Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I love doing my feet myself ...Only down fall is my feet doesn't get as soft and smooth as it does when I go to nail salons.......I stopped going to the nail shops because I don't believe that they are 100 % clean ....Last thing I need is some form of foot fungi; Yuck!!!
Well I found my solution.....It' called the Ped Egg.....I love this thing!!!
I get great result using this...I got mine at Walgreens for $9.99
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
- 1# benefit of stretching relaxers is healthier hair on your head.....
- Some notice thicker hair/ because it avoids over lapping
- Saves money
When stretching... you have relaxed hair which is weaker and new growth which is stronger. These two types of hair meet at the “demarcation line”. Manipulation, combing, and brushing causes breakage at Demarcation line.
Stretching your relaxer takes dedication...Make sure you research before you start to stretch... to avoid breakage.
Women stretch anywhere from 8-20 weeks or more...
Do I stretch relaxers? Honestly No!!!
Too much work..I pride my self on being polished ...From my hair.. to my feet...walking around with two different textures just isn't my thing..Do I think there is something wrong with my natural hair? Of course not... but I think you should be either, or...I feel that way about relaxed and colored hair..New growth is not cute to me...
Yes I know ....I can wear braids, or weaves, roller set, or braid-outs during stretches to blend new growth....But I'm cool....I know stretching is the hype right now but, don't feel bad if its not for you...
I know the benefits of stretching...but I'm doing just fine with out it...
- is dry at the ends
- has split ends
- is coarse or hard after processing but it hasn’t always been that texture
- has lots of rebellious fly-aways or frizzy strands
- Use nourishing shampoo and an intense moisturizing conditioner.
- Apply a leave in conditioner to hair after shampooing
- Deep condition your hair at least one time per week
- Ease up on the harsh treatment you are giving your hair.
- Give your hair a break .....do some cute pony tails , buns etc.
- If you dyed your hair .....go darker
- If you relax try to relax less.....People call it stretching
- Over processed hair usually splits easy...Trim split ends
Monday, February 25, 2008
I did a protein treatment last night..I whipped an egg until it was frothy, white and foamy and mixed it in my conditioner and added a little oil ....Put a plastic cap on and let sit for 15 min... Then rinsed and shampooed and deep conditioned. Of course after I rinsed the protein from my hair..My hair felt a little hard...but when I deep conditioned under dryer for 25 min with a moisturizing conditioner(Nexxus Humectress and Coconut Oil) my hair turned out so soft and strong feeling. Big improvement!!! Overall... Good experience.... Accept for the shampoo in my eyes!!!
How do you know when hair needs protein?
If your hair feels gummy your hair needs protein (hair strengthener)
Be careful too much protein can destroy your hair. That’s because overusing protein can dry out and cause the hair to crack. Protein treatments should not be used too often....A lot of people complain of hard hair after protein treatments....Well what I do is after a Protein Treatment ...I immediately use a Moisturizing Deep Conditioner with heat ..So I actually do 2 treatments ..First protein ...Then moisture...Some mix the protein with a moisturizing conditioner... and that is said to work very well also....Haven't tried it though
Have you ever heard this, "My hair doesn't like protein"...which is not true... Hair is 70% protein...They probably didn't need protein in the first place or did not follow-up with moisture . People do protein treatments at first sign of shedding or breakage which is not good...First do a strand test to find out if your hair needs protein or moisture...Remove one strand of hair from your scalp. Hold strand with fingers and gently pull. If you hair breaks immediately your hair needs moisture...If your hair stretches and feels gummy ....You need protein
Again ...After doing a protein treatment... Follow-up with a moisturizing deep conditioner for at least 2omins w/heat !!
Homemade Protein Conditioner ( I haven't tried this one yet )
1 tsp of olive oil
1 egg yolk
1 cup warm filtered water
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Annie Turnbo Pope MaloneAnnie Turnbo Malone was born in 1869 in Illinois. As a young woman, only one generation away from slavery, she discovered that there were few cosmetic products available for African American women. Women of her time used products such as goose fat, oil and other harsh products to achieve the looks they wanted. Through her interest in chemistry Malone set about experimenting with concoctions of her own. She developed a line of products and by 1900 was soon selling them door to door as well as in local stores. She also invented and patented in 1900 a pressing comb to straighten hair--a device still in use till this day. In 1902 she moved to St. Louis, Missouri and began expanding her so-called Poro line of hair products. Malone also used what are now standard business practices--press releases, advertisements and use of women who were hired to both sell the products and lend personal testimony to their efficacy. One of these women was Madame C.J Walker who would become known as America's first African American Millionaires--although there is contention as to whether Malone deserves the claim.
