DIY Hair & Beauty: Avocado Conditioner

DIY, Natural Hair

Good morning everyone!

It seems like I haven’t done a post in a while.  I love conditioning my hair.  It’s vital in keeping my hair strong and healthy.  I wanted to share a simple natural conditioner I used on my hair using an avocado, a ripe banana, and extra virgin olive oil.  According to beautyandtips.com, avocado has a lot of health and beauty benefits.  It helps with dandruff, dry scalp, frizz control, and other hair and scalp issues.  Bananas have very similar benefits for hair and scalp issues as avocado.  Bananas help with split-ends, moisture retention, and protecting hair elasticity (blackhair101.com).

Here are my ingredients:

I bought a soft avocado and I let a banana get ripe.  It’s easier to mix if both are soft.

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I didn’t measure the extra virgin olive oil.  I added quite a bit to help mix the avocado and banana.

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Here’s The final mix.

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I had the conditioner on my hair for about an hour.  I sat under my bonnet dryer for about 15 minutes for a deeper conditioning.

My hair felt soft and it was fairly easy to detangle my hair.  My curls and coils were springy and defined which is something I look for when caring for my hair.

Here’s my hair.  There are pieces of avocado and banana in my hair.

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Next time, I’ll use a blender or mixer instead of a whisk and masher.  I hope this was helpful!

I’ll be chatting with you soon;-)

Brandi

A Blogger’s Life: Eric Clapton, Honey, Lipstick, and More

Art.Culture.Life., Inspiration

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Hey blogger friends!

The beauty about being a blogger is that you share parts of yourself—the good, bad, and in-between.   Here’s a little of the in-between.  This past weekend I did a little retail therapy on myself.   School has been intense, but that’s to be expected with a doctoral program.  I have been job hunting, substitute teaching, and getting my house ready to be put on the market.  My anxiety has been pretty high which has induced stress related asthma attack.

So, self-care has been essential for my sanity and health.  I made a late night trip to the mall of my town, Walmart.  I got an Essence magazine (may favorite magazine brand) with on of my favorite fashion icons–Miss Tracee Ellis Ross. This magazine gives me a little bit of everything…beauty, fashion, entertainment, empowerment, and education.  I found an Eric Clapton CD for $5.  I needed a little bit of rock laced with funk and blues.  I got some honey for my skin, hair, and tea.  I found some Elf lipstick for $1. And I got some LeKair cholesterol for my hair for $1.83. My hair loves this brand of cholesterol.

I took some time for myself.  I pampered my body, stimulated my mind, and fed my soul.  Sometimes simple things can bring so much joy…

xoxo Brandi

DIY Beauty: Homemade Sweet Oatmeal Mask & Acne Update

DIY, Healthy Living

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Hey lovelies!

I wanted to share an oatmeal mask concoction I made last week just playing around in the kitchen. If you’ve been following my blog I have been finding alternative natural beauty and health remedies. I had some leftover grounded oatmeal and made a mask to soothe and pamper my skin.  Oatmeal helps  clear blemishes , even skin tone, and it helps skin retain moisture.

Here’s what I used and the process:

1. Oatmeal- about half a cup.  I didn’t measure exactly.
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2. Then I added maple syrup, brown and white sugar. I’ve used sugar to exfoliate my skin.

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3. I added water to mix everything and then I heated the mix for 30 seconds.

I added more water to create a paste than would be easy to spread and to cool the mask a bit.

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4. I put the warm mask on my face for about 20 minutes. The warm mask felt really good. Then rinse it off.  If the mask is too thick just throw the chunks away.  My skin felt soft.

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Be on the look out how I cleared my acne prone skin.  I am going to do a thorough break down of what I did from a holistic approach.  This was my skin at its absolute worst.  It looks pretty bad and it felt even worse. I know there are others who have dealt with or are continuing to deal with moderate to severe acne.  There is hope!  I learned how to listen to my body and did a lot of research.

DIY Beauty: For the Love of Oatmeal

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Hey everyone!

Here’s my first post about experimenting with oatmeal. The first thing I did was add oatmeal to my baths. I remember bathing my dog in oatmeal because she had flea allergies which helped her. Some things I didn’t like about using oatmeal in her baths was that the oatmeal kernels were too sticky and thick after they were wet.
I ground my oatmeal with my Magic Bullet blender so that the oatmeal would not clog my drain. It also allowed the the kernels to mix well with the water.

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It has been working wonders because my skin does not feel as dry. I have been able to retain moisture in my skin. I started adding extra virgin olive oil to my baths to seal in the moisture. Be on the lookout for my oatmeal face mask.

Brandi

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DIY Home and Beauty in Kitchen

DIY, Healthy Living

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Since I have been cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, I ran into a few dry food items that have expired…tea and oatmeal. I didn’t want them to go to waste. So, I did some research.  I will sharing what I have been doing over the past few weeks. 

I made some more changes incorporating natural products to my beauty and cleaning regimens.  I am excited to be sharing with you as well.  Be on the lookout!

Talk to you soon!
B