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Vegan Hair and Skin Care Ideas for Using The Rest of Your Avocados

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Okay, so now we’ve covered about twenty different ways to incorporate avocados into your daily diet, the reasons why you should add avocados to your family grocery list, and the choosing and care of avocados…

But wait…that’s not all…

 

Avocados and Skin Care…Avocados are good for your skin. Avocados are rich in nutrients—such as fat-soluble vitamins monounsaturated fats, various minerals, and essential fatty acids.Avocados have been shown to improve both the health and tone of your skin, as well as  eliminate signs of premature aging. Avocados are especially great for skin that is dry, chapped or damaged.

Many cosmetic manufacturers add avocado to their products for this reason, but given the fact that the avocados that you can purchase from your local grocer or market are relatively cheap, cruelty free, and contain no added synthetic chemicals, why not use real avocados to enjoy the real benefits of using what might be nature’s best moisturizer.

 

 

Avocado Body Scrub…Avocados can be easily paired with many different ingredients to make a healthy body scrub at home. Most of the following scrub ideas can be used not only in the shower as a body scrub, but also as a scrub or mask for your face, depending on the consistency of the second ingredient.

Here are a few ideas…

Almonds….1C smooshed avocado, 1/4C ground almonds…great for dry skin

Coconut…1C smooshed avocado, 1/4C grated avocado…great for healing scars

Coffee…1C smooshed avocado, 3Tbsp coffee granules…great for getting rid of stretch mark

Honey…1/2C smooshed avocado, 1/4C honey…great for dry skin

Lime…1/2 smooshed avocado, juice of 1 lemon, 1tsp baking soda…great for getting rid of tan lines

Oats…1C smooshed avocado, 1C oats…great for acne

Salt…1/2 smooshed avocado, 4Tbsp rock salt….great for exfoliating

Sugar...1C smooshed avocado, 4tsp sugar, 1tsp olive oil…great for acne

Yogurt…1C smooshed avocado, 1C plain Greek yogurt, 1Tbsp salt…great for moisturizing

 

 

Avocados and Hair…Avocados are also great for nourishing dry and damaged hair. The following avocado hair mask include smoothing and moisturizing your locks without weighing down fine hair, adding shine, and restoring natural luster to your hair.

Avocado Hair Mask…1/2 smooshed avocado, 1 egg, 2 drops peppermint essential oil, 2Tbsp olive oil

 

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Articles About Argan Oil…Argan Oil for Your Hair

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Sorry, but the last thing that I want to think about after taking my shower…especially since I take one as the very last thing of my day…is having to rifle through a dozen different products for my haircare and skincare needs…let’s keep things simple…

So I simply grab for a bottle of pure argan oil…and use it from head to toe…

I could even do that without my glasses on or my contacts in…which is a good thing because I am legally blind, right?!

Benefits of using Argan oil on your hair include…

  • improving the texture of your hair by making it softer, silkier and shinier
  • making your hair more manageable by helping to tame frizz and fly-aways
  • preventing and repairing protecting your hair from damage caused by the heat of hair dryers, curlers and flat irons…as well as pollution, chemicals and UV rays
  • promoting hair growth because of its vitamin E content
  • repairing split ends
  • stopping dandruff before it causes serious problems
  • moisturizing your hair because of its essential fatty acids content

Regular Use…Depending on the thickness, texture, condition and length of your hair, you may need anywhere from 1 drop to 3 drops. Getting the right amount may take some practice. Start with a drop (or for short hair a ½ drop may do) and warm in your palms before raking your fingers through your hair, paying special attention to your ends. Once complete, add a ½ drop to your fingertips and massage into your scalp. Rub any excess into your face, neck or hands.

Overnight Deep Conditioning Treatment...Using argan oil once a week as a deep conditioner for your hair will amplify its benefits even more. If you have dandruff or dry scalp, you should probably use this as an overnight treatment twice per week until the dandruff is gone.

Warm about seven drops in your hands. Massage into your hair, working from the scalp to the ends. Put on a shower cap. (Not only will this keep your pillowcase free from oil, but it will also help your body’s natural body heat, as retained in the shower cap, to help the oil work more efficiently.)

In the morning, wash your hair, rinsing until all residue is gone.

 

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My Angle on Tangles

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We all want healthy, shiny hair-
-free from common hair problems such as static, grease, and limpness–and are willing to change shampoos, styling products, and even how we blow dry or straighten our hair in order to get it.

But perhaps the real barrier keeping us all from having this beautiful, shiny hair is an everyday mundane task most of us don’t even think about—brushing your hair..

Sure, we all know how to brush our hair…we’ve been doing it for years…But…

Are we all doing it right?

In fact, IS there really a “right” way and a “wrong” to brush your hair?
The answer is “yes,” and the fact is that most of us have been brushing our hair the wrong wYfor our entire lives–down instead of up.

Starting at the top of your head and brushing down our strands is actually bad for hair because this could pull the hair out of the follicle…and might eventually make us all prematurely bald.

Instead we should all be starting to comb or brush our hair at the bottom and brush our way up. Brushing up allows you to tackle tangles along the hair shaft, but without this risk of pulling the follicle out of its root.

To brush your hair in what most of us would call the “wrong” direction, start brushing a few inches from the ends. Once this section is detangled, keep moving up a few more inches at a time and continue brushing sections of hair until you reach the top.

Even though, brushing up your hair like this may feel unnatural at first, if it will keep you from pulling all your hair out…(or at least the hair still left after being with rowdy children or rude co-workers)…wouldn’t this be useful?

But before even trying to detangle your hair, first apply a detangling product. The detangler will make your hair slippery, and the comb will go right through.

 

A spray detangler, such as Not Your Mother’s Detangler Tahitian Garden Flower & Mango, works best for fine hair.

A lotion detangler, such as Paul MItchell Lite Detangler, works best for “average” hair.
After drenching hair with detangler, brush or comb gently. Never yank through a particularly snarled section in an effort to remove any knots.

Instead gently remove any knots with a detangling brush, Tangle Teezer, or  wide-tooth comb.

  
1.  Detangling Brush…The traditional paddle brush is the best type of  brush to use when detangling your hair. This type of brush is strong enough to detangler your hair, but is still gentle because the flexible plastic bristles of the brush are spaced further apart, and these brushes have a padded base. A densely-packed brush, such as a boar-bristle brush, will pull on your hair way too much as you try to detangle your hair.

This EcoTools Detangler Paddle Brush, is a great option for  removing tangles. The EcoTools Detangler Paddle Brush has a sustainable bamboo handle, 100% cruelty-free nylon bristles, large paddle, and a vented cushion to provide maximum detangling with minimal pulling and damage.

2.  Tangle Teezer …The Tangle Teezer is designed with ergonomically designed handle(?!) to fit snugly in your palm and flexible plastic teeth to  make removing tangles and knots quicker, easier, and pain-free… and minimizing hair breakage and cuticle damage.

3.  Wide-Tooth Comb…A wide-tooth comb, such as this Detangling Comb from The Body Shop is a third option. If you are going to use a comb to detNgle your hair, make sure that the teeth are spaced further apart.
And that, my friends, is my Angle on Tangles…

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Air Drying Your Hair—The Lazy Vegan Girl’s Guide to Styling Your Hair

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It is important to take care of your hair while it is wet, mainly because this is when your hair is most likely to fall out…and none of us wants our hair to fall out, (even though there are many days when I feel like pulling my own hair out because of stress)…

 

Heat can be your be your hair’s best friend or worst enemy.

Heat can create bouncing curls, waves, and tendrils from an unruly mane or flat, lifeless locks in no time at all…

Heat can also cause serious damage and split ends, make your hair rough and dull and more susceptible to damage and cause your hair to lose moisture faster than it can be reabsorbed from the air, leaving it brittle.

 

And the heat of the hair dryer can be the greatest enemy to the health of your hair.

 

So let your hair air dry naturally if possible, at least partially.

 

Air-drying your hair, instead of blow-drying and heat-styling it, will save you both time spent doing your hair and this risk of damaging your hair.

Here are a few simple secrets to air-drying hair and having it actually look like one great big frizzy mess.


