Tips and Recipes for Awesome Hair

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Hair is an important part of a person’s identity and look. The state of your hair can also say a lot about how you feel.

Hair, like skin, does require special care. It is important to keep it clean, well conditioned, and protected from the elements. A clean, healthy scalp will lead to healthy hair.

Cleansing products like shampoo are intended to clean the scalp. Really focus on your scalp when washing your hair. Traditional shampoos are full of soap and make lots of lather, but there’s a new trend to use natural oils to condition and cleanse the scalp and hair, these tend to foam less. Be sure to avoid greasy roots and dandruff.

Conditioners and hair masks are great for restoring lost moisture, which is important if you dye your hair or use heated styling tools. Using a deep conditioning honey hair mask once a week will rehydrate your hair and keep it flexible.

Hair rinses are easy to use in your hair care regime. Many hairdressers recommend using a baking soda rinse monthly to get hair super clean and avoid buildup of styling products.  Styling products are easy to make and fun to use. You can create your own scented fhair oils and gels and even hair sprays that are just as effective as commercial products.

TIPS FOR AWESOME HAIR:

  • Keep hair trimmed about every 6-8 weeks.
  • Treat yourself to a weekly deep conditioning hair treatment
  • Wear a swimming cap and rinse after swimming
  • Massage scalp to boost circulation and hair growth
  • Use baking soda rinse monthly to rid hair of buildup
  • Keep brushes, combs, etc. clean
  • Avoid high heat settings on hair equipment
  • Wear a at to protect hair from elements
  • For soft natural curls, sleep in braids or pin curls at night
  • Change ponytail position often to avoid breakage

Basic Shampoo Recipe:   1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup liquid soap 1/2 tsp. light vegetable oil or leave out if you have oily hair.   Gently stir all ingredients together. Pour shampoo mixture into a container.    Yield: 8 oz.  Shampoo as you normally would.

Honey Hair Pack:  1/2 cup honey or molasses.  1 Tablespoon olive oil.   Stir honey and oil together until well mixed. Apple mixture to your head (with your hair dry) and massage into hair and scalp. Put on shower cap and leave treatment on for 20-30 minutes and then wash and condition as usual.  Yield: 4 1/2 oz.

Lightening Hair Rinse:  4 cups water, 1/2 cup chopped rhubarb, 5 chamomile tea bags or 2 Tablespoons of dried chamomile leaves and flowers. 1 tsp. borax.   Bring water, rhubarb and tea to a boil. Then remove and let steep for 30 minutes. Once mixture is cool, strain and add borax. Store remaining rinse in fridge. Will keep up to 4 weeks. To use, massage one cup of hair rinse into clean, damp hair after shampooing, do not rinse out. For an extra boost, after applying the rinse go out in the sun and let hair dry naturally.  Yield: 4 treatments.  Primarily for blond or light brown hair.

Refreshing Mint Hair Rinse:  This will help dull, limp locks. The mint tea and vinegar will get scalp really clean and leave hair fresh and shiny. Mint is naturally energizing and will give your scalp a fresh feeling and the vinegar will rid hair of any residue.   1/2 cup boiling water   2 mint tea bags   2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar.  Pour boiling water over the tea bag and let it steep until cool.  Remove tea bag and press out any extract of tea. Add vinegar.  To use, shampoo and condition hair as usual, apple mixture to hair. Massage into scalp and work through hair, dry hair as you normally would without rinsing this out. Yield: 4 oz.

Clay Hair Mask:  1/4 cup clay powder, 2 T mineral water 1/2 tsp. cider vinegar.  French green clay is the best for extracting toxins and oils from the scalp. If your scalp is dry do not use this treatment.  Stir all ingredients together until it forms a smooth paste. To use, apply mixture to clean, damp hair and massage into scalp and hair. Put on shower cap or wrap head in plastic wrap and leave on hair for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Your may need to rinse your hair several minutes to remove all the clay. Yield: 2 oz.

911 Hair Rescue Mask:  This will repair dry, damaged hair.  1/2 cup plain yogurt, 2 T olive oil, 4 drops essential oil of peppermint, 2 drops of essential oil of rosemary or 1 sprig of fresh rosemary.  Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. First shampoo hair and apply this mixture and massage into hair and scalp. Put on a wrap around hair for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and style as usual.  Yield: 5 oz.

Pre-Shampoo Hair Conditioner:  This will keep hair nourished and tamed. Best to use this before shampooing hair.  Apply to dry hair.   1 Tablespoon lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon honey, 1 tsp. almond oil, 1 tsp. avocado oil, 1 tsp. olive oil, and 1 egg yolk. Stir all ingredients together until well mixed. Apply mixture to head (dry). Put on a wrap in hair for 15 minutes. Then shampoo hair as usual and rinse well.  Yield: 2 oz.

Dandruff Treatment:  2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons distilled water, 2 Tablespoons olive oil.  Stir all ingredients together. Apply mixture to damp hair and massage into scalp. Leave on for 20 minutes.  Shampoo and condition as usual.  Yield: 3 oz.

Avocado Hair Conditioner: this is to be used on super dry or damaged hair.   1 ripe, mashed avocado, 2 Tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt, Juice of 1/2 lemon.  Stir together until it is a smooth paste. Apply mixture to dry hair and massage into hair and scalp. Wrap hair in warm towel for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and shampoo as usual.  Yield: 2 oz.

Banana Hair Conditioner:  Very ripe bananas work best for this.  1/2 ripe banana, 1/4 cup warm water, 2 Tablespoons honey, and 1 teaspoon coconut oil.  Mash banana, add rest of ingredients and blend until smooth. First shampoo hair, apply mixture and massage into hair and scalp. Wrap and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly. Yield: 4 oz.

Hot Oil Treatment:  This is the ultimate for very dry, damaged hair.  1/4 cup almond oil, 1 Tablespoon honey or dark molasses.  Put oil and honey in microwave safe contaier and and microwave on high about 30 seconds. To use, apple mixture to dry hair and massage well into hair and scalp. Wrap hair in warm towel for 30 mintues. Rinse thoroughly and shampoo as usual.  Yield: 2 1/2 oz.

Pool Hair Care:  1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons baking soda, 1 tsp. of baby shampoo or castile soap. Stir all ingredients together. To use, wet hair, apply mixture. Massage well throughout hair and scalp. Cover hair and leave on for 30 minutes, rinse hair and shampoo and condition as usual.  Yield: 2 oz.

Voluptuous Volume Spray:  3/4 cup water, 3 Tablespoons white vinegar, 2 Tablespoons honey.  Pour all ingredients into spray bottle and shake to thoroughly combine. To use, spray onto damp hair and work it through from root to ends. Don’t rinse out. Just style hair as usual.  Yield: 8 1/2 oz.

Styling Gel:  1 cup water, 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin, 2 drops of essential oil of your choice.  Heat water but don’t bring to a boil. Stir in gelatin and essential oil. Pour mixture into clean container with lid and let it set up before using it. Stored in fridge, the gel will keep for 4 weeks. If you use it every day,  you can store it in a cool, dry, dark place like the bathroom cabinet.   To use, apply gel as you would any styling gel. Yield: 8 oz.

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  1. beautifullynappy
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 21:45:47

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