ACV Wash Part 2: Moisturizing Locs

Hello, my dear SoulFlowers!  Welcome to Part 2 of the ACV (apple cider vinegar) wash.  In this video, I’ll show you how I moisturize my dreadlocks.  Since the ACV wash will leave your hair feeling very dry, it’s important to moisturize your locs after deep cleaning them.

I used coconut oil and tea tree oil for my (damp) locs, but you can also use any essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender.  You do not want to apply essential oils directly on your scalp, so make sure you have a carrier oil.  I used coconut oil for the carrier oil, but you can also use jojoba oil or almond oil.

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Essential oil such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender.  I used tea tree oil.
  • A carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil.  I used coconut oil (pressed, extra virgin oil).
  • A plastic cap to cover your locs.  I used a disposable shower cap.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine the carrier oil with the essential oil.  You can combine them in the palm of your hand or in a small container – even a plate will do.
  2. Apply the oils directly to your scalp.
  3. With both hands, rub the carrier oil and essential oil together.  Then take both oily palms and rub through your dreadlocks.  You’ll want a lighter touch for your dreadlocks, while a heavier hand can be applied to your scalp.
  4. Cover your hair with a plastic cap.  This step is optional, but the cap will help to moisturize your hair, using the heat from your scalp to help moisturize.

And that’s all there is to it.  Remember, you don’t want to do the ACV wash more than twice a year since it’s very drying.  Since I prefer to deep clean my dreadlocks outside, Spring and Fall are the best times for me to do the ACV wash.  Of course, the choice is yours.

Peace, love, & darkness,

Dasia Denise

ACV Wash Part 1: Deep Cleaning Locs

Hello, lovely Soulflowers!  I finally gave my dreadlocks a deep clean, known as the ACV wash.  ACV stands for Apple Cider Vinegar.  I do wash my dreadlocks at least once a week, but it’s also good to give your locs a nice, deep clean.  The ACV wash will leave your locs feeling nice and lightweight.  The added bonus is that the ingredients are all natural, which is great for dreadlocks.  It’s best to wait until your hair has matured before doing the acv wash, to keep your dreadlocks from unraveling.

Here’s the video of me deep cleaning my dreadlocks.  I’ve also included the list of ingredients and the instructions below.

 

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

  • 3/4 cups (180 mL) apple cider vinegar (organic, if possible)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) baking soda
  • 1/2 lemon (seeds removed)
  • 1 Tbsp. (approx. 17 g) sea salt
  • sink or basin (I used a 14″ round basin)
  • a couple of towels

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  Remove jewelry (such as earrings that can be removed) and hair  accessories.
  2.  Add the baking soda and sea salt into the sink/tub.
  3.  Add a little bit of hot water to the sink/tub.  You want just enough hot water   to dissolve the baking soda and sea salt.
  4.  Fill the rest of the sink/tub with warm water.
  5.  Squeeze the 1/2 of lemon into the water and then add the vinegar.  Mix all of the ingredients together.
  6.  Soak your locs into the acv mixture for about 10 minutes.
  7.  After soaking, wrap your locs into a towel and towel-dry.  Pour out the dirty   acv water.
  8.  Rinse the acv mixture out of your hair with clear water.  Make sure to rinse thoroughly!

 

That’s it for Part 1.  Next week for Part 2, I’ll show you how I moisturize my locs.  The acv wash will leave you with very dry locs, so moisturizing them after the rinse is a very important step.  Stay tuned.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

2 Years Of Freeform Locs!

Hello, SoulFlowers!  Guess what?  My dreadlocks turned 2 years old in May of this year.  Woot!  They’re still growing longer and getting thicker, which makes me very happy.  To celebrate this milestone in hair, I’ve created a video showing the progression of my dreadlocks.  This is also the first video that I tried morphing software.  It’s not great, but it’s not too bad for my first try.  I hope you all enjoy seeing the progression.  I’ve also included pictures in this post, after the video.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

 

 

 

2-YEAR LOC PROGRESSION

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Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

Makeup Tutorial: Gothic Purple (Reader Request)

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Hello, lovelies!  I’m so happy with this makeup tutorial.  Why?  Because it’s my first requested video from one of my readers!  Woot!  This reader thought that I should try a gothic look using purple makeup and I am happy to oblige.

 

 

Here is the list of makeup that I used.  The purple eyeshadows are from, once again, Ben Nye’s® Lumiere Creme Colour collection.  These eye cremes are a dream to wear.  The colors are vivid and they glide on your face beautifully.  Although I’ve been using their eyeshadows, this is the first time I’ve tried Ben Nye’s® Shimmer Crayon.  The application is very smooth, which can be tricky since makeup crayons can often feel waxy – like a literal crayon.

