Friday, April 12, 2013

5 Natural Beauty Tips For Hair

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From dandruff, dry hair, split ends to frizziness there’s a natural beauty tip for every hair problem. Hot oil treatments for example have proven to be a good hair treatment for more moisture while bananas form a great moisturizing ingredient in a hair mask. What’s your secret, natural beauty tip for your hair? Make sure you check the 5 beauty tipsbelow!

1. Banana Hair Mask For Moisture & Curl Definition

Natural Banana Mask Recipe For Dry Hair Face BEAUTY | Natural Banana Mask Recipe For Dry Hair & Face
When it comes to my hair I’m a real product junkie. And since my big chop I needed to test & try products as my natural hair has different wishes and needs. Although buying hair products is tempting (and boy I love it!) you can also go to your kitchen and create your own homemade hair products. In my case I gathered some moisturizing ingredients to create a creamy Banana mask recipe suitable for both your hair and your face (normal to dry skin)!

Go Bananas!

For this banana mask recipe I used the following ingredients:
- 2 very ripe bananas (the peel was dark brown)
- 2 tablespoons of mayo
- 1 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of cream
I used a blender to get the banana mask recipe extra smooth. Don’t try mashing the bananas with a fork as this will leave you with bits of banana in your hair and that’s not a good look! I sealed in the banana mask, which still was quite fluid, with a cling film and I let it sit and work its magic for 30 minutes. Although I know that natural ingredients are very good for your hair and work equally as good I’m always sceptic about it because hey if you pay 20 EUR for a hair product it means that people have done their research to ensure it’s a quality product and the creme de la creme when it comes to their formula right?
Boy was I wrong! I’ve never experienced so much slip and moisture after rinsing a hair mask and I achieved this with a couple of bananas, mayo, olive oil and cream?! Plus it gave me incredible curl definition Well each ingredient by itself offers moisturizing qualities when applied externally and when consumed as food. I also used a bit of thebanana mask on my face (I have sensitive oily skin) and it was moisturizing without being heavy so I feel this would suit normal-, mixed- to dry skin.

2. Honey & Olive Oil Hot Oil Treatment

A DIY hot-oil treatment for your hair is simple, affordable and it works. "Giving hair a little attention and massaging your scalp really makes a difference in its texture and strength," explains Mimi Kirk, author of "Live Raw: Raw Food Recipes for Good Health and Timeless Beauty." Kirk, in her 70s, explains that using natural oils in her hair keeps soft and healthy-looking.

Things You Need

Gather the necessary supplies.
This hair treatment requires an oil such as extra virgin olive oil. You'll also need a small bowl for the oil as well as a comb, a shower cap and an hour to relax.

Select and Pour Oil

Start with your oil of choice.
Pour some pure oil in a small bowl or cup. Top picks include extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil and avocado oil. Coconut oil comes in solid form, but liquefies when warmed. The amount of oil depends on the length and thickness of your hair.

Warm the Oil

Bring the oil to body temperature.
Kirk suggests using your finger to test. "Oil doesn't have to be hot to work," she said. "I place some of the oil in a bowl set over water, just like I'm cooking with a double boiler." Or use a microwave for a few seconds but test frequently.
Tip: The oil should never bubble or steam. Bring it to body temperature.

Apply Oil to Hair

Put a little oil on your hand and massage it into your hair.
Pour a small amount of oil into the palm of your hand and massage it into your scalp. Continue adding oil until all your hair is liberally coated. If you're worried about a mess, do this in the bath or while standing over the sink.
Tip: A cozy bath is a pleasant option.

Comb Through

Comb the oil through your hair for even distribution.
Using your fingers, a comb or both, be sure the oil is evenly distributed throughout your hair. The ends tend to be drier than the hair around your scalp, so pay attention to that section of the hair shaft.

Place Hair in Cap

Cover your hair to create a warm environment for the oil to do its amazing work.
Place your hair into a snug shower cap. Covering your hair creates a warm environment that makes hair more porous, allowing the oil to penetrate the hair shaft more effectively.

Wait and Massage Intermittently

Chill out while the hot oil makes your hair wondrous.
Allow the hot oil treatment to set for about an hour, massaging the scalp once or twice every half hour. "I don't find that leaving it on any longer than an hour makes a difference," Kirk said.
Tip: Take advantage and use this time to relax.

Wash, Comb and Style

Shampoo thoroughly to remove every trace of oil.
After an hour, shampoo the oil out of your hair. If necessary, double shampoo to remove all traces of oil. After washing, comb your hair to remove any tangles. Style as usual.
Tip: Repeat a hot oil treatment every month or two for best results.