Malone's empire continued to thrive into the twentieth century with the opening of Poro College the first cosmetology school for African Americans. By the 1920's Malone's wealth was estimated to be around $14 million. Malone became a generous philanthropist donating large funds to different causes. She died in 1957.
Madam CJ Walker
"I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations....I have built my own factory on my own ground."
National Negro Business League Convention,
During the 1890s, Sarah began to suffer from a scalp ailment that caused her to lose most of her hair. She experimented with many homemade remedies and store-bought products, including those made by Annie Malone, another black woman entrepreneur. She later married and took the name Madam Walker. She founded her own business and began selling Madam Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower, a scalp conditioning and healing formula, which she claimed had been revealed to her in a dream. To promote her products, the new "Madam C.J. Walker" traveled for a year and a half on a dizzying crusade throughout the heavily black South and Southeast, selling her products door to door, demonstrating her scalp treatments in churches and lodges, and devising sales and marketing strategies. In 1908, she temporarily moved her base to Pittsburgh where she opened Lelia College to train Walker "hair culturists." By early 1910, she had settled in Indianapolis, then the nation's largest inland manufacturing center, where she built a factory, hair and manicure salon and another training school. Less than a year after her arrival, Walker grabbed national headlines in the black press when she contributed $1,000 to the building fund of the "colored" YMCA in Indianapolis. In 1913, while Walker traveled to Central America and the Caribbean to expand her business, her daughter A'Lelia, moved into a fabulous new Harlem townhouse and Walker Salon, designed by black architect, Vertner Tandy. "There is nothing to equal it," she wrote to her attorney, F.B. Ransom. "Not even on Fifth Avenue." Walker herself moved to New York in 1916, leaving the day-to-day operations of the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company in Indianapolis to Ransom and Alice Kelly, her factory fore lady and a former school teacher. She continued to oversee the business and to run the New York office. Once in Harlem, she quickly became involved in Harlem's social and political life, taking special interest in the NAACP's anti-lynching movement to which she contributed $5,000. By the time she died at her estate, Villa Lewaro, in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, she had helped create the role of the 20th Century, self-made American businesswoman; established herself as a pioneer of the modern black hair-care and cosmetics industry; and set standards in the African-American community for corporate and community giving.
"There is no royal flower-strewn path to success," she once commented. "And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard."
Source: Madam CJ Walker 'The official Web Site' @ www.madamecjwalker.com
Saturday, February 23, 2008
If your shedding a little more than normal ...You can try a Garlic Shampoo.....I tried adding Garlic Oil in regular shampoo but, the smell was to much to bare...The whole house smelled like Garlic...Garlic shampoo's do not smell like Garlic.... Thank God....You should see major results in two to three shampoo's....This will not stop the natural shedding process but, instead it should slow it down for you ...You should see less shed less hairs.
There two things that I can't stand...When a someone touches my hair...or touched my belly when I was pregnant ....Why do people think they have the right to invade your personal space ( especially strangers)!!!! I'm not so hard on friends and family because they know me ....But, strangers ....No!!!! You have white people that are curious and want to touch , and we are not going to talk about the occasional weave checks from other black women.....LOL...I thought it was so funny when Barbara Walter touched Brandy and Tanika Ray's hair....What is wrong with people ? Yes... some people give complements and then it follows with their hand in your hair..I'll be wearing a braid-out and all I can think about is how much frizz did they cause......This is not just annoying to me but, to lots of women ....Black and White ( people are polite like myself and don't say anything).....So if you have the urge to touch always ask first...
Friday, February 22, 2008
- The average human scalp has about 100,000 hairs.
- 90% of a person's scalp hair is in a continual growth phase that lasts two to six years.
- The other 10% of scalp hair is in a resting phase that lasts between two and three months.
- Normal shedding is 70 and 150 hairs are regularly lost from the scalp each day.
- the average human hair grows at an average rate of 1 centimenter (around half an inch) per month.
- The average people with blond hair typically have more hair (average 140,000 hairs) than the average brunette (105,000 hairs) or redhead (90,000).
- Most balding is caused by a genetic predisposition
- Maximum length of hair: 70 to 90 cm
- Female hair grows more slowly than male hair
- Healthy hair has an average lifetime of 2-6 years.(Before shedding)
- Next to bone marrow, hair is the fastest growing tissue in the human body.
- hair turns gray as we age is because the pigment cells in the hair follicle start to die, which is responsible for producing "melanin" which gives the hair colour.
- Hair and fingernails are made from the same substance, keratin.
- Human hair is a coveted asset for most people. It has been described as a person's crowning glory.
- The Color blonde hair is the finest and black hair is the coarsest.
- As a person ages, hair grows slower and gets thinner in both males and females.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
We have been programed as what is beautiful..Most black women have a love , hate relationship with our hair...Some... natural hair is their shame....ENOUGH...God gave us what we have for a reason...We are beautiful in every way......From our sun kissed skin..To the texture of our hair
- Our hair comes in many textures
- We have the option to do many styles
- We invent and rock the best hairstyles, Trend Setters
- We express individualism, pride and identity
- You should definitely avoid lathering up more than once if you have dry hair because it will only make your problem worse. You want to keep some of your natural oils....(I clarify once a month to remove build-up)
- Less or no heat. When blow drying, use a cooler setting ..Heat makes dry hair dryer
- Use an intensive moisturizing shampoo/intensive moisturizing conditioner
- Deep Condition using heat ..Heat opens up the hair cuticles allowing the moisturizer to penetrate the hair shaft..
- You should Condition after every shampooing.
- Deep Condition at least once a week
- Conditioning during showers (even when you do not shampoo, Co-Washes), conditioning before bed and conditioning when just lounging at home, or spending the day at home cleaning, will help rehydrate dry hair. The more you condition, the more moisture will be retained.
- Drink at 8 glasses of water a day (If your dehydrated your hair and skin will be dry also)
- Be Gentle dry hair is fragile
- Dry your hair gently, by blotting and squeezing, not wringing or rubbing. Never brush wet hair.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The Soup Diet is based on a fat-burning soup that contains negligible calories. The more soup you eat the more weight you should lose.
Cabbage Soup Recipe
- 6 large green onions
- 2 green peppers
- 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
- 3 carrots
- 1 container (10 oz. or so) Mushrooms
- 1 bunch celery
- 1/2 head cabbage
- 1 package Lipton soup mix
- 1 or 2 cubes bouillon (optional)
- 1 48oz can V8 juice (optional)
Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder, etc.
Okay I boiled a turkey leg for flavor .....(I know ..LOL) and I didn't use V8 ...
Oh it turned out so good..I might have to try this over a period of time
More info on The Cabbage Soup Diet.....
I detangle my hair under the shower, Wet hair and condition it well. Shower , shave , whatever you do in to shower and let conditioner sit on hair as long as possible ....Then I detangle my hair using my fingers. After I detangle my hair with fingers I use a wide toothed comb under running water, starting from the end and going up to the root of the hair. Then rinse completely...I lose less hair or none at all this way...
Wash hair in the shower....When you wash your hair, do not pile it all on top of your head to lather it up. Piling your hair on top of your head will just cause tangles. Let it hang straight down when shampooing in shower or sink. Use your hands work the shampoo from the roots down to the ends....
Monday, February 18, 2008
Conditioner washing(Co-wash), is a way to get your hair clean with out shampoos.
Washing your hair every day for Black Women is a serios No, No, it is very damaging for us. If your problem is dry hair or an oily scalp that must be washed every day, daily shampooing does more harm than good.
This method allow us to clean our hair and scalp often with out damaging it ....
Hair is cleaned by the water and the action of the fingers . By conditioner washing, you cleanse the hair without drying it out.
When doing Co-Washes
Clarify once or twice a month to remove any build-up.......I shampoo once a week and do co washes about twice a week....And I use a clafiying shampoo once a month....Using this method allows me to clean my hair 3 times a week and not dry my hair out or have any breakage ....That helps because I work out....
How to Co-Wash
- Easiest to do in shower.....
- Rinse hair throughly .....
- Take a generous amount of conditioner and add to scalp first
- Using the conditioner and your fingers to remove dirt & buildup from the scalp
- Then add conditioner through to ends and massage into hair and scalp
- Rinse throughly until hair is clean
Suave Humectant Conditioner
Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship Conditioner
Be careful its addictive!!!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
My Valentine Hair ......I did my first Flexi-Rod Set!!!!
After Washing and Deep Conditioning ...I used Nexxus Leave-in and a dap of Coconut Oil...I mixed Aloe Vera and Water in spray bottle for setting and air dried.....I think next time I'll use heat and see how it comes out..
