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DIY Detox Mask (for the Skin)

Hello Maicurlies,

I have been busy trying to record videos back to back because I will be out of the country in 2 weeks (on holidayaaayyyy) so please forgive my delays. 

Today I am going to be sharing a new Skin DIY! And yes, the title of the post gives it away, it will be a face mask that helps to detoxify the skin.

DIY Detox Mask

DIY Detox Mask

Benefits

  • Brightens the skin (NOT LIGHTENS but brightens).
  • Leaves you with a youthful glowy finish.
  • Helps reduce redness.
  • Soothes the skin.
  • Helps to remove toxins in the skin.
  • Helps to remove dead skin cells.
  • Closes the pores. 
  • Leaves your face smooth and soft.

Ingredients/Tools used

Ingredients Used

  • 0.8oz Amla Powder
  • 1.4oz Water (I use plain bottled water)
  • 0.5oz Rose Water
  • 0.4oz Natural/Raw Honey
  • Squeeze of Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3 Capsules Vitamin E Oil (roughly 0.15oz)
  • (Optional) Essential Oil 
  • Clean and disinfected Bowl
  • Clean and disinfected spoon
  • Gloves (optional to keep things sanitized)

Mixing

I add both the water and rose water a little at a time to the amla powder while continuously stirring. I then add the honey, lemon juice and Vitamin E Oil (Essential Oil if using). 

Ingredient/Ratio Alternatives 

  • Should you not have access to rose water, you can just replace it with plain water. 
  • Natural/Raw Honey can be replaced with Agave Nectar or even Molasses.

Application

I like to apply the mask onto makeup free skin that is slightly damp. I use my fingers to apply the mask AVOIDING THE EYE & EYEBROW AREA! Let the mask dry for 15 – 25 minutes, splash lukewarm water on my face and slowly wipe away the mask using a damp face cloth. I follow up with my toner & moisturizer. NOTE: as the mask dries it will start to tighten the skin, this is normal. 

If you use this mask please let me know what you think!

Thanks!

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY “Liquid Gold” Serum for Skin (scalp & hair)

Hello Maicurlies,

Liquid Gold

It has been a hot minute however, I hope you will forgive me with this new DIY mix that is for the SKIN!!! Yes I finally am back with a skin DIY. Ok fine, this can also be used on your scalp (which is part of your skin) and your hair as well but we will be focusing on the skin for this. 

Ingredients/Tools Used:

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  • 0.5 oz Argan Oil
  • 0.3 oz Grapeseed Oil
  • 0.5 oz Fresh Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ)
  • 0.2 oz Glycerin
  • 3 capsules Vitamin E Oil
  • 3 – 5 drops Alcohol Free Rose Fragrance (optional)
  • Bowl
  • Glass Container (with a dropper)
  • Spoon
  • Gloves (optional)

Ingredient alternatives:

Should you not have either Argan or Grapeseed oil, either one can be replaced with any lightweight oil (e.g. almond oil, jojoba oil etc). Store bought AVJ can be used in place of fresh Aloe Vera Juice. Should you not want to use glycerin, you can replace it with rose water. 

Mixing:

All you have to do is put all the ingredients together in your bowl, stir and pour into your container! 

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Application:

I like to apply this after I have jumped out the shower without completly drying my skin. The mix helps to trap in moisture (water droplets) while adding moisture. It leaves me with soft, supple, moisturized, glowing and awesome smelling skin!

Ingredient benefits:

Argan Oil: is packed with nourishing and hydrating elements, especially for those with sensitive skin. It can help prevent stretch marks by improving the elasticity, has the ability to prevent the skin from getting dry and/or brittle during both the summer and winter months and leaves the you with a feeling of softness and smoothness. 

Grapeseed Oil: an extremely light on the skin and therefore does not clog up pores. The oil has great moisturizing properties and can help regenerate new skin cells.

Fresh Aloe Vera Juice:  contains nutrients, minerals, amino acids, active enzymes as well as a number of Vitamins. All of this makes it an effective skin conditioner and moisturizer. It helps cure flaky or dry skin as well as skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. AVJ is known to heal blisters, insect bites and itchy skin. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is an effective acne fighting agent, reduces redness and is commonly used to help soothe sunburns. AVJ helps to restore the natural pH level of the skin and with the presence of antioxidants, it helps to hydrate, firm and combat premature aging.

