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Summer aka “wash and go” season is just weeks away! It can become a daunting task to keep our curls, kinks and coils moisturized between the heat, humidity, visits to the beach & pool. Here are 5 DIY conditioners to keep your healthy hair regimen in check and hair on point with the dew point!   For the no fuss naturalista, we have 3 DIY conditioners that require 1-2 ingredients max! 1) Greek yogurt hair mask: What you’ll need: 1 cup of plain non-flavored Greek yogurt. That’s it! Greek yogurt is such an easy and awesome way to give your hair and scalp essential protein and probiotics when your stands are feeling weak and brittle. Greek yogurt contains more protein than traditional yogurt, about 20g per 6-8 ounce container. Greek Yogurt is also rich in calcium, potassium, zinc, vitamins B6 and B12., and probiotic cultures which are all necessary for shiny, moisturized and healthy hair.  Probiotics are vital healthy bacteria that promote a healthy scalp and minimize hair loss. Just massage into scalp, apply to hair. You can leave this hydrating mask on your hair from 20 minutes to 1 hour. Tip: Just be sure to rinse very thoroughly with warm water to prevent your hair from harboring an extremely unpleasant smell. [caption id="attachment_7878" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Untitled design(7) Source: http://www.topgreekyogurt.com/images/greek-yogurt.jpg[/caption]   2) Olive oil & honey: What you’ll need: 1 tbsp raw organic honey. 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. This treatment will  leave your hair hydrated while promoting healthy hair growth. Olive oil is extremely lightweight but also has the ability to penetrate the hair and scalp better than most oils. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory agent that promotes both scalp health and prevents dandruff. When using extra virgin olive oil you are giving your hair an even bigger boost due to its high levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E. Keep in mind, vitamin E is an essential antioxidant that encourages hair growth. Honey works as a natural antiseptic and anti bacterial agent. It works to keep our scalp clear of infectious bacteria and dandruff. Honey is also a natural heat protectant, which makes it an ideal ingredient for naturals that use heat often. Lastly, honey is a natural humectant. It will prevent the loss of moisture from the hair, a common issue during cold winters and very hot/humid summers. Tip - Fine Naturals: If you find your hair weighed down after oil treatments, use as a pre-poo instead. [caption id="attachment_7877" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Untitled design(5) Source: www.luvforhair.com[/caption] 3) Olive oil & coconut oil: What you’ll need: Equal parts extra virgin olive oil and extra virgin (and unrefined) coconut oil. This treatment will leave your hair stronger, more manageable all while clarifying your scalp. First, coconut oil is an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent. Just like olive oil, coconut oil can prevent scalp conditions and promote hair growth by keeping our scalp free of harmful and infectious bacteria. Second, coconut oil works as a great detangler pre-wash. Just section hair (the smaller the sections the better) and detangle with your fingers from root to tip. Hair naturally has a high protein make up. Protein is what makes our hair strong and resilient but we lose a bit of it every time we cleanse our hair. Coconut oil helps to replenish that lost protein, which also helps to prevent excessive hair loss due to unnatural breakage and shedding. Just blend ingredients and apply to hair in sections. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Tip: Be sure to use unrefined coconut oil since it has not been stripped of its vital nutrients through various heating processes like refined coconut oil.   If you want to kick things up a notch with your ingredients then these next two conditioners are for you: [caption id="attachment_7876" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Untitled design(4) Source: http://www.hellonatureblog.com/banana-avocado-coconut-oil-hair-mask/[/caption] 4) Greek Yogurt Hair Mask w/a twist: 1 cup plain, non-flavored Greek yogurt, 2 tbsp raw organic honey, 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 6 vitamin E gel capsules or 3 tbsp of pure vitamin E oil. This mask will leave your hair shiny and moisturized but with an extra boost of elasticity! Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to repair and build tissue. When you apply vitamin E to your scalp, it helps to reduce inflammation while repairing damage to the follicles. As a result, healthy follicles emerge and begin to encourage healthy hair growth.  Combine ingredients and leave on hair for 20 minutes to 1 hour. Tip: Be sure to rinse very thoroughly with warm water or else your hair will have a very unpleasant smell from the Greek yogurt. [caption id="attachment_7875" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Untitled design Source: http://www.topgreekyogurt.com/images/greek-yogurt.jpg , www.chriskesser.com , www.youtube.com , www.honeyassociation.com[/caption] 5) Ripe banana, over-ripened avocado, 2 tbsp of raw organic honey: This mask is a go-to remedy for dry and weak strands. The addition of avocado and banana will ensure much healthier hair year round. Avocado is jam packed with proteins, amino acids and vitamins to quench thirsty strands while increasing strength & providing a natural luster to dull hair. Avocado is also a natural sunscreen! Banana is a natural source of biotin, which is essential for healthy hair growth and retention. Tip: Blend the ripe banana and ripe avocado together first. Be sure to blend until they form a smooth paste without any lumps. Put the mixture in a mixing bowl; add in raw organic honey. Tip: Massage into scalp and apply to hair while paying special attention to your ends. Leave on hair for 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly. [caption id="attachment_7879" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Untitled design(2) Source: http://www.hellonatureblog.com/banana-avocado-coconut-oil-hair-mask/[/caption] Whichever DIY conditioner you choose, just remember to pay attention to your hair’s needs and modify your summer healthy hair routine as necessary. Have a safe and healthy summer!   By: Stephanie B. of www.HealthyHairToToe.com



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titilayo
titilayo

March 01, 2017

it was very useful.keep it up

Riza
Riza

August 07, 2016

Love your blog, informative and very interesting, especially to those people who are into taking good care of their hair. I agree with you that there are a lot of benefits from coconut oil, I’ve been using it for years now and it never stop to amaze me especially to what it did to my hair. Thank you for sharing.

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