Once again, long time no write 🙂 If you are a teacher or you are close to someone who is a teacher you will understand why. When this school year began I had every intention of writing a post weekly and trying to write one three times a week. I even have a schedule written up and posted in my kitchen, but work always comes first. I love my first graders and pour myself into their learning every day. Once I get home I am so exhausted its all I can do to make dinner and make sure I have a healthy breakfast and lunch prepared for the next day. Relax a little with my husband while eating dinner then get all my workout clothes prepared for the next day so that I can, hopefully, wake up early enough to get to the gym for a half hour work out. Such is my life, but the well-being of children is worth the effort.
So now I am sick and sitting in bed. I am still not sure why I am sick. I have been eating more raw food and this sickness has been very prolonged, but is not terrible. I hardly every get sick, but being around children can give present many different ‘bugs’ to ingest so here I am… and here is a perfected conditioner recipe you can use every day. I am not promising you can use it everyday because I only wash my hair once a week, but this conditioner doesn’t take an hour to soak into your hair so you could potentially use it every day. If you try it and it works, let me know in the comments.
- 1 TBs Coconut Oil
- 1/2 TBs Olive Oil
- 1/2 TBs Almond Oil
- 1 TBs Honey (you can use Molasses for dark hair)
- 1 TBs Aloe Gel
- 1 tsp Argon Oil
- 1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
- 20 drops Essential Oil of Choice (I’ve been using Jasmine Absolute in Jojo
ba Oil because I just love the smell of Jasmine flowers in my hair. I became addicted to it in India because they sell Jasmine flowers to decorate the women’s hair.)
- 1/4 cup Bentonite Clay
- About a 1/2 to 1 cup of Chamomile tea or water for dark hair
Directions: Mix all of the oils and honey together in a bowl or a jar. Then add the clay and stir until the clay becomes mixed in with the oils. Add the warm tea or water until the consistency of the mixture becomes similar to conditioner or shampoo. Keep the conditioner in the refrigerator when not in use because the oils will go rancid.
When you wash your hair with this conditioner use it before shampooing your hair. Keep it in for a few minutes, I like to
shave my legs while I wait, then rinse it out and scrub your scalp with shampoo. The oils will still stay in your hair, but in my experience if you put the conditioner in after your shampoo your hair will be oily when you get out of the shower.
I also wanted to mention that all the photos I’ve included, except me with my beautiful little girl, are from our October trip to Mesa Verde National Park. Super fun trip, but a horrible place to take photos. Everything opens at 8:00 way after the sun rises and closes before sunset. It’s so hard to take photos with good light here, but the history and mystery is super interesting.
Hi all, I am back and, hopefully, really, fully back. I am so happy to announce that I am finished with my Master’s degree and I can now teach Special Education in Colorado! I am very excited. Teaching is one of my passions and especially teaching students who are struggling or learning another language (which really doesn’t have much to do with SpEd).
My plan is to share with you three different blog posts most weeks. One about the travels my husband and I have, with some amazing pictures that he takes. Another post about things I am reading or have been really impressed with during the week. Finally a post about my eating adventures, how I’m feeling, and some recipes. I have been doing some experimenting with different ways of eating for the last year and I want to share with you my insights and what I have found works for me. I have also been changing my outlook on eating, dieting, and how I see my body (thanks to Rande Moss) which I talked about in a previous post and I will talk more about later.
Today I wanted to share with you a recipe for conditioner or a hair mask that I formulated a couple days ago. I used to make Kibby’s hair mask from Kibby’s Blended Life, but she took down her site. I thought I had copied all of my favorite recipes from her, but now I can’t find any of them 😦 If anyone copied her Norito recipe, quinoa pizza crust recipe, or the sweet potato cookies I would love to have them. Those are three of my absolute favorite recipes, but are lost to me forever 😦
So this hair mask is inspired by Kibby’s recipe, but I added some things because I am trying to lighten my hair naturally. If you like dark hair look to the note on the bottom. The color of my hair did not change dramatically, but my hair was light and smooth and soft afterwards. I am so amazed!
Lightening Hair Conditioner
- 1/2 can of full fat coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp almond oil
- 4 Tbsp honey
- juice of one lemon
- 1/2 Tbsp turmeric
- 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
- 2 bananas
- 1 avocado (can add one more if you want the mixture to be thicker)
- 1/4 cup prepared chamomile tea
Prepare the tea. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Place about a cup of conditioner into a small bowl, you will have extra. Lather on hair until hair is completely saturated with the conditioner. Place a hair cap over head and let sit for an hour. Rinse off in the shower. (I do this at night because the oils do not all come out of my hair right away). In the morning wash your hair with shampoo (I keep my shampoo on for around 5 minutes before I rinse), then style as normal.
This is the shampoo I use, I bought it off of amazon and I really like it. My hair was getting really dry because I stopped making my own shampoo and started using a cheap “natural” brand and I was getting very frustrated. When I went to get my hair cut my hair stylist, who’s so sweet she doesn’t use any products I don’t want on my hair and I can bring in my own shampoo if I want, asked if she could spray some argon oil on my hair. I had never heard of argon oil, but I said “sure” and my hair was so amazing afterwards so I am hooked on argon oil for my hair.
You can save the extra in ziplock bags, a cup per bag, then freeze. Take a bag
out the night before you put the conditioner on your hair (I always forget). Do this about once a week for amazing results.
Note for Dark Hair:
If you do not want your hair to lighten take out the Chamomile tea and lemon. I have heard you can substitute molasses for honey. Also leave out the turmeric and cinnamon or you could try subbing henna powder for a slightly reddish brown hue. Also you would probably only need one banana, because the thickness will change when you take out the tea and lemon. If anyone tries this let me know how it works.