Blog: July 2015

Staying healthy is crucial for your body, skin, and hair! Today we have some smoothie recipes that are not only refreshing but have several benefits for your hair and skin! Smoothies that will help speed up hair growth include these nutrients: iron, vitamin C, protein, niacin, zinc, and biotin. Keep reading to learn about these delicious summer time treats that we learned about from www.viviscal.com.

Berry and Spinach Smoothie: 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 
  • 3-5 ice cubes

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth/frothy and enjoy! The berries have a great source of vitamin C which will help to keep hair strong and flexible! The spinach provides folate and iron which is crucial for any diet and will promote hair growth!

Mango Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3 large chard leaves, washed well, tough stems trimmed
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/2-1 cup water

Throw all of the ingredients into a high speed blender. Keep adding water for easy blending and serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for a maximum of two days! Walnuts are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E and biotin which are all nutrients that enhance hair growth! Biotin will also help to protect hair from the sun preventing any damage!

Avocado and Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup organic raspberries
  • 1 cup organic strawberries
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds 
  • 2 cups almond milk

Place all ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy! Avocado has Niacin which helps to transform carbohydrates into energy. Niacin also improves blood circulation to the scalp bringing oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles. This will improve not only the thickness of your hair strands but strengthen your nails as well! 

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Honey is naturally hydrating so if it's used on skin or hair it will lock moisture! It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties so if you have problem skin honey will be your savior. It is also packed with vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. Honey also contains antioxidants which will keep your skin and hair looking fresh! Keep reading to learn about a few ways that you can incorporate honey into your skin and hair care routine!

Maple Syrup and Honey Hair Mask

What smells better than warm maple syrup and honey? How about a maple syrup and honey hair mask! This hair mask will leave your hair feeling soft, moisturized, and super shiny! All you'll need are these few ingredients: 

  • 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Start by pouring the ingredients into a container. Place the container into the microwave for about 20 seconds and then mix until it has cooled. Apply the mask to dry/untangled hair avoiding your roots! You may then put on a shower cap allowing the mask to fully absorb for 30 minutes. Lastly, rinse your hair with lukewarm water and a small amount of shampoo. You will smell delicious and your hair will be glowing!

Honey Face Mask

If you are someone who has problem skin then this face mask is just for you! The honey and other ingredients in this mask will help to reduce any redness or swelling that you may have! Your face will feel soft and smell just like honey (I mean this is a honey face mask:).) What you'll need includes:

  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

Start by combining all three ingredients and mixing until you have formed a thick paste. Apply the mask to fresh skin and leave on your face for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water exfoliating in circular motions! Do this once every week and enjoy!

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The battle some women have with split ends is never ending. Getting trims regularly will help with this problem, but if you are trying to grow out your hair you may not want to keep cutting it. Today we have two DIY hair masks that can help get rid of your split ends!

  1. Ingredients:
  • 1 avocado pitted and skinned
  • 2 tablespoons of egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil

When you mix olive oil and avocado it creates the perfect remedy for split ends! Olive oil will help tremendously with dry/damaged hair. Olive oil helps to moisturize and hydrate your hair making it feel silky and look shiny! Avocado is another ingredient that has several vitamins and nutrients that will promote healthier hair. When you combine olive oil and avocado with egg whites you create the perfect solution to split ends!

Lets get started!

Start by mashing up the avocado until you achieve a smooth consistency. Add in the olive oil and egg white, then mix/whip the ingredients together. You may then cover your hair with the mask and let it sit for 45 minutes-an hour. After, wash out the mask and use a mild shampoo and conditioner.

2. Ingredients:

  • 1 papaya deseeded and skinned
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt

Split ends tend to make hair weak causing more breakage and damage. Papaya is full of amino acids and proteins that can help fragile hair become stronger. When you combine papaya with yogurt it creates a mask that will leave your hair feeling smooth and strong!

Lets get started!

Start by cutting the papaya in half scooping out all the seeds and removing any skin with a knife. Mash up the papaya and mix it with plain yogurt until you achieve a smooth consistency. You may then apply the mask to your hair as you would if you were using a conditioner. Let the mask absorb for 45 minutes-an hour. When finsihed you do not have to use any shampoo, just rinse! The papaya mixed with the yogurt leaves your hair feeling extra smooth and smelling delicious!

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Maintaining curly hair can take time and effort. Women who have naturally straight hair may have to worry less about frizz, but those who have curly hair might have a tough time keeping their hair smooth and moisturized! Today we have compiled a few tips that will make managing your curly hair a lot easier and leave you with the best results!

  • Know when to wash: Curly hair tends to be dry which allows you to go a few days without washing which you want to do! When you are constantly washing your hair the cuticles start to open and strip the hairs of their natural oils which will leave your curls looking frizzy and brittle. In this case less is more! We recommend only washing your hair 1-2 times a week and if you need some help with greasy roots just use some dry shampoo!
  • Use shampoo properly: On the days when you need to wash your hair make sure you are applying your shampoo correctly, focusing on your scalp! When the oils in your hair build up overtime you eventually need to wash your hair! You want to make sure that you are rubbing and cleansing your scalp with your fingertips, essentially massaging the product deep into your roots to ensure that you get rid of all dirt and oil!
  • Use the right products: Next time you go shopping for hair products make sure you are paying close attention to the labels. Some products are made especially for curly hair! These types of products focus on curly hair and use the right ingredients that will help in keeping your hair moisturized! Also, you want to avoid using any products that have sulfate or alcohol, these two ingredients will really dry out your hair making your curls appear frizzy!
  • Condition regularly: Using conditioner will help to keep your curly hair moisturized! Even if you are skipping shampoo make sure that you still condition the ends of your hair! You also want to keep up with a deep conditioning routine and oil treatment this will ensure that your hair stays shiny and glossy! If you are someone who has dry ends and frizzy curls this can be caused by the lack of moisture in your hair. You need to maintain a deep conditioning routine or start using hair masks once a week, we have written a few blog posts on different hair masks so check them out below!
  • Don't dry your hair with a towel: When you get out of the shower your immediate reaction may be to throw your hair up in a towel. Doing this actually causes damage to your hair, rubbing with a harsh towel causes the cuticles to open and make your hair frizzy. Instead gently scrunch your hair with a cotton t-shirt and let your hair air dry!
  • Let your hair air dry: Put your blow dryer away! If you feel as if your curls look frizzy and dried out when you just let your hair air dry apply leave-in hair products. Products such as hair serums, curl activating creams, moroccan oil, argan oil, coconut oil, etc. will all lock moisture into your hair without damaging it! Damaged hair means dry hair which leads to frizzy curls, so try and refrain from using hot tools when you don't have to!
  • Don't touch: If you have a habit of constantly running your fingers through your hair try your best not to when your curls are in the process of drying! Your curls will look less frizzy if your just leave them while they air dry.
  • Don't brush: Brushing your hair will make your curls frizzy! The only time you really want to comb your hair is before you shower and we recommend that you use only a wide tooth comb. When you get out of the shower try running your fingers through your wet hair instead of combing, this will cause less breakage and damage!
  • Stay away from hairspray/mousse: A lot of women who have curly hair usually use mousse or hairspray to tame their curls. These two products actually contain a high amount of alcohol which will not only dry your hair out but give you the look of crunchy/hard curls!
  • Only use your hot tools when you absolutely need to: Constantly using heat on your hair will cause your curls to lose their natural shape making them look less bouncy! If you feel that your curls are extra frizzy hot tools might be the cause so refrain from using them every day. If you need to, only use them once a week and for the rest of the days try out different hairstyles such as the top knot or fishtail braid.

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It's unfortunate that every day can't be a good hair day, but depending on what products you own and use you can easily turn messy hair into voluminous hair! Today we have a DIY product that will give your hair a ton of volume and texture! The only negative of some hairsprays is the way the product leaves your hair feeling. Some sprays will harden the hair or make it feel/look greasy. If this is true for you then keep reading to learn about this quick and easy DIY!

**There is no need to spend $30 on a name brand hairspray try using ingredients you already own!

The only two ingredients you will need are conditioner and Epsom salt. Chances are you probably have a bottle of conditioner in your shower and it doesn't matter what brand or scent that it is, any conditioner will do! Epsom salt has a number of health benefits which will help to add texture and volume to your hair when applied. If you are someone who uses sulfate free products then this DIY may not work for you since Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate. 

Lets get started!

When you mix equal parts of the conditioner with equal parts of the Epsom salt it creates the perfect fix for flat hair! Stir the mixture until the salt has dissolved into the conditioner. Then you are going to transfer the mixture into a container or jar. Next time you are in the shower work the product into your hair allowing it to absorb for at least 20 minutes before washing it out. Let your hair air dry and you'll quickly notice the volume and fullness! 

If you have unfortunately just used up the last bit of your conditioner don't worry we have another DIY for you to try! We have also learned about a DIY conditioner that not only smells delicious but is extremely moisturizing for your hair! All you will need to create this natural conditioner are these few ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil (can purchase at any health food store like Whole Foods/Trader Joes)
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil (this will give the conditioner an everlasting scent)
  • Food mixer

After you have gathered up all of the ingredients place the proper amount into your mixing bowl. You want to then mix on high for at least 8 minutes or until you notice a thick consistency! You may then transfer the product into an old conditioner bottle, container, or whatever you have around your house. This conditioner won't expire until the coconut oil reaches the expiration date stated on the bottle so you want to write that down somewhere! Since it is summer for most of us the heat may melt the coconut oil so we suggest keeping the product in your refrigerator or you can also use the conditioner in liquid form it is totally and entirely up to you! After you are done shampooing and have washed out any excess product apply a tiny amount of the conditioner to the ends of your hair. Avoid getting any of the conditioner on or near your roots that will make your hair look greasy! You want to then leave the conditioner sitting in your hair for about 3 minutes this will allow the product to fully sink into your hair hydrating and moisturizing! All you need to do after is rinse and you are ready to create the DIY hairspray with all the extra product! 

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