The Guide to Wash Your Hair That You Won’t Forget

You probably think you wash your hair the right way, but is it right? You have no idea do you. You can stick to your same old routine, and wash it the same way you always have. But, what if there is a better way? A way that will make your hair cleaner and provoke it to grow. A way that will make the best natural shampoo and conditioners for men even better. That is secret we are about to tell you. We set up a guide to get you to wash hair in a way that makes you look like a professional. Who knows, you might not need a hair stylist again. Look below for more details.

What Should I Look For In Shampoo or Conditioner

It depends on what type of hair you got. Its not as simple as getting the best natural shampoo and conditioner for men. No, it requires to do some research and tests. Figure out what type of hair you got first. Is it really curly or really oily. There are some hair types in between, but you got to find out what side are you on. Then, you get the shampoo that fits the level of the side your on. For example, some shampoo and conditioner have normal and high for oily hair. Pick shampoo for extra oily hair if you got extra oily hair. Pick shampoo for standard oily hair if you got standard. If your still not sure, then you got to try both and see which works best.

You should also look for natural shampoo and conditioner. Make sure the hair products you buy are always natural. The natural products tend to cause less problems to your body. Natural is called natural because it was used by people thousands of years ago. Those people are the reason humans still live today. That should be enough reason to get you to go natural with hair products.

How Much Do I Need to Use

The answer is little as possible and as much as you feel you need to. In other words, take the shampoo or conditioner and put on a little each time you decide to wash your hair. Don’t put too much because ti leads to left over soap residue. Put in a little. No matter what shampoo you use. Even if its the best natural shampoo and conditioners for men, you still need to use a little of it. Always use a little when you wash your hair and you will be fine.

The Proper or Right Way to Wash

Yes, your put shampoo in first and conditioner second. Take the shampoo first and rub it in your hair. Do it gently and for 2 minutes. Once you finish doing that, rinse it out with water. Next, take the conditioner and place it in hair. Rub it all around your head and wait 10 minutes. While your waiting, wash the rest of your body. Then, rinse out the conditioner and you are all done. Its not hard to remember. After a few times, you won’t have to read this again. A simple step for you to get everything clean and good.

We didn’t just stuff our faces in Texas (and evidence to prove it)

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In case you couldn’t tell, when my husband and I travel, our trips revolve around food. When we each made our lists of “what to do” in Austin, my husband’s list was fine-dining focused (Qui, Uchi, Barley Swine) while my list was mainly beer (Craft Pride, Hops & Grain) and food carts. But at the very bottom of my list was a separate (tiny) category called “Things that don’t involve eating.”

On that list, there were three items: visit the Barton Springs Pool, walk down 6th Street and hike around Lady Bird Lake.

I am happy to say we did all of those things and more — which is kind of shocking considering how much time we spent eating!

We checked out the Texas Capitol Building, which sprawls across the metro area.

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Everything is bigger here in Texas and the Capitol Building in downtown Austin is no exception!

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Inside the dome — the Lone Star.

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Inside the Senate Room — look close and you’ll see that the lights spell out Texas.

We took the bus out to Zilker Park so I could swim in the Barton Springs Pool — a man-made pool using water from the natural springs. When I first read about the pool I expected it to be a hot spring. But when it’s 90 degrees outside, it’s a blessing that it’s actually a “cool” spring. The temperature rarely varies from a (very brisk) 68 degrees. Which means it’s best just to dunk yourself, don’t try to do it slow — once you’re in, it feels great.

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After that we played some miniature golf:

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Yes, this place is totally creepy but super fun! And you can BYOB.

Did some kayaking on the Colorado River:

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Walked down 6th Street (known locally as the “dirty sixth” for good reason) — which is like Austin’s very own Bourbon Street. Imagine lots of bars, clubs and intoxicated college kids. I’d post a picture here but it’s probably best to just leave it to your imagination…

We rented a car and drove to the Lockhart (the BBQ capitol of Texas as well as a stop along the historic Chisholm Trail ) and the Lockhart State Park:

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Lockhart Courthouse

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And I spent a fair amount of time at the hotel’s rooftop pool. During the day it was a great place to relax with a beer, at night it was the perfect spot for watching sunsets.

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And we walked. Oh did we walk. We walked so much that I don’t think I gained an ounce on the trip even though we were constantly eating. I think the shortest day we walked 2-3 miles, the longest days we were walking somewhere around 4-5. Mostly we would walked the “Bike and Hike” trail which was gorgeous. It was a perfect way to get from our hotel to downtown — offering glimpses of the city center and Lady Bird Lake through the trees.

All in all, I think we managed to balance out our eating obsession with enough local sights and culture to make it a well-rounded trip!

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View of Congress Bridge from the trail

Waiting in line at Franklin BBQ (doing what has to be done)

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Fatty brisket, ribs and sausage at Franklin’s BBQ

Franklin BBQ is legendary. It is supposed to be the best barbecue in the country. Aaron Franklin started his company as a food truck back in 2009 and moved into a brick and mortar building in 2011. Every day, without fail, he sells out of his amazing brisket.

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The doors open at 11am…the line starts as early as 6 am! People bring chairs, books, coolers and make waiting for 3-6 hours as much fun as possible.

This was on our list as the one “must do” thing in Austin so we bought an inflatable cooler, a 6-pack of local beer and woke up at 7am yesterday to brave the line.