 

EYES

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LIGHT PURPLE EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Colour Shadow in Cosmic Violet

DARK PURPLE EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Colour Shadow in Royal Purple

SILVER EYELINER:  Ben Nye® Shimmer Crayon in Silver

EYELINER:  M.A.C. Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack

EYESHADOW PENCIL:  L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sunglasses

EYEBROW PENCIL:  Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

BROWS FILLED IN WITH:  Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown

MASCARA:  Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express Mascara in Very Black

 

FACE

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FOUNDATION PRIMER: Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

FOUNDATION: Iman® Second To None Luminous Foundation in Clay 2

LOOSE POWDER:  Iman® Second To None Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium

SILVER EYESHADOW & MOON STAMP: EYE-Cons Makeup Kit

BLUSH:  Ben Nye® Powder Rouge in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY: Model In A Bottle®

 

LIPS

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LIP PENCIL: L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sunglasses

LIPSTICK: Manic Panic® Glam Nation™ Lipstick in Deadly Nightshade

 

I hope you lovelies enjoyed this tutorial.  Any ideas, requests, thoughts, or questions?  Share in the comments below.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Makeup Tutorial: Gothic Red Eyeshadow

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Hello, lovelies!  Here’s another makeup tutorial, where I demonstrate how I created this look.  This is the makeup that I wore for July’s birthstone, Ruby.  The focus here is the red and black creme eyeshadows. 

 

 

Here is the list of the makeup that I used.  Since I applied my eye makeup before my foundation, the eye makeup is listed first.  I used Scotch® tape to create the cut-crease eyeshadow.

 

EYES

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RED EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Colour Shadow in Cherry Red

BLACK EYESHADOW:  M.A.C. Paint Pot in Blackground

EYELINER:  M.A.C. Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack

EYESHADOW PENCIL:  L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sunglasses

EYEBROW PENCIL:  Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

BROWS FILLED IN WITH:  Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown

MASCARA:  Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express Mascara in Very Black

 

FACE

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FOUNDATION PRIMER: Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

FOUNDATION: Iman® Second To None Luminous Foundation in Clay 2

LOOSE POWDER:  Iman® Second To None Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium

BLUSH:  Ben Nye® Powder Rouge in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY: Model In A Bottle®

 

LIPS

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LIP PENCIL: M.A.C. Lip Pencil Liner in Nightmoth

LIPSTICK: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I plan on trying other colors for more bold looks.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Tutorial: Goth Makeup For Eyeglasses

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Hello, lovelies!  I’ve created another makeup tutorial, centered around wearing eyeglasses with gothic makeup.  Wearing makeup with glasses can be a challenge.  How does one go about making their eyes stand out behind a pair of spectacles?  Hopefully, this video will give you some pointers.

 

 

Here is the list of the makeup that I used in the video:

FACE

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FOUNDATION PRIMER: Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

FOUNDATION: Iman® Second To None Luminous Foundation in Clay 2

LOOSE POWDER:  Iman® Second To None Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium

BLUSH:  Ben Nye® Powder Rouge in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY: Model In A Bottle®

“TRIBAL” LINE MARKING:  Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil in Cashmere White

 

EYES

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EYESHADOW PRIMER:  Too Faced® Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer

LIGHT EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Pressed Eye Shadow in Honey

BLACK EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Pressed Eye Shadow in Black

BLACK EYELINER: M.A.C. Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack

WHITE EYELINER: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil in Cashmere White

EYEBROW PENCIL:  Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

BROWS FILLED IN WITH:  Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown

MASCARA:  Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express Mascara in Very Black

 

LIPS

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LIP PENCIL: M.A.C. Lip Pencil Liner in Nightmoth

LIPSTICK: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery

 

This is the makeup that I wore for May’s birth flower, Lily of the Valley.  I hope this tutorial was useful for you.  I’m really getting into creating makeup tutorials, so you will see more of them in the near future.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

World Goth Day & My First Makeup Tutorial

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World Goth Day logo from The World Goth Day Page 

Today is Sunday, May 22, also known as World Goth Day.  Normally, I’m chillin’ on Sundays and that’s exactly what I’m going to do today – nothing.  But I will celebrate this day with a makeup tutorial, made by moi.  It’s my first one and I’m quite proud of it.  I’m debating whether or not to add commentary, but I can make a decision at a later time.  The makeup in the video is what I wore for April’s birthstone, Diamond.

