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

Introducing ShamPHree Infused Beauty Vinegar…

Flowers and hair get married with beautiful results. Introducing Infused Beauty Vinegar!

7U6A9987 Hi dears. I am really really jazzed about a couple different things right now. The first thing is that I am officially Auntie Rox to baby Sebastian James Barajas (Bash for short.)

The next exciting thing is that Spring is upon us, and I am chock full of inspiration for pretty hair posts featuring FLOWERS. I’m obsessed with hair and flowers together. I’ve worn flowers in my hair since I was fresh out my mama and I will never stop. I posted about it a couple years ago and it seems that all of the sudden, flowers are an en vogue and acceptable everyday hair accessories.

IMG_8579And I’m not talking about flower crowns. I’m talking fresh wild flowers, picked off of bushes, worked into braids, buns, and pinned into the hair all willy nilly. Sometimes it takes the world a minute to catch on to the most obvious beauty statements.

IMG_8589Flowers, like hair, grow naturally wild and beautiful. Especially if you care for them. They are an organic manifestation of vitality. hair and flowers work together, magical things happen.

I have some exciting news about flowers and hair at HTHG. I have spent the last year experimenting with infusing flowers and herbs and using them in my hair. I have tried different combinations with different results. After some trial and triumph, I have achieved Total Babe Hair with the combination of my favorite beauty herbs and flowers infused in organic raw Apple Cider Vinegar.7U6A0474

Ladies and Gents, I present to you ShamPHree Infused Beauty Vinegar, an Infusion of ACV with chamomile, hibiscus, burdock, horsetail, peppermint, and lavender and essential oils of rose, orange, and sage.

For the hair……

vin4This powerful natural beauty remedy can be used in your ShamPHree routine for added shine, body, and strength in the hair. It is INCREDIBLE for curly, coarse dry hair and brittle ends.

It is also a wonderful conditioner for finer hair that gets weighed down easily because it smooths the cuticle and adds shine without leaving any buildup on the hair.

Dry scalp issues and dandruff? Your days are over with Infused Beauty VInegar.

To use it, I mix it with water in my ShamPHree bottles and apply it to my hair, let it sit a couple minutes, and rinse.

For the face…….

I use it as my after cleansing facial toner to refine and brighten my skin and it makes an immediate visible difference.

For the body……

I add a couple of cap fulls to my bath to sooth and revive my skin. It is great for treating skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and itchy dry skin.

Since I perfected the recipe, this Infused Beauty Vinegar has become a staple in my overall beauty routine.

7U6A0345ShamPHree Infused Beauty Vinegar is now available in the ShamPHree shop.

I make it in small batches, so get yours today before it runs out. You will love it:)

Infused Beauty Vinegar is the first beauty remedy I am releasing from a line of 3 simple, natural ShamPHree hair lifestyle products. So stay tuned for more exclusive ShamPHree natural hair care solutions!

Get your 16 oz of natural hair and skin vitality today for $18.95 in the ShamPHree shop. #freeyourhair

 

xoxo, HTHG

DIY Henna gloss treatment, 101

7U6A7019Hey there guys. How are you all? I’m pretty good. I’m just sittin in my little blogging corner in the window of the gallery at Vain Beautyworld, waiting for my next client to come in for a touch up trim. I just took a sip of my coffee and their was a long hair floating in it. #hairdresserproblems

Today, I have some info to share with you about Henna.

My first henna experience was a disaster. But it was not the henna’s fault. I can blame no one but myself. I put henna on top of my hair that had been bleached with Sun-in and permed, and henna turned my hair green.

I have shied away from the fine green powder since then. I’ve encountered henna-d hair in the salon many times, and had to explain to clients that when you want to color over henna, there is just no telling what can happen. Sometimes, it is no problem. Sometimes, hair melts off. A strand test is a MUST.

