Wondering if you should invest in a waterproof mascara? Is there really that much of a difference between the regular and waterproof? Here are three benefits of using a waterproof version versus traditional mascara.
The last thing you want to happen after applying mascara is to have it smudge. This can sometimes happen before you're even done applying it. By having waterproof mascara, you don't have to worry about incidentally rubbing your eye or even washing your face with plain water.
No Racoon Eyes
When mascara runs and gets in your eyes, rubbing it can give you racoon eyes. Sometimes this is actually done so on purpose for a certain look. But if you're not going for that look, waterproof mascara can keep this from happening unintentionally by not running due to sweat, tears, or other incidental wetness.
Still Easy to Remove
While it may not come off with plain water, waterproof mascara is not that hard to remove. All you need is a simple moisturizer or soap. Honestly, to thoroughly remove regular mascara, you probably still need to do this anyway. So, why not just get the kind that helps prevent annoying issues and save yourself the trouble? Get your waterproof mascara today!
Fragrance is fun to wear and there are so many wonderful scents you can choose from. But how do you decide which perfume is best for you? Did you know that there many benefits to wearing a quality fragrance? These can help you make the best decision.
Enhance Your Mood
Feeling a little down? Dab on a new scent. It's been scientifically proven that the right fragrances can effectively and significantly enhance a person's mood. Choosing a quality fragrance with only the best ingredients can help ensure this is done correctly. Make sure you're using the right fragrance supplier.
Nice Scents Attract Others to You
Just as a good scent can make you feel good, it does the same to others around you. Try splashing on a quality fragrance and look around to see the way people's reactions to you change. Choose a perfume of high quality for the best results. This is especially beneficial when pursuing a love interest.
Feel More Confident
When you know you smell good, this makes you feel more confident and in control. This is also true when your mood is enhanced. Therefore, a good fragrance can be ultra beneficial in boosting your confidence. Try it today and see what happens.
Most people realize that natural cosmetics are healthier than the alternative. However, the transition can seem difficult for some. Making a smooth switch to natural cosmetics is easier than you think.
Experiment With Several Options
Sampling various natural cosmetics can help you figure out what works best for you, personally. It can be fun trying out various lipstick tones and flavors before finding a match. Also, with things like cover-up or foundation makeup, you want to make sure you're choosing a tone that matches closest, as well as feels the best on your skin.
Check the ingredients listing on the labels to find what works for you. One fun thing about natural cosmetics is that they are often scented with fruits or flowers or both. This gives you double the benefit over many alternative brands. Also look for ingredients that are good for your skin, such as coconut oil and Vitamin E.
Avoid Trying to Find an Exact Match
Instead of searching for something that is an exact match to your current brand, instead browse natural cosmetics to figure out what you like. All makeup brands are different and that includes natural brands. It's okay to like more than one.
Coconut oil has many health benefits. But did you know there are also beauty benefits of using coconut oil-based products? Here are five of them.
Coconut oil is a superior moisturizer, as it helps create smooth, soft skin without pore blockage. It’s actually good for your pores and may help reduce blackheads, whiteheads, and acne.
Try using coconut oil on those troublesome wrinkle areas, such as under the eyes, around the nose and mouth, on the neck, and more. This can help reduce or prevent the appearance of baggy eyes and wrinkles when used regularly.
Instead of spending a ton of money on solutions that don’t work, try using coconut oil to get rid of your dandruff. Apply it evenly to the scalp, at least once per day.
Wipe Makeup Away Faster and Healthier
Coconut oil has natural properties that lift dirt, grease and grime away from the face. It’s also good for the skin. This makes it a great makeup remover. Keep your face looking clean and clear and wipe makeup away with ease.
Seal Split Ends
Did you know that coconut oil is a great lightweight oil to use when you need to seal split ends? It can help heal the hair over time.
Lightening your hair with some highlights or throughout is a fun way to get a new look. But bleaches and lighteners can sometimes be harsh on your hair, with lasting effects. What some people don’t know is that there are some effective natural lightening methods that work on all types of hair. Get the lighter look you want with these healthier ways to lighten ethnic hair.
Prepare Your Hair for Lightening
Before lightening your hair, some advanced preparation is necessary. Make sure your hair is clean, dry, and does not contain any product. This way, the lighteners will not react with any of the ingredients that your regular hair products contain. It is recommended to shampoo only with a good shampoo to remove all oils and other residue. Leave conditioning for afterward, as the conditioner may also interfere with the process.
Be sure to wear clothing that you don’t mind being damaged, as some of these lighteners may have a bleaching effect on clothing as well.
Lemon Juice Hair Lightening Spray
This mixture can lighten your hair significantly. Therefore, it is recommended to only use this method if you are looking for a dramatic lightening effect. For naturally dark shades, expect this to create a light brown to brownish blonde highlighted look. The lighter your hair is when you start, the lighter it will be when you finish the process. If your hair is colored or lightened, measure the results by the tone of the current color.
To prepare this lightening spray, you will need one spray bottle, a bottle of distilled water, and a bottle of lemon juice from concentrate. Blend the water and lemon juice half and half in the spray bottle. Shake to mix it thoroughly. Once the mixture is made, spray it onto dry hair and brush through until the hair is saturated. Leave it on until the hair is lightened as desired. Going out in the sun will help speed the process. Leave the hair down so that it is exposed to the elements. Do not leave the mixture on for more than a couple hours, to avoid excessive dryness.
Rinse the hair thoroughly. Do not shampoo. Apply a good conditioner to the hair and scalp and use only oils to soften and style for the first 24 hours. After this, you can style as usual. This is to help seal in moisture and avoid dryness and irritation. Do not use this method on hair that has been chemically treated recently, as it may cause dryness and breakage.
Hydrogen Peroxide Hair Lightening Spray
Much like the lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide can also have dramatic lightening results. Expect to see light brown to blonde hair when using this mixture. The lighter your hair is at the start of the process, the lighter it will be at the end. If you start with a blonde tone, be aware that your hair may turn a lighter blonde to a white, silver, or gray tone.
You will need one spray bottle, a bottle of distilled water, and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Mix the water and hydrogen peroxide half and half in the spray bottle. Saturate the hair by spraying it evenly and brushing it throughout. You can go out in the sun to speed the process. Keep an eye on the hair and rinse thoroughly as soon as you reach the desired lightness. Do not leave this on your hair for more than an hour, to avoid damage.
Once the hair is rinsed thoroughly, deep condition the hair and scalp and use only oils to soften and style for 24 hours. Then, style as usual. If your hair is especially sensitive to breakage, this method is not recommended. Do not use this method if your hair has been chemically treated or exposed to chlorine recently. Doing so may cause the hair to turn green instead and it may also cause excessive dryness and breakage. Remember that hydrogen peroxide is a chemical. It is simply the better alternative to more harsh chemicals.
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Lightening Rinse
The effects of this lightening rinse can vary from person to person. On darker hair, it may simply result in bringing out natural highlights. For the best results, the recommended distilled water is a must. Vinegar is good for deep cleansing and softening your hair. Therefore, this method has added bonuses.
To create this hair lightening rinse, combine half apple cider vinegar and half distilled water in a large bowl. After your hair has been shampooed and conditioned, rinse it with this mixture, rubbing and making sure that it gets into all of the hair. Leave the rinse on the hair, as it is a rinse and not a solution. Do this frequently to slowly lighten your hair or bring out natural highlights. Style as usual, paying extra attention to your usual moisturizing process.
Chamomile Tea Hair Lightening Rinse
When lightening your hair with chamomile tea, expect to bring out natural highlights. The effects will occur most obviously in areas that are naturally lighter. This is simply a way to further highlight what you already have naturally. On some people, other areas may lighten slightly as well.
To create this lightening rinse, make a pitcher of chamomile tea (any brand will do, as long as it is 100% chamomile tea). Once the tea is brewed well, chill it until it’s cold. After shampooing and conditioning the hair, rinse thoroughly with the tea. Do not rinse the tea off. Repeat regularly for the best results over time. Style as usual, making sure to moisturize well.
Hair Lightening After-Care
Remember that lightening your hair is an extra process your hair is being put through, even when the process is natural or healthier than other options. Even though alternative methods may be safer, you should still give extra care to your hair to help avoid dryness and breakage. Follow the after-care styling and conditioning instructions included with each method for the best results. Be sure to also condition the ends and provide extra oil on them to help prevent breakage.
The kids are looking forward to going back to school for the fall, but you're dreading that morning rush. Hair styling can take up a good portion of time if you allow it to. But there are several ways to minimize some of the time and stress involved with styling a kid's hair for school.
Wash and Condition at Night
By washing and conditioning a kid's hair at night, parents can minimize the time it takes for morning hair styling. This way the time that may have been spent washing, conditioning, and drying the hair can be better spent on something else.
Forget Heated Devices
Not only are heated devices damaging to the hair, but they can add on a great deal of time, depending on how elaborate your kid's school hairstyle may be. If some style is needed, soft curlers can be placed in the hair before bed and are generally easy to remove. For quicker morning styling time, a large number of curlers is not recommended.
Use Long-Lasting Hairstyles
Kids with longer hair may benefit from long-lasting hairstyles for school. Some of these may include cornrow braids or dreadlocks. For the best results, these hairstyles should be well-maintained, as appropriate for each. If done right, there will be little to no hair styling involved while getting ready for school. This will certainly speed the morning routine.
Keep Hair Short
Short hair may be easier for kids to maintain themselves both while getting ready for school, as well as during school. Try choosing a short hairstyle for kids that can be achieved within just a few minutes.
Keep Hair Soft
Sometimes tangles in the hair can prolong hair styling time. Condition and brush the hair well at night to avoid this. Another thing that may help is to brush a small amount of tea tree oil through the hair both at night and in the morning.
Swimming is fun, but what it can do to your hair certainly is not. If your hair looks like you just stuck your finger in an electrical outlet and a bleach factory at the time every time you swim, then this is for you. Even if that hasn't happened to you yet, know that it can. Chlorine is not good for your hair at all. It can cause frizziness, dryness, split ends, bleaching, and more. You need some damage control for your hair before and after swimming. As someone who has personally dealt with various types of hair on myself, my kids, and other family members, I have learned quite a bit about hair.
Condition Hair Before a Swim
Before swimming, it is wise to condition the hair very well. A deep conditioner is really good for this. For deep conditioning, I like my homemade avocado conditioner. It helps to protect the hair from root to tip, as well as prevents breakage and provides excellent moisture for all types of hair. Conditioning the hair before a swim can help keep it moisturized, which will help fight against the damage that chlorine can cause.
Do a Hot Oil Treatment on Hair Before a Swim
For extra moisture protection, as well as strength and overall protection from the chlorine, a hot oil treatment can be good before a swim. A tea tree oil blend is a good choice to use as a hot oil treatment. Simply take your hair oil of choice, heat it in a small microwaveable container for 15 seconds and smooth into the hair. Be sure to cover all areas and comb in. Leave the treatment on the hair during the swim for the most effective chlorine protection.
Wash and Condition Hair After a Swim
After swimming, the hair can have buildup and residue from the chlorine. It is important to wash all the chlorine out of the hair to prevent damage. In addition to depleting moisture, chlorine also can fade the color or even bleach the hair. I recommend using my homemade clarifying shampoo (the baking/soda vinegar blend). After a good washing, also be sure to condition the hair to restore moisture. A deep conditioning again with the homemade avocado treatment is a great idea and will help keep that moisture in and fight the dryness and frizz. Even though the avocado blend can double as a conditioning shampoo, the clarifying blend is necessary to remove the damaging particles contained in the chlorine.
Apply Tea Tree Oil to Hair After a Swim
After a swim, once the hair has been washed and conditioned, apply a tea tree oil blend for added moisture and protection. Tea tree oil is good for damage control, moisture, treating dry scalp, and fighting the fade. Tea tree oil also happens to be a fungus fighter and can repair breakage and split ends, which can help keep the hair healthy and strong.
*I originally published a version of this via Yahoo Contributor Network
Trying to cut back on your budget, but just have no idea how to do that with your hair? We all get used to a certain way of getting our hair to behave. Sometimes, we even think our way is the only way. But, there are more ways than one to style that hair and they don't all require a hefty spending budget. My favorite styling products for hair are non-traditional and cost far less than many traditional methods.
