How To Make Dreadlocks

how to make dreadlocks
how to make dreadlocks

The moment someone mentions ‘dreadlocks’, chances are that you’ll either visualize a rap artiste or a celebrity footballer. There is also a likelihood that you’ll associate this hairstyle with people belonging to a particular race/region. While dreadlocks have long been a favorite among those with an Afro-frizz type of hair, it has now gained global popularity. What’s more? It is equally popular with women as it is with men. In fact, some women find it way easier to maintain than any other type of hairstyle.

Why Get Dreadlocks?

As with any other popular hairstyle, getting your hair done in dreadlocks is an individual’s choice. But there may be many reasons that can inspire a person to adorn dreadlocks. They could be as follows:

1. As A Style Statement:

With dreadlocks becoming a fashion statement of late, we can see many celebrities sporting them effortlessly and with elan and grace. What makes dreadlocks even cooler is that they now go with any kind of outfits. Whether it is a chic bohemian dress, a gown, or even a tuxedo, dreadlocks blend easily with the look. Fans of celebrities who sport dreadlocks quite understandably try to emulate their idols and thus adopt this trendy hairstyle.

2. They Are Versatile:

Unlike other hairstyles, dreadlocks can be worn in a variety of ways. They can be loose or braided dreadlocks, worn up or down; or crinkly or straight. You can add your own twist to this hairstyle by streaking them with different colors or going global with one bright color. You can also embellish them with seashells, beads, jewelry, and whatnot. So, no matter how you choose to wear them, you can personalize it according to your imagination and personality. This makes you look unique and helps you stand out wherever you go!

3. Ease Of Maintenance:

As mentioned above, a lot of people prefer dreadlocks as they are easy to maintain. Most people would have tried different hairstyles before finally settling for dreadlocks. Contrary to popular misconception, dreadlocks are not dirty and can be adapted to any kind of hair – curly hair, wavy hair or even straight hair. As soon as the hair locks in, it can be shampooed and maintained like normal hair.

How To Make Dreadlocks?

Of course, the easiest way would be to get it done at a professional parlor or salon. But then, it can become an expensive affair. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it yourself at home. Creating dreadlocks, even at home, is a time-consuming process. So make sure you keep yourself free for the next 4 to 8 hours. And yes – be patient! Here’s how you can go about it:

Step 1: Before you start creating dreadlocks for yourself, first and foremost, wash your hair thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo. Our scalp produces oil naturally and this can make your hair slippery even if you had washed the hair a day before.

So, you’ll need to freshly shampoo your hair again. Do not apply any wet-hair conditioner or leave-in hair serum after that. Simply let your hair dry naturally.

Step 2: Once the hair is fully dry, brush it nicely to remove any tangles. Keep a bunch of rubber bands, both big and small and a wide-toothed comb. Start with sectioning your hair in four major sections using the wide-toothed comb.

Hold each section apart with a rubber band. Now, start sectioning your hair into small squares from the top section. You can make each square of 1-inch size to get medium-sized dreadlocks or go with ½-inch squares for small-sized ones. Complete the same steps for the remaining 3 major sections.

You can go with a combination of dreadlocks sizes, but keeping the same size will give it a neat look. Each square you make will now grow into a complete dreadlock.

Step 3: Put a rubber band around the scalp and tip of each dreadlock as you go about doing it. This will help to hold the dreadlocks in place as they grow. This is especially necessary for people with wavy hair or straight hair. But if you have an Afro-frizz type of hair, then your dreadlocks will naturally hold their position.

Step 4: Now you can apply some natural dread wax, tightening gel, locking gel, or a beeswax molding paste to your newly-created dreads. This will keep your dreads away from fraying and frizzing.

While applying such products to your dread, make sure you cover the full dread length. The whole strand should be covered with the product. If you wish to keep your dread waxed, then stick to doing so once in 2-4 weeks. However, some people totally avoid it as they believe it could hinder the natural process of dreading.

Step 5: If you don’t wish to wax your dreads, then here’s what you can do. After you have secured your dreads with rubber bands, gently start rolling them with your palms. Do this throughout the length of your dreads, from top to bottom.

You’ll start feeling them tighten in no time. The tighter your dreads get, they will start locking in faster too. However, note that this method works well for an Afro-frizz type of hair. For straight or wavy hair, it’ll take more time to tighten the dreads without using a dread wax. Even then, the dreads might not become as tight as with the other type of hair. You’ll need to keep at it for a while to get your straight or wavy hair to lock in into a perfect dread.

The steps mentioned above are for the day one of creating your dreads. Thereafter, you’ll need to try and lock in your dreads every day until you get the desired results.

Maintaining The Dreadlocks

Making dreadlocks for yourself is just one part of the job. The other important part is to maintain them well. Here’s are the key steps to maintain your dreadlocks:

1. Rolling:

From the very next day, you’ll need to roll your dreads between your palms each day. Start from the roots and roll down the length of the dreads up to the tips. Keep a sturdy hand while doing so. Also, ensure you roll in the same direction every time. Once your dreads are rolled in a particular direction, rubbing them in the opposite direction can unravel them. Regular rolling of your dreads will not only help them in locking in position quickly but will also give them a neat and smooth look.

Once the dreads lock in perfectly, continue to gently massage your dreads at the roots each day. This will promote your hair growth and the new hair will automatically grow into dreadlock knots.

2. Moisturizing:

There is a huge misconception that dreadlocks are usually dry and frizzy and don’t need moisturizing. But that isn’t true. Dreads need to be moisturized daily to prevent them from breaking. And let us not forget, all that rolling will definitely create some amount of tension of the hair strands. To naturally moisturize your dreadlocks, use natural oils like almond oil or coconut oil. Add one part of this natural oil to 3 parts of natural aloe vera juice in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray it on your dreads every morning after waking up to keep your dreadlocks hydrated.

3. Washing:

Another major misconception about dreadlocks is that they are dirty and are not washed regularly. This is incorrect. Dreadlocks can be shampooed and washed like any other hairstyle, which can be done once a week. No wonder it is considered to be easy to maintain. However, you’ll need to wait for a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks after you’ve first created your dreadlocks before starting to shampoo them. To avoid unraveling your dreads, focus on washing your scalp. So, when you rinse, the shampoo-containing water will run down the dreads and gently clean them without causing any fraying.

Useful Tips For Maintaining Dreadlocks Well

Maintaining dreadlocks in good shape is not difficult. Just follow some of these simple tips to avoid fraying or unraveling of your dreadlocks and maintain them in good shape:

  • Regularly check for frayed dreadlocks. Use your fingers to tuck in long hair strands back into the dreadlocks. For smaller hair strands, you can use a tweezer or crochet to tuck in.

  • While rubbing your roots promotes hair growth into dreadlocks, do not overdo it. This might result in unnecessary hair fall.

  • Once your dreads lock-in and become tighter, remove the rubber bands. If the rubber bands at the scalp get entangled with the hair, ask a friend to carefully cut it out.

  • While regular shampooing is good, you can try and moisturize the scalp with some apple cider vinegar once in a while. Use it as a final rinse to give some shine and bounce to your dreadlocks. But use it only once every two months as its overuse can result in excessive scalp dryness.

  • To protect your dreadlocks from getting frayed or hair fall, wrap them in a silk scarf while sleeping. This will effectively protect your dreadlocks from any kind of damage due to friction during sleep. And, do not forget spraying them with the natural oil and aloe vera moisturizing spray you created for your dreadlocks.

Dreadlocks are popular not only because they are easy to maintain, but because of their versatility too. So, whether you have Afro-frizz, wavy hair, or straight hair, you can wear them in any way that you want including streaks, global hair color, or even with embellishments. However, no matter how you choose to enhance them, make sure you keep them clean and in good shape. Because dirty dreadlocks will definitely be a huge turn off!

How To Get The Best Freeform Dreadlocks

freeform dreadlocks
freeform dreadlocks
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Hairstyle and fashion go hand-in-hand. One is not complete without the other. Therefore, we often look up to fashion weeks and runways to find out the hottest trends of the season.

One of the hairstyle trends that has made a sort of comeback (it went nowhere, anyways) on the fashion ramps with a bang are the dreadlocks. Sure, they’ve been around for ages now. However, more and more people have now started owning this hairstyle and giving it their unique twist (pun intended). If you wish to adopt this hairstyle too, then you need to understand a bit about this easy-to-maintain funky hairstyle.

What Are Freeform Dreadlocks?

