The new miracle oil? Benefits of Apricot Oil

I know what you’re thinking….not another oil!! LOL If you are a part of the natural hair community, you probably have your fair share of oils already. Some of the more popular oils are; extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO), and jojoba oil. There are MANY more, not to mention essential oils. If you aren’t to familiar with essential oils check out this article.

Get to the apricot oil whudya!” Ok ok! ūüôā

Recently I’ve decided to ‘simplify’ my hair care regimen (more info to come) as much as possible. While on this journey I came across Apricot Oil. My original intentions were to purchase a big bottle of sweet almond oil and use nothing else but that. Then I saw¬†this¬†bottle on the shelf at my local health food store.

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¬†I read the label 100% moisturizing oil–treat dry hair. Hmmmmmm…….and the price was right too! Retailing at less than $7 for 16 oz I say it was worth a shot. Since then I have consistently used this oil to seal my hair. I can honestly say I have noticed softer more manageable hair, and not to mention the shine! Could this be my new ‘miracle oil’?? Here are some of the benefits of Apricot Oil that I found on the web.

“Heated apricot oil has been has been long used as a hair treatment to restore shine and lost nutrients to dry or damaged hair. Essential fatty acids help restore softness to hair. Simply mix a few drops into shampoo, or rub a few drops between your palms then through hair.” (Quote provided by eHow.com)

“Rich in essential ¬†fatty acids like oleic and linoleic, apricot kernel oil is high in vitamin A. Since it easily penetrates the skin, it is good for prematurely aged, dry or irritated skin. The excellent softening and moisturizing properties is great for face, hands, and hair.” (Quote provided by healthguidance.org)

I have yet to use this oil for my face or body. The oil is very light in texture similar to jojoba oil. But moisturizing like EVOO, and provides sheen like EVCO. Darcy’s Botanicals also sells this oil with a light fragrance¬†on her website here.

Photo courtesy of DarcysBotanicals.com

Photo courtesy of DarcysBotanicals.com

*This product can be found at your local health food store or Amazon.com

Natural Kids: Wash Day/Detangling–Make it easier for her and you!

Mommy nooooooo!!!!!! *chases child around room with comb*

Does this setting sound familiar to you? As a kid with a lot of hair, my mom (and aunts) were often overwhelmed with my hard to manage hair. Tired arms and tears where the norm. Well those days are no more with simple practices that can make washing her precious curls a breeze!

These are the tools you will need

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Grab some toys, coloring books, and movies they will help keep your little princess occupied. Snacks are great too! TAKE BREAKS if she begins to get antsy let her stretch and grab a drink of water. You want this experience to run as smoothly as possible.

Finger detangling is your best friend!! Spraying a conditioner mix (w/plain H2O)¬†will help “melt” those tangles and knots.¬†The conditioner I used (pictured above) is a cheap conditioner by VO5 ¬†I found at Meijer. You can use whatever you have on hand.

 

1. Saturate hair with conditioner mix.

2.  Section hair in workable sections and secure with hair clips

3. Working one section at a time. Begin separating any tangles or knots with ONLY your fingers.

4.¬†GENTLY comb out any further tangles with a shower comb or paddle brush. If you run into a ‘trouble’ area STOP combing and work out the tangle with your fingers and proceed with the comb.

5. Braid (I find that these stay together better than twist) the detangled section.

6. Continue until entire head is detangled.

I found a great YouTube channel GirlsLoveYourCurls that has some great ino and styles for your little curly! Check out her Facebook page too here.

Randomness at it’s best: Hair Talk

Happy Thursday!!!!

Before we get into Hair Talk….for my Twitter followers, earlier today I tweeted asking for input on what kind of accessories to wear with my birthday dress. The color is iridescent and most thought black would be best. Hmmmm…that was too boring and typical. After venturing from store to store I finally chose GOLD!!! My mom suggested silver, but although I value mommy dearest opinion…I stuck with my decision. ūüôā When I have to dress for a special occasion (or just for any outfit) I visualize in my head the look I want to go for. For some reason gold just felt right! No worries I’ll post pics ūüėČ

Ok a little bit ago I was moisturizing and sealing my hair to rebraid for the night (did a braidout 2 days prior).¬† Check out Nina Pruitt 6 Plait Braid Out Part 1 and Part 2. I find her technique is¬† the best because I prefer full hair over super defined hair. She also¬†put me up on Silk Elements Silken Child Moisturizing Creme. (Have¬†I mentioned this stuff before? *shrugs*) ¬†That stuff is the BOMB!! It smells soooooooo good and it’s cheap! Ingredients are awesome and the price is even better. I highly recommend it. But anyway back on track. LOL While rebraiding my honey was showering so the bathroom began to get steamy from the door being shut. I started to notice the steam from the shower was making my hair feel really nice!! Prior to rebraiding I spritzed my hair (lightly) and heavily saturated my ends with my h2o and oil mix Oils used: castor, grapeseed, vit.E, and amla light I was thinking hmmmm…I wonder is that how my hair WOULD feel if I used the Huetiful Hair Steamer??? The wonder machine retails for a whopping 114 buckaroos!

