DIY Beard Oil

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DIY Beard Oil

Does the man in your life have a beard?

Beards are amazing…as long as they are maintained properly! A scraggly and unkempt beard puts a man in the not so desirable category. But with a nice trim and a little beard oil, he can be back into the confident, manly-man group in no time.

A freshly grown or scruffy beard can be very scratchy. When my husband recently started growing his beard back in he was complaining about the itchiness. He needed something to soothe his skin as well as keep the prickly hair from scratching his face. Instead of ordering an expensive beard balm, I looked around my DIY supplies and found the perfect ingredients for beard oil.

Beard oil softens the hair and soothes the skin. It will help tame the wild hairs and keep a beard from getting frizzy. The oils are nourishing to the skin and hair and also promote strong, healthy growth.

With my husband’s input, we found these ingredients to work great for beard oil:

Avocado Oil – this is my favorite oil for maintaining a clear complexion. It’s light and non-greasy feel will keep a beard and face clean and clear.

Argan Oil – this non-greasy oil is a natural conditioner and keeps the hair from frizzing or drying out. Also acting as a toner and great for reducing acne, argan oil is perfect for the skin.

Jojoba Oil – this oil is long known for benefiting the skin and hair. Used in many beauty products this vitamin rich oil is similar to the natural sebum that excretes from skin. Jojoba oil will naturally nourish the skin without drying or causing the skin to over produce sebum.

Essential Oils – there are various essential oils that are amazing for skin and hair. Rosemary, peppermint and frankincense are excellent choices. They stimulate hair growth and keep the skin and hair clean. Choosing other essential oils to create the perfect scent will give a variety of aromatic benefits.

To make beard oil, mix your base oils of avocado, jojoba, and argan in a 1 oz dropper bottle until it’s ¾ of the way full. (Reusing an old essential oil bottle works great too.) Add in 20-30 drops of essential oils. Top off with a little more base oil leaving enough room for the dropper. Shake gently to mix.

To use beard oil, drop a dime size amount on the hands and rub into a freshly washed beard. Brush with the fingers or a natural bristle brush to smooth the hair.

Beard Oil

The exact recipe we used is as follows:

DIY Beard Oil

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix base oils in 1 oz dropper bottle.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Top with a base oil leaving room for the dropper.
  4. Shake to mix.
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For a soft, kissable, woodsman look, make your man some beard oil. He will thank you for it.


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My Natural Hair Care Saga

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I don’t know about you, but figuring out the best way to care for my hair has been a long process.

If you have been following me for any length of time you probably read the beginning of my natural hair care saga when I started No ‘Poo. That was quite some time ago. I really liked the idea of going chemical free in my hair care.

There is so much junk in commercial shampoos that I didn’t want in contact with my body. Yes, those products work and make your hair soft, shiny, and full of volume, but all that stuff will absorb into your body!

Using No ‘Poo worked ok. My hair tends to be oily, and after researching I assumed it was because I was over producing sebum, the natural oil on our skin and scalp. The commercial shampoos were stripping my hair too much, making my body try to counter it which resulted in greasy hair.

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After quite a while using No ‘Poo my hair started to get too dry. The ends were getting crisp and I still had oily bangs. So in order to avoid going back to commercial shampoos, I just started using the castile soap that I make. That really worked well. It actually cleaned my hair without stripping it and upsetting the natural balance.

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Well, then came pregnancy. As you may very well know, your hormones cause all kinds of havoc on your body during pregnancy. My hair went a little crazy and although it grew amazingly thick, it got really oily really fast. The castile soap wasn’t really working at the moment. I wasn’t really in the mood to try another type of homemade shampoo, but to keep a natural hair care routine I went with some reduced chemical options like this. Unfortunately the budget wasn’t going to allow that for long.

So once baby came and I got myself situated into a new life. (Talk about a BIG change!) I tried making my own liquid shampoo. At first that worked great. I really liked the balance of it. My husband really liked it as well. (He currently wants me to make up a new batch of it!) But after a few weeks of using it, my hair got really oily again. It just wasn’t the right mix for my hair. It would work really well for dry or coarse hair.

I remembered then (I probably knew all along but was ignoring it) that castile soap worked really well. I decided to try making a shampoo bar. It’s basically castile soap, but with some oils and herbs that are really beneficial to hair growth. Perfect for natural hair care!

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And let me tell you it works GREAT! I like how clean my hair is, there doesn’t seem to be an imbalance to my natural oils. So far I haven’t noticed too much dryness and my hair is staying shiny thanks to an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse after each washing.

If you want to know how to make your own Herbal Shampoo Bars, I shared the process this week at Don’t Waste the Crumbs. I also carry them in my soap shop Southern Vines Soap Company if you wanted to try them before investing in the supplies to make your own. I want to make some more scents and try out some variations to the oils to see how they work in my hair.

Although the experimentation on my hair may not be over, I am currently very satisfied with how it is going! Natural hair care is a tricky thing. Especially when trying to find out an option that’s right for you. It’s a little vain to care so much, but a woman needs to take care of herself at least a little!

What’s the latest in your natural hair care saga?

 

P.S. It’s really hard to get a good photo of your own hair!

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How To No ‘Poo

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What is the No ‘Poo method you ask? Basically it is NOT using shampoo when washing your hair. I have been experimenting with this process for the last month and a half and have found that I LOVE it! My hair has never felt healthier, softer or shinier.

The No ‘Poo Method

Make your cleanser: 1-2 TBS of baking soda to 1 cup of water. This should be mixed in a squeeze bottle for easy application. Use warm water when mixing to ensure that the baking soda dissolves. You want the water to feel slippery when you rub it on your fingers. Depending on the hardness of your water, you will have to use more or less baking soda.

