Category Archives: Rosewater for Natural Hair

DIY Ayurvedic Hair Mask – Amla Shikakai Rose

Hey Maicurlies,

Today I want to share a DIY Hair Mask (Masque) with you. I actually started using this as a alternative to a Clay Mask (Masque) since I can’t seem to get the Clay here locally so I will probably buy some at some point to try experiment with and write about.

But for now this is my baby! 

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DIY Ayurvedic Hair Mask (Amla Shikakai Rose)

 I LOVE using this mix on my hair for several reasons:

  • Its strengthening property
  • Conditioning ability
  • The sheen provided by the mask
  • Light cleansing property
  • Detoxifying ability (due to its cleansing property) 
  • Darkening ability (I like my hair in a brown/red tone thanks to henna and amla) 
  • Curl popping power (my curls come back to life after this mask)

Now what is in this wonder mask I hear you asking right? Well the recipe is simple and as always is built around ingredients I use regularly on my hair. You should be able to find most of these in your grocery store (perhaps the “ethnic” section), your local Indian store or if all else fails you can find them all Online. Butters-n-Bars is a good place to check, as is Sheabutter Cottage and if you find a good reliable source Amazon is another alternative. I am able to find all the ingredients used locally.

(NOTE: I was not paid, compensated or requested to mention any company names these are just suggestions of places where you can purchase some of the ingredients. I bought my products locally and paid for them with my own money). 

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Ingredients:

  • 3.5 oz Amla powder (I use the Hesh Brand) 
  • 0.5 oz Shikakai (I use the Hesh Brand)
  • 0.2 oz Amla Infused Coconut Oil (can be replaced with regular coconut oil or any other carrier oil)
  • 0.1 oz Glycerine (Optional)
  • 2.5 oz Rose Water
  • 5.5 oz Plain Water (I use bottled Water) 

Additional Ingredients/Replacements

  • Honey/Agave Nectar – In place of the Glycerine
  • Essential Oils (EO’s) – you can use any Essential Oil you like. I am currently always in the mood of Rose water so I am not adding any EO’s to mine. 
  • Cassia – in place of the Amla you can replace it with Cassia which will not darken your hair. It has conditioning properties just like Amla as well as strengthening abilities. 
  • Other Ayurvedic Herbs – you can actually replace the Shikakai with any other herb such as Aritha, Brahmi, Neem just to mention a few. 

Mixing Instructions:

I first combine the Ayurvedic Herbs together in a bowl and mix. Stir it carefully because they powders are really light and will fly around everywhere. Next I add the Oil, Glycerine and Rose water and stir again. The final step is adding the water. I like to add the water a little at a time and mix. You might want to add more/less water depending on how thick/thin you want the mask, I like mine to be a little thicker than pancake batter. 

Application

1. I first dampen my hair with a spray bottle, I like my hair to be damp but not sopping wet. 2. I apply the mask liberally all over my hair starting at the ends and make my way to my roots. (Do not comb or manipulate your hair once it is applied because otherwise you are asking for breakage!) 3. I wrap my hair around my head and cover with a shower cap and usually some material too to keep my head warm and leave it on for 30 – 60 minutes. 4. I rinse out the mask and *co-wash my hair. 

* For some the Amla might be a little acidic and therefore can leave your hair feeling a little rough and therefore a simple co-wash might not sufficient. If that is the case do a moisturising Deep Condition afterwards. 

Application process

Storage

I make a lot of this mask and use it all up because I like to coat my hair with it and my hair is a little long. You might need more/less depending on your hair length/density however if you have any leftovers you can cover and store it in the freezer just make sure to put a date on it to remember when it was made.

I would love to hear what you think if you try this mask/masque. I would also love to hear about your Clay Hair Masks so I can have a recipe list to follow when I try it 😀 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Coconut Cream For Hair

Hello Maicurlies,

So I have been experimenting with a number of different things because while I trained myself to stop buying every product I see in a store I am a Do It Yourself (DIY) & natural ingredient junkie and I have a feeling that won’t go away anytime soon!

So what was my latest experiment? Coconut Cream!

I have been using Coconut Milk in all of my DIY Deep Conditioners (DC’s) for nearly a year and I have enjoyed the benefits of Coconut Milk.

Organic Coconut Milk

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Coconut Milk

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 Some of the attributes of Coconut Milk:

  • rich in protein and nutrients to strengthen the hair
  • boosts hair growth
  • combats dandruff
  • reduces hair fall
  • reduces the appearance of grey hair
  • softens the hair
  • reduces frizz

* The more frequently you use it the better your results and more long term they will be.

Now for my new love Coconut Cream.

Coconut Cream

             Coconut Cream

Coconut Cream has pretty much the same attributes to Coconut Milk but also has a few additional benefits from my experience:

  • Coconut Cream has a higher fat content and helps prevent excessive hair shed
  • My hair had less tangles during the week I used it
  • Detangling was easier on wash day due to there being less tangles
  • Its consistency is much thicker than the Coconut Milk, this makes it less “drippy” when applied as a DC. 

In order to try and get an idea of which of the two I preferred I experimented using my normal Moisturizing DC and one new mixture using Coconut Milk one week and then Coconut Cream the following week.

First experiment (my normal Moisturizing DC)

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk/Coconut Cream
  • 4 tablespoons Pure Honey
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ) with Vitamin E added to it
  • 1 Overripe Banana*
  • 2  tablespoons Conditioner
  • 1 teaspoon Grapeseed Oil

* I like using overripe bananas because they are softer and less likely to results in lumpy and difficult to rinse DC. You can substitute bananas with banana baby food. 

My second experiment

  • 1 cup conditioner
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Milk/Coconut Cream
  • 1/4 cup Amla
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Rosewater
  • 1 teaspoon Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Glycerin 

As I mentioned while my hair responds well to both Coconut Milk and Cream I must say my hair felt soooo good with the Coconut Cream mixes. It was just a bit more bouncy, more defined, and had more shine. So for me, Coconut Cream is a keeper! 

Have you used Coconut Cream? What did you use it for? How was your experience? 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Wash and Go with Flax Seed Gel

Hi Maicurlies!

wash-n-go FSG

I decided to make a video of how I do my Wash and Go using my Rosewater infused Flax Seed Gel (FSG). Only then did I notice that I never made a write up of my “Simple Wash and Go”. I need to update my Wash-n-Go Page because it only includes how I maintain a Wash and Go over a week. So I have a little bit of writing to do over the next few days. (I am on it)! 

You can find my Simple Wash and Go method on YouTube as well as my Wash and Go with Flax Seed Gel. I also attached it to my Video page on the blog. These are the products I used (I linked all the recipes as well):

I apply the products in that order and have no issues to “trap” in the FSG with my mixed sealing oil because apart from being a great styling product with hold, FSG is moisturizing and nourishing for the hair and scalp! I also occasionally mix my FSG with my “Creamy” Leave-In Conditioner in a separate container and then apply it in one go. 

I will have a detailed write up of the process … I promise! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

Rosewater Flaxseed Gel

Hi Maicurlies,

I have mentioned the benefits of Rosewater for Hair and Skin and in honor of Rosewater (which I LOVE) I have been experimenting. What did I do? Rosewater Infused Flaxseed Gel (FSG)! Verdict? I LOVE it!

Rosewater Infused Flaxseed Gel

Apart from that delicious Rose smell I love the moisturizing effects I get from the gel. I normally make FSG with either plain distilled water or distilled water and Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ) and my hair does feel moisturized from it but the Rosewater seems to give it that edge!

So after weeks of experimenting (I have to do trail and error for a few weeks before I announce anything) I can say I absolute love incorporating Rosewater to my gel!

This is the recipe I use:

  • 2 cups of Distilled Plain Water
  • 1/2 cup Rosewater
  • 1/2 cup Flax Seeds – (use less seeds if you want a thinner gel)
  • 1 teaspoon Grapeseed oil (use any carrier oil of choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Glycerin (optional – not everyone hair likes Glycerin) 
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (use any EO of choice) 

I manage to get 3/4 cup of thick FSG with this recipe. If you do not like your Gel to be thick you can use less flaxseeds. While the Gel is thick I do not get any flaking or crunch (if I use too much gel and my hair does feel a little “stiff” it goes away once I scrunch my hair.)

I have a video demonstrating how I make my Rosewater Infused Flaxseed Gel on YouTube and as always have linked it here on my Video Page. I also have my “original” FSG recipe listed on my Blog here. I love experimenting so I am sure that Rosewater Infused Flaxseed Gel will not be my last experiment but I must say this is going to be my staple. 

Have you used Rosewater in your FSG? If so, what is your recipe and how does yout hair respond to it? If not, how do you make your DIY Gel?

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Rosewater For Natural Curly Hair

Hello Maicurlies,

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Today is another “ingredient feature” day! And the subject is going to be Rosewater! I honestly do not know where this absolutely beautiful product has been all my life but I am so happy to have met it! (Just by writing about it puts a smile on my face and reminds me of that beautiful intoxicating smell!)

Right lets get down to business shall we.

Rosewater

In Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Rosewater has been a popular natural ingredient that has been used in cuisine and for health. It should come as no surprise then that companies around the world have started to incorporate Rosewater into different beauty supplies and hair products are no exception (with good reason!)

Below are some of the reasons why I use Rosewater (and why you might want to try it out!):

  1. It is known to help revitalize the quality of your hair due to Its natural moisturizing and nourishing properties.
  2. Rosewater is effective in treating hair loss due to the fact that it helps to simulate the scalp.
  3. There are no artificial additives or chemicals (if you purchase pure Rosewater) making it a ‘non-toxic’ product! (Just make sure you are not allergic to Roses.)
  4. Should you suffer from mild scalp irritations or dandruff Rosewater can be used to help sooth irritations.
  5. It leaves your scalp feeling ‘fresh’ and your hair smelling great! 

How to use Rosewater:

  • You can add it to any of your DIY products e.g. Leave-In conditioner, Flax Seed Gel, Deep Conditioners etc. Remember to use a preservative and store the product in a fridge if you are going to mix Rosewater with Oils (in large quantities and want to keep it for a few weeks) otherwise stick to making smaller quantities frequently.
  • If your Shampoo tends to dry out your hair you can add a little Rosewater with the shampoo – it will moisturize your hair by reducing the “dryness”, soften, give your hair shine and your hair will smell great throughout the day! 
  • You can mix equal quantities of Rosewater and Glycerin together to help moisturize your scalp by using it as a “massage oil”. (Rinse it off after 30 minutes – 1 hour.)
  • If Glycerin is not your friend, then you can use any carrier oil e.g. grapeseed, jojoba, almond oil etc with Rosewater and use it as a “massage oil” for your scalp.  (Rinse it off after 30 minutes – 1 hour.)

I would love to know if you incorporate Rosewater into your routine!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls