Nine Things I've Learned in Nine Years of Beauty Blogging

A lot has happened since 2005. A Girl's Gotta Spa! began as a beauty blog intended to help other women, short on time, discover meaningful reviews and tips that they could incorporate into their daily lives. It was also a way for me to connect socially with women in Read more

Hydrating DIY Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

Feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration no matter the season. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t Read more

GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

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evo Water Killer Dry Shampoo Review

Evo Water Killer Dry Shampoo #haircare #beauty

There’s a reason evo’s Water Killer Dry Shampoo is always sold out.

It’s that good.

It’s worth repeating that you should not wash your hair everyday. For some reason, when I tell people this I get a dumbfounded look. In order to keep your scalp healthy and not overproducing oil or drying out, you need to give it a break. Trust me, I have bangs. Bangs + an oily t-zone spell a bad hair day. On the days when I skip washing my hair, I always use a dry shampoo to not only absorb oil in the spots beginning to show greasiness, but to also give me some added volume.

I had the chance to try out evo Water Killer Dry Shampoo ($29.95) and realized why this is one hair care treatment that you want to quickly snatch up as soon as it is in stock.  Read more

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Marc Anthony 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo Review

Whether you’re pressed for time, want to keep color looking fresh or just don’t want or need to shampoo your hair every day, you will want to check out this dry shampoo. Believe me, we’ve come a long way baby from the days of Psssst in the 1970′s. I am a believer in washing your hair every other day (unless you have very oily hair) to keep it conditioned and healthy. Marc Anthony makes a wonderful dry shampoo called 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo ($7-8).

Marc Anthony is a brand that never fails me and is my go-to drugstore brand. I use the Oil of Morocco Argan Oil products religiously and have also tried the Beach Waves Collection and the Instantly Thick Collection all with great success so when I heard the brand had a dry shampoo, I was very anxious to try it.

There are a few things that make 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo a little different. First it is clear so no more white residue. This is especially  thrilling to those with dark hair and those of us like me who are showing signs of gray. Second, it was developed with Nanotechnology and Zeolite, a micro-porous mineral, to cleanse hair without a chalky residue or gritty feeling. The extra absorbent formula lets you remove excess oil, eliminate odor and add volume. It is perfect for all hair types and keeps your  hair fresh between washes. What I like most is that it isn’t too powdery, so many dry shampoos make my hair feel dirty and sticky, but this actually makes it feel fresh!  Read more

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Neil George Refresh Dry Shampoo Review

You know I have a love affair with dry shampoo. Honestly, if you have never tried it, what are you waiting for? You are so missing out!

What I loved About Neil George Refresh Dry Shampoo:

  • Small, lightweight bottle means I can easily bring it along for travel.
  • It instantly wipes out any greasy residue in my hair and breathes new life into it. (This is most important to me for my bangs!)
  • It smells so good! It is not heavily perfumed, but does make your hair smell clean.  Read more
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Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo

Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo Review #haircare #beauty

I don’t know about you, but I learned a few years ago that the best thing you can do to create healthy hair and a healthy scalp is to NOT shampoo your hair everyday. But if you are like me, a person who constantly runs her fingers through her hair…you know that this makes your locks greasy – quick, fast and in a hurry. I rely on dry shampoo to revive my hair for 2 days of no washing. Everyone’s been talking about the Keratin craze, but I really don’t feel like wearing a gas mask to achieve that desired look. Then I was sent Suave’s new Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo and thought this would be my shot at something amazing.

I do love that this is an aerosol spray dry shampoo (vs. just powder) and that there is no white residue using it. The scent is great and it lives up to all things a dry shampoo should be.  It absorbs oil, creates volume and gives my hair the appearance that I washed it that day.

But there’s a but in there somewhere, right?   Read more

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