Jaclyn LaBadia Jaclyn LaBadia

My One Day Detox Diary

I drink wine. I eat pizza. I do yoga regularly, but mostly for the Zen. I am not by any sense of the expression, what anyone would consider a ‘health nut’. But there’s something about a juice cleanse that had me curious. Maybe it’s my obsession with pop-cultural trends, maybe it’s my soul screaming for a detox (i.e. the wine and pizza) but I felt like it was my time to take this journey.

I decided on a one-day-juice-cleanse because honestly, that was the shortest and if I was committing, I WAS COMMITTING. I need to shout out LizzyJays Juices for helping me with my very first juice cleanse and sending me their Novice Cleanse, consisting of six of the most delicious juices I HAVE EVER TASTED. That’s not a plug, it’s 100 % legit. DELICIOUS.

I prepped the night before my cleanse by watching Naked and Afraid, telling myself that if these crazies could live on bacteria water and bugs for 21 days I could do one day of yummy juice. I woke up the morning of the cleanse and had my first juice, Crisp Greens, at 7:00 am and it actually gave me so much energy I didn’t even miss my morning coffee (THAT much). My next two at 9:00 am and 11:00 am were Carrot Twist and Watermelon Cooler and just as bangin’ as the first. By noon I wasn’t even hungry. I could totally do this. Next up at 2:00 pm was Mixed Veggie, and again, totally satisfying and delish. About an hour later, my energy levels were starting to crash and I was HUNGRY. I needed to get my mind off of waiting for my next juice. So I did some obsessive house-cleaning and before I knew it, it was 4:00 pm and time for Spicy Lemonade (again, yum). By 7:00 pm, I felt pretty amazing. Calm, clear, focused and alert. And definitely not hungry. I stretched my last juice to 7:30 and this one was by far my fave. An almost smoothie-like quality, Smooth Cashew gave me the protein I needed to end my day satisfied. A few hours later, I gave myself a mental pat on the back and drifted off into a very deep sleep. The next morning, I woke up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and felt so good that I continued to eat lots of fruits and veggies. Even in the days following, the thought of heavy carbs and dairy made me queasy. Since finishing last week, I still feel cleaner and cannot wait for my next cleanse. This time I’m even stepping up my game and going for the three-day.


Is This the Secret Ingredient to Hair Down-to-There?!

The Secret To Incredible Hair Starts At Your Scalp
(Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo, $28 | Kerastase Specifique Bain Stimuliste Shampoo, $43OGX Anti-Hair Fallout Hair Shampoo, $7.99)

You know your hair crush? That girl with the most amazing mermaidesque hair? It’s long and luscious AF, and could give a Kardashian hair-envy? If you’ve been trying unsuccessfully for years to get your hair even half as long, then this next sentence may be a little unsettling. 

Unless homegirl is rocking a full set of extensions, that hair was predetermined in her genetic code. Hair grows an average of six inches a year, and that’s if you’re lucky. Unfortunately for those of us still hoping for Rapunzel hair, there’s no immediate way to make your hair super-long, super-fast.

To Secret to Incredible Hair Starts at Your Scalp 2
(Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo, $28)

But there is a little something those in the science-know call niacinamide. A form of Vitamin B3, niacinamide stimulates circulation in the hair follicles, helping your hair grow in thicker and healthier. Plus, it can even give you immediate plumping. Studies show niacinamide can spike hair growth as much as 46 percent. Now here’s the good news. You can buy shampoo with this magical potion (I mean vitamin) in it! So that means working on your #HairGoals is as easy as taking a shower. If you’re struggling to get butt-long hair and it’s just not happening, pick up one of our favorite shampoos for giving your strands the dose of niacinamide they need to grow long and strong.


Is Going Au Naturel, in Terms of Deodorant the Way To Go?

Natural Deodorant Round Up

(Lone Body Mint, $10.50 | Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh, $18 | Piper Wai Deodorant, $11.99 | Weleda Wild Rose Spray, $11 | Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla, $8) 

au na•tu•rel adj. 1. in the natural state.* 2. naked; nude. 3. cooked plainly. 4. uncooked. [< French]

The organic beauty movement has become hella-popular over the past couple of seasons, with major brands and celebs offering all-natural or vegan product lines. And while it’s not necessarily my jam, I get the appeal. The products are better for sensitive skin, they’re animal cruelty-free, and the packaging is usually super cute. But all-natural deodorant??? A gal’s underarm maintenance is not something to be messed with. But here’s the thing, regular deodorants depend on an aluminum-based compounds that temporarily plugs the sweat ducts and prevents you from perspiring. And the side effects associated with the said compound may do you more harm than the sweat does.
Alzheimer’s and breast cancer have been linked to the aluminum found in anti-antiperspirants. And if that doesn’t scare you maybe yellow pit-stains will. It’s the acidity of the aluminum that causes the dreaded reaction against your favorite white tee. Aluminum-free deodorants work, you just have to find the best option for your body. They come in oils, creams, sticks or roll-on’s, with scents ranging from eucalyptus to rose, citrus and sage, to name a few. But be forewarned ladies, there’s a detox period when you first make the switch and you just may stink for a couple of days.