1. Air drying your hair doesn’t mean you should skip product…All hair types should follow up towel drying with a detangling leave-in conditioner,  a protectant spray or cream or a blow-dry serum…combing it  through with a large-tooth comb.

Product will help set the hair, add volume, and reduce frizz and unruliness.

If your hair is on the finer side and lacks a true natural texture, also spritz a sea salt spray at the roots continuing through to the ends to help give the hair more volume. Then leave hair alone until it dries.

 

2.  Apply argan oil to damp hair from the mid-lengths to the tips. This will seal the cuticles, tone down frizz, keep your hair smelling clean and fresh, and enhance natural waves. Two quality ARGAN oils worth checking into are…Josie MaraNatha ARGAN OIL…and Zweena Pure Organic Argan Oil.

 

3. Never brush wet hair…Brushing your hair while wet can stretch the strands, causing damage and splits while it is at its most delicate.
4.  Sleeping on a satin pillowcase will also keep hair from frizzing because satin is gentler on  hair cuticles…Although sleeping on wet hair might initially seem like a good idea,  the combination of cotton pillowcases and tossing and turning as you sleep can cause breakage, frizz and tangles. Avoid it at all costs.

5.  Don’t touch your hair as it dries. …The more you touch, play with, and otherwise mess with your hair, the frizzier it will get.


6.  Never use a hair tie to pull your hair back into a ponytail or bun as it’s drying. This will not only break your hair, but will also result in strange kinks and texture

 

7.  Apply a spritz of dry shampoo to your roots once your hair is dry for extra lift and texture.

 

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Now What?!

IMG_4860Once you have finished taking your shower, it is crucial that you take the time to “pamper” your skin and hair. the better and healthier both your skin and your hair will be.

Since a post-shower routine is so important in maintaining the health of your hair and skin, let’s talk about the things that you should take the time to do right after your shower…

 

 1.  Hair…It is important to take care of your hair while it is wet because this is when your hair is most likely to fall out.

The heat of the hair dryer can be a great enemy to the health of your hair. So let your hair air dry naturally if possible, at least partially…(more on this later)…

Comb a nourishing leave-in conditioner or detangler gently through your hair, using a wide-toothed comb…(never a brush)…

 

2.  Moisturizers…Warm water may be relaxing, but hot water and steam also leave your skin super dry after showering. For this reason, it is important to always apply a good moisturizer once you get out of the shower.

 

3.  Serums and Oils….Hot showers leave the pores of your skin open, so this is the best time to apply of these skincare products and solutions to allow them to be more completely absorbed.

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Wrap Up Your Really, Really Relaxing Shower with a Really, Really Regal Bathrobe

IMG_4702-0Another important “me-time” luxury that you will want to have close at hand once you step out of the shower is a bathrobe that you could definitely live in…or do actually wish that you could live in…

So why not reward yourself with a bathrobe that will feel like a true indulgence and smart investment every single time you put it on.

Here are a few luxury bathrobes worth checking out..

1. Del Rossa Hooded Bathrobe

  • Colors Available…purple, black, chocolate brown, navy blue, steel gray, burgundy
  • Fabric…100% authentic Turkish cotton terry cloth
  • Price…$75

2.  L.L. Bean Terry Cloth Robe

  1. Colors Available…dark raspberry, dawn, pebble gray, white
  2. Fabric…Turkish terry cloth
  3. Price…$79

  
3.  Parachute Classic Bathrobe

  • Colors Available…white, stone
  • Fabric…100% long-staple Turkish cotton
  • Price…$99

  

    4.  Pottery Barn Faux Fur Bathrobe

    • Colors Available…Caramel Ombre
    • Fabric…100% plush polyester
    • Price…$129 (currently on sale for $103)

      

    5.  Restoration Hardware Sayon Silk Bathrobe

    • Colors Available…natural, gray, wine
    • Fabric…100% mulberry silk
    • Price…$165
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    Vegan OTBC Face Masks

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    Face masks are a great addition to any skincare regimen. They can help keep your skin clear and healthy, and help you unwind after a long day.

     

    And doing a face mask while you are already in the shower is great because the steam from the shower opens your pores and allows the nutrients and vitamins to actually be absorbed into your skin much more easily.

