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Hair loss and brittle hair is an all too real struggle for me due to my PCOS diagnosis. Like other women with PCOS, I suffer from regular hair loss and brittle hair. It is difficult for me to grow my hair at all unless I follow a disciplined low-glycemic diet full of plenty of leafy greens and regular juicing. Even with that regimen, I am lucky for my hair to grow at half of the rate of that of women without medical issues. Sufferers of PCOS are not alone in this predicament. Anyone suffering from hormonal or adrenal issues probably has some issues with hair breakage and loss. Some women with no hormonal problems may also be prone to hair breakage and loss due to genetics or nutrition. If you are feeling the same pains as me, you may be able to treat your hair naturally and cheaply using home remedies for fragile hair.

As you may have noticed from reading other posts, my mantra is natural treatment. If you can heal what ails you using something from the kitchen cabinet, then try it first. This remedy will likely be the cheapest and least noxious on your body. In fact, your body may even receive some ancillary benefits from the treatment. After trying many recommended treatments in varying amounts, many bouts of my own trial and error, and loads of patience, I believe that have found perfected my routine of naturally treating my hair using these home remedies for fragile hair.

For this hair treatment, you will coconut oil and coffee grounds. The coffee grounds can be used or fresh. I personally like to save coffee grounds left over after making a batch of cold brew coffee. It is enough not only for a hair treatment, but for a body scrub as well. For a hair mask only, you will need no more than 4 tablespoons of dry coffee grounds. For the coconut oil treatment, you will most likely use no more than 4 tablespoons as well. You may use less depending on your hair length.

When my hair was at its worst, I began using the coconut oil treatment first. This added hydration, which stemmed my hair loss. Once my hair follicles were stronger, I began making using coffee masks to reduce breakage. If you having issues with both hair loss and breakage, begin with the coconut oil hair mask. In addition to using these home remedies for fragile hair, I also recommend washing and conditioning your hair every other day. I reduced my hair washing and condition to every other day in order to mitigate stripping my hair of its natural oils with shampoo and conditioner.

The coconut oil will add vitamins, minerals and the medium-chain fatty acids to your scalp and hair. It will make your hair stronger and more hydrated. You can also treat dandruff with this hair mask as well.

Coconut Oil Treatment for Hair Loss

  1. Bring a bottle of coconut oil into the shower. Let the heat of the shower melt the coconut oil into a liquid.
  2. Once a few tablespoons of coconut oil have melted, pour the coconut oil directly onto your damp hair. Or, pour some into your hand and massage it into your hair.
  3. Massage the coconut oil into your scalp for at least two minutes. This will stimulate blood circulation to aid in hair health and growth. It will also help treat dandruff and dry scalp issues.
  4. Coat your hair in a thin layer of coconut oil from root to tip.
  5. Leave the shower. Put your hair up in a loose bun. If you have a shower cap, cover your head with it. Otherwise, drape a hand towel over your shoulders to catch dripping.
  6. Let the coconut oil mask sit for at least an hour. The longer that you let it sit, the more nutrients your hair will absorb and the more effective the mask will be.
  7. Hop in the shower and rinse the hair mask off. Shampoo your hair to fully rinse out the oil.

Use this mask at least once per week to reduce hair loss and eventually improve hair growth. Once your hair hair loss has been stemmed, move on to the coffee mask. Do not use this mask on same day that you use the coffee mask. In my experience, it is best to give your scalp and hair time to absorb the nutrients of a mask for at least one day before moving onto the next.

Coffee adds to strengthen hair and stimulate hair growth. Coffee blocks Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes hair follicle damage. This improves the strength of existing hair follicles. The caffeine also stimulates hair follicles, which improves the hair of hair follicles. The darker the coffee, the more nutrients it offers. Be aware that your body absorbs a great deal of caffeine when you use this hair mask, so it may keep you awake if you use it at night. Unfortunately, caffeine is harmful for your body when you have PCOS. So, if you suffer from PCOS, there needs to be a balance.

Coffee Treatment for Hair Breakage

  1. After shampooing your hair, coat your hair from root to tip in coffee grounds. Massage the coffee into your hair to ensure that it is thoroughly coated.
  2. Leave the shower. Put your hair up in a loose bun. If you have a shower cap, cover your head with it. Otherwise, drape a hand towel over your shoulders to catch dripping.
  3. Let the coffee mask sit for at least 30 minutes. The longer that you let it sit, the more nutrients your hair will absorb and the more effective the mask will be. Be aware that your body will absorb caffeine as long as you are wearing the mask.
  4. Hop in the shower and rinse the hair mask off. Condition your hair to add hydration after using the mask.

Use this mask at least once per week to reduce hair breakage and stimulate hair growth. Do not use this mask on same day that you use the coconut oil mask. In my experience, it is best to give your scalp and hair time to absorb the nutrients of a mask for at least one day before moving onto the next.

Bonus: If you have extra coffee grounds, you can scrub your face and body with it. Coffee is great for fighting cellulite, loose skin and wrinkles. It is an effective scrub for your face and fatty areas.

