January 26, 2009

Burt's Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment

Forget the "political machine." Forget governor Rod Blagojevich trying to sell Obama's Senate seat. Chicago's real evil is its winter weather. I'm coming to believe there's a conspiracy to extract every last drop of moisture from my skin and hair this year. Since moving here, where it's about 14° outside and 80° in, I've had to upgrade my body wash, skin care and now hair care.

Last year, I adored John Masters Organics Honey & Hibiscus reconstructing shampoo and treatment but can't do the prices this time around. Thankfully there's Burt's Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment, an oldie but goodie intensive moisturizer. And bonus: Thanks to the inclusion of oat flour, a natural volumizer, it gives locks extra fullness.

Pretty factor: Avocado and olive oils—rich in hair-nourishing essential fatty acids plus vitamin E—create softness and shine and keep frizz away. Oat flour soothes the scalp and naturally plumps up strands. Nettle and rosemary encourage hair growth. Real citrus rind oil aromatizes and dissolves winter blahs.

Tip: You must use as directed—wet hair first, then apply. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes (perfect time to shave your legs), then rinse and shampoo and condition as usual.

Eco factor: For over 20 years, Burt's Bees has made beauty products that are nearly 100% natural (they tell you the exact percentage on the package) and come in post-consumer recycled material. Never animal testing. In 2003, co-founder Roxanne Quimby bought a 24,000-acre tract of forest in Maine for preservation.

To buy: $9.49 at drugstores and Whole Foods nationwide

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Linds,
I like that you are highlighting products that are easier on the pocketbook and are hopefully just as effective as the higher-priced items. You can't go wrong with Burt's Bees products-I especially love their peppermint foot creme!
And, you can purchase their products in other places besides a drugstore or beauty store.
Thanks for sharing and good luck with the job prospects!

Lucy said...

sounds like a good product, but i don't really understand what a pre-shampoo product does or why i would need it.

Lindsay Baron said...

Hi Lucy. Thanks for the comment! A pre-shampoo treatment is to the hair what a hydrating mask is to the face: an intensive moisture-booster to be used once or twice a week.

The reason I use this -- instead of just keeping my conditioner on longer -- is because it makes my hair really smooth and because the oat flour in it seems to cling to my hair and create more fullness (without any heaviness).

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