Coconut Craziness…

Lately I have gone crazy with anything coconut. I use coconut oil almost everyday on my scalp and occasionally DT with coconut milk. Even one of my fav gels ORS Lock and Twist Gel  has coconut milk in it.

Coconut oil has been a HG product for centuries especially in countries like India. If you google the benefits of coconut oil the results will seem endless.

Coconut oil contains lauric and capric acids which have antimicrobial properties (aka keeping icky bacteria of your scalp) and high amounts of vitamin E. Coconut oil also locks in moisture in hair. It’s not easily broken down and results in super soft and strong hair. It also prevents breakage which also important in retaining length. Check out this article of coconut oil and hair growth.

Coconut oil is great for avoiding and treating dry, itchy scalps and dandruff because of the fatty acids. Some even use it for styling alone or to tame frizz. I used it today under my leave in for a twist out (stay tuned for the details and results).

The uses for coconut oil are endless. I use it as a scalp and hair oil, pre-poo, and under deep conditioners. I plan to use it alone as a deep conditioner with my heat cap.

You can also mix it with other oils like brahmi, amla, rosemary, and lavender for an invigorating scalp massage. My current mix consists of coconut oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint oil.

Coconut oil is one of the only oils that penetrate the scalp and protects it. Coconut oil is also good for heat styling!

Well I can go on and on about the benefits of coconut oil…. but hold your horses there is more.

Now for the kicker….hold on to your seats…..COCONUT MILK!!!!!!

The benefits are pretty much the same and is one of the best products you can use to spice up your deep conditioner. I used it alone last week soaking my hair in it, covering with a plastic cap, a little heat, then co-washed it out in the morning.  I didn’t notice anything immediately besides softness and moisturized hair but when I did my wash and go the area of my area that need a ton of scrunch was curling on its one. When I co-washed today the area help a curl and clumped with no product.

This week for my DT I have coconut milk, GVP Conditioning Balm, and EVOO mixed together. Its been sitting in the fridge so if this TNC doesn’t work out I will be trying this combo out.

I have done a post before on a homemade DC made with Avocado and Coconut Milk. It’s great when you are on a budget because its only a few dollars.

Well all of this coconut ranting has me needing to do a  part 2. It’s so much I haven’t even gotten too like recipes and product recommendations, but in the meantime check out these links.

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=65618

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1141756/how_to_make_your_own_natural_deep_conditioning_pg2.html?cat=69

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/coconut-oil-for-hair.html

Ayurveda Adventures: Brahmi Powder

Well its that time again….Sunday Spa Day…I try to deep treat my hair weekly with the additional oomph of ayurvedic herbs. My powder of choice this week is brahmi powder. I have used this powder several times along with amla powder which has similar effects.

I use the Hesh brand of the powder. According to the box Brahmi powder is a remedy for people with chronic hair problems. Brahmi can make hair dark, dense, and lustrous. It strengthens hair roots, thus controlling hair thinning and hair loss. Regular use control premature graying and massaging it into the scalp clears dandruff.

Brahmi is also used as a mental tonic, to rejuvenate the body, as a promoter of memory and as a nerve tonic. It improves memory and helps overcome the negative effects of stress. It is unique in its ability to invigorate mental processes whilst reducing the effects of stress and nervous anxiety. Brahmi induces a sense of calm and peace, says the people over at Mehndi Skin Art.

Brahmi powder has also been said to cool the scalp which induces a sound sleep. I applied my brahmi powder in the form of a paste today and almost immediately I was ready for a nap. I was instantly relaxed. This might come in handy during the week for me after a long day of classes and studying.

To mix and apply the powder is pretty simple and easy to clean up. I follow the boxes instructions but you can get creative with it an mix up all kinds of DT concoctions I have added EVOO, vitamin E, lavender oil, even amla powder on occassion.

Well here’s the basic way to mix the powder:

  • Place required amount of powder in a bowl then add water and mix well to create a thick paste.
  • Gently massage the paste into the hair and scalp rotating with your finger tips.
  • Wait for 1 hour. ( I usually leave it in anywhere from 4-8 hours coving my head with plactic wrap.)
  • Wash thoroughly with water. (Sometimes there is a little grit but co-washing takes care of that.)

