Monday, August 31, 2015

Moisturizing My Low Prorsity Curly Hair

 I have low porosity curly hair.
When I go to on YouTube and watch curly hair routines by fellow curlies, I can't just go throw on a moisturizer and a styler like they do and call it a day. 
I have to do things just a little differently. And the moisturizing process begins in the shower. 

If you don't know what 'Low Porosity' means, click the link: (And give the girl a follow if you enjoined her blog!) 

First, I cleanse my scalp with either ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), OGX Sea Mineral Conditioner or my bff's homemade shampoo bar. I, personally, need a clean base so the moisture I provide will penetrate the hair shaft better. 

Now,  my hair is very tricky, I have to apply all moisture in the shower and once I hop out I have to quickly seal it in immediately. I apply moisture in 2-3 layers: layer 1 is water, (from the shower) layer 2 is deep conditioning, and layer 3 is  regular conditioner 
this is the one I use:
And then I seal it all in with a gel... but that's a post for another time. ;) 
so, here are the steps:

1.) Your hair should already be wet from the shower so this is self explanatory.
2.) Now to deep condition, I just apply my product of choice and leave it in for about  five minutes. You can leave it in for longer if you wish, but I let the steam and product work it's magic. Once your done, just rinse and move to the next step!
3.) Lastly, I apply regular conditioner and detangle, you can use any product that works for you. You can even use leave in conditioner. Apply your product and let the steam allow it to penetrate the hair shaft. Now I rinse out a good 60 to 75 or 80% of the Conditioner, but you don't have to, it's optional.

Now style as you wish!

Now I know this won't work for everyone, I'm just sharing what I do. basically I use the heat a steam from the shower to aid my hair in moisturization. (Or is that even a word...?) 

I hope this inspires someone!

And feel free to leave a comment below! What would YOU like to see?

***Disclaimer: This is NOT sponsored nor was a asked to promote any Blog, Company etc... this is all MY personal preference.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Diy Flaxseed Gel

Hello everyone!
Today I am writing a post about flaxseed gel. It's really simple and takes about five minutes to make. 
Disclaimer: Pictures are not mine.

1/4 cup of (organic) Flax seeds 
1 to 1 1/2 cups of tap water
1 to 2 tsp of Vitamin E oil
opt: 20 drops of Peppermint & Lavender essential oil
opt: 1 TBS of castor oil
opt: 2 TBS of coconut oil
opt: 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera gel

***NOTE: You can use as many or as little oils as you wish, but the vitamin E oil is important, do NOT skip it. It will preserve your gel for longer. Also, all those optional ingredients up there is just what I use, but I put it up there for you all to see.

You Will Also Need:
* A medium size pot
* A fine mesh strainer
* A jar or plastic container with secure lid
* A spoon

Step 1: Boil water and add flax seeds

 ***Note: the amount of flax seeds determine the overall strength or 'hold' of your gel. I like 1/4 cup because it gives me a medium, touchable hold. play around with measurements to get the perfect hold for you!
 ***Note: The amount of water used also contributes to the strength or hold of you gel. I use 1 to 1 1/2 cup of water. you may wish to use more or less. try my recipe first, and if you like the gel then tinker with the ingredients.

Step 2: Stir 
Make sure the flaxseeds don't stick to the bottom of your pot! you will know once its done, it will have become thick as opposed to runny. Picture below.

***Note: Don't stir too much!

 ***Note: This is the type of consistency you should be looking for.

Step 3: Strain, Add oils and pour into your container
Make sure to keep the lid off your container until it cools off a bit. The gel is to be stored in the refrigerator and will last you 3 to 4 weeks. You can save the seeds it plastic bag in the fridge for another use.

 And there you go, your own homemade flaxseed gel!