Category Archives: Vitamin E Oil for Hair

DIY: Itchy Dry Scalp Treatment (Protective Style Spray)

Hey Maicurlies,

I am back (finally, I know I have been away) with another DIY. This recipe is for the scalp and is helpful for those of us that suffer from an itchy, dry, irritated, flaky scalp especially when rocking a Protective Style (PS).

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While rocking a PS, it can become a little difficult to maintain a healthy scalp while still keeping the integrity of the PS and this mix will hopefully make it easier to keep your scalp clean and healthy while attending to scalp issues. You are of course still going to wash your hair/scalp as normal however whenever you experience itchiness, dryness, irritations etc you can reach for this without having to over wash your scalp to try and sooth the issue. 

Note: This mix can be used on your scalp even if you hair is not in a PS but this post was intended to focus on maintaining a healthy scalp  care during PS mode.

Ingredients/Tools

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  • 1 oz Fresh Aloe Vera Juice
  • 0.2 oz Apple Cider Vinegar (natural/organic)
  • 0.5 oz Plain Water
  • 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (EO)*
  • 3 capsules Vitamin E  Oil
  • Spray Bottle

*If you are pregnant please do not use any EO and always consult with your doctor/dermatologist if you are trying something new. 

NOTE: This mix is not for medicinal purposes, it is simply for informational purposes. ALWAYS consult with a professional doctor/dermatologist prior to integrating anything new to your routine! 

Ingredient Benefits:

Aloe Vera Juice – a natural humectant that attracts moisture in the air to the area applied (the scalp). It is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that helps to reduce dry itchiness on the scalp, stimulates hair growth and is said to help with very mild cases of Alopecia. It balances and conditions both the scalp and roots leaving no traces of “product” build-up, has natural astringent properties to leave you with a clean scalp and aids in moisturizing dry hair. 

Apple Cider Vinegar – has natural astringent properties, while diluted (e.g. with water & AVJ) it provides the scalp and hair (roots) with an optimal pH level and is also known for its ability to remove product build up. It helps to not only remove product but also helps to close the pores on the scalp while at the same time closing the cuticle of the hair which provides it with shine. 

Peppermint Essential Oil – has astringent properties as well which helps to eliminate product build up and to remove sweat and dirt on the scalp. It helps stimulate blood circulation in the scalp which in turns helps to promote hair growth. The oil is known for combating dry irritated scalps which can help eliminate dandruff. Due to its stimulating properties (it will make your scalp feel fresh and tingly) this can help tackle the issue of itchiness while at the same time cleansing the scalp to eliminate the problem all together. 

Vitamin E Oil – in this mix it can help extend the shelf life of the spray (but does not work as a preservative!). The oil is packed with antioxidants that helps to moisturize the scalp, keeps it healthy, less prone to dryness and thus aids in the growth of healthy hair as well. It allows the hair to grow soft, full of shine and suppleness and also can aid in slowing down the onset of premature greying. The oil is known to help generate new skin cells which allows your scalp to remain healthy and thanks to its moisturizing and healing properties this allows for quicker and healthier hair growth. 

Water – need I say more? H2o is a naturals best friend since it is a vital source of moisture for both the scalp and hair! 

Additional Options/Ratio Alternatives:

The purpose of this mix is to help keep a clean and healthy scalp therefore it is advisable to use ingredients that have cleansing and moisturizing properties while not clogging up the pores of your scalp. Along with the ingredients above you could also add some Rose Water to this mix e.g 0.2 oz of Rose Water for additional moisturizing elements, soothing effects and a wonderful scent! Tea Tree Essential Oil is an alternative EO that can be used in place of Peppermint. 

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Mixing Method:

Combine all the ingredients together in your spray bottle and make sure to shake well before applying.

Application:

There are two methods that I highly recommend when applying the mix instead of simply spraying onto your roots/scalp. Either spray some clean ear cleaners (unused!) and run them along your partings. The other option is cotton pads/buds which is my favorite. 

Storage:

It is highly recommended to store this mix in the fridge for no more than 1 – 1.5 months maximum but constantly check to make sure there is no nasty fungus growing (you will be able to tell especially if you use a see through spray bottle). Keeping it in the fridge also means that it will have a soothing effect on the scalp and will help close the cuticles of your roots and the pores on your scalp! 

