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Styling with Aveda Flaxseed Aloe

What to do? What to do? What to do? When you’re 40 weeks pregnant and 3 days? I suppose staaaaay busy, busy, busy!

Yo, my due date has come and gone. Now I’m hoping for a natural miracle. COME ON!!! I decided to entertain myself, by cleaning, laundry, exercising and playing with hair ideas.

In my last post I did a Bantu Knot out. Its was a very defined Bantu. This time I did a fairly loose one, with thicker sections and less knots. Also I want my style to last a week, if possible. So I used a firm holding gel by Aveda.

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Aveda Flaxseed Aloe Gel


  • A strong hold gel that offers maximum control for sculpting and molding hair. Made with certified organic flax seed and aloe, it adds body and enhances shine.
    For medium to coarse hair types

Ingredients: Water, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Alcohol Denat., PVP/VA Copolymer, Polyquaternium-11, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Oryzanol, Tocopherol, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-7, Glycerin, Fragrance, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Maltodextrin, Diazolidinyl Urea

  • I’ve used Aveda products in the past. The ingredients are not terrible. Their products do work some magic. I wasn’t disappointed in my Bantu knot out results.

 

 

I recently revisited a blogger site that helped me through the tough times of transitioning: Mop Top Maven. The link: http://moptopmaven.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-hair-now-bed-head.html

In her post her bantu is done on straight hair. I used no heat.

My Method:


 

  • Rosewater (mixed with jojoba oil, vitamin e, olive oil, and lavender oil)

Spray rosewater on each section you are about to twist. (I also use the rosewater as a facial toner)

  • A bit of shea butter (for softness)
  • Aveda Flaxseed Gel

Thats it!

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I love this style. Its so easy. So fast to do. Keeps my ends super sleek. One BIG tip, is to keep those ends trimmed. The better trimmed, the better the style looks, and behaves.

 

Give it a try, and tell me what you think!  🙂

Love, HKF

 

Moroccan/Rhassoul Red Clay *Shampoo DIY*

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Hola Chica’s, hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. I know I’m super late on the wishes. I’ve just been busy. I’m very determine to work all the way up until this baby is ready to pop. LOL!

Anyhow, I have a new obsession, Moroccan red clay or Rhassoul ClayI ordered two different brands. The “Now Solutions,” I’m was familiar with from using their Shea Butters, oils, etc. The other, “Zakia’s,” I’ve never heard of, and was curious about.

First;

WHAT IS: Moroccan red clay or Rhassoul Clay?

  • soothing clay for external use
  • It is sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and is often used in spas for skin and hair
  • It is formed by a natural combination of volcanic activity and geothermal changes

This untreated and naturally dried clay has a silk-like feel and can help even out skin tone and reduce blemishes. It has the unique ability to both nourish skin and reduce breakouts and many people use it daily as a natural soap and shampoo.

Like Bentonite Clay, it has the ability to swell when added to water, but Rhassoul has an even higher silica and magnesium content, making it especially good for skin. In fact, this clay can be used daily instead of soap for a gentle way to cleanse that won’t strip skin of beneficial oils.

USES FOR: Moroccan red clay or Rhassoul Clay?


  • Face Mask: The simplest use for Rhassoul clay is as a face mask. It can be mixed with water or something like rose water to form a silky paste. This paste can be brushed or rubbed onto the face and left to dry before washing off.

 

  • Face Scrub: Rhassoul can also be combined with other ingredients to make an exfoliating and smoothing scrub. My favorite is mixing 1 Tablespoon Rhassoul clay with 1 Tablespoon ground oatmeal and apple cider vinegar to form a paste. I use about once a week for an exfoliating face scrub. As a bonus, it can be massaged into the face to exfoliate for 1-2 minutes and then left for another 5 minutes to dry before washing off. This will offer the benefits of a mask and an exfoliation in one step.
  • Hair Mask: I mixed 1 tablespoon Rhassoul clay into 1/4 cup of water to make a thin mixture that I pour onto my hair and massage in. For hair, it is important not to let the mixture dry as it can contribute to hair breakage if it hardens. I prefer to massage into hair in the shower and leave for about 30 seconds before washing.

MY CLAY ROUTINE:


If you’re not new to my blog, henna has been my go hair treatment for nearly 7 years. It has never let me down. However, it can be a pain to rinse out. Washing afterwards can be tough if you don’t have a moisturizer.

I honestly afraid of shampoo’s. I prefer to homemade cleanser. Bentonite clay was best friend, until I started notice that it doesn’t clean as well as I like. While researching homemade cleanser, Rhassoul clay was a go to for natural hair. And the recipe for Rhassoul Shampoo is simple, quick, and gets the hair squeaky clean.

