I haven’t been to a hair salon or makeup trailer yet that doesn’t have this in their go-to product stash. It’s no surprise that Moroccan Hair Oil has become a cult favorite and Allure’s Readers’ Choice Award Winner 2012 and 2011. Hair loves this multi-tasker.
A few drops of this liquid gold post-shampooing makes this the perfect leave-in conditioner/ detangler. Hair drinks it up in seconds, leaving tresses super-soft and lustrous, with no added weight. As a styling product, it speeds up drying time, while imparting extra shine and manageability. And it’s superb as a treatment, nourishing your scalp, increasing elasticity, healing damaged hair and protecting it from UV damage. But remember, a little goes along way. It will take you ages to go through a bottle!
But my two favorite uses are as a hair refresher and a mask. For those days I don’t get get around to shampooing, it’s the perfect reset, calming frizz and wiping out dullness. All the poofiness and roughness is gone, leaving strands revived, hydrated and enveloped in a heavenly musky scent! And when hair feels extra abused, I slather it on, heat it up with my blow dryer, and leave it in overnight. Hair feels renewed, hydrated and silky for weeks.
And that’s not all. Haven’t tried this one yet but according to Moroccan’s site, a few drops massaged into hair before coloring, helps the dye penetrate and saturate your strands more deeply. The results? Hyper-vibrant color and shine!
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Oatmeal: This common breakfast food is both exfoliating and moisturizing for the skin.
1. Treat yourself to an oatmeal facial once a week by combining 1 package of plain instant oatmeal, a half a cup of water, 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey, and one egg white. After mixing thoroughly, apply all over the face, let sit for 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water.
Apples + Honey = Beautiful Skin. Enough said.
1. Combine a finely grated apple of your choice with 4 tablespoons of slightly warmed honey. Apply a thin layer to face and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. If you have sensitive skin, skip the apple and just apply the warm honey.
Apple Cider Vinegar: A.C.V. has been called a miracle fluid because of its beauty and health benefits. It is believed that this vinegar can help to burn fat and suppress appetite, as well as regulate the PH of the skin and remove build up from the hair.
1. Mix a ½ a cup of the vinegar with 1 quart of water and use as a hair rinse after shampooing and before conditioning. To fight dandruff, leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing.
2. For acne prone skin, mix 1 parts vinegar with 2 parts water, soak a cotton ball with the mixture and apply all over the face as a toner.
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Hands down, the best mask I have ever used! Scoop up a dollop and rub it in you hands. As it heats up, it turns into liquid oil. Rub in to scalp, hair, ends. Inhale the coconut beach smell. Exhale. And inhale again!
After I fried my hair,with an at home chemical straightener, this was a miracle cure for me. (Don’t ever use one! Ever! I implore you! Changed my hair forever!)
Years later, I still apply this at least once a month, if not more. I like to massage it in, on a lazy day, and leave it in for hours. I use a bow dryer, when I want to heat it up and have it sink in even more. And since it is a dry oil, I can even sleep in it. But I still find that to be a bit messy. Either way, wash it out thoroughly. And voila! Healthy fortified shimmering hair!
The only thing that comes close is Olive Oil. But we’lll save that for another post.
Oh, and btw, you can also use it as a cooking oil. Or drop a tablespoon or two in a smoothie. It’s made from organically grown coconuts. Very very good for you!
From the Living Foods website:
Unlike refined coconut oils, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is not hydrogenated, bleached, refined or deodorized. It is produced using the same methods farmers have used for centuries. Meat from only the freshest, organically grown coconuts is shredded and cold-pressed to create coconut milk, and then fermented to extract the oil.
Living Foods Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – 100% Organic – 32fl oz