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Honey Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioning is the most important part of the day! Okay, not really–but deep conditioning our hair on a weekly (or biweekly) basis is super important for maintaining the health and beauty of our tresses. I have been making my own deep conditioner regularly for the past few months because I simply haven’t bought one (I always forget to buy one!) Making a deep condtioner at home is much less expensive than the in-store variety. I love knowing each and every ingredient I put into my conditioners so I know what is going onto my hair and scalp. The best part? Making your own deep conditioner only takes minutes! This Honey Deep Conditioner recipe only took me about 5 minutes to make!  If you don’t have any one of the ingredients below feel free to substitute it or exclude it all together. You can even make a FABULOUS deep conditioner with just honey, olive oil, and egg yolk!

honey deep conditioner

Honey Deep Conditioner

Here’s What You’ll need:

  • 4 TBSP Honey
  • 2 TBSP Shea Butter
  • 3 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 TBSP Castor Oil
  • 2-3 TBSP Coconut Milk

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Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl or blender. I chose to use a blender because the shea butter was not melted. For this recipe you may want to add more honey or more shea butter depending on your preference of consistency. Feel free to make any necessary adjustments! 🙂

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Apply mixture to wet or dry hair. Allow to sit for 30+ minutes. After shampooing the mixture out of your hair, rinse your hair with a 3:1 ratio of water to apple cider vinegar. This helps to promote shiny hair while closing the hair cuticle. Condition and style hair as usual!

Making homemade deep conditioners is a fabulous treat! Have you tried a honey deep conditioner? Comment below!

Peace, love and coconuts!

-Zeena

Shape Up Those Brows

Thanks to biology, our eyebrows serve as our eyes’ protection from sweat and debris, but culturally they have evolved to also serve as an important parteyebrows of facial aesthetics. Eyebrows really do frame the face. They can make a huge difference in how a face looks. A thick prominent uni-brow can give the feel of a person being angry and disgruntled. Very thin and raised eyebrows often makes a person look surprised…all the time…

Every culture has differences in what they perceive as beautiful and in the United States, having attractive eyebrows often require a little manipulation of your own natural ones.  There are different ways to remove some of that fine hair and achieve any look  you are going for, the three main ones being: waxing, tweezing, & threading.

Wax

This is a great because is can be done at home or in salons. If you haven’t tried waxing before, a warm or room temp layer of sticky wax is smoothed on the area you want to remove hair from and in one quick motion (hopefully) the wax strip is pulled in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

I like this method because is quick and catches a lot of the little stray hairs and the results last for weeks. This may not be some people’s favorite method because waxing can irritate the skin and even cause bumps. Also, it can hard to use wax at home so it’s important to be super careful when applying hot dripping wax around your eye area so you don’t seriously burn yourself.

Tweeze

Tweezing is a common, if not the most common, method for shaping eyebrows.  Tweezers can be purchased at any drugstore or supermarket so it’s perfect to use at home. Many salons do not use solely tweezers, but use them more as clean up tools for any hairs they may have missed post waxing. This can also be a painful method because each hair is being removed one at a time, however it can be thorough!

Threading

Threading has been up and coming in the U.S. over recent years. Another individual usually performs the act of threading on a client in salons or threading stations at a secondary location.  Threading basically involves exactly what it sounds like, a long piece of thread is taken and twisted in a complex looking way and that allows the hair remover to grab and pull out each hair.

I like this method the best because it can be done super quickly by a professional and leaves my brows looking great. It is a little painful, but if you’re already used to plucking with tweezers then you may want to give threading a try!

Peace, Love, & Coconuts

~ Nalani

Top Summer Beauty Products

Summer in a nutshell: sweaty, dry and sunburned skin. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I love the summer! I love spending time enjoying the beautiful weather, but sometimes the sun’s heavy duty rays can wreak havoc on my skin! If you’re like me, have no fear! I have been religiously using 4 products that have healed and prevented damage on my skin. Check out my top summer beauty products:

Top Summer Beauty Products

1.Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is amazing. That’s it. It is purely amazing! I use it as a toner every night and am amazed by how much dirt/oil still comes off my skin after washing! It helps remove all that nasty gunk that builds up in your pores after a long summer day. When I wake up, my skin is bright and vibrant and still has the “just cleaned” feeling. To use, I simply pour a small amount on 2 cotton balls. I wipe one of the cotton balls along my hair/jawline, forehead, and nose. I use the 2nd “clean” cotton ball on my cheeks since that is where I am most prone to breakouts.

 

2. Aloe Vera

This is a must have for my summers. It seems cliché, I know. But aloe is useful for more than just sunburned skin! I use my aloe vera spray as a curl refresher and as a face/skin moisturizer. I love the way it makes my curls bounce back after 2nd-day hair. If you do happen to get sunburned from those intense sun rays, spray some aloe and wallah, your skin is healing and much calmer.

 

3. Hydrating Body Butter

There is so much I love about this body butter. Where do I start? In the summer, I love using this super silky, buttery body butter as a nightly body moisturizer. Made with nourishing babassu and meadowfoam seed oil, it deeply, DEEPLY moisturizes my skin at night, leaving me with glowing and uber soft skin in the morning. When I don’t use it, my skin just isn’t as supple. It feels dry and thirsty, especially during the summer months when all that extra swimming, sweating, and sun rays can dry out our skin. This body butter is the perfect blend of shea butter, mango butter, and key moisturizing oils that offer lasting and effective hydration.

 

4. Tea Tree Oil

One of the best spot treatments for sticky, summer weather. If you read my other article on our favorite spot treatments, you know tea tree oil is one of them. Tea tree oil helps destroy bacteria that may be living on your skin. This is especially important in the summer if you find yourself like me: constantly wiping off a sweaty face! At night (or in the morning) apply a few drops to freshly washed skin.

 

What do you use in the summer to keep your skin glowing and happy? Comment below!

Peace, love & coconuts!

-Zeena

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Dessert Essence Coconut Soft Curls Hair Cream

I’m always picking up new hair products from natural beauty stores. I think..no, I KNOW I have a problem, but I don’t care! 🙂

 

My most recent purchase was Dessert Essence Coconut Soft Curls Hair Cream. Two things that sold me on trying this product:

  1. Coconut! I love anything coconut so I jumped when I saw it contained coconut oil as well as coconut extract.
  2. Curls! My eyes are constantly peeled for products dedicated to curly hair. I like to wear my hair in so many different ways (poofy, fluffy & soft, well-defined & elongated, etc.) and my search for new and better ways to care for my curls is endless.

To style:

  1. Starting with wet hair, I blotted out excess water so it wasn’t dripping, but was still wet.
  2. Then, I ran a strawberry sized glob through my hair, going back and using a little more for the thicker sections of my hair, you may need a little more or less depending on the volume/thickness of your hair.
  3. I let my hair dry naturally and fluffed my fingers through my curls when it was dry!

…and POOF!! Your result is fluffy & voluminous, yet defined curls that are touch-ably soft with a coconutty scent!

Product Details:

  • The bottle is small, at only 6.4 fl oz, but surprisingly, a little goes a long way so you don’t need to go too crazy, and take it from me who goes through a bottle of conditioner in a week & a half, by myself!
  • Retails for $9.99
  • A yummy coconut fragrance!
  • Color is a coconut white
  • Texture feels greasy upon application but this goes away as soon as it’s dry, leaving no greasy residue!
  • Once dry, your hair feels like you put nothing in it at all!
  • Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut Oil), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract (Black Oat), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin (Plant), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Agave Rigida (Sisal) Extract, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Opuntia Vulgaris Extract (Nopal Cactus), Yucca Schidigera Root Extract (Yucca Cactus), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Yucca Schidigera Leaf/Root/ Stem Extract (Yucca Cactus), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lecithin (Soybeans), Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Hydroxide

Try it out, then come back and tell me what you think!

~ Letisha

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How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps

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We’ve all experienced razor bumps at one point or another, guys and girls alike, whether it be on legs, under-arms, face, neck, or down-under. They’re unsightly, annoying, and even painful, but what causes them? And how can we ultimately get rid of razor bumps?

Razor bumps are simply ingrown hairs that develop as a result of a clogged follicular opening (aka: pore) or a hair follicle that curls around and renters the skin.

Dirt & bacteria get trapped in the pore and BLOCK the hair follicle from breaking through causing a pimple to form, bringing about redness and inflammation. These ingrown hairs can also form when hairs grow out but curl back around and reenter the skin. Our bodies recognize this hair as a “foreign object” and attack it. This is what also causes irritation.

Factors that contribute to ingrown hairs are:

  1. Dry Skin: Dead skin cells can get caught in your pores and interrupt hair growth
  2. Improper Shaving Techniques: Several factors like the type of razor you use, improperly prepping your skin, and after-care can all affect your chances of developing razor bumps.
  3. Genetics: People with curly hair are predisposed to getting razor bumps because the hair curls as it grows so its easier for the hair to curl back around and reenter the skin.
  4. Poor Hygiene: Dirt and bacteria can clog pores and cause inflammation, redness, & itching

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So how do you get rid of razor bumps??

  1. First things first! Before you shave, make sure you wash your skin thoroughly! While washing, I also like to do a gentle exfoliation to get rid of any dead skin cells along with dirt and bacteria. This way, your skin is clean BEFORE your pores become vulnerable. Continuing to exfoliate even after shaving is important to make sure those pores STAY CLEAR! You can use a wash cloth and some warm water and your favorite face cleanser, rubbing in circular motions, or you can use a face cleanser with a chemical exfoliant like glycolic or lactic acid, for example.
  2. Be sure you are using a sharp blade.
  3. Try a razor with fewer blades. The more blades on the razor, the grater the chance of ingrown hairs.
  4. Use warm water & a shaving cream, soap or gel. Also, try to shave after your skin & hair has had sometime to “soften up” from the warm water (ie: at the END of your shower, bath, etc)
  5. Shave with fewer strokes and short strokes but don’t shave over the same area twice!Young woman shaving legs
  6. Shave in the direction that your hair grows, NOT the opposite.
  7. Rinse your blade after every stroke.
  8. Be sure to moisturize properly after shaving. This will prevent any new dry skin cells from accumulating and blocking your pores. Also, be sure you are using a moisturizer that isn’t going to block those beautiful pores. Look for non-pore clogging ingredients (aka: non-comedogenic)
  9. Avoid touching your freshly shaven skin with dirty hands. This is mainly in regards to your face, as your hands are one of the dirtiest places on your body and will only transfer more dirt, bacteria, & oil onto your vulnerable skin & pores.
  10. Try bathing soon after physical exercise or vigorously sweating. Wear clean, dry clothes, & change your pillow cases regularly!

Give these tips a shot then come back and let us know how they helped you to get rid of razor bumps!

– Letisha 

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20 Reasons I Can’t Live Without Lemons

Lemons are one of my favorite fruits. They have a unqiue flavor and can add pizazz to just about any recipe! I love lemons for everything from skin care to cooking to treating colds. Check out my list below for 20 ways you can use the lovely lemon!

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1. Lemons are chalk full of Vitamin C which helps prevent and reduce the common cold. Try adding a lemon to your smoothie or mixing up a refreshing glass of water and lemon. Plus, you’ll get a burst of energy!

2. The acid in lemons does an amazing job of exfoliating dry areas like your face or elbows. It also helps to brighten your complexion!

3. Consuming lemons boosts the immune system by providing the body with a good amount of Vitamin C.

4. The pectin in lemons aides in weight loss by helping to stabilize the insulin levels and keep the body feeling full.

5. The healing properties in lemon juice helps to treat and heal acne. Try rubbing a small amount of the juice over your spots for calmer skin in the morning.

6. Treat your feet to a relaxing home pedicure! The acids in the lemons help remove the dead skin from your heels while softening your feet. Add the juice of a whole lemon to your footbath. Rub the excess lemon on your heels and between your toes!

7. Heal that annoying itch from those pestering insect bites by rubbing a wedge of one lemon on the bite! The lemon’s acids help reduce the need to scratch, scratch, scratch!

8. Adding lemons to homemade body scrubs is an excellent treat! Mix the juice of one lemon with sugar and honey for a nighttime body exfoliator that will melt the stress away.

9. Try drinking lemon juice to aid the liver in flushing out harmful toxins.

10. The antibacterial properties and refreshing scent in lemons make it a fantastic household cleaner! Simply mix the juice of one lemon with white vinegar and water. This mixture is non-toxic and great for cleaning household surfaces, chemical-free!

11. The cleansing properties of lemons make it a great remover of hair buildup! Mix a few drops of lemon juice with fresh water. Apply the mixture to a freshly washed scalp to remove product buildup.

12. Lighten acne scars and even your skin tone by rubbing half of lemon on your skin.

13. Spice up your traditional fish recipe by adding a few lemons! The powerful flavor in lemons really adds a nice kick. Bake your favorite kind of fish drizzled in lemon juice with a few shakes of sea salt and black pepper.

14. Boost your electrolyte levels by adding a few lemons to your favorite veggie and fruit smoothie recipe.

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15. Soothe a sore throat by sipping on warm lemon water with a few drops of honey. The antibacterial properties in both the lemon and honey help cleanse and soothe the throat.

16. Make a homemade cuticle remover by rubbing a wedge of one lemon across your nails. The juice will gradually remove the dry skin around the cuticle leaving you with fresh, soft hands.

17.  Much like ACV, lemon juice can add the shine back to dry, dull hair. Add the juice of one lemon to fresh spring water. Pour the mix over hair for fresh smelling, shiny hair.

18. Freshen breath by eating a lemon wedge! Be careful to not do this too much since the acidity of lemon can wear down tooth enamel.

19. The Vitamin C and Limonoids in lemons are great for preventing cancer.

20. Restore the body’s natural pH by consuming lemons. A proper acid-alkaline balance in the body keeps the body functioning correctly while preventing headaches, fatigue, and even osteoporosis.

 

I’d love to hear how you use lemons! Comment below!

 

Peace, love & coconuts!

-Zeena

*These tips are not meant as a cure. Please consult your doctor to find the best treatment for you and your needs.

Super Hydrating Avocado Hair Mask

Suffering from dry, damaged hair? Try a super hydrating avocado hair mask! Avocados are full of vitamins and nutrients that nourish and soften the hair, promote hair growth, treat damaged hair, and prevent hair loss. The best part: avocado hair masks are super easy to make!

You’ll need:

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1TBSP Honey
  • 1 (or 2) TBSP Olive Oil

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  1. Start by mashing the avocado in a small bowl. Mix in honey and olive oil. (Feel free to substitute the olive oil for your favorite oil like coconut oil, almond oil etc.)
  2. Apply mixture to wet hair. Allow to sit for 30 mins to 1+ hour.
  3. After desired amount of time, shampoo and condition hair.

Have you tried an avocado hair mask? What are your favorite ingredients to add?

Peace, love & coconuts!

-Zeena

6 Fabulous Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

Oh, coconut oil, how I love you! Coconut oil is one of my favorite oils because it has so many uses. It is good for us internally AND externally. When applied topically, coconut oil fights skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis, moisturizes hair and skin, and treats wrinkles and dandruff (just to name a few!) Let’s not forget to mention that coconut oil is full of fabulous antimicrobial/antibacterial properties. 🙂

Coconut Oil

Here are 6 fabulous ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your beauty regimen:

1. Shaving Oil– Coconut oil leaves your legs baby smooth after shaving! It moisturizes and hydrates the skin so you don’t have to worry about dry or irritated skin! Simply take a quarter size amount, rub onto your legs and shave away!

