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5 Homemade Hairsprays To Try This Summer

5 Homemade Hairsprays To Try This Summer

Warning: Phthalates in hairsprays have been linked to increased risk for breast cancer in women.

Thankfully, there are simple recipes that you can use to make natural, phthalate-free hairsprays. The primary function of hairspray is to hold our hair in place, however, these natural solutions also offer a range of other benefits. Check out these five very easy to make homemade hairspray recipes that you can enjoy this summer and even impress friends!

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    1. Sea Salt Spray for the Summer Beach Party

    This sea salt spray helps add volume to your hair due to the Epsom salt and sea salt, which creates texture, while the aloe vera and coconut oil act as moisturizers. Coconut oil is widely known for its superior moisturizing effects and if you are worried about the smell of coconut oil lingering in your hair, use pure virgin coconut oil instead of refined coconut oil, as the former does not have the strong aroma that most refined coconut oil has.

    Ingredients:

    1 cup warm water
    1 Tbsp sea salt
    1 tsp Epsom salt
    1 Tbsp coconut oil
    1 Tbsp aloe vera gel
    5 drops essential oil, optional

    Directions: 

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    1. Heat water on medium heat but not to boiling
    2. Add sea salt and epsom salt until dissolved
    3. Add coconut oil and stir until completely melted
    4. Add aloe vera gel
    5. Add essential oils if you prefer and stir well
    6. Pour in a spray bottle for convenient use

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      2. Rosemary Coconut Hairspray

      If you are suffering from dry and damaged hair, you can create this simple concoction of rosemary and coconut that can help keep hair in place and moisturized.

      Ingredients:

      2 Tbsp coconut oil
      3-4 drops rosemary essential oil
      2 cups distilled water

      Directions:

      1. Melt coconut oil
      2. Add distilled water and essential oil
      3. Mix well and add into spray bottle

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        3. Marshmallow Root Detangler

        Marshmallow root has been used for centuries to deal with irritations internally and externally. If you regularly find yourself dealing with tangled hair, why not try this everyday use hairspray?

        Ingredients: 

        1.5 cups distilled water
        3 Tbsp marshmallow root
        2 Tbsp conditioner of choice (use organic)
        10+ drops essential oil of choice

        Directions: 

        1. Boil water and marshmallow root in a small pan
        2. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes
        3. Let cool slightly and then strain using a cheesecloth or strainer
        4. While still warm, pour into bottle with conditioner and essential oils

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          4. Strong Hold Homemade Hairspray

          This is what hairsprays are known for – to hold hair in place – and here is a cheap, effective and healthy way to make your own strong hold hairspray. Sugar is one of the main ingredients here that provides the strong hold without any sticky residue. You might be wondering, “wouldn’t that attract insects?” We can assure you that by adding lavender and rosemary oil, it can ward off the pests as they are known to be natural insect repellents.

          Ingredients:

          1 cup filtered water
          4 teaspoons sugar (depending how strong you want it to be)
          2 drops geranium*
          2 drops lavender*
          2 drops peppermint*
          2 drops rosemary*
          *Essential oils are optional but good to have

          Directions: 

          1. Heat water in a small saucepan to boiling
          2. Add sugar and stir to dissolve
          3. Let cool and then add essential oils
          4. Pour into spray bottle
          5. Use quickly and store in the fridge for a longer lasting spray. Do not keep long outside as there will be bacteria growth.

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            5. Smooth and Shine Hairspray

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            Try out this recipe with aloe vera and glycerin that can give your hair an enviable healthy and shiny look.

            Ingredients:

            1 cup water
            2 Tbsp aloe vera juice
            2 Tbsp rose water
            2 Tbsp vegetable glycerin

            Directions: 

            1. Combine all ingredients together
            2. Pour into spray bottle and shake well to incorporate

            Recipe Sources:

            1. http://www.diynatural.com/how-to-make-sea-salt-spray/
            2. http://helloglow.co/diy-coconut-oil-hair-spray-rosemary-volumizing-powder/
            3. http://wellnessmama.com/13101/hair-detangling-spray/
            4. http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/homemade-alcohol-free-hairspray-that-works/
            5. http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2015/09/3-diy-sprays-for-beautiful-hair.html

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            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. A rut can manifest as a productivity vacuum and be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. Is it possible to learn how to get out of a rut?

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, or a student, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on Small Tasks

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks that have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate positive momentum, which I bring forward to my work.

            If you have a large long-term goal you can’t wait to get started on, break it down into smaller objectives first. This will help each piece feel manageable and help you feel like you’re moving closer to your goal.

            You can learn more about goals vs objectives here.

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            2. Take a Break From Your Work Desk

            When you want to learn how to get out of a rut, get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the bathroom, walk around the office, or go out and get a snack. According to research, your productivity is best when you work for 50 minutes to an hour and then take a 15-20 minute break[1].

            Your mind may be too bogged down and will need some airing. By walking away from your computer, you may create extra space for new ideas that were hiding behind high stress levels.

            3. Upgrade Yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade your knowledge and skills. Go to a seminar, read up on a subject of interest, or start learning a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college[2]. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a Friend

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while. Relying on a support system is a great way to work on self-care when you’re learning how to get out of a rut.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget About Trying to Be Perfect

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies. Perfectionism can lead you to fear failure, which can ultimate hinder you even more if you’re trying to find motivation to work on something new.

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            If you allow your perfectionism to fade, soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come, and then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

            Learn more about How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up.

            6. Paint a Vision to Work Towards

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the ultimate goal or vision you have for your life?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action. You can use the power of visualization or even create a vision board if you like to have something to physically remind you of your goals.

            7. Read a Book (or Blog)

            The things we read are like food for our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great material.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. You can also stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs and follow writers who inspire and motivate you. Find something that interests you and start reading.

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            8. Have a Quick Nap

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep[3].

            Try a nap if you want to get out of a rut

              One Harvard study found that “whether they took long naps or short naps, participants showed significant improvement on three of the four tests in the study’s cognitive-assessment battery”[4].

              9. Remember Why You Are Doing This

              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall your inspiration, and perhaps even journal about it to make it feel more tangible.

              10. Find Some Competition

              When we are learning how to get out of a rut, there’s nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, and networking conventions can all inspire you to get a move on. However, don’t let this throw you back into your perfectionist tendencies or low self-esteem.

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              11. Go Exercise

              Since you are not making headway at work, you might as well spend the time getting into shape and increasing dopamine levels. Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, or whatever type of exercise helps you start to feel better.

              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

              If you need ideas for a quick workout, check out the video below:

              12. Take a Few Vacation Days

              If you are stuck in a rut, it’s usually a sign that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange one or two days to take off from work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax, do your favorite activities, and spend time with family members. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest.

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