DIY SUPER DEEP CONDITIONER FOR NATURAL HAIR! PLUS My Spring 17 Season Hair Regimen!

Hey Soul Mommas,

I have a super easy do it yourself deep conditioner I would like for you to try! I’m going to also share my Spring 17 season natural hair regimen that has my hair super soft all the time!

Ingredients for the DIY Super Deep Conditioner For Natural Hair can be found in most grocery stores!

Here is what you’ll need:Image result for diy deep conditioner for natural hair

2 tbsp. Honey   2 tbsp. Vegetable glycerin   1 avocado (overripe)  4 tbsp. coconut oil

1 16 oz bottle of apple cider vinegar

Depending on the length and density of your hair you made need 1-2 additional tablespoons of each ingredient, however one avocado should do the trick!

Now I bet you are wondering why these ingredients?

Well honey and glycerin are humectants which means these two ingredients reduces the loss of moisture in the hair strands. Coconut oil seals in moisture and avocado is a fatty acid that makes this diy conditioner lubricating and heavy making for easy detangling.

Here’s how you mix your ingredients:

In a microwave safe bowl, add your coconut oil and honey. Heat the ingredients in the microwave for 6-10 seconds. You need just enough heat to get your oil into liquid form. After heating your oil and honey, add the glycerin and your avocado. Mix your ingredients until you get a creamy consistency.

Instructions to use:

On freshly washed and t-shirt blotted hair, section your hair and evenly coat your hair with the mixture. Once your hair is completely covered, place a conditioner cap and allow the mixture to penetrate your hair strands. About 30-45 minutes should be enough time before rinsing. Detangle then rinse your hair completely with warm water. After rinsing the conditioner completely, use the apple cider vinegar to rinse your hair. Follow the apple cider rinse with a cool water rinse to close the hair cuticles. T-shirt blot your hair dry and begin on your desired style.Image result for apple cider vinegar

Note: The apple cider vinegar rinse at the end relieves and is soothing to an itchy and irritated scalp.

Ok Now for my current Spring regimen!

I know Spring hasn’t officially kicked off but here in Houston, Texas the weather is so bipolar we don’t really know what weather we may encounter! Houston is dealing with something different on a day to day basis so I have updated my wash routine to try to fit with this “every season in one week” weather!

Right now the products I am using are:

  • My do it yourself deep conditioner
  • Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In
  • Carol’s Daughter Moisturizing Milk
  • Eco Styler Argon Oil Gel
  • Coconut oil
  • Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow and Restore Shampoo
  • Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Crème Rinse
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

I know it seems like I’m using a lot of products here but that’s because I have a lot going on right now! I’m not going to blame it on the weather conditions! Lately my hair has been very soft and my scalp feels smooth as well so I’m just doing the best I can to keep it that way. I have a little more water intake, apple cider rinses and I am using a little bit more moisturizer than I usually do.

Now my hair schedule is looking a little like this:

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The wig!

 

Nearly every 3 days I’m having a co wash with the crème rinse. I apply my leave in conditioner, moisturizer and oil. I do a full wash and deep conditioner every 10 days followed by leave in moisturizer and oil. Lately I have been using the gel to bring out my curls and it makes my hair really soft and manageable. I’ve been styling my natural hair and also wearing wigs because that protection is necessary right now!

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I took the wig with me on a road trip to N.O. so I wouldn’t have to style my natural hair!

 

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Caught some beads.

I’m interested in reading your hair regimen! Does your regimen change with the seasons? Let me know how you are holding up and what products you are using! I hope you try this deep conditioner, let me know what kind of results you get. Like comment subscribe and share. Thank you so much for reading and following!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve Been Neglecting My Breasts

Hey Soul Mommas,

I really have been neglecting my breasts these past years.YEARS I SAID!

As a women I find it pretty challenging to take care of my entire self. Look at all that comes with being feminine.

Shaving or styling hair, keeping nails clean, making sure your lady parts are always pH balanced, keeping your skin moisturized, eating healthy, drinking enough water, maintaining an active lifestyle, keeping eyebrows in check, teeth and mouth cleansing, ears, nose, armpits and a cycle every month!  EVERYTHING! IT’S ALOT!

With all that, I find myself not paying much attention to my breasts. I’ve been not taking the time out to massage my own breasts and not self examining them like I should be doing.

