Preventing Single Strand Knots on Natural Hair

If you have been natural for any amount of time no doubt you’ve run into some single strand knots! They are the teeny tiny balls at the ends of your strands that wreak all kinds of damaging havoc. Recently I realized that I couldn’t get rid of them even after a fresh trim. I protective styled and still got them and even trimmed the SSK’s off a second time but none of that helped! I had to think long and hard about some of my newer practices to see what I could pinpoint. I put together my suggestions in a video so check it out below.
P.S. If you know of any other possible reasons that people get knots or have any tips to avoid single strand knots feel free to share in the comments! Let us know if you are having this problem and what you’ve done to minimize the problem.

Standing Abs Workout

Let’s face it. The mid region is a problem area for a lot of us ladies. To get slim in this area you need to lose body fat but once the fat is gone it’s a good idea to have toned muscle underneath.

Standing Ab Workout

Standing Ab Workout

Many of the traditional abs workouts are done on the floor, but what about those who can’t get down on the floor or those who need something a little less high impact? There are standing abs workouts, of course. Give this standing abs workout a try. I’ve heard from a few group members that it gave them a good burn without getting down on the floor. P.S. That is me in the video. Me and my belly. Lol.
Did you enjoy this workout? Would you incorporate it into your weekly home workout?Would you recommend it to others? Let me know down in the comments.

Do I Need 6 Meals per Day?

6 Meals per day or Nah?

Being a fitness enthusiast has allowed me to be privy to a lot of commonly touted info about weight loss and healthy eating. This theory that you need to eat 5-6 meals per day is something that I have heard repeatedly, but is it true? Do you really need to eat this often per day to be healthy? I’m gonna go with nah. Throughout history people have been getting by with the same old 3 meals. Hasn’t science proven that people used to be healthier? Cancer and metabolic disorders have only been increasing as people try to find different ways of eating. Why change a good thing? Well it’s because some have said that it is an improvement over the traditional 3 a day. It is believed that you can increase your metabolic rate and burn more calories so, of course, many people want this because it would in turn mean that they are losing weight right?

Where did this belief come from?

There has been info passed around the fitness community about more meals helping to keep your metabolism going all day. This in turn is supposed to make people more lean and fit. But why?

There's no difference in caloric burn between eating 1 or 6 meals per day!

There’s no difference in caloric burn from eating more often!

Why would people suddenly need to eat every 2-3 hours to survive or for optimum metabolism? They don’t. Our ancestors did not eat that frequently thus our bodies don’t require it to work optimally. There are studies that suggest that eating MORE food leads to more oxidative stress within the body. These studies also say that intermittent fasting is actually more healthy and burns more calories than frequent eating.(2, 3) Oxidation leads to cancer, so is producing oxidation throughout the whole day optimal? It doesn’t seem so. There has also been more recent research that says that there is no metabolic enhancement to eating more meals per day. It is more about the amount of calories eaten per day, so the way you split them up has little to do with enhancing fitness or “calorie burning”. That’s to say that if you eat once a day it is no different than eating your calories all throughout the day.1 Also personally I think I can regulate my meals and not overeat if I have fewer meals (and meal preps) to do. It’s so mundane and inconvenient, especially if eating the same meal several times a day…for the whole week. I’ve never wanted to eat that often unless it was junk food. 😈 How often do you eat? Did this article show you something you didn’t know? Let me know in the comments.

Sugar Free Coffee or Tea Replacement

I have recently been having some issues with sugar and metabolizing it and I can tell that it’s time for me to really start trying to limit my intake for my health. One of my biggest issues is finding something besides water to drink.

My morning tea is sugar free and naturally sweet!

My morning tea is sugar free and naturally sweet!

I mean I know that water is good for you and all that but, come on. Sometimes you gotta get away from the bland stuff. I do drink water but I find it so boring. I have tried matcha green tea, acv tonic, and even thought about bullet proof coffee but I couldn’t do any of those without sugar. With my sweet tooth it winds up being a LOT of sugar too. Morning time beverages just scream for a good sweetening. Now I don’t believe in artificial sweeteners and stevia is ultra bitter to me. Honestly how can people stomach it? Anyway, I found a great tea about 5 years ago that I loved and I used to drink it with vanilla coffee creamer and it was awesome. Well one day, there was no creamer and I didn’t know what to do. I decided to try it without sugar, feeling certain that I would have to flinch in disgust as I spit it out on the floor at work.

Naturally Sweet Good Earth Tea doesn't need sugar

Naturally Sweet Good Earth Tea doesn’t need sugar

To my surprise that was not the case. I found that the tea, straight from a tea bag, is already sweet. It never needed the creamer. It was so tasty and delicious all by itself. I couldn’t believe it. I had never ever enjoyed a breakfast beverage without sugar before.
Good Earth Organic Sweet & Spicy Tea has a sweet warm cinnamon-y flavor that you’ll love if you like cinnamon. When I went back to find it I found that they had completely different labeling but the same deliciously sweet flavor. I also saw that the tea came in the original herbal tea formula as well as an Herbal & Black Tea version for a caffeine boost. I like to switch between the two because too much caffeine makes my eyelids twitch. Did I mention this stuff can be addictive? It’s so good. Alright I’ve sung the praises of this tea long enough. Have you ever tried any of the Good Earth teas? Have you tried this original flavor? Do you like the cinnamony deliciousness? Let me know your favorite sugar free coffee or tea replacement.

