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!

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Product Review Alaffia Shea & Honey Shampoo

Alaffia

Shea & Honey Nourishing Shampoo

$10 for 8 oz

ing: Herbal infusion of Rooibos Tea (Aspalathus linearis), Liquid African Black Soap (Distilled water, Saponified Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter and Virgin Palm Kernel (Elaeis guineensis) Oil), Decyl Polyglucose (from corn), African Wild Honey, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5), Essential Oils (Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang).

If you have ever wandered the health and beauty aisles of Whole Foods Market you have undoubtedly seen this product.  I first encountered it early in my natural hair journey.  After making this decision to go natural I continued using my standard shampoo and found it left my hair super dry and crunchy.  I went to the mecca, Whole Foods, for something more natural and the associate told me to check out this product. The great thing about WF is that if you do not like a product you can return it no questions asked for a full refund.  #win

I do not want to reinvent the wheel on proper cleansing of hair, but I will reiterate that I wash my scalp and not my hair.  That is apply shampoo directly to my scalp and focus on cleansing it thoroughly.  The agitation of my fingers forms suds that then runs down the length of my hair.  I love this shampoo because it is gentle enough for daily use, has great ingredients and cleanses without stripping.

5 Things I Love About This Product

  • The products are vegan friendly, gluten free, fair trade, not tested on animals, paraben and petroleum free, AND 10% of all sales are donated to community empowerment of women in West Africa.
  • Cleanses using African Black Soap which I find to be a great cleanser but sometimes difficult to use in soap form.
  • There are 7 different shampoo varieties to treat your hair/scalp issues.
  • A little goes a long way.1 bottle typically lasts me 6-9 months when washing my hair weekly.
  • It is gentle and moisturizing enough that I do not have to condition my hair afterward with a separate rinse-out conditioner.

The Shea & Honey is a protein conditioner.  Although I am protein sensitive I have found that oat protein does not bother my hair.  My favorite is the Coconut & Shea Daily Hydrating Shampoo, it is protein free but does contain glycerin which my hair loves.  I have also tried the Neem & Shea Scalp Recovery Shampoo which is excellent for those with itchy scalps or other issues.  I would like to try the henna and coffee versions next.  I would recommend that all curlies check out this slept-on brand.

You can find this on Alaffia’s website, Whole Food Stores or locally at Natural Alternatives Salon.

DCN Favorite Things Giveaway #2 Oyin Handmade *CLOSED*

DCN recently observed our 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY and I thought what better way to celebrate then to share with you my favorite natural hair products!

Our 2nd Giveaway is sponsored by Oyin Handmade, you can read my reviews of their products here, there and also here.  I love this company for their cute packaging, great products containing awesome natural ingredients and the little candies they ship with every order.  And while I am a DIYer and make my own hair spritz I still continue to purchase their spritzes because they are AWESOME!

The folks at Oyin were kind enough to sponsor this giveaway which includes a large basket filled with goodies valued at $73 :) The basket contains:

16 oz. Honey Hemp Conditioner
8 oz. Juices N’ Berries
8 oz. Honeywash
4 oz. Shine & Define
4 oz. Burnt Sugar Pomade
4 oz. Whipped Pudding
OMG, yes this is the mother of all giveaways and I am giving it to you free!

To enter the giveaway you must:

1. Subscribe to my blog > enter your email address in the “Subscribe Me” box located in the footer menu below.  Leave your username in the comment so I can verify that you have subscribed example: myusername@yahoo.com. ***Unconfirmed entries will NOT count***

**Bonus Entry**

You can also earn bonus entries through fb and twitter:

#1 Tweet this giveaway then leave a comment stating “I tweeted the bonus entry” with your twitter handle. Example tweet: I just entered DCN @oyinhandmade giveaway @HereIsMySpout http://wp.me/p1owB1-dl

#2 Like Oyin Handmade and Derby City Naturals on FB then post the following message on YOUR Wall: I wanna win the Oyin Giftbasket from Derby City Naturals Favorite Things Giveaway. Then leave a comment stating I posted the message on FB with your fb user name. *Rule change 8/10/11: Please post message on YOUR FB wall as Oyin’s page was being overwhelmed by entries, all previous entries have already been counted and do NOT need to repost*

The contest is open from Tuesday 8/9/2011 through Monday 8/22/2011.  Winner will be selected via random.org random number generator.  Winner will be notified via email address used to subscribe to the blog and will be announced via blog, fb and twitter. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

For more free stuff, check out our Pura Body Naturals Giveaway running through Wednesday 8/10/2011. Good luck :)

CONGRATS TO NUREKA DUNCAN YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY!!! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE, YOU HAVE 48 HOURS.

