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Once in a while, a gentle exfoliation to Lips is really necessary to remove the dead skin around it and even out the skin tone near your mouth which gives you the exact soft, pink kissable Lips you ever wanted. The reason most of the people’s Lips are dark because they take least care of them. Like when is the time you actually spent time to specially exfoliate and remove the dead skin buildup on your Lips? Not even once a month, right? Taking good care of your Lips frequently as you do for your face and any other part of the body that is exposed to sunlight, is absolutely necessary. Today, I will talk about once simple and effective Lip scrub that I use so frequently to Lighten dark Lips naturally at home and also keeps them soft and moisturized all day long.

Effective Scrub to Lighten Dark Lips Naturally at Home

This simple scrub requires just 3 ingredients which are already lying in your kitchen.

Ingredients:

1. Fresh Mint Leaves

2. Almond Flour

3. Lemon Juice

How to use the scrub to Lighten Dark Lips naturally at home

Take 10 fresh mint leaves in a mortar and add a teaspoon of almond flour in it. Now add 1/4 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice into it and grind all the ingredients using a pestle to form a fine paste.

Before you apply this to your Lips, Cleanse them well and while your lips are still wet.. take a clean tooth brush and exfoliate your Lips gently in circular motions.

Now, apply this paste on to your Lips and gently scrub your lips in circular motion for 2 minutes.

Leave the mask as such for another 5-10 minutes and wash off with just cold water.

Apply natural Lips balm that are free of any harmful chemicals to keep your Lips healthy, soft and pink naturally.

FIND HERE: Best Natural, Safe, Chemical Free Lip Balms that you can find in India at affordable prices

DO IT TODAY: How to make a Lip Balm using Just 3 Ingredients in 5 minutes at your Home

TIP: Wipe your Lips with Rose Water daily every time you cleanse your face.

How this works:

Lemon and mint leaves are rich with some amazing bleaching agents that remove the black shades or patches from the lips.

Follow this routine once every week if your Lips are very dark and want to Lighten them as soon as possible. Don’t over do it, because it may cause dryness and increases sensitives to sunlight which in-turn darkens your lips more.

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Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years for beauty and medicinal benefits across cultures. Ayurveda reserves it, so do many other traditional healing therapies. Not every one are so lucky to find an Aloe Plant near by or at least have one in their home. In that case, you can still get your favorite ingredient packet in a jar to use daily for your skin and hair.

ACNE Mask to Shrink Pimples Overnight

Aloe Vera is one stop solution for all your skin problems. Acne and pimples are no exception. In fact Aloe Vera is known to be the best remedy to treat acne naturally. One applying directly regularly on your skin, it decreases the acne and also fades away the ugly scars and blemishes that the acne has left behind.

Using a fresh Aloe Vera gel extracted from it leaves it the best method to follow while doing applying to the face as an acne treatment. In case if you don’t have one in your backyard, I suggest you to get one Aloe Vera plant just today. Its incredible properties not only benefits to your skin but also to your skin and hair.

Choose From Here: 10 Best 99% Pure Aloe Vera Gel for skin and hair available in India

These are some of the basic benefits of using Fresh Aloe Vera juice onto your face regularly.

  • Reduces acne and pimples caused by clogged pores
  • Fades away acne blemishes and scars n regular use
  • Moisturises the skin and makes it supple and soft after applying an overnight mask
  •  Prevents problems causing bacteria to enter into the pores
  • Avoids dryness, balances moisture and rejuvenates the skin

To Know how to use Aloe Vera as an Overnight mask in many different ways at the comfort of your home, head over to this article.

READ MORE: 1 min Overnight Aloe Vera face masks for acne

How to:

To use Aloe Vera leaf to treat acne, extract the gel of the leaf into a bowl and add one drop of Peppermint essential oil for one teaspoon of this gel. Mix them well and apply this mask on only the pimple, after cleansing your face thoroughly.

READ: Why Peppermint Essential oil is better than Tea Tree essential oil for ACNE

Let the mask be on the pimple overnight.

In the morning, you will notice that your pimple has shrinked considerably.

Repeat the other night too if necessary.

This mask works best when the pimple is in its initial stage, i.e, when the pimple has just popped up.

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The skin issues that Dry and sensitive skin beauties face is just not describable. It is really hard to find the right products to your skin, isn’t it? Mainly a perfect face wash that suits your skin type. We wash our face at least twice daily and choosing a wrong face wash is just not acceptable in good skin care routine. But are there really face washes for your skin type you ask? I don’t know, research is on. Let see how many I can find them to compile them into a post. Till then, Try this simple 2 ingredient DIY Aloe Vera face wash at your home and tell me if this is of any use to you.

