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6 DIY Masks For Black Hair Using Only Pantry Products That’ll Keep The Frizzies And Humidity Out

Just when you think you and your hair have survived the winter months and are in the clear, summer comes around. It’s tempting to think that this time of year means that you can be free to soak in the warm weather, head to the beach and only worry about sun damage to your skin, but it’s crucial to know that this time of year poses some major threats to your hair too. Particularly ones that concern humidity and heat. Yep, whether the days of applying heat to your rizos are behind you or not, the summer months mean that the sun’s rays will be applying heat to your hair whether you like it or not. Fortunately, hair masks are a tool that you can use to ward off whatever damage your hair might be threatened with.

Straight from mama’s recipe book here are a few masks that’ll help you keep your hair strong, healthy and moisturized for the summer.

La Mayonesa Mask

If chilling in your pijama with mayonnaise in your hair sounds odd, you’re right girl. I’m pretty sure no one has ever claimed that keeping their hair wrapped in the key ingredients to a chicken salad sandwich was a delightful way to spend an evening and yet it’s a mask I apply to my strands once a week.

Benefits: For the chica with damaged strands, this mayo mask won’t be the end all be all to your woes, but it’ll be pretty close. I have to admit that recently my hair has been in recovery mode from heat styling and a not so smart dye job. Still, the regular use of mayonnaise on my hair has helped me to strengthen my strands and smooth out my frizzies. The rich amount of amino acids and nourishing oils in the product can also keep your hair conditioned while ensuring that locks of all types stay moisturized and smooth.

Ingredients: 

1 cup of Mayonnaise – if you’re out of the below ingredients like an egg or castor oil mayonnaise on its own can work too.

1 teaspoon of castor oil

1 egg

Freshly cleansed hair

How to work it: Mix these ingredients together well, then slather on your hair before covering with a plastic shower cap. Let sit for 20 minutes then wash all of the ingredients out. Be sure when you’re cleaning the ingredients out of your hair that you go for a cooler temperature (there’s egg in there, girl. Don’t make an old mistake I made and let it cook). Follow up with a shampoo wash to get rid of that mayo stink.

Avocado & Banana Mask

Yep, my mom loved to use all kinds of foods to condition my hair growing up and avocado was definitely one of them. In recent years I’ve amended this recipe by adding mashed up bananas and honey to increase shine and help with dandruff.

Benefits: Avocados are packed with protein and amino acids that have helped me improve my dry scalp and soften my hair when its dry. It’s a pretty great way to end breakage. Meanwhile, bananas come loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C that can bring shine and glow to your hair.

Ingredients

1/2 avocado (eat the other half while you’re chilling)

1/2 banana

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of honey

How to work it:  Mix all of the ingredients in a blender (trust me*, that avocado can be hard to break down). Do it until the ingredients are creamy. Then, part your hair into sections, apply the ingredients and braid each section from root to end. Let sit for 30 minutes or stick it out and wear the mask overnight while you sleep.

Pro tip*: avocado pulp is no joke. Be sure to rinse the products out of your hair thoroughly or risk having people asking you what the heck is in your hair.

The Baking Soda Mask

Benefits: If you start to see your hair go limp and feel as if it looks weighed down you might have too much product on it. The use of baking soda can be great for cleansing your hair of the hair sprays, and oils you use but can’t always seem to wash out.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of baking soda

1 tablespoon of water

How to work it: Mix both ingredients together until you get a paste. Then, coat all over your hair and wait 20 minutes before rinsing and following up with your regular hair wash routine.

Honey Mask

Benefits: The reality of honey’s benefits are sweeter than anything I could imagine. Honey has hygroscopic properties which means that holding onto water molecules is a pretty darn easy thing for it do it. Meaning it does a ton of moisturizing. This mask will help soften your hair and nourish the cuticle layer which will make your hair appear shinier.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup honey

1 Tbsp olive oil

How to work it: Start by shampooing your hair and then letting it dry a bit so that it is damp. Mix the honey and olive oil together so that it is blended well and a bit runny. Doing this will ensure that it will be easy to work into your hair. Massage the ingredients into your the scalp and then lightly use your fingers to cover the strands. Let this sit for 15 minutes and then wash out. Follow up with conditioner.

Papaya Mask

Benefits: Papaya’s never been one of my favorite fruits, but after a bit of research I started adding it to my grocery list pretty regularly. As it turns out, the super fruit is filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and potassium that can help keep your hair in line during the summer months. The fruit can bring shine to your strands and a bit of bounce. Meanwhile, good ol’ trusty olive oil will bring on the moisture and help you to prevent breakage.

Ingredients

1 papaya

2 tablespoons of olive oil

How to work it:  Blend pieces of papaya and olive oil together until smooth. Once you’re done so, apply the mask to your hair doobie style then cover it all up with a shower cap. Let the concoction sit overnight and wash out in the morning.

The Hot Coconut Oil Mask

When you have damaged hair, it might seem counter-intuitive to go for more heat, but trust me this recipe helps.

Benefits: Coconut oil doesn’t need to be fussed with when you’re applying it to your hair. That’s how powerful the ingredient which has lauric and fatty acids is.  The recipe will help with breakage, keep your hair shiny and get rid of dandruff.

