How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick

Do you love the matte trend, but have wondered many times how to prepare your lips for matte lipstick? I’ve been there. As I am preparing for my wedding, I keep trying different lipsticks. All of them are matte, most of them are liquid lipsticks. They look awesome and I love how long lasting they are. But they seriously dry out my lips! And applying matte lipstick to already dry lips – well, I am sure you know what that looks like. So I invented a little program to make sure my lipstick can look as good as possible.


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Step 1 on How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Gentle exfoliation

How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Starting with a lip scrubAs a first step, I prepare a little DIY lip scrub to exfoliate my lips and make sure that all excess skin is removed. As we all know, lips are very sensitive. So not only do we want to peel, we also want to soften and nourish them at the same time. To achieve all of those goals, I use the following ingredients in my little lip scrub:

– Sea salt (for the peeling effect)

-Olive oil (for smoothing and nourishing the skin)

-Honey (for it’s moisturizing and healing properties)

You really need just a tiny little amount of everything. Just so you can imagine how little: I usually mix the ingredients together in a spoon. Afterwards just take little by little off the spoon and start rubbing it veeery gently on your lips. It doesn’t taste very good, so I recommend  keeping your mouth closed for the time being. Do this little massage for a bit and then simply leave the mixture on for a little longer, without massaging. (Make sure nothing will drip though!) Once you’ve had enough, you can simply wash everything off with some lukewarm water.

Step 2 on How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Creaming it Up

How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Use some lip creamNow that the scrub is washed off, you can gently pat your lips dry and take the next step to prepare for you beloved matte lipstick. In order to keep the softness we just created and to get a “sleek surface” for the lipstick to go on, it’s time to put on some lip balm or cream.  That can be really any lip balm you have around. In my case, it most often a very simple solution: pure Shea butter*.  As you can see in the picture, I really slather it on. Don’t worry, it will not make the lipstick bleed. We will take care of that in the next step. For now, really give your lips some lovin’!

Step 3 on How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Less is more

Okay, if you followed the steps so far, your lips should be kinda greasy by now. This means it’s time to find the balance between two things. Goal number one is to “oil up” our lips to protect them from drying out and creating a sleek base for our lipstick. And goal number two is to still be able to put on our matte lipstick without it bleeding. So grab that cotton pad and dab off all that excess lip cream or lip balm that has not been absorbed by your skin by now.

How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Gently dab off excess care productsAfterwards your lips should still be very soft, well moisturized and slightly shiny, but definitely not feel greasy anymore. And now you can get started! Whip out that lip liner and your favorite matte lipstick and enjoy the perfect lip look – no more dryness!

I hope you enjoy trying out my little program. Do you have other tips on how to prepare your lips for matte lipstick? Let me know in the comments!

You love matte lipstick? But dry lips stand in your way of proudly wearing it? I have a little program to prepare lips for matte lipstick. Not only does it stop matte lipstick from drying your lips as much, it also really pampers your lips. Read more about how to get smooth lips and prepare lips for matte lipstick! You love matte lipstick? But dry lips stand in your way of proudly wearing it? I have a little program to prepare lips for matte lipstick. Not only does it stop matte lipstick from drying your lips as much, it also really pampers your lips. Read more about how to get smooth lips and prepare lips for matte lipstick! You love matte lipstick? But dry lips stand in your way of proudly wearing it? I have a little program to prepare lips for matte lipstick. Not only does it stop matte lipstick from drying your lips as much, it also really pampers your lips. Read more about how to get smooth lips and prepare lips for matte lipstick!

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Try the Best Homemade Face Mask For Oily Skin, it’s so easy!

“Best homemade face mask for oily skin” sounds like an overstatement, doesn’t it? I get you and I am not a fan of unfounded superlatives either. Still, at least for me and quite a few other folks with oily skin it is true. The face mask I am telling you about today has been the best DIY mask for us.face mask oily skin diy, homemade face mask for oily skin diy, oily skin remedy, aloe vera for skinDisclosure: Some of the links below are so-called provision links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I can earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

What oily skin doesn’t need

If you have been dealing with oily skin for a long time, chances are you already know about all the things to avoid. First of all, don’t eat bad foods, your skin will get more oily. Definitely don’t wash or treat your skin too much, as this dries it out. Then it produces even more sebum in response – Hooray! Also, don’t use most of the face masks from the drugstore, as they all contain chemicals that won’t help either. Consequently, for everyone with oily skin it seems like there is a huge list of things not to do. But usually we are looking for something that we CAN actually do. And this is where my best homemade face mask for oily skin comes in!

