Ever want to eat your hair conditioner? You just might if you try these green homemade hair conditioner options. These concoctions are all better for the environment than many commercial products and also easy to make with a tasty scent.
Blend mayonnaise and avocado. Take 3 spoonfuls each of mayonnaise and mashed avocado. Mix it together well. Apply this paste to hair after shampooing and rinsing. Be sure to thoroughly cover all of the hair. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly. This is a deep conditioning treatment that helps with shine, manageability, and breakage. It's also green because these foods are naturally biodegradable.
Make an oatmeal bath for your hair. This may seem odd, but don't worry. The actual oats are not going into your hair. Take an infant sock (or the toe portion of an adult sock) and fill it halfway with whole oats. Old-fashioned oats work better than instant. Tie the sock in a knot Place the knotted sock in ½ cup water and let it soak for a few minutes. Squeeze out the mixture into the water. Soak again and repeat a few more times. The water should be filmy and thick. Rinse the hair with that solution after shampooing to increase moisture and shine. The oatmeal is naturally green. But to be even more eco-conscious, rinse out and reuse the sock next time.
Homemade hair conditioner custard soothes and moisturizes. Take a small container of yogurt and blend it with a couple items to make a green conditioner for your hair that you'll actually want to eat. But this custard is not going on your dessert plate. For extra conditioning, add a tablespoon of almond oil to the yogurt and blend evenly. Apply to hair in a paste, let it sit for 15 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
Mix up a green homemade hair smoothie. Who doesn't enjoy a smoothie? This one's for your hair. Although, it might taste good as well. Add one cup of milk, one banana, and one tablespoon of almond oil to a blender. Blend until you have a thick paste. Smooth onto hair after shampooing and let it sit 15 minutes. Then, rinse. Repeat for extra conditioning.
Make a banana almond whip. This is similar to the above concoction. However, this offers even deeper conditioning and thicker consistency. Blend 2 pints of heavy whipping cream, 3 tablespoons of almond oil, one banana, and one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract in a blender. Prepare to the thickness of a whipped topping for pies and other baked goods. Like the above conditioner recipes, apply this mixture to the hair evenly and let it set for 15 minutes. Then, rinse the hair thoroughly.
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If you're a green-conscious mom like me, you may be concerned with what your teen is using to care for her hair. If not for the green factor, you may instead be concerned about her health. Hair styling can do some serious damage to the hair, especially if the styling products aren't natural. They can also wreak havoc on the environment, including animals. One way to ensure your teen is caring for herself as well as the environment is to teach her natural hair styling tips. These tips can be useful for both boys and girls.
Be mindful of your teen's habits. It's possible to respect your teen's current habits while also informing them of ways to naturally care for their hair. Instead of trying to make them change their entire routine, provide natural hair product alternatives to replace what they usually use. For instance, if your teen likes to use hairspray, find a natural product that has the same effect. If your teen son likes to solidify his style with gel, there are plenty of natural alternatives that work just as well or better. You may even be able to make one yourself.
Talk about chemicals vs. natural items for healthy hair. Teens may be using their products simply because they like what they do. They may not realize the harm the chemicals in them may be doing to the earth, as well as their hair. Many chemicals can give off the appearance that they are improving the look of the hair, when in reality, they are causing damage. Give your teen valid examples of natural hair care that increases strength, shine, and growth. Also, teach him to be aware that packaging as just as important as what's inside. If a product claims to be earth friendly, yet the packaging is not recycled or recyclable, the product is not completely green.
Never order, only instruct. While telling your teen about natural hair care, it's important that you do not force a choice one way or another. Teens can be sensitive about being given direct orders because they are at that stage where they're almost adults. Teens also like to rebel. Don't give them a reason to, especially when it's an area like this that could affect their health. Instead of making your teen feel like things need to go your way, simply let the hair care facts speak for themselves. Information with reliable proof is more attractive than an empty order. I've always taught my kids that natural products are best. But at the same time, I give those of age the responsibility of deciding for themselves which hair styling products to use.
Give her natural ingredients to experiment with. Supply your teen with recipes, as well as prepackaged natural products to experiment with. You may even want to teach her how to grow her own ingredients or find them at a local market. Be sure your teen has access to plenty of options. This way, if one natural hair care method fails, he can easily try another. Teens like to experiment and try new things. So this gives them an opportunity to do so while also being more responsible when it comes to caring for the planet.
Use the natural products yourself. Teach by example. If you expect your teen to believe in natural hair care, you should practice what your preach. Let your teen see you using the products. If they are keeping your hair beautiful and healthy, your teen is more likely to want to use the same thing. You may not think she cares what you are doing. But even though she may not be vocal with it, she is very likely at least observing from the sidelines.
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Go green in a whole new way, and consider trading commercial hair-care products for natural, eco-friendly alternatives. I've always been into doing things the natural way and have experimented with many natural hair-care solutions over the years. I'm also very frugal, probably what some would refer to as cheap. With more and more people deciding to go green, I decided to share some of my personal tips on how women can go green with natural hair care that is also eco-friendly.
Go Green With Eco-Friendly Highlights
To highlight your hair the natural way, try a mixture of 1/3 lemon juice, 1/3 vinegar, and 1/3 water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the hair and sit in the sun for a few minutes. Rinse the hair and let it air dry naturally. The highlights should look natural. This is a great eco-friendly alternative to chemical-ridden hair dyes. Any of the mixture not used on hair can be used as an all-purpose household cleaner for counters, linoleum floors, bathroom fixtures, kitchen appliances, and more. There are many benefits in using this eco-friendly hair care product to go green.
Natural Shiny Hair Care
To go green with hair and still get shine, women can try mixing 1 egg, 1 tsp tea tree oil, and 1 tsp honey together. Use this mixture to wash the hair. Let the hair dry with natural air. The result will be super-shiny hair. If there is any of this natural eco-friendly mixture left over, use it as a facial cleanser. It will remove buildup, while adding moisture. In both cases, rinse with lukewarm water.
Hold Your Hair With Eco-Friendly Hair Spray or Gel
If you have picky hair that does not like to stay in place, try this all natural and eco-friendly method. This is an alternative to hairspray or hair gel. Mix 1 tsp honey with 2 tsp tea tree oil. Apply to the hair with fingertips in the area in need of hold. This eco-friendly hairspray alternative should not only hold the hair in place, but gives it shine and can help repel insects, such as mosquitoes.
Green Curl Care for Women
Curly hair can be tough to manage, but with the right natural products, your curls can be defined, conditioned, shiny, and manageable in no time. For all of that, as well as strength and split-end protection, add a quarter-sized amount of tee tree oil to your palm. Rub the palms together and rub the tea tree oil through your curly hair. This is a simple way to wear your curls natural, rather than damage them with straightening devices and products. The eco-friendly tea tree oil keeps the hair under control all day. The tea-tree oil also acts as a natural insect and mosquito repellent, while most over-the-counter hair care products contain scented ingredients that attract insects.
Manage Frizzies and Flyaways the Green Way
If you have frizzies or flyaways, don't reach for alcohol-filled gels and sprays that add to the problem in the long run. Instead, reach for the tea tree oil. I have tried this method on many different hair types and it has worked on hair that is straight, curly, short, long, wavy, and pretty much everything in-between. For this eco-friendly and natural alternative to hair care products for women, first wash and condition the hair. While the hair is still wet, fill the palm of your hand with tea tree oil. Run the palms together and then finger-comb and rub the tea tree oil through the hair. Let the hair dry naturally. This will leave the hair soft and untangled throughout the day. It also gives shine and control.
*Note that these natural, eco-friendly hair care tips all are straight from personal experience and may not have the same results for everyone. Try at your own risk.
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Simple Shampoo Recipes
You can be green and healthy with natural homemade shampoo. It's actually quite simple to use everyday ingredients to cleanse your hair and enhance its natural beauty. As a green conscious person and a member of a largely diverse family, I've experimented with many hair care options. If your hair is looking dull, dry, or has become unmanageable, these simple and naturally green solutions could be your answer. All of these natural shampoo recipes are environmentally friendly and work on all hair types.
Baking Soda and Vinegar Shampoo and Rinse
If your hair has buildup or you just need an extra freshening shampoo, try washing with baking soda and rinsing with vinegar prior to the water rinse. Simply mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a tablespoon of water. You'll have a paste-like substance. Rub that into wet hair and scalp. Note that it will not be like a regular shampoo and will not produce any suds. This is normal. The suds in other shampoos are actually caused by the chemical composition and aren't a necessary component for this natural hair cleansing solution.
Once you've rubbed in the baking soda paste, it's time to rinse with a vinegar and water solution. Put half water and half vinegar into a cup or recycled container. Pour that through the hair to rinse out the baking soda. Rinse once more with lukewarm water. This will strip out all the build-up and also increase softness and manageability without adding harmful chemicals or weighing down the hair.
Mayonnaise and Avocado Natural Shampoo with Conditioner
Like the baking soda shampoo above, this natural shampoo is not going to suds up like commercial shampoos. But again, this does not take away from the efficacy. Blend together an avocado and ½ cup of mayonnaise. It will be easier if you use a blender. But you can also smash the avocado and stir the ingredients together. Apply the past substance to wet hair. Allow this natural conditioning shampoo to sit in the hair for a few minutes. Be sure you have covered all of your hair from root to tip. Rinse with water. This will have a cleansing and conditioning effect on the hair. Avocado and mayonnaise are both great for shine, manageability, and for providing essential nutrients your hair may be lacking.
Homemade Egg White Shampoo
This is a very simple homemade shampoo. Simply crack an egg and drain out only the whites. Save the yolks for another purpose, so as not to be wasteful. When the hair is wet, apply the egg white to it. It may lather some, like traditional shampoo, but not quite as much. If your hair is longer you may need two or three egg whites for the best results. This homemade shampoo will add shine and nutrients to your hair. It also works great on many pets. Ask your vet first, of course.
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The teenage years are about the time when kids really start to get into the beauty side of things. This is when they become more conscious about how they look on the outside. It's also an age where they are very vulnerable about how others perceive them. Because of this, it's important to teach them to appreciate their beauty without cosmetics.
Cosmetics can give the impression that teens are not beautiful without them. While sometimes unintentional, teenagers can get the vibe that they are only beautiful when they wear makeup. Cosmetics should be seen as something fun and not a necessity. It also should be made clear that the makeup is not the only way to appear beautiful. I opt not to wear any makeup at all. However, because not everyone will feel the same, it's important to teach kids to wear makeup the correct way and for the right reasons. It should never be stated that the makeup is to correct beauty flaws or that your teen looks better with it than without.
Discuss ill effects of cosmetics. It's important for your teen to know about the damage that cosmetics can cause to the face and even to her health. She should also know about what happens to certain animals in order to create makeup. For instance, some women develop pock marks, blemishes, and other skin issues because of wearing makeup. Also, depending on the products, animals can be injured or even killed simply for the purpose of creating makeup. Check the labels and talk to your teen about the toxic materials used to create the products.
Teach your teen proper makeup application. This may seem like an odd way to teach kids to appreciate their beauty without makeup. But the fact is that teens are going to want to at least experiment with some makeup. Teaching them about applying it properly lets them know that you are not simply throwing orders out there. They need to know that you do respect their choices, but that you do want them to know all the facts so they can make an informed decision themselves. This teaches them to be responsible for their own actions. Also, when your teen sees herself both with and without the makeup, it gives her a comparison point. Another thing to point out is that a teen can wear makeup while still appreciating her natural beauty. Not all teens or women who wear makeup do so because they don't appreciate their own looks.
Teach your child about natural cosmetics. As mentioned above, teens may want to try out some makeup. This is an experimental age when they are learning more about the world around them. They may decide they like it and then again, they may not. But at least if they do make the choice to wear makeup, they will be knowledgeable about what's good for their skin. Natural cosmetics can be found online and in many retail locations. Look for makeup that is not tested on animals, not made of animal by-products, friendly to the earth, and has some sort of health benefit to the skin. There should not be any chemical ingredients. Basically, you want to teach your teen to look for makeup that is good for her, rather than damaging.
Emphasize all your teen's beautiful features when she is not wearing makeup. Be sure to compliment your teen on her features during times when she does not have on any makeup. You don't need to say anything about the makeup. Simply say something honest and nice about her most flattering features whenever you get the chance. Of course, there is no need to overdo it. But your teen will appreciate the comments and take them to heart. Remember, that just as she takes the nice comments to heart, the negative ones can have an impact as well. Even if there is something you don't like about her looks, with or without the makeup, there is no need to say so. Only focus on the positive.
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There are plenty of people out there searching for natural beauty photos. Yet, when one goes to search for these sorts of photos, what comes up are “natural makeup look” or “no makeup look.” There is still actual make-up involved. While I don’t have anything against using make-up, if somebody is looking for natural beauty out of sheer appreciation for it, why can’t we find it?
The answer is pretty simple. Promoting natural beauty doesn’t pay. We live in a day and age where products rule our lives. Even ones made with natural ingredients are still products. While I’m glad that there are many people shifting away from chemical-based mass-market products, when I’m looking for natural beauty, I’m looking for actual natural beauty.
Girls are having make-up and other “beauty” products marketed to them at younger and younger ages as the years go by. Younger and younger, girls are being coerced to imitate the looks of their favorite celebrities. The truth is that most celebrities are actually not really any “better looking” than us. This isn’t to say there aren’t some naturally gorgeous celebrities – Scarlett Johansson comes to mind – because there certainly are. But if you’ve seen a lot of the celebrity “no makeup” photos, most “ordinary” people are far more attractive than those that we supposedly look to as fashion icons and models of beauty.
So you can probably figure out why the media perpetuates these “no makeup” celebrity photos. They want people to think that if you don’t have makeup, this is what you will look like. However, let’s also understand that most of these “no makeup” pictures are celebrities at their absolute worst. If you really look, you can tell that some of them are even photo-shopped to make them intentionally worse looking. It’s all a big conspiracy to keep the booming beauty business growing. The celebrities are in on it, too, because they often wear the products because of the huge stipends they receive from said companies. It’s disgusting and it’s costing perfectly beautiful girls their dignity and money they really shouldn’t be spending on products that will only destroy their natural beauty.
Yes, that’s right. These products are specially formulated to destroy natural beauty. Fortunately, there are all-natural, chemical free alternatives to the mass market products. But that’s not really the point. You’re still covering up your natural beauty. This whole “no makeup look” thing which actually in fact involves things like lightly applied concealer and whatnot seems to fool a lot of people. Why is it that girls need make-up in the first place? They don’t. It’s just a big mass media scheme to make lots of money and to fuel the advertising revenue of major entertainment venues. And now they’re going to the point where these products will actually leave behind residues that will damage your skin and hair. They will claim you’ll have to use more products to make it go away. It’s a horrible trap.
There are some celebrities that have started promoting natural beauty more, such as Demi Lovato and Lady Gaga. However, they then return to wearing make-up again soon afterward. It’s frustrating to me that we don’t have celebrities just go all the way natural, but there are obvious reasons for that. It’s the pressure of mass media for celebrities to conform to trends and styles and whatever they’re being told by the big “beauty” companies is fashionable right now. I’m sick and tired of the psychology that these big corporations are using on all the lovely ladies, and now the teen girls, and even tween girls. It’s time we put a stop to this.
It’s actually quite easy. Stop wearing make-up. That’s right. Just everyone stop wearing it. If you have to, you could wear the ones made with only natural ingredients (check the labels!) But honestly, I say we just stop using products altogether, outside of natural solutions such as lemon peels, coconut oil, or the many other natural beauty aids in our world that are both inexpensive and effective. As a society, we must send a message to these corporations who only want to destroy women’s beauty so they can increase their bottom line. This isn’t a conspiracy theory. This is fact. We need to begin to reverse the damage that mass media has done to us, and right now.
While I am not a fan of the selfie craze, I actually invite people to take selfies without makeup. You might be surprised when you compare them against pictures of celebrities. The thing you will notice is how fake they look. A wrinkle here or there is not going to ruin you. Freckles are beautiful. And when people start seeing their friends and family wearing no make-up and looking uniquely beautiful and lovely, it’s hopefully going to start a trend.
Fact: you don’t need make-up to be pretty. It’s fun for dress-up, but on an everyday basis, a fresh face is always best. You’ll look younger longer, save lots of money on products and actually look healthier and fresher. It might look rough at first, as the residues left behind by products need to be washed away. But eventually you will see a difference. There are plenty of natural solutions for things such as acne or skin discoloration. All you have to do is search for them online. The info is there.
And for love’s sake, never encourage your young girls to wear makeup. They’ll thank you for it later. Promote natural beauty. The world will be a better place for it.
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