Avocado Oil For Hair and Skin Health | Elise Marcus Salon | Hair Salon in St. Joseph MN

Avocado oil

is the edible oil pressed from the fleshy pulp of avocados. Avocado oil can be used for both cooking and cosmetic purposes. Its unusually high smoking point and aromatic flavor make it suitable for both high temperature frying and grilling, as well as an emulsifying salad oil. Nutritionally, avocado oil ranks comparably to olive oil with a copious amount monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. It is also loaded with proteins, lecithin, beta-carotene and vitamins A, D and E.

Let’s talk about why you should use avocado cosmetically:

Promotes Faster Healing and Better Skin Quality

We all know that vitamin A, D and E are all involved in skin cell growth and regeneration. Vitamin A and E have strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory functions that promote faster healing of cuts and wounds, and prevent scarring, acne breakouts and dermatitis.

Did you know that Vitamin A and E also give you natural sun protection? It is known that both intake and topical application of avocado oil can reduce the appearance of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A and D can promote collage production and binding–the intake or application of which can effectively slow down your skin’s aging process – Yay!

Moisturizes Hair and Skin

Did you also know that avocado oil is a great source of lecithin. This yellowing fatty substance acts as a super emulsifier and lubricant. When applied topically, lecithin forms a protective covering on your hair follicles and your skin’s surface, effectively preventing the loss of moisture due to wind and climate damage. Avocado oil is also high in sterolin which can be used as a softener or moisturizer in hair and skin care.

Anyhow….food for thought. This is what I am having for breakfast:

Healthy Hair and Skin

Avocado Toast

Toast with butter, mashed avocado and cracked pepper. Yum!


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What Are Carrier Oils You Say ? | Elise Marcus Salon | Hairstyle in St. Joseph MN

So you heard me blog about carrier oils in one of my recent posts. What are carrier oils you say? Carrier Oils are another type of oil for your hair. The oils are called carrier oils because they ‘carry’ the essential oil onto the skin. Carrier oils are also known as a base oil or vegetable oil. They are also usually derived from seeds or nuts. Carrier oils are best used as natural and unadulterated as possible as cold pressing and maceration are the two main methods of producing carrier oils. Carrier oils are very important in hair care because they are great moisturizers, strengtheners and are very nourishing for your hair.

Here Is A List of Carrier Oils and Their Known Benefits To Your Hair:

Jojoba Oil – Jojoba is known to rapidly penetrate down to the scalp and hair shaft, and readily loosens and dissolves the hardened build-up of sebum. The scalp and hair follicles are left clean and free to continue their normal function. Jojoba is great for all hair types and has an ability to inhibit excess activity of the sebaceous glands making it the perfect choice for people with oily scalps that still need conditioning. Likewise it can be used for dry hair as it helps to moisturize your hair properly.

Coconut Oil / Carrier OilCoconut Oil – Now you have seen me blog many times before about coconut oil benefits. Coconut oil is by far Cami’s, from Elise Marcus Salon, favorite oil to work with because coconut oil is known to consist of more than ninety percent of saturated fats Vitamin-E and Vitamin K and minerals such as Iron. Coconut oil is known as one of the best natural nutrition for hair and is in contention with olive and jojoba oils as the king of the carrier oils. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair and it softens the hair and conditions the scalp. I also love to use coconut oil to shave with.

Olive Oil – Only olive oil that is labelled extra virgin guarantees that the oil has been cold pressed from freshly harvested olives and does not contain chemicals. Extra virgin olive oil that is green in color is of higher quality than golden-yellow oil. Olive oil helps in preventing as well as curing hair loss as  it prevents the production of the hormone DTH which causes the hair follicle shaft to decrease. Regular application of olive oil to hair prevents the production of DTH hormones on the scalp, thus getting rid of the problem of hair loss. For relaxed/permed hair ladies excessive chemical use can cause hair damage, olive oil contains antioxidants that promotes a healthy hair  and scalp. Olive oil strengthens and smooths hair cuticles.

