I'm not sure if it matters, but do you eat canned beans or make them yourself from when they are dry? Is there a health difference?
Thank you! :)
Buying the sack would be seen as healthier because you’re there every step of the way. With canned beans, you have no idea what their process was! I’m not against them, though. Just buy the organic cans, if anything!
To the person with the question about the order of moisturizing and sealing:
Water/Water-based product > Oil > leave-in
That's the order I usually do it because the water is the moisture and the oil is what seals the moisture in. The leave-in is more of a styling aid in this instance. Everybody's hair is different, but this makes the most sense to me considering why one would be doing all this in the first place.
I hope that helps! Keep giving the good hair advice!
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i have a question about moisturizing/sealing. Should the order be Water/waterbasedproduct, cream based leave in Then oil OR water, oil then cream based leave in? My sister and I think to different things so I thought I should ask
I’ve seen people do both, on youtube, so i’m guessing both are successful. My personal understanding of sealing is that the oil should be applied last, since it’s what is actually sealing in the moisture/products.
I love your blog and I'm so happy I have found it. I'm in the process of an overall lifestyle change. I'm in the process of a natural hair transition and its been fun! I have to thank you for all of the hair product recommendations you post I have learned so much. I want to ask what products do you use on your skin? I have acne issues and dark spots I would like to her rid of and I want to avoid harsh chemical products. Also I am not the "best" cook (heh heh :-) but I do want to make an attempt to cook more & healthier. Do you have any veggie recipe recs for beginners? Have you always been good at cooking or did it take time? I just pray that my food is at least edible, LOL...yea I need to brush up on the cooking skills! Thanks for the inspiration!
I’m STILL learning how to cook! When I first started out, I went to Barnes & Noble and picked up a few cookbooks. I kept cooking my fav recipes over and over again, until they were mastered (or at least edible…lol) then I would move on to a few more.
As far as skin, it’s still something i’m working through myself. One piece of advice I can definitely pass on is Witch Hazel! After you wash your face with an all natural cleanser, like “Yes To Cucumbers” face wash, pour witch hazel on a cotton ball and wipe all over your face. That will help even out your complexion. I also use the “Yes To Cucumbers” facial moisturizer. The key is to stick with natural products. Hope that helps <3
Hey Fran-Im contemplating getting a stand up steamer but still don't know for sure. I have a stand up dryer that I use for deep conditioning, but I hear steamers give even more moisture. What has been your experience? Did you switch from regular dryer heat when deep conditioning to steaming or have you always used steamer?
I’ve always disliked hooded dryers. It always felt so unnecessary. I think its trauma from sitting under them at the Dominican hair salons, at full blast, and cringing for an hour! Hair steamers, all the way!!!!! The vapors are way moisturizing (More than a heat blast).
“Frequent deep treatments and proper moisture will help any curly, wearing any style, fight the summer humidity. A wet sponge doesn’t soak up more water and neither does properly moisturized hair! So, step up your Deep Treatments and stock up on rich leave-ins!”— Curly Nikki
I'm 5'4" 150lbs on a muscular frame. I've been 135 without looking freaky and I'd like to get back to that size. I eat about 1800 calories per day. My calories are mostly veggies, beans, chicken, fruit and sometimes pasta or potatoes. I run 3 times per week. Not sure of my mileage but it usually takes me about 20-30 minutes. And i stand at my desk whenever possible and do fidget exercise throughout the day. But I haven't lost a single pound and i think my thighs are actually bigger. I'd lost 6lbs over a 3 week period but i think i LOOKED at some pizza or something and "found" it again in about a week's time. Was it all water? Any advice on how to beat this stinking stagnation?
When you say your thighs are bigger, do you mean more muscular? Or bigger as in unwanted weight? Muscle mass will add pounds to the scale, but that is not a bad thing! That’s what you want! However, what usually works for me, if I want to lose weight, is to drink ONLY water and coconut water (as far as fluids). Run more than 20-30 min, too. Try to up it to at least 45 min to an hour, and keep count of how many miles you’re hitting. Lots of cardio combined with clean eating will always help you melt off unnecessary weight. Water weight comes about if you’re consuming too much salt, not drinking enough water, and not exercising enough. If you’re not losing any weight, you’re either not eating as clean as you’re saying or you’re stressing over each pound way too much! Add more fiber and potassium! Make it more about a healthy lifestyle than a weight plan, and you’ll notice a much quicker change.
I was wondering if you could help me with my hair problem. When my hair is straight, it reaches my shoulders but whenever I wear it natural, it's about 2 inches long. What can I do to prevent it from shrinking that much?
Shrinkage is a pain in the butt. When I pull a curl, it hits the top of my waist line, but when it curls back up it hits at my bra strap! There’s no real “trick” to shrinkage, without some sort of manipulation of the hair strands. The most you can do is style it in ways that will stretch your hair. Here is a video Chime posted with some ideas: http://www.youtube.com/user/HairCrush#p/u/3/6lm612rppbk
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Hey Fran I just have a really quick question if you don't mind answering. Will your hair grow faster if you just chop off all of the permed length at one time or will it grow at the same length as if you were transitioning?
Thank you. =)
This question is tricky because it has more to do with genetics than the actual process of transitioning. I’ve seen people grow their hair longer with the big chop, some people have been a similar length for months. I do believe your hair will receive the nourishment, from products, way more without the processed ends holding it back. The two most important factors are your regimen and genetics, though.