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“I DECLARE HEALTHY HAIR CHALLENGE”

10 Oct

So I’ve decided to take part in the DENaturalistas “I Declare Healthy Hair” Challenge” from today until Dec. 31, 2011. I will try my best to do maybe a weekly or monthly update of my progress…we’ll see how that goes! Maybe I’ll just update the blog as my journal to keep track of my progress….hmmm. The main things that I need to change are:

-no more wash & go’s (it’s getting cold now anyway, so that’ll be fine)

-drink more water (I sometimes forget…)

-make sure I’m taking my vitamins (I usually do)

-3-5 days of 30 minutes of exercise (believe it or not…I’ve been slacking for about a month with my workouts…womp womp…)

-5 servings of fresh fruits, 3 servings of veggies (not sure how many I usually have)

-create a detailed hair regimen (Im lacking the “detailed” part…I usually just go with what I feel for that day or week…lol)

SO I need to work on these for the hair regimen:

pre-cleansing  (a.k.a. pre-poo) treatment, 

sulfate-free shampoo (CHECK!), 

protein conditioner (need to check on this, I use Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner), 

A leave-in conditioner (CHECK!), 

A water-based moisturizer to hydrate daily (Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, I assume that would work for this, gotta use daily though), 

An oil & butter-based moisturizer to seal daily (gotta work on the “daily” part)

OFFICIAL GUIDELINES:

 
The deNaturalistas are challenging the natural hair community to join them in its quest to achieve healthy hair from October 10, 2011 to December 31, 2011.  The following is a GUIDELINE to personally assist you in attaining your individual hair goals.  This document does not have to be followed religiously, but may be used as a helpful toolkit to accompany your journey!  If you have any current chronic medical conditions, please consult a doctor before making adaptations to your regular diet and exercise routine. Each week a new component will be added to the challenge with a few mini-natural hair meet-ups along the journey. Find us at www.denaturalistas.com, follow us on Twitter @denaturalistas or join our group on FB at Delaware Naturalistas: Embracing Kinks, Locs and Curls to stay updated!
1.I declare that I will trim the ends of my hair to rid split ends, heat damage, knots, etc. during the first week and last week of the challenge.
2.       I declare that I will take a hair vitamin supplement each day that includes a majority of the following ingredients:
·                         Biotin
·                         Copper
·                         Folic Acid
·                         Inositol
·                         Iron
·                         Niacin (B3)
·                         Pantothenic Acid (B5)
·                         Riboflavin (B2)
·                         Thiamin (B1)
·                         Vitamin A
·                         Vitamin B6
·                         Vitamin B12      
·                         Vitamin C
·                         Vitamin D
·                         Vitamin E
·                         Zinc
3.       I declare that I will not put any heat on my hair unless during the deep-conditioning process with a heating cap, heated towel, hooded dryer or Huetiful Steamer.
4.       I declare that I will create a detailed hair regimen that includes the following:
·                         A pre-cleansing  (a.k.a. pre-poo) treatment
·                         A sulfate-free shampoo
·                         A protein conditioner
·                         A leave-in conditioner
·                         A water-based moisturizer to hydrate daily
·                         An oil & butter-based moisturizer to seal daily
5.       I declare that I will not use any products that include the following ingredients:
·                         Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate
·                         Mineral Oil
·                         Petroleum Jelly
·                         Cones (any ingredients ending with the suffix -cone)
·                         Parabens (any ingredients ending with the suffix -paraben)
·                         Isopropyl Alcohol
·                         Propylene Glycol and  Polyethylene Glycol
6.       I declare that I will protect my hair nightly by sleeping with a satin scarf, cap or pillowcase.
7.       I declare that I will drink a minimum of eight (8 ounce) cups of water per day.
8.       I declare that I will exercise a minimum of 3 to 5 times per week for at least 30 consecutive minutes.
9.       I declare that I will eat a minimum of 5 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables per day with at least 3 servings being vegetables.  I will also focus on the following hair super foods:
·                         Green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, cabbage, collard greens)
·                         Carrots
·                         Fruits (apples, bananas, melons, berries and oranges)
·                         Eggs or Egg Whites
·                         Short-Grain Brown Rice
·                         Meats (chicken, turkey, beef, liver and salmon)
·                         Cheese
·                         Nuts (walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts)
·                         Legumes (kidney beans, lentils, black-eyed peas, lima beans, etc.)·                         Low-fat Dairy Products (yogurt, milk, cottage cheese)
10.     I declare to use cautious, healthy hair maintenance techniques:
·                         After conditioning, I will rinse my hair with cold-water ONLY.
·                         I will dry my hair with a cotton T-shirt instead of a towel using minimal                friction.
·                         I will detangle my hair in its wet state only using a large-tooth comb or a Denman brush  while in the shower or with a conditioner that has slip.
·                         I will not do wash or shake-and-go’s.
·                         I will not use any man-made chemicals to alter the natural state of my hair like relaxers, perms, texturizers  or hair coloring.
·                         I will style my hair in low-maintenance protective hair styles that protect my   hair follicles ESPECIALLY my ends such as coils, two-strand twists, etc
·                         I will not get hair extensions such as micros, kinky twists, weaves or other styles where additional hair is added and causes stress and tension on my hair follicles. I will opt for a wig if necessary.
11.    I declare that I LOVE and BELIEVE in myself and my abilities. I will try my hardest to live a more healthy, holistic lifestyle that will allow me to live long and strong with nothing wrong because I AM worth it!  If I ever doubt my ability I know that Philippians 4:13 states that, “I can do ALL THINGS through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
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WISH ME LUCK!!!

LET ME KNOW IF YOU’D LIKE TO JOIN IN THE FUN & SEE IF IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE HEALTH OF YOUR HAIR TOO!!

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“Side Eye Moments” Reaction Part II

8 Oct

“Side Eye Moments” Reaction Part I.

So the discussion is still going strong on the lovely Book of Faces in the Natural Hair group (if you’re not a member already, 28,622 naturalistas and counting, then you need to be!)

It was said by Dominique Garnett “Hahaha this thread is epic!” and it is because we hear this random nonsense ALL THE TIME! (P.S. I’m sooooo glad that it’s not just me that gets these backhand/underhand/ridiculous/unreal compliments…like its okay to just say this craziness to people!)

My list of the  TOP 5 comments so far:

5: Alfreda D. Ray “I could never wear my hair out like that Id be ashamed, but see you got that good hair.” ummmm HUH!

4: Sistah Rexy ‎”Your dreads are really nice. They don’t even stink!” To which a less tactful me would respond: “Thanks! By the way the hair you have left looks great with a perm!”

3: Natika Finley Allornothing i told y’all. in the middle of making whoopie ”yeah baby….your hair is sooooo STRONG!!!!!!!!! ROAR…….YANK!!!! WTH???????????

2: Jo Holcomb ‎”You’re so brave for wearing your hair like that! The natural look suits your face very well” smh

1: Stephanie Richmond When my mom asks, “Sooo, when are u gonna DO your hair.” Um its already DONE

There are soooo many other hilarious comments too.

What other craziness have they told you about how “your natural hair is great but…..” and what’s your response?

Sometimes you just have to laugh and walk away. The worst is when you don’t even realize that they really just played you & your natural hair until after you’ve left the situation and you wish you had said something in rebuttle!!! AWWW the madness! LOL!

Weigh in on the discussion on the Facebook Natural Hair Group! 🙂

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