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How to Diffuse Curly Hair

Here are some tips and tricks for diffusing curly hair.

First, shampoo with a moisturizing shampoo like the Be Curly Co-Wash and condition with either the Be Curly Conditioner or the new Detangling Masque for extra moisture.

Towel dry your hair and use a Curl Enhancer for tighter curls, or Curl Controller for looser curls on damp hair, paying extra attention to the mids and ends.

Then section off about 2 inches from the bottom hair line and take about a 2 inch square sub section of hair and twist it around your finger, away from your face.

Continue all the way up your head, twisting your hair away from your face until all of your hair is twisted.

Then use a diffuser attachment to your favorite blow dryer and use the hot or medium heat on low speed. Hold your blow dryer so the flat part of the diffuser is facing the ceiling, and gently place the mids and ends of your hair into the diffuser. Let your hair sit for about 10–15 seconds for every section of hair you take. Constantly move around, diffusing different sections of hair every time. Diffuse until 80-90% dry so your hair doesn’t get frizzy and let your hair air dry the remaining 10–20%.

Use a light weight oil like the Dry Remedy oil on your ends. Use 2–4 drops in your hands, rub it around to distribute evenly on your hands and scrunch it into the ends of your hair and use your fingers to gently comb through the twisted sections to break up your curls.

Then you have successfully diffused!

Tea Tree Oil Benefits

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree is native to Australia and its oil has been used and known among the original inhabitants of that continent as a cure-all medicine since ancient times. Since it’s made its way to us people are now starting to realize just how important it really is. The main substances in Tea Tree essential oil are Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, Alpha Phellandrene, Alpha Terpinene, Limonene, Cineole, Gamma Terpinene, Para Cymene, Terpinolene, Linalool, Terpinenol and Alpha Terpineol.

Tea Tree oil is an excellent expectorant. People who are suffering from cough and cold, congestion, bronchitis and other troubles associated with colds, can often get relief using Tea Tree essential oil. It can be rubbed on the chest and inhaled while sleeping, or a drop can be placed on the pillow so it can do its work at night also, and you can wake up feeling much better in the morning. I myself have used Tea Tree oil in this way and have come to realize that it really does work to help alleviate the symptoms of the common cold.

Lastly, this essential oil has a stimulating effect on hormone secretions, blood circulation, and most importantly, on the immune system. It boosts your immunity and acts as a shield against different types of infections. It is also quite popular in aromatherapy, because it blends well with many other oils and can also provide you with internal benefits that would otherwise be impossible, since you are not allowed to ingest Tea Tree essential oil.

Tea Tree oil is not entirely benign. You have to be careful with it. Be sure to read and follow all the warnings.

Seven Ways to Drink More Water

Water Splash

Not everybody has a taste for water, but we all need it to ensure that our bodies continue functioning at their best. A lot of people struggle with getting the appropriate amount that they need. If you want to drink more water, but aren’t crazy about the taste, here are some tips that can make it more enjoyable:

  1. Add fresh fruit. Citrus fruits-lemons, limes, and oranges—are the classic enhancers. Put fresh raspberries or watermelon into your water or add strawberry slices. Cucumber and fresh mint are refreshing flavors as well, especially in summer.
  2. Use juice. Any fruit juice can be a good base flavor for water, but tart juices—cranberry, pomegranate, grape, and apple—are especially delicious and will have you craving more. Go for juices that are all natural with no added sugar. And remember that fruits and their juices don’t just taste good, they contain vitamins and antioxidants that can also benefit your health.
  3. Make it bubbly. Many people prefer sparkling to still water. If plain old water isn’t inspiring to you, try a mineral water or try bubbly seltzer, a carbonated water. You can add fresh fruit or natural juice flavors to your seltzer or look for naturally flavored seltzers at your grocery store.
  4. Get icy. Some say that ice water tastes better than water served at room temperature. If that’s so, flavored ice cubes may make an even better drink. Use some of the flavoring suggestions above and start experimenting with fresh fruit, mint, or cucumber ice. Add flavors to your ice cube tray along with the water, then freeze. You may also consider juice, tea, or coffee cubes. If you want to be more creative, use ice cube trays that come in fun shapes like stars, circles, or fish.
  5. Drink tea. Herbal, fruit, green, white, and red teas are generally considered to be better for you than black teas because they contain little to no caffeine. And there are countless flavors of these teas to choose from.
  6. Try bouillons and broths. If you lean toward the savory, you may pass on tea and start sipping one of these hot and savory liquids instead. Choose low-fat and low-sodium versions. Since soup is water-based, a cup of hot soup will count toward your daily fluid intake.
  7. Add fast flavor. If you’re looking for a quick-and-easy flavor booster, you might also consider sugar-free drink mixes like Crystal Light.

Magical Relaxation

Bathtub

I’m sure I’m not the only one that finds myself feeling overwhelmed and stressed at the end of a busy week of work and school. I’ve explored different ways to unwind and let go of the stress I’ve managed to bottled up through the week.

While I’ve always known how stress affects my mood, through my classes at the Cinta Aveda Institute, I’ve learned of the physical effects of stress on our bodies. Stress can make us feel drained and helpless, lower the activity of our immune system, cause skin breakouts, and, in time, potentially lead to serious illness and disease.

Learning how to dissipate stress should become a priority. Personally, my favorite way to relax and de-stress is by enjoying an Epsom salt bath with aromatherapy. The combination of the Epsom salts and the aromatherapy oils is magical.

Epsom salts are not actually salt but rather a natural mineral combination of magnesium and sulfate. Both of these minerals are easily absorbed through the skin, making it easy for us to enjoy the large variety of benefits provided by Epsom salts: they reduce inflammation and help ease muscle pain or cramps, they relax the nervous system, and they help to produce serotonin by adding magnesium back into your body. When your adrenal system is overworked from stress, you are depleted of magnesium. Soaking in Epsom salts is a good way to replenish the magnesium in your body and create a feeling of calm. It even helps to heal cuts and detox the body.

Aromatherapy is a great tool to use in your life for transforming your state of mind and mood. Some of my favorite oils for a bath are lavender, bergamot, and peppermint.

A lavender bath is soothing and relaxing. It cleans the mind and body. Lavender also has wonderful benefits for the skin and can help with reducing discoloration. It’s also an antimicrobial.

Bergamot is great for an uplifting bath. It is known to work as a mild anti-depressant, is energizing yet also calming, and is also an antimicrobial.

Peppermint creates an energizing bath. It stimulates your mind and body. It helps to clear congestion, ease headaches, and perk you up after an exhausting day.

Aveda also carries single note essential oils that are wonderfully pure and effective. Pick yours up today and try a few drops in your next Epsom salt bath. I promise it will provide magical relaxation!

Christmas? Throw Out Old Cosmetics!

Christmas Tree Cosmetics

How long should you keep your beauty products? Yes, it’s extremely hard to throw away that favorite lipstick of yours, but after two years it may be hazardous to your health.

Perhaps Christmas Day would be a good time to take stock of your beauty products and throw out those past their recommended shelf life.

In a series of tests commissioned by beauty retailer Escentual and conducted at the London Metropolitan University, out of date makeup products were found to contain unsafe levels of potentially harmful bacteria.

The University tested recently expired products—foundation (four months past date), lip gloss (still within its pull date), blush (nine months past date), lipstick (ten months past date), and mascara (four months past date). The results were horrifying.

Paul Matewele, a microbiologist at the University, said: “The foundation, lip gloss, and lipstick all tested positive for Enterococcus faecalis under strict laboratory tests. Enterococcus faecalis is the potentially deadly strain of bacteria that causes meningitis and septicemia and is one of the biggest killers for newborn babies.”

Rakesh Aggarwal, CEO of Escentual, said: “Most women are totally unaware that their cosmetics are a potential breeding ground for deadly bacteria. But if you think about it, you wouldn’t keep food for months after the use-by date, so why would this be acceptable for cosmetics? This research has even surprised us and has shown that there is a serious health risk here. Pregnant women or mums with small babies need to take extra care after our finding showed that the deadly meningitis bacteria were found on several items of out of date make-up.”

This is a wake-up call for all us beauty product junkies out there. In addition to taking stock at least once a year, I also recommend writing the purchase and expiration dates on your makeup products when you buy them. That way, you never have to wonder.

Aveda’s Products for Fine Hair

Aveda Thickening Tonic

As a lady with finer hair myself, I have always envied women who were blessed to have long, voluminous, thick, fluffy hair. Their messy buns always look perfect, their braids are thick and beauty, their hair never falls flat or dull. In the hair department, they always seem to have it going on! Luckily, Aveda’s Thickening Tonic was recently released to help us fine hair girls join the thick hair club and incite our own hair envy.

So you may ask how this magic tonic works? Well, certified organic alma fruit goes in. It helps thicken the diameter of every hair strand, resulting in the appearance of more hair from roots to ends which provides extra volume. Also, it contains wheat protein that helps to protect from heat-styling damage.

To use, it is best to “rough dry” your hair to about 80% dry, section your hair out, and spray generously from roots to ends. Once done, comb through to evenly distribute the product. Finally, blow-dry your hair using a round brush, making sure to point the hair flow down the hair shaft to avoid unwanted frizz. You will be left with instantly thicker hair and a gorgeous, full mane that will demand to be seen.

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, here are some product cocktails and styling tips to really help you make the most of your newfound thicker locks.

In addition to having finer hair, I also have curly hair and am no stranger to frizz or the fight against humidity. A personal favorite product combination of mine is the Thickening Tonic combined with Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Crème. The Nourishing Styling Crème is a great lightweight crème that helps to nourish hair while combating frizz even in the highest humidity using organic cupuaçu and shea butters. Following my application of the Thickening Tonic, I use about a nickel-sized amount of the Nourishing Styling Crème distributed through my mid-shafts and ends, and then blow-dry smooth and straight using a wooden paddle brush.

Another great product cocktail is Thickening Tonic + Aveda’s Phomollient Styling Foam. Phomollient is an amazing product that helps to create a weightless hold for finer—to medium-textured hair by using certified organic honey, burdock, and marshmallow. First, apply Thickening Tonic and then apply about two pumps Phomollient to the mid-shafts and ends. Divide your hair into about five to six sections and, using a round metal brush, start in the nape and, as you near the ends, begin to turn your wrist so that the ends of the hair curl around the brush. Be sure to evenly heat up the hair so that the metal round brush will act as a curling iron. When the hair is thoroughly dried, gently unwind the hair from the brush and continue working through the remaining sections.

Benefits of Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood Oil Bottle and Chips

For centuries, sandalwood has been highly respected and even worshiped, especially in the Hindu religion, where it is considered to be holy. In every step of life, it is considered indispensable, from birth to death. It is used to anoint babies on their birthdays, to decorate brides and grooms, and, mixed with flowers, it is used to embalm bodies. It is also used on the funeral pyre when cremating the dead.

Beyond its cultural uses, it is also a great antiseptic. The essential oil of sandalwood is safe for both internal and external applications. When ingested, it is said to help protect internal wounds and ulcers from infections. When applied to the skin, it protects wounds, sores, boils, and pimples from developing infections or from becoming septic.

Sandalwood paste and its essential oil is also an effective anti-inflammatory agent. It has a nice cooling effect and provides relief from all types of inflammations in the brain, and in the digestive, nervous, circulatory, and excretory systems. It can be used for infections, fevers, the side effects of antibiotics, poisoning, insect bites, or wounds. Sandalwood essential oil is also particularly beneficial in cases of nervous and circulatory inflammations.

I’d have to say that Sandalwood is my favorite oil because it has so much to offer.

Health Benefits of Flaxseed

Golden Flaxseed Grain, Unground

Flaxseed warms the human body. The seeds need to be eaten as a ground meal. If eaten whole, flaxseed is not digested by the body. But if ground and taken daily with water, flaxseed provides the appropriate amounts of fiber to keep your digestive system working, as long as you keep your fluid intake high.

Flax is well known for its cholesterol-reducing properties. A couple of spoonfuls of ground flaxseed provides the short-chain omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are generally present in fish oil. If you rarely eat omega-3’s you’ll be missing out on the benefits of lower cholesterol and beautiful skin.

Flaxseed is another way to get nutrition for pescatarians. Eaten in combination with nuts and fish, flaxseed can be a great help. The alpha-Linolenic acid—an omega-3 fatty acid—helps reduce the inflammations that can contribute to chronic heart ailments, arthritis, asthma, and diabetes. It can even help guard your body against colon cancer.

The high amount of fiber in ground flaxseed is responsible for its cholesterol-lowering effects. High fiber diets help you feel full, so you tend to eat a little less. In turn, this can stabilize your blood sugar and help your intestines function well.

To me, antioxidants and phytochemicals spell an advertisement for an anti-aging cream. Flaxseed contains lignans—a type of phytoestrogen—which work in our intestines and convert to become substances that balance out hormones in women. These have been proven to promote fertility, reduce the risk of breast cancer, and reduce the symptoms of menopause.

Hydrating Effects of Serums

Aveda Tulasara Serums

Light, silky, and fast-absorbing, facial serums are a must-have skincare product. They are especially useful if your skin has taken a beating over the summer and is in need of moisture ASAP. Truthfully, the fact that they have instant hydrating effects on the skin makes them almost addictive.

Serums are water-based moisturizers that contain a high concentration of active ingredients, such as vitamins, antioxidants, and/or plant extracts. It hydrates your skin and makes it look more radiant. Unlike regular moisturizers, serums do not contain occlusive emollients like shea butter, so they penetrate the skin quickly as opposed to sitting on its surface.

Serums have the smallest-sized molecules of all skincare products. That’s how they can penetrate deep into the skin. It’s also why, on a molecular level, they are especially effective for battling free-radical damage. When skin is damaged by the sun, molecules in the skin can lose an atom and become unstable, referred to as a free-radical. To make matters worse, the unstable molecule steals an atom from a stable molecule to cause more havoc within our skin.

Generally, serums’ silky texture comes from smoothing ingredients such as glycerin or “slip” agents such as silicone. Some are treatment-oriented, perhaps to target dark spots or firm the skin. So make sure to check the package before use. You should consider adding a serum to your routine whatever your skin type to increase skin hydration.

How do you use a serum? Apply, wait five minutes to let it sink in, then apply your regular moisturizer. If you have oily skin, a serum can be worn alone.

Avocado Hair Masks

Avocado Mask in Hair

Initially, the early Egyptians were the first to recognize avocado’s benefits for skin and hair, and now these benefits are well known. The Egyptians used this fruit to promote hair growth, prevent hair loss, add shine and luster to the hair.

Avocado is not only beneficial for skin and health, but this amazing fruit also has many benefits for hair that will surprise you. The oil of avocado is easily absorbed in the hair, therefore, it goes well with dry hair.

You can use raw fruit or avocado oil to get its rich vitamins and minerals. There are many natural avocado hair treatments to remedy different hair conditions. It works wonders when it is used as a hair mask. It nourishes as well as strengthens the hair.

Natural Beauty Tips

  • While making an avocado or any fruit mask, blend or mash it thoroughly into a lump-free paste. If you have small fruit bits in your mask, it would be difficult to wash them out entirely. If you face such a situation, simply use a comb to remove the bits. It’s a tiresome process, but you will get the job done.
  • If you have oily roots then don’t put the avocado mask onto the first inch or so of your hair. On the other hand, if your hair is dry or frizzy, spread the mask all over your hair and scalp. Pay special attention to the hair ends, as that is where your hair is mostly damaged.
  • If your hair is thin or limp, skip the deep conditioning masks, as they tend to weigh your hair down.
  • Always try to dry your hair naturally, without using a hairdryer, to avert damaged, frizzy hair.

Avocado Mask Recipes

Avocado and Honey Hair Mask With Olive Oil

Honey is a rich source of vitamins that strengthen scalp and hair. Further, it works as a humectant to make your hair strands retain moisture. Olive oil has excellent hydrating properties, so it protects your tresses from damage and is very useful for those who use lots of heat on their hair usually. You can also add in a few drops of lavender essential oil, which is a natural treatment for the scalp that helps get rid of dandruff and itchy skin. Moreover, it adds a feel-good smell to the mask. It’s one of the best hair masks for dry hair!

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado (pitted and scooped out)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • A few drops lavender essential oil (optional)

Method

Mash the avocado until it forms a smooth paste without any lumps. Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, and blend them all together, until the mixture forms a smooth paste of uniform consistency.

Damp your hair with water and apply the mask onto your hair, paying extra attention to the hair ends. Massage the mixture a little bit. Clip your hair onto the top of your head and then cover with a shower cap. Allow the mixture to sit for about 40-45 minutes.

Remove the shower cap, rinse your hair thoroughly as many times it requires to remove the mask entirely, and then wash and condition your hair as you normally do.

Avocado and Banana Hair Mask

This provides a deep conditioning treatment for dry hair. This recipe can even maintain the gloss on your naturally curly hair.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender, rose, sweet orange or jasmine (optional)

Method

Blend the ripe banana and ripe avocado together, until they form a smooth paste without any lumps. Put the mixture in a mixing bowl; add in olive oil and 2-3 drops of essential oil. Stir all the ingredients together until you have a smooth mixture of uniform consistency.

Damp your hair with water, and apply the mask onto hair—including scalp if you want—paying extra attention to the hair ends. Massage the mixture a little bit. Clip your hair onto the top of your head, and then cover with a shower cap. Allow the mixture to sit for about 15 minutes, longer if you prefer.

Remove the shower cap, rinse your hair thoroughly as many times it requires removing the mask entirely and then wash and condition your hair as usual.

Avocado, Egg Yolk Hair Mask

This mask has a number of benefits for hair. Use this mask for volume, growth, and conditioning of your tresses. Avocado and egg yolk are also very effective for softening, hydrating, and conditioning hair naturally.

When using any mask containing egg, never use hot or warm water on your hair, as this will cook the egg and you will be stuck with egg bits in your hair.

Ingredients

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 egg yolk

Method

You can use a blender to blend the avocado and egg yolk until they turn into a uniform paste without any lumps. Or you can whisk the egg yolk until it forms a frothy liquid, mash the avocado until it turns into a lump-free paste, and then mix the two together.

Damp your hair with water, and then apply the hair mask with your fingers starting from your scalp and working all the way until you reach hair ends. Massage the mask gently into your scalp for few minutes to stimulate blood flow. Let the mask sit for about 15-20 minutes, longer if you desire.

Rinse your hair thoroughly, as many times as needed to remove all the traces of the mask. Shampoo your hair, condition and rinse your hair as you normally do.

Avocado and Olive Oil Hair Treatment

If your hair is dry, damaged, and frizzy, use this soothing home remedy with olive oil and avocado as its two main ingredients. You can use this mix as an avocado deep hair conditioner to moisturize your mane and restore its lustrous shine. Both these ingredients have moisturizing qualities and will leave your hair looking shiny and feeling soft. Avocado has biotin, a vitamin that helps to strengthen your hair. Olive oil smooths frizz, nurses hair damage, and helps in removing tangles.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup steel-cut or rolled oats
  • ⅛ to ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup milk

Method

Mash the avocado into a lump-free paste and mix it with the oats. Add in olive oil, using the larger amount if your hair is dry. Mix in milk and thoroughly stir all the ingredients together until the mixture turns into a smooth paste.

Apply the mask onto your hair, starting from the scalp till the hair ends. Wait for 30 minutes, and rinse the mask out with water, as many times as needed to remove all traces of the mask. You may then shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

DIY Bath Recipe

Bathtub

When life is getting too hectic and you need to wind down, there are few things more relaxing than a warm bath. The warmth of the water with your body submerged in it makes a bath relaxing. But what makes a bath good for your skin are the ingredients you add to it.

You can easily create your own bath soak recipe from pantry ingredients. Aim to add ingredients that appeal to your senses, are good for your skin, and have the proper consistency for bathwater.

All the ingredients to this bath soak have a purpose. Milk works to both hydrate and soften skin. Baking soda is a great detoxifier and also helps to alkalize the body. The combination of jasmine and ylang-ylang, provide soothing and relaxing aromas.

Here’s a DIY bath recipe that will leave your skin baby soft!

Benefits of this Bath

  • Relieves Stress
  • Rejuvenates tired skin
  • Detoxifies body
  • Helps sooth tired or aching muscles
  • Helps soften dry or dehydrated skin

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (in jojoba oil)
  • 6 drops ylang-ylang
  • 6 drops jasmine

Method

  1. Cook the milk, baking soda, honey, and vanilla over low heat until warm.
  2. Remove from heat. Add the ylang ylang and the jasmine, then stir them all together.
  3. Pour mixture into bathwater. Enjoy for up to twenty minutes.

Outer Peace Pads

Aveda Outer Peace Pads

If you don’t have time to do a full cleanse during your day—maybe after the gym—and you always feel like your skin isn’t good enough, then the Outer Peace Pads might be a good solution for you. They are full of ingredients that are great for busy people who are acne-prone or have oily skin. The ingredients are simple and plant-based. The main ingredients are tamanu, amla, boswellia, and saw palmetto. The aroma, however, is lemon tree oil and rose geranium oil.

Tamanu is a good ingredient for healing the skin. It is used as a topical healing agent which makes it good for people who have acne lesions.

Amla has very high levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C is very good for strengthening the tissue of the body. That characteristic is good for people with acne because it can prevent scarring or acne blemishes from staying for extended periods of time.

Boswellia, a type of frankincense, is used to treat inflammation. This is valuable in acne treatment because it helps reduce the amount of irritation and redness on the skin because of the breakout.

Saw palmetto is good for the skin because it contains a large number of polysaccharides and will strengthen the body’s immune system. This will help decrease breakouts.

The pads are also useful in facials. They are good for closing the pores after extractions and are also a great toner for people with acne-prone skin.

I think you’ll like them.

Lavender Oil Benefits

Lavender Farm

Studies have shown that Generation Y is more prone to stress and anxiety. The scent of essential oil of lavender has strong calming abilities which make it perfect for the nerves and anxiety issues. It can also be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension, and emotional stress. It helps eliminate nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing mental activity. One study showed when lavender oil was inhaled before taking a test or exam, more people were focused, and relaxed. Pass rates improved!

Lavender oil also helps induce sleep—a healthy alternative for insomnia. It has such a relaxing impact on people that it can often replace modern medicine for sleep issues. Studies on elderly patients have shown an increase in their sleep patterns when they replaced their normal sleep medication with lavender oil.

Surprisingly, lavender oil is also a great bug repellent. The scent of lavender essential oil is anathema for many types of bugs like mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Apply some lavender oil on exposed skin when outdoors. And if you do get bitten, lavender oil is an effective anti-inflammatory for irritated insect bites.

Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner

Aveda Protective Toner Group

Blonde with trends like ombre and balayage have captured our guests’ attention. As Aveda’s Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders remarks: “Blonde is having a moment now, but it’s refined to be just the right tone for you. Whether you feel like channeling your inner rock star, bombshell, or flower child, there’s something for everyone.”

As part of their Rare Bloom collection, Aveda released their Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners that are designed to help achieve and customize the perfect shade of blonde for every guest and lasts up to four weeks.

How is Aveda able to achieve customized blonde results for every guest?

After achieving the desired lift result using Aveda Enlightener, the hair is then shampooed, towel-dried, and treated with Aveda’s Damage Remedy Equalizing Solution to rebuild, strengthen, and prepare the hair for even saturation of the toner. Then one of three “pre-blended” shades of toner—96% naturally derived and containing Aveda’s signature blend of organic protecting oils: sunflower, castor, and jojoba—are massaged through the hair and left to process for five minutes. Having an exact process time allows the Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners to create the perfect shade of blonde every time.

The Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner shades are:

  • Violet-based Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner Ash
  • Violet/yellow-based Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner Beige
  • Yellow/orange—based Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner Gold

“This is clearly not your basic blonde,” says Ian Michael Black, Aveda Global Artistic Director, Hair Color. “Our new Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners give us the ability to refine blonde hair and really create customized and unique looks.”

