2.10.2012

soaked.

Few things in this world can remedy an aching body, overwhelmed mind, and heavy soul (earlier this week) like a long, hot soak in the tub. There's something about sinking into the water, bubbles swirling around until clinging like tiny, therapeutic magnets to the curves of sore muscles, that makes the body feel light and the stress of the day seem worlds away. I, like many of you I'm sure, rarely carve out time for such indulgence but once emerging, my skin flushed and steaming yet noticeably lighter, I can't deny the utter necessity of this time of personal healing.


I know for some, the thought of laying motionless in a confined reservoir makes you anxious and impatient... you would much rather "escape" the day through physical exertion or a social outing, but I have been a sucker for at-home spa pampering since I was a young girl. Bubbles, candles, music, even home-made "products" to complete the event. 
One of the best gifts I ever received was a book of at-home beauty recipes when I was around 13. It was a slumber-party hit as my friends and I smeared smushed banana masks on our faces and used lemon & chamomile to add "highlights" to our hair. I still have it and I decided to flip through it this morning to see if there was anything I could concoct to add to my impromptu spa day. The result was a mix of ingredients I pulled from various recipes for a hair mask and rinse...I was so delighted by the result I thought I would share my ideas with you... in case you are inspired to fill the tub with bubbles and empty your mind of the stresses of this world over the weekend! (I sure hope you are)

Avocado, Almond Oil, & Ginger hair mask:
1/2 an overripe avocado, mushed to puree
1 tbsp almond oil
1 tsp ground ginger powder
- Mix together thoroughly in a bowl. Smooth onto wet hair and let sit for 15-20 minutes. The ginger stimulates your scalp so a slightly tingly feeling is normal... and wonderful. Rinse well.

Rosemary, Mint, & Baking Soda rinse:
1-2 drops mint extract (you don't want to smell like a pack of gum all day!)
1 tsp fresh or dried rosemary tied in a cheesecloth sachet/ in a tea infuser 
(you can even use 2 minty-flavored tea bags)
1tsp baking soda
4 cups hot water 
I'd recommend using a large but lightweight measuring or mixing bowl with a pour spout

- Add mint, rosemary, and baking soda to hot water, let sit while the mask is on your hair. Once ready for the rinse, give the water a stir (baking soda will likely settle on the bottom), remove the rosemary sachet, and pour the warm water over your hair a cup at a time, working through.  

- Finally, rinse with fresh, lukewarm water to rinse completely. The baking soda will help prevent oil buildup from the mask, but make sure you rinse it all out or your hair will feel gritty.

If you're in the market for a luxurious soak, these are my faves:



... and no spa day would be complete without a perfect playlist:
A mix of a few of my favorite A Fine Frenzy songs.
Enjoy!


Have a wonderful weekend
xo hailey xo

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