Importance of fair and glowing skin
Importance of fair and glowing skin

Importance of fair and glowing skin

Fair and glowing skin are important for an individual. Every girl and guise take many treatments to become to be owner of good looking and fairer skin. A good looking face is also required in your professional life. You should look awesome in party, college, marriage, community and more places. If you are going for a job interview so it is important that your face should be fair and glowing. Therefore a good looking face plays many kinds of important role in our life.

Why am I writing this article?

I am writing this article for those girls and guys who wants to improve their skin to fair, good looking and awesome. I want to say that it’s over to depress your desire. Here I am writing some important habits by including these in your daily routine you can get your skin as you desired.

The first habit is to give quality treatment to your face

The habit of giving quality treatment to your face is very good for the skin of your face. The quality treatment including four important parts that gives fairness instantly to your face. These important treatments are as

Wash your face with warm water
Wash your face with warm water

Wash your face with warm water

Use pure, fresh and warm water to wash your face. Consider that the water that you are using is not much hot or too cold. Usually warm water is very good to wash our face. Wash our face is very good habit for us.

It is not important that you should wash face only at that time while you take a bath. You should wash your face many times during a day. We must wash our face at least five times in a day. You can wash your face at morning, while taking bath, after lunch, when you go back to home and before you go to sleep. The habit of washing the face is very good for clean the face.

face clean up using face wash
face clean up using face wash

Use face wash daily

Select a good quality face wash. An oil control face wash is very good for our face. Oil control face wash can remove extra oil from the skin of our face. An oily skin is very bad of face and it can bring down fairness of your face.

So, take your face free from oil by the use of oil control face wash in your daily routine. Usually warm fresh water is used while you are going to wash your face with using of face wash.

A good quality face wash removes dead skin cells instantly from your face and therefor you get instant fairness after wash your face with face wash.

You should use face wash at least three time during a day. After getting up in the morning and before going to bed at night is the best time to wash your face with face wash.

Tips to use face wash

  • Before using face wash you must spray water on your face.
  • make suds of face wash in proper quantity by shaking your hands.

Face mask is also good for face

The reason behind the use of a face mask is to make our skin glowing. One of the main benefits to use face mask is to care skin in easy way. We can get clarify, fairer, moisturize, lightning and glowing skin by the use of this application. Usually two times in a week are the better option for use face mask. Face mask gives useful energy directly to the cells of the skin and charge this. Use of best quality face mask is beneficial habit for your skin of the face.

Tips to get good effective results of using face masks

  • Using of milk or rose water in face pack is the better option than the use of the water.
  • 10 to 20 minutes are the best time for face mask. Use face mask more than 20 minutes is not good for the skin.

Select a good fairness creamA woman using face mask

The selection of fairness cream is more important for the skin of your face. A fairness cream is the best application for making the skin of your face lightning and fairer. You should choose a fairness cream according to your face. A good quality fairness cream gives you a glowing face. If the cream that you have selected not gives you good result so do not use it more and go to the good fairness cream.

  • By the use of user rating of online shopping cream products you can select a good quality and good fairness cream. Also read the comments from users who have used that product. By this you can select your fairness cream easily and in less time.
  • Use cream after wash your face when you have clean your face with a towel.
  • You should use your three fingers both of your hands to gently apply cream on your face.
Lemon Juice
Lemon Juice

Vitamin consisting in juice

Juice
Contain Vitamin
Banana Juice
A, B and E
Lemon Juice
C
Orange Juice
C
Which vitamin consistent by which juice.

The second habit is to drink juice and a lot of pure water daily

Juice of which fruit you should drink daily?

Usually lemon juice is a great soft drink for your skin. Lemon juice has vitamin “C” in most quantities. Vitamin “C” is most important vitamin and it gives many numbers of benefits to you. One of the main benefits of drink lemon juice is that it makes your skin fairer and cleaner.

Lemon juice fills the requirement of vitamin “C” of our skin which is the most important requirement to be fairer. Drink lemon juice usually two times in a day are very good for your skin.

