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DIY Kitchen Hair Masks

Dry, damaged hair? Gunky curls? What if you could pull together items that you already have in your kitchen for a DIY hair mask treatment for damaged hair? Ingredients that are not only cheap, but proven to be some of the best when it comes to vitamins and minerals  – like eggs, coconut oil, bananas, olive oil, honey, or avocado?

Damaged Curls

Hair styling can be harsh on your fragile tresses and scalp. Heat styling, bleaching, dying, and the overuse of hair products mess with delicate pH levels, strip your hair of natural oils, dry the hair shaft, and can leave hair looking lifeless and brittle.

Moisturizing hair mask treatments fill the beauty market, but they often come at a hefty price. They also tend to bear labels marked with ingredients that you’ve never heard of – ingredients that you hope will help your hair, not add to the problem.

DIY Hair Mask That Work

The following eight DIY hair masks take mere minutes to whip up, so you can smooth on your own homemade treatment, slip on a shower cap, and relax in the knowledge that you’re finally doing the best thing possible for healthy hair!

DIY Hair Mask | One Two Cosmetics1. The Basic Egg

Eggs are the best! Especially their yolks which are chock-full of protein, vitamins, and fats. For oily hair, egg white can help remove excess oil from your hair, whereas egg yolk acts as a moisturizer for dry, brittle hair. Egg whites also have bacteria-eating enzymes that can cleanse your scalp of any invading nasties.

Apply your choice of egg component to clean, damp hair. Pop on a shower cap to avoid egg-drip, and leave on your hair for 20 minutes. Rinse under cool water, and shampoo your hair as usual.

2. Coconut Oil

Is there anything that coconut oil can’t do?! From cooking to makeup removal, coconut oil is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. It also has antibacterial/antifungal properties.

Coconut oil is exceptionally moisturizing and free of all those harsh chemicals that you’ll find in many hair conditioners. 

Perhaps most significantly, coconut oil has been found to be the only oil that can reduce protein loss in hair when used as a pre-poo or post-post-poo product.

So, here’s a basic DIY hair mask for damaged hair that brings the amazing benefits of coconut oil!

Warm ¼ cup of coconut oil so that it’s liquid, and apply it to wet or dry hair. Leave it on for a good hour, or sleep with it in overnight for a truly intense condition – just pop on a shower cap to keep your pillow clean. Rinse the coconut oil out of your hair, and wash it as normal.

3. Honey and Banana

Honey and banana don’t just taste great together, they also form a powerful healthy hair partnership.

DIY Hair Mask | One Two CosmeticsHoney is a natural emollient, or moisturizer, and it seals moisture into your hair. This can help to combat breakage. But, it also has some mighty antibacterial properties. Honey may help to ward off itchy scalp issues caused by bacteria, while also soothing any irritation.2

Banana, on the other hand, can help hair manageability, moisturize the skin, and may even help to control dandruff.3 This is because bananas are filled with natural oils, potassium, and vitamins A,B,C, and E.

Want only the best for your hair? Whip up this homemade duo by taking one ripe banana, and mixing it with a tablespoon of raw honey. Apply the mixture to you your scalp and hair for half an hour, then rinse with warm water. Shampoo as usual.

4. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil forms a thin waxy coating on your hair shaft, making it a perfect moisturizer for dry or frizzy hair. Even though it’s an oil, it’s also able to remove excess sebum that builds up on your scalp and makes hair oily. Massaging jojoba oil regularly into your scalp can assist in good blood circulation and add moisture to the hair and scalp. It may also ease itchy scalp issues.4

Mix jojoba oil with either your shampoo or conditioner. This prevents the shampoo from stripping off the natural oil in your hair. Or you can apply some jojoba oil to the ends of your hair after washing as a homemade leave-in conditioner.

5. Avocado and Mayonnaise

Your favorite sandwich duo just became your best hair conditioner.

