Category Archives: Black Woman

Honest Review: L'Oreal Revitalift Deep-Acting Moisturizer.

*Originally posted on my Instagram with some words added here.

I received this product from Influenster to try. I was supposed to take a before and after photo to show how this cream lifted and toned my skin.

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My before and after in one photo.

I HAVE to be honest.
I didn’t make it past day one!
I’m going to jump right into why.
I put this on my face and was immediately put off by the smell of the product. I have a sensitive nose and certain smells are hard to ignore. It smelled very medicinal and the fragrance they added didn’t help. I know this isn’t all natural and organic. Sometimes, I don’t mind that. But I don’t expect it to smell like an ointment.

I know this isn’t all natural and organic. Sometimes, I don’t mind that. But I don’t expect it to smell like an ointment.
However, it felt okay on my face. It gave it a healthy glow. It didn’t get dry but if I was to touch my face lightly, I could feel the product on my fingers. I don’t think my skin completely absorbed the product.
Would I use this again? Maybe underneath another product with a stronger scent than this. Unfortunately, I could not use this product daily.

For now, I will stick to using my oil mix as a moisturizer. As far as lifting and toning, I just need to stop sleeping on my face. Can you tell which side of my face I sleep on the most?

As far as lifting and toning, I just need to stop sleeping on my face. Can you tell which side of my face I sleep on the most?

Have you used this? If not, would you? What do you use or do to fight the signs of aging?

Thanks for reading!

Ebony/ CoilySue86

Are We Obligated to Buy Black? My Response to Harsh Criticism Toward a Fellow YouTuber.

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Are we obligated to buy black only? I buy black, but not all the time. I’m going to tell you why I asked.

So, couple nights ago I was up late catching up on my favorite YouTube channels and I clicked on Naptural85’s latest video on the Pantene Gold Series line. She did a great job reviewing the product like she normal does for product reviews and D.I.Y.s.
Watch the video here.
Yes, I am a fan of her’s, but not a Stan! Meaning, I am not one to think that she can do no wrong and I don’t agree or like everything she does. But in my head, she is a sister from another mister.
Usually, when I like a review, demo, vlog, etc. I may skip reading the comments because folks like to troll HARD! Yet, I read through the comments and I can’t remember why. Maybe I was going to leave a comment or question about the product… I don’t know because I got really distracted by comments like these.

“Pantene is hiring Blacks but it is not Black-owned. Of course they are not stupid, they know where the money is going to come from. Please support Black-owned companies. Keep the profits in the community!”

“sick and tired of whites profiting off of us. With all that’s going on in this world, I refuse to allow that to happen with MY money. Pantene doesn’t give a damn about any of us. They’re just trying to make a dollar. I will only support those who have a real interest in me and my people.”

” Sponsored products always get rave reviews, even though many people who use it don’t have the same result!”

“Love you Whit, but I support Black owned as much as I can. Pantene is white own and they see profit in including Black people..they’re not stupid, so I kind of ignore your tutorial sorry. Then again…Panteen got the big bucks and since your family is expanding maybe it’s not about Black but about green. I know your life long dream is owing a home and Boston is very expensive. This makes sense. Pantene has the big bucks for sponsorship, you do you.its about your family and your financial situation.”

What the hell?! Who are these people?!

That last comment is from Satan. That woman let Satan use her to be messy. I’m not playing when I say that either. She hit on VERY personal points of Whitney’s life and tried to¬†make her feel guilty for doing what everyone else in the world does and that is whatever the hell they want. You don’t come at someone and mention their body, family, home, and money. That is one of the many things Satan does to bring us to crumble in defeat. Just pointing out who the real enemy is and no, it’s not that woman.

Everyone does whatever they want. Unless you are a newborn baby or have a disability, whatever you twitch your muscles to do is in your control to do. Period.

Yet, I respect some of the concerns that most white-owned companies don’t care about us and we should support our own people. White-owned companies are jumping on the fact that many of us have returned to our hair to its natural state because they¬†are losing money from the fact that we no longer buy their relaxers or other products that cause more damage to our hair. They were the ones who lied and convinced us that our hair isn’t normal or manageable.

White-owned companies not caring about us is nothing new! Why are we acting like that’s a new thing? Did we think they cared about us when they we selling us relaxers? Flat irons? Teaching our children in their schools? Creating food deserts in our community causing us to heavily rely on their McDonald’s, Rally’s/ Checkers, and Burger King?

Anyway, my responses below shows a better light on how I feel about these comments and the notion of an obligation to buy only black-owned.

Mobile screenshots below.

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Apparently, I watch too much WWE with my husband and read the original comment in my Steve Austin voice.

There are more comments that follow my statements. Feel free to visit the video’s comment section and find my following responses.

I also, don’t care if the video was sponsored. I’m not going to get on a virtual soapbox and mention every unnatural, unsponsored or sponsored, and non-black-owned products that Whitney has featured on her channel. But they can be found if you search for them.

She COULD feature only black-owned hair care products on her channel and the same goes for me and my channel, but how honest would that be if that is not what we do in real life?

Why are people expecting YouTubers do create videos for free when you don’t do what you do for free? And millions of people watch YouTube videos all day long and the revenue from those ads are literally pennies compared to the work that goes into creating content that is pushed out daily for viewers. Creating high-quality (or even low-quality. Ahem!) YouTube videos frequently isn’t cheap or easy. This is coming from someone who is just getting close to 500 subscribers after I started almost two years ago.

Now, mind you I would have said the same thing if it were anyone else’s channel because I am strongly tired of some people acting like that there is an obligation to buy ONLY from black-owned companies. No one should feel so pressured to buy or even demo products and services JUST because they are black-owned. That’s like saying, I’m obligated to buy from companies ran by women because I am a woman. No! I buy what works, what fits, what costs less, what makes me feel better, what fits my values, from companies who show women that look like me, and what I like!

Every product or service that is black-owned won’t be to our liking and we aren’t obligated to keep spending money on things we don’t like. That’s wasteful.

If you want everything you use to be black-owned, there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ll be behind you. However, until you can find everything you want to use that is black-owned, keep using whatever the hell you want.

To me, the first step to acting like a free black woman is to realize that I am free to do what I please with what and whom I please and I shouldn’t be treated as if my “black card” is real and attached to how I spend my money… or lack thereof.

So, if we are obligated to buy black-owned everything? Then, we should be earning black-owned money, right?

Thanks so much for reading. Please subscribe to stay updated on posts that are coming out. I recently purchased some products that are black-owned and I will be doing an honest first impression with those products.

Please, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Take care!

~Ebony/ CoilySue86

"Stay Strong!" A Message From a Stranger.

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A message I saw in August 2016 while in the bathroom stall of a Quaker Steak and Lube in Valley View, Ohio. I was taking my sticky sauce- covered 5-year-old to the bathroom. I stood there waiting for him to pee when looked up and saw some gold writing on this gravel-like wall.

Usually, when you see writing on the bathroom stall it’s something disgusting, foolish, and mind-numbing. This two-word message came just in time. I was going through one of the roughest mental health crisis of my life. In fact, this photo was taken just two weeks after a night spent in the ER because of a panic attack.

This unexpected two-word message gave me just a little bit of comfort and a whole lot of fuel to keep moving forward.

To see this message from a stranger made my mind raced as I thought about the person who might have written this. She (most likely because I was in the ladies room) probably went in there to cry. Feeling overwhelmed with her job or dragged down by the company she dined with. She went into the bathroom, silently sobbed, slowly dried her tears, and wrote “Stay Stong” hastily with a gold sharpie.

This person knew that a bathroom is a place where people go to pee, fix their makeup, and to cry. She wrote what she wished someone else would to say to her; eagerly thinking about being the change she wished to see in the world.

I am grateful for people like this person. People who are willing to be that stranger that tells you “it’s going to be okay” and to “stay strong”.

What Does It Mean To Stay Strong?

Staying strong doesn’t mean you can’t cry or have any negative feelings. It doesn’t mean that we have to pretend to be okay. Staying strong means finding ways to release pressure without harming yourself and/or someone else.

Staying strong means not giving up on your own life. It means that things only get easier because you get stronger.

With every step forward you become strong enough to endure. Strong enough to leave. Strong enough to stay. Strong enough to say, “I’m not okay”. Strong enough to accept. Strong enough to change.

It means knowing that there will be something great birthed from all this pain. Something bigger and better than you could ever imagine.

What do you think?

Where do you find messages of encouragement?

Were they random?

How do you send messages of encouragement?

If you haven’t, what is stopping you?
Thanks for reading!

Ebony/ CoilySue86

Self-Care Saturday Journal: Unlearning How to Hate Me.

“I want to unlearn how to hate me.”

A sentence from one of my letters to God.

I wanted to take just a moment to express thoughts and feelings about how I have fallen into the trap of hating myself. It’s a trap that was set many years ago and we fall into it usually at a very young age. I know that I have.

That trap that’s been set to line the pockets of corporations who would benefit from many of God’s children to hate all that is themselves and all that is God. It’s also a trap set by the enemy in an attempt to get us to fall and deny God.

We really shouldn’t hate ourselves, but I have moments when I have caught me saying terrible things to myself or about myself. I’m sure that I’m not alone. So, my questions are…

What do you do when you realized you’ve been trained to be your own poison?

What do you do when you think of punishing yourself with cruelty?

What do you do when life seems the most hopeless? 

What do you do when you can’t seem to escape the thoughts that buzz loudly like a trapped housefly in an empty room with no windows?

Continue reading Self-Care Saturday Journal: Unlearning How to Hate Me.

Anemia vs. Growing Healthy Natural Hair.

On my journey of being my natural self, I have made some discoveries about my health. I have been natural for almost five years and I have constantly struggled¬†with my looking and feeling weak. The hair around my hairline would seem to have the slowest growth or not grow past one or two inches over the course of five years. The hair wouldn’t really curl and would shed easily with the white bulb attached. This would still occur after using castor oil and products with whatever is supposed to help reduce or prevent shedding.

Before I became natural, I wouldn’t notice shedding and thinning too much because my hair was straight and would lay closer to my scalp. Especially, after I would smooth it down with gel or jam.

I’ve briefly mentioned before that I am anemic and that I felt that it contributed to my current problems with my hair.

Well, I was right.

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Reduced hair shedding during washing and styling.

I’m sure that there is more to why my hair sheds the way it does and I will find out the more I make more visits to the doctor and dermatologist. However, it’s been over ten years that I have been dealing with anemia (low hemoglobin). Doctors would say to me, “Your hemoglobin is a little low, but you should be fine.” How Sway?! It makes me angry because I always feel that “little low” with lightheadedness, fatigue, mood swings, dark circles around my eyes, cold hands, and feet,¬†hair thinning, et cetera. I do not feel good when my iron is a “little low”.

Last year, I was prescribed iron tablets at 65 mg and to take one twice a day. While I was taking iron supplements along with two 1,400 mg flaxseed oil capsules, I had reduced the shedding of my hair by 50% to 60% within six to eight weeks of taking them every single day without missing a dose. In addition, my scalp was less dry and flaky.

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At the beginning of taking the iron supplements and during.

In the above photo, you can see my hair looking extremely sparse. It doesn’t help that I have an indented hairline, but any hair loss is noticed there first. I also looked very tired. Then, in the bottom half of the photo my twists¬†and my hairline looks healthier and not as sparse. I also look more energetic. Both photos were taken right after a wash or co-wash and applying the LOC method.
Related Post: It Was Time For Change. So, I Cut My Hair. My Mission to Self-Heal.

Unfortunately, I stopped taking them about two months ago because iron supplements are tough on the stomach and I wanted a break from taking them. Plus, I got tired of taking pills after what I went through this summer.¬†And of course, the shedding returned along with the persistent low energy with cold hands and feet. However, my edges don’t look as sparse like they did back in May.

