Thursday, 20 December 2012

Happy Holidays

Hello Lovely Beauties,

Hope this post finds you very well. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2013.

Whatever that we failed to do, we will aim at doing it in the coming year.

Enjoy the holidays and take care of yourself & your hair because it's your glory.

Remember, "You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

Love You All For Taking The Time To Read From Me & Thanks To You All Who Joined This Blog.

MUAH! MUAH!

xoxo

Jo
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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Castor Oil For Hair Growth

Hello Beauties,

This is your girl again coming to you with a very interesting topic that I believe will help everyone. It’s about the use of castor oil for our hair and the benefits we derive from it.

Castor oil is got from the seeds of the castor bean and it has been in use for ages now to treat hair and skin conditions. It has a colourless to very pale yellow colour and has a mild to no odour smell. It is thick and sticky to touch and absorbs into skin and scalp very fast and this makes castor oil very popular in most skin and hair products.

These are many of the benefits got from using Castor Oil:

Stimulating Hair Growth:Castor Oil helps the hair to grow faster when it is massaged into the scalp and hair. This happens as a result of the castor oil being easy to soak in to the scalp and the hair itself. It therefore stimulates the hair follicles and encourages faster hair growth.

Strengthening Of The Hair:
When castor oil is used regularly, it conditions the scalp and the hair. This makes the hair healthy and at the same time appears thicker.
It also strengthens the hair thus preventing hair breakage. The hair strands stays in the hair follicle for a longer period thus also preventing hair loss due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

                                                       

Solves Dryness and Dandruff:
Castor oil has omega-9 fatty acids which moisturises and nourishes the hair and prevents dry scalp. Castor oil clears dirt and bacteria from the scalp which is responsible for dandruff. Dandruff is normally caused by too much sebum production on the scalp so using an anti-bacterial oils like castor oil will cure the dandruff. Dandruff can also be caused by the effects of chemical treatment on the scalp.

Other Benefits:
Castor Oil lubricates the hair therefore prevents the hair from tangling because our body’s natural lubricants have difficulty in reaching black hair. It also makes the shiny by hiding the appearance of damaged and frizzy hair. Castor oil is humectants; it draws moisture to itself thereby making the hair soft and manageable. Regular use of castor oil makes gray hair vanish because dark hair growth appears instead of gray hair.


Where to Get Castor Oil:
Castor oil can be gotten from most health stores and online shops. Please make sure to read the label as some castor oil have been diluted or treated with hexane to make it refined. Buy the cold pressed ones because a small quantity goes a long way.


Hope you enjoyed reading. If you love castor oil as I do, please share the experience for others to know how good it is.

Thanks

Much Love!!

Sheabeutimia








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Friday, 14 December 2012

A Simple Recipe - Egg With Pasta

Hello Beauties,

Hope this post finds you well.

Today I am going to share with you a simple recipe made with pasta so why don't you join me in the kitchen. Please note that I am no guru in cooking but I learn from my mum bit by bit. Lol!

Ingredients:
*Pasta
*Oil
*2 Medium Sized Onion
*Garlic
*Spices
*Left Over Chicken or Turkey
*Fresh Parsley
*Salt to Taste
*3 Eggs
* Cherry Tomatoes
Time: 10 mins


 Procedure: Cook the pasta with one medium sized onion in a pot.



2. Saute one medium size onion and garlic in a little oil until it's brown then add the left over chicken or turkey, spices and fresh parsley in a pan. Saute all for about 3 mins.




3. After 3 mins pour the sauteed ingredients from the pan into the pot of cooked pasta with onions.


4. Add the eggs to the pot of pasta and sauteed ingredients and leave it for about a minute before mixing.


5. Voila, you have got your pasta ready.


6. This is my scoop. I added some cherry tomatoes to it.  Bon Apetit!


Hope this helped someone to add to their menu. Try This And Let Me Know What You Think.

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

xoxo  Jo

















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Thursday, 13 December 2012

How Much Progress Have You Made So Far?


Hello Beauties,

Hope this post finds you well. As the year is coming to an end, this is the time to evaluate your actions towards your hair this year. You gains and loses.

So my question is How Much Progress Have You Made So Far?


Well I will be the first to answer this question. Here are the things I have learned so far.

