Homemade Leave-In Conditioner

This is probably the best thing I’ve done for my hair in a long time. I waged a silent war against split ends in the dead of Winter. I’m the lady that likes to wear a hat, or a scarf, or a hair tie all the time just to keep my hair out of my face. Problem is, all that friction from whatever I’m covering my hair with causes a lot of breakage. I’ve never dyed my hair. I’ve never cut it. I’ve never put hair extensions in it. I’ve only straightened it a couple of times in my life, still I was starting to look like I could be the 5th member of Motley Crue. Breakage, split ends, and an overall dull and overly processed appearance. Anyway, I was fed up, so I whipped up this amazing leave-in conditioner and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

So many of the leave-in conditioners on the market are way too heavy for my hair texture, and after trying out a ton of these cream based products, I decided I needed a really light oil to keep my hair from feeling weighed down. I used Organix Nourishing Coconut Oil, and I loved it, but I do have a couple of issues with this product. The price is a little too high and despite the brand’s name and some pretty clever marketing, it contains ingredients that I’m definitely trying to avoid in cosmetics. They’re on the right track though. Coconut oil is undoubtedly a good start when you’re looking to hydrate your hair.

This is probably the easiest homemade beauty recipe I’ve made, and the results are fantastic. My hair looks strong and healthy with a glow like I got it professionally done. Sigh. I’m a little bit ashamed of myself that I spent so much money over the years on hair care products just to end up covering my hair anyway. After using this leave-in conditioner for a couple of weeks, I’m actually ditching my hats! All those products, with the ingredients we can’t pronounce, are totally unnecessary. All you need is a few natural ingredients to get your glow back.

 

Homemade Leave-In Conditioner

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1.5 tsp vegetable glycerine (find it here)
  • at least 2 tsp sweet almond oil, liquid coconut oil, or jojoba oil
  • 8-10 drops lavender essential oil

Directions

  • In a spray bottle, mix water, vegetable glycerin, and oil
  • add the drops of essential oil
  • shake the bottle well before each use
  • to use, simply give a few spritzes to your scalp and massage from root to end

Just a note, if you’re concerned about buying a whole bottle of vegetable glycerine for just this recipe, don’t worry! Vegetable glycerin has a wide range of uses in cosmetics, so I promise that you’ll really get your money’s worth. I’ll be sharing more beauty recipes with you that are sure to put it to use.

Homemade Rosemary Hair Mask for Dry or Damaged Hair

Homemade Rosemary Hair Mask for Dry or Damaged Hair

This is the perfect hair mask to rescue your hair from the dull, dry prison of Winter. The smell is intoxicating and with just 3 ingredients, it’s super easy to whip up a batch in case of a hair emergency. Give it a try!
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Homemade Rosemary Hair Mask

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, or any light oil (melted or liquid for easy mixing)
  • 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10-15 drops of rosemary essential oil

Directions

  • in a small glass container, mix all ingredients well
  • starting at the scalp, work the mixture through your hair from the root to the ends
  • cover with a shower cap or a scarf
  • allow the mixture to stay in your hair overnight
  • thoroughly shampoo and rinse your hair the following morning
  • this hair mask is gentle enough to use several times a week

I usually use this hair mask about three times a week. I follow it up with this easy 3-ingredient herbal shampoo. It leaves your hair feeling totally clean and moisturized with a healthy sheen. For a protein rich alternative to this hair mask, check out this post!

Source: nutritionstripped.com

Fall + Winter Ready DIY Skin and Hair Masks---Spa Days at Home

Fall + Winter Ready DIY Skin and Hair Masks—Spa Days at Home

Get ready for winter with these 4 masks that help reduce acne, fade blemishes, moisturize skin, and strengthen hair! These will leave your hair and skin feeling silky smooth and totally moisturized. My personal favorite is the Simple Coffee Grounds Face Scrub. I just love the gentle exfoliation and the fact that I can upcycle coffee grounds for a stellar purpose. Check these recipes out!

Fall + Winter Ready DIY Skin and Hair Masks---Spa Days at Home

Simple Coffee Grounds Face Scrub

Ingredients

  • palm-full of freshly used coffee grounds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (for dry skin)

Directions

  • brew your favorite organic coffee
  • enjoy your delicious cup
  • scoop a handful of coffee grounds from the coffee maker’s basket or from the bottom of your french press
  • spread the grounds around your face with your fingertips (this can get a bit messy, so be sure to lean over your sink!)
  • leave it on for about 5 minutes
  • rinse of with warm water

Fall + Winter Ready DIY Skin and Hair Masks---Spa Days at Home

Calming Cucumber Yogurt Mask

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cucumber, pureed
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 probiotic capsule

Directions

  • combine all ingredients
  • apply to clean face
  • leave on for 15 minutes
  • wash off with warm water

Fall + Winter Ready DIY Skin and Hair Masks---Spa Days at Home

Blueberry Antioxidant Mask

Ingredients

  • 10 organic blueberries
  • 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Directions

  • mash blueberries
  • stir in yogurt and lemon juice
  • apply to clean face
  • leave on for 15-20 minutes
  • wash of with warm water

Fall + Winter Ready DIY Skin and Hair Masks---Spa Days at Home

Protein Hair Mask

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 4 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl
  • Apply to scalp and work it through the ends
  • leave it in for 15 minutes
  • wash it out with herbal shampoo

Source: Elle Beauty

Source: Hello Glow

DIY 3 Ingredient Herbal Shampoo

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First off I should admit that I haven’t used store bought shampoo in over a year, so what I’m about to say is based on a lot of experience. IT IS TIME TO DITCH YOUR SHAMPOO! Seriously. It’s not as tall an order as it sounds and the benefits are immediate and long lasting.

I’ve been making the switch to an all natural beauty routine for quite a while now. I started a new skin care routine using raw honey and soon added apple cider vinegar toner and apple cider vinegar exfoliant into my daily regimen. Essential oils found their way into the rotation and now I can honestly say, I’m never turning back.

Ditching commercial shampoo was naturally the next step. Everybody knows the feeling of having ‘clean’ hair that somehow still feels heavy after it dries… Or maybe even that moment when you scratch your head and half of your scalp is under your finger nails. Sigh. I found myself washing my hair twice a day not knowing that the store bought shampoo I was using was actually the main culprit behind my hair washing woes.

A little over a year ago, I started washing my hair with an apple cider vinegar and water solution. It took a little getting used to because it doesn’t lather up the way commercial shampoo does. I use this recipe, but honestly you can just eyeball it until you find a ratio that suits your hair. I was amazed at how clean my hair was after just one application! Only setback was the smell. Though it was a faint smell, the apple cider vinegar certainly managed to leave its mark. Not cool.

So now along with the ACV rinse, I also use a sweet smelling, DIY herbal shampoo. With just 3 ingredients (water, herbs, and pure castile soap), you can Make Your Own Customized Herbal Shampoo.

If you want to take the guess work out of picking the right combination of herbs, herbal blends categorized by hair type, are available for purchase here. These blends can be added to either your apple cider vinegar rinse alone, or your DIY herbal shampoo, or both!