So, I am back on the supplements at the same dosage along with the flaxseed oil at the same dosage. With this, I’ve been including flaxseeds in my oatmeal, drinking homemade kombucha, and eating more vegetables,¬†not only to fight stomach upset and constipation from taking iron but to also provide healthy nutrients that help my hair grow to be as healthy as possible. When those don’t seem to work to reduce constipation (sorry to be so graphic), I occasionally take Swiss Kriss to get me back on track.

Nature Made Organic Flaxseed Oil 1,400 mg - Omega-3-6-9 for Heart Health - 300 Softgels                                      Nature Made Iron 65 mg. (from Ferrous Sulfate) Tablets 180 Ct

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Supplements I take for anemia, hair growth & health.

I am determined to grow my hair as healthy as possible but I can’t do that unless I get my health together. Healthy hair begins on the inside. So, I plan to stay on the supplements, eat more iron-rich foods, possibly obtain a cast-iron skillet, and tell you all about how they are working for me. So, subscribe to my blog to stay updated.

Thanks for reading!

Ebony/ CoilySue86

Fall & Winter Natural Hair Regimen| Start to Finish + 3 Style Options.

Hey! I’ve got a treat for you!

I’ve created a great regimen to beat cold weather dryness and itching. The process is simple and doesn’t take up any more time than a normal wash day. Did I mention that it includes three styles?


This regimen consists of homemade and store bought products to help you obtain and maintain healthy hair from start to finish. It’s up to you to use either homemade or store bought. There’s no pressure. Just don’t skip the LOC or LCO method.

Homemade Products:
1. Anti-Dandruff Hot Oil Mix (Blog Post)

https://youtu.be/textfA3r73I (Video)

2. DOUBLE DIY: Fluffy Double Whipped Shea Butter Cream & Lotion! (Blog Post)

https://youtu.be/YEcswR3jHLg (Video)

3. Clarifying, Dandruff Fighting Clay Hair Mask: (Blog Post)

https://youtu.be/f9af7BNoudY (Video)

Store Bought Products:

1. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil

Intensive Hydration Conditioner

2. As I Am Leave-In Conditioner

3. Headwrap from Elinorah.com

Click the video below to watch me complete the whole routine.

Afros and Mental Peace.

Hey there! Welcome or welcome back!

I have started a campaign for mental health and mental peace for the black community. You may or may not know that I am an advocate for mental health. I have mental illnesses myself and I have been working hard in various ways to bring awareness to the cause. Being proud and black starts from within. We are not weak in seeking help and recovery. We just want mental peace.

Related Post: Self-Care Saturday.


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I’m personally designing shirts and products on Teespring.com to bring awareness that mental illness does exist within the black community. There is still the stigma that keeps many of us from being transparent about our struggles and getting help for them.

I designed this Afro-Bella graphic to show that we can ourselves to the fullest while seeking healthy ways to mental peace. She has a pick in her fro and peace of mind. Which is a goal that I want for all of us.

Related Post: To Be Black and Mentally Ill.

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10% of sales will go to Men and Women For Human Excellence.

“The Mission of Men and Women for Human Excellence, Inc. (MWFHE) is to help stabilize and empower recovering individuals who are burdened with thoughts and behavior that are self-destructive. We facilitate this by enlisting them into a holistic person-first, strength-based, recovery oriented program with a well-rounded network of support mechanisms that enables them to gain and maintain a stable and progressive lifestyle.” –¬†http://www.mwfhe.org/

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God Bless You!


Thanks for visiting!

~Ebony/ CoilySue86

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My Holiday Self-Care in Memoriam Journal.

This past week I contributing guest on *The Spoken Black Girl blog. I spoke about¬†the holidays, mourning, and self-care. I mentioned that I would exercise some of the ideas I shared in that post. Below is my first journal entry for the holidays season. I won’t be posting a daily entry, but I will post as often as necessary to as apart of keeping myself whole while still in mourning during the holidays.

So, I did a few things for myself this Thanksgiving.

*The post can’t be found on the site, but it can be found here.

