DIY dry shampoo

Everyone has a ‘dry shampoo’ in their kitchen cupboard, just not everyone knows about it! So next time, instead of buying one, try using flour. You’ll be surprised how well it works. And this trick is not something new, women have been using flour for ages to mask unwashed hair. I use flour for my hair from time to time and it really works.

It especially helps when you overslept or stayed over at your friend’s, but have to rush to work and just don’t have the time to wash your hair.

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How it works? Well, it can’t be any simpler. All you need to do is dust your palms with a pinch of flour and work it into your scalp. Clap your hands to get rid of extra flour if you think you grabbed too much. Repeat it a couple of time depending on the thickness of your hair. I repeat 2-3 times.

You can also use your cosmetic brush. Dip it into the flour, gently shake to remove excess flour and carefully work it into your scalp. Comb your hair and go.

Don’t worry, the flour won’t be visible in your hair, unless you overdo it. It will absorb the oils and leave your hair looking fresh, no one will ever notice! And it lasts all day.

If you like, add a drop of your favourite essential oil into the flour, mix it well and keep your ‘dry shampoo’ in a glass container with a lid.

Try it and give your hair a break from washing it every day. And remember, the more you wash your hair, the greasier it gets!

Honey hair mask

What do you have in your ‘Spa at home’ cupboard? My kit usually contains honey, sugar, clay and lemon. Affordable and effective stuff. Sometimes that’s all you need to give yourself a little boost, right?

The hair mask I treated my hair to yesterday is currently my number one. All you need is a squeeze of honey! You can also add a dash of juice of a fresh lemon, but I just use honey! Can it get any easier?! And so natural! Honey is glossed on your already washed hair, so you don’t really wash off the goodness of the honey with a detergent (shampoo).

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Here’s what you need:

2-3 tbs honey (you can use more if your hair is very long)

optional: 2-3 tbs juice of a fresh lemon

If using lemon, mix the two ingredients together. Wash your hair normally. Squeeze the excess water out and rub the mixture into your hair concentrating on your hair tips.  Keep it on for about 15-20 minutes. You can cover it with a shower cap. Rinse with warm water and don’t worry, your hair won’t be sticky. Don’t forget to splash your hair with cool water after washing the mask out. Dry your hair naturally, or blow dry, if you do. You will notice the shine and softens. Honey is the natural humectant and will keep your hair moisturised and soft while lemon provides that beautiful shine.

I’d say use this mask twice a week if using lemon juice. I just use honey. It works great.

Have you used a honey hair mask? Did you like it? Leave a comment below.

Hot towel hair mask

Have you ever treated your hair to a hot towel mask? Here is what you need:

1 towel

hot water

juice of 1/2 fresh lemon

1-2 tbs honey

1-2 tbs almond oil

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 Make the mask first. I just used basic ingredients that everyone has in their kitchen. You can substitute almond oil with good quality olive oil or just use honey on its own.

My hair tends to overproduce its natural oils (hence the ‘no shampoo’ hair challenge) so lemon works lovely here, it kind of controls the production of oil for a while and makes my hair shiny. I added a little bit of almond oil to moisturise my hair and the honey here works as a natural conditioner.

Now that you have your hair mask ready, let’s get started. Run the hot tap or boil some water in the kettle. Be careful with the hot water and don’t burn your hands, make hand bearable temperature, not boiling hot. Soak your towel in the hot water while applying your hair mask.

Massage the mask into your damp hair and scalp. Get the towel out of the hot water, wring it well and cover your hair. Keep the towel on for about 15-20 minutes. Relax. Shampoo as usual.

Natural hair conditioning mask: coconut & honey

I’ve been praising, tweeting, blogging and talking about coconut for days; how tasty it is to cook with or how lovely it feels on the skin. I have finally tried frying pancakes with coconut oil and they were delicious!  And now is the time to share another recipe with you, my lovely readers.

Personally to me, coconut oil is the best hair treatment I could find. Ever. It’s heaven for dry and damaged hair as it helps them to regrow faster and healthier. Look for pure and unrefined oil, without any additives and forget about all  the expensive cosmetic products.

Coconut oil protects your hair and makes it look full and dense. It seals the hair from inside and retains the internal moisture that way keeping your hair moisturised, silky and shiny. It also helps to heal your scalp from dandruff.

The oil is beneficial not only to your hair, but also to your skin and overall health. I make sure I cook more with coconut oil and use it in my daily routine. Body scrubs and lotions made from this oil are absolutely lush!

Honey in this loooovely hair mask will nourish your hair. It’s a natural humectant – has the ability to attracts the moisture from outside and helps to retain it in your hair. It’s brilliant, cheap and natural!

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1-2 tsp virgin coconut oil (use less for short hair)

1tsp honey

5 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)

In a small dish, combine the oil with honey. Mix the ingredients well until you get a smooth paste. And… well, it’s ready to use! Smooth it over your damp hair and keep the mask on for about 20-30 minutes. Shampoo. Easy, inexpensive and very effective! I tend to keep this mask for longer than half an hour, sometimes I would sit with the mask in my hair all morning!

Add peppermint essential oil. It has regenerative properties and promotes hair growth leaving it greatly revitalised.

Home spa day

I was just wondering… do you have a spa day at home? Do you honestly stick to your routine? It’s really interesting what kind of beauty procedures people do to maintain radiant and clear skin, sleek and shiny hair… I keep thinking is it enough to just choose one day and try to keep up with the regime?  Isn’t it great to wake up on a Saturday morning and immerse ourselves into a natural, orange and vanilla scented beauty routine!

I start my spa day with 2 cups of water (just like every day) to clear my body from all the build up. I then look into the fridge and cupboards to see what do I have in my kitchen I could use…  I like making different hair masks every week, different sugar/salt body scrubs (I noticed that lately I have been using mainly salty ones) and I always stick to my clay face masks. I am telling you, clay face masks are so miraculous and effective, clearing, gently exfoliating, nourishing and powerful, that I just can’t get enough of them!

Let’s start with a Homemade hair mask. When I was little, my mum always washed my hair with egg yolks. I never had any dandruff until, in my teens, I started using lots of and I mean lots of, so fashionable and so damaging, hair spray! The best thing about this mask is that it’s so easily made and the ingredients are so simple.

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1-2 egg yolks (depending on your hair length)

2 tbsp of honey

1 tsp of dried/fresh rosemary

 1/4 cup of olive oil, or any other oil. It’s great if you have some coconut oil!

1 tsp of apple cider vinegar.

In a double boiler, pour the oil and add the rosemary. Heat it up a little bit until the herb releases its oils and gorgeous flavour. Sieve the oil and cool it down.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs with a hand mixer or a whisk. Slowly pour the oil while mixing. Add the vinegar and there, you have a lovely home made mayonnaise! Finally mix in the honey. Egg yolks have a good foaming ability so it will be very easy to rub the mask into your hair. Apply the mask to your damp hair and wash it out well after 20 minutes.

While the mask is nurturing our hair, let’s quickly mix up some Salty orange & vanilla body scrub. 

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2 tbs of sea salt

1 cup cup coconut (or any other) oil

5-10 drops of orange and vanilla essential oils

Grind the salt and mix it with the oil. Add the essential oils. Can you smell it? Gorgeous scrub!

Try this delightful, nourishing and refreshing honey & cream clay face mask. I didn’t have any fruit to mix the clay with this time, but the honey and double cream was all I needed! Add a fresh strawberry and it will be simply mind blowing! I wish I could keep it on for longer than 10 minutes! But that, unfortunately, will not do us any good! As much as it can be enjoyable, clay face mask will draw the moisture out if left on for too long! So be aware, enjoy it and wash it off!

Clay mask

2 tbsp of blue clay (you may use your favourite)

1 tbsp double cream

1 tbsp honey

Add the cream and the honey to the clay and mix well until you form a nice and smooth paste. Please don’t use any metal while using clay as it tends to draw all the chemicals out of metal equipment. For the best results, use a plastic spoon and a glass bowl. Apply the mask to your clean skin and off to the shower after 10 minutes!