Monthly Archives: May 2014

Healthy LifeStyle | Spinach, Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

spinach avocado grapefruit salad

Hi luvs,

Today I would like to share how I incorporate salad into my regular diet. I stared minimizing the amount of refined carbs I introduce into my diet about 3 years ago. It can be quite challenging because for most of us a typical diet includes refined carbs which usually make up a big portion of the meal, whether it be in the form of  bread for breakfast or rice/pasta for lunch or dinner. Unrefined carbs in the form of Salad/Greens are usually a very small portion of the meal or a side dish if present at all.

My daily meals now include unrefined carbs in the form of vegetables & salad as the core dish, with protein as the side dish. Which means vegetables make a huge bulk of my diet.

One thing I try to keep in mind when making my salad is to make sure I include a variety of vegetables. I use what is know as the “rainbow” technique to make sure me & my family are getting a wide variety of nutrients. This includes making sure the vegetables I do include in our diet contain a wide range of color.

My goal for the day is usually 10 servings of vegetables and fruits and this is done throughout the day through main courses and snacks at regular intervals.

Vegetables are extremely important to our diet because they contain phytonutrients which naturally help our bodies prevent diseases. The phytonutrients are what gives vegetables that bitter taste we tend to hate :) Btw did you know that phytonutrients are what protects young plants from being eaten by small animals? It acts as a natural insect repellant or pesticide in turn  maximizing the chances of reproduction? Isn’t it funny how Mother Nature works? While the same bitter taste serves as a repellent to other animals thus protecting the plants as they grow, it naturally helps us fight diseases and keeps us healthy! You just gotta love Mother Nature :)

Here is a great salad recipe I recently made. This one includes Spinach, Avocado and Grapefruit as its main ingredients.

spinach, grapefruit, avocado, flaxseed

In a bowl of baby spinach I simply added diced avocado & grapefruit.

spinach avocado grapefruit garlic ginger flaxseeds olive oil

I decided to sprinkle in some flaxseeds, ginger, garlic and drizzle in some olive oil. The final dish was just absolutely heaven to my taste buds! A mix of sweet and tangy :)

Have a wonderful week ahead & thanks for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO

Dee



I’m a Queen of Kinks, Coils & Curls

Hi luvs,

Hope you are having a wonderful monday so far…I’ve got some great news I’d love to share…I’ve been featured at Neno Natural’s Queen Of Kinks, Coils & Curls blog segment, YAY.

Neno Natural is an extensive resource for all things Natural  Hair. The website is jam packed with a wealth of information to those at any stage of their Natural Hair Journey. You can find everything from ebooks, podcasts, videos, courses and hair care products. There is a wide range of topics including natural hair tips for regimens, hairstyles, product selection and DIY hair treatments. Most importantly it’s a community where you can draw inspiration for your own Natural Hair Journey.

 I really love the title of this feature because I truly believe all Natural Hair is beautiful whether kinky, coily or curly. Part of going through this Natural Hair Journey is learning to embrace these kinks, coils and curls. Through the highs and lows of this journey we learn to love  and care for these kinks, coils and curls.  In the process we make a discovery that these kinks, coils and curls are beautiful just the way they are! Once we reach this realization, we walk with our heads up high proud of how far we’ve come from our past insecurities  and we wear our Crowns of Glory like the Queens God intended us to be :)

So thank you to Neno Natural for offering a space where the true essence and beauty of Natural Hair is celebrated & thank you for featuring me :)

If you’re curious about me and my kinks head on over there to check out my feature :)While you’re there do check out the wonderful resources Neno Natural has to offer.

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Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

From One Queen to Another…Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO

Dee



NATURAL HAIR | Maximum Hydration Method Progress Update

Hi luvs,

Today I wanted to share a little unofficial progress update on how my hair has been doing under the maximum hydration method regimen this far.

maximum hydration method on type 4 low porosity one month update

 

So from the pictures above:

The first picture you can see my first attempt at a wash and go EVER, since doing the big chop. The picture is just a few days before I started the regimen on April this year. You can see white product/residue on my hair, which is a typical symptom of low porosity hair. Low porosity hair has a hard time absorbing product or moisture, most of the time the product or water will just sit on top of the hair instead of being absorbed into the hair cuticle.

The second picture is of a wash and go, six days after starting to incorporate the maximum hydration method regimen. I had done it straight every day for six days. At this point the conditioner was being absorbed properly into my hair strands and I no longer had white residue on my hair. I also started to experience clumping of my curls.

The third picture I took just this past week, after about a month of doing the maximum hydration method regimen on my Type 4 Low Porosity Hair. Here are some things that I have noticed so far about my hair:

- The first day doing the regimen I was very impressed at how much my hair was absorbing water and conditioner. I mean for the whole time I have been natural, I thought that my hair was “wet” whenever I washed it. With this regimen for the first time with my hair, I have truly experienced the meaning of wet hair. My hair gets soaking wet! This is a sign that my Low Porosity Type 4 hair is actually taking in the moisture into the hair cuticles.

maximum hydration method curls close up update type 4 low porosity hair

- Ok as far as my curls go! It is just amazing the curls that have been popping all around my head due to the maximum hydration method regimen. Before I  big chopped, my hair never had any curls EVER!!!(no noticeable curls anyway)

I always believed that I was a “4c no curl pattern or definition”. I only started noticing some curl pattern when my hair was  in the wet state on the crown of my head when I started consistently doing GHE only a month before discovering this regimen. All the curls you see now in the pictures is all because of this regimen. Now I understand that the reason I could not see any curl pattern or definition on my Type 4 Low Porosity hair is because all this time, my hair has been chronically dry!

- The part of my hair that has been responding extremely well is at the back of my head. The front is a little bit stubborn but is also progressing well. Depending on how dry the individual hair strands are, not all strands will reach maximum hydration at the same pace, so this is understandable.

- I’m also very impressed by the growth of my edges at the front and the growth of my hair in general. Whereas before there was no hair there at all…I gradually started noticing some baby hair grow in that area, now it seems like some of the hair in that area is just really short as compared to the rest of my hair.

 

- My hair is also growing out very thick while previously, before my big chop, my hair used to be very thin and lifeless. My hair in general is growing as well and when wet before shrinkage I can actually feel it at the back of my neck.

 

- When my hair is wet, I can shake my hair and it has movement, even though it is short.

 

- Some of my hair stands are starting to naturally show curl pattern/definition from root to tip, when wet with no product.

 

- Knotting and tangling is at an absolute minimum. It is almost non-existent, something which is AMAZING. Since type 4 hair is known to tangle and knot a lot especially when worn out in styles like the wash and go!

 

- I have not had any breakage. Whereas prior to my big chop I always used to see my hair everywhere on the bathroom floor while doing my hair even though I never used to use a comb!

 

It’s just truly amazing to see the progress as days go by, because every time I think WOW my hair is doing so great. I notice it getting even better than it was!I still have some frizz in some parts, when my hair dries and I think this is partly due to the fact that my hair hasn’t reached maximum hydration yet and also the way I have been doing the wash and go (leave in and gel step of the regimen.)

So now I’m in the process of mastering the wash and go part (leave in and gel) Pinkecube, has created a video showing how she does her wash and go under this  maximum hydration method

 

You can watch it below:

 

 

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO

Dee



The Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment Demo & Results on Type 4 Low Porosity hair

cherry lola caramel treatment demonstrationHi luvs,

In today’s post I will be sharing the ingredients, benefits, a demo and my results of doing the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment on my type 4 low porosity hair. As I said in my previous post, this treatment is a pre step to the maximum hydration method regimen. It’s used to jumpstart the absorption of moisture process for your hair. It can be done every two weeks or more, depending on the special needs of your hair.

cherry lola caramel treatment ingredients

So let’s begin with the ingredients:

Greek yogurt (2 cups)
Baking soda (2 tbsp)
Organic apple cider vinegar (2 tbsp)
Raw coconut or soy aminos  (2 tbsp)
Raw honey (1/2 tbsp)
Unsulfured molasses (1 tbsp)
Half an over ripe plantain or banana
Avocado (3/4 tbsp)
1 egg (optional)

First I would like to highlight some of the benefits of a few of the ingredients above to the hair:

Greek yogurt contains lactic acids and enzymes which helps to condition, repair, strengthen and moisturize hair. It also helps promote hair growth and a healthy scalp.

When it comes to Amino Acids which are the heart of the Cherry Lola Treatment, you can either choose to go with coconut or soy aminos. This should not make a difference and it’s all up to personal preference as some people do not like the smell of Soy. Amino Acids are known to help thicken the hair strands, help hair retain moisture, strengthen hair and also promotes length retention. Using Amino Acids is also a great alternative for those of you who may be protein sensitive.

Raw Honey encourages hair growth, softens, smoothes and helps retain moisture. It also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which help promote a healthy scalp. It is important to stick to raw organic honey because regular honey is often processed removing the vital enzymes, probiotics and anti-bacterial properties which are important.

Unsulfured Molasses helps reduce hair shedding, breakage and it also helps to thicken the hair. It’s also known to reverse graying of hair due to containing copper which helps stimulate melanin reproduction and re-pigmentation of hair.

You can usually find these ingredients at your local health food store or online on sites such as Amazon or iherb.

Directions:

You want to mix everything together in a bowl and blend it in your blender. Blending will help further breakdown ingredients like the banana and avocado which if not broken down may get stuck in your hair :)

I personally made the mistake of over blending and ended up liquifying the treatment, which made it super messy. In the future, I will try keeping it thick for easier application. Another tip would be to use an old shampoo/conditioner/soap or even an applicator bottle to store it and for easy application.

My hair is short so I had plenty of the treatment left over, which I then stored in the fridge. If your hair is longer section your hair in a couple of sections and make sure your hair is properly detangled before applying the mixture. You also want to make sure all your hair strands are properly saturated with the mixture.

After you’re done use a plastic bag/shower cap to cover your hair and tie it all down with a satin scarf and wait for 1.5 to 2 hrs. Then simply rinse it out with warm or hot water.

cherry lola caramel treatment results

These pictures were taken on April 9th 2014, when I did this treatment for the first time as a pre-step to the maximum hydration method. My hair felt super duper soft after the treatment. My hair has never ever felt this soft before. I also noticed that for the following days right after doing this treatment, my type 4 low porosity hair was much better at absorbing product and water. For the first time I actually experienced having wet hair and I no longer had the problem where my conditioner would just sit on top of my hair causing white residue.

NOTE:

This treatment will not loosen your natural hair pattern. The baking soda will temporarily lift your cuticles and allow your hair strands to suck in all the benefits from the treatment. The lifting of the cuticles will also allow for better moisture absorption, in turn eliminating frizz and allowing your natural curl pattern to “pop” and define. Your hair will appear loosened due to the weight from increased length due to the individual hair strands being filled with moisture and product.

To see a demo for this treatment watch the video below:

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO

Dee