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End of Summer Hair Tips | Hibiscus & Herbal Hair Rinse Recipe

hair rinseEnd of Summer Hair Tips | Hibiscus & Herbal Hair Rinse

Summer can wreak havoc on our hair between swimming in chlorinated water to more exposure to the sun’s rays. Luckily there are some easy ways we can take extra care of our hair to keep our locks healthy and vibrant and repair any damage that may have already been done. Read on for some end of summer hair tips and a recipe for a hair rinse.

Reduce Heat Styling

Heat styling can really dry out and fry your locks. With warmer weather it is much easier to go heat styling free by letting your hair dry naturally. Naturally wavy hair can be created by using a sea-salt spray, scrunching hair when wet and then (most important) keep your hands off to prevent frizz. For more resources on taking care of natural hair check out our ebook: Naturally Textured Hair: Straight, Wavy, Kinky, Coily, Curly and our blog on Curly Hair Types.

Protect Your Hair

The sun’s rays can not only burn our skin, but can also cause damage to our hair. The best way to protect your hair from the sun is to wear hats, scarves, or bandanas. Applying a deep conditioner and/or hair mask is another great way to add moisture and nourishment.

Beat the Frizz

Warm weather and high humidity are a recipe for major frizz. Hair oils are a great option to not only tame frizz but to promote soft and shiny hair. Read more about hair oils here. Also switching to a wide tooth comb instead of a brush can help minimize frizz and promote natural curl. Many people also swear by this brush as it easily gets out tangles and does not cause split ends or breakage.

Hair Rinse

A hair rinse is a great way to add shine and revitalize your hair from summer.

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Hibiscus & Herbal Hair Rinse Recipe

For this hair rinse, choose herbs that are excellent for hair such as rosemary, thyme, and mint, etc. Fresh herbs from the garden are great to use, otherwise dried can also be used.

Ingredients:

  • small handful of herbs
  • hibiscus or other flowers (such as calendula, lavender, rose, etc.)
  • 8 ounces of hot water

Directions:

Steep herbs and flowers in hot water and cool to room temperature. Strain out herbs and flowers.

Pour the rinse onto the hair. Allow the rinse to set on the hair for few minutes then rinse off (optional).
Tip: Wash and condition hair first and then apply the rinse. Leave rinse on and allow to dry on hair. Place the rinse in the refrigerator and do a cool rinse. It is very soothing to the scalp.
Note: most fresh hibiscus flowers doesn’t add color to the water but dried hibiscus immediately colors the water. Add some dried hibiscus for a beautiful pink to red color.

Natural Hair Care Products

Finding natural hair care products specific to your hair needs can be difficult. Our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course provides over 30 formulations on shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, masks, mists, serums, co-wash, pomade, styling gel, etc.

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Hair Masks | Soft & Silky Hair Mask Recipe

hair maskHair Masks | Soft & Silky Hair Mask Recipe

Hair masks adds nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair and helps to repair damaged hair, add manageability and promote smooth and shiny hair. Read on to learn more about how to use a hair mask and for our Soft & Silky Hair Mask recipe.

Masks can be emulsions, clay masks, herbal masks or fresh masks. Masks are left on the hair for a few minutes before rinsing from the hair for maximum benefit of the nutrients onto the hair.

Fresh Hair Masks

Avocados

Bananas

Coconut Yogurt

Coconut Milk

Hemp Milk

Almond Milk

Plant-Based Mayonnaise

How to use a Hair Mask
Depending on the type of hair mask, these are the general instructions. Some hair masks should be followed by shampoo and conditioner.

  1.    Shampoo hair and squeeze out excess water.
  2.    Apply hair mask onto wet hair.
  3.    For split ends apply generous amount on ends, for damaged hair apply to entire hair.
  4.    Put shower cap or towel over hair.
  5.    Leave mask on for 5-20 minutes depending on mask.
  6.    Rinse hair thoroughly removing all traces of mask.
  7.   Apply mask once a week to once a month.

Tips for Formulating Hair Mask

Use smooth powders in hair masks such as fruit powders. Test the smoothness by adding a small dab of fruit powder into the palm of your hand, moisten fruit powder with water and rub into your palm. It should feel smooth with no rough residue so it doesn’t stick to the hair.

Soft and Silky Hair Mask Recipe

This hair mask is soothing to the scalp and leaves the hair soft, silky and shiny. Plant-based yogurt soothes the scalp and relieves itchiness and adds moisture and protein leaving the hair soft and silky. Spirulina is a super food, an algae, a nutrient rich dense food adding nutrients and bringing vitality to hair. Double the recipe for thick, textured and long hair.

