Girl Talk: Food Based Hair Treatments (Part 2)

a.k.a., "giving hair that 'earthy flow'….like Boho"

…and BTW ladies, I'm only about a couple of months into admiring Boho , I'm still learning what Boho is (if it is anything except expressing that free spirited Gypsy Soul),  but to me, a guy, it's just a fun spectator's sport, so bear with my photography 🙂

…as for example, with this photo on left, I've seen that photo labeled as both "Boho" and "Steampunk" on various Pinterest pages,and I pulled it off Lisa's (her shout-out below) Boho Pinterest page, and I love the shot, so there!!! Women's fashion is too confusing to Guys, we just wanna look !!!

 

Anyhooze, I had some additional info on food based hair care that I couldn't squeeze in to Part 1, Girl Talk, food based Hair Color Boosters and Treatments

Special "Shout  Outs"

….to my Pinterest buddy Lisa, …hey Lisa, "let's get lost tonight, you can be my black Kate Moss tonight"…..inside joke 🙂 .

Also a shout out to my girl Michelle who originally got me into Boho. Check out Michelle's line of "funky-fresh" Boho inspired Jewelry at
Minali "Bohemian Chic"  Jewelry

A final "Bohemian Shout Out" to my girl Traci,  a.k.a. "Gypsy Lu", owner of the Babylonian Soap Company, whom I wrote about in my article  Men's Skin Care: GQ Smooth

….thanks ladies for all the "Boheme-inspiration"

 

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So let's get down to business. as I evolve to my "Only put on your skin what you can eat" initiative, albeit a work in progress, I have run across so many amazing formulas that I wrote about in my Men's Skin and Hair Care Part 1 and Men's Skin Care Part 2.

I think women as well can make some amazingly simple but practical formulas for themselves, allowing themselves to stay away from beauty based toxins, and get back to using the beauty care that nature has to offer.

Here are a few that might help you get started………….

Breakfast for the Hair

(The Yogurt, Egg, and Lemon Juice Hair Mask)

Directions

In a medium-sized bowl, thoroughly combine 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 tablespoon organic lemon juice, and 1 egg.

Apply the mixture to your scalp after oiling and cleansing.

Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

How the "Breakfast for the Hair" Mask Works

Egg is one of the best conditioners for our hair.  Egg whites help with strength and yolks help with shininess of hair content which is very useful for the health of our hair.

Yogurt is high in lactic acid, and  works to stimulate hair growth and fight dandruff by acting as a natural cleanser that tightens and clarifies the pores on your scalp.

The acidic lemon juice allows nutrients to break through the tough, outer keratinized layer of hair

~end of "Breakfast for the Hair" recipe~

Once a month Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo

Apply 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, or mix with regular shampoo. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse and condition

….note that much fake apple cider vinegar is on the market. Often it is corn based white vinegar colored brown. To get  the real deal stick with brands such as Braggs, and read your labels, there should not be other ingredients in Apple Cider Vinegar

How the Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo Works

Hair-products can accumulate, weighing down hair and keeping your locks from looking their best. The vinegar helps balance the PH, and contains many essential acids; use it about once a month to get rid of the buildup and to restore shine.

~end of Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo recipe~

Coconut and Flower Hair Oil Treatment

Prepare the oil the night before by bringing 1/2 cup coconut oil to a boil.

Add 2 tablespoons rose water and 1/2 cup mixed fresh flower petals such as rose or jasmine.

Return to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Directions for Coconut and Flower Hair Oil Treatment

Let the flowers steep in the oil overnight, then strain the oil through a coffee filter or double layer of cheesecloth into an airtight container.

To oil your hair, gently massage four to five tablespoons of the oil onto the crown of your head and into your scalp.

Wrap hair in a towel and allow the oils to penetrate for at least 20 minutes.

Shampoo and rinse as usual.

How the Coconut and Flower Hair Oil Treatment Works

The chemical composition of Coconut Oil is one of the few oils that actually allows the extensive and rich list of nutrients to penetrate the hair as opposed to coat the hair.

Roses have up to 300 chemical components that nourish hair, but that is no secret, in that roses have been used for beauty (and food) for thousands of  years.

~end of Coconut and Flower Hair Oil recipe~

Yogurt and Mustard Oil or Olive Oil Treatment

This method is slightly different in that it can be applied either before or after shampooing, but is recommended more as a conditioner rather than a mask.

Directions for Yogurt and Mustard Oil/Olive Oil Treatment

Whip some yogurt and add one or two tablespoons of either mustard oil or olive oil, whichever is more readily available.

After washing hair with a mild shampoo, apply this conditioner and leave in for about 15 minutes.

Make sure to have more parts yogurt than oil so you don’t need to reapply shampoo to get this mask out of your hair.

If you feel you have used too much oil, you may shampoo again, but the idea is to have a little oil that is indiscernible remaining your hair to condition your strands.

How the Yogurt and Mustard Oil/Olive Oil Treatment Works

As mentioned before, Yogurt is high in lactic acid, and  works to stimulate hair growth and fight dandruff by acting as a natural cleanser that tightens and clarifies the pores of your scalp.

Mustard oil contains beta-carotene which converts to Vitamin A to stimulate hair growth. It has been used for thousands of years in Indian Scalp massages.

The fatty acids that olive oil is made up of will coat the shaft of your hair, helping to keep it healthy and protected.   Olive oil will coat the damaged outer layers of your hair, giving them a sleeker, smoother, and healthier appearance.

~end of Yogurt and Olive Oil/Mustard Oil Treatment~

In Conclusion, I will just say, as I learned from experimenting with food based bodycare, you have to find what works for you, learn your own biochemistry, and take your time. If like me, you will end up with some solutions you will swear by.

……..so just get started…………..and be free!!!

And Finally, Below ….is some extra Bobo Fashion photos too cool to leave out of the "Photo Shoot". Besides, where else would I put them on my website?

Not sure why a Hip-Hop, Inner City Brotha' like me finds this Bobo-Vibe so intriguingly beautiful, except that it's another version of a sense of the "Rebel" within my own soul, and my mantra is, I'm never afraid to "Express myself honestly…."

Then again, a Boho article from a Black Dude is in and of itself Rebellious, since I never "Color within the lines" that society expects me to, and that is also how I interpret "Boho"………..

…..but, Note to Self: "Don't over think it, just enjoy it" 🙂                    

~stay healthy~

 

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2 Responses

04.01.16

love this stuff!! I do alot of home natural tonics at home to.we have alot of natural ingredients that people don't know about that work as good or even better than the highend priced shampoos conditioners mud masks..I could go on for ever.. But Apple cider Vinager is top on my list..Wonderful page love the pics of the Queens of Boho..oxxoxo Love It!!

04.01.16

Hey Jodi,

Thanks for the comment,

The BOHO thing was just a spontaneous “flash” of creativity that came to me, something to throw a curve ball at my “Hip-Hop” oriented readers.

You should consider writing a guest article for my “Girl Talk” section of my blog, talk about your home natural tonics or whatever.  I’m inviting women to come in partake. That section of the blog is for you guys.

Maybe we can do a BOHO part Two, or whatever we creatively conjure up……. 🙂

~stay healthy~

Doug at Gaia Health Blog

 

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