The best homemade face mask for oily skin

So, unless you have an allergy to the only ingredient, you can use this face mask even though and especially if you have oily skin. Yes, you read that right. This DIY mask only needs one ingredient and you might already have it on your window sill.

By the way: Yes, the fact that it only needs one ingredient also makes it the best homemade face mask for oily skin! Or for any skin! The secret ingredient I am talking about is pure Aloe Vera gel! (Imagine angelic music and a light beam towards that plant.)

Aloe Vera is the star and only ingredient of the best homemade face mask for oily skinWhy is Aloe Vera the best homemade face mask for oily skin?

I am glad you asked. Let me give you two reasons.

Number 1: Above you read about how people with oily skin shouldn’t wash their face too much. No one wants to increase sebum production. But what if I told you that Aloe Vera has an awesome moisturizing effect on your skin without clogging the pores? Also, it works against inflammation and small pimples. Both things oily skin tends to develop.

Number 2: This mask is super easy to “make” and use. You definitely want to use 100% pure Aloe Vera gel* for this. (Or well, 99%, the gel staying fresh is also nice.) So either buy a good one or, even better, get a plant. This is how you get some gel out of your plant:

Aren’t Howcast videos just the best? Anyways, back to our face mask. As I said, using it is extremely easy. No mixing, cooking or other forms of preparation required. Just distribute the gel over your freshly washed face and leave it on till it is completely dry.

After washing it off, your skin will feel super soft and moisturized and won’t feel the need to overproduce on sebum for quite a while! (Doesn’t mean you should eat burger now though!)

So this is it. Tell me, have you tried this face mask yet? Did it work for you as well as for me? Or didn’t it do anything at all? I love hearing your experiences, so do leave me a comment!

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Easy homemade face mask for dry skin in winter

Wnter skin in need of a homemade face mask for dry skinWhich better time for a homemade face mask for dry skin than winter time? Heater air inside and frosty climate outside – our skin needs to deal with quite the dehydrating environment in these months. So take some time this weekend, mix yourself this easy DIY mask and enjoy a moisturizing effect and a short timeout.

(Short disclaimer: This mask is not vegan and contains honey. If you are looking for alternatives, check out my 6 ideas for a homemade face mask without honey.)

Ingredients for the homemade face mask for dry skin in Winter

Naturally our skin can use an extra moisturizing boost in winter. So it makes sense to get out some rich ingredients! As usual with my homemade beauty recipes, you only have to go into your kitchen to pick up the ingredients.

We will need:

  • 1/2 cup of yoghurt (without additives, just pure neutral yoghurt)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Now mash the banana thoroughly and mix everything together. This should give you a thick, creamy paste.

Subsequently apply the mixture all over your face. Now put some relaxing music on, put your feet up and enjoy your little break for 10 minutes! If you are into visualization, you can even imagine your skin absorbing all the goodies from the mask.

Relaxing while letting the homemade face mask for dry skin do it's workAfterwards just rinse it off with lukewarm water. Generally avoid using hot water, as this will just add to your skin’s dryness. Also make sure to drink enough! (As if you really needed to hear that again.)

Now your skin should feel refreshed and soft. Even though the effect is great, don’t do this mask too often. First of all, what will you eat if everything lands on your face, rather than in your mouth? Seriously though, while your epidermis benefits a lot from this mask, it can easily get too much. Doing it more than once a week will most likely not give you an increased benefit anyways.

As usual, if you liked this recipe I am happy when you let me know! And if you want to share it with someone, find a pin below.

Easy homemade face mask for dry skin in winter

 

 

LOC method: Everything you need to know!

The LOC method is a phenomenon that has been around for quite a while. You find it on hair care forums, Pinterest boards and word-of-mouth advertising as soon as someone complains about their dry hair tips. This method works so well for many hair types and is super easy to use. So I want to dedicate a whole article to it today. Let’s jump right in with the definition!

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Curly woman has to tell everyone about the LOC methodWhat is the LOC method for hair?

The LOC method is short for “the Liquid Oil Cream method”. This stands for a hair care regimen aimed at helping with dry hair by sealing as much moisture as possible into the hair. That can mean desiccated tips or curly to kinky hair types with overall dryness. So even if your roots get greasy quickly, you might benefit from the LOC method for your tips! Basically as with any body care, you just use it where you need it.

