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Summer Styled

Summer Styled originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of Paprika Southern. To see this full feature in print, plus an interview with artist Lisa D. Watson, Palm Springs-inspired summer fashion, a summer road trip itinerary designed to explore a deeper story of the South, and much more, order a back issue of Paprika Southern Summer 2018 now, or become a subscriber so you don’t miss out on a thing.

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Summer Styled

Embracing Natural Summer Hair

Written by Chelsea Kester / Photographed by Siobhan Egan / Hair by Chelsea Kester / Makeup by Dollface by Jules / Model: Caty Cote

Wildflower Gypsy Salon + Apothecary is rooted in the belief that owning and celebrating our own femininity grows deeply seeded confidence in our own beauty. Summer in the South lends itself to the perfect time to embrace our natural hair texture and give our traditional beauty routines a break. The best part, besides gaining more time to spend at the beach or gardening, is the ability to still feel pretty and put together.

My favorite way to style summer hair is letting it air-dry naturally. With the right products and a good routine, any type of hair can enjoy this luxury. I always advise clients and friends to use a healthy and hydrating shampoo and conditioner routine in the shower first. This creates a solid foundation for all manageable hairstyles. I personally love Innersense Organics or Surface Haircare. After shampooing and thoroughly rinsing out your conditioner, brush your hair while in the shower. This helps shed loose hairs and creates a more dependable air-dry style once you’re out of the shower.

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After you’re done showering, spray a leave-in conditioning spray or hair oil that pairs well with your hair texture and thickness. My go-to’s are Wildflower Gypsy’s Rose + Frankincense Hair Nectar or pure organic argan oil. Follow this with a sea salt mist like our Hibiscus Rose Salt Spray. And at this point, habit will tell you to brush your hair, but resist the temptation! We want your hair to have as much texture and wave to it, and this is the best way to achieve it. Lastly, scrunch your hair and then leave it alone. If you feel like you need a little more volume, feel free to flip your head over and scrunch as it dries.

The best part about air-drying is its imperfect beauty. Every time you air-dry, you’ll most likely have a different look. If you’re having a day where you want to get your hair away from your face, or want to dress it up, a braid is the perfect option. A fishtail braid is my favorite for its ability to look different on everyone, but a traditional three-strand braid looks just as stunning. Simply create a low braid in the back of your head, making sure to not pull the strands too tight. Pull out a few pieces of hair in the front and you’re all set!

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If it's a really hot day, a topknot with an accent of a hair scarf is amazing. Pull your air dried hair up into a high ponytail, twist hair into a bun and pin. You can rock a hair scarf like a headband; just fold it down and tie in the back. Or you can take a small scarf and wrap it around your bun and tie in the front. The options are limitless.

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Continue reading in the Summer 2018 issue of Paprika Southern for Chelsea’s tips on natural hair and scalp remedies for summer.

The Summer 2018 issue of Paprika Southern features Palm Springs-inspired summer fashion, an interview with artist Lisa D. Watson, no-bake summer recipes, natural summer hair inspiration and remedies, summer road trip destinations that will lead you to a deeper story of the South, and much more.

Paprika Southern is a quarterly publication dedicated to inspiring creativity and intention in everyday life. In our pages you will find lush visuals and thoughtful writing, as well as a commitment to inclusivity. We offer a curated view of the most innovative creatives, trends and art of the South, and we invite you to join our journey.

DIY Botanic Hair and Scalp Care

This piece, Spring Refresh: DIY Botanic Hair and Scalp Care, originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of Paprika Southern. To see this full feature in print, along with our tips on how to begin a lifelong art collection, an exploration of the legacy of iconic southern photographer Jack Leigh, a floral and citrus-infused brunch with recipes, and much more, order a back issue now.

