How to Go Five Days without Washing your Hair with the Best Dry Shampoo and Hair Balm

How to Go Five Days without Washing your Hair with the Best Dry Shampoo and Hair Balm

This post is sponsored by Waterl<ss. All opinions expressed are my own

2020 is just a little bit different right?

With the holidays coming up, it might look even more different with many of us unable to travel to see our family. I bet there are a bunch of us who are even having Thanksgiving over Zoom! Connection with friends and family is so even more important now than it ever has been. If you’re anything like me then you are dying for connection and catch up with a friend but you may not want to have to do the whole wash, blow-dry, and style thing. Or you may have an important business call and want to look put together, but don’t want to put in all the effort that comes with washing your hair!

     Lately I have been in that exact position, I’ve been having a ton of Zoom calls and many times I find out about them at the last minute and don’t have time to do the whole she-bang!

Waterl<ss Hair Care has been such a lifesaver in these moments of need because they have the best dry shampoo & hair balm.

Their system is so easy and makes my hair always look fabulous, even after not washing my hair for days. I don’t have to sacrifice spending 2 hours doing my hair to look great. My hair can look awesome and I have time for other things!

Using Waterl<ss cuts doing my hair down by an hour and a half.

It only takes me 20-30 minutes when I use their products-unreal right?! That is more time I can spend catching up with friends over FaceTime, playing with Gizmo or my new puppy Bowser, taking fun creative photos, or just anything other than getting an insane arm workout blow-drying my hair! Their Dry Shampoo No Residue removes build and absorbs oil from my hair leaving no grey residue. And their Heat Shield Protect & Re-Style is perfect to spray onto my dry hair before curling it for a Zoom meeting, a hot date at home with Cameron, or a photoshoot. I cannot emphasize more how important it is to protect your beautiful hair from heat every time you style it, not just when you blow dry! And then I always finish with their amazing Dry Conditioner Weightless Smooth because it makes my ends soft and shiny. 

     With these three products, I never have to turn down an opportunity to connect with friends or family because I haven’t washed my hair in days (quarantine life amirite?!).

But instead I can spend my time where it is most valuable: with family during the holidays (even if it is on Zoom!). That connection and family time is so essential right now and a little hair refresh goes a long way. I know I always feel better than my hair is looking on point! All of these amazing products are available at Sally Beauty online or in stores.

Gift Guide for your Girly Girl

Gift Guide for your Girly Girl

The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! If you’re anything like me, you love the joy of giving an amazing gift. 

The happiness of absolutely nailing the gift for your bestie, sister, or mom is literally one of the best feelings in the world. Usually I am even more excited about them opening their gift than I am about receiving any myself! As you know, finding that perfect gift can be super tough-there are just so many options out there. So, I have narrowed it down for you to pick any of these amazing options for the girly gal in your life! By the way-the jewelry in here is all from Diamonds Direct and they’re have a massive 20% off virtually their entire store until 11/22 so drop those hints to your bf or hubby ASAP on these pieces! Or buy them for yourself! 🙂

Under $50 Gifts

Olaplex

I swear by this hair mask. It rebuilds your hair from the shaft from the damage thats caused by highlighting or coloring your hair. It’s a must have!

Nars Blush

This has been my go-to blush for years and I absolutely love it!

Pillow Talk Lip Kit

My all time #1 favorite lip set- this is a must have.

Herschel Beanie

How cute is this pink beanie with floral details for the colder weather. It would be cute to take on a skiing adventure!

Freepeople Sweatpants

Freepeople just knows how to to comfy, laid back sweatpants! These are so incredibly soft and I love the feminine color.

Treasure & Bond Cuffed Beanie with Pom

Literally the cutest little snow bunny look!

Satin Sleep Set

I have been dying for a luxe sleep set like this! It is supposed to prevent hair breakage which I am here for!

Under $100 Gifts

Spanx Leggings

These couldn’t fit in my graphic above but everyone says they are 100% worth the hype and they are definitely on my Christmas list! I like that there is not a center split seam (no more camel toe!)

Bobbi Brown Makeup Set

Bobbi Brown just has the most amazing makeup. This set is perfect for the glam girl in your life (who might be you-I know I am that friend!)

Freepeople Sweater

Another cute item from Freepeople! Their clothes are always luxe, soft, and last for years.

Waffle Weave PJs

I don’t know about you but 2020 has been the year of adorable loungewear and this set is just the cutest and so soft!

Over $100 Gifts

Royal Jewelry Collection by Diamonds Direct

I am in love with these baguette diamonds on this pendent-it so unique and stunning. Time to drop some hints to the guys ladies (or buy it for yourself! You don’t need a guy to buy you diamonds!) Their entire showroom is virtually 20% off until 11/22 so act fast!

