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Review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

I recently had the opportunity to try Shiny Leaf’s Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo, and I wanted to share my experience with y’all. Full disclosure, I received a 16 fl. oz. bottle of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil Shampoo in exchange for a review. As always, my reviews are honest and reflect my own personal views and experiences.

And read on for a special reader discount! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

About Shiny Leaf:

First off, who or what is Shiny Leaf? I have to be honest, I had not heard of the company before, but I was pleased to discover that Shiny Leaf is a cosmetics company based in Las Vegas that manufactures skin and hair care products with natural oils and ingredients. It’s important for me to get to know more about the companies I choose to work with, so I asked about where their products are produced and company philosophies. I’m happy to report that Shiny Leaf produces their products at their Las Vegas facility, and that they do not test on animals, so their products are cruelty-free. Yay!

They also shared with me that their products carry USDA and ECOCert Certified Organic certifications. I looked up the ECOCert Certified Organic certification, which requires that the ingredients are “derived from renewable resources, manufactured by environmentally friendly processes,” and a “minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.”

Shiny Leaf also shared with me their philosophy statements, that “We focus on solutions,” including solutions that are “easy to do and light on the pocket.” You can read more about their story here and FAQs here.

I’m a practical, solutions-based librarian and woman who is mindful of her budget, so this felt like a good fit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

About argan oil:

So what’s the deal with “argan oil”? Argan oil is extracted from the argan tree, which is found in the country of Morocco. Moroccans have traditionally used argan oil for skin and hair care. Argan oil is used as a natural way to help repair damaged hair, promote hair growth, and combat dry scalp.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Trying out the shampoo:

I tried out Shiny Leaf’s Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo for a week and a half; I wash my hair every 2-3 days, so this amounted to 3 washes with the shampoo before writing this review. (I have continued to use the shampoo since putting together this review, FYI.) The first couple of I times I washed my hair, I used only the shampoo (i.e. no conditioner). The third time I washed my hair, I used conditioner from another brand after shampooing with the Argan Oil shampoo.

A major pro? The smell of the shampoo! It’s tangy and clean, not overly floral, and it smells GREAT. The scent is really quite strong when smelling it in the bottle, but thankfully, it’s subtle once you rinse it out. My husband, who is quite sensitive to strong smells, was a little worried it would be overpowering on my hair, but it wasn’t.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

The photo below is of my hair two days after I washed my hair the second time with the shampoo (still no conditioner). I didn’t use any hair products on my hair while testing the shampoo, and I air-dried my hair, because I wanted to see how my hair held up with just using the shampoo. I’m happy to report that my hair still felt healthy and had a spring to it, even without blow-drying or using any additional products. Because I didn’t use any conditioner at first, I was worried that my hair was going to be too dry. Although it did feel a bit dryer than it usually does, it didn’t feel brittle at all. It just felt clean.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Trying out the shampoo + extra conditioner:

The third time I washed my hair with the shampoo, I added conditioner. (I do wish that I had also been sent the Argan Oil Conditioner so that I could try out both products, so not having the accompanying conditioner was a minor drawback and a gap in my review.) I used another brand conditioner instead, but it “played nice” with the Argan Oil shampoo. I could tell that my hair was softer after I added the conditioner… so I might just have to purchase the Argan Oil conditioner to complete the set! Both shampoo and conditioner are currently on sale for less than $15, and U.S. shipping is free.

Here’s a look below at my hair a day after washing it with the shampoo and using conditioner (i.e. the end of the second day using both). You can really see the silvers in my hair up close! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Final verdict:

I asked my husband’s opinion of my hair throughout the process, and here is his final summation, word for word:

Not too oily. Not too dry. I have to say that your hair does look, smell, and feel clean and fresh. I like it!

Special reader discount:

Last, but not least, I asked about providing a reader discount for Shiny Leaf products, and they have passed along a 15% discount for my readers! The discount code is LIBRARIAN15.

Here are links to the Shiny Leaf website and specific product that I reviewed:

Please note that to receive the discount, you must register first (don’t worry, it’s free) before you order. The discount code should automatically discount from the total purchase when you check out. And the discount should work site-wide, not just on the product that I reviewed.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Have you ever used Shiny Leaf products? Please leave a comment and share!


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Sequined tank + ankle pants dressy casual remix

The transition time between summer and fall can be a magical time in the Pacific Northwest, as temps tend to hover in the 70s, with a combination of sunshine and cooler breezes. It was such an “Indian summer” type of day that Sam and I decided to enjoy happy hour for an impromptu and low-key date night. I was already wearing my navy ankle pants + pewter t-strap sandals for a prep day at work (before the fall quarter officially begins next week!), so I just traded in my top for a sequined tank, and I was ready to go!

I’ve gone for this “dressy casual” combo before:  a sequined tank + ankle pants + sparkly/metallic sandals. Here’s a version of that combo I wore back in 2015, compared with my recent date night outfit. Same outfit foundation and types of garments, but different versions. Still works!

