Natural Hair Care For Coarse, Thick Hair.

I was recently asked a hair care question on Earth Alkemie’s facebook fan page on what I recommend for coarse, very thick, normal hair, that has no body, bounce, and shine. Thanks Tara for the excellent question!

I’m going to suggest some easy DIY recipes, and good ingredients for this hair type. As of this writing, Earth Alkemie is still closed (I carried hair care, skin care, perfumes, and raw ingredients), but I hope to reopen soon (hopefully sometime next year, depending on my health). So for natural vendors I recommend checking out some of the other natural vendors at the all natural beauty website, the anb portal, and anb mall. (I love the anb websites; Earth Alkemie is a partner to all three of the anb websites, and I also write eco living articles for the anb mall, and I am the anb portal’s eco living/DIY Formulating expert. All of the vendors carry fabulous products that are truly natural). Or try Whole Foods for many great natural based brands and ingredients!

Natural ingredients can really benefit the hair whether your hair is thin, thick, coarse, oily or dry, etc. If your hair is very thick, you’ll still need to get monthly trims to thin it out but natural products can help make the hair feel less coarse, and add shine, body, and bounce.

For shampoo, I would try a non-SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) shampoo. SLS is very drying and irritating. SLS can make hair feel very coarse, since it strips the hair of its natural oils.

Or make your own shampoo using soap nuts. It is so easy making soapnut decoction and you can also use it to cleanse the skin, and for general cleaning and the laundry too!

Another alternative is to use a conditioner to ‘wash’ your hair. A lot of people with thick and coarse hair love doing this. Just use a natural brand conditioner, wet your hair, apply it, and leave it on for a few minutes and rinse well.

My favorite shampoo is using a natural soap like African Black Soap. Many of my customers loved my African Black Soaps, and they will definitely be back when I reopen! But other natural soaps are great for the hair too! Just try to get one that is ‘superfatted’ so its very conditioning.

If you are using a detergent based shampoo, soap, or soapnuts, use a good conditioner. I would use a natural based brand made with natural oils or butters, such as shea butter or coconut oil.

OR you can do a deep conditioning treatment using oils. Oils can help make hair look shiny and soft. Read my recent hair oil article (for fine hair) on how to use oils for hair care. Many of the same principles apply for coarse and thick hair, except you might want to use richer oils. Though I mentioned broccoli oil for fine hair, it does work well for thick and coarse hair too, because it is often used as a natural substitute for silicon products (so it helps soften hair, and helps make it look silky). I mentioned coconut oil in my article–which seems to be great for many hair types. Coconut oil is a heavy oil, and many people with thick and coarse hair love it since it is very emollient and conditioning. I suggest trying some of my other deep conditioning hair treatments I listed in the article. A lot of people with thick and coarse hair love using coconut milk and mayo–both of these recipes are good for many different hair types.

I would also do a hair rinse. When I use hair rinses, they make my hair very bouncy, since many of them remove residues, etc. Try my recipe for a vinegar rinse.

You can try some herbal hair rinses too (most people love vinegar rinses, but personally I prefer herbal rinses. I have fine and thin hair though. But many people with thick and coarse hair like them too). Try lavender or green or white tea.

Happy Moon Festival!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival! I wish everyone much joy, reflection, and all the mysteries of nature and the moon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Summer And ANB Silica article!

Happy summer! Yesterday was the start of summer, so I hope everyone had an awesome summer solstice! ๐Ÿ™‚

I was recently asked about silica on anb (all natural beauty) website (I am anb’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert). I was asked about using silica in skin and nail care. In the article I discussed the different kinds of silicon (natural versus synthetic versions), and if they had any true benefit in skin and nail care.

I hope you enjoy the article!

And if you have any eco or DIY related or other questions, don’t be afraid to ask me or any of the other fabulous experts on anb’s website! It is anb’s 10th anniversary, so lots of prizes are being given away too!

New articles and congrats All Natural Beauty Website!

I have been very busy writing over the past couple weeks. I have written three articles and just received another question to answer. I am working on new blog posts for here and my personal eco blog.

The first two articles are up. They are all natural beauty eco living and DIY natural beauty formulating questions. The first is on using fruit and herbal powders in skin care, and the second is on using coconut cream and juice in skin care. The third article (my newest eco living article) will be posted very soon. The fourth I just got today so am working on it! ๐Ÿ™‚ And of course I will eventually post extra information on related blog posts for these articles (I have a back log of posts I need to do!).

