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How To Make An Ayurvedic Leave-In For Healthy Hair

Ayurvedic powders have been used for centuries to help maintain healthy hair. When using these powders and/or herbs figuring out the best way to incorporate them into your regimen can be a challenge. Some make the herbs into a paste and use it as a deep conditioner, some add the herbs to shampoos or make them into teas and use them as a rinse. Today we're doing to make a spray leave-in conditioner infused with ayurvedic herbs! I was reading (can't find it now, oddly enough) that when using herbs and powders on your hair, in order to get the full benefit, they need to left on the hair for long periods of time or used in leave-in conditioners; any other way and you're simply washing the benefits of the herbs down the drain. You can use oils such as coconut and olive or you can use water.Whatever you use, you want it to be something that will penetrate the hair shaft. What you'll need: A clean sauce pan rubber band coffee filter (you can use a heat seal-able tea

DIY Natural Hair Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioning is optional and the need for it varies depending on how often you manipulate and handle your natural hair. If you use heat frequently, deep conditioning your often may be the key to maintaining healthy hair without heat damage. Also, if you protective style often using styles that don't allow you to fully moisturize your hair. This is especially true for those that use synthetic hair or weaves in their protective styles. Now, what exactly is deep conditioning? Deep conditioning is when you apply a rinse out product or products to your hair that will penetrate the hair shaft and give your hair a boost of moisture or much needed protein. Think of it as a "red bull" for your hair. These treatments give your hair extra minerals and nutrients to help your hair remain strong. These treatments as I said are especially important for those who put a lot of stress on their tresses. Here is a DIY Natural Hair Deep Conditioner Recipe, I use and you can try i

How To Make Whipped Shea Butter

Making Whipped Shea Butter isn't always as easy as 1,2,3. To understand how to formulate your own recipes, you need to decide how your are going to be using the Whipped Shea Butter. You will also need to have a basic understanding of how certain carrier oils work. Whipped Shea Butters, are mainly heavy body cremes that you can use to moisturize your skin or hair. Since, most Whipped Shea Butters, do not contain water, there is no need for a preservative. If you add water, extracts or any juices such as Aloe Vera Juice, you need to use a synthetic preservative in your mix. Now, on to choosing the oils for our mix! You may be thinking, why add any oil at all? Can't you just whip the shea butter alone? You can use shea butter alone but, keep in mind that most authentic shea butters, don't provide much shine and don't have much glide. I relate it to the feeling of beeswax, without the waxy coating. Adding carrier oils help make applying the shea butter easier and a

How to make liquid black soap

To make my liquid black soap, I purchased some black soap from Coastal Scents a few weeks ago and I love it! I was a little nervous about buying real black soap because I heard it was soggy, stinky, rough, and just a bit unpleasant. In the past I was using Nubian Heritage black soap, which has a black soap base but, is not black soap. Black soap doesn't stink! It smells nice and fresh! The smell wouldn't offend anyone, as it just smells like pure clean soap. It is soft but, not mushy just soft enough to where you can cut it with a butter knife. I will do a separate post on the benefits of black soap (because if I don't, this post will never end...) Enjoy!! Cast of characters: black soap, slither of Nubian Heritage black soap (last little piece left), measuring cup, squirt bottle and stainless steel 1 quart pan. It is advised that you don't mix food pans with soap pans, so I reserve this small pot exclusively for making soaps and melting oils. Pour 2 cups

The Round Mirror... love love it!

I have seen them all over and I love it the round mirror..... It is a fantastic accent in any space. They work well in groupings, over the bed, over the mantle piece. Mirrors also provide an extension of any space by reflecting the objects, the colors in a space and help bring the outdoors in. Using mirrors throughout your space to create a sense of depth is a great design tool. I have brought together some of my favorites here! Convex mirror Sunflower mirror The foundry Mirror Beveled round mirror All of these mirrors are available on My Sparrow.... Photos from House Beautiful and My Sparrow

How to Paint a Door to Boost Your Curb Appeal

When one door opens, you meet a friend! I met Katie when placing an order for vinyl house numbers. I originally wanted them for my door but it didn't work out (my doors have windows and it just wasn't going to look right) but I had to use my cute numbers somewhere! So I used them on my flower pots and get so many kind comments. :) In our subdivision, lots of houses round here look pretty similar. So, Memorial Day I treated myself to a pretty curb appeal project by painting my front door. I'll tell you right now, I'm not a professional, but I got the job done. And I think it looks lots better than the original. If you want to do the same, here's what I did: Start with an ordinary boring door that looks like everyone else's. Check. Clean said door thoroughly with soapy water. Take an exacto blade and clean any bug guts, mud, or any other gross stuff off. If you've put any vinyl on your door previously, use your blade to remove it, and get some

DIY Friendship bracelet chair cushion for design sponge

After I made the rug I kept on eyeing my blue chair thinking, "there's gotta be a way to apply the friendship bracelet process" and it worked out like a charm! In fact, it's a bit easier to work with a chair than a rug because you can work directly from the spokes. This DIY was featured on design*sponge yesterday (as was a reference to my oversized paper flowers by Ruche). Materials: 2 sets of 8 pieces of fabric (can be repeated colors), needle, thread, scissors Step 1: Pair the colors together and start by tying two around the first spoke. Step 2: Continue pairing and tying the colors until you get to the middle. Step 3: Start from the opposite side and work in using the same color order. Step 4: Begin the friendship bracelet process with the number four. These next few steps are the same as the rug. Check out the instructions here. Step 5: When you get to the end cut off the ends and stitch them up with a needle and thread. Step 6: Tuck the