2 DIY Avocado Summer Spa Recipes

Aguacate / Avocado

Aguacate / Avocado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey there Y&L readers 🙂 Happy Friday! Today we wanted to share some summer beauty recipes featuring a warm weather ingredient—avocados! Avocadoes are great for moisturizing and soothing skin and hair that’s been dried out from a day at the beach or pool! So this weekend treat yourself to one of these at-home spa remedies.

Avocado Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a very ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Peel the avocado and mash it well.
  2. Add the honey and coconut oil and stir to combine.
  3. Apply to a clean dry face, avoiding your eyes, and leave on for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. After your mask had time to work it’s magic, take a warm wet wash cloth and wipe your face clean.
Avocado Hair Mask Recipe:
Ingredients:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 an avocado

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the egg yolk, extra-virgin olive oil, and honey together in a small bowl.
  2. Mash in 1/2 of an avocado with a fork.
  3. While you’re in the shower, apply the paste first to the ends of your hair and then all over your hair.
  4. Let it soak into your strands for 15 to 20 minutes, rinse it out, shampoo, and then rinse
How do you keep your strands and skin happy during summer activities?
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3 Ways to Wear Hair Accessories To Work!

Happy Friday you guys! We hope your week was beautiful (and if it wasn’t you can always stop in to Y&L and we can change that for you)! Today we wanted to share some great (but simple) updos and ways to rock hair accessories like scarves in flowers at work! We hope you enjoy 🙂

Flower Hair Accessories – We love this look featured in the Washingtonian. It is so classy and simple. Just toss your hair up into a messy high bun, secure with bobby pins, and add a chic flower just off to the side. Absolutely perfect.

Image from the Washingtonian What I Wear To Work Series.

Bows! – Bows aren’t just for little girls! We love the reverse braid and bun combo! If you need instructions (with pictures) for creating the updo just click here.

Image from Puppy Club

Scarfs: The Summer Edition – We love head scarves, and this link will show you three fabulous ways to wear a scarf this summer. We think all three looks are perfect for a summer BBQ or the office!

Image from The Shine Project.

Which is your favorite accessory to rock at the office?

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Nourish Your Locks With UNITE’s 7 SECONDS Leave-In Conditioner

UNITE 7SECONDS Conditioner – Leave-In Conditioner & Detangler

Every girl needs a good leave-in conditioner to recharge and nourish her hair, especially in the summertime! UNITE’s 7SECONDS Conditioner locks in hair color, detangles tresses, and provides UV and heat protection. Besides its many purposes, another reason to love UNITE’s 7SECOND Conditioner is they have made a promise to never test on animals! This leave-in conditioning spray moisturizes without weighing your hair down and smells perfectly fresh and clean.

To use UNITE’s 7SECOND Conditioner: shampoo and condition normally and towel dry your hair. Spray 4-6 times moving from the ends of your hair up towards the roots. Brush the conditioner through your hair and style your hair as usual.

You can pick up a bottle of this amazing leave-in spray at many eco-friendly salons or online through Amazon for about $26/bottle. While that might sound like a lot, a little goes a long way and the bottle lasts for many months! What is your favorite leave-in conditioning spray?

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Product Review: Lush Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar

Lush Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar in Tin - Image by Jackie Blizzard

LUSH Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar in Tin – Image by Jackie Blizzard

Happy Friday everybody! We hope your week was beautiful! Two weeks ago we reviewed LUSH’s Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar, a traveling girl’s best friend. It’s a great shampoo for normal hair, but what if your locks need a little more love? We’d recommend going with LUSH”s Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar then. It has jasmine for a divine scent and shea butter to give your hair a moisturizing boost.

We tested this shampoo bar out on our last adventure and it was awesome! Simply rub the bar between your hands while you are in the shower to create a lather. Then apply the suds to your hair and shampoo as normal. If your hair is on the drier side follow up with conditioner, but if your hair is more oily, the Godiva bar provides plenty of moisture! To care for your solid shampoo bar leave the lid off and let it dry for a few hours. Then put the tin lid back on and it’s ready to go! We had no issues with leaky shampoo using this method!

So have you given thought to switching to solid shampoo? If not, what is holding you back?!!!

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Product Review: LUSH Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar

LUSH Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar – $11.95

Happy Friday all you beautiful people out there! Today we wanted to share an awesome beauty find, LUSH’s Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar! This powerful shampoo bar is the perfect solution to an overflowing toiletry bag when you are flying. Because this shampoo is solid there is no need to try to squeeze it into your quart-sized plastic bag! Girls rejoice and don’t feel guilty for packing that extra lip gloss.

LUSH Shampoo Bar Tin – $3.95

LUSH has 13 different solid shampoo bars to choose from, but we are big fans of this Squeaky Green scent. Herbal and fresh with hints of rosemary, Squeaky Green is perfect for any hair type. Still looking to create room in your toiletry bag while traveling? They make solid conditioner too (and it doubles as shaving soap)! How might you transport this bar once it get’s wet? LUSH has adorable metal tins to store your shampoo and conditioning bars. Or you could get really thrifty and reuse a hand salve tin. Have you ever used solid shampoo or conditioner?

Show Your Locks Some Love With This DIY Deep Conditioner!

Image from Hybrid Rasta Mama.

Today we’ve got a simple recipe that will recharge your hair’s moisture all year long: from the cold winter months all the way to the hot and sunny summer days. This treatment is also crucial if you regularly dry, straighten, or color your hair. All three things strip hair of it’s natural oils leading to split ends and straw like strands (yuck). To replenish moisture and shine try this DIY deep conditioner 1-2 times a week, and we are sure you’ll see results.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. raw, cold-pressed coconut oil
  • Small glass bowl
  • Spoon for mixing

Directions:

  1. In a microwave safe glass bowl, heat and melt the coconut oil in 30 second increments.
  2. Add the olive oil to the bowl and stir to combine. Make sure it’s not too hot to touch by feeling the bowl.
  3. Then use your hands to apply the oil mixture to your hair, focusing on the ends and leaving your scalp alone. Comb through the oil to make sure it’s evenly distributed.
  4. Put your hair into a braid, or a top knot, or cover with a shower cap and let it sit for at least 3-4 hours. If you really want to condition your hair apply this right before bed and rinse out in the morning.
  5. After 3-4 hours you can shampoo and condition as normal. Repeat 1-2 times a week for optimal results.

How do you get your hair into tip-top shape?

 

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DIY Beach Waves!

Beachy Hair Image from Goldfish Kiss!

Happy Friday everybody. Dreaming of warmer places yet? Or planning your spring break trip? Why not get in the warm weather mood with simple, gorgeous beach waves? This look is so easy to achieve and gives you that effortlessly beautiful look! First things first, make up your own batch of Beachy Hair Spray!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup distilled water (to keep your product from going bad)
  • 2 tsp. virgin cold-pressed coconut oil (we ❤ organic)
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. hair gel or conditioner of your choice. We love Yes To Carrots conditioner!
  • Optional: Essential oils of your choice! Vanilla would be nice, or something tropical!
  • Empty and CLEAN spray bottle

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into the spray bottle and give it a shake.

To Achieve A Beachy Look:

  • If you have lots of time (like the night before or a few hours)…. Mist your hair with your homemade beachy spray and scrunch your locks. Braid sections of your hair if you want lots of waves. Let your hair air-dry, untie your braids, revive hair with more beach spray, and rock out with your “effortless” look!
  • If you are short on time…  create some subtle waves with your flat iron by taking small sections of hair and twisting the flat iron through them almost like a curling iron. Then spritz your locks with your homemade beachy spray and scrunch your hair!
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3 Hair Tutorials We Love & Some Changes!

Hello and happy Friday to all of our beautiful readers! You may have noticed this week we didn’t post on our usual Tuesday/Thursday schedule. We are switching things up a little and will be posting 1 day a week on Friday’s now. So plan on checking in then for the latest and greatest style tips, beauty advice, and all natural beauty recipes!

This week we’ve got 3 great hair tutorials from around the web that deliver amazing results with pretty minimal effort or experience. So this weekend get some bobby pins and give your do a little makeover.

Half-Up Braided Crown from A Cup of Jo – this is such a pretty and simple hair style, it should take only a few minutes to create. It would be perfect for a date or wearing to work/school. The tutorial is great with pictures and step-by-step directions to guide you along the way. And Joanna’s blog is pretty fantastic too!

Half-Up Braided Crown from Cup of Jo

A Modern Bun from Jetting to the Wedding – this is such a great updo, and as the name of the blog suggests, would be perfect for a DIY Wedding updo. But if you don’t have any nuptials planned in the near future this bun would be the perfect look for work!

A Modern Bun from Jetting to the Wedding.

Fishtail Braid by Chanel Dror for Camille Styles – who doesn’t love a fishtail braid? And even though it looks complicated it is so easy to learn and takes minutes to do. If this tutorial doesn’t help as much you can check out this video to guide you as well!

Fishtail Braid Tutorial from CamilleStyles.com.

