Natural Leave-in-Conditioner

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It’s really important to have a “protector” on your hair if you are using heat to dry and style. Leave-in-conditioner will do the trick. However, stay away from chemical-filled leave-in-conditioner, because that’s just going to do more damage to your hair. The chemicals in these products are BAD for your hair! Check out this natural recipe for leave-in-conditioner that will not only provide protein and softness to your hair, but it is completely chemical-free.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons 100% pure aloe vera
  • 1/2 teaspoon argan oil (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)

Add all the ingredients in a squirt bottle. Evenly apply to hair when damp or dry. (If you have naturally oily hair, you may want to add more water to dilute the oils).

Especially if you are using chemical-free shampoo and conditioner, it’s really important that you protect your hair when you are using heat. Why? Because shampoos and conditioners that have chemicals contain silicones (which are chemicals that are not healthy for you or your hair!) However, these silicones wrap around and cover your hair strands, which also creates a shield from heat. Therefore, when you are using shampoo and conditioner that do not contain these chemicals, you need an extra covering (aka: leave-in-conditioner).

I absolutely love this recipe. It makes my hair so soft and gives it more volume as well. Try it and let me know what you think!

Deep Hair Cleanse

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Do you want to cleanse your hair of all the chemicals that are in your shampoos, conditioners, hairspray, and hair gel? Want to give your hair a fresh start?

Two simple ingredients:

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Use Baking Soda as Shampoo

Step 1) Use a plastic bottle with a squirt-end.

Step 2) Fill the bottle 1-part baking soda to 5-parts water.

Step 3) Shake the bottle.

Step 4) Apply to all parts of hair (scalp, bangs, ends) while in the shower.

Step 5) Rinse.

You will notice that the baking soda thins-out and becomes soft in water. Rinse until all baking soda is out of hair.

 

Use Apple Cider Vinegar as Conditioner

Step 1) Use a plastic bottle with a squirt-end.

Step 2) Fill the bottle 1-part apple cider vinegar to 5-parts water.

Step 3) Shake the bottle.

Step 4) Apply to all parts of the hair (scalp, bangs, ends) in the shower.

Step 5) Rinse.

Apple Cider Vinegar makes the hair shiny and soft! Baking Soda and ACV are both natural disinfectants and will take away all gunk and residue in your hair.

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My Comments:

In my beauty routine, I use organic, chemical-free shampoo and conditioner. But every week or so, I love to give my hair a deep cleanse with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. My hair always feels incredibly soft and is always shiny after the treatment. Just keep a box of baking soda, a bottle of ACV, and two squirt bottles in your beauty cabinet. It’s very easy to prepare for your cleanse before your shower (takes less than three minutes!). I would suggest doing the cleanse once a week. But you can do it more or less depending on how your hair responds.

Eventually, if you want, you can stop using shampoo and conditioner completely and switch to the no-‘ poo method with the baking soda and ACV hair cleanse. If you want more info on that, check out this cool girl’s blog, who is very detailed about going no-‘ poo.

Has anyone else tried this? What do you think?

DIY Dry Shampoo

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Guys. This dry shampoo is INCREDIBLE.

I. love. it.

What do you need?

  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (if you’re a brunette!)

Mix ingredients together and walla! You have a beautiful, chemical-free dry shampoo. Could that not be easier?

This recipe makes more than enough and will last you a long time! If you don’t want to make as much, reduce the measurements. I store the excess shampoo in a giant mason jar and then keep my every-day dry shampoo in a salt/pepper shaker that I bought for $2.00 at Wal-Mart. Keeping it in a shaker like this makes it really easy to sprinkle onto your scalp.

This dry shampoo is the best I’ve ever used and it’s completely safe and toxic-free. I think it makes your hair have more volume near your scalp too. J Like I mentioned before, if you can eat it, you’re skin and hair will be happy with it.

 

Orginal Recipe: Alex Raye        Photo Credit: Lance Shroyer

Homemade Lemon Hairspray

I LOVE this recipe! It’s SO simple, it smells great, and it’s completely natural!

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 lemon (if your lemon is small, use 2 lemons!)
  • 2 cups of water (if you live in a place with yucky sink water, use bottled water)

Step #1: Cut the lemon into wedges.

Step #2: Place the lemon wedges into a pot.

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Step #3: Add 2 cups of water to the pot.

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Step #4: Turn on the stove and let the lemons boil until half the water has evaporated.

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Step #5: Strain the water into another bowl or jar and discard the lemons. (Unless you want to keep them for some reason… who knows?)

Step #6: Pour liquid into a empty spray bottle.

And WALLA! You have your very own lemon hair spray!

I added a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil into my hairspray after it cooled. I love the smell of lemon, so it makes the smell stronger! Totally optional, but I like it!

ENJOY!