DIY Whipped Shea Butter (for skin and hair)

Hey Maicurlies,

It has been a while, buuut I hope this will make up for the delay. I decided to do another “series” similar to how I did my previous Oil infusion series. This time it will be about whipped butter! I absolutely love whipped butter and was asked if I have any other recipes I could share, apart from my DIY Cocoa, Shea, Mango Butter. You know I do and I am happy to share. :)

All the butter recipes to come have all been used and loved by yours truly. So none of them have just been picked at random from the Internet. I used the mixes on both my hair and skin, did some trial and error and will be sharing the ones I love the most. 

Ok without further ado to start off the series I will be sharing my whipped Shea Butter:

DIY Whipped Shea Butter

Ingredients/Tools

Main:

Optional:

  • 5 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • 3 capsules Vitamin E Oil (roughly 0.15 oz.) 
  • Heatproof Bowl
  • Gloves (to avoid contamination, you should also sterilize all your equipment)
  • Spatula
  • Electric Whisk

*You can use any carrier oil of choice it does not have to be the two I use. 

Whipped Shea Butter Ingredients

Additional Information:

Note: I live in the dessert and it is ALWAYS hot so I tend to prefer my Shea Butter whip a little on the firm side which is why I use more Shea Butter compared to Carrier Oil. If you live in moderate/cold weather you will probably want to use more Oil e.g. 2 – 3 oz. This will allow your butter to be light and soft. However, please keep in mind, the Oil is what makes the butter soft, and if your house is warm, there is a slight possibility that you butter might become too soft (if you increase the Oil amount). The opposite applies if you follow my recipe and you live in cooler climates or have a cold house. The whip might become too firm for you, so it really is a trail and error thing until you find the optimum ratio balance. 

I use Essential Oil and vitamin E Oil for the nourishing benefits (read about them here) as well as the fact that they help extend the shelf life of the whip. The shelf life of your mix will depend on the experiry dates of your Raw Shea Butter and Carrier oil. E.g. if your Shea has a 1 year lifespan as well as your Oil then your butter should be good for at least 1 year (as long as you do not add water, dirt or contaminate the mix. If one of your ingredients has a shorter lifespan than the other, you will want to keep an eye out just to make sure it doesn’t start to look/smell funny.

Process:

  1. I first lightly melt down the Shea Butter in a double broiler. To double broil, I put a pot with water on the stove and bring it to a light boil and then place a heatproof bowl with the Shea over the pot. You do not need a lot of water, just enough to create steam under the heatproof bowl. I double broil on low heat for no more than 7 minutes. I do not completly melt it down while on the stove because the warmth from the melted butter will melt the rest. 
  2. I then add the Carrier Oils to the melted butter, stir and place it in my freezer for 10 – 15 minutes. 
  3. After it has become thick (you want it to be thick not firm) I scrape the Butter to the middle of the bowl with a spatula and then begin to whip. I use a whisk to whip the butter on a low setting at first and then move onto a higher setting later. Always scarping the sides to make sure all the butter is whipped.
  4. After a few minutes of whisking I add the Essential Oil and Vitamin E Oil to the whip and continue till I get the consistency I am happy with.
  5. I then transfer the butter into an airtight container. I am of course “extra” and use a piping bag to transfer the butter but a spoon/spatula will do and that is it! 

I have a video of my mixing process:

I hope you like the start of my new series! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Nefertiti Head Wrap

Hey Maicurlies,

It is another wrap day today! I like to call this my Nefertiti Head Wrap. :)

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I put  these photos on my Instagram page a little while ago:

and was sweetly asked if I could do a tutorial which I was very happy to do. These are the things I use to do the style:

  • A hair bubble
  • Silk Satin Scarf
  • Scarf/wrap (external wrap)

I have a quick “how to” method in photos:

  1. I make a bun (mine was a messy bun)
  2. I use the silk satin scarf to cover the bun – I use this to help protect my hair from the external scarf/wrap since that is made of cotton and also because it helps to make the wrap appear bigger. 
  3. I first tuck one end of the external scarf against my scalp and then wrap upwards, tugging/pulling and adjusting as needed. I then tuck away the other end at the very top and continue to adjust till I am happy. Le fin! 

To make it easier I of course have a video tutorial of the whole process. I also did a little “demo” of the same style with different scarves. 

