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As a girl who is always trying to achieve that post-beach hair look after not going to the beach, I have always glorified sea salt for its styling purposes. Yet, there are other benefits of sea salt that many don’t think of. Stylecraze.com shares a few health benefits.

 

  • Oily hair? Spray your hair with sea salt! Sea salt helps absorb excess oil, making your hair looking smoother.
  • It helps create volume in your hair and makes your hair follicles much softer due to the many minerals it contains!
  • If you’ve ever had a problems with dandruff, sea salt can help! It helps get rid of dryness and fights dandruff! 

 

Sea Salt has some health benefits as well as style benefits and it is definitely something you’re going to want to try!

 

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With celebrities like Rihanna, Jayma Mays, Julianne Moore, and Hayley Williams sporting different versions of red hair, it’s hard not to want to try it out too! Here are a few healthy options to achieve the edgy-red look you’ve always dreamed of!

 

  • If you’re unsure about fully committing to red hair and are looking to get a red tint without using hair dye, an effective option is going for some natural red highlights. According to hubpages.com, the way to achieve this is by mixing two cups of Jamaican sorrel (dried or fresh), two cups of water and two tablespoons of honey in a small saucepan. Then, let the water boil and allow the sorrel to soak for two to four hours. By straining the liquid, stirring in the honey and adding one tablespoon of cinnamon, you are creating the perfect mixture to pour all over your hair to create beautiful red highlights- after you shampoo of course! Wrap your hair with a cap and leave the mixture in your hair for at least sixty minutes before rinsing out.
  • To achieve some burgundy highlights, another suggestion is to use beets. Mix beets, half a tablespoon of water, and one cup of conditioner. Create a liquid out of this mixture by using a juicer or food processor. Shampoo your hair before application, then rub the mixture in your hair from root to tip. Wrap your hair in plastic to allow this method to work effectively- and leave in for three to four hours or more, depending on how deep and rich of a color you desire! 
  • Ready to go all in? I think I might be. Love Your Color offers a non-permanent Auburn dye that lasts 6-12 shampoos! Including a revitalizing conditioner and excluding ammonia, peroxide or PPD, Love Your Color is a healthy and effective option to achieve a beautiful red tint! It’s easy- takes twenty minutes and comes in one bottle (there’s no mixing!).For a shiny and healthy-looking option, Love Your Color can be purchased here. ​

 

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If you don’t have the time to make a trip to the salon or drug store, don’t fret. Summer is the perfect time to try some at-home highlighting methods! Check out a few of these natural everyday products that you just may already have in your house!

 

  • Let’s begin with the obvious, lemons. Using lemon juice to highlight your hair is the oldest trick in the book- and it actually works! By cutting up a few lemons and squeezing them on your hair before you go out into the sun, you will achieve beautiful and natural-looking highlights effortlessly!
  • OrganicAuthority.com has a few highlighting tricks for us, too. The first is to use Chamomile Tea. It will make your hair a slightly lighter shade and it even works for brunettes! Brew your tea- and don’t forget to let it cool before applying it to the pieces of hair you’d like to highlight. Use a spray bottle for application and grab a towel and lay out in the sun to let the tea do its magic! 
  • Apparently, honey isn’t just for bees. Honey can also give you HONEY-colored locks! You can either apply honey directly to wet hair and let it sit for two hours OR you could mix honey, lemon and warm water in a spray bottle and apply it to your wet hair. Not only will this method help bring out your natural highlights, it will also leave your hair looking glossy and full of volume!
  • According to hubpages.com, olive oil can also help highlight your hair.  By adding two tablespoons of olive oil and a tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of water, you can create the perfect mixture to not only highlight, but also to help moisturize your hair. Rub this mixture into your hair and leave it on for thirty minutes before using a mild shampoo to rinse out extra olive oil. 
  • You ever think of rubbing ground cinnamon into your scalp? By mixing three tablespoons of ground cinnamon into hair conditioner, you can create a paste that can help create beautiful highlights. After applying the paste and brushing through your hair with a wide-toothed comb, cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave your hair like that for several hours. After doing this- remember to rinse your hair well!

 

If you want a quick and easy change, trying one of these methods of natural highlighting might be the key! And, really, is there even a better way to highlight your hair other than squeezing a few lemons on your scalp and then lying outside by the pool? I think not!

 

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With Summer officially approaching, hair care is something to take into EXTRA consideration. Summer can be very rough on our hair! To prevent damage and get the gorgeous locks you see in fashion magazines, check out a few tips to deal with thinning hair:

 

  •  Nioxin.com has four helpful suggestions for us, one of them being- start eating more amino acids! You may be suffering from thinning hair due to the lack of biotin, iron, protein and zinc in your diet.
  • Try to avoid chlorine-filled pools! Chlorine, metals and minerals can be left on the scalp and hair and may lead to thinning.
  • Check your medication! Medication including hormones can also lead to hair loss.
  • Don’t yank your hair out!  Be gentle with your hair, it is one of your most prized possessions. Avoid hairstyles that pull at it too tightly and avoid damaging heat-styling tools.

 

And lastly…

 

  • Chill out! Stress is the most obvious cause of thinning hair. This can be solved with a nice drink by the pool, or even a relaxing scalp massage! Prevention.com states that rubbing your scalp with coconut oil in a circular motion right before you shampoo can increase circulation in the scalp and help your hair grow!

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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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