DIY Boosted Leave-In Conditioner (Creamy)

Hey Maicurlies,

(Side Note: I have been having issues with my WordPress…trying to figure out how to fix it but hopefully you will see this new post without any issues!)

So back to the topic, my DIY Boosted Leave-In Conditioner.

DIY Boosted Leave-In Conditioner (Creamy)

DIY Boosted Leave-In Conditioner (Creamy)

Some of you who might have been following me for a while will know that I have a DIY Leave-In Conditioner mix already and might be wondering why another recipe Mai? Well, two reasons: 1. In the old mix I used a conditioner as the base of the recipe but I no longer use that conditioner and 2. my hair wasn’t responding as well as to the old mix as it use to. When that happens my hair is telling me “change the product mix Mai!” Since I do not use too many store brought products I do not have a stash of different leave-ins I can rotate I listen to my hair and rework the recipes instead.:D

I will put a link at the bottom of the post directing you to my old recipe, just so you can see what all I have changed. There are some subtle changes in the new recipe and a few ingredients that I add or omit depending on my mood at the time of mixing.

DIY Boosted Leave-In Conditioner (Creamy)

DIY Boosted Leave-In Conditioner (Creamy)

Ingredients

2.6 oz plain water (I use bottled water)
A couple petals of dried hibiscus (completely optional) – I use about 7
8 oz leave-in conditioner (use any moisturizing leave-in your hair likes)
2 oz Rose Water
0.1 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
0.2 oz Coffee Infused Almond Oil (use any carrier oil)
3 capsules Vitamin E Oil = roughly 0.15 oz
0.1 oz Glycerine

(Additional ingredients I sometimes use)

0.5 oz fresh home made Aloe Vera Juice to the water I use. When I add AVJ I increase the amount of leave-in my 2 oz.
Glycerine – I add glycerine if the leave-in being used doesn’t contain it already but mine did.
Essential Oil (any oil of choice) – I like the rose scent so I skip the essential oil.

Mixing Instructions

I first add the hibiscus petals to the water and let it sit while I add the other ingredients. First I add the leave-in conditioner with the rose water, virgin coconut oil, coffee infused almond oil and vitamin E oil. I then pour the hibiscus water through a sieve to catch the petals and then whisk. When I use glycerine I add it along with the leave-in and other ingredients. After whisking I transfer the mix into my containers.

Ingredient Alternatives

In case some of the ingredients I use do not play well with your hair they can be replaced by basically anything e.g. castor oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil or any other carrier oil in place of/along with the coffee infused almond oil I use. If glycerine is not your favourite you can use honey or agave nectar as a humectant. (The leave-in I was using in the video had Glycerine in it so there was no need to add any more.) 

My next update will be a Spray Leave-In :D 

I would love to hear if you add any particular ingredients to a store bought leave-in to “boost” its properties! 

(Previous Creamy Leave-In Conditioner Mix)

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Rose Honey Lip Scrub & Cocoa Rose Lip Salve

Hi Maicurlies,

I have two recipes to share today. Both of these mixes are for the lips.

I have been using a DIY Lip Scrub and Lip Salve over the last two months and have noticed a difference in how my lips feels and looks which is why I wanted to share :) 

DIY Rose Honey Lip Scrub

DIY Rose Honey Lip Scrub

DIY Rose Honey Lip Scrub

This baby is fabulous! I use the sugar scrub 1 – 2 times a week maximum to help exfoliate my sensitive chappy lips. Do not scrub more than twice a week otherwise you run the risk of ending up with a raw, fragile and over exfoliated pout! 

Ingredients:

  • 0.5oz Natural Honey
  • 0.1oz Rose Infused Almond Oil (you can use any carrier oil)
  • 1oz. Raw Brown Sugar (you could use white sugar)
  • Peppermint Essential Oil (you can use any Essential Oil)

Mix Instructions:

I first mix the Raw Honey and Rose Infused Oil together and then add about half the Sugar. After mixing in the first half I add the remaining Sugar. The Essential Oil is added at then end and then everything is transferred to my container. 

DIY Rose Honey Lip Scrub

DIY Rose Honey Lip Scrub

When/How I Apply the Scrub:

As I mentioned I apply the scrub once or twice a week after I have washed my face and removed my makeup (including anything on my lips). I make sure my lips are a little damp with water and then in a circular motion I lightly rub the scrub over my lips. I like to leave it on for about 1 minute and then splash it off with water. 

Why I use these ingredients: 

Brown sugar – helps to gently remove dead skin from the lips leaving you with a soft supple pout without being too harsh on the skin. (I prefer using brown sugar over white sugar but there is no harm in using white sugar.) Raw Honey – a light humectant that helps to draw moisture in the air to the lips, making it a super moisturizing ingredient. It has light anti bacterial and antiseptic properties so it helps to heal cracked lips.  Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil – the oil will help trap in all that luscious moisture from the honey, it is light and therefore will not clog up the skin. The infusion of rose adds to the scent of the mix. Peppermint Essential Oil – this is an optional ingredient but I LOVE it. It helps to stimulate blood circulation giving you a tingling sensation, makes the lips plush and it also helps to keep the scrub from going off too quickly due to it’s anti fungal properties (it is not a preservative but helps to extend the shelf life of a product a little).  

DIY Cocoa Rose Lip Salve

DIY Cocoa Rose Lip Salve

DIY Cocoa Rose Lip Salve

Ingredients:

  • 0.8oz unrefined Cocoa Butter (double broil for less than 5 minutes)
  • 0.3oz Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 0.2oz. Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil
  • 0.1oz Castor Oill
  • 2 Vitamin E Oil Capsules = roughly 0.15oz (do not cut your fingers if you use capsules)
  • 2 drops natural Rose fragrance oil – alcohol free (optional)
  • 1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil (Optional – use any EO)

Mixing Instructions:

I first melt down the Cocoa butter in a double broiler for no more than 5 minutes and then add the Virgin Coconut oil to the melted butter (off the heat). The warmth from the Cocoa Butter will melt down the Coconut Oil. I add both the Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil and Castor oil to the mix followed by the contents of two Vitamin E Oil Capsules. The final step is to add the Alcohol Free Rose Fragrance Oil (optional) and the Essential Oil (optional). I then pour the mix into my containers and then let them set in the fridge for no less than 4 hours (usually overnight). 

DIY Cocoa Rose Lip Salve

DIY Cocoa Rose Lip Salve

When/How I Apply the Scrub:

I have become obsessed with this lip salve so I do not only apply it at night but during the day too! Anytime really…but I do make a point of putting it on before bed. I also ensure that after I have scrubbed my lips I apply a sufficient amount of the salve. I make enough of this to keep a container on my bedside table, in my bathroom, my dresser and in my office

Why I use the ingredients:

Cocoa Butter – an excellent butter that has moisturizing and soothing properties. It gives the salve hold yet still allows it to melt immediately upon contact with the skin providing a light sheen and glisten. Virgin Coconut Oil – is easily absorbed into the skin, has moisturizing properties and leaves the skin feeling soft. Castor Oil – is a humectant as well as being a sealing oil so it attracts moisture in the air to the lips and helps to heal damaged, dry  and chapped lips. Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil – is a light oil that helps to seal in the moisturizing and nourishing benefits from the salve and provides a light sheen. I like to use alcohol free fragrance oil, because if provides a luscious scent to the salve and is not damaging or drying. Peppermint Essential Oil – (optional) helps to stimulate blood circulation giving you a tingling sensation, makes the lips plush and it also helps to keep the salve from going off too quickly due to it’s anti fungal properties (it is not a preservative but helps to extend the shelf life of a product a little). Vitamin E Oil – is super moisturizing for the lips, helps generate new skin growth and contains nourishing properties that helps to keep the lips supple and soft.

NOTE: Make sure that your fingers are dry before taking  the products out of the container (before application) in order to keep them from growing bacteria. Since the Lip Salve does not contain beeswax it might become a little soft during the summer months therefor make sure not to keep them in your bag or pocket because it can melt and spill. Use the scrub no more than twice and week to ensure you don’t over exfoliate. You can apply the lip salve anytime you want, so if you make a few batches you can keep some handy in random places e.g. bedside table, dresser, bathroom cabinet, office desk etc. 

I would love to hear if you try these mixes. If you have a favorite DIY Scrub or Lip salve/balm let me know, I like to experiment (as you know)! 

Maicurls

Maicurls

Ms. D’Arcy – Crazy4Coconut Natural In Business on Maicurls

Good Evening Maicurlies,

I am so excited to share my first “Natural In Business” Feature on my blog!!! 

D'Arcy - Crazy4Coconutt

D’Arcy – Crazy4Coconut

The ever so stunning Naturalista D’Arcy is the brainchild and owner of Crazy4Coconut (seriously look at her and her stunning hair!). D’Arcy was kind enough to share the story behind her online store which as you probably guessed, mainly incorporates Coconut but she does offer other items/products too. 

Everything D’Arcy sells are all natural and can be used on both hair and skin. Crazy4Coconut offers oils, butters, scrubs, clay and even jewelry. (D’Arcy I might have to get some of those earrings, they are beautiful!) 

This naturalista’s site is not only about her store, she also blogs about her hair, hair care and having a healthy lifestyle. 

I have the full story about D’Arcy and her company here on my Feature page. After reading her story, please take a few moments to visit Crazy4Coconut to take a peek at D’Arcy’s beautiful products and the wonderful work she does on her blog!

Thank you for sharing with us D’Arcy!

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

Birthday Look and What I did

Hey Maicurlies,

So this is going to be a quick post. It actually was my Birthday a week ago (the 7th) so I wanted to share a few details about what I did, what I did with my hair and all the goodies I got! My loved ones spoilt me rotten :D

So this is what I did with my hair:

Birthday

 Surprise surprise….a Twist Out! It turned out quite well so I was happy.

I used my leave-in conditioner (my updated mix which I need to post here soon), almond oil and a little whipped butter. I put my hair in 6 twists the night before, covered with a satin scarf and left them in until I was getting ready for the “celebrations”. I took down the twists, separated with a little almond oil on my fingers and fluffed.

So for my “celebration” I went out with my family to this AMAZING Mongolian Restaurant. The food was awesome! The menu included a soup as starter, your main course and dessert. For mains you get to select what you want which could be a mix of: chicken, beef, lamb, shrimp and then a selection of vegetables: carrots, paprika, onions, green beans, tomatoes, spring onions as well as the sauces of which there were about 6 to pick from. You give your bowl to the chef who cooks it in an open kitchen and did I mention you could go for seconds, thirds, etc as many as your stomach can hold! The meats and seafood is kept cold/frozen so that it remains fresh and like I said you could go for only chicken, a combo of chicken and meat and if you are really crazy a mix of both meats and seafood together! Yes I rolled out of there full and happy. Oh and my choice of drink was white wine.

After dinner I went out with my friends for a few drinks…a good number of drinks which were Lychee Martinis! I LOVE this cocktail! My curlfriend got me hooked on them so I had to drag my friends to the best spot for cocktails of course. We ended up in our local spot and was surpirsed with a lovely birthday cake. 

Birthday cake

Now what did I get in terms of presents? I really got spoilt rotten! 

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Ok so these are my goodies! My sister and I like to give each other random gifts that we call “silly gifts”. So I got the softest bathrobe/house robe  with matching shoes (It is sooooo soft I want to wear it all day everyday!), a square bean bag seat (silly gift), a cutting board (my sister said so I can prep food for her lol), plant ties (for my soon to be green garden), wireless speakers, red nail polish, iPod Shuffle, Galaxy S4, Tupperware (silly gift), boots (a girl can never have too many boots), kitchen trolley (so I can put all my DIY goodies and other ingredients!), money and I forgot to take a picture of 2 tops I also got.  :D Can someone say spoilt! 

It was a great Birthday :) however, now I can no longer tick the box of 25 – 30…not so excited about that but hey! 

Have a lovely day Maicurlies! 

Maicurls

Maicurls

I won the NHA “For The DIY Naturalista” Giveaway

Hey Maicurlies,

So the excitement still hasn’t rubbed off yet! YES, I WON A GIVEAWAY!!! :D

NHA Giveaway

                                                            NHA Giveaway

I am so super happy it is almost pathetic how happy I am LOL. So let first set the scene…as you may know I am an Instagram (IG) fan and a good curlfriend of mine ended up tagging me on a giveaway hosted by the Natural Hair Academy (NHA). If you haven’t heard of the NHA before I suggest that you visit their site. They have an awesome collection of information, inspiration and opportunities to connect with other naturalistas. Apart from their site and IG page you can also connect with NHA through twitter their YouTube Channel.

So the giveaway was basically created for those interested in all things DIY. Of course my curlfriend thought “hey Mai would probably like this!” and very kindly tagged me and I in-turn tagged some of my friends and followed the guidelines for the giveaway. One week later I was surprised to find out yesterday (9th March) that I won!!!! I am usually never lucky with things like this so I broke out in my happy dance LOL. I want to once again thank my friend Necey for thinking of me and tagging me which got me to join and I also want to give a big shout-out again to the NHA! The giveaway is HUGE!!! No…really it is HUGE!!! Thank you so much. I promise to put everything I receive to good use. 

*************Products Included***********

  • 2 Bottles of Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo
  • 2 Bottles of Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
  • Clover Honey
  • Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Organic Mayonnaise
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Baking Soda
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 100% Pure Raw Shea Butter

*************Materials Included***********

  • Satin Bonet
  • 15 Plastic Caps
  • Glass Jar
  • Spatulas
  • Measurement Spoons
  • Small Plastic Jars
  • Small Plastic Spray Bottle
  • Small Plastic Squeeze Bottle

Isn’t that insane?!?

I wanted to share the box with Necey but she insists that I enjoy the box by myself so I will send her a few of my DIY mixes instead, as a thank you :).

I plan to do an unboxing post & video once my package arrives. I also will be doing a “product review” of the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle shampoo & conditioner since I have never tried them before.

I am like a child LOL you all should have seen my reaction when Necey told me I won :D. I contacted Kim from NHA and she informed me that my package will be sent out by this week and hopefully should arrive in 2 weeks. (Big smile on my face again!) So stay tuned Maicurlies for the unboxing post & video! :D

Have you ever won anything from the NHA? Anywhere else? If so what did you get, I would love to hear from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Lazy Girl Gibson Tuck (protective style)

Hey Maicurlies,

I (yet again) wanted to share a simple protective style that I seem to turn to whenever I am really not in the mood to fuss around with my hair or if my hair should be washed and I am slacking for the day (don’t judge me it happens!) :D 

There are a number of  different ways in which I like to do the Gibson Tuck and today I wanted to share this method. 

It really is as simple and easy as it looks. 2 two strand twists on either side, 1 forward “flat twist” at the front (don’t judge my “forward flat twist” I know it is ugly LOL) and then you tuck away the rest of the hair by rolling and tucking it away under the headband. Pin back the twists and presto you are done! 

I use a headband for two reasons. 1. it acts as an accessory and 2. I use it to help tuck away the hair that isn’t twisted. 

Like I said there are several different ways in which you can do the Gibson tuck so on the day when I recorded the video 

I also took a few pictures of another versions of the style and changed up the headband (I really need to make a new headband to spruce things up). 

What do you think, Gibson tucks yay or nay? Do you have favorite Gibson tuck styles? If so let me know, I would love to hear from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

What I’ve been up to – Instagram & Pinterest

Hey Maicurlies,

If you didn’t know I have become a Instagram (IG) FREAK! Seriously, it is an addiction. Before I was a Pinterest addict and now IG has become my fascination. My Instagram profile is not limited only to all things hair, I do put up posts about skin care and health (but yes hair is a big part of it.) I also have snippets of my YouTube videos on there too. What I love the most about IG is that there is so much inspiration and you get constant updates! Natural beautiful crowns and everything in between all the time! 

Anyways, the purpose of this post is to share some of the things I have been doing with my hair, skin and health. These images are all on my IG page so if you aren’t following me yet, please do! While you are at it, you might as well follow me on Pinterest too (yes I am being cheeky :D) 

So, as a way to perhaps encourage you to follow me on IG I put together a collage of some of the recent photos I have up on there (putting on every single one would too self promoting and self obsessed lol).

Hope to see you on my IG & Pinterest pages! If you have IG or Pinterest please let me know, I love supporting others! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls