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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 acts as an added preservative. I like the Sundown Naturals brand.
  6. OPTIONAL (but highly recommended): Add essential oils for fragrance and to act as a preservative.
    • 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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SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Reparative Leave-In Conditioner

 

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SheaMoisture Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner, Jamaican Black Castor Oil--16 oz (453 g)

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil , Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil , Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Vinegar, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract

Directions:

Apply to clean, towel-dried hair. Work a generous amount of product into hair from root to ends. Comb through for even distribution. Do not rinse. Apply more to longer hair at the end of problem areas. Can also be used as a rinse-out conditioner. 

SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner contains organic shea butter, peppermint extract, and Jamaican black castor oil to condition hair, stimulate the scalp, and promote healthy hair growth. It claims to help remove buildup while remaining gentle enough for daily moisturizing. Per the directions on the label, I applied this Leave-in Conditioner to freshly washed hair. I divided my hair into quadrants to make the application process easier. Then, I shingled the JBCO Conditioner through each section. I used the product solo to get a sense of how my hair would respond. My curls and coils looked super defined, and I started to get excited about the fact that I may have just found my new go-to hair moisturizer. But, I decided to reserve my full opinion until after my hair had fully dried.

About 3 hours later, I looked in the mirror and was pleased by how this JBCO Conditioner made my hair “look.” My curls were still very defined. However, when I touched my hair, I was mortified. To my surprise, my tresses were dry, hard, and super crunchy. It was as if I had slathered an alcohol-based gel all over my hair! I scrutinized the ingredients more closely. I saw hydrolyzed keratin (13th ingredient), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (18th ingredient), and hydrolyzed rice protein (21st ingredient) in the ingredient list. That’s three different proteins. Because they are all hydrolyzed, they have been processed to the point that they are small enough to penetrate past the hair’s cuticle directly into the core of the hair shaft, allowing the protein to easily bond to each hair follicle.

I also noticed that coconut oil was the third ingredient. My hair IS NOT a big fan of coconut oil. I stopped using coconut oil in my hair very early in my natural hair journey because it often made my hair stiff and dry. This, in combination with the three hydrolyzed proteins, is probably why my hair responded so harshly to this Leave-in. So, if you have fine, low-porosity hair like I do, I would test this JBCO Conditioner on a discreet area of your hair before applying it all over your mane like I did.

Another concern I have is the inconsistent product textures. Some naturals I talked to said their JBCO Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner was thin and runny. The one I purchased, though, was very thick and creamy. So, I’m wondering if there has been a recent formula change. This may account for the two distinctive “Love It!” or “Leave It!” camps. Also, many people warned me that this smelled like Play-Doh! Needless to say I was a little concerned before trying the product that I would reek of rambunctious four-year-olds at playtime. Yet, to me, this JBCO Conditioner has more of an herbal, medicinal smell (in a good way). So, I’m not sure what the deal is with all the Play-Doh references. Nevertheless, I was so disappointed with this Leave-in that I returned it.

Some naturalistas informed me that even though the directions state that a “generous amount” should be applied, I should really use just a small amount/apply the Leave-in more sparingly. However, I tried that, and it still left a hard caste on my hair. It was as if the product just sat on the top of my hair. Others suggested that I use it on dry rather than wet or damp freshly washed hair but, by then, I had given up on the product and returned it! Here’s the breakdown of the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • No Parabens
  • No Phthalates
  • No Paraffin
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No DEA
  • No Petroleum
  • No Formaldehyde
  • No Propylene
  • Super thick and creamy consistency
  • Pleasant scent

Cons:

  • Dried out my hair
  • Made my hair super crunchy and hard
  • Inconsistent product consistencies
  • Too much protein for safe daily use (FOR ME)

While this Leave-in Conditioner was ideal in theory, the amazing ingredients just didn’t translate into great results for MY hair. My sister loves SheaMoisture’s JBCO Shampoo and Conditioner, which is why I went out on a limb to try this Leave-in. However, she has super thick type 4B hair. So, I’ll let you decide whether you think your hair type and texture will benefit from SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner.

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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 also acts as a natural preservative 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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Quick Tip #13: Protect Your Ends!

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We all know that the ends of our hair are the oldest and most fragile parts of our mane. But, protective styling isn’t the only way you can save your strands. Have fine, fragile hair like I do that prevents you from utilizing most protective styles? Then, adopt a simpler, more streamlined approach. Use oil! I like to use castor oil on the ends of my hair. I usually buy the large 32 oz. bottle from the Heritage Store because it is hexane-free and cold-pressed. Buying in bulk also allows me to guarantee I’ll have plenty of this lusciously thick oil on hand (given that I like to use oils in various applications). If you’re a fellow DIY product mixtress like I am, you’ll want to do the same.

I originally started using castor oil when I was transitioning from relaxed to natural. After using it several times a week for a month, my brittle and damaged relaxed strands actually started growing again. Although I have been fully natural for a few years now, I realized that my trusty castor oil was just sitting in the back of one of my beauty cabinets. I think I had somehow associated it with transitioning from relaxed to natural and stopped using it. So, in the last two weeks I have readopted castor oil back into my healthy hair regimen, and my hair has been loving it! I simply use it to seal my ends after moisturizing or whenever my ends feel weak or brittle. This thick oil instantly revives my tresses and protects it from friction or over-manipulation. Have fragile ends like I do? Give castor oil a try!