I hope my IG friend get’s to see this video :D and I would love to hear what you all think of this style! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Updated Full Strength Henna Paste and How To Make Henna (Ice) Blocks

Hey Maicurlies,

Today I’ve got another DIY and this also sort of ties in with my recent re-addiction to all things henna :D 

I first want to share my updated henna paste (full strength henna) which focuses only on ayurvedic herbs – Henna, Amla and Hibiscus mixed with Green Tea.

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This mix is somewhat similar to my “old” henna paste which you can read about (here) except that I now add hibiscus. I have already written about the wonders of hibiscus here p.s. it is awesome for a number of different reasons! Another aspect that is different is that I keep my henna paste “clean” by not adding anything additional e.g. conditioner, coconut milk etc after I see dye release. There is no harm in adding conditioner/coconut milk/oil etc to the paste, they actually help to make your hair feel less dry after you rinse out the henna however, at the moment I am more focused on the ayurvedic benefits which is why I opt not to add anything to the mix.

(I turn to my DIY Henna Gloss Bars on days when I want to henna without the punch that is packed in my full strength henna paste).

Henna Paste

Henna Paste

Ingredients/Tools:

  • Henna 5 oz
  • Amla 0.7 oz
  • Hibiscus 1.2 oz
  • Green Tea 6 oz
  • Glass Bowl
  • Spatula 
  • Old material/newspaper to cover the work space 

Mixing:

I first combine all the dry ingredients and then add my warm green tea (not boiling hot – I let it cool down first) and stir. I like making my paste quite thick because I don’t like the henna to drip down my face/neck.

After mixing I will cover the paste with Clingfilm and wait for dye release. When I start to see dye release I add a tiny bit of lukewarm tea (no more than 1.5 oz) just so the paste isn’t too thick and will spread easily on my hair. It usually takes my henna no more than 4 hours to see the initial stages of dye release and I like to apply it when I start to see dye release since I leave the henna on overnight and the dye will continue to release while I sleep. 

Application:

I always apply henna on damp detangled and cleansed hair, starting at the back working my way to the front. I cover my hair with Clingfilm, a shower cap, sometimes a plastic bag and then a scarf to make sure everything is really nice and warm. ALWAYS USE GLOVES otherwise your palms and nails will get stained! After I have left the henna on overnight I rinse out the henna with water first, follow up with rinses with conditioner and then I apply a Moisturizing Deep Conditioner (DC) once the water runs clear. I leave the DC on for no less than 2 hours and then I am done! 

Henna (Ice) Blocks

Frozen Henna (Ice) Blocks

Frozen Henna (Ice) Blocks

What I now love doing is turning my henna paste into henna (Ice) Blocks. I like making the blocks because:

  1. I mix up quite a bit of henna and store it in my freezer waiting for it to be used. This makes it less time consuming in the long run since everything is ready and just needs to be melted. 
  2. Whenever I have henna in my freezer, the red dye is much more intense compared to when I just use my paste after dye release.

Ingredients/Tools:

  • Henna Paste (recipe above)
  • Silicone moulds
  • Spatula
  • Clingfilm
  • Sandwich bag
  • Old material/newspaper to cover the work space

Making the bars:

Henna (Ice) Blocks before freezing them

Henna (Ice) Blocks before freezing them

After making the henna paste I simply pour the paste into silicone molds, cover with Clingfilm and then place them in my freezer. (If you do not have silicone molds you can use ice cube trays but I would keep the moulds and ice cube trays separate from those you use to make normal ice blocks, bake etc. I keep everything I use for my hair separate from other tools in my kitchen).

Clingfilm covered henna (Ice) Blocks

Clingfilm covered henna (Ice) Blocks

I recommend letting the bars freeze for no less than 12 hours ideally letting them sit in the freezer for longer because the longer you let them sit the more intense the red dye! Once the bars have frozen I cover each bar with Clingfilm and store them in a sandwich bag until they are needed. I have left mine in the freezer for 2 months and still got great dye release and conditioning benefits. (You might get away with more storage time but I have not tried). 

