Melting DIY Henna Gloss Bars

Hey Maicurlies,

DIY Henna Gloss

                                                                 DIY Henna Gloss

This is a long overdue post. A couple of months ago I shared a DIY Henna Gloss Bar recipe on both my Blog and in a YouTube Video demonstrating the “how to” part without melting down the bars, so this is what I want to share today!

The process of how to melt down the bars is open to your preference but I just wanted to share how I melt mine down. But please remember this is not the only method that can be used. I use conditioner because it makes rinsing out the henna so much easier, my hair tends not to feel overly dry and it also helps to keep the henna paste really thick which is what I prefer. (I can not stand it if henna runs down my neck or forehead!) 

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Products/Tools:

  • Heat Proof Bowl
  • Spatula (do not use metal while mixing) 
  • Henna Bars (I used 3 bars – 5.3 oz)
  • Moisturizing Conditioner (5.3 oz) 
  • Gloves
  • Clingfilm/shower cap/plastic bag & scarf
  • (I use an old piece of material to cover the area where I am working – you can use old newspapers etc) 

Process:

I first gently melt down the henna gloss bars in a double broiler for no more than 7 minutes on low heat. The low heat allows the bars to melt down without loosing their conditioning properties.

After it has melted I add the conditioner one step at a time and mix everything really well. 

You can use tea/coconut milk/cream, conditioner or whatever other “liquid” you like. If you do opt for a conditioner I recommend using a moisturizing conditioner over one with protein simply because henna (even as a gloss) can make the hair feel dry and the protein can heighten that. 

DIY Henna Gloss with Conditioner

                                          DIY Henna Gloss with Conditioner

Application/Rinsing:

I apply the gloss on wet/damp cleansed and detangled hair starting from the back, making sure my hair is coated from root to tip. I cover my hair with a clingfilm, a shower cap, a plastic bag and then finally a scarf. The layers keeps my scalp & the henna gloss nice and warm…really warm! I leave the mix on for 30 minutes – 1 hour (but it can left on for longer/shorter depending on your hair needs) and then rinse. Once I am ready to rinse it out, I loosen the henna by doing a really long run through with plain water, followed by rinsing with conditioner until the water runs clear and the final step is a moisturizing Deep Conditioner (DC). ALWAYS DO A MOISTURIZING DC AFTERWARDS even if your hair feels wonderful since henna can make the hair feel brittle and dry. 

Pros & Cons: 

As with anything there are pros & Cons to using a henna even as a gloss. These are some of the ones I have noticed:

Benefits:

  • Easier to rinse out (compared to full strength henna due to the extra slip from the conditioner and other additional ingredients used to make the henna bars e.g. butter, oil).
  • Reduces frizz.
  • Softens the hair
  • Less drying than full strength henna due to the additional ingredients used to make the bars.
  • Strengthens the hair.
  • Less time consuming (left on for less time than a full strength henna).

Cons:

  • Less red dye (lawsone) due to the additional ingredients used.
  • Not as strengthening or conditioning as a full strength henna (due to the additional ingredients & limited application time).
  • Still requires a moisturizing DC afterwards (even if your hair feels great you should ALWAYS do one!)

That is it! 

I would love to hear what you think!

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Curl Refreshing & Activating Spray

Hey Maicurlies,

Today I have another really quick DIY spray to share. I think your hair will LOVE it! My hair drinks this up and is super soft afterwards, moisturized, shiny and it actually helps to refresh my curls too!

DIY Moisturizing & Curl Activating Spray

DIY Moisturizing & Curl Activating Spray

I use this spray in different ways (you can apply this on your scalp and face too btw, who doesn’t love a good 3 in 1 product right)?!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz plain water (I use bottled water)
  • 0.4 oz Rose Water
  • 0.1 oz Glycerin (optional Ingredient that can be replaced with honey or agave nectar)
  • 0.3 oz Fresh Aloe Vera Juice (you can use store bought)
  • 2 capsules Vitamin E Oil (roughly 0.15 oz)
  • 1 – 2 drops Essential Oil (optional – I LOVE the scent of rose water so I skip this)

Benefits of each ingredient:

Water – the ingredient of life right? H2o is a naturals best friend as it hydrates the hair, restores lost moisture, provides elasticity to the hair, helps prevent breakage, honestly water should be our closest buddy. 

Rose Water (apart from smelling AMAZING) – it is known to help revitalize the quality of your hair due to Its natural moisturizing and nourishing properties. It helps ease scalp irritations or dandruff, it leaves the scalp feeling fresh, is said to help reduce hair loss due to the fact that it helps stimulate hair follicles, provides shine and helps restore the natural pH of the skin and hair. 

Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ)* (Fresh or store bought) – promotes hair growth, stop hair loss, treats scalp problems e.g. dry/itchy scalp. It restores moisture to both the hair and scalp, helps simulate hair growth since it contains enzyme that stimulates hair follicles and can help reduce buildup since it has astringent properties.

*If you are using AVJ directly from the plant (completely pure and untreated) it is best to do a skin patch test to see if you are allergic to it first since people can develop an allergic reaction to it.

Vitamin E Oil – a commonly used oil to help extend homemade products shelf life (however only extends products for a little bit). It rejuvenates and offers protection for the scalp and skin by nourishing both and is said to help sooth scalp issues such as psoriasis*. The oil helps to condition the hair resulting in healthier and shinier hair. 

*Should you suffer from psoriasis it is best to consult a medical professional e.g. a dermatologist or your personal doctor as this is NOT a cure for psoriasis. 

Essential Oil (EO) – depending on the EO you use you can get different benefits my suggestion is peppermint, tea tree or rosemary but you can use any EO of choice. (I prefer to skip this because I LOVE the scent of Rose Water).

DIY Moisturizing & Curl Activating Spray

Moisturizing & Curl Activating Spray

How I use it:

Depending on how my hair is styled, I will either use it to freshen up my curls in the morning, spritz it on an old wash and go or even to remoisturize my hair at night before putting in twists (after sealing with a little oil).

What I love about this is that the mix is really light weight so even if you spray this on “old hair” it will not weigh down your curls, it is super moisturizing thanks to the ingredients and of course it is all natural!

Storage:

The recipe is simple to do so it won’t take you long to remake it. I do suggest making small batches to ensure it stays fresh since there are no preservatives added. I do recommend storing it in the fridge just to make sure it doesn’t go off too quickly and since it is easy to make it won’t take you any time at all!

I would love to hear what you think about this mix! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Overnight DIY Hot Oil/Pre-Poo Treatment

Hey Maicurlies,

So today I have a two tutorials to share and both are all about a Hot Oil mix which can be used as:

  • a pre-poo  – applied before using a shampoo/cleanser to avoid the hair feeling completely stripped.
  • an overnight hot oil mix after which you would co-wash or shampoo your hair (you don’t have to warm up the oil)
DIY Hot Oil Mix

DIY Hot Oil Mix

Personally I like using it as an overnight hot oil mix so I shall delve a little more into that aspect but like I stated above you do not have to warm up the oil before application since your body heat (your scalp) and a shower cap (which you should use) helps to keep the oils warm. I prefer warming up the oil because it feels awesome applying it while lightly warm and my hair seems to soak up the oils when it is warm. 

Recipe:

Mixing Instructions:

All you need to do is to combine all the oils together. If you opt to make it a hot oil treatment then you place the bowl with the oil in a pot of hot water (no longer on the stove) for 3 – 5 minutes. Once the oils are a little warm you can add the essential oil and you are done.

NOTE: Do not let the water mix with the oil especially if you plan on storing the remaining oil for future use. And remember to never place the oil in direct heat e.g. in the microwave or directly in a pot on a stove! You run the risk of not only zapping away the nutrients of the oil but will cause the oil to burn your hair and scalp and might accidentally cause a fire! 

Application Process:

Before I apply the warm oil I like to spray my hair with a little plain water. I find this step necessary because 1. it means I am re-hydrating my hair with moisture 2. it makes the application process a little easier and 3. if you have dry hair then applying the oil onto dry hair means you are “trapping in” the dryness versus trapping in moisture if you apply water first.

I like to apply the oil while warm (NOT HOT) going from my roots to my ends. I work in the oil really well and usually do a quick detangle with my fingers. I cover up with a shower cap and scarf for the night and then proceed to wash my hair with shikakai or a co-wash depending on what my hair needs. 

Benefits:

  • Helps to stop cleansers from stripping the hair.
  • Provides shine.
  • Softens the hair.
  • Eases detangling.
  • Fights against dry hair
  • Soothes a flaky/itchy scalp.

The results afterwards and even during the hot oil treatment is really quite evident immediately! In the video you can see how my old, dry and tangled hair quickly becomes soft, detangled, shiny, smooth and all round happy! 

I would love to hear if you do hot oil treatments and how? Do you do overnight treatments, what oils do you use? Do you apply water first? Tell me all about it! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Mini Buns?! I don’t think so Marc Jacobs – Global Couture

Hey Maicurlies,

This is my latest contribution article to Global Couture

Yup, I also saw the latest “fashion trend….mini buns”…!!! Okay I don’t want to go off and start a big ‘what is wrong with people’ post simply because I tend to get a little to annoyed and can go on and on. I did address the fashion post what WAS on Mane Addicts website (but has since been removed). 

Like I said, I really don’t want to go off again so I have provided a link to my article here. I have said my piece on the matter but I am pretty sure it won’t be the last time I will address a situation like that again, as I said in my article I am not a pessimist I simply am a realist. 

Have a great weekend Maicurlies!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

8 Bantu Knot-out

Hey Maicurlies,

I am ADDICTED to Instagram! Yes I have admitted to this before (here) but seriously it is like a disease LOL!

Anywho, recently I started to take photos of what my hair looks like (quite frequently), so I figured from time to time I will post a few photos here too. Primarily if I have photos of my styling process (taking down my hair, separating, fluffing and styling) or if I capture how a style looks as the days go on I will load those up here.

8 Bantu Knot out

I want to start with my recent Bantu Knot-out which I did on 8 Bantu Knots. Normally I prefer doing smaller knots (not too tiny) just because it means I’d have tighter curls which creates fullness for my fine hair and it usually (I repeat, usually) means I don’t have to separate as much since my hair will already be in small sections. However, Bantu knots & sleep do not go hand in hand and I am tender headed so I did 8 Bantu Knots.

Bantu Knots

I put in the Bantu Knots literally right before bed and took them down the next morning.

Bantu knots taken down

I separated the sections, fluffed my hair, separated some more, fluffed some more and then decided to pin it back for Day 1:

Day 2:

I did the pineapple method to sleep and covered my hair using a scarf. The next day (day 2). I again had it pinned back but without any curls hanging down this time.  By the second day my hair fluffier which gave me volume (yay) and of course also invited frizz but I am fine with that. 

That is it Maicurlies! Let me know if you like these kinds of posts or not! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Double Twist Head Wrap

Hey Maicurlies,

Yup, I am back with another head wrap (I am sorry but I am obsessed so you will probably see more of these types of tutorials for a while!) :D 

Double Twist Head Wrap

It is yet again a really simple and quick wrap that can be done in 5 minutes, who doesn’t like a quick style that also happens to leave your hair protected??? :D

All you really are doing it covering your hair once with the wrap and then twirling the remaining material to make a fake “twirled rope” stretching them across your head and tucking away the ends. The End :) 

I as always have a video tutorial for an easy explanation. 

I have a few other head wrap videos and tutorials: Double Knot Head Wrap & Turban Wrap. Would love to hear what you think!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Aloe Vera Juice

Hey Maicurlies,

Today I have a really quick and simple DIY.

By Sommai - Aloe Vera Fresh Leaf www.freedigitalphotos.net

By Sommai – Aloe Vera Fresh Leaf http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Yup, fresh Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ). This bad boy has been in my routine on and off for a while but for whatever reason I sometimes forget about this little gem. I already wrote about the benefits of using AVJ for everything (hair, skin health) please read here before applying it (especially if this is new to you).

In my previous post I just briefly explained how I make my own AVJ so I decided to record a quick video since I was preparing a new batch. 

How I use it:

So obviously I add AVJ to my DIY mixes e.g. flaxseed gel, leave-in conditioner, deep conditioners spray bottle etc.

I always mix AVJ with something (water/liquid/another product etc). Some people complain that AVJ makes their hair feel a little rough and dry so if you are not diluting it that probably is why. I usually use 1 part AVJ (which has vitamin E added to it) with no less than 2 parts or more water/liquid/product. 

Another reason why your hair might not “play nice” with AVJ could be because of the weather in your area. If you happen to live in cold and dry climates this can impact how your hair reacts to AVJ since it is a humectant that draws moisture in the air (humidity) to the area it is applied. So if the air is really dry then the opposite happens, there is no moisture for the hair to absorb and you can be left with hair that feels dry. If on the other hand you have extreme humidity in the air, you might notice “frizz” and that is because your hair is drawing int too much moisture and the hair strands become over saturated with water. So you might need to experiment to find out if your hair likes AVJ and you might need to figure out how to dilute the mix so you are not left with dry hair. I ALWAYS end up with super shiny and moisturized hair whenever I use it. 

TIP: Fresh AVJ does not necessarily smell nice so adding an Essential Oil E.g. tea tree, Peppermint, Grapefruit etc will not only help to extend the shelf life a little but will also help make it smell nice. 

Do you use AVJ? How do you use it and do you make it yourself? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls