Curly Hair Care Tips & Tricks

Everyone wants what they can’t have. I often dreamt of having long sleek straight hair but I’ve come to terms with my mane. The more I try to make my hair straight, the more I’m frying it.  It can seem daunting to take care of curly hair. It’s frizzy, unmanageable and dry. Because of its shape, curly hair requires a lot of moisture, but your scalp can still get oily.

There are countless drugstore and professional products that cater to women with curly hair. A lot of shampoos, conditioners, and treatments contain chemicals that are doing more damage to your hair than you think. In fact, you may not be taking proper care of your hair and not even realize it. I’ve compiled a list of tips and natural alternative remedies for ladies that have curly hair.

Curly Hair Tips:

1. Don’t brush your hair when it is dry. This can damage your hair’s natural curl pattern. Instead, on wet and conditioned hair, use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to separate the strands.

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2. Avoid using shampoos that contain detergents like sulfates and parabens. These ingredients are very drying and damaging to the hair.

3. Cold water closes the hair shaft and seals in moisture, so make sure you only use cold water to rinse your hair.

4. Avoid products that contain silicones. Silicones in conditioners are especially bad because it acts as a barrier and prevents moisture from getting to your hair.

5. Sleep on a smooth silk or satin pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases tend to break the hair when you toss and turn at night.

6. Do NOT use styling tools on your hair. The less heat the better for your curly or wavy hair. Skip the blow dryer and use a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt to dab your hair gently. 

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7. Leave a deep conditioner or a coconut oil treatment in your hair overnight. Wash the product out in the morning and style as usual.

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8. Since the sun is so drying to the hair, protect your locks by wearing a hat. You can also add a little shea butter to your hair as a mild protectant.

9. Before swimming at the lake, beach or pool, rinse your hair with water and condition the ends. Curly hair can be porous, so creating a barrier can prevent damage.

10. Read the labels on all hair products and stay away from gels that have alcohol. Gels that have “extra hold” often contain high amounts of alcohol.

11. Protect your hair at night by wrapping it up in a scarf or “pineapple” your hair.

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Curly Hair DIY Recipes

Rinse

Chamomile Tea Rinse

Ingredients:

chamomile tea bag
organic honey
apple cider vinegar
Spray bottle

Directions:

Steep one teabag of chamomile for 30-45 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Let this mixture cool and then pour into a spray bottle.

Clarification/ Shampoo

Rosemary Clarifying Shampoo

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup liquid castille soap
15-25 drops of rosemary essential oils
2/3 teaspoon olive oil

Directions:

In an empty shampoo bottle, combine all the ingredients.  Shake well until mixed and before each use.

Deep Conditioner

Deep Conditioner To Define Curls

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon honey

Directions:

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until mixed.

Detangler

Rosemary Lavender Detangler

Ingredients:

small spray bottle
2 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil
1 teaspoon almond oil
filtered water

Directions:

In a small spray bottle, combine the oils and add filtered water until the bottle is filled. Shake well to mix. Spray on damp hair.

Conditioner

Tea Tree & Eucalyptus Conditioner

Ingredients:

3 tablepoons raw shea butter
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons raw honey
6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
4 drops of tea tree essential oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Directions:

In a double boiler, combine the shea butter and coconut oil. After it’s melted, removed from the heat and add the vitamin E oil and essential oils. Stir until blended well and move the mixture to an empty bottle.  Store this up to one week in the fridge.

Hairspray

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon sea salt
10 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

Boil the water and dissolve sugar and salt. Remove from heat and let it cool until room temperature. Add essential oils. Transfer to spray bottle and shake well.

Serum

Jasmine Hair Oil

Ingredients:

1/4 cup jojoba oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
5 drops of jasmine essential oil
2 tablespoons avocado oil

Directions:

Combine ingredients in an empty bottle and shake to mix.

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How To Get Rid Of Dry Lips For Good

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What Causes Dry Lips

Let’s face it. You slather on sunscreen, grab a towel and maybe throw on a pair of cheap sunglasses. Your skin might not burn, but your lips will feel the heat after a few hours in the sun because you forgot chapstick! But sometimes, even then that’s not enough to protect your lips from cracking. Dry lips that go unprotected get punished by sun exposure, wind and pollution.

Not only are dry lips an indication of poor health, but it’s also never appealing. Since you use your mouth for many tasks like eating, kissing and talking, your lips get quite a lot of attention. Keep your lips hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and moisturize them with a natural lip balm.

There are so many different types of lip care products on the market these days promising you the world. However, many lip balms and chapsticks contain petroleum, which has been linked to breast cancer in women. The cosmetic industry isn’t as regulated as you might expect, with toxic chemicals entering our beauty products.

If you would like to try the alternative, here are some simple recipes you can try at home. Your lips endure a lot in any given day, give them a break.

Peppermint Eucalyptus Lip Scrub

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon sea salt
½ tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Directions:

In a bowl, combine sea salt and olive oil. Add vitamin E oil and essential oils. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

Brown Sugar Almond Lip Scrub

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon brown sugar
½ tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
3/4 tablespoon almond oil

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and almond oil. Add honey and vitamin E oil.. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Scoop in a small airtight container.

Rosemary Peppermint Lip Balm

Ingredients:

3/4 tablespoon beeswax
1 tablespoon shea butter
3/4 tablespoon coconut oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
15 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:

In a double boiler, melt beeswax on low heat. Combine the coconut oil and shea butter and mix into beeswax. Add essential oils and stir with a wooden spoon until blended. Pour into sanitized lip balm tubes

Note: The wax will harden as it cools. Simply pop it in the microwave to melt the wax to distribute into lip balm tubes.

Vanilla Rose Lip Balm

Ingredients:

3/4 tablespoon beeswax
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3/4 teaspoon raw honey
½ vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 drops rose essential oil

Directions:

In a double boiler, melt beeswax and cocoa butter on low heat. Pour coconut oil, honey, and vitamin E oil. Add essential oils and vanilla extract. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended. Pour into lip balm tubes.

Coconut Lime Lip Balm

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon beeswax
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3/4 tablespoon shea butter
5 drops lime essential oil
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

Directions:

In a double boiler, melt beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil. Add aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil and essential oil. Stir until melted. Transfer into lip balm tubes before the wax cools.

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Homemade Body Scrub Recipes

So, I’m obsessed with natural beauty recipes like homemade body scrubs. Store bought scrubs often contain preservatives that help to extend the product’s shelf life. And you know how fun and bright the colors are? They might be pretty, but those colors are actually artificial dyes.

All these additives can be harmful and have long-term effects on your health. Since I have become interested in holistic living, I’ve realized how simple it is to create effective and natural products. You can make your own body scrubs with the ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

I’ve listed 3 amazing scrubs you can try at home for less than half the price of department store scrubs. I hope you enjoy and please share your beauty recipes in the comments below.

Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub

Ingredients:

2 cups Epsom salt
1 cup sea salt
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
½ cup olive oil
15 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine salts and olive oil. Add vanilla extract and essential oils. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

Green Tea Body Scrub

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
⅛ cup grapeseed oil
⅛ cup brewed green tea (cooled)
1 bag of green tea

Directions:

Cut open 1 tea bag and take out leaves. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Coconut and Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Ingredients:

2 cups brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil (melted)
2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

In a bowl, combine ingredients and stir well until blended.

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