Submitted by cosamo_admin on Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:05.
Have you ever wondered why your hair gets so knotty? Brushing your hair is always more time consuming when you have tangles and not to mention it’s pretty painful to. Today we want to discuss why your hair might be getting so knotty all the time. We also want to share a few tips that could help anyone who has a constant battle with their hair!
There are a lot of reason why your hair could constantly be getting knotty it all depends on hair texture, how many times you are brushing, the healthiness of your hair, and exposure to wind. Ever notice in the wintertime your hair tends to get extremely knotty? Well those knots aren’t from a bad hair day they are caused from the strong wind and weather. We recently learned that your hair is more likely to tangle if your hair is:
thick and curly
long and fine
dry and damaged
not being combed frequently
If you are someone who unfortunately has constant tangles then here are a few tips that will make maintaining your hair much easier and less of a hassle!
Make sure you are not skipping conditioner. Conditioning your hair will add moisture leaving your hair much smoother and a lot easier to comb. If you are someone who doesn’t use conditioner often you may realize that your hair has a lot more tangles after you shower. We suggest that you always use conditioner on the ends of your hair because this will reduce the amount of knots!
You want to make sure that you are using the right type of comb. Using a brush causes a lot more damage to the hair. Although it might take less time to just use a brush, a wide tooth comb actually removes any knots more efficiently. It also decreases the amount of damage that you may be causing to your hair, which in this case is a total plus! Make sure you start at the bottom of the knot working your way up slowly and gently.
Make sure you don’t avoid combing your hair. If you skip one day of detangling your hair the knots are just going to build up. We recommend that you are combing your hair at least 2-3 times a day. To help reduce knots when coming out of the shower make sure you comb your hair before hand this will make detangling your hair after a lot easier!
Waking up to a head full of knots and tangles is not only annoying but can be pretty time consuming. When you go to sleep your hair can actually get pretty knotty! If you wear your hair in a braid at night this will reduce the amount of knots being formed. Doing this will also prevent any damage from happening to your hair at night.
Stay away from products that contain alcohol. Products that include alcohol tend to dry out your hair, which will increase the amount of knots and tangles. Try using products that are natural and sulfate/alcohol free. Also look for products that are made for detangling hair this will assist you when it is time to comb!
Submitted by cosamo_admin on Friday, June 19, 2015 - 15:46.
Summer is right around the corner and the sun is finally starting to come out of hiding! Before it starts getting too hot why not try out some hairstyles that will keep you cool on the beach! We want to prepare you and your hair for this summers heat wave by sharing some of our favorite hairstyles! Try out some of these unique updos and let us know what you think!
The Fishtail Braid: This is always a summertime favorite because it is not just your average braid! The fishtail braid is such an easy way to spice up your hair and give it some dimension! If you have highlights this hairstyle will look great on you because it really brings out the contrast in your hair color! Check out this tutorial to learn step by step how to create the fishtail!
The Dutch Braid: A super cute hairstyle that you can rock this summer is the dutch braid. This hairstyle looks tricky to do but you wouldn't believe how fast and easy it really is! This hairstyle is great to do if you're going out to lunch with friends or just hanging by the pool, either way check out this tutorial if you want to spice up your hair!
Chignon Updo: We discovered this hairstyle from laurenconrad.com! All you have to do to achieve this creative bun is add a little volume to your hair by teasing. Then, just create a low ponytail and twist your hair into a bun. This updo is so easy and the perfect way to get your hair out of your face this summer!
The Messy Bun: The messy bun is a classic and effortless hairstyle for the summer! No need to spend hours trying to style your hair, just throw it up in a messy bun! Check out this tutorial we found that will show you how to achieve the perfect messy bun.
Submitted by cosamo_admin on Friday, June 19, 2015 - 13:14.
Spent two hours curling your hair and you couldn't show it off because the curls didn't make it out the door? This is a problem a lot of women tend to have when it comes to curling their hair. Whether you have naturally straight hair or just bad luck nothing is more frustrating than spending hours styling your hair for it to only look good for about ten minutes. Well it is your lucky day because we have done some research and found a few ways for you and your curls to make it to the party!
Curls last much longer when you have second or third day hair. The best trick to keeping your curls looking perfect throughout the night is having dirty hair. When you don't wash your hair the night before curling it, the natural oils that built up throughout that day give your hair texture and make it moldable. You can still shower just throw on a shower cap and you're good to go. If your scalp looks greasy the next day, use a dry shampoo or baby powder and leave the rest of your hair dirty. Your hair will not only look better but it will hold better!
When you deep condition your hair it makes it much harder to style. Deep conditioning treatments tend to weigh hair down which is not good when you're about to curl it. So if you have an event planned try not to use any intense treatments that week, use lightweight conditioners and less products overall. You want your hair to be dirty but not too dirty where your hair looks flat.
A lot of women use the wrong products and that has a huge effect on whether or not their hair stays throughout the night/day. Make sure that you are using a lightweight styling lotion that will give your hair the right amount of texture. Heat protecting sprays are important to use as well especially since you will be using heat on your hair. Using this product will prevent less damage which is a great way to keep your hair staying healthy! You want to also be using the right hairspray because no one wants the look of stiff and crunchy curls. Instead use a light hairspray like the Elnett Volume Extra Strong Hold. Misting a product like this on your curls will ensure that they stay all night without making them hard.
This trick is for women who have naturally straight hair. When you are curling your hair instead of just hairspraying each curl as you go try the post-iron pin method. Once you have released your hair from the iron pin the curl to your head. Do this with every curl and then hairspray them into place. While they set do your makeup, brush your teeth or just relax! After a few minutes or so carefully unpin your curls and comb through them with your fingers. This tip really changes the way your curls look and how they hold!
If you know in advance that you are going to be curling your hair try putting braids in the night before. Depending on how thin or thick your hair is do however many braids you think you'll need. This takes about ten seconds and then all you have to do is hop on into bed. That morning, after you take your braids out, you will be left with a lot of texture and wave. This type of hair style will change the way your hair looks when you curl it overall making it last a lot longer!
Submitted by cosamo_admin on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 16:32.
Once summer rolls around all we can think about is coconuts! Whether you're topping your frozen yogurt off with it or sipping on some by the pool, coconuts seem to be the trend of each summer! You all know how delicious coconut tastes but what you may not know is that this healthy snack usually used when cooking has great benefits for your skin and hair! Unlike other products that you may use on your hair or skin, coconut oil is free of any chemicals and 100 percent natural! We want to share all of the different ways that you can use coconut oil throughout the summer and hopefully you will become obsessed too!
Some of you may already be using a serum on the ends of your hair. Doing this can freshen up any hair style giving the look of smoother and shinier hair! A natural alternative to hair serums is coconut oil! This might sound funny since coconut is usually something we just eat or drink, but coconut oil gives your hair a silky texture and a lot of shine! Coconut oil can either be applied directly to the ends of your hair or as a hair mask. Just simply heat up 3-5 tablespoons of oil in the microwave. While it's cooling off make sure you have washed you hair, patting it down dry with a towel afterward. Apply the coconut oil to your hair just like you would with any other hair mask, then wrap your hair up in a shower cap. You are not going to wash the mask out so hop on into bed and let the oil absorb into your hair while you sleep! When you wake up your hair will look super glossy and slick. Coconut oil is not only natural but it is super cheap compared to other hair products, I mean you probably already own it in your kitchen!
Now that your hair is looking better than ever it's time to put the coconut oil to use again! Coconut oil works as a great moisturizer for your face and body! Using this as a moisturizer works better than any product you would buy in a store. It is a lot more hydrating and soaks deep into the layers of your skin strengthening the tissue underneath. Applying coconut oil to your skin will get rid of any dead skin cells leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth! Where you apply the oil is your personal preference, you can use it on your entire face, under your eyes, on your lips, etc. When applying it on the rest of your body we recommend mixing it with your favorite body lotion for extra hydrating skin! Coconut oil won't leave your skin feeling greasy or oily because it absorbs quickly into your skin giving you the perfect summer glow!