How to make a simple Aloe Vera Face Wash for dry and sensitive skinIngredients:

1. 99% Pure Aloe Vera Gel (Find the Best Aloe Vera Gel available in India from here)

2. Unscented Liquid Castile Soap (I use this One- VEDI unscented Liquid Castile soap )

3. Lavender essential oil (Optional)

Why Aloe Vera Gel: The real question here is, why not aloe? It’s a great go-to for anything skin related, helping to heal abrasions to soothing sunburns. Aloe gel contains glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are vital to help with skin growth and repair, as well as retaining moisture.

READ: 7 Best Ways to Use Aloe Vera Ge in your skin care routine

Glycoproteins are, simply, a carbohydrate attached to a protein. There’s a lot of talk about them reducing wrinkles, but I wouldn’t go that far. But when combined with polysaccharides, they form substances that compose the skins intercellular matrix, which keeps skin cells and structure intact. Basically, intercellular matrix is a fancy way of saying the stuff that holds layers of skin cells together. It keeps moisture in, and bad things out. For the record, there’s more to the intercellular matrix than just glycoproteins and polysaccharides, but that’s information for another day.

Why Castile Soap: Pure castile soap is vegetable oil based, as opposed to tallow (animal fat) based which is found in most of the soaps these days. It’s gentle and efficient, and removes make-up, dirt, sweat, and excess oils from your skin. It’s the main cleanser in this wash. Sastile soap is specially beneficial for sensitive skin as this is made with just plant oils, it gently cleanses your skin without irritating and drying out your skin more unlike other foaming soaps available in the market.

READ: Liquid Castile Soap Vs Castile Soap Bar

Why Lavender Essential oil: The lavender oil helps cleanse your skin and lessen redness and irritation.Since lavender has antifungal properties and reduces inflammation, it can help keep eczema at bay.  It soothes and nourishes the skin — treating acne, healing dry skin, and reducing the appearance of dark spots and scars caused by acne.

Procedure:

1. Take one small cup of Liquid Castile soap and add 2 tablespoons of Pure Aloe Vera gel into it. Mix them well.

2. Now add 6-8 drops of Lavendar essential oil into it and stir gently.

3. Store this liquid in a small bottle and label it as Aloe Vera Face wash so that it will be easy to recognize it later (specially  if you are a DIY person like me and have many such bottles filled with toners, sprays and all in your cupboard)

Take enough amount of this face wash and wash your face as you normally would. Wash with normal cold water at the last to close the pores.

You can store this face wash upto a month on shelf.

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After I have posted How to choose Mild Shampoo for our hair type on the blog, I got many requests on Instagram requesting to list out some of the best mild shampoos available in India.

The reason I delayed it was, due to the time taken to research and find out some of the best mild shampoos available in India that are really mild, safe, organic and natural. It wasn’t easy, I can say you that. Most of these shampoos are available online either from the brand’s website or amazon. I will provide links and also mention from where you can get them, in case if you are interested to try.

10 Best MILD SHAMPOOS Available in India that are Safe & Natural

I don’t wanna bore you saying  paraben free, sulphate free, fragrance free for every every shampoo that I am gonna list it down now, because they already are and hence are on the list today.

One thing that I am gonna do differently here on this post is including the ingredients of each shampoo so that it will be easier for you to make a choice quickly.

Let’s get into the list now.

1. BON Organics Aloe Vera Shampoo

This shampoo tops today’s list of best mild shampoos available in India for a reason. This is by far my favorite shampoo till date and will continue to be too. Ever since I switched to Organic Skin care and Hair care routines, I tried many Shampoos that contain no harmful chemicals such as mineral oils, silicons, synthetic chemicals, SLES/SLS, artificial colorants, preservatives and fragrances.

But I haven’t found nothing like this one yet. BON Organics Aloe Vera Shampoo is the mildest shampoo you will ever use. It is will neither be harsh on the dry hair nor too exfoliating to the oily scalp which can strip away the natural oils on the scalp.

My scalp gets oily quickly. After switching to this shampoo I have experienced that my scalp is less oily now and I can even Flaunt my hair on my 3rd day of my hair. It controlled the excess sebum production on my scalp that lead to oily scalp.

It cleanses my scalp very well, even though it’s oiled. Though I wash my hair twice whenever I oil my hair, I really felt that there was no need of second wash while I was cleansing my hair with this shampoo.

A must must try if you a looking for a safe, natural and mild shampoo to cleanse your hair.

Ingredients:  Safe surfocants invigorated with Organic Aloe Vera, Organic essential oils of Chamomile, Vitamin E, Blueberry, Natural Conditoner. Contains No Harsh Chemicals, No alcohol, No animal products or sulfates. Ingredients are certified by following (below) certifications. See the Snap below.

Read the full review here: My Review of BON Organics Aloe Vera Shampoo after finishing 6 bottles

Price: INR 315 for 200ml

Available on their website

2. Just Herbs Silky Strength Aloevera-Wheatgerm Moisturising shampoo

This shampoo is best for frizzy, dry and damaged hair. If your hair is already damaged enough and if you are looking for a natural and organic shampoo to gently cleanse your scalp and hair without making it more dry, then this is your best bet.

When I Oil massage my hair  hours before washing  my hair with Just herbs’s Silky strength wheatgerm moisturizing shampoo, I didn’t feel there is need to condition my hair. But when I just wash my hair with this shampoo without any prior deep conditioning mask applied, I felt my hair was little bouncy (not frizzy). I specially prefer hair products which doesn’t give a bouncy look to my already thick hair.

This is best suited for wavy, dry or damaged hair.

Ingredients: Aloevera leaf juice* 5%, vetiver ext. 0.5%, wheatgerm oil 0.1%, hibiscus ext.* 0.2%, soy lecithin. 0.1%. aqua, steam distilled vetiver water, decyl glucoside***, cocoamidopropyl betain, sodium lauryl glucosides hydroxypropyl sulfonate, vegetable glycerine*, disodium cocoamphoacetate***, potassium sorbate, natural preservative blend of herbs & essential oils, caprylyl glycol, gluconolactone / sodium gluconate, citric acid (ph adjuster).

*Certified Organic
*** ECOCERT Approved

Price: INR 545 ofr 200ml

Available on their website

3. Juicy chemistry Apple cider vinegar and Argan Shampoo

Juicy Chemistry brands needs no introduction. I have seen the growing from selling on Facebook page to owing a brick and mortar store in Coimbatore.

They got their products and practices certified by COSOMOS Organic, ECOERT a few months back or it has already been a year, I don’t really remember.

Juicy Chemistry’s shampoo are completely organic and very mild to the scalp. They have three variants, out of which I love their Apple cider vinegar and Argan shampoo. We already know enough benefits of these two main ingredients in this shampoo. Apple Cider Vinegar is enriched with Vitamins C and B which help in promoting overall health of the hair and whereas Argan oil has been hailed to turn frizzy, damaged, unmanageable hair into shiny, luscious locks.

This shampoo makes your hair smooth and soft while gently cleansing your scalp without stripping away the excess oil and making it dry.  This shampoo is more suitable for oily scalp than any other hair type.

Ingredients:  Aqua, Potassium Olivate **, Potassium Cocoate**, Potassium Castorate**, Potassium Pomegranate**, Potassium Arganate** Tocopherol^, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sucrose*, Cedar Atlantica (Cedarwood) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) oil*

** Made using Organic Ingredient
** Ingredient from Organic Farming
^ COSMOS Certified Natural

If you are the one who relies and trusts those brands with certifications, this one is for you. And remember, certified products comes with a price tag.

Price: INR 600 for 100ml is that price tag.

4. Roots & Herbs Luscious Jabapushp Hair Cleanser

This shampoo from the brand roots and herbs is made with some of the exotic Indian Ayurveda roots and herbs that are used centuries ago by many of our ancestors.

This shampoo is for dry and damaged hair only, as recommended by the brand itself on their website. I haven’t tried this yet, but will surely do. I love to try Ayurveda products more as they are very rare to find and so are very potent too.

Ingredients: REETHA (Sapindus mukorossi) (400 mg), BRAHMI (Bacopa monneri) (100 mg), NAGAR MUTHA (Cyperus Rotandus) (150 mg), JABAPUSHP (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) (200 mg), NILI (Indigofera tinctoria) (200 mg), MULETHI (Glycerrhiza glabra) (200 mg), NEEM (Azadirachta indica) (150 mg), COCONUT OIL (Oil of Cocosnucifera) (0.10 ml), WALNUT OIL (Oil of Juglans nigra) (0.050 ml), VITAMIN E- ACETATE (0.10 ml), ARGAN OIL (0.10 ml), GERANIUM OIL (0.020 ml), PALMAROSA OIL (0.010 ml), CLAY SAGE OIL (0.025 ml),SODIUM BENZOATE 25mg,  PURIFIED WATER Q.S TO 5ml. COMPOSITION FOR EACH 5 ml

Price: INR 520 for 100ml

Available on their website

5. Rustic Art Biodegradable Aloe Vera Shampoo

Rustic Art Shampoos are completely made with bio-degradable and eco-friendly ingredients. Although they have around 5-6 variations, I specially love the Biodegradable Aloe Vera shampoo from Rustic Art.

With goodness of Coconut, Bermuda Grass & Wheat Protein; this shampoo is thick in consistency and leaves the hair with a healthy bounce, shine and strength.