     

     

    Key factors to consider when choosing a face mask include…

    1. Skin Type (best for)...People with oily skin should look for a mask that helps control oil and shine, while those with dry skin need a hydrating mask that will restore moisture to the skin.
    2. Specific Issue…such as acne, wrinkles, dry skin
    3. Time Commitment
    4. Type Mask…Masks can be found in several different types…such as vegan sheet masks, powder masks you can mix with water or your favorite skin serum, gel-like masks, and clay masks

     

    Some popular cruelty-free and vegan face masks that are available include..

     

      

    1. Acure Radically Rejuvenating Face Mask

    • Availability…Walgreen’s
    • Best for…aging skin
    • Ingredients…Moroccan red clay, marshmallow root extract, aloe vera
    • Price…$15
    • Specific Issue…cell repair
    • Time Commitment…10-15 minutes
    • Type Mask…clay

     

      

    2. AHAVA Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask

      • Availability…Ulta, Macy’s
      • Best for…acne prone skin
      • Ingredients…Dead Sea mud, kaolin, vitamin B, chamomile
      • Price…$35
      • Specific Issue…helps clear acne and prevents further breakouts
      • Time Commitment…two minutes
      • Type Mask…mud

       

        

      3. Aubrey Organics Age-Defying Therapy AHA Mask

        • Availability…Amazon, iHerb, Vitacost
        • Best for…aging skin
        • Ingredients…sea buckthorn oil, natural fruit acids, rice spheres
        • Price…$15
        • Specific Issue…exfoliating
        • Time Commitment..5-10 minutes.
        • Type Mask…clay

         

        4. Camu Clay Invigorating Anti-Aging Clay Masque

        • Availability…Live Ultimate website
        • Best for…all skin types and needs, from acne control to hydration to anti-aging
        • Ingredients…organic green tea extract, bentonite clay, kaolin, walnut extracts, acai, Camu Camu berries
        • Price…$34
        • Specific Issue…exfoliating
        • Time Commitment…10-20 minutes
        • Type Mask…clay

         

          

           5. Dr. Alkatis Organic Universal Mask

            • Availability…online
            • Best for…acne-prone or sensitive skin
            • Ingredients…seaweed, vegetables, organic grass juice complex
            • Price…$39
            • Specific Issue…deep cleansing
            • Time Commitment…10-20 minutes
            • Type Mask…powder

             

              

            6. Lush Cup O’ Coffee Mask

              • Availability…online or Lush stores
              • Best for…oily or acne-prone skin
              • Ingredients…coffee grounds, cocoa extract, kaolin
              • Price…$12
              • Specific Issue…under-eye bags and circles, oil control
              • Time Commitment…15 minutes
              • Type Mask…scrub

               
              7. Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Super Hydration Sleepover Mask

              • Availability…Target, Ulta
              • Best for…dry or sun damaged skin
              • Ingredients…sunflower oil, shea butter, avocado oil
              • Price…$15
              • Specific Issue…moisturizing
              • Time Commitment…overnight, does not require rinsing
              • Type Mask…leave-on
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              8 Best Cruelty-Free OTBC Facial Cleansers

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              For those of us without the time initiative to make our own vegan cleansers, there are several OTBC (over the beauty counter) options available, such as…

               

              1,  100% PURE: Matcha Green Tea Cleansing Foam

              • Best for…those with oily and sensitive skin
              • Ingredients…aloe, rosewater, coconut oil, and so forth…
              • Price…$35

               

              2. Alba Botanica ACNEdote Deep Pore Wash

              • Availability…Target, Sprouts
              • Best for…skin that is prone to breakouts and blackheads,
              • Ingredients…ground walnut shell, oil-free salicylic acid, aloe, chamomile
              • Price…$7

               

              3.  Christina Moss Organic Face Wash

              • Best for…very sensitive Akin
              • Ingredients…coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, aloe vera juice, shea butter, rosemary essential oil
              • Price…$23

               

              4.  Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash

              • Availability…Sprouts
              • Best for…combination skin
              • Ingredients…castile soap, coconut oil, tea tree oil,….
              • Price…$10

               

