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Quick Tip #25: Find Products that Can Do Double (or even Quadruple) Duty!

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Are you a budget-conscious naturalista? A college student? Or, just want to live a more sustainable, less-wasteful life? Then, you need to make sure your products can do double, triple, (or even) quadruple duty. This is not only cost effective, but it is also a way to minimize waste. And, startup is probably much easier than you think …

 

1. Make Two Styling Products from One

Instead of buying a foaming hair styler or mousse and a separate setting lotion. Find a moisturizing setting lotion that you can pour into (1) a spray bottle and (2) container with a foam dispenser top. When you need a setting lotion, use the spray bottle to spritz your hair before roller setting, etc. When you need a lighter product, reach for the foam dispenser to add light hold to a wash ‘n go or twist-out or to foam wrap your hair.

2. Use a Multipurpose Cleanser

Sick of all the bottles of shampoo, hand soap, and body wash piling up in your beauty cabinet? Then, use one product that can be them all! Because I have a sensitive scalp and temperamental hair, I’m not much of a fan of all-in-one hair cleansers, but this is a great option for people who don’t have any scalp conditions or sensitivities that are looking to pare down their collection of beauty cleansers!

3. Use an All-in-one Skin & Hair Care Product

If you love to use hair penetrating oils like extra virgin olive oil or unrefined virgin coconut oil to moisturize your hair, you can also use them as a facial oil cleanser, makeup remover, skin moisturizer, and deep conditioner add-in. For instance, although my hair hates coconut oil, my skin loves it! I use it to make makeup removal easier. I’ll slather a teaspoon of coconut oil all over my face (while wearing makeup) and then take a facial cloth and gently wipe off my makeup. This method removes most of my makeup in one go. Next, I’ll cleanse my face to remove any residual makeup, and then follow up with a good toner. If you are someone who likes to wear a lot of makeup, wears waterproof makeup, or are like me and just have a hard time simply removing your makeup, you should give this technique a try.

I also like to keep unrefined coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil around as a backup skin moisturizer post-shower or bath in case I run out of lotion. It leaves my skin baby soft and super hydrated. I’ll also add unrefined coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil to boost the hair strengthening or moisturizing properties of my deep conditioner. In addition, both oils are great add-ins for DIY skin and hair care products.

 

There are many other ways you can reduce your beauty stash or make it less wasteful, but these three areas are a really good place to start.

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Garnier Fructis Miraculous Oil for Dry to Very Dry Hair

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I’ve had mixed results with the Garnier Fructis brand. The first time I tried one of their product lines was about a year-and-a-half ago. It was not too long after their Honey Treasures Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner from Garnier’s Whole Blends hair care line came out. However, that shampoo and conditioner wreaked havoc on my hair! About a year later, I tried the Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Finishing Paste as a fluke and ended up liking it!
I never really tried anything else from their line until my sister gave me a bottle of their Marvelous Oil for Dry, Damaged Hair a while ago. I’ve been using it for the last year. Unfortunately, I just never really had the time to write a blog post about it or do a video review. But, I definitely think it’s worth a mention. I have since transitioned to using Garnier’s Miraculous Oil for Dry to Very Dry Hair because I couldn’t find their Marvelous Oil for Dry, Damaged Hair locally. I do prefer the Marvelous Oil over the Miraculous Oil, but both are still quite good. What I like best about these products is that they are multitaskers. They act as a (1) pre-shampoo treatment, (2) conditioner booster, (3) blow-dry accelerator, (4) ends finisher, and (5) overnight leave-in.
To use it as a pre-shampoo treatment, just apply the product to wet or dry hair before shampooing your hair. The Miraculous Oil acts as a primer to ensure gentle cleansing. Need a conditioner booster? Add a few drops of the oil to your fave conditioner to improve detangling. If you would prefer a blow-dry accelerator, apply the Miraculous Oil to damp hair to expedite the blow dry process. Your hair will dry faster than it would with a creamy leave-in. As an ends finisher, apply the oil to damp or dry hair to smooth frayed ends and tame flyaways. If an overnight leave-in is more your style, just work the product through wet or dry hair and leave in overnight to help restore suppleness and softness to your tresses.
So far I have used the Miraculous Oil as a pre-shampoo treatment, conditioner booster, and ends finisher. My hair simply loves this miracle elixir. I love the custom blend of ingredients, too! I especially like the inclusion of sweet almond oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil, and rosemary leaf extract.

