Autumn is upon us!

Hi Maicurlies!

With September comes the start of Autumn/Fall (depending on your location 22nd September or 23rd September). The reason slowly starts to change and cardigans can come in handy. So this “collection” is all about cardigans paired with simple or chic tops, jeans or shorts (if the temperature/weather permits) and of course SHOES!

Hope you like them!


Autumn is upon us!

Thanks
Maicurls

Maicurls

Why Moisture Retention is Important for Natural Hair – Global Couture

Ello Maicurlies,

This is my latest article on Global Couture:

Why is moisture retention important for natural hair

                                              Why is moisture retention important for natural hair

As naturals, I think we all know that natural hair is “drier” by nature, compared to other “hair textures” and therefore it is vital that we maintain a level of moisture in our hair.

Why Moisture Retention is Important for Natural Hair explains why it is important to not only apply moisture to the hair but retain moisture as well. I also wanted to give a very brief explanation of the potential consequences if we are unable to retain sufficient moisture levels in our hair.

I hope you enjoy the article!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

 

DIY Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil (Recipe 1)

Good Morning Maicurlies,

I mentioned in my last post (here) that I am going to making a “mini series” of DIY Infused oils and here is the first. My DIY Rose Infused Grapeseed oil.

Completed product: DIY Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil with Rose Essential Oil

DIY Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil

So, why would you want to use Rose Infused Oil for your hair and/or skin?

Hair
  • Helps retain moisture
  • Provides Shine
  • Strengthens hair at the root
  • Protects against frizz
  • Gives the hair a boost of luster
  • Helps stimulate growth (when massaged on the scalp)
  •  Can help relieve psoriasis & dandruff – (consult your dermatologist)
Skin
  • Moisturizing effect on dry and chapped skin
  • Nourishes the skin to help retain moisture
  • Natural astringent
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – (with frequent use)
  • Can fight light skin irritations due to its antibacterial properties – (consult your dermatologist)
  • Soothing effect on lightly sunburned or sensitive skin – (consult your dermatologist)
  • Lightly fade acne scars and stretch marks – (with frequent use)
  • Improves the texture of the skin due to vitamin C

Depending on the carrier oil you choose, you also get the additional benefit of that along with the properties of roses. On my blog I have a list of different carrier oil benefits for the hair and skin.

I personally use Grapeseed oil because:

Grapeseed oil is easily absorbed into the hair and scalp without weighing down the hair or clogging up pores due to the fact that it is an extremely light oil. Those with fine hair (such as I) can use it without worrying about having greasy hair. It is known to help heal alopecia areata as well dry and itchy scalps (consult your dermatologist) and can help fight dandruff. It is great at  sealing and retaining moisture.

Ingredients/tools used:

  • 1/2 cup dried white roses (2x as I made 2 jars)
  • 1/2 cup dried red roses (2x as I made 2 jars)
  • 1.5 cups (roughly) of Grapeseed Oil (per jar)
  • 11 drops Rose Essential oil (optional)
  • Spoon
  • Stirrer
  • Sieve
  • Coffee Filter
  • Funnel

Mixing Process:

DIY Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil With Rose Essential Oil

DIY Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil With Rose Essential Oil

I have a video up of my process (see below):

*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 pregant you should NOT use any EO.

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

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Infused Oil “Mini-Series”

HELLLOOO Maicurlies,

I hope all is well!

I have been BUSY making DIY mixes, recording videos (editing), taking photos and have come up with an Infused Oil “series”! Do I hear you say: HOW EXCITING! (Yes, it is!)

Infused Oils

                                                                                      Infused Oils

If you are wondering why would you want to make an infused oil? I say why not?!

In all seriousness, infused oils give you the option of incorporating your favorite ingredients to your favorite carrier oil – adding more punch, nourishment and benefits for your hair and/or skin.

Uses of infused oils for the hair

Infused oils can be used in a number of different ways such as: Pre-poo’s, hot oil treatments, scalp massages, Deep Conditioners, leave-in conditioners, whipped butters, sealing…ANYTHING! Their benefits depend on the ingredients used for infusion and the carrier oil you use. With each of my infusions I  will list the benefits of each and how I personally use them.

Infused oil for skin

You can incorporate infused oils into a DIY Body butters, sugar scrubs or even directly onto your skin to trap in moisture after a shower.

So which Oils have I made (are in the making?)

  • Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil
  • Hibiscus Infused Almond Oil
  • Amla Infused Grapeseed Oil
  • Coffee Infused Almond Oil
  • Neem Infused Coconut Oil

Heads up – Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil will be first!

I hope you enjoy this “mini series”.

Do you make your own infused oil? If so what do you make and how? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Tips for natural-heads that enjoy swimming

Hey Maicurlies,

I came across an article on Natura Magazine about swimming as a naturalista. While the weather might be changing, some of us might be doing indoor swimming or lucky enough to live in tropical climates all year round so it can still be helpful. Plus you can never know too much right?

Water In Swimming Pool Background  by think4photop - www.freedigitalphotos.net

                Water In Swimming Pool Background by think4photop –                                                      www.freedigitalphotos.net

Going for a swim?” is a short and sweet article by that provides really simple tips you can incorporate whenever you go for a dip that can help protect your lovely curls.

I hope you enjoy the article!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

7 Ways To Avoid Single Strand Knots

Hey Maicurlies,

I wanted to share my latest article on Global Couture about 7 Ways to avoid Single Strand Knots”.

7 ways to avoid single strand knots

                              7 ways to avoid single strand knots

If you are anything like me (and most naturals I know) you have probably experienced, experiencing or potentially will experience the dreaded Single Strand  Knots (SSK’s).

By winnond - Ropes And Knots www.freedigitalphotos.net

By winnond – Ropes And Knots www.freedigitalphotos.net

If you are not plagued by SSK’s (lucky!) or are newly natural and not sure what I am talking about then let me explain: they are teeny tiny knots formed by our natural hair curling up on itself as it grows and which results in a knot! Sounds insane right? But it happens (believe you me!) The knots are also referred to as fairy knots – because they are so tiny that “fairies” must have made them.

In my article I explain the different ways in which they can be formed as well as some steps you can take to help keep the numbers down. Now, I am not saying theses are 7 ways to avoid SSK’s completely because in my experience it is close to impossible to get rid of them without cutting your hair off and chances are as you hair regrows they will return (dumdumdum) :P But there steps you can take to help keep them under control.

One things I will say is that as my hair has grown I have noticed more SSK’s and if I do a Wash-n-go I get more! If I don’t detangle my hair properly there they are, if I constantly wear my hair out….you guessed it…there they are!

Hopefully the article will help you get a better understanding about SSK’s, why they develop and how you can try tame them.

Do you have SSK’s? If so, what steps do you take to keep them under control? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Large Straw Set

Hello Maicurlies!

Large Straw Set Curls

                            Large Straw Set Curls

I am back with another styling demo. I attempted to do a second straw set (first since being fully natural) about 2 weeks ago. In my previous attempt I was working with transitioning hair that was damp and just resulted in…let’s call it a mess! My hair was still damp the next day and because I was manipulation damp hair = frizz galore!

So this time I did things a little differently. I set my hair on dry hair that was co-washed, detangled, moisturized and sealed. I put my hair into less than 20 braids the night before and took them down in the morning because I figured it would be easier when it came to installing the straws if I had pre-made sections. 1 braid has 3 parts so I used 3 straws for each braid and had a total of 40 straws (and boy was it difficult to sleep, more on that later.)

In the past I used “regular” drinking straws but found some super huge straws (I think they are called Milkshake straws) and decided to try those.

large straws

The only product I used was my Rosewater Spray Flaxseed Gel.

I have a video demonstration on my YouTube channel (below)

 

Products/Tools Used:

Installing the Straws

My process was really simple, after applying the gel:

This is a closeup of my curls after I took down the straws

unseparated straw curlsAfter I separated and fluffed my roots

separated straw curls indoorsA little “extra” ;)

separated straw curls with flowersseparated straw curlsI do have to say I LOVED the style but there are a few things I would change. E.g. I would cut the straws in half because sleeping with 40 large straws in my hair…was NOT comfortable! I think I might actually be able to get away with not having to leave the straws in overnight if I start early because I prefer to work with dry hair so they should be dry before going to sleep. 

I will be trying this style again :)

Have you done a straw set? If so, what is your method? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls