3 Biggest Myths About Hair Growth

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Listed below are three of the common hair growth myths that experts say should be dispelled.

 

Biotin Pills – Just taking a biotin supplement is not how to make your hair grow faster and it has been known to cause severe acne, headaches and breakouts. A person would also need the support of hydrating antioxidants from vitamins for hair loss in order to help keep their scalp and follicles healthy.

 

Prenatal Vitamins – Just like biotin, taking a prenatal vitamin for hair growth is not a person’s best choice. Prenatal vitamins should only be taken if a woman is pregnant because prenatal vitamins have a high amount of iron. The higher amount of iron in the blood can cause constipation, vomiting and nausea.

 

Hair Trimming – Trimming your hair does not make it grow faster. Hair grows from the root, not the ends. Trimming makes your hair look healthier since split ends happen over time due to bending the hair continuously. Just like biotin and prenatal vitamins, trimming for growth is a myth that needs to be stopped.

Vegan Cuts Makeup Box – Fall Collection

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Since I am a vegan when I first heard about Vegan Cuts I had to investigate. “What is this some sort of new frozen food-to-go?” Then I realized what I was hearing about was a makeup box filled with full-size samples of vegan and cruelty-free make up that matches the season. I love natural make up brands and only purchase products that do not possess harsh chemicals. So signing up for Vegan Cuts Makeup Box for $39.95 every quarter just seemed like the right thing to do.

The Fall collection box includes the following make-up:

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip – As you guys know I am a big fan of juice beauty skin care products. Therefore I was extra excited to see their liquid lip in the box. This plant based phyto-pigments liquid is combined with cold-pressed oils to lay down a vivid lip color and create a shiny finish. very pigmented indeed. $24

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Au Naturale Organic Creme Eye Shadow – I was looking for a new ivory color eye shadow. But now I don’t have to look anymore. This long lasting color and rich textured eye shadow nourishes the skin with essential oils. The versatile creme shadow can be used as a stand alone shadow, a base or eye liner. $20

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Ofra Cosmetics Blush Stripes – Allows you to create the high check bone look with a natural bronze glow. This product can also be used as a four-colored eye shadow powder! $35

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Bellapierre Cosmetics HD Makeup Primer – Okay I was looking for a brand new primer and this box fulfilled that request as well. Treat dryness, fine lines, excess oil and enlarged pores with this mineral-infused formula. This primer provides a one-of-a-kind smooth complexion and is amazing at holding in make-up to cover blemishes and dark circles. $75

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I immediately realized I really got my money’s worth with the Vegan Cuts Makeup Box. I paid $39.95 (free shipping in the US) and the products total value is $154.00. I feel good about this and can’t wait for the winter collection to come in December.

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Hot and Sour Cabbage Soup with Brown Rice

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

I decided to try something new because I became tired of the same ole meals. So I stopped being a little lazy and put together a vegan soup dish that is easy, easy, easy to make.

  • 1 tablespoon high-heat oil such as safflower or sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup uncooked sprouted brown rice (I used regular brown rice)
  • 1 bunch scallions, white and green parts, cut on the bias
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 cups broth made from Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base or Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shreded cabbage
  • 3 bok choy, thinly sliced

Heat a large soup pot or small stockpot over high heat, add the oil, and wait until it shimmers. Add the rice and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 2 minutes. Add the scallions and garlic and cook 1 minute more.

Carefully pour in the broth and bring the soup to a gentle boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer the soup until the rice is fully cooked. Add the remaining ingredients.

Ladle 10 to 12 ounce portions in each of six large soup bowls and serve.

Easy. Tasty. Healthy!

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Hair Improvement

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

I have often shared my struggles with dry hair since I moved to New Mexico more than five years ago. Even though I keep my curls in braids most of the time my hair really didn’t improve its condition … until now.

So some time back I discovered I have low porosity hair. I purchased Shea Moisture’s Low Porosity Protein-Free Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner and to my surprise, after using several products with no real improvement, my hair changed for the better.

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My curls look healthier, shinier and maybe even thicker. In addition, it has grown a little. So I am pleased with the results. After I use all three products and allow the leave-in conditioner to dry, my hair becomes soft and detangles with ease.