Ingredients

1041671 Fs5 Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Parfum/Fragrance, Linalool, Limonene, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Sweet Almond Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil, Ci 75130/Beta-Carotene, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Leaf Extract, Citric Acid. F.I.L.# D191042/1

It added shine to my hair without weighing it down or leaving behind any greasy residue. It also really helped to transform my dry, dull hair. The oil is super light and is easily absorbed by my hair. I like to sandwich it between my other hair products, (i.e., my hair moisturizer or thicker hair butters like mango butter and shea butter). While this oil smells amazing (slightly fruity with citrus undertones), it contains a high amount of fragrance (in terms of of quantity relative to other ingredients). Nonetheless, the texture is perfect … not overly thick (like castor oil) and not super thin (like extra virgin olive oil) … The pump top also provides greater control during application.

PROS

♥ Oil is lightweight and easily absorbed by hair.

♥ Oil does not leave any greasy residue.

♥ Oil treats dry, dull, and damaged hair.

♥ Oil multitasks as a pre-shampoo treatment,  conditioner booster, blow-dry accelerator, ends finisher, and overnight leave-in.

♥ Oil has a pleasant texture and smell.

♥  Pump top provides control for easy application.

 

 

CONS

 If you have type 3 or 4 hair, you may still need to follow up with a heavy butter like mango or shea like I did.

 Contains “dimethiconol,”  a silicone-based polymer.

– Contains a high amount of fragrance.

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The MAX Hydration Method … Modified! (A DETAILED OVERVIEW)

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After my successful experiment with a baking soda scalp treatment back in August, I finally decided to take the plunge and try the Max Hydration Method (MHM). This strategic hair moisturization method was created by (no longer active) YouTuber Pinke Cube. The MHM was originally designed for type 4c low porosity hair, but it has been used by those with type 3 and even type 2 hair hair. The theory is that once maximum hydration is obtained, your dry, frizzy, and undefined curls and coils will be fully hydrated, well-defined, free of tangles and single strand knots, less prone to breakage, and therefore more easily able to retain length.
Dry, tangled hair has plagued me since the beginning of my second year as a natural. Needless to say I was intrigued! I did extensive research and quickly realized there was more involved than I had thought. The MHM involves an intense 4-step process over the course of 7 days. See the traditional MHM below.

