Henna For Hair 101

 

Product: Godrej Nupur Mehendi Henna Powder 9 Herbs

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By Grow It Girl Tiki

Nupur Henna is one of the most popular brands of pre-blended henna powders. The product contains multiple Ayurvedic powders that are said to help with hair grow, hair loss, and overall hair health. Henna alone is great for strengthing hair and I have seen an improvement in my hair from using it over the years. Most people love the convenience of not having to purchase multiple powders separately to blend their own treatment mixture. With Nupur

Most people love the convenience of not having to purchase multiple powders separately to blend their own treatment mixture. For most, it’s simply more economical to use Nupur. With Nupur Henna you can simply add water and you are able to use the product with no further blending needed. However, there are some who like to add other powders with the package or who prefer to blend their own henna pack. So, I decided to do

I decided to share a few recipes and tips on mixing Godrej Nupur Mehndi Henna or pure henna. You can use the recipes below to mix any brand of henna and not solely for Nupur Henna. All henna recipes are usable on all hair types: relaxed, texlaxed, natural, fine, curly, straight. Hope you enjoy them!

The package contains 100% pure Rajasthani Henna mixed with 9 Herbs:

Shikakai – Leaves hair clean & shiny
Aloe Vera – Moisturizes hair & makes it silky
Methi (Fenugreek) – Conditions, nourishes and revitalizes hair
Bhringraj – Makes hair luxurious
Amla – Darkens hair color while adding shine & luster
Neem – Fights scalp infection and prevents dandruff
Hibiscus – Rejuvenates hair while making it silky and shiny
Jatamansi – Prevents graying of hair
Brahmi – Promotes hair growth

Also see http://www.minimalistbeauty.com/henna-for-hair-101/

 

Beat Dandruff with Natural Rx

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The cause of your dandruff could be from one or several factors. Experts have not discovered the cause of dandruff, but a likely suspect is yeast fungus. Use these three natural remedies to fight the flakes.

 Tea Tree Oil is a tough astringent which is also antibacterial and antifungal. It has been shown (published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology) to effectively treat dandruff when added to your shampoo in a 5% ratio. You can easily make your own mixture by adding 15 drops of tea tree oil to 1/2 ounce of mild shampoo. After massaging into your scalp be sure to let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinse.

Apple Cider Vinegar is a naturally occurring acetic acid used in home remedies to fight dandruff for decades. ACV alters that pH of the scalp which may halt the growth of the (suspected) yeast that causes flaking. Combine equal parts ACV and water then apply to your scalp. Let sit for up to 10 minutes (at least 5 if your scalp is sensitive), rinse, and shampoo/condition as usual with mild products. Avoid drenching your hair strands with the ACV to avoid drying out your locks.

Sulfur is an antifungal and exfoliating agent. Studies (published in Cutis) have shown that shampoos with 2% sulfur and 2% salicylic acid relieved dandruff symptoms. You can wash your hair twice a week with such a shampoo, leaving it on for five minutes before rinsing. Jason Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo is reasonably priced ($11) and does the trick.

 

Ancient Rosewater Recipe for Eco-Glam Modern Beauty

Make your own rose water

Simple and beautiful to make!

Rose water is a perfect natural beauty product. It smells exquisite! It contains Vitamins A and C and it has antioxidants that help condition and revive tired skin. The use of it as a toner or astringent gives you a glowing complexion.  Why? Rosewater is a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory qualities and it is excellent for rehydrating and rejuvenating the skin.

(Tip from Makeup Obsessed Blog: skip buying $$ MAC Fix Plus and use rosewater spray as a setting spray for your foundation)

Rosewater is a perfumed water known and in use since the time of the Egyptians. You can also make your own easily following this recipe from the 1500s:

Rose Water

Some do put rose water in a glass and they put roses with their dew thereto and they make it to boile in water, then they set it in the sune tyll it be readde and this water is beste. – from Askham’s Herbal, 1550

Fleurty’s Method:

I enjoyed the company of a bouquet of organic roses for four days before I plucked the petals to make the rosewater. I put the petals into a colander and rinsed them to get rid of seeds and dirt. Then I placed the petals in a large stock pot and covered the petals with water. On high heat (with the cover on), I brought the water to a boil and then removed from the heat. I allowed the roses to cool gradually for the next hour. I strained out the petals, placed the water in a large jar to use, and stored the rosewater in the fridge until I decided what to use it for 🙂

I will likely use the rosewater for balancing my combination skin and in a hair mask that I plan to make. It will also be a great additive for my bath water 🙂  

Rose Water Uses:

• Great for all skin types.

• Oily skin is balanced and toned

• Sensitive skin is soothed and cooled

• Normal skin is purified and cleansed

• Mature skin is toned and rejuvenated.

• Purifying, harmonizing, toning and cooling.

• Apply as an aftershave to soothe irritated skin.

• Helps heal sunburns and wounds.

Use Rosewater As A Facial Cleanser

Rosewater has natural astringent and cleansing properties that can help to tighten pores and reduce wrinkles, fine lines and skin inflammation. Apply a small amount to a cotton wool ball or cotton wool pad and use to cleanse your face.

Use Rosewater As A Toner

Using rosewater as a toner is excellent to treat acne, spots and wrinkles. It also helps to tighten pores. Apply to cleansed skin that is still slightly damp the aroma of this rosewater toner is divine.

Use Rose Water to tone your skin in preparation for applying foundation makeup and then after you have applied your makeup, spritz your face and neck. This helps to set the foundation makeup, and adds a healthy glow to your skin.

Use Rosewater As A Moisturizing Cream

Add a few drops of rosewater to your usual moisturizer and mix well. It is suitable for both oily and dry skin because rosewater helps to maintain the pH balance of your skin and it can help to fight several varieties of dermatitis.

Rose Water is also used for smoothing wrinkles and restoring the vitality and moisture balance of facial skin (Apply directly on skin by using cotton ball in circular motions twice a day – before bed and in the morning).

100% Natural Rose Water has antibacterial properties and is useful for acne treatment and other skin problems.

 From: Unique Beauty Tips Blog

Glam Girl’s Guide to Clean Eating

Recently, on a trip to visit the in-laws in Tennessee I decided to blog and vlog about clean eating and whole living.

What is Clean Eating??

The crux of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time. 

 

New Orleans: Crescent City Farmers Market, Mag...

New Orleans: Crescent City Farmers Market, Magazine & Girod Streets, Saturday morning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tips to baby step your way to clean eating:

Eat five to six times a day
Three meals and two to three small snacks. Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long. Consider patronizing local farmer’s markets and grocery stores.

Drink at least two liters of water a day
Preferably from a reusable container. Limit your alcohol intake to one glass of antioxidant-rich red wine a day.

Get label savvy
Clean foods contain just minimal ingredients. Any product with a long ingredient list is likely highly processed and contains toxins or additives not beneficial for optimal health.

Avoid processed and refined foods
This includes white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.

Know thy enemies
Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried (because it has absorbed a ton of oil) or anything high in sugar.

Shop with a conscience
Consume humanely raised and local meats.

Choose organic whenever possible
If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the Dirty Dozen your organic priorities.

Consume healthy fats
Try to have essential fatty acids, or EFAs, every day.

Learn about portion sizes
Work towards eating within them.

Reduce your carbon footprint
Eat produce that is seasonal and local. It is less taxing on your wallet and our environment.

Slow down and savor
Never rush through a meal. Food tastes best when savored. Enjoy every bite! (We live by this in New Orleans)

Take it to go
Pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats on the go.

Make it a family affair
Food is a social glue that should be shared with loved ones. Improve the quality of your family’s life along with your own.

(via Clean Eating Magazine, with Fleurty Naturelle input)

How to Effectively Apply Products to Low Porosity Hair

I’ve written about hair porosity in the past, so now I want to really cover exactly how to apply moisturizers to low-porosity hair effectively.

Curly Nikki says:

Low porosity hair is typically much harder to moisturize since it is more difficult for moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. Prep time is paramount for low porosity curlies. Every step in your daily routine is important and will determine how healthy your hair is. Avoid moisture sapping products, including alcohol based gels, hairspray and mousse.

TIP: Shop for water based, liquid leave in moisturizers that will moisturize without heaviness. Also, make sure to add a natural oil to your regime. Opt for a light to seal your hair after moisturizing. I prefer jojoba oil since it most resembles the sebum produced in our scalp. Heavy oils will be harder to absorb and will simply sit on top of it and weigh it down.

So, my personal Fleurty Naturelle regimen includes these steps for effectively applying products to my low porosity hair:

  • Apply moisturizer to warm, damp hair – use a steamer to get the mositurizer to absorb, apply it in the shower, or apply it and then wear a plastic cap so the naturally escaping heat from your scalp will assist in absorption of the product.
  • Ensure even distribution – use a detangling comb or rake your fingers though each section of hair to make sure its distributed properly over your whole head.
  • Shake or Squeeze – to remove excess product and water and avoide the foamy look 😉
  • Rub it in – When you use a hair butter or curl cream and you have excess product, squeezing and shaking won’t get rid of it. So, smooth it into the strands by using the shingling method (Details/Steps/Photos Here, Video Here).

