5 Bang for Your Buck Hair & Skin Products
There are thousands of hair and skin products out there but finding ones that are effective and affordable can take some time. In these economically trying times, multi-purpose beauty products that are affordable and easily accessible cannot be beat. Here are 5 great bang for your buck items that should get you going.
What can’t be done with coconut oil is what I really want to know. Makeup removal, metabolism booster, toothpaste, furniture polisher, cooking oil and sticky substance removal are just a few uses for it. Unlike many oils which only coat the hair, coconut oil actually penetrates the hair shaft similar to water so can provide extra moisture.
It is a good ingredient for oil rinses, deep conditioners, exfoliating scrubs, nail strengtheners, eczema treatments and lip moisturizers. It is very accessible and available at most nutrition stores like the Vitamin Shoppe or the GNC section of Rite Aid. It should always be purchased as organic and cold pressed to ensure quality.
Aloe vera gel and juice are relatively inexpensive and can even be grown at home. vAloe vera like all succulents act as water storage plants within their thick, meaty leaves. Easily found at nutrition stores or supermarkets, aloe leaves are usually around $1.
Aloe vera gel all by itself can be used as a natural hair gel or curl definer while the juice can be used in recipes for leave-in conditioners or face masks. It is also good to treat burns and itchy bug bites. When drinking aloe vera juice or gel processed at home it is recommended to avoid the green outer gel since it is a powerful laxative. Drinking the juice is good for a number of digestive ailments and weight loss.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is best purchased raw and organic for the highest quality. While it can be found at your local grocer, it is unlikely that it will be in its pure, organic form. The obvious acidic nature of apple cider vinegar is good at correcting many pH problems in the skin and hair.
It is made up of mainly acetic acid and also contains amino acids, mineral salts and vitamins. It can act as a natural toner and cleanser for the skin, soften the hair, breakdown product buildup and lessen dandruff. When ingested, it can help with weight loss and lessen muscle fatigue due to lactic acid buildup. All apple cider vinegar whether ingested or used topically should be diluted at about 1-2 tablespoons per glass of water.
There are plenty of butters out there but shea butter really sets itself apart from the pack. Out of all of the products in this article, shea butter is perhaps the hardest to find in person outside of major cities without ethnic populations or herbal stores. Luckily, it can be purchased in large quantities from sites like www.butters-n-bars.com and http://www.soapgoods.com. Shea butter should be purchased as organic, unrefined and if possible fair trade.
Shea butter comes from the nuts of shea trees in Western Africa. Shea butter is great at sealing ends, adding shine, reducing dandruff and is a great base product. Shea butter is a moisturizing base for many natural soaps, lotions and hair moisturizers. What many do not know is that shea butter can act as an SPF and protect hair from harsh summer rays. While the amount is low most people do not use SPF on hair anyways so the benefit is a nice bonus.
Calcium Bentonite Clay
This was a hard one to choose from since rhassoul and calcium bentonite are both extremely beneficial clays. Calcium bentonite rounded out the list because it can also be ingested if the proper version is purchased while rhassoul cannot. Calcium bentonite is a naturally occurring clay that comes from volcanic ash.
It binds itself to toxins to provide a deeper cleansing effect on the hair, skin and digestive tract. It can bind to anything such as heavy metals or free radicals. With some added oils, the clay can make an excellent hair cleanser and conditioning treatment all in one.