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DIY Conditioning Bars with Cleansing Properties

Hello Maicurlies,

It has been a while (a little over a month) since I last shared a DIY and over the last few weeks I have been asked “when will you share a DIY again”, you request and I shall deliver 😉 

DIY Conditioning Bar With Cleansing Properties

DIY Conditioning Bar With Cleansing Properties

My “DIY Conditioning Bar with Cleansing Properties” is a mix that my hair LOVES! As the name indicates it helps to condition my hair while leaving my curls feeling clean (thanks to cleansing properties) but it does not result in dry or stripped clean hair thanks to the conditioning elements! 

Ingredients/Tools:

DIY Conditioning Bar With Cleansing Properties - Ingredients

  • 1.1 oz Amla
  • 1.5 oz Shikakai
  • 0.7 oz Water
  • 3 oz Unrefined Cocoa Butter (I got mine from SheaButter Cottage
  • 0.7 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 3 Capsules Vitamin E Oil (roughly 0.15 oz) 
  • 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (optional) – use any Essential Oil you like*
  • 0.2 oz Glycerin (optional)** 
  • Pot & Bowl for double broiler
  • Spoon 
  • Container
  • Silicon Moulds & Cling Film (if you choose to make blocks) 

Note: *If you are pregnant please do not use any Essential oil. Essential Oil needs to be sufficiently diluted & certain oils have more “strength”. ** If you hair does not like Glycerin skip this ingredient (see Alternative Suggestions for other options). 

Mixing Method:

I first combine the dry ingredients (powders) together and mix them well. I then add the water and stir before adding the butter and remaining ingredients. When I add the butter and oils etc it is done step-by-step (do not pour everything in one go since you want to make sure you are not adding more than you want and to make sure everything is mixed well). 

Storage/Setting:

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If you are going to use this right after making the mix, then skip this step and move onto “Adding Your Mixing Liquid” (below). If you are making blocks, pour into silicon molds which will be covered with cling film in order for them to set (Once set, I store mine in a sandwich bag for future use).

Adding Your Mixing Liquid:

Depending on your preference you can basically add any liquid of choice (e.g. Flax Seed Water, Tea, Water, Coconut Milk, Coconut Cream). First gently double broil the blocks (do not completely melt them down) you just want them to melt a little since you will be adding warm mixing liquid which will completely melt down the bars. My mixing liquid of choice is Flax Seed Water. I literally let the seeds (2 oz) just reach a gentle rolling boil in plain water (8.8 oz) for no more than 5 minutes on low heat. I immediately sieve the seeds (which I store for reuse) and pour the Flax Seed Water to my semi melted blocks and stir stir stir. 

Application:

Melted Conditioning Bars

Melted Conditioning Bars

Once the Flax Seed Water has been added it turns into this lovely consistency and I highly recommend applying on lightly damp hair (best on detangled hair to avoid tangles and to allow for easy application). I cover my hair with a shower cap and scarf for a minimum of 20 – 30 minutes and then rinse it out with a dab of conditioner (the conditioner is optional but I prefer using it to make sure I don’t have any “bits” in my hair). 

Ingredient Benefits:

  • Amla – holds conditioning properties, provides shine, strengthens the hair, helps slow down early on set greying/darkens the hair (subtly), helps keep a clean & healthy Scalp.
  • Shikakai – helps to cleanse the hair & scalp.
  • Water – best moisturizing ingredient.
  • Unrefined Cocoa Butter – helps moisturize the hair, reduces hair loss, reduces breakage & alleviates scalp itching and irritations.
  • Virgin Coconut Oil – provides shine and strength, penetrates into the hair shaft to strengthen from within, soothes an irritated scalp & helps elimate frizz.
  • Vitamin E Oil –  helps extend homemade products shelf life, rejuvenates and offers protection for the scalp & hair. 
  • Peppermint Essential Oil – helps to stimulate blood flow to the scalp which results in hair growth, soothes an irritated scalp, cleanses the scalp & also helps extend the shelf life of homemade products. 
  • Glycerin – a humectant that attracts water in the air (humidity) to the area applied. 

Alternative Ingredients: 

  • Unrefined Cocoa Butter – can be replaced with any other butter of choice e.g. Shea Butter, Mango Butter or a combination.
  • Virgin Coconut Oil – can be replaced with any carrier oil of choice.
  • Glycerin – can be replaced with Honey or Agave Nectar (if you hair likes Humectants).
  • Shikakai – can be replaced with Aritha (soap nut) which has even more cleansing abilities.
  • Water – can be used together with Rose Water e.g 0.35 oz Water & 0.35 oz Rose Water.
  • Peppermint Essential Oil – you can replace this with any oil of choice or omit it completely.

