Being and looking healthy is as much about internal care as it is about external care. Making sure you eat well and keep hydrated can have a huge impact on the overall health of your body (AND the strength of your skin, hair and nails).

As we know, protein is mainly used by the body for cell repair and growth, but it’s not only great for getting lean, it’s also great for the production of keratin which is what our hair, nails and the outer later of our skin are made of.

Adding a few meals to your regular diet that include foods naturally containing protein can help make sure your (muscles) hair, skin and nails are getting the nutrients they need for growth and repair. Simple salads like this can do the job if you need something quick and easy. Salad: two boiled eggs, walnuts, watercress, cherry tomatoes and spinach. (You can even add avocado or salmon, it’s all about what you prefer)

Keeping hydrated should be at the top of your list! Drinking at L E A S T two glasses of water a day is a great habit to adopt. You can even infuse your water with lemon for a boost of vitamin C (optional), or any other fruit you love.

Above all, keeping a balanced diet is essential so always remember to speak with your health practitioner about making any drastic changes to your diet.

Wash day can be a task but here’s what you can do to make it a breeze, and make sure you give your hair the BEST cleanse and condition.

Hot Oil Treatments

Applying Hot oil treatments the night before washing natural hair can help to reduce shedding and protect the hair (and scalp) from the harsh drying effects of shampoo. Hot oil treatments can be used on all hair types including coloured and relaxed hair. You can use any of your favourite hair oils such as olive oil, grape seed oil etc. and adding an essential oil can help to stimulate the scalp and promote growth (optional).

Work in Sections

Working in sections cuts down the entire wash time by almost half. Take one section, shampoo until clean then go straight in with conditioner and de-tangle (with fingers or a wide tooth comb). Once that section is done, move on to the next and continue until you have washed and conditioned all 4 sections (depending on thickness you may need 6 sections). All you’ll need to do next is finish with a cool rinse and you’re done!

Water Temperature : Hot Then Cold

I’ve written a post on the science behind water temperature in the past and it still remains a huge factor in washing natural hair effectively. [click here for post] Shampooing your hair with warm water helps to provide a deeper cleanse as warm water causes hair cuticles to lift, allowing the shampoo to fully clean. This also allows the conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft, giving you longer lasting moisture and extra shine. Rinsing out your conditioner with cool water does the opposite (closes the cuticle) so locks in conditioner and causes hair to appear smoother and shinier.

Happy washing!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Some say a woman’s hair is her crown so this post is dedicated to helping ladies maintain healthy hair underneath protective styles.

There are tons of methods for keeping natural hair intact, but here’s a quick and effective way to  care for your natural hair underneath wigs.

Tea Tree Oil

Dabbing a small amount of Tea Tree Oil on your fingertips and gently running your fingers through your partings will help to unclog follicles and allow your hair to grow. Tea Tree Oil also has anti-fungal properties which is always great when wearing wigs (your scalp doesn’t always get enough air due to being constantly covered which can potentially cause fungal issues)!

Water

Before applying any oils, ‘spritsing’ your hair with water will add moisture. Add things like essential oils and Aloe vera gel to the water will give your hair some extra nourishment but this is completely optional.

Castor Oil

Gently massaging Castor oil into your hairline and nape area will help to prevent breakage while maintaining and promoting thickness in these areas. (if your wig is too tight or constantly rubbing these areas you may start to see thinness)

Oil mix

Lastly to seal in the moisture and further replenish hair, running a mix of oils over your cornrows will keep them soft, moisturised and prevent unnecessary breakage when removing the protective style. Click here for my Oil Mix tutorial.

Doing this 1-2 times a week can make a major difference in the health of you hair!

It’s everyone’s favourite time of the year again so here’s my super indulgent ‘Victoria Pancake’ recipe!

(inspired by Victoria sponge cake)

Ingredients

For Buttercream:

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup icing sugar

1stp vanilla extract

Method: whisk butter until light and fluffy then mix in the rest of the ingredients with a rubber spatula

Ingredients
For pancakes:

1/2 cup self-raising flower, 1/4 cup plain flower

2 eggs (I prefer to use 1)

3/4 cup milk

1stp vanilla extract

2tsp sugar

1tsp cinnamon

Method: mix together starting with the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients, fry until golden brown on both sides.

Serve up in layers or as regular toppings and enjoy. Happy pancake day!

Study struggles… we’ve all been there!

When it comes to studying for something, whether it’s an academic exam or driving test, things can escalate QUICKLY and become stressful (if you’re not prepared). Here are 3 easy ways to relieve pressure and make studying more enjoyable.

AM or PM?

Get to know your study habits. Are you someone who works best early in the morning? during the afternoon? or late at night? If you know when you work best, dedicate a time slot (within that time period) strictly to studying. You’ll be much more productive and want to work harder – of course sleep is important for your brain so if you do study at night, catch up on your sleep.

MEAL PREP

Studying on an empty stomach can feel like one of the most unproductive tasks ever (after procrastination) because 95% of your attention will be on FOOD. I’m guilty of studying for hours without preparing a meal and I always regret it! Set time aside prior to your ‘study time’ to make a quick meal/prepare some healthy snacks that will keep your brain fuelled.

METAPHORICAL LEGO

This may sound strange, but treating your work like individual blocks of lego can make it a lot easier to get through. Breaking up a huge task into smaller ‘lego blocks’ and focusing on each one, can ensure you do a thorough job as you wont be constantly overwhelmed with the idea of completing a huge task.

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