Saturday, March 31, 2012

Henna and it's Benefits

Benefits of Henna as a Conditioning Treatment

As a conditioner, henna strengthens hair and adds shine while making it soft and manageable. If you have really curly hair, you may also find that using henna can loosen curls slightly and may even help to battle frizz. Henna also works as an anti-fungal treatment, and this can be especially helpful if you suffer from things such as dandruff or other scalp-related issues. Henna is also known for leaving a natural-looking red color behind, but if you prefer to not have this happen you could purchase neutralized henna powder. Using a neutralized henna paste will give you all the conditioning benefits, without the red color.

Preparing the Hair for a Henna Treatment

Most experts will recommend not washing your hair before you apply the henna. This is because the henna seals in the natural oils. If you choose to oil your hair in preparation for the henna treatment, you should do this the day before. You can use oils you find the home or essential oils. If your hair is excessively oily or if your oil treatment has left too much residue behind, you may want to consider washing the hair before applying the henna. Excessive oil might hinder the henna from working properly.

Applying the Henna Paste

If you purchased henna powder, you'll need to mix it at home to make the paste. Experts recommend using water and honey to mix with the powder to form a paste. Once you're ready, you should pin up your hair and work in layers. The henna paste can be tricky to apply, but thinner layers will make the application a little easier. The henna can be left on overnight, but it's best to check because some pastes can work in as little as 30 minutes. Others need to be left on longer to really work.

Handy Tips

Henna works best with a little humidity and heat, so heating the hair slightly with a hair dryer and covering it with a towel can help the henna penetrate the hair. Be sure to rinse the hair thoroughly and take your time to ensure that all the paste has been rinsed out. Traditional henna also stains, so it's best to use gloves to protect your hands and applying a little petroleum jelly to the hair line to avoid staining the skin.

This might sound weird but it really works:

-Put peanut butter on your hair as if you were perming it-Put a plastic bag over it-Sit under a dryer or sleep in it over night-Wash it out

Your hair will feel very strong and have LESS shedding

 As Hair Moisturizer

 All you have to do is mix equal parts of mayonnaise and peanut butter and apply it to your damp hair. Once done, let it set for 30 minutes and then rinse with water.

Friday, March 30, 2012

10 Things to AVOID putting on your Hair

Most of the commercially available hair care products today use harmful, potentially carcinogenic ingredients. In the interest of good natural health, I list below, what are in my opinion, the 10 worst commonly found product ingredients thngs you can put on your hair (and body). Check the list of ingredients on your hair products. The more of a particular ingredient you have in a product, the closer it is to the top of the list of ingredients on the bottle:

1. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL: This is a solvent and denaturant (poisonous substance that changes another substances natural qualities). Isopropyl alcohol is found in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, after-shave lotions, fragrances and many other cosmetics. This petroleum-derived substance is also used in antifreeze and as a solvent in shellac. Napptural hair reacts very badly to isoalcohol and this ingredient should be avoided at ALL costs. It will dry your hair out and break it off. According to A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, inhalation or ingestion of the vapor may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis and even coma in extreme cases.

2. MINERAL OIL & PETROLATUM: The best baby oil is made from almonds. But the oil which being sold as baby oil is 100% mineral oil. Mineral oil is a derivative of crude oil (petroleum) that is used industrially as a cutting fluid and lubricating oil. This commonly used petroleum ingredient coats the skin and hair just like plastic wrap. The skin's natural barrier is disrupted as this plastic coating inhibits its ability to breathe and absorb the Natural Moisture Factor (moisture and nutrition). The skin's ability to release toxins and wastes is impossible through this "plastic wrap," which can promote acne and other disorders. It further hinders normal skin respiration/transpiration by keeping oxygen out. This process slows down skin function and normal cell development causing the skin to prematurely age. Holding in large a mounts of moisture in the skin can "flood" the biology and may result in immature, unhealthy, sensitive skin that dries out easily. Petrolatum - A petroleum-based grease that is used industrially as a grease component. Petrolatum exhibits many of the same potentially harmful properties as mineral oil.

Honestly, this stuff belongs in your engine, not on your hair. Regardless of "Well, my Grandma used vaseline on her hair and it grew ", the bottom line is this stuff is bad. It was bad for Grandma and it is bad for you. Period.

3. PEG: This is an abbreviation for polyethylene glycol that is used in making cleansers to dissolve oil and grease as well as thicken products. Because of their effectiveness, PEG's are often used in caustic spray on oven cleaners and yet are found in many personal care products. PEG's contribute to stripping the Natural Moisture Factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable. They are also potentially carcinogenic.

4. PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG): As a "surfactant" or wetting agent and solvent, this ingredient is actually the active component in antifreeze. There is no difference between the PG used in industry and the PG used in personal care products. It is used in industry to break down protein and cellular structure (what the skin is made of) yet is found in most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after-shave, deodorants, mouthwashes and toothpaste. It is also used in food processing. Because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, the EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with this toxic substance. The Material Safety Data Sheets warn against skin contact, as PG has systemic consequences such as brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. Consumers are not protected nor is there a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than that in most industrial applications.

5. SODIUM LAURYL SUFATE (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES): SLS is used in testing labs as the standard ingredient to irritate skin. Used as detergents and surfactants, these closely related compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Yet both SLS and SLES are used more widely as one of the major ingredients in cosmetics, toothpaste, hair conditioner and about 90% of all shampoos and products that foam. They are used in personal-care products because they are cheap. A small amount generates a large amount of foam, and when salt is added it thicken to give the illusion of being thick and concentrated. (SOME OF THE NITROSATING AGENTS ARE: SLS, SLES, DEA, TEA, MEA). Shampooing the hair with a product contaminated with these substances can lead to its absorption into the body at levels much higher than eating nitrite-contaminated foods.

Mark Fearer in an article, Dangerous Beauty, says, " tests, animals that were exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, along with depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation and corrosion and death." According to the American College of Toxicology states both SLS and SLES can cause malformation in children's eyes. Other research has indicated SLS may be damaging to the immune system, especially within the skin. Skin layers may separate and inflame due to its protein denaturing properties. It is possibly the most dangerous of ad ingredients in personal care products. Research has shown that SLS when combined with other chemicals can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens, which causes the body to absorb nitrates at higher levels than eating nitrate contaminated food." According to the American College of Toxicity report, "SLS stays in the body for up to five days..." Other studies have indicated that SLS easily penetrates through the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain. This poses serious questions regarding its potential health threat through its use in shampoos, cleansers and toothpaste,"

Studies show its danger potential to be great when used in personal-care products. Toxicity - A serious problem with these chemicals is that they may be contaminated with NDELA (N-nitrosodiethanolamine), one of the nitrosamines and a potent carcinogen, according to a 1978 FDA report.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) - SLES is the alcohol form (ethoxylated) of SLS. It is slightly less irritating than SLS, but may be more drying. Both SLS and SLES can enter the blood stream. They may cause potentially carcinogenic formations of nitrates and dioxins to form in shampoos and cleansers by reacting with other product ingredients. Large amounts of nitrates may enter the blood system from just one shampooing. Contains ether.

6. CHLORINE: According to Doris J. Rapp, M.D., author of Is This your Child's World? exposure to chlorine in tap water, Showers, pool, laundry products, cleaning agents, food processing, sewage systems and many others, can effect health by contributing to asthma, hay fever, anemia, bronchitis, circulatory collapse, confusion, delirium diabetes, dizziness, irritation of the eye, mouth, nose throat, lung, skin and stomach, heart disease, high blood pressure and nausea. It is also a possible cause of cancer. Even though you will not see Chlorine on personal care product labels, it is important for you to be aware of the need to protect your skin when bathing and washing your hair.

7. DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (momoethnanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine): DEA and MEA are usual listed on the ingredients label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized. Thus look for names like Cocamide DEA or MES, Lauramide DEA, etc. These are hormone disrupting chemicals and are known to form cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines. . These are commonly found in most personal care products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, soaps and facial cleansers. On the show, CBS This Morning, Roberta Baskin revealed that a recent government report shows DEA and MEA are readily absorbed in the skin. Dr. Samuel Epstein, Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois said "repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of two cancers - liver and kidney cancers." John Bailey, who oversees the cosmetic division for the FDA said the new study is especial important since "the risk equation changes significantly for children."

8. FD & C Color PIGMENTS: Many color pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Absorption of certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and even death according to A Consumer's dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients. Debra Lynn Dadd says in Home Safe Home: "Colors that can be used in foods, drug, and cosmetics are made from coal tar. There is a great deal of controversy about their use, because animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic."

9. FRAGRANCE: Fragrance is present in most deodorants shampoos, sunscreens, skin care, body care and baby products. Many of the compounds in fragrance are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic. "Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients. Most or all of them are synthetic. Symptoms reported to the FDA have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation. Clinical observation by medical doctors have shown that exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes," (Home Safe Home).

