Make your nails strong and grow

Your nails are made up of Keratin, the same protein as your hair is made of. Everyone want their nails to grow fast and strong and they add beauty to your hands. Here are some ways to make your nails grow faster, strong and shinier.

Here is a list of essential health tips for Nails

  1. Your nails are made up of protein. It is important that you have a proper intake of protein rich foods such as eggs, meat and beans. You can also take drinking protein shakes or vitamin D supplements .
  2. Garlic is very effective to make your nails grow fast. Apply garlic paste to your nails twice a week or simply cut a garlic clove in half and rub it on your nails. Its juices will be absorbed by the nail.
  3. Washing dishes can make your nails weak. The detergents are very harsh for your nails and affect its growth. To protect your fingers from harmful chemicals, always wear gloves.
  4. Trim your nails regularly to get rid of any weak parts and apply petroleum jelly before going to bed.
  5. Do not use nail polishes of ordinary brands, go for good brands and use nutrient filled polishes.
  6. Moisturise your nails with olive oil, take few drops of olive oil on your palm and rub it on your nails. Dry and dull nails are prone to breakage.
  7. Avoid biting and scratching your nails as it can make them weak.
  8. Avoid painting your nails with polishes than contain formaldehyde, toluene and sulfonamide. These chemicals are unhealthy for your nails.
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Homemade hair conditioner

Do you get dry and tangled hair after shower? A simple natural solution to this problem is to use a leave in conditioner or a detangling spray. Store bought products contain a huge range of chemicals including silicones which makes your hair soft but damages your hair when used for a long time. In this post, we’ll tell you some easy homemade all natural leave in conditioners which also work as a detangler. These natural ingredients are guaranteed to repair damage and manage dry hair with frequent use.

Here’s how to make easy homemade leave in hair conditioner and detangler:

RECIPE #1:

  • Coconut oil ( Melt solids in the microwave)
  • Distilled water
  • A spray bottle
  • Your favorite Essential oil for fragrance
  • Vitamin E oil or aloe vera gel ( optional)

Take your spray bottle and fill it with one cup of distilled water. Add two tablespoons of coconut oil, a few drop of your favourite essential oil and vitamin E oil/aloe vera gel and cover the lid. Shake the spray bottle well until all the ingredients are well combined. Your leave in conditioner/ detangler is ready to use. Spray it on your wet hair and use a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair.

RECIPE #2:

  • This recipe requires a conditioner to make a leave in conditioner.
  • Natural Conditioner
  • Spray Bottle
  • Distilled or Filtered water

Take your spray bottle and fill it up with distilled water, leaving 1/4th of the bottle empty.Next, Add in about 2 Tbsp of your conditioner. Finally, shake it well and use it on your damp hair.

Rosewater and Glycerin Toner

Rosewater is known for its skin beauty properties. For centuries, it is used as a skin toner. Rosewater is also used for eyes as it helps to soothe eyes. Rosewater has healing properties. It contains phenyl ethanol, an astringent which fights acne and reduce blemishes. Rosewater is a natural mild antiseptic recommended for skin irritation, acne and hydrating skin and body. It helps to reduce inflamed skin by stimulating the circulation in tiny blood vessels beneath the skin.

Rosewater also helps to maintain the pH of skin. Using it regularly will improve the appearance of acne prone, blemished and inflamed skin. Rosewater is also safe to use on skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. Due to its healing and soothing properties, rose water is used to sooth insect bites and sunburn. After a tiring day, simply spray rose water on your face for cooling skin and relaxing.

Glycerin is used in almost every other beauty/skin care products. It is a viscous and oil like liquid though it’s not oily. It absorbs very well into the skin. The best thing about glycerin is that it moisturizes skin without making your skin oily. Glycerin keeps you skin hydrated and moisturized by attracting moisture and water towards skin. It holds moisture in the skin.

Rosewater and glycerin mixture is an excellent toner. It helps to balance and keep your skin well nourished. Use it after washing your face. The mixture is available anywhere at drugstores. You could also make your own rose water and glycerin mix at home. Keep it in a spray bottle and just spray it anytime during the day your skin feels dry. It gives your skin a healthy glow and dewy look.

Individually glycerin and rose water are amazing for the skin. Rosewater and glycerin benefits for skin are many. With its moisturizing and hydrating properties, this mixture is also great for rejuvenating aging and wrinkles. You could make a mask for your skin by mixing sandalwood powder in rosewater and glycerin. Make a paste and apply on your face and neck. It helps to balance oily skin and reduce blemishes or scaring making your skin soft and glowing. Let is sit for a few minutes and rinse with warm water. Dry your skin and spray rosewater and glycerin.

To make your own rosewater and glycerin toner: simply, mix 1 1/2 cups of rose water and 1/4th cup of glycerin. Pour in a spray bottle. Shake well before use. Just to be on safe side, spray on your wrist before using it on your face. If you get any kind of irritation avoid using it.

How to avoid and cure split-ends

Split ends means your hair is not getting enough nourishment and lacks moisture. Harsh shampoos, sun exposure , blow drying, straightening, dyes and bleaches dry out the hair and damages the amino acids in your hair. Dry and damaged hair breaks easily while styling or brushing. If you think your hair is not growing fast then split ends could be the possible reason.

Avoid using shampoos that contain alcohol as it dries out hair. Use shampoos that contain natural ingredients. Also, Excessive washing with harsh shampoos makes your hair ends dry. You should not shampoo more than 3 times a week. It is better to wash your hair every alternate day than everyday. Also, do not use hot water to wash your hair.

