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Benefits of Natural hair dyes: Henna and Annatto

Natural hair dyes such as Annatto,Henna,Tumeric and Beetroot are far more beneficial than artificial hair dyes. There not chemical based which minimizes the risk of damage to the hair, moreover they are purpose serves greater than that or hair colouring. They are usually packed with vitamins and minerals which are essential to the hair’s overall health.

Annatto

Annatto, and it is more than just a pretty seed. Annatto or Bixa orellana is a shrub native to South and Central America along with the Caribbean. Annatto has other names like lipstick plant and it is derived from the seeds of the achiote tree. Annatto is widely cultivated for its fruit seeds where a natural colorant is derived. The achiote tree grows branches and prickly, reddish-orange heart-shaped pods that contain around 50 seeds. The seeds are said to have a slightly peppery smell with a hint of nutmeg along with a peppery, nutty, and sweet taste.

The seeds of the annatto are covered in a thin layer of the reddish-orange pulp. Annatto is used as a colorant and dye for food, textiles, and body paint. Annatto has carotenoids or organic pigments naturally occurring in plants and photosynthetic organisms. It is used in Latin American and Caribbean cuisine as a coloring and flavoring agent while in Central and South America it is used as a body paint and lipstick. Although not an edible fruit, the pulp covering the seeds are using as a food coloring. Called Achiote dye, it is created by grinding the seeds or simmering them in water or oil.

Hair Benefits

Despite being used for food coloring annatto actually has been used for centuries to condition hair and skin. It is because of the vitamins A, D, and beta-carotene. It has been used for the skin as an emollient and with its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent abilities. It can be a seed paste or seed oil and often added to shampoo and conditioners because it can give the hair a natural sunny glow. It can even be found in hair dye because of this feature as well. Interested in trying a quick hair color rinse for a funky and spunky color combination of orange-red? Here’s the simplest way to do it with Annatto powder.

Recipe

1. Mix three tablespoons annatto seed and 1 cup boiling water.

2. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before straining.

3. Applying to your head and massage into clean, dry strands until fully saturated and leave on for an hour.

4. Rinse and style as usual but do not shampoo, as this is just a temporary rinse. If you are more interested in trying a product that already has annatto in it?

Henna

Being a natural conditioner, henna adds shine and volume to your hair and also protects it from more damage by forming a protective shield over it. In addition, it also locks moisture and nutrients, resulting in healthy, lustrous hair.

Tip: Use henna pack twice a month to make your hair appear voluminous, shiny and healthy. You can make a pack by mixing two cups of henna powder with 1 cup of amla powder along with 2tbsp of hibiscus and fenugreek powder. Take a quantity needed in a bowl and make a paste by adding yogurt/curd to it. Let the mixture rest for at least 2-3 hours before applying it to your hair. Leave for 1-2 hours and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Save the leftover mixture in an air-tight container and use as required.

Repairs and restores

Henna restores the acid-alkaline balance of your scalp along with repairing the damaged hair strands. In addition, it can also be used to treat itching, scalp infections and dandruff.

Promotes Hair Growth

Apart from repairing and restoring, henna also helps to reduce hair fall and other scalp problems. Being absolutely natural, it does not affect your hair adversely, which means you can enjoy the colored hair with no side effects at all.

Prevents Greying and Thinning

Instead of buying heftily priced hair products, henna is an all-rounder remedy that ensures thick, shiny hair with less scalp issues and dandruff problems while giving your mane a deep reddish tinge.

Henna for Coloring

Henna is particularly used to color your hair naturally. The coloring done by henna is not only safe and prompt, but is also free of any side effects. Scroll down to know some of the henna-based packs that can help you color your mane all amazingly yet naturally.

Tip: Henna, beetroot and coffee pack is an ideal combination to give your hair a natural burgundy color. To make this pack, you require a cup of henna, tea liquor for diluting, 1tbsp coffee powder, half a cup of beetroot juice and a juice of one lemon. Mix all ingredients and form a paste. Leave for at least 2 hours before applying it to your hair. Spread the mixture all over your mane and let it rest for 1 hour. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Henna as a Conditioner

Henna is a popular natural conditioner that makes the rough, dull hair silky and lustrous. In addition it also prevents tangling and gives your hair an all straight and glossy look.

Tip: You can make natural conditioner at home by mixing 1 cup henna with half cup of freshly brewed tea, 1tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp of yogurt. Apply this mixture all over your hair evenly and leave for at least one hour. Rinse well with warm water.

So what are you waiting for? To give your hair an amazing makeover, try henna and look all amazing and stylish naturally.

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How to use henna dye

Henna is a dye prepared from the plant Lawsonia inermis, also known as hina, the henna tree, the mignonette tree, and the Egyptian privet.

Henna can also refer to the temporary body art (staining) based on those dyes. Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics.

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Collagen uses and benefits

Collagen is the main structural protein in the extracellular space in the various connective tissues in animal bodies. As the main component of connective tissue, it is the most abundant protein in mammals,[1] making up from 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content. Collagen consists of amino acids wound together to form triple-helices to form of elongated fibrils.[2] It is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as tendons, ligaments and skin.

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Benefits of Essential Oils

Are you wondering what makes essential oils a preferred alternative to regular skin and hair care products?

Obtained from the stem, bark, seeds and flower of plants, essential oils are naturally occurring volatile aromatic compounds. They have been used since time immemorial and are renowned for their multitudinous benefits. Essential oils are widely used in cosmetics, aromatherapy, and personal care products and also in household applications. From effective blends to basic products, the possibilities with essential oils are endless. You can use them in homemade soaps, hair conditioner, massage blends and even in diffusers.

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Well, with the wide array of benefits, essential oils are indeed a must-have product in your home.

Benefits of essential oils for your home:

Essential oils are highly versatile and can be conveniently combined with other products to enhance their effectiveness. You can add a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil to your laundry soap for better results. The oils can also be used to add a fresh fragrance to your household cleaners, trash bins or bathrooms. Peppermint, Citronella, Rosemary and Lavender essential oils are widely used in the home to keep insects at bay. Lemon essential oil can be used to clean surfaces and remove stubborn stains. Besides, essential oil blends are also popularly used in diffusers to elevate the mood of a space with a refreshing aroma.

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Are You Having A Baby : Do’s and Dont’s of Pregnancy

Having a baby is a life-changing experience, transforming from womanhood to motherhood for most women can be a nerve wrecking experience, especially if you are a first-time mother. Apart from the huge rush of emotions inside of your body from all the hormones, your body is going through physical changes, however, as time goes along a mother’s natural maternal instincts starts to kick in. You will need support from your spouse, family, friends and the entire community at large to raise a child. Before we reach there though, pregnancy needs to be broken down my different trimester. When you are pregnant, there is a lot of things to take into consideration as you are not only thinking about yourself but the life that you now carry inside of you.

From confirming your pregnancy to taking belly photos and learning which foods to avoid, what activities to do, I will share with you all that I have learned during my pregnancies.

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Pregnancy Tips: To-do’s for every trimester

There are things that pregnant women will be required to do that are specific for each trimester, some are common for all trimesters such as :

Drink water
During pregnancy it is important to stay hydrated, you need about 10 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day (80 fluid ounces) plus an additional 8 ounces for each hour of light activity. Every woman is different, so don’t worry if you end up needing a little more or less. Keep an eye on the color of your urine – if it’s dark yellow or cloudy, you need to drink more. Clear or pale yellow urine means you’re well-hydrated.

Why is it important to to drink water during pregnancy?

Do some stretching
Stretching enhances your flexibility, prevents your muscles from tightening, and makes you feel looser and more relaxed.

Sneak in a pregnancy power nap
When fatigue makes it hard to get through the day, revive yourself with a 15-minute snooze. If you’re at work, find a place you can escape (close your office door, use a conference room, even sit in your car) and set the alarm on your cell phone.

Pack healthy snacks
When hunger attacks, it helps to have snacks that pack a nutritional punch ready in your desk, purse, or car. And if you’re nauseous munching on a simple snack like crackers throughout the day or before you get out of bed can ease nausea.

Try these healthy snacks for pregnancy

Try a relaxation technique
Deep breathing, guided imagery, prenatal yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation can help you stay on an even keel – and sleep better.

Take a quick walk
A 15- to 20-minute walk can help boost your energy levels when you’re exhausted.

Find out the benefits of walking during pregnancy

Eat a pregnancy superfood
To give your pregnancy a nutritional boost, try colorful fruits and veggies, eggs, salmon, sweet potatoes, yogurt, walnuts and beans.

Try these other pregnancy superfoods.

Write down your pregnancy memories
Whether you keep a formal journal or just jot down a few notes when you feel like, you’ll love sharing these pregnancy stories with your child someday.

Track your weight gain
Your provider will monitor your pregnancy weight to make sure you’re in a healthy range and gaining at an appropriate pace. You can also use our pregnancy weight gain tool to stay on track.

Do something nice for yourself or go on a babymoon
If you’re feeling up to it, go to a movie, have dinner out, get a pedicure, facial or massage, or do something else you enjoy. If you can afford to take a vacation. Do a maternity photo shoot, this will not only enhance your mood but you will have wonderful pictures to show you family and friends. Treat yourself, Its well deserved– pregnancy is hard work!

Check in with a friend
Pregnancy is an emotional rollercoaster. Ease your mind by sharing your fears, hopes, and excitement with a friend or a fellow mom-to-be.

Know the signs of a pregnancy problem
If you have any of these complaints call your doctor or midwife immediately.

See danger signs of pregnancy

Take belly photos
It’s a great way to document your growing bump. You will like to see your progress from month to month.

Have sex if you feel like it
If you’re feeling amorous (and you don’t have any complications that would prevent you from having sex) go ahead – you won’t hurt the baby.

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Benefits and Uses Of Aloe Vera For Hair

 

Aloe vera extremely beneficial to the hair. It’s ingredient is a vast repository of amino acids and proteolytic enzymes which efficiently help improve scalp health and boost hair growth.  It helps to make hair growth process incredibly easier.

Benefits Of Aloe Vera For Hair

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Aloe vera is one of the most magical and beneficial ingredients you could put in your hair. Don’t believe me? You can just try and see for yourself.  But you cannot deny these interesting facts:

  • Its proteolytic enzymes which help heal and repair the damaged cells in your scalp. This improves follicle health and indirectly boosts healthy and faster hair growth.
  • Not only does the proteolytic enzyme help heal the scalp, but it also helps stimulate dormant hair follicles, promoting hair regrowth.
  • It also helps curb hair fall and controls hair shedding, ensuring that your hair remains thick and voluminous.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe your scalp of irritation and aggravation.
  • Its antifungal and antiviral properties help cure dandruff and flaking.
  • Aloe vera’s high content of protein, vitamins, and minerals help it nourish your follicles and hair efficiently.
  • The moisture content of aloe vera helps condition your hair, locking in nutrients and hydration.

Now that it is concrete, let’s look at the ways of using aloe vera in your hair care routine to promote hair growth.

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