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by Julie Dees

Let’s face it. We spend a lot of time and money on our appearance. For most of us, our hair truly is our crowning glory. It is most often the first thing someone will notice about us. If your hair isn’t at its best, it can give them a less than stellar impression of you and even start your day off wrong. The old saying about bad hair days is a little too true at times.

Instead of hightailing it to the salon or pulling on a hat every time your hair has issues, turn to your own pantry. You can find the answer to many of your common hair problems already waiting in your kitchen.

Ingredients

Avocado
Apple Cider Vinegar
Banana
Eggs
Honey
Lemon Juice
Mayonnaise
Oatmeal
Olive Oil
Salt
Strawberries
Sweet Almond Oil
Sunflower Oil

Lavender Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca)

Recipes for No More Bad Hair Days

Deep Conditioner

Combine 2 eggs, 3 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp sunflower or sweet almond oil. Beat until smooth. Add 5 drops each of lavender and rosemary essential oils, stir until mixed. Massage mixture into damp or wet hair. Pile your hair on top of your head and cover with a plastic shower cap or plastic wrap. Continue by wrapping a towel around your head.

Relax and set the timer for 30 minutes. Rinse mixture from hair and then shampoo and condition as usual. Treatment can be done weekly.

Dry Hair

Add one small avocado with 4 tbsp sweet almond oil, and 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar to a blender. Pulse all ingredients together. Stir in 10 drops each of rosemary and tea tree essential oils. Work mixture through hair and scalp.

If hair is long, clip it up before leaving the mixture to set for 15-20 minutes at least. Rinse mixture out and then wash and condition as usual. Good for a monthly treatment.

Oily Hair

Prepare one serving of oatmeal and let it cool. Add two tbsp salt, mix well. Stir in 5 drops each of peppermint and rosemary essential oils. Apply generously to your scalp and allow it to set for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and then shampoo as usual.

Itchy, Dry Scalp

In a small bowl, mix 3 tbsp each of lemon juice, olive oil, and water along with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Set aside while you wet your head. Massage mixture onto wet scalp and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash and condition hair as usual. Treatment can be reapplied every two weeks.

Sweet Treat for Your Head

Mash ½ banana with 8 strawberries and 1 tbsp mayonnaise. Mix well and massage into washed, wet hair. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and then a towel. Allow to set for about 15-20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as usual. Can be done weekly.

Do you have a favorite home remedy for your bad hair days? We’d love to hear about it.

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Eyebrow Tips- Filling in the Brows

Not everyone is born with a full set of eyebrows. In fact, some women have scraggly eyebrows form birth, whereas others simply grow into them as time goes by. Fortunately for those who desire the full eyebrow look, it is possible to create your own.

Filling in your eyebrows

The first strategy for filling in your eyebrows is to acquire the proper tools. You will need a small eyebrow brush, an eyebrow pencil, and an eyebrow powder. Women who have fair complexions do best with a blonde shade. Women who have olive complexions do well with a brown shade. Women who have African-American complexions do best with gray shades.

First, brush your eyebrows downward in an even manner. If you do not have an eyebrow brush, you can use a dry, clean mascara wand to accomplish this properly.

Next, you need to define the arch using your eyebrow pencil. Simply draw a line using the pencil along the upper edges of your eyebrows. Take your time. If you make a mistake, remove your line and begin again.

Once you have the eyebrow line defined clearly, brush your eyebrows up and out. You can add in a bit more fullness using your eye shadow. Using a stiff eye shadow brush, preferably one with a bit of a slant to it, dust a bit of eye shadow powder into the hairs of your eyebrow.

This step can be a bit tricky, so take your time again. It is important that you only use a small amount of powder in order to create a blended look. Take your brush and dip it into a very small amount of eye shadow powder. Apply the powder in between the hairs of your brow using short strokes. Avoid using pressure when you apply the powder, but rather, use gentle strokes.

If you have made the mistake of over tweezing your eyebrows, you can minimize the damage now. Simply brush your eyebrow hairs in the same direction that the new growth of hairs is coming in. This should diminish the choppy look. Now, reapply eye shadow powder as needed.

When filling in your brows, you should always avoid adding any depth to the tops or bottoms of the brows with powder. This does not improve the look or the fullness of your brows in an appreciable manner. If you wish to set your eyebrow hairs in place, you can apply a clear eyebrow gel at this point of your beauty treatment.


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