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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.

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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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When I first heard that you could use oats on your hair I was a tad skeptical, all I thought about was oats are for making oatmeal, not for your hair. But I was so wrong there are so many benefits of using oats on your hair. Here are 4 different ways that oats can benefit your hair!

1. Moistuizes Dry Hair

Using oats on your hair will get rid of any dryness and even an itchy scalp. Cassandrebeccai.com says, “That’s because it contains hair-loving B-vitamins, which acts like a humectants (a substance that draws water from the atmosphere onto itself). It does all this while penetrating the cortex of your hair (this is a good thing).” Using oats on your hair will leave it soft and strong. Click here for a DIY Oats and Honey Deep Conditioning mask tutorial!

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2.  Rejuvenate Damaged Hair

After a while, dying your hair with permanent color can be damaging to your hair if you aren’t taking care of it. Everydaylife.com says, “Oatmeal helps eliminate dryness and itchiness, makes hair shiny, and also promotes growth because of its abundance of iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc.” Using oats on your hair will moisturize it and bring it back to life! Click here for an oatmeal hair and scalp mask for damaged hair!

3. Help get rid of Oily Hair

If you hair or roots get oily very quickly, try making an oatmeal hair mask that will not only cleanse your scalp but eliminate that extra oil that is ruining your hair. Stylecraze.com says, “Being a natural cleanser, it clears the scalp by removing excess sebum, oil and dirt accumulated in the scalp.” Health.India.com suggests, “Mix oatmeal, fresh milk and almond oil and make a paste. Ensure that your hair is free from tangles before applying the pack. Put it gently on your hair. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this once a week.”

4. DIY Dry Shampoo

In previous blog posts, I have mention that dry shampoo is a great product to use. You can use oats and baking powder to create your own dry shampoo right at home. Rd.com suggests, “Put 1 cup oatmeal in the blender and grind it into a fine powder. Add 1 cup baking soda, and mix well. Rub a bit of the mixture into your hair. Give it a minute or two to soak up the oils, then brush or shake it out of your hair (preferably over a towel or bag to avoid getting it all over).”

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Instead of putting honey in your tea, why not try putting it on your hair. Honey has properties in it that are great for rejuvenating hair and bringing it back to life. Stylecraze.com says, “Honey with all it goodness does wonders for your hair! It cures dry, damaged and dull-looking hair. It helps retain moisture and get rid of dry, itchy flakes on your scalp. It also helps keep your hair clean, lustrous, healthy and shiny.”Honey can be used to treat a number of different beauty related problems.  Here are several different ways you can use honey on your hair!

1.Add Shine

Applying honey to your hair will create a beautiful shine and everyone will be complementing you on your hair! Treehugger.com suggests, “There are two options. 1) Combine a spoonful of honey with a quart of warm water. Rinse through hair after shampooing. Let it condition for an hour, then rinse. 2) Mix 1-1/2 tsp honey with 5 cups warm water. Rinse through hair and leave on. Dry and style as usual.”

2.Moisturize Dry Scalp & Hair

Typef.com says, “On your scalp, this means you can say bye-bye to dry, itchy flakes. On your hair, a bit of moisture retention helps create hair so luscious and healthy it shines. “To moisturize dry locks, heat together three tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of honey. Then add a tablespoon of lemon juice and mix well. It is best to apply the mixture to the scalp and hair when still warm. Leave it for a minimum of 30 minutes and then rinse and wash off.

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3.Stimulate Hair Growth

Nothing will make your hair grow long overnight, but there are things you can do to increase the slow process of healthy hair growth. Stylecraze.com says, “As honey is an emollient, it also improves the health of the hair follicles which are responsible for hair growth. Researchers say that proper use of honey of treatment of hair can waken up the sleeping hair follicles which boost the growth of hair.” Livestrong.com suggests to, “Add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 egg. Stir well with a fork to combine the ingredients. Beware if your olive oil is too warm; it may start to cook the egg. While the cinnamon and honey both promote hair growth, the protein and lecithin in the egg strengthen your strands.”

4.Cleanse Hair

Honey can be used with your shampoo to make your hair extra clean and give rid of any buildup. Youqueen.com says, “The antiseptic and anti-bacterial qualities of honey keep the scalp clean. It also prevents fungal infection or psoriasis on the scalp. This further reduces the risk of developing dandruff and itchy scalp.” Stylecraze.com suggests, “To give your hair a regular boost of honey benefits, mix a teaspoon of honey with your shampoo and apply to your scalp and hair. Work it to lather and let it sit for two minutes or so and then, rinse it off.

Other facts about using honey on your hair!

  • Honey can be used in many DIY Hair masks!
  • Honey can help prevent hair loss!
  • It is great for repairing dry hair!
  • Honey can help prevent split ends and get rid of frizz!
  • Ehow.com suggests when buying honey, “It is best to use a good quality of honey. The best time to stock up on honey is during the spring and summer. The honey with the least quality is that which is gathered in the winter. Purchasing honey from a bee keeper is another way to make sure the honey is fresh.”

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