Is Your Hair Positively or Negatively Charged? 

Here’s a fun fact, your hair naturally has a negative charge. It’s “like static electricity but… insulated by our hair’s protective lipid layer.” [1] 

Your hair strands are made up of layers that protect your hair. Perfectly healthy hair looks shiny and smooth. But, as damage happens over time, your hair cuticle starts to crack. 

What Does Healthy Hair Look Like? 

Imagine looking at your hair under a microscope. 

First, you will see the outer layer called the cuticle. It looks like scales overlapping similar to the shingles on your roof.

The purpose of the cuticle layer is to prevent damage from entering into the inner layers. [2] 

In the center of the hair strand is the cortex layer. Here is where pigment is stored, giving your hair its natural color. [2] 

In healthy hair, the cuticle is covered by lipid layers on the outside that keep your hair smooth and shiny. “Healthy hair has a smooth, flat cuticle that is translucent and reflects light … a result of lipid layers on the outer cuticle that make each hair strand water repellent and feel smooth.” [3] 

Over time, as damage to the hair cuticle increases, the less lipid layers are left to protect the cortex. 

What Causes Hair Damage? 

These are some factors that can cause damage to your hair cuticle: [3]

  • UV rays 
  • Oxidation from air and water 
  • Overuse of heat styling 
  • Over brushing 
  • Chemical treatments such as coloring, permanent straightening or curling 

What Does Hair Damage Look Like? 

Think about those bad frizzy hair days. 

“Damaged hair has higher negative charge, and the hairs literally try to separate from each other, creating frizz.” [1] 

You may be causing damage to your hair unintentionally by excessively blow drying or over brushing your hair. 


These daily actions cause the outside layer of your hair to weaken, leaving the inner layer exposed to damage.

The problem is your body can’t “repair hair after it has grown out of the root.” [1] 

Opposites Attract. 

Think back to your high school science class. Do you remember using magnets to learn about positive and negative electrical charges? Objects with the same charge, like a negative and a negative will repel. But, objects with opposite charges attract, like a positive and a negative together. 

This is the idea behind the new magnetic hair care technology to improve the health of your hair. 

Hair damage like frizz or “static is the result of an imbalance of too many positive or negative charges in or on an object. [4] 

To solve this dilemma, hair industry scientists have developed hair products that are positively charged.

“These can neutralize each other to create harmony for your hair.”[4] 

Scientists infuse positively charged products to create an attraction between the product and your negatively charged hair as a way of “reducing negative charges and helping the hair lay down better.” [1] By using, “positively charged detergents and silicon molecules in shampoos, conditioners and detanglers.” [1] 

As a result, hair products like conditioners can be created to “restore the hair’s normal charge, thus making it less frizzy and easier to manage.” [5] 

Unique Magnetic Hair Care Technology 

Monat’s Damage Repair products have a unique technology called Monasomes. According to Monat’s chief scientific officer, Alan J. Meyers, “Monasomes are carriers that penetrate the hair and release active material over time.In the Monasones there are 10 different amino acids that focus on bond repair and bond building.” [6]

Meyers explains how Monasomes work. Monat’s Damage Repair products also have magnetic conditioners that have a partial positive charge. Like a magnet, the positive charge in the conditioners are attracted to the negative charge in your hair and continuously condition the outside of your hair. Monasomes have two naturally-based moisturizers: 

  • Sodium PCA -part of the natural moisturizer factor of your skin. 
  • Desert Date Oil- an oil that delivers moisture, increases shine, and manageability to your hair. 

Tried and True Magnetic Hair Care Products I thought my hair was in pretty good condition before trying these products but what a difference Monat’s Damage Repair system has made! 

Just check out my before and after pictures. 

Mind blowing! 

Let me share with you more about the unique magnetic technology in these innovative Monat products.

Try Monat’s Latest and Greatest Damage Repair Support System to see the results for yourself! 

This leave-in treatment cream acts as a deep conditioner to treat weak hair bonds from the inside out. Strengthening your hair against breakage. Plus, it reduces frizz! [7] 

What benefits can the Damage Repair Bond-Fortifying Hair Leave-in creme have on your hair? [7] 

  • Protects from heat styling 
  • Shields from environmental elements 
  • Nourishes hair cuticles to prevent future breakage 
  • Softens and smooths hair for effortless detangling and styling.