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DIY Sulfur Hair Growth Oil + Results

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I researched for months to find a hair growth aid that could help me to grow an inch in a month. After sifting through mountains of information, I came across MzBeautifulBarnes on YouTube who talked about a DIY hair growth oil … right up my alley! You can watch her video below.

Recipe Card - SULFUR HAIR GROWTH OIL

I decided to give it a try. Here is what you will need:

                       

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add 1 tsp of sulfur to an applicator bottle
    • I used a funnel to avoid wasting any sulfur or making a mess.
    • Make sure you are adding a teaspoon of sulfur and NOTtablespoon of sulfur!
  2. Add 8 oz. (1 cup) of any oil of your choice.
  3. OPTIONAL:
  4. You have just made your very own sulfur-based hair growth aid. Enjoy your new hair growth!
  5. TIPS:
    • Shake the applicator bottle prior to application to ensure the sulfur powder is evenly distributed before each use.
    • Don’t overly saturate your scalp!
    • Baggy or use the GHE 3-5 nights a week to accelerate hair growth.

WHAT I DID

Every night before going to bed, I applied this DIY sulfur hair growth oil to my scalp (not the length of my hair). I dabbed it on with an applicator bottle. (As time went on, though, I felt that my Roots Only bottle did a better job of evenly distributing the oil and prevented me from applying too much.) I massaged my scalp for 2-4 minutes and did the GHE 5 nights a week (usually Monday – Friday). I followed my normal wash routine. I DID NOT rinse out the oil each night or co-wash during the week. I did this for 3 weeks. At the end of 21 days, I gained 0.50″ in hair growth. Week 4, I did the inversion method using the sulfur mix as my hot oil.

MY RESULTS

My hair measured 7.0″ at the end of October and 7.5″ at the end of November. After using the sulfur hair growth oil for 4 weeks (28 days), my hair now measures 8.5″ all over. I gained an inch in one month!!! Woot! Woot!

THE PICS

Unfortunately, I got a virus on my computer that deleted several of my media files, among which were my BEFORE photos. (Sigh.) So, I only have my AFTER pics. But, hopefully, you have read my blog long enough now to know that I am honest. Here are my results …

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DIY Eco Styler Custard

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Recipe Card - ECO STYLER CUSTARD

  1. Fill any size container halfway (or slightly more than halfway) with your favorite styling gel by Eco Styler
    • I love, love, love the argan oil gel by Eco Styler. But, if you prefer the olive oil gel or another variety, use that.
    • I usually make my curling custard in small 8 oz. batches since I normally only use gel on my hair once or twice a week.
  2. Add castor oil (or any oil of your choice) the rest of the way. 
    • I prefer castor oil because it is thicker than most oils and gives me the consistency I like.
    • Less is more. Start by only adding the oil 30 to 40 percent of the way. You can always add more later.
  3. Stir until the mix becomes cloudy/opaque and is well combined.
    • Not sure if you have the ratio right? Let the mix sit for 10-15 minutes. If any of the castor oil has accumulated on the top, you added a little too much oil and need to mix in a little more gel.
    • I usually use a 60:40 or 70:30 ratio. 60-70% argan oil gel to 30-40% castor oil. This gives me the hold I need to make my hair styles last for 6-7 days.
  4. OPTIONAL:
    • Use 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil (i.e., Tea Tree, Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, etc). Blend until the scent is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
    • I like peppermint essential oil because it masks the scent of castor oil. It also balances the scalp’s pH level, promotes hair growth, and prevents dry scalp and dandruff.
  5. You have just made your very own Eco Styler Custard. Enjoy!
  6. USES: 
    • For super defined wash ‘n gos.
    • For longer-lasting twist-outs and braid-outs.
    • To slick down your edges.
  7. TIPS:
    • To keep my hair moisturized and from getting too crunchy, I moisturize my hair each day with my DIY hair spritz.

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Turn Your Rinse-out Conditioner into a Leave-in

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Recipe Card - Leave-in Conditioner

  1. In an empty bottle, add 3 oz. (6 tablespoons) of your favorite moisturizing conditioner. 
    • I used VO5 Moisture Milksan affordable cheapie conditioner that is highly moisturizing.
    • I placed the conditioner in a spray bottle with ounce line measurements that I got at Walmart for only 92 cents in the lawn and garden section! This spray bottle provides easy measuring and even easier application.
  2. Add 9 oz. of warm distilled water (1⅛ cups).
    • Leave-in conditioners are generally diluted conditioners. Please make sure you add at least 3 times more water than conditioner. Otherwise, the leave-in will weigh down your hair.
    • Try to use distilled/bottled water because the minerals in tap water can build up in your hair, making it hard to manage.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of glycerin (a natural humectant) to make an extra moisturizing leave-in.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of vitamin e oil (to act as a natural preservative). 
  5. OPTIONAL:
    • You can add 1 or 2 teaspoons of castor, olive, or coconut oil for extra nourishment, or to make this mixture double as a daily moisturizer.
    • You can add two teaspoons of MSM powder (about nine 1500mg tablets) or two teaspoons (about six 500mg tablets) of Vitamin C for an extra strengthening hair formula. Just be sure to dissolve the MSM and Vitamin C powder in three to four tablespoons of warm water. The mixture must dissolve fully before it can be incorporated into the rest of the leave-in.
    • You can add 10-15 drops of an essential oil for further hair benefits (i.e., peppermint, tea tree, or rosemary) or for a scent boost.
  6. Shake before each use, and enjoy your new leave-in!

NOTE: This is a general formula. You can play around with the concentration to determine what will best suit your needs, but always remember to listen to your hair.

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