Making my own beauty products

I have always wanted to make my own hair and beauty products for years.I have finally decided to start doing it.Due to that report that came out ,saying that black women hair products were toxic compare to white women hair products.I have had enough.So many hair and beauty products have names of things I can’t even pronounce and have many toxic things in them.I would love to make my own products and sell them to other black women.I was always unsure and thought who going to buy my products. But I looked at how many Asian men are selling products to black people especially black women .And they don’t think there race or gender stops them from selling things that arent catered for them.Every black women knows what it is to go in the hair shop run by Asian men and be follow around like your going to steal something.I feel like I know what black women want as I am a black woman.

\Here’s some of things I want to put in my Hair & Beatty products .I want to try to use natural  ingredients  and natural preservatives .As we know many black women hair products are toxic.

Here the list of some of the things I am going to be using to make beauty and hair products.

Mango Butter , I love Mangoes and they taste lovely too .And smell lovely too. I will use Mango essential oil and the Mango butter . It has high levels of antioxidants and vitamins, and it is ideal for protecting against harmful sun rays. High levels of saturated and monosaturated fatty acids make it useful for hair. The emollience of the butter is helpful for natural hair because it seals and protects the strand.

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Shea Butter is

  • Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
  • Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
  • Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long-term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.
  • Sealant for the hair

    Curly coily hair has the tendency to be dryer than any type of hair due to the texture. The natural sebum from the scalp has a hard time sliding down the shaft to the ends because of the bends or coils of black hair. Shea butter is frequently found in curly hair treatments because of its emolliating qualities. This makes it excellent for locking in moisture without leaving your hair greasy and heavy. Since it aids in fastening moisture into hair it’s fantastic for keeping your hair protected against the weather.

     

     Protection Against Heat

    Shea butter does not sit on the hair, instead it absorbs into the hair strand/shaft without leaving a greasy or heavy feel. However it does coat the hair shaft so that it is protected against damage from the heat tool being passed along the hair.

     

    Shield Against UVS

    Shea butter is believed to have a low amount but sufficient SPF to protect your hair against the damage from ultra violet rays of the sun. This is definitely beneficial for processed or color treated hair.

     

    Softener for hair

    Shea butter is great for softening hard brittle hair. It’s an excellent moisturizer, and therefore offers that advantage for dried as well as fragile curly hair.

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Lemon Oil and Juice has anti-fungal properties that help maintain scalp health. It helps control the production of oil in your scalp. Lemon juice also helps stimulate re-growth from hair follicles. Lemon oil is one of the most popular citrus essential oils because of its versatility and powerful antioxidant properties.

The health benefits of lemon essential oil have been well established scientifically. Lemon is best known for its ability to cleanse toxins from the body and it’s widely used to stimulate lymphatic drainage, rejuvenate energy, purify skin, and fight bacteria and fungi

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Glycerin  retains the water and prevents drying the hair. Thereby it promotes the hair length. Glycerin can also be used for the scalp for application in order to retain the moisture for the hair growth. Glycerin has a great moisturizer and humectants for hair. Proper care should be taken to protect from environments and can have moderate humidity. Thus, the very hot and humid climate can dehydrate your body and also make your hair dry. Glycerin can absorb a lot of moisture from the air and causes hair to swell. This helps to raise the cuticle and also disrupts the curly pattern, creates coarse, frizzy hair. This is extremely dry and seeks to moisturize your hair to dehydrate and can damage breakage.

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Aloe Vera Juice

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Macadamia nut Oil 

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Avocado Oil 

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You can use avocado as the fruit or oil for your hair. The oil itself is rich in:

  • antioxidants
  • minerals
  • essential fatty acids
  • biotin
  • vitamins A, B-5, and E

Red Palm oil

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Red palm oil has been used for thousands of years by my mothers ,mothers and fathers fathers for thousands of years in Africa .We use it for everything from cooking to skin and hair care.

Red palm oil is rich in vitamin E and benefits the hair , by promoting cell growth of the hair follicles, which results in stronger hair. Vitamin E also decreases graying of the hair and hair loss. The carotenes in red palm oil is also responsible for the growth and division of cells and will prevent the hair from becoming weak and brittle. Oilypedia says that the saturated fats and lipids make this a perfect moisturizer for our skin and hair.

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Butternut squash & sweetpotatoes Lasagne

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potatoes lasagne is one of my favourite types of lasagne .I love the taste of Butternut Squash with sweet potatoes. I love trying new recipes and found this recipe at BBC food .I was looking for vegetarian recipe , a while ago and found this one.I feel like cooking is art form and people don’t value how hard it is to cook good food.I feel like because its seen as women work e.g housewives  , its undervalued. My mum can really cook and I hope to be able to cook that well one day.Here’s the recipe I used.Don’t be afraid to try new recipes or create your own recipes.Please share , comment and share on social media .Love Betty.

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Ingredients

For the white sauce

For the salad

Lack of Afro Hair & Beauty Products

I have lived in Northern England most of my life and I am truthly fed up of the struggle to get hair & beauty products .People of black African descent arent well catered for .I am on the hunt for a Afro Pik hair attachment for my Asda Hair dryer and I just cant seems to find one.

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When I do find one with doesnt find my hair dryer. I brought a Wahl one and it only fitted my old Vidal Sasson hair dryer that I gave to my mum .

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The next one I brought was £1.30 from China and its just to small. Its doesnt fit my Travel dryer or my Cute lightweight Asda Dryer.

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Its lovely Afro Pik but why o why doesnt it fit? I remember 15 years ago . Hair dryer came with Afro Pik ,I brought  Vidal Sasson Dryer with one. But you cant get replacement parts for the Afro Pik when it breaks off. You have to buy a whole new one. But the brand of Vidal Sasson Dryer doesnt do afro pik attachment with hair dryers anymore. When will white mainstream society realise us black people hair isnt a fashion accessory its are natural hair.

Make my curls pop

I have 4a hair at the back of my head.I can just wash my hair and you can really see the natural curl.But at the front of my head .It’s 4b hair.I have to be honest .I love my 4a hair more.Its soft and easily to manage and soak up moisture more.I was quite annoy I had two different curls I would prefer 4a curls or 3c curls but you got to deal with the hand God deals you.

Africa Best Organics Olive oil hair and scalp therapy .
Africa Best Organics Olive oil hair and scalp therapy .

Not am not to sure where 4a curls come from, as my mum 4b hair not sure what size curls my dad had.I rarely wear my hair out.Just to much trouble .I wear protective styles 360 days a year.And it suits me fine.I tried a new hair product that my mum give me.I wasn’t aware of this product and would never brought it on my own.The products called Africa Best Organics Olive oil hair and scalp therapy .

Africa Best Organics Olive oil hair and scalp therapy .
Africa Best Organics Olive oil hair and scalp therapy .

Its a fun light green colour , with bits of herbs in it .The consistent is a bit thick and creamy .I don’t normal do cream based hair conditioner because I don’t like the fact you can see the cream until it dries and I always thought it wouldn’t moisture enough. But I am surprise by this product and the way it make my curls really pop .And its easy to distribute threw my hair strands ,unlike the African Pride magical gro I was using for years. I would recommend this products. Here the list of first few ingredients

Water, Glycerin ,Polyquaternium32 ,Mineral oil , Dicetyldimonium Chloride ,

 

Sleek Kohl Eyeliner review

I have brought Sleek Kohl Eyeliner for years and love black eyeliner to dark my eyebrows and give them the full eastern African bush eyebrows look lol.

I am obsessed with full eyebrows,look how it looks.But what I found with the Sleek eyeliner is it’s not that good.Its splits a lot when your trying to sharpen it.The eyeliner a bit cream goes on reasonable well.But I have to say after years of using it .I want better quality.its constant breaking when I am trying to sharper it .I am beginning to realise why people say you, get what you pay for.I dont know if anyone has any Kohl eyeliner you would recommend of better quality for me ? I have tried various budget brands like Miss Sporty and Collection 2000 but there the same .The quality isn’t that great. There all around £3.00 and they aint that good.

Exfoliating my lips.

I love lipstick and I feel like wearing lipstick really makes my face pop.It give me that come hither look.But I haven’t always felt confident wearing lipstick , since l have big lips. And the European beauty standard which is force down most people throats here, effected me as a teenager with white kids making fun of my big lips. But as l’ve got older , l was like F the European standard of beauty .I am African not European genetically and many Africans have big lips.I was getting to old to hate on my African looks and pretend to be something I am not. It was time to celebrate my African dna.

Gabrini Water Shine Lipstick
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But unfortunately lacking in racial self esteem wasn’t the only problem l had. I also had chronic my dry lips. I would wear lipstick and my lips would start peeling around the corners. I didn’t know why. I didn’t realize ,your meant to exfoliates your lips regularly and moisture them. To stop your lips peeling, drying and cracking. I feel like beauty and taking care of your face and body is look down in the age of feminism ,while women, girls chase equal pay and equality in patriarchy society we live in. Women and girls are constantly told in school to learn there AB , Maths and English but not how to look after there skin and hair.I wasn’t taught nothing about looking after my skin and hair at high school. Even though neglecting these things can lead to health problems.The irony of it.Truth feminism I believe would teach young girls to look after the physical health not just there education.Since you only get one body.

This week I started hunting for a recipe to use to exfoliate my lip and solve my chronic dry lips. I found a simple lip scrub recipe on Superdrug.com which can be made with ingredients you have in you kitchen cupboard.Its Coconut Oil lip scrub recipe below.

.Coconut Oil Lip Scrub

  • 20mg of organic coconut oil
  • 20mg of brown sugar
  • 5mg of coarse sea salt
  • A drop of your favourite essential oil
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Homemade Coconut oil & sugar Lip Scrub

I use Coconut oil, plain white Sugar I didn’t have Brown Sugar in the cupboards , Lavender oil and a toothbrush to scrub my lips with the mixed for two minutes. I use medium bristle toothbrush and then wiped it away with a tissue. And then moisture my lips with Palm oil.

My lips felt lovely afterwards and I will try using lip scrub two or three times a week and see if the dry lips problem stops. Have you learnt any new beauty or health tips this week? Please comment below .Please subscribe and share my blog on social media.

Love Betty.