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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. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well 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. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            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, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which 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 a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up 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. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            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.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            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.

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            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 end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

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

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            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.

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            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 why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            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, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

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

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. 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. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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