My favourite 2016 products

My favourite products for 2016

It has been three years since I’ve done a favourite products post. Although a lot of time has passed and I have tried a few products (not many) here and there, I still go back to my faithful few. As my hair grows, I have less and less time and  desire, to wash, detangle and style my hair but I can always depend on these tried and true products.

Once again I share my six favourite products for 2016

  1. Water

Water still tops the list as my favourite product for my hair. I use it for detangling, washing, moisturizing and styling my. Clean, tangle free, well moisturized hair is a must to see a healthy mane. Just spraying the hair with water is sufficient for me, in order to keep it moisturized. Water is my number one friend, from wash day to moisturizing. A little water go a long way and it makes a big difference.

  1. Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner

This product is still one of my staple products in my hair care regimen. I use it as a detangler on damp hair, as an instant rinse out conditioner (which it is) and also as a deep conditioner. Although it is not designed as a deep conditioner, it does help in keeping my hair moisturized and soft. I also use it as a cowash and as a leave in conditioner. This is still my all in one conditioner. It has a lot of slip, and just like water, a little goes a long way, it is moisturizing, inexpensive and smells great.

  1. As I am coconut cowash cleansing conditioner

I have been using this cowash for years now and I am still impressed with it.  Since following the curly girl method, I have grown closer to this product. It is light weight, does a great job at cleaning the hair and scalp without suds, I am able to detangle my hair with the product in it and it is moisturizing.

To learn more about the As I am coconut cowash by kindly seeing my product review post, click the link below

https://antiguabarbudagirl.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/product-review-as-i-am-coconut-cowash-cleansing-conditioner/

  1. Raw shea butter

This product is still multipurpose for me as well because I use it on both my hair and skin and in my home made deodorant. Although this product is a butter, it is not heavy on my hair once I’m not too heavy handed with it. It is quite moisturizing and helps in reducing dark spots about the skin. I have been using shea butter for years and it is still my go to product , even after trying other products.

  1. Grapeseed oil

Grapeseed oil is still my all time favourite oil to use. I use it to seal in moisture in my hair and skin. It keeps the hair and skin moisturized, soft to the touch without the greasy after feeling. Grapeseed oil is light weight with a very subtle scent that quickly disappears after applying it on the hair or skin.

  1. Eco styler gel (clear)

Eco styler gel comes in different types, with protein (black), pink, blue, with olive oil (green), yellow, with Argan oil (dark yellow), crystal (clear). I am yet to use them all but my favourite is still the clear eco styler gel. It does not make my hair hard, it keeps down the edges while maintaining a soft hold. Although there can be some amount of product build up with continuous and excessive use, it’s not flaky in my hair and it is easy to rinse out.

That’s it, feel free to share some of your favourite products as well.

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My favourite products for 2013

What a great year 2013 had been for me and my hair. I am constantly learning new things to improve myself and the health of my hair. It has been 2 1/2 years since I last placed permanent colour in my hair and my hair has really grown since then but I still have colour on the ends :-/ which I will be clipping off in a few months. I decided to grow out the colour because the process caused my hair pattern to change and my hair was constantly dry and brittle.

There were several products that I used over the past year, both on my hair and skin, some new and others I have been using for a while. I would like to share with you however my six favourite products that I used 2013

1. Water

Enough cannot be said about water, you hear about it everyday. If you hope to obtain a healthy mane, clean, well moisturized hair is a must. Many times I would go an entire week with simply sprizing my hair with water in order to keep it moisturized, either because of time constraints or because no other product is required. Water has become my number one friend, from wash day to daily moisturizing my hair. A little water can go a long way and does make a big difference.

2. Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner

This product is not new to me but it has become one of my staple products in my hair regimen. I use this conditioner as a detangler on damp hair, as an instant rinse out conditioner (which it is) and also as a deep conditioner with and with out heat. Although it is not designed as a deep conditioner, it does help in keeping my hair super moisturized and soft. I also use it as a cowash and I even used it at times as a leave in conditioner with wash and goes. So for me it is an all round conditioner. It has a lot of slip, and just like water, a little goes a long way, it is very moisturizing, it is inexpensive and it smells great.

