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.

Living Room Play Corner for Small Spaces: Tour and Tips

There's something really enticing about watching a child create something with their little hands and it's even more enticing to see the finished product. It's amazing o see how these fairly new humans learn to manipulate items like scissors or glue or paint. How they hold their tools in curled fists and how they see the paper and projects before them transform with each brush stroke or glued pompom. It's clumsy and sometimes without direction but with each creative movement, they're learning.

That's what inspired me to finally create a little art section for Maddox in his play area. He's a wild boy, yet when he's sitting down creating: his eyes are glazed over, his tongue is out, and I can see the wires moving in his head. And I like things to be in front of him and at his level, allowing him independence and the ability to make his own choices. That can be hard given the lack of space we have. So I utilized the play corner in the living room and used the window sill as his shelf. I was nervous at first. Paints and glues and tiny pieces openly at his disposal. If I went into another room, all chaos could break lose. Googly eyes sprawled on the floor, rainbow paints splashing our white walls, pieces of feathers we would be finding for weeks. This is what a mother's nightmare is made of. Yet, he loves it. Loves it. And I love it. And there have been no nightmares. He lets me know if he wants to play with something. Having it all out in front of him, lets him pick and choose. Before, it is in our cupboards, sloppily placed in a bowl. Occasionally he would come up to me and ask to paint. But most of the time I had to initiate it. 

Living in a one bedroom with a child and two adults can be difficult. However, I find such satisfaction in it. Our apartments are beautiful with high ceilings, high windows, gray cabinets, an open concept, and all the fixings I love. Those rare moments when I start to feel cluttered, I take that as a test to see what I can get rid of and find out what I've been unnecessarily hoarding. This space never feels like too much or too little. As humans, it seems we are always searching for more: more space, more money, more time and we forget how to work with what we already have. When I find myself dreaming of something bigger, I remind myself we're content where we are right now and something bigger will come into our path when necessary. Right now, this is a perfect living situation for our family even as our two year old grows older.

Admittedly, I sometimes get bummed we don't have a separate play area for Maddox. And I think that's because I feel like it's necessary even though logically I know it's not. He's got a little section in the bedroom next to his bed with his bike, his books on his shelves, and some stuffed animals. In our walk-in closet, we have a basket full of toys we rotate out from the living room. He's got another bike and his helmet in our hallway closet, some beach toys, a beach chair, and a soft bat + ball. The key is to keep things simple, rotate toys out, and go outside.

Arts + Crafts Supplies We Love

These items are so versatile and gives children endless options to create masterpieces with. I have two trays, one wood and one wicker, that I use for sensory and learning activities. We also have a shelf with a sketchbook, paint pad, small set of papers, and cardboard trucks. 

Toys We Love

We try to use open-ended items as it allows imagination to flow freely and open their senses. The silks can be a fort or a cape or water and rocks and mountains. The blocks can be a high tower or a castle or a boat. The rocks can be a phone or a castle's stepping stones or a car. Peg dolls can be family members or knights or a grocer. It's amazing what we can come up with in a day.

Small Space Tips

  • Give Everything a Home: don't allow anything to be left loose. It keeps clean-up simple and keeps clutter to a minimum.
  • Don't Crowd It: Minimize your stuff to maximize your space and mind. A small space can't be overzealous with toys because it makes it more difficult for a child to choose what they want to play with and there's a higher chance they'll make a mess instead.
  • Understand Your Limitations: A play kitchen may be able to find a space in your home. However, a play kitchen AND a water table, may not. A small teddy bear may be fine but a huge 2-foot bear may not. Understand what will fit in your space and don't go overboard. Your child is more than likely content enough with what they already have. 
  • Storage Space: These Ikea Shelves have come in handy. Instead of having the books in a little basket, he's able to see them and it frees up room on the floor. Also, small shelving units are great in corners to place toys into. It keeps things organized while simultaneously allowing your child to directly see the toy options. 

Do you live in a small space with children? What tips can you give? Do you love it or are you itching to upgrade?