Thursday, June 18, 2015

Do You Need Chunky Twists/Braids Inspiration?

Here are a few that I found on Pinterest.  Who says twists and braids have to be boring!?!

Mixology || Henna-Infused Coconut Oil Whipped Shea Butter

Do you want to get the essence of henna without the hardening effect?  Then check out the following henna-infused coconut oil whipped shea butter recipe by Curly Proverbz!

virgin coconut oil
shea butter
essential oil (for fragrance, optional)

1. Heat and stir henna and herbs in a heavy-based pan over lowest heat setting for about five minutes.  (For her DIY details on henna-infused oil, check out this video.)
2. Add extra virgin coconut oil to the pan and keep stirring until melted.
3. Strain out henna with a cheese cloth.
4. Leave oil alone for a few days or weeks to infuse.
5. Crumble shea butter into small pieces into oil.
6. Mix together then whisk until whipped.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Traycee Talks "Embracing My Natural Hair The Rollercoaster While Transitioning and Going Natural"

I got emotional watching this video and could relate to much of what she said.  I promise you this will not be a waste of 11 minutes at all.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Smoothie || Beets, Banana, and Sweet Potato

Sometimes, when I make my smoothies, it is an effort to finish some leftovers or me just working with what I have.  Thus, this morning was born this "medley" smoothie.  The ingredients were eye-balled, so this breakdown is just an estimate.

1/2 cup beets (previously roasted)
1 large banana
1/2 cup sweet potato (previously boiled)
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1 1/2 cup water

Blend all together and voila!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Protective Style Lookbook || Pin Curled Chunky Twists

By popular demand, this is a series showcasing various protective hair styles.  Protective styling does not have to be boring. :o)

Model: NaturallyNellzy

Difficulty level: 2/5

Description: Pin curled chunky twists.

Study, Skin Care || Turmeric for Hyperpigmentation and Wrinkles?

I am subscribed to tons of YouTubers, and one of them is Farah.  She has several videos discussing the effectiveness of turmeric against hyperpigmentation.  While I have not tried her homemade mixtures, I did view this is an opportunity to find any research on turmeric and hyperpigmentation.  What did I find?
  • In one study, turmeric demonstrated effectiveness against hyperpigmentation and other UVB-induced skin damage in mice.  It specifically prevented the following: an increase in skin thickness, a reduction in skin elasticity, formation of wrinkles, and formation of melanin induced by chronic UVB exposure [1].  The mechanism by which turmeric accomplishes this is believed to be via the "inhibition of increases in metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) expression caused by chronic irradiation". 
  • Curcumin, an active component of turmeric, "protects skin by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation through the inhibition of nuclear factor-kappa B [2]".

One of Farah's many videos on using turmeric for the skin: 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Healthy Hair on Youtube: Geri's Journey from TWA to Waist Length

Geri is one of my favorite naturals because of her hair texture, health, and growth.  Additionally, she is one of many Type 4s who continues to demonstrate that long lengths are achievable.  Check out her beautifully done video on her natural hair journey from TWA to waist length!

Mixology || Whipped Mango Shea Hair Creme

1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup melted mango butter
1 tbsp coconut oil (penetrates and protects the strands against combing/styling breakage)
2 tbsp olive oil (moisturizing; possibly penetrates the strands)
3 tbsp avocado oil (moisturizing; possibly penetrates the strands)
2 tbsp grapeseed oil (to protect against moisture loss; sealing oil)
few drops of lemon essential oil (optional, for added fragrance)

Break the shea butter into small pieces and place in a bowl.  Using a hand mixer, whip the shea butter until fluffy and the chunks are gone.  (If your shea butter is too hard, melt it only slightly to soften it a bit.)  Add in melted mango butter and whip.  Finally, add in the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly with the hand mixer.  Finito! 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Healthy Body || Inspired by Carmen of MyNaturalSistas

I'm a former athlete who's officially out of shape.  For years, I weighed 123 lbs then went up to a steady 135 lbs, which wasn't too bad.  Now?  I'm a whopping 150 lbs.  Mind you, I'm only 5'4".  It feels like I gained the weight overnight.  One morning I woke up and just couldn't fit my jeans anymore.

Anyway, my goal to lose weight actually started a couple months ago.  I was able to get down to 143 lbs with consistent calorie counting and exercise, but I gained it all back and some, hitting 152 lbs at my highest.  Since then, I've seen a nutritionist and gotten a few tips concerning my eating.  Also, I came across Carmen's weight loss photo (above) and was inspired to sign up for a membership at my local gym.  I want my toned body back!  I WILL get my toned body back.  Lol.

Carmen details her weight loss journey in the video below: 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Protective Style Lookbook || Twisted Updo on Natural Hair

By popular demand, this is a series showcasing various protective hair styles.  Protective styling does not have to be boring. :o)

Model: Chiaka

Difficulty level: 2/5

Description: Side flat twists and front twists rolled and pinned into an updo.


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