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Natural Skin Care

by HealthyLocs on October 4, 2015

In today’s society where beauty is considered to be plastered on with what looks to be 10lbs of makeup, how do you maintain beautiful skin naturally? The answer is very simple… meal planning and water. I know that sounds like it’s too good to be true. What you put in your body comes out through your hair, skin and nails. So make better decisions on what you eat and drink.

Meals that are well balanced and heavier on vegetables will give your skin the glow you’ve always wanted. I mean did you really think that fried foods, cakes/pies and sodas was going to have looking flawless like Beyonce’, Rhianna or Kim K.? Ensure that your meals include a spectrum of the rainbow. Colorful meals not only look good on a plate but they also provide an abundance of vitamins and nutrients that will aide in beautiful skin naturally.

Take a moment and think of your favorite plant or flower. Now would you nourish that plant or place those flowers in soda or juice? So why do you feed your body those overly sweetened drink? The key to elasticity in skin is consuming plenty of water, at least a gallon a day or as close to it as possible. Keeping hydrated with water significantly reduces the aging process, which curtails wrinkles and saggy skin. Combine with a regular exercise routine and you can look young forever.

Now for those of you that have indulged in unhealthy eating habits and your skin shows it by means of acne, scars and etc. there are some topical remedies that will help. But first you MUST adhere to advice that was aforementioned in order for it to work.

Keep the following items at home as they will help to achieve radiant skin and reduce the visibility of scars:


  • Fresh Lemons
  • 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Raw Honey
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Turbinado Sugar

By mixing a combination of these ingredients you will notice smoother, blemish free, glowing skin, which will almost eliminate the need for any makeup.

Lemons are acidic and have natural lightening affects. By applying fresh squeezed lemon juice to scars on a regular basis, it will over time lighten scars and blemishes.

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Tea Tree oil is antibacterial and will help to alleviate acne. Tea tree oil MUST be diluted with a carrier oil such as JBCO or coconut oil when applied to the skin. Best result when used at night before retiring to bed. Or it can be applied then steamed into the skin with a hot towel.

JBCO is used to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It provides a amazing moisture to your skin and aides in keeping that youthful look.

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Coconut Oil has a ton of uses and its antimicrobial. It provides a light UV protectant from the sun.

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Ground cinnamon when mixed with turbinado sugar and raw honey will give you natural looking pink lips. Not only that but it will make you lips softer and more kissable, so pucker up and scrub away! Blend ingredients with fresh lemon juice to lighten dark lips.

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Greek yogurt contains natural bacteria that will reduce inflammation and the severity of acne breakouts. It is an alpha hydroxy acid that will exfoliate dead skin cells. Mix with honey and lemon juice to lighten and moisturize at the same time.

These tips, will over time, work with consistent use to give you that “I woke up like this” look, naturally. Eventually you will reduce the need for makeup and be beautifully you from the inside out!

Article by Angie SKYHH, Master Loctician for /

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Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for


Our hair is an important part of our personality. It frames our face and lustrous, healthy hair adds to the overall beauty. In earlier days poor hair growth and hair loss were normally associated with aging, but with our busier than ever lifestyles, poor diet choices and all the styling products hair problems are faced by everyone. Don’t we all envy women with long, lustrous hair? Well, these women understand the basics of hair care. What are they; don’t we all want to know that?

The best products when it comes to hair growth tips are the natural products. Chemical laden products and styling tools are the main culprit behind rough, unhealthy hair. If you’ve been trying to grow your hair for some time, it’s time to say good bye to all those and start using some of nature’s gifts. Read on to find out how you can give your hair growth a boost by using some natural tips.


1)Coconut Oil

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Coconut is one of nature’s best gifts. Its benefits were unknown for a long time, but recently the beauty gurus cannot stop raving about its benefits. It is rich in potassium, iron and essential fatty oils. Massage your hair from roots to tips with this oil, leave it in your hair for at least an hour or two and rinse. You will see a difference after the first application. It gives instant shine to hair and moisturizes your scalp. The potassium and the iron help in the hair growth. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands put it at least half an hour before your shower. Try doing this 2-3 times a week.

2)Onion Juice

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Onions!! You might say, yes smelly but very effective. As we grow old our hair loses the natural collagen, onion has a high sulphur content which boosts the production of collagen tissues naturally. It also makes hair bouncy and adds a fabulous sheen to your hair.

You can use onion juice in two ways. Grate 2-3 onions and blenderize them. Then strain the juice out. Massage your scalp with this juice and leave it in hair for at least 2 hours. Rinse with a mild shampoo. If you can’t do this every time you need to wash your hair; chop a big onion into very fine cubes. Add this to the bottle of your shampoo; leave it for fifteen days, before you start using this shampoo. Use it like your normal shampoo, massaging it well into your scalp and follow with a conditioner.

