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    Posted: May 04 2007 at 11:30am

hey i thought id put all kinds of information together cus we get lots of qeustions over and over and the search function aint working.....


whats baggying?
baggying is just putting a baggy over the ponytail to seal the moisture in use first put on the moisture then it can be sealed with oil dont overly saturate it but a quarter size of both and some ladies put a phony pony over the baggie and take off for a while 2 breathe i guess ask this same question in hair growth i think u will get more help they sweah this method helps them maintain their ends in good condish if u have spilt ends they suggest trim it off bcuz spilt ends never get repair but if baggy wid a fresh trim ends u will have evenly length growth.
do this on dry hair...not damp or wet hair cus it will make your hair shed.

check this fotki for visual instruction:
http://public.fotki.com/dontspeakdefeat/how_to_do_various/baggie_technique/


from billyjean:
Ladies it is possible to maintain a straight style and baggie.
 
Follow these directions closely:
 
1/ Use a small amount of oil and water on you ends.
 
2/Pull hair taight in the pony
 
3.Wrap the bag around the hair like you would srap a burrito.
 
4. take the wrapped pony and wrap like a bun. Secure with a scrunchie.
 
you should unravel in the morning and come out with silky straight hair ( Maybe a little curl at the ends)
 
I do this alot and I'm a natural.


whats prepooing:
Pre-pooing is a process used to put moisture back into the hair since shampoos tend to strip moisture from the hair.  Everyone uses different things in their pre-poo but most use a cheap conditioner, and and oil(ie.Extra Virgin Olive Oil) but you can use whatever you like, some use an egg for protein, some use cholesterol.  It just depends on what your hair needs. You place whatever you mix up on dry hair, leave on for 3o mins to an  hour, rinse, shampoo, and follow whatever regimen you create for yourself.
 
Yes it is ok for all hair types but what you put in your pre-poo may depend on what your hair type is and what your hair needs at that time.  The trick is to find an equal balance of protein and moisture and determine what products give you that.

the point of prepooing?
Pre pooing helps protect against the harsh detergents and surfactants in shampoos that can be stipping and drying. It also makes the hair soft. Its not completely necessary, but nice.

whats cowashing?
co- wash- washing with conditioner instead of shampoo

whats lo poo?
thats when you wash your hair with almost no shampoo....like once a month.


whats a protective style?
thats when you wear your hair that it doesnt rub on anything or get daamged in the way your wearing it.

whats a low manipulation style?
that when you barely manipulate your hair when you wear it that way..think of wash n go's, twists, twistouts, braids, braidouts, afro's.


 
how to make a bun with long hair:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/video/208/how_to_make_a_bun_in_your_hair.html
 

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Pin your curls in a fun and easy updo. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Start with smooth, dry hair.

Two: With a medium-barreled curling iron, begin curling 1-inch sections of your hair until your entire head is complete.

Three: Loosely pin the curls to your head, creating as big or as little rolls as you desire.

Four: Garnish your hair with a barrette, feather, or other fun hair ornament.

 

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Add dimension and texture to your hair with a fun, twisted style. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Twist sections of your hair and lightly pin to head. Be creative and make as big or as little as you like. Have fun with it!

 

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Sweet spiral curls peek out from under a vintage-inspired hat. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off..

One: Start with smooth, dry hair.

Two: Spritz hair with spray before curling 1-inch sections with a small-barreled curling iron.

Three: Pin hat to the crown of the head. Make sure the curls peek out in front.

 

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Girlish French braids look charming and pretty for Prom. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Start with hair parted slightly off-center.

Two: Begin French braiding one side, making sure to include only the hair in the front.

Three: Repeat with the opposite side.

Four: Pull braids to back of head and wrap together with a hair elastic.

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High-flying bangs will add dimension and a rocker feel to your look. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Use a small-barreled curling iron to curl all but the front of your hair.

Two: Using a flat iron, straighten the front of hair to create smooth bangs.

Three: Lightly tease the underside of bangs, and then brush them up high and back slightly. Spritz with hairspray to hold.

Four: Add pomade to curly part of hair for texture and hold.

this girl makes me wanna chop it all off....the styles she is wearing are so cute
 
 
 

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Tip 2006 Prom Advice Hair: Wavy Baby 1
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Apply a setting spray to dry hair.

Two:
Use a small-to medium-barreled curling iron, hot rollers, or curlers to create curls.

Three:
Pin curls around head in waves as pictured.

Four:
Set with hairspray.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Straighten hair with a flat iron. A ceramic straightening iron is best because it causes less damage to your hair.

Two:
Part hair on the side of your head and pin your hair up in the back as pictured.

Three:
Arrange a 1" section of hair of into a curl and pin, as pictured.

Four:
Set with hairspray.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Apply a setting spray to dry hair.

Two:
Use large-barreled hot rollers to create curls. Set with hairspray.

Three:
Use your curling iron to re-shape curls as needed.

Four:
Pin in a silk flower or other hair accessory for drama.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Apply a setting spray to dry hair.

Two:
Use a small-to medium-barreled curling iron, hot rollers, or curlers to create curls.

Three:
Pin curls around head to accentuate curls as pictured.

Four:
Set with hairspray.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Apply a setting spray to dry hair.

Two:
Use a small-to medium-barreled curling iron, hot rollers, or curlers to create curls.

Three:
Pin curls around head to accentuate curls as pictured, leaving two pieces down on either side for a romantic look.

Four:
Set with hairspray

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Prepare your hair for blow-drying by applying Paul Mitchell's Super Skinny Serum or any pre-heat treatment (check your drugstore for more options).

Two:
Blow-dry your hair with your head upside down using a large boar bristle brush

Three:
Rub some hair gel between your palms and apply to your hair to slick it back.

Four:
Pull your hair into a tight vertical bun, running it along the length of the head.

Five:
Tuck the hair into itself and secure with pins.

Six:
Set with hairspray.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Straighten hair with a flat iron. A ceramic straightening iron is best because it causes less damage to your hair.

Two:
Part the back half of your hair down the middle.

Three:
Braid each half of your hair and add a clip to hold the side you are going to pin up last.

Four:
Take the other braid and twist it into a bun over your ear. Secure with pins.

Five:
Remove the clip from the other braid and twist it into a bun over your other ear. Secure with pins.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Prepare the hair before blow drying with Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell.

Two:
Blow-dry your hair upside down with a boar bristle paddle hairbrush (available at drugstore.com).

Three:
Smooth hair into a ponytail.

Four:
Using both hands spread the hair in the ponytail out over the sides of your head, so that you have the same amount of hair all around your head. The left and the right side are symmetrical.

Five:
Set with hairspray and add a ribbon, headband, or tiara to complete the look

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Straighten hair with a flat iron. A ceramic straightening iron is best because it causes less damage to your hair.

Two:
Part the back half of your hair down the middle.

Three:
Separate the hair into 1" sections and clip at ends until you pin each section.

Four:
Take each section one at a time and pin it into your hair, weaving the end of each section underneath another section, as pictured.

Five:
Set with hairspray.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Apply hair spray and tease with a comb.

Two:
Sweep the right side of your hair to the lower left hand side so it's flat against your head.

Three:
Pull hair into a ponytail at the lower left part of your neck.

Four:
Form a bun and secure with a vintage pin, silk flower, or other embellishment to finish up the look. .

Five:
Set with hairspray.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Prepare your hair for blow-drying by applying Paul Mitchell's Super Skinny Serum or any pre-heat treatment (check your drugstore for more options).

Two:
Blow-dry your hair with your head upside down using a large boar bristle brush.

Three:
Flip your head back over and, using a large-barreled curling iron, curl the hair on your right side toward the crown of your head (as pictured).

Four:
Remove the curling iron and pin the large curl into place.

Five:
On the other side of your head, grasp about an inch of hair in the front, roll to the back of your head, and secure with a pin.

Six:
Hairspray hair with a maximum hold spray.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Prepare the hair before blow drying with Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell

Two:
Blow-dry your hair upside down with a boar bristle paddle hairbrush (available at drugstore.com).

Three:
Part your hair across your head separating the back and the front of your hair).

Four:
Pull the back of your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a ponytail holder.

Five:
Tease the front section of your hair using a wide toothed comb and hair spray.

Six:
Twist the ends into a bun and secure it at the base of the ponytail.

Seven:
Curl the ponytail with a medium-barreled curling iron.

Eight:
Set with hairspray.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night. This look can
be done with or without braids.

One:
Straighten hair with a flat iron. A ceramic straightening iron is
best because it causes less damage to your hair.

Two:
Pull hair into a smooth ponytail.

Three:
Separate hair into 1” pieces and tuck ends into ponytail with
pins. (This is where another pair of hands will come in handy).

Four:
Embellish the look with a comb (as pictured), bow, tiara,
headband, or other hair accessory.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Straighten hair with a flat iron. A ceramic straightening iron is best because it causes less damage to your hair.

Two:
Curl ends with a medium-barreled curling iron.

Three:
Without pulling your hair straight--leaving some give so that in the front it almost looks as if you have a bob-- tie your hair into a low, side ponytail. Your part should be on the side, as pictured.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before the event so you're not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Straighten hair with a flat iron. A ceramic straightening iron is best because it causes less damage to your hair.

Two:
Curl ends with a medium-barreled curling iron.

Three:
Separate hair into 1 1/2 " sections and secure each section with a clip.

Four:
Starting on side of your head and working your way around, twist each section as pictured and secure with pins.

   
 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Prepare the hair before blow drying with Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell. Blow-dry your hair upside down with a boar bristle paddle hairbrush (available at drugstore.com).

Two:
Tease dry hair using a wide toothed comb and hair spray.

Three:
Bring hair loosely at the base of your neck, as pictured. Hold in place with a ponytail.

Four:
Use a hairspray with a "super" or "extra" hold to freeze hair in place.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Prepare the hair before blow drying with Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell. Blow-dry your hair upside down with a boar bristle paddle hairbrush (available at drugstore.com)

Two:
Tease dry hair using a wide toothed comb and hair spray.

Three:
Pin hair into a smooth bun, keeping the height. Use a hairspray with a "super" or "extra" hold to freeze hair in place.

Four:
Add a headband or ribbon for embellishment.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Unless your hair is already very straight, straighten it with a flat iron. A ceramic straightening iron is best because it causes less damage to your hair.

Two:
Separate about an two inches of your hair in the front, as pictured. Clip it to the side.

Three:
Twist the rest of your hair into a bun so that it rests on the opposite side of your head from the braid.

Four:
Braid the hair you separated and pull it around to add it to the bun you created with the rest of your hair. Twist it into an additional bun and secure it.

 
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Tip
To get this look perfectly, you will probably need a friend or
family member (or two)! Be sure to practice a few days before
the event so you’re not stressed out on Prom night.

One:
Straighten hair with a flat iron. A ceramic straightening iron is best because it causes less damage to your hair.

Two:
Apply (to dry hair) a setting spray like Glam Power Spray. Use a medium barreled curling iron or hot rollers to create ringlets all the way around your head.

Three:
Gently twist hair into a bun and secure with bobby pins or decorative pins.

Four:
Use a maximum hold hairspray to keep the look in place.

 
Curl and Clip
Transform curls by sweeping them up into this fun style.
Try this style on my own image

Courtesy of Hair Flair
1


Scoop one side of your hair up to the crown and hold it in place with one hand.
2


Secure with a pin.
3

Repeat on the other side.
4

.
Mist the crown hair with styling spray and arrange the curls
 
Afro Puffs
       This is a variant of the afro style using natural hair that is secured into an elastic holder in a variety of configurations and styled to “puff out” beyond the confines of the holder. Afro Puffs provide an easy way to showcase and style natural hair. The styling technique is ideal for use with children where a neat and tidy, yet attractive style is desired.
 
Bantu/Zulu Knots
        This style is created by sectioning the hair and twisting it into tight, firm coils. The size of the sections of the hair depends on the length of the hair, and the shape of the sections can be whatever you desire – square, rounded, triangular, polygonal, amorphous. The hair from a given section/parting is taken and twisted until the hair tightens into a firm coil. The ends of the hair are tucked under the coil. (In cases of shorter hair, you may need to use an elastic band to hold the hair. Just make sure it is not visible in the finished knot.)
 
Bantu knots are a very simple style that be achieve with hair of just about any length.

To make the knots, begin by parting the hair at the nape of the neck into a 1x1 inch sections. The size of the sections will depend on your hair length and personal preference. Note that longer hair typically needs larger sections. The size and shape of the parts can vary from squares, to ovals, to polygons, the decision is up to you so be creative.

Take the hair from the section you've parted and twist it until it forms a firm coil. Begin wrapping the hair around itself in a circular manner. Secure it by tucking the end under the base of the knot. If you have shorter hair, you may need to secure it with a rubber band. Try to make sure the rubber band is not easily seen and do not wind it too tightly because it will be difficult to remove. Repeat on the next section.

Misting your hair with water or using non-alcoholic styling gel during the formation of your knots will give them a very polished appearance.

If you're working with twists, braids or dreadlocks, the procedure is similar. Begin by gathering several twists; the number you link together will depend on how big you want your bantu knot. Braid/plait them together. Next twirl the plaited section into a coil, wrap it in a circular manner and tuck the end under the base of the knot.  Secure with a rubber band if necessary.

With braids, try misting them with water before you form the knot. Doing so will give your hair a wavy appearance once you take the knots down. For variation, do bantu/zulu knots on 1/4-1/3 of the front of your hair. Allow the remainder to flow free into an afro, braids, cornrows or wet-n-wavy style.


Braids
       Braids are pretty self explanatory; they involve taking at least three strands of hair and weaving them into rope-like formations. Braids can be created to hang freely from the scalp, or to lie close to the scalp and follow the shape of the head. As with Bantu knots, braids can be created using sections of any size and shape as desired. The hair can be divided into a few large sections and large, soft braids can be formed, or small sections can be created and dozens/scores of smaller braids can be formed to create a mop-top style. The braids can be adorned with beads, bands and jewels if desired, and if the hair (and subsequent braids) is long enough, the braids can be pulled back and gathered into a simple or elaborate configuration.
       There have been a lot of arguments about braids and whether they are safe for the hair or not. The thing to remember about braids is simply that while you want your braids clean and neat, they must not be too tight. “Too tight” means that the hair is pulled tightly enough to cause the scalp to be stretched and raised.
 

Cornrows
       This is a braided style that gained popularity among more than just the Black community in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The style is named for the appearance it creates on head, which reminds you of rows of corn growing in a field. Traditionally, cornrow styles were created so that the braids were positioned parallel to one another, and often, the ends were festooned with beads to add weight and make the portions of the braids that hang from the scalp swing freely.
       These days, however, cornrow styles are created in elaborate patterns – curving lines, spirals, whorls, zigzag, and other geometric designs. The elaboration of the design depends on the skill of the person creating the braids. The safety of the style is determined by whether the hair is pulled too tightly as described above.
 
Dreadlocks
       Dreadlocks are a style created in the hair by encouraging sections of the hair to twist, coil and knit together into ropy lengths. There are literally countless methods of creating dreadlocks – building off of twists, combed coils, and even braids. Dreadlock styles can be formed to make any size “lock” you want. The process of growing dreadlocks can take a relatively long time (2-3 years for fully-formed or “mature” locks) and the various maintenance techniques include everything from palm-rolling to yarn-wrapping.
 

Finger waves
       In some cases, women and men with shorter hair styles want to create looks with sleek, controlled wave and texture. In these cases, finger wave styles are just the ticket. A finger wave is created using a styling gel or lotion to hold the hair, and a comb and the fingers to shape the hair into the desired pattern of curves and ridges. Once styled into the desired look, the hair is allowed to dry and set, leaving you a long-lasting style.

Twists
       This is a styling technique that is sometimes used to begin dreadlocks. The finished look for a “twist” style depends on the length of the hair and the amount of hair used in each twist. The finished look also depends on whether the hair is sectioned with a comb, or simply separated using the fingers. Using the fingers to section the hair creates a fuller look. Sectioning with a comb creates cleanly defined sections and can be used to make patterned sections in the scalp. The twists can be wound as tightly as desired, and are generally plied with styling creams or gel to secure the look. In some cases, the section is divided into two equal parts and the two halves are twisted around one another to create a more textured twist.

 

Like cornrows, flat-twists can be done on both natural and relaxed hair and it can be combined with other styles such as Bantu Knots, curls, rod-sets, the Afro or whatever else you can imagine.

First decide the flat-twists pattern you want to achieve.  Will they be in straight rows as with traditional Cornrows?  Diagonal rows?  Zig-zag rows?  If you're a novice, try to do straight rows first.  They may not end up straight but a little imperfection is character building ;-)

Before we begin, the key to this style is even, tight two-stranding close to the scalp.  I say "even" with respect to the overlap of each individual strand of hair when doing the twists, not "even" in terms of the distance between the rows. If you two-strand losely, the twists won't lay flat and may become undone. 

You can start with dry or slightly damp hair.  Lightly oil your hair to give it a touch of sheen.  Have some non-alcohol or water-baed styling gel, aloe vera jelly or design creme handy. Either of these styling aids will help smooth fly-aways and extend the life of the flat-twists.

Start your first row by parting a section of hair from the front of your scalp to the nape of your neck.  Secure the rest of the hair with an elastic or hair clip.

In this row and toward the front of your scalp, grab a small section of hair.  Remember, the larger the section and the thicker your hair, the larger the resulting flat twist.

Divide the section into two-strands or two-clumps of hair.  Well call them Section1 and Section 2.  Overlap them.  When overlapping, try to do this tightly but not so tight as to damage your hair by pulling it out of your scalp :-P

Once you have overlapped the first sectioned portion, grab another clump or section of hair from the row by combining it with Section 1.  Overlap it with Section 2.

Then grab another clump or section of hair from the row by combining it with Section 2.  Overlap it with Section 1.

Hopefully you get the idea.  Section 1 goes over Section 2.  Section 2 goes over Section 1 until you reach the nape of your neck or the end of the row. 

Secure the twists with an elastic then start your next row using the same above procedure.

 
Two-Strand Twists

An All-Time Favorite

Two-strands are a very popular option amongst those with natural hair. This look can be achieved with at least 3 inches of hair. Two-strands are similar to braids except that two strands of hair are used instead of three, hence the name. This style can be done without the aid of a stylist and can last from 2-4 weeks; any longer and you will be encouraging the hair to loc.

For this look you will need a fine-tooth comb and non-alcoholic styling gel (optional) to keep the hair from unraveling. Two-strands can be done wet or dry. If you're beginning directly after conditioning your hair, be sure to towel dry to remove excess water.

Part the hair with a comb or your fingers (the comb will produce neater parts whereas sectioning the hair with your fingers will produce a more fuller look). The size of the parted sections can be as big or as small as you desire.

Take the parted section and add a small bit of gel to the hair (if desired). Separate the hairs into two strands.
 
Begin to plait the hair downward while pulling gently to ensure a tight formation. When done properly, the two-strands should resemble a rope.

To preserve the style, sleep with a satin scarf. If you find that your twists look flat after having slept on them, simply mist the hair with water and style as usual. If they occasionally look dry, using oil sheen/spray will help. 
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Lauryn Hill's Hair

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Grammy Winner and Natural Diva, Lauryn Hill. Hill Image Source: Sing365.com
Two-Strand Twists Variations
One variation of the two-strand twists is to simply unravel them after they have had a chance to set. Once undone, your hair will take on a soft, wavy appearance.
 
To preserve this style, sleep with a satin scarf. If your roots begin to look fuzzy after a few days, try using a decorative scarf as a head band and allowing the hair to flow freely atop your head.

You can achieve a similar style to the one represented in this first photo of Lauryn hill by two strand twisting your hair in small section then setting it on perm rods.  You can either finger-part or use a comb to designate each strand section.  Finger-parting offers a more natural look while comb-parts will result in a more grid-like pattern.
 
Once set, some of the strands can be untwisted to give your hair a fuller look.  This style lasts a long time because even as the curls drop and become looser, you end up with a more natural look.
 
In this next photo, you can again use two-strands to mimic this style. This was my all-time favorite style when I had natural hair and I'm soooo upset I don't have any photos.  Not only did it last a long time, but it was a really cute look.  I usually started out with a style similar to the bottom.  At night, I'd wear a satin scarf to keep the rolled strands close and preserve the style.  Over time, the twist would begin to fall so I'd untwists some of them and get a fuller, curly look.  

Image%20Source:%20Sing365.comThis is an easy way to fool people into thinking your hair is naturally curly no matter what your texture.

Begin by shampooing and conditioning your hair.  
 
Two-strand twist as you normally would.  They don't have to be perfect and even because you're rolling them up anyway.  So you may want to finger part the sections for a more natural look.

You should aim for medium to medium-small strands.  Too big and it looks too gappy, too small and you've made more work for yourself.

Once you've completed your entire head, your hair will probably be dry at this point.  What I like to do is spritz them with a Moisturizing Spray before I begin to roll.  DO NOT SATURATE YOUR HAIR.  You just want to wet them a bit.  

Take two-three medium strands and set them on sponge rollers.  Be sure to roll the hair in the direction you wish the twists to lay.  This is mainly important for the front of your hair.

Move on to the next section and repeat. Once you have completed your entire head, sit under a hooded dryer until your twists are dry OR if you got the time, allow them to air dry or sleep on the rods overnight.  Remove the rods.

You can leave the twists intact or unravel them for a more fuller look. Sleep with a satin scarf to help the twists maintain their shape.  Use your hands to revive the curls in the morning if you chose to unravel them.  This style lasts approximately 2 weeks
 
 
 
Wet, Wild & Wonderful
This style can be achieved with hair of any length. It produces a neat, curly appearance on shorter hair, and a wilder, more untamed look (depending on your texture) on longer hair.

After washing and conditioning the hair, towel dry to remove excess water. Using non-alcoholic gel, rub your fingers and the gel throughout the hair. On shorter lengths, the hair will begin to form small curls as the gel sets. On longer hair, use a sufficient amount of gel and simply shake your head until the curls separate. You can also use your fingers to encourage separation. Style as desired or use a decorative scarf as a headband for added style.

*Note: If you have a very tight coil and have noticed that you do not achieve the same results as you have seen on others or on television, there are ways to remedy the situation.

One reason that others may be able to achieve this look easily is because they just naturally have a looser, wavier coil and it's difficult to imitate their curl pattern without undergoing a chemical procedure such as a texturizer.


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how to make a bun with long hair:
 
how to make soft and sensual updo:
 

Steps For Creating Updo

Model Bridgette is shown in her "before" hair pose to the side.  The style is called One Loop, Four Drapes.

Barbara has graciously agreed to let HairBoutique.com reproduce the steps that she followed to create this stunning style.  (Make-up by Monifa Mortis, Photography by Eric Von Lockhart).

The style shown in this article is soft, sensuous and can be worn by anyone with shoulder length hair or longer.  It is suggested that you have a stylist or friend help you create this style since it requires a lot of work at the back of the head.  

This style is best suited for medium to longer hair, but can be modified to be worn by women with very long locks.  Any face shape looks good in this style.  The style is flexible and allows for some facial shape compensate.  You can modify the style by adding or removing bangs, adding parts or adding appropriate height and fullness to the style.

STEP 1: To start divide hair into five individual sections.  Form a "V" shaped section, as shown in the photo to the side, and create a ponytail with a high elevation. 

 

Note: Be sure to secure the ponytail with a "hair friendly" elastic band that is preferably the same color as your hair.

 

STEP 2: Two sections of hair are created on each side parted from the top of the head to the top of the ear.

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 3: On the right side (shown to the side) with a center parting, create two sections. 

 

Note:  You will probably need the help of a friend or stylist to create this step.

 

 

 

 

STEP 4: Pull the ponytail tail all the way through the elastic band to create a top loop. 

 

Note:  Do this step carefully and gently to protect your hair from rips or tears.

 

 

 

 

STEP 5: With your thumbs inside the loop, pull to either side, spreading the loop and fanning out the ends of the hair.

Play with the loop until the desired shape is accomplished..

 

 

 

 

STEP 6: The left side panel is pulled up and around the center ponytail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 7: Secure with a bobby pin at the top of the ponytail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 8: Right side is then pulled up and draped over the top of the ponytail and panel is secured with a pin at the top.

Note: If your hair is especially soft of tends to unravel easily you may want to consider using more than one pin.  

For soft and fine hair, consider creating this look on "day old" hair that has not been recently shampooed.

   

STEP 9: Take a section from both front panels and drape back over the base of the looped ponytail.  Secure with bobby pins.

Note: Remember that creation of any updo style often requires some practice.  As each style is created pay attention to areas of difficulty that you can refine and simply. Remember that practice makes perfect.

When you have the style the way that you like it, spray with a good setting product to hold the style.

Summary

Once you have completed Step 9 and  you finish the draping and pining, you have created this stunning style.  You may want to add a tiny drop of shine product to the palms of your hand to smooth along the draped strands to add killer shine to your do. 

You may also want to dress up the style by pinning one flower at the base of the ponytail, near the top of the crown.  

Or you may want to add a few well chosen rhinestone hair clips or magnets. Another option is to add a touch of glitter around the part.

This style is perfect for gorgeous hairsticks that can be added as accent pieces to really dress up the style.  Use two or more sticks angled around the base of the ponytail to create a unique and very contemporary look.

You can also take a curling iron and carefully curl under the two front strands that frame your face to give the ends a soft curl.  

Although this style was designed without bangs, you can also add a fringe if you like the look better.

Other options are to create a zig zag part near the front.  This style looks especially stunning on hair that has been highlighted.  The loops can be strategically created to take advantage of different hair colors and hues.

For a wild look, consider pinning brightly colored artificial hair strands throughout the style to give it an unusual look.  The advantage of this great style is that you can play with it to create the exact unique look that is all your own.

This stunning style will turn heads.  Enjoy!

 
french braids
  1. Place your thumbs above and slightly behind your ears. Draw them slightly back and upward, gathering hair that meets at your crown into a ponytail. Don't anchor it.
  2. Fashion one English plait, crossing the left strand over the center so that the two strands trade places, then the right strand over the center so that those two strands trade places.
  3. Hold the plait in your right hand, separating the three loose strands below it with your fingers. Place your left thumb above and behind your left ear and use it to draw a strand half as thick as one of the original strands towards the ponytail.
  4. Add the newly gathered hair to the left strand and cross this increased strand over the center, taking the center strand to the left as in ordinary English braiding.
  5. Hold the plait in your left hand, separating the three loose strands below it with your fingers. Place your right thumb above and behind your right ear and use it to draw a strand half as thick as one of the original strands toward the ponytail.
  6. Add the newly gathered hair to the right strand and cross this increased strand over the center, taking the center strand to the right as in ordinary English braiding.
  7. Continue gathering hair from the left and right and adding it to the strands just before you cross them over the center.
  8. After several plaits, there will be no loose hair left to gather.

Knot-Weave Up-Style

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      Here we present an up-style design that is both interesting and fun. Created using a simple French twist base, this style is jazzed up by weaving and knotting small segments of the hair along the front hairline to create a "net" over the top of the head. The style is lovely on its own, and can be made dressier by using jeweled hairpins at the knots or where two strands of hair cross.
 
      It is a style that is easily created and adaptable by changing the pattern of woven strands as desired. What follows are the basic instructions for creating this type of style (and the steps used in our demonstration):
 
What You Will Need:
— Assorted Large and Small Bob Pins
— Snag-safe Elastic Bands
— Tail Combs or Styling Combs
— Small Clips (to control hair not immediately being worked with)
 
How to Achieve the Style:
      First, as we normally do, we begin creating the style on clean, unwashed hair. It is important that the hair not be freshly-washed, because shampooing and conditioning the hair properly leaves it silky, and silky hair is very difficult to work into an up-style. However, if it becomes necessary to work with freshly-washed hair, there are steps you can take.
 
      In our demonstration, the manikin needed to be washed after many uses in creating different styles. In order to prepare the manikin for this demonstration, we applied styling gel to the manikin's wet hair and dried it with a blow-dryer. Once dry, we lightly misted the hair with hairspray, parting it into thin sections to make sure all of the hair was covered. The hairspray was allowed to dry as well and brushed out. Finally, we used a flat-iron to straighten the hair, and were ready to proceed with the styling.
 
      To create the style, we separated small, square sections approximately 1-inch by 1-inch (2.5cm) all along the front hairline, from ear to ear. Each of these was secured with its own snag-safe elastic band, and the whole group was collected together and clipped forward to keep them out of the way while we worked on the base of the style.
 
      The next step in the style was parting off a large circular section using the initial partings from the first square sections as the front edge, and finishing out the circle, leaving approximately 2 to 2-1/2 inches along the nape of the neck. This large section is gathered into a snag-safe elastic band to hold it in place while the remaining hair at the nape is clipped so as to keep it out of the way while we work.
 
      We build the base of the hairstyle by taking the large central section and dividing it vertically. We then back-comb (tease) the hair slightly, using about 10-12 short strokes at the scalp on the side of the vertical division of each half. The two halves are then rejoined and the outer surface of the section is smoothed out. The section is then wound into a French twist style, with a small loop of hair at the top, and anchored into place using large bob pins. The bob pins are crossed at the base of the twist and the back-combing gives the twist more sturdiness. Any hair ends that are left sticking out should be carefully tucked under the twist using the end of a tail comb and secured with a bob pin.
 
      The next step is securing the hair at the nape area of the neck into the style you desire.
 
      In our demonstration, we simply divided this portion of the head into three panels and swept them up around the twist. The ends of the panels were either tucked into the loop of the twist (as with the left-most panel and middle panel) or carefully slipped under itself (in the case of the right-most panel). The panels were carefully smoothed, and misted lightly with hairspray.
 
      There is an option here to vary the look of the finished style. Instead of sweeping the nape area portion of the hair up into the twist, you could perhaps divide it into two rows and create a fall of spiral curls using a curling iron. Another option would be to continue the theme or knotting and weaving and divide the nape area portion into small square sections which would then be finished in he same manner in which we would finish the top.
 
      However you choose to finish the nape area portion, it's time to talk about the knotting and weaving technique. This technique is actually very simple, but you'll need to think through your design. You want to take two strands of hair (the small square sections you've secured at the front hairline) and cross them into a 'half-knot' by bringing one strand around and under the other then pulled to form the "loose knot". The knot should be secured in place using a small bob pin, and the two loose ends can be clamped with a small hair clip to keep them together yet separate from the others.
Continue creating knots by selecting the hair strands two at a time. The exact configuration is entirely up to you, based on how you want the final weave to look. Once you've created the first set of knots. Alternate the strands and continue back until you've reached the crown where the French twist is located. The ends of the hair strands can then be tucked away carefully in the loop of the twist, or under the "seam" so that they are out of the way.
 
      Once you've completed the knotting and weaving, and have secured the ends of the hair strands, you can remove any of the bob pins that are visible along the knots, as they are no longer strictly needed
 
 
 

Up-Style for Mid-Length Hair

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       Most women enjoy the convenience and ease of care granted by today's shorter
hairstyles, yet when it comes time to attend that special event, they feel forced to
accept the sleek, slicked-back hairstyle. In some cases, sleek is the way to go, and
if that's your personal preference, don't hesitate to grab the gel and go for it.
 
       But if your problem is that your hair is just too short to pull back into the classic
"French Twist", consider this: a shorter up-do with more interest.
 
Step One:
 
       Remember that freshly washed hair is much harder to work with in up-do styling.
Clean healthy hair is silky and smooth and easily resists confinement with hairpins. The
stylist will need to "rough-up" the hair, and usually add hairspray and other product
to give the hair some texture.
 
       To begin, brush out the hair thoroughly to remove any tangles, then section off
the hair along the front and sides, stopping at the crown of the head. Take the crown
hair in hand like a ponytail and divide it into two equal parts. Back-comb (or tease) the
inside of the divided section 8-12 times for each half and rejoin them. Run your comb
lightly on the outside of the section to re-smooth the exterior of the section.
 
       Then, create a small 'French-style" twist with this section and pin it securely using
two large bob pins crossed into an "x" or "+" formation. Tuck the ends of the hair
carefully beneath the twist, mist with hairspray and smooth lightly with your comb or
fingers. This will be the base of your up-style.
 
Step Two:
 
       Start with the hair at the nape of the neck and section it into segments roughly
1" (2.5cm) wide. Apply a little hairspray to the segment and comb it through until dry.
Try to always comb in the direction you intend the hair to be placed. This will help the
hair to stick together and will make the segment appear ribbon-like. Slide a bob pin
(wavy side out) onto the segment about one-quarter of the length from end. Holding
the bob pin, flip it over and grab the end of the hair and pull the segment up and slip
the pin into the twist to anchor it. Tuck the ends of the segment under the segment
using the tail of your comb, mist with spray and smooth gently.
 
       Repeat this step until you've worked through all the hair at the nape of the neck.
You can feel free to cross over previously placed segments. Use your own judgment
and sense of esthetic. The more interest you create, the better the hairstyle, generally.
 
Step Three:
 
       Do the same with the sections of the hair at the sides and top. Use the positioning
of the segments to cover any partings you make. Feel free to lift a pin out and
reposition any segment if you are unhappy with the result. Once finished, mist the hair
again with spray and gently pat down any stray hairs. The style can then be adorned
with jeweled hairpins at the "flip point" of each segment, small flowers tucked into the
folds of the hair, or a single large ornament - or any combination thereof.
 
       The result is a very fanciful style with a lot of interest that looks both elegant and
formal, and is sure to please.
 

Smooth Up-Style

Instructions for a Modern Sleek Finish

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       Up-Styles are always popular, and everyone is always looking for something "new"
and "different" in their up-dos. And just as overall style trends change through the
years, so do the specific variants of those styles. In fact, such changes always occur in
small increments. Little adaptations to existing styles lead inevitably to new 'looks' as
time passes. Up-dos are just the same. In the eighties, most up-dos were characterized
by puffed up bangs, and frilly twists and spiraling accent curls. As the eighties passed
into the nineties, the puffs and frills got smaller and smaller details became the
fashion. Today's up-styles tend to be smoother, sleeker, with a cleaner, more
sophisticated look to them (but perhaps that opinion is colored by the telescoping effect
of looking back at styles).
 
       But with modern trends in mind, it's time to take a look at an easy, long-haired
up-style for those women who want a smooth sleek finish to their formal hair-do.
 
Creating the Style:
 
       We begin our demonstration on a manikin with unwashed hair. We mist the
manikin's hair with a leave-in conditioner and use a blow-dryer and a flat paddle brush
to dry it smooth and straight. The manikin's head is tilted forward and the hair is
combed outward from the center of the crown area, allowing the natural parting of the
hair to assert itself. (Our manikin's natural part is to the left of center. If your client
doesn't have such a parting you will want to create one, or adjust the final stages of
the style accordingly.)
 
       Once the hair has been combed smooth, section out a circular shape of hair
centered at the crown of the head. This hair will form our 'base' and will be the
anchoring point upon which we will build the layers of our up-style. Divide this circular
section into two sections vertically. Holding the two sections as if you were going to
make ponytails of them, tie the sections together into a square knot with the knot
itself resting gently against the scalp. There is no need to pull the knot tight, as it will
not stay tight.
 
       Use two large bob pins and anchor the knot to the scalp by positioning them
crosswise onto one another. Allow the free ends of the knotted hair to continue going in
the direction dictated by the knot wrapping them in a circular sweep around the knot.
Before the ends become sparse (and to prevent a frayed look to the finished style) clip
a bob pin onto the strand ends, flip the pin so that its ridged side is facing the scalp,
and clip it into position at the base of the knot. Using the tail of a tail comb, gently
tuck the hair ends underneath the curve of hair you just formed. Spray lightly
with hairspray and gently pat the hair to smooth down any stray strands.
 
       Now, begin slicing long thin sections of hair from the sides of the head at the
ears, alternating between one side and the other. Take these sliced sections and mist
them with spray, comb them smooth and sweep them across and around the crown of
the head. Use the "clip, flip, and slip" method to pin the sections into place, carefully
tucking the ends out of sight and spraying and patting the sections to smooth down
strays.
 
       Work your way from the sides to the nape of the neck in this fashion, creating
layer upon layer of upswept sections. Position the overlapping layers as desired, to
preserve the balance of the style on the head. When you've placed the last section of
hair at the nape of the neck, all that should remain are a small section of hair to the
left of the parting, and a larger section of hair across the top to the right of the
parting.
 
       Carefully mist the left side section of hair and comb it smoothly along the
hairline and anchor it at the back of the head along the lower right side of the crown
area. As this and the top section of hair are the final touches of this style, be
especially conscientious to make the section smooth. Once you're happy with this
section's placement and the hiding of the ends of the section, proceed to the top and
final section for placement.
This last section is larger than the others you will have handled, and should be
misted with hairspray and combed into a wide, smooth ribbon of hair, wrap this section
along the hairline at the right side of the head, down around the lower crown and anchor
it as you did the others on the lower left side of the crown. Pay special care to
'clipping, flipping and slipping" the bob pin anchoring this section, so that you can hide
the pin and tuck the end of the section out of sight. Spray the section again with
hairspray and smooth it gently to ensure that there are no stray hairs sticking out.
 
       In our demo we have used two 'jeweled' combs one tucked behind another for
decoration on top of the style behind the parting, but a variety of adornments could
be used, provided they aren't overbalancing and are able to attach themselves along
the scalp. Jeweled pins or barrette, a small coronet, or even a small spray of flowers
would work if appropriate to the occasion.
 
       The result is a style with a smooth finish, and an elegant look, and the staying
power to handle virtually any evening celebratory activity or occasion.
 
 
Here's a style based from one I spotted on a magazine website that was touted as being a 'cool new updo for prom season'. The original style extended over a foot in length out from the back of the head and was full of loose curling strands. While it was visually very interesting and would probably have been right at home on a fashion show runway, I really couldn't imagine a real person (as opposed to a model, whose duty it is to be little more than a walking mannequin) wearing the style in a public setting as it was shown.
 
      So I decided to make some modifications, and create a version I believe would be more appealing to the wider audience. This style is best suited for longer haired women (at least 2 inches past the shoulder if straight, shoulder length or longer if naturally curly).
 
Creating the Style:
 
      Step One: The first order of business is to prepare the hair for styling. This style calls for curly hair, and if the hair is naturally straight, or merely wavy, curl must be created. (If your hair is already curly, skip ahead to Step Two.) Therefore, step one is to shampoo, condition, and wrap the hair in a wet set - using a product that will give you strong curls - on medium-to-large
rollers (depending on the hair length) as shown. Be sure to use smaller rollers along the perimeter of the hair. [See illustration.]
 
      Once wrapped, the hair should be dried thoroughly and allowed to cool for maximum firmness of the curls. Remove the rollers and comb through the curls with your fingers. If you have roller marks (the partings of the hair sections that are created when rolling the hair) you can moisten your fingertips with leave-in conditioner and gently massage the marks to soften the base of the hair shaft at the scalp. This should alleviate the marks. Continue finger-combing the curls until they hang in a loose mop of curls on the head. If you desire added shine, try applying a small amount of shine serum to your palms and rub them together to distribute it evenly over the hands and fingers as you comb through the hair. This will help keep the curls smooth and well defined as well.
 
      Step Two: Section off a circle of hair at the rear crown of the head, for use in creating the base upon which we will build the final style. Use banana clips to keep the rest of the hair out of the way. Divide this section in half and use your vented brush to back-brush the hair near the scalp on each side of the parting 10-12 times. This creates a sturdier base and will allow your style to be more structurally sound. Rejoin the two halves and smooth the outer surface of the section with your vented brush.
 
      Twist the section in the French Twist fashion and anchor the twist using large bob pins crossed at the scalp in an "X" and smaller bob pins to secure the outer edge of the twist. When finished, you should have a twist that extends 3-4 inches from the scalp. This will be the base from which you will build your final style.
 
      Step Three: Using your vented brush, or wide-toothed comb, bring the remaining hair back to cover the French twist base. It is okay at this point to make the hair fairly smooth, or at least, somewhat orderly. Clip the hair to hold it in position while you add the lacings. (Or if you can, have someone else hold it for you.)
 
      Wrap the lacings (lacings being a ribbon, silk cord, or leather thong) around the outside of the hair at the base of the twist. Tie the ends into a half knot at the back of the twist base, and bring the ends up at an angle along each side to the top of the twist in front and make another half knot. Now bring the ends around the top of the twist and make a half knot, then angle down toward the front base and half knot again. Finish the lacing by bringing the ends around to the back and tie them off in a bow or square knot. The finished lacing should look similar to the diagram shown.
 
      Finish of the style either by twisting off the remaining hair into a small bun and tucking the ends for a tidier look, or fluff the curls into a small spray at the top of the lacings. Lightly mist with a shine enhancing spray for extra shimmer in the finished style. You can also loosen tendrils of curl at the sides and temples, and along the length of the laced area if desired. Note that the style works equally well on hair with and without bangs, but if bangs are present you may need to use a curling iron to adjust the curls at the forehead and position them the way you want them.
 
      Extra accessories can be added if you want additional interest or sparkle (small flowers, jeweled hairpins, etc.), and you can substitute long strands of beads in place of (or lain over) the lacings. 
 
 
 
 
 

The Twisted Knot - Instructions

How To Accomplish This Sophisticated Up-Style

twisted%20knot%20photo        One of the greatest benefits of long hair is the variety of up-
 styles that can be achieved. These up-styles can range from the
 simple to elaborate up-styles taking hours to construct. Up-styles are
 a staple for the woman with long hair. Properly executed, even a
 simple up-style can transform many evening looks into something
 sophisticated and elegant. Here. I will demonstrate a very quick,
 very simple up-style that looks very sophisticated.
 
       To begin we want unwashed hair. Usually, the preference is for
 hair that has been washed the day before and styled with a normal
 amount of product. The reason for this is simple. When hair is freshly
 washed and properly conditioned, it is sleek and silky. Sleek and
 silky is great for hair worn down, but won't hold an up-style very well.
 
       If you find yourself forced to work with freshly washed hair, there is a quick
solution. Apply styling gel or setting lotion to the damp hair and blow-dry the hair.
Once dried, separate the hair into thin (one-to-one-and-a-half inch) partings and mist
each section with hairspray. Allow the hairspray to dry and brush out the hair again.
This should adequately "dirty" the hair so that it will be easier to style.
 
       To begin the Twisted Knot:
 
       NOTE: You will need large bob pins, hairpins and combs or hair accessories for
decoration.

 
       Bend forward and brush the hair forward from the back of the head to the front.
Once the hair is smooth, gather it up in one hand as though you were going to create
a topknot-style ponytail at the crown of the head.
 
       Instead of binding the hair in an elastic band, hold it loosely just left of center,
and begin twisting the hair counter-clockwise. The twist will begin to form an upside-
down U-shaped bend as it tightens. Continue twisting and let the hair bend again in an
upward direction until you reach the starting point of the twist.
 
       Again, keep twisting, but lead the twist behind the initial 'U' and follow it down,
tucking it behind the knot that has been formed.
 
       Once you reach the end of the hair and have tucked the ends out of sight, use
two large bob pins to secure the knot to the head by forming an "X" at the crown of the
head behind the knot. Add additional pins as needed to secure the knot firmly in
place. Remember when securing the pins that the wavy side goes toward the scalp to
provide grip and traction. It is also important that your first two pins form the "X" so
that you can anchor additional pins from this base.
 
       Once the knot is secured, you can add combs or other adornment as desired.
Finish the style using hairspray. Mist the hair lightly and gently pat down any loose
strands or fly-away ends.
 
       Unless you have to 'dirty' the hair you begin with, this style can be accomplished
in under ten minutes. It is a very simple style, but still looks elegant and sophisticated.
It's a great trick to know if you need to dress to impress on short notice.
 
 

A Comfortable Up-Style

A Style Perfect for Women with a Tender Scalp

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       We all know someone who has a tender scalp or, as my mother always said it, was
'tender-headed'. It's that client or friend who, no matter how gently you try to work
with the comb or brush, flinches and cringes with every stroke. The tender-headed
person hates wearing braids (they hurt because they're too tight), won't sit still for a
roller set (again, the rollers and curl clips hurt), and think most up-styles are just an
attempt at torture. It's ironic that so many tender-headed people prefer long hair,
which requires so much more work to care for it properly.
 
       I decided to demonstrate an up-style that is more comfortable for those women
with tender scalps. With liberal use of detangling spray and smoothing serums, this
hairstyle can be created with ease, and will be comfortable enough for most tender-
headed people to wear without complaint. The main reason for the increase in the
comfort level of this style is that instead of creating a base from the wearer's own
hair and anchoring the rest of the style from it, it uses a styling tool to form the base
of the style.
 
       This style works especially well with hair that is past the shoulder in length.
 
Tools You Will Need:
 
       Brushes: Wide-toothed, and Natural Bristle (for finishing and smoothing)
       Tail Combs
       An assortment of large and small bob pins
       An expandable hair comb (2nd pictured above)
       A snag-safe elastic band
 
Creating the Style:
 
       We begin this style with dry, unwashed hair that has been brushed smooth to be
free of tangles. Lightly mist the hair with leave-in conditioner or detangling spray and
gather the hair up into a ponytail at the upper crown of the head. Be sure to comb the
hair smooth and secure it with the snag-safe elastic.
 
       Once the hair is secured, insert the expandable hair comb around the base of
the ponytail and clip it closed, sliding the teeth into the hair. The comb should be
positioned so that the circle formed is approximately six inches across. Anchor the
comb, using large bob pins, by inserting them ridged-side down, perpendicular to the
direction the hair is combed in. Once the comb is in place, remove the elastic band to
let the hair fill the expandable comb.
 
       At this point, we begin separating ½-to-1 inch strands of hair from the inner
perimeter of the expandable comb using our tail comb, combing them smooth with the
comb and our fingers and shaping them into large soft coils of hair. These coils are
pinned into place to cover the expandable comb using bob pins, arranging them as
desired. Continue separating and arranging the strands of hair until the upper half of
the expandable comb is concealed. Be sure that you always insert your bob pins with
the ridged-side toward the scalp, as this provides more secure traction for the pin and
anchoring for the curl.
 Next we begin working with the remainder of the hair, separating it and arranging
it as desired into the previously described nested coils. It isn't necessary to follow any
pattern of arrangement for these curls. In fact, random arrangements usually look
better, because they are more organic in design and appear more natural. If you find
that your curls are looking "frayed" because of fly-away hairs, apply a light misting of
hairspray and smooth the curls with your fingers while you are arranging them.
 
       Continue the arrangement of the hair into curls, making sure to cover the lower
half of the expandable comb. You must also be careful not to leave any gaps in the
curl placement, but rather make certain that your curls are evenly spaced.
 
       To finish off the style, we lightly sprayed the curls again with hairspray and gently
patted them smooth down strays and add definition to the curls. We then used small
bands of pearls that we twisted to form four-loop accents. These were positioned
around and among the nested curls as evenly as possible to add some visual interest
and a little festive flair to the style. The finished effect was a very lovely-looking up-
style that would be perfect for wear at holiday parties, or other evening special
occasions.
 
 

Courtesy of Hairs How magazine
1

Before
2

Use paddle brush to dry hair, brushing continuously as you dry for a smooth finish
3

Straighten hair section by section, using straightening irons
4

Smooth serum through the outer layers of hair to banish any flyaway ends
5

Brush hair forward from crown
6

Smooth hair into a slightly offset pony tail at hairline
7

Clasp hair in hand, twist clockwise and secure base of the twist
8

Secure with grip at base of the twist
9

Secure hair
10

Backcomb ponytail from midlengths towards roots
11

Fold over holding ends with hand
12

Tuck in ends and secure with grips
 

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1

Before

2
Smooth hair, section by section, using straightening irons.
3

Hair completely straightened
4


Diagonally part hair from temple to nape, then use a grooming brush to smooth hair back.

5

Shows other side; equal sectioning will ensure an even result.
6

Clasp hair in ponytail at centre back.
7

Secure hair in covered band.
8

Take a small section of hair, wrap round band and secure with a grip
9

Twist ponytail in a clockwise direction, using both hands, until it coils round.
10

Secure with grips, pushing the grips into the hair to conceal them.
11
Backcomb fringe gently.
 

Courtesy of Hairs How magazine
1
Shampoo and condition your hair. Dry the hair using a medium heat setting on the dryer. The medium setting is gentle and caring from longer hair.
2

Put you hair up into a high ponytail and curl into loops,divide ponytail into sections about 2.5cm/1 in wide, then comb and smooth each section into a looped curl and pin in place. Set with hairspray.
Curl short lengths of hair using an air styler fitted with a tong attachment/waving iron. Just lift the depressor, wrap the hair around the barrel, hold for a few seconds, and then release the curl. Pin the tiara in place and attach the veil to the back of the head.
 

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1
Shampoo , condition and dry the hair. Fit the tong attachment on to the air styler/waving iron and wrap the hair around the barrel, taking care not to buckle the ends of the hair. Hold for a few minutes, then release the curl. Pin it up and work on the next piece of hair. Continue in this way until you have tonged the whole head.
2

Release the curls and allow them to fall free. Recurl any strands that need it, then to give added separation and freedom to the curls, us a a hairdryer with a diffuser attachment. Set the dryer on a low heat/speed setting and gently ruffle the hair This will increase the volume as well as separating the curls. To finish, clip back the hair and secure with a flower brand
 

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1

Bind the end of each braid with cord, tying in a knot to secure.
2

Cross the braids over one another. Pick up and hold the braids from the crown section in either hand, as shown.
3
Tie in a knot.
4

Repeat step 3 so you have a double knot. Secure the knot with a decorative hairpin.
 

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1


Clip up the top hair on one side of your head, leaving the back hair free. Take a small section of hair at ear level and comb it straight.
2

Start braiding quite tightly, doing one cross (right strand over centre, left over centre), and gradually bring more hair into the outside strands.
3

Continue in this way, taking the braid towards the back of the head.
4

Make another parting about 2.5cm/1in parallel to and above the previous braid, and repeat the process. Continue in this way until all the front hair has been braided. Scrunch the remaining hair into fulsome curls to increase the volume. Finally add a decorative Alice band.
 
 
 
1

Before
2

Part hair at side and then smooth crown hair into a high ponytail. Divide ponytail into five and set on heated rollers
3

Set side hair on heated rollers as shown, i.e. two rollers on smaller side section, three rollers on large side sections.
4

Completed heated roller pli. Mist with hairspray and leave rollers to cool completely.
5

Carefully remove rollers from sides and allow curls to fall freely. Now remove rollers from crown in the same way.
6

Smooth hair using a grooming brush, which will help to eliminate any static and tendency to flyaway
7

Clip side hair out of the way and take a square section on crown. Twist hair in a clockwise direction for 5cm
8

Use tail comb to hold twist at the root area, bend twist forwards and secure with crossed grips
9

Loops ends of hair into a curl and secure with a grip, form ends round base of curl and secure
10

Curl remaining crown hair in the same way. Smooth one side of nape hair upwards and grip, form ends into a curl.
11

Smooth other side of nape hair upwards and grip, form ends into a curl as before and grip.
12

Smooth one side of front hair to centre back and grip, form ends into curls and grip. Repeat for other side.
1

Before
2

Part hair at side and then smooth crown hair into a high ponytail. Divide ponytail into five and set on heated rollers
3

Set side hair on heated rollers as shown, i.e. two rollers on smaller side section, three rollers on large side sections.
4

Completed heated roller pli. Mist with hairspray and leave rollers to cool completely.
5

Carefully remove rollers from sides and allow curls to fall freely. Now remove rollers from crown in the same way.
6

Smooth hair using a grooming brush, which will help to eliminate any static and tendency to flyaway
7

Clip side hair out of the way and take a square section on crown. Twist hair in a clockwise direction for 5cm
8

Use tail comb to hold twist at the root area, bend twist forwards and secure with crossed grips
9

Loops ends of hair into a curl and secure with a grip, form ends round base of curl and secure
10

Curl remaining crown hair in the same way. Smooth one side of nape hair upwards and grip, form ends into a curl.
11

Smooth other side of nape hair upwards and grip, form ends into a curl as before and grip.
12

Smooth one side of front hair to centre back and grip, form ends into curls and grip. Repeat for other side.

Courtesy of Hairs How magazine
1

Seperate off the top section of hair and pin it out of the way.
Comb the back to one side and secure it with hair pins as shown in the diagram
2

Comb or brush the hair to gather it up smoothly and use your hands to roll it into a bun at the crown of the head, secure it with hair clips
3

Take a lock of hair from the top of the head, next to the bun and back comb it

4

Smooth the surface of the lock and place it accross the bun so that it conceals the parting and blends with the bun
5

Take the next two locks of long hair and arrange them in waves accross the bun.
6

Use clips and hair spray to secure them
7

Take the last temple lock of hair and arrange it carefully in a wave formation to complete the style. Apply hairspray to secure.

Courtesy of The' Art of Dressing Long Hair'
By Guy Kremer & Jacki Wadeson

Available online www.thomsonlearning.co.uk
1

Divide the hair into seven equal strands - three on either side of the face and one at the centre back.
2

Starting at the right hand side, cross the first strand (The strand nearest the face) over the second strand
3

Cross the third strand over what is now the second strand as shown.
4

Repeat steps 2 & 3 on the left side. What was originally the first strand in each group has now become the third strand
5

Take the third strand on the right hand side over the central strand, and under the third strand on the left hand side
6

Now bring the first strand on the right hand side over the second strand and under the central strand
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three ponytail updo video:
http://www.expertvillage.com/videos/wedding-hair-three.htm
 
The Chinese Bun
http://www.dressytresses.com/hair/gallery/instruct/chinese-bun/
 
Victorian updo
http://www.dressytresses.com/hair/gallery/instruct/victorian-updo/
 
Barrette Bun for long hair
http://www.dressytresses.com/hair/gallery/instruct/barrette-bun/
 
French Braid
http://www.dressytresses.com/hair/gallery/instruct/french-braid/
 
French Barrette
http://www.dressytresses.com/hair/gallery/instruct/french-barrette-style/
 
Long clamp bun
http://www.dressytresses.com/hair/gallery/instruct/long-clamp/
 
Hair claw updo
http://www.dressytresses.com/hair/gallery/instruct/hair-claw-updo/

 

 


 



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A crown of shiny curls atop your head is a sophisticated twist on a classic updo. Follow these steps and learn ho you can pull it off.

One: Start with smooth, dry hair. Use a Blow-dryer and large round brush to smooth if necessary.

Two: Pull hair up into a high ponytail, leaving the front out.

Three: Curl hair in front with an extra-large barreled curling iron.

Four: Roll curls with fingers and secure to head with bobby pins.

Five: Curl hair in the ponytail, roll with fingers and secure to head with bobby pins.

Six: Spray with hairspray as needed.

 

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This is a super cute and even easier way to style curly hair. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Divide hair into three sections (top, middle, back) and pull each section into a ponytail.

Two: Starting with the top ponytail, begin wrapping a ribbon around each pony, until all are wrapped together. It should look like your hair is in several buns, as pictured.

Three: Hold bottom of ponytail in place with a hair elastic.

Four: Tuck bottom of ponytail under bun and pin to hold.

 

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Sweep hair to one side for a fun, flirty asymmetrical hairstyle to top off your Prom look. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Sweep one side of hair over to the opposite side and use bobby pins or decorative pins to hold in place.

Two: Add a fun feather or colorful barrette to complete the look

 

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Turn a basic ponytail into a glamorous ’do for your big night. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Pull front of hair into a hair elastic to hold it out of the way.

Two: Tease top and sides of hair for volume.

Three: Remove front of hair from elastic and smooth over teased section, holding it in place at the back of the head with pins or a pretty barrette.

Four: Pull hair to one side and hold in place with an elastic, making a side ponytail.

Five: Wrap a piece of hair around the elastic to conceal it.

Six: Add another hair elastic midway down the ponytail and wrap a piece of hair around it to conceal it.

Seven: Add a final elastic near the tip of the ponytail to hold.

Eight: To conceal the hair elastic, loop a piece of hair from the tip around the elastic and pull the end through the loop (like a knot).

 

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A sleek half up/half down ’do will look so pretty for Prom. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Use a paddle brush to smooth hair.

Two: Part hair in front slightly off center.

Three: Next, part hair across the head from ear-to-ear. We’ll come back to this front section later.

Four: Pull top half of hair, just behind the ear-to-ear part, back as shown.

Five: Tease underside of the pulled-back hair. Make sure you stay close to your head when you do this.

Six: Smooth hair over the teased section and wrap a hair elastic tightly around it to hold.

Seven: Now, smooth back the sides of your hair only (from the front sections you left out earlier), and wrap the hair tightly around the hair elastic to conceal it. Make sure you leave the very front of the hair out as shown.

Eight: Smooth hair over the teased section and wrap a hair elastic tightly around it to hold.

Nine: Now, curl that front section of hair with a large-barreled curling iron.

Ten: Tuck curled hair behind ear.

 

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Tiny twisted knots are perfectly pretty with a cute headband. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Divide front of hair into several sections.

Two: Twist each section to form a knot and pin knot to head with a bobby pin.

Three: Pull the back of the hair up slightly and fold toward the right, adding as little or as much volume as desired. Continue folding until hair is laying atop scalp in a French twist.

Four: Secure twist with bobby pins.

Five: Add barrette, headband, or other hair ornament for a showstopping ‘do.

 

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You don’t have to do anything drastic for the sake of beauty – fake it with this cute throwback style. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Pull sides of hair up and use bobby pins to hold.

Two: Repeat all the way back.

Three: Spray as needed.

Four: Use decorative hair pins for a fun twist, or add a barrette or other hair ornament to give your ’hawk some sparkle. We added tulle and feathers to make a one-of-a-kind look!

 

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A sophisticated spin on the standard updo. Follow these steps and learn how you can pull it off.

One: Start with smooth, dry hair.

Two: Pull sections from the front of hair back, adding volume as you go, and hold in place with bobby pins.

Three: Pull the rest of your hair into two low ponytails.

Four: Braid each ponytail and wrap a hair elastic around the ends to hold.

Five: Crisscross the braids in back and pin them up, near the top of the head.

 

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Gorgeous waves look super luxe with your Prom dress. Follow these steps and learn ho you can pull it off.

One: Start with smooth, dry hair. Blow-dry straight if necessary.

Two: Spritz hair with hairspray before curling large sections with a medium-barreled curling iron, wrapping the hair around the barrel (see our curling tips below). Curl entire head.

Three: Comb hair with fingers to loosen curls and create knockout waves.

 

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A perfectly messy chignon looks beautiful and carefree. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Rub pomade or shine serum between palms and apply to hair as needed.

Two: Lightly rake hair back with fingers and pull into a loose ponytail.

Three: Tuck ponytail under and pin to make a messy chignon.

Four: Add a pretty barrette, decorative pin, sparkly tiara, or colorful feather to glamorize your look.

 
 

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A pincurled updo is a classic look for an elegant event. Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Start with smooth, straight, dry hair. Use blow-dryer and large round brush to straighten if necessary.

Two: Curl top (crown) of hair in 1-inch sections with a large-barreled curling iron.

Three: Roll curls with fingers and secure with bobby pins to create “pincurls.”

Four: Brush sides of hair to the back.

Five: Brush sides and back of hair up slightly and fold to the right. Continue folding until it is laying atop the scalp in a twist. Make sure the ends are tucked into the twist.

Six: Secure twist with bobby pins.

Seven: Add a barrette, feather, or other hair ornament to one side to up your fab factor.

 

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Put a little punk-rock in your Prom look with this outrageous hairstyle! Follow these steps and learn how to pull it off.

One: Start with smooth, dry hair.

Two: Roll the top of your hair with your fingers to create one big pincurl. Secure with bobby pins.

Three: Brush the sides and back of hair into two sections, one stacked on top of the other.

Four: Pull each section through a rubber band to create tight ponytails, pulling the hair only partway through on the last wrap to create knot-like buns.

Five: Pin the knots to your head with bobby pins

 

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A simple braid can be elegant when it’s wrapped tight into a sleek chignon. Follow these steps and learn how you can pull it off.

One: Start with smooth, dry hair. Blow-dry straight if necessary.

Two: Part hair slightly off-center and smooth back into a tight ponytail, leaving only the bangs out.

Three: Braid ponytail and hold with hair elastic.

Four: Coil the braid around the rubber band to create a bun and hold with bobby pins. (Make sure both hair elastics and bobby pins are not visible.)

Five: Use a flat iron to straighten bangs.

Six: Smooth bangs to either side of the part, adding pomade to hold if necessary.

Seven: Lightly smooth over hair with a brush.hold if necessary.

 

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One: Start with smooth, dry straightened hair.

Two: With a medium-barreled curling iron, begin curling 1-inch sections of your hair until your entire head is complete.

Three: Loosely pin the curls to your head, creating as big or as little rolls as you desire.

Four: Garnish your hair with a barrette, feather, or other fun hair ornament.

 

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Raise your Prom look to the next level with a pumped-up hairstyle.

One: Start with smooth, dry hair. Use a flat iron to smooth if necessary.

Two: Divide front of hair into three sections.

Three: Tease underside of middle section close to the scalp to create volume, and then smooth the hair over it.

Four: Hold middle section in place with bobby pins, as shown. For best results, overlap two bobby pins.

Five: Spritz sides with hairspray and brush back, holding in place with overlapping bobby pins.

Six: Spritz with hairspray as needed.

Stylish Updo Hairstyle with a Twist
 
 

By Kathryn M. D'Imperio

Updo For a stylish up-do, try these simple steps!
[Note: Works best with wet or slightly damp hair.]

This hairstyle has seen me through business class presentations, mid-summer’s outings in sundresses and casual “bum” days in jeans and sweatshirts. It is a great style with a unique twist!

To replicate this relatively easy hairstyle, gather these materials:

  • 6 to 12 mini-claw clips (Or, failing that, lots of bobby pins!)
  • Elastic Band / Ponytail holder
  • Brush and Comb
  • A hand mirror (So you can check out your style as you create it.)
  • Styling gel (Spray gel works best.) or Hairspray
    (Note: If you do not already have these items, it is not necessary to go out and purchase them. Simply get creative and improvise!)

Step 1: Remove excess water from your hair. Hair should be damp, not drenched.

Step 2: Using brush or comb, pull hair back and up, into a smooth, “high” ponytail and securely fasten.

Step 3: Pull a small section of hair away from the ponytail and twist whichever way is more natural/comfortable. Fasten the twist to your head with one of the clips.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 - fasten each twist so that they start to hide the elastic band. By the time you are finished, a ring of twists should have concealed the band.

Step 5: Arrange the twists however you like them best… Feel free to experiment with the dynamics of the hairstyle. Try fastening the twists closer to the elastic band, or considerable farther away from it. Add more twists or try the style with fewer, thicker twists. You can create many different styles out of this single, basic technique.

Step 6: The ends of the twists should peek out from the clips. You can easily alter the length of these ends by merely changing the position of each mini-clip. For longer ends peeking out-a wilder style-rearrange the clips with more hair outside of the twist, just sticking out where the clip meets your head.

Step 7: Once you are pleased with the result, lightly spray the twists and the ends.

This style can be flirty and fun, or professional and sedate, depending on how you manipulate the twists and clips. Play around, have fun with the style and the many varied end results you can create in minutes!

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Approximate Styling Time: 10-15 minutes.

Step By Step Instructions 

This style works best on hair that is not freshly washed.  When possible allow your hair to "age" at least 8-24 hours from your last shampoo.  The natural hair oils will help the bun style hold tighter and last longer.

Barbara Lhotan did comment that this look can be created on freshly washed and dried hairHowever, it is important to dress newly washed hair with the appropriate styling aides to counterbalance extra soft or slippery strands.  Let your stylist determine what type of hair they prefer to work with.

1.  Begin by using a soft boar's head brush or similar natural bristle brush on your hair.  Make sure that all knots and tangles are completely removed. (All photos are the express copyright of HairBoutique.com).

Although this elegant style was designed without bangs or a part, if you prefer, experiment with a different type of part for a slightly different look.  Wear bangs if you prefer and experiment with how you brush them on your forehead.

2.  Working with individual sections that are about 1-2" in thickness, smooth all of the hair with a hot flat iron. Allow hair to cool completely before proceeding.

3.  Using a soft boar's head brush or similar natural bristle brush brush all the hair from the hairline into a high ponytail that rests at the center of your crown. Secure the ponytail with Blax, bungee cords or other "hair friendly" elastics the same color as your hair.

4. Lift the ponytail straight up in the air and smooth the hair making sure the ponytail is tightly gathered at the base.  

Note: Apply a light gel or setting lotion to hair that is fine, slippery or does not hold styles well. This will help to anchor the hair better. Remember to apply any gel or setting sprays before adding hair accessories.

5.  Smooth the ponytail back down and take the top section of the ponytail and twist the hair clockwise into a small bun.   Carefully "fan the hair out" around the ponytail and the entire surrounding area as you create a small round bun formation. Once you have the bun formed to the size and shape that you like pin the bun tightly in place against your scalp.  Carefully work from one side of the new hair fan to the other and pin the strands to form a soft floppy bun all around the base of the ponytail. 

When possible use tiny hairpins that are 1/4 to 1/2 inches in the same color of your hair if you need a lot of pins to anchor.   

If you like you can be creative and pull random strands out along your hairline and the nape of your neck to form a soft fringe of tendrils.  Curl the loose hair with a large barrelled curling iron  (approximately 1") to get a soft but loose fringe of curls.  

6.  When you have the bun sculpted to your liking and have pinned it securely to your scalp, spray well with a firm holding spray.  Apply a medium to heavy holding spray to the finished style. Add a light sprinkling of glitter gel for added dazzle or jazz up the sides or back or the style. Feel free to use tiny bobby pins to help anchor any loose hair.  Or use a gel to smooth back any loose hairs from the crown or near the hairline in front.

7.  Attach a tiara, soft circular headband or other hair accessory around the perimeter of the bun.  Pin it against your scalp to prevent slippage.

8.  Experiment with positioning the bun higher or lower or your head or twisting the hair tighter or looser. (Photos courtesy of HairBoutique.com & Barbara Lhotan.  Photography by Eric Von Lockhart).

The possibilities are endless if you take the time to play with different variations of this elegant bun style.  The finished look is perfect for any special party, Prom, Wedding or other dressy hair event.  

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Preparation and Equipment

While you are learning to make a bee-butt bun it is very helpful if you have a system of mirrors arranged so that you can see the back of your head but still have both hands free. Good lighting is also important so that you can see the hair. You will need a fabric-covered elastic to hold your bee-butt bun in place. These are widely available in pharmacies/chemists and grocery stores. They come in different sizes and colors. The size has to be large enough to stretch over your finished bun (about the size of your closed fist). If you're not sure I suggest you start with 'medium' in a color that matches your hair. You will also need a wide-toothed detangling comb and possibly a brush. You may also need styling gel or hair spray if you want to control stray hairs.

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Items You will Need


Step 1 - Comb the Hair Back

Use your detangling comb and/or brush as you normally would to comb the hair straight back. If your hair is not already damp apply either water or styling gel. You can make a great bee-butt bun even with very wet hair. Note: it is very difficult to make a tight, secure bee-butt bun with clean, dry hair. Always use water or styling gel.

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Combing the Hair Back


Step 2 - Gather the Hair into a Ponytail

Gather the hair into a low ponytail (but don't tie it off). Tip: I start by putting an elastic around my right hand (see the picture) so it is ready when I need it.

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Combing the Hair Back


Step 3 - Twist the Hair

Hold the base of the ponytail with one hand and begin gently twisting the hair with the other hand by twirling it around your index finger. (I'm right handed so I twist clockwise). As you begin twisting keep the hair under gentle tension and raise it straight up (this will help the hair start to coil in the next step).

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Twisting the Hair with One Hand
While Holding With the Other


Step 4 - Coil the Hair

As you continue gently twisting the hair it will naturally begin to start coiling (twisting around itself). If you are holding the ponytail up the coil will start at the top. Use the hand that was holding the base to guide and encourage the hair to coil into a circle while you use the other hand to wrap the hair around the base of the ponytail. As the hair forms the coil it has a tendency to get loose so be sure to gently twist the hair and keep the coil under gentle tension while you wrap. You may feel the hair getting tighter against your scalp but it should not hurt!

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Coiling the Hair While Continuing to Twist


Step 5 - Guide the Second Coil under the First

Note: if you get to the tips of your hair before you make one complete coil just skip to the next step.

As you twist your hair the coil will form a complete circle. When you get to the place near the top where the coil starts use your off hand to guide the coil under the previous coil. Be sure to keep the hair under gentle tension so the final bun is tight. Continue twisting and coiling until you get to the tips of your ponytail. As each coil passes the starting point guide it under the previous coil.

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Guiding the Second Coil Under the First


Step 6 - Wrap the ends around the base

Eventually you will reach the ends of your ponytail. These last few hairs are too thin and delicate to twist so instead just wrap them tightly around the base of the bun below all the other coils. Use your support hand to hold the ends in place. Note: if you couldn't make one complete coil in the previous step your bun will look a bit different from the pictures but the result will still be a neat style.

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Ends are Wrapped Around the Base


Step 7 - Secure with the fabric-covered elastic

In this step you will secure the bun with a fabric-covered elastic. The trick is to do it without unraveling the bun. Cup your working hand and slide the fabric-covered elastic over your fingers (step '7a', below). Apply your cupped hand over the bun then use the thumb of your support hand to roll the elastic off (step '7b'). Carefully grab a loop of the elastic and stretch it to the side (step '7c'). Twist the elastic to form another loop, put your fingers through the loop, then cup your hand and apply the second loop the same way you did the first loop. Repeat these steps until the elastic is tight. Feel around the base of the bun to make sure that the elastic is covering the ends of your hair. This is what holds the bun together. Tuck any free hairs under one of the loops of elastic.


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Elastic Step '7a'
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Elastic Step '7b'
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Elastic Step '7c'
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Step 8 - Check that the bun is centered and secure

Let go of the bun and gently press it toward your head to flatten it a bit and check that it is secure. The bun should feel hard and tight. If the bun is spongy, loose, droops, or falls apart take it out and start over. A tight bee-butt bun will stay secure all day. Check that the bun is centered. You can gently slide the bun a short distance to center it but if it is off by a lot you will have to start over to get it centered. Check that the bun sits high or low enough. This is purely a matter of taste. I position my bun so the bottom coil sits above my collar.

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Checking the Bun


Step 9 - Fix Loose Hairs (optional)

Note: This step is completely optional. I usually leave these hairs loose.

A few loose hairs jutting out of the middle of the bun is completely normal. The loose hairs stick out because they are not long enough to wrap completely around the top coil of the bun. There are several ways to fix this situation. After the bun is made you can glue down the loose hairs either with styling gel or hair spray. If the loose hairs are long enough you can pull them over the side of the coil and tuck the tips under a loop of fabric-covered elastic. If loose hairs are a chronic problem you can put some styling gel in your ponytail before you start making the bun.

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Finished Bee-Butt Bun With Some Loose Hairs
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That's All Folks!

I hope you enjoy wearing a bee-butt bun!

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A Bee-Butt Bun (click to enlarge)

 
 
Style #3 - Bendies Double Bun

Using two (2) EZ-DOOZ Bendies (starting at $6.99 - see top right of page to place order)


Instructions:

1. Take top half of your hair and place band of first bendie under it.

2. Fold band so that hair is between it.

3. Twist down once to lock hair in band.

4. Slide hand down length of hair. Roll hair under to hairline, bring up ends of band to meet, cross folded end over two (2)rosettes, bend to lock.

5. Scrunch rosettes.

6. Take the rest of your hair and place the band of the second bendie under it.

7. Fold band so that hair is between it.

8. Twist down once to lock hair in band.

9. Slide hand down length of hair. Roll hair under all the way.

10. Wrap this one around the other one, then bring up ends to meet, cross folder end over two rosettes, bend to lock.

11. Scrunch rosettes.

NOTE: Make sure the rosettes are next to each other.



Style #4 - Bendies Bun

Using the EZ-DOOZ Bendie (starting at $6.99 - see top right of page to place order)


Instructions:

1. Place band under hair at hairline.

2. Fold band so that hair is between it.

3. Twist down once to lock hair in band.

4. Slide hand down length of hair. Roll hair under to hairline, bring up ends of band to meet, cross folded end over two (2)rosettes, bend to lock.

5. Scrunch rosettes. 

 
 
how to do a ponytail...video instruction:
 
 
THE HIGH PONY
Polished and sophisticated, the high ponytail is fast becoming a favorite of celebrities such as Charlize Theron, who wore it to the SAG awards earlier this year. Set high on the head, the high pony accentuates the cheekbones and can give you an instant facelift. How to get it? Brush and pull your hair into a high ponytail with a Mason Pearson or boar bristle brush. Positioning the pony at a 45 degree angle from the chin, many stylists say, accentuates the cheekbones to their fullest. Secure the pony in place with a snag-free elastic. Then take 1/2 inch of hair from the ponytail and wrap around the elastic band. Secure it in place with a hairpin, and lightly smooth the hair with your brush and a dab of silicone for shine.

THE WAVY PONY
Sultry, sexy curls and waves are what make this pony so stunning. Celebrities such as Beyonce Knowles, who wore the wavy pony to the "Pink Panther" premiere, and Katherine Heigl, who sported it at the SAG awards, get a truly romantic look with stunning spirals around their faces and down their backs. To get this look, set your hair in hot rollers and let sit for about half-an-hour. When you take the hair out of the hot rollers, separate the curls with your fingers; for a more defined curl, wrap your hair around a wide-barrel curling iron and set for a few minutes. Gather hair at the back of the head right at the occipital bone, and secure with a non-snagging elastic.

THE PERKY PONY
For ladies with bangs, or bangs that are growing out, who don't want to look like fourth-graders when they wear their hair in a ponytail, this is the look to go for. Hilary Swank had this 'do at this year's SAG awards. The bangs are side-swept, so they don't hang down in the face, and there's an inward bend in the ponytail that gives an overall polished look, almost like Marlo Thomas in "That Girl." When your hair is wet, part it on one side, and blow dry bangs with a large round brush toward the opposite side of the face, using a gel or mousse to help keep bangs pushed to the side. Once hair is dry, set with large velcro rollers, rolling the hair around the roller from the ends to the roots. Sit for 20 minutes, and take hair out of rollers. Brush the bangs with a boar bristle brush to the side of the face, and secure with a bobby pin or spray with mega-hold hairspray. Gather hair at the back of the head into a ponytail - it should be a medium-height ponytail, between the crown of the head and the occipital bone, and secure with a non-snag elastic or bungee. For added bend in the pony, wrap the ends of the ponytailed hair around a large-barrel curling iron
 
how to do a chignon:
 
  1. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/07/18/earlyshow/living/beauty/main709659.shtmlPart your hair with comb any way you desire - middle, side, zig-zag, straight back, etc.

  2. Tease hair sllightly in the back.

  3. Pull hair back into a low ponytail, near the nape of the neck

  4. Split ponytail in half. Take the comb and tease the two sections of hair you split.

  5. Take one of the sections and smooth out with a brush. Twist under and secure with a large bobby pin.

  6. Repeat step 4 with the other side.

  7. Smooth down stray hairs with a toothbrush

  8. Finish with a hairspray, pomade, serum, etc.

Note: Hair accessories like fresh flowers or brooches can be added to give the hairdo some style or a glam look for evening.
 
 
three ponytail updo video:
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mizzlick protein and moisture information:
As we all know, breakage and growth  and hair health go hand in hand because with breakage, health and  growth potential are greatly reduced.

I've shared this info on the Ezboard site I frequent, and I've decided to share a bit of what I've been writing with you all too. Some of you will recognize alot of this because I've been saving many of the posts I've done on various boards.   Please excuse the millions of typos as well-- I haven't had the chance to go through and truncate the repetition or correct for spelling. Forgive me ahead of time, it is still a work in progress and this is only an excerpt.

I believe this information will help the newbies, and the vets sort out their breakage issues and give them some useful background information so that they can get a better sense of the direction they should aiming product and technique wise. Ladies, feel free to add to this thread. We want to share and provide each other with as much information as possible.


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Breakage and Shedding

Understanding the difference between breakage and shedding is an important part of any healthy hair regimen. Many people use these terms interchangeably to refer to any hair that falls from the head. In its true sense, shed hair is hair that has reached the end of its growing cycle and naturally falls from the scalp along with its root attached. The root is a tiny white bulb on the scalp originating end. If a hair does not possess this white bulb, then it is not a naturally shed hair—rather, a broken one. Shed hair tends to be longer in length than broken hairs which are generally short pieces of varying lengths. If you have stretched your relaxer for a great number of weeks, your shed hair will have the curly new growth present on the area next to the scalp, and you will be able to see where the relaxed hair begins. Some find that garlic shampoos or products with garlic extracts help curb shedding. But remember, shedding is a natural, internal process and may not respond to topical, external treatments. So don't be alarmed if nothing works for you. Changes in diet, hormone imbalances, birth control pills, and pregnancy can also affect the rate at which hair is shed.

Breakage on the other hand is not natural, and is an indication of an imbalance of important forces within the hair strand. Broken hairs do not fall naturally from the head, but are typically a sign of mishandling or abuse. The proper treatments, will help stop breakage in its tracks.


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Protein and Moisture


Scenario 1: Kim’s hair is breaking like crazy and feels like a brillo pad. Every time she touches it, pieces seem to just pop right off. Snap, crackle, pop. Combing is impossible without tons of little hairs covering her sink and back. Her hair feels hard and rough even when wet. She’s given it protein treatments because the product says its supposed to stop breakage in its tracks and rebuild the hair, but so far nothing is working and her problem is getting worse.

Scenario 2: Trina’s hair is breaking like crazy as well. Her hair feels dry, looks dull, and is very weak. Her hair is too weak to withstand simple combing. It feels extra stretchy when wet and almost follows the comb as she pulls through to detangle. She’s deep conditioned and done hot oil treatments on her hair once a week. Since her breakage began, she’s stepped up the conditioning but her problem has gotten worse.

Both of these women have issues with breakage, but the solutions to their individual problems require two very different approaches. Before you go shopping for your hair care product arsenal, you must understand the difference between protein and moisture and what they mean for your hair. Protein and moisture are the key cornerstones of great hair care. Maintaining a proper balance between these two entities is critical for the healthiest hair growth possible. The two scenarios above perfectly illustrate what happens when the balance between protein and moisture is tipped too far in either direction. This section will teach you to effectively recognize the difference between protein based and moisture based problems and help you can organize your hair regimen to effectively combat these issues as the arise.


Protein

Protein is what gives the hair its strength and structure. Hair is about 70% keratin protein by nature. Protein is found most prevalently in products like instant conditioners (bargain brands like Suave and V05), leave in conditioners, protein conditioner treatments, and even some moisturizers.


Moisturizers

Moisturizers are products that are water-based and nourish your hair deep within the strand. Water is the ultimate moisturizer so waterbased products are best for really getting the best moisture benefit. Products with moisturizing properties tend to be your conditioners and other water-based products. Moisturizers may also be protein-based, but these protein based moisturizers do not have the moisturizing benefit that moisture-based moisturizers have. Good moisturizers will not contain ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil, or lanolin. These are cheap product fillers. Be wary of products that claim moisturizing benefits and contain these ingredients. There is nothing moisturizing about them! Petrolatum and mineral oil are sealants and have the potential to suffocate the hair and scalp and seal out the moisture it needs.

Sealing in your Moisturizers:
Our hair naturally contains moisture, but because our hair is also naturally porous, keeping the moisture inside is a difficult task. Sources of outside moisture, or external moisture supplementation is a must for black hair. Water molecules and moisture from these supplemental moisturizing products easily passes into the hair shaft, but they pass out just as easily. The moisture you apply needs to held in by something. Oil.
A light coating of oil on top will help seal the moisture inside. Oils are made of large molecules. These molecules are too large to absorbed by the hair strand. Applying oils to the hair and scalp will coat them and trap moisture that is inside on the inside and moisture that is outside on the outside. The key is to lock in the moisture within the strands with your oil. If you use oils without a moisturizer or before one, the oil will seal the moisture out of the hair strand and lead to eventual dryness. This technique of moisturizing and sealing has really been helpful to me and is a resonating hallmark of my regimen. Moisturizing success is all in the order in which you apply your products.

REMEMBER! Oils DO NOT Moisturize.
Perhaps a words like “nourish” would be better than moisturize. If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me to recommend a good oil that moisturizes, I would be rich! Oil alone will not and cannot moisturize within the hair shaft. An oil can only coat the outside of the strand, and give it shine- the illusion of moisture. Again, the molecules that make oil are much too large to penetrate. Oil molecules are “hydro-phobic” which means they repel and do not readily mix with water. Remember, if you apply an oil product to your hair before you have added a moisturizing product, you have created a seal on your hair strand that water and moisture cannot penetrate.

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When the Balance Tips, You Must Wet Assess


Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Hair is not exempt from this old adage. Growing out your hair is a constant battle between maintaining an even protein and moisture balance. Breakage is the result of the hair chemistry being thrown off balance. . Remember Kim and Trina from the beginning of the section? Hair that is shifted too far on either side of the balance (too much protein or too much moisture) will break.

 

The Importance of Wet Assessment

Though health assessments can be performed on dry hair, determining your cause of breakage is often easiest on wet hair. Hair in its wet state exudes the basic properties of hair---elasticity and strength—excellently. In fact, these qualities are often exaggerated on wet hair. Thorough and frequent wet assessments will help you maintain your hair’s health and condition.

Hair in its optimal condition will not break when wet unless undue stress is placed upon it through aggressive combing or detangling. A balanced and healthy hair strand will stretch and break only under undue, or unusual types of pulling stress. Balanced hair will feel soft and supple, yet strong while wet. When you comb through it when wet, it should resist excess stretching and will hardly break if you are careful. Over time, and with trial and error, you will be able to tell what is normal stress for your hair.
If your hair does indeed break when wet, the way the hair breaks under these conditions will give you a sure indication of wether more moisture or protein is required to regain the proper balance.


How Do I Perform a Proper Wet Assessment?

It will be difficult for you to wet assess your hair by holding a single strand and pulling on both ends. That type of stress would be considered "undue" stress, because no single hair is ever really subjected to that sort of tension at one time. Any strand of hair (healthy or not) that you pull on by both ends has the potential to snap depending on the pressure you apply to it. Hair should be wet assessed by the normal act of combing though it or touching-testing it.


Wet Assessment Break Down


If your hair:


(Wet or Dry) Stretches slighty/returns to original length /no breaking= you are balanced just stick with maintaining!
(Wet ot Dry) Stretching a little more than normal then breaks= more protein

(Wet or Dry)Stretching, stretching, stretching/no breakage yet= more protein

(Wet)- Weak, gummy, mushy, limp hair= more protein

(Wet or Dry) Very little/no stretching then breakage= more moisture

(Dry) Rough/tough/hard/tangly/brittle hair= more moisture


Unsure= err on the side of moisture


For those of you just starting out on your journey to healthier head of hair, I recommend you begin with a more moisture friendly regimen before you incorporate the protein aspect. The reason being, many of us (before our hair care awakening) have naturally moisture deficient hair care routines and regimens- especially those with no regimen at all. Rarely have I seen a woman have hair problems that are a result of over-conditioning her hair and too much moisture. I can guarantee you that almost 99% of the time, poor moisturizing and conditioning are the issues that spawn our hair care interventions.


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When the Balance is thrown off by too much protein:


Hair that is shifted too far on the protein side will break easier, both wet and dry, because it lacks elasticity. Hair that breaks with very little tension or stretching is moisture deficient. Any type of stretching or tension will break it because the protein goes in and adds structure to the hair. Too much structure will make the hair rigid, decrease its elasticity, leave it brittle and prone to breakage. This was the issue with Kim’s hair. She was feeding her hair more protein than she needed to maintain a healthy balance. If this describes your hair at any time listen up! To correct this imbalance, you will need to go into a simple deep conditioning and moisturizing regimen. You may not be doing "protein treatments" per se, but you may be using other products that are protein heavy ingredient wise. I would watch out for protein in common products like leave in conditioners, moisturizers,gels, and instant conditioners like Suave and V05. Protein hides in alot of everyday products- so avoid those for a few weeks until your moisture balance is corrected. This will give your hair a chance to even out the protein/moisture balance.

Should I schedule my protein treatments in advance?
I do not advise "protein-ing" on a specific schedule, simply because our hair is seasonal. Setting aside a week or two in your regimen for protein conditioning is just not effective at addressing your hair needs as they arise. It doesn't know or understand our "schedules". It's needs and wants change from day to day, week to week. The only product you must adhere to a schedule is the Aphogee Treatment for Damaged Hair because it can only be used every 6 weeks or so because of its strength. The other treatments in between that one should only be done as you need them. Sometimes that might be weekly, other times it may be every 2 or 3 weeks! Only your hair can dictate that to you. I'm sure you've seen the threads where I discuss how to tell when your hair needs more protein- or when it needs more moisture. There are very specific ways to tell =) Once you get to know your hair more and more, it will be like second nature! Scheduling is good for when you are just starting out and getting into the groove, but you'll soon start to see that your hair often has its own plan for when you need different things for it! Then, scheduling kind of becomes useless in the grand scheme of hair care things. It also prevents you from truly developing an understanding of your own hair because instead of looking for certain cues and signs, you are looking at the calendar. Protein-ing on a schedule can eventually lead to protein overload if you aren't careful! It is so much harder to bounce back from an overload of protein than it is an overload of moisture/conditioning.

How much is too much?
I totally agree that relaxed ladies need more protein. If you are relaxed or color treated, those processes have compromised the protein structure of your hair--so you kinda need the supplemental protein. Not everyone needs protein though, some naturals can live without it...

For the relaxed ladies though, It's like we've all sustained different degrees of "damage" from the relaxing processes. Some people's hair is more protein deficient by nature (from the coloring/relaxing) so they require more to keep the balance in tact. Relaxing and coloring breaks protein bonds so depending on the type and degree of relaxer and level on bond breakage you will need more or less protein than someone else. So you can't say weekly, daily, or monthly protein is too much or too little because we do not know the true condition and specific needs of your hair to start with. At the end of the day, you must experiment and get to know your own head of hair.
Some proteins are stronger than others, but daily or even weekly use of even the milder protein treatments may result in an imbalance between the protein and moisture levels within the hair strands in some people. But honestly, its almost too hard to even go by the "types of proteins". You never know the percent composition of these products so though it may have a specific protein down the ingredient list, it might not be as strong as if it were higher on the ingredient list(greater percent composition). The protein in question could be 30% of the product or 0.3%! Who knows! You have to play around with different products to know how strong it is on your hair. You can't really say "Oh this is wheat protein so its gonna very light!" Or "this is animal protein, so its gonna be very heavy." It would be nice if that were true all the time, but because the product percent composition really plays such an important role, label reading can only do so much. For example, every product with keratin isn't going to feel the same way across the board. Just like every product that contains glycerine or water isn't going to feel the same! You must experiment and find your hair tolerance and it will vary from product to product, not necessarily protein to protein.

For example, some people think Aphogee 2 minute is a mild to tough protein, but my hair tends to laugh at it and feel the exact same after using it. For me, I just experimented using different combinations of products to find out what my hair tolerance is.


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When the Balance is thrown off by too much moisture:


Yes! There is such a thing as “over-conditioning” the hair and Trina found that out the hard way. Hair that is shifted too far on the moisture side will be "super-elastic" and stretch more because it lacks a sound protein structure. Many ladies describe the feel of over-conditioned/over-moisturized hair as “mush-like” or “overly soft” when wet. It has almost a weak, limp spongy feel to it. Protein deficient hair will tend to pull and stretch along with the comb and then break. It will always stretch first then break which is the result of very low supplemental protein in the regimen. When this is the case, you will need some kind of protein to give the hair structure which will make it feel rigid (stronger) again. If your hair is stretching without returning, even if its not breaking you should use a light protein to correct this. When your hair stretches, the strand "thins" and becomes weaker across the cross section. It may not break right then at that very point in time, but stretched out of and beyond its shape, it is compromised and will eventually break at some other point. Your hair should be springing back to position. If its stretching and stretching without breaking it may be your hair's way of telling you, "Hey, I need a little structure (protein) here! I'm getting waaaay too elastic, but not yet enough to break-- so do something now!" This is where a preventive maintenance protein application would come in. You don't have to wait for breakage to act. Your hair is telling you now Start light, and work from there. You may not need a heavy treatment just yet.

And, you don't have to get all of your protein from a "treatment" per se or conditioner either. You can always throw in protein based leave in conditioners like (Infusium23) or waterbased moisturizers like (Cantu's Breakcure/or Elasta QP mango butter) to help you maintain the balance within your regimen. This way you can get a little or a lot without relying on one product.

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I'm Balanced- Now What?

Now once your hair is balanced and the breakage has minimized you can try to maintain the balance for as long as you can by interchanging your products. It doesn't have to be on a particular schedule. It is a constant struggle to balance these two. Ladies, I remember when I first started trying to get a growth regimen going- I planned out all my treatments on the calendar. Now, I've found that this method just doesn't work. Sometimes you need more protein, sometimes none at all. Sometimes its more moisture! You have to listen to your hair to know what do when. So you could say, I'll use protein every other week...but what do you do when your hair decides hey! I want to act brittle and dry and break (a sign of too much protein) the week you are due for more protein? Balance is the word! You'll know how to handle it as you gain experience.
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WHEW! And that's only the tip of the iceberg of what I've been cooking up over here. I know its long, but I sincerely hope this helps! If even one person benefits, it will have served its purpose. 

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Okay-- Here is the product breakdown. This list is by no means exhaustive, but its a good start. It'll help you see which side you've been leaning on product wise and which side you need to incorporate products from to achieve your balance.  Please feel free to help me add products if you don't see one you use up here- and help me put them in their proper placements. I've included strength indicators for most of the protein products- but those are only based on my hair and what I have used. If you've used a protein product, make sure you indicate the strength so that can be added too! If see something and you think its on the wrong side, let me know!


Types of Protein Products:


Specialty Treatments
Nexxus Emergencee (moderate)
Nexxus Keraphix (moderate)
Aphogee 2 Min Keratin Recon. (mild/moderate)
Aphogee Treatment for Damaged Hair (heavy)
LeKair Cholesterol (mild/moderate)
Dudley’s DRC
Motions CPR(mild/moderate)
ORS Mayo (moderate)
Elucence Extended Moisture Repair
KeraCare 5 n 1
Joico K-Pac (mild)
Elasta Qp Anti Breakage serum


Protein Conditioners
Motions Moisture Silk Protein conditioner
Mane N Tail (shampoo)
Aubrey Organics GPB
Mane N tail (moderate/heavy)
Garnier Fructis Long N Strong (mild)
AtOne Botanicals Reconstructor w/ Moisture Recovery* (light)
Any Instant Conditioner like Suave and V05 (light/mild)
Got2B Soft 1 Minute Emergency (light/mild)
Rusk Sensories 60 second Revive
ORS replenishing pak (light/mild)

Protein Moisturizers
Cantu Shea Butter Break Cure
Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong
Elasta QP Mango Butter
Profectiv Mega Growth and Healthy Ends

Protein Leave Ins:
Infusium 23
Cantu Shea Butter Leave In
Salerm 21(moisture w/ protein)
Nexxus Headress (moisture w/protein)
Mane N Tail (Conditioner can also be used as leave in)
Profectiv Break Free Leave In


*So light, this can double as a moisturizing conditioner.


Types of Moisturizing Products:

*Note* Some of the products listed as moisturizing do contain small amounts of protein—but in my opinion, their moisturizing abilities override any protein overuse concerns.


Moisture-Based Conditioners
Crème of Nature Nourishing Conditioner
Herbal Essences Replenishing Conditioner
Nexxus Humectress
Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner
Dove Intense Moisture
Neutragena Triple Moisture Daily Conditioner
Neutragena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask???
Elucence Moisture Balancing conditioner
Keracare Humecto
Mizani Moisturefuse


Moisture-Based Moisturizers
ORS olive oil
ORS carrot oil
S-Curl
StaSoFro
Hollywood Beauty Carrot and Olive Oil
Most Braid Sprays
*moisturizing leave ins can be used as waterbased moisturizers- especially crème based ones)

Moisturizing Leave Ins:
Neutragena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave in
Profectiv Anti-Tangle Leave In

 

OIL

Burdock root oil - natural hair care oil and traditional hair loss prevention treatment 
Burdock (Arctium Lappa) has been a favorite medicinal herb for centuries.
Burdock root oil extract, also called Bur oil, is used to promote healthy hair, to help relieve scalp irritation and improve scalp conditions. It is a natural hair oil applied to get rid of scalp itching, redness and dandruff, improve hair strength, shine and body. Traditionally Burdock root oil has been used to reduce and reverse hair thinning. Modern studies indicate that Burdock root oil extract is rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids (including rare long chain EFAs), the nutrients required to maintain healthy scalp and promote natural hair growth. It combines immediate relieving effect with nutritional support of normal functions of sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Regular use of Burdock oil helps restore and maintain healthy scalp and hair.
 
Saw Palmetto herbal medicines 
Saw Palmetto is traditional topical herbal medicine used to help improve skin and scalp conditions, maintain healthy skin and hair, reverse hair loss. It was used by American Indians as hair, scalp and skin care. It is said to revitalize mature skin, to bring olive shine to the skin, to help revive hair follicles, improve hair strength, body and shine, make scalp less sensitive to stress and irritation. More recently Saw Palmetto received recognition in the areas of men's health and women's health both as preventative remedy and as safe and effective treatment to reverse development of certain pathological conditions, combat alopecia. Scientific research confirm that majority of Saw Palmetto bioactive ingredients are of lipophilic nature, and therefore are extracted into the oil and well assimilated by the skin. These observations suggest that when applied topically, the active ingredients of Saw Palmetto may be more bioavailable and therefore provide more effective treatment for particular body areas and organs.
Herbal Oils - traditional herbal remedies and body oils used to restore, nourish, and rejuvenate the skin  

  Herbal oil is an extract made of herb with vegetable oil. Herbal oils are are also called infused oils and have been use for long time in herbal medicine and cosmetic. Herbal oil extracts are rich in nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins essential for skin cells metabolism. They have been traditionally used to nourish and revitalize the skin, reverse skin aging processes, promote healthy scalp and combat hair loss. Herbal oils have been applied as medicines to treat skin problems, help heal skin injuries, improve the conditions of mucous, combat scalp and hair diseases. Some herbal oils are rich in unique nutrients and are utilized as a dietary supplements.
 
Making Herbal Oil
Because you grow herbs, you cook with them. Realizing that they are good medicine as well, you drink them in teas. Soon, you discover an herbal massage oil, or soap, or salve and then you're done for. Herbs have taken hold of your soul and there's nothing for it but to become a modern herbalist.
A modern herbalist is not quite a witch. She is part cheap, part environmental, part gardener and plantswoman, part medical practitioner, part rebel, part luddite, part scientist—and part witch. The sooner we get over our fear of that last bit, the happier we will be. No one need know, after all. But should you find yourself planting by the moon and growing a little valerian for medicinal purposes, you will know that you are indeed a modern herbalist. And in these times of dubious pharmaceuticals and improved food, that is a very good thing.
One interesting tidbit about herbal techniques is that they have changed relatively little in thousands of years. We still employ herbs and herb mixtures, in teas, decoctions, tinctures, syrups, cordials, oils, salves, wines, vinegars, poultices, and incense. As a gardener and a romantic, I find the prospect of making fragrant, tasty, and medicinal potions more than irresistable.
So I decided to make herbal oil. I had been using a massage oil infused with St. Johns Wort and Lemon Balm for a few months, and had loved the fragrance and texture. So when it came time to prune back the scented leaf geranium, I decided to use the leaves to make a scented massage oil. Luckily, I had just purchased a copy of Herbal Home Remedies by Joyce A. Wardwell from Storey Books. She led me through the process of making my first herbal oil.
 
You will need:
8 oz. vegetable oil (olive, almond, or grapeseed)
3/4 cup fresh herbs, chopped
2 tbsp. high octane vodka (100 proof or better)
A widemouth pint mason jar
Cheesecloth
You can use many different herbs for your oil: mint will be anti-bacterial and cooling, lemon balm will be relaxing, thyme will be anti-bacterial and healing, and geranium, the herb I chose, will be uplifting and balancing. Get a good medicinal herb guide for specific properties of herb plants.
 
How to Make the Oil:
Clean, thoroughly dry, and roughly chop the herbs of your choice (you can blend, but the fewer the better). Allow chopped herbs to sit in a bowl overnight to allow some moisture to evaporate. Failure to follow this short drying process could result in moldy oil from excess water.
Place herbs in the mason jar, and add oil to cover. Add two tablespoons of vodka and close the jar. Shake vigorously.
Reopen the jar and poke the resulting mixture with a chopstick to release air bubbles trapped below, and to insure that herbs are covered with oil.
Place four levels of cheesecloth over the jar, and fix with a rubber band. Don't put the mason jar lid down as you want air to reach the oil as it infuses with the herb.
Put the jar in a warm place such as a heat register or warm sunny window. Let sit for two weeks.
After two weeks, strain the oil into a glass measuring cup through a strainer, and after all the oil has dripped through, pour the strained oil slowly into a glass storage jar (or the original mason jar) until just before the last ounce is poured. Look at the remaining oil. If there are streaks or bubbles, that's trapped water, and you don't want to decant that into your final oil. Pour off all the oil you can, and throw away remaining sediment and water.
The oil you produce from this method should be semi-clear to lightly cloudy, and strongly fragrant. Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year. It makes a great massage oil, allowing the gentle essence of the herbs to enter your system through your skin as therapeutic massage. You can rub it on sore muscles, dry skin, hands, scalp, and anywhere else that needs it. Obviously, it's a good idea to avoid sensitive areas like eyes, mouth, and groin...
And that's all there is to it. You can make any number of herbal oils, depending on what herbs you happen to have going and what you need them for. You'll enjoy getting in touch with the power of plants.
 
A
Acetamide MEA - Water soluble conditioning agent compatible with anionic and nonanionic systems as opposed to quaternary surfactants compatible only with cationics, adds shine.

Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
- A hypoallergenic lanolin-derived emollient with a smooth, velvety feel. Acetylated lanolin forms a protective coating on the skin's surface and prevents moisture loss.

Adenosine Triphosphate
- A synthetic riboflavin. A component of Unipertan V-242 that functions as a catalyst in the tanning process.

Alcohol -
A general term for organic ingredients that contain the OH (hydroxyl) group. Alcohols differ substantially in their properties ranging from water soluble solvents like isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, ethyl alcohol (used by breweries, the only drinkable alcohol) through moisturizing agents like glycerine or propylene glycol to fatty alcohols like cetyl alcohol and sugars (multi alcohols).

Alfalfa
- An extract of alfalfa, medicago sativa. A source of Vitamins C, D, E and K.

Algae Extract -
Extracted from seaweed and pondscum, rich in minerals, algae extract is claimed to prevent wrinkles, very moisturizing.

Algal Polysaccharides -
Extract from red marine algae gathered off the Hawaiian coast known for its moisturizing potential and lubricity.

Allantoin -
Water soluble crystal known for its ability to help heal wounds and skin ulcers and to stimulate the growth of healthy tissue.

Almond Oil
- An oil extracted from the seeds of sweet almonds and used as an emollient.

Aloe Extract
- An oil-soluble extract of the aloe vera plant or any other member of the aloe family, known for the hydrating and soothing properties.

Aloe Vera Gel
- Extract of the aloe vera leaf. Excellent hydrating, softening and soothing properties. Believed to have healing properties, especially for sunburned skin, provided the extract has not been altered during processing. A source of allantoin.

Aloe Vera Oil
- The gel extracted from the leaves of the aloe vera plant, a member of the lily family.

Alpha Bisabolol
- A myrrh-type gum resin with anti-irritant properties.

Althea Extract
- The extract of the althea plant.

Aluminum Chlorohydrate - Aluminum salt. Most commonly used material for anti-perspirant preparations. Least irritating of the aluminum salts.

Aminomethyl Propanedial - An alkalizer / neutralizer used to adjust pH in cosmetic preparations.

Ammonium Laureth Sulfate - Surfactant. Used as primary surfactant for many shampoos. Low irritation.

Amyris Balsamiferia Oil (West Indian Sandlewood) -Sweet, woody, balsamic aroma.

Angelica (Angelica Archangelica) - Extract Angelica root contains Angelicin, which is stimulating to the skin. Extract of Angelica has a tonic effect on the skin.


Annato Extract - A natural plant colorant derived from the flesh surrounding the seed of a shrub native to South America, bixa orellana, producing yellow-orange tones.

Apricot Kernel Oil - Oil expressed from the seeds of apricots.

Aloe Juice - Any concentration or dilution of aloe vera gel.

Arachidyl Propionate - A skin softener and humectant obtained from coal and limestone.

Arnica - A stimulant that is said to increase circulation to the areas to which it is applied. Should only be applied to unbroken skin.

Awapuhi - Actiphyte of the Hawaiian white ginger root. A natural additive.

B

Banana Oil - The natural fragrance derived from bananas. Used as a solvent in some formulations.

Beeswax - Purified wax from the honey-comb of the bee. Used primarily as an emulsifier.

Beet Extract - Extract from the stem base of the beet used for its reddish color.

Benzophenone-3 - Oxybenzone. An organic benzophen derivative. A sun-screen active in both UV-B and UV-A spectrums. Used in conjunction with a second sunscreen to obtain higher protection values of SPF 8 and above.

Benzophenone-4 - An ultraviolet light absorber. Helps to protect hair from damaging UV rays of the sun. Also, prevents discoloration of the product.

Benzothonium Chloride - A salt derivative that serves as an antiseptic and germicide.

Benzyl Alcohol - Solvent with a faint, sweet odor. Used in many perfumes.

Bergamot Oil - Sweet, citrus-floral aroma. Reduces anxiety, nervous tension and stress.

Beta-Carotene - Natural colorant derived from vegetable sources.

Bioecolia - Natural sugar complex that inhibits the growth of unfavorable bacteria.

Biomin Aquacinque - An aqueous mixture of five skincare minerals: magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and silicon (with yeast additive).

Biosaccharide Complex - Carbohydrate complex that inhibits the growth of bacteria on the skin that may cause the unpleasant after-tan odor.

Biotin - A naturally occurring vitamin H. Some studies show that it has a positive effect on hair growth when taken internally.

Bladderwrack: A source of iodine; reported to help remove toxins.

Borage: An herbaceous plant, borgo officinalis. Skin soother.

Boric Acid - An inorganic acid and mild antiseptic, and preservative.

Butylene Glycol - A petroleum-derived mechanical ingredient.

Butylparaben - The ester of butyl alcohol and p-hydroxybenzou acid family. An oil-soluble preservative of the paraben family.

C

C12-C15 Alcohols Benzoate - The ester of benzolic acid and C- 12-15 alcohols.

Cameilia Extract - Extract of a tropical evergreen shrub. Used to scent products.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride - The mixed triester of glycerin and caprylic and capric acids. An emollient ester derived form coconut oil with good lubricating properties.

Caramel - A natural colorant.

Carbomer 940 - An organic gelling agent.

Carbopol (or Carbomer 940/941/934) - Thickening agents.

Carboxylate/Carboxaline - Magnesium aspirate.

Carotene (Beta Carotene) - Found primarily in carrots. A pro-vitamin, converted by the body into vitamin A, carotene gives a yellow to orange-red color to formulations.

Carrageenan - Natural thickening agent.

Castor Oil - Emollient, natural oil. Used in hair dressings, lipsticks, and skincare lotions. Obtained from the castor bean.

Cationic Surfactants - Those in which the active molecule bears a positive charge. These sufactants usually have strong conditioning properties and are used in conditioners, moisturizing treatments and paks. Cationics often have antimicrobial properties (germicides).

Cedarwood Oil - Sweet, woodsy aroma. Calming, soothing properties. Reduces anxiety and tension. Clears respiration.

Cetrimonium Chloride - Quaternary conditioning agent, similar to cetrimonium bromide, but more suitable for water systems.

Ceteareth-20 - Derived from cetearyl alcohol through ethoxylation. Used with the parent alcohol or with other fatty alcohols, it functions as a primary emulsifier and thickening agent.

Cetearyl Alcohol - A waxy, crystalline solid used as an emulsifier. Not to be confused with drying, ethyl alcohols.

Ceteth - 2 -
A polyethylene glycol derivative of cetyl alcohol. Water soluble. Emollient and conditioning agent and emulsifier.

Cetyl Alcohol
- A secondary emulsifier that thickens or adds body to lotions. Not to he confused with drying, ethyl alcohols.

Chamomile Extract - Extract made from the flowers of anthemis nobilis. Used for its soothing properties.

Chlorophyll - The green coloring matter in plants. Known for its natural cleansing and moisturizing properties.

Chloroxylenol - A crystalline, water soluble substance used as an antiseptic, germicide and fungicide. Penetrates skin. No known toxicity in humans when diluted below 20%.

Cholesterol Escin Complex - Thought to aid in detoxification and shrinking of fat cells.

Citric Acid - An organic acid. Naturally occurring in citrus fruits and used to adjust the pH of products.

Clove Bud Oil - A natural essential oil steamed-distilled from clove buds, syzygium atmaticum. lends a sweet, spicy note to skin care formulations.

Clover (Trifolium Pratense) Extract - This natural botanical has antiseptic properties and is effective for scalp irritations.

Cocamide DEA -
Shampoo thickener and foam stabilizer derived from coconut fatty acids. Also assists in removal of fatty soils.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine
- Surfactant derived from coconut oil. Used in low irritation, conditioning shampoos.

Cocoa Butter - Obtained from cocoa beans, used as an emollient. Used in suntan lotions as well as the manufacture of chocolate.

Coconut Oil - Natural oil derived from coconuts. Has a defatting effect on skin which is overcome by using coconut oil- deprived esters rather than the oil itself. Surfactants derived from coconut oil have good cleansing properties and are generally known to be mild.

Collagen (Soluble) - A protein derived from the selected skins of young animals or from vegetable sources. The collagen molecule is too large to penetrate the unbroken skin. However, it forms a superior protective film to soothe and hydrate. Collagen is chemically bonded to water and so provides long-lasting moisturizing effects.

Comfrey
- Plant which contains allantoin, which is thought to stimulate the growth of healthy tissue.

Comfrey Extract - An extract of the fruit of citrullus colocynthis. Skin soother and moisturizer.

Copper Peptides - Organic copper proteins help to accelerate the tanning process by boosting your melanocytes with organic copper, while the protein provides soothing and nourishing benefits to the skin.

Corn Oil - Natural golden-colored oil expressed from corn kernels, zea mays. America's premier native emollient oil. Rich in linoleic acid, one of the three essential fatty acids.

Corn Cob Meal - From the cob of corn. Revitalizes the skin by exfoliating dead skin cells and improving circulation.

Corn Starch - Obtaijed from corn and used as a drawing agent. Absorbs water and soothes the skin.

Cucumber Extract - From the same family as aloe; strong moisturizing capabilities.

Cyclomethicone - A volatile silicone compound used to reduce the greasy feel of tanning oils.

CuO2 Complex - Exclusive intensifying complex for rich hydration.

D

Dandelion - A vegetable source of protein that is high in skin-friendly ingredients.

DATEM - A conditioning agent that is excellent in haircare and skin care products. Secondary viscosity enhancer in surfactant systems. Enhances volume of thin hair.

D&C Red #33 - Certified monoazo colorant permitted for use in drugs and cosmetics but not in food.

DEA (Diethanolamine) - A neutralizing agent that raises pH.

Decyl Oleate - The ester of decyl alcohol and oleic acid. An emollient that adds body to lotions.

Deionized/Demineralized Water - Water run through active resin beds to remove metallic ions and filtered through a submicron filter to remove suspended impurities.

DHA (DeHydroxyAcetone) - derived from sugar cane, causes the surface layer of your skin to oxidize, creating a natural-looking tan.

Diazolidinyl - A cosmetic preservative.

Dicetyldimonium Chloride - A quaternary ammonium salt. Conditioner.

Dihydroxyacetone - The active ingredient of sunless tanning products. Dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, reacts with amino acids in the outer layers of the skin to produce a browning effect.

Dimethicone - Used for its superior spreadability, excellent emolliency, and water repellency.

Dimethicone Copolyol - A silicone derived emollient used in conditioner preparations for hair and skin.

Dimethyl Lauramine Isostearate -
Conditioning and emulsifying agent.

DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate
- See vitamin E.

DMDM (Dimethylol Dimethyl) - Used with hydantoin to form a preservative. Slowly releases formaldehyde to give bactericidal properties to lotions.

Dimethyl Lauramine Oleate
- Salt of dimethyl lauramine and oleic acid. Conditioning agent for hair.

Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate - A naturally derived, low foaming, conditioning agent which provide exceptional lubricity and contributes to the soft, elegant feel of the product. A conditioning component that helps for detangling hair, leaving hair soft and easy to comb.

Disodium Oleamide MEA-Sulfosuccinate - A wax-like solid surfactant used as a solubilizer and wetting agent in bath preparations and lotions.

DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate - Vitamin E acetate. See Vitamin E.

DNA Enzyme Complex - bioengineered to supply the body with moisturization. and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

E

EDTA (Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid) - A synthetic compound used in lotions as a preservative.

Elastin
- A protein, found in the layers of skin and artery walls, that keeps skin soft and supple. Used as a moisture binder.

Ergocalciferol - Known as Vitamin D when used in food products or skincare lotions.

Essential Oils - Naturally fragrant oils used in cosmetics, aromatherapy, medicine, perfumery, and flavoring.

Evening Primrose Oil - helps your body replenish moisture lost to tanning, minimizing flaking and peeling for the appearance of a longer-lasting tan.

Ethoxydiglycol - Viscosity decreasing agent.

Ethyl Alcohol: Acts as a fat solvent in oils and lotions.

Ethyl Ester PVM/MA Copolymer -
Humidity resistant, non - tacky polymer.

Ethylparaben - A microbial preservative.

Eucalyptus Oil
- A vegetable oil valued for its awakening, revitalizing fragrance.

F

FD&C Dyes - Dyes approved by FDA for food, drug, and cosmetic use.

Farnesol - Natural ingredient found throughout the plant world which regulates developmental processes and is a natural bioactivator in human skin.

Fir Needle Oil - A natural cleanser obtained from the needle of various cone-bearing evergreen trees.

Fragrance - An aromatic blend of: essential oils of natural origin; or essential oils of natural origin and synthetic fragrance materials; or completely synthetic fragrance materials.

Free Radical Scavengers
- naturally derived anti-oxidants that count
eract the free radicals that cause fine lines and wrinkles.

G

Garlic - Garlic is fantastic as an anti-microbial. It fights bacteria, viruses and alimentary parasites. The volatile oil is used to counteract lung infections such as chronic bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, recurrent colds and influenza. It is also useful in fighting infections and aids in digestion, respiration and cardio-vascular functions. In addition it can help lower both blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels. Garlic's actions include: anti-microbial, diaphoretic, cholagogue, hypotensive, and anti-spasmodic.

Gel -Jelly like material formed by the coagulation of a liquid. Semisolid emulsion that liquefies when applied to the skin.

Gelatin - A protein produced from animals, used to gel liquids. Used as thickener and firming/bodying agent in shampoos and facemasks.

Gelatinous - Having the consistency of jelly or gelatin.

Gentian - Gentian Root is a bitter used to stimulate appetite and digestion and has anti-inflammatory effects. It promotes the production of saliva, gastric juices and bile. It also accelerates the emptying of the stomach. Its actions include: bitter, sialagogue, hepatic, cholagogue, anti-microbial, anthelmintic, and emmenagogue.

Geranium Masculatum - An herb used to promote shiny hair. Used as a fragrance in all kinds of cosmetic products: soaps, creams, perfumes etc. Extensively employed as a flavoring agent in most major food categories, alcoholic and soft drinks.

Geranium Oil - Anti-inflammatory and soothing to wounds, sores dermatitis and other skin irritations. It makes a good insecticide and mosquito repellent. It is used to treat lice and ringworm.

Germicide - A substance/property that stops the growth of germs.

Ginger - Ginger may be used as a stimulant to combat circulation problems and cramps. Ginger also promotes perspiration, acts as an appetite stimulant, is a well-known remedy for digestion problems, and is effective as an antioxidant and antimicrobial. In humid climates it is used to help preserve food and as a mouth rinse it can relieve sore throats.

Ginkgo - Also known as maidenhair. Increases moisture retention in the upper layers of the skin, and soothes irritation in sensitive skins. Its actions include: anti-inflammatory, vasoddilatory, relaxant, digestive bitter, and uterine stimulant.

Ginseng - Ginseng is considered a tonic and is most widely known as an energy booster. It helps fight stress and stimulates RNA & DNA activity in the cells.

Gloss - A smooth surface polish to give a superficial luster; to make shine.

Glucagon - A hormone produced by the alpha cells of the pancreas that increases the release of sugar by the liver. Too much sugar may lead to hyperglycemic. Insulin counters the effect of too much body sugar production by increasing absorption of sugar by the body’s tissue, in effect drawing the excess sugar from out of the blood.
Glucose Tyrosinate - A source of soluble tyrosine, this gives lotion a characteristic tan color. The glucose compound of tyrosine encapsulated in a liposome base that helps provide a deeper darker tanning process.

Glycereth - Polyethylene glycol ester of glycerin. An emollient (skin smoothener and softener).

Glycereth 26 - Polyethylene glycol ester of glycerin with an average ethoxylation value of 26. An emollient (skin smoothener and softener).

Glycerin - A humectant (draws moisture from the air to moisturize the skin) that absorbs moisture from the air to keep hair and skin moist. It is also used as an emollient (skin smoothener and softener), lubricant (skin lubricator that helps prevents moisture loss), emulsifier (thickener) and diluting agent in cosmetics.

Glyceryl Monostearate - A wax like solid emollient (skin smoothener and softener), emulsifier (thickener) derived from natural stearic acid and glycerin; also pearlescent (emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts, rainbow like colors) agent. A wax like solid used as an emulsifying and thickening agent.

Glyceryl Stearate - A monoester of glycerin and stearic acid. An emollient and emulsifier. See Glyceryl Monostearate.

Glycine - A non-essential amino acid that helps trigger the release of oxygen to the energy requiring cell-making process. Glycine aids in the synthesis of non essential amino acids in the body. Glycine is an amino acids that can spare glucose for energy by improving glycogen storage. Glycine is also readily converted into Creatine, which is utilized to make RNA and DNA.

Glycolic acid - Hydroxyacetic acid, found in young plants and green fruits. This acid helps reduce the build up of excess dead skin cells. Mainly derived from sugar cane juice, it is also used to adjust the pH in products.

Glycolic peel - A glycolic peal is used to help peel or exfoliate the skin.

Glycolipids - A plant-derived mixture of glycoceramides that help promote a stronger, healthier skin barrier. They are able to stabilize creams and lotions without irritating surfactants. They form rich gels, solubilize fats in alcoholic preparations, prevent fat crystallization or bind water in lipsticks and make-up formulations. Glycolipids enhance the bioavailability of other active ingredients. They are hydrating, restructuring, film forming, smoothing and refatting ingredients. Phospholipids and Glycolipids give a very rich skin feel to cosmetics. Therefore these membrane lipids are the best natural and biological solution for emulsions and modern delivery systems in cosmetics.

Glycol Stearate - The monoester of ethylene glycol and stearic acid. An emollient and an emulsifier used in lotions and shampoos to achieve a pearling effect. See Glyceryl Monostearate.

Glycosaminoglycans - (GAG's) The skin is composed of two layers, epidermis and dermis. The epidermis consists of many layers of dead skin, which are supported by the dermis. The dermis is made up of a network of collagen fibers and elastin, surrounded by a gel-like substance called the Ground substance. The ground substance is composed glycosaminoglycans (formerly called mucopolysaccharides), non-collagen proteins and water. Glycosaminoglycans promote the ability of collagen fibers to retain water and bind moisture into the stratum corneum of the epidermis. The addition of glycosaminoglycans results in skin that has more moisture and increased flexibility.

Glycoside - A plant compound containing one or more alcohols or sugars and a biologically active compound. The sugar part is called a glycone; the other stuff is called an aglycone.

Golden Rod - Golden Rod is used for upper respiratory catarrh, acute or chronic. It may be used in the treatment of influenza, dyspepsia, systitis, urethritis, and wound healing. As a gargle it can be used in laryngitis and pharyngitis. Its actions include: anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, astringent, diaphoretic, carminative, and diuretic.

Golden Seal - Golden Seal has tonic effects and thus helps the mucous membranes of the body. In this way it may help in all-digestive problems, from peptic ulcers to colitis. As a bitter it helps stimulate appetite, and its alkaloids help stimulate bile production and secretion. Further, it is useful for all catarrhal conditions, especially sinus ones and has positive anti-microbial properties. Golden seal has the following actions: bitter, hepatic, alterative, anti-catarrhal, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, laxative, expectorant, emmenagogue, and oxytocic.

Grapefruit Oil - Juice from the grapefruit peel. A yellowish liquid used for its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties.

Grape Seed Extract
- An excellent anti-oxidant and rich source of proanthocyanidins, a flavenoid type molecule that protects capillary walls and inhibits enzymes that breaks down collagen and elastin. Grape Seed extract helps Vitamin C enter the body's cells, thus strengthening the cell membranes, and protecting the cells from oxidative damage. Research has shown that proanthocyanidins (bioflavonoids) serve as an anti-inflammatory, antihistamines, antiallergenic, and as major free radical scavengers. The proanthocyandins possess up to 50 times stronger antioxidant activity than Vitamin C&E, Beta-Carotene or Selenium. Proanthocyanidins also help promote tissue elasticity, help heal injuries, reduce swelling and edema, restore collagen and improve peripheral circulation. Proanthocyanidins also prevent bruising, strengthen weak blood vessels, protect against atherosclerosis, and reduce histamine production.

Grape seed oil - Has a moisturizing and nourishing property due to its high linoleic acid content. See Grape Seed Extract.

Grape skin Extract -The extract of the pulp can be used as a coloring.

Gravel Root
- Gravel Root is used primarily for kidney stones or gravel. It's also in beneficial in treating urinary infections such as cystitis and urethritis. Its actions include: diuretic, anti-lithic and anti-rheumatic.

Green Clay - Highly effective cosmetic clay used for its sterilizing and purifying qualities. Produces a cooling effect on the skin, constricts follicles and deep cleanses the epidermis. It is very absorbent and cleansing to the skin sebum. It detoxifies and exfoliates.

Green Tea - Japanese Green Tea contains two active groups of chemicals known as xanthines (ingredients that suppress inflammation and irritation and reduce cellulite) and polyphenols or catechins (contain powerful antioxidant properties that are 20 times stronger the Vitamin E).

Grindelia - Grindelia acts to relax and smooth muscles and heart muscles. It may be used in asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough and upper respiratory catarrh. Because of the relaxing effect on the heart and pulse rate, there may be a reduction in blood pressure. Externally it may be applied to treat poison ivy. Its actions include: anti-spasmodic, expectorant, and hypotensive.

Ground Substance - Viscous elastic gel which fills in the spaces between the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis.

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride - Naturally derived from Guar tree, it is a cationic conditioning agent used frequently in shampoos.

Guttate psoriasis - A type of psoriasis. In guttate psoriasis there are numerous small lesions that look like little drops scattered across the skin.


H

HEDTA (Hydroxyethyl Ethylenediamine Triacetic Acid) - A bonding agent.

Heliotherapy Hydration Complex - combination of advanced skin care extracts that help retain the moisture normally lost to the sun and the environment.

Honey - Used as a color, flavor, and emollient. Natural ingredient for cosmetic products.

Hops (Humulus Lupulus) - Extract Has hair and skin conditioning properties.

Horsetail Extract - Obtained from the plant equisetum arvense, known for its soothing, regenerating properties as well as its toning and astringent qualities. Commonly believed to stop bleeding and heal wounds.

Horsetail gress - Equisetum arvense.

Hot Action Complex - exclusive combination of intensifying ingredients produces a warming and reddening effect as it works deep within the epidermis.

Hyaluronic Acid
- A potent humectant that absorbs moisture from the air to help hydrate your skin. A viscous mucopolysaccharide used as a humectant.

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil - The end product of controlled hydrogenation of soybean oil, the oil obtained from soybeans by extraction or expression. It consists essentially of oleic, linolenic and saturated acids. Emollient.

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
- Vegetable oil thickened through hydrogenation. Increases the stability of the oil while retaining the protective emolliency.

Hydrolyzed Animal Collagen - Derived from animal sources. Gives body to the hair and helps protect it from sun, wind and weather damage. leaves a protective emollient film. See collagen.

Hydrolyzed Human Hair Keratin Protein - Protein derived from human hair by enzymatic/acidic hydrolyzation.

Hydrolyzed Silk - A conditioning ingredient that provides ease of combing and smoothness to feel, provides control to the hair from application to completion of styling.

Hydrolyzed Soy Protein - A natural vegetable source protein that provides conditioning, substantivity and moisture retention to skin and hair.

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein - Wheat oligosaccharides. Hydrolysate of wheat protein. Non-animal source of protein for shampoos and conditioners and other cosmetic preparations.

Hydroxyethyl Celiulose - A naturally derived polymer which helps modify viscosity and form gels with water-soluble ingredients. Helps protect the skin and impact a certain feel.

Hydroxypropyl Guar - A moderately substituted derivative of natural guar gum. Provides thickening and gelation. Gives body and texture to formulation.

Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose - Fibrous substance derived from the chief part of the cell walls of plants. Used as thickener and to give products uniform consistency and body.

I

Inaidazolidinyl Urea - A by-product of human metabolism used as an anti microbial agent.

Inositol - Vitamin B; an emollient.

Isobutane - Naturally occurring gas.

Isopropyl Alcohol (Isopropanol) - An organic solvent of the alcohol family. Used to solubilize resins and polymers. Also found in hair colors to dissolve the oxidation dyes.

Isopropyl Myristate - The ester of isopropyl alcohol and myristic acid. It spreads very easily and promotes a dry feeling.

Isopropyl Palmitate - The ester of isopropyl alcohol and palmitic acid. Spreads more readily than isopropyl myristate.

Ivy - A mild irritant botanical believed to stimulate blood circulation to the areas on which it is applied and known for its toning and tightening properties.

J

Japanese Angelica (Angelica Acutiloba)
- A pure natural botanical ingredient that has been used to reduce skin irritations and promotes healing.

Jojoba Oil - Extracted from the seeds of the desert shrub simondsia chinesis this oil is actually an emollient ester with excellent spreading, lubricating and penetrating properties. Excellent for hair and scalp conditioning and said to be useful in oily skin preparations.

Juniper Communis Extract - Natural extract of Juniper berries known for cleansing, purifying and aromatherapy properties. Thought to help repair damage to hair from harsh treatment.
K

Kelp Extract - Recovered from the giant marine plant Macrocystis Pyriferae. A deep penetrating humectant with healing properties.

Kiwi Extract - Extract of the tropical kiwi fruit. Natural additive.

L

Lactamide MEA - Conditioning agents that help leave hair with good sheen, manageability and improved flyaway control. Imparts softness to skin.

Lactic Acid - A natural, mild organic acid prepared by fermentation. Normally present in blood, sour milk, sauerkraut, pickles, and other food products made by bacterial fermentation. Used in cosmetics to adjust acid/alkali balance. Lactic acid is a primary component in the skin's natural buffer system.

Laneth-10 Acetate - The polyethylene glycol ether of lanolin alcohol with an average ethoxylation value of 10. Lanolin derived emulsifier.

Lanolin - A refined derivative of the unctuous fat-like sebaceous secretion of sheep. It consists of a highly complex mixture of esters of high molecular weight aliphatic, steroid or triterpenoid alcohols and fatty acids. Obtained from the wax found on sheep's wool; refined and purified to cosmetic specifications. Excellent emollient, skin lubricant and protectant, capable of absorbing water in an amount equal to 50% of its weight. Rich in cholesterol and other skin-friendly sterols.

Lanolin Alcohols - Distilled and deodorized solid with excellent emolliency to skin and hair. Contains up to 30% cholesterol and related sterols.

Lauramide DEA - A mixture of ethanolamides of lauric acid. A high foaming surfactant for shampoos, bubblebaths, etc.

Laureth-23 - An emulsifier. The polyethylene glycol ether of lauryl alcohol.

Lauroamphocarboxyglycinate
- Mild, foaming surfactant for shampoos and facial cleansers. An amphoteric organic compound.

Lavender Oil - Clean, fresh aroma. Calming, healing, soothing properties. Helps open the lungs and clears respiration.

Lecithin - Naturally occuring phospholipid derived from soybeans. Both water and oil loving, lecithin helps protect the skin and replenish the acid mantle as well as improve the skin's feel after application.

Lemon Oil - Crisp, citrus aroma. Cooling to the body. Balancing, energizing and purifying properties.

Lineolamido Propyl Ethydimonium Ethosulfate - Antistatic and hair conditioning agent

Loofah - A natural vegetable cleansing sponge. Revitalizes the skin by exfoliating dead skin cells and improving circulation.
M

Macademia Nut Oil - Extract of macadamia nut. Natural additive.

Magnesium Citrate - Magnesium salt of citric acid. Used in hair sets or bodying agents.

Matricaria Extract (Chamomile Extract) - A purified extract from chamomile flowers. Accentuates natural highlights in hair.

Menthol - A crystalline alcohol that occurs especially in mint oils. Has the sharp fragrance and cooling properties of peppermint.

Methacryloyl Ethyl Betaine Methacrylates Copolymer -
Part of cationic system. A fixative that is water soluble if washed within 48 hours after application. Used for stiffness and high gloss in hairsprays.

Methyl Gluceth - A humectant valuable in eliminating dry skin; less tacky than other humectants.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone - Preservative. Used only in rinse-off products.

Methylisothiazolinone - Preservative. Used only in rinse-off products.

Methylparaben - Water-soluble anti-microbial agent. One of the most commonly used preservative in cosmetics today.

Methylsuifonylmethane (MSM)
- A patented substance found in, for example, cow's milk and human urine that is said to enhance moisture retention of the skin, relieve discomfort from skin irritation, soften, smooth and lubricate the skin, and strengthen nails.

Mica - A mixture of inert silicate minerals of varying compositions but with similar physical properties. Mica splits into very thin reflective pieces, giving a delicate, elegant shimmer to product appearance.

Milk Lipid - Moisturizing, lubricating properties.

Mineral Oil - A liquid blend of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. An effective solvent for removing oil, grease and make-up from the skin. An excellent amplifier or intensifier allowing the skin to absorb ultraviolet rays more effectively. Most companies no longer use mineral oil in products; vegetable oils have been found to be as effective and more skin friendly.

Mink Oil - An oil similar to human sebum; this oil is obtained from the subdermal fatty tissue of minks. It has soothing, amplifying, conditioning, and protective properties, making it an important component of dry skin products. High in unsaturated triglycerides, mink oil has tremendous spreading capabilities.

Modified Sea Salts - Sea salts obtained by evaporation of sea salts.

Montinorilionite - A mineral that has a drawing effect while absorbing greases and dirt.

Mucopolysacchaildes - Highly effective humectants with claims of adding up to 33 percent more moisture in the skin.

Myristalkonium Chloride - Derived from fatty acids, it has anti - static and moisturizing properties.

Myristyl Myristate - Ester of myristyl alcohol and myristic acid. Esters are light oils used as cosmetic emollients.

N

N-Acetyl-LTyrosine - A source of soluble tyrosine.

NaPCA (Sodium PCA) - The sodium salt of 2-Pyrrolidone-5-Carboxylic Acid, NaPCA is one of the best moisture binders available, as well as a humectant and an emollient.

Nanospheres
- a unique delivery system that encapsulates moisturizing agents to help promote a spectacular looking tan.

Nettles - Coarse herbs known for their tonic, astringent and revitalizing properties.

Nettle Extract (White) - Obtained from the flowers of lamium album and containing tannins, amino acids and flavonoids. Known for its tonic, astringent and revitalizing properties. Used both in skin care and hair care preparations.

Niacinamide - Mild scalp stimulant with Vitamin B. Also used as a synergizing agent.

Nonionic Surfactants - Those in which the active molecule has no electric charge. Their properties vary widely, from very harsh cleansers (often found in commercial shampoos and rug cleaners) to coating and fiber softening agents found in balsams and rinses.

Nonoxynol 12 - Used as a non ionic surface active agent and as a dispersing agent.

Nylon-12 - Microscopic spheroids that have tremendous absorbant powers. Nylon- 12 remains on the skin's surface to absorb skin oil as it's secreted, making the skin's surface imperfections (including wrinkles) less apparent.

O

O - Cresol - White to reddish crystals used in the manufacture of dyes.

Octocrylene - A substituted acrylic.

Octylacrylamide Acrylate Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer - Part of cationic system. A fixative that is water soluble if washed within 48 hours after application. Used for stiffness and high gloss in hair sprays.

Octyl Methoxycinnamate - The ester of 2-ethylehexyl alcohol and methoxycinnamic acid. A non-PABA sunscreen agent manufactured in Switzerland.

Octyl Palmitate - An emollient amplifying ester commonly used as a mineral oil replacement.

Octyl Salicylate - Ester of 2-ethylhexel alcohol and salicylic acid used as an antiseptic and sunburn preventative.

Octyl Stearate - Derived from cascarilla bark and other natural items; provides a barrier between skin and the elements; softens and smooths the skin.

Oleth-5 - A highly effective surface active agent (surfactant) which couples water-soluble ingredients with water-insoluble ingredients in the formulation. Contributes to the smooth texture of the finished product. Found in coconut and palm oil.

Oleth 20 - Organic perfume stabilizer, derived from unsaturated fatty acids.

Oleyl Betaine - A zwitterion (inner salt).

Olive Oil - Extract of olive. Emollient. Superior penetrating ability. Used in lipsticks, hairdressings, shampoos, soaps and conditioner.

Orange Peel Extract - Extract from "green" variety of oranges, very rich in natural elements. Used for color.

P

PABA (Para Amino Benzoic Acid) - A vitamin B complex acid used as a "building block" in sunscreens. Tremendous UVB absorption qualities.

Padimate O (Octyl Dimethyl PABA or 2-Ethyihexyl PABA) - The ester of 2-ethyihexyl alcohol and dimethyl paminobenzoic acid. A "PABA~free" sunscreen, Padimate O is a derivative of PABA, but is no longer PABA.

Panthenol
- A biologically active substance that metabolizes to vitamin B5 in the skin. Known for its revitalizing and conditioning effects in the hair and skin. It has humectant-like properties that promote moisture absorption.

Parsley - Petroselinum sativum. Soothes skin.

PEG (Polyethylene Glycol or Polyoxyethylene Glycol)
- Polymeric forms of ethylene oxide. An organic configuration that is reacted with various other molecules to produce a wide range of cosmetic materials. Higher numbers mean higher ethoxilation, which usually means higher solubility in water. (PEG-75 Lanolin has protective and emollient properties, while PEG-20 Stearate is an emulsifier.)

PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate - An ethoxylated sorbitol monoester of lauric acid with an average of 80 moles of ethylene oxide. A mild surfactant.

PEG-100 Stearate - Derived from stearic aid. Emulsifier for creams and lotions.

PEG-20 Stearate
- A water soluble emulsifier for triglycerides, waxes, and mineral oils.

PEG-150 Distearate
- Form stabilizer; hair and skin conditioner.

Peppermint Oil
- Obtained from peppermint leaves. Mild anesthetic, or flavoring material.

Petrolatum - Petroleum derived, inexpensive substance used to prevent moisture loss. Tends to feel tacky.

Phospholipids - Complex fatty materials found in all living cells. Emollient, antioxidant, natural emulsifiers, spreading agents.

Phosphoric Acid - An inorganic acid - a pH adjuster.

Pineapple Extract - Contains the protein digesting and blood clotting enzyme bromelin, anti-inflammatory.

Placental Extract - Aqueous extract of bovine or human placentas after birthing. A naturally rich source of skin nutrients, amino acids, and proteins that has a revitalizing effect on skin.

Planell Oil - Emollient. Mixture of naturally derived phytosterols and glycolipids.

Poloxamer 407 - Non-ionic polymer surfactant.

Polyquaternium 7 - Conditioner used in both rinse-off and leave-in conditioner preparations.

Polysorbate 20 - A mixture of laurate esters of sorbitol and sorbitol anhydrides, consisting of monoester, condensed with approximately 20 moles of ethylene oxide. Versatile oil-in-water emulsifier, very water-soluble solubilizer for essential oils, fragrances and vegetable oils in aqueous solutions. Viscosity modifier in shampoos, liquid soaps and conditioners.

Potassium Hydroxide - Utilized to bring pH to an optimum range for most efficient product function.

Pristane - A saturated hydrocarbon found in natural oils

Propane - A natural propellant.

Propylene Glycol - An aliphatic alcohol serving as an humectant in skin products and a solvent for preservatives, essential oils, flavors and fragrances. Also used in preparation of herbal extracts.

Propylene Glycol Stearate - As ester of propylene glycol and stearic acid. Used in creams, lotions, hair care products and makeups as co-emulsifier to produce a pearly opaque effect.

Propylparaben - Common cosmetic preservative that is anti-fungal and anti-microbial. Less water soluble than methylparaben.

Protovanol - A concentrated form of vanilla used as a natural tanning accelerator. Requires heat and light to drive it.

Purified Water
- See deionized water.

Q

Qnaternium-15 & 19 - A preservative active against a wide spectrum of microbial organisms. A quaternary ammonium salt.

Quaternary Ammonium Salts (QUATS)
- Various derivatives in this group are used in waterproof sunscreens because they impart cationic properties to compounds. QUATS chemically react with the skin, making lotions they are in more water resistant.

R

Red Clover Flowers - A skin soothing ingredient.

Red Raspberry Leaves - Leaves of the red raspberry, rubus idaeus. Astringent.

Retinyl Paimitate - Vitamin A. Useful in cosmetics as a skin normalizer. Works to moisturize dry skin and reduce excess oil.

Riboflavin - Vitamin B2. Works with soluble tyrosine in suntan-enhancing products. Believed to accelerate tyrosine in tanning products. Produces a characteristic yellow color in lotions.

Robane
- Obtained from shark oil. Helps skin absorb oxygen and acts to fight bacteria.

Rosemary Extract
- Valued for its reviving, blood vessel-widening, and invigorating properties.

S

Safflower Oil
- An emollient oil with a high content of unsaturated fats, making for ease of penetration.

Sage Extract - Oil of the herbal plant salvia officinalis - Smells like camphor. Astringent. Supposedly has healing powers. Used by some to prevent drying.

Salicylic Acid
- Occurs naturally in wintergreen, sweet birch and other plants. Anti-microbial. Keratolytic properties, softens skin and hair. Used in making aspirin.

Sambucus Nigra Extract - Sambucus extract is derived from the Elder tree flower. Elder is known as the herbalist's cosmetic tree since every part of the plant is said to aid in complexion beauty. Sambucus Extract also has soothing properties.

SD Alcohol 40 - A pure ethyl alcohol from grain (corn) that has been specially denatured. Functions as a vehicle for application of functional components. Essential for proper viscosity control and rapid drying.

Sea Kelp
- Ahnfeltia extract. The calcined ashes of seaweeds, from which iodine is obtained; a large, coarse seaweed or wrack. Skin soother.

Sea Wrack
- Seaweed from the shore.

Selenium Protein Complex (Biomin S-P-C)
- Neutralizes free radicals on the skin, which is thought to minimize the aging effects of the sun. Also serves as a counter irritant.

Sesame Oil
- A light, emollient oil obtained from sesame seeds.

Shea Butter
- A natural lipid obtained from the fruit of the karite tree, butyrosperum parkii. The slightly greenish butter with soothing protecting qualities is said to have some sunscreening ability.

Silk Amino Acids
- The mixture of amino acids resulting from the complete hydrolysis of silk. The principal amino acids contained within are glycine, alanine, and serine. Their low molecular weight indicates that the molecules can penetrate the cuticle in undamaged hair as well as the surface layer of the epidermis. Silk amino acids improve skin and hair with regard to feel and gloss, and have a moisturizing effect due to their water-binding properties.

Silver Fir Oil - Strong, fresh, pine aroma. Refreshing and revitalizing properties.

Slippery Elm Bark - The dried inner bark of ulmus fulva. Used for its soothing and softening properties. A product of the North American elm tree.

Soap Bark
- A perennial herb native to Europe and parts of Asia. A natural cleanser.

Sodium C14-16 Olefin Suffonate - Surfactant derived from coconut oil. Used in "soapless" shampoos. Mixture of long chain of surfactant salts.

Sodium Chloride - A purified salt used for its natural cleansing, toning, refreshening, and astringent properties.

Sodium Laureth Suffate - The sodium salt of sulfated ethoxylated lauryl alcohol. A high foaming, viscous surfactant, milder to the skin than sodium lauryl sulfate. Excellent cleansing agent for shampoos.

Sodium PCA
- A sodium salt of 2-pyrrolidone-5-carboxylic acid, a natural moisturizing factor component. A humectant and emollient. Holds several times its weight in water.

Sodium laureth-13 Carboxylate - An anionic surfactant increasing the cleansing power of some shampoos.

Sodium Saccharin - Artificial flavoring, sweetner. Non-caloric. Pound for pound, 300 times sweeter than sugar. Used in mouthwash, denitrifies, lipsticks.

Sodium Trideceth Sulfate - A sodium salt of sulfated ethoxylated tridecyl alcohol. An excellent wetting agent for shampoo preparations, as well as baby shampoos.

Sorbitan Stearate - Used as an emulsifier of essential oils in lotion products. Thickens and stabilizes emulsions.

Sorbitol - A humectant that leaves skin with a velvety feeling. Derived from fruits, seaweed, and algae. Similar to naturally occurring glycerin.

Soya Bean Extract - A natural conditioning and gloss agent derived from soy beans.

Squalane - A saturated branched chain of hydrocarbon obtained from hydrogenating shark liver oil. It is found in small quantities in human sebum. A natural emollient; very spreadable and soothing to the skin.

Stearalkonium Chloride - Quaternary ammonium compound. Used in hair conditioners. Conditioner.

Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine - An amidoamine. Conditioner.

Stearic acid - A common, naturally occurring fatty acid widely used as an inexpensive primary emulsifying agent. When neutralized with triethanolamine, it functions as a tremendous thickening agent. Its soap-like character enables it to penetrate the skin and to have emollient, skin-softening properties.

Stearyl Alcohol - An emulsion stabilizer; also adds body to a lotion.

Sunflower Oil
- Obtained from sunflower seeds. Bland, pale yellow oil that contains large amounts of Vitamin E. Natural oil.

Sweet AImond Oil
- The fixed oil obtained from the ripe seed kernel of prunus persica dulsis. Emollient.

T

TEA (Triethanolamine) - Produced by ammonolysis of ethylene oxide. Neutralizes carbomer solutions to form gels. Neutralizes stearic acid to form anionic emulsions and acts as an alkalizing agent to control pH.

Tea Tree Oil - A natural oil derived from the foliage and branches of the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree found in Australia. Has antiseptic and therapeutic properties.

Tetrasodium EDTA - Water softner. A bonding agent that links with minerals to prevent them from causing microbial growth.

Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) - An inorganic oxide occurring in nature, brilliant white in color with many times the covering power of zinc oxide. Used as a colorant (opacifier) and absorbant.

Tocopherol Acetate - The ester of tocopherol and acetic acid. See Vitamin E.

Tocopheryl Linoleate - A substance that helps prevent stiffening of the stratum corneum as a result of UV exposure. Provides the skin with linoleic acid, one of the major essential fatty acids.

Tocopheryl Nicotinnate - Increases blood supply at the skin's surface without irritation.

TRF (Tissue Respiratory Factor) - Skin care complex. Composed of amino acids, mono- and disaccharides, vitamins, phosphorus-containing compounds, nucleosides and nucleotides, TRF substances are produced by living cells (like yeast) upon injury. They may serve as healing agents, stimulate collagen and elastin production, and regenerate cells on the lower levels of the skin.

Tyrosine - The amino acid from proteins that is converted through several metabolic steps to melanin. It is added to tanning accelerator products to supplement the body's normal level of tyrosine at the skin's pigment cell level thereby speeding the tanning process. May be used in its natural form or in a modified, more water solubler form as acetyl tyrosine.

U
Unipertan - The original tan accelerating ingredient composed of tyrosine, riboflavin, and collagen (hydrolyzed animal protein or protein hydrosolate). The original form of unipertan employs animal by-products.

Unipertan V-242 - A totally vegetable form of unipertan, providing tyrosine (an amino acid essential to the tanning process) and adenosine triphosphate (a vegetable catalyst to the tanning process), in a vegetable collagen base.

Unitrienol T27
- A patented blend of fernesyl acetate, fernesol, and panthenyl triacetate which helps in the regulation of moisture and oil levels in the skin while promoting elasticity. Studies show that unitrienol reduces the appearance of wrinkle depth.

V

Vanillin - A natural tanning accelerator that reacts with skin proteins under the influence of heat and light to produce a tan.

Vegetable Oil (Hydrogenated) - obtained from soybean and cotton. Edible, natural moisture binders.

Vitamin A - An ingredient used for its regenerating properties.

Vitamin D - Soothes skin; has corrective qualities; an excellent skin nutrient.

Vitamin E (in its synthetic form, Tocopherol Acetate) - A natural moisture binder that allows the skin to breathe and function naturally. Believed to have natural healing qualities.

Vitamin E Linoleate - A deep moisturizing vitamin derivative that - "plumps" underlying skin cells and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

VITATAN Complex - exclusive tanning technology supplies the skin with moisturizing nutrients to help build a spectacular, golden brown tan.

W

Walnut Extract - bronzing agent that creates a natural-looking tan color.

Walnut Leaf Extract - Obtained from the leaves of juglans spp. and used for its astringent and conditioning properties.

Walnut Oil - A medium-light oil that leaves a luxurious, silky feel on the skin.

Watercress Extract - Extract from nasturtium officinalis. Natural additive.

Wheat Germ Oil
- A rich source of vitamin E that smooths the skin and serves as an anti-oxydant.

Wheat Oligosaccharides - Polysaccharide, derivative of wheat. Conditioner for hair and skin. A moisturizer.

Witch Hazel - Obtained from twigs of hamamelis virginiana. Skin freshener, astringent.

Y

Yarrow (Achillea Millefollum) Extract - Extract of yarrow is used for its soothing and quieting effect on the skin.

Yeast Extract - Obtained from yeast, this derivative is a popular constituent of oily skin preparations.

Ylang Ylang Oil - Natural oil with long history of use in hair and skin care. The aromatherapy benefits soothe the skin and recondition damaged hair. Sweet, floral aroma. Calming, mood-uplifting properties.
Z

Zinc Oxide - A compound of zinc and oxygen, zinc oxide is a mild antiseptic agent. When added to sunscreens, it physically prevents UV light fromreaching the skin

Harmful / Harmless

Ingredients in 

Skin Care Products

 

 

 

 

This page is a spin off from the Skin Care Forum

The list below is not even a little bit near to complete; it's just a start.

If some of the chemicals in the skin care product that you use / are planning to use, are not listed below, please post the ingredients of that product in this thread, so that I can take a look at them.

 

Chemicals that are not acceptable in skin care products, in my view, are printed in red, or in pink, if less harmful. Chemicals that are relatively harmless, are printed in green.

Chemicals that I don't want to classify as harmful or harmless, are printed in black.

Chemicals are printed in alphabetical order.

 

 

 

 


 

ALLANTOIN

Is an antibiotic, and can therefore impair the balance of bacteria naturally present in the skin.

 

 

BETAINE (Trimethylglycine)
This compound is also produced by the body, to aid in the metabolism of homocysteine.

 

 

BUTYLENE GLYCOL

Butylene glycol has neuropharmacological properties, but is not considered carcinogenic

 

 

BUTYLPARABEN

Butylparaben has an adverse effect on the secretion of testosterone and on the function of the male reproductive system. Of the parabens, butyl- and isobutylparaben are most toxic.

The parabens are preservatives that may irritate your skin and can cause allergic reactions.

 

 

CANDELILLA
Candelilla is considered safe for cosmetic use but can cause skin appendages

 

 

CETEARETH 

Ceteareths are the polyethylene glycol (PEG) ethers of Cetearyl Alcohol.

Ceteareth 15 can irritate the skin.

 

 

CETEARETH 20 (Eumulgin B3, polyoxyethylene cetylstearyl ether)

Doesn't affect the lipid layer of the skin, but it does increase the absorption of accompanying ingredients into the skin, so these need to be harmless. It may also irritate the skin.

 

 

CETEARYL ALCOHOL

It increases viscosity of the product. It is practically non-toxic, but may cause slight skin irritation in some

 

 

CETIOL HE

Disturbs the lipid layer of the skin.

 

 

CETYL ALCOHOL

It increases viscosity of the product. Practically non-toxic, but may cause slight skin irritation in some

 

 

CHLORINE
Likely irritates the skin. Accelerates aging of the skin.

 

 

COLOR PIGMENTS (FD & C)
Many color pigments are carcinogenic and cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Certain colors can cause death of skin cells, accelerating the aging process.

 

 

CYCLOPENTASILOXANE

Cyclopentasiloxane is a silicone compound. In animals, low amounts already affected uterine functioning.

 

 

DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA) 

DEA is usually listed on the ingredient label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized. Thus look for names like Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, etc. It may interfere with your hormone levels.  

 

 

DISODIUM EDTA

Is is mildly toxic, but considered safe.

 

 

DMDM HYDANTOIN
May cause skin irritations (and irritate the respiratory system and trigger heart palpitations) and (indirectly, by triggering formaldehyde release) cause allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep, trigger asthma and weaken the immune system.

 

 

EUMULGIN B3 (Ceteareth 20, polyoxyethylene cetylstearyl ether)

Doesn't affect the lipid layer of the skin, but it does increase the absorption of accompanying ingredients into the skin, so these need to be harmless. It may also irritate the skin.

 

 

ESCULIN
Esculin is not okay because it has water-retaining properties (and therefore they claim it has anti-stretchmark properties)

 

 

FRAGRANCE
Many of the compounds in fragrance are toxic. Fragrance may contain up to 4,000 separate ingredients. Symptoms reported to the FDA have included rashes, skin discoloration and allergic skin irritation. Exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous system. 

 

 

GLYCERIN

Both natural and synthetic glycerin are completely harmless

 

 

HISTIDINE HYDROCHLORIDE
histidine hydrochloride has toxic properties and is also a growth factor, and can therefore enhance prexisting skin tumours

 

 

HYALURONATE SODIUM (Hyalgan, SL-1010)

It has anti-inflammatory properties, and is injected to relieve joint pain (in patients with osteoarthritis). Like corticosteroids, it may cause water retention.

 

 

IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA
May cause skin irritations (and irritate the respiratory system and trigger heart palpitations) and (indirectly, by triggering formaldehyde release) cause allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep, trigger asthma and weaken the immune system.

 

 

ISOBUTYLPARABEN

Of the parabens, Butyl- and Isobutylparaben are most toxic.

 

 

ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL
inhalation may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea vomiting, narcosis and even coma. 

 

 

ISOSTEARYL ALCOHOL 

It increases viscosity of the product. Doesn't cause skin irritations

 

 

JOJOBA OIL / ESTERS

Jojoba oil has slightly toxic properties, but doesn't irritate the skin, except in those that have had eczema before.

 

 

JOJOBA WAX

Jojoba-wax is completely hydrogenated jojoba-oil, and hydrogenation may cause harmful fatty acids (check out this page). Jojoba oil has slightly toxic properties, but doesn't irritate the skin, except in those that have had eczema before.

 

 

LECITHIN
Lecithin from different sources can elicit allergic / asthma like reactions, and one should therefore carefully monitor one's skin's reaction

 

 

METHYLPARABEN (Methyl parahydroxybenzoate)

It is a preservative that may irritate your skin.

A mixture of methyl-, ethyl- and propylparaben exacerbates prexcisting skin complaints.

Methylparaben sodium can affect the activity of B12.

 

 

MINERAL OIL
Baby oil is 100% mineral oil. This ingredient coats the skin just like plastic wrap and therefore inhibits the skin's ability to release toxins. 

 

 

MYRISTYL ALCOHOL

It increases viscosity of the product. Practically non-toxic, but may cause mild skin irritation in some

 

 

MOMOETHANOLAMINE (MEA) 

MEA is usually listed on the ingredient label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized. Thus look for names like Cocamide MEA, Lauramide MEA, etc. It may interfere with your hormone levels. 

 

 

OCTYL METHOXCINNAMATE
Octyl Methoxcinnamate stimulates the creation of a 'perfect' (ídeal submicron-) emulsion, and isn't toxic (in these low amounts)

 

 

OCTYL SALICYLATE

Octyl salicylate seems to be safe in concentrations below 30%

 

 

ORYZANOL
Oryzanol seems not to be carcinogenic (and is considered an 'antioxidant'), but it (though metabolized) does influence your triglyceride (and cholesterol) levels, which is unnacceptable in my view.

 

 

PANTHENOL

Panthenol is a so called pro-vitamin (which means that it may be converted into a vitamin by the body, just as beta-carotene may get converted into vitamin A, or cholesterol into vitamin D)
Panthenol may get converted into pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)

 

PARABEN (Butyl-, Isobutyl-, Ethyl-, Methyl- and Propyl parahydroxybenzoate)

They are preservatives that may irritate your skin and can cause allergic reactions.

A mixture of methyl-, ethyl- and propylparaben exacerbates prexcisting skin complaints.

Butyl- and isobutyl-parabens are more toxic than propyl- and isopropyl-parabens, and ethyl- and methyl-parabens and p-hydroxybenzoic acid are less toxic than propyl-paraben.

 

 

PHENOXYETHANOL (Phenoxetol, 2-phenoxyethanol)

Its a practically non-toxic preservative, but also a hospital disinfectant and an anesthetic (on fish), and is rapidly absorbed into the skin. It is neurotoxic in high doses.

 

 

(Color) PIGMENTS (FD & C) 
Many color pigments are carcinogenic and cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Certain colors can cause death of skin cells, accelerating the aging process.

 

 

PLANKTON EXTRACT

May contain high copper levels and arsenic compounds (and dimethylsulphoxide)

 


POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG)

It strips your skin, and therefore causes dehydration and accelerates the aging process.

 

 

POLYOXYETHYLENE CETYLSTEARYL ETHER (Ceteareth 20, Eumulgin B3)

Doesn't affect the lipid layer of the skin, but it does increase the absorption of  accompanying ingredients into the skin, so these need to be harmless. It may also irritate the skin.

 

 

POLYOXYETHYLENE SORBITAN MONOLAURATE (Polysorbate-20)

It retards the absorption of some accompanying chemicals in the skin, which is good. It is however mildly toxic and may cause skin irritation in some. It can induce present skin tumours.

 

 

POLYSORBATE-20 (polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate, Tween 20)

It retards the absorption of some accompanying chemicals in the skin, which is good. It is however mildly toxic and may cause skin irritation in some. It can induce present skin tumours.

 

 

PROPOLIS
Propolis influences your triglyceride (and cholesterol) levels, which is unnacceptable in my view.

 

 

PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG)
It breaks down skincells, and therefore accelerates the aging process.

 

 

PROPYLPARABEN

A preservative that may irritate your skin. Propylparaben has an adverse effect on the secretion of testosterone and on the function of the male reproductive system.

Bacteria readily adapt to propylparaben. Propylparaben is more extensively absorbed than other parabens. 

 

 

SEA BUCKTHORN (Hippophae)

Contains flavones (with different bio-active properties, incl. anti-inflammatory), and can contain thigh levels of toxic metals (zinc, lead, cadmium, iron).

 

 

SEAWEED

Contains anti-mutagenic flavonoids, which may have pro-mutagenic properties themselves. May contain high levels of toxic metals (zinc, lead, cadmium, iron).

 

 

SODIUM HYALURONATE (Hyalgan, SL-1010)

It has anti-inflammatory properties, and is injected to relieve joint pain (in patients with osteoarthritis). Like corticosteroids, it may cause water retention.

 

 

SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) 

SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES)
Breaks down cells, accelerating the aging process. May also cause skin irritation and may be damaging to the skin's immune system. SLS easily penetrates the skin and reaches internal organs, maintaining residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain.

 

 

STEARIC ACID

Stearic acid is a completely harmless, natural fatty acid

 

 

SUCROSE DISTEARATE

Sucrose Distearate is a sucrose ester, used as an insectiside, and not totally harmless

 

 

TOCOPHEROL (Vitamin E)
A too high level of vitamin E (the tocopherol family) accelerates shedding of the skin, which is not good

 

 

TRIETHANOLAMINE (TEA)
TEA may interfere with your hormone levels.

 

 

ULVA LACTUCA

This algae may contain high levels of toxic metals (manganese, iron, zinc, cadmium, copper).

 

 

WATERCRESS EXTRACT

Watercress contains flavonoids with anti-mutagenic properties, but that isn't necessarily good, as they can elicit pro-mutagenic (DNA-damaging) properties themselves.

 

 

XANTHAN GUM
Xanthan Gum increases the uptake of accompanying chemicals into the skin


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What are bad ingredients that you need to stay away from?
Here's a short list:
Alcohol
Ammonia
Chlorine 
Dietanolamine (DEA)
DMD Hydantoin
FD & C Color Pigments
Fragrances
Imidazolidinyl Urea
Isopropyl Alcohol
Mineral Oil
Momoethnanolamine (MEA))
PEG-- polyethylene glycol
Petroleum
Propylene Glycol (PG) 
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Sodium
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Triethanolamine (TEA)
 
Claudie's advice:
 However as a precautionary measure, not all herbs are okay to mix with certain herbs .  Make sure to research the herbs that you use, especially if you have a medical condition. Thyme and Rosemary are two herbs that should be used with caution, especially if you have   hypertension, or is pregnant.
 
SPECIAL OILS AND INGREDIENTS
Maybe you got a sample of macadamia nut oil in a swap....or you need to know why a recipe calls for castor oil is in your shampoo bar recipe...this chart will help clarify some of the ingredients you come across in recipes.
If you are mainly interested in soapmaking oils, please go to the chart with that information Oil Characteristics Chart
 
 
 
 
Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

This delightfully refreshing scented herb has antibacterial and antifungal properties and is used extensively in hair care products for its tonic properties.

lav/rose oil

Lavender/Rosemary Hair Oil
This recipe is courtesy of Jeanne Rose "Kitchen Cosmetics"

 

  • 1 oz. oil of Rosemary

  • 1/8 oz. oil of Lavender

Quantity:  Enough for about 6 months of use.

To Make:  Simply mix the two oils together and store in the dark or in a small amber or light-proof bottle.

To Use:  Put a few drops of the oil on your palm, brush your palm against your hairbrush and then brush your hair.

Tip:  Proper Hair Brushing: Every day, rain or shine, men and women should thoroughly brush the hair.  Brushing dislodges dirt and distributes the natural hair oils.  Bend at the waist (this increases circulation to the scalp) and massage the scalp with fingertips.  Then brush hair starting at the nape of the neck with long easy strokes from nape to ends.  Follow each of the brush strokes with your other hand to eliminate static electricity.  Brush about 100 strokes in this upside down position.  This is guaranteed to give new life to your hair.

 

cucumber recipes

apple recipes

Apple

 

A fruit that contains Calcium, Iron and Vitamin A.  It's properties include antibacterial, antioxidant, astringent and toning.

 

aphrodite

Aphrodite Apple Mask
This recipe is courtesy of Noreen Finneran "Incredible Edible Spa"

    

  • 1 T Applesauce

  • 1 T Wheat Germ

To Make:  Purée apple in a blender or add applesauce to a small bowl. Mix in the wheat germ to form a paste.

To Use:  Apply to washed, scrubbed, and steamed face. Allow mask to set for 10-15 minutes. Tone then moisturize.

 

coffee recipes

Coffee

 

This aromatic bean contains Magnesium and Vitamin E. It's properties include antioxidant, antibacterial, exfoliating, and stimulating.

 

invigoratingscrub

Invigorating Coffee Scrub
This recipe is courtesy of Noreen Finneran "Incredible Edible Spa"

    

  • 3 T Coffee grounds (organic-caffeinated)

  • 1 T Salt (optional)

To Make:  Brew a fresh pot of coffee. Enjoy a cup, if you like. Put grounds (and salt) in a small bowl. Use grounds within 20 minutes of brewing before oxidation occurs.

To Use:  Scrub mixture over entire body while in the shower. Rinse. Tone. Moisturize.

 

 

Cucumber

Cucumis sativus

A vegetable used for it's cooling and astringent properties.  Try a couple of slices for your tired eyes.

cuc/hon toner

Cucumber- Honey Toner
 This recipe is courtesy of www.honey.com  National Honey Board

  

  • 1 medium Cucumber, peeled and cut up into pieces

  • 2 tsp. Honey

Puree cucumber in a blender. Line a sieve with cheesecloth and set the sieve over a glass bowl or measuring cup. Pour the cucumber puree through the sieve and let it stand for 15 minutes for the juices to drip into the bowl. Pour the clear juice into a clean bottle and add honey.

To use, shake the bottle and saturate a cotton pad with the lotion. Sweep over face, neck and chest morning and night, and let it air dry (about 3 to 4 minutes). Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes about 1/2 cup.

cucumber hair treatment

Cucumber Hair Drench
This recipe is courtesy of www.Spaindex.com

    

If you swim in a chlorinated pool for exercise on a regular basis, the same damage you've noticed happening to your skin and bathing suit, is happening to your hair, as well. Try this treatment at home to keep chlorine damage to a minimum.

  • 1 egg

  • 1 eggshell's worth of olive oil

  • 1 quarter of a peeled cucumber

 Blend the egg, olive oil and  peeled cucumber. Spread evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes, then thoroughly rinse. For the best results year-round, continue this treatment monthly.

avocado recipes

Avocado

Persea americana

Rich in vitamins A, D, E, potassium, sulfur and chlorine, this fruit is used in facial and hair packs and is deep penetrating.
 
 

avocado mask

Avocado Carrot Cream Mask
This recipe is courtesy of www.Spaindex.com

         

This mask combines avocados, which are rich in Vitamin E, with carrots, which are high in beta-carotene and antioxidants, and cream, which is high in calcium and protein.  These ingredients will rebuild skin collagen, improve tone and texture, and fade age spots.
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 1 carrot, cooked and mashed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth.  Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15 minutes.  Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner.

 

kiwi recipes

Kiwi

Actinidia Chinesis

This fruit is high in vitamin C and has enzymatic and detergency properties making it helpful for skin and hair preparations.

kiwi cleanser

Kiwi Facial Cleanser (for dry or oily skin)
This recipe is courtesy of www.Spaindex.com

              

  • 1 kiwi fruit

  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon orange water

  • 1 tablespoon apricot or almond oil

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon finely ground almonds

  • 2 drops orange (or your favorite citrus) essential oil
     

     Puree the kiwi fruit in a food processor until liquid. During processing, add yogurt, orange water, almond or apricot oil, and ground almonds. Process until thick and cream like.  Add essential and stir to mix. To apply, massage gently over neck, face and décolleté to cleanse. Rinse well.  Makes one application.

thyme recipes

Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

This herb is used for its toning, refreshing and disinfectant properties.

thyme/fennel cleanser

Thyme and Fennel Seed Cleanser (for normal skin)
This recipe is courtesy of www.Spaindex.com

      

     Fennel has been used throughout history as an aid to digestion or as a slight diuretic. As an infusion, fennel seeds can be gently cleansing and toning for the skin, and they can help reduce puffiness and superficial irritation. Thyme, which is used in antiseptic preparations, is a good astringent. Because this cleanser is very gentle, it can be used each morning. Dab it on your face and neck with a cotton ball, and rinse.

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, crumbled (or 1/2 T dried Thyme)

  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed

  • 1/2 cup boiling water

  • Juice of Half Lemon

     Mix the thyme and fennel seed in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Add lemon juice and steep for 15 minutes. Strain the infusion and store the liquid in a jar, in the refrigerator.
 

pumpkin recipes

 Pumpkin

Cucurbita popo L.

A member of the Gourd family, pumpkins are high in vitamin C for all-around tissue building and healing.

pumpkin treatment

Spa Index Papaya Pumpkin Facial
This recipe is courtesy of www.Spaindex.com

    

     If you have visited spas and resorts in exotic locales such as the Pacific Rim, Bali, Hawaii, and Tahiti, you've probably seen a facialist select and mash fresh fruit in front of you for a fresh-on-the spot enzyme mask. It's easy to recreate this mask at home -- we've found a Balinese mask for you which will leave your face fresh and glowing.

  • 2/3 cup fresh papaya, mashed

  • 15 oz. can pure pumpkin

  • 1 egg, beaten

1. Prepare the mask. Cut the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds. Scoop out the papaya fruit and mash it well to eliminate lumps in the mask. Beat the egg until it is frothy. Combine that with the papaya. Add the pumpkin to the egg/papaya mixture and whip together. You can also mix the ingredients in the blender or a food processor for an extra smooth mask.

2. Prepare your face. Wash with your daily cleanser and remove all residual makeup on your skin. Rinse with warm water. It's very important to have clean skin to ensure you get maximum benefits from the facial.

3. Apply the Mask. Cover your entire face, being careful to avoid the immediate eye area. If you have sensitive skin, test the mixture on your hand before spreading it on your face. You'll feel some tingling as the enzymes in the pumpkin go to work immediately -- gently exfoliating your top layer of skin. It works like a scrub without being abrasive to your skin. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes.

4. Rinse Off Mask. After you've relaxed for ten minutes it's time to rinse. The mask is fairly thick -- head for the kitchen sink.

5. Apply Toner & Moisturizer.

 

ginger recipes

Ginger

Zingiber officinale

Used for its warming and invigorating properties in topical preparations, making it useful for massage oils and creams.

ginger creme

Ginger Skin Creme
This recipe is courtesy of www.Spaindex.com

  

Ginger invigorates, and oil soothes. Try this double dose for dry skin.

  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger

  • 2 teaspoons light sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil

  • 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil

  • ½ cup cocoa butter

     Preheat oven on lowest setting. Finely grate the ginger just enough so that you have about an 1/8 teaspoon of ginger "juice." To obtain the juice, squeeze the freshly grated ginger over a small bowl. Place the ingredients (including the ginger) in a glass container and heat just until the cocoa butter is melted and the oils are blended. Pour into a clean, dry container and store in a cool dry place. You can add a few drops of orange or other essential oil for a nice twist.
 

lavender recipes

Lavender

Lavandula spp.

This beautiful flowers properties include: relaxant, antispasmodic, tonic for the nervous system, antibacterial, analgesic, and antiseptic. It's a mood lifter.

lavender wash

Spa Index Lavender Hand and Foot Wash
This recipe is courtesy of www.Spaindex.com

    

Use this wash to relieve red and inflamed hands and feet.

  • 1/2 cup dried Lavender Flowers

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Fresh Sage

  • 2 cups of water

  • 8 drops of Lavender Oil

     In a saucepan, combine lavender flowers, sage and water. Simmer, covered, on low heat for 20 minutes. Strain mixture through cheesecloth and let cool. Discard the solids, retain the liquid. Add Lavender Oil, shake to emulsify, and then apply to hands and feet with a soft wash cloth or cotton pads. Repeat as necessary, or desired.

 lavender bath

Lavender- Honey Milk Bath
This recipe is courtesy of www.honey.com  National Honey Board

      

  • 3 T dried Lavender flowers*

  • 1 1/2 cups whole mild, cream, or combination

  • 1/3 cup Honey

Process lavender flowers in a blender until they become a powder, turning off the blender and scraping down the sides as necessary. Whisk together lavender powder, milk and honey in a glass bowl, then pour into a jar. Before each use, shake the jar and pour half of the mixture into the bath. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes enough for 2 baths.

*Dried lavender flowers can be found in the spice section of gourmet and specialty stores.
 

strawberry recipes

Strawberry

Frugaria

This fruit contains several polyphenols that have high antioxidant capacity.  They are also high in Vitamin C which is also a potent antioxidant.

strawberry exfoliant

Strawberry Hand and Foot Exfoliant
This recipe is courtesy of www.Spaindex.com

    

  • 8-10 Strawberries

  • 2 tablespoons Apricot Oil (you may substitute olive oil)

  • 1 teaspoon of coarse salt, such as Kosher Salt, or Sea Salt

     Mix together all ingredients, massage into hands and feet, rinse, and pat dry.  Strawberries contain a natural fruit acid which aids in exfoliation.

strawberry moisturizer

Strawberry Cream (for oily or normal skin)
This recipe is courtesy of Jeanne Rose "Herbs & Things"

      

  • 1/2  oz. white beeswax

  • 1 1/2 oz. sweet almond oil

  • 1 oz. apricot kernel oil

  • 1 oz. strawberry juice (or apricot or peach or honey-dew melon)

  • 8 drops tincture of benzoin (known to be STRONG sensitizer)

Wash, drain, and mash 4-5 large strawberries.  Squeeze out the juice and strain through muslin or cheesecloth.  Heat the beeswax and the oils together in a double boiler until the wax is melted.  Remove from the heat and add the juice quickly.  Beat the mixture until it is fluffy.  Add the benzoin and beat until it is cool.  You must beat the mixture until it cools or else it will separate.

 

peach recipes

Peach

Prunus persica

Some of the properties of this fruit are: Antitumor, Laxative, and Sedative.  It's perfect for fresh use because of its lovely scent.

peach skin

Peach Lotion (for dry or normal skin)
This recipe is courtesy of Jeanne Rose "Herbs & Things"

          

  • 1 Peach

  • 4 drops tincture of Benzoin (known to be STRONG sensitizer)

  • 2 oz. coconut or sweet almond oil

  • 1 1/2 oz. orange flower water and 1 or 2 drops orange oil

Wash, drain, mash, and then strain the juice from 1 peach through muslin or cheesecloth.  Add to it 4 drops of tincture of benzoin, 2 oz. coconut or sweet almond oil, 1 1/2 oz. orange flower water and 1 or 2 drops orange oil.  Beat together until it is fluffy and pour into a clean 4 oz container.  It will keep for a longer period if you store it in the refrigerator.  Use the lotion to moisturize your skin whenever it feels dry.

chamomile recipes

Chamomile

Matricaria recutita

Long known for its calming, sedating effects, it makes a beautiful hair rinse for blond hair as well as has calming anti-inflammatory effects for sensitive skin.

chamomile balm

SharAmbrosia Chamomile Lip Balm
This recipe is courtesy of SharAmbrosia

    

  • 1/2 tsp. Macadamia Nut oil

  • 1/2 tsp. Jojoba oil

  • 1 tsp. lanolin

  • 1/2 tsp. Cocoa butter

  • 1/2 tsp. Beeswax

  • 1/2 tsp. Chamomile flowers (dried)

     In a double-boiler, melt 1/2 tsp. Macadamia Nut oil, 1/2 tsp. jojoba oil, 1/2 tsp. lanolin and 1/2 tsp. Cocoa butter until it is liquefied.   Add 1/2 tsp. of dried Chamomile flowers and stir gently for about 10 minutes.  Strain the mixture with a very fine sieve into a small Pyrex ramekin and clean the area of the double boiler where you had the mixture (Dry the area well).  Pour the new strained mixture back into the double boiler and reheat.  Add another 1/2 tsp. of lanolin and 1/2 tsp. of beeswax shavings.  Heat and stir until liquefied completely.  Remove from the heat and pour into a 1/2 oz. amber or cobalt container.  This is enough for personal use.  To use on dry hands, or to give as gifts, you'll want to double or triple this recipe.

     This is a very soothing formula that has real "staying" power.

banana recipes

Banana

Musa sapentium L

This fruit is rich in Potassium and have wonderful emollient properties when used as hair or skin treatments.

banana masque

SharAmbrosia Banana Facial Masque
This recipe is courtesy of SharAmbrosia

          

  • 1 ripe ripe Banana

  • 1 T Honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon Jojoba oil

  • 1 T Yogurt

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 T Kaolin (white) clay

     In a small mixing bowl, whisk the egg white, then blend in the Yogurt, Jojoba oil, Honey and then the Kaolin clay until it becomes a smooth creamy mixture.  In a separate bowl, mash up the banana until it is smooth, then blend into the first mixture. 

The best way to use this masque is while sitting in the tub because it is a bit messy.  Apply to the entire face, neck and shoulder area.  As it sits, keep applying more while you build the masque up as well as massage it in.  Let sit for at least 10-15 minutes and then remove with a warm washcloth.  Finish with a tonic or hydrosol on a cotton ball to remove any excess product from the skin, then moisturize as usual.

This is a wonderful softening and firming treatment in one.

lemon recipes

Lemon

Citrus limonum

This fruit provides a cooling, refreshing and uplifting feeling as well as having bleaching, exfoliating and anti-viral properties.

lemon elbow bleach

Lemon Mint Elbow Bleach
Jeanne Rose "Kitchen Cosmetics"

   

  • 1/2 C Mint Water

  • 1/2 Lemon, squeezed

To Make:  Make a thick infusion of Peppermint, strain out the herb and to 1/2 cup of the liquid add the Lemon juice.  Mix together.

To Use:  While studying or working, apply this liquid with cotton pads to the elbows; let it dry and make another application.  Repeat applications 3 or 4 times.  Do not remove.

Why:  The Lemon juice acts as a bleach, the Mint as a soothing aromatic astringent.

lemon hair spray

Hair Spray for Fine Hair
Jeanne Rose "Kitchen Cosmetics"

    

  • 1 Lemon

  • 2 C Water

Quantity:  Makes about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of Lemon Hair Spray.

To Make:  Chop up the Lemon in a wooden bowl so that you don't lose any of the juice.  Add the chopped Lemon to the water in the top of a double boiler.  Simmer the mixture until the liquid has been reduced by half.  Strain through cheesecloth or fine silk cloth and pour the liquid into a bottle that will fit a pump-type sprayer.  A washed and rinsed Windex bottle will do for your spray container.  Add 1/2 cup of water to thin the mixture if necessary.

To Use:  Spray your hair with this mixture whenever necessary.  Since it is gentle, with not alcohol or chemical additions, it can be used on children's hair too.  Should be made fresh every few days and kept in the fridge between uses.

Tip No. 1:  One cup of the Lemon Hair Spray can be preserved with 1 oz. or more of Bay Rum.

Tip No. 2:  Substitute an Orange for the Lemon for dry hair.

 

 

kelp recipes

Kelp

Fucus vesiculosis

Used in lotions for its skin-softening qualities.  Its properties include: Antibacterial, Antioxidant, Antitumor, Emollient

    kelp masque

SharAmbrosia Kelp Firming Masque
This recipe is courtesy of SharAmbrosia

      

 This mask treatment will help to soften and firm your skin at the same time.

  • 3 T Yogurt

  • 1 tsp. Organic Powdered Kelp

  • 1 tsp. Honey

     Place 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt into a small dish.  Add the powdered Kelp, stir well.  Add the honey and stir until all three ingredients are blended into a smooth consistency.  To use: Cleanse face, apply the mask all over face, neck and shoulder area.  Massage lightly (the Kelp acts as beauty grains to promote exfoliation).  Leave on for about 5-10 minutes.  Remove with a warm washcloth.  Use a tonic or hydrosol on a cotton ball for complete removal.  Apply your moisturizer as usual.  Kelp contains iodine, so those with iodine allergies should not use this mask.

 

rose recipes

Rose

Rosa spp.

Beyond this flowers heavenly scent lies its properties: antidepressant, astringent, cleansing, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, as well as aphrodisiac.

night rose lotion

rosebath

Sumptuous Rose Bath
This recipe is courtesy of Noreen Finneran "Incredible Edible Spa"

    

  • 1 Cup Rose Petals OR

  • 1/2 Cup Rose Water (found in health food stores)

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk

To Make:  Draw a warm bath. Add the Rose petals (or any type of pesticide-free edible flower) or Rose Water and Coconut Milk.

To Use:  Slip in tub and relax for 10-15 minutes. Rinse, tone, then moisturize.

 

 

Night-Time Rose Creamy Lotion
Jeanne Rose "Kitchen Cosmetics"

        

  • 20 fl. oz. Almond oil

  • 16 fl. oz. Rosewater to which have been added 1 oz. dried red Rose petals, this soaked for 3 days, then strained out and removed

  • 3 oz. Beeswax Essence of Rose, if desired

To make:  Into a water bath or the top of a double boiler put the oil and the wax.  Heat until the wax is dissolved and then remove pot from the fire.  Add the Rosewater slowly, beating all the while, and beat until it is cool.  At this point add the essence of Rose a drop at a time, if you like.  Beat the creamy lotion until cold, pour into a bottle and store away for use.

To use:  This lotion makes an excellent Rose Cold Cream to remove old grimy dirt or makeup.  Simply apply with clean fingertips and remove with fine tissue.  Then you might take a teaspoonful of cornmeal in each palm and rub the hands and face well with it.  Rinse with warm water and then cold.  Pat the remaining fine film of cream into the skin for night-time smoothing.

Why:  Almond oil and Rosewater as we know is an excellent moisturizing lubricant for normal to dry to sensitive skin; cornmeal is a gentle tonic stimulating to the tissues and acts as a "beauty grain".

Tip:  Whenever making fine cosmetics always use a porcelain or glass pot.  Some beauty experts recommend stainless steel cooking pots but these often leach poisonous heavy metals into the enclosed liquids.  Nonmetal is best for herbs.

 

day rose

Rose Cream for Day Use
Jeanne Rose "Kitchen Cosmetics"

        

  • 6 fl. oz. Almond oil

  • 2 oz. Beeswax

  • 1 heaping tsp. anhydrous Lanolin

  • 1 tsp. Borax dissolved in 4 fl. oz. Rosewater

  • 2 tsp. Zinc Oxide rubbed into a smooth cream with 4 fl. oz. Almond oil

  • 10-20 drops oil of Rose

Quantity:  Makes enough for about three 4 oz. cream jars.

To Make:  Heat the beeswax and the lanolin gently in a water bath.  Do not let the wax simmer or burn.  Remove from heat and add the Almond oil slowly.  Add the zinc oxide-Almond oil cream beating the mixture continuously.  Add the borax-Rosewater and beat until cool.  Add enough oil of Rose to scent the mixture to your liking.  Beat until cold with a small wooden spoon.  Pour into three 4 oz. cram jars and let sit until solidified.

To Use:  This makes an excellent everyday cream that can be used under makeup or as a moisturizer.  Simply rub gently onto face, hands or throat.  As a throat moisturizer the cream is excellent, especially when rubbed in with a large marble or small avocado pit.  rub in gentle circular motions while looking up into the sky, thereby stretching and stimulating your neck muscles.

Why:  Almond oil replaces necessary body oils; Rosewater is a gentle astringent and moisturizer replacing liquid to the cells and tightening the skin; lanolin is a potent emollient and very much like human oils; borax is a skin softener and will help to produce a very white cream while its disadvantage is that it often adds a grainy texture; zinc oxide is useful for healing reddened, sore or irritated skin.

 

eye rose

Rose Eye Wash for Sore, Tired or  Irritated Eyes
Jeanne Rose "Kitchen Cosmetics"

      

  • 1 oz. Rosewater

  • 8 oz. Water

  • 9 Rosebuds

Quantity:  Makes 3-8 eye or face washes.

To Make:  In a small covered enamel pot, bring the Rosebuds and water to a slow boil, lower the heat, remove the cover and simmer for a minute or two until some of the water boils off.  Strain out the liquid into a clean container and refrigerate.  When cool, add the Rosewater to 4 oz. of the herbal liquid.  You must use this liquid within 3 days.

To Use:  Rinse your eyes whenever necessary using this fluid with either an eyecup or the hollow of your palm.

Tip No. 1:  You can also add 1 oz. Rosewater directly to 4 oz. of distilled or boiled water, without using the Rosebuds called for above and bottle the liquid.  This will not spoil and may be used at your leisure.

Tip No. 2:  Rosewater may be purchased at any old-fashioned pharmacy, herb or nutrition store and in most fine liquor stores (Rosewater is often used in fine mixed drinks).  You might also find it available in Turkish or Middle Eastern specialty shops.

orange recipes

Orange

Citrus aurantium

This fruit is loaded with Vitamin C and has astringent properties making it good for oily skins.

orange

orangescrub

Refreshing Orange Scrub
This recipe is courtesy of Noreen Finneran "Incredible Edible Spa"

    

  • 1/2 of an Orange

  • 4 T Cornmeal

To Make:  Squeeze orange juice and pulp into a bowl and add the cornmeal. Mix into a paste.

To Use:  Apply onto freshly washed face and body. Scrub gently for 2-3 minutes. Rinse, tone, moisturize.

 

 bath

Orange-Citrus Bath Herbs

Jeanne Rose "Kitchen Cosmetics"

     

Use only dried materials.

  • 1 oz. Orange peel, CS (Cut and Sifted)

  • 1 oz. Orange flowers, WH (Whole)

  • 1 oz. Lemon peel, CS

  • 1 oz. Comfrey leaves, CS

  • Camomile, WH

  • 1 oz. Almond meal

Quantity:  Makes 6-12 baths.

To Make:  Mix together and store away for use.

To Use:  At bath time you may, 1) put a large handful of the mixed herbs into a muslin bag and drop the bag in the hot tub; 2) drop the herbs directly into the water; 3) put the herbs into a perforated metal ball available in the cooking section of department stores and often used in the cooking of rice; 4) make an infusion of herbs and strain the liquid into the tub.

Why:  In this bath mixture, Orange peel soothes the skin, Orange flowers impart fragrance, Lemon peel is an astringent, Comfrey leaves are a healing emollient and astringent, Camomile is soothing and a healer, and Almond meal adds a slippery feel.

Tip:  There are several kinds of metal balls used in cooking rice.  Some have chains attached that can be hung from the edge of pot or tub.  One small 3" diameter ball I purchased came equipped with a cork float that was perfect in my tub.  Now I can always keep track of my bath ball.

almond recipes

Almonds

Amygdalus communis

This nut is used mainly for its emollient and slight bleaching properties.  When ground into a meal, it is used for exfoliation in beauty preparations.

almond treatment

Almonds - A Treatment for Hands

This recipe is courtesy of Jeanne Rose "Kitchen Cosmetics"

     

  • Soft kid gloves

  • 1 C Almond meal

  • 1 T Comfrey root, PO (Powdered)

  • 1 T Parsley, PO

  • Some Honey

  • Some raw Egg

  • 1 tsp. Tincture of Benzoin (known to be STRONG sensitizer)

Quantity:  Makes about 12 beautifying hand treatments.

To Make:  Mix the herbs and Almond meal together and store away.  When your hands need care, take about 2 tablespoons of the herbal mixture and mix in a small bowl with a bit of the morning's egg (before it is cooked of course), the Benzoin, and enough Honey to make a thick but non-drippy goo.

To Use:  About once a month when your hands get dry and chapped or red and rough, pat a thick layer of the goo all over your hands, massaging around each and every finger and then ask someone to put on the gloves for you.  Go to bed.

Why:  During the night the Almond will smooth, the Comfrey heal, the Benzoin protect, the Parsley medicate and the Honey will soothe all those problems that your hands have accumulated during the month.  Kid gloves are important because they do not absorb the mixture, whereas with cotton gloves the cotton itself absorbs, leaving very little for your hands.  The gloves can be washed by hand or in the washing machine after each use.

 

  honey scrub

SharAmbrosia Honey Almond Scrub

This recipe is courtesy of SharAmbrosia

     

This is a Honey Almond scrub with a Peppermint twist! This product will exfoliate your skin to help make it smoother and softer.

  • 4 T Almond meal (or Almond flour)

  • 2 T Jojoba oil

  • 4 T Honey

  • 5 drops of Peppermint essential oil

     Pour the Almond Meal and Jojoba oil into a 4 oz cobalt or amber glass jar (preferably).  Stir well.  Then mix in the Honey and Peppermint essential oil.  Keep stirring until the mixture is completely mixed.

     To use: Cleanse the skin first.  Apply about a teaspoon amount of the scrub to a moistened face.  Mix with water to make it a more fluid application (do not add water to the jar).  Scrub the skin gently, letting the almond meal do the work (harder pressure will only damage capillaries!).  Massage every square inch of skin except the delicate eye tissue.  Remove with a warm washcloth.  Be careful to remove every bit of the scrub.  Apply a tonic or hydrosol with a cotton ball to remove any excess product.  Finish by applying your moisturizer.  Use about once a week to help keep the skin soft and smooth and relieve surface tension. 

 

honey recipes

Honey

Mel despumatum Syn.

This sweet, sticky substance is made by Honeybees from various types of flower nectar.  It is used in cosmetics for its emollient properties as well as for coloring and flavoring.

rose/honey mask

Rose Oil and Honey Facial Mask

This recipe is courtesy of www.honey.com  National Honey Board

   

Rejuvenate and replenish your skin. Sweet almond oil, which is light and easily absorbed, softens and nourishes skin. Honey as natural humectant, moisturizes, leaving even tired skin incredibly smooth.

  • 2 T Honey

  • 2 T Sweet Almond oil

  • 5 drops essential oil of Rose

  • 1 drop Vitamin E oil

Mix honey, sweet almond oil and essential oil of rose.

Massage onto clean face and neck with fingertips. Relax for 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.  Gently pat dry to reveal a fresh, soft complexion.

 

rosemary conditioner

Rosemary Honey Hair Conditioner

This recipe is courtesy of www.honey.com  National Honey Board

   

The extremes of heat and cold we endure throughout winter can make even the greatest of hair look and feel like straw. This nourishing conditioner blends honey for shine; olive oil for moisture and essential oil of rosemary to stimulate hair growth.

  • 1/2 cup Honey

  • 1/4 cup warmed Olive oil (2T for normal to oily hair)

  • 4 drops of essential oil of Rosemary

  • 1 tsp. Xanthum gum (available in health food stores)

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a tight fitting stopper or lid.