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
(Our hair grows just like any other race... but we are more prone to breakage so we do not get to always see to the growth ...Key is learning how to retain length.....straight hair, natural oils produced by scalp slides easily down the shaft, but on curly or kinky hair, it must work its way down and around each bend and corner. This explains why typically, black women have such dry hair. Also, at every bend in the hair there is a stress point, a potential for breakage )
You have to be natural not relaxed to grow hair....
( Not true...I'm relaxed and there are women with hair that is way longer than mine and they are relaxed as well..The key is proper care...)
Greasing scalp helps hair growth and stops dandruff....
(grease and heavy oils on scalp clog pores and stunts hair growth....We need Natural oils..Coconut is my favorite...very light and moisturizing)
Dirty Hair = Growth.......
(Yep it sure does....Fungus and bacteria....lol)
Dry hair is damaged by too-frequent washing....
(Hair is more likely to be damaged if it's left too long between washes. Not washing can cause the scalp's natural oil to be blocked, and unable to lubricate the hair shaft. As a result, hair can become dry and brittle. Things that damage hair include bleaching, coloring, styling and brushing when wet.)
Sleeping with wet hair causes scalp fungus...
(Scalp or fungal diseases can’t be caught from sleeping with wet scalps. Scalp infections require prior involvement with infected sources such as humans, tainted hair care tools or animals)
You can repair split ends...
( Hate to tell you this but you can only temporally mend them, Only way to get rid of split ends is by trimming them)
Cutting your hair makes your hair grow......( False........growth comes from the scalp not the ends of your hair..Cutting your hair does not affect its normal biologically determined growth rate or overall texture...Please get rid of your scissor happy beauticians ..every black women worst enemy)
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I weighed myself today and I weigh 120 pounds the exact same amount as one week ago..ugh!!
I have got to get off this Plateau ....I'm going to do this healthy...I usually just get on some crazy diet and the weight just melts off .....Down fall of that is as soon as I come off the diet it all comes back....So not this time I'am going to be patient...I looked up some tips
Keep Your Chin Up-Focus on Health not weight
- Don't be too hard on yourself!
- Strength Training- If you are not doing this as part of your program or lifestyle, then it's time to start. Working your muscles will help to strengthen bone tissue, increase lean mass, and ultimately boost metabolic rate.
- Change Meal Frequency- If you are eating three square meals a day - start adding snacks in between (which may mean reducing the portion size of the main meals). Eating often is an old and common style of eating - once again, you are trying to boost your metabolic rate.
Keep a Food Diary
Drink Plenty of Water- Thirst is often mistaken for hunger. Every time you feel the urge to snack, drink a glass of water first and see if the urge goes away.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I've heard of hair products with Aloe Vera, Shampoos, Conditioners, etc. I really didn't get the hype!!!! Well, I met someone that uses it for hair growth....I was skeptic when she told me ....I've been researching this all day and this is what I learned......
- The Aloe Vera plant is packed with some of same the vitamins and minerals which make up our own bodies. So much so that perhaps no other plant more closely matches the human body’s biochemistry.
- Aloe Vera products have many benefits to the overall health of the hair. It helps heal any damage on the scalp, balance the pH level, cleans the pores, prevents excessive hair loss, relieves scaly or itchy scalp, oily hair, dandruff, renew cycle within the follicles. regulate sebaceous function, and maintain proper physiological balance in the scalp. And one of the biggest benefit of Aloe Vera is it helps reduce seborrhoea.
- Aloe Vera activate fresh growth and stimulate the growth of existing hair.
- Clinical studies show that Aloe Vera enhances cellular rejuvenation and provides the building blocks for hair proteins. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory properties protect against damage to the scalp and hair.
- Actually, Aloe Vera includes the enzyme which is beneficial in stimulating the new hair production.
- Therefore, Aloe Vera is beneficial for the production of hairs and provides softness and shine to the hair and prevents hair loss and other hair related conditions.
- Aloe's can help the scalp by healing it and balancing the pH level of the scalp while cleansing the pores.
- Some Indian tribes of Mexico attribute their thick, healthy hair to regular use of aloe vera gel which they rub into the scalp and hair each night.
- Aloe Vera gel is used on hair and entire portion of scalp to treat hair loss.
- Nourishes and moisturizes the hair and scalp.
- Increases blood circulation to the hair follicles.
