Blog: April 2014

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.”

Click here for step-by-step tutorial on how to condition hair with Aloe Vera!

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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Drinking milk will help build strong bones and keep you healthy, but did you know that milk can be used to benefit your hair and skin! Stylecraze.com says, “Milk is generally known for its high content of calcium, but it is a treasure of many other vital nutrients that can provide you endless health benefits. It is also a wonderful beauty aid. Milk plays an important role in overall nutrition and health.”Here are some of the benefits of using milk on your hair and skin!

Hair

According to thirdage.com, “The proteins and lipids in milk work to strengthen hair, while the calcium promotes hair growth and aids in preventing hair loss. Milk also contains other hair-friendly nutrients like Vitamins A, B6, biotin and potassium, all of which work to keep hair soft and shiny.”

  • Milk-Conditioning: You can use milk to condition your hair; it has properties that are great for moisturizing dry locks. All you have to do it fill a spray bottle with cold milk and spray your hair with it. Then comb your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash it out. Click here for a step by step tutorial!
  • Treat Dry Scalp: Since milk it very moisturizing it can be perfect for curing dry scalp. Stylecraze.com says, “Rubbing it on your scalp can nourish your hair from the inside out. Just smear some milk all over your scalp and wash off after a few minutes. This will make your hair naturally soft and silky.
  • Adds Volume and Body: If you mix together milk, an egg and honey you will create the perfect hair mask that will give your hair volume and body.  Click here for a step-by-step tutorial!

Skin

  • Skin Cleanser: Raw milk is great for cleansing your pores of dirt and gunk and will prevent further blackheads. Healthmunsta.com says, “Dab raw milk all over your clean face. Using a clean cotton ball or washcloth, gently rub the milk over your skin in a gentle circular motion. You'll be surprised to see how much dirt you'll be wiping off with the cotton ball. Do this every day for a clean grease-free supple face.”
  • Moisturizer: Not only does milk cleanse your skin but it can also moisturize your skin. Stylecraze.com says, “Milk can help to keep your skin moisturized throughout the day. You can take some raw unboiled milk along with its cream. Dip a washed cloth in it such that it is fully saturated. Apply this milk on your wash cloth and allow it to dry for about 5 to 15 minutes. Now scrub your face gently with the wash cloth for 3 to 5 minutes. This will restore the natural moisture of your skin, improve its elasticity and make it smooth and supple such that your skin looks fresh and glowing.”
  • Helps fix irritated skin and sunburn: If you have an allergic reaction to something or a cut that just won’t heal, you can use milk soothe it. Stylecraze.com suggests, “You apply sweet milk, sour cream or butter milk on irritated or sensitive skin, and allow it to dry.” Healthmunsta.com suggests, “Use a cotton ball or a soft washcloth dipped in cold milk to soothe and relieve sunburns. Milk creates a thin protein film that protects skin and cools off burning sensations. Use whole fat milk for sunburns as it contains healthy fat that soothes skin and also lubricates it.”

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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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Lemons are used in many food recipes or are used to spruce up your water. They are full of vitamin b & c and have can be very beneficial when used on your hair. According to medicaldaily.com, “Lemons are a versatile fruit providing a number of aesthetic benefits. Originating in Asia, lemons have an extensive history but mostly of one used in cooking. However, many dermatologists and beauty gurus have recommended the use of lemons in daily skin maintenance.”

Here are three different ways to use lemon juice on your hair!

1. Get rid of Dandruff

Lemon juice is perfect for removing dandruff and cleansing your scalp of product buildup. Instead of using head and shoulders or some other store bought anti-dandruff product, try using lemon juice. TypeF.com suggests to, “Massage a generous amount of lemon juice into your scalp to remove any dandruff buildup and protect the scalp from further dryness. Massage the lemon juice into your scalp for several minutes, then shampoo and condition as normal.”

