Are we obsessed with hair growth pills – Global Couture

Hey Maicurlies,

I sometimes forget to mention some of the articles I have written for the absolutely fantastic blog Global Couture. You should seriously check out the blog (not only for my articles ;) ) they have fantastic stories, awe inspiring naturals, hair tips and much much more! 

For my last article I touched on a topic that might make you roll your eyes at me…potentially…

I wrote about the sudden emergence of hair, nails and skin pills everywhere! Now before I get the side eye, I mentioned in the article and will mention here that I have nothing against these types of pills (as long as they are healthy and if they happen to be all natural even better).

However, my “issue” with them is if they are used as a replacement for healthy hair routines. If they are being taken in place of having a good healthy routine that involves giving ones hair tender loving care in the hopes that you will wake up with “long luscious healthy hair” that is when I frown. 

I also have issues with false advertising! Seriously false ads give me allergic reactions! I believe that the vitamins, minerals etc in the pills can help our hair of course however, I have seen some before and after pictures that are just blatant lies! E.g. people tugging on randomly long pieces of hair with their neck almost bent completely back to show “how much growth they saw in 1 month”. Some fall victim to a vicious cycle of not having a healthy routine, turning to the “quick fix” tablets, a setback and then repeating it, all in the hopes that the tablets will give them the results they long for and they just end up spending tons of money and time. Again that is when I frown.

I cover all of this in the article and would love to hear what you think! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Twisted Perm Rod Set

Hey Maicurlies,

So I have very slowly been crawling out of my regular two strand twist-outs…only just…and have been experimenting with perm rods.

Products/Tools used:

Products and Tools

Process:

For this demo I started off on freshly washed hair (I split my hair into 5 twists to make it easier to work through). From each of the 5 twists I split my hair into 3 -4  (I had a total of 17 perm rods at the end). I applied the Leave-In, Conditioning Gel, Whipped butter, worked each product into my hair and then finger detangled to make sure they were distributed evenly before combing. (I already detangled my hair during my wash process so detangling was a breeze). I two strand twisted and twirled my ends around the perm rods worked up to my roots. 

I let my hair air dry and covered my hair right before bed with a scarf (with the rods still on). The next morning I unwound the perm rods, took down the twists, separated my hair and then fluffed lifted my roots and separated some more.

Left: perm rods taken down and twists separated Right: perm rods and twists taken down but not separated

My Left: perm rods taken down and un-separated twists My Right: hair was separated

I like the results once I separated and fluffed however, since I am not a “pro” there is always room for improvement. I do not particularly like the perm rods I used (these are my old rods) but luckily my sister bought me new ones so I shall be using the new perm rods in the next video but will try without twisting my hair to see if there is a difference. 

How do you do your perm rod set? Two strand twist first or not? 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Nominated for the Creative Blogger Award

Hey Maicurlies,

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As the title states, I have been blessed and honored by the stunningly beautiful, friendliest and one of the most supportive naturalistas I know Ms. Kesia from IslandKynks. I have featured this gorgeous lady already on my Blog you can read about Kesia here and on my Feature Page. Please do take a few minutes to visit Kesia’s wonderful blog IslandKynks there is not one boring post on there and they include product reviews, hair style tips, DIY’s, features of other beautiful naturals and much more! 

Thank you so much Kesia! I honestly appreciate the nomination, your love and support mean a lot :D 

So here are the rules for the Creative Blogger Award:

  1. Post the link of the blog that provided you with the nomination and give thanks! 
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 10 other blogs and provide their links in your post.
  4. Contact each of the 10 nominees via their blogs, Facebook , or other forms of social media informing them of their nomination.
  5. Provide the rules to your nominees (feel free to copy these rules directly).

Facts About Me:

  1. I am terrified no really petrified of heights! 
  2. One of my guilty pleasure is drinking Red Bull (I know I know!)
  3. I have a stash of 100’s of different nail polish colours and only end up using certain ones even though i have a rainbow collection! 
  4. I can’t sing to save my life but will scream my lungs off in the shower, while getting ready, while driving, when I am cooking….you get the picture :)
  5. I obsessively collect things: scarves, headbands, shells, pretty stones anything that I get into I become obsessed with! 

The wonderful nominees:

  1. Aphrodite Kinks
  2. Shrinkxkinks
  3. The Lazy Natural
  4. XoXo, Domonique
  5. Wild Flower
  6. Clueless Curl
  7. Natural Review
  8. Coily Queens Rock
  9. Natural Nicole 
  10. AJANI Handmade

 Share your facts ladies!!! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Turban Wrap

Hey Maicurlies,

I have another wrap tutorial :D 

I LOVE this scarf! What I love about it is that I get to add a little bit of colour to my normal dark outfits without feeling uncomfortable. I am a little shy about adding colour to my clothes but this way there is a splash of colour without making me feel awkward. (I actually have 2 really colourful scarves, I will do another demo with the second one too!) 

This head wrap is really simple to do. You literally will only need a long scarf that is a little on the wide side as well. The longer the better mine is 65 x 33 inches. If the material you are using is neither silk nor satin I would recommend using a silk/satin headscarf first to cover your hair (like I did) and then wrap away. P.s. underneath my satin scarf I had 4 large flat twists. 

It is easier to explain the process via video so please watch how I do my Turban Wrap below.

