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Summer Time: Chlorine & Sea Salt Hair Issues

Summer time is great!  Everybody is traveling and doing outdoor activities.  Swimming, long days in the sun, and tons of sun screen.  Oh and let’s not forget crispy hair.  So a lot of people tend to go for a lighter hair color in the summer, but ruin it after a few days at the beach or in a chlorine filled swimming pool.  Of course if you have children you’re fighting tangled rough hair.  So here are some remedies you can do on the go or at home to help your hair. Remedy #1: Strip your hair. I strongly advise herbal tea rinses mixed with a bit of vinegar to strip your hair of chlorine.  Brew a cup of herbal tea. Suggested Herbs: Calendula and Chamomile for Light Hair Rosemary and Nutmeg for Medium Hair Rosehip or Rose and Hibiscus for Shades of Red Sage and Nettle for Dark Hair Allow it to cool.  If you have dark hair, add 1/4 of a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).  If you have light hair, add 1/4 of a cup of White Vinegar (ACV).  If your current hair color falls in the middle, I would advise ACV.  Once the vinegar of your […]
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Dad Tips: Hair Styling Edition

So when I was younger and my mom was gone on duty with the Air Force, my dad would have to style my hair.  No big deal.  However, every Sunday in church someone would redo my hair or my bow, and their words to my father,”Your wife must be on duty.”  Dad always thought it was funny, bu pt the girl with the lopsided pigtails didn’t.  So here are 3 quick tips for all dads that your little girls will appreciate. Tip #1: The pantyhose puff. This is for all the dads with a little wavy, curly, or super curly princess.  After you have deranged your daughter’s and applied moisturizer, cut a strip of pantyhose the length of your forearm.  Take it around the hairline as if your are going to tie a big bow or use it as a head band.  Tie it loosely once.  Then tighten it slowly move it up in the back and front.  Continue holding the original ties and slowly move up and tighten the strip until you a big puff close to the size or half a size of your fist.  Once you have the puff where you want it, twist the remaining pantyhose, […]
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Let’s Not Burn: Sunscreen Your Skin Will Love

Believe it or not, I do get sun burned.  My hair turns red, my face turns red, and I peel…really bad.  My skin also turns super sensitive and hurts like the dickens.  Don’t let anybody fool you.  Everyone can get sun burned and as an athlete I learned that several times the hard way.  I’ve also learned that once you’re burned, sunscreen hurts.  It just burns.  So here as some kinder alternatives for you that will soothe you skin pre burn or post burn. Alternative #1:   Supplies     Beeswax 1/4 of a cup     1/4 of Coconut Oil (organic)     2 tbsps of Zinc Oxide (find more information on this under Ingredients)     3 drops of an essential oil of your choice for scent purposes Fresh raw beeswax from a local bee farm is the best and what I recommend.  Take a glass jar and place a chunk of fresh beeswax in it.  I tend to eye ball the amount of beeswax so sometimes I may melt down too much.  Anyways, place the glass jar in a pan half full of water the same temperature as the glass.  Place the heat on low and every […]
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So You Went A Little Overboard: Repairing Damage

Hair damage is enough to give anybody heart palpitations.  Sometimes we will spend days trying to fix hair damage.  Whether the damage is caused by chemicals, heat, or neglect, before starting from scratch try some of these remedies to get your hair back. Baking Soda and Conditioner I usually do a 75% baking soda 25% conditioner mix and I mix them until I have a creamy consistency.  As you all know, if your hair isn’t straight buying products can be a true hassle.  Particularly buying styling products.  Since switching to all natural organics products, I have a lot of let over conditioners.  So take my old conditioners that no longer do anything for my hair and mix them with baking soda.  I do this treatment once a month to remove any impurities and build up my hair may have accumulated.   I recommend you only leave this on for at most an hour the first time because it can have a slight tingling/burning sensation for the first 5 minutes.  There are times when we think we’ve done irreversible damage to our hair, but really it’s just a bad case of build up.  Build up will cause your hair to act all […]
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Balance Your Skin Tone Naturally

