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Jul 21, 2014

The Silk Love Treatment for Shiny Strong Hair


What You'll Need

Baking Soda 2 Tablespoons
Mayo 1/2 Cup
Olive Oil 1 Tablespoon
Molasses 2 Tablespoons
Egg 1
Apple Cider Vinegar (Reserve this for later) 



How It Works

The baking soda opens up your hair follicles to allow the rest of the mixture to penetrate deeply into the hair strand. This allows my hair to experience maximum absorbency of the nutrients I add to it. A lot of the times when I do a deep conditioning treatment, it feels like the stuff is just sitting on my head and when I rinse it out, I feel no change. I usually tell myself that it must take consistent usage to see any results. The difference with this treatment I created is that I see results as soon as i am finished.

The egg and mayo are the sources of protein, filling any holes in the strand making it solid and strong.

The molasses will add shine, softness, stimulate growth and thicken hair follicles for stronger, less damage prone hair.

Olive oil naturally conditions the hair and serves as an amazing moisturizing element. Olive oil also promotes scalp health as it is an anti-inflammatory. A healthy scalp is the grounds for healthy hair growth.

The apple cider vinegar is used to close the follicles back after the treatment is complete. It's better to say that the treatment isn't complete until you add the acv because it is a huge part of the results that I'm trying to accomplish with my hair. Apple cider vinegar will balance out the porosity of the hair, smoothing out the hair strand which results in reduced frizz, silkiness and shine.



What You'll Do

Blend everything together (not including the apple cider vinegar). It's best to add this mixture to a bottle for application. I used an empty Aloe Vera gel bottle and a funnel to aid in pouring. 

Add mixture to dry hair in section. 

Put on a shower cap and leave in for about an hour or two. I only had about an hour to work with or else I would've kept it in for a little while longer. Since there is baking soda and protein involved in this treatment, I wouldn't overdo the amount of time it sits in your hair. You do not want to end up with stringy, hard hair because of a protein overload. The baking soda already is aiding in pulling in more nutrients so it's okay to keep it down to an hour or two. 

As your hair is absorbing all of the protein and nutrients, you can go ahead and prepare the acv rinse. I use an empty plastic water bottle and fill it up at least a third full with acv. Then I fill the rest with water. To make sure my hair is completely rinsed and sealed, I will sometimes have to make another bottle.

Once all of the mixture is rinsed out, I take some conditioner (Tresemme Naturals) and apply some generously to my hair, which is sectioned off somewhere between 4-8 sections.

Detangle each section. Once conditioned and detangled, rinse again with cool water. Cool water is a must in my hair routines because it cuts back on a good deal of frizz. The last time I did a treatment to reduce frizz, I ruined the whole project by rinsing it out with hot water. Never again will I make that mistake. Cool water I say!!!


Pour the diluted acv rinse all over your hair, drenching every section thoroughly (the reason why I need to make a second diluted bottle most times. This is such a huge step in the process. Without this step, I feel like this whole situation would be pointless because you need to close your follicles back and agents like acv have the power to do this. 

I do not rinse out the apple cider vinegar from my hair, I just wring it out as much as I can without disturbing my hair too much. 

After I rinsed everything out of my hair.

Results

The baking soda/acv combo leaves my scalp completely clean and fresh. My hair is shiny with very little to no frizz. I can see that my hair strands are smooth and sealed which makes my hair reflect the shine of oil better. (Have you had those days where it doesn't matter how much oil you put in your hair, it still looks dull?) Well this is an amazing remedy for that. The porosity of my hair is in a beautifully normal state. 

 
Styling

I move on to styling my hair with the LOC method. I've made a spray bottle with mostly water, some conditioner and a little more apple cider vinegar to keep things balanced out the way I need them to be. 

I spray a little over the section I start to style, followed by some Jamaican Black Castor oil or melted shea butter. I then put in some cream styler on top of the oil. I used Cantu Leave In. 

My styling process consisted of flat twists, as I deemed it to be the best styling method to ensure even curl distribution from the root to the ends of my hair. When using the LOC method, it is important to make sure you have proper drying time to allow the cream to set in your hair. I take down my twists once dry and create looser, bigger braids to help stretch and create more of the chunky braid out that I prefer to wear. 

After I took down the flat twists. 
Once the styling process is complete, my hair is amazing. It's shinier, smoother, silkier, stronger (much stronger, like noticeably stronger, like hair follicles are think and sturdy) and softer. This was a homerun for me! Pure happiness. I'll be doing this once a month. 