Part of the Damage Repair Support System is the Bond Support Shampoo. This shampoo not only works to repair

damaged hair but also hydrates, reduces friction, and adds shine. [ 7 ] 

What makes the Bond Support Shampoo different? Unlike other shampoos, the Bond Support Shampoo penetrates through the three layers of your hair. As a result, your hair bonds will be stronger, your hair will have better elasticity. [7] 

It is made with natural ingredients such as red algae and coconut oil. “Red algae extract envelops hair strands to act as a protective shield while shampooing. Coconut oil moisturizes hair while cleansing to remove dirt, oil, and sebum.” [ 7 ]


This Bond Support Masque also uses Monat-exclusive Monasone technology to repair and strengthen overworked hair by “bonding hair fibers to replenish, repair, and strengthen.” [7]

What are the benefits of using the Bond Support Masque on your hair? 

Is your hair dry? Tangled? Weak? 

The Bond Support Masque contains coconut oil to get rid of dryness and smooth hair for smooth brushing to reduce hair breakage. [7] 


What is the Bond-Building Hair Treatment? 

A serum that conditions, strengthens and repairs damage at the hair’s core. [7] 

What are the benefits of using the Bond Building Hair Treatment on your hair? 

Your hair will be healthier after using the Bond-Building Hair Treatment. Not only is it created with Monasome technology but it also has sugarcane to help repair your hair cuticle. As a result, your hair is primed, bonds are reinforced, and elasticity is improved. [7] 

The Monat Damage Repair System uses unique technology called Monasomes to seal the hair cuticle and protect it. These products help to repair the bonds in your hair and reverse damage from the inside out. 

So if you’re in the market for innovative hair care products that repair your hair from the inside out, send me a

message over on IG or FB. Let me hook you up with these magnetic hair care products so you can start to see healthier hair!


[1] Masterson, Kathleen, “Engineering A Good Hair Day”

[2] “Hair Structure”, Design Essentials

[3] “The Building Blocks of Hair”, Schwarzkopf Professional skills/0219/the-building-blocks-of-hair-the-cuticle.html 

[4] Nall, Rachel, “Quick Fixes for Getting Rid of Static From Your Hair”, 

[5] Sinrich, Jenn and Jacoby, Sarah, “12 Quick Fixes to Get Rid of Static Hair”

[6] “The Science Behind Damage Repair Collection”, MONAT Haircare 

[7] Bond Building Repair for Visibly Healthier Hair, Monat

The Secret to healthy hair, is a healthy scalp

The health of your scalp impacts the growth and health of your hair. If your scalp is unhealthy, it can actually cause your hair to become damaged and stop growing. Our scalp contains thousands of hair follicles. “The follicles also produce sebum, or oil, that helps keep the scalp moisturized and protects the skin from infection.” [1] 

According to a Bazaar article by Bridget March and Roberta Schroeder, “It is essential that the follicle and the scalp, at point of exit, are clean, clear, healthy and maintained…In fact, permanently blocked or obstructed follicles may eventually cease to produce hair at all.” [2] 

If you want healthy hair, it’s important to get to the bottom of your hair concerns and treat the problem at the root. Start by understanding more about your scalp.

Signs of an Unhealthy Scalp 
Do you have dandruff? Hair loss? Itchy scalp? 

If you experience any of these symptoms, these may be red flags that your scalp is in need of treatment. According to a Healthline article by Britanny Risher, the following are the signs of an unhealthy scalp: [1] 

● itchiness 
● redness
● flakiness 
● irritation 
● pain 
● acne 
● cysts 
● sun damage 
● excessive hair loss 

Dr. Sharleen St. Surin-Lord, a board certified dermatologist, warns to look out for any “bumps, scabs, and redness” on the scalp which can be causes of inflammation, he warns in the Healthline article by Risher. [1] 

So What Happens to Your Hair, if You Leave Your Scalp Untreated? 
An unhealthy scalp can present itself as several different conditions including, “dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis” which can lead to hair damage such as: [1]

● rough hair 
● hair breakage 
● reduced hair shine 
● hair loss 

Your scalp is at risk of infection, if left untreated. Although it is normal for our skin to shed, produce oil and sweat that act as “a protective layer over your scalp, but it also traps bacteria within. If and when those bacteria levels raise or change, the scalp can become infected.” [2] 

Those white flakes falling off your scalp are likely dandruff, a common condition that can range from mild to severe depending on your individual hair and scalp health. Some factors related to dandruff as stated in the Healthline article by Britanny Risher are, “hormonal changes, stress, illness or poor diet that allow bacteria to multiply and this can lead to shedding or infection. Other causes of dandruff can be poor hygiene, infrequent shampooing, and the consumption of too many dairy products, fatty, salty or sugary foods.” [2] 

Itchy Scalp. 
Another common issue often associated with poor scalp health is itchiness. Itchiness “signifies an imbalance of the scalp” due to “bacteria caused by sweat, sebum and pollution remaining on the scalp which then, in effect, attacks the scalp and causes itchiness.” [2] Other factors that can cause itchiness are a “reaction to a particular ingredient used in a product… shampoo products not being rinsed from the hair thoroughly, which can dry out and irritate the scalp.” [2]

Try these Tips to Improve your Scalp Health 

Want strong, smooth, shiny hair?
Try these tips shared by the American Academy of Dermatology Association: [3]

1. How often you wash your hair should be based on how much oil your scalp produces. 
a. If your scalp is oily, you may need to wash it as often as once a day, unless you train your scalp to produce less oil by using dry shampoo & a purifying shampoo
b. If you have chemically treated hair, your hair may be drier, so you may want to wash it less frequently & using products to repair damage and increase moisture.
c. As you get older, your scalp makes less oil, so you may not need to shampoo as often. But if you see flakes in your hair, you may need to increase use of moisturizing products [3] 

2. When washing your hair, concentrate on cleaning primarily the scalp, rather than washing the entire length of hair. Washing only your hair can create flyaway hair that is dull and coarse. [3] 

3. Using a conditioner can significantly improve the look of damaged or weathered hair by increasing shine, decreasing static electricity, improving strength and offering some protection from harmful UV rays. [3] 

4. Because conditioners can make fine hair look limp, they should only be used on the shaft & ends of the hair and not on the scalp. [3] 

5. Choose a shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair type. [3]

The Key to Healthy Scalp and Hair: Using the Right Products 
Quality products specifically designed for your hair type and scalp concerns can make all the difference in improving your scalp health. This can be as simple as making changes to your hair washing routine, or using the right products for your individual concerns. 

Using the right products to treat damage is key to healthy hair. Do not use products with “sulfates, alcohols, or fragrances…Sulfates strip away natural oils in your hair and remove dead skin cells, which makes the scalp dry and prone to irritation.” [1] 

Hair expert, Guy Parsons explains in Bazaar, “A typical dry, itchy scalp can normally be eased with a thorough shampoo, or a toner and exfoliant specifically chosen for scalp health” [2] 

Scalp Scrubs. 
Exfoliation is the secret to maintaining a healthy scalp. Scrubbing your scalp exfoliates the skin on your head. “Scrubs contain physical or chemical exfoliants and help remove excess skin cells, oil, and dandruff, and may dilate the blood vessels under your skin, potentially boosting hair growth.” [1] 

Scrubbing is highly recommended by certified trichologist, Guy Parsons, who is an expert hairdresser in his statement in Bazaar by Bridget March and Roberta Schroeder. “The scalp is made up of cells which divide and continually work their way to the surface and then shed – as such, it is essential that dead skin is removed by brushing or washing, but also by weekly exfoliation.” [2] 

Have you exfoliated your scalp yet? Give Monat’s Scalp Purifying Scrub a try to see the difference it makes in your scalp and hair health as it works to deeply clean and purify all the buildup hiding in your hair. 

Monat’s Scalp Purifying Scrub is not just a scrub, but also a shampoo that “helps dissolve dead skin cells, stubborn product buildup, and environmental pollutants that leave hair looking lackluster.” [4]

Photo Credit: Monat Global

The MAGIC Oil Treatment You Didn’t Know Your Scalp Needs 
Oil Treatment. 
REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive is the oil treatment your scalp needs that is different from the competition. First, it “mimics the body’s natural oils”and is made with a blend of 11+ unique molecular ingredients- including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beta-carotene and omega-6 fatty acids.” [5] 

But, the magic of this oil is in the size of the molecules because they are so tiny that it penetrates to the third layer of your hair which is your core. Most oils do not penetrate the hair layers but just lay on top. You will easily notice the results of this product as it not only heals your damaged hair strands but levels the ph levels on your scalp and skin. Making this product the key to having a healthy scalp and beautiful hair. 

What are the Benefits of Using Rejuveniqe Oil Intense for Your Hair? 
● reduces hair thinning
● prevents oxidative stress
● adds incredible volume
● repairing the hair with instantly visible, long-lasting shine
● made without the damaging effects of silicone [5]

Photo Credit: Monat Global

Risher warns that “using products that contain alcohol and fragrances suck the moisture out of your hair. This will have your hair feeling frizzy, dry, and damaged and will result in inflammation that leaves you with a dry, itchy, irritated scalp.” [1]

To restore moisture, try Monat’s Advanced Hydrating In-Shower Masque. This masque works to quickly improve your hair health in just five minutes by adding shine, moisturizing, and smoothing the hair with antioxidants.

Get all these benefits when you use Monat’s Advanced Hydrating In-Shower Masque on your hair:
● Helps transform brittle hair into shiny strands
● Helps prevent breakage and fights dryness and frizz with antioxidants
● Provides fast-acting deep conditioning treatment
● Nourishes hair in less than five minutes
● Promotes shine without weighing down the hair [6] 

MONAT - Advanced Hydrating In-Shower Masque with Rejuveniqe Oil 4.5 fl oz  NEW | eBay
Photo Credit: Monat Global

Remember to pay attention to your scalp health, it is the key to healthy hair. If you experience any symptoms that are not improving with the right products, or your hair routine, it is best to see a dermatologist.

Then, if you’re in the market for a product that really delivers shoot me a message over on IG or FB and let’s hook you up with the ideal products to improve the health of your hair and reach your hair goals!

1. Risher, Brittany, 7 Healthy Scalp Tips for Strong, Shiny Hair” definition 
2. March, Bridget and Schroeder,Roberta, “#SkinSchool: Understanding scalp health (for better hair)” alth-hair-tips/ 
3. American Academy of Dermatology Association, “Tips for Healthy Hair” -hair-tips 
4. Monat Global, “Scalp Purifying Scrub” 
5. Monat Global, “For the Life of Your Hair”
6. Monat Global, “Advanced HydratingIn-Shower Masque”

Dangers Lurking in your Dry Shampoo

You know the drill. You wash your hair. Take time to dry it and style it. Then, a day or two later, it gets greasy and oily! Now, you have to wash your hair and repeat the process all over again. Who has time to wash and dry hair everyday? 
This is where dry shampoo comes in handy because it soaks up the oil that builds up in the hair when it is not washed.
The truth is, not all dry shampoos are created equally. 

A Closer Look Inside Dry Shampoo

When should you use dry shampoo?
After a few days without washing your hair, “your scalp secretes a mixture of lipids called sebum” which causes your hair to get oily. [1]

Dry shampoo contains ingredients that help absorb the oil in your hair. 

In an article by Wired, writer Annie Sneed explains what are some of the ingredients inside your dry shampoo, including: 

  • Cornstarch- “White, powdery cornstarch binds to sebum’s fatty-acid chains through weak electric interactions called van der Waals forces.” [1]
  • Kaolin- “soft clay absorbs grease and cloaks the shine of unwashed locks. Its hydrous aluminum silicates coat hair strands, reducing their reflectivity and creating a matte look.” [1]
  • Laminaria saccharina Extract- “(made from a type of brown algae) sometimes used to induce labor—it absorbs moisture and expands, aiding dilation…” [1]
  • Magnesium Stearate- “This anticaking agent coats the surface of starch molecules to keep them from clumping…” [1]
  • Denatured Alcohol- “Ethanol blended with other chemicals (usually methanol) produces a noxious, flammable brew that’s an excellent solvent for cornstarch and kaolin. The liquid alcohol suspends solids without dissolving them and carries the oil-absorbing particles out of the bottle when dispensed. It evaporates quickly after it hits hair roots and absorbs body heat—the endothermic process creates a cooling effect that soothes an itchy, dirty scalp.” [4]
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas- “Most people opt for spray-on dry shampoo, which uses a propellant to force chemicals out of the can and nebulize them into a fine mist. Don’t use dry shampoo near an open flame—LPG is highly flammable, so you could end up with your hair on fire.” [1]

Another ingredient sometimes found in dry shampoo is talc. According to a Healthline article by Stanborough, “Talc is a mineral that, in its natural state, can contain particles of asbestos, a known carcinogen.” [2]  This has raised some safety concerns for some consumers about whether there may be “a possible link between asbestos-free talcum powder and ovarian cancer.” [2]

How Harmful Ingredients in Some Dry Shampoo’s Can Damage Hair 
By using dry shampoo products containing harmful ingredients, your dry shampoo can actually lead to damage to your hair and scalp. According to a Healthline article, writer Stanborough, explains some of the possible negative effects to your hair and scalp, including: 

  1.  Possible Hair Breakage

Choose a dry shampoo without “alcohols” as it causes hair to become dry. “When your hair is dry, the individual fibers can crack and snag on each other when you comb or style your hair, leading to breakage.” [2]

  1.  May Clog Hair Follicles 

You should use your dry shampoo as directed. If you overuse dry shampoo or leave it in your hair for long periods of time, it will result in build up in your hair and scalp.  “An accumulation of styling products can make your scalp itch. It’s possible the buildup could also lead to folliculitis. This is a bacterial or fungal infection in the hair follicle.” [2]

  1.  Dandruff and Scaly Skin

Dry shampoo is not a replacement for shampoo or conditioner. It is important to wash your hair with water, as dry shampoo is a waterless product. “So, if you’re leaving dry shampoo on your scalp, you’re also leaving the oils it’s absorbed. Oils also feed on a strain of fungus known as Malassezia, which can cause a red, scaly scalp condition called seborrheic dermatitis.” [2]

Why Monat’s The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo Beats the Competition! 

What is special about Monat’s The Champ conditioning Dry Shampoo? According to Monat Global, The Champ Dry Shampoo features: [4] 

  • A waterless shampoo that absorbs oils, dirt and impurities in between washes
  • Refreshes hair
  • Leaves hair looking and feeling fresh and clean
  • Micro-fine Rice Starch absorbs oils and expands to add volume at the roots, without whitening residue
  • Organic Sugar Cane Alcohol assists in quick drying and helps provide shine without over-drying
  • Infused with REJUVENIQE for vital nutrients to condition strands and help keep hair looking healthy
  • Gentle on the hair
  • Creates no dulling residue
  • Helps to extend styles 2nd and 3rd day
  • Great for those with limited time, or with no access to water
  • Cruelty-free, vegan

The Key Ingredients in Monat’s The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo

Another reason, Monat’s The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo, beats the competition is because it is made vegan without the harmful ingredients found in other dry shampoo products: [4]

  • REJUVENIQE™ – A blend of 13+ Natural Plant and Essential Oils rich in omega fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrients highly compatible with the skin and hair. [4]
  • AGRANA RICE STARCH – Creates less whitening and better overall coverage for the hair.[4]
  • ORGANIC SUGAR CANE ALCOHOL – Assists in quick-drying and helps provide shine without over-drying.[4]

Raving Review of Monat’s The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo

Based on a tested product review of Monat’s The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo by The Good House Keeping Institute Team, the results show: 

  • “Over 90% of our testers found this easy to use and distribute over the hair, with many adding that a little went a long way.” [3]
  • “The dry shampoo was found to absorb grease well, with 88% saying that hair appeared less oily after using the product.” [3]
  • “86% said it did not feel unpleasantly sticky or uncomfortable.” [3]
  • “83% agreed that the effects were long-lasting and said that there was no unwanted white residue left after massaging it in.” [3]


Testers rated Monat’s Dry Shampoo as follows: [3]

  • Ease of use: 4.5/5
  • Design: 5/5
  • Instruction: 5/5
  • Performance: 4/5

Finally, if you are in the market for a top-rated dry shampoo, try Monat’s The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo and experience all the benefits it does for your hair. Ready to get started? You can send me a message on IG or FB or send me an email at



1. Sneed, Annie, What’s Inside Dry Shampoo? Alcohol, Petroleum, and Clay

2. Stanborough, Rebecca Joy, Can Using Dry Shampoo Damage Your Hair?

3.The Good Housekeeping Institute Team, Monat The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo.

Moisture Vs Hydration; they’re not the same

Surprised? It’s true. Hydrating and moisturizing are two terms that actually mean different things. While it is common for some consumers to assume that haircare and skincare products labeled, “moisturizing” are “hydrating” or vice- versa, each product actually serves a specific but different purpose when it comes to your skincare needs. 

But why the confusion? The beauty industry is booming with numerous brands, an abundance of innovative products, and labels advertising ground-breaking ingredients you can encounter up and down the beauty aisles. Since brands use the terms “hydrating” and “moisturizing” interchangeably on various skincare and haircare products, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing between which “moisturizing” and “hydrating” products are more suitable for your individual skin or hair type.

I get it. I have bought more products than I care to admit, without really knowing if they were ‘right’ for my skin and hair type. This is why knowing more about the products you use, can make all the difference in your hydration and moisturization goals. 

So, What’s the Difference between Hydrating and Moisturizing?

According to dermatologists, hydrating refers to increasing the amount of water in your skin. However, moisturizing refers to preventing the loss of water from your skin. In an article posted by SHAPE, Meghan Feely, M.D., FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in New Jersey and New York City, explains the difference as follows [1]:

  • Hydrating products hydrate your skin cells, i.e. increase their water content.” 
  • Moisturizing products, on the other hand, help to prevent trans-epidermal water loss—AKA moisture that evaporates from your skin—reinforcing your skin’s barrier function…” 

How You Can Tell if Your Skin Needs Hydrating or Moisturizing

Is your skin dry? Dehydrated? Both? 
Before choosing a hydrator or moisturizer, you must first identify your skin type and the root cause of your dehydration or dry skin by answering this question.
Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, gives some tips for determining whether your skin is dry or dehydrated in an article by
“Dry skin describes your skin type: it produces very little oil (sebum).” [1] Dr. Lortscher explains in SHAPE, that it is possible for our skin not to produce a lot of oil but still have normal levels of hydration or water. This would be an example of skin that is dry, but still hydrated. If this is the case for your skin, then a good moisturizer is what your skin needs to help lock in moisture. Your skin is most likely dry if you experience these symptoms: [2] 

