Lightening your natural hair the natural way

Lightening your natural hair the natural way

 

Now that the summer months are here and my hair is well on it’s way to afro glory I have been toying with the idea of lightening it. I’ve seen lots of amazing photo’s on Pinterest of natural hedded girls who have experimented with colour and they look amazing! Very inspirational. Having the French braids in did make my hair grow but I found them to be a little restrictive and uncomfortable to sleep with so I’ve decided to give them a miss for the foreseeable future and just let my hair do what nature intended. So far so good!

I went to my hair dressers Adornment last week to discuss possible hair colours and they understood exactly what I was referring to when I said that I wanted a very subtle lightening with highlights that are only really visible in the sunlight. They suggested that I get lowlights instead of highlights and we choose some shades for that purpose. Unfortunately for me though, the salon does get booked up very quickly and they didn’t have any available appointments so I’m on the reserve list, but in the meantime I done some research on natural hair lightening methods and I found this:

10 Ways to Lighten your Hair Naturally {Homemade Recipes}

http://www.diyncrafts.com/2312/homemade/10-ways-to-lighten-your-hair-naturally

So I think I may just give one of these a try as I have pretty much all of these ingredients at home already in my cupboards and perhaps I will prefer this method to putting harsh chemicals on my hair and possibly not liking the results!

Has anyone tried any of these methods before? If so, did it work? Was it easy to do? Or too messy??

Let me know!

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Provence in Spring Solid Perfume Recipe

Provence in Spring Solid Perfume Recipe

 

Solid Perfume is a more compact and undiluted, alcohol free version of your typical eau de toilette. It can be made with all your favourite essential oils AND you can store it almost anywhere – an old Vaseline tub, a lip balm container, a locket – you name it.  I bought a beautiful leather and silver locket in Lake Como a couple of years ago and I have my solid perfume in there. Not only is it gorgeous but it smells so good it makes me smile everytime I open it up.

And you lucky things are going to get the recipe so that you can make your very own. Exciting huh?!

You will need:

2 tsp  Beeswax

2 tsp Carrier oil (Olive oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil – whichever you prefer)

40 drops of Essential Oil

1 drop Vitamin E (optional)

Something to put your perfume in (old lip balm container etc)

 

Suggested Essential Oil Blend (but you can use whatever variation you like)

Provence in Spring

18 drops Chamomile EO

18 drops Lavender EO

4 drops Vanilla EO

 

Instructions

Firstly, you need to prepare your perfume oils. Using a pipette, combine your essential oils in a small container ready to go.

Then, using a double boiler or Baine Marie, gently melt your beeswax. This won’t take very long as you’re not going to be melting a lot. When the beeswax has melted you will need to work quickly to combine both the beeswax, the carrier oil (I like to use Sweet Almond or Grapeseed as they are almost odourless and non-greasy), Vitamin E (if using), and your ready mixed Essential Oils. Mix them together with a small spoon to blend. If you don’t work quickly at this point your perfume will set up making it hard to get into your container. Once you have mixed it sufficiently you can go ahead and pour it into your container. If your blend sets up before you have been able to get it into your container then don’t panic, just hover it over your double boiler to melt it a little (don’t melt all the way as you will lose some of your essential oils to evaporation).

Leave to set for a few minutes and Voila! You have your very own sweetly scented perfume. Welldone you! 🙂

 

 

Chamomile Baby Oil Recipe

Chamomile Baby Oil Recipe

 An all easily absorbed natural homemade skincare recipe specially formulated for your babies precious skin. Perfect for use after your baby’s bathtime with the lovely comforting smell of chamomile. Ingredients Olive Oil 59 ml Calendula Oil 44 ml Avocado Oil 14 ml Jojoba Oil 14 ml Wheat Germ Oil 9 ml Vitamin E 6 ml Roman Chamomile Essential Oil  a few drops Instructions: Mix ingredients together and decant into a dark glass bottle and keep out of direct sunlight to prevent the oils from going rancid. Use oil after baby’s bathtime or for baby massage. This oil will keep your babies skin soft and supple and with it’s all natural ingredients you know that you’re putting nothing but goodness onto your babies skin (or yours).

Enjoy!

Shikikai Shampoo

Shikikai Shampoo

 

Well as promised here’s my review about Shikikai Shampoo!

I started washing my hair with Shikikai Powder a few weeks ago. My commitment to using natural products is very important to me, as is the discovery of better and more effective natural ingredients to use. I was immediately intrigued when I read about Shikikai Powder because of it’s multiple benefits to both the hair and skin. Firstly, it is a completely natural product that comes from the Acaia fruit tree. The bonus to using this natural ingredient as a shampoo instead of the combination of baking soda and apple cider vinegar that I was using previously, is that you get an actual lather from the shikikai paste (made up using a combination of shikikai powder and water), it cleans the hair excellently so doesn’t strip the hair of it’s natural oils and it can be used as a body wash aswell as a hair shampoo. Shikikai is very high in Vitamins  A, D, E, and K, antioxidants which are essential for healthy and rapid hair growth. The hair grows strong and healthy as a result. Using Shikikai as a shampoo also eliminates dandruff and helps with detangling.

So what did I think of it? – Well I would agree with the claim that it cleans well and doesn’t strip the hair of it’s natural oils but personally I couldn’t get the powder to create a paste even when I added more powder to the mixture. Also, it was very messy to use: the powder is brown and very fine so it literally went everywhere – it went all over the sink and when I washed it out it went all over the bath. Applying it was okay, considering it was almost completely in liquid form, and it didn’t drip much, but it looked very unsightly (it seems odd washing your hair with brown liquid when dirty hair is usually the same colour!). It was also a bit of a task cleaning it up afterwards. But I think the main thing about using Shikikai Powder that almost completely put me off using it was the smell. It was..curry like. Not only did it LOOK like curry but it SMELT like curry too, and I did NOT want to smell like curry powder as a result of washing my hair thank you very much!

I was concerned about the curry odour (which funnily enough nobody had mentioned in the various posts I’d read about using this as a shampoo!), so I asked my boyfriend what he thought about it. My hope was that the smell was temporary and would dissipate once I’d washed it out but he said that he could smell it and it did smell of curry and needless to say he was none too keen. Hmpff!

I do like the fact that it cleans well, keeps my hair conditioned, healthy and growing fast but I don’t like the messy element of using it. I don’t like the smell or the fact that it doesn’t seem to turn into a paste and lather up like has been claimed SO I have decided to just purchase Dr Bronners Shikikai Soap instead, which can be used as both a body wash, face wash AND shampoo.

shikikai soap

It comes in a pump dispenser bottle and just needs to be diluted (not mixed) with water in order for it to work effectively. What I also like about this particular product is that aswell as the magic ingredient: Shikikai, it is made using a combination of wonderful 100% natural or organic ingredients including: Coconut Oil, Hemp Oil, Jojoba Oil and Olive Oil to mention just a few. I don’t mind making my own bath and body products to use but it can be a little time consuming when I’m having to make my own hair spray, body cream, hair oil, shampoo and conditioner, so I think that this would be a happy medium. It also means that I will no longer have to use skin drying soaps to wash with as I’ll be able to use this instead. The scent is supposed to be Tea Tree which I’ll admit isn’t my favourite smell but it’s better then curry. For sure!!

I haven’t bought it yet so I’ll probably have to do one more wash with my homemade shikikai powder mixture but from then on I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’ll be using Dr Bronner’s Shikikai Soap.

 

Natural Winter Hair Remedy

Natural Winter Hair Remedy

shikakai powdercoconut milk

I’m being perfectly honest when I tell you that my hair has never felt cleaner since I stopped using store bought, chemical inclusive hair shampoos and started making my own natural hair care. And I could also argue that my hair has never looked better, but that could be a matter of opinion 😉

I am always on the lookout for natural ingredients that have beneficial properties to health and skincare and as such I have been looking specifically for some really good hair conditioner recipes. I was using Coconut Oil previously, but I feel it can be a little drying and could do with some jazzing up.

Recently I came across some Natural Hair Conditioner recipes, with interesting ingredients that I’d like to try out within the next couple of weeks. As I’m going on holiday tomorrow and won’t be back for another week I’ll need to do one of the conditioner recipes tonight after I have washed my hair with my tried and tested Basic Hair Shampoo Recipe: https://silklafox.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/basic-natural-hair-shampoo-recipe/ .

Coconut Milk & Shikakai Deep Conditioner

Ingredients

1 Cup (or Can) Organic Coconut Milk

2 Tbsp Shikakai Powder

2 Tbsp Olive Oil (or Avocado Oil)

2 Tbsp Jojoba Oil (or Sweet Almond Oil)

2 Tbsp Manuka Honey

A few drops of Essential Oils (optional)

Shikakai Powder (also known as Acacia Concinna), is a natural fruit powder originating from the Acacia tree found in parts of Asia. Shikakai means “fruit for hair”, and has been used as a natural hair ingredient in India for centuries. Shikakai is a result of the fruit pods, leaves and bark being ground into a fine powder, which is then made into a paste.  It has a ton of benefits, including:

  • Nourishing hair, promoting hair growth & strength
  • Gentle on the scalp and hair
  • Prevents and eliminates dandruff
  • Works well both as a shampoo and in a conditioner (the paste like texture gives it lathering capabilities)
  • Strengthens and moisturises the hair
  • Can also be used as a body wash and face cleanser
  • Doesn’t strip the hair of it’s natural oils
  • Helps protect the hair from fungal infections (and lice)

This product sounds like an absolute god send! I haven’t managed to get my mitts on it yet as Holland and Barretts don’t stock it and Whole Foods only have the capsules but when I do oh boy will I be making good use of it! V Excited. Coupled with the properties of Coconut Milk which soothes the scalp and provides softness and deep conditioning, I think this is going to be a very good conditioner indeed.

Recipe number 2..

Coconut Milk, Shea Butter & Honey Conditioner

Ingredients

1/4 Can Coconut Milk

1 Tsp Whipped Shea Butter

1 Tbsp Manuka Honey

1 Tbsp Olive Oil (or Avocado)

1 Tbsp Jojoba Oil (or Sweet Almond)

2 Tsp Vegetable Glycerin

A few drops of Essential Oils (optional)

I can’t tout the goodness of Manuka Honey enough – I use it in my face cleanser, moisturiser, hot oil conditioner and in my bentonite clay & honey face mask: https://silklafox.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/bentonite-clay-manuka-honey-face-mask-recipe/. It can be used in a variety of different recipes so it is a highly recommended investment – and it IS an investment. I had to pay £31 for 250 grams! Try it out for yourself and see what you think. See you in a week! 🙂

Bentonite Clay & Manuka Honey Face Mask Recipe

Bentonite Clay & Manuka Honey Face Mask Recipe

The perfect homemade detox clay mask curtesy of The Secret Scent Societe’

You will need:

2 tsp Bentonite Clay (it should be grey/off-white in colour and very finely powered).
2 tsp Floral Water (I used Orange Blossom/#Neroli, but you can use any floral water you like, or just use normal tap water)
1 tsp Raw Honey (Native to New Zealand, Manuka Honey specifically is the very best honey that you can buy and you preferably want to go for one that’s been UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) certified as that means that it’s been tested by an independent laboratory for it’s superior quality.
1 tsp Vegetable oil (Olive oil, Grapeseed Oil or Jojoba Oil are good ones to use)
A small plastic tub to mix your clay mask in
A plastic spoon
(You can also add Essential Oils but I hardly see the point considering you’re going to wash it off)

Instructions:
– Using a plastic spoon (DO NOT use a metal spoon as Bentonite clay has unique properties that allow it to absorb not only toxins and impurities but also metal if it comes into contact with it, causing it to be less effective), measure out your water, oil and honey and stir.
– The clay should always be added to the water/oil/honey mixture, not the other way around as it will be easier to work with this way.
– Then using your spoon you want to add the clay to the mixture a bit at a time mixing thoroughly until it turns into a paste.
– Using clean fingers (or a clean makeup brush), apply the mixture, wait about 10 minutes (during which it may make your skin feel a little tingly or tight (this is normal), then gently remove with a warm wet face cloth.

Lastly: Moisturise. Argan Oil or Jojoba Oil are the best oils to use for this job.

And Voila!, you have made your very own face mask!
Your skin will feel as smooth as velvet. This recipe is packed full of amazing natural ingredients that will do absolute wonders for the maintenance of your skin. Use this mask once or twice a week to clear up any impurities and to take your skin to the next level! The mask must be discarded after each use and made anew each time you want to use it on your face because it won’t stay fresh for long.

Enjoy!

More on the benefits of Bentonite clay soon!

 

Bentonite clayJOJOBA OilNeroli WaterManuka Honey

Fragrant Beautification!

Fragrant Beautification!

The crafting doesn’t stop! A couple of weeks ago I started on my luxury butter soap range (see below!), which includes your choice of skin loving natural butters and one of my most loved and best selling fragrances Ambrosial Peach. These soaps really are fantastically moisturising, and smell heavenly!
You can buy them online here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/121165895/3-ambrosial-peach-luxury-butter-scented
Ambrosial Peach Soap 1