Surprising Facts About Honey

Honey

The uses of honey in Ayurvedic medicines dates back almost 4,000 years. Honey, when blended together in preparation with other ingredients, enhances their medicinal value. It has been shown to improve eyesight, speed up weight loss, and cure impotence. Honey also helps in treating urinary tract disorders, diarrhea, asthma, and nausea. It is also said to treat disorders such as bacterial gastroenteritis and ulcers.

In ancient times, athletes used to consume honey to enhance their endurance level, reduce muscle fatigue, and instantly boost their performance. Honey is also known to help in recovery and maintaining glycogen levels. Before swim meets, when I was younger, we would eat a honey stick before our races to give us an extra instant energy boost.

It is a rich source of flavonoids and antioxidants which help reduce the risk of heart disease and even cure some cancers. The mix of fructose and glucose in honey helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. And because of the presence of an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide, honey contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties allowing it to be a good toner and even cleanser.

Honey can do wonders for your skin. That’s why you will find it in many skin-care products today. Honey acts as a great anti-aging agent and moisturizer. Here are some easy recipes to make honey-based face masks and exfoliators that you can try at home.

Facial Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon honey (preferably raw honey)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Yolk of an egg

Method

Blend all of them together and apply it to face.

Leave it for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.

This mask will help you remove sun tan and give a glowing look.

Alternative Facial Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon fuller’s earth (multani mitti)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method

Mix them well to form a thick paste.

Apply it to skin and leave it for 15 minutes.

Wash it off with warm water.

Facial Exfoliator

Ingredients

  • Honey
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar

Method

Mix them and gently rub it on your skin.

Leave it for about 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Honey cleanses your skin, lemon juice brightens it up, and sugar works as an awesome exfoliator for those hard-to-get areas. Use this exfoliator to remove dead skin cells from their roots. This also helps in getting rid of blackheads. Exfoliation is good for oily as well as dry skin. Just use once a week.

Start Your Day with Warm Lemon Water

Lemon Splashes in Water on Black

Every morning, first thing, drink half a fresh squeezed (never bottled) lemon in a warm glass of water. The water doesn’t need to be boiling. For an extra boost, add ginger and cayenne.

  • Aids Digestion: Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in vitamins and minerals and help loosen toxins in the digestive tract. The digestive properties of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching, and bloating.
  • Cleanses Your System: Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials partially because lemons increase the rate of urination. Therefore toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. The citric acid in lemons helps enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.
  • Boosts Your Immune System: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is really good for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve functions. Potassium also helps control blood pressure. Vitamin C, found in lemons, shows anti-inflammatory effects, plus it enhances iron absorption in the body. Iron has an important role in immune function. Lemons also contain saponins, which contains antimicrobial properties that may help keep cold and flu at bay.
  • Clears Skin: The vitamin C in lemons, along with other antioxidants, helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. It also helps combat free radical damage which comes from sun exposure and damages molecules in our skin. Vitamin C is vital for healthy skin, while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. It can actually be applied directly to scars or age spots to help reduce their appearance. Since lemon water purges toxins from your blood, it would also be helping to keep your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out.

Aveda Dry Remedy Oil

Aveda Dry Remedy Oil Bottle

We typically look to oils to help resolve the big hair issues of dryness, damage, frizz, or smoothness. But have you ever noticed the vicious hair cycle that begins when you start to use serums?

Day One: hair is silky, smooth, and tame.

Day Two: hair is weighed down and a little greasy.

Day Three: hair is unbearable; it’s almost clumpy with grease, weighed down, and looks terribly filthy.

To counter that, you have to use a clarifying shampoo to remove the gunky residue. This strip/grease/strip/grease cycle leaves your hair dry, brittle, and dull.

Experience the difference with Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Hair Oil. It’s a silicone-free hair oil derived from the buriti nut. Because it doesn’t have silicones to force the oil to stay on the surface, your hair shaft completely absorbs the nourishing essential oils and stays light and silky, soft and full of beautiful shine. It’s especially good for dirty hair because it moisturizes dry, brittle ends. The buriti nut has great hydrating power. It can increase the moisture of your hair by 40% in one use.

How to use: apply 1 to 2 drops of oil to your hands, emulsify, and smooth from mid-length to ends through half of your hair. Repeat for the second half. Gently comb your fingers through your hair to evenly distribute. With residual oil on your hands, gently smooth over your crown for more shine and fewer flyaways. That’s it!

Healthy Hair Tips

Blonde Hair Tips

Hair trends come and go, but healthy, luscious hair is always in style. After all, the time and money spent on trying out the latest hair trends are not worth it if your hair’s foundation isn’t healthy and strong.

Improving the health of your hair is surprisingly easy if you adopt healthy hair habits. There are small daily things you can do—or refrain from doing—to improve the appearance of your hair and make it healthy from the inside out.

  1. Try to use heat styling products sparingly. Heat = damage. When possible, allow your hair to air dry naturally. Apply appropriate products to reduce unwanted frizz.
  2. If you must use heat styling products, apply a heat protectant beforehand. Aveda’s Brilliant Damage control spray is both a heat protectant and also a great detangler.
  3. Avoid using shampoos that contain sulfates, which strip hair of its natural oils. There are many natural products that can be used to cleanse hair such as apple cider vinegar.
  4. Don’t wash your hair every day. Aim to wash your hair about three times a week. Over-washing hair will strip your hair and dry out your scalp. However not washing your hair enough might lead to oily hair and clogged hair follicles. It’s a balance.
  5. Nourish your hair and body from within. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Eat a healthy diet that contains healthy fats found in foods such as fish and avocados. An added plus is taking supplements like vitamin D and biotin that have been proven to benefit hair.

Emergency Beauty Kit

First Aid Kit

As a girl, the struggle is real when it comes to making sure you have the necessities when going on a date, or on vacation, or even out with the girls. You have made lists and set reminders to make sure you have absolutely everything you need—or may possibly need. We have all had those moments: “dang why didn’t I bring…” [insert unnecessary item that you know you don’t actually need but have totally convinced yourself that you or your friends will need it].

But there are some things you really must have. First and foremost is mouthwash. You can find mini ones in any grocery store—just go to the travel section and get the travel sizes. You also need some face powder to touch up, gum, lip gloss, bobby pins, two hair ties (someone always asks to borrow a hair tie, it’s good to have an extra), safety pins (in case of a wardrobe malfunction), tampons, mascara, and a backup phone charger.

It’s pretty amazing what you can fit into a clutch or small bag. Knowing you already have what you may need is going to help ease the anxiety of having to go somewhere.

You can also get these emergency kits at stores such as Forever 21, TJ Maxx, or the Beauty Supply Store, but it’s super affordable to just create them yourself! Who doesn’t love shopping for themselves? It could even make for a fun girls’ night, or even party favors for a bachelorette party.

Bathe for Sunburn Relief

Bathtub

If you’ve ever had a painful sunburn on your body, you know how difficult it is to get relief. While applying aloe vera gel is a great topical treatment throughout the day, taking a bath can help to completely alleviate the pain.

One of the most important things to remember about taking a bath with a sunburn is to avoid using hot water. If the water is too hot, it can make the skin hurt more.

Some amazing ingredients for a sunburn bath are oatmeal, cooled green tea and peppermint, and vinegar. The vinegar, which is a light acid, may sting at first, but it will eventually help to relieve the pain. They shouldn’t all be used together because that could overstimulate already angry skin. It is a good option to try each individually and see what works best for your skin.

Oatmeal is very soothing for sunburns and inflammation of any kind.

Green tea is a great thing to add to a bath or to use in compresses. The ingredients are soothing on the inflamed area.

Peppermint tea is a mild ingredient with a cooling effect, so long as you don’t use it on blistering or broken skin. It is great to add cooled peppermint tea directly into the bath or you can use the tea bag as a compress once it has cooled.

Vinegar is a useful ingredient to help relieve a sunburn because of the acetic acid. It is especially appropriate for sunburns that are itchy, painful, or inflamed. Apple cider vinegar is a great option because it is already very good for the skin.