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10 Herbs For Hair Growth

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Herbs For Hair Growth

Aloe vera

When directly applied on the hair, aloe vera promotes hair growth by stimulating blood circulation along the scalp. Massage aloe vera on your scalp and this also restores the hair’s PH balance  and opens up your scalp’s blocked pores that will allow growth of hair follicles. For optimum results, mix with coconut milk. 

Horsetail

Called such because of its long brush-like features, horsetail’s potent ingredient is silica which is responsible for strengthening bones, nails and hair. It restores brittle hair to keep it from breaking or thinning thereby preventing further hair loss. Because of its hair loss remedy properties, horsetail is often found in many conditioning products to fortify and repair hair.

Panax Ginseng

Hair growth is just one of the medicinal values of this popular ancient Chinese herb. Applied as a tonic or shampoo, ginseng is often used to address male baldness  by nourishing and strengthening the hair. 

Saw Palmetto

Another ancient remedy which is thought to cure balding by preventing the conversion of testosterone into DHT. DHT is responsible for receding hairline in both men and women. It is often recommended to be used together with Stinging Nettle (see below) which serves the same function. 

Ginko Biloba

Like aloe vera, ginko biloba is said to increase blood flow to the brain to correct any nutritional deficiencies to hair follicles. As a result, this has likewise become a popular herbal remedy for hair re-growth. 

Stinging Nettle (Urtica Diocia)

Abundantly found in North America, stinging nettle is a potent plant known for its hair growing benefits. Its reported mechanism of action is by preventing the conversion of testosterone hormones into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). According to studies, excessive production of DHT normally triggers hair loss.

Though stinging nettle can be purchased in capsule or fill form, stinging nettle can also be applied as oil. Just put the leaves of stinging nettle into a jar of olive oil for 2-3 weeks. Then keep the sealed jar in a cool dark place. Apply the oil on the scalp regularly. 

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

This herb definitely has its benefits to people suffering from hair loss. Burdock actually promotes healthy hair by improving the circulation of blood to the hair follicle and in relieving scalp irritations. Burdock contains high levels of essential fatty acids and phytosterol compounds that are known to be effective reversing and reducing hair thinning. Phytosterol is actually one of the most potent ingredients of many hair restoration products in the market today. 

Peppermint

When massaged into the scalp, peppermint oil also makes an excellent hair grower. It promotes hair growth by stimulating the growth of hair follicles.  When applied as oil, peppermint offers cooling and soothing effects to the scalp which is good as this helps in promoting hair growth. It is also capable of binding the hair roots as well as in encouraging better circulation to the scalp. According to studies, enhanced circulation significantly affects the process of hair growing. 

Lavender

Originating from the Mediterranean, lavender has been widely used by herbal practitioners in encouraging hair growth and in preventing baldness. Lavender is known to contain anti-bacterial agents that help in healing and soothing skin infections as well as in relieving dandruff. 

When used regularly, lavender is capable of preventing hair loss as well as in ensuring significant re-growth of hair. It oil also offers calming and relaxing effects thereby preventing the occurrence of stress, insomnia and depression which are widely considered as common causes of alopecia or hair loss. For better results, mix 10 drops of rosemary oil, 4 oz jojoba oil, 5 drops basil oil and 10 drops of lavender oil. Apply the mixture regularly.

Rosemary

For centuries, rosemary has been widely used as a solution to hair loss, hair thinning balding or receding hairline. It actually works by stimulating the circulation in the scalp thereby resulting to hair growth. This works best when added to olive oil and applied as oil. 

Regular application of rosemary oil even helps in preventing premature graying as well as in treating dry and flaky scalp. Furthermore, rosemary works by strengthening and nourishing the hair follicles starting from the shaft. 

 

10 Things No One Ever Tells You About: Mascara

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You can never own enough mascara. It’s the finishing touch for the perfect eye makeup and without it, we feel practically naked. To really get the best out of your mascara, take a look at the tips below on how you should be using mascara — even if no one’s ever told you these things before.

1. It doesn’t last forever: This might come as a shock to most, but mascara actually does expire. The average life span is about 3-5 months, so after that, get rid of your old mascara. Otherwise, you’re risking bacterial infections, and no one wants that.

2. Keep the wand: We hate to say goodbye to our mascara, but saving the wand is actually something you should do. Wash the wand and use it as a “spoolie” brush to help groom your brows.

3. Take it off: Sometimes we get too tired to wipe our makeup off before we go to bed, but leaving mascara on your lashes overnight does more harm than you know. When the mascara dries overnight, it can cause your lashes to fall off, and a stiff lash can actually scratch your cornea while you’re sleeping.

4. Turn up the volume: We love a voluminous lash, so to get the best out of your mascara, powder your lashes — using baby powder and a cotton swab — before application to for an extra lush look.

5. Moisturize your lashes: It’s easy to forget that our eyelashes are actually tiny hairs, and should be treated as such. Before bed, moisturize your lashes with olive oil or any moisturizer to keep them hydrated. Just be careful to keep anything out of your eye.

6. Not everyday is a waterproof day: Waterproof mascara is ideal for those teary moments, but using it everyday isn’t advisable. Since it can’t easily be removed, the continuos tugging at the lashes can cause them to become weaker and eventually make them fall out.

7. Keep your eyes open: The key to not blinking (and ruining your mascara) during application? Opening your mouth. When your mouth is open wide, it’s a bit harder to blink.

8. Never smudge again: Hate getting mascara stains on your eyelid? Avoid them by placing an old business card or plastic spoon on your eyelid, right above your lashes. Apply your mascara in this position, and any excess product will go onto the business card or spoon, not your eyelid.