Avo-Coco Hair Smoothie

DIY Deep Conditioner you can whip up yourself in your own kitchen.
1 ripe avocado
1 ripe banana
6 oz  coconut milk
2 Tbsp oil, try coconut or olive oil
1Tbsp honey

Mash avocado and banana in a bowl.  Stir or whisk in coconut milk, oil and honey.  Apply to hair, cover with plastic cap and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes.  Rinse and proceed with styling.  For a recipe with more protein check out this post.

This is a super delicious smoothie that is good enough to eat!

Product Review: Koils By Nature Herbal Gel

Koils By Nature

Available at koilsbynature.com

16 oz for $12

From the website:

Soothing Herbal Lavender & Eucalyptus Gel contains no alcohol and will not dry out your hair.  Soothing Herbal Lavender & Eucalyptus will provide your hair with great hold and is excellent for defining your natural curl, two-strand twist and excellent for smoothing your edges.  The Shea oil & honey will keep your hair moisturized, soft and lustrous. Soothing Herbal Lavender & Eucalyptus gel works great in combination with the Nourishing Hair & Body Butter.

I really liked this gel. My hair does not like protein gels like your typical store brands, but prefers gels made from mucilage like aloe, flax seed, marshmallow roots, etc.  This gel provides a mild hold and is great for Wash-N-Go’s or for twisting styles.  It helps promote the curl in my hair so it is probably not good for slicking back edges but I did not try it.  I ordered the Eucalyptus & Lavender gel which is what the package read, however the smell and the ingredients list let me know that I actually received the peppermint gel.  It took me a while to figure out why the gel was scented so strongly with mint but after discovering the mix-up I decided to keep it anyway.  The gel has more of a watery feel then a sticky one which is fine by me.

5 Things I Liked About This Product:

1.  The ingredients are natural and alcohol free.

2.  A little gel goes a long way.  I purchased this gel back in November and it lasted until March.

3.  The gel provides just enough hold without making the hair crunchy or crispy.  If you do happen to use too much you can easily add some water if the hair is still wet or you can add some hair butter if it is dry.

4.  The gel does not flake and is good for 2-3 day hair.

5.  While the gel is not moisturizing it is not overly drying either. 

I liked this gel and will re-order it again, however I will not order the peppermint scent as it is very strong, too much for my liking.  On a positive note I applied the gel to my wash-n-go one morning when I had a stuffy nose and it opened my nose right up :)

Wash-N-Go using KBN Herbal Gel

DIY Moisture Deep Conditioner

Snowymoon’s DIY Deep Conditioning Treatment.  This treatment is popular because it is very simple and easily customizable to your specific hair needs. 

The basic recipe is as follows:

1/2 c conditioner of your choice

2 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp aloe juice or gel

1 tsp oil of your choice

Pour ingredients into a bowl and mix with a whisk until well incorporated and apply to freshly washed hair.  Cover with plastic cap and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes.  Rinse hair and style.

If you are looking for more protein you can use a protein rich conditioner or add additional protein.

Play around with the ingredients and report back.

Do You Pre-Poo?

A Pre-Poo is easy, customizable, DIY treatment for your hair.  Plain and simply it is a conditioning treatment used to moisturizer and/or strengthen the hair that is applied prior to shampooing, hence the name pre-poo.  There are many different types of pre-poos from simple hot oil treatments to complex herbal/ayurvedic blends.  The beauty of it all is that you can add whatever you want according to your hair needs.  Below are a few simple pre-poo recipes that I have used.  I use a color applicator bottle to mix the ingredients.  You can pick one up at any Beauty Supply Store.

 

Basic Hot Oil Treatment

-1/2 cup Olive Oil (or your favorite oil)

Pour oil into color applicator bottle and place bottle into a cup of hot water for 3 minutes or until warm.

Apply to entire length of hair.

Cover hair with conditioning cap or hot towel for 10 minutes.

Rinse hair and co/wash as usual.

 

Triple Treat Pre-Poo ~ Conditioner, Oil & Humectant

-3 oz Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner

-2 oz Olive Oil

-2 oz Honey

Pour all ingredients into applicator bottle.  With your finger covering the nozzle shake well until blended.

Apply to the entire length of the hair.

Cover hair with conditioning cap, then sit under warm hooded dryer or apply hot towel for 10-20 minutes.

Rinse hair and wash/co-wash as usual

 

This is my favorite pre-poo mix as I have discovered that this is what works best for my hair.  I often vary the ingredients and ratios based on what I feel my hair needs at that particular time.  If you feel like your hair needs protein replace the Suave condish with V05 Moisture Milk or Giovannii Smooth as Silk condish which has silk proteins.  Or you can substitute plain yogurt for the conditioner.  You can add any oil of your choosing or an oil blend.  As for humectants if you do not like honey you can try Agave Nectar available in the cooking section of the grocery store or you can use vegetable glycerin.

 

Herbal Oil Glaze

-1 Tbsp herbs

-1 cup oil

-2 Tbsp cassia or colloidal oatmeal

Add herbs and oil to a pot and steep gently over low heat.

Remove herbs and stir in cassia/oatmeal to make a paste.

Apply to the entire length of the hair.

Cover hair with conditioning cap, then sit under warm hooded dryer or apply hot towel for 10-20 minutes.

Rinse hair and wash/co-wash as usual.

 

There are many natural plants herbs and extracts that are said to aid in conditioning, hair growth, and scalp issues.  These include the use of cassia, henna, rosemary, lavendar, aloe, amla, hibiscus, brahmi, collodial oatmeal or essential oils.  You can steep herbs in water or oil over low heat to infuse them or add ground powders or essential oils directly into mixtures.

Oh, Honey!

Honey

Honey.  The Bible talks about it.  Cleopatra used it.  Burt’s Bees entire product line is built around it.  So what is the deal around honey? In a word: amazing!

Honey aids hair in softness, suppleness and elasticity.  Honey is a humectant meaning it is a natural moisturizer that absorbs and retains water.  Honey can add shine and promote growth.  Honey is also naturally anti-bacterial so it will never spoil.  Honey also has anti-inflammatory properties as well.  And best of all honey is cheap and readily available.

So last night I decided to do a honey pre-poo as my hair was dry and tangled.  The results were fantastic so I had to share with all of you.  I used a vinyl shower cap because they are thicker and I wanted to be sure it wouldn’t slip off during the night.  I left the mixture on for a total of 9 hours.  When I woke up in the morning I got into the shower and rinsed my hair.  I then took down each section individually and shampooed and conditioned.  My hair felt incredibly soft, conditioned, smooth and less tangled.  

Honey Pre-Poo

  •  2 oz olive oil
  • 1 oz (2 Tbsp) honey
  • 2 oz Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner
  • 1 Color Applicator Bottle (found at a beauty supply store)

Heat olive oil in microwave safe bowl for 40 second in 20 second increments. Pour oil into bottle.  Rub a little oil into Tbsp then measure out honey and add to bottle. If your honey is in a squeeze container then squeeze directly into bottle.  Screw applicator nozzle onto bottle.  Place finger over tip and shake until mixed. Add conditioner and shake again.

Separate hair into four sections. Apply honey mixture to your scalp parting in 1 inch segments beginning at the nape of the neck. Massage the mixture into scalp then apply to full length of hair. Braid or bun each section then move to next.

Cover hair with plastic cap. Leave in hair for 20-30 minutes or overnight. Wash/cowash and condition as usual.  For more intense treatment sit under dryer or apply hot towel for 10-15 minutes.

Yields 5 oz which is enough for 1 application on thick medium length hair.