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Friday, November 19, 2021

Four (4) DIY vegan scalp scrubs

November 19, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Many of us regularly use face and body scrubs to remove dead skin cells. However, we may be neglecting a part of our body that needs exfoliation just as much. The scalp is no different than the skin on the rest of our body. Our scalp can benefit from a little extra TLC as well!


Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp! Daily use of hair products can cause build-up. In addition to typical dead skin cells accumulating on the scalp. This can result in clogged hair follicles, dull, greasy hair, and slower hair growth. To return the scalp to a healthy state, you need to free hair follicles from what’s building up at the roots. A scalp scrub might be the best solution. 


If you’re looking for natural DIY scalp scrubs, here are four (4) easy DIY vegan recipes that can cure and prevent dry, flaky scalp, improve scalp health and overall hair health. 


sugar scrub

Ingredients:


DIY vegan scalp scrub #1
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of vegan shampoo
  • a few drops of lavender essential oil 

DIY vegan scalp scrub #2
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt (ideal for oily scalp)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

DIY vegan scalp scrub #3
  • 1 tablespoon of vegan conditioner or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt (for oily scalp) or raw sugar 

DIY vegan scalp scrub #4
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of raw sugar
  • a few drops of tea tree essential oil 


Because of its high level of acidity, apple cider vinegar can help balance the scalp’s pH. This is especially helpful if you need to clarify your scalp of hard water build-up.


Method:

  1. Choose one of the DIY recipes.
  2. Mix all of these ingredients together.
  3. Gently massage the scrub into your scalp. 
  4. Leave it on for about 5 minutes. 
  5. Rinse it out with warm water.
  6. Shampoo and condition.


By massaging a scrub into your scalp, you’ll stimulate blood circulation, remove stubborn oil and build-up, and deliver oxygen to your scalp. In turn, this encourages hair growth. Give it a try! 




Sunday, January 03, 2021

Favourite curl creams / leave-in conditioners of 2020

January 03, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone and Happy New Year! 

In this first post of the year, I want to share with you some of my favourite hair care products.  As I previously told you; I've been wearing my hair, exclusively, in its naturally wavy/curly state (2c/3a) since June 2019.  Using a curl cream or a leave-in conditioner is an important step in my curly routine, one I cannot skip.  

Here are the four (4) hair creams I purchased and repurchased in 2020...

curl creams and leave-in conditioners


The reason I use four different leave-ins is that I rotate between them, and use the cream that my hair needs on that particularly wash day.  Your hair should maintain a balance between moisture and protein and finding and maintaining the balance between these two is critical for achieving and maintaining healthy hair.  Neither protein nor moisture can work well without the other.

When my hair feels a bit dry and is in dire need of moisture, I use the Garnier Fructis Aloe Vera Air-Dry Cream.  This product is very moisture-rich and it does an amazing job at hydrating dry hair.  It is ideal for dehydrated hair, highly moisturising, with aloe vera extract and vegetable glycerin.

On the other end of the spectrum, if my hair feels over moisturised and needs protein, I use the Garnier Fructis Hydra Liss 10 in 1 Air Dry Cream.  This product is rich in protein and it also acts as a heat protectant.  In fact, it claims to be a ten actions in one product; heat protection, anti-frizz, anti-humidity, anti-breakage, anti-split ends, repairs, moisturises, softens, gives shine and does not weight down hair.  This leave-in treatment is enriched with argan oil and liquid amino-keratin.

I use the Suave Professionals Curl Defining Cream (with natural shea butter and pure coconut oil) when my hair is balanced and doesn't need more moisture than protein or vice versa.  Coconut oil does not contain proteins itself, it is composed of approximately 50% lauric acid which helps restore and strengthen the protein structure of your hair.  This product enhances my natural curl pattern and helps fight frizz while adding moisture and shine.  I only use a small amount of this cream as it tends to weigh down my hair if I use too much.

The Garnier Fructis Hydra Ricci Air-Dry Cream, has a little bit of hold, that the other three hair cream I use do not.  It does a good job at defining my curls, however, I still need to use a mousse or gel on top for hold (as I do with any cream I use).  This leave-in treatment is enriched with pistachio oil and in fact, it spells just like pistachio.

