Super Hydrating Deep Conditioner (Less Shedding and Breakage)

by RoyalTeeZone

by RoyalTeeZone

In the winter months the cold weather can be very harsh on my hair. Anyone’s hair for that matter.

I do like to wear my hair out (Twist-Outs, High Buns, Braid-Outs, Braid-N-Twist Outs, Bantu Knot Outs, Curlformer Curls) so making sure my hair stays healthy and hydrated is very important. Especially, if you don’t want excess breakage, shedding, or frizzing.

I  deep condition my hair during the winter month’s, every two weeks. Sometimes weekly. It depends on my activity for the week. Currently, I’m working out at the gym every day. So I tend to Co-Wash once a week.

Having 4b/4c textured hair I have to make sure I’m gentle with my hair and because of my tight curl pattern it’s important to make sure your ends are moisturized and cared for.

Let me just tell you, I’ve struck 4 type HAIR GOLD.

I wanted to share this recipe with you for a little while now but I wanted to experiment with it first.

I’ve been hearing and reading on the internet, articles, and from other naturals, how well goat milk works in the hair. That seemed to come from 3-4a hair textured naturals. So it never occurred for me to try using goat milk.

So, needless to say, I decided to look a little further into goat milk and it’s many benefits.

Goat Milk Benefits for Hair:

  • Leave scalp healthy and help in preventing dryness
  • Helps with dandruff
  • Leaves Hair Soft and Manageable
  • Helps to repair damaged hair
  • Works well when added to your other moisturizing hair products
  • Good to use in shampoos, conditioners, deep conditioners, in your hair moisturizers

Over the past 4 months, I’ve been using my deep conditioning recipe, and I added one interesting, yet moisturizing, ingredient to it, Goat Milk, and, O to the M to the Goat Milk…….not only was my hair soft and, my 4b/4c textured hair more manageable, but over several uses, I found that my hair was stronger and had less shedding and breakage. Less shedding and breakage, WHUUUUUT, it felt like I hit the lottery.  My hair was actually getting stronger with every use.  Taking down my braid outs/ twist-outs have been absolutely FAB-U-LICIOUS! (New word)

Here’s my super easy, recipe:

HOMEMADE GOAT MILK  “HAIR GOLD” RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 6 – 9 TBSP (depending on hair length and thickness) – Hello Hydration (Great, cheap, yet moisturizing conditioner)
  • 1/4 cup – Goat Milk
  • 1 Tbsp – Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp – Avocado Oil 
  • 1 Tbsp – Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp – Jojoba Oil
  • 2 Tsp – Honey
  • 3-6 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil 

Directions:

  • Thoroughly mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. 
  • Either start applying the deep conditioner mix all over your head, or pour mixture into an applicator bottle then apply deep conditioner mix. 
  • Put a heat cap or plastic cap on your head and put a towel over that.
  • Allow product to do it’s work for 45- 1 hour. 

Once you rinse out the conditioner and seal your moisture, style as you like. 

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FYI- I also use Goat Milk on my Co-Washing Days.

It’s official, Goat Milk is my new Hair Gold! 

BTW – TO preserve your goat milk Place them in the Freezer in Ice Trays. Each time you go to use them take out 1 to 2 goat milk cubes to use in your co-wash or deep conditioning treatment. I learned that tip from my curl-friend  Nikki from CurlyNikki.com.

Homemade Sugar Scrub: Brown Sugar Honey-Lemon Facial Scrub

RoyalTeeZone - Manuka Honey Brown Sugar Facial Scrub

RoyalTeeZone – Manuka Honey Brown Sugar Facial Scrub

I’ve been to numerous high end salons that feature Brown Sugar Scrubs, Mud, and even Chocolate. The treatments are amazing. Leaving your skin feeling soft, moisturized, and healthy. The problem is, they charge you so much money for one of those treatments.   A Brown Sugar Facial can run anywhere from $90- $150. A Chocolate Facial and Body Wrap can go from $100 – $250. When you get into the ingredients of the scrubs and wraps, it’s nothing more than things you can get at your local grocery store.

Speaking of which, have you seen the prices of Brown Sugar Scrubs in stores. A POCKETBOOK OUCH!

So over the past year I’ve been making my very own homemade face and body scrubs. Getting all the same wonderful benefits at a fraction of the cost.

If you’ve ever had a facial scrub before, then you know that they’re simply amazing. After just one application, you can have fresher, healthier looking skin because of the way sugar scrubs exfoliate those dead skin cells.

Manuka Honey Brown Sugar Lemon Facial Scrub

This Brown Sugar Scrub helps to soften the skin, moisturize, refresh, evens out the skin tone, helps with blemishes and creates an overall healthy, younger, fresher looking face.

– Using Manuka honey has many amazing benefits. Such as, natural antioxidants which gives the cells enough minerals, amino acids and vitamins. Helps in fighting acne, bacteria that can build up in the skin, and boosts collagen levels that help in maintaining young and healthy looking skin.

Ingredients:

Manuka Honey – 2 Tbsp ( Find this at Whole Foods)

Lemon Juice – 1 Tbsp

Olive Oil – 1 Tbsp

Parsley – 1 Tsp

Brown Sugar – 4 Tbsp

RoyalTeeZone - Manuka Honey Brown Sugar Lemon Facial Scrub

RoyalTeeZone – Manuka Honey Brown Sugar Lemon Facial Scrub

Mixing Directions:

Soften, NOT melt, the honey in the Microwave. ( 10-15 seconds)

– Crush the Brown Sugar to make it as fine as possible.  Your using this scrub on your face, so you want to make sure you’re exfoliating your face, not  up your face.

Mix the honey, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, and brown sugar together.

Pour the ingredients into an air tight container. This should last you for quite a while.

Applying Direction:

In a light circular motion, apply scrub all over your face, avoiding the eye area.

Rinse with warm water.

After the first use you’ll feel such a difference in your skin.

I’ve been using my homemade Brown Sugar Lemon- Honey Facial Scrub for over 5 months and the condition of my skin has been wonderful.

The moisturizing benefits of this scrub helps tremendously during those cold winter months.

Have you ever  used face scrubs?

Have you ever tried making your own homemade scrubs?

If you like facials here’s my homemade Chocolate Dream.

Freshly Washed and Brown Sugar Scrubbed Face. (No MakeUp)

Freshly Washed and Brown Sugar Scrubbed Face. (No MakeUp)

Silky Shea Butter Hair Soufflé

Just an FYI– My hair texture is a blend of 4b/4c.

Love my twist outs

-RoyalTeeZone

When I first decided to go all natural , I’ve heard so many amazing things about Shea Butter. Pure unrefined shea butter. How it’s amazing for the hair.

At first I didn’t find this to be true for me. Applying Raw Unrefined Shea Butter by itself seemed a bit drying to my hair.

The one major reason I enjoy watching videos, reading articles, blogs, from other naturals, their journey and products, is that I’m always learning something new. What to try, What not to try, ect.

I’ve experimented with Shea butter in my hair and found that, the moisture soft and shiny hair results, that other naturals have experienced using it, didn’t have that same effect on me. I still felt that it left my hair a bit more on the dry side.  I knew that Shea Butter had many great properties and great benefits for the skin and hair. So I was determined to find a way to make it work for me.

So I did some research and over time, I’ve come up with an all natural mixture that works AMAZINGLY in my hair. Less breakage when I manipulate my hair. My hair feels very soft and shiny that last more than a day. I especially add this into my regimen when I’m wearing styles such as twist-outs, braid-outs, using my curl formers, or perm rod curly styles.  My hair in these styles, where the ends are exposed to the elements,  stay soft and shiny for more than a day and for me being very active and working out at the gym as much as I do, it’s a big deal.

I want you to understand that what works for me may not work for you. This has been my experience over the year with my natural hair growing journey. Being active and working out, I needed to find products that suited my hair type and lifestyle.

I find that learning from other naturals with similar hair types such as mine and products they use, and works for them, there could be some element or ingredient within their regimen that could work for me.

So from trials and experimenting, I finally found an all natural shea butter mixture that my hair enjoys. I call it my Silky Shea Butter Soufflé. It works very well. Below are the measurements and ingredients I use.  I hope you find this helpful. If you do try my recipe, please let me know how it worked for you.

Ingredients: 

Unrefined Shea Butter – 1/2 cup

Aloe Vera Gel – 1 Tbsp

Coconut Oil – 1/2 Cup

Vegetable Glycerin – 1 Tbsp

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil – 4 Drops

Lemon Essential Oil – 3 Drops

Vitamin E Oil – 1 tsp

Silky Shea Butter Souffle

Silky Shea Butter Souffle

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XoXo – Tanya

Revive Any Room! How To Paint Furniture

After moving into my new place I wanted to bring some life to my bedroom. So after getting some vintage end tables from a family member, I liked the old vintage look of them but boy did they need a makeover to fit with decor that I was going for. So I decided to paint them to make them feel right at home and revive my dark bedroom. All you need is some paint, sandpaper, imagination. Hope this video gives you some great furniture makeover ideas. Definitely give it a try if you in the mood to revive a room in your house or apartment.

 

BEST WASH AND GO YET!

I’ve been hitting the gym and working out more frequently recently. I’ve committed my self to a challenge. I publicly challenged myself to my 2,000 + followers on a social networking site called Keek. For the next 30 days, I’m going to be posting a video EVERY DAY of me doing some forms of workout on Keek, kicking off my bikini body goal. The first 30 days are always the hardest. So why grab some motivation from all angles. Let me tell you,  my awesome followers have been great motivator,s commenting and liking the videos.

Having such a busy schedule recently and including working out, this curly natural haired girl needed a style that could last for about a week, maintain moisture, and require low manipulation. So I decided to go with a wash and go.  For those reading this that aren’t familiar with a wash and go, it’s exactly as it sounds. You wash your hair then apply gel and go.

Now of course every Curly Natural Hair girl has different textures and therefore some Curly to Kinky Natural Hair need a bit more maintenance and products to achieve the best possible Wash and Go!

