Moisturizing Hair Mask

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Moisturize dry and damaged hair with this easy to make at home hair mask recipe!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tsps. olive oil
  • 1 ripe avocado

 

Directions:

  • Mash the avocado using a fork
  • Combine the remaining ingredients with the mashed avocado; mix well
  • Apply to hair from root to tip
  • Let sit for 1 hour
  • Rinse with water
  • Follow up by washing hair as you regularly would

Apple Hair Mask Recipe

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Cure a dry and flaky scalp with this nourishing apple hair mask!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 medium apples
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. corn flour

 

Directions:

  • Peel, core and grate the apples
  • Combine the remaining ingredients to the grated apples; mix well
  • Apply the mixture to dry hair
  • Let sit for 20-30 minutes
  • Rinse with water and follow by washing hair as you regularly would

Almond Oil and Honey Hair Treatment Recipe

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Nourish hair with this delicious almond oil and honey hair treatment that you can make at home!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. almond oil
  • 1 tbsp. wheat germ
  • 1 pinch of salt

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to hair and scalp and gently massage for a few minutes
  • Rinse with water
  • Follow up by washing your hair as you normally would

 

*If hair still feels like there is remaining residue on it after washing, wash again

Hydrating Hair Conditioner

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Treat your hair to a hydrating and deep conditioning treatment that will leave it looking and feeling soft, shiny and healthy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 2 tsp. plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

 

Directions:

  • Mash the banana and avocado together using a fork
  • Add the olive oil to the mashed banana and avocado; mix well
  • Wash hair with shampoo and towel dry
  • Apply mixture to hair
  • Let sit for 20-25 minutes (for even better results wear a shower cap)
  • Rinse with water
  • Follow up by washing hair with shampoo

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

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This hair rinse will leave hair looking super shiny and healthy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 sprigs chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups warm water

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients (except the water); mix well
  • Store the mixture in a cool and dry place (not the fridge) for a week
  • Dilute a third of the mixture with the water; mix well
  • After shampooing hair, apply the mixture
  • Let sit for a few minutes
  • Rinse with water

Honey Avocado Invigorating and Revitalizing Hair Treatment Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium ripe avocado (the riper the better)
  • 2 tbsp. honey

 

Directions:

  • Mash avocado using a fork
  • Add honey to mashed avocado and mix together
  • Massage onto hair
  • Leave on hair for 20-30 minutes (you may want to wrap a clear cap overtop of it to lock in heat and to prevent any drips)
  • Rinse mix from hair and wash hair as you would normally

Sun, Sea & Sand…..Beach Beauty Essentials & Tips for Hair

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It’s not news that the sun and salt water of the ocean causes damage to hair and skin….yet we still love it so much!  I refuse to give up my trip to the beach each summer in the name of keeping my locks from drying out (and I am sure a lot of you out there feel the same way!) so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite beach beauty products as well as beach beauty tips that I follow and have found.

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Yes, the beach is the absolute perfect place to get sexy tousled beach wavy hair but it’s also the place that can leave hair ending up super dry and knotty (especially for those that swim!).

I’ve learned the hard way (unfortunately on more than one occasion) that the way you wear your hair when swimming in the waves makes all the difference between coming out of the ocean with manageable locks and coming out of the ocean with knotty disastrous locks.

I’m a big fan of the lazy messy bun on top of the head look but have found that this is absolutely NOT a winner for swimming in the ocean.  This has personally caused me the biggest and knottiest mess out of all the ways I’ve ever warn my hair while swimming.  The beating of the waves and the drying salt water just wreak havoc on my hair when I wear it like this and I always end up with a big knotty mess (and that’s after fighting to get my hair tie out).  I will never wear my hair like this to swim ever again….ever.

There’s always the option of wearing your hair down too.   This one isn’t my favorite but it is certainly doable.  The only downside for this one for me is that I find you can still end up with knotty/tangled hair if you have longer hair (especially nearer to the bottom of my hair).  I can usually remedy this problem though by applying detangling conditioner to my hair after getting out of the ocean.

My favorite way to wear my hair when swimming and the one that causes the least disastrous results is the braid.  I’ve worn my hair in one big braid down my back or in two side braids (the more childish/cute look of the two) and have always been able to swim without exiting the ocean with a big rat’s nest coming out of my head.

Recipe for Fool Proof Ocean Braid/Braids

  • Prior to hitting the beach, brush your hair
  • Apply a generous coating of conditioner or leave in conditioner to your hair (wet or dry) (my favorite is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner)
  • Braid your hair as desired and hit the beach and swim
  • Upon exiting the ocean, gently squeeze excess water from your braid/braids
  • Remove the hair tie(s) and gently separate hair from the your braid(s)
  • Apply more conditioner or leave in conditioner and gently finger comb through your hair which should be tangle and knot free!

*I normally tote a little spray bottle of either leave in conditioner or a little bottle with some Aussie conditioner in it that I use for my hair after swimming in my beach bag.  I swear by the Aussie conditioner for after swimming because if there is any bit of tangle in my hair it instantly banishes it.  I also always shower after a day on the beach so between swimming and sitting on the beach and actually making my way to the shower it gives the conditioner plenty of time to soak into my hair leaving it super soft and smooth when I wash it out in the shower.

*If you don’t plan on showering right after the beach, apply less conditioner so your hair doesn’t look dull and overly weighed down when it dries.  I apply a lot but that’s because I wash it out before going out.

Here are some more tips for caring for your hair after spending a day (or two, or three or four, or more) at the beach:

  • Apply olive oil to the tips of hair (which gets the driest) and sleep in it – wash it out the next morning (or the next time you take a dip in the ocean) and you’ll have lusciously soft locks (this also helps to prevent split ends)
  • Apply a mashed avocado for a nourishing hair treatment, leave on for 15-20 minutes, rinse
  • Always wash hair (with shampoo, not just a rinse) after swimming in the ocean before you go to bed (the longer you leave the salt water on your hair the more it dries it out)
  • Whipped Shea butter acts as a natural sunscreen for hair….apply it to the ends or all over while sitting on the beach
  • NEVER blow dry hair after swimming (this just adds to the damage and causes it to dry out even more)
  • Hot Oil treatments are a great treat for hair after a day at the beach

My Favorite Beach Hair Products

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Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner

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Alterna Bamboo Color Care UV+ Fade-Proof Fluide

 

 

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask

cccI am always all about finding really good products that condition my hair and leave it feeling and looking soft, smooth and healthy.  I was hesitant about purchasing this product only because of the price tag.  $29.00 for a tub of it that is 7 oz.  I figured it would be well worth it if it actually worked and would have been bummed if I spent $29.00 on a product that didn’t work.  So I decided to give it a try anyways.

When I first opened this tub, I was greeted by a very pleasant scent (this is always important for me when it comes to shampoos and conditioners).  The consistency was thick, as are most conditioning hair masks.  I applied it to my hair while I was showering and left it sit on there while I shaved so that it had a decent amount of time to absorb into my hair.

I can normally always tell if a conditioner works well for me when I rinse it out.  If my hair is left feeling smooth and not tangled while rinsing it out, I know I’ve found a winner!  Luckily for me, this product did just that when I rinsed it out!  My hair was left feeling silky smooth while it was still wet and didn’t feel like a tangled up mess.

Combing through my hair after I got out of the shower was also a breeze.  It did an excellent job at detangling my normally tangled hair (it always tangles in the shower)!  Any conditioner or conditioning treatment that  can detangle my hair is a winner in my book!  (And don’t ask me how I manage to tangle it either, it can be silky smooth before I get in the shower and by the time I am done washing it I have a real rat’s nest on my hands.)

I let my hair air dry (as I normally do) without adding other product to it to see the results.  I was quite pleased!  My hair looked and felt soft and silky smooth.  This is definitely a great product for damaged hair.  (Mine is color treated and always encounters the heat from either my straightener or curling iron).

 

Pros:

  • Moisturizing and conditioning
  • Softens hair
  • Leaves hair feeling soft, smooth and healthy
  • Great for damaged/dry hair
  • Smells delicious

Cons:

  • A little on the pricey side

 

Sephora Collection Super Nourishing Lip Balm

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This was another product I brought on a random whim while surfing the Sephora site.  I can’t seem to ever have enough of a product like this because for some reason I lose lip balms/glosses like no other.  Luckily, the most recent one of these that I bought is still in my possession!  (The one before that I didn’t actually lose-I left it in my car only to find it melted later in the afternoon *sigh*).

This lip balm really is nourishing.  Aside from the fact that it’s nourishing, I love that it has no color and just gives a very light clear coating over your lips, accentuating your lips natural color.

It always makes my lips feel pillowy soft and smooth.  I also use it under lip color or gloss from time to time because it helps either one of those apply smoothly and evenly without any feathering.

This is definitely an essential in my bag.

Pros:

  • Nourishing & Conditioning
  • Makes lips super soft and smooth
  • Works well under another lip gloss/color
  • Colorless

Cons:

  • Tip can break off easily (or melts if you leave it in your car in the sun….ughhh)