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?

Why My Natural Hair IS A Political Statement

I never considered my natural hair a political statement, until it was one.

After cutting off relaxed my hair in 2011 strange things started to happen. People started to ask me if I was fighting the power. Black men started calling me sista. People thought I was earthy. It was weird. I mean I love me some Erykah Badu (not that recent Twitter ridiculousness that she decided to bless us with last week) but I'm not that girl. Correction, I am that girl and I tuck it in because most people ain't ready. But still, I was a little confused as to why people were assuming that my hairstyle was some sort of revolt against society.

Around the same time, friends and acquaintances of the caucasian persuasion started to give me hair advice. They would see a happy, curly, whirly chica on TV and say "Oh you should wear your hair like that!" and I would have to explain to them that while I am happy my hair is neither whirly or curly so that would be a NO. They would try to hide their disappointment  and we would quickly change the subject.

These interactions sparked an interesting conversation within myself about what my natural hair meant to me AND to others. I started to realize that my hairstyle choices have an affect to those around me.  While I don't want to over emphasize the "importance" of my presence, I realize that it is crazy to see a black woman embracing her beauty and walking in confidence. So many black children have been conditioned to apologize for their looks: "Oh don't worry about this, my hair appointment is tomorrow" or "I can't go, my hair isn't done". Seeing so many black people enjoying and embracing their God given beauty is fairly new. When my (well meaning) white friends felt entitled to tell me how I should wear MY hair (that's a different conversation), they were unknowingly telling me that I was making them uncomfortable. They were quietly screaming, "Hey! Come back over to something we understand!" Which is crazy to me because "it's just hair".

Long story short, when I went natural it was not some political statement. My intent was never to join a revolution. But I did.

Cool Weather Natural Hair Do's and Dont's

Prevent severe hair damage in cooler weather months.

Cool weather brings many beauty challenges: dry skin and brittle hair are definitely not the least among them. Managing natural hair in cooler months can definitely be challenging especially for those of us focusing on retaining length and maintaining health. Here are some simple dos and don'ts for those of us who would like  to maintain the health of their hair.

Keep your natural hair healthy and strong this winter.

Keep your natural hair healthy and strong this winter.

 

DO practice protective styling.

I know that we've heard this time and time again but protective styles are the most effective way to retain length because it shields the hair from harsh elements AND extreme manipulation. Protective styling is not limited to braids, weaves, and wigs. Easy and low manipulation protective styles include twists, mini twists, simple braids, and updos.

Don't Neglect your hair during protective styles.

One of the biggest mistakes naturals make in regards to wearing protective styles (especially wigs weaves etc.) is to completely neglect their natural hair. Lack of washing, moisture, and a dirty scalp can lead to major setbacks in your natural hair and are counter productive. Make sure that you continue you to give your hair love and attention. Leave Protective styles in for six weeks at the most and give your hair time to breathe in between.

Do keep your hair conditioned and moisturized.

Condition. Condition. Condition! I cannot say it enough. This is the number one rule of natural hair and it is especially important during the winter  months. The cold air can suck the moisture out of your hair faster than you can say "it's freezing". For this reason, it's important to stock up on and invest in great leave in conditioners and moisturizing products (I prefer cream based products).

Don't skip protein treatments

Many naturals talk about moisture and conditioning  and say nothing about creating a moisture/protein balance. It is possible to to over condition your hair which makes hair soft, mushy, and weak. Protein treatments help strengthen hair and can help fill gaps in the hair shaft.

Do Take this time to straighten your hair.

Cold weather months are the best time to straighten your natural hair; the low temperatures help preserve your straight styles and will prevent you from having to touch your style up with a flat iron. If you need a step by step guide on straightening your natural hair there are many tutorials on Youtube.

Don't use excessive heat.

Any go ahead to use heat should also come wit a warning and I would be remiss if I did not urge you to use caution. Not only can extremely high temperatures cause permanent damage that can only be "repaired" by cutting it away but using heat repeatedly can also cause damage. If you choose to heat style your natural hair this fall or winter be aware of these risks and only straighten your hair two to three times during this time. 

These are my tips for maintaining natural hair. What are yours?

Joelle

Five Minute Coils for Your Natural Hair

Can I just be real for a minute? This natural hair thing can be a real bitch. Like seriously. I've been in this game for almost 4 years and I still don't have everything figured out. What I struggle most with is figuring out ways to do my hair in an efficient manner. 

Wash and gos take forever to dry, twist outs take overnight to set, and don't even get me started on flexi rods. This is my current struggle. All I want to do do is wash/refresh and go!

Enter in the brush method. Guys, I'm so upset that I didn't discover the sooner. Watch the video to see how it works!

New Year New Beginnings?

Ankara Print Headwrap and H&M Blazer

I never thought that the Civil Rights Movement would have a sequel. I never thought I would see the police assault peaceful protesters with tear gas. I never thought they would declare war on us.

Express Skirt, Sam and Libby Shoes

I always knew that there were a different set of rules for those who did not fit into the "norm". You can be black but don't be too black. You can be gay but turn down the flamboyance. You can be a feminist but maybe don't talk about the wage gap at dinner parties. We make people uncomfortable by our presence alone. And so we put our heads down and work hard and cling to the hope that if we follow these rules that everything will be okay. Because that's what was promised.

Jeweled shoulder detail

But what we do when the tacit agreement is broken? The injustice is so clear and yet there are still who choose to be blind to it. It's enough to make you want to shake somebody.

On a happier note, hair stuff...


Until Next Time...

Kisses,

Joelle

Sunrise Energy Juice

Begin every morning with a purpose. After a morning workout I like to sit in my quiet space and drink a delicious juice. This awesome "Orange Juice" is so amazing! No, it's not Tropicana. This is home made deliciousness that energizes and cleanses the system.

Delicious Energizing Orange Juice

Juice Recipe:

1/2 pineapple

1 red apple

3-4 carrots

1 orange pepper

1 generous piece of ginger

1 lemon

Edit: Add a bit of tumeric powder for

musky scented candles and tulips

musky scented candles and tulips

J'adore: These candles from TJ Maxx!

Tulips

What's your favorite homemade juice recipe?