You keep spending money on hair and skin products that suck.
A conditioner that fails to leave your hair in top condition. A sugar scrub that makes you almost slip and fall in the bathtub. Unimpressive toner, and shampoo that leaves your tresses coated with residue. What’s a bella to do?
Instead of getting all kids of pissed off or spending your hard-earned cash on expensive products to replace the ones that disappointed you in the first place, turn to your kitchen pantry. Take some advice from Anita Grant – as a self-described mixtress, she knows exactly what kitchen finds and spice cupboard staples can help fix your beauty blues.
When I interviewed Anita, she gave me fantastic ideas of at-home beauty remedies. Here are the items she says any bella should have on hand for easy beauty fixes.
- Honey heated and mixed with Olive oil makes a great hot oil treatment
- Sugar massaged onto wet or damp skin & scalp to exfoliate and adds moisture to rough skin
- Extra virgin olive oil can be used all over the body — to moisturize skin and hair.
- Sea Salt as an exfoliant
- Baking soda multi purpose
- Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory great for skin conditions including: eczema, psoriasis and acne plus it can also be used as a natural hair dye.
- Flaxseeds to make hair gel
- Fenugreek soaked in water makes a nice hair conditioner
- REAL coconut water from the coconut to use as a final conditioning hair rinse or as a dry skin toner.
- Dry Shredded Coconut is a good exfoliant
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) skin toner & removes build up
Anita gave me so many tips, I haven’t tried them all yet.
Some surprised me — where I come from, coconut water is served straight from the nut, and we drink it because it’s soooooo refreshing (I LOVE a fresh, cold, coconut water, and drinkers in Trinidad love nothing better than a strong scotch and coconut water), and contains lots of electrolytes, so it’s often given to convalescents and people recovering from stomach or immunity issues. I’m not sure if I’d use it on my hair or skin for the sole reason that I prefer to guzzle it down as is!
Many of Anita’s recommendations are Caribbean staples, including Irish Moss, which we know and love as sea moss in Trinidad. I’ve only ever drank it as a thick and delicious healthy smoothie, but apparently it can also be used for my skin and hair! Awesome!
I personally have used brown sugar as an in-shower exfoliant for my skin and scalp. Mixed with a teaspoon of olive or hemp oil, it makes a delightful scrub. I got a big, fab bottle of hemp oil at my neighborhood Wild Oats for a mere $8– marked down from $14! For those of you concerned about the illicit implications, fret not — this oil contains no THC, and has a high level of essential Omega 3 oils (just ask Dr. Andrew Weil. I use it in cooking, and for sugar scrub purposes.
Apple cider vinegar makes a huge difference for afrobellas with hair build-up problems, and it’s one of the easiest at-home beauty recipes out there. Just add two teaspoons to 2 cups of water to rinse the buildup from your congested curls.
For loads more recipes, check out Motown Girl’s recipe page.
Do you have any favorite at-home beauty secrets? Do tell, bellas!