I finally took down my bob braids after about five weeks. I initially planned to keep it for six weeks but for some reasons, I couldn't. Anyways, I already had a mud wash in mind especially since I had just gotten some Ayurvedic powders and I was itching to use them. Plus, I didn't have the time to go through the whole nine yards. So, here's what I used ;
- 3 tsp of Aritha
- 3 tsp of Neem
- 2 tsp of Shikaika
- 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera Juice
- 1 tsp of ACV
- 3 tsp of Honey
- 1/4 cup of Vo5 Conditioner
- 3 tsp of coconut oil
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
- Peppermint Tea
- Black Tea
- I usually detangle with my hair spritz but this time, I picked a bottle of African Naturalistas Moisturizing And Detangling Conditioner to detangle. So, just as I took down each individual braid I detangled the section. It was such a breeze. By the time I was done, my whole head was soft and detangled. I almost didn't want to wash it out.
- Next, I brought out all of my ingredients and made a liquid mixture - eventually I had to pour it into an applicator bottle. Then I brewed my peppermint black tea.
- I initially used my fingers until I was tired of the dripping -which was as a result of all of the additives - and used an applicator bottle instead. I applied it in sections until I was done with my whole head, covered it up and left of the for about an hour.
-After which I rinsed out. For some reasons, I took my conditioner along as I wanted to avoid a hard, brittle hair. You never know what to expect with this powders plus it was my first time. Turns out, it was necessary. After almost exhausting the water in the tank, I noticed some tiny particles in my hair. My first thought went to the Aritha powder. In fact, it was obvious. That's why it's called a clay. If I had known I would have used hot water to completely dissolve the mixture. Anyways, I co-washed and did a tea rinse to try to get rid of the particles which just reduced it a bit.
- Then, I moisturized with my usual LOC method and braided my hair in four sections.
Oh yeah, my hair was pretty clean. It didn't feel stripped or anything, just clean. I wasn't expecting a super soft hair but it was cleansed and conditioned enough.
Now, here's what I did WRONG.
- I did not read about it - which I usually do - before mixing. I just assumed all Ayurvedic powders were the same especially since I had previously used Multani Mitti.
- That, of course contributed to the liquid mixture. I should have properly measured the additives before mixing.
Will I be doing this again? He'll yeah! I'll be alternating it with my henna treatments.
So, has anyone tried this before? What's your experience like?
Love, kinks and knots.
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Thursday, 10 September 2015
How I Used Ayurvedic Powders On Natural Hair