Natural Homemade Gels

Aloe Vera  Gel:

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You will need:

1. Aloe Vera Leaves (3)

2. Vitamin E Oil/Capsule

3. Container

Process:

1. Cut aloe leaves in half and scrape contents into container

2. Add a teaspoon of Vitamin E oil or contents of 2 vitamin E capsules to the above

3. Mix together, cover container and refrigerate

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Interesting Facts:

Aloe Vera is part of the Lily family and is a natural antibiotic. Your batch of Aloe Vera gel can also be used on sunburns, scrapes, insect bites etc.

Flax seed Gel:

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You will need:

1. Pot

2. 2 cups water

3. 1 pack flax seed. I use the 1.5 oz packet

4.Vitamin E oil/capsule

5.Olive Oil or other oil of choice

6. Rosemary leaves

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Process:

1. Add Flax seed and rosemary leaves to pot of boiling water. About 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary leaves will work.

2. Stir together until water appears sticky and flax seeds start to surface

3. Keep stirring for about 5 minutes maximum

4. Strain into container

5. Add vitamin E oil and other oil of choice (EVOO, Jojoba, sweet almond oil)

6. Cool and refrigerate

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Interesting Fact:

Flax seed is a source of linseed oil which is known for its hydrophobic properties and as a result is perfect for use in humid climates or high/low dew points.

Rosemary is known to help improve blood circulation and hence can stimulate the growth process, adds a fragrance to your flax seed gel and can also help with scalp problems such as dandruff.

Gelatin Gel ( For hair that likes protein):

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You will need:

1. Box  gelatin (unscented). Important to note, if you are a vegetarian or allergic to pork you can use a plant derived gelatin (agar) sold in vegetarian stores.

2. Container

3. Vitamin E oil/ Capsule

4. Pot

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Process:

1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil

2. Add gelatin and stir until it dissolves

3. Add Vitamin E oil/ capsule

4. Mix and place in container

5. Refrigerate

Note: This gel only lasts for about a week as opposed to my flax seed and Aloe Vera gel that lasted for about 3 weeks.

The Vitamin E oil is added to preserve the shelf-life of your gel.

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Stretching your Wash&Go’s

If you natural hair ladies are like me then am betting that one of the biggest rants you have about your hair is shrinkage. Don’t get me wrong I have made peace with it a long time ago but whenever I do my WnG’s I still try to stretch it out a little. Below are a few pics of how I do so.

My method involves 2 hair bands that I wrap around my hair after separating into 2 sections.

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Of course I am always pressed for time so my banding are never exactly neat. If you have the time or want to wear this style out while you run errands for example then feel free to do so. I repeat on the other section and leave my 2 banded ponytails to air dry.

It itches, flakes and falls!

Last week was a terror for me. My previously clean, non-itchy scalp was transformed into a hot, scaly, itchy mess. My shrinkage didn’t even bother me then as I was too ticked by the flakes left on my shoulder and forehead. Now not only does dandruff affect you physically but emotionally it can also take its toll. Who wants to always have their fingers scratching their scalp or dusting off flakes? definitely not me. Dandruff can be a result of many things, such as hormonal changes, stress, illness (psoriasis, eczema) and even sensitivity to some hair products. There are many products that have been marketed for such but from my experience only works to get rid of the flakes o the scalp and does not necessarily get rid of the problem.

What have I been doing to control my dandruff?

I have been using a mixture of rose water and tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar and lemons on my scalp whenever I co-wash.

How has this been beneficial to  me?

Rose water will help with any inflammation caused by scratching your scalp

The tea tree oil works as an antibacterial and antifungal

Apple cider vinegar balances the pH of your scalp and clarifies helping to eliminate any over production of yeast

The lemon will  also help to clarify

If after trying the above method or other over the counter anti-dandruff shampoos and your scalp is still red, swollen and itchy then it might be time for you to check with your doctor. You may have another condition that has similar symptoms like dandruff.

A healthy scalp means a head full of healthy hair!

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