Melting the bars:

Melting Frozen Henna (Ice) Blocks

Melting Frozen Henna (Ice) Blocks

  • Heatproof bowl
  • A little water
  • Spatula
  • Henna Bars
  • Green tea (no more than 2 oz)
  • Gloves
  • Old Piece of cloth/newspaper to cover the work space

Put a pot on the stove with a little bit of water. Place the bars in the heatproof bowl and put the bowl over the pot. Allow the bars to slowly melt down on low heat for 7 – 10 minutes while stirring. Once the bars have melted I tend to add a little bit of lukewarm tea (no more than 2 oz) just to make sure the paste is neither too thick/thin. I apply & rinse as normal (see above) and that is it! 

I have a video of the whole process:

Would love to hear what you think!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Aurélia Zierre – Natural Skin Care In Business on Maicurles

Hey Maicurlies,

I am delighted to share the business story about an all natural skin care company.

Aurélia | Zierre

Aurélia | Zierre

Aurélia | Zierre is a budding Altruistic Natural Skin Care company based in the United States – District Heights, Maryland & Washington, DC. Their products range from natural scrubs, Shea Body Crémes and Artisan Soaps.

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Apart from the all natural concept that I of course LOVE, I also really love supporting companies that give back to the community, which is what Aurélia | Zierre does. The company have partnered together with four local charities in order to give directly to those in need.

“With every product you purchase, Aurélia | Zierre helps a person in need”

I am excited to share the story and business concept of Aurélia | Zierre which you can read on my Feature Page here. Please do not forget to check out: aureliazierre.storenvy.com to take a peek at their beautiful products! 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Aurélia | Zierre!

Maicurls

Maicurls

Twisted Flexi Rod Set

Hey Maicurlies,

Twisted Perm Rod Set

                                            (Cheat) Twisted Flexi Rod Set

So I have recently become a little obsessed with Flexi Rod sets and wanted to share a method that I like to refer to as the (cheat) Twisted Flexi Rod set. I say “cheat” because I basically wear my hair in twists first for a few days and then instead of just taking down my hair for a twist-out I twirl my hair around Flexi Rods overnight and then have a Twisted Flexi Rod set the following day. 

In this particular example I had my hair in 23 twists for 5 days and remoisturized them two days before putting in the Flexi Rods. To remoisturize I took them down at night, applied my DIY Moisturizing and Curl Activating Spray and retwisted. I felt no need to add moisture before using the Flexi Rods so I just went straight into setting my hair with a little gel. I literally rubbed some DIY Rosewater Flaxseed Gel (FSG) over my twisted hair (without undoing the twists) and then followed up with some oil. The FSG does two things: helps provide hold and has moisturizing properties of its own. The oil helps to seal in the moisture from the FSG and also adds shine. 

I covered my hair with a scarf overnight and then took down the Flexi Rods, unraveled the twists, separated my hair and then lifted my roots a little with an Afro comb. Le fin! 

Products/ Tools 

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Here is a video tutorial of the whole process. 

I would love to hear what you think! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Finger Twirled Wash And Go

Hey Maicurlies,

Today I have an updated styling video today which is my “Finger Twirled Wash and Go”. The method I use basically helps to enhance the curl pattern of my hair. For whatever reason, it tends to allow me to get more days out of a Wash and Go which is always welcomed. 

Finger Twirled Wash and Go

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In the tutorial I started off with wet freshly co-washed hair that I already sectioned into twists to make it easier to get through my hair.  

Products Used:

Method:

I first made sure my hair was damp, applied the Leave-In, followed by a few pumps from the FSG and then the oil to seal in everything. My hair was already detangled before I started so when I raked the products through my hair I didn’t have any issues with tangles. Once the products were raked in I twirled small sections of hair around my finger to enhance the curls and then let my hair air dry.

While wet

                                                        While Damp

After 3 hours my hair was dry. Even after my hair was dry it still looked mousey! I have fine natural hair so it always looks mousey when wet, when I use Gel, if I use too much product etc especially on the initial day of styling. I get rid of this unwanted look by massaging my scalp with my fingertips to lift my roots, head bang (a lot), scrunch and basically just try to make my hair have life! 

Dried (day 1)

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The image below is on day 2. I get a little more “ompf” in my hair as the days go on (I also had frizz with the “ompf” but I am happy to get frizz if I also get fullness!) 

Day 2

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Here is a video of my method:

I would love to hear what you think! 

P.S. I am going to go on a Henna Journey soon (I have probably mentioned this before LOL). I use to do a lot of henna treatments (a few years ago) and at the time my hair was soooo happy, thick, shiny etc and I have been meaning to do some kind of challenge. I will keep you updated!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

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