How DIY Scalp Scrub + Dr. Groot Actually Helped My Buildup Astonishingly Quick

How DIY Scalp Scrub + Dr. Groot Actually Helped My Buildup Astonishingly Quick

I had meant to write on the Dr. Groot line when we launched the product. I won’t lie and say it was laziness. I happen to be a busy mom of three, one disabled, and a university student. There are days where I have written enough that I don’t want to write anymore and other days I don’t get the chance. Not to forget the other days, I am too pooped for much of anything. Still, I wanted to post about this. I have talked about hair before and how society places a lot of emphasis on appearance and hair care. There are a lot of hair products. It is easy to be unsure of what you’re doing. You go with what the ads say because that’s what they are made for. It’s more to understand a product and your hair care. What works for one will not always for another. It’s the fun of being human. We can share similarities but are still different enough to not need to use the same thing as the next person. When we have found something that works, it’s only natural to want to talk about it. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to advertise. Or at least direct. It does not replace any medical advice or advice from a professional hairstylist who puts in long hours of training to become certified.

With that, I would like to talk about my experience with Avon’s Dr. Groot Exfoliating Shampoo and the homemade scalp scrub treatment I made for my buildup that was causing itching.

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About My Scalp Issue

When I was about fifteen, I recall scratching my head during choir, and under my nails was gunk from my scalp. It wasn’t white either. Nor was it yellow, which would indicate a different condition going on. It was a color that I can’t seem to find information on, so I will chalk it up to not just build up but the dirt that clung to the build-up. Either way, I mentioned it to my mom. She took me to a hair salon in the lovely town of Bellingham, Washington, where we used to live (I miss the greenery). I was there for a bit getting my scalp cleaned and then cut and styled. Once finished, my scalp felt cleansed. When I touched it, my fingers felt cool to the touch. I could feel the air move through my hair at the roots, something I never noticed before. No one explained much about why I had had this build-up.

The Homemade Scalp Scrub

Fast forward a few years later, 2020, and Avon releases Dr. Groot. A hair care line meant for people with fine, thin hair. I felt excited. I have tried a lot of hair care lines, and not many live up to their claims. While I haven’t tried everything in this particular line, I first bought the exfoliating shampoo. It doesn’t have beads in it to exfoliate the scalp. Instead, it has ginger and ginseng to help with soothing redness and itching while helping to remove the buildup we can get from using products. It certainly did that. I hate feeling like I have an itchy scalp. Especially after washing my hair. It also has caffeine and biotin to help thicken hair. I could smell the menthol in the shampoo as well. I tried it a few times and could feel my scalp for the first time a while and the itching was gone for the most part.

For a few days after washing my hair, my hair was cleaner for a day or so longer than normal. I also liked that. The shampoo also has caffeine to thicken the hair. I can’t say I noticed any thickening either by touch or my appearance. I wasn’t using it for that anyway. I wanted to help with the build-up and the itchiness that can accompany buildup. After a while, the build-up did return. I would say a few months later. Still not a lot of itching. I still had some itching due to dryness. So, I used Avon’s Advanced Techniques Daily Shine 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner. It did help with the dryness. I began to use Dr. Groot once every two weeks to rebalance the microbiome of my scalp.

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There was a time I used it with every wash. It helped my itchy scalp, but I still had some issues with buildup. My hairstylist explained that overusing clarifying shampoo can create the problem that it is made to combat and cause dryness of the scalp. I decided to take it a step further and use Dr. Groot’s fortifying shampoo in a homemade scalp scrub. Using salt, honey, vinegar (even though Dr. Groots has some vinegar in it), a tad bit of olive oil, and some of Avon’s lavender essential oil. The essential oil is safe to use on the skin and in the purifier. I got the recipe from Stephanie Pollard at Hello Glow. I am linking that here as it is not my recipe. I only want to reference it because it worked amazingly well when I used it, with a few routine steps I added in for myself. When I followed the scalp scrub with regular shampoo and then the apple cider vinegar rinse, I got to feel that feeling back when I was fifteen in Bellingham. I could feel my fingers when I touched my scalp and could feel my hairbrush on my scalp. I don’t have a reference for the vinegar to water ratio. However, I made enough to cover my whole head. There is a factor to keep in mind when it comes to apple cider vinegar. If your scalp feels like it has a burning sensation, rinse it out immediately. The vinegar may be cleaning your scalp but is also acidic. It’s not good if you feel a burning sensation. I made sure to dilute my vinegar rinse with a lot of water. Yes, it has a smell that my son commented on. No, it doesn’t make your hair smell like vinegar.

The reason I followed with regular shampoo is based upon my observation of use. I had dried my hair and noticed it seemed oily but wasn’t upset because the build-up was gone. I used regular shampoo to get out some of the oiliness from the scrub. Figuring it’s the olive oil since I didn’t have the other oil Hello Glow initially mentions in her recipe. But I did read that it should be just fine as a substitute. 