As results you can expect:

  • sleek and shiny hair
  • less frizz
  • a bit more time than usual for your hair to dry

How to do the LOC method

The acronym LOC tells you, in which order to use various hair care products in order to achieve maximum results.

So first you start with Liquid, to add moisture to your locks. Then you add Oil in order to “lock in” the moisture. And finally you seal the deal with some Cream, which keeps the oil in place. Let’s look at the products you can use for those different steps a little more in detail!

LOC method products

While the LOC hair method is more about the order in which you use types of products, some products seem to work better than others for certain hair types. A general recommendation is to stay as natural as possible and avoid the “evil” chemical ingredients that are bad both for you and our environment.

Let’s look at some general product ideas for the different steps. This collection is in no way exhaustive, but should give you a good starting point. For more details on which products to use for different hair porosity, see below that.

1. Liquid: Add moisture

Liquid step of the LOC method: waterThis can simply be the water in your hair after washing. Other possibilities are moisturizing conditioners* or Aloe Vera gel*. If you opt for conditioner, make sure it does not contain alcohol. Alcohol has a dehydrating effect.

2. Best Oil for LOC method: Lock the moisture in

Oil step of the LOC methodHere you really have a wide variety of options. Any oil that you usually use for your hair will work. If you don’t usually use oil for your hair, check your kitchen. Olive oil or sunflower oil can be used for your hair! Ideally you get started with lighter oils though. Examples are almond oil or argan oil*. Only move towards the heavier ones if that is not enough care for your hair.

2. LOC method Cream: Seal the oil in

Homemade hair cream for the cream step of the LOC methodAgain, there are many options you can choose here. If you first want to try the whole LOC thing, simply check your hand cream for possible “evil” ingredients (when in doubt, rather avoid alcohol, for example!) and use that one. Or try my homemade hair cream. Or, if you want to invest a little more into your hair products, you can buy hair creams online*. There are variants for every hair type and need.

LOC method curly hair

Many people with curly hair swear on the LOC method. Curly hair is dry by nature and can benefit from every little bit of moisture it can get. So a regimen like LOC not only adding moisture but also sealing it into the hair, is a godsend for us curlies. Usually people with curly hair already have a collection of products at home. If you are one of them, just try applying them in the LOC order. You might be surprised how different the effect of the same substances can be! If you are not too sure about which things to use for your LOC regimen, read on.

I won’t go into too much detail here on what hair porosity means and how you can find out about your own hair porosity. A nice explanation and various tests for it can be found here at theNooPooMethod.com. For the purpose of this article, I will just tell you which type of LOC products to use for which hair porosity.

LOC method for low porosity hair

Low porosity hair does not absorb products easily and has a tendency for buildup. So for the LOC method you want to use light products and support the absorption with “opening” the hair a little. This can be done with using warm water for the “L”. For the “O” and “C” steps you want to use lighter products. As light oils for hair I personally really like Jojoba oil, Almond oil and Argan oil. Finally, use a not-too-rich cream as a finish. If you like perfumed creams, maybe check out the Heymountain hair creams. Many longhaired people swear they are the best.

LOC method for HIGH porosity hair

High porosity hair has a tendency to not keep the absorbed moisture in, although it does absorb liquids easily. So you really want to make sure to add Oil and Cream! People with high porosity hair will really benefit from the LOC method. (I speak of experience!) For the Liquid step I would recommend using Aloe Vera gel* rather than just water. Also with the “O” you can go a little heavier than your low porosity friends. My personal favorite is Macadamia oil*, as it is rich, but pretty neutral in smell. Other people swear on coconut oil. For me that can sometimes rather dry my hair out even more, so better check how it’s working for you. And then we are already at the last step, Cream. Any rich cream will benefit you, think Shea cremes or winter variants.

LOC method everyday?

One last point I want to address is frequency. People get excited about this regimen and then soon after ask themselves:”But wait? How often should I do the LOC method?” Well, this depends a little bit on your hair type and usual washing frequency.

If you are a curly, kinky or otherwise pretty dry hair type, I definitely recommend doing the LOC method after every wash. If you are one of the aforementioned hair types, but only wash your hair very rarely, you can even do it in between washes. Then only use Aloe Vera, not water.

