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Five Health Benefits of Chia

Chia is a powerhouse superfood that you SHOULD be incorporating into your diet. Here are a few reasons why we believe so:

 

Egg Substitute – Egg allergy? When baking, mix a tbsp of chia seed with 3tbsp of water and let sit for about 20 minutes. Mix with your dry ingredients just like eggs.

Digestion – Chia seeds are super for digestive health, a 28-gram serving of contains 11 grams of dietary fiber, about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults. (Source)

Weight Loss – When chia seeds get wet they stick together and form a gel. They expand in your stomach, helping you feel fuller longer, which means less eating.

Heart, Skin & Brain Health – Chia seeds are richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids.  Deficiencies in omega-3 are linked to heart disease and research shows that eating more omega-3-rich foods may even help protect against sun damage and skin. They can also help boost brain function.

Strong Bones – Calcium can be found in high percentages in chia seeds, one tsp. contains more calcium than a glass of milk.

 

Chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and can be added to smoothies and shakes, sprinkled on yogurt or salad or as mentioned above, used in baking. With so many options available, are you ready to add chia to your diet?

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Cheap Ways to Store your Beauty Products and Accessories

Part of our job is to help you feel better about your beauty product and accessory junkie problem (we’re not judging…lol). With that, we wanted to share a few ways that you can store your beauty products and accessories that won’t cost you a ton of money, thus giving you more cash to buy more products. See how we look out for you?

Check it out:

 

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Arrange dollar store vases to display brushes, lip colors, nail polish and other beauty products. Use as little or an many as you need. Cost: $6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Take two plastic chargers and a candle holder to make your own cake stand…except use it to store and display your beauty staples. Cost: $3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you a thriftier? Check out the pottery/knick-knack section for unique storage options. This unfinished clay set is perfect for storing perfume rollers, brushes, powder and eye color palettes. Cost: $4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tall dollar store vases are perfect for stacking chunky bracelets and anchoring necklaces. Cost: $3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you’re a traveling fashionista, you don’t need to buy one of those expensive jewelry carriers, just go to the bathroom. Empty toilet paper rolls are excellent for storing your necklaces without the added worry of tangling. Cost: FREE

 

 

 

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Hard Water Hair Care

Hey folks, Mo here. I spent last weekend in Phoenix presenting at INHMD and in addition to packing and finalizing my workshop details I had to tackle “Mz. Jackson” AKA my hair.

Since moving to AZ almost 9 months ago, I’ve noticed my hair getting dull, feeling crunchy and just not behaving as it should, even though I’ve been deep conditioning and had added steaming to my regimen. If you read our last post about shampoos that remove buildup from your hair, you know that in hard water areas clarifying shampoos don’t do much to remove mineral buildup that causes lackluster strands and breakage. I decided it was time to whip out the chelating shampoo for a butt naked hair cleansing. 20140522-085355-32035463.jpg

I picked up the Ion Hard Water Shampoo and Conditioner from Sally’s and followed my rinse-out conditioner with a deep condition using the Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner. Hard1

After a cool water rinse (I have high porosity hair, gotta make sure those cuticles close…) and wrapping my hair in a tshirt for about 30 minutes I misted my hair all over with aloe vera juice to jump off my L.O.C process.

My hair felt a lot softer and didn’t have that squeaky clean/stripped feeling that I was expecting.  I used my trusted Giovanni Direct Leave-in conditioner, my oil mix to seal and the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk as my styler.

After parting my hair into five sections (two in back, two in middle, one in front) I did two twists in the back and middle section and one in the front. Each twist was then rolled on a flexirod and set overnight. The next morning I took the flexirods out, but I had no intention of taking the twists down before the morning of INHMD, so I pincurled each twist and secured with a bobby pin.

Three days later the twists came out, and after some strategic fluffing with my pick, Mz. Jackson looked like this: Hard4

 

After this experience I will be incorporating a chelating session into my hair care regimen monthly, because this hard water isn’t going anywhere…..

 

 

 

 

 

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INHMD Recap

In case you missed it, International Natural Hair Meetup Day was yesterday, May 17, and the only Arizona event was hosted by NubianGlamRock in Phoenix. In addition to the awesome vendors, including local Phoenix small businesses to nationally known companies, there were a variety of hair care and lifestyle workshops, expressive dance, product demonstrations and presentations throughout the day.

We participated as a swag bag sponsor, providing VBar samples for the VIPs, and our founder Mo, presented her ‘Let’s Talk about Texture’ workshop on the main stage during the event in front of a packed house of women at all stages of their textured hair journey, and several men that wanted to continue the conversation after the presentation was over (pretty awesome..). Here are a few pics from the event:

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Chelating vs. Clarifying: What’s the Difference?

We’ve all experienced it, you hair is losing its natural sheen, products don’t seem to have the same styling effect, and your hair is feeling pretty…meh.

What’s the deal? You prepoo, cowash, shampoo, use only the best products and moisturize regularly. You think it’s time to strip your regimen down to the basics and rebuild. But, what about stripping your hair down???

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When you have buildup coating your hair fibers, it will be makes your styling products less effective and make your strands look dull and lackluster. But before you break out the stripping agents you have to first determine what your buildup is, knowing will help you figure out what type of stripping agent you need.

