Mayonnaise Hair Treatment

Mayo

I will say this conditioner is not something I like to do  but I know that mayo is great as a conditioner for hair. I remember trying this a long time ago when my hair was dry and desperate and I couldn’t stand the smell and took forever to remove the smell. BUT I hear it does amazing things so I’m sharing.

After washing your hair, apply a good amount of mayonnaise to your hair. Rub it through your hair like you would a conditioner. The amount that you are going to use really depends on the length and thickness of your hair. After you have applied the mayo all through your hair with either a towel or shower cap so that the mayonnaise can penetrate the hair follicles. You leave the Mayo on your hair for about 30 mins or so but you can leave it in for as long as you can tolerate the smell in a day. Lastly you can shampoo or just rinse it our thoroughly (for those who no longer use shampoo) but I really think some kind of shampoo is best for getting this mixture out. If I’m wrong about that let me know.

Now this is a very basic Mayo treatment because mayo has been known to do great things by itself; but people also mix olive oil with their mayo hair conditioning treatment. I have also found egg, mayo and olive oil mixture as a great hair treatment. But I think that it may ne unnecessary to add egg and olive oil because Mayo is made from egg and oils and there is even a Mayo with olive oil in it but I’m no expert so if you know something I don’t et me know. I just can’t get past the smell of it on my hair.

This treatment is said to help with breakage, split ends and dry dull hair. Your hair should feel soft and shiny after this treatment. Let me know how it works.

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It’s All Been Done Before But Should We Still Be Doing It??

Old Crisco

A lot of women are using Crisco in their hair. Yes Crisco. When I first heard this I thought it was a little weird but I do remember hearing about Crisco being used outside of cooking. So it’s not really a new thing but it is trending right now. I was confused at first because I thought people stopped using Crisco. It was never in my house growing up and I was told by an older friend of mine that when it first came on the market it was made with lard. I couldn’t find anything that said Crisco had lard in it but I do know the formula has changed over the years. Some people are not completely sold on using Crisco in their hair and I’m not either but as I learn I am willing to at least experiment.
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I have watched a few videos on Crisco for hair and I am a little hesitant about is some of the mixtures that I have found. We have to be careful when mixing because UNLESS we are chemist we don’t really know the chemistry of some of the ingredients we are mixing. Sometimes I think we know that we have had worse things like alcohol and mineral oil in over the counter products so we are ok with mixing “natural” or what appears to be natural ingredients. Sometimes I am concerned about the “natural’ things that some of us are mixing. Women are using Crisco to flat-iron their hair and that I can see the reason and benefits of. I think it’s better to coat the hair while flat ironing to prevent heat damage the way we used to in the 90’s. I’m not saying use that old school red styling wax but I’m pretty sure it was always better to coat the hair. Hair burns at 451 degrees and most flat irons go to 450. Be very careful with heat styling. Coat your hair; you will regret it later if you don’t.

Women are also using Crisco as a curling cream. I love curling creams but the OTC products are full of unnecessary ingredients and some are expensive. So this sways me towards trying Crisco even more. I have seen a couple of YouTube videos where “napturals” mixed Crisco, hair gel, olive oil and conditioner (that you would normally wash out) and whipped it in a blender, to use as a butter cream for twist and braid outs. That particular mixture confuses me because I don’t understand why oils need to be mixed with something that is made of vegetable oils. Crisco is very greasy. I also don’t understand why a conditioner that you would normally wash out needs to be in a mixture you plan to leave in. I’m not knocking these recipes because the women who use them say it’s the best these are just things that I am confused by. Of course you do things to fit your hair type. I did find a recipe on a website that I thought was pretty good and worth trying.

I believe this recipe came from a lady name Meisha who wrote to natreview but I like this recipe because it doesn’t have a lot of extra ingredients in it.

Nat Review

DIY Curling Cream
While styling gels are fine and have their purpose, I have found myself leaning more toward creamier stylers. For a while I was using only conditioner for my wash and gos. Conditioner works fine and leaves my hair feeling soft, however it isn’t something that left me with lasting results. After a day or two I would need to restyle my hair or risk it tangling. This curling cream gives my hair a soft hold that lasts for a few days and helps keep moisture in my hair. Here is the recipe:

1. 3/4 cup aloe vera gel
2. 1/4 cup crisco
3. 2 tbsps grapeseed oil
4. 1 tbsp castor oil

Using a hand mixer is best for thorough whipping and a smooth consistency.

*For an extra moisturizing boost, you can add 1/4 cup of a moisturizing conditioner.

This cream isn’t just for wash and gos. It also works well for twist outs and braid outs. Right now this is my go to styler. Hopefully someone else can find it useful too!

