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DIY Coconut Conditioner for Natural Hair

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When I first went natural I was strictly a DIY girl. I experimented with all sorts of butters, oils, powders, etc. I haven’t done a DIY hair mix in a long time but I plan on slowly incorporating more in my natural hair routine.

Coconut is something I always used in my beauty routine. I wrote an article all about the benefits of coconut oil. This recipe is strictly coconut from the meat, oil, and milk. Coconuts have so many amazing benefits here are just a few:

Coconut Manna/ Butter– moisturizes and prevents hair fall. Strengthens hair follicles and repairs damage  and prevents further damage made by chemicals, heat, and other harsh treatments.

Coconut Oil– penetrates the hair shaft bringing in additional moisture and shine

Coconut Milk– nourishes hair providing natural moisture from root to tip. Stimulates hair for healthy strong growth.

 

DIY Coconut Conditioner Recipe

1/2 cup Coconut Manna

2 tablespoon Coconut Oil

1/2 cup Coconut Milk

I didn’t accurately take measurements. Usually I just eye ball it and depending on the length of your hair is how much you need for successful application. You can use this as a hot oil treatment, pre-poo, or deep conditioner. Watch the video below to see how I made my mixture and applied it to my hair.

 

 

Infinity Jars Review

Beauty, Body, Health, Natural Hair, Skincare

I love DIY beauty and cosmetic formulations using herbs, oils, and butters. I haven’t made my own products in a while but I’ve been itching to get back into it. There was a time when I made my own deep conditioners and body oils. So when Infinity Jars sent these to me for review I thought this would be the perfect time to start again.

Infinity Jars is an ultra violet glass which blocks out visible light and keeps contents fresh with an air tight seal. Plus they are gorgeous! They just motivate the kitchen chemist in me to start concocting beauty treatments. You can also use these to store herbs, spices, and other kitchen items as well.

I decided to get the 100 ml jar for DIY deep conditioners and face masks, 50 ml spray bottle which is great for hair or facial mists, 100 ml pump bottle for gels and oil mixes. I’m so excited to start making us of these jars. Stay tuned for some DIY beauty mixes coming in the next few weeks.

Lack of Healthy Beauty options for Black Women

Featured, Info & Tips, Lifestyle, Make-Up, Natural Hair, Skincare

Recently the Environmental Working Group did a study on the market for black cosmetics. According to the studies less than 25% of products marketed to black women score low in potentially dangerous hazardous ingredients. This means that the majority of products currently on the market targeted at black women contain ingredients that can potentially cause serious harm to our health. They also updated their Skin Deep database to include over 1,000 products marketed to black women. This is awesome news because now you can check the hazardous levels of the products you probably use regularly.

I’ve been pushing the green lifestyle for a while now and it amazes me just how much women of color are still not aware. Even in my everyday life I meet women who have no idea that their personal care products are not safe. The looks on faces is one of shock and astonishment when I proceed to tell them that they cannot trust crafty marketing or even the government for that matter when it comes to beauty product shopping. Just a few days ago I was having a conversation with a black woman from my church about Secret deodorant. I stopped using traditional deodorant and actually go without most days. I wrote an article on the blog discussing the dangers of using traditional deodorant and natural alternatives. To sum it up I explained to this woman that she should stop using Secret deodorant because of the aluminum and other carcinogens that are linked to breast cancer and other diseases. Thankfully her response was one of gratitude as if I saved her life. In actuality I pretty much did in the long run.

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Even though I’m still able to educate people I come in contact with in person and online via this blog; what that conversation and EWG’s report tells me is that there is still more work to be done. Research has mostly focused on chemical hair straighteners for black women and girls. As a woman sporting her natural hair, I think it’s awesome how the natural hair movement has exploded. However it’s bigger than just our hair. While it’s great that we are embracing our curls and staying away from parabens and sulfates in our hair products, what about our lipsticks, lotions, etc.?? And truth be told not even all the natural hair products are actually “natural”. You still have to read your labels and be cautious when purchasing those items as well. It’s sad that it feels like you need a degree in chemistry in order to buy beauty products but unfortunately until better regulation is in place this is what we have to do. We have to continue to educate ourselves about the ingredients in everything that we use.

