Sunday was beauty day; while I waited for my hair to deep condition, I decided to give myself a complete spa day by doing a facial at home.
There are many ingredients in your kitchen which can be used for a facial; below, I list my ingredients and why I choose to use them: Read more...(321 words, 3 images, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
2 tbsp Bentonite Clay: Absorbs toxins, draws out blackheads, kills acne-causing bacteria, anti-aging benefits, exfoliates the skin (Don’t use metal bowls or utensils when mixing bentonite! It affects the composition and reduces its effectiveness)
As you know, I am an avid user of the L.O.C Method both as a transitioner and once I was fully ; I’ve sang it’s praises from here to Youtube and to anyone who will listen! Today I ran across a scientific experiment which visually illustrates how moisture (water) becomes trapped when we use oils and cream as a sealant. More on the experiment here.
I started this week off the right way and my hair thanked me!
I tried Rhassoul clay for the first time, and it’s definitely a keeper!
After much research, I decided to give Rhassoul clay a try. I used a basic recipe of:
1/4 oz Liquid (Water or Aloe Vera Juice)
1/2 oz Rhassoul Clay
2 tbsp Oil (Optional)
I experimented this weekend with a few herbs that are great for moisture and growth. Horsetail, Burdock Root, Irish Moss, Marshmallow Root, Rose Petals. Check out the second photo in the slideshow to see my natural hair brew!Read more...(352 words, 15 images, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Hawaii has been everything to my hair. Her climate ensures my hair never loses moisture, thus she stays soft all the time. I’ve been here since Monday and today was the first time I’ve re-moisturized my hair!
To achieve this style I started by re-moisturizing my hair. To re-moisturize I: Read more...(287 words, 3 images, estimated 1:09 mins reading time)
Use a liquid to lightly spritz my hair: Aloe Vera Juice, Infusium 23, Water, and Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Shea Butter Mix: Shea Butter, Castor, Coconut, & Olive Oils, and essential oils for fragrance
So far, the challenge has been awesome! Today, it’s all about moisture secrets! On wash days after a deep condition (with hair sectioned, of course), I usually apply:
1) Liquid leave in: I add the following to a spray bottle- aloe vera juice, water, olive oil & a bit of creamy conditioner.
2) Creamy LI: Add giovanni direct leave in, and
3) Seal with my Shea Butter cream mixture. **Sealing Tip: Apply sealant (butter, cream, or oil) from the bottom up; this ensures the oldest, most fragile stands get more product**Read more...(180 words, 4 images, estimated 43 secs reading time)
It’s Tuesday and I am hating these ends, even more so then when I complained during the P.Y.E challenge! As I watch the clock wind down to June 30th, I am continually tempted to grab the scissors and start cutting. Last night, I did a braid-n-curl to prepare for the day’s style. I used a mixture of H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, a bit of Glycerin, and Rosemary, Orange, and Grapefruit EOs to re-moisturize the strands, followed by my homemade shea butter cream to seal. Usually I have about 16 braids, but last night I cut it down to about 10 medium sized braids and curled the ends using a perm rods. This morning when I took them out, I loved the chunkiness of the hair, but the ends disgusted me! It totally takes away from the style! If I weren’t so stubborn I’d move the BC date up. This is another reason why protective styling works so well for me; I never have to see my ends! Out of sight, out of mind! Read more...(246 words, 5 images, estimated 59 secs reading time)
Smell. One of the most important senses. It can alert us prior to being able to see or hear anything.
“Smell, like taste, is a chemical sense detected by sensory cells called chemoreceptors. When an odorant stimulates the chemoreceptors in the nose that detect smell, they pass on electrical impulses to the brain. The brain then interprets patterns in electrical activity as specific odors and olfactory sensation becomes perception — something we can recognize as smell. The only other chemical system that can quickly identify, make sense of and memorize new molecules is the immune system. But smell, more so than any other sense, is also intimately linked to the parts of the brain that process emotion and associative learning.” Read more...(627 words, 4 images, estimated 2:30 mins reading time)