Then vs. Now:

short bob // short pixie
white & silver sequined tank // grey & silver sequined tank
black ankle pants // navy ankle pants
black t-strap sparkly sandals // pewter t-strap metallic sandals
brightly colored clutch // silver sequined clutch

Librarian for Life + Style | Remix collage of sequined tank + ankle pants combo

Link to original 2015 post:  The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

If you’re wondering if this tank top is new — it isn’t! I thrifted this awhile ago at my favorite resale shop in Portland, as seen in this monthly round-up post from January 2016 — I scored this tank for only $6! But I do believe it’s the first time it’s been featured on the blog in an actual outfit post. Never too late, eh? 😉

The sequins are in subtle stripes, with a strip of matte sequins in-between strips of shinier sequins. It’s kind of a subtle effect in pics, but it is way more sparkly in person. I also like that the sequins don’t go all the way around — the back is a soft grey, as you can see in the pic above. The tank is more flowy because of this, and it’s more practical since I don’t have to worry about the sequins rubbing against the backs of things when I sit down. Win-win!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Spiky hair + sequined tank closeup

I used hair paste to fluff up the front part of my pixie a bit, as you can see in the closeup above. I kept my accessories simple and silver, including simple silver bar earrings and a silver sequined clutch. With an all-neutral outfit of grey, silver, and navy, I brought in a pop of color via my darker lipstick.

The mural backdrop is on the side of a local arts center in the Hilltop region of Tacoma, on the east side. I love the dynamic, 3D Greek key design of this mural!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Weather:  Low 70s and perfect

Where:  Happy hour cocktails for a low-key date night

What:

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Shop my outfit:

sequined tank top  //  very similar navy ankle pants  //  exact lipstick  //  similar metallic t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank top + ankle pants outfit collage

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Easy pattern-mixing | Pink stripes + denim trousers + geometric-print flats

I felt so good in this outfit, as it just felt so easy and light and simple — yet I’m still sneaking in some pattern-mixing. Because WHY NOT.

We took photos after work at these interesting stained-glass windows at a local church (which wasn’t holding services when we took pics, just FYI).

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Sam cracked me up when I came downstairs for coffee that morning, and he saw the top half with my pink-striped tee and denim trousers. He went, “Oh, you look cute!” — and THEN he looked down and spied my pink geometric-print canvas flats. He then exclaimed, “Oh, and that was BEFORE I saw your shoes! Look at you pattern-mixing!” 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Geometric-print canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Rope braid for short bangs

I did another rope-braid for my pixie bangs, as an easy way to get my hair off my face — and a little rope braid is more interesting than just a bobby pin. And if you’re not sure what a “rope braid” is or how to do one, here’s a “rope braid for pixie cut” hair video tutorial.

I wanted to get in a selfie after I realized that we (accidentally) were color-coordinating. Sam’s grey chambray shirt coordinates with my denim trousers, and I love how the pink sides of his sunglasses echo my pink-striped shirt.

The couple that color-coordinates together… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Couples selfie, grey + pink

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Weather:  Cool and clear

Where:  Work day

What:

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Shop my outfit:

pink striped long-sleeved tee  //  dark grey trousers  //  silver hoop earrings  //  patterned slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + trousers + slip-on sneakers outfit collage

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“You look like summer!”

When I came home this work day, my husband exclaimed, “You look like summer! Are we taking pictures?” 😀 I actually hadn’t planned on taking pics of this summer work outfit — at least, not full outfit photos — but his reaction was so enthusiastic that we went out to the backyard to take photos before I took off my shoes for the day.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

I did take some selfies of my hairstyle after work, seen in the collage below, because I thought my new headband, an early birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, looked super cute with my new pixie cut. A headband can really help add some volume to a short haircut, as it pushes the hair back and up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup collage

I have remixed this dress several times on this blog, and same goes for this yellow cardigan. I liked how the headband linked the two pieces together, color-wise — and added a floral paisley pattern to the mix!

And with this floaty dress, OF COURSE you are going to see some twirling. You’re welcome 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Weather:  Clear and cooler

Where:  Work at the library

What:

  • Dress:  Chaps via Kohl’s, old
  • Cardigan:  Target, thrifted at a fashion swap, old
  • Earrings:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Headband:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old

Shop my outfit:

teal fit-and-flare dress  //  yellow cardigan  //  similar print headband  //  similar gold drop hoop earrings  // similar cognac wedges  //  similar yellow tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + yellow + headband outfit collage

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Going full pixie

New haircut alert! I’ve been mulling over going from my short hairdo to a full pixie cut for awhile now — being inspired by super-short hairstyles from Charlize Theron to Audrey Hepburn — and it felt like the right time to try it out at the beginning of summer.

I took these quick selfies when I got home directly from my hairdresser.

Librarian for Life + Style | New pixie haircut

Librarian for Life + Style | New pixie haircut

I am LOVING this new ‘do! It’s got sass and some edge, and I really love how my silver hairs are more prominent with this cut. It’s not that much different from my previous cut, really, and yet the little differences make a big impact.

And OF COURSE I’ve been having fun playing with my hair, spiking it up and down and pinning it back, and more. You’ll see! 😉 Regardless the length of my hair, I like to experiment with it. For example, I’m eager to try out the quiff hairstyle again, previously seen here.

Librarian for Life + Style | New pixie haircut

Librarian for Life + Style | New pixie haircut

Have you gone full pixie, or had a different yet dramatic haircut? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