HEALTHY HAIR 2017

Hi Friends!

One of my goals for 2017 was to start taking better care of my hair. I wanted to challenge myself to create a healthy hair care regimen and to see how long I can grow my hair. Another part of healthy hair is maintaining a healthy diet. I am also working on this by trying to incorporate more exercise and eating healthier options. Some days are easier than others :).

Since going natural, I’ve been able to experiment with different products and hair care lines. I’ve learned what works best for my hair and what products are easier to integrate with others. I’ve been using the Shea Moisture line since Tressemme Naturals is no longer made. Recently, I had a product haul and purchased some conditioner, creams, oils, and a microfiber towel.

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My main focus of attention is keep my hair as moisturized as possible. Moisture is essential for maintaing the health of your hair and for helping it grow. To help with moisture retention, I’m using the LOC method.

LOC stands for Leave-in (conditioner), Oil (of your choice), and Cream (of your choice). Every morning I wet my hair with a spray bottle of water, apply my leave-in conditioner, an oil (usually coconut), and a cream. In that order! It’s pretty simple and it helps to maintain moisture throughout the day. Especially in the heat and dry air!

My hair care regimen looks like this:

SUNDAY: scalp massage (with oil); deep condition under the hair dryer; moisturize using LOC method

I co-wash and detangle my hair 3x a month and on the last Sunday of the month I use shampoo. I actually just started back using shampoo because I realized I was using it too often and it would leave my hair very dry and my scalp would become irritated. Now I use the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo – but to limit dryness, breakage, and scalp irritation, I only use the shampoo once a month. Also, scalp massages are great for stimulating hair growth. And they feel really good too!

MONDAY: re-moisturize using LOC method

TUESDAY: re-moisturize using LOC method

WEDNESDAY: rinse with water, re-moisturize using LOC method

On wednesdays I wet my hair in the shower and just let the water run through to help add moisture during the mid-week!

THURSDAY: re-moisturize using LOC method

FRIDAY: re-moisturize using LOC method

SATURDAY: re-moisturize using LOC method

And there you have it folks!

What do you do to maintain healthy hair? What products do you like? Leave your comments below!

Until next time!

My Beauty Regimen

Happy Monday Folks!

With the weather heating up I thought today would be a great time to talk about maintaining healthy skin. During graduate school my stress would mostly manifest through skin breakouts! I could go from clear skin to a face full of breakouts in a matter of days. While I am definitely not a dermatologist, over the years I’ve learned which products work best for my skin and perhaps you can find some tools that may be useful for you as well.

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I think all beauty regimens should include a deep cleansing tool of some sort. My Clarisonic works wonders for me! It provides 2 minutes worth of high pulsating  exfoliation for my face. It’s also great for removing makeup! I’ve been using this product for a while and I’ve noticed a reduction in the number of breakouts that I get – even during high stress periods in school. Even better: I was able to order the Clarisonic in my favorite color and get it engraved with my name!

 

face wash

The Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub from Clean & Clear has been a staple of mine for many years – even before I started using the Clarisonic. It has a minty smell to it and provides a soft tingling sensation when used on your skin. I love the small beads because it gives my skin a deep scrub and helps to remove all of the dirt and oil that has accumulated. I tend to use the exfoliating scrub and the Clarisonic together for maximum cleansing!

face wipes

Face wipes are a girl’s best friend! I love facial wipes because they can be used at anytime during the day and are small enough to pack in a bag or a purse. I have always had super oily skin so I use facial wipes during the day to help remove excess oil from my face. These are also good for removing makeup. I also like wipes because they are quick and do not leave my face feeling super dry after using them.

fade cream

I also love the Fade Cream by Ambi! I struggled with acne (like most teens) growing up and as a result I have small dark circles on my lower cheeks. I use the fade cream to help even out my skin tone and to lighten the dark spots. The fade cream also works for new blemishes! If I see a pimple forming I can use the fade cream on it and by morning, the pimple is gone! This stuff is the bomb.com!

For those of you looking to try out new products I would definitely recommend these. I have been using the same products for years and they have worked pretty well for my skin. In addition to drinking lots of water (I hear lemon is helpful for acne) using these tools has helped me to maintain pretty healthy skin.