The Heartbreak of Hair Loss + Home Remedies by Dr. Josh Axe

The first 3 years of my healthy hair journey, I had to combat hair breakage and excessive hair shedding.

It can be one of the most heartbreaking things a woman has to deal with in terms of beauty and self confidence.

We live in a society obsessed with hair. Natural hair, color treated hair, braids, wigs, hair extensions, perms… you name it and most of us have tried it.

Being that a woman’s hair is her glory and one of the first things people notice about us, it is devastating to deal with hair loss. Especially when you do not what is causing your hair loss or what to do to stop it.

Not every beauty salon product works for everyone. Hair product labels can also be extremely misleading. Are the ingredients organic? Are they unrefined? Sometimes you just can’t tell.

When I first started losing my hair, I went with the high end products first. They say you get what you pay for, so I left the drug store products on the shelf. The salon product that worked best for me (which actually is not all that expensive) was the Aphogee Two-Step Protein treatment.

It stopped my excessive shedding within a week so. But this treatment is considered a “strong protein treatment”. Over use of this product could cause your hair to become overloaded with protein and actually break.

That is when I resorted to natural home remedies that I could use from week to week. My favorite home remedy that has worked for years is a pre-shampoo treatment.

It is an oil treatment that I massage into my scrap and apply down to the ends of my hair. I massage my scalp for about 10 to 20 minutes, put on a shower/plastic cap for another 15 minutes, and then head to the shower to cleanse my hair.

During this 30 to 40 minute period, I am usually taking the time to catch up on YouTube. Hence the Dr. Axe video below.

My basic oil blend contains coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, rosemary essential oil, and sandalwood essential oil. Recently I have upgraded this oil treatment by steeping a large batch of oil in fenugreek and sage herbs for 4 to 6 weeks.

Not only have I seen a decrease in excessive shedding but also a decrease in dandruff and itchy scalp.

What I really love is that home remedies for hair loss is usually less expensive than the high end salon brands. On top of that there is no question about the ingredients you are putting in or on your body.

Check out this great video by Dr. Josh Axe. He offers many more home remedies that I look forward to trying out myself!

You can purchase a 2 fl oz version of my herbal infused hair oil here. This version of my infused hair and scalp oil is packed with natural oils that promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp.

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Do you have a home remember for hair loss to share? Leave a comment down below!

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The Abundantly You Team

 

Infinity Jars

Infinity Jars

I love my super chic jars and spray bottle from Infinity Jars. After years of using clear glass or plastic containers for my homemade beauty products, it was time for me to make a better investment in my natural products.

Unlike containers I usually use, Infinity Jars are airtight and made with ultraviolet glass to extend the shelf life of my DIY beauty creations.

Higher grade essential oils are costly. When you take the time to invest in those high quality oils and herbs, you want to protect them and store them with care. Especially when you are also investing your time in making the perfect natural beauty product for your hair and skin.

Infinity jars excel when it comes to preservation. The airtight seal keeps oils, foods, and your homemade beauty products well preserved. Nothing leaks out and nothing foreign is going in.

Visit their science page here to view the 7 month tomato test. You will not believe your eyes. If food storage is a priority for you, and it likely is if you follow an organic diet, these containers pass the test. The tomato test alone convinced me that Infinity Jars are well worth the purchase.

The ultraviolet properties surpasses the clear glass and even the amber glass bottles. Infinity Jars keep harmful light rays out making it a perfect container for infusing oils.

When I am infusing oils with my favorite herbs, I know am getting a potent oil in return. I can feel the difference with infused oils that I use for scalp massages and lotion bars.

If you make natural body butters, scrubs, or lotions that do not contain preservatives, an Infinity Jar will stretch the shelf life of your product for several months.

My jars have a nice weight to them. The glass is thick and has a classic look that adds an elegant appearance to the vanity or bath.

Infinity Jars ReviewIn the video below I show you how I use my infinity jars and how they enhance my body butter, oils, and flower waters.

However, Infinity jars are not limited to cosmetic storage. You can use them to preserve foods, cooking oils, vegetables, and more.

There are wide variety of sizes and styles including essential oil bottles, spray bottles, apothecary jars, kitchen bottles, and more. There is definitely a size jar that will meet your beauty or culinary needs.

InfinityJars.com is currently offering 10% for first time subscribers to their website. It is a perfect opportunity to purchase one of their variety packs to see which jars will fit your needs.

They also offer additional discounts, giveaways on their site and Instagram, as well as a 30-day money back guarantee.

I want to say thank you to the company for gifting me this magnificent jars! If you follow me here or on YouTube, you will see the use of my Infinity jars again and again!

Keep it natural. Keep it simple. Be abundantly you.

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My Coconut Shea Whipped Body Butter on Etsy

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Some people are a little less into DIY Beauty than others. So if you are looking for a natural whipped butter but aren’t so thrilled to make your own, you can now purchase my Coconut Shea Whipped Body Butter on Etsy.

This is a naturally homemade whipped body butter with the following ingredients.

Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Beeswax, Mango Butter, Arrowroot Powder, Vitamin E Oil

All ingredients are natural and unrefined. This butter comes in three fragrances: Lavender Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, and Unscented.

My whipped body butters are wonderful to use from head to toe. I love to use this on my skin and hair to prevent dryness.

This butter is available for shipping during the fall and winter months, but if you live in the Cincinnati, Ohio area you can purchase this smooth and moisturizing whipped butter all year long!

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How To Make A Homemade Bug Spray

homemade bug sprayIt is spring time again! 🙂 The spring and fall are my favorite seasons. I love the outdoors, the sunshine, and walking barefoot in the grass.

It is the time of year for camping, fishing, or just relaxing on the porch with a good book.

However, I am like a magnet when it comes to bugs. Short trips to the yard to water my struggling tomato vine means a multitude of bites on my legs and arms. I promise that mosquitoes wait for me at the door.

I have had my days when I suffered the heat of long sleeves and thick pants just to enjoy a few moments of fresh air.

For me, it was better than using chemical filled bug repellents. But I can go on like that no longer. I just can’t.

So this year I am pulling out a faithful bug spray recipe inspired by the Wellness Mama blog. I tweaked it just a bit and used ingredients that I had handy around the house.

If you are looking for a natural bug spray that is chemical free and good for the skin…. and smells really good too… then watch how I make a lavender bug spray with just a few ingredients.

I had a chance to try it out in the fall of 2016 and it worked great. Best of all if I had to reapply, it was a wonderful aromatic experience. So much so that all of my family wanted to use it. And it helps that I just happen to be a huge fan of lavender essential oil.

So watch this easy DIY and let’s get ready for some outdoor summer fun!

 

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Herb Infused Oils for Hair and Skin

Herb Infused Oils for Hair and Skin

Herb infused oils is my next stop on the journey to healthy hair and skin.

I did some research to find oils that promotes hair growth and decided to infuse those oils with herbs that also promotes hair growth.

My hair thrives on coconut oil, castor oil, and olive oil. My skin loves castor oil, rose hip oil, and ylang ylang essential oil. So why not infuse these fabulous oils with amazing herbs?

I headed to my local Fresh Thyme market and purchased dried lavender, rosemary, sage, fenugreek, and ginger. All of these herbs have been credited for sparking hair growth and healthy skin.

Keep in mind that infusing oils takes time. There are boiling methods to infusing oil, but I decided to exercise patience and allow the infusion to take its time.

Therefore, this blog post is part one. I will publish a part two and three to reveal my results through out the summer. I am a true believer that sometimes you have to allow time for even natural ingredients to work their wonders.

I found these small mason jars at my local Dollar Tree. They’re so adorable. 🙂 But any glass jar, preferably a dark color glass, should work just fine.

 

infused oils sage rosemary
Rosemary and Sage
infused oils lavender
Lavender
infused oils ginger
Ginger
infused oils fenugreek
Fenugreek

There are many infused oil recipes that can be crafted. For my skin oil I choose lavender with carrier and essentials oils that I believe will work great to moisturize and heal and the skin.

For hair growth, I choose to infuse a blend of coconut oil, castor oil, and almond oil with sage, rosemary, ginger, and fenugreek. Again, these herbs are accredited for promoting hair growth and possibly preventing hair loss.

To start I am making small batches of infused oils. I will try them individually (for scalp massages, hot oil treatments, and additions to my hair conditioners) for a few weeks each to see if there is one infused oil that works best.

If all goes well, I will make larger batches of infused oils and add them to my lip balms and whipped butter recipes. Leave me a comment below if you would like me to share a few of those recipes.

