The Secrets Of The Bribri Shamans Now In Beverly Hills

The Secrets Of The Bribri Shamans Now In Beverly Hills

bribriThe Bribri Shamans of Costa Rica are among the few people left in this world who value the importance of being in line with nature, preparing sacred potions, and using all the bounty of the plants around them.

In his quest of finding the best hair care products for everyone and creating a line that not only compliments every person using it, but is also kind to the environment, Rene Vandesande went to the mountains of Talamanca to visit a well respected Shaman, Don Vicente, and learn about their secrets of living a life close to nature, respecting its rhythm and integrating with its greatness. The result was a truly innovative hair care system designed to improve and restore the wellness of your hair while at the same time supporting a harmonious existence.

While most of us don’t have access to the Bribri Shamans of Costa Rica, their healing plants and their ability to cure illnesses that traditional medicine wasn’t able to, the benefits of their knowledge have been gathered in the complete line Vandesande Bio-Botanical Hair Care, available for online purchase on the website as well as in the MichaelJohn Salon in Beverly Hills where Rene is happy to assist with any hair challenges and restore the natural beauty of your hair.

ALI GARCIA – A trip to Costa Rica

ALI GARCIA – A trip to Costa Rica

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The idea for the Vandesande hair care line came to me during a trip to Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica I met Ali Garcia Segura, researcher/ethnologist and teacher. Ali took me to the Rainforest of Talamanca where I met the Bribri people who are one of the eight indigenous tribes of Costa Rica. He introduced me to a Bribri healer who shared the way the Bribi people live. I was deeply impressed by how they respect and live in harmony with nature. I saw how their native plants play an important role in their daily health and well-being. That is the reason why I continue to collaborate with Mr. Garcia Segura on the Vandesande Bio-Botanical Hair Care product line.

On his way to Buthan to attend an international conference on Ethnobotanicals (http://www.uwice.gov.bt) Ali had a stop over in Los Angeles so we met and exchange information on new ingredients for the future. Here is another link about such an important subject (http://ethnobiology.net)

Ali Garcia is the president of “The Skoki Center for a sustainable Future”

The Skoki Center was established in 1996 to create opportunities for the Bribi and other indigenous people of the Central American rainforest, particularly to preserve the “Biosphere Reserve” of the Talamanca Mountain Range- declared “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO in 1983

FALL SEASON – Special Hair Care tips

FALL SEASON – Special Hair Care tips


In Summer, the sun naturally lightens your hair so you will want to keep some of those natural highlights. My best advice for the Fall is to tone down your summer hair color a shade or two for example with rich and intense fall colors.

Don’t go darker or lighter more than two shades from your original base
Use toners on the ends instead of hair dye to keep the tips light.
Keep it rich and intense: reds, strawberry blondes, warm red-brown etc.

TRENDING HAIRSTYLE for the fall and winter

TRENDING HAIRSTYLE for the fall and winter


Disconnect between the top and the lower layer.

DISCONNECT. The disconnect can be soft or strong depending personality and age.
– Slight asymmetrical haircuts.
– Breads are added with hairstyles to create a messy look, bread mix with chignons.

But whatever the fashion, the most important is to feel good with Your own style. See Rene Vandesande for a consultation!

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SUMMERTIME – Special Hair Care tips

SUMMERTIME – Special Hair Care tips


My BEST ADVICE for this season is to WEAR a HAT and/or a SCARF. Go for the sexy look. However if you are going to be enjoying the beautiful summer sun, in addition to covering your hair:

Use a UV ray protection spray before and during sun exposure because Sea salt and UV rays damage the cuticle of your hair and strip the color. I recommend Phytoplage Sun Oil.
Never wash your hair before going for a swim and after, always rinse to eliminate drying salt buildup or chlorine.
Then wash your hair with a sodium free shampoo, like VANDESANDE Moussant, to preserve its color and natural shine.
A Protex Hair Collagen treatment creates an additional protection shield around your hair. Twice a month is ideal.

Voila! Enjoy a great summer and keep your hair healthy and shinny!