Castor Oil – Is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean. Castor oil is a colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor or taste. It is rich in ricinoleic acid and can be used to treat skin conditions such as fungal infections. It nourishes hair and prevents the scalp from drying by retaining moisture. Castor oil added to hair care products helps to seal moisture, softens, and visibly thickens hair. Castor oil can also be used by itself on the hair to seal in moisture.

Avocado Oil– Is extracted from the king of the fruits; avocado. Avocado is full of vitamins that your hair needs like vitamins A, E, D and potassium. If you want a super deep conditioner treatment without having to buy a commercial preparation, you can add avocado oil to the other carrier oils and you will definitely feel and see the difference.

Vitamin E Oil – Proper circulation leads to thriving hair follicles  which leads to hair growth. Vitamin E contains valuable antioxidants that help to keep the immune system up and improves circulation to all parts of the body, including the scalp. When added to homemade products, Vitamin E extends their shelf life. This oil  rejuvenates and offers protection for the scalp and skin.

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Now lets talk about fragrant oils for your hair | Elise Marcus Salon | Haircut In St. Joseph MN |

Now lets talk about fragrant oils for your hair.

The best fragrances to use are the natural ones (synthetic fragrances can damage hair) and that is why pure essential oils, diluted in carrier oils ( jojoba oil , olive oil, coconut oil , castor oil, vitamin E oil , avocado oil and nut oils) are great when you want to add a nice scent to your hair. Put a few drops on your comb or in your final hair rinse water or in your favorite carrier oil and your hair will smell great while being conditioned.

Fragrant Hair Essential Oil Elise Marcus Salon Highly Recommended Fragrant Hair Essential Oil Suggestions and directions:





Scalp Massage: Put 3-5 drops on your fingertips and lightly massage into scalp.


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Skincare Home Remedies | Skincare in St Joseph, Mn | Elise Marcus Salon

003We all want nice skin, but who the heck wants to pay a hundred dollars for it? If you’re looking for some cheap, easy and definitely effective at-home skincare, look no further than your very own cupboards.  Those old wives tales? Yeah, some of them are actually true.  Men and women alike (men want nice skin too) have been using some of these home remedies for years, and now it’s your turn.

There are two groups of skincare: prevention/everyday, and then emergency. Prevention/ everyday includes all the steps you take to avoid getting acne, while emergency skincare is the actions you take to get rid of acne once it has appeared.

The goal with skincare should always be to avoid having to use you emergency tactics, so these easy to use natural products will help you do just that! One of these naturally beneficial products is olive oil.  Extra Virgin olive oil can be used as both  cleanser and moisturizer.  It’s a two for one! If you’re interested in smooth, healthy skin, try massaging a small amount of olive oil into your skin, and let it sit for three minutes.  To add some extra moisturizing, place a steamed towel on the applied areas until it cools again, then use it to wipe off the excess oils.  Skincare is just easier when you use natural products.  Another household product you can use is lemon juice.  Because lemon juice is naturally acidic, it invigorates your pores, and acts as a toner and moisturizer.  It also exfoliates your skin, leaving it both polished and soft.   To use this, water down lemon juice and apply it to your skin.  Then wash it off after about fifteen minutes.  Another simple way  to take care of your skin is by using egg yokes as a facial mask to unclog pores. Pores can easily become clogged from your everyday life.  Some contributing factors to clogged pores are makeup. sweat, dirt and your skin’s natural oils. You can take the yolks from two eggs and spread it on your skin, letting it dry (it will be kind of crunchy).  Once it crunches and dries, wash it off after about fifteen to twenty minutes of letting it harden. Wondering what to do with the egg whites?? Well, you can use them too. Using the same procedure as before to tighten your pores, after you just unclogged them, to keep acne causing bacteria out of there. I know how this is going to sound, but just stay with me here… Garlic is said to be highly effective at acne prevention.  Just peel two garlic cloves, crush into a pulp and apply it to your face.  Just be sure to wash it off after five to ten minutes!

Check out tomorrow’s blog for at-home tips on what to do when acne attacks!

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