Thursday, August 27, 2009

100 Day Challenge

I think at times, we all get so caught up in our natural hair that we have no time to actually enjoy the journey. I love my hair , I mean I am really having a love affair with it. Do I want longer hair , heck yes!! I however have the type of hair that breaks easily and doesnt retain its full length because Im constantly in it. I have had really long hair in the past but It was an extension of me, I wasnt the real me and now that Ive found it I cant stop falling in love day after day.

Well Im taking a short break from styling my hair with kinky twists , mini box braids, and finally twists. For 60 days I will attempt to keep my kinky twists in , then move on to mini box braids for 30 days , and the final 10 days I will be in twists.

I started the challenge August 21st 2009. On my fotki it says August 15th because thats the official date on Nappturality.

So far my routine has been to spritz my kinkys with Oyins hair juices, Im almost running out so I will be making my own recipes for my flaxseed spritz starting tonight.

I will use chamomile, nettle, roses , horsetail and lavendar and simmer for about 30-60 minutes on low heat. I don't want to cook up all the water , then strain them out.After that pour the tea back into a pot, and measure out about 3 tablespoons of whole flaxseeds, pour the flaxseeds into the infusion and simmer for another 20 minutes. I can add more water if I want thinner consistency after 20 minutes on medium heat, the water should change texture, but it should be liquid enough to strain easily too. and then I can add some humectants. like maybe honey or glycerin, and castor oil, jojoba oil and some essential oils too.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Alep

Alep is the last living soap on the market today. How a soap can be alive? Its secret lies on its ancient processing method that has been preserved over two thousend years in its town of origin, Alep in ex-mesopotania. Alep soap is the ancestor of the hard soap and is brought back to our modern civilization thanks to Karawan Authentic, a French company that owns a traditional soap workshop in Alep.

Karawan Authentic is one of the rare soap makers that continue to follow the tradition by the letter. Their soaps are still handcrafted exclusiveley with pure organically grown unrefined cold expressed olive oil and bay tree oil (No coconut or palm oil!). The soaps are then slowly dried in the open air for over 9 months. This ancestral method preserves the living properties of the oils and makes a long lasting soap

Alep soap represents two thousand years of culture and history. It is known for being the ancestor of hard soap. Through centuries, the original processing method has been transmitted through generations in its town of origin: Alep, in ex-Mesopotamia.

Alep is a little town located on the ancient Silk Roads. Thanks to trade crossings, Alep soap has crossed the Mediterranean sea and has been imported into Italy, Spain and France where the first European soap manufactures appeared a couple of centuries later

Karawan Authentic, a Alep soap manufacturer, chooses its olive oil in December. It is when the master soap makers produce Alep soap following an old-age ancestral method. Olive oil, bay tree oil, water and soda are mixed together and left to cook slowly at low temperature in copper cauldrons for 24 hours.

The mixture is then poured out in great slabs and left to cold. It is then hand-cut into rough blocks. The blocks are stacked to dry and mature for over nine months under an arched drying area of the soap workshop.

Thanks to the low heat and slow drying process, Alep soaps last very long and the living properties of the oils are preserved

Alep soap is 100% natural and vegan. It is totally free of: preservatives, synthetic components, artificial coloring or fragrance, fillers, petrochemicals, PGE, sodium lauryl sulfate, etc


I know Qhemet Biologics used to offer Soap of Alep , has anyone else tried Alep?

Check out this lovely page http://www.sunclaytherapy.com/

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hair Steamer

A hair steamer is used to open the hair`s cuticle during certain treatments such as conditioning so the product will enter the cortex of the hair. Steamer uses moist heat to open the hair shaft/cuticle once open, moisture and the goodness in your deep conditioner can penetrate better! Results in soft, moisturized hair. Steaming also helps with circulation on your scalp enabling healthy hair growth and also helps with dandruff and dry scalp. If you henna, a steamer will help the dying process go faster and will prevent the dryness that some people report after henna.

I have seen several sites that range from $139.95- $1400 plus. I'm looking to get mine in September. I think I will order it from here http://salonsrus.com/shopnow//catalog/index.php?cPath=43&osCsid=d83a96362102e7661db433bda1101380

Anyone that has one and has used it please let a sister know how you like it.

A Happy Nappy Affair's Shopping Center