Whose shea/mango butter mixture? – Mine!

I have to admit it, making my own hair/skin mixtures is a little hobby of mine that I enjoy. I’m a mixtress at heart, with unfortunate product junkie tendencies.You’d think making my own hair care products would cut down the actual amount of products I purchase, ummm, not so much!

A few months ago, I purchased a plethora of oils and butters from butters-n-bars.com (using a coupon code, of course *curlynikki). My box arrived with: golden jojoba oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil AND mango butter. I already had shea butter on hand, as I frequently like to purchase from a variety of different vendors. :3

Anywho, after literally weeks, maybe even months of investigating the benefits of various oils and butters, I finally was ready to make my very own shea/mango butter hair mixture. Below are all the products I used (a bit overwhelming, tbh – you are always welcome to minimize) as well as the tools (purchased at the $1 store) needed to create my own mixture.

I purchased my ingredients from: butters-n-bars.com, amazon.com, the Body Shop and my local asian market.

My Shea butter/Mango butter Mixture Recipe (in order from most used, to least used)

  1. 4 oz of Mango butter
  2. 2 oz of African Yellow Shea butter
  3. 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  4. 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 tablespoon of rose water (for scent)
  6. 1 tsp of jojoba oil
  7. 1 tsp of castor oil
  8. 1 tsp of sweet almond oil
  9. 1 tsp of honey
  10. 10 drops of tea tree oil

 

Method of mixing: I used the whip-freeze-whip method for mixing my butter. I first whipped together the mango and shea butter together, then added all of the oils and whipped again. I then placed the mixture in the freezer for 10 minutes until it hardened slightly. Whipped it again for about 10 minutes and the butter fluffed out to be about 12 oz from using 6oz of butter (so it became twice its size). I then put it in a zip-lock baggy, cut a whole from the corner and pressed it out like icing for a cupcake… got this method from napturals85 on youtube, haha.

Verdict on my recipe: Since I’ve been using this mixture for roughly two months now, I can finally give an in-depth opinion. And this is not biased or anything, but, I LOVE IT. The consistency is that of a thick butter. When you rub your hands together, the butter melts into an oil. I have to be light-handed with this recipe though because it has a tendency to over-moisturize my hair and make it limp. That is why I use this product only once a week, instead of every day. The scent is not my favorite, but I like that it keeps my hair shiny and curly for up to third day hair.

 

What ingredients do you use in your shea or mango butter hair mixture?

Brushes, combs and picks – OH MY!

My brush/comb collection has grown an absurd amount since I started paying more attention to my hair’s overall health and maintenance. I like to blame THAT on youtube and natural hair forums and especially talented bloggers – *ahem* hehe. If you were to ask me what my favorite channel is, I’d have to say that it’s youtube!  Because over time, I’ve built a trust to some beauty gurus and their channels and their opinions on certain products and tools. In fact, I’ve watched countless videos comparing the Denman D3 to the Denman  D4, and the tangle teezer to the Ouidad and so on and so forth. All these videos secretly were feeding the product junkie in me.

Many beauty and hair gurus stand by one said brush/comb whereas others swear by the finger combing method. I’ve tried finger combing, and it doesn’t do much for me, unfortunately, despite me not wanting to shell out any more money than I need to in order to have untangled and luscious locks. Ok, I lied a bit. I’m a product junkie at heart and love trying out new things and finger combing is the boring way to get my hair looking pristine. >_<

The picture above is my basket of non-heat styling tools, that desperately need to be cleaned, so please don’t mind that. These babies have a date with apple cider vinegar next week since they’re due for a good cleaning. Inside my basket I have: Denman D3,  Cricket pick, Cricket big & little comb, shower comb, wide tooth comb, vent brushes, John Frieda Paddle brush, a boar bristle brush (or two), fine tooth combs, a rat tooth comb and MORE! … a lot, lot more. I don’t use these all at once, obviously, but I use them according to the style I’m sporting that day.
My TOP used BRUSHES & COMBS
(1) Cricket anti-static hair friction
From?: Amazon.com
Price: $4.70*
How I use it-
Since my hair has grown to BSL (inching towards WL), its gotten flatter at the roots and lost a bit of its voluminous luster it used to have when it was at SL and shorter. So what I do to get back a bit more volume is I pick at my roots and pull upwards. I do this upside down and standing straight up, usually using a styling product such as eco styler gel or my Curls Unleashed mousse. This pick is also great because it’s anti-static, so I won’t have static roots – haha.
(2) Diane 9-inch Rat tail comb
From?: Amazon.com
Price: $2.29*
How I use it-
If you’re a habitual part switcher (one day you like your part in the middle and the next on the left side) such as myself, a rat tooth comb is your BEST friend. One thing I find aesthetically unpleasing about myself is when my part zigs and zags all over the place, unintentionally. I like my part to be as even as possible, unless I purposely want a zig-zag. One finger doesn’t cut it, but this comb is great! I like the tail on this comb because its thick and can part my hair easily and fast.
(3) Conair Boar Bristle Brush
From?: Duande Reade
Price:  $5.29*
How I use it-
My hair is notorious for baby hair frizzies! They love sticking up, especially when it’s humid. Normally, I don’t mind this if I’m wearing my hair out. But if I want my hair back in a slick ponytail or cute bun on top of my head, my hair needs to lay flat. I brush my edges down very gently with this brush, using my blue or pink ecostyler gel. And the remaining hair, I brush smoothly into a bun or ponytail using a little bit of water, cantu shea butter, and a drop of an oil such as jojojoba oil or olive oil.
(4) Shower comb
From?: Sally’s Beauty Supply
Price:$1.69*
How I use it-
My favorite place to detangle my hair is under the shower, especially in the winter when its cold. This is also my favorite way to detangle because its the fastest. I’m a wash-n-go kind of girl and like my hair to be detangled by the time I’m out of the shower. I keep one conditioner for cleansing and one for detangling in my shower and start at the ends of my hair and work my way up my hair.
*Note: This is AROUND what I paid. So depending on where you decide to purchase this product, it may be more ore or less than the price I listed. 🙂
What are YOUR most used brushes/combs? Or are you finger comber with magical fingers?

On a “No Heat Challenge” – My 5 month celebration!

Hello all!

Sorry its been a while, but life has been SO exciting and hectic in these last few weeks that I was overlooking my BLOG… I know, shameful! But I’ve been itching (no, not dry flaky scalp itching lol) to write about the “no heat challenge” I decided to partake in starting in May 2012! It has officially been 5 whole months since I started that challenge and I can proudly announce I have not used ONE heat tool (including blow dryers) for FIVE whole months. I’ve worn my curly hair loud and proud! And better yet? I still don’t want to. I want to see if I can make it to half a year, or 6 months, which I know shouldn’t be too difficult.;)

Furthermore, I  wanted to share with you all a gem I stumbled upon on youtube! A video demonstrating how to achieve straight hair WITHOUT heat. I follow loads of youtubers, some younger than myself, some older, because we can obviously get advice from all walks of life. This particular youtuber is young, yet so knowledgeable. Check out her video! I think this works well with curly or wavy hair. It works somewhat well with my hair, but my hair has a tendency to frizz, so, eh.

What do you all think? Have you ever experimented with this technique?

BEE•U•Ti• FUL Moisturizing Deep Conditioner review!

I was recently sent a sample size 8oz tub of Bee Mine’s new product: “BEE•U•Ti• FUL Moisturizing Deep Conditioner”! I was stoked to try out a product considering this is the first time I’ve ever tried a hair product from their line.

I have a preference for more natural based products (although I definitely don’t have all natural products), and having claimed they are “Silicone – Free / SLS – Free / Paraben – Free / Protein Free”, I was eager to try this out on my mane! haha. Because this product is protein free, this would be great for protein sensitive naturalistas out there.

The product arrived to me about three days ago and I did the review off of one use.

Also, side-note: I had a little too much fun editing the photos I took of the product. I hope you find it entertaining, lol.

Product size: 8oz (also available in 2oz and 16oz)
Product price point: $18.97
Availability: http://www.beemineproducts.com
Product features: “We are pleased to announce the release of our BEE•U•Ti•FUL Moisturizing Deep Conditioner; our first protein-free deep conditioner that helps to detangle your hair and provide excellent manageability. This deep conditioner is made with creamy and emollient Cupuacu butter, to promote smooth and soft hair while boosting the rebirth of the hair’s natural moisture and elasticity. Highly beneficial for dry and damaged hair. BEE•U•Ti•FUL also provides some protection from damaging UV-A and UV-B rays and helps to restore shine and moisture to stressed hair.”

Directions: “After shampooing, gently & evenly massage a generous amount of BEE•U•Ti•FUL into palms and spread evenly from root to ends of hair. Cover hair with a warm towel or plastic cap for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water and style as desired.”
Ingredients: Distilled water, Cetearyl Alcohol, BTMS (mild emulsifier), 100% Unrefined Shea Butter , 100% Organic Coconut Oil, Cupuacu Butter, Calendula Extract, Chamomile Extract, Organic Raw Honey, Paraben Free Preservative, Fragrance (Phthalate Free)”

Application: First, I cowashed my hair with my coconut cowash from the product line “As I Am”. I then applied the bee mine deep conditioner in my hair in sections. Because the directions told me to leave it on for 10 minutes, I then put on my microfiber hair turban and let the product work its magic. I did not use a steamer, a hooded dryer or any heat. I therefore let the product sit a bit longer in my hair, around 20 minutes. I then rinsed out the product with cold water and went about styling my hair with my mango butter/shea butter mixture and pink ecostyler gel.

Scent: Without having read what the product says about the scent, my nose picked up on a honey/vanilla smell whipped together with coconut cream. It smells AMAZING. I’m quite picky when it comes to the scents I like to have on my hair, and this scent is one that I wouldn’t mind smelling all day long. The thing I also love about the scent is its longevitiy. I applied the product in my hair (and washed it out) yesterday morning and I can still smell a hint of honey and coconut. The scent lingers, but in a good way, in that freshly baked cupcakes at a bakery kind of way 😉

Verdict: 4.5/5 stars – I really have taken a liking to this product and this experience has encouraged me to check out other products from their line. Two things that are most important to me in a product are its (1) scent and (2) ingredients – and these two things are a go for me. I asked my mother for a quote in reference to how my hair looked by the end of the day and she said, I kid you not, “hot diggity dog.” She also had had a glass of wine, but hey, you get the picture 😉 I think I can pretty much surmise that that means it looked nice – lol. I like how my hair felt, granted my styling products had a lot of influence on how my hair turned out, too. I had “hand in hair syndrome” all day, oops. Is it worth repurchasing?? My response, “heck yeah!”
What are two things YOU find most important in a deep conditioning product?