Want to give this tea a try? Find it here-> Good Earth Organic Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free Herbal Tea or
Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Herbal & Black Tea

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Alikay Naturals Products are awesome!

First off I know you’ve already read the title and can safely assume that I’m going to be talking about how great Alikay Naturals Products are, so let me get into the talk up. Alright so I bought a few Alikay Naturals products during the Black Friday sale of 2015. I had held off until that time because I thought the products were a little too pricey to just pay to test them out. I needed that sale! Anyway, I got my 3 products for a great price and I set out to use them. P.S. if you don’t feel like reading the whole article then check out my video review at the bottom of the page.

The Honey Sage Deep Conditioner

I didn’t buy the shampoo because I just don’t review shampoos. They all seem to work the same to me. If I ever find some special shampoo that does something other than clean then I’ll let y’all know.

Alikay Naturals Honey & Sage Deep Conditioner

Honey & Sage Deep Conditioner made my hair soft like butter

Anyway, I used a shampoo that I already had and followed up with the Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner to soften and add moisture back to my hair. The packaging says that it contains natural and organic ingredients. The featured ingredients are honey, babassu oil and sage.
HoneyHumectant that binds moisture into your hair
Babassu OilPenetrates hair to diminish dryness and itchy scalp
SageIncreases scalp circulation and skin renewal
This conditioner is thick, rich and chock full of botanical “stuff”. You can visibly see the sage in the mixture. After smoothing through my hair I noticed that my hair immediately softened up and allowed for very easy detangling. Even finger detangling was a breeze with this stuff in my hair. I sat under my hooded dryer for maximum moisturizing results, but you can also use it without heat. (The jar also says that you can use this as a hair mask before washing but I haven’t used it this way). My results after rinsing it out were wonderful. I loved the moisturized feeling that it gave my hair and it was very easy to manipulate.

#TIP: Apply to wet hair! I found that it didn’t distribute as easily after I towel dried.

Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner

After getting out of the shower from my deep conditioning session I was ready to moisture my hair for real. The first thing that I usually use is a leave in and that’s why I had to try this product.

The Lemongrass leave in leaves your hair moisturized and smooth.

The Lemongrass leave in leaves your hair moisturized and smooth.

I have high porosity hair and the word lemon being in it made me think that it would have a nice acidic formula to help lay down my cuticles. Boy oh boy did I dig this stuff. It is a bright yellow liquid gel sort of leave in. It comes in a spray pump bottle and pumps out the soft gel like product effectively. I haven’t had a clog yet! The smell is very sweet. It smells just like lemon heads candy to me. The Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In went on smoothly and made my hair even more soft than the deep conditioner. I could feel the difference immediately. My hair remained easy to comb and/or finger detangle even after it started drying. That is not something I can say about a lot of leave ins. I often have to twist it up immediately after application or my hair will draw up on the other strands and start tangling up again. The featured ingredients are silk amino protein, aloe vera, and lemongrass oil
Silk Amino ProteinNourishes and rebuilds damaged hair cuticle
Aloe VeraMoisturizes and strengthens cortex of damaged hair
Lemongrass OilReduces hair shedding, promotes shine and volume

#TIP: I was told by my youtube subscribers that I could add aloe vera juice or aloe vera gel to stretch this product!

Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer

I had been dying to try this product from back when the owner Rochelle first formulated it years ago when she was a youtuber.

Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer is an amazing sealant

Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer is a sealant

She constantly raved about it and I imagined it to be some sort of protein treatment because it had the word yogurt in it. Well there is no actual yogurt or milk products in it. As a matter of fact, it is called a moisturizer when it is not. The Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer is actually a sealant. It doesn’t contain water and you need water in a product for it to be classified as a moisturizer. That being said it does greatly aid in the moisturization process but it in itself is not going to give you moisture. The featured ingredients are raw shea butter, argan oil and coconut oil.
Shea ButterSeals moisture into hair
Argan OilRevives dry dull hair and reduces frizz.
Coconut OilIncreases hair shine and strength
I applied this after the lemongrass leave in to hold in all the moisture. It worked great. My hair still had great slip so that I could style it easily and with minimal tangling. My hair felt hydrated and soft. A little goes a long way so go slow or your hair (and hands) will feel greasy. I personally don’t mind a greasy feel but I know it bothers some people. The smell of this is also a strong sweet smell. It reminds me of fruit punch. Yum. Please refrain from eating all 3 products just because they smell like familiar deliciousness.

In conclusion….just read the title.
Want to pick up these products for yourself? Just click the links below.
Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner
Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In
Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer

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