Hello, beauties! Anyone who has known me for a while knows I love a good hair accessory! My original go-to was always some sort of flower. I would get creative and create all types of designs! I had a variety of flower adorned combs, clips and pins.
One day I had an accident with my hot glue gun and decided to shelve my hairdos making project for a while.
Now I am ready to create again, only very carefully this time! Ha ha! I have started making a few headbands and clips so far. What do you think?
I’ll post more of my accessories as they come along! Thanks for stopping in!
Hello out there! This Saturday, July 30, The Hair Garden is teaming up with AfroSimplicity at the Augusta Market at the Riverwalk! This is something I have always wanted to take part in and am excited to be doing! At our booth you can find everything from Hair Garden natural hair products to some nice fashionable pieces!
AfroSimplicity is a clothing and jewelry company started by my good friend Arlysa Ford. She has many styles of West African themed clothing and jewelry. These photos about are only a small example of the types of things she offers! The jewelry is all hand designed and she also does custom orders. She offers everything from dresses and dashikis to wrap skirts. Even if you can’t make it out to the market, you can check her out at http://www.afrosimplicity.etsy.com!
As for me, I will have many of my cleansers, conditioners and moisturizers available. I will offer 8 oz and 2 oz sizes. I hope to debut my new Mango Punch Cleanser, Euca-Mint Conditioner, and Cocoa Nut Butter at the market as well! Be the first to give it a try! If you can’t make it out to the market or want to see the products I offer ahead of time, you can visit my Etsy shop at http://www.thehairgardennursery.etsy.com! Use the promo code 15SALE to get 15% off any purchase of $15 or more!
I look forward to meeting you at The Augusta Market! 🙂
Greetings from Ghana my lovely blossoms! I miss you all and can’t wait to get back and share some of my experiences with you all! I will try to update when I can. Follow me on Instagram (Hair Garden/aphropuphs) or twitter (@Aphropuphs) where I will be uploading pics and videos when I can!
Hi there, beautiful people! As you know, I am always looking for a natural alternative to the commercial products out there and I want to share my latest find with you all!
I love to smell good and especially like scented oils. I met an awesome natural perfume maker on Etsy and just had to share her product with you all!
Her Etsy shop is called InScents121 and she has a wide variety of wonderful perfume oils and even makes custom orders! First and foremost, I like the fact that she uses quality natural oils and not some cheap filler stuff. Her carrier base is coconut oil and we all know how much I love coconut oil! That and her premium fragrance are the only ingredients and simple is always better for me!
I ordered the Brown Sugar & Fig scent and it was exactly what I wanted. I love sweet musky smells and it got the best of both worlds with this! It reminds me of a slightly softer smelling version of Prada Candy!
I love this oil so much and even have some on now! I put it on every evening when I get out of the shower! Pictured above is my own personal bottle! It was packaged nicely when I received it and even got a coupon code for my next order! She is always running specials and promotions so check her out!
Greetings, lovelies!! About a month my husband walked into the bathroom and watched me slathering my face down with a piece of lemon for a moment and with a perplexed look on his face asked, “Why are you rubbing fruit all over your face?” Ha ha!!
Well this is how it happened: My mom and I went to visit my Aunt a little while back and we couldn’t help but notice how great her complexion looked. My mom asked her if it was a new foundation and she let us in on her secret: Lemons!!!
She told us that she read that lemon juice was great for evening the complexion. I wasn’t to concerned about my complexion but rather what it could do about the oiliness in my skin and blackheads. I have always had oily skin. It is hereditary! I got home and cut up a lemon into about a dozen little slices. I rub a wedge on my face after cleansing with my sulfur based face soap (more details on that in another post) but before exfoliating.
Here is my process:
I hand-wash my face gently to clear any make-up, oils or anything on my skin so the lemon juice can properly penetrate. After blotting my face lightly with a towel, I follow by rubbing the lemon wedge all over my face starting with my t-zone (nose, around the nose, forehead) and eventually cover my entire face. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and then I rinse off with water and exfoliate my skin with my facial puff and my sulfur soap again. I wouldn’t recommend exceeding 15 minutes with the lemon juice on your face due to its high acidity (low pH). You don’t want to break down skin or completely dry out your natural oils. If your skin is sensitive, I would recommend diluting the lemon juice with aloe vera juice!