Let your hair dry naturally. Avoid heat as much as possible. Heat is the worst enemy for your hair but its hard to completely avoid hair dryers and flat iron. It is best to apply a heat resistant serum to your hair before using heat. Towel dry your hair before drying, this way you minimize the damage of heat on wet hair. Also, use flat irons and curlers occasionally instead of everyday.

The best solution for split ends is to get a trim. You get split ends when you dont trim your hair for a long time. Always trim your hair once every 6-8 weeks to get rid of dry & weak parks and promote hair growth.

There are many treatments available which repair hair damage and provide moisture and nourishment. They can seal the split ends but not completely cure them so its better to use them with regular trimming to keep off split ends and help prevent future damage. Use a deep conditioner twice a week after you shampoo your hair.

Homemade hair treatments part 2

For Limp or Fine Hair

To add body to hair, reach for an unlikely beauty beverage: beer! The fermented drink contains generous supplies of yeast, which works to plump tired tresses.

To Use: Mix 1/2 cup flat beer (pour beer into a container and let it sit out for a couple of hours to deplete carbonation) with 1 tsp light oil (sunflower or canola) and a raw egg. Apply to clean, damp hair, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Or add flat beer only to a spray bottle and spritz onto dry hair. When the liquid evaporates, the remaining protein residue (from the wheat, malt or hops) continues to strengthen and structure hair.Treatments can be applied every other week.

For Dry or Sun-Damaged Hair

Whatever your hair-dehydrating demon—hard water, sun overexposure, your trusty flat iron—nature’s sweetener can help. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture.

To Use: Massage approximately 1/2 cup honey into clean, damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. For extremely sun-damaged hair, trying mixing honey with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a protein-rich ingredient, like avocado or egg yolk, which will help replenish the keratin protein bonds that UV rays attack. Treatment can be applied once a month.

For Oily or Greasy Hair

Cornmeal or cornstarch is an inexpensive way to remove oil and grease.

To Use: Pour 1 Tbsp cornmeal or cornstarch into an empty salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle onto dry hair and scalp until you’ve used it all. After 10 minutes, use a paddle hairbrush to completely brush it out. Treatment can be applied every other day.

For Frizzy Hair

Home beauty experts swear by avocado—and not just to repair damaged hair. Its oils (which are light and moist like our own natural skin secretions) and proteins boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing down unruly hair.

To Use: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water. Amp up moisturizing power by combining mashed avocado with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a hydrating ingredient, like sour cream, egg yolks or mayonnaise. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.
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For Residue-Ridden Hair

Nothing eats through product buildup like baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate essentially breaks down anything acidic.

To Use: Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp baking soda with small amounts of water until a thick paste forms. Massage into damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with water, then shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.

Homemade hair treatments

For All Hair Types

The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils.

To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair, Cox says. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair. If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (to prevent egg from “cooking”) and shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolks-only treatments can be applied once a month; whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.

For Dull Hair

Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage.

To Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.

For Itchy Scalp

To fight flakes—brought on by poor diet, stress and climate, among other factors—try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the skin on your head.

To Use: Mix 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp water, and massage into damp scalp. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every other week.
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How to grow a healthy hair

We all want long, healthy and super shiny hair just like the celebrities we see. You can achieve hair like them using few tools and products but it can damage your hair just to make it look pretty. Instead there are a few natural ways to get beautiful long hair. There is no magical way to grow your hair long overnight. What takes your hair to grow is some dedication and alot of patience. It is a slow process and eventually you’ll notice the change. It is also important to know that everyone’s hair is different and grow at a different speed. Here are some easy tips and tricks to grow your hair:

Avoid hot tools:

Try to avoid heat as much as possible. There is nothing worst for your hair than heat. Let your hair dry naturally after washing and limit the use of heat tools. Make sure to apply a heat protection product before using heat. Remember that every time you use heat, some damage is being done to your hair.

Trimming split ends:

You might have refused to cut your hair just because it will get short and not grow. As your hair gets longer, its getting less healthy. Trimming just half a inch every month reduces split ends because as your hair grows its less healthy. To get healthy long hair , first you must remove all unhealthy bits. If you have split ends, get a trim because there is no other way to repair split ends.

Hair conditioner

Once you get rid of all the split ends, use a conditioner after shampoo to prevent split ends in future. Use a deep conditioner once every week. Oils are also good for your scalp and hair. Use any oil treatment to provide your hair with the nourishment it requires. You must start with healthy hair inorder to get healthy long hair. Healthy short hair is more beautiful than damaged long hair. The result is much healthy hair over all.

Healthy diet

Unhealthy, weak and limp hair is a sign of poor diet. If your body isn’t getting enough nutrition, neither is your hair. How you treat your body has an effect on your hair and skin. Remember to include fresh fruits, vegetables and protein in your diet. Drink loads of water. If there is a need, multivitamins are also a great way to get all the necessary vitamins that your body require.

Use a wide tooth comb and avoid combing wet hair

Avoid brushing your hair while its wet. You hair is more likely to get damaged when its wet. When shampooing, don’t rub the roots too hard because your hair will get weak. Also, don’t rub towel. Let it air dry. If your hair gets frizzy or tangled when you don’t brush it while its wet then its best to use a wide tooth comb. The best comb for your hair is a wooden comb.

Hair safe styles and accessories:

Never use rubber band or elastic hair ties that pull your hair. Avoid sharp hair accessories or pins. They will break your hair when you try to remove them. Use hair ties without the metal connector and accessories that are safe for your hair. It is believed that satin pillowcases prevent hair breakage and drying.

Don’t put your hair in styles that can break your hair. Back combing, tight ponytails and tiny braids pull your hair from the roots and make them weak. Remember that styles that pull all your hair and stress the roots are not easy to remove therefore they damage your hair.