WWB February IDEAL FINDS Features Inspiration + Wisdom + Tools for Self Care & Living Life Well…

Feb 10, 2018 by



Happiness truly is the best decision you can ever make, and every cell in your body will thank you for it! February is the month we celebrate love, so this month WWB Ideal Finds is focusing on self-love and self-care. Everyone needs a little TLC, and sometimes we forget to give it to ourselves. Shopping is fun and temporarily feels good, but I hope when you decide to gift yourself, it will be something ideally good for your health, happiness and longevity. Happiness is a ultimately a mindset and different for us all, but everyone knows what personally feels good and doesn’t feel good. WWB’s featured Ideal Find book is sure to provide inspiration + wisdom + tools to get you thinking about what feels good for you. And get this…how pleasure can lengthen your life! A definite WWB Worthwhile read…

As always, I have specific criteria for Ideal Finds, so below are the conscious living values I followed for making this month’ selection for you.  Live life well and take good care of yourself. Because no-one can live your life as well as you! 😉







  • Cruelty Free: No animal was harmed or tested on
  • Sustainable & Eco-Friendly: green, organic and sustainable
  • Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise: Free of harmful chemicals known to harm you
  • Socially Responsible: Fairtrade and Social Mission Retail
  • Committed to Wellness Culture



  • Self Care: Personal care products for calm, relaxation and empowerment
  • Conscious Beauty: Meets one or more of the ‘feel good’ criteria
  • Healthy Epicurean: Edible treats and food with healthy and organic ingredients
  • Artisan Hand Made: Beautifully Designed, Creatively Crafted, Useful & Enduring
  • Books & Inspirational Gifts: Celebrating Wellness Wisdom, Lifestyle & Culture







WWB Feels Good Check List: Cruelty Free, Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise, Committed to Wellness Culture

Mask – 3 ways to supercharge your skin

  • Deep Detoxing Facial-at-Home: Take a dollop of the mask and warm between your fingers. After warming, apply a generous layer on your dry face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water with gentle movements. It works as a face mask and exfoliating detoxer, leaving skin cleansed, nourished and glowing. We recommend this application for especially rough feeling days.
  • Light Refreshment: Mix a dollop of the mask in your hand with 1-2 drops of water before application and then apply to dry face. Remove the mask with warm water after 10 minutes. This application is ideal for an instant glow and a quick pick me up.
  • Powerhouse Facial: Add a drop of (a pump full of) Essential Radiance Serum to the mask and mix it well before application. Apply to dry face and let it do its magic for 10-15 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water. Add Essential Radiance Serum – beauty equivalent of a shot of espresso,- into your mask turn it into a high-performance facial to deliver radiance and smoothness gently to reveal a fresher, more vibrant skin – instantly.

See the Illustrated Guide for all these 3 Honeyactive Beauty Mask applications here.

AveSeena Ideal Values:AveSeena products are all allergy tested, Dermatologist approved; PETA and Leaping Bunny certified: cruelty-free; EWG Verified TM  for your health and vegetarian. H-free – Made with safer ingredients: Free of any unwanted chemical additives such as endocrine disrupting chemicals (parabens, phthalates) SLS, artificial fragrance and artificial dyes.”



Shibori Chic Comforter Set


WWB Feels Good Check List: Sustainable & Eco-Friendly, Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise, Socially Responsible, Committed to Wellness Culture

FOUND ON AMAZON and other major retail outlets like Macy’s and Bed, Bath and Beyond

Shibori Chic Comforter Set: The ancient art of Japanese hand-dying comes alive in this Shibori Chic collection. A diagonal print across the top of bed is complimented by unique standard shams in saturated indigo blues.The shell is made of 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, and the fill of the comforter is made from recycled polyester certified to the Global Recycling Standard for a truly sustainable sleep experience.

Coordinating euro shams and decorative pillows are available separately. Machine Washable.

Under the Canopy Ideal Values: “We hold ourselves to the highest standards of sustainability. For us, protecting the earth is an obligation, not a business model. That’s why Under the Canopy adheres to six kinds of certifications. Together, those certifications prevent the use of harmful substances, reduce resource and energy waste, and support worker welfare. So you can rest assured knowing that every purchase from us truly makes an impact.”

Books & Inspirational Gifts

Feeling Good is Good For You. Long before there was “The Telomere Effect’ a recent Pulitzer prize winning book there was this thought provoking  book. I did a Q&A with the author of the Telomere Effect and you can learn all about the very important research on ‘teleomeres’ and why it matters so much to your health and longevity. My featured Ideal Find today is a book published long before ‘The Telomere Effect’ and focuses specifically on how pleasure can boost your immune system. It offers tips and inspiration for boosting your mood and quality of life. Everything in this book will most certainly lengthen your teleomeres. Longer telomeres equal a healthier and longer life! For all my Healthy Epicurean followers, this book is for you! Eat, play and love and you will be on your way to feeling good. Just remember that Epicurus himself believed everything in moderation was the secret to overall wellness! 😉

WWB FEELS GOOD CHECK LIST: Committed to Wellness Culture. Need I say more?

Amazon Introduction: What excites and inspires you, tickles your funny bone, fills you with awe, or just generally makes you feel good? For health reasons we might never have fathomed, you need to be doing much more of it–each and every day.

For more than 18 years, Dr. Carl Charnetski and Dr. Francis Brennan have been performing extensive studies on the immune system and how factors such as music, sex, laughter, pets, optimism, and pessimism affect it. Their breakthrough research supports the notion that everyday pleasures cause a measurable increase in your body’s ability to fight disease.


Vitamin D Inflammation - Device Mockup - Phone and Box

EverlyWell Modern Lab Testing 

WWB FEELS GOOD CHECK LIST:  Committed to Wellness Culture

WWB SPECIAL NOTE: The future of wellness culture is in personalized medicine and wellness. It’s great to be well informed and empowered to take care of our own health and bio-individuality, but there is one important wise tip I would like to personally share. Any tests that you take independently and not through a traditional lab-test requested by your doctor, should be shared with your doctor. Self empowerment is good, self-diagnosing not so good! Doctors are trained to read lab results and can help you understand the result of a test in context with your complete health profile. I would also suggest always getting a copy of your own lab report at any lab you go to, so you can begin to examine your results and discuss personally with your doctor. Learn more about your own bio-chemistry!

I would research companies like this and make sure they are reputable. As you can see at their site, this lab company has been covered by a number of large media outlets. What I like about this lab company is they clearly state the following. “The tests we offer are not intended to diagnose or treat disease, or to substitute for a physician’s consultation. For regulatory reasons, our tests are not available in MD, NJ, NY, and RI.”

EverlyWell Ideal Values: “EverlyWell is placing the lab testing process into your hands. With our convenient at-home sample collection process and your results delivered to you on our secure platform in just days – it has never been easier to take control of your health. Our easy-to-read results visualize exactly what the test results are telling you and how they could be affecting your health. We provide detailed information on all of our markers and links to additional information so you can make the best choices for a healthy life.”

Artisan Hand Made





WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST: Sustainable & Eco-Friendly, Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise, Committed to Wellness Culture

Special Note from Copper H2o: “We are sorry to say that many other sellers falsely claim to sell pure copper water bottles that are actually plain metal bottles plated with copper. The copper plating will start to rub off these bottles after only a few months of use. Many of our customers came to us and bought one of our pure copper water bottles after having a bad experience with one of these sellers. While these sellers are able to offer their bottles for sale at a lower price than our bottles, beware – they are not the real thing!”

COPPER H20 Ideal Values: “Drinking water stored in a copper water bottle has amazing health benefits and is widely recommended by health experts. Water stored in a copper vessel (which is known as “tamra jal” in Ayurvedic medicine) balances the three doshas in your body (vata, kapha and pitta) by gently infusing the water with the positive health properties of copper. Water stored in a copper vessel will also become natural alkaline water, which helps balance your body’s pH levels. Accordingly, our bottles are also natural alkaline water bottles. Our water bottles are handcrafted with pride by skilled artisans using traditional techniques. Each of our bottles is shaped from a single sheet of pure copper with no joints or seams, and capped with a beautiful leak-proof cap made of pure copper and a food-safe seal. As a result, our bottles are of exceptional quality. We are proud to say that this may be the last water bottle you own!”

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Weekly Wisdom Wrap: Girls Just Want to Have Sun… Everything You Need to Know About Sun-Bathing & Protection

Jul 31, 2015 by


Girls just want to have sun but what’s a gal to do, when so many warnings are coming at us regarding the dangers of sun. Not only do we hear about the dangers of the sun itself, but we also hear about the dangers of the chemicals in our sun-protection products. Sigh! To top this off, we also hear how important it is for our bodies to absorb Vitamin D and it is best absorbed via the sun-rays.

Art Photography by Hope VanCleaf/Click for more on Mannequin Series

Let’s start with Vitamin D. Here is a fantastic infographic that illustrates everything you need to know about Vitamin D. Once you review, you’ll understand why we need to have some fun in the sun! As you can see from the chart, you can take supplements and you can get Vitamin D from some food sources. This may be something to consider because getting your Vitamin D from the sun depends on where you live, the color of your skin, and how much exposure you get everyday.

We are all different, and this is why you always have to consider your unique body and lifestyle when reviewing health data. Believe it or not, researchers say we only need 20 minutes of good sunshine to get our Vitamin D but this isn’t always easy to do year round for many of us. Continue on for more wellness wisdom on how you can have your sun in just the right doses, and protect yourself safely…

Don’t you just love the mannequin model named ‘Celeste’ by the way! A friend of mine has created this wonderful series of mannequins. What I love about ‘Celeste’ is she looks so sophisticated in her hat and shades! Notice how fair-skinned she is, which is all the more reason she needs to cover up. Especially if she is spending significant time in the sun. This is the key factor to remember. 20 Minutes in the sun is great for absorbing your Vitamin D, but after that you have to protect your skin through covering up and using SPF skin-care products. Below are recommendations excerpted from the Mayo Clinic on Sunburn protection and if you develop these healthy sun bathing habits, you will reap the benefit of younger looking skin. Most dermatologists will tell you it is sun-damage to the skin that ages you quickly, especially if you have sensitive skin to begin with. Just as a reminder for the darker World Wise Beauties, you have to worry about sun-damage and cancer just as much. You just have slightly different guidelines. See below for the general tips…

Excerpt from the Mayo Clinic:

Use these methods to prevent sunburn, even on cool, cloudy or hazy days. And be extra careful around water, snow, ice and sand because they reflect the sun’s rays. In addition, UV light is more intense at high altitudes.

  • Avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The sun’s rays are strongest during these hours, so try to schedule outdoor activities for other times. If you’re unable to do that, limit the length of time you’re in the sun. Seek shade when possible.
  • Cover up. Wear tightly woven clothing that covers you, including your arms and legs. Consider wearing clothing or outdoor gear specially designed to provide sun protection. Check the label for its ultraviolet protection factor (UPF), which indicates how effectively a fabric blocks damaging sunlight. The higher the number, the better. Dark colors offer more protection, as do fabrics treated with UV- absorbing chemicals.Also wear a broad-brimmed hat, which protects you better than a baseball cap or golf visor does.
  • Use sunscreen frequently and generously. No matter what your skin type is, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater.Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply it every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. If you’re also using insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend products that combine an insect repellent with a sunscreen.You may use sunscreen on toddlers and babies 6 months or older. But for younger babies, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using other forms of sun protection, such as shade or clothing.
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors. You offer your eyes the best protection outdoors by choosing the highest UV protection-rated sunglasses. Darker lenses are not necessarily better at blocking UV rays. Check the UV rating on the label when buying new glasses. It also helps to wear sunglasses that fit close to your face and have wraparound frames that block sunlight from all angles.
  • Don’t expect a base tan to protect. Some people think getting a base tan prevents sunburn. The idea is that a few sessions of indoor tanning will protect them from burning in the sun. Research doesn’t support this. A base tan is no substitute for good sun protection. Plus, the risks of long-term tanning outweigh the unproven benefits of a base tan.
I want to share the following page from the Skin Cancer Foundation, because they offer a very comprehensive overview on all the concerns about SPF products and it helps you understand the ‘lingo’ when looking for sun-care products. In the meantime here is an excerpt from their site on the new sunscreen guidelines developed by the FDA.

