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Saturday, November 18th is National Apple Cider Day – so yes perfectly fitting for fall (I’m thinking of apple cider donuts of course) but let’s not forget Apple Ciders amazing beauty benefits – one of best being for your hair. Apple Cider is often used for its detoxing and deep cleansing properties in clarifying shampoos (& dry co-washes), which is an essential product for maintaining clean beautiful locks.
Wanted to share the below products and tips in case you have any Apple Cider themed beauty stories you are working on this week. Additionally, I have great Fekkai Stylists if you need any tips on why it’s great for your hair!
Here are a few reasons why you need a clarifying shampoo:
1.To get rid of build-up from your conditioner, treatments and styling products
2.In preparation for color or highlights
3.As a once-in-a-while volume booster for fine, straight hair
4.To clean non-color-treated hair that's very oily
5.As a pre-masque step
6.To keep blonde hair from turning brassy
7.To get rid of hard water deposits or damaging chlorine
8.To re-start your hair regimen when nothing is working
Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo
Clarifies and Renews. Infused with Apple Cider. Scented by fresh apple and pear. Silicone-free purifying cleanser clarifies and removes buildup. Overworked hair is deeply cleaned for a new beginning.
Cantu Refresh Dry Co-Wash
(Target.com, SallyBeauty.com; $4.99)
Cantu Refresh Dry Co-Wash is made with apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and shea butter – a deeply cleansing yet nourishing cocktail that cleanses and conditions in one easy step. Whether you’re wearing your hair straight, curly, weave, or extensions, bring your look back to life and condition your strands at the same time.
- Part dry shampoo, part conditioner
- Absorbs excess oil plus adds natural shine
- No white powder residue
- Great for straight styles
- Free of Mineral Oil, Sulfates, Parabens, Silicones, Phthalates, Gluten, Paraffin and Propylene.
October is National Apple Month! I didn't know about that until recently. I love apples, especially apple cider, caramel apples and apple pie! To celebrate, I’ve included some delicious apple recipes below, perfect to indulge in for National Apple Month!
Apple Melon Juice
Recipe Credit: HUROM
- 1 and ¼ cup of melon cubes
- 2/3 cups of apple
- ½ cup of bok choy
- ½ cup of sliced celery
Using a peeler, peel the melon’s rind. Wash celery and bok choy and remove seeds from apple. Cut into appropriate sizes. Insert the ingredients into your juicer by alternating their order. Enjoy! Pour over ice if desired.
Apple Pie Fizz
Recipe Credit: Sparkling Ice
- 2 oz. Whiskey Bourbon
- Dash of Cinnamon
- Apple Slices for garnish
In a glass, mix bourbon and Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple with ice. Top it off with a dash of cinnamon and garnish with apple slices!
Baked Granola Apple
Recipe Credit: Viki’s Granola
- 3 tablespoons cold butter, diced
- 3 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 4 apples, washed and dried
- 1 cup of Viki’s Apple Cinnamon Granola
- Vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 375°. In a bowl combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Take good care to mash everything together with a fork. Use a melon baller, apple corer or paring knife to remove apple cores; don’t go all the way through. Place apples in a small baking dish and fill with butter mixture and bake for 30-40 minutes. To serve top with Viki’s Apple Cinnamon Granola and a scoop of ice cream.
Apple & Flax Seed Muffins
Recipe Credit: Carrington Farms
- 1 and 1/4 cup Carrington Farms Organic Milled Flax Seed
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sugar or sweetener
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1/2 cup liquid (syrup or water)
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 1 medium apple, chopped fairly finely
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 12-muffin tin very well. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the rest of them. Let batter stand 10 minutes, then put into the muffin pan and bake for about 18 minutes until toothpick comes out clean and muffins just barely start to pull away from the sides of the tin. *Makes 12 to 24 muffins depending on your preference.