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Seven Tips To Pamper Your Hair Naturally

shutterstock_31909057You put your hair through a lot: heat, chemicals, weather. Of course, there are lots of expensive commercially available products out there that do a great job, but there are also many fantastic home remedies you can use that are much less pricey and can help you maintain gorgeous, enviable locks. Here are of the best ways to pamper your hair at home, with items your probably already have.

Olive Oil has been used for hundreds of years to give hair a soft and lustrous glow. It’s very simple to do. Just heat a ½ cup olive oil in a microwave-safe bowl for 20 seconds. Massage into your hair. Cover with a cap or plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes. Shampoo as usual and use a light conditioner. Rinse completely.
Eggs also have a long history of hair restoration. Eggs have a high protein content, which helps repair damaged follicles. To treat your hair with egg, just beat an egg or two (depending on the length of your hair) until scrambled. Apply all over the hair, massaging into scalp and working through to the ends. Leave it on your head for 15 minutes. Rinse, then shampoo. For best results, use an egg treatment once a week.
Mayonnaise is a terrific conditioner for dry hair. Using just one tablespoon on mayonnaise and comb through your hair, beginning at the crown and pulling it through to the ends. Leave on for one= hour. Wash out with a very gentle shampoo (baby shampoo is typically recommended).
Coconut Oil is a terrific way to repair split ends but use caution. With your fingers, apply mostly to the ends, very little in the middle, and stay away from the crown. Shampoo thoroughly. If it still seems oily, re-wash.
Apple Cider Vinegar is another way to improve shine and suppleness. It strips away hair products that can leave build up over time. Mix a ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar to a pint of warm water. Work through hair and rinse with more, plain, warm water.
Not all methods of improving the quality and texture of your hair are external. Here are some additional ways you can help your mane shine!
Almonds and Cashews are rich in melanin, which will restore luster to the hair. Other copper-rich foods include chickpeas (garbanzo beans) oysters, and liver. 
Dark Green Vegetables are loaded with iron, another element that will increase melatonin in your hair follicles, making the hair more manageable, full, and shiny. Add vegetables to your diet such as spinach and/ or kale, and also yellow veggies like tomatoes. If you aren’t big on vegetables, bananas area also a great iron source.
Originally published in 2011


Non-Toxic Make-Up Is Totally Possible: How To Completely Detox Your Beauty Kit and Supplies

shutterstock_99606218Is it possible to wear non-toxic make-up?

Short answer: yes, and it will require some time, self-motivated research and a little extra cash (to replace those toxic products that have been your old stand-bys) on your part.

But here’s the long-term benefit: you are treating your body so much better by not shoving toxic chemicals into your skin pores on a daily basis.

And a little extra reading and a few extra trips to your trusty natural make-up supplier is really not so bad if it means you are eliminating the possibility of extremely harmful ingredients entering your body system, messing with your hormones and permanently damaging some very vital internal functions.

The animated video below illustrates with urgent clarity just how little regulation is done to ensure the safety of our personal care products, and what we can do as consumers to take power into our own hands. I guarantee you will never look at your own beauty products the same way again.

(And yes, while the majority of self-care and beauty products are aimed at a female demographic, you men also are not safe from the toxic ingredients contained in aftershave, shampoo, body lotion, toothpaste, sunscreen and other common self-care products, not to mention the shampoo and baby lotions found in self-care products marketed for children.)

So what’s a make-up maven to do? Thankfully, as collective awareness grows on the issue of toxic make-up products, more and more websites are serving as valuable pointers to what all of us can do to completely detox our beauty kit–once and for all.

Educate yourself: visit SafeCosmetics.org. Education is empowerment, especially when it comes to substances that can detrimentally affect your long-term health, and the long-term health of men and women everywhere. SafeCosmetics.org has articles, ideas for getting involved, homemade make-up recipes, a calendar of events, and other valuable resources.

Know which ingredients to steer clear of. How annoying that synthetic ingredients always have those long and complicated names that’s hard to remember. Hence why education is empowerment: the more you become familiar with these complicated ingredients, the less likely you will use them again in the future. Skin Deep has a downloadable pdf of ingredients to avoid. GOOD.is has a great visual list of ingredients to avoid in face products. For starters: start avoiding anything that lists “fragrance” or “paraben” / “-paraben.”

Throw out your old make-up and self-care products with toxic ingredients. If that’s too hard for you, make a point to NOT buy new products with toxic ingredients when you run out.