Rustic Art Aloe shampoo contains biodegradable, non-toxic and relatively safe ingredients and is also cruelty-free and vegan. So it’s a great alternative to readily available harmful chemical-laden hair cleansers. However, if you have dry hair, do not skip your conditioner post using this shampoo or pre-oiling because this shampoo is certainly not for the damaged, parched hair types. Although it kept my scalp oil-free for up to three days, it couldn’t keep by hair sit at one place.

Ingredients: Demineralized Aqua ,Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaina, Alpha Olefin Sulphonatel, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Laurydimonium Hydroxypropyl, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Aloe Extract, Natural Preservative of OLG, Ascorbic Acid.

I have found that all these ingredients are safe to use and are very mild to the scalp too.

Price: INR 290 for 200ml

6. Vilvah Goat Milk Shampoo

I guess this is the first ever shampoo where I noticed that the goat milk is used as the main ingredient. Usually, goat milk used in natural handmade soaps and facial cleansers. As Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin it is used in many anti aging and acne skin care products.

But I didn’t know that goat milk is also extremely beneficial to improve one’s scalp and hair health. Goat milk is rich in protein and fatty acids. Therefore, it nourishes the hair deeply and provides a natural shine. When mixed with other oils, it does wonders for the hair, if you have extremely dry and dull hair.

So, that pretty much explains the benefits of using Vilvah goat milk shampoo. If you looking for a vegan alternative, then you can also try their herbal shampoo which treats dandruff and also works well for oily scalp.

Their packaging is improved and the shampoo now comes in a aluminum bottle.

Ingredients: Aqua, *Farm Fresh Goatmilk,*Jasmine Hydrosol, **Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultain (Derived from fatty acids of coconut oil), **Cocamidopropylbetain (Derived from coconut oil), **coco glucoside (Ecocert approved natural surfactant), Sodium hydroxide, **Sodium cocyl glycinate (natural surfactant), **Glycol distearate, Argan oil,*Jasmine Essential oil, *Neroli Essential oil, **Vanilla oil, **Sodium PCA,  *Citric acid, **Banana extract, **Hydrolysed Silk protein, **Sodium Benzoate, **Potassium Sorbate, **Sodium gluconate (from sugar glucose)

*Organic
**Plant derived

Price: INR 590 for 200ml.

Available on their website

7. Native circle herbal shampoo

This is one of the brand that I wanted to talk about in this post. Native circle is a local brand based out in Bangalore in Karnataka. It makes conscious effort towards sustainable and eco-friendly practices and lifestyle.  Their products are sourced at various natural/organic farms of Karnataka and processed with utmost care and hygiene.

This is the only shampoo in this whole list which packed in a glass bottle. Isn’t that just awesome.

It has all natural ingredeints that are stratinght from the plants, no derived substances, extracts, or even any natural surfactants.

This shampoo is a little hard to work with as this doesn’t easily lather, but it is worth your time if you have that patience to get rid of all dust and drim from your scalp using this shampoo alone. This granular shampoo leaves your hair quite smooth and shiny

Ingredients: Soapnut, Bilva, Tulsi, Amla, Hibiscus, Neem, Shikakai

Price: INR 400 for 750gms.

8. Organique Herbal Shampoo

Organique Herbal shampoo is suitable mostly for dry hair beauties. It is mostly on the moisturizing side of a cleanser. I guess this is due to the coconut milk, full fat milk in which are present in this shampoo.

This shampoo controls frizz in dry hair and keeps it moisturized til the next wash (3-4 days).

Better not to choose this shampoo if you have extremely thin hair or oily scalp.

Ingredients:
Castor, Rice bran, Soya bean, Almond, Jojoba, Neem seed oil, Coconut milk, Full fat milk, Yoghurt, Herbal extracts of Amla, Reetha, Shikakai, Methi, etc.
Price: INR 375 for 200ml.

9. Nirvana Botanique Tea Tree, Basil & Sage Hair Wash

Nirvana Botanique has some of the best products for skin and hair care. Their products are simple and suitable for even sensitive skin to use daily. Although this shampoo is mild, it is potent due to the presence of many therapeutic essential oils like Basil Essential oil, peppermint essential oil and tea tree essential oil.

These essential oils are mainly used to improve hair growth and reduce hair fall.

READ: How Peppermint essential solves all your hair problems

Ingredients: Basil Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Clary sage Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Contains Sulfate Free Soap, Organic Avocado Oil, Vegetable Glycerine.

Price: INR 449 for 220ml

10. Ancient Living Hydrating Shampoo

A simple and decent mild shampoo with not much expectations, just suitable for cleansing hair. If you looking for a shampoo which should just does its job perfectly and there is nothing more you expect from a hair cleanser, then this is for you.

This is perfect for normal hair or you can also try this shampoo in summers.

