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Get shiny, glossy hair—naturally

My latest story for Breathe magazine is out—Get Glossy: Shiny Hair Secrets. It’s full of natural tips for shiny, healthy locks, from the perfect shiny-hair cuts to the best tools and products (recommended by the fabulous Julie Ebner). Check it out!

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I Tried It: Dry Brushing to Detox Your Skin

Dry Brushing to Detox Your SkinIf you’re looking to add a new detox technique to your daily beauty routine, one of the best options is dry brushing, which helps detox from the outside, in. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and also your body’s ultimate defense between you and the environment. It’s also often referred to as the body’s “third kidney” because of the important role it plays in helping your body eliminate toxins. And just look at this list of benefits:

  • Helps shed dead skin cells to improve skin texture
  • Increases circulation and stimulates your lymph system
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Stimulates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
  • Tones muscles and tightens skin

Plus, as if all of those benefits aren’t enough, it honestly just feels good. The first thing I noticed when I started dry brushing is that I feel much more invigorated post-shower. Read on to find out how to get started!

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Pro tip: Oil for a healthy scalp

A few weeks ago I shared Julie Ebner’s DIY recipe for shiny hair. Luckily for me (and you!), Julie gave me another tip worth sharing: a technique to help keep your scalp healthy. Our scalps are very important—and largely ignored. Did you know the scalp is responsible for the volume of your hair and determines how shiny it is? Read on for Julie’s scalp-soothing technique.

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Pro tip: Apple cider vinegar for shiny hair

Earlier this week I interviewed Julie Ebner, founder/owner of Juju Salon and Organics, for a story I’m working on. During our conversation, we got a little sidetracked talking about DIY treatments for getting naturally shiny hair.

Her secret? An apple cider vinegar rinse.

“It’s a really easy thing to make at home,” she says, adding that it’s effective for all types of hair. “It re-balances the oil production on your scalp, and keeps your color longer, especially with women who have highlights.”

To make it: Buy a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar (Julie prefers Bragg brand), mix in a few tablespoons to 8 oz. of water, shake it up, and apply to wet hair. Work it through your hair well, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse. Follow with your shampoo or conditioner.

“It really, really works,” says Julie. “It works really well on curly-haired clients.”

I don’t know about you, but I have officially added organic apple cider vinegar to my shopping list. Will you try it? —Aleigh

(Image via Eddie Van 3000)

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No Tricks: Pumpkin is A Treat For Your Skin

Don’t forsake pumpkin just because Halloween is over–this lovely squash is packed with nutrients that make it a treat (not a trick!) for your skin. With antioxidants and vitamins, pumpkin works well for all skin types. Here are three reasons to add a little pumpkin to your beauty routine.

  1. Heals. With lots of Vitamin A and Zinc, pumpkin is a soothing skin healer–making it a good option for sensitive or damaged skin. (Zinc is also an acne-fighter!)
  2. Moisturizes. Pumpkin itself is full of moisture, and when you put it on your face or body, your skin soaks it right up.
  3. Brightens. Pumpkin also has Vitamin C, a great skin brightener, which will help even out your complexion and brighten your skin tone.

Still not convinced? Read on for an easy DIY beauty recipe that combines pumpkin and honey for a seasonal (and sweet) treat for your skin.

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