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DIY Facial Masks Recipes for All Skin Types

By Shanti Terry

Have you ever noticed the ingredients on the back of a store bought facial mask product? It’s difficult to understand how to even pronounce half of those ingredients. So why apply it to your skin when you don’t know if it’s good for you?

The face is one of the most important assets on your body to care for. Using natural products is best suitable to keep the skin moisturized and rejuvenated. That’s why you should try out these 3 simple recipes that are inexpensive, organic and can be used in the comfort of your own home.

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Oats are an excellent exfoliant. It softens the skin, removes dead cells and cleans your clogged pores. The honey helps to relieve inflamed skin, alleviates dryness and is used as a skin lightening agent.

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp of oats
  • 1 tsp of honey
  1. Mix whole oats with warm water into a paste
  2. Add a teaspoon of honey 
  3. Then, rub the cleanser onto your skin in circular motions and leave it on your face for 10 minutes 
  4. Rinse it off with warm water or use a warm washcloth (your preference) 

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Yogurt is not only a snack; it actually gets rid of acne! Follow these simple steps to alleviate any pesky pimples from forming.

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature (not lowfat or non-fat) and make sure it’s isn’t flavored yogurt to avoid irritability of the skin. 
  • 1 tsp of honey (put in microwave for a few seconds to soften the honey). For dry skin, use an extra tsp of honey 
  1. Combine mixture, then apply to face.
  2. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash face with steaming washcloth
  4. Pat dry with towel

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Egg whites works wonders if you have oily skin! It also repairs damaged tissues and maintains your youthful radiant glow.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of honey
  1. Wash your face with warm water to open up your pores.
  2. Use your clean hands or a cotton ball to apply the mixture onto your face, avoiding the sensitive areas around your mouth and eyes.
  3. Keep the mask on for 10-15 minutes.
  4. When the mixture has completely dried on your face, gently scrub it off using warm water.
  5. Pat dry with a towel and marvel the smooth feel of your skin!

 

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Why is Natural Hair So Expensive?

“At the end of it all, products are great and they’re kind of like the icing on the cake. But what’s going to dictate your style is your technique.” – Naptural85

 

In her video “Natural Hair is TOO EXPENSIVE?!?!,” Vlogger Naptural85 sparked a conversation on the natural hair product struggle.

She encourages naturals to stick with products they’re comfortable with and focus heavily on technique.

Watch below on how to learn your hair first!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Perks of Being Natural! (Learn More Inside)

Do you know the Perks of being natural?

Are you proud of your natural hair and decision to go natural? Do you sometimes feel tired of the upkeep and the constant product search? If you answered yes to those questions, then it sounds like you need a reminder of why being natural is important to you.

Check out pg. 11 below to find out why.

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Juicing Recipe for Natural Hair Growth

 

Via NaturallyCurly

Hair Growth Tonic

This is the very first juice in the 30-day plan, for the morning of Day 1, Week 1.

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup of alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 large carrot or two medium carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
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Short Hair, Don’t Care!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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50 Shades of Grey….Hair?

From purple to blue, 2014 has been the season for many vibrant hair colors. Now, grey hair has been added onto the list. This hair color isn’t really a color every girl can pull off but surprisingly, it’s becoming more popular, especially among the natural hair community. Younger women are adding their own uniqueness into this trendy hair color and it’s beautiful. Doesn’t matter if its, short, long, curly, kinky or straight, these ladies found a way to best suit their style with this elegant color. Not only has it been dyed in natural hair, but girls are even dyeing their extensions grey!

Consider it a fashion statement; if you have an edgier, grunge style go for a charcoal grey. If you have a chic but preppy look, you can never go wrong with a greyish-lavender or maybe a steel-blue greyish tint. Lastly, if you want to achieve a sophisticated style, silver-grey would be a great choice. These are all creative ideas to make your gray hair look flattering and guaranteed to make heads turn.

Some may disagree with the whole idea of rocking this look, but who cares! It’s different. If you like it, go for it. #beunique.

Here are a few beautiful ladies who had no problem embracing their grey tresses on Instagram! Go check them out!

 
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How To Be Happy While You Transition!

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Via Sabrina Perkins

As a result of Hurricane Katrina, I moved from the extremely humid climate of New Orleans to the dryness of Denver. Although my hands were full with relocating with my husband and small children, I decided to go natural. Hair was not priority at the time, and I regret that because my hair suffered.

