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Thursday, March 5, 2015

5 TIPS for NATURAL HAIR CARE

This blog is for people who are curious about how to take care of your hair - NATURALLY.  

The conventional way of taking care of our hair is by washing it with shampoo and conditioners (which are full of a lot of chemicals including preservatives and fragrances), treatments (also full of chemicals), and some people dye it at home or the salon using more chemicals. Plus we often wash our hair in water that is chemically treated with fluoride. Our hair rarely has time to breathe and be incredible. Some people report that their head is itchy and painful after visiting a salon or using hair care - and it doesn't have to be like that. Remember that whatever we put on our skin and hair gets absorbed into our blood stream, our cells and builds our body. Too many chemicals in our cells can cause acidity, inflammation, anxiety, nervous system issues, weakened immune system, burn out, adrenal burn out, depression and weight gain. Remember we are what we eat and we don't need science to know that too many chemicals in our system is not good.

Here are some tips for taking care of your hair naturally:

1. Buy organic shampoos and conditioners. You may have to test out a few to make sure they work with your hair.
2. If you do dye your hair, check out organic and more natural colors - they actually do work.
3. Get a shower filter for your shower so your hair is absorbing beautiful clean water.
4. Do a bentonite clay hair treatment once per month. Make up a mud mixture and massage it through your hair, leave for 1 hour, it will set hard and then wash out in the shower. This will remove toxins and heavy metals from your hair and scalp. My hair has more volume since I started to do this.
5. Go to a salon that is natural & organic, meaning using organic products. Google "natural salon ..." and your city.

I have been in Brisbane Australia for the past few weeks launching The Earth Diet book. I googled and found "Naturally Organic Hair Salons". What a relief and how exciting to see a salon like this! They have 3 locations; Chermside, Carindale and Indropilly. I booked in Monday morning - which is a great way to start the week btw especially if you don't particularly enjoy Monday's! They have a stunning modern location in Carindale:


I felt right at home when I saw these signs in their salon:



The thing with organic and natural salons are the prices aren't a huge difference, you might be surprised on how similar the prices are!

Their tea menu is incredible, herbal teas! I had the relaxation tea... mmmm perfect for a Monday morning!

First up Gabby my hair artist started me with a treatment wash using organic hair care.

Yes natural organic products work! Science supports it...


The end result...

And then the end result while at Flannery's - The Earth Diet book launch!

I had the opportunity to ask the owner Amanda some questions to give us more insight: 
Amanda started Naturally Organic Salons 4 years.


1. What made you decide to start a business in a natural organic hair company?  I worked in a male dominated industry in corporate roles for 20 years.  Although I wouldn’t consider myself a girly girl, ie don’t wear nail polish (actually I can’t even file my nails), or fake tan etc etc, I have only just started cleansing and moisturising my face.  BUT I love hair.  I think with great hair you look and feel incredible.  I would get my hair done often but struggled with the way hair salons worked.  So I created the salon I wanted to go to.
2. What are the worst 3 chemicals people put on their hair without even knowing, and why1. 1.The holy grail in hair colour is the synthetic colour pigment, often known as PPD or PTD.  Some colours are better than others.  With the use of ammonia you need more colour pigment hence why it is not necessarily the ammonia itself is the problem but the need for more colour pigment.  I look all around the world for leaders in the technology to eliminate the need for a synthetic colour colour pigment but have only found a couple that are not what you would be able to use professionally. We choose OCS as it has the smallest amount of colour pigment I can find on the market and in Australia is distributed by a health company.
2.  The next I would say is silicones, they are in most cheap shampoos and conditioners and coat the hair.  We see it all the time.  It is the grippy feeling you feel when running your hand through your hair after you have shampooed and prior to conditioning.  It creates dry nottey hair.  3.  The usual cosmetic concern would be parabens.  They are great for shelf life but there is too much documentation to support parabens role in our not to ignore that it is one we should be staying away from.
3. What is the best thing about getting hair done at Naturally Organic? Total relaxation, and knowing we will care for your hair as much as we care for the individual we are servicing.  The staff are genuine caring people not fashionistas.
4. Can you explain how natural coloring works as a lot of people don't think it can work! Still works like a traditional colour just an ammonia replacement that enables us to use less colour pigments and helps reduce the airborn colour pigments.  Then the things like the preservatives and moisturisers are replaced with gentle natural ingredients like comfrey and aloe.  No real smell, less damage, less allergies and gentler on the scalp.


