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.

DIY Quick + Simple Liquid Hand Soap

Don't get me wrong, but this household loves germs. You might be saying, "ew" quietly to yourself as you read this but I'm a firm believer that being exposed to dirt and germs is amazing for our immune systems. In order to strengthen a brain and help it grow and adapt to the world, we have to constantly stimulate it, repeat habits, and teach it. It's a similar concept for our immune system. If we want to strengthen it, we have to expose it to germs and stimulate it. We want it to learn how to fight off things that don't belong in our body and adapt. The earlier we teach that, the better. 

With that said, we do wash our hands. However, we're lenient about how often we do it compared to how I feel most others are. We wash after the bathroom or anytime dealing with human waste and before cooking, but other than that, we don't really touch the stuff. We love playing in dirt and don't mind leaving our hands dirty for the rest of the day.

Years ago, when I was still in high school, I started learning about the chemicals and additives in.. well.. almost everything. As I've gotten older, and especially after having Maddox, I started buying earth-friendly options and being aware of what comes into our household. My goal has always been to rid our own personal space of toxic and harsh chemicals while also saving us money, helping the environment, and hoping to send a message to corporations that we need to change ingredients. It's easy to want to purchase the cheaper, trendy, overly-fragranced option and honestly, I know for some that's the only choice that can be made for financial reasons but if you can invest in castile soap, do so! Seriously, a little goes a long way and it is extremely versatile so it can even out between all the other soaps and cleaning supplies that needs to be bought.

This soap is wonderful for keeping your hands clean and moisturized. The simplicity of it means you can whip it together in minutes and hardly have to fuss over it. 

What You Need

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup castile soap
1 tablespoon jojoba oil or melted coconut oil (optional)
1 tablespoon vitamin E oil (optional)
10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice (if using, make sure you use an oil)

What to Do

1. Pour your water into an old soap dispenser or mason jar (Amazon has these soap dispenser lids for mason jars which came in so handy since we own so many jars). Then, add in the castile soap. If you're adding in your oils, mix and shake them in. Note: I skipped using essential oils because I already had a lavender castile soap. Great essential oils to use would be lemon, grapefruit, orange, tea tree, or peppermint. Play around with it and decide what scent you love. 

2. Voila! Shake your soap dispenser before use as the oils will separate (I give it a couple, quick swirls) and then squirt a dab onto your hands, rub them together, and rinse.

Enjoy making your natural hand soaps! Have you made it before or a different version? How did you like it?

Comment

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.

How To Make Homemade Reusable Cloth Baby Wipes

The Lovely Cicada | Homemade Baby Wipes

When I was pregnant with Maddox, I was extremely set on cloth diapering. I thought, "what's better than reusable diapers that create very little waste and are much more comfortable for my little?" I researched all different brands, all different types, learned about prefolds, fitteds, etc, how to clean, how many I may need, looked at all the cute prints, and so forth. Sadly, it was a short-lived dream. 

I knew it would be difficult for me. On top of having to clean the house, feed myself and my partner, feed my cluster-feeding little one, do the laundry, hang out with my little while he napped on my shoulder because he'd wake up otherwise, and find time to not lose my mind and feel human - I knew cloth diapering would be too much for me (don't let this dictate what you do, I am simply easily disorganized and overwhelmed). At the apartment we were living in at the time, the laundry room was two flights of stairs down into the basement and a slight trek . Add that to all the other laundry I had to do and I decided against it.

So, I went for disposable diapers. I don't have any regrets. My son has never had any issues with rashes although the guilt still lingers of how many diapers we've thrown out within the last year and a half. However, I knew it was a much better choice for my family. If I were to have another child, I would definitely cloth diaper. I'd be much more comfortable in my mama skin next time around to navigate everything. 

The Lovely Cicada | Homemade Baby Wipes

Anyway, a year and a half later I decided to switch to cloth baby wipes from disposables and my gosh you guys, why didn't I do this sooner? It's so simple, much softer on his butt, helpful to the environment, saves us money, and I'm slightly tempted to grab a couple cloth diapers as well. I have a friend who has switched over a few months ago and never has any issues.

The recipe is extremely simple and honestly, I eyeball it every time I make it so you can modify it as you see fit and depending on how many wipes you want to make at a time. 

Homemade Cloth Baby Wipes

  • baby washcloths OR cut-up flannels
  • tupperware container or old wipes container 
  • about 2 cups boiled or distilled water 
  • 1 teaspoon liquid Castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner's Lavender but they also have unscented)
  • 1 teaspoon of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive, or almond are great options)
  • 3 drops of essential oil (if you are using unscented and if your baby's skin isn't sensitive)
  • optional: 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl, starting with (warm) water first.
  2. Stir. 
  3. Add essential oils and/or vitamin E if desired. 
  4. Grab your washcloths and soak them in the mixture, one at a time.
  5. Ring them out.
  6. Fold them neatly and place in container. 
  7. Voila! Use as needed and enjoy. 

A couple other tips: if you don't want them to be reusable but still homemade, cut half a roll of paper towels, take out the cardboard center, place them in your container, and pour the mixture over until soaked. You can also carry the mixture in a spray bottle and wet your cloths as needed. When you're out and about remember to carry a wet bag with you so you have a place to carry the used wipes. I used one of my Ipsy make-up bags but you can get a wet bag here

Do you already make your own? Tell me about it in the comments!