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Dry Shampoo is a product known for convenience and there’s nothing more convenient than being able to make it in your own home. Here are a few DIY Dry Shampoo recipes that are worth checking out:

 

  • Cocoa Powder Dry Shampoo! Take two tablespoons of cocoa powder, two tablespoons of arrowroot or cornstarch, and 5 drops of essential oils. After mixing these things together,  apply them to your hair with an old makeup brush. This works best on darker hair!1

  • Cornstarch Dry Shampoo! This recipe leaves out the cocoa powder, since it is meant for lighter hair. You’ll need ¼ cup of arrowroot or cornstarch and 5 drops of essential oils. After mixing these ingredients together, you will have the perfect dry shampoo for blonde hair!

  • Oatmeal and Baking Soda Dry Shampoo! Mix one cup of ground oatmeal and one cup of baking soda together. This is an easy fix good for any hair color!2

  • Cheesecloth Dry Shampoo! Well, using a cheesecloth to rid your hair of excess oil doesn’t necessarily count as using a dry shampoo, but it works just the same! Take a cheesecloth, wrap it around a wide bristle brush and then brush your hair. The cheesecloth will remove any unwanted dirt and oil from your hair!

 

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It’s hard to believe that there’s a wrong way to brush your hair but, apparently, there is. And, there’s not just one wrong way to brush your hair... there’s several! Here are a few hair brushing habits you may have that are seriously hurting your hair:

 

  • Brushing your hair from root to tip. It may seem unnatural to start at the tip when brushing your hair, but starting from the root of your hair can pull the hair out of the follicle and snap your hair!1

  • Brushing your hair when it’s wet. When your hair is wet it is weaker and more susceptible to breakage. Try to wait for your hair to dry before you start the detangling process!

  • Brushing too much. People used to say that brushing your hair 100 times before going to sleep would prevent breakage, but brushing your hair too much can actually lead to more breakage. 

  • Using a dirty brush. Try not to use brushes full with hair, oils, or old residue from previously-used hair products. People don’t realize how important it is to clean their brushes!2

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Throughout our everyday lives, maintaining our hair color can be quite the task. This applies even if your hair is not color treated!  This task is especially difficult during the summer months, because simply stepping out into the sun for too long can alter your hair color! For that reason, we are providing you with a few quick tips that will help you maintain your hair color.

 

  • Avoid Hot Water! It’s simple, really. Hot water can be damaging for any type of hair but if your hair is color treated, this is something you should be extra conscious of!1

  • If you haven’t colored your hair yet but are looking to in the near future, deep condition your hair! Doing so a week before getting your hair dyed will help your new color last longer!2

 

And most importantly…

 

  • Use SPF! Using a hair product with SPF in it protects your hair and helps you maintain color! Being exposed to the sun can fade hair color as well as make your hair dry!

 

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To avoid harmful chemicals, reuse containers and save money, making your own body wash at home is a great option to have! Here are a few body wash recipes you can try:

 

  • Citrus Body Wash! Take 1 tablespoon shea butter, ¼ cup Aloe Vera gel, ¾ tablespoon guar gum, ¾ cup soap base, and 25 drops of essential oils. A mixture of orange, lemon and lime can be used for this recipe. To create this soap, melt shea butter over low heat, add Aloe Vera gel and warm it with the shea butter, add the gum and stir with a whisk. Then, add the soap base. After mixing it together well, allow the wash to settle for a few hours.1

  • Coconut Body Wash! Use ½ cup coconut milk, ⅔ cup castile soap, 3 tablespoons of vitamin e oil, 5 drops of essential oil and 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin. For your essential oil, lavender is suggested. Combine all of these ingredients in a bottle, shake it, and then use it!2

  • Honey Body Wash! You will need ⅔ castile soap, ¼ cup of raw, unfiltered honey, 2 tablespoons of oil (grapeseed, jojoba, sweet almond, sesame, or olive), 1 tablespoon vitamin e oil, and 50-60 drops of essential oils. DIYNatural.com has a list of oil suggestions. Mix all of these ingredients into a squirt bottle, shake it up, and then it is ready to use!

