Saturday, January 28, 2012

Natural haircare for dreadlocks.

I have compiled a few recipes that I use, aside from my Lush Squeaky Green shampoo bar, to maintain my hair. They're all natural and super easy, and they can be used on hair that doesn't have dreads! :D



How to wash your dreads.
Contrary to popular belief and stereotypes, dreadlocks are not ‘dirty’ or smelly, and you CAN wash your hair. That said, avoid washing your tentacles for at least three weeks. I hate getting my hair wet when I shower, so investing if you don’t already own a showercap is a good idea. Dorky headwear is better than wet dreads!
 I will always maintain that you should avoid regular shampoos and conditioners, but you should be wary of them even more so when you have dreadlocks. Regular shampoos and conditioners are chock full of harmful chemicals and synthetics that strip natural oils from hair and leave residues and build up on the hair. This build up can leech into dreads and cause all kinds of trouble, like scalp irritation, itching, or even dread rot!


The best way to wash your dreads is with a dual system of baking soda soaks and apple cider vinegar rinses. Both of these ingredients are easily found, cheap, at most supermarkets.

Baking Soda Soak.
You will need:
- A big bowl or tub. A clean sink would work fine.
- 1/3 to 2/3 cup Baking Soda
- Around 3 litres of warm water
- Fifteen drops each of your preferred oil. (See below about beneficial herbal oils)


How to:
- In a bowl/tub, add the baking soda.
- Pour in the warm water, stirring to break up any clumps and combine well.
- Lean back(you may need assistance and a chair), and submerge your dreads, all the way to your scalp.
- Pick up a good book/comic/zine and lay back for ten to twenty minutes, allowing your dreads to soak. Swish your head around if you wish, but it’s not that necessary.
- Finish up with an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse in the shower.

Beneficial herbal oils:

Lavender: Helps with mustiness or mould issues from improper drying
Tea Tree Oil: Very strong antiseptic, kills germs, helps with dandruff (use sparingly too much will cause dryness and worsen scalp itch.)
Rosemary: Excellent for dandruff
Peppermint (use only a very small amount): Gives a cooling tingling feeling, soothes itches, and clears sinuses (recommend using only a few drops.. try 1-5 till you see how strong you like it)
Thyme: Reduces oiliness
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Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse!
I seriously love Apple Cider Vinegar, it has so many amazing uses; cleaning and refreshing dreadlocks is just one of them! They’re usually done at room temperature, to seal cuticles and maintain a beautiful, natural shine. The hidden benefit of this is if you have colour treated hair, there is less colour run off and a more vibrant colour for longer. Awesome!
Many people wonder about the smell lingering, but the vinegary smell fades as the hair dries.

You will need:
- 1/3 to 2/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar- you can find it in the vinegar/oils section in most supermarkets.
- 2 cups of room temperature water.
*Optional* For a little extra conditioning, stuff a bunch of rosemary into the bottle of vinegar. The oils infuse throughout the vinegar for a lush smell and natural conditioning.

How to:

- Add ACV to water
- Leaning over a sink or the bathtub, position a bowl under your locks to catch the rinse
- You may need someone else to help you, but pour the rinse as close to your scalp as possible, aiming to catch as much rinse as possible in the bowl below.
- Rinse again with the run off for a second helping of ACV goodness.
- Squeeze off excess water and dry hair thoroughly. 

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A friend of mine gave me a super amazing recipe for a lovely spritz that dreadlocks just love- I’ve made it so many times, it’s the best stuff ever. You can also spray it on wet hair and scrunch under the hairdryer for textured, beachy waves ^_^


Happy Dreadlock Spritz
You’ll need:
- A spray bottle
- 2 tbsp sea salt
- 1 cup warm water
- A couple drops of your favourite essential oil. Orange blossom, bergamot and geranium are an amazing combination! Ylang ylang, sandalwood and jasmine is beautiful a recipe for dreamy, sweet smelling hair. Beneficial essential oils can be used, too :)


How to:
- Dissolve salt in the water. Add essential oils.
- Put in the bottle, spritz over dreads lightly to refresh and revitalize your locks :)

Happy hair-doing!

xx

Z

Friday, January 27, 2012

Vegan One Minute Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake.

