The Au Naturale Challenge

I am currently starting a year long challenge that involves the use of 100% natural products. Recently I have noticed that commercial products do little to nothing for my hair so I am now giving mother nature a try. If anyone is interested can you please list the oils and butters you use and their purposes in your regimen. You can also documnet your journey through pictures and videos(if they will post). Don't forget to post your starting date. Feel free to modify this challenge at your discresion. I started on October 7, 2012.
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Good luck!!!!!!!!!! I use naturally styling products, but still use a commercial shampoo and conditioners. Do you plan on making your own stuff, or you plan on buying products from health food stores etc?
I am planning on doing a combination of both. I want to make flaxseed gel and whipped shea butter but I will mostly purchase things from health food stores and amazon. Have you tried the terresentials hair wash/mud?
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No, I have not tried it. Is it good?

What is your whipped shea butter recipe?
Not yet however it is an all natural product and I have heard many great reviews on it. As for my whipped shea receipe I like to keep it simple. I don't measure but I will list the ingredient in the order I use them. I usually use roughly half the amount of the previous oil.
Shea Butter
Cocounut Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Castor Oil
5 drops of Lavender EO

What is your whipped receipe?
ooh this is good, i did this last year for a month it was great, took a little while for my hair to get used to it but when i did i havent really gone back. a few times ive tried gel or hair spray since then, but my normal routine is as natural as i can be. i only use condish and a low poo that i buy. but they are also really natural no chemicals. other then that i use lots of oils and herbs and rinses. whats your routine?

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494
That's great! I have also noticed that my hair is retainning more moisture and length in the past few weeks that I have been using this method. What are some of your staple natural products?
my hair loves loves loves oils and herbal vinegar rinses. i have a large collection of oils though my favs are argan oil and coconut oil. i cant seem to over dose on them two, doesnt matter how much i use, i dont wash it out though my hair seems to soak it up like nothing else.
i try to do this once a week or when my hair needs nohting else. its a herbal rinse with a splash vinegar. it depends on what kind of herbs ive got at home, and whats in season. but what ive tried and tested: sage, rosemary, comfry, nettle, lavender, peppermints, tea, marshmallow fresh rose pettles.... right now im useing: sage, marshmallow root and tea, black or green tea what ever i have. i boil it like im making a cup of tea, and let it sit and cool. then i strain it and add a splash vinegar and use that as a final rinse. the smell goes away as it drys my hair LOVES this. i also message it into my scalp a bit, helps clean and with hard water build up.

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494
I'm not a mixtress, but I do like to support companies that provide organic products without chemicals I'd rather be without (silicones, propylene glycol, parabens, etc). Right now my routine is mostly Aubrey Organics, Shea Moisture, henna, and coconut oil with amla powder as a prepoo. I'm getting some Oyin Handmade samples soon, as well as an Ayurvedic powder hair wash. Lovin' this thread!

The one thing I'm missing is an all-natural cleansing conditioner... (Using L'Oreal currently.) We'll see if the Ayurvedic powder woos me. I just like washing with something that has slip, and I like something stronger than a regular cowash.
|| 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone

Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength


Last edited by poemaXX; 10-31-2012 at 11:25 AM.
I'm not a mixtress, but I do like to support companies that provide organic products without chemicals I'd rather be without (silicones, propylene glycol, parabens, etc). Right now my routine is mostly Aubrey Organics, Shea Moisture, henna, and coconut oil with amla powder as a prepoo. I'm getting some Oyin Handmade samples soon, as well as an Ayurvedic powder hair wash. Lovin' this thread!

The one thing I'm missing is an all-natural cleansing conditioner... (Using L'Oreal currently.) We'll see if the Ayurvedic powder woos me. I just like washing with something that has slip, and I like something stronger than a regular cowash.
Originally Posted by poemaXX
I agree I am completely staying away from products that ingredients sound like they would be used in a chemistry lab
my hair loves loves loves oils and herbal vinegar rinses. i have a large collection of oils though my favs are argan oil and coconut oil. i cant seem to over dose on them two, doesnt matter how much i use, i dont wash it out though my hair seems to soak it up like nothing else.
i try to do this once a week or when my hair needs nohting else. its a herbal rinse with a splash vinegar. it depends on what kind of herbs ive got at home, and whats in season. but what ive tried and tested: sage, rosemary, comfry, nettle, lavender, peppermints, tea, marshmallow fresh rose pettles.... right now im useing: sage, marshmallow root and tea, black or green tea what ever i have. i boil it like im making a cup of tea, and let it sit and cool. then i strain it and add a splash vinegar and use that as a final rinse. the smell goes away as it drys my hair LOVES this. i also message it into my scalp a bit, helps clean and with hard water build up.
Originally Posted by Fmasuhr

Sounds great I will definatly have try the vinegar rinses

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