9. Seal the deal: Give your mascara the finishing touch by coating your lashes with clear mascara after application. This will help to solidify your lashes and protect the mascara from smudging or running.

10. The perfect mascara: There are so many types of mascaras out there, you have to figure out what works for you and your lashes. Do you need to lengthen? curl? give volume? Whatever it is you need, there’s a mascara out there waiting for you. If you can’t find it, find a few and make a mascara cocktail!

Remove Your Gel Manicure in Only 10 Minutes

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Gel-color manicure is very popular lately , but it’s hard for removing.

I will  give you some tips how to remove gel manicure at home.  And it ‘s very easy!

You need acetone, cotton balls and pieces of foil. Use a coarse nail file to scratch the surface. You have to break trough  that coat to get to the polish below .

Take a cotton ball and soak at in acetone .  Place the cotton ball on top of your finger and wrap your nail with foil.

Keep your nail warped  for ten minutes. Most all of the nail polish should be off. What is not removed just push it off with a orange stick.

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Deodorant Bar Recipe

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Since we’ve been on the topic of homemade lotion bars the past couple of weeks, I figured I’d share the recipe for homemade deodorant bars (or homemade deodorant sticks!).

This is similar to homemade sunscreen bars but without the zinc oxide for sun protection and with baking soda and arrowroot added in. These are slightly thicker than my original homemade deodorant recipe, which allows them to be used as a bar, or put into an old deodorant container.

Since the homemade lotion barssunscreen bars, and deodorant bars all use many of the same ingredients, you can order these in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs or find them locally and save a lot of money on your family’s personal care products.

I also love Frugally Sustainable’s idea of adding probiotics to the recipe to help balance good bacteria and prevent odor, and I tried it with this recipe. If you have very sensitive skin or really struggle with odor, this might be a great option for you also!

Try making your own deodorant if you haven’t already… you’ll not only save money and avoid chemicals, but I’ve found the homemade versions work better too!

The Ingredients:

This recipe can be adjusted to make any quantity that you’d like by increasing the amount of ingredients used. This batch made enough deodorant for my husband and I for about 2-3 months. You could also cut the recipe in half if you want to make a smaller amount.

How to Make:

Combine coconut oil, shea (or other) butter, and beeswax in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out…

Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth:

Remove from heat and add the vitamin E oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder, probiotics, and essential oils. Make sure the mixture is not hot to the touch (warm is ok) so that the heat doesn’t kill the probiotics.

Gently stir by hand until all ingredients are incorporated.

If you will be making these into bars, pour into muffin tins or other molds while still liquid. If you will be putting into an old deodorant container to use like stick deodorant, let the mixture harden for about 15-20 minutes at room temperature to harden and when it is about the consistency of peanut butter, use a spoon to scoop into the deodorant tube and pack down to fill. Then, leave the cap off overnight to completely harden before using.

Enjoy!

Many Ways You Can Do Cat Eye With Twists

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Cat eyes are so totally in – everywhere you look, on the telly, on the high streets, everyone’s sporting a bit of a cat eye look – and we think it’s absolutely great! Buuuut….. We also think there is more to the cat eye than the classical cat eye look so we’ve aggregated a bunch of images together to show the many ways you can get the twists down. Please share your photos with us! We recommend a little black dress and a nice layered scarf to go with these beautiful eyes!

8 Ways To Naturally Grow Hair

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1.    Get more of essential 7 vitamins
All the essential 7 vitamins are extremely vital for our hair. Vitamin- A,B,B3, B12,C,E improve the blood circulation in our body which includes our scalp. It is also important to mix these vitamins with right quantities of iron and zinc to grow hair faster.

2.    Eat more protein
Protein provides the building blocks for new hair growth. Some proteins formulate Keratin which acts as a structure that hardens our hair. Lack of protein leads to reduced hair growth. Protein for hair growth can be obtained from fish, eggs, nuts etc.

3.    Scalp massage
A healthy scalp massage helps to open up blood vessels and increases blood circulation. This helps the blood in delivering oxygen and essential nutrients to hair follicles which enable healthy hair growth.

4.    Try this recipe
Take one teaspoon of Vodka, 5 drops of lavender oil and 3 drops of rosemary oil. Miss them with one tablespoon of distilled water. This mixture when applied to hair and scalp, kills germs eliminates dirt and opens up hair follicles that promote new hair growth.

5.    Avoid too much styling
Too much styling weakens our hair and stops the hair growth.  Certain chemicals present in styling shampoos and cleansers may cause thinning, damage and even hair loss. Its normal to style hair in isolation however repeated styling can make your hair worse.

6.    Use egg whites
Egg whites have been known for their medical effects since ancient times. They have the ability make the hair soft and shiny. Break a few eggs, whisk the whites and apply the mask on your hair. These types of mask promote hair growth.

7.    Boiled onions
Onion is not just used for cooking and making you cry (lol). Boil a few onions and wash the hair with the concoction. Do it regularly to accelerate the hair growth.

8.    Potato mask
Squeeze out the juice from 3 potatoes and add a little bit of honey to it. Combine the mixture with one egg white and you will be left with a great hair mask. It will increase the hair growth naturally without use of any chemical.

Guide To Intense Eye Lash

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Some girls underestimate the importance of lower eyelashes, when doing their makeup. In this tutorial, we would like to highlight the dramatic difference between a bare eyelid and one featuring some makeup.

On the first picture you see the bare eyelid .

The second one pictures how it looks like with some mascara on the eyelashes.

The third one shows the dotted line, which makes a very thin black line and the forth one gets the actual lined eye.

The last two images depict the smudged and inner rimmed makeup.

Which one do you like best and which one would you wear on everyday basis – are you a fan of the more natural look or you like the dramatic effect more?