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It seems as though in every advertisement we see, the model has ultra shiny hair. While it would be ridiculous to not credit that partially to photo editing, it can still make us envious...and desperately desire glossy hair! Here are a few easy tips to avoid every-day hair damage and help you get the shiny hair you have always wanted:

  • Take cooler showers! Don’t freeze yourself but, if you’re used to taking steaming-hot showers, it’d definitely be beneficial for you if you turned it down a notch. According to health.com, heat splinters the surface of the hair and makes it seem uneven and dull. Rinsing your hair with cooler water for only ten seconds can help you achieve shinier hair!

  • Don’t rub your head with a towel after getting out of the shower! This causes breakage and damage to the wet-hair shaft. Instead, after getting out of the shower, you should slowly  brush your hair with a wide-toothed comb. That is the least damaging after-shower hair care method!1

  • Hair dry properly! When blow drying, remember to direct the nozzle down the hair shaft. Then, afterwards, use the “cool” setting on your blow dryer to finish off your hair. Just like rinsing with cold water at the end of a shower, this will help you achieve shinier hair!2

  • Use a silicone flat iron! This might not be something we think about often, but metallic and ceramic flat irons cause a lot more damage to hair than silicone flat irons do, due to the fact that they are not as effective and take much longer to use. 

 

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It’s hard to believe that there’s a wrong way to brush your hair but, apparently, there is. And, there’s not just one wrong way to brush your hair... there’s several! Here are a few hair brushing habits you may have that are seriously hurting your hair:

 

  • Brushing your hair from root to tip. It may seem unnatural to start at the tip when brushing your hair, but starting from the root of your hair can pull the hair out of the follicle and snap your hair!1

  • Brushing your hair when it’s wet. When your hair is wet it is weaker and more susceptible to breakage. Try to wait for your hair to dry before you start the detangling process!

  • Brushing too much. People used to say that brushing your hair 100 times before going to sleep would prevent breakage, but brushing your hair too much can actually lead to more breakage. 

  • Using a dirty brush. Try not to use brushes full with hair, oils, or old residue from previously-used hair products. People don’t realize how important it is to clean their brushes!2

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Our world is built around convenience, for example, 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner. In theory, it seems like a good idea, but the practical application can sometimes turn out to be a disaster. So…here are some natural remedies that can benefit both your skin AND hair. Just to name a few:

 

  •  Aloe. Most of us know aloe as being used for skin. It is the most well known, natural remedy for sunburn. Stylecraze.com discusses its many other skin benefits, including its promotion of younger skin. If used daily, it will help “achieve proper skin restoration”. But you may not have heard of aloe as something to use for your hair. It has been often used as a hair loss treatment and can also help if you have dryness on your scalp.
  • Honey. According to treehugger.com, the antioxidants in honey can help fight wrinkles and aging skin, as well as help with the treatment of acne. It opens up your pores and can help soothe irritation. It’s also extremely good for your hair, according to everydayroots.com. It can help moisturize dry or damaged hair as well as encourage hair growth.
  • Argan Oil. This oil is a great one to use because it is not greasy, according to mindbodygreen.com. It can work as a face moisturizer and hydrating toner, as well as help fight against stretch marks. It’s also an amazing product for your hair, as it can work as a leave-in conditioner as well as add a nice shine to your hair if you apply it after your hair is already dry.

 

These natural two-in-one products are the only ones I would consider using!

 

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Avocados are not only perfect for making guacamole, but they have properties that can benefit your hair as well. Livestrong.com says, “Avocados are high in vitamins B and E, which work at the cellular level to protect and strengthen hair. Vitamin B is essential for hair growth. Vitamin E helps repair damage on the scalp, which may slow or prevent hair growing.” Avocado or Avocado oil can be used to benefit your hair!

Benefits of using Avocado or Avocado oil on hair:

  • Moisturize Scalp: Stylecraze.com says, “One can use avocado oil for hair in more than one ways as it’s an exceptional treatment for revitalizing dry, damaged, lifeless hair. It deep conditions your locks and scalp and hence leave them looking lustrous and full of life. Moreover, being a rich source of proteins, amino acids and vitamins, avocado oil also helps promoting the growth of healthier tresses.”
  • Combats Hair Loss: Livestrong.com says, “Hair loss may be a result of vitamin deficiency or of external stresses on your hair. Hair loss occurs when hair becomes dry and damaged from exposure to extreme heat, sun or cold. You may also contribute to hair loss and damaged hair by using chemically loaded hair products or styling tools such as hair dryers or curling irons.” Using an avocado mark or avocado oil on your hair will combat hair loss.
  • Repair Damaged Hair: If your hair is damaged from coloring or heat styling, using an avocado hair mask will help make your hair healthier and smoother!