Ever have trouble taking your makeup off at night? Makeup remover wipes work okay but we have noticed it doesn't completely take off all makeup. Coconut oil works gently on the skin to remove any and all makeup! Removing your makeup at night will ensure that you don't break out or have greasy skin, so instead of using a wipe try coconut oil! Just use your finger to lightly rub downward on your eyes and eyelashes. If you have a hard time removing any mascara or eyeliner coconut oil will be your miracle! Also, if you leave just a little of the oil on your eyelashes it can help them to grow which is a total plus!
Coconut oil not only has several beauty benefits but it's a healthier alternative to using butter! Coconut oil is a saturated fat so it is great to use in the kitchen when you are baking! Although saturated fats don't have the same effects on good cholesterol, they do help with several brain and body functions! When you are using coconut oil for cooking make sure that it states on the bottle that it can stand hight-heat!
Submitted by cosamo_admin on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:31.
Summer is right around the corner and the temptation to eat as much ice cream as you can is hard to resist! Treating yourself to chocolate ice cream once in a while isn't a crime, but you also want to make sure that you aren't slacking on maintaining a healthy diet. Eating healthy foods is especially important during the summer season because of all the negative effects the sun has on your hair. Hair, in warmer weather, tends to lose a lot of the nutrients that it needs to keep healthy. Escaping the sun and pool is nearly impossible to do when it's 90 degrees outside, so another way to bring life back into your hair is by eating healthy! We want to share with you a list of healthy foods that not only taste delicious but will revitalize your hair during summer!
First, you want to make sure that you are eating the right amount of vitamins and minerals because they are going to keep your hair looking shiny, lustrous and most importantly strong!
Hair is made up of protein so it is crucial to include some in your meals throughout the day. Not eating enough protein will result in hair loss and dryness. Protein will also give you energy which will keep you moving on those busy summer days! Some foods we recommend that have a great source of protein include, eggs, chicken, turkey, fish, legumes, nuts, and several dairy products. Quinoa, chick peas and lentils are only a few of the foods that are rich in protein and extremely healthy! Quinoa also contains amino acids that will strengthen and repair your hair while also promoting healthy growth! Eating chick peas will help to prevent your hair from graying while strengthening it as well! Lentils not only consist of protein but iron and vitamin C, which will provide nutrients for your body and your hair!
Iron is not only essential for your body, but will cause hair loss if you don't eat enough of it. If your iron levels are low you may experience anaemia, which interrupts the nutrient supply needed for your hair follicles which will affect the growth. Foods that provide iron include red meat, chicken and fish. If you happen to be vegetarian you can get your source of iron by consuming lentils, spinach, broccoli, kale, etc. Eating kale will promote steady hair growth and thickness. Broccoli is also a delicious vegetable to eat and a great source of iron!
Vitamin C assists in the absorption of iron, so eating foods that are high in Vitamin C with foods that contain iron is crucial for your diet. Vitamin C also helps produce collagen which strengthens the capillaries that supply your hair shafts. Foods that are high in Vitamin C include blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi, oranges, papaya, strawberries, sweet potatoes, etc. Blueberries are great to snack on in the summer or you can incorporate them into your breakfast! They stimulate hair growth and help to maintain healthy hair!
Omega-3 fatty acids are fats that your body can't produce on its own so you need to incorporate foods high in Omega-3 into your meals. Omega-3 is found in the cells that line your scalp, they supply oils that will keep your scalp and hair hydrated which is ideal on those hot summer days. Consume foods such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout, avocado, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, etc. Pumpkin seeds are packed with Omega-3, eating a handful of these or adding them to a salad will help to thicken your hair!
Vitamin A is needed for your body to create sebum, an oily substance made by your hairs sebaceous glands that forms a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. The lack of sebum will cause a dry and itchy scalp! Carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, yams, kimchi, etc. all have a great source of Vitamin A. Eating yams and also kimchi will prevent dandruff or a flaky scalp. Vitamin A is important to integrate into your diets this summer because it will keep your scalp from becoming itchy which the sun might already be doing if you aren't protecting it properly!
