My journey with my hair has been a long one. I spent high school and college dyeing it every color from platinum blonde to jet black, even throwing a perm or two in the mix (yes, a perm!). Once I got over the fun of always changing and trying something new, I spent years dealing with the repercussions of those choices. There’s a principle of yin and yang that says as far as you take something to an extreme, like a pendulum pulled in one direction, it will need to swing back as much in the other direction to find balance again. This is exactly what I experienced as I tried to regain the health of my over-processed and very damaged hair.
For years I used only natural, home remedies like avocado-and-egg masks and apple cider vinegar rinses and zero heat styling. When I was ready to use styling products again, I knew with certainty that I would not let any chemical or non-natural ingredients ever touch my hair. Because of the ardor of the journey to repair my hair, I’m passionate and selective of what I use. I’m excited to share these products from a brand I’ve been loving and using all summer, Captain Blankenship. They’re luxurious, beautiful products made from plants and dripping with the goodness of nature.
Mermaid Hair Oil
The Mermaid Hair Oil will always be a staple in my routine now. Per the name, it’s a nourishing mixture of plant, seed, and fruit oils to condition your hair. I rub it into my hair lengths after every shower to keep my ends healthy. Whereas it used to be impossible to grow my hair long due to endless breakage and split ends, my hair is longer and stronger than it’s been in years. It’s worked wonders during these hottest months with many hours under the harsh sun rays. I only use two drops in my palms because a little goes a long way in my (fine) hair, and I use it on Merritt’s hair after each bath as well. It smells fresh and earthy with orange, balsam needle, rosemary, and cedar wood oils. It’s incredibly revitalizing straight out of the shower!
Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray
The Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray has to be the prettiest hair product I’ve ever laid eyes on. With natural mica giving it a pearly golden glow, it’s the epitome of the brand’s tagline, “beauty wild with nature”. I spray this generously on my hair when I’m going out or just in the mood to shimmer. The best news is that it’s not just another pretty product to use for fun; it’s equally nourishing for your locks with sea kelp extract and aloe vera gel. Palmarosa, a species of lemongrass, and geranium essential oils give it an uplifting floral scent that’s not overpowering.
Mermaid Dry Shampoo
The Mermaid Dry Shampoo is a must for those no-wash days. It’s a straightforward product with arrowroot powder, kaolin clay, and baking soda, with a bonus ingredient of lactobacillus ferment which is a probiotic that helps keep your scalp balanced. Also scented with palmarosa and geranium oils, it has the same lovely and light scent that I love in the shimmer spray. This stuff is a lifesaver to me as I’ve weaned off of washing my hair so much, while dealing with fine hair that doesn’t hide any bit of excess oil well. I sprinkle some into my palm, rub it around in my roots, and brush it through to clean up my locks when it’s looking a bit too unwashed.
Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray
The final product I’ve been using is the Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray. I use it as a styling spray when my hair is damp, to tousle and add some texture to my locks. It’s ingredients are similar to the golden shimmer spray, with aloe leaf juice, sea salt, kelp extract, and glycerin; a simple, straight-from-nature formula that you can feel good about using. It also carries the brand’s signature scent of geranium flower and palmarosa oils which are both refreshing and nourishing.
I’ve tried many things to get my hair back on track since the days of dyeing and processing it. Finding these beautiful styling products has been the icing on top of a long journey. Now when I style my hair I feel happy knowing my products are nourishing and strengthening the strands instead of coating them in non-natural ingredients. Which one are you most excited to try? Leave a comment and tell me!