For most people, I would not recommend doing this every day though. The reason for this is, that having your hair constantly wet or at least moist is not a good idea. While it might look better in that moment, this puts a lot of stress on the hair.

So this is the LOC method. Let me know how it is working for you! And if you want to share it with someone, you can simply use the following infographic!

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Homemade hair cream How to: the Easy Way

Homemade hair cream with only two ingredients - cream jarHair cream, let alone homemade hair cream, is not something many people use regularly. I say, maybe you should! Do the tips of your hair stay dry when the roots already start being a little oily? Have you tried balancing shampoos? Still no success? Don’t worry. Today I will show you a recipe for a homemade hair cream which will help with this.

As usual with my homemade beauty tips this recipe doesn’t need a huge amount of ingredients. And it can easily be customized to whatever your hair and your nose like best! So without further ado let’s jump right into what you will need for your homemade hair cream.

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Ingredients for the homemade hair cream

The great thing about this recipe is that you can make this recipe with as little as two ingredients! Obviously it is way more fun to mix and match and tweak. Still, if you are going minimalist or just don’t feel like playing around too much, you only really need the following two things:

You will need the same amount of each ingredient. So for the basic recipe you would use 50% of shea butter and 50% of oil.

For choosing the oil consider that the cream will stay in your hair as a leave-in after washing. So you want to use a nice smelling or neutral oil. Personally, I love avocado oil* for its nourishing effect on my hair. But I wouldn’t want to walk around smelling like it all day… So I would choose another oil from my list of favorite hair care oils that I told you about in my post about my long hair care. A good example for a neutral oil I like to use is almond oil. And if I want to smell like a cookie, I use the Monoi Tiare Tahiti vanilla* flavored coconut oil. (Seriously, that one smells sooo good!)

Some essential oils for a nice smell of the homemade hair creamSo when it comes to the oil, you can really play around with what you like. You can also mix different oils. Or put in a few drops of essential oil to perfume your homemade hair cream. Just make sure you get to the 50% shea butter, 50% oil proportion in the end.

How to make the homemade hair cream

First, you need to melt your shea butter. This step can vary in length a little bit, depending on which type of shea butter you have. Make sure to not heat it up too much! Only use low heat.

Once you have a liquid, you can add your oil. And then you start mixing it all together. Just treat it like whipping cream. Depending on the amount of cream you are making, you might want to take out the mixer. Or, if you just have a small amount, you can simply use a fork and build some muscle!

Now all you have left to do is waiting for your concoction to cool and to stir it every now and then. This will prevent the shea butter and oil from separating again.

How to use the homemade hair cream

As I mentioned above, you want to use the cream as a leave-in. Ideally you apply it to the tips of your hair after washing, when your hair is still wet. Or, if you use the LOC method or Liquid-Oil-Cream method, you apply it directly after the oil portion. There is no need to wash it out, as it will be absorbed by your hair.

One word of warning though: This homemade hair cream consists of FAT! It will do wonders for your dry tips, but that is also where it should stay! Do not put it on your scalp and length, it will most likely be too much. If you have a hair type that does need that amount of extra care, increase the amount you use after every wash. This way you can work your way up and find out how far you can go.

As always, do let me know how you liked this recipe and what you did with it! And if you want to save it for later, find a prepared pin below. Happy mixing!

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How to make the ultimate Homemade hair gel without gelatin

homemade hair gel in a glassHomemade hair gel is something I didn’t believe to be possible for quite some time. I thought that effect of hardening your hair in a certain position could only be achieved with many many chemical ingredients. Turns out I was very wrong about that. Not only can you make this homemade hair gel with 2 (TWO!) ingredients. You probably also have everything you need for this in the kitchen already!

Homemade hair gel recipe: ingredients

Do you eat linseeds sometimes ? No? Well, let me tell you they are very healthy. Maybe it is time to start adding a few to your salads? And by the way, you will need a few anyways for this recipe. Linseeds and water. That is it already. Obviously you can add a drop of your favorite essential oil to give it a a little bit of a scent. But otherwise you won’t need anything else to make your very own homemade hair gel.

linseeds pouring out of a glassSo go to your kitchen (or the nearest shop) and collect the following:

  • 2 tablespoons of linseeds
  • 250 ml (or 1 cup) of water

How to make the homemade hair gel

The active steps required to make this recipe only take a few minutes. Afterwards you will have to let everything sit for a few hours though. For that reason I recommend to start the process in the evening, so your gel will be done in the morning.

