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...

DIY / Protein Treatment


What Is A Protein Treatment?

Protein treatments penetrate deep into the hair shaft. Use of protein treatments stop hair breakage, rebuild hair structure and makes your hair shine and grow. Healthy hair is achieved with the use of protein treatments. However do not use protein treatments like you do hair conditioners at every hair wash. Because protein treatments penetrate the hair shaft too much can cause breakage.

DIY Protein Treatment

At the moment my hair is in a pretty good state (according to my hairdresser), but i'm always on the look out for different homemade treatments that will help to strengthen my hair, promote growth and prevent breakage. You can only imagine my face when i came across this easy, homemade protein treatment. I got straight into it and now i'm here sharing it with you guys, so enjoy and let me know how you get on.

 

Ingredients

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  • Coconut Milk (1 tin)

BENEFITS: It contains vitamin C, E, B and fats which can prove effective in moisturizing hair. A great source of oils and protein.  Fresh coconut milk can nourish hair and promote hair growth. It’s said to be useful for controlling excessive hair loss too.

  • 1 Egg

BENEFITS: A great source of protein and nutrients. Due to the high protein content, eggs can be used to strengthen hair follicles. Equally, the nutrients in it add volume, shine and texture.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1 tablespoon)

BENEFITS: Rich in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Replaces moisture and elasticity. Great healing and preserving properties, helping to restore and retain hair’s health.

  • Argan Oil (1 tablespoon)

BENEFITS: Argan Oil is rich in vitamin E, contains omega 3 and omega 9 fatty acids which provide nutrition for your hair. Other properties of Argan Oil that help to;

Hydrate your hair, adds shine to your hair, penetrate the hair shaft – it absorbs straight away, repair damaged hair follicles and restore moisture to your hair.

  •  Coconut Oil (1 tablespoon)

BENEFITS: Coconut oil is completely absorbed by the hair, prevents protein loss and boosts shine,  antibacterial properties protect the scalp against infections resulting in itching, dandruff and weak dry hair.

  • Hibiscus Tea (powder)

BENEFITS: Conditions, stimulates growth and prevents hair loss. Add 1 teaspoon of the powder to a cup of boiling water, mix and then add 2 tablespoons of the tea to your mix.

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients above in a container/bowl of your choice

  2. Mix it together with a whisk or a fork

  3. Once all mixed up, section your hair into four and apply mixture. This can get pretty messy as its runny, so i would advise that you wear a towel around your neck and lay one across the floor. Alternatively you could apply the mixture whilst in the shower/bath.

  4. Apply the mixture to each section from root to tip

  5. Cover your hair in cling film and then wrap a towel around your head.

  6. Leave the treatment in for 40mins and then rinse it out with lukewarm water (do not use hot water as the egg may set in your hair).

  7. Once you’re done, you must follow up with a deep conditioner to restore moisture. Protein treatments can make your hair feel hard/stiff.

TIP: If you have any left, freeze and reuse within 4 weeks. 

 Ingredients mixed

Ingredients mixed

 Mixture applied to hair

Mixture applied to hair

 Hair wrapped in cling film and towel

Hair wrapped in cling film and towel

Results

My hair has never felt or looked so good in such a long time. For the past few months, my hair has been looking pretty dull, so i'm really happy that i have my shine back. Yay! Plus my curls are so much more defined and my hair feels and looks healthy.

I choose to air dry my hair, as i'm trying to reduce the amount of heat that i use. And i was pretty impressed with the results as i could see my natural curl pattern, which isn't always achieved when you use a blow dryer.

I plan to do this treatment once a month and see how i get on. 

 Defined curls from root to tip

Defined curls from root to tip

 Better twist out

Better twist out

 Shiny hair

Shiny hair

TIP: You can thicken your treatment and add more protein by adding in some mayonnaise and/or avocado (riper the better) in your mixture.

 

What’s your protein treatment regimen, and how does it benefit your hair?

Source: http://www.cfyh.co.uk/2013/07/25/d-i-y-coc...

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...