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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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.

The smile

English: Stick figure with eyes and smile

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.

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.

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.

Red Lipstick and New Projects.

This week has been about me getting my thoughts and plans together for what’s left of this year and next year. I’ve been checking Herbs and Oils World daily because their site has all kind of all natural DIY recipes. They have this recipe for making your own lipstick and I’ve decided to make a fire engine red lipstick for the holidays. Also on YouTube I suggest subscribing to Hey Fran Hey. She puts up tutorials on how to make different all natural products. I love her channel. Her most recent recent tutorial was on how to make your own lip scrub and lip balm. When I make my lipstick I’m making the lip balm as well. The process is very simple and easy. The video is here . I’m going to begin work on my first book soon. I’m not sure how to start but I’ll be sharing everything along the way. Also I’ll be trying to get a story out soon.

Keep checking on me.

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.