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by Alexandria Jones via SeriouslyNatural.org

What’s a Naturalista to do when her hair is being crazy and uncooperative? A hot oil treatment!

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A hot oil treatment is the perfect option when your hair has become dry and damaged because of chemicals, heat tools, and the environment. The purpose of these treatments is to strengthen the hair and restore moisture so it’s back to being healthy and shiny.

The treatments are also good for the scalp because it’ll soak up the oils and increase blood circulation to the follicles. Massaging the scalp with oils containing Amla, Brahmi, Olive, and Avocado oils is effective, especially for reducing hair shedding.

Other benefits include:
1. Prevents frizz
2. Prevents drying of the hair shaft
3. Great for scalp issues and dandruff
4. Better elasticity
5. Length retention

Hot oil treatments are super easy to do and can be done in the privacy of your own home. They’re easy to apply and aren’t time consuming at all. Of course there’s always the classic VO5 bottle, but, of course, there are alternatives to everything.

Some great oil alternatives are:
1. Coconut-stimulates growth, softens hair and scalp, and eliminates dandruff
2.Olive-high in vitamins A and E for anti-aging and disinfectant; also moisturizes, soothes, and heals
3. Castor-adds strength and is great for those with thin hair that breaks easily.
4. Almond-helps condition, nourish, and softens hair while stimulating growth
5. Jojoba Oil-leaves hair light and soft

Depending on your hair’s needs, you can do them either weekly, biweekly, or monthly.

What do you use hot oil treatments for? How often do you use them?
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by Mary Wolff

When it comes to taking your beauty into your own hands, you can’t beat do it yourself hair masks. A homemade hair mask is not only affordable and effective; it can be really easy! When using products from the store, you never really know what might be lurking under the label. With do it yourself hair masks, you can use the most natural ingredients, and all from your kitchen, for a hair care treatment you can feel good about.

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Hair masks are usually made of a few key ingredients. These main ingredients are the main course for your strands because they are packed with nutrients and protein.  The most commonly used items are super moisturizers:
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Honey 
  • Avocado 
  • Olive oil 
These powerhouses offer superior moisture and help fight dryness and frizz. They work as a base to help create a mixture consistency easy to work into hair. As long as you have one of these in your DIY mask, you can combine nearly any other element to make something more personalized. Some other key ingredients used in homemade concoctions for hair are bananas, apple cider, strawberries, milk, and lemon. These add extra vitamins and proteins to keep hair beautiful.

When making a do it yourself hair mask, the main goal is usually to moisturize and offer hair a booster. As long as you use one of the bases mentioned, you will have the moisture aspect covered. After that feel free to experiment until you find the recipe that gives you the best results. Everyone’s hair is different and needs different things. Maybe your hair needs vitamins found in milk while your curlfriend needs a potassium boost from bananas.

As with any mask, whether store bought or homemade, make sure your hair feels soft and non-greasy once you wash and dry it. No one wants hair they can’t touch! If it is still greasy, you may be using a mask that has too much oil as a base. Try using less or adding lemon to help cut some of the oiliness.

Looking for a few of my favorite recipes for nourishing your curls? Check these out!

The Only Three Hair Masks You'll Ever Need

DIY Natural Hair Masks That Are Good Enough to Eat

When it comes to making your own hair masks at home, don’t forget to have fun and experiment! It can be a great way to get to know your hair and what works for your beautiful strands.

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Many woman want longer, thicker, shinier hair. We always see women flaunting their bouncy tresses in shampoo and other product ads. However, we buy into the advertisement without stopping to think that maybe there’s more to their hair care that using the branded shampoo or conditioner. Let's face it...people have different types of hair. Some people have thick and coarse hair while others have soft and thin hair.

Even growing pollution has increased our worry about hair. We have forgotten nature and its many ingredients that help us to make our hair soft and shiny. No shampoo or conditioner can stand in front of natural ways of nourishing hair without any side effects. I personally believe that treating hair issues naturally helps to keep the hair healthy and shiny. In this article, I am going to share some natural ways to treat your hair. Let’s get to it...

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Oil Massage
Oil massage is a great way to provide nourishment to hair. With modernization, we have neglected the benefits of oil and opted for chemical products to treat our hair issues.By oil massaging in the root of the hair, we can provide strength and nourishment to our hair and make them strong and shiny. Oil also helps to revitalize the dead hair shaft [1].Hair massaging with oils like coconut oil or almond oil is one of the simplest, most easy and chemical-free treatments to improve your hair health.

Recipe:
Take coconut oil or almond oil in a small bowl. Dip your fingers and massage them on your hair roots. Leave the mixture overnight or for 2 hours. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Oil has the nourishing benefit that not just nourishes the hair but also moisturizes the scalp.

Yogurt
Yogurt can be found in any home. Applying it all over the hair helps to keep the hair soft and promotes hair growth. It is one of the best ways to condition your hair naturally.

Recipe:
Blend half a cup of yogurt and make it smooth. Apply all over your hair. Cover your hair with a towel and wash after 15-20 minutes.Yogurt is high in probiotics which promotes hair growth.

Bottle Gourd Juice
Bottle gourd is good for your health and also for your hair. You can use bottle gourd juice to treat hair issues such as hair fall etc. It helps to prevent grey hair, hair fall and improves the overall condition of your hair. To thicken your hair drink bottle gourd juice.

Recipe:
Just take out its juice and apply it on your hair. Leave for 30 minutes and wash it off.

Apple Cider Vinegar
To make your hair bouncy and shiny, apple cider vinegar is the best natural way to treat your hair.

Recipe:
(This is the best natural treatment to make your hair bouncy)
Add apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water to your hair. After 5 minutes, wash it off. Following this treatment will make your hair bouncy.

