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What would possibly draw a former professional snowboarder into the world of hair and makeup? Answer: a love for natural beauty. Meet Heidi Nymark, in demand Washington- based editorial stylist whose no-fuss aesthetic seems to be informed by and even an extension of her love of the outdoors. Green, clean beauty from the inside out is definitely her thing and when she isn't on the slopes or on an ayahuasca retreat she is prophetizing on the future of mushrooms.


Recent studies have shown us what many have suspected for quite some time: zinc is involved in so many critical bio-chemical processes and right down to the cellular level that a deficiency -even slight- can have significant and even visible health consequences. Hair enthusiasts should take note that one of these unwanted consequences is thinning hair and a poorly performing hair growth cycle, something which so many of us struggle to explain.  In the body zinc is in fact a building block of hair and a major player in protein synthesis, replication and structure.  In our never-ending quest to explain the current epidemic of hair issues, could zinc be the answer?


There are few people in the clean, green beauty space that not only truly understand the concept but who strive to take it to a whole new level. Kristi Blumstein of Khus + Khus is one of those visionaries and when you try any of the products from her plant based line you will understand why. A student of Ayurveda, Kristi has a special and profound knowledge of the power and intelligence of plants, who she calls “sentient beings”. Plants are she says “our allies” and healing can only begin once we understand how deeply interconnected we are with them. 


If you find yourself flipping through the pages of a fashion magazine you have likely come across the work of session hairstylist Ericka Verrett. Her laissez-faire approach to hair can be seen on multitudes of A-listers, from Miranda Kerr to Maye Musk.  We recently spoke with Ericka about all things hair and how her industry has changed during the pandemic.

NOTHING like the SUN

Now and especially in the time of Covid, there seems to be a consensus emerging that not only do we need the sun and Vitamin D, it is in fact essential for our very  survival.  It acts as a pain killer, mood enhancer, circadian rhythm setter, appetite regulator and even impacts our skin and hair health. And yet we are almost all deficient in this critical, live-giving hormone. You can take it in pill form but when it comes down to it, there is nothing like the sun.


Fact: human hair is 91% protein.   So exactly why is everyone (for the most part) always going on about how to deliver more moisture to our strands? Shouldn’t we be also talking about protein?   Yes, yes we should. Here’s the thing about moisturizing hair treatments- we do occasionally need the...


If you are looking for an all-star supplement to truly kick start your skin, nail and hair growth and health- look no further.  In the human body, silicon is the third most abundant trace mineral after iron and zinc. So suffice it say, if the body is always rebuilding itself, then shouldn't we be thinking about whether or not we are getting sufficient silica?  


The obsession with scent began with some of the earliest civilizations and today is a billion dollar industry.  Fruity, floral, musky – from candles and cleaning products to lotions, shampoo, and cologne, we live in a scented world. But with chronic disease on the rise more people are beginning to question what exactly is lurking in the air.  What is 'fragrance' and how does it differ from essential oils? 


Thyroid issues.  Chronic insomnia.  Food sensitivities.  Skin flare ups.  Hair loss and thinning.  With a growing number of us dissatisfied with the solutions being offered by western medicine for these and other chronic conditions, it seems we are en masse turning to more traditional modalitie...