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?

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It’s All Buttah Giveaway !!!!!

It’s giveaway time. My last giveaway must not have appealed to you because only one person entered and she of course won. I’m hoping more of you will like this one. Remember a while back I reviewed a butter line for skin? No? Ok well here’s my It’s All Buttah review. I discovered this line while looking for natural products that wouldn’t hurt my pockets. Please go on It’s All Buttah’s website and take a look around. You can choose your butter, which is amazing because she offers a variety and if you have a nut allergy you have options.

The winner of this giveaway will be receiving a gift that Kesha (the owner of It’s All Buttah) is putting together so you should feel special.

To enter you have to only do two things:

1. You MUST subscribe to this blog.

2. You have to comment below what butter or oils you love to use on your skin.

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Sweet Sweet Summer

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Winner will be announced August 9th.

The smile

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English: Stick figure with eyes and smile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was written yesterday. I found a prompt that said “The most beautiful smile,” and I went from there.  Let me know what you think.

The most beautiful smile I ever saw belonged to a cancer. A tall drink of water. He stood 6′ 3″ with the big olive green eyes, dark brown hair cut short, and a slim build. I saw the smile first it just lit up his face. I wasn’t too concerned with him before that smile, that smile was for me. It was the smile of man happy to see his wife after a long day at work, the smile of someone so happy to see you it lights up their face.

I know I returned the smile because I could feel the heat from cheeks as they came to rest under my eyes. I knew my smile was big more like a grin. I couldn’t help but return the smile. As I got closer to him I recognition hit.

“Hey!” I said a little out of breath from my brisk pace.

“Hi,” He said back in a cooler tone.

Where did I know him from? Did he recognize me too? Why was he so calm? He must’ve forgotten who I was maybe he was just saying “hi” to be nice. I continue my walk and my phone conversation half listening as I rack my brain trying to figure out who he is and when we met.

Then it hit me. I listened to my friend ramble on about all the fun we were going to have that night. She had no idea that I had already ditched our night in my head. I had made plans in case she flaked on my again and my mind had finally got things straight. I knew where that smile was from and it was for me. We had unfinished business. We were destined to meet again.

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.

Tropical Traditions Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Review and Giveaway!


When I was contacted by Tropical Traditions about my “Diy coconut oil and vitamin e oil lotion,” I was very pleased to hear they liked my post and I gladly accepted their offer to try their organic extra virgin coconut oil. I use coconut oil to cook, as lotion, as a deep conditioner, and frequently in my diy beauty products.
I love this coconut oil. I love the quantity, the feel of it , and the smell. It actually feels like there are little bits of coconuts in it. I’ve used this oil to finger detangle and it made my hair so much easier to work with. If you’re looking for a quality product please give this brand a try. When using oils its best to get high quality oil that way you ensure you’re getting all the benefits.

Gold Label Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Gold Label Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

In case you don’t know any uses for coconut oil besides as a lotion or a hair moisturizer. I will be posting more about this oil because I use it so much so please stay tuned,

Did you like what you read about this product? Would you like to try the Gold Label 32 oz jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil? You would first have to be a subscriber to this blog and subscibe to Tropical Traditions’ Newsletter here and once all that is done just comment below and I will randomly pick a winner. Offer ends 2/28.

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

 

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway in return for the free product.

My Hair Journey…The Video

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I have finally used my movie maker to make my first YouTube Video. I was so excited to do it because I tried to do one before and I failed by like they say “Try, try and try again.” Luckily I only got to the second “try” before I got what I was looking for.

Beginning of a journey

My first twist out as a natural

I cut most of my hair off on Saturday. I wasn’t planning on doing it, it just happened. The first two days I had my hair in twists because I was in shock. I had really cut off all my relaxed ends revealing my curls, yes curls all this time I though my hair was a different texture because the relaxer was weighing it down. Here is my transition from uncomfortable to happy with my decision. It hasn’t been a week yet but already I’m happy I did what I did and I’m happy. It’s my hair and I need it healthy.

ready to cry when I finished.

but I can still do the goddess twist 🙂

Pretty happy once it was all short after I cried lol

A couple days later

My first twist out as a natural

Halo twist vs Goddess twist

Click on the hairstyle of your choice. I can’t braid so I do the twists but they work for braiding as well. All three are great quick and easy protective styles. Try one or two and let me know how they work for you

Goddess twist tutorial 

Halo twist tutorial 

Halo Braid tutorial

So I BC’d

but I can still do the goddess twist :)

Today my scalp was itching so I decided to it was time to clarify and boy was I right in more ways then one. For the past week I’ve been debating whether my long term transition has come to an end and today it did. I chopped off all my relaxed ends. They had to go, time for me to get to know my natural hair and just my natural hair. I hope you guys enjoy the pics and comment what you think.

All that relaxed hair is in the trash where it belongs

ready to cry when I finished.

This is how much I cut off all around.

but I can still do the goddess twist 🙂