Tips for Longer and Stronger Nails and Lashes Video

Hi Maicurlies!

I finally have my video up on YouTube of my tips for longer and stronger nails and lashes!

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I had a post up a little while back (I was slow with the video part) which you can read here. So starting officially today (19.4.2014) I will be using Virgin Coconut Oil with Vitamin E Oil for both my nails and lashes (and I decided I will also use it for my super thin brows). I plan on applying and leaving the oil on at night – 3x a week nails (without nail polish on) and every night (if I can remember) for my lashes and brows. 

I plan on monitoring my progress for 1 – 2 months to give it enough time to take effect. I have to say that having a healthy lifestyle would also have a stronger impact on the results. Eating healthy, drinking tons of water, getting enough sleep and doing exercise all play a role too! 

I will do a follow up to let you know if I noticed a difference or not after the 1 – 2 months.

If you do something similar, plan on doing the same or have already used coconut/castor or any other natural ingredient for your nails, lashes, brows please do let me know I would love to hear from you!

Have a lovely Ash Friday Maicurlies! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Ms. Rae – Feature Story on Maicurls

Hi Maicurlies,

I know, I know, two posts in one day?! But I was really excited to introduce to you my newest beautiful natural head…Ms. Rae! 

Rae

Rae is an “Old Timer” natural who works in field of Instructional Design, runs (owns) the beautiful blog Love Thy Introvert and if that wasn’t enough she also admins the inspiring blog The Natural Hair Blog Directory . She did me the honor of allowing me to feature her hair journey which can be read here.

In case natural hair interests you (which I am guessing it does!) or perhaps you want to delve into the world of understanding personalities, instructional design, life or Christianity then Love Thy Introvert is the blog for you. I would also recommend that you check out The Natural Hair Blog Directory because the amount of inspiration you can get through all the bloggers and vloggers on there is incredible! 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Rae! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Coconut Cream For Hair

Hello Maicurlies,

So I have been experimenting with a number of different things because while I trained myself to stop buying every product I see in a store I am a Do It Yourself (DIY) & natural ingredient junkie and I have a feeling that won’t go away anytime soon!

So what was my latest experiment? Coconut Cream!

I have been using Coconut Milk in all of my DIY Deep Conditioners (DC’s) for nearly a year and I have enjoyed the benefits of Coconut Milk.

Organic Coconut Milk

       Organic Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk

                            Organic Coconut Milk

 Some of the attributes of Coconut Milk:

  • rich in protein and nutrients to strengthen the hair
  • boosts hair growth
  • combats dandruff
  • reduces hair fall
  • reduces the appearance of grey hair
  • softens the hair
  • reduces frizz

* The more frequently you use it the better your results and more long term they will be.

Now for my new love Coconut Cream.

Coconut Cream

             Coconut Cream

Coconut Cream has pretty much the same attributes to Coconut Milk but also has a few additional benefits from my experience:

  • Coconut Cream has a higher fat content and helps prevent excessive hair shed
  • My hair had less tangles during the week I used it
  • Detangling was easier on wash day due to there being less tangles
  • Its consistency is much thicker than the Coconut Milk, this makes it less “drippy” when applied as a DC. 

In order to try and get an idea of which of the two I preferred I experimented using my normal Moisturizing DC and one new mixture using Coconut Milk one week and then Coconut Cream the following week.

First experiment (my normal Moisturizing DC)

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk/Coconut Cream
  • 4 tablespoons Pure Honey
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ) with Vitamin E added to it
  • 1 Overripe Banana*
  • 2  tablespoons Conditioner
  • 1 teaspoon Grapeseed Oil

* I like using overripe bananas because they are softer and less likely to results in lumpy and difficult to rinse DC. You can substitute bananas with banana baby food. 

My second experiment

  • 1 cup conditioner
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Milk/Coconut Cream
  • 1/4 cup Amla
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Rosewater
  • 1 teaspoon Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Glycerin 

As I mentioned while my hair responds well to both Coconut Milk and Cream I must say my hair felt soooo good with the Coconut Cream mixes. It was just a bit more bouncy, more defined, and had more shine. So for me, Coconut Cream is a keeper! 

Have you used Coconut Cream? What did you use it for? How was your experience? 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

I have been a busy bee!

Hi Maicurlies,

I hope you all are having a fantastic day! 

So I have been a little M.I.A because I have been busy recording a few videos.

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Video Camera – Image courtesy of Gualberto107 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I will be pretty busy for the next couple of weeks (with work) and I know I would end up being rushed to record which I detest! So instead to rushing through things, I recorded a few videos over the last 2 weeks and have been (slowly) editing them. I also have been doing a few “experiments” which I will share with you on my blog. 

I just wanted to get in touch and let you lovely Maicurlies know what I have been up to and to let you know I have not been slacking! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Wash and Go with Flax Seed Gel

Hi Maicurlies!

wash-n-go FSG

I decided to make a video of how I do my Wash and Go using my Rosewater infused Flax Seed Gel (FSG). Only then did I notice that I never made a write up of my “Simple Wash and Go”. I need to update my Wash-n-Go Page because it only includes how I maintain a Wash and Go over a week. So I have a little bit of writing to do over the next few days. (I am on it)! 

You can find my Simple Wash and Go method on YouTube as well as my Wash and Go with Flax Seed Gel. I also attached it to my Video page on the blog. These are the products I used (I linked all the recipes as well):

I apply the products in that order and have no issues to “trap” in the FSG with my mixed sealing oil because apart from being a great styling product with hold, FSG is moisturizing and nourishing for the hair and scalp! I also occasionally mix my FSG with my “Creamy” Leave-In Conditioner in a separate container and then apply it in one go. 

I will have a detailed write up of the process … I promise! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

A Touch of Grey and Purple for a Rainy Day

Hi Maicurlies!

Over the last few days it was been a little rainy! (I am doing my happy rain dance because it hardly ever rains here!) So in the spirit of Rain I have put together a few pieces that I think are comfortable, will keep you warm, keep the rain off you but still give you that “fashion” feel. There is no need to have to compromise one (keeping the rain off you) for the other (wearing clothes you feel good in).

A Touch of Grey and Purple for a Rainy Day

I have to say the boots, jacket and bag are my favorite! 

Thanks!

Maicurls

Maicurls

Ms. Samantha – Feature Story on Maicurls

Good Evening Maicurlies,

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I yet again am honored to introduce to you another stunning naturalista Ms. Samantha who not only owns the blog : Kinky Coily Love but also has a few hair products and tops on her blog! Samantha has been natural for 2.5 years and loves everything about her hair! She was sweet enough to share her story which can be found here

If you happen to want to get a lot of information covering a variety of topics e.g natural hair care, product reviews, natural hair tips or even to catch up on some celebrity news then Kinky Coily Love is the blog for you! 

Thank you so much for sharing your story and lovely pictures with us Samantha!

Maicurls

Maicurls