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November 25, 2016

Yesterday was the fourth Thanksgiving without my mom. I thought about her and the rest of my living family; the family I should have called but I didn’t. I didn’t want them to ask me how I am doing or how things are going. I feel more obligated to tell them the truth than I do when my in-laws ask me. I’m not sure why, but even though we don’t speak much, I think they know a little better to know that my okay doesn’t mean I’m really okay.

Anyways…

My basics were met. I showered, brushed my teeth, ate breakfast, and took in a few cups of water. I took notice of how my body felt, noticed back pain, and took pain relievers so that I can enjoy the rest of my day. I took my twists out and rocked a mean twist-out. I wore eyeliner and winged the corners. I wore a red wine colored lippie. I looked good and felt good.

I wrote¬†about my mom in my journal before I went to eat with my in-laws. I asked God to tell her that I miss her and I love her. I told God how I felt about yesterday. How I am glad she is with Him and not sick anymore.¬†She may not be here anymore, but there’s no more suffering where she is now.

I kept my portions small, but I still ate, drank, laughed, and engaged with my family. I enjoyed my time with them, but my Thanksgiving wasn’t what I hoped it would be.

I wasn’t able to cook the way I wanted to this year. The finances didn’t allow it. That bummed me out a lot. However, it’s not like any family would have come over to help us eat it. Whether it be blood or in-law, family don’t visit and stay. Sometimes I get sad about that. Especially, when folks know where I live, I haven’t moved in over four years, and I tell them that they are always welcome. However, I don’t want anyone in my home¬†who doesn’t want to be here. I need only peaceful energy in my home. I don’t care what holiday it is.

I took another shower, used my homemade lavender body scrub and butter. Doing that¬†made me feel really pampered and my skin felt¬†so soft. I then made it to bed before 11 pm. Showering and going to bed before midnight made a world of difference for my mood last night and today. I don’t feel as tense.

I think that taking a little extra care yesterday made Thanksgiving just a little more bearable this year. I am thankful for opportunities for family, food, and opportunities for self-care.

Thanks for reading!

Ebony/ CoilySue86

New Hair Profile!

hp-part-one-snapshotHair Type, Big Chop Story, & Length Check!

 

I know I already did a hair profile. (Click here to see it.) ¬†However, I thought I would better show you my hair with these super quick videos. Those few photos I had in the last hair profile didn’t really do justice in showing you the details that make up coily hair.

 
My Hair Type!
 
My Big Chop Story!
Length Check!
Thanks for visiting my page. I would be happy to have you as a subscriber on YouTube and as a follower on blogger, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and Periscope. I am CoilySue86 on every social media platform.

See you later!

Ebony/ CoilySue86

Black Girls Are… Good Girls and Then Some.

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Yes, you read it right. Black girls are good girls. Black women are good women. Yes, I made a general statement about us because it’s true and we are more than good.

I know there are messy, conniving, drama filled, evil women who happen to be black, but I am not talking about them. I am talking to them because we are all capable to do wrong. However, the good that I speak of isn’t the goodie-goodie, do no wrong, or holy girl you might be thinking of because only God is the true meaning of being good. Which all good gifts come from Him and that definitely would include us. 

You are probably the type of black girl or woman, that never really care to be a part of the crowd. You might be like me, eccentric and always will be. I am more than okay with this and I recommend that you practice saying “I’m more than okay with this” because words have power over your life. Even though you may deal with name calling, bullying, and total exclusion; learn to be more than okay with yourself. Learning to be okay with yourself will be rewarding continually in various ways. Possibly, because being yourself and odd can keep so many “anti-you” things away from you. Some “anti-you” things might make it past the gate to give you stress because that is life.  Either way, we are taken care of and we are loved greatly.

We struggle a lot; we’ve seen a lot, but we are always taken care of. In acknowledging that, it may help us to look for and appreciate the good things about ourselves and then show the same mercy and kindness to all others around us. Whatever was thought to be bad or wrong about us for most is a blessing for us and others.

We are the black girls and women who radiate peace, understanding, unconditional love, and don’t allow their circumstances to hide their light. We speak up and cause trouble for the underdog because we know what it’s like to be the underdog. We are the ones that prove the world wrong just by being ourselves and making strides toward our goals, the kind of goals that we “aren’t supposed” to have. 

www.twitter.com/nini_bWe are the type that hate to see the world suffer, but are willing to risk the world mocking us just to attempt help another sister or brother. We are chubby, fat, toned, thick, cute, sexy, well fed and well taken care of by our heavenly father in various ways. Therefore, our melanin pops hard and the curves in our hips and thighs exist to bear the life that is ours to carry and reproduce.

We are powerful, resilient, competent, adequate, intelligent, and strong. We feel pain, fear, uncertainty, and discouragement. 

We are ourselves from the top to bottom, inside and out. Quite frankly my dear that is a very good thing and then some.

Ebony/ CoilySue86

DOUBLE #DIY: Fluffy Double Whipped Shea Butter Cream & Lotion! #CoilySue86

Hey, everyone! Thanks for visiting my page!

I have two D.I.Y.s for you! I am excited to share this one because it’s my oldest homemade product and I’ve been making this for almost four years. Well, the first part of this recipe I’ve been making for years, but the second half is new and I love it! I use them both in my hair and on my skin. The lighter option for my hair is the Shea butter lotion for everyday use.

Now, I know! I know! There are thousands of homemade whipped shea butter recipes out there, but this one is better. This one feels as good as it looks. That’s right! Fluffy, light, buttery, nourishing, moisturizing, smooth, and never greasy! There are no hidden clumps or very very VERY little clumps (depending on your Shea butter and where you get it from). Beauty Naturals Express has the best fair trade organic unrefined Shea butter from Ghana at a great price with fair shipping prices. AND it’s a black-owned-business! Woot woot! And their customer service is on point with me. Soooo…. Yeah!

Related Post: It Was Time For Change. So, I Cut My Hair. My Mission to Self-Heal.

A quick breakdown of the ingredients:

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Unrefined Organic Shea Butter: Raw and unrefined is how you want your shea butter if you want to get most of the vitamins, anti-aging, and healing properties.

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Unrefined Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: The second ingredient, that left unrefined, will have the most benefits. It’s a very penetrative oil and adds¬†shine to your skin and hair. It’s antifungal and antibacterial. The cheapest and most legit unrefined virgin coconut oil I’ve found is at my local Aldi’s. Simply Nature Organic Coconut Oil for $4.99 a jar! The second cheapest jar is at my local Whole Foods. 365 Brand Unrefined Coconut Oil for $6.99 per jar.

Sweet Almond Oil: Hypoallergenic (unless you have an almond allergy), which is perfect for sensitive skin. This prevents and treats eczema, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. It also hydrates the skin.

Jojoba Oil: It’s an oil that closely resembles our own skin oil (sebum), is a great moisturizer to add to your Shea butter mix. This oil is high in vitamin e and softens and conditions the skin.

Vitamin E Oil: I happen to use food-grade oil. This oil is a great antioxidant and natural preservative to use in your skincare products to fight wrinkles and aid in the reversal of skin damage.

Double-Whipped Shea Butter Recipe: (Video posted below)
A half-pound of unrefined organic Shea butter
1/4 cup of blended oils
1/8 cup of sweet almond oil
1/8 cup of jojoba oil
1 to 2 dropper full of vitamin e oil
And add any essential oils of your choice
1/2 cup of unrefined organic virgin coconut oil
A large mixing bowl
A plastic or wooden spatula
A hand mixer with mixing beaters and a whisk beater.
A clean and dry jar.

Instructions: 
Put the Shea butter into a bowl and begin to mix for about a couple minutes to break up the larger clumps.
*If the Shea butter is really cold and hard because some people refrigerate their butter, take it out for a couple hours to a whole day ahead of time.
Take your 1/2 cup of coconut oil and add half of it to the bowl and start mixing for a couple minutes. (Set aside the remaining oil for your lotion.)
*If your coconut oil is cold and in a solid-state do not microwave it or heat it up over the stove. Just sit it out a couple hours ahead of time or add it to the mix as a solid and it will warm up as it’s being mixed.
Take your 1/4 cup of blended oils and pour half of it in and begin mixing again for about three to five minutes or until you start to see peaks forming in the Shea butter. (Set aside the remaining oils for your lotion.)

