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?

Whipped Butters Now Available

My Square Market is now open for business and I have whipped butters available.

You have the power to choose what ingredients go into you products you can choose everything you like and nothing you don’t. I am dedicated to making sure I provide the best products to you.

As with the body scrubs your butters can be customized. Will you be using it for your hair, body, or both?

What are you looking to get out of it?

Any allergies? Please when ordering let me know what you are looking for. I am dedicated to making sure everyone is happy with what they receive.

Big News…Body Scrubs!!!!!!!

So I have big news…

BIG NEWS!!!!!!!

I have decided to make my natural products available for you all to enjoy. No hair products yet but soon trust me I’m working on it. So I’ll be slowly releasing natural products because I don’t want to overwhelm myself I’m just one person and I’m doing this alone.  First goodie on my list…..BODY SCRUBS.

Lavender Mint Scrub with Himalayan Pink Salt

Lavender Mint Scrub with Himalayan Pink Salt

Who doesn’t love body scrubs? You ever feel your skin after using them? It feels so amazing and soft but a lot of the scrubs you buy in stores contain more chemicals than ingredients to keep you and your skin healthy. One thing I’ve always wanted to do was bring natural products to everyone at an affordable price.

As of right now you can order your scrubs by emailing me at LifewithDemetra@gmail.com

So far I have three scrubs I love

Vanilla Coffee

Vanilla Lavender

Lavender Mint

Eucalyptus Mint

Vanilla Almond

Vanilla Lemon

You can customize your scrub by choosing your ingredients from the list below….

Exfoliates

  • Dead Sea Salt (Body)
  • Atlantic Sea Salt
  • Lavender Dead Sea Salt (Body)
  • Sherpa Pink Himalayan Salt (Body)
  • Organic Coconut Sugar (Face and Body)
  • Cinnamon Vanilla Nut Coffee (Face and Body)

Oils (All organic and cold pressed)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Unfiltered and Unrefined)
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Rosehip Oil

Special ingredients

  • Jamaican Black Castor oil
  • Peppermint Castile soap
  • Lavender Castile Soap
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • Organic Orange Extract
  • Organic Vanilla Extract

I have 4 oz for $4, 8 oz for $8 and 12 oz for $14 available now and will add more sizes later this week.

You can choose your ingredients from the list below to customize your scrub.

My Healthy Hair Regimen

I know this was promised so many times but here it is.

Daily
Spritz my hair  with water mixed with my oil mix and seal with coconut oil. I do this when styling my hair in the morning and when putting my hair up at night. I use aloe vera gel on my edges for a little hold and moisture.

Weekly
Deep condition (coconut honey mask or hot oil treatment).
Cowash with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner.
When styling I use a shea and mango butter based leave in that I make myself.

Monthly
To cleanse my scalp I make a clay mask for my hair. After I wash the mask from my hair I rinse with apple cider vinegar and water (3 parts water and 1 part apple cider vinegar) and then I condition with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle. If my scalp is flaky, itchy, or there’s more build up than usual I use a baking soda rinse instead of the mud wash (1 part baking soda and 2 parts water) and afterwards I still rinse with apple cider vinegar and condition.

**If I run out of Trader Joe’s conditioner and I need to cowash my hair. I’ll substitute by using suave. I mix Suave’s Sleek and Shine with olive oil and castor oil. I also add peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil to it as well and that holds me over until I can make it to Trader Joe’s.

How do you care for your hair? Let me know in the comment section.

New Wash Routine

I have a new process for cowashing that makes my wash process so easy, my hair is so moisturized and soft, and best of all I am now finger detangling and using the comb less. I have a lot of hair. A LOT!!!!!

I'll miss my afro during the winter.

I’ll miss my afro during the winter.

After I added some color

After I added some color

I love Aloe Vera and Afros!

I love Aloe Vera and Afros!

See all the hair!

On to the method. Naptural 85 is my hair crush b/c I think her hair is similar to mine and she was the first vlogger I subscribed to. Click here to learn about this new process. Try it and let me know if it helped.

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.

Oily October Starts Now

First day of school hair

All month long Oily October Challenge will be going on. I’ve teamed with Lauren of UntouchMyHair to bring this to you. Enter this week by commenting on this post or tagging your pics (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr) #LWD and #UTMH.

To enter you have to tag your starting pictures (your current length) this is not a contest to see who grows the most hair. We want all that enter to be active.

Big Chop Story with UntouchMyHair

My first year as a natural came and went on September 8th. Here are my posts right after I took the plunge and just a year later I have a beautiful head of hair, it was scary at first but it was so rewarding. Look out for a post about my regimen, I was hoping to vlog my regimen but as of right now I’ll be blogging.
I celebrated my BC but my hair is in twists so I can’t show how much my hair has grown over the year. I asked Lauren of UntouchMyHair to tell me about her experience.

How did you feel about your hair and yourself before your big chop? After?
I was really attached to it. I’d always been natural before, and tried lots of different styles and a few colors. Then I relaxed it and I liked it, but I missed my real hair. Even though I could still do afros even with a relaxer, it just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t as fun. Out of all the styles I’ve tried, bald was never one of them. I didn’t want to transition; I like to do things all the way instantly. I went into my bathroom with scissors and my clippers and cut it off myself. Once i started I knew I couldn’t change my mind. After I finished, I felt excited, amazed, and nervous. I thought everyone was gonna say that i looked bad or ugly, but it was the complete opposite. My confidence boosted a lot from that experience. I ended up maintaining it short for over a year, and I’d have no problem doing it again. It was a really great experience and a good lesson.
How did you care for your hair hair when you were relaxed? As a natural?
My hair care wasn’t really different actually. I still used olive oil, still deep conditioned, etc. but I wasn’t doing protein treatments, because I believed the ‘protein sensitive’ myth. I was having to ‘texlax’ every few weeks because my hair was growing fast, and my hair dries fast so I was having to be almost obsessed with my hair to make sure it stayed moisturized and retained growth. Especially since I kept it straight. Now that I’m natural, I don’t have to worry as much because I know I can put a creamy moisturizer in and not worry about my hair curling up. I use more oils, more thicker creams, and have fun making my own products. My hair care days are still every week, but it’s not as much work because I know i can braid my hair in the end and be okay. 
 
How long has it been since you big chop? Were the people closest to you supportive of your decision? What about now?
I big chopped Dec 26, 2011, so in a few months it’ll be 3 years since I big chopped. I think they were supportive. Nobody discouraged me from doing it, but nobody was standing outside the door waiting to see either. After it was done, they were amazed and liked it a lot. They thought it suited me well. As time goes by, they’ve (my mom and sisters) have had a growing interest in hair care. We’ve all had our time with relaxers, but for most of our lives, we’ve been natural. From me sharing my recipes and experiments, they’ve all become more curious of what natural ingredients and products will work for their hair. So besides our friends, we all have an immediate support system.
If you are thinking about, just went, or are about to go natural, there is always a support system near you. It may not be family, unfortunately, but you don’t have to feel ashamed, or frustrated about anything. People are always willing to help you, and share their mistakes and discoveries.

The CurlyFro

So last week I did a mud wash on my hair. I needed my hair to be extra moisturized and soft because I was going to attempt this CurlyFro tutorial by Naptural85. After my mud wash I didn’t need to add any products and I followed all the steps in the video. I let my hair dry for almost two days. It was dry after one day but I wanted to be sure.

So here’s how it turned out…

All dressed up.

All dressed up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After two days I wanted more length so I parted my hair down the middle, sprayed each half of my hair with water and put them in a bun. One bun on each side. Here’s how it came out…

First day of school hair

First day of school hair

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…As I was writing this post my hair was drying. I used baking soda on it for the first time to remove build up. It worked so well so I will be adding it to my regimen. I’ll be posting my regimen soon to show how I went from barely neck length to armpit length.