We know that 2018 is going to be a HUGE year in sustainable beauty. There has already been a huge influx of organic, sustainable products and they keep getting better and better all the time.
If you haven’t already been thinking about it, now’s the time to put more sustainability into your beauty routine. Not only is it healthier for your skin and body, but it’s so much better for the environment. You can feel beautiful in more ways than one.
Start With Your Body
Actually, you can start where you want but if you’re looking for guidance, start with your body. Your skin absorbs what you put on it so doesn’t it make sense to put only natural products on the majority (or ALL) of it? The skin on your arms, legs, chest, back, etc., take up a lot of real estate on your body so you’re covering the most area.
Luckily, there are several natural, sustainable body products available now but we recommend JUSU for the gentle moisturizing yet effective benefits it offers. Plus the amazing smells they have… wow! Don’t worry though, if smells aren’t your thing, they also offer unscented.
JUSU offers soaps, moisturizers, lip balms, body butters, and everything else you need to keep your skin in tip-top shape!
Your Hair Will Thank You
Chocolate shampoo and conditioner, anyone? OK, so it’s not exactly chocolate flavour but for you brunettes, it keeps your beautiful hair shining in stunning chocolate tones. If you’re a redhead, copper-toned, silver fox, or tobacco-hued, there are formulas for that, too. Green, sustainable hair care has evolved quite a bit, don’t you think? DAVINES hair products offer all that, and much, much more. Every type of hair can be improved with something from DAVINES. They even offer a spectacular, award-winning blowdry primer!
In addition to offering sustainable beauty products that are great for your hair, DAVINES give back in other ways as well. One percent of every purchase goes towards environmental companies. Pretty cool, eh?
Put On A New Face
Sustainable makeup is a game changer! You’ll feel so good about putting your makeup on every morning without worrying about the products you’re putting on your face. And with areas around your eyes and mouth being so sensitive, it’ll be a relief as well.
Elate is the best natural, sustainable cosmetic line we have ever seen. Although there are a lot more coming out on the market, Elate was our first love. With a huge colour range and a beautiful finish on the skin, what more could you want?
The next time you buy a beauty product take a good look at the label. Do your research on what exactly is in it, and how it’s packaged. It feels awesome to be putting toxin-free, cruelty-free, environmentally sustainable products on your body.
If you’re still not sure where to start any of our staff at designHouse Salon, a sustainable beauty salon in Victoria, BC, would be happy to give you a consultation and lead you on your new healthy, green beauty path.
If you haven’t already made the switch over to sustainable, organic, green beauty products, this is your year to do it. 2018 is predicted to be THE year of green beauty so it’s a great time to start off with some new products.
Elate is hands down the BEST cosmetics line we’ve ever found! Skin-loving ingredients, cruelty-free, vegan and a huge variety of formulas and colours, this line really knows what they’re doing.
And if that wasn’t cool enough, the paper packaging is actually made with wildflower seeds for your garden. Cool, eh? Talk about sustainable packaging!
Unlike some other green skincare, Elate is always on trend with colours that reflect exactly what their customers are looking for.
Not sure where to start? The Elate Full Tint Foundation is one of our bestsellers for a reason. It feels great on the skin and you can feel good about supplementing your skin with natural vitamins and minerals while getting the coverage you need. Oh, and the lipsticks! Try the lipsticks, trust us!
We are proud to offer the DAVINES line of products at designHouse Salon! No matter what type of hair you have, and what needs it has, look no further than Davines!
Davines believes that a balance between beauty and sustainability is of utmost importance. It’s so refreshing to find a product line that not only treats your hair right but treats the earth right too.
While Davines offers a large variety of products for all hair needs, the one we recommend most is Your Hair Assistant Blowdry Primer. This particular product is not only one of our bestsellers, but was named Elle Magazine’s Green Award Winner! You won’t believe how it transforms your hair.
Your skin is your biggest organ and what you put on it also gets INTO it. It’s best to use natural products all over, but since your arms, legs and torso take up a lot of real estate on your body, switching to body care first is the best place to start.
Don’t you want to use the healthiest products that you can? And isn’t it even better when those products don’t harm the environment? With Jusu body products you can be reassured that whatever you put on your body is giving it the best supplementation and hydration, with no negative side effects.
Jusu offers scent-free products which are wonderful for those sensitive to scent. But we’re partial to the invigorating Eucalyptus Mint scent and awakening Vanilla Peppermint scented products. You’ll be refreshed, hydrated and smelling lovely!
We’re extremely proud to carry all these products at designHouse Salon. Being the most popular destination for Holistic Beauty Hair Services on Vancouver Island, our reviews speak for themselves as do these products. We’re proud that these brands match our high standards. Please come down to one of our locations, we’d be more than happy to help you find the best products suited for your body, skin, and hair care needs!
We are SO lucky to be a hair salon in Victoria, B.C! Although some Victoria residents wish it snowed more around here, we’re actually pretty lucky it doesn’t get too cold — for the sake of our hair, of course.
The cold weather can wreak havoc on your hair, making it dry and brittle. Winter air is cold and dry, therefore NO moisture is getting into your hair. Here are some easy tips on how to prevent this moisture loss and keep your hair looking sleek, smooth and healthy all winter long.
Use Leave-In Conditioner
Leave-in conditioner will help to lock in moisture and control that static. For extra-dry hair (or extra-staticky), use this and your usual in-shower conditioner.
Put Down The Hot Tools (At Least Sometimes!)
Using blow dryers and other hot tools isn’t the best for your hair anytime but it’s especially damaging in the winter when your hair tends to be extra dry and brittle.
Except for fancy events when you have to “do” your hair, try an up-do for everyday use like a bun, braid or simple chignon.
When you must use hot tools, DO NOT forget to protect your hair. Try something like DAVINES Your Hair Assistant Blowdry Primer.
Wear Hats — Correctly!
Hats can be a necessity in cold weather, and also to throw on over messy hair. However, wool and other common hat fabrics can occasionally rough up the hair causing breakage and split ends.
The solution to this is to line your hat in silk before putting it on! Simply wrap your hair in a silk scarf then slip your hat on, or find an old silk scarf or blouse you can attach to the inside of your hat so it’s always ready. A wee bit of work will save your hair!
Wash Your Hair Less Often
Your scalp can get dry (it IS skin after all) and that can lead to dryness and flakes. Shampooing less frequently, and with the correct formula (one we recommend is DAVINES NaturalTech Nourishing Shampoo) will allow your hair and scalp to retain the moisture it needs.
Use Deep Conditioner
Your hair enjoys a refreshing dose of moisture every so often, especially in the cold winter months. At least once a week replace your regular conditioner with a deep conditioning or hair mask treatment to add some much-needed TLC. We love the way DAVINES NaturalTech Nourishing Building Pak makes our hair feel!
Ban Hot Water
Hot water is an enemy to dry skin and hair, so turn the hot water down in the shower as far as you can handle. Then turn the dial WAY down to cool when doing your final rinse. Hot and warm water opens up the hair cuticle to receive the moisture but cold water seals it up securing the moisture you’ve just added.
Invest In A Cool-Air Humidifier
We’re not saying that everyone must run right out and pick one of these up, but if you already have one it’s worth digging out. If you’ve tried everything on this list and are still having trouble with dry, staticky hair, this may be worth the investment.
Dry air heating at home and at work at this time of year literally sucks the moisture out. So it may be necessary to put it back IN with a cool-air humidifier.
We wish you a happy hair season! For any other hair inquiries, or to pick up some of our recommended products, please visit designhousesalon.com.
The holidays are an incredibly exciting time to practice gratitude, appreciate the power of connection (hello, friends and family) and also be eco-conscious. Many of us get carried away and forget that all these products, packaging and wrapping paper gets thrown into the recycling or landfill. This is a shame and detrimental to the wonderful Earth we live on. So, we’ve compiled a small list of some great companies that care about the environment and wish to make the smallest footprint possible. By buying gifts from these companies, you’re showing retailers what kind of values you wish to put your hard-earned money towards. We have developed personal relationships with some of these companies as well as built partnerships based on a mutual love and understanding of living a green and conscious lifestyle. Lot’s of these companies are local too, one more good reason to shop and support small businesses! So without further adieu, here is our Green Holiday Gift Guide!
This Victoria-based company has phenomenal eco-friendly business practices and utilises every part of their juicing process. Jusu Body is entirely vegan, non-toxic and a high-performance body care line. Think about switching out your Body Shop or Lush buys for this. No synthetic fragrance is used and they use only the gentlest ingredients.
We’re happy to get behind Elate cosmetics since their company motto encourages women to treat putting on their face as a ritual. With a full range of lipsticks, foundations, cream blushes and eye shadows, there’s a little holiday glamour look for everyone in the mix. With a large focus on veganism and cruelty-free cosmetics, this is a great line to gift your vegan and celiac friends. “We believe no human or animal should ever be harmed to create our products.” They operate with great intention, one of the many reasons why we love this company.
With recyclable packaging and a full range of shampoos, conditioners and styling treatments, Davines has a little something for everybody. We especially love gifting their hair masks, as this time of year wreaks havoc on a variety of hair textures and types. “The beauty that we believe in is based on appreciation for individuality and celebration of diversity. This is why we consider ourselves as a tool for our customers to express their own uniqueness.” This attention to individuality and the planet makes for a potent, meaningful mix.
We had to give a shout-out to ourselves! Gifting a loved one a fresh new haircut, dye, or treatment, is a great way to show that you love them and care. Sometimes, we forget to pamper ourselves or take that time to decompress. Gifting a salon treatment is an automatic relax session. Call us at 778-433-4393 or grab your gift card online!
This is not an exhaustive list, by any means. However, this contains some of the very best companies that we feel show the people in your life that you care about them and the world around us. Have a wonderful, happy holidays and see you soon!
When it comes to hair, the saying, “The grass is greener on the other side,” is so relevant. For straight-haired women, they dream of curls and for curly-haired ladies, we burn our hair getting it stick straight. In fact, trying to tame curly hair is practically the holy grail of hair care.
Curly Hair. It’s a blessing and a curse but with the right tips and a little magic product even the wildest hair can be (relatively) tamed. What curly haired girl hasn’t heard from her straight haired friends that they would pay good money to swap places? Sound familiar? We’re big believers in embracing your natural texture and working with it! We’re here to talk curls and also give you some great education in how to embrace them! [Read more…]