Apply a small amount at a time to slightly dampened hair. Massage scalp and work mixture through hair until completely coated. Cover hair with a warm towel (towel can be heated in a microwave or dryer) or shower cap; leave on to nourish and condition for 30 minutes. Remove towel or shower cap; shampoo lightly and rinse with cool water. Dry as normal and enjoy shinier, softer and healthier hair the natural way.

 

marigold recipes

Marigold

Calendula officinalis

This flower is widely used in hair and skincare formulations for its softening and healing properties.

 marigold mask

Marigold Face Mask

This recipe is courtesy of Jeanne Rose "Kitchen Cosmetics"

       

  • 1 T Marigold flowers

  • 1 T Chamomile flowers

  • 1/2 C Water

  • Almond oil, as much as is necessary

  • 1 T Carrots, well-mashed

  • 1 T Lecithin granules

  • 1 tsp. Wheat germ oil

Quantity:  1-2 masks

To Make:  Bring water to a boil and pour over the Marigold and Chamomile flowers.  Cover and set aside.  Mash the carrots, add wheat germ oil.  Strain out the liquid from the flowers and add them to the carrot-wheat germ oil.  Mix thoroughly and add the lecithin granules.  If you have a blender, blend it finely.  The texture can be changed with the addition of Almond oil; add a bit to make a smooth cream for dry skin; if you have oily skin add enough Almond oil to blend these disparate ingredients.

To Use:  Wash face.  Steam clean it for a few minutes with one of the steam mixtures.  Apply a thick layer of the Marigold Face Mask to the face in smooth upward motions.  Rest on a slantboard or rock in a rocking chair, but in any case leave the mask on for 15 minutes.  Wipe it off with tissues, rinse with warm water and then close your pores with a refreshing cold water rinse.

Why:  Marigold and Chamomile flower infusion is healing to the tissues; carrots add texture and Vitamin A that may or may not be absorbed through the skin; lecithin is an emulsifying agent in the recipe that is also necessary for healthy tissues; wheat germ oil adds Vitamin E; and the Almond oil is for a creamy consistency.

Tip:  This mask does not harden but stays relatively moist.  It will leave your skin smoother and refreshed, stimulating both facial circulation and muscles.

yogurt recipes

Yogurt

This dairy product contains "healthy" bacteria, it can be used for a wonderful cleansing and moisturizing treatment for the skin.

goddessyogurt

Goddess Yogurt Body Mask
This recipe is courtesy of Noreen Finneran "Incredible Edible Spa"

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  • 1/4 Cup Yogurt

  • 3 T Honey

  • 3 T Puréed Pumpkin OR

  • 3 T Puréed Carrots

To Make:  Use canned (nothing added), or slightly cooked pumpkin or carrots. Drain, and purée in a blender. Pour into a bowl with the yogurt and honey.

To Use:  Draw a warm bath. Lather your face and body with the yogurt mask. Sink into a warm bath and soak for 10-20 minutes. Rinse in the shower, tone, and apply a light moisturizer.

yogurt mask

Yogurt-Honey Mask
This recipe is courtesy of Jeanne Rose "Kitchen Cosmetics"

    

  • 1 T Yogurt

  • 1 T Honey

To Make:  Add the two ingredients together and apply to a clean, moist face.

To Use:  Pat this mask onto the skin for a moisturizing, penetrating, hydrating, soothing application that will also help to clear up skin problems.

MOISTURIZER:-

Moisturizer helps to remove makeup and make the skin smooth, clean and soft. Honey is a good natural moisturizer. Moisturizer are available in the market but you can make it easily at your home. Recipes of moisturizer quick to make and simple in technique.

1.Moisture cream:

3 tablespoons wheat germ oil; 3 tablespoons honey; 1 oz.glycerin; ½ oz. rose water; 1 oz. witch hazel. Method: Mix all the ingredients throuly and form a cream. Moisture cream is ready and store it into a container.

2.Protein Moisturizer:

Take one egg yolk and one full cup of milk. Beat egg yolk into milk well until form a paste. Pour it into bottle and store in refrigerator for a long time. Apply it to face regularly.

3.Aloe vera moisturizer:

Take equal quantity of aloe vera and mineral water. Heat in boiler these ingredients till form cream. After cooling, put it into a container.

4.Almond based moisturizer:

This moisturizer is good for normal skin. Take 5-6 drops of sweet almond oil; few drops of distilled water. Pour some water into your palm and mix with almond oil. Rub both hands together to mix. To protect your face apply it and get a good result.

5.Moisture mask:

Take 2 teaspoons of milk and 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix both ingredients until form a paste. Apply it to face and neck, leave on for 15-20 minutes. After dry, wash with lukewarm water.

  • Take 1 tablespoon of olive oil ,1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil; 2 tablespoons of mashed strawberries, few drops of vitamin E oil. Method: Mix all oils with mashed strawberries. Apply it to face and neck, leave on for 10 minutes. Then wash off with water.

  • Take 2 tablespoons sour cream, ½ mash banana and 1 tablespoon of honey.Mix mash banana in honey and sour cream. Make a paste and apply it to face, let set for 15 minutes. Then wash off with water. This moisturizer is good for normal skin.

  • Take 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of honey and 3 tablespoon of yougburt. Mix all of them and stir in one white egg. Smooth it on face and neck,leave for about 20 minutes. Then wash off with water.

  • Take two tablespoons of ground almonds, 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix both items well and apply it to your face. Leave on face for15 minutes to dry. At last wash off with lukewarm water.

  • Take ¼ cup rose petals, ½ cup of hot water, 1 tablespoon of rose hips, 1 tablespoon of cocoa butter, ½ cup of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of beeswax grated, 1 tablespoon of liquid vitamin E, few drops of rose essential oil. Method:- In a bowl crush rose petals and rose hips with a wooden spoon. Now cover it with hot water and leave for 12 hours. Melt beeswax and coca butter in a double boiler and stirring, mix it in almond oil and remove it form heat, leave for cool. Mix in rose liquid , rose essential oil and vitamin E. pour it into a jar and use regularly.

    Sheaaloe.

    I have tried to make sheaaloe with FOTE and it has separated. Here is something that worked for me.

    1/2  cup shea butter
    1/2  cup 100% aloe jelly/juice (I used Lily of the Desert)
    1Tbs emulsifying wax
    1Tbs honey
    10-40 drops e.o.'s to your hearts content (i like ylang ylang and lavender.

    Melt shea butter, honey, and wax in double boiler for 20 min.
    Add aloe and e.o.'s and simmer for 3 min.
    Let it cool naturally mixing with habd mixer every half hour or so. Should take a couple of hours to harden.
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  • thick & rich body oil / hair milk
    1 Tb Shea butter, melted
    1/2 cup coconut oil
    1/4 cup sweet almond oil
    1/4 cup olive oil
  •  
  • Here's a really good leave-in I made:

    1 cup water (distilled or purified)

    1/3 cup rosewater/glycerine

    4 tablespoons light conditioner (like VO5 Nourishing Oasis Honey & Almond)

    1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil

    I put all these ingrediets in aspray bottle and shake very well.  This is great and is a really good detangler.







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Tips for Soft Hair

Tips%20for%20Soft%20HairThere are many natural solutions for soft manageable hair. If your hair needs some help maintaining its softness this season, try a natural remedy before spending a fortune at the beauty supply store.

 

Rinse your Hair with Vinegar

An old-fashioned vinegar rinse gives your hair softness and shine by balancing its pH levels. To make your own, mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water and use the whole solution on your hair after you shampoo. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell that seems to linger on your hair after this treatment. The smell will be gone after about 15 minutes. You can use a vinegar rinse every day to clarify and condition your hair.

 

Add your Favorite Natural Oil to your Shampoo

Everyone has a different preference when it comes to the scents and textures of oil to nourish and moisturize your hair. Almond, peanut, coconut, castor, sunflower, and sesame oil are all commonly used in hair preparations to add amino acids, moisture and other benefits to your hair. Adding one to a few tablespoons of oil to your shampoo lets you have the best of both worlds. You can keep your commercial products while getting the benefits of the natural oils.

 

Crack an Egg

Egg yolks soften the hair by adding beneficial proteins and vitamins like vitamin B5 which helps prevent hair loss. To give your hair an egg yolk deep condition, blend 2 yolks with one cup of water. Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil for extra moisture. Apply the mixture evenly to your hair and massage it in for about 5 minutes. Cover your hair with a shower cap for 15 minutes, and then rinse with tepid water. Be careful not to rinse your hair with hot water, or you will cook the egg and it will be difficult to get out.

 

Wash your Hair with Castor Oil

Castor oil is practically odorless and has been known to soften skin and hair. To make a castor oil shampoo treatment, simply mix ¼ cup of castor oil with ¼ cup of water and use the entire solution to wash your hair. Massage the oil into your head thoroughly before rinsing it out. Mix this shampoo fresh every time you use it, and if you like the results wash with castor oil once a week to keep your hair smooth and soft.

 

Try a Hot Olive Oil Treatment

When we think of hot oil treatments, we often think of elusive chemicals without realizing natural oils that are beneficial to the hair can easily be utilized as hot oil treatments to soften hair. Simply warm ¼ cup or so of the highest quality extra virgin olive oil in a dropper bottle or plastic bottle by dropping the bottle in hot tap water (a baby bottle will work well for this). Once the oil is warm, apply it to shampooed hair and let it soak in with a shower cap on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse and style as usual. Leave some of the oil in your hair if your hair is excessively dry as a leave in treatment.

 

Herbal Hair Care

Herbal%20Hair%20CareMany people use natural herbs in their hair care products nowadays. There are many herbs that can help with hair care whether it is just making the hair look better or dealing with hair problems such as dandruff or damaged and dry hair.

 

Below is a list of commonly used herbs and the advantages they give in hair care. Many on the list can be made into shampoos to give the hair the desired look as well as help with common hair problems.

·    Burdock Root – Burdock Root is something that can be used for dandruff and if you have dry hair. The root will alleviate the dandruff naturally and give the hair more moisture as well.

·    Catmint Leaves – Catmint leaves are good to use if you have an itchy scalp.

·    Chamomile Flowers – these flowers can be used in many types of shampoos and hair care products as they help with dandruff, an itchy scalp, or if you have very dry hair.

·    Comfrey and Elderflowers – these are both good herbs to use if you have dry hair.

·    Horsetail, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Mint – These four herbs can be used to help if you have very oily hair. They will give the hair a natural look without the buildup of oil.

·    Marigold – marigold is an often-used herb as it can be used to alleviate dry hair, oily, hair, and fine hair. Marigold will give the hair a full healthy look.

·    Oat Straw – oat Straw is a very good herb that can give body and a healthy look to dry and fine hair. Oat Straw gives the hair more body and makes it look more full.

·    Rosemary – Rosemary is one of the most common herbs used in hair care products. It is used in shampoos as well as conditioners and has a good fragrance as well. Rosemary is good to use if you have oily hair or dandruff. Rosemary can also be used in any hair type and it will make the hair look more full and healthy.

·    Sage and Stinging Nettle – Both of these herbs are good at combating oily hair. They will give hair a natural look without the buildup of oils.

·    Thyme – Thyme is an herb that is helpful when trying to alleviate dandruff

 

There are many types of products that use natural herbs such as shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products. Many herbal products are also being used to try to alleviate hair loss in men and women as well. You can either buy products already made with some of these herbs or make them yourself, buying the herbs separately.

 

Tea for Your Hair

tea%20for%20hairThe last time you relaxed and enjoyed a good cup of tea, you probably did not consider the fact that what fills your tea cup could be as good for your hair as it is for your mind state. It is as easy as steeping a simple cup to give your hair a quick herbal treatment.   Sometimes your hair needs a break from the harsh chemicals of commercial hair products.   Tea for your hair is the perfect solution to be able to give your hair a break, while also giving it a powerful natural beauty treatment. The next time you are brewing up a cup of tea for yourself, consider one of these varieties for your hair, and enjoy the benefits of tea twice over.  

 

Chamomile Highlighting Hair Rinse

This rinse works especially well on blonde hair.   Steep 1/3 cup dried chamomile flowers in one quart of hot water until cool. Strain, and pour repeatedly over hair. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse. Chamomile also has a soothing effect on the skin and eyes, making the rinse beneficial for your whole head!

 

Sage Tea Darkening Treatment

This treatment can be used to naturally darken the hair. Make an infusion of 1/2 cup of dry sage leaves in 2 cups of water, and steep for 2 hours. Strain, and pour over hair.   Leave tea on hair for ½ hour, and rinse. This treatment is an ideal natural treatment to help cover grey hair. Use daily for best results, and utilize weekly for maintenance. Sage is an astringent, and is also used in facial steams and skin conditioners.

 

Rosemary Growth Rinse        

Rosemary is known to stimulate hair growth. A rinse made up of 1/4 cup of dried rosemary steeped in 2 cups of boiling water until tepid can be used as a treatment for thinning hair. Rosemary is also used to battle against dandruff.

 

Sage & Rosemary Tea Colorant

For an even stronger, more effective color treatment, combine ¼ cup of sage with ¼ cup of rosemary and steep in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Strain, and use the liquid as a colorant for grey, or to darken brown hair. You will get the benefits of hair softening sage and dandruff fighting rosemary, while also stimulating hair growth.

 

Lovely Lavender Hair Treatment

For healthy, glossy, beautiful smelling hair try simmering ¼ cup of dried lavender in 2 cups of water and rinsing. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse for a fragrant and effective dandruff treatment.

Natural Conditioner Recipes

Natural%20Conditioner%20RecipesYou treat your mouth in the kitchen, why not your hair? An easy, fun, and healthy way to pamper and nourish your hair is to use home remedies that can be thrown together in the kitchen with very little fuss. With all of the harmful chemical additives made in labs these days permeating a large amount of popular products, these recipes are a great choice if you feel like you shouldn’t be putting a science experiment on your hair! Nature provides everything we need to slather on our hair to make it more shiny, soft, and luxurious.

 
The next time you are going through your cabinets and your fridge thinking about what to do with your frizz, consider implementing one of these tempting treatments:

 

Sage Pre-Wash Conditioning Treatment

Steep 9 crushed sage leaves in water, tightly covered, for 30 minutes. Strain and reserve the water. Add 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil and 1 tablespoon of lavender oil. Mix and put in a dark colored bottle.

Before washing and when hair is damp, apply a small amount on your hair and scalp. Wrap with a towel and leave on for 45 minutes to an hour. Shampoo & condition as usual.

Sage is known for its conditioning effect on hair, and it is a powerful tonic making it a smart choice for thinning or graying hair. If your hair is suffering from severe split ends, rub some of the wash into the ends of your hair directly after your shower before towel drying.

 

Molasses Moisture Hair Wrap

An easy molasses treatment may be messy, but will add shine and moisture to damaged hair. Apply ½ cup molasses directly onto damp hair and work into the scalp. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and let it work for at least 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and shampoo and condition as usual.

 

Avocado Dry Hair Treatment

This recipe combines the moisturizing effects of avocado with the hydrating and conditioning powers of egg yolk and olive oil to provide luxurious locks.

Mash one peeled and pitted avocado with 1 cup of olive oil and 2 egg yolks. Massage gently into scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and let it work for at least 20 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual.

 

Yogurt & Henna Conditioner for Brittle Hair

Combine ¼ cup of colorless henna powder with ½ cup plain yogurt. Apply the mixture to hair after shampooing, and leave on covered with a shower cap or plastic wrap for at least 20 minutes. Rinse, dry, and style as usual.

Be sure to use colorless henna for this treatment unless you want to dye it the color of the henna you use. Other than neutral henna, henna is commonly used in natural hair dye treatments for dark brown hair. Henna is a great conditioner, it evenly coats the hair follicle with a seal that helps lock in the hair’s natural oils and moisture. The hair’s cuticles are also tightened, giving the hair more shine. This treatment should not be used if your hair is colored or chemically treated in any way.


Jojoba Hair Care

Jojoba%20Hair%20CareJojoba oil comes from the seeds of the jojoba plant found mainly in the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico. Jojoba oil is a highly regarded ingredient in beauty products because of its high fatty acid content and close similarity to human sebum, or oil that protects the hair and skin from getting too dry. Pure jojoba oil can be purchased from drug stores. Try one of these easy ways to help your hair experience the benefits of jojoba.

 

1. Use it as a Hot Oil Treatment for Damaged Hair  

Jojoba oil is an easy hot oil treatment for damaged hair that can effortlessly be done in the shower once a week for dry hair maintenance. Right before you get in the shower, fill your bathroom sink or a medium sized container with very hot water from the tap. Jojoba oil usually comes in the same tubes hot oil treatments do, and if not, any plastic bottle or small sealable container will do. Heat the oil in the water for the first few minutes of the shower. After the hair has been washed, retrieve the oil from the hot water and coat the hair evenly with it. Put on a shower cap and let the oil penetrate for a few minutes. Rinse with hot water to help the oil penetrate, and then with cooler water to seal the hair follicles. This treatment can be used to help smooth split ends.

 

2. Make a Hydrating Hair Mask

Combine a mashed avocado with a few tablespoons of jojoba oil to make a mask for the hair. Add a few teaspoons of olive oil to the mixture for extra moisture. Apply this mixture to the hair and wrap it with plastic or cover with a shower cap for 20 minutes. Wash and condition your hair as usual.

 

3. Mix with your Everyday Shampoo and Conditioner

Give your regular shampoo and conditioner a boost with jojoba oil. Simply mix a few teaspoons to a few tablespoons into the bottle. It will add extra conditioning power to the conditioner and make the shampoo more nourishing. Jojoba oil naturally mild and light, making it a pleasant and trouble-free addition to commercial shampoos and conditioners.

 

4. Use as a Deep Conditioning Treatment Monthly for Dry Hair

Jojoba oil is a solid choice to use regularly in a conditioning regimen because it is light, mild and helps hydrate and smooth hair. It works particularly well in curly hair that needs a deep condition, but gets too matted and clumped together when using a heavier oil or cream conditioner. For an easy monthly conditioner, simply coat hair with jojoba oil and wrap with either a hot towel or shower cap. Rinse after 20 – 30 minutes. This treatment works best if the hair is free from tangles before applying the oil.   

 

Pregnancy Hair Care

Pregnancy%20Hair%20CareDuring pregnancy, your hair may experience changes that cause you to want to increase hair care in your beauty routine without increasing the amount of chemicals you are exposing yourself and your baby to. Many women experience dry lifeless hair, and some women experience hair loss. To help keep your hair healthy during pregnancy, keep a few of these tips in mind.

 

Stay Away from Chemical Hair Dyes and Perms

Chemical processes are supposed to be avoided during the first trimester, but they can pose problems throughout the pregnancy. The harsh lingering smell chemical processes leave on your hair and skin can upset a morning-sick stomach, and the chemicals and fumes soaking into your scalp and bloodstream may not leave you feeling so nice after leaving the salon either. If you want to change the color of your hair during pregnancy, try a natural henna paste to add red hues, a rosemary and sage rinse to darken brown hair or lighten blonde hair with natural lemon in the sun. Your results may not be the same as the salon, but it will be even more fun to treat yourself to a professional dye job after giving birth.

 

Use Wash and Go Styles

Pregnancy is not the time to stress over perfectly placed tresses. Consider adopting a cut that does not require a lot of maintenance or product to look fantastic. Opt for natural air drying as opposed to excessive blow-drying and heat styling.

 

Consider Natural Conditioning Treatments at Home Instead of the Salon

Even if you are not getting harsh chemicals put on your hair, if someone else is and they are sitting under a heating lamp, chances are you are getting exposed to those baking fumes as well. Poor ventilation also makes some salons an uncomfortable place for pregnant women. Try using fresh fruit and vegetable masks on your hair mixed with natural oils and honey for an old-fashioned hair mask. Avocadoes, bananas and melons are all ingredients used in fruit based hair treatments.

 

Dry Shampoo if you Miss a Shower

Every woman who has been pregnant knows that the bigger you get the less time and energy you have for a shower. If you happen to miss one and want to freshen up your hair without water, simply sprinkle some cornstarch on your hair. Let it attach to some of the dirt and oil for a few minutes and then brush it out.   

 

Take your Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are full of what you need for strong hair and nails. If you stay on a good routine, prenatal vitamins are your first line of defense against problem hair during pregnancy.

 

Treat Yourself with Hot Oil

Hot oil treatments are a great way to treat dry hair from pregnancy while relaxing in the tub or shower. Purchase a commercial mixture, or warm natural jojoba, almond or extra virgin olive oils for a moisturizing treatment. Do a hot oil treatment once a week to maintain more hydrated hair.

Techniques for Smooth Hair

Techniques%20for%20Smooth%20HairAchieving smooth hair that is manageable and looks great is a constant beauty battle. Try one of these easy and natural techniques to turn your dry hair that won`t lie down to well behaved locks with moisture and control.

 

Flyaway Remedy Mask

Helps smooth damaged flyaway hair. Beat an egg into 6 tablespoons of yogurt. Massage mixture in for a few minutes. Wrap a towel around your hair for 10 minutes and rinse with tepid water.

 

Frizzy Hair Remedy

This hair rinse is designed to decrease the frizz and achieve smooth hair. Combine 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil with ½ c apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of water. Use the mixture as a hair rinse after you shampoo. Use the entire rinse each time you make the preparation, and use it after every shampoo if you see results. The smell of vinegar will fade from your hair in 10 to 15 minutes, but the benefits of the treatment won`t.

 

Hair Wrap

Use a cloth hair wrap at night to get smooth hair in the morning. Brush or comb your hair thoroughly, and wrap it smoothly around your head. Put pantyhose, a wave-cap or a scarf over your hair to keep it in place. You can put a very light coat of oil on your hair before you wrap it if it is dry. In the morning, carefully remove your wrap and style as usual.

 

Mayo Treatment

Give your hair a mayonnaise treatment and let the fatty acids in the mayonnaise help smooth your hair and increase the hair`s natural oils. After shampooing and towel-drying your hair, apply 1 tablespoon of more to your hair and cover with a shower cap. Let the mayonnaise soak into your hair for an hour and rinse with a mild baby or herbal shampoo.

 

Natural Oil

Use natural oil on your hair like coconut oil, sunflower oil or almond oil to style and keep your hair smooth and in place instead of commercial gels, mousse or hairsprays. Product ends up being sticky and gooey in your hair, not giving it the smooth consistency you may want. If you have thin and dry hair, only use a very small amount of oil on your hands and apply to your hair.   

 

Castor Oil Scalp Massage

You can massage castor oil into your scalp for a conditioning treatment that should result in much smoother more moisturized hair. Warm ½ cup of castor oil and massage it into your hair and scalp. Gently comb it through your hair, and wrap it with a hot towel for 30 minutes. Shampoo, rinse and style your hair as usual.

 

Blow Drying Methods

Blow drying can leave your hair looking fried and the opposite of smooth. To avoid frizzy hair from the blow dryer, consider using a diffuser that more evenly distributes the heat through your hair for less damage. Use a round brush when possible for controlling blow dried hair from flying away while it is being dried. Give your hair a periodic break from the blow dryer to give it time to return to a naturally smooth state.

Natural Hair Dyes

Natural%20Hair%20DyesHair dye is often a chemical filled nightmare that is harsh for your hair and scalp. Commercial hair dyes are unsuitable for women to use during pregnancy because the chemicals in the dye may adversely affect the developing fetus. Peroxide and ammonia are both present in common hair developers that ready the hair for dye by stripping the cuticle of the hair. This combination, along with chemicals like tar that are present in the dyes soak into the hair to give it color, potentially damaging the hair and scalp. There are many natural ways to color your hair that are often more mild for your hair and skin, but they do not always offer the vibrant results of chemical based solutions. Be aware the natural hair dyes will work differently for each person, and results will vary each time you use them. Test a piece of hair before you start to achieve desired results. Natural dyes will not damage the hair and skin, and wash out with each shampoo.

 

Rosemary & Sage Hair Darkener

Combine ½ cup fresh rosemary with ½ cup fresh sage and steep in a cup of boiling water for about 15 minutes. Strain and apply the liquid to towel dried hair for 15 – 20 minutes and rinse for darker hair. Try this rosemary and sage recipe to help cover gray hair.

 

Rhubarb Blonde Hair Solution

Take one cup of rhubarb bark and soak it in 2 cups of alcohol overnight. Strain the bark from the alcohol, and treat light hair with the solution to make it more blonde. Leave it in shampooed hair for 15 – 20 minutes, then rinse and style as usual.

 

Henna Hair Dye

Henna is a popular way to dye the hair naturally and will produce a red color. Crush 3 tablespoons of henna leaves and steep in 1 cup of warm water overnight. Strain and add 1 tablespoon of alcohol.

 

Natural Lemon Highlights Hair Solution

For blonde highlights in light colored hair, mix lemon juice with chamomile tea. Steep about a cup of dried chamomile with 3 cups of water to make the tea, and add 1 cup of lemon juice to complete the solution. Pour this solution over shampooed hair that is still damp, and expose hair to the sun for an hour for best results. Repeat this treatment several times each week for a month for more of a dramatic change in color.

 

Indigo & Henna Brown Hair Tint

This recipe is best for light hair that is being dyed a shade of light brown. Crush a little over a ½ cup of indigo with ¼ cup of henna. Combine with one cup of warm water and let sit overnight. Strain, and apply to clean hair for 20 minutes and rinse.

 

Hair Detangling Tips

Hair%20Detangling%20TipsTangled hair can be difficult and painful to comb and brush. Utilize these tips for easier detangling.

 

1. Apply Leave in Conditioner Directly to the Knot Before Combing

One way to loosen a tangle is to spray a leave in conditioner directly on the knot and allow it to soften the hair so that it can more easily be combed out. This process is easiest after a shower on clean and newly conditioned hair, and the knot is most easily worked out with a wide comb.

 

2. Work from the Tips of your Hair to the Scalp

Comb out tangles in the bottom of your hair first, and work your way up to avoid loosing huge chunks of hair. Be patient and gentle with the knots, and section off hair to avoid getting overwhelmed.

 

3. Use a Wide Toothed Comb Before Brushing

If you are addicted to bristle brushes, use a wide toothed comb to brush through and remove all of the knots in your hair before brushing. Bristle hair brushes can damage your tangled hair by breaking strands and can cause your hair too look more frizzy and dry.

 

4. Comb Hair when it is Still Wet

Manage your tangles by only combing your hair while it is still wet. If you have severely tangled hair, combing your hair while it is wet will reduce the breakage and allow you to focus more easily on trouble areas. Use a wide toothed comb to ensure you do not damage your hair, and realize that although it is easier to comb curly hair when it is wet, water is said to make straight hair more vulnerable.

 

5. Treat your Hair Overnight for Stubborn Tangles

Your hair may need an overnight conditioning mask if it is full of tangles that do not want to budge. Try pure jojoba oil on the hair and wrap it in plastic or sleep in a shower cap. When you wake up, your hair will feel oily but it will also be softer and easier to manage.

 

6. Employ a Hot Oil Treatment Once a Week

Weekly hot oil maintenance is a good way to get rid of the tangles you have and try to prevent more tangles from developing throughout the week. If you think this regimen sounds expensive, consider using coconut, olive, or almond oils which can be bought in bulk at health food stores. Purchase a small plastic bottle for heating your oil, and heat with hot tap water for 5 to 10 minutes before applying. You can apply hot oil in the shower and allow it so soak in with a shower cap while you finish your cleansing routine, and rinse when you are about to get out.

 

Tips to Take Care of Winter Hair

Tips%20to%20Take%20Care%20of%20Winter%20HairFreezing cold temperatures, excessive winds, snow and rain can all wreak havoc on y our hair this winter. As the seasons change, so does the amount of moisture in the air and the amount of moisture in your hair. Dry heat at home or in the workplace can also adversely affect your hair during the winter months. Try a few of these tips to help take the edge off of the winter blast on your hair.

 

1. Dry Hair Thoroughly Before Braving Winter Weather Conditions

Wet hair leads very quickly to frozen hair. Frozen hair leads to breakage and stress. It is important for the health of your hair and your scalp to make sure the ice stays where it should outside, and not in your hair. Blow dry your hair thoroughly to avoid breakage due to freezing, or towel dry and allow to air dry for 30 to 45 minutes before entering freezing temperature. Every hair type dries at a different rate, so run your fingers through your hair to make sure it is evenly dry.

 

2. Cover Damp Hair to Keep it from Being Exposed to the Elements

Styling products all contain water. Gel, mousse, hairspray and other styling products can and will freeze during the winter months. Be sure to wrap your newly set locks with a stocking cap, hood, or scarf before letting the winter air get to them, and for the best winter protection wait until they dry to go outside.

 

3. Protect Long Hair by Wearing it up

Keep your long hair from being damaged by whipping in the wind. Utilize clean-swept up-does during the winter to protect your hair from damage.

 

4. Consider Utilizing a Hat as Fashionable Hair Protection

A hat is a great way to be able to protect your hair and wear an accessory you might not normally wear. Fashion long hair in a low style so that the hat does not have trouble fitting on, and don’t worry about having to check your hair constantly because it is under control.

 

5. Shampoo Less if you Experience Excessive Breakage

Do you notice hair in the drain during the winter months when you never do while it is warm? Don’t worry; it is common for hair to break off more due to the dry winter months drying out your hair. One way to keep some of the natural oils in your hair during the winter is to wash the hair less. Try washing with shampoo only once a week, and simply rinse and condition regularly.

 

6. Use Hot Oil to Fight the Effects of the Cold on your Hair

Hot oil treatments are effective conditioners that can help re-hydrate your hair from heating systems and windy conditions. Try a natural hot oil solution like jojoba oil for cold weather hair help.

 

Natural Homemade Hairloss Tips-natural homemade tips in an Indian herbal base.

Natural homemade hairloss tips explained here includes herbal remedies and herbal treatements. It is a natural way to stop hairloss. Naturals are safe. As it is homemade it is profitable also. The reasons for hairloss may varry from physical to mendal.

Hair loss causes and natural home-made tips to remedies.

Home made Herbal remedies:Massage the scalp for 10 to 15 minutes after bathing with water. This stimulates the blood circulation and strengthens the hair follicles in the scalp.
Massage the scalp and hair with coconut milk or Aloe Vera gel. Leave it for ½ hour, then rinse with warm water. Repeat 3 times a week.
Massage into the scalp and hair honey with egg yolk. Leave for a 1/2 hour, then rinse.
Massage almond oil on scalp 2-3 times a day, daily. This will stop further hair loss.
Rinse hair with a mix of apple cider vinegar and sage tea to help hair grow
Scrub the bald portion with onions till it becomes red. Then applying honey.
Make a shampoo by mixing 100 g each of amla (Indian goose berry), reetha, and shikakai and boil in two liters of water until the liquid reduces to half. Use this shampoo for your hair for at least one month. Your hair will become thick.
Mix equal amount of warm castor and almond oil and massage over scalp at least once a week.
Make a hair pack by mixing amla (Indian goose berry) powder with one egg. Apply it to your hair and leave for half an hour. Wash hair.
Grind lime seeds and black pepper in equal number in some water and apply on the scalp regularly.
Place raw mango pulp in some oil for a year. Massage this oil on the scalp frequently.
Apply a paste of hot olive oil, honey, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder before bath and keep for 15 minutes.
Apply a mixture of Aloe Vera with herbal powder triphala to the hair for a period of three to six months. It will result in growth of new hair.
Apply juice of coriander leaves on the head.
Mix soaked fenugreek seeds (Dana methi), shikakai powder, reetha powder, amla powder, dried lemon or lime peels, and two eggs, and grind to make a paste. Massage this paste onto hair and scalp and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo. This is good for making hair thick.Boil 1 cup mustard oil with 4 tablespoon henna (mehandi) leaves. Filter and bottle. Massage on the scalp regularly.
Make a paste by mixing olive oil, honey and cinnamon (dal chini) powder. Massage on the scalp and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo. Repeat it for 3-4 times a week.
Make a paste by grinding fenugreek seeds with water. Massage on the scalp after oiling the hair and leave it for one hour before washing. Repeat it every morning for a month.
Make a paste by mixing two eggs, two tablespoons each of amla, reetha and shikakai powder. Massage on the scalp and leave it for 30 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo. Repeat it for 3-4 times a week.
Drink 1 teaspoon cider vinegar mixed in 1 glass of water with meals for 2-3 weeks.
Drink a smoothie of banana, honey, yogurt, and skim milk.
Drink daily a juice of alfalfa + fresh spinach or fresh coriander. Your hair will grow fast.
To remove copper deficiency, drink juice of carrot, lettuce, capcicum and fresh alfalfa. This is good remedy for gray hair and hair loss.
Apply a paste of seeds of lemon and black pepper on the bald patches
Above you see all natural tips. You can select a suitable hairloss tip. All are homemade tips you can make of your own.
Natural home made tips for Herbal Treatment to hairloss

The first step is to locate the root cause in your diet or lifestyle that may be increasing the acidic nature. Once you locate it, try to give up or at least reduce the diet, habit, or activity responsible for increasing acidity.
Always use a natural shampoo or soap to clean the hair. As most soaps and shampoos have chemicals, they might be the cause of your problem. Usually the chemicals have a heating effect, and increase Pitta locally. Amala (embilica officinalis), Shikakai (Acacia concinna) are very commonly used in India for washing the hair.
Oiling and massaging of scalp is very beneficial for stopping the hair loss. Use coconut oil or mustard oil at least three times in a week. Certain medicated oils like 'Mahabhringraj oil', 'Amala oil', and 'Arnica oil' are very useful. Put oil on the scalp, and massage gently in the roots of the hair.
The person should maintain a regular bowel movement everyday. In case of constipation, a mild natural laxative can be taken. Triphala, an Ayurvedic herbal powder, is also useful.
The diet should contain more green leafy vegetables, salads, milk, fruits and sprouts. Take more proteins, milk, buttermilk, yeast, wheat germ, soybean and vitamin A.
Regular physical exercise is very beneficial as it helps in balancing the aggravated doshas.
A special Ayurvedic preparation made from Bhringraj (Eclipta elba), Amala, corals, iron and black sesame seeds is very useful, and even stops the graying of hair.
Rub your scalp vigorously after washing the hair. It increases the blood circulation, and activates the sebaceous glands.
A mixture of lettuce and spinach juice is good to drink to induce hair growth. The juice of alfalfa mixed with that of carrot, and lettuce juice is also good to take.
Daily application of coconut oil mixed with lime juice on the hair is also beneficial. Applying juice of green coriander leaves on the head is also good.
Washing the hair with a paste of cooked Urad dal (black beans) and fenugreek (methi) 2-3 times a week, is also good.
A paste of licorice made by grinding it in milk can be applied in the bald patches. It induces hair growth. A paste of seeds of lemon and black pepper may also be applied on the bald patches. All homemade hairloss tips are natural and the effects are instant.

Tucson Jojoba Oil and Beer Conditioner recipe

Source: The Commercial Appeal - August 25, 2002

1 cup warm beer
1 teaspoon jojoba oil

Mix together. Shampoo and rinse as usual.

Jojoba oil is non-greasy and adds shine to your hair while beer adds body.

Beer Shampoo recipe

The proteins from the malt and hops in the beer coat the hair and build it up and help repair damage. It leaves the hair with wonderful body.

3/4 cup beer (any cheap brand)
1 cup inexpensive shampoo

Boil the beer until it reduces to 1/4 cup. Cool the beer and add it to the 1 cup of inexpensive shampoo.

Coffee Rinse recipe

For brunettes and redheads.

8 cups warm brewed coffee

After shampooing rinse hair with coffee. Do not rinse it out. Your hair will be rich and shiny.

Epsom Salt Shampoo recipe

For oily hair.

3 tablespoons Epsom salt*
1/2 cup liquid shampoo

Dissolve Epsom salt in shampoo. Pour it through the hair, working it into the scalp, then wash again with plain shampoo.

* Use only 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt when the humidity is high.

Flour Paste recipe

For frizzy hair.

Flouring is an ancient recipe that smoothes the scales of the hair shaft, making it more manageable.

1 cup flour
2/3 cup cold water

Mix until lumps disappear. Apply to dry, unwashed hair, smoothing the mixture and your hair straight back. Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly about five minutes. Shampoo with one lathering of mild shampoo. Rinse with cool water

Protein Hair Treatment recipe

1 ounce soy sauce
1 cup warm water

After shampooing, pour this over hair. Leave in for 10 minutes, then rinse out.

Rosemary Rinse recipe

For dull hair.

4 tablespoons rosemary
2 cups water

Boil rosemary in water for 10 minutes. Strain; cool.

Pour one cup over damp, shampooed hair. Massage into scalp. Rinse. Save the rest for another treatment.

Rosemary-Sage Hair Shine Rinse recipe

3 tablespoons rosemary
1 1/2 quarts water
2 tablespoons sage

Boil all together for 15 minutes. Strain; let come to room temperature and refrigerate. Pour this over your hair and let it sit for 2 minutes. Rinse. Your hair should have a nice shine.

Rosemary-Sage Natural Hair Dye recipe

For covering gray hair.

1/2 cup dried sage
1/2 cup dried rosemary
2 cups hot water

Combine all ingredients in a nonreactive saucepan. Simmer for 30 minutes, then steep for several hours. Strain, and then use the resulting liquid for the colorant.

Apply to hair and leave on until dried. Rinse and dry. Repeat weekly until you obtain the desired shade, then monthly to maintain color.

Russian Hair Treatment Pack recipe

This is better than a simple hot oil treatment. It leaves the hair looking stunningly-thick, luxuriant, and shiny. The effects last a long time, even the light scent of the essential oil will linger through several shampoos.

2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon oil (safflower, almond, coconut, or walnut
1 drop essential oil (lemon, tangerine, jasmine, rose,
    sandalwood, rosemary)

Before applying, moisten the hair very slightly by running wet fingers through it, then massage the egg mixture into hair and scalp. Wrap head in a towel (and plastic if desired) and sit back in a sauna, take a long hot bath, or relax in a warm place. (The heat of a sauna is the best environment for this treatment.) Leave the pack on for one hour, if possible, even two or three!

To cleanse, rinse hair in warm water, then apply a lot of shampoo directly to the hair, wash well, and rinse. If you've used enough shampoo, only one wash is needed.

Sage Rinse recipe

For dark hair.

2 cups malt or red wine vinegar
2 cups water
1/4 cup sage

Combine ingredients in a glass or enamel pan and boil for 15 minutes. Strain, cool, and store in a tightly capped bottle.

After shampooing, pour 1/2 cup over hair, then rinse.

Sesame-Coconut Protein Conditioner recipe

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons light sesame oil
2 whole eggs
2 tablespoons coconut milk
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon coconut oil

Tomato Juice Rinse recipe

This restores pH balance to hair, making it shiny and more manageable.

1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup tomato juice

Mix. Comb through clean, wet hair. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse.

Mix 1 tablespoon Honey and any type of vegetable oil. Distribute mixture evenly all over the hair.

• Coat dry hair with mayonnaise, once finished cover with a plastic shower cap and leave on for 10-20 minutes.

• Apply olive oil all over your hair. Cover with a plastic bag and let it stay for 20 minutes. For extra conditioning take a warm shower while waiting. The heat will help the oil work to its maximum potential.

 

• Beat one egg, add 3 tablespoons of water and apply to scalp
and hair.

This applies to all recipes: Once you are done waiting for the natural ingredients to work their magic wash, rinse, and style hair as usual.

Homemade Egg Conditioner Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon baby oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

Beat the egg yolk until its frothy, add the oil then beat again. Add to the water. Massage into the scalp and throughout your hair. Rinse well.

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Storage: Most recipes require refrigeration since they don't contain preservatives. Shelf Life is approximately 1 week.
 
Remove Hair Build-up Recipe
1/4 cup vinegar
1 cup water

After conditioning the hair use this as a final rinse. Leaves your hair soft and shiny.
 
 
Hair conditioner
Combine mashed avocado with some coconut milk. Comb it through the hair and let sit for 10 -15 minutes, rinse out.
 
Shampoo recipe
In a blender, combine 1 ounce olive oil, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar. Use as regular shampoo.
 
Remove buildup
Baking soda removes conditioner build-up from your hair. Rub in and rinse thoroughly, then shampoo with your regular shampoo.
 
 

Cucumber Hair Drench

If you swim in a chlorinated pool for exercise on a regular basis, the same damage you've noticed happening to your skin and bathing suit, is happening to your hair, as well. Try this treatment at home to keep chlorine damage to a minimum.

1 egg
1 half-eggshell's worth of olive oil  (i.e., one portion of the eggshell you broke apart)
1 quarter of a peeled cucumber

Blend the egg, olive oil and  peeled cucumber in a blender or food processor until smooth. Spread evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes, then thoroughly rinse. For the best results year-round, continue this treatment monthly.

 

ROSEMARY HONEY OLIVE OIL HAIR CONDITIONER

This nourishing conditioner blends two ingredients from nature -- honey for shine and olive oil for moisture -- and is enhanced with essential oil of rosemary to stimulate hair growth.

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 1/4 cup warmed olive oil (2 tablespoons for normal to oily hair)

  • 4 drops essential oil of rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum (available in health food stores)

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a snug-fitting cap. 

To use, apply a small amount to your slightly dampened hair. Massage your scalp and work the conditioner through your hair until it is completely and evenly distributed. Next, cover your hair with a warm towel (your microwave or dryer can heat it up) or shower cap; leave the conditioner in place on to nourish and condition for 30 minutes. Remove the towel or shower cap; shampoo lightly and rinse with cool water. Dry as normal and enjoy shinier, softer and healthier hair the natural way.

 

Intensive Conditioning for Hair Breakage

  • Combine 1/2 cup margarine, 2 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon cold cream.
  • Pierce a vitamin E capsule with a pin and empty contents into mixture.
  • Paint half of the mixture onto head with a fresh, two inch paintbrush, thickly covering every strand.
  • Soak a terry-lined shower cap in hot water, wring it out, and place it on head.
  • Sit under cap for fifteen to twenty minutes.
  • Remove the cap and apply rest of conditioning mixture, massaging it well into the hair.
  • Reheat cap and place on head.
  • Sit under cap for another fifteen to twenty minutes.
  • Wash out with mild shampoo and air dry.

All Purpose Hair Sparkler
1 cup each of white vinegar & distilled water
1/4 cup each dried nettle, red clover & rosemary

Adds softness shine to all types of hair.

 

Aspirin for Dandruff

No problem, dissolve 2 aspirins in your dandruff shampoo and watch how it clears up. Use a good moisturizing conditioner afterward.

Hair big sausagetail

Splash a little vodka in your shampoo if you have thick or product-build-up hair. Don't use on a regular basis.

 

Natural home made tip for oily hair gives you an insight to controll almost all hair care problems.
If your hair is oily, fight the excessive oil and bacteria that contribute to dandruff, scalp infections and skin breakouts by keeping your hair and scalp as healthy, clean and natural as possible.Shampoo as often as necessary. Avoid overbrushing. Overbrushing stimulates the scalp and can intensify the problem of oiliness. You still have to brush your hair, but keep it to a minimum around scalp areas.For a big boost, try home-made recipes, a shampoo that contain fruits such as kiwi, lemons or pears. Fruit acids clean off the oil and debris that weigh hair down.

Natural homemade hair care tip for a Dry Hair:
Feel free to shampoo dry hair as often as necessary. Use a gentle conditioning product. If it is protein-rich, it should be gentle and nourishing for your hair. A variety of these products is available in most stores.Condition your hair after every shampoo. If your hair and skin are extremely dry, buy a humidifier for your bedroom and always use it in cold weather. It will protect your hair and skin from the drying effects of indoor heat. A natural way - twice a week rub olive or castor oil into your scalp at bedtime. Wear a plastic cap to avoid getting oil on your pillowcase while you sleep. Shampoo it out the next morning.
Here are some Proper tips on shampooing
Read the instructions first. Some shampoos need to be left on the scalp for a few minutes before rinsing.If you can, buy small sachets of shampoo to test which brand is most suitable for your hair.Always use a product formulated for your hair type and before shampooing brush your hair to free any tangles and loosen dirt and dead skin cells.Don't wash your hair in washing-up liquid, soap or other detergents - they are highly alkaline and will upset your hairs natural pH balance by stripping out the natural oils.Never wash your hair in the bath - dirty bath water is not condusive to clean hair and it is difficult to rinse properly without a shower attachment or separate jug.Use lukewarm water - hot water can be uncomfortable.Always wash your brush and comb when you shampoo your hair.Change your shampoo every now and then - hair seems to develop a resistence to certain ingredients after a perios of time.Don't rub vigorously or you will stretch the hair.Don't throw away a shampoo that doesn't lather. The amount of suds are determined by the active level of detergents. Some shampoo have less suds than others but this has no effect on their cleansing ability.
Notes on Spilt ends:
Best ways to make you free from split ends is do not comb in the wet hair .Use a good herbal shampoo and avoid frequent changing of shampoo.Make sure you drink a lot of water as water contains minerals.Apply henna at least once a week.Oil your hair with a combination of almond oil and castor oil mixed and warm together.Do not expose your hair to extreme heat or temperature.Manage to trim off your split ends.Do not back comb.
Natural homemade hair care tip for natural hair.
Massage scalp with beetroot juice every night. Good for hair loss.
Boil curry leaves in 100 ml of coconut oil. Keep it for one hour.
Dry orange and lemon peel, grind it and make a paste in coconut oil. Apply it the scalp.
Mix amla powder and lemon juice and use to massage the scalp.
Mix coconut oil, milk and lemon then apply
Smash curry leaves in curd and apply for 20 minutes.
Mix green dhal powder and curd and apply in the scalp. Keep it for ½ hour, good for dandruff.
Lemon and aloe veraYou'll need 1/2 teaspoon aloe vera gel and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Blend this ingredients well and add a little of your regular shampoo. Wash your hair as usual, but let the shampoo on for a few minutes.
Mint leaves: Boil two handful of mint leaves in one and a half glass of water for 20 minutes. Strain the solution and mix in a 300ml bottle of shampoo.
Massage: Massaging your scalp can help exfoliate skin and remove all oily residue.
Mix 1 tablespoon of Malt Vinegar in a glass of water, add a pinch of salt. Use 2 tablespoons of it on your scalp and massage it with your finger tips twice a week. Leave it on for one hour.
Henna conditioner: Mix Henna with 2 tablespoons of yoghurt and a pinch of sugar to a light paste. Add a bit of water if the paste is thick. Apply on hair and leave it on for twenty minutes. Rinse it out with clear water.
Watercress: This plant has many uses, from battling cancer to improving food taste, all due to many healthy ingredients, such as iron, zinc and vitamin A. One of its less known use is for oily hair treatment: Blend a large handful of fresh watercress with 1 cup of water in a blender (if you have long hair you may need to use 2 full handfuls of watercress and 2 cups of water). Heat the mixture in pan and boil for 10 minutes. Strain, let the liquid cool down. While waiting wash your hair. Pour the watercress liquid over your hair and let it on for 20 minutes. Rinse.Natural homemade tip for oily & dry hair explained here keeps the condition of you hair healthy.
 
Natural homemade tips - hot oil massages on hair.
Hot oil massages: Warm 2 tsp. of olive oil and 2 tsp. coconut oil and gently massage every part of the scalp for 10-15 minutes. Rinse a towel in hot water, wipe and wind the hair around the head as it cools. Repeat 2 or 3 times to issue total saturation. After that, shampoo and rinse well. It is good for brittle dry hair.
Hot Caster oil massage: Warm ½ cup of castor oil, massage into scalp and gently comb it. Bind the hair with hot towel on the head, wait for 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse. As it is home made is so good to use for scanty hair.
Clove oil honey massage. Stir well ½ cup of green olive oil with 1 cup of liquid honey. Shake vigorously. Keep the mixture to settle for a day or two. Massage into the scalp and comb it not touching the scalp. After massaging cover hair with plastic shower cap. Make it air tight to let the heat penetrate, leave like that for 20 to 30 minutes. Then shampoo and rinse well. It is good for dark hair to keep it shining and lustrous.

Natural homemade Protein treatment: Beat 1 egg and add slowly 1 tsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of vinegar. Apply it on hair and keep for 10 to 15 minutes. Apply shampoo and rinse well. This is good for all type of hair.
For oily hair Use any thin type of oil instead of olive oil and add lemon juice instead of vinegar.
If you feel sticky also it is worth to do protien treatement. Use mild shampoo twice and condition it next day.
 
Burdock root oil - natural hair care oil and traditional hair loss prevention treatment Home%20page

Burdock (Arctium Lappa) has been a favorite medicinal herb for centuries. Burdock root oil extract, also called Bur oil, is used to promote healthy hair, to help relieve scalp irritation and improve scalp conditions. It is a natural hair oil applied to get rid of scalp itching, redness and dandruff, improve hair strength, shine and body. Traditionally Burdock root oil has been used to reduce and reverse hair thinning. Modern studies indicate that Burdock root oil extract is rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids (including rare long chain EFAs), the nutrients required to maintain healthy scalp and promote natural hair growth. It combines immediate relieving effect with nutritional support of normal functions of sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Regular use of Burdock oil helps restore and maintain healthy scalp and hair.


Saw Palmetto herbal medicines

Saw Palmetto is traditional topical herbal medicine used to help improve skin and scalp conditions, maintain healthy skin and hair, reverse hair loss. It was used by American Indians as hair, scalp and skin care. It is said to revitalize mature skin, to bring olive shine to the skin, to help revive hair follicles, improve hair strength, body and shine, make scalp less sensitive to stress and irritation. More recently Saw Palmetto received recognition in the areas of men's health and women's health both as preventative remedy and as safe and effective treatment to reverse development of certain pathological conditions, combat alopecia. Scientific research confirm that majority of Saw Palmetto bioactive ingredients are of lipophilic nature, and therefore are extracted into the oil and well assimilated by the skin. These observations suggest that when applied topically, the active ingredients of Saw Palmetto may be more bioavailable and therefore provide more effective treatment for particular body areas and organs.

Herbal Oils - traditional herbal remedies and body oils used to restore, nourish, and rejuvenate the skin Home%20page

  Herbal oil is an extract made of herb with vegetable oil. Herbal oils are are also called infused oils and have been use for long time in herbal medicine and cosmetic. Herbal oil extracts are rich in nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins essential for skin cells metabolism. They have been traditionally used to nourish and revitalize the skin, reverse skin aging processes, promote healthy scalp and combat hair loss. Herbal oils have been applied as medicines to treat skin problems, help heal skin injuries, improve the conditions of mucous, combat scalp and hair diseases. Some herbal oils are rich in unique nutrients and are utilized as a dietary supplements.
 
 
 
 
 
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Hair Moisterizer Recipe

Hair Care Recipes Tip

Did you know that old fashioned mayonnaise (not the low cal variety) is a great moisturizer for your hair? Shampoo as usual and then apply about a tablespoon. Wrap your hair in a plastic shower cap for a half hour and then re-shampoo and rinse thoroughly.
 

Shine Up Your Hair

Haircare Recipe Tip

Mash up an avocado with a tablespoon of olive oil and a tsp of baking powder. Mix until well combined and then work the mixture through your hair. Go and surf my site for 15 minutes and then wash out. ;)
 

Left Over Shampoo?

Haircare Recipes Tip

Ever wonder if you are getting all of the shampoo out of your locks? Try this... Mix 1 cup distilled water and a 1/4 cup Cider Vinegar, and pour over your hair...should do the trick. This has been around for years and years. I remember my Mom using it on my hair when I was a little girl!
 

Make Your Own Hair Gel

Beauty Recipes Tip

Flax seed is so good for you that you should go out today and buy yourself a bag. It is one of the richest sources of Mega-3 fatty acids which aids in lowering high blood pressure cholesterol and triglyeride levels by as much as 25 and 65 percent. This prevents blood clots from blocking arteries which is a really good thing obviously as we grow older but did you know that by just adding a little water, bringing it to a boil and allowing it to cool, you find yourself with a great hair gel. Try 2 T of the seed along with 1 cup of water. Bring it to a boil and then allow to set for about 1/2 hour. Strain and when it has completely cooled, add a drop or two of lavender oil (or your favorite scent) and then transfer to a clean wide mouthed jar with lid. Use as you would any hair gel product.
 

Raw Eggs and Hair Care

Homemade Conditioner and Shampoo Recipes

Did you know that raw eggs can be used as part of your beauty routine and not just on your face? You can also use them in your hair for conditioning and adding shine. Here are some recipes that you can use before you shampoo or after. The choice is yours.

These conditioners you use before shampooing:

  • First of all an egg yolk makes a great conditioner for your hair. Simply mix it with 2 tsp of a castor oil and massage into your hair. Rinse thoroughly. *You might want to spend some time researching castor oil. Did you know that this plant can grow to the size of a small tree in Africa.

  • One raw egg...
    Whisk one or two raw eggs together and then work into your hair. Allow to dry and then shampoo out, followed by a vinegar and water rinse. This treatment will soften your hair nicely.
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    Repeat about once a month.

  • You can also mix an egg yolk with 1/4 cup of yogurt, and a little lemon rind. Again work it gently into your hair and then rinse thoroughly. *Plain yogurt is another beauty staple that you will want to stock up on. It has lots of uses.

  • A small avocado mashed and combined with an egg yolk is another moisturizing mask for your hair. Apply to hair and then go and read a magazine for 15 minutes while the ingredients go to work. Rinse out and then shampoo and condition thoroughly.

These conditioners you use after shampooing:

  • Beat a couple of egg yolks with a tablespoon or two of water depending on the length of your hair and then rinse after 15 minutes.

  • If you use a whole egg, whisk with a little lemon juice and condition your hair with this concoction. It will add incredible shine as it has removed previous product buildup.

You can even add an egg to your shampoo for added benefits.

    Egg Shampoo
      1 egg
      1/2 cup water
      1/2 cup your favorite shampoo
      1 tsp vegetable oil

    Whisk the egg until frothy and then add the remaining ingredients. Pour into an old (clean) shampoo bottle and then store in the refrigerator for obvious reason. Share with the family as "shelf life" is only about two weeks.

    Cider Vinegar and Egg Shampoo

      1 large egg
      2 oz mineral water
      1 T cider vinegar

    Using a wire wisk, whip up all three ingredients until well combined and then massage into the scalp. Rinse with warm water. Because of the egg content, the use of warm water is essential.

     

    Hair Rinse Recipe Using Mouthwash

    Haircare Tip

    Here is something a little different. Mix 1/4 cup of your favorite mouthwash with a cup of water and then pour through your hair. Massage for a minute or two and then rinse. Your hair should gleam.
     

    Humid Climate and Frizzy Hair

    Hair Care Tip

    I just found this tip in the forum. It is amazing what you will find in there. She finishes off the recipe with... "Girls, I've tried everything on the market and this is all that helps. Before when there was a bit of humidity outside, in less than half hour I look like I've put my fingers in the electrical outlet, but these home made products help me a lot." Now how you resist not trying this recipe? Thanks for sharing, Niarna. I have very curly hair and use a solution with vinegar and water mixed with oatmeal water extract. It sounds weird, but it works. You extract the essence of the oatmeal by soaking the oatmeal in hot water and leaving it for two to three days at room temperature and then remove the oatmeal flakes with the use of a cheesecloth. Mix two parts of water with one part of vinegar, and the oatmeal extract.
     
    Shiny-Hair Recipe

    Q My hair is super dry. How can I make it look shiny?

    A One more reason to love guacamole: It'll make your mane ridiculously glossy. "Avocado oil is packed with vitamins and proteins to help condition the scalp and hair," says Helen Ambrosen, product creator at Lush cosmetics (Julia Roberts is a huge fan). To whip up an avocado hair mask, mash one very ripe avocado, 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, a banana and an egg (the last two are also very moisturizing) together in a blender. Blend until the mask has the texture of a cake batter, with no chunks. Apply one quarter of the mask to dry locks for 10 minutes, then shampoo and condition as usual
     

    Honey Mask Recipe

    The best facial mask is honey. Place a cloth in warm water and apply to your face to open the pores. Smear on honey, and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores. Use once a week.

     

    Miracle Whip Exfoliator

    (By Victoria, Anti-aging Beauty Tips)

    "Yes, I am talking about the same Miracle Whip your Aunt Mable uses in her macaroni salad. Apparently, women all over the US are using this salad dressing ingredient on their faces to remove dead flaky skin.

    I have not tried it myself, but supposedly, KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP Exfoliating Facial makes an amazing treatment for normalizing over-oily skin.

    Here is how you apply this "miracle cream":

    Make sure all your hair is pulled back from your face. Apply a thin layer of the KMW all over your face, up to the eyelashes and make sure to also put some on your neck. The "fumes" from the vinegar may bother you so walk around the house to try to escape them. LOL!

    Leave on for 10 minutes, then massage gently. The dead skin cells on your face will roll off in rubbery little balls. Rinse your skin with tepid water, then cleanse as usual following your regular beauty regime. If you apply the KMW every day, in 6-8 weeks your skin should be completely renewed.

    I cannot help but wonder if this Miracle Whip eats away at the dead skin cells on your face, what does it do to the inside of the body when someone eats it?? Pretty scary!!! One person believes that the vinegar in the Miracle Whip is what causes the exfoliation and rejuvenation. If that is true, why not try a mixture of organic apple cider vinegar with some olive oil, apply that and see what happens? One could whip together the olive oil and apple cider vinegar, apply it to their face and then use the leftovers on their salad!

    I think I will start experimenting with some ingredients and try to come up with a facial recipe to rival the KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP!"

     

    Special Note from Lucie (site owner):

    "After reading Victoria's email about the Miracle Whip beauty trick (the above is an excerpt from that email), I bought a small jar of Miracle Whip. I applied a slighter thicker layer than was recommended and the vinegar smell was unpleasantly strong.

    After a minute or two, the Miracle Whip 'melted' and my face was very shiny and oily (yuck!). After 10 minutes, I washed the Whip away and I couldn't believe the results. All the flaky dry skin was gone and my skin felt tight and smooth. Very strange!"

     

    Remove Hair Build-up Recipe

    (www.creativehomemaking.com)

    1/4 cup vinegar
    1 cup water

    After conditioning the hair use this as a final rinse. Leaves your hair soft and shiny.

     

    Hair Egg Conditioner Recipe

    (www.creativehomemaking.com)

    1 teaspoon baby oil
    1 egg yolk
    1 cup water

    Beat the egg yolk until its frothy, add the oil then beat again. Add to the water. Massage into the scalp and throughout your hair. Rinse well.

     

    Hair Conditioner One Recipe

    (www.creativehomemaking.com)

    Combine mashed avocado with some coconut milk. Comb it through the hair and let sit for 10 -15 minutes, rinse out.

     

    Shampoo Recipe

    (www.creativehomemaking.com)

    In a blender, combine 1 ounce olive oil, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar. Use as regular shampoo.

     

    Remove Conditioner Buildup Recipe

    (www.creativehomemaking.com)

    Baking soda removes conditioner build-up from your hair. Rub in and rinse thoroughly, then shampoo with your regular shampoo.

     

    Hair Conditioner Two Recipe

    (www.creativehomemaking.com)

    Mayonnaise is a great conditioner for dry hair.

    Depending on the length of your hair, apply approximately 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to your dry hair. Work into hair really well and then cover your hair with a plastic bag, allowing to set for about 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and then shampoo as usual.

     

    Avocado Facial Recipe

    Avocado is a naturally rich moisturizer. Mash the meat of the avocado into a creamy texture. Massage into the face and neck . Leave on for 15 minutes and gently rinse off.

     

    Facial Mask Recipe

    Squeeze half a lemon and mix the juice with one beaten egg white. Leave on your face overnight or, for a quick pick-me-up, just 15 minutes. Splash warm water on your face to rinse.

    It helps to removes blotches, because the lemon works as a bleaching agent.

     

    Lighten Circles under Eyes Recipe

    To lighten dark circles under your eyes, wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes. Wipe off residue and apply an eye cream.

     

    Egg & Honey Mask Recipe

    Mix together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon almond oil and 1 tablespoon yogurt. Honey stimulates and smoothes, egg and almond oil penetrate and moisturize, and yogurt refines and tightens pores.

     

    Egg, Avocado & Mud Facial Mask Recipe

    Clay is available in powder form at any health food store. Mix 1 tablespoon dry clay with 1 egg yolk, 1/4 of a mashed avocado and enough witch hazel to create a smooth mixture. Mud dries excess sebum while the egg yolk and avocado replenish lost moisture. Witch hazel tones.

     

    Egg & Olive Oil Hair Mask Recipe

    Mix two whole eggs with four tablespoons of olive oil. Smooth through hair. Wrap head with plastic wrap, and leave in hair for 10 minutes. Rinse well.

     

    Fruit Smoothie Hair Mask Recipe

    Blend 1/2 a banana, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 cantaloupe, 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil and 1 tablespoon yogurt. For extra conditioning, squeeze in the contents of a vitamin E capsule. Leave in hair for 15 minutes.

     

    Facial Exfoliater Recipe

    2 heaped tsp fine oatmeal
    1 tsp. baking soda

    Combine ingredients, and add enough water to make a paste. Apply to skin and rub gently. Rinse and gently pat dry.

     

    Banana Wrinkle Fighter Recipe

    Banana is wonderful as an anti-wrinkle treatment. Mash 1/4 banana until very creamy. Spread all over face and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water followed by a dash of cold. Gently pat dry.

     

    Grape Cleanser Recipe

    Grape juice makes an excellent cleanser for any skin type. Simply split one or two large grapes, remove pips and rub the flesh over face and neck. Rinse off with cool water.

     

    Oily Skin Mask Recipe

    Mix 1 tsp. brewer’s yeast with enough natural yogurt to make a thin mixture. Pat this thoroughly into all the oily areas and allow it to dry on the skin. After 15 - 20 minutes, rinse off with warm water, then cool water and blot dry.

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Kaya’s Herbal Hair big sausagetail

Fill a four to eight ounce spray bottle with water. I use recycled spray bottles from Victoria’s Secret body sprays. They will give you a nice fine mist that doesn’t soak your hair and drip all over. Distilled water is great, but I use tap water.

Add a few drops of Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner. To that, add about a quarter teaspoon or five to six drops each of rosemary essential oil and cinnamon essential oil. If you like, add a few drops of grapefruit, vanilla, sweet orange, or lavender oil. You can use an eyedropper, or just eyeball it.

I like to spray this mixture on sopping wet or towel blotted hair and allow to air dry. This is after either rinsing my hair with water, or washing my hair with conditioner. I wash with
shampoo occasionally.

If I haven’t rinsed or washed my hair on a particular day, I spray my big sausagetail on my dry hair and let it sit for five to 10 minutes while I take a shower or brush my teeth. Then I use my hands to finger comb my hair into place.

If my hair is extra unruly, or I’m wearing twists and want them to lay a certain way, I use bobby pins to pin it down while it dries. I also use this spritz as a styling aid when I’m double strand twisting my hair. It makes my hair soft and easy to comb, and my twists come out soft and well defined.

If you want to add extra moisture to this mix, add olive oil, vegetable glycerin, or aloe vera juice.

Safety Issues

Essential oils are potent. If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, nursing, on medication, or in a state of ill health, be extra careful with them. Even if none of the above are the case, you should still research any essential oil you use, and check with your doctor before trying something new.

Try your new blends on a test area before using on your entire scalp or body. See if you notice any reactions such as redness, swelling, itching, or burning. If so, discontinue use.

Never use essential oils full strength. A few drops in four to eight ounces of water is plenty.

Start with blends of only one or two ingredients. This makes it easier to use the process of elimination if you have a bad reaction to something.

Many essential oils have natural antiseptic properties, and retard bacterial growth. However, when you mix oil and water there is the potential for contamination. Applying products to your skin that contain bacteria or fungus can cause a lot of itching, inflammation, or worse. Store your concoctions in the refrigerator to lengthen their shelf life.

 
 
mango hair moisturizer recipe
 
 
Ingredients:
1 vitamin E capsule
1 ripe banana
1/2 ripe mango

Directions:

Puncture capsule, peel fruit, and combine ingredients in a blender until thoroughly mixed.

USAGE: Shampoo hair. While hair is still wet, comb the mango goo through. Cover hair with shower cap for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then wash as usual.

This recipe for Mango Hair Moisturizer serves/makes 1

 
Dry Rough n Wavy Hair Treatment!
Massage your hair ith warm Almond Oil
Apply 5 tablespoons of honey on the scalp and hair, followed by turban therapy.
You will an noticeable difference as soon as you shampoo your hair after an hour later.
Regular oiling and conditioning will make your hair soft and manageable.

Treatment for Dry Hair!
Massage hair with a quarter cup of full cream milk mixed with 2 teaspoon honey.
Leave on for 20-25 minutes and wash off.


Tangled Hair Treatment
Apply five tablespoons of honey on tangled hair.
Leave on for five-ten minutes and then, Wash off.

Oily Hair Remedy
Regularly wash hair with Fuller's earth (Multani Mitti). This will not only reduce the oil, but the hair will feel much cleaner and full-bodied as well.
Difference can be seen after two-three applications.


Frizzy Hair!
To treat and condition frizzy hair,
add a tablepsoon of Honey to a litre of Water and,
use it as an after-shampoo rinse.

HairTreatment Mask For Oily Hair

  • Ylang Ylang essential oil - 9 drops
  • Lime essential oil- 9 drops
  • Rosemary essential oil - 8 drops
  • Grapeseed oil - 2 tablespoons

Mix all ingredients then apply 1 teaspoon to hair and scalp and massage in. Allow to penetrate for several hours or overnight.

Hair Moisturizer

  • Cedarwood essential oil - 8 drops
  • Lavender essential oil - 8 drops
  • Rosemary essential oil - 12 drops
  • Jojoba oil - 1 tablespoons

Blend all together. Then massage about 1 teaspoon of this blend into the hair and scalp. Put on a shower cap and wrap all with a towel. Just sit and relax for at least 15 minutes. Shampoo and rinse your hair twice. Dry and style as normal. You can do this once a week or monthly.

Ravishing Rosemary Hair Conditioner

A great remedy for itchy scalps and dandruff this easy to make recipe will leave your hair feeling softer, more manageable and smelling wonderful.
  • Rosemary essential oil - 2-5 drops
  • Carrier oil (sweet almond or olive oil) slightly warmed - 1 teaspoon

Blend all together. Work the oils through dampened hair and massage the scalp. Wrap your head in a warm towel and leave on for 45 minutes to deep condition the hair. Wash out and rinse with cool water. Keep out of eyes.

Energizing Hair Rinse

  • 1 cup organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup spring water
  • 10 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint oil

Mix all the ingredients together After shampooing pour one cup slowly over hair and work through.

 

HairTreatment Mask For Dry Hair

  • Sandalwood Essential oil - 10 drops
  • Rosewood Essential oil - 10 drops
  • Palmarosa Essential oil - 5 drops
  • Jojoba oil - 2 tablespoons

Blend all together. Work the oils through dampened hair and massage the scalp. Wrap your head in a warm towel and leave on for 45 minutes to deep condition the hair. Wash out and rinse with cool water. Keep out of eyes.

HairTreatment Mask For Dry Hair

  • Thyme Essential oil - 8 drops
  • Sage Essential oil - 6 drops
  • Chamomile Essential oil - 6 drops
  • Lavender Essential oil - 5 drops
  • Jojoba oil - 2 tablespoons

Blend all together. Work the oils through dampened hair and massage the scalp. Wrap your head in a warm towel and leave on for 45 minutes to deep condition the hair. Wash out and rinse with cool water. Keep out of eyes

Homemade Hair Conditioner

Here's a fun homemade hair conditioning recipe we thought you'd enjoy.

Mix together: 1 egg, 1/4 cup real mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip), and 1/4 cup olive oil. You can use plain olive oil, or enhance the treatment by using our herbally infused Herbal Hair Conditioning oils or nettle infused oil. If you are using plain olive oil, you can also enchance the herbal benefits by adding a few drops of essential oils - rosemary, lavender, or mint are all excellent choices!

Blend all ingredients and apply to dry hair. Massage/comb in thorougly, and leave on for at least 20 minutes. It's a bit drippy, so we'd suggest covering your hair with a baggie or shower cap. Shampoo out (may take 2 shampoos) and enjoy your shiny, deeply-conditoned hair!

We all love trichologist Philip Kingsley's products here but here's a home-made recipe recommended to us by the great man - it's quick and easy to prepare and really moisturizes dry hair.


Ingredients
• 1 banana
• ½ avocado
• 1 tbsp coconut oil
• 1 tbsp mayonnaise

Method

• Mix together all ingredients
• Apply the mixture to clean, dam hair
• Wrap you hair in cling film - the heat will activate the ingredients
• Leave the mask to work for 10 mins, then rise hair thoroughly.

For Oily Hair

Ylang Ylang - 9 drops
Lime - 9 drops
Rosemary- 8 drops
Grapeseed oil- 2 tablespoons
Mix all ingredients then apply 1 teaspoon to hair and scalp and massage in.
Allow to penetrate for several hours or overnight. Wash your hair with a natural unscented shampoo washing it twice. Use 3 times a week.
 

DE−TANGLE CONDITIONING HAIR SPRAY.

150mls distilled water
20 drops Lavender
20 dropsRosemary
20 drops Carrotseed (cold pressed )
5 ml Emulsifier or solubaliser

Put distilled water in a spray bottle. Add emulsifier and shake well, then add oils and shake again thoroughly. Use when hair is wet or dry. Spray enough to slightly dampen hair (if it is dry) and gently brush or comb hair. De tangles and conditions hair without leaving any residue. For some hair it may also control frizziness. Can be used whenever you brush your hair in between washes.
 

HAIR LOSS RECIPE

Jojoba 1 TBS
Sweet almond 1 TBS
Carrotseed 40 drops
Lavenderoil 10 drops
Clary Sage 6 drops
Roman Chamomile 4 drops
Rosemary 4 drops

Blend all ingredients in a clean bottle. Shake well and warm before using. Apply a few drops into scalp, leave overnight or until absorbed in. Apply several times a week.
 

HAIR MOISTURIZER

Cedarwood - 8 drops
Lavender - 8 drops
Rosemary - 12 drops
1 ounce Jojoba

Blend all together in a PET plastic bottle. Then massage about 1 teaspoon of this blend into the hair and scalp. Put on a shower cap and wrap all with a towel. Just sit and relax for at least 15 minutes. Shampoo and rinse your hair twice. Dry and style as normal.
You can do this once a week or monthly
 
 
Hair Spray

Hair spray is used on hair once you are ready with a hairstyle. The function of hair spray is to hold the hairstyle. The hair sprays available in the market have chemicals in them. You can also use a homemade hair spray that can be chemical free and healthy for your hair.

Step-by-step instruction to make a hair spray:

Light -lemon hair spray
  • The ingredients required are two to four lemons and water.
  • Slice the lemons and add water and the sliced lemons in a pan.
  • Boil the water on low gas and keep adding water as it evaporates. Boil the water for an hour.
  • Cool the water and then strain.
  • Put the prepared liquid in a spray bottle. This water can be refrigerated and used for only a week.
TIP
  • Use orange for dry hair.
  • If the liquid is very sticky add more water to it.
Sugar-Oil hair spray
  • The ingredients required to make this hair spray are 1-tablespoon sugar, one-cup hot purified water, one-tablespoon vodka (optional), and three to five drops of oil.
  • In a pan add sugar and water. Boil water and make it sure that the sugar dissolves in water. Add oil and vodka.
TIP:
  • Store the liquid in a cool and dry place.
  • Use the ingredient in a week.
  • Wash the nozzle of the bottle to avoid any clogging after use.
  • Do not run your fingers in your hair until the solution of sugar dries.
  • Spray the hair spray on the hairbrush and then comb your hair. This will prevent your hair ends from flying.
Step-by-step instructions to make a hair gel:
  • Use flax seed as the main ingredient for hair gel. A flax seed prevents the arteries from blocking.
  • Add 2T of the seed in one cup of water. Boil them together and let it cool for half an hour.
  • Once the mixture cools down add one or two drops of lavender oil in it.
  • Transfer the mixture in a wide mouth jar.
  • The mixture is ready and can be used as a hair gel.

Points to be kept in mind:
  • Take a small amount of gel in your palms. Rub the gel in between your palms before applying the gel on your hair. Now apply the gel on your hair.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb to comb your hair. This helps in even distribution of gel on the hair.
  • Pin or style your hair.
  • Blow-dry your hair using a hairbrush from the ends.
  • Continue to blow dry your hair till it is completely dry.
  • Gel in the hair can be revitalized. You can do this by rubbing wet hands through your hair.


Making Herbal Oil

Because you grow herbs, you cook with them. Realizing that they are good medicine as well, you drink them in teas. Soon, you discover an herbal massage oil, or soap, or salve and then you're done for. Herbs have taken hold of your soul and there's nothing for it but to become a modern herbalist.

A modern herbalist is not quite a witch. She is part cheap, part environmental, part gardener and plantswoman, part medical practitioner, part rebel, part luddite, part scientist—and part witch. The sooner we get over our fear of that last bit, the happier we will be. No one need know, after all. But should you find yourself planting by the moon and growing a little valerian for medicinal purposes, you will know that you are indeed a modern herbalist. And in these times of dubious pharmaceuticals and improved food, that is a very good thing.

