3 Ingredient DIY Detox Drink

In with the good, out with the bad.

This simple DIY Detox Drink will remedy a few days of bad decisions AND the common cold.

This simple DIY Detox Drink will remedy a few days of bad decisions AND the common cold.

Mondays are always a kind of day or reckoning for me: my gut and my bank account are there to remind me of all of my bad decisions. Fortunately, I have a remedy for at least one of those problems that costs under five dollars (if that) and gives me tons of energy.

I like to drink this first thing in the morning if possible and maybe again mid day. While this does encourage a healthy "movement" it's nothing like the "flat tummy teas" that you see everyone hawking on instagram.

3 Ingredient Detox Drink

Ingredients

1 cup of water

Juice of Half a Lemon

Thumb Sized Piece of Ginger, Sliced

Honey, to taste (optional)

Instructions:

Combine water, ginger slices, and lemon juice in a small saucepan and turn stove on to medium high heat.  Let the mixture come to a boil, reduce heat, and cook for about 3 more minutes. Pour the heated water into a strainer over a cup (unless you like particles touching your mouth while you drink, I don't, it's gross) and add honey. Enjoy!

Every time I drink this, I immediately see a decrease in bloating and feel an abundance of energy.

What do you do when you need to get back on track from a few days of bad eating choices?

My Fluffy Puffs Natural Hair Product Review

Ya know, just business as usual over here...

I'm not going to lie, this feels weird... BUT here we go..........

I have to recommend that you guys try these products. They are definitely dope. Support #blackgirlmagic

A few weeks go I posted a picture on Instagram (join the fam and stuff) and the owner of the hair care company My Fluffy Puffs contacted me and asked If I was interested in trying her products and after an online investigation and seeing how cool these product looked I had to say yes. These aren't my normal shampoos and leave ins that I get at Target: I have actually never tried a  real shampoo bar OR a product with Biotin in it so I was pretty excited.

I started off with the Rhassoul Clay Shampoo and Body Bar and I have to admit that using it was a strange experience for me. I'm used to liquid shampoo in a bottle and while I have used Bentonite Clay before I've never experienced Rhassoul Clay (Although I have heard amazing things). I started by sectioning my hair off and realized that was a mistake. I feel as though the purpose of a shampoo bar is to cleanse the scalp deeply.  The first round of cleansing I saw a lot of dirt coming out of my hair/scalp however because my hair was dirty from sweat and product there wasn't a ton of sudsing going on. But that second wash though? Suds galore AND the curls were popping.  The shampoo bar left my hair feeling squeaky clean but oddly enough not stripped. There was no matting, tangling, or brittleness.

The Bottom Line | GET IT! It's the bomb.

To moisturize my situation I picked up the Tropical Mango and Monoi Whip. The smell of this is amazing and left my hair easy to style. Any girl with thick, coarse, type 4 hair, knows that's no small feat. I think that this hair product will great for me when it gets ridiculously cold and dry outside. That being said, I'm going to store it for about a month or so. This isn't so much a reflection of the product so much as it is me knowing my hair. Shea butter and other heavier oils don't like me unless it's super cold and my hair is in a protective style.

The Bottom Line | I know this is about to be my boo in about a month so I know I'll update you then.

Lastly, I used the product I was most curious about, the Twist Frosting with Biotin. I've never actually tried a product with Biotin in it and while I could not find any research that says Biotin applied topically will help your hair, I'm sure it couldn't hurt. Full confession, I didn't read the directions before I used this for the first time so I did a twist out on completely dry hair and apparently you're supposed to use the Twist Frosting on damp hair. Take two, I applied the twist frosting on about 75% dry hair so there was a little dampness after I used my normal leave in conditioner. Initially I was nervous as there appeared to be some white flakes popping up meaning that my products didn't play well together. To my surprise the flakes dissipated and I was left with juicy twists and an even more bomb twist out (again, join the instafam). 

The Bottom Line | Yasssssss. Do it.

I hope you guys check out My Fluffy Puffs! If you do tell me what you think,

5 Natural Hair Mistakes NOT to Make This Winter

Winter is coming...

it's (almost) the most wonderful time of the year: everyone is wrapping up in large knit scarves, wearing Ugg boots and drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes even though it's still a smooth 75 degrees outside. Everyone, that is, but me. Why, might you ask? Because the fall and winter months wreak havoc on my hair.

After five full years of having natural hair, I think I've mastered surviving winter . And because i'm feeling generous (and because it's actually the reason I started blogging), I figured I'd share what I've learned with you.

Wigs are great protective styles for the winter months.

Wigs are great protective styles for the winter months.

5 Natural Hair Mistakes Not To Make This Winter

1. Using too much heat... Winter may as well be called silk press and roller set season for those of us who wear our natural hair. After all, the cold months are the most ideal time to straighten your hair: there is little to no moisture in the air, everyone wants to look fancy for holiday/ family events, and we all want to see the length and process we made. That's all well and good but don't get overzealous! We all know that using too much direct heat can cause heat damage, breakage, and dryness which would be no good once you want to wear your hair curly again.

2. Neglecting hair while in protective styles... Just don't, okay? Yes I know you're wearing a wig... you still need to wash your hair. But my box braids look so clean and dirty hair grows faster... no it doesn't. Oh and by the way...

3. Deep Condition For Your Life.... for real. DC ing is not optional. I don't care if you're protective styling or wearing it out you have to deep condition regularly. I switch from bi weekly during the summer to weekly during the winter just to make sure I have enough moisture in my hair to outlast the harsh temperatures.

4.  Going out with wet hair... your mother told you that it would make you sick and while that's not completely true it can damage your hair. Imagine walking around with wet hair in below freezing temps. What do you think will happen? There's a possibility that your hair could freeze and break and that's not cute.

5. Don't "Overprotect" your hair.... if you're like me then you would probably keep your hair in protective styles all winter long. But back to back to back high manipulation protective styling can put a ton of stress on your hair and edges. I try to give my hair a break of at least seven days between styles so that it can recover from what was possibly a long period of stress.

Let me know what your tips are for maintaining healthy hair during the winter are!

Curls Unleashed Shea Butter and Honey Curl Defining Creme

The natural hair snob is humbled by a product she never thought she'd try...

I'm a snob. Well Only when it comes to my hair. I'm definitely the girl that can stand in the beauty aisle for an hour reading every single product's ingredient label, checking my phone for reviews, smell testing, texture testing, etc. It's a bit of the problem.

After a six month long no buy during which I vowed to use up my embarrassingly large product stash I looked in my bathroom cabinet to discover I had no styling products. THE HORROR! I need a fix and fast so I decided to go to Wal-Mart. Again, THE HORROR (I'm a Target girl). With low expectations I went to the "ethnic beauty" section (more on that later) and started my usual routine. I read, and tested, and analyzed, and finally decided that for the price of just under ten dollars, the Curls Unleashed Shea Butter and Honey Curl Defining Creme would do.

Maybe it's because I wasn't expecting much but this product really blew me away. My initial choice was based on those first five ingredients that I'm always obsessing about (the first five being the ingredients used in the largest quantities in the product and thus the most effective.); water, coconut oil, shea butter, and soybean oil were all right there. Color me impressed. But still, I was cautious. I mean this was a five dollar product.

Using this creme left my hair soft, fluffy and moisturized. The fro was definitely on point. After using it to install some mini twists I had seriously juicy and well moisturized twists. At this point I was sold. The Curls Unleashed Shea Butter & Honey Curl Defining Creme (that's a mouthful) will definitely have a permanent home in my stash. I honestly feel like I've hit the proverbial jackpot in this affordable product especially for the price point.

Have you tried the ORS Curls Unleashed Shea Butter & Honey Curl Defining Creme? What are your thoughts?

3 Lazy Length Retention Hacks

The struggle of wanting your hair to grow and not wanting to do anything to it continues...

Confession: I am obsessed with my hair and how it's growing. Another confession: I hate actually having to do anything to my hair. It's a strange tug of war where I basically want to do the least and get the most in return. This probably says a lot about me as a person but that's not what we're talking about right now. After 5 years of experimenting with my natural hair, cutting it and watching it grow and cutting it again, I have discovered a few tips, tricks, and hacks to growing your hair out and keeping your length.

1. Low Manipulation | Let's be honest here: protective styling can be a pain in the ass. No one likes to sit in a chair for 8 hours while your edges are being abused for 6 weeks of box braids and a sore scalp. Of course they look cute but is it worth the trouble? I find that low manipulations styles are just as great for retaining your length as long term protective styles. Try styles like mini twists, twisted updos, or simple buns to keep your ends protected (and your hands out of your hair) without the hassle of a complicated protective style.

2. Keep Your Hair Stretched | As a super kinky, coily haired gal this tip is key for me. Shrunken hair equals single strand knots and tangles and those equal extreme breakage. Ain't nobody got time for that so I make sure to keep my hair stretched as much as possible. I style on stretched hair, I keep my hair twisted (stretched while washing), and when I'm not out and about you can bet my hair is in some twists. This prevents unnecessary damage and fooling with my hair.

3. Wrap it Up | Listen, I'm not trying to be all up in your business here but you need to protect your hair while you sleep. I'm not even saying you have to re twist it; a satin pillowcase or scarf will do. Cotton rubbing up against your strands can cause dryness and breakage and leaving you hair out can cause extreme knotting and tangling. Save yourself from crazy split ends and just wear a scarf.

 

Super easy right? Like I said before, we're trying to do the least here and doing these three things can save your hair.

How do you retain your natural hair length? sound off below!

Holy Grail Status | Especially Hair Moisture Foundation Masque

If there's one thing I love, it's a GOOD deep conditioner.

I could talk about deep conditioners all damn day. Literally. My favorite deep conditioners, DIY Deep Conditioners, the worst deep conditioners... All damn day. I'm like the Bubba Gump of deep conditioners. That being said I have found a product that I am absolutely in LOVE with. 