If you give these styles a try let us know what you think (feel free to share pictures or links)! Have a great weekend 🙂

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Hair Health: DIY Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Leave-in conditioners are great for many reasons. They detangle hair, add shine, and most importantly add moisture. If you live in a dry climate, or if the winter weather is wreaking havoc on your hair we’ve got some simple alternative sto expensive leave-in conditioners! You can whip up these conditioning sprays with things you likely have at home. Store your conditioning spray in an old spray bottle (thoroughly washed) or any spray bottle of your choice.

Super Simple Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. distilled water (this will prevent bacteria from growing)
  • 1 oz. olive oil or almond oil
  • 1 oz. of your favorite conditioner (we love Yest To Carrots!)
  • 1 spray bottle

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a clean spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Mist over damp hair like you would any other conditioning spray!

All Natural Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Ingredients:

  • 2 fluid oz aloe vera gel (be sure it is 100% aloe vera gel, otherwise you’ll get yucky additives)
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops jojoba oil
  • Optional: small amount of vegetable glycerin, only if you let your hair air-dry
  • Distilled water
  • 4 oz spray bottle

Directions:

  1. Combine the aloe vera gel through the vegetable glycerin in the 4 oz. spray bottle.
  2. Add distilled water to fill the bottle.
  3. Shake to mix before each use.

This spray works amazingly well as a detangler, a leave-in conditioner, and a curl refresher!

Do you use a leave-in conditioner?

 

Color Your Hair Naturally with Henna

Feel like giving your hair color a boost? I know I do with all the color-changing leaves and gorgeous red and orange hues of fall! Why not give a natural alternative to chemical laden hair dyes a try? This week at Y&L we wanted to talk about a natural hair dye, Henna! Most hair dyes rely on toxic chemicals like peroxide or ammonia that strip the hair follicles so that the hair will take the color. These chemicals are bad for your health, your hair’s health, and the environments health.

When I made the switch to safe cosmetics I was determined to find a safe alternative that would give my hair a nice boost of burgundy and auburn color that I so dearly crave. Henna is the only safe, natural, and chemical free hair color on the market. Even most of natural brands for sale at stores like Whole Foods still contain chemicals that strip your hair, drying it out, and have potential links to things like cancer and brain damage (yuck)!

I was a little intimidated by Henna at first, and distraught at the time it takes for the color to set. But after months of using Henna I’ve got it down to a great routine and have worked out most of the kinks—leaving me with a great burgundy glow in my brunette locks! I personally swear by Light Mountain’s Natural Hair Color & Conditioner. This product only uses henna and indigo (for some color varieties) to achieve a decent range of colors. It is under $6 a box, and I am able to dye my medium length hair at least twice with the powder in one box (talk about affordable). A couple of things to note about Henna:

  • You cannot lighten your hair with henna, it will only get more red or darker/more brown. In general henna will deepen and enhance your natural color. For me, it brings out the auburn and burgundy tones in my brown hair. I get a lot of compliments from professional stylists about my color and they would die if they knew (a) I did it myself, and (b) I did it with henna!
  • Henna can add highlights to darker hair and darken lighter hair.
  • The color is not permanent; it lasts 4-6 weeks.
  • Henna is a great conditioning treatment for your hair. Unlike other dyes it will actually improve the health of your hair with use!
  • Henna has an unusual smell, but so does hair dye. It can take a few washes to get all of the henna particles out of your hair.

There are some tips and tricks I have found for effectively applying henna. First and foremost be patient. Be generous when mixing the henna and waiting for it to activate. Let it sit on your head as long as possible! Patience is probably the one thing that keeps people from realizing the awesomeness that is dying your hair with henna. My personal henna recipe for a burgundy shade is:

  • 3 Tbsp Light Mountain Natural Henna in Red
  • 3 Tbsp Light Mountain Natural Henna in Burgundy
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • Enough boiling water to make a paste

I mix the ingredients in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon and let it sit for about 2 hours, sometimes 2.5 hours. After 2 hours have passed if the mix is super thick I add a little more boiling water. Then I put on some gloves and a wrap a towel around my shoulders to apply the goop with my hands onto my head. Starting at the scalp and working it through my hair. Once my whole head is covered, I wrap it in a heating shower cap, then two pieces of saran wrap, then a fabric head wrap. I leave it on for at least 5 hours. Sometimes what I do to save time is apply the mix at night, wrap it up real tight, lay an old towel on my pillow and sleep with the mix on my head. I rinse it out with conditioner in the shower and use a fine tooth comb to help remove the pieces of henna.

It sounds like a lot of work, but if you do it right before bed, it is really no biggie. And it is so much more affordable, more beautiful, and better for my health and the environment than traditional dye! My favorite resource for dying your hair with henna are The Henna for Hair Page, where people share their mixes and pictures for getting great henna results.

Have you ever used henna hair dye? What was your experience like?

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