After having a great experience with this scrub and the shampoo Avon sells, I decided to try it on my daughter. She has both oily hair and an oily scalp and has had scalp issues since birth. My daughter was born with psoriasis. I don’t think I have seen a baby born with that condition until her. She has experienced this bizarre condition of wet buildup/dandruff. I had never seen it before until I had her. Let me tell you, it is a pain if you let it go for too long. Once, I had to sit and carefully clean out her scalp. Something to keep in mind is that product and sebum buildup can cause hair loss. It’s not pretty. In her case, her body overproduces sebum that builds up. The buildup attracts dirt and everything else. Hers is a long-term ordeal. I was having trouble as of late and decided to try the Dr. Groots fortifying shampoo. It wasn’t working for her. But the scalp scrub with the shampoo helped SO much. It took several sessions before I could go on with the regular shampoo. Since it’s hard for me to show my condition, I decided to take pictures of hers.

To sum that up: I applied the scalp scrub, let it sit for five minutes, rinsed it out with warm apple cider vinegar rinse and warm water from the showerhead, used a quarter-sized amount of regular (nothing fancy like volumizing or straightening) shampoo and rinsed again. My hair came out cleaner, not oily, as well as softer to touch and shinier (a bonus in my book). The same goes for my daughter.

Scalp Care Nitty Gritty

Before I get into the product information, let’s talk about scalp buildup. Some can confuse those flakes on their shirt for dandruff. I certainly have. It can be caused for several reasons, skipping washes (sebum buildup), dead skin cells, and product use. I mentioned my daughter’s body overproducing sebum. Left untreated, it can result in hair loss, inflammation, and infection.

Depending on your needs, you will benefit from how often you wash your hair. Normal to oily can do it every 1-2 days (I am an every other day type of gal). Dry hair needs it 3-4 times a week. I have seen few people be able to go a week.

Hair type plays into the type of product you use. Be sure to look into what will help and if you need to, as your hairdresser. If you go with the wrong kind of shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, it can add to the buildup. As much as I love the idea of volumizing shampoo and the ones meant to thicken fine hair, they only make my hair look worse a day later and contribute to buildup. You have regular shampoo and clarifying. Clarifying dries the hair more and shouldn’t be used as a replacement. Everyday shampoos don’t mean you use them every day. Thank you, Brad Mondo for explaining that.

Next is serums. They are wonderful at times and I can recall when I first used that hot oil stuff from my aunt’s bathroom. They are great for preventing frizz, tangles, and help to condition course hair. Oil hair is better suited for serums with vinegar. The dry scalp needs moisture but something that also removes buildup. Serums with Tea tree oil are better for that. 

Conditioner. I admit I try not to use it. It leaves my hair heavy and I don’t want heavy. Fine hair doesn’t do well with heavy. It’s like I’m a dog dipped in oil. I only use it on my ends. Yes, I mentioned I have a regular 2-in-1 product. Activated charcoal is great for helping clarify the hair in a conditioner. Lactic acid can be added to that list, too.

Now to talk about Dr. Groot

This line is geared to those noticing hair loss. As we get older our hair thins. Men and women are equally susceptible to it. A few are lucky and don’t get it much. I am almost 40 and started noticing mine at my widow’s peeks last year. Fine-haired folk are people also likely to use the product. It has natural ingredients plus a few others I imagine are naturally based but hard to pronounce. Brad Mondo, I would love your input on this brand. Avon’s product information states that it is: “Infused with para-probiotics and prebiotics, these formulas help restore your scalp’s invisible microbiome shield of healthy flora for healthier scalp and hair. 

Get to the root. Made with rosemary extract, this fortifying shampoo gently exfoliates, helping to remove dirt and impurities from the scalp to leave it feeling rejuvenated. Contains natural ginger and ginseng to help soothe redness and itching, and biotin and caffeine to help thicken hair.”

It is thin when poured out without much color. I would say a faint green, perhaps. It does smell of menthol. A little bit of tea tree oil as well.

BENEFITS

• Infused with para-probiotics and prebiotics, it helps restore your scalp’s invisible microbiome shield of healthy flora for healthier scalp and hair

• With natural ginger and ginseng to help soothe redness and itching, and biotin and caffeine to help thicken hair

• No sulfates, parabens, or silicones

• Use products individually or as part of a regimen

TO USE

After soaking the hair and scalp with warm water, apply an appropriate amount evenly to the hair and scalp, massage, and rinse thoroughly with water.

Again, I haven’t noticed any thickening to my hair with it. Either way, caffeine is a temporary way to give the appearance of thicker hair. It doesn’t restructure the hair and make it thick from the shaft. Similar to how it temporarily makes cellulite and stretch marks look like they have vanished around the stomach. I am not an advocate for using products that claim that they thicken your hair because they can add to the buildup. When it comes to this product, use it according to your needs. I, for example, try and use it once every two weeks in the scalp scrub. If you don’t want to use it in the scalp scrub, my tips to use are to use it along with the areas you get the most buildup and itch. I have plenty of spots for both and I get it more on the scalp and along my part. I lift my wet hair a bit and then put it on. I then massage it into my scalp making sure to use just the fingers tips of my fingers. Not my nails. It’s likely to cause scratching and if you have an infection, don’t use this product and don’t use your nails. Please see a professional for treatment before using this product. The ingredients aren’t meant for those with current infections.

Before I get to the tips, I would like to list the ingredients. Everyone is about the ingredients today. And for good reasons. Allergies and some wanting to keep ingredient amounts to a minimum. WATER, DISODIUM, LAURETH SULFOSUCCINATE, LAURYL HYDROXYSULTAINE, DISODIUM LAURYL SULFOSUCCINATE, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERYL OLEATE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, POLYGLYCERYL-4 CAPRATE, POLYQUATERNIUM-22, CLIMBAZOLE, DI-C12-13 ALKYL MALATE, MENTHOL, PANTHENOL, SALICYLIC ACID, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, CITRIC ACID, NIACINAMIDE, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL, MENTHA ARVENSIS LEAF OIL, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF OIL, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, COCONUT ACID, SODIUM ISETHIONATE, SERINE, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CHLOROPHYLLIN-COPPER COMPLEX, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, INULIN, MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM CITRATE, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER WATER, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) EXTRACT, ALCOHOL, BIOTIN, CAFFEINE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, MELISSA OFFICINALIS FLOWER/LEAF/STEM WATER, YEAST EXTRACT, VINEGAR, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HOUTTUYNIA CORDATA EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, 

PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA BRANCH/FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA ROOT EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA ANNUA EXTRACT, AZADIRACHTA INDICA LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, SODIUM PCA, SODIUM LACTATE, MENTHA ARVENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA LEAF EXTRACT, HYALURONIC ACID, POLYGONUM MULTIFLORUM ROOT EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, ARGININE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, ASPARTIC ACID, DEXTRIN

GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN EXTRACT, POLYLYSINE, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED EXTRACT, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT, GANODERMA LUCIDUM (MUSHROOM) EXTRACT, PCA, BETA-GLUCAN

POTASSIUM SORBATE, GLYCINE, ALANINE, ALTHAEA OFFICINALIS ROOT EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSA LEAF EXTRACT, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN

PHELLINUS LINTEUS EXTRACT, VALINE, BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE, LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT LYSATE, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, ISOLEUCINE, PROLINE, THREONINE, HISTIDINE, PHENYLALANINE, ALCHEMILLA VULGARIS EXTRACT, LIMONENE, and LINALOOL.

Tips for Removing and Preventing Scalp Buildup

  1. Limit Hair Care Product Use – I get it. You want to do stuff with your hair. Tame it, curl it, dry it, style it, texturize it, avoid the shower because you got busy or whatnot so you grab the dry shampoo. Even de-tangler can add buildup. I love de-tangler. It’s helped so much. I have my hair layer, sure but then there are times I need that de-tangler. Still, all this use of hair products can add to the buildup and block pores which can over-produce oils. Your hair may be clean but your scalp may not be clean. But you end up showering because a day later your hair looks gross again. Check that you aren’t overusing products and keep your scalp clean. I’m not saying to not use products, just not so often. I heard growing up that too much hair spray breaks your hair off. I can see how that would happen but I am not sure if it’s true to the point that you just don’t wash it out.
  2. Limit Heat Styling and Hair Dying – I think this one can be hard for some people. We might be in a hurry or our hair takes too long to dry. We hate our color and have to redo it too soon or we overdo it with bleaching. Please don’t over bleach. I have not experienced hair loss from over bleaching but I did get very dry ends and it looks horrible when you fry your hair. It has three layers. Don’t assume that just because it has three that it can’t be damaged. That’s like saying a simple cut to the skin can’t be harmful if left untreated. It does happen. When you use heat too often it weakens the outermost layer and leaves it less able to protect the inner layer of your hair. Overheating and over-dying can cause splits ends and dryness. Your hair can’t keep the moisture in. When you dye your hair too often, a similar thing occurs. The outer layer is lifted during lightning and makes it so the inner part can receive color more easily. But doing it too much and you can start to lose hair. I knew a neighbor that was always doing something with her hair and she had a few balds spots. Don’t get me started on her then 6-year-old son’s hair. She’d dyed it green but when it grew out it was all sorts of weird colors and his hair was like an over-used brillo pad. Only shoulder length. Yet he was upset when it was cut short. Why am I talking about the hair when this is about the scalp? Well, the scalp starts to overproduce oils because it thinks it’s too dry to be maintained but then things get clogged up and oil attracts dirt. Dead skin cells have nowhere to go. Product build-up adds to it as well. All because the hair and scalp are exposed to continuous heat and hair dye. This can cause infection when the follicles are clogged. I had a cyst once. Most likely caused by clogged pores. I had to have it surgically removed. No, it was not fun. They had to numb me and then poke and cut my scalp.
  3. Stick to a routine – Depending on your needs, it’s always good to stick to a routine. The scalp will appreciate that it only has to work as hard as it should. If you work out a lot, shower more. Again, that sweat can bring in dirt and we don’t want that. Yes, there is such thing as too clean. Find the balance.
  4. Brush Regularly – Back in the olden days, women would flip their hair upside down during their infrequent hair washing to help rid the build-up on their scalp while brushing. Yeah, look up hair care through the centuries. It’s fascinating how different we are today compared to then. Sure some of the routines are questionable. Such as the infrequent bathing of the medieval period. Also, they used products we would never use today to not only clean their hair but to make it smell good and look better than it was. Still, some eras had a different way of washing that could involve egg yolk and hot water. Sun to dry the hair.
  5. When in doubt make a scalp scrub or go to a professional. Then follow suggestions accordingly.

