6 Ways To Stretch Natural Hair

I had to reblog this because it’s things that I wish I knew before all the hair mistakes that I have made. Enjoy!

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Black Soap

Black Soap

All natural African black soap is made from dried plantain skins, palm leaves and cocoa pod. There are a ton of different kinds of black soap from big cosmetic companies are not 100% pure. Some of the black soap on the market are just black from dye and have tons of chemicals in them. Pure black soap gets its color from roasted plantain skin not dye.

Black soap is cleansing soap that works really well on oily acne prone skin. You can use 100% black soap all over your body but you will need to moisturize after using it. It will make your skin squeaky clean. I use this soap on my face to fight breakouts.

Some black soap is stronger than others because of the way it is made. Black soap should not burn your skin. If the black soap burns than you should stop using it. I have had extremely strong black soap that burned my face so much I was red. I thought this was normal because I had purchased it from a spa. After awhile I stopped using the soap and now I am using but again but with much more knowledge and understanding of what I am using on my face.

If you have a piece of 100% real black soap you should be able to break little pieces of it off and lather the small pieces. Black soap can last a long time depending on how big the piece is that you bought. Black soap lathers really well and you only need a small amount to get the job done. These are all things that I KNOW to be true about black soap. African black soap is soft with an organic shape and texture and an earthy scent to it.

Some people cut the soap and put them in balls. Honestly that’s just a marketing thing that makes it look nice and unique. The soap can be cut in different ways depending on how the seller wants to sell it. It does not have to be a bar or a ball, it can be a chunk. Do not get caught up in the packaging. Be more concerned with who made it, where it’s from and how it was made.

African Black Soap

Natural black soaps help deep clean skin.

Black soap works on most skin types including rough and dry or sensitive skin.

Help clear skin bumps and spots by using black soap daily.

Helps relieve acne, oily skin & other skin problems.

Black soap is also great for removing makeup.

Black soap benefits against premature facial lines and wrinkles.

I recently learned that black soap can also be lathered and used as an effective shampoo.

Some of the above information was modified from africaimports

I was browsing and I came across this post and I thought it was great and as usual I had to reblog. Now a lot of us get deodorant and antiperspirant confused especially if we don’t have an odor problem or a major sweat problem. There are some of us out there that has both or just one of the two issues. This is specifically a deodorant.

Inspirations and Explorations

So, I decided years ago that I was going to cut unnecessary chemicals out of my household and beauty/body cleansing routines.  I won’t go into too much detail, but the safety of aluminum in deodorant has been questioned and most chemicals are not fully tested for their chronic exposure effects. We are inundated with so many potentially harmful chemicals nowadays; I like to keep it natural where I can.  Finding natural shampoos, soaps, dish-washing detergent was easy when I shopped in the right place.  (Whole foods or our natural food coop). But deodorant, was, let’s say… a bit more challenging.

First of all, a lot of the ones that were labeled natural really weren’t, as I would discover while reading the list of ingredients   The deodorants that really were natural didn’t seem to work very well for me.  Roll ons, rock salts, salt sprays, coconut oil, tea tree… tried…

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Natural Teeth Whitening (Update/Healthier)

Sunflower Oil

I was watching the Wendy Williams show and she had a guest on her show, Cynthia Pasquela and she was on the show to talk about celebrity diets. I didn’t really care about the diet information but she really had great tips about teeth whitening. I loved her advice because it was much healthier than the baking soda advice that I had posted earlier. Cynthia said that there is an ancient Ayurvedic teeth whitening remedy. So to get whiter teeth you take a table spoon of oil and you swish it around in you mouth for about 10 to 15 mins and spit it out. The oil pulls the toxins from your mouth and helps with plaque and overall gum health. I’m glad i found this information to share in a quick post. The last post was a good one and something that a few followers said was tried and true. I was hesitant when I first posted it just because if it isn’t done right you can erode your enamel and I was worried about putting that information out there so this one is much better and healthier. Thanks to all of the people who shared their tooth whitening secrets in the last post.

