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Moisturizing Avocado Hair Mask

This is my go-to hair mask to give extra moisture to my hair mainly because it is quick and easy. The best part is it also makes my hair super shiny. Avocados are awesome. Not only are they yummy to eat,  they are also really really good for the health of your hair and scalp. Avocado hair mask x SP

Ingredients :

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix it up thoroughly. Apply to hair (preferably damp) evenly and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Add extra 10 minutes for an extra extra moisturizing results. Shampoo, condition and rinse right after for amazing hair. Repeat this hair treatment regularly and see all your hair problems become a thing of the past. I try to do it once every two weeks.

Note: If your hair is naturally oily, you might need to shampoo twice. Rinse and repeat.

Essential Oils

Base Oil Beauty Benefits
Argan This oil is packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it a great moisturizer for hair, skin, and nails. In its natural state, it has a warm, nutty scent that complements any DIY hair recipe.
Avocado Rubbing down in avocado oil can give you the same omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that you get when you eat the delicious fruit.
Coconut Naturally coconuts are packed with protein, vitamin E, and fatty acids that can be absorbed into the skin easily. It also has antibacterial properties. The oil is solid at room temperature, making it easy for travel and a good base for your DIY lotion recipes.
Grape seed For women with acne-prone skin, grape-seed oil is one of the best picks because of its astringent properties. It naturally contains linoleic acid, which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s quickly absorbed into the skin (and hair) and delivers antioxidants deep into the cell tissue.
Jojoba Jojoba is naturally similar to human sebum. Therefore women with oily skin and scalp can benefit the most from a moisturizer with jojoba to help regulate the epidermis’s natural production of oil.
Olive Antioxidant-rich olive oil is the ideal DIY-recipe ingredient for women with dry skin and eczema. This heartier liquid is also a good choice for women with aging skin because of the vitamins A and E.
Sesame Bacteria doesn’t stand a chance against sesame oil. For centuries, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to counteract high cholesterol and viruses. This should be your go-to base oil to remedy skin irritation like wind and sunburn.
Sweet almond Almond oil is a natural way to clear dead skin cells. You can apply the elixir to get a more even skin tone and remedy dark spots. However, take note that almond oil should not be used by those with nut allergies.
Treatment Oil Beauty Benefits
Aloe Vera We know you’ve heard of aloe vera gel and juice, but the plant also comes in oil form. This thick formula can be used topically to remedy dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis along with other types of skin irritation.
Arnica If you frequent the gym, arnica should be in your workout bag. The fragrant oil will help improve circulation and take down swelling, bruising, and pain. It’s a natural relaxant for sore muscles.
Carrot Seed The beta-carotene and vitamin A in carrot seed oil help stimulate cell growth and detox the skin. You can also slather it on to protect your skin from environmental damage (UV rays, pollution) as well as to keep moisture in.
Castor Jamaican black castor oil is celebrated for its hair-growth abilities. This specific type has an ash included that gives it a dark brown color. The oil is very thick and can be used to seal in moisture for coarser hair types.
Evening Primrose Eczema sufferers have probably heard of the moisturizing effects of evening primrose. The fatty acids found naturally in this liquid are proven to help soothe itch and inflammation.
Rose hip Expectant mothers, this one’s for you! Rose hip has vitamin C and lycopene to gently rejuvenate skin and help maintain elasticity, making it a great remedy for stretch marks.
Tea Tree In recent years, tea-tree oil has become popular for its infection-fighting power. Acne, nail fungus, dandruff, lice, and insect bites can all be alleviated by a tea-tree poultice because it naturally kills bacteria.
Essential Oil Beauty Benefits
Calendula Acne-prone skin can benefit from a mix made with calendula oil. It can reduce redness and swelling, in addition to being an anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighter. You can also use it to minimize under-eye bags.
Chamomile Azulene is the main component in chamomile that helps calm the skin. It’s a key ingredient to soothe irritated areas like psoriasis, spider veins, acne scars, eczema, and sunburns.
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus is a healing herb that has been used in Australia for centuries in wound care. The fragrant oil can also be handy as an all-natural insect repellent.
Geranium Geranium is a powerful antiaging oil. It has astringent properties, which can tighten loose skin. It also has antioxidants that help encourage cell turnover, meaning you’ll have fewer wrinkles to begin with.
Jasmine Your skin will benefit from jasmine’s ability to improve elasticity. It’s definitely one to include in brightening skin concoctions and can be used to fade stretch marks and acne scars.
Lavender One of the most recognizable essential oils, lavender can do much more than help you sleep. Massaging an oil tincture including lavender into the scalp can curb hair loss and help with headaches, too.
Peppermint Pack a bottle of peppermint oil on your next camping trip to soothe the itch of poison ivy or other allergic reactions. You can also apply a few drops of the oil to the face (mixed with a carrier oil) to clear the sinuses or soothe a tension headache.
Rosemary In aromatherapy, rosemary is used as an energizing scent to clear the mind. When used on your skin, it can stimulate blood circulation to soothe aching muscles and ease the joint pain of arthritis.
Thyme Studies show that thyme can be an effective natural solution for acne. Its antibacterial properties stop pimples before they can fester into a larger breakout. Mix a few drops into a bottle of witch hazel for an oil-clearing toner.
Ylang-Ylang Ylang-ylang has been used for decades to protect strands against salty ocean water, and it can also promote hair growth and thickness. The oil also a stress-relieving scent that works well in any DIY massage oil recipe.

Sock Buns 101

A few months ago my mom and I went to Sock buns 101 workshop at Goldplaited. The stylists there are eager to help and shared with us some wonderful hair magic secrets. I love this hairstyle because no matter what length my hair is, the bun looks full and voluminous. Here are some simple tips and tricks for mastering the two styles of sock buns. My personal favorite is the short and simple messy sock bun look which is easier to do for my short layered hair. Continue reading

Goldplaited’s hair workshop

Sock buns 101 - Goldplaited x Samosa POPChicago ladies have you stopped by at Goldplaited, in Lincoln Park yet? This indulging finishing salon excels in blow drys and make-up applications. Perfect place to get dolled up before your big night. The place has a welcoming decadent ambience with rich gold details and the friendly staff is always happy to guide through their wide variety of hair products. Yesterday, my mom and I were invited to this salon, by the fabulous sister duo of Goldplaited : Corrinna & Mal, and their cutest little honorary stylist dog : Sheffield. They hosted their first ever hairstyling workshop featuring how to master the ever-so-complicated-but-amazing-looking sock bun. It was a night of Sock Buns 101 with some fun and fancy Chicago ladies! Brilliant girls night out idea! We had a great time getting our buns on and learning two easy and quick ways of using a sock bun for a messy and a polished look. It was magic. Goldplaited‘s very own & talented stylist Lynnea was very helpful and patient with her easy to implement hair-magic techniques. They generously gave us the sock bun as a present to practice and perfect on our own. You can guess what hairstyle I’ll be frequenting this month. 🙂 Thank-you Goldplaited!

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