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Broken

One of the most common hair issues folks deal with is breakage. You may be trying to grow your hair out or even just keep it at the same length, but for some gosh darn reason your hair is getting shorter and shorter.

Let’s talk about what causes breakage…

There are 2 types of sources: internal and external

Internal

  • Nutritional deficiencies in the following vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids can 1significantly contribute to breakage:
    1. Vitamin B
    2. Vitamin E
    3. Iron
    4. Omega 3
    5. Omega 6
  • Stress and medical conditions could be potential sources as well.

External

  • Dry hair: Weather (aka cold temperatures) and products containing alcohol and sulfates can significantly dry your hair out.
  • Over-processed: Using relaxers, hair dyes, and straighteners can put significant stress on hair follicles and can make the hair shaft more prone to breakage because it lifts the hair cuticle.
  • Overworked: Hairstyles and constant physical manipulation can literally pull the hair shaft a part. Typical culprits are braiding, weaves, daily manipulation with hands, and hair wrapping.

How to STOP or reduce breakage:

Make sure you are eating a well balanced diet and if necessary, consider taking a nutritional supplement after consulting with your doctor.

Stop using products that contain alcohol and sulfates. There is a growing market for shampoos that do not contain such harsh ingredients, but still do a great job of cleansing your hair and scalp.

Some great brands are:2

  • Giovanni
  • Desert Essence
  • Avalon Organics
  • Kinky Curly
  • Beautiful Curls
  • Aubrey Organics

This may be a new opportunity for you to rethink your hair. Perhaps give your hair and scalp some time off from braids, weaves, and straightening. As an alternative, try opting for a protective style such as a bun, or gentle, loose twists. You could also just do a “wash n’ go.” A wash n’ go consists of just washing your hair, put in the styling products and let air dry (try not to touch!)

  • Try an apple cider vinegar rinse after you condition your hair in order to seal the hair cuticle and increase shine.
  • Use more oils in your hair care regimen.
  • Deep condition with coconut and olive oil
  • After you style, seal the ends of your hair with a little bit of coconut oil

Hair breakage can be annoying and upsetting but try not stress about it, as that will probably only make it worse. Take your time in finding out the cause and working out potential solutions. Now take a deep breath and remember,

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

– Nalani

Bubble-Free Nails

Ever notice those tiny bubbles in your freshly done manicure? THEY. ARE. SO. ANNOYING. But have no fear! Bubbles are an easy fix! Try following these great tips for bubble free nailsa bubble-free paint job:

1. Before you paint, make sure your nails are clean and dry. Wipe each nail down with   nail polish remover (acetone-free, please!)

2. Let each coat of polish dry thoroughly before applying a second or third coat.

3. Don’t viciously shake the nail polish bottle before applying. Simply roll the bottle between your hands to get those nail polish juices mixed.

4. Avoid painting just one or two thick coats of polish. Instead, apply many thin coats.

So there you have it! These simple steps will have you on your way to a bubble-free manicure!

– Zeena

Brrr…It’s Cold Out There!

Cold winter time weather can be rough on the skin. Freezing temperature (for water) is at 32°F and in many areas throughout the U.S. and world, temperatures get much lower than that. In addition, you need to factor in the wind chill, snow, storms, hail, and rain! What does this mean for your skin? Eeeek!!

(That’s the sound of your skin freaking out!)

Due to treacherous weather conditions, it’s very common for your skin can become:

  • Dry 
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  • Irritated 
  • Flakey
  • Cracked
  • Red
  • Sensitive 
  • More acne prone

The solution?

It is always important to maintain your healthy normal skin routine which should include lots of water, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and exercise.

But you should also…

Moisturize with oils

Use a moisturizer with more and/or oils (such as: primrose oil, jojoba oil, argan oil)

Product! I’m actually using this Skin By Ann Webb Unscented Face and Body Cream, which contains more oils than my normal moisturizer. You can find it online or at whole foods.

Tone it down

Toners are great, but sometimes overuse can lead to drying the skin. You may want to consider skipping using a toner altogether during the winter or perhaps diluting it with a little bit of water.

