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What do we love more than anything here at we heart this? A beauty product that not only does good by you, but does good for someone other than yourself as well. So we were more than just a bit excited when Janice sent us a range of products by David Babaii for WildAid whose tagline says it all; it’s beautiful to be good. We couldn’t agree more.
David is a hairstylist with not only over a hundred major covers to his name, but with a client list that’s a who’s who of Hollywood (for example, he did both Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman’s hair for the Oscars this year). He partnered with another client and friend, Kate Hudson, to create the line. Winner of the InStyle 2009 Beauty Buy award for best green hair care line, it features several “do good” aspects to it. Products are made with an exclusive blend of natural renewable ingredients, free of all sorts of nasty ingredients you typically find in hair care, not tested on animals and ten percent of all profits are donated to WildAid, a non-profit organization that works with governments and communities of the world to reverse the devastation of our planet’s wildlife. I don’t think you can get more green than that!
Which is why we were ecstatic when we were given a chance to speak to David himself and learn a bit more about him and the line…
wht: Did you always know that you wanted to be a hair stylist?
David: I was always fascinated about hairdressing because my mom would take me to the salon when she worked as a stylist, but actually went to school for a degree in Hotel Management.
So, your Mom influenced the decision?
Yes, my mom Hilda was a legend in the hair industry during the 70’s, so I grew up with this profession in my life. Her work was just so beautiful and I was always so proud of her.
Have you always been an animal lover?
My Mother always surrounded my sister and me with animals. As babies, she would often place our pets in our cribs. She stressed the importance of respecting their lives and providing great care and love for animals. This family passion soon transformed into my cause.
How did the collaboration between you, Kate and Wild Aid begin?
Through research and my friendships with Angelina Jolie and Eric Steinhauser, I learned about WildAid and their devotion to preserving wildlife and stopping the illegal trade. Eric is one of our original partners who introduced us to WildAid, while Angelina was a vital force in the lines concept.
During the past 6 years of my friendship with Kate, we often spoke about doing something for animals and creating products free of the beauty industry’s standard “dirty dozen”. We were approached by several big companies, but we wanted to create change on our own. Kate and I were determined to make a line free of Sulfates, Parabens, dangerous Petrochemicals, animal products and most importantly, free from all animal testing.
All your products are amazing, but what’s the one you absolutely couldn’t live without?
My Bohemian Beach Spray. (How smart do I feel that I chose this from the range of products we received, even before asking David?! ~S)
It’s obvious why someone should choose a cruelty-free hair product, but why is it important to choose products that are sulfate and paraben free as well?
Concerned environmentalists warn that sulfates, parabens and other dangerous petrochemicals, commonly found in shampoos and cosmetics are finding their way into the environment and are posing a significant risk to sea life, plants and human health. Water treatment plants are simply unable to completely remove all traces of these toxins from our drinking water supply. Perhaps it’s time to rethink what goes down the drain and on your body…
You use a lot of exotic ingredients. Tell us why we should want them in our hair.
Many exotic and natural ingredients are abundant and easily replenished on earth. They provide benefits such as volume, moisture, they protect and strengthen hair plus add shine.
You’ve been named the “King of Curl” by VOGUE. How can I “Queen of Very Stubborn Poker Straight Hair” get some curls?!
It’s all about the right products, tools and determination. After blow drying your hair dry, divide your hair into 4 sections (both sides and crown leaving the nape area free). Using a professional grade curling iron like the one made by FHI Heat, take a “v” shaped parting then spray it with my Bohemian Beach Spray and tightly wrap around the inside of the curling iron. Hold for 10 seconds. You might see some steam but that is only the moisture from the product evaporating. Carefully remove, spray with some of my Mise en Plis extra Hold Styling Spray and clip. Proceed until you have curled your entire head. Remove the clips and your poker straight hair is now curly.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by so many things such as architecture, fashion and art to name a few.
And a few questions from our Potluck vault…
Me in a nutshell: Funny, hard working, detail freak and animal lover
I heart: My niece Isabella, she is my everything. Her smile instantly lights up every part of me. It’s amazing how much joy she brings me. When I am not with Isabella, my dogs, Chester Nigel and Nino, give me even more unconditional love. They are everything I enjoy about life.
Favorite movies: The Russia House, 9 1/2 Weeks because of the cinematography (Kim Bassigner’s hair is so amazing, it drives me crazy) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
What’s your sign and do you fit the traits of it? Cancer and I for sure fit my sign!
Thanks for your time David! (And learn more about David Babaii for Wild Aid here.) Review Team: let us know which product you received and if doing something great for the planet, is also doing something great for your hair…