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March 2015

Why the Weather is Giving You Bad Hair Days

Ever wonder why your hair seems to be gorgeous one day and a complete wreck the next? Or why your hair is fine when the weather is a gorgeous 70 degrees with a humidity level of perfect, but every other day of the year it’s too frizzy, too flat, to dry, too poofy, too shrinkage-prone, or just plain lifeless?

 

Well, the good news is you’re not alone. Of course the grass always seems greener, but the truth is each of us has our very own hair struggles that we face everyday. Perhaps if we better understand why our reacts the way it does in certain weather conditions, we can take steps to ensure our hair is healthy, happy, and balanced everyday. Read on to learn why the weather is giving you bad hair days and what can be done.

Sun & Humidity

During the summer months, not only can the suns UV rays lighten hair, but the extra moisture in the air (aka humidity) loosens bonds created when you style your hair, allowing the hair to return back to its normal state. If you have curly hair and straighten it or loosen your curls (without the use of chemicals) your natural curl pattern will gradually return to its normal curl pattern when exposed to the humidity. The same goes for straight hair. If you curled your naturally straight hair, the curl will gradually fall and your hair will straighten out. This also applies on rainy days (I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of rainy day hair drama).

There are anti-humectant hair products that exist which can help create a barrier that will temporarily protect hair from the humidity, keeping your style intact for longer. It is important to only use these products only when there is really high humidity. Anti-humectants can be very drying and can end up doing more harm that good.The other solution is to just rock your tresses in their natural state and love the hair you’re born with! (Thats my mini lecture for the day.)

Cold & Dry

In the winter, cold and very dry air raises the hairs’ cuticle. When you then move indoors to a heated environment, the dry air inside sucks the moisture out of your hair. What you’re left with is dry, lifeless, unmanageable hair. Not to mention, the lack of moisture outside isn’t helping matters either. Combat this by wearing your hair in protective styles and shielding it from the cold. Also, condition your hair often, deep condition once per week and use styling products with moisturizing properties.

What are your weather related hair concerns? Share them below!

7 Surprising Ways to Use Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is just one of those ingredients that should be a staple your home. There are so many incredible uses for it! From body aches to foot infections, epsom salt treats a variety of ailments. In fact, there are a few ways to use epsom salt you may not have heard of! Ready to be surprised?

 

Acne Mask

It’s no secret that we are addicted to face masks; epsom salt is no exception. A simple mask made of epsom salt and honey soothes irritated skin while reducing inflammation and acne. To make this gentle mask, combine equal parts honey with equal parts epsom salt. Gently apply this mixture to clean, dry skin, before washing off after 30 or so minutes.

Foot Soak

Epsom foot baths are the perfect way to begin any pedicure. Soaking your feet in a warm foot bath soothes sore feet while relieving odor. Not to mention it draws out infections of the foot. Start by filling a good size basin with warm water (just enough to immerse your feet). Add 1/2 cup of epsom salt and soak away!

Exfoliate

One of the best ways to remove dead skin cells is exfoliation. Using epsom salt to exfoliate your skin removes dead, dry skin cells, while supplying your body with nutrients. Could this get any better? Mix a 1-2 tablespoons of epsom salt with 1/2 cup of coconut oil or olive oil. While in the shower, gently rub the mixture around your skin before rinsing clean. The oil leaves your skin moisturized and radiant.

Dish Cleaner

Removing buildup from pots and pans only takes a few minutes when using epsom salt. The rough grains help to remove stuck on food or oil without using harsh chemicals. Add a tablespoon or two to your pots or pans and gently scrub in a circular motion.

Remove Black Heads

A simple mix of water and epsom salt works wonders in removing black heads from your skin. Simply apply the mixture with a cotton ball to a clean dry face and allow to sit for a few minutes before rinsing clean.

Fertilize Plants

Plants not doing so hot? Epsom salt might be the solution. The magnesium is used by plants to produce chlorophyll, while sulfur aids in plant growth. In fact, plants that have been fed epsom salt produce larger flowers! Simply mix a few tablespoons of epsom salt with 2 gallons of water. Use the mixture to feed plants with low soil magnesium levels a few times a month.

Constipation Relief

Epsom salt is a super effective way to relieve constipation. The salt increases the amount of water in the intestines, softening stools for easy passing. The epsom salt may also detoxify the colon. Dissolve 1 tsp of epsom salt in 4 ounces of water and consume. A bowel movement should occur between 30 minutes to 6 hours*.

How do you use epsom salt?

Comment below!

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

-Zeena

*This does not replace the advice of your doctor. Please consult your physician before beginning any regimen.

Skincare Guide

15 Ways Dehydration is Hurting Your Body

Raise your hand if you drink the recommended 2-3 liters of water a day…every single day.

Was your hand raised? Don’t feel too bad if it wasn’t. You’re not alone, most people unfortunately do not consume the recommended daily intake of water.

 

Sure, it seems harmless, but what really happens to your body when you skimp on hydration? On average, adults lose about 2.5 liters of water every day from sweating and other everyday bodily functions. That water loss, combined with a lack of adequate water intake can do a lot more harm than you think. Take a look at some of the short term complications related to dehydration.

  1. Headaches
  2. Cravings for sugary/starchy foods
  3. Memory loss (short-term)
  4. Loss of concentration
  5. Lethargy (can result in lack of sex drive)
  6. Dry skin
  7. Pale skin
  8. Cognitive impairment
  9. Constipation and other digestive problems
  10. Dry mouth
  11. Decreased urination/strong-smelling & dark-colored urine
  12. Flushing
  13. Under-eye bags & hollow/sunken eyes
  14. Fine lines & wrinkled skin
  15. Low blood pressure

As a result of long term dehydration the body will begin to essentially redistribute water, ensuring vital bodily functions receive water where as the other non-vital bodily functions are put on the back burner. The parts of the body receiving inadequate amounts of water for extended periods of time can cause chronic symptoms that are easily confused with actual illnesses. Some of these mistaken illnesses include inflammation, weight gain, allergies, hypertension, arthritis, chronic constipation, acid reflux, and chronic fatigue. In situations where there is a complete lack of water intake for about 3-4 days (give or take a few days depending on the person and the environment), the result is death.

If that’s not a reason to reach for your glass (or water bottle), then I don’t know what is.

Can’t seem to remember to drink up? There are several apps available for mobile phones that can track your daily water intake and remind you to drink up. My personal favorite it Hydrate Daily for the iPhone.

How do you remember to drink up? Share your personal tips and tricks below!

~ Letisha