2. Deep Conditioner– Coconut oil has amazing conditioning capabilities because of its ability to penetrate the hair shaft and deeply moisturize the hair. Not only will your hair be silky smooth but shiny too! To deep condition hair, massage coconut oil into the hair and onto the scalp. Leave on for any desired amount of time (30 mins to 24 hours!). Then, simply shampoo and condition hair.

3. Body Lotion– Coconut oil works wonders as a body moisturizer because it nourishes and hydrates the skin (better than most lotions). A little goes a long way but you’ll be left with hydrated skin all day long. Plus, who doesn’t want to smell like tropical coconuts??

4. Body Scrub– For polished, radiant, glowing, moisturized skin, mix up a batch of coconut oil and sugar. This mixture will exfoliate dead skin cells and leave you with fabulous looking skin!

5. Makeup Remover– Coconut will make removing eye makeup a breeze! It glides on smooth, removes the makeup, and won’t leave your delicate eye area dry or irritated. To use, simply apply a small amount of coconut oil onto a cotton ball. Swipe the cotton ball over the makeup and wallah!

6. Foot Softener– Keeping our feet smooth and soft can be tough since its sandal season. For smooth feet, layer on some coconut oil and throw on a pair of socks. After a few hours of wear your feet will feel like you just left the spa.

Coconut Oil is an amazing ingredient to have on hand at all times! It is incredibly versatile and can be used in nearly every aspect of your beauty regimen. 

How do you lovely people use coconut oil? Comment below! 🙂

Peace, love & coconuts!

-Zeena

DIY Removal of Hair Buildup

Removing buildup from our hair is important in order to maintain a healthy scalp. The products we use everyday to style our hair like leave-ins, gels and mousses slowly buildup on our scalp. If you suffer from buildup, you may notice dry/oily, greasy, weighed-down, dull, frizzy hair, and an itchy scalp.

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Removing buildup sounds difficult but this process should only take you about 10-15 minutes!

What You’ll Need:

  • Applicator Bottle
  • 3 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5 TBSP Spring Water

Mix Apple Cider Vinegar and Spring Water in applicator bottle. I picked up my applicator bottle at Sally’s Beauty Supply, but feel free to use an empty water bottle!

I prefer to use Spring Water to avoid adding further buildup that may come from the tap water.

Divide your hair into 4 sections.  Taking one section at a time, thoroughly apply the mixture to your scalp. Using the pads of your fingers, rub your scalp in circular motions. After you finish each section, rinse your hair to remove the buildup. Then, condition your hair.

Since I don’t shampoo everyday, I like to clarify my scalp about 2 times a month.

I found that the Apple Cider Vinegar treatment works best on hair that is freshly washed. Before you clarify, wash your scalp with a shampoo that won’t leave any buildup! (my fav is Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo).

Peace, love & coconuts!

-Zeena

 

Amazing Benefits of Castor Oil

We’ve previously talked about the ability of castor oil to aid in hair growth, but what are some other amazing benefits of castor oil? Read on…

1) Castor oil is great for the skin. It is easily absorbed which makes is a great Benefits of Castor Oilmoisturizer and if often added to skin care and cosmetic products.

2) Can fade scars with regular application and can help prevent the formation of new scars when applied to cuts and scrapes, for example. It is also great for wrinkles, stretch marks, and dark under eye circles.

3) Has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal properties. Can heal cystic acne and even scored low on the comedogenic scale so it isn’t extremely pore clogging.

4) Can increase lymphocyte production, detox the organs, and relieve constipation. See here.

5) Castor oil has also been shown to reduce inflammation and aid relieve arthritis symptoms.

>> Opt for cold pressed castor oil, as this process of extracting the castor oil preserves the benefits from the oil’s phytonutrients.

 

 

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*Be sure to use castor oil in moderation and do a patch test on your skin to assure you do not have an allergy. May cause abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin irritation. Always consult your physician before incorporating a new treatment into your lifestyle, particularly if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an existing condition, or illness.

– Letisha

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