No poo baking soda and water

Make your conditioner: one part raw apple cider vinegar to 3 parts water. I put this in a small spray bottle. It makes the application easiest. You can use plain white vinegar, but I found that it tends to dry my hair too much. The ACV makes it really soft and shiny.

In the shower, bath, over the sink, however you wash your hair, apply the cleanser to the roots of your hair. It should feel a little slippery. Rub it in really well. You don’t need to rub it all over your hair, as the gravity and the dripping of the baking soda will make its way down to the ends as you rub your scalp. It’s a little different from the scrunchy, roll all your hair around in the slathery goo of regular shampoo. Massaging the scalp feels good too. Enjoy it.

After the cleanser is applied, rinse it very well. You don’t want the baking soda/vinegar volcano eruption science experiment taking place on your head. It might feel weird. (I may or may not have experienced this.) Spritz the length of your hair with the ACV mixture. You don’t have to spray the roots, they are already clean and the natural oils on your head will take care of the moisturizing. You can leave the ACV in your hair while you clean up the rest of your self. (Assuming you do that on a regular basis.) There’s no need to rinse it out. It may have a slight vinegary scent when you get out of the shower, but it will go away as it dries.

For the softest hair, let it air dry. If that is not an option, a hair dryer is fine, it tends to dry my hair a little much.

The Results

Here is the catch to the no poo method. There will be some adjustment time. When using regular shampoo, you are essentially stripping all the natural sebum (oils) from your hair and scalp. This can also cause the clogging of pores, slow growth, hair loss and probably other issues like dandruff. When your hair gets oily, it is because your body is over producing sebum to compensate from being stripped. If your hair stays really dry and crispy, your body is not producing enough sebum because it is so out of balance, or the pores are clogged.

Using the No ‘Poo method to clean your hair will help it get back to the natural balance of sebum production, thus resulting in healthier hair. Getting that natural balance is what takes some time. For quite a few weeks I suffered with stringy, greasy, weird hair. It was not my best look. My hair has finally balanced and I can go two to three days without cleansing. I will use a dry shampoo on my bangs, or the rest of my hair by that last day if it’s looking a little sketchy. I love how my hair feels now. It seems thicker too. And I think its growing rather quickly. (Which is fine with me, since I’m letting it grow out again.) I’ve always had soft hair, but I’m amazed at the softness of it now.

The purpose of my experimentation was two-fold. I’m drawn towards things that reduce my contact with harmful chemicals. (I doubt many people would say that shampoo is harmful, but can you eat it? If you can’t eat it, it probably shouldn’t go on your skin or hair.) It is also ridiculously economical. Think about how much your spend on shampoo and conditioner. And think about the price of baking soda and raw apple cider vinegar. Big difference. I also wanted to have hair that was travel ready. I love to camp, hike, travel and explore. I don’t want to spoil the fun because my hair is dirty. (I’m not vain about it, but it does relieve my mind if I’m not looking too scummy after a long camping trip.)

With all that said, I hope this interests you in attempting No ‘Poo! I was hesitant at first, but am extremely glad that I tried it. I doubt that I will use regular shampoo again.

Have you tried the No ‘Poo method?


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To Blog or Not To Blog

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It has been a long debate in my mind as to whether I should blog or not. I’ve had some short attempts at some, writing book reviews (that really weren’t very well written) and documenting a life changing excursion to one of my favorite places in the world (Yellowstone National Park). But what would I write about now? Is my life really that interesting? Maybe, maybe not. Here it is anyway.

My purpose to write this blog and include you in my adventures is two-fold. First, it seems to me that there is an innate part of ourselves that desire to share our happiness, successes, failures, and disappointments. We were not created to be alone. Hopefully my joys and mishaps will bring a smile to your face or at least a smirk at the realization that good or bad, life can be interesting. Secondly, I hope that having a “public platform” will give me more urge to accomplish things and to take note of things I experience. If I have an audience (of any sort) then I will feel the need to do the things on my To Do List and share them. Maybe I will start utilizing the fancy camera on my phone and become better at analyzing the things that I do. If that makes sense then keep reading.

Here is my first story to share, something that appeared on my To Do List just the other day and in anticipation of possibly starting this blog today I decided to do it. Thus I have achieved both of my purposes of blog writing in one fell swoop! (That’s a Shakespeare phrase if you didn’t know. I didn’t. I just looked it up. Google is amazing.)

I’m sitting here with cocoa powder in my hair. Why?! I’m asking myself that same question. My scalp feels weird and I smell like chocolate. I found as I perused various web information sources that corn starch and cocoa powder will work as a dry shampoo. Some mornings, I wake up and it is too cold to attempt a shower. I don’t deal well with the cold when I first wake up. Today was such a morning. I woke (after hitting the snooze three times) and was way to chilled to even contemplate a shower. My aversion to the shower was also strengthened by the snow that I discovered on the ground when I let Bella out. (Bella is my dog if you haven’t read the About section.) So what better time than to try out this new dry shampoo concoction that sounds interesting? I went to the kitchen and found some corn starch (something I never cook with, but for some reason have in the cabinet) and cocoa powder. The corn starch is supposed to absorb oils and the cocoa powder is to blend the corn starch into brown hair so it doesn’t look like there is weird white powder on my head.

I must say I am pleasantly surprised at the absorption of greasiness. It is several hours later and I’m not showing any signs of stringy, dirty hair. I will say that my head has been slightly itchy today. It may be more of a mental thing rather than a reaction to the corn starch. If such occasions arise that I am unable to shower. I will most likely utilize this method again.

I hope my real life story has entertained you enough that you will return to read about my adventures. I find that there is a little bit of adventure in everyday life, all we have to do is look for it.