This week I am inspired by my post from last week about kitchen cosmetics and the fun and cheap and easy beauty tips most of us have within our own kitchens. This recipe is something I do at least once a week, especially if I have some time to set aside before I get ready to go out or I want to look nice. Just a simple mask for your face and hair using four ingredients….three of which there is a good chance are already in your kitchen.
Eggs: You know those expensive shampoos you buy that have those shiny labels boasting “protein for strengthening” in them? Well, you can get the same effect just by putting eggs in your hair. And egg yolks are nice and packed with vitamins A, D, and E – all great for shiny, healthy hair. To top it off, the fatty acids in eggs moisturize and condition like nothing else.
The protein in eggs is also really good for your skin and will leave your face feeling tighter and smoother.
Apple cider vinegar: One of the best alternatives to conditioning, apple cider vinegar may smell funky, but it balances the PH of hair and helps remove unwanted residue and leaves your hair and skin soft and shiny.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil helps reduce frizz and is a great natural conditioner for all hair types. Used on your skin, it is a non-greasy moisturizer that, with use over time, helps protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
Essential oils of rosemary and clove: I add the oils to this mixture because of their many great benefits to your skin and hair, but also so you don’t smell like eggs and vinegar after you rinse this out of your hair and off of your skin.
Rosemary is very good for cleaning the skin and contracting the pores. In hair care it can stimulate the scalp, improving the condition of the scalp, helping to rid the scalp of dandruff and it can improve hair growth. Rosemary oil used over time can help darken your hair.
Clove is used mainly in hair care recipes and, as with rosemary, it is a natural conditioner and helps improve scalp health.
You will need:
3 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
3 Tbs. coconut oil
5 drops essential oil of rosemary
5 drops essential oil of clove
Place all contents in a blender and puree. Take a small amount of the mixture and smooth all over your face and neck. With the rest, lean over a sink or tub and pour the mixture into your hair, massaging it all through, not neglecting to massage and rub into the scalp. Put a towel on your head and leave on for at least 30 minutes to one hour.
Rinse off and wash your hair as normal. (note: when rinsing off, please do not use really hot water or you may end up with some hair scramble) You are going to be amazed at how gorgeous your skin and hair will look and feel.