Pampering yourself in your home can be a rewarding experience. Having your own at-home-spa can bring you joy and relaxation. That's why it's a great idea to have home spa recipes that you can follow and make over again and again in a comfortable space -- one that you call home.
To whiten nails that have yellowed from wearing polish for extended periods, use this recipe from the pros.
Mix 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 2% teaspoons of baking soda.
Apply the paste to your nails (as well as under the tips) using a cotton swab, then let penetrate for about 3 minutes before washing with warm water.
Once hands are washed and dried, apply hand cream to maintain moisture.
LEMON OLIVE HOME PEDICURE
1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Juice from a fresh-cut lemon - and the empty rinds.
Soak feet in warm water, olive oil and lemon juice (with rinds) for 15 minutes.
Then clean, trim nails and get rid of any jagged edges.
To maintain shiny locks and to remove any residue, follow this lock maintenance recipe.
Wash locks with a clarifying shampoo.
After shampoo is rinsed from hair and locks are squeezed to remove as much water as possible, soak your locks in a one part apple cider vinegar (ACV) and four parts warm water. (2 cups warm water and 2 tablespoons of ACV).
Pour diluted ACV on the scalp from the roots and then down on each individual lock.
Leave the apple cider vinegar and water rinse on the hair for about 10-12 minutes. Cover locks with a plastic cap and wrap head with a warm towel.
Rinse hair with warm water thoroughly to ensure all or any build-up has been removed from the hair.
This hair treatment can be done every two weeks or possibly once a month - depending on the condition of the hair. This handy recipe adds sheen to locks keeping them looking well maintained and manageable.
Used as a hair rinse, vinegar neutralizes the alkali left by shampoos. This recipe can be used for all hair types to add sheen and softness to your hair. Don't forget to try a patch test first to ensure you have no allergic reactions.
NATURAL HAIR OILS FOR DREADS AND NATURAL STYLES:
It's usually hard to find the right hair oil for ethnic and multi-ethnic women. Many products claim to be "everything" but really offer "nothing".
When looking for a good hair oil, opt for the natural hair oils. Whatever you do stay away from petroleum, waxy oils or petrolatum. What these man-made products do is cause build-up on the hair and scalp. These products don't allow the hair and scalp to breathe which can be detrimental to proper hair growth.
To keep your curls healthy, try the following natural essential oil moisturizers:
Patchouli Oil - Adds moisture and sheen to dreads.
Sage Oil - Stimulates growth and is said to kill bacteria.
Rosemary Oil - Adds sheen to hair, stimulates growth is said to be good at fighting dandruff.
Sweet Almond Oil - Great for fighting a dry, itchy scalp. Contains vitamins E and F. Also good for itchy scalp.
Primrose Oil - Conditiions and moisturizes hair.
Jojoba Oil - Great for adding moisture to a dry scalp. Jojoba oil smoothes and conditions hair.
Avocado Oil - Contains vitamins A, D, and E.
Birch Oil - Great anti-dandruff scalp soother.
Calendula Oil - Light astringent. Is said to soothe the scalp and eczema problems.
Olive or Extra Olive Oil - An excellent leave-in conditioner.
These essential oils are great at adding moisture and sheen to locks and other natural styles.
AT HOME CONDITIONERS
Want to have your own at home natural spa experience? Why not make your own conditioner!
1) Try squishing avocado into a paste and spreading it over the hair. This is great at adding protein and oil for shine and manageability.
2) Egg yolk mixed with two teaspoons of castor oil and one teaspoon of rum moisturizes dry hair.
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