Baking Soda
If you have styled your hair or used hair spray the previous night, this will make you feel that your hair has weighed down with the residue from harmful chemical sprays. To get rid of the residue, baking soda is the best natural way to treat your hair.

Recipe:
Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with water and make a mixture. Apply it all over your hair from the scalp to ends of your hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash. Use this treatment twice a month for deep cleansing.

Olive and Lemon
Having an itchy scalp will make you feel irritated while working. You can treat your itchy scalp with a mixture of lemon and olive oil.

Recipe:
Mix olive oil, fresh lemon juice and water and apply it to your hair. After 20 minutes, wash your hair. This treatment will add extra moisture to your dry scalp and reduce flakiness.

Coconut Butter
Coconut is full of nutrition that is good for your hair and body. Just like eggs, it has high protein and fatty acid content. You can reduce the UV damage on your hair with coconut butter.

Recipe:
Just apply coconut butter on your hair and leave it for few minutes. This is a great method to moisturize your hair.

Final Words
Natural ways are the best ways to treat your hair issues. Whether you have oily hair or dry hair, hair fall or dandruff issues, all of them can be cured and treated with natural remedies. Regular massaging of hair with oil not just nourishes the hair but also make hair roots strong. If you use any of the above mentioned treatments once or twice in a week, you will soon notice the benefit of these natural remedies.

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Miranda is a professional hairstylist based in New York. She has been in the fashion industry for the past 10 years and has been graced to work with the some of the top ranking professionals in the field.
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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Coffee is what gets me going in the morning but this amazing beverage should not just be limited to your morning Joe. Yes, coffee has excellent benefits for your skin and hair and since almost everyone has some in their home, it is easily accessible and ideal for DIY recipes. From hair rinses to scalp exfoliates, coffee is the gem you never realized you had or needed for healthy hair.

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Grown in around eighty countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and south and Central America, coffee comes from the coffee tree which is a tropical evergreen shrub and the two most commercially important species grown are the Coffea Arabica and Coffea canephora. Coffee has numerous benefits from helping with depression to liver disease, coffee has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-cellulite properties which are all ideal for perfecting skincare.

Coffee also has caffeine, a white crystalline powder that is a naturally occurring stimulant, and is excellent for penetrating the hair follicles and stimulating them. Caffeine can also add a natural sheen to hair but many use it to help in slowing down hair loss while speeding up hair growth with hair follicle stimulation.

Rejuvenate Your Hair & Scalp With Coffee

Coffee can be used as a scalp exfoliate, a hair scrub and a hair rinse with each helping by stimulating hair growth. The exfoliate properties help to remove dead skin cells, dirt, dandruff, oil and even product build-up which can clog your scalp’s pores. Here are some DIY recipes for all three that will change your hair and coffee game drastically for the better.

Condish + Coffee Scalp Scrub
Simply add some coffee grounds to your favorite deep conditioner to the point of feeling the grounds and mix. Apply the mixture to the scalp using circular motions while leaving on scalp for five to ten minutes. Rinse off and wash hair with shampoo before styling as usual.

Coffee Scalp Scrub
4 tbsp. of favorite carrier oil (coconut or olive preferred)
6 tbsp. very fine coffee grounds (previously brewed is fine)
A few drops of tea tree oil

Mix all the ingredients well and store in an airtight container at room temperature or store in fridge. Scoop out enough to apply to scalp and massage for five to ten minutes before rinsing well and washing hair with shampoo. This is an excellent recipe for a face scrub too.

Coffee Hair Scrub
2 tsp. of coffee grounds
2 tsp. raw honey
2 tsp. of olive oil

This DIY recipe is great for reviving dry, dull hair. Mix all three ingredients well and apply to strands and scalp. Make sure all strands are covered and massage into scalp in circular motion for a few minutes. Rinse well and shampoo before styling as usual.

Simple Coffee Hair Rinse
Simply brew some strong coffee and allow to cool. Shampoo hair as usual and take the cool coffee and pour over your head. You can use a big bowl under your head to capture the excess and re dump over your head again for added coverage. Place hair in shower cap and let sit for up to an hour. Rinse out with warm water and allow to air dry or style as usual. This will help darken hair (may not be ideal for lighter-colored women), add shine and help strengthen your strands.

If you just want the exfoliating effects of coffee for regular cleansing and conditioning, simply add some grounds to your shampoo or deep conditioner bottles to boost your products ability to exfoliate and aid in hair growth. I know I talk about coffee A LOT, but it needs to be a regular in your beauty regimen because it's so simple to use, inexpensive and has a host of amazing benefits.


Which DIY mentioned are you going to try?

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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

No lederhosen here, but did you know the German tradition could also be great for your curls? Oktoberfest brings together food, fun, and beer--but beer can also help bring limp, dull curls back to life!

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Your typical beer is made of yeast, water, barley, and hops--which contains natural oils and antioxidants essential for healthy hair. The maltose and sucrose sugars in beer help to add body and shine and reduce frizz, and B-vitamins help condition and repair dry, damaged curls. Before you toss back this season's pumpkin ale, try a beer rinse for softer, shinier, bouncier, defined hair.

You'll need 1 -2 bottles of non-alcoholic beer, depending on your length (O'Doul's is a popular brand).

  • Open the bottle(s) and let it sit, until the beer is flat (up to 3 hours or overnight).
  • Wash and condition your hair normally, then pour beer over small sections of hair--or pour beer into a spray bottle and saturate each section.
  • Work through your stands to make sure hair is coated, then let it sit for 3-5 minutes before conditioning and rinsing out with cold water.

Don't believe me? Just watch.



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Tiffani Greenway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani's work at mymommyvents.com.