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Friday, April 9, 2010

Eco-Hair Help

With everyone watching their budgets and (hopefully!) trying to be more "green" in their daily habits, here area couple of inexpensive and eco-friendly hair products you can make yourself (check for similar ideas in past posts by clicking on the labels associated with this post)!

MINT HAIR RINSE (refreshes dull, limp hair):

1/2 cup boiling water
1 or 2 mint tea bags
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Pour boiling water over the tea bag(s) and let steep until cool. Remove tea bag(s) and pressing to extract as much tea as possible. Stir in vinegar.

Shampoo and condition your hair as usual and then apply entire mixture to your hair. Massage it into your scalp and work it through your hair. DO NOT RINSE IT OUT. Dry hair and style as you normally do.

HAIR CONDITIONING MASK (repairs dry, damaged hair - especially if you've used a lot of high-heat styling tools, i.e. dryers, curling or straightening irons...)

1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 Tablespoons light olive oil
3 to 4 drops essential oil of peppermint OR 1 sprig of fresh mint
1 to 2 drops essential oil of rosemary OR 1 spring fresh rosemary

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until you have a smooth mixture.

Shampoo your hair as normal, then apply entire mixture and massage it into your hair and scalp (NOT SURE IF YOU RINSE AFTER SHAMPOOING...didn't specify in article!) Put on a shower cap or wrap your hair in an old towel and leave the mixture on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and style as usual.

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