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15 Natural Beauty Hacks To Look & Feel Fabulous

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We all love natural beauty hacks, so using a natural option is about as good as it gets, right? It’s nice to treat yourself to hair and skincare products, yet getting carried away can really leave a dent in your budget. Most of these hacks involve inexpensive and simple ingredients that you can find in your supermarket or already in your cupboards. So let’s get you started on a journey to a new natural beauty regime. Here come a handful of top picks for your skin and hair needs.

Skincare hacks

  1. Honey

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Those looking to revitalize their skin should certainly invest in some raw honey. It’s naturally antibacterial meaning that it’s amazing for blemish-prone skin and preventing acne. The moisturizing properties will leave your skin soft and with a beautiful glow. Honey is also packed with antioxidants which are ideal for slowing down the process of aging. Along with all this, honey can help to open up your pores. For the perfect honey face mask, all you need to do is apply a thin layer of honey onto your face and then leave for around 10-15 minutes. For a luxurious bath experience, add a cup or two of honey and let your skin reap the benefits all over.

  1. Avocado 

One of our favorite brunch items, Avocado is packed with vitamins E, A and D plus omega-3 fatty acids and minerals too. With all these lovelies to offer, it’s no surprise that avocado has some pretty amazing benefits for the skin. Omega-9 is the perfect ingredient to give dry and tired skin a lift. It helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as to moisturize your skin. To fashion yourself a face mask simply mash up an avocado and apply, or purchase some avocado oil if you prefer. The oil contains plenty of carotenoids like lutein which are thought to offer protection against the sun.

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  1. Coffee 

Coffee makes an ideal body scrub to give your skin a good old exfoliate. One of the great benefits of using a coffee scrub is to ease inflammation and breakouts. It’s also been suggested that scrubbing with coffee can help to improve circulation; this is because the caffeine has stimulating properties. Coffee also contains antioxidants which are vital to get that youthful and radiant look. Exfoliating regularly will allow you to get rid of dead skin cells and achieve smoother and softer skin. Another added bonus is that applying a coffee scrub can reduce the appearance of cellulite.

  1. Aloe Vera

Inside the leaves of the aloe vera cactus is a liquid jelly-like substance; packed with vitamins, nutrients and amino acids. The gel is simply amazing for the health of your skin; it’s cooling and hydrating while also serving as an anti-inflammatory. Aloe vera has been praised to treat skin conditions such as dry skin, acne, sunburn and psoriasis. When you apply aloe vera to your skin, you’ll be boosting the production of hyaluronic acid. This type of acid helps the skin to retain elasticity and remain firm as you age.

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  1. Turmeric 

Turmeric has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, allowing it to heal blemishes and fight bacteria. You can make yourself a lovely turmeric face mask pretty easily using turmeric, oats and coconut oil. For one mask, use half a cup with 2tsp of turmeric powder and 3tsp of coconut oil. Spread the mix thinly over your face and then leave on for around fifteen minutes. 

  1. Argan Oil 

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Made from the kernels of the argan tree, argan oil is incredibly rich in nutritional fatty acids and vitamin E, both of which are excellent for the skin. Argan oil is non-irritant plus it doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue (that can often be the case with some other oils). As well as this, argan oil can work to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and restore elasticity.

  1. Green tea 

If you’re looking for a lovely natural toner for the skin, you can’t get much better than green tea. First allow the tea to cool, then put into a spray bottle or bowl for smooth application. You can easily apply with a cotton pad or a cloth. Green tea helps to hydrate and will leave your skin looking bright and gorgeous. It’s also an excellent way to get rid of bags under the eyes. For your eye-care, simply steep two tea bags, chill them for fifteen minutes and then leave the tea bags placed under your eyes. You can leave them in place for around five-ten minutes while lying down and relaxing. After a week of doing this, you’ll soon see a reduction in those dark circles. Taking good care of your eyes is incredibly important when it comes to a good beauty regime. If you wear glasses, ensure to replace your glasses lenses often. It may be that your lenses need a refresh or that you require a new prescription.

  1. Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang is an essential oil made from the flowers of the Cananga odorata plant, which usually grows across Indonesia and the Philippines. The essential oil contains linalool which has been found to have stress-busting properties. Essential oils are generally inhaled to reap the benefits, yet you can also apply them to your skin. Be sure to dilute with a carrier oil beforehand, as applying a raw essential oil to the skin can sometimes be too strong. Coconut oil is a great carrier for any of your essential oils. Ylang-ylang oil is an excellent way to improve your complexion and keep outbreaks at bay.

Hair care hacks

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9 . Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is derived from the ‘kernel’ of the coconut, which is the fleshy meat-like part inside. It’s rich in fatty acids, moisture and vitamin E, all of which does absolute wonders for your hair. Coconut oil is a highly effective natural hair conditioner, helping to repair damaged hair, reduce dryness and lock in that salon shine. Coconut oil works to protect your hair follicles, so those roots and ends will break no more! Those with dry and hair can use as a leave-in conditioner. If you have finer or more oily hair, you can simply use it as a hair mask; rubbing in and then leaving to work its magic for around twenty minutes.

  1. Bananas

For hair that looks and feels great, be sure to get yourself some bananas! These fruity faves are full of potassium, vitamins, and natural oils to keep your hair looking fresh. You’ll add a luscious shine as well as preventing breakage and split ends. It can be nice to mix both avocados and bananas together for the ultimate hair mask. Simply blend the two in a bowl and massage from roots to ends. Leave on for about twenty minutes before rinsing off.

  1. Olive Oil

Olive oil contains both palmitic acid and oleic, which can help keep your hair nice and soft plus prevent tangles. For those who struggle with dandruff, olive oil can help you to go dandruff-free while easing inflammation too. The vitamin E content can also protect your hair against free radicals. To use olive oil on your hair, simply apply as a conditioner after you’ve shampooed.

  1. Lemon

A dash of lemon can really boost hair growth due to the high vitamin C content. The acidity can keep hair follicles strong and therefore prevent hair loss. What’s more, lemons can help to scrub away dry skin and dandruff. You can leave lemon juice in your hair for about twenty minutes, before rinsing out. Try lemons alone or mix with jojoba oil or and bananas for a more exciting hair mask!

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  1. Real Yogurt

If you’re forever fighting the frizz, natural yogurt could well be your savior. Yogurt is a top moisturizer and also offers anti fungal properties, to keep your scalp super healthy and clean. All you need to do is massage into your hair and leave the yogurt to do its thing for around fifteen minutes.

  1. Eggs 

Eggs contain B-complex vitamins that prevent hair loss and help to strengthen the roots. Eggs are also packed with fats that serve as a great conditioner. Use cold water and rub into your hair, leaving for ten minutes before washing out. (The cold water part is pretty important unless you want the eggs to start cooking!)

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar 

Thanks to its acidic properties, apple cider vinegar is a god-send for your hair. It can add shine, remove product build-up and exfoliate your scalp. To access the awesome benefits, take 3-4 tbsp in a container and mix with water. After you’ve washed your hair, simply pour the water and vinegar over your head and then massage through your hair. You can use as a leave-in conditioner or rinse out after 5 minutes or so. Apple cider vinegar is particularly useful for curly hair because it provides hydration, yet does not weigh down the curls- like some other moisturizing products.

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A Lavender-Infused Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

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As of late, I’ve been in a hair rut, which is something I’m sure we can all relate to. Every now and then I seem to be happy with a product only to find a few months later that I’m displeased with it. However, I know that I’m partially to blame. We have to keep in mind the stress that we put our hair through when we use hot tools, hair treatments, or dyes. Much like our skin, our hair must be taken care of. Although the expense of hair treatments can deter us from using them, we have an affordable answer for you! We’re ecstatic to share a hair treatment that is inexpensive and can be done in the comfort of your own home. Latest-Hairstyles.com’s contributor Wendy Rose Gould, a beauty expert for hair tutorial and advice, introduces a DIY beauty recipe: a lavender-infused coconut oil hair treatment.  BY KATELYN BONGIORNO
Before we start our beauty routine, Gould has some extra knowledge about the ingredients: “applied topically, coconut oil actually does a few things for your hair. First, it nourishes the hair shaft to create a vibrant sheen. It also conditions the hair to restore moisture and repair damage.” Additionally, Gould adds, “when applied at the scalp, it can help reduce dandruff and soothe sensitive or itchy skin.” An important and fantastic tip by Gould: for beauty uses, choose extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil (who would have thought of that?).
In addition to the extra benefits of coconut oil, Gould notes the various benefits of lavender: “Lavender also has numerous benefits. It’s no secret that it smells amazing, and many simply use aromatic lavender for its calming effects. Topically, lavender, like coconut oil, is antibacterial and therefore helps with dandruff. It also helps to soften the hair.” With these tips in mind, let’s begin!
Ingredients Needed:

  • Small Bowl
  • 2 Tablespoons of Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Fresh or Dried Lavender Springs (or 2 drops of essential oil)
  • Measuring Spoons

Step 1: Place Oil Into Your Bowl
Measure out 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to your bowl. Depending on your hair length, you may want to add more or less oil. For medium-to-long hair, 2 tablespoons should suffice. If your coconut oil has turned to liquid, just measure it out like normal.
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Step 2: Add Lavender
Remove the greens and/or buds from your lavender and place it in the bowl with your coconut oil. If you want to add a little more for fragrance, that’s okay. A few pinches are plenty.
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 Step 3: Infuse Your Lavender
Next, we’re going to infuse the lavender into the coconut oil. To do this, create a bain-marie by placing your bowl over a saucepan filled with water. Turn your heat to low-medium and allow the coconut oil to melt down, stirring periodically. If your coconut oil is already liquid, you still want to do stir, as the warmth from the water bath will expedite the lavender oil extraction. Keep your bain-marie going for 45 minutes to one hour, and then remove from the heat.
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Step 4: Cool and Strain
Allow your infused coconut oil to set for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is slightly warm (not hot). Remove the lavender pieces if desired.
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Step 5: Apply to Hair
Work the oil through your hair, focusing on the ends where hair gets dry. You can also focus on the scalp if you’re dealing with itchy, dry skin or dandruff. Let the oil set for 15 to 45 minutes. The longer it sets, the better. Shampoo and style as normal.
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Step 6: Revel in Softer, Prettier Hair
Want to improve your hair even more? Check out Latest-Hairstyles.com’s Product + Hair Advice section.
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DIY Beauty Recipe: A Lavender-Infused Coconut Oil Hair Treatment: Courtesy of Wendy Rose Gould, Photos Courtesy of Wendy Rose Gould
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Why Coconut Oil?

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Over the past few years, coconut oil has sprung up, claiming spreads in magazine articles and time slots on talk-shows. It’s no wonder this product is considered one of nature’s golden gifts to mankind. With its multi-faceted abilities and overwhelming list of health benefits, you’ll find coconut oil a necessary addition to your hygienic routine – and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without this beautifying best friend.
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1. Beautiful Head
Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrients for your hair and is used extensively in the Indian sub-continent for this very purpose. Most of the people in those countries apply coconut oil on their hair every day after bathing or showering. It helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. Try massaging your head with coconut oil, and you will notice a dandruff free scalp topped with shiny locks. After a massage or two, you will also find your mental fatigue decreased, as coconut oil also acts as a wonderful de-stressor.
2. Beautiful Body
Coconut oil is also an excellent massage oil for your entire body. Coconut oil is comparable to mineral oil, but without the dangerous side-effects. As this multi-purpose remedy is spread across your body, preventing dryness and flaking of skin, you’ll find it also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging.
According to www.doctoroz.com, one 2009 study found that women who consumed 30 milliliters (about 2 tablespoons) of coconut oil daily for 12 weeks not only did not gain more weight, but actually had lowered amounts of abdominal fat, a type of fat that is difficult to lose, and contributes to more heart problems.
3. Beautiful Heart
There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for heart health. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. In reality, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in vegetable oils. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis. (http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html)
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Be sure to note there are 6 different types of coconut oil: Pure, refined, organic, virgin, organic virgin, and extra virgin
The chart below suggests which type to buy in regards to your intended use according to www.organicfact.net
Purpose————Preferable Type to Buy
Cooking————Refined Coconut Oil
Weight Loss——Virgin Coconut Oil
As a Carrier Oil—Virgin Coconut Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil
Good Health——Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Oil
Massaging———Pure Coconut Oil, Refined Coconut Oil
Hair——————Pure Coconut Oil, Refined Coconut Oil
Medicinal uses—–Virgin Coconut Oil, Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

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Natural Beauty Products for Healthier Hair

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We all know that summer brings the heat, the humidity, and, sadly, the damage. Those beach days and pool dives will catch up to you sooner or later, and commercial products often pack stripping and drying agents into their cleansers or styling creams. But don’t let that get you down! We’ve found some natural products that are sure to keep your hair healthy this season. Going back to basics can help strengthen your hair and can improve the overall length with time!  Use these natural beauty products for healthier hair this summer!