Natural Teeth Whitening (Dr. Oz recipe)

Baking Soda
I know some of us are obsessed with getting whiter teeth. Some people are downright passionate about getting that Hollywood bright smile. I applaud those who care about their personal appearance and oral hygiene but let’s not get carried away. People are going to great lengths to get that perfect smile. For one aiming for perfection is an endless quest that most of us will never reach so I am always one to say just be the best you, you can possibly be and be happy with you if it’s not a health issue and I do mean physical and mental health. The great lengths I am referring to is far beyond whitening strips but I am talking about Vaneers which are teeth that are places over your natural teeth after the dentist has shaved your natural teeth down to nubs. Most people in Hollywood have opted for that procedure to get that white smile. Don’t thing that all celebrities wake up that way or that they are using whitening strips like some of us at home. By the way I am not against whitening strips at all I have friends who use them and it works for them and they swear by them and that is great but for Vinegarandwater, I am giving a more natural option and more inexpensive alternative. All of those teeth whitening products can get expensive and who knows what’s really in them? I sure don’t. So I looked up some natural recipes and I came across this recipe by Dr. Oz. I know baking soda is a natural whitener period. You can use it to lighten your skin, lighten scars and it is in most whitening toothpaste. I will say use this sparingly because you can damage your enamel. But it will work. So this recipe is directly the Oz website.

White Teeth
By posting this picture I am not saying your teeth will get this white. It is just a picture.

Dr. Oz’s Teeth Whitening Home Remedy

Ingredients
Baking Soda
Lemon

Directions
In a small bowl, mix a little bit of baking soda with the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon. The mixture should bubble slightly.
Using a cotton swab, wipe saliva and excess plaque from your teeth before brushing on the mixture. Leave the mixture on your teeth for a minute before gently brushing it off with a toothbrush.

Don’t leave the mixture on your teeth for any longer than a minute; the acid erode tooth enamel

To My First 100

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So I got an email that I officially have 100 followers. I was so happy because I wasn’t even thinking this far ahead when I started this blog. This blog was started as an assignment for a course I was taking and although I had been planning to start a blog for xxx amount of years, this is my 1st one. I am not on any other social networks so I didn’t know who would read my post or follow me. I didn’t know very much about WordPress although I had signed up to start a different blog a year before this one was started. Basically I didn’t know very much or what to expect. I had an idea and I ran with it. I enjoy communicating with all of you. I love the exchange and some of you really make me laugh on days I feel like shit. To those of you that I communicate with regularly, you guys really keep me writing and thinking of new ways to spin this blog. Sometimes I feel like we are all girlfriends drinking wine talking at a table about hair, skin and whatever else. This blog is a blessing for me because it has forced me to write on a consistent basis (I had stopped writing), become mindful of the way content and images are presented to you and it has allowed me to get involved in a positive online community (I am ANTI! social networks). So to my first 100 followers Thank You for reading, following, sharing and exchanging. I really appreciate it.

gratitude

-Vinegarandwater

Bathe Like A Queen

MIlk

I have been meaning to do a post on milk baths but I just never got around to it. Milk baths are often associated with romance and sensuality but I learned that a milk bath can really help with getting rid of dead skin cells. It has been said that Queen Cleopatra had one of the most successful beauty regimens known. She was said to have had a beautiful even complexion due to her milk baths. Now I wasn’t really looking for Cleopatra’s milk bath originally but I do remember hearing about this and her formula seems to be the most popular. Milk has Lactic Acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid. It is gentle and can be found in a lot of beauty products and is said to be an effective anti-aging skin treatment. So it sounds good to me! I doubt if anyone really has the original recipe because I found many recipes claiming to be the Cleopatra milk bath but you can change this recipe  based on your needs and the supplies you have.

4 cups Powdered Milk
2 cups Sea Salt
1 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Citric Acid
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Tangerine or Sweet Orange Essential Oil

TO MAKE: Mix all the dry ingredients in a large, non-porous bowl and work out any clumps. Separate 1-2 cups of the dry mixture into a smaller glass measuring cup or bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix well. Combine the wet mixture back into the dry mix and blend together until evenly dispersed. Package as desired.
TO USE: Add a few tablespoons to warm bath water and enjoy.

Recipe from here

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