I think it’s safe to say that everyone wants the skin to be an even tone.  No matter how light or dark it is we want uniformity.  I mean sometimes I just want to have a talk with my skin and pretty much tell it to get it’s crap together.  Unfortunately, skin can’t vocalize it’s needs and concerns.  So instead it gives you dark spots, dry spots, pimples, and more.  From my years of playing soccer, I have scars around my ankles from being kicked, and it didn’t bother me.  My scars are old bruises that didn’t go away or war scars as I like to call them.  I should have iced AND massaged my ankles to get the bad blood moved out of those areas, but I didn’t.  Anyways I was totally fine with spots of darkness on my ankles until I discovered my elbow, yes only one of them, was developing a dark callus like the picture to the left.  That is what we, my family, call ash.  Ash is bad.  No amount of Shea Butter, body butters, body creams worked for that stubborn spot.  To top it off, it was darker than my other elbow!  So after trying tons […]
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Scrub Away!

Everybody needs a little exfoliation, and the best time to do it is during the winter.  Why?  Because 9/10 of the time we are completely covered, unless you’re lucky enough to live in a warm area year-round.  So after removing any dead skin, we can moisturize and protect our skin and keep it soft and supple.  I think winter is the best for exfoliation because people tend to use thicker lotions and creams to combat dry skin caused by winter weather.  Well there’s a problem with that.  These heavier lotions and creams can’t penetrate our skin as well as they should.  So sometimes patches of hard dry skin appear in areas we take care of really well.  By using exfoliation, we open our pores and remove dry skin that has built up so our creams and lotions can actually do their jobs.  With that said, let’s talk about scrubs.  Bath scrubs not Scrubs. Scrub #1:  This is for all my coffee drinkers.  Save your used coffee grounds and get your money’s worth twice! 1 tbsp of raw sugar (the chunky kind) 2 tbsp of olive oil (or grapeseed oil/coconut oil) 3 tbsp of coffee (medium or finely ground works) 1/2 ts of […]
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Vapor Rub

It’s cold and flu season, and if you’re like me your sinuses are kicking your butt.  Darn you old moldy buildings…  Anyways, when you can’t breathe vapor rubs are the way to go.  However, they tend to smell odd.  I mean anybody who gets too close is going to know you have a vapor rub on.  So I experimented around and found a less stinky solution.  This recipe calls for 5 ingredients and you can customize the scent to suit you.  Nobody will sniff you and think, “Oh they must be using Vick’s.”  I’ve got a better smelling solution than that. Supplies: Raw Cocoa Butter (or Shea Butter) 2 tbsp Organic Coconut Oil 5 tbsp Eucalyptus Essential Oil (or Peppermint Essential Oil) 25 drops or 1/4 tsp Organic Beeswax 2 tbsp How To: Melt down the beeswax first.  Then add the Cocoa Butter and allow to melt.  After it’s melted and mixed well add the coconut oil.  Allow it to melt.  Then add Eucalyptus oil.  DO NOT add more of Eucalyptus oil than recommended.  Add 5 drops of another essential oil of your choosing to achieve the scent you would like.  Pour into and allow to cool down in a container […]
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7 All Natural & Organic Ways to Block Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are evil.  There’s just no other way to put it.  With summer’s hot days and cool (sort of) muggy nights, the mosquitoes come out.  There’s no way to avoid them, but you can detour them.  So before rushing to Walmart, Dollar General, etc. use some natural ways of repelling mosquitoes.  Here are the 7 ways you can say no to mosquitoes: Wear lighter clothing.  Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.  Unlike what the SyFy films suggest, mosquitoes do find you because of your blood.  They actually use their eyes.  Dark colors for them are easier to pick up from a distance. Work up a sweat!  I was always the kid after a late night muggy match that didn’t have many or any mosquitoe bites.  Why? Because I’m a sweater which means my body temperature raises relatively fast and stays high.  Mosquitoes like cool temperatures and cool skin.  They don’t like the heat. Your breathe..unfortunately bad breathe does not repel mosquitoes, but neither does freshly cleaned mouth.  Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide given off when we exhale.  Same goes for other creatures.  So if your into burning candles when your outside make sure your candles have citronella oil. […]
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