The Dirty Truth Blog

Oil Pulling for Oral Hygiene

Posted by Brigid McHugh

Oil pulling is something that I have turned many of my friends and customers on to since I discovered it a couple of years ago. While it may be a new thing for me personally, it is actually an ancient Ayurvedic (traditional Hindu medicine) practice dating back over 3,000 years.

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is a practice in which one places a few tablespoons of oil in the mouth and "pull" it between the teeth. The swishing and pulling helps to remove toxins from the mouth, the teeth, and potentially the blood stream. The idea here is that by pushing and pulling the oil into every space in your mouth, it can bond to any bacteria and remove it. When you spit out the oil, the bacteria goes with it.

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Say "Cheese!!"

Posted by Brigid McHugh

In my personal opinion, how attractive your face is begins with your smile, and your smile is all about your teeth! Those who know me know that I have been dealing with a lot of dental issues the past year or so. I believe that these issues were probably spurred by matters outside of my control, but I have been researching all things dental care for some time. Trying to combat tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis naturally, and at home may sound scary, but I have found a few different things that really have made a difference for me personally.

There are a few points of contention for me surrounding typical oral hygiene

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DIY Vegan Hair Mask

Posted by Brigid McHugh

Things to keep in mind before you get started:

  1. This mask can be messy, so wear an old shirt.
  2. A warm mask will work better than a cold one, but you don't want hot!
  3. Hair masks should be left on for a minimum of 15-30 minutes. The longer you leave it on, the more it can work
  4. Sometimes hair is too damaged to repair.
  5. Long, or thick hair may require a double batch.
  6. Avoid using heat styling (blow dryer or straightening irons) for at least 24 hours after application.
  7. Don't use shampoo or conditioner with SLS or SLSA after the mask, they will strip out all of the good work you just did. (Try one of our Sulfate-Free Shampoo Bars)

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    Hair Care - When to Cut the Ends

    Posted by Brigid McHugh

    Knowing how often to cut your hair is a struggle many people face, myself included. When you're trying to grow it out, it's almost painful to cut it off. When it's curly you have to be careful how much you cut off at a time. Hair cuts can be expensive! There are such a long line of things to consider when deciding how often your hair needs to be cut or even just trimmed.

    I'm putting together this blog for you to try to take a bit of the guess work out of the game!

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    Identifying Your Hair Type, Part 6 - Curl Pattern

    Posted by Brigid McHugh

    Welcome to the final instalment of identifying your hair type! The very last hair quality we are checking for is the curl pattern of your hair. The curl pattern is classified in 4 basic groups. Though there are further classifications and sub categories in each group, I am only going to cover the basics. What is my curl pattern? Begin by washing your hair as you normally do. Air dry, and hold off on the product for now. Remove a strand of hair from the root. You want to have the whole strand of hair for observation. Lay the strand...

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