Gorgeous Hair Is The Best Revenge

Cleansing
• African Black Soap (Benefits: versatile, affordable, natural, strengthens hair, absorbs moisture from the air and deposits it into hair, softens, eliminates stubborn oil and dirt, increased UV protection, prevents and heals dandruff, creates shine)
• Baking Soda & Water
• Apple Cider Vinegar

Conditioning
• Apple Cider Vinegar (great for detangling)
• Avocado (calms frizz)
• Beer (adds body to limp hair)
• Egg (whites only to treat oily hair, yolk only to add moisture, both for conditioning)
• Yogurt (to treat dull hair)
• Honey (to treat dry or sun-damaged hair)
• Chamomile Tea (to add shine)
• Coconut Oil (deep conditioner)

To combat grease, sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch on roots and comb through.

To combat fly-always, rub a TINY amount of coconut or olive oil through hair.

To combat itch, massage scalp with fresh lemon juice and water. Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse and shampoo.

To darken, use henna or make a paste out of apple cider vinegar and cocoa powder (for brown hair) or beet root powder (for red hair). Saturate entire head with henna or paste before bed, throw a plastic cap on and go to sleep. Wake up and rinse well! Hold off on shampooing your hair for as long as you can stand it. Repeat as often as necessary to get desired color.

To lighten, mix together honey, baking soda, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and peroxide. Apply to areas you want lightened and leave on for at least 45 minutes, preferably while sitting in the sun. Rinse well and repeat every few days until you get your desired color.

To ombré, mix 1 part peroxide to 1 part water in a spray bottle. Spray ends of hair. Let sit for 40 minutes. Rinse well.

Got any tips you’d like to share? Any experience with the above mentioned? Share here!

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Pumpkin Face Mask: A Fall Favorite

What you need
• Leftover pumpkin purée (not from a can)
• Raw honey
• Organic heavy cream or milk

What you do
Mix all ingredients together using your preferred measurements. Go into your bathroom. Get naked! Comb or brush any tangles out of your hair. Apply pumpkin mixture all over your body, including your head. Let pumpkin mask sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing off.

What do you do with leftover pumpkin?

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My Super Frugal Au Naturale Beauty Regimen

People often ask me to share with them exactly what I do to take care of myself, what products I use, and how I can spend so little money to look like a million bucks. This article will expose my formerly secret personal care regimen. 

Oral care: 

  • Every morning I practice oil pulling by swishing around a tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth for 20 minutes.
  • Every morning and every evening, I brush my teeth, my tongue, my roof, my inner cheeks, and my gums with tooth powder (recipe on my blog), and I use a tongue scraper after I brush.
  • I floss my teeth once a day.
  • I apply one drop of fennel or peppermint essential oil on my tongue after I brush my teeth.
  • I regularly clean my toothbrush and tongue scraper with tea tree oil.

Face care:

  • I practice the oil cleansing method every morning by combining hazelnut oil and olive oil in a bowl then massaging the oil combination into the skin on my face before I get in the shower. Once the oil is massaged into my skin, I set a clean, steamy washcloth on top of my face while I rinse my body in hot water. After about a minute, I turn the washcloth over and set the other side on my face. Once the washcloth cools, I use it to rub all of the oil off of my face.
  • Every evening, I use raw, unfiltered honey as a face wash. All I do is rub the honey all over  my face and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
  • 3-5 times a week, I use a Kai straight razor and coconut oil to shave my entire face (except for my eyebrows and lashes, of course). I do this to exfoliate my skin and plump out any wrinkles. 
  • Once a month, I mix bentonite clay and raw apple cider vinegar together and apply it to my face as a deep-cleansing mask.
  • Once or twice a week, I use an egg yolk and egg white as a skin-firming mask.
  • Once or twice a week, I cut the top off of a tomato and I dip the cut side in raw sugar. Then I hold the stem in my hand and rub this antioxidant-rich tomato sugar scrub all over my face and neck.
  • I only use coconut or olive oil as moisturizer and I moisturize after each time I wash my face.
  • I use fresh beets to add color to my cheeks and lips if I ever feel like my face needs a pick-me-up.
  • I use fresh aloe vera gel to tame and grow my brow hair and lashes. 
  • I only use lip balm I make out of shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil.
  • I pluck my own eyebrows using a good tweezer and a precision mirror.

Hair care:

  • I wash my hair every other day with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and a cup of water.
  • I condition my hair after each time I shampoo with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of water.
  • Once a week, I massage fresh aloe vera gel into my scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing out. Aloe vera gel helps hair grow.
  • I massage a few drops of rosemary essential oil into my scalp after every shower. Rosemary essential oil helps keep my scalp healthy and helps my hair grow.
  • I only use henna, lemons, or honey to color my hair.
  • I trim my hair myself about once every 6 weeks.
  • I use apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle as a hair detangler.
  • I make my own deep conditioners out of food I already have at home.
  • I use coconut and olive oil in place of hair serum.
  • Once a week, I deep clean my scalp by massaging sea salt into it.
  • To combat limp locks, I mix sea salt and water together in a spray bottle and spritz my roots.

Body care:

  • I make my own body wash out of liquid castile soap, honey, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt. I use this body wash daily.
  • I only use coconut or olive oil as a shaving gel.
  • Once a week, I douche with any of the following recipes (it depends on my mood and what I have at home at the time): 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part water; 1 part chlorophyll to 1 part water; a few drops of essential oil mixed with water.
  • After my shower, I cut lemons and rub the cut side on my fingernails and toenails, the bottoms of my feet, my armpits, and any skin on my body that needs to be lightened.
  • I only use coconut or olive oil as moisturizer and I moisturize after each shower.
  • I massage oil into my cuticles every time I moisturize.
  • Instead of deodorant, I rub a few drops of essential oils on my armpits after each shower and throughout the day.
  • In place of perfume, I dab a few drops of essential oils on my pulse points.
  • I use a beard and mustache trimmer to keep the “hair down there” neat and tidy.
  • I get my armpits waxed once a month.
  • Every time I take shower, I use a lava stone to exfoliate the bottoms of my feet.
  • I rub tea tree oil and coconut oil onto areas prone to ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

In addition:

  • I drink as much water as I possibly can every single day.
  • I eat mostly produce, protein, and fermented foods.
  • I rarely eat processed food.
  • I get out in the sun as often as possible.
  • I walk and bike everywhere.
  • I don’t wear makeup.
  • I laugh a lot.
  • I practice safe sex.
  • I use my hula hoops whenever and wherever I can.

Do you spend a lot of money on beauty products, weight loss products, healthcare products, etc? Have you tried any of these frugal solutions to looking and feeling your best?

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Simple DIY Hair Conditioner

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Raw, Unfiltered Honey
  • 1 Egg Yolk

Directions:

Whisk ingredients together. Apply to dry hair. Leave on for 30 minutes before shampooing.

*Do not throw away the unused egg white! Rub it all over your face and decolletage area and leave it on until you get in the shower.*

Do you have a conditioner recipe you swear by? Share it here.

 

Want Long Locks? Try Aloe Vera!

What you need
• Aloe Vera Leaf
• Sharp Knife

What you do
First, you need to comb out any tangles. Cut the leaf lengthwise. Rub the gooey side of the leaf onto your scalp until your scalp is covered in the stuff. Massage the goo into your scalp using your fingertips. Leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing out.

Have you tried this? What were your results?

Common Scents

Fragrance is an important part of my life. When my home and I smell good, I feel good. Bad smells do not make me feel good and are often referred to as offensive. I find overpowering, chemically-laden perfumes, colognes, air fresheners, and detergents pretty darn offensive, too. Since I am striving to live a more affordable, back-to-basics, natural lifestyle, I make my own skin and haircare products, laundry detergent, and other cleaning products out of basic, natural ingredients. In the beginning of my DIY journey, I thought my house and I smelled boring, then I was introduced to essential oils.

Not all essential oils are created equal. I did not know this until I attended some classes on the benefits of using essential oils. If you’d like more information on essential oils, I’d suggest doing some research at the library or online. You can probably find a class on essential oils near you. The classes really helped me understand how essential oils work and the benefits I can expect from using them. 

I add essential oils to my homemade cleaning products, laundry detergent, and skin and haircare products. I dab a few drops on my pulse points, on the bottoms of my feet, and on my scalp. I even put a drop of oil in my mouth after I brush my teeth with sea salt.

In addition to using essential oils, I burn quality incense and candles, mull spices, and place fresh flowers around my home. House plants are used in place of air purifiers- and they add natural beauty to any home. These are all affordable ways to replace expensive, toxic fragrances. 

What are some of your favorite fragrances? Have you tried using essential oils instead of perfume and air freshener? 

When Life Hands You Lemons

Lemons are a versatile staple in my home. The following is a list of ways I use them.

• In food and beverage recipes
• Squeezed in hair to create highlights
• As a cleanser for skin, nails, and scalp
• To lighten dark spots and blemishes
• To detoxify the body
• To disinfect countertops
• As a nail strengthener

How do you use lemons?