Shorten your morning routine with this clever (homemade) beauty trick
Confession: I rarely wash my hair every day. I’ve experimented with a few different store-bought brands of dry shampoo over the years, and while I’ve enjoyed the results, I could definitely do without the price tag (as well as all the additional chemical ingredients). Forgo washing and blow-drying your hair on day two and cash in on some extra minutes of beauty sleep with the help of a few common household supplies and this homemade dry shampoo recipe.
What you’ll need:
• 1/2 cup baking soda
• 1/2 cup whole grain oatmeal
• Sprig of dried lavender or 10 – 15 drops lavender essential oil (or any scent of your choice)
• Food processor
• Small jar with airtight lid
• Old makeup brush
• Fine-tooth comb
How to do it:
1. Combine the baking soda and oatmeal together in a food processor and grind until they form a fine powder.
2. Add the dried lavender or essential oil and mix well.
3. Scoop mixture into a small jar for storage.
4. Part your hair into three sections and use the makeup brush to lightly dust the mixture onto each section’s roots.
5. Work the fine-tooth comb from root to tip to brush out any excess powder.
By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer
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My hair has been crying out for attention after a long summer of sun damage, heat exposure, and (okay, I admit it) chemical highlights, so I decided it was time to give it a little DIY TLC with some homemade hair care.
After scoping a ton of different homemade shampoo and conditioning recipes, I discovered that most agreed on the use of Castile oil soap or baking soda and essential oils and as a base, and all emphasized that the end product would not resemble the thick, foaming shampoo most of us are used to. Using all of this as inspiration, I created my own recipe that included honey (to detangle), coconut oil (instead of olive oil), and some other ingredient substitutes I had on-hand.
My First Attempt
DISASTROUS. When they say to go easy on the oil, they seriously mean it (I’m notoriously heavy handed). Even after my hair had dried, it still looked like I had been dipped in a vat of hot candle wax. When I hit the mixing bowl for a second time, I was careful to use the coconut and essential oils in moderation, and also mixed up an apple cider vinegar/hot water rinse, which I read would remove any excess residue after shampooing.
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BY JAMIE SANDERS, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, THE BEAUTY OF LIFE
Heading to the beach this summer - and have no clue what beauty products you’ll need? We’ve rounded up the must-haves to get you through surf and sand in style.
Sun protection is key - whether you’re actively soaking up the sun’s rays or just strolling the boardwalk. We’re partial to Supergoop! - every product in the line has SPF 30+, and sunscreen comes in the form of everything from Sunscreen Swipes with Zinc to Body Moisturizing Sun Protection Lotion.
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