Tuesday, August 28, 2012

wear a mask

Now that we are finally wrapping up summer (wishful thinking) and school has started,  it's time to moisturize your hair after having put it through the ringer.  Hot temperatures, chlorine, wind, sand, and sweat.  All things summer and all things that make for unhappy hair.  Let's give our hair a reason to thank us!

Do it yourself hair masks.  All with ingredients you should have at home!


2 tablespoons baking soda
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon mild shampoo
*Yields 2 ounces -- enough for one treatment 

Directions: Mix together all the ingredients until well blended. Wet hair and massage the mixture onto your hair and scalp, making sure hair ends are coated. Cover hair with a plastic bag or shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse hair well and shampoo as usual. 


Using herbs straight from your garden, mix up this hair remedy to leave your strands soft, shiny and to help minimize, um, shedding. 

1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup of hot water
Fenugreek Seeds 

*Note: You can find Fenugreek Seeds at your local seed store or online. 

Directions: Crush a little bit of each herb (rosemary, sage and fenugreek seeds) with fingers and put into cheesecloth. Tie the cheesecloth and steep in hot water for 10 minutes -- this will make a very potent tea. Next, warm the olive oil on the stovetop and add the tea, blend well. Once mixture cools, apply to scalp and massage in, working through dry hair. You don't have to use the entire amount, just use enough to coat every strand (it shouldn't be dripping with oil). Wrap your hair in a towel or hair wrap. Leave for 20-30 minutes, shampoo out.


Mix 1 egg yolk, 1 tbsp beer, 1 tbsp castor oil, 1 tbsp honey and cover hair from root to tips. Put on a plastic shower cap and wrap your head with a towel. Wash off after half an hour and do a final rinse with apple cider vinegar. Using this mask thrice a week gives excellent results.

Growing your Hair?

Sometimes strawberries can become overripe and unsuitable for eating or blending into milkshake. This is when you can use them in this marvelous hair pack. Take 1 cup of strawberries pureed in the mixer, and add 1 egg yolk, and 2 tbsp olive oil. Mix well till the concoction is uniform in texture. Work into the hair and cover with a plastic cap. Leave on for 20 mins. Wash off with a mild shampoo.

Oh!  And this isn't a mask but I wanted to include it b/c it sounded interesting.  In no way do I think this is something that should be done on a regular basis but when in an emergency:


Ask for a hand wipe.

If your bangs are starting to stick to your forehead and your roots are feeling oily come dessert time, grab a hand wipe (an alcohol-based mini antibacterial hand gel will also do the trick) and rub a small amount through your hair. The alcohol in these wipes will help absorb oil by drying out the hair follicles.
masks from total beauty.com and makeupandbeauty.com

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