As I have mentioned before, my hair and scalp have the tendency to get dry and frizzy. Boo! I have written before about my regular essential oil scalp treatment, but from time to time it’s also good to treat my mane with a full on hair mask. I can’t even tell you how good this feels on your scalp when it’s cold! After it leaves your hair shiny and moisturized and if you have dandruff or a flaky scalp, this really helps nourish your skin at the roots of your hair. Since your roots at the scalp are the only part of your hair that is actually living, it’s a very important part to take care of!
Right before my shower (and after my muscle repair smoothie…note I used the other half of my banana for this), I whipped together a little DIY hair mask made of all natural ingredients found in my pantry. I mean, it’s basically good enough to eat, so you technically could give it a try.
Lemon and yogurt are good for dry scalp and are known to get rid of dandruff. The acidity of lemon can dry out your hair, but honey and coconut oil help counteract that by moisturizing. Oatmeal is known for helping get rid of itchiness and dryness as well, while also promoting hair growth. Just make sure you wash all the oatmeal out of your hair completely, or it will look like flakes too! That’s why it’s best to use it pre-cooked.
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons yogurt
1 tablespoon naturally refined coconut oil
1 tablespoon cooked oatmeal
Add all ingredients together and blend like a smoothie. Pour into a cup you’ll bring into the shower with you. Get your hair wet, and then part your hair, pouring a little of the mask directly onto your scalp. Massage it in, then move your hair to a new part and pour more. Continue this until your scalp is completely covered, then if you have extra, lather into the remaining hair. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes. This is a good time to shave your legs or chill in the bathtub! Then rinse out with lukewarm (not hot) water. Proceed to wash your hair like normal with a mild shampoo and conditioner.Read More
Since my hair is the longest it’s been since my sophomore year of college, I braid it a lot to keep it out of my face. Plus big, thick, intricate braids are trendy right now, so bonus! When I wear it out and about different ways, I get a lot of people asking how I did it or how I do certain types of braids, so I wanted to start a “how to braid” series where I can show you easy step-by-step tutorials for various braids and hairstyles. First up, fishtail braids since it’s one of my faves and one that seems to intimidate the most people.
Now I should start by saying I am not one of those people that can just do every hairstyle with ease, so don’t be intimidated! A lot of people will look at different things I’ve done and say “well I could never do that to my hair because I suck at doing hair.” Stop. Just stop it. My hair is thick and coarse and kind of hard to work with, so it takes me a minute to try new styles, too.
I love the look of fishtail braids because they are so pretty and intricate, but for the longest time I looked at various video hair tutorials and I could never quite get the hang of it without it falling out two seconds later. Then I needed a mirror to redo it, which never worked! Finally I figured out how to move my hands to make it stick, and could do it without watching myself by the next day. Below is a little video of my fishtail braid hair tutorial. Be sure to subscribe to my channel as I’ll be sharing more coming soon!Read More
Now that I’m at the end of my twenties (yes, lovelies, I am turning the big 3-0 this year) I have an emphasized need to take care of my skin. I have been pretty good wearing sunscreen, washing my face, and moisturizing until I had my son two years ago and while I do it as much as I can, I’m not quite as diligent. Damn kids.
Anyway, I learned this secret from a random lady back when I was a young little thang in college. Rewind to my 20-year-old self working the skincare and makeup counter and this cute older lady pulls me aside to whisper her secret to young looking skin that she had used nightly since her twenties. Before she told me she asked me how old I thought she was and in my head I guessed maybe early 60s…this woman was 84, people! I listened in. She told me every night she would prick a vitamin E capsule and use the oil inside on her face. It tightened and healed her skin and kept it pliable and young.
I have used this on and off since, but I got sick of opening a capsule all the time so I just bought this little dropper bottle off Amazon for $13.
To apply, at night just get a little bit of oil (seriously a little goes a long way) and apply to your “problem areas” or where you can tell your skin is thinning or wrinkling. I primarily use it right under my eyes and a teeny bit on my forehead. I wipe and excess on my neck, just for good measure. Then I will add a small layer of moisturizer on top just so I don’t feel so greasy going to bed. By morning the skin in that area absorbs it and you wake up feeling tighter and like your skin is moisturized and less prone to wrinkles.
Just remember, skin care is number one! The more you do when you’re young, the easier time you’ll have as you age. It’s a lot easier to care for good skin than it is to repair damaged skin so be good to yourselves!Read More