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While hairspray is notorious for creating the hole in our Ozone layer, people continue to use it in their hair. They know it’s not good for the environment...so how could it be good for hair? At the same time, I think it’s safe to say that people continue to use hairspray because they simply have no idea that it is even possible to make your own! Check out a few recipes we found:

 

  • You’ll need 1.5 cups of unfiltered water, 2 tablespoons of white sugar, 1 tablespoon of high proof alcohol, and 10-15 drops of your essential oil of choice. Boil water and dissolve the sugar in it. Allow it to return to room temperature, then add the alcohol and essential oils. Put this product in a spray bottle and start using it as hair spray! 1

  • Get 2 cups of distilled or filtered water, 2-3 tablespoons of high proof clear alcohol, 6-8 drops of lavender essential oil, and 1 whole orange if you have dark hair or lemon if you have light hair. Cut your orange or lemon into wedges and combine it with two cups of water in a small pot. Boil over medium-high heat until the liquid is reduced by half. Then, strain this with a cheesecloth into a measuring cup. Make sure you have one cup of liquid and if you don’t, add water. Mix alcohol and essential oils in one bowl, then add the cup of citrus juice. Pour this into a spray bottle and it’s ready to use! 2

  • We really go back to the basics with this next recipe. All you need is 1 cup of nearly boiled water and 4 tablespoons of sugar! If you want it be stronger, add more sugar. If you need it to be weaker, add less. 3

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Just like this website that specializes in the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar says, “a vinegar hair rinse is so simple to use, it's dirt cheap and will make any hair smoother and easier to manage." Using Apple Cider Vinegar on your hair helps restore your hair’s PH balance, removing unwanted build up. Apple Cider Vinegar will also help close the cuticle scales in your hair, leaving your hair smoother and shinier. And- for as many years as Apple Cider Vinegar has been used as a natural hair care product in men and women- did you know that it could be used to help prevent hair loss as well?


To create a solution for hair loss, mix two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar with a pinch of cayenne powder. Apply this mixture to your hair two hours before shampooing. Then, before going to bed, mix a royal jelly capsule with one tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar. Rub this mixture onto any balding areas on your head and scalp.

 

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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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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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Frizzy hair is an annoyance to women everywhere. Hair becomes frizzy from a lack of moisture and oils, which are necessary hair health. When strands are dry, they become desperate for any moisture they can obtain. Because of this, the hair shaft tries to open up and find any ounce of moisture. This is why hair becomes extra frizzy in damp weather. Even though frizzy hair is frustrating, there are easy ways to prevent it, and it all starts in the shower.
  
When you wash your hair, use cold water! The cold water closes your hair cuticles and produces less frizz and more shine. Also, don’t wash your hair every time you shower because washing can strip the strands of essential oils. Both of these solutions are easy ways to help minimize frizz. If you've washed all of your natural oils away, try using Moroccan or Argan oil. After you shower, apply a small amount of the oil to your wet or damp hair before you blow dry and style. This will help to minimize your frizz, but be careful not to use too much! Too much oil will weigh your hair down and make it greasy.

For an easy at-home solution, apply an olive oil and egg mask. Combine 1/4 cup of olive oil and one raw egg and apply to your hair. Leave this in for thirty minutes and then rinse out with shampoo and conditioner in the shower. This treatment will help restore the vitamins that your hair has lost and will help make it stronger and shinier. If you’re experiencing frizz in the colder months, rub a dryer sheet against your hair.

Keep in mind, this only works to help tame your frizzy hair in the winter, but it is a quick and easy fix, even when you are on the go. With these simple solutions that you can execute in the comfort of your own home, you can prevent frizz in no time!
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