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/

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He thinks we are beautiful…

I’ve dedicated this blog to beauty and skincare for women but sometimes I feel my blog needs a man’s perspective on natural beauty. Just to even things out a little lol! This is one of my favorite songs by musiq Soulchild. So enjoy his song So Beautiful

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!

DIY: Natural Hair Gel From Flax Seed

When I found out that I  could make my own gel I was so excited because I have been curious about hair gel was made and more about what goes into making it hold. So I am sharing what I have learned with you 🙂 Enjoy!

I did not follow these exact steps you can follow my video or you can follow this recipe. I added the essential oils while the water was hot and still boiling. It was just the way I decided to do it. You can do it before or after. I don’t see any harm it doing it before.

Ingredients:

Quarter cup of whole flax seeds
2 cup water

Optional ingredients:

Pure Aloe Vera Gel, if you wish I think the aloe gel will make it feel more like a hair gel the flax seed feels a lot like slime but it does gel a little more when it’s refrigerated.

Other optional ingredients:

 A few drops of essential oils like grape seed oil, rosemary, lavender, tea tree

Instructions:

Bring water to a boil. Stir the seeds into the water and reduce heat. Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until a gel-like lotion is formed. Strain through a fine strainer or cheesecloth or if all else fails you can use pantyhose to strain into a small bottle or container. Add essential oils and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week BUT if you ass vitamin E oil or jojoba oil and it can last an extra two weeks.

I will be posting more about this as I become more experienced with this gel but I am excited about this experience.

Let me know if you try it and what worked for you!

Learn more about the benefits of flax seeds at http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-flaxseed-oil.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/312983-flaxseed-benefits-for-hair-skin/

I’ll Be Me And You’ll Be You. Perfect!

I had to post this one as an uplifting reminder. It got me snapping and it lifted my spirits so I’m sharing in hopes it will uplift you as well. 🙂

You are so beautiful…

It’s Fall Y’all

So summer has ended and it is time to get rid of all that dead skin on our feet. Sandals, wedges and flip-flops tend to leave a thick layer of dead skin. It is time to let it go. It does nothing for you but I found out that strawberries mixed with a little salt and olive oil can do wonders for that summer crust. When I think of strawberries I am filled with great memories of margaritas, whipped cream, champagne and lemonade but not a foot scrub?? Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid, an ingredient used in some acne medications. Strawberries are also a great conditioner! Who knew? In learning all of this information I discovered a unique strawberry foot scrub.

Strawberry Foot Scrub:

INGREDIENTS
4 to 8 strawberries
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoons kosher salt

Mix ingredients into a paste, massage well into feet, then rinse, dry and enjoy your smooth and soft feet.

View Slide Show Here

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