  • 1/4 cup plant-based yogurt (soy or almond) *see note
  • 1/4 teaspoon or 1 capsule powdered spirulina (blue or green, I used blue)

optional: 1-2 drops plant oil (avocado, argan, coconut, sunflower, baobab, moringa, marula, almond, broccoli or olive oil) *see note

optional: add 1 drop lavender essential oil or chamomile essential oil

  1. Mix ingredients making sure the spirulina is dissolved.
  2. Apply mask onto wet or dry hair with a brush or your hands. Do a scalp massage.
  3. Allow the mask to sit on the hair for 2-5 minutes. Wash mask off, shampoo and condition the hair.

Note:
-Use cold plant-based yogurt to soothe the scalp.
-I first apply the mask to my scalp and top of my head and then mix in 1 drop plant oil and apply the mask to the ends of my hair as my hair easily absorbs oil and oil weighs down my hair.

Are you interested in developing your own hair care products? Check out:
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Ingredient Spotlight | Cupuacu Butter

cupuacu butterIngredient Spotlight | Cupuacu Butter

Our ingredient spotlight today is on cupuacu butter. Have you heard of cupuacu butter?  Cupuacu butter is from the cupuacu tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest by cold-pressing the seeds of the fruit. It is related to the cacao tree and has been used to make white chocolate. It is also very nourishing and a soft emollient when used in body care products.

Nourishing & Anti-Aging

Cupuacu butter is high in antoxidants, essential fatty acids, and phytosterols, a compound found in plants, that has been found to have anti-aging properties and is highly nourishing. Cupuacu butter can be used to treat dry and damaged skin as it encourages new collagen production. Cupuacu butter is also very hydrating and is able to retain water in your skin.

Vegan & Cruelty-Free Beauty

Cupuacu butter is a great vegan/plant-based alternative to lanolin. Lanolin comes from the glands of wool-bearing animals (mainly sheep) and is often used in body care products meant for deep nourishment. Cupuacu butter actually provides superior skin hydration compared to lanolin and it does not cause skin irritation that many receive as a result from using products containing lanolin. On another note, many consumers are wanting products that are vegan and cruelty-free when it comes to animal treatment. In fact, Google highlights vegan skin care as an important trend with searches for it growing over 80% each year! Learn more about vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics here.

Uses of Cupuacu Butter in Body Care Products

We use cupuacu butter in several of the formulas in the Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course; Camu Camu Cream, Cupuacu Body Butter.  These are some of our favorite formulas that are highly moisturizing. The uses of cupuacu butter in body care products is endless! With it’s nourishing, smoothing and anti-aging properties, cupuacu butter can be used in a variety of products including:

  • Lip balm
  • Body butter/balm
  • Leave-in Hair Conditioner
  • Anti-Aging Skin Toner
  • Sun protectant
  • Anti-inflammatory

Cupuacu Butter Resources

When purchasing ingredients for skin and hair care products, it is important you are getting a high quality product that is responsibly sourced.

At Joan Morais Naturals we recommend the following supplier:

Essential Wholesale

Interested in making your own natural skin and hair care products using cupuacu butter and other specialty natural ingredients? Check out the online courses

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Cosmetic Formulating Blog Series | Testing the Formula

Cosmetic Formulating Blog Series | Testing the Formula

Now that we went over some of the basics of cosmetic formulating and how to build the formula, let’s go over testing the formula. Cosmetic formulation testing is an important step before going to market with your final product.

Adjusting the Formula

It is rare that you will have the exact product you want on your first try. Formulating is all about tweaking your formula till you get it exactly how you want it. It takes a lot of patience. Don’t get discouraged if it is not turning out how you want, as it may just take a little tweak to get it exactly where you want it!

When making changes to the formula, it is important you only make one adjustment at a time. It can be tempting to make several changes at once, but then you will not know which adjustment produced what kind of change. It is also important to allow time for the formulation to settle. Sometimes scents can take time to evolve and waxes to firm up.

pH Testing

pH stands for “potential for hydrogen” and is the system to measure acid and alkaline. Neutral pH is 7, anything below 7 is acidic and anything above 7 is alkaline. Water has a neutral pH. The more acidic or alkaline a product is, the more it will cause irritation to the skin. Generally the pH level for body and skin care products should be between 4.5- 6.0 and for hair care products between 4.0- 6.0.