I have made progress but not what I wanted just because I couldn't put the scissors down so

* I have learned that cutting my hair regularly will inhibit my growth.

* I need to pay particular attention to areas of my hair which are more coarse and dry.

* To do more protective styles.

The above are my lessons, What Is The Lesson You have Learned This Year?

Please Let Me Hear From You by commenting below. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Hope this helped!

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

xoxo  Jo



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Monday, 26 November 2012

The Versatile Blogger!


Thank you Ola (www.olaalaba.blogspot.co.uk) for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger! Thanks dear.



Here are the rules:


* Thank the Blogger that nominated me.

* Share 7 Random Facts about myself.

* Nominate  fellow Bloggers.

* Let the nominated blogger know they have been nominated.

* Add the Versatile Award to my post.

 7 Random Facts About Me:

* I am a mum of 2 energetic boys.

* I dream about product recipes. ( It's a fact). 

* I'm in love with herbs. (You will always find them in my natural cosmetics).

* I love to research about Hair and Beauty.

*I am not a product junkie though I make products. 

* I am addicted to drinking only hot water. 

* I am studying 2 courses at the same time. ( how on earth with 2 boys, but I do it).

I would also like to nominate

1. Olayemi Alaba
2. Ghanaianemprezz
3.The Blackhair diary
4. Prayers Notes by Cynthia
5. Barbara Naturally Speaking
6. *My Natural Hair Journey*
7. Twof-A-Kind
8. 6-Foot-Long-Hair
9. findingmynaturalbeauti.
10. africaphotographer

Thanks Girl.

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

xoxo Jo



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Our Final Meet Up:The Secret To Keeping The Hair You Grow!



Hello Beauties,
Hope this post finds you well. Just to let you know there is going to be a webinar so please find below the details.
There will be giveaways so don't miss out as this will be our last meet up for the year 2012. 
There are only 10 places so please let me know by commenting below.

Title: The Secret To Keeping The Hair You Grow!
Description: In this meeting, I will be sharing on the secrets for keeping the hair you grow. There will be a discussion on how everyone in the meeting's perspective on their hair growth till now.
Date & Time: Sat, Dec 1st, 2012 at 8:00 pm GMT

Presentation instructions

At the time listed above, click the following link to join:http://Naana.enterthemeeting.com/m/DIYFDBH2

Or join the meeting from your iPhone or iPad by downloading the MeetingBurner mobile app and using the meeting ID DIYFDBH2.

Audio instructions

Dial-in to the following conference line:
Number:(949) 202-4265
Audio Pin:


Have a blessed day y'all

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

Thanks

xoxo Jo
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Friday, 23 November 2012

BLACK HAIR GROWS: INSPIRING VIDEO


Hello Beauties,

 Hope all our American readers enjoyed their thanksgiving. It's amazing that a country sets a day to be thankful. Awesome!

So a comment I had yesterday from one reader spurred me to post this video of Sera2544. This is the same video that moved me to go natural. After all, all I had grown for the past 10 years of relaxing my hair was shoulder length. It was then no big deal for me to go natural to see how my hair will go for the next 10 years God willing.

I have been natural for almost 2 years now and my hair is past my collar bone. So if I hadn't trimmed my hair so often, it would have been longer but no fears because black hair does grow!

If you are thinking you are an African so your hair can't grow please think again because Sera2544 whose video is below is a Sierra Leonese. Believe that no matter the type of black hair you have, it grows.

 Check her out and be inspired because it really inspired me.




Hope you are inspired!

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

xoxo Jo





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Thursday, 22 November 2012

How To Mini Twists Tutorial "Natural Hair"

Hello Beauties,

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! TO ALL MY AMERICAN READERS, ENJOY!!

Hope this post finds you well. Since some of us are on the mini twists challenge, I decided to share with you 2 videos on mini twists. In these videos Naptural85 and ThinkandGrowChick show how they do their mini twists.

The differences between the 2 videos:




*I like the way she twists tightly.

*Using Flax seed gel or Shea Butter alone is better.





*Since my hair is very curly like Naptural85, I prefer to braid my hair like ThinkandGrowChick does hers.

*If your scalp itches, I wouldn't recommend Eco Styler Gel.

Let's grow our hair by mini twisting. Happy twisting!!

