Category Archives: Ethnic Hair

Short & Simple Co-Wash/ Pre-Poo Routine on Fine Coily Hair.

Short & Simple Co-Wash/ Pre-Poo Routine on Fine Coily Hair.

A super quick video of what I apply to my fine 4a hair to condition, detangle, and soften before I shampoo or co-wash. I am using my homemade oil mix and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle.

 

Another super quick video of my co-wash routine with Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner. I did this after I applied oil and conditioner to make co-washing easier.

I got the idea of using oil and Trader Joes’ Tea Tree Tingle from Naptural85.

Her original video found here.
The 25 Minute Co Wash + Detangle! Thick Long Natural Hair – Naptural85

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

My Letter to SheaMoisture: Dear SheaMoisture…#BREAKTHEWALLS

Dear SheaMoisture,

 

Your recently published video (posted at the bottom) and the interviews for #BREAKTHEWALLS heavily reminded me of this photo I took and uploaded July 30, 2013 on my personal Facebook page. 
I was over a year into my natural hair and I was working for a merchandising company that would send me to grocery stores around Northeast Ohio. We were in one part of the aisle with the cleaners and paper goods. While on a brief break, I noticed the tiny area with hair care products for people with curly, coily, and kinky hair. Above was this sign. The original reaction when I posted this was, “Hm. I don’t know how feel about the phrase “Ethnic Needs” and the isle that it’s in. :|” The first photo was taken at a Giant Eagle grocery store more than 20 miles west of me.
 
Almost three years later, I know how I feel and how to describe it a bit better. 
I feel like for the longest time we were, and in some places still are an afterthought. In most stores, our hair care needs are with the household cleansers, the facial cleansers, and the bath soaps. In my opinion, it translates “Servants’ Entrance”. I’m not saying that other people with straight hair don’t buy cleaning products to clean their own house OR even have children with curly, coily, and kinky hair. What I AM saying is that, this sign reminded me of how we, with textured hair are still excluded and put in the back with the broom, mop, and dust pan. If my memory serves me correctly, we were merchandising the paper towels and facial tissues and moving them down closer to the “Ethinic Needs” products. I am not sure if the “Ethnic Needs” were merchandised to another area after I had left that day, but it bothered me enough to share on Facebook and I haven’t forgotten this. Just to include, there were no SheaMoisture products on the shelves at the location of the first picture.
You, SheaMoisture, are changing the game and have been changing the game.  The video I watched this morning made me so happy because I feel so included. I feel that all over inclusion and not that illusion of inclusion.
The type of inclusion that makes me happy that I can get used to seeing myself and women and men like me with textured hair shopping with people with straighter hair. 
Feeling included makes me feel appreciated and wanted as a person and not just for the change in my wallet. I honestly don’t have much. So, yes I meant change. 

The second photo was taken February 1st, 2016 at the Giant Eagle a little over 2 miles down the street from me. And it’s with the the other hair care products! 
Yop! It’s sitting ABOVE the the L’Oreal and John Frieda products. It’s been over two years since I have merchandised, but whoever made the planogram for this shelf MUST be #TeamSheaMoisture…err… I mean a SheaMoisture merchandiser. I was right the first time 😀

So, I mean this wholeheartedly. Thank you! Thank you so much! Thank you for helping me with my hair over the years. Thank you for helping me take care of my son’s long hair over the years and thank you for helping me feel valued! 
 
Sincerely,
Ebony/ CoilySue86

P.S. You can find some of my favorite SheaMoisture products at the bottom of my page.

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!

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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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Ebony/ CoilySue86