Product or Mineral: Clarifying vs. Chelating

Product buildup comes from, well repeatedly putting product in your hair. If you’re a cowash only curly, or you style your hair often, your shampoos aren’t cleansing your hair of ALL of the product, and after some time you will experience buildup on your hair. This situation calls for a clarifying shampoo (sulfate-containing shampoos can do the trick as well), which are designed to remove product, dirt and oil from the hair.

Mineral buildup comes from  hard water (if you’re reading this from the southern AZ region, you already know…).  Mineral buildup sucks the moisture from your hair, leaving it extra dry and prone to breakage. Regular charifying shampoos simply won’t remove mineral deposits from your hair, only chelating (KEE-LAY-TING) shampoo can do that. If you’re an avid swimmer, chelating shampoos are a great option for your monthly maintenance as well.

Considering textured hair is naturally prone to dryness, you should limit the use of these products to no more than once a month, and always follow up with a deep conditioning treatment.

When was the last time you stripped (your hair)? Do think your hair now needs clarifying or chelating?

 

To Your Beauty,

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Lemon in Your Water, and Everywhere Else

Lemons are a treasure trove of healthy goodness, they are packed with vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. Incorporating lemon water into your daily hydration routine can boost your immune system, prevent kidney stones, promote healthy digestion and reduce inflammation in your body.

And who’s not familiar with what is probably the #1 remedy soothe the symptoms of a cold/sore throat/cough: a cup of hot tea with lemon. lemon-91537_640

 

We’re sure there are hundreds of other ways that lemon can help you live healthier, we’ve chosen a few to share below:

In the Kitchen

– Clean your cutting board.

– Clean your fridge and microwave

– Freshen your garbage disposal

– Clean your fresh fruits and vegetables

 

On Your Skin

– Fight acne and oily skin

– Heal blemishes

– Tighten pores

– Make a paste with baking soda for soothing exfoliating treatment

 

In Your Hair

– Massage on scalp to fight dandruff

– Add natural highlights

 

In Your Home

– Clean and deodorize a humidifier by mixing

– Boost cleaning effects of laundry detergent

 

If you have any uses for lemons that we haven’t mentioned, do tell! Share the ways that you use this produce powerhouse in your daily life, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

 

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Two Biggest Prepoo Questions Answered

Are you down with the prepoo? Do you know how it benefits your curls? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered….

To “prepoo” is to apply products to your hair before shampooing. The products you use help to protect, preserve and nourish you hair prior to using shampoos that can strip your hair of its natural oils.

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Can’t I just use conditioner?

Glad you asked ;-). While conditioners can certainly make up the bulk of the protein and moisture balancing in your hair care regimen, the first ingredient in conditioner is water. As we all know, when water and textured hair get together, the hair swells.  Hygral fatigue is the damage to hair strands that results from the repeated expansion when wet to contraction when dry. Nobody is saying to skip your wash days! A clean scalp is the foundation for healthy hair. However, if prepooing is a part of your hair care regimen, you can use oils and butters instead of conditioner to avoid excessive expansion and contraction that can cause hygral fatigue.

What should I use for a prepoo?

Well, there are several studies out there that tout the ability of coconut oil to penetrate the hair shaft, why not start there? If you’re a marathon prepooer, you could also use a heavier oil like JBCO or shea butter for some  TLC prior to shampooing. Temps are rising and the air is getting drier, your hair will love you for the extra pampering.

 

Let us know on our Facebook page how your prepoo/shampoo days go. Do you look forward to it like you do your regular mani-pedi? Or do you avoid it like the plague?

 

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Deep Conditioning vs. Steam Conditioning: What’s the Difference?

Temperatures are rising all over the country, spring cleaning is complete (or in full swing) and we’re ready to shed the layers!

Warmer weather also means UV rays, chlorine and frizz…this is where your conditioning regimen can be very effective.

Naturally textured hair thrives when in a high moisture environment, but if you don’t live in areas with luscious humidity, what can you do?

On shampoo day you definitely need to do more than your  regular rinse-out conditioner…it’s time to take things up a notch by adding a deep treatment for your hair, but which method should you choose?  Steam? Plastic cap? What’s the difference? What does your hair like best?

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Deep Conditioning

We all know (hopefully) the benefits of a deep condition. Including a deep conditioning treatment into your wash day regimen is like the difference between eating  pot roast and eating beef bourguignon for Sunday dinner. Both will satisfy you, but the bourguignon is going to be a memorable experience. The same applies to rinse-out vs. deep conditioning; your hair gets a concentrated soak in conditioner that penetrates the hair fiber to add moisture and/or protein. During this type of treatment it’s common to cover your hair with a plastic cap or warm towel and sit under a dryer. After rinsing out the product you style as normal.

Steam Conditioning

Steam conditioning is a bit of a misnomer because one does not need to use an actual conditioner to reap the benefits. (if you want to use conditioner, by all means that’s your choice, your hair…). However, steam conditioning uses the singlemost best moisturizer known to man: water. Using distilled/filtered water is best for those of us in areas with hard water, since the heat will open your hair cuticles and allow the moisture direct access to your strands, with no need to rinse anything out.

Both of these methods are VERY effective for natural hair, the key is knowing you hair’s needs and using the option that serves you best. Healthy hair is moisturized and strong, so if you’re diligent to do some type of conditioning treatment after every shampoo you are well on your way to healthy, happy hair.

Do you have a preference between steaming and deep conditioning? Let us know in the comments!

 

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