These products are very affordable and work well for my hair type.  If you use strictly CG (curly girl method) approved products, you can try the Garnier Fructis Aloe Vera Air Dry Cream; it is the only one of the four hair creams I mentioned that is silicone-free.  

Personally, I do not use sulphates or silicones in my shampoos and conditioners, but I don't mind using silicone in my stylers.  Here in Malta, the air is very humid all year round and the silicone in my stylers create a barrier against the moisture in the air.  I tried following the curly girl method to a T but my hair loves silicone curl creams and leave-in conditioners. 


What are your favourite leave-in hair products?


Wishing you a year fully loaded with happiness.




Saturday, August 29, 2020

DIY: Deep cleansing hair mask (VEGAN)

August 29, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!
If you live in an area with hard water, chances are your hair is suffering the consequences.  Hard water is full of minerals such as calcium, lime, and magnesium.  While not dangerous, hard water can leave your hair dull and brittle, making it more prone to breakage.  It can also discolour lighter hues and strip colour-treated hair.  Minerals dissolved in hard water create a film on the hair strand, which prevents moisture from penetrating the hair shaft.  This results in dry, dull and tangled hair.  The best way to combat issues related to hard water is to incorporate a deep cleansing mask once a week to eliminate buildup.
The key ingredient in this DIY deep cleansing hair mask is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)!  I often use ACV in my DIY beauty recipes.  The enzymes and nutrients in ACV make it an amazing natural hair conditioner.  
Combined with the goodness of agave and olive oil, this apple cider vinegar hair mask recipe is the ultimate deep cleansing and hair conditioning remedy!
Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ tbsp ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3–6 drops essential oil (optional)

Feel free to adjust the proportions according to the length and thickness of your hair.

DIY: Deep cleansing hair mask (VEGAN)

Keep in mind that you should use wholesome apple cider vinegar, which is RAW, unpasteurized, unfiltered and organic.
bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar
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Method:
  1. In a bowl mix, all the above ingredients with a spoon until a smooth mask is formed.
  2. Apply the mixture to damp hair from ends to scalp.
  3. Pull hair back and allow the mask to work its magic for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Rinse out completely, no shampoo or conditioner is necessary unless oily residue remains.

ACV nutrients and their benefits for the hair:
  • Ascorbic Acid - Also known as Vitamin C, makes hair grow faster, detoxifies hair, is rich in antioxidants fight free radicals, fights dandruff, and cleanses scalp and hair strands.
  • B-vitamins - Stimulates blood circulation in hair follicles, remedies baldness and hair loss, a remedy for greasy or oily hair, moisturizes hair and leads to shiny silky locks of hair.
  • Acetic acid - Kills off lice and nits, detoxes hair, breaks down chemical product build up in hair, cleanses the scalp of bacteria and germs, fights dandruff, fights smelly scalp.
  • Probiotics - Friendly bacteria fights odour in the scalp, disinfect scalp.

Make sure the accompanying ingredients used are also good quality in order to get the best results.  

Role in the hair mask:
  • Olive Oil - Oldest pressed oil known to mankind, rich in antioxidants, hydrates and moisturises hair, powerful hair conditioner.
  • Agave - A soothing hair humectant, which provides moisture and a lustrous shine.



And there you have it; a recipe for the ultimate deep cleansing and hair conditioning hair mask!

What is your favourite hair mask (DIY or store-bought)?  Leave a comment and let me know!



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Monday, December 21, 2015

Reverse hair washing

December 21, 2015 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

I've been reverse washing my hair for quite some time now, since co-washing was no longer working for me.  I believe I finally found the hair cleansing method that works best for my hair. 

What is reverse hair washing?

Simply put, it's washing your hair in reverse.  You apply your conditioner first, then your shampoo.  

If your hair is thin, oily and/or prone to product build-up, reverse washing may be the best hair cleansing method for you too.  Reverse washing means your hair still gets all the moisturising benefits of using conditioner but you're not left with that weighted, almost-greasy feeling.



My hair:

Let me tell you a bit about my hair.  I have medium length, naturally wavy hair that's oily at the roots and dryish at the ends. My hair is prone to "halo" frizz  and I also colour-treat it about once a month. You can see photos of my hair in previous posts HERE and HERE.

Reverse washing tips:
  1. Make sure that your hair is fully saturated with water before you apply your conditioner. This will help you distribute your conditioner evenly. 
  2. After you apply your conditioner, leave it in for a few minutes
  3. Don't rinse.  If you rinse your conditioner out and then apply shampoo, you'll end up with dry and tangled hair.  Here's what I do: after my conditioner has been in my hair for several minutes, I add a little bit of water to my scalp, to get my roots a bit more wet.  Then, I apply shampoo to my scalp only!  After I apply my shampoo, I lather and massage my scalp, then I rinse as usual.
My results:

My roots are less oily and my ends are well moisturised, even when I don't use a hair mask and before I even apply my leave-in products. Yay!


Do you reverse wash?  I would love to hear your experiences!  If you have any tips, leave them in the comment section below.



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Saturday, May 03, 2014

April favourites

May 03, 2014 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

For me last month was all about prepping my skin and my hair for "the big event".  My brother got married on Friday 25th and I was his witness.  :)

Without further ado, here are my April beauty favourites:


Holland & Barrett Aloe Vera Gel Bio Active Skin Treatment + Vitamin E Capsules (100iu)


I usually mix the content of a capsule of vitamin E with a blob of Aloe vera and use instead of my night cream a couple of times a week.  During the month of April, I applied this mixture more often than that.  Both ingredients help to heal and regenerate the skin.  Whenever I use Aloe vera and vitamin E at night, I wake up to glowing, clear, even skin.  I LOVE it!  Both Aloe vera and vitamin E can be used for active acne, acne scars, pigmentation, anti-ageing and dry skin among other skin conditions.

Biafine Topical Emulsion


I use this as a spot treatment on any blemishes I get.  This product also reduces the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation.

Product description:
Biafine is a water-based emulsion formulated for the dressing and management of superficial wounds, minor abrasions, dermal ulcers, donor sites, 1st and 2nd-degree burns, including sunburns, and radiation dermatitis.  Biafine provides an optimum moist environment for the healing process and isolates the wound from harmful germs and other external contamination.

Pure Coconut Oil + Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner


I melt some coconut oil, mix it with my Suave conditioner and distribute it evenly on my hair.  Then I tie my hair in a top knot with a spring hair tie and go to sleep.  The next morning I cleanse my hair as usual.  This treatment leaves my hair so soft, I don't need to apply any leave-in products whenever I use it.  No serum, no leave in conditioner, no anti-frizz cream...NOTHING!  This is huge for me, my hair usually turns into a frizz ball as soon as it dries if I don't use any leave-in products.  This is by far the best overnight hair treatment I ever used. 


What were your April favourites?  Have you used any of my favourites before?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

More ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine

January 15, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

I've talked about the wonders of coconut oil before.  Read this previous post: 5 Ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine.  Coconut oil is the perfect moisturiser because it’s lightweight and easily absorbed.


Below, are 7 more ways to incorporate it into your beauty routine:




As a frizz-tamer

Use a tiny amount of coconut oil to smooth down flyaway hair and add shine to your locks.

As a moisturiser 

The fatty acids in coconut oil helps lock moisture into the skin, so smooth some over your elbows and other rough spots to soften and heal.

Instead of cuticle oil 

Just dab some coconut oil on your cuticles and nails (you can also use it as a hand cream).  If you do this before bed and put on gloves, you’ll wake up to soft, smooth hands.

In a DIY face scrub 

Add some baking soda to your coconut oil for a gentle exfoliating face scrub.  You might feel a bit of residue after rinsing, but the oil will absorb into your skin after a few minutes.

Around your eye area
Coconut oil is great for hydrating the gentle skin around your eyes.  It will leave your eye area extra smooth and decrease lines and wrinkles.

To cleanse your face

I already told you about the oil cleansing method. Read more here: A natural way to cleanse and heal your face.  However, it’s best to test this out; there are some people who claim that coconut oil breaks them out! So be very careful.

To enhancer your eyebrow growth

Use a tiny amount of coconut oil to massage your eyebrows for thickening and darkening.  You can also use this DIY: Eyebrow growth serum.

Have you ever used coconut oil in your beauty routine?  How?  Tell me in the comments below! 









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Saturday, September 28, 2013

5 Ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine

September 28, 2013 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about different beauty oils.  Today, I wanted to expand on one of them in particular – coconut oil!  
Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason:  It's naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal  it's an excellent moisturiser, it can penetrate hair better than other oils, and it also smells heavenly. 

Below are 5 different ways to incorporate coconut oil into your beauty routine.



To shave your legs
Coconut oil makes an amazing shaving cream substitute.  Conventional shaving cream is a cocktail of chemicals that you don't want on your skin.  Coconut oil, on the other hand, is all natural and smells divine. Plus, its skin-soothing properties will leave your legs looking hydrated (but never greasy).

As a deep hair conditioner
Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can be fully absorbed into the hair shaft, instead of just sitting on the surface.  Apply a quarter-size blob to your dry hair.  Once you've distributed it throughout your hair, wrap your hair on top of your head and wait 30 minutes (or you can even leave it on overnight). You'll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap.  In the morning, cleanse and condition as usual.

To remove eye make-up
Coconut oil is one of the gentlest ways to remove make-up   Apply some to your eye area, and wipe off with a warm, damp towel.  You’ll be amazed at how fast it works!  The best part is that any leftover oil will hydrate the gentle skin around your eyes and even decrease fine lines.  And yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara!  

As a body moisturiser
To give your skin a silky glow, apply coconut oil right after you step out of the shower.  Be careful though – a little goes a long way.

In a luscious body scrub
Who needs to buy body scrub when you can make your own?  Melt ½ cup of coconut oil at very low heat. Pour it over 1 cup of brown (or white) sugar and stir well.  Coconut oil also has anti-fungal properties, so it makes a great foot scrub as well.

Have you ever used coconut oil?  What are some other natural oils you use in your beauty routine?  Tell me in the comments below!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Oily scalp and greasy hair!

May 25, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

If you have an oily scalp,  it can be tough to keep your hair from getting greasy.  Here are some easy things you can do to reduce greasy hair...

Cleansing & conditioning tips:
  • Wash your hair frequently but not every day.  It's recommended that you only wash it every 2-3 days.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo once a month.  This type of shampoo is designed to remove any build-up of grease and hair product.  Do not use a clarifying shampoo every day though, as this will over-strip your hair, causing it to produce more oil in response.
  • Try to use a conditioner just for the lower half of your hair.
  • If your hair is dry at the ends and oily at the roots then condition your hair first and then shampoo your roots.
  • If your hair is very oily, you may be tempted to not use conditioner.  However, if you have long hair, it is best to condition the ends to stop them from drying out.
  • Rinse your hair with warm water and then close the cuticle with cold water to add shine.  Try a small amount of apple cider vinegar as a final rinse (1 tablespoon per 8 fl oz /236 ml of water).  The smell goes away as the hair dries.
  • You can also use dry shampoo to make your hair look less greasy.
Styling:
  • Don't use too much styling products or you'll weigh your hair down and residue could accumulate.  Stay away from “wet look” gels, because they will make your hair look greasy when it's not!
  • Brush only as much as needed to make your hair neat.  Do not over-brush your hair as brushing  increases oil production.

