Henna Glosses

Hey Maicurlies,

Henna powderI will occasionally do Henna Glosses whenever I remember (I should do them more often because they are awesome!) I tend to do Henna/Amla DC’s but will do a henna gloss when I do not have time to do a full strength henna DC or when I am running low on henna. I have already written about the benefits of Henna and made a video explaining how and why I use it.

Benefits of henna glosses (Glosses are not as “strong” as a full strength henna treatment but it:

  • Gives shine to the hair.
  • Strengthens the hair from root to tip.
  • Provides a slight tint – (depends on the length of time you leave it on, how much you dilute the henna and how strong your henna is).
  • Can help fight dandruff and scalp irritations (check with your dermatologist first).
  • Leaves the hair feeling less dry/rough versus a full strength henna treatments.
  • Requires less time (the time you leave it on your hair).
  • Rinses out easier.
  • Requires less henna (due to the additional ingredients you add).
  • Can be used as a “touch up” to a full strength henna treatment.

What can I add to my Henna mix to make it a “gloss”:

The simple answer is anything, but popular additions are:

  • coconut milk
  • coconut cream
  • conditioner (preferable protein free)

You might also add

  • honey/agave nectar
  • oils

HennaHow to make a Henna gloss:

Again, the options are endless. My personal opinion is that even though a henna gloss is supposed to be “diluted” I still want to be able to get its benefits. It is the lawson or  Lawsonia inermis (red/orange dye) that provides the benefits therefore, I choose use a mix that has dye release versus applying the paste right after mixing (before dye release).

For my henna glosses I actually use a paste that has already been mixed (from the last time I applied henna) and is stored in my freezer. The intensity of red dye is incredible when I use henna that has been frozen. I let the henna defrost (naturally no heat) and then add my ingredients. If I do not have any mixed, I make my full strength paste, cover it and wait for dye release (I get due release after no less than 4 hours based on my henna powder). I use 50% henna paste and will then add 50% coconut cream or conditioner, a tiny dab of honey, a little oil and apply it to damp hair.

I let the henna gloss sit on my hair for 1 hour and then rinse, rinse, rinse. Due to the fact that I add other ingredients, it makes the rinsing much easier and my hair does not feel dry. I do follow up with a Moisturizing DC afterwards just to make sure and that is it!

Do you use henna glosses? If so, what is your mix?

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

How 3 weeks of massaging my scalp and protecting my hair has gone

Hey Maicurlies,

This will just be a quick post as I already wrote about week 3 of my protective style and castor oil challenge but decided to make an update video for my YouTube Channel as well.

If you haven’t already subscribed to my channel please do! Sometimes it is easier to watch a video rather than go through all my writing :D and please always remember to give me feedback and suggestions…I appreciate every single comment!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge Week 2 Update (8 – 14th October)

Gooood Morning,

Hope all of you are well Maicurlies!

Smoothies Week 2

Smoothies Week 2

I just finished up week 2 of the 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge and all is well. Same as before, we received our new list of smoothie ideas and I am looking forward to their deliciousness!

If you missed my last update you can find my recipes from week 1 here.

Below are the smoothies I did in week 2:

Smoothie Recipes week 2

Smoothie Recipes week 2

(Note: On Day 6 and 7 I made the same smoothie twice out of pure laziness . I also wanted to say that some of you might want to add honey or something to sweeten the smoothies. Some of them are not as sweet as you would like so if you feel the need go ahead and add honey, agave nectar etc. )

Now, after my first week I made the grand comment of how I felt my skin was looking and feeling great and I don’t know if I jinxed myself but I got 3 spots towards the end of last week!

It is not uncommon for me to get spots but it is funny that just as I declared how great my skin is feeling …voila… 3 spots grace me with their presence. (Slightly off topic: I am working on a few DIY Skin care products and will keep you posted!)

Anywho, apart from the 3 rather large and annoying spots the rest of my skin is feeling & looking great (I hope I do not get more now that I’ve said that!) I also started working out and drinking water in the morning which is part of a NEW challenge I am doing. I told you, “tis the season to be challenged” :D I will make a new post about my workout & water challenge.

Overall I am a happy camper. I like knowing I am doing something good for my body and health, I still love every minute of making (and drinking) my smoothies and I look forward to the weeks that follow!

Would love to hear from you and your smoothie experiences. Have you noticed a difference in your health, skin? A pep in your step? Anything?

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Protective Style & Castor Oil Week 3 Update

Good day Maicurlies,

I’ve reached the halfway mark of my Protective Style and Castor Oil challenge and I am still digging it!

You can read about my previous weeks here:

How did my third week go?

I must admit I sort of hit a little bump on the road in terms of how to style my hair but I figured something out in the end.

Protective Style challenge week 3

                                       Protective Style challenge week 3

I did not plan properly, washed my hair late at night on Sunday and everything just got dragged out but I managed. Similar the my previous weeks I did 2 styles (kept the styles for 3 days each) and then washed my hair at the end of the week.

The styles I did were “flat twists” (I’ve mentioned before  – flat twists and I are still trying to build a relationship) but I figured I would get to practice some more…

What Did I do?

  • To start the week I had washed, Deep Conditioned, moisturized and sealed before twisting my hair into 5  chunky twists.
  • Day 1 – After taking down the twists I massaged my Castor Oil Mix on my scalp, hairline, ends and put my hair in my first hairstyle: 3 really loose flat twists (one on either side of my head and one in the middle). I accessorized with different ribbons over the 3 days…to distract people from my not to neat flat twists.
First style - 3 loose flat twists and accessories (this was the last day before I changed the style).

First style – 3 loose flat twists and accessories (this was the last day before I changed the style).

Second style - One big flat twist (on the right) pinned down and a two strand twist pinned back.

Second style – One big flat twist (on the right) pinned down and a two strand twist pinned back.

  • Day 6 - I took down the flat twist at night, massaged my scalp, hairline and ends with the Castor Oil mix and pineappled my hair to sleep.
  • Day 7 - Wash day routine and then got my hair ready to be set for week 4.

Castor Oil Challenge:

 I used the oil 4 times and think I might stick with just applying it 4 times. I do not think my hair will be happy with me if it is coated even though I have diluted the Castor Oil…I know my limits :D.  I have my recipe and a video of the mixing process here.

Again my hair felt great throughout the week: moisturized, soft, smooth, less tangles and shine galore! While I am not really looking to “grow out” my hair, I will admit that I am interested to see how much length I retained/gained at the end of the challenge.

Week 4 here I come!

Maicurls

Maicurls

30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge Week 1 Update (1- 7th October)

Hey Maicurlies,

Smoothie

                                         Smoothie

It has been 1 week of my 30 day Green Smoothie Challenge and it has gone by really well.

As I mentioned in my previous post (here) I received the first weeks recipes and now also have the recipes for week 2 & 3.

The ladies that run the challenge mentioned that we can deviate a little from the recipes provided and they also have a bunch of additional ones on their own website.

So I of course did make a few little changes to their recipes depending on my taste preferences and also on what I can easily get my hands on without it costing an arm and a leg.

Here are the recipes I made:

Smoothies week 1

Smoothies week 1

How do I feel? I don’t want to lie and say “I feel like a new person” or really different but one thing I have noticed is that my skin looks and feels good. I think it is clearer…I guess healthier is good word for it. I do feel good about the fact that I am drinking something healthy everyday and that makes me happy!

I also have to say that I am loving every minute of making my smoothies! I like going crazy with the combinations. For some of them I feel like I could do with a little additional sugar, something like honey but thus far I haven’t added any.

Regardless, I am looking forward to the weeks to come.

If you are doing this challenge or any other smoothie challenge please let me know how it is going. Do you have a favorite smoothie?

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

Nominated for the “Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award”

Hey Maicurlies,

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I am honored and humbled with the nomination for the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award” by the fantastically lovely blogger Isleofazure. Please do check out her blog she has a ton of information, DIY recipes, write-ups about challenges, photos, the whole nine yards. Once again Thank You for the award beautiful! 

These are the rules for the award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  2. Put the award logo on your blog.
  3. Answer the ten questions they have set you.
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Nominate ten people.

I have answered Isleofazure’s questions below:

  •  What do you love most about natural hair? EVERYTHING lol! I can’t pick one thing so: I love how versatile it is, I love that it is all MINE & I am proud of the progress I have made since going natural.
  • Did you transition or big chop? Transitioned
  • What are 3 hair products you cannot live without? Water, leave-in conditioner and oil.
  • Who was your best supporter when you returned natural or while currently transitioning? My whole family. My parents always wanted me to grow my own hair so when I decided to stop using relaxers they were happy. My sister went back natural before me so of course she supported me as well.
  • If you had to choose, which would it be and explain why, (a.) Venture up Mount Everest (b.) Safari Trip in Africa (c.) Travel on Amazon in Riverboat?  (b) Safari Trip in Africa – I love Africa and I love animals and have always wanted to go on a Safari…need I say more :D
  • Which is your all time favorite Bond Movie? I honestly am not the biggest Bond fan (don’t hit me) :D But if I pick one it would be an oldie “Live and Let Die”.
  • What is your favorite tea beverage? Peppermint
  • If you had to choose, which would it be, A. Silver, B. Gold C. Platinum? Why? Silver, I feel like it compliments my skin better than Gold and Platinum is just too expensive (here where I live).
  • Which place on earth would you choose to build your dream home? I love the beach and warm weather so a topical Island where I can drink fresh coconut water all day LOL (what a dream!)
  • Which quality do you admire most about Moms? Their unconditional love

 These are my questions for my nominees

  1. What made you start blogging/vlogging?
  2. What do you enjoy the most about blogging/vlogging?
  3. Tell us something none of your bloggers/vlogger know about you (yet)?
  4. What genre of music do you listen to the most?
  5. What is your most dreaded petpeeve?
  6. Do you have any phobias? If so what?
  7. Where do you prefer living: the city, countryside, suburbs?
  8. If you could pick any profession in the world what you do?
  9. Cats or Dogs?
  10. What is your favorite time of the year?

My Nominees:

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Protective Style & Castor Oil Week 2 Update

Good evening Maicurlies!

Protective style challenge week 2

Protective style challenge week 2

It has been two weeks since I started my Protective Style & Castor Oil challenge and let me tell you, I am LOVING it!

Protective style update:

In all honesty I have always been a fan of wearing my hair out….”FREE” because it is so much easier for me to do a simple twist-out or braid-out, but I am appreciating this challenge. Is it a little difficult for me to come up with styles to wear? Yes. I have said this before and will continue to say this: I am NOT a styling guru and I am not “creative” in terms of unique styles however, I do what I know/can.

How did my second week go?

Similar to week 1, I enjoyed the fact that I didn’t have to “mess” with my hair too much, especially in the morning before work. I would lightly touch up my edges and be on my way. As always I slept with my scarf around my head at night and that sort of helped with the fly-aways. My hair felt really moisturized, soft and looked shiny (LOVE). I only moisturized and sealed my hair once during the week and felt that a light moisturizer (my DIY Spray Leave-In) was sufficient. I also noticed that I had less tangles than I normally would by the end of the week (winning!) I did two styles for the my Twist and Tuck Donut Bun (days 1 – 3) and my new Pinned up “Flat twist” AKA Seahorse (I shall explain below).

What Did I do?

  • To start the week I had washed, Deep Conditioned, moisturized and sealed before twisting my hair into 5  chunky twists.
  • Day 1 – After taking down the twists I massaged my Castor Oil Mix on my scalp, hairline and used a dab on my ends. I put my hair in my first hairstyle: Twist and Tuck Donut Bun.
  • Day 3 - I reapplied my Castor Oil mix to my scalp, hairline, ends and decided to accessorize the Bun with my DIY floral hairband.
Twist and tuck donut bun

Twist and Tuck Donut Bun (added accessory)

  • Day 4 - I moisturized my hair with my DIY Spray Leave-In Conditioner and sealed  with Almond Oil. I then put my hair into my second hair style the (Pinned up “Flat twist”) that I kept for the remainder of the week. I don’t know if people would call it a flat twist because to me it looked like a seahorse before pinning. -Side note*: Flat twists and I do not get along at all! I suck at them but I did try and so far this is the best I have ever done!
Pinned up flat twist

Pinned up flat twist

This is the seahorse “flat twist” before I used one bobby pin to tuck away the ends

Flat twist aka Seahorse

“Flat Twist” aka Seahorse

  • Day 6 - I took down the flat twist, massaged my scalp, hairline and ends with the Castor Oil mix and redid the flat twist again.
  • Day 7 - Wash day routine and then got my hair ready to be set for week 3 (this week).

Castor Oil Challenge:

 I used the oil 3 times last week and actually want to increase it to 4 times. Eventually I might  even increase it (but we shall see I don’t want to push it). I was always worried that my hair would be greasy and my scalp/pores clogged up but the mixed blend of Castor with Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil seems to be working out great. I have my recipe and a video of the mixing process here.

My hair did not feel dry at any point during the week. I did re-moisturize my hair mid week just because that has been my habit but I only used my light leave-in so there was no worry of product build up, plus moisturizing is always a good idea. My roots felt so super soft, the ends were smooth and I think the Castor oil blend helped to avoid extra tangles. My individual strands basically glided across each other instead of wrapping, trapping and clinging onto one another. Overall I am loving this challenge!

Here’s to week 3!

What do you think of my Protective challenge styles? Do you like my Castor oil blend? I would love to hear how you use castor oil.

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls