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Natural Hair Essentials: Rosemary

Rosemary A.K.A Rosmarinus Officinalis

Rosemary has been used extensively since ancient times by many cultures, for various reasons including food enhancement, aromatherapy, health and medicinal purposes, religious and wedding ceremonies, as well as in cosmetics.

Fun Facts About Rosemary:

  • It is known as one of the “brain herbs” because it stimulates mental activity.
  • Archeologists have uncovered pieces of the rosemary plant in ancient Egyptian graves where it was apparently used as incense
  • In modern times rosemary is used by herbalists to assist with illness related to the gall bladder and the liver.

Beauty Day Details: Pre-Poo Oil Wash Method

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

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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.

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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.

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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

Aubrey Organics: Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner

In a recent post I griped about the affects of  color on my natural hair. I decided to give protein a try to strengthen my hair  and curb and impending breakage due to cuticle damage from the color.  In the past I’ve tried a homemade concoction using eggs (disaster) as well as the Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor; I was not impressed with either.

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About protein:  Protein treatments temporarily repair and strengthen hair by filling gaps in the cuticle and a small amount can also penetrate the cortex

Amazon.com:$10.99, Vitacost.com:$8.19 (Neither price includes shipping), The Vitamin Shoppe:$10.93 for 11 ounces

I purchased 16 ounces for $18.99 from Amazon.com

Beauty Day Redux: Finding a New Routine

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Yesterday was Beauty Day. Since I BC‘d, I’ve been trying to edit my old hair routine. Initially I tried the “go with what you know” method on my fully natural hair, but it wasn’t working simply because my hair completely lacked moisture after sealing. I am uncertain as to whether or not it is the method (liquid leave-in, creamy leave-in, and butter to seal) that isn’t working or the products (modified kimmaytube leave-in, giovanni direct leave-in, and homemade shea butter cream) I was using. At any rate, I’ve decided to start from scratch and try again.