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[2021 Update] 9 Espira Products by Avon Worth Your Best Health

[2021 Update] 9 Espira Products by Avon Worth Your Best Health

Updated for 2021 with more information to be added. Note that Espira is being rebranded to re:tune by Avon but I still want people to be able to find this blog post with the tag Espira especially since it’s been popular already this new year.

January 2, 2021 update: Our Espira line was rather popular and now it is being re-branded as ‘re:tune’ by Avon. It is part of our re-launch of the brand for beauty from the inside out. Many of the products are the same. There are a few new items. As for anything leaving, well, I will be honest in saying that as of now, I am now sure. But I will update this page ASAP. Because many reps are wanting to keep the protein and powdered greens. We also want the vitamins back. Keep an eye on this page for updates. Until then, you can still order the Espira products right now. New ones and rebranded ones will be available on January 6, 2021.

In 2018 Avon released a new health line called Espira. geared toward helping you be at your best every day. After all, Avon is now more than simply embracing your external beauty (initially it was financial independence). In an article by prnewswire.com Scott white Avon chief executive officer had a lot to say about the products when they came out such as, “We are very proud to enter this critical category with highly innovative high performing line of products that is unlike any other on the market today.” If you were wondering where the name of Espira came from, Betty palm president of social selling for Avon says, “The name is spirit derived from the words aspire and inspire – born out of a desire to help people feel and look their best. The inspiration for Espira came directly from our representatives as they lead busy lives as moms, nurtures, caregivers, volunteers, community members – and CEOs of their households and Avon businesses. Our goal is to develop products that would support them and their customers in living healthier and more productive lives.”

There are many benefits to living healthier and taking the time to do so. I realize that this is not easy for many. Though one small thing can make a big difference.

You could name off a list of ways that living healthier is a great thing, but I will stick with four.

  1. A Healthy Weight
  2. Better Sleep and Higher Energy
  3. Improved State of Mind
  4. Prevention of Disease and Injury

A few years ago, before I began selling Avon again, I decided to improve my own health. Much of it for personal reasons. I happen to be thin and have always been thin and I never liked being thin. There were and still are misconceptions about being thin. For one, I get asked if I have the body of a child and am sometimes mistaken for one. I already look 20 years younger than I am and no, that isn’t always a good thing. I am not even 50 yet. Being thin which doesn’t help matters. I have been asked if I have an eating disorder. No. I have never been diagnosed with an eating disorder, though for a time in high school I think depression may have been the root cause of my looking thin. I do have a fast metabolism that has slowly started to not be as fast since I hit 30. Also, I have a few other issues that have plagued my body and again, this never helped. The lowest I have ever been I think was 96 lbs. That was a LONG time ago. I had something going on that was never fully established but has since not been an issue. Three years ago, again going back to before I was a rep, I began a small journey to gain weight and be healthier. I was 112 at the time. And given my height, I was actually at the low end of a healthy weight. I gained 24 pounds in four months, roughly. I was very happy. Then I got busy with other things and that part of my health went to the wayside but I managed to maintain my weight for over two years. I once gained an extra 5 pounds because I had to take meds for the back issues I have. I get spasms so bad I can’t breathe or sleep laying down. I can’t move at all. It is not fun. Then two years ago I was told that for whatever reason, my back was going weak. Which I thought odd because in taking care of a special needs child 24/7 and lifting and bending and what have you, I used my back a lot! I went into physical therapy and began doing core exercises. Then college started just last year and my mind went elsewhere. I lost all the weight I had gained within a semester. Luckily my back hasn’t had trouble though my right hip has. Again, I decided to get back into it. But it took me until the beginning of April of this year to do it. I had planned to start the beginning of March. I couldn’t get back to the gym due to corona. That’s when I decided to use Daily Burn and use MyFitnessPal. I have always planned my monthly meals and prepped them every four days. In the last two months, I have gained 3 pounds. I told myself to take it slow because that way I can ensure I keep up the routine of being healthy. I have had trouble with sleep but I do have mixed insomnia. Luckily that has been going well. I also wanted to use some of Avon’s wellness products to get back on track and to let you, the customer, the reader, the curious to know about it. I know that being healthy can help with much of the matters I face on a regular basis.

