This is the second post in my Homemade Beauty series – you can find the first post here. Here I will be trying out a couple of recipes for your hair. I have a love/hate relationship with my hair and it’s in the HATE phase of our relationship. It’s too short and in the horrible growing out stage. There are lots of grey hairs in the mix. And it just looks dull and lifeless after a failed attempt at going blonde last year.
So I had planned on making a Avocado-Honey Revitalizing Hair Treatment which is meant to nourish and strengthen hair.. But my avocado wasn’t ripe! (If you want me to try out this recipe when I have ripe avocados please let me know in the comments below.)
Instead I went with:
Honey-Banana Shine Mask
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
Mash banana until completely smooth (This is REALLY important as I find out), and stir in honey and apple cider vinegar. Ensure that your ingredients are totally blended to allow for proper distribution. Apply mixture to shampooed hair, and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, and follow with conditioner.
Honey and banana are great hydrators which help with shine and the apple cider vinegar takes that shine to the next level. As I was making this mixture both my boys were wailing for attention so the mash until completely smooth part of the recipe turned into mash until fairly lumpy… I just used my hands to chuck it on and rubbed it into my hair hoping to get rid of some of the lumps. FYI I would make a double batch if you have really long hair. After 15 minutes I attempted to wash it out. That stuff did not want to come out easily and there are lumps of banana still in my shower stall. I conditioned which helped get more of it out and I thought I had done a good job until I looked in the mirror. Big chunks of banana still all through my hair! I used a comb to get most of it out, but I can still even now feel some stuck to my skull. As for shine, I think it did a pretty good job. My hair definitely felt hydrated and had the pleasing aroma of banana! So a note for next time, MASH THAT BANANA REAL GOOD.
The other recipe I wanted to do will suit you lucky ladies coming into summer:
Hair-Lightening Citrus Mist
2 Cups distilled water
Juice of 2 lemons, strained
2 teaspoons unrefined virgin coconut oil
20 drops of chamomile essential oil
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle, Shake throughly, and spritz over your hair before sun exposure. Repeat application every 2 hours.
This mist helps enhance the sun’s hair-lightening effect and refreshes and cools. And it works! I spritzed this on my hair before going for a walk and by the time I got back home the front of my hair, where it is lighter due to previous foils, was looking a lot lighter than before I left! This will be a great little addition to your bag if you are going to the beach or spending the day out doors.
In the last instalment I will try out some skin care recipes for your body – there are so many options to choose from! Scrubs, body butter, hand cream, foot treatment, body wash, sun screen… I am very excited about this one. I will have fun trying them out over the Easter long weekend, so will have the post ready for you on Tuesday!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter break filled with love, family and chocolate!
I purchased the book Homemade Beauty by Annie Strolle at Biome Eco Stores.
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