First you want to pour the water in a pot and heat it up. When it starts boiling, add the the linseeds and stir for a couple of minutes. Afterwards, take the mixture off the heat and let it sit for a while. After about 10 minutes, check if it starts becoming jelly-like. If yes, you are good to go and can just leave it be till the next morning. If not, put it back on the heat and cook it a little longer. Rinse and repeat.

In the morning (or after letting it sit for a few hours), filter the gel through a strainer. Now you can either put it in a jar to use it directly or in an ice cube tray, if you want to freeze it for later usage.

Using the homemade hair gel: some tips

The gel works really well if you put it in your hair directly after washing, when your hair is still wet. Style your hair the way you want it to be later and then DO NOT TOUCH IT anymore. This can be hard, I know. Especially because your hair might feel weird and overly sticky to you. Don’t worry, that is completely normal and and everything will be fine once your locks have dried.

If you try this homemade hair gel, please let me know in the comments or on Pinterest how it worked for you! Or if you have an even better recipe, I would also love to hear about that.

Homemade hair gel recipe without gelatin

How to: Easy DIY Body Spray recipe for a magic summer

Orange juice and peel as ingredients for the DIY body spray recipeAs we are closing in on christmas, I want to tell you about my DIY body spray recipe with orange. Oranges remind me of childhood winter evenings, when my Dad would bring the big basket of oranges and start peeling them for us kids. Telling us how especially in winter it is important to get your vitamin c. While this body spray won’t do anything regarding you vitamin intake, it will give you a nice scent of orange. And who doesn’t love to smell good?

DIY body spray recipe: The ingredients

As usually with my recipes, this DIY body spray recipe only asks for very few ingredients. After all, the less ingredients something has, the higher the probability to have everything needed at home. Also, way less risk to have any intolerances to one of the ingredients. For your orange body spray you only need the following things:

  • 2 teaspoons of natural salt
  • 100 ml (or 3.4 oz) of water
  • half the peel of a Bio-orange (You want to use Bio, so the peel is chemical free!)
  • 1 teaspoon of juice from that orange (Now you can eat the rest, got some vitamins after all!)

How to make the DIY body spray

It almost seems ridiculous to me to give this step an extra heading. Seriously, this recipe is so easy and quick. All you need to do now to create your DIY body spray is to finely grate the orange peel. Then you can mix it with all the other ingredients. Ideally do that in a lockable container, so you can shake everything well. Once you feel everything is mixed enough, filter the liquid through a fine strainer. Then you can put it into a spray bottle. Aaand you just finished making your body spray! Easy-peasy, right?

You can just spray your whole body after showering with this spray. The salt-water-mix will refresh your skin and the orange will leave a gentle scent. And all of that for a few cents and done in 5 minutes!

If you are not planning on using your body spray every day, consider storing it in the fridge. There you can store it for up to 3 months. If you plan on storing it at room temperatures, make sure to use it up in the next two weeks.

DIY body spray recipe with orange

How to make a Homemade hand cream without beeswax

Now is the time of cold weather and rough hands. Which means everyone needs to find their favorite hand cream. Perfect timing to share my recipe for homemade hand cream without beeswax with you!

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Why a homemade hand cream without beeswax?

Similar to my homemade face mask without honey this is a recipe for people who have trouble finding a nice DIY recipe without the ingredient they are trying to avoid. In this case: beeswax. No matter if you are a vegan, who does not want to use any animal products or if you simply don’t have beeswax at home, but need that hand cream RIGHT NOW. This is for you! (For everyone else I also have this homemade hand cream with ginger recipe.)

Ingredients for the homemade hand cream without beeswax

For this lotion you will need the following ingredients:

– 1 part shea butter*

– 2 parts cocoa butter (version with vitamin E here* – double good for your skin!)

– 1 part jojoba oil*

– 1 part almond oil*

You can replace the almond oil with another light oil, but I would really recommend to use the jojoba oil. First of all it is very similar to the sebum our skin naturally produces. So if your skin is dry, what would be better than moisturizing it with something as close to “the real deal” as possible? Second of all, despite the name jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax. Not totally irrelevant for making a homemade hand cream without beeswax.

How to make the homemade hand cream without beeswax

Steps on how to make the homemade hand cream without beeswax

First you want to melt the cocoa butter using a double-boiler. Make sure to have the water just warm enough to melt it, don’t heat it up too much!

Once you have a nice golden liquid and no more chunks, you can start adding the oils and the shea butter. Keep stirring continuously! Soon all ingredients will have become fluid. Now you can take it off the heat, but still keep stirring for a few minutes longer. This way your lotion will be nice and smooth later. Even afterwards, when you let the mixture cool, it is a good idea to stir it every now and then. Once your cream has reached approximately room temperature, you can fill it into the container you want to keep it in.

And that’s it! Smooth hands without the use of beeswax: here we come!

Super easy DIY hand lotion without beeswax. You will only need 4 ingredients and can whip it up super quick! #DIYbeauty

Homemade hand cream without beeswax done in a few minutes

A quick recipe for an DIY lotion without beeswax. Homemade hand lotion recipe for dry skin

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Cassia for hair – how to help your hair be strong!

Shiny hair tips strengthened by Cassia for hairAn important part of my long hair care is to regularly use Cassia for hair. Cassia is a plant-based powder, made from the tree Senna italica. Using it as a hair treatment regularly has helped me immensely to grow my hair to hip length. So today I want to share with you what exactly the so-called “neutral henna” can do for your hair. And the exact way I use and apply it.

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Benefits of Cassia Obovata for hair

Cassia is like a natural conditioner for your hair. It will leave your locks more shiny, fuller and stronger. Some people also report it helps with their dandruff. Basically it has the same effect as Henna, just without the coloring. Nice, right? Another big plus of Cassia Obovata are the properties. Because of it’s ingredients, it has antibacterial and antifungal effects.

Cassia for hair growth

Cassia itself does not contain any active components to stimulate hair growth. That being said it will still be a very beneficial factor in your journey to longer hair. At least it was for me! Let me explain this a little.

For many people the biggest problem when growing long hair is not the speed of the hair growth. If you are healthy, it will be between 1-2 cm (0.4-0.8 inches) per month. Nothing much you can do about that. The reason why some people’s tresses are not gaining any length is simply breakage. Rubbing on clothes, being dry… There are many possible reasons for your hair breaking off at the tips. And this is something that Cassia helped me with greatly. My hair is hip length now, so the tips have seen numerous years come and go. Still, with the strengthening through Cassia they became stronger and more resistant. Thereby my tips break less and my hair can keep getting longer.

Cassia hair dye

While Cassia is also called “neutral Henna” it is not a hair dye like the real Henna. It has one active component though, that might give your mane a slight yellow-ish tint. On darker hair it will almost be invisible, on blonde hair you might notice it. Don’t worry about it too much though, because it will wash off. Other than Henna, Cassia does not bind permanently to the hair. One word of warning though: Be careful if you have dyed hair already, the results might be unpredictable!

Cassia Obovata on gray hair

The strongest effect of the gold-coloring component becomes visible when you use Cassia Obovata on gray hair. As the base color is very light, it can easily be changed. Many people try to change their gray or white hair to a golden blonde with Cassia. As I personally do not have any experience with that, I can only tell you what I heard from other people about it. Supposedly, there will be a golden shine to your hair if you do a Cassia treatment regularly. It does wash off though and will not have the same effect as a golden hair dye.

My Cassia hair treatment

When I get ready to use Cassia for hair, I first make sure there will be a few hours in which I don’t have to leave the house. (Yes, this is a hair treatment you want to leave on for a few hours.) Then I collect my ingredients:

–  Cassia powder* (about 150 grams or 5.3 oz)

– hot water (just not boiling anymore, 350ml or 1.5 cups)

– a few drops of oil

By the way, Cassia for hair is strengthening, but can also have a little drying effect, hence the additional oil. I usually use Camellia Seed oil*, but any oil your hair likes will do.

Now I mix all the ingredients in a bowl till I get a mustard-like consistency. Make sure to work slowly, as the powder starts out quite dusty!

Cassia for hair in creamy formOnce the mixture has cooled enough, I start applying it with a paintbrush to my hair. This way I don’t get the green cream under my fingernails and can still distribute it evenly. And then it’s already time to wrap it up! Wrapping your hair will keep the heat in and intensify the beneficial effects of the Cassia treatment. Just make sure to use an old towel, because it will get stained!

The hardest part of using Cassia for hair

The recommendation is to leave the mask on for at least an hour. If I have the time, I actually sit with it for several hours. And then comes the hardest part of the whole treatment: Washing it off. If you have ever used plant-based hair treatments like Henna or Amla* before, you know what I’m talking about. It will take quite a bit of water and patience to remove all the little globs of Cassia. Some people help it with a little bit of conditioner, some just put their head in a bucket of water and swing it around a few times. Whichever way you do it, once this last big step is done, you can start admiring your shiny and freshly strengthened hair!

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Everything you need to know about a Homemade hair mask

Soft hair on the face after a homemade hair maskA homemade hair mask should regularly be part of your long hair care. Not only can you match the ingredients to exactly what your hair needs at that moment. In addition you will find out which ingredients your hair likes and which it doesn’t. So the longer you stay with it, the better your skills at making your own perfect homemade hair mask will be. Awesome, right?

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How to make homemade hair mask

First of all, to make your own homemade hair mask you want to check the status of your hair. Is it dry and brittle? Damaged? Or are you trying to fight frizz? Depending on this you might want to use different ingredients for your mask. (I know, there can be way more hair problems. Here I just picked the most common ones.)

Homemade hair mask for dry hair

Naturally dry hair needs moisture. So you definitely want to put an ingredient to remedy that. A very good example is Aloe Vera gel*. Combine it with something fatty, like Avocado or egg. Or mix it directly with olive oil, macadamia oil… whichever oil you have around! Be careful with coconut oil though, for some people it has a rather drying effect!

Homemade hair mask for damaged hair

This one is not so straightforward. First of all, you cannot “repair” hair. So while doing a mask is gonna help you have healthier hair in the future, split ends will not magically be glued back together – Sorry! (If you have a lot of split ends but don’t want to lose all your length, check my post on how to stop split ends.)

However, there are some hair treatments that can make your hair more resistant to damage like rough clothes or treatment. (No hair treatment can protect your locks from bleaching and heat! Just minimize that or don’t do it at all!) A popular treatment to start building a protective layer around the hair is Cassia for hair. As damaged hair oftentimes is already dry, make sure to put a little oil, yogurt or Aloe Vera gel* into the mix as well!

Homemade hair mask for frizzy hair

Frizzy hair needs a little weight to it. While doing a hair mask will not be the final solution to your frizz problem (I will write another full article about this), it can help for your hair to be less dry. Basically, you want to use similar ingredients as the people with dry hair. Make sure to use nothing drying, nothing too strong (definitely no alcohol in your products!).

How to apply homemade hair mask

Depending on the consistency of your DIY hair mask, there are different ways to apply it to your hair. If it has a creamy consistency, more like a hair pudding, consider just taking it into your hands. This way you can distribute it evenly and really  work it into the hair.

If your homemade hair mask turns out to be totally liquid like my homemade conditioner with MSM, the application is easy. Just fill it into a spray bottle and sprinkle your mane from all angles. Most likely you will end up with a consistency between the two extremes: Too liquid to use it like a cream, too firm to use a spray bottle. For this kind of homemade hair mask, I will tell you a little trick. Simply go to your crafting corner or the nearest arts and crafts supply store and pick up a paint brush like this one*. (Just make sure it’s a clean one, of course!)

Paint brush painting a wallThis way you can “paint” your hair with your homemade hair mask without dripping it everywhere. Genius, right? I use this all the time especially for hair masks with staining ingredients. Definitely don’t want my Cassia for hair to become Cassia for the floor…

Can you leave a homemade hair mask on overnight?

Oftentimes people ask if it is okay to leave a homemade hair mask on overnight. In most of the cases the answer is: Yes, definitely! (Unless your mask contains a very drying or a coloring ingredient, that is.) Usually the only think you need to take care of is protecting your clothes and bed sheets. So if you are planning on leaving your hair treatment in your hair overnight, make you to wrap it thoroughly in and old T-shirt or towel. If your hair mask contains oil, do not use your favorite towel!! Oil can be super hard to wash out and tends to ruin towels in the long term.

Homemade hair masks are a great way to deal with whatever might be bothering your hair right now. Dry hair? Damaged hair? There is a DIY hair mask for anything. Read my tips for sucess with your hair mask DIY! Homemade hair masks are a great way to deal with whatever might be bothering your hair right now. Dry hair? Damaged hair? There is a DIY hair mask for anything. Read my tips for sucess with your hair mask DIY! Homemade hair masks are a great way to deal with whatever might be bothering your hair right now. Dry hair? Damaged hair? There is a DIY hair mask for anything. Read my tips for sucess with your hair mask DIY!

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