Posts Tagged ‘mask’

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN: SCALP REMEDY

Photos: Kristin Ess, Written by: Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

Lately, the lyric “momma told me there’d be days like this” has been on repeat. Between the sun’s rays giving our scalp a royally red glow and the chlorine from our BFF’s pool, our strands have taken a serious beating this summer — and it’s not even August yet! We really should’ve followed our mother’s advice — it’s important to wear many hats (literally).

So, in an effort to revive our manes + scalp, we’ve created a tea tree mask that not only helps eliminate dandruff, dryness, and other warm-weather hair woes, but also helps us stay cool. The refreshing scent is a great way to beat the summer heat: just apply this mixture after shampooing and let it penetrate for 10 minutes (feel free to spend that time in front of the A/C or drinking a tall glass of lemonade!). Comb through and rise, and get ready for a more moisturized head of hair. If you’ve chemically treated your hair or happen to be around a group of children (a.k.a. potential lice carriers), the treatments are perfect for preventing damage and keeping bugs at bay.

Ready to whip up your very own tea tree hair mask? We’ll meet you in the kitchen!

1. Choose a base — one cup of plain yogurt or one whole avocado mashed up. Both are thick enough to act as a paste and will also moisturize with their abundance of healthy fats. Here, we chose avocados.

2. Add 10 drops of argan oil.

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BLEMISH BE GONE!

Photos/Post by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

When you’re sick, you take aspirin to reduce inflammation. When you have an unhappy pimple, you’d do anything to reduce the inflammation. You’re curious to see if it will work on blemishes the same way it works on a fever, so you make a paste and try it out. Eureka!! The pimple has calmed down and is much smaller. Nuff said! Here’s how: (more…)

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

Sometimes you just gotta Treat Yo Self with an at home beauty mask! This one is particularly for soft shiny hair but we’ll be doing quite a few for both hair and skin in the coming weeks. Oh, FYI- the Magic Bullet mixer has officially become one of our favorite beauty tools at TBD. You know– the one from the infomercials!? Normally we mash up “Kitchen Beautician” mask ingredients in a bowl but the other day we thought to try it in this teeny blender. Boom! Perfect size cup makes the perfect amount for one mask. Hope you have one at home! If not, try a food processor or a hand-held mixer. It feels so much better when the ingredients are blended– almost the same consistency as conditioner. Here’s how I make my favorite moisture mask:

Mixing:

  1. Split an avocado, remove the seed and spoon the whole thing into the blender bowl (or blender cup in this case).
  2. Add a little less than 1/4 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil. If you have Vitamin E gel capsules, pierce them and squeeze out the oil. If you’d rather, you can buy the oil for topical use.
  3. Pour 1 teaspoon of your favorite oil– jojoba, olive oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil. I usually stick to olive oil because it’s worked wonders for me every time with this mask.
  4. Blend it up until it reaches a whipped/creamy consistency.

Application:

You can either put apply this all over or your can do the ponytail method! Put your hair up in a ponytail, saturate the ends and then cover with plastic wrap. Try to give it about 10 minutes at the least, go for 20 if you have the time! Then hop in the shower, shampoo and condition as usual. Blow your hair out or air dry for soft, shiny goodness!

WHIP IT REAL GOOD

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KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN strikes again!

Ladies, let’s be extra nice to our hair this weekend. It’s exhausted! This is my absolute favorite do-it-yourself home hair mask and it’s SO simple! Read carefully because it includes a couple of very important steps for making it work properly.

You’ll need: a bowl, an electric mixer/beater, ripe avocado, 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, a clip (any kind: claw clip, sectioning clip, anything to hold your hair up!), shower cap + a blow dryer.

  • in a bowl, mix half of a ripe avocado (smashed) and 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil (double the recipe for long or thick hair).
  • using your electric mixer/beater, whip the two ingredients together until they reach a creamy consistency.
  • take the bowl into the shower with you for an easier, less messy application.
  • shampoo hair well, ring out excess water, then apply the mask all over. if you have fine/flat hair, skip the roots and only do middle to ends. clip it up and cover it with the shower cap.
  • jump out of the shower and warm the treatment up with your blow dryer on a low heat setting for about one minute. heat will allow the treatment to soak in much further than it would without. try to leave it on for as long as you can. anywhere from 5 minutes-30 minutes is perfect.
  • jump back in the shower and rinse thoroughly. condition as usual with your regular conditioner.

Alternatives: If you don’t have an electric mixer, just mash the avocado up well with a fork or the back of a spoon. Add your olive oil and then manually whisk for a full minute or until it becomes creamy. If you can’t make time to get out of the shower to warm the treatment up with a blow dryer, just clip the mask up in the shower with no cap and the steam will help it soak in.

Also– feel free to add a drop or two of fragrant essential oil! Jasmine, lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, anything. Your hair will soak up the scent as well!

Xx Kristin