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Easy Summer Hair Repair

Easy Summer Hair Repair

Summer can be murder on our hair: increased exposure to seaside salt, chlorinated water, and sun can cause damage and dryness, leaving us with tresses that lack body, bounce, and shine.

But there is soothing help at hand. Try this easy one-ingredient technique from healthy-living expert Annie Bond to restore vitality to your hair. It balances the pH, repairs split ends, and leaves hair stronger, softer, and more manageable.

All you need is aloe vera gel (available at your local natural food store).

Massage a generous amount into your hair and allow it to remain in for 30 minutes, then shampoo and rinse as usual.

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Inspired by Better Basics for the Home, by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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7:09AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013


9:42PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Good post. Thank you.

4:50PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

want to bump up the moisture?
make a mix of one part aloe vera gel, one part conditioner (any thin one will do, including cheap grocery store brands and mix.
If you live in a moist area (meaning desert dwellers skip this) a few drizzles of honey add humectant power.
You'll want to warm the mixture up a bit to liquefy the honey.
Apply, leave for 45-60 min than wash hair as usual.

8:27AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011


7:20AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011


5:00AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Thank you

6:23PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

Can you make your own aloe vera gel at home? I have several plants and would like to try making my own with natural products.
If so can you give me the recipe please and thank you!

9:21PM PDT on Sep 5, 2010

I haven't found fresh enough aloe to use (need to get a plant), but have found honey to be a great conditioner.

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2:12PM PDT on Jun 17, 2010

thans :O)

8:53PM PDT on May 10, 2010


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