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If you desperately desire to look younger or are simply looking to rejuvenate your skin, here are a few of our favorite  healthy and natural skin care recipes that will keep you from having to run to the store:

 

  • For the first recipe, you will need ¼ cup almond oil, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons beeswax, ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil and 1 tablespoon shea butter. Put these ingredients in jar. Then, place the jar in a simmering pot of water until all of the ingredients have melted. The almond oil has softening properties, the virgin coconut oil and vitamin E are included for their antioxidants, and beeswax and shea butter are GREAT anti inflammatories. You’ll see the effects this product has on your skin in no time!1

  • The second recipe we have to share with you is a bit more simple. Its only ingredient: honey! After you’ve cleansed your face, rub a tablespoon of honey all over it. After letting it sit for ten minutes, rinse it off with warm water. This will draw out skin impurities!2

  • This recipe is incredibly simple as well! Brew a cup of white tea on medium heat. When the tea is warm, place a face cloth into it and then press the cloth over your eyes. This will help open up pores and deflate the bags under your eyes.

  • For our last recipe, you will need 1 tablespoons of cocoa butter, ½ tablespoon of dark organic honey, 2 drops of sesame oil and 2 drops of apricot oil. Mix these ingredients together until a nice, creamy texture is achieved and say goodbye to wrinkles!3

 

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Dry Shampoo is a product known for convenience and there’s nothing more convenient than being able to make it in your own home. Here are a few DIY Dry Shampoo recipes that are worth checking out:

 

  • Cocoa Powder Dry Shampoo! Take two tablespoons of cocoa powder, two tablespoons of arrowroot or cornstarch, and 5 drops of essential oils. After mixing these things together,  apply them to your hair with an old makeup brush. This works best on darker hair!1

  • Cornstarch Dry Shampoo! This recipe leaves out the cocoa powder, since it is meant for lighter hair. You’ll need ¼ cup of arrowroot or cornstarch and 5 drops of essential oils. After mixing these ingredients together, you will have the perfect dry shampoo for blonde hair!

  • Oatmeal and Baking Soda Dry Shampoo! Mix one cup of ground oatmeal and one cup of baking soda together. This is an easy fix good for any hair color!2

  • Cheesecloth Dry Shampoo! Well, using a cheesecloth to rid your hair of excess oil doesn’t necessarily count as using a dry shampoo, but it works just the same! Take a cheesecloth, wrap it around a wide bristle brush and then brush your hair. The cheesecloth will remove any unwanted dirt and oil from your hair!

 

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To avoid harmful chemicals, reuse containers and save money, making your own body wash at home is a great option to have! Here are a few body wash recipes you can try:

 

  • Citrus Body Wash! Take 1 tablespoon shea butter, ¼ cup Aloe Vera gel, ¾ tablespoon guar gum, ¾ cup soap base, and 25 drops of essential oils. A mixture of orange, lemon and lime can be used for this recipe. To create this soap, melt shea butter over low heat, add Aloe Vera gel and warm it with the shea butter, add the gum and stir with a whisk. Then, add the soap base. After mixing it together well, allow the wash to settle for a few hours.1

  • Coconut Body Wash! Use ½ cup coconut milk, ⅔ cup castile soap, 3 tablespoons of vitamin e oil, 5 drops of essential oil and 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin. For your essential oil, lavender is suggested. Combine all of these ingredients in a bottle, shake it, and then use it!2

  • Honey Body Wash! You will need ⅔ castile soap, ¼ cup of raw, unfiltered honey, 2 tablespoons of oil (grapeseed, jojoba, sweet almond, sesame, or olive), 1 tablespoon vitamin e oil, and 50-60 drops of essential oils. DIYNatural.com has a list of oil suggestions. Mix all of these ingredients into a squirt bottle, shake it up, and then it is ready to use!

