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.

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Packaged foods always have extra preservatives. Making things homemade allows you to know what exactly goes into your food and makes it that much tastier when it has been created with your own two hands. I love making sure I have oats in my pantry because they are so versatile in the kitchen. I create all different kinds of recipes with them: oatmeal, no-cook oat balls, granola, granola bars, cookies, etc. This homemade granola recipe is definitely worth trying out. It's an easy go-to for breakfast, snacks, topped over ice cream, or tossed into a salad. The other perk is it is SO customizable. Add more oats, add less seeds and more dried fruit, add whatever flavors you want. Don't be scared to veer off from this recipe and make it your own!

Homemade Granola
Homemade Granola
Homemade Granola

What you'll need:

2 cups of rolled oats
1/4 cup of shredded coconut
1/4 cup of shelled hemp seeds
1/2 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup of cacao nibs
1 tsp of cinnamon (or more if you want more cinnamon flavor)
pinch of salt
dash of vanilla extract
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup of honey
1 tbsp melted coconut oil (optional)
1 flaxseed "egg" (1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tbsp water)
*Optional: dried fruit of your choice (i.e. raisins, apples, etc)

1. Preheat oven to 300°F and line your baking sheet with parchment paper (compostable) or grease your pan.

2. Prepare your flaxseed "egg" by combining 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed and 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Let it sit. 

3. Combine the oats, coconut, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and salt together. 

4. Then combine the vanilla extract, maple syrup, honey, and coconut oil. Mix in flaxseed "egg". 

5. Spread evenly over your pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes (you can mix the granola half way if you're worried about burning). Granola will be lightly browned and dry to the touch. 

6. Take it out. Allow it to cool. 

7.  Break apart. Mix it with dried fruit. Store in an air tight container, glass preferable. It should last up to 2 weeks. Mix it with your favorite milk, yogurt, fresh fruit, whatever! Just enjoy. 

Homemade Granola
Homemade Granola
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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.

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!