The outcome of henna on previously colored hair is totally dependent on several things……. Is the henna pure or cut with other ingredients? ( If it is advertised as anything other than ‘red,’ it has other ingredients that can react strangely when applied on hair that has been previously color treated.) Does your hair have buildup from very soft or hard water? has your hair been treated with other chemicals in the past? Again, a strand test is a MUST when using henna over color treated hair, or when trying to color over henna. It is not impossible to have good results, but it is better safe than sorry. #strandtest


For the first time in my life my hair is all natural, with a tiny bit of bleach on some ends. I had been reading a lot about henna on Natural Hair blogs. I liked what I read about using henna as a gloss and moisturizing treatment rather than a color. What finally got me on board was Curly Nikki,  who swears by henna treatments to strengthen and add shine to her curls. She convinced me to try it in her book Better Than Good Hair.

henna color“….Henna also helps protect hair from sun damage. As a matter of fact, Henna has gained commercial leverage as a hair conditioner and to stimulate hair growth; scientific studies have even proven that Henna is a better hair conditioner than other commercial conditioners. Regular use texturizes hair, giving it more body and making it visibly fuller.”

-Mountain Rose Herbs

How does henna work?

Henna is another name for a Lawsonia plant. When activated with water, powdered Lawsonia produces a red-orange pigment that bonds to the cuticle of the hair and coats it, much like a protein treatment with added color. The longer it stays on the hair and skin, the more pigment it leaves behind, thus the redder it will be and the longer it will stick around. Here is a bit more on the subject.

Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 10.53.44 AMA light henna treatment will coat the hair gently to strengthen it and leave behind a subtle, translucent red gold shade. To the experienced hair color-er, a good solid 8WG.

I decided to try a henna gloss treatment. Here is what I learned…..

Henna is kind of magical. Henna is messy. Henna will stain your hands. I like how it smells, you might not. Henna is weird to apply, and next time I will use conditioner instead of oil to give it more slip for an easier application.

beforeAll of this said, it was an adventure, I felt like Cleopatra applying herb paste to my head, and I loved the results. I have done it 3 more times since! Here is a before and after, which shows you the subtle red prettiness and shine that the henna imparted which was the perfect winter hair perk up. The color has faded back to my natural with just a whisper of extra gold, which I’m totally cool with. I did a little ombre on my ends the other day, and It was no problem. BUT, I did do a strand test first, to be sure:)

What you need for a henna gloss treatment?

Step 1.

A plastic color bowl and brush.

Apple Cider Vinegar.

A measuring spoon or scoop.

Honey.

Your favorite hair oil ( I used my Beautiful Curls hair oil which I love.)

Hot water.

Saran wrap or a processing cap.

A scrub brush for your hands.

Henna ( I used Avigal, which is a great quality henna that comes in many shades and is easy to mix. I ordered it from Amazon, and it came 2 days later in a 17 oz can that was lovely to behold. )

 

 How to do a Henna Gloss treatment

henna

Step 2. Use your scoop to measure 3 tablespoons of henna powder with 1 tablespoon of hot water.

Step 3. Mix in your color bowl with your color brush.

Step 4. Measure 1 tablespoon of hair oil.

Step 5. Mix it into your henna.

Step 6. Measure 1/2 tablespoon of Vinegar. Mix it in.

Step 7. Measure one spoonful of honey.

Step 8. Mix it in.

Step 9. Mix everything into a smooth thin paste.

 

Applying Henna

hennaapplyFolks, It seems there is no easy or mess-free way to apply henna. Don’t let that stop you though, just be prepared for a bit of clean-up and have a good scrub brush and soap ready to thoroughly brush your hands off after applying your henna so that they don’t get stained!

Step 1. Begin by brushing to the henna into your roots at your hairline. Avoid getting it on the skin around your face, it will stain.

Step 2. Apply it to the roots on the sides.

Step 3. Apply it to the roots along the back hairline.

Step 4. Starting in the front on one side, work henna through small sections of hair, starting at the roots, pulling it all the way through the ends.

Step. 5 Work your way around the head, applying henna through small sections.

Step 6. Once done applying it through small sections, make sure the ends are all well covered.

Step 7. Check all throughout, making sure there are no dry spots.

Step 8. Admire yourself for a moment. Not often do we get to rub mud on our own heads.

Step 9. Gather all the hair in the back and twist it into a bun.

Step 10. Cover hair with processing cap or wrap Saran wrap around your head.

Step  9. Scrub hands thoroughly with soap.

Now, put a beanie over your plastic wrapped head and let the henna sit for a 1/2 to an hour. Depending on how much color you want. For a very deep red, leave the henna on over night.

When you are ready, jump in the shower and rinse the hair really well. Use a castille soap like Dr. Bronners to wash the remaining henna out of the hair. Finish with an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.

xoxo, HTHG

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