Natural Hair Styling While on Vacation

Summer is fast approaching and travel, the beach, the pool, and random mini getaways are a big part of my Family Summer Plans this year! I am not interested in getting any extensions, sew ins or wearing any wigs this summer as a type of protective styling…

Its time to start gathering inspiration on how to style and maintain my Natural Hair while I’m enjoying this beautiful season… Here are some tips I’ve come up with. This can change.

Pre-Beach/Pre-Pool Tips

  • Instead of washing hair before getting in the water, gently wet and apply leave-in conditioner. You can use a regular leave-in conditioner or a leave-in conditioner with added SPF. Applying conditioner to your hair before you get in the water accentuates the protective barrier effect.

*** I love L’Oreal EverPure Leave-In Conditioner W/ Rosemary Mint

L'Oreal EverPure Conditioner, Moisture Leave-In, Rosemary Mint, 6 fl oz (180 ml) at Kmart.com

  •   Use protective hair accessories. Hats, scarves, swimmer’s caps- these are all types of hair accessories that every natural should have during the summer. If you’re not a fan of covering up your hair, you should atleast tie it up with a soft scrunchie (assuming your hair is long enough to be tied). Keeping hair covered or tied means that you will have less tangling, and less frustration when it comes time to wash and style your hair.

Post-Beach/Post-Pool Tips

  • As soon as you exit the water, rinse hair thoroughly with fresh water. Harsh water is called harsh for a reason. This type of water contains minerals and compounds (i.e. sodium chloride and chlorine) that can actually leech moisture and cause dry/brittle hair.
  • After you’ve rinsed your hair, take a generous handful of leave-in conditioner and thoroughly coat your hair. Some women like to shampoo their hair after exiting the pool, and then follow-up with a conditioner. I prefer to skip the shampoo step and just co-wash. I believe skipping the shampoo step (even if the shampoo is sulfate free) is a lot gentler for hair.
  • When you get home, rinse the conditioner from your hair and follow-up with a deep conditioning treatment. An avocado and coconut milk hair mask is a really great all-natural deep conditioning treatment that will help replace moisture and add lots of sheen to hair that has been stressed from a day of water and sun.

And that’s all ladies! Those are a few easy, breezy tips to keep your hair healthy and fab during the summer. Products I plan to use

The routine I plan to maintain… I am going to set up an appointment in Mid-June for a Wash, Set Trim and New Color. The remainder of this season, I will Co-Wash every 3 days with : ,

Oil treat with Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and my Fave Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Poo Wash once every 3 weeks. No heat, Lots of Stretching  Styling while Wet.

Styles I plan to do…Twists, Twists and more Twists.

Any suggestions? What are your Summer Hair Care plans?

SUPERFOODS Day 4 – Blueberries

Blueberries are known as the Antioxidant Superfood

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Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, these berries are also high in potassium and vitamin C, making them the top choice of doctors and nutritionists. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflammatory.

With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many noteworthy nutritional benefits. They help improve memory function, reduce cholesterol and even soften skin…

Here’s a great recipe for Softer Skin that I love:

The Blueberry Skin Reviver:

Combine 2 cups brown sugar, 2 teaspoons blueberries, and 3 tablespoons lemon juice.
Rub onto rough skin patches and then rinse off. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer
Blueberry’s antioxidants soften skin, lemon juice brightens, and sugar exfoliates.

What’s your favorite Blueberry recipe?

SUPERFOODS Day 3 – Salmon

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Salmon is a super food because of its omega-3 fatty acid content. Omega-3 fatty acids help protect heart health. That’s why the American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish like salmon twice weekly.

Salmon is low in calories (200 for 3 ounces) has lots of protein, is a good source of iron, and is very low in saturated fat. You can simply grill or bake it, top it with salsas or other low-fat sauces, or serve it on top of salad greens. If you don’t like salmon try other fatty fish like canned tuna.

My favorite way to eat Salmon is broiled, here’s my quick and easy recipe:

Broiled Salmon Steaks

Broil salmon steaks or fillets about 4 inches from heat, allowing about 10 minutes per inch of thickness.