3. As I am coconut cowash cleansing conditioner

I have been using this cowash for over a year and I am very impressed with this product.  Since following the curly girl method a few years ago, I have grown closer to this product. It is light weight, does a great job at cleaning my hair and scalp without suds, I am able to detangle my hair with the product in it and it is very moisturizing. To learn more about this product see my product review post on the As I am coconut cowash ——-> https://antiguabarbudagirl.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/product-review-as-i-am-coconut-cowash-cleansing-conditioner/

4. Raw shea butter

This product is an overall product for me as well because I use it on both by hair and skin and I also use it in my home made deodorant and whipped shea products. Although this product is a butter, it is not heavy on my hair once I’m not too heavy handed with it. It is quite moisturizing and it also has helped reduce blemishes on my skin. I have been using shea butter for several years and I still go back to it, even after trying other products.

5. Grapeseed oil

This is my all time favourite oil to use. I use it to seal in moisture in my hair and skin. It keeps my hair and skin well moisturized, soft to the touch without the greasy feeling. Grapeseed oil is light weight with a very subtle scent that quickly disappears after applying it in the hair or on the skin.

6. Eco styler gel (clear)

Eco styler gel comes in different types, with protein (black), pink, blue, with olive oil (green), yellow, with Argan oil (dark yellow), crystal (clear). I have used most of them but my favourite of them all would have to be the clear eco styler gel. It does not make my hair hard although it keeps down the fly a ways and although there is some amount of product build up with continuous use, it does not flake and it is easy to rinse out.

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So that’s it, feel free to share some of your favourite products.

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Health Tip: 10 things you can start today to help shed pounds

1. Accept the fact that you are over weight: many persons are in denial about there weight and body images and avoid the scale at all costs. They ignore the fact that their clothes are fitting tighter or they are purchasing a size higher every other trip to the clothing store. Most time when reality hits it’s almost too late or they encounter health problems. Don’t be another statistic! Face the facts head on and get a reality check. By realizing where you truly are, you are better able to determine where you need or want to be.

2. Make and write down your weight loss goal. When goals are made, it is easier to visualize where you want to go, that goes for any goal or journey and weight loss is no different. Create your personal goal(s) and write them down on paper, paste it in your bed room in clear vision as a daily reminder of what you want to achieve. If possible get pictures of persons with similar weights with which you hope to obtain and place it next to your written goals. Look at your notes and pictures everyday and visualize yourself at that weight. This should give you the extra motivation and encouragement you need in obtain that goal.

3. Take baby steps: Many people start off with a bang when they take on a weight loss journey but seem to loose their way or the stimulus at some point before arriving at their goal. Its not a race so take small steps making small changes gradually. Eventually you can realize all the things you are aiming for once you are focused on exactly what you intend to achieve. At times you may need encouragement from a friend or relative. Reach out to someone who is supportive in your journey to help you get back on track. You can also track your progress with a journal, with pictures or video logging. It is a great way to see how far you have gone and how much more you need to go in your weight loss journey. If you can literally see the progress you are making, you will be more encouraged to continue to the end.

4. Reduce your soda intake: Soda can be addictive, especially those with caffeine like coke. The truth of the matter is that soda is nothing short of carbonated water, sugar and artificial colour. It has no nutritional benefits and can be used as an energy booster in high performance athletes.  It is never advisable to go cold turkey because you will end up craving it. If you are used to drinking 7 sodas a week try cutting it down by 1 or 2 gradually over a few weeks and over time you will notice that you desire for it will start to decrease.

5. Drink more water: Water has many benefits for the body including keeping the skin well hydrated, helping to rid the body of potential harmful toxins and when substituted for soda and drinks full of sugar can promote weight loss. It is recommended that we drink 8-12 glasses of water daily to help keep our skin supple and soft.

