Often 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!
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1/2 tsp activated charcoal powder | Find this online or in a local herbal shop
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.
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?Read more...(924 words, 4 images, estimated 3:42 mins reading time)
For this weeks Gratuitous Post, I decided to share with my readers who hate traditional protective styles that Turbans & Headwraps are protective styles too! If 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! Read more...(158 words, 1 image, estimated 38 secs reading time)
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!
I 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. Read more...(404 words, 5 images, estimated 1:37 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(828 words, 2 images, estimated 3:19 mins reading time)
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 🙂 Read more...(744 words, 3 images, estimated 2:59 mins reading time)
I 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 styleRead more...(336 words, 1 image, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)
Divide Hair into 3 Sections: One Section on either side of the head and a back section (Photos 1 & 2)
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 :)). Read more...(512 words, 4 images, estimated 2:03 mins reading time)
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!
Happy Humpday! This past Sunday was the first beauty day of February.
I ended the last few days of the last week in a protective style. I jazzed it up with a colorful scarf.
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.
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 Read more...(601 words, 5 images, estimated 2:24 mins reading time)