Buy only non-toxic make-up products. Visit Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Review. At this website, you can search beauty products by category to see which products have the lowest toxic impact and which products get a red flag for high toxicity.

Never trust the terms “organic,” “natural” or “dermatologist-tested.” These wishy-washy terms listed on products are usually complete BS. Think about it: companies want to make profit even if it means delibrately misleading the consumer; they certainly aren’t twisting their underwear in knots worrying about your personal well-being and long-term health. Just read the ingredients.

Go au naturale and save your make-up for special occasions. Want to look young, vibrant and healthy? Rather than slathering your face with anti-aging toxic gunk, how about drinking 8 glasses of water, regularly exercising, going easy on the junk food and eating lots of fruits and vegetables? Amping up my raw fruit and veggie intake has done wonders for my skin, and it will for anybody else.

Roll up your sleeves and go DIY. Why use a facial scrub loaded with synthetic chemicals when you can just use olive oil and brown sugar? Or why buy designer shampoo when baking soda and water with a rinse of apple cider vinegar will probably work just as well? There are seriously TONS of resources on how to make your own facial scrub, body scrub, facial masks, shampoos, and more, usually involving very common household ingredients such as fruits, baking soda and cooking oils.

Extreme DIY Beauty: Never Buy Shampoo, Body Wash or Hand Soap Again

I am never going to buy store-brought shampoo again.

Many shampoo, body wash and hand soap brands contain "fragrance" in their list of ingredients. Though "fragrance" may invoke images of grassy fields and crushed flower petals, it is actually a sneaky umbrella term for a multitude of unlisted toxic chemicals with detrimental health effects. Talk about shady.

Say no to any beauty product containing fragrance and make your own beauty products instead. Once you get your feet wet in the DIY beauty scene, it is extremely fun and rather addicting. The long-term benefits are also undeniable: 

– You are saving a ton of money.  After making your own super-easy body wash, you are probably not going to miss paying $7 to $8 for a bottle of brand-name body wash.

– You are helping the planet. Rather than buying a new container every time you run out of shampoo or soap, you can reuse the same bottle over and over again. Over years, that is a lot of hunks of plastic being saved from the waste.

– You are doing a huge favor to your body and health. Using completely natural ingredients on a daily basis on your hair, face, hands and body dramatically decreases your risks of detrimental health from long-term exposure to synthetic, toxic chemicals.

– Going DIY is a brave stance against materialism and consumerism overload. Your own homemade stuff is just as good, if not better, than the brand name stuff being advertised in stores. When you opt out of buying things and make your own products instead, you are helping grow a self-reliant DIY movement that is better for the planet.


Recipe #1: Add 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup Castille soap and 1/2 teaspoon jojoba or grapeseed oil. Store in a bottle and shake before use. Add tea tree oil or peppermint oil for added scent and scalp stimulation. Castille soap is an all-natural soap that uses vegetable oil (usually olive oil) instead of animal fat.

Recipe #2: Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of warm water and rinse out hair.

Recipe #3: This is a "dry" shampoo for when you are running late, you don’t have time to wash your hair, but you want to get rid of the greasy unwashed look. Put 1/2 cup of cornstarch on your head, let sit for a couple of minutes, and brush out cornstartch. Cornstarch naturally absorbs oils, and is perfect for de-greasing oily hair.


Recipe #1: Mix 1-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with 3 cups distilled water. Pour over hair after shampooing.

Recipe #2: Mash avocado with egg yolk, and apply paste to hair for 15 minutes. Rinse and wash out for softer hair.

Recipe #3: Mix one tablespoon baby oil, two egg yolks and 1 cup fo water. Let sit on hair for five minutes before rinsing out.


Recipe #1: Add 1 cup liquid castille soap with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.


Recipe #1: Check out this natural liquid soap recipe from CasaSugar.com, which is as simple as grating a bar of natural soap into a gallon of water, and warming the water until all the soap flakes are completely dissolved. By making your own DIY liquid hand soap, you’ll never have to buy another hand soap dispenser again, and simply fill up the empty ones you already used up.

PHOTO (CC): Flickr / peneli



The New Miracle 100% Natural Beauty Product You Must Add To Your Beauty Toolkit: Jojoba Oil

Being mildly obsessed with all things DIY beauty, I am always on the hunt for Do-It-Yourself beauty tips and tricks that are 100% natural, easy to do, and way cheaper than the store-brought equivalent. Using one parts apple cider vinegar and water as a natural facial toner? Check. Lemon juice as an acne-fighting facial mask? Check. Olive oil for pretty much… everything? Check! 

