DIY Projects

I’m a big on DIY projects I make so many things myself and I want to start sharing those things with you. Before the post starts I want to share that I’ll be doing a Healthy Hair Challenge starting April 1st please click the link to learn more.

 

So I’m big on wearing my hair out and I would love to have more headbands for days when it’s not looking its best but some headbands aren’t sturdy enough for my hair or they’re too expensive either way I seem to be out of luck. I came across this video yesterday for DIY WIre Headbands and Bun Wire, vlogger Naptural 85 shows three methods of making headbands and bun wires without having to sew anything.

 

I’ve been making my own mud wash for about a year now and I always mix it up in a bowl. I’d been having such a hard time making it more like a thick liquid until I watched DIY Homemade Clay Hair Cleanser Shampoo Recipe. I used Rhassoul clay and Bentonite clay, lavender and Jasmine instead of ylang ylang, I have my own nettle oil that I’ve made, and sunflower seed oil instead of linden flower oil. I used it last night and my hair responded well to it and my twist out was still amazing.

What DIY projects do you want to see next Monday? Are you willing to try either of these?

Triple Butter Hair and Body mix

Triple butter mix for hair and body
I did not use exact measurements because I really only do that for my science classes for everything else I just eye ball it.
I used mango, shea, and cocoa butter. I didn’t use my cocoa butter only about 5 little disks of it.

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Triple butter mix

About a cup of mango butter
1/2 cup of shea butter
2 table spoons of cocoa butter
1 teaspoon of vitamin e oil, rosehip oil, sweet almond oil, and avocado oil.
Add olive oil and coconut oil as you mix or blend until creamy and smooth.

I uses my new blender to make it as smooth as it is. I cannot wait to try this in my hair. My skin already loves it. Please feel free to try this for yourself you can use whatever oils and butters work for you. Let me know how it works out.

Later today I’ll be posting a chocolate frappucino recipe with flaxseed and peanut butter yum.

My Favorite Bloggers/Vloggers

I started blogging about my hair journey after I did my big chop in September. I wanted to share what and who inspired me to make such a big decision. While I was transitioning I turned to the internet for tips and advice. I found a couple Vloggers who really helped me through my journey.

Whitney of Naptural85 was the first one I found. We have the same hair type and her tips and DIY recipes helped me when I was transitioning and even now the oil mix that I use is just my little remix of her oil mix. I add sunflower and coconut oil to mine. What I love most about Whitney’s channel is that you can follow her journey from TWA to now. She shares her experiences and her tips for a successful transition. If you’re not already subscribed please do so.

Francheska of HeyFranHey is a Blogger/Vlogger that focuses on our overall health. What I love about Fran’s channel is the importance she puts on clean eating and how to treat your body. Fran has taught me to buys less packaged foods and more fresh fruits and vegetables and how to make all types of things for the hair and body. A lot of my projects started from me recreating Fran’s recipes. Once you start making your own products you’ll see how hard it will be to return store bought items. If you want to try and live a healthier lifestyle please check out Fran’s site and her channel.

UrbanBushBabes are two women Cipriana and Nikisha who have a site dedicated to the Arts, Health, and Naturalistas around the world. I love their website because it’s a little of everything. Cipriana’s hair is always up in one of those updos you see on models and would love to recreate yourself but you just can’t. Nikisha’s hair is so big and fluffy, you hope your twist out or wash and go would look like that. They also have a YouTube channel where they have tips on how to care for your hair, your skin, and your body. They’re actually how I found out about Fran. I love them.
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These are my favorite Bloggers/Vloggers and they all played a part in my decision to chop off my relaxed ends and return to my natural state. I’m hoping one day my site will be an inspiration to others as they have inspired me. Please check them out if any of these names are new to you. Click the names to each for their sites.

Hair Challenges

It’s been a challenge to find hair products that are all natural. I haven’t used shampoo since last year. I have naturally dry hair and scalp and I have low porosity hair. I noticed that shampoos leave my hair extremely dry and brittle and I needed to strengthen my hair if I was going to achieve my hair goals.

Challenge 1: Find a shampoo replacement or a conditioning was that moisturizing, chemical free, and very cleansing. I did not know it would take me over a year to find that product. There are so many natural products on the market but a lot of them are expensive and I did not have the money to try them out.
Terressentials was a line my favorite Vlogger Naptural 85 recommended. Their lavender garden seemed fitting for my hair but I just never tried them. Recently I discovered mud wash recipes and decided to make my own. I had all the ingredients I just needed the clay. Bentonite clay is used in Terressentials, Rhassoul clay was raved about.
In the end I used Aztec healing clay (Bentonite clay), organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar, sunflower oil, olive oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, vitamin e oil, jojoba oil, water, peppermint essential oil, and lavender essential oil. I used it on dry hair and I did not detangle beforehand. I did not follow a set recipe. I promise next time to try and record how much of everything I use. My hair was so soft and tangle free (before I put my wide tooth comb to it). It was the best and the twist out I did after was my best ever.