Ingredients: DM water, Aloe Vera, Lemon oil ,Tea Tree oil,Jojoba oil , Neem Oil ,Caprylic capric glucoside, coco glucoside,coco amido propyl betaine, Xantham gum, Potassium Sorbate

Price: INR 395 for 200ml

I wanted this post to be really helpful to you all and I hope it did. Do let me know if my research is worth to find the best mild shampoo for your hair in the comments. Will you?  Please don’t mind the delay sometimes I do to post what you requested for. I take a very good amount of time for research specially to write this kind of posts, so that you can choose the right one for your skin/hair type among some of the best that are available to use in our country.

Thanks for your support. <3

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It seems there are many misconceptions on using glycerin for hair.  Many hair and skin care products have glycerin. It is added to shampoos, moisturisers, soaps and lotions among other products. Before we dive into the actual question of using glycerin for hair, let’s understand what it actually is, from where it is derived and what does it do?

Glycerine, also called glycerin or glycerol, is a thick, clear, fragrance-free liquid used in many beauty products. Glycerine is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment around it to itself

What does Glycerin does?

Glycerin absorbs water from its surroundings and this is what makes it an excellent ingredient for skin and hair care products. It is a sweet-tasting transparent thick liquid and can be easily dissolved in water.

Which type of Glycerin to use for Hair?

There are two types of Glycerin that are available in the market, one is natural that is derived from vegetable sources like coconut oil, palm oil, soy, or shea butter and the other is synthetic which is derived  from animal sources.

Typically, if you are purchasing glycerin, the label will say if it is from a vegetable source of glycerin. Do not buy any cheap glycerin that is available in any drug stores. These are mostly synthetic and animal derived.

Synthetic glycerin has received some publicity as being a potential health hazard, and many consumers prefer to avoid it. It is typically produced from the starting material epichlorohydrin, which is a toxic chemical that is classified as a probable carcinogen.

Can you apply glycerin for Hair?

Glycerin returns moisture back to dry hair and improves the scalp layer since it moisturises it.  However, when used in a diluted form, glycerin can be a great moisturizer and humectant for the hair. Care should be taken to use it in environments of moderate humidity. If the climate is very hot and humid, glycerin will absorb a lot of moisture from the air and cause the hair to swell, raising the cuticle and disrupting curl pattern, creating coarse, frizzy hair. In weather that is extremely dry, glycerin will seek out moisture from your hair and actually dehydrate it, which can cause damage and breakage

One of the biggest concerns I have seen expressed about glycerin is that it might remove or strip color from the hair. Many people with chemically dyed hair avoid it almost unilaterally. The truth of the matter is that glycerin is a reasonably good solvent for many types of molecules. It can dissolve and grab unbound dye molecules that are easily accessible near the exterior of the hair.

There is one possible exception: certain types of highly textured hair which are extremely dry, may still benefit from glycerin even in high humidity.

Glycerin can easily dissolve and remove these colors and accelerate the inevitable fading process.

TRY THIS: Sea Salt Texturing spray for Perfect beachy waves

So, to sum up when to and when not to use Glycerin for hair..

Glycerin is a water-soluble conditioning alcohol and is an extremely effective moisturizer and humectant. This means that all the usual things to be aware of regarding humectants, curly hair, and the weather are applicable when using glycerin.

Its viscosity and clarity make it a great ingredient to give definition to curls and to smooth the fly-away hair.

Do not use glycerin right after using a permanent dye on the hair, and consider avoiding it if you use semi-permanent or red color on your hair.

So, Are you gonna use Glycerin for hair?

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The benefits that natural hair care brings out are just amazing. But who has that time to actually sit and wait for so long to actually reapt those benefits out of those hair masks, even though they are amazing. That is the reason we have got overnight hair mask, that are less tedious to prepeare and are more potent because we are gonna let the mask soak in for hours and not just minutes. These Overnight hair masks for faster hair growth are so easy to make and are less messy and oily compared to the other hair masks you will elsewhere. Wanna know what are those?

5 OVERNIGHT Hair Masks for Faster Hair Growth

You can choose to use any hair mask that you are comfortable with. But remember to use it continuously for at least 3 months straight, once every week, before you switch to an another.

Also, remember to use a shower cap and also protect your pillow before going to bed with these overnight hair masks.

1. Flax seed Gel and Castor oil

Flax seeds 

Flax seed oil is so special for treating baldness problems in both men and women. flax seeds are rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid).

The ALA or alpha-linolenic acid present in flax seeds will inhibit 5 alpha reductase. It is the enzyme that can convert testosterone into DHT or dihydrotestosterone. Hair follicles will shrink because of DHT that can result in baldness. The linolenic acid, ALA, and oleic acid in flax seeds are effective natural remedies for male baldness. Flax seeds can also prevent hair loss caused by Telogen effluvium.

Castor oil

Castor oil for hair growth is used as an age old remedy. Many Studies have shown that castor oil worked for hair growth as the presence of ricinoleic acid in it is probably the biggest reason for the oil’s effectiveness in reversing hair loss and baldness. The acid helps boost the production of the compound Prostaglandin (PGE2), which promotes hair growth from dormant follicles.

CHOOSE ONE FROM HERE: Best Castor oils in INDIA, that are Hexane Free, Cold Pressed and Organic

How to use Flax seeds and Castor oil for faster hair growth

Make Flax seeds gel using 2 tablespoons flax seeds 1/2 cup water. Add a teaspoon of Hexane Free Castor oil and mix it with the gel. Apply this to your scalp and hair.

2. Pumpkin seeds and Aloe Vera 

Pumpkin seeds

There are already enough studies and researches conducted on how pumpkin seed oil is promoting new hair in the bald patches, especially in men.

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is the most common cause of hair loss in men and affects up to 70% of men in later life and especially those aged over 50 years.

Pumpkin seed oil (PSO) has  been reported to be an effective treatment for male pattern baldness by inhibiting the DHT harmone.

Aloe Vera 

Aloe Vera oil  has some of the best antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties that stimulates the blood circulation of the scalp and thus promotes healthy long hair.

Aloe vera boasts a vast repository of amino acids and proteolytic enzymes which efficiently help improve scalp health and boost hair growth.

When you use aloe vera on your hair and scalp, blood flow to your scalp increases. When your scalp has been cleansed and your hair has been conditioned with aloe vera, you might see that hair breakage and loss slows down.

Best Aloe Vera Hair Masks for Dandruff that works

How to use Pumpkin seeds and Aloe Vera for faster hair growth

Mix 2 Tablespoons of Aloe Vera and a teaspoon of Cold Pressed Pumpkin seed oil into it. Mix it well and apply to your scalp and the left over to your mid-hair length and ends.

3. Rice Water and Rosemary

Rice Water

We missed to recognize it as a beautifying aid until we got to know that Yao ethnic women from the village of Huangluo in China made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the “world’s longest hair village” just by washing their hair with fermented Rice water. Yes..! Their 6 feet healthy, long and beautiful hair  reminds that the real skin/hair care lies on what our nature gives us. Plus these women do not have grey hair till the late 80s. Whoa..! So Using Rice water for Hair growth is just gaining traction now, but this simple beauty secret is here and has been followed for centuries. Its just that we were under a rock that we don’t know about this.

Rinsing your hair with rice water repairs and strengthens damaged hair shaft while providing elasticity, shine and smoothness.

The added nutrients from the fermentation process help restore hair’s pH balance, nourish hair follicles to promote healthy hair growth and improve the overall condition of hair.

The Chinese Secret to Long Hair – Guinness Recorded

Rosemary

Many studies have shown that this herb can reverse some of the most common forms of hair loss.

Male pattern baldness (MPB) is a form of hair loss that occurs when a byproduct of testosteronecalled dihydrotestosterone (DHT) attacks the hair follicles.

Rosemary oil can counter hair loss by stimulating blood circulation in the scalp, which, in turn, promotes hair growth . Its high nutritional value and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent ingredient for nourishing the hair follicles and soothing the scalp.

How to use Rice Water and Rosemary for faster hair growth

To prepare Rice water, take a small cup of raw, un-cooked rice in a bowl and wash it once with fresh water to remove any dirt and dust on the grains.

Now add 2 cups of water into it, and keep it aside for at least 2-3 hours covered.

After 3 hours, strain the liquid into a container and that’s it, you Rice water is ready to be used for your hair.

Now mix 3-4 drops of rosemary essential into and mix it well and apply to your hair.

4. Onion and Peppermint

Onion

Using onion juice is a sure-shot method to boosting hair growth and promoting hair regrowth. Onion is mostly used to “re-grow” hair, i.e., it shows noticeable results in growing hair in small bald patches in both men and women.

How onion juice helps hair growth? It is mainly because of these two reasons.

  • Its all about sulfur yes! Major reasons behind hair fall so to nourishing scalp with sulfur will promote hair growth
  • They have potent anti-bacterial properties and help fight infections of the scalp. This in turn helps reduce hair fall as scalp infections can cause massive loss of hair.

SEE WHICH WINS: Ginger Vs Onion for Hair Growth – Which is Best? (Based on Researches)

Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is one of the most potent essential oil that is used to treat various hair and scalp problems. It is also used to treat the most common hair problems like hair loss, hair thinning, dandruff and itchiness.

Peppermint essential oil can help stimulate hair growth and has the ability to increase blood circulation around the scalp due to presence of menthol in it.  Peppermint has such a distinct cooling and refreshing sensation when ingested or applied to your scalp.