Exfoliate

Because your skin may become excessively dry, this may result in dry patches. And when left with dead skin this can lead to clogged pores. Try gently exfoliating to keep skin clear of dry, dead skin.

Product! I use the Clarisonic Mia II  which you can use daily to scrub away dirt, and dead skin. You can purchase this item online or at Sephora and many other department stores.

– Nalani

Simple Homemade Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioning is so important for our hair! It helps to restore moisture, strengthen hair, and promote shiny, healthy locks. Deep conditioners can be very expensive so I prefer to make my own with simple ingredients! Here is one of my favorite recipes that can be easily modified depending on your hair:

  • Deep ConditionerAny natural conditioner (I use EO French Lavender)
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 or 3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Simply mix all ingredients together. I like to use the natural conditioner as a base. The amount of oil I add varies depending on the level of deep conditioning I want.  Some days, I even choose to use purely oils.

After Deep Conditioning

My hair after deep conditioning!

After washing the deep conditioner out of my hair, I like to seal the hair cuticle with a mix of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and spring water. Add a few tablespoons of ACV to a bottle of spring water and pour the mixture over your hair (Feel free to rinse your hair again). Don’t worry, the smell fades!

This deep conditioner combined with the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse leaves my hair feeling silky smooth! 

– Zeena

Go Egg Your Face…It’s a Good Thing!

There are hundreds of DIY masks that you make that provide many benefits for your skin. One very beneficial mask that is growing in popularity is the egg mask.

The benefits? This egg mask can shrink your pores, tighten skin, minimize scarring, reduce oil, and brighten skin. The BEST part is there are only 2 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Directions

1. Grab 1 egg, 1 lemon, 1 fork, and 2 small bowls.
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2. Crack the egg into your bowl, remove the egg yolk with your hands and discard. (Be careful not to break the yolk when cracking your egg into the bowl or it will be very difficult to separate from the egg white.)

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3. Add 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice to the bowl of egg white.

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4. With a fork, beat the egg white and lemon juice together for 2 – 3 minutes until egg white starts turning foamy.

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5. Apply egg white mixture to a clean dry face. Leave on for 15 minutes until dry and slightly tight. Rinse off and enjoy the results!

– Nalani

Tips for a Perfect Manicure

Taking care of my own nails at home is fun and a great way to save money! Here are my top 7 tips for a perfect at home manicure:

1. Look for an acetone-free polish remover. Although it may remove the nail polish faster, the acetone can dry out the nails and cause breakage.

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2. Soak nails in lemon water. I like to do this to help remove dead skin around the nails and to help strengthen them. The lemon juice also helps rid nails of yellow stains and gives them a bit of shine. Once a week I soak my bare nails in warm lemon water for about 5 minutes.

3. Invest in a great cuticle remover! This will remove any dead skin around the nail. My favorite is Sally Hansen’s Instant Cuticle Remover. I leave it on for about 30 seconds and use a nail file to remove any dead skin. I find that lemon juice works well too. Simply rub the lemon around the nail, let it sit for 30 seconds, and remove the dead skin with the nail file. This may be repeated a few times for the desired look.

4. Rub nails and cuticle with oil. Moisturizing nails is especially important after removing nail polish and using nail polish remover. One of my favorite cuticle oils is Borghese Rejuvenata Cuticle Oil. I also use warm olive oil and find that this works just as well. If your nails are prone to splitting, try moisturizing them multiple times throughout the day, concentrating on rubbing the oils into each nail bed and cuticle. I also love using Avon’s Vitamin C cuticle gel before bed for extra moisture!

5. Use glass nail files. Glass nail files are much more gentle on nails then metal ones. Glass files have a much smoother surface therefore reducing the amount of splitting that may come from using a metal file. I picked one up at Sephora between $5-$8. They are a bit pricy but they last forever and are so gentle on the nails.

6. Buy a good base coat. I find that when I use a base coat my polish lasts longer and my nails are stronger! A great base coat is Sally Hansen’s Triple Strong Nail Fortifier. Within 2 weeks of use, my nails were so much stronger!Image

7. To finish off any manicure, exfoliate your hands! A great homemade exfoliator is olive oil, honey, and sugar. Rubbing this mixture into your hands removes dead skin while the olive oil moisturizes. For added moisture, add other ingredients like Vitamin E oil, castor oil, and essential oils. After a few minutes of rubbing, rinse hands and dry! Your hands will be so soft!

