Hair Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

Hair Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

A few days ago, my neighbor, Jill, sent a message stating she did a deep conditioning treatment using cucumber and sour cream on her hair.  Two shampoos later and her hair still smells sour.  I told her to try rinsing with the smelly goodness of apple cider vinegar by massaging her scalp, then follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.  Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that should be able to clarify out whatever stink is left on the strands.  She’s used it as a facial toner, but never considered using it on her hair. Apple cider vinegar is “a type of vinegar made from cider or apple must and has a pale to medium amber color. Unpasteurized or organic ACV contains mother of vinegar, which has a cobweb-like appearance and can make the vinegar look slightly congealed,” according to Wikipedia.  I’ve seen the phrase, “with the mother,” on brands such as Bragg, but didn’t have any idea what that meant.  The Bragg containers mention “Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing natural cleansing, healing and energizing health qualities” circa 400 B.C.  You can use it as a cleansing agent in replacement of Windex or some bleach-laden scrub.  Claims have recently been made that it can also be used for weight loss, portion control, and regulating blood sugar.  WebMD quotes Carol Johnston, PhD of Arizona State University as saying “its anti-glycemic effect is well-documented.  It blocks some of the digestion of starch by preventing some of it from being digested and raising your blood sugar.”  Of course, you’d have to dilute it with water or its acidity could ruin your tooth enamel and burn your esophagus-www.webmd.com. That acidity...

New Blog Alert: Argyle Cottage

I have to give a Shout Out to my neighbor, Jill Lang.  She enjoys crafting, natural, organic food and products like SheaMoisture. She recently launched her blog at Argyle Cottage. Like me, she is a loving wife and mother who was sort of stuck in life, dreams on the pause button while teaching kids with special needs.  I told her that from the looks of things, if someone isn’t going to give us the job we want, then we’re going to have to create it.  To quote her, “So badly I want to be paid for the creative things I do. So this is the first step in holding myself accountable. You never know who may find it and like what you have to say.  I’ve always been a “writer” and said to myself you just have to do this and put what you love out there. I majored in fashion design and minored in media studies because I wanted to work for a fashion magazine. So this will be my chance to have my own ‘magazine.'”  Oh Yeah!  She is truly venturing out, getting fit and wants to share with the world her lifestyle ideas focusing on creative living.  Her posts will include topics about food, crafting, fitness, and other inspiring topics to her.  Jill informed me that she can be contacted via personal email:  jilllang11@gmail.com; blog email:  argylecottage@gmail.com; and Instagram @argylecottage. Check out the brief ‘About‘ page from the site and show some love: About Hello! My name is Jill. Join me as I celebrate the everyday joy of living a creative life. I share kitchen adventures, inspiration...

Hair Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Remember in one of the pics of my natural hair must-haves that included a spice I said I would talk more about?  Well, believe it or not, there are hair benefits with the use of cayenne pepper.  I love anything with hot sauce, so if I want to bring some heat to my scalp, I don’t mind at all.  Every time I bring this up to my mom, she laughs and says, “OOOHHH NNNOOO.”  She thinks it’s only going to burn her scalp right up.  She probably fears for her eyes as well due to the 1st experience I told her I had with it by using it completely wrong.  I was deep conditioning with some kind of conditioner one day and decided to pour some from my spice rack on top of the thinning area of my crown I noticed from excessisive use of a half-wig while I was transitioning.  I got the idea from one of the natural websites I regularly frequent.  I rubbed it in and it stained my fingers so much that I had to scrub them several times.  Moving on, ALERT:  Embarrassing moment coming up!  Use extreme caution!  Well, after the deep conditioning process finished, I hopped in the shower to rinse and this is where the stinging of the eyes and lips came in.  So, as much as I like the heat, I haven’t tried that again.  However, I still believe there is the possibility for potential growth from using cayenne pepper.  I realized that next time, I think I’d better mix the ground spice into something till it’s fully dissolved, then rinse...

