Keeping Hair Healthy, Not Greasy

Is it possible to go a few days without washing your hair and have it look healthy? Yes. Are there other ways than dry shampoo? Yes.

I don’t know about you, but it seems 95% of advice about oily hair or hair that gets greasy involves dry shampoo. Don’t get me wrong, it works, but it’s just putting a mask on what can be improved. In the end I found that I was just loading my hair up with dry shampoo which created a film by the end of the day and left my hair looking dull. I still like dry shampoo, I use it occasionally, but it’s not your only option. In fact, since integrating these few rituals I barely have to use it anymore.

Sometimes you don’t have time to wash your hair everyday, or others choose not to add to the health of their hair. An easy solution is to wash your hair everyday, but sometimes that’s not even enough, I’ve seen hair that greases up within 30 minutes of taking a shower. I generally wash my hair every other day or every 2 days. If it is better for your hair not to wash it everyday I don’t want to be left out, but most of the time it’s just for lack of time.

Wherever you fall in the debate, here’s what I’ve been doing:

Styling Hair ASAP-I’ve found that the sooner I curl or straighten my hair the more it will last through the next few days. I’m not saying fry your hair by curling it everyday, but even giving it a few heatless waves will lift your hair off the scalp, your neck and face. Let your hair have the least amount of time resting on skin or contact with skin.

Sleeping with Hair Up- It’s a long night, tossing turning, resting on pillows, your hair on your face- all this + heat= hair that sticks to you. As mentioned above keep your hair off your skin, plus sleeping in a loose bun will add volume for the next day.

Hands Off During the Day- This is the last I’ll mention about the skin and hair, but it is important to be mindful of running your fingers through your hair/scalp during the day. The more you touch, the more oil will find its way to your hair.

Using A Balancing Shampoo- Everyone can use a shampoo that balances whatever it is that is out of order causing the oiliness.

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3 days without washing

Distributing Oils- You may have heard that your hair actually needs a little greasiness to be healthy. “It’s your hair’s natural oils!” That’s true, however they aren’t just going to magically gravitate to drier parts of your hair (especially the ends.) Even if you go a decent amount of time without washing your hair the majority of it would accumulate at the scalp. Every night I’ve been brushing through my hair top to bottom, manually distributing the oils. I’ll add that my hair has gotten stronger, shinier and in better condition through this practice. I find it easiest to do at night, but you can do it whenever works best for you.

Conditioning Selectively- I believe this is common knowledge, but just in case you need a reminder: use conditioner as needed and never on the scalp.

Incorporating DIY Hair Masks- Most of the time these are one ingredient conditioning masks such as a few tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil- and for this I do go up to the scalp. As saturated as it looks, it will come out with shampoo in the shower. It’s good every now and then to condition your hair and add back moisture and balance. It doesn’t get any easier than 20-30 minutes and an oil of your choice.

 

*Personal note* I apologize for not writing for a while. I will be returning to college in the fall and  I’m in the ever-daunting process of deciding what school to go to and what to major in. It’s been all consuming, but I appreciate your patience.

 

 

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Fast Home Remedy For DIY Teeth Whitening

If you have time to brush your teeth, you have time to do this ultra quick, all natural teeth whitening and that’s what I love about it.

I’ve been looking around lately for something extra to put into the usual routine of brushing and flossing my teeth that is easy and cost-effective. There’s been one going around the internet using turmeric and coconut oil. At first I gave that one a try, but I have to be honest walking around and waiting for 10 minutes with yellow oil dripping from your mouth isn’t as fun as it might sound. Not to mention after that I felt like I couldn’t get the oil cleared out from my mouth as much as I rinsed and my oily, yellow stained toothbrush couldn’t be saved. That one wasn’t for me even though it fit the requirements of being easy and cost-effective. Fast forward to the next week and I found something that I can see myself repeating.

For this simple concoction you only need 2 ingredients: Baking soda and apple cider vinegar.

First, you’ll want to wet your toothbrush and dip it into some baking soda that you’ve poured out in a small bowl. Brush your teeth with baking soda. Next, take more baking soda from your bowl and coat your teeth. Lastly, pour out some apple cider vinegar into a glass or cup and use about the amount you would for mouthwash. You’ll feel a sort of explosion, so be prepared. It will be fizzy. Spit it out and rinse your mouth with plain water.

Overall this tastes salty, nothing crazy, certainly you won’t gag or feel sick.I wouldn’t recommend doing this everyday because I think it would start have more of a negative impact rather than positive if you do it that often. Treat it like you would any other whitening treatment, don’t go overboard and be gentle with your teeth and gums.

Don’t Want To Buy A Costume?

Halloween is coming. What’s better than getting dressed up and being creative. One of the ways to test your creativity is to see how you can avoid blowing a lot of money on a costume. There are ways around investing in something you’ll only get on once.

  • Masks-It doesn’t get any more simple than this. Put something over your face and call it a day. That’s your costume. Done and done. If you want something with more options you can use a masquerade mask where part of your face is still showing. I just got one myself and I’m looking forward to using.It acts as more of an accent to your face than covering it completely.*Wearing all black makes your body invisible. No need to worry if you don’t have anything to wear along with the rest of your look. The focus will be what you choose to show.
  • Makeup- Makeup itself can be a costume. Draw yourself a cat face, a skull, or the lips and eyes of a flapper and they’ll be no denying that that is your costume. Do your nails and it extends the costume. Black and orange just give an overall Halloween feel, but if you want to do something specific for the costume, do that.
  • Props- Fresh flowers for your hair for Frida Kahlo, an umbrella for the Morton Salt Girl, there are endless options for what props you use and there’s a good chance they are just laying around your house.

If you’re short on time and need a costume last minute or short on money. These give you a little wiggle room on the spookiest day of the year.

DIY Lip Scrub

It only takes a few minutes to make and use, but sometimes it is the only thing that can help your lips. Thankfully chances are you’ll have all the ingredients already in your kitchen. 

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What will you need?

  1. Sugar
  2. Honey
  3. Olive Oil

Usually I put them in, in that order. I won’t give exact amounts because there’s a lot of room to experiment and see the consistency you prefer. If you add a lot of sugar and a little olive oil then it will be thicker. One thing I will say is not to make it too runny because it kind of kills the exfoliation. Rubbing olive oil and honey with a few grains of sugar on your lips won’t get rid of the dead skin. So somewhere in between soupy and dry/sugary you’ll find the right consistency.You don’t need a lot of this, just about a quarter amount. You don’t need to layer it on, a little goes a long way.I’ve seen some variations on this recipe, one I remember with sea salt, if you want feel free to add it in, but I found it to be too drying. It reminded me of after going in the ocean when your lips kind of pucker without you controlling it.

Generally I use it once a month or so, it’s more when I feel I need it. It’s nice because there’s not a big preparation involved. When using the scrub you can be pretty gentle because the sugar does the job for you. When you’re done just use a warm, wet washcloth to remove it. Afterwards you’ll want to use Vaseline or something along those lines.

You’ll find the next day your lipstick goes on smoother and there isn’t any dried or hardened skin to be found.