Also, Peppermint essential oil is considered as a natural substitute of most popular hair loss inhibiting drug – Minoxidil. It is in fact proven to be better than this drug.

This is How you Solve all your Hair Problems with Peppermint Essential oil

How to use Onion and Peppermint for faster hair growth

Make a fine paste of one small onion and extract the juice out of it using a muslin cloth.

Mix one part of this onion juice with 4 parts of rose water and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil into it. Apply this mixture to the areas where there is less hair growth or more hair fall, like receding fore head and temple areas.

5. Coffee and Rose Water

Coffee 

Caffeine in the coffee blocks the hormone Dihydro-testosterone(DHT) which is responsible for hair loss. So, Coffee can control excessive hair shedding and stimulates hair follicles for new hair growth.

Coffee increases blood circulation in the scalp and stimulates the roots of the hair, thus increases hair growth and reduces hair loss drastically.

COFFEE FOR HAIR COLORING? How to use Coffee for Coloring your Hair very Dark – Overnight Treatment

Rose Water

Rosewater is great for your hair too. It replenishes lost moisture and makes hair more manageable, smoother, shiner and healthier. Plus, the natural anti-inflammatory properties of rosewater can help reduce dandruff and its stimulating properties increases scalp circulation and promotes hair growth.

To be sure, rose water does contain vitamin A, vitamin B3, vitamin C and vitamin E, all of which are responsible for boosting hair growth.

How to use Coffee ad Rose Water for faster hair growth

The foremost step to prepare a coffee hair dye is preparing a strong coffee. Here, we are preparing a strong decoction with 1 tablespoon of finely ground coffee and 5 tablespoon of water.

Tip: Choose a round measuring spoon for measuring these quantities to make perfect strong coffee.

Boil the mixture on low flame for 12-15 minutes. As soon as you see the water has reached its boiling point and starting bubbling up, turn off the stove. Let the Coffee decoction cool to room temperature. Take a small cup and add the decoction (do not filter) and then add 3 tablespoon of Rose water into it.

Apply this Coffee and Rose water mixture to your scalp just like you apply oil. Do not apply too much of it, because the water may drip out of your hair later. Let the water dry out a little before going to bed.

To your surprise, I already have a hair oil recipe on my blog which includes 5 ingredients from this list. If you are looking for a more convenient way to include these ingredients in your hair care routines, instead of spending time on each hair mask per week, you can try this out.

HAIR OIL RECIPE: This is the Best Hair Re-Growth Oil for Baldness Solution

Note: Do not use these Overnight recipes in winters, or if the whether is cold outside or if have cold/fever. Also, Avoid trying any overnight hair masks if you are susceptible to catching cold easily.

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Wouldn’t it be so easy to treat all your hair problems at a time? Because finding solutions to each of your hair problems and treating them one at a time s cumbersome sometimes. Sometimes its time and sometimes its our patience which doesn’t allow us to spare some extra time for self care. Isn’t it? But what if we have a single solution to treat at least two of our main hair problems i.e., which treats dandruff & hair growth that too with the help of one single hair rinse that takes less than 10 minutes of your time. Excited? Let’s get started then…

Fenugreek and Mint Hair rinse that Treats dandruff & Hair growth at a time:

Before we start with the recipe, let’t see how of these ingredients individually work on our scalp and hair.

Why Fenugreek ?

Fenugreek seeds are very effective in making the hair strong from their roots and dealing with the follicular problems. These seed fights irritation on the scalp and dandruff, which are two main reasons for hair loss. Antibacterial and antifungal properties of fenugreek seeds make it useful to treat an itchy scalp and dandruff.

1. Controls hair Loss

2. Triggers hair growth

3. Nourishes hair and scalp

4. Works as natural hair conditioner

5. Helps in adding shine and softness to hair

6. combats dandruff and strengths hair

Why Mint?

A perky herb, mint stimulates your senses, your circulation, your hair follicles – it’s get’s things moving! It’s like a boost of energy which dull hair really responds to! It also helps maintain the natural pH of your scalp, which controls excessive oil production.

1. Controls dandruff flakes

2. Keeps the scalp hydrated

3. Increases blood circulation on scalp and triggers hair growth

4. Treats scalp infections and soothes the scalp in hot summers

DIY Fenugreek and Mint Hair rinse that treats dandruff & Hair growth

Ingredients:

1. Fenugreek Seeds

2. Fresh mint leaves

3. Water

Recipe:

1. Take 2 full cups of water into a saucepan and and 3 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds and add 10-15 fresh mint leaves into it.

2. On the stove and simmer this mixture in low flame for 10 minutes.

3. Let it cool down to room temperature and strain the mixture into a jar.

4. Wash your hair thoroughly and rinse your hair with this Fenugreek-Mint infused water, massage your hair for 2 minutes with this hair rinse left on your hair and wash off with normal water.