Dreadlocks are usually formed when your hair clumps together in a matted kind of way. It can exist naturally or can be created as well.

Freeform dreadlocks can form naturally if you stop combing, cutting, or detangling your hair for a long time. It basically means that you need to neglect the grooming of your hair except for your regular shampooing perhaps.

This is probably the reason why natural dreadlocks are also called neglect dreadlocks, at times. It is also called freeform dreadlocks because you let the hair turn into dreads according to their will. The size of such dreads is not uniform too. This process might take some years for the hair to turn into dreadlocks.

However, if you wish to speed up the process of dreadlocks, you can go with other methods. People try methods like backcombing, twisting, cornrow braiding, or dread braiding to get the dreadlocks faster.

The locks in such methods might look uniform too since you’ll have the liberty to let them grown in a certain uniform thickness by sectioning them. But the results might wary and the dreads might look different than the natural freeform dreadlocks.

How To Get Freeform Dreadlocks?

If you wish to grow dreadlocks without the use of wax or gel on your hair, then freeform is the way to go. But for this, you’ll need clean hair and a lot of patience as freeform dreadlocks can take a lot of time to grow and show the desired results. Here’s how you can go developing them:

Step 1: The first step toward getting freeform dreadlocks is to stop grooming them and start neglecting them (in a way). Start by altogether giving up brushing your hair with a comb or brush.

You can simply use your fingers to groom your hair in the meantime. In a few days’ time, your hair will naturally start separating into various sections on their own. It might take a couple of weeks before your hair sections start becoming more distinct. You’ll need to be quite patient while your hair is developing into dreads as the time required can vary depending on the texture of your hair. If your hair is very coarse and curly, the dreadlocks might develop quickly when compared to hair that is straight, thin, or smooth.

Step 2: People often have the misconception that dreadlocks are often dirty. On the contrary, dreadlocks can be maintained well only by keeping them clean regularly. In the beginning, when your dreadlocks are yet to form, avoid washing them as frequently as you are used to.

Start off by washing your hair every two days and gradually move to wash them once a week. It might take some time to get used to it if you are in the habit of frequently washing your hair.

However, frequent hair washes can strip your hair of the natural oils and delay the formation of dreadlocks. Use shampoos that can be specifically used for dreadlocks as they do not leave behind any noticeable residue. Make sure you do not use a conditioner soon after shampooing. You’ll need to give it up altogether until you form your dreadlocks. The same goes for leave-in hair serums too. This will help your hair to form knots faster.

Step 3: Most people have oily scalps or greasy hair. Such type of hair might hinder the process of dreadlocks formation. Your hair will not get those knots naturally which is necessary to form dreads. Washing your hair is an option.

But since you don’t want to wash hair frequently, concentrate on drying and keeping your scalp clean. Soon after washing your hair, do not try to rub your hair with a towel to dry them. Instead, use a microfiber towel to gently squeeze out the water.

Try to keep your hair wrapped in the towel to help you create dreads as well as dry out any excess amount of moisture. Avoid using a blowdryer and let your hair air-dry themselves. However, if you do need to use a blowdryer, use it in cold settings. Using hot or warm settings of blowdryer can trigger the hair follicles to release more oil.

While using the blowdryer in cold settings, move it around constantly between sections of your hair. Thereafter, ensure that you try and keep your hair dry as much as possible.

Step 4: Over time, as your dreads begin to form, the dreads might probably merge with one another. Try to keep them apart by running your finger through the hair locks where the dreads seem to entangle.

Keep in mind the thickness of the dreads that you wish to have. If the thickness of a dreadlock is more than one inch, then it’ll result in fat dreads, which are also known as ‘Congos’. To section your dreads into the desired thickness, start by sectioning the hair from the scalp and then proceed to separate the hair locks if they seem to merge into fatter sections.

You’ll need to regularly maintain this sectioning by gently pulling apart any dreadlocks that seem to merge either near the scalp or through the length of the dreads.

Step 5: This is the part where your patience comes into the picture. You’ll need to wait for at least 2 years for your dreadlocks to fully form. However, this duration may vary depending upon the length of the hair.

Short hair, which is about 4 – 6 inches in length, might roughly take a year to develop freeform dreadlocks. Whereas longer hair up to shoulder length might require 2 years or more. To know if your dreadlocks have matured, try to gently pull them apart. The well-developed ones won’t come apart easily and will be knotted tightly.

The mature dreadlocks will also not change their appearance or shape anymore. Your long patient journey would have finally borne fruit as you get yourself healthy freeform dreadlocks.

 

7 Care Tips For Your Dreadlocks

Now that you have your dreadlocks in place, make sure they hold the fort by following some basic dreadlock care tips.

  1. Wash your dreadlocks only once a week and keep them dry. Excess moisture can cause them to unroll.

  2. If your scalp feels dry and itchy due to less washing or dry weather, then invest in a good brand of dread conditioner spray. Spray this conditioner on the areas on your scalp where it itches the most. The conditioner will moisturize the dry area and relieve the itching as well.

  3. To maintain your freeform dreadlocks, you can regularly check your dreadlocks for any loose strands. If you do find some loose strands, try and tuck them in with your fingers. You can also regularly try to roll them with your palms to tighten the dreadlocks.

  4. To avoid your dreadlocks from unrolling or getting messed up during your sleep, wear a silk scarf when you go to bed. This will protect your dreadlocks without causing any friction to the hair as you turn in your sleep.

  5. As your hair grows, they might not grow in dreadlocks at the roots, resulting in some loosening at the roots. Try to roll your dreads as and when possible. If you don’t wish to use dread wax, you can simply dampen your fingers in some water and try to roll the hair at the roots to tighten them.

  6. Dreadlocks are a bit heavy in nature compared to free-flowing hair. This might result in some irritation or discomfort to your scalp. To relieve this, you can regularly massage your scalp. Do these massages before bed for at least 5 to 10 minutes each day. You can also ask your friend or partner to give you these gentle massages to your scalp too.

  7. For washing your dreadlocks, stick to natural products that do not leave a residue behind. Natural hair care products will also not damage your scalp and dreadlocks like other chemically-laden products.

Now you know how to get your own freeform dreadlocks and maintain them well too. With a few innovative ideas and lots of patience, you can always enhance your dreadlocks to suit your fashion needs. Once your dreadlocks tighten, you can flaunt them in various ways like a high dreadlock ponytail, a dreadlock bun, side braids, etc.

You can even streak or color your hair in different colors before developing your freeform dreadlocks. The streaks of color in your hair will give your freeform dreadlocks a natural and edgy look. Now that you have enough ideas, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and let your hair loose to get yourself those striking freeform dreadlocks!

Braided Hairstyles For Black Girls

Braided Hairstyles For Black Girls
Braided Hairstyles For Black Girls

Having a great hairstyle that looks gorgeous and is easy to maintain is any girl’s fantasy. And if you happen to have a specific texture of hair – say Afro-fizz, curly, or wavy hair, then braids are your best bet. They are easy to maintain, can be worn in a variety of ways, and look good on any outfit. Since most black girls have this texture of hair, they can easily carry off this look. What’s more? Braids have made a huge comeback on the fashion scene. We’ve found a lot of interesting braid ideas on the ramp walks this season. So, here are some sensational yet simple braided hairstyles for black girls.

1. The Boxer Braids

Yes, the ever-so-popular Boxer Braids are our go-to braid hairstyle when it comes styling black hair. If you are a beginner and love to go with a stylish braid, then boxer braids are a must-try. Here’s how to do them:

Step 1: Part your hair into two parts right from the middle. Clutch one bunch of the hair with a clip.

Step 2: Start by braiding your hair from one side. Begin from the forehead where your hairline starts. The closer to the forehead hairline, the sleeker it looks.

Step 3: Braid your hair, as usual, all the way back until you reach the ends. Leave a few open strands and fasten your braids with a thin rubber band.

Step 4: Repeat the same process on the other side as well. There, you’re done!

2. The Feed-In Cornrow Braids

You’ll need some hair extensions to create this hairstyle. Using hair extensions of a different color other than your natural hair color is recommended. And the longer they are, the better. This hairstyle looks quite cool and funky all at once. Before you start working on this hairstyle, make sure you open, sort, and keep the hair extensions ready in front of you. Thereafter, you can go about it this way:

Step 1: Create multiple small sections (about an inch) in your hair and clip each of them separately. Pick the section you wish to braid first. Start from the front by getting 3 sections of the tuft of hair in your fingers.