The Espira line originally included vitamins for men, women, men and women over 50, and kids as well as an energy pack. All of which are no longer available. What products we still have are (some will be re-branded):

  • Espira am protect
  • Espira hunger pack
  • Espira hydration supplement
  • Espira ideal cleanse
  • Espira metabolism boost
  • Espira plant power protein (vanilla and chocolate flavored)
  • Espira power greens and
  • Espira restful sleep

Let’s look at each product a bit more closely.

  • AM Protect – this product helps with hair skin and nails water balance immunity UV exposure protection and eyesight using vitamins and minerals consisting of vitamin C niacin biotin calcium and sodium just to name a few. It also has a list of herbs in it two of which I would like to mention. One being horsetail which prevents edema (water retention) in lutein the eye vitamin that prevents vision loss and cataracts.
  • Hunger Block (now re:tune Hunger Block) – For those trying to cut back on how much they eat one of the best ways to do that is to fill full already. Fiber is one good ingredient in doing that. Fiber expands in the presence of liquids. Also, it takes longer to digest. The hunger pack has glucomannan and rice flour. Glucomannan is water-soluble and absorbs 50% of its weight. Each capsule has 1 gram of glucomannan along with other ingredients like rice flour. Directions say to take two capsules with eight ounces of water before a meal. It is best to stick with the recommended 8 ounces of water to prevent choking and also this helps with the absorption of water with the fiber. healthline.com has a wonderful bar graph, please click the link to see it, showing how effective this ingredient is in preventing hunger. Using three variants of glucomannan over a five-week trial.
  • Espira Hydration (Now re:tune Hydration, Berry Flavor Only)– Many of us don’t drink enough water. Then for many of us, we drink enough water but need electrolytes. Electrolytes can be thought to be most commonly used for two reasons: during workouts and when we are sick with vomiting and/or diarrhea. But to be honest we need them for regular functions as well. How much depends on our activity level or if we are sick. Espira hydration gives enough to use at least every day. It has electrolytes zinc vitamins B&C and antioxidants. The re-brand will only be in berry flavor as it was our most popular flavor.
  • Espira Ideal Cleanse (now re:tune Ideal Cleanse)– This cleanse is for three days and meant to aid in your digestive system and metabolism re-boost. Cleansing the system means removing anything that may disrupt the body’s ability to function properly. Loading and Constipation are two of the symptoms you may have before taking this. By removing toxins, you improve the digestive process. This is not a detox. Detox eliminates unhealthy foods only and a cleanse can do that along with help in curbing cravings I’m getting rid of other nasties at the body. Other benefits include an energy boost and an improved mental and emotional level of health. the am capsules have apple fiber dandelion and horsetail as well as antioxidants inflammation blood sugar control reducing cholesterol and blood pressure as well as promoting a healthy liver. I haven’t mentioned the benefits of horsetail in Espira AM protect. The PM capsules also have fiber but the kind that helps eliminate waste. Not to make you feel full. As well as calcium and magnesium and Aloe Vera powder which can help lower blood sugar and is a natural laxative.
  • Espira Metabolism Boost (Now re:tune Metabolsim Boost) – Many look for ways to boost their metabolism so that they can lose weight period two things are very good at doing that. Green tea and caffeine. Espira metabolism boost has both plus guaran (which has antioxidant properties such as caffeine, theobromine, tannins, saponins, and catechins), and cocoa beans.
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Metabolism Boost

Caffeine is well known to help give a boost in burning calories and adding a bit of oomph to energy in the morning. It does still help, and it can also blunt appetite by just a bit.

Green tea in an article entitled ‘7 Foods that Naturally Speed Up Your Metabolism‘ by Self (the magazine) shows that consuming green tea can burn 70 to 100 calories per day because of the effect of anti-oxidants to the tea and 24 ounces of green tea is said to help. This pill has 667 milligrams of green tea powder which is equal to 2 cups of tea and 190 milligrams of caffeine which is equal to 2 cups of caffeine per serving.