There are many numbers of juices that will also help to you to give enough vitamins and proteins for your skin and improve glow of your skin. Apple juice, banana juice, mango juice, orange juice and papaya juice are also a good source of vitamins and proteins.

Select your capacity.

How many glasses of water you can take during a day?

  • 5 to 10
  • 10 to 15
  • 15 to 20
  • more than 20

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Take a lot of water

Drink sufficient pure water during the day. You should take 15 to 20 glasses of water in a day. Drinking of water is helpful to make mounting of the body. Drinking enough water is important for proper circulation and absorption. By drinking a lot of water regularly you get a beautiful skin.

Tips:

  • Do not drink water more than your capacity. This will harm for water circulation in your body.
  • Take pure and filtered water.
  • Use clean glass or mug for drink water or juice.
Eat green and fresh vegetables
Eat green and fresh vegetables

The third habit is to eat good foods

Good food is the food including fresh and green vegetables. You should eat vegetables every day. Fresh vegetables not only give energy to your body also it improves your skin to glow. Eating good food is very good habit for your skin and health. So, do not compromise with your food.

  • Green fresh vegetables are a good source of vitamins and proteins. It gives proper and enough calories to your body which is very beneficial for your skin and your face begins with the lighting, glowing and fairer.
  • Quality fruits are also the part of good food. Eat fruits daily in your routine. An apple, an orange, blueberries, banana, wikis, grapes, papaya, strawberries and more fruits are very good option to take daily. Eating of the fruit is a very good habit in your routine. Fruits make you fresh during a day. An orange gives you vitamin “C” whole day plus potassium. An apple has property to make low cholesterol of the human body. All these fruits plays an important role in your daily routine.
  • Take salad every day. Salad is a chopped vegetable or a mixture of these. By eating salad you can improve glow of your skin and make the skin of your face fairer. Onion, tomato, gherkin, radish, carrot and more vegetables included in salad. We must take it while having lunch and dinner.

What should be included in good food?

Good food
Included in good food
Vegetables
Spinach, Spring greens, Pumpkin, Ladyfinger
Fruits
Apple, Orange, Banana, Blueberrey, Strawberrey, Papaya, Coconute
Salad
Onion, Tomato, Gherkin, Radish, Carrot
List of vegetables, fruits, and salad
Sleep well
Sleep well

The fourth habit is to take care sleep well

The habit of good sleeping is very important for your health. If you did not sleep well at last night so stress will be seen on your face. So, bad sleeping is not good for your face. Your replies will always in asperity to other peoples. If you slept well at night so you feel fresh during all the day. Here I am writing some tips for making your sleeping well.

  • Make sure that the size of your bed is enough for you. It is important that your legs and hands should be over the bed and do not go out of the bed.
  • It is also important that your cushion should be about your size. Too much height of your cushion is not good for your neck. Your neck can get sprain if the cushion has much height or not have enough height.
  • The mattress on the bed should not be too yield or too rugged. It is important that if you should sleep with the bad in complete relax.
  • You should sleep at least eight hours of the day. Eight hours for sleeping gives your body complete relax and your skin becomes fresh. Well sleeping is very good for the skin of your face. This will improve your skin to be glowing and fresh.

The fifth habit is avoid to go in the pollution

Environmental pollution is very bad for your skin and the effect of pollution we can see on our face. Pollution brings down the fairness of our skin. Our cell of skin going dead in the pollution. You should avoid going in the polluted environment. It is most important that you protect yourself by pollution. Pollution is bad for health also. Here I am giving some important tips by which you can prepare yourself to be protected in a polluted environment.

  • Use of the sun’s cream is a very good option for protecting yourself from the harmful sun’s rays. The Sun’s cream has property to avoid the dirty rays and protect your skin when you go outside of your home. If you are going on outside of your home on the day so, you must use the sun’s cream on your face. Sun’s cream protects fairness of your skin from hot and dirty ray’s of the sun.
  • The scarf is very good in manner to protect you by bad air. Polluted air can also produce dead skin cells and bring down your fairness. By the use of scarf polluted air and the sun’s rays can not touch your skin of your face. The scarf is a very good option for us.
  • Sun glasses are also a good application for our eyes. By the use of sun glasses we can avoid dirty rays to spread on our eyes. Sun glasses avoid the dark circles to become below our eyes. Therefore sun glasses are an important application to protect us.