Use this hair rinse once every week for 2 months to visible results.

Try this Hair rinse this weekend and see how your hair feels so soft and clean. You will require no conditioner after using this hair rinse. Try it out..!

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When it comes to quick beauty hacks, Ice cubes for face is one of the most cheap and effective way to take of your skin. Ice cubes facial has been very popular these days, specially in hot scorching summers. Ice cubes not only is used to treat sun burns and inflammation as most of us use them for, but it treats many other skin problems too.

Some of the Benefits of using Ice cubes for Face are:

Shrinks Pimples:

One of the most popular uses of ice cubes is for shrinking acne. Ice can calm redness and swelling, especially if you have cystic acne. It can even relieve pain in the same way it numbs bruises. But remember that, cystic acne is sensitive and so you need to be extra careful to only dab the ice only on the pimple and should not put the same ice cubes on its surrounding skin or any other area on the face, as there is a change of bacteria being spreading down to that area.

Cures Inflammation:

Skin inflammations and redness can occur due to various reasons such as a long exposure to the sun’s rays or even allergies. In such cases, applying ice on the affected areas gives you instant relief from the inflammation.

Closes pores and reduces oil:

Ice water or Ice is proven to reduce the skin’s pores size and also controls sebum production on oily face and makes it feel instantly fresh and clean.

Creates base for Makeup:

If your Makeup looks uneven and cake-y ever time you apply any BB cream, it is probably because of open pores and inflamed skin too sometimes. To create a perfect base for your skin during makeup, a good massages of Ice on your face for 1 minute creates a soft and smooth skin for makeup.

Reduces Sun Burns:

This is one of the main reason why many of us have actually started to use Ice cubes for face, to treat sun burns. Applying Ice cubes immediately on sun burnt skin, will reduce redness caused due to prolonged sun exposure and soothes the skin thereafter.

Puffiness under eyes:

Any form of cold packs is an amazing remedy for puffy or tired eyes. Ice has the quality to reduce swellings, and thus makes these swollen bags disappear quickly..However, since the skin around the eyes is delicate, the cubes should not be used for a long duration.

Increases Blood circulation:

he coldness will boost your circulation, helping bring blood and color to your skin. Your complexion will naturally brighten even before you apply makeup. Come morning, applying an ice cube will double as a good wake-up call.

4 Refreshing Ice Cubes for face

These 4 recipes of Ice Cubes for Face that instantly refreshes and treats many skin problems.

1. Green Tea Ice Cubes:

Prepare 2 cups of Green Tea using 2 spoons of Loose Green Tea leaves. Let it cool to room temperature and now pour this water into the Ice cubes moulds and let them sit in the freezer for around 8 hours. And that it, you are ready with some fresh Green Tea Cubes ready to be used your skin.

2. Aloe Vera Ice Cubes

This can be done using either a fresh Aloe Vera Leaf’s gel if you have one, or you can also use 99% Pure Aloe Vera Gel to prepare these Aloe Vera Ice cubes.

To use Fresh Aloe Leaf, Extract the gel into a blender and add 5 tablespoons of Rose water into it. Blend it well to a fine juice like consistency (add more rose water if required) and pour it into the Ice cubes moulds and let them sit in the freezer for around 8 hours.

To use Ready to use Aloe Vera gel, Mix 10 tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel and 5 tablespoon of Rose water into a bowl and mix them will till it forms a nice liquid- y consistency. Pour this water into the Ice cubes moulds and let them sit in the freezer for around 8 hours.

Once the mixture hardens, these Ice cubes are ready to be used for your skin.

3. Cucumber Ice Cubes

This is my favorite. These can also be used in any home made drinks. Cut one medium sized cucumber into small pieces and blend them. Extract the juice and pour it into ice cube moulds and freeze it for 8 hours minimum.

4. Mint  Ice cubes

Take a handful of fresh mint leaves and put them into a blender. Add one cup of Rose water and blend them. Pour this water into the Ice cubes moulds and let them sit in the freezer for around 8 hours.

How to Use Ice Cubes for Face

Take one Ice cube of your choice and wrap it in a clean wash cloth. Massage your face using this Wrapped Ice cube for a minutes in circular motions. Take a break till your skin reaches to normal temperature and repeat again. Do this for a maximum of not more than 3 times in one sitting.

Do not apply or wash your face again after massages your face with Ice cubes. Let your face air dry or else wipe it off with a wash cloth if you n time and to need get ready quickly.

You can Use Ice cubes for face whenever you have a sun burn or when acne is just poping up newly. Do not use daily, as too much of anything is bad for you skin.

Ever Tried Ice Cubes for face?

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