Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Can Caffeine Make Hair Grow?

Pictured: an artsy computer rendering of a caffeine molecule.

That's what we're looking at today – caffeine. Not from a coffee-drinking viewpoint, but from a topically-applied, hair-growing viewpoint.

Caffeine-laden shampoos have actually been on the market for quite a while - all promising to boost hair growth, but is it just marketing hype?

Can caffeine make hair grow?

If you ask science, the answer is something like:
'documentation from laboratory tests show multiple indicators that topically applied caffeine has the ability to encourage hair growth'.

(that's science-speak for 'yeah, it looks that way')

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dear 200.000 Armpits - It's Not Your Fault

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might have noticed that 'Popular posts this week' on the sidebar always seems to have the same post at the top.

In fact, the post Why your DIY Baking Soda Deodorant is Causing a Skin Reaction has been at the top for quite some time.

This particular post has been visited over 100.000 times.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Soaproot vs Soapnut Hair Cleanser - Which is Best?

Here's my hair (and a slice of the phone that photographed it). It feels fresh, clean and – if I do say so myself – has a pretty healthy-looking shine to it.

My shampoo has been standing on the shelf for the past 3 months – untouched.

In the name of science (and my insatiable curiosity), I've been testing alternative hair-cleansing methods.

Some people call this going 'no poo'.

I don't.

I call it testing alternative hair-cleansing methods – I'm funny that way.

Regardless of the term, this exercise has been both enlightening and provided some surprising results – almost all positive.

So positive that repeat batches have been made. Several times.

Below are my notes on how decoctions of soaproot and soapnut have functioned as hair cleansers on my (fine, straight) hair for the past 3 months. At the bottom of the post you'll find links to learn how to make your own.

Monday, August 10, 2015

LisaLise at The 'Health Shop'

Normally, I really do try to keep myself from correcting sales people when they dish out thumbsuck about cosmetics ingredients but the other day, I had to make an exception.

The scene: a pop-up health shop
The situation: me, looking for a crystal deodorant

They didn't have what I was looking for, but this particularly perky salesperson didn't want to loose a customer and quickly offered an alternative.

"How about trying a brand new natural deodorant?" she said grabbing a jar from the shelf.

"It has all natural coconut oil and baking soda – it's chemical-free and really effective!" she explained.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How To - Soapnut and Soaproot Hair & Scalp Cleansers

Both soaproot and soapnut are amazing plants. They contain all-natural surfactants that can create suds with the mere addition of water and a bit of agitation. These suds are quite useful for cleaning things - even laundry. But since LisaLise is (mostly) about skin and hair care, we're going to learn how to cleanse our hair and scalp with soaproot, soapnut or even both!

Both of these products are as basic as can be – simple, budget-friendly decoctions that are easy to make.