For better health try purchasing unscented products and for fragrance, adding a natural essential oil.

10. IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA and DMDM HYDANTOIN: These are just two of the many preservatives that release formaldehyde (formaldehyde-donors). According to the Mayo clinic, formaldehyde can irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and trigger heart palpitations. Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, Chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep. It can also aggravate coughs and colds and trigger asthma. Serious side effects include weakening of the immune system and cancer. Nearly all brands of skin, body and hair care, antiperspirants and nail polish found in stores contain formaldehyde-releasing ingredients.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Using Coconut Oil for Hair Growth

Everyone of us have a fair knowledge about the benefits of coconut oil on hair. Check the labels of reliable hair care products, and you will come across coconut oil added in specific amounts. And if you agree with the coconut oil for hair growth reviews highlighted above, try it for some time and you will be surprised with the results. All you need is take some warm oil in your palms and massage it topically over your scalp in circular motions. This improves blood circulation and helps in the treatment of dandruff and head lice.

You can also make homemade shampoos and conditioners with coconut oil and other natural ingredients for regular usage. A simple coconut oil shampoo can be prepared by using castile soap (2 tablespoons), virgin coconut oil (4 tablespoons) and 1 cup sugar free herbal tea. Mix all these ingredients in a bowl and use for regular shampooing. Store the unused shampoo in an airtight container for later use.

With this brief information on coconut oil for hair growth reviews, I hope you will not feel hesitant in including this oil as an integral part of your hair care regimen. Instead of using hair shampoos loaded with chemicals, you can rely on organic coconut oil for shinier, longer and thicker hair. Last but not the least, consume a healthy diet, reduce stress and make healthy lifestyle modification to maintain healthy hair and skin.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hair Breakage...... The Break Down!

External Cause of Hair Breakage

Products such as perms, dyes could be another reason that you are suffering from hair breakage. Make sure to read the directions, if left on the hair for to long or use back to back can weaken the strands of your hair causing breakage. Another sure fire way to cause breakage comes from styling tools, to much heat can make the hair dry, thats why it is so important not to rely on heat so much, try protective styles or low maintence that dont require heat, but if you are going to use heat please make sure to always use a heat protector

Internal Causes of Hair Breakage

Ladies eating healthy is a must you could be causing harm to your beautiful locks by not eating right! Without these vitamins and minerals your hair can, and will break so try to have your daily serving.

Vitamin B
Vitamin E
A lack of these whole foods can also be the cause of hair breakage:
Sunflower seeds
Dark leafy greens
Flaxseed oil

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hair Growth..... Watch What You Eat

Besides using topical treatments for you hair, you can also watch what you eat. There are some foods that actually improve your hair growth, while some that may harm the health of your hair and may cause hair loss. Here's a list of foods that stimulate hair growth.

1. Eggs: They are high in Biotin, the vitamin your hair needs to stay healthy. Also very high in protein, adding eggs to your daily eating plan may aid in hair regrowth and speed up the process.

2. Lean Meat: Chicken and tuna, both are high in protein which is vital for your hair. Tuna is also rich in omega 3 fatty acids which is very good for you hair, be sure to eat at least 50 calories of tuna on a daily basis, it will hair loss and is one of the best foods that stimulate hair growth.

3. Vegetables: High in vitamins, try to eat vegetables that contain zinc, magnesium, and calcium because they are beneficial for your hair.

4. Whole grain: They are rich in zinc, iron and B vitamins; very good for your hair, these are good for busy people that just don't have time to make a meal.

5. Carrots: They are rich in vitamin A, which also aids your hair, try to eat a few carrots daily to make sure you get enough vitamin A.

Monday, March 26, 2012

It's Meet Me On Monday time!!!!!!!!!!

1.  I really need to clean my _________? house, it's a disaster. You would've thought a tornado ran through here 0_o
2.  What food makes you think of 4th of July? Turkey LOL!
3.  If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? I'd say 15, I had so much fun going to different places in girl scouts had lots of friends. Man that was the life lol
4.  What was your first paying job? CiCi's Pizza :P
5.  Have you read the Twilight series? No, I plan to though!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Five Question Friday! 3/23/12

1. If you were free to just hop in the car and drive, where would you go? Or, if you could hop a plane and go anywhere, where?

