It’s been EXACTLY 1 week since I’ve straighten my hair for a length check…. I have worked out… And indulge in “OTHER” activities with my significant other.. ^_^ I usually sweat HEAVILY in my head… My hair is still straight.. I can’t WAIT to immerse my hair in water so that it can revert.. I’m praying it does… I’m a bit concerned because it’s still straight… Should I be lovelies???!
As more information comes to light regarding the damaging effects of chemicals and other unnatural ingredients in many commercial skincare products, the desire to move toward natural alternatives is common.
Navigating the products available at the store can be difficult; many products don’t fully disclose ingredients and a number of brands marketed as “natural” are nothing of the sort.
This can be discouraging and stressful.
The best way I have found to combat this problem is to make my own products.
Thankfully, making natural skincare products is not as complicated as it sounds. In fact, many of the cleansers I am sharing with you today involve no mixing or measuring at all.
Making your own facial cleanser is a great way to avoid putting chemicals on your skin (and into your bloodstream). Plus, it’s likely to save you money.
The beauty of using honey as a facial cleanser is that there is no need for mixing or measuring! Just keep a bottle of honey in the bathroom cabinet and you’re set.
Honey can be used daily as a facial cleanser. It does an excellent job of cleaning skin and is extremely moisturizing; so it helps make skin soft and smooth.
Honey is an excellent cleanser for every skin type.
To wash your face with honey: For make-up free skin, squirt a small amount of honey (less than a teaspoon) into the palm of your hand. Rub the honey between your palms and then massage into your face. Wash off with warm water.
To remove make up with honey, pour a small amount of honey onto a wet wash cloth and sprinkle with a little baking soda. Use this honeyed washcloth to clean the face. Remove any residue with warm water. Follow with toner to get rid of excess dirt.
Honey can enhance your beauty routine in many ways, including being used as a hair treatment.
Variations: Mix a little milk or cream with honey for a a cleanser especially suited to dry skin. For extremely oily skin, try adding a little lemon juice to the honey.
The oil cleansing method has grown increasingly popular over the past few years, and for good reason; cleaning your face with oil makes skin soft and radiant.
Plus, it’s easy! Just apply oil to the face with your finger tips using circular motions. Let it sit for a few minutes, and wash off with warm water. For extra benefits, hold a warm washcloth close to your oil-covered face for a minute or two and allow the stream to open the pores.
Castor Oil is one of the most common oils used in the oil cleansing method, but other oils are well-suited to the task, and many custom mixes can be created by blending different oils.
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Plain yogurt is a great natural cleanser. It is rich in protein, lactic acid, and fat, which all help detoxify as well as clean skin.
Use plain yogurt or mix with lemon juice to create a cleanser with a more pleasing scent. To make a lemon yogurt cleanser, mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with approximately 1 tablespoon of yogurt.
A drop or two of essential oil can also be added to plain yogurt for a sweet smelling cleanser.
Use fingertips to apply yogurt to skin, massaging it to loosen any dirt or make up. Leave yogurt on the skin for a minute or two (if you have time), then wash off with warm water.
4. Cleansing Grains
Cleansing grains gently exfoliate as well as clean the skin.
Create your own cleansing grains by grinding almonds or oats into a fine powder and mixing with liquid to form a paste.
Suitable liquids include:
- milk, cream or yogurt for dry skin
- lemon juice or water for oily skin
- water, honey, peppermint tea or glycerin for normal skin
To use cleansing grains: gently massage paste into skin, avoiding the eyes. Wash off with warm water.
Other grains that are suitable for creating a gentle exfoliating cleanser are: cornmeal, ground sunflower seeds, baking soda, wheatgerm, and rice bran.
This type of cleanser needs to be made on an as-needed basis. However, the process can be expedited by keeping a jar of dry grains in the bathroom cabinet along with a small bowl and spoon for preparing the cleanser.
As you can see, it doesn’t have to be difficult to make and use natural cleansers.
This homemade conditioner is a PERSONAL fave of mine, and I swear by it! It’s cheap, and HIGHLY effective!! The ingredients are simple..
1. 2 RIPE avocados
2. 2 tablespoons of honey
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil OR coconut oil
Combine all ingredients, slather onto your wet kinky curly hair mop of love, and let it marinate for 30mins to an hour.. Be sure to use a plastic cap so that these ingredients are allowed to “do what it do!”
Below I will tell you what each ingredient does in regards to the hair..
It’s a well known fact that, olive oil can be a fantastic conditioner for hair but there are many other things about this essential oil that make it a great go-to for hair care. Olive oil is one of the top emollients that is known to penetrate the hair better than others. That doesn’t just mean that it nourishes and conditions. An olive oil treatment can improve the elasticity and strength of your hair far better than other essential oils.
There are other even lesser known facts about olive oil. For instance, olive oil is not just an average emollient. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff. What’s more, olive oil is not likely to cause an allergic reaction, which makes it easier on sensitive skin and hair.
TheNaturalista side bar definition EMOLLIENT-having the quality of softening or soothing the skin.
For those of us who haven’t been blessed with thick, amazing locks of hair, the question of how to make your hair grow faster naturally is quite important. A thick, glorious mane of hair has always been a crowning asset to both men and women throughout the ages. If that wasn’t the case, there would be no need for beauticians and hair salons, not to mention the thousands of brands of hair care products that promise a healthy, envious head of beautiful hair.
So what can you do to make your hair grow faster naturally? And, what are easy tips to make your hair grow faster?
First of all, did you realize that your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month? What determines how fast your hair grows? Your parents. How fast your hair grows has already been pre-determined for you, so there is nothing you can do about this. Sorry. But, does this mean that you are doomed to a life of short, unhealthy hair? Thankfully, no. By changing some of your everyday habits, you can see a significant improvement in your hair’s length and health. What are some of these habits?
1. YOUR HAIR’S CONDITION REFLECTS WHAT IS GOING ON INSIDE.
Certain medications, some illnesses (anemia), changes in hormone levels, stress, and even different times of the year can affect the condition of your hair. Some of these cannot be helped, but if you are smoking or overly stressed, this is a good time to fix the situation. Seek help if needed so that your body can operate at its best capacity.
It also acts as a humectant by pulling water out of the air, so the use of honey on the hair and scalp has seen marvelous results in helping the hair to become glowing and healthy.
HUMECTANT- a substance that promotes retention of moisture
Nourishing Hair With Avocado
What exactly does this creamy, green fruit contain to boost hair health? It is an excellent source of vitamin C, which is great for hair follicles, supporting healthy circulation to the scalp and collagen production. It contains vitamins B5 and B6, which may prevent hair loss. Avocados also contain vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects cells and may encourage healthy growth.
Add sliced avocado to salads to help the body absorb the antioxidants from green leafy vegetables. Try creamy avocado spread on a bagel instead of cream cheese or use it in place of mayonnaise to create a hair-healthy tuna salad. The vitamin C in the avocado will help the body absorb the iron from the tuna. I may not eat an avocado every day, but I enjoy a serving several times a week in order to get those nutrients for healthy, beautiful hair.
Avocado and Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Do you want to know how to make hair grow beautifully without eating avocado? Use it in a conditioning hair mask. I like to combine avocado with coconut oil, another great source of vitamin E. The two together help to nourish the scalp and soften hair. My hair always feels stronger after using this treatment.
To make a mask, mash one-half of a ripe avocado. Mix it with three tablespoons of room temperature coconut oil. I also add two drops of rosemary essential oil. Apply to damp hair. Wrap a towel around your head and let the mask do its work for half an hour. Rinse and shampoo as normal. Try this hair treatment once a week and enjoy this delicious fruit for healthy, gorgeous hair. Once again my natural beauties, it’s been REAL!!