Summer Selfie Game Strong

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Abidemi Komolafe

My timelines have been blessed by some of the best selfies ever since summer has been in full swing. Some of you have been taking full advantage of all the natural lighting the sun can provide and those deeper tans from beach and pool life. I just want to celebrate y'all and highlight my some of my favorites.

I must start with Abidemi Komolafe for obvious reasons! Sis is so freaking beautiful and she is definitely hair and selfie goals.

If you aren't already, go ahead and follow her on instagram.

Next up is Dae, this minimalist organic sister keeps blessing my timeline with her natural beauty and her full and free mane. I love her vibe and her selfies.

Check out Dae's instagram and youtube channel.

Can we talk about Keisha's salt and pepper beauty, I mean wow!

Her hair and skin are just gorgeous!

I high-key love all of Tyler's selfies, she just combed out her sisterlocks and her hair is still gorgeous, the fro is perfection on her.

I've been enjoying those summer sun rays myself, I've also made sure to use my favorite moisturizer with built in sunscreen daily and up my game with this natural spray-on sunscreen when I'm at the beach or by the pool. Wear sunscreen ladies!

Check out my instagram and Sisterlocked's facebook page for more summer photo fabulousness.

DIY Blonde Locs

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Vita, hair color queen, licensed cosmetologist and sisterlock trainee shares how she colors her beautiful blonde locs:

I have been sisterlocked since July 2015. My journey has been extremely fulfilling to say the least. I have gone through an array of different colors for my locks. Blue, purple, green, pink and the list goes on. The color that has stuck with me for the longest has been blonde. I'm asked all the time how did I achieve my blonde hair, here is my process:

In order to maintain the health of my hair I continue maintenance with Olaplex No. 3 and hot oil treatments. I Also moisturize daily with rose water.

Quick Tip: ALWAYS put oil on your locks for moisture while hair is wet to lock the oils in. Otherwise putting oil on dry hair negates the purpose. For more questions visit me on Instagram @beautyandkinks.

Bentonite Clay for Skin and Hair

Friday, April 06, 2018

Various people and cultures around the world refer to bentonite clay as "healing clay" and with good reason. Having both amazing internal and topical uses, bentonite clay has been used for centuries but has become super popular amongst wellness enthusiasts. Composed of ash made from volcanos, one of the largest known sources of bentonite clay is found in Fort Benton, Wyoming (hence the name).

Internally bentonite clay benefits your body by producing an "electrical charge" when combined with liquid and seeking out and binding with toxins, chemicals, impurities and 'heavy metals" in your body and is then able to draw them out of your body. So internally the benefits of bentonite clay can include:
  • providing minerals for the body (bentonite clay is known for being abundant in minerals like calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium)
  • speeding up recovery from vomiting and diarrhea
  • fighting pathogens responsible for disease, like E. coli and a virus that can cause staph infection. 
  • and helping with digestive disturbances like constipation, acid reflux, gas and bloating
To use internally: mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay throughly with water, drink immediately, and use as often as daily. You can also use as a homemade mouthwash to detox your teeth and gums.

Skin and Hair
Externally bentonite clay is the ultimate skin detox! It is able to bind to bacteria and toxins that live on the surface of the skin and within pores and it even extract these from the pores. This can help to reduce acnes, redness, and even fight allergic reactions from lotions or face washes. The clay serves as antibiotic treatment topically, which can calm skin infections. So not only do I use on my face and underarms but also on my inner thighs and butt before showering. It also pulls all the crap out of your scalp and hair leaving it shinny and noticeably softer!

For your skin and hair the uses of bentonite clay can include:
  • as a face mask by mixing bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar until you form a paste and applying topically to your face and body. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse away. This can be done weekly.
  • as a hair detox since bentonite clay pulls chemicals and metals out from our bodies like a magnet. When applied to locs, bentonite clay pulls dirt, lint and product build-up from our hair. When you apply bentonite clay, be sure your locs are freshly shampooed. Mix equal parts of the clay with apple cider vinegar (until consistency of yogurt) and 10 drops of essential oil (like Rosemary for hair growth) in a non-metal bowl with a non-metal spoon. (If you use metal, you will activate or deactivate certain properties in the bentonite clay). Apply to hair and leave for 20 minutes, it will magically lift lint to surface. Be sure to thoroughly rinse! Optional: Rinse with a cup of water with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar added. See my other favorite loc detoxes here.
  • as a skin softening and relaxing detox bath by adding about 1/4 cup of Bentonite Clay to a bathwater.
Bentonite clay benefits the body because it is able to produce a natural charge that is electrical when in contact with liquid — very similar to how earthing (touching your bare feet to the earth) works.