This post is about breast cancer awareness and what we should be doing as young women to make sure we are aware of when our bodies are speaking to us. Along with all the other things mentioned above it’s extremely important to check our breasts and make sure everything feels normal to us.

Although it isn’t October and no cancer isn’t 100% preventable, I feel the need to share with my peers that when it comes to self care that also means making sure all parts of us are healthy! Don’t be like me and neglect your breasts.

As young women, at least twice a month we should be visually inspecting our breast. About once a month it’s necessary to perform self exams either in the shower or lying down. Using the pads of your finger, gently move your finger from the outside to the center of your breasts checking for knots, lumps or unusual thickening in your breasts. Check both breasts each time you do your own exams. You want to make sure you check your armpits as well. Lightly squeeze nipples to check for discharge and remember to make mental notes of the appearance of your breast from month to month.

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Of course self examinations alone may not be enough. It is so important to start getting screened because mammograms can detect tumors that may not be felt during a self exam. If you do find that there may be a lump, it is best to call your physician to schedule an appointment as soon as you can. Not to panic though because not all lumps are cancerous.

With self examinations and paying attention to our bodies we can be aware of the changes, notify our doctor and that way if we are affected, early detection sky rockets the chances for beating breast cancer.

We all know that there are risk factors when it comes to breast cancer. Some factors like genetics we have no control over but other factors like smoking we do. It’s important that we try to live the best lifestyle we can regardless of our circumstances.

Another thing is that many women who have had breast cancer become survivors and lead wonderful lives! I look up to the women I have met in my life who has overcome breast cancer. Many of them eat well and take the best care of  which inspire myself and other to do the same. There is a reason they are survivors!

Yes I have been neglecting my breasts worrying about all the other parts of me but that will not continue. I hope that this posts will wake up others and think about their breasts a little more often. Many of us who are in our 20’s are not exempt from things like breast cancer. Listen to your body, give it the care and attention it needs so that you can live a healthy, purposeful life. I will be self examining my breast tonight. I hope you do too! Boobies serve more purpose than we think. Women are designed beautifully so we must beautifully take care of us! Like comment subscribe and share!

 

Product Review!!! ALIKAY NATURALS LEMONGRASS LEAVE IN CONDITIONER!

Hey Soul Mommas,

I have a super delicious product review for you mommas!

If you follow me on my IG account @soulmommasblog you saw I posted the picture o f the product that I would be reviewing next!

Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner

After using this product once, I knew I had to have this as a staple for every season! After seeing the instagram page for Alikay Naturals, I had become interested in their products! I was aiming towards the deep conditioner but I thought since I had several deep conditioners, I’ll try a leave-in instead. I went into Target and there it was. I picked up the second leave in conditioner on the shelf and headed to check out!

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The labeling fits so wonderfully with the product! Bright and airy! I have the 8oz bottle and on the label it says “featured ingredients.” Silk amino protein, aloe vera and lemon grass oil are all listed and I couldn’t wait to smooth that goodness unto my hair!

After washing, I sprayed this leave in, very heavily might I add, right into my damp hair and used the praying hands method to evenly coat the product through. The first thing I noticed is my hair was extremely soft and moisturized and I had not added any moisturizer or oil yet. After I had applied the leave in all the way through, my curls were poppin! The scent is so fragrant and delicious! Good thing they put a disclaimer that this product is not food! It’s like a lemon zesty cake batter! It’s one of those scents you could never get tired of! It’s so fresh I’m spraying this on every day these days!

This product says that it is the perfect moisture solution for all hair types and it works by penetrating deep into the hair cortex to lock in moisture, soften and strengthen. Well Soul sistas, it does just that which is why I am giving Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner 10 afros on the soul scale.

This product was budget friendly around the 12$ range and it is worth every penny! This leave in makes my hair manageable and easy to style. It does not leave a waxing feeling and it is long lasting. By that I mean my hair is soft and smells wonderful all day! Using this on my daughters has made detangling a minute process. It used to take way longer! This product does everything that it mentions on the label and more. This will definitely be my go to product right after washing and I’m looking forward to trying the other products on the Alikay Naturals line!

I highly recommend Alikay Naturals to the sistas who are looking to try something new and refreshing! Any questions or comments regarding this amazing leave-in conditioner, please feel free to comment! Also go check out the website at http://www.alikaynaturals.com and try this out yourself! This is my honest review and I purchased the product with my own money! When I find greatness, it’s my duty to share it with my Soul folks!