30 Jun 2014

Dryness + New Products! Staple?

So me and Lisa went product shopping. The way we scan the ingredient list so intelligently, the shop keepers were getting a bit annoyed with us. Oh well, I managed to get the Vitale conditioner that Lisa has been recommending to me for ages! Oh, and cantu!!

Okay, okay, hold up, you are using products?? Yes I am. My hair has been feeling super dry lately, especially with its length.

Here are my new product stash:

Water/Aloe Vera Juice + Shea Butter

This conditioner is amazing. When I soaked my cleansed strands in this, the moisture comes back in even greater amounts. I LOVE IT. Thank you, Lisa! :D It h


THIS SHAMPOO DOES WONDERS. Also comes in Rosemary. Leaves my hair and scalp feeling super cleansed and lathers so well so you can really dig in deep. When I then read the description about the luxurious foam, I was liken yes indeed. There was a lavender version but the scent was stronger. 

My Perfect Shea Butter Recipe

What's in this:
 4 medium sized chunks of Shea butter (5cm width)
4 full tbspoon scoops of coconut oil
1 tbsp of almond oil
1 tbsp of jojoba oil
1 tsp of castor oil
1 tsp of lavender oil
1 tsp of jojoba oil

Most of the recipes videos show the melting and subsequent freezing of the mixture, but this ends up reverting the mixture back to a liquified concoction. Rather, when you whip it at room temperature it retains its fluff. Coconut oil is important because I found out how much slip it gives to hair + it softens hair too! It gave the butter a full fluff.

I buy my oils, pure, from eBay.  The coconut oil was bought from my local natural store.

Coconut Oil - fluffiness giver!
As well as providing great slip, coconut oil is high in vitamin E and other nutrients, and your hair can absorb them all. Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can actually penetrate the hair shaft The oil helps to remove dead skin cells from your scalp. Another cool feature of coconut oil is shelf life. This oil can last a very long time without going rancid or oxidizingThe result will be hair that is thicker, shiner, healthier and has stronger roots. It also contains lauric and capric acid, which have amazing antimicrobial powers -- meaning it will make your hair and scalp healthier and prevent dandruff, itchy scalp and infections.

Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil contains a high concentration of proteins and vitamins A, B and E, all of which help add shine to dull, dry hair. Additionally, fatty acids omega 9, 6 and 3 help to reflect damaging UV rays and protect hair from the sun, deterring the dullness that comes from dryness. Sweet almond oil's natural moisture-sealing properties help to replenish hair and also fight against split ends by holding moisture in hair for longer periods of time.

Castor Oil
The oil is reach in vitamin E, amino acids, and omega-6 fatty acids which are great nutrients for your hair. Castor oil is a thick viscous oil and so it's used not only to promote shine, but also it gives a thicker appearance to your hair strands. The oil is a good choice for scalp massaging because it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. When you use it regularly to massage your scalp, not only are you stimulating growth, but you're also cleaning your scalp.

Jojoba Oil
It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is the nearest to sebum which is nature's natural oil attached to each strand of our hair. Jojoba therefore trick nature to think that it has produced enough sebum especially for black hair as our hair is naturally dry. Because it is very similar to your natural hair oils, jojoba oil can be used to balance oil production at the scalp, aiding overproducing glands that cause oily hair and also treats hair problems such as dandruff, seborrhoea, dry and damaged hair. It has a very protective quality for hair as it is a humectant which helps it to hold moisture perfect for adding to damaged ends. 

Rosemary Oil (Natural preservative & scent)
Thinning hair tends to hold in more dirt and toxins; rosemary essential oil is great for cleansing and it also contains loads of vitamin B, iron and calcium. It has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for thinning and brittle hair, plus it has been scientifically proven to prevent premature graying.

Lavender Oil (Natural preservative & scent)
Not only known for its gorgeous scent, it has proven hair benefits and is good for all hair types. Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. It is a good treatment for dandruff and itching, helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth. Most widely known to treat alopecia areata, a condition where you lose excessive hair, especially in patches. Daily massage with lavender oil has proven to help significant re-growth and gives you the results in a few months.

These oils are easily absorbed by the hair follicles!

Currently busy editing shea butter whip recipe...

My new shea butter whip recipe will be up soon.

This has to be my best recipe ever.

Changing Products

Old Product Regimen

Daily moisturiser
Water in a spray bottle 
My Shea butter mix/castor oil
Hair ends oil: castor oil
Twisting cream: Shea Moisture Curling Gel Souffle
Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo (LOVEE! No sulphates, parabens or silicones and super-moisturising, yummy, gentle smell and a cheapie £1.80!)
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter for Moisture Retention 
Protein Conditioner
ORS Mayonnaise (stopped the egg treatment because it left lumps in my hair, yuck! lol)
Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Masque
Conditioner + honey and olive oil
Hello Hydration by Herbal Essences (loveee it!)
Leave-in conditioner: Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-in
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative
Leave-in: Kinky Curly Knot Today

Now that I have changed my regimen, Shea Moisture wasn't doing anything for my hair.

24 Jun 2014

COCONUT OIL - miracle oil :D

You know how they say, ''to each their own''?

I think I might have just found the perfect oil for my hair. I usually infuse my coconut oil with my whipped shea butter but I never really thought to use it on its own. It's even more perfect because of the weather so its warm and very oily.

I used it to retwist my hair and wow, it made it so much manageable. The shed hair and tangles were literally coming off with ease! I couldn't believe it. I got inspired to use it again after watching My Natural Sistas latest video on their whipped coconut oil ( which I am going to try) but for my next shea butter whip I will definitely increase the amount of coconut I have in it.

Pre-pooing with coconut oil the night before is the best thing ever. Standard staple.