Living Consciously | Vegan Haircare for Dry Damaged Hair

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Vegan cruelty free haircare. Flowers. Pureology and Aveda.

Hello everyone,

I'm back with another update on my journey to living consciously, talking about everything from cruelty free food and cosmetics to yoga. I want to try it all. In case you missed my original 'Living Consciously' post you can check it out here.

This week I thought I would share with you the amazing vegan and natural haircare products I've been trying out. My hair has always been on the dry side and coupled with the fact that it's naturally waved (a fancy way of saying its plain old frizzy) I like to go for products that will condition and smooth down my flyaways.

While I was getting my hair done at my local salon my hairdresser used the some Pureology Hydrate haircare products on me. Pureology is great because its 100% vegan. No animal products, by-products and no animal testing! Not only are their products great for the world but they're also incredible. My hair felt instantly softer and stronger after one use. I liked them so much I bought the shampoo and condition myself at Peter Mark. They're a bit pricier than your regular high street products but not ultra expensive either. Plus their concentrated formula means you only need a little bit at a time.

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I've been using them for a few weeks now and my hair is still as soft as ever and their no sulphate formula doesn't weigh my hair down.

Next up is the Aveda damage remedy for intensive restructuring. I leave it in my hair for 5 or so minutes after using a clarifying shampoo. This product contains quinoa protein which actively repairs damage and wheat protein which helps protect against heat styling damage. I once got my hair highlighted at an Aveda salon and was worried my hair would become dryer but because of the natural ingredients I haven't experienced any dryness out of the usual.

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Of course I still use regular products that aren't so natural but it's a process of slotting in a few products at a time. I'm trying out a few other natural body care products too so I'll keep you updated if I find any winners.

Well that's all for now.
Thanks for stopping by,
Ciara xx

Vegan Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Hello everyone!

Today I thought I would share with you a breakfast that I have been obsessed with over the past few weeks and that is my chocolate protein smoothie. Its has a balanced amount of carbs, protein and fats to set you up for the day and satisfies your sweet tooth cravings in a healthy way.  Its super quick and easy to make which makes it perfect for a busy morning or if you're like me and you're starving when you wake and can't wait!

Here's what you will need:

1: 2 Bananas (I would recommend frozen)
2: Approximately 300-400ml of your dairy alternative milk of choice or water.
3: A handful of pecans or any other nut you want. I'd recommend walnuts or hazelnuts.
4: A cup of ice to make things frosty. (if you use frozen bananas you don't need to add ice)
5: A chocolate flavoured vegan protein powder of your choice. I'm using Sunwarrior protein which I'm loving at the moment.
6: A tsp of cocao powder or cocoa powder will do the job too.

All you have to do next is bang all your ingredients into a blender and blend it all up until everything is smooth. 

And here is the finished result.

Sorry I don't have a Pinterest worthy image to show you but my hunger made me impatient...

I usually pair this with some cereal and berries to make my breakfast a bit more substantial. Also we can't forget a cup of hot coffee! Try adding oats or peanut butter if you want a heartier smoothie that will keep you fuller for longer.

Let me know if you try this out and if you thought it was tasty!

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx