Sunday, May 17, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
You need to wash you hair (8) eight days/weeks/months after you get your locs started.
You need to retwist every (2) Two days/weeks/months.
You need to retwist using Carols Daughter Loc Butter or my homemade loc butter .
I wash my locs with homemade peppermint herbal shampoo.
I began using conditioner 14 days/weeks/months after my first twist.
I use aloe vera or tea rinse conditioner
Whats your routine???
** guide borrowed from Nappturality **
You wear your hair naturally so why not treat your hair with natural products many of which can be found in your kitchen cupboard. Making your own hair products can be fun and extremely beneficial to your hair.
Quick Protein Conditioner
Take two egg yokes ¼ cup of water, beat the mixture together and massage through hair well. Put on a plastic cap for thirty minutes, and rinse thoroughly with warm water (not hot). Make sure all of the egg solution is rinsed from the hair (do not use shampoo). Dry your hair and style as usual. Taken From Braids & Beauty Magazine
Natural Scalp Healer
Mix 30 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 quart of distilled water, 1 teaspoon of sage oil and use as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning. Taken from Pride Magazine
Quick Hair Treatment
Mix one egg yolk with two tablespoons of coconut oil, one teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of glycerin. Pour onto the scalp and hair and cover with a plastic cap for 15 – 30 minutes, then shampoo Taken from Braids & Beauty Magazine
Product Build Up Remover for loc’s
Remove build-up from the scalp with a cotton ball dipped in one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in 8oz of spring water. Rinse Taken from Braids & Beauty Magazine
Place two tablespoons of your chosen herb into a glass or stainless steel pot of boiling water. (Do not use aluminum; it would release harmful mineral deposits into the herbal rinse.) Cover and remove from the heat. Let the mixture steep for an hour. Make sure the mixture is not hot; room temperature is good. Strain off the herbs, and use the infused water as the last rinse after a shampoo and deep conditioning treatment.
Choose a herb from the list below according to your needs:
*Rosemary Circulation, scalp problems, dandruff
*Rosehip, An emollient, damaged hair
*Sage Strength, Is astringent & antibacterial
*Chamomile Brightens, highlights, provided sheen
*Horsetail Growth, dandruff
*Nettle, Baldness, dandruff, Is antiseptic
Kinard, T. (1997) ‘No Lye!’ New York, St Martins Press
Mix one part fruit to three parts water. Let them sit in the hair for twenty minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
Choose a fruit from the list below according to your needs.
Fruits Suitable for Rinses
* Banana Rinse Excellent emollient, highly natural lubricant and hair conditioner; beneficial to the hair and scalp because it binds with water to hold in moisture.
* Coconut Milk Natural emollient with great conditioning proteins. Helps to reduce the loss of moisture and to soften and smooth the hair.
* Lemon Rinse Refreshing astringent, stimulates the scalp, dissolves sebum buildup.
* Apple Cider Vinegar Retards dandruff, provides sheen to hair
Kinard, T. (1997) ‘No Lye!’ New York, St Martins Press
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Oils are classified into two types: carrier oils and essential oils.
Essential oils are distilled from leaves, barks, roots, flowers and other aromatic parts of a plant or tree. Essential oils are more potent than carrier oils and if applied to the skin undiluted can cause severe irritation or allergic reaction. Therefore, essential oils are mixed with carrier oils to dilute potency. Additionally carrier oils carry the essential oil too the skin, thus the term carrier oil.
Essential oils are not the same as perfume or fragrance oils. Whereas essential oils are created from botanicals, perfume oils and fragrances are chemically created and do not offer any therapeutic benefits.
In skin care, carrier oils are usually referred to as base oils, vegetable oils or fixed oils. Additionally there are animal based carrier oils such as Emu oil (from the emu bird) and fish oils. In general, aromatherapy blends do not include vegetable oils or animal based carrier oils.
Below is a short list of common carrier oils and essential oils and the therapeutic value of each oil:
Sweet Almond oil: Effective makeup remover and moisturizer. It has a great effect on fighting wrinkles, as well as having an anti-bacterial effect on the skin.
Avocado: Moisturizes, reduces appearance of age spots, heals sun damage and scars. Additionally, avocado regenerates and rejuvenates the skin. Avocado increases collagen in the skin and therefore is an anti-aging ingredient in skin care. Avocado oil has superior moisturizing qualities.
Jojoba: Balances skin’s sebum, therefore beneficial for both dry and oily skin types. Also an eye-makeup remover rich in moisturizing properties.
Olive Oil: Contains natural anti-oxidants and vitamins and acts an anti-inflammatory in skin care products. Also used in scar treatments from acne, eczema and stretch marks.
Chamomile: An excellent skin cleanser. Good for dry and itchy skin, eases puffiness and strengthens tissues. Smooth out broken capillaries thus improving skin elasticity.
Geranium: A good overall skin cleanser. Wonderful oil for mature and troubled skin and brings a radiant glow and promotes circulation. Safety Precautions: Geranium essential oil is well tolerated by most individuals, but since it helps in balancing the hormonal system, care must be taken during pregnancy.
Lavender: Useful for all skin types as it promotes growth of new cells and exerts a balancing effect on the sebum (oil glands). Has a healing effect on burns, sunburns, acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Lemon: Brightens pale and dull complexions by removing dead skin cells. Has an effective cleansing action on oily skin. Note this oil is photo toxic; care should be taken to avoid exposure to sunlight, ultraviolet light and sun beds after application
Neroli: Useful for dry, sensitive and mature skin as it helps with regeneration of cells and improves elasticity. Helps reduce the appearance of varicose veins, scarring and stretch marks.
Complete Skin Care Therapy and click on the recipes tab, then essential oils.
Rose: Particularly good for mature, dry, or sensitive skin. As a tonic it is a soothing quality for inflammation and constricting action on capillaries. Consider substituting rose geranium as Rose oil is very expensive, or consider making your own rose oil, get the recipe at
Rosemary: Helpful for sagging skin as it is a strong astringent. Tones and tightens the skin. Has a stimulating effect on the uterus, so do not use if pregnant.
Sandalwood: A balancing oil and good for dehydrated skin, and dry eczema. Provides
Ylang Ylang: Has a balancing effect on sebum so useful for both oily and dry skin types.
Below are a few skin care recipes using the essential oils and carrier oils listed above:
Honey Facial Mask with Rose Oil
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons sweet almond oil
5 drops Rose essential oil (very expensive, consider making your own essential oil, see my post - Make Your Own Essential Oils, or use Rose Geranium as a substitute)
1 drop Vitamin EMix honey, sweet almond oil and rose essential oil.
Massage onto clean face and neck with fingertips in an upward motion. Allow to set on face and neck for 15 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water. Gently pat dry and see the benefits.
Moisturizer for Normal Skin
Geranium 1 drop
Lavender 2 drops
Sweet Almond Oil - 1 Tablespoon
Apply to face after cleansing and toning. Use a few drops of this blended mixture as needed. Note: when mixing your essential oils with the carrier oil or lotion, let set for 1 to 2 days so the oils can blend thoroughly.
Essential oils are fun to work with and offer so many benefits in skin care, healing properties, and in the home through aromatherapy. The above list is just a sampling of what essential oils can do for you. However, essential oils are very potent and care should be taken when using them. Additionally, a patch test is always recommended as with any new skin care product.
Essential oils are also eco-friendly!
Vegetable Glycerine is a clear, colorless, and odorless liquid with an incredibly sweet taste having the consistency of thick syrup. It is used as an agent in cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoos, soaps, herbal remedies, pharmaceuticals, and other household items. Because it is soluble in both, water and alcohol, its versatility is a major benefactor in its purported growth and popularity within the manufacturing sector. It is invaluable as a natural source ingredient with emollient like properties which can soften and soothe the skin and it assists the outer epidermis in retaining moisture. This helps to explain why it is one of the most popular cosmetic additives used today.
The anti-aging properties of vegetable glycerin helps keep that healthy additional moisture locked into the skin. The result is soft, smooth, silky skin that is radiant and younger looking.
Whether it is young, hormonal skin changes or mature skin the advantage of using this all-natural product will be obvious almost immediately.
Healing Acne:The same antibacterial properties in Vegetable glycerin will aid in the healing of acne after it has surfaced without undesirable or harmful effects.
There are very few products on the market today are not only as affordable but also as adaptable to your skin type as Vegetable glycerin. This acne and anti-aging solution is the answer to many dilemmas over what products are safe and effective for all skin types and ages.
Most glycerin recipes that I come across are
3 parts aloe vera gel
1 part vegetable glycerin
combine the two and mix well, use as a hair moisturizer. I have also used this as a facial moisturizer, it works you do need to refrigerate the concoction though ( its the aloe vera) there are also other variations such as a
8 ounces distilled water
receipe taken from http://www.enviromom.com/2007/09/natural-hair-sp.html
Friday, May 1, 2009
hair accessories of Wasijuru