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While hairspray is notorious for creating the hole in our Ozone layer, people continue to use it in their hair. They know it’s not good for the environment...so how could it be good for hair? At the same time, I think it’s safe to say that people continue to use hairspray because they simply have no idea that it is even possible to make your own! Check out a few recipes we found:

 

  • You’ll need 1.5 cups of unfiltered water, 2 tablespoons of white sugar, 1 tablespoon of high proof alcohol, and 10-15 drops of your essential oil of choice. Boil water and dissolve the sugar in it. Allow it to return to room temperature, then add the alcohol and essential oils. Put this product in a spray bottle and start using it as hair spray! 1

  • Get 2 cups of distilled or filtered water, 2-3 tablespoons of high proof clear alcohol, 6-8 drops of lavender essential oil, and 1 whole orange if you have dark hair or lemon if you have light hair. Cut your orange or lemon into wedges and combine it with two cups of water in a small pot. Boil over medium-high heat until the liquid is reduced by half. Then, strain this with a cheesecloth into a measuring cup. Make sure you have one cup of liquid and if you don’t, add water. Mix alcohol and essential oils in one bowl, then add the cup of citrus juice. Pour this into a spray bottle and it’s ready to use! 2

  • We really go back to the basics with this next recipe. All you need is 1 cup of nearly boiled water and 4 tablespoons of sugar! If you want it be stronger, add more sugar. If you need it to be weaker, add less. 3

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While sometimes it seems easier to buy a pre-made face mask from the store, you may be able to create a face mask at home with ingredients you ALREADY have in the house. Let’s check out a few of our favorite DIY face masks:

 

  • The egg and yogurt face mask! You need two egg whites and two tablespoons of plain yogurt. Mix these ingredients together, apply the created mixture to your face, and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off with warm water!1 This face mask is good for all skin types!

  • Honey, berry, lemon juice and yogurt face mask! Mix 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, ¼ cup mixed berries, and one tablespoon lemon juice in a blender. After you created your mixture, apply it to your face and allow it to sit for up to fifteen minutes. This face mask is great because it focuses on brightening your skin and exfoliating it!2

  • Mocha Mask! Blend together 2 tablespoons of ground coffee, 2 tablespoons of pure cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of honey, 3 tablespoons of yogurt or sour cream. Create a mixture, rub it on your face and leave it for 10 minutes. This mask works really well to detoxify and de-puff your skin!3

  • Tropical Banana mask! Mash one banana together with a tablespoon of honey. Mix them together until you create a paste. After applying this to your face, allow it to stay on for up to 15 minutes. This is great for dry skin! 4

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Whether you’ve run out of store-bought shampoo or you’re simply looking for an easy alternative to your current shampoo... making your own could be a great alternative! Here are a few at-home shampoo recipes you should consider trying:

 

  • Egg Shampoo! This shampoo will do wonders for your split ends. Take an ounce of rosemary, a pint of hot water and one egg. Steep the rosemary in the water for twenty minutes, then let it cool. After, beat your egg into it. Then, massage the mixture you just created into your hair and proceed to rinse it out, as you would regular shampoo.1

  • Essential Oil Shampoo! This shampoo is great for those with dry hair OR those with oily hair. In both cases, it leaves the hair soft and non greasy! You need 1/2 cup of liquid castile soap, ¼ cup of canned coconut milk, ¼ cup of honey, 2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil, one tablespoon vitamin e oil, and 40-50 drops of “essential oils”. If you have dandruff, 10 drops of lemon, lavender, melaleuca and rosemary essential oils would do. Or, if you have fragile hair, 20 drops of clary sage, 15 drops of lavender and 15 drops of wild orange essential oils would be perfect. Additionally, if you experience hair loss, using 10 drops rosemary, 10 drops of peppermint, 10 drops of cedarwood and 10 drops of lavender essential oils might be the key!2

  • Baking Soda Shampoo! This recipe thrives on simplicity. All you need is baking soda and water! According to DIYNatural.com, all you need to do is mix one tablespoon of baking soda and one cup of water to get the perfect shampoo. This website further suggests using an apple cider vinegar conditioning rinse to get the best results. The follow-up conditioner is made from one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one cup of water.3 

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For those who don’t have curly hair naturally, knowing how to use a curling iron becomes second nature. Unfortunately, so does hair damage. To avoid heat damage from styling tools, check out a few of our favorite tips that will help you achieve curly hair in a healthier way:

 

  • Braids! NewHealthGuide.org suggests that, after showering, instead of letting your hair dry, create braids in your damp hair. Keep them in overnight to wake up to beautiful waves!