 

Low Porosity Hair Strand

Low Porosity Hair Strand

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Hair Porosity

Porosity is defined as the state or property of being porous, or permeable to fluids and outside influences. For hair, different porosity levels translate into the capability your hair has of being penetrated by the products you apply. It’s a darn good tool that indicates hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.

There are two easy ways to determine how porous your hair is:

  • The Float Test – take a couple of strands from your comb or brush and drop them into a glass of water. After 2 to 3 minutes minutes if your hair is still floating at the top, you have low porosity. If it sinks quickly , you have high porosity. If it slowly sinks, you have medium porosity.
  • The Slip Test – take a strand and slide your fingers up the shaft, (from tip to root). If you feel little bumps along the way, you have high porosity hair. You’re feeling the lifted/raised cuticle layers. If your fingers slip smoothly, your cuticle layer is are more tightly bound with scales that lay flat and you have low porosity hair.

I took the float test.

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After 5 minutes my coils were still at the top….low porosity it is.

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Porosity type is important to know so you can properly moisturize your hair. Those like me, with low porosity,  should use lighter liquid-based moisturizer that will penetrate your hair. We need to clarify our hair periodically to avoid buildup of proteins which make our hair feel like straw. It’s best that we use moisturizers rich in emollients like jojoba oil and coconut oil; humectants like glucose, elastin, collagen, keratin, or silk; and hair milks instead of heavy pomades or creams that will just sit on the hair making it look oily.

More on applying products to low-porosity hair soon.

DIY Hair Conditioner (Only 2 Ingredients!)

Honey Conditioner

Honey Conditioner (DIY Recipe):

1/2 cup Local or Organic Honey

4 tablespoons Light Olive Oil (depending on hair type, use less for oily hair)

 

In a small bowl, mix together honey and olive oil until fully integrated. Pour mixture through a funnel into a plastic bottle with a squeeze top lid.

When ready to use, gently shake mixture and massage into your hair until evenly covered. Cover your head with a shower cap and allow the conditioner to stay on your hair for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour. Shampoo and rinse your hair thoroughly.

What’s the big deal about the Cherry Lola Treatment?

Cherry Lola invented a concoction that is named for her. What’s the big deal? I keep hearing the buzz so I decided to find out. I was envisioning something like this:

From hemahanandi.org

From hemahanandi.org

Until I saw the ingredient list.

Ingredients: 16 oz yogurt, 2 tbs baking soda, 3 tbs liquid aminos

You are supposed to mix and apply to your hair (in sections from root to tip) leaving it on under a plastic cap for 30-40 minutes. Even a hairstyling-challenged person like me can do that, right? So, this past weekend I did. I liked the results and wanted to understand more about what these ingredients actually do to my hair (it’s the scientist/researcher in me). This is what I deduced:

Yogurt is a good ingredient because of the fats and protein present, and the easily spreadable and sticky texture which make it a good conditioner. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a great ingredient because it is antiseptic, and effective for cleaning…it also lifts the cuticle of the hair so all the goodness can penetrate the hairshaft. I recently found out my hair has low porosity, so this is an important ingredient for me. Liquid aminos are basically liquid amino acids….this is the ingredient that I’m most curious about. I know what they do inside, but what benefit is putting them on my hair?

Amino acids are called the building blocks of life. I know that we (humans) are mostly made up of amino acids, they are used to break down food during digestion, grow, repair tissue, and other kinda important things. Amino acids are present in every cell in our body and combine to form proteins (you need these to survive). There are 20 amino acids that make proteins in the body, nine of these are essential and cannot be made by the body so we get these from food (yay, tryptophan).

So, supercharging this mixture with liquid aminos makes it a deluxe protein treatment that’s especially suited for low-porosity hair. Ok, questions answered 🙂 – Now, for the photos.

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I added the baking soda and liquid aminos (in that order) to some greek yogurt. It gets all bubbly and  souflee-ie when you add the aminos so next time I’ll use a bigger bowl.

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This is my “before” hair sectioned and twisted.

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This is the mixture on my coils.

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This is my “after” hair, freshly rinsed, detangled, sectioned, and twisted similarly to the before photo.

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I put a leave in conditioner (review coming soon) and the next morning shingled my hair with kinky curly custard.

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Gorgeous, right? I like this Cherry Lola treatment.

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