When we moved in September 2005 I stopped perming and just knew it would be a breeze. Well, it was a nightmare! I started damaging my hair by wearing wigs, weaves, and braids with no concern for my own tresses. I know it seems strange to say my hair suffered when I stopped relaxing, but I took better care of my hair while it was relaxed. Later it dawned on me that the chemicals weren’t good for my hair. I realized that because my hair would never retain length past my shoulders.

In the late 90’s I began wearing long box braids for months at a time. I would only taking them out to have them put back in and I wouldn’t relax my hair during those stints. My hair would thrive and finally grow past my shoulders. It was my trick to grow my hair out, but it never clicked that I needed to steer clear of the chemicals. So when we moved to Denver I figured I would do the chemical-free approach all the time and my hair would be down to my butt in no time. Ah, who knew I needed to actually take care of my hair for that to happen.

For the first three years after going natural, I was in auto-pilot mode of wearing added hair for comfort. I wasn’t doing anything special because I was using the same old products and doing the same old routines as I did while relaxed. When I grew tired of dealing with two textures, I cut all the relaxed hair off without realizing it was a big chop. I didn’t even realize it was called a big chop. I had to keep cutting it off because it was so damaged, but in October 2008 when I noticed thinning edges after one too many applications of tight box braids I decided to take a break from the added hair and began to embrace and nurture my natural tresses.

I was 35 when we moved to Denver and 38 when I decided to care for my hair in its natural state without guidance. It was well over six months before I discovered what the internet had to offer me in the ways of education, products, and support. There were groups, forums, and websites that gave assistance on styles, products, and maintenance. It was overwhelming but in a good way. I wasn’t alone. Despite my findings, I did have to struggle through some personal dilemmas.

Here are the three challenges that I faced during my transition, and hopefully the lessons I learned will help you face them with a healthier, happier attitude.

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Accept shrinkage, even embrace it

The first challenge was embracing my hair in its natural state. It was hard to accept the shrinkage, the lack of curl, and my insecurity of being the lone natural in my world. Naturals were around in 2008 (and technically forever), but not like now or even two or three years ago and the lack of knowledge and products made it even harder. My family and coworkers were supportive, so I overcame my own issues and just became seriously natural. It was freeing.

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Find right products and regimen

The second challenge was finding the right products and regimen for me. My hair stayed dry! I was working for the state when I first embraced my natural hair and had to run to the bathroom three for four times a day just wetting my hair because the product I picked up from Target dried my hair out. Over time I found more brands to try and before I knew it I was enveloped with lines that were catering to me. I no longer had to purchase super expensive brands online. Now I could walk into my local department store for my favorites items at regular prices.

To read more click HERE

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Confessions of a Passively Devoted Natural

I was very curious as to how long it would be for me to mildly take care of my hair before my hair started showing that I was only mildly being taken care of.

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My natural hair journey began as my child, I was giving it constant attention – I mean an overabundance of attention, multiple hours daily. As life has begun to pick up and I’ve gotten busy with internships, committees, clubs, dance teams, jobs, school work, etc. it has begun hard (hard being an incredible understatement) to keep up with my hair. Even now, with it being summertime and my being home from school for the summer – I imagined a life with daily treatments, weekly deep conditions, daily co-washes etc. but I have not at all been able to achieve that. As unfortunate as it is and as much as I don’t want to believe it, I think my hair is finally suffering from the neglect it has been facing. I went from spraying water day, night and in-between to soaking it while in the shower once, sometimes twice, a day. Using leave-in conditioner everyday to sometimes throwing coconut oil in my hair after I got out of the shower.

I have hit a wall in my natural hair journey. I’m not sure what it’s from. I still love my hair so much – I wouldn’t perm it for anything in the world, I love the journey and every curl, but I just can’t find the motivation that I once had. I think my hair has stopped growing as much as it was – even though I maintain a completely healthy diet, but also shrinkage could just be getting me down.

 

Is there anything that you all do when you hit a rut?

So far I’ve gotten “trim & new protective styles”.

Comment below!

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Wig Chronicles Part 1

…And so begins my wig chronicles.

After weeks of attempting to convince myself that wigs were normal for people my age, I started to do my research and naturally it became obsessive. I looked at YouTube tutorials of what a “quick weave” was (essentially glued hair onto a cap for a quick wig), and “How-To Make a Wig” tutorials. It looked pretty simple, so I went to the local hair store. I’d decided a bob with a bang was the cheapest most do-able option for a first time wig-maker.

