Friday, September 25, 2015

6 Weight Loss Tips

Losing weight is very hard and it takes perseverance to reach your goal. Here are six tips that can help you along the way to your goal;

Eat Better- Eating nutrient rich foods is very important step in any weight loss program. Watching the calories, the sodium, the sugar and fat in each meal is important but getting the most out of each meal is just as important. Enjoying what you eat is also a part of eating better; so eat slowly, so you can taste and savor your meal.  Enjoying your meal will help you feel full and satiated because if you feel satiated you will in all intent eat less.

Drink More Water-  Keep your body hydrated will help with the digestive process and boost your metabolism.
Weight Train- Weight train helps to build your muscles and the more muscles you have the fat your will burn.

Set Long-term and Short-term Goal- Setting long-term and short-term goals is very important in any weight loss journey.  With goals you will always have something to look forward to and won't become discouraged along the way. So have a end goal but also have small along the way helps you get there.

Participate in Fun Events- Find different fun events to keep you motivated. Try running a 3k, at 5k, doing a mud run, a walk for charity or even a friendly run among friends to keep it fresh.

Use Positive Affirmations- Always look at the glass half full in other words find the positive in all situation.  Therefore, if you don't make your short-term or long-term goals don't bet yourself up instead give yourself a high five and push on.

These tips have been helpful to me along my weight loss journey and is still helping to push me to my ultimate goal.

What tips do you use to achieve your weight loss goals?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wash Day- moisturizing my box braids

Having box braids has it pros and cons or blessing and curse , whichever way you choose to view it.  For me the pros (blessings) outweighs the cons (curse). I am loving having these braids in and will share some of my pros and cons along with how I keep them moisturized.

The Pros-

  • Easily maintained- This such a low maintenance style that I have to be on my a game when it comes to keeping it moisturized.
  • Easily styled- I do not need to brush, comb, detangle or curl it in any shape of for. All I need are a few pins, a srunchie and I have the perfect hairstyle all the time.

The Cons-
  • It is heavy- Box braids tends to be much heavier than a weave or even crochet braids.  it took me at least a week to get us to the weight.
  • The itching- OMG the first few days I thought that I had head lice, yes the itching was that bad. To combat it I added a few drops of peppermint to water and sprayed my scalp to help relieve the itching.

How I keep them moisturized

On a nightly basis I moisturize using my moisturizing mix. I first spray my scalp them the entire length of my hair with the mix before pinning it up and putting on my scarf.  Because the mix is in a spray bottle it is quite easy to apply and I feel that my hair is being moisturized. 

The mix- 
1 tbs Coconut oil
1 tbs Grapeseed oil
2 tbs Castor oil
a few drops of peppermint oil
roughly 4 or 5  Ettenio Creme de la Creme daily moisturizer
enough Water ( I not measure the water, but it was enough to thin out the mix and make it easy to spray a fine mist)

I feel this a good combination and I believe that my hair really being moisturized.

How do you keep your box braids moisturized? What tips can you give me?

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Healthy Hair Journey- Revisited

I started my journey to a healthier and longer hair January 2014.  At the time my plan was to go on this journey for a year.  The protagonist for me going on this journey was my sister-in-law been natural and having beautiful hair.  Thanks to the many beautiful and resourceful ladies whether they have  blog or a YouTube channel for teaching the likes of me and basically giving me a Masters in healthy Hair Care.

 This journey is not for the faint of heart but I've learned that you need only a few essentials to be successful on your journey.

Patience- Patience is the most essential key that you need to be successful on this journey. The general knowledge out there is that hair grows roughly 4-6 inches per year; so do not expect to have mid back length hair overnight.

Ingredient Knowledge- It is essential to know about the different ingredients in the products you use and their properties.  This will give you a better idea what works or doesn't work for you; and also helps when you are trying out new products.

Frequent Wash or Cleansing- This is essential to remove product build and dead cells from the scalp. A hair that is not bogged down by layers of product will retain moisture.

Moisturize- Moisture retention is very essential on a healthy hair journey. Moisturizing prevents dryness and guard against breakage. Moisturized hair is easily manipulated so be up on your moisture game.

Deep conditioning- Deep conditioning with heat is very essential on this journey. Deep conditioning with to penetrate the hair shaft; which helps to maintain the health and elasticity of the hair.

Limit the use of heat styling- Limiting the use of heat styling is very essential because it robs the hair of moisture and will eventually cause heat damage.

Trimming- Trimming is essential to help maintain the health of your hair. Splits ends can put a wrench in your journey so don't forget to trim them a way.

Almost two years into this journey and I'm very happy to be apart of this wonderful movement. Sharing tips, product reviews, styling ideas, comments and encouragement has empowered me to share my knowledge no only on this blog but also with people I meet in my everyday life.

What are some of the essential techniques have you learned on your journey?  

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wash Day- How I prep my hair for box braids

My current plan is to do a twenty four weeks stretch, but at twelve weeks post I had to find a way to help talk my mind off that I'm only halfway through.  I have not done box braids in over ten years and was very hesitant to even try it because they take so long to install.  However, after much internal debate I made the decision to do them.

I went to a Senegalese shop that came with rave reviews and was very happy with not only the result but also the process. She was very knowledgeable and mindful of my edges and even made recommendations on how to grow out my widows peak. All in all I was able to sleep that night and the braids around my edges weren't tight or pulling, which is a win win.

Anyway before I went to see my new BFF for the box braids I did my wash day.  Here is a recap;

Prepoo- Did an overnight hot oil treatment with my oil mix. The mix contains Coconut oil, Avocado Oil and grapeseed oil.  This was not meant to be an overnight treatment but I fell asleep and it was way too late when I woke up.

Shampoo- with Creme of Nature Sunflower and Coconut detangling conditioning shampoo. I am certain I heard my hair shout hallelujah because it was burden with two weeks worth of junk from Bantu knots, flexi rod and perm rod set. I only lather once even though I was tempted to do so.

Deep Condition- After rinsing out the shampoo I t-shirt dry to get the excess water out then deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Jamaican Black castor Oil Masque under my conditioning cap for 30 minutes, then allowed my hair to cool for another 15 minutes.  Once my hair was cool I rinsed with warm water to ensure all the conditioner was gone, then followed up with a cool rinse to close the cuticles.

Leave-in and Moisturizer- After rinsing out the conditioner I t-shirt dry until my hair was about 90 % dry, then applied Shea Moisture Black castor oil leave in conditioner and Ettenio free at last moisturizer and allowed to air dry. Once it was completely dry I apply OGX coconut milk serum and blow dry the roots to make it easier for the braid technician to handle since I'm twelves weeks post.

I had a very good experience with this braid technician, I just might get them installed again.

How was your #washdayexperience? Are you doing any protective style?

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Motivation- Success comes with hard work

"Success is nothing but a few disciplines, practiced everyday." Jim Rohn

We all at times see a person we  deem successful and long to be like them. However, when we are faced with the hard work necessary for success we back out. The famous artist, Musician, Actor, or Sportstar had to put in the work to become successful. Success isn't just a series of idea but it is a series of repetitious actions. So every time your receive a rejection or did not meet your goal do not look at it as a failure but an opportunity to improve.

" It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop" Confucius

The story of the Rabbit and the Hare exemplify that not only the swift can be successful. Do not give up because you feel everyone else has already crossed the finish line.  Each person has their own personal battle to fight, so don't get discouraged just because of your perspective. Success lies in pushing forward constantly and consistently. Thinking positive will have you acting positive and therefore opening your mind to positive ideas which will help you overcome any challenges that may arise.

" The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary" Vince Lombardi

Thursday, September 10, 2015

My Hot Oil treatment

I have been doing a hot oil treatment since the beginning of my healthy hair journey, however I am always trying new combinations.  My favorite oil combination mix is a cocktail of moisturizing healthy goodness. I use this combination to detangle, mix with a conditioner for prepoo or my favorite a hot oil treatment.

What is in the mix;
Coconut Oil
Avocado Oil
Grapeseed Oil

Any of these oils is winner on its own, but for me they are Oscar worthy when combined.  The overall health of my scalp and hair has greatly improved with the usage of this combination.

Coconut Oil has a high moisture retaining capacity and does not break down easily when applied to the hair; allowing the hair to reap the benefits.  Coconut oil high level of fatty acid nourishes, strengthens, softens and leaves the hair shiny. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties helps to maintain the health of the scalp, therefore preventing dandruff.

Avocado oil is a good oil to moisturize dry, brittle and damaged hair.  It full of vitamins such as vitamin ABDE, it has amino acid and protein which are all great for conditioning, moisturizing and strengthening hair.

Grapeseed oil contains a high level of Omega 6 fatty acid (aka ceramide), the ceramide helps prevent against moisture loss.  Grapeseed oil is a very light oil so it is easily absorbed into the hair and helps to build strong healthy hair. I have had a few reaction to this oil but the benefit is worth the risk.

The blend

3 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp avocado oil
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
drop of tea tree or peppermint oil if desired

How I used it 

To warm the mix I put it in a bowl of water for a few minutes.  I try not to get the oil too hot because (1) I don't want to burn myself and (2) I want the oils to maintain there yummy properties.

I normally put my hair in sections before applying the warm oil from the scalp to the ends of the hair.  After my entire hair is coated I would put on a plastic cap and let it it for 10 to 30 minutes either with or without heat.

I would then follow up my the rest of my wash day.

What are your favorite oils for a hot oil treatment?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wash Day- Bantu Knots

The saying be careful what you ask for is very appropriate for how I'm feeling about my hair.  At the beginning of this journey I wanted big healthy long hair I saw ladies like Jen from "Just Grow Already" have. However, a year and a half later I'm both happy and disappointed. I'm happy with the length and health of my hair but my old styling techniques are not working anymore. So this week tried to emulate  ladies like Nerline "Chic from hair to toe" and KLP "Saving our Strands".

Here is how this wash day went;

Prepoo- Detangled with coconut oil before applying Organics Cholesterol Tea tree oil conditioner , put on a plastic cap and left on for 15 minutes.

Shampoo- Rinsed out the prepoo mix and shampoo with my beloved Creme of Nature sunflower and coconut detangling conditioning shampoo twice before wrapping my head with a t-shirt to get out the excess water. I am so happy I was able to replace my favorite shampoo; since it is a moisturizing shampoo it always leaves my hair feeling so soft and moisturized.

Deep Conditioner- Deep conditioned with  JBCO and Crecepelo deep conditioner under a plastic cap for thirty minutes, before rinsing with warm water followed by cool water. I then wrapped my hair in a t-shirt to dry. I have been using JBCO one form or the other since January and my hair has gotten thick and fuller.  I have been using pointers from the different Castor Oil challenges out there to facilitate my year long challenge.

Leave-in conditioner and Moisturizer- When my hair was 90% dry, I sprayed it with Aphogee Provitamin leave in conditioner and leave it to air dry.  Once my hair was completely dried I sectioned it into four and apply Elasta QP Olive Oil and mango moisturizer to each section and blow dry the roots using low heat. At eleven weeks post I wanted stretched roots because with the heat wave we are currently experiencing I was in danger of having a big puff at the end of the day.

Styling- Since I wanted to try something different I decided that Bantu Knots was a safe bet. Therefore I applied Palmers Smooth N Hold pudding to each quarter and divided the quarter in two or three sections then two strand twist and before rolling the knots.  Even though I haven't done it in awhile I think I did a great job. The end results remind me of when I was a little girl and we got chiny bumps (as they are called in Jamaica).

The next morning I added Ettenio Seal and Shine to my fingers and took out the knots. I was so happy with the results I felt like shouting hallelujah. Unfortunately the curls only last two days before they look like a rats nest. To keep the loo going I put my hair in a few flexi rods and it turned out just lovely. I must say my hair still look and feel moisturized.

How was your #washdayexperience?  Did you try something new? 

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