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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Earring Sale!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

You Asked, I Answered: Hair Washing

This question was asked in passing one day while out shopping...

You Asked:
How do you wash your hair? I just feel like it takes me too long.

I Answered:
There are quite a few wash day regimens and steps that I have tried but what I found that works the best for me is as follows:

1. Section the hair and prepoo with coconut oil
2. Keeping the hair in sections focus on using your fingertips to shampoo/cleanse the scalp
3. When it's time to condition, working one section at a time, apply the conditioner and detangle at the same time
4. At this point you can let the conditioner sit or rinse well immediately after all sections are conditioned
5. The final wash step is to apply a leave-in conditioner.


I have tried the complicated regimens, the special treatments, and some of the so called growth aids. I've been at this natural thing all my life and finally realized that I retained the most length and maintained a healthy scalp when my hair care is simple and consistent. I would highly suggest to anyone that before spending all your hair earned money and valuable time on long extensive regimens with multiple products that you try it simple first. Sometimes, that is truly all it takes. Then you can spend that money you save on shoes! Oh, just me? :)

To read about the product I use Click Here
For other hair care treatments I do sparingly Click Here

Friday, September 5, 2014

Cinnamon and Honey Face Mask

One day while searching for a natural remedy for the scar on my face, from our recent trip to the gun range (hot shell hit me on the cheek), I came across this cinnamon/honey/baking soda face mask. It was one of the few in which I already had all the ingredients necessary to make the mask. 

Materials needed:
1 tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of cinnamon

1.) Mix honey, baking soda and cinnamon together.
2.) Cleanse and dry face
3.) Apply the mask honey mask and leave on for 15-20 minutes
4.) Gently wash mask off with cool water only and dry
5.) Moisturize as usual

How does the mask work? 
Honey: Said to kill acne causing bacteria and absorb impurities from the skin. Moisturizes and conditions your face without making it oily. Additionally, honey is said to be full of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Cinnamon: Known to be a natural astringent and anti-fungal treatment.
Baking Soda: May help with removing dirt, exfoliating skin, clogged pores, and fading scars.

Two weeks and 4 masks later...
So far I can tell that my scar is fading quicker that past scars have faded. My skin has always been pretty clean with only the occasional breakout so I can't really judge if this is effective for acne.

Have you tried this mask? What was your outcome? 

Disclaimer: Applying/ingesting anything you read on the Internet should be done at your own discretion. If you have allergies to anything mentioned in the ingredients, you should probably avoid this treatment. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Product Review: Kukui Oil Conditioner

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil (Kukui), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Glycol Distearate, Glycol Stearate, Isopropyl Alcohol, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985)

They say: It's an ancient Hawaiian secret for frizz free, incredibly smooth glossy hair making everyday a 'good hair' day.

I say: It smells great!! As far as repelling humidity...the South will put any product to test and unfortunately this one did not put up much of a fight against the humidity here. Also, I like for my conditioners to have a lot of slip and the Kukui Oil Conditioner did not have that characteristic. I probably will not purchase this particular formulation again.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

You Asked, I Answered: White and Yellow Shea Butter

You Asked:
Hi, I just found your blog. I read that you use shea butter. Are you still using it on your hair? Which is better for natural hair?

I Answered:
I am by no means an expert on Shea Butter but I tried my best to find a consistent answer to this question. According to Africa Imports, the color of shea butter is not related to the quality. The color can vary based on how the shea butter is harvested or the season in which it is harvested.

But then there's this:

The shea butter that I opt to use is yellow. As far as which is better depends on your hair's reaction. Some naturals don't like shea butter at all but for others it's all they use. I can't tell you which will be better for your hair.

View past questions here → You Asked, I Answered

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Learn and Move On!

Saturday night I sat down to do my hair with no idea of what I wanted. So I pulled up my "go to" Pinterest. I found this really cute inspiration that took me less then 1 hour to do.

To achieve this look:
1. Start with clean and conditioned hair.
2. Detangle and separate the hair into two main sections - the section that goes around and the section that goes forward.
3. Start twisting. I started with the back section.
4. After all twists are done, use hairpins to achieve your desired finished look.

Sunday's Message
Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV
Next Level Greatness
Many people talk about greatness but few do what is necessary to achieve greatness. Greatness brings you recognition but also puts a bullseye on your back.

Four things that we must do to move to next level greatness (found in the text):
1. Abraham steps out with God - leave everything you know and go where I tell you to go, trust the one that has the plan
2. Abraham separates from Lot - some of us have some Lots in our life that we have to separate from (bad influences, bad habits)
3. Abraham casts away Ishmael - Ishmael represents doing it your way and not following God's plan for your life
4. Abraham offers Isaac as a sacrifice - trust God enough that you will give Him your best.

How do you know when you have reached next level greatness?
1. When you are interested instead of interesting.
2. When you pursue passion instead of money.
3. Fail fast, learn from it, and move on.
4. Refuse to apologize for following your dream.

You move to next level greatness when you have an awareness that greater is He that is within you rather than he that is in the world!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Your Body, Your Hair

While browsing Pinterest one day I came across this pin and had to visit the source. Somehow, I had not stumbled across that blog before - looks like I have a new one to add to my list.

Back to the point of this post...

Instead of speaking (typing) in general terms I'm going to own up to my faults in this post. When I started my healthy hair care journey I jumped far into the deep end. I'm talking far! I threw out all my paraben, sulfate, and petroleum filled products. I researched and developed a strict regimen then followed that regimen religiously. Never in my life have I been so disciplined about anything (oh things I could have achieved if I had been).

After reading "Why I Need To Think Of My Body Like I Think About My Hair" I started thinking how I could feel and be healthier if I applied the same discipline to my body that I used on my hair. After a lifetime of not so healthy habits I knew this was something that I would have to transition into slowly. Plus, it would be easier if my household did it together - this meant convincing my husband to make some healthy choices with me. Surprisingly that was the easy part since he had been an athlete almost his entire life.

I didn't purge my kitchen like I did my hair products but I did stop replenishing unhealthy items (except Oreos and Ice Cream...okay desserts, lol) when they ran out. The biggest change we made was putting an end to canned foods. We now make our side dishes from fresh fruit and veggies. We also stopped eating meat on Mondays and at least one week a month we go completely meatless. When we do eat meat, we only eat pork and beef every other week and then it's one or the other. Never both in the same week. 

So far we are doing go and feeling better. This change also helped me be a lot healthier when I was pregnant. It was easy to crave fruit and vegetables since it was what I conditioned my body to want. 

We are not perfect and there are still food choices that we need to adjust. One day at a time is way better that not doing it at all.

Monday, July 21, 2014

L. O. C. Method Product Grid

For those still unsure about which products to use when sealing your hair. Check out this informative chart I came across on Pinterest.

My personal combination is water, coconut oil, and a cream. That glycerine, castor oil, and shea sounds nice...


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Protective Styling with Braids

Since being on maternity leave and not wanting to worry about my hair on a daily basis I have returned to my trusty protective style of braids. Let me make this clear now - I protective style with braids by only braiding my hair. I do not add any weave at all. Six months later...I'm still braided up 4-5 days a week. The only exception has been the 1 month I took a break from braids and wore twists instead,

I have found that I get the best protection when I follow the regimen below:

Clean hair
I never braid my hair for long periods of time if it has not been washed first. Braiding dirty hair just makes my hair dirtier and causes my scalp to itch.

Condition, Condition
After washing my hair I like deep condition to prepare for a lengthy protective style. After deep conditioning I apply a leave-in conditioner and not just any leave-in → KT Leave-in or Giovanni Direct Leave-in

Detangle Well
Not to insult anyone's intelligence but braiding hair that is not detangled well make no sense at all. If my hair is not thoroughly detangled when I braid it, I have an even bigger problem when the times comes to un-braid my hair. Removing braids and having to detangle at the same time would frustrated me. Frustration would cause me to handle my hair roughly and that would lead to breakage. So...DETANGLE!

I know some naturals prefer to use their fingers to detangle and separate hair. However, I prefer to use combs. After detangling with a wide tooth comb I use a rat-tail comb to section my hair for braiding. My hair does best with a minimum of 6 sections, smaller sections in the crown area. I combine sectioning with the detangling step because for me it's pretty difficult to do one without the other.

Neat but not tight - that is how I braid. Also, when braid I slide my fingers down the length of my hair with each turn so that my hair remains tangle-free and my length is stretched out for styling once the braids are undone.

Protect the Protection
Hats, bonnets, headbands, or hair ties...I use them to protect my hair from external elements. Just because the hair is braided does not mean that it is completely resistant to damage. I use bonnets when I sleep and hats when I go out. Remember, protective styles are just the beginning the true protection comes with how you treat your hair overall.
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