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For Naturals When Coconut Oil Isn’t Enuff
If it seems like every product you’ve tried doesn’t give you the results you want then it’s time to look at your diet. Here are 3 vitamins for healthier, longer, shinier hair.
For softer, more manageable hair:
MSM has been linked to healthy, soft hair. Some have reported that this sulfur compound loosened their curl pattern. Foods rich in MSM include broccoli, cabbage, and kale.
For healthier, longer hair:
Biotin helps to promote healthy hair growth. Foods rich in biotin include swiss chard, almonds, and bananas.
For shinier hair:
You can find omega fatty acids in flax seeds, hemp milk, and walnuts. Try hemp milk in your smoothies to get more omega fatty acids in your diet. As a bonus if you suffer from dry scalp omega fatty acids will help to keep your scalp moisturized.
I prefer getting my vitamins and minerals from whole foods but if you prefer supplements the brand I trust is MegaFood Skin, Nails & Hair. There are plenty of hair vitamins on the market but you have to be wise about the supplements you choose to consume.
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I’m back with more DIY. This time I’m coming with some lovely, natural toothpaste. Why make toothpaste when we can buy it in stores? Well because DIY is fun, it’s cheaper, and healthier. The thing is that the toothpaste we buy in stores are filled with chemicals like sulfates and fluoride. Although there are natural toothpastes out on the market they may be a bit pricier that what we wish to pay. So I’ve created an all natural toothpaste using 3 inexpensive ingredients.
What You Will Need
1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of unrefined coconut or sesame oil
3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil (or see here for other essential oil choices)
A bowl or container of some sort
Spoon for combining mixture
- Combine ingredients until a paste forms
- Brush your teeth with the mixture
That’s it. Two steps. How easy was that? So why did I choose the ingredients I did?
Baking Soda: Cleans and whitens teeth
Coconut or Sesame Oil: Antibacterial oils that help to pull toxins from your mouth
Peppermint essential oil: My DIY isn’t complete until I add an essential oil. I chose peppermint because of the refreshing, minty taste. The essential oil is also an antibacterial that will help to keep your mouth fresher longer.
I love this toothpaste because it polishes my teeth so well and I feel good about using it.
I make a new batch each time I brush my teeth. I’m at the point where I eyeball the ingredient amounts. This is a preservative free mixture and if it comes in contact with water it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. If you can make your paste and keep it away from water you may be able to make small batches ahead of time.
That’s all folks!
This DIY face cream only needs three ingredients. It will leave your skin smooth, moisturized, and fight blemishes.
4 tablespoon of unrefined shea butter
3-4 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
5 drops of lavender essential oil
- Add shea butter and sweet almond oil to a mixing bowl
- Use a hand mixer or manually stir ingredients until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps
- Stir in essential oil
Shea butter is non-comodegenic meaning it is less likely to clog your pores. Shea butter will moisturize your skin and leave it feeling soft and supple.
Sweet almond oil is also non-comodegenic and is rich in vitamin and minerals to combat dryness and heal your skin. Sweet almond oil is easily absorbed by the skin and won’t leave your face feeling greasy. If you do not have sweet almond oil then jojoba or grape seed oil are great substitutes.
Lavender essential oil is balancing for the skin. It helps to fight acne and soothe other skin conditions such as psoriasis. Also, lavender has a calming effect which is perfect for aiding in sleep.
Since no water is added to this recipe the moisturizer should last you months. Also, the essential oil helps to preserve the mixture.
I decided to try a rosemary herbal hair rinse on my hair because the colored ends of my hair are super dry and my scalp needed a proper cleanse. This hair rinse left my hair super shiny and manageable.
What is a herbal hair rinse?
Essentially, it is a tea that you make for your hair using herbs of your choice. You pour this tea over your hair as a final rinse to get the benefits of the herb(s) you choose.
I chose rosemary because it’s my favorite herb for my hair. Rosemary is an antibacterial which will help to cleanse your scalp. It improves circulation, increases shine, fights premature graying, and alleviates dryness and dandruff. Plus, I love the smell of rosemary. It’s invigorating and refreshing.
What you will need:
2 tsp of dried rosemary or 5-10 sprigs of fresh rosemary
3 cups of filtered water
1.Add water and water to a pot and bring to a boil. Once the water reaches a boil allow it to boil for about 5-10 minutes.
2. Turn off the heat and cover the pot. Let the mixture steep for 30 minutes. Let the mixture cool until it reaches room temperature.
3. After your wash routine, pour the tea over your hair as a final rinse, then style as usual.
My hair was so soft after this rinse and the shine was amazing. Even my colored ends looked more vibrant. I’ll definitely do a herbal hair rinse ever 2 weeks.
Hi All and Happy New Year! It’s been awfully quiet around here at LGG but much has been happening off of the blog. One big accomplishment….*drum roll* Lexi’s Green Guide post “Coconut Oil As A DIY Eye Cream” was featured on Black Girl Long Hair.
You can read the original article here
Thanks for all your support! Bigger and better is on the horizon for LGG.
I’m cuckoo for coconuts. Okay…that line was horribly corny. Let’s forget I ever typed that. But hey, look at what I found at a street fair in Brooklyn, NY.
It’s a coconut and I was sipping on fresh coconut water! I was in love. I use coconuts for everything. Seriously, it’s my holy grail product. Here are a few ways I use coconuts:
- I drink coconut water
- I use coconut oil as a pre-wash for my hair
- As a hair oil to seal in moisture
- Coconut oil all up in my deep conditioners
- I gently reheat leftover grains or vegetables with coconut oil
- I use both coconut oil and water in my smoothies
- Coconut oil as a cuticle oil
- Coconut oil as a night time lip treatment to keep my lips smooth and plumped.
- Oil pulling for oral care
- As a body oil for sexy skin
- As a massage oil for sexy time
- As an eye cream for my dark circles
I get a jar of unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil for the kitchen and one for my beauty use. Both jars last for months. At $9 a jar I’d say that’s a pretty good deal.
How do you use your coconuts?