Just also wanted to say Happy 10th anniversary to the all natural beauty website and the anb portal! I enjoy being a part of all of the anb websites (and also the anb mall, which just had its 5 year anniversary recently), both as a writer and also a partner (Earth Alkemie is a partner to all three anb websites). There is a great summer sampler now available (almost all gone!) as well as an awesome weekly giveaway for free skin care (no Earth Alkemie products, but Earth Alkemie products have been featured in past samplers).

Happy Mother’s Day

I hope everyone had a Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day was great, I spent a very nice day with my mom. ๐Ÿ™‚

My website (including this blog) was down for part of yesterday but was quickly put back up, once I contacted my web host (thanks AISO for responding so quickly on a sunday and a holiday! I love my green web hosting company!). So there shouldn’t be any more issues, but if you have trouble accessing the archives of this blog, or seeing the main page of my website, please let me know!

Eco Living And DIY Articles

I have a backlog of blog entries to do, mostly posts and extra information on my eco living and DIY natural beauty formulating articles.

So I am just posting the links to the articles here for now, and I will write the blog entries for them within the next couple weeks.

April’s eco living article was on spring cleaning.

May’s eco living article is a Mother’s Day recipe for an awesome vegan coconut scrub. This link is the link to the main page of my eco living articles on anb (all natural beauty) mall. It currently goes to page 1 of my Mother’s Day article. While this link currently goes to page 2, but next month it will be the link for the whole article.

Here is an all natural beauty eco living/DIY expert article on using tea as a fake tanner.

A very in depth article on dry skin and dry hair. It is both an all natural beauty eco living/DIY expert article, and all natural beauty website’s All Natural Info article for April.

I hope you enjoy all these articles!

Eco Living: Deep Conditioning Hot Oil Hair Treatment

I have a lot of articles I need to post about. The first one is for my eco living article on natural hair care.

Every week I try to do at least one deep conditioning hair treatment. I love using many different ingredients and complex formulations, but sometimes simple is best! So for my recent eco living article, I shared my recipe for a simple hot oil hair treatment!

In my article, I listed a few easy to find carrier oils and essential oils. I mentioned organic, cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil, which is one of my favorites, and which is the main ingredient in Tropical Dreams (here is an old blog entry on Tropical Dreams and other products. Ignore the info about the sale, which is long over). Tropical Dreams is my version of a classic hair treatment called macassar oil. (Side note: The best thing about Tropical Dreams is it has so many uses: hair oil, body oil, blemish treatment, and some people–including my mom–love using it as their facial oil! I love natural ingredients because they have multiple uses, and when I formulated Tropical Dreams, I formulated it for all those issues and conditions, so it is effective as a hair conditioner, softens the skin, and contains amazing ingredients to use on blemished skin. When I reopen–hopefully, very soon–Tropical Dreams will definitely be back as well!).

Out of the carrier oils and essential oils listed in my article, argan carrier oil and carrot seed essential oil may be the hardest to find, and are moderately priced (meaning they can be expensive, but they are not the priciest ingredients out there). Carrot seed oil is also available as a carrier oil too (as an infused oil, and also a pressed oil from the seeds). The carrier oil would be great in hair treatments too, if you canโ€™t find the essential oil.

I listed lemon essential oil for oily hair, but some people with dry hair love citrus essential oils (lemon can reduce sebum levels in some people, but not all people). One of my favorite hair care scents that I did not list was jasmine absolute. I love jasmine absolute but it is an extremely expensive ingredient, so I didnโ€™t include it in my eco living article (excellent quality jasmine absolute is usually $100-300 for a single ounce. Though many places sell jasmine absolute in very small amounts like a couple ml, or jasmine absolute pre-diluted in a carrier oil). I try to only list easy to find (usually local, or sometimes popular ingredients such as argan oil), inexpensive to moderately priced ingredients in my eco living articles.

(When Earth Alkemie reopens, I will be carrying more raw ingredients. If there is a raw ingredient you’d like, that you don’t see on the website, let me know. I may have some in stock, or can obtain it).

For more information on my article and other deep conditioning treatments, check out Solarkatโ€™s Eco blog (my personal, non-business eco blog).

Note: The next eco living article will be posted later this week, so stay tuned for that one soon!