REPAIR THAT HAIR: DIY HAIR TREATMENT

 

06.22.2015

I’m a hair junkie when it comes to finding quality products that actually work to make my hair healthier. Lately I’ve taken to a couple of different DIY hair masks, mostly because the salon product I buy for deep conditioning is just so.darn.expensive.

 

This time, I think I’ve found it. I’ve seen a number of concoctions similar to this one, but these measurements worked the best on my hair.

Ok, yes I know it looks like I’m about to make an omelet in that picture, but I swear if you try this both you and your hair (and realistically your wallet) are going to thank me.

 

The Recipe:

1 egg (for protein and natural moisture)

1 avocado (the oils in it are light & filled with and nutrients and moisture)

3 TBSP Olive Oil (for strengthening and shine)

1 TBS Honey (for locking in moisture and sealing split ends)

 

Directions:

1. BLEND all the ingredients until it’s pretty smooth. I mean it when I say blend, so don’t mash it with a fork and call it done (unless of course you’re going for the chunks of green in your hair look that you’ll be pulling out for days).

 

2. Massage the goop into your hair, starting with your ends and working your way up to your scalp (when you try this you’ll understand the term “goop” better. It doesn’t feel right…at all…but it will later, I promise).

 

3. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse and wash with your regular shampoo and conditioner.

 

Right after completing this I have to be honest that I didn’t think this had any affect on my hair at all. All the store bought treatments I do never direct me to shampoo after washing out, but since I didn’t want to end up with a fried egg in my hair from the 80 degree sun the next day I decided a thorough wash was necessary to get everything out. When I combed through my wet hair I didn’t really think it did anything at all and I was a little bummed at the waste of that yummy avocado.

 

But then it started to air dry. MY GOSH, holy goodness gracious, YES. The softness of my hair and shine was amazing and on top of it all it dried frizz free, even in the summer temps we’re having right now.

 

I have weird hair where no matter what I do it bleaches out to blonde in the summer sun. I get too hot to wear hats all the time, and because it naturally grows in a couple shades darker in the winter when it doesn’t see the sun, I’d prefer it to stay that way in the summer too. But the fact is doesn’t, and with the sun-bleached blonde it becomes it just always feels more dry and has a slightly frizzy tight wave to it.

 

This formula made me wonder why on earth I’ve been paying so much for the Graham Webb treatments when this stuff is just hanging out in my kitchen anyway.

 

If you try it, I have to hear about what you think, so let me know!

 

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MAY 12, 2015 BY HEATHER ANDERS

The problem with my DIY projects is that I usually only get around to making them as gifts. I really want to become more of a DIYer in every day life and I have a ridiculous list of things I want to “craft” if you will, but when it really comes down to it I’m not usually willing to make the time investment on something for myself.

 

This is a project I took on after seeing so.many Pinterest pictures with these painted jars and always being drawn back to them. Our new house is going to have a full-fledged modern rustic feel to it, so these painted mason jars will be perfect enhancements to a number of areas. Alas, I still haven’t made any for myself, but I did make some for my mom and my mother-in-law for mother’s day last weekend so I have a tutorial for you!

 

I read a lot of posts on these (probably because I’m not a natural DIYer so my confidence level isn’t always quite there) and combined a couple of different tutorials to make these.

 

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MAY 8, 2015 BY HEATHER ANDERS

Alright guys,  I'm a little bit really excited right now because I was offered a spot as a guest blogger over at www.healthbeautylife.com! If you're familiar with that site, it's a place where celecrity updates are combined with some of the best blog posts out there. I've found beauty regimines I swear by from that site, so needless to say I foudn the opportunity the be a guest blogger myself pretty exciting!

 

Check out my post HERE titled 15 Things I'd Tell My Pre-Mama Self. Some of the numbers are serious, but most are just seriously funny, so click on over!

 

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APRIL 14, 2015 BY HEATHER ANDERS

Glancing at the above sheet makes you feel at least a little bad for my in-laws, doesn't it? Dealing with me for a daughter-in-law and my neurosis with organization probably puts them right into sainthood…seriously. But if you’re a type A mom like me, having that little extra organization when you’re going to be away from your little one is a huge comfort.

 

If you noticed that I’ve been a little MIA on here for the last month (oh my gosh it’s been over a month! Eek, I’m sorry…unacceptable), it’s because life just got extra hectic. Husby and I are tying up the final loose ends before building our new house, and I’m in prime travel season for work right now. But the latter of the two reasons is what prompted me to write this post to share some of my timesaving tips on prepping for your toddler when you’re going to be away.

 

I have this annoying trait where I feel so.bad inconveniencing people. Obviously going out of town for five nights means someone is going to be inconvenienced (especially with Husby joining me on this specific trip), so I never want to make it seem like I expect the world out of anyone. 

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MARCH 3, 2015 BY HEATHER ANDERS

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He doesn’t worry about if the onesie he put on under her outfit for the day matches the rest, just that she has one on to keep her bare stomach from feeling the cold winter air.

 

He doesn’t worry about if her meal consists of a little of each food group in it, just that she’s fed.

 

He doesn’t notice the last of the yogurt is gone, just that she had some for lunch that day.

 

He doesn’t notice her blanket is dirty, just that she has it to soothe her for naps and bedtime.

 

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