My new favorite DIY beauty product is jojoba oil. Sold at Trader Joe’s, most natural health food stores, some drug stores and online, jojoba oil is a pure and natural plant extract produced in the seed of the jojoba tree that is native to Southern Arizona, Southern California and Northern Mexico.

Though this botanical liquid extract is commonly referred to as "oil," jojoba oil is technically a liquid wax ester that is very similar to the properties of human skin oil (sebum).

Translation: putting jojoba oil on your face, especially if you are prone to oily to combo skin, means that you can "trick" your human skin into producing less oil, thus reducing your face’s shiny appearance without extra layers of make-up that can further aggravate your sensitive skin. 

In addition to helping your face with oil control, jojoba oil can also be used for your hair and the rest of the body. Here are 7 common uses of jojoba oil: 

– As a nightly facial moisturizer. Using jojoba oil during the day may make your face extra-shiny while the jojoba oil works its magic. Many users like to use the jojoba oil overnight by applying a few drops to their night-time moisturizer or using it on its down by spreading a few drops over face and neck.

Many acne sufferers have also claimed that regular use of jojoba oil has helped decrease their break-outs. Check out the discussion thread on Acne.org to read people’s personal experiences with jojoba oil.

– As an after-shower body moisturizer. Spread a few drops of jojoba oil on your hands, feet and other skin areas so your body doesn’t get dry after stepping out of the shower.

– As make-up remover. Jojoba oil can be used to take off facial make-up, and is gentle enough for removing eye-make-up as well. Apply a few drops of jojoba oil to a cotton pad and gently wipe make-up and mascara off your eye area and face.

– As a lip balm. Apply to lips as you would with regular lip balm to treat your dried, chapped lips.

– As dried cuticle treatment. Treat your dried cuticles around your fingernails with some jojoba oil.

– As hair treatment. Apply jojoba oil to the ends of your hair cuticles, or add a few drops to your regular conditioner after shampooing.

– As a shaving prepper. Whether you are shaving your face or legs, applying jojoba oil on your skin before applying shaving cream will prep your skin for a smoother shave and leave super-soft skin when you are done.

What are your experiences with jojoba oil? What are your other favorite DIY all-natural beauty products and tips? Share with the community by commenting below!

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8 Cheap, Easy and Natural Remedies For Reducing Acne and Pimples

Adult acne is never fun. If you still suffer from this common skin condition, there are many specific steps you can take in your personal health and everyday living to increases your chances of having clearer skin. 

Here are some general lifestyle tips that are good for your health and also good for your skin: 

  • Drink a lot of water. Longterm dehydration makes your skin look dull–and also zaps your energy, too.
  • Reduce your intake of processed food, sugar, and dairy. Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and natural foods.
  • Wash your pillow case every other day. Dead skin cells, oil, make-up and other external elements not good for your face can build-up on your pillow, which can mean more break-outs in the morning after you wake up.
  • Keep your hair off your face as much as possible. Hair products, oil and dust from the air can accumulate on your hair– and when it gets on your face, it can really aggravate your skin.
  • Be minimal with your make-up. Too much make-up every day can really put a stress on your skin. Have no make-up days, or apply light concealer on trouble spots instead of applying thick foundation over your entire face.
  • Keep your hands off your face. If you are prone to propping up your chin on your hands when you are sitting down, that can aggravate your skin. Be sure to wash your hands before you touch your face, such as for tweezing your eyebrows, applying make-up or exfoliating your face with your fingers.

And now onto the natural remedies for your acne and pimples. Using common kitchen ingredients for your acne has many benefits. You are not putting any harsh chemicals on your skin and going completely DIY is usually a lot cheaper than buying prepackaged acne medication from the store.

Here are 8 different natural remedies that may work wonders for your skin. Results will certainly vary on a case-by-case basis–it may take several trials and errors before you find the natural remedy treatment that works best for your skin.

1. Egg white facial. Many acne sufferers swear by separating the egg yolk from the egg white, and applying the white stuff onto skin for 20 minutes to an hour before washing off with a gentle cleanser. Not convinced? Check out the rave reviews from this acne discussion forum and you just may be inspired to try this classic household remedy yourself.

2. Tea Tree Oil. Found in Trader Joe’s, The Body Shop and natural health food stores, tea tree oil is a popular natural ingredient for on-the-spot acne treatment.

3. Lemon juice. Apply lemon juice to face, leave on for about 20 minutes and wash off.

4. Garlic. Some acne sufferers swear by eating two raw and crushed cloves of garlic every night. Other acne sufferers rub crushed raw garlic diluted with water on the skin, wash off after a few minutes and notice tangible results. If you are using topically, use with caution–as some people with sensitive skin experience unpleasant burning.

5. Aloe vera. If you have aloe vera plants, you can apply the gel from the plant directly onto an inflammed pimple overnight to help reduce the size and redness.

6. Honey. Though honey can get drippy and sticky compared to other natural remedies, applying a honey mask for 20 minutes on a regular basis can work wonders for your skin.

7. Milk of magnesia. Great if you have bad acne and super-oily skin. You can use this as a facial mask or if you have super-oily skin, apply underneath your moisturizer and foundation.

8. Baking soda. Use as a gentle exfoliater or as a mask (mix with water to create paste to apply on face).

What are your favorite natural remedies for reducing acne and pimples? Share your personal favorite remedies with the community by commenting below! 

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DIY Beautiful Skin: How To Give Yourself A Steam Facial

With warmer temperatures and more reasons to lounge by the pool, the summer season is an opportunity to really clean out your face and beautify your skin for cheap.

How about indulging in a DIY steam facial?  Your summer skin can get easily clogged with sunscreen, sweat from outdoor activity, make-up and other external elements. A DIY steam facial on a regular basis is a fun and cheap way to maintain your summer beauty.

Here is how it works:

1.Heatl a pot of hot water infused with your favorite herbs, tea bag or essential oil until it is heated enough to produce steam for at least 10 minutes.

2. Set the pot on a table with a towel underneath or pour the water into a bowl. Stand over the steaming pot or bowl with a large towel over your head to trap the heat for five to seven minutes, and sweat your facial impurities out with your eyes closed.

3. Rinse your face with cold water afterwards and apply light moisturizer.

When you give yourself a steam facial, you are letting the hot air loosen debris in your skin, unclog your pores and give your face a deep cleaning. Whether you want to make this a weekly ritual (limit to 1 – 2 times a week) or a once-in-a-blue-moon DIY spa treatment, you will notice healthier, softer and more glowing skin with regular use.

Here are some general tips to remember: 

  • Make sure your face is cleansed with your usual gentle cleanser before you steam your face.
  • The water should be gently steaming and not too hot. Hot steam will hurt your face, and you shouldn’t be uncomfortable. If you are feeling too hot, wait a few minutes for the water to cool down and try putting the towel over your head again.
  • Make sure your face is at least a foot away from the hot water.
  • Apply moisturizer to your face after your steaming session to seal in the moisture.

You can give yourself a steam facial with just heated water, but for an extra sensory delight you can steep herbs, tea and other ingredients in the water so that you can give yourself aromatherapy with soothing scents as well. Here are some ideas for what you can boil in the water for your next steam facial session: 

  • Peppermint tea
  • Green tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • Lemon slices
  • Orange slices
  • Rose petals
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Mint leaves
  • Basil
  • Dried lavendar blossoms
  • Vanilla
  • Cinammon

Feel free to mix and match to your preference! 


DIY Beauty: 9 Ways to Use Olive Oil For Your Body and Face

The Greek poet Homer called olive oil "liquid gold"–and with good reason. Olive oil has been used for centuries in the Mediterranean region for not only food, but also for rituals, medicines, lamp fuel and beauty. Now you can use this common kitchen ingredient to have a glowing face, soft skin and shiny hair–all for extremely cheap. Here are 9 creative ways to incorporate olive oil into your daily beauty regimen.

For all of these tips, be sure to only use extra virgin olive oil.


  • If you have dry hair and split ends, give your tresses a hot-oil treatment. Heat olive oil in a cup sitting in a saucepan of hot water. Massage a few tablespoons of heated olive oil into scalp and hair. Cover your hair wth a plastic bathing cap and leave on for 30 minutes or more. Remove bathing cap and shampoo as usual. Your hair will be noticeably softer and shinier than usual.


  • Massage a few drops of olive oil onto face. Once the oil is completey rubbed in, take a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and rub all over face to exfoliate dead skin cells. Wipe sugar off your face with a warm face cloth.
  • You can also use olive oil as shaving oil. Apply olive oil to face and shave as normal.
  • Add a few drops of olive oil to a cotton ball or Q-tip to use as a make-up remover.