The herbs will steep in a dark cool place for about six weeks. Patience is key. I am so excited to use them throughout the summer. So make sure you subscribe to my monthly newsletter and watch for updates and new infused oil recipes!

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How to Make Rice Water for Hair Growth (All Hair Types)

How to Make Rice Water for Hair Growth (All Hair Types)

There are a ton of good and bad information online regarding rice water for hair growth. So to help clear the muddy “rice waters”, I am sharing a video from one of my favorite beauty channels on YouTube.

It is true that rice water has proven itself excellent for hair growth and healthy hair. The beautiful Yao women of China have used fermented rice water to wash their hair for many years. The results have been a village of women growing their hair several feet long.

The Yao women’s record setting locks have sparked an interest in rice water all over the world. Even I couldn’t help becoming intrigued.

Before I jumped on the band wagon, I wanted to do my own research and view the results from women of various hair types. The video below, by the Green Beauty Channel, offers one of the best scientific explanations as to why rice water is so good for the hair. She also details very carefully how to make rice water for hair growth.

Fermented rice water contains minerals and antioxidants that can strengthen your hair from roots to ends. Some claim that it can even repair heat damaged hair (guilty party right here).

Do I expect results like the Yao women? No, not even close. I safely assume that genetics, diet and other non rice water related factors must be considered. Consistency is also going to be key in order to see results. After awhile I suspect that my husband will be asking why we’re having rice so often for dinner. 😉

If you want to learn more, watch the video and let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this before. My organic rice is already purchased and I look forward to giving it a go when my rice water is fermented.

I will try washing with rice water alone and will from time to time add essentials oils. Of course I’ll keep you posted with the results!

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Coconut Oil for Soft Hair

Coconut Oil for Soft Hair

When my hair is feeling rough, dry, and brittle, I reach for my coconut oil. Now that I am growing out my naturally curly hair, I experience that feeling often. I love my curls, but I much prefer curls that are soft and silky.

There are two ways I use coconut oil for soft hair. I use coconut oil before shampooing or during deep conditioning. Sometimes I do both when I’m coconut oil happy. 😉

The Pre-poo

Before washing, I apply coconut oil to my hair first. After separating my hair into 4 to 6 sections, I apply coconut oil from my roots to the ends of my hair.

My favorite type of coconut oil for both pre-pooing and deep conditioning is unrefined organic. Since this kind of coconut oil turns solid at cooler temperatures, I melt it down to a liquid first. I would not recommend using a microwave. Setting your jar of solid coconut oil in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes should work just fine.

Adding coconut oil to my hair before shampooing not only protects my hair from excessive dryness but it also strengthens my hair. Minimal breakage is always a good thing!

I place a heating or shower cap over my hair and allow the coconut oil to sit for at least 15 minutes. If I have ample time, I leave the coconut oil in my hair over night and wash my hair in the morning. This gives me the softest results.

The Deep Condition

Since coconut oil is rich in hair nourishing vitamins, it makes a perfect complement to my favorite deep conditioner. Coconut oil also gives my deep conditioner more “slip”. This means that my deep conditioner and coconut oil mix is slippery, which helps with detangling my kinky curls! 🙂

My usual deep conditioner to coconut oil ratio is 2:1. So if I use 1/2 cup of deep conditioner, I will add about 1/4 cup organic coconut oil. This sounds like a lot of product for one deep conditioning session but I have a bit long and very thick hair. So this usually does the trick. If you have shorter hair or prefer to use less product, than customize this ratio as you like.

Similar to how I apply coconut oil during my pre-poo treatment, I apply the coconut oil deep conditioning mix. My preference is to cover my hair with a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for at least 20 minutes. Again, if I have more time, I will leave it on my hair for longer (without heat).

After rinsing and styling I find that my hair is so incredibly soft. Additional benefits include hair growth, less frizz and a healthier scalp.

coconut oil for soft hair

Coconut oil for soft hair is my favorite way to go. However, there are other oils that will promote softness and strength. So if you are allergic to coconut oil or simply not a fan, no worries.

Extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil are also great for pre-poo and deep conditioning treatments. Depending on the oil you may need to adjust your deep conditioning  ratios.

What are top tips for achieving soft hair? I’d love to hear about them and try them out myself. 🙂