The first time I tried this, I exfoliated after the lemon juice with sugar. It was okay but I preferred my facial puff or a face towel.
The first day I did this I could tell a big difference in my pores! They were barely visible and my skin didn’t feel as oily as usual the rest of the night. I kept this up every other night for about 2 weeks and love the results! My skin felt tighter, not as oily, and saw a reduction in blackheads and breakouts! I gave myself a break after 2 weeks because I did not want to overdo it. This is a great remedy for me to use when I am having a skin crisis!
I always did this at night before bed because I knew the sun coming in contact with the acid from the lemon juice on my skin could cause burning!
I do recommend this for people with:
oily and/or acne prone skin
I DO NOT recommend this for people:
with dry skin
with sensitive skin
with thin skin
who spend a lot of time in the sun
Have you tried lemon on your skin before? Do you think you will try it now? Thanks for stopping by!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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?
Greetings, everyone! If you haven’t noticed, lately I have been deep into baking from scratch due to inspiration from @Kurlfriend! My latest experiment was homemade apple pie! YUM!!! I saw a recipe for a cream cheese apple pie that I wanted to try on pinterest and here is my attempt!
I started with the apples because I intended on cheating on the crust part this time around. The main part I was concerned about was properly stewing the apples. I picked up 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled them and cut them up. All was going good. I was playing my music, singing and doing the Carlton in the kitchen.
Things were going well until I nearly sliced the tip of my thumb off. By then, I figured it was time to call it a night.
I used a few squirts of lemon juice and sprinkled about ½ teaspoon of salt on the apples and filled the plastic bowl with water. The salt water solution keeps the apples from browning! Plus the apples are already perfectly salted for the rest of the recipe!
The next day with a fresh bandage on, I started on the stewing!! I started with:
1 ½ cup of water
¼ cup of cornstarch
½ cup regular sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of ginger power
I mixed all of the dry ingredients in the pot and then placed it on the stove burner and slowly stirred in the water. I messed up the first mixture because I just poured the water in on top of the unmixed ingredients while it was on the stove and it was just a big clumpy mess. I had to mix frequently when stirring in the water and continued mixing for about 2-4 minutes until the sauce thickened then I poured in the apples.
I let the apples simmer on low to medium heat for about 30 minutes until the apples were the texture I wanted.
The rest of the recipe is where I cheated. I was ashamed so I didn’t take pictures. Instead of making the crust from scratch, I picked up some Pillsbury croissant dough. I got the buttery kind and laid half (4 triangles) on the bottom of the pie pan and covered that layer with the cream cheese icing. I had some left over from my homemade cupcake experiment the week before. The ingredients were simply cream cheese, butter, a little powdered sugar and a little vanilla.
Then, I layered the apple filling I made on top and followed with the other half of the croissant dough. Once that was done, I microwaved 2 tablespoons of butter and drizzled it over the top of the pie and then sprinkled some cinnamon sugar on top! I popped it in the oven at 350° and let it bake for about 40 minutes. I tried letting it bake for the cooking time the croissants required but it wasn’t done yet, I’m assuming due to the pie filling keeping it moist and the butter I poured across the top.
This was the finished result and I have to say I was proud of myself! I sent over ½ of the pie and a container of my butter pecan ice cream to my parents to try! I have been out of town so I have to give them a call and find out how they liked it! My whole family are big fans of dessert!
Next time I am going to attempt the entire recipe from scratch so I can take 100% of the credit!
I hope you enjoyed! If you try this, I would love to hear how it turned out for you! Thanks for stopping in!
