Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Cleanser


Whether you're a naturalist or transitioning, you've more than likely heard about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). It has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. Its acidity is close to that of natural hair, it’s a good conditioner and cleaning agent.

When I first heard about ACV as a hair cleanser, I thought it sounded pretty weird. But as you all know I've used all sorts of ingredients from my kitchen that has done wonders for my hair, so surely this can only do good. After doing some research, I figured it was worth a try, and I'm so glad I did. This stuff leaves my hair super soft, smooth, and very shiny. Plus my scalp is left feeling really clean and healthy.

Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). An ACV rinse is great for bringing the pH back to where it's supposed to be after shampooing has increased the pH. 

Benefits

  • Removes product build-up without stripping hair of its natural oils
  • Contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that will combat itchy, dry scalp
  • Natural hair loss treatment
  • Home Remedy for head Lice
  • Smooth the hair's cuticle which help to prevent split ends
  • Locks in protein and moisture 

My ACV Cleanser Mix

  • 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • 1 part water

How I Make My ACV Cleanser

  1. Pour 1 part ACV and 1 part water into a water spritz bottle
  2. After shampooing, part your hair into 4 sections. 
  3. Within each section spray the mixture onto hair and scalp. Focussing mainly on your scalp. Make sure you place a towel around your neck so that you don't get too wet.
  4. Then gently massage it into your scalp.
  5. Let the mixture sit for about 3  minutes before rinsing fully with water.
  6. Then condition as usual.

 

Have you tried ACV on your hair? What natural hair cleanser would you recommend?

Source: http://www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.co...

How to Make a Hot Oil Treatment for Hair


If your hair is breaking, shredding or feels really dry, you can show it some love by giving it a hot oil treatment.

What’s great about these treatments, is you can use almost any kind of natural oil — it’s really about what you prefer and what works best for your hair.

I like to make my own oil mixture and I tend to use a combination of coconut, JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil), olive, jojoba, argan and grapeseed oil.  

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Follow these easy steps...

  1. Put your oil(s) in a heat proof plastic bottle/container or glass container.
  2. Heat up the oil by putting your bottle/container in a pot or tub of hot water for 2 minutes. DO NOT heat the oil in the microwave because it will lose the nutrients.
  3. Test the oil on your wrist before using so you don’t burn yourself.
  4. Section your hair into 4-6 sections to make distribution easier and less messy.
  5. Massage the oil into your scalp for 2-4 minutes.
  6. Cover your hair with a plastic cap to retain heat and moisture.
  7. Keep the oil on your hair for at least 30 minutes. Leave in overnight for better results.
  8. Rinse the oil out of your hair and then use your shampoo or cowash to cleanse.

For added moisture

Wet a towel with warm water and wring it out.  Wrap the warm towel around your head for 20-30 minutes. Alternatively I put a damp towel in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds to warm it up.  Don’t worry if the towel cools off, the process is still working.

For dry scalp and dandruff

Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to your mixture.

Results

Your hair should be noticeably softer, stronger and may even have a more prominent sheen.  If you do this regularly you should get far less breakage than you normally do when shampooing and detangling your hair.

 

Enjoy your healthier hair!

 

Have you tried a hot oil treatment before? What oils do you use for your hot oil treatment? Feel free to comment below...

Homemade / Moisturising Spritz For Dry Hair


Dryness and breakage in natural hair can be a nightmare, but I've found a great way to protect your hair from further dryness and to help prevent breakage. All this can be done my simply spritzing your hair daily with a water base moisturising conditioner made from natural ingredients. And it's so easy to make. Moisturising spritz are ideal for those with fine hair (like myself) and they’re a great way to revive twists that has gotten dry over time. 

What is spritzing? 

Spritzing means to spray your hair with a measured sprayer all over to the point of dampness, NOT soaking wet. The best way to add moisture to your hair is to add water or other water-based additives as it helps to prevent problems with dry natural hair. I know what you must be thinking...You want me to spray water onto my hair? You get the heck out of here. But trust me when i say this stuff really works.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 distilled or rose water (fill your spritz bottle with either ingredients)
  • 1/3 aloe vera juice
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp jojoba oil 
  • 1 tsp olive
  • 1 tbsp or more of glycerine
  • 2/3 drops of your favourite essential oil for fragrance (this is optional)

Directions 

Once you've made your mixture, shake well and then lightly spritz your hair every morning and evening or as needed for dryness.

 

TIP: Avoid making huge quantities of your spritz mixture as they have a short shelf life (refrigeration helps to extend the shelf life slightly). Instead get a small sprayer bottle and when you run out, just whip up another batch.

 

How do you keep your hair moisturised?


Source: http://yournaturalhair.com/moisturizing-pr...

Homemade / Lip Scrub/Exfoliator


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Hands up if you're fed up of dry lips...me me me [hands in the air].

As the weather changes, so does my skin and at certain times of year I tend to experience dry, flaky, chapped lips. So I generally moisturise my lips with my favourite moisturiser Simple Intensive Lip Moisturiser. Most of the time it does a great job at making my lips feel smooth and soft, plus it leaves a nice glossy shine. But it's not always the solution to preventing my dry lips. 

Thankfully I've discovered that as well as moisturising my lips, I also need to exfoliate them in order to get rid of the dead skin. Lip scrubs/exfoliators are great for this, as you can make them within seconds and once used, it results in smooth, supple, soft lips :-)

So pukka up ladies and gents.

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INGREDIENTS

1 / A teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Rich in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Replaces moisture and elasticity. Great healing and preserving properties.

2 / Half a teaspoon of Raw Virgin Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is great for hydrating your skin. It conditions, moisturises, softens, heals, gets rid of flaky skin, contains a natural sunscreen and much more.

3 / A teaspoon of Sugar (Brown or Caster) – Exfoliating.

Simple. 

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Tip: Exfoliate before you wear lipstick, especially matte lipstick. We all hate those pesky flaky bits.

 

Give it a go and let me know your thoughts below. 

 

 


Source: http://www.cfyh.co.uk/