Zinc and Selenium will also prevent a dry itchy scalp or hair loss! Eating fortified cereals, wholegrains, oysters, beef, eggs, etc. will give your body the source of zinc that it needs!
The sun can do some damage to your hair and skin especially in the summer, eating foods that are full of Vitamin E will protect your hair from any damage! A lot of nuts consist of Vitamin E such as pumpkin seeds, snacking on these buy the pool or at work is a healthy way to stay full and protect your hair!
Biotin is a water-soluble B Vitamin. Not having enough biotin in your diet will lead to brittle hair or even hair loss. Wholegrains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour, and yeast are all foods that have biotin. It is very easy to incorperate any of these when preparing a meal. Eggs in the morning for breakfast are a great way to start off any day and give you the biotin that your hair needs!
Submitted by cosamo_admin on Monday, June 15, 2015 - 16:35.
If you have light, colored, or damaged hair then you are probably already aware of the consequences that come with swimming in chlorine. Summer is soon approaching and a lot of the activities we all love doing come with being exposed to chlorine. Even though we all enjoy a nice swim in the pool, some of you may have to suffer with the aftermath of chlorine, green hair. Most people believe that chlorine is responsible for the green in their hair at the end of summer, but truthfully there are other causes to this unfortunate side effect that we'd like to share with you!
There are several metals that are found in water such as copper and megnesium. Both of these metals are oxidized by the chlorine found in pool water, and when you go for a quick swim in the pool they are absorbed into your hair giving you that greenish tint that we all love to hate. If you have dark hair it is also absorbed it's just more noticeable on lighter or blonde hair. The side effects copper can have on brunettes is dull and flat hair.
How To Prevent This From Happening To You:
To remove the green tint from your hair you need to start using a toner. Toners will neutralize the color in your hair if you use a color from the opposite side of the color wheel to bring your hair back to its normal shade.
**If you have ever gotten your hair professionally highlighted or bleached your hair stylist might have told you to invest in a purple shampoo and conditioner. This will benefit your hair because using a purple or blue tone product on your hair prevents it from looking brassy (yellow or orange).
So, when your hair starts to turn green from too much time spent in the pool you want to neutralize it with a red tone. Finding a red toner that won't color your hair can be tricky so we have done some research and found a DIY toner that's not only inexpensive but will take that green right out!
Ketchup, yes this condiment tastes great with burgers and fries but it also works wonders on your hair! The vinegar that is in tomato sauce stops the chemical reaction from occurring on your hair. The color of the ketchup helps by neutralizing with the green to bring your hair back to its blonde shade!
Lets Get Started:
To start this DIY toner you want to first rinse your hair, making sure to squeeze out all of the excess water after. Then, apply the ketchup directly to your hair (this may get a little messy so we recommend wearing an old T-shirt) focusing mainly on the ends or wherever you see the most green. Leave the ketchup in your hair for 10-20 minutes and don't worry your hair will not turn red! We recommend checking as you go, if you have a lot of green you are going to want to leave it on for longer time. When you feel that it's ready rinse it out following up with a regular shampoo and condition. After, if you still feel your hair isn't fully back to its normal condition you can apply the toner a second time!
How To Avoid Green When Swimming:
Rinse your hair with fresh water before jumping in the pool! If you soak your hair before swimming your hair won't be able to absorb the pool water resulting in less green!
Rinse your hair once you get out of the pool. You do not need to shampoo and condition your hair immediately but rinsing your hair once you get out of the pool will also prevent the green tone.
Wearing a swim cap is obvious but it will always protect your hair from the pool water.
Another alternative to removing green is using a clarifying shampoo, but ketchup seems to work the best and it's gentler on your hair.
Submitted by cosamo_admin on Monday, June 15, 2015 - 13:10.
Are you actually aware of what your hair is made up of? A lot of men and women are unsure of the structure of hair which leads them to not knowing if they should actually be coloring it with a permanent hair dye. After researching we want to share with you the process that occurs when you color your hair. Hopefully this post helps you to become more aware of your hair type and the condition that it is in.
