Sunday, April 28, 2013

Rosemary and Rosewater Moisturizing Flaxseed Gel for Natural Hair

Image by Deborah Cooper
http://yournaturalhair.com/rosemary-and-rose-water-flax-seed-gel-recipe/


Rosemary and Rosewater Moisturizing Flaxseed Gel

I came across this wonder natural hair gel recipe by You Tuber Debborah Cooper and wanted to share it with my subscriber and readers.  Debborah Cooper's blog 

Flax Seed Gel has been used and is used by many women of different ethnic groups across the board.   Flaxseed gel is 100% natural, contains Omega-3, can be made extremely cheaply and is very moisturizing for your tresses.   I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!




Ingredients:

2 Cups of Distilled Water
3 Tablespoons of Whole Flaxseeds (Golden or Brown)
1 - 2 Teaspoons of Fresh Rosemary Leaves
1/3 Cups of Dried Rose Petals and Stems
3 Tablespoons of Aloe Vera Juice

Cook over medium heat for 10 - 12 minutes.  Stir frequently and until seeds are suspended in gel.



The Benefits of Rose Water:

  • It has exceptional stimulating properties and therefore, it can be used as a home remedy for treating hair loss.
  • It has natural moisturizing and nourishing qualities that helps to recover the quality of your hair.
  • Pure rose water, purchased by you from any reputed shop, is made up of rose oil and distilled water. Alternately, it can be prepared by soaking fresh rose petals in purified water. Hence, there are no artificial components and this natural product does not have any side effects (except an individual sensitivity to roses that might be likely).
  • On account of its innate healing properties, it is useful in treating mild scalp inflammations.
  • It has been found to be effective in treating dandruff that is caused mainly by fungal infections.
  • It is known to make the hair strands stronger and thus, it helps to minimize hair fall.
  • It imparts a delicate and lingering fragrance to your hair, thus giving you’re a refreshing feeling.
Ingredients cooked for 6 minutes




The Benefits of Rosemary:

Rosemary is thought to prevent thinning hair and hair loss. It fights against premature graying and can gradually darken existing gray hair. The oil is beneficial for dry, flaky scalps, and as such is a great remedy for dandruff. The oil is most notably used for stimulating hair follicles and consequently improving hair growth.

This gel should be kept refrigerator and will keep up to 14 days.  Can be applied to hair while damp or dry.
Of course, this recipe can be tweeked to best meet your hair care needs!

Let me know how you liked the recipe or changed it!

Happy Curls to You,

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Kimmy Tube's Leave-In Conditioner



Image is from Empower Network.com

This is a ph balanced leave-in natural hair conditioner.



Kimmaytube Leave-in Recipe



2 Tbsp - Aloe Vera Juice / Gel (Lily of the Valley)
2 Tbsp - Leave-in Conditioner (Knot Today or Giovanni)
2 Tsp - Jojoba Oil (or Grapeseed Oil)
2 Tsp - Castor Oil
Directions:

1.  Mix all the ingredients together well.  Store the mixture in a airtight container and its ready for use. 
2. You can use any leave in conditioner / oils / aloe vera juice of your liking.  On her video she used kinky curly knot today leave in conditioner. I bought the aloe vera juice and oils online. Giovanni Leave in Conditioner from target.
3.  The consistency depends on the thickness of the leave in that you,ll be using.  The end product of the recipe above has a runny consistency.
4.  The benefit of adding Aloe Vera Juice is, it acts as a natural conditioning agent to restore the hairs sheen, lustre and shine.  A great PH balancer for your hair.
5. It also soothes and moisturizes the scalp and eliminates any dandruff issues.
6. The oils on the recipe seals in all the moisture in your hair to last the whole day.


Suggested Use:  (Empowered Network.com)
  • Although aloe vera juice is stocked on the shelves in the stores, it must be refrigerated once opened or it will spoil.
  • Also, Kimmaytube leave-in conditioner concoction should be in the refrigerator because of the aloe vera juice.
  • Make one batch at a time. This recipe makes more than enough.
  • Some suggest adding green tea to the recipe because it acts as a preservative to prevent the concoction from spoiling. I did not try this, but it make sense.
  • Aloe vera juice can be pricey for just needing 2 tablespoons for this recipe, so here are 2 suggestion: 1) Freeze it or 2) drink it. For health benefits of aloe vera juice, go to www.aloelife.com.

Natural Hair Serum


Nutritive Hair Serum

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces Cold Expeller Pressed Camellia Seed Oil
  • 1 ounce Cold Pressed Virgin Broccoli Seed Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp.Vitamin E Oil
  • 48 Drops Lavender  Essential Oil
  • 24 Drops  Juniper Essential Oil
  • 24 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 18 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Directions:
  1. Combine and Stir Ingredients together.
  2. Pour into a Clean and Very Dry 4-ounce Bottle.
  3. Cap and Label Your Bottle.
How to Use:

  • Apply to freshly washed/damp hair from root to end.
  • Gently massage into scalp, leave on for several minutes and wash out with a mild shampoo.
  • Apply a hot towel and/or plastic shower cap after the oil is applied will enhance the treatment.
  • Store bottled oil in a cool  dark area outside of the bathroom.
  • Use within six months.
Enjoy!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Rose Water Glycerin Spritz


What You Will Need

1 cup distilled or filtered water

2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin

5-10 drop rose hip seed essential oil

1/4 cup fresh rose petals or 1 tablespoon dried rose petals

This is How You Do It!

  • Boil the cup of water and add the rose petals. 
  • Let this steep overnight, then strain out the rose petals and add the glycerin and rose essential oil. 
  • Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle that has been sterilized with rubbing alcohol.
  • Shake and refrigerate. 
Optional:

Other herbs could substitute for the roses and rose oil.  Such as chamomile teabags, dried or fresh leaf rosemary, lavender buds, other essential oils or evening primrose oil.

Enjoy!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Natural-Laxer Natural Hair Relaxer

Is there really such a thing as a Natural Hair Relaxer?


Baka Beautiful
2 ounces/$14.99
http://www.treasuredlocks.com/natural-herbal-hair-relaxer-texturizer-chemical-free.html

I came across this product last year sometime and really had forgotten about it until a coworker brought up the fact that she was interested in obtaining some betonite clay.  I thought a natural alternative to a chemical relaxer would be at least worth looking at and an healthy option for doing something good for your tresses.

The product is called Baka Beautiful and is sold by Treasured Locks (family-owned and operated).  

First things first.  Let's take a look at it's ingredients:
  • A blend of carefully selected sun-dried herbs
  • Mrytle
  • Valerian
  • Rose Petals
  • Red Clover
  • Fenugreek
  • Nettle and Sage Mixed with Pulverized Unadulterated Sahara Clay


The product description:

From their website:

Baka Beauty Products' Natural-Laxer MIX is 100% natural powder made entirely of sun dried exotic herbs and Sahara Clay hair leaving it silky smooth. The herbs used in the natural relaxer are completely natural and completely safe. When mixed with the Sahara Clay in the Natural-Laxer MIX and hot water and applied to the hair and skin, it produces miraculous results. This ancient herbal secret has been used dating back to the pharaohs. Available now from Treasured Locks, Natural-Laxer MIX is an advanced spa treatment for your hair and skin that you apply yourself in the comfort of your own home. Each Natural-Laxer MIX is enough for approximately application for a "typical" head of hair, depending on the volume and length of your hair.

Their site furnishes a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) section for those interested in purchasing the item and may still be on the fence about the performance of the product.

Pros:

  • It is an "all" natural alternative for the natural ladies out there
  • The Site gives clear directions on what to expect from product
  • FAQ section will answer general questions about the product
  • Site Also Has A Video Showing How to Mix the Baka Beautiful
  • Site boasts over 274 Reviews of the Baka Beautiful
  • You Can Purchase Three Jars of the Baka at a Reduced Amount of $13.99 a Jar
Cons:

  • Apparently Jar Contains "Just Enough" for an "Average" Size Head
  • For initial best results, apply once/week for 3 weeks. Suggested maintenance- apply every 4 to 8 weeks.
  • Rose Water (sold separately) Price:  $4.99
Finally, they made suggestions on what other products you should consider in purchasing along with your Baka Beautiful:

  • Baka Natural-Laxer Silk Cream Shampoo at $5.99
  • Hair Therapy Wrap-Microwave Hair Conditioning Cap Sale Price:  $22.99/Reg.:  $29.99
  • Natural-Laxer Silk Protein Conditioner at $6.99
  • Professional Conditioning Heat Cap -   Reg. Price:  $40.00/Sale Price:  $34.99
  • Treasured Locks Conditioning Balm -  Reg.:  $19.99/Sale Price:  $14.99 
  • Treasured Locks Hair & Scalp Elixir -  Reg. Price:  $18.00/Sale Price:  $14.99
  • Treasured Locks Locks of Curls Pomade & Gel - Price $11.99
So, there you are ladies!  Please make use of the links in the article, if you are interested or would like to take a closer look at the website for this and other products!

As always,

Happy Curls to You!


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Saturday, April 20, 2013

April 2013 Curl Kit -- In Review


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Moisture Curl Kit


Greetings Naturalistas!

I've finally found time to review the April 2013 Curl Kit!  This Curl Kit was ALL about MOISTURE!  Oils, Shea Butter, moisturizing leave-ins is on the menu of this box!  I must admit that most of these products were not familiar to me and the fact that they were all natural was a plus!
Honey Curls Hair Curls
(In Sample Bottle with White Cap and Yellow Contents)
  • The Honey Hair Oil Blend (2 ounce size)
Ingredients:  This Hair Honey Oil Blend is the perfect blend of nourishing oils infused with ingredients such as Honey, canola seed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, Meadowfoam seed oil, wheat germ Oil, Shea Oil, Borage Oil, Olea Europaea Oil, (Olive) Oil, fractionated coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, and Karanji and organic Green tea, vitamin A, B, and E No SLS or ALS sulfates No petroleums No artificial colors No artificial fragrances No silicones No parabens No mineral oil No petroleums No artificial colors No artificial fragrances

Price:  $22.00 for 8 ounce size

I have a rather large supply of oils in my cabinets and more than likely will be giving this bottle away but I did like the fact that it was a FULL-size product!

Ampro Pro Style
  • Vitamin  E Oil - 6 ounces
Ingredients: Our Vitamin E Oil is specially formulated to help repair dry or damaged hair, skin and nails through regular use. It can be used as a reconstructing hot oil treatment and is suggested for hair that has been severely damaged as a result of chemical processing or the elements. Our Vitamin E Oil also restores the moisture levels to dry or irritated skin.

Size: 6 Fl. Oz for $3.69


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The following product, apparently, was so new that there actually wasn't an image available of the product on the web.  Product was creamy in texture and smell of shea butter.


Ori Essential
  • Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner (Full 8 ounce Size)
Ingredients:

Ingredients: purified water, glycerin,Cocos nucifera(Coconut)oil, Stearic acid, Persea gratissima(Avocado)oil, Triticum vulgare(wheat germ)oil, Vitis vinifera(Grape seed)oil, Urtica dioica (Nettles) extract, Equisetum arvense(Horsetail) extract, Anthemis nobilis(chamomile) extract, Aloe barbadensis(Aloe Vera), Panthenol, Tocopheryl, acetate(Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol ,Capryloyl Glycine, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Fragrance. 8oz


This was a product that I was particularly interested in purchasing a full-sized product.  It has great reviews across the web.  It's packaging is sophisticated and sleek.


Karen's Body Beautiful
  • Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In (2 ounce sample)
Ingredients:  Purified Water, Jojoba, Avocado and Coconut Oils, Vegetable Wax, Pathenol, Arnica, Calendula, Echinacea, Nettle & Horsetail Extracts, Vegetable Glycerin, Wheat Germ Oil, Essential and/or Fragrance Oil, Ascorbic Acid & Vitamin E

Prices:  7.1 (8 ounce) $16.00/16 ounce size is $24.00


I was very impressed with this next product!  It smell nice, fruity.  Texture was smooth and applied easily.  Over all reviews on the web was good.  Looking forward to purchasing a full-sized container of this product.

 Juicy Hair Leave-In Conditioner
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/juicyleavein
Naturalista Cosmetics
  • Juicy Leave-In Conditioner (2 ounce sample)

Ingredients:  Shea Butter, Aloe Leave Juice, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Panthenol, Vegetable Gylcerin, Vitamin E, Honey, Lemon Peel Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Fragrance, Natural Preservatives.

Ingredient Attributes: silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free
Price:  $22.00 for 8 ounces

Smelled fresh and inviting.  Not into spritzers but am looking forward to giving this product a try as a style refresher.  I do like the smell of mint and the sample bottle is easy to carry in my pocketbook to refresh my tresses during the day!

Image of  ALOEMINT SPRITZ
2 ounce Sample Size for $4.50/8 ounces for $12.00
http://amazingbotanicals.bigcartel.com/product/aloemint-spritz
Personally, I'm not a regular gel person.  I do like Eco's Olive Oil Gel but I prefer a natural gel or use my flaxseed gel.  Since these are in packets, I'll be taking them to work and leaving in my desk drawer for those bad hair days emergencies at work!  LOL!

