Sealed! DIY Whipped Butter

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It’s been almost four days since we got Bro’Ham. To say having a dog is a whole different experience doesn’t begin to describe what being a pet parent means.

I have to feed another living being. Every day. He wants affection and reassurance that he’s okay and a good dog. He follows me around. He’s left a layer of dog hair that has broken my clean freak spirit. Two tongue baths (I am still weirded out by that, but another day). And he’s brought me a real sense of peace and calm.

Bro’Ham being here means a lot of handwashing. A lot. And for some reason, terrible static electricity. I know there’s some correlation between ash and getting the shock of life, so I figure now’s a good time to make some whipped butter.

I’d made a batch before and didn’t love the consistency. The recipe added beeswax, which isn’t something I’ve used before. It felt… waxy. It took forever to liquify and was just all around not a good deal.

This time I had the bright idea to substitute coconut oil for the beeswax. The end result is exactly what I wanted: a light, whipped cream that melts and glides on my skin easily. No more welts from all the rubbing.

Whipped Butter

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces shea butter
  • 3 ounces cocoa butter
  • 4 ounces coconut oil

Measure both butters and the coconut oil into heat safe  medium-sized bowl.  Set the bowl in a pan and add enough water to come about halfway up the bowl. Heat on medium-low until melted. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Using a whisk attachment, blend at high speed until frothy, about 1 minute.

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Refrigerate 10 minutes or until just solid.

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Once solid, using beaters, mix on high speed for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until desired consistency. Store in airtight container.

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Beaded Combs + A Bonus

Beaded Combs

This weekend is The Hero’s 20th class reunion. As a fashion-fickle woman, I looked in my closet and realized I had nothing to wear to tonight’s event. Last weekend I went shopping with my fashion guru friend and found a cute dress I loved.

I needed to think about accessories. Luckily, I had the bulk of what I needed, but I wanted to do something cute with my hair. I bought a pack of hair combs from the beauty supply store back when I took the locs out thinking I’d probably use them. They were very… plain and as with all craft projects, I let them sit.

I remembered I had the combs when I was putting my outfit together and decided to jazz them up with some leftover beads. Start to finish, it took me about 30 minutes (including breaks and clean-up).

For the wire-wrapped comb, you’ll need:

  • 1 hair comb
  • 28 gauge wire
  • small beads
  • wire cutters

Beaded Comb

1. Cut a length of wire about 10 times the length of the comb. Wrap the wire around the end of the comb.

Beaded Comb

2. Add two beads to cover the front of the comb, wrap and repeat. When you reach the end, thread a small piece of wire through the back to secure. Clip any remaining wire.

For the glued beaded comb, you’ll need:

  • 1 hair comb
  • small beads
  • seed beads (optional for filler)
  • super glue

Beaded Comb

1. Apply glue to the front of the comb. For following beads, apply glue to comb and the last bead.

2. Place a bead on the glue, making sure to attach to the previous bead. Hold until set and repeat to the end of the comb.

3. To fill in, apply glue to small sections spaces between the beads.

4. Sprinkle seed beads into the glued sections. Allow to dry completely.

As an added bonus, here’s another hair project: painted bobby pins. This one is super easy. I used nail polish to paint my bobby pins the colors in my new dress. It literally took 30 seconds per pair.

Painted Bobby Pins

Rosemary & Sage Hair Tea

Rosemary Sage Hair Tea

The day before my birthday I finished taking down all my locs. It was a seven-day, 50+ hour journey, but well worth it.

Until I washed my hair.

The tugging and pulling from delocking (like how I made up that word?) left me with EXTREMELY thin hair. I don’t know why I didn’t expect that, but I really didn’t expect it. I wanted to cry, but I womaned up and realized that I made a choice and with proper care, my hair would be fine. It was simply time to figure out a regimen that would help me grow the full head of hair I remembered from the pre-loc natural era.

I started researching natural remedies that I could use to help my hair out. I began taking biotin supplements thanks to a post from Jessica on Bows & Sequins. While I can’t say I notice a difference in my hair, my nails are in much better shape. I’m going to assume great things are happening on my head too.

I also read about hair teas. Rosemary and sage are used to promote hair growth. According to Camp Wander, rosemary cleanses, strengthens and nourishes hair follicles and encourages growth.  It will also make my pesky hairline grays less noticeable. Coco & Creme says sage helps stimulate hair growth and also has antibacterial properties. My scalp needs all the help it can get.

I didn’t have either essential oil on hand, but I DID have the herbs and decided to make the hair tea. Instead of using it as a rinse, I put it in a spray bottle to mist my hair when styling my now teeny-weeny afro (TWA). So far, I absolutely love how it makes my hair feel and the scent reminds me of Thanksgiving.

Rosemary & Sage Hair Tea

  • 1 bunch rosemary (about 4 or 5 full sprigs)
  • 1 bunch sage (about 4 or 5 full stalks)
  • 20 ounces distilled or filtered water

1. Combine the water and herbs in a medium pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and boil about 10 minutes.

2. Remove the tea from the heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Once cooled, pour into a jar or spray bottle. You can store extra in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

After using it daily, along with my Curls hair products, here’s now my hair looks today. Ignore the stubborn, thick, straight gray hair that refuses to curl.

Rosemary Sage Hair Tea (3)