Category Archives: Hair Care

How I’m Creating my Dreadlocks

I can’t believe I am posting this with my hair sticking straight out of my head!!!! But here’s to being brave!!! I did a quick video on how I am creating my dreads, because I’ve been getting some questions about it.  I apologize for the quality of the video.

dreadafiedI have wanted dreadlocks for so long!! However, when I attended cosmetology school (I’m not sure I should announce that I am a cosmetology with my hair looking like this!! ) I pixie cut my hair, and it has been short ever since.  This is the longest my hair has been in 19 years!!!! 

I have added synthetic dreadlocks extension while it grows out.  And I will make a video on how I created the extensions and install them.

I used the pull and tear method to start, then back combed (if you grew up in the 80’s you know ALL about back combing!!), and then I used a highlight needle, (you could also use a crochet hook) to pull the hairs to the inside of the dread making it tight.  It’s been a VERY LONG process!!!

It’s ok to Play with Your Food…..

ava-mashMy latest mission has been to reuse, recycle, up-cycle, and not waste anything. So as I was cleaning out my fridge tonight, I found leftover avocado from 2 days ago. As much as I LOVE avocado, I’m not a fan of eating it unless it is fresh and it’s rare that I have leftovers! So what better way to use up avocado then to do a face mask. This is perfect timing because we have been running the wood stove constantly and my skin is really dry.

Here are some of the benefits of avocados:

  • They contain a natural carotenoid called lutein and its antioxidant properties help protect the skin from UV-B induced damage
  • Polyphenols help reduce free radicals that cause cell damage
  • Vitamin C and E helps improve the skin collagen and prevent premature formation of wrinkles
  • The rich source of oleic acid plays a great role in the defense of the skin and is a great moisturizer
  • It is a very effective cream for sun burnt or damaged skin.
  • The chemical composition in Avocado helps to quickly regenerate and rejuvenate the skin.
  • For individuals with blemished skin, aged skin or sun damaged skin, the sterolins found in avocado helps heal and hydrate the skin.
  • It also contains proteins, fatty acids, Omega 3 and folic acid. It has the treasures of Vitamin A, B, C and Vitamin E to help the skin look vibrant.

How I applied:

I mixed 1/2 of a mashed up avocado with 2 table spoons of olive oil, and a teaspoon of Vitamin E, with 2 drops of Roman Chamomile, 2 drop of Myrrh, and 1 drop of Geranium Essential Oils. I massaged the mixture to my face and neck, and let it set for about 10 minutes. I then washed my face with warm water and applied my Chaga oil mixture (which I will post another time). My skin feels delicious, soft, and hydrated.

So the next time your mom tells you not to play with your food, be a rebel and play away!!!!

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How I got rid of my Baby’s Cradle Cap in less than an Hour…

So many of my friends are having babies. So I thought I would post on how I got rid of my son’s cradle cap, since it is a common issue that comes up with infants. My baby is now 14 months and when he was a newborn, he had a bad case of cradle cap.

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Using my dōTERRA oils, I got rid of it all in less than an hour. And here is what I did:

I mixed:
2 tbs of Organic Olive oil
1 drop of Lemon Essential Oil
1 drop of Geranium Essential oil
(Please be sure to use a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Oil)

I applied the mixture to my baby’s scalp and allowed it to set for 20 minutes. To keep the oil from staining any clothing or blankets, I placed a cotton hat on him. After 20 minutes I applied a little more olive oil and used a soft baby brush to gently massage his scalp, by making small circles around the area with the cradle cap. I washed his hair twice and it was completely gone.

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Hydrating Oil to Promote Hair Growth

The temperatures are really cooling down here in Maine. Now is the time of year we start up our wood stove and ours has been running every night for the past week. Wood heat zaps the moisture from the air, and my skin and hair are really feeling the effects of it.

So I decided to give my dry fizzy hair a little TLC, by making a hydrating warm oil treatment. This treatment is not only hydrating, but promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp.

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What you will need.

  • Glass jar
  • Shower cap
  • ½ Cup of Concoct Oil
  • ¼ Cup of Olive or Avocado Oil
  • 3 Tbsp. of Castor Oil (for fine hair 1-2 Tbsp.)
  • 10 drops of Rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops of Geranium essential oil
  • 5 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of Cedarwood essential oil

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Instructions

  • First boil 1 ½-2 Cups of water in a small pot and remove from heat.
  • Place the coconut oil in a glass jar and place the jar in the boiling hot water, and allow it to melt.
  • Once the coconut oil has melted, add the Olive (or Avocado oil) and the Castor Oil.
  • Next add the essential oils and place the cover on the jar.
  • Gently invert the jar 8-10 times.

Application:

  • Apply to dry hair. I found it easier to take 4-5 tbsp. of the oil and place it in a small dish.
  • Rub oil into hands and distribute evenly on to your scalp, working the oil down the hair shaft.
  • Once applied throughout the hair, massage your scalp for 3-5 minutes.
  • Place a plastic shower cap over you hair and allow the oil to stay in your hair for 15-30 minutes.
  • Risen thoroughly and shampoo. You may need to shampoo 2 times.
  • You can apply conditioner, but I usually just rub some coconut oil through my hands and distribute it through the ends of my hair.

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Store the remaining oil in a cool dark place.  Depending on the ambient temperature, you may need to heat the oils to use. The coconut oil will solidify in cooler temperatures. To use the oil simply boil water in a small pot as you did to melt the coconut oil, remove from heat, and set the jar in the boiling water.  Once melted, invert the jar again to mix the oils.  *Caution the jar may be hot*

Your hair will be soft, shiny, and color will look deeper.  This oil is good to use every 2-3 weeks.

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