• 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!
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.
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!
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
What you need
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s brand with the “mother”)
Rosemary essential oil (It promotes scalp health and it helps my hair grow)
2 8 ounce bottles with a squeeze cap
Add 1 tbsp of baking soda, 1 cup of water, and 5 drops of rosemary essential oil to your bottle. Shake your bottle prior to each use.
Add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, 5 drops of rosemary essential oil, and 1 cup of water to your bottle. Shake your bottle prior to each use.
Do you a favorite shampoo or conditioner recipe? Share it here!
My 12-year-old niece asked me to lighten her hair. Since I only ever use products I make myself out of all-natural ingredients, my hippie sister allowed me to do it. My niece is half black with long, kinky, coarse, dark brown hair so I wanted to make certain that we used ingredients that wouldn’t totally dry out her locks. Since I had recently read somewhere that people are using honey to lighten their hair, I decided to do a little research on the subject before coming up with a recipe. Here’s what happened:
What we used
1 cup of raw, unfiltered honey
1/4 cup of raw apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp baking soda
4 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
The juice from 1 organic lemon
I wanted my niece to learn how to make this concoction herself, so I had her add and then mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Once she was done mixing, we went outside to distribute the honey mixture as evenly as we could into her hair. After her hair was coated, she sat in the sun for 45 minutes before rinsing the honey out.
Sweet success! She now has beautiful, natural-looking, honey-colored highlights all over her head! She and my sister are very happy with the results.
Have you lightened or colored your hair using all-natural ingredients? If so, I’d love to read what you did. Caring is sharing!