• 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
• 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!
Supplements are expensive! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, or you know me in real life, you know how much I hate spending money if I don’t have to. As someone who takes great pleasure in supporting my body by giving it what it needs, I did some research on vitamins, minerals, and other things my body needs, and came up with a food plan to ensure I’m getting my daily intake of vitamins, minerals, etcetera through the food I eat, not through expensive pills that may or may not work. The following is a list of the foods I eat regularly for optimum health!
Last year, I learned how to make my own Kombucha. Since I put just about everything I eat on my skin, I assumed my Kombucha and its “mother” would be no different. I looked up the benefits of “Kombucha skincare” and this is what I found (I just copied and pasted from http://www.kombuchakamp.com because I’m feeling a bit lazy this morning):
• The culture pulls circulation to the surface of the skin which regenerates the skin cells
• The pH of the culture has the effect of a mild and all natural acid peel which sloughs dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth
The Kombucha culture also has many topical uses. One of the terms for the SCOBY is zooglea, which translates as “living skin” and helps heal the skin from burns, wounds and other skin ailments. Biofilms are not new and have a wide range of applications from medicinal bandages, replacement blood veins, speaker diaphragms and more. BASYC is one such biofilm that is being tested and manufactured for such purposes. They have isolated an acetobacter xylinium strain – one of the bacteria native to the Kombucha culture – to create this biofilm.
You can use pieces of the culture topically to speed healing of cuts, burns and other wounds. Cut a piece to size and hold in place with a bandage wrap. It will sting a bit, much like iodine.
• The pH of the culture inhibits the growth of harmful organisms.
• The bacteria send out microfibrils which are filament strands that link up with those of other bacteria creating a nano-structure that thickens over time.
For years people have told me that I look much younger than I rightfully should – I’m 33 years old and people always guess I’m at least 10 years younger! Maybe it has something to do with how I eat and what I put on my skin. Since I started making Kombucha and using it in my skincare regimen, the “you look so young” compliments increased and someone even asked me if I was 18!
Ready for my Kombucha mask recipe?! I thought so…
Homemade Kombucha (you don’t need much)
Scoby (that’s the Kombucha’s “mother” or Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast)
Coconut, avocado, almond, or olive oil (I use coconut oil)
Bentonite clay (optional)
Raw honey (optional)
Blend all ingredients together in your blender
Apply to skin and hair
Let sit for at least 15 minutes
Rinse well and follow with moisturizer (I use coconut oil)
This mask may sting a bit and cause your skin to redden. Fear not, your skin is undergoing a homemade chemical peel and… the juice is well worth the squeeze!
I’ve been on a hiatus, and for that I’m sorry. I thought I’d quickly share some tips with you so that you know I haven’t forgotten about you!
Got ants? Squeeze fresh lemon juice along your baseboards and any other areas ants may sneak through, then sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Let sit for as long as you can stand (without making you crazy) then wipe clean with a towel, hot water, and liquid Castile soap.
Pour 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 part distilled water in a bottle and shake well. Use this as a toner for your face or freshly shaven areas. You can also use this on your scalp and hair in place of shampoo and conditioner!
Lubricate your bike chains with olive oil. You already have some in your kitchen, use it up!
I’m on my way to Transcendence Festival to teach a DIY workshop and a hoopdance workshop and will be back next week. I promise to share more with you then!
Do you have some tips for me? I’d love to read them!
What you need
• Homemade Chicken Stock
• Garlic, shredded
• Ginger, peeled and shredded
• Tomatoes, diced
• Mint, chopped
• Plain Greek Yogurt
• Lots of Butter or Ghee
• Hot Chili Peppers, finely chopped
• Himalayan or Sea Salt
• Cilantro, finely chopped
• Scallions, chopped
What you do
Rinse and soak the lentils overnight. Cook them in chicken stock, ginger, garlic, turmeric, cumin, paprika, and salt until tender. Add all the other ingredients. Mix then lower the heat and allow lentils to simmer, adding more stock and stirring every now and then. You decide when you’re ready to serve. I allow this to cook for hours before serving.
*I serve this dish with homemade naan bread.*
Do you make Indian food? What are your favorite Indian recipes?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?