Hello, all! As you saw before, my mango soft serve experiment didn’t go quite as I planned it! However, I am not one to give up that easily. I came across another recipe that I was going to try. I have a whole quart of heavy cream to use up so why not?! These are all the ingredients I used:
Heavy whipping cream
1 can of condensed milk
chopped pecans (as many as you like)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of butter
caramel sundae sauce (as much as you like)
I started by hand whipping the cream. It took about 20 minutes. My mixer was in the dishwasher so I couldn’t use it. My shoulder was killing me once I was done but I was proud of myself. I whipped it real hard, whip, whipped it real hard! (I couldn’t resist) I mixed until there was more cream sticking to the whisk than the bowl.
I had already mixed the condensed milk with the butter, vanilla extract and pecans earlier so they would be ready to mix in once I got this cream whipped. I mixed it in well with the whisk and it was a thick cake-batter consistency. I placed the mix into two plastic containers to freeze for about 6 hours.
Once they froze for about an hour or 2, I took them out and added my caramel drizzle. I wanted something that would thicken in the freezer so I opted for a caramel sundae topping instead of the caramel flavor sauce. I drew zigzags across the top and dragged my toothpick across for some pretty ribboning and placed back into the freezer overnight.
My parents love butter pecan ice cream so I set aside some for them. I hope they like it! I am going to get it to them tonight.
These are the finished results of my caramel butter pecan ice cream. Also, unlike its predecessor mango soft serve, it passed the taste test. It tasted just like butter pecan that my parents usually buy, maybe even better.
I might as well go ahead and confess. This ice cream was made as a topping to go with a ginger apple pie I was working on as well! I will be posting the results of that later! If you haven’t realized by now, I have a sweet tooth!
Of course, this summer I am going to be trying all types of ice cream recipes! vanilla, caramel, cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, rocky road, cherry vanilla, strawberry! I can’t wait and I will be sharing them all!
I would love to hear some of your ice cream recipes!
Hey, now! I came across a mango soft serve ice cream recipe a couple of weeks ago and finally decided to try it. The photos I saw online and on pinterest looked so tasty so I had to give it a try!
I started off with 3 basic ingredients.
However, I have seen alternate recipes for this. Some require only to puree the frozen mango. Some include frozen mango and banana, another is just the frozen mango, with heavy cream and a few optional drops of sweetener. Some even use plain or frozen yogurt in place of the heavy cream.
I felt the lemon juice would add a little zest to the flavor but I was so wrong. The outcome had a chalky mango taste that I did not like too much! If you look at the picture you can see 2 different textures of mango. One was an actual mango that I froze and the cubes are Dole frozen mango cubes that I purchased.
Starting off, a put some drops of lemon juice on the mangos and pureed them my blender until it was a nice creamy texture and then I added a little bit of heavy whipping cream at a time until it reached a consistency I liked. I did not use more that 1/4 cup of heavy cream.
Once I experienced the bland chalky flavor, I added a teaspoon of sugar. It helped a little but not much. I’m not sure where things went wrong. Was it the frozen mango? Was it the one I picked at the store? I am not experienced in selecting mangos so that could have been the start of my problems. I went by the info I found online. When I gripped the mango in the store it had a mushy texture.
I froze my blend and in about an hour it was set. Too bad it wasn’t very yummy to me! This recipe could work with a variety of fruits! I would love to hear what your created!
Hello, lovelies! This past weekend I visited Taliah Waajid’s World Natural Hair & Beauty Show. This show is a bi-annual favorite for me. I find great soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, t-shirts, accessories, etc. My main shopping preferences are a variety of hair products and t-shirts but this year I was on a tight budget so I was doing a lot more looking and card and sample collecting! It is always great to see so many beautiful natural and creative entrepreneurs.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a love for anything with African lace, kente fabric and African print. I grew up with the more traditional garments that came straight from Ghana. Anything you would find locally is usually really pricey so it is exciting to see them more readily available and in more contemporary styles and at an affordable price!
There were many booths at the hair show but this one booth I stopped at had this breath-taking dress hanging up front and was tied with an amazing belt. It would help if I took a picture of t it, huh? But I am sure it will be available on her website! Anyway, I stopped at this amazing booth and was a little hesitant due to many of the sky-high prices I had been quoted earlier that day. Pleasantly, her prices were very affordable and the quality of her products were outstanding! I didn’t end up getting the dress but I picked up some other things! She had a booth with another young lady who made accessories as well and I am about to tell you all about them.
