Hair Garden’s Product Makeover Revisited

Greetings, all! A few months back, I told you a that I had a product makeover happening for 3 of Hair Garden’s products. Well, the items have been tested by myself and you all and has been approved!

The first 2 items that I was most excited about are the cleansers! My soothing mint and mango punch cleansers are now whipped!

I was having trouble with the consistency and viscosity of the product and wasn’t satisfied with the results although the product worked well for me.

My new formula is more of a cream/paste texture as opposed to the former liquid.

Also, the Hair Juice formula is pretty much the same, I just increased the oil content and added mango butter to enhance softness. I had some customers bring a few things to my attention and I tweaked it! I also offer an alternative to the citrus scent. I now offer bamboo. It is a clean scent similar to the Avocado Shea moisturizer but not as sweet.

I am happy with the new changes and additions to The Hair Garden Nursery’s product lineup and I will continue to add more!

I offer sample sets that include a cleanser, conditioner, herbal oil, moisturizer and mist for $9.

These items can be purchased at my Etsy shop! Click here to visit The Hair Garden Nursery! Sales will be offered for the holiday season.

Hair Garden’s Product Makeover 

Hello, my loves!!! If you follow me on Etsy, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you’ve probably already seen that I am improving some existing products and introducing a new item to the line up!

A lot of my process in perfecting my product making is trial and error and please believe I have made a LOT of errors!! 😅

It took a little while to find the right ingredients because I wanted to stay as close to quality and natural ingredients as possible. 

I’m excited to let you all know that I have completed my personal test runs and am ready to get these new items out to you all! Only 2 oz sizes will be available for the first couple of weeks and then 8 and 16 oz. 

There will be some awesome sales going on as I finish off my old inventory to make place for the new items. I will be posting promo codes and having special sale listings!

I can’t wait to introduce these new items to you all! Thanks for all your support!

-Aphropuphs

Hair Garden’s 1st Commercial!

Hello, my lovely people! Oh, how I have missed you all! I have been on a hiatus but am now back to work! I filmed my 1st commercial ad specifically for Paris Hair and Beauty Supplies, the beauty supply store that carries my products! I was pretty proud of the outcome so I wanted to share it with you all!

I introduce 2 of my new products as well- Mango Punch Cleanser and Euca-Mint Conditioner! I will be making another one soon because I have some other hair treats I am working on!

I hope you liked it! I will be updating again pretty soon!

Hair Garden Products at Paris Beauty Supply!

Huge Greetings to all my lovely blossoms!! I know, I know!! I have been on a long hiatus! My last post was nearly 6 months ago when I left for Ghana! I have had a lot going on since I’ve returned that I will be catching you up on!

Here is the first bit of exciting news I have to share with you all! Hair Garden’s products are now being carried at Paris Hair and Beauty Supplies store in Trenton, New Jersey! From the shelves of my salon, to the pages of Etsy and now on to the shelves of an actual beauty supply store!

wp-1467772039440.jpg

So far, they are carrying Hair Garden’s Soothing Mint Cleanser, Mango Punch Conditioner, Herbal Tea Tree-tment Oil and Hair Juice and the response has been great so far!

My feature in their newsletter!
My feature in their newsletter!

This has been an amazing and exciting venture for me! What I love most about this store is their focus on exposure for budding small businesses! They feature many other products  for the hair and body made by other dedicated entrepreneurs like me!

If you’re ever in the area, you should go check them out and show your support! Their address is 1566 Edgewood Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey 08618.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hair Garden’s Herbal Hair Teas!!

Greetings, Blossoms! I want to introduce you to the latest addition to my Etsy shop! I have put together some Herbal Hair Teas for your personal at home use. WARNING!! These teas are not for consumption! They are only for use on the hair and scalp!  I usually hand-stuff the tea bags with the intention of suspending them in my oils but I want to give you all the flexibility to do other things with it as well! I also came up with some different herbal blends for specific needs!

wpid-img_20150717_130038.jpg

The tea bags come in Master blend, Growth blend, Strengthening blend, and Dandruff blend. The Master blend is a combination of the 3 later blends. Herbs and other natural ingredients such as peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, silica, lavender, and lecithin are used, to name a few. It is the same blend used in the Hair Garden “Herbal Tea” Tree-tment.

These herbs can be suspended in your own blend of oils. You can even brew it in warm water and make your own hair tea rinse at home. You can even brew it in water and make your own herbal treatment spray! Open the tea bags and add the oils to your favorite deep conditioner to enhance its effects!

Go to http://www.hairgardenllc.etsy.com to try yours today!

Got My Hands on More Red Palm Oil!

Hello, beautiful people! I have finally gotten my hands on more of my beloved red palm oil! I ran out of it a couple of months ago and kept putting off going out to look for it. One of my students told me she was going to the local Farmer’s Market after class so I sent my request (and some cash!). The next day she brought me my rich, red goodness!

wpid-img_20150723_234113.jpgIt is the best heavy conditioning oil for my hair! I include it in just about all of my deep conditioning mixes. I usually always use the red palm oil from Ghana, however, I am looking forward to using this oil! The major plus is that it’s organic! At least that’s what the label says so let’s just think positive.