Step 2: Get at least 3 to 4 stitches before adding your hair extensions. One stitch is when you place one section in your fingers over the other, followed by the third. Create four cornrow stitches before you begin to add the extensions.

Step 3: At your fourth stitch, you’ll be able to feel at least one section of hair which will be shorter or thinner than the rest of the 2. Get this section into the middle and place your hair extension on it. Wind this extension around your natural hair and then start braiding the other sections into it.

Step 4: Keep adding extensions to the remaining sections as you go further. Upon reaching the end of your scalp, extend the cornrow into a full-fledged plait. Finally, leave a few open strands at the end and fasten it with a fine rubber band. Repeat the steps for the remaining partitions of the hair.

Twirl once you’ve completed this hairstyle. You’re going to love it.

3. Braided Cornrow Ponytails

The bad-hair-day saver for all types of hair – the ponytail – can easily be adapted to cornrow braids as well. It is simple and looks stylish too. Here’s how you can get it:

Step 1: Divide your front hair into as many sections as you want. Start braiding the hair in cornrows only up to the point where you wish to put your ponytail up. If you have short hair, you can use hair extensions.

Step 2: Once your cornrow reaches the middle part of your head, don’t use the scalp hair to extend it anymore. Instead, pull the hair up and complete the plait with the remaining hair. Fasten with a rubber band. Repeat the process with the remaining sections of hair at the front with each one starting with a cornrow and then turning into a plait midway until the end.

Step 3: As the number of cornrow braids increases at the front, hold all the plaits with a big clip or a hair clutch on one side.

Step 4: Once all the cornrow braids are done at the front, flip the braids over. Section the back hair in similar rows. Create cornrow braids in the opposite direction, starting from down and extending upward until the middle point where the previous cornrows were extended into braids.

Step 5: When you are done with all the cornrow braids from the lower side of the head as well, gather all of them at the midpoint. Now, use a large rubber band to fasten all the braids together in a ponytail. You can also wind one of the braids around the rubber band and pin it with a bobby pin to give it a natural fancy look.

Who says ponytails are only for bad hair days!

4. The Snake Braids

This is a simple cornrow hairstyle but with a twist, quite literally. This hairstyle looks quite attractive and snazzy. But it’s surprisingly simple to do if you are used to keeping your hair in cornrows. Here’s how:

Step 1: Creating the right type of sections is important for this hairstyle. Instead of sectioning your hair straight in the usual manner, they need to be sectioned in a curvy or wavy way, just like a snake.

Step 2: Once the wavy sectioning is done, start creating rows of tight cornrows. Start from the front hairline, work around your scalp, and wind the braid down to the other side.

Step 3: Finish all the cornrow braids and bring all of them on one side. Fasten with a rubber band.

You can also add golden beads or embellishments to give it a stylish look.

5. The Ghana Braid Bun

If you are looking for a classy and professional look which is easy to create, then what better than a classic bun. But, combining a braid and a bun? Surprised? Well, then don’t be because it is very much possible with amazing results. You can achieve the look this way:

Step 1: Create two neat sections of your hair. Hold one section in place with a big clip or clutch.

Step 2: Start cornrow braiding on one side from the front hairline. Begin from the point where your partition starts, take it around the edges of your head, behind the ears, and end it somewhere in the middle at the back. Braid the remaining hair into a plait and fasten with a rubber band. Let it hang in for a while.

Step 3: Now, start cornrow braiding on the other side of your head as well. Bring the cornrow braid behind to the same point where the first one ended.

Step 4: To create the bun, take the second braid and wind it around the first braid at the base of your neck. Hold it in place with bobby pins. Now, take the first braid which is at the center of the bun and wind it around the periphery of the bun created by the second braid. Fasten the ends with a bobby pin.

If you have short hair, you can still create this style. Simply add extensions to your hair while creating the cornrows.

6. Thick And Thin Feed-In Ghana Braids

Another simple braided look with a stylish twist just like the snake braid. They look amazing as a standalone style, but can also be enhanced with embellishments or colored extensions. Here’s how you can get this look:

Step 1: Divide your hair into alternate thick and thin sections. The thin sections should not be more than a centimeter. The thick ones can be up to 1.5 to 2 inches.

Step 2: Create a common starting point for all your cornrow braids. For instance, they can start from either of the temples or right from the middle of your hair. However, starting at the sides will give you an edgy look.

Step 3: Suppose you are starting from the right temple. Create wavy sections starting from the right temple and ending at the base of the opposite side, preferably a little below the left ear lobe. Clip all the sections separately.

Step 4: Now begin with either a thin or a thick cornrow from one end and go up to the base of the ear lobe on the opposite side. From here, braid the remaining hair into a plait. Keep creating alternating thick and thin braids.

Step 5: As the number of plaits increase, use a bigger clip to hold them on the side. Once the last braid is plaited, hold all of them together like a side ponytail. Wind it with a shiny rubber band. You can also go with a floral one for a summery feel.

You can add tiny trinkets like stars or golden pins inside the braid stitches. You can use colored hair extensions in various ways for this hairstyle. Use a specific hair color extension for the thick braids and leave the alternating thin braids as it is to give a stylish edge to this hairstyle.

There are many other ways to braid your black hair. However, these basic and simple ones act as a foundation hairstyle on which you can create further styles. Hairstyles like braided hair high bun or twisted braid updo are some of the examples. You can also tie your braided ponytail in various ways and directions to give a twist to simple braided hairstyles.

Using colorful hair extensions, embellishments, and various tiny clips in your braids will give an edge to these hairstyles. But no matter how you choose to wear your braids, we are sure you’ll rock them anyway!

Spinach Juice For Hair

spinach juice for hair
spinach juice for hair

Ever since we were kids, we couldn’t hear enough of the many benefits of consuming fresh fruits and vegetables and how they work wonders for our skin and hair. While there are many home remedies to keep our skin healthy, the number of secret recipes to get healthy and luscious hair are no less. Some of the natural recipes for healthy hair have faded with time. But there are some which have worked wonders for hair and have thus stood the test of time. And one such secret recipe for healthy hair that most people swear by is spinach juice. Why spinach juice, you ask? Then let us give you a lowdown of how it works.

Health Benefits Of Spinach

For generations, consuming a balanced diet that consists of fresh fruits and vegetables among other things was considered necessary to maintain good health. When it came to healthy vegetables, green, leafy ones were a must in most households. And even among them, the humble spinach was considered as a nutritional powerhouse.

Spinach is not only packed with the goodness of iron, folate, magnesium, manganese, and vitamin B, but is also a great source of vitamins A, C, and K. It is usually available throughout the year. That’s probably the reason why it’s included in a variety of dishes and cuisines – all of which are equally delicious.

The dark green color of the spinach leaves is an indication of the high level of chlorophyll, the substance plants usually use in the presence of sunlight to make their own food.

✔️ Spinach is rich in Vitamin A, C & K

✔️ Spinach is an instant energy booster

✔️ Spinach is rich in iron

✔️ Spinach lowers blood pressure

✔️ Spinach is healthy for skin and hair

How Spinach Benefits Hair Growth

Of the innumerable benefits spinach offers, one of them is the remarkable ability to promote hair growth.

  • The vitamins, minerals, and iron present in spinach are believed to strengthen the hair roots and follicles.

  • The anti-oxidants and the plethora of beneficial minerals and vitamins boost hair health and shine and prevent hair damage from free radicals.

  • Vitamins B and C present in spinach are ideal for speeding up hair growth since they increase the levels of keratin and collagen of the hair.

  • The power-packed iron contained within the spinach is enough to boost the supply of oxygen to the hair follicles, thereby keeping them in top form.

The anti-inflammatory properties of spinach help to soothe scalp irritations and aggravations.

Consumption Of Spinach

Consuming spinach as a cooked dish in combination with other vegetables is usually preferred as not many like its slightly bitter taste.

Having said this, it is always better to eat spinach as a standalone dish or with the least amount of cooking so you can reap the benefits for healthy hair growth.

