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Product Review & Application: DIY Edge Regrow & “Tame” Pomade/Balm

Hello Maicurlies,

Today I am here with a Product Review based on one of my own recipes after being kindly requested to do so. (Thank you for the requests and please do keep them coming!)

Review and Application

So I know a few of you will be wondering how can you “objectively” review a mix you made yourself. Obviously I made, use and shared this recipe because I love it however, that doesn’t mean I can not explain how it works, its limitations (as a DIY product), how it will probably work for others and to do so honestly. I also demonstrate how the mix works on my own edges in my video (below).

So in case you want to take a peek at the “how to” of this DIY you can find the recipe here.

Let’s get down to it shall we.

balm vs pomade

  • Since this is a DIY I always suggest that you do not use your fingers to dip into the product. This recipe does not utilize any anti bacterial ingredients other than Vitamin E Oil and Essential Oil which, are great at extending the shelf-life of products however, they DO NOT eliminate the growth of bacteria/fungus etc.
  • Use a spoon (I like using the back of a spoon) to scoop up a little of the mix at a time. This will prevent you from dipping wet/product covered fingers in the mix.
  • Use a CLEAN and UNUSED toothbrush to apply the mix onto your edges. It will help control how much of the mix you are applying and will also help you “lay down” your edges. (Buy a soft new toothbrush that is used solely for your edges) 
  • Depending on your choice (pomade or balm) you will need to store the mix in your fridge (for the balm) or  a cool and dry place e.g. your cupboard (for the pomade).
  • This is a wax free recipe (because I have fine hair and wax makes my hair feel really “gummy” and sticky).
  • You might notice that if you make this as a pomade it could potentially become a little more running during the hot summer months (this is particularly true for me) due to the lack of wax.
  • The lack of wax in this mix also means there isn’t that “hard hold” you might get from commercial pomades/balms. This recipe is more for “laying your edges” versus giving your a sculpted hold. So if you want that, you will want to add wax e.g. bee’s wax (a search on google will provide you with a list of recipes that includes nearly all the same type of ingredients I use along with wax).
  • The overall shelf-life of this mix will depend on 1. the shelf life o the individual ingredients you use. E.g. if you oils and butters have a 1 year shelf life your mix will be good for 1 year. 2. As long as you are not adding water based ingredients to the mix, not dipping wet/product covered fingers in your product it should last a while. 
  • If you have a thick hairline (high density) then you will probably notice that your hair requires the addition of wax to help “lay” your edges so it might be a trial thing for you! 
  • For my fine haired ladies, a little of this goes a LOOOONG way, trust me a dab of this will do the job!
  • Aside from helping with styling your edges this mix includes a number of nourishing ingredients for the hairline which can actually help moisturize, stimulate hair growth and provide overall goodness for your edges! 

You can see how I “lay my edges” in my explanation video below!

I would love to hear what you think and if you will give it a try and please let me know if there are any videos/posts you would like me to cover, I love hearing from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Scalp Massages – Benefits for Healthy Natural Hair

Hello Maicurlies,

Every morning (practically every morning) I start my hair routine by doing a Scalp Massage. 

Scalp Massaging

                                                                                   Scalp Massages

Benefits of Scalp Massages:

In truth it has become one of my morning rituals. I love everything about scalp massages, the main reasons are:

  1. When you massage your scalp you help stimulate hair growth because you are circulating blood flow to your scalp which helps your hair follicles.
  2. Let’s face it massages feel awesome and are really relaxing. I smile throughout my massage and it just makes me start the day off on the right foot.
  3.  It helps to bring volume to your roots (my fine haired ladies will understand what I mean about this!)
  4. It helps to bring your hair down after hours of being up and away for the night, especially if you do the pineapple method. I normally do a modified pineapple (cover my hair with a scarf minus the hair bubble if I haven’t re-twisted, Bantu knotted etc).
  5. Since you are massaging your scalp with oil, it can help sooth a flaky scalp. 

Products used:

*You can substitute pure cold pressed Castor Oil with Jamaican Black Castor oil. 

Note: some people have found both or either Castor Oil/Jamaican Black Castor Oil to give them skin allergies so please make sure to do a patch test if you have never used the oil before. Essential oils are quite potent especially ones like Peppermint so please make sure you dilute it in enough carrier oil otherwise you will burn your skin and cause irritations! If you are pregnant please DO NOT use any essential oils and always consult with your doctor/dermatologist if you are trying anything new. 

Oil for Scalp Massage

                                                      Oil for Scalp Massage

The magic of scalp massages is two fold, on the one hand it is the actual scalp massages and the other is the use of oils. You do not have to use the same exact oils  I do but I do highly recommend some form of Castor Oil (if you are not allergic). Here are the benefits of the oils I use: 

Castor Oil:

I use 70% Castor Oil

        I use 70% Castor Oil

  • Increase hair growth
  • Promotes healthy hair due to omega-6 essential fatty acids
  • Thickens thinning hair
  • Reduces hair damage
  • Eliminates dry scalps and hair
  • Helps reduce scalp irritations due to anti-bacterial and fungal properties
  • Helps retain moisture in the hair and scalp
  • Excellent sealing oil
  • Promotes shiny hair
  • Boost your hair’s overall health

DIY Coffee Bean Infused Almond Oil:

coffee infused oil

     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.
  • Known to darken the hair and slowdown the early onset of grey hairs (with frequent and consistent use)*
  • Adds sine and dimension to the hair due to the darkening effect of the oil

*Should you have bleached/blond or dyed hair you do not want to darken, I suggest not trying this oil.

Peppermint Essential Oil:

Peppermint Essential Oil

        Peppermint Essential Oil

  • Soothing effect to the scalp
  • Helps combat dandruff and lice
  • Promotes healthy hair growth
  • Helps relive scalp irritations due  to antiseptic properties

Method:

All I do is put a few pumps of the oil blend on my fingertips and massage my scalp in a circular motion. I am very gentle and focus on one spot then move onto a different part of my scalp till I am done. I then move onto refreshing, moisturizing, styling my hair etc. 

So in closing if you haven’t intregrated scalp massages into your routine….what are you waiting for??? 

I would love to hear if you do scalp massages, how often, what oils do you use? 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

7 Reasons to Start Making DIY Hair Care Products and How – Global Couture

Hey Lovely Maicurlies,

I wanted to quickly share my contribution article on Global Couture.

So, the article might be ever so slightly bias (seeing as I am obsessed with Do It Yourself mixes) but I did want to share my passion for DIY’s and perhaps encourage someone else to give it a whirl. I have come across a few people that have stated reasons why they “dislike” DIY’s (I am trying not to give the side-eye while thinking someone could actually dislike them LOL) so to counter-claim I wrote about: 7 Reasons to start making DIY Hair Care Products & How“.

I hope you enjoy the article! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Are we obsessed with hair growth pills – Global Couture

Hey Maicurlies,

I sometimes forget to mention some of the articles I have written for the absolutely fantastic blog Global Couture. You should seriously check out the blog (not only for my articles 😉 ) they have fantastic stories, awe inspiring naturals, hair tips and much much more! 

For my last article I touched on a topic that might make you roll your eyes at me…potentially…

I wrote about the sudden emergence of hair, nails and skin pills everywhere! Now before I get the side eye, I mentioned in the article and will mention here that I have nothing against these types of pills (as long as they are healthy and if they happen to be all natural even better).

However, my “issue” with them is if they are used as a replacement for healthy hair routines. If they are being taken in place of having a good healthy routine that involves giving ones hair tender loving care in the hopes that you will wake up with “long luscious healthy hair” that is when I frown. 

I also have issues with false advertising! Seriously false ads give me allergic reactions! I believe that the vitamins, minerals etc in the pills can help our hair of course however, I have seen some before and after pictures that are just blatant lies! E.g. people tugging on randomly long pieces of hair with their neck almost bent completely back to show “how much growth they saw in 1 month”. Some fall victim to a vicious cycle of not having a healthy routine, turning to the “quick fix” tablets, a setback and then repeating it, all in the hopes that the tablets will give them the results they long for and they just end up spending tons of money and time. Again that is when I frown.

I cover all of this in the article and would love to hear what you think! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

The battle of “Good” versus “Bad” Hair – Global Couture

Hi Maicurlies,

I wanted to share my latest contribution article on Global Couture:

The battle of 'good'  versus 'bad' hair

                                              The battle of ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ hair

The battle of “Good” versus “Bad” hair is a “controversial” topic. Personal choices and preferences are something we all have and are entitled to. We can, do not and should not find all the exact same things attractive. Can you imagine if we did?! (The mayhem of fighting over partners that WE ALL find attractive…at the same time LOL)! Seriously…scary!

When it comes to hair, some of us like volume, others like it “tame”, some of us like like long hair, others prefer short, some of us like light hair others prefer dark…you get the picture. However, when it comes to “categorizing” something as “good” or “bad” – that is a whole different game in my opinion.

I have previously mentioned that this topic and the classification of “curl types” gives me an allergic reaction, especially when it is used to put someone down! I find ALL curls beautiful, I do not care how tight or loose your curls might be, what color your hair is or how long or short it might be. HEALTHY HAIR is what people should focus, obsess and strive for – regardless of whether you have a TWA or hip length hair.

Have you ever been in a situation where someone made comments about “good” or “bad” hair?

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls