How To Lighten Blonde Hair

Since I want this book to be for everyone, let me share you some tips I gathered from my blonde friends on how they’ve lightened their hair color . For blonde women out there, lemon juice is the key word to lighten the hair . But make sure you dilute the lemon juice since the solution can also cause dry and brittle-end hair. To prepare the solution, mix one table spoon of lemon juice to a one gallon of water. Use this when rinsing the hair and do this everyday until it reaches the desired (and appropriate to skin tone) hair color. Some herbs, like the chamomile flowers do not only lighten the hair, it also uniformly adds color to our crowning glory.

To prepare this solution, steep half a cup of the flowers in one quart of boiling water.

After half an hour, strain the mixture and let it cool. Wash your hair, towel dry it and pour the chamomile solution over the hair. Catch the residue in a container and pour this over your hair again. Repeat this 10 to 20 times, depending on the degree of lightness that you want (remember the skin tone! Always!). When down to the last rinse, leave the mixture in the hair for a good 15 minutes, then wash and rinse the hair completely.

Finally, the sun can also be a tool in lightening your blonde hair . When at beach or at the pool, spending time under the sun while with wet hair can help lighten the hair. When you do this in a period of time, it will gradually lighten your hair. Be sure though to use the proper skin products to make sure you protect your skin in the process.

How To Improve Dark Hair

Lemon fruit drink is not the most excellent solution for dark shade hair since it will leave nasty orange streaks. In this case, try henna powder as an alternative available in health stores. Combine the henna powder with a light herb and mix this with a boiling water to make a thick paste. As the solution cools down, apply it to your wet hair through comb. Put a plastic bag over your hair, and let it sit between thirty minutes and two hours. The darker the hair the longer it be supposed to be dyed with henna. Remove the bag and rinse your hair. If you do not desire to wait for two hours, then you can opt to dry your hair under the sun. As a point of per-caution though, henna can be a bit strong so you can try it to small section of your hair first to see how samples of how it might come about.

What I use in the meantime for my brown hair is cinnamon. Damped your hair moderately and apply a small amount of conditioner to make the cinnamon stick. Mix a small amount of conditioner to the cinnamon to make a thick paste. Evenly apply it to the hair by using a brush. Make sure that the brush is wet and has nice teeth to get the cinnamon gliding easily to hair strands. You can also choose to rub the paste all over the hair.

Later than applying the cinnamon, get together the hair in a loose bun and hold it together with a pony tail. For best outcome, leave the combination during the night (six to eight hours). Use a saran wrap to cover the hair. It is also advised to put a plastic bag all over the head for full protection. Rinse the hair the following day. For curly hair, use shampoo in rinsing.

If you are completely not confident about yourself getting these commands perfectly done, then once more, I advise you go to hair experts in the salons. There will be additional work to do if you did not get the hair shade you desire, and we do not want any of those sorts to come about. Similar to in my own experience, I have a professional to handle my hair color at the beginning.

I would as well approximate to point out that continuation is entwined with colored hair. You have to re color your hair in a particular number of months or even weeks (depending in your hair color) as roots will grow. Covering a grey hair for instance with a permanent color will have you having it re-colored every six weeks. My roots turn into evident after 1 month. It’s just a good thing that love educated the trick of the cinnamon that I do not have to go to the salon all time my rots start bugging me.

Healthy Hair

Healthy Hair : Stop Shrinkage & Damage

One of the best ways to avoid shrinkage and maintain the hairs moisture is to use a hair diffuser.

If you are wearing a curly style and want to avoid a lot of shrinkage a diffuser helps to gently dry the hair but still maintains the hairs length while it is wet.

Detangle the Hair – always handle your hair with care.

Never pull or tug on the hair especially when it’s wet. If your hair is tangles take one hair at a time and slowly and gently pull the hair so it slides smoothly out of the tangle. If you get too impatient and pull the hair it can easily tear causing unnecessary breakage. Detangle gently from the ends upward using the fingers first followed by a wide-tooth comb. An excellent detangler is Infusium 23 or Terax Crema Conditioner.

Healthy Hair: Deep Condition Braids!

If you are wearing braid extensions don’t forget to condition them. Since braids can remove the natural moisture content from our hair underneath, it’s essential to moisturize. A great tip is using a bottle with a diluted mix of water and a few drops of vitamin E oil. Spray this mixture on your braids to promote moisture penetration.

This with help prevent knotting of the hair as well as shedding when the hair is taken down. A good moisturizer is also important on the day you’re going to take out your braid extensions. Take Down Hair Moisturizing Cream is an excellent braid remover. Also, after washing your hair always be sure your hair is completely dry to avoid bacteria and mildew from forming. A great tip is using a micro-fiber towel to help absorb water quicker.

