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5 Tips for Taking a Juice Cleanse

5 Tips for Taking a Juice Cleanse

In need of a “reboot” and somewhat cleanse from unhealthy summer eating, I recently took a 3 Day Smoothie & Soup Cleanse I purchased on Groupon. Benefits of taking a juice cleanse include lower calorie intake, energy improvement, and reduces your appetite. If you’re looking for a healthy option to lose weight or to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet, here are some tips to consider.

Ask a Doctor

If you’re on medication or have health issues, consult with your physician. There’s nothing wrong with a reboot or trying to be healthier, but if it’s not for you, it just isn’t.

Transition Slowly

The Jus by Julie is 100% Vegan. If you’re a meat eater, transition by incorporating more vegetables into your meals.

Don’t Starve Yourself

If you get hungry, don’t starve yourself until the next Juice or Soup; the plan allows you to eat steamed vegetables or egg whites in between.

Drink Water

Drinking water not only keeps you hydrated, it cleanses toxins from your body, reduces headaches and keeps you alert.

Exercise if You Can

As with transitioning to a juice-only diet, I suggest moderately increase exercising. Start by walking for 10-15 minutes and increase to jogging or running for 30.

While I didn’t fully finish, the Jus by Julie juice cleanse was a decent alternative to eating meat & carbs for a few days. It was also less messy vs making my own juices. In the coming months, I will purchase the fruits and veggies myself to make my own.

5 Tips for Taking a Juice Cleanse

Have you tried a juice cleanse before?

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Mini Natural Hair Chronicles: Getting hair school ready

Mini Natural Hair Chronicles are back! School is in session and we are in a higher grade with a new attitude. Literally…”mommy, can I wear ponytails for school?” Every year when getting hair school ready, she’d rather have ponytails instead of the braided styles that maintain a neat and time efficient style for the five school days of the week. Unlike others, I don’t pretend to have all the time in the world, with just one child, to recreate a neat ponytail style just to appease her and the friends that will compare hair styles during lunch. Deja Vu? Yes, I’ve mentioned this before here. I could give a flipping flop about her wanting to “fit in” with the other little girls in her class, because those little girls nor their mamas will be there to unravel her curls around those “snag proof” ponytail holders to the point that I have to grab the scissors and cut them out. Hence, the reason we don’t have many.

With that being said, I now have the task of finding big girl styles that will meet her approval, but also allows me to wake up with the sun and not before, in order to refresh her style. Searching through Pinterest, Instagram and other social media sites, I picked out a few child friendly styles that I could actually recreate to getting her hair ready for school.

Getting hair school ready with a braided ponytail

– so I know she didn’t mean to have her hair actually braided, but it is in a ponytail. Ha! The ease of blending her request with my want, is a great world in mommy life. Here are a few braided ponytails that can offer some inspiration.

Getting Hair School Ready

Photo Courtesy of So Adorable Via @Returning2natural

Getting hair school ready with beaded box braids

– the beauty of using beads is, she usually forgets all about ponytails and just wants to have that “I move my head back n forth” action going on with the uniform color coordinated beads.

Getting Hair School Ready

Getting hair school ready

Getting hair school ready with twists

Flattwisting mini’s hair does not always work out very well for us. The art of keeping the twists taught and neat for multiple days can be a challenge. However, mini twists are cool. Not only can they last for longer than a week, you can still wash, condition and style the twists till you decide to unravel and begin again.

Getting hair school ready

Photo courtesy of Pinterest
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These are a few styles I’ve found online for getting hair school ready. How have you been styling mini me’s hair for the new school year?

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Texture On The Runway 2017

Texture On The Runway 2017

Texture On The Runway 2017 was amazing this year. It took place during NYFW this September, its focus is to celebrate Real Women, Real Fashion, Real Texture. This year it was powered by  Sally Beauty. This unique runway show took over Gotham Hall for the night and showed the world textured hair and fashion are a major combination that cannot be stopped.

Texture On The Runway is now one of my favorite New York Fashion Week events. I was already in love with fashion, but to see natural hair showcased and celebrated alongside that makes it even more important to me. This year also featured several vendors such as Cantu, Mielle Organics, Curlformers and Creme of Nature. It was nice to be able to talk to the brands about their products and get samples to try out later.

 

The atmosphere inside was full of energy, there was a DJ spinning and then the show began. The event began with an opening by NaturallyCurly.com co-founder Michelle Breyer, who hosted the event alongside professional hairstylist Monica Stevens of MoKnowsHair.

(Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

The theme this year seemed to be aligned with futuristic African, goddess and flowing textures. Each look that strutted down the runway got ohhs, ahhs, and yessss. While I loved everything the moments that stood out to me the most were the models painted in gold for Mielle Organics, the adorable McClure and Anaismirabelle twins, the Syncopated Ladies and the futuristic hairstyles by stylists such as Diane Bailey for Shea Moisture.

(@Type4Naturals 2017 – Shea Moisture serving us futuristic African inspired looks)

 

(Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

(Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

(Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

(Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

Texture On The Runway gave me so much inspiration to apply to my every day looks. After the event was over I felt so full of pride, knowing that finally textured hair has a rightful position in fashion and can hold its own in New York Fashion Week.

Special thanks to Naturally Curly and Sally Beauty for including the Type 4 Naturals in this event. See you next year!!

(Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

 

 

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Dusting and Trimming Natural Hair

Dusting and Trimming Natural Hair

Dusting and trimming our natural hair is something many of us overlook. Especially those who want to grow long hair and believe cutting it will take off length. Years ago back before I had gone natural I briefly  got caught up in that same way of thinking. But I can serve as an example in many ways that not dusting or trimming your hair can lead to problems.

When I had relaxed hair as I mentioned earlier, there was a point when I thought not cutting it would make it longer. My hair grew long indeed but that didn’t last long at all. My hair ended up with split ends and damage to the point where when I went in the salon for a trim but had to take off about 3 inches to get my hair healthy again.

Once I had natural hair I had the same issue again. The first time it was during a natural hair growth challenge. I kept my hair in protective styles for almost a year. My hair grew a few inches but after going to a salon I had to get a cut and not a trim. The last incident was more recent, and just a result of being too lazy and too busy to put an effort into my hair care regiment. (Check out Kory’s hair regimen post here)

After all this trial and error I can say that I definitely learned the magic dusting and trimming combo that works for my hair. Here’s what I learned:

Trimming 

The rule is to do it once a season which would mean 4 times a year. I could only do this if I wore my hair in protective styles more often which would leave my ends under less stress. This method seems to work for most of my natural hair friends though, even ones who wear their hair out as much as me.

Dusting

Dusting is like a light trimming where a very small amount hair is cut off, damaged ends are cut off right when hair starts to show signs of damage(split ends, ssks, tangling). Trimming my natural hair has become a game changer for me. I wear my hair out often and  for many reasons cannot get to a professional stylist 4 times a year to do a trim. Along with a hair care regimen, dusting my ends helps me keep my hair healthy. 

At the end of the day whether you choose dusting or trimming, those damaged ends have to go in order to keep your natural hair in good shape.

Do you dust or trim your natural hair?