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If you shave regularly, you probably know the side effects all too well: dry skin, ingrown hairs, and razor burn. Here’s some good news: you can make your own DIY shaving cream, and it will combat all of those issues. Homemade shaving cream is also more environmentally-friendly and wallet-friendly than commercial, store-bought shaving cream. What’s not to love?

There are plenty of DIY shaving cream recipes floating around online, but my personal favorite is also the simplest and easiest. It calls for just two ingredients: coconut oil and shea butter.

Yes, the same ingredients that regularly nourish your skin and hair can also be transformed into a smooth, easy-to-use shaving cream. This particular DIY shaving cream won’t foam – instead, it’s like a whipped cream that you apply directly to the skin.

Unlike most shaving creams, this version basically doubles as a moisturizer, thanks to the power of coconut oil and shea butter. It’ll leave your skin softer, smoother, and razor-burn-free. It lasts well, and is easily stored.

The only downside? Shea butter and coconut oil are both pretty heavy oils, so if your pipes are easily clogged, be careful and use this shaving cream sparingly.

Onto the recipe!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Coconut oil
1/4 cup Shea butter

1. Combine equal parts coconut oil and shea butter in a stand-up mixer. If the ingredients are too solid to mix easily, melt them on the stovetop together first, then place the mixture in the refrigerator until it’s firm.
2. Whip the ingredients until the texture resembles whipped cream.
3. Store in a glass jar at room temperature.
4. To use, apply a thin layer on the skin.

You can also add extra ingredients to this “base,” if you’d like. Popular choices include extra virgin olive oil (1/8 cup) and baking soda (2 tsp), which lead to a lighter consistency. You can also add liquid castile soap (1/4 cup) and baking soda (2 tsp) if you prefer a foamy, soapy shaving product.

Other possible extras include your favorite essential oils, vitamin E oil, clay, honey, or aloe vera gel.

Keep in mind, though, that your choice of ingredients will impact the shelf life of the final product. If you use water-based ingredients, for example, the cream won’t last as long as long and may need to be kept in the fridge.

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5 Easy Steps to Change Your Hairdo For Fall

As the weather changes, it only makes sense to change your style with it. The fastest route to a completely revamped look? A new hairdo! Changing your cut or color will immediately make you feel like a brand new woman.

Autumn presents the perfect opportunity to finally try that new style you’ve been thinking about. There are just a few things to keep in mind so that you’re happy with the results.

Use the fall palette

This isn’t necessarily the right time to go with shimmery highlights—save that for next spring or summer. Instead, stick with rich or ashy browns and warm blondes. Caramel, golden, burgundy, chocolate and mahogany are all great shades for this season. This is also a lovely time to take the leap and go red. If you want something a little more “out there,” try an icy platinum, gray, cherry or purple.

Consider the chill

There’s nothing quite as thrilling as a drastic new haircut. However, it’s already starting to get cold outside. The shorter your hair, the more protection you’ll need to wear to protect yourself from the chill. It might be worth waiting for warmer weather to go for a pixie cut, although on the other hand, a short cut also presents a great reason to invest in some awesome hats. If you’d like to radically change your haircut without losing too much hair, try a short bob, bangs or layers.

Don’t cheap out—go to a pro

Some people are quite adept at cutting their own hair. If that’s you, more power to you! Dying your hair, though, is a different story. Going to a professional is almost always a better idea than attempting to dye your hair at home, and this is particularly true if you’re lightening your hair. Bleaching at home is simply a risky proposition.

Know what you want

It’s best to have an actual photo handy so that you can show the stylist the exact look you’re hoping to imitate. If they start going rogue during the middle of your appointment, don’t be afraid to speak up! You don’t need to worry about hurting your hairdresser’s feelings. They’re there to perform a service for you, after all, and you’ll save yourself both time and money by speaking up when it counts.

Take care of your new locks

Once you have the fall hairdo of your dreams, it’s important to maintain it properly. Some hair colors benefit from using special shampoo or conditioner. If you’ve bleached your hair, a protein treatment and regular masks will get it back to its previous health. Most haircuts need to be maintained once a month to every few months.


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