- Aloe Vera products have many benefits to the overall health of the hair.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Now I'm not talking about styling products....I'm talking about Hair Care products (Shampoos, Conditioners, Moisturizer, etc). So lets clean out those cabinets...The stuff you tried and hated... bag up and give away...Those so-so conditioners that really didn't do anything for you....Mix some oil in it and use them for your Prepoo's ( Pre-Shampoo Treament)....
The real problem with PJism is you can be using something that your hair is loving and you hear some raves and off to the store we go....Older people like to say " If it ain't broke; Then don't fix it" Think of all the money you'll save...So Ladies lets KISS (Keep It Simple Sista) !!!
What is it that you need ??? You should have one maybe two of each of these....( Yeah I said it.. One)
Light protein Conditioner
Monday, February 4, 2008
I found this at Sallys Beauty Supply for only $5
This brush massages scalp and can be used for sore muscles
Starting tonight I'm going to do Scalp massage every night.......Benefits are:
1. It lubricates and conditions the scalp, helping to prevent flakes and dry scalp without the use of harsh chemical shampoos.
2. It helps enhance blood circulation in the head and neck area. When the scalp is "tight" from stress, circulation and Hair Growth are impeded.
3. It helps relax the scalp and increase pliability.
4. It helps strengthen the roots of the hair and nourishes the hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth and strengthening current hair.
5. It helps soften and condition the hair, making it more manageable.
6. It spreads the natural oils of the hair, increasing hair luster and vibrancy.
7. It helps protect hair from the damaging effects of the sun and harsh weather by improving resiliency over time.
Toccara from “America’s Next Top Model” and Tyra share their top beauty secrets and must have items!
1. Bobby Pins: I don’t leave the house without a bobby pin in my hair. If my track (hair extension) comes loose, I can keep it in place with one pin. I can even channel my inner Inspector Gadget and use it as a tool to clean under my nails!
2. Dark Lip Liner: I have small bird lips, so the liner makes my lips look fuller and, added bonus, the dark color makes your teeth look whiter.
3. Oily Body Bronzer: I use an oily based bronzer on my legs to hide scars from childhood and to keep my thighs from sticking together when I walk.
4. Bronzer: if you’re wearing a low cut top, enhance the look of your cleavage by placing bronzer on the part of your chest that is exposed.
5. Quick Way to Find Jeans that Fit: I hate going into dressing rooms to try on clothing. An easy way to find out if a pair of jeans will fit around your waist is to put them around your neck. Hold the jeans around your neck and if the two ends of the waist meet, you’ll be able to button them once you actually put them on. I swear it works – try it and you’ll be surprised!
1. Concealer: I have dark circles under my eyes, it runs in my family, so concealer is a must. Use it to hide any of your imperfections.
2. Red Lipstick: I do anything I can to get away with not wearing makeup! I find that if I wear a bright red lipstick, people look at the lips and won’t notice the rest of the face…like the dark circles under my eyes!
3. Big Earrings: wear something on the ears and that will be the first thing that people notice. They’ll also add some bling and sparkle to your face.4. Sunglasses: the number one way to help if you look tore up from the floor up!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Helpful Workout Hair Tips!!!!
If your hair is long put hair in a loose high pony tail ...Pin it up or clip it.
Never pull hair up tight.
Use scrunchies or fabric pony tail holders to prevent breakage
Two braided pigtails gathered in a low position behind the ears. Is a cute alternative at the gym
Short hair in two low little pigtails is cute also...
Avoid wearing a baseball hats or similar type of headgear. Caps may actually block the sweat glands, which can leave hair drying sweat spots along your hairline. This causes breakage around hairline....Wide cotton headband help if you sweat a lot...
If you need to wash hair daily or a few times a week.....Instead of shampoo which is very drying..Use a Moisturizing Conditioner ..Rinse hair throughly and use conditioner (like you would a shampoo) cleaning scalp and hair & rinse...This is called a Co-Wash (Conditioner Wash)
In the sauna, apply a light conditioner that will help protect your strands, the heat will also help the conditioner permeate the hair shaft. Can you say deep condition ???
Swimming....Wet hair completely before getting in pool..This keeps hair from absorbing so much chlorine....Add moisturizing conditioner or , comb cocoa butter cream through your hair from root to tip...This protects hair from soaking up the damaging chlorine & cover with Swimming Cap
After Shampooing ...Rinse Hair with Apple Cider Vinegar to remove chlorine from hair (also rids blonde hair of green stains)...or use a After Swim Shampoo
Exercising helps hair growth. Exercising improves blood flow... This helps in making follicle cells stronger!!!! Another reason to workout.........