Beauty

Care tips for summer

Hurray! Summer is fast approaching here in Zimbabwe. I am super excited. Summer time is glow time and we have to make sure that whilst we dress up, our bodies are kept clean and our skin is protected from the harsh African sun. I decided to give out a few important tips that are a must to remember!

1. Keep your armpits clean shaven

Yes, yes and yes! Get rid of your armpit hair please. There is nothing that puts anyone off more than sweaty, hairy armpits. Sweat clings on to the hairs and the odour is trapped so nomatter how much you scrub you'll still get stinky armpits from all that sweating in the scorching heat. You can wax, use hair remover or a shaving stick. To avoid razor bumps I suggest you use a home made lemon and sugar wax, it also prevents darkening of the armpits (double yeay!). I got the recipe here.

2. Get rid of sweat

After getting rid of armpit hair, make use of a good anti-perspirant to keep your armpits dry and to avoid sweat stains on your clothes. Not sexy! My favorite is the Garnier Mineral Antiperspirant Roll-on (Even), it also gets rid of dark underarms. It's available in our local OK supermarket for about $2.50 I think. Another cheap remedy for sweat is baking soda paste.

Baking soda paste:
Mix water and baking soda into a consistent paste. You can add an essential oil of your choice (optional). Apply the paste for 25minutes before washing it off.

You can also use talcum powder for other areas that get sweaty like the inner thighs, below the boobs, in between the butt cheeks, in between the toes or anywhere else you find sweat problematic. I prefer Johnson's baby powder (sue me, haha) it's lightly fragranced and doesn't leave my skin feeling too dried out.

3. Make use of sunscreen

To be honest I hate sunscreen. I hate it. It's laborious and some brands feel sticky gosh! But, it's really helped me to avoid getting a really bad tan. I had very light bra strap marks and really dark sun burnt patches on my back which was quite embarrassing because it was very noticeable. I now make sure I never leave the house without sunscreen because it took a lot of work for me to get an even skin tone again. I also try to avoid hanging in the sun longer than necessary. Yes of course my DIY people, you can also make your own organic sunscreen 😉

DIY Sunscreen:
Mix 60ml coconut oil/avocado oil with 20 drops carrot seed oil and 10 drops lavender oil. This sunscreen has an SPF of about 40.

Coconut oil>SPF2-8
Avocado oil>SPF4-15
Carrot seed oil>SPF38-40

4. Hydration

I can not stress enough the importance of keeping yourself well hydrated in summer. It's not just for health reasons but also for beautiful skin and hair. I mean it. Our bodies lose so much water 💦 in summer especially if you're an active person and we have to ensure our bodies are well replenished. Drinking water is definitely not easy for most people including me so I try by all means to tweak it up a bit. I add a slice of lemon to it, you can also add strawberries, mint leaves, ginger or cucumber depending on your preference. Try drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day.

I hope I gave you some very useful tips for summer. If you have any you'd like to add on please feel free to share with me in the comments. I can't wait to get sunkissed!

Hair

Ayurveda part 2: DIY shirolep & shiroabhyanga treatments

In part 1 I explained the basics of Ayurveda and I tried my best to give a detailed explanation of how Ayurvedic remedies promote hair growth. If you somehow missed part 1 please go on to read it here for a better understanding of the topic. As promised in part 1, here are a few Ayurvedic herbal and oil treatments you can use on your hair.

SHIROABHYANGA 

This Ayurvedic scalp massage treatment using warm herbal scented oils, promotes hair growth by increasing blood circulation to the scalp. It nourishes a dry scalp and enhances the hair's lustre. This is achieved by using a mixture of carrier oils and essential oils.

1. For dandruff and a dry scalp

  • Mix olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, or sesame oil with a few drops of lemon juice
  • You can also add a few drops of     chamomile, cedarwood, lavender or rosemary essential oils. They are good for treating a dry scalp (OPTIONAL)
  • Massage the warmed mixture into the scalp and let it sit for an hour or preferably overnight before washing it out with a mild shampoo

2. For hair growth and restoration 

  • To stimulate blood circulation to the hair follicles take a few tablespoons of coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil or sesame oil. I like castor oil because it's good for hair growth but it's a bit too heavy so I mix it with a lighter oil like coconut oil or olive oil so it's less thick
  • Add a few drops of peppermint, thyme, rose geranium, lavender, rosemary, frankincense, cedarwood or cypress essential oils as they combat hair loss and promote hair growth
  • Massage the warm oil into your scalp using your fingertips to increase blood flow to your hair follicles. Wrap your hair for an hour or overnight before washing it out

Do this treatment 1-3 times a week to see great results.