It might get a while to get used to of the smell, but the benefits of this all natural remedy are immense.


3)Potato juice

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Yes, another vegetable and this one doesn’t stink. Potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, B and C. Potatoes are a great source of minerals and rich in a substance called alopecia, this helps in new hair growth. Potato juice improves the overall health of your scalp and makes your hair shiny and healthy. You can simply grate a potato, squeeze out all its juice and massage it onto your scalp. Leave it in hair for at least an hour or two before rinsing off.

You can even make a mask using pulp of three potatoes, one egg and two tablespoons of honey. Leave in hair for at least an hour before rinsing off.


4)Egg Mask

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Women with beautiful hair from all parts of the world have been benefiting from this gift of nature. Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Protein escalates new hair growth. They are also rich in iron, sulphur, phosphorus and zinc. Eggs by themselves can be a bit drying. It is a good idea to make a mask with eggs using one egg, adding a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of honey to it. Off course you can double the quantity to cover your hair completely from roots to tips.

The mask penetrates deep into the scalp and invigorates your follicles. This gives a boost to hair growth. Try using this mask at least once a week. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes; try covering your hair with a hot towel for added benefits. This is your all natural DIY protein treatment which is a lot cheaper and much effective than what you pay for at the saloon.


5&6)Yogurt and Banana Mask

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Another DIY home remedy which repairs sun damaged or chemically treated hair is a banana and yoghurt mask. Why? This is because bananas are rich in minerals and iron. Yoghurt is an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus and Vitamin A. honey is another one of nature’s gifts with immense benefits. Take a banana squash it and whisk it together with about a cup of yoghurt, add a tablespoon of honey and whisk it more. You can also add a few drops of lemon juice and olive oil to this mask. Apply it generously to hair, covering your whole crown. Leave it for at least an hour before you rinse off. This mask has a cooling effect and is great for those summer months. Regular use of this does wonders to your hair.


7)Indian Gooseberry

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Indian gooseberry (or Amla) can be safely called the powerhouse of nutrients. It accelerates hair growth like nothing else. If you are unfamiliar with this fruit, don’t worry it is easily available in powder form. It can reverse premature graying and helps in maintaining the overall health of scalp.


  • If you have the fresh fruit available take 5-6 of these gooseberries and cook it with 250 ml coconut oil. The oil will become dark in color. Take out the gooseberries and let the oil cool. You can apply this oil whenever you want to. Leave it in your hair for at least two hours before rinsing off.
  • Some women even make a tea out of gooseberry powder, by boiling a tablespoon of the powder in 2 cups of water. Let it cook for about fifteen minutes. When washing your hair rinse it in end with this water.


8)Fenugreek Seeds

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This golden seed has been part of the beauty rituals of women from South Asia, Middle East and Africa for centuries. It promotes healthy hair growth and escalates hair growth. You can make a mask of the fenugreek seed. We are giving you two very easy methods


  • Take about a teaspoon of fenugreek seed powder; mix it with enough coconut oil to form a thick paste. Apply it to the scalp. Massage gently using your fingertips. Leave in hair for at least an hour and before washing off.
  • Another way to use this is by adding a tablespoon of the powder to 200 ml of yoghurt, and add some olive or coconut oil to this. Apply this mixture to your roots and scalp. Leave it for at least half an hour. Wash with slightly warm water, and see your hair transform after 3-4 applications.


 9)Green Tea

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Green tea is rich in antioxidant properties. It removes product buildup and stimulates a healthy scalp. You can use stewed green tea to rinse your hair with as an after-wash rinse.

Another way to use it is by applying slightly warm tea from used tea bags to your hair directly. Instead of squeezing the bags in the cup, do that on your hair. It works as a great all natural leave-in conditioner.


10)Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar promotes hair growth by maintaining the pH level of your scalp and removing any product buildup. It cleanses the hair thoroughly. All you have to do is use it as an after-wash rinse. Add 2 tablespoons of ACV to 2 mugs of water, and if you are bothered by the smell of it add a few drops of lavender oil to this rinse. This adds instant bounce and shine to your hair. After a few rinses you will feel the lost luster coming back.

You can chose to use any one or even try combining two or more of these remedies. There are going to be no side effects, just benefits as these are all natural products. Remember, these tips are to give your hair growth a boost and not magic. You will see the results with a little persistence but once you see the results of your hard work you will be hooked on to these. Good luck!

Article by Catherynne Johns – Senior Writer for

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Nyesha Samuel – Publisher/Master Loctician for


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