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bad hair day

We've all been in that 7 a.m. late-for-work rabbit hole, having an unhappy-hair-day, right?

That said, you may think having consistently good hair days is out of reach but I've got good news for you, that is simply not true! 

Here are my must-follow commandments for awesome hair. There's only 5 of them, and they're all surprisingly easy! 


PUT YOUR HAIR ON A DIET

Yup, you can eat your way to shinier, stronger, smooth hair. For example, broths are extremely beneficial for hair health and growth because they're super mineral rich. Radishes are also a great source of silica (which is the mineral you need for strong hair that's not prone to breakage). Spirulina, dark chocolate and buckwheat are all high in copper (which helps to curb graying). 


One of my fave holistic nutritionists also recently reminded me to make sure I get enough protein which is what gives you the building blocks you need for good hair growth -- such as wild salmon which is super rich in vitamin D to help create new hair follicles, as well as omega 3 fatty acids that nourish and moisturize your scalp.

Btw, if you're not an omnivore, you prob already know how 
impt. it is to get enough plant-powered protein, like tamari almonds + hummus both of which I can never seem to get enough of :)

DON'T WASH TOO FREQUENTLY

Hopefully, you already know not to wash your hair every day. Why you ask? Because doing so strips your hair and scalp of natural oils. Personally, I try to limit shampooing to a max of twice a week (ideally just once). This will help you regulate natural oil production which might be messed up with over washing. Btw, that doesn't mean you can't hop in the shower and rinse your hair with water as often as you'd like.

Keep in mind that when it is your wash day, take the time to massage your colour safe, sulfate free shampoo where it's most needed, like on your scalp, and just let the suds flow through your strands. I'd also recommend you do a double wash, rinsing the first time with warm/hot water, and the 2nd time with cold water. This will stimulate your scalp to open then close its pores.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR SCALP

Keep your scalp toned and flake free with an essential oil treatment. (Fyi - this also happens to be good at scaring away lice.)

At least once a month you should also help your scalp get rid of the build-up left from your styling products by doing an
 apple cider vinegar rinse. Don't worry, it's super easy. Just pour 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup water into a cup and pour it onto your hair/scalp. Avoid getting into your eyes. If you don't like the smell, don't fret, as soon as you rinse with warm water, it will disappear. 

Most importantly, take the time to gently but very thoroughly brush your hair every day. Using a soft (if possible natural) bristled brush, take time to enjoy brushing your hair, focusing on massaging the bristles at your roots and gently pulling the bristles through to your ends. If will feel amazing, and doing so will distribute the natural protective oil your scalp produces throughout your strands and will also help to keep your hair follicles healthy. 

DON'T SKIP CONDITIONER + JUST SAY NO TO SILICONE 

If you've got fine hair, conditioner is a crucial step. Fine hair is actually more prone to breakage from tangles so you need to make sure it's easy to comb through. 

Always towel dry your hair thoroughly before combing it out, starting from your ends, never from your roots.


A lot of people like the feel of silicone infused products because they coat the hair and give it a smooth feeling, but be warned!! Silicone infused products can really do a number on your scalp and hair (not in a good way).

What happens is that silicone attracts dirt and tends to weigh your hair down. Plus it has a tendency to get embedded into your hair follicles on your scalp inhibiting hair growth - making you need to wash your hair more often which also leads to more frequent heat styling which will give you dull brittle hair... creating a horrible, never ending cycle of hair doom.

What should you do? Start by reading the label on your conditioner and if you see the word dimethicone (a fancy word for silicone) put it out in the trash. (Hopefully you can at least recycle the bottle :) You should also look your products up on EWG to see how they rate.


* To avoid the use of silicone in our detangling conditioner (aka the Hair Smoothie) we use a blend of broccoli seed oil and jojoba which gives your hair the smooth slip you're looking for without any nasty buildup. 

WHEN STYLING... 

Limit your use of heat tools (curling irons, flatirons, blow-dryers, etc.) to a max of twice a week and find ways to make your style last, like this awesome DIY Hair Powder!

Be sure to seal and protect split ends. A light dab of our Hair Smoothie will do wonders for this.  


Oh and above all, avoid a tight pony tail. This will reduce the pull on your hair follicles. Trust me, I learned this the hard way!

Want Good Hair?

Little did you know it but your hair care routine is not just about shampoo + conditioner and some styling lotion you slap on before you get busy with your blow dryer... it all starts with your scalp. 

