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DIY ECO STYLER Curl Cream

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if you want something lighter (and less oily) than the DIY Eco Styler custard, just turn your fave Eco Styler Gel into a moisturizing hair cream or twist butter.

  1. Place 2 TBSP raw, unrefined shea butter in a double boiler.
    • I like ivory shea butter best but, if you like, you can also use yellow shea butter. They both come from the nut of the Karite tree. However, yellow shea butter has Borututu tree roots (a medicinal plant) added during the milling process to give it a golden color and to make it slightly more firm.
    • NOTE: If your shea butter is pure white in color, it is refined. As someone who is 67% West African, in my family, buying refined shea butter is a cardinal sin! It’s just not done. Besides, the refinement process (i.e., bleaching, deodorizing, etc.) can leave harmful toxins in the final product. It also tends to remove most of the beneficial properties of shea butter, which pretty much defeats the purpose of buying shea butter in the first place.
  2. Add 2 TBSP castor oil.
  3. Add 10 TBSP Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel (⅝ cup).
  4. Add 3 TBSP of rose water.
    • Whip with an electric hand mixer on medium speed.
    • I remove one beater (i.e., only use one beater) for this whole process to avoid overcrowding the bowl or having to use a vessel 10x larger than necessary.
  5. Add ½ tsp vitamin e oil.
    • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that reduces scalp inflammation and helps to repair damage to hair follicles.
    • It also helps to extend shelf life. I like the Sundown Naturals brand.
  6. OPTIONAL (but highly recommended): Add essential oils for fragrance and to extend shelf life.
    • 10 drops rose geranium: prevents dull, limp hair and strengthens hair follicles.
    • 10 drops bergamot: promotes hair growth and prevents scalp buildup.
  7. Mix one final time to incorporate all ingredients.
  8. Transfer to an 8 oz. container.
    • Product will continue to thicken as it comes to room temp. If you would like it to thicken more swiftly, place the finished product in the fridge for an hour and then remove.
    • NOTE: This DOES NOT have to be stored in the fridge! But, letting it chill in the fridge for an hour will thicken the cream at a faster rate.
    • Happy styling!
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Henna Hair Gloss

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  1. Measure 1 TBSP of henna powder and place it in a small, plastic bowl.
    • Henna acts as a natural hair dye but also substantially increases the strength of hair, especially with continued use.
    • Henna seals the hair’s cuticle, which prevents breakage and makes hair more manageable.
  2. Add ½ TBSP of shikakai powder.
    • Shikakai powder acts as a mild natural saponic, which helps to remove debris from the scalp while maintaining an optimum pH level.
  3. Add ½ TBSP of bhringraj powder.
    • Bhringraj powder prevents hair loss, split ends, and premature greying.
    • It also promotes overall healthy hair growth.
  4. Add ½ TBSP of amla powder.
    • Amla powder (aka Indian gooseberry) has valuable anti-dandruff properties.
    • It also aids in toning down the “redness” in henna, reduces hair fall, and improves the natural lustre of hair.
  5. Add 2 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil.
  6. Add just enough water to make a thick paste. Stir until all the powders and oil are well combined.
  7. Add 2 TBSP of your fave conditioner, and stir until the mixture is smooth. 
    • When I first came up with this henna hair gloss, I used VO5’s clarifying conditioner. But, it was a little too drying on my hair (with the henna). So, the next time I made this henna hair gloss, I swapped it for Lustrasilk’s Aloe Vera Cholesterol. I liked that much better. My hair felt luxuriously soft. So, make sure you use a moisturizing conditioner.
    • I like to use a relatively cheapie conditioner for this recipe, but you can use whatever conditioner you prefer.

 

 

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DIY Beard Balm

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  1. Prepare a double boiler (i.e., as if you were tempering chocolate). 

    • If you do not have a double boiler, you can create a makeshift one by placing a Pyrex glass bowl or stainless steel bowl over a pot filled ¼ to ½ of the way with water.
    • Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer before adding ingredients.
    • For all my fellow foodies out there, you already know that this method, much like the protective cooking it provides when preparing something with delicate ingredients (e.g., whisking up an egg-based sabayon), will help to prevent the recipe components from the dangers of direct heat. This, in turn, preserves the integrity of our ingredients. 
  2. Add 2 TBSP of  sweet almond oil.
    • Used since biblical times, almond oil is easily absorbed by the skin and helps to alleviate dryness.
    • It also combats future acne, due to its high vitamin A content.
  3. Add 1 TBSP of apricot oil.
    • Apricot oil softens hair and helps to soothe irritated skin.
  4. Add 1 TBSP of organic beeswax.
    • Beeswax has anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to trap moisture into the skin and hair and also promotes healthy hair growth.
    • I like to use the pastilles for easier (and faster) melting.
    • You can purchase yellow or white organic beeswax pastilles, depending on your preference. I like the white pastilles because it doesn’t overly saturate my product with color, but either are fine. The yellow beeswax is in its raw, unadulterated (aka unbleached) form. The white pastilles are filtered and lightened. Just make sure they are chemical-free (collected from unsprayed and unfertilized fields) and are bleached naturally (i.e., via air and/or sunlight).
  5. Add 1 TBSP of pure castor oil.
    • Due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, castor oil helps to treat acne, rashes, and other skin conditions.Just make sure it is hexane-free and cold-pressed.
    • This oil is high in vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids.
    • Its unusually high ricinoleic acid ratio makes castor oil the supreme oil of choice for expedited hair growth.
  6. Add ½ teaspoon of vitamin e oil.
    • Vitamin E oil has anti-aging properties that prevent the damaging effects from the environment (e.g., free radicals).
    • This nutrient-rich oil heals and repairs skin and hair.
    • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to extend the shelf life of the balm.
    • I prefer to buy Sundown Naturals’ vitamin E oil.

  7. Add 15–20 drops of essential oil.
    • I used 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil for its ability to remove toxins and reduce hair loss.
    • I also used 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil for its antiseptic and aromatic properties as well as its ability to ward off itchy skin while increasing follicle stimulation.
    • However, you can use any essential oil you prefer (i.e., rosemary, peppermint, etc).
  8. Transfer the liquid into a container of your choice, and enjoy!
    • I purchased 100 ml tins (for gifting purposes) and added a custom label that I designed, but you could use any container you like that has been cleaned and sterilized.

         

          NOTE This makes a great Movember gift for that special guy in your life. Or, you can gift this for Christmas (or any other special occasion)!   😉

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Blackberry Sage Tea Creamy Leave-in Conditioner

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Recipe Card - Blackberry Sage Tea Creamy Leave-in Conditioner

  1. Add ¾ cup of VO5’s Tea Therapy Blackberry Sage Tea Revitalizing Conditioner to a 16 oz. flip-top container.
    • This conditioner contains vitamins b3, b5, c, e, and h.
    • It has blackberry and sage extracts that provide each strand with energy, volume, and balance.
    • It is also supposed to energize limp hair and protect hair from UV rays
  2. Add ½ cup of distilled (not tap) water.
  3. Add ¼ cup of aloe vera juice.
    • Aloe vera juice relieves itchy, dry scalps and acts as a conditioning agent that reduces frizz.
    • I buy the Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Juice. It comes in a large 1 gallon jug and has a shelf life of about 2 years (when stored properly in the fridge).
  4. Add 2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil.
    • Olive oil is one of the few oils that can actually penetrate the hair shaft. This makes it a great choice for imparting strength, shine, and smoothing the hair’s cuticle.
    • I usually buy the Kirkland brand olive oil from Costco or Amazon.
  5. Add 1 tsp of vegetable glycerin.
    • Glycerin is a natural humectant. It helps to attract and retain moisture to your hair’s follicles.
    • I adore the 100% pure version from NOW Solutions. It never fails to soften and moisturize my parched tresses!
  6. Add ½ teaspoon of vitamin e oil.
    • Vitamin e oil has anti-aging properties that prevent damaging effects from the environment (e.g., free radicals).
    • This nutrient-rich oil heals and repairs skin and hair.
    • It is also an antioxidant that helps keep the spritz fresh by extending the shelf life.
    • I prefer to buy Sundown Naturals’ vitamin e oil.
  7. Add 15–20 drops of essential oil.
  8. Add top, and shake vigorously to incorporate all ingredients. Enjoy!

I like to use a funnel. I bought a set that came in multiple sizes. It has proven to be a must for me when I make my own DIY hair and skincare products! While it’s not absolutely necessary, it does make the process (for me) much more stress- and mess-free!

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Super-moisturizing Lavender Hair Spritz

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Recipe Card - SUPER-MOISTURIZING SPRITZ

 

  1. Add ½ cup of aloe vera juice.
    • Aloe vera juice relieves itchy, dry scalps and acts as a conditioning agent that reduces frizz.
    • I buy the Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Juice. It comes in a large 1 gallon jug and has a shelf life of 1 ½ – 2 years (when stored properly in the fridge).
  2. Add ½ cup of rose water.
    • Rosewater helps to balance the pH of skin.
    • It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce and prevent irritated skin and clogged pores.
    • It’s antioxidant properties strengthens and regenerates skin cells.
    • Rose water also hydrates and refreshes hair, and helps with the retention of moisture.
    • I love the rose water by Heritage Store.
  3. Add ½ cup of distilled (not tap) water.
    • If you live in a hard water area like I do, this is a CRUCIAL step.
    • It is imperative that you use distilled (or filtered) water. Don’t use tap water, especially if you are unsure of the water content (or if you have never tested your water)!
  4. Add ⅓ cup of vegetable glycerin.
    • Glycerin is a natural humectant. It helps to attract and retain moisture to your hair’s follicles.
    • I adore the 100% pure version from NOW Solutions. It never fails to soften and moisturize my parched tresses!
  5. Add ½ teaspoon of vitamin e oil.
    • Vitamin e oil has anti-aging properties that prevent damaging effects from the environment (e.g., free radicals).
    • This nutrient-rich oil heals and repairs skin and hair.
    • It is also an antioxidant that helps to keep the spritz fresh by extending the shelf life.
    • After trying several brands, I’ve locked onto Sundown Naturals vitamin e oil.
  6. Add 2030 drops of lavender essential oil.
  7. Shake vigorously to incorporate all ingredients, and enjoy!

After tinkering with the proportions for two months, this has become my go-to daily hair moisturizer. I use it on my twist-outs, wash ‘n gos, protective styles, everything! When nothing else will moisturize my hair, this will. Trust!

Follow-up with your fave oil. I normally gravitate to whipped shea butter but, this summer, I’ve been reaching for extra virgin olive oil more frequently. Just use what your hair loves.

 

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African Pride Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion 2.0

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Remember this? I found a bottle of African Pride’s Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion at my local beauty supply store for only a few bucks last year. Because of the sickeningly intense banana scent, I have only used this product sporadically. In fact, the last time I used it, my mom and sister smelled the product the moment I stepped into the car. redface Not cool! redface And, to make matters worse, they were not a fan of the scent either.

Because I like the results I receive from this moisturizer lotion, I wanted to try to see if I could find a way to salvage it without almost getting sick every time I use it (due to the intense aroma). So, this is what I did … Once I had used about half of the product, I filled the remainder of the bottle with Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Juice. I also added a ½ teaspoon of vitamin e oil. To mask the unpleasant fragrance of the product, I added 20-30 drops of essential oil. Then, I transferred the new concoction into a spray bottle.

The result? A product remix that hydrates and seals moisture into my hair in ONE step. Just shake and repeat prior to each use! 😉

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DIY Café Scrub

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Coffee Cup + Coffee Beans + TEXT

Sorry I’ve been MIA for the last couple of weeks, but it’s been for good reason! I recently moved and went back to school to get an advanced degree. (I don’t recommend doing both at the same time!) So, I have been busy studying and unpacking … Unpacking and studying … It’s been a vicious cycle. LOL.

I have loads of content to share but, unfortunately, my posts won’t be as frequent as before until I get completely moved in and get a break from my summer term … So, hopefully, in another two to three weeks, I will be back to my normal posting schedule. In the meantime, here is an easy DIY I have been trying to post for the last week-and-a-half … Or, maybe more … Ahem …

Well, for all my fellow coffee lovers, this one is for you! It was inspired by my dad who is an avid java drinker. (Happy Father’s Day, Dad!)

Have you recently splurged on several Costco-sized vats of coffee and now have enough coffee beans to start your own café? Or, maybe you’re a little under the weather and haven’t much felt like making your morning brew. Well, if you have any extra coffee in the house, it’s time to put it to good use. After all, the only thing better than drinking coffee is slathering it on your face! Mhmm.

Suddenly I have a hankering for my beloved Starbucks. One caramel frappe, no whip, affogato style here I come!

Recipe Card - CAFÉ SCRUB

  1. Place 1 cup of ground coffee into a medium-sized bowl.
    • You can use any variety. No need to splurge on anything fancy!
    • If you travel a lot like many of my family members tend to do, just save the mini coffee packets you get from your hotel suite. My dad gave me several from his most recent extended business trip.
    • Since I’m from Seattle, I am quite unapologetically a bit of a coffee snob. (I think my dad is on a Starbucks caffeine drip as we speak!) So, while I would never dream of drinking such inferior “hotel coffee,” it works perfectly for this DIY!
    • FYI, I used 5-6 packets of hotel coffee to get a cup.
  2. Add ½  cup of granulated sugar and ½ cup of brown sugar
  3. Mix the dry ingredients until everything is well-combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a large (20-24 oz) jar that comes with a lid.  
    • To avoid making a mess, just spoon the mixture from the bowl into the jar a little at a time.
    • Patience is a virtue!
  5. Add 1 cup of your fave oil.
    • I used olive oil because of its great anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant-rich skin benefits, but you can use any oil you prefer.
  6. OPTIONAL: ½ tsp of vitamin e oil.
    • Vitamin e oil is an antioxidant that helps to extend the shelf life and is also great for the skin.
  7. OPTIONAL: Add 20-30 drops of essential oil.
  8. Enjoy your newly created microdermabrasion in a jar!
    • This DIY Café Scrub is sure to please!

Any time I miss Seattle, I just open my little café scrub jar. Within seconds, I’m back downtown Seattle, sipping coffee at Pike’s Place, and people watching. And, the fact that it also brightens and gently exfoliates my skin is a plus, too!

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