Kitchen Beauty

Coconut Oil & Honey Hair Mask For Dry Hair

Zelo Blog, hair mask for dry hairWe all go through that phase in our lives when we’ve experimented so much with our hair that we suddenly find our beautiful  tresses becoming dull and dry. If your hair needs a serious pick me up, a home-made coconut oil and honey hair mask can do the trick. This mask is perfect to provide great nourishment and some serious hydration to dry and damaged hair.

What You’ll Need:

  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Organic Raw Honey
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Towel

For the coconut oil and raw honey you’ll want to use equal parts of each. For example, you can start with 1 tbsp. of coconut oil and 1 tbsp. of honey, mix it together in the bowl with the spoon. For longer hair, you may find that you need just a little more of each, or maybe less all together for shorter hair.

Before you start, you’ll want to place the towel around your neck to keep the mask from getting all over your clothes. Take the mask and apply to sections of your hair from top to bottom using your hands. Be sure to generously and evenly cover your hair with the mask. When done, simply clip your hair up and let the mask process for 30 to 40 minutes.

Note: You can apply the mask to wet or dry hair. Applying the mask to wet hair is highly recommended as it’ll be much easier.

Finally, wash your hair as usual with shampoo and conditioner and done.  Enjoy your hydrated, revived tresses!

Allergy Precautions:

Before trying any home-made remedy, it is always good practice to take a small amount of the ingredients you are going to use and test them on a small patch of skin for a few minutes. If the area turns red and itchy or you feel any type of discomfort it’ll be best to avoid using those ingredients, try an alternative remedy instead.  If no reaction occurs, then it is probably safe to use for your skin.

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Help! How to Revive Fried Hair

Last night I learned a very hard lesson: never trust a curling iron that doesn’t have any sort of temperature gauge. The second lesson obviously being never use a curling iron that is just too hot.  It was a gory battle and I’m sorry to say, guys, my hair did not make it out unscathed. Literally, my hair is scathed! Do you know the feeling? Some of you are sitting at your desks right now with with smoke flumes still coming out of your hair. Maybe your hair smells like a charred building. Maybe your hair feels like dry hay. Well…well my friend, this article is exactly what you need.

1. The Miracle Hair Mask

Ingredients:

  1. 4oz cup of plain (full fat) yogurt
  2. 2 Tablespoons Coconut cream (You can find this in the ethnic foods isle)
  3. 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil

Steps: Mix Coconut cream and Coconut oil in a bowl and microwave for about 1 min.  Mix in the yogurt then massage this thick mask into the hair (hair should be slightly damp with water) completely and cover with a shower cap. Leave this on for 1 hour. Rinse mixture out. (This will take awhile to rinse completely because of the bits of coconut). *You can use a bit of conditioner as shampoo to help get all the residue out.

Why it’s Awesome: Coconut cream is often used as a natural curl softener. In fact, afro-rockers have been using this to soften their curls for years. But why should afros have all the fun? Coconut cream REALLY softens the hair while the mix packs it with restorative oils that will get your hair back to its pre-hay days.

2. A Shampoo/Conditioner Overhaul

Now that your hair actually feels like hair and not straw, you don’t want to ruin it by sucking the moisture out of it, do you? I hope not. Look at the ingredients in your shampoo and if you see salt (sodium) or sulfates (sodium lauryl), throw it in the garbage immediately. No more suds or soapy lathers for you, amigo. That will just defeat the purpose of your restorative hair mask and keep the straws coming back.

But Why? Suds and bubbles do not clean hair, neither do their agents: sulfates and sodium. They draw moisture out of the hair and since your hair is already fried, you can’t afford to lose any more moisture. Invest in a good salt-free and sulfate-free shampoo and a good protein conditioner to boot. The protein will help fill in some of the broken bonds caused by the heat damage.

3. Tread Carefully 

I would tell you to avoid styling with heat completely but that would be idealistic. Just make sure you’re not styling clean/dry hair. Moisturize. Invest in a good styling oil with silicone. Silicone will actually smooth out the damaged parts of your hair strand and mend split ends temporarily.

Trust me, I’ve been here before and these tried and true methods haven’t failed me yet. Though you’ll definitely still need to trim the most damaged ends, you’ll find that if you follow these 3 tips, your hair will look and feel as good as new.