Baste with melted butter and Old Bay Seasonings a few times and turn once halfway through cooking to brown both sides of fish.
Steamed Brown Rice with Red Beans and a salad on the side!! Yummy

SUPERFOODS : Day 2 – Almonds

When cravings attack, it can be tempting to reach for something greasy or sweet, but neither is friendly to the waistline. Almonds may also help with weight loss, reducing fat mass, and lowering blood pressure in combination with a low-calorie diet. Better yet, studies suggest eating almonds alone— without making any other dietary considerations— could spur a healthier diet all around.

Almonds are known to build strong bones and teeth, they nourish the nervous system and help increase intellectual level and longevity.

About 1 to 1.5 ounces of almonds per day is a good amount to reap health benefits, and should be used to replace a portion of less-healthy saturated fats, often found in fatty meats and dairy. Almonds are great alone or in cereal or yogurt.

What’s your favorite way to snack on Almonds?

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SUPERFOODS: Day 1-Sunflower Seeds

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The cracking, peeling, spitting, cracking, spitting, peeling… The sound I hear almost all day from my coworkers office that is to the right of me… I have become so super annoyed with noise, yet curious to know what the sound is. Since I’ve tried so hard to stay in my lane I was reluctant to inquire, but I couldn’t seem to resist the urge to see what he was eating…

And to my surprise…it’s Seeds. David’sd’s Sunflower Seeds

SUPERFOOD! Sunflower Seeds:
Are a crunchy, energizing snack, with high levels of skin-loving vitamin E and are a good source of protein and healthy fat. They also offer fiber-rich carbs instead of the sugar kind that set you up for a crash. So stash a pack in your purse or the one that are unshelled on your salads.

Now I’m eating them too… Cracking, peeling, eating, spitting…

How Much More Proof Do I Need?

So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said; look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground. Judges 6 36-40

I’ve heard three different speakers/preachers discuss the topic of doing what God has already commissioned…stop doubting myself, let go of the fear of the unknown, and realize God has me because He placed this in my life’s journey, and it’s a part of my make up… I never want to test God or ask for “signs” that what He’s destined for me shall be if this or that happens…sounds silly however, I’ve done just that.

I am destined to become an Attorney. I have had the burning desire to help those who don’t know the law and yet need direction. However due my own doubts, and self guilt, I let my dream and goal of being a dynamic Gladiator in a suit fall…

But, I’ve been motivated once again to get back on my grind…. Here’s my Timeline

My Law School Admissions Timeline

AUGUST 1-15:

· Register for the Law School Data Assembly Service

· Next, organize your résumé.

· If you have a weakness to explain, draft your addendum.

AUGUST 15-SEPTEMBER 1:

· Decide who should write your Letters of Recommendation and request them.

· Start brainstorming for your personal statement. (For June LSAT takers only; October LSAT takers should be studying for the LSAT.)

SEPTEMBER 1-15:

· Find a LSAC Law School Forum or graduate school fair near you.

· Draft a personal statement (For June LSAT takers only; October LSAT takers should do this while waiting for their LSAT scores). You’ll probably need a 500 word and/or two page version for some schools.

· Select your schools. (June LSAT takers only; October LSAT takers will do this at the end of October and beginning of November.) Narrow down by location first, then by where you might be a good fit based on your credentials

SEPTEMBER 15-30:

· Start filling out applications as they become available. (June LSAT takers only; October LSAT takers will do this upon receipt of their scores.)

OCTOBER 1-15:

· Submit applications. (June LSAT takers only; October LSAT takers will do this during the first two weeks of November). Very carefully. One at a time. With the correct essay(s) attached to them and following the directions to a “T.”

What is your goal, dream or mission that may be slipping right out of your grasp because you are doubting yourself?

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Moisturizing and Winterizing My Natural Hair: LOC Method

My natural hair has been behaving badly…I mean I really know my hair and realized that it requires plenty of moisture during the Winter months. My pictures may not show the flaws and dryness of my natural hair but, I’ve been using the LOC method on a daily basis, to improve the overall look and feel of my 3c/4b coarse natural hair

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This is my hair completely blown out….

The LOC Method

L- The LIQUID I use is Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries Leave Indiluted with a little bit of water and AloeVera Juice (mixed in a spray bottle)

O- Any oil that will seal your hair and ends will work, I use a mixture of Coconut, Castor and Tea Tree oils to seal my hair

C- Any conditioning hair cream works well, I use Qhemet Biologics Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee

After I complete my LOC method hair session I usually Bantu Knot my hair or set my hair in Rods for a cute rod set or I put mini twists in my hair and pin them all up…

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