That title is a bit of a mouthful! But you read correctly; a rich chocolate cake that cooks in a minute, in your microwave and is all mixed, cooked and eaten from a mug! Best of all? It's vegan! There's no excuse!

The only photo I managed to get of the cake before I inhaled it. So delish!

You will need:
- 4 tablespoons of self raising flour
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- A hearty pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (mine worked with melted margarine just fine, though)
- 2 tablespoons of water

How to:
- Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly in the mug, making sure you scrape down the bottom of the mug. There's nothing worse than surprise flour pockets, especially in cakes!
- Add the wet ingredients and mix well, again checking to scrape down the bottom of the mug.
- Pop in the microwave and zap it for around a minute on high.
- And viola! Delish, super quick, super fresh cake time! I drizzled a bit of maple syrup on top, because I'm a sweet tooth, but it's perfect on its own. I kind of want to serve it with some vegan friendly ice cream next time :O

Enjoy!
xx

Z

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cyberbullying.

The term 'cyberbullying' is often associated with high school and cliquey teens, but truthfully, it can happen to anyone. To be frank, and probably a bit naive, but I thought name calling and rumour spreading was something that finished with school.

Whether or not you know who it is, direct or passive aggressive, it's not a pleasant experience. Knowing that someone took time out of their day to send negativity and nastiness is pretty disheartening, even at times for the thickest of skins.

I abhor the notion that there are people out there who revel in abusing portals such as anonymous messaging for the purposes of being vindictive, accusatory and untruthful. If you've experienced something similar, you need to know, it's something that can be stopped. Before I continue, I really must stress the importance of telling someone. It's difficult, and it can feel like it's something that you should be ashamed of, but it's really not. Talking to someone you trust really helps relieve the pressure and stress that something like this can place on you, both mentally and emotionally. You're not alone, and you don't have to be silent.

Unfortunately, part of having a life online is you're going to encounter people you do not agree with, it's a fact of life, but sometimes people can take it too far. Anonymous messaging is a blessing and a curse, and while the temptation of receiving cute messages is sweet, it's just not worth the portal it gives douchebags into contacting you + affecting your life.
It's hard, but just don't give them the satisfaction of knowing that they got to you. There is simply no point in trying to clarify any lies; they are just using them to illicit a reaction they can draw some kind of humour from.
Don't dignify their silliness with an answer, simply ignore or delete the messages and get on with your day.

Disable anonymous messaging if you have to. You do not have to give people who do not wish you well the access to your life they obviously crave. People who cannot stand behind their convictions and accusations are not people worth hearing from.

My new years resolution was multi-faceted, but a part of it was to finally disable anonymous messaging on all my blogs/online messaging. I don't have to put up with people being awful for the sake of their amusement, and I certainly do not have to be passive about discussing any issues there may be. It's been absolutely wonderful returning to the internet, and coming back to Tumblr is like coming home. I am so blissed out and flattered by all the kind words and support that arose when my arrival was announced.

Okay! Alliteration aside, I hope this rambling provided some kind of prompt to ridding yourselves of unnecessary negativity. 2012 is a new year, it's time for a change!

Namaste!

xx

Z

Launch.

Today is a pretty important day in my own little world. It marks the date at which I finally got off my bottom and launched the beginning of a project I have been working on :D


Aesthetic Sense is a new blog I am writing for, which is aimed at documenting Adelaide style and stylish locations. I hope to avoid the general fashion blog photoroll stereotype, and really show people that there is a side to Adelaide that isn't what you see in dodgy beer commercials. There are amazing minds, artists and beautiful cafes that I just haven't really found anything like in other cities, and I just can't wait to show them to everyone.
I'm happy to be back and writing again, and I can't wait to go get out there and meet fashionable, creative people, pick their brains and use my internet audience to get their faces out there :D
(That sounds way more violent than it actually is O_O)



I'll still be contributing to this blog; in my absence I have been doing a LOT of gardening and have garnered a fair amount of handy information for growing your own eatable/pretty to look at goodies along with loads of other flotsam and jetsam I feel is necessary to be put out into the universe.


Anyhow, I'll leave you with my launch outfit + something that is SUPER easy to replicate. Oversized shirts are  totally boss for summer dresses, and real easy to find at any op shop. I picked this Hugo Boss number up for $4 at the op shop near my house; make sure you suss the men's section!





xx
Z