Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hair recipes from around the globe. #naturalhair

Ever wonder where we learned that cold water seals in moisture or olive oil nourishes our strands? 

Avocado mixed with two egg whites are Colombia's natural and inexpensive recipe that nourishes, smoothes and softens hair. 

Benefits: This tropical fruit contains more fatty alcohols than any other fruit. It is rich in potassium, Vitamins B, E and K and as an oil is a highly effective emollient. 

Coconut Oil
Other than their sexy bodies and beautiful tans Brazilian's have the secret to shiny, healthy hair. For the ultimate shine, apply a cocoa butter treatment mask, for an hour then rinse with coconut water. According to Pro Marco Antonio De Biaggi of Sao Paulo this treatment leaves your hair incredibly soft and moisturized. 

Benefits: Derived from the coconut fruit. A light non-greasy deeply moisturizing oil that absorbs quickly for strong healthy hair. 

A true Bahamian tradition, hibiscus leaves are mashed together to create a slippery serum that is known to thicken and enhance hair growth.

Benefits: Hibiscus prevents hair loss, discourages split ends and premature greying. Relieves dandruff and soothes dry itchy scalp. 

Shea Butter
Shea butter is a curly girls' best friend. Shea Butter has been used in Africa for centuries because its a great conditioner that helps your hair retain moisture. 

Benefits: Moisturizing properties that leaves the hair soft and shiny. Can be used on the hair and skin. 

For generations, Mexicans have been using gelatin to fight frizz. A blend of 1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin, 1 cup water, and 1 tsp. cider vinegar. Massage the gel-like mixture through shampooed hair, leave it in for 5 minutes, then rinse. 

Benefits: Thickening agent that strengthens the hair and keeps it looking healthy and shiny. 

Aloe Vera
In Argentina its all about length. To help keep their hair healthy, Argentinian's recommend applying aloe vera directly to the scalp. 

Benefits: Rich in polysaccharides, galactose, plant steriods, enzymes, amino acids, minerals and natural antibiotics. Natural moisturizer rich in vitamins, amino acids and proteins. Prevents hair loss and promotes speedy growth. 

Cold Rinse
Ever heard the saying "Shampoo with warm water and condition with cold water?" 
Cold rinsing comes from Canada. Due to its dry, harsh weather women rinse with cold water to tame thirsty, unruly hair. For excessively dry hair, shampoo and condition with cold water. 

Benefits: Locks in moisture. 

Olive Oil
One country comes to mind when I hear the words " Olive Oil". 
About a  tablespoon of olive oil raked through the hair once a week helps to nourish, condition, and improve elasticity, while also eliminating frizz.

Benefits: Skin emollient. Moisturizes and softens. 

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