  • Dry
  • Flakey
  • Rough
  • Cracked 

“Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that can make your skin look dull and lackluster…” [2] If left untreated it can also contribute to other skin issues like wrinkles, eczema and psoriasis, according to NYC dermatologist Dr. Hellman. [3] This means your skin lacks water and you should drink plenty of water throughout the day. Some signs of dehydrated skin are: [2]

  • Flakiness
  • A rough/scaly texture 
  • Itchiness or skin tightness 
  • Excess Oil

Causes of Dry or Dehydrated Skin

Sorry to break the bad news, but although some external factors can be the culprit of your dry skin, it most likely is “hereditary and due largely to genetics” according to Dr. Hellman. [3] 
Some external causes of dehydrated skin are:

  • low water intake
  • a poor diet
  • large caffeine consumption
  • climate  

On the other hand, dry skin can be caused due to other factors including:

  • age
  • climate
  • genetics
  • hormones

For this reason, dermatologists suggest keeping your skin consistently moisturized as it will help lessen the damage to your skin over the years.

The “It” Ingredients to Kiss Dry and Dehydrated Skin Goodbye!

“The best ingredient for dry or dehydrated skin is hyaluronic acid, due to its ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in hydration,” says Los Angeles esthetician, Melissa Lekus,as she explains in an article by Healthline. [3]  Similarly, David Lortscher, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist also recommends using hyaluronic acid in an article by Shape, stating: “Using hyaluronic acid has shown a positive effect on the appearance of wrinkles and skin elasticity due to its moisture-binding properties, which help keep your skin plump and dewy…” [1]

Dr. Hellman, a New York City dermatologist, recommends alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as lactic acid and glycolic acid for their ability “to encourage hydration and cell turnover.” [3] Other hydrating ingredients to look for in products “that deliver water to the cells directly” are propylene glycol, urea, or glycerin, and aloe. [1] 

For moisturizing the skin, dermatologists recommend products that contain ingredients including: ceramides, glycerin, or omega-fatty acids. Facial oils are also a great source of moisture. [2]

Avoid these Ingredients for Dry or Dehydrated Skin!

Dermatologists warn about using ingredients that may worsen your dry or dehydrated skin. Look out for these ingredients and avoid products containing them as they soak up the skin’s natural oils leaving your skin over-dry by stripping the top layer of the epidermis. These ingredients may cause your skin to become flaky or scaly:

  • perfumes/parfum
  • kaolin
  • charcoal
  • salicylic acid
  • tea tree oil 

Causes of Dry Hair 

Hair that doesn’t receive or retain enough moisture, loses its shine and becomes frizzy and dull. 

Does your hair feel brittle or rough? There may be several causes leading to your dry hair concerns including, environmental conditions, hair care habits, and your physical health. [4]

Here are some of the environmental conditions that can cause dry hair include:

  • living in a dry, hot climate
  • spending a lot of time in the sun or wind
  • frequently swimming in chlorinated or salty water

Other causes of dry hair can be brought on by your hair care practices. For example, ask yourself these questions regarding your hair routine: 

  • Do you wash your hair too often?
  • Do you use harsh shampoos, conditioners, or styling products?
  • How often are you dying or chemically treating your hair?
  • Are you blow-drying your hair daily?
  • Are using electric curling irons, straighteners, or curlers?

Another cause of dry hair may be related to your health. Some underlying health issues that can affect your hair’s ability to retain moisture include:

  • Anorexia nervosa: An eating disorder, anorexia nervosa can lead to malnutrition. It can cause dry and brittle hair, along with more serious complications. [4]
  • Hypoparathyroidism: If you have hypoparathyroidism, the parathyroid gland in your neck produces too little parathyroid hormone, which decreases the level of calcium in your blood. Calcium is a key nutrient for healthy hair, as well as bones, teeth, and other tissue. [4]
  • Hypothyroidism: With hypothyroidism, your thyroid glands don’t produce enough thyroid hormones. Dry and brittle hair is one of the early symptoms of this condition. [4]

Quick Tips to Fix Dry Hair

Try making these changes to your hair care routine to help fix your dry hair, suggested by Higuera in her article about dry hair in Healthline: [4] 

  • Avoid shampooing your hair every day.
  • Condition your hair every time you wash it.
  • Use a shampoo and conditioner that are right for your hair type.
  • Use moisturizing styling products.
  • Avoid chemical hair treatments.
  • Avoid using heat when possible
  • Use only silicone-free, clean ingredient products to avoid build up

Highly Recommended Hydrating and Moisturizing Products 

These two products are non-negotiables for me. Bonus: The mist doubles as a make up setter

The key for moisture is going to be using the correct moisturizer for your skin type. These are some of the best moisturizers I’ve ever tried. I will never go without my Night Haven. Dave says it gives me portcelain skin. As for Dave, I almost didn’t order a replacement in time to get here before his moisturizer ran out and he made sure I knew exactly how I felt about it .. not happy!