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

Avocados are full of vitamins that can benefit your hair. Tipsfornaturalbeauty.com says, “Your hair needs proteins and healthy fat to keep it healthy and shiny and avocados is one of the good sources for healthy fats, omega-3, as well as biotins (vitamin B).” Here is what you will need for the mask:

For this mask you will need 1 ripe avocado, 1 tbsp of plain yogurt, 1tbsp of jojoba oil ( you could coconut or olive oil) and 1 egg.

Step One: Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Then scoop out the inside and put it in a blender. Then add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend away.

Step Two: Then apply the mask to damp hair from root to tip. Then put on a shower cap to lock in moisture and let the mask sit for 30-40 minutes.

Step Three: Shampoo and Condition your hair if necessary, but rinse the mask out of your hair with warm water.

Step Four: Dry hair and style as usual!

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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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Vitamin C can be extremely beneficial to the health of your hair! Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means that your body doesn’t store or accumulate it. Stylecraze.com says, “In order to get a healthy mane, we need to eat healthy food. Healthy diet reflects on our skin and hair. Vitamin C is much more than an antioxidant and plays an important role in improving the health of our skin and hair.”There are several ways you can use vitamin c to benefit you hair. First you can take a vitamin c supplement, second you can eat vitamin c enriched foods and third you can make a vitamin c hair mask (directions below).You can also buy hair products that are enriched with Vitamin C.

Benefits of Vitamin C on Hair

  • Unclogs Hair follicles and rids your hair of dandruff.
  • Encourages healthy hair growth by stopping hair loss. The nutrients found n Vitamin C are very effective when it comes to hair growth and strengthening hair. According to stylecraze.com, Vitamin C is used to reverse Adrenal gland fatigue, which is crucial for stopping hair loss.  
  • Vkool.com says, “As vitamin C is high in antioxidants, an important nutrient for hair health, so this vitamin provides great benefits for hair. The low consumption of vitamin C can be a cause of numerous hair problems like split ends, dry hair, or hair loss.”
  • Can prevent the graying of hair, according to stylecraze.com, “Vitamin C not only helps to combat hair loss but also helps to retain the natural colour by preventing premature ageing of the hair.”
  • Eating Vitamin C enriched foods can help heal damaged hair from the inside out.

 

DIY Vitamin C Hair Mask

Strawberries are loaded with Vitamin C so for this hair mask you will need a handful of ripe strawberries, 1tbsp of honey and 1 tbsp of coconut oil.

Step 1: Blend the ingredients together in a blender to get the perfect consistency.

Step 2: Apply the mixture to damp hair, start at the roots and work your way down the hair shaft.

Step 3: Cover your hair with a shower cap to lock in moisture and let the mask sit in your hair for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Rinse out with warm water, don’t shampoo but condition if necessary.

Step 5: Optional: After you wash it out with warm water blast your hair will some cold water to lock in shine!

Step 6: dry your hair and style as usual!

Another option:

Womenshealthmag.com suggests, “To give your locks a vital dose of vitamin C, blend a partially-boiled sweet potato, a half-cup of gooseberries, three strawberries, and half a small red bell pepper until you get a creamy smooth mixture. Then apply it to your scalp and hair. Leave the mask on for 15 to 25 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water.”

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Sesame oil is great for cooking but it also has properties that a great for your hair. Divinecaroline.com says, “It’s packed with all the good stuff—Vitamin E, lecithin, minerals, proteins, and amino acids, and it is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.” Here are 5 benefits of using Sesame Oil on your hair!

Hair Growth

Massaging your scalp with Sesame Oil will increase scalp circulation, which in turn will promote healthy hair growth. Stylecraze.com says, “Even when your hair has been damaged badly with chemicals, sesame oil can help you regain hair health due to its high penetrating power. And this is why sesame oil for hair growth is so widely popular.”Buzzle.com says, “A regular warm oil massage increases penetration of oil in the scalp, resulting in enhanced blood circulation, thereby promoting hair growth.”

Darken Hair Color

Sesame oil can darken you hair naturally. Sesameoilforskin.com says, “If applied regularly, it helps to darken hair color and reduce hair fall problems.” Stylecraze.com says, “It also helps prevent and treats premature greying due to its darkening qualities.”

Moisturize Dry Hair

Sesame oil can be very moisturizing on dry hair. Stylecraze.com says, “Sesame oil provides soothing and tranquilizing properties. Harsh heat can be damaging to the hair follicles. Sesame oil acts as a coolant working from within and nourishing the scalp in and out. Sesame oil locks moisture within, thus preventing dryness.” Divinecaroline.com says, “Not only does it condition, but it also gets rid of the frizz. Put a small drop into your palm, rub both hands together, and apply it to dry hair.”

Prevent Dandruff

Sesame Oil has properties in it that prevent dandruff in your hair as well as kill lice and other fungal infections. It will prevent dandruff by killing the bacteria on your head that cases the problem. Stylecraze.com says, “Another less known benefit of sesame oil is that it can be used with other essential oils to treat head lice. Regular massage with the oil and rinsing with a shampoo later proves to be beneficial. Sesame oil is antibacterial and applying it on the scalp helps to keep both fungal and bacterial functions at bay.”