My Must-Have Natural Hair Products

I’ve mentioned a few of my must-have natural hair products before, but to get a better idea of what I can truly say has worked for my kids and I, take a look at the pics above.  We’ve tried many different kinds, but these are our holy grails, our proven staples, our tried and true.  From the store, from the kitchen, from the fridge, from the pantry.  I know some of the hardcore naturalistas will probably disapprove of the L’Oreal stuff or the gel or whatever.  That doesn’t matter to me.  What matters is what’s worked very well for us.  And I’ve decided to continue using the brand of coconut oil pictured until I feel comfortable with spending more money on another brand.  I’ve seen some at $9.99, $6.99, $8, $10 and more.  Those prices may seem nice, but for the amount of ounces, they weren’t.  I have 5 heads and 6 bodies to coat with this oil.  Poor hubby is balding more.  No more head & shoulders for him.  All he needs is his fave body wash to double as a shampoo to clean what’s left.  I asked about better brands at an affordable price to groups I associate with on Facebook like #TeamNatural and Natural Folkz (or was it Natural Hair).  One particular answer stood out.  The nice naturalista said to use the cheaper version on your hair and skin, but use the better/pricier version in your food.  So, for now that’s what I’ll do. For cooking, I recently bought the non solid version by Carrington Farms  for $7 and some change for a 16oz. bottle.  A few other women...

Busted!

When I initially started this post, it had been a week and 2 days since our family experienced its 1st case of a broken bone.  Due to life going on as usual, now it’s been 3 weeks and a day and unfortunately, the broken bone was experienced by the littlest one of the bunch, A.  That’s right, my 5yr-old has had to deal with a broken finger. Friday, June 27, close to 5pm, K claims that she wanted to change her clothes.  Usually, the kids stay in their pajamas all day if we’re not going anywhere.  I guess K was feeling a little funky, so out of nowhere, she decided to change her clothes.  I did not know that the other kids, including D our son, were still playing around, jumping and clowning in the bedroom.  My big girl wanted privacy.  No one called down to me on the 2nd floor to get the other kids out of the way.  No one suggested she go into the bathroom or my bedroom for privacy or tell D to get out.  No one respected anyone enough to realize it was time to stop playing.  Instead, K slammed her room door shut, and I guess as A was walking out, her left hand was close enough to the back of the door hinge where it closes that her ring finger crunched in it.  B even said she heard a crunch sound. Enter pulsating screams.  I was on my laptop when A shouted, “Look at my finger, K!”  She ran downstairs with eyes bigger than her little body shouting, “Look at my finger, mommy!”...

I Was There: Natural “Thangs” Expo

In the first of my “I Was There” series, I’m finally posting details about the 1st hair event I attended.  It was the Natural “Thangs” Expo @ the Highlightz Event Center located at 454 Cambridge St., Fredericksburg, VA.  I found out about it through someone else’s FB page-my neighbor with natural hair.  Someone tagged her and suggested the event to her, but she didn’t go.  Well, I pondered and pondered and became brave enough to go by myself Saturday, April 19.  It was hosted by Santasha Quarles, a YouTuber with the name, Santasha’s Styles and by Locks4ever, a salon specializing in SisterLocks by Charlotte Van Horn.  She also served as the comedy relief and she was funnnnnnyyyyy.  Both ladies were very friendly and down-to-earth.  This wasn’t your typical fancy, smancy, foo foo type event with celebrities and big name sponsors, but it was nice.  The band did a fantastic job covering old school and current songs. The center is located in a part of downtown I don’t usually go to, so I did have to stop and ask if I was going in the right direction at a gas station because as with most of the streets in the area, one street turns into another street.  So, when the names change, there’s no warning, and it certainly wasn’t reflected in the MapQuest directions, so I kept asking myself, “is this right?” in a nervous chatter.  The building it was in was decent.  What’s interesting about it was the fact that the center has a really nice pic of itself on its Facebook page, yet when I get there, one...