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Skin Care “Head-to-Toe” Winter Special

Recently, I have been playing around with natural oils and butters making combinations of skin and hair products.

I have created hair balm, lip balm, hand butter, hair growth oil, facial oil, body oil, and so much more. I am attempting different combinations of oils and trying them out to get the most effective results. So far, my hair and skin are loving the mixtures.

Skin

My skin has been clear for the past few months with only about two to three blemishes every month due to other things such as my messed up diet. Other than that, my skin is soft and smooth.

Body

I have a few new favorite body washes. First on my list has to be the Neutrogena rainbath body wash. (Image below).

My favorite one is the third from the left. It has no name so I’m assuming it’s the original scent, but the smell reminds me of the Dominican Republic.

My next favorite body wash is the Aveeno Lavender Stress Relief Body Wash (Image below).

This body wash leaves my skin feeling so soft and refreshed and the smell is amazing.

The most efficient way I moisturize my skin is directly after the shower while my skin is still damp, I rub coconut oil all over my body. Then I apply cocoa butter or any preferred lotion over my body. During the summer time I only use coconut oil, but due to the harsh, cold air in Brockport, I like to double up.

Face

This weather and Brockport air makes my skin super dry so I don’t mind looking a little oiled up during the winter! I begin my facial routine by dampening my face with hot water to open up my pores. I usually use a steaming rag or a facial steamer if I have the time for it. Then, I use a whipped black facial soap (which I made myself :)) to wash my face; the soap is creamy in texture and has coconut oil in it. After I wash my face, the black soap makes my skin kind of dry (which is why I whipped it with coconut oil) so I moisturize my skin with a mixture of Argan Oil and Vitamin E Oil, and top it off with an Aloe and Rosewater facial toning mist I found at TJ Maxx.

I prefer to tone after I moisturize because I use an oil. If I tone before, my skin will be too oily.

That was pretty much a breakdown of my head to toe skin care routine. Let me know what you guys think!

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.

Length, Length, Length

As a curly girl, length isn’t so easy to tell. And that SUCKSSS!

I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying Shrinkage is a Bitch! And in fact it is. A curly girl can never tell her true length unless it’s straightened and that’s exactly what we’re avoiding here. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t ever straighten your hair, a length check is always needed, but not every so often. I length check probably twice or three times a year.

Maintaining Length

This may sound contradicting, but trust me it works and I’ll explain why.

Making sure those ends are healthy is a MAJOR KEY in ensuring swift hair growth.

Think about this:
Your hair grows from the top of your head (obviously), but if the hair that’s already hanging from your head keeps breaking from your damaged, split ends, it’ll feel like your hair isn’t growing at all.

SO, to make sure your ends don’t prolong your hair length journey, occasional trims are necessary. I honestly don’t have the time to go to hair salons, plus they don’t really know how to cut curly hair unless you go to a Deva Curl Hair Salon or a curly hair specialist, but let’s be real, they’re a bit pricey. Plus, I have trust issues sooo… I cut my own hair. Now to do that you have to be very careful. There are so many opinions out there on curly trimming methods, but I prefer dry cutting.

Dry Cutting

The reason I don’t recommend to cut hair while wet is because curly hair shrinks, so cutting wet curls will leave you with a shorter length than you expected.

Dry cutting/dusting is basically searching for those straight or split ends and chopping them off. It sounds a bit extreme, but I find that (if you wear your hair curly most of the time) it’s the most efficient way to get the most growth. A con about this method is that you hair (when straightened) won’t be perfectly even, but this won’t really be a problem if you’re wearing your hair curly. It’ll help your curls flourish.

Helpful Oils

Cutting isn’t the only thing that promotes hair growth.
Here are a few oils you can incorporate in your oil treatments:

Essential Oils

  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Peppermint/Tea Tree
  • Chamomile
  • Clary Sage

*Each oil, whichever you choose, should be mixed with a carrier oil (I prefer coconut oil, you can also use virgin olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil, sesame oil, or canola a.k.a. rapeseed oil). The mixture should be 4 tsp of carrier oil to every 10 drops of essential oil.

Others

  1. Jojoba

Jojoba oil is technically not an oil. Its a wax ester, which is similar to the oils naturally released by our skin. It’s rich in Vitamins E and B which have antibacterial and antioxidant properties which will remove the dead skin from your scalp and promote healthy hair growth. I love jojoba oil (especially for my face) because it’s not greasy and moisturizes without leaving too much of a shine.

  1. Jamaican Black Castor

Castor oil is very thick and sticky similar to honey. It consists of amino and fatty acids that repair and regenerate hair follicles. Aside from promoting hair growth, castor oil can moisturize, thicken, and even enhances hair color.

  1. Vitamin E

As I mentioned before, Vitamin E is an antioxidant which is helpful for repairing damaged hair follicles. It reduces inflammation, and promotes blood circulation to the scalp which is beneficial for hair growth.

**When applying these oils, for EXTRA growth promotion, use the Inversion Method which is flipping your head upside down and massaging the scalp for about 10 minutes. The inversion method promotes hair growth by increasing blood circulation to the scalp and the massage will open up the hair follicle to absorb the oils. You can use the inversion method everyday if you’d like; 10 minutes a day for a month can probably get you two or three inches of growth depending on your hair and how fast it usually grows. (Don’t quote me on that, I’m speaking based on my experience.)

Consistency

I really can’t stress consistency enough. It’s like anything in life! Diets, exercise plans, relationships, skin care, and I can go on forever. The point is, that if you don’t keep consistency with your hair, you may not see the results you expect. Yes, hair care is extremely time consuming, but its all worth it!

With cuts, I recommend dusting every 3-4 months depending on the level of damage you have on the ends.

As for the growth promoting oil treatments, I recommend you do it bi-weekly, even monthly. You don’t want to overwhelm your hair with too many treatments because it can become brittle, weak and can become prone to breakage.

Hope this helped! Feel free to like and comment any further questions or suggestions for future posts.

Happiness – You Are In Control!

Before reading this post, take a few minutes to think about things that make you happy. It may be babies, pets, loved ones, nature, etc.

I’ve been reading The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and its been a major life changer for me! It’s taught me that life is what you make it. You have full control of your life with your thoughts and feelings.

You create your own reality.

If you think about it, your mood dictates your entire day. If your day starts with a negative mood, your thoughts will revolve around that negative feeling and you will have a bad day. BUT, you have the power to change those negative feelings with a positive, happy thought.

Rhonda Byrne brings up the notion that your thoughts are a frequency being released into the universe. The universe takes that frequency and, like a boomerang, flips it back on you. Its like the concept of Karma. What goes around, comes around. Same with your thoughts. They become your reality because its what the universe receives from you. If you have constant negative thoughts, negative things will come your way. But if your predominant thought is a positive one, it is constantly being released as a frequency, and that is what you will receive! Its like a television. There is a specific frequency to every channel, and what you see on the TV is based on that frequency. If you change the frequency (the channel), the image changes. Like your life. If you change your frequency (your thoughts), you will see different things come your way.

Instead of thinking what you dont want, think of what you do want. The universe doesn’t acknowledge the “dont” part of your thoughts. For example, if you think you dont want to be late for this meeting, the universe reads your thought of being late. Instead, change your thought to I will be on time for this meeting, and you will be on time.

Positive thoughts are powerful thoughts. Negative thoughts are weak. Keep this in mind everyday! Especially if you’re having a bad day.

Think of your thoughts as a magnet. You will attract all like things (that are on the same frequency). Its the law of attraction.

The predominant thought or the mental attitude is the magnet, and the law [of attraction] is that like attracts like, consequently, the mental attitude will invariably attract such conditions as correspond to its nature – Charles Haanel (1866-1949)

So, the next time you are having a bad day, I hope you take this into consideration and know that you are in control of your own life!