4 Ways to use Aloe Vera to increase hair growth (Includes DIY Recipes)

How do you feel when you see beautiful models flaunting their long and glossy tresses? Do you feel that your hair is not shiny, healthy, and resilient enough? And then you quietly wish that you too had hair like them! There is one stop solution for all your desires- Aloe Vera; a miracle natural ingredient that existed for ages benefits you to have attractive hairs.

Is Aloe Vera good for hair?

Aloe Vera – the miracle plant is an ideal remedy for solving the majority of your hair woes – it helps moisturize, fight dandruff, prevent hair loss, soothe an itchy, irritable scalp and protect your hair from damage. Aloe Vera hair treatment is an excellent natural home remedy that makes your hair problem-free and flawless.

We recommend you to use Aloe Vera in its natural form ie by extracting it fresh from the leaf, instead of buying packaged gel or cosmetic products as they have additional preservatives and colours.

How to Use Aloe Vera For Hair

As we already said that the best way to use Aloe Vera gel is in its natural form, you can add other natural ingredients such as honey, olive oil, lemon juice that make hair soft, shiny and clear.

Here are our 4 favourite homemade hair care recipes using aloe vera :

1) Aloe Vera Hair & Fenugreek Hair Mask:

Aloe Vera gel can be used to naturally condition hair at home to make it soft and silky. Aloe offers loads of moisture and nutrients, making hair strong and smooth. Fenugreek prevents hair loss and gives a shiny look. It also helps to prevent premature graying.

Here’s how you can make your own hair conditioner:
1.Cut an aloe Vera and extract the gel with a spoon or scooper
2.Mix 1-2 tablespoons of Fenugreek (methi) powder
3.Apply this mixture on damp hair using your fingers, starting from scalp till the hair ends.
4.Wrap the hair in a warm towel
5.Wait for 15 minutes for the gel to sink in then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

2 ) Aloe Vera Leave-in Hair Spray Recipe:

Aloe Vera aids in closing hair cuticles to help in controlling hair frizz.

Here’s how you can make your own hair leave-in conditioner (you can also use this spray to freshen your skin):
1.Take aloe Vera gel and water in equal parts and mix them together thoroughly in a small bowl.
2.Transfer this solution into a spray bottle and shake it gently
3.Add a few drops (3 to 5) of an essential oil (we recommend using rosemary) of your choice and shake it again.
4.You can spray it on your hair when you feel it to be unmanageable
5.Store this solution in the fridge for upto a week

3) Aloe Vera & Olive Oil Deep Moisturizing Pre-Shampoo Conditioner:

Aloe Vera rejuvenates the hair follicles and reduces thinning; its friendly enzymes promote hair growth by retaining moisture and removing dead skin cells from your scalp. Olive oil is a natural moisturizer, it prevents dandruff usually caused when the scalp becomes dry and flaky. Using aloe vera and olive oil for an effective and natural hair mask helps in promoting hair growth,relieve scalp itching and add strength and luster to hair.

1.Mix together thoroughly equal parts of aloe Vera gel and olive oil.
2.Comb this mixture through your hair, leaving it in for about 30 minutes.
3.Wash it off with a mild shampoo.

4) Aloe Vera & Lemon Juice Hair Conditioner:

Aloe vera gel and lemon juice have immense beauty benefits. When used in your hair, they provide nourishment, prevent excess oiliness, eliminate dandruff, encourage hair growth and prevent hair loss.

1.Mix one-quarter cup of aloe Vera gel with the juice from half of a lemon.
2.Add in 3 to 5 drops of your favourite essential oil.
3.Shampoo your hair as usual, and then apply this mixture to clean hair.
4.Wait for 3-5 minutes and then rinse your hair.

Hope you find these recipes helpful to say good-bye to hair loss and promote your hair growth naturally with Aloe Vera.

Do you know any other hair care recipes using aloe vera? Do share them with us in the comments below.

6 Easy & Effective Lip Care Tips

Lip Care Tips

Lips are often the most ignored area in our skin care routine. This leaves them dry, flaky and cracked… so unsightly and uncomfortable!

