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?

Rhassoul Clay Mud Wash

I haven’t treated my hair to a mud wash in quite some time. I recently ordered some organic Rhassoul clay from Buttern-N-Bars . This is where I get my organic butters from as well. Anyways if you haven’t tried a mud wash you’re missing out. You can apply a mud wash on dry, untangled hair and it will work miracles.  My hair is very thick and it can take a while to untangle. It moisturizes, untangles, and it leaves your hair so soft and you can do anything after that.

See how dry my hair is?

See how dry my hair is?

Rhassoul clay comes from Morocco. It has been used for centuries to take care of the body and hair. This is my first time using Rhassoul clay all my other mud washes have been with Bentonite clay which can be found in a couple places in North America. Bentonite clay left my hair so soft but I’ve found that most people that have tried both Bentonite and Rhassoul clay favor Rhassoul clay.

Here’s what you need:

Supplies

Supplies

1/2 cup of Rhassoul clay (add more of less depending on your length)

1/2 cup of water or aloe vera juce (I had to use water I ran out of aloe vera juice. It’s better)

2 tbs Vatika coconut oil (or any oil of your choice)

4 tbs Oil Mix (Olive, Sweet Almond oil, Castor oil, Jojoba oil, Avocado, and Vatika oil)*

*If you don’t have all of these oils use the ones you have

Mix the clay and the oils together first and then add water to the clay until it’s creamy.

 

Your mud wash should look like this

Your mud wash should look like this

Results. Look at that definition.

Results. Look at that definition.

 

Dry Hair Problems?

English: Coconut oil in solid state

English: Coconut oil in solid state (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all have problems with our hair whether it’s relaxed or natural. The most common problem I’ve been dealing with and people have asked me about it dryness. There’s not one solution that will work for every head of hair. It’s all about trial and error, what works for someone else might not work for you. I will never be able to go to bed or leave the house without spraying with water and sealing daily but some lucky people out there can go days without adding moisture. If you haven’t found a way to keep your hair moisturized maybe these tips will help.

1. Drink your water.  You should be drinking half your body weight everyday. If you don’t like the taste of water you can add fresh fruit and herbs to add a little flavor and some vitamins.

Recovery, C-Power, Stressless, Digestive, and Detox vitamin waters

*You can add whatever fruit and/or herbs that you like. I like lemon and lime.
2. You should deep condition once a week or twice a month to add moisture and to strengthen your hair. If your hair is protein sensitive coconut oil is a great alternative to a protein treatment it’ll strengthen and moisturize without making your hair hard. Switch it up a little.
Honey and Coconut oil DC
Mud wash ingredients list *

Mud wash (YouTube tutorial)
Oil Mix for hot oil treaments**
DIY Raw and Organic DC (YouTube)
Egg and Mayo DC (YouTube tutorial)

Greek yogurt DC (Youtube tutorial)

*I use warm aloe vera juice instead of apple cider vinegar now.

**skip to end of post for the oils I use in my mix.  I use Naptural 85’s hair and body mix as a reference.

3. Moisturize and Seal vs LOC method. When it comes to moisture retention there are two different methods I’ve tried and that I hear about a lot. Moisturize and Seal is just moisturizing your hair with water or a leave in conditioner and sealing the moisture in with an oil. The LOC method is helpful if your hair is really dry and you have trouble keeping it moisturized. L is for liquid and it’s usually water, O is for oil, and C is crème as in a leave in. So you spray your hair with water, seal with an oil of your choice and add a leave in on top for added moisture.

Not all oils are created equal. Some oils can penetrate your hair shaft and moisturize your hair and they are coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil.

Keep in mind these are just suggestions if you have a routine that works to it stick with it. If you’re having problems with dry hair I hope this helps. If it does help let me know and if it doesn’t help let me know. Everyone’s hair is different and what works for me might not work for you.

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.

Summersicle

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Sweet Sweet Summer

Sweet Sweet Summer

Winner will be announced August 9th.

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.

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.

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.

Future Blog Posts

Recently I bought a couple new nail lacquers that I will review.

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(from left to right) seche vote clear base coat,  essie turquoise and Caicos, essie cute as a button, Maybelline color show iced queen, essie eternal optimist, and essie butter please. Here’s a picture of of my nails with essie turquoise and Caicos

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I love the essie brand well this is my first time using it but it was love at first stroke. I will do the other polishes later in the week.

I took a trip to Trader Joes on Tuesday and picked up a whole liter of Sunflower oil for $3.99. Why do I need that much? Well I’ll tell you for oil pulling. Instead of using mouthwash to clean my mouth I will use the practice of oil pulling. It not only cleanses the mouth but the body as well. Pulling all the toxins from the body. I’ll let you know if this Ayurvedic practice works as well as the research says. Sunflower oil and Sesame oil as the oils that work the best. For 20 minutes after you brush your teeth and before your first meal, you swish it around in your mouth. It gets in between teeth and pulls put the toxins and replaces it with minerals that can’t get in. Here’s a link for more information on Oil Pulling.

I’ve been moisturizing my hands and nails with coconut oil everyday thanks to the HeyFranHey challenge and my nails have shown so much improvement over the past two weeks. At the end of the month I’ll show my length from the first and the end result.

As of right now I still have the Senegalese twists in but I’ll be taking them out soon and doing a couple different things with my natural hair. I will try to define my curls with a wash and go. I will do a twist out and I will try to do a bantu knot out. Also I will be starting the hairfinity vitamins and I want to share that journey as well.

I haven’t neglected my writing. I’ve been writing everyday this week but I don’t have anything to share yet. Please be  patient. I will be writing and updating more. I promise.

Thank you for reading,

Demetra