I would love to hear what you think! If you use a scalp spray (or try this one) please do let me know, I love hearing from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

DIY Edge Regrowth & “Tame” Pomade/Balm

Hey Maicurlies,

I want to share my DIY Edge Regrowth & “Tame” Pomade/Balm. I put the tame in quotation marks just because I am not the biggest fan of people thinking they NEED/HAVE to have their edges “laid”. Personally I do not mind a little frizz but will admit there are times when I want a more “polished” look. If I want my edges “laid” I want to do so with a product that I know is not harming my delicate, fragile and super sensitive edges. So apart from using Flax Seed Gel (if I happen to have it on hand) then this is my “go to”. 

One of the the other reasons why I love this product is because it is a 2 in 1 mix. The most important aspect is that the ingredients used in the mix helps to grow healthy edges, takes care of your edges, is all natural and at the same time can help flyaways/edges (while not being damaging or containing chemicals & alcohols). It does not have a super hard hold but will definitely help with flyaways. 

Edge control and tame pomade-balm

Edge control and tame pomade/balm

I will point out that you will only need a little dab of this at a time since a little goes a LOOOONNG way, so you won’t have to remix again for a while. Those with fine hair (e.g. yours truly) will literally only need to glide their fingertip over the product and it will suffice. P.S you can actually use a tiny amount of this on the ends of your hair too to help keep your twists from unraveling & to seal in moisture on your ends too! (So I guess it is a 3 in one product!) 

If you are wondering why is it a pomade/balm, basically you can select how you want the mix to set and depending on which of the two options you go for, you end up with either a pomade or a balm! Personally I prefer using it as a pomade because it is easier to get out of the container, quickly melts upon contact with your skin and you don’t have to store it in the fridge. It will not go off if it’s not in the fridge because I do not mix liquids (e.g. water, aloe vera juice etc) with the oils and butters. The shelf life should be 6 months to 1 year but it will really depend on the shelf life of the oils and butters you use. I have been using my mix for 2 months now and it is still going strong  even though it is not stored in the fridge. 

Ingredients I use: (I use a 3oz container)

  • 0.9oz. Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 0.5oz. Unrefined Mango Butter (you can use any other semi-soft butter) 
  • 0.7oz. Virgin Coconut Oil 
  • 0.4oz. Coffee Bean infused Almond Oil (can be replaced with any carrier oil)
  • 4 Vitamin E Capsules (roughly 0.2oz.) 
  • 0.15oz. Castor Oil
  • 4 drop Citronella Essential Oil (Optional – you can use any Essential Oil of choice, Peppermint is a good choice to simulate  growth).

Ingredient details

  • Shea Butter – acts as an excellent sealant to help “trap in” moisture and moisturizing products applied to hair. Shea butter is highly moisturizing for the hair on its own as well and has the same affects for the scalp. It provides nourishment to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips; repairing and protecting against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. Due to its moisturizing properties it gives hair a natural shine and has  smoothing effect. (“lays” the hair and helps with growth) 
  • Mango Butter –  contains high levels of antioxidants and beneficial vitamins A, C, and E. It is a highly moisturizing butter which is able to restore flexibility, effectively treat dry and itchy scalps and therefore is said to aid the growth of hair. Because of its high content of fatty acids it is believed that it might actually be more moisturizing that Cocoa and even Shea butter! (“lays” your hair and helps with growth).
  • Virgin Coconut Oil –  provides shine and strength to the hair, has conditioning properties and even helps promote a healthy scalp which can result in healthy hair growth. It does not make the hair feel greasy and since it is penetrates into the hair shaft, the oil strengthens from within. Aids in sealing in moisture and works well to stop frizz as well. (“lays” your hair and helps with growth).
  • Coffee Bean Infused Almond Oil – reduces hair shedding and said to reduce excessive hair loss because of the antioxidants present in caffeine. Increases hair growth since caffeine promotes blood circulation in the scalp which promotes growth and is known to darken the hair and slowdown the early onset of grey hairs with frequent and consistent use*. (helps with growth). 
  • Vitamin E Oil – commonly used oil to help extend homemade products shelf life (however only for a little bit.) This oil rejuvenates and offers protection to the scalp because of its nourishing properties which can lead to hair growth. (helps with growth). 
  • Castor Oil (Jamaican Black Castor Oil) – considered as a humectant that also happens to hold anti-fungal properties. It helps thicken and grow the hair while working as an excellent sealant. Due to its thick and sticky nature a little goes a long way (which is why I use so little of it). (helps with growth). 

