Health

vii. hibiscus clay mask

I’ve been natural since October 2009; my hair has gone through some trials and tribulations. During the first two years, my hair flourished; I retained so much length, my hair was moisturized, twist outs were popping, et cetera. I fell off of the wagon late 2012 and my hair was stagnant for a bit. My hair went through different colors, I had years filled with protective styling and no protective styles at all. Last year 2014, around October, I vowed to take better care of my hair. I decided to get back to ayurvedic hair regimen. I will make a post a bit later detailing what ayurvedic is, the powders/herbs/oils you can use, et cetera, my current natural hair routine/staples/current hair length and hair goals. But I’m going to discuss my hibiscus clay mask!

Today was wash day so I decided to make my hibiscus powder mask. I mix hibiscus, Amla, Maka, and Brahmi powder with unsweetened coconut milk, honey, Vatika oil, and ylang ylang oil. I used coconut milk as a base because it is so moisturizing and the clay tends to be less lumpy; I used honey because it makes my hair extremely soft and it’s a humectant. The reason why I do this mask is because my hair flourishes with the ayurvedic regimen. I have less toxic chemicals in my hair, it isn’t as weighed down. My hair feels so soft and moisturized after I wash out the clay, my curls are much more defined; when I do twist outs or braid outs, my hair holds the style better, and it’s really, really cheap. All of the powder I bought, I purchased from Amazon and I paid a total of 30 for everything. This is fiscally responsible for the poor student.

Hibiscus powder: moisturizing, conditioning, growth-stimulating, cleansing, reduces shedding, in combination with henna creates a deeper burgundy color

Amla powder: strengthens hair roots, encourages growth, encourages shine

Bhringraj powder: improves hair texture, prevents hair loss, promotes hair growth, prevents premature graying.

Brahmi powder: thickens hair roots, relieves itchy scalp

Vatika oil: Coconut oil infused with ayurvedic herbs such as Neem, Amla, Rosemary, Brahmi, and Henna

Ylang Ylang oil: hair growth, hair tonic, antiseptic

DSC_0343this looks innocuous but it will stain your clothes/fingers/life/soul. 

This is what my mixture looked like; when I mix, I don’t use metal items because the metal can react with the powders and diminish its efficacy. I put it in the fridge for about 3 hours (I had to go to the gym, eat free lobster rolls, go grocery shopping) and when I came back, I washed my hair with my peppermint castille soap, then put the clay on my hair. I sectioned off my hair into about 8 twists and put the clay in my hair, section by section. This gets messy! You will see clay all over your bathroom and remember to wash it off right away; it becomes much more difficult to remove the longer you wait.

I waited for about 1.5 hours. I drank a delicious smoothie, watched some of “Being Mary Jane”, trolled on the internet. Afterwards I washed out the clay using my As I Am Coconut Co-wash (I am in love with the CoCo). Be warned, your bathroom might look like a horror movie scene as all the pink/red wash down the drain. Since I’m in a hurry, I used my diffuser to dry my hair. I put Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In conditioner, diffused my hair and these are my results.

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curls on fleek

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this is my ‘i wish i was attractive without makeup’ smile.

I put some Monoi oil on my hair, some homemade whipped shea, avocado, mango, and cocoa butter on my ends, and i’m putting my tresses into a bun because this winter in DC is too cold.

If you have any questions, ask me in the comment box!

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