Stop and use the spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl and to check for any clumps pea-sized or larger. If there are some, keep mixing for another two to three minutes.
After that, eject the mixing beaters and attach the whisk beater.
Scrape the sides of the bowl again to form a mound of Shea butter.
Begin to use the whisk attachment to help eliminate small clumps and to further whip the butter into a smooth cream. Whisk for about three to five minutes and check for clumps.

When done, add your Shea butter to a clean and dry container. Make sure you set aside about 3/4 cup to a whole cup of your whipped Shea butter for your lotion.
When adding your Shea butter to your container, tap the container on your fist or the table to settle the butter down and eliminate large bubbles of air. I avoid piping in the Shea butter with a plastic sandwich bag because I, personally feel that it’s a bit wasteful of plastic and Shea butter that remains in the bag.
This whipped butter will stay fluffy and should last about three to four months.

 

Double-Whipped Shea Butter Lotion Recipe: (Video posted below)
3/4 cup to 1 cup whipped Shea butter
Your remaining oils plus another 1/4 cup of blended oils.
Any essential oils of your choice.
A small bowl
A whisk.
A thoroughly washed and dried pump bottle.
A kitchen funnel (Optional)

Instructions:
Add your oils to the bowl.
Adding a dollop at a time of Shea butter, whisk the butter in with this oils until smooth.
Use your funnel, or in my case the pump, and bottle your Shea Butter Lotion.
The oils lightly separate over time, but it’s nothing that a gentle shake can’t fix.

Give this a try and let me know what you think! I will respond!

Happy mixing!
Thanks for reading!

Ebony/ CoilySue86/ Ebony Glass Co.

 

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My Deep Conditioning Routine with D.I.Y Honey-Mayo Deep Conditioner!

Hey everyone!

I am forever and a day eager to demonstrate how I use my homemade whips and mixes. So, I have another to tell you about.
I had recently posted this on YouTube and you may or may not have seen it because…
1. I’m still new.
2. I have a small following. Like, to this day, I have 22 subscribers. *Nervous grin* Please subscribe!
3. And/or you may not have a YouTube account and/or haven’t yet subscribed. *Nervous grin* Please subscribe. www.YouTube.com/CoilySue86

No big deal, that’s why I blog my demonstrations because I want to make sure everyone can find me and what I have to show you. I want to be accessible to all so that I can help as many people as I can.
So, let’s talk about how to make the conditioner first…

D.I.Y Honey-Mayo Deep Conditioner

Now, I have a homemade mix using omitted egg yolks. You know? The ones you didn’t include in your egg white only omelet. If you are like me and HATE¬†strongly dislike same thing, Eb! wasting food, then I will tell you a recipe that will utilize those egg yolks.

DIY: Honey-Mayo Conditioner Video

This recipe is almost the same way you would make a regular mayo to spread on bread for a deli sandwich. However, there is the use of popular skin and hair conditioning oils. Not saying that olive oil isn’t conditioning, but it does have a strong smell and it can be too heavy of an oil, in my opinion. Also, I wanted this conditioner to be more of a liquid mayo. Something that I could pour into my hand and easily smooth through my hair. This recipe is for all hair types and not just the kinky. So, don’t think this isn’t for you because your hair is straighter or you have a looser curl.

This recipe contains some of my favorite oils. Sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, vitamin e oil (food grade), and Spectrum canola oil & coconut oil blend. If you have none of these oils, by all means experiment with your favorite oils. Try it with light extra virgin olive oil, virgin unrefined coconut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, et cetera. Experiment and play with ways to make you are as healthy as possible. It can be really fun!

The run down on the ingredients.