Healthy & Radiant Skin Naturally

What woman doesn’t wish for and aspire to have beautiful, healthy, and radiant skin? As a woman who cares very much about both my inner and outer radiance, I know that when I look good, I feel good and when I feel good, there is no limit to what I can accomplish.

We all know there are tons of beauty products and skin care rituals women all over the world adhere to in order to attain beautiful, healthy and radiant skin. What many women do not understand is that if we just listen to our skin – look at it closely and pay attention to what it is revealing about our inner chi and how we are taking care of ourselves, we will have what we so desire – both internally and externally.

Types of Skin

Dry
Oily
Combination
Normal
Has under or inactive oil glands that do not produce enough sebum to keep the skin naturally lubricated.
Has glands that produce too much sebum which results in a greasy, slippery texture and shiny appearance.
Has an oily “T-zone” area (which covers the forehead, nose and chin) while the area around the cheeks, eyes and mouth is normal or dry.
Has oil glands that produce sebum at a moderate rate, resulting in skin with a balanced state that looks consistently plump, moist and vibrant.
Must be hydrated regularly from the inside (with fresh water) and outside (with mist) and moisturized with natural hydrating masques.
Needs periodic herbal steam treatments and deep-cleansing with natural plant-extract masques.
Consider healthy diet to restore balance in the skin and use natural treatments for both oily and dry skin in the appropriate areas.
Needs regular cleansing, toning and moisturizing with products containing natural plant-extract and flower-essence.
Natual Esssential Oils To Use: Chamomile, Lavender, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Rose, Sandalwood
Natual Esssential Oils To Use: Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree
Natual Esssential Oils To Use: Bergamot, Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, Ylang-Ylang
Natual Esssential Oils To Use: Bergamot, Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, Ylang-Ylang

It’s no secret that food plays a substantial role in the condition of your skin. Often your skin is telling you what you are eating too much or too little of. Naturally, it is best to eat foods that put very little stress on your body: foods that are wholesome, free of pesticides, and optimally, certified organic.

Mint spritz tones and refreshes your complexion.
Mint spritz tones and refreshes your complexion.
Chamomile is gentle enough for all skin types.
Chamomile is gentle enough for all skin types.
Witch Hazel is a natural astringent toner.
Witch Hazel is a natural astringent toner.
Avocado makes a wonderful nourishing masque.
Avocado makes a wonderful nourishing masque.

Here are some common foods to incorporate in your diet that will enhance the health, complexion and overall radiance of your skin:

Essential Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) come in two classes, Omega-3 and Omega-6, and it is the former that have the most effect on your skin and hair condition. The body cannot make EFAs, so they have to come from your food. Oily fish such as sardines, tuna, and salmon are good sources of EFAs, as are nuts and seeds and their oils, organic eggs, prawns and soya beans. A quick way to increase your intake is to use sesame, rapeseed, walnut, soya bean or flax oils in the kitchen.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants (which include vitamins A, C and E, some of the B complex vitamins, the minerals selenium, manganese and zinc, and certain enzymes) play a major role in destroying free radicals – electrochemically unbalanced molecules that are continually generated within our bodies by chemicals, too much sun, and stress. The main victim of free radical damage in skin is collagen, which keeps skin looking plump and elastic. The best foods to find high levels of antioxidants is uncooked, highly colored fresh fruit and vegetables such as berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants); black grapes; Brazil nuts; broccoli; carrots; cherries; chestnuts; hazelnuts; kale; raisins; papaya; peas; peppers; prunes; spinach; sweet potatoes; and tomatoes.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps form new skin cells, keeps skin supple, and is vital for healthy eyes and hair. Dry, flaky skin can indicate a deficiency. The best sources to derive Vitamin A are whole milk and butter, liver, oily fish, and eggs. It can also be manufactured by your body from beta-carotene.

Vitamin B Complex

B vitamins help to release energy from food for skin metabolism and have a role in keeping skin moist and smooth.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C (a potent antioxidant) is essential for the production of collagen, the elastic tissue in your skin that declines with age. Foods high in Vitamin C are strawberries, peas, kiwi fruit, tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers.

Vitamin E

Another antioxidant that helps skin retain its moisture and works with selenium to have a powerful action against free radical damage.

Beta-Carotene

This is the plant form of vitamin A, which your body converts as required. It helps to protect you against the ageing effects of sunlight. Foods high in beta-carotene are dark green vegetables (spinach, broccoli, watercress); and orange fruit and vegetables (apricots, mangoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and tomatoes).

Iron

Iron is important for the formation of hemoglobin, the red pigment in blood. A pale complexion and dark circles under the eyes may indicate a deficiency. Foods high in iron are red meat, liver, seafood, and eggs. Less absorbable iron is found in green leafy vegetables, dried apricots, and fortified cereals.

Selenium

Selenium protects your cells from free radical damage and helps counter dry skin. Selenium works with vitamin E to support your immune system to help fight off infection. Cereals, seafood, cheese, eggs, mushrooms, Brazil nuts, molasses, beans, whole grains, and wheat germ are good sources.

Zinc

Zinc is vital to the immune system and the manufacture of collagen, it also speeds up healing. Foods such as seafood, meat, cheese, eggs, nuts, whole grains and mushrooms are rich in zinc. Lack of zinc can lead to stretch marks and stubborn blemishes. A dull complexion, white spots on fingernails, and dandruff are signs of deficiency.

 

Here are some common foods and lifestyle choices to avoid that can adversely affect and have a huge impact on the condition of your skin:

Simple Sugars

Unlike the more desirable complex carbohydrates, simple sugars give you a quick rush then let you down with a crash. Simple sugars can cause capillaries near the surface of the skin to expand, causing redness and blotchiness. They can also cause body tissue to lose its natural form and consistency, making it puff and sag. On a grander scale, over consumption of simple sugars can lead to diabetes and other blood sugar issues, raise blood pressure and triglycerides, and elevate levels of “bad” cholesterol. Simple sugars are found in all kinds of sweets and also hidden in seemingly innocent foods like salad dressings, bread and cereals.

 

Saturated Fat and Cholesterol

Saturated fat and cholesterol is found in meat, eggs, dairy products, and fried foods. Excessive amounts can unnaturally age the skin, making it hard, inflexible, and prone to wrinkles.

 

Sodium

Canned, fast foods, snack foods, like chips and salted nuts, and food derived from animal sources are filled with much more sodium than we need. Sodium constricts and tightens tissue. As a result, when consumed in excessive amounts it inhibits the flow of energy. It also hardens fat and cholesterol deposits in the body. Excessive sodium may contribute to the drying, tightening, and shriveling of both skin and hair.

 

Processed Foods

Many of the nutrients in processed foods are no longer alive or active. Food without life force is inefficient nourishment that sticks to your body and makes it lazy. It reduces the flow of energy, makes elimination of toxins more difficult, and may contribute to a stale or wilted appearance. In contrast, whole, fresh foods possess the nutrients, life force, enzymes, and other fiber necessary to help your body process them.

 

Low Quality Liquids

The best thing you can do for your skin is drink lots of clean, purified water, about eight eight-ounce glasses a day. You can substitute some of those glasses with green tea, which combines the cleansing benefits of water with the antioxidant and anticancer effects of this amazing tea. Excessive consumption of liquids, especially liquids like coffee, soda, juice concentrates and alcoholic beverages, which are filled with caffeine, sugar, and other toxins that your body needs to filter out, promotes a general lack of fitness, and can lead to deep horizontal lines in your forehead and bags under your eyes. It can also cause your skin to appear flabby, loose, and washed out. Drinking lots of cleansing fluid is a very simple step you can take to help your body perform all of its functions more smoothly and efficiently.

 

Excess Protein

Too much protein, particularly animal-derived proteins from foods like meats, eggs, chicken, and cheese, can place tremendous stress on the kidneys and raise triglycerides. Compared to plant foods, animal proteins decompose rapidly in the body, resulting in toxic compounds such as ammonia and uric acids that accrue in the digestive system. These toxic compounds weaken your body’s primary forces of elimination, the kidneys and intestines. An excess of animal protein can also deplete your body’s calcium and mineral reserves and in addition, can promote the accumulation of protein on the surface of your body in the form of warts, moles, calluses, and excessive body hair.

 

Smoking

Nicotine in cigarettes is a significant factor in accelerated aging because it causes blood vessels to contract, preventing the normal flow of blood and nutrients to your skin’s surface. Nicotine also over stimulates the nervous system, accelerating the heart rate and interfering with sleep – and who looks good without their beauty rest? Smoking has also been proven to be a cause of wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity.

 

Consuming Alcohol and Drugs

Excessive consumption of alcohol can have a dehydrating effect on your skin; interfere with your liver, kidneys, and digestive system, keeping them from eliminating waste that ultimately affects your skin’s clarity. Consumption of alcohol and drugs can cause blood vessels to over dilate and can weaken capillary walls, drawing water out of body tissues. As a result, your skin may become dull, dry, irritated, and blotchy.

 

Being Stressed

Emotional stress can cause certain nerves to produce proteins that trigger your immune system’s white blood cells to clog your blood vessel walls. The result is sensitivity, redness, and irritation that can also lead to skin-related illnesses such as psoriasis, hives, eczema, rosacea, and acne.

 

Getting Too Much Sun

Humans are solar-powered and because we receive vibrational nutrients as well as vitamins A and D from the sun, it is good to be in the sun about an hour a day. Exposure to the sun also helps the brain produce serotonin, which is the key to feeling happy. However, too much sun exposure, resulting in sun burn or blistering, can lead to cancer later in life. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can also destroy your skin’s natural collagen and decrease your skin’s elasticity, which will produce premature and extensive wrinkles.

 

Being Exposed to Air Pollutants

The manufacturing of synthetics and petrochemicals create pollution in our water, soil, and air. Unfortunately, some of those toxins from pollution form free radicals, which deteriorate the skin and can cause cancer. Pollution in the air equals pollution in your skin, plus dehydration. Antioxidants – taken in the form of vitamin supplements – are your best defense against these airborne free radicals. Being an activist against corporate and private pollution is another great defense.

If you nurture your skin through proper nutrition, promote a clean and healthy environment, and be as peaceful as you can be, you will not only help improve your complexion, but your overall well being.

Skin Detox – 7 Steps to Radiant Skin

Beauty is only skin deep. Is that true? Your skin, in fact, says much more about you than just how beautiful you are. Clear, radiant skin can be a sign of healthiness and a toxin-free body. Blemished, sallow skin, on the other hand, can signify harmful toxins being ingested but not properly detoxed from the body. There is no skin-care product that can renew your skin like magic. Genuinely healthy skin is a result of a healthy routine and lifestyle. Here are 7 easy and practical skin-detox tips everyone can do.

Flush Out the Toxins

Water is the key to detoxifying. It not only delivers nutrients to our cells and keeps our kidneys functioning well, but also aids in eliminating wastes and toxins. Alex Jamieson, a holistic health counselor, mentions in her book, The Great American Detox Diet, that water is “the toxic avenger.” Without enough water to help the body flush out the wastes, the body is basically like a pool of poisons, resulting in many kinds of health issues including skin problems. To have glowing and healthy skin, you have to drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of water every day. And I really mean water! Clean, tasteless water. Not diet soda. Not juices. Not energy drinks. A lot of people believe that by drinking soda or any kinds of liquid, they keep themselves hydrated. That is a big misconception. Your body needs water. And this is the most fundamental thing of all detox programs. If you don’t drink enough water on a daily basis, other detox strategies are not going to help you much.

Dry Skin Brushing

The skin is the body’s largest organ for eliminating toxins and wastes, though sometimes your pores can be clogged. Why? There are a number of reasons for it. For example, your own dry skin cells have accumulated on the outer layers of your skin without being scrubbed off. Using mineral-oil based moisturizers or regularly wearing tight-fitting clothes can also cause your pores to clog. And as a result, your skin will look rather lifeless, dull and rough.

The purpose of skin dry brushing is to slough off the outer layers of the skin, allowing the pores to breathe and detoxify more effectively. It’s a great daily ritual to do in the morning, though some people may prefer to do it at the end of the day instead. It doesn’t really matter.

Use a vegetable-fiber bristled brush, preferably with a long handle to help you reach hard-to-reach areas on your back. Brush all over your body (except your chest and face) for about 5 – 10 minutes in a circular motion when your skin is completely dry. Don’t scrub too hard until you look all red. Use just enough pressure to make your skin feel clean and glowing. Then jump into a warm shower or bath. Try to avoid having a hot shower and bath because hot water tends to dehydrate the skin especially in cold weather.

Sweat it out

Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Any kind of exercise will do. Anything you enjoy. Jogging. Strolling. Dancing. Gardening. Biking. Playing Wii sports. Anything at all. The main idea is to increase your blood circulation, relax your muscles and most importantly, get rid of excess toxins through sweating.

Start Your Day with an Antioxidant Berry Drink

Antioxidants are highly beneficial to the skin, as they help protect the skin from environmental damage and prevent premature aging. Have a glass of antioxidant berry drink every morning or at lunch time if you prefer. Just make sure that your berry drink contains a variety of berries or antioxidant-rich fruits, and has no added sugar or preservatives. Some of the antioxidant-rich fruits are blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, pears, cherries, pomegranates and plums.

Skin Tea

This skin tea recipe belongs to Shatoiya de la Tour of Dry Creek Herb Farm and Learning Center. She said it is a beneficial tea for many types of skin problems from acne and rosacea to eczema and psoriasis. The ingredients for this special skin tea are 1 1/2 parts dried nettle, 1 part dried calendula flowers, 1 part dried red clover flowers, 1/2 part dried symphytum leaf and 1/2 part dried lavender buds. (You should be able to find these dried flowers and leaves at health food stores.) To make it, boil 1 quart of water. Remove from heat and add 4 – 5 teaspoons of tea mixture. Steep for about half an hour and then strain.

Detoxifying Bath

Have an essential-oil detox bath once a week to eliminate toxins and pamper your skin. Just add the following to warm bath water: 1 cup baking soda (to help neutralize the acids in the toxins), 1 cup Epsom salts (to draw more fluids and toxins out of the skin), 5 drops lavender essential oil (gentle antiseptic), 5 drops chamomile essential oil (anti-inflammatory and antifungal) and 5 drops lemongrass essential oil (skin revitalizer). Don’t use lemongrass essential oil, however, if you have sensitive skin.

Sauna

Sweating is a way to get rid of excess toxins from the body, so go to a sauna once a week if you can. It not only helps eliminate toxins, but also increases flexibility in your muscles and blood vessels. Besides, sitting in a sauna is quite relaxing; your stress and anxiety tend to go away during a nice steam bath. Before you go to a sauna, however, consult your doctor if you are pregnant or have heart problems. Also remember to drink a lot of water. And if you feel ill or find it difficult to breathe, just leave the sauna right away.

Natural Hair Care: Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar

Natural Hair Care

I have curly, frizzy hair and have always felt trapped using expensive shampoos and conditioners to try to manage my curls. Meanwhile, my straight-haired friends complained of finding good hair products that would leave their hair soft but not weighed down. Add in a concern for all the strange chemicals found in many hair products – from DEA an irritant and a carcinogen, to DEHP, a compound that contains formaldehyde, makes its way into your breast milk, as is hidden under the ingredient list as “fragrance”, and it was time to find an alternative.

How to take care of my hair and body, while still looking (something like) normal though? Turns out the answer is as easy as apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Try this out and use it as your regular hair care method, or as a weekly treatment.

How it Works

Essentially, when we wash our hair we’re trying to get the gunk off while keeping it strong and soft. Here’s how baking soda and apple cider vinegar work.

Benefits of Baking Soda:

Baking soda is known as a fantastic cleaning product in general. Its main benefit is the fact that it is a mild alkali with fine, slightly abrasive particles. These two factors work together to break down dirt and grease incredibly effectively, leaving your hair super squeaky clean. It also is not a common irritant and so should not cause issues for most people.

Be aware that baking soda can be rather drying, so you’ll want to keep it to the scalp. Don’t rub it in to the tips of your hair.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar works in complement to baking soda incredibly well. As a more acidic product, it balances out the alkalizing effect of the baking soda to restore your hair’s natural pH levels. It also helps kill bacteria (great if you have dandruff issues!) and is a natural humectant, which means that it helps hold in moisture.

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How to Use Baking Soda to Clean Your Hair

So now the question is, how do you actually do this? Do you sprinkle some baking soda on your hair in the shower? Do you awkwardly cup it in your hand? There are a few different methods, here’s what I like to do.

What you need:

  • A squeeze bottle (I used an old hair conditioner bottle – don’t need that anymore!)
  • Baking soda
  • Water

There is debate over what ratios of baking soda-to water to use. I don’t overanalyze it – I just put several (probably 4-5) spoonfuls of baking soda into the squeeze bottle (mine is 400ml) and then fill the bottle the rest of the way with warm water, with just enough space at the top that I’ll be able to shake it up to mix it all in.

When in the shower:

  • Get your hair all wet.
  • Shake up the water and baking soda mixture to make sure it’s evenly mixed.
  • Squeeze it out right onto your scalp – I separate my hair into sections sort of like at the hair dresser and squeeze it right onto my scalp.
  • Rub it in well and let it sit for about a minute (during which time you can do something else – I shave my armpits… Too much information?)
  • Rinse well.

Remember to keep the baking soda at the scalp level as much as you can. You won’t destroy your hair if you rub it in root-to-tip, but it can be rather drying and so you should only do that if you have serious product build-up that you need to clean off.

How to Condition Your Hair with Apple Cider Vinegar

Here’s the part that I really didn’t believe would work – sure, baking soda will clean, but there’s no way my curly, frizzy hair will be conditioned with apple cider vinegar. I used to use deep conditioner treatments almost every day.

Turns out, I was wrong.

What you need:

  • A spray bottle
  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • Water

The ratio here can vary depending on your hair, but generally about 1:4 of ACV to water. Some people use a squeeze bottle for this as well, I found I got much more mileage out of a batch with a spray bottle instead with the same effectiveness.

When in the shower (after you’ve rinsed out your baking soda mixture, of course):

  • Squeeze excess water out of your hair.
  • Grab your spray bottle and spray away! I start off focusing on the scalp, separating my hair into sections again, because I have dandruff and want to the ACV to get in there.
  • Make sure you really cover your hair, right into the ends.
  • Rub it in a bit, and, like with any conditioner, let it sit for a moment.
  • Rinse well.

Before you ask, yes, the ACV kind of stinks. Like, kind of a lot. This is not a great option if you’re doing a sexy “let’s wash each other’s hair” type shower. However, the scent does rinse out well. You can try adding some essential oils to your mixture if you like to try to mask/alter the scent.

How to Choose Essential Oils for Your Hair

Essential Oil
Effect
Notice
Chamomile
Lightens blonde hair
Good for dry hair
Lemon
Lightens blonde hair
With heat a lot of lemon can turn hair orange
Peppermint
Stimulates growth
May irritate very sensitive scalps
Rosemary
Adds shine
Great for normal or dry hair
Tea Tree
Astringent
Good for oily hair

What to Expect

You will find after you wash and condition in the shower your hair will feel a little like it isn’t properly clean or just feels kind of weird – DON’T FEAR! Once you get out of the shower and dry your hair you will find it softer and smoother than you ever expected.

Afterwards, feel free to style as normal. Some of my friends who use this method found they don’t need to use any styling products afterwards. I still need to follow my usual post-shower hair routine, but found my curls bouncier, shinier, and softer as a result of this technique.

WARNING: This technique should not be used every day. I already only wash my hair 3-4 times a week, and that’s about as often as you should use this method of hair care.