Like I said really simple to do right? I would love to hear what you think! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Henna Bars

Hey Maicurlies,

Today I am super super excited to share another DIY product and I am happy to say it has been added to my list of favourites!

Henna Bars

YUP, I finally worked out a mix for these DIY Henna Bars that I am really happy with. A while ago I started experimenting and wrote a quick post about it here. In my previous experiments I used too much oil, then too much butter but I finally have a recipe that is right (for my hair).

Here are some pictures of my previous experiments. They look pretty but didn’t feel quite right.

NOTE: If you have not used henna before then you want to do your research because while I rave abut how AWESOME it is, there always are pro’s and con’s to everything that need to be considered. I normally use BAQ Henna powder to make a paste and have written about my Henna/Amla DC recipe as well as information about henna. But I recommend that you do more research. A good starting point is Henna For Hair. Once you have done that, come back here :D

Ingredients – This mix makes  16.2 oz = 6.5 bars

I have quite long hair that is fine but I like to coat my hair with henna so you might need to tweak the ratios depending on the length and density of you hair. 

  • 2.8 oz Unrefined Cocoa Butter
  • 0.7 oz Coffee Infused Almond Oil (use any carrier oil)
  • 4.2 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 0.2 oz Glycerine (optional – can be replaced with honey or agave nectar if you wish)
  • 0.15 oz Vitamin E Oil
  • 5.3 oz BAQ Henna
  • 1.4 oz Hibiscus*
  • 2.1 oz Amla*

*These powders can be replaced with other Auyverdic herbs such as Shikakai, Bhrami etc depending on the results you want to get. They are acidic which help with the dye release of the henna.

Mixing Instruction

Henna Bars 4

  1. First melt the Cocoa butter in a double broiler for no more than 5 minutes.
  2. In a glass bowl combine all the powders together and mix well.*
  3. After the butter melts take it off the stove, add the oils together and stir.
  4. Slowly add the melted butter and oils to the powder step by step and stir really well.
  5. Pour the mix into your moulds (I use silicon moulds since the bars are easy to pop out once frozen but you could use ice cube trays).
  6. Cover the henna with cling film to allow the dye release process and freeze them for a minimum of 12 hours.

*Don’t use any metal items when mixing henna. – This is a precaution in case you are not using 100% pure BAQ Henna (which you should be using). If you know you are using 100% pure BAQ henna then you do not have to worry, I use glass and plastic items just to “set an example” but I am sure the henna I get is pure. 

Storage

I like to cover each individual bar once it has set with cling film and then place them in a resealable sandwich bag that is dated so I remember when the bars were made.

Henna Bars 2

Covered henna bars

Always store the bars in the freezer otherwise they will start to melt and will slowly loose their properties over time. You can keep the bars in your freezer for weeks, I actually always find that henna stored in the freezer has a stronger dye potency so I leave mine in the freezer for no less than 1 week before I use them. However after a while you might notice that the dye peak has started to drop.

Melting/Application process

This is really about personal preference but I like to use either Coconut Cream or Conditioner (depending on what I’ve got at home) when I double broil the henna bars. Never use direct heat on the bars e.g. do not put them in the microwave or in a pot directly on the heat of a stove! While I make 6 bars I only use 5 bars for a full strength henna treatment and 0.5 – 1.5 bar for a henna gloss. The extra’s are left in the freezer for future use. 

Coconut Cream: I use roughly 1/3 cup of coconut cream while double broiling the bars. I add a little more coconut cream if it is too thick and apply onto damp cleansed and detangled hair. I prefer my mix to be a little on the thicker side so it won’t run down my neck. 

Conditioner: I use 1/3 – 1/2 cup of conditioner (depending on how thick the conditioner is) to double broil the bars. I add a little more if it is too thick and apply onto damp cleansed and detangled hair. I prefer my mix to be a little on the thicker side so it won’t run down my neck. 

Tea: I have yet to try this method but I would use about 1/3 cup of green tea (you can any other tea) to the heat proof bowl and double broil the bars.

I have started to leave my henna on my hair overnight again but depending on the colour intensity and conditioning properties you need you can leave this on anywhere from 2 hours to overnight. 

*NOTE: ALWAYS do a moisturising Deep Condition (DC) after applying henna on your hair to restore the balance. Henna can make the hair feel dry and brittle therefore the moisturising DC brings back moisture to the hair. 

When Do I use them?

Henna Bars 1

I like to use the bars in between the times I use my regular henna paste because it is a little less drying, it is easier to rinse out and to be honest I LOVE making the bars! I still use my normal henna paste (recipe here), I just alternate between the two. I also like to use the bars as a gloss that gives my hair a light colour touch up and due to all the conditioner I use, my hair doesn’t feel dry afterwards. 

I would LOOOOOVE to hear if you try this out and if you come up with your own recipes! If you use a pre-made Henna bar please let me know what you think about that, I love hearing from you all! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Featured on AJANI Handmade

Hey Maicurlies,

A little over a week ago I was honoured to introduce you to Ms. Sharon Njavika from AJANI Handmade. The lovely Sharon was kind enough to feature my natural hair story and journey on AJANI Handmade’s Blog.

 I am flattered to have my story as part of her beautiful Blog, Thank You Sharon! 

You can read the full story here and please take a few minutes to go over the rest of the wonderful stories and information provided on the Blog. I love the feel, look and content of her Blog and I am sure you will enjoy reading through it too! 

Once again Thank You Sharon, you turned my story into a wonderful feature! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls