Sunday, February 16, 2014

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Green Light- Mai



An eco-sista who loves EVERYTHING about being eco-friendly



How long have you been eco-friendly? I do not know if everyone would categorize me as being "eco-friendly". It was not necessarily a conscious decision, I just happen to have a few habits that lead me in that direction. I am more of a Do It Yourself (DIY) freak and that has lead me to having some eco-friendly habits. I would say I started dabbling towards the end of 2012.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? There were two main things that sort of lead me in that direction, the first being that I was just tired of being a product junkie LOL. I went through a lot of trail and error (for my hair and skin care) and I got sick of it. I first started the process for my hair because I was always writing down common ingredients in products my hair responded well to and that made it a little easier to start making my own products that incorporated those common ingredients. I wanted to stay away from products that did not have that did not have "healthy" ingredients at the top of the list and were filled with a bunch of stuff that I could not pronounce let alone recognize. I do not get as much access to all natural store bought products as I would like and that is the second reason why I became a DIY freak and consequently "eco-friendly". This process actually lead me to wanting to do the same for my skin.

I have sensitive skin and my face is oily on my T-zone and normal on the rest. I have always struggled to find products that were gentle on my sensitive skin yet still able to combat my oily T-zone. So I decided to make my own products. This again led me to wanting to make sure I was also ingesting "healthy" food. Whenever I can limit waste, reuse items or even make my own I am happy!

What do you like about it? EVERYTHING! I love the fact that I can tailor the products to fit my requirements. I like knowing that I am in control of what I apply on my face and hair because I make everything. I know that I am using more natural ingredients and I also get to take responsibility. If something does not work then I have no one else to blame but myself.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Yes! Sometimes I get a little too "creative" and make things that include too many ingredients and some of them do not play nice when mixed together. I also can get a little too hyped up when I want to try a new mix and need to stop myself to do a bit of research ( I can be a little impatient). Another thing is that there are a few mixes I want to try but do not have access to all to the ingredients which can sometimes limit the scientist in me! I am not the biggest fan of purchasing things online because I like physically looking and holding products, I HATE shipping prices and I guess you can call me a little paranoid about hackers.



Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? If we are talking about making your own products (which is what I'm most familiar with) then I say go for it! It is so much fun! You get to experiment and control every ingredient in your product. I would suggest to keep a journal where you can note down different mixes withe the ratios/ amounts of each ingredient used. This way you can remember what worked or did not work. Regardless of what kind of "eco-friendly" methods you are looking at, I would start off small and simple and take it from there.

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? There is no "right" way and every little thing counts so even if it seems "insignificant" it counts! Like I said I would start small and go from there. This is true not only for making your own products it can be something like reusing bottles, containers, etc. for other uses around the house e.g vases, pencil, pen holders, etc.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I use to get my hair relaxed from about the age of 14 until I was 25 and I also use to use a lot of commercial hair dyes. From mid-2009 to 2010 I transitioned and would just trim my relaxed ends off as my hair grew. By mid-2011 I stopped commercial hair dyes and started to integrate Pure Henna and Amla into my hair care and mix the products myself. I like to keep my routine simple. I cannot take all the credit though.

If it was not for the Internet and sources like Blogs, Forums, Youtube, etc. I would not know half of what I do today! While research is important I think you have to keep in mind that just because someone uses a certain product or routine and gets result A does not mean you will get the same results. It is important to know YOUR hair and work from that. It will take time till you know what your hair needs, likes, and wants but it is not mission impossible it is mission patience.

Is there anything you like to add? First I would like to say thank you for featuring me on your lovely blog! If anyone is interested to see how and what I do to make my own hair care products you can catch me on my Blog: Maicurls or watch some of my video on my YouTube Channel





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