2. Lighten your hair

This is perfect for the summer, instead of spending a lot of money on highlights or bleaching your hair, you can naturally lighten your hair with lemon juice. Medicaldaily.com suggests, “Mix the juice from four lemons with ¼ cup of warm water, put it in a spray bottle, and spray it in your hair until it's damp. Make sure you only expose your hair to the sun for about 30-60 minutes, depending on how light you want to make it. After you’re done, take a shower and use conditioner, as lemon juice can sometimes dry out your hair.“

Click here for step-by-step direction on how to naturally lighten your hair with Lemon Juice.

3. Stimulate hair growth

Since lemon juice is so cleansing when applied to the scalp, it has properties that can stimulate hair growth. Zsobig.com says, “It can also help you to regulate the blood flow in the scalp and fight against hair loss by scrubbing lemon water on the top of your head (this can also help the hair to become healthy and shiny).” Typef.com suggests, massage a generous amount of the lemon juice or coconut water mixture into your scalp to increase the blood flow to your hair. Leave on your scalp for approximately a half-hour and shampoo your hair in a normal fashion. This will also increase the amount of nourishment your hair receives while activating your hair's natural oils to increase hair growth.”

Tip: According to stylecraze.com using lemon juice on your hair can delay new gray hair from growing in, “Mix few drops of lemon juice with amla juice into a mixture and apply this each night before going to sleep. Follow this for a month and continue. This will not only stop hair fall but also keep you safe from premature graying.”

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As the warmer weather makes it way in, you may start to see some changes in your hair. There are several things you can do to prepare your hair, skin and nails for the warm spring weather. Here are some helpful beauty tips for spring!

Hair

  • Use a deep conditioning mask to rejuvenate dry hair and give your hair that extra moisture and shine that it needs!
  • Get a trim to get rid of any split or dead ends!
  • Find products that work well with your hair in the warmer weather, such as a lightweight moose or a leave in conditioner.
  • Try some no-heat hairstyles!
  • Switch out your old hair ties for new ones!
  • Make sure you use a heat protectant spray before you style your hair with heat!
  • Try applying conditioner to only the ends of your hair, so your roots don’t look greasy/oily.
  • Try a DIY Hair mask, click here or here!
  • Try washing your hair every other day or every few days

Skin

  • Make sure you are hydrated, hydrated body equals hydrated skin.
  • Mix coconut oil with your favorite lotion to moisturize your skin!
  • Moisturize more often so you skin and soft and smooth.
  • Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
  • Click here for 7 DIY Masks!

Nails

  • Use Shea butter to moisturize your hands throughout the day.
  • Get a manicure to make your nails look nice and polished as well as clean cuticles. Try a gel manicure for a mani that lasts longer than 2 weeks!
  •  And a pedicure too, Femalefirst.co says to, “Make sure your feet are sandal ready by using a pumice stone to remove any dead or hard skin and then apply lots of moisturizer to avoid cracked heels.

 

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If your hair needs a break from the hot tools and you don’t know what to do with your hair, this is the post for you! There are so many different ways to curl your hair without heat. Here are 6 weird ways to curl your hair!

Shoelace

If you thought shoes laces were only good for tying shoes, you were wrong. You can use shoelaces to create beautiful waves in your hair! They are easy to do and prefect for overnight curls or if you have time to spare they can be done in 2-3 hours.

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Pens/Pencil

Pens/Pencils are easy and convenient because you most likely have them in your house. I would suggest using these for overnight curls because that might be uncomfortable to sleep with.

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Straws

Using drinking straws to curl your hair is a cheap alternative to using rollers. You can do them on dry or wet hair, whatever you prefer. Depending on the length of your hair will really determine how many straws you need. For extra hold use hair spray.

For step by step directions, click here!

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Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil curls are really easy and are also a cheap alternative, because you will most likely already have this in your kitchen. This method is good for people with stick straight hair that have problems curling it.

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Paper Bag

Instead of packing your lunch in a paper bag, use that bag to make effortless looking curls in your hair! This is a great alternative for people who don’t feel like buying rollers or using a curling iron. They can be used for overnight curls or can be done in 2-3 hours.

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Bantu Knot

If you want to create heatless curls but don’t want to use any of the objects above, you can create Bantu knots. They are really easy to create and work well with all hair types. Despite the name, they aren’t knots; they are really just small coiled buns that will leave your hair with beautiful curls/waves!

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