In my quest to go back to the basics, and in the process, to save money, I am trying out different home made beauty products to see if they are as good as store brands, both bargain priced and expensive.
With my curly hair, I have always alway always been frustrated with any and all hair stylists. They just never could cut it right. Additionally, with the way I took care of it (shampooing, brushing and combing, blow drying, and yes, even sometimes subjecting it to a curling iron) it seemed that I was constantly getting split ends, which took me back to another stressful trip to the stylist for a trim.
About a year ago, my husband jokingly pointed to a book at the bookstore called Curly Girl. It was no joke for me. I snatched it up and started flipping through it. I was not alone. There were others who suffered as I did, some even more so. I bought the book and have since changed the way I take care of my hair. What I thought were split ends were actually thirsty hairs seeking moisture. I threw out the curling iron, brushes and combs. I threw out the shampoo and started the “no poo” regime, which consists of cleansing with an organic conditioner and occasionally using a baking soda rinse. An alcohol free hair gel is the only styler I use and I rarely use the blow dryer (and only with the diffuser). It has made a huge difference. However, since we moved, I have been self trimming and really need to find a stylist in our city who knows how to cut curly hair (dry, not wet).
Recently, I have started using a skin cleanser made from powdered milk and brown sugar. I threw a half cup of each into the food processor and processed until all the lumps were gone and it had a powdery consistency. I use a small scoop with warm water scrubbed gently on my face. So far I like the way it cleanses. I’ve also read that instead of expensive toner, I can use apple cider vinegar. I still have some toner left, but once it is gone, I’m going to try the vinegar. I haven’t yet found a moisturizer that I want to try, so I’m still using what I have been using (although I am trying out some different brands).