Katniss Braid Tutorial From Mockingjay Part 2

Katniss Braid Tutorial From Mockingjay Part 2

I’d like to share a Katniss Braid Tutorial from Mockingjay Part 2. Has anyone seen the movie yet? I’m waiting until the Thanksgiving break when my kids don’t have to worry about doing homework! So, even though this is a pretty straightforward hairstyle, the person who designed the tutorial, Wendy Rose Gould, suggests that if you want to recreate the Katniss braid tutorial, you may need hair extensions. However, if you don’t need to add length, just skip to step 3.
  Katniss Braid Tutorial 

If you need to apply cruelty free hair extensions, the first step is to prep you hair by applying a cruelty free hair serum.

The hair serum will tame your hair frizz and make it easier to not only manage, but it will also help create the same shine that many hair extensions have. That way it will blend a bit easier, too.

The second step is to add the hair extensions.

 Katniss Braid Tutorial

Step three is to move your hair to one side of your head.

 Katniss Braid Tutorial

Step 4: Part Your Hair

Simply part your hair down the center.

 Katniss Braid Tutorial

Step 5: Fishtail Braid

Now you need to make a fishtail braid (which Wendy Rose Gould promises is not difficult). Divide your hair into two sections, and then drag an outer piece of your hair from one section over to the other section. Pull that tight, and then repeat on the opposite side.

Continue pulling tight as your braid your hair, and then secure with a clear elastic.

All your hair should be draped to one side of your head, and if this is diffucult, use bobby pins. Pull out sections of hair so you have that“piece-y,” lived in look.

You can use a cruelty free texturizer, or more serum to get those strands. Also twist each of these pieces to keep them separated.

 Katniss Braid Tutorial Does it look as beautiful as the photo? Keep practicing!

Disclosure: This tutorial is from Latest-Hairstyles.com and Wendy Rose Gould

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Living Proof Hair Care Products: Are They the Real Deal?

Living Proof

Living Proof is a cruelty free hair care company that I have been intrigued about since I first read about their entrance as a start up company. Living Proof  first arrived on the scene in 2008 with claims that it had “the first new anti-frizz technology in over 30 years. For head turning, bliss creating, confidence boosting results. We stop at nothing short of products that keep their promise. And the only one who can prove it, is you. You are the living proof.”

Living Proof has a famous co-owner as their spokesperson, Jennifer Aniston, but that doesn’t mean that their products are going to work. I wondered how much science there really is in their hair care line, and so I turned to one of the Experts at The Beauty Brains, Randy Schueller, to help me with my question: [Read more…]

DevaCurl Hair Care Review for Curly Hair

Attention Curly Hair Gals!

curly hair

Cruelty free DevaCurl promised that after I used the products sent to me for review, my naturally curly hair would be made frizz free without the use of sulfates, parabens and silicones. Does it live up to it’s promise? Read and find out. [Read more…]

Henna Color Lab Cruelty Free and Vegan Hair Care

Henna Color Lab Introduction

Henna Color Lab is a company that I’m thrilled to report has this statement: “We would Never test on animals. We test only on ourselves.” Henna Color Lab is 100% Vegan, Cruelty-Free, and PETA Certified!

“All Natural Ingredients, Cruelty-Free Business Practices, and Unshakable Integrity are the Foundation for Henna Color Lab™”

Henna Color Lab

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What does Henna Color Lab Offer?

At their website, you will find Henna Hair and Beard Dye, and also Shampoo and Conditioner. The website also gives very detailed instructions on how to use their all natural dye. If you don’t find the answer to a question on the site, then they have a toll free number to call (1-888-502-2510), Monday-Friday 9-5 pm PST.

Henna Color Labs

Henna Color Lab info on Sulfates:

Before I write about the Henna Color Lab Shampoo and Conditioner, I want to make sure that everyone knows what sulfates are. This is important to know, whether or not you color your hair!

This is from the Henna Color Lab website:

“What are Sulfates? Sulfates are detergents (lather makers) used in many cosmetic products: shampoos and soaps. The main nasty to avoid is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Sulfates can irritate the skin and scalp with regular use. Many blame SLS for the rise in dry skin disorders and dandruff problems. The detergents are just too strong for regular use; they simply yank all natural, protective oils from the skin and hair. These detergents are used often in industrial products, and although they may clean the toilet bowl well at the mall, you don’t want them on your skin, scalp, and hair. Additionally, their harsh cleansing power just strips the color out of your hair well before its natural cycle. Use only organic, plant-based shampoos (coconut oil, olive oil, & sunflower seed oil detergents) if you want max color with zero side effects.”