SHIROLEP

It is the Ayurvedic application of medicated herbal pastes to your hair and scalp to nourish your hair and promote growth.
1. For dry hair and dandruff

  • Mix half a cup shikakai powder, 1 cup amla powder and 1 cup warm water into a smooth paste
  • Let it sit for 2 hours then apply it your hair 
  • Leave it in for 30minutes before washing it out 

2. To combat hair loss and promote hair growth

  • Mix a cup of amla powder, 3 tablespoons of henna powder, 2 tablespoons of fenugreek powder, 1 egg white, lemon juice and water into a smooth paste
  • Let it sit for an hour
  • Apply this to your hair from root to tip and leave it in for an hour
  • Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and rinse with cold water
  • Do not use hot water!!!!

3. For thick hair

  • Mix 2 tablespoons amla powder, 2 tablespoons shikakai powder with 4 tablespoons water into a smooth paste
  • Apply it to your hair and leave it in for an hour
  • Rinse it off with cold water

4. To condition hair

  • Mix henna and coconut milk into a smooth consistent paste
  • Apply it to your hair and leave it in for an hour before rinsing it out

These treatments can be done 1-3 times a week for optimal results.

You can also make your own variations of these mixes to keep your hair nourished, strong and lustrous. Have you tried Ayurveda before? Drop your experience in the comments, I'd love to read your testimonials (good or bad). I hope you found the Ayurveda articles helpful and that I made it all clear and comprehensive. If you have more questions or additional information to add feel free to comment. Happy hair growing!!!!!
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Hair

Ayurveda Part 1: The science behind hair growth

I am in a lot of natural hair groups on Facebook. Mainly because when I started my natural hair journey I was clueless about a lot of things and these groups helped me so much. I would follow people's hair care questions and the comments. If I didn't get much clarity I'd take it further to research on the subject matter. The groups really helped me with the basics and also fueled my interest. Someone posted in one of the groups about Ayurveda. To be honest I thought it was another natural hair brand (I was completely clueless 🙈) until I read further in the comments and looked it up on google. I didn't really find many articles that explained in detail what Ayurveda is in relation to hair. Most were just lists of Ayurvedic herbs to use for hair and their benefits or a holistic definition which really didn't exactly answer my particular question. I then tasked myself to look into Ayurveda as a whole and then narrow it down to hair in particular in order to give other people like me a much better understanding. This can easily turn into a boring article that's why I decided to split it into parts so you can take breaks in between and resume later. I pray I keep you engaged. I do not want to exhaust you!!!!!!

WHAT IS AYURVEDA?

Ayu meaning life;

Veda meaning sacred knowledge

It is traditional Hindu medicine based on balancing the body's system using diet, yoga and herbal treatments. It is the herbal pastes and oil treatments in particular that are used for hair growth.

THE DOSHAS 

Doshas are three substances believed to be in the human body.  Ayurveda is based on the tenate that the body is healthy when the three doshas are balanced. The three elements are:
1. Vata 

Responsible for movement in the body

2. Pitta 

Responsible for digestion

3. Khapa 

Responsible for immunity 

I will explain the vata in detail as it contributes to hair growth.

THE ROLE OF THE VATA DOSHA

The vata dosha is responsible for the transportation of nutrients in the body. An imbalance of this dosha  may result in the inhibition of nutrients to your scalp and hair cells. According to Vaidya Manohar this lack of nourishment may lead to , "dry scalp, dry hair, split ends, and finally, thin hair or hair loss".
There are several panchakarma treatments one can use to increase and restore hair growth. These include the Shiroabhyanga and Shirolep.

WHAT IS SHIROABHYANGA?

It is an Ayurvedic head massage performed using scented oils. This hair and scalp treatment nourishes the roots and prevents excessive hair loss. The warm oil prevents a dry scalp. It also gives the hair lustre. They use oils like:

  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Olive oil 
  • Sesame oil

These oils are infused with a few drops of essential oils like:

  • Rosemary oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Jasmine oil
  • Rose oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Neem oil

I have shared some oil combinations you can use and their benefits in part 2.  


WHAT IS SHIROLEP?

It's the application of medicated herbal pastes to the scalp and hair to promote hair growth. Examples of the herbal powders are:

  • Henna
  • Bhringraj 
  • Shikakai 
  • Amla 
  • Neem
  • Brahmi 

These powders are mixed with water, coconut milk or oils to make a smooth paste. 
I hope you found this article captivating and helpful. I have posted some DIY combinations of shirolep and shiroabhyanga here. Happy hair growing!!!!!
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