RHASSOUL CLAY SHAMPOO DIY


 

YOU’LL NEED:

You want a empty tube to place each ingredients in.

  • 3 teaspoons of Rhassoul Clay (more or less depending on hair type/thickness)
  • 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice
  • 1/2 cup of ACV
  • 3 drops of vitamin E oil
  • 2 drops of tea tree oil
  • 2 drops of lavender oil
  • 2 drops of ylang ylang oil (optional)
  • A empty tube

One all of the ingredients are added, give it a shake.
I use the this shampoo after I henna, so my hair is wet. I massage the shampoo into my scalp, and work it throughout my hair.

After this process, I apply my leave in conditioner, my favorite oil, and styling butter. Detangle in small sections. Using the bantu knot method to stretch my hair a bit, I will be twisting my in a protective style. Just to tired to do it now. Meh.

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If haven’t given Rhassoul Clay a try, I recommend it. It leaves the hair silky soft, full of body, increases the thickness, adds shine, and moisture.

In my next post, I’ll discuss the difference in the two brands. And which one I prefer  better!

 

Hope you all enjoyed this post!

 

Auntie Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Gel *Review*

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Hello beauties, I know its been a while. I’m really sorry. I’ve been super busy. Moved to a new state, searching for a new home in the new state, and recently my husband and I find out that I’m EXPECTING!!! Super excited about our new addition to our family. 

 

DAY 1

 

Any-hoo, enough about that. Lets discuss what I’ve been up to with my hair. I recently received a free product to try. Flaxseed gel by “Auntie Jackie’s: copy/paste http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlproducts/view/10685/aunt-jackies-curls-coils-dont-shrink-flaxseed-elongating-curling-gel-15-oz

So, I figured I’d try it out!

ABOUT:

“Auntie Jackie’s don’t shrink flaxseed gel”

  • Elongating curling gel enriched with flaxseed and wheat proteins
  • Flaxseed offers a natural remedy for hair growth, anti-thinning, and overall scalp health
  • For natural curls, coils, and waves
  • Enriched with shea butter and extra virgin olive oil
  • Sulfate-free; paraben-free; no Mineral Oil; No Petrolatum

INGREDIENTS

Aqua, Glycerin, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Polyvinylpyrrolidone, Polysorbate 20, Parfum, EDTA, Magnesium Nitrate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional

 

It’s summer, and its a gel…so why not. Best time try a “non shrinkage gel.” Right? I picked to use this product purposely the day we where going to the dog park. I was  going to be outside all day, in the sun on a 80 degree day with little humidity, why not. 🙂

I styled my hair the night before in twist on freshly washed hair, slightly damp. I applied coconut and vitamin e oil, then the gel. The gel I applied in the section I was about to twist. 

Pro’s 

  • Product goes on nice.
  • Not sticky
  • Light smell of pineapples
  • Doesn’t leave the hair super moist
  • Left my hair soft, shiny, and bouncy
  • Great curl defintion
  • No crunch
  • No flakes

I really must invest in a good quality camera. So I can record the amount of volume my hair had. “shake, shake”

 

Con’s

  • My hair shrink (LOL)
  • Smell was a bit over powering after the day went by
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Check out my baby bump!

Later that night I twist my hair in 6 big chunks, and clip it up in the attempt to stretch my hair a little. I didn’t comb my hair, only twist.

 

DAY 2

 

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My hair stretched, it wasn’t too much of a hot day. Hair did shrink a bit. Photo above was the final look. 

Overall, I like this product. My hair was never left hard, no flakiness, or crunch. The smell minimized the next day. I applied a bit of Jasmine oil as well. This gel would probably make hair look amazing on a lovely 60 degree day, with zero humidity

I would absolutely use this product again.

GREAT FOR:

  • Twist-outs
  • Braid-outs
  • Bantu Knots
  • Wash n gos
  • Twist downs
  • Braid downs

WHERE TO BUY IT:

Links:

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlproducts/view/10685/aunt-jackies-curls-coils-dont-shrink-flaxseed-elongating-curling-gel-15-oz

https://www.amazon.com/Aunt-Jackies-Flaxseed-Elongating-Curling/dp/B00MKCMDMY/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1472079968&sr=8-1&keywords=auntie+jackie+flaxseed

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Aunt-Jackie-s-Don-t-Shrink-Flaxseed-Elongating-Curling-Gel-15-oz-Pack-of-3/45020085

PS,  This product can be used on wet or dry hair. 

I will keep you all posted on the next results. I want to use this product when the weather gets cooler. 

 

Thanks for visiting!