I was so excited about my oil and just wanted to share that with you! I have a busy few days ahead of my of loving up on some curls but I will eventually get to my own and will share my latest conditioner recipe and more red palm oil info!

Talk to you soon! Thanks or stopping by!

Hair Garden’s New Home!!

Greetings, lovelies! I have some awesome news to share with you! Hair Garden has a new home!

wpid-1435411433591.jpg

It was a difficult and BIG decision for me but I decided to get out there on my own! I found a suite in a beauty spa and have sealed the deal and moved in! I’m located inside of Beauty Restoration Spa at 3574 Highway 20 SE, Conyers, GA 30013.

I wanted a place where I could work on my clients in a professional atmosphere and make my retail available to the public.

Painting has just been completed so I am now getting settled in!

Contact me or visit me for your product orders and to book your appointment. You can also go to http://www.styleseat.com/melissaotoo to see my availability!

8 Reasons You Should Be Using Lavender Oil!!!

lavender

After I did my  8 Reasons You Should Be Using Peppermint Oil post, I intended on continuing going through my favorite essential oils. This now brings us to lavender!!

There are certain essential oils that I always keep on and lavender is one of them! It is great for so many different things and I think it is something you may want to try as well! First let’s learn a little more about what it is!

Lavender stems from the Latin word “lavare” which means “to wash” due to its clean aroma. Its early uses included being added to laundry and bath water.

Lavender oil has a soothing and balancing effect and is one of the most popular essential oils used.

Lavender is a natural antiseptic, antimicrobial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, decongestant and sedative! In other words it naturally kills bacteria and fungus, reduces swelling, helps relieve excess water, reduces mucus production and is a mood enhancer. Its calming properties is why it has been used for a long time to help people relax, sooth small children to sleep and even used to treat migraines.

One of my favorite things about lavender oils is its efficacy when used to treat certain types of alopecia. It is best for alopecia areata which is a form of hair loss in which hair is lost in small patches on the body. It promotes cell regeneration and growth and healing which makes it a great option.

This oil is great for both oily and dry scalp meaning its sebum regulating properties benefit overactive or underactive sebaceous glands. It also relieves itchiness from dandruff, dry scalp and many other scalp irritations.

I’ve given you a few facts about the oil. Here are a few ways that I personally use it!

  1. Joint pain relief – Some days after braiding hair or just because of the weather, I have pain in my 2nd knuckle joint on my right hand. I blend lavender with either eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil in a light carrier like almond or grape seed oil and massage it on my hand. The pain and inflammation disappears in moments.
  2. Muscle pain relief – I may over-exert myself while working out or lifting and moving something and may have some muscle pain. I remedy this with a light carrier oil and some drops of lavender oil and rosemary oil. Rosemary aids in improving circulation bringing blood flow to the area as the lavender reduces pain and swelling.
  3. Stomach cramping – Whether I am having stomach pain due to menses or digestion issues a light carrier with lavender and peppermint oil always does the trick for me! Stomach muscles are soothed and any gas or pain present is relived!
  4. Headaches – I apply a few drops of lavender with a carrier to my temple areas when I am having a headache. This is when its sedative properties get to kick in. It provides pain relief and relaxes me as well!
  5. Sore scalp -My scalp can get a little sore from a lot of manipulation of my hair especially around the edges. When my scalp is tender from getting a new style or from taking one down, I apply lavender oil often mixed with coconut oil. I apply it before getting my hair styled in anticipation of a high manipulation and to soothe and discomfort afterwards. Peppermint oil or eucalyptus is a good addition for their pain relieving and soothing effects.
  6. Scalp care – This oil has amazing antimicrobial properties that fight bacterial and fungal infections. These are often things that can affect the scalp and can hair loss. I always add it to my shampoo and any products I plan on placing directly on my scalp
  7. Sleep aid – On nights when I am feeling restless, I may place a few drops of lavender in my burner. The lavender is relaxing and calming. If you shower/bathe before bed this is excellent to add to your soaps and bath gels!
  8. Cuts, scrapes and bruises – I admit that I can get a little clumsy and I end up with all types abrasions and scrapes! Lavender and coconut oil is my #1 go to! Apply it to your minor cuts, scrapes, bruises, insect bites and irritations for natural relief.

Now you see why I always keep lavender oil around! There are so many more ways that this oil can benefit you.

How do you use it? Do you think you will add lavender oil to your essential oil collection if you haven’t already?

Thanks for stopping by!

Now Taking Appointments in Augusta!

wpid-wp-1431730490443.png

I’ve  been getting calls and messages since I left Augusta in 2013! I return occasionally to service some of my clients but I see that once every few months is not enough! I am more than happy to return on a more regular basis to love up on that beautiful natural hair! I will also be bringing some Hair Garden products available for purchase with me! You can call me, e-mail me or book an appointment with me on StyleSeat! I look forward to bringing the best out of your natural hair!

 

%d bloggers like this: