome fall outfit I have to get this season!

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Skin Care Regime

Ensuring you moisturize you skin daily is imperative to tackling effects from fall/ winter weather systems. The important thing is to have a great cleansing routine, as well as moisturizer which is thick enough to prevent environmental damage but nourishing enough to maintain proper hydration and nourishment. We suggest a routine which sounds something like Clarify Skin Bright Daily Face Scrub available at Kroger for a good cleanse, followed up by Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion from for $9.96. Maintaining a proper face cleansing routine is imperative to great skin all-year-round! Check out our blogs on for more skin care suggestions. Ensure you look for a moisturizer which is specific to your skin type and tone, as well as being free from fragrance. Hypoallergenic products are most desirable for this type of skin defense.

The fall is a time of change and transition within ourselves and our lives. Take the time to reflect on things which are most important to you as well as refreshing a few aspects of your life which may have become stagnant over the spring/summer period. Experiment with fun hair colors, makeup techniques and trendy outfits to really embrace the truly beautiful natural surroundings we will be blessed with in the upcoming months! There is much to look forward to, don’t get stuck in a rut. Take charge of your life and have fun doing it!

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Scandinavian Skin Secrets

Written: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 @ 1:27 am


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How do the women who live in some of the coldest climates on the globe have incredible, glowing skin? What is their secret? Lots of beauty products are out there promising the results of a flawless, northern complexion, but is that really the solution? Perhaps there is something more we can look at which can be implemented into our routines to get the same results. Let’s see what all the fuss is about, shall we?

The Lifestyle

The North is known for its very cold, and long winters. Nordic woman are just as active as women from other regions, however they continue to stay active all year round. Staying active, even in the harshest climates is important to keep your skin healthy and radiant. Exercise boosts cellular function and clears out toxins from the body, so get dressed and get movin’! Ensure you cleanse your skin EVERY time you exercise to ensure you flush all the built up dirt & oil away. We suggest something like CVS Illuminating Facial Cleanser on for $6.49. It is formulated to gently remove all makeup, dirt and oil while leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean. Use this cleanser after a good exfoliation to maximize best results. One we suggest is Renewal Acne Wash Daily Scrub for $5.99 on


The Diet

Traditional Nordic diets are high in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and free-radical fighting nutrients. Incorporate some Northern staples into your diet to get great skin results. Cold-water fish such as salmon is high in Omega, which protects your skin from aging while supporting the skin matrix. Their diets are also loaded with vegetables such as leafy and root. They generally contain vitamins A and C as well as a multitude of vitamins necessary for enriched cellular functions. The Scandinavian diets are also loaded with coloful berries – think blue, black, and red. Eat these liberally as they support skin health and are chock full of vitamins and antioxidants.

The Banya

The Banya is a traditional Scandinavian secret (originating in Russia). A popular mix of a steam room and sauna, with families enjoying, sometimes the entire day together. The banya includes a heated ‘resting room’, and a freezing water shower. These temperature extremes stimulate the organs and increases the body’s resistance to external, environmental aggression. This process leaves your skin much softer and purified. It is important to have a good moisturizer with you, such as Equate Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion which is on rollback at Walmart for $9.96! It can be used on all skin types and provides an all-day moisture barrier for your skin.

At Home Remedies

Before you apply your moisturizer, try a Nordic remedy which works for all skin types to give a boost of free-radical fighting antioxidants. Boil a few bags of green or white tea in some mineral water. Let the tea steep, then freeze it into ice cubes. Once frozen, rub an ice cube all over your skin after you’ve exfoliated (but have not applied moisturizer). The benefits of mineral water are more abundant when it is frozen.

You could also make an at-home banya on your stove top. Boil water on your stove then reduce to a simmer, pull hair back into a ponytail and grab a towel. Carefully sit with your face over the water for 5 minutes and let the steam do it’s magic. When you’re done, splash cold water on your face and pat dry with a towel. You could do this a few times per week if you choose.

You too can have the secrets of Scandinavian women to get beautiful, radiant skin. Dedicate some time over the next few months to improving your skin health in various ways – and stick to it. There are other ways to improve the health of your skin which would work beautifully in conjunction with these tips. Your skin is a direct reflection of your health and may also indicate underlying health issues if examined correctly. Treat it well and it, in turn, will return the favor! Eat, live and be happy ladies!

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How To Prep For a Spray Tan

Written: Friday, September 16th, 2016 @ 8:58 am

Hi Savvy Beauties! Thinking of doing a spray or self tan? Here’s how to prep your skin for the most even, long lasting tan!

Products mentioned:
– KCare Himalayan Sea Salt Body Wash
– CVS Daily Moisturizing Lotion…
– Rite Aid Daily Tinted Moisturizer…

Products mentioned on The Savvy Beauty channel have been purchased for review. These are all opinions that are my own and not scripted.

Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion

Soft, smooth texture provides all-day moisturization for dry or combination skin.

Clarifying Toner

Aids in eliminating dirt and oil while gently exfoliating skin for a clear, glowing complexion.

Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum

Helps skin combat wrinkles, lines and UV damage. Hypoallergenic and 100% fragrance free.

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