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


Good morning my friends! I hope everyone has had a  great week following Christmas and that you are all ready to welcome the new year (I know I am!).

If you are local (Utah) tune in to Good Things Utah at 9am to see my segment that will go with this post and see the oil made first hand by me! If you are not local, I will be sharing the link in my social media accounts this weekend, so no worries!

I have talked a little about postpartum hair loss before, and I know so many of you have been asking me what I do about it. I need to get a lot better about putting this mask on every time I wash my hair (usually my showers are sooo fast while my kids are occupied with something for a few minutes!) because it really does work. Each time I use this, I notice a huge difference.

When you are pregnant, your estrogen levels go way up, which prevents as many hairs to fall out each day. Then you give birth, and it can feel like you’re balding. But you aren’t. But that doesn’t really help. Postpartum is hard enough and then we have to deal with our hair on everyone’s dinner plate even though you pulled it back, and every time you wash your hair it looks like someone shaved a long haired dog in the tub. Yeah, it’s not fun.

So I found a solution. The great thing is that post partum hair loss doesn’t last forever. But this super easy mask and tips can help prevent and recover the damage.

In a jar, I shake up:

Coconut oil

Avocado oil

Lavender essential oil

Breathe essential oil (peppermint and tea tree oil are great for hair loss and growth!)

That’s it!

I just do equal parts of the coconut and avocado oil, add 2 drops of each essential oil, and massage into my scalp for as long as I can. The longer, the better! Then shampoo it out.

I recommend using it once a week, or every time you wash your hair if you are like me and sometimes it’s longer than a week!

Another tip to help your postpartum hair, braid it before you go to sleep to prevent more hairs falling out while you slumber!



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!



^^ugh. Nice postpartum hairless shot. Sad.

  1. Part your hair into three sections at your hair line.
  2. Braid the sides tightly, going straight back.
  3. Braid the middle section back tightly until you reach this point of your head.
  4. Begin incorporating the sides of your hair and the side braids into one large braid straight down the middle.
  5. I barley pull this braid out but you can do it as much or as little as you want.

Use the hashtag #tessamariehair on social media so I can see! Thanks for reading!



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! 



Hey lovely readers! Last week I dared this hairstyle with you guys on my Instagram and had tons of requests for a tutorial. It’s so easy and simple, so here is a quick how-to! I hope you guys like it. Let me know in the comments! 

Step 1. Start with clean hair. Prep with texturizing spray. 

Step 2. Part your hair. I do it about an inch about my ears and leave out pieces to frame my face as well. 

Step 3. Do a simple 3 strand braid, as loose as you can. Gently pull it apart for a chunkier braid. Spray both the top of bottom of the braid with a medium hold hairspray. 

Step 4. Take down the second half of your hair and do another 3 strand braid, but do this one tighter! This will help give a more textured look to the final braid. 

Step 5. Secure the two braids together in one elastic. Then you’ll take about four Bobby pins and push then straight down the two braids, connecting them. I hope that makes sense! 

That’s it! I like to finish this off with a good spray of hairspray just because it’s a looser braid and if my hair is clean it’s really soft and doesn’t like to stay in its place.

Let me know if you try this braid and use the hashtag #tessamariehair on social media so I can see! 

Thanks so much guys, I hope you like this one! It’s perfect for running errands or just a casual day with the family!




Happy Friday everyone! I know we are all excited for the weekend, and I just want to thank everyone in Utah who watched my segment today on Good Thing Utah. It is one of my all time favorite shows, and I love going on the show! The GTU girls are my favorite, ever, so that makes it even better!

Today I talked about doing braids that look a lot more complicated than they actually are. Because seriously, braiding can be SO SIMPLE!

Check out my segment here! And see how to do a great side braid much like this:


c/o: Amber Fillerup Clark (thank you xx)

The biggest thing to remember is that not all braids are going to work on all hair types, or at least they won’t look the same! That’s okay! You can still rock any braid you want or change it up a bit to fit your style better. In the segment, my model had to be at an angle far away from my hands that made it hard to get the braid right along her hairline like this photo.

But that is a really easy fix! Just start your braid at your part and go STRAIGHT down, instead of angling it to the side! Super easy. I hope you guys like it!

You can also check out our Facebook Live video where we talk a little more about braiding and see how I did my hair for the show today, and I also show you how to do a fun braid on Michelle Money that looked amazing!

Thanks so much for following, reading, and sharing! Have a great weekend, you guys!



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Good morning! I hope everyone is having a great Monday morning (I know they can be hard) and a good start to the week. We were up a bit late watching fireworks again, so we are all a little sleepy today. Needless to say, this mama will be enjoying plenty of coffee this morning.

I had a few questions after I posted this hairstyle on how I did it. It is seriously SO easy and pretty fast, too. I didn’t know how I should do my hair for a long and late night baseball game but this was the perfect choice.

  1. Put your hair in a ponytail, wherever you like it to be on your head.
  2. Grab two pieces of hair from UNDER the pony and pull to the front (almost like you are going to create a fishtail braid) tie them together with a clear elastic.
  3. Continue until you are ready to finish and tie the hair together with an elastic.
  4. To pull the braid out, you need to pull harder than usual because there are so many elastics!

*If you over-pull, you can easily correct is by pulling the same piece diagonally down from the piece that was pulled too much.*

I hope that makes sense to everyone! If you have any questions just post below or on Instagram and I will answer them!

Thank you so much for reading and following! If you try this braid out, please post it using the hashtag #tessamariehair so I can see!


p.s. a little announcement for those of you living in Utah, I will be on GTU on channel 4 again this Friday at 9am!


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It has been so hot lately, and I have a five month old who likes to chew on on my hair if I wear it down: the top 2 reasons I find myself wearing it up almost every single day! For awhile, I was doing a top knot WAY too much. Which got really boring.

Don’t get me wrong, I love top knots! But every day? Any style gets old if you are doing it that often. And then I just got sloppy with it. I’ve been doing better trying out different styles to keep my hair up and out of those little baby hands reach!

Here is how to do it:

  1. Start off with a regular pony, at any place of your head you like the best. If you are like me and don’t want it all up, pull some pieced out to frame your face.
  2. Add another clear elastic in your pony, about two inches down, and pull it apart to make the “bubble.”
  3. Continue with the bubbles until you reach the end of your hair. You may want to go through one more time and pull them to make them bigger. Or maybe I am just really addicted to doing that! haha!
  4. Finish with hairspray!

That’s it!

This bubble pony has become one of my favorites, and it is so fast and easy to do. It’s the perfect style for a rushed morning when you have to get out the door to make it to the store, or an appointment, with two kids in tow and your hands full of all their necessities to leave the house.

Let me know if you like this one! If you try it out, use the #tessamariehair on social media so I can see and comment!

Thank you for reading, love you all! Have a wonderful weekend!


P.S. These were taken at the end of a long day, so you can see some of my layers popped on some bubbles, but for the most part it was pretty durable!