Natural Kids: Nourishing Kinky-Curly Hair

I love my daughters hair. It's hard for me to keep my hands out of it. They generally wears their hair free, in its natural state (as above), pony puffs, twisted pony tails, two strand twists (her favorite), and two strand flat twists.



Someone asked me what do I do to make my daughter's hair more manageable. She was wearing a messy pony puff.

Manageable? So how do I manipulate her hair? As less as possible. Obviously, constant manipulation weakens the hair.
Well, for anyone attempting to manage their hair, control or "tame" their hair for certain styles, manipulation is needed.


There are many tools that are used to manipulate the hair:

1. Hair lotions or styling serums that contain silicones (anything ending in -cone, xane, etc which are used generally for heat protection) are in some ways good for holding moisture in, but this coating of the hair strands also prevents moisture from entering.

2. Blow dryers

3. Flat irons, Straightening combs

4. Heavy oils like Petroleum or Mineral Oil that simple coat the hair, suffocating the scalp.

5. Commercial Gel (silicones that coat hair) and Spritz (alcohol that dries out hair)

These are just a few.

Obviously, there are many commercial products that can help you "manage" your hair, but your hair is much happier when it is maintained and nourished natural ingredients like:

Water
Sulfate free (shampoo/pH balanced)
Jojoba oil (closest to natural sebum)
Aloe vera juice/gel (soothes and moisturizes)
Apricot oil (light oil)
Pathenol (protein for strengthening)
Coconut oil/milk (deep treatments)
Avocado oil (deep treatment)
                     


My personal favorite products are:
Kinky-Curly* Curling Custard
Kinky-Curly Knot Today Conditioner
Kinky-Curly Come Clean Shampoo
Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner/Shampoo
Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel (alcohol and clear/dye free, great for moisturizer)
Now Foods Jojoba Oil
Aubrey Organics
Mill Creek Conditioners (All varieties)


Low maintanence hair styles like braids and twists provide minimal manipulate considering that a style can be worn for a few days (or longer) as opposed to daily heat and manipulate from constant brushing, which aid in reducing tangles and split ends/knotting. This is especially important to afro textured hair.

Moisturizing with water and leave-in conditioners on a regular basis is also a great contributor to soft, moisturized afro textured hair.

*Kinky-Curly products are high end. Best price is found at Ricky's NYC

Also, gel tames frizz. Example of Jaden Smith's hair


Delightful Beets

Have u tried juicing beets? Have u at least tried roasting beets? Now I'm talking fresh not canned beets which makes a big difference and fresh don't taste like dirt as the canned does. Well, if u haven't you're missing out on a treat. 

Yes, I said a treat.  The juice is very sweet, sweeter than carrots and has no after taste.

However, beet juice alone can be toxic and irritate/ inflame the throat and/ or esaphogeous so never drink the juice alone or in large quantiies.  

Enjoy juiced beets, benefit from it's liver cleansing properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and add iron and calcium to your diet by trying a simple recipe.  

3 Beets medium
2 1/2 cups strawberries 
whole 1 orange Opt 

First juice strawberries then beets and opt orange. 

Drink within 15 minutes.  

*Reminder this potent recipe will change the color if your urine to a bright red.

June Skin Update

The new regimen has worked wonders on my skin- even for my gluten intolerance (so hard to give up restaurant chinese lol)

Well he's my progress thus far- no break major break outs even after eating gluten although the skin becomes very oily.



(I found my adapter to my camera- Yeah! These are from June 10th..Great progress! )

The new regimen is:
#1 
Drinking tons of water
#2
1 capsules of each: burdock and red clover in the morning before breakfast :)  during none PMS period and including evening prime rose and flax oils during PMS and menses.
#3
Cleanse daily with mild soap (Burt's Bees or whatever you like)


I've also reduced the amount of oil used in cooking or excluded it all together.

 

See clear skin no pimples- still working on the darkening from old blemishes :(





Can you believe the difference in just one month! Amazing!!!!!

The healing of skin works from the inside out :) I truly hopes the suggestion help you as they have helped me.

Back from Hiatus: Cross-country move to Pullman, Washington

I must say. Washington is everything I hoped for and sooo much more.

I was completely won over when I entered Zoe's Cafe and was assured that soymilk was readily available for the lactose intolerant as an alternative to dairy. So, I went all out and ordered a Chocolate Soy, Chai Frappe- BLISS!!!

Washington is a health conscious state. So, even the local grocer, Dissmores, carries what was unlikely to find in smaller towns in Alabama such as: freshly baked (non frozen) gluten-free bread (not vegan), various soy ice creams flavors, vegetarian/vegan friendly deli options like vegetarian sushi rolls, Burt's Bees products, various seaweed and Eastern  food condiments. There is so much more but these I finds that I appreciated most of all.

Remember, I'm a Bama girl where everything is deep fried and slathered in gravy. Imagine the experience of exploring a new frontier of health and wellness practiced willfully and not forced by physicians as a last resort to rebalance and restore the body. Then hearing, first hand the incredible stories of how easily lifestyle diseases can be reversed as opposed to reading the account on print. This gives has truly revived my appreciation for the healing powers of food and herbs.

I had my first visit to a co-op, specifically the Moscow Co-op, which was actually outside of Washington in Moscow, Idaho (-10 minutes away). I found amazing prices for seasonal, organic produce, the wonderful selection of Frontier spices and herbs for almost half the price in Alabama health food stores, bulk bins for gluten free flour mixes, channa dal, and everything else in the typical health food store for much less or even half the "regular" prices- even nuts are fairly cheap. [Imagine filling two large brown paper bages to the rim with food, (about a two week supply of groceries) and more for $80 in a health food stores.]

But to top it all off Win-Co supermarket also has bulk bins of various spices, herbs, grains, flours, etc for even cheaper than the co-op. Super cheap produce, gluten free mixes, and non-dairy milk alternatives. WOW! I would have never believed anyone if they told me that they don't have to break their wallet to eat healthy.

There are bike trails and scenic routes. Most conviences are located close enough to consider walking and saving gas. But I warn you, you receive a real workout walking around this mountanous region.

We are in a college town so sidewalks prevail over the entire town. There is no excuse not to walk- even to work for some. Transit buses also serve to accommodate the needs of the residents. What more could I ask for? When I can think of more, I'll let you know :)

Natural women rule here! I rarely see anyone with naturally afro-textured hair that has chemically altered their curl pattern. Oh, and Giovanni conditioners are $2 cheaper than even Walmart prices at the local co-op.

Honesly I could go on and on but I'll conclude that state that Washington should change its name to the Blissful State.


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