The Build Up:
The main component in our hair is keratin a protein that is also found in our skin, nails, teeth, etc. Hair is actually formed of the dead cells that your body sheds as new cells push up, if the dead cells are kept in good condition they will protect the delicate new tissue below them. Hair has a tendency of becoming dry and brittle due to keratin being pushed to great lengths. The thicker layer of keratin, the healthier your hair will be because the dead cells on the outside are protecting the living cells. By taking good care of the external layer of your hair you are keeping your hair in good condition making it appear healthier.
The cortext is the middle part of your hair's strands and it contains moisture and melanin. You have probably heard of the word melanin before, it is the pigment that gives your hair its color. The cortex is made up of melanin and other proteins that give your hair strength and flexibility.
Types of Melanin:
Eumelanin is the dark pigment which gives hair that is black and brown it's color.
Phaeomelanin is a much lighter pigment and varies from shades of red, orange, golden blonde, etc.
When you mix these two pigments of melanin the outcome is your specific hair shade, but if your hair lacks in pigment it will result in white or gray hair. As you grow older the number of melanocytes reduces causing less melanin to be produced which slowly leads to your hair turning gray.
The cuticle is the protective outer layer of your hair's strands which determines how healthy your hair looks and feels. The cuticle protects the cortext which is underneath, so if your hair is damaged the cuticle will break off exposing the cortex which will make your hair dry and harder to brush. If your cuticle is smooth your hair will look much shinier, but if it is raised your hair will appear to be damaged.
What happens when you dye your hair:
Permanent Hair Color: When you apply permanent dye to your hair the ammonia (an ingredient in the dye) causes the cuticle to open and absorb the color. The peroxide, another ingredient found in permanent dye, breaks into your hair's cortex and removes your existing melanin which is your original hair's color. The new color is then left in your hair's cortex leaving you with the desired color. The conditioner that usually comes with permanent dye kits is supposed to be used to close the cuticle back up sealing in that new color.
**When you bleach or lighten your hair with permanent dye the same process occurs.The only difference is that the melanin extracts until you get your desired shade, your natural color then cannot be replaced until it grows back in.
Semi-permanent Hair Color: This process of coloring your hair is much gentler and healthier. The color that is applied during this method of coloring will last up to 4-6 weeks, depending on how many times you shampoo your hair. Semi-permanent hair color consists of no ammonia and no peroxide. When you color your hair with semi-permanent dye you are adding just enough color molecules to your cuticle so that you do not dramatically change your original hair shade. The molecules are small so in time they escape from the cuticle allowing the color to fade out.
Demi-permanent Hair Color: When you use this type of dye the color will usually last up to 8-12 weeks. Demi-permanent dye has no ammonia and some peroxide. The color, when being applied, coats each hair strand creating larger molecules in your hair's cortex. This is why the color lasts longer then semi-permanent hair color, because the molecules are bigger.
Semi-permanent hair dye is the least damaging to your hair, permanent hair dye can be the most harmful and can leave you with dry and damaged hair. Your hair, when you choose to color with permanent dye, will not revert back to the condition that it was originally in. In this situation you will need to spend a lot more time and effort on your hair to regain it's health.
Submitted by cosamo_admin on Friday, June 12, 2015 - 15:53.
Since the work week is coming to an end we wanted to start your weekend off with some of our favorite products! We want to share with you a bunch of our summer favorites that you can use at any time during this season! Most of these items can be used to spice up your hair for the weekend! Hopefully this post prepares you for a Friday night out or relaxing day at the beach on Sunday! Let us know what you think and feel free to comment down below some of your favorites!
Elastic Crease-less Hair Ties: Wearing your hair up in a ponytail every day can get pretty boring so try out these crease-less hair ties! We love this product because they come in all different colors, patterns and textures. This is an easy way to spice up your hair look without getting those annoying creases in your hair! If you feel like putting your hair down you won't be left with any creases, you can purchase these almost anywhere or even try making them yourself!
Forhead Headbands: Headbands are great to wear when you want to spice up an outfit or if you're just too lazy to actually style your hair! Forehead headbands are just thinner headbands that you can place across your forehead. These pieces come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles! They look cute with almost any outfit and are not expensive either!
Moroccan Oil: This is a great product to own especially in the summer time when the sun tends to dry out your hair. Moroccan oil is pretty much just a hair serum that you can use whenever your ends are looking fried. We suggest that when you come out of the shower apply a dime size amount of the oil to the ends of your hair. This product is great because you only have to use a little at a time and it goes a long way!
Not Your Mothers Texturizing Sea Salt Spray: If you're looking for a cheap product that will give your hair the look of beach waves then try this out! In our last post we discussed how to style second-day hair, this is a great product to use when you don't feel like using hot tools but still want your hair to look good! This sea salt spray is perfect for the summer, giving you tousled waves with a light matte finish.
Peach Side Babe Nail Color by Essie: Painting your nails with vibrant colors in the summer time is a great way to add color to your look. Peach Side Babe is from Essie's new nail collection and it's the perfect color to wear to an event, by the pool, out to lunch, etc. Any vibrant color will look great on your nails and it's an easy way to incorporate color into an outfit!
Sunglasses: Any pair or styles of sunglasses are great to have especially during the summer! Not only do they protect your eyes from the sun but they look good to! We suggest that you carry a cute pair of sunglasses around with you no matter where you're going this summer, they are always an essential!
Submitted by cosamo_admin on Friday, June 12, 2015 - 13:09.
The key to keeping your hair fresh after coloring is making sure that it is staying in a healthy condition. This means not using hot tools and only washing it 2-3 times a week. A lot of women will wash their hair every day because they feel it will be oily and greasy if they don't. The truth is not washing your hair as frequently is better! We have come up with some tips and tricks that will help you to embrace your second-day hair! Don't spend your time this summer constantly blow drying and styling your hair. Try out a few of these tricks and share with us what you think!
Before going to bed throw your hair up in a messy bun. By doing this you are adding volume to your hair without having to use a ton of product the next day. Putting your hair in a bun before going to sleep will create body to your hair so the next day you aren't making your hair any greaiser by applying a ton of hairspray!
**Side Note: If you wake up the next morning and feel that there are creases in your hair from the bun then try taking a round brush and blow dry pulling away from your hair. Using a blow dryer in this situation is better than trying to flat iron the creases out. A blow dryer will work better and be somewhat less damaging.
Use a dry shampoo because it absorbs any extra oil or grease. Dry shampoo is the best cure for greasy second-day hair. Using this product will make it look as if you did actually wash your hair the night before. A great product to try is the Batiste Dry Shampoo. This product comes in a variety of colors so that if you have blonde, brown, or red hair it will still work the same! This product blends nicely with any hair color and is great to use when you haven't washed your hair in a few days.
When you curl your second-day hair it actually holds better! The greases built up in your hair will help the curl to stay and last all day long. Again, you won't even have to use hairspray because the oils in your hair are actually doing a better job! Take a curling wand and quickly curl the ends of your hair. Hold the wand on your hair for about five seconds and repeat this step through out the rest of your hair.
Accessorize! Head bands and clips are like jewelry for your hair! Accessories work best with second-day hair and requires using no heat! If your feel as if your hair is way to greasy just throw a head band or hat on. Fedoras are super cute to wear especially in the summer time. Wear whatever you feel more comfortable and confident in, this is the time to add some style to your hair!
If you already curled your hair and don't feel like touching it up the next day this trick is great! Try spraying some Moroccan oil hairspray through out your hair that night. Then twist your hair into two buns and secure with bobby pins. When you wake up you will have frizz-free curls without having to use heat or spend any time styling!
Before going to bed braid your hair into 6 seperate braids. Start your braid a few inches down from the root to create the right amount of texture. Spray the braids with leave-in conditioner until the strands are damp enough to sleep on. When you wake up all you have to do is spray a little dry shampoo onto your roots and you'll be left with fresh texture waves!
If you know in advance that you are not going to be washing your hair for a few days use your hair products sparingly beforehand. Stay away from using serums or hairspray these products look great when you first style your hair but they will add extra grease and oil. If you avoid using a lot of product on your hair the oil build up won't be too bad the second or third day.
Avoid touching your hair through out the day! When you are constantly running your fingers through your hair the grease and oil found on your hands will end up in your hair making it look greasier! If you find this to be difficult, try putting your hair in a top knot or pony tail. If it's out of your face you won't be tempted to touch it as much.
Set your blow dryer to cool and blow dry your second-day hair. Doing this will absorb some of the oil out of your hair while also adding volume and body.
Use dryer sheets on your hair! This might sound weird but just like how dryer sheets keep your clothes static free, they also maintain the frizz you might have with second-day hair. Attach just a few dryer sheets to your hair with bobby pins before going to bed. When you wake up your hair will be less frizzy and static free!
Submitted by cosamo_prime on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 16:16.
Eating fruit is a great way to treat yourself while still staying healthy! Fruit contains many of the nutrients that are essential in our diets such as potassium, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and folic acid. Fruit is not only great for our body's it also has various benefits for hair! The nutrients found in fruit keeps our hair looking super shiny and healthy year round! Several fruits have antioxidents that help with circulation to the scalp aiding in hair growth. The "secret" ingredient so do say in certain fruits is Biotin. Biotin is known for helping with natural growth in nails and hair. Overall, fruit is not only yummy to snack on but it's also a great ingredient for DIY hair masks! We have done some research and came up with a few fun and fruity hair masks that you can make at home that will help keep your hair healthy this summer!
The Banana Split: Bananas are a great fruit to use when making a hair mask because they are rich in vitamins and various oils. Using bananas in this mask will help to give your hair shine and moisture. Since the weather is getting warmer, the sun might be starting to dry out your hair. If your hair is lacking of moisture then this banana hair mask will definitely help!
Let's Get Started!
First you want to smash up 1 banana. Then, add in just a few drops of almond oil while mixing. Apply this and leave it on your hair for about 20 minutes. After, wash the mask out of your hair and start on the second half of this fruity mask! Take two bananas and smash them up in a bowl. Add in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and mix! Apply this mixture onto your scalp for another 20 minutes then wash out. This two-step procedure nourishes to regain healthy hair!
2. Orange Creamsicle: Oranges are not only a super refreshing snack but they help give your hair shine, improve scalp quality and control dandruff! This next mask is the perfect tangy snack for your hair!
Lets Get Started!
Take a cup of orange juice and combine it with a equal amount of yogurt. Add in 4 tablespoons of lime juice, then mix. Apply this mixture to your scalp for only one hour then wash your hair!
3. Strawberry Shortcake: Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C. They help to regulate the scalp's natural pH, controls scalp oil, and of course help with glossy shiny hair!
1 handful of fresh strawberries (roughly 7 for medium-length hair)
Lets Get Started
Blend the strawberries, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of honey all together making a puree of sorts. After, apply the mixture evenly throughout damp hair. Keep the mixture in for however long, then rinse with warm water.
4. Coconut: Coconut oil works great on dry hair! The sun will definitely be doing some damage this summer so try adding coconut oil in with olive oil. This mixture will help treat dry and damaged hair. Coconut oil provides moisturizing effects and gives your hair a soft yet thick texture. It also keeps your scalp hydrated which is perfect for the summer time!
Lets Get Started:
Mix 2 parts coconut oil and 1 part olive oil into a bowl. Massage this mixture into your scalp and through out your hair starting at the roots making your way to the ends. After, wrap your hair up in a bun and cover it with a shower cap. Let this oil sink into your hair for at least 30 minutes. Rinse your hair with water and apply your favorite shampoo and conditioner.
5. Guava: Guava is a fruit rich in vitamin A. It promotes new hair growth and also increases the function of mucous membranes!
Lets Get Started!
Take a ripe guava and mash it while adding in a few drops of honey and lemon juice. Mix and then apply on hair. Leave the mask on for about 15 minutes then shampoo!
6. Peaches: If your scalp has gotten burnt this summer then this mask if perfect for you! Peaches mixed with yogurt is a great cure for a dry and itchy scalp!
Lets Get Started!
Mash a few peaches up, then add in beaten yogurt. Apply this combination to you hair letting it sit for 20-25 minutes. Rinse this out with cold water and then apply shampoo.
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