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ACV Dandruff & Clarifying Treatment 

The acetic acid found in the apple cider vinegar helps wash away shampoo/conditioner build-up and vinegar is a natural dandruff fighter. If you do try this, make sure to rinse hair thoroughly after the vinegar rinse. 

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup apple cider vinegar (you can substitute distilled white vinegar or lemon juice for this rinse).
2 cups distilled water. 
A spray bottle.
Preparation:

Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray on hair after you shampoo and condition. Rinse thoroughly. Do not use more than once or twice a week.


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Ginger Oil Treatment For Hair Loss 

Fresh ginger helps to accelerate faster hair growth, reduce dandruff and conditions the scalp. Massaging ginger into the scalp allows nutrients in the blood to reach the hair follicles, As blood flows to the scalp, it provides nutrients to the hair follicle which is responsible for hair production and also supplies needed amount of oxygen to the follicles. 

Ginger Treatment 

Grate fresh ginger root into a mixture of coconut oil and sesame seed oil. How much oil you choose to use depends on your personal hair needs. Massage the ginger concoction into your scalp for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water then shampoo and condition as normal. 

*Fresh ginger and sesame seed oil can be found in your local grocery store. 

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Strengthening Hair Mask 


Ingredients 

1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 egg whites
¼ cup Greek yogurt
¼ cup mayonnaise


Directions: 
1. Beat egg whites until frothy
2. Mix in vanilla, yogurt and mayonnaise 
3. With warm water, dampen hair 
4. Massage into damp hair
5. Leave on hair for 30 minutes 
(Optional) Wrap hair in plastic wrap and hot spa towel.
6. Rinse with warm water and then shampoo and condition
7. Finish with a blast of icy cold water to lock in moisture

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Banana’s Hair Stimulating Power 

Bananas strengthen hair because they contain vitamin A and potassium. Vitamin A regulates sebum production in the scalp. This creates a healthy moisture balance that encourages healthy hair growth. Potassium clarifies the scalp by removing any bacteria that could be clogging hair follicles.

Banana Smoothie Recipe 

Ingredients
1 banana
½ orange, peeled and quartered
1/3 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
¼ cup water or milk
1 to 2 teaspoons honey

Method
Roughly chop banana and orange quarters then add to a blender. Top with yogurt, water (or milk) and a teaspoon of the honey.
Turn blender on and blend until creamy and smooth. Taste then adjust with extra honey if needed.

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Omega Hair Growth Treatment 


Mustard oil for hair growth contains essential fatty acids and omega 3 fatty acids which are nutrients that are needed to condition the hair. By using this natural conditioner to condition the hair, it allows the hair to grow stronger and reduces the risk of dry hair, split ends and hair breakage. The nutrients contained in this oil helps to stimulate growth and adds shine and luster to the hair. Mustard oil for hair growth promotes scalp circulation and serves as a hair stimulant that makes hair grow faster and healthier.

For effective results, you should massage mustard seed oil for hair growth into the scalp about three times weekly. Each time you apply it, you should try to leave it on for about three to four hours before rinsing. You can also leave it overnight depending on your choice. You should always rinse with a mild shampoo and by doing this weekly, you will achieve a healthier and stronger hair.

*Mustard seed oil can be easily found online and in most herbal or grocery stores.

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Black Seed Oil For Hair Growth 

If you suffer from balding or thinning hair due to medication, traction alopecia, stress, thyroids, or pregnancy more than likely you have been searching for a remedy to reverse your hair loss. Black seed oil is a healthy oil that can be used to promote growth and overall thickness. 


Black seed oil is extremely for the hair due to its many healthy properties. Black seed oil contains vitamin A (Retinol) vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, biotin, folic Acid Vitamin C, D3, Vitiam E, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium selenium, zinc. Amino acids – aspartic acid, threonine, serine, glutamic acid, praline, glycine, alanine, valine, methionine, isoleucine, leucine, tyrosine, phenylalnine, histidine and lysine. This amazing oil won’t only stimulate hair growth but, it will also add moisture, luster, shine, and softness to each strand of your hair. Black seed oil can be found online or in most herbal health food stores.

*Warning
Women who are pregnant should not use black seed oil!


Carrot Oil For Hair Breakage 


Carrot oil contains beta-carotene A, C, E, K and potassium which can make your hair stronger and longer by reducing dryness which often causes breakage. Applying carrot oil on your scalp will promote healthy hair growth and moisture. Carrot oil can be used as a pre poo oil treatment, or be applied to the ends of your hair to smooth, seal and prevent split ends.

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Coconut Oil Hair Treatment For Dry Hair 

What you will need: 

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil 
A Clip or Elastic
A Shower Cap
Hair Dryer (optional)

1

Scoop out a handful of organic virgin coconut oil. My hair is very thick and long so my scoop has to be extra big. The oil will begin to melt at the touch of your skin, there is no need to heat the oil before application. It will melt as you massage it into your hair.

2
Flip your head upside down and slowly spread the oil through your hair. Saturate your hair completely, focusing on areas that are dry.

3
Once your hair is soaked with oil, twist your hair into a bun or ponytail. You can clip it in place by grabbing some hair from your scalp and part of the bun, or use a hair tie to keep it in place.

4
Cover your hair with a shower cap. You can choose to apply heat or not. Applying heat will open the cuticle of each strand so the coconut oil can penetrate the core faster. Leave the coconut oil on your hair for at least 30 minutes without heat, or 15 minutes with heat. You can use a hair dryer to apply heat over the shower cap. I like to rig a little system so I can sit on the floor and read or play with my kids! If I am busy and need to do other things I will leave the oil on my hair without heat.


5
Once your time is up wash and condition your hair as you normally would. You may need to wash your hair twice to rinse away all of the oil. I really focus on my roots and try to shampoo my ends as little as needed. Style your hair and be amazed at your soft, smooth hair!

*This treatment can be done as often or little as you feel you need.

What’s Co-Washing?


(Co-wash) Conditioner wash; washing hair with conditioner instead of shampoo.


Conditioning is essential to having moisturized hair. Conditioners add moisture and help reduce frizz by penetrating and coating the hair follicles. Follow the directions on the bottle and make sure to rinse with cool or cold water instead of hot. This helps lock in shine and moisture. It is also a good idea to use a deep conditioner at least once a week, paying particular attention to the ends of hair, which are the driest and can often split.

How To Co-wash 

You need to have a lot of conditioner since you will be washing your hair often using conditioner. Any conditioner will do. However when you deep conditioner your hair you should use a better quality type of conditioner.
You can wash as often as everyday or a few times a week. Washing in the shower is easiest. Just like you would use your shampoo, use the conditioner instead. You want to really saturate your hair with conditioner. The thicker your hair is, the more conditioner you should use. Massage it into your hair well.

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Natural Remedies For Itchy Scalp


Itchy Scalp Causes: 

Product buildup.

Washing your hair too infrequently is more likely a problem than washing too much, as the scalp rarely dries out. 


Allergic to hair color, shampoo, conditioner, or hair products. 


Inflammation of the hair follicles or bacterial infection of the scalp can also cause itching.

Itchy Scalp Rinse 

Wash your hair with a regular shampoo, avoid any special shampoos that may have harsh chemicals that you do not need to put on your scalp. Mix two parts apple cider vinegar to 1 part water. You can add some essential oils like lavender to help your hair smell fresh if you wish. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage it into the scalp well. Leave the mixture on your hair for at least 24 hours before you wash your hair again. For best results use unfiltered apple cider vinegar.

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Soft Moisturized Relaxed Or Straighten Hair

Relaxed hair can be extremely healthy and long if taken care of properly. Relaxed hair needs just as much love and care as natural hair if not more. The key to having healthy relaxed hair will be to keep it moist. Most relaxed women find it hard to use most oils or hair butters in fear that their hair will be weighed down or left greasy. Trick number one, a little goes a long way when it comes to applying products to your hair. Try to use light oils that aren’t so heavy like rice bran oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. Applying a dime size amount to your hair in about 4 sections will ensure that your hair won’t become greasy or limp. The same method goes for moisturizing, oils do not moisture only seal ,so you will need to incorporate a creamy leave in conditioner to your hair regimen.

Try to find light leave ins to moisturize your hair and apply them from root to tip before sealing your hair. It is absolutely vital for relaxed women to protect their hair at night using a satin bonnet or a satin scarf this will ensure that your hair is stationary and secure. If your hair has a undying thirst for moisture try using the baggy method only on the ends of your hair this can easily be accomplished by putting your hair in a ponytail then using a plastic sandwich bag and a hair band to secure the bag. If you are more of a bee hive type of gal try using saran wrap to cover your hair after wrapping your hair before bed, the thin coating of the plastic will lock and infuse your hair with much needed moisture.

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Elderberry Natural Blue Hair Dye Recipe 

Mix one cup lemon juice with three cups of chamomile tea. Pour the mixture over the dampened strand or stands of hair you want to streak. Sit out in the sun if possible and wait one hour before shampooing thoroughly. This will bleach the areas you want to turn blue. While you can dye darker hair, you won’t get a very strong blue because blue is also a dark color. Therefore, unless you’re a natural blond, start by stripping your own pigment off your hair.

2
Boil one cup of elderberries covered with water in a saucepan. Add a pinch of salt and let cook for ten minutes, stirring occasionally. Then let the mixture cool.


3
Apply the elderberry mixture to your hair strands, saturating them thoroughly. Then wrap the hair in plastic wrap and allow the natural dye mixture to sit for at least ten minutes, although you may see deeper shades and better saturation by letting it sit longer up to an hour.

4
Repeat the process only with less water in the elderberry mixture if your original dye did not give you a strong enough shade. You may have to play around with the concentration until you find what works best for your hair.

*Elderberries can be purchased online or in your local health food grocery stores. You may also use powdered elderberries which can be purchased online or in your local health food grocery stores as well. 