7 Reasons why I loved my experience at Naturally Organic Hair Salons:
1. They use filtered water!
2. They use re-foil which is recyclable foil. If your salon is NOT using re-foil they are contributing to creating a lot of rubbish on earth - and foil does not easily breakdown.
3. If you cannot afford to go to a salon, but still want to use natural and organic products they sell them at their salons, including selling natural permanent color.
4. When you are getting your hair done they have an incredible variety of herbal teas.
5. They use timber bristle brushes that does not snag on the hair, massages the scalp, you can brush the hair when wet plus is a more sustainably made brush and decomposes better.
6. They used Essence shampoo and conditioner on my hair which was designed by Kevin Murphy who also makes natural styling products.
7. They are a fume free salon!

The beautiful ladies at Naturally Organic Hair Salon. Check out the color of their hair!

Contact details:
Website: www.organichairsalons.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OrganicHairSalonCarindale

Phone: 3398 5733
Email: admin@organichairsalons.com.au

Instagram: @naturallyOrganic


Follow Gabby my stylist and colorist on Instagram @gogogabby92

Remember it's a process so take it easy and swap out one conventional product with one natural product at a time!

Love Liana
Thursday March 5th 2015
Writing this from Brisbane, Australia

P.S The Louise Hay affirmation for that day was...


P.P.S Later that day I went to check out Flannery's in Taringa...




And did a photoshoot with Bay Photos for Vitacost #RaiseHealth campaign


Loving Flannerys! With owners Marianne and Guil in Taringa. 


Friday, October 31, 2014

Book launch update!!!

The Earth Diet book has been successfully launched! It happened on Tuesday 28th October! 

I watched the countdown on the website at mid night! 


This was my first book launch gift! 3 pounds of organic raw chocolate (avocado pistachio) thanks to Raw Chocolate Man! 

I had so much amazing support with the launch and I am so grateful! Vitacost shared some recipes from the new book! 


This was my book launch breakfast! Ginger tea, lemon water and porridge with coconut sugar. NY Fall breakfast. 

Morning tea was this green juice from Gary Null's wholefoods - Upper West Side. It's totally glowing! 

Next stop was Upper West Side Barnes and Noble where I signed the store copies and enjoyed a That's it bar. 

Lunch was a vega protein bar - chocolate peanut butter cup - I love that vega launched their new products because the ingredients are much cleaner! I enjoyed this in Central Park. 

Next stop was Upper East Side Barnes and Noble where I signed books. 


If you get a copy from Barnes and Noble you may just find a little love note from me that looks like this! 

Lunch was lemon rice with peanuts from my favorite Indian place in manhattan - Muglai. 

Evening stop was Union Square Barnes and Noble! 

From here I was live on Robert Scott Bell show on Natural News! 

And signed the store copies!

At Union Square the book is in the diet section and also the self improvement! 


Next stop was Times Square! I was so surprised and happy to see them growing kale! Haha check it out! City kale. 

Had dinner at Bareburger!

And then a serene moment on NYC steps with the Earth Diet book. Reflecting on the 6 years of work that went into it! 

The Earth Diet had some moments on Instagram with #barnesandnoble 


I am so grateful the Earth Diet book is getting into the hands of people around the world who want health transformation! 

The best stats we've seen so far for the book is:
Amazon: #3 for hot new releases 
#10 for diet, health, nutrition and fitness books 
#220 overall 

Barnes and Noble:
#12 for diet and health 
#221 overall 

It's very exciting! Next week I go to Florida for book signings. 

Happy Friday! 
Love Liana 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Navel Expo

Had an amazing sleep in today! 