Hope this helped.

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made".

xoxo Jo
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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

2 STRAND FLAT TWISTS TUTORIAL




Picture from Google Images
Hello Beauties,

Hope you are doing well by God's grace. This video below is so amazing I had to share with you. I went on YouTube searching for videos on how to flat twist better and came across  . He is so on point that you can learn it within minutes. Check it out!!






Hope this helped.

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

 xoxo  Jo

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

DIY: ALMOND FACIAL SCRUB


Hello Beauties,

Hope this post finds you very well. There is one simple recipe I would like to share with you my dear beauties who have dry to normal skin types.

The ingredients in this recipe will make your face or skin soft, clean and moisturized. They are also very easy to find.

These are Ground Almond and Shea Butter. I would recommend you blend the almonds yourself as most ground nuts might contain other nuts.

Recipe:

Ingredients: Ground Almond and Shea Butter.

Procedure:

Melt the Shea Butter a bit and use about 1 tablespoon.

Mix both the ingredients together and apply in a circular motion to your face for about 2 minutes.

Leave it n for another 2 minutes and wash off with warm water followed by cold water.

That's it, You are done!

Your face will feel so soft and clean. Do this regularly to gradually get rid of the dryness.

Hope this helped!

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

Jo xoxo
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Friday, 16 November 2012

FENUGREEK EXTRACT TO REFRESH MINI TWISTS?

Hello beauties,

Hope this post finds you well. As you all know I'm still in my mini twists(3weeks old) but yesterday I found out my hair was really dry. In fact my hair dried out because I hadn't moisturized it well since monday.

This is what I did...

1. I soaked a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in boiling water and crushed it with a hand blender and left it overnight.

The pink book is my journal.

2. The next day which is today, I strained it with a sieve and muslin cloth.



Second Straining.

3. This brought out the extract which I applied to my hair and covered it with a plastic cap for 40mins.


4. I rinsed out the extract and dried my hair with a t-shirt(will write on how to dry the hair safely later).

5. When my hair was a bit damp not dry, I applied some oil to my scalp and Shea butter to my hair.

Please Note: Fenugreek is a conditioner so there was no need using a conditioner again but you can use a conditioner if you want all the fenugreek's residue out of the hair.

My hair is very soft now and stretched out. I love the end results.

Fenugreek(methi) is indeed a bum!!

Have You Tried Fenugreek On Your Twists? Please Share Your Experience With Us.

You Can Get Fenugreek seeds or powder from local india shops or online.

Hope this helped.

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully made".

Jo xoxo


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Thursday, 15 November 2012

DIY: MICRO DERMABRASION WITH BAKING SODA OR RICE FLOUR?

Hello beauties,

I am coming your way once again with a very interesting topic. Just to let you know that I will be adding more skin care posts from now on. We have talked hair enough isn't it? Lol.

Well the topics seems interesting because the two raw materials involved are very known by people in so many ways. So baking soda and rice flour, which is best?

By the way baking soda is the same as bicarbonate of soda and rice flour is rice flour.
To begin with, micro dermabrasion is a term used for removing dead and dull skin. There is actually a machine that does the work when you visit a spa but you can also do it at home. Though I would recommend that going to a spa once a while for facials and massages really helps to refresh the body, you could also perform the simple ones at home.

Both baking soda and rice flour can be used as exfoliating ingredients but you need to know the type of skin you have. I prefer to use rice flour to exfoliate because I have dry skin but using baking soda plus lemon juice will be ideal for oily to combination skin type. This is because the acidity of the lemon juice will help the skin to fight breakouts by tightening your skin pores. Large pored skin brings about breakouts and blemishes on the skin.

So both baking soda and rice flour are all ideal for removing dead skin from the face, you only need to take into consideration your skin type before using them.

FACIAL SCRUB RECIPE:

The facial scrub below is ideal for oily to combination skin type.

The purpose of this scrub is to remove dead skin and add a beautiful glow to your face.

Ingredients:
*You need 2 teaspoons of  rice flour
* A pinch of baking soda
*1 teaspoon lemon juice

Procedure:
Mix the ingredients together and apply to your face in a circular motion for 2 mins.

Leave it on your face to dry and then rinse your face with warm water.

For final rinse use cold water(not so cold to get chills. lol).

For Dry Skin, use just rice flour and water and follow same procedure.

Have You Tried These Ingredients Before, Please Share Your Experience With Us.

Hope this helped

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

Jo xoxo








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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

THE BEST SATIN SLEEP CAP EVER!!

Hello beauties,

Hope you are all well by God's grace. It is amazing indeed to see each and everyday because not everyone gets it like we do.

Today I would want to review on a the best sleep cap I have used ever. So, I have been using the normal sleep caps most of us buy from shops and though they help a bit, in no time they become rough.
 In my quest for a very good satin sleep cap, I came across a website which does handmade combs and sleep caps. I got the link from one YouTuber who was using this amazing comb which I will review later.

My Experience So Far:
The best thing is my hair feels moisturized and soft after waking up.
It does not come off at night no matter how much loosen the strings.

I have slept without a satin sleep cap for 22 months of going natural. This is because I cannot tie my head to sleep. For the past two weeks now, I have been sleeping with this sleep cap and it amazes me.

The difference between this sleep cap and others are:
1. It is real satin and its inside is very smooth and somehow patterned on the outside.
2. The strings on this is adjustable and you can choose to tie it or just pull them and they will do the job.

Cost:
I would say it is affordable because thinking about the amount of cheap satin caps you will buy, it is worth in investing in a good one.

Click here to purchase

Some Pictures of the Sleep Cap:

Just the top of the cap has elastic.
The inner of the sleep cap.
Do You Use This Satin Cap? Let Me Know What You Think About It.

Hope this helped.

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

Jo xoxo











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Thursday, 8 November 2012

IS HAIR TRIMMING GOOD OR BAD?

Hello my lovely beauties,

Hope this post finds you very well.  I posted about my mini twists yesterday and shared how I would love to have my hair trimmed.

Why Trim?: 
In my opinion I believe when one has grown their hair for a long period without trimming, the tips of the hair becomes very weak thus there is the need to trim those hairs.

Trimming can also come into our regimen when we see splits ends on the hair.

There are people like me who love to see their hair leveled so in this case one can trim the hair but not regularly though.

The reason why I trimmed my hair today was because one of my hair that fell had a split end and prior to that I was contemplating of leveling my hair by trimming it.

Please note that it is not advisable to have your hair trimmed at a certain time regularly. Only trim when it's necessary to do so. When you trim your hair regularly, you wouldn't see any growth because the new growth at the end of the month comes to replace it.

Here are some pictures on my hair trim:




These bands are the ones with no metal.

Sectioned my hair


Hold each twist and cut

One side trimmed and the other not trimmed.




Final hair collection.


Hope this helped

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

Jo xoxo








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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

PROTECTIVE STYLING: MY MINI TWISTS CHALLENGE.

Hello beauties,

Hope this post finds you all well.

The weather is really cold off late so I have decided to put in mini twists for the months of November, December and January. This I tell you is easier said than done especially when I am the type that washes my hair every blessed week. Whoa!

Let's hope I am able to handle four weeks. Lol. At the moment, my twists are 2 weeks old and they look okay since I moisturize them every day with my hair spritz, sheabeutimia leave-in conditioner and my lovely sheabeutimia growth serum made with herbs.

During this four weeks, I will be cutting about 1/2 an inch of my hair off. This is because I love it when my hair is level and I found this split end the other day.

As you all know though I am all about growing my hair, my optimum goal is to achieve a long healthy hair.


Here are some pictures: The twists really shrunk due to me using aloe vera juice spritz to twist.

Thumbs up to my sis in-law who did the twists.

Why Not Join This Challenge, Let's Interact and Encourage Each Other & Let Me Know What You Think About Mini Twists.





Thanks

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

xoxo Jo

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

AYURVEDIC: HAIR BENEFITS OF FENUGREEK(METHI)

Hello Beauties,

Hope this post finds you well. I promised to write on the hair benefits of fenugreek yesterday.
As I said yesterday, there are so many benefits of fenugreek when it comes to natural medicines and re-growing the hair, fighting dandruff, scalp conditions, hair loss and more.

Benefits:

* Hair Growth: When it comes to growing the hair with methi as the Indians call it, the whole plant is useful but the fenugreek seeds is ideal in treating follicular problems. This is because the seeds of the fenugreek plant contains hormone that enhances hair growth though it's herbs has a great source of protein which helps to strengthen and rebuild hair follicles, the seeds are very effective. As we all know protein enriched diets helps to alleviate hair loss and encourage hair growth so it's not strange if the fenugreek plant is able to help with hair loss and balding.

* Deriving Curlier Hair: I would testify to this because the first time I used the fenugreek powder, I was shocked how much mucilage it has. The hair experiences a curlier pattern because the proteins in the fenugreek is able to penetrate the hair shaft and allow moisture to fill the hair thereby altering its form. This helps reduce breakage and drying of the hair.

* Dandruff: Dandruff is an inflammation that causes the scalp to flake, irritate and become red. It is very uncomforting when one has this condition. The remedy for this condition is to apply a paste of the fenugreek powder or boiled seeds to the scalp overnight. The oils in the fenugreek will nourish the scalp. I would recommend doing this regularly for a month.

 * Conditioning of the Hair: Fenugreek has high level of lecithin which is a natural emulsifier and since the seeds of the plant has so much mucilage when crushed, it smooths and shines the hair. Chemicals that claim to condition and give shine to the hair cannot be compared to natural raw materials that condition and give shine to the hair.

USING FENUGREEK:
If you desire to have a thicker, healthier and beautiful hair, here are some options you can try.

Option 1:
Soak the seeds in boiling water for several hours.
Crush the seeds into a thick paste and massage into the scalp.

Option 2:
Grind the seeds into powder or purchase the powder from a store.
Add some warm water until its mixed well. Let it sit for several hours
Apply to the scalp and hair by smoothing the hair.

Do this continuously until you achieve the desired results.

Buy Fenugreek Powder from here 

Hope this helps!

'You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made'

Jo xoxo







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Monday, 5 November 2012

AYURVEDIC: FENUGREEK(METHI) POWDER FOR HAIR GROWTH.

fenugreek seeds
Hello Beauties,

 Hope this post finds you well. Today I am going to share something very dear to me; Ayurvedic Treatment.
My love for ayurvedic and herbal treatments began when my hair was a teenie weenie afro.
As you all know, I started with Amla Powder, Brahmi Powder, Shikakai, Soap Nuts and others.
Now, I have experienced more ayurvedic and foreign herbs and I just would love to share some with you.
Fenugreek with the scientific name ‘Trigonella foenum-graecum’ is a plant with small round leaves which is cultivated worldwide. The plant contains protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron and carbohydrates.

 USES OF FENUGREEK:

Cuisine:
Fenugreek is used as an herb which is from its dried or fresh leaves, as a spice gotten from the seeds and as a vegetable from its fresh leaves or sprouts.
I read extensively about fenugreek for some months and decided to try it, am so much in love with it.

Hair Benefits:
Fenugreek has been used as a medicinal plant and beauty treatment for re-growing hair, fighting dandruff and scalp conditions for many years in the Indian sub-continent and now the Western world is also benefitting from it. I will talk about this in detail in my next post.


Preparation:
* 1Tbs of the fenugreek powder to 11/2 cups of water. Trust me when I say 1tbs because I used 2tbs and leaving it for just 1 hour made it double in size.

 *Mix it to form a paste

*Let it sit overnight covered and apply to your hair the next day.

*Cover the hair with a plastic cap and keep it in for about 30-45 or more.




My Experience:
The paste is full of mucilage and has so much slip. My hair became so manageable after the application that I told myself I will definitely try it again. If you are using the fenugreek to treat hair loss or to grow your hair, it is advisable to use it continuously for a month. After using it regularly for 4 consecutive times, I will add it to my ayurvedic powders one after the other to see the outcome.

Please note: When doing ayurvedic treatments, oil your hair properly for 2 hours or more(even overnight) before applying the powders since most of the powders can be strong. Fenugreek is an exception but I oiled my hair and scalp before using it.
One thing is you need patience when washing the fenugreek out of your hair because it has so much mucilage.


The ideal oils to oil your hair with are Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil or Avocado Oil.

Have You Tried Fenugreek? Share Your Experience With Us.

Hope this helped.

"You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made"

xoxo
Jo

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Conditioned my hair after fenugreek

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