Healthy Hair:extensions Need Pampering Too…

If you are wearing artificial or human-hair extensions it’s very important that you care for yourscalp during this period. These extensions can wreck havoc on the hair because they remove the hairs natural moisture content but also they stop moisture from reaching your hair.

While wearing extensions (regardless of whether they are artificial or not) always treat your scalp with a gentle massage using a scalp moisturizing cream or natural olive oil. A great scalp massage cream that’s not too oily or expensive is the Head and Shoulders Soothing Lotion for Dry Scalp Leave-in Treatment or the Jane Carter Solution Scalp Nourishing Serum. Carol’s Daughter also has a line of scalp treatments available as well.

Steam Treat Your Hair

Steam treatments promote easy absorption of water and moisturizers from conditioners to deeply penetrate the hair shaft. Use a steam treatment especially when deep conditioning your hair. Simply use a warm towel to cover wet hair after a shampoo wash or a steam cap for 20-30 minutes.

Follow it with a warm then a cool rinse.

The warmth of the steam will open up the pores and help remove any dirt on the hair and scalp. The cool rinse will close the pores and hair shaft to further protect the hair from any damage. This is an excellent routine to do every two weeks.

 

Essential Ingredients For Your Curly Hair

Naturally curly hair requires moisture to restore it and keep it looking shiny. Ethnic curly hair especially needs to have lots of moisture. However, most ethnic products contain low end oils that weigh down and coat the hair, while non-ethnic products dry the hair – not adding enough moisture keeping it looking dull.

These natural ingredients add and maintain the hairs natural moisture balance keeping it looking shiny, bouncy and manageable.

HAIR TIP: If your scalp is itchy or flakey, pour some diluted mixture of water and Sea Breeze or Witch Hazel on a cotton ball and dab it on your scalp to take away the itchiness or flakes.

Women Need To Know About Stretch Marks

I really don’t know any woman out there who doesn’t have stretch marks. That said, some women have stretch marks that are more prominent that others and for those women, stretch marks become a source of self-consciousness. For some women, stretch marks are solely located around the belly area, but for some other women they have stretch marks on their arms, breast, tights and buttock area. Although, it’s going to be very hard to avoid having stretch marks, there are a number of things women should know about stretch marks in order to minimize their chances of having to deal with too many of them.

There are so many facts that most of us women don’t know about stretch marks that make avoiding them easier. Here are 12 things you need to know about them:

1. Stretch marks are scientifically known as are a form of scarring. They usually rear their ugly heads during puberty, or as the result of excessive weight gain, such as during pregnancy.

2. Did you know that even people who engage in body building can get stretch marks? Yes, stretch marks have nothing to do with the number you see on your scale.

3. Stretch marks are the result of skin being stretched beyond its natural elasticity. This stretching causes a disruption of the body’s collagen production. Collagen is a special protein that helps keep the skin elastic and, therefore, able to stretch when we gain weight. When this collagen production is disrupted, the skin loses its elasticity, which makes it more prone to stretch marks.

4. Stretch mark are usually found in a series as small, indented streaks. They are generally rough and uneven. In women with light skin, they are usually a pink or reddish-brown color. They might sometimes almost look purple. For darker skinned women, stretch marks are usually brown.

5. Genetics plays a larger role in whether or not you will develop stretch marks. So, if your mom or her sister have stretch marks … you possible will be more likely to get them as well (alas).

6. To help avoid getting stretch marks, it is important to monitor weight gain closely. Pregnant women need to put on weight as a natural part of the childbearing process. They should, however, be careful to not gain more weight than what is recommended by the doctor. Pregnant woman should not, of course, starve themselves in order to avoid stretch marks. They should, however, take care to watch their diets and put pregnancy weight on slowly. This gives the skin more time to gradually stretch to accommodate for the growing baby inside.

7. The last trimester of a pregnancy is when women generally put on the most weight.

This is because this is when the baby is doing most of its growing. To help avoid stretch marks during this time of the pregnancy, and at any other time, be sure to regularly apply rich body creams, cocoa butter, olive oil or shea butter on your skin. Make sure to consult with a doctor, first, however, because some ingredients found in certain creams can be harmful to unborn babies.

8. Body cream (aka proper hydration to your body) helps decrease the likelihood of developing stretch marks because it helps keep the skin flexible. Likewise, drinking plenty of water helps maintain the skin’s elasticity. This is especially true if you are pregnant.

9. Fortunately, stretch marks generally fade after weight lost. For women who gain stretch marks during pregnancy, stretch marks usually fade to a slightly lighter color than the surrounding skin, though the etching will always remain.

10. For women who are bodybuilders, it is important to put on muscle mass slowly. Quickly adding on muscle mass will force the skin to stretch beyond its ability. Therefore, a bodybuilding program should be designed to slowly add on bulk.

11. For women who are not pregnant and who are not bodybuilders, the best way to avoid stretch marks is to simply monitor your diet and maintain a healthy body weight. Don’t forget that drinking plenty of water is a great way to help keep the skin more pliable.

12. If you still develop stretch marks, which many women do during puberty as their bodies rapidly grown, there is little that can be done to get rid of them. Although there are many lotions and creams on the market claiming to be able to get rid of stretch marks, there is no proof that they work. There are also surgeries available to help with lessening the visibility of stretch marks, but they can’t get rid of stretch marks completely. Instead, the best option is to cover up the stretch marks. Many women used over-the-counter sunless tanning lotions to do this, or they get a sunless tanning treatment from a salon. These lotions help even out the skin color, since the pigmentation of stretch marks is lighter than the rest of the skin. Getting a real tan, however, does not have the same effect because stretch marks are scarred tissue and scarred tissue does not tan the same as healthy tissue.

Through precautions and a healthy lifestyle, most women can help minimize stretch marks. That said, some of life’s big life-changes, such as puberty and childbirth, can make avoiding stretch marks nearly impossible. Therefore, it’s important to apply body creams or hydrating natural oils and drink plenty of water to keep the skin’s elasticity and, if all else fails, cover up those stretch marks and chalk it up as just another part of being a woman!

Food for Face

Apricots For Face

Pound the kernel and add body lotion to blend into smooth paste.

Use it as a Gentle exfoliator for face. Note the pip is the rough “seed” and the ivory kernel is what you need when split open the pip.

Cherries For Face

Run about 10 unripe cherries in a blender.

Mix the juice with a tablespoon of dry oatmeal and use as a five-minute facial mask.

For the body; mix cherry juice with a tablespoon of sea salt and massage over damp skin.

Eggs For Face

For a temporary face lift, use just the egg white. Mix it with a tablespoon of honey and spread over face and throat in an upward motion.

Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

Whisk egg yolk with a tablespoon of olive oil and leave on your hair for a few minutes before your shampoo. It makes a great hair conditioner.

Lemon For Face

For sparking teeth, mix one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice with one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and half teaspoon of salt. Use like toothpaste- once a week.

Lighten the skin and smoothens rough edges of elbows and knees. Cut a lemon in two halves and rest your elbows in each half for 15 minutes. Or squeeze juice of lemon and apply on your knees.

Milk For Face

Soak a cotton pad with cool fresh milk and press it gently all over your face. Besides protein to feed your face, it gets rid of dirt thoroughly.

Chill a cup of milk in the fridge before pouring the contents into a clothes spray.

Use it like a spritzer over inflamed skin.

Warm a bowl of milk in the microwave for half a minute and pour contents into a clothes basin. Soak your feet for half an hour and then give it a good hard brush to remove dead skin.

Orange For Face

Squeeze juice of an orange and mix with a tablespoon of plain yoghurt.

Apply on face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse off after 10 minutes and splash face with cold water.

Squeeze the pulp to get rid of excess juice and form two patties from it. Place the patties over your eyes and keep them there for 10 minutes.

Potatoes For Face

A great way to get rid of dark under eye circles. Run a large potato in a blender.

Tea For Face

Steep a pair of earl grey teabags in boiling in water, run them under a tap and place over eyes for 10 minutes before night out.

Use four bags of chamomile tea.

Leave them to steep for 5 minutes then hold your face over the bowl.

Freeze cooled chamomile tea in an ice-cube tray. When set, remove cubes and run over face.

Soak some gauze in cooled green tea and apply on skin the way you would a toner.

Turmeric For Face

Mix two teaspoons of turmeric powder and one teaspoon of honey with just enough warm water to make a thick paste. Spread the mixture all over your face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with water.

Avocados For Face

Mash a ripe one and use it as a facial mask; rinse off after 10 minutes.

To get rid of puffy eyes; use a linen cloth, make a “moneybag” filled with mashed avocado. Dab it gently on eyes.

Cucumber For Face

Chop up a cucumber and drizzle a few drops of lemon juice in the mixture. Apply on your face.

Soothe tried eyes by cutting two rounds and them on the eyelids.

