DIY SHAMPOO FOR HAIR GROWTH

These days I often find myself considering cutting my lengthy hair. It’s grown so much over the past year, and I can contribute that to three things 1- oil training to the point of only washing my hair every 7-10 days. 2- coconut oil and aloe vera hair mask before each wash 3- using my homemade shampoo for hair growth.

That being said, I want to share my recipe with you! It is super-simple, only a few ingredients, and works WELL. It is a money-saver, too which certainly never hurts! I think that you are all going to love this recipe, and hope that it makes your hair long and healthy!

DIY shampoo for healthy hair & hair growth

1/4 c Dr. Bronner castile soap 

1/2 c water

2 t castor, avocado, or coconut oil 

15 drops of any combination of the following essential oils: peppermint, lavender, sage, frankincense, tea tree, cedarwood, rosemary, thyme. My favorites are peppermint and lavender. Frankincense, cedarwood and sage. Tea tree, cedarwood and frankincense. Lavender, sage, and rosemary.

I add all ingredients to my blender, and blend for about 30 seconds. Pour into a bottle (of any kind, you can even reuse an empty shampoo bottle!). I recommend doing a hair mask prior to washing, which also helps for hair growth by using coconut oil and aloe vera  from roots to ends. Leave it in for as long as you can (you can do coconut oil for a full day before washing).

what kind of castile soap?

I love using castile soap! There are so many great uses, and it makes a great shampoo! My personal favorites for shampoo are tea treeunscented, lavender, and peppermint. I do not add extra of the essential oil when using a scented soap (if I use the tea tree, I don’t add more of that oil into my shampoo.)

I also love that this soap is organic, non-gmo project verified, fair trade (coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and olive oil are all fair trade), vegan, and cruelty-free! You couldn’t ask for a better product, in my opinion.

does is work?

I contribute a lot of my hair growth to using this shampoo as well as to oil training. My hair is so healthy! But I know that many people will read this recipe and wonder if it will really clean their hair. The answer is YES. This is what I use almost every time I shower and my hair gets really clean, and stays really clean looking for about 1 week (sometimes a bit longer). I have noticed that when I use other products, they don’t clean my hair as well as this stuff, so I usually stick with my homemade version!

I also want to share with you that my hair has definitely not always been like that. I used to have really oily roots and an irritated scalp. This was back when I was a teenager, using toxic hair products and washing my hair every single day.

Because my hair is really long, I often shampoo with this stuff twice. There is so much hair I am working with so a double shampoo is usually necessary.

I would love to hear from those of you who try this recipe, and I hope you love it as much as I do! Tag me in your social media posts and be sure to use my hashtag #naturallychels

*This post was sponsored by Dr. Bronner’s

NON TOXIC SWAP OUTS


The bathroom is one place we don’t always think of that’s lurking with toxins. Convtional beauty and hygiene products are full of harmful ingredients, so if you haven’t swapped them out already, I’m challenging you to clean out your bathrooms today. Toss out all of the products that aren’t truly clean (watch out for those green washed items! They’re unfortunately everywhere) and replace them with something so much better for you and the environment!

  • Toothpaste. You can read my post here that goes into all the chemical ingredients in conventional toothpaste. I recommend a swap out for Davids or Dr. Bronners. For a baby toothpaste, we really like Jack and Jill.
  • Deodorant. I like making my own (recipe here) but if you’re not into that I recommend Pachi. They have men’s and women’s, they smell amazing and they actually work great!
  • Sunscreen. Just like many things, conventional sunscreen is chock-full or harmful toxins. I love BRAND and it works really well too. I would also recommend Badger’s. They both perform amazing and are very clean.
  • Lotion. I think here are a lot of non toxic lotions easily available, but I really like Acure and Dr. Bronners.
  • Shampoo. Read my post about oil training, and then swap out that toxic shampoo for Wild Willow (local company!) or Griffin.
  • Hand soap. There are quite a few decent hand soaps at regular stores now, but if you want something super-clean that smells amazing, works amazing, and lasts awhile I highly recommend Kosmotology.
  • Dry shampoo. Not many people know that there is a clean version of dry shampoo out there! I have good news for you, this one from Green and Gorgeous not only works incredibly well, but for me it doubles as finishing powder (for those rare times I wear makeup) and one thing lasts a really long time!
  • Eye makeup remover. I love this little kit from BRAND. It’s a great swap out choice for a clean product and the cloth is so soft it feels like clouds are washing your mascara off.
  • Skin care. You guys know my deep love (possibly obsession) with Cocokind Skincare. If you’re using a conventional cleanser on your face, swap it out for this brand. Their cleansers are oil based which is ideal for all skin types, yes even oily! If you are already using a natural oil cleanser, I still would recommend trying out Cocokind. They’re organic, well-sourced, high performing, and every item is priced so amazing!
  • Makeup. Head over to tour closest natural grocery store and pick up some cacao powder. This is now your eyebrow powder and bronzer. I also really like the makeup made by 100% Pure and BRAND.

There are so many non toxic choices out there, and many of them are great. Do what works for you. These are purely my recommendations for products I know and use.

These products are also SUPER easy to find. I like to purchase my stuff from The Choosy Chick because they carry all the brands I love in one place, making purchases simple and quick.

Here’s to getting all the toxic products out of your bathrooms, and a wonderful Thursday.

If you want to see the video from Good Things Utah that goes with this post, you can watch it here!

OIL TRAINING YOUR HAIR

So many people have been asking me about oil training lately, that I thought I would just write a post on it! I have been oil training my hair for quite a long time. I have made a lot of mistakes and learned so much about my hair along the way. I think I have a pretty good understanding know of what works and what really doesn’t work!

What is oil training? 

Oil training is teaching your hair to go longer between washes. The more we shampoo our hair, the more oil it produces. Conventional shampoos strip the oil from your hair and scalp, which causes the over-production. In turn this causes us to shampoo more often, therefore using more product. You see the cycle?

This is a hard thing to break, too, because most of us have been shampooing our hair this way since childhood.

Why should you oil train?

Training your hair to live off less shampoos is not only a huge time-saver, especially for those washing daily, but it’s healthier for your hair and scalp. Not stripping your hair of oils will leave your hair stronger, longer, and healthier. It can also help with itchy/dry scalps.

Pro-tips for oil training:

-Start slow. If you are washing daily, start doing every other day, then every third day. See what schedule works for you, everyone is different!

-Wear your hair up. When your hair is down, you are likely touching it more, creating more oil and leaving you feeling (and looking) like you need a washer sooner than you would otherwise. This is not a forever thing, your hair will learn to stop the over-production of oils no matter how you wear it. I love braiding my hair for this purpose.

-Switch to an all natural shampoo that won’t strip your hair. I use stuff from a local company, or make my own. (I will share this in another post!)

-Between actual shampoo’s, do an ACV rinse on your hair. I soak my whole scalp in my concoction (again, will post soon!) and rinse it well with water.

My experience with oil training:

As I mentioned earlier, I have been oil training my hair for a long time. When I started having kids, I didn’t always have the time to wash my hair so that is how it essentially began. I wanted to share with you guys some of the things I have learned, because I have been doing this for awhile.

-Use dry shampoo is rarely as you can. When I first started skipping a wash, I would go to dry shampoo. I was using SO MUCH of this stuff that it caused a massive build up and me having to start the oil training process all over again. I use dry shampoo in serious moderation now, and I recommend this all natural, organic dry shampoo.

-Do a coconut oil hair mask before you use the acv rinse. You can do this the entire day before, the night before, or even just an hour before.

-If your hair smells, or your scalp is itchy it is time to wash. When you get going and you are trying to build up more days between washing, these are the signs that it is time to wash your hair! Gross, I know, but even at this point it probably doesn’t look as bad as you think!

-DON’T do a rinse with water alone between washes. I promise it’ll come out looking worse than before.

-Be patient and give yourself grace. In all things, we are all so different. I know women who go 2 weeks between washes and others who go 3-4 days. Don’t push yourself (or your hair 😉) to be like someone else.

Do you oil train?

VAPOUR BEAUTY REVIEW

Vapour organic beauty is a green beauty company, made in the USA, that I have loved working with. They are clean and the products really deliver. If you haven’t heard of them out, I think you should definitely check out their website! Here are the products I have been trying out, along with my full review:

Atmosphere Luminous Foundation: This is a foundation stick that is creamy and very concentrated. It spreads on nicely, and feels like you’re applying velvet to your skin it is so smooth! I love the texture. The color I use is number 115, and it matches my skin tone well. The coverage is great, but it does feel pretty thick on your face (maybe I am hyper-sensitive to that because I don’t wear makeup daily) yet it doesn’t look thick or caked on. It leaves a clean, smooth, and natural look that I really love!

Instant Skin Perfector: This is used as the primer before the foundation stick. It’s purpose is to smooth out any lines in your skin and balance the overall texture. I love that it left my skin balanced, glowing, and gave a really good canvas for foundation. I use color 902 and it blended into my skin perfectly. After application, I waited about 5 minutes before applying the foundation to let the primer sit. I love the creamy texture and the dewy glow it gave me.

Eye Liner: I love this taupe-brown color for my green eyes. The pencil is really smooth, and smudge-able to create some really gorgeous eye looks. I love anything that you can use several ways, and this pencil is it. It’s great for so many looks. In these photos, I went with a more subtle eye, lining the top lid and waterline, then gently smudging the line. I love it!

Siren Lipstick: I have the color desire, and love it! The color is a soft petal pink, that looks great for any occasion and daily wear. I love the creamy texture of this lipstick, it’s not super gooey or sticky. Amelia (my 3-year-old) also loved this color and puts it on constantly!

Elixir Lip Gloss: This color is called flutter, and its a classically subtle pink. It’s gorgeous for everyday wear, and my favorite thing to apply when I am wearing no makeup or very neutral makeup look. The gloss isn’t too sticky and also looks killer over the lipstick I mentioned above!

Overall my experience with Vapour has been amazing. The products are clean and high-performing. If you are looking for clean makeup that is similar to high-quality conventional brands, this is it ladies. But now you don’t have to worry about applying toxins to your face just to wear makeup, or breaking out your skin over conventional makeup. Vapour, you have done well my friends!

 

100% PURE MAKEUP LOOK


Good morning babes! And happy Thursday! It’s almost the weekend, and I want to talk about a few green beauty products that I am loving for those times I want to wear makeup, but don’t want to spend more than 5 minutes doing it (hey, mama’s!). I know I am not the only one!!

I rarely, r a r e l y, wear any makeup, but there are times I want to! I love makeup but have been working the last few months on being confident without it and not feeling like I “need” it. After several months without makeup, I can’t remember the last time I felt like I had to have makeup on.

Which is so incredible, but it’s also okay that sometimes it’s fun and I want to put it on! I’ve been playing around with 100% Pure fruit pigmented makeup, and I have been really impressed. I have been trying their Healthy Skin Foundation. First of all, the color matches my skin tone better than anything I have ever tried (thus far). I was immediately impressed by that.

I also really love the consistency of the liquid. It’s really creamy and dense and I feel like a little goes a long way! It’s such a smooth foundation of really high quality. Something you can tell the moment it touches your skin.

It lasts ALL. DAY. seriously. It really does! I used this brush to blend the foundation in and topped it off with some organic dry shampoo as a finish. It lasted all day without a smudge anywhere. I wore this while playing outside with my kids all day and they were getting in a small pool/playing in water. My face was splashed several times but the makeup held up like it was nothing. This was definitely unexpected and pretty amazing. (side note: this stiff already has spf 20 which was a huge bonus!)

The coverage is really superb. I have some healing scars on my jaw and they were covered completely with only a small amount of the foundation. It didn’t look (I don’t think so but tell me if I am wrong!) or feel thick or packed on. I actually think that it looked very natural, even with all of the coverage.

I also have been loving their Mermaid palette. The colors are really flattering and look very natural, something I always look for in bronzers, blushes, and shadows. The powders are super blend-able. I love the eye shadow colors! They’re personally my favorite for my green eyes. They definitely make them pop without having a ton of makeup on my lids.

Overall 100% Pure has it down! Amazing products that deliver. I’ve been so impressed by the quality of this makeup, especially considering the clean ingredients. I have rather sensitive skin, and this stuff didn’t break me out, or irritate my skin either. You can buy these directly from the brand’s website, but I recommend buying through The Choosy Chick. The foundation is cheaper from here, and you can find a ton of great organic products you might need as well.

I did also want to mention real quick about The Choosy Chick sale that is going from Friday at midnight until May 30th. Here are some things I want to highlight:

  • All orders of $20 or more will receive a 2 oz. jar of Splurge’s  Lavender Mint Body Scrub (no code necessary!)
  •   HollyBeth Organics just launched a new Blue Purifying Face Mask.  The Choosy Chick will be taking pre-orders (in stock on June 5th!). They are one of the first to stock this as well! All pre-orders will get free shipping in the U.S. use code: HBMASK
  • The Orgaid Sheet Mask Save 15% with code: SAVE15

I would love to hear if you guys have tried out any of these products and what you think?

If you haven’t tried, then you need to! I think they are a really great switch if you are still using toxic makeup brands.

xx, Chels

NATURAL SKINCARE ROUTINE

Good morning babes! I hope everyone had a great weekend and a good start to the week. We are so busy over here, packing and preparing for a big move and vacation in a couple weeks. Stress-free prayers and vibes sent our way are appreciated! 🙂

Over the last 9 months or so I have become incredibly passionate on skin care. I have researched it all, and tried a ton of different, natural skin care products. When my postpartum anxiety and depression struck, it wrecked my skin as well. The stress just took a worse toll on my skin than I ever have dealt with or could have imagined. It it still a problem, but I have finally found the routine that works great for me and my skin type (sensitive) and I am so excited to share it with you guys.

DAILY ROUTINE:

Each morning after my workout, I massage my face with the cocokind facial oil, wipe away with a luke warm damp pull cloth.

Then I soak a cotton ball in witch hazel toner, and gently rub it all over my face. This helps to clean my pores a little deeper, removing all excess makeup, dirt, etc. after cleansing. I love the toner I use, which is great for my sensitive skin and clears up my breakouts amazingly. I have also heard incredible things about this one.

After using my toner, I apply chia facial oil. I put a small amount in my palms, rub together, and gently press it into my skin.

I don’t wear makeup often, but when I do I allow about 5 minutes for the oil to absorb before putting anything else on! I will brush my teeth and braid my hair while waiting.

NIGHTLY ROUTINE:

I follow the same first and second steps here as I do in the morning with my facial oil cleanser and toner.

After this, I skip the chia oil and use matcha face moisturizer instead. A litte goes a long way, and I also use this around my eyes. Pressing and patting it in deeply all over is favorite way to apply.

A FEW TIMES A WEEK:

I am in love with this turmeric spot treatment right now. After cleansing and before toner, I will apply this to any troublesome spots. It says to apply for 20 minutes, but much like the creator of Cocokind Skincare, I usually leave it on much longer than that! I remove this with my toner, then follow my normal routine.

As needed, usually a few times a week as well, I use my Konjac sponge to exfoliate. It is so gentle, and works great!

EVERY 10 OR SO DAYS:

I use to do this more often, but my skin is too sensitive for that, and I need a little longer between than the average person. I use this razor to shave my entire face. Yeah, you read that right. It’s called dermaplaning and it is a deep exfoliation like nothing else. Just be sure you know what you are doing and go gently!

OR I use my PMD which is a personal microdermabrasion tool that I am in love with. It is also a deep exfoliation, so I will usually rotate using one or the other because my skin is too sensitive to use both in one time!

After either treatment, I immediately use my favorite mask of all time. The bentonite clay mask. I mix mine with filtered water and leave on for 5-10 minutes. I use my Konjac sponge and luke warm water to wash it off.

Then I use the matcha moisturizer after and I have also been using the facial repair serum on occasion after these treatments as well.

You can and should read more about what each product does for your skin type on cocokind’s website! This will help you figure out what will be the best for you. I truly believe in and love these products and this brand. I swear by it.There are some products they carry I am really looking forward to trying out as well, because I am in love with what I am using currently!

Another favorite is this lip blam which is organic and non-gmo. I have 3 kinds open currently. So that shows you my obsession level there.

A FEW NOTES:

There is so much more that I could get into with natural skin care, so I will save that for another post. I just really wanted to share my current routine and favorite products with you guys.

I also need to note that this is NOT a sponsored post. These brand don’t even know that I wrote about them.

I use pull cloths from livecrude facial oil brand. I used to use their everything oil, which I would still recommend but it didn’t work the best for me. I know it’s amazing for others though. I gave it a few months before deciding to try cocokind. I was immediately impressed and it’s working so well for me! 

I would love to hear your thoughts on skincare and what products you love and swear by as well! Share them here or over on Instagram page 🙂

Thanks so much for reading

xo, Chels

CROOKED STACK BRAID TUTORIAL 

SWEATER: CARA LOREN SHOP / DRY SHAMPOO: PANTENE

Cheers to Saturday! Today I am fighting the overwhelming desire to pull out my Christmas trees and decor! I don’t know how much longer I can hold out though… I love Christmas! To make it even harder, we are attending the largest tree in Utah being lit tonight and I can. not. wait.

It’s been awhile since I have shared any tutorials, so I wanted to get one out there this weekend. Lately I have been loving stacked braids. Postpartum has been hard on my hair (stay tuned for a post on help with that, mama’s!) so a stacked braid adds a lot of depth and volume that I really need right now.

  1. I like to start a stacked braid with messy hair. I allow my hair to air dry without brushing it, and instead run my fingers through it when it is dry!
  2. I HAVE to add dry shampoo for texture right now, and it works amazing.
  3. Gather up a small amount of hair at the crown of your head.
  4. Pull it slightly to the side, to make it crooked, and do a regular 3 strand braid all the way to the ends. Secure with elastic. Instead of pulling out the whole braid, I do every 3 strands pulled out and leave the rest alone. I think it looks super cute and unique! (Sometimes I stop here if I am feeling like wearing my hair down!)
  5. I tease the sides just a little now for a little volume. Gather it all and do a dutch fishtail all the way to the ends. Pull the braid out, and knead it with your thumbs to create a thick, messy look.
  6. Take both braids and secure them together with an elastic. I use about 4 pins in the back of the braids to secure them together. Just be sure they aren’t visible in the front.
  7. Pull some pieces out in the front to frame your face, and mess with any pieces that need to look messier.

I hope that everyone is having a great Saturday, and if you try this braid out, use my hashtag on social media so I can see it! #tessamariehair

Thank you so much for reading and following!

XX

HALF DUTCH HALF FISHTAIL PONY TUTORIAL 


Good morning! I’ve had so many requests for this style since I posted it, so here it is! Thank you all for being so patient with me as life has been hectic lately. 

  1. Spray your hair with dry shampoo. Not just your scalp, because it will give your hair great texture for this style! 
  2. Pull all your hair up into a low ponytail. I like to tease my hair a little to give it more volume before pulling it back. 
  3. Take a small piece of hair from your ponytail and twist it while you wrap it around your elastic. Use a pin to secure the hair in place on the under side of the pony. 
  4. Do a regular three stand braid, about 4-5 cross overs. This will depend on your hair length, just be sure you do less than half way. 
  5. Pull the braid apart to make it chunkier. Secure with elastic and repeat step #3 
  6.  Do a Dutch FISHTAIL with the remaining hair, pull apart, secure with an elastic and repeat step #3 
  7. Now I do a quick knead with my thumbs through the braids to make it a little messier. I love super messy braids but my fine hair type doesn’t hold them well. You can do this braid super messy or super clean! 

Thanks so much for reading and following. Be sure you head over to my Instagram and enter my current giveaway!!! 
XX 

TESSA 

HALF DUTCH, HALF FISHTAL TUTORIAL 









A side braid is often my go-to style. It’s fast and easy and I don’t always need a mirror to do it. But I can’t ever decide between a fishtail and a plain Dutch. So I do both! I also just feel like this is a great style to share for this weekend. I hope you try it out! 

Here is how I do it: 

  1. Start with straight hair, parted to the side.
  2. Start a Dutch braid at the top of your part and follow along as close to your hair line as possibles. 
  3. Once you finish incorporating hair into your braid (should stop about your earlobe!), dive the middle piece into the two outer crossovers. 
  4. Begin a Dutch fishtail braid and finish braiding the rest of your hair. 
  5. Pull the braid out to be as chunky as you want.
  6. Secure with an elastic. 
  7. Pull out a few pieces to frame your face. 

That’s it! Let me know what you guys think! If you try this style out please use the hashtag #tessamariehair on social media so I can see! 

Thanks so much for reading! I hope everyone had a great, long weekend! 

xx

FAST AND EASY SIDE FISHTAIL

I promised you a weekend post and everyone said that they wanted another hairstyle. So I’m sharing with you guys what I did this morning. It’s so so easy and really fast even if it doesn’t seem like it! I’m always getting compliments on it. 

Here’s what you do: Start with your hair parted to the side. Pull out any pieces you want to frame your face. 


Grab a section of hair at the part to start a Dutch fishtail (remember Dutch just means you’re going to take the Strands behind each time you crossover, and not over the top!) be sure to keep the braid right at your hairline. You’ll want to bring all the pieces you’re incorporating into the braid all the way to the front rather than pulling the braid back at all. 

As you’re grabbing pieces from your fishtail, begin adding pieces from the side of your head and wrapping them loosely around into your braid. 


Continue incorporating the hair from the side into your fishtail. Be sure that you use all of the hair from the opposite side of your head when your braid is halfway done. Then you’ll just finish the braid like a regular Dutch fishtail until you reach the end of your hair. Pull it apart starting at the top of the braid (tip: if you have really long hair or a sensitive scalp you should pull apart when you’re halfway done and then again at the end!). 


That’s it! Easy peasy!  Had to throw in some pictures of my cutest babes at lunch today. You guys, Calum is obsessed with hummus! Haha I love it! 

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Thanks so much for taking time to read this. I hope you’ll try it out and use the hashtag #tessamariehair on social media so I can check it out! 

xx