You can choose to consume it raw in a salad, make different types of spinach hair masks or even extract spinach oil and massage it on to your scalp. However, spinach juice is often considered to be the best way to extract the full potential of spinach. So, if you are grappling with hair thinning or damaged hair, then spinach juice is your best bet. Here are different ways you can have it:

Spinach Juice Recipes

Since a standalone spinach juice might prove too bland for your taste buds, it’s often combined with other healthy fruits and vegetables to make it more palatable. Here are few you can follow, especially if you are trying spinach juice for the first time:

1. Spice-Tinged Spinach Juice

This juice is a combination of naturally sweet carrots and apples and the slight spiciness of ginger. Here’s what you’ll need to make this juice for one person:

Ingredients:

Baby Spinach – A bunch or a handful

Carrots – 4 medium-sized, chopped

Apple – 1 with core removed, diced

Ginger – ½ inch, peeled

Method

Wash and clean the spinach thoroughly (they tend to be quite muddy). Slightly scrape the carrots – avoid peeling them so you can get their benefits to the maximum. Put the chopped carrots, diced apple, and finely chopped ginger in a blender and blend till it is smooth. If need be, you can add a bit of water too. Once you get a smooth consistency, add baby spinach. Blend it slightly coarsely so that the spinach doesn’t become pasty. Check for consistency and add more water if you like a watery consistency. Try having the juice in a slightly chilled form.

2. Lemony Spinach Juice

This juice comes with a sharp tart flavor of the lemon which adds a kick to this combination fruit-vegetable juice. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

Spinach leaves (baby or regular) – One bunch

Apple – 1 with core removed and diced

Parsley – have a bunch

Ginger – ½ inch

Lemon – One medium

Method

Wash the spinach leaves and parsley leaves separately until there is no muddy residue. Now, cut the apple, remove the core and dice it. Add the spinach, parsley, apple, and ginger together in a blender and blend until you get a smooth consistency. To this, add one half of a lemon. Retain the other half. If you like to add some more lemon juice to increase the flavor, you can do so. But do it gradually so it doesn’t become to sour.

3. Spinach Smoothie

Give a tasty twist to your spinach juice by making a spinach smoothie instead. A smoothie can also keep you full for a longer time. Here’s what you’ll need for this delicious concoction:

Ingredients

Ripe Banana – 1 large

Spinach – 1 cup

Ripe Papaya – 1 cup

Coconut Milk – 1 cup

Method

Peel and chop the banana and papaya. Put them in a blender and try to blend them coarsely. In the meantime, wash, clean, and drain the spinach leaves of any remaining water. Once done, add it along with coconut milk to the blender with the coarsely done papaya and banana.

Blend it again until you get the consistency you are looking for. If you wish to have it chilled, refrigerate (do not freeze) banana, papaya, and coconut milk for a while before preparing this smoothie. Have this for breakfast every morning.

4. Refreshing Minty Spinach Juice

If you are looking for a refreshing juice on a hot summer day, make this spinach juice with a dash of mint leaves. Not only will it do a whale of good for your hair, but it will also keep you refreshed and hydrated for a long time. Here’s how you can make it:

Ingredients

Baby Spinach – 1 bunch

Mint Leave – 1 cup

Lime – One

Cucumber – One

Method

Wash and drain the spinach and mint leaves. Peel and roughly chop the cucumber. If you prefer to retain the cucumber skin you can do so as well. Now, put all of these in the blender. Cut the lime in half and squeeze in the juice of half a lime.

If you wish to keep a bit more tart, then squeeze in the other half too. Add a cup of water and blend all of them. Put a little crushed ice into the glass and pour this juice over it. Enjoy your refreshing mint-spinach juice.

5. Fruity-Sweet Spinach Juice

Compared to other juice recipes, this one is a little sweet. So, if you are craving a sweet spinach juice, then this is the one. The combination of other fruits like pineapple and apple will give you the necessary dose of vitamins. While avocado will ensure you remain full for a longer time. Here’s how you can go about making it:

Ingredients

Baby Spinach – 1 cup

Pineapple – 1 medium-sized

Apple – 1, core removed

Avocado – 1 medium-sized

Method

First, peel the pineapple and chopped it into little squares. Similarly, remove the core of the apple and dice it. Cut the avocado into two halves, remove the seed, and scoop out the inner flesh. On a separate plate, wash the baby spinach and drain it thoroughly to remove excess water. Now, put all of these into the blender starting with pineapple and apple first.

Coarsely blend the two and later add the spinach and avocado with a little water to get a smooth consistency. Enjoy your drink in a thick glory or add some crushed ice to give it a smoothie-like cool feel.

6. Veggie-Sweet Spinach Juice

An interesting twist to the fruity-sweet spinach juice is a vegetable variation of it. Veggies like beetroot are naturally sweet and can add zing to any healthy vegetable juice.

Not to forget the enormous amount of vitamins and immune-boosters that come with it. Here’s how you can make this energy-boosting drink:

Ingredients

Baby Spinach – 1 cup

Beetroot – 1, medium-sized

Carrots – 2, medium-sized

Ginger – ½ inch

Method

Scrape and cut the beetroot’s base and top. Cut it into small squares. Scrape the carrots’ outer sides and dice them as well. Add these to the blender and blend it coarsely.

Wash clean and drain the baby spinach leaves. Add this to the blender along with ½ an inch of ginger. Now blend all of these together. You can add water gradually until you get drinkable consistency. Enjoy this drink. Its natural sweetness will surely surprise you.

If you are looking for natural remedies to expedite hair growth and promote healthy hair, then what better way to do it than spinach juice. What’s more? The recipes are easy to make and the ingredients involved are more or less used in your kitchen regularly. So, what are you waiting for? Start whipping them out and see your hair shine in all its healthy glory!

Rose Water For Hair

rose water for hair
rose water for hair

Rosewater is known to be one of the most used ingredients in cosmetics, perfumes, food and also in a few medication preparations. Since ancient times, Rosewater has claimed to be highly prized for its source of perfume, medicinal use, and nutritional properties. Its importance and potential in hair care are unmatched.

The Benefits of Rose Water

1. Smoothens, moisturizes, hydrates and revitalizes the skin while healing scars, cuts, and wounds.

2. Its antioxidants properties help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues.

3. Rosewater is believed to stimulate the circulation of tiny blood vessels underneath the hair follicles, which help to reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and thread veins.

How is rose water made?

Rosewater is made very delicately by a usual process of steam-distilling the rose petals in water. This is done in order to isolate the plant’s essential oils.  Rosewater naturally moisturizers and conditions due to its rich flavonoids and vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E.

The sugars consistent found in the rose petals add the calming effects of the rose waters. Rosewater has been always trusted to stabilize hair’s pH balance. This is due to the fact that its pH is similar to that of finding in hair.

Some also believe that it can help in repairing hair’s damaged porosity. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, and with its natural antiseptic properties, it can reduce or lessen dandruff caused by fungal infections. Some even believe it promotes hair growth. It is thought to have stimulating properties.

Benefits of Rose Water in Your Daily Hair Care Routine

 

1. Rose Water Reduces Dryness:

If you have frizzy and dry hair, you can use rose water to moisturize your scalp and soothe the effects of heat and pollution. Rehydrating your scalp is the trick to naturally get rid of dry and unmanageable hair. The dry scalp will ultimately lead to dry hair, and so rehydrating the scalp is very important for eliminating frizz. 

Tips: To get more benefits from Rosewater, try using glycerin with rose water as glycerin helps in enhancing rose water’s moisturizing ability to the full extent.

 

2. Rose Water Controls an Oily Scalp:

Some people have very active sebaceous glands, which secrete a high amount of sebum, an oily substance in the scalp, at the root of hair strands.

The existence of sebum will make your hair feel more oily and greasy, this, in turn, will make your looks unpleasant but also will make it easier for dirt to get attached to the hair. As the pH of rose water is suitable for the nourishment of hair, it nourishes your scalp and reduces the generation of oil. 

3. Repairs Hair Damage:

Dirt and Pollution have always been hair’s worst enemies, it is followed by the chemical hair products and heat treatments that we use. Even If you frequently blow-dry, curl or straighten your hair, it will ultimately affect your hair and your beautiful hair will start losing its natural strength and luster.

To avoid it try using rose water to gently massage your scalp, this habit will gradually increase blood circulation in your hair follicles which in turn rejuvenates the scalp. You can even try to regularly rinse your hair with rose water after your usual shampooing. This will leave your hair looking shiny and feeling soft. Rosewater helps a lot in treating the damaged hairs and to some extent, it can even reverse it. 

Tips: For added benefit try to use rose water, while adding vitamin E and few drops of essential jojoba oil, these ingredients reversing properties to heal damaged hairs.

4. Rose Water for Improving Hair Growth:

The presence of vitamins like A, B3, C and E that can be found in rose water help to promote the growth of your hair. It contains nourishing properties that when used in the scalp lead to the promoting of hair growth. Although there is not any scientific proof yet or any research done on it in present there are words where it is believed that there is a link between rose water and hair growth. 

Tips: To incorporate more benefits of rose water to stimulate your hair growth remedy, try adding rose essential oil mixed with Rosewater to all of your hair products. 

5. Rose Water Reduces Dandruff:

If you have tried numerous anti-dandruff shampoos and treatments in vain, say hello to one of the most effective natural remedies of dandruff. Simply soak fenugreek seeds (methi) in rose water for 4-5 hours and grind it into a paste. Apply this to your scalp and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it gently with lukewarm water and your usual mild shampoo.

6. Rose Water Improves Strenght and Quality:

There could be various reasons behind reduced strength of hair. If you want to improve it, you need to try using rose water. From ancient Chinese time’s rose water has been used as a hair strengthening remedy. What rose water does is increase the circulation of blood in the scalp.

Increased blood circulation rejuvenates the hair follicles and makes them strong. This, in turn, helps in the better exchange of nutrients from the scalp to the tip of the hair which also reduced hair breakage and tries to improve hair quality.

7. Rose Water Conditions Your Hair:


Sometimes shampoos leave our hair dry and almost crunchy after cleaning it. It is a very common problem that can be seen in hairs because most shampoos in markets contain several chemicals that don’t suit your hair and its pH.

To solve this problem, you can use rose water. All you need to do is simply do a final rinse with a cup of rose water at the end of shampooing. It deep conditions your hair and leaves it shiny throughout the day. 

 

8. Rose Water Improves Scalp Health and Fight Infections:

Rose water is said to have anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It will keep infections at bay if you rinse your scalp regularly with rose water every alternate day. As we might have already mentioned, rose water always helps in increasing blood circulation in your scalp.

This will, in turn, improve greatly the general scalp health and decrease dandruff, fungal infections, oil, and other such problems that usually originate in the scalp are greatly reduced. 

How to Make Pure Distilled Rose Water?

Choose roses that are free from chemicals and pesticides, so try a farmer’s market or a florist but ask if they are free of pesticides. If you are not sure if they are grown organically, then rinse the petals in cool water.

If harvesting from your own garden, pick them first thing in the morning when covered with morning dew. Make sure to wash them of dirt and bugs.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of firmly packed rose petals

  • 2 cups of distilled water

Method: 

  • Remove rose petals and place them in a glass bowl. 

  • Boil the two cups of distilled water and pour the boiled water over rose petals. 

  • Cover and let it steam for 30 minutes. 

  • Use cheesecloth or cotton gauze to strain the mixture into another glass bowl and then transfer it into glass bottles using a clean funnel. 

  • Store in the fridge and the rose water will last a week.

How to utilize rose water into your hair care regimen?

Rosewater can be used very wisely in conditioners, shampoos, or just in a spritzer or spray bottle. It is completely up to you because there are several ways to benefit from the amazing water.

We’ll tell you about some great ways to get rose water into your hair care regimen, but first, let’s show you an easy way to make it.

Rose Water treatment for damaged hair

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of rose water

  • Few drops of jojoba oil

  • 1 capsule of vitamin E

  • A Bowl to mix

Method:

  • Take a bowl and pour a cup of rose water in it.

  • Add Few drops of Pure Jojoba essential Oil.

  • Break one Capsule of Vitamin E in the bowl with the other ingredients.

  • Mix the ingredients together until its well blended.

  • Apply it gently with your fingers to your wet hair and scalp. 

  • Massage for at least 10 minutes and then shampoo and rinse it.

 

Rose Water Shampoo for Hair

Ingredients:

  • 3 farm fresh eggs
  • A quarter cup of rum
  • 1 cup of rose water
  • Diluted Vinegar
  • A Bowl to mix

Method:

  • Take a Bowl and add three eggs in it
  • Mix those eggs with a quarter cup each of rum and rose water.
  • Blend the ingredients until you get a shampoo like consistent. 
  • Finally, rinse it with diluted vinegar.

 

You need to know a few more important things to get the best results while using rose water for your hair:

  1. It is better to opt for authentic rose water that is made using steam distillation.
  2. If you are trying to avoid chemicals, opt for rose water that is free from paraben, sulfur, and other toxins.
  3. Do bear in mind that pure rose water has a shorter shelf life than laboratory-produced rose water.
  4. Although rose water is not known to cause any side effect or harm, it’s best to test it for allergies before use. You can do so by trying it out with a small portion of hair first, to make sure that you are not allergic.

How To Get Beach Waves At Home Tutorial

beach waves at home
beach waves at home

Beach waves have been always a go-to celebrity style. The hairstyle looks great on real women too, since the effortless hairstyle flatters all face shapes, hair types, and ages. The key to making great waves is using the right products and tools, application tips, and styling tricks from some of our favorite styling pros and experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab.

Bonus: Each one of these beach wave tutorials takes less than 10 minutes, some as little as 2. Double bonus: Some don’t even require a curling iron or hair straightener.

Whether your tool of choice is a curling iron, flat iron, or simply a headband, you can easily achieve a cool, undone style that’ll make you look like you still have sand in your shoes even if you really spent all day at your desk.

The best part?

Nowadays it has become quite easier than ever to achieve styles, even beach waves of your choice. They look good for natural hair and the shortest of bobs too. Not only do these helpful tips take the guesswork out of the styling of your hair, but some of them don’t even require hot tools, which means you can master the effortless and simple style while giving your hair a much-needed break from all the heat and styling equipment.

But if you still think that the idea of mastering those loose curls or waves sounds more than a little confusing, then rest assured that these below mentioned smart tips make it very simple to pull off the popular beach wave summer look all year long with no beach trip required.

1. Curling Wand and Ponytail

A key feature of beach waves is that they begin about halfway down your hair, around ear level.

A genius shortcut: pulling hair into a ponytail and curling just the tied section with a curling wand try Good Housekeeping Beauty Breakthrough Award winner Hot Tools Professional Curl bar.

This makes it easier to keep track of which pieces you’ve curled versus those you haven’t when your strands are gathered in one place. Before using any curling or flat iron, it is suggestable to apply a heat protectant spray to shield strands from damage.

2. Air Dry

If you’re all about that low-maintenance hair routine, you’re probably no stranger to the good, old air dry. And it works to make waves, too: With a few strategically placed buns two at the nape of your neck, you can air-dry your way to a ‘California girl look’.

Just twist hair into two knots, secure them in place with pins, then wait it out until they’re dry. That’s it! To boost the bends, before you start forming the buns, apply a styling product that is made to enhance the air-dried strands of your hair while it is still damp.

3. Flat Iron and Twist

If you can’t get enough of your flat iron, here’s yet another reason to love it: It can also be used to make waves! The fastest technique of all, it requires only a few minutes, some sea salt spray, and a hair straightener. Just part your hair in half, form two twists, then carefully flat-iron them to get pretty bends in no time.

4. Small Barrel Curler

You’ve probably always thought that if you ever want any tight small curls, you should start to use a skinnier curling iron, and if you want large, looser waves, you should use a large barrel curler, right? if you break your hair into large sections and use a small barrel curling iron you can quickly and efficiently curl all of your hair into voluminous waves.

5. Curling Iron

Getting beach waves on short hair can be trickier than with long hair. Still, this very easy beach wave tip is simple to follow and take less than 10 to 15 minutes, before it proves to be making a perfect option for any time or day of the week. Set your style by using a curling iron so it lasts and stays frizz-free by misting a medium- to strong-hold hairspray all over, holding the can about six inches away from your head for a light application. 

6. Flat Iron

As with the first tutorial on this list, this wave styling trick incorporates a flat iron into the mix rather than a curling iron. If you have thick, long hair, this method might take longer than the others, but your flawless waves will be totally worth it. The secret is to make sure your flat iron is facing down to the floor rather than horizontally. For even more shine, mist dry hair with a shine-enhancing finishing sprays as the last step.

Procedure to Get Heatless Beach Waves 

Exposing your hair to heat especially consistently and at a high temperature causes breakage, dryness, and is overall extremely damaging. While applying a heat protectant prior to styling can help reduce the effects of hot tools, your hair is still at risk.

In fact, each time when you wrap your hair around that heating curling wand or try twisting it around some hot rollers, you’re spontaneously zapping out the moisture of your hair. So why not try some beach waves without using a heat equipment to torture your hairs.

  • Before you start, you need to visit a craft store and get a hold of some pipe cleaners. Yes, you heard me right, pipe cleaners are an unbelievable magic tool when it comes to achieving heatless beach waves.

     

  • To get your desired beach waves, grab a bunch of pipe cleaners, twisting the tops and bottoms together ensuring they are all lined up closely so they resemble the barrel of a curling wand. 

Now for the steps to follow –

Step 1: Working with fairly large sections of hair, grab a chunk from the back and spray it with water until it is damp. Then wrap the hair around the makeshift barrel, locking it into place by folding the pipe cleaners around the hair at the top, middle, and bottom. 

Step 2: Repeat the process all over your head and then give the style some time to set while you do your makeup or eat breakfast. Alternatively, allow your hair to set while you sleep and wake up with gorgeous, beach waves.

Step 3: Make sure the hair is completely dry before taking out the makeshift barrels. Remove the pipes and run your fingers through your now beach waves. You can also try adding a touch of your regular products and ta-daa! Beach Waves perfection.

Perfect beach waves can be a timeless summer trend but it isn’t compulsory that you need to be on a tropical beach getaway to embrace them. There are many ways to create effortless textured locks at-home whatever the weather is.

There are two ways to create beach goddess vibes, one takes a bit more heat, styling, the whole shebang the other is wonderfully low-maintenance. The former will give you a slightly sleeker finish, the latter is more relaxed.

Yoga For Hair Growth

yoga for hair growth
yoga for hair growth

Do you want a proper and healthy hair growth?  Did you try all the possible methods to get amazing hair and still don’t own it?

Here is the ultimate solution for healthiest hair growth ever. Yoga! Yes, you read it right. Yoga is one of the most beneficial ways to achieve good body, skin, and hair.

It also gives an immense meditated mind with natural and healthy hair. Once you start doing yoga, there isn’t anything like dull and lifeless hair on you.

Dull and lifeless hair can reduce your overall beauty and there are a lot of yoga asanas that can be followed to get amazing hair growth in lesser time.

Doing yoga will not only help you in getting amazing hair but also a healthy body. There are various ways of hair regrowth and yoga is one of the best methods out there. But how does yoga help with hair growth?

7 Reasons to start Yoga Asana and make it a part of your everyday life

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety, which is one of the reasons for hair loss.
  2. Enhances blood circulation to your scalp which helps in hair growth.
  3. Oxygen consumption improves.
  4. Eliminates toxins from the body.
  5. Improves digestion, which helps in obtaining proper nutrients from food that can improve hair regrowth.
  6. Helps improve mental and physical health.
  7. Keeps you active all day.

 In case you are wondering how to start yoga and where to start from, do not worry. Let us look into some of the most interesting and helpful yoga asanas that can help for your hair growth. 

1. Kapalabhati/Front Lobe Cleansing Technique

kapalbhati pranayama
source: www.rishikulyogshala.org

This is a very unique and antique yoga asana, which is being followed from ancient times. It is very simple to follow and can help in your hair growth as well. Firstly, sit in a crossed leg position and keep your back, head and shoulders straight. Relax your muscles and keep your hands on your knees.

Inhale and exhale the air so that it contracts abdominal muscles. Repeat the same 15 times, and do it in sets by increasing the rounds. Add up 15 reps in every round. This is supposed to be one of the best yoga asanas for hair regrowth.

2. Sarvangasana/The Shoulder Stand Pose

sarvangasana
source: pranayoga.co.in

This asana increases the blood circulation in the head, which directly promotes healthy hair and helps in hair growth. It also helps in strengthening hair, here are the steps to do this yoga asana perfectly.

Lie down on the mat and start breathing deeply. Raise your feet slowly in the direction of the sky or ceiling. Make your body rest on the shoulders and back of your neck. Keep your hands on the center of your spine and make your spine and legs straight in a line. Breath deeply throughout the procedure. When practiced daily, this yoga asana will help you reduce hair fall.

3. Sirsasana/Headstand Pose

sirsasana
source: yogajournal.com

This yoga goes by its name. It is a very difficult pose and cannot be achieved in the first try. It has a very good effect on your health as well as hair growth. Simple steps to follow this yoga asana are, firstly, invert your body and try standing on your head slowly.

Support your body by your arms by placing your hands on the back of the neck or head. If you are a beginner, use the wall for the support and do this asana under proper guidance. You can get amazing thick hair by following this yoga asana, and it also helps in hair regrowth.

4. Uttanasana/The Standing Forward Bend Pose

uttanasana
source: yogajournal.com

This is a very simple asana, it helps in stretching your whole body and works well for hair growth. It increases the blood circulation in the head, paving the way for extra good and healthy hair. This yoga asana also helps in strengthening hair.

It is very easy to follow, simply keep your legs straight and don’t bend your knees. Bend your body in such a way that you are straight and your head touches your knees. Try until you touch your feet with your head. This is one of the best yoga asanas for hair growth.

5. Sasangasana/Rabbit Pose For Hair Loss Prevention

rabbit-pose
source: yogaasan.com

This is one of the most popular yoga asanas which will help you cope with hair loss and also gives back your hair growth. Most of the professional yoga gurus recommend this yoga asana for better growth of hair. You can easily get thick hair due to the proper circulation of blood caused in your head due to this amazing yoga asana.

It is really simple, Bend your knees and then bend your body so that your head touches your knees. Try touching your feet. Be careful while you flex and be slow. Hurry can hurt your muscles. For best results do this yoga asana daily.  

6. Adho Mukha Svanasana/The Downward Dog Facing Pose

downward facing dog
source: yogajournal.com

This yoga asana also helps in good blood circulation in a tremendous way. Good circulation of blood allows oxygen to reach the scalp which helps in hair regrowth. One must try doing this yoga asana daily for quick hair growth and to obtain healthy and thick hair. Stand absolutely straight, then bend slowly to reach the floor with your hands. Keep a certain distance between hands and feet. Face your head towards legs. Putting your head on the floor in reverse is the primary objective. It has to be followed daily to get amazing results. 

7. Ustrasana Yoga /The Camel Pose

ustrasana
source: yogajournal.com

This yoga asana is very difficult to perform and can take days and months to get perfect. But no matter how difficult it is, it makes your hair really healthy and thick. It has many benefits but one of them is the wonders it does to your hair.

If you are suffering from hair loss, then this is one of the best yoga asanas. Practice it daily for best results. Sit on your knees, bend in a backward direction and touch your feet with hands. Try looking backward while you hold. Practice it every day to get healthy and thick hair. 

8. Pavanamuktasana/The Wind Relieving Pose

wind-relieving-pose
source: stylesatlife.com

It is a well-known fact that the stomach has connections with every hair problem. If you have a healthy stomach, all the hair problems will be at bay from you. This asana is very helpful in ensuring you get a healthy stomach which in turn helps in getting amazing and healthy hair.

Here are the steps you can follow, lie down on your yoga mat and see straight to the ceiling or sky. Move your leg towards your chest, bring your leg closer to your chest with your hands.

Exhale air while doing it and hold your leg until you can be it that position without breathing. Relax and move your leg away from your chest. Try doing this multiple times. It will help you in getting the best experience and healthy hair. 

These are some of the best yoga asanas to get the best of your hair. Healthy hair growth is one of the major concerns and it can be healed through yoga very easily.

Jojoba Oil For Hair – Here’s All You Need To Know

jojoba oil for hair
jojoba oil for hair

Before knowing what Jojoba oil does for our hair, we need to understand what Jojoba Oil actually is – It is a pure oil-like wax which is extracted from the seeds of jojoba plant.

The jojoba plant is a shrub native to the southwestern United States. It grows in the desert regions of Arizona, southern California, and Mexico. Since the 1970s manufacturers from all over began adding Jojoba oil to cosmetics and food.

It’s incredibly versatile, and its uses are numerous to count. One of its most popular purposes is for cosmetics. It’s found in a variety of hair, skin, and nail products. Today, you’re most likely to find jojoba oil in beauty and hair care products of many kinds.

Jojoba Oil is a natural product that has become a popular hair care ingredient due to its numerous properties that benefit hair health. Also, it is trusted to work effectively for all types of hair.

And while it has been common nowadays to find Jojoba Oil on the ingredient list of your natural hair care products, the oil itself is trusted to be a saving grace for tired strands that are needed to be a restorative boost of nutrients and moisture in your hair. 

Jojoba oil has the power to deliver results for nearly all your haircare desires.

  • Promote hair growth
  • seeking to put an end to split ends 
  • combating dandruff
  • smoothness and shine

 

Jojoba is said to be rich in minerals and vitamins that nourish hair, including vitamin B, C vitamins, copper, vitamin E, and zinc. Jojoba oil strengthens hair, and also can prevent hair loss with hair thickness. The idea behind this is that the oil moisturizes hair follicles, which prevents dryness that leads to hair loss.

