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.

My First Hair Show

Applying Make-up at Hair Show

Experiencing my first hair show battle was amazing and unforgettable. Held in Oakland with Keif Savage Presents, I was able to work with well-known salon “Nappy or Not” owned by Rhonda for Natural textured hair including Braids, Locs, Styles and so much more.

I remember growing up in this salon as a child, helping my brother out and just being in the environment of so many talented hairstylists. That was my playground. It was such a blessing to be around it all that it inspired me to take it on as my career. I loved watching everyone who walked into the salon walking out even more excited. I truly believe that happy people equal a better world.

For this hair show, I was able to be apart of the make-up team. Before becoming involved with hair, I always had a love for make-up and started doing make-up for other girls in high school. This event taught me timing, organization, and precision necessary for the creative team of this salon to realize the theme they desired.

It was great seeing all of the other salons and their work. It’s amazing what you can do with hair and how you can turn it into a masterpiece.

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.

Ballerina Bun

Woman with Ballerina Bun

Get your hair off your neck for these hot summer months with a ballerina bun! I’m going to explain different ways to achieve a ballerina bun depending on whether you have a hair donut, a long sock, or just bobby pins. Depending on the technique, you will also need a hair tie or elastic, brush, a comb, hairspray, and scissors.

You start by brushing your hair into a ponytail and tying it with a hair tie or elastic depending on the density of your hair. If you have thick hair, a hair tie would work best. If you have fine hair, you can use either a hair tie or an elastic, whatever you prefer. I find that the ballerina bun works best with a high ponytail on the top of your head, but you could also do a low ponytail.

If you have a hair donut, pull your ponytail through the center of the donut and place it at the base of your ponytail. If you have long hair, a larger donut would work best; with shorter hair, a smaller donut is better. For thicker hair, spread your hair all around the donut and place a second hair tie or elastic over the donut. If you have finer hair, take sections of your hair, spray it with hairspray, and backcomb before placing your second hair tie over your hair and the donut. This will help to make your hair appear fuller and conceal the donut better. The mids and ends of your hair will be left out of the donut. You can either twist that around the donut, and bobby pin it to conceal the hair tie, or you can braid the mids and ends then wrap the braid around the donut to conceal your hair tie. Then use hairspray for any fly-aways and you’re done.

If you don’t have a hair donut, you can also use a long sock or tube sock. Try to find a sock that matches the color of your hair. Simply cut the toe part off of the sock and begin rolling the sock into a donut shape. The longer the sock, the larger the donut will be. Then take the same steps from the first technique, just use the sock as your donut.

If you don’t have a hair donut or a sock, pull your hair into a ponytail and spray sections of your hair with hairspray before backcombing small sections of hair. When backcombing, backcomb the bottom side of the strand so when you lay the hair down, the top of the strand will be easier to smooth. After you backcomb, take medium-sized sections of hair and bobby pin them in a donut shape. You will bobby pin the ends of your hair to the base of your head, close to your ponytail. After all of your hair is bobby-pinned in a donut shape, use your fingers to pull and stretch the sections you bobby-pinned so there are no gaps between sections. Then use your comb to lightly smooth the top of your bun and hairspray it in place.

You can pull out some face-framing pieces of hair for a messier look or hair spray everything nice and smooth for a sleek look. You can accessorize with a headband, flower, large bow, and anything else you desire.