If I could get in the car and drive to any place it would be California. I've never been to the West coast before. If I wasn't so scared of planes I would love to just pack up and go visit Hawaii lol

2. What's your most recently read favorite book?

On The Wright Track by Marion Jones

3. What's your favorite Spring Break memory?

Beach timeeeeeeeee :)

4. What do you put in your child's Easter basket? Or, for those w/o kids, what was put in your childhood basket?

I had everything from the chocolate bunnies to the marshmello's to a bunny teddy bear! I had it all hahahaaa

5. Do you get a summer haircut?


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday 5


I had an outstanding night out with @Ooh_NeNe. I met her on twitter believe it or not and she's a military fiance. It was awesome lol.

I'm proud of my husbands accomplishments and am proud of him on a daily basis. Even though he is down range right now I am still trying to hold down the homefront and keep my head up!

I'm feeling so energized with this great spring weather!

Since the weather has gotten so great there have been loads of yard sales and I've been to everyone within miles of me LOL! It's a splendid way to buy things you need for a cheap price. My mom always said one mans junk is another persons treasure and I love that saying.

It's Thursday and that's wonderful! That means the weekend is almost here! Yup Yup!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Natural Hair and Water

Water is the single most important nutrient for our bodies. It is involved in every one of our bodies functions.

Did you know........?
*Your body is about 70%water
*Your muscles are about 75% water
*Your brain cells are about 85% water
*Your blood is approximately 82% water
*Even your boness are approximately 25%water

When your body lacks the water it needs, it goes into a ration mode. Think of a sprinkler system whose pressure is too low to reach all the grass on your lawn. Some parts stay green and live, but other parts begin to turn brown, whither, and die. When you live in a drought condition your body smartly manages the water you give it, keeping the vital organs (Brain, Heart, Lungs, Kindeys, and Liver) well watered with nutrients. The body robs and takes away water from other areas of the body to keep the main organs healthy. This results in many health issues such as......
*Joint pains and Arthritis
*High Blood Pressure
*Digestive Problems
*Asthma and the list goes on

Guess what....? A lack of water also results in skin problems, and also dry and brittle hair. Water is the best moisturizer for natural hair. Staying hydrated can help your hair not to become dry, limp and brittle. For example when you are dehydrated the strands of your hair do not hold moisture well, making it easy for strands to snap and break off. So start combating dryness with water. Keep a spray bottle with water in it to give your hair a refresher throughout the day, and drink plenty of water.
If you don't know how much water your body needs, take your body weight and divide it by 2. (i.e 140/2=70) The answer is the number of water ounces you need in one day! Thats easy to do! Right? You can easily accomplish this by drinking 2cups of water when you wake up in the morning, and then drink a bottle of water every hour or so that you're awake during the day!

*Note: Hard water is very harmful to your hair! If you have hard water, please invest in a water softner. Your body and hair will thank you in the long run ;)

Friday, March 16, 2012

..... and so it begins

This deployment has finally begun. You know I thought I'd never get to this point. Let a lone be a newlywed and gearing up for deployment at the same time. Yes you guys I recently got married. I'll have to upload pictures at a later date but for now I'm just going to announce it. How do you make it through deployment?! Everyone says keep busy but there isn't much to do here.... I mean seriously. Anyway I can't think straight or get my thoughts together so I'm going to medicate and sleep right now because all I can do is cry cry cry!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

An All Natural Protein Treatment

According to experts, protein treatments strengthen your hair and treat weak, brittle hair. The treatments leave hair soft, smooth, full, and healthy. But why do you need protein treatments? Chemical processing, unfortunately, takes its toll. Dying your hair, a chemical treatment, depletes 15 to 20 percent of hair protein. Additional treatments cost you more protein each time. After awhile, your hair looks like straw. It's dry and lacks luster and vitality. A "hair protein treatment" restores over-processed hair. But you don't need to spend big bucks on a protein treatment. Here are some tips on doing a much cheaper but equally effective home protein treatment.

  1. Wash you hair. Towel dry and leave damp.
  2. Whip three eggs and stick them in the blender. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice. Whip the mixture for a few seconds.
  3. Saturate your damp hair with the eggs/lemon juice mixture. Wait 15 to 20 minutes. (Oh my God! Can I stand to wait so long?)
  4. Use cool water to rinse your hair

Tips & Warnings:
  • Is your hair shining? Damaged ends fixed? It worked!
  • Once you've done a protein conditioner, try another homemade conditioner for extra luster. Mix a small amount (say, a teaspoon) of a clear alcohol, like vodka, with a couple of beaten egg yolks. Wash your hair, towel dry, then work the vodka/egg concoction into your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then rinse. Hollywood, here I come.
  • Still want to try a commercial treatment? Pick a hair protein treatment made for your hair style. Box labels tell you which are a good fit. Follow the directions on the box or bottle. Don't overuse.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

How to make your own Moisturizing Protein Conditioner

Protein and moisture are important to healthy hair. While our diet affects the health of the hair and scalp, there are also items we eat that can be applied to the hair to improve its condition externally as well. Think of it as feeding your hair.