I purchased a kente fabric bow for $5, a kente fabric flower for $10 made by Aya Donna. Her flower bow is almost as big as my hand so it is a good size as well as the bow! Her website is www.AyaDonna.com! She also has a shop on Etsy!
I picked up these snazzy pair of shorts by Bella Duafe for only $25. I am more of a skirt type of gal but I could not resist these! She had two tops that matched the shorts perfectly but of course I couldn’t get either one. The first was a tube top. Very cute! 10 years ago, I wouldn’t have thought twice. I t would have been mine! But this is now and 1. I was sure if I had enough boobage for it and 2. The tube top would only cover my breasts and not much else! The others matching top, I adored, but my size was sold out. Maybe that was a good thing because I was already beyond my $20 budget! I got to meet the designer herself and she was really nice! It made my purchasing experience even better. She pulled out her pop-up dressing room so I could try them on and they were a perfect fit and it is hard for me to find shorts that don’t fit awkwardly! Find more of her garments and accessories in her Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/belladuafe.
Any suggestions for a cute top that I can wear with these? Denim top perhaps? Brown button up or tank ? I would love your input below!
Growing up, I would see the women on television with their fancy facial masks on. I had no idea why they wore them, all I know is they were usually associated with some sort of comic relief. You know the cliché: wife wearing one ruining a “romantic night”, nosey old landlady with her rollers and mask, teen girl scaring the family or being teased by her brother when she come out in her mask.
By my pre-teen years, I started experience little break outs, especially on my chin. I was begging my mom to buy me the Clearasil in the jar or the Queen Helene stuff so I could wear a mask and make all my skin troubles disappear! Oh the stress of pre-teen life! Ha ha!
Masks were fun and I used to do them a lot in my high school years, then when I got to college I stopped. Just couldn’t be bothered anymore, I guess. I used to hate the fact that my skin was oily growing up. I always felt so shiny in every picture! However, now I understand my skin much better now. My teenage curse is sort of an adult blessing because that sebum keeps the skin youthful! I have oily combination skin. I have oily and normal spots but mostly oily ones. I don’t have acne but am constantly plagued with blackheads. I’ve tried many remedies but my favorite so far is the Indian Healing Clay mask.
What’s so great about this clay mask? It is a beauty mask that has been used for centuries. The minerals in it contain a negative charge that pull the positively charged impurities from the pores up to the surface. It also exfoliates and minimizes large pores which also helps regulate sebum production and improves the complexion. You can feel it tightening on your face as it dries. It really tickles at the bridge of my nose and sometimes I can’t bear to keep it on any longer!
First, when mixing your mask, DO NOT use any METAL implements!! They are very clear with this in the directions and many people warned me not to do so and now I am warning you!! Don’t do it!! I mix in a reusable 4 oz plastic bowl with a plastic or wooden spatula designated for my mask mixing.
The clay can be mixed with different things depending on your skin type. Things like distilled water, aloe, essential oils and teas can be added and I have recently heard of including honey with a mask which sounds great! Of course, I recommend raw honey. I like to add apple cider vinegar to my personal mask mix. If I have a breakout I may add a drop or two of tea tree oil. I have also be wanting to try mixing activated charcoal in my masks as well! I will most likely order it online since my search in drug stores has been unsuccessful so far.
I mix my clay with apple cider vinegar. If I am having breakouts then I add a single drop of tea tree oil. I have to make sure not to use more than that because it will burn my skin and sting my eyes! I have fallen asleep with my mask on before which I do not recommend. My face was so dry and tight!!
When the mask dries, the instructions recommend to rinse it off with warm water. However, I cannot resist the urge to peel parts of it off first. It works to remove blackheads and starter blackheads sometimes when I use it that way! Once all traces of mask has been removed, I will go back with a soft, fine towel and buff my face with a gentle cleanser. I tone with witch hazel cotton ball and follow with a drop of coconut oil (sometimes mixed with a little aloe) on my face.
Which clay masks have you tried and liked? What do you like to mix in with yours?