Mixing Instructions:

  1.  Melt down the butters in a double broiler (no more than 5 minutes required) then take it off the heat.
  2. Add the Virgin Coconut Oil to the melted butter (the warmth from the butters will melt the oil).
  3. Add the remaning ingredients: coffee infused almond oil, Vitamin E oil, castor oil & essential oil.
  4. Mix everything really well and pour into your container 

Letting it set/results:

Edge Regrowth and Tame mix before it sets

                                         Edge Regrowth and Tame mix before it sets

Pomade: To make it a pomade just let the mix set at room temperature overnight. Depending on how warm/cold your house is, the mix can become a little more runny or slightly thicker but it will not become extremely firm or liquid.

Edge Regrowth and Tame Pomade

                                               Edge Regrowth and Tame Pomade

Balm: To make a balm you will want to let it set in the fridge for a few hours (minimum 4 hours – best overnight). In order for it to remain a balm you might have to restore it in the fridge after use, however, depending on how warm/cold you house is it can retain a slightly soft “balmy” consistency outside of the fridge after you have let it set. 

Edge Regrowth and Tame Balm

                                                     Edge Regrowth and Tame Balm

DO NOT CARRY THIS PRODUCT IN YOUR BAG, IN YOUR CAR, POCKET ETC BECAUSE IT WILL MELT AND CAN SPILL OUT THE CONTAINER! 

NOTE: I am neither a doctor, a dermatologist or a medical professional. This recipe is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a medical remedy to hair loss, skin disorders or be used as a replacement for anything provided to you by a professional!

How to use:

All you need to do is glide your finger over the product (lightly) and then rub the product on your fingertips to warm it up. Lightly and gently apply it to your edges with your fingertips and then either brush back your edges or tie down a scarf. 

I would really love to hear if you try this or make your own edge regrowth and tame product!

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

Glory Roots Product Review & my DIY Nighttime Under-eye Cream

Hey Maicurlies,

Glory Roots Product ReviewToday I wanted to do a 2 in 1 post (it’s a little long), but first let me set the scene. I was gawking at natural hair pictures on Instagram (IG), when I came across a page: Glory Roots. The products caught my attention because 1. there were a lot of organic/natural and/or unrefined products and 2. a lot of their products come from Africa, mainly Ghana.

After a little search I left a message along the lines of “all your products look awesome” on one of their pictures. Shortly thereafter I was contacted by the company and they very kindly offered to send me two products to try out. (THANK YOU Glory Roots!!) 

Please note, While I was sent the products I was not requested to write a review. I decided to do so on my own since I planned to use them in DIY experiments and wanted to share my results with all of you. I informed them that I planned to write a honest review based on my own personal opinions, which they encouraged since they wanted honest feedback.

The company is based in the Uk and I copied a snippet about Glory Roots from their Site:

Glory Roots is a specialist health & wellbeing online store offering a large range of organic and unrefined products. This includes our own Glory Roots range and many other trusted specialist imported brands that have been faithful staples over the years of many households and native lifestyles. Available products include: – body butters – herbal remedies – bitters – soaps – essential oils – creams & lotions – ointments – nuts & seeds, and many many more!

Source: http://www.gloryroots.com/

They offered to send me one product they recommend and I could select one of my choice. The 100% Pure Coconut Oil from Ghana (unrefined and unprocessed) was their selection and mine was the 100% Pure Cocoa Butter also sourced from Ghana (unrefined and unprocessed).

What I did was to try both products on their own and then in a DIY mix.

100% Pure Coconut Oil (100ml) – £5.00

100% Pure Coconut Oil - 100ml

100% Pure Coconut Oil – 100ml

Scent – It has a mild coconut scent to it. I will state that the Virgin Coconut Oil I normally use for both my hair and skin does seem to be a little more “coco-nutty”.

Colour – The Virgin Coconut Oil I normally use seems to be a little less yellow, (paler) compared to their oil. I am not sure but perhaps the type of coconut, how it is grown and where it grows makes a difference in the scent and colour (my Virgin Coconut Oil comes from India). Regardless,  I did see a slight colour difference between mine and theirs.

Package/Consistency/Feel The bottle was sturdy and the plastic used along with the lid did not let any of the oil spill out. When I first received the oil, the weather was still pretty warm so it was a fluid liquid. However, when I tested it out the weather had gotten colder and that of course started to turn the oil into more of a thick liquid state (which is normal). When applied, the oil was quickly absorbed into my skin leaving me with smooth, shiny (not greasy) as well as moisturized skin. I also used it to seal moisture in my hair and again my hair looked shiny without feeling greasy and I was left with a mild coconut scent, yum.

100% Pure Cocoa Butter 70g £3.50

100% Pure Cocoa Butter - 70g

100% Pure Cocoa Butter – 70g

Scent – There is a subtle chocolate smell to their 100% Pure Cocoa Butter. In comparison to my “normal” Unrefined Cocoa Butter I probably would have been happier if theirs had a stronger chocolate scent (since I love chocolate) however, for those that are sensitive to strong scents, it is not overpowering.

Colour – it has a slightly off white color similar to my “normal” Unrefined Cocoa Butter. (In the image the Cocoa butter looks a little white but it is off white in person).

Package/Consistency/Feel – Again the package is sturdy and you can tell it held the butter well because during transportation the butter must have melted a little bit (due to temperature differences) and at some point when it became a solid again the package was placed sideways which is why it solidified at an angle before I received it (notice the gap in the image). Keep in mind that does not impact its effectiveness or quality or the product. Due to the changes in temperature the butter was ever so slightly grainy but it melted down completely as soon as I rubbed a bit of it in my palms and left me with super moist skin that looked supple yet not greasy (no graininess either).

Overview: I enjoy using both of the products on their own and in DIY product mixes and think both work really when they are applied on my hair and skin. The only thing is my nose wishes the Cocoa Butter smelt a little more like chocolate and the Coconut Oil smelt a little more “coco-nutty”. As I mentioned I got the 70g Cocoa Butter and 100ml Coconut Oil which are ideal sizes if you want to see how your skin/hair likes them. They have different sized products available on Glory Roots Site but I would suggest going for the larger ones after you have tried them out. Then again, the little bottles might be sufficient for some, but since I am a DIY freak, little bottles are not enough for me :D. I really appreciate the fact that Glory Roots allowed me to try out their lovely products (thanks again!) and I would say if you are looking for raw products, check out their site.

DIY Under-Eye Cream (for the night)

DIY Under eye cream

DIY Under eye cream

Mix Instructions – (I used a 1.7oz container)

  1. I measure out 0.5oz Pure Cocoa Butter and 0.3 oz Pure Coconut Oil and placed them in a heat proof glass to double broil.
  2. I double broil for less than 5 minutes on medium heat, take it off the heat and add 0.1 oz of my DIY Coffee Infused Oil. (You do not have to use this particular carrier oil however coffee/caffeine is excellent for reducing puffiness).
  3. I place the mix in my freezer for 10 minutes to let it become a little thick and hard.
  4. I mix everything together with a spoon, add 3 capsules of Vitamin E Oil (roughly 0.15 oz) and mix again for 5 minutes till it becomes a smooth yogurt like consistency. (You might need to rigorously mix).
  5. I transferred the mix into my container and let it rest. (In picture 5 the “cream” still has a yogurt-like consistency right after mixing.)
  6. After it has “set” the consistency resembles more of a thick cream which is a little firm but easily comes out of the jar with a simple pat with your finger over the cream.

Application

After you have washed your face and removed your makeup, make sure your hands are clean and dry before applying. You only need to use a tiny tiny dab under each eye at night and gently glide your finger over your skin. It will melt immediately upon contact and will absorb easily (just make sure not to use too much!) With frequent use it should help reduce puffy under eyes, dark circles as well as help reduce fine lines. Please keep in mind, in some cases puffy under-eyes and dark circles can be hereditary or a sign of illness and this cream is not meant to be a replacement for any medication/ointments provided from medical professionals. Do not get the cream in your eyes because it might sting and remember a little goes a LOOONG way!

TIP: This mix should last you a long time if you use it lightly and the shelf life should be at least 6 months (if not 1 year). Always use clean and dry hands when applying the product to avoid contamination in the jar since there are no preservatives and try to use an airtight container for longer shelf life. You can store the cream in your fridge during the summer, this will make the cream hard but it still will melt upon contact with your skin nonetheless. 

 *I have a list of all the benefits and properties of each ingredient used here*

Have you tried Glory Roots before, if so which products and what do you think? Have you made your own nighttime under-eye cream? I would love to hear if you try my mix!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls