Coconut Oil for Natural Hair

A few of my friends, Tiff included, have been suggesting I use coconut oil for my natural hair. Since about 6 months ago, I have been using the oil I found at my local beauty supply store. A lot of online beauty gurus use it, and whenever they write about it, I noticed they use the organic form. After trying a few types, I decided to stick with Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (below).

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Refined coconut oil refers to coconut oil that has been bleached and deodorized. Virgin coconut oil, unlike refined coconut oil, is unprocessed. Make sure you read the labels and know what you are getting. This “superfood” contains many essential nutrients and fatty proteins. Unlike some other oils, it doesn’t just sit on the hair. It penetrates the hair shaft and adds strength and moisture almost instantly. These saturated fatty acids are perfect for treating dandruff and hair loss.

My favorite way to use coconut oil in my natural hair is as a deep conditioning treatment. Since I have dry hair, I try to deep condition 2-3 times a week. It is important for me to get deep into the roots and oil down the scalp as well. I have thick, coarse hair so I have to part my hair into 4 sections. After detangling and applying the oil all over my head, I wrap my hair in a silk scarf and sleep on it overnight. Through much trial and error, I found that it is best to not keep the coconut oil in my hair for longer than 8 -10 hours (or a good night’s sleep). I also use this oil as a sealant when doing twist-outs or Bantu knots.

My go to style after this treatment is a wash n go because my curls are always so soft, bouncy and shiny. This is achieved simply by rinsing out the oil using a cleansing conditioner like As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner (below).

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Did you know?
The shelf life of virgin coconut oil is longer than any other edible oil?!

Infused Water

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Spring is here and the sizzling weather is coming sooner than we think. With that comes hectic schedules and days filled with outdoor activities. This usually results in us grabbing an ice-cold soda or juice to quench our thirst. We all know that sugary drinks aren’t good for us, but water is just so… boring.

Have you ever tried homemade infused water? It’s so simple to make, aids in weight loss, and will help break dependence on sugary drinks. There are water infusion bottles available on the market, but you don’t need a fancy bottle to get the benefits and great taste. Just use a glass container- such as a mason jar- and fill with water and selected fruits/vegetables/herbs.

You can pretty much add in whatever you want; you can’t go wrong!

Here are a couple of my favorite recipes to get you started:

Cooling Citrus:

-1/4 sliced cucumber

-1/2 sliced lemon

-1/2 sliced lime

-5 mint leaves

-1 1/2 quarts of water

Brew overnight and enjoy at room temperature.

Orange Ginger Spice

-1 sliced orange

-2 slices of peeled ginger, cut about 1/8 inch

-12 oz water

-Dash cinnamon (use real cinnamon if possible)

Brew in cold water overnight

Raspberry Lime

-4 oz raspberries

-1/2 peeled lime

-32 oz water

Muddle fruit and add to water. Let sit in fridge for a few hours if possible.

There are countless recipes/ infusion ideas available online, so you will never get bored of the taste. You will get just as much flavor as you do with sodas, but you will feel so much better after drinking infused water instead. No artificial sugars and no preservatives. Your body will be properly hydrated and energized. Summer is the perfect time to give them a try!

Revlon Photo Ready Air Brush Effect Makeup

I decided to take some time and really try to find a reputable drugstore cosmetic brand and try out their foundation line. Recently I saw a commercial with Halle Berry featured and she was advertising for a “flawless look” foundation. Her skin looked so creamy and dewy. It made me want to try it out.

If Halle Berry can wear it then why not!?

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The Revlon Photo Ready Air Brush Effect foundation comes in 12 shades. About 8 of these shades were at my drugstore. I tried two different shades of this foundation, rich ginger and caramel. I applied the product with a beauty blender. The smell is just awful. I really didn’t even want to put it on my face. Both shades were completely WRONG for me. One obvious difference I noticed was that the Rich Ginger made my face look more “washed” out and ghostly than the caramel shade. For a medium coverage foundation, I guess it did a good job at covering up a few dark spots I have. But not in a way that looked remotely natural on my face.

I like the pump feature but after using it I noticed the amount coming out is not consistent. Without a doubt, the worst part about this product is that it made my face sparkle like a disco ball. The glitter could be seen from in a mile away on my face. Now, after reading some reviews online, it seems many others have had similar experiences. I returned both bottles and decided to stick with my tinted moisturizer from E.L.F cosmetics.

My advice is to save your money. Skip this product at the makeup counter!

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