A healthy scalp = healthy, lustrous, smooth hair. And conversely, an unhealthy happy scalp = oily, thinning, dull strands, often speckled with flakes (the British word for dandruff) and if you're unlucky, a colony of lice.

And the good news is that you don't actually need fancy products to get good results. Keep reading for some great tips.

good hair

One of the most effective DIY treatments is to mix together a few essential oils that will tonify the scalp and revitalize the hair follicles, the area where your individual hairs insert into your head.

Luckily many of the oils are readily available in most health food stores and pharmacies so they're not too hard to get. My favourite blends are rosemary (balancing), blood orange/lemon (astringent), lavender (soothing) + peppermint (invigorating). You can use a combination of these.

All you'll need to do is dribble a 20 to 30 drops onto your scalp - preferable when your hair is untangled and not coated with any styling product. Try to divide the drops evenly covering your part, the nape of your neck and above your ears, avoiding your eye area :)

Upon application, use a large soft (natural if possible) bristled brush and brush your hair upside down to evenly distribute your essential oil blend all over your head. Make this a leisurely activity and enjoy how good it feels. Breathe deeply and enjoy the aroma enveloping you.

Note that if you have even if you have super short hair or especially if you're balding, you should still do this too.  

If time allows, wrap a towel around your head and sleep on it, before washing out. If not, keep it on for at least 15 minutes, then shampoo, condition, and marvel at how shiny your hair looks and how good your scalp feels!

You're on your way to lots of compliments... so enjoy :)

This is what your grandmother did to make her face look so fresh (no 'pore strips' required :)

As a natural astringent, parsley effectively pulls out toxins and other skin clogging impurities. Keep on reading if you want to know how do you turn this into a quick Decongesting Beauty Treatment!

benefits of parsley
1. Submerge a freshly washed bunch of parsley in a pot of boiling water with a washcloth. 

2. Allow the parsley and washcloth to soak until the water has cooled enough to take the cloth out of the bowl without boiling your fingers. 

3. Take the washcloth and place it over you face for a nice long steam. 

4. Give yourself at least 5 minutes to enjoy the moist pleasant aroma.
5. If you have time, steam even longer. Just warm the parsley water in the pot and repeat the process. 

6. For added decongestion and a few drops of purifying essential oil to boost the efficacy of the treatment. 

7. Take a close look at your face in a magnifying mirror paying close attention to your nose, chin and forehead. You should be able to see that your pores have opened and if so, you may wish to gently extract any blackheads, whiteheads and/or (non-cystic) blemishes using a clean cloth. They should release easily.

8. Do not over-zealously squeeze any spots as you may cause more trouble than just leaving them alone.

9. Be sure to follow up with a generous spritz of our Face Food Mineral Mist to close your pores and to reduce any inflammation due to the extraction process.   
  
Feel free to repeat at least once a week and
above all, enjoy your fresh clean skin :) 

Blueberry Ginger Bellini

Blueberry Ginger Bellini
Recipe created by the Self Proclaimed Foodie
 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbs ginger, minced (the smaller the mince, the more intense the ginger flavor)
  • 1 tbs sugar (substitute honey or maple syrup for a lower glycemic alternative)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup blueberry juice, chilled (substitute cranberry juice, if it's easier)
  • 1 cup sparkling apple juice, chilled

Directions:

  • Mash blueberries with ginger, sweetener, and lemon juice. Allow the flavors to blend for at least five minutes, then press through a fine mesh sieve to discard the solids.
  • Divide the mixture between two champagne flutes. Top with blueberry (or cranberry) juice, followed by sparkling apple juice.
Cheers!

    A Skin Friendly Snack

    These salty, crunchy, nuts are downright addictive! I eat them by the handful to keep my blood sugar balanced if I haven't had time for lunch or when I've got the before dinner munchies. I love that the healthy fat in them help to keep my skin glowing too!

    Roasted Tamari Almonds

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup raw almonds, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon low-sodium tamari or coconut amino's
    • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional - but great if you like a tasty flavour kick that's good for your immune system)

    Directions:
    Yield:  Makes 1/2 Cup

    • Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • In a medium bowl, toss the almonds with the tamari until the almond pieces are fully coated. Spread the almonds over the prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
    • Roast the almonds for 9 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden. The tamari will have dried up.
    • Let cool completely on the pan. The almonds will harden up as they cool. Using a spoon, scrape the almonds off the parchment paper and enjoy! Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of weeks.
    The recipe's by Angela Liddon from her cookbook Oh She Glows.

     

     

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