Shopping Day

Hey Maicurlies,

Over the weekend I ended up doing a little shopping (window shopping) to get inspired for Christmas gifts. I like keeping it simple while shopping so I don’t have to worry too much about whether everything is “in place” while walking around for hours and rushing whenever needed.

Walking around in this would be AWESOME! If I came across these pieces they would be bought (for myself) and quickly!

Have you started Christmas shopping? If so, what did you buy? I would love to hear from you, maybe get a little inspiration from Maicurlies!

I hope you are having a lovely day and will have a fantastic week ahead!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Henna Gloss Bar Experiments

Hey Maicurlies,

I am a liiiittle hyped-up at the moment thanks to my latest DIY mix.

Henna gloss bars

No these are not chocolates. It was also pointed out to me that they look like Reese Cups but nope they are not Reese Cups either.

I made henna gloss bars!!!

Picture a little girl doing the happy dance when she gets the gift she always wanted, that was me when the bars were set LOL! Anyways, like I mentioned these are still experiments that I need to try out so I can not claim total success yet but I can say they smell really good, hold their shape and were simple to make!

Henna gloss bars

Henna gloss bars

I searched DIY/Homemade Henna Bars online and for some strange reason it is almost impossible to find recipes. I did end up finding 2 types of recipes one of which I modified a little to my liking and made a small sample (2.5 bars) by changing the ratios.

So what are they made of you ask?

Henna, Coconut oil and Cocoa butter. Yes that is it!

Making henna gloss bars

                                                Making henna gloss bars

I consider them as henna glosses because there is no dye release before I form the bars but you better believe I am also looking at making full strength henna bars :)

For those of you that are not DIY’ers and/or are not fans of using henna powder, there are a few popular companies that sell pre-made bars such as Lush & Henna Sooq. I have not used any of them personally and therefore can not confirm how fantastic they are myself but based on what I’ve read and reviews from curlfriends, they are awesome.

I will hopefully be testing out my bars next week and will keep you lovelies updated. I also got some tips from my online curlfriends on how I can attempt to make full strength henna bars (yay) so more experiments to come.

Have you used pre-made henna bars or have you made your own? If so, how do you use it? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Neem Infused Coconut Oil (Recipe 5)

Hi Maicurlies,

This is my second to last Infused Oil (I promise)

Infusing Neem Leaves

Infusing Neem Leaves

I already wrote about Neem and the benefits of Neem Infused Oil over here. To summarize:

  • It contains antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties
  • Eases skin irritations, rashes, itchiness and is said to help ease eczema (I am not a doctor nor a dermatologist therefore always check with a professional).
  • Reduces the appearance of light burns and scars
  • Helps reduce hair shedding & breakage
  • Known to help slow down premature graying & the appearance of grey hairs
  • Naturally and gradually darkens the hair
  • Provides the hair with shine & luster
  • Promotes hair growth.

Ingredients/tools:

  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Container
  • Sieve
  • 1.5 cups of dried Neem Leaves (you can use powder e.g. 1/4 cup*)
  • 2 cups of Virgin Coconut Oil (you can use any oil of choice)
  • 8 drops grapefruit essential oil (optional – you can use any oil of choice but if you are pregnant do not use any essential oil).

*If you use the powder I would recommend putting it in a coffee filter or cheese cloth to help keep the oil and powder separate.

Mixing Process:

 I have a video up on my process:

NOTE: I am not a dermatologist nor a doctor. I provide this for informational purposes only so please consult with a professional before you apply anything new to your skin or hair. Should you be taking medication or creams from a medical professional please do not replace that with my DIY recipe – consult your medical professional first! If you are allergic to any of the ingredients I use do not use them. Do a small patch test on the inside of your arm when trying anything new before applying it all over your hair/skin. Always ensure to dilute the Essential Oils (EO) in a carrier oil as they can cause skin irritations if used undiluted. If you are pregnant you should NOT use any EO.

If you try this please let me know how it turns out. If you make your own Infused Neem Oil I would love to hear from you!

Maicurls

Maicurls

Benefits of Infused Neem Oil

Good Morning Maicurlies,

This is going to be a post all about Neem, Infused Neem Oil to be specific.

Fresh Neem Leaves

Fresh Neem Leaves

As a part of my “Infused Oil Series” I also make Neem Infused Coconut Oil and will have a video & writeup of how to make it shortly. For now I just wanted to point out the reasons why I like the oil and why you might want to try it.

What is Neem?

Like a lot of Ayurvedic plants & hebrs, the Neem tree is located mainly in Asia and is most predominantly popular India. Its leaves, nuts, twigs and barks can be used for Ayurvedic purposes. Pure Neem Oil that is cold pressed from the whole nut is exceptionally rich and full of nourishing properties as well as Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, but the one “negative” aspects of pure Neem Oil is that it has a strong pungent smell. However, if you can stomach the scent, your skin and hair can benefit greatly from its nourishing properties.

I of course use an infused version of the oil since I can not make the cold pressed version at home, so mine is not as strong however, I still get benefits from infusing the leaves (it is also not as “smelly”). Neem Oil and Neem Infused Oil can be used for your hair and skin thanks to its multipurpose properties. 

Where can I find Neem?

There are a few websites online that actually sell Neem powder such as Butters n Bars. If you have a local Indian store nearby look out for the Neem Hesh brand locally otherwise check the ethnic section of your super market. If you have Neem trees readily available to you, you can use the leaves and/or make your own powder by blending up dried leaves. If you do blend the leaves it might end up being a little bitty so it is best to put them in a coffee filter or cheese cloth.

If you want to use fresh leaves then you need to use the oil up after production because otherwise you WILL grow bacteria in the container. For infusing – you will need to use either dried Neem leaves or powder.

Infusing Neem Leaves

Infusing Neem Leaves

For the Skin:

Its natural antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties can help ease skin irritations, rashes as well as relieve itchiness (which can affect the face, body and scalp) . It is said to help ease eczema (I am not a doctor nor a dermatologist therefore always check with a professional). It can help reduce the appearance of light burns and scars – if massaged on the skin regularly and frequently.

For the Hair

The oil can help reduce hair shedding and strengthens the hair to help reduce breakage. Neem is also known to help slow down premature graying & the appearance of grey hairs due to the fact that it is known to naturally and gradually darken the hair*. It provides the hair with shine, luster, works as an excellent sealant and helps to promote hair growth.

*You will not end up with jet black hair but it can darken the hair and has a similar effect on light, bleached or blond hair and if that is not something you want then I would suggest not using this oil.

So those are the reasons why I like the oil :)

Stay tuned for my how to video and writeup Maicurlies!

Have you used Neem oil or Neem infused oil before? If so how do you use it and what do you think about it? I would love to hear from you.

Maicurls

Maicurls

How To Become Your Own Hairstylist – Global Couture

Hey Maicurlies,

I wanted to share my lasted contribution article on Global Couture: “How To Become Your Own Hairstylist”.

How to become your own hairstylist

                                                   How to become your own hairstylist

Now I know what you are thinking, “wait a minute don’t you always say you are not a hair guru”… I am not. However, I am not talking about becoming a styling professional or hair “artist”. The article is more about how to become more comfortable with styling your own hair.

For some of us going back natural and having healthy hair also means having control of our hair in terms of styling it by ourselves. For many years hair stylists, hair dressers, mums, aunts, cousins, friends etc. might have been our go to person in terms of getting our hair done. So it can be a little intimidating to finally start to style our own hair.

The article was written to help encourage new naturals, those considering going back natural or even those who already are natural about how to overcome that initial hesitation of self-styling.

Click on the link at the top of the post to read the full article on Global Couture!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

Final Thoughts & Results of 6 weeks of Protective Styles & Castor Oil Challenge

Hey Maicurlies,

As you (probably) know, I was doing weekly updates of how my hair was feeling, looking and styled over the last few weeks during my Protective Style & Castor Oil challenge. You can find the updates here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6.

I just wanted to share a final summary of how I feel about the challenge as a whole, my results and future plans. I also have a video explaining how it all went on my YouTube Channel:

Castor Oil challenge results:

  • Hair remained moisturized throughout the week
  • My hair was super smooth, soft & shiny
  • I feel like my hair got a little thicker (I NEED every fiber I can get!)
  • My scalp was not itchy

Protective style challenge:

  • Less tangles
  • Less single strand knots
  • Less hand in hair syndrome
  • Less detangling time needed

Overall I am super happy with the results I got after 6 weeks.

Growth

I measured my hair before and after the challenge and while getting length was not my primary goal it was welcomed. I got some growth according to my rubbish measuring skills (I really suck at trying to measure my hair with a tape!)

Measurements

Hair Growth Measurements

                                                                               Hair Growth Measurements

On average I got 3/4 inches of growth overall, with my crown getting the least amount (1/2 an inch) and the back more growth (1 inch). So I wouldn’t say it was anything “major” but it is still growth nonetheless and I am happy.

Points for the next time:

  • I think I will do an 8 week challenge next time.
  • Will probably try doing just one style per week (hopefully I will not “get bored”)
  • Will use my Castor Oil Blend a little more on my hairline since it is so fragile and can do with a boost in thickness.

Future plans:

  •  Do more protective styles during my normal routine to keep my ends protected and knots away.
  • Continue to use my castor oil blend on my scalp and hairline with a tiny bit on the ends of my hair. (Using it on my hairline every other day maybe everyday if I can get away with it.) 
  • I will occasionally add some of my castor oil blend to my DIY Deep Conditioners
  • Add a little castor oil blend with other others as a pre-poo before cleansing with Shikakai.

If you are doing any sort of challenge for your hair be it a heat-free, colour-free, protective style challenge etc. let me know how it is going, I would love to hear from you!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

 

Protective Style & Castor Oil Week 6 Update

Hey Maicurlies,

Week 6 cover

                                                         Week 6

So I have come to the end of my Protective Style and Castor Oil Challenge and have to admit I am a little sad. Figured B&W pictures would show “sadness” but to be honest I just love the look of B&W photos! 

Anyways, I will have a separate overview of the challenge as a whole, along with a video shortly but I just wanted to share how my last week went in this post.

For a recap of my previous weeks check below:

How did my last week go?

Not to sound like a broken record but it went well. I did two protective styles over six days and of course also massaged my Castor Oil Mix on my scalp, hairline and ends four times in the week. My two styles were as always super simple. For the first three days I did a really quick & loose pinned back up-do using only bobby pins. On the last three days I did a roll and tuck with 3 two-strand twists & accessorized the style with my DIY Floral hairband.

What Did I do?

I did my wash day routine on Sunday, moisturized and sealed before twisting my hair at night.

  • Day 1 – After taking down the twists in the morning I massaged my Castor Oil Mix on my scalp, hairline, ends and did one of the simplest styles since starting the challenge for the next 3 days.

Literally all I did was very loosely take my hair back fold it over and pin it down. The style was so loose that you could see a little frizz I call this being “carefree” ( it doesn’t bother me but I could be done the style with a little of my DIY Flaxseed gel for a “neater” look.)

  • Day 3 - I reapplied the Castor Oil mix to my scalp, hairline and ends at night.
  • Day 4 - In the morning I moisturized my hair with my DIY Creamy Leave-In Conditioner and sealed  with my whipped butter mix then put my hair into a rolled back up-do accessorized with a DIY floral headband. (I had my DIY shell earrings on that day and it get a beach feeling when I wear them) :D

I left two sections on the sides and one at the front to make two-strand twists. The rest of my hair was pulled back and rolled up. I pinned my hair at the top instead of under (by my neck). I took the twists to the back to give my hair a little texture and pinned the twist at the top as well.

  • Day 5 - At night I took my hair down, massaged my scalp, hairline and ends with the Castor Oil Mix and pineappled to sleep.
  • Day 6 - Redid the style and at night I repeated the night method of day 5.
  • Day 7 - Was supposed to wash my hair but got caught up with house work :/

Castor Oil Challenge:

As mentioned, I used the castor blend 4 times during the week. My hair felt a little limp by day 7 because I might have used a little too much whipped butter after re-moisturizing but I was still left with smooth, moisturized, shiny and soft hair.

So that was my first attempt at 6 weeks of protective styling and castor oil massages. Like I mentioned I will have a recap post of my final results along with a video explaining my experiences and plans but I can tell you now I enjoyed the whole challenge and it shall be repeated!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls