15 Natural Beauty Recipes Using Everyday Foods

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So I have a funny and somewhat embarrassing hair mishap to share…

I started coloring my hair in June of 2011 because I thought my hair color was really looking dull, and I found a GRAY hair. I promised myself that when I started turning gray, I would also start coloring my hair. So I figured it was time. Since I have never liked spending $100+ dollars at the salon to get my hair colored, I use the box dyes. After awhile I realized that I needed to do something to help my hair get stronger and add nutrients back to it to repair the damage from the hair dye.

I know that eating a lot of protein and good oils (like olive, flaxseed, and coconut oils) are good for my body and hair, so I got an idea. I decide to make a homemade hair mask treatment. I used one egg and olive oil. I saturated my hair, let it sit for an hour, then I washed it out. Afterward, my hair was shiny, full, thick, and GORGEOUS!

The problem? Well, my hair smelled like raw egg! It was awful.

A week later I tried the mixture again, but this time I added vanilla and cinnamon (to try to mask the smell of egg. Everything was going great until I curled my hair… again it smelled like raw egg. My boyfriend thought I was trying to torture him, poor guy. I wasn’t, I just wanted my hair to look amazing for our date night. Although my hair smelled, yet again, we ended up having a great night.

Everyone I told about my hair disaster , thought I was crazy. After all, who else tries something like this? So when I came across this article, I just had to share it with you all! All that to say, if you try to help your dry hair by using raw eggs, don’t leave it on for 1 hour like it did. This is my warning. 🙂 If you do, make sure you aren’t going to apply heat to your hair or be close to anyone until you wash your hair again. 🙂

I really like these ideas, and when you try them, let me know how they work!
These 15 beauty recipes came straight from Inspiring Pretty.

Brown Sugar and Honey Facial Scrub
This is probably my favorite one. Brown sugar exfoliates the skin ridding the pores of all dirt, oil and dead skin cells causing blemishes. Honey is naturally antibacterial, so as the brown sugar scrubs away the things clogging pores, the honey cleans out the sources of the buildup to prevent future breakouts.
Coffee Grounds in Conditioner
This one is really simple. Instead of throwing old coffee grounds away, toss them into your conditioner to make your hair extra shiny. That’s all it takes!

Replace Conditioner with Vinegar
To get rid of the usual problems with hair: build up, dullness and just lackluster, replace your conditioner with vinegar 1-4 times a month, depending on your hair type. Just use it as you need it. And, don’t worry about buying the best stuff for the best results, common white vinegar will do the trick as well as any other vinegar.

Olive Oil as Hair Moisturizer
It’s easy to see how oil can moisturize your hair. It’s simple to use as well. Simply cover your hair in olive oil and leave it in for 30-45 minutes. You can also wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it from dripping. Some also believe it enhances the effect.

Lemon and Egg Facial
Have red splotchiness on your face? Soothe both symptoms away easily by mixing together one egg yolk and the juice of one lemon into a paste. Cover your face with it and leave it on overnight. If this seems like too much work, leave it on your face for an hour. You might not get the optimal results with this amount of time, but you will see a difference.

Replace Conditioner with Baking Soda
Want to be more like a guy and only use one thing to clean your hair? Then just add baking soda to your shampoo. It will remove build up and make hair shinier. And to make it even better, you can use it everyday.

Degrease Oily Hair With Lemons and Aloe
Mix together 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon aloe vera. Mix the mixture in with a normal serving of shampoo. It will get rid of your oiliness in your hair with one shower.

Smooth Fizzy Hair With Honey
Add a tablespoon of honey to a liter of water. After shampooing, rinse your hair with this concoction to tame your frizz.

Replace Face Wash With Skim Milk Powder
Switching face wash out with skim milk powder can make your face much softer and give you a smoother complexion. It’s also very gentle, so even the most sensitive can use it.

Moisturize Skin With Honey and Olive Oil
Honey holds moisture extremely well and olive oil hydrates well, too. Mix equal parts of olive oil and honey (and add a dash of lemon juice if you’d like) to create a pasty lotion. Rub it onto the dry skin and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Your skin will be hydrated for plenty of time to come afterwards.

Soften Skin With Oatmeal
There are many concoctions and mask recipes that involve oatmeal, but you can use oatmeal by itself to help your skin. Ground up about 1 cup of oatmeal using a blender or coffee grinder, and add it to bath water to soften skin to baby-like quality.

Treat Chlorine-Damaged Hair
Mix together 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 cup of a peeled cucumber. Cover you hair with the mixture and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. You’ll see your hair return to normal almost immediately.

Tone and Rebuild Skin With Avocados and Carrots
This recipe can work wonders. Combine 1 avocado, 1 cooked carrot, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 egg and 3 tablespoons of honey. Leave on for 10-20 minutes and then rinse. These ingredients add a multitude of vitamins, antioxidants and calcium to rebuild natural collagen, tone skin and remove age spots. There is plenty to read about the benefits of each of these ingredients, but all you need to know is that each natural element does more than any store-bought item can.

Lemons or Oranges for Fine Hair Hairspray
Use Lemons for dry hair and oranges for a stronger hold. Chop up the entire piece of fruit in a bowl as to not lose any juice. Boil the fruit with 2 cups of water until soupy or to when the liquid has been significantly reduced. Strain through a cloth and pour into a spray bottle for use. The citrus will hold the hair and not damage it due to the fact that there is no alcohol.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleanser and Toner
This eliminates dead skin cells easily, so you can use in lieu of expensive toner. That’s all there is to it!

Being beautiful can get expensive and damaging if you’re using products often. Try using these natural tips before spending money and see if you even want to try products after. Check out out post on how to treat acne naturally, too!

For more tips like these, check out Inspiring Pretty‘s website!

*Photo credit: The featured image is courtesy of Alixsei Filimontsev

 

 

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2 Responses
  • Nicholas
    December 24, 2012

    Great post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?

    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Kudos!

    • Lindsey Isham
      January 24, 2013

      Hi!

      What is it that I can help with?

      Sincerely,
      Lindsey

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