Now the newly natural website has answered so many of my questions. It list ingredients it answers the questions like will my hair smell like fried chicken? So if you have any concerns about using Crisco this website should help you understand what it does for naptural hair.

http://newlynatural.com/blog/2012/01/my-adventures-with-crisco/

Aloe Vera For Everything

Aloe

 

I know that a lot of Spanish-speaking countries live by the power of aloe vera when it comes to hair care and skin ailments. Belizeans love this stuff. I heard that aloe vera heals scars and burns quickly. I know that scars are something A Lot of us struggle with and it is the hardest thing to get rid of. Some of us spend nights crying because we can’t see past the scars on our skin. Some of us are convinced that we are ugly because of scars and that leaves deeper scars on our minds and spirits. Scars are a hard thing to overcome and I don’t have a surefire solution because if I did honey I would bottle it up and sell it! But I have heard great things over time about the power of aloe on scars. “People have used it for centuries to treat skin infections, burns, wounds and other kinds of skin conditions. Due to its soothing, moisturizing and healing properties, aloe vera gel can be applied to scars to help the skin repair itself as well as lessen irritation.” Read more http://www.livestrong.com

I know people to just find an aloe vera tree and cut a piece of it off and just start squeezing the gel directly from the plant onto your skin.
Aloe not only heals scars but helps prevent acne you can rub the gel on the affected area twice a day. I read that you would see a difference in as little as one week.

Learn more: Here

Aloe is very good for dry hair. I found a ton of information on different hair products that have aloe vera in it. I have a list of hair care uses for aloe.

Oil
A little bit of Aloe Vera oil on your scalp stimulates the blood circulation. It removes the stress and gives you the feeling of being fresh again.

Gel
A little bit of Aloe Vera gel on the areas of the scalp where you are losing your hair, stimulates new hair growth. As I indicated earlier, Aloe Vera contains enzymes that stimulates new hair growth.
Aloe Vera gel also stimulates the growth of existing hair. The gel is most effective if used at the first sign of hair loss.
Beside stimulating hair growth, Aloe Vera is also a good treatment for greasy hair and dandruff. Aloe Vera gel contains no preservatives or coloring agents and is easy to apply.

Shampoo
Aloe Vera shampoo helps you in eliminating dandruff. It also prevents hair loss and nourishes your scalp making your hair healthier. Your hair gets soft, shiny, silky, smooth and thick. Use Aloe Vera shampoo every day if you like, as Aloe Vera has no side effects.

Conditioner
Hair, when exposed to chemicals, gets damaged. Off course it is better to avoid these chemicals as much as possible. Also if you are suffering from hair loss, the easiest step in this, you can control by yourself. Instead of chemical conditioners, you can use Aloe Vera conditioner. Aloe Vera conditioner is a natural product. Aloe Vera conditioner for silky, soft and smooth hair.

If you do not want to use ready-made
All of the hair information was provided by http://www.aloeveraforhair.org/

Uses: Scars, burns, razor burns, skin irritations
Warning: Do not use on deep wounds
Pros: It soothes the skin
Cons: It’s sticky

You Don’t Have To Run To Sally’s

So some of us are trying to gradually stop buying over the counter products for different reasons; Some of us are trying to save a dollar to splurge somewhere else, some us are just tired of products that don’t work.  Then there are those of us who know that the best things are homemade like… peach cobbler and hair conditioner.  You don’t always have to run to Sally’s Beauty Supply. These are some things that I have substituted for over the counter products or some things that I have heard about that are great subs.  We don’t always have to run to Sally’s sometime we can just run in the kitchen and find what we need for our beauty products. These subs are for hair products but I’m working on something for our other issues. It’s Saturday night so here are some tips just in case your girls call for an unplanned night of bar hopping and you’re looking a little unprepared. Lol! Iv’e been there. No panic and no need to run to Sally’s.

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You Live And You Learn

I feel like I have been talking about hair a lot lately but I learned something that made me feel so informed. Hair burns at 451 degrees. Now I remember when i bought my flat-iron a couple of years back and I was looking for the best flat-iron that got hottest because I thought that’s what my hair needed.  My hair is stubborn. My flat-iron goes up to 450 and I would always crank it up to that. In the beginning I thought that it was crazy and unhealthy but after getting used to it and talking to a friend who was equally as ignorant I kept on doing it. I really thought that I needed the highest heat. My friend did too. a Then to reassure ourselves, we started talking about, “Well I’m sure the stove at the shop gets hotter and they know how to do hair so 450 can’t be that bad.” SMH! The ignorance! Now I’m not a stylist and I don’t have patience with hair so I didn’t do it often but once is enough to cause an irreversible problem. So I realized that my hair is “acting up” because I have not flat ironed it in 10 months. New Year’s Eve was the last time for me and it’s because I noticed my hair was burned and every time I touched it the strands would just fall.  I know exactly the problem and yes I do need a trim as well.  You live and you learn. Damn…