Challenge 2: Find an all natural conditioner to cowash. Something to remove product buildup but also moisturizes (remember very dry hair). I play around with different brands but most of them were not all natural and it really irritated my scalp. Recently I decided to make my own (are you seeing the pattern here. If they don’t make it right. DIY.) The conditioner recipe was really easy to find. A lot of people use apple cider vinegar and water. I was a little skeptical because I use an acv and water mix to clarify my hair. I used one part acv, one part water and I added a little sweet almond oil, castor oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil. I left it in overnight because I was really lazy and I didn’t want to do my hair before bed. The results were moisture, soft hair, and a very clean scalp.

I stress moisture because it is so important to keep you hair and scalp moisturized. Dry hair leads to breakage and we do not want that. We want strong, healthy hair. These are the two challenges I’ve faced since beginning my journey. All the products that I use are made by me and I only use organic cold pressed oils and organic unrefined butters. I always do my research and I’m new to my journey so I’m still learning what my hair likes. Are you having trouble with your regimen? Could it be the products or your tactics? I promise to provide the recipes for mud wash and the conditioner.

Why are all Natural Products so Expensive?

I’ve been fully natural since September 8, 2012 but my journey for more natural and healthier hair started a couple years ago when I noticed my hair wouldn’t grow past my shoulders after I started relaxing my hair. Before my first relaxer my hair was well past my shoulders, it was so much for me to try and care for and too much for my mother. When I noticed my hair wouldn’t grow past my shoulders but I had so much new growth ( I had colored my hair prior and I could easily track my growth). I knew the problem wasn’t the rate my hair was growing. It was retaining my all the growth, for some reason my hair was breaking off and I needed to know why.

Long story short. I learned that it was the products I was using. I was using shampoos with sulfates and conditioners with silicones. The sulfates were stripping my hair and the silicones were coating my hair to make it appear shiny and healthy when it wasn’t. Not all silicones are equal some are water soluble and others are non water soluble which means some can be washed away with water and some can’t. I’m too lazy to learn which are harmful and which aren’t so I avoid them at all cost.

Cost. Now that you mention it I want to know why most natural products on the market are  $16 and up for one thing. I’m sure there are people out there that can afford that but when you have to pay for school and other things in life. I cannot pay $21 for conditioner, $16 for leave in, and $16 for a styler (gel, curly pudding, and holds). I have about 7 different oils at home that I use for my diy projects and I don’t use more than a couple tbsp when I do use my oils and at most I use about 3. Affordable natural products for your hair can be made at home. I’m making it my business to keep you informed. We’ll go through the whole regimen using products that you have at home and if you don’t have it at home it won’t cost you much to buy. I’ll even offer alternatives to my recipes nothing is set in stone when it comes to a recipe for your hair.

I’ve also been thinking about starting a line of my own. Affordable natural products. I’ll never hide any ingredients and I only use natural ingredients. Let me know how that sounds. A LifeWithDemetra line? Is it too soon?

All Natural Deodorant

Last night when I arrived home my arrowroot powder was waiting for me. It was the final piece of my puzzle. I could finally try my hand at making my own deodorant. I had no worries about it working or about me not liking the finished product. I had tried my hand at deodorant before and although I didn’t like it my first go round this time I was equipped with knowledge, ingredients, and recipes. So I started to gather my things when I realized something. I had every single last thing I needed except for baking soda. As many recipes as I had I was so hurt to realize they all used baking soda.

I was still determined to make my deodorant (more now than ever since I had thrown my old one out). I searched every corner of the internet until I stumbled upon this recipe for an All Natural Deodorant . It was a life saver. The recipe called for bentonite clay  which I didn’t have so I used arrowroot powder, it also uses tea tree oil and I used peppermint and lavender (it smells so good). I did mess with this one a little so here is what I used.

1.5 tbs of beeswax

3 tbs of shea butter

2 tbs of cocoa butter

4 tbs of arrowroot powder

10 drops of lavender essential oil

10 drops of peppermint essential oil

* You can use any essential oil really and the butters can be played around with as well. The recipe called for 4 tbs pf shea and 1 of cocoa butter but I wanted a little more cocoa butter. It’s up to you and your skin.

Ingredients

Ingredients

The deodorant is perfect and it smells so good. Please make some of your own you will not regret it. Commercial deodorant is full of chemicals and preservatives none of which you want to be absorbed through your skin. If you make your own deodorant you save money and you can control everything that goes into it. I hope this helps.

Finished product

Finished product

Coconut oil..my miracle oil

Not all oils are created equal. Some are great moisturizers, some are great sealants, and some go above and beyond oily duties. Coconut oil is an oil to be used as lotion, as a deep conditioner, cooking oil, and many more. If you need more ideas for how to use coconut oil please look at 52 uses for coconut oil and the follow up post 122 uses for coconut oil. These posts got me interested in coconut oil at the beginning of my hair journey when I thought I needed every oil I could find to use on my hair. I own a mini oil store now but when I first started out I could only afford to buy a couple oils at a time. When I first started using coconut oil I used it as a sealant. As I read more blogs and did a little more research I learned that coconut oil can penetrate the hair shaft better than any other oil and the only other liquid more moisturizing than coconut oil is water. So if you have low porosity hair make coconut oil your friend.

Last month I started to use coconut oil and my skin and nails and the results were amazing. I went from nail stumps to claws in only a month. Not to mention my nails were stronger than ever and so shiny. My skin was so moisturized and always had this glow. It was amazing.

See what it does what your nails imagine what it would do for your hair.

One month of nail growth

One month of nail growth

Here are two recipes that you might want to give a try.

Easy moisturizing deep conditioner
If you have low porosity hair that’s protein sensitive this is perfect for you because it’s strengthening and moisturizing without your hair getting hard. You’ll need
4 tbs of coconut oil
2 tbs of honey
I did this earlier and my hair was so soft. If I wasn’t tucking it away in a protecting style. I’d put a picture up. Here’s the second recipe.

Whipped Mango Butter leave in
If you don’t like shea butter, are allergic to nuts, or need a lighter oil try this whipped butter recipe.
I used this recipe.
5 oz of mango butter
2 TBSP of coconut oil
1 tsp of sweet almond oil
1 tsp of castor oil
1 tsp of jojoba oil.
I also added two squirts of my oil mix (Vitamin e oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, castor oil, avocado oil and lavender)
I softened the mango butter in the microwave and then I put all the oils in and blended with a hand mixer.

Finished product

Finished product

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know what you think, try it, and how would you feel about another giveaway in two weeks.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway and win a free quart of organic extra virgin coconut oil.

DIY Coconut oil and Vitamin e oil lotion

Last night I found this recipe on the internet. I was looking for uses for my newly acquired vitamin e oil. I found this simple yet very effective lotion recipe. I’ve been doing this beauty/health/fitness challenge that requires me to use coconut oil on my hands and nails daily. So this lotion was the perfect fix. The ingredients…

One cup of coconut oil.

One tablespoon of vitamin e oil.

One jar to store once it is finished.

You add both ingredients together and mix. Not too much to it.

Note: Please use coconut oil that’s as close to its solid state as possible.

Here’s the finished product…

My lotion.

My lotion.

Is Dandruff ruining your life?

All Products Used

All Products Used

Vitamin E Oil and ACV

Vitamin E Oil and ACV

Pink Spray bottle is water and conditoner.

Pink Spray bottle is water and conditoner.

My conditioners

My conditioners

Coconut oil to rub on my scalp

Coconut oil to rub on my scalp

ACV and water mix

ACV and water mix

Ok so my life isn’t totally ruined but lately my scalp has been going crazy. Ok maybe it’s been a while and I’ve been ignoring the signs. Anyway I knew from previous research that apple cider vinegar was my friend. I was using coconut oil on my scalp until I was able to get apple cider vinegar and I was pleased with it. So I headed to my local Trader Joes and let me just say that the place was packed. I felt like I was in a well lit club with slower music. There was almost no room to turn. Anyway I got my apple cider vinegar and also picked up some vitamin e oil for $2.99 or $3.99 now I can’t remember but either way it was a steal. I need this scalp therapy. Anyway I diluted my acv in a small spray bottle with water and sprayed my scalp. I had to be careful because I have in twists. After I rinsed and cowashed. I’ll have to update you on the progress but for the first time in a little while there is no itchiness when I go to apply my conditioner and most importantly NO FLAKES!

Prodcuts used:

Trader Joes Brand Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Coconut oil

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil and Macadamia oil conditioners (love these)

One spray bottle filled with diluted apple cider vinegar

One spray bottle of water with a little of both Organix conditioners. I spray my twists in the morning and at night with this mixture to keep them moisturized since my hair gets super dry and it is difficult to keep it moisturized.

If dandruff irritates your scalp as well try this and let me know how it turns out for you.

 

DIY your own All Natural Moisturizing Face/Body Scrub

Coconut Oil from Trader Joe’s

I like mine a little oily but coconut oil is solid below 76 degrees.

For the past couple of months I’ve been leaving the store bought cleansers alone and replacing them with cheaper things that can be found around the house. A lot of products on the market are full of chemicals and silicones, not good for the face or the body. Here’s a simple recipe for a good face scrub that I use, it can also be used on the body. It’s moisturizes and exfoliates and leaves skin with a nice glow. You will need only three things for this,

  1. Organic virgin coconut oil (Olive oil, sweet almond oil, castor oil, or jojoba oil) I use coconut oil because it’s what I have and it has so many different healing properties that I love to use it on my skin but if you have a favorite oil then use that instead.
  2. Sugar, dark brown organic sugar is best but regular white table sugar works good as well.
  3. (Optional) A jar if you’re making more for the week.

I made enough for the week and I didn’t measure anything it depends on if you want more moisture (add more oil) or if you want a harder exfoliate (add more sugar), the third option is to make a balanced cleanser (equal parts sugar and oil).

The steps are just as simple as the ingredients. Mix 1+2 into 3 or your hand if you make yours daily. After the first time your use it I promise you’ll notice a difference in the appearance of your skin. Also, ladies coconut oil is excellent as a makeup remover, even mascara.