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September 10, 2014

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De-Gunk Your Tools

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IN brushes and combs have natural anti-bacterial properties that help them stay clean—but daily use adds up. Here’s an overlooked regimen that’s good to add to your cosmetic cleaning list. 

1. Pull all the hair out of your bristles.

Obvious? Perhaps. But as you’re getting ready for the day, you’ve got too much on our mind to to notice the hair balls (and dust mites and bacteria) that accumulate your brushes. Take the time every now & then to loosen things up with a rat-tail comb end or pen. And if it’s truly trapped, snip across the center with nail scissors.

Round brushes can be hard to de-hair. Try a once-over with a vacuum cleaner (yes, vacuum cleaner).

2. Spritz 

Make a 1:1 solution with organic white vinegar & water in a spray bottle. Spray onto the brush or tools. 

Let this sit for 5-10 minutes.

3. Shampoo or Swipe

For heat tools, use a washcloth with 1 tsp of Harmonic shampoo and some warm water to wipe things down. Follow with a clean water wipe. (And if you’ve used Harmonic, you know how enjoyable this experience will be.)

For brushes and combs, fill the bathroom sink halfway with 1 Tbsp of Harmonic and warm water. Submerge and work through base and bristles, then blow dry or place in a well-ventilated & sunny place.

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Five Questions for Nicole Rechelbacher, IN Co-Owner

We caught up with our fearless leader & daughter of Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Intelligent Nutrients and Aveda.

Q: How was your childhood different from others?
A: How wasn’t it? My friends thought my dad looked like John Lennon. He was flying all over the world, cooking clove shampoo in our sink, inviting Tibetan monks and Native elders over, and telling us to eat organic instead of OREOS. We didn’t have a picket fence, we had a mandala.

Q: How did growing with an entrepreneur change your worldview?
A: Creativity was a way of life for us—but so was hustle. I was cutting hair in high school. I was schlepping to shows and assisting him onstage. I was doing makeup backstage at hair shows and photo shoots. All while my friends were working jobs as lifeguards or retail.

Dad was never impressed by who people said they were. He was impressed by what you did. And that instilled a big work ethic in me.

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