Beautiful and healthy Hair

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Wash and dry your hair carefully to prevent tangles and damage. If you wash and towel dry your hair too vigorously you’ll damage your hair before you even begin to style! When washing your hair, use your finger tips to gently rub your scalp. Don’t scrub. To dry your hair pat and squeeze dry with a towel.
Make sure you are using brushes which are appropriate for your hair type and your hair length. Use brushes with rounded ends to prevent damage. Brush your hair gently and only when necessary.

Maintain your hair with pride and consistency. Depending on the length and style, have it trimmed appropriately. If you wear your hair short, have the style refreshed every 3-4 weeks. If you are growing your hair longer, have it trimmed every 6-8 weeks to remove split ends.

Make sure to eat enough protein. Since the hair shaft is composed of a protein called keratin, a diet low in protein is a triggering factor for brittle hair. You need at least two to three daily servings of protein (tofu, soy milk, beans and peas, nuts and nut butters) for hair that’s manageable and healthy.

Egg Shampoo
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp olive oil
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• 1 Tbsp castile soap
• 1/2 cup water or herbal tea
• 5 Drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)

Combine all in blender and whip until smooth. Shampoo with mixture using warm, not hot water for the shampoo and rinse. Store any remaining shampoo in the refrigerator for use the next day.

Each time you shampoo your hair gently massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers in a circular motion, this will encourage a healthy scalp so increase shine and condition as well as encouraging growth.

Use a hot oil treatment once or twice a week. Deep conditioning can help keep hair manageable. Warm one tablespoon of jojoba, avocado or olive oil in the palm of your hand; massage into hair; place a plastic shower cap over your head for 30 to 60 minutes; rinse out with a gentle shampoo.

Once layers get quite long, comb in a zigzag parting. This will create body and make growing out layers work for you rather than against you.

Many fruits and vegetables can be used as natural hair products. Mashed avocado and mayonnaise are great moisturizers for dry hair, and whipped eggs and yogurt (one egg to three teaspoons of yogurt) give hair great luster. Just massage them into the hair, place a shower cap over your hair for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse off with a gentle shampoo.

Herbal Shampoo
• 1/4 cup of your favorite herbal tea
• 8 oz liquid castile soap
Add soap to tea. Stir over low heat until well blended. Store in a capped bottle.

Protein Shampoo
• 1 bar baby soap, shaved
• 4 quarts bottled water
• 2 slightly beaten eggs
• 1 tsp. of your favorite cologne
• 1 tsp. powdered borax
Dissolve soap in boiling water. Let cool. Add eggs and borax. Stir to mix thoroughly. Save in a tightly sealed bottle.
Shampoo every other day or less frequently, if possible, unless you exercise regularly or work outdoors. Excess shampooing strips natural oils from the hair.
Choose healthy habits for your hair. Any habits that damage your body also damage your hair. Exercise, eat well and avoid smoking and alcohol, or at least cut back. Your hair is just one part of the holistic you.
Use the right styling products for your hair style. Understand the differences between a mousse and a styling gel or a spray on gel.
Mousses are generally used on damp, towel dried hair for volume and control.
Extra body mousses give more volume and extra hold mousses offer more control. Gels are typically used on damp, towel dried hair to sculpt hair and help build style and structure. Gels can help make straight hair wavy and wavy hair smooth. Gel, applied near the roots of your hair, can help you style your hair in whatever direction you desire.

Homemade Hair Spray
Chop 2 lemons, add 2 cups water, and simmer in a pan over low heat until lemons are quite soft. Cool, and then strain through cheesecloth. Pour into a spray bottle, add 1 Tbsp vodka, and shake. Dilute with water if too sticky.

Frizzy Hair Treatment
• 1 cup water
• 1/2 cup vinegar
• 1/2 cup oatmeal water
To make oatmeal water, soak 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 cheesecloth. Rinse your hair with this mixture to help keep frizzy hair away.
Let your hair air dry whenever possible. Blow-drying can dry out the hair and damage it even more, as can hot rollers and curling irons. If you’re in a rush and have to blow dry your hair, use the dryer on the lowest, coolest setting.
Soothing Herbal Hair Rinse

Combine equal parts of dried rosemary, comfrey, witch hazel leaves and nettles to make about 1/2 cup. Add to 2 cups of water in a covered pot. Bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and let steep overnight. Strain. Shampoo and rinse hair then use herb tea for a final rinse to relieve itchy, flaky scalp.
A daily 5-10-minute head massage can promote blood flow to the scalp, enhancing the quality of your hair. Using your fingertips, work over the surface of the scalp, temples and back of the head, applying pressure in circular movements. Turn your head upside down and give it a good brushing from the scalp to the
ends, which stimulates the scalp and spreads natural oils through the hair. Brush it the right way: Tilt head downward to bring nourishing blood to the scalp. Begin at the roots and work in sections, dividing the brushed from the unbrushed. Twenty five strokes will do it.
Your brush giving you static? Keep your brush squeaky clean. Wash it with a drop of shampoo and warm water and no more fly-always!
Adding either lavender or rosemary essential oil to your final rinse is claimed to add glossiness. A little vinegar will also close the hair cuticles.
Don’t pull your hair back into a tight ponytail or braid. Styles like these can damage dry, brittle hair even further.
Wash and rinse your hair as soon as possible after swimming. If salt water dries on your hair, it can cause mineral deposits to build up so wash your hair thoroughly. Chlorine will damage your hair more the longer it stays in.
Dry or oily hair? If you have dry hair and scalp, rinse in very warm water. Hot water stimulates oil production, so if your hair is oily, cool water is recommended.
After washing your hair always blot dry with a towel never rub as this causes friction and unbalances the cuticles making it appear dull and sometimes frizzy.

Mayonnaise Conditioner
To recondition the hair, shampoo hair with homemade shampoo or a shampoo from the natural foods store. Rinse and towel dry. Apply real mayonnaise to the hair. Massage in. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, shampoo again lightly and rinse with an apple cider vinegar and water solution.
Use a shower filter. This will reduce your water’s chlorine and minerals, which can create a film on hair, giving it a lackluster appearance.
To make hair shine eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eaten raw they are especially beneficial. Include these in your diet everyday and your hair will shine.
Detangle your hair before you wash it. Wet hair is very fragile so brush your hair thoroughly before getting into the shower.
If in a morning you wake up and your hair is frizzy at the back try sleeping on a silk pillow this should help.
Turn your head upside down and give it a good brushing from the scalp to the ends, which stimulates the scalp and spreads natural oils through the hair.
Brush it the right way: Tilt head downward to bring nourishing blood to the scalp. Begin at the roots and work in sections, dividing the brushed from the unbrushed. Twenty five strokes will do it.
Flyaway hair: Mix 1/2 mashed avocado with 1 tablespoon mayonnaise and apply to fresh washed hair. Leave on 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly. You can use this once a week.
If you lay on a bed on your back and hang your head over the edge this will encourage the blood to flow to your scalp promoting healthy shiny hair and it is said to help the hair grow thicker and quicker.
Run out of conditioner? Use facial moisturizer just on the areas that need it if you are in a pinch.
Avoid perms and hair straightens. They can dry out and damage delicate hair. If you like your hair highlighted or colored, go for natural hair color, made from vegetable- and mineral-based dyes with essential oils.
Round face: Pulling your hair back will only emphasize roundness. If your hair is short, wear styles that are fuller at the crown. If your hair is long, wear it fuller at the neck to detract from roundness.
Square face: A wispy sweep of bangs across the brow will soften your face.
Always think softness. Curls or waves will detract away from the angles of your face.
Always wear a cap when swimming. Chlorine and salt water dry out the hair and can alter the color of chemically treated hair.
Get perm curls back by scrunching those curls with a palm full of mousse, wrinkling your hair as you go and your curls will be back!
Dull hair: mix 1/3 cup vodka with 1/3 cup of your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual. Your hair will shine.