Important: Don't let healing clays come in to contact with anything metal, this will reduce the effectiveness. I opt to use class, plastic and wood when working with bentonite clay.

4 Easy Ways to Fight Inflammation

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Each person and body is different, but I recently became aware of the importance of personally managing inflammation after experiencing a series of back pain flare-ups. One of the things I always ask my doctor is: what can I change in my overall lifestyle to improve my health situation or prevent future issues? This is where we had a rather enlightening conversation about managing inflammation.

There has been more social talk about anti-inflammatory medications, food and lifestyles but what is inflammation and why should you care about managing it? Basically, inflammation is your body's response to outside threats like stress, infection, or toxic chemicals. When the immune system senses one of these dangers, it responds by activating proteins meant to protect cells and tissues. Inflammation can be good in certain healthy situations but chronic inflammatory issues can have serious long and short term health implications like:

  • joint pain
  • cancer
  • painful periods / erectile dysfunction
  • leaky gut and other stomach issues 
  • autoimmune disorders
  • cardiovascular disease
  • sleep issues
  • has been linked with depression
  • can sabotage weight loss efforts
  • can damage your skin and cause premature aging

Basically chronic inflammation can downgrade all of your sexy and prevent you from living your best life.

Signals that you may have chronic inflammation
  • belly fat
  • high blood glucose levels
  • allergies
  • fatigue
  • digestive problems like gas, diarrhea, bloating, or constipation
  • skin problems like eczema or psoriasis
  • puffy face or eyes
If you believe this could be a health issue for you, contact your doctor. In the mean time here some simple ways to reduce your risk of inflammation:

1. Eat more anti-inflammatory foods and reduce your consumption of foods known to cause inflammation.

Last year, during one of my last rounds with major back pain, I immediately went on a fast where I avoided gluten, dairy, peanuts and sugars. I also upped my consumption of anti-inflammatory foods and I noticed a huge change in the how quickly I recovered. I've been careful with my consumption of foods that trigger my inflammation ever since.

A great anti-Inflammatory diet includes

  • leafy greens
  • salmon
  • walnuts
  • fermented foods—like kimchi
  • garlic
  • turmeric
  • pineapple
  • papaya
  • beets
  • ginger
  • avoiding overly processed foods and refined sugars
2. Careful what you drink

Avoid alcoholic beverages as well as caffeine and consider drinking kombucha, green tea, or make an anti-inflammatory green leafy smoothie with a bit of pineapple and papaya.

3. Get more sleep

A nap pretty much seems to solve half of my problems, not much has changed since childhood. There is some research that shows that a lack of sleep causes inflammation. If you have issues falling or staying asleep, consider 
  • drinking sleep tea
  • consider a melatonin supplement (which was a game changer for me)
  • burn a lavender candle or use a lavender essential oil lotion before bed
  •  and stay away from the light of those digital devices like your tv or phone

4. Manage your mindset to manage your stress

Chronic stress can lead to inflammation in addition to many other health issues. If you have stressors, consider ways to avoid and expel them from your life but if its a difficult season (i.e. new parent, new job, or just life) there are ways to manage how you react to stress and create peace and calm, consider:
  • breathing exercises, prayer, and or meditation, try a great meditation app like headspace
  • exercise that non-stressful and improves your health and increases your joy (like pilates or dance)
  • avoid caffiene
  • be in community with people who you can trust and talk to (maybe that is a therapist or a BFF)
  • verbal positivity (talk to yourself, be encouraging and use verbal affirmations with yourself)
Managing inflammation, for me has been a game-changer, and has improved both my health and my skin. 

About Me

Corporate Chic. Natural Living Advocate. Freelance Writer. Speaker. Social Media Addict. Bookworm. Wanderer.

When I'm not working crazy hours for my corporate finance gig, I'm toiling away as an evening entrepreneur and making random hair and skin care products from scratch. I started in 2010 to chronicle my natural hair journey and it has grown into so much more.
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