DIY Anti-Frizz Hair Spritzer 

I am into fast, easy, all natural, healthy, kosher cooking AND living.

This past Shabbat, Aunty Elle, my sister-in-law came over. We were very excited! She was our first guest in our new home.

The weather, however, was hot and humid. 

Raizel, Aunty Elle and I all have different types of curly hair. In humid weather, our hair becomes hopelessly frizzy.

Aunty Elle bought herself an expensive hair spritzer to make her hair less frizzy.

When I heard how expensive it was, I just about fell over. I thought, “why not adapt my DIY hair conditioner to use as leave in conditioner?”

This is my first attempt at making anti-frizz hair spritzer, or leave in conditioner. 

Ingredients 

2/3 cup boiled water (distilled is better, but I didn’t have it handy)

1/4 teaspoon coconut oil, melted 

1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum

Optional: essential oil of your choice.

Instructions 

Place water, oil and xanthum gum in container. Blend until thickened with immersion blender. Store in spritz bottle.

I used it on Raizel this morning and it worked well. 

Aunty Elle said that it worked really well too. She said that her hair was soft and manageable. 

The disadvantage was that her hair was less stiff than with the commercial product. 

The advantages were: no additives, dyes, chemicals or preservatives. 

In addition it is also environmentally friendly, biodegradable and economical. 

I think that is definitely worth it!

It is possible to add essential oils, for an aromatheraputic effect. 

I personally do like like perfume. But, it could be easily added, according to your preference.

Here are 2 pictures:

final outcome, ingredients and supplies

first batch that I gave to Aunty Elle

I am giving out samples to my co-workers and our therapists.

So far, everyone likes it. Dawn, Raizel’s therapist says, “I can work with this.”

I am on a roll!

Enjoy!

Reference

This is the original link to the post on DIY homemade conditioner:

http://pistachioproject.com/2012/03/homemade-conditioner.html

DIY Hair Conditioner Recipe 

This week I experimented with making homemade hair conditioner.

My husband jokes that I am really “Miss Moosewood” — a reference to the popular cookbooks originally written by Mollie Katzen.

So, in my travels through Pinterest, I found this recipe for homemade hair conditioner.

It is surprisingly easy, fast and it works!

Essentially, this recipe is coconut oil, emulsified in water with xanthum gum.

There is a difference between using this and regular conditioners. 

The first time I used it, my hair, which is thick and curly, came out great. Raizel fell in love with it right away. But, she is a curly girl like me. 

Yaffa, on the other hand, woke up with greasy looking hair.

The next time I used it, I used much less. Yaffa’s hair came out looking shiny and beautiful. My hair also came out soft and manageable. 

So, more is not better and use sparingly!

Ingredients 

2/3 cup water. Distilled water is recommended as it has fewer impurities. I am sure it’s true, but since this was a first time experiment, I used boiled bottled water instead.

1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted. Since I used boiled water, it melted in the water. The amount can vary depending on how dry your hair is.

1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum. The original recipe called for guar gum. But, xanthum gum was available in a little small packet at my local supermarket, so I used that instead.

Optional: essential oils of your choice. 

Instructions 

Place ingredients in container. Using an immersion blender, mix until well blended.

Store in a container of your choice. I am using an old shampoo bottle.

According to Brittany, this should only be made in small batches. It usually only lasts for up to a month. 

Since I didn’t use distilled water and there are no preservatives, it remains to be seen how long this batch will last. 

In general, I do not like the smell of coconut. Nevertheless, I didn’t add essential oils, which could give it a more pleasant smell. Maybe next time, if this experiment is successful?

Here are the pictures:

blending in immersion blender

final outcome in bottle with some of the ingredients and utensils

Overall, this has been a successful experiment. 

It is fast and easy, all natural, no chemicals, dyes or preservatives and uses easily available ingredients  

Raizel declared it “awesome!” However, she would like essential oils added to make it smell nicer.

Thank you Brittany for this great recipe!

Enjoy!

Reference 

http://pistachioproject.com/2012/03/homemade-conditioner.html

If anyone is interested in the cookbook by Mollie Katzen, here is a link:

Semi Off Topic– DIY Facial Scrub

Since the holiday season is upon us, I thought I would post on my latest creation: DIY Facial Scrub.

I really prefer all natural products. Since I started blogging, I have learned that there is a lot of information available on making DIY beauty supplies!

This year, I made DIY facial scrub to give as a gift to people.

I hope they will like it!

DIY Facial Scrub

Ingredients:

1/4 cup borax.

1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup white sugar. I think table salt would work too.

1/8 cup Activated charcoal powder – be careful, its messy! I used about 6-8 capsules, but less or none is also OK.

1/4 cup Bentonite clay powder.

Optional: ¼ – ½ cup of room temp coconut oil

Optional: 15-30 drops of essential oil, according to your taste

Directions:

Blend dry ingredients together. 

Ideally, it is easiest to use in a jar that has a lid with holes and then sprinkle as desired on fingertips; add water to make it spreadable  and then gently apply to face and or hands.

Optional: For an added moisturizing effect, slowly add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil at a time and blend thoroughly after each addition until the ingredients are saturated and smooth enough to apply according to your preferences. 

Optional: If desired, mix in essential oils of your choice. Personally, I don’t like to use them due to allergies, but, tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties, and I love lavender!

Coconut oil may liquefy if the temperature is too warm, so store in a cool dry place, or place in refrigerator to harden.

Reference:

https://raising6kids.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/diy-body-scrub-recipes/

Here are the pictures:

This is without the coconut oil:

   

Here is how Yaffa and I blended in the coconut oil:
  

Here is the final product in a small mason jar:

 
 

During the summer, I used the scrub without coconut oil.

Now that it is winter, I am making it with the coconut oil. It is great for my hands and nails, especially my cuticles!

Yaffa likes to use it on her hands and face too.

It is only slightly off topic as in theory, the ingredients are (mostly) all edible!

Try it, you might like it!