  • Espira Plant Protein – Many people Think meat when I think protein. But plants can have some protein as well. Espira protein has sources of protein from sprouted quinoa amaranth yellow peas and globe artichokes. Each serving is 21 grams of protein. It is only 120 calories per serving and provides all the essential amino acids as whey protein and has fruit enzymes that make it easy to digest. The product is free of the allergens: dairy, soy, peanuts and tree nuts, is gluten-free and vegan. I like it because it isn’t overly sweet and doesn’t have a weird bitter or bland taste to it as many other protein products can have. I have also tried other plant proteins that are rather grainy. This is not grainy at all and blends in well with any fluid. Even water. Water usually makes protein powder taste weird, but I like how this can go in a blender bottle and mix just fine. It can get a bit foamy in an actual blender. But that is okay with me.
  • Espira Power Greens – Not everyone likes veggies and though I enjoy them I may not eat as much as i should. Low in calories and so is this product. Greens and superfoods as well as vitamins and minerals that you come to expect in vegetables. There are a few fruits in there as well one of them being Apple. It also has dairy-free live probiotics. I can attest that this is helped my digestion a tremendous amount. It isn’t the best tasting, but I have found that it’s better and soymilk. I tried it in different fluids and recommend it mixed with soymilk. Unless you are allergic or unable to have that particular ingredient.
  • Espira Restful Sleep (now re:tune Restful Sleep)- Next time talking about how we don’t consume enough water or veggies we also have sleep issues. This supplement is a non-habit-forming period to help you relax it has melatonin hops chamomile and passionflower. I’d like to discuss passionflower for just a second. I feel it is a lesser-known supplement for nighttime rest period I happen to have several boxes of passionflower tea in my cupboard that my mom gave me I am slowly going through it.
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Rebrand of Restful Sleep

Passionflower boosts gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain and because of this, the brain starts to slow down and helps you relax and fall asleep. It helps with those racing thoughts at the end of the night.

  • Espira PM Restore – Just like with Espira AM Protect, the Espira PM Restore has ingredients meant to be beneficial to everything on the outside. it has antioxidants and Bioactive Collagen Peptides stimulate your body’s natural mechanism for building new collagen for younger, firmer, healthier-looking skin. I recently learned more about collagen peptides and while many take collagen to make their skin look younger, it has other benefits as well. great for skin hydration, skin elasticity, healthy joints and bones as well as good for your hair skin and nails. Your muscles and ligaments get benefits as well. Because as we age, our bodies produce less and less of its own collagen. Yes, we make collagen. At age 25 is when the amount begins to decline. Depending on our lifestyles, we may lose it quicker than others. Also, if you are looking to gainmore muscle mass, this can help. Now, don’t expect it to make you into Arnold Swarzennegger. It doesn’t work like that but in a study noted by PUB Med and found in an online article by healthline.com, “In one study, 27 frail men took 15 grams of collagen while participating in an exercise program daily for 12 weeks. Compared with men who exercised but did not take collagen, they gained significantly more muscle mass and strength“. Espira PM RRestore only has 2.5 grams of collagen so it may not be enough to build muscle mass. Though I suggest Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. It has 20 grams of collagen per serving. A great addition to Avon’s Espira products if you are interested. I take it in my coffee each morning. Avon Espira Pm Restore is also a powder that you can mix into a liquid of your choice. I recommend anything similar to water.

Please note that † These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your physician upon planning taking any supplements.

I hope this has been of some use to you and that you take the chance to visit my online store and get some of these great products yourself. I would love to know if you already take any and comment about them below. Have you had any health concerns that you have tackled this year so far? Is it going okay? It can be hard for anyone. Especially when our support system may be small like mine. Just remember that no matter how small you start; it is something and it counts. Baby steps. Stay safe out there world, we may not be in the same boats but we can still be here for one another.

New Items!!

re:tune Hair, Skin and Nails

Now, I normally take a chewable because I already take pill form of meds for other things and hate pills. Though this is crushable, I would also have to add it to a smoothie. But, I am generally in a rush and prefer chewables.

Antioxidants and nutritional building blocks to promote a healthy response to UV exposure while helping build healthy hair, skin and nails.

BENEFITS
• Clinically demonstrated to enhance skin firmness and luminance
• Provides structural support for building hair, skin and nails
• Visibly reduces skin redness after UV exposure
• Gluten-free
• 60 tablets
• Vegetarian
• Non-GMO
• No artificial colors
• No artificial flavors
• No preservatives

TO USE
Take 2 tablets in the morning.

Re:tune Inner Beauty Collagen Booster

Now, this product I am interested in because I already take a collagen supplement by Vital Proteins that is vegan and I mix it into my coffee every morning. I started because I read about it helping my nails as I am trying to grow them out to help not pull out eyelashes (trichotillomania). Now, I don’t know how much collagen this has in it whereas I know how much is in my current brand. I do know that the older you get, the less you body makes of collagen. This is also why 20-year-olds look youthful with plump round faces. I have mentioned how young I look to people. This is not why I use it. But others want to supplement it for that reason, others for health benefits. Collagen has a lot more to it than benefiting your youthful looking skin. It can also help your joints and muscles. But it is best known for your skin. I promise to have a product review of this one.

