Three Healthy Dandruff Recipes

Got dandruff? Don’t let those flakes get you down, wipe ’em out with these tried and true all natural dandruff destroying recipes:

1- Green Tea

  • Add two green tea teabags to one cup of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the teabags and place the cup in the fridge overnight.
  • The following day, take the cooled tea with you into the shower
  • Wet your hair thoroughly first, then pour the cold tea over your scalp
  • Massage into scalp for one minute
  • Shampoo and condition as usual
  • Use 2-3 times a week until dandruff subsides

2- White Vinegar

  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • Combine the water and vinegar together in a small cup.
  • Wet your hair thoroughly first, then pour the cold tea over your scalp
  • Massage into scalp for one minute
  • Shampoo and condition as usual
  • Use 1-2 times a week until dandruff subsides

3- Rosemary and Oil

  • Add 4-5 drops of rosemary essential oil to 1/2 tablespoon of olive (or sunflower) oil
  • Mix in hands and massage thoroughly into scalp before bed
  • For extra conditioning, comb the mixture through hair strands
  • Cover hair with plastic cap or towel to keep hair away from pillowcases
  • Shampoo and condition as usual
  • Can be used up to 4X a month

If you have dandruff, your scalp is already in an unhealthy, sensitive state, these natural remedies have been known to fight dandruff and other dry scalp issues gently and effectively.

-CurlyBelle

Healthy Heat Free Curls

Want to create some healthy carefree curls without heat…while you sleep? All you need is a pack of bobby pins, some curl cream and minute or two to watch this video. You’ll get some of the bounciest curls we’ve seen, and we’ve seen ’em all! This simple technique shows you how to create killer curls without a curling iron, hot rollers or curlers. The curls you create will vary depending on your hair’s length and type and will work best on hair that has a slight texture, but be warned, your curling iron might feel left out after you watch this.

Though I might not banish my favorite curling tools altogether, after taking the time to roll up each curl correctly, I was impressed on the quality of each curly coil, but sleeping with all the bobby pins may take some getting used to!

-CurlyBelle

Frizzy Hair Tip

Aloe Vera PlantAre you plagued by the frizzies? Try Aloe Vera! Squeeze a little gel out from one of the leaves and apply to your palms. Then rub your hands together and run them through your hair, especially the ends. Nice and smooth… and frizz-free. It’s the plant that keeps on giving.

P.S. Aloe Vera Gel from the drugstore works too, it’s a tiny bit tacky on the skin but it’s great for frizz.

-StraightBelle

A Champagne Toast for Shiny Hair

Hmmm… What to do with all of that extra champagne from New Year’s Eve? If you are lucky enough to have any leftover bubbly, and want a full head of super shiny hair, read on! 

ChampagneThis is an old beauty tale for sure, and one that I’m particularly fond of – pouring some of your favorite champagne through your wet hair to add a soft, glistening shine. It’s a tiny bit decadent but a special treat I think of every New Year’s – big surprise there. I hope you give this one a try, just remember to save at least 2 cups of ‘old’ champagne – not freshly opened. I like to keep one cup to pour through my hair, and one cup to drink of course!

First mix 1 cup of champagne with 1 cup of hot water together. Quick and easy. Then it’s best to put the mixture in a bottle that you can easily use to pour over your head. If you can do this in the tub or sink over a large basin, it helps. You should be able to catch the rinse and pour it over your hair again. I’m a big fan of three rinses, but you could definitely stick with one if you choose.

On freshly washed wet hair, pour the mixture through your hair into the bowl so you can catch the mixture and repour over your head again twice more. Don’t rinse out.

Then blow dry, style as usual while you drink that other glass of champagne and toast your shiny new ‘do.

Happy New Year!

CurlyBelle

No time to wash your hair?

Did you know you can use cornstarch to absorb the oil? Yes, it works just like a dry shampoo. Just sprinkle up to 1/4 cup throughout your hair, and get those roots where the oil is most prominent. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes and brush or shake it out. No one will ever know!

-StraightBelle

Not tonight, I’m deep conditioning my hair…

Back in the day, one of the greatest excuses to pass on a potentially bad date and stay home on a Friday night was, “I’m washing my hair.” Funny, those guys never picked up on the real meaning, but I think those girls had a great idea when they made that one up. I must admit, from time to time I enjoy using a Friday night for a deep conditioning hair treatment, a home hair coloring, a mani/pedi, some eyebrow maintenance…sometimes an entire night of beauty. It’s especially good if I plan on going out Saturday night!

I usually choose Friday nights for a deep conditioning hair treatment because I’m always super tired after a long week of work, and I find it a nice way to treat myself, relax, and take care of my hair at the same time.  Plus, my deep conditioning treatments have a tendency to leave my hair unusually soft and hard to style. That’s fine for my Saturday morning when I’m running errands, going to the gym, doing some cleaning around the house. It’s not something I want to deal with on a Monday morning when I’m getting ready for work!

Tonight I plan on using one of my favorite hair moisturizing treatments – Mayonnaise. Yep, mayo. This treatment is great for seeping deep into those hair strands and adding much needed moisture, especially in the winter months. At first I was a little concerned about putting ‘food’ on my hair, but I got over it pretty quick after seeing the results, and it is now one of my favorite natural beauty secrets.

The treatment is easy too:
Just massage 1/4 to 1 cup (depending on hair length) of Mayonnaise into dry hair. Make sure to use this time to massage your scalp as well – that’s the relaxing part! I use a little at a time, concentrating on my dry ends and work my way up towards my scalp. You can also just do the ends if you feel that’s where you need to focus the hydration.

Once your hair is coated thoroughly (and remember, less is more in this case!) wrap your hair in a pile on top of your head and cover with a plastic shower cap. If you don’t have a shower cap, a plastic bag, or even saran wrap works just as well. You really just want to keep the mayo seeping into your hair and not getting all over the place, it is very greasy. I also like to wrap a towel around the plastic bag. It’s more secure and comfortable and it keeps my head warm while the mayo goes to work.

With head wrapped in plastic (my husband just loves this look I’m sure), set a timer for 10-30 minutes depending on your hair length and dryness. I’d say 10 minutes would work for everyone but you 30 minute girls know who you are! I could probably go at least 45 minutes with this treatment, but I truly think 30 minutes is plenty of time for a great deep condition.

After you think you’ve gone long enough, rinse the mayo out thoroughly in the shower with warm water. You’ll immediately notice the difference in your hair’s texture and manageability. After rinsing, shampoo and condition as usual. You will probably only need a tiny bit of conditioner after a treatment like this. You’ll find your hair is super soft and extra shiny.

So once and a while pick a Friday night for yourself, put the fancy schmancy treatments away and give mayo a try, I bet you’ll love the results!

-CurlyBelle