(The Best Years in Life)
It isn't vain to take a little pride in
your appearance, but if you're trying to live a healthy, natural lifestyle you
don't want to spritz and smooth chemical-based hair products into the sensitive
skin on your head and near your face. You don't have to. There are simple,
easy-to-make products that will smooth frizzy hair and hold your style in place.
You can even customize your products to your type of hair, all without spending
a lot of time or money, or using toxic products.
Make a Natural Hair Spray for
Your Hair Type
is one of the most versatile hair care products with many uses, from holding
your bangs in place to stopping gravity from wrecking your overall 'do. Make
your own with just a piece of fruit and water.
gather a strainer, pot, spray bottle, distilled water, and either a lemon or an
orange. Oranges work better for dry hair. Slice your fruit into wedges and place
them in the pot with two cups of distilled water. Bring the water to a boil and
remove from heat when half the water has evaporated.
the liquid to cool and then use a strainer to get the liquid into the water
bottle. You definitely want to wait until the water cools so the hot water
doesn't melt the plastic bottle. Strain well so that little bits of pulp don't
get stuck in your spray bottle tube.
Do a test
spray on the back of your hand. Add more water if it feels sticky. You can store
the hair spray in your fridge for use up to a week.
Get Frizzy Hair Under
Frizzy is no
one's favorite look. All you need to combat embarrassing frizz in your straight
or wavy hair is a natural hair conditioner, some almond oil, and honey. Always
opt for organic ingredients.
Get a mixing
bowl and place half a cup of conditioner, a quarter cup of honey, and a
tablespoon of almond oil inside. Mix the ingredients well. Put the frizz
controller in your hair while it's damp. You can use a comb to make sure the
mixture blends evenly. Wait twenty minutes and then wash your hair.
If you have
curly hair instead, you can use aloe vera to fight frizz. Although you can buy
natural aloe vera gel, using a fresh piece of aloe plant works even better.
Flax Seeds as Hair Gel
seem strange to think of flax seeds as a main ingredient for something as strong
as hair gel, but it works great and is completely natural. And no, you won't
have little bits of seeds in your hair. The flax seed hair gel also has a
smoothing effect that is great for coarse and curly hair.
Heat up a
cup of distilled water and a quarter cup of raw flax seeds in a saucepan until
it boils. Lower heat until the water simmers for at least ten minutes. Stir with
a wooden utensil, not metal. You should start seeing a gel-like substance in the
pan. Keep cooking until the water evaporates and you're left with what looks
like regular hair gel.
liquid over a cheesecloth to get out the seed husks. The gel might not get
through the cheesecloth easily, but you can squeeze the cloth a bit to push the
gel through. The thicker the gel, the better the hold, but if you're hair is
exceptionally curly you might want to remove the mixture from heat earlier, when
it's a little more liquidy.
gel in a glass container and put it in your fridge. It should be good for about
three weeks. The gel works on both dry and wet hair.
These simple recipes for natural hair products
can save you money and might be less damaging to your hair than store-bought
products. You can customize them if you'd like by adding a little essential oil
for an aromatherapy benefit, but don't use anything that irritates your skin.
Sárka-Jonae Miller is a health and fitness expert. She began working in the
fitness industry in 2000 while pursuing a BS in journalism at Syracuse
University. She became certified as a personal fitness trainer and group
exercise instructor in 2003. She has also received training in massage therapy.
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