Egg Yolks:
The main ingredient and the emulsifier of your conditioner. They contain¬†vitamins A, B6, B12, D, E, K, and minerals calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamine, and folate which leave your strands soft and well conditioned. It’s like a super multi-vitamin in a shell… a messy little multi-vitamin but it works!

Honey:
The humectant and emollient of you conditioner, meaning it draws in surrounding moisture to your hair and it softens and smooths. It’s also an anti-fungal, which helps to fight dandruff and flaking caused by fungal growth from sweating and candida (yeast).

Jojoba Oil:
An oil that closely resembles our own skin oil (sebum), it’s one of the best oils that is great for hydrating your strands, it’s high in Vitamin E, and like honey, it’s also antibacterial and helps fight dandruff and other scalp issues.

Sweet Almond Oil:
Like the egg it is another super multi-vitamin, this oil is high in¬†vitamins A, B (B1, B2, B6), D and E, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It’s another one of the best oils to nourish and hydrate your hair.

Vitamin E Oil (I use food grade):
This thick oil adds shine to your hair, helps to “repair” split ends. Or at least help them not look as bad until you get those ends trimmed. I mean, once a hair is split, it’s split. There’s no gluing it back together. Although, it will help to prevent split ends.

*Apple Cider Vinegar:
This will clarify your hair and boost the shine of your hair. That’s it! That’s why it’s optional. It will thin out your mix, but the mix will still coat the strands of your hair.

Now to get the benefit of all the vitamins and minerals for healthy hair, it is BEST to eat foods that contain these. So, not only do you use sweet almond oil in your hair, but snacking on almonds or almond butter is great for your hair too.

Okay. Enough chit chat. Here’s the recipe.

D.I.Y Honey-Mayo Deep Conditioner:
2 to 3 egg yolks that have been sealed, refrigerated, and are no more than 48 hours old.
1 teaspoon of Honey.
1/8 to 1/4 cup of a blend oils, preferably light oils. Canola & Coconut oil blend, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oil.
*Apple Cider Vinegar (Optional and will make the blend thinner)
A hand mixer with a whisk attachment. Or a hand whisk and strong forearms.
A medium sized bowl.
A small bottle to store the conditioner.

If you are using blended oils, take your 1/4 cup and fill it half way with the base oil which would be whatever oil you want the most of. Then, fill the remaining 1/8 cup with the other oils until it reaches the top. Now, you may not use all of the oils, but the more oil you add, the thicker the conditioner, the more conditioner you get.

Take out your egg yolks and begin to whisk to break up the yolks and make them smooth. Keep whisking and take either a 1/4 teaspoon or a 1/2 teaspoon and use that to slowly add the oils to the whisking eggs. Keep doing this until you see it begin to thicken.
*Unlike, I did in the video, keep it whisking while you add drops of apple cider vinegar. Only drops are needed.

Then, pour the the mayo into a bottle for easy application. Or keep it in the bowl if you are going to use it right away. If you have any left over, seal or bottle and refrigerate. For me, it lasted a little over two weeks. It might have lasted longer, but I kept using it.

My Deep Conditioning Routine.

My Deep Conditioning Routine.

I had just cleansed my hair with my clarifying clay wash. I sectioned my hair into four sections.

Working one section at a time, I smoothed this honey-mayo throughout my hair. I applied it heavily to my ends and edges because they both deal with a lot of pulling and friction.

Applying the conditioner. 

Remember to split apart each section and work in the conditioner to make sure none of your hair is being left out. Then, twist and clip each section, cover with a plastic cap. place a towel or t-shirt over the plastic cap. If you are using a towel, make sure the towel isn’t touching your edges. We don’t want any snagging. Then, leave on for 15 minutes to a half hour. Or leave on for an hour, but it will warm and it may start to drip down onto your ears and neck.

Checking my coils.

This part is optional, but I followed up with a co-wash with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle. I, then, blotted my hair with a t-shirt, applied my homemade leave in, and left it alone to air dry.

My coils were soft, fluffy, and shiny. You can use this as a prepoo or after you shampoo. Figure out what works for you and your hair.

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