3. Aloe Vera For Hair Growth

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One of the most effective hair growth tips is to use Aloe Vera. Massage Aloe Vera into your scalp. Leave it on for an hour and then rinse with warm water; this is amazing for growing long tresses.

4. Epsom Salt To Relief Dandruff

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Rub Epsom salt on your scalp for a few minutes and it helps relief dandruff issues. Tried this and after 3 days my scalp started itching which is excellent to me as anti-dandruff shampoos only work for 1-2 days so it’s at least an improvement. Will try to mix epsom salt with lemon juice and/or vodka as these have antiseptic qualities which might aid battling my dandruff issue. 

5. Coconut Oil Scalp Treatments

Diy Scalp Treatment
One of the first things we learned in cosmetology school was how to do a scalp treatment, and for good reason.  For all the benefits they provide, I think it’s crazy they aren’t a regular part of our “beauty” routines.  We’ll scrub, rub, and moisturize every square inch of our body, but the scalp tends to be neglected.  Of all the at home diy treatments you can do, a scalp treatment is of the easiest – and seriously one of the best.  They feel amazing, get rid of flakes, and promote fast and healthy hair growth.  Catch me after the jump, I’ll have you scrubbin’ your head in no time, with a couple things you have around your house!

Diy All Natural Scalp Treatment

I have a friend from childhood that was my ever faithful guinea pig during beauty school.  She was the first head of hair I ever took a pair of scissors to, put color on, and performed my first scalp treatment on.  To this day it is the one thing she begs me to make time for when I make it back home. I always say yes, under the condition she’ll do mine too.  After just one, you’ll understand!
Before we talk about the how, let’s talk about the why.

Why Scalp Treatments Are Important

Here are just a few reasons that a scalp treatment should be a part of your regular beauty routine:
  • Removes product build up (even shampoo and conditioner build up)
  • Relieves dry, flaky, tight skin from winter months
  • Treats dandruff
  • Stimulates the scalp to speed up hair growth
On a more serious note: many scalp related problems including hair loss and slow hair growth are caused by a hardened build-up of sebum that clogs the hair follicles.  Over time this build up may cause some types of scaling, and if not removed may eventually obstruct the hair follicle’s ability to function properly.
Convinced you yet? Okay, then lets talk about how.

How To Do A Scalp Treatment


  • Scalp treatment bristle brush – natural is best, but all I could find at Sally’s was a nylon brush.  They have a rounded top at the bristles making it easier to roll over the scalp, but even a regular bristle brush can do the job.
  • Ingredients for recipe
  • Application brush or cotton balls
While you can give yourself a scalp treatment, if you have a willing friend to swap with you, it’s dreamy.  It always feels better when someone else washes your hair, right?  My scalp was a mess from winter, so I couldn’t wait for a taker and did it myself, still fabulous.


When I was in school we actually used sea breeze, or tea tree conditioner.  However, I like to go a natural route these days and it’s really simple to whip up your own anyways.
My favorite oil to use is Coconut oil. It has a wealth of benefits for the hair and scalp, and it smells great.   However, you can use olive oil, as it has it’s own fair share of benefits.  Just make sure both are extra virgin and organic.  I’ve heard jojoba oil is fabulous on the scalp too, I just haven’t tried it.  You can just add a little lemon juice to the oil and right there you have a great treatment, but if you want to kick it up a notch:
My all time favorite recipe: Take about 4 tablespoons softened coconut oil, mix with 2-4 (depending on sensitivity) drops tea tree oil, and 3-4 drops of rosemary oil.  This isdreamy.
Ingredients from the kitchen:  I mix 4 tablespoons coconut oil with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice.
You can do a little research and find all sorts of recipes and concoctions for scalp treatments, these are just my favorite.  Rosemary and tea tree oil are both great for treating dry flaky scalps, and stimulate the hair follicle for hair growth, among other things.  You can also adjust the amounts, but keep in mind that tea tree oil can be irritating if you use too much, so use caution.


  • You’ll start on dry hair, and it really makes no difference if it is clean or not.  Starting on top, place the brush on the scalp, rotate it across the scalp while pressing down and pull off in the end.  Repeat across the scalp, parting hair where necessary.  This will stimulate the blood circulation and loosen any dry skin scales.  This should feel good, don’t press so hard that it hurts.
  • Next part the hair down the center and apply the oil mixture to the scalp with the application brush or cotton ball.  Work in one inch sections down the sides of the head, then the back making sure the mixture covers the entire scalp.
  • Now give your scalp (or your friends) a good massage.  Rub with your fingertips in a circular motion all over the scalp.  Leave the treatment on for about 20 minutes.
  • Finish it off with a good shampoo and conditioner.

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