Love Natural Sunshine has moved to www.lovenaturalsunshine.com
Love the tumblr blog? No worries, it will still stay here. However, the tumblr will ONLY post photos.
Visit www.lovenaturalsunshine.com for recipes, body & natural hair care tips, and product reviews.
Bloglovin followers: You will receive post from the new blog automatically.

Love Natural Sunshine has moved to www.lovenaturalsunshine.com

Love the tumblr blog? No worries, it will still stay here. However, the tumblr will ONLY post photos.

Visit www.lovenaturalsunshine.com for recipes, body & natural hair care tips, and product reviews.

Bloglovin followers: You will receive post from the new blog automatically.

Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub Recipe

Try this seasonal treat: an all natural lip scrub made from a few ingredients in your kitchen like brown sugar, honey, and of course pumpkin spice!

Benefits of the Lip Scrub
Brown Sugar: gently exfoliates skin naturally
Honey: nourishes and softens skin, filled with antioxidants that fight aging (source)

Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub Recipe
1 tble Honey (raw or wildflower)
1/2 tble Brown Sugar
1/8 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl with a spoon. Using your pointer finger or a q-tip apply the lip scrub to your lips. Massage gently. Rinse with cool water and wipe lips with a face cloth. Repeat steps as needed.

For extra exfoliation: add 1/2 tble more of Brown sugar.
For extra hydration: leave scrub on for 1-2 min before rinsing.

Love Natural Sunshine will now be featuring DIY recipes and information about caring for your body naturally in addition to natural hair care. Stay tuned for upcoming posts! 
What DIY recipes are you most interested in for body care?
Zoom Info
Love Natural Sunshine will now be featuring DIY recipes and information about caring for your body naturally in addition to natural hair care. Stay tuned for upcoming posts! 
What DIY recipes are you most interested in for body care?
Zoom Info

Love Natural Sunshine will now be featuring DIY recipes and information about caring for your body naturally in addition to natural hair care. Stay tuned for upcoming posts! 

What DIY recipes are you most interested in for body care?

Old Wives Tail SOS Organic Anti-Hair Loss Oil Treatment Review

image

When Old Wives Tail, an online organic hair care shoppe, contacted me about reviewing one of their products, I happily accepted. The owner of Old Wives Tail, Lily, is down to earth and cares about the health of her customer’s hair. The recipes behind Old Wives Tail’s hair products are inspired by Lily’s experiences growing up with her grandma in Portugal who taught her hair care remedies. Old Wives Tail is also against animal testing & 10% of their profits go to charities that protect animals!

SOS Organic Anti-Hair Loss Oil Treatment

The SOS Organic Anti-Hair Loss Oil Treatment is versatile and that’s why I love it! Over the course of a month I was able to incorporate it into my regimen as a pre-poo, scalp massage oil, and an overnight deep conditioner. You can also use it as a hot oil treatment, mix it with your castor oil for an extra boost, or add it to your rinse out conditioner.

Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil.

Made with certified organic ingredients only, paraben free, sulfate free, gluten free, vegan & vegetarian, no animal testing.

Price: 13.99 pounds ($22) No shipping charge! (On sale now for $16).

Size: 100 mil (about 4 oz)

Product Claim: A healthy scalp is vital for healthy hair growth. If you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp just a few drops of SOS will soothe, moisturize and soften your scalp to prevent hair loss.

This 100% organic oil contains natural anti-bacterial agents that soothe and heal scalp infections and remove dead skin cells. SOS has stimulating properties that increase circulation and encourage healthy hair growth.

Fragrance: An energizing and restorative smell. It has a bright and minty peppermint fragrance with a touch of spicy clove.

Consistency/Color: Olive oil yellow, translucent. A very light-weight oil that spreads easily. Light enough to not cause build-up, but heavy enough to penetrate hair strands.

Overall Results: The SOS Organic Anti-Hair Loss Oil Treatment by Old Wives Tail made my natural, kinky hair very soft and malleable. I used it as a pre-poo and put a conditioning cap on for 2-3 hours. Afterwards, my hair was not only soft but strong. I like that this treatment doesn’t make my hair overly soft which can cause it to snap off from an in-balance of moisture and protein.

At night, I used the oil to massage my scalp. The peppermint oil in the treatment stimulated my scalp and did not clog my pores. This oil is light-weight enough for those with fine hair but penetrates enough for those with thick hair.

I highly recommend leaving it in overnight with a conditioning cap, especially if you have thick hair. I also used it as an overnight deep conditioner. My hair was notably softer, stronger, and had more volume during my washing routine. Overall, I recommend this product!

I give this product 5 sunstars out of 5!

Shipping & Handling/Customer Service: Products ship at no cost from England! If you live in the United States, like I do, keep this in mind when ordering and give a little extra time for product to get to you.  

**All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I use all reviewed products over a minimum of 30 days before posting reviews. 

6 Reasons You Keep Having Split Ends

image

Got the split ends blues? Read these tips to know why your split ends keep coming back and how to stop them from returning.

1. You comb your hair too much. Combing your hair too frequently can cause damage a.k.a. split ends. Try finger detangling instead.

2. You don’t deep condition enough. Proper deep conditioning is crucial for maintaining moisturized, healthy hair. Hair that has a balance of moisture and protein is less susceptible to breakage.

3. You use too many bobby pins. While a great asset to hairstyles, bobby pins that are used to pin up ends of the hair can causing snagging and breakage. Try doing styles that don’t require bobby pins.

4. You don’t trim your hair regularly. When you find a split end or fairy knot, cut it off. Avoiding trims won’t help you in the long run. In fact, not trimming will prevent length retention.

5. You use too many protein products. Although products or treatments with proteins (keratin, henna) add strength to your hair, without a proper balance of moisture, your hair can become brittle.

6. You aren’t lubricating your ends. Always treat your ends with care, putting the heaviest amount of product on them to keep them happy, conditioned, and strong.

photo courtesy of k is for kinky

How do you plan to prevent split ends?

10 Dos and Don’ts for Natural Hair in the Fall

image

Keep these tips in mind when you care for your natural hair this fall.

  1. Do deep condition your hair regularly. Deep conditioning ensures that your natural hair remains moisturized. Moisturized hair is less susceptible to breakage and split ends.
  2. Do style your hair in protective hairstyles to protect your ends
  3. Don’t wear woolen hats, caps, or beanies as they will cause dryness
  4. Do eat healthy amounts of vegetables, fish like salmon, and fruits
  5. Do take a multivitamin, biotin, or Omega 3 supplement to aid in hair growth. (Always consult your doctor before taking a supplement)
  6. Do hot oil treatments regularly to prevent dry scalp and dandruff
  7. Don’t neglect to wash your hair regularly as this cleans clogged pores which prevent hair growth
  8. Do use a microfiber towel, old T-shirt, or pillow case to dry your hair after washing
  9. Don’t forget to moisturize your edges or any part of your hair exposed to the weather. Condition your hair with heavy creams and butters.
  10. Do use a humidifier to keep moisture in the air in your house. You can also steam your hair regularly for extra conditioning.

How do you plan to take care your natural hair this fall?

Recipe: Nettle Leaf & Lemon Balm Tea Hair Rinse

image

Drinking herbal teas is a great way to provide your body and natural hair with essential nutrients from the inside out. You can drink herbal tea along with your breakfast or after dinner regularly to improve the health of your body and kinky hair. The great thing about herbal teas is that because they are natural you can use them as a daily drink or a natural hair tea rinse.

This nourishing Nettle Leaf & Lemon Balm tea from Mary Banducci of Sweet Roots features herbs like oatstraw and horsetail which contain vitamins ideal for strong, healthy natural hair.

  • Nettle leaf: “excellent source of vitamin A and K, calcium, iron, and chlorophyll”
  • Lemon Balm: “helps calm and soothe the nervous system”
  • Oatstraw: “high in calcium and magnesium and helps to maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails”
  • Horsetail: “high in silica and calcium and promotes strong nails and bones”
  • Raspberry leaf: “contains calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, vitamins B, C, E”

Read More

Dear Love Natural Sunshine: What is Your Natural Hair Routine?

As requested, I am sharing my natural hair routine that I use for my 4b, kinky, fine hair.

at0micbl0g writes…

“Can you post ur regimen and products u use?”

I usually update my hair care regimen monthly based on my hair’s current needs and my hair care goals. For my current routine I wash my hair every two weeks (14 days).

The Washing Routine

  1. I pre-poo with sesame seed oil. This is a highly-nutrient oil that makes my hair stronger and soft.
  2. I wash with either Terressentials Mud Wash OR Chagrin Valley Babassu Marshmallow Shampoo Bar. I alternate between the two monthly because the bentonite clay in the Mud Wash can be drying when used over long periods of time. Read about how I store my shampoo bar.
  3. I rinse my hair with a mixture of ½ cup Aloe Vera Juice and ½ cup cold distilled/filtered water OR if my hair needs extra clarifying, I rinse my hair with ¼ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and ½ cup of cold distilled/filtered water.

The Styling Routine

  1. I apply grape seed oil to my freshly washed hair and scalp
  2. I use the “Satin Braid Out” method to set my hair overnight
  3. The next day I moisturize my hair with Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Cream. This leaves my hair soft and malleable
  4. I style my hair with my Homemade Cream.

Hope this answers any questions! If you would like me to go into further detail on any of these steps in my routine, let me know.

photo courtesy of Coily and Cute

What is your hair care routine?

Herbs, Oils, and Spices Series: Sesame Seed Oil

image

Origin: Sesame seed oil is extracted from sesame seeds, which are “tiny, flat, oval seeds with a nutty taste.” Sesame seeds come in various colors including “white, yellow, black, brown, and red.” Sesame seed oil is traditionally used in Asian and Indian cooking.

Botanical name: Sesamun indicum

Characteristics: Moderately oil to the touch, strong, nutty aroma, dark brown color

Benefits for hair: Sesame seed oil is high in many nutrients and vitamins that aid in healthy kinky hair including magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and zinc. Sesame seed oil strengthens the hair cuticle and naturally increases elasticity. Sesame seed oil is also resistant to going rancid easily.

  • Nourishes dry, brittle hair
  • Protects hair from harmful UV rays
  • Heals scalp infections; anti-bacterial
  • Prevents dandruff, dry scalp, and fungus
  • Strengths hair from the inside out, improves elasticity

Sesame seed oil is great for fine and coarse naturally kinky hair as it does not weigh fine hair down and provides sheen and “luster” to dry hair.

How to use:

  • Pre-shampoo (pre-poo) treatment
  • Deep Condition with plastic shower cap
  • Apply to scalp and ends of hair after washing

Special Note: Always store oils in cool, dark places like kitchen cabinets. Do not store in the bathroom as this can decrease the shelf life of the oil.

Sources: The World’s Healthiest Foods & Rockin’ it Napptural

photo source: eatseed.com