Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.
Am I the only one who gets all depressed on Sunday nights? After an amazing weekend full of naps on the sofa, sangria slushies, backyard barbecues, and everything in between, Sunday evening rolls around and it’s all over. But it doesn’t have to turn into a pity party.
Ever heard of the Sunday Night Beauty Ritual (SNBR)? Basically, you take the better part of Sunday evening to pamper yourself with a major at-home beauty treatment. I haven’t tried one yet, but all my beauty writer and editor buddies are on board with the practice. I have to say, their skin, hair, nails, (and sense of humor toward the work week) are seriously benefiting. Let’s get inspired together by these real life SNBRs:
“Sunday is my hair washing day. I wash and deep condition with a hair mask. Plus, I usually do any waxing and body scrubs that I don’t otherwise have time for during the week.”
—Nykia Spradley, Associate Beauty Editor at Ladies’ Home Journal
We love writers with fun personalities, which is why we’re ecstatic to welcome Carlye Wisel into the guest blogging fold this week. The savvy blogger has a multitude of interests, but can regularly be found talking about music and more on Vevo, Big Ugly Yellow Couch, and her personal Tumblr, Awkward City Population 1. This week, she’s sharing beauty wit and wisdom. Today: must-have products for the shower.
From left to right: Japanese Beauty Cloth, $4.99, amazon.com; Johnson’s No More Tangles, $3.69, drugstore.com; Coochy Shave Creme, $17, amazon.com; Kerastase Ciment Anti-Usure Conditioner, $39, birchbox.com
As someone who loathes the sopping-wet discomfort of showering, I seek out products to make the experience as efficient and painless as possible. Between a Japanese washcloth that works loads better than a loofa and stripper shave cream (no, seriously) that’ll nix underarm bumps, the hot water heater might quit on you, but these goodies never will.
Our favorite showering buddy? Lavanila’s The Healthy Body Wash in Vanilla Grapefruit.
Over the years, I’ve earned the nickname ‘Super Jew’ from a lot of my friends. It’s a pretty accurate assessment, minus one part: keeping Kosher. Nevertheless, I was intrigued when I came across this leave-in conditioner called Kosher Kurls. Even though it’s more of a play on words than a serious kosher product (you’re not eating it, after all), I couldn’t help but wonder if people that truly keep Kosher would actually buy it over another non-Kosher brand. But whether you’re interested in this product or offended by it, one thing’s for sure: its $18 cost and free shipping are hard to beat.
For more great hair products, check out our Birchbox Shop.
L’Oréal Professional White Violet shampoo, $19.55, and conditioner, $17.99.
Like most blondes, my color is not all natural—I get a little help. No shock there, but I’m really bad about upkeep and go for prolonged periods between hair appointments. Given that I sometimes wait five or six months before getting a touch up, it’s interesting that my biggest complaint is never my roots—it is how my color changes over time. When I first leave the salon after getting highlights, I feel like my hair looks bright and perfectly pale. A few weeks later though, it starts to become dull and brassy looking.
This past Saturday, I finally went to get some much-needed color and I told my stylist, Benjamin Fillingham at Arte Salon, that I have been having this issue. Apparently there is a solution! He says it’s all about integrating a purple shampoo and conditioner, like L’Oréal Professional’s White Violet (pictured above), into your haircare routine. Basically, violet and yellow are on opposite ends of the color wheel, so the purple products counteract any yellowing by depositing a touch of color directly onto porous, bleached hair. (Ah, chemistry is so cool.) One thing to note, don’t use your purple shampoo/conditioner every time you wash, just once a week or so for maintenance.
If you’re looking other shampoos and conditioners to try, we offer a well-curated selection in the Birchbox Shop.