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The latest trend is to promote hair strength and length Learn why rice water is so raved about and ways to add it to your hair care routine
This trend is all about retaining and increasing hair length, strengthening strands, and a imparting minerals The science is sound regarding the nutritional benefits of rice water and how it allows hair to thrive and live it's best life no matter the texture. The beauty practices of Japanese court women, living in the 800 1200th century, and current day Yao women of China were studied since they are known for being real life Rupunzel's with strands well to the floor. The commonality between them? Both groups of women consistently bathe(d) their hair in rice water.
Studies have found that extractions of rice water "exhibited hair care effects, such as reducing surface friction and increasing hairs elasticity" Some rice water users stated that rinsing their hair with the rice water helps ease detangling, coats and strengthens the strands, and aides in thickening or growing the hair tremendously But how so?
Rice is a complex carbohydrate grain with a high starch content When soaked in water a lot of those starches are released and become dispersed throughout the water This is evident by the increasing opaqueness observed the longer the rice soaks Along with starch in the rice is Insitol, or vitamin B8 B complex vitamins aide in a range of bodily activities including red blood cell creation, boosting metabolism, and immune system support
As if that weren't enough the antioxidant content of the rice water hair rinse is raised by simply allowing the water to mildly ferment for a short time This onslaught of nutrients routinely drenching the hair makes for richly lustrous, fortified, more manageable strands Here we show you how to add this conditioning rinse to your regular routine
RICE WATER PREPARATION
1 part rice
2 parts water
Prepare your rice water by first rinsing any debris from the rice Next put the rice and the water in a bowl and allow it to soak for 30 minutes
WASH YOUR HAIR AS NORMAL
Use the rice water in place of your normal conditioner
After washing the hair, rinse and pat/ring dry Use the rice water in place of your normal conditioner Saturate the hair making sure to also massage the water into the scalp and allow to sit for 20 30 mins before rinsing away Once rinsed moisturize, dry, and style as normal
BOTTLE THE RICE WATER
This is where we ferment
Allow the rice water to sit at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours It is not advised to allow fermentation any longer than 48 hours as the smell of the spoiling water may become unbearable
For so long, very little has been known about melanin other than it being a pigment molecule While overall it still remains a mystery, scientists have made key discoveries that allow its use in a variety of applications, such as a uv protective outter layer for spacecraft. More recent discoveries have opened up a new understanding about its function and properties. Here we explore some of the discoveries of melanin and why it is such a divine molecule
Carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen combine in many ways to form many beneficial compounds but none so elusive and none so divine as melanin. This substance is found all throughout nature and does more than give animals and humans their various colors.
Many studies have been performed on this molecule but there is still so much unknown about its function, structure, and capabilities As aforementioned melanin is most famous for causing a variety of pigments from black and deep brown to red and yellow However, all melanin is not the same There are various types of melanin Deep dark hues are determined by eumelanin, lighter red and yellow hues determined by pheomelanin, and neuromelanin which is around the brain
Its divinity does not peak there If you ' ve ever wondered about the need of sunblock just look to melanin for the answer One of melanins' main jobs is to absorb sunlight Deep brown and black colors are best at this because it is the eumelanin that has the greatest absorbing abilities And it doesn't stop at absorption The melanin molecules are a literal storehouse and converter for that light energy, called photonic energy, changing it into chemical energy so the organism can use it much like a plant converts sunlight using chlorophyll Along with converting photonic energy, melanin protects Acting as a shield it covers the nucleus within cells protecting DNA from uv ray damage It even works as a self produced antioxidant removing free radicals from body tissue and binding to damaging metals
Few other molecules are so beautiful, versatile, and so principal in nature For this we call it divine as it is surely
Melanated skin has a long history of being overlooked by the beauty industry being seen as problematic, tough, and unworthy, as a market, for top quality products categorically its own Misunderstanding, low quality commercial products, non specific products lack of skin science knowledge, and ignorance of effective care practices etc can leave those deeply hued suffering skin issues of various sorts and often chalking it up to just having "bad skin" This couldn't be further from the truth Melanated skin, hair, and nails are highly sensitive to external and internal irritants and proficiently communicative about that which causes reactions and discomfort Many are only recently listening In this section we hope to share information we ' ve gained regarding some common issues that plague melanated skin, hair, and nails along with practical applications meant to help it shine it's best
My skin has these dark bumpy spots all over it especially around my knees and elbows and I don't how to smooth my skin or get rid of the bumps Help!
Often called Chicken skin, Alligator skin or Strawberry skin Keratosis Pilaris, or KP for short, is a common skin disorder caused by proteins called keratin clogging hair follicles Though not a chronic or life threatening illness, it can cause large patches of unsightly raised and discolored acne like bumps on the arms, legs, buttocks, and other areas of the body that are difficult to remove and even embarrassing in severe cases
While there is no cure for KP, there are numerous medicated and diy remedies alike floating around that promise to restore skins baby softness however, those with any significant amount of melanin can vouch it becomes a bit more difficult to smooth their tough darkened bumps
We've listed a few ways we ' ve found that help smooth those rough spots
Exfoliating can do more than increase circulation and lymphatic drainage. It can also aide in unclogging pores and removing the outer dead layers of skin to reveal glowing soft skin
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Using mild acids on the skin, such as lactic acid and salicylic acid, can help penetrate deep in the skin to break up those proteins and clear the follicles for a supple smoothed texture
Using soaps with added oils and using moisture sealing butters or oils after washing and exfoliating can help lessen the effects of KP and maintain the skins hydration.
Regular use of these methods, even in combination with one another, can provide some major skin soothing and smoothing relief
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Pleasenote:Thecontentinthismagazine isnotintendedtobeasubstitutefor professionalmedicaladvice,diagnosis,or treatment Alwaysseektheadviceofyour physicianorotherqualifiedhealthcare providerwithanyquestionsyoumayhave regardingamedicalconditionor regardingtheadditionofany naturopathicremedyorpracticetoyour currenthealthregimen Theinformation presentedhereisjustthat,information, notadvise
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