Black Hair: DIY Hair Serum for Curly Kinky Types

Make Your Own Hair Oil for Black Hair Curly Kinky Types

When I did the big chop about 5 years ago, I started searching for ways to take better care of my hair and my body. Part of that involved cutting out products that conduct ingredients which were harmful to my curls as well as my health. But that meant a higher price tag than I was used to. Enter the world of DIY haircare. I learned real quick that I could make a reliable hair serum on my own at home for much less. I share all the ingredients and my routine below.

DIY Hair Oil

When I make my hair oil, I tend to use what I have on-hand. Since I have quite a few essential oils right now, I got to experiment a bit. It’s my favorite combination yet.

Carrier Oils

A carrier oil is what you use as the base. They tend to be less potent in terms of smell and are safe to use at full strength. Think of natural oils that you use to cook with. Many of these can be used as carriers. Here are the ones I put in my latest hair oil.

  • 1/8 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Organic Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

If you choose to use these same oils, make sure to give it a quick smell before you use it. EVOO tends to have an herby scent. The last thing you want is to walk around smelling like a salad 😜 As for the coconut oil, since it’s solid at room temperature, you’ll have to heat it at a low temp before you mix it into the rest.

Essential Oils

In comparison to carrier oils, essential oils are more potent. They have strong properties. Apply them directly and they may be too strong for your body to handle. The result can be an adverse reaction, such as a rash. But mix them in using small doses and they are safe. These were the ones I used in my hair serum.

  • Organic Lavendar Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Tea Trea Oil
  • Sweet Orange Oil
  • Organic Lemongrass Oil

I didn’t measure the exact amount of each oil I added. It really depends on which smells you prefer, but about 20 drops should do you right. Once you add all the ingredients together, stir it well and leave it to sit for about 30 minutes or more before use.

Most Important: The Pre-Wash Routine

The recipe I shared above is simple enough, but if you really want your hair to feel soft and look shiny, having the right oiling routine is key. Once you’ve made the oil, use it as pre-wash conditioner. Here’s how:

  1. Loosen your hair and apply generous amounts of oil. Make sure to be thorough. If you have enough oil, you can even pour it over your scalp. Just make sure not to drop any. It can make a huge mess!
  2. Tie your hair up in buns or cover with a hair wrap. Leave it like this for up to 4 hours. This will allow the oils to soak in and work their magic on your hair and scalp.
  3. Untie/Unwrap and water wash. Rinse your hair out with warm water. Take this opportunity to scrub your scalp with your finger pads. Also, make sure to run your fingers through it to release some of the loose knots. This step will make detangling SO much easier!
  4. Shampoo 2-3 times (or more depending on your hair type).
  5. Detangle. Your hair should still be pretty moist from the oils. Use I large tooth comb to get out any tighter knots.
  6. Squeeze dry. Try to avoid using a towel to dry your hair, since that will suck up the moisture. Instead, wring out well with your hands. If you feel that it’s need, apply a small amount of oil afterward to add shine.

Hair Care Is Nutrition

As a nutrition coach, I know that nutrition is not just about what you put in your body. It’s also about what you put ON your body. Making your own hair oil might not be EASY, but it’s better for you. Once you get in the habit of making this recipe, feel free to experiment with your own. And let me know what you think by liking, sharing, and leaving a comment below!

Light,

Nadia

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Food Rationing: Nutrition Habits that Come In Handy During Pandemic

If you’re financially strapped and/or looking to conserve so you can feed a large family and/or make your resources last, don’t stress out. The healthy nutrition habits in today’s blog will help you survive on what you have during a pandemic. Instead of looking at it as food rationing, I like to call it optimizing my nutritional intake.

The Solution: Postpone Eating Until You’re Hungry

One of the strange things about modern society is that we tend to eat during certain TIMES instead of when our bodies really the sustenance. This often leads to overeating and overloading our digestive systems, which cannot handle the constant influx of food. Here what you can do instead:

Drink Water First

First thing in the morning, drink a glass of water with lemon. This will help prepare your stomach for digestion and stimulate bowel movement, which should happen before you eat. Lemon is also a great source of vitamin C, which can boost immunity.

Practice Discernment

Cravings tend to arise for a variety of reasons.

  • Boredom
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Loneliness
  • Dehydration
  • You saw an ad on Facebook…

So if you find yourself reaching for something, take a moment to pause. Ask yourself, “Am I really hungry or is something else going on?” If the answer is yes, then grab a bite. But if the answer is no, drink some water and wait a bit.

Eat Smaller Portions

Most of us are used to mega-sized meals served at restaurants, so we tend to use the same practice at home. More often than not, these amounts are disproportionate to what our bodies actually need.

Pro tip: Try using smaller bowls and plates. This will automatically reduce your portion size. When you’re done, wait about 10 minutes before you add more to your plate. If you’re still hungry then, have at it!

Eat slowly

If you’re like me, you can down anything on your plate in about 5 minutes flat. Not only does this create a horrifying mess for your digestive system, but it also causes you to overeat. It takes your body about 15-20 minutes to send your brain the signal that you’ve had enough, so if you scarf too fast, by that time it will be too late. A few strategies you can use include the following:

  • Count the amount of times you chew. Experts recommend between 10-30 times before you swallow. That way everything is broken down and your saliva has time to soak in to help the digestive process.
  • Put your fork/spoon down between bites. This way, you are not tempted to use what I call the “snow shovel method” while you eat.

Get In Plenty of Micronutrients

What we often experience as “hunger” is actually our bodies being undernourished, even though we are fully fed. Most of us aren’t getting the recommended daily amounts of vitamins and minerals for our bodies to function at 100%. During tough times, we need to be more diligent and selective with how we feed ourselves.

  • Eat plenty of organic veggies (mostly green). They contain the MOST amount of micronutrients. Low sugar fruit are a welcome addition too. You can get these frozen to reduce the cost.
  • Consider adding green juice or a greens supplement. These give you nearly all of the nutrients you need without having to store and eat huge amounts of fruit and veggies.
  • Take vitamin C. As I mentioned above, it is known to be super effective at boosting your immune system. Combined with your greens, you’ve got a potent, natural energy elixir for your body.

Eat More Fat

Foods that are higher in fat not only help your body absorb the micro-nutrients you’re taking in, but they also keep you fuller, longer. Here are a few great sources:

  • Organic nuts and seeds – I particularly love almonds and walnuts, but chia seeds are also high in fiber and they help fortify your gut.
  • Fatty fish – Salmon and tuna are great options and contain Omega
  • Cooking & Drizzling oils – a few with awesome nutritional benefits are extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and Organic Ghee (clarified butter). In addition to cooking with them and drizzling over salad, you can use them to dip small amounts of bread or consume a tablespoon straight up before your meal.
  • Fatter cuts of meat – Many people who are dieting drastically reduce the fat in their meats, but chicken thighs and beef chuck are not only cheaper than leaner options, they are also more tasty and satisfying.

Remember that this is NOT the time to focus on maintaining a slim figure (although that may be a natural result of implementing some of the tips in this blog).

Focus On Your Behavior

Even though we don’t have control of the pandemic, the one thing we can control is control our behavior during this time. Set yourself up with habits that will sustain you, even when there are less resources to go around. And if you see others struggling, help them navigate this new routine too.

Love & Light,

Nadia

PS – Have you already put some of these practices into place? Which ones are you tackling first? Let me know if the comments.

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