 

Here is the list of the makeup that I used in the video:

FACE

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FOUNDATION PRIMER: Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

FOUNDATION: Iman® Second To None Luminous Foundation in Clay 2

LOOSE POWDER:  Iman® Second To None Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium

BLUSH:  Ben Nye® Powder Rouge in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY: Model In A Bottle®

 

EYES

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EYESHADOW PRIMER:  Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in SIN

EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Pressed Eye Shadow in Black

EYELINER: M.A.C. Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack

GLITTER PRIMER:  Too Faced® Shadow Insurance Glitter Bonding Eye Shadow Primer

GLITTER:  Too Faced® Glamour Dust in Blue Angel

EYEBROW PENCIL:  Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

BROWS FILLED IN WITH:  Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown

 

LIPS

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LIP PENCIL: M.A.C. Lip Pencil Liner in Nightmoth

LIPSTICK: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery

 

What are you lovelies up to for World Goth Day?  I hope your plans include watching my first video (haha).  If you do decide to watch, I hope you enjoy this video.  Any tips to make it better?  Should I add commentary or no?  Please share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup – Seven Little Coffins

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Hello, lovelies!  Yesterday was a good day – not only was it Friday (woo hoo!) but I also managed to look pretty spiffy.  I wore my “goddess dress” again and also decided to wear my new Alchemy Gothic “Vault of the Seven Saints” necklace.  Alchemy pieces are a bit pricey, but the design and craftsmanship are worth it.  Alchemy’s design collections change, so once a particular piece stops being made, it’s gone.  I bought my necklace from Amazon, but you can also find discontinued Alchemy jewelry on Ebay.

Here’s what I wore.  I wore my black, sandal-moccasins because I wanted to be a bit more comfortable for work.  But I would also wear my this dress with my black, Victorian-style boots.

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Dress: Amazon, Shoes: Medieval Moccasins

 

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Studded collar: Aeon Leather (Etsy)

 

Here’s my face.  It’s a pretty basic look.  I used Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Colour in Bronze, which is close to my skin tone.  It’s a nice color for when I want a “neutral” shimmer:

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I had a nice and productive work week, but I’m happy it’s the weekend!  The weather’s been gorgeous, and I’m pleased to be able to wear heavier makeup. Autumn also calls for layers and we know how much goths love layers.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup – Basic Black For A Busy Thursday

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Hello, my lovelies.   Work has been insanely busy and I’m exhausted!  I’ve been pretty useless and spent by the time I arrive home.  We sell medical goods and this month is our sale month.  That means that work will continue to be busy for the rest of July.  Oh well, no complaints.  At least I have a job, right?

Here’s what I wore on Thursday – just a simple black dress with my lace cardigan.  The temperature dropped to about 86° F (30° C), so I was able to wear my long, lace cardigan.  This is why I love to wear layers when I can.  When I got hot, I simply took the cardigan off.  Even though it was lacy and lightweight, it can still get hot wearing it.

 

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Long black dress: Dharma Trading Co., Lace cardigan: Amazon, Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

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Here’s my summer goth face.  Just the usual dark makeup:

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Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Studded choker: AOS Leather (Etsy), Coffin nails necklace: Extollo Jewelry (Etsy)

 

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That’s all for today.  A very short post, indeed.  July’s birth flower post will be up very soon and I perform again in 2 weeks, so there are more substantial posts on the horizon.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup: 2-Month-Old Dreads

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Hello, lovelies.  Today is the 2-month mark of growing my locs.  Things are going splendidly so far, even though my hair looks crazier and more fuzzy.  But it’s interesting to see them form.  They seem to have a mind of their own.  The color is fading, but I’m hoping to dye them soon.  If not, then no big deal.  It’s a good thing I’m a tribal belly dancer – I can cover my gray and dark brown roots with flowers and a scarf.

Before we dive into the OOTD and makeup, let’s talk hair.  First, here are the hair products that I no longer need.  I feel free already!

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No more! I have stopped using the conditioner, leave-in conditioner, pick, and comb. But if you have loose, curly hair I highly recommend the Giovanni® hair care line.

 

Now for the products I do use.  Right now, it’s just residue-free shampoo.  For recommendations on which shampoos to buy for washing dreadlocks, you can go to the Raging Roots Studio website and go to their “Recommended Shampoo List“.  I bought the Shea Moisture® Shampoo from Amazon.

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Also good to have on hand: a tam, for when my hair is looking a hot mess, and a microfiber headband, to absorb sweat during hot yoga.

 

Here’s what I wore.  I bought the dark blue tunic from a fashion show that I attended back in February (DC Fashion Week).  Most of the other clothing were either brightly colored or pastel, so I was pleased to find something dark:

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As you can see, keeping the sleeves rolled up can be a challenge. Blue tunic dress: bought at DC Fashion Week, Black leggings: Amazon, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes

 

Here’s my face.  It wasn’t too hot outside, so I went a little heavy on the eye makeup:

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Applying my almost-black lipstick. Silver spike earrings: Opulent Oddities (Etsy)

 

Here’s how my hair has progressed so far:

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My hair is gradually losing its length, but the locs are starting to show.  My hair will continue to shrink until the locs start to mature – then I’ll start gaining some length (hopefully). It really is interesting seeing what my hair can do when left alone (not entirely – I do separate my hair).  Can’t wait to see how they look next month.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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