Black Strap Molasses for hair

The benefits of black strap molasses (BSM) are not only good for your body but also your hair. BSM helps with hair growth & graying hair !!

You can read here for more info http://spiritfoods.net/hair-benefits-of-blackstrap-molasses/
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5905054_blackstrap-molasses-hair-growth.html

So I decided to mix 2 teaspoons daily in my hot tea to fight off gray hair. I’ll follow up this post in 3 to 6 months which is the time needed to see the effects. In addition to that I pre-poo bi-weekly with an oil mix in my scalp and molasses rubbed throughout my hair. I leave it in my hair for an hour then wash my hair as usual.

The best BSM to use is the organic kind. I purchased mine from Whole Foods.

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DIY Accessory Holder

So if you’re anything like me since you have gone natural you started buying a whole bunch of hair accessories & earrings. But then after you start accumulating all of this stuff…where to put it right ?? Well I went to a Natural Hair Expo not to long ago & I bought an earring holder

cute right 🙂

I was thinking about ordering another one of these but bigger. The thing is I paid $20 for the size I have so imagine how much the bigger ones are… a lot !! Anyway I recently bought some frames on the clearance rack planning to put some pics in them & then bing the light bulb went off (or did it come on ?? lol) The earring holder I have is only held together by a wire mesh & glue. How hard could it be to recreate this ?!? Not hard at all 🙂 All you need is your creativity & a few items and off you go.

Here’s what you need…

I paid $8.99 for the wire mesh at A.C. Moore. I used about three & 1/2 glue sticks

The wire mesh I used was 16×20 and the frame was 14×18
So let’s begin…

lift the place holders then…

remove the backing & glass out of the frame
 The place holdings need to be pushed up & bent over the frame

Unfold the wire mesh & use your thumb to smooth out the creases (as best as you can)

while you’re smoothing out the wire let your glue gun heat up (or you can use any type of craft glue you choose)

 

Once the glue gun is heated apply glue to the center of each side of the frame & press the wire mess over the glue

press the wire mesh over the edge of each end of the frame so as to even it out
 

Glue the frame on each corner & push the wire mesh over it then glue over the mesh to ensure that it stays on

Then allow to dry

After drying cut off the excess wire hanging over the edges with extra sharp scissors

Next step is to apply the hooks. I’m using paper clips 🙂 but you can use what you want

Hold the back of the mesh while you apply the paper clips (stick in the hole 1st then turn upside down

unbend the paper clip before putting on the holder (easy as 1, 2, 3)

Apply a larger paper clip to hang the holder & secure with glue

Allow to dry. As I was saying at the beginning of this post, I have accumulated a lot of hair accessories (a recent haul/raid of my $ store below =)

I love these bows because you have 3 options on how you can wear them & yes they were $1 each !! I’m going to use the clip on the back of the bow to attach to…yes you guessed it the paper clip 🙂

 

You can use your holder for whatever you like (mix & match hair accessories with earrings, etc) You can also display your holder wherever you want. I put mine on a corner wall in my bedroom : ) Happy DIYing !!

If you like oils…

Since the name brand spritzes I have contain humectants & these ingredients combined with unfavorable humidity/dew point can be a challenge on hair styles, I created a little spritz of my own 🙂

My purpose for the mix is specifically for my wash and go styles. In the morning I spritz my hair with water to revive my coils followed by my oil mix to seal in the moisture. My mix gives my hair a shine & smells great !!

So here goes:

2 TB coconut oil

1 TB extra virgin olive oil

1 TB jojoba oil

1 TB aloe vera juice

1 TSP lavendar essential oil

1 TSP ylang ylang essential oil

This mixture can be doubled, tripled according to how much of a mixture you want to make and you can use any essential oils you like. Also you can use this oil mix in any way you choose (e.g. pre-poo). Of course you can always tweak this mixture to your liking 🙂