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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Many people don’t recognize soy milk as more than a lactose-free alternative to milk. People don’t understand that the protein found in soy milk has several health benefits- especially for your hair! Here are a few reasons why you should consider soy milk.  

 

  • It strengthens your hair! According to Livestrong.com, drinking soy milk, or even using soy milk-based products on your hair, you are reducing the chances of your hair breaking or falling out. Use soy milk to help grow out your hair and make it stronger!
  • It repairs split ends! Using a soy-based product on your hair can help converge split ends. Likewise, consuming soy milk can help repair muscle and skin tissue.
  • It moisturizes your hair! To achieve glossy and healthy-looking hair, drink some soy milk! It provides your hair with protein and hydrates your hair!

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If your hair is becoming thin and no hair product seems to help, think about incorporating more almond-based snacks into your diet. According to HealthMeUp.com, magnesium deficiency can lead to hair loss and guess what almonds are- an amazing source of magnesium!

 

TheHealthSite.com notes the other health qualities of almonds. For example, they are rich in calcium, Vitamin D and E as well. When these minerals and vitamins work together, they have a “softening action” that prevents your hair from becoming brittle, thus promoting stronger and thicker hair. LiveStrong.com clarifies that magnesium in your diet not only helps maintain your body’s normal functioning, but also encourages hair, skin and nail growth. Almonds are an easy way to achieve strong, thick and healthy hair.

 

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With coconut water more readily available than ever, it’s important for us to understand more about this product so we can reap its benefits!

 

  •  It promotes hair growth! According to stylecraze.com, massaging coconut water in your hair can help hydrate it as well as strengthen its roots, preventing breakage while conditioning your hair. The website also suggests creating a hair mask. By mixing coconut water with things like apple cider vinegar, bananas and avocados, you are promoting hair growth!
  • It helps you look younger! Containing cytokines and lauric acid, coconut water helps with cell growth and regulation.1
  • It hydrates! Coconut water is the perfect remedy for dry hair or skin, making your hair shine and your face have a healthy glow!
  • It fixes acne, blemishes and skin infections! Coconut water can fix all of these skin impurities. To cure acne and blemishes, use coconut water to wash your face. To aid skin infections, either apply it directly to your skin or mix it in your bathing water.

 

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While “detox” may seem like just  a popular trend to a lot of people, the act of detoxing should not be dismissed! According to DoctorOz.com, our stress levels, lifestyle choices and even the increasing levels of toxins in our environment can push our body’s to their limit. Here are some easy ways to rid your body of toxins:

 

1. Drink lemon water! According to marieclaire.com, the acid in lemons help the cleansing process. The citric acid helps penetrate and break down fat molecules!

2. Cut the sugar! Dr.Oz.com states that sugar causes damage to cell membranes due to inflammation. This allows toxins to sneak in!

3. Make licorice tea! Sweeter than sugar but with zero calories, licorice is an anti-inflammatory that kills bacteria.

4. Eat bitter foods! Foods like arugula, watercress and dandelion greens stimulate the liver and cleanse and detox the body!

5. Dry brush your skin! Dry brush your skin to remove dead cells that collect toxins. This helps renew skin cells and unclog pores!

6. Take a bladder wrack bath! Bladder wrack is a kind of seaweed. It expands in water and draws toxins from the body!

7. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day! According to spas.about.com, this will flush your system by replacing the water your body loses every day!

8. Stop drinking caffeine! Like sugar, it deregulates your body’s normal functions.

 

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Unfortunately, hair-damaging ways of styling are commonplace, more so than safe and healthy strategies. These methods can leave your hair looking stringy and feeling lifeless. Here’s a list of ways we commonly damage our hair AND some suggestions to repair the damage.

 

  • Bleaching! The chemicals you use to bleach your hair are more damaging than you’d think. According to WebMD, by bleaching your hair, you are changing its structure and making it more susceptible to damage. Your hair becomes weaker! To fix the damage done by bleach, don't shampooing for a week!1 Let your hair restore its natural oils. Use deep-moisturizing conditioners, and avoid heat-styling devices!
  • Ponytails and braids! This one seems surprising, doesn’t it? While braids and ponytails are effective hairstyles when trying to avoid styling your hair with heat, they can still be damaging if you pull your hair too tightly! To avoid damage caused by ponytails or braids, do not put your hair up when it is wet and don’t pull your hair too tightly!
  • Putting in hair extensions! The damage done by hair extensions is very reminiscent of the damage done by ponytails and braids. Over time, hair extensions can make your hair weak and brittle. The damage is done at the roots- making getting a hair cut not the most viable option. Avoid hair extensions and take vitamins to achieve long locks the healthy way!
  • Over-shampooing! Wait, this is a thing? We were surprised too! Over-washing can wash away your hair’s natural moisture. Try shampooing your hair every two days, or every other day if possible!
  • Over-brushing! Sometimes, your hair simply can’t handle the constant friction of hair-brushing. It can cause split ends and breakage. Avoid brushing your hair and trying to separate and tame your unmanageable strands with your fingers when possible!

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Finding ways to beat the heat while still enjoying the sun is always summers biggest struggle. For that reason, we compiled a list of yummy-iced treats that can help quench your thirst and offer a bit of relief during hot summer days!

 

  • Orange creamsicle-  For a good source of vitamin D, all you need is one cup of orange juice and one cup of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt! According to About.com, to make this treat, mix orange juice and yogurt in a blender until it is completely mixed. Pour the mixture you created into popsicle molds.Freeze the popsicles until they are completely solid- this usually takes around 2-3 hours. In no time, you’ll have delicious popsicles that everyone will enjoy- and this recipe can be done with any type of juice!
  • Fruit Salad Ice Pops! According to Martha Stewart.com, what you need is 1 peach (cut into ½-inch slices), 2 kiwis (peeled and slices into ¼-inch rounds), 3 ounces of blueberries (½ cup), 4 ounces of strawberries (hulled and halved), and 1 ½ to 2 cups of 100 percent white-grape juice. To start creating your ice pop, arrange some of each fruit into eight 3-ounce ice-pop molds. Pour enough juice into each mold to cover the fruit, then put the ice-pop sticks in the freezer and freeze them until they are solid. This usually takes at least 6 hours.
  • Yogurt Pops! According to bettycrocker.com, for this recipe you will need twelve ounces of fat free vanilla yogurt, two cups of cut-up fresh fruit, and one tablespoon of honey. Blend all of these ingredients in a blender until your mixture is smooth. Divide this mixture into 6 paper cups. Cover the cups with foil and place a craft stick into the center of each pop. Freeze these for six hours to get an icey treat!

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With summertime in full effect, many of us will be hopping from pool to pool without much thought. For those of us who color, there can be some repercussions of this.If you’re blonde, the effect chlorine has on your hair is obvious. It can turn hair green! For those with darker hair, the damage may be more subtle, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss the problem! Here are some tips to avoid chlorine damage and protect your color this summer!

 

  •  Get your hair wet before you go in the pool! By jumping in the shower right before swimming, you are protecting your hair against the absorption of chlorine. Because your hair is already absorbing the shower water, it won’t be able to absorb as much chlorine!1
  •  Another helpful tip is to use apple cider vinegar. Take one part vinegar and four parts water and pour them over your freshly washed hair. Then, do another rinse. It’s a great cleanser and way to protect locks from chlorine!
  • Wash your hair with a Vitamin C rinse! Swimspray.com suggests washing your hair with a vitamin C rinse after swimming to get rid of unwanted chlorine residue! 
  •  Put on a rubber bathing cap! Wearing a bathing cap is a great preventative measure. This will definitely aid in protecting your hair against the harmful effects of chlorine...as well as make everyone think you're an avid swimmer!2
  • Condition before and shampoo after! if a conditioning treatment is used before swimming, it can help keep hair healthy while swimming. Also- it’s important to shampoo color-treated hair after leaving the pool!3

 

Take control of your hair with these helpful and easy tips! Don’t let chlorine water ruin your summer fun!

 

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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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Sometimes going to a salon and getting a deep conditioning treatment is not in the budget. For that reason, we are going to list a few of our favorite inexpensive and natural ways to ensure your hair stays beautiful and healthy!

 

  • Hair.AllWomenStalk.com discusses a few remedies with us. One, which is very popular, is the use of eggs. To remedy oily hair, use egg whites. To remedy dry hair, use egg yolks. Take half a cup of egg and put it all over your unwashed and damp hair. Leave the egg on for 20 minutes, rinse your hair with cool water and then clean it as usual. You will have healthier and better looking hair in no time!
  • A lot of folks have flat hair, and most of us don’t understand why. Sometimes it can be caused by unwanted residue that was left behind from daily activities or other hair products. The solution for this: baking soda. By mixing two tablespoons of baking soda with half a cup of water and massaging this mixture on your scalp and allowing it to set for fifteen minutes, you’re on the road to bouncier hair.
  • Another great remedy for damaged hair: coconut butter. This remedy is especially important in the summer months, as it helps reduce UV damage. After you make the coconut butter soft enough, apply it to your hair as you would leave-in conditioner.
  • If you struggle with frizzy hair- try avocados! After mashing up an avocado in a bowl, apply it to washed towel-dried hair and let it sit for fifteen minutes. This is an easy way to moisturize your hair and reduce frizz!
  • With yogurt being high in probiotics, it’s no wonder that it’s healthy for your hair, too. For example, another way to reduce frizz is to mix half a cup of plain yogurt and an egg together. By leaving this solution in for only ten minutes, you’ll create more manageable hair. If you simply need a good deep condition, yogurt by itself is the key. Use half a cup of plain yogurt and leave it in your hair for fifteen minutes to achieve softer hair!

 

If you apply these methods to your life, healthier hair is in your near future!

 

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