Natural Hair Sunscreen

Summer is right around the corner and your hair will need protection from the harsh UV rays from the sun. You can use Sesame Oil to protect your hair from the sun. Buzzle.com says, “Rich sesame oil protects hair from the damaging effects of the sun's UV rays, thus, proving to be a natural sunscreen for hair. Not only does it protect hair from the sun, it also saves them from damaging effects of pollution.”

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Black tea can not only quench your thirst but it can make your hair stronger and healthier. Black tea is filled with antioxidants and caffeine that can be very beneficial to your hair. The caffeine in black tea blocks DHT, the hormone that is responsible for hair loss.  The easiest way to use black tea on your hair is to rinse your hair with it.

Benefits of using Black Tea on Hair!

  • Reduces Shedding
  • Adds shine and softens hair
  • Adds volume and bounce to dull locks
  • Stimulates hair growth (Stylecraze.com says, “Another benefit of caffeine is that it stimulates hair growth when used once in a month.”)
  • Reduces hair breakage
  • Can increase the thickness of your hair
  • According to stylecrze.com, “Black tea acts as a natural dyeing agent and is suitable for women who have dark black or brown hair and want to get rid of grey hair or fading hair dyes. It darkens your hair besides adding shine and bringing out natural highlights.”

Black Tea Hair Rinse

Step 1: Depending on how long and thick your hair is will determine how many tea bags you will need. The smallest amount of tea bags you should use is 2 and the most is 10.

Step 2: After you decide how many tea bags you will need; now you need to steep the tea bags in hot water for 10-15 minutes and then let it cool. Once it cools down, you can take the tea bags outs and it is ready to use. Tip: You can leave the tea (with the tea bags) in the fridge overnight for a stronger rinse.

Step 3: Applying the rinse; first you should shampoo your hair, then pour the rinse on your hair. You could also put the tea in a spray bottle and spray your hair with the tea instead on pouring it on. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes.

Step 4: After you wash it out use a deep conditioning treatment on the ends of your hair. Justgrowalready.com says to, “deep condition with a moisturizing conditioner afterwards because tea rinses make hair feel stiff and hard.”

Step 5: After you use the deep condtioning treatment, dry your hair and style it however you want!

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Aloe Vera can be used to sooth a variety of health, hair and skin related problems. According to stylecraze.com, “Aloe Vera consist as much as 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids and 200 active enzymes. Aloe Vera contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and B12, Vitamin C and E, folic acid and Niacin. Minerals found in Aloe Vera include copper, iron, sodium, calcium, zinc, potassium, chromium, magnesium and manganese. These nutrients have tremendous potential in external and internal application.”

Here are 4 benefits of using Aloe Vera on your hair:

Reduce dandruff

Aloe Vera has properties in it that will alleviate an itchy scalp and reduce/ get rid of any unwanted dandruff. Stylecraze.com says, “The natural enzymes found in Aloe Vera soothe and moisturize the scalp that helps to eliminate the scalp dryness that causes dandruff. Thus its anti-fungal properties alleviate dandruff problem.  It alleviates the dry and itchy feeling that accompanies dandruff and oiliness. Aloe Vera brings a refreshing and cooling sensation to the scalp.”

Moisturize Dry Hair

Aloe Vera can be used as a conditioner to moisturize dry hair. Stylecraze.com says, “The gel like substance found in Aloe Vera leaves is similar to keratin in chemical composition. This enables it to penetrate easily along the scalp. The scalp absorbs the benefits of Aloe Vera up to 7 layers deep and provides deep conditioning to the scalp. The amino acids present in Aloe Vera add strength and luster to the hair. It also enhances the beauty and suppleness of the hair. It control frizzy hair and does not leave behind any greasy build up.”

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Promote Healthy Hair Growth

Aloe Vera contains so many vitamins, nutrients and minerals that promote healthy hair growth. Healthy Hair growth really depends on the condition of your scalp. So if your scalp isn’t clean and clear then you will have a harder time growing healthy hair. Orgniccolorsystems.com says, “Aloe Vera contains enzymes that directly promote healthy hair growth. These proteolitic enzymes are able to eradicate dead skin cells on the scalp that could be clogging the hair follicle, not allowing for the proper penetration of nutrients in the hair.”

Prevent oily hair

Aloe Vera can get rid of unwanted oily hair without leaving it dry and brittle.  Aloeverajuiceforhair.com suggests, “When mixed with the proper substance, such as lemon juice, aloe vera acts as an astringent that will remove excess of oil. Apply the mixture directly to the hair, and then leave it for some minutes. In the mean time, mix a few drops of Aloe Vera juice with a shampoo. Use the shampoo to wash the hair thoroughly.” By using Aloe Vera juice on your hair you can get rid of oily hair as well as prevent you hair from becoming oily.

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