6. Reduce the carbohydrate intake and Increase fruit and vegetable portions: There is a misconception that meat causes weight gain but that is a myth. Meat especially white lean meats like chicken breasts and turkey are full of protein which is essential particularly for persons who are lifting weights and those who play high intense sports. The actual culprits of weight gain are the carbohydrate rich foods like white bread, rice, pasta, white potatoes called the complex carbohydrates and sweets, jams and jellies known as simple carbohydrates. Why are they the culprits? The reason is that carbohydrates are sugars which will eventually be converted to energy. The problem with this is if the energy is not being properly used up, it will be stored in the body. If you are not an active person or not exercising  then you will be gaining weight. That is why these are the types of food that should be drastically reduced as much as possible, in turn you will see the weight changes. You can substitute protein intake with peas, beans and eggs

7. Make healthier food choices: Food full of trans fat and salt are bad for your body in more than one ways. Staying clear of fried foods, processed and tin foods can make a big difference in your health. They foods mentioned are usually loaded with fat, cholesterol and salt and can contribute to serious health problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack and stroke. Making healthier choices for instance eating more raw foods like carrots and lettuce, unsalted snacks like nuts and fresh fruits will significantly help you not only with loosing weight but getting a healthier body.

8. Read the labels: This is one thing we can all do that must people don’t do. Just because the front label says all natural that doesn’t make it so. You must read the back label for the fine prints, as it were, for especially the sugar, salt, fat and cholesterol levels. For an adult based on a 2000 caloric intake you should use the follow as a guide line:

Total Fat grams (g) 65
Sugar grams (g) 40
Cholesterol milligrams (mg) 300
Sodium milligrams (mg) 2400

9. Take the stairs: stair climbing is an easy but an effective form of exercise that can assist you in loosing a few extra pounds. Research has shown that stair climbing can be more effective than jogging thus burning more calories in the same time period. Try using the stairs instead of the elevator to get the heart pumping, burning more calories at the same time.

10. Ten minute exercises can make a big difference. There is no specific time to exercise. It all depends on the individuals preference and lifestyle that will determine the time of day. But it has been proven that as little at ten minute of exercise each day can make a big difference in the pounds you shed. Of coarse if you are heavier than you ought to be you will need to step it up a notch of at least 30 minutes everyday. Exercises can include playing a sport, cardio or aerobic work outs, weight lifting, bike riding, swimming and the list goes on. The trick is to find an activity that you will enjoy so that it doesn’t become a chore or task to do. If you are excited about the exercise you are going to do, you will be more willing to take the time out to get it done while getting fit at the some time.

Remember losing weight is not just about getting rid of the extra pounds but it is a life style change with a mind and body shift that is a healthier root to take. It wouldn’t always be easy, especially at the beginning but I urge you to stick with it and in time it will become routine for you.

10 things you can start today to help shed some pounds

1.

Accept the fact that there is room for improvement and reduce stress

Many persons are in denial or in conflict about their weight and body image so they avoid the scale or even mirrors at all costs. They ignore the fact that their clothes are fitting tighter or differently.  They purchase a size higher on every other trip to the clothing store. A lot of times, when reality hits it is sometimes too late or they encounter health problems. Instead of beating up yourself over the changes that you may or may not be able to ulter,  face the facts head on and get a reality check. By realizing where you truly are, you are better able to determine where you need or want to be. Find ways to reduce or eliminate the daily [and otherwise] stressors of life. And believe me, life will throw you some hard and low blows. When it happens, (Maslow Law), take a step back, regroup, rethink your strategy, seek help or support if you need to and tackle the issue(s) head on. If you feel overwhelmed, overly stressed or as if you are not coping very well, confide in a confidential and responsible person who will be able to assist you.

2.

Make a weight loss goal and write it down:

When goals are made, it is easier to visualize where you want to go. This goes for any goal or journey and weight loss is no different. Create your personal goal(s) and put them on paper. Paste it in your bedroom in clear view as a daily reminder of what you want to achieve. If possible, get pictures of persons whose weights are similar to your target weight and place them next to your written goals. Look at your notes and pictures everyday and visualize yourself at that weight. This should give you the extra motivation and encouragement you need to obtain that goal.

3.

Take baby steps:

Many people start off with a bang when they take on a weight loss journey but seem to lose their way or that initial vigour at some point before arriving at their goal. It is not a race. Take small steps, making small gradual changes. Eventually you can accomplish all the things you are aiming for once you are focused on exactly what you intend to achieve. At times you may need encouragement from a friend or relative. Reach out to someone who is supportive in your journey to help you get back on track.

