My Reviews of the Best Hair Conditioners

Hey ladies!

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m ALL about having the best hair in town. I’ve been proud of my hair for years, but I used to struggle with some dryness and fraying that definitely cramped my style and made me the queen of frizz sometimes, which was totally not cool. That’s when I learned about hair conditioner for the first time. See, for years, I had just been using shampoos, and assuming that that was all you were supposed to do. Little did I know that while they’re cleaning your hair, shampoos are also robbing it of its natural oils and gloss! That’s where conditioner comes in!

 

Here are my reviews of a few good ones I’ve tried (and yes, I’ve done a lot of experimenting):

 

Bumble and Bumble Super Rich Conditioner:

I tried this out because my hair lady uses a lot of their products in her salon, and it looked exciting. I was pretty pleased with it, and it definitely helped with frizz. Sadly I found it a bit chemical-y, and I wasn’t thrilled with the scent. I would say it’s probably good for people with curls, though.

 

CHI Tea Tree

 

This one was my first effort to try more of  a green hair product. It was exciting to see all the natural ingredients on the bottle, but I just didn’t find that it worked very well. It seems like with the tea tree it’s more for your scalp dryness than for hair, so I would say that it’s probably better for someone with dandruff than someone with dry or broken ends.

 

Sexy Hair Health Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat

This was my first and last venture into spray-on and leave-in conditioners, which sounded like a great idea, but… yeah. I won’t be going back to it. Basically, it did a great job on the surface of my hair, but it definitely didn’t do anything for the roots, and I just didn’t feel like it was effective. If you’re often in a hurry and need something really quick, though, I can see where it would come in handy.

 

The winner:

My current favorite that I’m stuck on is Nature’s Gate hemp and argan oil conditioner. I’ve been reading more and more about how a lot of the chemical products we use aren’t actually helping our hair, so this is my way to try and go a bit more natural in the product department. This is all made with plant extracts, as opposed to so many of them where they say things like “essences” and “herbal” without using any of them. It’s vegan and cruelty free, and I have to say, it’s simply fantastic for putting moisture back in. My hair has never been this glossy without looking greasy, and I’ve been getting compliments left and right.

My Reviews of the Top Rated Air Purifiers

Hey guys!

 

As you know, I’m all about finding cool products and ways to make our lives better! One of the biggest discoveries I made this past year is the air purifier. These things have been around for years, apparently but I somehow never knew they existed until this year.

It turns out that the air inside our houses, which I don’t know, I would basically think is clean, really isn’t clean at all. It’s gross. It’s actually really gross. It’s full of tons of dust that you don’t always see except when the sun is coming the window, and it’s also full of chemicals from things like furniture and furnishings that are in your house. So, you could be allergic to either the dust or the pollen, and you’re definitely not getting anything good out of the chemicals.

Dust can come from a few different places, but it’s mostly from car exhaust smog from the street and from pollen that comes through the windows. The chemicals are a bit more sneaky. They’re coming off your bed, your chairs, literally everything, I found out. Turns out that in the US we have laws saying that absolutely every piece of furniture has to be treated with flame retardants with things like formaldehyde which are just constantly airing out into your house. Not good for health, obviously.

Anyway, air purifiers basically sit in your house and fan through all the air and take out the dust and the chemicals, both of them at the same time (depending on the air purifier, of course. They have different filters which take out those bad elements, and then they pump out good air that’s actually clean back into your house. People who use the best air purifiers for allergies from pets actually end up not having allergic symptoms in a lot of cases, because the machines take all the fine allergens out of the air which means they’re not always breathing them in.

Once I did the research on the difference they make for your health, I was super excited to get my first air purifier. I ended up buying a BlueAir after a lot of research and reading reviews on pureairreviews.com. It’s the 650E model. I absolutely love it, even though there were definitely some mixed comments online.

I also thought it was great that the review site I used had recommendations for different models that would be good for getting rid of tobacco smoke here http://pureairreviews.com/best-purifier-for-smoke, which isn’t a problem for me right now, but I can see how that would make a huge difference if you had a smoking roommate or a neighbor smoking near your window.

This one is totally up my alley, because it’s super sophisticated and convenient. It has a completely automatic setting that I use all the time, which basically samples your air using the fans so the sensors can judge how clean it is. Then it works as hard as it feels like it needs to to bring things to its standards (which I have to say are refreshingly high). It has one of the best filter levels I found in my research, which is HEPA Silent, meaning that it gets things down to 0.1 micron in size. I’m pretty sure no other purifier goes that low, at least not any that I looked at.

My BlueAir has three different stages of filters, so it does a really good job on different types of floating garbage. I don’t have a pet or a smoker to deal with, but the difference in dust in my place is definitely noticeable since I’ve been running it, and it’s also helped with the pollen this spring.


All in all, I’m really glad I made the plunge to get an air purifier, and I would say that the BlueAir is definitely worth the money, even though I haven’t been able to compare it by using other ones. Aside from the fact that it’s kind of pricey, I don’t have any complaints about it. It’s basically set it and forget it, and it makes a noticeable difference. All I can ask for, basically.

Awesome Smart Home Devices

Imagine if all of your everyday appliances were connected to the internet. Your smartphone and computer already are, but what if your other home appliances were, too? While this may sound like something from a science fiction novel, it could be coming true, thanks to the Internet of Things. Soon, your refrigerator, your washer and dryer, your dishwasher, your clocks, your television, and all other appliances could be able to connect to the internet. You could have a smart air conditioner, a smart air purifier, and more.

 

This connection of all of the home appliances puts households one step closer to home automation. As home automation progresses, it is incredibly possible that virtually everything in your home could be done via a simple voice command, or even by the push of a button. While some things, such as setting a timer for a lamp, would be very simple and cheap, there are some more complex processes, such as surveillance systems, which could prove to be a sizable investment in order to achieve full home automation.

 

Home Automation Technologies

 

For those who are interested in upgrading their home to become fully automated, it is imperative to do the necessary research beforehand. One of the most important things is a communication protocol. There are dozens of protocols to choose from, so it is important to choose the right one. Oftentimes, it is best to choose just one communication protocol, or to find one system that can handle multiple communication hubs.

 

X10

 

X10 is one of the original communication protocols. It started in the 1970s, and it has made the crossover from being wired to now being wireless. Even though X10 is not known to be incredibly high quality, it is a good, inexpensive option for those watching costs.

 

ZigBee

 

ZigBee is an incredibly efficient protocol, and it was created by members of the IEEE. They created this to be a great communication protocol option, and it helps all devices to communicate equally at low power. Thread, which is essentially an updated version of ZigBee, can connect up to 250 devices on one cloud network.

 

Z-Wave

Z-Wave is owned by Sigma Designs, which makes all of the chips necessary for all Z-Wave capable communication protocols. Z-Wave devices are wireless, so they are a great, high tech option.

 

Insteon

 

Insteon combines the best of all communication protocol worlds. It is both wired, and wireless, so there is a definite level of security with this system. Insteon has a nice back up system, so that if one of the appliances connected fails, another appliance can potentially step in to do its job. Additionally, Insteon is compatible with X10.

 

Wi-Fi

 

Wi-Fi is by far the most widely known of these options, and more and more manufacturers are creating everyday appliances to connect to Wi-Fi. It is incredibly well-known, and millions of people know how to use it. Even though it may not be the most popular option for home automation, it is still a very viable, efficient option.