Amazing Botanicals 

  • Aloe Mint Sprint (2 ounce sample)
Ingredients:  Distilled water and Aloe Juice infused with Marshmallow root, Burdock, Nettle, Horsetail, Plantain, Irish Moss and Peppermint,Shea Oil, Black Castor oil,Panthenol,and Rosemary



Shine Jam Silk Edges 
  • Silk Edges Gel (sample)
Ingredients:  Water, Ceteareth-25, Glycerin, Oleth-5, PEG-20 Hydrogenated Lanolin, MIneral Oil, Fragrance, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit OIl, DMDM Hydantoin, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Iodopropynl Butylcarbamate, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Blue #1.

Product Description:  Ampro's Silk Edges conditioning gel delivers a strong hold while keeping your edges in tact! It is enriched with silk proteins and is also free of alcohol and parabens. Silk Edges works perfectly on all textures without weighing down the hair or flaking. 

  • Conditioning Gel (sample)
Ingredients: Aqua (Water) , Isoceteth-20 , Paraffinum liquidium (Mineral Oil) , Glycerin , Oleth-2 , Propylene Glycol , Fragrance , Sorbic Acid , Methylparaben , DMDM Hydantion , Ethylparaben , Benzyl Benzoate , Linalool , Benzyl Salicylate , Hexyl Cinnamal , Butylphenyl Methylpropional , Hydroxycitronellal , Benzyl Alcohol , Limonene , Citronellol , Geraniol , Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde , CI 42090 (Blue 1) , CI 19140 (Yellow 5)

Product Description:  Let's Jam Gels are pure excitement for your hair. Let's Jam Gels give your hair super shine and control with no wax, grease or alcohol. This conditioning gel with extra hold is perfect for molds, wraps, or sleek styles.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Deciding on Your Natural Hair Routine

What is your natural hair routine?  Has it Changed? Do You Have a Routine at all?

Most naturals have gone through the above stages.  First, not having a natural hair routine.   Second, developing a hair routine, and finally, adjusting one's hair routine as hair continues to grow or be styled and cut.

This will include first and foremost the changing of what products that you chose to use on your tresses!

Naturals who have been on the journey at least six months can attest to the fact that when they did the Big Chop they experienced the first moments of feeling
free and uncumbered!  You could simply jump into the shower, co-wash and condition your tresses, dry off from the shower and throw some gel on your hair and be off to the events of the day.  However, when your hair begins to grow and you encounter that "in-between" length, too long to be a TWA and too short to be pulled into even a short pony tail.

I have also discovered on the journey of hair growth that products that I started out didn't work for me in the "In-Between" length and then once passed it, I tried them again and fell in love with the products again.

As you hair continues to grow, the weight of the strands can cause tresses to form a different curl pattern.  For instance hair can be bushy at the roots but twirl in beautiful coils at the end of your strands!  On this journey you will develop several hair routines.

Wash Day Routine

This routine will be the basis for how your hair will perform until you determine that it's time to wash your hair again.  As most of us know, some no longer "wash" their hair but "co-wash" their tresses.  This routine will include:




  • Pre-pooing (optional)
  • Detangling with Conditioner
  • Co-washing or Washing Hair

Morning Routine

Hair is taken down from curlers, bantu knots, twists, and scarves and prepared for styling.  Oils can be used to take down the hair and give added shine and protection for your ends.


Night Routine

Hair is usually moisturized, twisted, set on curlers, bantu knots, and/or tied down.  This step is important and hair should be prepared neatly in order to get a smooth set for the morning.


What is the Most Important Part of a Routine?

Simplicity!  Make your routine as simple as possible.  This means keep how many steps of preparation of your tresses to a minimum while using the least amount of products to avoid product build-up, weighing down of strands, and the necessity of having to "clarify" your tresses often.

For some naturals, we can survive on a GOOD shampoo/co-wash product, an excellent leave-in or moisturizer/sealer, and your favorite styler (your shea butter/oils/gel)!

What complicates matters is that some of us are still in search of that MAGIC product that we will be able to slap on our tresses and Voila! a good hair day!  We usually end up with a graveyard of product clutter and an eye on the next NEW product!

A good hair care routine, along with protective styling/low manipulation, the occasional  trimming of tresses will keep your hair happy and healthy!

As Always, leave your comments, ideas, and questions below!

Happy Curls to You!

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Natural Hair Calendar


For all of our naturalistas!  A printable monthly calendar with your hair in mind.

Download yours here!

Kudos to Natural Hair Love Affair!  http://www.naturalhairloveaffair.com/