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
Eco-Friendly Hair Care for Women: Go Green with Natural Hair Product Alternatives
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.
*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
Homemade Moisturizing Body Wash
Making your own beauty products can help keep your body healthier, as well as save time and money. My recipe for homemade moisturizing body wash is quick and simple. It can also be used more than once if refrigerated.
One storage container with lid (a clean, previously used soap or lotion bottle will work)
Old-fashioned oats (2 tsp)
Brown sugar (2 tsp)
Coconut oil (2 tsp)
Lemon juice (1 tsp)
Coffee grinder or fine cheese grater
First, grind up the oats and brown sugar together with a coffee grinder. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, you can use a fine-holed cheese grater. Then, blend in the other ingredients until they form a paste-like consistency. You may need to experiment a little with the amounts of coconut oil and lemon juice. If you need a large amount, this recipe can be tripled and more until you have the amount you will need.
To use this homemade moisturizing soap, simply rub a palm full of it into a washcloth. Then, spread it all over the body in a circular motion. Repeat as necessary to wash the entire body. Then, rinse and pat dry. This body wash is not going to be as bubbly as over-the-counter products. The bubbles are not necessary to cleanse the body.
For a more deep moisturizing experience, make enough to use as a full body masque. Spread over the entire body in a thin layer with your fingertips. Use circular motions. If you have a partner who will help with this, massaging it into the skin in a circular motion creates even better results. Leave the masque on for 15-30 minutes. Then, rinse and pat dry.
The lemon juice is a natural cleanser and disinfectant. This helps fight odors and keep the body clean. The oats, brown sugar, and coconut oil are natural moisturizers. The combination provides superior moisture, as well as creates the perfect consistency for ease of use. Use daily or more (during every bath or shower) for the best results.
If you have extra or if you created enough to last longer than a day, you can refrigerate it. Be sure to cover the container so it doesn’t dry out. If you leave the body wash out or don’t cover it well, it will dry out and/or separate, making it ineffective. You may refrigerate it for up to one week.
* I originally published this elsewhere (no longer published there).
Dangers of Keratin Treatments
It saddens me to see so many of my friends and acquaintances being misled by various beauty procedures and “miracle” tips daily. Keratin is one of those I am seeing more often recently. Is it really what you think it is?
Keratin is a natural protein that already exists in your hair. So why is it dangerous to get keratin hair treatments? Shouldn’t it be safe if it naturally exists in your hair? Yes and no. What goes into the solution and process of keratin hair treatments is not the same thing as what naturally occurs in your hair. Keratin itself is not what's dangerous. It's the products containing keratin that can be harmful.
Formaldehyde, a substance widely known to be dangerous, is often used in these keratin treatments. Some beauty salons mix their own products, making it easier to have more formaldehyde used than is necessary. The more that is used, the more dangerous it is to your health. Formaldehyde is not the only dangerous ingredient or chemical contained in these treatments and what's in them can vary from salon to salon and from product to product.
We are told that beauty can be painful. To that, I ask why? It doesn't have to be. These keratin treatments can cause burning eyes, throat pain, and more. In fact, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. That's right, it can cause cancer. Is shiny hair really worth the risk of cancer? Really? As if that wasn't enough of a shock, were you also aware that hair treatments are unregulated? This means that almost anything could potentially be in them.
So, how do you get silky, soft hair without using keratin treatments?
Simple. Avoid chemicals and costly salon treatments and opt for my homemade, all-natural treatments instead.
More from Lyn
Homemade Hair Masks for Shine
Longer, Healthier Hair in Five Steps
** I originally published this elsewhere (no longer published there).
Is your hair looking dull and lifeless? You need a hair makeover. Revitalize your hair and make it shine with natural homemade hair masks. Chemical solutions simply coat and mask the underlying problem without actually solving it. Our family believes in giving hair the nutrition nature intended by making our own natural hair masks. Using these recipes, your hair can shine from root to tip, no matter the length or hair type.
Naturally deep condition your hair twice monthly. This natural deep-conditioning mask helps to replenish your hair and keep it shiny and silky. Mix together one egg yolk, two tablespoons of honey, and two tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture to your entire head of hair from root to tip. If you have longer hair, you may need to double or triple the recipe. Once the hair is covered, place a shower cap over the hair and leave the mixture on for up to an hour. Rinse in cold water only. Warm water cooks the egg yolk and leaves a mess to clean out of your hair. For the best results, repeat the process twice every month.
Give your hair a fruit smoothie mask twice weekly. In a blender, combine one banana half, an equal amount of cantaloupe, 2 tablespoons of avocado, 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil, and 1 tablespoon of yogurt. Blend until smooth. Saturate hair with the smoothie mask. You may need to comb it into your hair to be sure the hair is evenly coated all the way through. Place a shower cap over the hair and leave the smoothie mask on for about 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Your hair will enjoy the moisture and feel silky and shiny. If your hair is extra dry or damaged, you may add a Vitamin E capsule to the smoothie mix and also rinse with a blend of water and a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This treatment can be done in between the deep conditioning hair mask above.
A daily wheat and milk conditioner helps your shine. To keep your hair shiny in between other treatments, use this daily conditioning mask. Blend together one egg, 2 ½ tablespoons of powdered milk, and a tablespoon of wheat germ oil. If you cannot find wheat germ oil, substitute it with ½ tablespoon of dried wheat germ and ½ tablespoon of olive oil. Mix the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Apply the mask evenly from root to tip. Put on a shower cap and leave the shine-inducing mixture on for an hour. Rinse with cold water. Shampoo hair with one egg white and rinse again with cold water.
*originally published by Lyn Lomasi on Yahoo! Voices
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