Getting Dressed

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…
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Vegan Hair Mask Recipes

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As you know, the heat of your hairdryer and straightener, the wintery dry air, and wearing hats and scarves can all cause your hair to get really dry, brittle, and damaged this time of year.

And during the winter your hair is more likely to break, have more split ends,, grow dull, and lose its shine.

Thank goodness that there are several hair masks that you can make yourself  to help combat these problems—all of which include natural ingredients that can be found in the local grocery store, if not in your kitchen already.

Common ingredients as coconut oil, avocado, honey, eggs, and even bananas can help you repair any existing damage, nourish your scalp, get rid of product build-up, and finally achieve the shinier, silkier, healthier that we all strive for.

So let’s take a look at some of these all-natural hair mask recipes and their benefits

For all of these “recipes,” simply combine the ingredients and then rub the mixture into your hair, keep it covered for 30 minutes using a shower cap, and then shampoo and rinse as usual.

 

1.  Apple Cider Vinegar…1Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1/2C water

  • Benefits…contains loads of vitamins like B vitamins, vitamin C and potassium…heals flaky and itchy scalps…helps clarify, harden, and smooth the cuticles, the outermost layer of your hair…resulting in smooth and silky hair that shines and is less prone to tangling.

 

2.  Avocado…Ingredients…one half mashed ripe avocado, one egg, a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil, 2Tbsp olive oil

  • Benefits…adds shine…can help restore luster to your hair…rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids…will smooth and moisturize your locks without weighing down fine hair

 

3.  Bananas…Ingredients…mashed banana, 1Tbsp olive oil

 

4.  Butter…Ingredients…simply a small chunk of butter

  • Benefits…strengthens dry, brittle hair

 

5.  Coconut Oil…Ingredients…1Tbsp coconut oil, 1Tbsp honey

  • Benefits…keeps hair moist and soft…loaded with fatty acids…penetrates the hair more deeply than regular conditioners…prevents hair breakage because of its high moisture retaining capabilities…restores the moisture and shine back into your hair and softens it

 

6.  Eggs…Ingredients…one egg yolk, 2Tbsp coconut oil, 1Tbsp honey

  • Benefits…can produce healthier tresses due to their high volume of protein…great natural conditioner…helps retain the luster and shine in your hair…leaves your hair feeling healthy and restored…rich in Vitamins A, D, and E, proteins and fatty acids

 

7.  Greek Yogurt…Ingredients…1C Greek yogurt, 1Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1Tbsp honey

  • Benefits…helps give your hair a protein boost

 

8.  Lemon Juice…Ingredients…2Tbsp olive oil, 2Tbspoons lemon juice, 2Tbsp water

  • Benefits…fights dandruff …helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin…leaves your hair feeling nourished and refreshed

 

9.  Mayonnaise…Ingredients…enough mayonnaise to coat your hair

  • Benefits…adds softness and shine

 

10.  Olive Oil…Ingredients…1Tbsp honey, 2Tbsp olive oil

  • Benefits…attracts and holds onto water molecules…locks in moisture…prevents dryness of the scalp,hair breakage, split ends, and even fly-aways…produces soft and shiny hair…softens dry hair

 

11.  Pumpkin…Ingredients…2Tbsp honey, 1C pumpkin puree

  • Benefits…rich in vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, potassium, and zinc.

 

12.  Rhassoul Clay…Ingredients…¼C Rhassoul clay, 1Tbsp avocado oil, 70ml of water, a few drops of an essential oil like lavender

  • Benefits…adds shine and lustre to hair…decreases breakage…leaves your hair smooth, shiny, and stronger than ever before…restores moisture to hair…soothes irritated scalp conditions like dandruff