DIY: Shine Shine Away Basic 3-Ingredient Hair Rinse for Voluminous and Shiny Hair!

Hey everyone! Today, I will be sharing a hair rinse recipe that will make your hair look vibrant and full. Applying a hair rinse after shampooing and conditioning can remove product residues, make your hair softer, and can make your hair shinier. This hair rinse is super easy to make and only requires 3 key ingredients- organic horsetail herb, organic apple cider vinegar, and some H2O. Trust me after you try out this rinse, Rihanna will have nothing on you since your hair will be shining bright like a diamond! =P

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This rinse makes my hair look shiny and it helps with the curly hair tangles!

The Scoop on Horsetail Herb

  • It’s one of the most abundant sources of silica. Silica helps to strengthen brittle hair and can give it incredible shine.
  • Contains many minerals that support hair health.
  • When used in a rinse, it can promote increased circulation to the hair follicles resulting in increased hair growth.

The Scoop on Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Removes product residues
  • Acts as a natural detangler.
  • Balances the pH of the scalp
  • Keeps hair moisturized by sealing the hair cuticle. Read more about these benefits here!

The Recipe

Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups of water, 2-3 tablespoons of the horsetail herb, and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar.

Directions: Warm the water in a pot until it begins to boil. Turn off the heat and add in the herb and vinegar. Cover the pot with a lid. Allow the mixture to sit for a few hours until it has cooled. Strain the mixture and dispose of the herb remnants. Pour the rinse over your hair after you have shampooed and conditioned it. Do not wash it out! Proceed with styling.

Some Tips:

  • You can adjust ingredient ratios to better suit your hair needs. If after using this rinse your hair becomes drier, add more A.C.V and less of the horsetail herb. If your hair becomes oily, add less A.C.V and a bit more horsetail.
  • If you have curly hair, I suggest adding in some Marshmallow Herb which acts as an amazing detangler!
  • You can add in a few other herbs to enhance your hair color. Blondes can use chamomile, lemon peel, or mullein flowers. Brunettes can use nettle, rosemary, and sage. Redheads can use calendula, red rose petals, and red hibiscus.
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Loco for Cocoa! DIY- Cocoa Tea and Glow Glow Cocoa Mask

Merry Christmas everyone!!! With the holidays upon us I thought it would be a good idea to have a beauty post on a popular holiday ingredient- Cocoa! Below you will find a recipe for a moisturizing cocoa beauty mask and a delicious spin on hot cocoa.

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The Scoop on Cocoa! A few Health Benefits

  • The antioxidant concentration in a cup of hot cocoa is greater than the antioxidant concentration in a cup of green or black tea.
  • Is heart healthy– Helps to reduce blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, and inhibits platelet aggregation.
  • Special compounds in cocoa called flavonoids increase blood flow to the brain resulting in better cognitive function. Third semester of PA school here I come!!! =P

A few Beauty Benefits

  • Acts a great moisturizer when applied topically.
  • Is full of antioxidants that can help to repair damaged skin.
  • Can protect skin against sunburn.
  • Gives your skin a healthy glow!

DIY: The Glow Glow Cocoa Mask- This mask is super moisturizing and your skin will glow after you remove it. Plus, it smells absolutely divine!

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon organic cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of melted coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt.

Feel free to add more or less ingredients to get the consistency you want.  Apply this mask onto your face and leave it on for about 20-40 minutes. I personally like to leave this on for a full 40 minutes to get the maximum benefits.

DIY: Cocoa Tea- if you haven’t licked away all of the Glow Glow Cocoa Mask perhaps you should make this delicious tea to satisfy your chocolate craving. I discovered this tea while vacationing in St. Lucia. It is a local breakfast staple there and it tastes amazing. While you may think it’s just hot cocoa – it actually tastes like chocolate but it also tastes like tea.

Ingredients: 1 cup of water, 4 tbs of grated organic cocoa, and 1/2 cup of milk. Also you may add in a few spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Sugar is also optional.

Directions: Pour the water, cocoa, and milk into a pot and boil the mixture for 5 minutes.  Mix the ingredients as they are boiling with a spoon to prevent the mixture from overflowing. Then strain and serve. And there you have it, fresh cocoa tea! Enjoy! =)

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YUMMY!!! Cocoa Tea!