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of BeHuetiful.com

 

Do you own a Huetiful? Did you notice changes after the first use? Was it worth the money? I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

ACV Rinses,Peppermint, and a Miracle Leave-in?

Tonight I decided to do my hair rituals since I was feeling under the weather this past weekend. It’s been awhile since I did an ACV rinse. Why I stopped? I’m not really sure…was it beneficial? Yes! I started finger detangling with Vatika Oil to remove shed hair. Once I was all twisted up 8 twist to be exact, four on each side….I hoped in the shower. With my jar of As I Am cowash sitting on the edge of the tub I cleansed my scalp, nervously eyeing the large jar of coconutty creamy goodness. Oh how I wish the jar came in a pump! It’s beyond nerve wrecking making sure the entire jar doesn’t spill over every time I take a scoop of heaven. Once the condish is all rinsed out I plopped with a tshirt for a min to remove excess water to apply¬† Bio Infusion Rosemary Mint Conditioner as my DC. I wanted to add some honey and¬†EVOO buuuut I’m all out of¬†EVOO so I applied the condish alone with a heat cap for about an hour.

¬†I have never been a big fan of peppermint or rosemary. The smell has always been way too strong. I have rosemary EO but I only used it for prepoo with EVOO. Before I even put the heat cap on, my scalp was beginning to tingle. Some naturals loath this feeling. It started out ok….but it was just weird to me, not calming at all. The tingle just intensified once I put on the heat cap. Finally it was time to rinse. For some reason I decided to add AVJ to my ACV rinse. I poured the mixture into a squirt bottle for easier application. Was there a difference? I can’t really tell, it’s been forever since I’ve done just a ACV rinse. Are there benefits to adding AVJ ummmm not sure LOL I know AVJ is moisturizing, for the longest I thought my hair didn’t like AVJ…that’s a whole different post.

(I’ll do a quick review of the Bio Infusion at the end)

Usually the smell of the ACV is really strong, I used to add One ‘n Only Argan Oil from Sally’s to help with the smell. But maybe the AVJ neutralized the stench because it wasn’t that bad. I plopped again, twist still intact, and it was time for the leave-in. BioSilk Silk Therapy Miracle Leave-In.¬†This was an impromptu purchase from Kroger (it was clearance lol). This stuff does everything. I was skeptical because of the squirt bottle, and I don’t care for squirt bottle leave-in’s no matter how great it is.¬†(i.e.Taliah Waajid Protective Midst Bodifier). Here’s what the back reads:

Miracle Leave-In Conditioner; 17 Miracle uses for your hair and skin

  • Conditions and hydrates hair and skin instantly
  • Provides volume and body
  • Controls and defines curls
  • Reconstructs and repairs dry and damaged hair and skin
  • Strengthens the hair
  • Revives dull lifeless and hair and skin
  • Smoothes the cuticle
  • Controls frizz and flyaways
  • Prevents Split Ends
  • Stops hair breakage
  • Seals the hair
  • Protects hair color from fading
  • Protect’s hair and skin from environmental damage
  • Thermal protector from blow drying
  • Thermal protection from flat and curling irons
  • Leaves hair and skin soft and silky
  • Adds incredible Shine

Directions: Spray all over hair, style as desired. For skin, spray all over body.

Judging from the benefits this stuff really does sound like a “miracle” right? I stopped using this awhile back, because I have so many products¬†I was trying to work my way through. Now that I typed all this out, I’m thinking about using it on a consistent basis to see if it works “miracles”. Here are the ingredients.

Water, cetearyl alcohol, hydrolyzed silk, behentrimonium choloride, cyclopentsiloxane, cclohexasiloxane,propylene glycol, quaternium-80, panthenol, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, potassium sorbate, hexylene glycol, fragrance, hexyl cinnamal, benzyl benzoate, linalool, citronellol, hydroxycitronellal, geraniol,eugenol.

This is what I found about hydrolyzed silk (via ingredientstodiefor.com)

What are the benefits of Hydrolyzed Silk Protein?

HAIR CARE-Aids in moisture retention due to its strong hygroscopic properties (silk is credited with the ability to retain 10,000 times its weight in water), resulting in optimum conditioning and increased strength. Provides superior conditioning properties, making it ideal for natural-type conditioners, shampoos, and hair repairing systems. Links hair fibers to improve elasticity, resiliancy, and restore the moisture balance.

SKIN CARE– Aids in moisture retention due to its strong hygroscopic properties (silk is credited with the ability to retain 10,000 times its weight in water), resulting in optimum conditioning and increased strength. Provides superior conditioning properties, making it ideal for natural-type skin care such as gels, serums, and emulsion systems. Links skin fibers to improve elasticity, resiliancy, and restore the moisture balance.

The reviews that I read (there’s a few on Amazon) most were from people with color treated hair (like myself). If you have color, (they say) protein is your friend. I’m no scientist, but I probably should read up on stuff and see why it’s beneficial…..

