DIY Rosewater Flaxseed Spray Gel

Hi Maicurlies,

So I have been experimenting again! And I am excited to share my…

Flaxseed Spray Gel

                        Flaxseed Spray Gel

Yes you read that right, DIY Flaxseed Spray Gel!

Now let me clarify, it is basically Flaxseed Gel that I dilute down to make it thin enough to pass through a spray pump and spray out evenly… I LOVE it!

I have a video up explaining my process (below)

How I make it

To make my mix I use my DIY Rosewater infused Flaxseed Gel recipe and then add extra

  • Rosewater*
  • Plain bottled water*

to thin it out. I also throw the mix in my blender to pulse it and that is it!

*To water it down you can use any liquid of choice. I choose to use Rosewater and plain water because I actually use them in my Flaxseed Gel recipe and because I my hair loves them.

You watch the video  of how I make my DIY Rosewater infused Flaxseed Gel below:

Remember

When making the spray, there are two things you need to make sure of:

  1. You are using a spray bottle that will evenly mist out the spray instead of “spit out” the gel.
  2. You have the right consistency so that the pipe of the spray will actually pickup the gel. 

*It might take a bit of trial and error till you find the right container and get the right consistency for your spray. 

Flaxseed Spray and Regular Gel

                                             Flaxseed Spray and Regular Gel

When do I use the spray?

  • I like to use this on dry hair since it is gives a light hold so using it on wet hair would just further dilute down the gel.
  • I use it to help tame flyaways
  • Lightly holdup an updo
  • When I do not want to dampen my hair with too much products (e.g. when my hair is stretched)
  • When I want to have gentle hold on a twist-out with out resorting to using a lot of gel (e.g. if I need to touch up a twist-out but do not want to waste products on hair that will be washed in a day). 

Do you use a spray gel? If so what do you use? I you try Flaxseed Spray Gel I would love to hear about your experiences! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Feature story on Natural Nicole

Hi Maicurlies,

I have been featured Ms. Nicole’s lovely Blog Natural Nicole. Do take a look at her blog as it contains hair tutorial videos, product reviews and even poetry! 

Nicole was kind enough to share my story along with a few of my photos on her blog.

Featured on Natural Nicole

                                           Featured on Natural Nicole

For a full read please visit my Natural Spotlight Feature on her blog. Nicole also has a few other natural hair stories on her blog that are really inspiring! 

(P.s. I shall be sharing Nicole’s story on my blog too so keep your eyes peeled for her “Old-Timer” Natural spotlight feature.)

Thank you for sharing my story Nicole! :)

Maicurls

Maicurls

Summer-ing it up with skirts, shoes and accessories!

Hey Maicurlies,

So once again it has been extremely hot and it looks like it is going to remain this way for a while ;) I am not complaining because I LOVE summer shopping!

I threw together some skirts with bandeau tops of different sizes, styles and colors. What’s an outfit without shoes and accessories? BORING! So paired with some pretty heels or flats and complimenting earrings and you are summer ready!Summer-ing it up with skirts, shoes and accessories!

Protein boost for shed hair

Good Evening Maicurlies! 

Recently I started noticing that I might have a little more shed hair than what I consider “normal” (for myself). I have an article on Global Couture about the difference between hair shed and breakage here. I will quickly explain below about shedding just  in case you are a “newling”, 

What is shed hair?

Shed hair is “old” hair that falls out because its life cycle has ended. We know that hair is not “alive” per say but even so it has a life cycle. The life cycle begins when it forms under the scalp to when it sprouts from your scalp and finally falls out. On average hair grows for 2 – 8 years before falling out but it depends from person to person. 

You can identify shed hair due to the bulb at the end (where it fell from your scalp). It has a white round shape to it due to the lack of melanin (color) that occurs right before the hair is about to fall out. It is said that it’s normal to have 50 – 100 pieces of shed hair per day so if you start seeing much much more than that you might need to investigate. 

What can cause excessive shed hair?

The number one person why you might experience excessive shedding is because of a lack of protein. But this is not the only cause of excess shed hair:

  • Health/medical issues
  • pregnancy
  • not enough exercise/improper eating
  • stress
  • new products
  • reactions to medicine

can also contribute to excess shed hair. It is important to try and pin point when you start noticing the difference and what exactly could be causing it. This is where a Hair Journal can come in handy. I have written about keeping a Hair Journal here.

My hair is long and when double or triple folded it can look deceiving like a lot more than just 1 piece but regardless, there has been more shed hair than normal and I think it might be my conditioner. I am now researching to find another conditioner (that’s a whole other story)!

I do want to reinforce my protein treatments which is why I have come up with a “fortified” Deep Conditioner (DC).

My normal protein treatment consists of:

Protein DC for strength

                             Protein DC for strength

  • 1/3 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/3 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Conditioner
  • 1 teaspoon Grape Seed Oil

New “fortified” Protein DC:

  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/3 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Conditioner

I will of course follow up with my moisturizing DC afterwards to re-balance my hair. Hopefully with a stronger protein DC and a new conditioner that will help keep the shed hair in line!

What is your favorite Protein DC? What do you do if you notice excssive shed hair? I would love to hear from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

The Natural Hair Blog Directory GIVEAWAY!

The NHBD Giveaway

The Natural Hair Blog Directory (NHBD) has officially been up and running for 6 months and are about half way there to their 500 blogger/vlogger goal! 

In case you haven’t heard of the NHBD, it basically works as an online “naturalista directory”. If you are a natural hair blogger or vlogger you can sign up with the directory (for free) and get your blog/channel listed! If you are looking to find new bloggers/vloggers for styling inspiration, natural hair advice or suggestions then all you have to do is visit the directory and click away on any of the beautiful naturalistas on there. 

So, they are doing a giveaway to say thank you for all the support!

“In celebration of such a great momentum to this point, we want to thank all of the naturalistas that have used and helped spread the word of the directory! One lucky naturalista will win a box of the following items listed below”.

What’s the giveaway? I have to say I am amazed at how much there is! 

  • Raw Shea Butter from AntiguaBarbudaGirl
  • T-shirt from Aphrodite Kinks
  • Aussie Moist Conditioner and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie from Lovethyintrovert
  • Curlkit by Nappyfu.com
  • Waist Beads from Natural Hair Junkies
  • 2 Eden BodyWorks products from Naturally Glam
  • BYOB tshirt from The Confetti Collective
  • Jewelry from Fro and Bro
  • Design Essentials Stimulations Super Moisturizing Conditioner from Natural Nicole
  • Sample sizes of Motions Light Styling Foam, Phyto Specific Moisturizing Styling Cream, Parnevu T-Tree Shampoo, Parnevu T-Tree Ultra Deep Repair Conditioner, and Parnevu T-Tree Cream Glosser from Tresses and Treats
  • Maxi Hair Bows from Yellospace
  • Natural High T-shirt from The Natural High Blog
  • Jewelry from Overxposedkc91

Like I said AMAZING right?! 

So how do you sign up for a potential win?

To enter, click the link below to get to the NHBD page and follow the instructions there.

Good Luck Maicurlies!

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

Vote for The 4rd Fashionista Award Blogger!

maicurls:

Hey ladies!

I got some exciting news, I have made it to the top 5 nominees of the 4th Fashionista Award on the Fashiontabulos Blog (see what I did there :P) http://thatchicfashionblog.wordpress.com. The lovely owner Ms. Vanessa just informed me so I wanted to share and hopefully collect a few of your votes ;)
Thank you!

Originally posted on That Chic Fashion Blog:

Let the voting begin!

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In love with pencil skirts

Hey Maicurlies! 

As you can probably tell, I have fallen in love with pencil skirts! I just find them really elegant and flattering. I actually think if you are a little curvy they bring out the best of your curves! 

Paired with a chic blouse, pretty heels (aren’t they cute) and complimenting earrings you can wear pencil skirts to work, a lunch meeting or out for dinner with your significant other. 

Let me know if you love pencil skirts too!

In love with pencil skirts