You should see a significant improvement in your hair and scalp health after just one treatment of each hair mask. They are the most effective hair masks that I have used. Coincidentally, they also happen to be the cheapest hair masks that I have used. Each hair mask offers plenty of nutrients with little to no downside. Use them regularly and let us know in the comments how well it works for you.

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I am somewhat of a tea fanatic. It helps me avoid quaffing sugary beverages while sitting at a desk for eight hours like most office dwellers. My choice in teas also helps me treat my PCOS (more to come on that later). I drink at least four cups of various teas everyday, and there are some days where I drink more tea than plain water. I routinely begin the day with green tea and switch to spearmint tea among other teas in the afternoon. The low and steady dose of caffeine in green tea provides continuous energy sans energy drop off, while tisanes provide an array of flavor options to keep my taste buds sated.

As I progressed in my tea drinking, I made the customary leap from bagged to loose leaf teas. Buying loose leaf teas means buying higher quality teas, that have shorter shelf lives, in bulk. If you do not store it properly, then you are going to make an expensive and stale mistake. In order to preserve its shelf life, tea should be stored in an airtight container and away from light as much as possible. Most tea shops bag loose teas in paper or plastic bags. If the store is courteous or well-versed in tea, they may provide a vacuum-sealed bag of tea. If you want to stretch out the use of your tea as long as possible, you will need to move it from the shop’s container into your own.
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This collection is only a sample of teas that I had been drinking the past few weeks. I have a whole box on top of this.

For me personally, my collection of teas was growing handily, but they were all still sitting in plastic bags slowly but surely taking over what meager space I had on my already cramped desk. For the sake of sanity and getting my money’s worth, I spent an hour one Saturday morning creating reusable DIY tea storage jars.

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Reusable DIY Tea Storage Tutorial

To do this, you will need a few lidded jars, chalk spray paint (or chalk paint, chalk and some expendable newspaper or magazines. I personally used four-ounce mason jars, because they easily stack in small spaces.

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First, lay the lids of the jars on the newspaper or magazine. Coat them well with the chalk spray paint and leave them to dry for at least 30 minutes. You may need to apply two coats depending the strength of the chalk paint.

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Once the lids have dried, make sure that you can screw them onto the jars and write on them using chalk. If the paint chips, add another coat and let it dry for at least one hour. If you do not run into issues, then wipe down the underside of the lids and dry them before placing tea in the jar. Once dry, fill your jars with tea and label accordingly.

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My small desk is less crowded and my tea is properly stored now. A small change makes a big difference when you are short on space. I love being able to stack 20 tea choices on my desk with no added clutter. The chalk name tags also makes the jars easy to reuse when I buy new teas.

If you try this DIY tea storage idea, let us know how it goes in the comments below.

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low-calorie-watermelon-sorbet-recipeI know that this recipe is coming a bit late to help you beat the summer heat. Nonetheless, it is worthy of sharing as soon as possible. If you still have access to watermelons, I highly suggest that you mull over making a trip to the store to pick up some fruit. This watermelon sorbet recipe is crisp, cold and sweetened perfectly by the fruit alone. If you wish to sweeten it up some more, you can add a sprinkle of stevia to do just the trick naturally and without adding calories.

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You will need a food processor or a good food chopper to make this watermelon sorbet recipe. It can be as simple as a Ninja chopper or a cheap one off of Amazon. I personally use a Hamilton Beach food processor that costs less than $30. I have made this recipe both with a Ninja chopper and with a food processor, and not surprisingly it works best with a food processor.Plus, you can make bigger portions with a food processor 🙂 Nevertheless, you do not necessarily need to go buy a new appliance in order to start making your own natural ice cream and sorbet recipes at home. By the way, an awesome vegan ice cream recipe is coming post haste.

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If you have browsed our recipes section lately, you have probably noticed that I am on a low-glycemic and natural kick. That is because I am eating well as part of treating my PCOS. It is easy for me to resist starches and empty carbs when it comes to savory foods, but it has been a struggle with sweets and desserts. It has truly brought out the cook in me. Thankfully, it has also satiated my sweet tooth. You may be thinking that watermelon is high in glycemic index. That is deceptively true. While it is high in the glycemic index at 72, it is low in glycemic load at a mere 5. The glycemic index will tell you how quickly your body will process the the food and therefore its impact on your blood sugar. The glycemic load takes into account how many carbs are in a given food. So, even though your body processes watermelon quickly, it does not have that many carbs so it will not spike your blood sugar. This article gives a good overview.

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I used this watermelon sorbet recipe countless times over the past summer trying new ingredients and ingredient ratios. Now, I did not fib when I said that this only recipe only requires three ingredients. That is true. However (I apologize that there is a caveat), if you want to make a delicious variation of watermelon sorbet, I suggest tossing in a few frozen strawberries. I think that it helps with the sweetness and tartness a bit without surrendering any flavor of the watermelon. If you want pure watermelon, then stick to the original recipe and enjoy the watermelon goodness.

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3-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet Recipe

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Watermelon (Frozen)
  • 1 Lemon (Juiced)
  • 2 tablespoons Club Soda

Optional

  • 1 handful Strawberries (Frozen)
  • 1 sprinkle Stevia

Directions

Step 1
Place the frozen watermelon and optional frozen strawberries into the food processor. Process until there are no large chunks and the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
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Step 2
Add the lemon juice, club soda and optional stevia. Process the ingredient until thoroughly mixed with a sorbet consistency. Add club soda as needed.
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  • Marjori - October 20, 2016 - 4:13 pm

    That looks wonderful! It’s so nice to find a non-gluten, low sugar snack that’s also refreshing. For the most part, snacks are often carb laden or have a good amount of sugar.ReplyCancel

wedding photo musts the mother of the groom with her son groomFamily is very important on the wedding day. We have already discussed capturing photos of the bride with her mother, the first look of the father of the bride, the groom with his father and both the bride and groom with their grandparents. Family members usually play integral parts in the wedding ceremony and reception. There are many recognized wedding traditions involving family members. These include the father giving away his daughter bride at the altar and dances between parents and their newlywed children. There are also unofficial traditions such as siblings and other relatives acting ushers, ring bearers and members of the wedding party. Besides the new union forged by the bride and groom, these are the most important bonds to capture on film on the day of the wedding.

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It is fairly easy to capture the bride with her mother and groom with his father on film before the wedding ceremony. Each often helps their bride daughter and groom son dress for the wedding. The father of the bride also has a moment alone with his daughter bride as he prepares to walk her down the aisle. For grooms who walk down the aisle with their mother, the moments before and the event itself offer ideal photo opportunities. Here you can capture the bond between mother of the groom and her son as he prepares for his marriage. For those who do not choose to have the mother of the groom accompany her son down the aisle, finding moments of the two  alone together in an uncontrived manner may be difficult. It is important, though, to capture their love for one another in a genuine way during the day. That will be far more memorable for each of them and their family than a staged photo of smiles straight at the camera. Any photos of the two together will be lovely, but the less staged the more powerful they are. It may be difficult to capture this bond naturally, but a mother’s love is worth capturing in an authentic way on this important day.

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For more lovely wedding photo ideas like these, check out our other posts:

photos of faith ~ the mother of the bride with the bride ~ bride and groom photo ideas ~ the groom’s first look ~ the father of the bride’s first look ~ the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony ~ the bride’s something blue ~ the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony ~ the first kiss as husband and wife ~ wedding photos with grandparents ~ the wedding ceremony recessional ~ the bridesmaids ~ the ring bearer and flower girl ~ the first dance ~ the bride and groom getting ready ~ the wedding reception entrance ~ the wedding day love note exchange ~ the father of the groom with the groom

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest

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natural strawberry lemonade recipe

Summer is proving to be no picnic for us. Even though I am less than ten miles from the ocean, temperatures are topping 100° and hanging steady in the 90’s. I am not dealing with much humidity, either. With weather like this in Los Angeles and around the country, one is in need respite. What better liquid refuge from the summer heat is there than lemonade? That’s right – strawberry lemonade.

If you are like my family, you strive to do things the natural (and usually more delicious) way whenever possible. The calories and chemicals can add up quickly when you buy pre-made lemonade or pre-packaged lemonade mixes. Lemonade is one of the simplest and tastiest enduring beverage recipes. To make it delicious requires the use of real lemons.

In order to be able to drink this strawberry lemonade recipe time and time again, it necessary to cut down the sugar. This is where Stevia comes in. Stevia may not be the best sweetener when it comes to baking, but as any Stevia user knows, it is ideal for sweetening beverages. Cutting down on the sugar by using Stevia is better for your teeth and diet.

My personal love of Stevia stems from my need to eat a low glycemic diet in order to treat my PCOS naturally. Without it, I would be confined to consuming a few coconut sugar-sweetened drinks and desserts here and there. That is no way to live, so I have started taking a more natural approach to desserts. You do not have to sacrifice flavor (especially sweets) in the name of healthy eating.

This strawberry lemonade recipe is case and point. I enjoy drinking it freshly made, so my recipe it for a single serving only. It is quite easy, though, to ramp up the serving size to create a pitcher of sweet lemonade. Also, if you like carbonated water at all, I highly recommend using it (flavored or unflavored) in this recipe. I am only a moderate fan of carbonated water and I LOVE making this recipe with carbonated water. Enjoy!

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Strawberry Lemonade with Stevia (Single Serving)

Serves 1
Prep time 15 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party
This low-calorie strawberry lemonade is full of all natural ingredients and sweetened with no-calorie stevia. It is diabetic friendly and at 33 calories per glass, you can drink one after another sans guilt.

Ingredients

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 strawberries
  • 6oz carbonated water or flat water
  • Stevia, sweetened to taste

Directions

Step 1
Rinse the strawberries and remove the stems.
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Step 2
Place the strawberries in a glass and mash them. Alternatively, to create a puree, blend the strawberries in a blender. Pour the puree into a glass.
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Step 3
Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the glass over the strawberries.
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Step 4
Fill the rest of the glass with your choice of water carbonated or flat water.
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Step 5 Sweeten the lemonade to taste using stevia powder or liquid stevia.

 

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