Very excited as the Earth Diet was featured in UK's largest woman's magazine "Fabulous"! 


Then started the day with this amazing breakfast in bed! Raw chocolate almond butter cup (available on Earth Diet website). I had 3 of them! Protein! Antioxidants! 


For lunch I had a Phresh Greens! 

Today was the Navel Expo all day long! It was amazing to see the Long Island community come together for health! 

Dr Leonard Coldwell rocked the stage and empowered people! 


Came home late but wanted to cook something and was craving fats and protein. Made the superfood kale salad recipe in new book, with organic chicken. 


2 days to book launch!

Love Liana 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

2 days of on-the-go nourishment

Friday was such an amazing surprising day! A few days ago my manager looked at the Earth Diet ranking on Amazon and it was 33,000! Then he looked at it Friday and said you better look at Amazon! When I looked I was really surprised and shocked and so so happy! I cried a bit with so much joy! The Earth Diet was ranked #13 for Health, Diets, Nutrition and Fitness! It made it to #10 for the day and also #3 for new releases! I am so grateful. And this makes me so happy because its so great to see a natural lifestyle book get some momentum! I am so passionate about this book being successful and being available to people because it saved my life, transformed my health issues, and there are many people out there who want the same health experience! It's 4 days to book launch. I have worked so hard on this for the past 6 years and its so fulfilling to see some great results! 


For lunch I made 2 recipes from the Earth Diet book - Pasta Primavera which is gluten free pasta with vegetables, and Chicken Nuggets! It's so relaxing to make food when we make the time and can focus on just making an amazing meal! 

Ingredients for Pasta Primavera! How amazing is it that we can eat pasta that is also gluten free?! 

The celebration lunch feast! Chicken Nuggets with a gluten free almond meal and turmeric coating, with Pasta Primavera and lettuce with lemon. 

I was so happy when I found this bar in my bag! Haha a nice surprise! This was my dinner! I love these That's It bars because they have 2 ingredients: apple and apricot! That's really it - and they are delicious - no preservatives! 

That evening I went to the Hay House I Can Do It event in Passedena California! It's always good to listen to Wayne Dyer! 

Got to catch up with these lovely ladies! Emily Rose Shaw who is an Earth Diet Health Coach, and Jill DeJong who is a health model and blogger for Models Do Eat! 

Had a green tea. 

This morning was travel time from California to NYC. I got a beet juice and these bars for snacks throughout the day. Gluten free and high in antioxidants! 

Drank lots of water today! And on the plane I did an hour of intentional body work while sitting in my seat. Making it work! 

Grateful for the beautiful colours in the sky while flying into New York! 

Dinner was this Pure bar - gluten free, organic an vegan!


Love Liana! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Radio day, RAW and chocolate in California

A day of nourishing and taking care.

Early morning start for my radio show every Thursday 8am Pacific - California time. 


Had a bentonite clay. And a lemon water. 

Then a I had a peanut butter cup and an almond butter cup.


Notes from the Earth Diet book - today's radio show was focused on RAW. 

Stack of books! Every week on radio I am giving away so many great healthy things! :))) 

Signing books was so fun. Very grateful. 


Lunch was my go-to snack bars in California! That's it bars - made with two ingredients, my favorite the apricot and apple. With a vega chocolate peanut butter protein bar - new product they have cleaner ingredients! 


When asked "what do I really want?" I came to the conclusion that what I really want is to feel health at every single moment. That feeling of health we all know :) I can notice when I am out of health and then be able to bring myself back to it. 

Watched 10 Questions for Dalai Lama documentary - amazing. Inner peace and discipline. 


My clients are also friends! Today I had a coaching session with John! He just got his copy of the new book in! 

Still loving this moment from yesterday with Jill at Malibu Pier! 

Night time hot tub and study of the Earth Diet book! Used this time for physical exercise also. 

Had coconut milk chocolate peanut butter ice cream for dessert. 

Next Tuesday is book launch!!! OMG!!!! :)))) 

Love Liana