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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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This Shampoo and Conditioner are Amazing and Cheap as Hell

This Shampoo and Conditioner are Amazing and Cheap as Hell

We’ve all been through some rough times with our hair. Here are some of mine:

  • Growing out my bangs when I was 11-12 (the worst age to go through any transition but in the end you come out stronger I GUESS)

  • Cutting my hair super short in high school (So clearly an early aughts look but it was cute!)

  • Losing half my hair volume from taking some extreme drugs (still have thin hair to this day, and the drugs didn’t work. THANKS, LUPRON)

  • After growing out my hair for an ETERNITY, cutting my hair the shortest it’s ever been (an inch long. Again, it was cute.)

  • And finally, going into every hair appointment announcing, “I don’t know WHAT to do with my hair.”

I had a hair stylist in LA who was amazing and changed my life, hair-wise. She taught me about avoiding silicones in your shampoo and conditioner, how to curl my hair with a straight iron, and introduced me to Aveda, and their miraculous shampoo and conditioner that made doing my hair 60% easier.

I’ve been an Aveda devotee ever since. But I just can’t maintain my Aveda lifestyle anymore, and I wanted to find an alternative that was more affordable but still made my hair look great.

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THIS IS ALL TO SAY: There is a fairly decent dupe for Aveda Rosemary Mint shampoo and conditioner and you can get it while you’re stocking up on Everything But the Bagel Seasoning at Trader Joe’s. This isn’t an exact dupe, and it’s not supposed to be, but Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle shampoo and conditioner is free of parabens, silicones, and generally stuff you want to avoid (or so I’ve read on the internet). Tea Tree Tingle is also very popular in the natural and curly hair communities, neither of which I belong to, but are good resources for anyone who wants to avoid silicones in hair products.

The biggest benefit? Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle shampoo and conditioner cost $3.99 each. That’s obviously much cheaper than Aveda, but let’s just break that down. Aveda sells Rosemary Mint Shampoo in an 8.4oz bottle for $17. That’s $2 per ounce vs Trader Joe’s $0.25 an ounce. So it’s a ridiculous amount of savings for a product with similar results. Honestly, I’m so happy to have found this, and I’m kind of pissed I didn’t know about it before.

Wear, Watch, Want #91: The Plush Bamboo Reboot Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #91: The Plush Bamboo Reboot Edition

This Washable Rug is a Total Game Changer

This Washable Rug is a Total Game Changer