More recommendations in support of using Monat products can be found across the internet including, Molly Sims Beauty Everywhere blog written by Marissa DeSantis. Here board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Amy Ross explains the importance of incorporating products with the right ingredients that should be paired together to get the most effective results instead of causing more damage to your skin. 

So what product did Ross recommend that’s best for moisturizing? MONAT’s Be Gentle Moisturizer! Pointing out it’s key ingredient, hyaluronic acid. [6]

Finally, Brittany Burhop Fallon, writes about Monat’s skin care line in a New Beauty article and raves that “it’s everything you hoped for.” One of MONAT’s products recommended for dry hair is—REJUVENIQE Oil Intensive— as a customer favorite! The intensive hair oil contains an oil plus a blend of 13 natural plant extracts and essential oils that are rich in omega fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrients.[7]

Rejuvenique Oil Intensive By MONAT

Weekly overnight hair oil treatments are a must around here! They leave my hair filling strong, hydrated and shiney. We have a variety of masques that also help hydrate (literally obsessed with our adv. hydration masque) and conditioners varying in levels of moisturization so they can be specifically tailored to your needs.
Overall, it is best to speak with a certified doctor or dermatologist to find the root cause of your dry or dehydrated skin or hair concerns. Then, if you’re in the market for a product that really delivers shoot me a message over on IG or FB and lets hook you up with the ideal hydrators and moisturizers for your skin and hair care goals!

[1] Shiffer, Emily, There’s a Difference Between “Moisturizing” and “Hydrating” Skin-Care Products

2. Fisher, Margaret, Hydrating vs. Moisturizing: What’s the Difference?

3. Barcela, Laura, How to Hydrate Your Skin When Nothing Works

4.Higeura, Valencia, Why Do I Have Dry Hair?

5. The Derm Review, Monat Skincare Review

6.DeSantis, Marisa, A Dermatologist Explains The Skincare Ingredients You Should Never Mix

7. Fallon, Brittany Burhop, MONAT Just Launched a Skin-Care Line and It’s Everything You Hoped For

The Benefits of CBD

The CBD life

Below find a few relevant studies regarding the use and benefits of CBD and some of my own personal favorite products

CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.

CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. More study in humans is needed in this area to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents about pain control.[1]

With the opioid epidemic ravishing the country, it’s imperative to find alternative methods to help with pain management. This study done in 2020 observed a significant reduction in pains varying from intense to sharp to cold and itchy sensation in those who received the CBD treatment and not the placebo.  

Similarly, this study resulted indications that in recipients of a 1:1 combo of THC & CBD sprayed towards the end of the mouth could see a reduction in (noncancer related) pain. A similar study showed that this combo used on patients with rheumatoid arthritis could reduce disease activity. The science is there. CBD & THC have been used for hundreds of years to treat various ailments.

These studies show the potential effectiveness of CBD on pain and inflammation.

  • Antipsychotic effects: Studies suggest that CBD may help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms [2]
  • Substance abuse treatment: CBD has been shown to modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction. In rats, CBD has been shown to reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior [3].
  • Anti-tumor effects: In test-tube and animal studies, CBD has demonstrated anti-tumor effects. In animals, it has been shown to prevent the spread of breast, prostate, brain, colon and lung cancer [4]
  • Diabetes prevention: In diabetic mice, treatment with CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56% and significantly reduced inflammation [5]

I myself regularly use them to manage pain, insomnia, inflammation and anxiety. Here are a few of my favorite products and why I love them.

While these 3 household staples usually run me $165, they’re actually on sale as a $25 add on through 4/28. I’ll 100% be stocking up because after the week I’ve been having, (yes, it’s only tuesday) I’m going to use that body wash as a bubble bath a soak my worries away until someone comes drag me out of that tub.

Want to snag this deal? Message me on IG or FB or text me at 908-869-8455 while supplies last! This deal is only valid for 48 hours, I highly recommend not missing out.

[1] Grinspoon, Peter, MD Cannabidiol (CBD) — what we know and what we don’t

[2] Bossong, Matthijs A systematic review of the antipsychotic properties of cannabidiol in humans

[3] PMCID: PMC4444130 Cannabidiol as an Intervention for Addictive Behaviors: A Systematic Review of the Evidence

[4] McAllister, Sean The Antitumor Activity of Plant-Derived Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoids

[5] Gallily, R Cannabidiol lowers incidence of diabetes in non-obese diabetic mice

Are you paying attention?