1. Coconut Oil
Depending on who you know, this may be either the most underrated or overrated beauty product on the shelves today. However, it’s one of the holy grails of shiny locks, particularly for curly ones. It not only adds life and shine to hair, but it also stimulates hair growth! Coconut oil is actually a solid oil, meaning it can melt down into a liquid but can be stored on a shelf. With such a long lifespan, this is one product you should definitely check out

2. Jojoba Oil
Pronounced “ ho-ho-ba,” this oil comes from the seed of a plant that originates in the desert. Though grown in such a dry climate, this oil will do anything but leave hair dull, frizzy, and dry! This oil reaches deep and gets rid of a lot of impurities while also sealing in moisture and repairing split ends. It’s great for ALL hair types because it breaks down all the extra grease and oil while balancing out the natural moisture your body produces. Remember to always try and get your oils cold pressed and organic if possible and to make sure the oil still has all of its powerful nutrients.
3.  Apple Cider Vinegar
For those who are already on the “No Poo” regimen or are new recruits, Apple Cider Vinegar comes as no surprise to be on this list. For those who have never heard of “No Poo,” perhaps Co-wash makes more sense. Basically, the idea is that there’s no shampoo! So many shampoos contain harsh cleaning agents that strip the gunk and our natural oils away, leaving hair dry, dull, and thirsty. While Apple Cider Vinegar may not smell like gardenia and hibiscus, it gets the job done and cleans without drying. Try going a few days between washes so your hair can reap optimal benefits from its own oils.

Bonus: Here’s a recipe for my own Sea Salt and Lightening Spray for those who might want to get those beachy highlights and waves but want to avoid harsh chemicals and dying :

What you’ll need:
– Coarse Sea Salt
– A whole lemon or unrefined lemon juice
– An empty spray bottle
– Water

Directions:
1. Warm up enough water to fill about 75% of the bottle.
2. Add about ½-1 teaspoons of salt.
3. Add either a tablespoon or all of your lemon juice.
4. Close the bottle and shake it all around until the ingredients are nice and mixed.

To use:
Spray on damp hair and style as usual!

Tip:
Don’t use too much; salt is a drying agent! But using this spray every once in a while won’t cause too much damage.

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Hairmergency? Coconut Oil To The Rescue!

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With the chilly winds blowing your hair about and sucking the moisture from your tangly tresses, it’s likely that you’re experiencing the dull, lifelessness that comes with winter-damaged hair. Instead of packing on the heavy hair masks laden with harmful silicones and overly fragranced fillers, try opting for a more natural option: coconut oil.

You can find coconut oil at your local health food store in the same aisle as Olive oil and other various cooking oils. Coconut oil is stored as a solid sold in a jar, but when heated up, the product melts down to an oil and can then be applied to the hair as a treatment. Coconut oil is an effective hair treatment because it intensely hydrates hair, boosts shine and overall radiance, strengthens even the most damaged and broken hair, and also helps to nourish the scalp and stimulate hair that will grow faster, stronger, and healthier.

To use coconut oil as a hair treatment, first measure 3 to 4 tablespoons of the solid oil into a microwave safe bowl or cup (for thicker hair, use 1 or 2 more tablespoons, and for thinner hair, use 1 less). Microwave the oil for 1 minute, or until the oil melts down completely to a liquid. On dry, untangled hair, apply the oil starting at the ends and working your way to your scalp. Don’t worry about the oil making your scalp greasy, because the beneficial properties of the oil make it safe for even the most sensitive of scalps! Once you have evenly coated your hair in oil, wrap it in either a shower cap or an old t-shirt to secure the hair in place and allow the oil to penetrate the hair cuticle. Leave the hair wrapped for 4 hours or more (use it as an overnight treatment, if you wish!), then rinse it out with warm water, following with your choice of shampoo and conditioner. Once your hair is dry, you should notice the boost in shine and texture. Using this treatment once a week, or every other week, will improve the strength, shine, and growth of your hair, and your hair will no longer be suffering from the drab, winter blues!

– by Amanda Curran

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