I know it’s been awhile since I’ve shared about what products I use as a vegan, but that’s mostly because I use very few products. And when I find something that works, I stick with it. After going mostly fruit-based and 100% raw I experimented with going shampoo-free. Eh, it worked when I was 100% raw and essentially using no products, but now that I’m no longer 100% raw it just doesn’t fly. To this day I still only wash my hair every 2-3 days and base it on how it feels. While I’ve stayed with cruelty-free products nothing has blown me away to the point of making me a repeat consumer. I just buy whatever seems to smell good and see what happens.
You may have remembered how I went a bit crazy a few months ago and dyed my hair only to find out that it didn’t work so well for me. Still a bit bummed about that. Eh well. The great thing about that fiasco? I got to meet Salvador and Patty Calvano of Salvador Calvano Hair. Since then I’ve been back for multiple visits and have found myself more and more in love with them. Not only are they amazing at what they do (trust me, they are magic!), but I just love the positive energy they exude.
During my first visit we got to talking about my hair, hair care in general, and my vegan lifestyle. We got on the subject of the hair care line they carried, Extreme Therapy for Hair. I decided to pick up some of their personally formulated hair care products. Now that I’ve been using them for a few months now I figured I’d share my thoughts. I’m not writing to this to push their products. They are not paying me to write this nor did they ask me to share about their products. I will admit they gave me one of the shampoos at no charge but that was because I was already purchasing almost their entire line of products with my own cash.
Olive Oil Shampoo – I had never heard of a shampoo containing olive oil before I came in contact with Extreme Therapy for Hair. Not only does it contain olive oil but it’s also certified organic. While the shampoo cleans the hair the olive oil conditions, creating a perfect happy medium. In addition, it contains wheat proteins that provide great protection and shine. This is now the shampoo I use on a regular basis and love it’s light scent.
Deep Moisturizing Conditioner & Leave In Conditioner – Facts only: I have no idea the last time I used a conditioner let alone a leave-in conditioner. Does that make me a bad person? However, Patty made it clear that I needed to add the regimen, especially since I recently dyed my hair and am working on growing it back out. The problem? Anytime I’d use a conditioner I found it would weigh down my hair, but that’s not the case with either of these products. (More on that below) In fact, they actually help my hair hold it’s natural wave and curls. Very important since my style is all about wash and go. Win!
Mint Clarifying Shampoo – I.love.this.shampoo. They used this shampoo on me during my first visit to their salon and I immediately fell in love with the scent and how clean it made my hair feel. I love it so much I want to use it every day, but since it’s a clarifying shampoo I have to force myself not to. Once I use the shampoo for a deep cleaning I follow it with the Deep Moisturizing Conditioner. I’ve found that they compliment each other perfectly since the conditioner doesn’t weigh the hair down like it would if another shampoo was used.
Safe to say I’ve found something that works for me and I’ll be sticking with it. Thankfully for me I can pick it up anytime I stop by to visit Salvador & Patty. What about those that don’t live in the Phoenix area? No worries! They can be purchased online and it’s always free shipping. Rad, right?
Salvador Calvano Hair
2505 N 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
By Appointment Only
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)