One interesting tidbit about herbal techniques is that they have changed relatively little in thousands of years. We still employ herbs and herb mixtures, in teas, decoctions, tinctures, syrups, cordials, oils, salves, wines, vinegars, poultices, and incense. As a gardener and a romantic, I find the prospect of making fragrant, tasty, and medicinal potions more than irresistable.

So I decided to make herbal oil. I had been using a massage oil infused with St. Johns Wort and Lemon Balm for a few months, and had loved the fragrance and texture. So when it came time to prune back the scented leaf geranium, I decided to use the leaves to make a scented massage oil. Luckily, I had just purchased a copy of Herbal Home Remedies by Joyce A. Wardwell from Storey Books. She led me through the process of making my first herbal oil.

You will need:

8 oz. vegetable oil (olive, almond, or grapeseed)
3/4 cup fresh herbs, chopped
2 tbsp. high octane vodka (100 proof or better)
A widemouth pint mason jar
Cheesecloth

You can use many different herbs for your oil: mint will be anti-bacterial and cooling, lemon balm will be relaxing, thyme will be anti-bacterial and healing, and geranium, the herb I chose, will be uplifting and balancing. Get a good medicinal herb guide for specific properties of herb plants.

How to Make the Oil:

  1. Clean, thoroughly dry, and roughly chop the herbs of your choice (you can blend, but the fewer the better). Allow chopped herbs to sit in a bowl overnight to allow some moisture to evaporate. Failure to follow this short drying process could result in moldy oil from excess water.
  2. Place herbs in the mason jar, and add oil to cover. Add two tablespoons of vodka and close the jar. Shake vigorously.
  3. Reopen the jar and poke the resulting mixture with a chopstick to release air bubbles trapped below, and to insure that herbs are covered with oil.
  4. Place four levels of cheesecloth over the jar, and fix with a rubber band. Don't put the mason jar lid down as you want air to reach the oil as it infuses with the herb.
  5. Put the jar in a warm place such as a heat register or warm sunny window. Let sit for two weeks.
  6. After two weeks, strain the oil into a glass measuring cup through a strainer, and after all the oil has dripped through, pour the strained oil slowly into a glass storage jar (or the original mason jar) until just before the last ounce is poured. Look at the remaining oil. If there are streaks or bubbles, that's trapped water, and you don't want to decant that into your final oil. Pour off all the oil you can, and throw away remaining sediment and water.

The oil you produce from this method should be semi-clear to lightly cloudy, and strongly fragrant. Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year. It makes a great massage oil, allowing the gentle essence of the herbs to enter your system through your skin as therapeutic massage. You can rub it on sore muscles, dry skin, hands, scalp, and anywhere else that needs it. Obviously, it's a good idea to avoid sensitive areas like eyes, mouth, and groin...

And that's all there is to it. You can make any number of herbal oils, depending on what herbs you happen to have going and what you need them for. You'll enjoy getting in touch with the power of plants.

Type 1 - UNHEALTHY LOOKING HAIR: Symptoms of unhealthy hair are: dullness, dryness, hair breakage, brittleness, slowed or altered hair growth. Unhealthy hair feels dry, brittle and straw-like at the ends. It is dull, and may be flyaway with many split ends. It may also look bushy and frizzy. There are many reasons why ones hair can become unhealthy. The most common reason is poor nutrition. A diet high in sugar, salt, and animal fat are all bad for the hair because they create additional stress on the body, resulting in a greater need for nutrients, especially the B vitamins. Without essential oils from vitamins A, D, E, and fatty acids, the hair can become dry, dull, with split ends. Woman, especially are affected with unhealthy hair. Oral contraceptives and pregnancy can rob our hair of its nutrients along with the wind and sun. Blow drying, hair sprays, mousse, hot curling iron, coloring, and hair perms can also affect our hair. Healthy Glo 

Type 2 - THINNING and/or FALLING OUT HAIR: Hair loss is becoming increasingly common today, even among women. Every year, millions of dollars are spend on chemical creams and shampoos that promise to grow hair. People also undergo a variety of unnatural procedures, including hair transplants, in order to restore lost hair. However, as we will see, diet and lifestyle plays a primary role in the development of baldness. Baldness is a preventable condition, regardless of the prevalence of it in one's family. A primary reason why baldness tends to occur within families is because of similar dietary and lifestyle patterns that members of families share. One of the cause of hair thinning, falling out, and balding is unhealthy of hair follicles. The hair embedded in a "pocket" in the skin called the hair follicle. The follicle is in a constant need of nutrients, oxygen, and moisture to stay healthy and to stimulate new hair growth. Vitamin C, PABA, Biotin and amino acids L-cysteine and glutathion. These nutrients can assist in the prevention of peroxidation of oil formation on the scalp, which left unchecked, can clog hair follicles and cause hair loss.  New Re-Born

Type 3 - WEAK and LIFELESS HAIR: A deficiency of protein in the hair can result in a temporary change of hair color and texture, resulting in brittle, thin, lusterless, kinky, easily tangled, weak and hair breakage below the surface of the skin. Hair is made of protein and proteins are used as the building blocks of strong hair. Protein deficiency can result from poor diet, aging, illness, drugs, hair coloring, bleaching, and hair perms. When the collagen protein deficiency is corrected, the hair will return to its normal strong, shiny, full-of-body and bouncy condition. The Bodybuilder
 
   Nutrients For You Hair 
 Ask the Expert about Beauty Nutrients (click)
 
 
 
Over years of teaching nutrition, I have observed dramatic changes in the hair of my clients after they switch to a whole-foods diet. They not only lose fat and improve the looks of their body, but improve the appearance of their hair, skin, and nails as well. As the new hair grows in you can actually see changes in the new hair texture, because of the proper nutrients fed to the hair. There are several important dietary influences on hair. Protein can have a dramatic effect on hair texture: too little protein can result in hair that is dry, fine, has less body, and slow growth. A diet low in fatty acids (found in oils), can result in dry, brittle, and slow-growing hair in as little as two to three months. The best oils in the diet should include good fat such as olive, canola, sunflower, and/or safflower oil. If you are unable to eat these important good fats, supplements such as cod liver, fatty acids, and/or borge oil are great for adding essential oils without adding the calories or cholesterol. Foods rich in vitamin A are also critical - a deficiency of this nutrient will cause hair loss. Vitamin A can be found in such foods as carrots, green leafy or yellow vegetables, and fish. You can also supplement your diet with foods rich in vitamin H (biotin), and cysteine. Both are helpful in preventing hair loss. Biotin is found in most beans, fish, and whole grains, especially brown rice. Cysteine is an amino acid found in protein. For your hair and skin to look its best, make sure you're getting enough protein everyday. A supply of 55 to 65 grams of protein is needed for healthy skin, hair, and nails. Foods that are high in protein and low in fat are: fish, beans, chicken, and egg whites. Supplements such as amino acids or protein tablets are a great way to get your daily protein, and have no fat and very little calories. A good start toward healthy, glowing skin and hair is a daily protein drink that has about 15 to 25 grams of protein, and no fat. 
Female Pattern Hair Loss

The most common type of hair loss seen in women is androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern alopecia. Alopecia means baldness, but just as in men, it does not have to be complete hair loss. This is seen as hair thinning predominantly over the top and front of the head. It affects approximately one-third of all susceptible women, but is most commonly seen after menopause
In female pattern hair loss some excess loss of hair is noted, but gradual thinning is what is what usually brings the woman to a dermatologist. Normal hair shedding is approximately 100-125 hairs per day. A lower number of hairs lost would apply to those whose hair is already thin. Hair loss occurs when the daily hair loss exceeds 100 hairs. In female pattern hair loss, when the affected hair is shed, the root grows one in its place that is shorter. Eventually it becomes invisible "peach fuzz". Genetically, hair loss can come from either parent's side of the family.
Female pattern hair loss may begin as early as puberty. In these cases if there are signs of hormone imbalance, such as excess facial or body hair, a hormone evaluation should be done. Hormonal changes are a common cause of female hair loss.
 Many women do not realize that hair loss can occur after pregnancy or following discontinuation of birth control pills. It may also follow any sudden physical or psychological stress to the body. These types of hair loss are "Telogen Effluvium" and are usually temporary. It is important to remember that this hair loss may be delayed by up to three months following the change. Up to 8 months will be required for regrowth to be fully achieved.
Treatment often starts with Rogaine (topical minoxidil 2%). Rogaine is the only FDA approved medication currently available for female pattern hair loss. The other hair loss medication, Propecia, just doesn't work in women at all. Aldactone (spironolactone) pills help many women, especially whose hair loss starts before menopause but takes many months. Hormone replacement pills, such as Prempro, plus Aldactone are better after menopause. Experienced hair transplant surgeons can often achieve excellent results in women with the new follicular unit and minigraft techniques. You have to be a qualified candidate and have realistic expectations.
If treatment fails, or is not desired professional counseling might be of help. Perms, dyes and other cosmetic options can be used to give a fuller appearance to hair. Contrary to common wisdom, shampooing doesn't increase real hair loss. Some salons specialize in the modern forms of hair additions; these have also made recent improvements in simulating a natural appearance. A consultation with a skilled specialist to discuss your options is advised.

growth aids:
Green Tea
Mechanisms of cancer and hairloss prevention by tea polyphenols based on inhibition of TNF-alpha expression.
Suganuma M, Sueoka E, Sueoka N, Okabe S, Fujiki H. - Saitama Cancer Center Research Institute, Japan.
Of greatest interest to those with androgenetic alopecia is evidence that green tea can influence serum concentrations of hormones and inhibit TNF-a. Research in this area is primarily with reference to hormonal effects on the development of cancer and how green tea and other caffeine containing products might mediate changes in hormone levels. For example, high intake of Green tea has been associated with higher levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SBHG) and lowered levels of serum estradiol (estrogen) concentration in women (Nagata 1998). Increased SBHG may be of help in reducing the effects of androgenetic alopecia. SBHG is a molecule that binds with high affinity to testosterone. Testosterone bound to SBHG is not bioactive and cannot bind to androgen receptors or be converted into dihydrotestosterone. An increase in SBHG concentration effectively reduces free testosterone. Green tea may also have an affect on the type I 5 alpha reductase enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. These two distinct, but complementary, effects of green tea may influence androgenetic alopecia.
One cup of green tea roughly equals 50 mg of tea catechins. Typically research investigations have involved individuals drinking six cups of green tea, or utilizing Green Tea Extracts (300mg or more catechins) each day. Green tea is well tolerated by most individuals with no significant side effects reported.
 
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Minoxidil  (Topical)
 
Contents of this page:
Description
Before Using This Medicine
Proper Use of This Medicine
Precautions While Using This Medicine
 Side Effects of This Medicine
Brand Names
Category
 
DescriptionReturn to top
Minoxidil (mi-NOX-i-dil) applied to the scalp is used to stimulate hair growth in adult men and women with a certain type of baldness. The exact way that this medicine works is not known.
If hair growth is going to occur with the use of minoxidil, it usually occurs after the medicine has been used for several months and lasts only as long as the medicine continues to be used. Hair loss will begin again within a few months after minoxidil treatment is stopped.
In the U.S., this medicine is available without a prescription. In Canada, this medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription. It is available in the following dosage form:
Topical
Topical solution (U.S. and Canada)
 
Before Using This MedicineReturn to top
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For topical minoxidil, the following should be considered:
Allergies—Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to minoxidil or propylene glycol (nonactive product in medicine). Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as preservatives or dyes.
Pregnancy—Topical minoxidil has not been studied in pregnant women. However, some studies in animals have shown that minoxidil, when given by mouth, causes problems during pregnancy, although the studies have not shown that the medicine causes birth defects. Before using this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if you may become pregnant.
Breast-feeding—It is not known whether topical minoxidil passes into breast milk. However, minoxidil, taken by mouth, does pass into breast milk. Minoxidil is not recommended during breast-feeding, because it may cause problems in nursing babies.
Children—Studies of this medicine have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of topical minoxidil in children up to 18 years of age with use in other age groups. Use in infants and children is not recommended. If you think your child has hair loss, discuss it with the doctor.
Older adults—This medicine has been tested in a limited number of older patients up to 65 years of age and has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems in this age group than it does in younger adults. However, studies have shown that the medicine works best in younger patients who have a short history of hair loss. Minoxidil has not been studied in patients older than 65 years of age.
Other medicines—Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are using topical minoxidil, it is especially important that your health care professional know if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine or if you are using any of the following on your scalp:
Corticosteroids (cortisone-like medicines) or
Petrolatum (e.g., Vaseline) or
Tretinoin (e.g., Retin-A)—Use of these products on your scalp may cause too much topical minoxidil to be absorbed into the body and may increase the chance of side effects
Other medical problems—The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of topical minoxidil. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Any other skin problems or an irritation or a sunburn on the scalp—The condition may cause too much topical minoxidil to be absorbed into the body and may increase the chance of side effects
Heart disease or
Hypertension (high blood pressure)—Topical minoxidil has not been studied in patients who have these conditions, but more serious problems may develop for these patients if they use more medicine than is recommended over a large area and too much minoxidil is absorbed into the body
 
Proper Use of This MedicineReturn to top
This medicine usually comes with patient instructions. It is important that you read the instructions carefully.
It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of it being absorbed through the skin. For the same reason, do not apply minoxidil to other parts of your body. Absorption into the body may affect the heart and blood vessels and cause unwanted effects.
Do not use any other skin products on the same skin area on which you use minoxidil. Hair coloring, hair permanents, and hair relaxers may be used during minoxidil therapy as long as the scalp is washed just before applying the hair coloring, permanent, or relaxer. Minoxidil should not be used 24 hours before and after the hair treatment procedure. Be sure to not double your doses of minoxidil to make up for any missed doses.
To apply minoxidil solution:
Make sure your hair and scalp are completely dry before applying this medicine.
Apply the amount prescribed to the area of the scalp being treated, beginning in the center of the area. Follow your doctor's instructions on how to apply the solution, using the applicator provided.
Do not shampoo your hair for 4 hours after applying minoxidil.
Immediately after using this medicine, wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
Do not use a hairdryer to dry the scalp after you apply minoxidil solution. Blowing with a hairdryer on the scalp may make the treatment less effective.
Allow the minoxidil to completely dry for 2 to 4 hours after applying it, including before going to bed. Minoxidil can stain clothing, hats, or bed linen if your hair or scalp is not fully dry after using the medicine.
Avoid transferring the medicine while wet to other parts of the body. This can occur if the medicine gets on your pillowcase or bed linens or if your hands are not washed after applying minoxidil.
If your scalp becomes abraded, irritated, or sunburned, check with your doctor before applying minoxidil.
Keep this medicine away from the eyes, nose, and mouth . If you should accidentally get some in your eyes, nose, or mouth, flush the area thoroughly with cool tap water. If you are using the pump spray, be careful not to breathe in the spray.
Dosing—
The dose of topical minoxidil will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average dose of topical minoxidil. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
For topical solution dosage form:
For hair growth:
Adults up to 65 years of age—Apply 1 milliliter to the scalp two times a day.
Adults 65 years of age and older—Use and dose must be determined by the doctor.
Infants—Use is not recommended.
Children up to 18 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by the doctor.
Missed dose—
If you miss a dose of this medicine, go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Storage—
To store this medicine:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Keep the medicine from freezing.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.
Flammable: Keep away from fire or flame.

Precautions While Using This MedicineReturn to top
It is important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working properly and to check for unwanted effects.
Tell your doctor if you notice continued itching, redness, or burning of your scalp after you apply minoxidil. If the itching, redness, or burning is severe, wash the medicine off and check with your doctor before using it again.
Hair loss may continue for 2 weeks after you start using minoxidil. Tell your doctor if your hair loss continues after 2 weeks. Also, tell your doctor if your hair growth does not increase after using minoxidil for 4 months.
 
Side Effects of This MedicineReturn to top
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Less common
Itching or skin rash (continued) 

Rare
Acne at site of application;  burning of scalp;  increased hair loss;  inflammation or soreness at root of hair;  reddened skin;  swelling of face 

Signs and symptoms of too much medicine being absorbed into the body—Rare
Blurred vision or other changes in vision;  chest pain;  decrease of sexual ability or desire ;  fast or irregular heartbeat;  flushing;  headache;  lightheadedness ;  numbness or tingling of hands, feet, or face;  swelling of face, hands, feet, or lower legs;  weight gain (rapid) 

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
 

Brand NamesReturn to top
In the U.S.—
Rogaine Extra Strength For Men
Rogaine For Men
 
 Rogaine For Women
 
 
 
In Canada—
Apo-Gain
Gen-Minoxidil
 
 Minoxigaine
Rogaine
 
 
 
 
CategoryReturn to top
Hair growth stimulant, alopecia androgenetica, topical
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Here's another one for a pre-poo:

1 cup Conditioner (I use the VO5 Free Me Fressia CON)

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup EVOO

5 capsules of Biotin Vitamin (Mine are 5,000 mcgs each-this prevents shedding)

*Optional: I add Queen Helene Cholesterol to my ends*

I cover with a plastic bag.  I leave all this on for as long as I can.  Mainly anywhere from 4 hours to overnight.  And be ready to rinse this out and feel a slip that you will not believe.  I do this once a week.

HERE IS HOW YOU DO IT.

3 STICKS COCOA BUTTER

1/2 OF JAR OF BEESWAX 2oz

1 32 oz TUB CURL ACTIVATOR

Begin by taking the cocoa butter sticks and placing them in a bowl. Scoop out 1/2 jar of bees wax and place it in the same bowl. Microwave bees wax and cocoa butter until they are liquid. Use an other larger bowl to put the curl activator it. Leave some curl activator inside of the jar for later. Take liquid wax and cocoa butter and pour it into the bowl with the curl activator. Mix vigorously with a spoon. what you will first get while mixing these the two may look like cellulite but be persistant and keep mixing until the mixture looks exactly like vanilla pudding then mix in remander of activator gel in the jar.

If you do not microvave the bees wax well enough it will clump up when you add it to the cold gel activator it may bead up and not allow you to get the perfectly smooth consistancy that you want. If this happens put the whole solution in the microwave for 4 minutes then beging to mix again. after about 2 minutes of mixing add back in the curl activator you left out from before and it should begin to look like pudding.

Apply to wet hair and style using shingling process discribed @ curvesalon.com. or how ever you wish.

This recipe on one average head of hair will last for about 2 months, and costs under 10 dollars, with some bees wax left over to haddle those pesky edge naps. I hope this has been helpful and I hope it works for you.

Update: I used half of the 4oz. jar of "It's A Black Thang", 3 sticks of "Helene Cocoa Butter" and I melted it in a glass bowl throughly. I then added  2 - 10 oz jars of "Smooth & Shine Curl Activator Gel" and stirred the butters until smooth and it looked like vanilla pudding.

Ladies this really works and my natural curls have more definition.  I apply this to my wet natural hair every morning.

(i got this from hairtalk boutique)
 

Homemade hotoil treatment

You only need two ingredients: oil and conditioner. You can use olive oil or just plain vegetable oil, which is even cheaper. Put about 1/4 cup of oil in a small saucepan and add a tablespoon of hair conditioner. (You can use any kind of creme rinse, this is good for using up conditioner that you didn't particularly like since you will be shampooing it out anyway). Do not use leave-in conditioners.

 

Process:

Gently heat the oil and the conditioner, stirring as you go along. Remember that oil heats very quickly and can burn quite easily: NEVER leave unattended. You are only heating it to the point of warming the oil and blending it with the conditioner. Once it is warm, remove from heat. Be sure you test the heat of the oil before putting it on your hair.

If it seems too warm, wait several minutes before applying. It is not recommended to use a microwave to heat the oil since temperatures are hard to control and you might wind up with part of it being much hotter than the other. Apply the warm oil to dry hair.

If your hair is long, thick or very damaged (as can happen to bleached, permed or dyed hair), it is best to use a comb to work it in and make sure that you have covered every strand, paying particular attention to the ends of the hair. Then you can wrap your hair in plastic wrap to help keep the heat in and leave it on for about 30 minutes. If your hair is shorter or not as damaged, you can just work it in and leave it for 5 minutes. When the time is up, you will need to shampoo the oil out. You will probably need to shampoo twice. The first time you use it, you might skip using additional conditioner. You don't want to weigh down the hair too much, but if you notice that it seems dry after shampooing it out, then you can use conditioner after shampooing.

For very damaged hair, use the treatment once a week at least, twice if it is very long or damaged. Otherwise, every two weeks is all that is required. If you have problems with your scalp, try adding some tea-tree oil to your hair treatments. Tea tree oil isn't cheap, but you will only use a small amount. It is a natural anti-fungal and can help greatly with dandruff-like problems and seborrhea. You can buy tea tree oil at health food stores.

You can also just do the ends of your hair (use less oil). You can make up a batch of it to keep on hand, just mix well if you notice the conditioner settling. Use a small squeeze bottle (you can reuse the bottles that have hair dye or perm solution, rinse out well) this will make it easy to apply.

Safflower Hair Moisturizer

  • Safflower oil can get back your hair ability and retain moisturizer in it.
  • Take 1 -2 drops of safflower oil on your palm and rub it on your hair.
  • While applying the oil, first apply to roots end and then towards the scalp.
  • Leave the oil in your hair. You would notice shine in your hair for a long time.

Herbal Shampoo - 2 tablespoons catnip, 1 tablespoon castille soap, & 1/4 cup boiling water.  Place water in a cup and add catnip.  Allow to steep for 10 minutes.  Add castille soap.  Mix well.  Apple entire portion to wet hair and lather well.  Rinse with cool water.

Leave-In Conditioner (Dry Hair) - Handful of fresh rosemary, handful of fresh mint leaves & 1 cup cider vinegar.  In a glass jar with a lid, drop in rosemary and mint and cover with the cider vinegar.  Seal jar and leave for two weeks.  Strain.  After shampooing, pour a tablespoon onto dry hair and leave in.

Conditioner (Oily Hair) - 1 lemon & 1/4 cup cider vinegar.  Wash, slice and de-seed lemon.  Whir lemon in a blender to a smooth pulp.  Filter through muslin.  Mix with vinegar.  After shampooing, blot hair with towel and rub mixture into scalp.  Leave on 5 - 10 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

Conditioner (Fine Hair) - 2 strips kombu (Japanese seaweed) & 3/4 cups boiled spring water.  Steep kombu in spring water for 30 minutes.  Remove the seaweed.  After shampooing, massage into hair.  Rinse.

Dandruff Elixir - 5 drops tea tree oil & 1 tablespoon jojoba oil.  In a glass jar with a tight lid combine ingredients.  Shake well.  After sectioning wet hair, dab mixture onto a clean cotton ball and stroke along the scalp.  Wrap hair in a towel and let sit for 2 hours.  Work shampoo into hair with a little water to remove oil.  Rinse.

Hot Oil Treatment - 3 tablespoons pure jojoba oil.  Water the oil and apply it to your hair, starting at the ends and working up to the top of head.  Wrap hair in a towel and relax for an hour or leave in overnight.  Rinse and shampoo hair as usual.  Do once a week or more often if your hair is extremely dry.

Hairspray - Mix 1 teaspoon sugar with 1 cup warm water. Let it cool and then pour into a clean spray bottle. This stuff really works well!

 SPECIAL OILS AND INGREDIENTS

Maybe you got a sample of macadamia nut oil in a swap....or you need to know why a recipe calls for castor oil is in your shampoo bar recipe...this chart will help clarify some of the ingredients you come across in recipes.
If you are mainly interested in soapmaking oils, please go to the chart with that information Oil Characteristics Chart


Almond Oil, Sweet

Scentless oil for conditioning and softening the skin. Great for dry, itchy skin. Contains glucosides, vitamins and minerals. Used in massage oils, lotions, balms and soaps.Saponifiable.Listed in the British Pharmacopoeia and an excellent choice for even the most simple of moisturisers or massage oils.

Aloe Vera Available in powder, gel or oil. Traditionally used for healing burns and injuries. Soothes dry damaged skin.
Apricot Oil Light rich oil good for mature or sensitive skin. Use in creams and lotions. Great by itself for removing makeup and softening delicate skin around the eye. A skin conditioning agent that is emollient, non-greasy and ideal for dry, tired and mature skins.
Avocado Oil This oil is rich in vitamins A, D and E; contains proteins, lecithin and amino acids. This highly therapeutic oil is said to have healing and regenerating properties. High percentage of unsaponifiables.Heals scaly skin and scalp.
Avocado Butter Reported to contain a complex blend of vitamins A and E and other active materials which increases skin elasticity and encourages healthy skin.
Babassu Oil Originating from the Brazilian rainforest, this oil is reported to be non-comedogenic. It leaves the skin with a soft, lustrous smoothness.
Beeswax Use in soap, lotions, creams, balms, salves. May use cosmetic grade, white filtered pellets or natural. Adds hardness and works with borax to emulsify ingredients.
Blackcurrant Seed Oil A rich source of GLA and a superb moisturiser which can be used in place of evening primrose or borage seed oils.
Borage Seed Oil Another rich plant source of GLA. Excellent moisturiser in skin care.
Borax Water softener, whitener and often used as an eumulsifier. There is a cosmetic grade available, but the store bought "20 Mule Team" is fine to use since your using such small qualities.
Brazil Nut Oil An oil rich in proteins and vitamins E and A, this precious gift from the South American rainforest comes from the fruit (nut) of a tree that can grow for a thousand years. Brazil nuts, or para nuts, produce an oil that is a rich emollient and a moisturiser not too dissimilar to sesame oil.
Calendula Oil This oil is known for its regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties.Good for irritated, itchy or rashy skin. Purchase only pure oil extracted without solvents.
Camellia Oil A traditional oil used in the Far East and particularly in Japan for the protection and moisturisation of the skin and hair.
Carrot Oil A source of beta-carotene and provitamin A. Natural color and skin nutrient. Often used in suncare products.
Castor Oil Rich in fatty acids and lubricating to the skin.High percentage of ricinoleic acid leads to high viscosity. Acts as an humectant. Great in combination with other oils in soap.
Candelilla Wax Used as an alternative to beeswax this is a hard vegetable wax that comes from the Candelilla plant.
Cocoa Butter Emollient properties great in soapmaking and lotions. Hard at room temperature.
Coconut Oil, Fractionated Steam distilled liquid that absorbs readily into the skin. Great for massage oils. Long shelf life.
Coconut Oil 76 or 92 degree. Degree is the melting point. Used as 20-30% of oils in soapmaking. Can be drying in large amounts. Use for salve bases. Emollient.
Cottonseed Oil Has emollient properties, vulnerable to rancidity. Look for organic due to pesticides freely used in the cotton industry.
Dead Sea Salt Full of minerals. Great for bath salts.
Dead Sea Mud Rich in minerals, stimulates circulation, removes impurities and nourishes the skin.
Emu Oil Anti-inflammatory, anti microbial, emollient and moisturizing, non-comodogenic, hypo-allergenic, prevents and diminishes scarring. Relieves pain and inflammation. Great for superfatting.
Emulsifying Wax Used to bind oils and water when creating lotions.
Look for plant based, not petroleum.
Epsom Salt Magnesium sulfate. Relieves aches and pains.
Evening Primrose Oil* see rosa mosqeta oil also Best for dry skin use. Contains 10% gamma-linolenic acid, very nourishing. Good for eczema and psoriasis.
French Clay Tightening, absorbs oil from the skin.
Fuller's Earthq Relatively pure form of silica; almost the same properties as french clay.
Grapefruit Seed Extract Anti-oxidant that extends shelf life and acts as a preservative. Contains Vitamin C and glycerin, antibacterial, antimicrobial, astringent, deoderizing, antiseptic.
Grapeseed Oil Rich in vitamins, minerals and linoleic acid. Light penetrating oil great for massage oils. Use in creams, lotions and balms.
Glycerin, Vegetable Emollient properties. Humectant. Good for chapped skin. Used in transparent soapmaking.
Hazelnut Oil Moisturizing easily absorbed by the skin.One of the most highly unsaturated vegetable oils. A recent paper showed that hazelnut oil has phospholipids which give greater and longer-lasting moisturising potential to cosmetic emulsions.
Hemp Seed Oil Vulnerable to spoilage due to high lineolic content. Look for unbleached cold pressed cosmetic grade.Store in refrigerator or freezer. Soothes and heals dry skin.A virtually canabinoid-free oil that rivals linseed for its richness and high arachidonic acid content. A perfect choice for skin protection.
Honey Emollient, humectant, soothing, antiseptic and bacteriostatic.
Illipe Butter An exotic material from the rainforests of Borneo. This rich butter is packed with natural fatty acids, triglycerides and phytosterols to protect and moisturize the skin by complementing its natural lipid layer. A wonderful alternative to cocoa butter which, chemically, it closely resembles.
Jojoba Liquid wax highly penetrating and closely resembles human sebum.Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant.Fantastic. Prolongs shelf life.
Kaolin Usedas drying agent in masks, scrubs.
Kokum Butter It contains about 39% oleic acid, 58% stearic acid, and 2% palmitic acid. It has applications in skin and hair products, acne products, and skin tonics.
Kukui Nut Oil Benefits eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, chapped skin, acne. To the Hawaiians this tree is a symbol and a legend. The oil is a panacea for delicate, sensitive or dry skin and is pure and gentle enough to use on a baby's delicate skin.
Lanolin *Anhydrous Emollient and used as an emulsifier in creams and lotions.Can be sensitizing. Easily absorbed by the skin.
Lecthin Used as a thickening agent in lotions and creams.
Macadamia Nut Oil Emollient;may act as an antioxidant. An oil from the 'King of Nuts', this Hawaiian emollient is reported to have properties akin to those of sebum.
Mango Butter Most of the same uses and properties as shea butter. Pleasant light scent and creamy coloring,a greatly respected emollient that is often used as a cocoa butter replacement. It is obtained from the fruit kernels of the Mango tree. Refined and deodorized, is very emollient and has a very nice softening effect and is easily spreadable on the skin. It is used in skin and bodycare, massage creams and make-up. Shelf life exceeds 1 year.
Meadowfoam Seed An oil that is stable, non-greasy and rapidly absorbed. This oil is ideal for those products where a soft, smooth, silky feel is required whether it be on skin or hair, research suggests that this oil increases the life expectancy of lower life oils......
Monoi Oil The tropical paradise of Tahiti captured in one gloriously fragranced oil which overpowers the senses with its rich floral bouquet. The pure delight of gardenia flowers infused in skin-loving coconut oil.
Neem Oil Has antiseptic properties and used to treat scabies and dandruff. A very aromatic oil (aromatic in this case may be stinky to some!), neem (also known as margosa or nimba) is one of India's most respected treatments for problem skin.
Olive Oil Excellent moisturizer. Attracts external moisture to the skin while still allowing the skin to perform normal functions as sweating, shedding. Different grades offer different properties. Best for skin care is Grade A
Palm Oil Used with other oils in soapmaking. Pulls other oils into saponification and makes soaps less melting.
Palm Kernal Oil Can be substituted for coconut oil in soap.Moisturizing in moderation.
Peach Kernel Oil A skin conditioning agent that is emollient, non-greasy and ideal for dry, tired and mature skins. Can be used as an equivalent to apricot kernel oil.
Pumpkin Seed Oil The oil from pumpkin seeds has been used across the world as a treatment for sores, ulcers and other skin problems. Its high sterol and vitamin E content makes it ideal for this purpose.
Peanut Oil Non-drying conditioning oil.Highly unsaturated. Vulnerable to rancidity. A traditional oil for use in sunscreen preparations and after-sun oils. It is substantive and protective to the harshest of external conditions.
Rice Bran Oil A moisturising oil, rich in gamma oryzanol. The typical composition of crude rice bran oil is 81.3-84.3% triglycerides, 2-3% diglycerides, 5-6% monoglycerides, 2-3% free fatty acids, 0.3% waxes, 0.8% glycolipids, 1.6% phospholipids, 4% unsaponifiables.
Rosehip Oil The rose of Mosqueta oil, which was once described as the 'Fountain of Youth'. This oil is remarkable for its benefits to damaged and distressed skin.
Safflower Oil Limited shelf life. Used for its moisturizing qualities. Safflower oil is mentioned in ancient Egyptian texts and was used to heal old wounds. It has an exceptionally high linoleic acid content and is an excellent choice for the replenishment of moisture in skin creams and lotions.
Sal Butter Low content of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and is very softening on the skin, it is protective against sunlight and can be used as a direct replacement for cocoa butter. Shelf life exceeds 1 year.
Seabuckthorn Oil Obtained from the maceration and extraction of the fruit into olive or sunflower oil, this is an old and traditional remedy handed down by generations of battling Mongols for the treatment of bruised and battered skin. Ideal for inclusion in "sports" ranges.
Sesame Oil Strong nutty smell; used in creams and soaps for its moisturizing properties. Also known as gingilli oil, this oil has been known since earliest antiquity, from ancient Egypt to the Indian continent, as a soothing, gentle emollient. It is an extremely good substitute for olive oil and has excellent longevity in massage preparations.
Shea Butter African Karite Butter:Used for over a thousand years as treatment for dry aging skin. Can be used "as is" look for refined crushed. Basically unsaponifiable. Use cocoa butter to counteract its stickiness.Butyrospermum parkii This rich, buttery oil from central Africa is used for the protection and care of skin cracked and dehydrated by the elements, an elegant addition to products crafted for the smoothing and replenishment of dry skins.
Shealoe Prepared from equivalent quantities of Shea butter and Aloe gel which provides all the advantages of Shea butter, plus the moisturizing and healing properties of Aloe gel. Very creamy and white to off white in appearance with a characteristic fatty odor with a hint of aloe scent, not solventy smelling,non-greasy, moist feel upon application.Should be refrigerated if not used within a few months.
Stearic Acid Binds and thickens creams and creates harder bars of soap.
St. John's Wort Oil An orange-red oil that takes its colour from the hypericin it contains. This oil is part of most herbalists' repertoire for damaged skin, bruises and other skin problems. Especially useful for sensitive skin products.
Sunflower Oil Less expensive safe alternative to olive oil. Contains Vit.E.Moisturizing.
Vitamin A Soothing and healing for all skin types.
Vitamin E Used as a preservative and antioxidant.
Walnut Oil this nut provides an emollient oil which has been used for its efficacy on dry and damaged skin. In mythology, while man ate acorns the Gods ate walnuts.
Wheat Germ Rich in vitamins A, D and most importantly E. Nourishing to the skin and used in massage oils to extend shelf life.
Witch Hazel Commonly used mild astringent.

Fatty Acid Composition Chart of Various Oils *

Oil
Saturated 
fat %
Mono-
unsat.
fatty acid %
(MUFA)
Poly-
unsat.
fatty acid %
(PUFA)
 linolenic 
fatty acid 
%
 linoleic 
fatty acid 
%
EPA 
(timnodonic) 
20:5n-3 
%
DHA 
22:6n-3 
%
 Almond
8.2%
69.9% 
17.4%
0.0%
17.4%
Brazilnut
24.4%
34.8%
36.4%
0.0%
36.0%
Canola
7.1%
58.9%
29.6%
9.3%
20.3%
Cashew
19.8%
58.9%
16.9%
0.0%
16.5%
Cocoa Butter
59.7%
32.9%
3.0%
0.1%
2.8%
Coconut
86.5%
5.8%
1.8%
0.0%
1.8%
Corn
12.7%
24.2%
58.7%
0.7%
58.0%
Flaxseed
4%
22%
74%
57%
17%
Hazelnut
7.4%
78.0%
10.2%
0.0%
10.1%
Macadamia
15.0%
78.9%
1.7%
0.0%
1.7%
Olive
13.5%
73.7%
8.4%
0.6%
7.9%
Palm
49.3%
37.0%
9.3%
0.2%
9.1%
Palm kernel
81.5%
11.4%
1.6%
0.0%
1.6%
Peanut
16.9%
46.2%
32.0%
0.0%
32.0%
Pecan
8.0%
62.3%
24.8%
1.0%
23.6%
Safflower
9.6%
12.6%
73.4%
0.2%
73.0%
Sesame
14.2%
39.7%
41.7%
0.3%
41.3%
Soybean
14.4%
23.3%
57.9%
6.8%
51.0%
Walnut
9.1%
22.8%
63.3%
10.4%
52.9%
Wheat germ
18.8%
16.6%
61.7%
6.9%
54.8%
Salmon
19.9%
29.0%
40.3%
1.1%
1.5%
13.0%
18.2%
 

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