Rub down hot skin with a mixture of chopped cucumber, olive oil and plain yoghurt.

Ginger For Face

Chop ginger and mix it with body lotion for a facial scrub. Avoid the sensitive eye area.

Honey For Face

Dilute one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of water then heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds.

When it’s cooled, apply on your lips and leave for 10 minutes.

To dry out pimples, pour out a teaspoon of honey into a bowl. Dip a cotton bud into the honey and apply on the spots.

Mayonnaise For Face

Massage mayonnaise into your hair after shampoo. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinse off.

You can also use mayonnaise as a lip mask. Leave it on for 10 minutes before removing with cold water.

Olive Oil For Face

Heat a cup of olive oil in the microwave for a few seconds. Massage onto dry areas of your skin.

Heat enough olive oil to fill half a small clothes basin. Soak your hands in the oil for about 10 minutes, followed by the feet.

Use it as a conditioner by leaving warmed olive oil on your hair for 15 minutes before shampoo.

Remove all traces of mascara by dipping an overused mascara wand into some olive oil and use it to apply on your lashes the way you would mascara.

Papaya For Face

Mash half a ripe papaya with two teaspoons of honey.

Apply to areas of face that are prone to wrinkles such as between the brows and along the sides of the nose. Leave on it for 10 minutes.

Sugar For Face

For a three-in-one pre-bath treatment; blend two tablespoons of brown sugar with one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and two to three drops of olive oil.

Rub the paste over rough areas like the knees and elbows.

Citric acid from the lemon unclogs the pores, skin-polishing sugar gets rid of surface dirt and olive oil moisture the skin.

Tomato For Face

Peel a tomato and chop it finely before spreading on face.

Work as an effective cleanser and gentle astringent to tighten pores.

Healthy Juices For Total Wellness

Recommend below are the secret recipe for healthy drinking.

Carrot + Ginger + Apple Boost and cleanse our system.

Apple + Cucumber + Celery Prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and improve stomach upset and headache.

Tomato + Carrot + Apple Improve skin complexion and bad breath.

Bitter gourd + Apple + Milk Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat.

Orange + Ginger + Cucumber Improve skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat.

Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney

Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi To improves skin complexion.

Pear & Banana To regulates sugar content.

Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization!

Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 that increases cell activity and Strengthen body immunity.

Papaya + Pineapple + Milk Rich in vitamin C, E, Iron. Improve skin complexion and metabolism.

Banana + Pineapple + Milk Rich in Vitamin with nutritious and prevent constipation.

 

12 Things Women Need To Know About Stretch Marks

I really don’t know any woman out there who doesn’t have stretch marks. That said, some women have stretch marks that are more prominent that others and for those women, stretch marks become a source of self-consciousness. For some women, stretch marks are solely located around the belly area, but for some other women they have stretch marks on their arms, breast, tights and buttock area. Although, it’s going to be very hard to avoid having stretch marks, there are a number of things women should know about stretch marks in order to minimize their chances of having to deal with too many of them.

There are so many facts that most of us women don’t know about stretch marks that make avoiding them easier. Here are 12 things you need to know about them:

1. Stretch marks are scientifically known as are a form of scarring. They usually rear their ugly heads during puberty, or as the result of excessive weight gain, such as during pregnancy.

2. Did you know that even people who engage in body building can get stretch marks? Yes, stretch marks have nothing to do with the number you see on your scale.

3. Stretch marks are the result of skin being stretched beyond its natural elasticity. This stretching causes a disruption of the body’s collagen production. Collagen is a special protein that helps keep the skin elastic and, therefore, able to stretch when we gain weight. When this collagen production is disrupted, the skin loses its elasticity, which makes it more prone to stretch marks.

4. Stretch mark are usually found in a series as small, indented streaks. They are generally rough and uneven. In women with light skin, they are usually a pink or reddish-brown color. They might sometimes almost look purple. For darker skinned women, stretch marks are usually brown.

5. Genetics plays a larger role in whether or not you will develop stretch marks. So, if your mom or her sister have stretch marks … you possible will be more likely to get them as well (alas).

6. To help avoid getting stretch marks, it is important to monitor weight gain closely. Pregnant women need to put on weight as a natural part of the childbearing process. They should, however, be careful to not gain more weight than what is recommended by the doctor. Pregnant woman should not, of course, starve themselves in order to avoid stretch marks. They should, however, take care to watch their diets and put pregnancy weight on slowly. This gives the skin more time to gradually stretch to accommodate for the growing baby inside.

7. The last trimester of a pregnancy is when women generally put on the most weight.