Sustainable Hair Styles with S A Y A Designs


I'm not exactly the most creative when it comes to styling my hair, even less so now that I'm a working mom. My hair is naturally wavy and curly, so most days I let my hair air dry and let the waves fly free. Blowdrying and straightening my hair is pretty much relegated to days when I have important events or meetings.

When summer rolls around, I tend to keep my hair up and out of my face, but I easily get bored with standard ponytails and messy buns. This summer, I've got a new styling option—a unique and beautiful hair fork thanks to S A Y A Designs.


Usually when I see hair forks or similar products, I think I'd never be able to make them work in my hair and they would just sit unused.

When S A Y A offered me the chance to try and review the Barrette hair fork, I was still a tad skeptical that it would be something I'd use. I mean, remember back in the late 90s when hair chopsticks were a thing? I very much failed at using those.

However, on the first day of using my hair fork, I successfully kept my hair securely in a bun. I was immediately impressed. It works well enough to keep my hair up during the evening when I'm on the move doing housework, playing with/feeding my daughter and putting her to bed.


What I love is that it holds my hair in place without being too tight or crimping it like a ponytail holder does.

I've tried the hair fork with both wavy and straight hair, and it worked better in my wavy hair. I've had it for a few weeks now and have used it almost every day to pull my hair up into a loose, wavy bun.


S A Y A provides hair styling tutorials for their different hairpieces and cover all lengths of hair, giving you some inspiration on ways to wear your piece.

Each hair fork comes in a fabric sleeve so the wood is kept safe when not in use, and it's convenient for when I carry the accessory in my purse.

Beyond the functionality of the hair fork, it's also beautiful and sustainable. S A Y A creates all of their hairpieces from tree roots salvaged from old plantations. My hairpiece is made from reclaimed rosewood, and I absolutely love the color of it.


Searching for a way of sourcing wood sustainably, SAYA Designs came across Made & Wayan, sculptors who dig up and recycle root wood from old commercial plantations all across Indonesia. The roots are left behind by loggers harvesting trees on large-scale production sites. They take hundreds of years to decompose and have little value for the soil. By using this waste material we are having as little impact on the environment as possible.


In addition to using reclaimed wood, S A Y A is committed to sustainability by planting trees with each purchase - my hair fork helped to plant 8 trees and save 400 pounds in carbon dioxide in a year.

I'm very much looking forward to a summer of natural hairstyles with my reclaimed wooden hairpiece - I'll save time and energy on styling while still looking like I put in the effort.




Disclaimer: I received the Barrette hair fork at no charge in exchange for writing a review. However, all opinions are my own!

Earth Day 2019

Happy Earth Day, everyone! I love the spirit and attention the environment gets today - it gets me even more hyped up and heart-eye-emoji for this cause.

April has been quite the whirlwind behind the scenes, but I am excited to have checked a few items off of my bucket list.


Putting Together an Eco Easter Basket

Easter baskets are not something I have dealt with in years, but this year, I was excited to put together something small, sweet and eco-friendly for Ariana...even if she won't remember it.

As I was brainstorming what to do, I realized that it's pretty simple to put together an eco-friendly basket for babies and children. The bonus is that I saved money in the process!


First Foods

One of the things I looked forward to while I was pregnant was when my baby would be ready to eat solid foods. Last summer, it seemed like that time was so far in the future. We started Ariana on foods shortly after she turned five months, and she's been an absolute champ so far. (Fingers crossed she continues being a champ!)


We of course want her to eat healthy and enjoy a variety of foods. It's important to me to make her baby food, and so far it's been incredibly easy and budget-friendly to do so.

Earth Month with My Little One

Y'all know Earth Month is one of my favorite times of year, from the springtime beauty to the many events being held to the focus on the environment and sustainability.

Check out my Earth Month goals from 2018 and Earth Month events in 2017. And let's reminisce on 2015, when I debuted Eco Cajun's updated look and layout, and 2018, when I made a special announcement!


This year is no different, even if I'm still in the mindset of "Wait...is it really April already!?" (Nothing like trying to catch up and only be a little behind, rather than actually be prepared in advance, ha!)

 
With the change in my routine, I've also got a change in perspective. I got to thinking a couple weeks back about how I can involve my daughter in my Earth Month activities this year. And now I'm more excited than I've been in awhile.

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