- On June 10, 2011
- By hilda
Cabbage… Might not be the sexiest of veggies, but it’s darn good for you. And did you know that it’s also great for skin and hair? Cabbage contains loads of vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C and E and minerals such as calcium, iron, sulphur and magnesium. Plus, cabbage has anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it’s traditionally been used as wound compresses.
While cabbage is fantastic in skin care, for all types of skin, whether dry, aged or greasy, this time I’d like to focus on cabbage for your hair. As I mentioned, cabbage contains a large quantity of sulphur, which is an essential mineral for your hair and nail health. Including cabbage in your diet will indeed improve your hair and nail strength, but also an external use of cabbage in your hair is going to leave you with shiny, nourished hair, and also cabbage is said to prevent hair loss and even promote hair growth.
The great thing about cabbage is that the large leaves can be used whole to cover your hair when you’re doing a hair mask. This has many benefits for your hair:
- The cabbage leaves lock the moisture in, and enhance the properties of the hair mask
- At the same time, the cabbage leaves provide your hair with all the vitamins and minerals it contains
- It keeps the hair mask in place, making it less messy
- It protects your hair from outer harm such as heat, if you’re wearing a hair mask in the sauna for instance (also when not wearing a hair mask, you should put a cabbage leaf on your head when going to sauna, so as to protect your hair from overheating)
- You can also use the cabbage leaves as “curlers” (as in the picture) which will give your hair more volume.
So. Yeah. Put some cabbage in your hair already! It’s easy peasy: (more…)
- On February 2, 2011
- By hilda
Sunday bath! Click me!
When cooking last Sunday, I made tzatziki to go with our quorn patties. When making tzatziki, I like to squeeze out the liquid from the cucumbers, which makes the tzatziki creamy and nice. But as I knew that I was going to make a face mask later that evening, I decided to save the cucumber juice instead of squeeze it right into the sink.
We all know the classical picture of women wearing face masks and having cucumber slices over their eyes. Well, it’s really not that bad of an idea. Cucumbers, and cucumber juice, can prevent wrinkles and soothe dry skin (Shenet.se). It’s also very mild and works for every skin type. You can use cucumber juice instead of water in any recipe that calls for water (or rose water, orange blossom water, infusions etc.).
With my cucumber juice, I decided to make a mayo face mask. Mayonnaise, as you know, contains egg yolks and oil, and is a great ingredient to exfoliate and moisten dry skin. (more…)
- On October 3, 2010
- By hilda
A couple of weeks back, I wrote about how to dye your hair with henna. If your ideal is red hair, henna is perfect for you. But I suppose now everyone wants to look like Pippi Longstocking. Therefore I have gathered some information about some henna mixtures and mixtures that will dye your hair in other shades.
However, dying your hair with natural extracts is a very personal project. I can not tell you which hair color you will get if you put this and that in your hair. It all depends on various things, such as your original hair color and type, how and with what you have treated your hair before, the exact amounts you use and time you let it the mixture sit. But I hope you will be bold enough to try stuff out, make mistakes and try again until you find a shade that you’re comfortable with. That’s only part of the fun, in my opinion.
If unsure, you can always do a strand test. Just take some hairs from your hair brush and try a mixture out on them to get an idea of how it will look.
On the 17th October I will post the third and final text in this mini series. Then you’ll find out about some other natural ways of toning and even dying your hair.
- On September 18, 2010
- By hilda
This is the first post in a three-post mini series on natural hair dyes. Next post will be on the 2. October.
If it isn’t red, it isn’t henna
We all know that dying our hair chemically is really bad. Right? Your hair will just get thinner and more brittle for each dye. And let’s not even get started on all those chemicals. Really, let’s not.
Let’s instead get started on what you actually can do to dye your hair without the suffocating in your bathroom . The most common way to naturally dye your hair permanently is to use henna (lawsonia inermis). Unfortunately (whatever your beliefs were before) henna will only dye your hair one color, and that’s red. More on that soon.
There are also these things called neutral henna and black henna. While these products are all natural and nice, they are not henna. The so-called “neutral henna” will probably be Cassia obovata, that will have all the other benefits of henna except for the color. Black henna in turn is the indigo plant.
Anyway, let’s talk a bit about henna and how to use it. (more…)
- On February 1, 2010
- By hilda
Let me start by introducing some of my all time favorite ingredients and products when it comes to skin care. These can all be used on their own, or together with other stuff to make them even more effective. I might get more into these specific products later on, so this is just some brief comments about them. These products can all be found in larger ecological shops (depending on where you live) or from the Internet (you can find some links on the reference page).