  • Avoid touching your hair as much as possible.
  • Avoid straightening your hair.  The heat from the blow dryers and straighteners makes your scalp produce more sebum.
  • Embrace your curls!  Sebum moves more slowly through curly hair.  This is why curly haired people tend to have dry hair!  If you've have natural waves or curls, flaunt them! J
What causes "oily hair"?      
Excess sebum on the scalp causes "oily hair".  Here are some factors that can accelerate oil production:
  1. Intense heat and humidity 
  2. Sweating
  3. Puberty and other hormonal changes 
  4. Some medications that affect hormones
  5. Touching and playing with your hair frequently
  6. Frequent brushing
  7. Pollution
  8. Stress

Often greasy hair is an issue only during puberty and with time the problem fades, but unfortunately this is not always the case.
I hope you find this helpful!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Monday, October 22, 2012

At-home deep-conditioning hair treatment

October 22, 2012 2 Comments


All you need for a  deep-conditioning hair treatment is;
  1. a plastic shower cap (or even a plastic bag) 
  2. a hair mask (or your favourite conditioner)

Hair masks are an effective way to restore moisture to your hair.  You could buy your mask from a store or you could also make it at home.  You could also use your favourite conditioner instead.

How to get the most out of your hair mask:
  • Choose a mask according to your hair's need.
  • Shampoo and detangle your hair.
  • Don't use a conditioner after shampooing and before applying the mask.
  • Remove excess water from wet hair before application.
  • Use a generous amount and concentrate on the ends.
  • Apply on the entire length.
  • Wrap your hair up in a shower cap while the mask works its magic.  The heat from your scalp amplifies the mask’s effect.
  • Note: You should use your hair mask as directed in the instructions.  Certain ingredients used in hair masks could damage your hair if left on for too long.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water.  As always, finish off with a cool rinse.

Do you use any hair masks?  Do you have any requests for future DIY hair mask recipes?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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XOXO
Euphrasie85

Monday, October 01, 2012

DIY: Leave-in conditioner spray

October 01, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Do you (or your kids) have unmanageable, tangled hair?  Do you use a leave-in conditioner or a detangler for your hair?  Well, you can make your own leave-in conditioner/detangler!  This is a simple and easy DIY and you can use what you already own.


How to make home-made leave-in conditioner spray:
  1. You will need a spray bottle and your conditioner.  Yes, your normal rinse-out hair conditioner. 
  2. Put approximately 2 tablespoons of conditioner into the spray bottle.  (I use a 300ml bottle; use less conditioner if you have a smaller bottle.)  
  3. Fill up the spray bottle with water leaving about 2cm of air at the top.
  4. Shake well and use just like you would any other leave-in conditioner.

Tips:
Apply to the length of your hair (from your ears down) when hair is wet, or just at the ends on dry hair; this way you won’t end up with greasy hair.
Try it, it works like a charm! 

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Is your shampoo stripping your hair?

September 17, 2012 2 Comments

Is your shampoo stripping your hair of moisture?  Does your shampoo contain sulphates?  

Sulphates (sulfates) are the agents that make cleansing products lather.  Most shampoos contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate These ingredients, which are standard for most shampoo (and household cleaning products), strips the hair from natural oils, over-dry the hair and cause frizz (especially in curly hair).  Sulphates also damage coloured hair.  In fact, after a chemical treatment, colouring or hair extensions, hair stylists will often recommend a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner.


Without sulphates there is no lather when you wash your hair so it takes some getting used to.  Cleansing your hair with a sulphate-free shampoo is very similar to co-washing (washing with conditioner only).  If you choose to co-wash, always use a sulphate-free and silicone-free conditioner.

However, if you use silicone-based hair products (conditioners, gels, creams, serums, etc.), you do need to use a sulphate shampoo to remove build-up!

So what can you do to make it less harsh?  Diluting your shampoo will help you get that perfect clean feeling while limiting the hair stripping and damage.

How to dilute your shampoo:
Mix 1 part water and 1 part shampoo in a spray bottle or applicator bottle.  You could also use an empty shampoo bottle.

Benefits:
  • You can target your scalp with the spray bottle or applicator bottle.
  • Makes thicker shampoos easy to spread and lather.
  • It’s less concentrated so less of your natural oils are being stripped out of your hair (less drying).
  • You use less shampoo and save money in the long run.

Do you dilute your shampoo?  What about co-washing and sulphate-free shampoos?  Have you tried any?  Let me know in the comments below.

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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