When To Use:

There is no “time frame” for this, you can use it whenever you like. I do suggest that if your hair is in need of a little TLC and you want to switch between deep conditioning you can use this in place of a Deep Conditioner from time to time. 

I would love to hear what you think! If you use this recipe or change a few things please let me know, I would love to hear from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

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 Oil & Vitamin E – Update

Hi Maicurlies,

eyelashes and brows

It has already been 3 months since I started applying Virgin Coconut Oil with Vitamin E to my nails, lashes (and brows) and  it is high time for an update (this is late)! In case you missed my posts about how I used the oils as a mini challenge you can read about it here and watch part 1 below.

My application process was: 3x at night for my nails and (nearly) every night for my lashes as well as a little on my brows.         

So did I noticed any progress? Yup! I have my update video here: 

Nails

My nails are definitely growing a lot quicker than before, I have to cut them a lot more because of their growth (I like long nails but not claws 🙂 ) They also became stronger. The sides of my nails is where they usually are the weakest and what I noticed is that my nails would get brittle and then form layers because of:

  1. The way I filed my nails and
  2. The file I used 

You are supposed to file your nails in one direction, which I was not doing and I was not using the best file for my nails either. Not all metal files are bad this one just was not working for me.

Metal Nail File

Metal Nail File

So apart from using Coconut and Vitamin E Oil I also changed how I file my nails and got a new file which is made out of glass and has made a big difference for me (see below):

Glass Nail File

Glass Nail File

Overall though the oils definitely did work. 

Lashes

My lashes have really taken off! I had this little section of lashes on the inside corner of my left eye that seems to have stunted growth LOL. I do not know why but the lashes there just liked to remain short. I made sure to pay particular attention to that area and they are now equal in length to the rest :). Apart from that, my lashes are longer and stronger, meaning they do not fall out as often as before. I am really impressed with how my lashes took to the oils! They are really shiny and moisturized (if that makes sense), they just look healthy. I think they are even a little fuller! So for my lashes it is a yes yes yes! 

Brows

My brows and I have an interesting relationship. I must admit I have naturally quite thin eyebrows and always over plucked my eyebrows. I use to get them threaded  a lot but have become too lazy to go to the beauty parlor to get them done so I use tweezers at home. I used the oils because I wanted to get them to be fuller and then “reshape” them properly. Did my brows thicken up? Yes…but the process of letting them fill up makes my already funny looking brows look even worse LOL. I have random bits of brow hair growing so I am just plucking the really oddly placed hairs while still letting the rest grow out. Overall it has helped to thicken my brows …slowly. 

Verdit

I have said this before and I will say it again, a healthy diet and lifestyle really really helps! It is not only about making changes externally but also internally. Getting enough sleep, drinking water, eating healthy (vegetables, fruits, reducing sugars & fats etc), getting enough calcium (at least for me) and having the right vitamins (I prefer getting my vitamins directly from the source instead of taking pills) all play a role!        

In terms of the Coconut and Vitamin E Oil I would have to say it helped and I would suggest them if anyone is looking  to improve their nails, lashes and brows. 

Future plans

I have decided to use Castor and Vitamin E Oil for my next mini challenge. I will use them in exactly the same way as I did with the Coconut oil and then will monitor my results. Depending on which I prefer I will stick to using either coconut/Vitamin E or Castor/Vitamin E Oil. 

I would love to hear from you if you use either Coconut or Castor oil for your nails, lashes and brows! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

DIY Whipped Cocoa, Shea and Mango Butter (Hair & Body)

Hello Maicurlies,

I finally recorded how I make one of my all time favorite DIY products… my Whipped Cocoa, Shea and Mango Butter!

DIY Whipped Butter

                     DIY Whipped Butter

Isn’t it so pretty and yummy looking! It smells and feels amazing but NO you CAN NOT eat it!

I wrote all about where I got my butters (Sheabutter Cottage) in my previous post “Butters…Butters…Butters” I only recently started to incorporate whipped butter into my routine (for both my hair and skin) and I must say I was missing out before because my hair LOVES butter and so does my skin!

Now, I do have to say that I have fine hair and therefore I have to watch how much I use and the ratio of the ingredients I use otherwise I end up with weighed down greasy limp curls (not a good look). Those with thicker or coarser hair strands can be a little more heavy handed without worrying that their curls will look lifeless and flat.

Unrefined Butters

                             Unrefined Butters

I have so much to say about butters but I will (try) to keep things simple. I wrote a tiny bit about butters in “Natural Ingredients for Hair” and “Natural Ingredients for Skin“.

Getting back to my mix 🙂

I recorded how I make my Whipped Cocoa, Shea and Mango Butter and have it on my YouTube Channel. The video demonstrates exactly how I mix everything along with the exact amounts of each ingredient. I have listed the ingredients I use below for your reference.

Recipe (this makes 9.4 oz):

  • 2.5 oz Unrefined Cocoa Butter
  • 4.5 oz Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 1.0 oz Unrefined Mango Butter
  • 5 tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Grapeseed Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Almond Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Glycerin
  • 3 capsules Vitamin E Oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

How I use my Whipped Butter 

Personally I use a little to seal* in moisture or to help give my hair a little hold. I can not use the whipped butter as a moisturizer because as I mentioned, I end up with limp greasy curls. *When I use my whipped butter I do not use my DIY Mixed Sealing Oil because again it would just end up weighing down my hair.

A lot of people use whipped butters in different ways and I know that some use it as a “moisturizer”. Now for me, a moisturizer needs to include water at the very least and since I do not add water (you would need a preservative to keep the mix from going rancid) using it as a moisturizer would not work (for me). P.S. water, honey, Aloe Vera Juice and so on can also be added to whipped butters but all of the above would require a preservative in order to stop the mix from growing bacteria and expiring really quickly.

Process of Application:

I use my DIY Leave-In Conditioner either the Creamy Leave-In or Spray (if I am using my Flaxseed Gel I would apply that next) and then seal everything with my Whipped Butter.

How it makes my hair feel?

AMAZING! Really, my hair just loves this mix! I get super soft, shiny hair that retains moisture throughout the week. I do not need to reapply the whipped butter after the initial application but  because I love it so much I sometimes add a dab during the week just because! 

I have a few other recipes so if you would like to hear about those please do let me know. I would also love to know your favorite mix and how you apply it!

 Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Tips & Tricks for Longer and Stronger Nails and Lashes

Good Afternoon Maicurlies,

I am a little obsessed with researching, reading and learning more and if you are looking to grow stronger, longer and healthier nails and lashes then you want to keep reading.

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My nails seem to grow for a bit and then get a little weak on the sides so I end up having to cut them. Now, do not get me wrong I am not looking to grow claws I just want to have stronger nails. When it comes to my eyelashes I do not have the fullest or longest lashes and I am completely incapable of using fake lashes! So based on my research I found natural remedies that can be used for both and you probably already have the ingredients at home!

For Lashes

  • Virgin Coconut Oil or Castor Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil (optional)

Nails

  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil (optional)

You might have noticed that I am a little obsessed with containers and therefore I had to use my little containers for both my nails and my lashes.

Coconut Oil Nail Strengthening “Polish”

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I use an old nail polish bottle (it use to hold clear nail polish) that I first cleaned with a little nail polish remover, kept in the bottle for 2 days. After 2 days I poured the nail polish remover out and then cleaned and disinfected it. After the bottle is dry, all I do is pour a little bit of Virgin Coconut Oil and add 1 capsule of Vitamin E Oil for extra strengthening.

Note: You do not have to put the oil in a nail polish bottle you can just put a drop or two of Virgin Coconut Oil on your finger tip and rub it onto your nails.

The more frequently you use it the more effective it will be and it is best to apply the oil onto clean, dry and bare nails (no polish.) Leave the oil on for a minimum of an hour (without washing your hands) it would be best to leave it on overnight, applying before you go to sleep. If you plan on applying nail polish after you do the treatment make sure to remove any trace of oil BEFORE you apply your polish otherwise the oil will ruin the polish.

Coconut Oil or Castor Oil strengthening and moisturizing “mascara”

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I use an old mascara bottle (it use to hold clear mascara) that I first cleaned and disinfected. It is easier to clean the container of an old clear mascara as apposed to a black, blue, brown etc. After the bottle is dry, all I do is pour a little bit of Virgin Coconut Oil and add 1 capsule of Vitamin E Oil for extra strengthening. You can use castor oil which is said to be even more effective but I found it difficult to get the oil in the small opening of the container because the oil is thick.

Note: You do not have to put the oil in a mascara bottle, you can just put a drop or two on your fingertip and run it across your lashes. Regardless of what you use DO NOT GET OIL IN YOUR EYES! You also can use this for your eyebrows in case you have over plucked them over time or have really thin eyebrows like I do! 

The more frequently you use it the more effective it will be and it is best to apply the oil onto clean, dry and bare lashes (no mascara.) Leave the oil on for a minimum of an hour (without washing your face) it would be best to leave it on overnight, applying before you go to sleep. If you plan on applying mascara after you do the treatment make sure to remove any trace of oil BEFORE you apply your mascara otherwise the mascara will run and you know what that will look like! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls