Plastic Free July 2018
Plastic Free July begins July 1 through July 31st
More than 6 out of 10 of us are already refusing plastic shopping bags, avoiding pre-packed fruit and veg, picking up other people’s litter and avoiding buying bottled water, but we can always do more, right?
Choosing to be part of the solution, you can act by:
Avoiding products in plastic packaging (choose alternatives)
Reducing where possible (opt for refills, remember your reusable shopping bags)
Refusing plastics that escape as litter (e.g. straws, takeaway cups, utensils, balloons)
Recycling what cannot be avoided
Plastic Free July Day 15, Tip 15
Homemade Hair Rinses.- 5 DIY Homemade Hair Rinses.
The fact is, rinsing your hair with more than just water can have many benefits! For one thing, rinsing your hair with a light, acidic product, such as apple cider vinegar, can help balance your hair’s pH after washing to remove product build-up. Additionally, it will cut down on the amount of shedding you’ll experience. This is especially true during the drier winter or summer months. There are varieties of hair rinse recipes. Start researching which natural ingredients will combat your specific hair problems, and go from there.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
To soften your curls and blast product build-up from your scalp, rinse your hair with a ACV and distilled water mix. After doing your usual shampoo and conditioning regimen, pour the ACV into your hair and let it sit for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how much your scalp needs to be clarified. Rinse with cool water and scrub well to get the vinegar scent out.
Vodka isn’t just for your Cosmopolitan anymore. The distilled spirit is more useful than you would think! It can be used to alleviate a toothache and even preserve flowers. It is also rumored to have a number of beauty benefits. You can use vodka as part of your skincare regimen by diluting it with water to make an astringent that will cleanse your skin and tighten your pores. For your hair, Warren-Tricomi stylist Marc Mena says, “Vodka has a low pH level and is naturally acidic, which when added to conditioner can help maintain and lower a high pH level found in the hair. [It] has the ability to seal the hair cuticle which will manage and reduce the appearance of frizz, resulting in softer and shinier strands.”
How to Use Vodka for HairVodka can be incorporated through major components of your regimen. It can be added to shampoo, conditioner, and be used as a rinse. By adding a shot to your 12-ounce bottle of shampoo or cowash it can further help to remove build up on your hair and scalp. Shake the bottle so that the vodka is evenly distributed throughout the product and use as directed. If you have dandruff, there’s an extra bonus. Vodka can help to alleviate an itchy scalp and reduce dandruff. For a rinse, mix a tablespoon of vodka and a cup of water and pour over your hair after deep conditioning. Your hair should look clean, shiny, and more luscious.
DIY Vodka Rinse
There are also claims that vodka helps prevent hair loss. The Beauty Gypsy provides a great recipe to stimulate healthy hair growth, cleanse the scalp and remove toxins:
Mix a tablespoon of organic honey and onion juice in a jigger of vodka.
Apply on your scalp.
Leave it in your hair overnight and wash off in the morning.
Best in Moderation
Although vodka could have many positive benefits for your hair, it is important to remember that it should be used in moderation. If used too frequently or not diluted, vodka could dry the natural oils from scalp and hair. And there are several other concerns: can you add vodka to your hair care routine if your hair is color treated? Is it safe to use on your hair in the winter, when your scalp is already dry? Some are still hesitant about vodka being beneficial for your hair at all. Hair loss expert Samuel Lam, MD, is one of them: “Although I cannot seriously answer the question of whether vodka does anything special for hair, I can say that there are a lot of unproven home remedies, naturopathic, and other alternative therapies that have been touted to work but have not panned out.”
More rinses to come….
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