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Branching Out

Literally and figuratively. My main focus will remain information geared for those who are looking for information on herbs and somewhat herbal remedies.  I think it’ll be fun to grow my own herbs.  I may branch out to more than herbs.  However, I will most definitely take the time to include information of plants I plant as well as plants I have considered planting. Most of my planting will be priority driven.  This means what benefits my daily routines (facial care) will be my planting priority.  Everything else will probably fall in line with what I eat.  I like to eat and cooking is a necessity.   The fresher the herbs and vegetables, the better the dish.  So I’m going to give it a try!  
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ACV Tea Rinse vs Cold Water Rinse

The featured image is the water rinse results 3 days later vs the ACV tea rinse results also 3 days later. This is the 3 month battle for shiny hair I’ve been immersed in.  I stumbled upon an alternative for the cold water rinse about a month ago.  I had tons of herbal tea rinses and plenty of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).  On top of that, walking out the house with wet hair is no big deal right now.  So I decided to try something new.  I have super curly thick hair, so I deep condition year round at least twice a week.  I also live in a humid area so frizz all year long is an issue.  I know most people at this point probably know about the popular Cold Water Rinse for shiny hair.  If you haven’t, it’s essentially making your final rinse with cold water before styling your hair.  The cold water apparently shocks the hair cuticle into closing or laying down so that light reflects better off your hair.  It’s a method that is supposed to be good for all kinds of hair textures (curly, straight, etc).  So I tried the cold water rinse for 2 months […]
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Summer Time: Chlorine & Sea Salt Hair Issues

Summer time is great!  Everybody is traveling and doing outdoor activities.  Swimming, long days in the sun, and tons of sun screen.  Oh and let’s not forget crispy hair.  So a lot of people tend to go for a lighter hair color in the summer, but ruin it after a few days at the beach or in a chlorine filled swimming pool.  Of course if you have children you’re fighting tangled rough hair.  So here are some remedies you can do on the go or at home to help your hair. Remedy #1: Strip your hair. I strongly advise herbal tea rinses mixed with a bit of vinegar to strip your hair of chlorine.  Brew a cup of herbal tea. Suggested Herbs: Calendula and Chamomile for Light Hair Rosemary and Nutmeg for Medium Hair Rosehip or Rose and Hibiscus for Shades of Red Sage and Nettle for Dark Hair Allow it to cool.  If you have dark hair, add 1/4 of a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).  If you have light hair, add 1/4 of a cup of White Vinegar (ACV).  If your current hair color falls in the middle, I would advise ACV.  Once the vinegar of your […]
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Dad Tips: Hair Styling Edition

So when I was younger and my mom was gone on duty with the Air Force, my dad would have to style my hair.  No big deal.  However, every Sunday in church someone would redo my hair or my bow, and their words to my father,”Your wife must be on duty.”  Dad always thought it was funny, bu pt the girl with the lopsided pigtails didn’t.  So here are 3 quick tips for all dads that your little girls will appreciate. Tip #1: The pantyhose puff. This is for all the dads with a little wavy, curly, or super curly princess.  After you have deranged your daughter’s and applied moisturizer, cut a strip of pantyhose the length of your forearm.  Take it around the hairline as if your are going to tie a big bow or use it as a head band.  Tie it loosely once.  Then tighten it slowly move it up in the back and front.  Continue holding the original ties and slowly move up and tighten the strip until you a big puff close to the size or half a size of your fist.  Once you have the puff where you want it, twist the remaining pantyhose, […]
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So You Want to Henna

Your hair can benefit from henna, but the type of henna you use can be good or bad for your hair.  First of all, henna is only composed of the plant called Lawsonia inermis.  If your henna has more in it than that plant, use it at your own risk.  Henna has become so commercialized that, like tofu, you need to question the quality and source.  If the instructions on the package have special requirements for mixing it, like don’t use metal, use it at your own risk.  Henna is an herb.  Like most herbs, it’s best to use glass when using them to make anything because glass does not absorb the properties.  However, using metal to mix them won’t hurt.  Unless you are dealing with fresh onion. If you have tried henna before and it didn’t work for you or you feel like it ruined your hair, think about how you mixed it or the quality of it.  Henna is a plant that is used to condition the hair and scalp as well as deposit it’s natural color.  It is not used to moisturize the hair and scalp.  So if your hair came out rough, it’s okay.  Your mix […]
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Battle of the Products

So everyone is raving about this product (insert a hair product or hair product line that comes to mind).  You start researching the product and stalking it, waiting for it to go on sale.  Finally, you buy it and you’re excited!  You just can’t wait to use this AMAZING product(s) everyone has been raving about.  So you insert the new product(s) into your hair care routine, and when you’ve finished your hair, your reaction is… Whether you’re screaming because of how your hair looks or because of how it feels, you’re still screaming.  Now you’re trying to figure out if you can return the product(s) or if you’re stuck with it.  You also might be panicking because you have somewhere to be and your hair is just having a ball at your expense.  So now you’re like…  And the only thing you can do is start from the beginning.  Do you know the worst part of this whole scenario?  The reason the product(s) didn’t work could be your fault.  Shopping for products is more than just reading the reviews and reading the ingredient list.  There’s one key component to product shopping that people often forget.  No, it’s not whether the […]
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Hair Growth Remedies That Work

Ok, so it’s summer time, and most people see more growth during the summer.  Why?  Because everybody is out and doing something that has their blood circulation up.  Blood circulation is essential for hair growth because it carries all the nutrients throughout your body.  So how can we maximize and utilize this extra boost to help our hair growth? By using natural remedies to kick start hair growth.  Keep in mind everyone’s hair grows at a different rate, but the remedies listed below can help your scalp squeeze out healthier stronger hair faster.  Or depending on the person a wee bit faster. Remedy #1: Emu Oil If you go to the ingredients page you’ll find the nutritional rundown of Emu Oil listed.  We don’t use Emu Oil in our products, but Emu Oil is very good for your scalp.  If you don’t have a problem with using animal by products, this oil may be an option for you.  Just apply it to your scalp once a day before you sleep and massage it into your scalp.  My advice is to was your hair every 7 days when using this method to avoid the risk of build up. Remedy #2: Castor Oil […]
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Is My Hair Protein Sensitive?

The correct answer is no.  Nobody’s hair can be protein sensitive.  Why?  Because our hair is made of protein.  If people’s hair were protein sensitive they would be bald.  Let’s take a moment to reflect on what hair is made of. Hair is approximately 91% protein and it’s made up of amino acid chains.  The outer covering of the hair is made up of keratin and is most commonly known as the cuticle.  The inner layer is the cortex, which is keratinized protein fibers.  The inner most layer is the central core of cells called the medulla.  That’s why if you have frayed ends from color, misuse and abuse, no trims, etc. you can use an egg mask to help temporarily fix your ends or your hair in general.  The protein in eggs enters the lifted cuticles and temporarily fills the holes in your hair cuticles.  This temporary fill helps strengthen your hair for a short while until your next trim. Now as for those who claim their hair is protein sensitive it’s not your hair.  It’s you.  Have you checked your diet?  Have you compared the protein levels of all your current hair products?  Sometimes your diet is so full […]
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The Run Down: Minerals and Vitamins

          I decided to do a rundown of on the vitamins and minerals that can be found in our products.  Though we hear that certain herbs are great for this and that, rarely do we hear the why.  What makes one combination herbs better than another combination?  Well it’s the vitamin and mineral content within a specific combination of herbs.  If the combination of herbs isn’t right then they can cancel out properties of “weaker” herbs.  The same concept applies for vitamins and minerals ingested or topically applied.  Too much of a good thing either gets thrown off, canceled out by something else, or wreaks havoc on your system.  We work to make sure our products are balanced and healthy.  Here’s the why behind some of our ingredient choices: I.  Iron: It carries oxygen to the scalp and promotes growth by helping with blood circulation.  Blood circulation is essential for carrying nutrients to every part of your body. II.  D: We usually get this from the sun.  It helps with the hair follicle life cycle.  However, during winter and rainy season especially, we need products with vitamin D to supplement the lack of it due to […]
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What Is the Average Growth Rate for Hair?

Hair growth.  Most of us have googled it or searched for it somewhere before.  Whether it was because we over processed our hair or got a short hair cut (and immediatly regretted it) is beside the point.  What we were looking for was a way(s) to either get our hair back or speed up the process.  Just as we go through growth phases as we are approaching adulthood our hair goes through growth phases…repeatedly.  So here’s the rundown on what you hair goes through. Phase 1:    It is also known as the Anagen Phase.  Anagen is the active phase of the hair. The cells in the root of the hair are dividing rapidly. A new hair is formed and pushes the club hair (a hair that has stopped growing or is no longer in the anagen phase) up the follicle and eventually out.  During this phase the hair grows about 1 cm every 28 days. Scalp hair stays in this active phase of growth for two to six years.  Some people have difficulty growing their hair beyond a certain length because they have a short active phase of growth. On the other hand, people with very long hair have a long active […]
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