After a manicure like this your hands will most definitely feel pampered!

Try out my tips for a perfect manicure then come back and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

– Zeena

Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hands!

Hand washing is an important part of good health. A regularly washing your hands reduces the chance of illness. Unfortunately, like many products on the market, hand soaps are often filled with parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and many other harsh chemicals.  Another issue with hand soap is the cost. Companies know they can sell these hand soaps at a higher price because hand washing is essential to everyday living and consumers like categories (i.e. Hand soap for hand washing, even though technically they could use their shampoo as their soap!)

So what’s the solution? Make your own soap! It’s super easy and will save you money and avoid nasty chemicals.

Check out my homemade soap recipe below!

– Nalani

Ingredients

  • 1 Bar of Soap (with natural ingredients)
  • 8 cups Purified Water
  • Essentials Oils

Directions

Grate 1 bar of soap onto a dish and set aside.

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In a large pot, boil 8 cups of water. Once boiling, add in grated soap and stir until smooth (about 15 minutes).

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Remove pot from heat and cover. Allow soap mixture to sit overnight.
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The next day, add 5 drops of your favorite essential oils and stir. If consistency is too thick then add more purified water.
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Pour mixture into clean storage container. Refrigerate until use.
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33 Alarming Side-Effects of Sleep Deprivation

I’m sure at some point in our lives, we’ve all heard about the importance of sleep. When we are young we have a bed time, we have elementary school nap time, and some employment offices even have nap rooms. Getting a good night’s rest is often stressed, but I’m willing to bet that many people barely make their mark, myself included. I don’t want to preach because I know how difficult it is to have a regular sleep schedule that consists of enough hours of sleep each night. I do believe, however, that it is important to know the facts and educate ourselves in all areas of our health so we can work toward improving the quality of our life. In order to do this, we have to understand what sleep deprivation does to our bodies.

With that being said, some of these facts you may already know, and some may surprise you, but read on for the long and short term effects of a lack of sleep and sleep deprivation.

Short Term Effects of Sleep Deprivation

  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Diminished alertness and ability to perform mentally
  • Muscle weakness and reduction in physical performance
  • Memory problems and reduced ability to think and/or process information
  • Irritability/moodiness
  • Headaches
  • Increased appetite (especially for sugar and other carbohydrates)
  • Pale skin
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Prominent dark circles under the eyes
  • Impaired circulatory system
  • Lessened Muscle Tone
  • Less overall Physical Attractiveness

Long Term Effects of Sleep Deprivation

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Weight gain
  • Obesity
  • Weakened immune system
  • High blood pressure
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Depression/mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Lowered white blood cell count
  • Increased risk for diabetes
  • Hallucinations
  • Mental impairment
  • Reduced growth hormone levels
  • Slowed rate of body’s ability to heal itself (more cuts & bruises)
  • Relationship problems
  • Reduced quality of life overall
  • Increased likelihood of accidents and/or physical injury
  • Death

There you have it. The list is quite alarming, but hopefully, it highlights the importance of getting enough sleep. While pulling one or two all-nighters on occasion may not be the worst thing in the world, the point is that a good night’s sleep should be a regular part of your healthy lifestyle because constant sleep deprivation is where the damage is done. So, for your own sake, make rest a priority.

– Letisha


Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/important-sleep-habits
http://www.ehow.com/facts_4852933_side-effects-sleep-deprivation.html
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1690
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/10-results-sleep-loss

Deprivation Of Sleep: The Miserable And Dangerous Effects Of Sleep Deprivation


http://news.health.com/2010/12/15/sleep-deprivation-beauty/

Winter Care for Your Hair

Maintaining natural hair during the cold weather months can really become frustrating especially when our much needed accessories like hats and scarves can be detrimental for our hair! Here are a Winter profilefew of my favorite Do’s and Dont’s for maintaining my natural hair in the winter while staying warm…

Do

Moisturize hair every day! (Well, at least a few times a week). This can be as simple as using an oil based moisturizer or leave in conditioner. I prefer to use a moisturizing leave in like Kinky Curly or Giovanni Direct Leave-in everyday to maintain moisture. I like to spritz some water on my hands before adding any leave in creams which makes it easier for me to  work it into my hair.

