Diet and Hair

What goes into your body is as important to your hair as those weekly deep conditions.

Our bodies are like a big factory. Everything that goes into our bodies is used for many different purposes like keeping your bones and muscles healthy and providing nutrients for your hair and skin.

I’m no dietician but I know that keeping a healthy, balanced diet can be beneficial for your hair as well as overall health. I say a “balanced” diet because who doesn’t like to have a juicy cheeseburger and some greasy fries every now and then? I say junk food isn’t so bad as long as you don’t have it all the time.

Here is an article I came across and some of the foods mentioned were very shocking.

Best and Worst Foods for Healthy Hair

If you are transitioning or are already going natural, think about ways you can make your life even healthier than it already is. What are some things you can cut down on or even start doing to make your life as happy and healthy as possible.

The most important thing, in my opinion, is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drink lots of water, especially now in the summer time where the heat and humidity can be exhausting.

@Yo.Shea.Naturals

As a natural enthusiast, I love learning about natural, organic products. There are a whole bunch of small businesses out there who sell home-made skin care products. It makes the search for the perfect product much more difficult than it should be.

I love, love, love organic products.
My family suffers from eczema which is a skin condition where the skin becomes rough, inflamed or irritated with no clear external cause. My mom’s skin flares up when she eats anything with gluten and is exposed to the sun.

When I came across @yo.shea.naturals on Instagram, I was curious to try it for myself and for my family. Yoni, the owner, was so generous and sent me a few samples of her body butters, body scrub, and hair elixir.

Yo Shea Naturals Website

Let me just say, I fell in love with these products after the first use!

Here are my thoughts:

Body Butter

I received vanilla and cranberry scented body butters.

Pros

Consistency. It rubs on the skin smoothly. Some people may describe this butter as being too oily, but that’s all depending on preference and the condition of your skin.

Moisture. After applying the body butter, there is no need for me to moisturize again during the day because my skin retains all the moisture. It looks and feels amazing.

Reduces scars with help from the body scrub.

Cons

Fragrance is irritating to my mom’s skin (this is my mom’s experience because of her eczema, my skin loves the butter)

Body Scrub

Cranberry scented scrub smells great and leaves my skin feeling brand new.

Pros

Less ingrown hairs. The grains of sugar in this scrub are kind of thick (consistency of brown sugar) which is a great exfoliant. Over time, the appearance of scars and darkened skin (like elbows and knees) begin to brighten.

Helps heal dry skin. This scrub is so moisturizing that I don’t even need to moisturize after I shower. The combination of oils in it is the magic.

Hair Elixir

The mixture smells like nature and keeps my scalp feeling refreshed.

I can’t say if I’ve seen any growth in my hair because I didn’t measure it before I began using the elixir. The change I did notice in my hair is its thickness. My hair feels much fuller, with more volume, and my curls are more defined.

These products are also very cheap ranging between $5-$20. I definitely recommend it for anyone with dry skin who isn’t sensitive to fragranced products.

Enjoy The Little Things

The other day, I was driving to Brooklyn to my cousin’s house.

Passing this bridge, I was just amazed by the view! The way the clouds sat perfectly over the city was just breathtaking.

Nature is something that a lot of people take for granted. When I say “take for granted” I mean that nature is something that is always around us and sometimes we don’t take the time to see and appreciate it.

The next time you are sitting in a car, or walking home, take the time to look and be aware of your surroundings. By being aware, you are opening your mind to the environment and will realize that we are just a small piece to a big puzzle.

There is more to life than meets the eye, we just have to open our eyes and see what the Universe has in store.

“You create your own universe as you go along.”

Winston Churchill