4.

Reduce your soda intake:

Soda can be addictive, especially those with caffeine such as coke. The truth of the matter is that soda is nothing short of carbonated water, sugar and artificial colour. It has no nutritional benefits and can be used as an energy booster in high performance athletes. It is never advisable to go cold turkey because you will still have cravings. If you are used to drinking seven bottle of soda a week, try cutting it down by one or two gradually over a few weeks and over time you will notice that your desire for it will start to decrease.

5.

Drink more water:

Water has many benefits for the body including keeping the skin well hydrated, helping to rid the body of potential harmful toxins and, when substituted for soda and other drinks full of sugar, can help promote weight loss. Persons who drink a lot of water usually have clearer skin, less acne and have an overall glow. It is recommended that we drink 8-12 glasses of water daily to help keep our skin supple and soft. If you have an underlying medical condition that restricts your fluid intake, please contact your doctor or health care provider for further instructions.

6.

Reduce carbohydrate intake and Increase fruit and vegetable portions:

There is a misconception that meat causes weight gain. This is a myth. Meat, especially white lean meats like chicken breast and turkey, are full of protein which is essential particularly for persons who lift weights and those who play high intensity sports. The actual culprits of weight gain are carbohydrate rich foods like white bread, rice, pasta and white potatoes. These are called complex carbohydrates. Sweets, jams and jellies, which are known as simple carbohydrates, are also to blame. Why are these at fault? The reason is that carbohydrates are sugars which will eventually be converted to energy. The problem with this is if the energy is not being properly used up, it will be stored in the body. If you are not an active person or do not exercise regularly, you will gain weight. This is why these are the types of food that should be drastically reduced, as a result of which you will see the weight changes. Peas, beans and eggs are also good sources of protein and can be substituted for meat.

7.

Make healthier food choices:

Food full of trans fat and salt are bad for your body in more ways than one. Staying clear of fried, processed and tin foods can make a big difference to your health. They foods mentioned are usually loaded with fat, cholesterol and salt and can contribute to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack and stroke. Making healthier choices such as eating more raw foods like carrots and lettuce, unsalted snacks like nuts and fresh fruits will significantly help you to not only lose weight but also get a healthier body.

8.

Read the labels:

This is one thing we can all do that most people neglect. Just because the front label says “all natural” that doesn’t mean it is. You must read the fine print on the back label for sugar, salt, fat and cholesterol levels. For an adult based on a 2000 caloric intake you should use the following as a guide:

Total Fat grams (g) 65
Sugar grams (g) 40
Cholesterol milligrams (mg) 300
Sodium milligrams (mg) 2400

9.

Take the stairs:

Stair climbing is an easy but an effective form of exercise that can assist you in loosing a few extra pounds and almost anybody can do. Research has shown that stair climbing can be just as effective as jogging thus burning just as much calories in the same time period. Try using the stairs instead of the elevator where and when ever possible to get the heart pumping, burning calories every time.

10.

Ten minute exercises can make a difference:

There is no specific time of day that you should exercise. This will be determined by the individual’s lifestyle and personal preference. It has been proven, however, that as little at ten minutes of exercise each day can make a big difference in the pounds you shed. Of course, if you are heavier than you ought to be, you will need to step it up a notch, exercising at least 30 minutes everyday. Exercises can include playing a sport, cardio or aerobic work outs, weight lifting, bike riding, swimming and the list goes on. The trick is to find an activity that you will enjoy so that it doesn’t become a chore. If you are excited about the exercise you are going to do, you will be more willing to take the time out to get it done, having fun while getting fit.

Remember, losing weight is not just about getting rid of the extra pounds. It is a lifestyle change, a mind and body shift that is a healthier root to take. It will not always be easy, especially at the beginning but I urge you to stick with it and in time it will become routine for you.

Health Tip: High Blood Pressure

Hypertension

Hypertension (HTN), or high blood pressure, is a common but serious chronic disease where there is an abnormal increase in pressure in the arteries of the body. Generally HTN does not have symptoms but some people may experience headache or vomiting, or may feel unwell, weak, or even faint when their blood pressure is elevated. A normal Blood pressure (BP) reading is less than 120 over 80 and varies throughout the day and with activity.