  1. Place 3 tbsp. of creamy peanut butter into a blender. Peanut butter is a very protein-rich food that will do great things for your hair.
  2. Add one egg to the peanut butter. Eggs also are full of protein, and they help moisturize as well. Don't worry about whites or yolks; add the whole egg (except for the shell) to your conditioner. Each part of the egg plays a part in the conditioning of your hair.
  3. Place 2 tsp. of honey in the blender. Honey is a natural antioxidant that soaks up impurities while moisturizing and nourishing the hair.
  4. Add 1/2 of an avocado (peeled and pitted) to the blender as well. Avocado is known for its nourishing and moisturizing properties.
  5. Start the blender on low to mix all of the ingredients. If they are not mixing well, or are making a paste instead of a creamy concoction, add distilled water one capful at a time until the conditioner reaches the desired consistency.

Some Tips & Warnings:
  • This conditioner can be used daily in the shower, just like any other conditioner, or weekly as a deep treatment (in which it is left on for 30 minutes). Rinse your hair well with warm water (not hot) until the water runs clear.
  • While it may be tempting, do not wash your hair after using the conditioner; as long as you rinse it well, there will be no residue. Store this conditioner in the refrigerator for up to 4 days before you need to discard it and make a new batch.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

How to Determine if your hair needs Moisture or Protein

Black hair is prone to breakage. Some amount of hair loss is natural, but most hair loss in black women stems from mistreatment or a disproportionate amount of moisture or protein. Many stylists who focus on healthy black hair will tell you that your hair demands a balance of moisture and protein. Nothing else that you do to obtain a head of healthy black hair will matter if you that balance is thrown off. Follow these steps to test your hair.


  • Wet your hair. It is best to do this test after you have shampooed your hair. While it is still wet, grip about an inch of your hair between your fingers.
  • Stretch the wet strands of hair, and run a comb through them. Make sure your hair is not tangled when you do this -- you don't want to harm your hair. And remember, it is always best to use a wide-tooth comb in black hair.
  • Pay close attention to the way that the hair strands react after they have been combed. Healthy black hair strands will stretch, but they will not break unless they are under an extreme amount of stress. Again, what you are looking for in this step is to see how your hair reacts to the wet stretch.
  • Based on how your hair reacted to stretching, determine whether your hair needs moisture or protein. You hair needs moisture if it doesn't stretch at all and then breaks, or if it feels extremely rough and brittle. You hair needs protein if it stretches a long way and then breaks (or doesn't break at all), or if it is limp and feels gummy. If your hair stretches just a little, then returns to its normal length without breaking, the amount of protein and moisture in your hair is well balanced.

Some Tips & Warnings:
  • Black hair needs a great deal of moisture because it is very porous. If this test shows that your hair needs moisture, use a moisturizing conditioner or cream, then make sure to seal in the moisture with a light oil sheen.
  • There are many protein treatments for black hair. You can also get a protein-based, leave-in conditioner as well.

Friday, March 2, 2012

5 Question Friday!

1. Where is your favorite vacation spot and why? St. Petersburg, FL..... I absolutely love Florida. I love everything about their weather and location. It's such a beautiful place to visit.

2. What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Good question LOL! I'm in love with chocolate hahahaaa. It's my mistress to no end! *insert evil grin*

3. What is your favorite fashion trend right now? Or, in the past? The big earrings is always and forever will be my favorite fashion trend.

4. What are your spring break plans? I don't have an spring break plans. I wish I did have plans. I don't really do anything special for spring break.

5. What baby names do you hate? Anything GHETTO. Why would you name your child something that they can't even pronounce themselves?! I mean really, why.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thursday 5


I feel Accomplished to have made it through another week

I feel the Joy in the air. I've had this unexplained Joy all week long.

Love me or hate me, I'm going to be me. I'm loving life.

Peace of mind all week is what I've had, what about you?

I've got this unbearable pain my neck from helping someone move and OMG never again LOL!


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