Coco Chanel Mademoiselle

This scent is so feminine and light, it’s one of my all time favorites!

Mixed Cut Diamond Open Ring

I truly have never seen a ring like this and am here for it!

Offset Baguette Diamond Earrings

These lightweight stunners are on my list for sure. I have very sensitive ears and I love finding beautiful statement earrings like this that I can actually wear!

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit Running Shoes

These are the all time cutest sneakers of all! Nikes are always my go-to and these are definitely on my list.

Mixed Diamond Shape Bracelet

This bracelet is just so timeless and stunning!

Multi-Shape Fashion Ring

This ring is just stunning and is definitely worth going on the wish list imo!

Which is your favorite?! Tell in the comments and happy shopping babes!

Love ya like a sister,

Rachel

Shop this pic from @rachelprochnow

How to Whiten Your Teeth with ARC Smile

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ARC. All opinions are 100% mine.

A beautiful smile has the ability to brighten any room and draw others in. A smile can make others feel at ease, welcomed, and loved. It can create an atmosphere of warmth and kindness. One thing I’ve always tried to do is take good care of my smile-from regular brushing, flossing, and dentist visits-but also keeping my smile white no matter how much black coffee or red wine I drink (because we all know I love wine and coffee!).

Never having had my teeth professionally whitened, I knew I wanted to find a solution that actually works. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using my ARC Smile Whitening Pen from Target and it’s been so convenient and easy to use!

Ingredients that work

The scientists behind ARC Smile wanted to create a product that stood for confidence without the nonsense of products that claimed to whiten teeth-but didn’t actually work. That’s why they only use ingredients that are clinically proven to whiten teeth and remove surface stains.

How I’ve been Using it

I have been using the ARC Smile Whitening Pen twice a day-once in the morning and then again in the evening. It is so simple because you just easily brush it on your teeth, let it dry for 60 seconds, and then avoid eating or drinking for just one hour afterward. It is easy to just incorporate into your daily brushing routine and see your smile transformed. Furthermore, it hasn’t hurt or irritated my teeth at all-just brightened up my smile!

ARC Smile also has white strips that are easily applied for thirty minutes. The last five minutes you use the ARC Blue Light and then remove the white strips to reveal your whiter smile!

Every smile has a story- and ARC Smile has created a product that is building confidence in others by brightening smiles everywhere. A smile has the ability to transform a day. So share your smile with others! One of my favorite quotes is that if you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. I would love to know-what is the story behind your smile? Tell me in the comments! You can get ARC at Target and begin transforming your smile now!

How I Pray

How I Pray
A feeling of dread gripped her as her small group began “popcorn style” prayer. Everyone’s prayers seemed so much more inspired than hers.

She didn’t really know how to pray. Whenever she prayed, it would usually just trail off into nothing or she would become distracted by the whistle of her iPhone. She waited for a lull to interject a prayer she had been mulling over for the last 15 minutes. But then the worst thing happened—the awkward two-voices-beginning-a-prayer-in-unison, and then the even more uncomfortable, “No, no, you go.” She let the other guy pray his prayer. Feelings of shame and frustration welled up inside her as she wondered, how do you even pray?

I don’t know if any of you have had a similar experience to the one above, but I know I have. Growing up in the church and going to a private high school, I learned the “Christian lingo” pretty rapidly. I figured out what phrases would get the most “mmms” or “amens.” I would throw those bad boys into my prayer to get a little spiritual ego boost, not because I genuinely felt or believed them.

But then I experienced the power of the gospel, and I realized prayer is our way of communicating with our Father.

And He wants to hear us.

He wants to hear genuine prayers.

He wants us to talk to Him. And because we are His children, we can boldly approach His throne (Hebrews 4:16). Once I figured that out, I realized I had been going about this whole prayer thing completely wrong. Let’s examine exactly how Jesus says to pray and His example of prayerfulness throughout His life.


PRAY SIMPLY


When teaching His disciples how to pray, Jesus gives several prescriptions on how to pray and how not to pray. The first thing He says not to do is, “Do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words” (Matthew 6:7). So often, we dress up our prayers to look more spiritual to those around us. God knows what is on our hearts (Matthew 6:8).

He just wants us to bring it to Him in honest, humble, and simple prayers.

There is no need to impress. God has already determined your worth by defeating death to make you His own. You already have the best approval of all—the approval of the Creator of the universe—and you are His child.


UPWARD, INWARD, AND OUTWARD


Throughout the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6, Jesus gives a pattern we can imitate. Jesus uses direction to focus His prayers in a few different ways.
The first is an upward focus:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus focuses on God’s character, His holiness, His kingdom, and His will. He begins with worship. He acknowledges a submission to the Father’s will above His own.

Then He shifts His focus inward:

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts…

He asks the Father for sustenance. He isn’t afraid to boldly ask. This demonstrates a humility and dependence on the Father and total deference to Him. This inward focus includes reflecting on our own hearts—where do we need forgiveness? Where do we need to seek forgiveness?

Lastly, His focus is outward:

…as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Consider the pronouns Jesus uses during this outward shift. He uses we, our, and us. Jesus is praying for others.

Does your prayer life follow this pattern? As I was considering this, I realized my prayer life is extremely self-centered. I needed to spend more time praising God for His character and praying for those around me.


PRAY SCRIPTURE


One of the most enriching and transformative things we can do is actively pray through Scripture.

Go line by line. Just read it, and then pray that you would be able to apply it and it would transform your heart.

Martin Luther used to do this. He said that when you read the Scriptures, “your first duty is to begin to pray.” Here is a practical example of how you can walk through the Lord’s prayer, praying through each line:

“Our Father in heaven”
Thank you for being my Father. Thank you for calling me your own. Help me remember that identity when the world is telling me my identity is in appearance, approval, grades, or achievement.

“Hallowed be your name”
God, your name is holy—you are set apart. You are worthy of all glory, honor, and praise because you are perfect. Teach my heart to remember you are holy.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done”
God, I pray that I would desire your kingdom to come. Help me desire your will over my own.

Oftentimes, I set my alarm for a set amount of time, flip my phone over, and just start praying through a particular passage until my timer goes off. You will be amazed how much God can teach through that time of prayer and being immersed in His Word.

God has made us His own.

Because we are His children, we have direct access to our Father anytime we want.

Prayer is an open line of communication—He wants to hear from us.

Prayer helps us actively live out our identity as sons and daughters of the King. As we pray to our Father, our delight in Him increases and we experience a deeper, more joyful intimacy with Him. It’s my hope and prayer we become people of prayer-women who are utterly dependent on Christ. Drop me a DM or comment if you have other helpful tips on how we should pray!

Love ya like a sister-

Rach

Waterl<ss: My Secret to Going a Week Without Washing My Hair

Waterl<ss: My Secret to Going a Week Without Washing My Hair

This post is sponsored by Waterl<ss.

If you are anything like me, then you dread washing your hair because you know a long, damaging session with the blow dryer looms before you.

I’ve tried many a hair product to maximize the time between washes, but I haven’t found one that compares to Waterl<ss. If you’re not familiar with Waterl<ss, it’s a hair care company based out of Cape Town, South Africa created by a small group of scientists who wanted to create non-wash products that actually work. They put the products to the test during the water crisis in early 2018! I love partnering with brands that have awesome principals, and Waterl<ss celebrates diversity with lines for all different hair types. They are also passionate about water conservation! Their three-step system to maximizing the time between washes is so effective because it makes your hair look, feel, and even smell fresh-like you washed your hair that day. They want your hair to look just as good on day three as it does on day one. You know me, I go 4, sometimes even a full week without washing my hair. I do it using Waterl<ss’ full regimen of products. Also-think about this-the less you wash your hair, the less damaging heat you put on it. I am convinced this has helped my hair grow so long and healthy.

Making your hair look clean

Waterl<ss’ first step is their dry shampoo. Their No Residue dry shampoo stands out above the rest because there is no residue. You know how some dry shampoos leave your hair looking grey or chalky? Waterl<ss has absolutely zero of that. My roots are a light brown/dark blonde and so I am always cognizant of that-I mean who wants to walk around with grey roots?! Waterl<ss has solved this problem and simply leaves your roots looking clean.

Making your hair feel clean

You know that feeling after you deep condition your hair? The ends are soft and smooth. It’s hard to get that feeling without actually deep conditioning your hair. I know usually around day 2-3 of me forgoing washing my hair the ends begin to get a little brittle. But Waterl<ss has developed such a great solution to that! Their Weightless Smooth dry conditioner leaves your hair shiny, smooth, and soft-feeling like you just deep conditioned it. I always apply the dry conditioner to the mid shaft of the hair down to the ends, avoiding my roots or places near the top of my scalp.

Making your hair smell clean

Your girl loves to work out. I work out every single day. I also love hiking and pretty much doing anything active. But I don’t want to have to wash my hair every single time I work out-if I did that I would be spending an hour a day blow drying-nobody’s got time for that! Waterl<ss’ third and final step is their hair fragrance. This makes your hair smell fresh and clean without being overly “perfumey.”

Waterl<ss’ system has completely transformed how much heat I use on my hair and how often I need to wash it. Their products are so effective and thoughtful. I love being able to go hiking or work out knowing I can go without having to wash my hair afterwards. Their three-step system has perfected making your hair look, feel, and smell so fresh and clean!

The Waterl<ss Collection is available online at Target!