Blissful ignorance, oh how I miss thee.
Once upon a time I ate whatever I felt like, without checking labels. I used whatever products were affordable and readily available on the shelf. I didn’t give a second thought to freezing and subsequently melting a bottle of water in a plastic bottle and then drinking it.

Those days are long gone, because once you wake up to the dangers in literally everything around us, it’s impossible to go back to pretending like we don’t know and just haphazardly living without giving these situations serious thought.

Do me a favor. Think back and compare. How many instances of cancer, auto-immune disease and “mystery illnesses” did you hear about growing up? How many people did you know who died of one of these illnesses 20-30-40 years ago? The numbers don’t lie. The instance of diseases are increasing exponentially and the US is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to unhealthy residents.

we are being systematically poisoned

Most chemicals currently used in the United States have never been sufficiently tested for their effects on human health.

Food, furniture, cosmetics, household cleaners, toys, everything we use and consume on a daily basis is comprised of over 80,000 chemicals currently being used to create our goods, without regard for how it can and will affect our bodies.

“What we don’t know can really hurt us. And there’s a lot we don’t know… In the United States, chemicals are innocent until proven guilty. And, the only way they are proven guilty is by health effects turning up in people who have been exposed, often years later. In some ways, that makes us all guinea pigs.” – Sanjay Gupta
There was a study done by Dr. Frederica Perera, director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health that followed hundreds of pregnant woman over the span of 12 years and tested the quality of air they consumed throughout their day. Dr. Frederica Perera, director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. “It surprised me when we analyzed the air samples [from the backpacks] and found 100 percent of them had detectable levels of at least one pesticide and the air pollutants we were interested in.” – Perera


There are toxic ingredients being used in literally everything we consume. The rest of the world seems to be eons ahead of the US when it comes to banning harmful substances. Let’s look at the cosmetic industry, for example. While we ban 11 ingredients, he European Union bans over 1,300!!!

“In the European Union, they take more of a precautionary approach, so if an ingredient is presumed to be hazardous, or thought to cause health harm, they’ll restrict or prohibit it,” says Nneka Leiba, Vice President of Healthy Living Science at the Environmental Working Group. “That’s not America’s approach. Here in the U.S., the laws haven’t been updated since 1938.”

NINETEEN THIRTY-EIGHT WAS ALMOST 100 YEARS AGO. Have we learned nothing in that time?

In the European Union, if there’s a chance that an ingredient may be linked to cancer and/or birth defects they very simply BAN them. They do not wait and see if “enough” people get sick and/or die before taking action to prevent further loss. They do not mess around with concentration levels and exceptions. They straightforwardly ban chemicals that can cause detrimental health issues.

The EU Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC) was adopted in January 2003 and most recently revised in 2013.  The EU law  bans 1,328 chemicals from cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects. Unlike the United States, EU law requires pre-market safety assessments of cosmetics, mandatory registration of cosmetic products, government authorization for the use of nanomaterials and prohibits animal testing for cosmetic purposes. [1]

Exposures from a typical daily diet in the western US

Results from various studies show that the average person living in the Midwestern United States can expect to be exposed to toxic ingredients an average of 63 times per day. Below you’ll find exposure rates for the different regions of the country as well as for a traditional holiday dinner.

  • Midwest US: 63 exposures per day
  • North east US: 64 exposures per day
  • South east US: 70 exposures per day
  • Western US: 66 exposures per day
  • Holiday dinner: 38 exposures in a single meal [2]

Another interesting study shows the detriment of pesticides on the health of farmers along their lifespan. Here is one of the findings of the study from 2015 – Present:

  • Age-related macular degeneration was associated with using chlordane, DDT, malathion and captan.
  • Daily use of diesel tractors was associated with increased rates of lung cancer.
  • Protective glove use and hygiene practices were associated with a reduced rate of Parkinson’s Disease among farmers using paraquat, permethrin, and trifluralin.
  • Alachlor use was associated with higher rates of laryngeal cancer. [3]

Looking to switch over to clean products? Let’s connect, let me know where you want to start and I’ll recommend my favorite clean alternatives!

Download these lists to help avoid toxic ingredients in your products


[1] Swanson  Elizabeth 1,300 Cosmetic Ingredients Are Banned in the United Kingdom, Compared to 11 in the United States—Here’s Why (

[2]Schafer K S,  Kegley S E Persistent toxic chemicals in the US food supply ( )

[3] Agriculture health study (

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