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How to make a super easy DIY Avocado Mask

May 4, 2017
easy DIY Avocado Mask

Have you seen the cost of avocados these days? With the drought and inflation, the costs of avocado is getting so high, soon only the rich will be able to afford them. Which is why when I do have one, nothing can go to waste. Back when I was younger, my friends and I used to make our own face masks from items in our kitchens such as eggs, yogurt and avocado. Of course back then you didn’t need to sell a limb in order to afford one. The other day I was making a salad, and I had half an avocado left from the day before and the following day it was overripe! These fruits are so temperamental. They’re hard for weeks on end and are ripe for two seconds! Although it could not be eaten, there was no way that I was going to a let it go to waste.  So I whipped up this super easy DIY Avocado Mask.

Super easy DIY Avocado Mask

Ingredients

1/2 avocado

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1-2 teaspoons honey (I didn’t really measure, so it’s up to you if you want to use 1 or 2 teaspoons).

Method

Mash up your avocado. Stir in the lemon and honey. Apply to a clean dry face and leave on for 15 minutes. Wipe off with a cloth and wash your face with warm water and if needed, a gentle cleanser. Moisturise as normal.

The left over face mask can be stored in an air tight container for up to 2 days.  A 1/4 avocado should suffice for one use, but I had a half so that’s what I used.

Benefits of Avocado Face Masks

Avocado is a rich source of Vitamin A, B, E, and K, which are beneficial for the skin. Theses vitamins helps maintain your skin tone and helps reduce early aging of the skin cells. It also potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and copper. These minerals help keep the skin hydrated and moisturised.

I had included lemon juice only to keep the avocado from turning more brown than it already was, but it turns out that it also has benefits for your skin. It helps revive dull and dry skin, brightens skin tone and helps remove acne marks.

lemon honey

Honey is a great antioxidant with many benefits. Most notably it helps slow down ageing and helps create a glow. I also used it in the mask to help keep the avocado together.

So what are you waiting for? Find you a ripe (or slightly overripe) avocado and whip up this super easy DIY Avocado Mask. Looking for more DIY skincare recipes? Check out this Homemade Apple Facemask.

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How to remove hair dye from your skin

August 24, 2015
How to remove hair dye from your skin

Having freshly dyed hair with vibrant colour is great. Having dye stains on your skin is not. If you’ve every dyed your hair at home, chances are you’d have experienced stained skin before. In this post, I show you how to remove hair dye from your skin with an easy homemade scrub.
Having used store bought dye and henna, for most of my life, I consider myself to be proficient when it comes to dying my own hair. November last year, I went to a salon and got some highlights in a bid to become blonde. I highlighted my hair once again in January. Although I loved it, my hair was damaged and it became too high maintenance. So I started dying my hair at home once again. Since going blonde, my hair no longer holds colour as well as it used to. I dyed it black not so long ago, but knowing that I would not stick to the colour for long, I decided to use a semi-permanent dye. The only semi-permanent dye I could find, was the Clairol Nice n Easy No Ammonia. This dyes which lasts up to 24 washes and I chose the shade 83 Black.
Having dyed my hair at home multiple times I got to the stage where would not make a mess and not need too use a towel, or oil along my hair line and ears. I had never used the semi-permanent Clairol dye before, thus not realising that it is a very thin and runny dye. So I managed to get dye, basically everywhere. The basin, mirror, floor, my cellphone, a clean towel that was lying nearby and of course my forehead, ears, the back of my neck, part of my back and my shoulders. Also when I rinsed my hair, for no logical reason I decided to not use gloves and my hands ended up black as well.
The dye on my forehead I managed to clean up very quickly so there was no stain, but my ears, neck, back and shoulders were unfortunately stained. If it were small stains I wouldn’t have minded, but they were huge. Moral of the story, just use a towel. Removing hair dye from your skin is not easy, but fortunately it was semi-permanent and I acted quickly. If you’re ever in a situation like this and need to remove hair dye from your skin, here’s how to remove hair dye from your skin.

Remove hair dye from your skin scrub recipe

I knew exfoliation would help to remove the stains, so I whipped up a quick scrub in the kitchen. Here’s what I used:
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Table spoon olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

 

The honey and the lemon juice help lighten the stain. The sugar gets rid of dead skin cells, which will also help lighten the stain. These ingredients can be abrasive, so the olive oil moisturises while you scrub. Do not press hard will using the scrub. It’s better to scrub for a longer period or you could end up hurting yourself. The only stain this scrub did not remove completely was the one on my back, but that was because it was difficult to reach. A perk is that your skin will be stain free, and also be silky smooth from the exfoliation.
If you try this scrub, let me know in the comments. Also let me know if you’ve had any major hair dye mishaps.

Image via www.pixabay.com

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How to apply henna on your hair

July 22, 2013
apply henna on your hair

When it comes to extensions, Indian hair is often one of the most sought after. Although genetics and diet play a large role to gorgeous and healthy locks, some Indian traditions play an important part in maintaining their healthy hair. One of these traditions is using henna as a conditioning treatment and dye. In this post, I share with you how to apply henna on your hair.

Many beauty and spice stores stock henna, but it’s important to check the box package. This is because many brands mix the henna with metallic dyes to change it to different colours. There’s no such thing as purple or black henna. Henna is always a reddish-brown and the intensity of the red depends on the region in the world that the plant has been cultivated. These products are potentially damaging, especially if you use chemical products on your hair because the metals in the mixed henna will react with chemicals that is found in many store bought products. If you’re looking for an all natural black dye, henna can be mixed with indigo, which is safe to use.