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Learn How To Make A Batch Of Olive Onion Oil For Hair Growth!

  • Onion oil can be used to stimulate hair growth in balding spots just use a couple of drops on your problem areas. To get rid of the smell rinse your hair with honey and apple cider vinegar!

What You Will Need:

  • 1 ¾ cups olive oil
  • 1 pound onions, very thinly sliced (4 cups)
  • How To Prepare It:
  • Heat a pan over high heat for 15-20 seconds. Add the olive oil and onions, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring and turning the onions often to prevent burning Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes more, or until the onions turn light brown.  Strain the oil through a fine-mesh strainer into a heatproof bowl, pressing the onions with a spoon as the onions drain. Allow the oil to cool to room temperature. Set the fried onions aside to cool. Pour the cooled oil into a sterilized glass jar and close tightly. The oil will keep at room temperature for 1 week or refrigerated for up to 3 months. Transfer the fried onions to a plastic container, cover, and refrigerate. They will keep for up to 3 months.

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Hot EVVO Treatment For Hair Breakage

Olive oil locks in moisture and lubricates dry hair follicles. This natural oil fights breakage stemming from relaxers, hair dyes and heat damage. Olive oil’s powerful antioxidants, aids in reducing thinning hair and loss.


Depending on how long your hair is will determine how much extra virgin olive oil you will need. Measure about 1-3 ounces for short to medium hair and 3-4 ounces for long to extra long hair. Pour your evoo into a microwaveable safe bowl for 2-5 seconds. Always test temperature before attempting to use it on your hair. Once it is safe enough for use divide your hair into in 4-6 sections using hair clips, then slather the evoo onto your hair from root to tip. Place a plastic cap on your head and let the pre poo sit for 30 minutes up to a couple of hours depending on how severe your hair damage is. Once you have completed your treatment, follow your regular hair care regimen as normal. 

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Aloe Vera Hair Benefits 


If you have permanently dyed or relaxed hair, your hair was first treated with a highly alkali substance to expose and change the hair’s cuticle, and then, it was “neutralized” with a highly acidic substance to flatten the cuticle again. This is a damaging process and slightly acidic hair products are needed to keep the hair cuticle lying flat. Aloe vera juice can be used to balance out your hair’s natural pH balance and reduce frizz, damage and dryness. 


Hair Benefits 

Reduces dandruff: relieves sore, itchy and flaky scalp

Nourishes and moisturizes: moisturizes and protects both the hair and scalp leaving it soft and shiny

Promotes hair growth: stimulates growth of new and existing hair

Prevents hair loss: slows and in some cases prevents hair loss


* Aloe vera juice can be easily located online as well as health food stores and grocery market places. 

Strawberry Mask For Damaged Hair 

Strawberries, 8
Mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon or more depending on the length and density of your hair.


Method

Mash the strawberries in a small bowl with the back of a spoon. Now, add the mayonnaise and mix well. Apply it liberally on your hair and from root to tip. After 30 minutes, rinse your hair thoroughly with water and shampoo as usual. Follow up with a deep conditioner if you are sensitive to protein. 

You can use any of the above mentioned hair masks once a month. Deep conditioning your hair by applying hair masks is the best way to hydrate and nourish damaged hair.

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Healthier Choices Healthier Hair 

Eat a variety of colorful fruits such as cantaloupes, grapefruit, apples, tomatoes and watermelon. When you can, be sure to consume the peels, as they contain phytonutrients beneficial to hair health and overall vitality. Beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and retinol are all versions of vitamin A that can benefit hair growth.

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Workout Your Body & Hair 

Cardiovascular activity such as running, jogging and fast walking increases blood circulation throughout the body including the hair follicles. Improvement in blood flow delivers all the necessary nutrients to each and every cell of the body. 

When you workout your scalp will release sweat that contains traces of salt which can dry your hair out, as the moisture evaporates, salt is left behind. Although sweating is healthy, it can damage your hair if left on for long periods of time. Try wearing your hair protective styles like buns, double strand twist or braids when you work out. If you workout more than one day a week you will have to cleanse your hair more often.

Shampoo can be very drying to hair so, it is best to implement the co- washing method to cleanse your hair. Co-washing will add moisture to your hair and help to prevent dryness that leads to breakage. Scheduling your workouts around the days you co-wash will be very beneficial and time efficient.


Hemp Seed Oil For Stronger Longer Tresses 

Hemp seed oil, contains healthy sources of protein and omega 3,6 and 9 which helps to strengthen, keratin levels inside of the cortex of the hair follicle. When these omega fatty acids come into direct contact with your hair, they can actually help it to grow hair, stronger and longer. Increasing your levels of keratin, can make your hair more resilient,
and able to stand up against the effects of styling, heat and chemicals. Be warned, hemp seed oil does not carry an attractive smell. Adding a few drops of hemp seed oil inside of your shampoo, will allow you to use it, to fortify your hair without leaving its stench behind. Hemp seed oil can be found in most herbal stores or health food grocery market places.


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