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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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Hair Care: Winter Hair Tips

November is here! Many across the U.S. have already seen snow, so it’s no mystery that winter is almost upon us. Dryer winter air and cold temperatures can have a serious impact on your hair. You know what I’m talking about – dreaded winter frizz, static, and breakage.

Turns out that the cold is not the only culprit of dry hair during the winter – it has even more to do with heat. We crank up the heaters in our homes, spend more time indoors, take long hot showers and baths, and use hot tools and hair dryers more frequently during frosty months. Let’s take a look at some tricks to keeping your hair looking great throughout this chilly season ahead.

Protect Your Hair Outdoors

Whipping winds at freezing temperatures dry out your hair just as much as your skin – we just don’t feel it! Wear hats and scarves to protect your hair as much as you can when you leave the house, and never ever walk outside in the cold if you have wet hair.

Protect Your Hair From the Heat

Wait, is that a typo? Nope, I’m serious. Make sure you are using heat protectant spray on your hair before you blow dry or use hot tools such as straighteners or curling irons. They make a huge difference in the strength and shine of your hair when you style. Heat dries out and damages your hair, making it prone to breakage and split ends.

Condition Like Crazy

During the winter, you hair tends to be dryer because of the heat in your home and the dryness of the air outside. Make sure you bump up your conditioning routine to keep your hair moisturized – do a weekly hair mask, add a leave-in conditioner to your routine, and even add conditioner to your ends before you shampoo to give them a little more protection when you wash your hair.

Cut Down on Washes

Washing your hair daily really strips your hair of moisture, so try to wash your hair with shampoo less, alternating with a conditioner-only rinse or using dry shampoo.

Use the Cold to Your Advantage

While blasting hot water in the shower seems like the best thing during these cold days, it definitely isn’t good for your hair. Rinse your hair in cold water after you wash and condition to lock in moisture and shine. Also, when your hair is not being tended to, try to keep your hair out of the hot water with a shower cap or ponytail if you love those toasty soaks too much (I know I do!).

Any tips and tricks we missed that you always go to during the winter months? Or have you tried any of these to keep your hair shiny and moisturized even when it’s chilly outside?

3 Must Have Fall Pumpkin Hair Products

So, I jumped the gun on the first day of fall – I was convinced it was yesterday, but it’s actually tomorrow, September 23. Hey, I can’t cover up the fact that it’s my favorite season and I wanted it to officially start already!

My favorite part of fall? Pumpkins. I love pumpkins, perhaps an unhealthy amount – pumpkin carving, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin shaped tealights, pumpkin shaped placemats… I think you get the picture. When it comes to hair, I especially can’t resist pumpkin scented products. Here are a few of my must-haves to check out this fall.

Sexy Hair Pumpkin Products

Imagine my ecstatic state when I found out that Sexy Hair has a whole LINE of pumpkin hair products! Love, love, love. Smell great and work great. Unfortunately they have discontinued the Pumpkin Puree Mask and the Pumpkin Potion Leave-In Conditioner (tears) but the Rehydrating Shampoo, Detoxifying Shampoo, Conditioner, Enzyme Therapy Mist, and Whipped Souffle Styling Creme are all still available. And if you’re pumpkin crazy like me, you might also be interested in the Pumpkin Body Wash and Body Creme by Sexy Bath and Body.

Check out the entire collection at Sleekhair.com

WEN by Chaz Dean Fall Ginger Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner

The release of this special fall Ginger Pumpkin scented Wen conditioner was highly anticipated, and now that it’s been released this fall, it has definitely lived up to the hype with a 100% 5 Star Rating on the Wen website. If you haven’t tried Wen before, I recommend you take a peek.

To read more about Wen Ginger Pumpkin, click here.

DIY Pumpkin Deep Conditioning Mask

My last pumpkin product favorite isn’t actually a product you can buy – but it’s one you can easily make. I love hair masks, and came across this hair mask recipe on NaturallyCurly.com that is super easy to make and a perfect use of the leftover pumpkin gunk you may have after carving fall pumpkins ;). If you don’t carve pumpkins, canned pumpkin puree is easy to find (look by the pies in your grocery store!) and will work just as well as pureeing your own.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin – you can either use puree from the innards of your soon-to-be tossed Jack-o-Lantern, a can of pumpkin puree, or baby food.
  • 1/4 cup of yogurt
  • 2 tbsp of honey

Directions:

“Put all ingredients in to bowl and PUREE. If you do not puree, you will be left with pumpkin chunks in your hair and you will regret it. Separate hair in sections and smooth from root to tip throughout entire head Once entire head has been pumpkin-ified, put on a showercap and leave on hair for about 20-30 minutes”

And a fun pumpkin fact left by the recipe creator, if you weren’t yet sold on the greatness of pumpkins:

Pumpkin contains over 100 beneficial nutrients and exceptionally high in beta carotene thus making it it an ideal ingredient for hair products.

What are your favorite FALL hair products? Have you tried any of my faves?