8 ways of Jojoba Oil Helps with Hair Care

1. Moisturizes hair from the inside out

Jojoba Oil has 98% monounsaturated fat and 2% saturated fat composition, this rich-nutrient helps condition and moisturize hair by penetrating inside the hair fiber. Try to apply it before washing hair, the oil will prevent shampoo from stripping your hair of their natural oils. You can try to apply jojoba oil also after washing your hair when it is still damp, to provide a coating to protect each hair shaft.

2. Maintains your scalp’s natural balance

Jojoba oil has a molecular composition that is almost identical to human sebum. Sebum oil acts as the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It delivers hydration to your hair without messing up your scalp’s natural texture or leaving behind any kind of greasy residue.

3. Controls dandruff

Jojoba oil is believed to have antibacterial properties. It can highly control the growth of bacteria in the hair follicle, which helps in reducing the likelihood of dandruff.

4. Encourages hair growth

Since Jojoba oil is used to clean the hair follicles and scalp, it can literally promote hair growth. Jojoba Oil can be dissolved to build up by unclogging the follicles and allowing a clear passageway for strands to grow.

5. Repairs damage from heat and styling

Jojoba oil can also be beneficial to hair health by repairing hair damage that are caused by styling and heat. Jojoba oil fills in the cracks and imperfections along the hair cuticle and also helps to seal split ends. Furthermore, the oil boasts calming properties so it conditions and softens strands, leaving you with a smooth, silky finish.

6. Condition dry hair

Jojoba essential oil naturally eases the heavy effects of dry scalp and dandruff. For hair, add some to your favorite conditioner, especially if your scalp itches after washday. Jojoba oil is antifungal, helping to kill off bacterial and fungal infections caused by dirty hair tools, the elements, etc. 

7. Promote curl elasticity

Jojoba Oil can give you the curl elasticity that you seek from salon treatments by paying a hefty price. Try it by adding around 12 drops of warm heated Jojoba Oil directly to your scalp and massage with the pads of your fingers to help the Oil penetrate your follicles. It literally hydrates your hair deep in the shaft, which helps the curl to bounce back from hydraulic fatigue or over-processing of chemical relaxers and bleach.

8. Lasting color-treated hair

While going out for swimming or in beach try using Jojoba mist and water and all over your hair. This will greatly help fight the stripping agents found in pools or the sea water. It will not strip your color-treated hair and help protect against the elements that are known for causing it to fade.

While we all know it as an essential oil, Jojoba is in real a liquid wax, also known to all as wax ester. Its structure is molecular and extremely comparable with the human skin oil. An unrefined jojoba oil usually appear as a very pale yellow liquid with a nutty earthy aroma. Jojoba oil is also ideal for those with allergy sensitivities.  A refined essential Jojoba oil can be seen as completely clear and has no odor at all. It is excellent for DIY recipes and large bulk recipes because of its shelf life. Jojoba Oil is more shelf-stable than canola, safflower, and almond oils.

Jojoba oil’s use as a moisturizer for hair care is its main benefit, with a recent dermatological hair expert review confirming this. Recent patents also include it as a staple ingredient in most shampoos and conditioners, arguing for its inclusion as an important microemulsion in hair care products.

The features that have been authenticated through years of research in Jojoba Oil are-

 

  • Jojoba oil is a trustworthy method that prevents hair breakage and strengthens your locks. It could also be helpful in treating dandruff, dry scalp, and itchy scalp, and be used as an anti-inflammatory and skin moisturizer as well.

  • The oil’s reputation as a direct hair growth stimulant, on the other hand, is not supported by research. One recent study trusted source that tested jojoba oil for hair growth found that it was less effective than minoxidil (Rogaine) and peppermint essential oil.

  • Jojoba oil should not be relied on as a therapy for pattern baldness alopecia, or other hair loss disorders. Still, it can be a great product for promoting strong, silky, and shiny hair.

How Should You Use Jojoba Oil?

Jojoba oil can be used and added to your hair care routine in numerous ways:

  1. Apply directly: Warm the oil up beforehand so it’s easier to apply. You can do this in a clean pot on a stovetop or in a microwave-safe bowl. Try using only 1 tbsp of Jojoba Oil for short hair and around 2 tbsp for the longer hair. Apply to the hair the scalp, and work down evenly to hair tips. Relax and leave it for 20 minutes, and rinse your hair with your regular shampoo and conditioner. 

  2. Add to products: Drop a few drops of jojoba oil not more than about 3–5 drops to a dollop of your regular shampoo or conditioner before you use it. Avoid direct application to the scalp to steer clear of clogged scalp pores. If applying to dry scalp for dandruff, add very little directly to the skin about 1–2 drops.

  3. Purchase products that contain it: Available in the market, is a vast number of shampoo or conditioner that include jojoba oil as one of its natural ingredients. This is one of the easiest ways to obtain and use it.

 

Things to keep in mind before using Jojoba Oil

  • As such, allergy to jojoba oil is rare, and the use of the oil topically (especially for hair) is deemed quite safe. The use of oil typically for hair care is also considered safe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • At the same time, be cautious! Though sensitivities to jojoba oil aren’t well-studied or well-known and recent reviews of safety haven’t been renewed for over two decades it’s wise to determine if you have any kind of sensitivity first.

  • If you directly use jojoba oil or add it to products, be sparing, to begin with. Keep to the amounts you find in your hair care products. Follow doses and directions closely, and no issues should occur.

Jojoba oil is a great addition to your hair care regime. It enhances the act of conditioning your hair, leaving it with better strength, shine, and manageability. However, you need to know that jojoba oil is not known to stimulate hair growth or try to prevent hair loss.

On the other hand, jojoba oil is likely to be very helpful in treating dry scalp and dandruff issues. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish hair over time. Jojoba oil has a reputation for safety too. Due to being an essential oil, jojoba oil has always been easily available in the market.

If you do not have much luck on the market, schedule a visit with an aromatherapist, and you will find jojoba oil. 

Beard Itch relief – 7 Ways That Helps

beard itch relief
beard itch relief

An itchy beard can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. It might occur at any time and in any place. It doesn’t matter whether the beard is in your initial stages of growth or have been well established. This itchy feeling that mainly range from severe to mild might seem to be very easy to ignore and resolve on its own, or it might be very distracting and require medical treatment.

Because an itchy beard is a common occurrence, there are plenty of ways to deal with it. Some methods of treating an itchy beard are simple changes to hygiene or cleanliness routines. However, if the itchiness is caused by an underlying medical condition, a doctor may need to prescribe medication or antibiotics.

Here are a few options that you can use to relieve the Beard Itch:

1. Medicating

If the cause of an itchy beard is an underlying skin condition, a doctor can prescribe medication to address the issue. Common medications include:

  1. Ointment or cream containing lactic acid and urea. This will help to treat dry skin.
  2. Mupirocin (Bactroban) to fight bacterial infections.
  3. Use any type of antifungal cream to treat the fungal infections.
  4. Corticosteroid cream if the cause is noninfectious.
  5. Hydrocortisone, clobetasol (Cormax), or desonide (Desonate) can be prescribed to treat seborrheic eczema if the inflammation is noninfectious.
  6. Ketoconazole (Nizoral) if the cause of seborrheic eczema is a fungal infection.
  7. Glycolic acid (Neo-Strata) to treat pseudofolliculitis barbae.
  8. Topical antifungal therapy to treat mild cases of tinea barbae. Oral antifungal treatment, such as itraconazole or terbinafine, is also useful.

2. Surgeries and Procedures

Should the itchiness becomes chronic, occurring with frequent bouts of infection and inflammation, a doctor may suggest laser hair removal. Alternately, a doctor may recommend a procedure that involves making incisions to drain boils or carbuncles. Carbuncles, also known as skin abscesses, are clusters of boils that can cause or aggravate infections. Photodynamic (light) therapy is another treatment option. This can be effective in combating infection and inflammation of hair follicles.

3. Eating Healthy

First, you want a diet rich with Beta-carotene, Vitamin D and Biotin. Your body converts Beta-Carotene into Vitamin A, which promotes healthy sebum.  Vitamin D stimulates new hair growth by creating new hair follicles. Finally, Biotin helps your body create keratin, which is a protein found in hair and nails. You can find these nutrients in a variety of fruits and vegetables. If you’re not big on veggies, there are many supplements and vitamins on the market which will also work well.