There are a couple different ways one can test for pH. There are pH strips that are easy to use. The strips will give a range instead of the exact pH. A pH meter on the other hand will give you the exact pH and is more accurate. You will likely need to adjust the pH of your product and you can do this with natural ingredients.

Sample Labeling

It is important for you to keep excellent records and label your sample with several key information. This includes the date it was made, type of product, pH, and a reference number that links to the formulation in your lab notebook to refer to for more detailed information. That way you can return to your sample over the next several months to test its stability. You should test the pH, notice the scent and how it has evolved, and if there has been any separation or discoloration.

Testing for Bacteria, Yeast and Mold

Any product that contains water will need to be tested for bacteria, yeast and mold. There are different ways  to test your product.

Plate counts test if there is bacteria, yeast and mold in your sample. It will not tell you how long your preservation system will be effective.

Challenge testing is performed at at one month or two months. Millions of bacteria, yeast and mold will be injected into the product and it will determine if your preservation system is effective.

Stability Testing will test how your product reacts to very hot and cold temperatures.

Testing and Preservation Resources

It is very important to test your product and not only for the stability of the skin or hair care product, but also for bacteria, yeast and mold, and if the preservation system is effective. At Joan Morais Naturals we provide extensive information on testing and preserving your body and hair care products naturally and effectively in our professional product making courses. For information on these courses check out the following:

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course

Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course

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Cosmetic Formulating Blog Series | Formulating Basics

cosmetic formulating

Cosmetic Formulating Blog Series | Formulating Basics

Have you been making your own skin and/or hair care products? Or do you aspire to make your own? Developing a good, basic formula is a must. Cosmetic Formulating can be very confusing and overwhelming. At Joan Morais Naturals we have two in-depth courses on developing your own professional natural skin or hair care products. In these courses you will learn all about cosmetic formulating. In this blog series we will be exploring some of the basics about cosmetic formulating- what is it, how to build a formula, and testing your formulations.

Formulating Basics

The formula is basically your “blueprint” on how to make your product. It will include the percentages of the ingredients and specific instructions, the procedure on how to manufacture the formulation. Prior to building your formula, you should do research on the ingredients your using, their effect on the skin and hair and how they interact with other ingredients in the formula.

You will also need to decide your vision for your products. Do you want it to be organic, natural, and/or cruelty-free? While there is no specific definition for what is “natural” according to the cosmetic industry, there is a lot of information available on what can be considered “natural” etc. Do your research and develop your definition of natural to better clarify the ingredients you won’t allow in the formulation and the ones you will allow. There are standards for organic cosmetics that must be followed.

Understanding Measurements

There are two different ways to measure ingredients- by volume or weight. Volume is using a liquid measuring cup and adding the ingredient to the cup. Weight is weighing the ingredient on the scale. You will also need to decide to measure in grams or ounces. Having accurate measurements is very important in order for you to replicate and have a consistent product. It is also important that you have reliable and accurate tools for measuring that will be consistent in your measurements. You also must pay attention to detail and make sure to write everything down in your lab notebook! Often you think you will remember, but you can easily forget!

Know Your Ingredients

As mentioned previously, it is very important to know your ingredients. You should know the purpose of each ingredient and how it looks, feels and smells. Also, how do your ingredients blend together? Do they have synergy? Synergy is when the whole is greater than the individual parts. When your ingredients are combined together, they should create a superior product.

Making Professional Natural Skin and Hair Care Products

As you can see, a lot goes into building a formula and all of this is before you even start putting your ingredients together. Some people just like to jump right in by experimenting with different combination of ingredients. There is nothing wrong with this method, however it is important for you to obtain the knowledge you need to produce a professionally-grade natural skin or hair care product. At Joan Morais Naturals, we offer two courses on making your own professional natural products. We have our Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course and our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course.  In these courses you will learn all about formulating, including more in-depth information on natural, organic, and cruelty-free cosmetics, how to measure with accuracy and consistency, and in-depth information on natural and organic ingredients and developing a synergy in your products.

Enrollment for our Spring 2018 our Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course and our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course is happening NOW! Joan Morais will be mentoring these courses and they will include weekly module overviews where you can ask your questions on formulating and more! Enrollment for the Spring 2018 session ends on Friday, March 9th, 2018.

Have questions on our courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for our Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course and our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course or feel free to email us.

Join us for our next blog post as we go over building your formula!