TRADITIONAL Max Hydration METHOD

    1. CHERRY LOLA TREATMENT: If this is your first time attempting the MHM, you are supposed to start with a Cherry Lola Treatment (CLT). This protein treatment was created by UK natural hair blogger Cherry Lola in 2009 to help strengthen hair follicles and prevent damage. Because I saw recipe after recipe with ingredients like bananas, molasses, and the like, I knew immediately that I would skip this step. However, after a super deep research dive, I found out that the original CLT only has 3 ingredients (see the original recipe below). The other ingredients likely are an amalgamation of the CLT and a DIY Carmel Treatment. The original Carmel Deep Reconstructing Treatment is by E’TAE. To apply the CLT, mix together all of the ingredients and apply it to your entire head of hair. Leave on for 20-30 minutes, and then rinse out completely. This protein treatment should be done bi-weekly (every two weeks), monthly, or how frequently your hair requires (i.e., once a quarter).Several people who use the CLT, especially those with high porosity hair, reduce the baking soda and liquid amino acids to 2 TBSP each.
      NOTE #1: (OPTIONAL) OVERNIGHT DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT—Some MHM users do an optional overnight deep conditioning session (after the CLT) to further encourage increased hydration.
      NOTE #2: The NEXT STEPS are intended to be done EVERY DAY for 7 consecutive days!
    2. CLARIFY: After an initial CLT, you must then clarify your hair. This is usually done the next day (after the CLT). You can either do an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse (with a 50:50 ratio of ACV to distilled water) or a baking soda treatment (with 2 TBSP of baking soda, 2 oz. of conditioner, and 4 oz. of distilled water). Allow the ACV rinse OR baking soda treatment to sit on your hair for 20-30 minutes. Recommended conditioners include: [i.] Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-in Conditioner/Detangler, [ii.]  Kinky Curly Tiny Twirls Detangling Conditioner, [iii.] Curls Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner, [iv.] Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls Leave-in Hair Conditioner, [v.] Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment, [vi.] Jessicurl Aloeba Daily Conditioner, [vii.] Jessicurl Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, [viii.] Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment in Citrus Lavender, Island Fantasy, or Unscented, [ix.] Botanical Skin Works Leave-in Conditioner, [x.] Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor, [xi.] Giovanni Direct Leave-in Weightless Moisture Conditioner, and [xii.] Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner with Peppermint and Eucalyptus.
      NOTE: If you have high porosity hair, opt for the ACV rinse. If you have low porosity hair, do the baking soda treatment instead, using one of the recommended conditioners!
    3. CO-WASH & DETANGLE: Use one of the “approved” conditioners (above) to co-wash your hair. Also, gently detangle your hair during this step.
      NOTE: 
      (OPTIONAL) OVERNIGHT DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT—
      Some MHM users do an overnight deep conditioning session (in lieu of co-washing) to further encourage increased hydration. However, under the original MHM regimen, this is an optional step. 
    4. CLAY RINSE: After co-washing (or deep conditioning) and detangling, apply a clay mix thoroughly to your hair and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes. Recommended clays include: [i.] Bentonite clay, [ii.]  Rhassoul (aka Ghassoul) clay [iii.] European clay, and [iv.] French green clay. However, if you don’t want to create your own clay rinse, you can buy a pre-made clay hair wash by Terressentials. To make the clay rinse, combine 1 cup of clay with 1½ cups of ACV (or warm distilled water), 1 TBSP of honey, and 1 TBSP of olive oil.
      NOTE: The clay rinse recipe (above) provides rough measurements as the exact amount will depend upon the length and density of your hair.
    5. MOISTURIZE & STYLE: Apply your leave-ins to soaking wet hair in sections from root to tip. Mist your hair with water if it starts to dry out. Recommended gels/stylers include: [i.] Giovanni L.A. Natural Styling Gel, [ii.] Herbal Choice Mari Hair Styling GEL for Him & Her,  [iii.] Beautiful Curls Curl Defining Gel, [iv.] Epiphany Naturals Curly Creme with Argan Oil, [v.] Kinky curly Curling Custard Natural Styling Gel, [vi.] .Koils by Nature Herbal Curl Defining Gel, and [vii.] Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter. Style your hair according to personal tastes (i.e., in a wash ‘n go, twist-out, or stretched style).
      NOTE #1: With the MHM, products must be layered onto the hair via the Liquid Cream Oil (LCO) or Liquid Cream Oil Cream (LCOC) methods. A botanical gel or curl definer can then be applied on top as the final layer. Because oils are occlusive, it is believed that the LOC method should NEVER be used as it could prevent water-based moisturizing products from penetrating and hydrating your strands. 
      NOTE #2: 
      Repeat steps #2-#5 DAILY for 7 consecutive days (or at least every 2-3 days), depending upon your hair’s needs. Once your hair reaches “max hydration,” you can scale back on how frequently you utilize the MHM. For more detailed information about the traditional MHM, read this post from the creator Pinke Cube, herself, in the Black Hair Medium forum.

 

MY MODIFIED Max Hydration METHOD

  1. CHERRY LOLA TREATMENT: Now that I know the CLT only contains plain yogurt, baking soda, and liquid amino acids, I may try my hand at the treatment sometime in the near future. However, for the month that I chose to do a modified version of the MHM, I elected to skip this step entirely. I did this to save time and because I had already successfully given myself several intense baking soda scalp treatments.
    NOTE: To save time, I performed all of the next steps TWICE a week instead of for 7 consecutive days!
  2. CLARIFY: Because I have have low porosity hair, I did the baking soda treatment (instead of an ACV rinse) by combining 2 TBSP of baking soda in a large spray bottle with 2 oz. of conditioner and 4 oz. of distilled water. Because I didn’t have any of the “approved” conditioners on hand in my stash, and I already had more product than I care to admit in my beauty cabinet, I didn’t want to purchase any new product. As a result, I just used what I hand on hand: VO5’s Tea Therapy Blackberry Sage Tea Revitalizing Conditioner. The combination of the Blackberry Sage Tea Revitalizing Conditioner with the baking soda was life-altering! LIFE-ALTERING, I SAY!!! All I did was divide my hair into quadrants and apply the concoction to each section (from root to tip). I smoothed it all over my strands, secured each quadrant into a large Bantu knot (to keep it from tangling and to help me work in manageable sections), and left the mix in my hair for 30 minutes. After half an hour, I hopped in the shower, and rinsed the mixture from each quadrant. My hair was instantaneously tangle-free, smooth, and more defined. I finger detangled my hair while in the shower, but there was truly no need. My fingers literally glided through my hair from root to ends! I was super excited because this was only the FIRST step! Honestly, even though this was only the beginning, I was already sold!
    NOTE: If you have high porosity hair, an ACV rinse is recommended. If you have low porosity hair, do the baking soda treatment instead (like I did), using one of the recommended conditioners (listed above under step #2 for the traditional max hydration method).
  3. CO-WASH: Because my hair felt so silky, I opted to skip this step every time I used the MHM. I went straight to the deep conditioning step (after clarifying my hair with the baking soda treatment).
  4. OVERNIGHT DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT: Although an optional overnight deep conditioning session is recommended to expedite the hydration process, unless I am utilizing the Baggy Method or the GHE to correct a specific hair issue, I don’t believe in overnight hair treatments (i.e., where product is left in your hair for hours on end). Also, scientifically speaking, after a maximum of 30 minutes, your hair has adsorbed all that it can, so there is no need to deep condition past the 30-minute marker. I rotated a moisturizing deep conditioner with a hair mask that contained light protein to maintain the integrity of my hair. So, on MY FIRST HAIR WASH of each week, I would use my ion Summer Deep Conditioning Treatment, and on MY SECOND HAIR WASH of each week, I would use my ion Keratin Smoothing Masque. I felt that this balanced my hair appropriately. Each time, I applied the deep conditioner to my hair in quadrants and secured each quadrant into a large Bantu knot. Then, I donned a processing cap and sat under my stand bonnet dryer for 30 minutes before rinsing each section. At this point, my hair felt twice as hydrated as it did in the clarifying step, and I can hardly believe it.
    NOTE #1: Both my ion Summer Deep Conditioning Treatment and my ion Keratin Smoothing Masque contain “dimethicone.” Under the MHM, silicones generally are not permitted due to the tendency to have to use harsh cleansers to remove them fully from one’s hair. However, because I have fine hair, I’ve experienced no difficulty with removing any buildup from my hair. By step #5, I’m pretty confident my hair is completely free of all product and residue.
    NOTE #2: Here is the full list of “banned” ingredients: (i.) hydrolyzed wheat protein/peptides—considered “bad for low porosity hair and most kinkier Type 4 hair,”(ii.) panthenol/pro-Vitamin B5—because it “acts like protein” and can cause build-up, (iii.) triethanolamine (TEA) and other ethanolamines such as MEA, DEA, etc.—because these are drying alcohols derived from ethanol, which can cause long-term damage to the integrity of one’s hair with prolonged use, (iv.) mineral oil and petroleum jelly—because the residue they tend to create is difficult to remove without the use of harsh shampoos, (v.) silicones/polyquaternium—often require sulfate shampoos to remove product buildup and residue, (vi.) salts and sulfates—leave hair parched and dehydrated, and (vii.) lye, i.e., sodium (NaOH) or potassium (KOH) hydroxide—permanently damages hair after prolonged use.
  5. CLAY RINSE: I like to use bentonite clay because it is inexpensive and easily accessible. The original rough measurements for the clay rinse call for 1 cup of clay with 1½ cups of ACV (or warm distilled water), 1 TBSP of honey, and 1 TBSP of olive oil. Because I have fine hair, I used ½ cup of bentonite clay with 1 cup of very warm distilled water), 1 TBSP of honey, and 1 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil. This makes enough for two generous applications (for me). However, if you have very thick (or long) hair, I would suggest starting out with the larger measurements from the original clay rinse recipe. I apply the clay to my hair in quadrants and once again secure each quadrant into a Bantu knot when I am done. I leave the clay in my hair for 30 minutes and thoroughly rinse each quadrant, making sure not to miss my front hairline and the nape of my neck. By this time (after just ONE application), my curls are popping! Even the stubborn 4B coils above my ears and near my temples! My hair felt soft, looked SUPER defined, was COMPLETELY tangle-free, and even slightly elongated.
    NOTE: NEVER use metal bowls or spoons when using clay as it absorbs the metal and makes the mix less effective.
  6. MOISTURIZE & STYLE: After rinsing the clay thoroughly, while my hair is still wet, I applied my leave-ins of choice via the LCO method. I use the following: (i.) a mist of additional water, if necessary, or a DIY leave-in like my multi-use beauty spritz or super moisturizing lavender spritz. Then, I add (ii.) a creamy product like Care Free Curl Activator or Naturally Silk Elements Whipped Curl Cream. Last, I use (iii.) a natural oil like extra virgin olive oil or castor oil, or a serum like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil.
  7. Repeat steps 2-6: I utilized the MHM twice a week (about every 3 days) due to my busy schedule, lifestyle, and complete lack of patience in utilizing this effective but time-consuming method every day. Despite not using it every day, I used it twice a week for an entire month, and I received amazing results. if you have extremely low porosity hair like mine or hair that seriously struggles to remain hydrated or retain length in spite of your most Herculean hair care efforts, I would definitely recommend giving this hair regimen a try.

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES & TIPS

  • If you choose to try the TRADITIONAL MHM, I recommend doing this on the weekend (or your day off) so that you can get a true sense of how long it takes you (from start to finish) to do all of the steps. It takes me 3-3½ hours to do the MODIFIED version of the MHM. So, try not to start it unless you have the time to dedicate to the requisites of the regime.
  • The CLT IS NOT done every time you do the regimen. However, it can be done at any point, after starting the regimen (i.e., monthly or quarterly), depending on your hair’s needs.
  • If you have high porosity hair, consider reducing the amount of some of the ingredients or diminishing the timing of each step (i.e., instead of 30 minutes, try 15).

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Goals Beauty Complete Healthy Hair Oil

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Ingredients:

Apricot Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Ginger Root, Biotin, Burdock Root, Gotu Kola, Fenugreek, Olive Oil, Amla Oil, Carrit Oil, Black Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Horsetail Powder, Essential Oils for Scent, & A Multitude of Blessings.

 

Directions:

Massage a small amount into head from scalp to the ends of hair. Use as often as needed. Do not rinse out. Style as desired. 

May also be used as a hot oil treatment: Massage into hair as directed. Cover with a plastic cap and sit under moderate heat for 5-15 minutes. Next, gently rinse out. For best results, do not shampoo out the oil. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Keep out of the reach of children. EXTERNAL USE ONLY. Do not use if safety seal is broken. 

 

According to the product label, Goals Beauty Complete Healthy Hair Oil is “a biotin-infused, fatty acid, antioxidant-rich, healthy hair oil that promotes stronger, healthier hair while serving as an antiseptic moisturizer. This hair tonic aids in a healthy scalp by clearing scalp irritations, including dandruff and skin inflammation, which may interfere with healthy hair growth.”

I like the fact that this Healthy Hair Oil comes in a black bottle so I don’t have to worry about the formula being altered (i.e., by sunlight, etc). I also love that this bottle has a twist applicator top. Usually, the first thing I do when I am trying a new hair growth oil is transfer the oil into a different bottle with a traditional or slanted applicator top, or use my Roots Only bottle. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do that with this bottle because it came with one. The spout even adjusts. All you have to do is twist it open more or less for the size opening you prefer.

My only complaint (about the bottle) is that it is difficult to gauge how much to adjust the opening (at least initially). For instance, when I first applied the oil to my scalp, hours later, I had oil dripping down my neck, my forehead, the sides of my face, everywhere! LOL. It was because I couldn’t readily see whether the hole at the top of the applicator was open too wide or too narrow. As a result, apparently a lot more oil was coming out than I thought! So, err on the side of caution. It took me a good week to get the bottle opening perfectly adjusted, and I feel like I wasted a lot of oil in the process!

Other than that, I absolutely adore how light this oil is. It never weighed down my fine hair strands (except in the beginning when I accidentally applied 2-3x too much oil due to operator issues with the twist top)! It has a pleasant slightly fruity scent that I enjoy. Nothing strong or overbearing. And, the oil itself is quite thin and almost transparent (slightly reminiscent of the Ancient Secrets oil I tried way back when).

I used the Healthy Hair Oil for four weeks (28 days). The company website doesn’t provide a list of ingredients (or even directions), so I typed them all out above, for your convenience. Watch the video below to find out what I think about this product in greater detail and to see how well this Healthy Hair Oil worked for me …

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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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My First Henna Treatment!

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After much research and struggling to maintain a healthy head of hair for the last year, I finally took the plunge to do my first henna treatment. I had researched the benefits of henna over five years ago, but, to be perfectly honest, I was too chicken to ever try it. Truth be told, after losing an entire year’s worth of hair growth (6+ inches) in the last 12 months to hard water, I was pushed to the brink of desperation! So, I decided, “What have I got to lose?”

Here are some pictures of my natural hair (before the henna treatment). You can really see the damage to my hair in the second picture caused by hard water. (Note: I used high flash for the first and third shots to better highlight my hair color and texture pre-henna. It’s still a little hard to see unless I’m in direct sunlight, but the ends of my hair still have some remnants of permanent color from when I dyed and highlighted my hair two years ago.)

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I settled on Zenia’s Henna Powder because it is body art quality (BAQ) henna. This brand of henna is 100% natural, cruelty-free, and vegan. It is important when choosing henna to make sure that it contains no pesticides, metallic salts, or chemicals (i.e., ammonia and peroxide). Make sure that the henna you buy is BAQ henna. This will ensure an easier application (because it will have a finer sift) and will also create an environment for the best results possible (due to the lack of additives and chemicals). After all, the last thing you probably want is to end up with green or damaged hair!

After looking at dozens of recipes for henna hair packs and treatments, I ended up creating my own. Mainly because I have very fine hair, and most recipes I found called for a boatload of henna that I just knew would be way too much for me to use in 1, 2, or even 3 applications. I found this general guideline online, which proved helpful as a starting point but, keep in mind, that hair thickness and density are vital considerations. Those are two factors that most of the resources I found ignored. For example, if you have fine hair, you will likely require less henna. The reverse is true if you have thick hair (i.e., you will likely need more henna than the average person with the same length of hair as you). I have a high-density head of hair (lots of strands), but each of my individual strands are super fine (very small in diameter), so this is the recipe that I came up with for MY hair:

I used a kitchen scale to make life easier and for more precise measuring. I ended up using about 60% of the mixture. (I froze the rest.) Because I wanted to create a henna hair treatment for its conditioning effects (as opposed to a natural hair dye), I placed the henna mixture in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, four hours prior to use, I let the mixture sit out at room temperature before applying it to my hair instead of the usual 8-12 hours recommended. Here’s the process I followed:

  1. Shampoo and condition your hair. Here’s what my my hair looked like after being freshly washed …
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  2. Place a thin layer of Vaseline on your ears and around the perimeter of your head. This will protect it from potential henna staining.
  3. Shingle the henna mixture through each section. I used my hands and, yes, my hands turned orange! Don’t be like me. Buy gloves! FYI, if you happen to forget to buy gloves, like I did, don’t fret! Create a quick mixture of salt and olive oil and rub the affected areas like a maniac as gently as you can. It took 4 applications over 48 hours, but 75% of the staining disappeared. The remainder vanished after another day or two. Whew! My nails? That’s a different story! Sigh.

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  4. Use butterfly clips to section your hair into quadrants if it won’t stay put. Although I had some butterfly clips , I just created a loose bantu knot to hold each section in place to avoid too much bulk. But, if your hair is super thick or long, you may need to clip it into place.
  5. Use a processing cap to prevent drips and keep the henna from drying out. I left the henna in my hair for 30 minutes while sitting under a hooded dryer. The dryer expedited the conditioning process.
  6. Rinse the henna out. I used my Waterpik handheld shower attachment to rinse my hair out without too much fuss. I used two applications of my cheapie VO5 clarifying conditioner to rinse out all the henna. This is what my hair looked like after I rinsed out all the henna … IMG_9486You can see how the henna created a dip-dyed effect at the ends of my hair where the remnants of my permanent hair dye was. Next time, I think I’ll add some amla powder to create a richer, deeper brown. Or, I may just apply the henna directly after mixing it up to avoid the dye release. Although my hair seemed slightly dry, it felt 100% stronger and more conditioned! Seriously, I could hardly stop touching my hair after washing the henna out, and I’m not much of a hair toucher!
  7. Deep condition. I deep conditioned my hair with my fave Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol for 20 minutes under my hooded dryer to restore moisture back into my strands. Here’s what my hair looked like with the deep conditioner in it …
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  8. Air dry and style. I misted my hair with my lavender spritz and followed up with some olive oil. Then, I just coiled the back of my hair into one low french twist and pinned it in place with some Magic-Grip hair pins.
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Overall, I really liked how the henna treatment instantly strengthened my fine, fragile hair. Next time, I will definitely leave it in for a longer period of time. I plan to incorporate henna into my hair regimen at least twice a month. Still confused about how to henna your own hair? This article provides a great read and covers virtually any scenario that might come up while hennaing your hair!

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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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