Today I did coat my hair with EVOO before applying the paste concentrating in the edges. Sometimes my edges come out the platic wrap and this stuff is no fun and damaging to get out if it dries to on hair.

Clean up is also a breeze. It doesn’t stain like henna so you don’t have to worry about plastic gloves or newspapering counter tops and floors.

Overall I’m a huge fan of ayurvedic powders and methods for healthy hair care. I have decided to dedicate a sub-catergory to Curly Products for my Ayurvedic Adventures which will go into depth about other herbs, oils, and methods.

Amla Adventures….

I can’t believe  I was able to have 5 day hair but my curls were in need to some overdue tlc. So today I had a some free time to deep condition my hair.

First, I co-washed with Suave Lavender Lilac followed by a ACV rinse. I detangled in the shower which was surprising like a breeze probably because I used the perfect amount of Kinky Curly products and they were still in my hair.

Now for the good stuff I applied my Amla mix, wrapped my hair in plastic wrap, and let it sit for about 1 to 2 hours. I usually leave it in longer but my head was steamy resulting in drippies.

Now I’m sitting here still steamy headed with my DC the GVP Reconstructing Conditioner for Sally’s. I’m not a fan of this condish because it has mineral oil but I do waste anything and besided that its actually a good condish. I plan to leave it in overnight and rock a Kinky Curly wash and go I hope holds up again until the weekend….

Now back to amla powder…..I know you didn’t think I would leave you hanging.  I used the Hesh brand a youtuber warned me the regular powder leaves grit and is better as a face scrub. According to the box amla promotes hair growth, controls hair fall, cures scalp infection, controls premature greying, and removes pimple and grime.  It also says the its a natural astringent and skin toner (so I also use a spoonful on my face as a mask). It promotes black and luxuriant hair as it controls hair loss, it stimulates hair roots and promotes growth. When used on skin is brightens complexion.

All this sounded amazing to me and I had to try it after hesitating with henna. Overall I love at and try to use it once a week. Its only $2 a box so I try to stock up because I have to travel pretty far to get it. Its available online and in your local Indian grocery stores.

It is ABSOLUTELY necessary to DC after because it can be drying. It has similar benefits like henna yet a lot easier and easy to clean up. It only requires water to mix it up. I do add a few drops of lavender becasue the smell is a bit earthy for me.  It doesn’t change hair color when used alone. If you mix it with henna it results in a more brown hue which if your hair is dark you will only see it in the sunlight. It reduces frizz and unlike henna does not affect your curl pattern. Some say it tighten curls but I have not experienced this and have been using it for months. It has condition benefits as well as a gentle cleanser if you are a no-poo curly like moi.

For more info check out the curly product section for my full review, and tutorial will be coming, and my recipe will be in the curly kitchen section soon as well. There are a few youtubers that use amla my favorite was Lo3esponge (which for some reason I cant find the link guess I have to do a vid). So check them out,  I never hold back on what I learn for others….

XOXO,

Angelique

Spa Sundays….

I neglected my hair a bit this week. It was bunned almost all week then wigged out for the weekend. I must have been busy but its time for some tlc for my strands. I usually do a dt (deep treatment) once a week and henna bi-weekly but I think I missed a week.

Today I decided to try something new…. a homemade condish of avocado, coconut milk, and lime…. I heard good things and been wanting to give it a try after Kai of Mane and Chic reviewed it.

I haven’t really found much in terms of what the mix is supposed to do.   After some random searches it seems as if  its supposed to make hair super soft and moisturized. It is also big in the Ayurveda world which I plan to look into some more.

A lot of people on the forums were worried about the amount of protein but its actually pretty low so I might alternate with my other protein rich dc’s.

The consistency was like a conditioner but not as thick as i like to prevent making a mess. I plan to experiment with adding bananas, honey and evoo. Not all at the same time.

Its also super cheap so if this stuff works out its going to be a keeper. Well its been in for a few hours now and starting to drip but I will be back with updates.

 

Toodles,

Angelique