The Secret To Moisturized Hair

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The secret to moisturized hair is to never take the moisture out of your hair. It really is that simple. We spend so much money buying products to put moisture in our hair when we can save money by never taking the moisture out. There are a few myths surrounding moisturizing hair. A few that could be costing you a lot of money and preventing you from retaining length.

MYTH #1 Clean hair means stripping the hair of oil

This is not true. While it is important to rid the hair of excess oil you shouldn’t strip your hair of all it’s oil. How do you know if you hair is stripped of all it’s oil? You hair will feel dry and tangled after shampooing. If your hair is stripped then it will be more likely to break. The best way to clean your hair is with clay. Clay will absorb excess oil from your hair without stripping your hair of natural oils. Terressential Pure Earth Hair Wash is God sent. All hair textures can use Terressentials. On the website they specify which to buy for your hair type. For those who love to DIY try Aztec Indian Healing Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar, your favorite essential oils, and carrier oils. If you prefer shampoo try Shea Moisture’s line of shampoo. The Shea Moisture African Black Deep Cleansing Shampoo is for a deeper cleanse without totally stripping your hair.

MYTH #2 You need to buy a moisturizer

Another myth that costs us extra money. If you are using a conditioner that is silicone free it can double as your moisturizer. This is especially true if you use clay to cleanse your hair. Also,  if the conditioner detangles your hair well in the shower you should add some water and conditioner in a spray bottle to detangle your hair before styling. I like Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. I use it to deep condition and moisturize my hair.

MYTH #3 You have to moisturize your hair throughout the day

I’ve heard stories of women walking around with spray bottles of moisturizer to occasionally spritz their hair throughout the day. That can get to be a bit much. If your first step of cleansing does not involve taking the moisture out then half of the battle is won. Instead properly moisturize your hair before styling. Add your “moisturizer” then seal it with an oil of your choice.  Grapeseed and argan oil work well for fine hair, coconut and olive oil work well with medium and thick hair.

More Tips

  • Always use conditioner. If you have thick or curly hair deep condition at least once per week.
  • Wear styles that don’t expose your hair to the elements. Excessive heat, wind or cold dries out your hair.
  • Always sleep with a satin scarf or on a satin pillowcase.
  • Keep the chemicals to a minimum or none at all. Trust me it’s so much harder to maintain colored hair. If you really want to color your hair look in to henna or visit a salon that caters to the health of hair.
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Make Your Own Clay Hair Mask

I am here for all of my broke college students, bargain hunters, DIYers, kitchen mixtresses, recovering product junkies…well you get the point! I am here for you all with this recipe on how to make your own clay mask for your hair.I have tried Terressentials Pure Earth Hair Wash and I absolutely adore the product but as a struggling college student I’ve decided to tighten my budget without giving up my eco-glam lifestyle. So here it is folks! Your at home clay mask for hair.

What You Will Need

Aztec Indian Healing Clay

Aloe Vera Juice

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Lavender Essential Oil (Or any other essential oil(s) of your choice)

Non-metal bowl

Non-metal spoon

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Step 1

Add 6 heaping teaspoons of the clay

Add 3 teaspoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Add 2 teaspoons of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Add 6 teaspoons of Aloe Vera Juice

10 drops of lavender essential oil

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Step 2

Mix until smooth

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Step 3

Consistency should be similar to greek yogurt. I like this texture because it stays put and isn’t runny. If you prefer another consistency use more or less aloe vera juice. Also for different hair types you may want to use more or less oil in your mixture. Play around with the amounts of each ingredient and find what’s right for you.

How To Apply the Clay Mask

Apply the mixture to your hair in sections. Focus on your scalp and smooth it onto the hair.

Then, gently massage your scalp for about 2-5 minutes.

After that, let the mixture stay on your hair for anywhere from 10-15 minutes.

Finally, thoroughly rinse out the mask. Continue rinsing until the water runs clear.

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No products and before deep conditioning

You may follow up with a deep conditioner or continue with your styling regimen.

How Does This Mask Work

Bentonite Clay: Draws impurities from the hair because of its ionic negative charge. It will attract itself to ionic positive charges which include impurities, bacteria, and fungi. These impurities will be absorbed by the clay and rinsed away with the clay.

Aloe Vera Juice: Strengthens the hair, promotes hair growth,moisturizes the hair, reduces dandruff. You can read more about the benefits of aloe vera juice here.

Olive Oil and Coconut Oil: Penetrates the hair shaft to strengthen and moisturize hair.

Lavender Essential Oil: Stimulates hair growth, reduces dandruff, refreshes the scalp, moisturizes the hair, and smells wonderful.

What do you think? Will you be trying this clay mask?