{Guest Post from Loxa Beauty} Save My Damaged Hair! Part III: Heat and Over-Styling

Joico Affiliate Image 1Hair health is a matter of biology, just like every other part of our human make-up. Staying hydrated is a must for our survival, and the same rings true for healthy hair. Much of how we style our hair removes necessary moisture for shiny, healthy hair.

Heat styling with blow dyers, curling irons and flat irons change the structure of the hair and its biology. Heat changes the hydrogen bonds in our hair, which holds each strand together. Daily blow-drying and heat styling lead to breakage, damage and split ends. It’s important to give hair a break from constant styling. Let hair air dry on days you know you want to straighten your hair with a flat iron.

Joico’s K-Pak Shampoo in their Special Occasion Repair Kit restores worn-out hair and replenishes amino acids while also hydrating and protecting hair aloe and Vitamin E. It’s important to use heat protection when using hot tools on a regular basis for straightening and to repair damage when it occurs.

Tight braids and ponytails can damage hair as well—especially when worn frequently and for long durations. When styled while hair is wet, the chance for breakage and damage increases. These styles actually damage the hair follicle, which could result in permanent damage or even hair loss.

We recommend using a good shampoo like Joico K-PAK Shampoo to target build up near the follicles. Always use a conditioner after shampooing—a conditioner like Joico K-Pak Conditioner. The Joico K-Pak Conditioner reconstructs and smooth’s hair with K-PAK’s Bio-Advanced Peptide and Keratin Silicone complexes.

Use a weekly or monthly treatment to fight frizz and split ends. Joico’s K-PAK Intense Hydrator, included in both the K-Pak Special Occasion and Color Therapy Special Occasion Repair Kit, replenishes moisture and lipids to overly dry, damaged hair. The hydrating formula has a pH of 3.5 to seal the cuticle, creating a polished surface.

On days when you don’t plan to leave the house, let your hair down from tight braids; give it a good wash and conditioning. Then let it air dry. Your hair needs to rest and to replenish just like you do!

{Guest Post from Loxa Beauty} Save My Damaged Hair! Part II: Color-Treated Hair

Joico Affiliate Image 2Ever envy that one friend who’s never color-treated or damaged her hair, has natural highlights and shampoo commercial-like shine? And then you try to copy her look, only to end up with dry, over-processed hair? Of course you do. We all do!

It’s time to end the color-treatment envy and damage cycle once and for all. Color treatments actually change the structure of hair, often resulting in damage and split ends. This breakdown of the hair’s biological make-up creates dry, dull strands that are more susceptible to breakage. Bleaching hair is even harsher than permanent color treatments on hair’s structure. Instead of adding color, it strips natural pigment from the hair.

Add blow dryers, curling irons and straighteners to the mix, and hair gets very thirsty and weak. Heat protection products can help deter breakage and dull hair prior to styling with hot tools. Similarly, color protection can negate some of the damaging effects of chemical treatments while also extending the life of the color.

Joico’s K-PAK Color Therapy Special Occasion Repair Kit gives a three-part solution to damaged, color-treated hair with one simple kit. Even if your hair is super dry and frizzy, K-PAK Intense Hydrator can help your hair become healthier, softer, shinier and smoother. Plus, the treatment only takes three to five minutes to replenish and rehydrate dry hair!

K-PAK Color Therapy Shampoo provides color protection for weak or multi-processed hair. It’s a solution that improves color retention, adds smoothness and shine. Follow the shampoo with K-Pak Color Therapy Conditioner, a conditioner that increases manageability for combing, styling and preventing tangles. This conditioner also improves responsiveness to styling so you don’t have to beat your hair into submission.

K-PAK Color Therapy Shampoo, Conditioner and Intense Hydrater together make this kit the ultimate hydration solution for damaged, color-treated hair.

Repair your damaged, color-treated locks with Joico’s K-PAK Color Therapy Special Occasion Repair Kit. While you might never achieve the perfect, all-natural look of virgin hair, with the right color protection products, you can at least minimize the dry damage that comes with color treatments.

Shop Joico’s K-PAK Color Therapy Special Occasion Repair Kit here.

{Learn More+Giveaway} Rodan+Fields

I’m sure you have seen posts on Facebook about Rodan + Fields but maybe you don’t know a whole heck of a lot about the line (like me).  Here’s your chance to learn a little more thanks to Lauren Grattenthaler (and how amazing does her skin look in her no-makeup selfie?!):Rodan+Fields no makeup

  1. Tell us 5 things we need to know about you.
    • I’m a full-time attorney as well as an Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields®
    • I wholeheartedly believe in retail therapy as evidenced by my closet(s)
    • I am a proud aunt and obsessed with my almost one-year old niece
    • Speaking of obsessions, another of mine is Pure Barre.  It is an oddly addicting workout with great music and instructors that gets harder yet more rewarding with every class
    • I try not to get too caught up in traditional fashion “rules”…wear what you feel.  Express yourself.  Be eclectic and classic all at once.  Experiment with different color palettes. Stripes and prints as neutrals?  White in winter?  Scarves in the summer?  Yes, yes, and yes.
  2. What are 3 things you almost always carry with you in your handbag?  Definitely Rodan+Fields® REDEFINETM Hand Treatment, which can reduce the appearance of brown spots, wrinkles, and thin, crepey skin, and Rodan+Fields® ESSENTIALS® Lip Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 25, which also contains collagen-stimulating peptides, vitamins, and other ingredients to protect your lips beyond just moisturizing.  The hands and lips are often forgotten in skincare but are extremely vulnerable to dryness and aging, so I carry these with me throughout the day for instant softness and the added benefits of anti-aging.  Third,        dental floss. Highly underrated. And critical for that piece of lettuce that decides to lodge itself between your front teeth.
  3. What attracted you to Rodan + Fields?  The results of the products, developed by dermatologists, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields, the creators of Proactiv® Solutions.  We are a results-driven skincare company and the products really speak for themselves, both through clinical trial results and the visible, real-world results we see in ourselves and our customers.
  4. Why did you ultimately decide to become an independent consultant for R+F?  I saw the very real success of my now-business partners in achieving their goals and thought “Why not?  Why not me?”  I realized it was a unique, low-risk opportunity in a sizeable, yet still unsaturated, market to run my own business virtually around my schedule and personal goals, with considerable earning potential and the added “bonus” of great skin.
  5. What results have you personally seen for yourself as well as others?  Any particularly inspiring stories?  I was experiencing small breakouts of some sort on my chin off and on over the course of a year or two; wasn’t sure what it was exactly but it definitely bothered me.  Within a few weeks of using Rodan + Fields, those breakouts stopped and have not occurred since!  In addition, I felt an immediate improvement in my skin texture and softness; I wear makeup much less frequently now (pretty much only when I feel like it or for special occasions!) and when I do, it goes on much more smoothly and evenly.  There are so many amazing stories though, reflected in before/after photos, from individuals whose lives have been changed by their Rodan + Fields skincare and business (many of which can be found on my website).  One friend experienced skin issues post-pregnancy and now is frequently complimented on her skin, another has almost completely eliminated dark spots from sun damage she accumulated over many years and now gets to stay at home full-time with her daughter because of her R+F business, a young girl was able to address her acne concerns and now will start high school with much more confidence in a few weeks.  Could go on and on…It’s really about confidence, feeling good about yourself and in your own skin, achieving whatever dreams, goals, or lifestyle you seek, and giving back by sharing these opportunities and stories with others.

Rodan+Fields skincareWould you love a chance to try some product?  Comment on this post and tell me one of your favorite things about yourself – 5 people will win a mini-facial and 1 person will snag an eye cream (one of Lauren’s fave products!).  Check out Lauren’s Rodan+Fields website for more information.



{Guest Post from Loxa Beauty} Save My Damaged Hair! Part I: Causes of Damaged Hair

Joico Affiliate Image 1Dry, dull and damaged hair can be a real drag. No one wants damaged locks and split ends, but it happens. And honestly, we often give our locks a beating when we try to tame it and mold it into place.

Here are a few ways that we end up with dry, stringy strands.

5 Causes of Damaged Hair

  1. Tight updos – Ponytails and braids offer a great way to sweep hair off the face and to style second day hair. However, when pulled tightly and worn frequently, these styles create weak hair and breakage.
  2. Over-washing – The goal of shampooing is to cleanse the scalp from build up in hair follicles and not to wash the strands of hair. We strip hair of needed oils and nutrients when washed daily, resulting in dry and dull hair.
  3. Chemical treatments – Permanent color, highlights and perms wreak havoc on our hair. Weak, dismal hair accompanies the color and curls, giving you more than you paid for.
  4. Heat styling – Blow-drying hair and styling with a flat iron every day is a quick route to create hair damage and split ends. The heat literally breaks down the hair’s makeup. The days you plan to use a flat iron, let hair air dry on and give your hair a break from both a couple days each week.
  5. Excessive brushing – Attempting to tame hair frizz by brushing it into smoothness actually causes more problems like breakage and split ends. Over brushing can also cause tangles and breakage, especially with a cheap brush.

Don’t dismay! Looking at these causes of hair damage may seem like we should forever wear limp hairstyles. But with a few changes to your hair routine – and with the introduction to some helpful hair products – you can combat damaging effects.

Joico’s K-PAK Special Occasion Repair Kit is the perfect solution to reconstruct damaged hair. The K-PAK kit includes a reconstructing shampoo that treats damaged hair cuticles; a conditioner that reconstructs and smooth hair; and the Intense Hydrator treatment that seals hair cuticles.

Joico’s multi-action formulas feature mega doses of revolutionary Bio-Advanced Peptide™ and Quadramine® complexes — the most powerful reconstructive technologies known to hair — to repair and strengthen hair precisely where it needs it, when it needs it. The result is healthier, shinier hair.

Shop Joico’s K-PAK Special Occasion Repair Kit here

Pinkish Trends: Cute Shoes Alert

PinkishTrendsHeelsI have no idea how I stumbled upon Pinkish Trends but I am very happy I did because I found these shoes.  I can’t even handle this combination, it’s blowing my mind.  I can honestly say I’ve never been a huge fan of animal prints (I know I KNOW) but I can’t resist this coral pairing.  Oh and did I mention these are $36 SHIPPED?  You’re welcome.

PinkishTrendsCoralCheetahHeelCheck out their website – plenty of other cuteness you probably need in your life.   xo.


*photos from Pinkish Trends website

Hello (again).

To say it has been a while would be quite the understatement…the nutshell version of where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to can be summed up like this: 2 kids.  So now that my youngest is 8 months old and my oldest is 2, I’m feeling like I’m ready to get back to sharing things I love with adult humans.  Turns out my son doesn’t care too much about the latest foundation I’m obsessing over or my current favorite lip gloss etc etc.  I’ve been thinking about this new clean slate and what I want Pretty Indy to be; really, it’s still a place where I’m going to share things I’m loving with you.  It might not be as focused on beauty but of course that will still be there.  My life has changed *a lot* and this blog is growing with me.  SO – I think it’s appropriate that for my first post I share with you what is currently changing my life…read on.

Skinny Mom Supper ClubSKINNY MOM

This website and app was introduced to me by the gal who is currently styling my locks (and who is co-owner of The Traveling Hanger – another post for another day) and I am now borderline obsessed.  Specifically with their Supper Club – a meal planning assistant that is making me feel like I’m killing it at life.  It’s FREE, yes – free, and it provides a month worth of dinner recipes along with shopping lists for each week.  I’ve tried 3 recipes so far and they have all been completely delicious, not to mention encouraging me to try things I doubt I would have prior to this life-changing amazing discovery.  I’m talking to you, spaghetti squash.

Meal planning, trying new recipes, eating healthy – all things that I wanted to be doing but had trouble finding the time to really plan out – are so much easier with this.  Check out Skinny Mom’s Supper Club and see what you think.