  • Wear a headband! Put a headband on the top of your head and pin your hair up over the headband, one section at a time. The headband acts as a holder for your hair. Sleep on your hair for this to work most effectively!

  • Rollers! There are a variety of different rollers that work great to curl your hair- and they don’t require heat! Wrap your hair around the roller as you would normally, then allow them to sit in your hair for awhile to achieve the perfect naturally-curly look.

  • Use your fingers! Hair.allwomenstalk.com suggests combing your wet hair thoroughly and then twisting strands of hair around your finger. After doing this to all sections of your hair, wrap a silk scarf around your hair for thirty minutes. Remove the scarf, then let the rest of the drying process happen on its own.

 

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Bananas are full of vitamins and potassium that are very beneficial not only to the health of your body but your hair as well. Stylecraze.com says, “It is a versatile fruit that contains many nutrients including vitamins A, B, C and E along with minerals like potassium, zinc, iron and manganese. Just as eating a banana helps in utilizing the banana nutrition to keep your body in good health and great shape, while application of this fruit on your hair and skin will help you to keep them in great condition.”

Benefits of using Banana’s on your hair

  • Moisturizes dry hair: Mix a mashed banana with a spoonful of honey. Let it sit in your hair for 20 minutes and wash out. Your hair will feel soft and moisturized.
  • Reduce Hair loss: Bananas can reduce hair loss and help treat an irritated scalp.
  • Adds shine and luster
  • Helps prevent split ends and breakage: Huffingtonpost.com says, “The oils and potassium found in the fruit can work wonders for the health of your scalp and strands.”
  • Revitalizes Damaged hair: nenonatural.com says, “Heat damage is cumulative so a banana conditioning treatment may be just what you need to help with any weakness that results from damaged hair.”

Easy DIY Banana Hair Mask

Bananas are extremely moisturizing when applied to hair. Partyoverhair.com says, “Bananas are full of vitamins and is a number one ingredient for strengthening and volumizing the hair. It helps in repairing dry and sun-damaged hair. The damages that are caused to the hair by exposure to the dirt, pollution and other environmental toxins can be treated with the banana mask.”

For this Mask all you will need is one ripe banana and 1 tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil (whatever oil you prefer) and a shower cap.

Step 1: Put the banana and oil in a blender and blend until the ingredients look like a paste. Tip: if the paste is too runny add a dash of flour to it.

Step 2: Apply the mask to damp hair from root to tip.

Step 3: After you apply the mask put a shower cap on to lock in moisture. Let the mask sit for 20-30 minutes and then rinse out first with warm water and then blast it with some cold water. Shampoo and Condition if necessary.

Step 4: Style hair however you want.

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For as long as I can remember I was always told to shampoo before condition, but more recently I heard that you should actually condition your ends before you shampoo you hair.  This whole concept of reverse washing is pretty interesting. Most shampoos strip your hair of its natural oils, and then once you condition you hair feels soft and just like new.

What should you use first shampoo or conditioner?

Since shampoo rids your scalp of build up you should only use it on your scalp. Hellogigles.com says, “Basically, the idea is that your scalp produces oil that naturally cleanses and moisturizes your scalp and hair. The only reason to shampoo is to rinse those oils out when they have built up too much and give your scalp a reset.” If you put shampoo on your ends it could strip your hair leaving it dry and dull.

Reverse Washing

Reverse Washing is when you condition your hair first and then only shampoo the roots. Dailymail.co.uk says to, “Wet your hair then work in your favorite conditioner, concentrating almost solely on the ends of the hair, with just a tiny bit at the roots. Leave the conditioner in for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Only now should you shampoo, rinse, and repeat, making sure you don’t use more product than you need.” Conditioning your ends first will coat them and protect them from the stripping properties in your shampoo.
Here are 3 reasons why it’s important to condition your hair before you shampoo.

1. Makes Detangling Easier

If your hair is really knotty and you always have a problem detangling it, you should definitely try reverse washing your hair. The conditioner will coat your ends leaving them moisturized and tangle free. Gadailynews.com says, “Reversing the order in which you wash your hair is meant to give you all the detangling and glossing benefits of conditioner - along with extra volume - but without any residual side-effects.”

2. Adds Moisture

If you condition your hair first it would feel dull and weighed down. Womenshealthmag.co.uk says, “The idea behind leaving a conditioner on for 2 - 3 minutes is so that the goodness can penetrate into the hair, so that when you rinse your hair properly, the work is done. However, when you don't wash out the conditioner properly, this will leave a film over the hair which attracts dirt and more, leaving it feeling lackluster.”You hair ends won’t be stripped from the harsh chemicals in shampoo, so they won’t feel dry and dull or weighed down.

3. Prevents Damage

If your ends are really damaged reverse washing is perfect because it will protect your ends from further damage. Refinery29.com says, “Washing the conditioner out with shampoo can prevent it from weighing your hair down — and if your hair is prone being flat and greasy, this is a great thing, indeed.”

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Whether you hair is healthy or damaged, treating your hair with a hair mask is a perfect way to get your hair ready for spring. Putting a hair mask on could be very relaxing; Massage the mask into your scalp and then let it sit for 20-30 minutes. I like to apply a hair mask on Sunday night that way my hair is nice and fresh for the week.

Here are 4 easy DIY Hair Masks:

Coconut Oil & Honey Hair Mask

This mask is perfect for damaged hair. Coconut oil and Honey have properties that are great at nourishing damaged locks. For this mask all you will need to do is combine 1 tbsp. of Coconut Oil and 1 tbsp. of Raw Honey in a mixing bowl. You can either melt them in the microwave or in a saucepan. Then apply the mixture to dry hair starting at the ends and working your way up. After you apply the mask an optional step would be to wear a shower cap so the mask penetrates your hair quicker.

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Banana Milkshake Hair Mask

This mask is perfect for deep-conditioning your hair. I found the recipe for this hair mask from glamour.com.  For the best results you should leave this mask on your hair for 20-25 minutes and put your hair in a shower cap so the mask won’t drip onto your clothing or furniture. So for this mask all you need is 2 bananas, coconut milk and honey. You can either manually mix all three items together in a bowl or put them in a blender. You should apply this mask to dry hair, after leaving it in for 20 minutes wash it out and shampoo and condition as normal.

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Avocado Hair Mask

The properties in avocados are great for deep conditioning hair and make it look shiny and feel amazing. For this mask all you need to do is mix together one egg yolk, one teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil and one teaspoon of honey together in a bowl. Then add a mashed avocado to the mix.  You can apply this mixture to wet or dry hair. If you apply it to wet hair apply the mixture to your hair and then massage it into your scalp fro 5 minutes and then let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

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Mayo and Avocado

This mask is perfect for dry and dull hair that needs extra moisture. This mask was found on bellasugar.com. For this mask you will need ½ avocado, ¼ cup of mayo, 1 tbsp. of coconut oil, 1tbsp. of olive oil, 1tbsp. of honey and 2 ounces of water. Put all of these ingredients in a blender and mix them together. You should start out with wet hair and then apply the mask. Use a shower cap to lock in heat and allow the mask to penetrate your scalp. Then after 20 minutes wash it out and rinse your hair with cold water.

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