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I have been having the worst hair issues that I’ve had in years.

With the change of the season, I feel like they’ve only gotten worse.

Even with some of the lovely hair products I’ve tried, I only find temporary relief and once I run out of the products, my hair goes back to the same miserable condition.

Breakage, split ends, unmanageable hair, tangled hair, dryness, dullness, frizziness, a ridiculous amount of fall out,  lack of body and volume, and just a general crappy crap mess when it comes to my hair.

Originally, I tried this mask because I was looking for a natural way to brighten up my hair for Spring without actually coloring it given that I have given my hair a fair amount of abuse in the past few years where hair dye is concerned and also that I was too afraid to really experiment without risking more damage and drama in the hair department so going the natural route has always been the safest bet for me.

I discovered this incredible recipe on YouTube via Andrea’s Choice – see her video here – but I actually altered it slightly to fit what I had on hand and I think I’ve gotten better results because of it!

Here’s What You Need: 

  • Equal Parts Organic Coconut Oil & Honey/ Manuka Honey – I used Manuka honey, but any honey will work. I say equal parts because I used about 2 tablespoons of each, but if you have shorter hair you could use 1:1 tablespoons or if you have longer or thicker hair than me, you might need about 3-4 tablespoons of each so just use your judgment. 
  • A small bowl
  • A spoon
  • A spare Grocery Bag to put on your head.
  • A Towel for keeping the mixture off your clothes.
  • Gloves (Optional)

Application:

STEP 1:  Mix Equal Parts Honey & Coconut Oil with a spoon in a bowl until thoroughly blended.

STEP 2: Wrap A Towl around your shoulders and secure with a hair band to prevent any of the mixture from transferring to your clothes.

STEP 3: Apply the mixture with or without gloves, as desired. Where you apply the mixture depends on what effects you want out of this treatment. If you want natural highlights, focus on the top layer of hair and the crown of your head in order to emulate the way the sun naturally hits and highlights hair. If you want an all over treatment, apply the mixture from roots to ends, mainly massaging into the scalp and saturating the ends.

STEP 4: After applying the mixture to your hair, wrap your hair in the grocery bag and leave in, as desired, for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Your hair will get really stiff and feel pretty unpleasant, but that’s normal.

STEP 5: Rinse hair in the shower, first with water only and then shampoo and condition as usual.

The Result? 

My hair has literally never felt better!

It’s super soft, manageable, bouncy, voluminous, shiny, frizz free, and it has some nice, natural looking red highlights in it! I’ve done this treatment 2 different times and had equally awesome results both times. I will continue doing this treatment every week or so for a bit as I’d really like to see how light I can get my hair to go. Also, I find that this treatment has done wonders for the condition of my hair. The difference is night and day and one thing I notice that I really love is that before, when I would wash my hair normally, I generally found that my hair was seriously imbalanced. It would get oily and flat in about a day’s time, but still feel really knotted, dry, and generally look unattractive. Now, after this treatment, I notice my hair looks amazing even though I’m going on 3 days without shampooing or anything and, for me, that is AWESOME! Lastly, another thing I noticed is that I’m experiencing bouncy waves and curls that I really haven’t had since I was 8 or something so that is AMAZING!

I hope you all can try this treatment if you want natural, damage free highlights for Spring & Summer or, especially, if you have any of the hair worries that I’ve been experiencing because I definitely think you will notice a huge difference!

What’s Your Favorite DIY Hair or Beauty Treatment?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna 

Hi Loves – Today’s Best Of 2012 post will focus on the top body care products I’ve discovered this past year. They are the cream of the crop amid all the massive amounts of product testing that I’ve done all year long so I hope it’s helpful for new product ideas and even some DIY beauty fun!

First in the list is the Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash by Astara Skincare. This body wash is fantastic for hydration and it’s very gentle so it won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin types. It’s formulation includes a sulfate free base of aloe vera, sea kelp and essential oils for a completely calming shower experience. I feel like the scent is super subtle and non-offensive while the wash itself is cleansing, but not drying and it actually helped calm irritation down while replenishing moisture, yet not being greasy. I definitely think that’s a hard medium to find in a body wash as I’ve had them be either too oily and difficult to rinse off or to stripping of the skin. This one is just right and will work well for just about anyone, in my opinion.

You can see my original review of this body wash – here.

The second in the list might surprise you because it’s not a particular brand’s product, but a DIY sugar scrub recipe I came up with last Spring. I’ve tried loads of body scrubs and polishes and nothing comes close to the awesome effects of this recipe for my skin. I find it’s both hydrating and gently exfoliating while also cleansing and brightening to my skin and I’ve done it all for like under $10 or something. It includes a formula of brown sugar, olive oil, and vodka or sake. You can also add in natural extracts and fruit powders for added benefits, if you have the or want to, and that’s all the better. You can check out my full post on how to make this scrub here.

