What to do for dry hair?

This week, I’ve been asked by  more than 2 people what to do for their dry hair. Fortunately or unfortunately for me I don’t have dry hair. I have greasy and oily hair (that’s why I said unfortunately :/ ) Dry hair is a result of excessively washing your hair, using too much hair products, heated hair tools and hair coloring, exposure to chlorinated water, or simply deficiency in nutrition (yes eating a balanced diet reflects even in your hair!)

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So as summer approaches and since I’ve been asked this question twice already, I decided to make a post and give you a few remedies you can try at home to treat your dry hair.

Olive Oil:
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Olive oil is actually a very popular home remedy for hair which I’ve tried already. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which help heal damaged hair and repair it with moisture. Olive oil treatment can be applied to hair either warm or room temperature.

Do this treatment at least once a week:
– Warm up enough olive oil in the microwave
– Apply the warm oil thoroughly over your scalp and make your way through your hair. Massage your scalp gently for 5-10 minutes.
– Cover your hair with a warm towel and leave for minimum 30 minutes (overnight for even better results)
– Shampoo and condition your hair with your usual products.

* You can also use coconut oil instead of olive oil. Works just as well.

Mayonnaise:
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I’m guilty of also trying this remedy since I was a teenager only because I once read that Avril Lavigne used Mayo as her conditioner to keep her hair soft and shinny. (Who didn’t want to have Avril’s hair?!) Anyways, this easy home remedy is rich in protein and conditions better than any conditioner out there. Use it weekly:
– Apply a thick layer of mayo to your scalp and damp hair
– Massage your scalp and work through the ends.
– Cover your hair with plastic cap and leave it for about an hour.
– Rinse your hair with warm water and shampoo as usual.

Avocado:
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The high presence of vitamin A, vitamin E, protein and saturated fats are highly beneficial to dry and damaged hair, and so an avocado conditioning will strengthen and moisture your hair. Simply follow those 2 steps:
– Mash one ripe peeled avocado and mix it with a bit of olive or coconut oil (or whichever other oil you prefer). Mix well until the consistency is thick and smooth.
– Apply to washed hair and leave for half an hour. Then wash as usual

Eggs:
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Okay, okay! I’ll admit to not having tried that one yet but hey there’s always a first time for everything right?
– Mix together 3 eggs with a few tablespoons of olive oil or honey.
– Apply to damp hair and leave on for half an hour with a shower cap.
– Wash your hair as usual.

Bananas:

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The potassium found in bananas prevents split ends and softens your hair.
– Mash one ripe banana (add honey to it if you like) and apply thoroughly to hair.
– Leave for 30 minutes and wash as usual

Honey:
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The benefit of honey? It traps moisture in your hair, which will make your hair shinny, soft, and well nourished.Honey can be applied to hair:
– By itself
– Mixed with oils or other remedies such as eggs, avocados  etc..
– Or simply by mixing it with your conditioner.

Other remedies to try: beer, aloe vera, sesame oil.

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DIY Hair Repair Mask

There isn’t anything better than natural products, be it for food consumption or in this case for beauty use. I have found that most hair care products and conditioner use natural ingredients found in avocado, or mayonnaise. These components are a good source of protein that can heal damaged hair and make your hair healthier, stronger and smoother.

One hair repair mask that we like is the DIY Really Easy Hair Food.

Easy to make in just a couple of steps, you will need the following ingredients:

– Mayo
– Olive Oil
– 1 egg
– Avocado Oil

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Beat the egg and add 2 tablespoon of Mayo, 2 tablespoon of olive oil and a few drops of avocado oil. (measurements may vary depending on hair length.)

imageApply it evenly to your hair, and let it sit for approximately 30 minutes.

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Rinse thoroughly, wash and blow dry as usual. Your hair will feel smoother and shinier.

DIY Brown Sugar Face Scrub

I am tired of buying different face wash and scrubs and trying to find the right formula for the sensitive skin that I have. Already I’ve spent too much money on various beauty products that I find useless …

Instead, I started making DIY masks and scrubs with natural ingredients that are found in most beauty and cosmetics brands. So today I am sharing with you the popular formula for Brown Sugar Facial Scrub.

This scrub is very easy to make with 3 simple ingredients that will exfoliate your skin, unclog your pores and leave your skin soft:

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– 3 tbsp of brown sugar for gentle exfoliation and removal of dead skin.
– 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil for softening the skin.
– 1-2 tbsp of honey for soothing effect.

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Start by combining brown sugar and olive oil. Gradually add 1 tbsp of honey, and continue to add more until you reach desired consistency. Scrub should feel gooey enough but still workable.

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Apply to clean and damp face while scrubbing gently for 1-2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, and apply your daily moisturizer. Repeat this process once or twice a week.

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