We already know how good eggs are for your hair, so mayonnaise (which contains eggs) is a no-brainer. It’s also a little easier to use. Mayonnaise also has the added benefit of added oil, which, when combined with egg, adds an extra dose of rich moisture. Avocado is bursting with healthy, nutritious, monounsaturated fats that can help make your hair feel softer and look smoother.

Mash half an avocado and mix it well with two tablespoons of mayonnaise (or you can use an egg yolk or two). Apply to damp hair, making sure to saturate the ends, and allow the mayo mix to soak in for 20 minutes. Rinse, and wash your hair as usual.

6. Yogurt, Honey, and Olive Oil

DIY Hair Mask | One Two CosmeticsYou just read about the benefits of honey with banana, but another great combo is honey with yogurt and olive oil.

Olive oil is a great moisturizer. It’s rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and E. Olive oil can help protect the keratin in your hair, and it seals in moisture, making your hair stronger and shinier. A little olive oil is also a great quick-fix for dry, split ends after you’ve styled your hair.

Yogurt is high in protein which makes it a serious DIY hair mask contender. 

It’s particularly great for dry and damaged hair as it can smooth those frizzy ends, not to mention the milk fat. Some people also believe that it soothes their itchy scalp.5 This may be due to all those good little probiotics, as studies are showing that topical probiotics may also be able to help dry, itchy skin from the outside.6

Mix one teaspoon of olive oil with ¼ cup of yogurt and one tablespoon of honey, and apply the mixture to damp hair. Leave in for around 20 minutes, then wash your hair as usual.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar and Argan Oil

Apple cider vinegar and argan oil work beautifully in tandem for both cleansing and moisturizing the hair, sans all those chemical additives in normal shampoo and conditioner. Apple cider vinegar removes product buildup that can make your hair look dull and lifeless. It also has a pH level that is very close to human hair. Some hair products can upset this delicate balance, resulting in dry hair and scalp irritation. Argan oil steps in to deeply nourish your hair.

Mix two tablespoons of argan oil with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and work the combo through your hair from roots to tips. Let it sit for around 15 minutes, and then wash and style your hair as usual.

8. Beer and Egg

Settle back for happy hour: just you, your hair, and a bottle of beer! Fermented products, like beer, are high in yeast. Brewers yeast contains large amounts of B vitamins – thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and B6.7

Together these B’s help to produce cellular energy and help the body’s cells to divide (including hair cells).8

Brewers yeast is also a rich source of biotin which may assist in the long-term health of hair and nails.9,10 Brewers yeast also contains many essential minerals, like zinc, selenium, and copper. Combine this with the nourishing benefits of a nice fatty egg, and you have a super luxurious, inexpensive, homemade, natural DIY hair mask.

Mix ½ cup of flat beer (leave it out for a while before you use it) with a raw egg. You can also add a teaspoon of oil. Apply to clean, damp hair, pop on a shower cap, and sit for 15 minutes (time to drink some beer). Then, wash as usual.

*If you prefer not to use actual beer, you can easily buy pure brewer’s yeast online. Mix 5 tbsp of brewer’s yeast with ½ tbsp of olive oil to form a paste. Add a splash of water to make it more manageable. Apply to dry hair, then wrap hair in plastic wrap and leave for one hour before washing hair as normal.

Time For Pampering?

If healthy hair is what you seek, remember that olive oil is not just for salads, and frothy ales are not just for toasting friends! And, with the money you’ll save on expensive hair treatments, you can take those gorgeous tresses out on the town for a nice meal instead.


Sources
1.http://www.beauty-review.nl/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Effect-of-mineral-oil-sunflower-oil-and-coconut-oil-on-prevention-of-hair-damage.pdf
2.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/
3.http://www.phytojournal.com/vol1Issue3/Issue_sept_2012/9.1.pdf
4.https://www.healthline.com/health/jojoba-oil-for-hair#research
5.https://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/g19944968/greek-yogurt-beauty-tips/
6.https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Effect-of-a-lotion-containing-the-heat-treated-NCC-Blanchet-R%C3%A9thor%C3%A9-Bourd%C3%A8s/12ad67cd0134300ded0de81566fcdf5b8aac68bc
7.http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/custom/1323569/2
8.https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2922005
9.https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320222.php
10.https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Biotin-HealthProfessional/

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Natural Hair Barbies ❤️

WHO KNEW? I sure didn’t! What better way to teach Self-Love early on!

Christmas is over but there doesn’t have to be a holiday to teach, celebrate and share who you are and/or diversity! I found a few on Amazon and became so excited, I had to share!

Barbie Fashionistas Doll 33 Fab Fringe – Tall https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014AHMIIU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_0ZQlCbV3FDZT0

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Barbie Fashionistas 59 Pink Halter Floral Skirt Doll https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4D27IN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Z1QlCb7PGMN91

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Naomi Campbell Shares Rare Photo of Natural Hair in Cornrows – Allure

776FDC07-9AF6-4EA3-90D6-9FF7A9445FAFNaomi Campbell has ditched her usual straight hair once again. The super model shared a photo of herself in a new light on Instagram with a selfie that shows off cornrows that she got done in Kenya.
— Read on www.allure.com/story/naomi-campbell-natural-hair-cornrows

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#2019 Self-Care

A New Year begins in one day.  Some say not a lot can change in a day, I personally KNOW what a difference a day makes. Either way, small changes we commit to daily throughout the year will make great differences in the long run. We often start the New Year with great vigor, written resolution, a “I can I will” mindset, perhaps a prayer; but ultimately it will take energy, commitment and action to bring the things we are sincere about accomplishing to fruition.

For me it’s tough, but before adding anything new, I like to first look at the goals I didn’t achieve the prior year (if any) square in the eye. If these goals are still important/relevant to me, I resolve to press on with them into the New Year. Last year fitness was a huge goal for me. It didn’t happen. The reasons or excuses are meaningless now as I move into 2019 but the goal is still very important to me.

I feel foremost, the most significant obligation we owe our maker, ourselves and our families is self-care physically, mentally and spiritually. Our temple. The condition of our health not only affects the flow of our lives, but those who love us. Nothing is more important than self-care. Anything we set out to conquer is at risk if we aren’t healthy and whole.

Before I set goals for my career, job, travel, milestone events or anything else, I write down everything I want to focus on from day one & throughout the year to keep myself healthy. For example:

  • Keep God first.
  • Get more sleep.
  • Eat Better.
  • Exercise. “An idle mind and body is the devils workshop,” as my grandmother used to say. It doesn’t have to be rigorous workouts at the gym, but move! A few years ago, I joined Girltrek, a national organization of women who walk relentlessly in their communities. The local group in my city of Detroit are loving, supportive and fierce! These women have not only helped me physically but the camaraderie of walking with other women who have similar goals is uplifting!
  • Get regular checkups, mammograms & prostate exams. Pay attention and listen to your body. It could save your life.
  • If there is anything mentally overwhelming you, seek professional help or speak with a clergy.  Remember troubles don’t last always.

It is my experience, that all of the above set the tone for the New Year Outlook. Every goal, resolution and dream is set on a foundation of good physical, spiritual & mental Health.

Visit girltrek.org for more information on Girl Trek in your community.

Heres to Self-Care in 2019 & Beyond!  

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Recovery:Natural,Natural Hair Treatments Part 1// Egg protein treatment.

Recovery:Natural,Natural Hair Treatments Part 1// Egg protein treatment.

https://patkiwara.wordpress.com/2018/12/16/recoverynaturalnatural-hair-treatments-part-1-egg-protein-treatment/
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Hair Food for Thought

3CFEB11A-4AC1-44D8-AEAB-41EAB641BE3AMany of us want strong and healthy hair, especially as we age.

Healthy hair naturally grows about 0.5 inches (1.25 cm) per month, and 6 inches (15 cm) per year. How fast hair grows depends on factors like age, health, genetics and diet.

Although you can’t change factors like age and genetics, diet is one thing you have control over. Consuming a diet lacking the proper nutrients can lead to hair loss.