Hands and Feet

  • For brittle nails and dry cuticles, soak your fingernails in a cup of warm olive oil for 30 minutes.
  • For an overnight spa treatment, rub olive oil on your hands and feet. Wear white cotton gloves over your hands and white socks over your feet. You will wake up with luxuriously soft hands and feet.


  • Massage olive oil onto any dry or cracked areas of your body, such as your elbows and knees.
  • Mix olive oil and sugar together for a body exfoliating scrub when you are taking a shower.
  • Add several tablespoons of olive oil to your bath along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil for an overall moisturizing effect.

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Got other DIY beauty secrets up your sleeve? Share them with the community in the comments below! 

10 Natural Ways to Stay Looking Young

As we get older, we become hypersensitive to our aging process…questioning our lifestyle, our environment and even our gene pool. Which of these factors are really aging us, or if we are healthy, keeping us young?  Did you ever want proof that healthy habits would pay off?

Walking home, I met two women in their late 40s who are identical twins. Although they looked alike, one woman looked significantly older…I guessed about 10 years older. I came to find out that the older looking twin smoked. Huh. Remarkably similar genes…similar environment (they live minutes away from one another)…but very different lifestyles. These twins were living proof…this was as close as you could get to seeing the impact of lifestyle on the aging process.

Interestingly enough, there is a study that talks about exactly this topic.  In a study called Factors Contributing to the Facial Aging of Identical Twins, a team of doctors from the Department of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University studied the effects of lifestyle and environment on the facial aging process of 186 sets of twins. Although the study looked at multiple factors in lifestyle and environment, smoking and sun exposure were extremely significant to the aging process. Specifically, here are the results:

1. Smoking: For those pairs of twins where one twin smoked and one didn’t, the minimum perceived age difference among the twins were 5 years. For every ten years of smoking, the twin who smoked looked approximately 2 ½ years older in appearance.

  • Why is this so? Smoking causes blood vessels to constrict, resulting in decreased blood flow to skin. Further, it depletes the body of Vitamin C, which is key for keeping skin plump and moist. This in turn causes capillaries to become permanently damaged, increased dryness and skin dehydration due to a diuretic effect, a grayish complexion and lastly, an increase in wrinkles, including crows feet.

2. Sun Exposure: Increased sun exposure was associated with an older appearance, especially as the twins got older. Those twins with outdoor hobbies such as golf and tennis had a perceived older appearance, while those who used skin protection (sunscreen) led to a younger appearance.

  • Why is this so? High amounts of sun exposure breaks down skin’s structural tissues (collagen and elastin). As a result, skin looks mottled, freckles become more permanent, and skin becomes dried out, leathery, wrinkled and saggy.

Ok, great. So now we have living proof of these bad boys and their effects on your skin. But guess what, there are other lifestyle choices that can affect the aging process. Here are eight more enemies of your skin:

3. Alcohol: Alcohol dilates small blood vessels, increasing blood flow near the skin’s surface. This can cause the skin to look wrinkled, red and flushed.

What you can do: Try to limit yourself to one alcoholic beverage per day.

4. Caffeine: Caffeine can cause water loss from your body and skin, resulting in a lack of plumpness.

What you can do: Make sure you drink plenty of water and limit intake to 300 mg a day.

5. Lack of Sleep: Not enough sleep deprives your body of needed rest and doesn’t allow skin to regenerate. You’ll look and feel tired, develop dark circles and bags under your eyes and your skin will become saggy.

What you can do: Get at least 7 1/2 hours of sleep a night, if not more.

6. Stress: Stress and worry cause frowning, and over time muscles in the face actually conform to that movement, developing lines and wrinkles.

What you can do: Monitor your stress levels throughout the day and find healthy ways to release the stress you feel through breathing and relaxation techniques.

7. Extreme Weather: Exposure to cold winds and low temperatures or extreme dry heat can dehydrate your skin, leading to wrinkles and roughness.

What you can do: Use a good moisturizer and a humidifier if you are in an especially dry climate.

8. Eating Disorders: Depriving your body of important nutrients, vitamins and minerals required for proper cell turnover and growth can cause skin to become dry and thin. Further, hair and nails can become brittle and thin.

What you can do: Make sure you are eating enough calories so that your metabolism stays high and your body is properly nourished.