I wash my hair every two weeks. Then apply Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey and/or my homemade sheabutter (I use olive oil in the sheabutter instead of castor oil) and that’s it. I do reapply the leave-in and hair cream about two or three times a week. I also deep condition once a month. I use to do a whole lot more but not anymore.

Overall, I am so happy my hair has finally improved. It took some time but now the enhancement is noticeable.

My Favorite Fall Activity

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Fall just rolled in yesterday and I am already excited about the season’s activities. I don’t know why I can’t wait for Halloween to come. I am not going to do anything but hand out candy. I am looking forward to Thanksgiving but that is going to be low-key this year. I adore Fall colors. My home, my front yard, my wardrobe and my make-up all mirror the Fall colors I love. This blog even consists of Fall colors. The theme just moves me and I feel good in it.

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So my mom and I decided to go apple picking. Pick-your-own-apples is my favorite all-time Fall activity that my mom introduced to me when I was a teen. In New York we used to go every Fall at least twice in one season. As an adult I continued the family tradition and learned how to make all kinds of apple dishes.

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To my surprise this season apples are in full bloom in New Mexico and we found an orchard 45 minutes away in Belen. The folks there are the sweetest and the orchard is full of tasty apples on dwarf trees which makes picking them very easy.

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We picked Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Winesaps apples and I can’t wait to start baking pies, dumplings and tarts. My husband is not a big fan of raw apples but even he was impressed with the sweetness of Costanza apples.

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Orchard dog chillin’.

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Our apples.

My Sister…

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Our relationship was never one of great support and love. The few times I went to her for support she revealed it in an attempt to hurt. Filled with a rage of jealously she was purposely abusive, and being addicted to drugs, didn’t help our relationship at all.

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For decades we had an on-again off-again (mostly off) sister situation. It was the norm. Our relationship was extremely complex and those emotions wore my mother out. Hell, they wore me OUT! It takes a lot of negative energy to fight with someone up close and a far and that is just what we did. I often noticed other big sisters looking out for their little sisters and couldn’t help but wonder why I didn’t have that from my sister. When I competed in beauty pageants sibling abuse was my platform. Because of the work I did to bring awareness to the situation producers at the Dr. Phil Show noticed what I had done and asked if I would share my story nationwide. Of course I did.

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After more than 11 years we made up when we bumped into each other at Costco. She was with our mom and we started to chat. Her more than me. I was leery of her and only allowed our relationship to grow little at a time. I had a cook-out for our nephew and invited my sister and her husband. Then we had Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner at my house. After that came various events such as luncheons for African American women, outings with our mother, and together we planned a surprise birthday party for our mom which was her first birthday party ever!

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So as our relationship improved over the last year who knew I would get a call in the night of morning telling me Toni is dead. She was in a lot of pain from brain surgery and a few car accidents and took maybe too much medication to alleviate the issue. After receiving the news, the pain had me scream, “That Fucking Bitch!” multiple times as I let out the emotions my body felt.

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This is the second sibling I buried. My brother died 20 years ago. I am my mother’s last child so I am very protective of her as she is of me. I never wanted my mother to experience such an ordeal ever again no matter what but free will is real. It can interrupt any and all plans.

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This Is So Me…

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

O…M…G!!! This photo is so me!!!

I can’t grow my hair to safe my life so when I saw this meme I had to share it and my on-going confusion on why I am still struggling.

Once upon a time I could grow my hair. That was when I lived in New York where humidity is high. Now that I am in the New Mexico desert, dry heat rules, and after five years my natural hair is still trying to adjust.

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Folks here say five years is not a long time to adjust to the powerful southwestern temperature. My mom said it took her more than a decade to get her hair back in check. Now with 24 years as a resident, and a lot of product experimenting, her hair grows nicely.

I hope my curls adjust a lot sooner. Permed to Natural readers please pray for me.

Hair Envy! This Is For Real!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

I really enjoyed watching this video and wanted to share it for you guys to see.

I always liked Michaela Pereira I remember meeting her when she hosted a local news show in New York. I booked one of my clients on the morning program and had the opportunity to ride the elevator with her. She was very friendly and I took pleasure in following her career.

Enjoy!