DIY Hibiscus Hair Rinse via Anita Grant

You know I am a sucker for natural recipes.  This awesome hair rinse comes courtesy of Anita Grant.  This quick and easy rinse is great for covering greys and will add a deep rich red stain to your hair.  Ideal for those with red, brown or black hair as a natural hair stain that will work on all hair types and textures.  Along with staining the hair Hibiscus will also strengthen the hair, seal the cuticle and stop breakage.
Hibiscus Hair Rinse

In a medium sized pot bring water to a boil over medium heat. Add a handful (about 1/4 cup) of dried Hibiscus flowers and reduce heat to simmer for about 7 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool. The water will turn a deep red/purple color.  Strain the flowers out and store rinse a clean air-tight container.

To Use: Cleanse your hair thoroughly careful to remove and dirt, oil and residue.  Pour the Hibiscus hair rinse over your hair careful to saturate your strands.  DO NOT RINSE OUT. Cover your hair with plastic cap then wrap in a warm towel.  Allow the rinse to sit on the hair for about an hour.  Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water.  This rinse can be used weekly to maintain gray coverage.

Please note: Hibiscus is a STAIN, like henna, and it will stain your clothes, counter tops or other porous materials.  Take proper precautions by wearing old clothes, laying down newspaper on counter tops and/or wearing gloves.

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Lynn’s DIY Yogurt Hair Treatment

I have some of the best subbies! I love the interaction we have when talking about hair products, styles and DIY recipes.  This recipe comes from my girl Lynne of Girls with Glasses ROCK! who shared with me on fb that she had recently tried a yogurt hair treatment that she loved. I kindly asked if she would send me the recipe so I could share it with all of you and she politely agreed. 

Lynn’s DIY Yogurt Hair Treatment

  • 1/2 cup full fat greek yogurt [plain]
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp castor oil
  • 1 tsp vitamin E
  • 5-6 drops basil essential oil

Mix ingredients together in a small mixing bowl and apply to hair.  Cover hair with plastic cap and allow to sit from 15-30 minutes. Rinse hair with cool water. For a full rundown of the recipe and Lynn’s results check out her blog post here.

Have you tried yogurt in your hair recipes, what were your results?

DIY: Coconut Hair & Body Cream via Roots4U45

I adore YouTuber Roots4U45, she is like the Black Paula Dean of natural hair and body products.  I love watching her vids, they are informational and inspirational.  Here is a simple hair and body cream that is shea butter free for those of you who cannot use or do not like shea butter.  Incredibly simple. Click the link to watch her video.

Coconut Hair & Body Cream

  • 1 part coconut oil
  • 4 parts vegetable shortening

With items at room temperature, scoop into mixing bowl.  Stir with a spoon until well blended.  Store mixture in a airtight container at room temperature out of direct sunlight.

Now I know some of you are thinking vegetable shortening…you mean Crisco? Yes m’am. I know the use of Crisco in a hair or body product may seem cray, but seriously it is just mix of soybean oil, palm oil and preservatives. Besides if it is good enough to eat it is good enough to put on your skin.

Are you willing to try it? Leave us a comment stating why or why not. And if you do try it please come back and share your results.

DIY: Rice Wine Vinegar Wash

I love vinegar! I keep 3 different kinds of vinegar in my house at all times. It is so versatile in  its use as a kids-safe household cleaner, laundry stain remover, metal polisher and of course for cooking. But the primary use for vinegar in my home is as a natural hair cleanser. 

Vinegar is really just bad wine; take some fruit ferment it and in the process you make acetic acid which along with water make vinegar (this is a gross simplification).  There are as many different types of vinegar as there are grains and fruits to make it from.  When choosing vinegar for your hair I use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) or Rice Wine Vinegar which are much lower in pH then household white vinegar.

Rice Wine Vinegar Wash

  • 1 oz (2 Tbsp) Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 oz (4 Tbsp)  Aloe Vera Gel
  • 5 oz water

Pour ingredients into a spritz bottle.  Apply top and shake vigorously until well blended. I use the aloe as a thickener which helps keep the mixture from being runny and it is also soothing to the scalp.  The spritz bottle simply makes it easy to apply the mixture to the hair.

To Use: Section your hair into 6-8 sections. Spritz vinegar mix on scalp and throughout length of the hair. Agitate with fingertips, squeeze out vinegar and dirt then repeat.  Allow to sit on hair for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water. Repeat if necessary.

This RWV wash is great for removing build-up of dirt and oil. It is also good for those with dandruff or itchy scalp due to the acetic acid.  The acidic nature of the vinegar will help close the cuticle making hair appear shiner and less frizzy.

For more tips on using natural household cleaner for your hair or locs check out this post. Also, check out this jazzy infused vinegar recipe from lola zabeth.

DIY: Rhassoul Clay Conditioner

This lovely recipe comes to us courtesy of our friends at Pura Body Naturals. They posted this picture on FB but it didn’t include any measurements so being the mixstress I am I took a shot at creating an easy to follow recipe.  Feel free to change the quantities as you see fit. 

Rhassoul Clay Conditioner

  • 5-6 ounces Coconut Milk (half of a can)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup Rhassoul Clay
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1-2 Tbsp oil (optional)

Mix ingredients together into a smooth paste.  Apply to clean, freshly washed hair.  Cover with plastic cap and sit for 20 minutes.  Rinse and style as usual.

You may opt to mix up another batch with the remaining coconut milk and put it in the freezer for future use. When you are ready to use simply place it in the fridge or on the counter to thaw and apply.

Honey Grits & Brown Sugar Foot Polisher via B.A.S.K. Beauty

This recipe comes courtesy of B.A.S.K. Beauty be sure to check them out on FB.  So not only does B.A.S.K. sell great hair and body products, but they also have DIY recipes? Score!  This is my kind of company.  I will be adding this foot polisher to my recipe index, enjoy!

Honey Grits & Brown Sugar Foot Polisher

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup grits (or substitute cornmeal)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or substitute agave nectar)
  • 1/4 cup almond oil (or substitute your favorite oil)
  • 1-2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 3-5 drops lemon juice
  • 1-2 drops essential oils of lavender, peppermint, lemongrass or eucalyptus

Add ingredients to non-reactive bowl and stir until mixed.  Apply to feet using a circular motion to slough away dead skin, then rinse with warm water.  Also use it to knock out your hands, elbows and knees :)

Honey grits and brown sugar? Tell me that doesn’t sound like a Jill Scott song! Griiiiiiiiits!

DIY Beauty Treatment: Tropical Island Face Mask

My best curlfriend Nu went to Hawaii on vacation and while I was stuck here in Kentucky I decided to treat myself to a little tropical flare by whipping up this face mask.

Tropical Island Face Mask

  • ½ a banana
  • splash coconut water
  • 1 tsp of honey or agave nectar
  • few drops teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • optional: 1 Tbsp brown sugar (to exfoliate the skin)
Slice banana into small pieces and place in a bowl.  Add water, honey/agave and oil and mix with a spoon or fork.  You may add brown sugar to create an exfoliant.  Cleanse your face to remove any dirt and oil.  Massage mask into face and neck and allow to sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
You can combine the remaining banana, coconut water and honey with ice in a blender to create a refreshing drink.  Or add a touch of rum for extra fun.

Bananas soften the skin and add nourishment due to levels of  potassium and magnesium. Coconut water tones and balances skin’s natural pH level.  Honey and agave are humectants which enrich the skin with moisture.  Jojoba oil is closest to the skin’s natural sebum and can help balance oil production.

DIY Rosemary & Sage Scalp Oil

Sophia asks, “Do you have any scalp oil recipes using rosemary and sage oil?”

CHALL-ANGE *in my Sandman Simms voice*

I managed to alter a couple recipes to suit this very purpose, let me know what you think.  Rosemary and sage are great herbs to treat dryness, itching or dandruff.  For overall scalp health try using lavender or chamomile.  

Rosemary & Sage Essential Scalp Oil

This recipe is a modification of my favorite scalp oil.

  • 4 ounces almond oil
  • 2 ounces safflower oil
  • 2 ounces jojoba oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops sage essential oil
Mix all ingredients together in a clean, sterile bottle (I like to use a color applicator bottle with narrow tip).  Store in a cool dark, place away from direct sunlight.  To use apply a few drops on scalp and gently massage into scalp with fingertips.

Rosemary & Sage Easy Herbal Infusion

This recipe uses infusion of fresh or dried herbs, it takes a little longer but is cheaper to make yourself.  You can pick up these herbs from your local grocery store.

  • 6 springs rosemary
  • 6 sprigs sage
  • 4 ounces almond oil
  • 2 ounces safflower oil
  • 2 ounces jojoba oil

Note: 1 sprig =  5-7 leaves.  Gently bruise the herbs by crushing in your hands then add to jar.  Pour oil into small pot or saucepan.  Lightly heat oil over low heat until warm (do not boil) then pour over herbs.  Oil should completely cover herbs so cut or break them if necessary.  Allow oil to cool, then seal container and store in cool dark place for about a week.  Strain mixture to remove herbs and store in clean sterile bottle.  You can make an easy chamomile infused oil by pouring over chamomile tea bags.