FDA Sunscreen Labeling Guidelines at a Glance

  • Sunscreens may be labeled “broad-spectrum” if they provide protection against both UVA and UVB radiation according to FDA-sanctioned test methods.
  • Only broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher may state that they help protect against skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection measures.
  • Broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPFs of 2-14 must display a warning that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.
  • The terms “sunblock,” “sweatproof” and “waterproof” are no longer allowed on sunscreen labels.
  • Sunscreens may claim to be “water-resistant,” but must specify whether they protect the skin for 40 or 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, based on standard testing. Sunscreens that are not water-resistant must instruct consumers to use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.
  • A company cannot claim that its sunscreen products provide sun protection for more than two hours without submitting test results to prove this.
  • The FDA has proposed a regulation that would require sunscreen products with SPF values higher than 50 to be labeled “SPF 50+.” The FDA is seeking additional data before making a final ruling. Learn more about high-SPF sunscreens.
  • The FDA is currently reviewing the effectiveness of sunscreen wipes, powders, towelettes, as well as body washes and shampoo with sunscreen ingredients. No decisions have been made.
  • For sunscreen spray products, the agency has requested additional data to establish effectiveness and to determine whether they present a safety concern if inhaled unintentionally.*

*The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying spray sunscreen in a well-ventilated room, or outdoors (keeping in mind that the wind may carry some sunscreen away). Keep your eyes and mouth closed when spraying sunscreen. When applying to the face, it’s best to spray the sunscreen on your hand and then apply to your face by hand.

But wait, what about all those nasty reports about the chemicals in SPF’s?  I like to get the full story on everything and personally prefer using the least amount of chemicals as possible when I can. Having said this, I think it is important that you get a full and balanced report on sunscreen. The Skin Cancer Foundation wrote the following response to the EWG ( Environmental Working Group) after their scorching sunscreen report was released in 2014.
The EWG’s conclusions about various brands are based on product label information, which is analyzed by people who are not experts in the field. The EWG’s Sunscreen Report uses scare tactics that only serve to confuse the public and potentially deter them from using the quality sunscreen products that are readily accessible. Though using sunscreen is a vital sun safety strategy, The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended a complete sun protection regimen that includes not only sunscreen use, but also seeking shade, covering up with clothing including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
So you have to consider the science, but also consider who is backing the research. Sorry to say, but this is the world we are living in. I think the Skin Cancer Foundation wants to protect us and I would like to believe they do their research. Having said this, I personally might try some of the sunscreens that use minerals vs chemicals or at the very least harm-free chemicals. Here are the well-respected groups that will give you their research on dangerous chemicals, and recommend products who use minerals and safe ingredients.
Ultimately you have to make a decision for yourself. Be your own guru but get ALL the information available and then choose wisely. The bottom line is we need to have a little fun in the sun for our health and our spirits! And we definitely need our Vitamin D!  Just be wise, practice safe sun-bathing and do your research when using ANY personal care products you slather all over your skin! Happy Summer World Wise Beauty!
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WWB’s ‘Beauty Food’ of the Week is ‘Nature’s Elixir’ for Your Skin…

Jun 11, 2015 by

Beauty Food of the Week: WATER
IDEAL FIND: Pure Inventions


WWB’s Beauty Food of the Week is your body’s BFF  and it is an important nutrient we often take for granted. But like important best friends, we shouldn’t take water for granted, because every ‘system’ in our body counts on water to function. We focus a lot on skin but we can’t ever forget that the health and the beauty of our skin is dependent on all our other ‘systems’ functioning well. There are many hard-core believers who swear that water is a true beauty elixir. Hydrating for better skin does make sense because your skin is 64 percent water. Yet, there’s very little research out there to back up water as a ‘skin treatment’ or declare it a myth. This maybe because pharmaceutical companies can’t really patent and sell water, and researchers are hard-pressed to find anyone to actually fund studies on its benefit. But we know what we know, don’t we World Wise Beauty!