Spring Refresh

DIY Botanic Hair and Scalp Care

Recipes by Chelsea Kester / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

In a world of complexity, busy schedules, and an overwhelming amount of beauty products, sometimes we need to return to our roots and create more simple self-care routines. Spring is the perfect season to align our beauty regimens with new and fresh botanical treatments and to awaken our tired winter bodies. Most of what you’ll need can be found in your pantry or at your local health food store. Let your curiosity and sense of wonder walk you through these three simple, effective hair and scalp treatments.

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Oil Slick Treatment

Lemon, Apple Cider, Vinegar, and Hibiscus Tea

Oily, limp hair can be caused by numerous factors including poor product usage or build up, hormones, stress and environmental factors. For a simple oil balancing treatment you’ll need to gather 1 organic lemon, apple cider vinegar with the “mother” and organic hibiscus tea or loose hibiscus leaves.

  • Steep 1 tea bag of hibiscus in 1 cup of hot water; you may double this for longer hair.

  • Once steeped and strained, add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and the juice from half of a lemon. Again, double this if you have longer hair.

  • Let your rinse cool and then pour into a shower-safe bottle or bowl.

  • After shampooing your hair, apply the Hibiscus Tea Blend to wet hair and leave in for 5-7 minutes. Gently rinse out with cool water and condition if necessary.

Hibiscus petals are vital for hair and scalp health and strength, and can encourage hair growth. The astringent nature of the lemon juice helps remove product build up and has astringent effect on scalp oil production.  Apple cider vinegar helps soften, detangle and add luster to dull strands. The vinegar scent will dissipate after your hair dries. Repeat this treatment monthly, or as needed.

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Thirsty Hair Treatment

Hemp Seed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Honey

Recovering from dry, frazzled winter hair can be a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, your pantry or local grocery store has some simple items to help bring life back into your hair and scalp. You will need raw honey (local is best!) and hemp seed and sunflower oil from the cooking section of your local market.

  • Using a ceramic or glass bowl, add 1/4 cup organic sunflower oil and 2 tablespoons organic hemp seed oil. Reduce or increase amount based on your hair length.

  • Drizzle in your raw, liquid honey. Start out with 1 tablespoon and increase as desired.

  • Gently mix all three ingredients. And don’t worry if the honey doesn’t mix with the oils fully; as long as all three ingredients end up on your hair, you’re good.

  • Before showering, apply your Honey and Oil Blend on your scalp and strands. Make sure you coat your ends well too. Pin up and leave in while you shower.

  • After 10-15 minutes, shampoo twice and follow with a conditioner if necessary. 

Honey is an impressive humectant, full of healing antimicrobial and soothing benefits. It draws moisture into your hair strands, and allows it to remain there. The combination of sunflower and hemp seed oil adds intense hydration, vitamins and healthy fatty acids, which are imperative to hair's moisture-retaining abilities and smoothness. This honey and oil treatment can be used as often as you need and tailored to your liking with various essential oils.

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Scalp Remedies

Castor Oil, Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Rosemary, Lavender

Lavender

Queen bee of the plant world, lavender offers a range of benefits. For scalp care, specifically dandruff and irritation, it offers soothing, healing properties, as well as fighting the fungus that causes dandruff. The scent of lavender also delivers a calming aroma, which helps with stress management and allows us to relax. Use organic lavender essential oil in a scalp blend for best results

Rosemary

We all know the bright and awakening scent of rosemary, but did you know its one of the best herbs for increasing scalp circulation? When we promote more circulation on our scalps, more blood flows to our hair follicles. Because of this, more internal nutrients are fed into the hair bulb and more hair sprouts. Some people are sensitive to rosemary, so either use the essential oil sparingly or steep fresh or dried rosemary stems in hot water to create a hair tea rinse.

Tea Tree

Dandruff has no more worse enemy than tea tree oil. Due to its intense antimicrobial benefits and sebum controlling power, tea tree essential oil puts our scalps back into balance. Add 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil to 1 tablespoon castor oil, apply at night and shampoo out in the morning. Feel free to add other essential oils to this blend to customize as well.

Peppermint

Peppermint is one of my go-to’s for scalp irritation, itchiness or thinning hair. It’s not overpowering or medicinally scented, while still encouraging proper blood flow, cooling scalp discomfort, balancing sebum production and fighting dandruff. Anyone dealing with psoriasis or eczema would like peppermint oil, as its not as intense as rosemary or tea tree. Mix 2 drops peppermint oil with 3-4 drops lavender oil in 1 tablespoon castor oil for a scalp massage and to help loosen psoriasis or eczema flakes.

Castor Oil

Although this oil is notoriously thick and sometimes sticky, castor oil does an amazing job at encouraging hair growth and soothing irritated scalps. Due to its high levels of fatty acids, it nourishes our scalps and can even help promote longer, fuller eyelashes and eyebrows.

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Order a back copy of our Spring 2018 for much more spring inspiration!

The Spring 2018 issue of Paprika Southern also features a Brunch in Bloom, an article on Savannah’s iconic photographer known for the Bird-Girl image, Jack Leigh, a guide on how to build your art collection, and much more.

Each seasonal issue of Paprika Southern is filled with inspiration for creative and intentional living.

Three Ways to Add Natural Ingredients to Your Everyday

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This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Paprika Southern. To see the full feature in print, as well as academia-inspired fall fashion, mid-century home decor, an enticing array of fall desserts, and much more, order your copy of the Fall 2017 issue.

A Botanic Life

Three Ways to Add Natural Ingredients to Your Everyday

Written by Chelsea Kester, Owner of Wildflower Gypsy Salon + Apothecary / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

As more people are drawn into the green living movement, many wonder how they can incorporate these ideals into their natural beauty and wellness routines. Flowers and herbs offer many incredible and useful benefits for better health and beauty. They are readily available at your local health foods stores or online. Continue reading to learn how easily you can integrate these wonderful botanicals into your everyday lives. 

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Lavender

Benefits

Calming, soothes irritation, gentle. 

Uses

  • Hang dried lavender by your bed to help relax.

  • Mix into bath water.

  • Use lavender essential oil in a spray or oil to soothe irritated skin and bug bites.

Recipe

Combine 1/2 cup dried lavender buds with 1 cup epsom salt and 1 cup oats in a large Mason jar or container. Use several tablespoons in a bath soak to soothe itchy, inflamed skin or simply to relax after a long, busy day.

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Rose

Benefits

Soothes the skin, familiar and comforting scent

Uses

  • Fresh or dried rose petals are a great addition to a bath soak. 

  • Rose water is a wonderful facial toner or refresher when cooled.

  • Rose essential oil is known to help smooth skin and keep a youthful appearance. See recipe below for a simple rose facial moisturizer.

Recipe 

Add 6 drops rose essential oil into 1 ounce organic jojoba oil for a gentle and balancing face moisturizer. You can also use it as a face oil cleanser. Drizzle a little oil in your palm, rub hands together and then massage in circular motions on your face and décolletage. Use a washcloth to gently remove oil and apply facial moisturizer if needed. Most times the oil cleanser will be moisturizing enough without additional oils needed.

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Calendula & Chamomile

Calendula:  Healing, soothing, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing

Chamomile:  Soothes spasms, calms irritation, healing

Uses 

Together calendula and chamomile can help speed healing of cuts and wounds, calm skin irritation like eczema or psoriasis, or soothe diaper rash. Chamomile alone can be used to soothe stomach or uterine spasms and cramps.

Recipe

Place dried calendula and chamomile in a small Mason jar. Cover flowers with organic sunflower oil and let infuse in a sunny window for 4-6 weeks. Shake every 7 days and strain once the oil has taken a on a golden color. Store in a sealed jar or bottle, away from direct sun light. Use oil on rashes and cuts or as a bath oil. You can also incorporate this oil infusion into a salve or body butter.