Homegrown Hair Remedies
Dry hair? Dull? Brittle and breaking off all over the place? Using too much heat, the wrong products, and/or harsh chemicals are common ways of destroying your hair without realizing it.
In addition to being gentler to your hair, getting enough rest and eating healthy foods rich with vitamin E and Omega-3, Black hair often needs some extra attention and lots of love. In particular, Black hair can generally use all the moisture it can get.
You probably already know the general product rules for your best hair: Look for creamy shampoos and conditioners with moisture-maximizing ingredients like shea butter, olive oil and/or jojoba oil. Don’t be afraid of treatment oils and deep conditioners that you can apply one or twice a week for even deeper moisture and repair.
But what hair beautifiers and problem solvers can you find right in your kitchen?
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Home Hair Remedies
Egg yolk, which contains protein, essential vitamins and fatty acids, is a very popular, inexpensive and easy dry/damaged hair remedy.
1. Instead of (or mixed into) your regular conditioner, massage two beaten egg yolks into your hair.
2. Rinse out and enjoy instant sheen.
Avocado & Egg
The combination of avocado and egg replenishes moisture.
1. Mash an overripe avocado until it looks ready for guacamole.
2. Mix in one beaten egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
3. Massage into damp hair, tuck under a shower cap, and leave on for 15 minutes to an hour.
4. Rinse, shampoo and condition as usual.
Lemon is very well know as an instant detoxifier and brightener.
1. Combine the juice of one lemon and one cup of water.
2. Use the mixture as a final rinse after shampooing to brighten dull locks.
Coconut & Honey
Coconut oil has a wonderful effect on the healthy hair and skin, and this mask will protect and hydrate your hair.
1. Take a large bowl, pour in it a little of your regular conditioner then add some honey and finally coconut milk to it. Leave the mixture cool down, for 2 days in the refrigerator.
2. It will solidify and you will be able to apply it to your hair more easily.
3. Begin massaging it into your scalp with the tip of your fingers.
4. Leave it for 40-45 minutes then rinse it off.
5. Repeat the process every two months.
Olive Oil & Honey
This is an outstanding homemade deep conditioner!
1. Combine one tbsp. of olive oil and one tbsp. of honey.
2. Completely melt the mixture in the microwave for a maximum of one minute.
3. Remove the conditioning treatment from the microwave and stir it to further blend.
4. Section your hair into manageable parts and begin applying the mixture. Make sure to spread it from your roots to the hair tips. Continue covering your hair with the mixture until there’s none left.
5. Place a plastic cap over your hair and sit under a hair dryer for 30 minutes. If you’d prefer to limit the amount of extra heat, warm a towel and cover your head with it for 45 minutes.
6. Finish the process by rinsing it out and styling as usual.
Egg & Honey
This conditioner does moisurizing and strengthening double-duty!
1. Take the yolk of one egg in a bowl and add one tablespoon of honey, half a teaspoon almond oil and one tablespoon yogurt.
2. Mix well to form a paste.
3. Apply it thoroughly onto the hair and scalp.
Rosemary & Olive Oil
1. Treat your hair to this hot oil treatment to replenish lost nutrients. Combine a 1/2 cup of rosemary leaves and a 1/2 cup of olive oil into a plastic container.
2. Heat the mixture in a microwave for one minute. Make sure that the oil is not too hot for your scalp before applying.
3. Before you apply the condition remove rosemary leaves.
4. Part your hair in several areas and begin applying the rosemary olive oil. Saturate the strands with the mixture from the roots to the tips of your hair.
5. After the application, wrap a towel around your head for 15 minutes.
6. Rinse your hair to remove any excess oil and for easier styling. Perform this treatment twice a month to promote a healthy scalp and hair growth.
In addition to trying any and all of the above hair treatments, ensure that you’re also taking care of ALL of you – your hair is only as healthy as you are.
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Diet Foods That Aren’t Worth The Money
(BlackDoctor.org) — There’s so much diet information out there, isn’t there? So many ways of approaching your own personal diet plan. Too many diet food choices.
…and too many foods that aren’t even worth your time and/or money, that can more than likely add more fat and sugar than you need…and cost you more.
What are some of the top useless “healthy” foods?
1. “Healthy” Eggs
Bad Idea: Veggie Quiche
Most of these tend to include eggs nestled in a pastry shell. These shells generally contain a lot of saturated fat. The USDA recommends you consume no more than 20 grams of saturated fat a day, and this one dish is nearly there.
Better Idea: For a veggie-heavy breakfast without the cardiovascular repercussions, switch to a sandwich with veggies and egg whites – these are generally lower in calories, saturated fat and sodium.
2. “Healthy” Cereal
Bad Idea: Granola
A single bowl of most granolas contains a quarter of your day’s calorie intake (not even including the milk). They can also contain more sugar that a candy bar.
Better Idea: Keep your diet happy by opting for multigrain cereals like Kashi, which generally contain lower calories and fat, but are powerful sources of fiber and other important nutrients.
3. “Healthy” Dessert
Bad Idea: Low-Carb Ice Cream
Unfortunately, many products featuring lower carbohydrates are loaded with fat and calories. The primary ingredients of low-carb ice cream are commonly vegetable oil and milk fat, resulting in nearly as much saturated fat as two or three burgers.
Better Idea: Switch to a low-sugar dessert – they tend to keep things friendly by keeping the fat and calories low as well.
4. “Healthy” Fruit & Yogurt Smoothie
Bad Idea: Yogurt & Fruit Smoothie
Yes, words like “yogurt” and “fruit” and “smoothie” automatically make you think it’s healthy, but these smoothies generally contain zero fiber, but are chock-full of sugar.
Better Idea: Try kefir. It’s a fermented dairy product from the Middle East, and it has been shown to lower cholesterol, enhance the immune system, and provide stomach-friendly bacteria.
5. “Healthy Salad
Bad Idea: Any Salad With Regular Dressing
Salads that are classified as healthy, particularly the ones featured at restaurants, always sound so wonderful, loaded with vitamins, fiber and lean proteins. But, many of them are often drowned in extremely fattening dressing, which cancel out those healthy benefits.
Better Idea: It’s a good idea to always request to have any dressing served on the side. It’s an even better idea to ask for the lightest dressing possible on the side, such as a reduced-fat vinaigrette.