Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair RinseHello again, lovelies!

Apple Cider Vinegar? For hair? Perhaps you’ve seen posts about it around on Pinterest, and you no ‘poo gals know exactly what this post is going to be about.

Apple cider vinegar!

I’m always on the hunt for new tips and tricks for better beauty care, and curiosity often gets the better of me when a seemingly ordinary bottle of vinegar in my cupboard suddenly becomes a super-powered, benefit packed, wicked-awesome bottle of pure gold for hair.

I’ve done a lot of reading around the web about using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) as a conditioning hair rinse, but this was one of the most helpful articles I came across. Before we get into how exactly ACV can be used, let me break down the benefits the article describes:

Benefits ACVof Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair

Restores Balance to our Hair’s pH and Sebum Levels

  • As you probably know, our scalps produce oils known as sebum. These oils coat the hair, conditioning it and protecting it. However, a lot of shampoos out there disrupt the natural pH of our hair, affecting our sebum levels and our scalps.
  • ACV is very acidic, which helps restore the pH in our hair to normal levels. Rinsing our hair with ACV after washing it ensures our hair returns to healthy, balanced levels.

Helps Treat and Prevent Dandruff

  • Say what? According to the article mentioned above, ACV is chock full of acetic acid which kills the fungus responsible for dandruff, and even hair loss.

Helps Rinse Away Product Buildup

  • This benefit alone is worth giving an ACV rinse a try. If you’re anything like me, your poor hair gets weighed down and beat up by styling products, styling products, and more styling products. Eventually, this buildup takes a toll, and it can leave our hair lifeless and heavy.
  • Good news here is that, according to the article, an ACV rinse is just what your hair needs to remove that icky buildup and restore those bouncy, lively locks.

ACV is a Natural Conditioner

  • Yep, you read that right! Apple cider vinegar not only removes buildup and restores our healthy pH levels, but it also naturally conditions and smooths our hair!
  • For those curly gals, ACV helps restore the bounce, volume, and definition to those beautiful kinks.
  • As a natural conditioner, ACV also helps to detangle and sooth the frizz in our tresses (this one is especially important for me!).

So Shiny!

  • This is probably my favorite benefit of all. Shine! I love when my hair is silky and shiny. It looks so healthy, and it’s so soft to the touch. Apple cider vinegar helps smooth the cuticles in our hair (which get roughed up during the harsh shampooing process), and as such our hair is left shiny and soft.

Hair growth

  • According to the article, ACV can help reduce the porosity of our hair, which means less damage overall. The more porous our hair is, the more prone to damage it becomes. Changing the porosity of our hair is impossible, however, rinsing our hair with ACV helps smooth the hair cuticle, ensuring new hair growth is not prone to as much damage.
  • ACV helps strengthen our hair by stimulating blood circulation to our scalp and our hair follicles, leading to stronger hair and promoting hair growth. Hello, tresses!
  • Because of the conditioning properties of ACV, our hair becomes smoother, more conditioned, and healthier overall, leading to less breakage and longer lengths!

So, how is it used?

Hop into the shower and do everShampooything as you normally would.

  • Shampoo
  • Condition (you can leave this part out if desired and do the ACV rinse alone)
  • Shave or whatever

Before hopping out of the shower, coat your locks with Apple Cider Vinegar. You can use a spray bottle to spray the vinegar evenly throughout your hair. Or, if you want to be lazy like me, just douse that hair straight from the bottle.

Let that sit for about three minutes, and then rinse it away.

Go ahead and hop out!

The verdict?

I tried this on my hair, and I couldn’t believe how much better my hair instantly felt. Right after pouring the ACV on my hair, it felt softer than it did when I used my conditioner. Amazing!

After it dried, my hair was noticeably shinier. It felt softer to the touch, and healthier than it has felt in awhile. It had volume and bounce again, and it didn’t feel so heavy. I had a hella good hair day that day!

The one downside to ACV? It STINKS. I can’t stand the smell of it, and you will reek of vinegar until your hair dries. Good news though, I couldn’t smell it anymore after my hair was dried and styled. Phew! Nobody wondered where that strange vinegar smell was coming from, so I don’t think I’d just gone nose blind! Ha. Ha.

Overall, ACV was definitely worth a shot, and it will be making itself a home in my weekly hair care routine.

Have any of you tried an apple cider vinegar rinse? Share your experiences below!

Stay beautiful,

Got2b Mess-merizing Hair Product Review

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Got2b Mess-merizing Hair Product Review

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Today’s post was inspired by the Got2b Mess-merizing styling product line. I recently purchased Curly Hairthe Got2b Mess-merizing Sculpting Spritz, Messifying Putty, and Texturizing Hairspray. I adore the messy waves we painstakingly put so much effort into making them look effortless. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for good styling products to help achieve the look.

After showering, I towel dried my hair using a T-shirt. Regular towels are too rough on our hair, creating damage and, not to mention, the dreaded frizz.  I used the T-shirt to scrunch my hair, bunching my hair up and squeezing it toward my scalp. This helps set the foundation for those beautiful, messy kinks we want.Got2b Mess-merizing Hair Product Review

When my hair was damp, but no longer dripping, I started off with the Got2b Mess-merizing Sculpting Spritz. I sprayed a generous amount throughout my hair, avoiding the roots and focusing on the mid-length and ends.

Then, I used my hands to scrunch, scrunch, scrunch! Really work those fingers of yours and bunch that hair up to your scalp. Squeeze at the scalp and hold for a few seconds before letting those locks drop. Repeat this process until you have some defined waves.

At this point, I just let my hair air dry. Every 15 minutes or so, I went through and scrunched my hair randomly again. I repeated this until my hair was completely dry.

To purchase the Got2b Mess-merizing Sculpting Spritz on Amazon, click the link below.

Got 2B Mess-Merizing Sculpting Spritz 6.8oz

 

 

2016-03-21_13.35.52Once my hair was dry, I used about a dime-sized amount of Got2b Messifying Putty. I rubbed it into the palms of my hands to warm it up before applying. Then, I followed the same step as before. Scrunch!

This putty works amazingly well for holding the waves in place. I scrunched in random places, flipped my hair upside down and scrunched more, and repeated the process until I was satisfied. There really is no method to the madness when it comes to a messy, beachy look. The messier, the better! Find what works for your hair and stick with it.

To purchase the Messifying Putty, click the link below.

Got 2B Mess-Merizing Putty 3.5oz

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And last, but not least, I finished up the look with the got2b Mess-merizing Texturizing Hairspray. This was probably my favorite part of the whole process. I lifted up the crown sections of my hair and spritzed them with the hairspray to create volume. For even more volume, I flipped my hair upside down and sprayed. While in this position, I scrunched my hair again.

Flipping back to right side up, I scrunched one last time to finish and polish the look. Then, I was ready to face the day with my messy, wavy hair.

To purchase this hairspray, click the link below.

Got 2B Mess-Merizing Hairspray 9.1oz

 

The verdict?

I love these products! CurlyHair Thumbs UpMy hair, even though it does have a slight bend in it, does not like to make pretty waves for me. It likes to dry into a ball of frizz if I don’t take the necessary precautions (like using a T-shirt to dry it). I have tried tons of other styling products to achieve the same look, but this is the only one I have come across so far that actually keeps my hair in messy fashion.

With other products, I noticed that my hair would look great when it was done. However, after a few hours, my hair would return to limp and lifeless, with just a kink or two here and there and a lot of frizz everywhere else.

With these products, the messy waves lasted all day, and I am sold!

Have any of you tried these products or would like to share your messy hair method? Share your experiences below!

Stay beautiful,

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Honey, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg Face Mask

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Honey, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg Face Mask

Today, I thought I would recreate a pin I found for a honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg face mask. You can find the original pin here. What I love about this mask is that it is natural, simple, and you probably have all three ingredients in your cupboard right now.

honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg face mask

For this mask, you will need:

  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions:cinnamon, honey, nutmeg mask

Mix these three ingredients together! We are looking for a thick paste-like consistency. If you need to add more cinnamon or nutmeg, add a little of each at a time until you create a thick, spreadable paste.

Next? Grab a flat foundation brush and paint the mixture right onto your skin, avoiding your eyes of course. If you don’t have a foundation brush, don’t sweat. A good ole plastic or butter knife will do just fine.

According to this pin, honey and nutmeg are natural anti-inflammatories. That means the honey and nutmeg will help reduce redness and swelling in the skin, which is something I’m always looking for as a girl with red-prone cheeks! Honey and nutmeg are also great for healing acne scars and preventing infection. An added bonus to this mask is that the cinnamon and nutmeg exfoliate your skin as you wash the mask away.

Once the mask hhoney, cinnamon, nutmeg face maskas been applied, it’s time to let it work its magic for 30 minutes. Then, hop in the shower and rinse, rinse, rinse. While you rinse the mask away, rub the mask into your skin in a circular motion. This technique will really help grind that grit to remove dead skin cells for a deep exfoliation.

The verdict?

I ended up having to use a lot more cinnamon and nutmeg than the remedy called for to create a paste. Even then, the mask was a bit drippy after a few minutes. I had to improvise and create a bib with paper towels to catch the drips. I definitely recommend adding even more cinnamon and nutmeg to your mask.

Overall, though, I actually loved this mask. The smell is so amazing. I love the smell of cinnamon, and the good news is the smell lingers even after the mask is washed GoodReviewaway. Yum! The mask washed away easily, and the exfoliation felt wonderful.

After washing away the face mask, I followed up with a moisturizer. You know what I noticed immediately? My skin felt phenomenal! Even as I
applied moisturizer, I could tell that my fingers were gliding across my skin. My skin was so soft! My fiance seemed to like it too, because he couldn’t stop kissing my cheeks and telling me they were softer than usual.

This one will definitely be added to the rotation of natural face masks!

What about you? Have any of you tried this mask? What did you think? Share your thoughts below!

Stay beautiful,

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Bandana Bow

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Bandana Bow

Today’s recreation is the Bandana Bow!

bandana bow

I adore wearing bows in my hair. They are feminine, cute, and give us girls that adorable Minnie Mouse factor. I found this pin on Pinterest here.

For this tutorial, all you will need is:

  • A bandana (Any size will do. The larger the bandana, the larger the bow.) Get creative here! Pick up some bright colors with various patterns. It’s really up to you!

Ready? Let’s start!

Step 1: Triangle

2016-03-12_18.41.41Take one corner of the bandana and fold it toward its opposite corner to make a triangle.

Step 2: Corners up!

2016-03-12_18.39.54Now, take the bottom corner of the triangle and fold it to the top edge.

Step 3: Fold

2016-03-12_18.36.30Take the bottom edge and fold it to the top, essentially folding the bandana in half.

Step 4: Fold Those Ends!

2016-03-12_18.35.31Fold both ends toward the middle like the above picture. For a larger bow, don’t fold the ends in so far. For a smaller bow, tighten up those folds and fold them closer to the center.

Step 5: Loop It

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Take those two ends, and loop them together like you’re about to tie a knot. Don’t tie them in a knot though!

Step 6: Flip ‘n Wrap

2016-03-12_18.33.11Just flip that bad boy over! Next, take one of the tails and wrap it around the center of the bow as many times as you can. Tuck the leftover fabric into the folds that were created from wrapping it. Then, do the same thing with the other tail.

Step 7: Fluff, and Finish

2016-03-12_18.32.05To finish up, tug, pull, and fluff the the sides up to create the desired shape and fullness to your bow. And that’s it! This bow can easily be attached to your hair by bobby pinning the sides down.

The verdict?

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Love it! It might take you a few tries to create the pretty bow you want. But after that? It’s very simple to put it together to add a new accessory to your hair. These bows are pretty huge. If you’d like it to be smaller, I suggest cutting the bandana in half before starting. Another upside to this method is that you’ll end up with twice the bows! And that’s something I’m always okay with.

Have you tried creating this bow? Share your experiences below!

Stay beautiful,

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Brightening Toner

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Welcome to Kyrstie’s Reviews and How Tos, where I recreate all kinds of DIY pins I find on Pinterest. I recreate the pin step-by-step and then review it. Here, you’ll find honest reviews of your favorite pin projects.

To kick off this blog, I thought we’d start with something simple, something that most girls already incorporate into their daily skin care routine. The name alone is what made me choose this pin, as I am always looking for anything with a “brightening” effect. I’m sure many of you girls are too! You can find the original pin here.

Brightening Toner

To begin, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  •  1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup witch hazel
  • Empty bottle or jar (I suggest a large one, as this recipe makes a lot.)
  • **(For oily skin, the pin says to add 2 Tablespoons of alcohol.)**

For those of you thinking, “Wtf is witch hazel?” Not to worry! Witch hazel can be found in most drug stores. It will most likely be near the pharmacy next to rubbing alcohol and the like.

brightening toner

Next? There is only one step! Combine the lemon juice, water, and witch hazel together in the empty bottle, and that’s it! You’re done! Apply with a cotton pad and follow immediately with a moisturizer.

According to the pin, witch hazel tightens pores and reduces inflammation (no more redness!). The lemon juice reduces blemishes and lightens the skin. This is where that beautiful “brightening” factor comes in!

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The Verdict?
I absolutely love this toner! I have been using it twice daily for the past week or so. The first day I used this, I wasn’t totally convinced. Sure, my face felt clean. But it wasn’t anything your average toner couldn’t do just as well.

However, after two or three days, my skin was looking amazing! It was smooth, tight, and had an unmistakably bright glow. At work, I even received compliments. That fully convinced me that it was not just in my head. My skin actually did look better. So, of course, I had to tell those kind strangers that they too could have brighter skin.

Now, the pin says to use this toner both morning and night every day. However, I know that for some girls–particularly those with dryer skin– using a toner on top of cleanser twice a day every day is a bit harsh. It can get so bad, even that ridiculously expensive moisturizer you bought doesn’t make a bit of difference to your poor, flaky skin.

I suggest following your normal skin care routine. If you know that you can typically use toner every other day without drying out your skin, stick with that. If you have never used a toner before, or are not sure how often your skin can handle it, I suggest following the pin’s instructions of twice daily. Keep a close eye on that skin of yours. If you start to notice that your skin is drying out, back off a little. Skip a day. Try every other day. Try every three days. Find the perfect balance that works with your skin type and stick with it!

Whatever works for you, before long, you will notice an irresistible glow illuminating those cheeks. I adore it, and it has earned itself
a permanent place in my daily skin care routine.

I am so glad we kicked thGoodReviewis blog off with a positive review!

 

If you’ve got an idea or would like a pin to be reviewed, please click on my “Contact Me” page up at the top to send me an email! I’d love to hear from you. Have any of you tried this? Share your thoughts below! Also, I’d love to know how it worked for the girls that added the alcohol. Please share with the group!

Stay beautiful,

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