Don’t:

Blow dry hair everyday. Although this is the easiet route to avoid leaving the house with wet hair in the winter it can be really trying on curly hair that is already prone to breakage. The heat from the blow dryer only damages the hair and may result in unwanted frizz. This combined with the cold weather will only reake havoc! I find that doing my hair first thing in the morning gives it sometime to dry before I leave.

Do:

Use protective styles! Protective styles are wonderful because they allow you to protect your hair and have a cute hairstyle! I love wearing my hair out but the thought of it breaking from the cold air kills me! Protective styles are great for locking in that moisture and protecting your ends from any breakage! Some great styles I use daily are buns, twists, and braids.

Don’t:

Leave the house with wet hair! This step may seem ridiculous but it’s so very important! I try to get my hair ready the night before so it’s partially dry in the morning. If your wet hair is continuously being frozen every morning you step out of the door, you can only imagine the breakage that will result! If you must absolutely leave with wet hair, make sure it is wrapped up with a satin scarf and kept warm by a cozy winter hat!

Do:

Wear a satin bonnet underneath winter hats. This will not only prevent your hair from frizzing because of the hat but will also prevent your hair from breaking as a result of the friction. I also try to only wear winter scarves if my hair is up. This will prevent the ends of my hair from rubbing against the scarf causing breakage. But if the weather is just too cold, I drape a satin scarf over the back of my winter scarf to protect my ends. This seems tedious but my hair always thanks me at the end of the day!

Do:

Deep condition as often as possible! My hair loves a great protein deep conditioner. I love using Giovanni’s Nutra fix, especially since it has great slip and smells delicious! I deep condition every Sunday and my hair always feels so moisturized after! During the week I love doing oil treatments on my scalp and ends to add some moisture before shampooing. The cold winter air can really suck the moisture out of my hair so the deep conditioners are very important.

Following at least a few of these steps during the winter will really save your hair from unnecessary damage and breakage! Hope you all enjoy these tips! 🙂

– Zeena

Turmeric: The Amazing Root

turmericLooking for a new superfood to add to your diet?

Turmeric Root should definitely be at the top of your  list!

This amazing root imported from India possess a wide range of health benefits that may surprise you. Here’s what you get from this amazing food.

Turmeric has been shown to help prevent melanoma cells from forming, as well aid in the destruction of present melanoma cancer cells. In a study, it prevented the spread of breast cancer in mice, and when combined with cauliflower, it helped to prevent prostate cancer, ceases the growth of present prostate cancer cells,  and stop the growth of blood vessels in tumors and the spread of tumors, in general. Turmeric is  also known to reduce the risk of childhood leukemia. The views are optimistic with regard to the benefits of turmeric in the treatment of other forms of cancer. It also boosts the effects of chemo drug, paclitaxel.

This powerful root helps with cuts and wounds as well. It acts as a natural antiseptic and has antibacterial agent and speeds the healing of wounds. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural painkiller.

It aids with inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis. Turmeric helps with rheumatoid arthritis. The Chinese have even used turmeric for the treatment of depression.

In terms of weight loss, turmeric has been know to help with fat metabolism and weight management.

You can purchase turmeric in whole form, pill form, or purchase turmeric in

“ground” form from the spice aisle at the supermarket.

I like to do weekly Turmeric Face masks to reduce and calm any breakouts as well as brighten my skin.

Here’s how it’s done!

MIX 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric & 2-3 tablespoons of one of the following:

-Water

-Honey

-Apple Cider Vinger

-Orange Juice (fresh)

-Grapefruit Juice (fresh)

-Milk

Apply this mixture to your face WITH GLOVES! Avoid contact with your eyes, eyebrows, and hairline.

Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse. This mask will leave an yellow tint on your skin. DO NOT WORRY. This will come off after your wash your face, but you do not have to wash it off. I do my masks at night and do not bother doing a second wash of my face after I rinse the mask of.

Try this mask out and let us know what you think! 🙂

– Letisha

Source: http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html