Kickstarter, or Asking Others for Cash!

Greetings everyone! 😀

While sitting around wondering what to do with my life (as Millennials are prone to do I guess) I decided to take that leap of faith by aspiring to make my hobby of natural hair/skin care products into a legit business.

First stop is the Coffee Infused Shea Butter Whip which is great for my hair (as a sealant) and skin. With Shea butter as the base, I mix Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, and a blend of coffee infused oils into a soft, spreadable nourishing mixture.

I polled numerous Facebook hair groups and others agreed that this could be the start of a great idea. The problem with being a college graduate from a small home town is….being super broke. Yeah, everyone is broke in this economy. Just no investment money for my business project.

Gathering my Internet skills, I set out to start a Kickstarter for my Coffee Infused Shea Whip! (link:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/324848566/coffee-shea-whip-funding) So there’s 27 more days left to fund my campaign, since I would like to start ASAP. The reward is an 8oz container of whip for $10, which I will ship to you when the project is funded!

So the question is what is in your mix that makes it so great? Let’s break down the benefits of my whip!

Shea Butter: Shea butter contains Vitamin A, E, F and others, that protect our bodies from free radicals. Free radicals damage your healthy cells so protecting your body from those bad boys is a great idea! Also inflammatory properties, which help to heal us of these scalp and skin conditions and allow our scalp (and body) to re-grow hair in a healthy environment.

Coconut Oil: Tagged as the holy grail of oils by many naturals and people looking for a natural alternative to almost everything, it adds luster, shine and softness to the hair. Pretty much unless you are allergic to coconuts, the oil is used for plenty of health reasons such as a pre-poo, conditioner, sealant, and more!

Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO): This thick, amber oil boosts the earthy smell of Shea butter in my mix. It has a host of applications such as increased hair growth, thickening hair that is starting to thin out, reduce and prevent hair damage, eliminate dry hair and much more.

Coffee (Caffeine): The boost to my whip is the coffee infusion! Caffeine helps regulate hair growth by interacting with your follicles. It boosts the growth of your hair during your hair cycle, promoting sweet new growth.

In a nutshell, my whip smells great (Like earthy coffee), is great for your hair, and just costs $10 to fund! Donate some of your cash and spread the link around to those who would love natural remedies!

Learning about Bentonite Clay!

So I am currently trying a new product. It’s a grey powder that doesn’t have a smell and wasn’t too expensive at my local Sally’s beauty store. It’s bentonite clay.

Here is what bentonite clay is according to Wiki:

Bentonite is an absorbent aluminium phyllosilicate clay consisting mostly of montmorillonite. It was named by Wilbur C. Knight in 1898 after the Cretaceous Benton Shale nearRock River, Wyoming.[1][2]

The different types of bentonite are each named after the respective dominant element, such as potassium (K), sodium (Na), calcium (Ca), and aluminium (Al). Experts debate a number of nomenclatorial problems with the classification of bentonite clays. Bentonite usually forms from weathering of volcanic ash, most often in the presence of water.

Bentonite clay is used for both hair and face to detox and cleanse. It also has the ability to define curls for those who have curly/kinky hair. So it’s a natural shampoo, detox, and curl enhancer all in one! Plus it’s a more natural way of caring for your self so what’s there not to love?

Attempt 1: For my first attempt I mixed a fair, which turned out to be too much, amount of clay with my apple cider vinegar and water. A small amount of fizzing happened but not much, which led me to think that I’ve had that cider open for a little bit too long. It was a conditioner consistency but I did spread it out on my hair. I went about my hour or so with no cap, letting the clay harden before washing out. I did have some hair chalk residue in my hair. The color was lifted completely….but a day or two later I had small chunks of clay stuck in the top part of my head!!!! These chunks were tiny and dark fitting in with small bits of hair chalk instead of clay. Ooops lol! My hair didn’t feel too special and had a small whiff of vinegar that I expected to wear off. The smell lingered longer that normal from an apple cider vinegar rinse which wasn’t pleasant.

Attempt 2: Determined I decided to try the next day. My hair wasn’t really soft or hard, just wet the first time. I used warmed Aussie Moist conditioner and coconut oil, then added the clay and water. The mix was pretty thick and clumpy, even after mixing the warm water. I mixed more water than the first time but the clumps still didn’t go away. I took the warm mixture in my hand, spread evenly in my palms, and rubbed it through my damp locks. I used a plastic cap to keep the clay from drying this time and let it set for an hour before rinsing with warm water. My curls were hanging more than the first time, especially the ones in the back. My hair is fairly short but it felt softer than the first time although the mixture was lumpy and thick. I think the conditioner and oil helped with the softness and moisture.

I haven’t had a third attempt yet, but will be soon. My hair felt clean both times yet the second time was more moisturized than the first. I will probably leave out the apple cider vinegar since I do not have anymore, but if I do get more apple cider I will make sure to get the one with the mother still intact. A more natural, organic vinegar will have a more positive effect than the diluted store version. 😀