Wednesday, February 22, 2012

DIY Recipe: Rosemary and Mint Face Cleanser

I.MUST.TRY.THIS. I've been using diluted unscented Dr. Bronner's on my face and so far its been better than anything I've bought in a store. I pair that with an occasional coffee or sugar scrub (recipe also inspired by this site) the break outs have lessened substantially!

Do any of you have recipes for DIY facial scrubs and cleansers?

DIY Rosemary and Mint Face Cleanser
From the book Natural Alternatives for You and Your Home by Casey Kellar

Rosemary and Mint Glycerin Cleanser
  • 1 ounce (29g) glycerin (vegetable based is best)
  • 2 ounce (60ml) liquid Castile soap
  • 1 ounce (30ml) water
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) witch hazel
  • 1 drop rosemary extract
  • 1 drop mint extract
Mix together and store in a plastic or glass bottle. Label with name and date.
Shelf Life: 3 to 6 months
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

SAT. 2/18: Brooklyn Natural Hair Mixer - Kitchen Concotions & Networking!


Brooklyn Natural Hair Mixer - Kitchen Concotions & Networking!

Saturday, February 18, 2012, 3:00 PM
289 Dr. Sandy F. Ray Blvd. (Lewis Ave), Brooklyn, NY (map)
Price: $5.00/per person
It's a Natural Hair Mixer! Vendors Come On Out!
Bring your old products for the Product Swap Table too!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Cornerstone Educational Center
289 Dr. Sandy F. Ray Blvd. (Lewis Ave)
Click to Buy Tickets: $5 ($7 at the door) *$20 to vend

Oooh la la! Learn the best natural hair kitchen concoctions at this fun event. Watch demonstrations and learn how to make butters, conditioners and more!  Volunteer to come up and mix a recipe or two! Ask you natural hair questions too! This event will also serve as a networking mixer for those of you who are in between jobs, have a business or want to make some connections. You know how we do! Bring your business cards, fliers or put some icing on it and set up as vendor! If you want to vend, simply pay $20 and bring your own table to set up from 2:00pm- 2:30pm. Author Candace Kelley will share some great recipes from her book Coif Cuisine: Natural Hair Recipes & Side Dishes for the Natural Hair & Now.

Mixing demonstrations will take place at 3:00pm & 4:30pm.
Vending and networking all afternoon!
Bring your natural hair products and swap them for others!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Natural Hair a Growing Trend in Pop Culture

There is a myriad of reasons for the increase in people donning their naturally kinky, curly, coily tresses. When I stopped perming my hair in 2000 there wasn't yet a natural hair movement with terminology, methodology and discourse. As more naturals appeared online more of them appeared on the streets. As more natural heads appeared on the streets more were seen on television, on film screens and on magazine covers. Wearing natural textures that were once considered unattractive or problematic is now trendy- and I LOVE IT! There is something profoundly transformational and freeing about learning to love one's unadulterated natural state.

Though trends are usually fleeting, I think natural hair is here to stay! Don't believe me? Read another article I wrote about the rise of natural hair in pop culture and check out these pop music videos featuring mine and other dancing kinks, curls and coils.

"XO Boyfriend" by Gordon Voidwell

"Spring Fever" by Iron Solomon

"Ivy League Circus" by Gordon Voidwell

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a Magic Potion

Gurrrrrl or Duuuuude! Let me tell you about the new love of my life. Yea the hubby is swell, but apple cider vinegar (ACV) is my boo! Don't laugh at me, I'm seriously professing my love over here.
Ok all jokes aside I really do love ACV, simply because it is a literal cure-all that has been used since the B.C. era!!! This magic potion serves so many purposes; I started using it for a hair rinse and now use it for home and body care!

Unpasteurized organic ACV
When using ACV as a nutritional supplement use the unpasteurized organic version with "the mother." Bragg is the most common brand; co-founder Patricia Bragg has a published book on the many wonders of ACV. The mother is a clump of fibers that occur naturally during fermentation and contains crucial nutrients. I think using the pasteurized non-organic version is fine for household or for topical body care uses.

Here are just a few of the magical properties of ACV:

- Total body care
The solution that I drink twice a day is very popular as it supplies many nutrients and keeps my body's systems running smoothly. I like to call this the Magic Potion: 2-3 tablespoons ACV, 1 tablespoon unsulphered blackstrap molasses, 1 cup of water. The water should be at least room temperature so the molasses will mix, but I prefer to drink it as a hot tea. I drink this every morning and night, and my body has been feeling so much better for it!

- Household disinfectant
Mix a solution of 1 part ACV and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Apply the solution to shower and tub walls, kitchen counters, stove tops, windows, mirrors, etc. The smell will lessen as the solution dries. For tougher stains allow the solution to sit for a few minutes before wiping clean. This can also be done with white vinegar if you are concerned about the color staining.

- Facial astringent and toner
After using a facial cleanser, apply undiluted AVC as a toner using a cotton ball. The ACV will draw out any additional oil or dirt from your pores. The smell will subside as the vinegar dries, but if it it bothers you rinse again with cool water (to keep pores closed).

- Hair rinse
Mix 1 part ACV and 6 parts water for a clarifying and neutralizing hair rinse. The disinfectant properties help remove excess oil, dirt and product buildup (clarifying) and the mild acidity helps to balance your hair's pH (neutralizing).

- Rash and burn treatment
Undiluted ACV may be applied topically to soothe localized skin rashes and mild burns (whether from the sun or other heat sources). For larger affected areas, soak in a bathtub with 1 cup of ACV added to the water. Applying aloe vera after the soaking will provide additional relief.

- Cramps and muscle soreness
Soaking in a bathtub with a few tablespoons of ACV added to the water will help relieve muscle soreness and cramps.

- Women's health
ACV is The Creator's gift to women, I'm sure of it.  Drinking the Magic ACV Potion can provide relief for menstrual cramps and bloating, heavy menstrual flow, ovarian cysts and fibroids, hemorrhoids and morning sickness during pregnancy. For relief from yeast infections you can create an ACV douche with 2 tablespoons of ACV in one quart of warm water. NOTE: Douching should not be done frequently. If the problem persists you can try a bathtub soak mentioned above.

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