mercredi 14 septembre 2011

Concoction time: Moisturizing hair creme

Hey people,

I decided to make a new batch of my homemade hair moisturizing cream.
This time I'm posting all the steps and ingredients, so enjoy it.
If you try it for yourself, let me know how it turned out.
If you tweak it also, please share.

  • Oil phase
    • Shea butter: ~20ml - 1 and 1/2 tbsp
    • Mango butter: 15ml - 1 tbsp
    • Coconut oil: 15ml - 1tbsp
    • Macadamia Oil: 5ml - 1 teaspon (tsp)
    • Argan oil: 5ml - 1 tsp
    • Jojoba oil: 5ml - 1 tsp
    • Cartham oil: 5ml - 1 tsp
    • Jamaican black castor oil: 5ml - 1 tsp
    • Olive oil: 1 tsp
    • Camelia oil: 1tsp
    • Emulsifier: Olivem, BTMS
    • Emulsifying wax
  • Water phase
    • Water infused with burdock, Horstail (Equisetum arvense)
    • Aloe Vera Gel: 2 tbsp - 20/30ml
    • Glycerin: 2 tbsp - 20/30ml
  • Others:
    • Preservative: Cosgar: 20 drops
    • Coconut fragance: 20 drops or less upon your liking
    • Vitamin E: 20 drops
    • Phytokeratin: 1/2 teaspoon
    • Silk amino acid: 20 drops
    • Provitamin B5: 20 drops
    • Ceramide: 20 drops

You can use less ingredients obviously but I like to mix these together as my hair love them.
Basically, you can use 1 oil or butter, an emulsifier and water.

Heat separately the oily phase and the water phase to 70°C.
Do not forget to add in the oily phase the emulsifier.

Mix the oily phase in the water phase. Use a blender to mix it well. Let it sit 5 minutes and mix again. Let the mixture cool down.

All the ingredients listed as others has to be added later when the mixture has cooled down. Then mix again before transfering the cream in the container of your choice.

You can play with the oil/water proportions to have a cream consistency or a lotion.
My mixture is 60-70% water and 40-30% oil.

I'll post the result later.

This mixture can be use during 6 month at room temperature.

Now, it's your turn!
Ciao Ciao

mardi 13 septembre 2011

Back to the basics!

Hey people!
There's a lot going on right now and I've been missing around. So sorry for that!

I'm now to a point where I want to simplify everything hair related. Why?
  1. I do not have as much time as I wish
  2. I know what my hair likes or not. This one took a while to get in.
  3. I want to enjoy my hair
I had to identify and set up a backbone to my regimen and product. I've identified products and techniques that work for me. This can and will be always improved as this is why I've been in this journey!
Now that the backbone is set up, I can play around trying products, concoctions and enjoying my hair!

I've relaxed my hair 2 days ago. Last relaxer, I used the ORS Lye relaxer normal strength. My hair was texlaxed mainly but the moisture level was better than usual.
This time around, I'm back again to Optimum anti-breakage salon no-lye relaxer normal strength. I used the new version and y hair came out bone straight. I was looking for bone straight look this time as I have an event to attend.

So back to the basics to the no-lye relaxer.