Ingredients

1/4 cup of coconut oil

How to work it: There are two ways to do this mask. It always starts with making sure your hair is cleansed. Once you’ve done this you can heat up the oil in a microwave and apply it to your strands. Or, you can apply the oil to your hair, cover it with a  shower cap and use a dryer to warm up the outside of your hair cover. For both methods, leave the oil in your hair covered for 30 minutes or overnight. Once you’re done, proceed with washing the ingredients out and going about your normal shampoo routine.

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Eva Mendes Shared A Shocking Photo Of ‘Being Tortured’ While Receiving Mono-Thread Treatment For Her Neck

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Eva Mendes Shared A Shocking Photo Of ‘Being Tortured’ While Receiving Mono-Thread Treatment For Her Neck

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When it comes to aging and beauty, Eva Mendes is proving she has nothing to be ashamed of.

The forty-six-year-old actress and mother to two gave fans a look into her beauty routine. Shocking followers on Instagram, the actress shared that she maintains her look with a pretty unique, non-invasive injectable procedure. The image proves that whoever thinks “beauty isn’t pain” might have it wrong…

In a post shared to Instagram, Mendes shared a photo of a jawline-tightening treatment known as “mono-threading.” 

The graphic image shows Mendes with her neck tilted backward and tiny syringe pins sticking out from the curve of her jawline. In a caption of the post, Mendes gave more context to the shocking image and writing “This spa-home away from home is incredible! No office with bad fluorescent lighting. No sterile office vibe. This is my go-to for all things beauty. A home where you can relax while being tortured by the best of the best. This is my happy place! Here I am getting some Mono-Threads. Ayyyy Dios!”

Mendes went on to credit Beverly Hills-based esthetician Mariana Vergara and her new office for cosmetic injectables called Beauty Villa Vergara. “So excited to support her as a skilled beauty technician opening her own Latina owned business!” Mendes finished the post. “Pa’lante reina!”

Beauty Villa Vergara shared details of Mendes’ treatment on their Instagram page.

“Mono threads activate collagen synthesis, which produces a gradual skin thickening, skin tightening and rejuvenation effect,” Vergara wrote. “Acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions (…). The threads shown are mono threads, which stimulate collagen.”

Vergara went onto explain that the procedure Mendes received is not a face or neck-lifting procedure. Instead, it’s apreventative skin-tightening treatment. “These particular threads do not lift a saggy neck,” Vergara explained in response to questions posted in the comments section of the post. “She doesn’t have a saggy neck. These threads stimulate collagen production and prevent a saggy neck.”

Though Mendes joked that the procedure is “torturous,” Dr. Vergara promised that it’s not as painful as it looks.

“The procedure is minimally invasive and patients usually have mild discomfort. I use numbing cream before placing them,” she explained. “It provides immediate results, but even better results are seen after three months as your body produces collagen. These threads will start to dissolve within six to nine months, but due to the collagen and elastin stimulation the effect will last up to eighteen months.”

Vergara explained that the procedure can be done to more than just a jawline.

“They can go in the cheeks, nasolabial folds, jawline, marionette lines, décolleté, arms, thighs, knees or abdomen,” she explained. “Basically, anywhere collagen stimulation is intended.”

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Miss USA 2020 Crowns Another Black Woman Who Says When It Comes To Government There’s Still A Lot Of Work To Do

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Miss USA 2020 Crowns Another Black Woman Who Says When It Comes To Government There’s Still A Lot Of Work To Do

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Black is beautiful and Mississippi agrees!

Asya Branch, a student at the University of Mississippi became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss Mississippi USA earlier this year and is now the reigning Miss USA. Branch, who is from Booneville received her sparkling title on Monday after the coronavirus pandemic put the breaks on the event for several months.

Branch used her platform during the pageant to address the current state of our country which is deeply polarized.

She also addressed current gun laws and mistrust in media and government. Branch, who revealed during the contest that her family owns guns, said people should learn how to use guns properly before receiving a permit.

“As someone who grew up in a home with guns, I learned at an early age how to load, how to fire and gun safety, and I think that education should be available to everyone,” she explained during the pageant after being asked to answer a question on a random subject pulled from a box. “I think it’s important that we not ban guns, because obviously, people will find a way to get what they want anyway, but I think it’s our Second Amendment right, and we just need more safety surrounding that.”

In an interview with Miss Mississippi USA, Branch revealed that her father had been incarcerated for 10 years and she’d been inspired by his experience to advocate for criminal justice reform.

 “We’ve lost trust in the systems that seem to keep our country running, from the media to business to our government,” Branch went on to share according to Fox News. “And it’s all about restoring that trust and coming together and working together to heal and trust in these systems. If we want to continue to be the greatest nation, we’re going to have to set a better example.”

Branch shared her disbelief in her win earlier this year in September

“I learned a lot about myself, but at the same time, while sharing my story and going through so much but not letting it stop me, I’ve been able to heal while also helping others find their way,” she said in an interview.

Branch’s win is proof of a change in pageant competitions. Last year, Black women won Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA for the first time in history. Her win comes alongside another historic victory. Miss Teen USA 2020 Ki’ilani Arruda, became the second Hawaiian woman to win the teen pageant.

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