Supports healthy collagen production for firmer-looking skin.

A powdered mix of marine collagen peptides to promote toned, radiant skin.

BENEFITS
• Contains Naticol, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles and improve skin elasticity
• Visible improvements in skin firmness & brightness in 12 weeks
• Contains Naticol®, an ingredient that visibly improves skin hydration significantly after 6 weeks
• Unflavored powdered mix that can be added to hot or cold beverages
• 30 Servings
• Non-GMO
• No artificial colors
• No artificial flavors
• No preservatives
• Gluten free

TO USE
Add one scoop (2.5 g) to any beverage of your choice. Stir until smooth or use a shaker cup.

Warning: Consult your physician prior to taking this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition.

I hope that you enjoyed this update. I plan on updating it as the ingredients become available. Remember that most new products wont be available until January 6, 2021.

Curl Me Crazy: Avon’s Chi Hair Styling Iron Review

Curl Me Crazy: Avon’s Chi Hair Styling Iron Review

I am opening up this review with a bit of 411 of the handful of ways women have been straightening their hair. When I think of some methods women had used to do this, I think of the clothes iron. The thought of it scared me only because that item is big and the other person has to be paying attention to what they are doing. Still, the history of straightening your hair goes as far back as the late 1800s.

Methods

There were a few methods of straightening hair and to be honest it wasn’t just women that did it though we are more well known for doing it. Some of the methods used were:

  • A Hot Comb – Heated electrically and most widely used for coarse hair. I have a curling brush that works in the same manner and does straighten my fine hair. Though not in the manner I would like. It is better suited for coarse hair.
  • Chemical Relaxers – Used by those with very tight curls. You can often find African American’s showing how they do their curly hair straight in YouTube videos.
  • Japanese Hair Straightening – This one was new to me. According to Byrdie Beauty, last accessed April 15, 2020, “Japanese hair straightening relies on a special solution that’s applied to hair, similar to a flat perm. This solution breaks down the hair’s bonds that give it shape, allowing it to become pin-straight when the flat-iron is applied. The hair is saturated with the solution, rinsed, dried with a blowdryer, and then flat-ironed with a ceramic iron in small 1/8-inch sections. Also like a perm solution, a neutralizer is then applied, which locks the style in place. The entire process is labor and time-intensive. Depending on the length of your hair and its thickness, you can expect to be in the salon for a few hours.”
  • Brazilian Hair Straightening (Also known as a Brazilian Blowout) – Similar to Japanese hair straightening.
  • Roller Sets (for Curly Hair to be more straight) – You achieve this by washing your hair at night before bed, then rolling your hair in the biggest rollers you can get and let them dry while you sleep. Though for the life of me I could never figure out how it was comfortable.
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There are also shampoos and other hair products that create a temporary straight hair look. You may be wondering why I choose to talk about straightening hair when I used the Styling Iron to curl my hair. The reason I started to talk about that is that, for the most part, it is what flat irons and styling irons did in the beginning and are still used for that same purpose now. Still, I find the history of straightening rather fascinating and worth bringing up.

Cons of Mentioned Methods

Many of the methods above, especially if done too often or not done correctly, can open the shaft of the hair and expose it to damage that can dry out the hair and cause it to break. And in some cases, you may lose hair. If you are addicted to using a method too much, it can cause enough damage that it takes months to repair. I recall this former neighbor once who claimed she knew what she was doing in always chemically treating her hair. She ended up with bald spots. To be honest I am shocked she kept doing what she did and didn’t cut all of it off. It was beyond repair. To make it worse, she decided to add dreadlocks to her hair. On her own. With damaged hair. Even when I went back to being a dark brunette from being a plum purple who lost her color, I had to use a balm for my hair for 6 months and use more moisturizer than I imagined I ever would use. Basically when you dye, perm, straighten, use heating tools too much, what happens is the cuticle of your hair opens (now when you dye your hair lighter this is only supposed to happen so you can let dye in especially for us dark-haired folk) up and if done for too long or too much it can cause damage to the hair. Your hair becomes dull, frizzy, split, brittle and dry. And if you have fine hair like me, it can happen all too easily. it can take a lot of time to fix the damage and if I recall, one celeb had such damaged hair from the treatment it received that she cut it all off. I don’t remember who sadly.

Why the Chi Styling Iron is Different

As I mentioned in the description of the stying iron in my post Hair Chi: Adding Life Back into Your Hair, the “CHI 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron utilizes the latest innovative technology combining Tourmaline Ceramic with even heat distribution, producing an exceptionally high amount of negative ions and Far Infrared which reducestatic electricity for that perfect style. Hair is left smooth and silky with an exceptional shine. This hairstyling iron is ideal for all your hairstyle needs. Now you can straighten, smooth, curl, wave, spiral, flip, and bend. Just use your imagination and create your own personal flair.” The iron has a temperature nob on it next to the switch. And each temperature can be used for your hair type. I used the lowest setting of 310 degrees and only had the iron on my hair for 3-5 seconds and gradually and gently brought it down to the ends of my hair to create a nice decently sized curl to add volume to my hair. The fact that it has an adjustable temperature and guide to use it helps in knowing you won’t be as likely to damage your hair. The plates are heated in the tool as evenly distributed as well. A bonus knowing that one section that you use it on won’t be as hot as the rest. Also, it has a shutoff timer within it and turns off one hour after not being used. I am not sure how that works but at least you know if you forget to turn it off that it will on its own.

My Review

It had been years since I had used a styling tool. And I am pretty sure the last one I used didn’t have an adjustable temperature. It did have a light like the Chi Styling tool to tell you when it was heated. Also, a bonus. I didn’t expect it to be as large as it is. I like the color. Black; a favorite color of mine. I liked that it came with a warranty and also some instructions. The cord is very long. Still, I styled my hair after watching a few videos. You think I wouldn’t need to but, again, it has been a very long time since I have used this styling tool.

The result was nice curls. I don’t have a curling iron. I could get one but this is what I chose. How I went about prepping to use the tool was that I first used a detangler on my hair damp hair and then used the Chi Heat Protectant from Avon to help protect my hair while I blew it dry. It took about 15 minutes. I didn’t time how long it took to dry and then I plugged in my styling tool and waited for it to be ready. It didn’t very long. Maybe about 5 minutes on the lowest setting. Then I used the styling tool to get out any kinks in my hair first. I did notice that though my hair was dry that my hair felt ever so slightly damp but then quickly was dry again. I heard this is a feature of many new styling tools now. I don’t have many clips to section my hair and decided I would just do around my face. I like to add volume to my hair. I did just under 1″ sections. I placed the hair, one inch from the roots, between the clamp and carefully turned it way from my face at one and a half times. I held it for 3-5 seconds and slowly, using two hands, brought it down slowly so the hair curled as it was brought down.

One one side I have curls in and on the other, not curls, using the styling iron.
A full frontal view of my hair after it is done.

A side view
My daughter’s high ponytail with curls.

I got nice, decently sized curls that opened up my face and added volume to my hair. I also did my daughters hair but I wrapped her hair around a pencil and used the iron to clamp the hair for the same length of time, she has fine hair like me, to create tighter curls. It came out great on her. One difference is that I did use hair spray on mine to keep the hold. Whenever I get my hair down I hate having it move a lot. It’s been a weird thing of mine since I was young. I didn’t do this on my daughter.

The reason this is a part of the review is that I have a heated curling brush that adds soft curls to my hair. But even with a heat protecting spray, that I hear help hold curls, my hair never stayed styled without the use of hair spray. So, this time I wanted it to stay but used my daughter as a way to test if the curls stayed in her. And they did. For three days with gentle brushing. She looks great with curls in her hair, too. They somehow made her look more like the teen that she is. I still like using hair spray though. The kind I use may not be Avon but it is made for voluminous looks and holds a curl. I have made a view that features how I did my daughter’s hair. Due to my internet being slow I have to post the link different than how I would like. I wanted to start with where I was doing her hair. I do apologize for the shakiness of the camera. I had accidentally deleted the whole scene of me doing her hair and had to repeat. My son wanted to be the cameraman.

Final Thoughts

I think I have a new favorite tool in my hairstyling routine. I won’t go nuts and use it every day. Maybe twice a week for when I do videos and for when I go out. Whenever that will be with this social distancing going on still. I do suggest something to the Chi company though: add cord keepers for long cords to product packaging, and maybe sell gloves that protect your hands from heat or at least have a grip area at the top of the tool to make it easier to hold. Other than that I loved the tool.

I recommend buying the Chi Styling Iron from Avon from their new line of styling products. Make sure to get the heat protecting spray as well and keep those locks safe from heat exposure. If you have used this item before or buy it from me here at my online store, tell me what you think in the comments below. The styling tool is $125 right now in campaign 10 (2020) (Reg $139). Let me know in the comments if you have bought this product and what you think of it. What are your thoughts on straightening your hair? have you ever tried it and how did it work out for you?

Check out my other articles on Avon hair products:

Hair Chi: Adding Life Back Into Your Hair

Avon Hair Color Overview

Three Powerful Reasons to Use Chi Essentials by Avon

Amazing to Dye For Hair Color Line by Chi