The next product on this list is one of my absolute favorite body moisturizers ( if not my #1 favorite) because it is SO hydrating, calming and non oily. It absorbs into the skin pretty instantly, you need very little and it goes a long way, it smells fantastic but not overwhelming, and it can treat even the most sensitive skins such as those suffering from rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. It’s formulation is unique in that it includes both wild crafted and organic ingredients of 100% plant oils, it’s steroid free (for those looking for a treatment for a skin concern), cruelty free, and totally effective without any of the nasties included in most treatment type creams. If you have flakiness, extreme dryness or any skin concern, this is THE cream for you. IT WORKS. Check out my original review on this cream here.

The last product in this list is a bit of a cosmetic one, but nonetheless awesome. It is the Tan Organic Sunless Tanning Spray and not only does this tanner give my skin the most natural looking tan I’ve ever had (as far as tanners go obviously), but it does so with natural and organic ingredients. It’s won several awards in Ireland (where it’s made) for it’s effectiveness and formula and it is lovely for those of you are seeking a natural looking tan for your skin without the harm. Definitely recommend this to you if you’re into tanning. You can see my original review on this here.

That’s all for my Best of Body Care Products of 2012 – Stay tuned for a few more posts on my beauty favorites for 2012 coming very soon!

What are your favorite body products for 2012?

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Get Glowing Tan Ready Skin for Summer! DIY Brightening Face & Body Scrub

Brown sugar scrubs are super easy to make.

The one that I made today is a bit more complicated, but it’s simply to show how diverse and creative you can get when you make your own body scrub at home.

The First thing you need is, of course, brown sugar.

I used normal kitchen type brown sugar because that’s what I had on hand, but you can use the more crystallized granular raw cane brown sugar if you want. It just depends on the type of consistency that you like.

1/2 – 1 Cup of Brown Sugar

The amount of brown sugar that you use depends on your taste.

If you like a scrub that is more liquidy, I recommend you use 1/2 cup, but if you prefer yours to be more on the dry end then use 1 cup or even 1 1/2 cups.

I recommend you just play around with the amount as you go to get your desired consistency.

1 Tablespoon – Sake / Rice Wine

Many people are not familiar with the incredible brightening powers of rice wine AKA Sake. A very popular ingredient in Asian countries, rice wine and water have been used for centuries to achieve beautifully youthful white skin.

Apparently, it began when women who made sake in old times were discovered to have beautiful bright glowing skin on their hands.

Sake is great for its skin softening properties as well.

If you don’t have sake on hand, you can also use rice water. Simply soak a bowl of rice in water for up to 1 hour, sift out the rice and use the water. This will have similar effects, though no as potent as sake.

If you don’t have any rice or sake on hand at all, vodka may be a good substitute.

Natural Tinctures / Extracts

Natural plant and fruit extracts are also great for brightening the skin.

Just the same as they are used in facial beauty products, so too can they be utilized in your body scrubs.

I chose to use a few drops of the orange peel, papaya and licorice root extracts as all 3 are known for their natural brightening abilities.

If you don’t have any tincture / extracts on hand, feel free to substitute them for lemon, orange, lime or grapefruit juice for similar brightening effects.

1 Tablespoon Each – Natural Fruit Powders

I love using natural fruit and plant powders with my scrubs. They exfoliate gently without being too abrasive and a lot of them also have brightening powers. Raspberry and rose hips powders are both really great choices for brightening scrubs because they are high in vitamin C and other nutrients to help your skin look healthy and glowing. Other great choices include natural willow bark powder (for a more herbal scent!), alfalfa root powder, or rose flower powder.

1/4 – 1/3 Cup Olive Oil

After mixing all of the above ingredients together first, you will want to then add some kind of oil to the mix.

Olive oil is great for its moisturizing properties.

High in EFA’s, or essential fatty acids, olive oil helps to rebuild the skin and protect it from free radicals.

This will leave your skin feeling very moisturized and soft.

If you don’t like olive oil or don’t have it on hand, other choices include grape seed oil, rose hip oil, apricot kernel oil or rice bran oil.

Once you add your oil to the mix, you’re all done!

Be sure to keep this in an airtight container.

Small plastic or glass containers work well or otherwise recycling your old store bought scrub jars is a good idea as well.

This scrub works really well and is gentle enough for both face and body.

Just make sure you apply in gentle, circular motions and don’t press down as this can be too abrasive on the skin.

 

I hope you try and make your own body scrub!

They are surprisingly easy to make and fun to do with friends!

Have you ever made your own scrubs?

Did you find they work as well as store bought ones?

Let me know in the comments!

Be sure to follow my blog for more DIY recipes!

Happy Memorial Day! 

Stay Beautiful

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