On the other hand, eating a balanced diet with the right nutrients can help promote hair growth, especially if you’re experiencing hair loss due to poor nutrition.

Here are some of the best foods you can eat to promote hair growth:

1. EGGS

Eggs are a great source of protein and biotin, two nutrients that may promote hair growth.

Eating adequate protein is important for hair growth because hair follicles are made of mostly protein. A lack of protein in the diet has been shown to promote hair loss.

Biotin is essential for the production of a hair protein called keratin, which is why biotin supplements are often marketed for hair growth. Research has also shown that consuming more biotin can help improve hair growth in people with a biotin deficiency.

However, biotin deficiencies are uncommon if you consume a balanced diet. There is little evidence to show healthy people benefit from consuming more biotin.

Eggs are also a great source of zinc, selenium and other hair-healthy nutrients. This makes them one of the best foods to consume for optimal hair th beneficial compounds and vitamins that may promote hair growth.

This includes vitamin C, which has strong antioxidant properties.

Antioxidants can help protect hair follicles against damage from harmful molecules called free radicals. These molecules exist naturally in the body and the environment

2. BERRIES

For example, 1 cup (144 grams) of strawberries provides an impressive 141% of your daily vitamin C needs.

Also, the body uses vitamin C to produce collagen, a protein that helps strengthen hair to prevent it from becoming brittle and breaking.

What’s more, vitamin C helps the body absorb iron from the diet. Low iron levels may cause anemia, which has been linked to hair loss.

4. SPINACH

Spinach is a healthy green vegetable that’s loaded with beneficial nutrients like folate, iron, and vitamins A and C, all of which may promote hair growth.

Vitamin A helps the skin glands produce sebum. This oily substance helps moisturize the scalp to keep hair healthy,

A cup (30 grams) of spinach provides up to 54% of your daily vitamin A needs.

Spinach is also a great plant-based source of iron, essential for hair growth. Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body to fuel your metabolism and aid growth and repair.

Plus iron deficiencies have been linked to hair loss.

5. FATTY FISH

Fatty fish like salmon herring and mackerel have nutrients that may promote hair growth.

They are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to hair growth.

A study in 120 women found that taking a supplement containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as antioxidants reduced hair loss and increased hair density.

Another study found that taking a fish oil supplement significantly reduced hair loss and increased hair growth in women with thinning hair.

However, there are only a handful of studies on omega-3 fatty acids and hair growth. More studies are needed before health experts can make any recommendations.

Fatty fish is also a great source of protein, selenium, vitamin D3 and B vitamins, nutrients that may help promote strong and healthy hair.

6. SHELLFISH

Shrimp are popular shellfish rich in many nutrients that have the potential to promote hair growth.

For example, shrimp are a great source of protein, B vitamins, zinc, iron and vitamin D. A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving of shrimp provides 38% of your daily vitamin D needs.

Interestingly, studies have linked vitamin D3 deficiency to hair loss

Despite being very low in fat, shrimp also provide a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to improved hair growth.

Supplements are always an option, although the best resource of vitamins is food itself.  When buying vitamins a few things to look for and consider include:

  • Avoid formulas that contain both calcium and iron.
  • Look for activated forms of nutrients.
  • Avoid synthetic folic acid.
  • Choose multis with a vitamin E complex.
  • Beware of additives and fillers.
Here’s to A New Year, Healthier You and Beautiful Hair from the inside out!
Some of this Information was derived from Health Line.
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7 best natural antibiotics: Uses, evidence, and effectiveness

Are natural antibiotics safe? Do they work? Read about the best and worst natural antibiotics. We also discuss when to use prescription antibiotics.
— Read on www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321108.php

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4 of the Biggest Natural Personal Care Ingredient Trends for 2019 – Coast Southwest

As the natural claims personal care market segment grows, expect these 4 ingredients to dominate new product formulations and reign supreme for consumers.
— Read on www.coastsouthwest.com/4-biggest-natural-ingredient-trends-2019/