Mask Monday:: DIY Charcoal and Glue Mask!

You may have seen this floating around various social media sites.  It was too weird and cool to not try out so here you go!

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What You Will Need::

  • Activated Charcoal (not what you use to BBQ!!! )
  • Good Ole Elmer’s Glue ( It is non toxic and is similar to what is used in pore strips to make them stick!)
  • Something to mix up your charcoal and glue concoction.

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** Be careful!  The charcoal can make a bit of a mess so stir with care 🙂

I only applied the mask to the lower half of my face as that is my problem area. But I have seen people put it all over their face but I would be careful to avoid your eyebrows or any place with hair you don’t want removed… More on that in a bit.

 

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Nice and wet on my face. Also I forgot to mention I did steam my face for a bit before doing this to open up alllll my pores.  Now we wait…

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After about 25 minutes the mask was dry and it was impossible to move my face so I knew it was ready.  Now comes the fun part… the peeling!

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Why do we (I’m hoping I’m not the only one….) find such intrigue in peeling things off our bodies?  After the peeling process I of course examined the mask to see what junk was pulled out!

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This isn’t the best picture in the world but you can see some yucky stuff!  It also pulled out tiny hairs which is why you want to be careful where you put this.  I did not find it painful to pull off my face.  Now I’m not saying it was pleasant but it was kind of like peeling/pulling off a band-aid.  And it will depend on your tolerance for pain.  My mom later did the mask and she said it hurt.

So…. Is this a win? I think so, I’ve done this a total of three times now (over about a month) and everytime I get yucky juck out of my pores and the little teeny tiny hairs.

Where to Find Activated Charcoal!

Nature’s Way on Amazon (what I bought)- $6.70

Many sites so that they found this at the drug store (Wal-Mart, Target etc) but I was unable to find it in mine which is why I bought it online.

Pinterest Test:: No Heat Headband Curls!

Over the past year or so I’ve been trying to take better care of my hair.  I’ve been lucky in that my hair has been kind to me even though I’ve treated it horribly over the years.  Many other peoples hair probably would have not been as kind to them with all the drugstore dye, heat and various other infractions.  On the journey to better hair I’ve started taking Vitamins, limiting how often I wash my hair and I’ve thrown away the box dye and for the most part use heat very rarely on my hair.   My hair is fine but I have a lot of it so in a way it could be classified as thick.  I don’t think my hair is thick but according to my hair stylist JoAnna, I have a lot of hair.    My hair is also stick straight so of course I wish it was wavy/curly (always wanting what you don’t have….)  The picture you see below is me doing nothing to my hair, it was washed earlier in the day and left to air dry.

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Headband curls are something that I’ve seen for awhile on Pinterest but until last year when I cut my hair it was really too long to attempt this!  As I said my hair was washed earlier in the day and before I started the process I put some sea salt spray in my hair (check out this link to my post about making your own! )  and made sure to run my wet brush through my hair to evenly distribute the spray.  Next all you do is put an elastic headband over your hair and wrap your hair around it!  I’ve included a few links to videos and other blog posts that show you how to do this if you still need a little more explanation.

Cute Girl Hairstyles (video ) ** if you are someone who likes to watch YouTube – Guilty…- check out their channel! 

Trade Secrets (video) 

WikiHow (blog post with illustrations) 

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When I undid my curls the next morning I used a little hair spray and just ran my fingers through to break up the curls. Of course I did this experiment on a day when I wasn’t doing anything but running some errands and vegging on my couch!  If I was going out with this hairstyle,  I personally like a little more lift at my roots so I would have added a volumizing powder or spray and teased the crown and sides a little.

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This is definitely a Pinterest win and I will be doing this style again for sure!

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