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.