9. Refined Sugars and Low-Protein in Your Diet:

Refined sugar and carbohydrates can disturb collagen production, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. Further, spikes in your insulin levels can cause excess amounts of secreted oils, resulting in acne and breakouts.

What you can do: Focus on whole grains, fruits and vegetables for your carbohydrates and a minimum of 20% of your calories from lean proteins.

10. Saturated Fats or VERY Low-Fat Diets: Saturated fats (butter, cream and high-fat dairy) can cause skin to age and become more wrinkled. However, not having enough healthy fats can harm the oil barrier of your skin, which protects from fluid loss and infection. Too little fat can result in Eczema, Dermatitis (inflammation of skin) and Acne.

What you can do: Make sure you eat a well balanced diet that incorporates healthy fats, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates.

As we get older, our lifestyle choices become even more important…especially when it comes to the aging process and looking and feeling our best. Have you witnessed anything like the twin phenomenon? Have you made a lifestyle change that has helped you to ‘reverse’ or slow the signs of aging?

Related Topics:

Study cited: Factors Contributing to the Facial Aging of Identical Twins

DIY Earthy Gal Hair Care Tips

 Every earthy gal looks at the ingredients on hair care products and cringes these days. Woman_wash_hairThere are plenty of ingredients that can be avoided if you are trying to go ‘clean’ with the chemicals that you allow into your home.  While a good shampoo and conditioner are must-haves, Kayla Fioravanti RA, Chief Formulator and co-founder of Essential Wholesale has a few hints that will cut down your exposure and some items in your kitchen that can be used for added conditioning.

Kayla explains, “Everyone has to wash their hair.  It takes two to four surfactants to formulate a good shampoo.  Without the surfactants you hair won’t come clean so they are a necessity and not a luxury item.  Most people can’t skip conditioner either, but you can cut back the exposure you have to the conditioning agents by only conditioning the last inch or two of your hair and not putting any conditioner on your scalp.  Conditioners fall under the “wash-off” category of products and they do require chemical ingredients to serve their function, however, your exposure can be greatly limited by changing the way you use conditioner.”

Your kitchen is a fabulous source for hair treatments:

  • Baking soda works wonders in your hair.  While your hair is dry before you take a shower, mix one tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of warm water, mix thoroughly and work it into your hair by hand and with a comb.  Then jump in the shower and rinse it out.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is natures wonder for hair.  Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of warm water and work it into your hair.  Then jump in the shower and rinse it out.
  • Lemon juice can be added to your conditioner and applied.  Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with one tablespoon of conditioner and apply to your hair.  If you want to lighten your hair naturally spend some time in the sun with your hair damp with this solution.  If not then skip to the next step in which you rinse it our thoroughly in the shower.
  • Real Mayonnaise is a wonderful hair conditioner.  To use simply dampen your hair, apply a thick layer of mayonnaise from your scalp to the ends of your hair.  Comb it through your hair and then sit back for twenty minutes and relax, then rise and shampoo as usual.  (If you have kids and they are ever exposed to head lice, the very best treatment comes right out your kitchen too.  Use one cup of mayonnaise and add a teaspoon of tea tree oil and mix.  Apply to the hair the same way but add a plastic cap or plastic wrap to the head and leave it for twenty to sixty minutes and rise.)
  • Beer makes is a great rinse conditioner that leaves your hair more manageable.  Simply bring a bottle of flat warm beer into the shower with you.  Wash your hair with your regular shampoo and then rinse with beer.  Rinse again thoroughly with water unless you want to smell like old beer later in the day.
  • Salt is the secret to that windblown messy hair look that many people strive for.  The salt dries in your hair and leaves it full bodied and sexy.  You can get the same look by adding a tablespoon of salt to 4 oz of water in an empty spray bottle.  After washing and conditioning your hair simply spray salt solution over hair and allow to air dry.

Ingredients to avoid in hair care: 
Cetearyl methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Stearyl Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Alkylbenzene sulfonate, Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate, TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Ethyl PEG-15 cocamine sulfate.

Acceptable Hair Care Ingredients:  Decyl glucose, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Coco betaine, Sodium Cocopolyglucoside Tartrate, Sodium Cocopolyglucoside Citrate,Cocoamphoacetate, Cocoamphodipropionate, Disodium cocoamphodiacetate or cocoamphodipropionate, Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium cocoyl isethionate. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride.

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