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Kate Leroux

Eastlake • Seattle, WA
Reluctant homeowner
Joined about 2 years ago

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Splat
Hair Dye
I've been using Splat for over a decade. Their green color lasts forever, truly - I only re-dye when my roots get too long. Thanks to my light brown/dirty blonde natural color, I can skip the bleach and just use the dye (I give the bleach away). The Splat dye doesn't smell bad and staining stays under control with a few precautions. After dyeing, makeup removal wipes are enough to get off any stray dye on your skin if you do that right away. I leave it on, head wrapped in saran wrap and wearing a knit hat, for at least a few hours before rinsing.
Tangle Teezer
Hair Care
My child used to have long hair (down to their butt - 2+ feet long) and this is the only brush that was effective without also being torture.
Terro T300 Liquid Ant Baits
Insecticide
Before calling an exterminator, try these Terro T300 Liquid Ant Baits. We have experimented with a lot of methods over the years, and these are the most effective poison, for small/sugar ants anyway. A few days, and they're all gone. Watch the ants for a bit and find out where they are entering a room, then put a trap in their path there.
Tom Bihn Synapse 19
Backpack
I'm a huge fan of local company Tom Bihn. They make super high-quality bags and accessories that are functional and well-designed. My commuter backpack is the Synapse 19 which, despite its streamlined size, can fit 2 laptops and all my stuff due to the clever design. They sell lots of backpacks and travel bags as well as a line of pocket-y, hook-y, and strappy accessories that allow you to customize the interior and exterior of your bag. All their products stand up to years of hard use. Real people answer their email. And they're made right here in Seattle!
VitalCurl+ Soft Defining Mousse
Hair Care
I've tried a TON of leave-in treatments for my curly hair, and finally found something I love: VitalCurl Soft Defining Mousse. Your hair is kind of crispy as it air-dries, but once it's dry you can scrunch it and the crispiness goes away leaving lovely curls that last more than a day.

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