Let’s get back to the ‘beauty from the inside out’ basics, water is fuel for your  life. Just like you stop and fill up for a tank of gas, so that your car runs properly without stalling, water does the same for your body. The human body is designed to function on nutrients from food and water.  One of my favorite books is ‘Eat Pretty’ –Nutrition for Beauty From the Inside Out, and the nutrition expert, Jolene Hart calls water, ‘the forgotten nutrient’. She emphasizes in her book, how essential water is to bodily functions like metabolism and nutrient absorption. I agree with Jolene and believe this is where we find the true value of water when it comes to achieving beautiful skin. Dehydration is the obvious first offender to show up on our skin and when that happens stress hormones are released. Oh No! But what I find really key in the book, is Jolene explains how the body hydrates even more efficiently when we eat our water from foods. A beautiful delivery system of nutrients great for you skin can be found in many fruits and vegetables. Take a look!

So, staying hydrated is pretty important for your skin and body, and there is no doubt that we should be drinking it everyday. How many glasses you choose to drink is really dependent on your body and lifestyle. If you exercise vigorously and lose water through sweating, you will require more water. If you drink a lot of caffeinated beverages, you will also need to drink more water. Caffeine dehydrates so know your limits! I know there are many of you who just don’t like the taste of water, well today I want to make a WWB  ‘Ideal Find’ special recommendation. While working in the ‘spa world’, I came across a company called ‘Pure Inventions’ who make liquid supplements and extracts to add to your water. This is a great way to get yourself drinking more water and sneaking in some vitamins if you don’t take them or eat enough fruit and vegetables.

Pure Inventions Green Tea Water Enhancer

Two lovely ladies who happen to be Certified Nutritionist developed this line to help busy people living hectic lifestyles achieve wellness with an easy and convenient delivery system, that you can just add to water. They are really the pioneers in ‘nutraceutical drinks’ (infusing liquids with nutritional ingredients). All of their product lines (Specialty Solutions, Green Tea Extracts, Antioxidant Super Fruits) in the Pure Inventions collection are delicious tasting, all natural, and have no calories, no caffeine, no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives or alcohol and are gluten- free. Doesn’t that sound great! As the summer heats up, I can tell you there are so many creative ‘ healthy summer cocktails’ you can create for yourself and friends sitting by the pool! Anyone for a Tropical Teatini? Visit their website and BTW, they are having a sale to celebrate GLOBAL WELLNESS DAY coming up this Saturday! Below I share a little Water Wisdom for living a beautiful life. 😉

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Never Underestimate the Super-Power of WWB’s ‘Beauty Food’ of the Week

May 27, 2015 by

Beauty Food of the Week: Chia Seed
WWB’s Ideal Find: Annamarie Gianni Skincare


WWB’s Beauty Food of the Week is the Chia Seed. Some of you who are foodies may have heard a lot about this newly ordained ‘superfood’, while others may remember the ‘Pet Chia Plant’ craze of the early 80’s! Let’s skip over the chia plant story and get right to the ‘super’ facts about the Chia Seed. They actually go much further back than the 80’s and have been around for hundreds of years. Thanks to the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans rich cultural history (found in Mexico and South America), we know chia seeds were used as staple foods, but were also revered as a potent nutrient. The ancient Mayan culture called the powerful little seed ‘Chia’, which also meant ‘strength’. The seed became known by the Indians as ‘Running Food’ because of the sustained energy it gave runners and warriors of the time. So we can confidently say…never underestimate the super-power of chia seeds!



Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein and fiber, these now ‘trendy seeds’ are loaded with nutritional power. Wouldn’t it make sense then that they’d do just as much good for the outside of your body as the inside? Chia seeds are so rich in hormone balancing fatty acids, it only makes sense that they would be great for skin. The presence of ample fiber also helps in elimination and reduction of environmental toxins, which can lead to skin problems. Add in their incredible antioxidant power and you’ve got yourself a skin healing superfood.

The naturals and organic folks who are creating beauty and natural products for you are really in love with the Chia Seed right now, because these little seeds when cold pressed into an oil, work ‘miracles’ on the skin. Chia seed oil is super moisturizing. In the Mexican culture today Chia means ‘oily’ so this totally makes sense! It hydrates, rebuilds, protects, and calms the skin. The powerful antioxidants in the oil work to protect skin against damage from free radicals associated with aging and UV damage. You can reap the beneficial beauty benefits of chia in a bottle by checking out my Ideal Find or you can try your own DIY mask below.




Avocados are high in Vitamin E which helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and Chia Seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which help reduce inflammation. Paired together you have a ‘mighty’ spa treatment for your skin! As summer fun in the sun begins, you will want to take extra care good care of your skin…

  • Mash 1/2 of an avocado in a bowl

  • Add 3 tablespoons of ground chia seeds to avocado, mix well.

  • Apply mixture to face and neck, leave for 15-20 minutes.

  • Gently wash off with water.


Just as a wise reminder, when it comes to beauty products and ‘miracle ingredients’, I believe a good balanced diet filled with a plethora of all the beauty foods I feature at WWB contribute to healthy skin. So try to eat across the color spectrum of nature’s bounty as they all work together synergistically to beautify your skin. When seeking ‘enhancement’ from a bottle try to look for some of the super beauty foods featured here, that naturally nourish your body from the inside out. We all  love a good ‘miracle’ but we also love wisdom. 😉






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Get A-Peeling and Be Appealing with WWB’s ‘Beauty Food’ of the Week…

May 20, 2015 by

Photo Credit: Anna Pleteneva
IDEAL FIND: Burt’s Bees


The Banana is WWB’s Beauty Food of the week and one that is available and affordable to most people around the world. Bananas were originally found in South East Asia, mainly in India. They were brought west by Arab conquerors and moved from Asia Minor to Africa and finally carried to the New World by the first explorers and missionaries to the Caribbean. Which is why for many of us in the western world we think of it as a “Tropical Fruit’.  While it is well known that this humble fruit offers a host of health benefits, bananas also offer several beauty benefits. Available throughout the year, bananas are filled with nutrients and are great for your skin and hair as well. Here are some of the nutritional and beauty benefits found in the power-house banana…

  • Vitamin A–Gets rid of dark spots and blemishes. Evens out rough skin
  • Vitamin B–Delays aging, lessons dryness, moisterizes and lightens skin
  • Vitamin E–Works as a protector. Combats free radical impairment, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles
  • Potassium–Gets rid of dry skin by moistening and hydrating skin cells


You won’t be hard pressed to find a beauty spa on any tropical island that doesn’t include bananas in their ‘exotic’ treatment. But don’t wait for a vacation to pamper your skin! You can combine bananas with other natural ingredients, and formulate effective banana face masks that can help remedy many skin problems, such as combating wrinkles, removing pimples, skin brightening and many more.

In the summer you want to spend as much time outdoors as you can, so keep your beauty rituals simple! Below is an easy way to reap the benefits of the beautiful banana. It’s all about the mashing and how easy is that? Don’t forget how incredibly healthy eating a whole banana is for your overall health. Beautifying from the ‘inside out’ is always very wise…

Truly Herself, Lauroly



SIMPLE DIY: Mash a ripe banana and apply on your face and skin. Let it sit on your face for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. If you have time, massage your skin with ice cubes after this. The application of banana will make your face glow and even out the rough skin.

SUMMER BONUS: If your hair is starting to show signs of damage from heat styling or color treatments, try this Hawaiian secret for super-shiny hair. Use a fork to mash one banana in a bowl, then slather the mixture from root to tip. Leave the treatment on for 15 minutes, then wash with shampoo. Bananas help improve the health and natural elasticity of your hair thanks to their high levels of potassium.



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