4. Living Healthy

Healthy living will definitely help create a healthy beard. Beard’s health starts from within. You must need to understand that your beard won’t be looking at its best if you’re tired, stressed, and filled with unhealthy junk food. Make healthy choices by giving your body plenty of nutrients, hydration and rest.

  • Avoid excess stress
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink lots of water
  • Try to avoid smoking cigarettes as much as you can. Not only is smoking bad for your health know that the odor of cigarette usually become trapped in beard hairs even long after the cigarette is extinguished.

5. Beard Grooming

Daily beard maintenance doesn’t need to be extensive. Most men get the best results with a no-frills routine of washing and moisturizing. At least once a day you’ll want to groom your hair to keep it away from itching. If you’re new to the world of beard or trying to buy some beard care products to fight off and relieve beard itch, a beard grooming kit that can be easily found in the market is probably the best of what you’re looking for. A typical routine that can work for most guys should look something like this:

  • Wake up, brush beard thoroughly.
  • Take a shower, rinse beard with warm water.
  • Try to avoid using your regular head shampoo or typical soaps for your beard.
  • Gently towel dry beard (or blow-dry)
  • Apply beard oil & beard balm.
  • Brush beard again to style and shape.

6. Stay Hydrated

Dry skin is the number one offender that leads to beard itch, and staying hydrated is key to keeping you from feeling like a human cactus. If you don’t drink enough water, it makes it easier for the skin underneath your beard to dry out. Consider tackling this problem from the inside-out and apply a simple and smart way to prevent dry skin by increasing your water intake to stay hydrated.

Also, staying too long in a hot shower can cause dry skin, so keep the heat to a minimum. While in the shower don’t hesitate to take the opportunity to wash off your beard to keep it clean from bacteria formation and the beard dandruff that usually clog up your pores.

7. Good hygiene

When you first grow a beard out, if possible, try to avoid shaving or trimming to give your hair time to grow out beyond the follicles, which can prevent irritation and skin or follicle damage. Keep your face and beard clean to prevent oil, dirt, and bacteria buildup. Try the following to keep your beard from itching:

  • Bathe or shower regularly, at least once a day or every other day.
  • Even if you don’t bathe, wash your beard with warm water every day.
  • Try using specifically made up beard wash that’s meant for beard care.
  • Use beard conditioner with jojoba or argan oil to keep your beard hair naturally oily.
  • Limit the length of your showers or baths, and don’t use extremely hot water.
  • Each time when you shave or trim your beard, try to use a natural aftershave wash or a good lotion, particularly the one that contains tea tree oil or aloe vera. Avoid products that contain too many harsh, synthetic chemicals.

An itchy beard is very common, especially when a person grows a beard for the first time. Keeping the beard clean and letting the hair grow before shaving can help to keep itchiness to a minimum. If itching is caused by an infection or underlying issue, recognizing this and seeking treatment can prevent further damage to the skin and the hair follicles.

How To Stop Beard Itch?

how to stop beard itch
how to stop beard itch
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One of the most common and main reasons why you might quit up in between growing your beard is because you cannot stand the constant itching, which is totally understandable. The first weeks when you start to grow your beard, the growth spurt comes with the itchiness that can sometimes literally become so severe that you start swearing about never growing that beard again. Even though we can assure you the itching is temporary, but most men can not master through that stage and get to the power where a full long beard awaits them.

There is no fight against beard itchiness unless you find out what causes this annoying condition in the first place. Several factors are known to be the causes of beard itch. Among them, there are two prime reasons why itchy beards occur.

The factor that decides this is the stage of beard growth. In other words, beard itch can happen when you start growing a beard, but also when your facial hair is fully grown. After shaving for a long time, when you again start growing a beard you will experience beard itching. Believe it or not, this happens because you’ve been shaving your entire life.

So if you have tried and failed to grow a beard that has punctured your ego, why not use some handy and simple techniques that will help you to stop beard itch:

1. Keep Your Beard Clean

During the first few weeks of trying to grow a beard, you are going to experience the most discomfort as far as itching because those new sharp hairs simply irritate the skin surface.

By not letting dead skin fall away, it causes irritation and itching to occur. Keeping your beard clean by washing it regularly will definitely reduce itching, but you need to follow certain rules if you also want to keep your facial hair healthy.

If by any chance your beard usually gets more exposed to dirt and dust, you should keep washing it more often, but try to rinse it without using beard shampoos. Washing your beard with regular water will be enough for such situations.

2. Shampoo for Itching

Don’t use regular hair shampoo on your beard, instead, you should try a specialized beard shampoo that will help with the flaking of the skin. The reason why you should not use regular shampoo on your beard is that your head and face skin are different, just as your head and facial hairs. For starters, face skin is way more sensitive than the skin on your scalp.

Not only that, everyday shampoos and soap bars will strip your skin of its natural oils, causing skin and facial hair damage. Fortunately, that’s why there are specialized shampoos for beards that are quite popular and best for use. Beard shampoos are proved to be best for dealing with beard itchiness. They are particularly made with powerful and nourishing ingredients that remove the dead skin cells stuck in your beard and stop itchiness.

3. Conditioning for Itching

Sometimes in a few cases, not even the best beard shampoo will be enough to help you out for the itchiness. You might need some additional help in grooming and relieving the itchiness of your beard. Similar to the hair on your head, your beard needs to be conditioned if you want that downy and soft feel.

The hair conditioners for your scalp contain harsh chemicals that can easily irritate sensitive skin on your face. Beard’s conditioner is of great help when this happens. You should always use it right after washing the facial hair. Defending yourself against beard itch is more efficient when you are using a conditioner after every beard wash. 

4. Moisturize Your Beard

Beard conditioner’s job is to nourish a beard, while beard moisturizers are deemed to be responsible for the hydration of skin which can be found underneath the beard and is often very dry and prone to dandruff. If not properly moisturized, once your skin gets over dry, your body will start producing extra oil to protect it.

This is the time when you start experiencing beard itching. As has been stated so many times before, during the first stages of beard growth, beard itch is something that is completely normal. It usually lasts a week or two, but for some men, it can last a bit more. The good news is that you don’t have to clench your teeth and wait for the itching phase to pass.

5. Repair the Damage in Your Beard

Chances are that if you already have an established beard and it still itches, it may be because it is damaged from heat styling or harsh soaps causing the discomfort. If your beard hair remains damaged, it will start spreading from the tip to the root. This damage will slow down the growth of your facial hair and cause the hair to irritate the follicle when it emerges.

Using a product from the market can heal damaged hair by absorbing the proteins of the product and providing moisture to the strand. This process in turn will start repairing the beard hair and also help stop beard itch.

6. Oil your Beard

A good quality beard oil or essential oil for beards can reduce or trust me when I say that sometimes it may completely eliminate beard itch even from the beginning it starts. You don’t need to use much, so a few drops will be enough for your beard. The chance is evident in just a couple of days, the beard oil will prove to eliminate beard itchiness and also start softening your facial hair.

Keep hydrating your beard daily with some premium beard oil that are found in the market. Not only will this keep your beard hydrated, but it will also add a great manly smell.

7. Brush Your Beard

Combing and grooming  your beard regularly can help a lot with the new ingrown hairs that irritate the skin making it itch. In the fight against beard itch, a tool that is very useful for several reasons is a beard brush with boar bristles. Using a beard brush gently combing through your beard scratches the skin underneath the hairs. This in turn relieves you of beard itch almost immediately.

A good quality beard brush scrub off and bring into surface the dead skin cells allowing you to wash them off easily. By regularly using comb to brush your beard, you significantly reduce the chances of beard itch. 

8. Trim Your Beard

When you start growing a beard for the first time, try to avoid cutting it for about 12 weeks. In that time, your beard will become thicker, and any patchy areas will fill in. After that particular time ends, start slowly trimming it to achieve the desired beard style and shape and also keep your facial hair free of itching.

There are three essential tools for your disposal which are best to use while trimming your facial hair: beard scissors, beard trimmer, and a straight razor. If used and managed correctly, these tools will help and prevent a lot of beard itching at any beard growth stage.

If you have tried everything to stop beard itch but you are still scratching, than consider using any kind of market-based product prescribed by any professional as a last resort to control the itchiness of your beard. Continue to moisturize your face before bed and when you wake each morning to help alleviate the itching. The itching will not last forever. With a combination of moisturizing, washing, and repairing the beard, you should be able to stop beard itch.