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The line already forming!

We arrived around 8:30am and I felt pretty good about our spot. It was just around the corner from the doors, about 40 people back. We started chatting to the people next to us, and ended up spending the whole time talking to them. One of the girls used to live in Portland, the other girl is moving to Seattle so much of the focus of conversation was on the Pacific Northwest.

Around 10 am a server came by to ask us what we thought we would order — their way to gauge how much brisket they will sell since that’s by far the most popular item. Then another server followed letting us know we’d most likely be eating by 1-1:30 pm. (So 4-5 hours of waiting!)

Luckily our new-found friends were very entertaining. I even took a walk with one of the girls to the Quickie Pickie to re-stock on beer and buy a few breakfast tacos for the wait.

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The new friends we made in line — these guys were super fun to talk with.

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Migas taco and a cold IPA. Breakfast of champions!

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If you look past the green construction fence you’ll see the line just keeps going and going.

Around 12:30pm (ahead of schedule!) we were inside the doors.

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Old school menu

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Then we were up to the front:

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The menu: we opted for a brisket and rib plate, a pulled pork sandwich and a sausage link.

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The good stuff! Fatty brisket cut to order.

Then, around 1pm (right on schedule — they have that timeline dialed in!) we feasted:

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Now that is a sandwich!

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Brisket and rib plate, side of sausage, slaw, potato salad and the ubiquitous white bread.

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Bourbon Banana Cream Pie (at Franklin’s, made by Cake and Spoon)

So was it worth it? Hell yes. Would I do it again sometime? Undoubtedly. The brisket was incredible. In fact we just polished off the last of it for breakfast today and it was still incredible. The fat just melts, the bark is thick and the flavor is all smoke and love.

If you end up in Austin, even for a day, make yourself happy — go to Franklin.

Halfway through my trip to Texas…and I’m so full!

Don’t worry — I haven’t vanished! I’m just on vacation mode (and I had a bit of camera drama) so I haven’t posted since arriving in Texas on Sunday. My husband and I have been busy enjoying Austin and its surrounding areas so expected some fun pictures soon. Here’s a few to tide you over — and make you hungry!

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Fried chicken sandwich, biscuit, red eye gravy and lemon jam. Foreign and Domestic, Austin.

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Pork chops, brisket and sausage from Kreuz Market in Lockhart — the BBQ capitol of Texas!

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The famous wall by Jo’s Coffee in SoCo, Austin, TX.

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So far we’re loving the Lone Star state!

Business trips are better when your business is meat!

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Beef Tartare, Rain Shadow Meats Squared (Pioneer Sq)

I posted a teaser last week about my business trip to Seattle in which I promised more pictures would be coming. I have finally gotten my act together so here’s how I spent my 5 days “working” in the Emerald City! (As a side note — working in the meat industry really has its perks — we ate constantly.)

On the drive to Seattle from Portland, we stopped in Olympia to get dinner at the Water Street Cafe. The food was pretty fabulous and the pasta special was super good. I’m going to ignore the sprinkling of dried parsley on the rim.

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The next day, my friend and co-worker Breezy and I embarked on day-long trip around Seattle doing sales calls.

We started in Ballard:

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Watching our lunch cook at Stoneburner

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Roasted cauliflower with agro dolce and an incredible pizza with sausage, olives and mozzarella. Oh yeah, and a bottle of rosé.

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Inside Stoneburner — a very pretty restaurant.

After 25 other sales calls (not involving eating and drinking, I swear) it was 5 pm. Exhausted and in need of sustenance, we found an adorable little wine shop/cafe called The Bottlehouse where we settled in for some happy hour treats:

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The most incredible cheesy sandwich with tomato jam and a pickle, The Bottlehouse.

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I like pink wine!

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The next day we did more sales calls, hitting up two of my favorite butcher shops, The Swinery (in West Seattle) and Rain Shadow Meats (which has two locations, Capitol Hill and Pioneer Square).

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The Swinery, West Seattle

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Porchetta sandwich topped with crispy pork bits, Rain Shadow Meats Squared (Pioneer Sq)

Since it was a Saturday, we spent the rest of the day wandering around town. We stumbled across a shop called Glassybaby. It was full of the most beautiful hand blown glass votives and tumblers I have ever seen. Absolutely gorgeous colors! If I could have afforded it, I would have bought them all.

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We popped into Nacho Borracho, a new restaurant specializing in nachos (of course) and fabulous boozy slushies. Seriously, the nacho were amazing — their homemade cheese sauce is the stuff dreams are made of. And the drinks! They were so good I’m still thinking about them. If you live in Seattle, this place should be on your radar. It’s got quality ingredients in a slightly dive bar/hipster type atmosphere. I would live here if I could!

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Nacho Borracho, Seattle, WA

Another evening, my boss treated us all to a never-ending feast at Loulay Kitchen & Bar, followed by more food and drinks at Aragona.

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Seared Foie at Loulay, Seattle, WA

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Panna Cotta, Loulay, Seattle, WA

Basically it was a long weekend full of food, fun and festivities.

I love my job!

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Just a grill full of Iberico pork Costilla Falsa (boneless ribs)…

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Seattle water front from Pike Place Market

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I love the Ferris Wheel in such an industrial looking setting.

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Till next time, Seattle!