Let’s now talk about the care of the delicate vulnerable skin of lips.

Lips should be sensual and expressive but chapped or dry lips are not enticing. The skin on our lips is much thinner and more delicate than our facial skin. Also, lips do not have any oil glands to keep the skin moisturized. This makes them much more susceptible to environmental factors such as temperature, low humidity, air-conditioning, and other influences.

The following tips can easily help you keep your lips looking pink and plump.

  1. Avoid harmful ingredients like fragrances, artificial color, petroleum-based products like mineral oil or alcohol, as you will ingest small amounts of these ingredients. Look for lip balms that have moisturizing oils and butter as they not just coat the skin surface but penetrate deep into the skin. We recommend looking for the following ingredients in your lip balm
  2. Olive oil: It is loaded with nutrients, vitamin E, antioxidants, healthy fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory agents; that’s why; the extract of olive is very effective to cure chapped lips.

    Almond oil: It is rich essential oil extracted from the almond seeds and enriched with healthy fats, minerals, proteins, and vitamin B & E. Vitamin B2 restores the moisture to the skin or lips, almond oil protects your skin from the sunburn and its emollients softens plus rejuvenate your lips.

    Cocoa Butter: It is another valuable ingredient for lips as it works as an absorbent for the skin and intensely moisturises and provides relief for dry skin.

    Castor Oil: This oil moisturizes, nourishes and cares for your lips

  3. Stop licking your lips – it irritates the skin and makes them drier.
  4. Remove your makeup – Most lipsticks especially the long wear ones dry out the skin. Make sure that you remove all make up at night to avoid damaging your lips.
  5. Exfoliate weekly – Flaky lips are gross! Use a natural scrub like sugar or even your toothbrush to gently exfoliate your lips weekly but avoid hard scrubs or peels. You can use this DIY recipe to make your own scrub. This will surely help get rid of build-up of dry skin.
  6. Be generous with a lip balm: Keep your favourite natural lip balm handy and apply it in the morning under your lipstick and at night before hitting the bed.
  7. Use healing ingredients from the kitchen like ghee, almond oil, coconut oil to pamper your lips every once in a while.

Make Your Own Baby Diaper Rash Cream

With a baby come the pleasures of soft cuddles, noisy rattles, warm booties and a world of cuteness all around. It is not easy to compare the softness and smoothness of a baby’s skin with anything else. Regular use of diapers and wipes often causes diaper rashes on delicate baby skin and makes babies uncomfortable. However, with gentle and natural skin superfoods like coconut oil and shea butter, diaper rashes can be cured easily. Read about some of the most effective natural products that can be used for baby skincare purposes.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is an all-in-one miraculously simple solution to a host of problems, especially for babies. It is rich in vitamins and healthy fats and has anti microbial and anti fungal properties. It acts as an excellent moisturizer and hence it is one of the best baby massage oils, being natural and chemical free. It can also be used to get rid of cradle cap, tar-like first stool called meconium, thrush and candida, as a healing agent for wounds and rashes, bug bites, flu, baby acne, as a conditioner for frizzy hair, to moisturize dry nose, as a decongestant in baby constipation, as a natural toothpaste for easy teething and as a nutritional addition to baby food. The list goes on as coconut oil has literally hundreds of such uses. No wonders then, that in coastal areas the coconut tree is called the ‘Kalpavriksha’, the tree that fulfills all desires.

Shea butter

Shea butter comes from seeds of shea fruit and is rich in vitamins and nutrients. It nourishes, smoothens and moisturizes skin, reduces inflammation, and provides protection from UV rays. It also improves skin elasticity, restores skin after exposure to harsh sun and helps in collagen production to heal scars. It keeps stretch marks, wrinkles and under eye bags at bay. It is a versatile ingredient that finds great use in skin care products, especially for babies. It can be used by itself as a moisturizing cream or as a base ingredient in many skincare recipes.

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Castor oil

Another extraordinarily wonderful product that works wonders in skincare is castor oil. It has vitamin E, proteins and minerals and it is antimicrobial, which makes it ideal for use in skincare applications. It heals cracked, dry skin, relieves pain from scraped skin, cures ringworm and fungal infections, treats acne and improves overall skin quality, imparting a glow to it, among several other benefits. All these qualities make castor oil an important addition to babies’ skincare regime.

Zinc oxide

Zinc oxide is an inorganic compound that is found as a mineral as well as synthesized. Due to its deodorizing and antibacterial properties, zinc oxide finds use in various skin creams, baby powders, rash creams and lotions. It is the chief component of calamine lotion which is popular as a regular skincare lotion and sunscreen.

It is easily available at a medical store.

Lavender essential oil

Lavender essential oil is an excellent moisturizer, which has anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is greatly useful in healing acne, bug bites, minor burns and sunburn. It is used in diaper rash creams due to all these benefits for skin.

Using all these natural and gentle ingredients, prepare this simple remedy to beat diaper rash. It is easy to prepare, store and use and works effectively on gentle baby skin.

Requirements

2 tbsp shea butter

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp zinc oxide (available at chemists)

1 tbsp castor oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

Preparation

Measure out all the ingredients in given quantities in a mixing bowl. Mix well and store in a clean glass jar.

Application

Whenever required, spoon out the mixture from the jar and apply gently. It can be used regularly to avoid rashes and keep baby skin healthy.

Tea tree oil can be used as a replacement to lavender essential oil or in addition to it.

Prepare this diaper rash cream and avoid using commercially available rash creams which might have unwanted chemical ingredients. After all, the softest skin deserves the mildest treatment and gentlest care.

 

 

Resource articles:
http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Coconut-Oil-for-Babies.html
https://dreamingreengirl.com/33-coconut-oil-uses-for-babies-and-mamas/
http://wellnessmama.com/27324/shea-butter-benefits/

10 Superb Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

Though it is not known to many of us, coffee grounds are an inexpensive resource for various household uses including beauty purpose. They are anti-oxidant in nature and have great exfoliating and cleansing properties. After reading this article, you are surely going to think twice before throwing away used coffee grounds.

Reuse Coffee Grounds For Skin And Hair

1. Facial scrub and wash

Coffee grounds are exfoliating in nature. They are great for use in a facial scrub. When mixed with equal amount of cocoa powder, with a little milk and honey, coffee grounds become a rejuvenating and refreshing facial treatment. Upon combining with a little olive oil and a few drops of essential oil, coffee grounds work well as a face wash.

2. Body scrub

coffee grounds mixed with coconut oil or just plain warm water make a great scrub for the entire body. Scrubbing with this mixture removes dead skin effectively.

3. Hair cleanser

Coffee grounds help in removing the product or oil build up in hair. Upon switching to a natural shampoo and conditioner, the hair need to adjust to the new regimen. This might cause oil and residue build- up in hair. Massaging a handful of used coffee beans onto hair gets rid of the entire residue, while being gentle on the hair. It also imparts great shine and volume to hair. Additionally, it might darken hair colour too.

4. Dark circles remover

Do you have tired looking eyes, dark circles and under eye bags? Make a paste by mixing coffee grounds with water and apply under eyes for 10-15 minutes.

5. Reduce cellulite

 Of all the enemies of beauty, cellulite is the most treacherous one. It usually catches one unaware and is very difficult to get rid of. Coffee grounds are known to chase away cellulite in a few weeks. They can be used in various ways for this purpose. Even simply mixing coffee grounds with warm water and applying on affected areas for 10-15 minutes twice or thrice every week regularly can show visible improvement within weeks.

Reuse Coffee Grounds for other household uses

6. A bath for pets

Including coffee grounds in pets’ bath routine is helpful in keeping fleas away. It should be simply rubbed in their fur before rinsing shampoo.

7. To remove odours

Placing a bowl of coffee grounds in the refrigerator soaks up smells and effectively removes them. Hands can also be scrubbed with it to remove garlic odour.

8. Gardening

Coffee grounds are an excellent gardening resource. They can be used as a fertilizer which aerates soil and provides nitrogen and potassium. They also repel slugs and are a favourite of friendly worms. They can be added to the soil straightaway or can be composted along with other organic wastes for a richer fertilizer.

9. Cleaning

The gritty texture of coffee grounds makes it an abrasive agent in and around the house. Hard to remove stains and caked-up dirt can be easily removed from pots and pans, grills, counters and tiles by scrubbing the grounds on them. They remove piled on dirt effectively without damaging the surface.

10. Craft

These humble grounds have many crafty uses as well. They can be used for dyeing fabrics, paper and other craft supplies. They can also be used in making soaps and candles.

Now that you know so many ways of reusing old coffee grounds, a few of them must be appealing enough to be tried. So are your coffee grounds going to be a household tool or a beauty mask to unveil the diva in you? Do share your experience.

 

Hair Oil Recipe with Curry Leaves

It is a matter of good fortune for those who have naturally beautiful hair that does not require a lot of care and maintenance. But those with not so beautiful hair do not need to lose hair over this.With a little care and use of some amazing natural ingredients like curry leaves for hair, your mane can look gorgeous too.

Benefits of curry leaves for your hair:

Curry leaves can be applied on hair by themselves or in combination with other ingredients like fenugreek, shikakai and neem which aid healthy hair. They can also be used in food as they have a distinct and wonderful aroma. Curry leaves are rich in beta carotene, amino acids and anti oxidants which are good for hair in the following ways:

1. Prevents premature greying of hair

2. Aids healthy hair growth by nourishing hair follicles

3. Maintains natural hair color by improving hair pigments

4. Prevents hairfall by strengthening hair shaft

5. Removes dandruff

6. Promotes scalp health by removing dead cells

7. Moisturises hair and treats dry and damaged hair.

Curry leaves can be incorporated in hair care regimen as a hair mask, hair vitalizer or in hair oil. A fine paste of fresh curry leaves mixed with curd can be applied on hair. It moisturises and nourishes hair and gives lustrous hair. The reduced water left after boiling curry leaves is a great hair tonic that imparts all the goodness of curry leaves. Though the best and easiest application is using curry leaves in your hair oil. This oil is easy to prepare, store and use.

Requirements

Coconut oil- 1 cup

Fresh curry leaves- 1-2 entire fronds which have 10-12 leaves each

Fenugreek seeds (methi seeds): 1 tbsp

Preparation

Heat coconut oil in a pan till smoking point. Take care not to burn it. Take the pan off the heat. Add fenugreek seeds and curry leaves in hot oil and cover the pan. When the oil cools off a little, but still in a liquid state, pour it into a glass jar. You may strain it if you prefer.

Use

Massage generous quantities of this oil on hair and scalp and leave for a couple hours. You can use the warm towel method at this stage which is optional. Soak a small towel in steaming hot water and squeeze it well. Wrap it over your head to cover your hair. The steam from the towel will help the oil to spread well and moisturise the scalp and hair. Wash the oil off with your regular shampoo. You will definitely notice the change in your hair after a couple of uses.

Create this fabulous hair oil infused with curry leaves and get shinier, healthier hair with each application. As a bonus, the yummy aroma of this oil makes you want to apply it before every hair wash.

Highly recommended!

Benefits of shea butter for skin and hair

Shea butter is a solid buttery oil extracted from fruits of Shea-karite tree. It grows in wild in African tropical savannahs where insufficient rains occur. The tree bears fruits, the nuts of which are crushed and boiled to extract shea butter. It is a light coloured solid. It is edible and used in food. It has also gained popularity as a beauty product and cosmetic additive.

Properties of shea butter

Shea Butter is rich in fatty acids, phenolic compounds and vitamins. It is mainly constituted of oleic acid and stearic acid. Its rich components impart great virtues which makes shea butter a superfood.It melts at body temperature. It gets absorbed in skin without leaving any residue or clogging pores.It is unsaponifiable, unlike other oils or fats, which makes it incredibly beneficial for skin and hair.Quality of shea butter depends on the method of extraction. Shea butter which is extracted manually or mechanically retains its minerals and vitamins. It is therefore beneficial for health. On the other hand, shea butter extracted by using chemical methods loses most of its good properties.Some of the benefits of shea butter for skin and hair are as follows:

  • It is anti inflammatory and anti-oxidant. These properties make it a good remedy for itchy skin and scalp. It can cure dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rashes. It can also heal minor cuts and burns, insect bites and contact dermatitis caused due to poisonous plants.
  •  It is a deep moisturizer that nourishes skin and hair. It can cure chapped lips and cracked
  • heels effectively.
  • It stimulates collagen formation. Thus it helps in regenerating and maintaining a youthful skin. It soothes dry skin and makes it soft, supple and strong. It also cures skin cracks, sunburn, marks, scars, spots, blemishes, under-eye bags and wrinkles to result in an even toned, glowing skin. Thus shea butter is a favourite ingredient of anti-aging recipes and skin creams.
  • Shea butter reduces acne and prevents occurrence of bumps after shaving.
  • It acts as a natural sunscreen for skin and hair.
  • Its gentle nature makes it ideal for babies’ skin. It is used in diaper rash creams.
  • Its moisturizing properties make it an excellent revitalizer for hair. It cures dry, damaged and brittle hair, rehydrates dry hair and imparts lustre to them. It is an excellent treatment for heat treated or chemically treated hair.
  • The gentle nature of shea butter, its anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties, its sun- protection, its moisturizing property combined together make it the best ingredient to use in extreme climates, either during harsh summers or chilly winters. It protects skin and hair from damage caused due to pollution, UV rays and dehydration.

Shea butter for skin

Shea butter can be used by itself as a skin moisturizer, massaging agent, SPF 6 sunscreen, cuticle cream, de-tanning lotion, lip balm, shaving cream etc, among plenty of other uses. It can also be used as a baby care product by itself. It is also used in various skin recipes like lotions, soap bars, conditioners, baby care recipes etc. Read our own shea butter diaper rash cream recipe here.

Shea butter for hair

Apply pure shea butter on hair from root to tip and leave for 30 minutes. For deep rooted effect, soak a towel in warm water and wring it. Wrap this warm towel on your hair. The steam from the warm towel will help the shea butter to get absorbed well. Wash hair with your regular shampoo. Pure shea butter can again be applied in place of conditioner. This treatment helps in reviving damaged hair, without making them greasy.

Underarm Detox – Benefits & Methods

If you have been using a deodorant for a long time and trying to switch to a natural deodorant, you might find the transition difficult. This is because the pits are now clogged with harsh chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants and their natural processes have come to a halt. So, in order to make the switch from chemical based deodorants and antiperspirants to natural deodorants easier, the armpits should be detoxified first. There are a host of other reasons also why you should detox armpits:

Here is why you should detox your underarms

1. Sweating is a mechanism through which body cools down and removes toxins from our bloodstream through skin. Antiperspirants stop this procedure and interfere with the natural process of body. They contain aluminium compounds that pinch the pores in armpits and prevent sweating. Thus lymph nodes get blocked and may feel lumpy. This stresses the endocrine system and the body immunity takes a beating, making one fall sick more often.

Detoxification of armpits is a way to allow armpits to breathe easy and switch back to their natural ways.

2. They also contain various chemicals like phthalates, formaldehyde and parabens. They get absorbed in the skin and harmful toxins build up in our lymph glands situated in and around armpits. This may be a reason for breast cancer. Chemicals entering directly into the bloodstream cause hormonal imbalances, allergies, inflammation, alzheimer’s etc. The chemicals make a film like layer on armpits which does not wash away and keeps pores clogged.

Detoxification effectively draws out some of the chemical build up and cleanses armpits.

3. If after a long and regular use of chemical based deodorants and antiperspirants, one switches to a natural deodorant, the new deodorant may not seem to be helping in reducing body odour and the person may feel more sweaty and smelly. Rashes and irritation in armpits may occur. Using antiperspirants for a long time gradually interferes with the microbial composition of the skin in armpits and changes the body odour, making it smell worse. Detoxification can help restore this composition which will in turn reduce the offensive odour. It also therefore makes the transition from a chemical deodorant to a natural one easier.

What can you expect after armpit detox

-little or no irritation upon using natural deodorants

-reduced odour and perspiration

-a stronger immune system and reduced proneness to catching infections

Method to detox underarms

1. Use a Bentonite clay cleansing mask

Mix 1 tbsp bentonite clay, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar and water in a glass bowl to make a creamy consistency. Apply this like a mask on underarms and allow it to stay for 5-15 minutes, depending on the sensitivity of your skin. Wash with warm water. Use this mask regularly and you will notice that the body odour has reduced. Some redness and irritation may occur initially, to which the body adjusts gradually. Remove the mask immediately if it hurts.

You can also try our clay mask – Clay-o-patra, which has 6 different clays and is very effective in detoxification.

2. Use Lemon Juice or Apple Cider Vinegar

Apply lemon juice or apple cider vinegar soaked in a cotton ball after thoroughly drying armpits after a bath. The acidity cuts out bacterial growth and keeps body odour away. It also removes the film like layer formed on the armpits due to long use of chemical deodorants and lightens the skin.

3. Wear natural cloth

Wear clothes made of natural fibers, preferably cotton. These absorb sweat and allow the skin to breathe, quite unlike synthetic clothes that trap sweat and germs and smell bad.

4. Drink plenty of water

This helps flush out toxins from the body effectively.

5. Eat your greens

Eat leafy greens along with herbs like mint, parsley, rosemary and sage and wheat grass. They have chlorophyll which is known to reduce body odour. Avoid alcohol, piquant foods like onion and garlic and red meat, spicy food and caffeine.

Though not everyone requires a deodorant after detoxification of armpits, the assurance of wearing one is required by most of the people. Instead of clogging your system again with chemical laden deodorants, switch to a natural deodorant and feel pleasantly fragrant all day long with confidence.

Benefits of Cocoa butter for Skin and Hair ( Free body butter recipe)

Cocoa butter is also known as theobroma oil. It is obtained from cocoa beans. To extract cocoa butter, whole cocoa beans are fermented and roasted. When the hull is separated, the residue that remains is cocoa butter. It can also be extracted from ground coffe beans or chocolate liquor. It has strong aroma and flavour of cocoa. It is a solid pale yellow fat. It is primarily used in chocolates. It is also used in beauty products and pharmaceuticals.

Properties of Cocoa butter (The geeky stuff)

Cocoa Butter is rich in fatty acids, but it is devoid of caffeine unlike its parent cocoa beans. It is mainly constituted of oleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid. Cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats. When combined with antioxidants, it has a long shelf life. It melts just below the human body temperature. It has a smooth texture and pleasant aroma. It is a good emollient. It is also an excellent moisturizer. All these properties make cocoa butter a popular ingredient to be used in various skincare applications – for example, in soaps and lotions etc.

Uses of Cocoa butter

Apart from being an important ingredient of chocolates, cocoa butter is also useful as a skincare and hair care ingredient. Some of the benefits of cocoa butter for skin and hair are as follows:

  1. For stretch marks: cocoa butter is emollient in nature. It soothes dry skin and makes it smooth and supple. This is effective in combating scars and stretch marks.
  1. Moisturizer for dry, itchy skin: Cocoa butter is an anti-oxidant. This makes it a good remedy for itchy and dry skin. It locks the natural moisture of the skin and prevents drying. It is effective on eczema. It can also heal burnt skin by creating a protective barrier. Cocoa butter is greatly effective for moisturizing sensitive skin, as it is natural and free from chemical additives. Cocoa butter can also help in curing dermatitis and rashes.
  1. Care for chapped lips: It is a deep moisturizer that nourishes skin. It can cure chapped lips effectively. It helps lips to stay soft and smooth in dry, cold weather and rejuvenates sun damaged lips too.
  1. Treats mouth sores: being an edible moisturiser, cocoa butter can be used in curing mouth ulcers.
  1. Anti Aging: Cocoa butter is rich in polyphenols which are antioxidants. These help in fighting signs of aging, either on external application or as a food ingredient. They help prevent degeneration of skin. It helps in collagen retention and formation. It keeps skin hydrated and improves skin tone and elasticity. Thus it helps in regenerating and maintaining a youthful skin. Thus cocoa butter is a favourite ingredient of anti-aging recipes and skin creams.
  1. Shaving cream: Cocoa butter can be used as a shaving cream. It prevents nicks and cuts, occurrence of bumps after shaving. It also leaves shaved skin smooth and glowing.
  1. As a hair and scalp treatment and conditioner: Cocoa butter is great for hair too. It makes hair manageable and strong. It rehydrates dry and damaged hair and restores their sheen and lost oil. It moisturises hair and prevents breakage. It also adds volume to fine hair. Apart from all these, it also smells pleasant. It can be massaged on hair and scalp thoroughly before shampoo like hair oil. It can also be used as a conditioner after hair wash on hair tips.

Pure Cocoa butter can be used by itself as a skin moisturizer, massaging agent, cuticle cream, lip balm, shaving cream etc, conditioner and hair oil among plenty of other uses. It is also used in various skincare recipes like lotions, soap bars, body butters, lip balms etc.

DIY whipped Cocoa Body Butter:

Make this incredibly simple and good body butter at home and enjoy a beautiful, glowing and fragrant skin.

  1. Melt equal quantities of coconut oil and cocoa butter in a bowl and refrigerate the mixture to set.
  2. Add a few drops  your favourite essential oil (we love lavender) and allow the mixture to become semi-hard.
  3. Whip it up until light and fluffy and fill in a jar.

Enjoy the goodness!

Have any other body butter recipe to share with us? Do let us know

Have You Tried Washing Your Hair With Clay?

Commercial shampoos might have Silicones that coat hair to give that extra shine and smoothness.They also contain toxic surfactants like lauryl sulphate, which help the shampoo to stay close to natural hair pH. These additives are toxic in nature though and build up in the hair after a long period of regular use.

Thus, to transition to natural shampoos, one require to first get rid of all the built up toxins. Clay is a great option for detoxifying hair. During the initial transition to natural shampoos, hair might look dull and tangly. After the detoxification is complete, the hair root become ready to absorb moisture well and hair gain their natural look and sheen.

Using clays for regular hair washing is a good way to cleanse hair, because clays are highly absorbent, exfoliating and moisturising at the same time.

All these properties make clay a complete hair care package. Different clays have different properties and hence they can be used for different types of hair.

 

Here is some more about the types of clay that can be used for hair wash:

1. Rhassoul clay: it is mineral rich and absorbent. It can effectively exfoliate hair and remove oil build up. It also reduces dryness and improves hair elasticity. It is helpful in treating scalp conditions like dandruff and psoriasis.

2. Bentonite clay: It is a very powerful clay that has the ability to draw out impurities, toxins and build up. It effectively detoxifies hair, removes oil build up and imparts sheen to the hair. Bentonite clay powder can be mixed with aloe vera juice and apple cider vinegar, along with olive oil to be used on hair.

3. Kaolin clay: it is a very gentle clay. It is highly absorbent and is a gentle exfoliant. It is not quite effective on oily hair, but is great for dry hair. It can absorb toxins and work as an anti aging agent for hair, making them strong and elastic. Powdered Kaolin clay can be mixed with hot water and applied on hair.

4. Multani Mitti / Fullers Earth: The most easily available clay, is great for all hair types and is great at improving shine, excess oil and gives bounce

How to use clay for washing hair

For a good consistency and ease of use, mix the required amount of clay with water or apple cider vinegar to a consistency that you would want to apply, which should ideally be the consistency of a thinned shampoo. Apple Cider Vinegar should be used when extra cleansing is required. The clay should be blended before mixing to avoid clumps.

Wet your hair and apply this mixture. Let it sit for 2-5 minutes, depending upon the oiliness and frequency of hair wash. Rinse it well with water. Clays have an alkaline pH which might make the appearance of hair dull after this wash. So a final rinse with apple cider vinegar mixed with equal amount of water is recommended for shine and volume.

 

So will you give this must-do-hair care ritual a shot?