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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Red, white, and blue | Casual work outfit inspiration

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans, here and abroad, and to all immigrants throughout our country’s past, present, and future. Together, we make this country better. ♥

I am no stranger to wearing red, white, and blue all year long, not just for Fourth of July. You can see that here different ways I have remixed red + white + blue for every season. It definitely does not take a national holiday to get me to wear this classic color combination!

I was recently inspired by this recent cover and photo shoot Zoe Saldana did for the May issue of Cosmopolitan UK magazine. I was particularly inspired by Zoe’s striped obi-style belt. If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you’ll know that I have a few striped obi-style belts I’ve made out of ties, and the one I selected is the one I made a how-to DIY post for.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

You can’t see it very well in these photos (it was more obvious in real life, I assure you), but I wore a red sports bra underneath my light blue striped button-front shirt, which you can see a peek of in the close-up illustration below. I had red running through the entire outfit, from my lipstick to the red under-layer and down to the red ankle pants.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bits of red in red + white + blue inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

You can see the mini-stripes of my button-front shirt better in the photo below. So I was technically pattern-mixing in this outfit, as well, although it’s super subtle. But I’ll take pattern-mixing whenever I can! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue striped obi-style tie belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Weather:  Clear but breezy

Where:  Work day with student presentations and meetings (I wore this at the end of spring quarter)

What:

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SIA interpretation: Floral textile (with bonus Sam)

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! This week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose this 18th century Spanish textile.

Inspiration:

"Silk Fabric Fragment" via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the public domain

“Silk Fabric Fragment” via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the public domain

Interpretation:

I mentioned in the SIA challenge post last week that I already had an idea for what I was going to wear. I was inspired by all the bright florals and brought out my orange floral dress again. You saw this dress for another SIA challenge last month, but I wore the dress then as a skirt, layered under a black gingham shirt. This time, I wore the dress as is, to showcase it in all its floral loveliness.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

But I didn’t stop there, of course! The other star of the show is this vintage hat, which I recently bought at a fabulous local vintage store, Glenna’s Clothing. For the first time these past 6 months, I broke my no-shopping rule in order to buy a hat for an upcoming wedding. (I will not deny also being inspired by the recent royal wedding and all the hats. And I feel like I’m kind of channeling what Gina Torres wore to the royal wedding; Gina’s look was my personal fave at the wedding.) I bought this hat before Daenel sent out her SIA inspiration artwork, so it’s sartorial serendipity that my hat totally goes with the floral textile inspiration, with the edging on the ribbon and the straw color.

I really love the shape of this hat. It’s got an “I. Magnin” label, which was a luxury women’s department store on the West Coast. The hat has a cloche-type feel to it, but the left side opposite the bow lifts up at an angle, which is kind of subtle and unexpected. It just feels very me, doesn’t it?

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

I wore my cognac strappy wedges and carried my vintage wicker purse with the orange Bakelite handles to coordinate with the orange tones of the dress. But I brought out another floral in my cloisonné earrings, and the black background of the earrings coordinates with the black edging of my hat’s ribbon. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage hat and cloisonné earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Weather:  Sunny and hot

Where:  To an afternoon wedding

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by Tuesday, July 3rd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, July 4th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Bonus Sam!

And if you were wondering what Sam wore to the wedding, I haven’t let you down. Yes, Sam wore a kilt to the wedding. Because that’s what he does. This one’s a lighter-weight wool, in the Fraser hunting tartan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam in his "day kilt" for a wedding

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Summer work outfit | White sheath dress and blue striped cardigan

I wore this outfit for a summer work day. It’s still professional, a sheath dress and cardigan, but a bit more casual with the classic gold hoops, the stripes, and the strappy wedges.

And thank goodness I did looked professional, because I did an impromptu video interview and photo shoot on campus that day (about my work as an OER librarian). Outreach has become such a big part of my job that I’m no longer nervous doing things like that last minute — I just focus on the advocacy part and not about myself. And of course, having taken photos of my daily outfits these past 6+ years has helped me get over any residual nervousness in front of a camera, too. It may sound counter-intuitive, but taking photos of yourself on a continual basis kind of helps you, well, get over yourself! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan closeup

This dress is 1960s vintage and a dress my mom handed down to me. It’s made of this magical stretchy fabric, with a slight ribbed texture, so it looks interesting up close. Because I’m taller than my mom, I let out the bottom hem a few inches a few years ago — you can still make out the former hem line, but hey, it was hemmed shorter for 40+ years (!), so it doesn’t bother me too much.

You can also see how I’ve remixed and reworn this classic sheath dress here, here, and here, for starters.

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Cognac sandals and Pride Flag-inspired pedicure closeup

Another look at my Pride rainbow flag-inspired pedicure, which looks great with my favorite cognac wedge sandals! You can see how I did the pedicure (and my coordinating manicure) in this post from last week.

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Weather:  Sunny with a bit of breeze

Where:  Work day with meetings and an impromptu video interview and photo shoot

What:

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Pride flag-inspired work outfit

Last week, I highlighted my Pride rainbow flag-inspired mani-pedi, and today’s look is what I wore on the day after I did my nails. The outfit is so simple — a fit-and-flare dress, buttoned-up cardigan, and sandals — while serving a neutral backdrop for my rainbow nails.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

I wore black and brown for my outfit specifically to reflect the newest variation on the Pride Flag, the Philadelphia City Hall version, released last year, with black and brown bands added to include LGBT+ people of color. (Lena Waithe wore this variation of the Rainbow Pride Flag as a high-fashion cape at this year’s Met Gala. ♥        )

"Philadelphia Pride Flag" is under Public Domain

“Philadelphia Pride Flag” is under Public Domain

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit and nails

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit and nails

And I wore this heart necklace not only because it kind of popped against the black of my dress, but also because I felt the gold-and-silver heart combo reflected the inclusivity of what I was trying to project in this outfit. I was demonstrating my heart and my allyship through style.

(Yes, I really do think through every single thing I wear.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit, heart necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit, accessories closeup

I reallllllly loved wearing this outfit, which I think comes across in these photos. Also, twirling! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Weather:  Sunny and breezy

Where:  Work day with meetings

What:

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