I sealed with Amla oil and used Darcy’s Botanicals Avocado and Honey Twisting Cream. I still have a whole friggin jar. Not because it’s garbage but you don’t need that much AT ALL it’s very concentrated and creamy. Unlike the silk therapy which¬† smells heavenly, the twisting cream has no smell. I put some satin sponge rollers on my ends (my bestfriends for a good nights sleep) and I’m calling it a night after this (very long) post LOL

The BioInfusion Conditoner has excellent ingredients also. It’s very moisturizing. The only downfall….the lingering peppermint smell. If you like that sort of thing, this may work for you. I purchased both the shampoo and conditioner from Walgreens for $7.99. I think it was buy one get one 50% off or free. The consistency was light but creamy. This isn’t really a detangling conditioner if you asked me. But everyone is different.

Ingredients
Deionized Water (Aqua) , Rosmarius Officianalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary) , Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract (Peppermint) , Cetyl Alcohol , Stearalkonium Chloride , Polyquaternium 11 , Olealkonium Chloride , Peppermint Oil (Mentha Piperita) , Panthenol , Glycerin , Jojoba Oil (Buxus Chinensis) , Wheat Amino Acid , Tocopherol , Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Grandis) , Diazolidinyl Urea , Quaternium 22

Soho Makeup Brushes *First Impression* and French Twist Updo

Happy MLK Day!

I’ve used a couple of the Soho Brushes from Walmart twice already. So far I can tell a major difference between them and the E.L.F. brushes I purchased from Target. I’m not knocking E.L.F. it’s a great starter brush/eye palette for beginners like myself. I used the eyeshadow brush,smudger, and foundation brush. First the Soho brushes are noticelably softer. I used the same eye primer by E.L.F. but for some reason the color POPPED a lot more! I forgot to take pics from both days. But I do have some. ¬†I think the Soho brushes picked up the pigment better and the entire look came together even more with the smudge brush. Foundation by¬†L’oreal True Match, mascara by NYC. What ya think?

I’ve been wanting to try CurlyNikki’s look, the french twist. I used a banana clip and bobby pins to achieve the “twist” and the scarf from Dollar Tree.

Mini Dollar Store Haul *Pics*

Happy Friday! If you haven’t noticed it’s Friday the 13th….I don’t really believe that sort of thing. What about you? Do you consider yourself to be superstitious?? It seems like if you believe you’ll have bad luck, that’s when stuff happens. Just my opinion…

Anywho…I love the dollar store. I’m not afraid to admit it. It’s also a death trap! You go in there for a few items and leave spending $20 :-/ Yea that sorta kinda happened to me today.

I was reading Hairscapades blog. Check her out >>>here<<<¬† she did a mini dollar store haul of some cute hair scarves she found. Here’s a picture of what I picked up today from Dollar Tree.

 

The brushes are by Soho Beauty,these I got¬†from Walmart, the set was $12. I’m looking forward to using these they feel really soft. The kit came with four brushes: highlighter,foundation,eyeshadow, and smudge. The leopard print case is what caught my eye. Once I got home I looked at the website, apparently the brushes are new to the product line and they¬† specialize in makeup cases. Also in the picture there’s a nail art pen, moisture gloves and socks, and the leopard *wink* scarf. The nail pen has a nice point to it for those of you who aren’t as creative like myself lol it’s reminds me of a marker. I wanted the gloves because my cuticles have been really dry and cracking lately. I’m hoping that it will go away since I’ve been drinking more water. I use lotion daily, but I’ll try massaging jojoba oil into my cuticles and wearing the gloves at night. Same thing for my feet, I’ll apply a heavy moisture cream before bed. I plan to order some cocoa butter from butters-n-bars if I can’t find it locally first.

Right now I’m still not sure about the wonder curl pudding. It’s hit or miss. Tonight I’m doing the baggy method. Nothing fancy smancy here just a regular grocery bag.

For some reason when I did my length check post¬†one picture whouldn’t load so here it is again…

Later!

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Are you living a “Natural” lifestyle?

As naturals we make the mistake of trying to fix our hair from the OUTSIDE. But in fact it starts on the inside. Americans often complain how it’s more expensive to eat healthy. But have you taken a look at how you’ve spent your money since you began your journey? Products galore, right?

The best hair butter on the market won’t matter if you’re not eating a well balanced diet and drinking LOTS of water. Let’s not forget staying active! So becoming natural isn’t just about what you do on the outside. You have to take care of you first! Then that’s when you will see how your entire body will thank you in the long run.

Trying to get to BSL by June? What have you done to help your hair grow? Oils and scalp massages can only get you so far. Eating right and getting the rest our bodies need will lead to not only healthy skin,hair,and nails but a better you!

So for the new year, let’s not make a regimen JUST for our¬†hair. Make a regimen to live a healthy and happy life! Cheers to staying Fabulous! ūüėČ *two snaps*