Vinegar for hair? Yes, vinegar can be used as a rinse or even as shampoo, when combined with baking soda. Vinegar cleanses the hair of impurities and works great as a substitute for clarifying shampoo. Best of all, it's pretty inexpensive at only a couple bucks for a whole gallon. It's also a great dandruff fighter and gives hair shine when used often.
As mentioned above, when combined with vinegar, baking soda makes a great shampoo. The baking soda can help create softness and shine. It also is a good scrubbing agent to make sure the hair gets clean. The first wash might give the hair an odd texture, but continuous use will soften the hair and leave it manageable. Baking soda is very budget-friendly, costing less than $1 for a decent amount.
Hollywood Beauty Tea Tree Oil
Anyone who's read my hair or beauty articles has likely seen me mention tea tree oil. I prefer the pure organic tea tree oil, but when on a budget, Hollywood Beauty has my solution. Tea tree oil can be used in most hairstyles and creates shine, helps growth, fights fungus and bacteria, fights dry scalp and dandruff, and much more. Most drugstores and grocery stores carry the Hollywood Beauty version of tea tree oil. Check near the ethnic hair products. It's actually a blend of a few different oils, but it works great and at about $3, it's more cost-effective than pure tea tree oil. Pure tea tree oil would need to be blended with other oils for extended use on skin and hair, anyhow.
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.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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.
**I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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.
Caring for long hair can often be a chore. Proper brushing methods can help eliminate the need for extra care and additional styling products. Brushing long tresses involves more than just taking a brush and running it through the hair each day. Maintaining it properly will keep it healthy, avoid troubles later down the road, as well as save time getting ready each day. As someone with very long hair, I have learned quite about caring for it over the years.
Choose the Right Brush by Hair Texture and Style
Always check the labels on a brush before you purchase it. The brush should be specific to the texture, as well as to the style you plan on creating. Brushing your long hair with the wrong brush could damage the ends, which is especially bad for long tresses. Split ends can cause long hair to look unattractive, instead of healthy. When a person's hair is long, the hair tends to be one of the first things people notice, so it is important to keep it looking healthy.
What are the Best Bristles?
The best bristles for brushing your long hair will actually depend on texture. Natural boar bristles are generally the best. But, if your long tresses are also thick or curly, the boar bristles may not brush all the way through. Thicker textures may require thin nylon bristles that are close together. Someone with thin hair might be better off brushing with thicker plastic bristles that are spread farther apart. To keep your long hair healthy, always check the labels to see which bristles are best in your case.
Brushing from Bottom to Top
Long hair gets knotted and tangled easier than shorter styles. If you start at the top, rather than the bottom during brushing, you are more likely to create more of a mess to untangle, which can actually damage the hair. Instead, start brushing at the very bottom. Brush until there are no tangles. Then, move up a couple more inches and do the same, Repeat that process until all of the hair has been brushed.
Brush Hair While Wet
Brushing long hair while wet helps keep the ends sealed and smooth. This is especially true if your hair is thick or curly. Brushing the hair while dry can sometimes cause split ends. Long hair specifically can react this way.
Of course, you should be brushing every day and as needed to maintain your style. However, people often overdo it on brushing. Overly brushing the hair can cause damage and split ends. The right amount of brushing can stimulate the natural production of sebum, as well as distribute it throughout the hair. Sebum is produced by the body and it coats and protects the hair, as well as creates shine.
Brush Shampoo and Conditioner into Hair
With long hair, during the washing and conditioning process, it helps to brush the shampoo and conditioner through, rather than lather it up. This ensures even distribution and also scrubs and moisturizes the scalp.
Brush Moisturizers into Hair and Scalp
Long hair needs extra moisturizing, as it dries and breaks easier than that which is shorter. Tea tree oil is my favorite moisturizer. It softens the hair, helps prevent dandruff and other fungus, makes it shine, and also helps to stimulate growth. To brush in the tea tree oil, put a quarter-sized amount in the palm of your hand. Rub both palms together. Now rub the palms through the hair and then brush it. Repeat until all of the hair is shiny.
Do not over-use the oil though. The point is to make the hair soft, but not to saturate it with the oil. If you prefer other moisturizers, the process would be the same. Just remember to avoid products that contain alcohol and chemicals. They may make it look good temporarily, but they are actually damaging over time.
Avoid Styling Products that Contain Alcohol
This goes back to the chemicals. Many styling products contain alcohol. However, alcohol and other chemicals cause dryness, create split ends, and cause unnecessary buildup that is damaging to hair and scalp. All natural products that contain no preservatives, chemicals, or alcohol are best. Olive oil, tea tree oil, coconut oil, coconut milk, cow's milk, almond extract, avocados, and eggs are all examples of natural moisturizers.
Like the tousled hair look? Unsure how to get your hair that way? Don't worry. There are several easy ways to get your hair to look tousled, even with the straightest of hair. Straight hair is sometimes the toughest for this style, but really it can be done fairly easily. Tousles look best in loose waves or straight hair, but can also be done in curlier hair. All of these methods work for all hair types and lengths.
How to Get Tousled Hair by Teasing
For this method, first wash the hair. Don't use conditioner and let the hair air dry. Now, take a comb and grab a random section of hair. In random areas of that strand, take the comb and comb the hair backwards. This is called teasing. However, for tousled hair, you are just going to do it slightly, not all the way up the strand. Just grab random sections and repeat this process. Then, hold your head upside down. Spray it with Honeybee Gardens Alcohol Free Hairspray and put your head back up. If need be use the hands to further shape the hair. This hairspray has an added benefit of sunscreen protection.
How to Get Tousled Hair by Planning Ahead
To get tousled hair the old-fashioned way, wash and condition the hair right before bed. Comb or brush it, but don't dry it. Place a towel on your pillow and put all your hair behind you onto the towel. Those with longer hair may need to extend the towel beyond the pillow. Let the hair dry while you sleep. When you wake up your hair will be tousled. Don't comb or brush it. Just spray it with Honeybee Gardens Alcohol Free Hairspray and maybe shape it a little with your hands. Of course, if there are any big knots or completely unruly spots, those sections can be combed out. If your hair is extra short, this still works. Just skip the upside down part and rub hands across hair with the hairspray in the hair.
How to Get Tousled Hair With a Blowdryer
To get tousled hair with a blowdryer, wash and condition the hair. Comb or brush the hair. Now, hang your head upside down and turn the blowdryer on low heat. Too much heat can be damaging. If your blowdryer has a cool section with no heat, that is the best, but a low warm will work as well. Start drying the hair, still with it upside down. Once it is closer to being dry, spray with Honeybee Gardens Alcohol Free Hairspray and start scrunching the hair while it dries completely. Once the hair is all the way dry, flip it back right side up. You may need to do some minor shaping with your hands, but that's it. If your hair is extra short, this still works. Simply forego the hair being upside down. While the blowdryer is running, rub across the hair back and forth, still with the hairspray in it as well. Do this until it dries.
In terms of healthy hair, what first may come to mind is what you put into your hair, not necessarily your stomach. However, if you want your hair to look its best, a diet for healthy hair must also be considered. Protein and certain vitamins and minerals are all required to create the best diet for healthy hair. This is not a complete list, as the required nutrients can come from many sources. However, the below foods should be a great start to a healthy diet for healthy hair.
Dark Green Vegetables
Dark green vegetables are on the list for the best healthy hair diet because they produce Vitamins A and C. These both help the body to create sebum, which is a natural hair conditioner. While we're mentioning Vitamin A, we can't leave out carrots, which also have a healthy dose.
Egg whites are an excellent source of protein and can be prepared in many ways. In the morning, try this diet for healthy hair by scrambling an egg white. For lunch or dinner, add a diced, hard-boiled egg white to a fresh salad.
Many nuts contain nutrients that are optimal for healthy hair. Walnuts contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for smooth and shiny hair. Zinc is an important ingredient contained in many nuts. Did you know that not including enough zinc in your diet can actually cause your hair to shed? Be sure to eat plenty of nuts daily as part of your healthy hair diet to avoid this.
Zinc, iron, and the B vitamins all can be found in whole grains. Cereal, whole grain rice, and whole grain breads all are great sources for these. Depending on the time of day, choose which go best with your meal for a healthy diet. Including these items can help prevent hair shedding and increase shine and strength.
Don't just eat these food items. Some also can be used directly in the hair. Milk is a great rinse for extra condition and shine. Egg whites can be used as a shampoo for shine and strength. To get the most out of the healthy diet foods for healthy hair, be sure to blend them with each other -- and other food items -- to create well-balanced meals. Healthy hair also comes from a healthy body. Part of having a healthy body includes eating right.
*The author is not a licensed nutritionist or medical professional. Always contact your licensed doctor for your specific dietary needs.
**I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
Everyone deserves to be pampered now and then. Perhaps you cannot afford a spa treatment or maybe you're just a DIY kind of person. A person's hands and feet are the most used and abused part of the body, so they need special treatment. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to give yourself an at-home manicure and pedicure without breaking the bank.
Give Yourself an At-Home Manicure
The first part of giving yourself a DIY manicure is to gather all supplies needed. If you've got on nail polish (or traces of some) you're going to need a non-acetone nail polish remover. You'll also need a bowl of warm, soapy water, tea tree oil, an orange wood stick, a soft cloth, nail polish, and a clear top coat.
First, remove any excess nail polish from the nails. Add a tablespoon of tea tree oil to the soapy water. Soak hands in this solution to soften the skin and cuticles. Take the orange stick and push the cuticles back. Some people cut the cuticles, but that actually is bad for them. Pushing them back is healthier. Now massage some tea tree oil into the hands, paying close attention to the nail beds and any other dry areas. Use the soft cloth to dab off any excess oil. Paint the nails with your favorite nail polish and seal it in with the top coat.
Give Yourself an At-Home Pedicure
For an at-home pedicure, supplies and procedure will be slightly different than the manicure. You'll need a bowl or foot tub of warm, soapy water to soak the feet in, 4 chamomile tea bags, 2 mint tea bags, tea tree oil, an orange wood stick, a pumice stone, a towel, a soft cloth, toenail clippers, and your favorite nail polish and top coat.
Add all the tea bags and a tablespoon of tea tree oil to the warm, soapy water. Soak the feet in there for 10-15 minutes. For an added spa feel, use a massaging foot tub instead of a bowl. This can be especially helpful after a long day standing up at work or in the shopping mall. Check to make sure you can add tea and tea tree oil. You wouldn't want to damage your nice foot tub.
Once the feet have soaked, take the orange wood stick and push back the cuticles in the toenails. Clip toenails (but not cuticles) if necessary. Use the pumice stone to rub away excess skin. Now add tea tree oil to the feet, rubbing it the most into the toenail beds and dry areas. Wipe away the excess oil with a soft cloth. Now paint your toenails with your favorite nail polish and top coat.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
Are your feet scaly and undesirable? Wish you could slough off some of that old skin without harsh chemicals and over-filing? In our household, we always look to natural solutions when it comes to just about everything. That includes beauty and personal care. It is possible to get silky soft feet quickly with natural remedies. If you follow the regimen exactly, you will likely see results after the very first treatments. By repeating the process continuously, you'll see even better results.
Use a quality natural sugar scrub. When you scrub your feet daily with a natural moisturizing foot scrub, it takes away the dead skin, while hydrating the healthy skin. To get the amount of moisture along with the right amount of scrubbing texture I was looking for, I invented Intent.sive Moisture Cherry Almond Shower Scrub. It's custom made on order for freshness and customization availability. Scrubbing away dead skin cells like this is a necessary process in keeping your feet looking their best. I find the softest feet happen when using this in combination with the following methods to copmplete the foot care regimen.
Soak your feet in a special oatmeal and oil bath. After the moisturizing foot scrub, you can add extra moisture by soaking your feet in an oatmeal bath that also contains a special oil blend. Oatmeal baths help relieve itching and add extra moisture to the skin. They are like a spa for your feet. The oils add extra moisture and with the right blend, intensive healing.
To create an oatmeal bath, all you need is an old sock or the cut-off foot of an old pair of hosiery. Fill your sock or hosiery about halfway with dry oats. Quick oats don't work as well as the original. Tie the sock or hosiery to the end of your faucet. Be sure that it's positioned in a way that allows the water to run over it. Run the water over it with the bathtub plugged until there is enough water to cover the feet and ankles. Untie the sock and swish it in the water. Squeeze it out into the water. Repeat until the mixture comes out clear and the water is filmy.
Once you've created the oatmeal bath, pour in about 2 ounces of Intent.sive Etheric Golden Healing, Pain, Massage, & Altar Oil. Swish it around the tub. Rub the oatmeal and oil laced water into the feet. Then, soak them in it for about 15 minutes. Pat dry. Your feet will feel very soft after this. But one more step will seal the deal in your soft feet regimen.
Hydrate the feet while you sleep. The last step will require a pair of socks and Intent.sive Etheric Golden Healing, Pain, Massage, & Altar Oil. Massage the oil into your feet, leaving an oily layer on top afterward. Place your socks on right over this oily mixture and leave them on all night. When you remove them in the morning, you'll have silky soft skin on your feet. If necessary, you can also moisturize with this blend in the morning, omitting the sock portion.
Repeat this process regularly, at least three times per week (more if necessary), even after you've achieved the silky soft feet you desire. This will help you maintain healthy, smooth feet so they never go dry again.
*originally published by Lyn Lomasi on Yahoo! Contributor Network
LAST UPDATED 2/23/2022
Tired of trying endlessly to get your to grow and be strong? It can be a difficult and grueling task with sometimes less-than-positive results. Because I believe in natural beauty, I am always finding things from nature to keep my hair long and healthy. The regimen below has kept my hair healthy, happy, and helped it grow too. Perhaps it will work for you as well.
Thoroughly cleanse with vinegar and baking soda. First, make a paste with equal parts baking soda and water. Massage it through the hair and scalp and rinse thoroughly with a 50/50 solution of lukewarm water and vinegar. Some may need to do this twice to remove dirt and buildup. The baking soda acts as a scrubbing and softening agent. The vinegar helps remove buildup and provides a clean rinse. Also, when the two blend together, it creates a bubbling action that helps remove residue. Do this about once per month to remove buildup.
Follow up with an egg wash. Get one egg and a small container. Separate the egg white from the yolk. You can save the yolk for food or other purposes, so as not to waste it. If you have thick or long hair, you may need to use more than one egg. The egg white is your wash. You can add a drop of pure almond oil to the egg white for extra shine. Saturate the hair with the egg white wash. Leave it on for about a minute. Then, rinse thoroughly.
Mask your hair with a homemade minty avocado strawberry conditioner. This step gives the hair some deep conditioning and also helps with shine. Saturate the hair completely with this conditioner, as you would any hair mask. Apply a shower cap to the head to hold in the moisture. Leave it on for 30 minutes to an hour. Rinse thoroughly. You will likely notice shine and manageability right away. Do this regularly for the best results.
Keep up the egg wash and avocado conditioner mask. In order to maintain this healthy look, be sure to repeat the egg wash and avocado mask regularly. I recommend doing this 3-4 times per week. It should replace your normal shampoo and conditioning routine. You will probably notice that over time, the hair starts to look healthier and healthier. The protein in the egg whites helps the hair shine and also adds strength and helps prevent breakage. The avocado mask helps moisturize, strengthen, and seal split ends. It also contributes to the shine and manageability.
Avoid heat and chemicals. For the best results when using this regimen, avoid any heated styling products. This means blow dryers, hot combs, curling irons, hot rollers, and any other such devices. While these products may help you achieve certain looks, they also contribute to split ends, breakage, dull hair, and other issues. Chemicals do the same thing, but in a different way. There is no need to use chemicals on the hair. Hair can dry naturally. Plastic and foam curlers can be used instead of heated ones. To make the hair more straight, wet it and comb in homemade minty avocado strawberry detangling conditioner. Leave it on the hair and comb through slowly while blow drying the hair on the cold setting. This may take longer than the heated option. But your hair will thank you for it.
*The information herein is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace the advice of a licensed medical professional. Always consult an appropriately-licensed specialist when it comes to your health.
**I originally published a version of this via Yahoo Contributor Network
LAST UPDATED 2/23/2022
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