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As I look around at the various blogs, events, and social media platforms I don’t really see a wealth of information about being conscious when it comes to every other beauty product that is used in the black community aside from our hair. This gives off the message that all we are focused on is our hair. So as long as our hair is slayed then we’re good. Sorry (not sorry) ladies but this is not enough! With black women being the highest on the list of fibroids, infertility, and other health concerns we should be much more prevalent about the practices of our whole body not just hair.

source: ewg.org

source: ewg.org

“This report makes clear the lack of safer alternatives for black women. Demand for these products is increasing and the cosmetics industry needs to provide healthy beauty options for black women” –Women’s Voices for the Earth. This is one of the many reasons why I created my holiday gift guide featuring black owned green beauty brands. While there aren’t as many as others there are still options.

You may be reading this article and thinking; well what can I do about it. Continue to support green beauty bloggers like myself and other organizations such as Women’s Voices for the Earth and Black Women for Wellness. Stay up to date on what hazardous ingredients are by checking websites and databases like Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep and the ThinkDirty app. Think twice before just picking up an item at your local retailer and placing it in your shopping cart. Take the time to read the label, read the ingredients in the product. If you’re not sure what an ingredient is look it up through one of the databases I mentioned. If you see that a product has harmful ingredients start looking for safer alternatives. Start supporting organic natural beauty brands like the ones I mentioned in my holiday gift guide.

Major companies only see and understand money. People always tell me that buying organic or going green is expensive. I admit that yes at times it can be a bit pricier than traditional items. However I believe in the buying power we have. The beauty industry is a trillion dollar business with black women accounting for the majority of that. If more people made conscious decisions when it comes to buying beauty products a lot can change. If you can get companies to stop using sulfates I believe we can push them to create all beauty products without toxic ingredients. Trust me they will take notice of people opting not to buy toxic beauty products when they start losing money.

 

Have you read EWG report? What are your thoughts?

Resource: ewg.org Big Market for Black Cosmetics but less Hazardous Choices Limited 

Black Owned Non-Toxic Beauty Brands | 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Feminine Hygiene, Make-Up, Natural Hair, Skincare

This platform is all about uplifting and spreading the word on healthy non-toxic living. In keeping up with the spirit of upliftment and encouragement I wanted to highlight some awesome women of color who have created amazing non-toxic beauty brands. Here is a list of black-owned green beauty and non-toxic brands to support this holiday season!

 

Skin & Body Care

All-Natural & Organic Vegan based skin care line Jacqs Organics

Natural & Organic, Spa Quality Skincare Apple Rose Beauty 

Caribbean Inspired Organic Handcrafted Skincare  Calypso Glow 

All natural aromatherapy skin and hair care line Natural Annie Essentials 

Pure, natural, luxurious skin care LaBelle Femme Products

Artisan natural skin care beauty products Zandra Beauty

Natural handmade skin care with beneficial ingredients Oh Honey Skin Care

All natural, multi purpose vegan beauty product Base Butter 

Natural fun bath & body products Pooka Pure and Simple 

High quality natural skin care products from natural ingredients Okoko Cosmetiques 

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DIY Brown Sugar Hair and Body Butter

Natural Hair, Skincare

 

I love incorporating natural oils and butters into my daily personal care routine . Knowing what’s inside your products is so important because we have to protect ourselves from the dangers of toxic ingredients. What better way to be safe than to create your own beauty products from home! So I’ve partnered with CurlMix to provide this delicious DIY recipe that you can use on your hair and body.

 

What is CurlMix? CurlMix is the first DIY box formulated for curly hair. This subscription box service allows you to create your own natural beauty products in your kitchen. Each month you get a box of raw ingredients to create things like shampoo, conditioner, stylers, or creams for the hair and or body. It’s fun and exciting because not only do they use all natural ingredients but each month you create something different. CurlMix aims to empower the conscious curly consumer through education. They believe that you shouldn’t sacrifice integrity for beauty. This is so inline with my mission here at The Holistic Honey which is not sacrificing health in the name of beauty!

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How to achieve a Fluffy Braid on Natural Hair

Natural Hair

This is another easy go to style which doesn’t take me much effort. As a self proclaimed lazy natural, I’m always wearing styles with my natural hair that don’t require too much maintenance.