              5.  Naturopathica Aloe Cleaning Gel

              • Best for…perfect for all skin types
              • Ingredients…over 50% aloe vera, coconut oil, lavender flower, rose oil
              • Price…$36

               

              6.  Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash

              • Availability…Target, Sprouts, Ulta
              • Best for…all skin types
              • Ingredients…sea algae extract, coconut water, papaya extracts
              • Price…$10

               

              7.  SW Basics Cleanser

              • Availability…Target
              • Best for…people with sensitive, acne-prone, and problem skin
              • Ingredients…rosewater, tea tree oil, vegetable glycerin
              • Price…$20

               

              8. Thesis Daily Harmony Face Wash

              • Availability…Whole Foods
              • Best for…those who struggle with very oily skin
              • Ingredients…lavender…aloe vera…tea tree, geranium, petitgrain, peppermint, and eucalyptus extracts
              • Price…$20
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              Vegan Face Wash Recipes

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              Every woman, regardless of skin type should attempt to find the perfect facial cleanser—one that leaves her skin feeling clean and soft, combats the dirt and pollutants encountered during the day, does not cause skin irritation, gently cleanses skin without stripping it of beneficial oils, removes makeup, and prevents adult acne.

              Not only that, vegan women must also find a face wash that is 100% animal-friendly and cruelty-free.

              Fortunately there is a variety of options, including making your own cleanser or buying a cleanser from a known vegan  brand.

              One option in ensuring that the products that you use are cruelty-free and contains high-quality ingredients is to start creating such natural vegan skin care products yourself.

              Today let’s look at a few ingredients that can be used in vegan face wash washes, along with recipes for such vegan face washes.

              1.  Activated Charcoal

              • 1C coconut oil
              • 6 activated charcoal capsules
              • 2Tbsp baking soda
              • Essential oils (5 drops lavender, 6 drops rosemary)

              2.  Chamomile

              • 1/4C castile soap
              • 1/4C brewed chamomile tea
              • 3/4tsp olive oil
              • Essential oil (6 drops essential oil of choice)

              3.  Coconut Oil

              • 1Tbsp coconut oil
              • 1tsp honey
              • Essential oils (3 drops tea tree, 2 drops lavender)

              4.  Lemon

              • 1Tbsp yogurt
              • 1tsp lemon juice
              • Essential oil (lemon)

              5.  Sugar

              • 1C brown sugar
              • 1C melted coconut oil
              • Essential oils of choice

              6.  Tea Tree Oil

              • 1/4C castor oil
              • 1/2C grapeseed oil
              • 1/4C jojoba oil
              • 15 drops tea tree oil
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              Vegan Deep Conditioners

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              Using a deep conditioner once or twice a week, instead of using a “normal” conditioner on a daily basis, is so much smarter…

               

              But, hey, who still even washes their hair every single day anyway?!

               

              So, HOW do I apply this deep conditioner? Here’s some advice…

              1.  Applying any type of deep conditioner or hair mask, apply to your hair immediately after rinsing the shampoo out.
              2. Focus primarily on your roots because your roots require the most moisture and attention.  Applying conditioner above your crown line will lead to grease and unnecessary oil production.
              3. Leave the conditioner on while you finish taking your shower. This will allow the heat and steam of the shower to help the deep conditioner penetrate hair strands, immediately after rinsing the shampoo out.

               

               

              Now for a few OTBC deep conditioners that I have run upon while doing my “research” lately…

              Three of the best cruelty-free OTBC, (over the beauty counter), deep conditioners currently on the market are…

               

              1. Lush Veganese Hair Conditioner

              • Ingredients…mineral-rich agar agar gel base, seaweed gel, lemon oil, lavender, and rosemary
              • Price…$9.95
              • Product Review…Alexis Emily Chin

               

              2. Pacifica Coconut Damage Mask

              • Availability…Target, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Ulta
              • Ingredients…cruelty-free and vegan
              • Price…$16
              • Product Review…The Vegan Crazy Cat Lady

               

              3. Surya Brasil Color Fixation Restorative Hair Mask

              • Availability…Sprouts
              • Ingredients…exotic butters and 15 herbal extracts from India and the Amazon forest, cupuaçu butter, buriti oil, rice proteins
              • Price…$12
              • Product Review…