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In Coconut Oil We Trust!

Most of my followers are so obsessed with coconut oil, and I find myself deliberately looking for recipes to incorporate or highlight this Godly ingredient. I bring you whipped coconut oil.



Tools:
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • a few drops of your favourite essential oils for fragrance (optional)

Directions:
1. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Note: Do not melt the coconut oil first. It will only whip up if it’s solid. A little below room temperature is ideal

2. Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency.

3. Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store at cool place, or in the refrigerator if your house is so warm it melts the oil.
Tip: An electric hand mixer or stand mixer works best. A blender or food processor will not work with this coconut oil recipe, because they tend to warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up.

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I've literally been holding this secret in for 5 months...

I'm so excited to announce that my family and I are expecting a precious baby in December 2015! 
A whole baby, y'all!





I'll be sharing all my ups and downs of pregnancy on this here blessed blog. I can't wait to meet my little one!

We're having a baby, y'all!
The Feminist Stokvel stays slaying. Don't sleep on this movement. #StayWoke

Spend your weekends with us!




Email feministstokvel@gmail.com to RSVP!



Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!
Most of us that use oils, hair butters, gels and curling puddings on our hair will most likely need a clarifying treatment by the end of the month. These products that I mentioned tend to build-up on the scalp and hair, and their hair can no longer receive much needed to moisture. There are many shampoos in the market that can achieve this squeaky clean hair, but they tend to be too harsh on the strands. Try these DIY recipes if you are keen to do it the all natural way.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Tools:
  • 8 oz applicator bottle
  • 2-3 oz of ACV
  • warm water
  • tea tree essential oil (Optional)

Directions:
  • Fill your bottle with ACV, the rest with water. 
  • Add a few drops of your essential oils of choice. 
  • Shake it up, massage it in, let it sit for a few minutes and rinse well with cool water. 

Baking Soda Rinse
Tools:
  • spray bottle
  • one (1) tbsp. baking soda
  • 1.5 cups of warm water

Directions:
  • Place your ingredients in the bottle and shake it up well. 
  • If your hair is long or really thick, feel free to double the ingredients but don’t add more baking soda unless you add more water. 
  • The mixture should be liquidy, not grainy. 
  • Spray onto the scalp and hair, massage it in, leave on for about three minutes then rinse thoroughly.

Try one of these two treatments once a month and let your hair flourish.

Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!
Have you checked out Beauty Bulletin? It's South Africa's largest beauty community and review club. Once a month I'll be posting my favourite articles and posts from their website.


TRESEMME NATURALS NOURISHING MOISTURE CONDITIONER

L'OREAL ELVIVE EXTRAORDINARY OIL NOURISHING CONDITIONER

Don’t be deterred by the title. No-poo or co-washing is the way to go for curly, wavy or kinky-haired girls.
Cute and coiled curls or ringlets tend to be drier that straight hair types. This is because the natural oils secreted by the scalp have a harder time saturating the entire hair shaft.
Washing without shampoo using only conditioner - AKA no-poo or co-washing - is a great cleansing method for this type of textured hair. Conditioners contain smatterings of cleansers that when mixed with water, lift small amounts of dirt leaving un-shampooed hair feeling clean but not squeakily so.


So you want to go natural, but you’re dreading the big chop?
Granted, a cut is the fastest way to go natural, but it’s also the most emotionally trying.
Women who are reluctant to let go of their long tresses will prefer a gentler ‘transitioning’ method. Anthony Dickey, hairstylist to the stars, has these tips:
1)    JUST SAY NO
“Stop ALL chemical enhancers, texturizers and relaxers now.”
Any new growth that occurs will be natural and unprocessed and this will contrast with your already straight, over-processed hair so be patient and creative when dealing with these two different hair textures.
2)    DON’T JUDGE
“Women shouldn’t judge their natural texture before allowing the relaxed portion of their hair to totally disappear.”
Enduring this transition period will be extremely gratifying once your God-given curls have had their true chance to shine.

We know that styling your natural hair can be a tough feat, especially with all the different spring/summer trends emerging.  A main concern for natural-haired girls is trying to keep their tresses modish while still keeping their hair protected.
Braids are a big trend this season and the Goddess Braid is one such hairstyle that allows a modern look while still keeping your hair protected. Sophisticated and classy, it’s also office appropriate and guess what? Perfect for date night this Valentine’s Day too! This is our how-to:
Step 1: Blow DryBRAID-POST-1-down
For a chunky and fluffy braid, freshly blow-dried is a must and kinky curly hair textures will pick this up beautifully!
Step 2: Moisturise
Moisturise your scalp as well as your hair prior to braiding. For this, we love the Schwarzkopf Smooth ‘n Shine Nourishing Hair Food with Moringa and Olive Oils (R35.95 at Dis-Chem Pharmacies). A deep care formula like this means that your hair and scalp will remain nourished and conditioned for up to 48 hours.
Step 3: Section
Using a rat-tail comb, section your hair into two parts by parting it where you desire. Nicole Melton (below) gave herself a beautifully feminine side part.
Step 4: Edge Prep
Before resorting to your French-braiding skills, use an edge control gel to keep your baby hairs in place. We love ORS Edge Control (R44.95 at Clicks). Read some lovely ORS reviews.
Step 5:
This is when your French-braiding skills are needed! Begin by plaiting a chunky braid all around the parameter of your head until you reach the nape of your neck.  Repeat the process with the second section of hair. Secure both ends of each braid with bobby pins and VOILA! You have your goddess braid!

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I get compliments on my manicure all the time, and I always smile and politely say thank you. Well, I have a secret and I can't hold it back anymore. My manicures are fabulous, but I no longer spend as much as the average woman. My manicure costs me a R39.95!

Clicks Pharmacy has their own line of professional nail kits that I absolutely love. The above colour is Ravishing Red and I love it! R39.95 you guys! There is officially no reason for you to be running around with jacked up nails. Get your manicure game up!

Each kit comes with the following items:
  • 24 nails
  • Glue
  • Buffer


It takes me about 10 minutes to apply the nails as directed. The two items that I also use along with this pack are an orange stick to push my cuticles back with and cuticle oil. This manicure will normally last me about 2 weeks when applied properly, but most at home nail kits recommend a max of 7 days. If you're not a red nail kind of girl, check out the few varieties they have below.

Pretty in Pink
Peach Long Square French Manicure

Poised Purple

The Poised Purple is a beautiful matte purple that is so funky. I'll go back to that in the coming weeks.

If you still rely on a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair, you'll want to swap your plastic one for a smooth and sturdy wooden comb. Yes, I said a wooden comb! Check out a few of the benefits of a wooden comb below.

  1. If you have sensitive scalp then wooden combs can prevent bruising or scraping of your scalp.
  2. Wooden combs prevent your hair from drying out because it helps to distribute oil from your scalp to hair. The sebum that’s produced on the scalp is distributed throughout the length which prevents your scalp from getting greasy.
  3. Wood has the property to not conduct electricity so it prevents damage from static electricity.
  4. For long hair, wooden combs are best because they evenly distribute hair oils in the length. Your hair appears shiny just from a few comb throughs.


Where to Buy Your Wooden Comb

The Body Shop has a great detangling wooden comb for R65.00. Visit The Body Shop and pick one up!

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I did it! I completed the #ChangeYourSkin 28 Day Challenge with Kiehl's and Beauty Bulletin. I have to say that my skin is thanking me for sticking to one routine for 4 weeks. I've learned a lot about my skin and as a result, I will definitely be keeping these #SuperSerums in my skincare arsenal from now on. Check out my results below.

 

I have seen a major improvement in my skins moisture retention as well as the texture. I'm still having hormonal breakouts and I don't believe that products could do anything about that. In terms of hyper pigmentation, I believe that it will take longer than 28 days of consistent use to change my skin. The good news is that I have a ton of the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution left, and I think this will lessen my dark spots in the following months.


All of the #SuperSerums are keepers, the Midnight Recover Concentrate takes the cake. I get the best nights sleep when I deeply inhale this oil and then apply with in a circular motion. Not to mention that my skin is so soft and dewy in the morning. I'm not letting go of the concentrate. You can't make me!

Overall I am pleased with my results, but if you want to read all the reviews on all three of the #SuperSerums, follow these links below:


http://www.beautybulletin.com/face-and-body/eye-creamsserums/kiehl-s-midnight-recovery-concentrate
Hair
We’re sharing our favourite DIY hair-care recipes from @HealthyHairGuru. Kavuli Nyali-Binase of goodhairdiaries.com shares her homemade deep conditioner recipe and it's the perfect way to winter-proof your hair.

Click here to read the whole article on DestinyConnect.com - http://www.destinyconnect.com/2015/07/14/hair-care-recipe-home-made-deep-conditioner/ 

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THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED REVIEW




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Product Name:
Monoi Oil Nourishing Shampoo

Product Ingredients:
Water, sodium C14-16 Olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, hydrolyzed Keratin.

Product Description:
Hit the snooze button and give your hair a tropical vacation with Hask Monoi Oil Nourishing Shampoo. Infused with softening Monoi Oil, a blend of Tahitian gardenias and coconut oil, to hydrate and strengthen, this shampoo gently cleanses leaving even the most lifeless locks refreshed and revived. Ideal for all hair types. Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, alcohol and artificial colors.

Product Directions:
Apply to wet hair. Massage into a lather, rinse thoroughly and repeat if desired. Ideal for daily use. For best results, use the Hask Monoi Oil system.

My Review:
The entire line of products smells like a tropical vacation. I'm absolutely in love! This shampoo is an opaque colour, and I find that one wash is all I need. If I have a ton of product residue, I'll do a second wash for good measure. It doesn't leave my hair feeling like straw and has a medium lather. I love this shampoo and it can stay in the rotation!
5 out 5 combs!



Product Name:
Monoi Oil Nourishing Conditioner

Product Ingredients:
Water, Ccetyl alcohol, cetrimonium chloride, behentrimonium chloride, isopropyl palmitate.

Product Description:
Hit the snooze button and give your hair a tropical vacation with Hask Monoi Oil Nourishing Conditioner. Infused with softening Monoi Oil, a blend of Tahitian gardenias and coconut oil, to hydrate and strengthen, this conditioner helps protect against damage by softening and strengthening, leaving even the most lifeless and frayed hair soft, smooth and detangled. Ideal for all hair types. Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors.

Product Directions:
Apply to wet hair. Leave on for 1-2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Ideal for daily use. For best results, use the Hask Monoi Oil system.

My Review:
I use this conditioner in 3 ways.

1. As a conditioner - It has very little slip but I still manage to detangle with minimal hair loss.

2. As a cowash - It's really great as a cowash, and it leaves my hair incredibly soft.

3. As a leave in - It gets the curls popping. What can I say? My hair remains soft for the entire week with this stuff. I just use a little water to deactivate once in a while.
3 out of 5 combs


Product Name:
Monoi Oil Nourishing Shine Oil

Product Description:
Hit the snooze button and give your hair a tropical vacation with Hask Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Shine Oil. This lightweight, alcohol-free oil instantly absorbs to provide beautiful shine with no oily residue. Monoi oil, a blend of Tahitian gardenias and coconut oil, helps hydrate and strengthen, leaving all hair types nourished, moisturized and revived. Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and drying alcohol.

Product Directions:
Can be used on both wet and dry hair to create a silky, smooth finish. Apply a coin-sized amount evenly throughout hair, avoiding the root area. Style as desired. For best results, use the Hask Monoi Coconut Oil system.

My Review:
I laughed at this little vial of oil when I first purchased it. "My hair will drink this whole bottle up in 2 days!" Boy was I wrong. This oil is Thick! Think castor oil thick but with a heavenly smell. I apply this right over my leave in and it keeps frizz at bay, not to mention that I get a great shine as well. I would prefer a pump because I'm always paranoid that I might spill it. Otherwise, I don't have a complaint.
4 out of 5 combs





I need more hair products like I need another whole in my head, but I would encourage everyone to go and buy these products at your local Clicks Pharmacy. I got mine during a buy 3 pay for 2 sale. It was pricey at a little over R200 but I don't regret it.

I want to try the Argan and Macademia oil line next!


Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!
I can't believe that 3 weeks have gone by so fast! There hasn't been any changes to my skin from last week, so I've decided to give you a quick recap and tell you about the new Kiehl's products I've started using.


START OF CHALLENGE 


WEEK 1

WEEK 2

I'll be giving you my final results next week when the challenge ends. In the meantime, check out this weeks favourite #SuperSerum.


The Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate is favourite product this week. I love to apply this serum straight after a steamy shower. My skin absorbs all the goodness and remains hydrated for the entire day. The best part is safe for all skin types. Even pregnant folks can use it!

Stay tuned for my final skin update next week!



THE HOW-TO SESSIONS BY MIZANI

Watch the video by clicking here --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRL4C7PfScM

THE POMPADOUR
Mizani teaches you how to achieve this popular style on natural hair.




STEP 1: Section the front of your hair from temple to temple. 

STEP 2: Warm up a small amount of Mizani Edge Taming Gel (R193) in your hands and apply to the back section of the hair to tame flyaways

STEP 3: Using the back section, create a tucked-in ponytail at the crown.

STEP 4: Apply a small amount of True Textures Moisture Stretch (R192) to the front section to smooth the hair while adding moisture.

STEP 5: Use your fingers to backcomb the hair for added volume, and then tie the top using a hairband. Secure any loose hair with open pins. 

STEP 6: Finish with Shyne Bodifying Sheen Spray (R292) for natural shine.