Tea & Herbs // An Organic Shampoo Alternative?

Sadly, I’m almost out of bentonite and rhassoul clay -ultra sad face- after God knows how long (seems like it took forever to get dangerously low) and as much as I love my clay wash and its fabulous results, I … Continue reading

I Want to Shave My Head!

-Siiiiiiiiigghhhh- My nemesis returns. The incomplete split. Incomplete splits are a PLAGUE on my strands! I’ve searched and searched for the cause, but I can’t find reliable, consistent information. Some sources say it’s from using high heat frequently, but I … Continue reading

Day 73 of 90// Christmas!!// Modifying the Curly Girl Method

Christmas is just up the street (hehe) and we are ready for good times, good food, and family. My aunt came in from London today, which is going to make for a hilariously dysfunctional family gathering. It’s going to be … Continue reading

Natural News// Tennessee Lawmaker Advocates Establishment of Natural Hair Care Schools in TN

A lawmaker in Tennessee, State Rep. Antonio Parkinson, is assisting Tennessee stylists in creating cosmetology schools centered solely around natural hair care. Brinetta Carlton, a stylist who owns her own natural hair salon, cites her experience during her days as … Continue reading

Kitchen Chemistry// DIY Beauty Products

I have been really into DIY beauty products lately, from homemade face primer to facial toner, all with products I had stored in my kitchen. The other day, I started experimenting and concocted a facial scrub with an abundance of … Continue reading

Kitchen Chemistry// DIY Beauty Products

I have been really into DIY beauty products lately, from homemade face primer to facial toner, all with products I had stored in my kitchen. The other day, I started experimenting and concocted a facial scrub with an abundance of … Continue reading

The Mango Butter Disaster

I tried something a little different last night and this morning.

Last night, I cooked up a small jar of clove-olive oil and did a pre-poo with it. I let that sit overnight. Fine. This morning, I washed my hair and conditioned, then did my ACV rinse. Great. In fact, the scent of clove lingered from the pre-poo and masked the odor my ACV rinse gives off and made it smell like spice drops and tart apple slices, instead. Wonderful! It’s important to mention that I don’t rinse the diluted ACV out, I use it as a final rinse to partially rinse out my conditioner. Keeping that in mind, I let my hair dry a bit (about 60% as usual), BUT instead of sealing with my oil mix or plain jojoba oil like I normally do, I melted some mango butter until it was completely liquid and applied it to my damp hair. Again, fine… at least until it began to dry. It was then I realized the mango butter and the ACV had reacted. The mango butter now has a very thick consistency, more difficult to emulsify and it is visible on my hair. It has turned the mango butter into something of a wax-like putty consistency. Live and learn.

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What’s funny is I was attempting to make some homemade potato chips last night and I soaked the potato slices in white vinegar (I was making salt and vinegar flavored chips) and when I pulled them out to fry the vinegar made the slices extra crisp and hard instead of firm, but soft textured. Epic foreshadowing. I didn’t think to relate that reaction to my hair and mango butter this morning.

I’m going to attempt to rinse this ickiness out with some warm water. I just had to document this experience for future reference. smh