My Favorite Recipes to Rock your DIY Hair Care, at Home.

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……In your quest for homemade alternatives to your favorite hair products, look no further than your pantry. That’s right, I said it — and I’m a professional hairstylist. I’ve been experimenting with at-home hair remedies for years, and I’m here to represent for the DIY enthusiasts in the house.

With a few ingredients you probably already have — or can easily get online or at your local Whole Foods — you can create your own arsenal of effective hair-care products that rival the ones you spend big bucks on at the salon. Make some room in your bathroom cabinets, babes, because this is an addictive hobby that’ll save you money and give you some new beautifying tricks.

This HTHG for R29 post is now live, check it out and learn to make all the products you need to rock your hair care routine at home!

ShamPHree Gift Guide

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Right now, we are offering free shipping on all kits and products through the New Year. Which is awesome. 10% of all our sales in December goes to Urban Artworks, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to empower young people and restore communities through public art. Also awesome.

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His and Hers Hair and Scalp Tonics are a wonderful gift for your brother and sister. So you can check them off the list;)7U6A1166

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We also have a few more of the Limited Edition Beautiful Hair Kit in stock, which includes the ShamPHree kit, Infused Beauty Vinegar, and a couple of our favorite styling products. These kits are running out fast, though, so get ‘em while you can.

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All of these lovely kits and products, and many more goodies, ready-to-ship now from the ShamPHree shop. Your friends and family will thank you, and the hair gods will shine upon you.

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PS. We have NJ hair combs in stock again in the HTHG boutique, ready for gifting.

Before I sign off, I want you to know that ShamPHree wouldn’t exist without all of your support and interest. I am eternally grateful. I hope you are enjoying a cheerful holiday season!

xoxo, HTHG

 

5 homemade hair health recipes!

Hi babes! This guest-post is from Mila, a UK hairdresser and writer. Get you Kitchen Beauty Alchemy tools out and let’s get it crackin.

5 home-made hair health recipes that will leave others wondering

Imagine this scene – you, at a party or a night out and one of your new friend asks you something like: “Wow, great hair. How do you keep it so healthy and shiny? My hair stylist swears by Oscar Blandi and Redken…”
and your response: “Eggs and avocado oil.”
I can vividly imagine that face and that dropped jaw because I’ve seen it happen. I am a professional hair stylist, but I’ve been dabbling a lot over the past few years in the all-natural hair nourishment.
I’ve seen some great results, and I am here to share.
Why does it make sense to experiment with home-made hair products?
A few reasons…
The manufacturer of the  products did not have YOU in mind when coming up with the products. What I am trying to say is that hair products are chunked into groups like for dry or for greasy hair.
But is the hair of all girls out there the same?
Of course not. Home made recipes allow you to experiment and adjust. A drop     more of this and a dash more of that and see how your hair reacts and, in time,     find that sweet spot that will lead to the kind of situation we described at the     beginning.
Most of the “good stuff” in hair products is herbal-based anyway but mixed with chemical concoctions that might be drying the life out of your hair. If you are one of those girls who seems to be chasing the elusive dream of healthy hair for years, then this might be your answer.
It saves you money
And in spite of what impression you might have right now, all of the recipes I am about to present take under 15 minutes to make.
Here’s what I’ll share in this article. My favorite home-made:
-Natural shampoo recipe
-Natural conditioner recipe
-Deep conditioning recipe
-Natural Leave-in recipe
-Natural hair detangler

So, let’s dive right in!

Natural egg shampoo

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 6.45.34 PM Eggs are super foods but not just alongside bacon or rye toast, but are just as great for your hair. Great moisturizing and nourishing leaves you with nice healthy and shiny hair.
The recipe:
Ingredients
2 whole eggs and one additional yolk
2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1.5 tbsp of honey
3 drops of olive oil
Application: Use a spray bottle to wet your hair with warm water. Apply the mixture evenly and leave it in for 2 minutes and then rinse, again, using warm water.

Avocado and mayo conditioner

This is one of the best examples of the simplicity of making the all-natural hair products. It takes 5 minutes to make, ingredients are common and it works wonders on dry hair. For optimal results, you can experiment with the amount of mayo used.
The recipe:
3/4 of a medium sized avocado
1 jar of homemade mayo (I use 16 oz jar)
Mix the ingredients well using a hand mixer until the mixture is evenly blended.
Application: Damp your hair and apply a generous amount of the mixture. Take some time to evenly and fully cover the strands of your hair and then cover it with a plastic cap. This way the nourishing ingredients will penetrate deeply into each strand.
Allow 20 minutes for this and rinse thoroughly with cool water.

Deep sesame conditioner
This recipe is not only great for the hair, it’s also great for your scalp. If you have a dandruff issue, now is the time to say your bye-byes.
The recipe:
1/3 cup of sesame seed oil
2.5 tbsp of Aloe Vera gel
0.5 tbsp of olive oil
3 drops of tea tree oil
1 cup of Greek yogurt

My favorite leave-in

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 6.44.49 PMI’ve seen this one in action many times, I use it personally and it “turns” the worst of skeptics and non-believers.
It’s a the Aloe Vera and Coco leave-in.
The recipe:
3/4 coconut water
1/2 Aloe Vera
6 drops of honeysuckle oil
Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle starting with the Aloe Vera gel. Gently shake the bottle until all the ingredients are well blended. Refrigerate it and shake well but gently before each use. I’ve seen best results when I apply it to damp, freshly washed hair.