Who is at risk:

·     Persons who are overweight or obese

·     Smokers

·     Persons with heart problems, high cholesterol levels,  diabetes

·     Persons with a lot of stress

·     Older persons (although you can get HTN at almost any age)

.     Women on birth control or some diet pills

·     Persons with a family history of HTN

.    Chronic kidney diseases or some other chronic illnesses


How to reduce your risk:

·     Eat a balanced diet by incorporating proteins, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables

·     Exercise

·     Drink a lot of water

·     Quit smoking

·     Reduce your stress levels

·     Reduce fat and salt intake

How to control your BP if you are hypertensive:

·     Visit your doctor regularly

·     Check your blood pressure as needed

·     Reduced your salt intake

·     Take your medication as prescribed

·     Do some form of exercise like mowing the lawn, climbing stairs, playing a sport, etc. unless otherwise indicated by your physician

·     Reduce stress

Treatment:

Lifestyle change, for instance a change in eating habits and exercising, is the first step in controlling your blood pressure. If it is still not controlled with these changes, your doctor will determine what medication is best for you depending on your age and other underlying illnesses, if any. ALWAYS consult your doctor before deciding to change or stop any medication that was prescribed to you.

It is therefore recommended that you visit a doctor at least once a year if you are not hypertensive and more often as indicated by your health care provider if you are to ensure that your BP is controlled.

Hair Tip: “Water is bad for your hair”

This is actually one of the biggest misconceptions about natural hair. Like many others, I also believed this until about a year ago.

Water your hair so that it may grow!!

Although my hair was softer and easier to manage when it got wet, I never understood why and never knew the principle behind it. Water is the ONLY product that truly moisturizes your hair and is capable of moisturizing from the inside out. Just as plants need water to grow, so do your hair and skin. That is why it is essential to drink a lot of water; to keep skin hydrated. Drinking water every day is just as important as applying it to hair. Spraying a little bit of water on your hair as needed and sealing it with a cream, butter or oil product, can help to keep your hair well moisturized. How often you spray water on your hair will totally depend on what your hair needs. When you mist some cool water on your hair, you are encouraging the water particles to penetrate the cuticle layers and hydrate the strands. Following with oil, butter or cream will help to trap that moisture in the strands and make hair softer. You will instantly feel the difference when your hair is well moisturized. Learn to listen to your hair and give it what it desires.

Your skin will also reap the benefits from just water. Well hydrated skin is brighter and more supple. Water helps to eliminated toxins from your body, thus making you healthier. Like your hair, skin should be moisturized. Use a moisturizer after a shower while your skin is still damp.

Water alone has many benefits and you should include it in your hair and body routine. Drink up!

Hair Tips: Hair Myths

Let us take a look at a few hair myths, some of which we may have heard at some point while growing up or may still hear today. If we do not know the truth then we will be unable to make the correct decisions. Like many others, I too believed a lot of these myths. Here are a few things that I have heard as a child and still occasionally hear today, all of which are completely false. The more we know about something, the more control we have over the situation. Always do your research and educate yourself about any topic you want to know or talk about.

1. Water is bad for your hair
2. Brushing your hair will make it grow
3. Washing your hair too often will cause it not to grow
4. Black people’s hair cannot grow long
5. Natural hair is strong and does not break
6. Kinky hair can only be managed if it is chemically straightened or pressed (eg perms, texturized, flat ironed)
7. Trimming your hair will make it grow
8. Kinky hair can only grow long if it is in dreadlocks
9. It’s ok to go months without washing your hair if you are using braids or weave
10. Using a texturizer will make your hair grow
11. Certain products will make your hair grow
12. You have to grease or oil your scalp to make your hair grow
13. Using products on your scalp will help your hair to be softer and to grow
14. You have to pull your hair or plait (braid) it tightly to stimulate hair growth
15. Dandruff can make your hair grow

List is not exhausted

Do you know any hair myths that you would like to share?

Interested in finding out if something you were told or know is indeed a myth? Please comment below or send an email to antiguabarbudagirl@live.com just type “hair myths” in the subject.