 

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To shampoo my hair I used Mielle Organics Babassu conditioning shampoo. This was my first time using this product line. I felt that this cleaned my hair, although I didn’t have much product build up to begin with. This is a good moisturizing shampoo however if I’ve used a lot of gels, oils, or other products I don’t know how good this would be at removing layers of build up. To condition my hair I used their Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner. I applied the conditioner and donned a plastic cap and proceeded to sit under the dryer for 20 minutes. My hair came out soft but not uber soft.

 

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For this braid out I preferred starting on stretched or blow dried hair. I find that when I do this my hair has way less shrinkage, more body and movement, plus I like the fluffier look it gives me. After sectioning my hair and applying a leave in, I allowed my hair to air-dry overnight. In the morning I blow-dried my hair on low using the tension method. I wanted to stretch my hair but since it was already dry I didn’t need the blow dryer for long.

 

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Next I parted my hair starting from the back and working my way to the front. I braided my hair in medium sized braids. In the front I made sure to braid my hair in the way I wanted it to fall once dry. To set the braids I applied a small pea sized amount of the Mielle Organics White Peony Leave In Conditioner.

 

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I allowed my hair to dry for a few hours and when it was time for me to leave for the day I simply took down the braids and separated my hair. I like the way it turned out. It’s been super humid this summer as per usual so the humidity helped out with the fluffiness. I didn’t mind it because my hair still had some definition as opposed to being a full out fro.

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How to Fake a Tapered Cut on Natural Hair

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This is a quick and easy style to achieve and the best part is that it can last me at least 5 days without having to restyle. I love the look of a tapered cut but I am wayyy too chicken to actually cut my hair. This hair style gives me the best of both worlds.

 

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For this style I used Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll foaming lotion. I haven’t used this product in many years. Honestly the last time I tried this line was when I first went natural nearly a decade ago.

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After washing and conditioning my hair I used perm rods in 4 different sizes ranging from small skinny to large and medium. I started from the back bottom of my head with the small rods first and went larger as I went up to the front of my head. So by the time I got to the front I had the larger ones framing my face.

 

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By using the small rods in the back I’m able to get the short cut look in the back. I hope that makes sense. I let my hair air dry overnight but to speed the process I usually sit under a hooded dryer for 20 minutes and then go to bed. By the time I wake up in the morning my hair is fully dry.

 

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After taking out the rollers I was careful not to separate the curls. Instead I pushed all of my hair up to the front center of my head, pinning sections up with bobby pins as I went along. I left the top and front of my hair out. After I was done pinning I then fluffed my hair and started separating my curls in order to achieve the look I wanted. That’s pretty much it my loves! At night all I do is wrap a scarf around my edges to keep everything in place and then place my huge bonnet to cover the hair left out.

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If you need more of a visual aid check out the video below to watch how to fake a tapered cut on natural hair.

 

 

Spring Beauty Must Haves | Natural & Organic

Body, Feminine Hygiene, Natural Hair, Skincare

Even though spring is almost over and we have like one more month until it’s officially summer (yikes!). I thought I would share some green beauty items that I am absolutely loving this spring and will continue to use into the summer. Some of these are products that I’ve been using for a while and others are new.

 

Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Lotion

Whoa I know that’s a mouth full! I have tried so many of the body lotions from Shea Moisture and I have to say that this to one so far is my favorite. The first two ingredients are aloe vera juice and coconut water. Both of which are very light yet hydrating at the same time. Most of the other lotions I’ve tried from this brand a very thick and heavy, the texture of this cream is on the lighter side but still provides so much moisture. Another plus for me is that because the formula is so light weight its makes for easy application. For those who may be curious is has more of a pleasant fruity smell not coconuts.

 

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant in Lavender + Sage

I have been on the hunt for a good natural deodorant that is actually free of toxins and actually works. While strolling through the isles of Whole Body I came across this deodorant and decided to pick up since it was on sale. I notice a lot of natural deodorants are formulated as a cream instead of the stick that we are used to. Although from what I hear Schmidt’s has actually come out with a stick version. However I picked up the cream and at first the texture was a little weird for me I could feel the baking soda. The directions say to take a little and rub it between your fingers then apply to underarm areas. As for smell and protection I would say it did well. I’m not a girl who perspires much so I can’t really give an opinion on the effectiveness of that. But I didn’t walk around with an odor and that is what matters to me! Also another brand (who shall remain nameless for now) gave me a horrible rash afterwards. So I’m happy to say that I didn’t experience that with this product.

 

100 Percent Pure Seaweed Shaving Cream

If you truly follow me or this blog then y’all know how much I stan for this brand. I was sent this shaving cream a while back but wasn’t really able to put it to use until now. If I’m not waxing then I’m shaving or touching up certain areas at home. I was never a fan of shaving cream because most come in a foam and I am not using Nair for the obvious toxic reasons. I was more than happy to test this product out. It’s texture is very lightweight almost runny if you are not careful. A little goes a long way. What’s beautiful about this product is that not only does it help you remove all the unwanted hair but it leaves your skin feeling so smooth and soft afterwards.

 

Karens Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave in Conditioner

My hair has loved KBB since they first started in that little shop in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Back in my super early natural hair journey days I would go there personally to pick up some sweet smelling natural goodies for my skin and hair. The best part about this is that their formula has still not changed, the only thing that has is the packing. I have tried many other natural hair products but the Sweet Ambrosia is what makes my hair so uber soft like nothing else has. My hair can get weighed down easily so I light to use light weight products. Sweet Ambrosia is very light weight thin consistency and my hair drinks it up! I included this in my Spring/ Summer favorites because why not and second the essential oil based fragrances this comes in are perfect to have your hair looking and smelling good this season.

 

Okay ladies so those were my Spring Green Beauty Must Haves. Have you tried any of the products listed above? If so leave me a comment and let me know what your thoughts.

 

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Spring Clean your Beauty Routine

Body, Make-Up, Natural Hair, Skincare

Clean out your makeup If you follow me then you know I’m all about green beauty. Out with the old and in with the new. At the start of each new season you should clear out your old makeup. Lipsticks can last over 6 months but just to be sanitary, wipe them off with alcohol just to ensure you’re not applying bacteria to the lips. The biggest health concern is with mascara. You should toss out your mascara after 3 months. If you haven’t switched your mascara out yet here are a few natural alternatives:

100 Percent Pure Black Tea

Red Apple Lipstick Mascara

 

Change your daily moisturizer- The cold winter months leaves your skin needing a rich moisturizer. Since most of us don’t have the same skin care needs all year round you may need to switch to a lighter moisturizer for the spring and summer. Make sure that your sunscreen contains an spf of at least 30. I notice brown girls feel that we don’t need to use sunscreen as much as our other sisters however we do, especially for those who have problem skin or suffer with dark spots. Here are a few non-toxic spf moisturizers I personally like:

100 Percent Pure Green Tea Oil Free Moisturizer

Devita Naturals Solar Protective Moisturizer 

Real Purity Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

 

Increase Hair Hydration- Our hair still needs moisture even in the warmer months. Staying in the sun for long periods of time can actually dry the hair out. Taking long breaks in between washes can leaving your tresses thirty. Try washing your hair at least every 5-7 days. Because our hair contains up to 80 percent water you cannot properly moisturize without water. After washing apply leave-in conditioners that list water as one of the first ingredients. These are creamy water based leave-ins that I keep in my personal stash:

Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia

Soultanicals Knot Sauce

Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk

 

Brighten up your palette- Spring is all about bright beautiful bold colors. Try introducing new nail polish and lipstick colors that match the season. I personally love pinks, purples, and even yellow. Don’t be afraid to venture out and experiment with colors you’ve never used before.

Real Purity Dew Berry Lipstick

100 Percent Pure Primrose Fruit Pigmented Lipstick

Au Naturale Organic Lipstick in Wild Lotus

 

Exfoliate, Exfoliate-Our skin can accumulate a lot of dead skin during the winter. Of course we all like to show some skin come spring and summer. Show off your beautiful glowing skin by regular exfoliation. You can exfoliate up to 3 times weekly. Opt for a natural body scrub that contains sea salts and sugars with natural oils that slough off the dead skin to reveal a smooth bright complexion. Try these gentle yet effective body scrubs:

100 Percent Pure Lavender Body Scrub

Shea Moisture  Super Fruit Hand & Body Scrub 

 

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How to Revive Dry Natural Hair

Natural Hair

Hey friends!

 

I get a ton of questions about my hair routine and what products I use. I filmed a video for you giving you a little behind the scenes of my typical styling week goes. Of course products change from time to time as well as the styles of my natural hair. However this will give you a foundation on the method I use when caring for my natural hair.

I tried some products from the Soultanicals line you can read my full review here.

 

I hope you enjoy!