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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! 




Monday, September 06, 2021

How often should you trim your hair? ✂️

September 06, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

You have all heard that you should get a trim regularly if you want to keep your hair strong and healthy, but how do you know when the right time is?  How often you should cut your hair depending on your hair texture and your current haircut.

hairdresser cutting straight hair

Many hairstylists used to suggest getting a trim once a month, every four (4) weeks.  Yes, if you have short hair, you should trim it every four weeks; if you want to keep your current hairstyle.  However, if you have medium-length hair, a cut every four weeks is probably too often.  Getting a haircut every eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks is a better option to keep your medium length looking healthy without growing it out long.

If you have long hair, you can wait even more than eight to twelve weeks between haircuts.  A  haircut every three (3) to four (4) months will work best for your needs.  You have to give your hair time to grow (about 0.5 inches each month) between cuts to avoid sacrificing length.  When I used to wear my hair straight, I trimmed it every three or four weeks.  Nowadays, I wear my hair in its natural texture (I have a loose curly hair pattern), and I plan to trim my hair at the beginning of each season!  By doing so, I will be giving myself a haircut four times a year, once every three months (12 weeks).  To be honest, I am still getting used to waiting this long to cut my hair.

hairdresser cutting curly hair

If you have fine hair, you should get a trim every four (4) to six (6) weeks.  Fine hair is more susceptible to damage from styling tools and products than other hair types.   For this reason, frequent trims are a must for healthy-looking hair.   


If you have layered hair, you might notice that within a couple of months, your haircut loses its shape.  Usually, longer layered styles can stretch a bit longer between trims.  Layers should be reshaped every eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks.   Fringes or bangs should be trimmed monthly, but you can go longer if you have lower-maintenance styles like wispy bangs or curtain bangs.


Here are telltale signs that you need a haircut:  


  • Your hair tangles easily and it gets harder to detangle.
  • Your hair is thick at the roots but thin at the ends.
  • You have more bad than good hair days.
  • Your curls start losing or changing their shape.
  • You notice split ends.
  • The ends of your hair stick together/tangle.
  • The ends of your hair start breaking off.
  • Split ends are travelling up your hair shaft.

No matter how thick and strong your hair is, you should never wait longer than six (6)  

months in between haircuts.  After a certain amount of time, no matter how well you treat your hair, your ends tend to get damaged!



How often do you get a haircut?









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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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Essential oils to add to your shampoo

July 18, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share another easy way to use essential oils adding essential oils to your shampoo!  Making your hair healthy and stronger couldn’t get any easier.  It doesn’t really matter what shampoo you use, you too can experience the benefits of adding essential oils to your hair routine!

woman with long healthy hair

Essential oils are packed with amazing antioxidants and other compounds that are healing, restorative and stimulating.  Nevertheless; trying to incorporate essential oils into your life, can be overwhelming.  Many of you just don’t have the time, am I right?  Well, with this simple technique, you can enjoy the benefits of essential oils for your hair, without a hassle!

Here are some of the ways essential oils can help your hair:

  • Stimulate growth
  • Strengthen  follicles
  • Eliminate dandruff
  • Prevent premature greying
  • Fight scalp acne
  • Oil control
  • Moisturise dry hair
  • Reduce hair fall
  • Repair damage
  • Kill lice
  • Fight fungal infections 

How to add essential oils to your shampoo:

Adding essential oils to your shampoo is easy.  You can simply open your shampoo bottle and add some drops of your essential oil of choice.  Or, you can also do what I do!  Personally, I like to use a narrow tip applicator bottle.  The narrow tip gives me greater control of the amount and placement of my shampoo.  You should only apply shampoo to the scalp and not the lengths of the hair!  (This goes for any shampoo, not just the one you add essential oils to.)  I also dilute my shampoo with water; doing this makes thicker shampoos easy to spread and lather.

shampoo and essential oils

The two essential oils I add to my shampoo every washday are tea tree and lavender!

How much essential oil should you add:

For every 10 ml of shampoo, add 10 drops of essential oil.
If you have sensitive skin, reduce the amount of essential oil by half. 

Here’s a list of the best essential oils for different hair problems:

  • For hair growth: Peppermint, Cedarwood, Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary, Tea tree
  • For dandruff: Tea tree, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Chamomile
  • For oil control: Peppermint, Cypress, Lemon
  • For odour removal: Rose Otto, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Lemon
  • For dry hair: Cedarwood, Sweet Orange, Ylang-ylang
  • For reducing hair fall: Rosemary, Lavender, Clary Sage, Frankincense
  • For scalp acne: Tea tree, Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon, Helichrysum
  • To kill lice: Tea tree, Lavender, Citriodora, Lemongrass, Peppermint

Depending on your hair issues and needs, you should select the best essential oil/s for your hair.  

Will you be adding essential oils to your shampoo?  Which ones?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DIY: Vegan hair mask

May 29, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I noticed that I haven't posted a DIY hair mask recipe in years, so today I want to share my favourite homemade vegan hair mask.  Check it out...

Ingredients:

These natural ingredients will give your hair intense moisture to bring its shine and health back.  The oils in avocado are easily absorbed by the hair.  Also, agave syrup attracts and locks moisture while olive oil moisturises and makes the syrup manageable.

DIY: Vegan hair mask

Method:
  1. Mash a whole overripe avocado into a bowl.
  2. Add ½ cup of agave syrup.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix well.
  4. Massage the mixture into damp hair and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse the mask off completely.


You can apply this vegan hair mask as regularly as every week, given that natural ingredients have no adverse side effects. 


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

RevivHair Stimulating Serum Review

May 22, 2016 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

I recently had the opportunity to try the  RevivHair Stimulating Serum from RevivSerums.  

RevivSerumslocated in San Francisco California, specializes in novel and innovative clinical treatment serums.  Their unique formulations are next-generation, high-performance, leading-edge, professional-grade treatment serums for skin, hair & lash rejuvenation.


Product description:

RevivHair Stimulating Serum with Redensyl, Stem Cells, Growth Factors & Peptides, is a novel next-gen leave-in serum can help significantly help boost the appearance of hair density, thickness, fullness, natural color, strength, and overall health.  Powerful key ingredients help both men and women.



Price:

€44/$49 (2 oz/60 ml) from RevivSerums




Directions for use:

Shake before use.  Apply once daily, to wet or dry hair, about one or two full droppers.  Part your hair and apply directly to the scalp in the areas that are thinning.  The measurement does not need to be exact, apply enough serum for good coverage.  Massage in with fingertips, then wash hands well.





Ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau (and) Glycerin (and) Sodium Metabisulfite (and) Glycine (and) Larix Europaea Wood Extract (and) Zinc Chloride (and) Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract [Malus stem cells], Tripeptide (AHK), Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF, rh-Polypeptide-3), Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Extract, PEG/PPG-20/23 Dimethicone, Mannitol (and) Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (and) Caffeine (and) Zinc Gluconate (and) Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, D-Panthenol, Radix Polygoni Multiflori Preparata Extract, Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins (Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Saw Palmetto (Serenoa Repens) Fruit Extract, Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum) Seed Extract, Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Root Extract, Indian Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) Resin Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Triethanolamine, Beta-sitosterol, Copper Tripeptide-1, Prezatide Copper Acetate, Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate (CIC2), Pygeum Africanum, Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase, Soy Isoflavones, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid.



My experience:

I received a bottle of RevivHair Stimulating Serum from RevivSerums in exchange for an honest review.  This serum is clear and it leaves no residue after applying on wet or dry hair; I have tested it both ways.  Since I have an oily scalp, I was a bit concerned that this would make it even more so.  However, it turned out that my fears were unfounded.  RevivHair is not the least bit greasy, it’s not thick, and it doesn't feel heavy on my scalp or in my hair.  

I can honestly say that this product really works.  Lately I noticed that my hair was becoming thinner at the hairline, which was freaking me out.  I already have a large forehead and a thinning hairline would make it even more noticeable.  Thankfully RevivHair helped a lot.  I've been using this serum everyday for the past four weeks.  After only four weeks my hair is thicker, fuller, longer and stronger (less shedding)!  Check out my before and after photos below - pictures speak louder than words! 




My results:


Longer hair



Fuller hairline



Thicker ponytail



If you have shedding or thinning hair, RevivHair Stimulating Serum may be just what you need!  I highly recommend trying out this product and seeing for yourself how amazing it is! 

If you have any questions about this amazing hair stimulating serum, leave a comment below.




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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