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5 All-Natural Remedies For Thicker Longer Hair

Weakening hair over time is an unfortunate fact of life. Whether it’s because of sun exposure, over-treatment, genetics, improper care or any of the many health issues that can lead to thinning strands, your hair will change with age and often become weak or brittle. There are some things you can do to improve the quality of your hair and keep it shiny and healthy!

Before you spend a fortune on treatments with corrosive chemicals that could further damage your hair, check out some of the all-natural remedies below that will help you restore your locks and help you feel fabulous.

5. Oils

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Cooking oils can work wonders to condition and add shine to drab looking locks. Here are a few oils you should definitely add to your beauty routine:

Olive oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it a great tool when it comes to keeping your hair at the top of its game. Keep a bottle in the bathroom to use on your hair and scalp once a week. Just massage your scalp with the oil and leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing it off with your regular shampoo.

Castor oil is a natural antioxidant that’s also rich in minerals, omega-6 and 9 fatty acids, proteins and vitamin E, which makes it amazing for both hair and skin. Before bed, add a few drops to your damp hair and put on a shower cap to avoid a mess. Wash it out in the morning with natural shampoo.

Coconut oil is the latest life-saving, magical trend. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, plus it’s a great conditioning treatment for your hair, skin, and nails. When used on your hair, coconut oil can moisturize, prevent breakage and boost blood circulation. For best results, warm a bit of coconut oil and massage your scalp with it, then wrapping your hair up in a hot towel. Let it absorb for 30 minutes and then wash off with mild shampoo.

4. Eggs

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Eggs are basically pure protein so they’re great for strengthening your locks. You can use them as an all-natural hair mask by slathering your dry brushed hair with one or two beaten eggs. Let the eggs absorb into your hair for 10 to 25 minutes and wash with shampoo. You can also add some Aloe vera or olive oil to the egg mixture. Repeat this a couple of times a week for strong, thick hair.

3. Avocados

Avocados are not only delicious, they’re also rich in vitamins B and E, vitamins that have been linked to stimulating hair growth and the maintenance of healthy hair follicles. To use avocados on your hair, make a cream rinse by mashing a ripe avocado and adding water until the mix reaches conditioner-like consistency. Apply this mask to shampooed, wet hair and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

2. Aloe vera

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Much like coconut oil, aloe vera gel has been known a super beauty ingredient for decades. In fact, you’ve probably been using Aloe vera-based products your whole life without noticing. Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes that repair dead skin cells on your scalp. It’s also a powerful all-natural conditioner that promotes hair growth and prevents itching and dandruff. To use it on your hair, add two teaspoons of Aloe vera gel to your roots and massage your scalp with this it for 2 to 5 minutes. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Repeat this process twice a week. For even better results use Aloe straight from the plant! Read more here about how to use aloe vera to prevent hair loss.

1. Healthy diet

Your hair needs protein and vitamin B to look ravishing. While meat-eaters will generally get a good dose of both from beef, chicken, fish and cheese if you’re vegan, you’ll want to make sure you’re eating enough protein-packed plant-based foods and that you’re getting your vitamin B from fortified soy, nutritional yeast, or fortified cereals.

What are your favorite beauty secrets for long, strong, luscious hair? Tell us in the comments!

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Try These DIY Green Tea Face Masks

DIY green tea face masks

Anyone who knows me can vouch for my obsession with green tea. Since discovering matcha, I never miss an opportunity to sprinkle it over whatever I’m whipping up, savory or sweet. I consider tea one of nature’s most awesome gifts and I’m always up for trying new ways to consume it! When it comes to green tea, I am a lover, a user, and a pusher. Therefore, I’ve expanded my horizons beyond drinking it and I’ve started using it as part of my skin cleansing regime. I’ve been experimenting with DIY green tea face masks and cleansers, and I want to share some of my favorite finds with you.

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that are not only good for your insides, they’re also great for your skin. As one of the most natural remedies for brighter, clearer skin, DIY green tea face masks are a great chemical free option for unclogging pores, calming redness, reducing puffiness, and improving elasticity. 

DIY Green Tea Face Masks

Hydrate, soothe and cleanse your face with this Matcha Yogurt Mask

3 teaspoons KissMeOrganics Culinary Grade matcha powder
5 teaspoons plain unsweetened yogurt
2 teaspoons 100% honey

Mix all the ingredients together and spread over your face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and rinse. Pat dry and take a few minutes to admire your glowing skin.

Deep clean and exfoliate with this Matcha Exfoliating Mask

3 teaspoons KissMeOrganics Culinary Grade matcha powder
1 teaspoon filtered water
1 teaspoon 100% honey

Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix them into a paste. Apply the paste to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Wet your fingertips with warm water and gently massage the paste on your face. Rinse, pat dry and snap a selfie of that fresh face.

Rehydrate super dry skin with this Matcha Coconut Oil Mask

2 teaspoons KissMeOrganics Culinary Grade matcha
½ teaspoon organic coconut oil
3 drops filtered water

Add matcha and coconut oil to a bowl and mix until matcha forms a thick paste. Add enough water to make the paste spreadable (one drop at a time). Spread over your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Wipe off with cotton to reveal your glowing face.

Try this Honey Green Tea Leaf Mask instead of throwing out your used tea bags

2 Green Tea bags
2 teaspoons 100% honey

Empty the contents of your used green tea bags into a bowl. Add honey and mix into a paste. Apply the paste to your face and leave on for 10 minutes. Wet fingertips with warm water and gently massage the mask into your skin. Rinse, pat dry, and make sure there aren’t any tea leaves stuck to your face!

Rejuvenate and wake up with this Green Tea Facial Splash

1 Green Tea Bag
2 cups filtered water

Boil water and add to a medium-sized bowl. Add green tea bag to the bowl of boiling water and leave it to steep. Once the bowl has cooled, stand over the sink and splash your face with the green tea repeatedly until it’s gone. Rinse, pat dry, and glow get ‘em!

Open up with this Green Tea Steam

2 green tea bags
A liter of filtered water

Boil water in a large pot and transfer to a large bowl. Add the tea bags to the boiling water and allow to cool enough so you won’t scald your face. Lean over the bowl of tea, draping a towel over the back of your head to trap the steam. Breathe, relax, and enjoy!

Applying green tea directly to your skin can help clear up acne, reduce rosacea, and improve elasticity, plus it’s all natural and the catechins offer some UV protection. Will you be trying one of these DIY green tea face masks? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be sipping on a matcha latte and trying to figure out how to steep a green tea bag in my humidifier, while slathering matcha paste all over my skin.