The best way to cover grey

As a rather dark brunette, greying hair (of which I'm becoming increasingly familiar with) is rather more noticeable than for our fair haired friends, especially with conventional dyes. There is always an annoyingly stark contrast between the regrowth and the previously dyed sections.

As someone who's pretty terrible at religiously getting their roots done every 4 weeks or so, I'm am constantly on the hunt for a low maintainace, budget and time friendly solution.

Allow me to introduce Water colour hair dyes..... 

Organic, cruelty free and nourishing! 

 

H2O Colour

H2O Colour is gentle on us and our clients giving great healthy-looking hair that keeps them coming back time and time again.

H2O Colour is a 95% water-based colour with not mixed with peroxide, ammonia or resorcinol in the mix making it completely odourless.

H2O Colour gives you 100% grey coverage and as it gently absorbs into the cuticle using hot water and natural body heat, adding perfect shine.

H2O Colour cuts the colour correction process in half as there is no need to pre-pigmentate and prevents any further damage being done to the hair shaft.

At Natural Colour Works we believe that already poorly treated hair deserves a bit of tender loving care, so please do not use any peroxide where you do not need to.

Avocado Developer, Soya Colour delivers a gentle, deeply conditioned result. (Taken from nature colour works site) 

There are organic hair salons popping up everywhere at the moment (hurray!) but if in London I can highly recommend @sarasteelesnaps   at Nature ColourWorks in Soho  www.jigamihairdressing.co.uk 

 Before

Before

 During  

During  

Colour is  applied and then left to develop with heat. There is no strong smell or tingling sensations.  

 After

After

The grey is softened and slightly lighter than the natural hair colour giving a more natural and less flat looking colour - perfect!  

 

My hair feels strong, healthy and richly nourished.  

Caffeine free boost

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This is a great way to start your morning without caffeine it fires up the digestive systems and gives it a quick flush through before it starts working for the day. It's also anti inflammatory so great for aches, pains ..hangovers!  This drink works for your skin from the inside but also is great applied directly on the face. Pour a little out and apply like a toner leave for a little while and then rinse of. Also make sure the pepper you use is course ground if applying to the face.

 

Quick healthy snack

Fast food that keeps you young.....

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Avocados are a huge source of antioxidants carotenoids like alpha carotene, beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein. These compounds provide significant protection for your skin from free radicals that lead to fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of ageing

They are high in vitamin C which is needed for the creation of elastin and collagen, which bind your skin cells together and maintain their firmness and structure.

They are loaded with Vitamin E which is fat soluble and assists by preventing free radical damage from oxidising fats in your skin cells that lead to ageing skin. Research studies have also demonstrated that vitamin E can reduce the effects of UVA and UVB radiation and sun exposure on skin.
Vitamin E is much more effective when it’s obtained from natural sources... like avocados!
One of the main avocado skin benefits comes from their high oleic acid content. This monounsaturated fatty acid maintains moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin, helping to make it soft and hydrated. An omega-9 fat, oleic acid is also involved in regenerating damaged skin cells and reducing facial redness and irritation.
Omega-9 fatty acids are one of the building blocks of healthy skin and avocados, and even more so avocado oil, are a great source of it.

vitamin ACE soup

Soup recipe for youthful glowing skin  jam packed with vitamins A,C and E   

 Soup for glowing, supple, hydrated and youthful skin  

Soup for glowing, supple, hydrated and youthful skin  

 .Vitamin A (Butternut Onion and Carrot)

Protects against various skin problems and helps to maintain skin health.
Antioxidant -rich this vitamin attacks free radicals to prevent signs of ageing like wrinkles, pigmentation and an uneven skin tone.
This nutrient helps keep your skin's pH slightly on the acidic side to keeping bacteria at bay and promoting cell turnover to prevent dry, rough, and scaly skin
Combatting vitamin A deficiency can vastly improve blemishes acne, rashes and dermatitis

Vitamin C (Butternut, Onion and Carrot)

Aids collagen production, a protein that is vital for the maintenance of skin elasticity.
Prevents wrinkles, delaying the ageing process.

Vitamin E (Onions, Cumin)

Vitamin E maintains the integrity of skin and aids in the prevention of premature ageing symptoms.
promoting a young and glowing skin combating free radicals that result in wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin

Beta carotene (butternut and carrot)

Sun protecting protecting and wrinkle-fighting. This nutrient is converted to Vitamin A inside the body. Helps by repairing the skin tissues. antioxidants and carotenoids protect and condition the skin, increasing immunity against the sun and accelerates the healing of sunburn.

Potassium (Carrot)

Hydrates and aids in maintaining potassium levels which if low can lead to dry skin.

Quercetin (Onions)

The most powerful antioxidant that can keep your skin wrinkle-free

Quercetin (Onions)

Powerful wrinkle fighting antioxidant

Sulphur (Onions and Garlic)

Sulphur prevents infections and reduces inflammation. Great for improving circulation giving the skin a natural glow. Protects the skin keeping it soft and supple and youthful.

Allicin (Garlic)

Anti-fungal, anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits, increasing antioxidant levels in the body

Linoleic and Linolenic Acids (Nigella Seeds)

These essential fatty acids are not produced in the body and so have to be gained by external means. Great for skin texture

Essential Oils (Cumin)

The oils present in cumin have amazing anti-fungal and disinfectant properties. Preventing microbial and fungal infection on the skin

 

Ingredients  

 

1/2 butternut squash  

1 large white onion  

1 inch ginger  

1 tsp cumin

1 tbs nigella seeds 

2 or 3 med/large carrots  

2 cloves garlic  

1 pint veg stock  

 

Method  

 Cut the butternut in half and de-seed using a spoon, gently score the butternut and dust with a little cumin (and sage if desired) sprinkle a little pink himalayan crystal salt and place in a preheated medium oven for approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Dice the onions and heat in pan with either a little bit of water or rapeseed oil until soft. Finely chop the ginger and garlic and add to the onions along with the cumin and heat for a further 5 to 10 minutes adding more oil or water if required 

 Chop the carrots and add along with one pint of vegetable stock and the nigella seeds.

Remove butternut from oven and remove skin if desired (If leaving on just remove the hard part at the top and bottom where the stalk was. Chop into inch cubes and add to pan. Cook until all veg is soft, add a squeeze of lemon juice and then blend using hand blender.

Lovely with a handful of pumpkin seeds and some black pepper on top.