Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Spicy Hummus

We love hummus and here we like to do it spicy!

3 cups of cooked garbanzo beans or 2 cans
1/4 cup of bean liquid from the pot or can
1/2 cup sesame tahini 
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons garlic powder or 2-3 cloves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon of seasalt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (add more and a 2 dashes of Tabasco if you really like it hot!)

Optional: 2 dashes of Tabasco Chipotle

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The oatmeal conditioner project

I made some time this morning to do my Oatmeal Conditioner Project!

First I read up on how grain protein can add strength and softness to course dry hair.  I have thick course hair that is occasionally dry.  Using an apple cider vinegar rinse instead of shampoo has been very helpful in keeping the natural oils in my hair.
But, I went back to coloring my hair and when I do that it dries out!  Hence, I started looking for a way to condition my hair.

Step 1 - Powdered oatmeal
The first thing you need is colloidal oatmeal which is oatmeal ground to a fine powder.  Instead of buying some I just ground my oatmeal until it made a powder.

I put about a 1/4 cup of oatmeal powder in a quart container.  When I got ready for my shower I filled the container with water and stirred until all of the oatmeal was dissolved!

Step 2  - Application

First I got my hair wet, then I slowly poured the mixture onto my head. I squeezed my hair with the other hand to get the mixture through my hair.  I noticed a lot of it was running off, so I bent forward and poured it on the back of my head, again squeezing my hair to get the mixture through.  My hair didn't feel silky like others have said on the web.  Mine felt thicker and I couldn't comb through it.  I took my normal shower and then started to rinse my hair.  I took extra time to rinse and got to the point where I could run my fingers through it.    My hair felt thick and heavy but my skin felt amazingly soft after my shower!  I'll definitely be making more oatmeal mix as a body wash or added to my bath!

Step 3 - Styling

I decided to blow-dry my hair.  Lately it has been very fly-away-like after I blow dry my hair so I've been letting it air dry instead.  After I unwrapped my hair from the towel I saw I had oatmeal chunks in it!  I guess my Ninja didn't get the oatmeal to a 100% powder!  LOL!  No worries though, as my hair dried, the flakes came right out.  Also, at first I could not brush my hair as I dried it.  It was too thick!  So I used my hands and as my hair dried, it untangled and I could brush it.

I noticed my hair was not fly-away but thicker and had more body.  I was still a bit dry so I added a bit of almond oil to it.  Now that it has cooled, my hair feels smooth and thick.  It also smells amazing.  Like an oatmeal almond cookie!

Before oatmeal conditioner

After oatmeal  conditioner

1. Buy powdered oatmeal - I think if I had finer ground oatmeal I would have had better results.  It was perfect for adding to a bath, but I don't think it was fine enough to fully do the trick with my hair.   Or maybe since my hair is naturally coarse it takes more than one treatment.
2. I think this would be fantastic for anyone wanting thicker hair.  It really soaked in and made each strand fuller! 

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