On the bright side if you still want to enjoy the ease of straight hair there is a healthier way to do it. There is an Ipak argon oil infused flat-iron that seems much healthier that the regular flat-iron’s in the stores. It has a chamber where there is a heat protectant solution to coat your hair so that it does not burn.  Its’ a about $69.99 which is a lot cheaper than most irons as well. This flat-Irion has vents that infuse the heat protectant solution onto your hair as you flat-iron it. It also has a heat control and steam options.  I wish I knew all of this growing up.  Damn…

Here where you can get the iron

http://www.sallybeauty.com/argan-iron/SBS-301624,default,pd.html

Here is where you can see how to safely flat-iron your hair

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZJ7u2lOuls&list=UUa0PgZLJfRuGrp7DL1urX9Q&index=16&feature=plcp

Just Sharing…

I  think it’s important to share helpful information with people if you know it can benefit them in a great way. A lot of times women don’t like to share their secrets and usually it’s not that much of a secret. Some women like to be the belle of every ball and even if they see you need a little sprousing up or something that can be fixed with their help they will turn the other way. All they care about is how great you make them look by you looking like a damn fool. They will be the first ones to ask you about your regimen when you do finally figure it out though (trust me). I also must say I like how things are changing because now women are more comfortable sharing their beauty tips and secrets. You can walk up to a lady and say I love your hair what did you use?  She just might tell you jojoba oil, ecostyler and whatever else she’s using and how she got her look. So I like where things are going with us. This is why I reblog and reference people as much as possible. Anyway I’ll share with you some things I have found helpful to me. Some of you may already know and that’s great too. Even if they weren’t helpful to me maybe they will help you.

 

A couple natural Hair Sites I like

http://www.nappturality.com This was the first natural site I found out about 5 or 6 years ago

http://www.curlynikki.com

Favorite Product Reviews

 This is the first YouTube channel I went to for product reviews and it’s still my go to channel. (Thanks Palasea) Follow this link

The person I learned the most about Shea butter was Maryanne and this is her product line. Body Butter Lady

 

This is the site I adore the most for natural products and Anita is a really cool down-to-earth kinda gal

www.anitagrant.com

If someone needs a natural soap this is a great place to go.  100% natural and AhhhhMZING!

http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com

An amazing friend of mine who is starting to do reviews and sharing her product and hair knowledge

Click here for her page

Flaxseed Gel Review (Take 1)

So I promised I would tell you what I thought of the flaxseed gel once I used it so here we go. Yesterday I used it to slick back my pont tail and it did a lil somethin’ somethin’ but not enough plus I had a few other things in my hair so I said I would not post about it until I used it on fresh hair. So last night I washed and conditioned my hair. Then while it was still damp I applied shea butter, jojoba oil. I sectioned my hair into six parts and detangled my hair with a wide tooth comb. Then I applied the flaxseed gel. The flaxseed gel’s consistency is slimy. There’s no other way to describe the texture but it does not sit on the hair like slime.  It does feel like gel once you work it into your hair. I ended up with that wet gel look opposed to the wet puppy drying out look. (I hope I’m not being confusing. I should have done a video instead.)  Then I braided down each section and covered it with a silk bonnet.

So its morning and I was anxious to see the results and my hair feels soft and the gel did have a hold but it’s not that Eco Styler strong hold.  My braid out looks ok in the front but it looks poofy in the back. There are places in my hair where the hold feels stronger like in the very front there I can feel the gel but it’s still not crunchy.  Now to be honest it didn’t anything miraculous but I’m not giving up on it.  My hair hasn’t been responding to anything lately.  I think my hair is depressed and I do not know what to do to make it happy. I’m thinking a trim will make it smile a little.

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 This is what it looked like right after I took it down but it has poofed out a lot while typing. But I still like it.

Pros: It is natural, doesn’t leave your hair feeling crunchy, doesn’t flake, and has a slight hold, you can add your own oils and scents that work for you.

Cons: the hold may not be enough for you, feels like slime (better if you put it in a squeeze bottle), NOT like Eco Styler (A con for some)

I will make another batch soon. This conversation isn’t over lol! I just need to pick up some things to make it a little better and I think I will get some aloe gel and to see if that changes things. I do recommend you try this for yourselves it may work wonders for your hair type. You don’t know till you try.  I’ll be back with more on this. It’s all trial and error.

A funny thing happened….

Ok my friend called me and said she was getting dressed for church and had trouble with her flax seed gel. She put her gel in a squeeze bottle (which is best).  Then when she squeezed the gel in her hand,  as she lifted her arms up to apply the gel to her hair the gel slid off of her hand off of  her hair and ended up down her shirt. I am sharing this to help you understand the consistency. When I say it’s slimy it is the truth lol! I forgot to mention that my gel ended up on the floor and the sink as well due to the slipping and sliding. I also did not put the gel in a squeeze bottle so I was scooping. Save yourself use a squeeze bottle. Trial and error!