Glycerin: a natural humectant that draws moisture onto the skin by extracting it out of the air. Apart from its ability to draw in moisture, it is also known to help retain moisture in the skin. This makes Glycerin a great agent in fighting rough, dry, irritated and dull skin. It also makes it an excellent skin plumping product that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and aging. 

Vitamin E Oil: contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties, help soothe minor sunburns and if that wasn’t enough, the oil is also known to help fade scares and stretch marks if used consistently and frequently. (Can help extend the shelf life of a product but does not “preserve” any mixes). 

Rose Fragrance: Use for the beautiful scent! 

Let me know if you use this for your skin (scalp and/or hair).

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

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 Whipped Shea Butter (for skin and hair)

Hey Maicurlies,

It has been a while, buuut I hope this will make up for the delay. I decided to do another “series” similar to how I did my previous Oil infusion series. This time it will be about whipped butter! I absolutely love whipped butter and was asked if I have any other recipes I could share, apart from my DIY Cocoa, Shea, Mango Butter. You know I do and I am happy to share. 🙂

All the butter recipes to come have all been used and loved by yours truly. So none of them have just been picked at random from the Internet. I used the mixes on both my hair and skin, did some trial and error and will be sharing the ones I love the most. 

Ok without further ado to start off the series I will be sharing my whipped Shea Butter:

DIY Whipped Shea Butter

Ingredients/Tools

Main:

Optional:

  • 5 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • 3 capsules Vitamin E Oil (roughly 0.15 oz.) 
  • Heatproof Bowl
  • Gloves (to avoid contamination, you should also sterilize all your equipment)
  • Spatula
  • Electric Whisk

*You can use any carrier oil of choice it does not have to be the two I use. 

Whipped Shea Butter Ingredients

Additional Information:

Note: I live in the dessert and it is ALWAYS hot so I tend to prefer my Shea Butter whip a little on the firm side which is why I use more Shea Butter compared to Carrier Oil. If you live in moderate/cold weather you will probably want to use more Oil e.g. 2 – 3 oz. This will allow your butter to be light and soft. However, please keep in mind, the Oil is what makes the butter soft, and if your house is warm, there is a slight possibility that you butter might become too soft (if you increase the Oil amount). The opposite applies if you follow my recipe and you live in cooler climates or have a cold house. The whip might become too firm for you, so it really is a trail and error thing until you find the optimum ratio balance. 

I use Essential Oil and vitamin E Oil for the nourishing benefits (read about them here) as well as the fact that they help extend the shelf life of the whip. The shelf life of your mix will depend on the experiry dates of your Raw Shea Butter and Carrier oil. E.g. if your Shea has a 1 year lifespan as well as your Oil then your butter should be good for at least 1 year (as long as you do not add water, dirt or contaminate the mix. If one of your ingredients has a shorter lifespan than the other, you will want to keep an eye out just to make sure it doesn’t start to look/smell funny.

Process:

  1. I first lightly melt down the Shea Butter in a double broiler. To double broil, I put a pot with water on the stove and bring it to a light boil and then place a heatproof bowl with the Shea over the pot. You do not need a lot of water, just enough to create steam under the heatproof bowl. I double broil on low heat for no more than 7 minutes. I do not completly melt it down while on the stove because the warmth from the melted butter will melt the rest. 
  2. I then add the Carrier Oils to the melted butter, stir and place it in my freezer for 10 – 15 minutes. 
  3. After it has become thick (you want it to be thick not firm) I scrape the Butter to the middle of the bowl with a spatula and then begin to whip. I use a whisk to whip the butter on a low setting at first and then move onto a higher setting later. Always scarping the sides to make sure all the butter is whipped.
  4. After a few minutes of whisking I add the Essential Oil and Vitamin E Oil to the whip and continue till I get the consistency I am happy with.
  5. I then transfer the butter into an airtight container. I am of course “extra” and use a piping bag to transfer the butter but a spoon/spatula will do and that is it! 

I have a video of my mixing process:

I hope you like the start of my new series! 

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. 

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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