The Best Natural & Cheap Product Every Curly Girl Needs

The Best Natural & Cheap Product Every Curly Girl Needs

Throwing flaxseed into our smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt bowls, baked goods, anything – is a staple in our house. It’s no secret they are rich in vitamins, fatty acids, omega-3s, and minerals. But they also work as an incredible curl enhancer.

Growing up, no one around me had curly hair aside from my father. As a pre-teen, I was left fumbling around with frizzy hair, styles and cuts made for girls with straight hair, products that were never meant for my hair type. My sister, her hair pin-straight – styled and cut correctly, would try to help me but to no avail. I never had the opportunity to learn how to take care of my curls correctly so I always felt uncomfortable. The ones surrounding me had hands only meant for straight hair and they couldn’t see the world through my spiral lens.

Entering middle school, I wanted to shed my curly hair so I started straightening it. It became years of this, weaving in and out of curly and straight hair, I finally said enough is enough.

I embraced my curls entirely.

Curly hair is like having to become a chemist. Certain products are better than others, certain ingredients will be a hit or miss. It’s a huge learning process to see what works and what doesn’t. Following the curly girl method has been the best thing for my hair.

I recently made this homemade flaxseed gel and I’m obsessed.

The Best Natural & Cheap Product Every Curly Girl Needs
The Best Natural & Cheap Product Every Curly Girl Needs

Bouncy & soft, low-frizz, low-waste, and increased volume? My kind of product.

All you need:

  • 4 tablespoon flaxseed

  • 1 cup water

What to do:

  1. Pour water & flaxseed in a pan on the stove. Bring it to a boil.

  2. Once it starts boiling, lower the heat.

  3. Begin stirring for 3-4 minutes on low heat. You want an egg-white consistency.

  4. Once it’s finished, let it cool for about 10 minutes. You can attempt to put it into a very fine strainer over a bowl to allow some of the gel to come out. It didn’t work for me but it may work for you.

  5. Once cooled, grab nylon pantyhose or a cheese cloth. If you’re using a nylon pantyhose, stretch it over a big measuring cup. Scoop the mixture into it, take off the nylon, and start squeezing it into a bowl/container/etc. It feels and looks strange but it’ll be worth it. If you use a container with a big enough opening, you can get as messy as you want.

  6. Squeeze it all out and you’re done! Store it in the fridge until you’re reading to use it.

My Skin Care Routine

Finding a good skin care routine is therapeutic. It's so nice to be able to cleanse my face and remove all the built up grime at the end of a long day and wash the entire day away. It reminds me of a renewal process and gives me a fresh start. As the seasons change, we also have to make a couple adjusts to suit the weather. Winter can be drying and this routine has helped keep me radiant, balanced, and moisturized. These are my personal choices as of late that I'm loving. However, as much as I don't want to quit them, I always find changing out products every now and then to be extremely beneficial.

One of the most crucial things you need to do for your skin is: get to know it. What triggers your acne? Certain foods, drinks, etc? How much do you need to exfoliate without becoming irritated? How much water are you drinking? What products make you worse and what make you better? Asking these questions as you start your routine is extremely important and will help give you the radiance you're looking for!

Removing

At night, I remove my make-up using coconut oil & water. It takes my make-up off with such ease (coconut oil is magic.. I swear.) Sometimes I use the Burt's Bees make-up wipes when I just want to wipe and throw away.

Cleansing

After removing my make-up, I use Pacifica's Rose Kombucha face wash and it is AMAZING. Previously, I was using their Sea Foam Complete Face Wash and I fell in love with it. I was going to buy it again until I found this in the new section and had to try it. The great thing about these cleansers is they are vegan, SLS free, paraben free, and cruelty free and they are so gentle. For the most part, my face isn't acne prone and my skin has never had issues with their products.

Moisturizing

Once my face is washed, I use Pacifica's Dreamy Youth Day & Night Cream. It's moisturizing, has a beautiful scent, and it absorbs quickly. I usually use this one at night. When I found the Rose Kombucha face wash, I also came across their Rose Flower Hydro Mist and I'm obsessed. I use it every morning as a moisturizer and my skin feels and looks incredible. It's lightweight and moisturizing and I can't get enough of it. Sometimes I'll even use it at night and nix the Day & Night Cream.