3 DIY Conditioning Hair Masks for Fall and Winter

Brr, it sure is starting to get chilly in many parts of the world these days! I have begun to find the joys of static and dry hair are revisiting my lovely locks this season, and that it’s about time to give them some love. There is nothing quite like being able to make your hair gorgeous without breaking the bank, so here are three great hair mask recipes that you can make with ingredients from your kitchen.

Banana & Avocado Hair Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tbsp of wheatgerm oil or olive oil
Steps:
  1. Mash and mix together all the ingredients, or blend in a blender or food processor until it a thick paste
  2. Wash hair and towel dry
  3. Apply the mask depending on your needs. If you have flaky scalp, rub the paste right up to your roots. If you have a more oily hair complexion, consider only applying it to your ends.
  4. Wrap your head in a shower cap or saran wrap and let sit for 15 minutes
  5. Rinse

Chocolate Hair Mask (Yummy!)

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons of Hot Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Jojoba oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Peach oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
  • 2 Vitamin E capsules (pieced)
  • 2-3 drops of the following essential oils: geranium, cedarwood, ylang ylang, lemon, and lavender (or just choose one if you don’t have all or any of these on hand
Steps:
  1. First mix the hot milk into the cocoa, gradually until it reaches a thick creamy consistency.
  2. Add all of the oils, Vitamin E capsules, and essential oils and mix together until well combined
  3. Apply to your hair immediately and wrap your head in a shower cap or saran wrap.
  4. Let sit for one hour (time for a good movie or a good book, here!)
  5. Wash off using your normal shampoo and condition as you typically do.

Green Tea Hair Mask

Great for stimulating hair growth!
Ingredients:
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Brewed Green Tea
  • 1 Tablespoon Mustard Powder
  • 1 egg yolk
Steps:
  1. Whisk the egg yolk and sprinkle in the green tea and mustard powder until it reaches a creamy consistency. If it becomes to thick, add more tea.
  2. Part your hair down the center and apply to your head, focusing on the roots and scalp.
  3. Cover with a shower cap or wrap in saran wrap
  4. Let sit for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Rinse and shampoo/conditioner as you normally would.

Kitchen Beauty: Avocado

I can never get enough avocado. If I’m ordering food and something has avocado listed in the description, I am instantly convinced I need to try it. Guacamole, slices of avocado on my burgers, avocado-topped sushi, you name it, I’m there! Well, enough of making you (and me) hungry…

Avocado has great benefits to both your hair and your skin as a conditioner.

This fruit is considered by many to be a super food. It is high in fat – the “good” kind, monounsaturated fat to be specific – as well as potassium, B-vitamins, and fiber. It is also scientifically proved to have natural bacteria-fighting components (for more on this wonder fruit, read these Top 5 Health Benefits). For all these reasons, avocado is great for you – inside and out. Check out these awesome recipes and make it part of your beauty regimen!

Avocado and Olive Oil Facial Mask

Ingredients

-1/2 Ripe Avocado

-1 Teaspoon Olive Oil (if you have dry skin)

This mask is great to soften and rejuvenate your skin. Cut an avocado lengthwise, remove the pit, and scoop out the flesh. Mash the avocado flesh into a thick paste, and if you are prone to dry skin, add 1 Tsp of olive oil (the avocado alone is great for all skin types). Layer onto your face and leave for about 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Pat dry. (Recipe source)

Avocado, Banana and Almond Oil Hair Conditioner

Ingredients

-1/2 Ripe Avocado

-1 Ripe Banana 

-1 Teaspoon Almond Oil (or Olive Oil)

This hair treatment adds moisture and shine. Cut an avocado lengthwise, remove the pit, and scoop out the flesh. Mash the avocado flesh into a thick paste. Mash in the ripe banana, and stir in the Almond Oil until fully mixed. Apply to your hair from root to tip, covering all your hair completely. Let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse out in the shower with warm water. (Recipe source)

***These recipes are not meant to replace any of your regular skin or hair care products. Natural hair and face masks should only be used once a week at the most. If you experience any unfavorable reaction to the recipes above, discontinue use immediately.***