Zeez



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Jul 19, 2014

Trey Songz Trigga Album Review


Prelude
When I first played Trigga, I got through the first few songs not really knowing what to expect. I already had been estranged from Trey Songz for a while. I was initially kind of turned off from the first portion of the album because I thought it was just going to be an overly explicit mess of cheating and lies. But one night I gave it a thorough listen and was able to find the vibe Trey aimed to create with his 6th studio album.

Jul 18, 2014

#100HappyDays





After discovering #100happydays after an article I read, I knew instantly it was something I needed to partake in. This #100happydays is a challenge in which you take a picture of something that makes you happy every single day for 100 days. What this will do is help you enjoy the moment that you are in, as we all can get caught up waiting and working for a future moment. One thing that I have come to realize is that there are not just the people overly focused on the future, there are many overly focused on the events of their pasts. Either way, you aren't currently living in the moment you're in.

I am going to start this challenge today. It's as good as any other day. I hope to strengthen my muscles that search for the happiness around me. No matter what, I will know that to stick to this challenge, I must find something that day. Even if I'm not in the mood, I will find that mood. I will learn how to find happiness. I'm so excited because I am aware that I have made bad mental habits that I need to break. Consistency is the key to true change.

I know until I get in the rhythm of remembering to take my picture everyday, I'm going to need to set some sort of phone reminder, or make a note for myself on a wall. I think this is a beautiful exercise for any and everyone. Go to the site for more information on registering in on the challenge and find out the different ways to share your daily journey to happiness. I went to the site and registered with my Twitter as my primary platform to share my photos. You enter in your username for either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumlr and you get all nice and set up.

According to 100happydays.com
People Successfully Completing The Challenge Claimed To:

Start noticing what makes them happy every day
Be in a better mood every day
Start receiving more compliments 
Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have
Become more optimistic
Fall in love during the challenge

One more thing, the founders of this movement said that once you complete this journey they would even put together a little book for you collecting all of your pictures. Truly amazing. I get happy just looking at the stream of #100happydays and seeing what made people happy. It truly makes me happy to see what brings joy to others. There may be hope after all...

My Day One




I'm going to start this book over again. Kimora is so much like me in the sense of vision, high energy, and perfectionism. Truly an inspiration for me. I feel like I'm off to a nice start. This has made me happy. I won't be posting everyday on my blog but I will be posting everyday on my Twitter account. I may throw a day in here or there as a blog post if I feel it is extra special.
Z

ModCloth Black and White Wishlist

ModCloth, a cute indie e-retailer of fashion and decor, has put together a few trends sorted by color. I went through and picked out the top ten items I love from the black and white collection. Included are several vintage indie dresses, a couple shirts and accessories. I want to get a few of these pieces, but I haven't even made it through the other collections they put together. I'm going to check out the green collection and make a wishlist from that as well. 

Jul 12, 2014

Re-purposed Mini Pallet Wine Cellar
By Ella G


Pallets are more than just a warehouse tool for stacking and hoisting. The list is never ending for the possibilities with these planks of wood. This was my very first DIY project using pallets: the re-purposed mini pallet wine cellar. In just a few easy steps you can add this conversation piece to your living space.

Jul 11, 2014

No Time Turkey Kielbasa Cabbage



Prelude
I needed to make dinner one evening, and realized it was time to go shopping for the week. Too tired to do a full length trip, I decided to get something for that evening, and finish shopping the next morning. The meal I needed to prepare had to meet the following criteria:

Jul 8, 2014

10 Health and Beauty Benefits of Evening Primrose Oil

Botanical Name: Oenother Biennis
Active Ingredient: Gamma-linolenic acid

1. IMPROVES ELASTICITY OF THE SKIN/ REDUCE FINE LINES
Gamma-linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid, has been known to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. You would apply the oil topically over time to get the best results.

If you ingest the pill itself, it could also possibly aid in filling the skin up with the fatty acid needed to plump out potential wrinkles and increase elasticity and durability.

Molasses Pre Shampoo Treatment




Prelude
I reached up and touched my hair a couple days ago and was ashamed of myself immediately. It was DRY. Dead dry I say. So dry, in fact, that I wanted to just shave it all off (temporarily for like a second and then magically snap my finger and go back in time and actually have hair again). A deep conditioner was desperately needed.

Jul 7, 2014

Cilantro Lime Chicken



When To Use This Recipe
1. When you are in need of a healthy recipe to make. Perhaps you want to balance out last weeks McDonald's binge. They need to just go ahead and stop that $10 family box if they haven't already. Folks are out here getting that just for themselves. 

2. Either forgot to marinate chicken in advance or you just got caught up in a project or something and its dinner time all of a sudden. 

3. Just looking for a simple chicken recipe to add with any other sides you might have in your kitchen at the time.