Unlike chemical dyes, henna on hair is completely permanent. With the exception of some people who are as rare as unicorns, henna cannot be removed with bleach or any other method. If you use henna on your hair and decide to use chemical dyes again, you will only be able to dye your hair darker. Some people claim success with stripping the colour off your hair, but this will leave it dry, straw-like and in constant need of deep treatments. The only other methods would be to grow the colour out or to cut it off. Over time the intensity of the red does fade slightly, but not the colour. Also multiple applications will cause the colour to build and become darker, in some cases it may even make your hair appear purple.

How to apply henna on your hair

To apply this natural dye is messy. However the process to apply henna on your hair is an easy one. Wear old clothes and use old towels that you don’t mind staining, as henna does not wash out of fabric. Always apply Vaseline or olive oil on your hairline to ensure that it doesn’t stain your skin. If you accidentally do, unlike on your hair, henna can be removed from your skin and fades over time. If the product does come into contact with your skin, quickly wipe it with a damp paper towel or cloth.

This is my technique for when I dyed my hair with this natural product:

  • two packets of henna powder (my hair was approximately shoulder length then, I would need a lot more now),
  • a comb,
  • warm water,
  • a teabag,
  • a glass bowl,
  • shower cap, and
  • conditioner

Use a glass bowl as it will not stain. Pour  60ml warm water over the teabag. Leave to brew for a few minutes before removing the teabag and squeezing out the liquid). If you use boiling water, wait for it to cool first or else you will burn yourself.

Mix the tea and henna powder until the mixture is smooth. Slowly add conditioner until the consistency resembles toothpaste. It can be thicker but should not be runny.

Using a comb, divide the hair into quadrants to apply the mixture to your hair. Working from the bottom quadrant up, ensure that you covered each section thoroughly. It’s safe to use your hands without any gloves, but remember henna stains. If you do get any stains, check out my post on how to remove dye from your skin.

Clip your hair up and cover with a shower cap and leave on for a few hours. The longer you leave it on, the more intense the colour will be, but the mixture must remain wet. This is why it’s important to wear a shower cap.

Rinse most of the henna out then shampoo and conditioner as normal. Keep rinsing until the water runs clear. After a few washes you might find dye still running out of your hair.

This was originally posted on 16 July 2010 on my now defunct ‘Littlecity’ blog on Lovelyish. The original post has been edited and adapted for O so inspired.

Do you have a different method to apply henna on your hair? Let me know in the comments below.

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An olive oil hair treatment

June 28, 2013
Olive oil hair treatment

Olive oils is more than just a healthy food option. Have you ever thought of using it on your hair? Olive oil is a great product to use on your hair. This Olive oil hair treatment will protect your hair from damage and dryness due to the coldness  in winter months and help prevent sun damage in summer.

Using this oil on your hair is believed to promote a healthy scalp. This in turn will  keep your hair healthy, strong and dandruff free. It is also believed that the seed oil assists with  faster hair growth. Although the treatment has instant benefits, most of the benefits can only be seen with consistent use.

There are various methods to create an olive oil hair treatment. Most commonly, extra virgin olive oil is used in recipes for the treatment. Here are two methods that I use.

Method one

Combine three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and two tablespoons honey.
Apply the mixture to wet hair (but not soaking) and wrap with plastic wrap or cover with a shower cap or plastic bag. Leave the treatment on for 15 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water, before shampooing and styling your hair as you normally would.
The oil will lock the moisture in your hair so depending on your hair type you can skip using a conditioner.

I should do more home made treatments. I’ve forgotten how soft and smooth they made my hair.

Method two

This method was was given to me by a friend’s mother. If you’re a brunette, the cinnamon will give your hair a brilliant shine.
Heat one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over a low heat. Add a teaspoon of  honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon and stir the mixture well to make a paste. Apply to hair, cover it with a shower cap and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and shampoo.

Have you used an olive oil hair treatment before? How did it affect your hair?

This was originally posted on my now defunct Lovelyish blog. The original post is edited and adapted for O so inspired.

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Homemade Apple Face Mask

June 30, 2011
apples

Face masks need not be expensive. You can easily create your own at home for next to nothing. This homemade apple face mask is one of my favourites. The best part is that made from only two ingredients: apple sauce and wheat germ.

These ingredients are inexpensive and easily found in any supermarket. This mask is rejuvenating and makes your face feel soft and smooth. Not only, it’s almost good enough to eat.

Apple helps maintain the PH balance of your skin and is also said to be an excellent treatment for acne.

Apparently, wheatgerm contains Vitamin E which has anti-aging properties and helps moisturise the skin.

Homemade apple face mask

  • 1 Tablespoon Applesauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Wheat germ

Mixture ingredients well together and apply to a clean face. Leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse off and apply your normal moisturiser.

Applesauce and wheat germ are stored in the fridge so the mask will be cold upon application. After a few minutes, it has a nice cool tingling sensation.

Tips:

Can’t get your hands on applesauce? Peel and chop up an apple and pop it into a blender until it’s smooth. Et voila! Homemade applesauce.

Don’t have any wheat germ? It can be substituted with regular oats.

Feature image via Pixabay.