Honorable mentions

Bentonite Clay. Above all else is the HOLY GRAIL of skincare. I'm absolutely in love with bentonite clay and it has so many uses. One way I use it is as a face mask, once a week. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and if I have a tiny acne spot, it's close to gone the next day and the redness has reduced. It's completely natural and I tell everyone about it if they're looking for something to help their skin. I bought mine a year ago from Thrive Market and I still have over half left. I've even shared some with a friend! For $5, this is a perfect staple to your cabinets. Use my link and you'll receive 25% off your first order! Thrive Market is perfect for anyone interested in natural products and foods but doesn't have a grocery store nearby that carries them.

Sea Algae gel mask. Pacifica's Sea Algae Gel Mask is a super easy and light mask for a little extra cleansing. I do this every other week for a refresher!

Hair Clip or Bandana. You'll want to pull your hair out of your face so you don't miss any spots!

Water. I swear this is it. This is what really makes a difference. When I have busy days, I go on coffee binges and forget to drink water. My face alerts me every single time I do it, too, because I'll start to break out around my chin. Once I start adding a ton of water back into my diet, they recede and don't bother me again. 

Diet. There are some foods that make people break out so it's super important for us to pay attention to what we're eating and if our skin is being affected by it.

And that's it! I hope this helps you out and if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the comments. 

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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.

Coffee Ground Recycling

Consuming coffee will always be one of my favorite things to do and I know I'm not the only one slamming back multiple cups a day. However, this leads to a lot of used coffee grounds. For most people, they go directly in the trash but the perks of coffee doesn't stop at the cup. Here's a list of innovative ways to reuse those coffee grounds instead of merely tossing them. 

Ideas for Reusing Coffee Grounds

Fertilizer

Spoil your plants that thrive on acid with some coffee grounds. Roses, hydrangeas, azeleas are some plants that love acid. Sprinkle around the base or mix it with soil and you'll help them flourish into beautiful, healthy plants. 

Compost

Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen making them perfect 'green' matter for your compost pile. Throw as much as you like in there, just make sure to keep your heap balanced between 'green' and 'brown' matter!  

Insect Repellent

Instead of rushing straight to chemicals, coffee grounds may do the trick. Sprinkle some on ant hills wherever you don't want ants and they will more than likely stay or move away. Mosquitoes (some people will burn coffee grounds to keep them at bay), slugs, and maggots don't like the acidity in the coffee grounds either so they are more apt to stay away from places with acidic soil.  

Odor Eliminator 

Put dried used (or fresh!) coffee grounds in a bowl and stick it near the odor. It works like baking soda and will take away the funky smell you're dealing with. 

Exfoliate

One of my favorite ways to use old coffee grounds is for exfoliation. Scrub your skin head to foot with a simple recipe of 1 cup of coconut oil, 1 cup of used coffee grounds, and 1/2 cup of organic sugar. You can also add a nice smelling essential oil like lavender or lemon for added benefits and a pretty smell. You can also do it for your face with 1 cup coffee ground and 1 cup organic oil. Apply to your face using circular motions, leave it sitting for about 10 minutes and then wash off with warm water. 

Soaps

Wake your skin up with coffee soap. An easy recipe is melting a bar of glycerin soap with 1/3 cup coffee grounds. You can reshape it anyway you like using a particular mold. A more advanced java soap is this one and it'll feel your skin feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. 

Hair Treatment

Cleanse your hair by simply massaging used coffee grounds into your scalp. It'll help break up old product residue but won't damage your hair.

Staining

Coffee grounds give things an antique, vintage look. You can use it on paper, bone, clothes, lace, doilies, wood, Easter eggs, etc. Every material will absorb the grounds differently and come out a different hue. It's really fun to play around with.

How to Store Used Coffee Grounds

If you're not going to use the coffee grounds right away, drying them before storing them is the perfect way to ensure they stay fresh and don't get moldy. One way to do this is spreading them out on a cookie sheet and popping them in the oven. You can bake them for 20 minutes, turn the oven off, and let them sit. I like to let them sit overnight after a dinner has been made in the oven. Once they're dried enough, pop them in a mason jar or any glass container.

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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.