So, check the labels on your shampoo and soaps!!

Henna Color Lab Shampoo and Conditioner

These products are designed to work with the Henna Color Lab products, but anyone, whether you color your hair or not, can benefit from using their Shampoo and Conditioner. That’s why I was delighted to be able to try these two products:

Henna Color Lab

Henna Color Lab Clean Minty Mix Organic Shampoo

You don’t need a lot of shampoo to get great bubbles. That’s really amazing to me because it’s all organic plant-based surfactants (the bubble-makers). I love that it can also be used as a body wash and a shaving cream.  

In addition to being free of sulfates, it also does not contain parabens, phthalates, or synthetics of any kind (that means there are no synthetic perfumes)! It smells great naturally with a combination of peppermint and spearmint essential oil.

Henna Color Lab

Ingredients: cocos nucifera (Coconut Oil)*, olea europaea (Olive Oil)*, helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil)*, butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter)*, Proprietary Essential Oil Blend: Peppermint Essential Oil*, Spearmint Essential Oil*, potassium hydroxide, glycerin, guar gum, Aloe Vera*,  rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary Extract)*, citric acid.    *Oregon Tilth certified organic ingredient

Size: 12 fl oz (355ml)  for $12.98 also available in a 2 oz trial size.
There is also a Lavender-Geranium scent available.

Henna Color Lab Minty Mix Organic Conditioner

Just like the Shampoo, the Conditioner is free of sulfates, and does not contain parabens, phthalates, or synthetics of any kind (that means there are no synthetic perfumes)! It smells great naturally with a combination of peppermint and spearmint essential oil.
Henna Color Lab

This was exactly as advertised. It was very moisturizing, and therefore, I no tangles in my hair when combing my hair through. Using the Shampoo and the Conditioner, I felt my hair was left with a nice shine.

Ingredients: Aloe juice*, Lavender*, Roman Chamomile*,  Castor oil*, cetearyl alcohol, stearalkonium chloride, phenoxyethanol, hydrolyzed wheat protein, Proprietary Essential Oil Blend: Peppermint oil*, Spearmint oil*, pro-vit. B5, vegetable glycerin, rosehip seed oil*, black willow bark extract*    *Organic Ingredient
2 oz. trial size  is what I received for $4.98. There is also a 12 fl oz size.
Also available in a Lavender-Geranium scent.
Henna Color Lab

Henna Color Lab Hair Dye

In addition to the shampoo and conditioner that are reviewed above, you should check out Henna Color Lab for their hair dye. Not interested in having ingredients such as ammonia, metallic salts, and harsh chemicals, in your hair dye?! Henna Color Lab has all natural, hair dyes. The hair dye permanently bonds with your hair, it doesn’t just chemically coat it.

Below is a photo of the Pure Henna Hair Color. However, there are many colors to choose from for the women’s hair dye, and the same colors are offered for men’s hair.

Henna Hair Lab

Men can also use it for their beard, eye brows, side burns, and mustache.

Henna Color Lab

Henna Color Lab

All henna hair dye can be safely mixed if you wish to combine colors.

Henna Color Lab henna is 100% Pure, Body-Art Quality. This is the base for all of their hair dyes. It is super-fine, triple-sifted texture, and the color will lasts for weeks. Did you know that Henna has been a hair color & treatment for over 5000 years?

Ingredients: 100% Lawsonia inermis linn (Rājasthān Select Harvest™ Natural Henna). That’s it. Henna adds sheen and luster to hair and balances out your own natural highlights and undertones.

Henna Color Lab

Cons of Henna Color Lab?

Only downside is the fact that Henna Color Lab sells exclusively online. However, here is their explanation:
“If we sold in retail chains our products would sell for twice the price. By distributing directly to you, we can cut out many middle men, keep costs lean, and still maintain a stable profit to keep sourcing high-quality, all natural ingredients. Most retail chains strong-arm smaller manufacturers with crippling NO-profit margins (online retailers too). As a result, many manufacturers begin to implement inferior, cheaper ingredients to drive down costs—simply to stay in favor with the big chain retailers. Invariably, the product declines in quality and the customer suffers—happens all the time in this industry.”

Disclosure: I received the Shampoo and Conditioner for review. All links are for your convenience only.

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Badger Seabuckthorn Hair Oil is Cruelty Free

Badger Seabuckthorn Hair Oil

For All Hair Types!

Badger Balm Hair Oil

Badger Hair Care:

Badger has these goals for their hair care line: “Enhance the beauty, luster and body of hair by using natural, nourishing products that work in harmony with the whole body.”