Type 4 Hair Textures Wash and Go Day 1..Defined Curl Pattern

Type 4 Hair Textures Wash and Go Day 1..Defined Curl Pattern

I first tried a wash and go using a product called Kinky Curly Curling Custard. Although, my hair was soft it left my hair in more of an afro curl like state. Not a bad style but wasn’t the style I was going for.

Wash and Go

I then tried using a method of rinsing my conditioner out of my hair, applying my Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, then applied Eco Styler Get Olive Oil Formula Level 10 Hold. It seemed to give me the right texture , but, I didn’t sit under a hair dryer nor used a diffuser and there fore just air dried my hair. I had defined curls but seemed hard and because the Shea Moisture Curling Smoothie had dried white underneath the gel and it being winter, it left my hair flakey.

So through my trial and errors in finding awash and go that worked for me, I stumbled upon a wash and go recipe that made my curls look and stay defined from day 1

Products used for my Best Defined Wash and Go.

Products used for my Best Defined Wash and Go.

Recipe:

– I deep conditioning treatment to my hair using my homemade deep conditioning treatment and method.

– Once I let that sit in my hair for 45 – hour, I hit the shower rinsing out the deep conditioner.

– Then I used Nubian Heritage – Indian Hemp and Tamanu Growth and Strengthen Treatment Mask as my leave in conditioner. I then followed that with an oil rinse using my homemade hair oil.

– Then I applied the Eco Styler Get w/Olive Oil to my hair.

– Gave my hair a good shake

– Using my regular blow dryer ( I would recommend getting a diffuser if you don’t have a hooded drier – takes less time to dry and doesn’t tire your arms out) I held the blow dryer about a foot away from my head, put the setting on warm and the blower on low.

– I wanted to dry my hair to about 50% and not disturb the curl pattern .

– I’ve done this several times and really enjoy the results.

On day one, once it dried, the curls did feel a bit stiff, but, on day 2 ,when I refresh my curls with a little water and coconut oil, that stiffness started to soften a bit.

I’ll be posting videos on my second channel INSPIRED BY TEE on YouTube showing  my techniques and different recipes.  So please go subscribe! I know there are tons of videos on Youtube already, but, the one thing I’ve learned watching my fellow natural hair’d sisters is that we all have something different about our hair and by learning as much as you can from the various hair types, products and methods you can find out what best works for you.
My hair type is a mixture of 4b/4c and being very active, working out, I also, do outdoor activities from skiing, to hiking and tennis, I needed to find methods and products that could brave through my active lifestyle and still give me the moisture maintained, growth and healthy natural hair that want to accomplish.

I hope this helps some of my amazing curly natural hair sisters, especially those with similar hair types as mine and perhaps as active in life as well.

4b/4c texture Wash and Go Day 5.

4b/4c texture Wash and Go Day 5.

NFL- My First Patriots PlayOff Game! I’ll Just Be Blount About It!

Picture this……  muddy puddles, monsoon like rain falls, windy, and tons of excited and ready to scream their heads off fans, storm trooping their way to the home of the New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium. That’s exactly what I was able to experience last night, January 11, 2014, at my very first New England Patriots Football Playoff game. I’ve been to a couple Patriots games before but the playoffs, NEVER. In those extreme weather conditions, it might sound like a bad idea to some people, but for Patriots fans such as myself and the opportunity to be apart of the experience,  is what making awesome memories is all about.  Good ones if they won of course.

My DIY waterproof football game Poncho.

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THEY WON!!

My finance and I were fortunate enough to be able to get tickets from a friend of ours that is a season ticket holder and wasn’t able to attend the playoff game and asked if we’d like his tickets. My answer, “HELL YES!”

What an awesome game to be at. If you can’t tell by now, I’m excited to share my experience with my fellow Football and Patriots fans and to offer a bit of a suggestion.

Sitting around a bunch of EXTREMELY passionate season ticket holders that enjoy the game as much as we did was awesome. I forgot all about the gross weather conditions that we were all engulfed in.

It still blows my mind how far The Patriots have come with the amount of top line injuries that the team has this season.  It truly goes to show that coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady  are a dynamic duo that can just do anything.

While sitting here sipping on my scotch, I was watching the Broncos vs. Chargers game wrap up. I was hoping that Chargers would have won the game tonight, which would have allowed for the Patriots to have home field advantage in next weeks VERY important game. The game before the Superbowl. It’s not gonna happen. The Broncos won so the Patriots will be playing in Denver next week

Now the Patriots earlier in the season have beaten the Broncos so with fingers, eyes, and legs crossed they can beat them again. .

An incredible evening and experience and I would suggest any football fan to push hard to attend at least one Playoff game. It’s a memory worth collecting. The energy, the comradery that goes on at a PlayOff game is very different than a good regular season game.

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GO PATS!

Yes, I’m a warrior princess when it comes to football. I’m that girl that loves sports and knows all the in’s and out’s of sports. I do play a bit of tennis, basketball, and recreational kickboxing.

It’s just about time to tune into one of my favorite PBS show’s, Downton Abbey.