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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Oily October Day 17

It’s Day 17 of Oily October! How’s it been so far? I’m always on the go because I’m a full time student and I also work. When I get home at night I’m exhausted and as much as I want to just crawl in the bed I know I’ll have a harder time in the morning if I do. My nightly routine is so simple that I can do it in my sleep (I think I have a couple times).

Demetra’s Nightly Hair Routine:
 – Spray hair with water and seal with oil of your choice (or aloe vera juice).
 – Twist hair into a bun (if your hair is shorter do multiple buns this keeps hair stretched).
 – Secure your bun with a hair tie and put on your satin scarf or bonnet (if you’re me you wear both).

Routine so easy a sleepy deprived person can do it and it’s fast. What oils are you using and how?

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This is a heatless blowout achieved by stretching hair overnight in a bun.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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