If someone has healthy hair, it looks shiny and bright. The science behind that is that light reflects from its smooth surface. The opposite of that is having damaged hair: an uneven, rough surface that makes the hair look dull. When an oil that is nourishing is worked into the hair, it starts to provide protection from chemicals, heat and UV damage. It starts to look healthy again.


The Seabuckthorn Hair Oil is for all hair types.

The glass bottle of Seabuckthorn Oil, is full of ruby red Seabuckthron Extract, then it’s blended with Apricot Oil, Pomegranate Oil, as well as Sunflower Oil.

Seabuckthorn Hair Oil, with Apricot and Pomegranate Oil, promotes hair strength and elasticity. It is rich in Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K.

Apricot Oil will add moisture and shine to your hair cuticle (rich in Vitamins A, C, and E).

Pomegranate Oil contains high levels of antioxidants, and helps to promote the regeneration and strengthening of your hair (rich in Vitamins B and C).

Vitamin E protects the hair from free radical damage, and brings out your hair’s natural shine and luster.

Badger Hair Oil is 100% natural. No artificial fragrance, color, synthetic ingredients, mineral oil, silicone or silicone derivatives, or harsh ingredients.

Rosehip (Rosa Canina) possesses regenerative properties, helping hair to return to its healthiest state.


I received a half size sample, however, the full size is a 2 oz. glass bottle, and is priced at $18.99. There is a citrus aroma.

Note these important facts about Badger Hair Oil:

All of Badger products comply with the Leaping Bunny Standard. That means that you, the customer, is guaranteed that the product is cruelty free…none of Badger’s products or their ingredients, are ever tested on animals.


Badger Hair Oil is USDA Certified Organic. That means that it is made from ingredients grown and processed without chemical fertilizers, growth hormones, GMOs, or synthetic pesticides! 


USDA Organic Logo

Directions for use:

Step 1: Apply the Seabuckthorn Oil evenly to clean, dry hair. Experiment as to the amount that you will need depending on your hair type and length. Start off with one pump and add more as needed.
Step 2: Massage the Oil into your hair and scalp. Work from the roots to the tips. Use a comb or your fingers to ensure even distribution.
Step 3: Allow the Oil to soak into your hair for one hour or overnight. Badger gives the tip to use an old towel so you don’t stain your pillowcase.
Step 4: Shampoo and condition, and then style your hair.

A photo of the pump on the Badger Seabuckthorn Oil:


My experience: I try to take good care of my hair, however, I am guilty of blow drying on a regular basis; sometimes I also use a straightening iron on my wavy hair! All things that can take a toll on the hair, no matter how much I try to kid myself, so I was very happy to be able to test out this natural oil.

It would depend on your hair, but I applied two-three full pumps of the Oil to my hair, and let it soak in overnight. As instructed, I did use a towel on my pillowcase in case it stained the pillowcase. Six hours later (not much sleep!) I shampooed my hair. The Oil rinses out very quickly, and I could already feel how extra soft my hair was during rinsing!

Since then, I have tested this Oil six times, and it still looks like I have plenty left. (Remember, I have a half size sample). My clothes are not stylish, but at least I have great looking hair! In fact, after using the Oil, it was always extra soft, and very, very shiny.  The smell is citrusy, with orange the predominant smell, and also rose geranium and lavender. It’s was not at all overpowering to my nose; and remember that’s sleeping with it in my hair, too!

Can’t come up with anything that I think someone wouldn’t like about the Badger Seabuckthorn Oil. There are other Badger hair oils that are available: Badger Jojoba Hair Oil (for dry scalp) and Badger Argan Hair Oil (for dry and damaged hair) that you may wish to try for your hair care needs. You can check those out at the Badger Website.



This photo is from Badger: Scenes from the secret Badger lab: Rebecca talks to some of their reps about the new Hair Oils, and gives them a sneak peek at the exciting additions we’ll be releasing next year.


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I absolutely love the fact that all of the products from Badger have the ingredients clearly stated on their label!


Ingredients of Badger Balm Seabuckthorn Hair Oil:

*Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, *Prunus Armeniaca (Organic Apricot) Oil, *Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Oil, CO2 Extracts of *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Organic Seabuckthorn) and *Rosa Canina (Organic Rosehip), Essential Oils of *Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender), *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Organic Sweet Orange), *Pelargonium Graveolens (Organic Rose Geranium), and Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E).

* Certified Organic

Badger has the expiration date on their products!


Badger Seabuckthorn Oil is highly recommended to add shine and luster to your hair! 

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