This stuff has changed my life. Okay, maybe not my life. Maybe just my hair.

This stuff has changed my life. Okay, maybe not my life. Maybe just my hair.

A representative from Especially Hair reached out to me and after checking out the website I was halfway sold on the product (I'm a sucker for a good web design, product marketing, and good packaging). First of all, let's talk about how this is black owned company. That alone gives me life. The product line was inspired by a young woman's need for hair care products to use after swimming. You all know the struggle of post- swim hair and preventing dryness and chlorine damage can be difficult.

While I haven't been doing much swimming this year I have been trying to combat dryness with every wash day. When I finally tried the Especially Hair Moisture Foundation Deep Conditioner I was in desperate need of an intensive conditioning treatment. Looking at the ingredients of this product automatically made me happy: the first five ingredients encourage the highest level of moisture and health for your dry or damaged hair. Glycerin and water are holy grail moisturizers and glycerin encourages ongoing moisture. The jojoba oil encourages a healthy scalp and hair growth as it mimics the sebum that our bodies naturally produce  and the avocado oil leaves your hair extra soft and touchable. Lastly we have the natural hair superstar: apple cider vinegar which revived my curls almost immediately and left them soft and bouncy. Are you in love yet?

The texture of this product is a little different from what you would expect in a deep conditioner: It's not super creamy or heavy. In fact quite the opposite, the Moisture Foundation Masque is light and and slippery. This makes detangling an absolute breeze and the product doesn't sit on top of your hair and weigh it down after it's been rinsed out. After using the Moisture Foundation I didn't need to use a regular conditioner and my hair was soft and light. I especially loved that this didn't leave and product residue and my hair still felt CLEAN after using it.

My only con I have about this product is the price. At thirty two dollars it is quite expensive when compared to other deep treatments. That being said, I plan on buying this product and the Enhance Daily Conditioner by Especially Hair very soon.

Pink, White, and Blue

How else to celebrate Independence Day than to rebel a little?

Suddenly, I'm into pink.

Suddenly, I'm into pink.

...and I'm not quite sure why.

...and I'm not quite sure why.

I was never a "pink girl". I was the roll around in the mud, play outside all day, never to be seen in a dress girl until around age 14. So now, entering my late twenties I find myself obsessed with all shades of pink and wanting to wear it all the time. It's an unhealthy obsession, it really is. And I'm loving every minute of it.

Happy Fourth!

Joelle

Black Owned Business Spotlight | Caribbean Secrets Curly Creme Conditioner

Because we should not only celebrate, but also patronize, black owned businesses.

I always marvel at young black entrepreneurs: the sheer determination it takes to start your own business simply astounds me. Furthermore, as an aspiring entrepreneur who also happens to be black, one can face a multitude of obstacles. Which is why I was absolutely delighted when I was contacted by Pierre of Caribbean Secrets to try out their Curly Creme Conditioner.

Caribbean Secrets was started by Calvin (also known as Pierre) about three years ago while attending Howard University. Calvin saw that so many young black men and women were skin and hair obsessed and saw the need for an awesome product that we could use to care for hair and skin needs.

The Caribbean Secrets Curly Creme Conditioner was created specifically for natural hair and I have to say it is amazing. The first impression that I had was the wonderful but not over powering smell. You guys know that I'm not a fan of strong or artificial scents and this product has neither of those attributes. The texture of the conditioner is thick and creamy which my hair immediately soaked up. I used this product as a co washing product and a regular conditioner after shampooing and in each capacity my hair loved it. Because of the creamy texture of this product I thought that it would cause extreme build up and greasiness but it did not. After using it as my co wash several times my hair was soft and light and did not have a bunch of gunk coming out of it after my shampoo the next. I thoroughly enjoy using this product and it comes highly recommended on my list. My only con is that the product does not have a ton of slip which I like for my conditioners to have so I can detangle.

To purchase this product check them out on amazon!

Ingredients:

Water

Raw Whole Flaxseed

Organic Coconut Oil

Shea Butter

Avocado Butter

Olive Oil 

Cranberry Seed Oil

Haitian Castor Oil

Organic Coconut Milk

Coconut Cream

Emulsifying Wax

DL-Pathenol (Provitamin B5)

Potassium Sorbate

Fragrance

 

Memorial Day Slay Part Two | Day Party

I have to admit I'm a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to clothing; except for a short period of time in college when I was known for wearing tops as dresses (don't judge) I generally wear clothing as it was intended to be worn. But as always there comes a time and a place to break the rules. I originally bought all of these pieces last summer and wore them completely differently (see here and here) but I was inspired to step outside of the proverbial box and switch up my style for the day. The top is actually a VERY body conscious dress and the skirt came as part of a coordinate set that I never actually wore together. Hair provided by B&HF Extensions. In all honestly I love this combo more than the original styling. 

What's everyone wearing/doing on this extended weekend?