By Mandi |
So silky, straight hair doesn’t come naturally to you. Me neither. But you can hold the secret to the beautiful hair of your dreams in the palm of your hands. Literally. If you prefer not to do anything permanent, like a Japanese straightener, or even semi-permanent, such as a Brazilian blowout, then all that’s keeping you from sleek, sexy strands is a great flat iron. One option to consider when seeking out a new styling tool is a NuMe flat iron.
According to the company’s website, “NuMe offers a Nu Style, a Nu Change and a Brand Nu You!” They go on to say, “….We’ve created products that will revolutionize your everyday look. We understand how frizzy and unruly hair can change the way our customers feel….
“We’re combining time-tested techniques with innovations to craft the ultimate styling tools for quick and easy long lasting styles, transforming your hair to any stunning look.”
NuMe offers a range of flat irons, all with ceramic plates. (Check out some NuMe flat irons here.)
There’s the NuMe Pro 1 inch tourmaline ceramic ionic flat iron. (It’s so pretty in pink!) It promises shinier, frizz-free hair in a snap thanks to its “gentle far-infrared head and extra negative ions.” Other features include NuMe’s “unique Floating Plate Technology” to ensure perfect contact between hair and plates, ergonomic design and dual voltage capability. Infrared heat seals in moisture. This NuMe flat iron straightens, but can also flip, spiral and curl.
The company says the NuMe Vintage flat iron is their original best seller. It also has solid ceramic plates, negative ion and infrared technology, a rounded barrel to create flips or curls and heats up fast to 410 F. See the NuMe Vintage in purple here or in giraffe print here.
NuMe’s Silhouette flat iron adds tourmaline to the solid ceramic plates to help keep hair healthy and shiny. It comes in black, pink and a fabulous electric blue. (Check it out here.)
By Mandi |
Here’s a secret shampoo makers don’t want you to know: you can have clean, lustrous and healthy hair without their products. That’s right, whether you’re spending a buck for a cheapy bottle at the drugstore or shelling out $20 or more on high-priced salon stuff, you can save your money thanks to one of your pantry’s hardest working ingredients — baking soda.
Why ditch your shampoo
OK, so it’s not glamorous and it doesn’t smell of bergamot or coconut or lavender or whatever scent is hot these days. But baking soda will leave your hair and scalp scrupulously clean for pennies. And you avoid subjecting yourself to harsh detergents and chemicals found in many, if not most, shampoos. Remember, the skin is the largest organ in our body and whatever you put on it, can easily be absorbed into the bloodstream. Plus, shampoo strips away your scalp’s natural oil, the same one that naturally protects and nourishes your hair.
How to clean your hair without shampoo
The basic formula is this: 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 cup of water
It’s that simple.
You may find you need a bit more baking soda if your hair is very thick, or you may have to use less if your hair is thin. The most convenient way to use it is to make the mixture in a plastic squeeze bottle or an empty shampoo bottle and keep it in the bath.
First, soak your hair through with plain water from the shower. Then apply the baking soda and water “shampoo” to your scalp and massage in. Focus on the scalp, but you can apply some to your hair, as well. Baking soda and water is an excellent clarifier. After a minute or two of massaging the mixture into your scalp, rinse thoroughly.
If you typically need conditioner, use an apple cider vinegar rinse. If your hair is normally on the oilier side, try using 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water. (Very oily hair may do well without any at all.) If your hair is dry, bump the amount up to 1/4 cup of acv. Pour the mixture on your hair, leave on for a minute or two, then rinse out. Any vinegar smell vanishes when your hair dries.
Living ‘poo free
Baking soda shampoo and apple cider vinegar conditioner might take some getting used to. There are no soft, comforting fragrant suds. And your hair may look oilier at first. But that’s because your poor, long-suffering scalp is so used to having its oil harshly stripped away that all this time it’s been overcompensating. It might take it a week or two to realize it doesn’t need to produce excess oil anymore.
Many ‘poo-free folks report that they no longer need to use styling products, or they’ve cut down their use dramatically. (More savings!) Hair washed this way becomes more manageable and less frizzy.
But you tell us!
Whether you’re a longtime eschewer of shampoo, or have just started, share your experience with us. Leave a comment below.
By Olivia |
This Ancient Healing System Can Also Help Prevent Graying Hair
Ayurveda is a holistic healing system, originating in India more than 5,000 years ago. Good health, and that of course includes good hair, is achieved by the mind, body and spirit being in balance. All things are formed from five elements – earth, water, fire, air, and space. These elements combine to create three life forces called doshas, which control how the body functions. They are called Vata, Kapha and Pitta. In Ayurveda, hair fall and premature graying is believed to arise from Pitta disorders.
Increased intake of fried, sour, spicy, salty, and fermented foods, as well as tea and coffee, aggravate the Pitta Dosha in the body. This Pitta accumulates in the skin of the scalp, leading to hair falling out and graying prematurely. Factors like excessive anger and stress are also responsible. Excessive consumption of alcohol and meat also aggravate Pitta.
How To Prevent Grey Hair and Loss Of Hair
1. Chronic colds and sinus problems adversely affect the hair. Don’t leave these issues untreated.
2. Good digestion is important. Take care of digestive problems that can promote hair loss and turn hair gray.
4. Do ayurvedic head massage to revitalize the scalp.
5. Use essential oils such as bhringaraja, also known as keshraja or “king of the hair.” Neem oil is another excellent natural hair remedy.
6. Consume foods rich in copper because a lack of this mineral can contribute to premature graying. Some good choices are chickpeas, avocados, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, shiitake mushrooms and kale.
Yoga can also help your hair
According to yoga, nerve endings below the fingernails are directly connected to the roots of a person’s hair. Rubbing the nails against one another improves the blood circulation in the scalp, which in turn reduces grey hair.
Try the Prasana Mudra. With the hands near the chest, rub the nails of the eight fingers against each other for 5 to 10 minutes while keeping the thumbs straight.
Do this for at least 30 days. This yoga method is said to slow down hair loss and reduce gray hair and split ends.
Source: Cure Joy