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Hair Color -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Vitamin C Hair Color Remover

on 5/19/2018 9:16:00 AM


MY HAIR: My natural color is dark ash brown but for the last 2 years I was dying them black(what was I thinking?) .I desperately needed a change so I bleached some highlights which ended up dark orange and then I dyed my whole hair dark red. I repeated this color for a couple of months.

THE PROCESS: I read about the vitamin c as a color remover online so I decided to try it.I crashed 30 pills of 1500mg and mixed it with a cheap shampoo.Remember to wet your hair before you apply it!I left the mixture on my head for two hours and then rinsed very well(5 min rinsing also an important step!)with warm water. My hair was one shade lighter and the red had faded alway almost completely!I repeated the process the next day and my hair is now 2 shades lighter, I got rid of the biggest amount of the red and now I can apply normal light ash brown dye.

CONCLUSION: -It doesn’t work as a bleaching product but as a color remover.This means it won’t work on natural color hair and it won’t light the dyed hair more than 1-2 shades per application.
-It works even if you the last time you dyed your hair was 2 months ago, but the more recent the dye, the better it will strip the color in one application.
-You can repeat this process as many times as you like but give your hair a break in between.
-It doesn’t dry the hair like a bleaching product but you definitely will need a good conditioner after.
-Remember to rinse very well(5 min at least)with warm water.
-You will probably need to re-dye your hair after this process if you want a rich high end color, because this gives a more orangish result.

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Loose Powders -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Diatomaceous Earth

on 5/11/2018 4:36:00 PM

Why is ANYONE still buying expensive "HD Powders" from high end brands?! Girls, if the ingredients list says "100% silica", then all you are doing is overpaying for a tiny jar of plain old Diatomaceous Earth. I bought a giant 10lb bag of FOOD GRADE D.E. for about $10 and put it in a sifter jar . Voila! HD Powder for a few pennies on the dollar! IT's GREAT for mattifying your face, and giving you that same "photo finish" look that overpriced powders do--for DIRT CHEAP. It has a whole multitude of other applications (pest control, cleaning, facial masks..too many to list...just google it). As everyone says, ONLY use the FOOD GRADE stuff. THe non-food grade stuff could contain the CRYSTALLINE silica which is bad if you inhale it. The food grade stuff is non-crystalline, and safe for humans and pets.

Treatments (Face) -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Custom Oil Blend

on 5/8/2018 3:11:00 PM

A few years ago, my skin freaked out at menopause; in addition to being sensitive and reactive, it got desert dry AND dehydrated; I actually had bleeding cracks in the chin area (the spot where my moisture barrier was most compromised, likely due to overplucking and injudicious use of exfoliants).

Searching for SOMETHING that would help my poor skin, I came upon the idea of using oils. I tried out several that did not work out: Olive oil was a disaster, not only did it not help my skin retain moisture, it made me itch and break out. Coconut oil works great on my body, but clogs my face. Avocado oil is fine for the body (I love mixing it with lotion to amp up their moisturizing potential), but once again clogs my face.

Through months of experimentation, trying one new oil at a time, my current combination is: One 1,000 mg capsule of borage oil and one of black currant oil; two small capsules of evening primrose oil; two droppers of argan oil; six squirts each of pomegranate oil and rosehip oil, and a nice amount of tamanu oil (see my review of that). I mix it in a small container and draw it up into a glass eyedropper, dispensing into my palm to be mixed with other products. For some unknown reason, my skin loves this when it's mixed with something (moisturizer, toner, essence, aloe vera gel) but doesn't like it nearly as well applied directly to the skin. So, those of you who think your skin doesn't like oil, try mixing!

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Treatments (Face) -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Oatmeal Water

on 5/8/2018 9:43:00 AM

I've been using oatmeal, preferably colloidal, in skincare for years. I love it as a DIY facial mask, usually mixed with yogurt. When I started my modified 7Skin regimen, I was musing about how I could incorporate the soothing qualities of oatmeal into that and came up with this. (See my Notepad if you are interested in my full regimen.)

You'll need the packets of colloidal oatmeal used for baths (for eczema/rashes etc), the ones without oil or additives. (I suppose you could soak ordinary oatmeal and use the liquid.) I simply put a bit of the oatmeal powder into a jar (8 oz or so) and add lukewarm preboiled spring water and mix well. (Hot water makes it clump, and it mixes best with warm, not cold, water.) I keep this in the fridge and pour a tiny amount into a baby food jar for daily use. I find that mixing this with honey water in my hand (two droppers of oatmeal, one dropper of honey) avoids the potential for the oatmeal water to dry powdery. I especially like this combination around my very sensitive eyes. (Honey water is simply high quality raw honey dissolved in WARM, not hot, spring water.)

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Treatments (Face) -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Fermented Rice Water

on 5/8/2018 9:28:00 AM

I first discovered this due to an offhand comment on the skincare board referencing "rice water, " which I then looked up. Finding that it might be a useful addition to my skincare regimen, I tried it out. Over the last year or so, I've tweaked my procedures; see below for my "recipe."

I use this as my first "essence" / liquid in my modified 7Skin routine, following my washcloth compress (see my Notepad for both). I keep my liquids (I use several) in baby food jars and use a glass eyedropper to dispense into my palm, three droppers of this patted over my face and neck, most definitely around my eyes. Note that not only do I have very sensitive (and dry yet clog prone) skin, my eyes are SUPER sensitive, getting itchy and puffy over virtually nothing. And this not only doesn't irritate them, it's SOOTHING and depuffing.

How to make fermented rice water

You can use any type of plain natural rice, can't be flavored or precooked, but can be white or brown; I suppose the fancy ones would work too.

Rinse the rice (yes, this is necessary) by covering with water, allowing to stand for no more than 5 minutes, then straining. (I use enough rice to cover the bottom of the jar about 1/4 to 1/3 full.)

Put the rinsed rice in a medium sized wide mouthed jar, must have a lid (10-12 oz or so; wide so it's easy to get the rice in and out). Bring spring water to a boil, and pour over the rice straight into the jar (which of course must be glass). Carefully (it's HOT) cover with the jar lid, and leave it on the counter. Check in about 48 hours; when it's ready, it will have a funny smell and be bubbly--that's the fermentation. Can take up to 72 hours; I find it takes longer in winter/cooler temps. Put in the fridge, and take out small amounts for use for a couple of days (baby food jar as stated above).

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