When I arrived at the hair store, the employee was completely taken aback by my lack of knowledge on everything that had to do with weave, I mean I am natural so she tried to be as not-frustrated as possible. She pointed me to the cheapest, but best quality 8”/10” hair, provided me with a pack of wig caps (2), 2 bottles of 30 second wig glue (as per my best friends instructions, and i trust her expertise)Wig & glue,a mannequin head (which I should have known… But we will get to that later) and a pat on the back for good luck.

My brave friend and I went back to her houseto get started and the excitement was buzzing. We pulledup multiple tutorials in multiples tabs, watched them for a little, but were overtaken by excitement and got started. We should have noticed all these women made their caps on their own heads. We did the first two tracks with one glue cap upon my natural headed braids, 1st mistake. We decided to move to the mannequin head, and it’s good we did (or was it?) because while attempting to take the cap off of my head the part of the cap where the tracks were glued was also, cruelly enough, stuck to my braids. After a couple minutes of peeling carefully we got the cap off of my braids with little to no damage.

This is where the first lesson in making a wig for you. Rule #1: If you are going to make a wig for yourself, protect your own hair.

Back to the story, so begins the long trek of gluing tracks to the cap on the mannequin head. We literally put the cap on the mannequin head and started gluing. We did four tracks on the base of the head then began going in a circle as to close at the top. It was easy enough, I cut, she glued, I laid on the head, repeat. We had laid a good amount of tracks to where it was clear this adventure was a good decision. Here is where things go sour….

Remember earlier, when I said you have to protect your hair from the glue? You have to protect everything from the glue. We struggled for 20 minutes, at least, trying to remove the cap from the mannequin head. The cap came off, withStyrofoam residue, of course. Rule #2: If you are using a mannequin head at any point, protect the mannequinhead, so your cap isn’t permanently glued to the mannequin.

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Once we finally got the cap off, we attempted to put the cap on my head, and here is where things went ridiculously, murphy’s law, anything that can go wrong will, type of sour…

My head is not the size of the mannequin head. How about this, Rule #1: Make the wig on yourself unless you know for a FACT this mannequin head is exactly the size of your head.

With that being said, the almost-finished wig did not fit; not even close to fitting. We turned to Google frantically hoping there was a solution of how to stretch it and after about five minutes I’d realized that we would have to start all over. We had spent 1.5 hours on a wig I couldn’t wear and I tried not to show my face of defeat while I packed up my things to go home.

Tip: Oil sheen hair spray takes anything bond-glued right off. Tracks peel right off if sprayed with oil sheen and let sit for 30 seconds.

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When I arrived home, now 12AM, I spent about 30 minutes removing every single track from the cap and thanked the Gods the store employee convinced me to get two glue caps. I ended up using paper towels and a washcloth to block the cap from my hair while I glued the tracks on carefully and methodically. After about an hour I was finished, with my wig! I cut my bob and my bangs, which I’d had endless experience in because that was how I wore my hair all through middle school into high school; bangs were my thing back then.

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I hope this post allows you to learn from my mistakes and brave the storm of the wig-world, but since I made my first wig I have brought three more and am growing my collection. I absolutely recommend wigs as a quick style and a protective style. They have yet to let me down!

 

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The Key Steps To Successfully Detangling

A heavy-duty comb

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A wide-toothed comb is the comb you need in order to detangle. If the combs teeth are too thin and close together you will break your hair and if the comb it too plastic it will snap and you will run through an entire pack before you finish your whole head. I personally love and reccomend the tan wide toothed comb and the denman brush, which can be found at any hair store/Sallys near you.Denman Brush 1 

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Hair utensils (scrunchies, clips, pins, etc)

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I’ll leave this up to your preference, but detangling becomes easier the better you are able to separate the hair. Most people begin with four sections and then break the individual sections into more sections using pins and scrunchies. Be sure to have these on hand to make your detangling process easier!

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Do not, I repeat, do not detangle dry hair. There is no easier way to damage your hair than detangling your hair while it is dry. Keep your spray bottle on hand to be able to spritz water as needed.

You will indefinitely need patience to be able to work with your hair without breaking it, damaging it or giving up on detangling. Work from the bottom up, but be sure to take your time.

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