Since my skin is still recovering from some kind of allergic reaction or something, I have been pretty cautious with skincare products and have been keeping my routine minimal. I thought today, I’d talk hair instead. It’s one of the only areas where I am currently using products from a single brand: Yarok. Let me start with this for my fellow citrus lovers: Yarok products smell amazing! And I am not talking basic lemon here either. Mandarin, may chang, orange, ylang ylang, rosemary…they need to make a perfume oil. Like now. Yarok company uses primarily “certified organic” ingredients and is vegan and cruelty-free. It is a pricey line, but as you can see from the ingredients listed for each product, they are crafted with care and quality.
These are described in the order of discovery/purchase. The routine is: cleanse with Feed Your Volume or Feed Your Moisture; condition with Feed Your Ends; detangle with Wet Brush; apply Feed Your Volume and blow dry. I don’t blow dry until my hair is completely dry. I get the front/top dry and then brush it out. I put it in a high ponytail, twist it into a bun, and leave it up while I commute to work. When I let it down, it has a some extra volume.
I started my Yarok fan-girling with their Feed Your Ends Leave-in Conditioner. I love this for light conditioning and heat protection. It doesn’t weigh hair down at all and smells lovely. Yarok sells this in 2, 4 and 8 oz. bottles so you can try it out before committing to the bigger size. I finished one 2 oz. and am working my way though the 8 oz. It’s a definite repurchase. Here is what’s in it: vitamin aqua (water), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Olea europaea (olive) oil, Vitis vinifera (grapeseed) oil, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) oil, Oenothera biennis (primrose) oil, plant sourced kosher vegan xanthan gum & potassium sorbate; essential oils of: Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) & Litsea cubeba (may chang).
I have been washing with Yarok Feed Your Moisture Shampoo for a few weeks now. Like Feed Your Ends, this comes in 3 sizes as well–4, 8.5 and 16 oz. It leaves your hair and scalp very clean and I would recommend it for people who have normal to oily hair. If your hair is dry or chemically treated, this might be too much. My scalp is pretty oily–I never skip washing it on a weekday because I just don’t feel clean. I try to skip a day on the weekend to give my hair a break. With this stuff, I think I could skip a week day. It leaves hair shiny and full. I only wish the delicate citrus scent stuck around because I am obsessed with the way this smells. Here is what’s in it: urified aqua (water), decyl glucoside, lauryl glucoside, Coco Coco Protein, Ascophyllum (seaweed) extract, herbal infusions of: Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot), Stellaria media (chickweed), Urtica dioica (nettles), Equisetum arvense (horsetail), Ulmus fulva (Slippery Elm), Althaea officinalis (marshmallow root), Symphytum officinale (comfrey root), Calendula officinalis (marigold) blossoms, Chamaemelum nobile (chamomile) flowers & Avena sativa (oatstraw) kernel; Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) C02, Essential oils of: Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Cedrus atlantica (atlas cedar), Citrus reticulata (red mandarin), Citrus Sinensis (sweet orange) oil & Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary); Citrus × paradisi (grapefruit) seed extract.
I also recently purchased the Yarok Feed Your Moisture Shampoo. I was feeling like I needed a moisture boost. This summer has been no joke in terms of humidity and sun. I figured it would be good to alternate with something more moisturizing since I shampoo so much. So far, I am really liking it. This shampoo doesn’t produce a ton of lather. Like with Feed Your Volume, I focus my on scalp and roots when washing. I find it to be softening and mild. I am really glad that I got it! I may switch to using this exclusively in the long run. We’ll see. Here is what is in it: Aqua (Vitamin Infused Water), Cocos nucifera (Saponified Coconut), Fair Trade Organic African Black Soap, Argania spinosa L. (Argan oil), Organic oils of Cannabis sativa (Hemp Seed), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba), Vitis vinifera (Grape Seed), Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel, Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose); Achillea millefolium (Organic Yarrow), Organic Guar Gum [aka guaran], Organic herbal extracts of: Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Arctium lappa (Burdock), Equisetum hyemale (Horsetail), Salvia officinalis (Sage), Origanum vulgare (Oregano), Thymus vulgaris (Thyme), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Mentha piperita (Peppermint), Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon), Citrus limonum (Lemon) Peel; Plant-Sourced Kosher Vegan Xanthan Gum and/or Manihot esculenta (Organic yuca starch) and Potassium Sorbate; may contain Elaeis Guineensis (Palm Kernel) extract, Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam seed oil) and acetic acid (vinegar); Organic essential oils of Citrus sinensis (Sweet Orange), Citrus aurantium var. amara (Bitter Orange), Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang).
For styling, I have been using Yarok Feed Your Roots mousse. This comes in 2 and 8 oz options. I like this product a lot. I use small amount at the front and crown sections of my hair and it provides a nice lift. I do find that I need to dry that section thoroughly in order not to see or feel the mousse. It is a tad “detectable” (crunchy) when hair is left too damp or if you use too much. Here is what’s in it: distilled vitamin enhanced aqua (water), non-GMO corn or rice extract, organic vegetable glycerol, organic herbal extracts of: Ribes nigrum (black currant) extract, Beta vulgaris (beet root) extract, Kham thai & Vaccinium myrtillus (blueberry); natural plant sourced vitmains B1, B2, B3 & C; organic Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, plant sourced kosher vegan Xanthan gum & Potassium sorbate; organic African black soap, Vitamin A, essential oils of: Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) & Lisea cubeba (may chang)
I also bought a Wet Brush. My Tangle Teezer went missing and I decided to try a detangling brush that has a handle. It’s a bit pricier than the TT, but much sturdier-feeling and the control from having the handle makes detangling faster. Very pleased with this.