Tag Archives: How-To

Black Goddess Grains Face Scrub | D.I.Y

PhotoGrid_1449406554379Often times, the most beneficial and luxurious spa products are created using ingredients from the earth, crafted by mother nature herself!  More times than not, you can create these same products in the comfort of your own home! My Black Goddess Face Scrub messy, but has magical cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing powers that make clean up worth the effort!! Let’s get started!

 

What You Will Need:

  1. 1/2 tsp activated charcoal powder | Find this online or in a local herbal shop
  2. 1 tbsp cleansing grains | Recipe Here
  3. 1 tbsp hot water

So Fresh & So Clean Combs & Brushes | How To

Combs and brushes are really useful tools in removing not only shed hairs, but also dust, dirt, oils, old product and even dust mites; therefore, cleaning your tools is critical to having a healthy hair regimen.

DirtyComb
EWWWW!

Each time you use an unclean hairbrush or comb, you redeposit grease, product, dust and dead skin cells back into your hair. If your hair is cut short or faded in certain areas, the dirt is more apparent as you can plainly see it sitting on top of your strands. Disgusting, right?

Fierce Friday Gratuitous Post | Turbans & Headwraps ARE Protective Styles, Too!

Happy Friday!
For this weeks Gratuitous Post, I decided to share with my readers who hate traditional protective styles that Turbans & Headwraps are protective styles too!
PhotoGrid_1401563628099If you have an extensive scarf collection like I do, you may want to explore learning how to tie a headwrap or turban! You can also go to a local fabric store and purchase 1.5-2 yards of your favorite fabric and create a unique look that’s not already in your closet. Joann Fabrics has weekly 50% off coupons for fabric! They also take competitor coupons.  Mixing and match the colors and patterns to accessorize your outfit for the day is fun! They work for natural, transitioning, and relaxed hair, can be used to disguise a bad hair day or the fact that you’re deep conditioning while running errands,  and are appropriate at a variety of settings!

Fierce Friday Gratuitous Post | Razor Burn, Oil Infusion, Roller Set

Happy Friday! In honor of Fridays, I’ve decided to do totally unnecessary posts that essentially are a wrap up of my week! Let’s go!

PhotoGrid_1401985526333I started out my week by trying for 4 days to contact my barber, with no luck. I was in a crunch and I really wanted to look polished so against my best judgement I went to another barber. *Hangs Head in Shame* Long story short, I’ll be more explicit in another post but after being unsatisfied with the job the barber did, I went and allowed my barber to fix her error. I ended up with a severe case of razor burn.

Saving Our Strands | Natural Hair & Swimming PT 2

Hello ladies and thanks for tuning into part 2 of my Natural Hair and Swimming series. This post will review the LYR Lycra Swim Cap, my brief stint wearing two swim caps at once, and focus on tips and tricks for maintaining your hair while swimming or visiting the beach.
I left off introducing the LYR Lycra Swim Cap, which was  designed to keep your hair out of your face while you swim, and protect from the chlorine in the water.

Saving Our Strands | Natural Hair and Swimming PT 1

I love the summertime! Here in Florida,  it feels like summertime or at least early spring most year around.  I also love the water so lucky for me, there are many local beautiful beaches! The only issue is that I can’t swim! Almost 30 and can’t swim; pitiful right? I have never let the fact that I can’t swim hold me back from the water. I’m a pretty efficient doggie paddler and I can swim on my back with the best of them, but real underwater swimming terrifies me. It came to a head 2 years ago when I was in Hawaii on the beach and I saw children taking surfing lessons; I decided that if they could do it, I could do it! I instantly wanted to be a surfer but a precursor to surfing is swimming, so I had to learn how to do that too! After looking around, I decided that the least expensive route was my local YMCA, which I ended up joining.  As a member, I paid $125 for a total of 8, 30 minute sessions. Not bad considering a lot of freelance swim instructors wanted $50 an hour! I’m some where in lesson 5 or 6; myself and my instructor have lost count :)

How To | Quick & Easy Natural Hair Style, 2 Ways

3WayStyleI love protective styling; it’s much more suited to my keep it simple, sista (KISS) lifestyle. Additionally, I believe it helps keep single strand knots at bay, as well as to retain length and moisture. For this week’s look, I modified and simplified my Roll and Tuck style, which I wore for most of my transition to natural hair. The pictorial above shows how I recycled a style for two different looks!

Directions for Look 1: This look resembles the half up, half down hair style

  1. Divide Hair into 3 Sections: One Section on either side of the head and a back section (Photos 1 & 2)

Beauty Day: Featuring Homemade Herbal Black Tea

My Collection of Leaves and Roots
My Collection of Leaves and Roots

This summer, I have been experimenting with hair tea rinses! I’ve been using a variety of loose herbs to create teas, which traditionally I’ve done as a final rinse on clean hair. Recently,  I’ve been experimenting with different uses for the tea. So far, I’ve successfully used it as a remoisturizing spray, a final rinse, a pre-deep conditioning rinse, clay facial and finally, it’s one half of the liquid I use for my bentonite clay mix (I’ve listed my recipe below :)).

Cocoon Curls, via Naptural85

IMG_1342_Nap85

Happy Hump Day Ladies!

Last week, I was in a styling funk! After perusing Youtube, I came across Naptural85’s tutorial for Cocoon Curls! Very similar to Bantu Knots, cocoon curls are created by wrapping the hair around itself and securing the ends with a ‘knot’.

I like this method because for me, the technique easier to master than Bantu Knots. Also, sleeping is much easier!

IMG_1343_FlatTwists
Re-Moisturized with Aloe/Water & Shea Butter Cream
To Remove Knot: Pull the 'Tail' of the Knot
To Remove Knot: Pull the ‘Tail’ of the Knot

I loved my results!

IMG_1352_TopView
IMG_1351_CocoonCurlsEnds

IMG_1382_Shrinkage
Check out Naptural85’s easy Cocoon Curls Tutorial:

Beauty Day Details: Pre-Poo Oil Wash Method

Happy Humpday! This past Sunday was the first beauty day of February.

BeautyDay020413
Freshly Washed.Naked.No Product

I ended the last few days of the last week in a protective style. I jazzed it up with a colorful scarf.

IMG_1230

To begin, I normally start with an amla pre-poo oil wash. Last year, my local indian store relocated and I was unable to find out where they relocated to, which left me without my beloved amla. I prefer to purchase it locally rather than online, so until I find another local source for amla, I’ll have to make due.

IMG_1222
Leaves and Roots, Orlando FL

I was fortunate to find a store here in Orlando, that sells all kinds of herbs in various forms! I’m like a kid in a candy store when I go! The staff is very friendly, the prices are right, and most any herb you are looking for can be found here, with the exception of amla :).

I decided to experiment with the powder form of the extract of some herbs I’d been wanting.

What’s the main difference between the powdered and whole herbs?

Shelf life! Whole herbs have a longer shelf life (up to 2 years), while powdered herbs can last only up to 6 months.  A general rule of thumb is to substitute 1/3 teaspoon powdered or 1 teaspoon crushed for every 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs.

So, as opposed to using whole herbs or even essential oils for my