My favorite all-natural detangler

If you have a naturally coily hair, you might find it that the use of conditioner alone is just not enough to detangle it well and that not even the best hair straightener does the trick of getting you the silky hair you are going for. Here is my favorite home-made detangler recipe:
I cannot always completely explain why something works and sometimes I don’t even try. With this one, I believe that it’s all the super beneficial protein that does the trick.
The recipe:
distilled water – 2 cups
1/4 of finely ground flax seed
8 drops of Grapefruit seed extract
Instructions:
Mix the water and the ground seeds and place on low heat. Stir it all the way until you get nice and consistent gel-like mass. Set it aside to cool.
Strain it through a fine sifter. This will remove the seeds residue. Then add the extract to the gel and stir gently until even. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Apply it directly to the knotted strands. Stored properly it can last up to 20 days so label the container to make things easier.
Final thoughts
I have to admit something – I was a skeptic about home-made hair stuff for a long time. It was my thinking that it’s a waste of time to mix, grate and sift like it’s the 19th century until one of my “hippie” friends practically forced me to try some of these things.
I was hooked up then and there.
When I think about it, I have clients whose hair just don’t respond well to anything we try. The problem might be in the added chemicals. So, the home-made recipes are not to be scorned. I’ve tried it and it just works.
And let’s not forget the fact that not everybody can afford Bumble and Bumble and similar products.
Try one of these and no matter what you think right now, you are bound to be surprised.
Take care

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Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 6.45.20 PMMila Withley is a hair stylist and an ex hair styling judge. She currently resides in the UK where she manages her two hair salons.
She is also the editor of the hairstraightenerjudge.com where she reviews the best hair straighteners on the market.

ShamPHree Shiny Dancer: Silicone-Free shine drops!

Friends, I’m quite certain that Morrocon oil is the most used hair product in the country right now. Do I know this for an absolute fact? No. But I do talk to a very wide range of people about their hair, every day, all over the world. And Morrocon Oil is the product I hear about the most.

Why? because it makes your hair soft and silky and it smells good. It gives immediate results. Who doesn’t like instant gratification?

My problem with Morrocon oil is the tell tail stain of silicone it leaves on my hands after I blow out hair with it. And the gradual dulling that happens to people’s hair as the silicone slowly builds up and seals out natural moisture, making them more dependent on silicone. Yuk. I’m into sustainable hair…..but…..I use this product all the time in the salon because people request it and no one has made a good natural alternative.

BAM! ShamPHree Shiny Dancer Silicone-free Shine Drops!

Babes, I went ahead and researched and tried every oil under the sun that works like Morrocon Oil but without the silicone buildup. And my search led me to Fractionated Coconut oil. You all already know that I use coconut oil for everything, right?

Check this out. Fractionated coconut oil is an extremely light-weight oil. In the fractionation process, the largest molecules are removed leaving behind an extremely refined oil with a potent moisture content. The small molecules that make up the oil are very easy for your hair to absorb.

Fractionated coconut oil is the perfect hair oil for all hair types……Light enough for fine hair, moisturizing enough for coarse curls. It gives a power punch of moisture without an oily coating, it rinses clean. The hair is left soft and supple with the shiny reflection of health and vitality.

Hold me closer, Shiny Dancer.

7U6A0355I am so thrilled to introduce you to a new lovely hair solution. Shiny Dancer, silicone free shine drops…..for silky, shiny, healthy, soft hair. For any and all hair types. Pure, clean, and simple hair oil with a yummy warm and earthy vanilla vetiver scent in a 2 oz dropper bottle. Now available in the ShamPHree shop for $18.95. #freeyourhair

xoxo, HTHG

3rd Day Bangs: Goodbye, oily bangs and limp 3rd day hair.

Does your hair get lank and oily or flat and boring by day 3? Do your bangs expose your hippie-hair ways? 3rd Day Bangs is your no-fuss, shower free hair pick me up. I am so excited about this one.

7U6A0394ShamPHree 3rd Day Bangs is my dream hair product, guys. I have been working on developing it for quite a while….The concept came to me literally in a dream. Packaging, blend, name, label. Out of my sub-conscious mind. It just made sense.

You all know I don’t leave home without my favorite hair powder, NEB’s natural hair powder. I decided to make my own version to share with my readers and shoppers. I created this Hair Powder/ Dry-Shampoo with a perfect blend of natural oil-soaking and texture giving powders in an easy to use pump-applicator brush to give you all an all-purpose on-the-fly purse sized no-mess hair solution.

7U6A0363What is it? A perfect blend of natural clays, light salts, raw silk powder, and invigorating peppermint essential oil in a powder form. Just pump the brush a couple times and brush it into your roots. Done. Dry ShamPHree powder!

3rd Day Bangs is now available in the ShamPHree shop! get it today for $14.95. You are going to love this stuff. #freeyourhair

xoxo, HTHG

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